Director’s Sunday Evening Update

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MLWGS will be closed on Monday January 15th in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

As we roll through the winter months, I wanted to share the policy on how lost instructional days would be recovered in the event that we lose any more days to the weather.

Days 1-4 are built in as banked time. We don’t need to make these up due to the excess of instructional hours built in to the school days.

Day 5 will be reclaimed from Jan 31 if needed. 

Extended Day (if 6-9 days are needed) Classes will start at 8:35 A.M. End 3:20 P.M. Buses depart 3:30 P.M.  This would run as long as needed to make up the time. 

Please note that as of this posting, we have missed four days of instruction.

This month’s Transcribe-a-thon will take place in the MW Library on Wednesday, Jan. 17th from 3:30 to 5pm and during lunch the next day. If you’d like to participate and don’t yet have a Transcribe account, see Ms. DeGroat ahead of time.

Help Make Night of the Dragon a Success!

The Night of the Dragon committee is looking for volunteers and auction donations from individuals and businesses!! 

Have you got something you can donate to help support our amazing school? We need 375 auction items to help us reach our goals for fun and fundraising.

We are looking for all sorts of items–sports packages, trips (vacation homes, hotels, restaurants, etc), gift baskets, services, you name it. The deadline for donations to be included in this year’s event is January 19, 2018. 

Not sure what to donate? Last year’s catalog (http://www.nightofthedragon.com/www.nightofthedragon.com) is still online to provide ideas but feel free to think of something new and unique too.  

If you are interested in volunteering, making a donation, or have questions, please contact Peggy Feldmann at auctionmlwgs@gmaill.com or 804-353-4533.

With the holiday season over, we often find ourselves returning to our routines.  The generosity and selflessness of the holidays fades to the usual winter survival mode.  And yet, the needs of the impoverished are no less acute in January as they were in December.  My challenge to all is to live out the words of John Bunyan who said “You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.” Keep the holiday spirit going Dragons!    

 

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Happy New Year!

Due to the inclimate weather, many activities were cancelled this week.  Unfortunately, the staff has not been back to campus to discuss re-scheduling these events.  Please keep an eye on the school calendar as well as the Facebook page to look for updates on these events.

Parking in the 2018-2019 academic year will be a “Senior Only” privilege for the first 150 students to register.  This is meant to help alleviate parking shortages on campus for visitors.  The online registration window will open on Fee Day in late August and will be on a first come first serve basis.

This month’s Transcribe-a-thon will take place in the MW Library on Wednesday, January 10th from 3:30 to 5pm.  If you’d like to participate and don’t yet have a Transcribe account, see Ms. DeGroat ahead of time.

On Thurs 1/11/18, the School Advisory Calendar Committee will be hosting a town hall meeting for public comment on our two draft calendars.  Under consideration are a standard draft for academic year 2018-2019 and a two week early start draft.  The session is scheduled for 4:30-5:30 pm in Room 153.  See the school website to review the two drafts.  Any and all input will be heard.   

The MENA seminar has re-scheduled its Winter Holiday Bazaar at Maggie Walker on Friday, 12 January from 5 to 8 pm and we would love for the community to attend.  There will be vendors, food, games, and giveaways.  This is a fundraiser for the trip to Morocco.  Please spread the word to all who may be interested. 

For purposes of internal logistics, the midterm exams scheduled for 1/25/18 have been switched for those schedule for 1/26/18.  This will mean exams for Blocks 2 & 8 will now be on 1/25 and exams for Blocks 1 & 7 will be on 1/26.  The online calendar at MLWGS.com has been updated to reflect this. 

As we approach the end of the first semester, sometimes we find ourselves frustrated with our progress.  Maybe your grades aren’t what you had hoped for back in September.  Maybe you didn’t do as well as you wanted on one of our athletic teams.  And who knows, maybe the special girl or guy that you have you eye on still doesn’t know that you exist.  Well, as the Scottish philosopher Carl Bard says, “Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.”  Reach back and recapture that enthusiasm that you had back in September and start again from right now and create that brand new ending that you dreamed about.

Have a great day and Go Dragons!!!

 

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Classes resume on Tuesday January 2nd

Parking in the 2018-2019 academic year will be a “Senior Only” privilege for the first 150 students to register.  This is meant to help alleviate parking shortages on campus for visitors.  The online registration window will open on Fee Day in late August and will be on a first come first serve basis.

