MLWGS is opening 2 hours late Thursday, December 13th

Director’s Sunday Evening Update

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Winter Break will begin on Thursday, December 20th.  Classes will resume on Thursday January 3rd.  This week will have a modified schedule with all classes meeting on Wednesday.

The MLWGS “We the People” will be competing for the regional title of Tuesday.  Good luck to our Constitutional warriors!

The Virginia Math League competition will take place on Tuesday in the auditorium at 11:30.

Do you like decoding cursive script in historic documents? Would you like to volunteer for the Library of Virginia’s Transcribe project, a project you can work on from a home computer? The first of three planned Transcribe-a-thons for this school year will take place on Wednesday, Dec. 12th in the library from 3:15pm to 4:45pm – and holiday cookies will be served 🙂  If you’d like to attend, please sign-up with Ms. DeGroat in the library or email her at wdegroat@gsgis.k12.va.us.

17th Annual Night of the Dragon

You probably have seen the messages from the Foundation and in Smoke and Scales and on Facebook regarding ways that you can get involved with the Night of the Dragon, set for Saturday, February 23. This event is an example of the amazing way the MLWGS community can come together to support our students.  I hope you will consider donating an auction item or serving as a sponsor.    To learn more, contact Suzannah Stora, sstora@MLWGSFoundation.org. Tickets go on sale in January.

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

Have a great evening and as always, Go Dragons!

 

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As we prepare for the potential of winter weather, you can find any school closing information on our website as well as all of the local TV stations.  Our posting will follow the counties as we are dependent upon their transportation decisions before we can make our call.

Just a reminder, our bank has requested that any checks made out to the school be made out to “MLWGS” or “Maggie Walker Governor’s School” Checks made out simply to Maggie Walker are confusing to them as that is the name of a person and not necessarily a school.  We appreciate your help with this!

Do you like decoding cursive script in historic documents? Would you like to volunteer for the Library of Virginia’s Transcribe project, a project you can work on from a home computer? The first of three planned Transcribe-a-thons for this school year will take place on Wednesday, Dec. 12th in the library from 3:15pm to 4:45pm – and holiday cookies will be served 🙂  If you’d like to attend, please sign-up with Ms. DeGroat in the library or email her at wdegroat@gsgis.k12.va.us.

17th Annual Night of the Dragon

You probably have seen the messages from the Foundation and in Smoke and Scales and on Facebook regarding ways that you can get involved with the Night of the Dragon, set for Saturday, February 23. This event is an example of the amazing way the MLWGS community can come together to support our students.  I hope you will consider donating an auction item or serving as a sponsor.    To learn more, contact Suzannah Stora, sstora@MLWGSFoundation.org. Tickets go on sale in January.

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 Tiger Nation is too wise to be blinded!  Learn to forgive and look for the good in everything.

Have a great evening and as always, Go Dragons!

 

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Our bank has requested that any checks made out to the school be made out to “MLWGS” or “Maggie Walker Governor’s School” Checks made out simply to Maggie Walker are confusing to them as that is the name of a person and not necessarily a school.  We appreciate your help with this!

On Tuesday December 4th, we will hold a Budget Town Hall in the Forum at 6:00 pm.  We invite you to share your priorities with regard to the FY 20 budget. You can attend the meeting or use the link below to submit ideas.

https://mlwgs.com/fy20-budget-town-hall-for-public-input-december-4-600-pm-mlwgs-forum-digital-input-option-also-available/

The MLWGS International Language Department will hold its first International Bazaar on December 5th and 6th during lunch. Students and faculty can visit the decorated language halls on the second and third floors to purchase items pertaining to each language. Items will cost no more than $5.00. The purpose of the bazaar is to raise money for the Language Department’s fund to offer annual scholarships. Please visit us for some holiday shopping in the following rooms:

