Applicant assessments are going to be conducted as scheduled. Any families facing unsafe road conditions Saturday may contact their division coordinator to reschedule.

Archived Director’s Blog Updates

2021-2022

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The exam schedule for this week can be found here https://mlwgs.com/events/event/final-exam-schedule-2022/

If you have a study hall or exempted from an exam, you do not need to be on campus during that period, however if you are on campus, you must report to class or sign in if you have a study hall.

Attention families of returning students

Schedules were distributed on Friday afternoon to all returning students. Please check to make sure the classes are correct. If students need to make a change, please complete your request at the bottom of the form and submit to the counseling department as follows: rising sophomores to Mr. Z, rising juniors to Ms. Cobb, and rising seniors to either Dr. Loving or Ms. Forquer. The deadline for requesting schedule changes is Friday June 17th at 12 noon.

Seniors

If you have not checked out yet, you must do so BEFORE Wednesday, June 15th (unless prior arrangements are made).    Mrs. Charity is ONLY available for check-out between 9:00am and 2:00pm.  Please do NOT go by her office anytime outside these hours.

If you have questions/concerns about signatures needed for check-out, please contact your teacher/coach.

Senior Class picnic – 6/16/22 – 12:00pm to 2:00pm at the picnic shelters near the Carillon in Byrd Park (right next to Dogwood Dell and the dog park).

Graduation Practice – 6/17/22 – STARTS AT 9:00am (please arrive between 8:30 – 9:00) in the downstairs ballroom at Altria Theater (directions and parking information linked below).  Practice is mandatory for all students who intend to walk for the ceremony.  Do NOT park on the street…we will not have time to permit students to pop out to “feed the meter”.  If you park in the Main Street/Cherry Street deck BEFORE 9:00am, you will not need to pay for parking. We should be finished by 10:30-11:00M.

Graduation – 6/17/22 – Students MUST be back in the ballroom by 2:00pm for lineup.  The outside doors to Altria will open between 2:00-2:15pm, and the doors to the main theater will be open for seating between 2:15-2:30pm. Handicap seating is available on all levels of the theater seating.  Please ask an usher when you arrive for directions/assistance.  Dresses/skirts and dress tops/dress pants/shirt and tie are all appropriate clothing choices for students to wear beneath the graduation robe.  Don’t forget your tassel, cap, and any honor cords!   Be smart when selecting shoes for the occasion.  Dress shoes are expected, but please remember that students will be walking up and down a carpeted incline, going up and down stairs, and walking across a hardwood stage.  NO flip flops will be permitted.

Parking Information (includes directions, cost of parking, and how students access the ballroom/basement area of Altria Theater for practice and line-up).  https://drive.google.com/file/d/1xCoIT1tyA7YrxjJKtMBRpjWgN1Hpcs-X/view?usp=sharing

Please email Ms. Sheppard if you have any questions/concerns:  [email protected]

Congrats on making it to the final few weeks of your Senior year!  A couple of reminders from the technology office as you make your way toward graduation on Friday, June 17th:

  • Loaned Devices:  Any devices loaned to you from the MWtech office need to be returned no later than Friday, June 10th by 3pm.  They can be given to Ms. Snagg or Mrs. Hannah-Gordon in room 114.  Please remember to return any accessories like power adapters and cases.  Thank you to those Seniors who have already accomplished this task!
  • Student Accounts:  Access to your school Microsoft365 (email, Word, Excel, OneDrive, etc.), Google Workspace (Drive, Docs, Sheets, etc.), PowerSchool, and Schoology accounts will end on Thursday, June 30, 2022.  Should you need to retain data from these accounts once your access ends, please see MWtech in room 114.  Access to data in these accounts after June 30, 2022 will not be possible.

Should you have any questions, please email Mr. Bortz:  [email protected]

Security

Congratulations Seniors!

Juniors and Seniors, please be sure to turn in your parking placards as soon as possible.

Juniors, if you plan to park in the student parking lot for the last two weeks, make sure to stop in and register your vehicle.

Last call for lost and found!!!  If you lost water bottles, lunch bags, clothing, shoes, jewelry, keys, chargers, watches, what have you, Friday, June 10th by 2:30 it may be gone forever!  Please go through the list, look through the lost and found boxes or discuss with Security!!

Enjoy your summer and we’ll see you in August!

Athletics:

Any students planning on playing any of our FALL SPORTS for 2022-23 must have a current physical and forms dated any time after May 1, 2022.  Here is the link to get the paperwork:

https://mlwgs.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/3333_001-2.pdf

Once completed, please send the paperwork to Ms. Hawkins at [email protected] as a PDF.

The Foundation:

Finishing Strong!

The 2021-2022 Annual Fund Campaign for the Governor’s School Foundation ends June 30. This year alone, the Foundation has provided 71 grants to the school and requests for the 2022-2023 school year are already rolling in.

If you have not already done so, please consider supporting MLWGS with a tax-deductible gift, which can be made online in a matter of moments.

No donation is too small!  And all will go directly to supporting the programs and activities that set Maggie Walker apart.

2022 Paver Orders Deadline is June 15

Celebrate Your Graduate by purchasing an inscribed paver that will leave a lasting tribute at the school. You can purchase either a Bluestone paver inside the school lobby or a brick paver to be placed at the base of the Maggie Walker statue on the Lombardy Street walkway. Click here for the order form and more details.

Good News!

Sunday, 6/5/22, the MLWGS Bhangra Club proudly represented our school at the 2022 Taste of India event in Chester, VA! They participated and competed under the senior leadership of Sanjana Murugavel, Ainsley McKay, and Evie Galgano, who have taken Bhangra Club’s school and community involvement to a whole new level this year. Congratulations to our talented team!

Well, we made it!  The last week of school is finally here!  I want to sincerely thank all of you, and especially the students for making the return to in-person learning at MLWGS a success! We survived the bumps and were able to bring back many of the events and experiences that make our school so special. The team will work hard during this short this summer to evaluate where we are and where we need to be and continue to drive for a better school.  I can’t wait! I wish you all the best as you take some time off this Summer to relax, re-charge, and re-connect with friends and families.  To out departing seniors, I wish you fair winds and following seas and you begin your next adventure.  Today’s quote is one of my favorites from Mark Twain that I have used on the last message for the past 20 years.  It has nothing to do with education, but maybe it does….He says, “A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way.

Have a great evening, a restful summer, and as always, Go Dragons!

 

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Sophomore lock in

Tickets for the Class of 2024 lock-in will be sold this week in the commons during lunch.  The tickets are $10.  See your officers for more information.

Senior Showcase on Wednesday, June 8, 2022

Senior Parents:  All senior students were given invitations to this year’s in-person Senior Showcase to bring home to parents.  In this event, senior students will present their seminar or mentorship research to the students of Maggie Walker.  Senior parents are invited to this event as well.  The event will be on Wednesday, June 8th.  The invitation will include a schedule that indicates what time your senior will be presenting. Parking will be tight—the senior lot will fill up.  Please do not park in teacher spots.  Parking will be available at the James River Bus Lot. If you have any questions, please reach out to Les Cook at [email protected].

Security Corner:

Starting this week, we will allow Juniors to park in the student lot (space permitting) as long as they provide their vehicle information to the Security office and are aware of lot requirements!  Seniors will be back in the lot on June 8 for the Senior Showcase, so please refrain from parking there on that day!

Again, please go through the lost and found items soon!  ALL remaining items will be discarded June 10th!

Seniors:

If you were unable to attend Thursday’s Senior Night, here are the links to the comments that were shared.  Ms. Sheppard used the “Original File” to create a mashup comment “Final Version”  that would fit in the time constraints of the evening.  I hope you all enjoyed the event!

Final Version – https://docs.google.com/document/d/1BRb-3O5Dzs4n930q5hdzsu3mT2GOjg7JttUJ17f8hF8/edit?usp=sharing

Original version- https://docs.google.com/document/d/1k0SY7l-A-3Kqs3OXPxj5exgbDmAQZGQwf_UGdtEzsjw/edit?usp=sharing

Don’t forget….

Graduation practice STARTS at 9:00am on Friday, June 17th at Altria Theater.  The sooner we can start, the sooner I can release everyone.  Expect practice to run around 1.5 to 2 hours.  Attendance is MANDATORY.  If you do not come to practice (on time), you will not be able to walk during the formal ceremony.

More information is coming regarding the Senior picnic and parking at graduation, so keep checking Schoology!

Please email Ms. Sheppard ([email protected]) if you have any questions!

Class of 2022:

Congrats on making it to the final few weeks of your Senior year!  A couple of reminders from the technology office as you make your way toward graduation on Friday, June 17th:

  • Loaned Devices:  Any devices loaned to you from the MWtech office need to be returned no later than Friday, June 10th by 3pm.  They can be given to Ms. Snagg or Mrs. Hannah-Gordon in room 114.  Please remember to return any accessories like power adapters and cases.  Thank you to those Seniors who have already accomplished this task!
  • Student Accounts:  Access to your school Microsoft365 (email, Word, Excel, OneDrive, etc.), Google Workspace (Drive, Docs, Sheets, etc.), PowerSchool, and Schoology accounts will end on Thursday, June 30, 2022.  Should you need to retain data from these accounts once your access ends, please see MWtech in room 114.  Access to data in these accounts after June 30, 2022 will not be possible.

Should you have any questions, please email Mr. Bortz:  [email protected]

We look forward to seeing your presentations during Senior Showcase next week!

Wendell Powell is currently taking orders for the Class of 2022 group photo!  If you would like a copy and/or if you need to still order your senior’s formal photos, use the following link:  https://wendellpowell.photoreflect.com/store/Events.aspx

Visual and Performing Arts

Tuesday at 11:45am the Visual and Performing Arts Department will be holding our final “Lunchtime Lecture” of the year via Zoom.

In partnership with the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts,  the VMFA curator of Southeast Asian Art, Dr. John Henry Rice, will give a lecture about the contemporary Nepalese artist Tsherin Sherpa.  This artist’s work is currently on special exhibition at the VMFA through October.

We hope you will  join us for this event.

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/99408716107?pwd=b1laWnNnT1E0eTlxSlpvS1VrNFNhUT09

MLWGS Senior Art Show – Friday June 3 through June 12 at Artworks Gallery Richmond

The seniors at Maggie Walker Governor’s School have been painting, creating, and preparing for their capstone art presentation: the Maggie Walker Senior Art Exhibition.

In the Maggie Walker art program, Art 4 & 5 students focus on building a body of work and developing a personal theme. These classes involve group and individual critiques, gallery visits, and individual studio time spent producing their art. These students have worked tirelessly to prepare their work for a professional gallery environment, and are thrilled to share their hard work with family, friends, and the Richmond community.

The 2022 show is named The Great Senior Exhibition, styled after the Victorian era “Great Exhibition,” the 1851 World Fair which brought together inventions and oddities from all corners of the globe. The Great Senior Exhibition showcases the many styles and themes of artwork that the high school students have spent months developing. Featuring the work of twelve talented seniors, a wide range of topics will be explored and expressed.

This show is a testament to the hard work of these seniors and their commitment to the art program at Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School. The exhibition runs until June 12, 2022.

Anna Yao (Art 5) uses digital animation as a medium for storytelling and surrealism. Through fashion, comics, and collage, Gwen Stankiewicz (Art 5) shines a light on perception and insecurity. Audrey Price (Art 5) has “a slice of history” to share, always keeping things loose, playful, and mysterious. Lexi Pasternak’s (Art 4) stories, creatures, and landscapes are ready to leap from the page. Savannah Cave (Art 5) explores themes of religion and spirituality in three dimensions. Matthieu Friedman (Art 5) challenges gender roles and societal norms through fashion and artistic experimentation. Hanna Ngai (Art 5) explores plastic pollution and the “duality of disposable permanence” one stitch at a time. Devyn Powers (Art 5) weaves emotions, memories and portraiture in a way that challenges both artist and viewer alike. With bold colors, thoughtful compositions, and eye-catching linework, Mallory French (Art 5) shows that the artmaking process need not be linear. Nate Williams (Art 4) studies abstract landscape by exploring painting with an emphasis on color and the power of an effective composition. Olivia Town’s (Art 4) work embraces fluidity in form, color, and approach. Kaitlyn Baker (Art 5) memorializes memories and loved ones with portraiture and tenebrism.

Yearbooks:

Yearbooks are still available for pickup or purchase. Come to the Commons at lunch on Monday and Tuesday, June 6-7, to get your book. If you didn’t pre-order, bring $55 cash or check (payable to MLWGS).

Athletics:

Any students planning on playing any of our FALL SPORTS for 2022-23 must have a current physical and forms dated any time after May 1, 2022.  Here is the link to get the paperwork:

https://mlwgs.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/3333_001-2.pdf

Once completed, please send the paperwork to Ms. Hawkins at [email protected] as a PDF.

The Foundation:

Finishing Strong!

The 2021-2022 Annual Fund Campaign for the Governor’s School Foundation ends June 30. This year alone, the Foundation has provided 71 grants to the school and requests for the 2022-2023 school year are already rolling in.

If you have not already done so, please consider supporting MLWGS with a tax-deductible gift, which can be made online in a matter of moments.

No donation is too small!  And all will go directly to supporting the programs and activities that set Maggie Walker apart.

2022 MLWGS Senior Parent Send Off–June 8

The Foundation’s Class of 2022 Parent Send is this Wednesday, June 8, from 6:30-8:30pm at Strangeways on Dabney Rd. Email Ginger O’Neil if you have any questions. We look forward to helping you celebrate this important milestone.

2022 Paver Orders Deadline is June 15

Celebrate Your Graduate by purchasing an inscribed paver that will leave a lasting tribute at the school. You can purchase either a Bluestone paver inside the school lobby or a brick paver to be placed at the base of the Maggie Walker statue on the Lombardy Street walkway. Click here for the order form and more details.

Good News!

Congratulations to the Maggie Walker Quiz Bowl team for representing our school at the High School National Championship Tournament last weekend in Atlanta!  Senior Sam Lichtman captained the final matches of his high school career with support from junior Vien Nguyen and sophomores Sam McNamee, Bharathi Kancharla, Timothy Porter, and Yash Saxena.  The team narrowly missed the playoffs with a 5-5 record and several nail-biting games that came down to a single question.  The team came in 109 overall out of a field of 272 of the top teams in the entire country.  This is a really impressive performance for such a young team – keep your eye on these players and others as we push ourselves in invitational tournaments, Battle of the Brains, VHSL, and national tournaments next year!

Extra congratulations are due to Sam McNamee, who was recognized by NAQT with a Rising Star Award.  Sam earned his trophy for being one of the top individual point scoring sophomores in the entire tournament.  Great job, Sam!

MLWGS students won awards at VJAS (Virginia Junior Academy of Science) for their scientific research paper and presentation over last weekend (05/27/202) where around 350 high school students participated from all over Virginia.

Aashka Shah – Second (Medicine & Health)

Yash Saxena  – Third (Earth & Environmental Science)

Yash Saxena was selected to server VJAS as student officer (secretory) and Sriyutha Morishetty as student advisory committee.

Yesterday the MLWGS Film Club was proudly represented at the 2022 VHSL Film Festival in Charlottesville, VA! Carson Wang’s short narrative film “The Chauffeur” received high scores from the jurors, placing our team just two points (266 points) behind the First Place selection (268 points). Of the eight films selected to compete in this category, “The Chauffeur” ranked second overall. Congratulations to Bruce Yanovitch, Noah Jung, Ben Davis, Carson Wang, and Hutton Ward!

I would like to close this evening with a quote from Amelia Earhart.  She said, “The most difficult thing is the decision to act. The rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do. You can act to change and control your life and the procedure. The process is its own reward.”

Have a great evening and as always, Go Dragons!

 

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MLWGS is closed tomorrow May 30th in observance of Memorial Day

MLWGS Music

The Spring concert for Band, Chorus and Orchestra is this Tuesday, May 31 at 7 pm. All three musical groups will be performing.  Come on out and start your celebration of the end of the school year a little early with some amazingly talented musicians!

Senior Showcase on Wednesday, June 8, 2022

Senior Parents:  All senior students were given invitations to this year’s in-person Senior Showcase to bring home to parents.  In this event, senior students will present their seminar or mentorship research to the students of Maggie Walker.  Senior parents are invited to this event as well.  The event will be on Wednesday, June 8th.  The invitation will include a schedule that indicates what time your senior will be presenting. Parking will be tight—the senior lot will fill up.  Please do not park in teacher spots.  Parking will be available at the James River Bus Lot. If you have any questions, please reach out to Les Cook at [email protected].

Seniors:

The last day for seniors is Friday, June 3. If the only thing going on the class is an exam, and a senior is exempt from the exam, then they do not need to be there. Otherwise, they are expected to be in class and complete assigned work.

Wendell Powell is currently taking orders for the Class of 2022 group photo!  If you would like a copy and/or if you need to still order your senior’s formal photos, use the following link:  https://wendellpowell.photoreflect.com/store/Events.aspx

Senior Night is Thursday, June 2!!  We will be celebrating our seniors’ successes while also reflecting on their time here at MLWGS.  Students should arrive by 6:30 in the gym for line-up, wearing professional/business attire; caps and gowns are NOT worn for this event.  The ceremony will start at 7:00pm. and wrap up around 9:30-10:00pm.  Please contact Ms. Sheppard if you have any questions about the event:  [email protected]

MLWGS Senior Art Show Opening – Friday June 3, 6-8pm at Artworks Gallery Richmond

The seniors at Maggie Walker Governor’s School have been painting, creating, and preparing for their capstone art presentation: the Maggie Walker Senior Art Exhibition.

In the Maggie Walker art program, Art 4 & 5 students focus on building a body of work and developing a personal theme. These classes involve group and individual critiques, gallery visits, and individual studio time spent producing their art. These students have worked tirelessly to prepare their work for a professional gallery environment, and are thrilled to share their hard work with family, friends, and the Richmond community.

The 2022 show is named The Great Senior Exhibition, styled after the Victorian era “Great Exhibition,” the 1851 World Fair which brought together inventions and oddities from all corners of the globe. The Great Senior Exhibition showcases the many styles and themes of artwork that the high school students have spent months developing. Featuring the work of twelve talented seniors, a wide range of topics will be explored and expressed.

This show is a testament to the hard work of these seniors and their commitment to the art program at Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School. We hope that you will join us for our opening from 6-8pm the night of June 3 at Artworks Gallery (320 Hull St., Richmond, VA 23224). The event is free and open to the public.  The exhibition runs until June 12, 2022.

Anna Yao (Art 5) uses digital animation as a medium for storytelling and surrealism. Through fashion, comics, and collage, Gwen Stankiewicz (Art 5) shines a light on perception and insecurity. Audrey Price (Art 5) has “a slice of history” to share, always keeping things loose, playful, and mysterious. Lexi Pasternak’s (Art 4) stories, creatures, and landscapes are ready to leap from the page. Savannah Cave (Art 5) explores themes of religion and spirituality in three dimensions. Matthieu Friedman (Art 5) challenges gender roles and societal norms through fashion and artistic experimentation. Hanna Ngai (Art 5) explores plastic pollution and the “duality of disposable permanence” one stitch at a time. Devyn Powers (Art 5) weaves emotions, memories and portraiture in a way that challenges both artist and viewer alike. With bold colors, thoughtful compositions, and eye-catching linework, Mallory French (Art 5) shows that the artmaking process need not be linear. Nate Williams (Art 4) studies abstract landscape by exploring painting with an emphasis on color and the power of an effective composition. Olivia Town’s (Art 4) work embraces fluidity in form, color, and approach. Kaitlyn Baker (Art 5) memorializes memories and loved ones with portraiture and tenebrism.

Athletics:

Any students planning on playing any of our FALL SPORTS for 2022-23 must have a current physical and forms dated any time after May 1, 2022.  Here is the link to get the paperwork:

https://mlwgs.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/3333_001-2.pdf

Once completed, please send the paperwork to Ms. Hawkins at [email protected] as a PDF.

Deeping Your Understanding of Sensitive Policy Issues @ Your Library

Young Libertarians, Young Democrats, Young Republicans, otherwise affiliated, or apolitical – you are ALL welcome in the MLWGS Library. This is a purple zone where you can access resources that reflect a diverse range of policy positions, opinions, and interpretations — from The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times to The Nation and The National Review, or books by former Supreme Court Justices Ginsburg and Scalia.

The MLWGS Library is committed to inclusivity, including political inclusivity, and to fostering the capacity for civil civic discourse within our community and beyond. Yet sometimes your opinion about an issue can be so deeply rooted, whether in personal experience, faith, or something else, that it can feel impossible to discuss it with someone who holds a different opinion. Indeed, when I ask One Small Step participants if there are any issues they’d prefer NOT to discuss, there are always students who list at least a few topics.

For policy opinions you hold close, quietly reading about and reflecting on the issue can deepen your understanding and expose you to different perspectives without the vulnerability of discussing it. One place to start such research is Issues Researcher. On the leading issue page for featured topics, you’ll find a historical timeline, and articles expressing both pro and con opinions about a related question. You can then expand your search by searching the database directly. You can find more resources for exploring contrasting viewpoints in that very section of the library’s Research Toolbox, located in the resources section of the Dragons Research group in Schoology (where you can also download the password list for the library’s databases).

As we discussed in FIRC Speech and FIRC Social Studies, immersing yourself in a chorus of like-minded views may feel affirming, even comforting. Yet, it does little to foster your capacity for the civil civic discourse many of you have said you’d like to see more of. So…before you engage with issues that ignite strong emotions inside you, take one small step toward the civility you seek by enhancing your ability to speak about it from a solid foundation of historical knowledge and argument awareness, as well as from your heart.

I’m grateful to work with and learn with you: passionate, intelligent, curious Dragons with a wide range of values and beliefs. If you have questions, stop by the library, where the motto is Wonder. Research. Repeat.

The Foundation:

2022 MLWGS Senior Parent Send Off

All Senior Parents are invited to the MLWGS Senior Parent Send Off being hosted by the MLWGS Foundation on June 8, 6:30-8:30pm, at Strangeways on Dabney Rd. If you have not received an email invitation, you can RSVP directly to Ginger O’Neil.

Paver Order Deadline is June 15

The Foundation invites families of MLWGS seniors to purchase inscribed pavers to leave a lasting tribute at the school. You can purchase either a Bluestone paver inside the school lobby or a brick paver to be placed at the base of the Maggie Walker statue on the Lombardy Street walkway. Click here for the order form and more details.

Good News!

Congratulations to our students who were recognized on the National Italiano Exam for 2022

Level1

Gold Medal               Nina Broderick                   Martina Ribera                  Samantha Schappert

 Silver Medal             Sahana Manohar

Bronze Medal           Darby French                    Ces Wells

Honorable Mention certificate           Adam Asim                    Olivia Isaacs

Level2

Gold Medal

John Cabell                         Matteo DeLuca                         Aiva Kern                      Nina McGinnis

Silver Medal

Alexis Bartee                      Ellison Best                               Edward Williams

Bronze Medal

Eliot Beazley                   Chloe Biggs                                Emma Hunter

Honorable Mention Certificate Keely Edwards  Gavin Hoyt  Sivani Nemani  Abigayle Simmons

Level 3

Gold Medal     Emma Burris

Silver Medal   James Knaupp

Bronze Medal Genevieve Biondi       Evelyn Galgano

Sydney Brewer (2024), won Runner Up for Most Creative Construction (9th-12th Grade) for her garment design as part of the 2022 VMFA Teen Stylin Program. She was among 40 designers who competed. Sydney worked on her project as an independent study candidate.

Sydney’s assigned inspiration piece was the sculpture of boat with multiple oarsmen from the ancient Egyptian gallery. The overall theme for the VMFA program was “Journey.”

The designers’ challenge was to construct a garment with only 20% fabric and to use up-cycled or recycled materials.

Sydney’s design, entitled “Desert Flower,” was constructed from bamboo blinds, bamboo placemats, seashells, tissue paper, hot glue and twine. She designed the bodice, cape, skirt and umbrella to reflect the journey of life along the Nile River.

Way to Go, Sydney!

Shreyas Muthusamy qualified to compete in the USAPhO contest.  He earned Bronze Medal Recognition – which is an awesome accomplishment.  Here is a link to additional information:  https://aapt.org/physicsteam/2022/news.cfm

I would like to end tonight’s message with a quote from the late Muhammad Ali.  Aside from being a champion boxer, Ali was an activist and a man that lived by his beliefs.  One of my favorite Ali quotes is as follows: “Impossible is just a word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.”

Have a great evening and as always, Go Dragons!

 

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Exam Exemptions:

Please refresh yourself on the exam exemption policies on p. 26 of the student handbook, as needed.  Senior exams will be coming the week of May 31.  Underclass exams will be the week of June 7.  Exam exemption forms can be picked up from reception on 5/16.

Senior Showcase on Wednesday, June 8, 2022

Senior Parents:  During the week May 16-20, all senior students will be bringing home invitations to this year’s in-person Senior Showcase.  In this event, senior students will present their seminar or mentorship research to the students of Maggie Walker.  Senior parents are invited to this event as well.  The event will be on Wednesday, June 8th.  The invitation will include a schedule that indicates what time your senior will be presenting.  If you have any questions, please reach out to Les Cook at [email protected].

Seniors:

Any senior interested in auditioning for Senior Night (6/2) and/or graduation (6/17), please use this link to sign-up: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0b4caaab2ea4ff2-senior4

Auditions will be held on 5/24 and 5/25 after school.  If all spots are filled, please email Ms. Sheppard directly for options.

Wendell Powell is currently taking orders for the Class of 2022 group photo!  If you would like a copy and/or if you need to still order your senior’s formal photos, use the following link:  https://wendellpowell.photoreflect.com/store/Events.aspx

Graduation tickets were distributed during lunch all last week.  If any senior did NOT pick up their tickets, please have them email Ms. Sheppard to schedule a time to get them.

Senior Night is just a couple of weeks away, and we still need your senior’s baby pictures for our slideshow.  We are asking parents to send in 1-3 baby/toddler photos of your senior to be used in the presentation.  Please submit these by May 26th.   A link to the Google Folder was sent to parents and posted on the Class of 2022 Schoology page.  If you are uncomfortable/unable to save your pictures in the folder, please email the pictures directly to Ms. Sheppard.   Even if your senior is not planning to attend, please send 1-3 pictures to be included in the presentation.

The Class of 2022 presentation, “Making College Lead to a Career” has been rescheduled!!  Seniors, please plan to join us on Zoom from 7:00 – 8:30 pm on Wednesday, May 25.  Certified college and career coach (and former MLWGS teacher and current parent) Jennifer McCluskey will discuss several topics including but not limited to: networking, internships vs. externships, and writing a resume.  If you would like to learn more about Mrs. McCluskey or the help she offers to students, please consider checking out her website:  https://www.jennifermccluskey.com/ . If you have any questions about the event, contact Ms. Sheppard (Class of 2022 sponsor): [email protected].

The Zoom link for Wednesday’s presentation is:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84408667322?pwd=a1B1V2JGajE5SXBtbzlCTCtKZkplQT09

We hope you can join us!!

Deeping Your Understanding of Sensitive Policy Issues @ Your Library

Young Libertarians, Young Democrats, Young Republicans, otherwise affiliated, or apolitical – you are ALL welcome in the MLWGS Library. This is a purple zone where you can access resources that reflect a diverse range of policy positions, opinions, and interpretations — from The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times to The Nation and The National Review, or books by former Supreme Court Justices Ginsburg and Scalia.

The MLWGS Library is committed to inclusivity, including political inclusivity, and to fostering the capacity for civil civic discourse within our community and beyond. Yet sometimes your opinion about an issue can be so deeply rooted, whether in personal experience, faith, or something else, that it can feel impossible to discuss it with someone who holds a different opinion. Indeed, when I ask One Small Step participants if there are any issues they’d prefer NOT to discuss, there are always students who list at least a few topics.

For policy opinions you hold close, quietly reading about and reflecting on the issue can deepen your understanding and expose you to different perspectives without the vulnerability of discussing it. One place to start such research is Issues Researcher. On the leading issue page for featured topics, you’ll find a historical timeline, and articles expressing both pro and con opinions about a related question. You can then expand your search by searching the database directly. You can find more resources for exploring contrasting viewpoints in that very section of the library’s Research Toolbox, located in the resources section of the Dragons Research group in Schoology (where you can also download the password list for the library’s databases).

As we discussed in FIRC Speech and FIRC Social Studies, immersing yourself in a chorus of like-minded views may feel affirming, even comforting. Yet, it does little to foster your capacity for the civil civic discourse many of you have said you’d like to see more of. So…before you engage with issues that ignite strong emotions inside you, take one small step toward the civility you seek by enhancing your ability to speak about it from a solid foundation of historical knowledge and argument awareness, as well as from your heart.

I’m grateful to work with and learn with you: passionate, intelligent, curious Dragons with a wide range of values and beliefs. If you have questions, stop by the library, where the motto is Wonder. Research. Repeat.

Athletics:

Any students planning on playing any of our FALL SPORTS for 2022-23 must have a current physical and forms dated any time after May 1, 2022.  Here is the link to get the paperwork:

https://mlwgs.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/3333_001-2.pdf

Once completed, please send the paperwork to Ms. Hawkins at [email protected] as a PDF.

The Foundation:

Class of 2022–Senior Parent Send Off–June 8

The MLWGS Foundation will be hosting a send off party for all Class of 2022 parents on Wednesday, June 8, at the original Strangeways (2277 Dabney Road, Henrico) from 6:30-8:30pm. This is a casual opportunity to spend time with other senior parents and some alumni parents who know what you are going through as you help your Dragon prepare for their next adventure–and as you prepare as well. The Foundation will provide light fare and non-alcoholic beverages as we welcome you to alumni parent status. Once a Dragon, Always a Dragon . . .  (More info about the event will be shared in the coming weeks. )

Leave Your Mark at MLWGS!

Are you (or a grandparent, aunt, or other special person) looking for the perfect, lasting graduation gift for your favorite Dragon? Leave your mark at MLWGS by purchasing an engraved paver in their honor.

The Governor’s School Foundation invites families of MLWGS seniors and graduates to purchase inscribed pavers to leave a lasting tribute at the school. This is a great way to honor your student and support the great work done by the Foundation. You can purchase either a Bluestone paver inside the school lobby or a brick paver to be placed at the base of the Maggie Walker statue on the Lombardy Street walkway. Click here for the order form and more details.

MLWGS Foundation’s Annual Fund Parent Participation Campaign Ends on Tuesday!

The Foundation’s  Annual Fund Parent Participation Campaign is coming down to the wire. Which class will end the year with a sweet treat from the Foundation? We will know in just two days when this friendly competition ends.  So support your Dragon’s class and the Foundation by making your donation today!  Donations of all amounts count and provide ongoing support for our amazing school through the Foundation annual fund.

As of May 5, here are the overall class totals:

Seniors: 34%

Juniors: 32%

Sophomores: 28%

Freshmen: 32%

Good News!

Congratulations to our students who were recognized on the National Italiano Exam for 2022

Level 1

Gold Medal               Nina Broderick                   Martina Ribera                  Samantha Schappert

Silver Medal             Sahana Manohar

Bronze Medal           Darby French                    Ces Wells

Honorable Mention certificate           Adam Asim                    Olivia Isaacs

Level 2

Gold Medal

John Cabell                         Matteo DeLuca                         Aiva Kern                      Nina McGinnis

Silver Medal

Alexis Bartee                      Ellison Best                               Edward Williams

Bronze Medal

Eliot Beazley                   Chloe Biggs                                Emma Hunter

Honorable Mention Certificate Keely Edwards  Gavin Hoyt  Sivani Nemani  Abigayle Simmons

Level 3

Gold Medal     Emma Burris

Silver Medal   James Knaupp

Bronze Medal Genevieve Biondi       Evelyn Galgano

Sydney Brewer (2024), won Runner Up for Most Creative Construction (9th-12th Grade) for her garment design as part of the 2022 VMFA Teen Stylin Program. She was among 40 designers who competed. Sydney worked on her project as an independent study candidate.

Sydney’s assigned inspiration piece was the sculpture of boat with multiple oarsmen from the ancient Egyptian gallery. The overall theme for the VMFA program was “Journey.”

The designers’ challenge was to construct a garment with only 20% fabric and to use up-cycled or recycled materials.

Sydney’s design, entitled “Desert Flower,” was constructed from bamboo blinds, bamboo placemats, seashells, tissue paper, hot glue and twine. She designed the bodice, cape, skirt and umbrella to reflect the journey of life along the Nile River.

Way to Go, Sydney!

To many, Memorial Day, the federal U.S. holiday that takes place every year on the last Monday of May, is just another excuse for a three-day weekend. It’s also known as the day that marks the unofficial start of summer and as a day devoted to getting great deals at the mall. However, the true meaning of Memorial Day goes far beyond barbecues and sales.

The holiday began after the Civil War, and at that time was known as “Decoration Day.” While it was originally founded to honor the soldiers who died in the Civil War, today, Memorial Day is a day to honor all of the Americans who have died in military service.

Patriotic Americans should take a moment from their day of celebration and leisure to reflect on the brave sacrifices of those who have given their lives for this great nation.

I think what sums up Memorial Day best for me can be found in the words of John F. Kennedy who said, “Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty.

Have a great evening and as always, Go Dragons!

 

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Exam Exemptions:

Please refresh yourself on the exam exemption policies on p. 26 of the student handbook, as needed.  Senior exams will be coming the week of May 31.  Underclass exams will be the week of June 7.  Exam exemption forms can be picked up from reception on 5/16.

Senior Showcase on Wednesday, June 8, 2022

Senior Parents:  During the week May 16-20, all senior students will be bringing home invitations to this year’s in-person Senior Showcase.  In this event, senior students will present their seminar or mentorship research to the students of Maggie Walker.  Senior parents are invited to this event as well.  The event will be on Wednesday, June 8th.  The invitation will include a schedule that indicates what time your senior will be presenting.  If you have any questions, please reach out to Les Cook at [email protected].

Seniors:

Any senior interested in auditioning for Senior Night (6/2) and/or graduation (6/17), please use this link to sign-up: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0b4caaab2ea4ff2-senior4

Auditions will be held on 5/24 and 5/25 after school.  If all spots are filled, please email Ms. Sheppard directly for options.

At the beginning of lunch on Monday, May 16th, seniors are asked to head to the outside front steps (across from the auditorium) to pose for a photo in their college t-shirt.  This should only take a few minutes, so please go as soon as class dismisses to ensure that you’re included.

Senior Night is Thursday, June 2.  We are asking parents to send in 1-3 baby/toddler photos of your senior to be used in the presentation.  Please submit these by May 26th.   A link to the Google Folder was sent to parents and posted on the Class of 2022 Schoology page.

If you are uncomfortable/unable to save your pictures in the folder, please email the pictures directly to Ms. Sheppard.   Even if your senior is not planning to attend, please send 1-3 pictures to be included in the presentation.

Graduation tickets will be distributed during lunch starting Monday, May 16 – Friday, May 20th outside of room 330.  Each student will be receiving 14 tickets.  If more tickets are needed, please ask your student to see if there are any extras available from their peers before requesting them from Ms. Sheppard.  No requests for additional tickets from Ms. Sheppard will be considered until June 3.

On May 20, Seniors will be dismissed from class to attend a workshop on “Making College Lead to a Career” led by certified college and career coach (former MLWGS teacher and current parent), Jennifer McCluskey. Her presentation will touch on several topics including but not limited to: networking, internships vs. externships, and writing a resume.  This was met with great success last year when we held it over Zoom, but we are excited to have her on campus for an in-person event!  If you would like to learn more about Mrs. McCluskey or the help she offers to students, please consider checking out her website:  https://www.jennifermccluskey.com/ . If you have any questions about the event, contact Ms. Sheppard (Class of 2022 sponsor): [email protected].

Wendell Powell is currently taking orders for the Class of 2022 group photo!  If you would like a copy and/or if you need to still order your senior’s formal photos, use the following link:  https://wendellpowell.photoreflect.com/store/Events.aspx

Wednesday, May 18, 6:30pm on Zoom: “How To Help Your Student Make College Lead To A Career”

In advance of the program she will be delivering to the Senior class on Friday, May 20th, hear from certified career coach and MLWGS parent Jennifer McCluskey about what students really should be doing in college to help ensure this important but often confusing time will result in a meaningful career journey they will enjoy…and how parents can best support them.

Zoom Meeting Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89643677443?pwd=RjVWRSszZS9VRmpENktaVWpYY2ZFZz09 Meeting ID: 896 4367 7443 Passcode: 602418

 

Deepening Your Understanding of Sensitive Policy Issues @ Your Library

Young Libertarians, Young Democrats, Young Republicans, otherwise affiliated, or apolitical – you are ALL welcome in the MLWGS Library. This is a purple zone where you can access resources that reflect a diverse range of policy positions, opinions, and interpretations — from The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times to The Nation and The National Review, or books by former Supreme Court Justices Ginsburg and Scalia.

The MLWGS Library is committed to inclusivity, including political inclusivity, and to fostering the capacity for civil civic discourse within our community and beyond. Yet sometimes your opinion about an issue can be so deeply rooted, whether in personal experience, faith, or something else, that it can feel impossible to discuss it with someone who holds a different opinion. Indeed, when I ask One Small Step participants if there are any issues they’d prefer NOT to discuss, there are always students who list at least a few topics.

For policy opinions you hold close, quietly reading about and reflecting on the issue can deepen your understanding and expose you to different perspectives without the vulnerability of discussing it. One place to start such research is Issues Researcher. On the leading issue page for featured topics, you’ll find a historical timeline, and articles expressing both pro and con opinions about a related question. You can then expand your search by searching the database directly. You can find more resources for exploring contrasting viewpoints in that very section of the library’s Research Toolbox, located in the resources section of the Dragons Research group in Schoology (where you can also download the password list for the library’s databases).

As we discussed in FIRC Speech and FIRC Social Studies, immersing yourself in a chorus of like-minded views may feel affirming, even comforting. Yet, it does little to foster your capacity for the civil civic discourse many of you have said you’d like to see more of. So…before you engage with issues that ignite strong emotions inside you, take one small step toward the civility you seek by enhancing your ability to speak about it from a solid foundation of historical knowledge and argument awareness, as well as from your heart.

I’m grateful to work with and learn with you: passionate, intelligent, curious Dragons with a wide range of values and beliefs. If you have questions, stop by the library, where the motto is Wonder. Research. Repeat.

School Counseling:

Lots of virtual, college-related programming for underclassmen and their families is happening in the week ahead!  These opportunities have been shared with students in grades 9-11 via posts to their respective “College Information for the Class of 202_” Schoology groups.

Beginning on May 15thCoalition for College (in partnership with University of Chicago and other participating institutions) is hosting a week of events related to Self-Care Throughout the College Process, Understanding Financial Aid, College Essays, Making the Most of Your Summer, and more.  One particular event sounds a little like the case study exercise that sophomores experienced at College Kick-Off at MLWGS in February.  On Wednesday, May 18th, “This is your chance to see what an application looks like and how applications are reviewed!  Together you and admissions counselors from UChicago and Northwestern University will review applications, and decide who is admitted, waitlisted, or denied admission.  See you in the committee room!”  To register for any of the week’s events (and to watch recordings of past events), check out https://www.coalitionforcollegeaccess.org/events

Next (on May 16th), the Potomac & Chesapeake Association for College Admission Counseling (PCACAC) is hosting a Virtual College Fair.  Schools from Virginia, as well as those that are out-of-state or international will be in attendance.  For more details and to register for sessions of interest to you, go to https://www.strivescan.com/pcacac/

Finally, if your student is interested in pursuing athletics at the college level, they might want to check out a workshop on May 17th sponsored by ECMC The College-Place-Virginia called “Demystifying College Sports Recruitment”.  To learn more, visit https://ecmc.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEvcOGgrzwtG9a2U5uPc7gzBsd-0g03RcoN

Attention, juniors who wish to be considered in the selection process for our school’s two nominees for the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill Morehead-Cain Scholarship:  This is a reminder that the deadline to complete this survey in Naviance is Wednesday, May 18th at 12:20PM.

Athletics:

Any students planning on playing any of our FALL SPORTS for 2022-23 must have a current physical and forms dated any time after May 1, 2022.  Here is the link to get the paperwork:

https://mlwgs.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/3333_001-2.pdf

Once completed, please send the paperwork to Ms. Hawkins at [email protected] as a PDF.

The Foundation:

Class of 2022–Senior Parent Send Off–June 8

The MLWGS Foundation will be hosting a send off party for all Class of 2022 parents on Wednesday, June 8, at the original Strangeways (2277 Dabney Road, Henrico) from 6:30-8:30pm. This is a casual opportunity to spend time with other senior parents and some alumni parents who know what you are going through as you help your Dragon prepare for their next adventure–and as you prepare as well. The Foundation will provide light fare and non-alcoholic beverages as we welcome you to alumni parent status. Once a Dragon, Always a Dragon . . .  (More info about the event will be shared in the coming weeks. )

Leave Your Mark at MLWGS!

Are you (or a grandparent, aunt, or other special person) looking for the perfect, lasting graduation gift for your favorite Dragon? Leave your mark at MLWGS by purchasing an engraved paver in their honor.

The Governor’s School Foundation invites families of MLWGS seniors and graduates to purchase inscribed pavers to leave a lasting tribute at the school. This is a great way to honor your student and support the great work done by the Foundation. You can purchase either a Bluestone paver inside the school lobby or a brick paver to be placed at the base of the Maggie Walker statue on the Lombardy Street walkway. Click here for the order form and more details.

MLWGS Foundation’s Annual Fund Parent Participation Campaign Ends on Tuesday!

The Foundation’s  Annual Fund Parent Participation Campaign is coming down to the wire. Which class will end the year with a sweet treat from the Foundation? We will know in just two days when this friendly competition ends.  So support your Dragon’s class and the Foundation by making your donation today!  Donations of all amounts count and provide ongoing support for our amazing school through the Foundation annual fund.

As of May 5, here are the overall class totals:

Seniors: 34%

Juniors: 32%

Sophomores: 28%

Freshmen: 32%

Good News!

Maggie Walker Quiz Bowl sent three teams to compete in the VCU Season Finale tournament this Saturday and brought home two trophies! Congratulations to Vien Nguyen, Sam McNamee, Risshi Naavaal, and Timothy Porter for pulling out a nail-biting victory over Blacksburg High School to win the entire tournament!   We also had several top individual scorers – Sam McNamee was recognized with a book award as the 5th overall individual scorer averaging 41.8 points per game and Stella Broome as the 2nd overall individual scorer with an average 45.8 points per game.  Wish the team luck as they head to Nationals in Atlanta over Memorial Day Weekend!  If you want to join our winning legacy, it’s not too late!  We hold open practices every day during lunch in room 316, come join us!

Our own Freshman Ziggy Booker is being asked to read the new highway marker for the Shockoe African Burial Ground at the unveiling based on their work last year with their 8th grade class.  We are excited that one of our Dragons has been bestowed with such an honor!

Cameron Golden received 2nd place in this year’s 7th District Congressional Art Contest.  She received the award for her painting last Thursday from Representative Abigail Spanberger at a ceremony at Tucker High School.

We are over half way through the testing period!  APs are mostly behind us and we will take on the SOLs soon.  The Dragon Nation is performing well and it is clear that our students are taking them seriously and knocking them down.  With only 24 school days left, things are rolling to a great finish.  Needless to say, we need to finish strong so that we may enjoy our time off without any of this year’s business underfoot.  I have total confidence that we will all enjoy the victory of another successful school year.  The Dragon Nation can’t be beat.  To paraphrase what Muhammad Ali said, “If you even dream of beating us you’d better wake up and apologize”.

Have a great evening, and as always, Go Dragons!

 

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Thanks to the PTSA:

Thank you to the PTSA for your generous support of the MLWGS faculty and staff during Teacher Appreciation Week, May 2-6.  Spearheaded by Kellie Huyard of the Hospitality Committee, our staff enjoyed a delicious meal each day equaling 3 lunches and 1 breakfast.  Kellie did all of the menu selections, set-up, serving, and clean-up. No small effort!  We are grateful for the support of the PTSA.

Exam Exemptions:

Please refresh yourself on the exam exemption policies on p. 26 of the student handbook, as needed.  Senior exams will be coming the week of May 31.  Underclass exams will be the week of June 7.  Exam exemption forms can be picked up from reception on 5/16.

Athletics:

Any students planning on playing any of our FALL SPORTS for 2022-23 must have a current physical and forms dated any time after May 1, 2022.  Here is the link to get the paperwork:

https://mlwgs.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/3333_001-2.pdf

Once completed, please send the paperwork to Ms. Hawkins at [email protected] as a PDF.

Seniors:

Any senior interested in auditioning for Senior Night (6/2) and/or graduation (6/17), please use this link to sign-up: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0b4caaab2ea4ff2-senior4

Auditions will be held on 5/24 and 5/25 after school.  If all spots are filled, please email Ms. Sheppard directly for options.

Juniors:

The latest edition of the Junior Newsletter has been posted to Schoology and the School Counseling website.  Younger Dragons and their families are also invited to view it to learn more about college info sessions, scholarships/contests, and summer programs that might be of interest to them: https://sites.google.com/gsgis.k12.va.us/mlwgs-counseling/college-admissions-information/seniorjunior-newsletters

Polar Lecture:

Two extraordinary guest speakers will be joining the Polar Seminar via Zoom on Monday, May 9, during 3rd period (10:15 – 11:35).   Lonnie Thompson and Ellen Mosley Thompson are giants in the field of paleoclimatology who have devoted their careers to collecting ice cores from the polar regions (Ellen) and from high altitude, mid-latitude glaciers (Lonnie).

“Distinguished University Professor and director of the Byrd Polar Research Center (BPRC) Ellen Mosley-Thompson is a leading expert on the study of ancient climates. She has led nine expeditions to Antarctica and six to Greenland.  Distinguished University Professor and BPRC senior research scientist Lonnie Thompson has led more than 50 expeditions.  His observations of glacier retreat over the last three decades confirm that glaciers around the world are melting, clear evidence that the warming of the last 50 years is now outside the range of climate variability for several millennia.”  Both are members of the National Academy of Sciences.

To get an idea of what the Thompsons will be talking about in their presentation, I invite you to watch the following 9-minute clip from the PBS Newshour:  https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/glacier-ice-samples-act-as-records-of-climate-changes-impact-on-earth

I am excited that these renown scientists will be joining us on Monday, May 9, during 3rd period to talk about the importance of ice cores in understanding climate change.  As always, I will be recording the Zoom session, and posting it in the Schoology group called Polar Guest Presentations.  If you or your class or any 3rd period study hall students would like to join us “live,” please email me ([email protected]) , and I will send you the Zoom link.

P.S.  If you want to read more about this dynamic duo, here is a link to an article from the OSU Alumni magazine:  https://www.osu.edu/alumni/news/ohio-state-alumni-magazine/issues/winter-2021/ice-sages.html

MLWGS Foundation’s Annual Fund Parent Participation Campaign Ends May 17!

The Foundation’s  Annual Fund Parent Participation Campaign is coming down to the wire. Which class will end the year with a sweet treat from the Foundation? We will know after May 17 when this friendly competition ends.  So support your Dragon’s class and the Foundation by making your donation today!  Donations of all amounts count and provide ongoing support for our amazing school through the Foundation annual fund.

As of May 5, here are the overall class totals:

Seniors: 34%

Juniors: 32%

Sophomores: 28%

Freshmen: 32%

Good News!

Madison Lathrop has been accepted into the Governor’s World Language Academy for German. This three-week full-immersion program will be held at Washington and Lee this summer. Congratulations, Madison!

Congratulations to Carson Wang, Noah Jung, Ben Davis, Bruce Yanovitch, and Hutton Ward, whose narrative film “The Chauffeur” was designated an Official Selection to the VHSL Film Festival! Their film will be honored with an online screening at the festival in Charlottesville on June 4 as they await final decisions during the award presentation. Way to go!

Well, we have made it to the second week of APs.  Like them or not, they are a key measure of how we have done as students, teachers, and as a school.  Has all the work that we have put in this year been worth it?  Are we ready to nail these things and focus on more important stuff like our summer vacation?  You Bet!  Let’s crush these tests and finish the year strong.  I am confident that we will once again show the folks around us that The Dragon Nation has some of the smartest, most talented, dedicated, hard-working students anywhere.  When I see some of my colleagues at meetings, they give me a hard time and say that I’m always bragging about how well our kids lead the way in so many areas.  Well, to paraphrase several people including Bear Bryant, “It aint bragging if it’s true!”

Have a great evening, and as always, Go Dragons!

 

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MLWGS will be closed on Tuesday May 3rd for the observance of Eid-al-Fitr.

Seniors and Parents of Seniors: 

All seniors should be working diligently to complete their community service hours requirement.  Due to COVID-19, the senior requirement has been reduced from 140 hours to 120 hours.  All seniors should have 120 hours submitted to x2vol by May 2, 2022.  Anyone with questions should contact Les Cook ([email protected]) or stop by his office (room315) to talk.

Three scholarships (the Pogue, Rajan, and Dr. Smriti Bardhan) will be funded by generous members of our community and awarded this semester exclusively to eligible MLWGS seniors who are selected through a school-based application process.  The selection criteria and applications for each are unique, but they all share the same deadline: Monday, 5/2/22 at 1PM.  Applications have been posted in the “College Information for the Class of 2022” Schoology group and have been updated in the “Local & Regional Scholarships” portion of Naviance. If you have any questions about these applications, please contact senior counselor Kim Forquer at [email protected].  Good luck, Dragons!

Athletics:

Any students planning on playing any of our FALL SPORTS for 2022-23 must have a current physical and forms dated any time after May 1, 2022.  Here is the link to get the paperwork:

https://mlwgs.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/3333_001-2.pdf

Once completed, please send the paperwork to Ms. Hawkins at [email protected] as a PDF.

Advanced Placement Exams:

AP Exams begin Monday, May 2nd and will continue until Tuesday, May 17th. AP testers should review this schedule for exam dates, start times, and room locations (some exams have multiple rooms): https://docs.google.com/document/d/1sQ6O1ule2qEO7q3fiP82hP_OEjgaXhSk/edit?usp=sharing&ouid=107178821893099947385&rtpof=true&sd=true

Students may enter testing rooms up to 15 minutes early, and we encourage students to be at their desks with their materials ready at the posted start time. For morning exams, we plan to begin reading instructions at 8:30 or as soon as most students has arrived by bus (we could hold an exam for a late bus for a period of time, but not for any other reason). Please be punctual. Late arrivals may not be able to test. Please make transportation arrangements for afternoon tests; they will likely not conclude before dismissal.

Students should bring multiple #2 wooden pencils and a pen with black or dark blue ink to testing. If applicable, also bring a working calculator that meets the testing guidelines (ask your teacher if you are unsure). Many exams will take place in the gym and temperatures can vary. Please consider bringing a sweatshirt/wearing layers even if it is warm on testing day. Students may bring a water bottles and a snack in their backpack (for the break and not to have at their desk). Students may not have access to phones or other technology during testing. Students must read the AP Testing Terms & Conditions document under “resources” in the AP Testing Schoology group for more details about prohibited devices and other regulations. Some students will have two exams in one day. We will hold the start time for the afternoon exam until after the morning exam has concluded and those students have had a break. Lunch will be held for a period of time after the morning exams conclude and teachers will be notified of students’ estimated return time. Additional announcements will be made through the AP Testing Schoology group.

College Boot Camp for Rising Seniors:

Registration for the College Application Boot Camp is open as of 4/22/22. The mission of College Boot Camp is to provide students the space and time to complete their Common Application (or other application of their choice) before the start of the school year. College Boot Camp will be held from Monday, August 8th through Wednesday, August 10th, 2022 (a three-day program). There will be two sessions offered, a morning session (9am-12pm) and an afternoon session (1-4pm). Both sessions will be in-person at MLWGS. Students who wish to participate must choose either the morning or afternoon session. We ask that students complete their registration by June 1st, 2022, which includes signing up on the Sign Up Genius link below and completing the payment ($55) on the school website. If payment is a financial hardship, please see your counselor (Ms. Forquer or Dr. Loving) about a fee waiver. Space is not unlimited, so if you know you would like to register, please do not delay. View the link for more details and begin registration: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0B48AFA62BA75-mlwgs.

Sports Signing Day for Seniors:

Are you a senior who will be playing a Division I, II, or III sport in college next fall? If so, we want to celebrate this accomplishment with a Signing Day Ceremony. Coach Hawkins ([email protected]) is putting together a list of college athletes to be included in this event. The date for the ceremony will be announced once we have a list of the athletes. Students or parents are asked to email the name of the student, college, and sport to Coach Hawkins by Friday, May 6th to be included in this events. Coaches (school and club) will be invited to attend.

From the desk of the school psychologist:

The Cameron Gallagher Foundation is sponsoring an upcoming program for parents.  “May’s Conversations with CKG” will be taking place on Wednesday, May 18, at 7pm via Zoom. The topic is: The Way Forward: How Families Navigate Mental Health Challenges. Broadcasting live from the Cameron Gallagher Mental Health Resource Center at the Children’s Hospital of Richmond, CKG Executive Director Grace Gallagher and experts from the resource center will discuss options and roadways for families with mental health challenges needing a way forward.

This event is free. Registration is required.

It’s Teacher Appreciation Week! 

The PTSA has planned meals for each day next week, including a BBQ & Fried Chicken Lunch on Monday, Continental Breakfast with Quiches on Wednesday, a Cinco De Mayo celebration lunch on Thursday and the FiftyOne Pizza Truck  will be pulling up for lunch to close out the week!

If you’d like to contribute to the PTSA to support our awesome Teacher-Appreciation Week plans, please do! Click here to make a donation today.

You can either join the PTSA this year, if you haven’t already, and/or make a donation of $5, $10, $50 or more to be sure PTSA volunteers can continue to celebrate our teachers each month. We want them to have the funds to plan spectacular feasts to support their hard work – memberships and donations allow us to do that each year!

Good News!

Greta Shope will be representing MLWGS at this summer’s Governor’s World Language Academies for Spanish. We are very excited for her and her accomplishment!

Fresh off their placements in the district competition in February, the National History Day Club, sponsored by Dr. Christine Anderson, competed at the Virginia History Day state competition on Sunday, April 24, 2022. The theme this year was Debate and Diplomacy in History: Successes, Failures, Consequences and all submissions explored this complex theme, while also highlighting the importance of diversity of perspective, race, gender, sexual orientation, and disability.  Joanne Lin’s  ’23 paper, “Roe V. Wade: A Symbol of Proliferating American Crisis in Debate and Diplomacy,” and Drew Rivas’ ’23 paper “From the Mattachine to Stonewall: How Diplomacy Failed the American Gay Rights Movement” competed in the Senior Paper category. Jordyn Krajewski’s ’23 “933,” competed in the Senior Group Documentary, and Ally Lichtman’s  ’25 “Alpha for the Beta: How Ida B. Wells and the Alpha Suffrage Club Bettered the Fight for Enfranchisement at the Intersection of Race and Gender” competed in the Senior Individual Website category and placed first. Drew Rivas received the Diversity Richmond and Virginia Pride LGBTQ+ History award and Jordyn Krajewski won the John Marshall Center Prize for Political History and Civics award. Ally Lichtman will move onto the national competition held virtually between June 12 and June 18, 2022. Congratulations to all participants, and best of luck to Ally as she prepares for the final leg of competition!