The Freshmen will have a lock-in on January 5th.  See this link for more details:

http://mlwgs.com/winter-dance-freshmen-lock-in-at-mlwgs-on-january-5th/

On Thurs 1/11/18, the School Advisory Calendar Committee will be hosting a town hall meeting for public comment on our two draft calendars.  Under consideration are a standard draft for academic year 2018-2019 and a two week early start draft.  The session is scheduled for 4:30-5:30 pm in Room 153.  See the school website to review the two drafts.  Any and all input will be heard.   

For purposes of internal logistics, the midterm exams scheduled for 1/25/18 have been switched for those schedule for 1/26/18.  This will mean exams for Blocks 2 & 8 will now be on 1/25 and exams for Blocks 1 & 7 will be on 1/26.  The online calendar at MLWGS.com has been updated to reflect this. 

As we celebrate the New Year, there is always a lot of talk about resolutions.  We resolve to lose weight, save more money, and a host of other resolutions that we rarely keep.  If we kept them we wouldn’t need to keep making new ones.  But this year, let’s follow Sweden’s former Prime Minister, Goran Persson’s advice.  He says “Let our New Year’s resolution be this: we will be there for one another as fellow members of humanity, in the finest sense of the word.”  Now that’s a resolution that we can all keep.   

Have a great day and Go Dragons!!!

 

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We will be hosting a Legislative Breakfast on December 14 at 7:30 am.  While this is largely a student event, parents are invited to attend if they would like to meet several of the General Assembly Delegates who represent the Greater Richmond Area.   

Interims will be available online on December 15th.

The school offices will be closed for Winter Break from December 18th through January 1st.  Classes resume on January 2nd

Indulge your CREATIVITY and IMAGINATION this winter break. Drop by the library to browse the “MAKE something, COOK something, DO something” display which includes books about tinkering, game design, drawing, lettering, making Arduino wearables and crafts from recycled and upcycled materials, cooking, and more! There’s also a display centered on Russia, and one featuring new additions to the library’s collection. Stop by and check one (or more!) out this week!

Still looking for that perfect holiday gift? Make sure you stop by the Dragon’s Lair this week. 

Special hours all week long. The school store will be open daily- December 11- 14, during lunch 11:20-12:20.   Extended Friday hours 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., December 15th. 

http://mlwgsdragons.ourspiritgear.com/

This month’s Transcribe-a-thon will take place in the MW Library on Wednesday, Dec. 13th from 3:30 to 5pm and during lunch the next day. If you’d like to participate and don’t yet have a Transcribe account, see Ms. DeGroat ahead of time.

On Monday, November 27, juniors attended a Senior Seminar information session.  The presentation provided details about the mentorship program and the seminar course options, and the seminar course proposals have been shared with the students on the Class of 2019 itslearning page.  Junior students were instructed to access the GoogleForm that was shared on itslearning to make their seminar or mentorship selections by Friday, 12/8/17.  Parents of junior students should check with them to make sure that they have completed their seminar/mentorship selection.  If students or parents have any questions about the seminars or mentorship program, they should contact the Senior Seminar/Mentorship Coordinator, Les Cook (tcook@gsgis.k12.va.us).

Congratulations to the RAMPS Club for their great work helping those in need:

http://rampsbystudents.org/?p=2955

http://rampsbystudents.org/?p=2953

Good luck wishes to our National Champion “We the People” team who will compete in Regionals on Tuesday.

We have some opening for anyone who would be interested in becoming a spring JV soccer coach.  Please use the following link for more information: https://ats3.searchsoft.net/ats/job_board?softsort=NAME&APPLICANT_TYPE_ID=00000002&COMPANY_ID=MA000622

Class of 2018

Don’t forget to go online and order your graduation announcements!  If you place your order after December 31, there will be an increase in cost.  To order your announcements, follow these steps:

  1. www.vagrad.com
  2. Type in “Maggie Walker” at the top
  3. Choose “Shop Graduation Products”

You’ll immediately see all of the graduation package options, but you can scroll to the bottom and see “Shop individual products including cap and gown” – friendly reminder, you do NOT need to buy a cap and gown.  That cost was included in the senior class dues.

  1. Select the item(s) you want.

Please e-mail Ms. Sheppard (ksheppard@gsgis.k12.va.us) or call (804-354-6800 ext. 3304) if you have any questions.

Help Maggie Walker this holiday season with Tree Elves!  Tree Elves is a Christmas tree delivery service where you can order premium Frazer firs online and schedule a day and time for delivery by Santa’s elves!  Pick-up is included with delivery so no need to leave your tree in your backyard for 3 months after Christmas 🙂

15% of all sales using the promo code for your class before November 23rd will be donated to Maggie Walker, 10% of sales after the 23rd.  Check out www.treeelves.net for more info and pricing.  Trees are 100% guaranteed, so if you’re not completely satisfied with your tree, we’ll replace it with another one!”