237 – German                                         335 – Latin

238 – French                                           336 – Chinese

241 – Arabic                                            338 – ASL

243 – Spanish                                          339 – Italian

244 – Japanese and Russian

Parents of Juniors:  Senior Seminar and Mentorship registration information can be found in an announcement on the Class of 2020 Itslearning page (your student can help you access this information).  This announcement includes the PowerPoint presentations used at student and parent sessions, handouts, seminar proposals, and the mentorship application.  Please look at this information with your student as you help in the decision-making process.  The online registration survey will be open from 11/26/18 through 12/7/18.  The paper Mentorship Application is due on 12/7/18 by 3:30 p.m.  If you have any questions about the registration and application process, please contact Mr. Cook (tcook@gsgis.k12.va.us).

Over the past few weeks, we have seen a lot of things take place that would make one really question the direction in which our world is heading.  As a planet, we need to do better.

I would like to close tonight with a quote from Nelson Mandela about education.  Mr. Mandela said, “Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.”

Have a great evening and as always, Go Dragons!

 

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On Tuesday December 4th, we will hold a Budget Town Hall in the Forum at 6:00 pm.  We invite you to share your priorities with regard to the FY 20 budget. You can attend the meeting or use the link below to submit ideas.

https://mlwgs.com/fy20-budget-town-hall-for-public-input-december-4-600-pm-mlwgs-forum-digital-input-option-also-available/

Maggie Walker Governor’s School’s robotics team is inviting all middle school students interested in STEM to their second STEM event! Come participate in workshops hosted by local STEM organizations such as VCU DaVinci and Hyperloop, the Steward School, Central Virginia Waste Management Authority, and STEAMtrix!

When: December 1st 10 A.M. – 2 P.M.

Where: Maggie L Walker Governors School

1000 N Lombardy Street, Richmond, VA, 23220

FREE LUNCH! Check out our website to learn more and RSVP:

http://mechtechdragons.com/stem_day.php

The MLWGS International Language Department will hold its first International Bazaar on December 5th and 6th during lunch. Students and faculty can visit the decorated language halls on the second and third floors to purchase items pertaining to each language. Items will cost no more than $5.00. The purpose of the bazaar is to raise money for the Language Department’s fund to offer annual scholarships. Please visit us for some holiday shopping in the following rooms:

237 – German                                         335 – Latin

238 – French                                           336 – Chinese

241 – Arabic                                            338 – ASL

243 – Spanish                                          339 – Italian

244 – Japanese and Russian

Parents of Juniors:  Senior Seminar and Mentorship registration information can be found in an announcement on the Class of 2020 Itslearning page (your student can help you access this information).  This announcement includes the PowerPoint presentations used at student and parent sessions, handouts, seminar proposals, and the mentorship application.  Please look at this information with your student as you help in the decision-making process.  The online registration survey will be open from 11/26/18 through 12/7/18.  The paper Mentorship Application is due on 12/7/18 by 3:30 p.m.  If you have any questions about the registration and application process, please contact Mr. Cook (tcook@gsgis.k12.va.us).

Congratulations to our own Michele Surat who has received a fellowship for her poetry from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. As a result, she has been scheduled for a residency during August 2019 at VCCA’s Moulin à Nef Studio Center in Auvillar, France. The Moulin à Nef houses up to four artists at a time in individual rooms with a shared living and kitchen area in the Maison Vieilhescaze.  More information can be found on the Moulin à Nef/VCCA France website. Each fellow is assigned a private studio and a private bedroom with shared bath. The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts is an international arts colony located in Nelson County.

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

Have a great evening and as always, Go Dragons!

 

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School will be closed from Wednesday the 21st through Friday the 23rd in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.

On Tuesday December 4th, we will hold a Budget Town Hall in the Forum at 6:00 pm.  We invite you to share your priorities with regard to the FY 20 budget. You can attend the meeting or use the link below to submit ideas.

https://mlwgs.com/fy20-budget-town-hall-for-public-input-december-4-600-pm-mlwgs-forum-digital-input-option-also-available/

There will be a winter parent athletic meeting on November 19th at 6:15 in the Auditorium

Maggie Walker Governor’s School’s robotics team is inviting all middle school students interested in STEM to their second STEM event! Come participate in workshops hosted by local STEM organizations such as VCU DaVinci and Hyperloop, the Steward School, Central Virginia Waste Management Authority, and STEAMtrix!