The MLWGS We The People team placed 5th in the nation!  Congratulations to the hard working Constitutional scholars!

AP testing underway and the SOL tests are close behind.  With the rush to the finish line the stress level on campus begins to rise. I encourage all of the members of the Dragon Nation to stay focused and finish strong.  The great basketball coach John Wooten said “It’s not so important who starts the game but who finishes it.”  Six weeks to go!

Have a great evening, and as always, Go Dragons!

 

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Seniors and Parents of Seniors: 

All seniors should be working diligently to complete their community service hours requirement.  Due to COVID-19, the senior requirement has been reduced from 140 hours to 120 hours.  All seniors should have 120 hours submitted to x2vol by May 2, 2022.  Anyone with questions should contact Les Cook ([email protected]) or stop by his office (room315) to talk.

A photographer from Wendell Powell Studio will be on campus on Wednesday, April 27th to take the traditional senior class group photo on the front steps of MLWGS during lunch.  Seniors must bring their cap and gown for the photo.  Information about purchasing the photo will be provided by the photographer after the photo is taken.  If you have any questions, please contact the class sponsor, Ms. Sheppard – [email protected]

Three scholarships (the Pogue, Rajan, and Dr. Smriti Bardhan) will be funded by generous members of our community and awarded this semester exclusively to eligible MLWGS seniors who are selected through a school-based application process.  The selection criteria and applications for each are unique, but they all share the same deadline: Monday, 5/2/22 at 1PM.  Applications have been posted in the “College Information for the Class of 2022” Schoology group and have been updated in the “Local & Regional Scholarships” portion of Naviance. If you have any questions about these applications, please contact senior counselor Kim Forquer at [email protected].  Good luck, Dragons!

From the Security Corner:

Parking:

Students, parents and/or guests who park on the street must be extra diligent to watch for restricted or no parking zones, fire hydrants, private property signs.  Cars have been parking in the James River Transportation employee lot, blocking streets and alleys, and even blocked the whole James River lot for an entire day.  (Yes, we have pictures too!)

(The owner of the James River Transportation has requested that we pass this along to students and parents.  They do not want to tow anyone, but our drivers are leaving them no choice)

Clean-up:

The weather is getting nicer and nicer as we get close to the end of our school year; You don’t want to lose out on opportunities to eat outside, sit where you want, and enjoy the fresh air!  As such, take responsibility for yourselves, your school and each other.  CLEAN UP AFTER YOUR SELF OUTSIDE, INSIDE, AND AFTER YOU USE THE CAFETERIA AND/OR COMMONS!!!!  Throw away trash, straighten tables and push in chairs when you finish lunch, snacks, or study!  Be honorable and hold each other accountable.

Valuables:

Maintain control of, or secure anything you don’t want to lose, whether through mistake, prank, or theft.  Pay attention to your belongings.  Simple…

Lost and Found:

If you are missing bottles, bags, clothes, books, lunchboxes, etc. please go through and look soon.  We will dispose of neglected property again April 29.  If you are missing valuables…wallets, lunch cards, jewelry, chargers, etc.  come check in with Security, we just might have your belongings.

The GS Foundation:

Night of the Dragon 2022 is a Wrap!

The Foundation thanks everyone who made the 20th Annual Night of the Dragon a success! Special thanks to our Auction Chair Kristi Turner and Committee Chairs Anne Ewald, Brad Ewald, Jennifer Rector, and Megan Lowden. There are too many volunteers, donors, and attendees to thank here, but know that each of you is very appreciated! More info about the dollars raised for MLWGS will be shared soon.

Grandparents and Special Friends Day

The Foundation is expecting more than 200 grandparents and special friends to come get a glimpse of Dragon life on Friday, April 29. Dragons who invited a guest(s) will be excused from last block a bit early on Friday to enjoy some refreshments and provide a school tour to their loved ones.

Good News!

Congratulations to Stella Broome!  She is representing MLWGS at this summer’s Governor’s World Language Academies where she will study French.  We are so very proud of her!

Gabriel Harding, Samuel Litchman, and Jack Cabell participated in All-Virginia Orchestra and Band on April 21-23 at Christopher Newport University. These ensembles are the most selective student musical groups in Virginia and to be selected is a testament to our student’s dedication to music. Students performed in three concerts over the weekend and dazzled the audiences. Congratulations Samuel, Gabriel, and Jack!

This week will close with Grandparents Day and it got me thinking.  We often forget to thank all of those around us who help make us who we are and provide our lives with purpose.  To that end, I am reminded of what John F. Kennedy meant when he said “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” I challenge the Dragon Nation to show our gratitude to all of those who inspire us by living lives full of love, kindness, and meaning.

Have a great evening, and as always, Go Dragons!

 

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Calendar Change

Because of the relatively mild winter, we have not used up all our snow days.  As a result, Friday May 27th, the day before the Memorial Day weekend, will now be a Student and Staff Holiday!

Seniors and Parents of Seniors: 

All seniors should be working diligently to complete their community service hours requirement.  Due to COVID-19, the senior requirement has been reduced from 140 hours to 120 hours.  All seniors should have 120 hours submitted to x2vol by May 2, 2022.  Anyone with

questions should contact Les Cook ([email protected]) or stop by his office (room315) to talk.

School Counseling

The March/April edition of the Senior Newsletter has been posted to the “College Information for the Class of 2023” Schoology group and the MLWGS School Counseling website: https://sites.google.com/gsgis.k12.va.us/mlwgs-counseling/college-admissions-information/seniorjunior-newsletters

Senator Mark Warner invites high school and middle school students, their parents or guardians, and school counselors to Academy Day 2022. Attendees will have the opportunity to join breakout sessions with representatives from the United States service academies for presentations and an interactive question and answer period.

In the opening session, attendees will hear from representatives from the Virginia congressional delegation about the application procedures for congressional nominations to the academies as well as speakers from the Department of Defense Medical Examination Review Board, the University of Virginia ROTC programs, the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets, the Virginia Military Institute, and the Virginia Women’s Institute for Leadership at Mary Baldwin University. There will also be time to speak in more detail with many of these representatives at their virtual resource tables.

Date: Saturday, April 23, 2022

Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Location: Virtual on Accelevents

Registration: Click here

Questions: Email [email protected]”  For more information, visit https://www.warner.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/academynominations

 

TODAY is the FINAL DAY to Purchase Tickets to the 20th Annual Night of the Dragon!

Today is the deadline to purchase tickets for the 20th Annual Night of the Dragon on April 23 at the Altria Theater!

Get your tickets NOW for this fun-filled evening that is the social highlight of the season for the MLWGS community.

Each Night of the Dragon ticket includes a Welcome Drink plus 1 Drink Ticket, Dinner, Live and Silent Auctions, Lively Student Entertainment, and More!

When purchasing tickets, be sure to buy your beads for Heads & Tails for your chance to win our Home Comfort/Wine & Cheese Basket from GiftCraft worth more than $500. And please consider also purchasing a Thank a Teacher Ticket(s) so teachers can join the fun!

Looking forward to seeing you at Altria!

P.S. Today is also the deadline to request table assignments with specific folks by emailing Auction Chair Kristi Turner, [email protected].

Tentative Night of the Dragon Schedule

6:30pm–Doors Open

6:30-8:00pm–Heavy Hors d’oeuvres Stations and Bars Open, Mingling, Silent Auction Items on Display and Bidding

8:15pm–Silent Auction Ends (mobile bidding closes)

8:30pm–Welcome from Dr. Lowerre, Student Performance

8:45pm–Live Auction Begins, Head and Tails

10:00pm–Mobile Check Out and Item Pick Up

Parent Annual Fund Competition in Full Swing

The Annual Fund Parent Participation Campaign recognizes the class with the highest percentage of parents who donate to the Foundation’s Annual Fund campaign each year. So, please support your Dragon’s class and the Foundation by making your your gift online today. All donations count and the winning class gets bragging rights and a sweet treat in June courtesy of the Foundation!

As of March 22, here are the overall class totals:

Seniors: 25%

Juniors: 29%

Sophomores: 20%

Freshmen: 24%

Good News!

Congratulations to the Mathcrafters for making the Modeling the Future Challenge finals!  They are one of 13 finalists out of 197 competing teams from around the country.  They are presenting their paper on Friday April 22nd at the virtual finals symposium where they will be competing for $55,000 in scholarship money.  The Mathcrafters are Albert Tang (’22), Bryce Pardo (‘22), Jack Simmons (’22), Sam Lichtman (’22) and Eric Qian (’22 – not pictured).

Their project analyzes the effects of a proposed extension to the Powhite Parkway on traffic and accident rates using a Lighthill-Whitham-Richards model. The model examined potential changes in traffic volume and its impact on drivers’ reaction times, length of commute, and impacts of lane closures.

Wish them luck!

Well, we are in the quiet before the storm.  Within the next few of weeks, we will roll through AP and SOL testing.  We will have award events, concerts, pep rallies, assemblies, finish out the spring sports season, and say goodbye to our seniors.  Along the way, we will some challenges.  Whether it is a tough test, a mad rush to finish strong, or an athletic challenge, it is easy to become discouraged.  How we set our minds will determine our outcomes.  Winston Churchill said it best when he wrote “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”  Dragons, we are in a time of opportunity!

Have a great evening, and as always, Go Dragons!

 

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Reminder *** Friday April 15th is a Student Holiday. 

Calendar Change

Because of the relatively mild winter, we have not used up all our snow days.  As a result, Friday May 27th, the day before the Memorial Day weekend, will now be a Student and Staff Holiday!

Seniors and Parents of Seniors: 

All seniors should be working diligently to complete their community service hours requirement.  Due to COVID-19, the senior requirement has been reduced from 140 hours to 120 hours.  All seniors should have 120 hours submitted to x2vol by May 2, 2022.  Anyone with

questions should contact Les Cook ([email protected]) or stop by his office (room315) to talk.

School Counseling

The March/April edition of the Senior Newsletter has been posted to the “College Information for the Class of 2023” Schoology group and the MLWGS School Counseling website: https://sites.google.com/gsgis.k12.va.us/mlwgs-counseling/college-admissions-information/seniorjunior-newsletters

AP Exam Cancellations

Students who wish to cancel an AP Exam may do so for a partial refund of $56 per exam through April 15th. Please use this form (which can also be found in the AP Testing Schoology group under “resources”) to officially cancel your exam: https://forms.gle/VWRz13ouX2Fb3Xf16 (MLWGS will then adjust your MyAP account accordingly). Cancellations made after April 15th will not be eligible of a refund. Seniors are encouraged to check the admitted student and/or college credit transfer policies of their chosen or prospective college(s) in order to make an informed decision about exam cancellation.

Transcribe-a-thon on Tuesday, April 12th

Whether you’re one of the 118 students already on the MLWGS Library’s Transcribe Team, or are interested in joining us to transcribe historic documents for institutions like the Library of Virginia and the Smithsonian, mark your calendars for the Tuesday after spring break, April 12th, at 3:30pm. As always, there will be tasty treats and good company.

This will be the MLWGS Library’s fourth and final Transcribe-a-thon of the school year. Collectively, we’ve already helped make hundreds of historic documents searchable by scholars, historians, writers, genealogists, and other researchers. Never transcribed before? No worries! Ms. DeGroat will provide a brief training session at the beginning of the event for any first-timers. Mark your calendar now because April 12th will sneak up quickly after spring break.

SCHOOL ADVISORY COUNCIL SEEKS PARENT REPS

The MLWGS School Advisory Council (SAC) currently has parent openings for the 2022/23 school year.  These are 3-year appointments, so best suited to parents with rising sophomores or parents of incoming freshmen who have prior experience of older children having also attended Maggie Walker.

To learn more about the SAC, please visit https://mlwgs.com/support/school-advisory-council/.  If you are interested in becoming a parent member, would like to nominate someone, or would like to learn more, please contact Karen Townsend at [email protected] by Monday, April 11.

HCB2

This Tuesday, April 12th, Hitting Cancer Below the Belt (HCB2) will be at Maggie Walker with the INFLATABLE COLON to educate about colon cancer and to get you signed up to participate in the 10th annual BOXER BRIEF 5K on June 11th at City Stadium. ​This year for the 5K we have added a High School Challenge with cash prizes for a school department of choice (sports team, club, music department, art department, etc.) for the first, second, and third place high school runners:

1st place: $500, 2nd place: $250, 3rd place: $125

The school with the most participants wins a $250 gift card so have your friends and family sign up to run with Maggie Walker too!

Stop by from 5:00-7:00 on Tuesday, April 12th in the student parking lot at MW to sign up and learn more and sign up or use the link below below to sign up. Stay after to cheer on the girls’ soccer teams as they compete against Freeman.

https://runsignup.com/Race/Register/RaceGroup-1075299?raceId=51427

 

TODAY is the FINAL DAY to Purchase Tickets to the 20th Annual Night of the Dragon!

Today is the deadline to purchase tickets for the 20th Annual Night of the Dragon on April 23 at the Altria Theater!

Get your tickets NOW for this fun-filled evening that is the social highlight of the season for the MLWGS community.

Each Night of the Dragon ticket includes a Welcome Drink plus 1 Drink Ticket, Dinner, Live and Silent Auctions, Lively Student Entertainment, and More!

When purchasing tickets, be sure to buy your beads for Heads & Tails for your chance to win our Home Comfort/Wine & Cheese Basket from GiftCraft worth more than $500. And please consider also purchasing a Thank a Teacher Ticket(s) so teachers can join the fun!

Looking forward to seeing you at Altria!

P.S. Today is also the deadline to request table assignments with specific folks by emailing Auction Chair Kristi Turner, [email protected].

Tentative Night of the Dragon Schedule

6:30pm–Doors Open

6:30-8:00pm–Heavy Hors d’oeuvres Stations and Bars Open, Mingling, Silent Auction Items on Display and Bidding

8:15pm–Silent Auction Ends (mobile bidding closes)

8:30pm–Welcome from Dr. Lowerre, Student Performance

8:45pm–Live Auction Begins, Head and Tails

10:00pm–Mobile Check Out and Item Pick Up

Parent Annual Fund Competition in Full Swing

The Annual Fund Parent Participation Campaign recognizes the class with the highest percentage of parents who donate to the Foundation’s Annual Fund campaign each year. So, please support your Dragon’s class and the Foundation by making your your gift online today. All donations count and the winning class gets bragging rights and a sweet treat in June courtesy of the Foundation!

As of March 22, here are the overall class totals:

Seniors: 25%

Juniors: 29%

Sophomores: 20%

Freshmen: 24%

The Borogove

Maggie Walker’s literary magazine, the Borogove, is back in action after a two-year hiatus! We are taking submissions from EVERYONE in all genres and mediums: prose, poetry, short stories, art, photography, sculptures, and more. You are welcome to take inspiration from our theme, Growth and Reflection, or just create whatever comes to mind. Be creative, find inspiration, and share it in our spring addition of the Borogove! Please send your writing or photos of your art to [email protected] by April 29th.”

Good News!

Congratulations to KJ Dowling, Sam Sneddon, Cole Didato, Soumya Khadye, Ritvika Palani, Shorya Malani, Arjun Azhagappan, and Risshi Naavaal, who won first place as a school in the Virginia State Scholastic U1400 Chess Tournament last weekend! Arjun Azhagappan won 2nd Place and Risshi Naavaal won 4th in the entire State of Virginia!  Shorya Malani won 2nd Place under 1000 and Cole Didato won highest Unrated Player! Great work!

The Friday before the break marked the end of the 3rd Marking Period.  The 4th Marking Period is filled with AP and SOL testing, spring sports tournaments, end of year events, prom, and of course big senior events such as honors assemblies and graduation.  There is a lot going on and it is really important that students keep their eyes and ears open or they could miss something.  While I do the best that I can to communicate events and deadlines, it is ultimately the responsibility of the student to make sure that all interested parties know what is going on.  Paul Meyer says that learning this skill of receiving communication and then passing along information is “The Human connection and a critical skill for personal and career success.”

Have a great evening, and as always, Go Dragons!

 

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Seniors and Parents of Seniors: 

All seniors should be working diligently to complete their community service hours requirement.  Due to COVID-19, the senior requirement has been reduced from 140 hours to 120 hours.  All seniors should have 120 hours submitted to x2vol by May 2, 2022.  Anyone with questions should contact Les Cook ([email protected]) or stop by his office (room315) to talk.

Freshmen, Sophomores, and Juniors:

The Health/PE Department will be offering the opportunity for CPR training during the month of April. CPR training is a requirement from the Virginia Department of Education for graduation. Please complete this form if you have completed Health/PE 9 or 10 but did not receive CPR training. All juniors who completed Health/PE 9 and 10 online or at MLWGS will need to register for training unless you have received CPR certification through the Red Cross or another organization. If this is the case, please provide Ms. Cobb with documentation. If you are currently enrolled in Health PE 9 or 10 with MLWGS, you do not need to register. Please see Ms. Cobb if you have additional questions. This form will close on Wednesday, March 30th . Ms. Cobb will send details regarding your training session through email by our return from Spring Break.

PTSA

REMINDER!!!!!!!  Wednesday, March 30, 6:30 pm on Zoom: “WTF? What’s the Foundation?”  What exactly does the Foundation do for our students and teachers? What’s the difference between the Foundation and the PTSA? What does Night of the Dragon support and what can I expect that night?  Join us for a presentation and Q/A session with Foundation Executive Director Ginger O’Neill and PTSA Treasurer and Auction Committee Member Anne Ewald

Zoom Link:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86787854892?pwd=VW9ybm1Gc0ZhU3V2WkQzbmdoVGJ5UT09

Meeting ID: 867 8785 4892
Passcode: 291373

Operation Smile Club

Are you looking for an easy way to give back to the community and help change a child’s life? If so, consider donating to Maggie Walker’s Operation Smile Fund Page. This money will go towards helping provide free surgeries for children all over the world who were born with a cleft lip or palate. We appreciate your support!

Link to the Smile Fund Page: http://support.operationsmile.org/site/TR?pg=personal&fr_id=2642&px=2997491

Night of the Dragon Tickets Sales End April 10 (they’re going fast!)

Tickets to the 2022 Night of the Dragon are selling fast.

Ticket sales end April 10. So get yours today!

Can’t attend on the 23rd? Register online today (It’s FREE!) to view and bid on our amazing array of Silent Auction items when it opens on April 17.

There are so many great Live and Silent Auction items, we can only share a sample here–

* Two Tickets to HAMILTON at the Kennedy Center 

* Private GAZEBO PARTY for 15 at HARDYWOOD West Creek 

*Reserved Seats for MLWGS 2022 GRADUATION 

* An ICE CREAM TRUCK Social  

* Mountain and Bay VACATION HOME STAYS

*  RIchmond FOLK FESTIVAL VIP PASSES 

* Private WINE TASTINGS, VMFA TOUR, and Riverfront Canal CRUISE 

* FORUM TICKETS and Online Subscription 

*Themed BASKETS of all Kinds–Truly! 

* Custom JEWELRY AND ART

* Fine Wines and GOURMET FOODS 

* FUN IN RVA Packages (included a night at the new Marriott Courtyard Scott’s Addition)

* GIFT CERTIFICATES of all Kinds

* And the list goes on . . .

Have an item to donate or a question? Email Ginger O’Neil at [email protected]

Foundation Hosts the 2022 Alumni Showcase

The MLWGS Foundation is excited to once again be hosting the Alumni Showcase on Friday, April 1. More than 50 alumni from around the globe will return to school to speak to current students about all things life after high school, including the challenges, setbacks, and successes they’ve experienced over the courses of their education and careers.

This biennial event has been a huge hit with both speakers and students since it began in 2012.

This year’s speakers include a judge, non-profit leaders, former Peace Corps volunteers, an HVAC tech, the CEO of a company that provides props for famous TV shows and movies, a camp counselor, educators, a dump truck driver,  a gubernatorial candidate, and many other amazing alumni with interesting stories to share.

The Borogove

Maggie Walker’s literary magazine, the Borogove, is back in action after a two-year hiatus! We are taking submissions from EVERYONE in all genres and mediums: prose, poetry, short stories, art, photography, sculptures, and more. You are welcome to take inspiration from our theme, Growth and Reflection, or just create whatever comes to mind. Be creative, find inspiration, and share it in our spring addition of the Borogove! Please send your writing or photos of your art to [email protected] by April 29th.”

Good News!

Imran Aly Rassiwalla and Elisabeth Eckstein won 3rd Prize in the ICU Global Youth Essay Competition 2021 sponsored by the International Christian University, a bilingual Japanese/English liberal arts university in Tokyo, Japan.

As we continue the celebration of Women’s History Month, I’d like to end this message with a quote from Madeleine Albright  She said, “We have a responsibility in our time, as others have had in theirs, not to be prisoners of history but to shape history, a responsibility to fill the role of path-finder, and to build with others a global network of purpose and law.”

Have a great evening, and as always, Go Dragons!

 

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Happy First Day of Spring!

Freshmen, Sophomores, and Juniors!

The Health/PE Department will be offering the opportunity for CPR training during the month of April. CPR training is a requirement from the Virginia Department of Education for graduation. Please complete this form if you have completed Health/PE 9 or 10 but did not receive CPR training. Please see Ms. Cobb if you have additional questions. This form will close on Wednesday, March 23rd. Ms. Cobb will send details regarding your training session through email by March 30th.

From the Desk of the School Psychologist

The Counseling Department is offering a program to students called SOS – Signs of Suicide.  SOS teaches students about mental health concerns and discusses the difficult topic of suicide.  The importance of seeking help from a trusted adult and/or professional staff is emphasized during the lesson.  Students will watch age-appropriate video clips and participate in a guided discussion about depression, suicide, and what to do in the event of a concern.  This program has been implemented with our freshmen, sophomores, and seniors.  Our juniors will have the opportunity to participate in the lesson during the week of March 21st through their English classes. During the lesson, students will complete a depression screening tool.  This tool cannot provide a diagnosis of depression but is used to identify students who need to be screened by a member of the Counseling Department.  Parents will be notified if their child is interviewed specifically about suicidal ideation because of completing the survey.   It is our hope that all students will participate in the SOS lessons.  However, we recognize that this is a sensitive topic and that parents may wish to opt their children out of the lesson.  If you are the parent of a junior and DO NOT want your child to participate in the lesson, please complete the following form attached to the link.  If you have any questions, please email Lisa Ebeling, School Psychologist, [email protected] Parent opt out link  https://forms.gle/huFseiHq4CZmCzhT8

Operation Smile

Are you looking for an easy way to give back to the community and help change a child’s life? If so, consider donating to Maggie Walker’s Operation Smile Fund Page. This money will go towards helping provide free surgeries for children all over the world who were born with a cleft lip or palate. We appreciate your support!

Link to the Smile Fund Page: http://support.operationsmile.org/site/TR?pg=personal&fr_id=2642&px=2997491

PTSA

We hope you can join us for a PTSA sponsored program this Wednesday, March 23, 6:30 pm on Zoom:  Building Resilience in Adolescents “.  Hear from Lisa Ebeling, School Psychologist, about what trends she is noticing this year and how we can support our students.

Zoom Link:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82318364545?pwd=UWwvZDNvTW15NlhHZW1pSTdxT3FxUT09 Meeting ID: 823 1836 4545 Passcode: 329043

The Borogove

Maggie Walker’s literary magazine, the Borogove, is back in action after a two-year hiatus! We are taking submissions from EVERYONE in all genres and mediums: prose, poetry, short stories, art, photography, sculptures, and more. You are welcome to take inspiration from our theme, Growth and Reflection, or just create whatever comes to mind. Be creative, find inspiration, and share it in our spring addition of the Borogove! Please send your writing or photos of your art to [email protected] by April 29th.”

One Small Step 2022 Moves to Phase 2

Ms. DeGroat, our MLWGS librarian, is delighted to share that the preparation phase of One Small Step 2022 has concluded, and student organizers have begun working on matching conversation partners. Participants should receive their partner’s contact information by March 23rd. You’ve already heard what One Small Step is: a program through StoryCorps that pairs people with different political perspectives for a conversation about the experiences that inform their perspectives. If you’d like insight into how One Small Step is implemented at MLWGS and/or the impact the program has already had, consider watching one or both of the following videos:

One Small Step Case Study: Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School (brief StoryCorps video)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CqCvwREM2NU

School Library Connection Interview with Ms. DeGroat about One Small Step (video)

https://schoollibraryconnection.com/Home/Display/2273225?topicCenterId=2252404

Night of the Dragon Update!

The Night of the Dragon team is hard at work getting ready for the fun-filled April 23 event.

Tickets are on sale now through April 10 so get yours today!

We have a wide variety of fantastic auction items with more coming in daily–

Two Tickets to HAMILTON at the Kennedy Center * Reserved Seats for MLWGS 2022 GRADUATION * An ICE CREAM TRUCK Social  * Mountain and Bay VACATION HOME STAYS*  RIchmond FOLK FESTIVAL VIP PASSES * Private WINE TASTINGS, VMFA TOUR, and Riverfront Canal CRUISE * FORUM TICKETS and Online Subscription *Themed BASKETS of all Kinds–Truly! * Custom JEWELRY AND ART* Fine Wines and GOURMET FOODS * FUN IN RVA Packages * Items Used on the Set of Famous TV SHOWES* GIFT CERTIFICATES of all Kinds* Amazing ALUMNI Contributions  * And so much MORE!

Can’t attend the in-person event on April 23? Register online  so you can bid in the Silent Auction. The Silent Auction opens on April 17 and closes just before the Live Auction begins on April 23.

Have a question or a donation? Email Ginger at [email protected].

Good News!

Concert Band

Congratulations to the Maggie Walker Band, who travelled to Glen Allen High School on Saturday March 19th for the state adjudication concert. The band earned unanimous superior ratings – the highest ratings offered at assessment.  Congratulations to all the students who worked hard for superior results!

Chess Club

On March 6th, 2022, Maggie Walker hosted the Winter Scholastic Chess Tournament. Over 100 players attended the tournament. A great thanks goes out to all of the volunteers who helped make this tournament possible. The school’s tournament director and organizer was Arjun Azhagappan. Risshi Naavaal, Shorya Malani, and Eric Hu ran the concessions stand and were able to raise funds for the club! Congratulations to the players of the Maggie Walker Chess Team who played in the tournament: KJ Dowling, Samuel Sneddon, and Charles MacKay. They won the 2nd place team trophy for the school. Additionally, KJ won third place in the K-12 rated section! A great thank you to Mr. Coleman for the effort he put in to organize and make this tournament a memorable one for Maggie Walker!

As we continue the celebration of Women’s History Month, I’d like to end this message with a quote from Gloria Anzaldua.  She said, “Though we tremble before uncertain futures, may we meet illness, death and adversity with strength. May we dance in the face of our fears.”

Have a great evening, and as always, Go Dragons!

 

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COVID Practices Update

The Richmond metro area has now shifted to a Covid Community Level of “Low.”  The CDC has no masking recommendation for this level so masks are completely optional for all personnel and students.  Please continue to respect the masking decisions of others as this choice is a very personal one.

Along those lines, we need to start working back to the practices and policies that were in place prior to the pandemic. Effective March 14th, 2022 traffic-related tardies to school by student drivers will only be excused for the following reasons:

  • The district transportation office calls for those students in that district
  • The MLWGS office gets reports of accidents/traffic jams
  • The MLWGS office is notified of street closings/train stops
  • A Parent calls and the office can verify the situation

Freshmen, Sophomores, and Juniors!

The Health/PE Department will be offering the opportunity for CPR training during the month of April. CPR training is a requirement from the Virginia Department of Education for graduation. Please complete this form if you have completed Health/PE 9 or 10 but did not receive CPR training. Please see Ms. Cobb if you have additional questions. This form will close on Wednesday, March 23rd. Ms. Cobb will send details regarding your training session through email by March 30th.

From the Desk of the School Psychologist

The Counseling Department is offering a program to students called SOS – Signs of Suicide.  SOS teaches students about mental health concerns and discusses the difficult topic of suicide.  The importance of seeking help from a trusted adult and/or professional staff is emphasized during the lesson.  Students will watch age-appropriate video clips and participate in a guided discussion about depression, suicide, and what to do in the event of a concern.  This program has been implemented with our freshmen, sophomores, and seniors.  Our juniors will have the opportunity to participate in the lesson during the week of March 21st through their English classes. During the lesson, students will complete a depression screening tool.  This tool cannot provide a diagnosis of depression but is used to identify students who need to be screened by a member of the Counseling Department.  Parents will be notified if their child is interviewed specifically about suicidal ideation because of completing the survey.   It is our hope that all students will participate in the SOS lessons.  However, we recognize that this is a sensitive topic and that parents may wish to opt their children out of the lesson.  If you are the parent of a junior and DO NOT want your child to participate in the lesson, please complete the following form attached to the link.  If you have any questions, please email Lisa Ebeling, School Psychologist, [email protected] Parent opt out link  https://forms.gle/huFseiHq4CZmCzhT8

AP Testing

All students who are planning to take an Advanced Placement exam in May should log into their MyAP accounts this week to ensure they are registered for all planned exams. March 15th is the last day that courses can be added and errors regarding missing courses cannot be remedied after that time. Please contact Dr. Loving ([email protected]) with any issues. All steps of the registration process must be complete for any new additions by March 15th, including payments, adding join codes, and AP Coordinator submission (details: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Z8mIlH-xV5o6TqABLBkcISf3_CWJJOTc/edit?usp=sharing&ouid=107178821893099947385&rtpof=true&sd=true)

Book Drive

NEHS has been collecting new or gently used K-5 books for Fox Elementary School, and we want to open up that opportunity to the whole school. Books can be delivered to the donation bin in room 226 through Friday, March 18th.

Get Your Night of the Dragon Tickets/Teacher Tickets!

Tickets for the 20th Annual Night of the Dragon, April 23 at the Altria Theater Ballroom, are available online NOW. Be sure to get your tickets now so you don’t miss this signature Maggie Walker event.

Can’t make it to the in-person event but still want to bid on the incredible array of  items in the Silent Auction?

You can do that! Just register online and once the Silent Auction goes live you will be able to bid from anywhere.

Either way, while you’re online, consider purchasing a Teacher Thank You Ticket(s) to show your appreciation for all our amazing teachers do for our Dragons. Or sponsor a table for your business, a group of friends, or to donate to our teachers.

Have questions? Check out the NOTD FAQ.

And don’t hesitate to reach out to Ginger O’Neil or Auction Chair Kristi Turner for more info about ways to get involved and support MLWGS through the Night of the Dragon.

LAST CALL–Grandparents’ and Special Friends’ Day Guest List 

The Governor’s School Foundation will sponsor Maggie Walker’s  bi-annual Grandparents’ and Special Friends’ Day on the afternoon of April 29. Grandparents or other special adults of all current students will be invited to tour the building, hear a bit from Dr. Lowerre about our wonderful school, and share refreshments with their grandchild(ren) at the end of the day.

We need your help with our guest list. Please fill out the form here for your child’s proud grandparent(s) or other significant relatives so we can send them an invitation. You may either have us mail the invitation or we can give it to your student(s) to deliver.

Invitations will be ready the week before Spring Break. The RSVP deadline is April 22. Guests must RSVP for students to be able to attend the reception at the end of the day.

Questions? Contact Foundation Executive Director Ginger O’Neil.

Good News!

Congratulations to the National History Day Club, sponsored by Dr. Christine Anderson, who performed well at  the Virginia History Day district competition on Saturday, February 26, 2022. The theme this year was Debate and Diplomacy in History: Successes, Failures, Consequences.  Joanne Lin’s  ’23 paper, “Roe V. Wade: A Symbol of Proliferating American Crisis in Debate and Diplomacy,” placed first and Drew Rivas’s ’23 paper “From the Mattachine to Stonewall: How Diplomacy Failed the American Gay Rights Movement” placed second in the Senior Paper category. Jordyn Krajewski ’23 placed first in Senior Group Documentary with “933,” and Ally Lichtman ’25 placed second in the Senior Individual Website category with “Alpha for the Beta: How Ida B. Wells and the Alpha Suffrage Club Bettered the Fight for Enfranchisement at the Intersection of Race and Gender.” All four students will move forward to the state contest on Sunday, April 24.

Ella Shields, a freshman Dragon, wrote an op-ed on school funding and it appeared in Friday’s edition of the Virginia Mercury, an online newspaper for Virginia. It is an excellent editorial highlighting the inequities in schools.

Here is the link to her piece:

https://www.virginiamercury.com/2022/03/11/full-fund-our-schools/

As we continue the celebration of Women’s History Month, I’d like to end this message with a quote from Maya Angelou.  She said, “If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be.”

Have a great evening, and as always, Go Dragons!

 

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Seniors

The February 2022 Senior Newsletter and a Post-College Kick-off edition of the Junior Newsletter were posted to Schoology and the School Counseling website last week.  For info about scholarships/contests and summer opportunities as well as other timely reminders, students and families of all grade levels are invited to view them here: https://sites.google.com/gsgis.k12.va.us/mlwgs-counseling/college-admissions-information/seniorjunior-newsletters

Attention Sophomores

All 10th graders will be taking the Writing SOL test this coming week during World Lit 10 classes. The multiple choice section will be given in class during Monday and Tuesday and the writing prompt section will take place on Wednesday and Thursday during class times as well with the exception of 8th period students. On Thursday, 8th period students will start the writing prompt directly after lunch so that they have time to complete the test before buses depart in the afternoon.

Freshmen, Sophomores, and Juniors!

The Health/PE Department will be offering the opportunity for CPR training during the month of April. CPR training is a requirement from the Virginia Department of Education for graduation. Please complete this form if you have completed Health/PE 9 or 10 but did not receive CPR training. Please see Ms. Cobb if you have additional questions. This form will close on Wednesday, March 23rd. Ms. Cobb will send details regarding your training session through email by March 30th.

AP Testing

All students who are planning to take an Advanced Placement exam in May should log into their MyAP accounts this week to ensure they are registered for all planned exams. March 15th is the last day that courses can be added and errors regarding missing courses cannot be remedied after that time. Please contact Dr. Loving ([email protected]) with any issues. All steps of the registration process must be complete for any new additions by March 15th, including payments, adding join codes, and AP Coordinator submission (details: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Z8mIlH-xV5o6TqABLBkcISf3_CWJJOTc/edit?usp=sharing&ouid=107178821893099947385&rtpof=true&sd=true)

International Assembly and Showcase

Next Friday, March 11, Maggie Walker students will enjoy various multicultural performances during this year’s International Assembly! Parents can also enjoy this special tradition by attending an evening performance in the auditorium at 6:30 p.m.! Thank you for supporting our talented students!

PI Day

PI DAY will be here soon, and there is no tastier way to celebrate than by having PIE with your friends and classmates!  Orders for individual-sized pies in an assortment of flavors will be taken on March 8, 9, and 10 in the cafeteria and commons during lunch.  The cost is only $1.00 per pie, and all orders will be delivered during math classes on Monday, March 14, and Tuesday, March 15.  Order one (or more!) for yourself and/or send one to a friend or teacher to show your support of everybody’s favorite irrational number!

MLWGS Foundation

You can now purchase tickets for the 20th Annual Night of the Dragon!

The Night of the Dragon Auction is one of the highlights each year for Dragon parents (past and present), staff, and alumni.

The evening includes Live and Silent Auctions, dinner, drinks, student entertainment, Heads & Tails, and more.

Get your tickets now for this fun-filled event and MLWGS’ single largest annual fundraiser.

Each Night of the Dragon ticket includes a Welcome Drink plus 1 Drink Ticket, Dinner, Live and Silent Auction, and Lively Entertainment!

When purchasing tickets, be sure to buy your beads for Heads & Tails and consider also purchasing a Thank a Teacher Ticket(s).

To request table assignments with others, email Auction Chair Kristi Turner, [email protected], by April 10. Thanks!

Tentative Night of the Dragon Schedule

6:30pm–Doors Open

6:30-8:00pm–Heavy Hors d’oeuvres Stations and Bars Open, Mingling, Silent Auction Items on Display and Bidding

8:15pm–Silent Auction Ends (mobile bidding closes)

8:30pm–Welcome from Dr. Lowerre, Student Performance

8:45pm–Live Auction Begins, Head and Tails

10:00pm–Mobile Check Out and and Item Pick Up

This year’s line up of amazing Live and Silent Auction items, includes:

*          Vacation home stays

*          Ice cream truck social from The Neighborhood Scoop

*          Reserved tickets for MLWGS graduation

*          Theater and event tickets–

*          Unique experiences and

*          One-of-a-kind art and jewelry

*          Our ever-popular themed gift baskets

*          And so much more!

We look forward to seeing you there!

Good News!

The MLWGS orchestras brought home not one, but THREE superior ratings Friday night at the assessments!  Congratulations to our outstanding musicians!

Congratulations to these students who received recognition for their performance on the National German Exam. This challenging exam tests students’ ability to read or listen to authentic print, audio and video materials. We appreciate the support of the MLWGS Foundation in funding the cost of the test this year.

Level 4 German

Sarah Zhang (Silver)

Sky Piazza (Achievement)

Level 3 German

Kasia-Esmeralda Wasiak (Gold)

Cameron Paoloni (Achievement)

Level 2 German

Matilda Franz (Gold)

Makiya Thomas (Gold)

Sanika Rewatkar (Gold)* moves forward to compete for study abroad scholarship

Arjun Azhagappan (Silver)

Sam Wheeler (Bronze)

Pooshan Chaudhuri (Achievement)

Jude Curran (Achievement)

Blake Gilman (Achievement)

Sylar Hunnewell (Achievement)

Markella Stratiou (Achievement)

As we begin the celebration of Women’s History Month, I’d like to end this message with a quote from Malala Yousafzai.  She said, “When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful.”

Have a great evening, and as always, Go Dragons!

 

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Course Registration

Students will register for classes this Thursday March 3rd during 2nd period classes. All returning students will need to have their Course Registration Form completed and signed by parents and teachers (for advanced classes). Second period teachers will be checking and collecting forms on the 3rd before allowing students to register for classes. Signed VCU Dual Enrollment forms are also required for any students requesting VCU Dual Enrollment classes either as primary or alternate requests.

If students have lost their forms, blank forms are available for download here as well as more info about course registration.

Future Dragon Days

Are you energized by interacting with people? Do you enjoy answering questions? Can you lead and encourage interactions with a group too shy to ask questions? Do you know about the academic, extra curricular, and social aspects of MLWGS? Can you be both mature and appropriate and yet engaging to younger students? If you can answer YES to these questions, we encourage you to apply for the Future Dragon Group Leader position.

Do you want to help potential students make the choice to join our community?  Future Dragon Day leaders make phone calls to, host, and escort middle school students accepted to MLWGS as they visit for the day.  Future Dragon Days occur the week of March 21.

Those selected are required to: present a positive view of MLWGS, attend two lunch meetings, make phone calls to the homes of students in the assigned group, miss an entire day of classes with the expectation of timely assignment makeup.

Students will be likely be paired up with their districts:
Chesterfield – 3/21
Hanover and Henrico – 3/22
Charles City, Colonial Heights, Dinwiddie, Goochland, Hopewell, [email protected], New Kent, Petersburg, Powhatan, and Prince George – 3/23
Richmond City – 3/24

Please use the following to indicate your interest for this voluntary opportunity. Deadline is Monday, February 28 at 11:59pm.

Future Dragon Days Leader Interest

 

Youth Art and Music Month

Do you love art and music? Then March is the month for you!  Youth Art and Music Month (YAMM) helps to raise awareness of the importance of the Visual and Performing Arts in education.  This year, Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School will be celebrating with a student art and music extravaganza on Thursday, March 3rd from 6pm – 8:30pm.  Beautiful student artwork will be on display by all of our visual art student, while our talented musicians will perform throughout the evening.  We hope you will join us to help celebrate Youth Art and Music Month!  This event is open to family and friends of MLWGS students and masks are required.

Attention Spring Athlete Parents

There will be a meeting on March 3rd at 630 for all parents via zoom.  All spring coaches will provide the link for the meeting.

The Security Corner

Students should refrain from opening exterior doors for anyone.

Except at lunchtime, students should only exit and/or enter through the Bluestone lobby doors during school hours.

If you sign out of class or study hall, (Rest room, water fountain, Commons, etc.) you must ONLY go where you said that you would go, and then return.

Please look through the Lost and Found boxes.  They are full again and will be emptied next week.

Anyone who is missing anything of value or finds anything of value (Purse, wallet, currency, phone, laptop, calculators, car keys, jewelry, etc…) should check with the Security office for instructions.  (We are currently holding several of those items in the security office)

Please review and adhere to all MLWGS parking regulations and restrictions.  If there is anything which might prevent doing so, please contact the Security office.

Turn your Night of the Dragon Experience into a Celebration – Become a Dragon Gold Table Sponsor! 

Back by popular demand, we invite you to consider signing on as a Dragon Table Sponsor at this year’s 20th Anniversary event! Dragon Table sponsorships are $1,000 and include 8 tickets for you and your guests, a table in a premier location for the Live Auction and program, as well as special recognition signage and listing in the Live Auction materials and online. This is a great opportunity to plan a fun evening with your friends and also go that extra mile to support MLWGS!  You can recognize your company or come up with a fun theme for your table.  To serve as a Dragon Table Sponsor, contact Ginger O’Neil, [email protected]. Individual tickets go on sale March 4! Stay tuned!

Night of the Dragon Auction Items Wanted–Deadline is March 28

The Night of the Dragon Auction committee is looking for items for this year’s auction.

Don’t think you have anything to offer–you may be surprised. One parent just donated an ice cream social!

Do you have a skill or hobby you enjoy sharing with others?

Do you own a vacation home or have season tickets to the theater, sporting events, or other fun venues?

Do you own a business or have a special local business you’d love to support and share?

If so, please consider donating to the auction.

Some of our most popular items each year include unique experiences hosted by MLWGS families and friends, event tickets, vacation home rentals, artwork, lessons of all types, local adventures, and items from Dragon-family owned businesses and fave spots—GET CREATIVE!

To donate, or if you’re not sure but think you might have something to give, please contact Ginger O’Neil at [email protected].

Go Dragons!

Good News!

Congratulations to the Swim/Dive team for winning Class 3 States last weekend.  It was an exciting meet, and every swimmer/diver contributed points for the wins.  Notable events were double first place wins by senior Bryce Mortimer (200 IM, 100 Breast) and junior Devin Naoroz (100 Fly, 100 Back).  The boys also took one, two in the backstroke with sophomore Crash Ackerly taking second behind Naoroz.  On the girl’s side we had outstanding swims by freshman Elizabeth O’Shea (200 Free, 500 Free), junior Ala Killen (200 IM, 100 Free) and sophomore Christine Datovech (100 Fly, 100 Back).  The girls 400 Free Relay was the most exciting event of the evening, with the Maggie Walker girls down by 2 at the start of the race.  The relay team made up of Ala Killen, Delaney Prescot (senior), Elizabeth O’Shea, and Christine Datovech was a photo finish by .05 seconds securing the Girls team with a win along with the Boy’s teams.  Way to go Dragons!

https://richmond.com/sports/high-school/with-photo-finish-maggie-walker-gs-sweeps-class-3-state-swim-championships/article_b780df03-b68a-5e1c-a561-addf07b260b8.html

MLWGS was recently ranked the 4th Best Public High School in the country by Niche Magazine!  This speaks well to our entire learning community starting with the students, parents, teachers, and all that make MLWGS what it is: an amazing place to learn!  Here is a link to the ratings:

https://www.niche.com/k12/search/best-public-high-schools/?fbclid=IwAR1K-etp2TIYfM91HZ2SK0p5kFJc8q7qVyGpQBi0rlVXxB1tdLlmI4Uyuhg

I’d like to end this message with a quote from Nelson Mandela.  He said, “”No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love. For love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”

Have a great evening, and as always, Go Dragons!

 

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MLWGs will be closed tomorrow to students and staff in observance of President’s Day

MLWHS Alumni Panel

We are pleased to host a panel of Maggie Walker High School alumni on Thursday, February 24th during lunch in the auditorium. As many of you know, Maggie L. Walker High School was built and named in this Virginia’ trailblazer’s honor in 1937; it was one of two school for black students in the Richmond area during the time of racial segregation. Our guests will share their experiences as “Mighty Green Dragons” as well as answer current students’ questions about the history and culture of Maggie L. Walker High School.

To help facilitate the question and answer period of the program, students are welcome to submit questions at https://forms.gle/8eGJBsmw4KAQhDXWA.

Students will be able to receive 1 hour of community service for attending the program.

Drama

Auditions for the spring musical, Chicago (Teen Edition), are Tuesday, February 22nd at 3:30 in the Auditorium. No theatre experience is necessary, just preparation of ~32 bars (about a minute) of a song either from the show or another musical. If you plan to attend, please fill out the Audition Form:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdZih6fGMeyrabwKtPFKjAGZ_q-utEiyq9LOll1BbeKl_9L7g/alreadyresponded
We hope to see you there!

AP Testing Schedule

The MLWGS AP Testing Schedule has been posted on the “AP Testing” Schoology group and is also available here:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1_4EhzJL1EmVXibD8iLvuRHGF6UsZvSgi/edit?usp=sharing&ouid=107178821893099947385&rtpof=true&sd=true

Please note that Environmental Science and Psychology will be administered on Tuesday, May 17th instead of Tuesday, May 3rd due MLWGS’ observance of Eid al-Fitr. AP testers may refer to the Schoology group for other updates and resources. Reminder: The last day to add an AP exam, even with a late fee, is March 15th, 2022.

School Counseling

MLWGS senior/college counselors Ms. Forquer and Dr. Loving hope that students and their families found this week’s College Kick-Off to be informative and inspiring.  From the freshman “passport” activity to the sophomore and junior assemblies, it was great to see everyone gathered together to ready themselves for the future.  Our esteemed panelists strongly encouraged students in grades 9-11 to look for ways to enjoy and engage in the college search process…and here’s somewhere to start this month!  The National Association for College Admission Counseling (also known as NACAC) will be hosting several virtual college fairs this semester, including two in February.  To learn more, check out this link (and make sure to watch the featured video!): https://www.nacacattend.org/fairs/1708529   For a calendar of events and to register, go to https://www.nacacattend.org/fairs

From the Library

Would you like to earn community service hours while getting to know a classmate whose political views differ from yours? One Small Step brings people with different political views together for a conversation, not about politics, but about themselves and the experiences that have made them who they are. Participants are required to complete three preliminary workshops for which they also earn community service time. Last year, MLWGS was one of the first high schools in the nation to participate in this StoryCorps program. Ms. DeGroat and the OSS team invite you to take One Small Step in 2022! The sign-up form closes on Wednesday, Feb. 23rd, takes about 15 minutes to complete, and can be found @ http://bit.ly/OSSatMLWGS

Spanish Honor Society

The Spanish Honor Society offers tutoring sessions every Wednesday and Thursday in room 240 during lunch.  Students are encouraged to seek assistance and no appointment is necessary.

Orchestra

Anyone interested in auditioning for the Artist Orchestra for the 2022-2023 school year need to submit auditions to Mrs. Barnes by Friday, February 25th.  Please reach out to Mrs. Barnes about audition requirements.

Spring Sports

Spring Sports start February 22nd.  Any student who plans to participate in an athletic activity this spring must have a physical form completed and on file with MW. Use this link https://mlwgs.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/2071_001.pdf to access the document. Send the completed form in an email via PDF to the MW Athletic Director at [email protected]with the participating sport(s) listed in the subject line of the email

NEHS Black History Month Writing Contest!

Director Spike Lee asserted that African American culture is not just for Black people alone to enjoy but that “culture is for everybody.” NEHS invites you to appreciate African American culture through a writing contest for original works of fiction and nonfiction depicting a universal theme (love, loss, triumph, rite of passage, power, companionship, beauty, etc.) through the lens of the African American experience.

Submissions can be short stories, poems, or personal essays. Contest winners of each category will earn a $25 Barnes & Noble gift card.

Submit your pieces via email to Mrs. Love ([email protected]) or Ms. LeCroy ([email protected]) by Friday, February 25th.

The Dragon Writing Center is Open for Business!

NEHS members are excited to help you improve your writing during lunch every Tuesday and Thursday in room 226. Visit the DWC website to learn more. 

Night of the Dragon Auction Items Wanted

The Night of the Dragon Auction committee is looking for items for this year’s auction, which is set for Saturday, April 23, at the Altria Theater Ballroom.

Don’t think you have anything to offer–you may be surprised.

Do you have a skill or hobby you enjoy sharing with others?

Do you own a vacation home or have season tickets to the theater, sporting events, or other fun venues?

Do you own a business or have a special local business you’d love to support and share?

If so, please consider donating to the auction.

Some of our most popular items each year include unique experiences hosted by MLWGS families and friends, event tickets, vacation home rentals, artwork, lessons of all types, local adventures,and items from Dragon-family owned businesses and fave spots—GET CREATIVE!

To donate, or if you’re not sure but think you might have something to give, please contact Ginger O’Neil at [email protected].

Go Dragons!

Showcase Your Business (or just your Love of MLWGS) as a Night of the Dragon Sponsor

The Governor’s School Foundation invites you to serve as a sponsor for the 20th Annual Night of the Dragon–April 23, 2022.

Show your support for MLWGS and promote your business to our amazing community. Sponsorship levels are available from $500-$10,000 and include an array of ways to showcase your business, including:

Title Sponsor ($10,000 see your business name on the Altria Theater marquee), Bar Sponsor ($7,500), Bid Card Sponsor ($5,000), Teacher Ticket Sponsor ($5000), and 20th Anniversary Dragon Gold Table Sponsor ($1,000).

Check out our full list of sponsorship opportunities.

All sponsors will be listed in our online auction offerings, which will be distributed to the MLWGS community of current and alumni families and partners (totaling more than 10,000) and on signage during the event.

To serve as a sponsor, please contact Ginger O’Neil Executive Director, of the MLWGS

Foundation at [email protected].  All donations are made to the Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School Foundation, which is a 501(c)3 (Tax ID 54-1608930).

CLUB PICTURES SCHEDULE

ALL PICTURES TAKEN IN THE GYM AT LUNCH. PLEASE BE PROMPT.

Tuesday, Feb. 22

11:40: Thomas Jefferson History NHS

11:45: Drama Club and Thespian NHS (together)

11:50: Baking Club & The Fringe (separate)

11:55: Bhangra Club

12:00: Borogove/Literary Magazine & Bring Change 2 Mind (separate)

12:05: Engineering Club & SPEAK (separate)

12:10: Film Club & Slam Poetry Club (separate)

Wednesday, Feb. 23

11:40: English NHS

11:45: Fellowship of Christian Athletes & KAST (separate)

11:50: Future Business Leaders of America & Shakespeare EA (separate)

11:55: Green Machine

12:00: Jewish Student Association & Photography Club (separate)

12:05: Knitting Club & Philosophy Club (separate)

12:10: Operation Smile & PERIOD (separate)

Thursday, Feb. 24

11:40: Red Cross Club & Student Pugwash (separate)

11:45: Women Matter & Students Against Climate Change (separate)

11:50: Richmond Friends of the Community & Gender and Sexual Minority Alliance (separate)

11:55: SCA Officers and Russian Club & SLAVA (rescheduled from Feb. 18)

12:00: Senior Class Officers & Junior Class Officers (separate)

12:05: Tri-M Music NHS

12:10: Sophomore Class Officers & Freshman Class Officers (separate)

Friday, Feb. 25

11:40: Advanced Band

11:45: Intermediate Band

11:50: Orchestra

11:55: Deadbeats

12:00: Improv Club

12:05: Choir

12:10: Cantante

Monday, Feb. 28: POTENTIAL MAKEUPS

Mix in:

Dance Team

NBT

Good News!

Congratulations to the wrestling team on a great showing at Regionals last weekend. Extra shout out to 5th place Jack Laroche, 2nd place Zach Wooden and Tony Caramucci, and 4x Regional Champion RJ May.

At the State Championships, RJ May placed 1st and Zach Wooden took 6th!

Congratulations to both the Girls and Boys Swim and Dive teams for both taking 1st in the State Championships!

Congratulations to both the Girls and Boys Indoor Track Teams for both taking 1st in the Regional Championships!

Congratulations to Bharathi Kamcharla!  Bharathi auditioned and was selected as an alternate for All Virginia Chorus, the highest honor that a chorus student can receive.

Several Maggie Walker students have earned commendations from the American Council of Teachers of Russian for their achievements in the National Russian Essay Contest. 730 students nationwide participated.

Five of the six Slavophiles competed in the Intermediate category, which means they’ve completed two years of Russian study, in a group of 208 essay-writers. Their results are as follows:

Honorable Mention: Matthew Durgin, Carleigh Heckel

Bronze medal: Ross Bazzichi, Zak Kuhn

Silver medal: Alex Newby

Gold medal: Anna Pulaski

A sixth student, Mikhail Bobkov, earned an Honorable Mention for his essay in the Intermediate-Heritage Learner category.

Please join me in congratulating our students on their achievements in a challenging competition!

As we continue to celebrate Black History Month, I would like to close tonight with a poem by Langston Hughes entitled “Harlem”

What happens to a dream deferred?

Does it dry up
like a raisin in the sun?
Or fester like a sore–
And then run?
Does it stink like rotten meat?
Or crust and sugar over–
like a syrupy sweet?

Maybe it just sags
like a heavy load.

Or does it explode?”

Enjoy the holiday tomorrow, and as always, Go Dragons!

 

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Happy Early Valentine’s Day!

School Board Appreciation Month

The month of February marks the annual observance of School Board Appreciation Month—a good time to salute the work of school board members and celebrate public education. Your board at Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School speaks out for public schools by ensuring our students have the opportunity to benefit from a high-quality education. Their decisions and actions affect the present and future lives of our community’s children. Join us in celebrating School Board Appreciation Month at Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School.

Too often we neglect to recognize the dedication and hard work of these men and women who represent us. We invite you to celebrate the work of the school board by sharing your comments here.  Remarks will be shared with the board at their February 17th meeting.

AP Testing Schedule

The MLWGS AP Testing Schedule has been posted on the “AP Testing” Schoology group and is also available here:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1_4EhzJL1EmVXibD8iLvuRHGF6UsZvSgi/edit?usp=sharing&ouid=107178821893099947385&rtpof=true&sd=true

Please note that Environmental Science and Psychology will be administered on Tuesday, May 17th instead of Tuesday, May 3rd due MLWGS’ observance of Eid al-Fitr. AP testers may refer to the Schoology group for other updates and resources. Reminder: The last day to add an AP exam, even with a late fee, is March 15th, 2022.