As we enter in to the holiday season, one of the things that I try to do is reflect upon the past year and let the things go that have been burdening me.  These can be unresolved conflicts, feelings of disappointment, or even things such as simple disagreements with family members.  A recurring theme throughout many of these issues seems to be that I often feel as if I have been wronged need to get back at the other in some fashion to even things out in some sort of an “Eye for an Eye” process.  Gandhi once wrote “An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind.”  I think that he was right.  My challenge for all of us is to be generous with forgiveness and move on with our lives.  I know that the Dragon Nation is too wise to be blinded! 

Have a great day and Go Dragons!!!

 

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On Monday, juniors attended a Senior Seminar information session presented by Les Cook, The Senior Seminar/Mentorship Coordinator at Maggie Walker.  The presentation provided details about the mentorship program and the seminar course options, and the seminar course proposals have been shared with the students on the Class of 2019 itslearning page.  Junior students are reminded to access the GoogleForm that was shared on itslearning to make their seminar or mentorship selections by Friday, 12/8/17.  If students or parents have any questions about the seminars or mentorship program, they should contact Les Cook (tcook@gsgis.k12.va.us).

All 9th graders who attended private middle schools will be taking SOL tests in math during the week of Monday December 4th. A letter was distributed to students last week [on 11/16] with details about test prep and dates of tests. Please contact Mr. Zweerink in the counseling office if you have any further questions.

There will be a Budget Town Hall on Tuesday December 5th at 6:00 PM.  Please attend if you would like to have your voice heard as we begin to make priorities for the Fiscal Year 2019 Budget.  You can also send along your thoughts using the link below. 

http://mlwgs.com/fy19-budget-town-hall-meeting-for-public-input-december-5-600-pm-mlwgs-forum-digital-input-option-also-available/

Class of 2018,

Don’t forget to go online and order your graduation announcements!  If you place your order after December 31, there will be an increase in cost.  To order your announcements, follow these steps:

  1. www.vagrad.com
  2. Type in “Maggie Walker” at the top
  3. Choose “Shop Graduation Products”

You’ll immediately see all of the graduation package options, but you can scroll to the bottom and see “Shop individual products including cap and gown” – friendly reminder, you do NOT need to buy a cap and gown.  That cost was included in the senior class dues.

  1. Select the item(s) you want.

 

Please e-mail Ms. Sheppard (ksheppard@gsgis.k12.va.us) or call (804-354-6800 ext. 3304) if you have any questions.

Help Maggie Walker this holiday season with Tree Elves!  Tree Elves is a Christmas tree delivery service where you can order premium Frazer firs online and schedule a day and time for delivery by Santa’s elves!  Pick-up is included with delivery so no need to leave your tree in your backyard for 3 months after Christmas 🙂

15% of all sales using the promo code for your class before November 23rd will be donated to Maggie Walker, 10% of sales after the 23rd.  Check out www.treeelves.net for more info and pricing.  Trees are 100% guaranteed, so if you’re not completely satisfied with your tree, we’ll replace it with another one!”

The MENA seminar is holding a Winter Holiday Bazaar at Maggie Walker on Friday, 8 December from 5 to 8 pm and we would love for the community to attend.  There will be vendors, food, games, and giveaways.  This is a fundraiser for the trip to Morocco.  Please spread the word to all who may be interested. 

Over the past few weeks, we have seen a lot of things take place that would make one really question the direction in which our world is heading.  As a planet, we need to do better.  I would like to close tonight with a quote from Nelson Mandela about education.  Mr. Mandela said, “Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.”  I have great faith that the Dragons of today will be the world-changers of tomorrow!

Have a great day and Go Dragons!!!

 

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Senior Seminar/Mentorship Presentation to Juniors

On Monday, 11/27/17, all junior students will attend an information session at 11:35 in the Auditorium.  Mr. Cook will provide details about the Senior Seminar/Mentorship Program.  The session will introduce the seminar options for the 2018-2019 school year, and students will receive information about the mentorship application process.  Juniors will also be invited to smaller breakout sessions from 11/28-11/30 where they can learn more about specific seminar courses.  Seminar descriptions and mentorship applications will also be posted on the Class of 2019 page on ItsLearning.

 

Henrico County is offering a series of workshops with the purpose of helping teens navigate a variety of potential challenges.  This event will be held at Hermitage H.S. on November 30th from 5:30-8:15 p.m.  These workshops are free but it is requested that participants register in advance if possible.  Please email Lisa Ebeling, MLWGS School Psychologist, at lebeling@gsgis.k12.va.us with any questions.