When: December 1st 10 A.M. – 2 P.M.

Where: Maggie L Walker Governors School

1000 N Lombardy Street, Richmond, VA, 23220

FREE LUNCH! Check out our website to learn more and RSVP:

http://mechtechdragons.com/stem_day.php

Parents of Juniors:  Senior Seminar and Mentorship registration information can be found in an announcement on the Class of 2020 Itslearning page (your student can help you access this information).  This announcement includes the PowerPoint presentations used at student and parent sessions, handouts, seminar proposals, and the mentorship application.  Please look at this information with your student as you help in the decision-making process.  The online registration survey will be open from 11/26/18 through 12/7/18.  The paper Mentorship Application is due on 12/7/18 by 3:30 p.m.  If you have any questions about the registration and application process, please contact Mr. Cook (tcook@gsgis.k12.va.us).

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.  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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The furniture in the commons & cafeteria will be reconfigured for Information Forum (11/12-11/14).  Student access to these areas during the day will be dependent on their ability to not disturb the arrangement.  If using the commons & cafeteria on these days please be sure all furniture is left how it was found.

On Tuesday December 4th, we will hold a Budget Town Hall in the Forum at 6:00 pm.  We invite you to share your priorities with regard to the FY 20 budget. You can attend the meeting or use the link below to submit ideas.

https://mlwgs.com/fy20-budget-town-hall-for-public-input-december-4-600-pm-mlwgs-forum-digital-input-option-also-available/

Report cards will be distributed November 13th during 8th block.

MLWGS is teaming up with Puritan Cleaners this winter to provide coats for kids all over the Central Virginia area. Our goal is to beat the largest single-group donation record at 731 coats. That’s less than one coat donated per one Maggie Walker student! For each coat you donate, you can put your name in a raffle and win gift cards to.  Drop them off in the athletic hallway in the mornings or during lunch by November 14th to participate

There will be a winter parent athletic meeting on November 19th at 6:15 in the Auditorium

Parents of Juniors:  If you were unable to attend any of the Senior Seminar/Mentorship registration/application information sessions, please refer to the information that was posted on an announcement on the Class of 2020 Itslearning page (your student can help you access this information).  This announcement includes the PowerPoint presentations used at student and parent sessions, handouts, seminar proposals, and the mentorship application.  If you have any questions about the registration and application process, please contact Mr. Cook (tcook@gsgis.k12.va.us).

Suicide Prevention Program

Our school is committed to supporting the social/emotional well-being of our students.  That is done in a variety of ways and has included implementing the Signs of Suicide (SOS) Prevention Program through the 9th grade Health/PE classes. This program is designed to teach our freshmen that suicide can be prevented through treating mental health disorders such as depression.  It encourages students to support one another but to also reach out to trusted adults if they have concerns about themselves or friends that may be at risk to self-harm.

Another component of the SOS Program that we added last year is the parent portal.  This site has information on the SOS Program and mental health topics that can be of use to all parents. It provides information about national resources that are available.  Parents can complete an anonymous depression screening on their child to help determine if there is a need to connect with a mental health professional.  We are choosing to make this available to all MLWGS parents and not just our 9th grade parents.  Questions?  Call Lisa Ebeling, School Psychologist at 354-6800, ext. 3260 or your child’s school counselor. The link and sign on information for the parent portal is as follows:

Login:  http://sossignsofsuicide.org

User Name:  mlwgs-par

Password:  EbelingDragon2017

The faculty and staff would like to thank the PTSA for the meals that they provided to us during the two parent conference days.  It was delicious and greatly appreciated!

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

Have a great evening and as always, Go Dragons!