School Counseling

MLWGS senior/college counselors Ms. Forquer and Dr. Loving hope that students and their families found this week’s College Kick-Off to be informative and inspiring.  From the freshman “passport” activity to the sophomore and junior assemblies, it was great to see everyone gathered together to ready themselves for the future.  Our esteemed panelists strongly encouraged students in grades 9-11 to look for ways to enjoy and engage in the college search process…and here’s somewhere to start this month!  The National Association for College Admission Counseling (also known as NACAC) will be hosting several virtual college fairs this semester, including two in February.  To learn more, check out this link (and make sure to watch the featured video!): https://www.nacacattend.org/fairs/1708529   For a calendar of events and to register, go to https://www.nacacattend.org/fairs

The Security Corner

Students should refrain from opening exterior doors for anyone.

Except at lunchtime, students should only exit and/or enter through the Bluestone lobby doors during school hours.

If you sign out of class or study hall, (Rest room, water fountain, Commons, etc.) you must ONLY go where you said that you would go, and then return.

Please look through the Lost and Found boxes.  They are full again and will be emptied next week.

Anyone who is missing anything of value or finds anything of value (Purse, wallet, currency, phone, laptop, calculators, car keys, jewelry, etc…)should check with the Security office for instructions.  (We are currently holding several of those items in the security office)

Sign-ups are Open for One Small Step 2022

Would you like to earn community service hours while getting to know a classmate whose political views differ from yours? One Small Step brings people with different political views together for a conversation, not about politics, but about themselves and the experiences that have made them who they are. Participants are required to complete three preliminary workshops for which they also earn community service time. Last year, MLWGS was one of the first high schools in the nation to participate in this StoryCorps program. Ms. DeGroat and the OSS team invite you to take One Small Step in 2022! The sign-up form closes on Wednesday, Feb. 16th, takes about 15 minutes to complete, and can be found @ http://bit.ly/OSSatMLWGS

Spring Sports

Spring Sports start February 22nd.  Any student who plans to participate in an athletic activity this spring must have a physical form completed and on file with MW. Use this link https://mlwgs.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/2071_001.pdf to access the document. Send the completed form in an email via PDF to the MW Athletic Director at [email protected]with the participating sport(s) listed in the subject line of the email

Grandparents’ and Special Friends’ Day Guest List 

The Governor’s School Foundation will sponsor Maggie Walker’s  bi-annual Grandparents’ and Special Friends’ Day on the afternoon of April 29. Grandparents or other special adults of all current students will be invited to tour the building, hear a bit from Dr. Lowerre about our wonderful school, and share refreshments with their grandchild(ren) at the end of the day.

We need your help with our guest list. Please fill out the form here for your child’s proud grandparent(s) or other significant relatives so we can send them an invitation. You may either have us mail the invitation or we can give it to your student(s) to deliver.

Invitations will be ready the week before Spring Break. The RSVP deadline is April 22. Guests must RSVP for students to be able to attend the reception at the end of the day.

Stay tuned for more details in the coming weeks. Questions? Contact Foundation Executive Director Ginger O’Neil.

Night of the Dragon Auction Items Wanted

The Night of the Dragon Auction committee is looking for items for this year’s auction, which is set for Saturday, April 23, at the Altria Theater Ballroom.

Don’t think you have anything to offer–you may be surprised.

Do you have a skill or hobby you enjoy sharing with others?

Do you own a vacation home or have season tickets to the theater, sporting events, or other fun venues?

Do you own a business or have a special local business you’d love to support and share?

If so, please consider donating to the auction.

Some of our most popular items each year include unique experiences hosted by MLWGS families and friends, event tickets, vacation home rentals, artwork, lessons of all types, local adventures, and items from Dragon-family owned businesses and fave spots—GET CREATIVE!

To donate, or if you’re not sure but think you might have something to give, please contact Ginger O’Neil.

Good News!

The Wrestling Team had a great finish at the Colonial District Tournament last Saturday, 6 wrestlers with 6 Top 5 finishes; Chance Howell finished 5th place, Tim Graff 4th, Jack Laroche 3rd, and Zach Wooden, Tony Caramucci, and RJ May all Finished 1st place. RJ May was also voted Most Outstanding Wrestler.

Congratulations to both the Girls and Boys Swim and Dive teams.  Both won the Regional Championships!  Wish them luck as they now head to the State Championships!

Today’s quote comes from Charles Shultz, the creator of Charlie Brown and The Peanuts. I don’t have a particular story to go with it, I just came across it a while ago and thought it was worth sharing.  Shultz writes, “Sometimes I lie awake at night and I ask, “Is life a multiple choice test or is it a true or false test?” …Then a voice comes to me out of the dark and says, “We hate to tell you this but life is a thousand word essay.”

Have a great evening and as always, Go Dragons!

 

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National School Counseling Week

This week has been designated National School Counselors Week.  Out team here at MLWGS are some of the hardest working people on campus.  They help our students out in so many ways that include social and emotional support, college planning, course scheduling, and academic support to just name a few.  Please join me in wishing them a great week, and if you are on campus, let them know how much you appreciate them!

Black History Month

In honor of Black History Month, Peer Mentors is hosting a lunchtime dialogue. To increase cultural awareness, we are offering the opportunity for students to spend lunch on Thursday, February 10th getting to know their peers. Lunch (pizza), conversations cards, and an hour of community service will be provided. We hope to see you there! Please sign up by Wednesday, February 9th.

Please sign up using the link below-

https://forms.gle/J8a1BpK9GRqoSu8m9

School Board Appreciation Month

The month of February marks the annual observance of School Board Appreciation Month—a good time to salute the work of school board members and celebrate public education. Your board at Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School speaks out for public schools by ensuring our students have the opportunity to benefit from a high-quality education. Their decisions and actions affect the present and future lives of our community’s children. Join us in celebrating School Board Appreciation Month at Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School.

Too often we neglect to recognize the dedication and hard work of these men and women who represent us. We invite you to celebrate the work of the school board by sharing your comments here.  Remarks will be shared with the board at their February 17th meeting.

Intent to Return Forms Due

If you have not yet filled out your intent to return form, please do so using this link:

2022 MLWGS Intent to Return Form – Google Forms

If you have already completed this form, please ignore this message and do not complete the form again.

Wireless Network Migration – Dragon.Net:

All MLWGS staff and students were issued individual Access Keys for our new wireless network, Dragon.Net, when school started in September.  Next Friday, February 11, 2022, we will complete the migration and cease broadcasting MLWGS5 and MLWGSWireless.  From that point on, access to the school network will require your individual access key.   The new wireless network provides improved security for all users.

For your convenience, your Dragon.Net credentials will be emailed to you again on Monday, February 7th.  If you have yet to connect your device to Dragon.Net, please do so prior to Friday, February 11, 2022.

Should you have any questions, please stop by the MWTech office (114), or email [email protected].

Course Scheduling for 2022-2023:

Even though the first semester just ended, it is already time to think about next year’s schedule! Last week, the Counseling Department held informational assemblies for current 9th, 10th, and 11th graders to review the procedures for course registration. The following website contains copies of the handouts provided to students (the Course Offerings for 2022-2023 and Four Year Planner), the presentation shown at the assemblies, department presentations, and other resources: https://sites.google.com/gsgis.k12.va.us/mlwgs-counseling/course-scheduling-information-and-forms?authuser=0. Course descriptions  and other details can be found in the 2022-2023 Course Catalog which will be available on the school website later this week. Counselors will be meeting with all students about their schedules during the month of February and will be providing students with copies of the necessary forms during this meeting. The Course Registration Form will require parent signatures and possibly teacher signatures for advanced courses. Rising juniors and seniors that plan to take one or more Dual Enrollment courses through Virginia Commonwealth University must complete the VCU Dual Enrollment packet which contains three forms, each requiring a student and parent signature. Students must turn in their completed/signed forms (including VCU forms, if applicable, on March 3rd in order to register for classes in PowerSchool that day.

College Kick-Off takes place this Wednesday, February 9th!

Parents/guardians of TENTH graders are invited to a session with sophomores, counselors, and a panel of college representatives in the Auditorium from 10:15-11:30AM.  (***Due to COVID precautions, only ONE member of each student’s family may attend.***)

Parents/guardians of ELEVENTH graders are invited to a session designed specifically for juniors in the Auditorium from 1:10-3:10PM.  An additional Q&A session for 11th grade parents will run until 3:30PM. (***Due to COVID precautions, only ONE member of each student’s family may attend.***)

All sophomores and juniors will be released from class at the appropriate time to attend, but adults must RSVP here (https://forms.gle/JpKfvrrnnQdYEzsa7).  If you have not already responded, please complete the form by Tuesday, February 8th at 3:30PM.

Mask-wearing will be required, and social distancing will be encouraged.  Eating/drinking will not be allowed in the Auditorium.  Sessions will not be recorded.

On-campus parking will not be open to parent attendees of College Kick-Off, but off-site parking will be available on a first-come, first-served basis in the James River Bus lot (on Allen St.) from 9:30AM-4PM. After the morning’s event, guests of tenth graders will be asked to clear the James River Bus lot to make room for guests of eleventh graders who will be arriving in the early afternoon.

Upon checking in at the Bluestone Lobby (the entrance beside the lovely mural of Maggie L. Walker), visitors will be invited to travel upstairs directly to the Auditorium.  If you have any questions, you are welcome to email senior/college counselor Kim Forquer at [email protected].

AP Testing Schedule

The MLWGS AP Testing Schedule has been posted on the “AP Testing” Schoology group and is also available here:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1_4EhzJL1EmVXibD8iLvuRHGF6UsZvSgi/edit?usp=sharing&ouid=107178821893099947385&rtpof=true&sd=true

Please note that Environmental Science and Psychology will be administered on Tuesday, May 17th instead of Tuesday, May 3rd due MLWGS’ observance of Eid al-Fitr. AP testers may refer to the Schoology group for other updates and resources. Reminder: The last day to add an AP exam, even with a late fee, is March 15th, 2022.

Sign-ups are Open for One Small Step 2022

Would you like to earn community service hours while getting to know a classmate whose political views differ from yours? One Small Step brings people with different political views together for a conversation, not about politics, but about themselves and the experiences that have made them who they are. Participants are required to complete three preliminary workshops for which they also earn community service time. Last year, MLWGS was one of the first high schools in the nation to participate in this StoryCorps program. Ms. DeGroat and the OSS team invite you to take One Small Step in 2022! The sign-up form closes on Wednesday, Feb. 16th, takes about 15 minutes to complete, and can be found @ http://bit.ly/OSSatMLWGS

Russian Club

The Russian Club will host a Movie Night on Tuesday, Feb. 8, at 3:30 in the Forum. Come watch a wacky Russian screwball comedy as you gorge on Russian candy and soda. This event is free to all, and don’t worry—the movie will have subtitles.

Spring Sports

Spring Sports start February 22nd.  Any student who plans to participate in an athletic activity this spring must have a physical form completed and on file with MW. Use this link https://mlwgs.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/2071_001.pdf to access the document. Send the completed form in an email via PDF to the MW Athletic Director at [email protected]with the participating sport(s) listed in the subject line of the email

Mindfulness Week

The Honor Council and the Bring Change to Mind club are partnering to organize a Mindfulness Week next week for students to take a moment in their busy lives to de-stress and reflect. They will be hosting events including yoga, art activities, and talks about mindfulness and mental health from guest speakers. Mental health and honor are both important to the Maggie Walker community, and through mindfulness, students are less likely to commit honor infractions due to academic stress.

Sports Pictures

Would you like to order your very own copy of a fall or winter sports team picture from school photographer Wendell Powell? Here’s how: go to https://wendellpowell.photoreflect.com/store/Photos.aspx?e=11072354 and enter the password dragonssports

Our Foundation’s Annual Fund Parent Participation Campaign is Underway!

The Foundation’s Annual Fund Campaign supports many of the amazing academic and extracurricular experiences that set MLWGS apart, including our academic clubs and teams, student travel, teacher professional development, student aid, and more. The Annual Fund Parent Participation Campaign is a friendly competition that recognizes the class with the highest percentage of parents who donate to the annual fund campaign each year. So, please support your Dragon’s class and the Foundation by making your your gift online today. All donations count and the winning class gets bragging rights and a sweet treat in June courtesy of the Foundation!

As of February 1, here are the overall class totals:

Seniors: 25%

Juniors: 29%

Sophomores: 20%

Freshmen: 24%

Make Your Plans Now for the 20th Annual Night of the Dragon– SATURDAY, April 23, 2022!

Planning is well underway for The Night of the Dragon Auction, one of the highlights each year for Dragon parents (past and present), staff, and alumni.

The evening includes Live and Silent Auctions, dinner, drinks, student entertainment, Heads & Tails, and more.  This fun-filled event is also MLWGS’ single largest annual fundraising event.

Here’s how you can help us make the upcoming 2022 Annual Night of the Dragon the best ever!

  • Save the Date and get your tickets when they become available in March.
  • Donate an item(s) for the Live or Silent Auctions. Popular items include unique experiences hosted by MLWGS families and friends, event tickets, vacation home rentals, artwork, local adventures—GET CREATIVE! To donate or help solicit, contact Ginger O’Neil at [email protected].
  • Become a Sponsor. Individual and corporate sponsorships are available at many levels. Check out our list of Sponsorship Opportunities or contact Ginger O’Neil at [email protected].
  • Lend a Hand. If you want to help with putting on this amazing event, contact Kristi Turner at [email protected].

Stay Tuned for more information about this wonderful event in the coming weeks in Smoke & Scales and on your Class FB pages!

Good News!

Eleven band students participated in District Band on Friday and Saturday this week. Three students were featured as soloists in their performances. Six students will audition for All-State band at the end of the month. We are proud of these student musicians’ hard work and dedication!

Way back in 1995 I finished my Master’s degree in Teaching from VCU.  I really had no interest in attending the main graduation ceremony.  It would be crowded, long, and I would have to listen to a bunch of people that I didn’t know or really care about.  I was only interested in in getting my diploma from the School of Education ceremony and to move on.  That changed when I found out that the Keynote Speaker would be Maya Angelou.  To say that she was captivating is an understatement. Never before had I heard someone speak with such beauty, love, and compassion.  The entire Seigel Center hung on her every word.  It was by far the best graduation I had ever attended, and I have attended many!

Some of my favorite Maya Angelou words are “You are the sum total of everything you’ve ever seen, heard, eaten, smelled, been told, forgot – it’s all there.  Everything influences each of us, and because of that I try to make sure that my experiences are positive.”

Have a great evening and as always, Go Dragons!

 

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Personal Message from Dr. Lowerre

Well friends, the last seven months have been quite a journey, but I am so happy to be able to say that I got the news Thursday that my lymphoma is officially in remission and that I am cancer free! Thank you all for your amazing support, prayers, and kind words of encouragement along the way. Like I said at the very beginning…WE GOT THIS!

Parents of Sophomores and Juniors: Save the Date!

College Kick-Off is returning as an in-person event on Wednesday, February 9th.  Its goal is to generate more awareness of college admissions, to support students through their college search, and to set them up for success!

Senior/college counselors Rachel Loving and Kim Forquer will be joined by panelists from the University of Richmond, Old Dominion University, the University of South Carolina, and more!

Parents of 10th graders are invited to join their students in the Auditorium from 10:15-11:30AM.

Parents of 11th graders are invited to join their students in the Auditorium from 1:10-3:10PM; college reps will be available, as needed, until 3:30PM for Q&A.

More information about the event will be released in late January/early February.

From the Desk of the School Psychologist 

Parents periodically ask me for mental health resources for their children.  I try to keep current on the various therapists and counseling practices in the area, but it can be challenging to do so.  This is especially difficult given the number of different divisions that feed into our school. I am working to update my resource lists which is something that I do on a regular basis.

If your child has had a good experience with a mental health provider, it would be great to receive your recommendation about that individual or practice.  I am only interested in the names of strong practitioners.  No personal information is being collected and neither student nor parent names will not be shared with anybody.

If you are comfortable sharing your recommendations, please email Lisa Ebeling at [email protected].

Upcoming Community Service Opportunities from the MLWGS Library

Attention members of the MLWGS Transcribe Team! Our next Transcribe-a-thon will be in the library on Tuesday, February 1st from 3:30 to 5pm. Please pencil in this date and time on your calendar.

The MLWGS Library will also be launching two additional community service opportunities during second semester:

  • One Small Step 2022, an opportunity to get to know a classmate whose political viewpoint differs from yours
  • In Whose Footsteps We Walk, an opportunity to produce an audio or video recording that uses student narration and primary sources to highlight an inspiring moment in the history of our campus

Stay tuned for more information about each of these projects – or ask Ms. DeGroat.

Spring Sports

Any student who plans to participate in an athletic activity this spring must have a physical form completed and on file with MW. Use this link https://mlwgs.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/2071_001.pdf to access the document. Send the completed form in an email via PDF to the MW Athletic Director at [email protected]with the participating sport(s) listed in the subject line of the email

Good News!!

Last weekend Simi Chakravarty participated virtually in the Model UN organized by Yale University. There were over 2000 delegates from 40 countries who had participated in this event.
I am happy to inform you that Simi won “The outstanding Delegate award for her contribution in her respective committee. Simi was proud to represent the Maggie Walker Governor’s school.

2022 Scholastic Art Awards announcement

The Visual Arts Department is very excited to announce that our talented students were recently honored by having their work selected in the regional Scholastic Art competition.   This is a highly competitive annual art competition which had 1,777 art entries from around the region.

MLWGS students had an amazing year, receiving 63 total awards, the most of any school in the region and recognizing Maggie Walker as one of the region’s top schools for the Arts.

Please join me in congratulating these SENIORS who received received special recognition for their portfolios: 

Hanna Ngai – Gold Key Portfolio, 1 Silver Key, and 2 Honorable Mentions in Sculpture

Devyn Powers – 3 Gold Key awards, Silver Key Portfolio and 2 Honorable Mentions as well as the Artist Merit Award

Savannah Cave – 1 Gold Key, 1 Silver Key and Honorable Mention Portfolio in Sculpture

Mallory French – Silver Key in Painting and Honorable Mention Portfolio in painting

Lexi     Pasternak – 2 Silver Keys in Digital Art, Honorable Mention in Animation, and Honorable mention Portfolio in Digital Art

The following students were recognized with Gold and Silver Keys for their artwork:

Rachel Dai – Gold Key Printmaking

Ishaan Dave – Gold Key Drawing

Anna Flora – Gold Key and Silver Key for Photography

Summer Fraughnaugh – Gold Key in Photography

Cameron Golden – 1 Gold Key and 2 Silver Keys in painting

Reade Henley –  Gold Key in Expanded Projects and Silver Key in Fashion

Hunter Knull – Gold Key Photography

Isabella List – Gold Key in Drawing

Mercedes Luna – Gold Key and Honorable Mention in drawing

Ananya Sairaman – Gold Key in Drawing

Libbie  Sydnor – Gold Key for Photography

Kaitlyn Baker – Silver Key and Honorable Mention for painting

Madelyn Campbell – Silver Key in Photography

Elisabeth Eckstein – Silver Key and Honorable Mention in Photography

Sophia Isaacs – Silver Key in Photography

Ala Killen – Silver Key in Painting and 2 honorable mentions

Allyson Phillips – Silver Key for Photography

Kayla Robertson- Silver Key for Photography

Gwen   Stankiewicz – Silver Key in Fashion

These students were also recognized with Honorable mention awards for their work:

Kori Benjamin (2)

Benjamin Davis

Katherine Hahn (3)

Emil    Josefiak

Madison Kang

Elena Loy

Gray Pershing

Audrey Price (2)

Cecilia Oseguera

Julia    Turner

Hoda Vohra

Let me close this week with a quote from Former British Prime Minister David Cameron.  He said, “I believe that in life, you have to give things your best shot, do your best. You have to focus on what needs to be done, do the right thing, not the popular thing.” I think that these are wise words and excellent advice to all.

Have a great evening, and as always, Go Dragons!

 

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Friday January 28th is a teacher workday and a student holiday.

Online Economics

Reminder for all students enrolled in Online Economics: The final exam will be administered SYNCHRONOUSLY from the location of your choosing on the exam make-up day AT 9 AM – 11 AM on Friday Jan 28th. Please make sure you have good internet access and log in promptly at 9 am.

Parents of Sophomores and Juniors: Save the Date!

College Kick-Off is returning as an in-person event on Wednesday, February 9th.  Its goal is to generate more awareness of college admissions, to support students through their college search, and to set them up for success!

Senior/college counselors Rachel Loving and Kim Forquer will be joined by panelists from the University of Richmond, Old Dominion University, the University of South Carolina, and more!

Parents of 10th graders are invited to join their students in the Auditorium from 10:15-11:30AM.

Parents of 11th graders are invited to join their students in the Auditorium from 1:10-3:10PM; college reps will be available, as needed, until 3:30PM for Q&A.

More information about the event will be released in late January/early February.

Juniors

A special edition Junior Newsletter (released right before Winter Break) and the newly published January 2022 Senior Newsletter have been posted to the School Counseling website at https://sites.google.com/gsgis.k12.va.us/mlwgs-counseling/college-admissions-information/seniorjunior-newsletters

These documents can also be found in the Resources section of the “College Information for the Class of 2022” and “College Information for the Class of 2023” Schoology groups.

For information about scholarships, summer opportunities, and more, check them out!

Upcoming Community Service Opportunities from the MLWGS Library

Attention members of the MLWGS Transcribe Team! Our next Transcribe-a-thon will be in the library on Tuesday, February 1st from 3:30 to 5pm. Please pencil in this date and time on your calendar.

The MLWGS Library will also be launching two additional community service opportunities during second semester:

  • One Small Step 2022, an opportunity to get to know a classmate whose political viewpoint differs from yours
  • In Whose Footsteps We Walk, an opportunity to produce an audio or video recording that uses student narration and primary sources to highlight an inspiring moment in the history of our campus

Stay tuned for more information about each of these projects – or ask Ms. DeGroat.

Spring Sports

Any student who plans to participate in an athletic activity this spring must have a physical form completed and on file with MW. Use this link https://mlwgs.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/2071_001.pdf to access the document. Send the completed form in an email via PDF to the MW Athletic Director at [email protected]with the participating sport(s) listed in the subject line of the email

Attention AP Testers! There a few announcements related to the May 2002 exams:

Exam Additions: College Board is very strict about not allowing any exam additions after March 15th, so it is critical that you have checked your My AP account and made certain that all of your intended exams are listed. If anything is missing, your teacher or Dr. Loving can get you the join code so you add your exam (a $40 late fee for not adding the exam to your account by the deadline could apply). Have you made a recent decision to sit for an addition exam? Choosing to self-study? If you wish add a new exam to your list, you may still do so up until March 15th for a fee of $136; follow the registration instructions: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Z8mIlH-xV5o6TqABLBkcISf3_CWJJOTc/edit?usp=sharing&ouid=107178821893099947385&rtpof=true&sd=true.

Exam Cancellations: Do you wish to cancel an exam? All cancellations must be reported on the AP Exam Cancellation Form: https://forms.gle/ofvhrik5cDCx5LQXA. Students have through April 15th to cancel an exam for a partial refund of $56 ($96 exam fee minus the College Board’s $40 cancellation fee). Cancellations received after April 15th will not be eligible for a refund of any kind. Seniors are advised to research the AP exam score transfer policies at their prospective or selected institutions and make any cancellation decisions by April 15th if at all possible.

Exam Schedule and Conflicts: At this time, we are planning to follow a traditional paper-and-pencil exam schedule as outlined by the College Board for the first two weeks of May: https://apcentral.collegeboard.org/exam-administration-ordering-scores/exam-dates. Exams will need to be taken on the day and time stated unless falling under one of the approved situations that would warrant make-up testing (such as illness, testing conflict, or approved academic/athletic contest conflict). A testing conflict is defined by two tests on the same day AND time or three in one day (such as with AP Physics C). Students who have an exam scheduled in the morning and another in the afternoon on the same day are expected to take those exams as scheduled. In these cases, we will hold the start time for the afternoon exam until the morning exam has released and those students have been given a lunch break. We will keep AP testers informed of any changes announced by the College Board.

Good News!!

Congratulations to our dragons!!

The English department is honored to announce that once again Scholastics has recognized and awarded several of our talented writers.  This year’s regional competition included over 400 entries for writing in eight different categories.

The Visual Arts Center of Richmond (1812 West Main Street) will display the names of Gold Key winners and make their writing submission(s) available to read from February 5-20th.  Entrance to the exhibit is free and open to the public. Starting February 5th, Gold Key, Silver Key and Honorable Mention works will be posted online.

Gold Key winners will have their submissions sent to the next stage of competition in New York, and National Awards will be announced in March.

Scholastics is the nation’s longest-running competitive recognition program for young artists and writers, and MLWGS is proud of every student who shared their love of writing and submitted their work for judgment.  Also, a big “thank you” goes to the teachers who sponsored each of these students and to the parents and teachers who encouraged them to compete!

Again, congratulations!  We are so proud of you!

Congratulations to the following students who auditioned and were accepted into Central Regional Orchestra: Reese Wu, Anna Kim, Aditya Badhrayan, Ally Lichtman, Hoda Vohra, Katie Watson, Emma Murphy, Sree Gangireddy, Maddie Gerlach

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 as always, Go Dragons!

 

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MLWGS will be closed tomorrow in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.  Classes will resume on Tuesday January 18th

From the School Nurse

Please be sure to contact Alisa Shapiro at [email protected] if your student has a positive test for COVID-19.  This will help us contact trace and keep the campus open.

Online Economics

Reminder for all students enrolled in Online Economics: The final exam will be administered SYNCHRONOUSLY from the location of your choosing on the exam make-up day AT 9 AM – 11 AM on Friday Jan 28th. Please make sure you have good internet access and log in promptly at 9 am.

The Jabberwock

 Project 1937 is a special edition of The Jabberwock which details the history of racial reckoning at Maggie Walker, with over a dozen interviews from faculty, alumni, and students, along with editorial pieces and student polls discussing diversity and inclusion at the school. The issue can be viewed online at https://issuu.com/mlwgsjabberwock.

 Parents of Sophomores and Juniors: Save the Date!

College Kick-Off is returning as an in-person event on Wednesday, February 9th.  Its goal is to generate more awareness of college admissions, to support students through their college search, and to set them up for success!

Senior/college counselors Rachel Loving and Kim Forquer will be joined by panelists from the University of Richmond, Old Dominion University, the University of South Carolina, and more!

Parents of 10th graders are invited to join their students in the Auditorium from 10:15-11:30AM.

Parents of 11th graders are invited to join their students in the Auditorium from 1:10-3:10PM; college reps will be available, as needed, until 3:30PM for Q&A.

More information about the event will be released in late January/early February.

Upcoming Community Service Opportunities from the MLWGS Library

Attention members of the MLWGS Transcribe Team! Our next Transcribe-a-thon will be in the library on Tuesday, February 1st from 3:30 to 5pm. Please pencil in this date and time on your calendar.

The MLWGS Library will also be launching two additional community service opportunities during second semester:

  • One Small Step 2022, an opportunity to get to know a classmate whose political viewpoint differs from yours
  • In Whose Footsteps We Walk, an opportunity to produce an audio or video recording that uses student narration and primary sources to highlight an inspiring moment in the history of our campus

Stay tuned for more information about each of these projects – or ask Ms. DeGroat.

German Classes

This week, from January 18-21, German 2, 3, and 4 students will be participating in the National German Exam. Funding for this exam was generously provided by the MLWGS Foundation! In this way, all German students will receive individualized feedback and have the chance to earn recognition for their accomplishments in German. Thank you to the MLWGS Foundation for providing this support for our German program. Good luck to the students! Viel Glück!

Spring Sports

Any student who plans to participate in an athletic activity this spring must have a physical form completed and on file with MW. Use this link https://mlwgs.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/2071_001.pdf to access the document. Send the completed form in an email via PDF to the MW Athletic Director at [email protected]with the participating sport(s) listed in the subject line of the email

From the Security Corner:

PARKING:

  • Please remember that parking placards/permits, prominently displayed, are required for all vehicles using the schools’ parking lots during business hours.
  • If your parking permit was forgotten, lost, or stolen, please report to security upon your arrival.
  • Please check license tags and inspection stickers to ensure they are current.
  • Do not leave valuables visible in your vehicle.
  • Report all accidents, regardless of how minor, to security as soon as practical.
  • Do not park in emergency lanes, visitor, handicap, or reserved parking places without prior approval.

BUSES:

  • Most busses are on site between 2:50 and 3:20 pm each day and will leave at or before 3:30. If you ride the bus, please ensure that you are on-site, prepared and watching for your bus.  Do not rely solely on announcements.

DRILLS:

  • Next State required drill is next week

GENERAL:

  • Please do not leave your belongings unattended for any length of time.
  • SECURE all valuables… purses, wallets, bookbags, laptops, phones, ear buds, cash, lunch cards, etc.  Keep them with you or secured in a locker.
  • Found valuables may be turned in to the security office.  Other items should be placed in the lost and found boxes.  Check there frequently.  Unclaimed items are removed and disposed of every two weeks.
  • Please pick up trash and straighten tables and chairs when you finish in the cafeteria, or commons.  Pick up all trash if you eat lunch outside or other areas of the facility. Make it look better than you found it!
  • Do not leave school grounds, during school hours, without prior approval.

Attention AP Testers! There a few announcements related to the May 2002 exams:

Accommodations: January 18th is the deadline for students with documented disabilities to apply for accommodations for AP testing in May 2022. If you have accommodations that have already been approved by the College Board for SAT, PSAT, or a previous AP test, you do not need to submit this information for approval again. Please forward any new documentation to Ms. Joy Cobb at [email protected] no later than 12:00pm on Monday, January 18th so that it may be submitted for consideration by the deadline.

Exam Additions: College Board is very strict about not allowing any exam additions after March 15th, so it is critical that you have checked your My AP account and made certain that all of your intended exams are listed. If anything is missing, your teacher or Dr. Loving can get you the join code so you add your exam (a $40 late fee for not adding the exam to your account by the deadline could apply). Have you made a recent decision to sit for an addition exam? Choosing to self-study? If you wish add a new exam to your list, you may still do so up until March 15th for a fee of $136; follow the registration instructions: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Z8mIlH-xV5o6TqABLBkcISf3_CWJJOTc/edit?usp=sharing&ouid=107178821893099947385&rtpof=true&sd=true.

Exam Cancellations: Do you wish to cancel an exam? All cancellations must be reported on the AP Exam Cancellation Form: https://forms.gle/ofvhrik5cDCx5LQXA. Students have through April 15th to cancel an exam for a partial refund of $56 ($96 exam fee minus the College Board’s $40 cancellation fee). Cancellations received after April 15th will not be eligible for a refund of any kind. Seniors are advised to research the AP exam score transfer policies at their prospective or selected institutions and make any cancellation decisions by April 15th if at all possible.

Exam Schedule and Conflicts: At this time, we are planning to follow a traditional paper-and-pencil exam schedule as outlined by the College Board for the first two weeks of May: https://apcentral.collegeboard.org/exam-administration-ordering-scores/exam-dates. Exams will need to be taken on the day and time stated unless falling under one of the approved situations that would warrant make-up testing (such as illness, testing conflict, or approved academic/athletic contest conflict). A testing conflict is defined by two tests on the same day AND time or three in one day (such as with AP Physics C). Students who have an exam scheduled in the morning and another in the afternoon on the same day are expected to take those exams as scheduled. In these cases, we will hold the start time for the afternoon exam until the morning exam has released and those students have been given a lunch break. We will keep AP testers informed of any changes announced by the College Board.

Good News!!

RJ May is our schools first All-American Wrestler! He finished 8th in Delaware over winter break at the Beast of the East Tournament in a 64 wrestler bracket. RJ had to give away his final matches due to injury

District Band is an auditioned ensemble including students from Richmond, Henrico, and Hanover counties. Twelve students were selected, including six students eligible for All-State Band. Maggie Walker students were awarded the highest percentage of first-chair positions in the region.

Flute

Michael Lusk: Symphonic Band, 7th Chair

Oboe

Jack Cabell: Symphonic Band, 1st Chair, All-State Eligible

Clarinet

Peize Wang: Symphonic Band, 5th Chair, All-State Eligible

Lillian Davis: Concert Band, 1st Chair

Grace Crislip: Concert Band, 7th Chair

MJ Jebo: Concert Band, 15th Chair

Alto Saxophone

Jessica Hendricks: Symphonic Band, 1st Chair, All-State Eligible

Qingyuan Hu: Concert Band Second Alternate

Tenor Saxophone

Pooshan Chaudhuri: Symphonic Band, 1st Chair, All-State Eligible

French Horn

Amar Srinivasan: Symphonic Band, 4th Chair, All-State Eligible

Trombone

Ryan Eklund: Symphonic Band, 1st Chair, All-State Eligible

Baritone

Lucy Whealton: Symphonic Band, 4th Chair

CONGRATULATIONS DRAGON BAND MEMBERS!

I think that given the holiday tomorrow, it is appropriate that I end tonight’s message with one of my favorite quotes from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  Dr. King said, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”  What great word’s by which to live.

Have a great evening, and as always, Go Dragons!

 

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School Counseling

The Counseling Department is continuing our suicide prevention lessons and will be working with 10th graders the week of January 10th.  Our program teaches students about mental health concerns and the importance of seeking help from trusted adults when experiencing emotional difficulty.  We recognize that this is a sensitive topic and that you may not wish to have your child participate in the lesson.  You may opt your child out of this class by completing the form attached to the link below.  Please direct any questions to Lisa Ebeling, School Psychologist, at [email protected].

https://bit.ly/tenthoptout

It has now been almost two years since we first heard the term “COVID-19.”  Two years of challenges that most of us never thought would last this long.  Every time we seem to get close to what we hope will be the end, we are faced with a new set of difficulties.  Yet, we are still in the fight.  We know that we will get through it together. We simply have no choice but to persist.  As the great leader Dwight Eisenhower said, “For every obstacle, there is a solution.  Persistence is the key.  The greatest mistake is giving up.”

Stay strong, Dragons.

 

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Happy New Year!!

Received from the Virginia Department of Education

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated their guidance related to isolation and quarantine periods for the general population. Isolation relates to behavior after a confirmed infection. Quarantine refers to the time following exposure to the virus or close contact with someone known to have COVID-19. The new guidance, issued on December 27, 2021, shortens the recommended time for isolation from 10 days for people with COVID-19 to 5 days, if asymptomatic, followed by 5 days of wearing a mask when around others. Further, the guidance updates the recommended quarantine period for those exposed to COVID-19. For people who are unvaccinated or are more than six months out from their second mRNA dose (or more than 2 months after the J&J vaccine) and not yet boosted, CDC now recommends quarantine for 5 days followed by strict mask use for an additional 5 days. Individuals who have received their booster shot do not need to quarantine following an exposure, but should wear a mask for 10 days after the exposure. For all those exposed, best practice would also include a test for SARS-CoV-2 at day 5 after exposure. If symptoms occur, individuals should immediately quarantine until a negative test confirms symptoms are not attributable to COVID-19.

More information is being sent in a separate message.

School Counseling

The Counseling Department is continuing our suicide prevention lessons and will be working with 10th graders the week of January 10th.  Our program teaches students about mental health concerns and the importance of seeking help from trusted adults when experiencing emotional difficulty.  We recognize that this is a sensitive topic and that you may not wish to have your child participate in the lesson.  You may opt your child out of this class by completing the form attached to the link below.  Please direct any questions to Lisa Ebeling, School Psychologist, at [email protected].

https://bit.ly/tenthoptout

International Language Department

The International Language Fair is taking place on Saturday, March 19th, 2022 for any interested middle school student in the community.  Registration and information can be found here:  https://mlwgsshowcase.weebly.com/about-the-2022-fair.html

Senior Seminar and Mentorship Program Registration for Juniors

In December, Juniors (Class of 2023) began the first step in determining what their senior schedule will look like, thinking about enrolling in a seminar course or applying to the mentorship program. In November, all juniors were added to a Schoology group that provides information regarding the mentorship/seminar decision.  On 11/17/21, a link to a video that provides information about the selection/application process was released on the Schoology group.  On 12/9/21, descriptions of possible seminar courses were added to the Schoology group.  On 12/13/21, the Mentorship Program Application was uploaded to the Schoology group—this will be due on 1/7/22.  Juniors are encouraged to start thinking about this decision now, and parents are encouraged to discuss this decision with their student.  During the first week of school in January, 2022, juniors will be making their seminar selections and submitting mentorship applications if they choose to do so (acceptance into the mentorship program is not guaranteed). All Juniors need to rank their top five seminars and submit their mentorship application (if they are applying—not mandatory) by Friday, 1/7/22).   If anyone has questions about the process, they should reach out to the Senior Mentorship/Seminar Coordinator, Mr. Cook ([email protected]).

Upcoming Foundation Events–Mark Your 2022 Calendars Now!

Here are just some of the community-building events the MLWGS Foundation will be sponsoring in 2022.

Alumni Showcase–Friday, April 1 (alumni return to share stories with students about “Life After the Governor’s School)

Director’s Circle Reception–Thursday, April 14 (reception for donors of $750+)

The 20th Annual Night of the Dragon (Altria Theater Ballroom)–Saturday, April 23 (tickets go on sale in March)

Grandparents and Special Friends Day–Friday, April 29 (invitations sent via students in March)

Make Your Plans Now for the 20th Annual Night of the Dragon–Saturday, April 23, 2022!

The Night of the Dragon Auction, being held this year at the Altria Theater Ballroom, is one of the highlights each year for Dragon parents (past and present), staff, and alumni. The evening includes live and silent auctions, dinner, drinks, student entertainment, Heads & Tails, and more. This fun-filled event is also MLWGS’ single largest annual fundraiser, raising funds for the Governor’s School Foundation, Booster groups, and the PTSA.

Here’s how you can help make the upcoming 20th Annual Night of the Dragon the best ever!

  • Save the date and get your tickets when they become available in March.
  • Donate auction item(s). Popular items include unique experiences hosted by MLWGS families and friends, event tickets, vacation home rentals, artwork, local adventures—GET CREATIVE! To donate or help solicit, contact Ginger O’Neil at [email protected].
  • Become a sponsor. Individual and corporate sponsorships are available at many levels. For information, contact Ginger O’Neil at [email protected].
  • Lend a hand. If you want to help with putting on this amazing event, contact Kristi Turner at [email protected].

Stay tuned for more information about this wonderful event after winter break!

As we approach the end of the first semester, it is easy to become 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.  Maye COVID has just been too much and you feel like the year is lost. 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 find that enthusiasm that you had back in September and start again from right now and create that brand new ending that you dreamed about. We will all get there…together!

Have a great evening and as always, Go Dragons!

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The MLWGS campus will be closed between December 19th 2021 and January 2nd for Winter Break.  Classes will resume on Monday January 3rd, 2022.

Winter Music Collage Concert, Thursday, December 16th at 7:00PM

Student instrumentalists and vocalists from Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School will showcase their musical skills and give our community some holiday spirit next week. The school’s annual winter concert will feature all the curricular music ensembles at MLWGS in a collage style concert and finish with a spectacular holiday sing-along. Come usher in the holidays with our school’s finest musicians!

International Language Department

The International Language Fair is taking place on Saturday, March 19th, 2022 for any interested middle school student in the community.  Registration and information can be found here:  https://mlwgsshowcase.weebly.com/about-the-2022-fair.html

Seniors

It may be December, but it’s not too early to start thinking about celebrating your senior!!

Check out the linked flyer for information about purchasing graduation announcements and other graduation-related items.  Don’t forget, you’ve already paid for the cap/gown/tassel as part of the class dues.

Prices go up after January 1, 2022.

If you have questions about your ordering options, please email the vendor directly:  [email protected].  If you have other graduation-related question, please email Ms. Sheppard:  [email protected].

Flyer:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/1oneFam9NfGYLXwIe7gFZ48IqPMc1kuWc/view?usp=sharing

Senior parents! Would you like to honor your beloved senior with a senior ad in the 2022 Yearbook? Sure, you would! Please contact Yearbook Adviser Michael White, at [email protected], for more details. Or check out the Class of 2022 Parents FB group for the recent post.

Senior Seminar and Mentorship Program Registration for Juniors

In December, Juniors (Class of 2023) will take the first step in determining what their senior schedule will look like.  All juniors will have to decide whether they are going to enroll in one of our exciting seminar courses or apply to undertake a mentorship with a professional in the area.  In November, all juniors were added to a Schoology group that provides information regarding the mentorship/seminar decision.  On 11/17/21, a link to a video that provides information about the selection/application process was released on the Schoology group.  On 12/9/21, descriptions of possible seminar courses were added to the Schoology group.  On 12/13/21, the Mentorship Program Application will be uploaded to the Schoology group—this will be due on 1/7/22.  Juniors are encouraged to start thinking about this decision now, and parents are encouraged to discuss this decision with their student.  During the first week of school in January, 2022, juniors will be making their seminar selections and submitting mentorship applications if they choose to do so.  If anyone has questions about the process, they should reach out to the Senior Mentorship/Seminar Coordinator, Mr. Cook ([email protected]).

Mu Alpha Theta is sponsoring a talk by Dr. Adrian Rice (Randolph-Macon College) on Monday, December 13, 3:30-4:30, in the Auditorium

Ada Lovelace: The Making of a Computer Scientist 

Ada Lovelace is widely regarded as an early pioneer of computer science, due to an 1843 paper about Charles Babbage’s Analytical Engine, which, had it been built, would have been the first general-purpose computer. Her paper contains an account of the principles of the machine, along with a table often described as ‘the first computer program’. However, over the years there has been considerable disagreement among scholars as to her mathematical proficiency, with opinions ranging from ‘genius’ to ‘charlatan’. This talk presents an analysis of Lovelace’s extant mathematical writings and will attempt to convey a more nuanced assessment of her mathematical abilities than has hitherto been the case.

Adrian Rice is the Dorothy and Muscoe Garnett Professor of Mathematics at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia, where his research focuses on 19th- and early 20th-century British mathematics. In addition to papers on various aspects of the history of mathematics, his books include Mathematics Unbound: The Evolution of an International Mathematical Research Community, 1800–1945 (with Karen Hunger Parshall), Mathematics in Victorian Britain (with Raymond Flood and Robin Wilson), and most recently Ada Lovelace: The Making of a Computer Scientist (with Christopher Hollings and Ursula Martin). He is a four-time recipient of awards for outstanding expository writing from the Mathematical Association of America, and in 2021 he was awarded the Catherine Richards Prize by the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications.

Upcoming Foundation Events–Mark Your 2022 Calendars Now!

Here are just some of the community-building events the MLWGS Foundation will be sponsoring in 2022.

Alumni Showcase–Friday, April 1 (alumni return to share stories with students about “Life After the Governor’s School)

Director’s Circle Reception–Thursday, April 14 (reception for donors of $750+)

The 20th Annual Night of the Dragon (Altria Theater Ballroom)–Saturday, April 23 (tickets go on sale in March)

Grandparents and Special Friends Day–Friday, April 29 (invitations sent via students in March)

Make Your Plans Now for the 20th Annual Night of the Dragon–Saturday, April 23, 2022!

The Night of the Dragon Auction, being held this year at the Altria Theater Ballroom, is one of the highlights each year for Dragon parents (past and present), staff, and alumni. The evening includes live and silent auctions, dinner, drinks, student entertainment, Heads & Tails, and more. This fun-filled event is also MLWGS’ single largest annual fundraiser, raising funds for the Governor’s School Foundation, Booster groups, and the PTSA.

Here’s how you can help make the upcoming 20th Annual Night of the Dragon the best ever!

  • Save the date and get your tickets when they become available in March.
  • Donate auction item(s). Popular items include unique experiences hosted by MLWGS families and friends, event tickets, vacation home rentals, artwork, local adventures—GET CREATIVE! To donate or help solicit, contact Ginger O’Neil at [email protected].
  • Become a sponsor. Individual and corporate sponsorships are available at many levels. For information, contact Ginger O’Neil at [email protected].
  • Lend a hand. If you want to help with putting on this amazing event, contact Kristi Turner at [email protected].

Stay tuned for more information about this wonderful event after winter break!

We have made it to the last school week of the calendar year!  I wish all of you the best of holidays and the happiest of new years!  We have so much to be thankful for and so much to look forward to in the new year.  Have a great, joyous, and restful break and we will see you all back at school in January.

Have a great evening and GO DRAGONS!

 

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Twitter

We have a new Official MLWGS Twitter account.  It is @MaggieWalkerGS.  Follow us for up-to-date official MLWGS information,

Costa Rica Trip

If you are signed up for the Costa Rica Trip, please check your email for important COVID related updates.

The Library’s Next Transcribe-a-thon Is on Tuesday, Dec. 7th from 3:30 to 5pm

Earn community service hours by transcribing historical documents into searchable online text so they can be read by historians, scholars, and genealogists around the globe. There will be snacks and lots of friendly folks to work beside you. Once you attend a Transcribe-a-thon, you’ve completed the 1st prerequisite for being able to earn additional hours by transcribing on your own schedule. To join us, sign up @ https://forms.gle/MUwy4A2SNxsA1zvq9

School Counseling

In case you missed it, a Zoom recording of the PTSA presentation on Financial Aid featuring guest speakers from GRASP can be found on the following link (recorded 11/18/21): https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/R61hfdpToA1sTbbpubWkxqX9zWMkExpEoXEGEl-NMlj9f97G6nPpjEd8hcJ51VH6.eKt3jQV6n_mRuJQr Passcode: WDW?7%n0

Seniors

It may be December, but it’s not too early to start thinking about celebrating your senior!!

Check out the linked flyer for information about purchasing graduation announcements and other graduation-related items.  Don’t forget, you’ve already paid for the cap/gown/tassel as part of the class dues.

Prices go up after January 1, 2022.

If you have questions about your ordering options, please email the vendor directly:  [email protected].  If you have other graduation-related question, please email Ms. Sheppard:  [email protected].

Flyer:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/1oneFam9NfGYLXwIe7gFZ48IqPMc1kuWc/view?usp=sharing

Senior parents!

Would you like to honor your beloved senior with a senior ad in the 2022 Yearbook? Sure, you would! Please contact Yearbook Adviser Michael White, at [email protected], for more details. Or check out the Class of 2022 Parents FB group for the recent post.

Budget Input

If you want to share ideas for the FY 23 budget, please complete the survey using the link below.  The survey closes on Wednesday

https://mlwgs.com/seeking-your-input-on-2022-2023-budget-development/

Good News!

12 students from the MLWGS Orchestra program traveled to Lynchburg for Senior Regional Orchestra. Congratulations to the following students for getting into regionals and for representing our school so well: Joshua Yoo, Eric Qian, Gabriel Harding, Chloe Biggs, Jennifer Chen, Grace Yoo, Declan Wise, Sam Lichtman, Shreesh Kalagi, Shreyas Muthusamy, Sarah Wagner, Sarah Hendricks. Next stop, All-State orchestra auditions!

Jaden Cumpston, the co-president of the Japanese National Honor Society, was selected as a semi-finalist (top 6) for J.LIVE Talk, a Japanese presentation competition for high school students held annually at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. You can find his name as well as our school’s name on their official website:

https://eall.columbian.gwu.edu/semifinal-round

PSAT Information for Juniors and Sophomores

PSAT scores from the October 2021 administration are now available! Below is information on how to access and understand your scores as well as next steps and other considerations.

Accessing Your Scores

When your PSAT/NMSQT scores are ready online, you’ll get an email with instructions on creating your College Board account, going to your online score report, and using your access code to view your scores. If you already have a College Board account for AP courses or other reasons, please log into your existing account. Do not create a new account under the same name!

Please contact the College Board at 866-433-7728 (or e-mail them at [email protected]), if you have difficulty with accessing a College Board account you may have previously created. The MLWGS School Counseling Office does not have access to this information.

Understanding Your Scores:  https://blog.collegeboard.org/when-do-psat-nmsqt-scores-come-out

This blog entry provides videos and other information which answer questions such as

-How Do I View My PSAT/NMSQT Scores?

-Need Help Getting Your PSAT/NMSQT Scores?

-What Do Your PSAT/NMSQT Scores Mean?

-What Are the Benefits of a PSAT/NMSQT Score?

-What’s Next After I Get My PSAT/NMSQT Scores?

Next Steps

We suggest the following steps after receiving your PSAT scores to prepare for the SAT:

  • Continue to take challenging courses in high school.
  • Link scores with Khan Academy. (Khan academy provides free customized SAT practice.) 
  • Set up a practice plan and stick to it!
  • Register for the SAT (for juniors only)

Information for Juniors Only

 Registering for the SAT

  • Most students take the SAT in the Spring of their junior year and again in the late Summer or early Fall of senior year. We recommend the March 12th test date. The SAT will also be available on May 7th and June 4th.
  • Please register for the SAT using your College Board account. Deadlines for registration are typically a month before the test date. We highly recommend registering early to ensure you are able to secure a spot at a testing center in the case of test center cancellations due to COVID-19.
  • If you need assistance with paying for the SAT, please contact a school counselor.

College Board Opportunity Scholarships

The College Board Opportunity Scholarships offer nearly $5 million in scholarships each year as a way to reward you for your efforts to plan and pay for college. The program is currently open to the Class of 2022 only but will open soon to the Class of 2023. Please visit https://opportunity.collegeboard.org/ for more information.

Other Considerations

Students may wish to utilize other resources to research and develop the rest of their testing plan. Students may wish to take the SAT multiple times and consider taking the ACT, another college admissions test on which many MLWGS students have also been successful. Please note that most colleges are “test-optional” for the next couple of years, and, with a few exceptions, students may choose which test scores they would like to share or opt out of submitting test scores, if they do not feel that their scores best reflect their abilities. However, certain programs may still require test scores, so we do encourage all juniors to take either the SAT or ACT to ensure they have all the necessary credentials to meet their future goals as they develop.

Please feel free to contact us if you have any additional questions!

Sincerely,

The MLWGS Counseling Department

P.S. Coming soon…the first Junior Newsletter of the 2021-22 school year!  Right before Winter Break, this will be posted both to the “College Information for the Class of 2023” Schoology page and here: https://sites.google.com/gsgis.k12.va.us/mlwgs-counseling/college-admissions-information/seniorjunior-newsletters Ms. Forquer, Dr. Loving, and Mrs. Cobb will be sharing announcements related to summer programs, scholarship opportunities, and other topics of interest for your reading enjoyment and follow-up.  Cheers to a positive and productive end to 2021!

We live in a world full of conflict.  When dealing with conflict, a recurring theme often seems to be that each side feels that the other side has wronged them and that they 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.  I know that the Dragon Nation is too wise to be blinded!  Learn to forgive and look for the good in everything.

Have a great evening and GO DRAGONS!

 

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It’s finally time to see your school pictures!

Just go to: https://wendellpowell.photoreflect.com/store/Events.aspx. You’ll need to click the Maggie Walker Logo and then input your email. Once inside, enter your student ID number and you’ll see your picture. Don’t like the image? Last-chance retakes will be done on Tues, Nov. 30, in the Auditorium.

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.”

Have a great evening and GO DRAGONS!

 

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It’s finally time to see your school pictures!

Just go to: https://wendellpowell.photoreflect.com/store/Events.aspx. You’ll need to click the Maggie Walker Logo and then input your email. Once inside, enter your student ID number and you’ll see your picture. Don’t like the image? Last-chance retakes will be done on Tues, Nov. 30, in the Auditorium.

Giving Thanks for You!

The Governor’s School Foundation is grateful at this time of year and all year long for the support we receive from MLWGS parents, grandparents, alumni, and friends. And we truly appreciate our wonderful MLWGS teachers, staff, and admin for leveraging that support to provide our Dragons with an unparalleled education.  Have a wonderful holiday!

MLWGS Giving Tuesday —Help us Meet the $5000 Challenge

Thanks to a generous MLWGS family, you can double your donation to the Governor’s School Foundation now through Giving Tuesday, November 30. All donations made on Giving Tuesday or earlier and marked “Giving Tuesday” will be matched by a Dragon family, up to $5000.

Already this year, the Foundation has funded international travel for students this spring to England and France; competition travel to Cooperstown, Phoenix, and Monticello; cool new tools for art, music, and science; graduate coursework and conference attendance for teachers; thousands of dollars in student fees and aid; and much more. And we are just getting started!

Make your donation online today!

Want to add to the match? Contact Foundation Executive Director Ginger O’Neil this week.

Prefer to donate appreciated securities to take advantage of tax savings? It’s easy to do. Check out our online one-pager with all the info you need.

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.  While this year the holiday will likely take on a different shape as we come to terms with restrictions on gatherings, 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 evening and GO DRAGONS!

 

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COVID Protocols

This week, we had a student and teacher test positive for COVID-19.  Contact tracing was completed and all those who may have been exposed have been notified.  The both the student and the teacher were very diligent in following safety protocols, so the contact tracing affected very few of our community.

This is just a reminder to check for symptoms such as fever prior to coming to school.  As we enter cold and flu season, if you don’t feel well, stay home!

Final AP Ordering Update:

The final deadline to pay for an AP exam before the College Board institutes the $40 add/drop fee is Monday, November 15th. Any student who has not “joined” their courses by this date, even if they paid the original fee on time, will be charged the $40 add fee. AP students should check their MyAP account carefully to ensure that they have joined all the exam courses they plan to take and that any exams they elected NOT to take are marked as “no” for ordering an exam. Students should have indicated their testing plans on the MLWGS AP Exam Order Form: https://forms.gle/Dyk9UsJfak5NMK5U9. Any students who have not paid for an AP exam or been approved for a fee waiver as of November 15th will not have an exam ordered for them, but this can be added for a total of $136 prior to March 15th, 2022. The final deadline to drop an exam with a partial refund is April 15th, 2022.

School Counseling

The November 2021 Senior Newsletter has been uploaded to the School Counseling website (and shared on the “College Information for the Class of 2022” Schoology group): https://sites.google.com/gsgis.k12.va.us/mlwgs-counseling/college-admissions-information/seniorjunior-newsletters

Winter Sports

Attention all Winter Sports Parents.  We will have a zoom meeting on November 17th at 6pm.  All of  coaches will send an email with the link.  If you have any other questions please email [email protected]

Community Service Announcement

Dragon parents and students, now that the first quarter has ended, it is a good time to check your community service hours total.  Parents and students can get onto the students’ x2vol accounts to check to see how many hours have been earned. Each student is striving to earn a total of 140 hours while at MLWGS, or 35 hours a year.  Due to covid, the total hour requirement for the Class of 2022 (seniors) has been reduced to 120 total hours.  Each student should work diligently to earn these hours while learning how to be leaders in the community.  If a student has questions about any of this process, please stop by Mr. Cook’s office (room 315) or send him an email ([email protected]).