C:\Users\lebeling\Documents\2017_11_14_TeenIssuesWorkshop (1).pdf

All 9th graders who attended private middle schools will be taking SOL tests in math during the week of Monday December 4th. A letter was distributed to students last week [on 11/16] with details about test prep and dates of tests. Please contact Mr. Zweerink in the counseling office if you have any further questions.

There will be a Budget Town Hall on Tuesday December 5th at 6:00 PM.  Please attend if you would like to have your voice heard as we begin to make priorities for the Fiscal Year 2019 Budget.  You can also send along your thoughts using the link below. 

http://mlwgs.com/fy19-budget-town-hall-meeting-for-public-input-december-5-600-pm-mlwgs-forum-digital-input-option-also-available/

Help Maggie Walker this holiday season with Tree Elves!  Tree Elves is a Christmas tree delivery service where you can order premium Frazer firs online and schedule a day and time for delivery by Santa’s elves!  Pick-up is included with delivery so no need to leave your tree in your backyard for 3 months after Christmas 🙂

15% of all sales using the promo code for your class before November 23rd will be donated to Maggie Walker, 10% of sales after the 23rd.  Check out www.treeelves.net for more info and pricing.  Trees are 100% guaranteed, so if you’re not completely satisfied with your tree, we’ll replace it with another one!”

Poetry Out Loud Recitation Contest

The MENA seminar is holding a Winter Holiday Bazaar at Maggie Walker on Friday, 8 December from 5 to 8 pm and we would love for the community to attend.  There will be vendors, food, games, and giveaways.  This is a fundraiser for the trip to Morocco.  Please spread the word to all who may be interested. 

This week’s thought comes as a reminder to all of us and we grind through the second marking period.  By now, we have begun to settle into habits.  Are they good habits?  Are they healthy habits?  It is easy to get complacent as the shine of a new school year fades.  However, complacency rarely yields true success.  As Thomas Edison once said, “The three great essentials to achieve anything worthwhile are: Hard work, Stick-to-itiveness, and Common sense.”  Doing this while maintaining healthy habits will yield success.  I am confident that the Dragon Nation will continue to work hard, stick to it, and demonstrate common sense in all that we deem worthwhile. 

 

Have a great day and Go Dragons!!!

 

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MLWGS will be closed on Wednesday November 22nd and will re-open on Monday November 27th in observance of Thanksgiving.  

Boys and Girls Cross Country both won their 5th consecutive VHSL 2A State title. This is the first time in the history of any division of the VHSL that 1 school has had a 5 year streak winning both titles. Congratulations to our outstanding student athletes!

All 9th graders who attended private middle schools will be taking SOL tests in math during the week of Monday December 4th. A letter was distributed to students last week [on 11/16] with details about test prep and dates of tests. Please contact Mr. Zweerink in the counseling office if you have any further questions.

There will be a winter sports parent meeting for Monday November 20th at 6:15 in the auditorium.  Is you have a student playing a winter sport, please plan to attend. 

Help Maggie Walker this holiday season with Tree Elves!  Tree Elves is a Christmas tree delivery service where you can order premium Frazer firs online and schedule a day and time for delivery by Santa’s elves!  Pick-up is included with delivery so no need to leave your tree in your backyard for 3 months after Christmas 🙂

15% of all sales using the promo code for your class before November 23rd will be donated to Maggie Walker, 10% of sales after the 23rd.  Check out www.treeelves.net for more info and pricing.  Trees are 100% guaranteed, so if you’re not completely satisfied with your tree, we’ll replace it with another one!”

Poetry Out Loud Recitation Contest

The 2017-2018 Poetry Out Loud School-wide Recitation Contest will be held on November 20, Monday. Each year, interested students in English classes compete to be the representatives from each participating English class. This year, eleven students will vie to represent Maggie Walker at the regional competition in February. A Virginia competition follows in March, and the national competition is held in Washington, D.C. in April.

The national winner can receive a $20,000 scholarship. Smaller monetary prizes and recognition are given at the regional and state levels.

Ms. Surat coordinates the program through the English Department.

The MENA seminar is holding a Winter Holiday Bazaar at Maggie Walker on Friday, 8 December from 5 to 8 pm and we would love for the community to attend.  There will be vendors, food, games, and giveaways.  This is a fundraiser for the trip to Morocco.  Please spread the word to all who may be interested. 

Here are a few links to upcoming events:

Budget Town Hall + Digital Input

http://mlwgs.com/fy19-budget-town-hall-meeting-for-public-input-december-5-600-pm-mlwgs-forum-digital-input-option-also-available/

Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday.  It puts together several of my favorite “F” words:  Food, Friends, Family, and Football!  The holiday can’t really be commercialized and there is no pressure on me to buy anybody the right gift.  All I have to do is eat and be thankful for all that has been given to me.  However you may spend this holiday, I hope that all of you have a wonderful Thanksgiving Break and remember what Melody Beattie said, “Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.”

Have a great day and Go Dragons!!!

 

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Attention 9th grade parents – Our school is committed to the social-emotional well-being of our students.  As part of our efforts to support students, our school psychologist, Lisa Ebeling, will be doing lessons for 9th graders on depression awareness and suicide prevention using the Signs of Suicide Prevention Program.  This program is listed on the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices.  The program has been implemented in over 10,000 schools since it was developed in 2001.  Be on the lookout for a letter to come home before Thanksgiving break with more information about the SOS Program. 

Poetry Out Loud Recitation Contest

The 2017-2018 Poetry Out Loud School-wide Recitation Contest will be held on November 20, Monday. Each year, interested students in English classes compete to be the representatives from each participating English class. This year, eleven students will vie to represent Maggie Walker at the regional competition in February. A Virginia competition follows in March, and the national competition is held in Washington, D.C. in April.

The national winner can receive a $20,000 scholarship. Smaller monetary prizes and recognition are given at the regional and state levels.

Ms. Surat coordinates the program through the English Department.

The MENA seminar is holding a Winter Holiday Bazaar at Maggie Walker on Friday, 8 December from 5 to 8 pm and we would love for the community to attend.  There will be vendors, food, games, and giveaways.  This is a fundraiser for the trip to Morocco.  Please spread the word to all who may be interested. 

Here are a few links to upcoming events:

Budget Town Hall + Digital Input

http://mlwgs.com/fy19-budget-town-hall-meeting-for-public-input-december-5-600-pm-mlwgs-forum-digital-input-option-also-available/

Community Service Fair

http://mlwgs.com/community-service-fair-at-mlwgs-november-17th/

Food Drive thru Monday

http://mlwgs.com/canned-food-drive-at-mw-through-november-13th/

As the first marking period has drawn to a close, let me end tonight with a thought from a man of whom I have the greatest respect.  He said, “I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.’”  These words come to us from The Greatest: Muhammad Ali.  Treat school like training.  Don’t quit, get help when you need it, stay positive, and live the rest of your life like a champion! 

Have a great day and Go Dragons!!!

 

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This month’s Transcribe-a-thon will take place in the MW Library on Wednesday, Nov. 8th from 3:30 to 5pm and during lunch the next day. If you’d like to participate and don’t yet have a Transcribe account, see Ms. DeGroat ahead of time.

The MLWGS Drama Department will present An Ideal Husband, an 1895 comedic stage play by Oscar Wilde which revolves around blackmail and political corruption and touches on the themes of public and private honor. “Sooner or later,” Wilde notes, “we shall all have to pay for what we do.” But he adds that “No one should be entirely judged by their past.”

Showtime: 7:00pm, MLWGS Auditorium

Cost of Admission: Students – $5.00, Adults – $10.00

To purchase tickets online visit www.husband.brownpapertickets.com

 Parent-Teacher Conferences are scheduled for Thursday, November 2nd from 4 -7 p.m. and Tuesday, November 7th from 9:00am-12:00noon.  Sign-ups are live for parents in the Parent Portal of PowerSchool.

PTSA SCRIP Orders due November 10th.  Please see the Smoke and Scales tab on the MLWGS website for a link to the order form and information about the program.

Sophomores will have a Hearing Screening on Wednesday, November 8, 9-10 am

The Virginia Board of Education honored seven Virginia public school teachers in grades 7-12 who have been selected as state finalists for the 2017 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. The award — regarded as the nation’s top honor for mathematics and science (including computer science) teachers — recognizes teachers who develop and implement high-quality instructional programs that improve student learning.  One of the finalists was our own David Barnes

The 2017 winners will be announced by the president next year. The winners will receive $10,000, a presidential certificate and a trip to the nation’s capital for a series of recognition events and professional development activities.

Congratulations to the Girls and Boys Cross Country teams who won Regionals for the 5th time in a row!

Have a great day and Go Dragons!!!

 

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Herff Jones is coming on Thursday, November 2 during the first part of lunch to collect measurements for graduation cap/gown.  Representatives will also be distributing information about announcements and other graduation paraphernalia available for purchase.   If anyone has questions they can contact Ms. Sheppard at ksheppard@gsgis.k12.va.us or 804-354-6800 ext. 330. 

During lunch on Wednesday, November 1st, the MW Library will host a reading, conversation, and book signing with fantasy and tech writer Barry Scott Will, father of MW alumnus Xander Will (Class of 2017).