Senior Seminar and Mentorship Program Registration for Juniors

In December, Juniors (Class of 2023) will take the first step in determining what their senior schedule will look like.  All juniors will have to decide whether they are going to enroll in one of our exciting seminar courses or apply to undertake a mentorship with a professional in the area.  On Wednesday, 11/17/21, a link to a video that provides information about the selection/application process will be released on Schoology to all Juniors.  Juniors are encouraged to start thinking about this decision now, and parents are encouraged discuss this decision with their student.  After the video is released, if anyone has questions about the process, they should reach out to Mr.  Cook ([email protected]).

Senior Class

Senior Class t-shirts are in and ready to be distributed!  If your senior ordered a shirt, please talk to them and make sure that they have paid using the online payment option on MLWGS.com.   Shirts were only ordered for seniors who signed up and provided a size.  The cost is $8.00.

Please contact Ms. Sheppard ([email protected]) if you have any questions.

Quiz Bowl

The Maggie Walker Quiz Bowl team has had an active beginning of the year competing in tournaments at UVA and VCU with more to come, plus a fast-approaching VHSL season!  Tune into WTVR on channel 6 this Saturday, 11/20 at 10:00am to watch us take on Mills E. Godwin High School in Battle of the Brains!  Students are also welcome to join our team at any point in the year; stop by the Quiz Bowl room, 316, any day during lunch or after school on Mondays and Wednesdays to check us out!

The Foundation

Planning for the 20th Annual Night of the Dragon–Saturday, April 23, 2022–is Underway!

The Night of the Dragon Auction, being held this year at the Altria Theater Ballroom, is one of the highlights each year for Dragon parents (past and present), staff, and alumni. The evening includes live and silent auctions, dinner, drinks, student entertainment, Heads & Tails, and more. This fun-filled event is also MLWGS’ single largest annual fundraiser, raising funds for the Governor’s School Foundation, Booster groups, and the PTSA.

Here’s how you can help make the upcoming 20th Annual Night of the Dragon the best ever!

  • Save the date and get your tickets when they become available in March.
  • Donate auction item(s). Popular items include unique experiences hosted by MLWGS families and friends, event tickets, vacation home rentals, artwork, local adventures—GET CREATIVE! To donate or help solicit, contact Ginger O’Neil at[email protected].
  • Become a sponsor. Individual and corporate sponsorships are available at many levels. For information, contact Ginger O’Neil at[email protected].
  • Lend a hand. If you want to help with putting on this amazing event, contact Kristi Turner at[email protected].

Stay tuned for more information about this wonderful event in the coming weeks!

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 GO DRAGONS!

 

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From the desk of the school psychologist – a reminder:

It is our hope that all freshmen and seniors will participate in our upcoming suicide prevention lessons, the SOS Program.  However, we recognize that this is a sensitive topic and that parents may wish to opt their children out of the lesson.

If you are the parent of a freshman or senior and DO NOT want your child to participate in the lesson, please complete the following form attached to the appropriate link. Parents of sophomores and juniors will be presented with the option to opt-out prior to the implementation of the SOS lessons for those grade levels.  Again, lessons for sophomores and juniors will take place after winter break.

For more information about our program, please refer to last week’s article in this publication.  If you have questions or are interested in a parent training related to suicide prevention, email Lisa Ebeling, School Psychologist, [email protected]

Parent opt out link – 9th

https://bit.ly/MLWGSdragonoptout21

Parent opt out – 12th

https://bit.ly/SrOptOut

Summer Residential Governor’s School Programs for Sophomores and Juniors!

Visual and Performing Arts Programs– areas of study include Dance, Theatre, Visual Art, Instrumental Music, and Vocal Music. We can send a nominee for each area of study. Interested students must speak with their fine arts teacher by November 15th.

Foreign Language Academies– full-immersion Academies in French, Spanish and German; partial-immersion in Japanese and Latin. We are able to have one nominee from our school. If interested, please contact your language teacher.

Academic Programs– areas of study include Humanities; Mathematics; Science and Technology; Agriculture; Life Sciences and Medicine; Engineering (NASA- must be 16 by June 24, 2022); Marine Science. Interested students should contact Ms. Cobb in the counseling office.

Please see Ms. Cobb or visit the website for more information.

http://www.doe.virginia.gov/instruction/governors_school_programs/summer_residential/index.shtml 

High School Diplomats Program

High School Diplomats (HSD) is a scholarship program that brings together high school students from the United States and Japan each summer through two parallel experiences. HSD U.S. provides the opportunity for American and Japanese students to meet at Princeton University for ten days of cultural exchange. HSD Japan allows American students who have successfully completed HSD U.S. to apply for a full scholarship to travel to Japan for a month the following summer. Additional information and application is available at http://www.highschooldiplomats.com/apply. The application deadline is January 15, 2022.

Winter Sports

Winter Sports tryouts start on November 8th.  We are adding Dance to the list of Winter Sports for 2021-2022.  To participate, you must have all forms, https://mlwgs.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/2071_001.pdf on file as a one document PDF prior to the start date, with [email protected]   Any questions can be directed to the above address to Paige Hawkins.

As we celebrate Veteran’s Day this Thursday, take a few minutes to think about the sacrifices and service that not only our veterans have made, but those of their families as well. Military service is impossible without the love and support of our servicemen and women’s families and friends.  As John Hoeven said, “From the world wars of Europe to the jungles of the Far East, from the deserts of the Middle East to the African continent, and even here in our own hemisphere, our veterans have made the world a better place and America the great country we are today.”  If you or a family member has served, you have my sincere gratitude and respect.

Have a great evening and GO DRAGONS!

 

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Happy Halloween!

School will be closed on Tuesday November 2nd for Election Day

Parent – Teacher Conferences

Parent – Teacher Conferences will be held via Zoom on Tuesday November 2nd from 9:00 AM to Noon and on Thursday November 4th from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM.  If you haven’t signed up and want to have a conference with any of your student’s teachers, here are the links:

Nov 2

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0e48a8ac28a1fe3-mlwgs

Nov 4

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0e48a8ac28a1fe3-mlwgs1

On Tuesday and Thursday, you can access the teachers’ Zoom rooms using this link:

https://bit.ly/MLWGSVPT2021

The link will be re-sent Monday night as well.

School Newspaper

The first and second issues of our school newspaper, The Jabberwock, have been published! Visit issuu.com/mlwgsjabberwock to see the digital issues for stories and photos on Fall Fest, Homecoming, and the return to school! You can also see the Jabberwock Instagram (instagram.com/mlwgsjabberwock/) for more photos from school events and sports games.

Make Up Pictures

There are still some spots available in the signup genius link for your LAST CHANCE to shoot SCHOOL PICTURES with our official school photographer, on Nov. 3 in the Auditorium. PLEASE NOTE: THESE ARE MAKE-UPS, NOT RE-TAKES. This link is ONLY for freshmen, sophomores, and juniors who missed the first two picture days. The RE-TAKE picture date will be announced later. The link for MAKE-UPS is: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0B4EABAE2FA5FC1-9th12th. When you sign up,  be careful to sign up for a grades 9-11 time slot.

Senior Make-Up Pictures

Senior portrait makeup day is Nov. 3. There is a signup genius link below (set up by the photographer, Wendell Powell Studios, with newly available time slots. The link is: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0B4EABAE2FA5FC1-9th12th

For further information, please contact the studio at [email protected]. If you choose to seek another studio, please be aware of the portrait specs and due date, which are available from Mr. White, who’s the Yearbook Adviser ([email protected]).

From the Desk of the School Psychologist

The Counseling Department is offering a program to students called SOS – Signs of Suicide.  SOS teaches students about mental health concerns and discusses the difficult topic of suicide.  The importance of seeking help from a trusted adult and/or professional staff is part of the lesson.  Students will watch age-appropriate video clips and participate in a guided discussion about depression, suicide, and what to do in the event of a concern.

During the lesson, students will complete a depression screening tool.  This tool cannot provide a diagnosis of depression but is used to identify students who need to be screened by a member of the Counseling Department.  Parents will be notified if their child is interviewed as part of the SOS lesson.

We are offering this lesson to all grade levels this school year.  In the past, we have done the program with freshmen and juniors.  However, the impact of COVID on our students has been great.  We want all our students to have the information that they need to take care of themselves and/or their friends.  Freshmen will participate in the lesson the week of November 15th.  The lessons will take place through the PE/Health class or during a lunch session if they took online PE.  Seniors will have their lesson through their English class during the week of November 29th.  The program for sophomores and juniors will take place after winter break.

It is our hope that all students will participate in the SOS lessons.  However, we recognize that this is a sensitive topic and that parents may wish to opt their children out of the lesson.  If you are the parent of a freshman or senior and DO NOT want your child to participate in the lesson, please complete the following form attached to the appropriate link.  Parents of sophomores and juniors will be presented with the option to opt-out prior to the implementation of the SOS lessons for those grade levels.  Again, lessons for sophomores and juniors will take place after winter break.

If you have questions or are interested in a parent training related to suicide prevention, email Lisa Ebeling, School Psychologist, [email protected]

Parent opt out link – 9th

https://bit.ly/MLWGSdragonoptout21

Parent opt out – 12th

https://bit.ly/SrOptOut

MLWGS Fall Art Walk

On Friday November 5th, the Visual Arts Dept. and Visual Arts Boosters are hosting our annual Fall Art Walk event in conjunction with Richmond’s First Fridays.  One of our objectives of our art curriculum is to have the students “be aware of and participate in the local arts community”. First Friday is the night when the art galleries on Broad Street and Main Street all open for the evening so there will be much artwork to enjoy!

To begin the evening, our wonderful Visual Arts Boosters are hosting a reception from 5:30 – 6pm. Please join us for light “take away” snacks and fellowship prior to heading out to the galleries.  We will give everyone maps of the galleries and Coach Hall will take anyone who would like to join him around to some specific exhibitions.

To help avoid having to park downtown, we will have a school bus which will run a circuit from the Main Street galleries to the Broad Street galleries and then back to school.  The bus will continue to loop this circuit throughout the evening until the last pickup at 9:00 pm.  This way you may stay for as long (or as short) as you like.  Details will be discussed that evening.

If you’ve never had the opportunity to participate in a RVA First Fridays Art Walk – or even if you have – we’d love to see you at our event! It’s always a very fun evening. All are welcome (students, parents, family members, & faculty)!

            When:  November 5, 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm

            Where: Meet in the adjunct classroom (room #153, outside the Bluestone Lobby) to enjoy light snacks and refreshments.

To RSVP for the Fall Art Walk and for additional details, please sign up here: http://evite.me/kG24M6xSus 

Winter Sports

Winter Sports tryouts start on November 8th.  We are adding Dance to the list of Winter Sports for 2021-2022.  To participate, you must have all forms, https://mlwgs.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/2071_001.pdf on file as a one document PDF prior to the start date, with [email protected]   Any questions can be directed to the above address to Paige Hawkins.

Mark Your Calendars Now for These MLWGS Foundation Events 

The 20th Annual Night of the Dragon–Saturday, April 23 (corrected from last week’s newsletter’ tickets on sale in March)

Director’s Circle Reception (donors of $750+)–Thursday, April 14

Grandparents and Special Friends Day–Friday, April 29

Make your 2021 Foundation gift online today so we can continue to support our amazing Dragons!

 

Tonight, I would like to end with a poem:

“November comes
And November goes,
With the last red berries
And the first white snows.

With night coming early,
And dawn coming late,
And ice in the bucket
And frost by the gate.

The fires burn
And the kettles sing,
And earth sinks to rest
Until next spring.”
–  Elizabeth Coatsworth

Have a great evening and GO DRAGONS!

 

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Parent – Teacher Conferences

Parent – Teacher Conferences will be held via Zoom on Tuesday November 2nd from 9:00 AM to Noon and on Thursday November 4th from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM.  More detailed information will be sent this week along with a link to sign up for conferences.

Make Up Pictures

There are still some spots available in the signup genius link for your LAST CHANCE to shoot SCHOOL PICTURES with our official school photographer, on Nov. 3 in the Auditorium. PLEASE NOTE: THESE ARE MAKE-UPS, NOT RE-TAKES. This link is ONLY for freshmen, sophomores, and juniors who missed the first two picture days. The RE-TAKE picture date will be announced later. The link for MAKE-UPS is: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0B4EABAE2FA5FC1-9th12th. When you sign up,  be careful to sign up for a grades 9-11 time slot.

Senior Make-Up Pictures

Senior portrait makeup day is Nov. 3. There is a signup genius link below (set up by the photographer, Wendell Powell Studios, with newly available time slots. The link is: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0B4EABAE2FA5FC1-9th12th

For further information, please contact the studio at [email protected]. If you choose to seek another studio, please be aware of the portrait specs and due date, which are available from Mr. White, who’s the Yearbook Adviser ([email protected]).

October Music Concerts

The Fall Band and Chorus Concert will take place in the auditorium on Tuesday, October 26th, at 7PM. The Fall Orchestra Concert will be the following evening, Wednesday, October 27th, at 7PM. Please join us for our first indoor concert since 2020 to celebrate our student musicians!

Winter Sports

Winter Sports tryouts start on November 8th.  We are adding Dance to the list of Winter Sports for 2021-2022.  To participate, you must have all forms, https://mlwgs.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/2071_001.pdf on file as a one document PDF prior to the start date, with [email protected]   Any questions can be directed to the above address to Paige Hawkins.

School Counseling

The October 2021 Senior Newsletter was posted to Schoology on Tuesday.  It can also be found on the School Counseling website at https://sites.google.com/gsgis.k12.va.us/mlwgs-counseling/college-admissions-information/seniorjunior-newsletters.

Make Plans Now for These MLWGS Foundation Events 

The 20th Annual Night of the Dragon–Saturday, April 1

Director’s Circle Reception (donors of $750+)–Thursday, April 14

Grandparents and Special Friends Day–Friday, April 29

It has been a challenging 1st quarter in the Dragon Nation as we re-learn how to be in school together. With a couple of weeks left, we, as a learning community, have found a way to adapt to a new “old” reality and remain focused as we work to find our pathway forward.  As Myles Munro said, “Our life is the sum total of all the decisions we make every day, and those decisions are determined by our priorities.”  Let’s keep making the right choices with our priorities.

Have a great evening and GO DRAGONS!

 

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Make Up Pictures

There are still some spots available in the signup genius link for your LAST CHANCE to shoot SCHOOL PICTURES with our official school photographer, on Nov. 3 in the Auditorium. PLEASE NOTE: THESE ARE MAKE-UPS, NOT RE-TAKES. This link is ONLY for freshmen, sophomores, and juniors who missed the first two picture days. The RE-TAKE picture date will be announced later. The link for MAKE-UPS is: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0B4EABAE2FA5FC1-9th12th. When you sign up,  be careful to sign up for a grades 9-11 time slot.

October Music Concert Date Changes

The Chorus and Band Concert is now on Tuesday, October 26th at 7PM.

The Orchestra concert is now on Wednesday, October 27th at 7PM.

From the School Psychologist’s desk

Our Counseling Department periodically receives information about programming in the Metro Richmond area related to adolescent mental health.  I will be sharing information about area offerings that my colleagues and I receive.  Please be aware that we cannot endorse the quality of all the offerings that we hear about.  However, we want to help make parents aware of things that might be of interest and value to them.  Questions?  Contact Lisa Ebeling, School Psychologist:  [email protected]

The CKG Foundation is sponsoring a webinar about the effects of substance abuse on teen mental health.  It’s a webinar that takes place on Oct. 20th at 7 p.m.  Link to register is below.

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_dMPrati-SIK55O268kZFPA

PTSA

The PTSA, which directly supports our teachers, students and facilities  could use your support!  Scrip is a great way to give money back to MLWGS PTSA at no cost to you.  Do your everyday shopping with gift cards or e-certificates purchased through Scrip instead of using cash or credit; a percentage goes directly back to MLWGS. The October order is due October 22nd, and if you spend $50, you’ll earn a chance to win $50 in gift cards of your choice.  Last year Scrip raised over $2000! We hope you’ll consider looking at the list of participating retailers and try some of those that you regularly shop. Go to Shopwithscrip.com for more information or contact your coordinators at [email protected].

It looks like the weather is finally changing from the famous Richmond October heat to more conventional crisp fall mornings.  I love it so much and think that the great author Nathaniel Hawthorne nailed it when he wrote, “I cannot endure anything so precious as autumnal sunshine by staying in the house.”

Have a great evening and GO DRAGONS!!

 

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Homecoming Dance

MLWGS will host our Homecoming Dance on Saturday October 16th from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM outside on the track!  Tickets and more information will be available this week at lunch.  There will be music, dancing, and a food truck.  It may be a little chilly, but we will make it work!

October Music Concert Date Changes

The Chorus and Band Concert is now on Tuesday, October 26th at 7PM.

The Orchestra concert is now on Wednesday, October 27th at 7PM.

Math Tutoring Lab

The math tutoring lab has an adjusted schedule this year.  The new schedule is Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 3:30 until 5:00 pm in Room 202.  No appointment is necessary!  Students should bring their math binders with them.

Library

Connect with a 9th-grade classmate, learn valuable conversation skills, AND earn community service hours. Sound good? Sign-up for Dragon Dialogues! Freshmen who participate in Dragon Dialogues will earn about 2 community service hours while connecting with a classmate who attended a different middle school than them. During two preparatory workshops and the conversations themselves, participants will learn how to actively listen to their partner, ask and answer engaging questions, and develop interpersonal skills. It is the project team’s hope that through these interactions, participants will feel more comfortable with their peers and less alone during the uncertain time that is freshman year. If you’d like to connect with a classmate, sign up for Dragon Dialogues by Friday, Oct. 15th @ https://bit.ly/dragondialogues21

Juniors and Seniors

The National English Honor Society is the only international organization exclusively for secondary students and faculty who, in the field of English, merit special note for past and current accomplishments.

The NEHS online application for the 2021-2022 school year is now open and the window closes 15 October.

Eligible candidates will need a 3.75 GPA in ENGLISH. Membership requirements include a $25 fee and 4 hours of ELA-related community service: https://forms.gle/A3QNRMhYHFkt5LoU8

Contact Kara Love or Lindsey LeCroy-Whitworth with questions at [email protected] or [email protected].

Note: Seniors who were inducted last year do not need to apply again.

AP Testing Information

Students enrolled in Advanced Placement courses only: Although it is only October, it is already time to register for AP exams!

AP students must complete the registration process by October 22nd, 2021 to indicate which AP tests they plan to take (or not take) in May of 2022. AP exams are $96 per exam. In order to have an AP exams ordered for you, please complete ALL THREE of the following tasks by October 22nd, 2021:

  1. Join the AP course(s) in your myAP.collegeboard.org account. Your teacher can help you with this if you have not already completed this task. (If you are self-studying for an exam, you will need to obtain an “exam only” code from Dr. Loving after your exam has been approved. NOTE: AP Statistics is pre-approved and Ms. Riles can provide the code.)
  2. Complete this AP Exam Order Form (https://forms.gle/o8Jup4UavHAc7RRD8) and indicate all exams you wish to take or not take this year. (If you DO NOT intend to take one or more of your AP exams, you STILL DO need to complete this form so that we have a record that you wish for the school to NOT order an exam for you.)
  3. Pay for your exams ($96 per exam) at https://osp.osmsinc.com/MLWGS. (The link can also be found on mlwgs.com by clicking “pay fees online.”)

It is exciting to think about this wonderful opportunity for students to earn college credit. Just like with most things, there are some import details to be mindful of with the registration process. Please register on time to avoid a $10 late fee in effect between October 23rd and November 15th. New this year: After November 15th, there will be a $40 add/drop fee per College Board regulations. A complete list of details including important dates to help avoid additional fees can be found here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Z8mIlH-xV5o6TqABLBkcISf3_CWJJOTc/edit?usp=sharing&ouid=107178821893099947385&rtpof=true&sd=trueContact. Information about fee waivers/reductions can also be found here. Please contact Dr. Loving ([email protected]) with all questions regarding AP exam ordering (October 2021) and AP exam administration (May 2022).

Winter Sports

If you are planning to play a Winter Sport (Basketball, Swimming, Indoor Track, Wrestling) you must have all of the forms https://mlwgs.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/2071_001.pdf sent to Paige Hawkins at [email protected] in a one page PDF by November 3, 2021 and it must be a physical anytime AFTER May 1, 2021.

Italy in the summer of 2022?

We are pleased to announce an opportunity for students to travel and study in Italy in the summer of 2022.  (the dates of travel are June 21-July 9)

There will be a meeting for those interested via zoom.  Below is the sign-in.

6:00 P.M. Thursday, October 14.

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81878424374?pwd=aVdma0MvNUZEOERMM2s4c3M5RVhZUT09

Meeting ID: 818 7842 4374

Passcode: 663044

If you have questions, would like an itinerary, an application form or more information, please contact Steve Ross or Susan Hefty at:

[email protected]

Foundation News 

Welcoming Back Our Dragons!!

With our Dragons back on campus, the Governor’s School Foundation is hard at work providing the enhancements that set the student experience at Maggie Walker apart. Parent support of the Foundation’s annual fund is vital to that work. Each year, current support from parents (and grandparents) allows the Foundation to provide:

* Classroom enhancements that include the purchase of equipment, books, or software, paying stipends for guest speakers, covering the cost of field trips, and more requested by teachers to enhance their lessons and the student experience.

* Tuition reimbursement to faculty (the Best in Virginia according to niche.com and all who know them!) for graduate coursework and conference and workshop attendance so they can stay current in best practice related to gifted education and their specific subject area.

* Student financial assistance to cover necessary academic expenses and allow all students, regardless of financial need, to take advantage of the full range of opportunities available at MLWGS, including class- and club-related field trips and travel.

Please make your gift today  online or by check payable to the Governor’s School Foundation. All gifts are appreciated and count toward the Parent Participation Contest between classes now underway.

Mark Your Calendar for Grandparents and Special Friends Day–Friday, April 29

The Foundation is excited to host the semi-annual Grandparents and Special Friends Day on the afternoon of Friday, April 29. This is a chance for these special folks to visit the school, take a short tour, hear from Dr. Lowerre, and spend some time with their beloved Dragons. Details are still in the works so stay tuned.

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!!

 

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Homecoming Dance

MLWGS will host our Homecoming Dance on Saturday October 16th from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM outside on the track!  Tickets and more information will be available next week.  There will be music, dancing, and a food truck.  It may be a little chilly, but we will make it work!

Attention Class of 2022 parents,

A form requesting your senior’s cap and gown measurements was shared over Schoology and other social media platforms this week.  Please encourage your student to check and submit their information.  The deadline to complete the form is November 2.   (FYI…the cap and gown have already been paid for in your student’s Senior Class dues).  Contact Ms. Sheppard ([email protected] or 804-354-6800 ext. 3304) if you have any questions.  More information from Herff Jones about graduation announcements and other items will be sent around later this semester.

Seniors

Attention seniors…if you wish to be considered for a school nomination for UVA’s Jefferson Scholars program and/or the new Walentas Scholars program (for first-generation college students only), fill out the survey that has just been added to Naviance under About Me–>Surveys from My School.  This survey will close at 3:30PM on Tuesday, October 5th.

From the desk of the school psychologist:

In past years, our students have enjoyed visits with therapy dogs from Caring Canines.  Caring Canines is not currently doing large group events due to COVID though we hope to arrange a future visit from the group this school year.  They love coming and seeing our students!  The Counseling Department is working to arrange for a therapy dog to be available periodically for visits in individual student sessions.  You will find attached a permission form that will allow your child to access the therapy dogs during whole school visits or individual ones.  This permission will be good for this school year.  Please sign if your child is interested in visiting with the dogs. Questions?  Contact Lisa Ebeling by email:  [email protected]

https://forms.gle/LPQVzKgaTDv8qGzZ9

Juniors and Seniors

The National English Honor Society is the only international organization exclusively for secondary students and faculty who, in the field of English, merit special note for past and current accomplishments.

The NEHS online application for the 2021-2022 school year is now open and the window closes 15 October.

Eligible candidates will need a 3.75 GPA in ENGLISH. Membership requirements include a $25 fee and 4 hours of ELA-related community service: https://forms.gle/A3QNRMhYHFkt5LoU8

Contact Kara Love or Lindsey LeCroy-Whitworth with questions at [email protected] or [email protected].

Note: Seniors who were inducted last year do not need to apply again.

Library

Do you like history? Do you excel at deciphering old handwriting or are you interested in getting better at it? Earn community service hours by transcribing documents for the Library of Virginia and other designated libraries and archives! Enjoy cookies and stickers at the first Transcribe-a-thon of this school year on Tuesday, October 5th from 3:30 to 5pm in the MLWGS Library. Ms. Sonya Coleman from the Library of Virginia will provide an introduction to current document collections that need transcription. Sign up to join this year’s Transcribe Team @ https://forms.gle/MUwy4A2SNxsA1zvq9

Sign-ups for Dragon Dialogues, a special opportunity for freshmen, opened @ Fall Fest! Freshmen who opt to participate in Dragon Dialogues will earn about 2 community service hours while connecting with a classmate who attended a different middle school than them. Using strategies adapted from the One Small Step program and organized by a team of students who participated in that pilot program, freshmen will be paired for semi-structured conversations. During two preparatory workshops and the conversations themselves, participants will learn how to actively listen to their partner, ask and answer engaging questions, and develop interpersonal skills. It is the project team’s hope that through these interactions, participants will feel more comfortable with their peers and less alone during the uncertain time that is freshman year. If you’d like to connect with a classmate, sign up for Dragon Dialogues by Friday, Oct. 15th @ https://forms.gle/UH1EgKuZaQH4HAiZ8

From the school nurse: 

  • Over the past week (9/25-10/1/2021), Maggie Walker Governor’s School has recorded 1 positive COVID-19 case. All individuals who were considered close contacts have been notified.
  • Please call or email me if you have any questions about whether a student should attend school. We do strongly recommend you test if you are at all concerned about symptoms – Covid, flu and strep tests are being done at local pharmacies, pediatrician offices, and urgent care locations all over VA. I also strongly recommend listening to your body and staying home to rest if you are feeling run down or ill instead of pushing yourself to be here in person.  Our immune systems will be in a bit of shock being in public settings again and viruses and bacterial infections other than Covid are still occurring. When your body tells you to rest, please listen because your health and wellbeing is the top priority!
  • Numerous staff and students have taken advantage of the in-school Binax NOW rapid antigen testing this week if symptoms begin in school or if you are concerned or notified that you were exposed to Covid while you are in school (reminder that you should not come to school sick just to get a test).  I am happy to offer testing to identify cases as soon as possible. Should the student have a test done here and it is Negative, I will make recommendations based on an individual basis whether another PCR test is warranted to confirm the negative test.
  • I am extremely grateful, to our families, students, and faculty, who are partnering with us by appreciating and caring about the health and safety of others. It is a pleasure to work with you all. Our mitigation strategies are meant to help us all find a new balance in this challenging world. Current strategies include: wearing masks at all times in the building, spacing out kids when able, covid tests available on site(with a new optional screening program in the works) and most significantly,  we have determined that we have close to 99% of our students and staff vaccinated. It is our desire to mitigate risk while allowing people to participate in things that are important and meaningful to them – this helps us all with emotional wellbeing/mental health as well – equally important in my opinion.

The National Honor Society Application is Now Open for Juniors and Seniors (Due Monday, 10/4)

Dear Juniors and Seniors,

Are you interested in joining the Maggie Walker Chapter of National Honor Society? The NHS online application for the 2021-2022 school year is now open and due October 4th: https://forms.gle/fyCYWyQQuBur34ve8

Eligible candidates will need a 3.5 GPA and meet the following service requirements (adjusted due to COVID-19): 30 verified hours for Juniors and 65 verified hours for Seniors. A modified service requirement has been implemented in order for inducted members to remain in good standing and earn the NHS cord at graduation. Selected members will be notified on October 8th and an induction ceremony will take place in mid-October.

National Honor Society is an organization that fosters leadership, service, and scholarship. We encourage our members think of ways to improve the school and community and members support each other in helping make their ideas for service projects become reality.

Please view the application link for all of the pertinent details of the application process, dues, and membership expectations. Contact Dr. Rachel Loving, NHS Sponsor, with questions at [email protected].

Note: Seniors who were inducted last year do not need to apply again.

Science Honor Society

Juniors and Seniors who are interested in applying to the Science National Honor Society should review the admission requirements and complete the online application by Friday, October 8th.  Any questions about the organization or the application process can be directed to current members or sponsors (Mr. Clark, Mrs. Gawne).  Additional information can be found outside of room 306.  Please reference the links below:

MLWGS is starting a scientific research program for any students interested in a career in a STEM field or in doing an independent research project! This program will support students in finding mentorships, writing research papers, and applying to science fairs.

However, we need support from parents! Finding mentors is a crucial part of the research process. Any parents who have a background in STEM and are interested in supporting students in research or potentially mentoring a student should fill out the following form: tinyurl.com/mwmentors

Additionally, any students interested in participating in the program can fill out the student form: tinyurl.com/mwresearch

These forms are not binding, and we will reach out to all interested mentors and students within a week with more comprehensive details. Please contact Annabel Tang at [email protected] or Ananya Gomatam at [email protected] with any questions.

Winter Sports

If you are planning to play a Winter Sport (Basketball, Swimming, Indoor Track, Wrestling) you must have all of the forms https://mlwgs.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/2071_001.pdf sent to Paige Hawkins at [email protected] in a one page PDF by November 3, 2021 and it must be a physical anytime AFTER May 1, 2021.

From the Foundation

Night of the Dragon Volunteer Interest Meeting October 6

The MLWGS Foundation is hosting a meeting on Wednesday, October 6, at 8:30am in Rm 153 for anyone interested in helping with this year’s Night of the Dragon auction. NOTD is the social highlight  of the year for the MLWGS community and the single largest fundraising event of the year. Volunteers are key to its success and are needed for a wide variety of tasks, including item solicitations, communications, day of event set up/clean up, decorating, data entry, graphic design, item assembly and more. We’d love for you to join our fun group of committee chairs as we plan for a wonderful evening to support our school. If you have questions or want more info, please contact Ginger O’Neil at [email protected].

School Counseling Scholarship Opportunities

High School Diplomats Program

High School Diplomats (HSD) is a scholarship program that brings together high school students from the United States and Japan each summer through two parallel experiences.  HSD U.S. provides the opportunity for American and Japanese students to meet at Princeton University for ten days of cultural exchange.  HSD Japan allows American students who have successfully completed HSD U.S. to apply for a full scholarship to travel to Japan for a month the following summer. Additional information and application is available at http://www.highschooldiplomats.com/apply.  The application deadline is January 15, 2022. 

Virginia Space Grant Consortium’s STEM programs 

For High School juniors and seniors, Virginia Aerospace Science and Technology Scholars (VASTS) is an interactive online learning course with a space mission design and human space flight theme, culminating in a one-week residential Summer Academy at NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton for those students who qualify.  Offered at no cost to the student, VASTS consists of seven modules and a final project to be completed from November 2021 through April 2022 under the guidance of licensed master educators.  Based on success in the online coursework, students may be selected to attend a Summer Academy where they interact with NASA scientists, engineers and technologists to design a human mission to Mars alongside NASA engineers and mission designers.

Additional information and application is available at http://vsgc.odu.edu/VASTS/  The deadline for student applications is October 24th, 2021.

For High School juniors and seniors, Virginia Earth System Science Scholars (VESSS) is an interactive, on-line Earth System Science Course featuring NASA scientific research and data.

By combining detailed Earth System Science content with real world data analysis, students will be exposed to a rigorous course that will work across science disciplines to cultivate 21st Century Learning Skills.  VESSS has two components: The first component is an online sixteen-week course running from December through April. The second component is a residential NASA Summer Academy at NASA Langley Research Center for students who perform well in the course. The Summer Academy consists of team project in which students design a mission to explore the Earth Systems through the launching of a satellite; Briefings and seminars by astronauts, engineers, scientists, and other NASA experts; and tours of NASA Langley facility.

Additional information and application is available at  http://vsgc.odu.edu/VESSS/ . The deadline for student applications is October 24th, 2021.

For high school sophomores, the Virginia Space Coast Scholars (VSCS) is a program focusing on the earth and airborne science, engineering, and technology integral to current missions at NASA Wallops Flight Facility and the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport. This dynamic (and FREE) program, designed by the Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC), inspires students who possess technical and/or scientific interests and are motivated to learn about the many different opportunities that NASA offers.

The VSCS program features two key elements: 1) an on-line science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) learning experience featuring five modules; and 2) a seven-day residential Summer Academy at NASA Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, VA where selected scholars will learn first-hand from NASA professionals about cutting edge technologies and missions.  The deadline for student applications is October 17th, 2021. Please visit http://vsgc.odu.edu/spacecoast/ for application and more information

UVA Society of Women Engineers 

The Society of Women Engineers at the University of Virginia invites high school juniors and seniors to apply to our High School Visitation program on Saturday, November 20th, 2021. The program gives young women (cis and trans) and non-binary high school students a comprehensive look at engineering fields and UVA’s engineering curriculum through informative speakers and interactive design activities. The program is designed to benefit participants with all levels of engineering experience, but we particularly target those students who are not yet familiar with the field and may be interested in applying to engineering schools or pursuing a STEM career.

To apply, students should complete the HSV Fall 2021 Application which can be found here. This fall session particularly targets high school seniors, but sophomores and juniors can also apply. Students who have previously applied to HSV, are in the targeted grade level, and demonstrate a strong interest in engineering through their short answer question will receive priority acceptance. It has not yet been decided if the event will be held virtually or in person due to COVID19, and we will ask for the students’ preference on the application.

The attached flier provides more information about the event and instructions on how to apply online through our website.

The application must be completed online by 11:59 pm on Friday, October 15th, 2021.

John F. Kennedy Profiles in Courage Essay Contest

The John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Essay Contest for High School Students is officially open! We’re now accepting submissions from high school students for the 2022 contest—and your students can win up to $10,000 for participating! Deadline for submissions is January 14,2022. Please visit the following link for additional information-https://www.jfklibrary.org/learn/education/profile-in-courage-essay-contest/getting-started.

Let me sign off tonight with some more words from the great American statesman Abraham Lincoln.  Mr. Lincoln said, “We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection.”

Have a great evening and GO DRAGONS!

 

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Seniors

The Senior Class meeting will take place on Monday September 27th at 11:15am in the auditorium.  An announcement will be made for an early release of seniors from their classes.

Attention seniors…if you wish to be considered for a school nomination for UVA’s Jefferson Scholars program and/or the new Walentas Scholars program (for first-generation college students only), fill out the survey that has just been added to Naviance under About Me–>Surveys from My School.  This survey will close at 3:30PM on Tuesday, October 5th.

MLWGS Library Launches Two New Programs this Week

Sign-ups for Dragon Dialogues, a special opportunity for freshmen, open on Friday, October 1st. Freshmen who opt to participate in Dragon Dialogues will earn about 2 community service hours while connecting with a classmate who attended a different middle school than them. Using strategies adapted from the One Small Step program and organized by a team of students who participated in that pilot program, freshmen will be paired for semi-structured conversations. During two preparatory workshops and the conversations themselves, participants will learn how to actively listen to their partner, ask and answer engaging questions, and develop interpersonal skills. It is the project team’s hope that through these interactions, participants will feel more comfortable with their peers and less alone during the uncertain time that is freshman year.

Sign-ups for the library’s new Wonder Club, an officer-less, commitment-free community open to students and teachers will open on Wednesday, Sep. 29th. This group’s Schoology space and its monthly in-person and online gatherings will focus on celebrating and sharing wonders in the natural world around us and fostering wonder in the people in our lives.

The National Honor Society Application is Now Open for Juniors and Seniors (Due Monday, 10/4)

Dear Juniors and Seniors,

Are you interested in joining the Maggie Walker Chapter of National Honor Society? The NHS online application for the 2021-2022 school year is now open and due October 4th: https://forms.gle/fyCYWyQQuBur34ve8

Eligible candidates will need a 3.5 GPA and meet the following service requirements (adjusted due to COVID-19): 30 verified hours for Juniors and 65 verified hours for Seniors. A modified service requirement has been implemented in order for inducted members to remain in good standing and earn the NHS cord at graduation. Selected members will be notified on October 8th and an induction ceremony will take place in mid-October.

National Honor Society is an organization that fosters leadership, service, and scholarship. We encourage our members think of ways to improve the school and community and members support each other in helping make their ideas for service projects become reality.

Please view the application link for all of the pertinent details of the application process, dues, and membership expectations. Contact Dr. Rachel Loving, NHS Sponsor, with questions at [email protected].

Note: Seniors who were inducted last year do not need to apply again.

Science Honor Society

Juniors and Seniors who are interested in applying to the Science National Honor Society should review the admission requirements and complete the online application by Friday, October 8th.  Any questions about the organization or the application process can be directed to current members or sponsors (Mr. Clark, Mrs. Gawne).  Additional information can be found outside of room 306.  Please reference the links below:

Fall Festival

The Fall Festival Committee of the PTSA is happy to host the return of Fall Festival this year on Friday October 1 from 2 pm to 6 pm.  Held in the ring parking lot, Maggie Walker students provide entertainment and set up booths to raise money and interest for their clubs.  The Dragons’ Lair will be selling merchandise as well in case you have not stocked up yet for the year. We hope you will be able to join us for the return of this event with some changes of course.

Tickets are the currency you need:  Tickets are available for pre-event purchase and will be picked up at the will call on the day of the event.  Tickets may also be purchased on the day of the event at the ticket table.  On the day of the event, tickets may only be purchased for CASH.  Please see the attached form for more information. Fall Festival Tickets Preorder form 2021 – Google Docs

We need numerous adult volunteers to assist to make this event a success this year.  If you can spare the time or the canopies, please consider assisting

Sign up form is here:  https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fmlwgs.ptboard.com%2Fsgnvw%3Fgroup%3D%26signup%3DM6svRmWFTwusMO-zh_B5vHN___6Egfic8n___oRjDDnp&data=04%7C01%7C%7C2db0e2e91fb146523cc208d97178e56c%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C637665586322837250%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C1000&sdata=a8UaqN8VYYu%2FqtzMHabFt8uW%2F8LgMDyTVd5M17HBfEY%3D&reserved=0

If students would like to perform there is a signup being circulated.  They should speak with a faculty member.

We look forward to seeing you on October 1.

Please contact Carla Winters at [email protected] or 757-532-4682 if you have questions.

Winter Sports

If you are planning to play a Winter Sport (Basketball, Swimming, Indoor Track, Wrestling) you must have all of the forms https://mlwgs.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/2071_001.pdf sent to Paige Hawkins at [email protected] in a one page PDF by November 3, 2021 and it must be a physical anytime AFTER May 1, 2021.

From the Foundation

Night of the Dragon Volunteer Interest Meeting October 6

The MLWGS Foundation is hosting a meeting on Wednesday, October 6, at 8:30am in Rm 153 for anyone interested in helping with this year’s Night of the Dragon auction. NOTD is the social highlight  of the year for the MLWGS community and the single largest fundraising event of the year. Volunteers are key to its success and are needed for a wide variety of tasks, including item solicitations, communications, day of event set up/clean up, decorating, data entry, graphic design, item assembly and more. We’d love for you to join our fun group of committee chairs as we plan for a wonderful evening to support our school. If you have questions or want more info, please contact Ginger O’Neil at [email protected].

Let me sign off tonight with some words from the great American author Mark Twain.  Mr. Twain gives some advice that applies to all of us.  He says, “Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear.” Have a great evening and GO DRAGONS!

 

091921

Back to School Night

After careful consideration and having received a good deal of feedback from our community, we have made the decision that MLWGS will hold a Virtual Back to School Night on Thursday September 23rd at 6:30 PM.  A detailed information sheet will be sent out on by Wednesday that will explain how to view the PTSA business meeting, vote on PTSA items, and access the teacher course videos.

Celebrate Hispanic American Heritage Month

Please use this link to see a message from our school librarian!

Celebrate Hispanic American Heritage Month | MLWGS Library (wordpress.com)

Fall Festival

The Fall Festival Committee of the PTSA is happy to host the return of Fall Festival this year on Friday October 1 from 2 pm to 6 pm.  Held in the ring parking lot, Maggie Walker students provide entertainment and set up booths to raise money and interest for their clubs.  The Dragons’ Lair will be selling merchandise as well in case you have not stocked up yet for the year. We hope you will be able to join us for the return of this event with some changes of course.

Tickets are the currency you need:  Tickets are available for pre-event purchase and will be picked up at the will call on the day of the event.  Tickets may also be purchased on the day of the event at the ticket table.  On the day of the event, tickets may only be purchased for CASH.  Please see the attached form for more information. Fall Festival Tickets Preorder form 2021 – Google Docs

We need numerous adult volunteers to assist to make this event a success this year.  If you can spare the time or the canopies, please consider assisting

Sign up form is here:  https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fmlwgs.ptboard.com%2Fsgnvw%3Fgroup%3D%26signup%3DM6svRmWFTwusMO-zh_B5vHN___6Egfic8n___oRjDDnp&data=04%7C01%7C%7C2db0e2e91fb146523cc208d97178e56c%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C637665586322837250%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C1000&sdata=a8UaqN8VYYu%2FqtzMHabFt8uW%2F8LgMDyTVd5M17HBfEY%3D&reserved=0

If students would like to perform there is a signup being circulated.  They should speak with a faculty member.

We look forward to seeing you on October 1.

Please contact Carla Winters at [email protected] or 757-532-4682 if you have questions.

School Counseling

Senior counselors visited 12th grade English classes on Wednesday and Friday.  Parents and guardians, please check in with your senior about the following:

-the September 2021 Senior Newsletter

-the Transcript/Recommendation Letter Worksheet

-their list of “Colleges They’re Applying To” in Naviance

September 24th is a big day for seniors, as it is the deadline for requesting transcripts and letters of rec in Naviance for any college to which they’re applying before December 1.  The “College Information for the Class of 2022” Schoology page (Resources section) features the newsletter and worksheet, if students no longer have the hard copy they received in class.  Please feel free to contact Ms. Forquer or Dr. Loving (senior counselors) with questions!

From the School Psychologist’s desk

Our Counseling Department periodically receives information about programming in the Metro Richmond area related to adolescent mental health.  I will be sharing information about area offerings that my colleagues and I receive.  Please be aware that we cannot endorse the quality of all the offerings that we hear about.  However, we want to help make parents aware of opportunities that might be of interest and value to them.  Questions?  Contact Lisa Ebeling, School Psychologist:  [email protected]

Be Well

Be WellVA is a collaboration of the different Community Service Boards (CSB = public mental health agency) in the Central Virginia area.  Their goal is to promote emotional wellness and to decrease the incidence of deaths by suicide.  The information on the website includes prevention programs and well as crisis intervention services.  This resource will be shared on a regular basis as it covers all the CSBs that serve our school population. 

https://bewellva.com/

Chesterfield Community Service Board (aka Chesterfield County Mental Health)

Information about parenting related services offered by Chesterfield Mental Health can be found at https://www.chesterfield.gov/889/Prevention-Programs   Non Chesterfield residents are welcome to participate if space is available, which it almost always for virtual programs.

https://documentcloud.adobe.com/link/review?uri=urn:aaid:scds:US:913fff9c-b7ef-434d-87f6-da168d7363ba

Winter Sports

If you are planning to play a Winter Sport (Basketball, Swimming, Indoor Track, Wrestling) you must have all of the forms https://mlwgs.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/2071_001.pdf sent to Paige Hawkins at [email protected] in a one page PDF by November 3, 2021 and it must be a physical anytime AFTER May 1, 2021.

Remember, we are here to be compassionate, courageous, collaborative, and to have a sense of community.  It is The Walker Way.

Have a great evening and as always, GO DRAGONS!!

 

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School Closing Reminder

MLWGs will be closed on Thursday September 16th for the observance of the Yom Kippur holiday.  This is a student and staff holiday and the building will be secured.

From the PTSA

Fall Festival will take place on Friday October 1st from 2:00 PM until 6:00 PM.  Much more information to follow.

Student Handbook

Please complete the student handbook test by 9/19/21.  This is a requirement for all students.  The test is located at http://www.quia.com/quiz/5928160.html.  The secret word to access it is dragons.  A copy of the student handbook is available at the grade level Schoology pages.

Dress Code

Please be sure to review and comply with the student dress code.  It can be found on pages 13-14 of the Student Handbook.

Online Handbook & Code of Conduct (mlwgs.com)

 

Winter Sports

If you are planning to play a Winter Sport (Basketball, Swimming, Indoor Track, Wrestling) you must have all of the forms https://mlwgs.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/2071_001.pdf sent to Paige Hawkins at [email protected] in a one page PDF by November 3, 2021 and it must be a physical anytime AFTER May 1, 2021.

Fall Drama Production:

In October of 1998, a 21-year-old college student named Matthew Shepard was badly beaten and left for dead, tied to a fence outside the town of Laramie, Wyoming. Four weeks after his murder, members of the Tectonic Theater Project went to Laramie and began interviewing witnesses, family members, local leaders, and townspeople. THE LARAMIE PROJECT is the result of those interviews: a raw, honest, and powerful examination of the effects that a single incident can have on a community, a culture, and even a nation.

All students interested in performing in this fall’s virtual production of THE LARAMIE PROJECT should report to the auditorium for auditions on Monday, 9/13/21 and Wednesday, 9/15/21. We’ll get started at 3:30 and wrap up at 5:00 on both days. (On the unlikely chance that callbacks are required, they will take place at 3:30 on FRIDAY, 9/17.) Students are encouraged to attend both days of auditions.

No monologues will be required for these auditions. Students will be reading sides and performing short passages, so come prepared to interpret and even improvise. Please note that during auditions, whether onstage or off, masks are required, as is a social distance of three feet.

In addition, we are looking for interested students to serve on the technical crew as well as in the costume and makeup departments.

Please contact Mr. Cashwell ([email protected]) if you have questions.

French Trip Part Deux

There will be a virtual meeting for all parents of students taking French IV, Pre AP French, AP French and for those who took AP French last year interested in the April 2022 French trip.  The meeting will be held on Zoom Tuesday September 14th at 7:00 PM.  The Zoom link has already been emailed out to parents and students.  It is also posted on Schoology.  Contact Madame Terrana if you have any questions.

From the School Nurse

Reminder to all 12th grade families to email Alisa Shapiro, CPNP at [email protected] or send in vaccination status to the school, showing completion of TWO meningococcal vaccines with one occurring after age 16years old or ONE meningococcal vaccine given after the age of 16yrs if the student did not receive this vaccine in 7th grade.

[Meningococcal Conjugate (MenACWY) Vaccine – Effective July 1, 2021, a minimum of 2 doses of MenACWY vaccine. The first dose should be administered prior to entering 7th grade. The final dose should be administered prior to entering 12th grade.]

Please update PowerSchool to ensure that all health alerts or allergies are completed. If your student requires medications to be kept in the nursing office or carries emergency medications with them, complete and send in all required health forms to the school nurse. Please email Alisa Shapiro with questions.

NOTIFICATION OF SCREENINGS – The Commonwealth of Virginia requires the following screenings to be scheduled within 60 days of a student’s initial enrollment in a public school: Hearing and Vision screenings will be completed on 10th grade students. The school nurse will complete these screenings for early identification of deficits. Parents are notified of results if further evaluation is indicated. Parents do have the option to have their child opted out of the screenings with written parent notification to the school nurse.

MLWGS Foundation Open House at B2SN

The Foundation invites all parents to stop by the Foundation Office (Room 225 across from the Auditorium) during their student’s free period at Back to School Night. We’ll have sweet treats and info about the many ways the Foundation helps our Dragons reach their potential here at MLWGS and beyond.

The MLWGS Foundation’s Annual Parent Participation Contest is Underway!

The MLWGS Foundation is excited to welcome the Classes of 2022, 2023, 2024, and 2025 to campus! Making a Back to School gift to the 2021-2022 Foundation Annual Fund (www.mlwgsfoundation.org/donate) today helps the Foundation do what it does best–supporting our Dragons from their first step through the door all the way through graduation. And, each spring, the class with the highest parent participation rate gets a special treat courtesy of the Foundation. Let the (very friendly) competition begin!

Let me sign off tonight with some words from the late great blues musician B.B. King.  He said, “The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you.”   Have a great week and GO DRAGONS!!

 

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School Opening

School will commence on Tuesday September 7th at 8:40 AM

Laboratory Googles

Maggie Walker science teachers are excited to welcome students back into the lab this fall!  While safety always comes first in the science lab, we will be taking additional precautions to keep students safe this year.  High touch surfaces, glassware, and equipment will be sanitized between classes, personal hygiene will be emphasized, and social distancing will be prioritized as much as possible during lab activities.  Additionally, we encourage all students to provide their own eye protection for labs.  Any commercially available safety goggles or safety glasses will be appropriate, as long as they provide full coverage protection from projectiles and chemical splashes.  Shared safety goggles, which are sanitized between classes will be available from the instructor, but all students are encouraged to provide and store their own eye protection out of an abundance of caution.

Band and Orchestra Students

Band and Orchestra students should plan to bring their instruments the first day of class.

Student Handbook

Please complete the student handbook test by 9/19/21.  This is a requirement for all students.  The test is located at http://www.quia.com/quiz/5928160.html.  The secret word to access it is dragons.  A copy of the student handbook is available at the grade level Schoology pages.

The MLWGS Foundation’s Annual Parent Participation Contest is Underway!

The MLWGS Foundation is excited to welcome the Classes of 2022, 2023, 2024, and 2025 to campus! Making a Back to School gift to the 2021-2022 Foundation Annual Fund (www.mlwgsfoundation.org/donate) today helps the Foundation do what it does best–supporting our Dragons from their first step through the door all the way through graduation. And, each spring, the class with the highest parent participation rate gets a special treat courtesy of the Foundation. Let the (very friendly) competition begin!

Let me sign off tonight with some words from Bill Dodds.  I have used it before, but is so appropriate for this evening.  This week’s quote goes out to the parents and guardians: “Labor Day is a glorious holiday because your child will be going back to school the next day.  It would have been called Independence Day, but that name was already taken.”   Have a great Labor Day and GO Dragons!!

 

 

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Yearbooks

The Yearbook staff will continue to distribute and sell YEARBOOKS at lunch in the Commons on Monday and Tuesday, June 14-15. If you haven’t pre-ordered a book, please bring $55 in cash or check (made out to MLWGS).

Athletics

Any student interested in athletics at Maggie Walker for 2021-2022 school must have a VHSL physical emailed to the following emails, [email protected] and [email protected]  in a PDF document-NOT a WORD or pictures document.  All try-out/start dates can be found on the same link below:

https://mlwgs.com/co-curricular-overview/athletics/

MLWGS Foundation

Celebrate Your Grad & Leave Your Mark at MLWGS!

The Governor’s School Foundation invites families of MLWGS seniors and graduates to purchase inscribed pavers to leave a lasting tribute at the school. Inscribed MLWGS pavers are a great graduation gift from parents, grandparents, anyone trying to find something special and lasting to give their favorite graduate(s). You can purchase either a Bluestone paver inside the school lobby or a brick paver to be placed on the Lombardy Street walkway. All donated funds beyond the cost of the engraving are tax-deductible.

Orders must be received by July 1. The cost is:

*  $500 for an exterior brick pavers (up to 3 lines of text with 13 characters/spaces per line)

*$1,000 for a Bluestone lobby paver  (up to 3 lines of text with 13 characters/spaces per line)

You can order online at http://www.mlwgsfoundation.org/donate/ or contact Ginger O’Neil, [email protected].

Good News!

Congratulations to Grace Liu, Daphne Pang, Emma Hunter, and Kirby Westerfield! Their PSA “Moonball” won the Audience Choice award in their category at the VHSL Film Festival! Thank you to all the MLWGS students who participated in this year’s festival and we hope to see you compete again next year!

Well, we made it!  The last week of school is finally here!  I want to sincerely thank all of you, and especially the students for making the best of a very challenging year at MLWGS! The team will work hard this summer to evaluate the best way to re-open in the fall with all of our students on campus every day!  I can’t wait! I wish you all the best as you take some time off this Summer to relax, re-charge, and re-connect with friends and families.  Today’s quote is one of my favorites from Mark Twain that I have used on the last message for the past few years.  It has nothing to do with education, but maybe it does….He says, “A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way.

Have a great evening and as always, Go Dragons!

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Freshmen

All freshmen will take Biology SOL tests during the week of Monday June 7th. These tests will be administered during biology classes at regular class times and students should come to school according to the in person assignments listed below UNLESS athletic playoffs or other events force students to come to school on the other day of their Biology class meeting.

As a reminder, here are the in person assignments for Monday/Tuesday vs Wednesday/Thursday.

  • Chesterfield, Hanover, Henrico, and Richmond will be split evenly. Students with last names A-Li will be on Mon & Tues. Students with last names Lia-Z will be on Wed & Thurs.
  • Goochland, Hopewell, and Powhatan will be on Mon & Tues.
  • Charles City, King & Queen, New Kent, Petersburg, and Prince George will be on Wed & Thurs.

If students haven’t been attending school in person, they will most likely need to arrange for transportation from a parent. Students may come to school just to take the test and then return home to attend classes virtually OR they are welcome to attend in person classes for the entire day. School computers will be used for testing so no need to bring a laptop for SOL testing!

More information about SOLs can be found on the counseling SOL webpage.

Textbook Return

School resources and text return will be June 11th from 8am-noon for students currently on virtual learning.  Resources/texts will be returned to teacher classrooms or another designated location.  A comprehensive list will be available at the Bluestone upon check-in.  If a student cannot make it to campus on Friday June 11th, they should email their teachers to make alternative arrangements the following week.  For clerical purposes, we strongly encourage drop offs on June 11th.  All books or other materials must be returned no later than June 18th.  Students present on campus will be returning their books over the next few weeks through their normal class schedule.

Attention MLWGS Community! 

Feedback due Midnight Sunday evening, June 6th: The School Advisory Council (SAC) is seeking the feedback of students and parents from the Classes of 2022, 2023, and 2024 as well as faculty on our transcripts. SAC would like your input on the following google form to gauge your preferences on the practice on including numerical values on transcripts, which has been in place since 2017. More detail about this issue is included in the introduction of this optional, anonymous survey: https://forms.gle/jBqCL9ecTR7tXSLa7

School Counseling

Rising seniors:

Juniors and their parents/guardians were sent an e-mail on Friday, May 28th filled with announcements pertaining to the end of the school year.  Here are a couple highlights:

College Boot Camp will return to a fully in-person event in August 2021.  Interested students of the Class of 2022 may register on the following link (https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0B48AFA62BA75-college7) AND pay on the MLWGS website by the June 11th deadline. Information about fee waivers, if needed, is included within the Sign Up Genius.

Juniors are invited to begin working on their Brag Sheet in Naviance.  An optional Parent Questionnaire has also been released (under Surveys).  These are not due until early September. Questions about Naviance?  E-mail Ms. Forquer or Dr. Loving.