Amy Maxey from the Mathematics Department and Lisa Williams, chair of the English Department, were just awarded National Board Certification Renewal in their respective subject areas.  Renewal is a rigorous process, and I commend these teachers for their continued dedication to pedagogical growth and excellence.

As you know, Tuesday is Halloween.  The policy in terms of costumes at school is as follow:  Masks of any kind that cover the face are strictly prohibited and the costume must meet the Dress Code standards as outlined in the Student Handbook.  Costumes found to be offensive or inappropriate for school are also prohibited.  Students found in violation of this policy will be sent home to change, or will be required to call a parent for a change of clothes. 

I want to end tonight with sort of a long quote that I found this week by Kent Keith.  Please bear with me, I think it is worth it. 

“People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered.
Love them anyway.

If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.
Do good anyway.

If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies.
Succeed anyway.

The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.
Do good anyway.

Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.
Be honest and frank anyway.

The biggest men and women with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest men and women with the smallest minds.
Think big anyway.

People favor underdogs but follow only top dogs.
Fight for a few underdogs anyway.

What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.
Build anyway.

People really need help but may attack you if you do help them.
Help people anyway.

Give the world the best you have and you’ll get kicked in the teeth.
Give the world the best you have anyway.” 

Have a great day and Go Dragons!!!

10/23/17

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Mark your calendar: Parent-Teacher Conferences are scheduled Thursday, November 2nd from 4 -7 p.m. and Tuesday, November 7th from 9:00am-12:00noon.  Dr. Lowerre will be sending our families a notice next week with links to Signup Genius for conference registration.  Please look for his message the week of October 23rd. 

The attached PSA was developed by Chesterfield County and is designed to raise awareness on preventing suicide in youth.  It provides a very powerful message from a parent who suffered the loss of his child to suicide.  The last section of the video provides the phone number of  Chesterfield Crisis along with a national hotline number that provides support.  We are providing a listing of the other Mental Health Agencies that serve the Maggie Walker community.  Please call Mrs. Ebeling, our school psychologist, at 354-6800, x 3260 with any questions regarding this information.

Link to PSA – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gO4zyLGvFnA

Congratulations to the Student Council Association and their successful efforts raising monies for hurricane relief.  During Spirit Week, the SCA conducted a coin drive among our students who generously contributed over $1,600.00. Our student’s generous financial support will provide people in crisis with relief today.

Lisa Ebeling, MLWGS School Psychologist, and Julia Cox from the VCU Anxiety Clinic are pairing together to run a small group on dealing with stress.  Students will be given the opportunity to learn and practice stress management techniques.  They will be also be able to learn new ways to approach and solve problems.  The group will run for a minimum of six weeks and could be offered for up to ten weeks depending on interest. If you like to have your child participate, please call Lisa Ebeling at 354-6800, x 3260 or email her at lebeling@gsgis.k12.va.us with this information.  Once we have determined interest and identified participants, we will determine the best time and place to meet.

Not long ago I was walking in the hallway and reminded a student that the quarter was ending soon and to make sure he had his academic affairs in order.  His response was “I’ll try.”  It reminded me of a quote from one of my favorite characters, Yoda from Star Wars, who reminds us to “Do or do not… there is no try.”  Sometimes, we just need to do something, not just try to do something. 

 

10/15/17

The School Advisory Committee is considering a recommendation for a two week early start calendar in academic year 2018-2019.  Possible advantages of this would include: midterm exams before winter break, ending summer assignments & early AP days, alignment with sports schedules, and two extra weeks of instruction prior to AP exams.  The SAC subcommittee working on this is currently preparing a standard start draft as well.  Once both drafts are prepared, there will be a public comment period and a town hall meeting in Dec/Jan.  

As guided by our school technology plan, Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School conducts regular surveys to determine the most appropriate technology to support active student-centered classrooms, professional development, and course offerings.  To that end, this survey is designed to seek valuable input from all stakeholders: students, faculty, staff, and parents on the current state of instructional technology at Maggie Walker.  This survey will close on Oct. 22, 2017.

We thank you in advance for your input on this brief survey.

https://goo.gl/forms/hLHOV1lcFKsaZ6v43

National Honor Society will be holding its Induction on Monday at 5:15pm in the Auditorium.

The PTSA will hold a Financial Aid Workshop with MW Counseling, Tuesday at 8:00am in Room 153.  Please contact school counseling for more details.

The MLWGS Regional School Board will be meeting on Thursday at 9:00am in Room 153.

Every day at Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School I am so inspired by our students.  Our students work so hard in the classroom, yet find time to come out and support their classmates at athletic and cultural events. Our school is indeed a very special place. So tonight, I will sign off with a challenge for us to keep up this momentum with a quote from Mahatma Gandhi: “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”

Have a great evening and as always, GO Dragons!

 

10/08/17

If you are parking off-campus, please be mindful of “No Parking” signs, especially those that pertain to street cleaning.  We have had reports of cars being towed at the owner’s expense because they were parked on a day where the street sweepers were rolling through.

The Student Council Association will host a small ‘class’ competition next week, including dress up days. Students will only be counted in this competition if they are both dressed up AND adhering to the dress code.

Here are the themes:

Monday: PJ Day
Tuesday: Team Day (sports or ANY team jersey or uniform)
Wednesday: Green Machine Day (or green, white, and yellow)
Thursday: International Day (colors or traditional cultural clothing, including the USA)
Friday: Class Colors Day: Seniors wear black/blue, Juniors wear red, Sophomores wear white, and Freshmen wear orange.

Results at Field Day on Friday.

MLWGS will be holding its annual Homecoming Dance on Saturday October 14th from 7:L30 to 10:30 in the commons.  Please clink on the following link for more information including how to purchase tickets:  http://mlwgs.com/homecoming-dance-october-14/

This month’s Transcribe-a-thon will take place in the MW Library on Wednesday, Oct. 11th from 3:30 to 5pm and during lunch the next day. If you’d like to participate and don’t have a Transcribe account yet, see Ms. DeGroat ahead of time.

PSAT Day is Wednesday October 11th.

All 9th, 10th and 11th graders will take the PSAT in the morning while 12th graders will be participating in college and transition-related activities in the auditorium.

The PSAT is a great practice opportunity for the SAT.  For 11th graders, the PSAT results are used for qualification purposes for National Merit Scholarship Programs. 

The counseling department distributed PSAT Student Guides to all test-takers during lunch time assemblies during the week of Monday September 25th.   The guides contain information about the tests as well as a full-length practice test.  Students are encouraged to take the practice test before testing day.  More information about the PSAT can be found at www.collegeboard.org/psat.

Students are reminded to bring #2 pencils and calculators for testing.  The College Board does not allow makeup testing for the PSATs so it is important that students arrive at school on time. 

Score reports will be available online in mid-December and paper copies will be available and distributed in January during lunch-time grade-level assemblies.  Juniors will be encouraged to register for an SAT or ACT date in the Spring by visiting the testing agency websites.   Sophomores and Juniors in AP classes will be reminded to register for SAT Subject tests as appropriate.

In life, we all face challenges and sometime we feel overwhelmed by all that goes on around us. Working through these challenges and not running from them makes us wiser and stronger.  Tonight’s quote comes from Elisabeth Kubler-Ross.  She notes “The most beautiful people I’ve known are those who have known trials, have known struggles, have known loss, and have found their way out of the depths.”  Work through those struggles and trials and be strong.  It is the way of the Dragon!

 

 

10/01/17

Please drop off students in the student parking lot from 8:15-8:45am.  Drop offs in the bus loop during this time create dangerous situations and interfere with bus operations.

Free and reduced lunch applications are available in the cafeteria and in office 100.  To qualify, families must provide evidence of an active SNAP, TANF, or foster case.  

The 21st annual MLWGS Fall Festival will be held on October 6 from 4-8:00 p.m! This year we are excited to have 56 clubs and organizations participating, with 26 serving food and refreshments. The festival has more games and activities planned than in recent years, including a Dunk Tank and Human Bouncy Balls! 

The Festival is open to all current students, their families, younger siblings, former students and families, neighborhood residents, and friends of the school! There is no admittance charged for the festival and all the entertainment, provided by our very talented students is free! The first group will take the stage at 3:50 pm. and the last group at 7:45, with a total of 20 groups and individuals scheduled to entertain! Tickets are sold to purchase all items for sale by the booths. Please remember that booths can only accept tickets and if you did not pre-order tickets, you must use CASH to purchase tickets the day of the festival. Parking will be available at the James River Bus Depot on the corner of Leigh and Allen Street. Please do not park on the grass! 

1st marking period interim grades will be posted online on Friday October 6th at about 2:00 pm.  Remember that interim grades are a snapshot of where a student is at the halfway point of the marking period.  

PSAT Day is Wednesday October 11th.

All 9th, 10th and 11th graders will take the PSAT in the morning while 12th graders will be participating in college and transition-related activities in the auditorium.

The PSAT is a great practice opportunity for the SAT.  For 11th graders, the PSAT results are used for qualification purposes for National Merit Scholarship Programs. 