Graduating seniors:

Students, please check your MLWGS e-mail accounts for any messages that might have been delivered to you on Friday, May 28th requesting clarification about your college lists or Senior Survey responses.  (These were only sent to select seniors.)  Thanks!  Also, if you are offered a spot off a college waitlist, change your intended college, or receive additional scholarships as we end the school year, please update your senior counselor by e-mail.

Athletics

Any student interested in athletics at Maggie Walker for 2021-2022 school must have a VHSL physical emailed to the following emails, [email protected] and [email protected]  in a PDF document-NOT a WORD or pictures document.  All try-out/start dates can be found on the same link below:

https://mlwgs.com/co-curricular-overview/athletics/

MLWGS Foundation

Celebrate Your Grad & Leave Your Mark at MLWGS!

The Governor’s School Foundation invites families of MLWGS seniors and graduates to purchase inscribed pavers to leave a lasting tribute at the school. Inscribed MLWGS pavers are a great graduation gift from parents, grandparents, anyone trying to find something special and lasting to give their favorite graduate(s). You can purchase either a Bluestone paver inside the school lobby or a brick paver to be placed on the Lombardy Street walkway. All donated funds beyond the cost of the engraving are tax-deductible.

Orders must be received by July 1. The cost is:

*  $500 for an exterior brick pavers (up to 3 lines of text with 13 characters/spaces per line)

*$1,000 for a Bluestone lobby paver  (up to 3 lines of text with 13 characters/spaces per line)

You can order online at http://www.mlwgsfoundation.org/donate/ or contact Ginger O’Neil, [email protected].

Good News!

The Maggie Walker Math Contests team cruised to first in the state in the Virginia Math League competition, winning by 12 points over our nearest competitor.  Ankit Aggrawal, Eric Hu, and Eric Qian were the top individual scorers for the school, tying for 3rd in the state.  87 students participated in at least one of the six contests held throughout the year.  Congratulations to all!

VHSL Recognizes MLWGS Robotics Team 422 as a Trophy Class Team

At a recognition ceremony on June 3rd, Robotics Team 422: The Mech Tech Dragons was recognized as a Trophy Class team by the Virginia High School League (VHSL). The Trophy Class designation is the highest-level recognition in the VHSL Robotics competition. To receive this honor, members worked to document the team’s work in both technical and community outreach areas through writing and video. Congratulations!

You can view the team’s video submission here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QljsEO36sjo

The VHSL is an alliance of Virginia’s public and approved non-boarding, non-public high schools that promotes education, leadership, sportsmanship, character and citizenship for students by establishing and maintaining high standards for school activities and competitions.

Last week Devesh Kumar and Yash Saxena were left off of the list or students who presented their research via Zoom to a panel of judges on May 15.

VJAS is directly sponsored by the Virginia Academy of Science (VAS) with the objectives of discovering and encouraging scientific aptitude among secondary school students in Virginia, fostering fellowship between its members and members of the VAS, encouraging students to continue their education in science, engineering, and related fields, and developing a background among its members which leads to future membership in the Virginia Academy of Science and other professional science organizations.

Please congratulate Devesh and Yash on this prestigious accomplishment.

I would like to end tonight’s message with a quote from the late Muhammad Ali.  Aside from being a champion boxer, Ali was an activist and a man that lived by his beliefs.  One of my favorite Ali quotes is as follows:

“Impossible is just a word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.”

Have a great evening and as always, Go Dragons!

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School will be closed tomorrow in observance of Memorial Day.

Covid-19 Protocol Change:

In keeping in line as best we can with the current CDC and VDH guidelines, we will make the following changes effecting Tuesday June 1st:

  • Students and staff will no longer be screened by temperature scan upon entering the building.  The process of self-screening prior to arriving at campus will remain in effect.  Please stay home if you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Visitors and guests will continue to be scanned upon entering the building.
  • Vaccinated students, staff, and visitors will no longer be required to wear a mask when outdoors on school property.  This includes athletic events.  We will place appropriate signage at our outdoor events but will not be requiring proof of vaccination.
  • Until the Governor lifts the mask mandate for people inside school buildings, we will continue to require all personnel to wear masks inside the building when around others.

Attention sophomores and juniors:

SOL testing will take place this week in Reading (all juniors) and World History II (only sophomores who didn’t take the US History SOL or the World History I SOL in middle school).

Testing will take place during junior English and Global Studies 10 classes at their regularly scheduled times. Students should report to school on the day designated earlier in the spring but be aware that the week is shifting forward by one day due to Memorial Day! Tues and Thurs will be even days and Wed and Fri will be odd days.

Chesterfield, Hanover, Henrico, and Richmond:  Students with last names A-Li will be on Tues & Wed.  Students with last names Lia-Z will be on Thurs and Fri. 

Goochland, Hopewell, and Powhatan will be on Tues and Wed. 

Charles City, King & Queen, New Kent, Petersburg, and Prince George will be on Thurs and Fri.

Textbook Return

School resources and text return will be June 11th from 8am-noon for students currently on virtual learning.  Resources/texts will be returned to teacher classrooms or another designated location.  A comprehensive list will be available at the Bluestone upon check-in.  If a student cannot make it to campus on Friday June 11th, they should email their teachers to make alternative arrangements the following week.  For clerical purposes, we strongly encourage drop offs on June 11th.  All books or other materials must be returned no later than June 18th.  Students present on campus will be returning their books over the next few weeks through their normal class schedule.

Seniors

Dear Class of 2021,

As you are all quite aware, Covid has really impacted our school year and end-of-the-year calendar.  We have worked hard to put together some in-person senior events to honor their achievements, but we have had to adjust the dates to meet the state’s requirements.  The MLWGS calendar will reflect these changes, but we wanted to spread the word to make sure you had an up-to-date list.  If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to the class officers or Ms. Sheppard ([email protected]).

Here is a list of remaining Senior events (both virtual and in-person):

  • JUNE 4 – Last Academic Day for Seniors
  • JUNE 5 – prom
  • JUNE 10 – Senior Showcase
  • JUNE 11 – Check-out – Seniors need to turn in all borrowed items (books, uniforms) and obtain signatures from teachers/coaches/staff members.  Teachers will be in the building until 12:00pm to sign the form.  Here is a link to the form: https://drive.google.com/file/d/111FpjVgOsrGtoejU6dosFX1zT0V4UuwF/view?usp=sharing
  • JUNE 11 – Senior “Letter-to-Self” – If students have not already received their freshmen letter, they can pick theirs up from Ms. Sheppard.  We also ask that Seniors submit a senior Letter-to-Self where they write something to themselves that they will receive at their 10-year reunion.  Ms. Sheppard will have envelopes on hand and a drop box to collect the letters.
  • JUNE 11 – Extra graduation tickets – Governor Northam plans to ease restrictions further at the end of May.  We will be able to give an additional 4 tickets to each senior (for a total of 10).  Seniors may pick these up from Ms. Sheppard.  Reminder:  Seniors do not need a ticket to enter the stadium for graduation.
  • JUNE 15 – Senior picnic and Senior Night – We have moved the picnic to the MLWGS field from 5:00-6:30 on June 15 before Senior Night (line-up in the gym will start at 6:40).  We will be ordering pizza for everyone and hope that it will be a lovely start to our night saluting our seniors.
  • JUNE 17 – Graduation PRACTICE – Students should arrive at Hovey Field for graduation practice by 9:00am.  Attendance at practice is MANDATORY if seniors plan to attend the graduation ceremony.
  • JUNE 17 – GRADUATION – Seniors need to arrive by 4:00pm for line-up.  This ceremony will require students to walk across AstroTurf.  Please avoid wearing high heels or any shoe that would be unsafe.  The ceremony will be from 5:00pm to approximately 7:00pm.

Personal Finance and Economics:

Important Announcement Regarding Summer Economics and Personal Finance

This summer, Economics will run from July 5th-July 26th and Personal Finance will run from July 27th-August 17th. Students can verify they have registered for Economics or Personal Finance by going to PowerSchool and clicking the class registration tab on the left. Economics and Personal Finance will be listed as alternate choices. If you have planned to take either class and don’t see them listed, please contact Ms. Cobb ([email protected]) immediately. If you registered for either class and no longer plan to take the class, please email Ms. Cobb. Students will not hear from Ms. Hamilton regarding the course until the week before class starts. Please contact Ms. Hamilton ([email protected]) if you have specific questions regarding Economics or Personal Finance.

Transcript Survey

Attention MLWGS Community! The School Advisory Council (SAC) is seeking the feedback of students and parents as well as faculty on our transcripts. SAC would like your input on the following google form to gauge your preferences on the practice on including numerical values on transcripts, which has been in place since 2017. More detail about this issue is included in the introduction of this optional, anonymous survey: https://forms.gle/jBqCL9ecTR7tXSLa7

Athletics

Any student interested in athletics at Maggie Walker for 2021-2022 school must have a VHSL physical emailed to the following emails, [email protected] and [email protected]  in a PDF document-NOT a WORD or pictures document.  All try-out/start dates can be found on the same link below:

https://mlwgs.com/co-curricular-overview/athletics/

Band and Chorus Concert

The Band and Chorus will be performing their spring concert on Wednesday, June 2nd at 6:00PM. The concert will take place outdoors at various locations around the MLWGS campus. Friends and family are asked to bring their own chairs to the performances. This will be the first live performance from the music department since March of 2020! We hope to see you there!

Senior Art Exhibition Opening

Please join us for the gala opening of the 2021 MLWGS Senior Art Exhibition: “Enchanted” off-campus at Artworks Gallery Richmond on Friday, June 4th from 6-9PM.  The exhibition, which is the capstone event of our visual arts program,  will highlight the collected works of 13 Maggie Walker art seniors including Emma Lindley, Elizabeth Celentano, Azaria Mosby, Cooper Tsow, Ria Bakshi, Rylan Karjane, Shreya Malani, Ada Rigsby, Isabel Martin, Julianne Zielinski, Anika Kalluri, Grace Saunders, and Helen Hall. Come meet these amazing young artists, see their work,  and mingle with other Maggie Walker art lovers.

Due to COVID restrictions, there will be a staggered opening. Therefore, you must RSVP to attend the opening using the link bit.ly/enchanted21

Artworks Gallery is located at 320 Hull Street, RVA 23224 in the Manchester area of downtown Richmond.  The show will continue through June 13th.

MLWGS Foundation

Which Class Will Win?–Parent Annual Fund Competition Ends Tuesday

This year’s competition to see which class has the highest participation rate in the MLWGS Foundation Annual Fund campaign ends Tuesday, June 1. At this point, the juniors are leading the way in impressive fashion, but there’s still time for the other classes to make their moves.

Class of 2021: 23%

Class of 2022: 33%

Class of 2023: 27%

Class of 2024: 22%

You can  support your student(s)’ class and our Dragons by making a donation today (any amount counts) online at https://app.etapestry.com/onlineforms/GSGISFFoundationGovernorsS/annualfundgift.html

The winning class gets bragging rights and a sweet treat from the Foundation!

Good News!

Maggie Walker students Perisa Ashar, Aashka Shah, Annabel Tang, and Carson Wang had papers accepted to the Virginia Junior Academy of Science (VJAS).  They presented their research via Zoom to a panel of judges on May 15.  These judges awarded Perisa Third Place in the Medicine and Health A section.  In the Medicine and Health D section, Annabel was awarded Third Place and Aashka was awarded Honorable Mention.

VJAS is directly sponsored by the Virginia Academy of Science (VAS) with the objectives of discovering and encouraging scientific aptitude among secondary school students in Virginia, fostering fellowship between its members and members of the VAS, encouraging students to continue their education in science, engineering, and related fields, and developing a background among its members which leads to future membership in the Virginia Academy of Science and other professional science organizations.

Please congratulate these students on these prestigious accomplishments.

Kicker’s Tickets Fundraiser for the Class of 2024

This year’s Freshman Class has reached out to the Richmond Kickers and were able to receive a really awesome opportunity where they will give the class 30% of each ticket sold through this website: https://fevo.me/mlwgs2024  The Freshmen Class Officers think that this is not only a great way to help the class of ’24 generate funds, but also an excellent way for the MLWGS community to casually come together before the end of the school year. The tickets are for the match on June 5th.

To many, Memorial Day, the federal U.S. holiday that takes place every year on the last Monday of May, is just another excuse for a three-day weekend. It’s also known as the day that marks the unofficial start of summer and as a day devoted to getting great deals at the mall. However, the true meaning of Memorial Day goes far beyond barbecues and sales.

The holiday began after the Civil War, and at that time was known as “Decoration Day.” While it was originally founded to honor the soldiers who died in the Civil War, today, Memorial Day is a day to honor all of the Americans who have died in military service.

Patriotic Americans should take a moment from their day of celebration and leisure to reflect on the brave sacrifices of those who have given their lives for this great nation.

I think what sums up Memorial Day best for me can be found in the words of John F. Kennedy who said, “Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty.

Have a great evening and as always, Go Dragons!

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Textbook Return

School resources and text return will be June 11th from 8am-noon for students currently on virtual learning.  Students should enter through the Bluestone Lobby for temperature scans and health screenings.  Resources/texts will be returned to teacher classrooms or another designated location.  A comprehensive list will be available next week and at the Bluestone upon check-in.  The make-up day will be June 18th from 8am-noon, approval will be granted on a case-by-case basis.  Contact Mr. Smith [email protected] with any questions.

Seniors

Save the date!

Senior Night will be held on Tuesday, June 15th from 7:00-9:00pm. in the auditorium.  Due to current Covid restrictions from the Governor, masks are required to be worn.  Seniors should meet in the gym at 6:40 for line-up.  Please join us in honoring the Class of 2021 while reflecting on their past four years at MLWGS.

Athletics

Any student interested in athletics at Maggie Walker for 2021-2022 school must have a VHSL physical emailed to the following emails, [email protected] and [email protected]  in a PDF document-NOT a WORD or pictures document.  All try-out/start dates can be found on the same link below:

https://mlwgs.com/co-curricular-overview/athletics/

Band and Chorus Concert

When: Wednesday, June 2 at 6:00 pm (rain date: Thursday, June 3)

Where: Front Steps on Lombardy Street

Bring your own chair!!

Senior Art Exhibition

Please join us for the gala opening of the 2021 MLWGS Senior Art Exhibition: Enchanted at Artworks Gallery on Friday, June 4th from 6-9PM.  The show, which is the capstone event of our visual arts program,  will highlight the collected works of 13 Maggie Walker seniors including Emma Lindley, Elizabeth Celentano, Azaria Mosby, Cooper Tsow, Ria Bakshi, Rylan Karjane, Shreya Malani, Ada Rigsby, Isabel Martin, Julianne Zielinski, Anika Kalluri, Grace Saunders, and Helen Hall. Come meet these amazing young artists and mingle with other Maggie Walker art lovers.

Due to COVID restrictions, there will be a staggered opening. Therefore, you must RSVP to attend the opening using the link bit.ly/enchanted21  Artworks Gallery is located at 320 Hull Street, RVA 23224 in the Manchester area of downtown Richmond.

The show will continue through June 13th.

MLWGS Foundation

Celebrate Your Grad & Leave Your Mark at MLWGS!

The Governor’s School Foundation invites families of MLWGS seniors and graduates to purchase inscribed pavers to leave a lasting tribute at the school. Inscribed MLWGS pavers are a great graduation gift from parents, grandparents, anyone trying to find something special and lasting to give their favorite graduate(s). You can purchase either a Bluestone paver inside the school lobby or a brick paver to be placed on the Lombardy Street walkway. All donated funds beyond the cost of the engraving are tax-deductible.

Orders must be received by July 1. The cost is:

*  $500 for an exterior brick pavers (up to 3 lines of text with 13 characters/spaces per line)

*$1,000 for a Bluestone lobby paver  (up to 3 lines of text with 13 characters/spaces per line)

You can order online at http://www.mlwgsfoundation.org/donate/ or contact Ginger O’Neil, [email protected].

We are over half way through the testing period!  APs are mostly behind us and we will take on the SOLs this week.  The Dragon Nation is performing well and it is clear that our students are taking them seriously and knocking them down.  With only 19 school days left, things are rolling to a great finish.  Needless to say, we need to finish strong so that we may enjoy our time off without any of this year’s business underfoot.  I have total confidence that we will all enjoy the victory of another successful school year.  The Dragon Nation can’t be beat.  To paraphrase what Muhammad Ali said, “If you even dream of beating us you’d better wake up and apologize”.

Have a great evening and as always, Go Dragons!

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Interims

Interim 4th marking period grades were uploaded on Friday.  Please take a look in PowerSchool to make sure things are where you want them to be. We are in the home stretch, so if there is missing work, be sure to get it done and submitted.

AP Testing Updates:

Thank you AP testers for once again being super punctual and prepared for AP exams last week. As we move into the third week of testing, there will be a combination in-person exams (Monday & Friday) and digital exams (Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday).

Digital exams will be taken at home and there are four steps students must complete in advance in order to be ready to test. The first step is to download and log into the Digital Testing App (https://download.app.collegeboard.org/). Other steps, details about compatible devices, and other important information can be found in the Digital Testing Guide (https://apcentral.collegeboard.org/pdf/ap-digital-testing-guide.pdf). Remember that MLWGS cannot provide tech support during at home exams, but we can try to answer questions in advance as you complete the set up process. Students taking the AP English Literature exam on Tuesday should reach out with questions on Monday. If you are learning in-person, please make sure to allow yourself plenty of time to get home and log into your device 30 minutes before the global start time. This may mean you need to leave class early; please communicate these needs to your teacher and Ms. Bowman.

Students testing in-person on Monday should arrive between 8:00 and 8:30 for a morning exam and 12:30 for an afternoon exam. There will be three exam rooms used on Monday morning. Please check the AP exam calendar on the AP Testing Schoology group to find your exam room. Please report for AP language/music exams on Friday, May 21st by 8:30am for morning exams and 11:45am for afternoon exams. These exams can run long, so please be sure to plan meals and transportation accordingly.

Thank you all for your continued patience and diligence with these detailed instructions. Contact Rachel Loving, AP Coordinator with questions at [email protected].

Athletics

Any student interested in athletics at Maggie Walker for 2021-2022 school must have a VHSL physical emailed to the following emails, [email protected] and [email protected]  in a PDF document-NOT a WORD or pictures document.  All try-out/start dates can be found on the same link below:

https://mlwgs.com/co-curricular-overview/athletics/

Band and Chorus Concert

When: Wednesday, June 2 at 6:00 pm (rain date: Thursday, June 3)

Where: Front Steps on Lombardy Street

Bring your own chair!!

Library News: Celebrate Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Heritage Month

Celebrate Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Heritage Month by reading a good book from the MLWGS Library by authors like Celeste Ng, Hari Kunzru, Kiran Desai, Yoko Ogawa, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Chang Rae-Lee, Jhumpa Lahiri, and many more! Several fiction titles are highlighted in the library’s main book display and many non-fiction titles are available too. Stop by and check one out! If you can’t squeeze one of these books into your May schedule, any month of the year is a great time to read them!

Good News!

Daniela Wheeler, a sophomore here at MLWGS, has recently been selected to participate in the 2021 US Youth Ambassadors Program with Paraguay and Uruguay.  You can use the embedding link to learn more about this wonderful opportunity!  Congratulations Daniela!

Perisa Ashar, a senior at MLWGS, has been selected as one of the 40 Three Dot Dash Global Teen Leaders by We Are Family Foundation for her work with STEM education equity and outreach and her work with social justice through her organizations: Illuminate and STEMinate.

The Global Teen Leaders are carefully selected and represent 16 countries from 6 continents.

Please see the following press release for more information:

https://static1.squarespace.com/static/581e5b6a8419c273288db3e9/t/6088dded48956a16aeb756f8/1619582445859/WAFF_2021GTL_PressRelease_FINAL.pdf

Congratulations Perisa!

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!

Have a great evening and as always, Go Dragons!

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AP Testing Announcements:

We have the first week of AP exams behind us. Great work to all of those who have tested in school this week. You have all been on time and super prepared! Many exams this week will be in the afternoon. Please remember they will likely not conclude until after buses have left, so please make sure that you have arranged for alternate transportation after an afternoon exam. Here is a link to the other AP reminders: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1JKWFIiSQt1BUVwH6JzUcCL4eG98afVv5/view?usp=sharing

Additionally, for those students who have signed up for one or more digital exams, it is now time to focus on downloading AND logging into the Digital Testing App. The College Board recommends that ALL students taking a digital exam do this ASAP (by May 11th if not done already) to make sure there is plenty of time to troubleshoot with College Board if there are problems. A new Digital Testing Guide (version 2.1) was released this week: https://apcentral.collegeboard.org/pdf/ap-digital-testing-guide.pdf. This document will guide students through the four steps required to successfully take your digital AP exam(s). See the Digital Testing Guide for a full list of compatible devices which includes personally-owned computers (no personally-owned Chromebooks or smart phones though).

In addition to successfully logging into the Digital Testing App (step 1), students can practice with sample questions (step 2). Student should familiarize themselves with the app NOW so that there will be time to resolve any technical issues. Students will also need to “set up” their exam 3 days before the exam (step 3, which cannot be done yet) and “check in” 30 minutes before the exam (step 4, which cannot be done yet). AP Teachers will give reminders about these steps, but it is ultimately up to the student to read the latest version of the Digital Testing Guide and prepare themselves for at-home testing. While Dr. Loving will not be able to provide tech support, please do reach out with general questions at [email protected]. Our technology officers, Mr. Bortz and Ms. Snagg will only be able to provide tech support for accessing the Digital Testing App on school-owned Chromebooks; the app will be placed on those computers this week.

Good luck with AP testing week #2!

Seniors

It has come to administration’s attention that some seniors are picking and choosing which courses to attend in person while on campus. Although many will be on college campuses next year, seniors are not free to select which classes to attend while in high school. If they are on campus, they are expected to be present in person for their classes, not Zooming from another location or heading home for part of the day.

Thank you for adhering to school policy on this matter.

You’re off to college… now what? What are you really supposed to be doing during these next four years that will help you land a job after graduation and start a career? How can you best explore your interests, gain valuable skills and experience, find the people who can help you along the way, and show your value to potential employers or graduate schools? What are employers even looking for, anyway?

We strongly encourage every senior to attend “How to Ensure College Leads to a Career” on Wednesday, May 12 from 7-8:30pm as we welcome presenter Jennifer McCluskey and explore the answers to these questions. You are in for a fun, engaging, and very informative evening!

Ms. McCluskey is a former Maggie Walker teacher who has worked as a career advisor at VCU and is currently a certified career consultant and lead facilitator at Capital One’s Career Development Center. Her experience in working with hundreds of clients ranging from high school to retirement age has given her unique insight into the challenges and opportunities you will be facing in the next four years and beyond and what people wish they had known when they were in college.

Email Ms. Sheppard, Class of 2021 sponsor, if you have any questions: [email protected]

All SENIORS are required to complete their Senior Survey in Naviance no later than Monday, May 10th. The information they share on this survey is essential to the work of the School Counseling Department.  Please make sure that your Class of 2021 graduate has completed (and submitted) their survey. In addition to reporting any scholarship money they have been offered, they must also declare the outcomes of their college applications here–including the name of the one school which they wish to receive their final transcript soon after graduation.  If your child is offered a spot off a college waitlist, changes their intended college, or receives additional scholarships after May 10th, they must update their senior counselor by e-mail.  Thank you!

Juniors

Who’s ready for another JUNIOR NEWSLETTER? The May 2021 (You’re Almost Seniors!) edition was released on Friday, May 7th.  Featured topics include College Boot Camp registration (open through June 11), a long list of live/virtual college events taking place soon (most of which are also open to UNDERCLASSMEN!), and a variety of contests and scholarship opportunities–including an invitation to self-nominate for the prestigious Morehead-Cain Scholarship from UNC-Chapel Hill. (Interested juniors must complete the corresponding survey in Naviance by 3:30PM on May 17th.) If you have any questions about what you see in the newsletter, please do not hesitate to reach out to Kim Forquer. Mrs. Cobb, Dr. Loving, and Ms. Forquer hope that the information they have shared in the Junior Newsletters this school year have supported our students’ quest for learning and vigorous launch into college application season.  In addition to Schoology, links to the Junior and Senior Newsletters can be found on the School Counseling website:

https://sites.google.com/a/gsgis.k12.va.us/mlw-school-counseling/college-admissions-information-1/2011-2012-newsletters

Sophomores

Any 10th grade student interested in serving as a student representative on Maggie Walker’s School Advisory Council should contact Mr. Coleman at mailto:[email protected]. The mission of the Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School (MLWGS) Advisory Council (SAC) is to:​

  • Serve in an advisory capacity to enhance the quality of education​
  • To promote comprehensive educational opportunities​
  • To support the effective components of the existing programs
  • To ensure that the MLWGS mission is achieved.

Athletics

Any student interested in athletics at Maggie Walker for 2021-2022 school must have a VHSL physical emailed to the following emails, [email protected] and [email protected]  in a PDF document-NOT a WORD or pictures document.  All try-out/start dates can be found on the same link below:

https://mlwgs.com/co-curricular-overview/athletics/

One Small Step Dragon-to-Dragon conversations are complete!

Congratulations to all the students who participated in a One Small Step conversation with a classmate at MLWGS!

These forty Dragons broke new ground by being among the first high school students in the nation to participate in One Small Step, a StoryCorps project that invites people with contrasting political views to engage in respectful, candid conversations about who they are and the experiences that have shaped them.

Students discussed a wide range of topics in these conversations while treating each other with respect, empathy, and compassion. In addition to questions in the One Small Step conversation roadmap, some students asked each other thought-provoking follow-up questions, such as “How did that experience make you feel?” or “Do you believe morality is objective or subjective?”

Audio recordings of these conversations, which range from a half-hour to two hours, will be archived at the Library of Congress. Some students chose to set their recordings to private, while others chose to share them more openly.

Here’s a link to one of the conversations that participants chose to share. The students in this 40-minute conversation are junior Pooja Muthuraj and senior Elizabeth Celentano:

https://archive.storycorps.org/interviews/pooja-muthuraj-and-elizabeth-celentano/

It is an honor and a joy to listen to these conversations which simultaneously impress me and fill me with hope. About one-quarter of these students have opted to participate in a second round of One Small Step conversations with students from Trinity Episcopal School. I look forward to hearing those conversations too.

Good News!

The MLWGS We The People Team took first place at nationals for the second time in five years!  Here is a link with much more information:

https://mlwgs.com/we-the-people-national-finals-award-winners-announced-maggie-walker-governors-school-1st-place/

The VHSL has recognized the film “Moonball” by the MLWGS teams as an Official Selection in the Commercial/PSA category in the VHSL Film Festival!  More information can be found using this link:  MW students earn an official selection in the 6th Annual VHSL Film Festival with Moonball | Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School (mlwgs.com)

Congratulations to Maggie Walker students, Nikki Kumar (’22), Jordyn Krajewski (‘23), Joanne Lin (’23), Riishi Naavaal (’24), and Aashka Shah (’24) who competed in the Virginia History Day State Contest in April 2021! Sponsored by Global Studies teacher, Dr. Christine A. Anderson, all participants explored topics within this year’s theme of “Communication in History: The Key to Understanding.” Jordyn Krajewski’s documentary Headlines and Bloodlines: The Role of Media in Inspiring and Infuriating America into Action won 3rd place and the 2021 A.E. Dick Howard Prize in Virginia Constitutional History. Riishi Naavaal’s and Aashka Shah’s website Diplomacy at its Finest: The Power of Words During the Cuban Missile Crisis won 3rd place and the George Washington Leadership Prize. Projects placing 2nd place and advancing to the National History Day Contest in June 2021 are: Nikki Kumar’s performance of Communication through the Underground Railroad and Joanne Lin’s website The Zimmerman Telegram: Cross-Border Communications that Changed the Tide of WWI which also earned the Macarthur Memorial Prize.

On May 2, three Dragons were recognized for their outstanding fashion designs in the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts’ Teen Stylin’ 2021 Program.

2024 Dragon-Sydney Brewer won the Grade 6th-9th Best Interpretation of Theme: Tempo.”

2024 Dragon-Grace Crislip was awarded Grade 6th-9th Best Model. She was the model for her younger sister and designer, Renna Crislip.

2023 Dragon-Vien Nguyen was awarded Grade 10th-12th Runner Up for Best Use of Alternative Materials.

During this 12-week program students were randomly assigned an item from the museum’s collection to interpret through the lens of “Tempo” using recyclable materials. Due to the pandemic, most students worked virtually on their projects with the option of some classroom instruction with designing instructors. The culmination of their hard work involved walking the runway before a panel of professional fashion industry judges. Forty-two students from 6th to 12th grades, representing various schools throughout the central Virginia region, participated.

Renderings by Teen Stylin student designers and award-winning garments Winning designs will be on display from May 2-June 7, 2021 in VMFA’s WestRock Art Education Center.

Way to go, Sydney, Grace and Vien!

Our own Natalie Koehn-Wu and her sister Maya Koehn-Wu have co-founded a nonprofit, SistersProjectPeru. In short, my nonprofit it is based in the United States and helps communities in Peru. In the Sacred Valley, there are many villages without healthcare and her organization’s goal is to build affordable, well-supported clinics for long-term use. They are currently trying to raise money for these by sponsoring a soccer juggle-a-thon.  Please see the link below for more information.

https://1drv.ms/w/s!AnhIUDtJ5sHSgWLaIlTDHg5MAmCx

Well, we have made it to the second week of APs.  Like them or not, they are a key measure of how we have done as students, teachers, and as a school.  Has all the crazy work that we have put in this year been worth it?  Are we ready to nail these things and focus on more important stuff like our celebrating our seniors and getting ready for summer vacation?  You Bet!  Let’s crush these tests and finish the year strong.  I am confident that we will once again show the folks around us that The Dragon Nation has some of the smartest, most talented, dedicated, hard-working students anywhere.  When I see some of my colleagues at meetings, they give me a hard time and say that I’m always bragging about how well our kids lead the way in so many areas.  Well, to paraphrase several people including Bear Bryant, “It aint bragging if it’s true!”

Have a great evening and as always, Go Dragons!

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Teacher Appreciation Week

May 3rd through May 7th is nationally recognized as Teacher appreciation Week.  The PTSA and school administration have several events planned for our teachers, but the one thing that teachers really love is when a student or a parent sends a personal note or email sharing their appreciation for what a specific teacher has done for them.  If you are so led, please take the time this week to send a quick note to a teacher that made a difference.  It will make their day!

AP Testing

This past week a large volume of information was sent regarding the upcoming AP exams.  If you missed it, here is a link that will take you to what was sent out:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1JKWFIiSQt1BUVwH6JzUcCL4eG98afVv5/view?usp=sharing

Seniors

Due to Friday June 18th being designated by the Commonwealth of Virginia as the observed date for the Juneteenth Holiday, as well as the VHSL State Outdoor Track championships taking place on that date, we are moving graduation for the Class of 2021 up a day to Thursday June 17th at 5:00 PM at Hovey Field on the campus of Virginia Union University.  The rain date will be Sunday June 20th at 1:00 PM at the same location.

If you have not picked up your cap and gown, you may stop by and pick it up from Mrs. Williams in the Bluestone Lobby until 3:15pm.  If you are coming on campus after school, reach out to Ms. Sheppard to make arrangements ([email protected] )

HOLD THE DATE: 5/12/2021 – Extra credit will be rewarded in your English classes for your attendance!

You’re off to college…now what? What are you really supposed to be doing during these next four years that will help you land a job after graduation and start a career? How can you best explore your interests, gain valuable skills and experience, find the people who can help you along the way, and show your value to potential employers or graduate schools? What are employers even looking for, anyway?

We strongly encourage every Senior to attend “How to Ensure College Leads to a Career” on Wednesday, May 12 from 7-8:30pm (extra credit will be awarded in your English classes!) as we welcome presenter Jennifer McCluskey and explore the answers to these questions. You are in for a fun, engaging, and very informative evening.

Ms. McCluskey is a former Maggie Walker teacher who has worked as a career advisor at VCU and is currently a certified career consultant and lead facilitator at Capital One’s Career Development Center. Her experience in working with hundreds of clients ranging from high school to retirement age has given her unique insight into the challenges and opportunities you will be facing in the next four years and beyond and what people wish they had known when they were in college.

Email Ms. Sheppard, Class of 2021 sponsor, if you have any questions:  [email protected]

Counseling

The April-May 2021 Senior Newsletter has been posted to the School Counseling website (and the “College Information for the Class of 2021” Schoology group).  Several new scholarships with deadlines in May or during the summer are featured.  Seniors are encouraged to check out their individual postings in Naviance for more details (including each scholarship’s corresponding website) and to keep applying for those that are relevant to them: https://sites.google.com/a/gsgis.k12.va.us/mlw-school-counseling/college-admissions-information-1/2011-2012-newsletters

Special reminder: May 4th is the deadline for the $10,000 Robert E. and Jacquelyn Pogue Scholarship–which will be awarded to one MLWGS senior again this school year.  The application has been posted to Naviance and e-mailed to the Class of 2021 and their parents.

Finally all seniors should complete their Senior Survey in Naviance by May 6th.

Student Performances at Senior Night and/or Graduation

Due to Senior Night and Graduation being held outdoors this year, options for musical performances are limited.  Students will need to provide their own instruments (email Ms. Sheppard if you need help or have questions about this).

We are looking for someone or a group (of reasonable size) to perform the National Anthem at both/either events.

If you are unable to audition in person or have chosen to remain at home for the semester, you may submit a digital copy of your audition by May 18th.

Whether in person or digitally, you must perform the song you would like considered for one of our events.  Share your link with Ms. Sheppard at [email protected]

If you are auditioning in person, please select a time slot using the link below.  You and your group (if applicable) must be all present and ready with your instruments to audition the song you would like considered for one of our events.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0B4CAAAB2EA4FF2-student

Night of the Dragon Tally!

The tally is in and we are excited to announce that the Night of the Dragon raised just over $70,300 this year! This is great news because all proceeds go directly to support our students and teachers through the Foundation, Booster Groups, and PTSA.

In addition to the financial support from the auction, the evening also provided a chance for many members of the Dragon community to get together for the first time in much too long. Many thanks to all of you who donated items and participated and to the amazing NOTD Planning team—Kristi Turner, Anne and Brad Ewald, Jennifer Rector, and Misty Morton Clark—for making this reimagined event such a success during this unusual year. #proudtobeadragon

Good News!

Fall Sports have finished up with the following notable results:

Girls Cross Country- 1st Place in the Region, 4th Place in the State

Boys Cross County – 2nd Place in the Region, 7th Place in the State

Girls Golf-4th Place in the Region for an individual

Boys Volleyball – 2nd Place in the Region, 2nd Place in the State

The International Language Department is pleased to announce that Michael Kish, class of 2022, has been accepted to the Governor’s Language Academy for Spanish.  Michael began MLWGS as a student in Spanish III and is currently enrolled in AP Spanish Language.  Throughout this time he has been a passionate and dedicated student to the advancement of his linguistic abilities and we are extremely proud of not only his accomplishments, but his desire to use this experience in a way that will impact the community.

AP testing underway and the SOL tests are close behind.  With the rush to the finish line the stress level on campus begins to rise. I encourage all of the members of the Dragon Nation to stay focused and finish strong.  The great basketball coach John Wooten said “It’s not so important who starts the game but who finishes it.”  Seven weeks to go!

Have a great evening and as always, Go Dragons!

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SENIORS

Off-Campus lunch begins this week.  If you are attending MLWGS on Mon and Tues, then your off-campus lunch day will be Tues.  If you are attending on Wed-Thursday, then your day will be Thursday.  If you are 4 days a week, then Thursday is your day.  Please continue to be honorable!

The MLWGS Foundation

Thanks to everyone who made last night’s Night of the Dragon Reimagined a HUGE success. If you were one of the lucky bidders, you can pick up your winnings in the Foundation Office at school this Monday-Thursday from 9am-3pm. If you need to arrange another time, email Ginger at [email protected]. We will be sharing totals once we’ve had time to tally!

Math Honor Society

Mu Alpha Theta is pleased to announce a very special guest presentation to celebrate National Math and Stats Awareness Month.  Alumna Finale Doshi-Velez will be joining us virtually from Harvard where she is an associate professor in Computer Science at the Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.  She completed her MSc from the University of Cambridge as a Marshall Scholar, her PhD from MIT, and her postdoc at Harvard Medical School.  Her interests lie at the intersection of machine learning, healthcare, and interpretability.  The talk will take place on Thursday, April 29, from 3:30-4:30 p.m.

The title of her talk is “Artificial Intelligence: Beyond the Hype and Hysteria.”

“The reaction to the term “AI” is rarely neutral.  Excitement about AIs becoming world champions in Go or Starcraft is tempered by fears of superintelligences and Skynet; the same technologies that correct our grammar as we write or translate menus from photographs also exhibit the gender, racial, and other biases of our times.  In this talk, I’ll start off by sharing a bit about how modern machine learning systems work under the hood.  We’ll connect that to understanding how AIs can both succeed and fail spectacularly.  This discussion will lead us to questions we should be asking in order to create any effective and accountable AI system.”

Any student or family member is welcome to attend the Zoom presentation, here is the link:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85827778926?pwd=VUlBMVBrdFkwVFZBK2RWc1BCeHl2dz09

Meeting ID: 858 2777 8926

Passcode: 967537

April is National Poetry Month

The Maggie Walker Slam Poetry Club invites you to celebrate it with their first-ever International Language Poetry Showcase!  Experience poetry from around the world–in languages from around the world–shared by nineteen MLWGS students and staff.  Watch the showcase or learn more here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TpJy-egGow8.

SCHOOL ADVISORY COUNCIL SEEKS PARENT REPS

The MLWGS School Advisory Council (SAC) currently has parent openings for the 2021/22 school year.  These are 3-year appointments, so best suited to parents with rising sophomores or parents of incoming freshmen who have prior experience of older children having also attended Maggie Walker.

To learn more about the SAC, please visit https://mlwgs.com/support/school-advisory-council/.  If you are interested in becoming a parent member, would like to nominate someone, or would like to learn more, please contact Karen Townsend at [email protected] before Friday, April 30.

Good News

Lexi Pasternak has been accepted to attend this summer’s Governor’s French Immersion program!  We’re so excited for her and know she’ll do great things plus have an awesome good time!

Well, it appears that we have finally broken the icy grip of a stubborn winter and have eased into spring.  Everything is rapidly turning green and the birds are chirping away outside of my office window.  Still, I am reminded by a quote from one of my favorite American authors, Mark Twain when he said, “In the Spring, I have counted 136 kids of weather inside of 24 hours!”

Have a great evening and as always, Go Dragons!

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Return to school Update

As of this week, we have about 42% of our students back on campus!  We have been very happy to honor student’s request to return to campus and it has been great seeing students back at MLWGS.  Due to the challenge of requesting transportation for individual students who are now opting to return, as of Sunday April 25th, any future request for a student to return to campus who is not already here will have to be made with the understanding that the family must provide transportation for the remainder of the school year.  We apologize for the inconvenience, and we wanted to remain as flexible as possible for as long as possible if student decided to return after having indicated that they would learn virtually, but several of our partner districts are requesting that we cease making new requests for transportation.

Report Cards

Attention student and families, virtual report cards for the 3rd 9 weeks will be available through the PowerSchool portal beginning Tuesday April 20th at 9 am.

Seniors

Any senior who was unable to pick up their graduation caps and gown this week, please make plans to stop by the Bluestone Lobby at MLWGS on Friday, April 23 from 1-2:30.   Email Ms. Sheppard if you have any questions: [email protected].

Off-Campus lunch will begin next week.  If you are attending MLWGS on Mon and Tues, then your off-campus lunch day will be Tues.  If you are attending on Wed-Thursday, then your day will be Thursday.  If you are 4 days a week,  then Thursday is your day.  Please continue to be honorable!

Exams

Due to the fact that many of our students are learning virtually and we are unable to provide consistent exam conditions for all of our students, we are making the decision to not have final exams this year.  The last week of school will be a regular wee of instruction with the regular schedule.  This change is only for this year.

April is National Poetry Month

The Maggie Walker Slam Poetry Club invites you to celebrate it with their first-ever International Language Poetry Showcase!  Experience poetry from around the world–in languages from around the world–shared by nineteen MLWGS students and staff.  Watch the showcase or learn more here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TpJy-egGow8.

The Night of the Dragon Silent Auction is LIVE! 

If you haven’t already, NOW is the time to get registered for 2021 Night of the Dragon Reimagined! And invite your family and friends to do so too.

Beginning today, you can check out and  bid on a truly incredible array of  Silent Auction items (more than 175 in all) and preview the Live Auction Items up for bid during the virtual event on April 24!

Go to www.nightofthedragon.org to register or log in to the auction site where, in addition to previewing and bidding on items, you can buy 50/50 raffle tickets and get more info about our what’s to come during the virtual event this Saturday, April 24 at 7pm!

Auction Items include:

Just added! Brambley Park with Dr. Bob!

Getaways in OBX, Wintergreen, Snowshoe and on the Chesapeake

Unique Outdoor Adventures and Tours

Gift Packages of Every Theme Imaginable

Custom Jewelry and Art

Gift Cards

Fine Wines and Gourmet Foods

College Swag

Items Used on the Set of Famous TV Shows

Amazing Alumni Contributions

Yeti Coolers

A Kegerator

And so much more!

Don’t wait! Make your plans now to join in the fun on April 24 and support our wonderful school and students !

SCHOOL ADVISORY COUNCIL SEEKS PARENT REPS

The MLWGS School Advisory Council (SAC) currently has parent openings for the 2021/22 school year.  These are 3-year appointments, so best suited to parents with rising sophomores or parents of incoming freshmen who have prior experience of older children having also attended Maggie Walker.

To learn more about the SAC, please visit https://mlwgs.com/support/school-advisory-council/.  If you are interested in becoming a parent member, would like to nominate someone, or would like to learn more, please contact Karen Townsend at [email protected] before Friday, April 30.

Good News

Results from the 2021 Governor’s Economic Challenge & Personal Finance Challenges.  MLWGS took regionals in the Adam Smith division and regional AND state in the David Ricardo division.  This state team will move on to compete in the national challenge soon.  MLWGS also did well in the personal finance division and have 2 groups moving forward in that competition as well.

These students all prepare together, on their own time and worked very hard!

VIRGINIA STATE WINNER IN THE DAVID RICARDO DIVISION

Maggie Walker Governor’s School, Richmond City, Teacher: Allison Anthony

*Students: Anshul Chiranth, Carson Wang, Aaron Wang, Shreyas Muthusamy

DAVID RICARDO DIVISION RESULTS DOE Region #1 Winner Maggie Walker Governor’s School, Richmond City,

Teacher: Allison Anthony (*Same students as above)

ADAM SMITH DIVISION RESULTS BY VDOE  Region #1 Winner: Maggie Walker Governor’s School, Richmond City,

Teacher: Allison Anthony

Students: Abhay Duggirala, Michael Kish, Ronit Jain, Sam Lichtman

Personal Finance Challenge

VDOE Regional Winners: (Invited to participate in the Case Study Round)

DOE Region #1 Winner: Maggie Walker Governor’s School, Richmond City,

Teacher: Allison Anthony

Students: Pooja Muthuraj, Sam McNamee, Anmol Mital, Vishnoy Vadakkancheri

OTHER HIGH SCORING TEAMS (Invited to participate in the Case Study Round)

Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School, Richmond, Teacher: Allison Anthony

Students: Kapil Iyer, Adriel Barretto, Isabella Lee, Eric Hamilton

We are starting to see glimmers of hope as some parts of the country are beginning to emerge from this pandemic.  While it is too soon to speculate with absolute certainty on what the fall may bring, we are confident that we will be able to open with a robust program that will meet the needs of our students.  I think that it is fair to say that things will be different on the other side of the pandemic. I think that it is also fair to say that one thing that will not change is the love and support that we have shown each other as we have navigated these waters.  Together we will prevail.  As Vince Lombardi said, “People who work together will win, whether against complex football defenses, or the problems of modern society.”

Have a great evening and as always, Go Dragons!

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Sophomore Testing Reminders

Attention sophomores, you have two testing events happening this month!

On this Friday April 16th, the PSAT 10 will be given at school starting at 9 am. Please see the counseling PSAT 10 webpage for details.

We still haven’t heard from about 50 sophomores as to whether they plan on testing or not. If you haven’t completed the google form survey, please do so as it will help us plan testing rooms. We will be sending out a list of assigned testing rooms in an email blast to sophomore families by Wednesday. Remember to bring graphing calculator and pencils.

The other big testing event is the SOL Writing Test which takes place over the last two weeks of April. We need all sophomores to indicate whether they are coming in for testing. Please make sure to complete this Writing SOL Registry survey by mid-week so that we can safely plan testing rooms. More details about this SOL test and other SOL tests can be found on the counseling SOL Testing Spring 2021 webpage.

Blood Drive

Spring into Action and help save three lives.  Please sign up now to give blood Friday, April 16th from 9:00 – 2:00pm at Maggie Walker.

https://www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/drive-results?zipSponsor=MWGS

Hope to see you there, remember to eat a good meal and drink plenty of fluids, bring your picture I.D. and complete the rapid pass the morning of your donation. All16 year olds also need to have a signed consent form.

Less than 2 Weeks until the 2021 Night of the Dragon Virtual Event and Live Auction! 

Register Today at www.nightofthedragon.org

And encourage grandparents and others to do so, too! 

In addition to the Live Auction, the 1-hour virtual event on April 24 will include fun videos of students, alumni, teachers, and others sharing their thoughts about what makes MLWGS such a special place. It’s  a great way for family and friends–regardless of where they live–to learn a bit about and support our wonderful school.

This year’s Live and Silent auction items (more than 100 of them!!) include Sailing on the Chesapeake; stays in Wintergreen, Snowshoe, and OBX; a Day on the James; one-of-a-kind art and jewelry; themed baskets of all kinds; items from great venues, shops, wineries, and other places; private tours; and much, much more.

And, don’t forget to order your Dinners to Go from one of our restaurant partners: Perch and East Coast Provisions by midnight on Saturday, April 17. Links can be found at www.nightofthedragon.org.

Questions? Contact Foundation Executive Director Ginger O’Neil, [email protected].

Good News!

Perisa Ashar has been recognized as an NHS Scholarship winner!  Congratulations Perisa!

I’d like to close tonight with a quote from Sir Winston Churchill who wrote, “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”

Have a great evening and as always, Go Dragons!

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Spring Break

MLWGS will be on Spring Break from Monday April 5th through Friday April 9th.  Classes will resume on Monday April 9th.  During this time, the campus offices will be closed for general business.  Have a great break and if you choose to travel, be sure to quarantine when you return if you go to an area of high COVID-19 transmission and you think that you may have been exposed to it.

“On the Second Day,” a poem-in-progress (by Ms. DeGroat) about students’ return to campus

Dear students, parents, and colleagues,

I’d like to share an informal reading of a poem-in-progress that I started writing when I got home on March 16th, the second day of our students’ return to campus. That first week back, changes were rapid and tangible. This poem attempts to capture what those first days felt like, at least from one poet-librarian’s perspective. I’m deeply grateful that some students have been able to return to campus and impressed by our students’ and teachers’ resilience. If you’re a Dragon who cannot yet return to campus, I look forward to seeing you in-person in September, maybe sooner if circumstances allow. In the meantime, I hope to see you online at a Walker Wednesday or another library activity. Here’s a link to the reading:

https://www.loom.com/share/902f63decff1483b943a3626927de371

With gratitude,

Ms. DeGroat

Good News!

Congratulations to Joshua Yoo (Chesterfield 22′) for earning a seat in the first violin section of the All Virginia Orchestra last week. He will participate in a virtual ensemble at the end of April.

Aaron Wang competed (virtual exam) in the local section of the Chemistry Olympiad last Saturday.  He advances to the National Level, Part 1 on April 17.  Only 12 Virginian students can advance to this level, so this is a wonderful accomplishment.

Perisa Ashar, Annabel Tang, and Carson Wang all competed (paper submission and Zoom presentation) in the regional Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (JSHS) sponsored by Longwood University on March 13.  From the website, ” JSHS is designed to challenge and engage students (Grades 9-12) in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM).”

Amanda Perez has been accepted to study abroad next year in Germany through a renowned scholarship called Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX).  For her to be considered, she had to go through an application process including letters of recommendations from some of her teachers.

CBYX is a fully-funded scholarship sponsored by the Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. CBYX scholarship recipients spend one academic year attending a German high school, living with a German host family, participating in cultural immersion programs and seminars, and serving as a youth ambassador.

Each year, CIEE selects and sends highly qualified and motivated high school students for the CBYX program. These students demonstrate interest in experiencing a different culture and learning German through a full immersion experience. Our students come from diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. Academic merit, as well as motivation, curiosity and flexibility are key components to a competitive application. Participants become fluent in German, earn a competitive edge in college applications, and can connect with a global network of CBYX alumni upon completion from the program.

Amanda already studies three languages at MLW: French Italian, and Spanish.  She was our French representative last summer for Governor’s Summer Residential World Language Academies.   Now she will be studying abroad as a gap year next year to become fluent in German!

The Friday before the break marked the end of the 3rd Marking Period.  The 4th Marking Period is filled with AP and SOL testing, spring sports tournaments, end of year events, and of course big senior events such as honors assemblies and graduation.  They may look different this year, but they will still be there!  There is a lot going on and it is really important that students keep their eyes and ears open or they could miss something.  While I do the best that I can to communicate events and deadlines, it is ultimately the responsibility of the student to make sure that all interested parties know what is going on.  Paul Meyer says that learning this skill of receiving communication and then passing along information is “The Human connection and a critical skill for personal and career success.”

Have a great evening and as always, Go Dragons!

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AP Testing Information:

Students registered to take one or more AP exams this spring should carefully read the following documents to learn about the testing options for 2021:

AP Exam Schedule (https://drive.google.com/file/d/1vRpe2wnm_CHcbLug8k1QgJ9L2CPKqN9I/view?usp=sharing)

AP Testing Information for MLWGS (https://drive.google.com/file/d/1cJJDhdkDUTsOx-5LC-cu2MqKZ7-ZIrqd/view?usp=sharing)

Students will have the opportunity to take all exams in a paper-and-pencil, in-person format. Students interested in requesting a digital, at-home exam for eligible subjects should do so by Monday, March 29th by using the Digital AP Exam Request Form linked within the AP Testing Information document above. Feel free to use your content teachers as a resource when making your decision about how and when to test. Families may also direct questions to Rachel Loving, AP Coordinator, at [email protected] or 804-354-6800 x3211.

Costa Rica trip Spring Break 2022

Deadline to enroll at the current price is March 25, 2021.

For more information contact Mr. Barnes [email protected]

Or www.explorica.com/Barnes-7745

Students will spend 10 days exploring the ecology, geology, history, and culture of Costa Rica. In Arenal they will hike to the volcano’s lava fields, explore geothermal springs, and visit a farming community at the base of the volcano. In Monteverde students will experience the amazing flora and fauna in the forest canopy in one of the earth’s most diverse national parks. Students will also visit a local school and participate in rainforest conservation efforts. In Coastal Puntarenas students will explore the coastal ecosystem and view rare native wildlife while hiking through Manuel Antonio National Park. Students will tour the craft village at Sachi and participate in an evening of traditional folklore. Students will also experience a variety of adventure activities including kayaking, hanging bridges, zip-lining, horseback riding, whitewater rafting, and a crocodile safari.

From the Foundation

Night of the Dragon Registration is Live and the Auction Items are Rolling In!

Register today (why wait?) for our wonderful Night of the Dragon Reimagined at www.nightofthedragon.org.

This year’s auction items include: sailing on the Chesapeake;  stays in Wintergreen, Snowshoe, and OBX; reserved graduation seating; a Day on the James; one-of-a-kind art and jewelry; themed baskets of all kinds; gift cards to local venues, shops, wineries, and more; a kegerator, private tours of UVa and Hollywood Cemetery; wine and spirits; and much, much more.

Be sure to get registered today so you don’t miss out on updates as items are available to preview and when the link goes live to order Dinner to Go from Perch or East Coast Provisions so you can enjoy an easy evening of fun benefiting our wonderful Dragons.

Gift Card Bonanza

The Foundation is collecting gift cards for this year’s Night of the Dragon auction. Please consider supporting our SCRIP program or local businesses by purchasing a gift card(s) to donate, or donate cards you have but don’t see yourself using. Gift cards (and other donations) can be put into the box marked Auction in the main office off the Bluestone Lobby or delivered to the Foundation Office any time before Spring Break. Go Dragons!

Contact Ginger O’Neil, [email protected], with questions or for more information about NOTD 2021.

Good News!

Congratulations to Maggie Walker students, Nikki Kumar (’22), Jordyn Krajewski (‘23), Joanne Lin (’23), Riishi Naavaal (’24), and Aashka Shah (’24) who competed in the District 8 Virtual Competition of Virginia History Day in February 2021! Sponsored by Global Studies teacher, Dr. Christine A. Anderson, all participants explored topics within this year’s theme of “Communication in History: The Key to Understanding.” Projects advancing to the Virginia History Day Virtual State Contest in April 2021 are: Nikki Kumar’s Harriet Tubman: Communication through the Underground Railroad; Jordyn Krajewski’s Headlines and Bloodlines: The Role of Media in Inspiring and Infuriating America into Action; Joanne Lin’s The Zimmerman Telegram: Cross-Border Communications that Changed the Tide of History; Riishi Naavaal’s and Aashka Shah’s Communication Saves the Day: The Power of Words During the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Tonight I would like to end with the quote, “I alone ca not change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.” ~~ Mother Theresa

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Return to School Update

This week we had about 275 students return to school.  That is about 38% of our total student population.  It was wonderful to see students here on campus.  It you previously chose to remain home and want to return, just send Dr. Lowerre or Mr. Smith an email and we can make it happen.  Transportation may take up to a week to set up if it required.

PSAT for Sophomores

Dear Sophomore Families,

The PSAT 10 for sophomores will take place on Friday, April 16th from 9:00 am- 1:15 pm. Families will be responsible for transportation. Please go to the counseling department link for schedules, links to test information, and test day reminders. This is an optional activity based on family comfort levels with students entering the school building under current Covid-19 guidelines. The PSAT 10 is not required and is a practice for the PSATs students will take in the fall of junior year. There are no make-up opportunities for this test. It will help us with our planning if families could register for testing by visiting https://forms.gle/gjFMvSF8qWkhjUrp7. All sophomores need to complete this form so that we know you are coming!  Please contact Ms. Cobb at [email protected] if you have questions.

Spring Sports

If your student is planning to play a spring sport, there will be a meeting on 3/25/21 at 6:00pm via zoom.  Please have your student check their Schoology class page for the link or contact [email protected]

Community Service Requirement for Graduation:

All parents of Seniors should take some time to look at community service hours totals with their student. The eligible community service hours total for graduation can be found on your report card, and a detailed list of hours can be found on x2vol (our online community service app.).  Seniors who needed the most hours have been messaged ideas for earning hours on Schoology.  Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the seniors community service hours goal has been adjusted to 110 hours.  As indicated on the First Quarter Report Card, Seniors should have all of their 110 hours submitted by May 1, 2020Students who have any questions about their hours totals or x2vol should contact Mr. Cook ([email protected]).

AP Testing Information:

Students registered to take one or more AP exams this spring should carefully read the following documents to learn about the testing options for 2021:

AP Exam Schedule (https://drive.google.com/file/d/1vRpe2wnm_CHcbLug8k1QgJ9L2CPKqN9I/view?usp=sharing)

AP Testing Information for MLWGS (https://drive.google.com/file/d/1cJJDhdkDUTsOx-5LC-cu2MqKZ7-ZIrqd/view?usp=sharing)

Students will have the opportunity to take all exams in a paper-and-pencil, in-person format. Students interested in requesting a digital, at-home exam for eligible subjects should do so by Monday, March 29th by using the Digital AP Exam Request Form linked within the AP Testing Information document above. Feel free to use your content teachers as a resource when making your decision about how and when to test. Families may also direct questions to Rachel Loving, AP Coordinator, at [email protected] or 804-354-6800 x3211.

Costa Rica trip Spring Break 2022

Deadline to enroll at the current price is March 25, 2021.

For more information contact Mr. Barnes [email protected]

Or www.explorica.com/Barnes-7745

Students will spend 10 days exploring the ecology, geology, history, and culture of Costa Rica. In Arenal they will hike to the volcano’s lava fields, explore geothermal springs, and visit a farming community at the base of the volcano. In Monteverde students will experience the amazing flora and fauna in the forest canopy in one of the earth’s most diverse national parks. Students will also visit a local school and participate in rainforest conservation efforts. In Coastal Puntarenas students will explore the coastal ecosystem and view rare native wildlife while hiking through Manuel Antonio National Park. Students will tour the craft village at Sachi and participate in an evening of traditional folklore. Students will also experience a variety of adventure activities including kayaking, hanging bridges, zip-lining, horseback riding, whitewater rafting, and a crocodile safari.

Model Congress Club

Maggie Walker’s very own Walker Model Congress is hosting a Chipotle fundraiser on Sunday, April 11th from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM at the 4930 W Broad St location. Bring your family and friends to get dinner at Chipotle and 33% of all purchases will be given to the Walker Model Congress charity organization, Feed More. All you have to do is mention the Walker Model Congress fundraiser to the cashier or use the promo code QTDD7AX if you’re ordering ahead for pickup! Thanks and we hope to see all of you there!”

From the Foundation

Register Now for the 2021 Night of the Dragon Reimagined!

You can now register (for free) for this year’s reimagined virtual event and auction benefiting our Dragons at https://1cau.se/aTX. While you’re there, be sure to check out the slideshow featuring just a few of our amazing auction items and get your 50/50 raffle tickets. By registering, you’ll also be first to know when the order link goes live for Dinners to Go from Perch and East Coast Provisions. The first 75 orders come with a free specialty cocktail. Looking forward to a fun and meaningful evening! Questions? Contact Ginger O’Neil at [email protected].

Good News!

State Champions!

On Saturday, March 20, the Green Dragon Academic Quizbowl team won the Group 3 state championship at the VHSL Scholastic Bowl Tournament. Our undefeated team consisted of seniors Sonya Stacia (captain) and Dennis Plotnikov, junior Sam Lichtman, and freshmen Bharathi Kancharia and Sam McNamee. Congratulations to the team and coaches Adam Rotche and Juanita Lasswell.

Congratulations to the 13 Introduction to Engineering students who participated in Richmond’s ASCE 26th Annual Popsicle Stick Bridge Challenge on March 14, 2021.  In the high school division, Mike Bobkov’s bridge held the 2nd highest load at 186.8 lb and Anna Young’s bridge took 4th place for the most efficient bridge with an efficiency of 626.84.  In addition to these achievements, we give a special congratulations to Janelle Sasina, her bridge was selected by ASCE as the Most Aesthetically Pleasing out of the 86 bridges submitted from both middle school and high school divisions.  Congratulations Dragon Engineers!

It is a pleasure to share with you all the outstanding achievements of Pooja Muthuraj and Matthew Klausner.  Both have been awarded scholarships to a 4 week immersion Spanish program at Concordia Language Villages in Minnesota.

Pooja is the Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica (National Spanish Honor Society) Bertie Green Travel award winner (usually an international trip but given the circumstances with Covid).  She is one of two national winners for the 4 week residential immersion program.

Matthew is the recipient of the National Spanish Exam Junior Travel Award, (also usually an international trip) and also one of two national winners selected for this four week residential immersion program.

Both applicants completed an extensive application process including a written essay and a 5 minute videotaped interview with a Spanish teacher which allowed them to showcase their amazing talent and proficiency with Spanish.

Please join me in congratulating these 2 remarkable individuals and their respective teachers, Sr. Jenkins and Sra. Lemco, who helped them to develop their skills and foster a passion for Spanish throughout their journey at MLWGS.

Congratulations to Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School Junior, Devyn Powers, for receiving a Gold Medal in the NATIONAL Scholastic Arts Awards. Additionally, her work was also chosen as an American Visions Medal award winner (the equivalent to “best in show”).

Devyn is the first Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School student to receive this honor at the national level. Normally, the exhibition would be held in New York and the awards ceremony would be held at Carnegie Hall. Please join me in congratulating her on this outstanding national award!

I would like to close this evening with a quote from Amelia Earhart.  She said, “The most difficult thing is the decision to act. The rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do. You can act to change and control your life and the procedure. The process is its own reward.”

Have a great evening and as always, Go Dragons!

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Happy Pi Day!

Return to School

It has been 1 complete year, but we are finally going to see students start to return to campus.  If you chose to return, we will see you this week.  If you are remaining home, you can always change your mind down the road if conditions change for you.

Spring Sports

Spring sports will start April 12th and please refer to mlwgs.com/co-curricular for coaches information and for all required forms for participation. Turn in all completed forms in a PDF labeled lastname, firstname.

Community Service Requirement for Graduation:

All parents of Seniors should take some time to look at community service hours totals with their student. The eligible community service hours total for graduation can be found on your report card, and a detailed list of hours can be found on x2vol (our online community service app.).  Seniors who needed the most hours have been messaged ideas for earning hours on Schoology.  Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the seniors community service hours goal has been adjusted to 110 hours.  As indicated on the First Quarter Report Card, Seniors should have all of their 110 hours submitted by May 1, 2020Students who have any questions about their hours totals or x2vol should contact Mr. Cook ([email protected]s).

AP Testing Information:

Students registered to take one or more AP exams this spring should carefully read the following documents to learn about the testing options for 2021:

AP Exam Schedule (https://drive.google.com/file/d/1vRpe2wnm_CHcbLug8k1QgJ9L2CPKqN9I/view?usp=sharing)

AP Testing Information for MLWGS (https://drive.google.com/file/d/1cJJDhdkDUTsOx-5LC-cu2MqKZ7-ZIrqd/view?usp=sharing)

Students will have the opportunity to take all exams in a paper-and-pencil, in-person format. Students interested in requesting a digital, at-home exam for eligible subjects should do so by Monday, March 29th by using the Digital AP Exam Request Form linked within the AP Testing Information document above. Feel free to use your content teachers as a resource when making your decision about how and when to test. Families may also direct questions to Rachel Loving, AP Coordinator, at [email protected] or 804-354-6800 x3211.

Send encouraging words from home for inclusion on the MLWGS Library’s chalkboard wall

The long-awaited day is almost here. Dragons who choose to do so will return to the MLWGS campus on Monday, March 15th. Since these students have been in the familiar environment of home for the past year, the MW Library has created a space to connect them with encouraging words from home. Does your family have a phrase or brief quote/saying you often share to lift each other’s spirits? If so, please submit it for inclusion on the library’s chalkboard wall using the following form: https://forms.gle/Xg3p3yoa92uoFrsM8

Animando a los estudiantes desde casa

Ya que los estudiantes empiezan a regresar a MLWGS el lunes 15 de marzo, nos gustaría animarlos con palabras inspiradoras de sus familias. Si su familia quiere compartir una frase alentadora en la pizarra de la biblioteca, favor de escribirla en este documento digital: https://forms.gle/Xg3p3yoa92uoFrsM8. ¡Gracias! (Translation by Senora Lemco)

MLWGS Drama 

Audition Submission Reminder! Just a reminder that are accepting audition submissions for our virtual spring musical production, Theory of Relativity, until midnight on Wednesday, March 17. Don’t want to be in front of the camera? There are many ways to get involved behind the scenes with costumes, props, lighting, sound mixing, editing, and even marketing! Please see the Drama Schoology page for details. Questions? Please do not hesitate to reach out to director Leigh Glatt at [email protected]

Walker Way Forum – March 17th

Our first Walker Way Forum, a speaker series for students designed around the pillars of the Walker Way, was held in February.  The response from students who attended was very positive, and we are looking forward to hosting our second speaker, L. Robert Bolling, CEO of Child Savers.  Child Savers provides comprehensive support to children who have experienced trauma.  He is a great person to speak to the Walker Way pillar compassion.  Students have received a “Save the Date” notice of the event through Schoology and the event will be publicized the week of the forum.  Questions?  Email Mrs. Ebeling, School Psychologist at [email protected]

From the Foundation

Night of the Dragon Set for April 24– Registration Goes Live March 18!

On March 18, the Night of the Dragon website will go live with lots of  auction items to check out and more being added frequently. Beginning March 18, you’ll  be able to register (for free) for the April 24 virtual event, purchase 50/50 raffle tickets, order dinner from Perch or East Coast Provisions (the first 100 orders get a free signature cocktail),  see sneak peeks of the April 24 show, and more.

This year’s NOTD items include long-time favorites and many exciting new items:

Vacation Home Rentals (OBX, Wintergreen, Snowshoe, and more)

MLWGS 2021 Graduation Seating

Local Adventure Packages

Wine Tastings and Wine Class for 20

Original Art and One-of-a-Kind Jewelry

College Gear and Class Baskets

Event Tickets and Unique Outings

And so, so, so much more!

We’re adding new items daily. Please contact Ginger O’Neil at [email protected] if you have a donation idea.

Good News!

Through the shared efforts of Operation Smile and NHS, MLWGS was able to raise an amazing 1,458 toothbrushes to donate to children in Guatemala as part of the Sending Hope campaign! This was an incredible achievement that could have never been done without such a supportive club and school, generous donations from local dentists, and the Operation Smile Club sponsor, Ms. Forquer, who has helped throughout the entire process and recently shipped out eight large boxes full of toothbrushes. Again, the clubs just wanted to share our great news with you all and the wonderful accomplishments we have achieved even during virtually through this pandemic.

I would like to end tonight with a quote from one of my favorite performer whos is also a very talented writer and director.  Mindy Kaling says, “If you don’t see a clear path for what you want, sometimes you have to make it yourself.”

Have a great evening and as always, Go Dragons!

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Schedule Change for This Week

In order to allow teachers to have a little extra time to set their classrooms up for the return of students (most haven’t been in their rooms since last March) we will use the following schedule for this week:

Monday – Odd

Tuesday – Even

Wednesday – Asynchronous Odd Classes

Thursday – Asynchronous Even Classes

Friday – Asynchronous All Classes

It is possible that teachers will not need the additional asynchronous time on Wednesday or Thursday and may choose to have class during their regular time.  They will communicate their intentions to students on Monday and Tuesday.

Return to School

For students returning on March 15, the attached map provides an overview of our new one-way traffic pattern.  This system was created in consultation with the MLWGS engineering club to promote social distancing while transitioning between classes.  Arrows are being placed on the floor, and signage is going up at each stairwell.  Please review before arriving back on campus.  This will take some getting used to, but if we work together, we can promote health and safety at the school.

Attention Parents of Returning Students:

Students registered for next year’s classes on March 4th and 5th. Parents have the opportunity to check student course requests through the “Class Registration” icon in Powerschool this week to make sure they approve student selections. If parents wish to make a change or override a grade prerequisite for a class, please email your student’s counselor by the end of this week.

Freshmen – [email protected]

Sophomores – [email protected]

Juniors with last names  A –   K  – [email protected]

Juniors  with last names L – Z     [email protected]

Students will receive confirmation of classes successfully scheduled by June of this year.

AP Exams:

Students who are planning to take AP exams in May should log into their College Board account (myap.collegeboard.org) and double check they have “joined” all of their courses. The deadline for MLWGS to order an AP exam for you is Friday, March 12th, and, even if you paid for an AP exam, if you have not joined the course, an exam cannot be ordered for you. We are doing all we can to make sure that all enrolled students are joined in the appropriate courses in the College Board system, but if your teacher does not regularly use this system for instruction, it is possible that this step could have been overlooked. If you have questions about how to join a course with the specific join code, contact your content teacher or Dr. Loving ([email protected]). School staff cannot complete this step for you. If there are any last minute orders for AP exams (cost with late fee is $135), you must discuss this with Dr. Loving and join the course by noon on March 12th.

Additionally, information will be available in the coming days and weeks about exact exam dates, times, and format. All students will have the option to test in-person at MLWGS, but digital at-home testing will also be available. The specs for digital exams are now available on the College Board website and Dr. Loving will be posting these and other important details on the “AP Testing” schoology page. If you are not a member of this group and should be, notify Dr. Loving. Please look there over these next three months for important AP information.

MLWGS Drama

Calling all singers, dancers, and actors/actresses!  MLWGS Drama will be accepting audition submissions for our virtual spring musical production, Theory of Relativity, until Wednesday, March 17.  Don’t want to be in front of the camera? There are many ways to get involved behind the scenes with costumes, props, lighting, sound mixing, editing, and even marketing! Please see the Drama Schoology page for details. Questions? Please do not hesitate to reach out to director Leigh Glatt at [email protected]

Youth Art and Music Month continues all month long!

The Fine Arts Department will be celebrating YAMM 21 with a series of virtual events this year including:

Lecture on Japanese Aesthetics by VMFA lecturer, Amanda Adams on Thursday March 11 at 3:30pm.  This lecture is sponsored by the Fine Arts Department, the National Art Honors Society, and the VMFA Statewide Programs.  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/99408716107?pwd=b1laWnNnT1E0eTlxSlpvS1VrNFNhUT09

Watch the Youth Art and Music Month performances online

If you happen to have missed last week’s online extravaganza of student art and music, you can still watch the event online at https://maggiewalkerarts.weebly.com/yamm21.  There, in addition to the video of the event, you’ll also find an online gallery of student artwork.  Thank you for your support of our talented young musicians and artists as well as the MLWGS Fine Arts program.

Walker Way Forum – March 17th

Our first Walker Way Forum, a speaker series for students designed around the pillars of the Walker Way, was held in February.  The response from students who attended was very positive, and we are looking forward to hosting our second speaker, L. Robert Bolling, CEO of Child Savers.  Child Savers provides comprehensive support to children who have experienced trauma.  He is a great person to speak to the Walker Way pillar compassion.  Students have received a “Save the Date” notice of the event through Schoology and the event will be publicized the week of the forum.  Questions?  Email Mrs. Ebeling, School Psychologist at [email protected]

From the Foundation

Night of the Dragon Set for April 24– Registration Goes Live March 18!

On March 18, the Night of the Dragon website will go live with lots of  auction items to check out and more being added frequently. Beginning March 18, you’ll  be able to register (for free) for the April 24 virtual event, purchase 50/50 raffle tickets, order dinner from Perch or East Coast Provisions (the first 100 orders get a free signature cocktail),  see sneak peeks of the April 24 show, and more.

This year’s NOTD items include long-time favorites and many exciting new items:

Vacation Home Rentals (OBX, Wintergreen, Snowshoe, and more)

MLWGS 2021 Graduation Seating

Local Adventure Packages

Wine Tastings and Wine Class for 20

Original Art and One-of-a-Kind Jewelry

College Gear and Class Baskets

Event Tickets and Unique Outings

And so, so, so much more!

We’re adding new items daily. Please contact Ginger O’Neil at [email protected] if you have a donation idea.

Good News!

Ten senior Dragons have advanced to Finalist standing in the National Merit Scholarship Program “by demonstrating, through distinguished performance, high potential for future academic accomplishment.”  Please join me in congratulating…

Hugh Feehan, Kapil Iyer, Anika Kalluri, Emma Lindley, Tejas Muthusamy, Kiera O’Flynn,

Caroline Rucker, Stamate Theofanos, Ryland Wilson, Ken Zhang

I went back and took a look to see how I ended the message on the last Sunday in 2020 before we were sent home for the year.  Interestingly, it still works.  I think back on that day and I am struck by how little we knew about what was about to happen to us.  The message was as follows:

“Third Marking Period Interims came out on Friday.  I would encourage everyone to take a quick look in PowerSchool and make sure that you now where you stand.  If you aren’t where you want to be, get after it!  Remember that “Good things come to those who wait, but better things come to those who go out and get them!”

Have a great evening and as always, Go Dragons!

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School Counseling

Save the date! March 4th is Course Registration Day for returning students. The Powerschool Portal will open up for class registration on March 4th. Students should have a completed Course Registration Worksheet (found in the school counseling webpage on Course Scheduling Information and Forms) and their Powerschool login info. Some 2nd period teachers may give students time to register at the end of class. Otherwise, the portal will stay open through Friday. More specific instructions will be sent out mid-week!

Youth Art and Music Month

Do you love art and music?  Then March is the month for you!  Youth Art and Music Month helps to raise awareness of the importance of the Fine Arts in education.  This year, Maggie Walker Governor’s School will be celebrating with an online student art and music extravaganza Thursday March 4th at 6:30.  Beautiful student artwork will be on display by all our visual art students through a website gallery and slideshow, while our talented musicians will perform throughout the evening.  This event is open to everyone, so please spread the word and  join us to help celebrate Youth Art and Music Month on Zoom through our event website https://maggiewalkerarts.weebly.com/yamm21 .

Polar Seminar

Wednesday, March 3, AFTER SCHOOL, 3:15 p.m.:  Lizzie Meek, Programme Manager – Artefacts, Antarctic Heritage Trust, New Zealand

Because New Zealand is 18 hours AHEAD of our Eastern Time, her talk will take place at 3:15 p.m. on March 3 (which is her 9:15 a.m. on March 4) !

 “I finished a Diploma in Craft Design, then started my working life as a bookbinder. I completed further training in the UK in the field of Book Conservation, working at The British Library and then the National library here in New Zealand. A conversation with some colleagues about a new Antarctic Project saw me apply for a contract over an Antarctic Winter in 2008, and led to my current position.”    (Here is a short video clip of Lizzie Meek from LearNZ:  https://vimeo.com/191694669 )

The Antarctic Heritage Trust’s long-term, cold-climate conservation project is called the Ross Sea Heritage Restoration Project.  Lizzie Meek manages the artifact conservation program for the five historic expedition bases in this project:  Borchgrevink’s Hut (Cape Adare), Scott’s Discovery Expedition Hut (Hut Point), Shackleton’s Nimrod Expedition Hut (Cape Royds), Scott’s Terra Nova Expedition Hut (Cape Adare), and Hillary’s Hut (Scott Base).  “[AHT] shares the legacy of exploration through outreach programmes and encourages the spirit of exploration through expeditions to engage and inspire a new generation.”  To learn more about AHT, go to https://nzaht.org/about-aht/

If you are interested in hearing this presentation, please email Lynn reed at [email protected] for the link to the lecture.

Adolescents and Stress:  March Group Offering for Parents

Anxiety and stress are common issues seen with adolescents and the emotional health of students has further been impacted by the challenges associated with the pandemic. The Counseling Department wants to help parents in supporting their children at this tough time.  Lisa Ebeling, MLWGS School Psychologist, is facilitating a group for parents with Courtney Dunn and Rachel Holder, who are graduate students in the VCU Clinical Psychology Department.  We will discuss the characteristics of anxiety along with practical ways that parents can support their children.  The group will meet on Zoom from 6:30 to 7:30 for four weeks starting on Thursday, March 4th and ending on March 25th.  Space will be limited to 15 participants to allow for ease of discussion.  Please let Mrs. Ebeling know if you’re interested in the group by emailing her at [email protected].

From the Foundation

2-4-6-8 Night of the Dragon Countdown Begins!

The countdown is on. 8 weeks until the 2021 Night of the Dragon–April 24! Make your plans now to join us for this fun virtual event featuring a livestream program with beloved Governor’s School students, teachers, admin, and friends past and present, and amazing Silent and Live Auction fun. Registration for the event is free and will begin March 18. Stay tuned for the registration link and upcoming previews of some of the amazing items we’ll have up for auction. This reimagined event is one you won’t want to miss.

Showcase your Business and Support MLWGS

We invite you to serve as a sponsor for the Night of the Dragon–April 24, 2021. Not only will we recognize your support during the event livestream, but the name of your business will be listed in our online auction offerings, which will be distributed to the MLWGS community network of alumni families and partners (totaling more than 10,000).

Sponsorship levels are available from $500 – $10,000.

To serve as a sponsor, please contact Ginger O’Neil Executive Director, of the MLWGS

Foundation at [email protected].  All donations are made to the Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School Foundation, which is a 501(c)3 (Tax ID 54-1608930).

Good News!

Project EngageRVA, the Sec. 501c3 non-profit founded by seniors Ria Bakshi, Bella Grace Finck. Justin Goldman and Shreya Malani in early 2020, has been awarded the Hershey Heartwarming Project Action Grant for their efforts to engage and enrich elementary-age children with online classes ranging from yoga to marine science to quick math to world cultures to fairytale writing to foreign language including American Sign Language. The purpose of the grant is to help children build meaningful connections and create more inclusive, empathetic and kind communities. Project EngageRVA has also raised nearly $10,000 to fight the impact of COVID-19 and inspired and assisted with the formation of Project Engage groups in three other states.

This week I would like to close with a quote from Justice Thurgood Marshall.  He said, “The measure of a country’s greatness is its ability to retain compassion in times of crisis.”

Have a great evening and as always, Go Dragons!

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The Regional School Board February meeting was postponed to Thursday February 22nd at 9:00 AM.  See the website for the link to attend.

Re-Opening Update

At the Regional School Board meeting on Thursday February 18th, we will recommend that parents be given the opportunity to choose to send their students back to campus on a limited basis beginning Monday March 15th.  To maintain CDC recommendations, we need to limit our campus load to about 50%.  Students will have the opportunity to attend campus two days a week.  As conditions and recommendations change, we may increase or decrease our students’ on campus opportunities.

To facilitate our reopening, our largest districts (Chesterfield, Hanover, Henrico, and Richmond) will be split evenly for transportation.  Students with last names A-Li will be on Mon & Tues.  Students with last names Lia-Z will be on Wed & Thurs.  Goochland, Hopewell, and Powhatan will be on Mon & Tues.  Charles City, King & Queen, New Kent, Petersburg, and Prince George will be on Wed & Thurs.  Friday will remain an asynchronous learning day.

If you have not already completed the Return to School Survey, please use the link below to do so ASAP:

https://forms.gle/E58AZVS9BS1CPrwTA

Black History Month Assembly

SAC and students have organized a Black History Month Assembly! The assembly is a mandatory school-wide event for students on Wednesday, February 24th during 5th period. The event will consist of information from the Maggie Walker House, African American poetry performed by the Slam Poetry Club, and a keynote presentation from Faithe Norrell! Faithe Norrell’s children are the great-grandchildren of Maggie Walker. She will discuss the 13th, 14th, 15th Amendments, Reconstruction, systematic racism, and modern-day social injustices. A special assembly bell schedule has been created for next week and 5th period teachers will be ushering students to the webinar from 12:20-1:30. (webinar link to be shared on Schoology later this week and by 5th period teachers)

Here is Wednesday’s Assembly Bell Schedule:

Block 1: 8:40-9:15 (75 minutes) normal

Block 2: 10:10-11:25 (75 minutes) normal

Lunch 11:25-12:00 (35 minutes) shortened

Block 5: 12:00-12:20 (attendance taken)

Assembly: 12:20-1:29

Block 5: 1:30-2:00 (50 minutes total) shortened

Block 7: 2:10-3:00 (50 minutes) shortened

Library

Frustrated when liberals and conservatives call each other names, talk past each other, or worse? Want to get more comfortable talking with people you care about whose political views differ from yours? Would you like to get to know another Dragon while earning Community service hours?

Participate in One Small Step! The MLWGS Library has partnered with the national One Small Step initiative from StoryCorps to organize conversations between Dragons with contrasting political perspectives. MLWGS and Trinity Episcopal are the first two high schools in the nation to partner with One Small Step!

This is NOT a forum for debate or persuasion. Instead, this is an opportunity to enhance your listening skills, deepen your connection with another Dragon, and earn community service hours. Four workshops with Ms. DeGroat will help prepare you for your conversation.

To participate, sign up by Feb. 24th. For the sign-up link and to learn more about this exciting opportunity, watch this intro video: https://www.loom.com/share/59a415bb874e4504bd18686056ec00fc

School Counseling

Attention freshman and sophomore families, make sure your student has signed up for a course registration meeting with Mr. Z or Ms. Cobb. This week is the last full week of meetings before students register for classes next week on March 4th through the Powerschool portal.

Freshman signups: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0e4eaeae2ca0f49-course

Sophomore signups: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/805044BA8AA23A2F58-course

Juniors with questions about next year’s schedule may sign up for a 15-minute “12th Grade Scheduling Chat” with their senior counselor to be held the week of February 22.  (SignUp Genius links are posted in the Resources section of the “College Information for the Class of 2022” Schoology page.)

Day #3 of College Kick-Off has been rescheduled to Thursday, 2/25 from 10:15-11:30AM (link coming soon) due to last week’s bad weather, and individual Junior College Meetings will run in March and April.  (SignUp Genius registration to begin soon.)

Adolescents and Stress:  March Group Offering for Parents

Anxiety and stress are common issues seen with adolescents and the emotional health of students has further been impacted by the challenges associated with the pandemic. The Counseling Department wants to help parents in supporting their children at this tough time.  Lisa Ebeling, MLWGS School Psychologist, is facilitating a group for parents with Courtney Dunn and Rachel Holder, who are graduate students in the VCU Clinical Psychology Department.  We will discuss the characteristics of anxiety along with practical ways that parents can support their children.  The group will meet on Zoom from 6:30 to 7:30 for four weeks starting on Thursday, March 4th and ending on March 25th.  Space will be limited to 15 participants to allow for ease of discussion.  Please let Mrs. Ebeling know if you’re interested in the group by emailing her at [email protected]sgis.k12.va.us.

Mrs. Ebeling’s Drop-In Hours

Mrs. Ebeling’s last day of drop-in hours will be on Wednesday, February 24th.  The link for that meeting is as follows:

Lisa Ebeling is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Drop in Sessions

Time: Feb 17, 2021 04:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Every week on Wed, until Feb 24, 2021, 2 occurrence(s)

Feb 17, 2021 04:00 PM

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88595978093?pwd=YlJRRG9TWndaN2JCS0p4VDFRUTNEQT09

Meeting ID: 885 9597 8093

Passcode: 222573

Tonight’s quote comes from Vice Admiral Samuel L. Gravely, America’s First Black Naval Admiral.  The Admiral said, “Success in life is the result of several factors.  My formula is simply education plus motivation plus perseverance.”  Great words from a great American!

Have a great evening and as always, Go Dragons!

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Happy Valentine’s Day!!

Schedule for the Week

Monday – Student Holiday – Teacher Staff Development

Tuesday – Even

Wednesday – Odd

Thursday – Even

Friday – Odd

Re-Opening Update

At the Regional School Board meeting on Thursday February 18th, we will recommend that parents be given the opportunity to choose to send their students back to campus on a limited basis beginning Monday March 15th.  To maintain CDC recommendations, we need to limit our campus load to about 50%.  Students will have the opportunity to attend campus two days a week.  As conditions and recommendations change, we may increase or decrease our students’ on campus opportunities.

To facilitate our reopening, our largest districts (Chesterfield, Hanover, Henrico, and Richmond) will be split evenly for transportation.  Students with last names A-Li will be on Mon & Tues.  Students with last names Lia-Z will be on Wed & Thurs.  Goochland, Hopewell, and Powhatan will be on Mon & Tues.  Charles City, King & Queen, New Kent, Peterburg, and Prince George will be on Wed & Thurs.  Friday will remain an asynchronous learning day.

Much more information, as well as a final transportation survey will follow.

Regional School Board

The MLWGS Regional School Board will meet on Thursday February 18th at 9:00 AM.   https://mlwgs.com/all-virtual-mlwgs-regional-school-board-meeting-and-fy22-budget-work-session-on-february-18-2021/

Fall Sports Parent Meeting

There will be a Fall Sports Parent/Coaches Zoom meeting on Monday February 15th at 6:00 PM.  If your student is participating in Field Hockey, Volleyball, Cross Country, or Golf you will want to participate and hear how we are going to participate under the current circumstances.  If you haven’t received the link to the meeting from your coach, please email Coach Hawkins at [email protected] for the link.

Library

Frustrated when liberals and conservatives call each other names, talk past each other, ignore each other, or worse? Have political tensions distanced you from people you care about? Would you like to foster unity in our Dragon community?

Participate in One Small Step! The MLWGS Library has partnered with the national One Small Step initiative from StoryCorps to organize conversations between Dragons with contrasting political perspectives.

This is NOT a forum for debate or persuasion. Instead, this is an opportunity to enhance your listening skills, deepen your connection with another Dragon, and earn community service hours.

The sign-up window is from Feb. 10 to Feb. 24, 2021. Participants must attend a series of four related workshops (specific dates and times are on the sign-up form) before being matched with a conversation partner. Students earn community service hours for participating in the workshops as well as engaging in the One Small Step conversation itself.

The sign-up form takes about 15 minutes to complete and includes a place where you introduce yourself to your future conversation partner in your own words. Here’s the link: http://bit.ly/onesmallstepMLWGS

School Counseling

This is a reminder that College Kick-Off will take place this week on Tuesday (2/16) from 12:30-1:30PM, Wednesday (2/17) from 10:15-11:30AM, and Thursday (2/18) from 10:15-11:30AM. Zoom webinar links, available on Monday, will be posted in Schoology. Tuesday’s session (which includes speakers from the MLWGS community) will be recorded, but the panelists’ presentations on Wednesday and Thursday will be LIVE ONLY due to some colleges’ policies. Note: this is a change.

Please remember that these sessions are required of all juniors. Parents/guardians are also invited to attend online.  If facing an unavoidable conflict, juniors should ask a friend to take notes for them. In the green packets that either were picked up by juniors in the Bluestone Lobby or are headed their way via U.S. mail, a wealth of information can be found. It is the goal of the School Counseling Office that the three days of College Kick-Off will bring relevant and timely topics to life while offering the unique and valued perspectives of panelists representing both MLWGS and a variety of universities.

Fall Sports

Attention any student who plans to participate in Fall sports. You must have the forms completed from the link https://mlwgs.com/co-curricular-overview/athletics/ to participate. Once they are complete, please send to [email protected] as a single file attachment, such as a DOC or PDF, and that is named “Lastname, Firstname”.  If you do not have a scanner at home, there are free scanning apps available for your phone, such as, GeniusScan.  Also on newer iphones there’s a built in scanner in the “notes” app.  Please take into consideration the places to obtain a physical might not be doing them or might have a long wait.  The start date for Fall Sports is February 16th.  Any questions may be sent to the above email.

Operation Smile Club

Starting February 15th, MW’s Operation Smile Club will be hosting a toothbrush drive in collaboration with National Honor Society. (All students and members of the Maggie Walker community are invited to participate!) This collection will support Operation Smile’s Sending Hope campaign; this winter, Operation Smile clubs from high schools across Virginia are dedicated to collecting essential items to donate to young patients and their families in Guatemala.  There will be a drop-off box in the Bluestone Lobby until March 5th. Please make sure the toothbrushes you bring in are sealed in their original packaging, and share as many as you can!  Thanks!

Unique Auction Items Wanted

Unique items donated by MLWGS families and alums help set the Night of the Dragon auction apart. Do you own a vacation rental or second home, have a skill or hobby you can share, know a great local place you’d like to support that everyone should try? If so, please consider donating to this year’s NOTD auction. Getaways, services, and gift certificates make great donations. Interested in donating or not sure what you have will work? Reach out to Ginger O’Neil, 703-80-2506 or [email protected]. She’d love to hear from you.

Good News!

We are very excited to announce that our talented students in the fine arts were recently honored again this year by having their work selected in the regional Scholastic Art competition.   This is a highly competitive art competition which had over 2000 art entries from the region. MLWGS students had another great year of 50 total awards, recognizing Maggie Walker as one of the region’s top schools for the Arts.

2020-21 Scholastics Awards Summary

50 Total awards

7 Gold Keys awards including 1 American Visions Nominee

14 Silver Keys awards including 1 Silver Key Portfolio

25 Honorable Mentions including 3 Honorable Mention Portfolios

Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School student were additionally recognized for their work in this show.  Junior, Devyn Powers received an American Visions Award nomination for her mixed media piece, Blue Face.  Additionally, Senior, Isabel Li’s digital artwork was chosen for the exhibition catalogue cover.

Due to COVID, an exhibition of only the Gold Key works will be held at The Visual Arts Center of Richmond at 1812 West Main Street from February 6-21st.  The exhibition is free and open to the public.  Social distancing protocols are in place in the gallery.  Pictures of the exhibition are attached below.

The exhibition can also be seen online at this link.  https://www.visarts.org/partnerships/school-partnerships/scholastic-awards/.  An online ceremony will be held on Zoom for Gold Key award winners this Saturday February 13th at 1pm. 

Additionally Gold Key winners’ work will move on to the Alliance for Young Artist and Writers national adjudication process, where it will be eligible for further recognition and scholarship opportunities.  Adjudication of Gold Key works will take place in New York City and award winners will be announced in March.

Please join me in congratulating the following Maggie Walker Students and the Fine Arts staff for their success!

Portfolio winners are in bold.

Award First Last Grade Category Teacher Title
Gold Key American Visions Nominee Devyn Powers 11 Mixed Media Hall Blue Face
Gold Key Rylan Karjane 12 Drawing & Illustration Hall Get Off My Doc’s
Gold Key Tina Le 12 Design Hall Youth Art Month
Gold Key Isabel Li 12 Digital Art Coleman Maladaptive Daydream
Gold Key Isabel Li 12 Digital Art Coleman Exploration
Gold Key Ananya Iyer Sairaman 10 Drawing & Illustration Hall Romantic
Gold Key Nived Sanjay 10 Drawing & Illustration Hall Skin-deep
Silver Key Jeddah Arnold 11 Photography Cox Gluten free
Silver Key Wood Johnson 10 Sculpture Stinnett House of Slate
Silver Key Rylan Karjane 12 Painting Hall Papilio troilus
Silver Key Rylan Karjane 12 Painting Hall Acherontia atropos
Silver Key Rylan Karjane 12 Painting Hall Speyeria diana
Silver Key Rylan Karjane 12 Art Portfolio Hall empty girls met with empt eyes
Silver Key Isabel Li 12 Digital Art Coleman the flowershop
Silver Key Hanna Ngai 11 Sculpture Hall thorns in my side
Silver Key Lexi Pasternak 11 Digital Art Hall The Stronghold
Silver Key Ananya Iyer Sairaman 10 Drawing & Illustration Stinnett Enigma
Silver Key Nived Sanjay 10 Drawing & Illustration Hall Up & Down
Silver Key Gwen Stankiewicz 11 Fashion Hall Roses and Thorns
Silver Key Sarah Wagner 9 Drawing & Illustration Hall Boy in a Dark Hallway
Silver Key Alan Watts 11 Photography Stinnett Back Alley Bars
Silver Key Alan Watts 11 Photography Stinnett Adjusting the Light
Honorable Mention Ria Bakshi 12 Art Portfolio Hall familiarity
Honorable Mention Robert Buchanan 10 Mixed Media Stinnett Flotsam
Honorable Mention Elizabeth Celentano 12 Drawing & Illustration Hall Rusty
Honorable Mention Ishaan Dave 9 Drawing & Illustration Hall Stippling Ink Drawing Still Life
Honorable Mention Mallory French 11 Sculpture Hall Untitled
Honorable Mention Cameron Golden 10 Painting Hall Blue Eyes
Honorable Mention Cameron Golden 10 Drawing & Illustration Hall Self Portrait in Ink
Honorable Mention Gayatri Guda 10 Comic Art Stinnett Ursa
Honorable Mention Lillian Josefiak 10 Drawing & Illustration Hall reflection
Honorable Mention Callie Karjane 11 Photography Stinnett Flooding
Honorable Mention Sarala Kennedy 10 Drawing & Illustration Hall Self Portrait After Kollwitz
Honorable Mention Ala Killen 10 Photography Hall Chicken Portrait
Honorable Mention Shreya Malani 12 Painting Hall lost in thoughts
Honorable Mention Shreya Malani 12 Painting Hall lake thunseree
Honorable Mention Shreya Malani 12 Art Portfolio Hall faces across generations
Honorable Mention Sutton Marks 10 Design Hall Evolution of Zelda Infographic
Honorable Mention Isabel Martin 12 Painting Hall 4 Aspects of Identity Pt. 1
Honorable Mention Isabel Martin 12 Mixed Media Hall Life
Honorable Mention Ellie Murray 11 Photography Stinnett Seed Clouds
Honorable Mention Hanna Ngai 11 Sculpture Hall no justice, no peace
Honorable Mention Hanna Ngai 11 Sculpture Hall 2020 the Movie: Corona Strikes Back
Honorable Mention Anthony Paiva 12 Photography Stinnett The Passenger
Honorable Mention Audrey Price 10 Painting Hall Mother Nature, the Vandal
Honorable Mention Gwen Stankiewicz 11 Digital Art Hall Procrastination
Honorable Mention Betsy Tinsley 10 Drawing & Illustration Hall Tenebrism Figure Drawing
Honorable Mention Cooper Tsow 12 Comic Art Hall Balance
Honorable Mention Alan Watts 11 Photography Stinnett Crows on the Pier
Honorable Mention Julianne Zielinski 12 Art Portfolio Hall untitled

Perisa Ashar has been chosen as a Coca Cola Regional Finalist!  Additionally she also won First Prize in the Biochemistry Category at the Taiwan International Science Fair.  She has also been recognized as the First Place winner of the Overall Virginia State 4H Youth-in-Action Award for her service and stewardship in helping others and collaborating between 4H and STEMinate by providing STEM enrichment courses to underserved students. Well done Perisa!

I would like to close this week with two powerful quotes that I feel are appropriate for this week:

“An eye for an eye will leave the whole world blind.” – M.K. Gandhi

“If you can’t fly then run.  If you can’t run then walk.  If you can’t walk then crawl.  But whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

Have a great evening and as always, Go Dragons!

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Parent-Teacher Conferences

Parent-Teacher conferences will be conducted virtually using the Zoom platform on Thursday February 11th from 4:00 PM until 7:00 PM.  A link to the sign-up genius form went live in the parent portal of PowerSchool on Thursday February 4th at 12:00 Noon.  As always, you can email the teacher directly and set up a time to talk.

Re-Opening Update

You have most likely heard by now that Governor Northam has called upon all public schools in the Commonwealth of Virginia to begin returning students to campus by March 15th.  Over the next few days, the admin team will review all of the guidelines mentioned in the Governors statement below and ensure that our Instructional Plan is updated and in compliance.  I will certainly share that document with all of you as soon as it is updated.  There are many things to consider and iron out and I promise to keep you all in the loop as we work through them.

Here is a link to the Governor’s statement:

https://www.governor.virginia.gov/newsroom/all-releases/2021/february/headline-892131-en.html

As of today, all of our faculty, staff, and coaches have had the opportunity to receive the first round of vaccinations for Covid-19.  We are now waiting for communication from RPS as to the timeline for round two.  Because of the unique system of transportation in Henrico County, Henrico Parents can expect a survey regarding transportation needs within the next week.  I will continue to provide updates as we work through the process.

Online Personal Finance

MLWGS Online Personal Finance Course Spring Semester has begun. First course due dates are 02/07. Students should go to course page in Schoology for details.

School Counseling

Save-the-date!  The MLWGS senior counselors are pleased to present MLWGS’s annual College Kick-Off event for juniors and their families again this year.  This virtual event will take place over three informative and inspiring sessions:

-Tuesday, February 16 (12:30-1:30PM): Navigating Naviance and other accounts (in support of college planning), presented by senior counselors Dr. Rachel Loving and Ms. Kim Forquer, as well as GRASP representative Mrs. Susan Teerlink and English teacher Mr. Ed Coleman

-Wednesday, February 17 (10:15-11:30AM): The College Search and an Introduction to Scholarships, Financial Aid, Honors Colleges, and Special Programs, featuring panelists from Old Dominion University, Howard University, and Northeastern University

-Thursday, February 18 (10:15-11:30AM): What Colleges are Looking For and an Introduction to the Application Process, featuring panelists from the University of Richmond, the College of William & Mary, and the University of Chicago

Juniors will be excused from class to attend, and Zoom links will also be available to parents and guardians who also wish to join in this webinar.  More information will be shared in early

February.

Each junior will be issued a folder of information pertaining to College Kick-Off.  “Packet pick-up” will be available in the Bluestone Lobby on Weds, 2/3 – Fri, 2/5 during school hours.  (Packets that are not picked up by the end of the week will be mailed home.)

In advance of this year’s virtual College Kick-Off for juniors and their families (scheduled for February 16-18), the senior counselors are soliciting your questions for the consideration of the event’s panelists (from a variety of colleges and universities both public and private, in-state and out-of-state).  You are invited to fill out and submit this brief Google form by Tuesday, February 2: https://forms.gle/4ow5rGTNyRN7cSjd9

Course Scheduling

This is a reminder that the school counseling department conducted assemblies on course scheduling for next school year on January 28th.  Webinar recordings of the assemblies as well as course registration resources and forms are all available on the school counseling webpage on course scheduling information.

Signup links were sent out to students through Schoology for 9th and 10th graders for appointments with counselors to discuss course selection options during the month of February (junior meetings are taking place over a longer period).  Spaces are limited so make sure your student signs up. If you run into scheduling problems, please send an email to your child’s counselor.

Freshmen (rising 10th graders): https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0e4eaeae2ca0f49-course

Sophomores (rising 11th graders): https://www.signupgenius.com/go/805044ba8aa23a2f58-course

Juniors (rising 12th graders) can find the link to their counselor signup genius through the Schoology group entitled  “College Information for Class of 2022”.

The February 2021 Senior Newsletter has been uploaded to the MLWGS School Counseling website.  This document features scholarships, announcements from colleges, contests, and multicultural opportunities, as well as an on-site admissions event with Mary Baldwin University that is scheduled for Friday, February 12thStudents and families are reminded that each issue includes a new list of scholarships; therefore, rereading previous issues and reviewing Naviance are suggested so that opportunities and deadlines are not missed. For more information, visit https://sites.google.com/a/gsgis.k12.va.us/mlw-school-counseling/, and click on the link for “College Admissions Information” and then “Senior & Junior Newsletters” (where you can also find the recent End of Sem1 2021 Junior Newsletter).  Juniors are also encouraged to keep checking the “College Information for the Class of 2022” Schoology page, and seniors should continue viewing posts on the “College Information for the Class of 2021” Schoology page.

Walker Way Forum

Parents are well aware of the challenges that their children have experienced this past year.  Our students have been affected by the pandemic in a myriad of ways with virtual education presenting the biggest impact for many.  Our nation has dealt with racial justice issues and a difficult political climate.  It can be hard for students to remain hopeful when they are dealing with these very tough circumstances.  Exposure to strong and positive role models offers one way of lifting people up during tough times and led to the development of the Walker Way Forum.  This speaking series is designed around the four pillars of the Walker Way:  courage, compassion, community, and collaboration. Our first forum will take place on February 10th at 11:30. Robert Dortch of the Robins Foundation will be speaking on the pillar of community.  Mr. Dortch is a well-respected leader in the Metro Richmond area and a talented speaker.  It is our hope that exposure to someone who exemplifies the values reflected in our school mission can provide students with a sense of renewed optimism during this challenging time.  Questions?  Please email Lisa Ebeling, School Psychologist at [email protected] 

Fall Sports

Attention any student who plans to participate in Fall sports. You must have the forms completed from the link https://mlwgs.com/co-curricular-overview/athletics/ to participate. Once they are complete, please send to [email protected] as a single file attachment, such as a DOC or PDF, and that is named “Lastname, Firstname”.  If you do not have a scanner at home, there are free scanning apps available for your phone, such as, GeniusScan.  Also on newer iphones there’s a built in scanner in the “notes” app.  Please take into consideration the places to obtain a physical might not be doing them or might have a long wait.  The start date for Fall Sports is February 16th.  Any questions may be sent to the above email.

Special Guest Speaker

We are thrilled to announce that Christina Koch, NASA astronaut and former United States Antarctic Program research associate, will be joining the Polar Seminar on Wednesday, February 10, 2021, during 1st period.  She will be talking about her experiences working in harsh and remote conditions – from the South Pole to the International Space Station.  Christina will also share anecdotes from her many experiences that have culminated in her being selected as one of the Artemis team members. This team of astronauts has begun training and preparing for the first planned Lunar missions since 1972.

Attached you will find her biography, and you can find more information about her here. Please watch this short video:  “Meet Artemis Team Member Christina Koch” to help introduce you to this remarkable speaker.

As always, if you would like to attend the seminar, please send Lynn Reed an email as soon as possible at [email protected] and she will provide you with the Zoom link.  Her talk will begin at about 8:50, and the Q&A will conclude at 9:55.  We will be recording the event and posting it to Schoology afterwards.

Student Survey in Schoology

A survey will be posted on the Schoology class pages that is a research survey created by one of our students to gauge effectiveness of virtual instruction.  The purpose of this survey is to inform us as to how virtual learning has affected schooling this year. All answers will be anonymous and, using your input, we will better understand how we can improve virtual learning.

Support MLWGS by Supporting this Year’s Night of the Dragon!

Plans are shaping up in a wonderful way for the 2021 Night of the Dragon, April 24, 2021. Our beloved annual fundraising auction will be virtual this year, so make plans now to have a viewing party or just stay in and enjoy!

Here’s how you can help us make the 19th Annual Night of the Dragon the best ever!

  • Get registered as soon as we let you know the auction website goes live so you can preview all the great auction items! Don’t worry, we’ll spread the word far and wide.
  • Donate an item(s) for the Live or Silent Auctions. Popular items include unique

experiences hosted by MLWGS families and friends, event tickets, vacation home

rentals, artwork, local adventures—GET CREATIVE! To donate, contact Ginger O’Neil at [email protected].

  • Become a Sponsor. Individual and corporate sponsorships  are a great way to support MLWGS and promote your business to our community. Sponsorships are available at many levels and the new livestream format allows for some great  new options. For Sponsorships, contact Ginger O’Neil [email protected].

Stay tuned for more information about this wonderful event in the coming weeks!

Good News!

Congratulations to Gabriella Watson who was selected for a Leadership in the 21st Century Scholarship!  This scholarship is awarded as a part of Chesterfield County’s celebration of Black History Month.  This is quite an accomplishment and Gabriella will be honored by Chesterfield County and Virginia State University officials in an upcoming virtual ceremony.  Way to go Gabriella!

Congratulations to our Quizbowl team for their two victories on Wednesday evening 2/3/21. After defeating William Monroe 515-175, they beat George Mason 285-160 in the Region 3B Championship match. This qualifies them to compete in the VHSL Scholastic Bowl State Tournament in March. Participating that evening were seniors Sonya Stacia, Dennis Plotnikov, Sam Fidler; juniors Quinn Kast, Sam Lichtman; sophomore Vien Nguyen; freshmen Bharathi Kancharia, Sam McNamee.

Way back in 1995 I finished my Master’s degree in Teaching from VCU.  I really had no interest in attending the main graduation ceremony.  It would be crowded, long, and I would have to listen to a bunch of people that I didn’t know or really care about.  I was only interested in in getting my diploma from the School of Education ceremony and move on.  That changed when I found out that the Keynote Speaker would be Maya Angelou.  To say that she was captivating is an understatement. Never before had I heard someone speak with such beauty, love, and compassion.  The entire Seigel Center hung on her every word.  It was by far the best graduation I had ever attended, and I have attended many!

Some of my favorite Maya Angelou words are “You are the sum total of everything you’ve ever seen, heard, eaten, smelled, been told, forgot – it’s all there.  Everything influences each of us, and because of that I try to make sure that my experiences are positive.”

Have a great evening and as always, Go Dragons!

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Parent-Teacher Conferences

Parent-Teacher conferences will be conducted virtually using the Zoom platform on Thursday February 11th from 4:00 PM until 7:00 PM.  A link to the sign-up genius form will go live in the parent portal of PowerSchool on Thursday February 4th at 12:00 Noon.  With a limited number of conference slots available for each teacher we respectfully request that you refrain from signing up for a conference if your child is doing well in the class and you have no pressing need to speak to the teacher.  We want to try to reserve as much time for families that have a more immediate need for a conference.  As always, you can email the teacher directly and set up a time to talk.

Re-Opening Update

Just a quick update on the progress of bringing students back to campus.  As of today, all of our faculty, staff, and coaches have had the opportunity to register for the first round of vaccinations for Covid-19.  Most have already had round one and all will have had the opportunity for round one by Friday the 5th of February.  Most of us have been receiving the Moderna vaccine which would put round two around the last week of February as long as the supply of the vaccine is consistent.  I will continue to provide updates as we work through the process.

Parents

The Counseling Department is well aware of the challenges that virtual education has placed on schools and families.  This has been an extraordinarily difficult time for our community, and many are feeling increasing stress as issues around the pandemic continue.  In an effort to provide increased support for students and parents, our department is offering additional hours of service during the week from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. starting on February 1st.  Cindy Barnes, School Counselor, will be available for drop-in hours on Mondays and Tuesdays.  Lisa Ebeling, School Psychologist, will be available on Wednesdays.  When you access the session, you will be placed in the waiting room and admitted when Ms. Barnes and Mrs. Ebeling are finished with a prior meeting. Questions?  Please contact Ms. Barnes at [email protected] or Mrs. Ebeling at [email protected].

Lisa Ebeling is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88595978093?pwd=YlJRRG9TWndaN2JCS0p4VDFRUTNEQT09

Meeting ID: 885 9597 8093

Passcode: 222573

Cindy B is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84999331619?pwd=a2ZGb29oMG9ycVFNMXJmbmViRUQyZz09

Meeting ID: 849 9933 1619

WANTED!
Vietnam War Veterans who may be willing and able to speak to students via Zoom.  We are interested in stories about their service, experience, and present perspective on the war.  Combat experience not required.  Zoom sessions would likely be during Tuesday or Thursday morning in March-April.  Participants would have to be able or have someone available to assist them connect with a Zoom link provided by the class.  If you have a family member, friend, neighbor or acquaintance that might be willing, please contact John Wilkes in the Social Studies Department at [email protected].

Passcode: 116197

Fall Sports

All students who are interested in playing a fall sport that will begin on February 15th, please visit mlwgs.com co-curricular tab for the required forms to be completed and emailed to [email protected] prior to the start date.  Please include the interested sport in the subject line in the email.

All Males interested in trying out for Boys Volleyball needs to contact the head coach Connor Dixon [email protected]

All Females interested in trying out for Girls Volleyball needs to contact the head coach Tony Dee [email protected]

School Counseling

Save-the-date!  The MLWGS senior counselors are pleased to present MLWGS’s annual College Kick-Off event for juniors and their families again this year.  This virtual event will take place over three informative and inspiring sessions:

-Tuesday, February 16 (12:30-1:30PM): Navigating Naviance and other accounts (in support of college planning), presented by senior counselors Dr. Rachel Loving and Ms. Kim Forquer, as well as GRASP representative Mrs. Susan Teerlink and English teacher Mr. Ed Coleman

-Wednesday, February 17 (10:15-11:30AM): The College Search and an Introduction to Scholarships, Financial Aid, Honors Colleges, and Special Programs, featuring panelists from Old Dominion University, Howard University, and Northeastern University

-Thursday, February 18 (10:15-11:30AM): What Colleges are Looking For and an Introduction to the Application Process, featuring panelists from the University of Richmond, the College of William & Mary, and the University of Chicago

Juniors will be excused from class to attend, and Zoom links will also be available to parents and guardians who also wish to join in this webinar.  More information will be shared in early

February.

Each junior will be issued a folder of information pertaining to College Kick-Off.  “Packet pick-up” will be available in the Bluestone Lobby on Weds, 2/3 – Fri, 2/5 during school hours.  (Packets that are not picked up by the end of the week will be mailed home.)

In advance of this year’s virtual College Kick-Off for juniors and their families (scheduled for February 16-18), the senior counselors are soliciting your questions for the consideration of the event’s panelists (from a variety of colleges and universities both public and private, in-state and out-of-state).  You are invited to fill out and submit this brief Google form by Tuesday, February 2: https://forms.gle/4ow5rGTNyRN7cSjd9

The School Counseling team enjoyed meeting with underclassmen in grade-level assemblies last Thursday.  Recordings of these webinars will be available soon at https://sites.google.com/a/gsgis.k12.va.us/mlw-school-counseling/ under “Course Scheduling Information and Forms.”  In addition, the second issue of the Junior Newsletter has been posted there under NavigationàCollege Admissions InformationàSenior & Junior Newsletters.  Students in all grades are invited to read the “End of Sem1 2021” edition for information on camps and conferences, college fairs and virtual events, contests and scholarships, enrichment and summer programs, multicultural opportunities, and more.  (Juniors are encouraged to keep checking the “College Information for the Class of 2022” Schoology group for additional updates.)

Walker Way Forum

Parents are well aware of the challenges that their children have experienced this past year.  Our students have been affected by the pandemic in a myriad of ways with virtual education presenting the biggest impact for many.  Our nation has dealt with racial justice issues and a difficult political climate.  It can be hard for students to remain hopeful when they are dealing with these very tough circumstances.  Exposure to strong and positive role models offers one way of lifting people up during tough times and led to the development of the Walker Way Forum.  This speaking series is designed around the four pillars of the Walker Way:  courage, compassion, community, and collaboration. Our first forum will take place on February 10th at 11:30. Robert Dortch of the Robins Foundation will be speaking on the pillar of community.  Mr. Dortch is a well-respected leader in the Metro Richmond area and a talented speaker.  It is our hope that exposure to someone who exemplifies the values reflected in our school mission can provide students with a sense of renewed optimism during this challenging time.  Questions?  Please email Lisa Ebeling, School Psychologist at [email protected] 

MLWGS DRAMA’s One-Acts

Are you an actor who wants some more experience or has been trying to find the perfect outlet for your talents this winter? If so, come audition this Wednesday, 1/27/21, for the student-written and directed One Acts! One-Acts have less of a time commitment than a full-length play without sacrificing the fun and creativity.  Sides (scene selections) will be posted on Monday, 1/25, and assigned at the auditions.  Visit the MLWGS Drama Schoology page for more information.  See you there!