The counseling department distributed PSAT Student Guides to all test-takers during lunch time assemblies during the week of Monday September 25th.   The guides contain information about the tests as well as a full-length practice test.  Students are encouraged to take the practice test before testing day.  More information about the PSAT can be found at www.collegeboard.org/psat.

Students are reminded to bring #2 pencils and calculators for testing.  The College Board does not allow makeup testing for the PSATs so it is important that students arrive at school on time. 

Score reports will be available online in mid-December and paper copies will be available and distributed in January during lunch-time grade-level assemblies.  Juniors will be encouraged to register for an SAT or ACT date in the Spring by visiting the testing agency websites.   Sophomores and Juniors in AP classes will be reminded to register for SAT Subject tests as appropriate.

The Maggie L. Walker Health & Physical Education and Counseling Departments in conjunction with our student-led Mental Health and Disabilities Awareness club will hold a Mental HealthAwareness Assembly on Friday, October 6th for all FRESHMEN.  The assembly will feature a speaker from Minding Your Mind, a national prevention-based program that educates teens by initiating conversations regarding mental health.   Speakers are young adults who have struggled with mental health issues, such as depression and anxiety, and give educational talks to reduce the stigma of seeking help. The school held assemblies for all grade levels last year with speakers from Minding Your Mind and we are fortunate to have this opportunity once again at MLW for our 9th graders.  This program is being supported by the locally based Cameron K. Gallagher Foundation, which works with area public and private high schools to implement “Minding Your Mind”.   If you have any questions or concerns about your child attending the assembly, please contact Karl Zweerink (Counseling Department, ext. 3210).  This activity was planned as part of MLW’s strategic initiative to “develop a systematic approach to support social, emotional, physical, intellectual, and mental health needs of our gifted students.”

This is early information, but some may want these dates as they plan next summer’s vacations:

Online Summer Economics

Course Dates: June 18th – July 5th with test dates of June 27th and July 4th . Test are taken online and presence at school is not required. EXAM DATE is July 5th which is the one mandatory required date students must be present at school to take the course over the summer.

Online Summer Personal Finance

Course Dates: July 23rd – Aug 9th with test dates of Aug 1st  and Aug 8th . Test are taken online and presence at school is not required. EXAM DATE is Aug 9th  which is the one mandatory required date students must be present at school to take the course over the summer.

Registration for the summer courses will be during the course registration in February 2018.

VOLUNTEER FOR MAGGIE L. WALKER GOVERNOR’S SCHOOL GLOBAL SPEAKER’S BUREAU

Can you give an hour to speak to a language, global studies, science, or government class about your experiences? In that short time, you can make a world of difference.

We are assembling a database of parents and community presenters who are willing to share their expertise in:
Language fluency and colloquial conversation,
Living and working in a foreign country,
Traveling abroad for business or recreation,
Working collaboratively on business or social projects across the globe,
Conducting international business in person or via communications technology.

If you, your business, or a friend can help broaden our students’ horizons, please provide contact information and availability at the link below and you may soon become a global resource.

http://mlwgs.com/support/

You can keep up with all of the Dragon Events by going to http://mlwgs.com/calendar/  which has pretty much everything that is taking place in the Dragon Nation. You can also follow the school on Twitter and receive current updates and information at @DirectorMLWGS. 

October is my favorite month, so let me sign off tonight with some words from Henry Ward Beecher: “October is nature’s funeral month.  Nature glories in death more than in life.  The month of departure is more beautiful than the month of coming – October than May.  Every green thing loves to die in bright colors.”  Now don’t be depressed by this, it will all come back in the spring!  Have a great evening and GO DRAGONS!!

 

9/24/17

In order to better manage our parking lot, we are issuing guest pass hang tags to visitors.  We are sorry for any inconvenience but it will better ensure that only permitted faculty, students, and guests are utilizing our lot.

College visits begin this week.  Be sure to check with School Counseling to know which school will be on campus this week. 

Our Golf team will be competing in the Regional Tournament on Monday and Tuesday.  Good luck Dragons!

Don’t forget, Fall Festival is coming up on Friday October 6th.  This is a fantastic Maggie Walker tradition and we hope to see you here!!

You can keep up with all of the Dragon Events by going to www.colonialdistrictva.org .  Just click on Maggie Walker High School and it will take you to our school calendar which has all of the events that are taking place in the Dragon Nation. You can also follow the school on Twitter and receive current updates and information at @DirectorMLWGS. 

Let me sign off tonight with some words from President Abraham Lincoln.  Mr. Lincoln says “Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.”  Have a great evening and GO DRAGONS!