School Advisory Committee

Need a break after the end of the semester? On February 5th from 7-9 pm, there will be a Virtual Game Night! Each grade will have a separate Zoom link operated by the class officers and a list of fun online games will be provided. Bring your friends, choose a breakout room, and have some virtual fun!

Links to MLWGS Information

AP Scholar Information

https://mlwgs.com/maggie-walker-students-earned-290-ap-scholar-awards-in-2020/

New MLWGS School Board Chair and Vice Chair

https://mlwgs.com/mw-regional-school-board-elects-new-chair-for-2021/

Nominate an Excellent MLWGS Teacher for an REB Award

https://mlwgs.com/nominate-an-outstanding-teacher-for-the-r-e-b-awards-3/

Good News!

The 2020 Yearbook won First Place in the American Scholastic Press Association competition. Please join me in congratulating Instructor and Sponsor Michael White, Editor-in-Chief Zelda Hinkle, Senior Section Editor Keriann Slayton, and the entire 2019-20 Yearbook staff on their remarkable achievement! And…drum roll… the 2020 Yearbook also received an EXCELLENT from the Southern Interscholastic Press Association.

Every year, students from the greater Richmond area audition for District Band, a selective ensemble consisting of the finest student musicians in the region.  This year, fifteen Maggie Walker students were awarded positions, and five students are eligible for All-Virginia auditions.

District Band consists of two ensembles: Symphonic Band and Concert Band. Symphonic Band is the premier ensemble. “#” Denotes all-state eligibility.

Flute #Michael Lusk: 3rd chair / Symphonic Heer Patel: 5th chair / Concert

Oboe #Jack Cabell: 1st chair / Symphonic

Clarinet Katie Hollister: 11th chair / Concert  Devon Jebo: 13th chair / Concert

Bassoon  #Rahul Ramesh: 1st chair / Symphonic

Alto Saxophone Jessica Hendricks: 1st chair / Concert Qingyuan Hu: 3rd chair / Concert

Tenor Saxophone Matteo DeLuca: 2nd chair / Concert

Trumpet Caraline Kennedy: 12th chair / Symphonic

French Horn #Amar Srinivasan: 4th chair / Symphonic

Trombone #Ryan Eklund: 3rd chair / Symphonic Layne Hopkins: 3rd chair / Concert

Baritone Lucy Whealton: 5th chair / Symphonic

Percussion Henry Walworth: 4th chair / Concert

Jackson and Caraline Kennedy are also Student Of The Year candidates for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS).  They are leading Team Kick It and are honoring two family friends who have battled AML and lymphoma cancer as children and are thankfully both in remission. They have 2 upcoming events that we would love to have supported by Maggie Walker families:

  • Feb. 7th—a Zoom HIIT workout with Zingfit at 9 a.m. (sign up on the Mindbody app, search for Zingfit and the LLS charity class)–$10 donation, women only
  • Feb. 21st—a Cut-a-Thon with Mango salon, Gayton Crossing location, from 10 a.m. –3 p.m. with a suggested $10 donation for a haircut and Restaurant night at Chianti’s Italian Restaurant from 3 p.m.- 9 p.m., also in Gayton Crossing.

Donations can also be made to Team Kick It campaign page: https://events.lls.org/va/richmondSOY21/kennedy

In February, we have historically celebrated the achievements and contributions of African-Americans.  As a Commonwealth as well as a school, are in the process of re-evaluating how we have included, or failed to include the Black experience in our curriculum.  I believe that it is particularly appropriate to reflect upon where we are on the journey to achieve Dr. Martin Luther King’s vision of unity.  Perhaps even more so this year, we are reflecting on our own attitudes as well as where we are as a nation.  While opinions may differ as to where we are on the journey, we can all agree that Dr. King was correct when he said, “The time is always right to do what is right.”  I challenge all of us to look around, be honest with ourselves, and always strive to do what is right.

Have a great evening and as always, Go Dragons!

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Schedule Update for This Week

Monday – Odd

Tuesday – Even

Wednesday – Asynchronous

Thursday – Reading Day (Catch up day for students and faculty)

Friday – Student Holiday / Teacher Workday

Please remember that Asynchronous school days are official school days!

Re-Opening Update

Just a quick update on the progress of bringing students back to campus.  As of today, all but 12 of our faculty, staff, and coaches have registered for the first round of vaccinations for Covid-19.  Several have already had round one and almost all will have had round one by Friday the 29th of January.  Please hope that we don’t get snowed out at the end of the week!  We have been receiving the Moderna vaccine which would put round two during the last week of February.  I will continue to provide updates as we work through the process.

Attention all returning students

Save the date – January 28th!

School counselors will be leading grade-level assemblies this Thursday on Course Registration. Webinar links will be sent out early next week and students and parents are welcome to attend. The assemblies will be recorded for those who are not able to attend.

Rising 10th graders (current freshmen) will meet at 10 am, rising 11th graders will meet at 11 am, and rising 12th graders will meet at 12 noon.

During the month of February, students will get information from teachers and many will meet with counselors about course offerings and recommendations. Actual course registration will occur virtually through the PowerSchool portal on March 4th.

Links to resources and helpful information will be shared soon.

School Counseling

Save-the-date!  The MLWGS senior counselors are pleased to present MLWGS’s annual College Kick-Off event for juniors and their families again this year.  This virtual event will take place over three informative and inspiring sessions:

Tuesday, February 16 (12:30-1:30PM): Navigating Naviance and other accounts (in support of college planning), presented by senior counselors Dr. Rachel Loving and Ms. Kim Forquer, as well as GRASP representative Mrs. Susan Teerlink and English teacher Mr. Ed Coleman

Wednesday, February 17 (10:15-11:30AM): The College Search and an Introduction to Scholarships, Financial Aid, Honors Colleges, and Special Programs, featuring panelists from Old Dominion University, Howard University, and Northeastern University

Thursday, February 18 (10:15-11:30AM): What Colleges are Looking For and an Introduction to the Application Process, featuring panelists from the University of Richmond, the College of William & Mary, and the University of Chicago

Juniors will be excused from class to attend, and Zoom links will also be available to parents and guardians who also wish to join in this webinar.  More information will be shared in early February.

Fall Sports

All students who are interested in playing a fall sport that will begin on February 15th, please visit mlwgs.com co-curricular tab for the required forms to be completed and emailed to [email protected] prior to the start date.  Please include the interested sport in the subject line in the email.

MLWGS DRAMA’s One-Acts

Are you an actor who wants some more experience or has been trying to find the perfect outlet for your talents this winter? If so, come audition this Wednesday, 1/27/21, for the student-written and directed One Acts! One-Acts have less of a time commitment than a full-length play without sacrificing the fun and creativity.  Sides (scene selections) will be posted on Monday, 1/25, and assigned at the auditions.  Visit the MLWGS Drama Schoology page for more information.  See you there!

Links to MLWGS Information

AP Scholar Information

https://mlwgs.com/maggie-walker-students-earned-290-ap-scholar-awards-in-2020/

New MLWGS School Board Chair and Vice Chair

https://mlwgs.com/mw-regional-school-board-elects-new-chair-for-2021/

Nominate an Excellent MLWGS Teacher for an REB Award

https://mlwgs.com/nominate-an-outstanding-teacher-for-the-r-e-b-awards-3/

Good News!

This Saturday, January 30, our Quiz Bowl team will be broadcast competing on the Battle of the Brains show, CBS-TV6 at 10am. Tune in and watch our Green Dragons play Princess Anne HS!

Bruce Yanovitch , Class of 2023, is a candidate for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Students of the Year Program. Several Maggie Walker students have participated in SOY in the past, so you’re probably familiar with the program. Basically, they want to help kids and families who are dealing with a terrible diagnosis right in the middle of a global pandemic. Brenna Luczak, also Class of 2023, is the another Dragon on Bruce’s team.

People can follow them on Instagram @curebigorgohomerva and on Facebook at Cure Big or Go Home. They are seeking sponsors, donors, and silent auction items. Donations are very appreciated at https://events.lls.org/va/richmondSOY21/curebig .

Perisa Ashar has been awarded the Virginia 4-H Youth-in-Action Award for the STEM pillar, for her work with Henrico 4-H and her organization, STEMinate, in providing STEM workshops and promoting STEM educational equity regionally and internationally. She will also serve as the State Ambassador to Virginia State 4H organization, and be a State 4H Leader Perisa has been a Henrico 4 H teen leader  giving STEM enrichment classes in person, virtually, and has also hosted and organized a 10 week “Train Your Brain” Summer Camp with 4H and STEMinate.  She has been and is recognized for her accomplishments to change the lives of those around her.   The awards will be given at the virtual event ” An Evening with 4H” January 28 from 7-8 pm and hosted by Juan Conde, WRIC 8News. you can register at https://aimsbbis.vt.edu/4HGala2021.   Perisa is the only student from Henrico/central Virginia/Maggie L.  Walker Governor’s School to get the award!

Let me close this week with a quote from Former British Prime Minister David Cameron.  He said, “I believe that in life, you have to give things your best shot, do your best. You have to focus on what needs to be done, do the right thing, not the popular thing.” I think that these are wise words and excellent advice to all.

Have a great evening and as always, Go Dragons!

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There are no classes tomorrow in Observance of Martin Luther King Day.  The remainder of the week will be Even, Odd, Even, Odd.

There will be a virtual meeting of the MLWGS Regional School Board on Thursday January 21st at 9:00 AM.  The link will be on the school’s main webpage.

Sophomores

The scheduled January 26th PSAT administration for MLWGS sophomores has been postponed due to public health and safety concerns. At the recommendation of our local regional representative of the College Board, we will administer the PSAT 10 test during a day to be determined in April. The PSAT 10 is identical to the PSAT/NMSQT but is only available for 10th graders and offers more flexibility in scheduling options.

We apologize for the change but feel this is the right thing to do in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. More information will be sent out to families once a date in April is selected.

Juniors and Parents of Juniors:

This is a reminder that the deadline for juniors to make their decision regarding whether or not they will be enrolling in a seminar or applying to the mentorship program is Monday, 1/18/21.  The completed mentorship application is also due on 1/18/21 for those juniors interested in applying to the mentorship program.  In December, each Junior Student was admitted to a Schoology Group called “The Class of 2022 Senior Seminar/Mentorship Information Group.”  This Schoology group provides descriptions of the seminar courses, mentorship application information, and deadlines for the decision-making process.  If you have questions after visiting Schoology, please email Les Cook, the Senior Seminar/Mentorship Coordinator, at [email protected].

Library

Off-Campus Access to the Wall Street Journal via wsj.com

Although several students and faculty have expressed appreciation for our school’s current access to wsj.com, some find the second access step confusing. In this step, it appears that you need to verify the corresponding email address but that is not necessary; instead, you may click “Continue to WSJ” and go directly to the site.

This quick video shows how to log in to wsj.com. Our school password is on the password list available in the Dragons Research group in Schoology.

Note: Normally the Wall Street Journal does not provide access to wsj.com for school subscribers except when users are on campus (or logging in with a method that makes it look like they are). Due to the pandemic, they’re making a temporary exception. Enjoy our off-campus access while you can!

Resources for Understanding the U.S. Constitution

Considering the intense public discussion about portions of the U.S. Constitution recently, you may want to re-read all or part of it and related annotations, essays, or scholarship.  Here are a few key resources you may find useful:

The Constitution Annotated: “In publication for over 100 years, The Constitution of the United States: Analysis and Interpretation – a.k.a., The Constitution Annotated or CONAN, is a comprehensive, government-sanctioned record of the interpretations of the Constitution.” For annotations, click the gray box in the upper right of each section. Cornell Law School has developed a version of CONAN organized in an outline of hyperlinks if you prefer that format.

Annenberg Guide to the U.S. Constitution – the text of the U.S. Constitution followed in each section by an interpretation of that section; a project of the Leonore Annenberg Institute for Civics, a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center, a nonpartisan communication policy center; policy-wise they lean progressive.

The Heritage Guide to the Constitution – the text of the U.S. Constitution accompanied by several essays that offer interpretations of each article as well as amendments; a project of The Heritage Foundation, a policy center not affiliated with a specific political party; their mission is to “promote conservative public policies.”

JSTOR’s Understanding the Constitution – an interface to the text of the U.S. Constitution with an interactive “count” in the right margin that indicates how many articles in JSTOR cite that section of the Constitution. TIP: Log into your JSTOR account before using this tool so you can access articles that interest you. You can find the JSTOR access steps in the resources section of the Dragons Research group on Schoology.

If you’d like to scroll through images of the original document, visit the The National Archives.

Talk by Dr. Shennette Garrett-Scott: “What Would Maggie Do?  Maggie Lena Walker’s Legacy for Today”

On January 12th, Dr. Garrett-Scott gave an engaging and informative talk to an audience of more than 40 students, faculty, and alumni. If you wanted to attend her talk but missed it, here’s a link to the recording which includes the Q&A.  Even if you know a lot about Maggie L. Walker already, you’ll learn something new by listening to this talk – and be uplifted by Dr. Garrett-Scott’s enthusiasm. I am grateful to work in a school named after such a phenomenal person. Thank you to everyone who attended!

https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/3drL_znMdAinbN01tYhJWKl-Q00OqC3I7UjU8NEwocBBNg29-907UNhOs9H7eLWw.os-z9FBUhiS9MXmQ

Good News!

Maggie Walker Scholastic Bowl is halfway through the VHSL season sporting a cool 4-0 winning record!  Big brain energy coming from team captain Sonya Stacia as well as her teammates Dennis Plotnikov, Quinn Kast, Sam Fidler, Sam Lichtman, Bharathi Kancharla, and Sam McNamee as they head into the latter half of the season next week.  Wish them luck!  If you would like to practice with the team you can join our Schoology group with access code G6FV-P8RR-2SHG8

FROM THE FOUNDATION

Night of the Dragon 2021 with a Twist

The 2021 Night of the Dragon–April 24, 2021–is going virtual! This year’s event will offer the great silent and live auction items and entertainment we’ve come to love Viewing Party Style so friends and families can gather as they wish to enjoy an evening of fun and to view a short program and LIVE AUCTION livestream. We will also be offering a Buy-a-Spot option for folks who’d like to attend a gathering at the home of someone who has offered to host, taking into account the relevant COVID regulations at the time, of course. Additionally, the Foundation is working with local restaurants to support them during this tough time by offering the option for participants to purchase Dinner Boxes to go and will be offering Party Boxes of goodies to make hosting, whether it be for one or 20+, easier. Stay tuned to Class FB pages and Smoke & Scales for info about how you can support this great event and updates as planning progresses. Questions? Contact Foundation Executive Director Ginger O’Neil, [email protected].

Potential Travel in 2022!

Costa Rica trip Spring Break 2022

Students will spend 10 days exploring the ecology, geology, history, and culture of Costa Rica. In Arenal they will hike to the volcano’s lava fields, explore geothermal springs, and visit a farming community at the base of the volcano. In Monteverde students will experience the amazing flora and fauna in the forest canopy in one of the earth’s most diverse national parks. Students will also visit a local school and participate in rainforest conservation efforts. In Coastal Puntarenas students will explore the coastal ecosystem and view rare native wildlife while hiking through Manuel Antonio National Park. Students will tour the craft village at Sachi and participate in an evening of traditional folklore. Students will also experience a variety of adventure activities including kayaking, hanging bridges, zip-lining, horseback riding, whitewater rafting, and a crocodile safari. For more information contact Mr. Barnes [email protected] Or www.explorica.com/Barnes-7745

For reasons that seem clear to me, this year’s celebration of Martin Luther King Day seems particularly significant.  We have seen a year of isolation, racial tension, anger, violence, and escalation to the point that on the very day that should be a celebration of ideals and community service, large parts of our very city own are to be closed off and people are being advised to avoid going downtown.  Now, more than ever, we need to heed the teachings and words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  We need to come together as a community, reject violence, and reconcile our past and our present.  There are two powerful quotes that seem to call out to me.  The first is the fact that “We may have come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now.”  The second is one of my favorites, “Love is the only force capable of transforming and enemy into a friend.”

Have a great evening and as always, Go Dragons!

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Sophomores

The scheduled January 26th PSAT administration for MLWGS sophomores has been postponed due to public health and safety concerns. At the recommendation of our local regional representative of the College Board, we will administer the PSAT 10 test during a day to be determined in April. The PSAT 10 is identical to the PSAT/NMSQT but is only available for 10th graders and offers more flexibility in scheduling options.

We apologize for the change but feel this is the right thing to do in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. More information will be sent out to families once a date in April is selected.

Seniors

Senior Yearbook ads are due on Jan. 15! Please contact Yearbook adviser Mr. White at [email protected] for further questions.

Juniors and Parents of Juniors:

This is a reminder that all Juniors need to make their decision regarding whether or not they will be enrolling in a seminar or applying to the mentorship program.  In December, each Junior Student was admitted to a Schoology Group called “The Class of 2022 Senior Seminar/Mentorship Information Group.”  All juniors and their parents should visit this Schoology Group to learn more about the Senior Seminar Program.  This Schoology group provides descriptions of the seminar courses, mentorship application information, and deadlines for the decision-making process.  If you have questions after visiting Schoology, please email Les Cook, the Senior Seminar/Mentorship Coordinator, at [email protected].  The deadline for making the decision and ranking seminars is Monday, 1/18/21.

Library

THIS TUESDAY night (Jan. 12th) the MW Library will host a Zoom talk by historian Dr. Shennette Garrett-Scott, author of Banking on Freedom, a book in the Columbia Studies in the History of U.S. Capitalism series that features Maggie L. Walker. Dr. Garrett-Scott teaches at the University of Mississippi. A free reading guide for the book is available from Columbia University Press. MLWGS students, parents, faculty, staff, and alumni welcome! 😊

Date: Tuesday, January 12th, 2021

Time: 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Cost: FREE (registration required)

To reserve your spot, go to https://bit.ly/bankingonfreedom

Math Honor Society

REMINDER:  Mu Alpha Theta sponsors a “drop-in” Math Tutoring Lab twice each week, on Tuesdays and Fridays from 3:15 to 4:15.  Students are encouraged to use the lab to get help with homework or to prepare for quizzes and tests.  No need to pre-register!

MAΘ Online Tutoring Lab Instructions

  1. Join the Tutoring Lab Zoom meeting using the link (https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85152454042?pwd=ajdMNy9XZld1aWdvMjc3S3UydkFiQT09 ).
  2. Join the breakout room with the tutor who will be working with you.

If you want to schedule regular, one-on-one tutoring outside of the regular lab time, please reach out to your math teacher or the Mu Alpha Theta sponsor ([email protected]) .

School Counseling

The latest edition of the Senior Newsletter (Issue #5) has been posted to the College Information for the Class of 2021 Schoology group and on the MLWGS School Counseling website:  https://sites.google.com/a/gsgis.k12.va.us/mlw-school-counseling/

Under Navigation, scroll down to College Admissions Information for a link directly to the Senior Newsletters.

This issue presents a variety of scholarship opportunities (which are also listed in Naviance), as well as announcements pertaining to college applications, transcripts, summer programs, and more.  If you have any questions, please direct them to the senior counselors (Dr. Loving and Ms. Forquer).

Good News!

Our own Peris Ashar has been selected as on of the top 300 scholars in The Regeneron Science Talent Search.  This competition provides students a national stage to present original research and celebrates the hard work and novel discoveries of young scientists who are bringing a fresh perspective to significant global challenges. Both Perisa and the school receive recognition and Perisa is now advancing to the finals of the competition.  Congratulations!

CONGRATUALTIONS to the following students!  These students auditioned and were selected to participate in All District Chorus in February.  These students are also eligible to audition for All Virginia Chorus.  I am so proud of these Chorus students!!

Alto 1: Rachael Spencer, Sruthi Vegunta, Bharathi Kancharla, Aiva Kern

Bass 1: Rowan Mueller, Francesco Wells

Soprano 2: Ellie Griffin. Callie Pinar

Tenor 2: Alex Percey

Tonight, I am simply going to end with a quote by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

Have a great evening and as always, Go Dragons!

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Happy New Year!

Seniors

Senior Yearbook ads are due on Jan. 15! Please contact Yearbook adviser Mr. White at [email protected] for further questions.

New Registrar

Welcome to Mr. Lucas Veale who is our new Registrar in School Counseling.  You may recognize him as one of our soccer coaches.  We welcome him to the MLWGS family!

Juniors and Parents of Juniors

Soon juniors will be meeting with counselors to discuss their academic schedules for their senior year at MLWGS.  One major decision that they will have to make involves the Senior Seminar Program.  At Maggie Walker, each senior must either enroll in a seminar class or apply to complete a mentorship to fulfill the Senior Seminar requirement.  Information regarding this program and the selection process can be found on Schoology.  Each Junior Student has been admitted to a Schoology Group called “The Senior Seminar/Mentorship Decision.”  All juniors and their parents should visit this Schoology Group to learn more about the Senior Seminar Program.  This Schoology group provides descriptions of the seminar courses, mentorship application information, and deadlines for the decision-making process.  If you have questions after visiting Schoology, please email Les Cook, the Senior Seminar/Mentorship Coordinator, at [email protected].  The deadline for making the decision and ranking seminars is 1/18/21.

School Counseling

Dear Sophomores and Juniors,

We hope your year is off to a good start!

Ms. Ebeling, School Psychologist and Ms. Cobb, Sophomore and Junior Counselor are pleased to announce a virtual classroom guidance opportunity for sophomore and junior student using Naviance. Naviance Family Connection, a web-based school counseling tool designed to assist students, parents, and counselors. Naviance contains several helpful advising tools that students will have the opportunity to use during their four years of high school (see the MLW School Counseling Website for more details). During January, students can participate in a virtual lesson using the Myers Brigg Personality Inventory and a Career Interest Inventory.

Students have the opportunity to attend one of four sessions offered on January 15th, 22nd, and 29th by registering at: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0D45ABA92EAAFEC16-bewho.

The deadline to register is January 8th

Please feel free to contact Ms. Cobb at [email protected] if you have additional questions.

We look forward to seeing you!

Student School Climate Survey

The events of 2020 have provided leaders at Maggie Walker the opportunity to look at school practices and identify ways that we might be able to do things differently to be a more inclusive school when we re-open in person. There are currently multiple groups of stakeholders working on implementing the MLWGS Strategic Plan to improve racial climate and several initiatives are planned for when we return to in-person learning including partnering with outside organizations that specialize in diversity and inclusion. School leaders want to learn about current students’ experiences and hear suggestions for activities and initiatives that will make Maggie Walker a welcoming and engaging environment for all students, particularly students of color. Students in grades 10,11, and 12 will have the opportunity to share their perspectives, experiences, and suggestions for improvement by completing an anonymous survey that will be made available in Schoology during the first week of January.

Library

On the evening of January 12, the MW Library will host a Zoom talk by historian Dr. Shennette Garrett-Scott, author of Banking on Freedom, a book in the Columbia Studies in the History of U.S. Capitalism series that features Maggie L. Walker. Dr. Garrett-Scott teaches at the University of Mississippi. If her name sounds familiar, you may have read the Wall Street Journal article about Maggie Walker a couple months ago that mentioned Banking on Freedom. A free reading guide for the book is available from Columbia University Press. MLWGS students, parents, faculty, staff, and alumni welcome! 😊

Date: Tuesday, January 12th, 2021

Time: 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Cost: FREE (registration required)

To reserve your spot, go to https://bit.ly/bankingonfreedom

If you have any questions about this special event, please email Ms. DeGroat at

[email protected]

Math Honor Society

Interested and eligible juniors and seniors are invited to apply to be a member of Mu Alpha Theta, the mathematics honor society.  A document with more information regarding the eligibility rules has been posted on the class Schoology pages.  Here is the link to the online application:  https://forms.gle/jRHV3TNufd7jzPom8.  This information is available from every math teacher as well.

The application is due no later than Friday, January 8.  If student has questions, please contact Mrs. Reed at [email protected].

REMINDER:  Mu Alpha Theta sponsors a “drop-in” Math Tutoring Lab twice each week, on Tuesdays and Fridays from 3:15 to 4:15.  Students are encouraged to use the lab to get help with homework or to prepare for quizzes and tests.  No need to pre-register!

MAΘ Online Tutoring Lab Instructions

  1. Join the Tutoring Lab Zoom meeting using the link (https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85152454042?pwd=ajdMNy9XZld1aWdvMjc3S3UydkFiQT09 ).
  2. Join the breakout room with the tutor who will be working with you.

If you want to schedule regular, one-on-one tutoring outside of the regular lab time, please reach out to your math teacher or the Mu Alpha Theta sponsor ([email protected]) .

Foundation Update

Mark Your Calendar–Night of the Dragon 2021 is Coming to YOU–Saturday, April 24!

Planning is well underway for the social event of the year–NOTD 2021! This fun-filled evening is always great fun and MLWGS’ single largest annual fundraising event. Given the uncertainty about whether we can all be together in one place, this year’s event is being designed to be enjoyed remotely, viewing party-style, with streaming entertainment and Live Auction fun as well as our online Silent Auction featuring loads of long-beloved and creative, new items for you to win. We will also be supporting local restaurants by offering delicious, prepared dinners as well as a Party-in-a-Box to make hosting easy. Stay tuned for more details as they evolve and information about how you can get involved!

2019-2020 Foundation Impact Report

The Foundation’s 2019-2020 Impact Report is now available online at www.mlwgsfoundation.org/impact. Thank you to everyone who helped the Foundation provide vital support to our students and teachers last year and those already making a difference this year!

We have finally put the year 2020 behind us.  It will be remembered as one of the most challenging that any of us have ever endured.  It is hard to think that any of us made it through the year without being directly affected by the pandemic or knowing someone who was.  It is also likely that the next few weeks may prove to be the most difficult of the entire ordeal.

Yet we have hope.  We look to a 2021 with optimism knowing that help is on the way.  While infection numbers and rates are on the rise, so are vaccinations.  It may take a while, but we will get through this and come out on the other side with what I hope will be a sense of gratitude.  Never again will we take for granted the little things such as a hug from a friend, dinner and a movie, or especially learning together in the same room.

There is no doubt that the 20-21 school year did not start the way any of us would have wanted, but 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.”  Let’s re-focus ourselves on finishing the first semester strong.  We will continue to evaluate our situation with our partner districts and work to get as many Dragons as we can back on to the campus as soon as it is safe to do so.

Have a great evening and as always, Go Dragons!

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Winter Break

This is just a reminder that the school building will be closed from December 21st through January 1st for Winter Break.  While there may be some sports teams on campus for practices or games, the campus will be closed for business until we return in January.

Retirement

If one ever visited the Maggie Walker Governor’s School Counseling Office Zona Hicks was the friendly face that greeted you. For the last fifteen years (almost sixteen!), she has managed student records as the school registrar. But at the end of December, Zona is retiring from MLWGS to enjoy the next phase of her life with her husband Fred, sons Justin and Bryan, and two grandchildren.  All of us here at MLWGS wish Zona and her family the absolute best in her retirement!

Juniors and Parents of Juniors:

Soon juniors will be meeting with counselors to discuss their academic schedules for their senior year at MLWGS.  One major decision that they will have to make involves the Senior Seminar Program.  At Maggie Walker, each senior must either enroll in a seminar class or apply to complete a mentorship to fulfill the Senior Seminar requirement.  Information regarding this program and the selection process can be found on Schoology.  Each Junior Student has been admitted to a Schoology Group called “The Senior Seminar/Mentorship Decision.”  All juniors and their parents should visit this Schoology Group to learn more about the Senior Seminar Program.  This Schoology group provides descriptions of the seminar courses, mentorship application information, and deadlines for the decision-making process.  If you have questions after visiting Schoology, please email Les Cook, the Senior Seminar/Mentorship Coordinator, at [email protected].

School Counseling

We hope your year is off to a good start! Ms. Ebeling, School Psychologist and Ms. Cobb, Sophomore and Junior Counselor are pleased to announce a virtual classroom guidance opportunity for sophomore and junior student using Naviance. Naviance Family Connection, a web-based school counseling tool designed to assist students, parents, and counselors. Naviance contains several helpful advising tools that students will have the opportunity to use during their four years of high school (see the MLW School Counseling Website for more details). During January, students can participate in a virtual lesson using the Myers Brigg Personality Inventory and a Career Interest Inventory. Students have the opportunity to attend one of four sessions offered on January 15th, 22nd, and 29th by registering at:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0D45ABA92EAAFEC16-bewho.  The deadline to register is January 8th.

Please feel free to contact Ms. Cobb at [email protected] if you have additional question.

SENIORS:

Are you a senior who resides in CHESTERFIELD COUNTY and plans to attend a Virginia college or university? Yes? Then this scholarship is just for YOU!  Every year in celebration of Black History Month, Chesterfield sponsors the Leadership for the 21st Century Scholarship.  In addition to offering one $2500 scholarship to a winner from each of the county’s five magisterial districts, they kindly reserve one for a CCPS student who attends one of the two regional Governor’s Schools or CodeRVA.  The application packet is posted on the College Information for the Class of 2021 Schoology page.  If interested, please review the packet and Schoology post ASAP and e-mail [email protected] by 12/17 with your intent to apply.

For a listing of other scholarships and opportunities, check out Naviance, the “College Information for the Class of 2021” Schoology group, and the December edition (Issue #4) of the Senior Newsletter at https://sites.google.com/a/gsgis.k12.va.us/mlw-school-counseling/home.

JUNIORS:

The MLWGS Counseling Team has prepared two items for you and your families:

  • A letter about how to access and understand your PSAT scores (and what to do next)
  • A Special Edition JUNIOR NEWSLETTER filled with information about camps and conferences, contests and scholarships, internships and enrichment opportunities, and lots of other stuff for you to read and research this month as you prepare for second semester and the summer.

Please take a moment to review these before or during Winter Break.  They have been posted in Schoology and e-mailed to juniors and their parents/guardians via Naviance.  If you have any questions, please check in with your school counselor.

PTSA

Last minute Christmas shopping or gift card needs? Order by midnight tonight (12/13) and receive cards by the end of the week! Let your shopping benefit the MLWGS PTSA. We are close to earning $1000 since this fall!  Go to shopwithscrip.com to shop. Don’t forget you can shop e-cards anytime and receive them instantly. Treat yourself to some last minute take out over break! Contact Laura with questions at [email protected].

 

Friday Fun Lunchtime Series Continues through Dec. 18th

Open Mic (hosted by student emcee/s) on Friday, 12/18

Calling all Dragon Creatives! Sign up to share a poem, song, dramatic monologue, or other creative expression @

https://forms.gle/H2T9KzByvNqma4nd8

Library

On the evening of January 12, the MW Library will host a Zoom talk by historian Dr. Shennette Garrett-Scott, author of Banking on Freedom, a book in the Columbia Studies in the History of U.S. Capitalism series that features Maggie L. Walker. Dr. Garrett-Scott teaches at the University of Mississippi. If her name sounds familiar, you may have read the Wall Street Journal article about Maggie Walker a couple months ago that mentioned Banking on Freedom. A free reading guide for the book is available from Columbia University Press. MLWGS students, parents, faculty, staff, and alumni welcome! 😊

Date: Tuesday, January 12th, 2021

Time: 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Cost: FREE (registration required)

To reserve your spot, go to https://bit.ly/bankingonfreedom

If you have any questions about this special event, please email Ms. DeGroat at [email protected]

We have made it to the last week of the calendar year!  2020 will likely be a year that we would all like to forget.  Having said that, I wish all of you the best of holidays and the happiest of new years!  Despite this year’s unprecedented challenges, we still have so much to be thankful for and so much to look forward to in the new year.  Have a great, joyous, and restful break and we will see you all back in virtual school in January.

Have a great evening and as always, Go Dragons!

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Budget Input

The Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School community is invited to share its priorities with the administration for the upcoming Fiscal Year 2022 operating budget (July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2022). A VIRTUAL public town hall on budget development is scheduled for December 8, 2020, at 6:00 pm which will include a short presentation by Dr. Robert Lowerre followed by opportunities for comment and to ask questions in a virtual setting. This form is available to our community members to help guide priorities in the operating budget development. Please submit your suggestions by using this link on or before December 4th.  The link to the Budget Town Hall will be posted on the main website on December 8th.

Community Service Requirement for Graduation:

All parents of Seniors should take some time to look at community service hours totals with their student. The eligible community service hours total for graduation can be found on your report card, and a detailed list of hours can be found on x2vol (our online community service app.).  Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the seniors community service hours goal has been adjusted to 110 hours.  As indicated on the First Quarter Report Card, Seniors should have all of their 110 hours submitted by May 1, 2020Students who have any questions about their hours totals or x2vol should contact Mr. Cook ([email protected]).

Announcement for Juniors and their Parents:

As we get close to the end of the first semester, Juniors will need to begin thinking about their senior year class schedule.  One important course selection that Juniors have to make involves the Senior Seminar/Mentorship Program.  Each Junior will need to determine whether or not he or she wants to enroll in a seminar or apply to the mentorship program.  All juniors must also read about the seminars being offered next year rank their top choices.  Juniors should keep their eyes open for a message on Schoology from Mr. Cook this week regarding Senior Seminar/Mentorship.  A group will be started on Schoology for this year’s juniors to find all of the important information regarding the Seminar/Mentorship Program.

School Counseling

“Issue #4 of the Senior Newsletter has been posted on the MLWGS School Counseling website: https://sites.google.com/a/gsgis.k12.va.us/mlw-school-counseling/

Check it out for a message from the senior counselors to the Class of 2021 (along with an important, time-sensitive to-do list) and a variety of scholarships, college announcements and events, gap-year ideas, contests and enrichment activities, and multicultural opportunities.  You are invited to explore Naviance for more details.

SPEAK

Do you have a passion for teaching or need some volunteer hours from home? Are you interested in public speaking and/or debate? If so, join SPEAK, a student-led nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering proficiency in public speaking and communication skills in students around the world. Come to our interest meeting during lunch (11:30 AM-11:45 AM) December 9th, 2020, to learn more about what we do as an organization and how you can help.  Contact Ms. Lee or Ronit Jain if you have any questions.

Seniors

Don’t forget to order graduation announcements before the end of December to avoid a price increase.  Herff Jones has received MLWGS’ order for everyone’s cap and gown, so no need to worry.

Use the link below to access the catalog or use the number to call Herff Jones’ Richmond office.  If you have any questions, please reach out to Ms. Sheppard, class sponsor, at [email protected].

Catalog: www.highschool.herffjones.com

Herff Jones: 804-598-0971

Friday Fun Lunchtime Series Continues through Dec. 18th

Open Mic (hosted by student emcee/s) on Friday, 12/4

Calling all Dragon Creatives! Sign up to share a poem, song, dramatic monologue, or other creative expression @

https://forms.gle/K4BgVKXJaaYv28tXA

Music Requests for Virtual Dance Party on Friday, 12/11

As they prepare playlists for the lunchtime virtual dance party on Friday, 12/11, your student DJ’s would like to know what music you’d like to hear. Provide your input @ https://forms.gle/wsuwHUqviqDdxxhg6

Open Mic (hosted by student emcee/s) on Friday, 12/18

Calling all Dragon Creatives! Sign up to share a poem, song, dramatic monologue, or other creative expression @

https://forms.gle/H2T9KzByvNqma4nd8

Library

On the evening of January 12, the MW Library will host a Zoom talk by historian Dr. Shennette Garrett-Scott, author of Banking on Freedom, a book in the Columbia Studies in the History of U.S. Capitalism series that features Maggie L. Walker. Dr. Garrett-Scott teaches at the University of Mississippi. If her name sounds familiar, you may have read the Wall Street Journal article about Maggie Walker a couple months ago that mentioned Banking on Freedom. A free reading guide for the book is available from Columbia University Press. MLWGS students, parents, faculty, staff, and alumni welcome! 😊

Date: Tuesday, January 12th, 2021

Time: 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Cost: FREE (registration required)

To reserve your spot, go to https://bit.ly/bankingonfreedom

If you have any questions about this special event, please email Ms. DeGroat at [email protected]

GS Foundation

Thanks for Making Giving Tuesday a Huge Success

A heartfelt thanks to everyone who donated to the Foundation on Giving Tuesday (and those who donated before and after the date as well). On Tuesday, 165 donors gave just over $41,000–a new record!–that will directly support our students and faculty. Our community’s generous spirit is something that sets MLWGS apart, for sure.

Let me close tonight by sharing that my experience has taught me that it is often darkest before the dawn.  The Covid-19 numbers are rising and it will likely be a rough couple of months.  There is a light on the horizon, but we need to stay tough to get there.  Take the necessary measures to keep you and your loved ones safe and we will get through this.  Stay Dragon Strong!

Have a great evening and as always, Go Dragons!

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Digital Report Cards Available for 1st 9 weeks

Final grades for quarter 1 were complete on November 23rd. Due to COVID-19, we aren’t sending home paper report cards as the backpack express is not currently an option! Families may access official report cards with comments through the PowerSchool portal by clicking on the report card icon. You may have to hit refresh for the community service hours to display.

Budget Input

The Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School community is invited to share its priorities with the administration for the upcoming Fiscal Year 2022 operating budget (July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2022). A VIRTUAL public town hall on budget development is scheduled for December 8, 2020, at 6:00 pm which will include a short presentation by Dr. Robert Lowerre followed by opportunities for comment and to ask questions in a virtual setting. This form is available to our community members to help guide priorities in the operating budget development. Please submit your suggestions by using this link on or before December 4th.  The link to the Budget Town Hall will be posted in PowerSchool next on December 8th.

Foundation

MLWGS Family to Double Foundation Donations on Giving Tuesday, December 1

The MLWGS Foundation is grateful and excited that once again this year a generous MLWGS family has offered to match all Foundation Annual Fund gifts up to $5,000 on Giving Tuesday, which is in 2 days.

So please consider making a 2020-2021 ANNUAL FUND gift online at www.mlwgsfoundation.org/donate or by check (mailed to the Foundation) this Tuesday, DECEMBER 1! All donations also count toward the Parent Class Competition.

A special Thank You to our anonymous donors who are making this challenge possible and to all of you who support our students and staff through your Foundation giving!

Feel free to reach out to Executive Director Ginger O’Neil at [email protected] about the Foundation’s work any time.

Friday Fun Lunchtime Series Continues through Dec. 18th

Open Mic (hosted by student emcee/s) on Friday, 12/4

Calling all Dragon Creatives! Sign up to share a poem, song, dramatic monologue, or other creative expression @

https://forms.gle/K4BgVKXJaaYv28tXA

Music Requests for Virtual Dance Party on Friday, 12/11

As they prepare playlists for the lunchtime virtual dance party on Friday, 12/11, your student DJ’s would like to know what music you’d like to hear. Provide your input @ https://forms.gle/wsuwHUqviqDdxxhg6

Open Mic (hosted by student emcee/s) on Friday, 12/18

Calling all Dragon Creatives! Sign up to share a poem, song, dramatic monologue, or other creative expression @

https://forms.gle/H2T9KzByvNqma4nd8

Library

On the evening of January 12, the MW Library will host a Zoom talk by historian Dr. Shennette Garrett-Scott, author of Banking on Freedom, a book in the Columbia Studies in the History of U.S. Capitalism series that features Maggie L. Walker. Dr. Garrett-Scott teaches at the University of Mississippi. If her name sounds familiar, you may have read the Wall Street Journal article about Maggie Walker a couple months ago that mentioned Banking on Freedom. A free reading guide for the book is available from Columbia University Press. MLWGS students, parents, faculty, staff, and alumni welcome! 😊

Date: Tuesday, January 12th, 2021

Time: 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Cost: FREE (registration required)

To reserve your spot, go to https://bit.ly/bankingonfreedom

If you have any questions about this special event, please email Ms. DeGroat at [email protected]

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.”

Have a great evening and as always, Go Dragons!

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Budget Input

The Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School community is invited to share its priorities with the administration for the upcoming Fiscal Year 2022 operating budget (July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2022). A VIRTUAL public town hall on budget development is scheduled for December 8, 2020, at 6:00 pm which will include a short presentation by Dr. Robert Lowerre followed by opportunities for comment and to ask questions in a virtual setting. This form is available to our community members to help guide priorities in the operating budget development. Please submit your suggestions by using this link on or before December 4th.

Seniors

Though it may seem like graduation is a long way away, preparation for the big day has already started.  Herff Jones has received MLWGS’ order for everyone’s cap and gown, but don’t forget you can also purchase announcements and other graduation-related paraphernalia.  Use the link below to access the catalog or use the number to call Herff Jones’ Richmond office.  If you have any questions, please reach out to Ms. Sheppard, class sponsor, at [email protected].

Catalog:  www.highschool.herffjones.com

Herff Jones: 804-598-0971

Drama Department

MLWGS Drama presents a virtual production of selected scenes from Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream!  FREE access to the recorded performance will be posted on the school website at https://mlwgs.com/co-curricular-overview/mlwgs-drama/ from Saturday, November 21 through Sunday, November 29.  For more information, please contact the director, Leigh Glatt, at [email protected].

Friday Fun Lunchtime Series Begins 11/20/20

Relax and enjoy the creativity and energy of fellow Dragons during the MW Library’s Friday Fun series which kicks off on 11/20 at 11:30am.  The Zoom link will be posted to class pages on Schoology the day before and sign-ups for the open mics will be posted a few days earlier.  Poets, singers, musicians, and storytellers are all welcome at the open mics which will be hosted by student emcees.  The Virtual Dance Party will be hosted by student DJ’s and student dance instructors. Hope to see you online!

  • 12/4 – open mic
  • 12/11 – virtual dance party
  • 12/18 – open mic

If you have any questions, email Ms. DeGroat @ [email protected]

Library

On the evening of January 12, the MW Library will host a Zoom talk by historian Dr. Shennette Garrett-Scott, author of Banking on Freedom, a book in the Columbia Studies in the History of U.S. Capitalism series that features Maggie L. Walker. Dr. Garrett-Scott teaches at the University of Mississippi. If her name sounds familiar, you may have read the Wall Street Journal article about Maggie Walker a couple months ago that mentioned Banking on Freedom. A free reading guide for the book is available from Columbia University Press. MLWGS students, parents, faculty, staff, and alumni welcome! 😊

Date: Tuesday, January 12th, 2021

Time: 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Cost: FREE (registration required)

To reserve your spot, go to https://bit.ly/bankingonfreedom

If you have any questions about this special event, please email Ms. DeGroat at [email protected]

Good News!

Several Dragons were honored at the Princeton Model Congress this past weekend.  Amanda Perez, Colin Knaupp, and Senthil Meyyappan were recognized as “Best Delegate” in their respective groups and Grace Bouton received an honorable mention in hers. Well done Model Congress Dragons!

Perisa Ashar has been named a Semi-Finalist for a Coca-Cola Scholarship.  Well done Perisa!

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.  While this year the holiday will likely take on a different shape as we come to terms with restrictions on gatherings, 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 evening and as always, Go Dragons!

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Budget Input

The Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School community is invited to share its priorities with the administration for the upcoming Fiscal Year 2022 operating budget (July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2022). A VIRTUAL public town hall on budget development is scheduled for December 8, 2020, at 6:00 pm which will include a short presentation by Dr. Robert Lowerre followed by opportunities for comment and to ask questions in a virtual setting. This form is available to our community members to help guide priorities in the operating budget development. Please submit your suggestions by using this link on or before December 4th.

Seniors

Though it may seem like graduation is a long way away, preparation for the big day has already started.  Herff Jones has received MLWGS’ order for everyone’s cap and gown, but don’t forget you can also purchase announcements and other graduation-related paraphernalia.  Use the link below to access the catalog or use the number to call Herff Jones’ Richmond office.  If you have any questions, please reach out to Ms. Sheppard, class sponsor, at [email protected].

Catalog:  www.highschool.herffjones.com

Herff Jones: 804-598-0971

Drama Department

MLWGS Drama presents a virtual production of selected scenes from Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream!  FREE access to the recorded performance will be posted on the school website at https://mlwgs.com/co-curricular-overview/mlwgs-drama/ from Saturday, November 21 through Sunday, November 29.  For more information, please contact the director, Leigh Glatt, at [email protected].

Friday Fun Lunchtime Series Begins 11/20/20

Relax and enjoy the creativity and energy of fellow Dragons during the MW Library’s Friday Fun series which kicks off on 11/20 at 11:30am.  The Zoom link will be posted to class pages on Schoology the day before and sign-ups for the open mics will be posted a few days earlier.  Poets, singers, musicians, and storytellers are all welcome at the open mics which will be hosted by student emcees.  The Virtual Dance Party will be hosted by student DJ’s and student dance instructors. Hope to see you online!

  • 11/20 – open mic
  • 12/4 – open mic
  • 12/11 – virtual dance party
  • 12/18 – open mic

If you have any questions, email Ms. DeGroat @ [email protected]

New Asynchronous Community Service Opportunities Sponsored by the MW Library

Do other commitments prevent you from joining the Walker Wednesday gatherings hosted by Ms. DeGroat on Zoom most Wednesday afternoons from 3:30pm to 5pm?  Want to contribute to a more joyful and connected world by doing community service?  Ms. DeGroat is offering two NEW opportunities to earn community service hours without spending more hours on-screen.

  • Holiday Cards, Snowflakes, and Paper Ornaments for Residents of the Virginia Home – There’s already a dedicated and talented group of card-makers who gather on Walker Wednesdays, but with the holiday season approaching, Ms. DeGroat is also offering the opportunity to earn hours on your own schedule and submit photographs and a signed log to verify your hours. To sign up, go to https://forms.gle/tHxonEGtvvGyeWxF8
  • Veteran’s History Project – Do you have an ancestor, neighbor, or friend who is a veteran of the U.S. military? Would you like to record an audio or video interview them and have that recording become part of the oral history collection at the American Folklife Center? Ms. DeGroat is organizing a team of students to gather veterans’ oral histories. Training sessions, prep time, interview time, and transcription time will all count toward hours earned. Interested? Sign up by 11/24 @ https://forms.gle/XfpuAQY132ntTkyu5

If you have any questions, email Ms. DeGroat @ [email protected]

School Counseling

As announced in Issue #3 of the Senior Newsletter (posted on the School Counseling website and Schoology), seniors are invited to participate in on-site admissions over Zoom with the University of Mary Washington this Friday, 11/20.  To reserve a spot, visit https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d4faaad2ba6fec16-umwatmw.  If you have any questions, please e-mail Ms. Forquer or Dr. Loving.

PTSA

Don’t forget to use our Scrip program for your holiday shopping! A special event, Thank Scriping Day is coming this week, November 19th and 20th.  Over 120 e-certificate retailers  will be giving an extra percentage back to our school, up to 20%! Please go to shopwithscrip.com beginning Thursday to see if you shop these retailers or plan to gift give using them and make some purchases with a larger rebate to Maggie Walker! We have two more plastic card due dates 12/7 and 12/14, cards will be delivered to you by the end of the week you purchase. For every $50 you spend with Scrip before 12/14, you will be entered into a drawing for a $50.00 scrip card of your choice! Questions? [email protected].

Good News

Tri-M Music Honors Society inducted 17 new members on Thursday, November 12th, and honored 18 continuing members.

New Members

Carolyn Zhuang, Ellie Griffin, Aiva Kern, Rachel Spencer, Annabel Tang, Pooja Muthuraj, Sofia Haider, Sarah Hendricks, Matthew Klausner, Jennifer Chen, Katie Hollister, Alexis Bartee, John Cabell, Ryan Eklund, Jessica Hendricks, Caraline Kennedy, Angel Lu

Let me close by saying how wonderful it was to see so many of our students at the Yoga Class and Chalk Day on Friday.  Special thanks to all who made this event possible as it was greatly appreciated by everyone who was able to be there.  We will continue to look for ways to bring students together as safely as we can.  Stay positive everybody!

Have a great evening and GO DRAGONS!

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MLWGS Chalk Day and Yoga on the Field- Rescheduled to 11/13 

Signups for our rescheduled Chalk Day and Yoga on the Field are open!  On 11/13, Chalk Day will be 8am-4pm and Yoga will be 10-11am.  If you signed up previously for Chalk Day, you are still in the Signup Genius.  No need to do anything unless adjusting or deleting your spot.  A new signup for Yoga Day has been created.  More details and signup at the links below.  Hope to see you there.  If it rains again, we’ll try one more time on 11/20.   Contact Mr. Smith with any questions ([email protected]).

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0b48afa62ba75-chalk

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0e4eafae28a4ff2-yoga1

Athletics

We are currently evaluating the VHSL guidelines for returning sports to the campus.  As we do this, it is extremely important that if you are planning on participating in athletics this year that you have completed the VHSL physical form prior to the beginning of MLWGS organized practices.  Please go to the following link for forms and information:

https://mlwgs.com/co-curricular-overview/athletics/

FIRC

Attention Freshmen. The FIRC Social Studies workbooks, A Student’s Guide to History, will be available for pickup in the Blue Stone lobby on Fridays. If you are taking FIRC in the second, third or fourth quarter, please come to get your copy.

School Counseling

2021 Summer Residential Governor’s School Programs

Applications are now available for the Summer Residential Governor’s Schools. All sophomores and juniors are eligible to apply.  These programs are run by the Commonwealth and provide opportunities for high school gifted students to explore professional and university environments through mentorships and academic enrichment.   Information and applications can be found at:  http://www.doe.virginia.gov/instruction/governors_school_programs/summer_residential/index.shtml#apply.

The November 2020 edition of the Senior Newsletter (Issue #3) has been posted to the MLWGS School Counseling website and to Schoology.  It contains announcements from colleges, a list of virtual open houses and tours, and opportunities that are all-new; none of the scholarships listed from Issues #1 or #2 have been repeated.  In addition, seniors are encouraged to consider two on-site admissions opportunities that are offered this month.  One will be facilitated via Zoom by University of Mary Washington, and another will be sponsored locally (in two locations: Short Pump and North Chesterfield) by Longwood University.  What a great opportunity for seniors to introduce themselves directly to a college representative and to get an admissions decision on-the-spot!  For help with college applications or other concerns, Dr. Loving and Ms. Forquer continue to be available via e-mail or in their Walk-In Office Hours from 3-3:30PM Monday through Thursday on Zoom.

Academic Programs

Academic Programs:  Humanities; Mathematics; Science and Technology; Agriculture; Life Sciences and Medicine; Engineering (NASA) (must be 16 by June 18, 2021 and a U.S. citizen); Marine Science.

We can send a total of two nominees for this entire area, with a third slot for the School for Agriculture.  Students should submit applications to Joy Cobb in the counseling department by January 22, 2021.  This will give us enough time for our school selection committee to choose which students to nominate, and in turn solicit teacher recommendations for these nominees.

Governor’s Foreign Language Academies

Academies:  Full-Immersion Academies in French, Spanish, German; partial-immersion in Japanese Language; and Latin Academy.

Each academy allows one nominee from our school.  Interested students should talk directly with their language teacher soon.  Our foreign language department determines who is nominated from our school.  If interested, please contact your language teacher. The deadline for completed application forms and supporting materials to Ms. Cobb is January 19, 2021. 

Visual and Performing Arts Program

Areas of Study:  Dance, Theatre, Visual Art, Instrumental Music, Vocal Music.

We can send a total of five nominees for this program, one per area of study.  Interested students should talk directly with their fine arts teacher so that we have time to submit the Applicant Report for Site Adjudication form by December 1, 2020.  The final application is due February 19, 2021.

Virtual Open Mics? Virtual Dance Parties? Both? Vote on the MW Library’s Friday Fun options for 2nd Nine weeks

Starting Nov. 20th, Ms. DeGroat would like to host a fun lunchtime activity each Friday that’s open to students in any grade level. Would you attend or participate in an open mic for poets, singers, and musicians? Would you attend a dance party with a student DJ and/or student dance teacher? Would you like to be a student DJ or dance teacher? Submit your vote by Thursday, Nov. 12thhttps://forms.gle/s42ZEueab8YYXFKg7

Mindfulness for Students & Their Families

Are you looking for ways to improve your focus/concentration and/or bring a sense of calm to your day? Your resourceress (a.k.a., librarian), Ms. DeGroat, is also a certified Koru Mindfulness teacher.  If a minimum of five students are interested in the same weekly date & time, she’d like to offer a virtual Koru-inspired mindfulness series that would include five weekly sessions between the week of Nov. 9th and winter break, with the first session lasting one hour and the other four sessions lasting 30 minutes each with an optional 15-minute reflection time about mindfulness before each of those sessions. Interested? The series is open to students and family members attending with a student. Please complete the following brief survey by midnight on Sunday, Nov. 8thhttps://forms.gle/KnSW2uPzaVVMy2n69

Outdoors Club

Freshmen will have an in-person social opportunity during the Outdoors Club Freshman Friendship hike. It is taking place on Sunday Nov 15th from 10 am – 12 pm. Details and permission slips are posted in the Schoology freshman class group. We have slots for up to 44 students. If demand exceeds capacity we may try to organize a second day the following weekend. Contact Mr. Z in the counseling office if you have more questions ([email protected]).

Yearbook

Guarantee your spot in the 2021 Yearbook! Until we’re back in the building, Wendell Powell won’t be taking individual underclass portraits. To make sure that you get a photographed with your class, please go to https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeIb5boLzB1iEgwkkOLN8yMb4hVeTtbS2aw1hjUT_FnS1lzxg/viewform, complete the brief survey (fun facts about you!), and submit a selfie! The deadline is 11:59pm on Friday, Nov. 6. That’s not long from now, but this won’t take long to do. Once again, THIS IS THE ONLY WAY YOU CAN GUARANTEE YOURSELF A PICTURE IN THE 2021 YEARBOOK.

GRTC Passes for Richmond Residents

If you are a student who resides in the City of Richmond, you can obtain a pass to ride the GRTC buses for free!  Just follow this link for more information on how to obtain your pass:

http://ridegrtc.com/fares/richmond-public-schools-ridership-program

From the PTSA

Great Lake Scrip orders for plastic cards are due 11/16, and we will have two more order dates before winter break: 12/7 and 12/14. For every $50.00 spent on Scrip cards between now and break, you will be entered in a drawing to win $50.00 in Scrip cards of your choice. Please help support your PTSA by shopping and gift giving with Scrip cards (www.shopwithscrip.com). You’d be spending this money anyway, let those retailers give back to our school! Questions? [email protected].

Foundation’s Parent Competition Kick Off!

As the Foundation looks at ways to help the school get students back on campus (We all miss them!), now seems like the perfect time to officially kick off the Parent Annual Fund Campaign. This friendly competition between the classes is held annually to encourage parent support of the Foundation’s Annual Fund. And the winning class gets a special treat in June!

A big Thank You to everyone who has already made a gift this year. The outstanding support provided by our parents is one of the things that makes the Governor’s School such a special place.

Your support allows the Foundation to provide funding for: financial aid to students in need, faculty professional development and graduate coursework, classroom and instructional enhancements, academic competitions and clubs, and more to our amazing MLWGS students and staff.

If you haven’t yet had a chance to contribute, you can do so now at https://app.etapestry.com/onlineforms/GSGISFFoundationGovernorsS/annualfundgift.html.

Good News

Many congratulations to the Maggie Walker Quiz Bowl team!  On Saturday, Maggie Walker competed in VCU’s Regular Academic Fall Tournament and made an impressive showing.  Our A Team of Sonya Stacia, Quinn Kast, Sam Lichtman, and Sam Fidler finished in second overall, falling to Norfolk Academic Guild by just a single question.  Sonya was the third overall individual scorer in the entire field.  Our B Team of Sam McNamee, Bharathi Kancharla, Vien Nguyen, and Yash Saxena fought valiantly through the prelim rounds to make it into the playoff bracket, an impressive feat for a team of new players.  Bharathi was the seventh overall individual scorer in the field.  Our C Team of Alex Percey, Devesh Kumar, Sania Jain, Arjun Azhagappan, and Parth Tornekar may not have made it into the playoff bracket but they did WIN the consolation bracket.  Impressive! If YOU would like to flex your brain and join the Quiz Bowl team, join the Schoology group with access code G6FV-P8RR-2SHG8.

As we celebrate Veteran’s Day this week, take a few minutes to think about the sacrifices and service that not only our veterans have made, but those of their families as well. Military service is impossible without the love and support of our servicemen and women’s families and friends.  As John Hoeven said, “From the world wars of Europe to the jungles of the Far East, from the deserts of the Middle East to the African continent, and even here in our own hemisphere, our veterans have made the world a better place and America the great country we are today.”  If you or a family member has served, you have my sincere gratitude and respect.

Have a great evening and GO DRAGONS!

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Schedule for the Week

Due to Election Day on Tuesday, the schedule this week is as follows:

  • Monday-Odd
  • Tuesday-Virtual PT conferences from 9am-noon, teacher workday for remainder, no students
  • Wednesday-Odd
  • Thursday-Even, Virtual PT conferences from 4-7pm
  • Friday-Even

Parent-Teacher Conferences

If you signed up for a conference, on Tuesday morning or Thursday afternoon you will need to log in through the parent portal of PowerSchool.  At the top of the page you will see a link that will take you to the list of teachers.  Simply click on the teacher a few minutes before your scheduled conference time and you will be placed in the waiting room of that teacher.  When your time arrives, the teacher will bring you into the Zoom room for your conference.

If you need your parent PS login credentials, contact Megan Perez at [email protected] and/or 354-6800 2130 prior to your scheduled conference appointment.

Drive In Movie Night!

On November 6th, MLWGS and the PTSA will be hosting a Drive-In Movie Night in the student parking lot!  In response to student surveys, we have decided to hold a double feature: “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” at 5:30pm and “Knives Out” at 8:00pm.

Tickets will be free and available to all students and faculty/staff through a constant contact link posted to Schoology class pages.  Please sign up for one ticket per carload and be 100% sure you plan to attend.  A live DJ will provide music prior to both showings, pre-wrapped goodie bags will be distributed, and the Dragon’s Lair will have an outdoor booth for school schwag purchases.

Tickets will be checked upon entering the student lot from Lombardy St.  Security will then direct each car to a spot.  Please arrive 30 minutes prior to the showing.  Restrooms and handwashing stations will be available.  At all times, masks must be worn while outside a vehicle and proper social distancing must be maintained.

Chalk Day and Yoga have been rescheduled to 11/13.  Refer to Powerschool Blast to signup for the new date.  Also posted to Schoology class pages.

For more information please contact Mr. Smith ([email protected]).  We will attempt to reschedule should there be inclement weather.

Seniors

It’s time for seniors to order their cap and gown from Herff Jones.  The fee for these items was included in the senior fees, but we now we need measurements.  The link to collect this information was sent around over Schoology and the class Facebook page.  If you haven’t filled this out already, please take a moment to:  https://forms.gle/FadMGKfmx7YVu4Gz6

If you are interested in ordering any announcements or other graduation paraphernalia, here is some information from Herff Jones:  www.highschool.net/herffjones.com

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Ms. Sheppard, the Senior Class sponsor.

Library

Virtual Open Mics? Virtual Dance Parties? Both? Vote on the MW Library’s Friday Fun options for 2nd Nine weeks

The Library’s Future Friends gatherings conclude on Monday, 11/2.  During second nine weeks, Ms. DeGroat would like to host a fun lunchtime activity each Friday that’s open to students in any grade level. Would you attend or participate in an open mic for poets, singers, and musicians? Would you attend a dance party with a student DJ and/or student dance teacher? Would you like to be a student DJ or dance teacher? Submit your vote @ https://forms.gle/s42ZEueab8YYXFKg7

Mindfulness Series for Students & Families

Are you looking for ways to improve your focus/concentration and/or bring a sense of calm to your day? Your resourceress (a.k.a., librarian), Ms. DeGroat, is also a certified Koru Mindfulness teacher. If a minimum of five students are interested in the same weekly date & time, she’d like to offer a virtual Koru-inspired mindfulness series that would include five weekly sessions between next week and winter break, with the first session lasting one hour and the other four sessions lasting 30 minutes each with an optional 15-minute reflection time about mindfulness before each of those sessions. Interested? The series is open to students and family members attending with a student. Please complete the following brief survey by midnight on Wednesday, Nov. 4thhttps://forms.gle/KnSW2uPzaVVMy2n69

School Counseling

2021 Summer Residential Governor’s School Programs

Applications are now available for the Summer Residential Governor’s Schools. All sophomores and juniors are eligible to apply.  These programs are run by the Commonwealth and provide opportunities for high school gifted students to explore professional and university environments through mentorships and academic enrichment.   Information and applications can be found at:  http://www.doe.virginia.gov/instruction/governors_school_programs/summer_residential/index.shtml#apply.

Academic Programs

Academic Programs:  Humanities; Mathematics; Science and Technology; Agriculture; Life Sciences and Medicine; Engineering (NASA) (must be 16 by June 18, 2021 and a U.S. citizen); Marine Science.

We can send a total of two nominees for this entire area, with a third slot for the School for Agriculture.  Students should submit applications to Joy Cobb in the counseling department by January 22, 2021.  This will give us enough time for our school selection committee to choose which students to nominate, and in turn solicit teacher recommendations for these nominees.

Governor’s Foreign Language Academies

Academies:  Full-Immersion Academies in French, Spanish, German; partial-immersion in Japanese Language; and Latin Academy.

Each academy allows one nominee from our school.  Interested students should talk directly with their language teacher soon.  Our foreign language department determines who is nominated from our school.  If interested, please contact your language teacher. The deadline for completed application forms and supporting materials to Ms. Cobb is January 19, 2021. 

Visual and Performing Arts Program

Areas of Study:  Dance, Theatre, Visual Art, Instrumental Music, Vocal Music.

We can send a total of five nominees for this program, one per area of study.  Interested students should talk directly with their fine arts teacher so that we have time to submit the Applicant Report for Site Adjudication form by December 1, 2020.  The final application is due February 19, 2021.

Yearbook

Guarantee your spot in the 2021 Yearbook! Until we’re back in the building, Wendell Powell won’t be taking individual underclass portraits. To make sure that you get a photographed with your class, please go to https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeIb5boLzB1iEgwkkOLN8yMb4hVeTtbS2aw1hjUT_FnS1lzxg/viewform, complete the brief survey (fun facts about you!), and submit a selfie! The deadline is 11:59pm on Friday, Nov. 6. That’s not long from now, but this won’t take long to do. Once again, THIS IS THE ONLY WAY YOU CAN GUARANTEE YOURSELF A PICTURE IN THE 2021 YEARBOOK.

GRTC Passes for Richmond Residents

If you are a student who resides in the City of Richmond, you can obtain a pass to ride the GRTC buses for free!  Just follow this link for more information on how to obtain your pass:

http://ridegrtc.com/fares/richmond-public-schools-ridership-program

Good News

Perisa Ashar (’20) has been awarded Straubel Foundation Leadership Award for her leadership, scholarly achievement, and community work.  She has been designated as a “Straubel Fellow” and “Straubel Engineers of the Future” for her achievement and leadership potential. The Straubel Foundation is led by Ms.  Boryana Straubel and JD Straubel (Co-founder and Chief Technological Officer of Tesla) to recognize youth with leadership potential, achievements, and passion for STEM, impact potential.  Other recipients have been undergraduate, graduate students, few high school students.  Last year, Greta Thurhberg was selected as one of the Straubel Fellow.

https://www.straubelfoundation.org/newspage//2020-straubel-leadership-award-winners

In honor of Halloween, let me end this message with a link to my favorite spooky poem.  This link will take you to a classic reading of The Raven by Edgar Allen Poe, who spent some time in Richmond, by the great Vincent Price.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T7zR3IDEHrM

I hope you enjoy it and have a safe and Happy Halloween.  Make sure you set your clocks back last night!.

Have a great evening and GO DRAGONS!

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If you have not completed the Return to School Survey in the PowerSchool Parent Portal, please do so by Tuesday evening. 

PSAT

Attention Juniors in the second half of the alphabet (and those who missed the first testing day) – PSAT testing is this Thursday October 29th. Report to school ready to test by 8:40.

Make sure to

  • wear layers as some rooms are cold and others are warm
  • bring a #2 pencil and a graphing calculator (extra batteries if needed)
  • pack a non-nut (for allergy reasons) snack
  • eat a big breakfast as testing may not finish until 1 pm

More info about testing can be found on the counseling website here

If you aren’t planning on attending and haven’t informed us yet, please complete this survey

Important: Students are to wear masks at all times during testing and will be subject to temperature checks and health screening questions upon entry into building. Students may want to come as early as 8:15 to avoid lines.

MLWGS Announces “Chalk Day” and “Yoga on the Field”

Friday, October 30th will offer two opportunities for students to come on campus in an outdoor, socially distanced way—just in time for Halloween!

Straight from your suggestions on the student survey, Maggie Walker will be hosting “Chalk Day” in the student parking lot. So what is “Chalk Day”? It is a day for students to decorate a space in the student parking lot in their own creative way. Drawings, positive messages, and/or any other chalk creations are welcomed. Since Halloween is the next day, we are inviting students to wear costumes if they choose!

Students will also have the option to participate in “Yoga on the Field” from 10:00am-11:00am.

If students are comfortable, they may sign up for one or both events. These events are purely optional.

How will MLWGS carry out these events safely? Students who wish to participate must follow these guidelines:

  • Students who wish to sign up for Chalk Day will need to sign up for a 30-minute slot to decorate an area of the student parking lot. Time slots will run from 8:00am – 4:00pm on October 30th. Up to 20 students can be drawing during each time slot, and they will be spaced at least six feet apart. A Sign Up Genius will be posted on each class’ Schoology page this coming week. Feel free to coordinate with friends when signing up.
  • A separate Sign Up Genius will be available for Yoga on the Field later this week as well and will include details about what to bring.
  • Students must wear masks intended for COVID protection at all times. Students will be temperature screened upon entering the parking lot or the field. Students should arrive via the parking lot on Elizabeth Street (bus loop) and report directly to the check point on the sidewalk at the top of the steps leading down the student parking lot.
  • MLWGS will be ordering chalk to give to students and students should take it with them when they leave. Students may bring their own chalk, but cannot share it with other students.
  • Costumes are invited, but you must adhere to the following CDC guidelines when planning your costume (if you choose to dress up):
    • Do not use a costume mask (such as for Halloween) as a substitute for a cloth mask unless it is made of two or more layers of breathable fabric that covers your mouth and nose and doesn’t leave gaps around your face.
    • Do not wear a costume mask over a cloth mask because it can be dangerous if the costume mask makes it hard to breathe. Instead, consider using a Halloween-themed cloth mask.
    • View the CDC website for complete details: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/holidays.html#halloween
  • There are all-outdoor events.

We plan to take plenty of pictures for the yearbook and, since not everyone can attend at once, pictures will be posted so that everyone can see the finished product and other classmates’ costumes.

Drive In Movie Night!

On November 6th, MLWGS and the PTSA will be hosting a Drive-In Movie Night in the student parking lot!  In response to student surveys, we have decided to hold a double feature: “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” at 5:30pm and “Knives Out” at 8:00pm.

Tickets will be free and available to all students and faculty/staff through a constant contact link posted to Schoology class pages.  Please sign up for one ticket per carload and be 100% sure you plan to attend.  A live DJ will provide music prior to both showings, pre-wrapped goodie bags will be distributed, and the Dragon’s Lair will have an outdoor booth for school schwag purchases.

Tickets will be checked upon entering the student lot from Lombardy St.  Security will then direct each car to a spot.  Please arrive 30 minutes prior to the showing.  Restrooms and handwashing stations will be available.  At all times, masks must be worn while outside a vehicle and proper social distancing must be maintained.

For more information please contact Mr. Smith ([email protected]).  We will attempt to reschedule should there be inclement weather.

Seniors

It’s time for seniors to order their cap and gown from Herff Jones.  The fee for these items was included in the senior fees, but we now we need measurements.  The link to collect this information was sent around over Schoology and the class Facebook page.  If you haven’t filled this out already, please take a moment to:  https://forms.gle/FadMGKfmx7YVu4Gz6

If you are interested in ordering any announcements or other graduation paraphernalia, here is some information from Herff Jones:  www.highschool.net/herffjones.com

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Ms. Sheppard, the Senior Class sponsor.

Virtual Band Concert

Come hear the Maggie Walker Concert Band perform their first virtual concert! Join us as to celebrate the culmination of our band students’ hard work as we perform our first virtual concert. Comprised of about 60 students, the Maggie Walker Concert Band includes woodwinds, brass, and percussion players. The concert will be on a scheduled Zoom call on Thursday, October 29th at 7PM, and will last about 45 minutes. We look forward to sharing our music with you!

Topic: Virtual Fall Band Concert
Time: Oct 29, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81596829483?pwd=eWl0MHZXczlaVUd4VEE5cTk3MGlQZz09

Meeting ID: 815 9682 9483
Passcode: DragonBand

Virtual Choral Concert

Topic: Maggie Walker Chorus Fall Concert

Time: Nov 2, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81234337987?pwd=YXljVlkveEVHTndreFdGSXFDYkduUT09

Meeting ID: 812 3433 7987

Passcode: 831394

School Counseling

As featured in Issue #1 of this year’s Senior Newsletter, you are invited to check out the Infinite Scholars Program’s 14th annual RVA College & Scholarship Fair (sponsored by Delta House Foundation, Inc. in partnership with the Richmond Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.) on Saturday, October 31st from 11AM-3PM. While it will be held virtually this year, students who are pre-registered and prepared can expect to engage in live conversations with college representatives that could lead to on-the-spot acceptances and scholarship offers!  For more information, visit

https://cdn.website-editor.net/82afc1142b584c9baefc84453194e0fb/files/uploaded/Richmond%2520October%252031%25202020%2520Virtual.pdf

Yearbook

Yearbook staff is doing a two-page spread featuring each locality that contributes students to MW. Staffers are trying to invite the participation of as many students as possible via Google Forms surveys. Below are the first three along with a survey for seniors:

Do you live in Henrico County? If so, please take a moment of your time to complete this survey for the Yearbook staff. We would be enormously grateful for your help between now and Tuesday, the 20th! https://forms.gle/tSigWGeQfUZg5fsX7

We also have a Hopewell survey, which was just deemed ready for publication: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1EypX8At8H2RURjfA-Hp4uPgWSEjVNAuXHL6XFrsy3as/edit?ts=5f918028

Do you live in Chesterfield County? If so, please complete this survey for the Yearbook staff. It won’t take long at all, and we would be so thankful for your contribution: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfR53Cp6sv8ZS9Lqc0Wcp8OgWrE2sUmV0EUZyDhuY-ogfCWLQ/viewform?usp=sf_link

Seniors! The Yearbook staff would be grateful for your perspectives on Senior Sunrise. Please take a moment to complete this survey: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1H3cikM6-U0C-Flwq2jW8v0l8XEiuPWoQ1Dnb6I2e248/edit?ts=5f90685d

GRTC Passes for Richmond Residents

If you are a student who resides in the City of Richmond, you can obtain a pass to ride the GRTC buses for free!  Just follow this link for more information on how to obtain your pass:

http://ridegrtc.com/fares/richmond-public-schools-ridership-program

It has been a challenging 1st quarter in the Dragon Nation. With a couple of weeks left, we, as a learning community, have found a way to adapt to a new reality and remain focused as we work to find a way out of the current situation.  As Myles Munro said, “Our life is the sum total of all the decisions we make every day, and those decisions are determined by our priorities.”  Let’s keep making the right choices with our priorities.  We will get through this together.

Have a great evening and GO DRAGONS!

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MLWGS Announces “Chalk Day” and “Yoga on the Field”

Friday, October 30th will offer two opportunities for students to come on campus in an outdoor, socially distanced way—just in time for Halloween!

Straight from your suggestions on the student survey, Maggie Walker will be hosting “Chalk Day” in the student parking lot. So what is “Chalk Day”? It is a day for students to decorate a space in the student parking lot in their own creative way. Drawings, positive messages, and/or any other chalk creations are welcomed. Since Halloween is the next day, we are inviting students to wear costumes if they choose!

Students will also have the option to participate in “Yoga on the Field” from 10:00am-11:00am.

If students are comfortable, they may sign up for one or both events. These events are purely optional.

How will MLWGS carry out these events safely? Students who wish to participate must follow these guidelines:

  • Students who wish to sign up for Chalk Day will need to sign up for a 30-minute slot to decorate an area of the student parking lot. Time slots will run from 8:00am – 4:00pm on October 30th. Up to 20 students can be drawing during each time slot, and they will be spaced at least six feet apart. A Sign Up Genius will be posted on each class’ Schoology page this coming week. Feel free to coordinate with friends when signing up.
  • A separate Sign Up Genius will be available for Yoga on the Field later this week as well and will include details about what to bring.
  • Students must wear masks intended for COVID protection at all times. Students will be temperature screened upon entering the parking lot or the field. Students should arrive via the parking lot on Elizabeth Street (bus loop) and report directly to the check point on the sidewalk at the top of the steps leading down the student parking lot.
  • MLWGS will be ordering chalk to give to students and students should take it with them when they leave. Students may bring their own chalk, but cannot share it with other students.
  • Costumes are invited, but you must adhere to the following CDC guidelines when planning your costume (if you choose to dress up):
    • Do not use a costume mask (such as for Halloween) as a substitute for a cloth mask unless it is made of two or more layers of breathable fabric that covers your mouth and nose and doesn’t leave gaps around your face.
    • Do not wear a costume mask over a cloth mask because it can be dangerous if the costume mask makes it hard to breathe. Instead, consider using a Halloween-themed cloth mask.
    • View the CDC website for complete details: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/holidays.html#halloween
  • There are all-outdoor events.

We plan to take plenty of pictures for the yearbook and, since not everyone can attend at once, pictures will be posted so that everyone can see the finished product and other classmates’ costumes.

AP Exam Ordering Information

Students enrolled in Advanced Placement courses: AP students should complete the AP Exam Ordering Form (https://forms.gle/WYjkQv1SwAQCBQ4i9) to indicate which AP tests you plan to take (or not take) in May of 2021. AP exams are $95 per exam. In order to have an AP exam ordered for you, you must complete the following tasks by October 23rd, 2020:

  1. Join the AP course(s) in your myAP.collegeboard.org account. Your teacher can help you with this if you have not already completed this task. (If you are self-studying for an exam, you will need to obtain an “exam only” code from Dr. Loving after your exam has been approved. NOTE: AP Statistics is pre-approved and Ms. Riles can provide the code.)
  2. Complete this AP Exam Order Form and indicate all exams you wish to take or not take this year. (If you DO NOT intend to take one or more of your AP exams, you STILL DO need to complete this form so that we have a record that you wish for the school to NOT order an exam for you.)
  3. Pay for your exams ($95 per exam) at https://osp.osmsinc.com/MLWGS. (The link can also be found on mlwgs.com by clicking “pay fees online.”)

If you feel you might qualify for a fee waiver or fee reduction, please review the Fee Waiver/Reduction Application (https://drive.google.com/file/d/1bpkRBP_3F5Kctb7h6uH4N2u7JXDu88zu/view?usp=sharing) for income guidelines. Please complete and return this form to Dr. Loving at [email protected] by October 19th, 2020. Dr. Loving will be in touch about your request approval. Students who have submitted this form previously and have been approved do not need to apply again this year.

October 23rd is the deadline for “on time” registration. A $10 per exam late fee will be applied between October 24th and November 12th for exams not paid for by October 23rd. The College Board late fee of $40 will be instituted beginning November 13th. March 12th is the final deadline for all late AP exam orders; no additions can be made after this date.

For the 2020-2021 academic year, the College Board has waived the cancellation fee for any student who decides not to take an exam in May. For planning purposes, the MLWGS deadline for cancelling an exam is April 13th.

January 15th is the deadline to apply for College Board accommodations for a documented disability. Please contact Ms. Cobb at [email protected] no later than January 11th to begin this process.

Click here to view the May 2021 AP Exam Schedule: https://apcentral.collegeboard.org/courses/exam-dates-and-fees

See this AP Ordering Information document for complete details: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1yx0NkUBxpMd8FqHfaUjXyVLLD8Nw3qcqrccl6KcDC3s/edit?usp=sharing

Virtual Band Concert

Come hear the Maggie Walker Concert Band perform their first virtual concert! Join us as to celebrate the culmination of our band students’ hard work as we perform our first virtual concert. Comprised of about 60 students, the Maggie Walker Concert Band includes woodwinds, brass, and percussion players. The concert will be on a scheduled Zoom call on Thursday, October 29th at 7PM, and will last about 45 minutes. We look forward to sharing our music with you!

Topic: Virtual Fall Band Concert
Time: Oct 29, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81596829483?pwd=eWl0MHZXczlaVUd4VEE5cTk3MGlQZz09

Meeting ID: 815 9682 9483
Passcode: DragonBand

Virtual Choral Concert

Topic: Maggie Walker Chorus Fall Concert

Time: Nov 2, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81234337987?pwd=YXljVlkveEVHTndreFdGSXFDYkduUT09

Meeting ID: 812 3433 7987

Passcode: 831394

School Counseling

Join College Board this Tuesday, October 20, at 7PM, for the second session of their Real Talk fall series, “Real Talk: Maryland Colleges Edition.” The online event will feature eight colleges and universities in the state of Maryland, including Johns Hopkins University, Morgan State University, the University of Maryland, and more.  Admissions representatives will share pertinent information about the admissions process and campus life. They’ll answer questions in real time during the Q&A portion of the event.

Real Talk is a virtual college exploration series designed to connect Black students with admissions representatives from universities across the country. Although this event will cater to students, they also encourage parents, educators, and community members to participate. This event is open to all—you don’t need to be a resident of Maryland to attend.

To register, visit: https://globalmeet.webcasts.com/starthere.jsp?ei=1380178&tp_key=41753ded7e&SFMC_cid=EM381275-&rid=47018424

Korean War Veterans WANTED!

Korean War Veterans who may be willing and able to speak to students via Zoom.  We are interested in stories about their service, experience, and present perspective on the war.  Zoom sessions would likely be during Tuesday or Thursday morning in mid to late November.  Participants would have to be able or have someone available to assist them connect with a Zoom link provided by the class.  If you have a family member, friend, neighbor or acquaintance that might be willing, please contact John Wilkes in the Social Studies Department at [email protected].

Slam Poetry Club

On Thursday, October 15, MLWGS Slam Poetry Club members’ work was showcased during the State of the Period Gala, an annual fundraising event hosted by and benefitting PERIOD, a youth-oriented global non-profit organization working to end menstrual poverty and stigma through service, education, and advocacy.

Seniors Avery Rhoden, Savannah Vonesh, and Gabriella Watson; juniors Devon Jebo and Pooja Muthuraj; and sophomore Caroline Osenga collaborated to write and perform an original poem for the virtual event.  Senior Shannen Amaoko, also a club member, edited the video, which PERIOD used as a kick-off for their entire program.  In recognition of the students’ outstanding contribution, PERIOD also awarded the Slam Poetry Club an honorarium which nearly doubled the club’s existing funds.  Way to go, slam poets!

From the PTSA 

Great Lake Script orders are due on Monday.

Good News!

Congrats to the following students who auditioned for Senior Regional Orchestra last week and are now eligible to audition for All Virginia in February:

Jennifer Chen, violin (’23 Henrico)

Mira Eisenhauer, cello (’21 Henrico)

Sam Lichtman, viola (’22 Henrico)

Eric Qian, violin (’22 Chesterfield)

Joshua Yoo, violin (’22 Chesterfield)

Minji Cho, violin (’21 Chesterfield)

As we slip into Autumn and the cooler weather, let me close this quote by the Scottish comedian Billy Connelly.  He said, “There’s no such thing as bad weather – only the wrong clothes!”

Have a great evening and GO DRAGONS!

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Update on Students Returning to In-Person Instruction at MLWGS

Over the past couple of weeks, we have seen several of our partner districts begin to share their plans for the return of students to campus.  Several of our stakeholders have reached out to me with questions about our decision-making process and when we plan to return our students to the campus.  I wanted to share a few thoughts as to when and how we will make that decision.

As a regional public school, we are 100% dependent upon our partner districts to provide transportation for our students to get to school.  While some of our smaller districts have been transporting their high school students to school on either full or modified schedules, our three largest districts which account for 80% of our students have not.  To be able to bring our students back in either a full or modified fashion, we need our large districts to be at that point along with us.  As of now, Richmond, Chesterfield, and Henrico have not made the decision as to when to allow grades 9-12 back on campus.  Until they do and can transport our students, we are unable to develop a return timeline and will remain in a virtual school model.

We will continue to work with our partner districts to safely return to our students to campus.  As soon as we have any solid indication as to when that could be, we will immediately communicate it to all of our stakeholders as well as any contingency plans for our students or staff that may not be able to return to campus.

PSAT Reminder for Juniors

Attention Juniors in the first half of the alphabet – PSAT testing is this Wednesday. Report to school ready to test by 8:40.

Make sure to

  • wear layers as some rooms are cold and others are warm
  • bring a #2 pencil and a graphing calculator (extra batteries if needed)
  • pack a non-nut (for allergy reasons) snack
  • eat a big breakfast as testing may not finish until 1 pm

More info about testing can be found on the counseling website here

If you aren’t planning on attending and haven’t informed us yet, please complete this survey

Important: Students are to wear masks at all times during testing and will be subject to temperature checks and health screening questions upon entry into building. Students may want to come as early as 8:15 to avoid lines.

AP Exam Ordering Information

Students enrolled in Advanced Placement courses: AP students should complete the AP Exam Ordering Form (https://forms.gle/WYjkQv1SwAQCBQ4i9) to indicate which AP tests you plan to take (or not take) in May of 2021. AP exams are $95 per exam. In order to have an AP exam ordered for you, you must complete the following tasks by October 23rd, 2020:

  1. Join the AP course(s) in your myAP.collegeboard.org account. Your teacher can help you with this if you have not already completed this task. (If you are self-studying for an exam, you will need to obtain an “exam only” code from Dr. Loving after your exam has been approved. NOTE: AP Statistics is pre-approved and Ms. Riles can provide the code.)
  2. Complete this AP Exam Order Form and indicate all exams you wish to take or not take this year. (If you DO NOT intend to take one or more of your AP exams, you STILL DO need to complete this form so that we have a record that you wish for the school to NOT order an exam for you.)
  3. Pay for your exams ($95 per exam) at https://osp.osmsinc.com/MLWGS. (The link can also be found on mlwgs.com by clicking “pay fees online.”)

If you feel you might qualify for a fee waiver or fee reduction, please review the Fee Waiver/Reduction Application (https://drive.google.com/file/d/1bpkRBP_3F5Kctb7h6uH4N2u7JXDu88zu/view?usp=sharing) for income guidelines. Please complete and return this form to Dr. Loving at [email protected] by October 19th, 2020. Dr. Loving will be in touch about your request approval. Students who have submitted this form previously and have been approved do not need to apply again this year.

October 23rd is the deadline for “on time” registration. A $10 per exam late fee will be applied between October 24th and November 12th for exams not paid for by October 23rd. The College Board late fee of $40 will be instituted beginning November 13th. March 12th is the final deadline for all late AP exam orders; no additions can be made after this date.

For the 2020-2021 academic year, the College Board has waived the cancellation fee for any student who decides not to take an exam in May. For planning purposes, the MLWGS deadline for cancelling an exam is April 13th.

January 15th is the deadline to apply for College Board accommodations for a documented disability. Please contact Ms. Cobb at [email protected] no later than January 11th to begin this process.

Click here to view the May 2021 AP Exam Schedule: https://apcentral.collegeboard.org/courses/exam-dates-and-fees

See this AP Ordering Information document for complete details: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1yx0NkUBxpMd8FqHfaUjXyVLLD8Nw3qcqrccl6KcDC3s/edit?usp=sharing

School Counseling

Per Issue #2 of the Senior Newsletter and Schoology posts for the Class of 2021, a new Naviance survey (“Optional: In-House Nom Consideration List #2”) was posted on Monday, 10/5.  Seniors, if you wish to be considered as the school’s nominee for the Harry F. Byrd, Jr. Leadership Award, the DAR Good Citizen Award, and/or the Virginia Tech Pamplin Leaders Award, submissions of this survey are due by 8AM on Monday, 10/12.

Virtual Band Concert

Come hear the Maggie Walker Concert Band perform their first virtual concert! Join us as to celebrate the culmination of our band students’ hard work as we perform our first virtual concert. Comprised of about 60 students, the Maggie Walker Concert Band includes woodwinds, brass, and percussion players. The concert will be on a scheduled Zoom call on Thursday, October 29th at 7PM, and will last about 45 minutes. We look forward to sharing our music with you!

Topic: Virtual Fall Band Concert
Time: Oct 29, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81596829483?pwd=eWl0MHZXczlaVUd4VEE5cTk3MGlQZz09

Meeting ID: 815 9682 9483
Passcode: DragonBand

Korean War Veterans WANTED!

Korean War Veterans who may be willing and able to speak to students via Zoom.  We are interested in stories about their service, experience, and present perspective on the war.  Zoom sessions would likely be during Tuesday or Thursday morning in mid to late November.  Participants would have to be able or have someone available to assist them connect with a Zoom link provided by the class.  If you have a family member, friend, neighbor or acquaintance that might be willing, please contact John Wilkes in the Social Studies Department at [email protected].

Engineering Club

Have a passion for engineering? Want to help out the community? Join the Engineering Club! This year, we will work on engineering-based projects as well as hearing from guest speakers. If this sounds interesting to you, please come to our Zoom interest meeting Thursday, October 15th at 3:30pm https://zoom.us/j/97248332988?pwd=Z21qbjRVdFBtL21qa0c1dUhBVDBFQT09 If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to Gavin Telfer ([email protected]) or Stamate Theofanos ([email protected]).

Math Club

All students interested in joining Math Club (a group for all math enthusiasts at MLWGS) should go to the Math Club GROUP on Schoology and request to be a member.  The Math Club will have elections on October 23.  This club works closely with Mu Alpha Theta (the math honor society) to arrange for activities, speakers, contests, etc.

From the PTSA

Want to learn more about how to support your students through their first pandemic – and yours? Join the MLWGS Counseling Department and PTSA on October 14 at 6:30 p.m. for Helping Adolescents Cope during COVID-19, a candid online discussion led by Dr. Beth Heller, VCU Center for Psychological Services and Development; Lisa Ebeling, MLWGS Psychologist; and Karl Zweerink, MLWGS Counselor. The webinar will cover the impact on teens’ health as the pandemic persists; self-care practices; parent support ideas; school counseling support; and determining when professional mental health support is needed.

To participate, sign up here so we can send you the Zoom link, and take a minute or two to share you preferences for future parent meetings and discussion topics. It’s an important topic for unprecedented times – and definitely worth your time. We hope to see you there.

Let me sign off tonight with some words from the great American writer Nathaniel Hawthorne who wrote “I cannot endure to waste anything so precious as autumnal sunshine by staying in the house.”

Have a great evening and GO DRAGONS!

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Interims

Parents and students, teachers will have updated grades in PowerSchool by Monday morning.  While we no longer distribute paper interims, the grade in the Q1 spot should be an accurate assessment of the course grade as it stands at this point in the marking period.  If you have any questions, please contact the student’s teacher.

Juniors and Sophomores PSAT Registration

If you have not done so, we need you to register through this link to let us know whether you plan on taking the PSATs at Maggie Walker. This will help us with room and proctor assignments so please complete the form even if you do not plan to attend. Juniors with last names A – Maz will test on October 14th and juniors with last names Mc – Z will test on October 29th. Sophomores will test on January 26th.  More info about testing day can be found on the counseling webpage.

School Counseling

Interested in learning more about college, scholarship, career, military, enrichment, and multicultural opportunities?  Issue #2 of the Senior Newsletter has been posted to the MLWGS School Counseling website and the Class of 2021 Schoology pages. Seniors are encouraged to cross-reference this publication with their Naviance account and the individual programs’ websites for more details.  Also this is a reminder that the Naviance survey that is required only of seniors who wish to be considered as one of our school’s two nominees to the UVA Jefferson Scholars Program closes at 8AM on Monday, 10/5, as shared in English class presentations in September and stated in Issue #1 of the Senior Newsletter: https://sites.google.com/a/gsgis.k12.va.us/mlw-school-counseling/college-admissions-information-1/2011-2012-newsletters

October 2nd was World Smile Day!  The MLWGS Operation Smile is hosting an online Smile Fund for children in need.  Your donations are appreciated: http://support.operationsmile.org/site/TR/SmileFund/SmileFund;jsessionid=00000000.app30103b?px=2896115&pg=personal&fr_id=2761&new_registrant=true&NONCE_TOKEN=B890688DB6E2EB235EE812736572F37E

From the PTSA

Want to learn more about how to support your students through their first pandemic – and yours? Join the MLWGS Counseling Department and PTSA on October 14 at 6:30 p.m. for Helping Adolescents Cope during COVID-19, a candid online discussion led by Dr. Beth Heller, VCU Center for Psychological Services and Development; Lisa Ebeling, MLWGS Psychologist; and Karl Zweerink, MLWGS Counselor. The webinar will cover the impact on teens’ health as the pandemic persists; self-care practices; parent support ideas; school counseling support; and determining when professional mental health support is needed.

To participate, sign up here so we can send you the Zoom link, and take a minute or two to share you preferences for future parent meetings and discussion topics. It’s an important topic for unprecedented times – and definitely worth your time. We hope to see you there.

Student Athletes

Attention any student who plans to participate in any athletic activity in 20-21.  You must have a the forms completed from the link https://mlwgs.com/co-curricular-overview/athletics/ to participate. Once they’re complete, please send to [email protected] with the anticipated sport in the subject line.  Please take into consideration the places to obtain a physical might not be doing them or might have a long wait.  Please review the start dates of the sports you intend to play.  Any questions may be sent to the above email.

Future Friends Lunchtime Gatherings for Freshmen

Co-hosted by your librarian, Ms. DeGroat, and Counseling Director, Mr. Zweerink, Future Friends Lunchtime Gatherings provide an opportunity for freshmen to meet other students in the Class of 2024. A discussion spark will be provided connected to The Walker Way and then you’ll be invited to a random breakout room with two or three other freshmen.  These gatherings are on Mondays from 11:40am to 12:05pm. For the Zoom link, go to the Class of 2024 group in Schoology. Hope to see you there!

Forensics

Do you love to talk?  How about in front of a crowd?

Whether you want to improve your public speaking skills or simply show them off, MLWGS Forensics is the place for you!  Come to our interest meeting this Friday, October 9th, at 11:30 AM for more info about the club, virtual competitions, and our plans for this year.  For more information (+ a Zoom link), join the Debate Team Schoology group or contact Mr. Brown at [email protected]!!!

Good News!

Despite being nervous about participating in their first tournament of the year and dealing with technology glitches, the Maggie L. Walker debate team had a successful weekend. The tournament, sponsored by Holy Cross High School out of New Orleans, brought together some of the best debaters in the country to compete in a virtual debate format. In total, 72 different schools from around the nation were represented at the tournament. Lincoln-Douglas debaters Senthil Meyyappan and Tejas Muthusamy advanced to the playoff rounds with Tejas Muthusamy making it to the Quarterfinals before losing on a 2-1 decision.

Let me sign off tonight with some more words from the great American statesman Abraham Lincoln.  Mr. Lincoln said, “We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection.”

Have a great evening and GO DRAGONS!

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From the MLWGS PTSA

Thank you for your participation in the MLWGS 2020 Virtual Back to School Night!  All items on the ballot were passed.

Don’t forget the first Scrip order of the year is due tomorrow.  Help raise money for our PTSA doing your everyday shopping at no extra cost to you.

Student Handbook

This is a reminder that all students must review and complete a quiz on the 2020-21 Student Handbook.  The deadline has been extended to 9/30/20 and it is open everything with unlimited attempts.  The quiz is located at

http://www.quia.com/quiz/5928160.html

Secret Word= Dragons

Keeping your Zoom app updated

As Zoom adapts to having more schools as customers, they are releasing software updates at a rapid pace, many of which enhance the features available when you participate in class meetings on Zoom.  For instructions about how to keep the Zoom app installed on your computer updated to the current version, see this page from Zoom support.  If you don’t have a Zoom account, which is perfectly fine since you don’t need to have a Zoom account to attend MLWGS Zoom class meetings, then follow the third option in the video: going to the Zoom.us website and downloading the latest Zoom desktop client (an option you’ll find under Resources near the top right).

Future Friends Lunchtime Gatherings for Freshmen

Co-hosted by your librarian, Ms. DeGroat, and Counseling Director, Mr. Zweerink, Future Friends Lunchtime Gatherings provide an opportunity for freshmen to meet other students in the Class of 2024. A discussion spark will be provided connected to The Walker Way and then you’ll be invited to a random breakout room with two or three other freshmen.  These gatherings are on Mondays from 11:40am to 12:05pm. For the Zoom link, go to the Class of 2024 group in Schoology. Hope to see you there!

Fall Play

The show must go on!  MLWGS Drama will present a virtual production of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream Nov 19-21.  Please join the Drama Club Schoology Group or email Mrs. Glatt ([email protected]) for details on how to audition.  The deadline to submit an audition video is Tuesday, September 29.  

National Honor Society Application Now Open for Juniors and Seniors

Attention Juniors and Seniors! The National Honor Society online application for the 2020-2021 school year is now open: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeIbXsVDVp3LkUpbzXS6x6zRnv0zOn4KeebNwxPFXV80RCQlw/viewform?usp=sf_link

Interested juniors and seniors who have not already been inducted may apply for membership through 5:00pm on Monday, September 28th. Eligible candidates will need a 3.5 GPA and meet the following service requirements (adjusted due to COVID-19): 50 verified hours for Juniors and 85 verified hours for Seniors. A modified service requirement has been implemented in order for inducted members to remain in good standing and earn the NHS cord at graduation. Selected members will be notified on October 9th and a virtual induction ceremony will take place in mid-October. Please see the online application itself for complete details.

Good News!

Umesh Gunendran, a MLWGS 10th grader, has been involved in an organization called “Race for Unity.”  Race for Unity (RU) is a group organized by RVA youth, actively working to establish unity in the community and to fight against racism. They raise money to provide two main services. One of these is to buy groceries for families in need, and the second is to run a program where they teach these families how to be financially disciplined and responsible. ​ It is great to see our Dragons engaged in community support during the pandemic!

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!

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Back to School Night

MLWGS will hold a Virtual Back to School Night on Thursday September 24th at 6:30 PM.  A detailed information sheet will be sent out on Tuesday that will explain how to view the PTSA business meeting, vote on PTSA items, and access the teacher course videos.

Economics

The Fall Economics Course will begin on Monday, Sept 21st. Due dates for the first week’s lessons will be the following Monday. Please see the main course page in Schoology Monday Sept 21st for instructions for the first week.

PSAT 2020-21 Covid Update!

Dear Families of Sophomores and Juniors,

We have a new schedule for PSATs this year due to Covid-19. Please go to the counseling department link for schedules, links to test information, and test day reminders. This is an optional activity based on family comfort levels with students entering the school building under current Covid-19 guidelines. It will help us with our planning if families could register for testing on this google form. (https://forms.gle/TUZirNyaHVsaCzZw9)

Student Handbook

This is a reminder that all students must review and complete a quiz on the 2020-21 Student Handbook.  The deadline has been extended to 9/30/20 and it is open everything with unlimited attempts.  The quiz is located at

http://www.quia.com/quiz/5928160.html

Secret Word= Dragons

Seniors

To learn from the senior counselors about college, scholarship, career, military, enrichment, and multicultural opportunities, you are invited to view the Senior Newsletter (Sept 2020 edition) on the School Counseling website ->College Admissions Information -> Senior Newsletters: https://sites.google.com/a/gsgis.k12.va.us/mlw-school-counseling/college-admissions-information-1/2011-2012-newsletters

Students are encouraged to cross-reference this publication with their Naviance accounts and the individual programs’ websites for more details.

Community Service Announcement:

Please enter all community service hours that you have earned into x2vol ASAP.  We will be completing an upload of hours from x2vol into PowerSchool on Tuesday 9/22.  This means you have until Monday 9/21 to get the hours entered before the upload.  Once the upload is completed, we will determine how students are doing on their community service hours goals.  Seniors, in order to have your transcripts accurately reflect your community service hours, please get your hours onto x2vol.  Also, the data from this upload will help us determine whether any adjustments need to be made to the goals due to Covid-19.

Fall Play

The show must go on!  MLWGS Drama will present a virtual production of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream Nov 19-21.  Please join the Drama Club Schoology Group or email Mrs. Glatt ([email protected]) for details on how to audition.  The deadline to submit an audition video is Tuesday, September 29.  

National Honor Society Application Now Open for Juniors and Seniors

Attention Juniors and Seniors! The National Honor Society online application for the 2020-2021 school year is now open: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeIbXsVDVp3LkUpbzXS6x6zRnv0zOn4KeebNwxPFXV80RCQlw/viewform?usp=sf_link

Interested juniors and seniors who have not already been inducted may apply for membership through 5:00pm on Monday, September 28th. Eligible candidates will need a 3.5 GPA and meet the following service requirements (adjusted due to COVID-19): 50 verified hours for Juniors and 85 verified hours for Seniors. A modified service requirement has been implemented in order for inducted members to remain in good standing and earn the NHS cord at graduation. Selected members will be notified on October 9th and a virtual induction ceremony will take place in mid-October. Please see the online application itself for complete details.

I would like to end this evening with a couple of thoughts.  First, I want to sincerely thank all the parents and students for your patience while we work through this new learning model.  Give yourselves a high five!  We are listening to your feedback and are working to reduce the screen time of our students and teachers.

Next is a call for unity among our Dragon family.  We are all under an enormous amount of stress.  We are trying to learn and teach in a new way, we are dealing with the physical isolation that has been brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic, we are engaging with each other in a time of racial reckoning, and we are in the midst of the most divisive political season in our lifetimes.  Yet throughout all of this we must remember that we are all equal members of our learning community.  We must be respectful of each other and seek to learn from each other as well.  Name calling, bullying, deliberately embarrassing or anonymously harassing one another is allowing the forces of divisiveness to prevail.  It is unacceptable and not something that you would want your child, or future child, to engage in or endure.  We plan to facilitate some virtual opportunities for students to talk, engage, and learn from each other in the very near future.

Remember, we are here to be compassionate, courageous, collaborative, and to have a sense of community.  It is The Walker Way.

Have a great evening and as always, GO DRAGONS!!

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Have you always felt like you’re smarter than all your friends, but never had any hard data to prove it?  Do you have a passion for being right all the time?  Do you want to make a fortune crushing bar trivia when you go to college?  Are you bored out of your gourd with a vague desire to learn a thing or two?  If any of this resonates with you, consider joining the Maggie Walker Scholastic Bowl team! Answer trivia questions with us Monday – Thursday after school on Zoom at 3:15. Email Mr. Rotche at [email protected] for more information. All are welcome!

Virtual College Visits Begin Monday, September 14th and Will Continue Through Mid-November

We may be all virtual, but colleges are still very interested in connecting with Maggie Walker students! We have already had 90 colleges sign up for virtual visits and we anticipate well over 100 colleges connecting with us over the next two months during our “fall college visit season”. During these visits, admissions representatives will review the programs offered at their school as well as answer questions about the admissions process, student life, and any other topics. Students in 10th, 11th, and 12th grades are invited to attend. All virtual visits will take place during asynchronous times (11:30 Monday – Thursday and multiple time options on Fridays). In fact, the following colleges are all scheduled to come this coming week:

 

Appt Date Appt Start Appt Finish College
9/14/2020 11:30am 12:10pm University of Richmond
9/14/2020 11:30am 12:10pm Southern Methodist University
9/14/2020 11:30am 12:10pm Emerson College
9/14/2020 11:30am 12:10pm Dickinson College
9/14/2020 11:30am 12:10pm Vanderbilt University
9/15/2020 11:30am 12:10pm Richard Bland College of William and Mary
9/15/2020 11:30am 12:10pm Mississippi State University
9/15/2020 11:30am 12:10pm College of Charleston
9/15/2020 11:30am 12:10pm Williams College
9/16/2020 11:30am 12:10pm American University
9/16/2020 11:30am 12:10pm Macalester College
9/16/2020 11:30am 12:10pm Ursinus College
9/16/2020 11:30am 12:10pm Hampden-Sydney College
9/16/2020 11:30am 12:10pm University of Chicago
9/17/2020 11:30am 12:10pm The University of Alabama
9/17/2020 11:30am 12:10pm Salem College
9/17/2020 11:30am 12:10pm United States Naval Academy
9/17/2020 11:30am 12:10pm William and Mary
9/17/2020 11:30am 12:10pm Randolph-Macon College
9/18/2020 9:30am 10:10am James Madison University
9/18/2020 10:30am 11:10am University of Pittsburgh
9/18/2020 11:30am 12:10pm Davidson College
9/18/2020 11:30am 12:10pm Ringling College of Art and Design
9/18/2020 11:30am 12:10pm Christopher Newport University
9/18/2020 11:30am 12:10pm Tulane University of Louisiana
9/18/2020 11:30am 12:10pm University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
9/18/2020 12:30pm 1:10pm William and Mary
9/18/2020 1:30pm 2:10pm University of South Carolina
       

Virtual links (Zoom, Google Meet, or Teams) are provided 15 minutes prior to the event in Naviance (scroll to the bottom of the “Colleges” home page) and may also be accessed through a google sheet shared as a “resource” in each on the Schoology class pages for 10th, 11th, and 12th graders (please do not click the link before the time of the event). This is where you can also find the complete fall calendar of scheduled events. With so many colleges vying for your asynchronous time, some of your favorite institutions may have conflicting times. In that case, you may float in and out of each session as respectfully as possible; colleges realize you are busy and have many commitments. Some colleges use “Slate” software, which may prompt students to provide a name, email address, and perhaps other optional information for future contacts. This is a virtual replacement for the “info card” colleges would ask each attendee to complete in person. Letting colleges know you came is a great way to express your interest and leave a digital record of that interest, which is something colleges may reflect on when reviewing your application down the road. Dr. Rachel Loving, Senior Counselor and College Visit Coordinator, will be popping into each of these visits to greet representatives during the first few minutes of each meeting. If students or parents have questions about college visits in a virtual environment, please contact Dr. Loving at [email protected].

Looking for a service opportunity while also connecting with colleges? Consider serving as a “College Visit Ambassador” who would 1) send a welcome email to a selected college representative and 2) then commit to attending their virtual college visit to personally welcome them to Maggie Walker and stay in the session for the remainder of the event. Completing both actions would be worth 1 hour of community service. Students in 10th-12th grades can find a separate announcement with the details in their Schoology class page.

National Honor Society Application Now Open for Juniors and Seniors

Attention Juniors and Seniors! The National Honor Society online application for the 2020-2021 school year is now open: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeIbXsVDVp3LkUpbzXS6x6zRnv0zOn4KeebNwxPFXV80RCQlw/viewform?usp=sf_link

Interested juniors and seniors who have not already been inducted may apply for membership through 5:00pm on Monday, September 28th. Eligible candidates will need a 3.5 GPA and meet the following service requirements (adjusted due to COVID-19): 50 verified hours for Juniors and 85 verified hours for Seniors. A modified service requirement has been implemented in order for inducted members to remain in good standing and earn the NHS cord at graduation. Selected members will be notified on October 9th and a virtual induction ceremony will take place in mid-October. Please see the online application itself for complete details.

Good News!

Justin Goldman is a current senior at Maggie Walker and he entered an essay contest with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit regarding The Right to Vote.  He won a third place $1,000 award and is being honored at a virtual ceremony on September 17, 2020 @ 2:30 pm. See the press release below:

https://www.ca4.uscourts.gov/news-announcements/2020/08/17/fourth-circuit-announces-winners-of-2020-high-school-essay-contest

I would like to close tonight with two thoughts.

First, I want to thank everyone for the patience as well as their feedback during this first week of virtual instruction.  All in all, things went fairly well.  We received a lot of feedback about “Zoom Fatigue” and we feel it too!  When we designed the plan, we committed to running with it for a couple of weeks to allow everyone to settle into a rhythm before considering any changes.  For many of our students, they haven’t really had to be awake and sharp at 8:45 AM since March, so we may need to shake the rust off a little.  We will take a good look at how we are doing in a few days and see if we need to make any adjustments.  Until then, keep on swimming!

The second issue I would like to address is one of civility.  It has come to my attention that there are several social media platforms that are using the MLWGS name and have become a hotbed for intense conversations that in some cases have devolved into name calling and borderline cyber-bullying.  I need to be clear on two points, first, I am a fierce defender of the 1st Amendment and all are entitled to free speech as defined by The Constitution and SCOTUS Case Law whether we agree with it or not.  Second, the school has no authority to police or monitor  non-school owned platforms or to react to what is written on these platforms.

Having said that, I want to express my disappointment that some of our Dragons are engaging in behavior online that they would never do in person.  While we live in extraordinarily divisive and challenging times, as members of our community we should be able to rise above the current standard of discourse and bring back civil conversations where we can listen to each other’s opinions and respond thoughtfully with compassion and empathy.  At the end of the day, we are all Dragons and as such all are entitled to feel welcome at our school.  We have huge problems to tackle, but we can do it if we work together in a positive fashion and avoid falling into the trap of trying to blow out another’s candle to make ours burn brighter.

Have a great evening and as always, GO DRAGONS!!

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Good Evening MLWGS Family, this is Dr. Lowerre the Director with the First Sunday Night Update for the 19-20 school year!

Every Sunday evening at about 7:00, you will receive a message from me that will include a link to my blog.  On the blog I will let you know about upcoming events in the Dragon Nation.  You will hear about parent meetings, community events, upcoming deadlines, and some student activities.  I will also try to include a good news section about students and faculty who are making a difference in their community.  As we begin to safely move to having students back on campus, this will also be a vehicle to pass along important information related to reopening.

Parents, I want to draw your attention to a form in the Parent Portal of PowerSchool that is very important.  It is called “Notification of Rights under FERPA” and “Directory Information”.  We are required to get permission from you to be able to share your contact information with anyone other than school personnel.  By opting in, we will only share your contact information with the PTSA, the Booster Organizations, and the MLWGS Foundation.  Without opting in, you will not receive any of the newsletters and other information from any of these parent organizations. I strongly encourage you to take a few seconds and go to this form and opt in.

There are also several other important notices on the main website at the following link:

https://mlwgs.com/welcome-to-mlwgs/annual-notifications/

I would request that you take a look at them as they contain important information that must be shared with you by law.

COMMUNITY SERVICE

At the end of last school year we had to place a restriction on earning community service hours outside of your home.  Now that the 2020-2021 school year is beginning, we are able to alter our plan.  After careful consideration by MLWGS administration, students are permitted to volunteer outside of their homes as long as they abide by all local, state, and federal guidelines regarding Covid-19.  Also, students would need to adhere to any additional guidelines implemented by the organization where they are working.  Mr. Cook will also be posting a list of ways to earn volunteer credit at home and virtually. These plans may change as we move forward, so we need to remember to remain positive, optimistic, and flexible.

The Maggie Walker Counseling Department welcomes students and families to another school year! Even though students won’t initially be in the building, the school counselors, school psychologist and school registrar are available for support and look forward to connecting with you! Please reach out to us if you have any concerns by email. Counselors will be responding to email during the school week and typically can respond within 24 hours and are happy to set up Zoom conferences with students and families as needed. During the first week of school, counselors will have drop-in lunchtime office hours via Zoom (links were sent out to students through Schoology).

We have made a short video with greetings from our school psychologist and counselors including our fabulous new senior counselor Ms. Kim Forquer.

A special note to freshman parents: Parents of freshmen with special circumstances such as medical needs or learning disabilities/differences need to alert freshman counselor Karl Zweerink ([email protected]) of needed supports as comprehensive student files do not automatically transfer from each of our twelve supporting divisions.

“Do you like playing games? Do you enjoy playing the ancient game of chess or want to learn how to play chess? Then join the MLWGS Chess Club, to learn the basics or sharpen your skills. Chess club will teach all those interested about chess from the basics to the advanced techniques. Members can meet others across all grades and will form a strong bond with other members as we compete in online and in person (later in the year) tournaments.  If you have any questions, feel free to message Adriel Barretto ([email protected]) or Mr. Coleman ([email protected]).”

I would like to close tonight with a few thoughts about the opening of the school year.  Obviously, this opening is unlike anything that I have ever had in my 26 years of public education and I would guess that all of you are right there with me.  We are all anxious, worried, and perhaps a little frightened.  I am here to tell you that we will all be ok if we can just do two simple things.

First, we must all be flexible.  This is new to everyone.  Students, parents, teachers, counselors, staff, and administrators are all in the same boat.  None of us will be spared.  We must all work together and address the issues that are certain to arise and understand that the old norms are of no use to us now.  We must be agile and adapt to find the pathway forward.

Second, we must have patience with one another.  There will be glitches.  Things won’t always go to plan, but we must remember that we are all trying our best.  Nobody is trying to make things more challenging than they already are.  We must be forgiving to each other, take a deep breath when we get stressed, and not panic when something doesn’t work.  We will work the problems and get through them together.

I can honestly say that I have never worked a summer with more dedicated group of people than the team here at MLWGS.  I can also honestly say that there is no other community that I would rather attack these challenges with than the MLWGS family.  We are strong, smart, innovative, kind, generous, and will rise to the occasion and make this work.

Have a great Labor Day Holiday, a great First Day of School, and as always, GO DRAGONS!!