 

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MLWGS will be closed for students on Tuesday November 6th in observance of Election Day.

Don’t forget that second installment of Parent Conferences is also Tuesday November 6th from 9:00 AM until Noon.

A parent Information meeting for the summer 2019 Peru trip will take place Wednesday, 11/7/18 at 6:30 p.m. in Room 105. Students are also welcome and encouraged, but parent/guardian attendance is mandatory if students are interested in this opportunity.  Interested parents must RSVP at: triptoperusummer2019.eventbrite.com.

Freshman Parents

Our school is offering depression awareness and suicide prevention training as part of the SOS Signs of Suicide® Prevention Program. SOS lessons will be implemented in the 9th grade Health and PE classes during the week of November 12th.  Students not enrolled in PE will attend the lesson on November 15th from 12:00 to 1:00.

The SOS program encourages students to seek help if they are concerned about the emotional well-being of themselves or a friend. A letter is being mailed to all freshman parents with more details about the program.  It is our hope that all of 9th graders will participate in the lesson.  However, parents do have the option of opting their children out of the lesson.  The letter will provide the information about doing that.  Please feel free to direct any questions to Lisa Ebeling, School Psychologist, at lebeling@gsgis.k12.va.us or call at 354-6800, x 3260.

The furniture in the commons & cafeteria will be reconfigured for Information Forum (11/12-11/14).  Student access to these areas during the day will be dependent on their ability to not disturb the arrangement.  If using the commons & cafeteria on these days please be sure all furniture is left how it was found.

Herff Jones will be collecting orders for graduation announcements on Wednesday, November 7 and Thursday, November 8 in the first floor commons during lunch.  This will be the only time Herff Jones collects these orders in the building.  You may contact the vendor directly, but all orders need to be placed before January 1 in order to ensure delivery in April and to avoid an upcharge.  There is no guarantee that there will be extra announcements available to order/purchase second semester.  Don’t forget…you do NOT need to purchase your cap/gown as the cost was included in your student fees at the beginning of the year.  Please contact Ms. Sheppard if you have questions – ksheppard@gsgis.k12.va.us or 804-354-6800 ext. 3304.

Congratulations to the Girls and Boys Cross Country teams who won Regionals for the 6th time in a row!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Have a great day and Go Dragons!!!

 

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Don’t forget that Parent Conferences are on Thursday November 1st from 4:00 – 7:00 pm.

Seniors, there will be a BRIEF mandatory meeting on Tuesday, October 30 during lunch in the auditorium.  Herff Jones is stopping by to collect measurements for your graduation cap and gown and to provide information about other graduation paraphernalia.  Please see or e-mail Ms. Sheppard before lunch on Tuesday if you don’t think you’ll be able to attend.

“A parent/student information meeting for the MLWGS 2019 Iceland trip will be held Tuesday, October 30 in room 153.  The meeting will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m.  The meeting will be conducted by MLWGS Science faculty and trip leaders Tom Boyle and David Barnes.”

Senior Seminar/Mentorship Information Session for Junior Parents:  Les Cook, the Senior Seminar/Mentorship Coordinator, will be will be holding sessions at three different times to provide information to junior parents regarding registration for Senior Seminar/Mentorship.  Parents are invited to attend on Monday, 10/29 from 9:00-10:00 a.m. in the Auditorium, or Monday 10/29 from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. in the forum.  Students will be invited to sessions during the school day during the last week of October and the first week of November to receive information and ask questions.  Information will also be sent home to all junior students through their school email and Itslearning accounts.

This coming Wednesday, Oct. 31st, the Fine Arts Department will be hosting a lunchtime lecture on Japanese Aesthetics, given by VMFA faculty, Amanda Adams.  The lecture is from 11:35-12:25 and will take place in the school auditorium.  This event is open to the public.

On Friday, November 2, the Fine Arts Department is hosting our annual Fall Art Walk. Starting at 6pm in room 153, there will be refreshments followed by a bus which will take students and parents to Richmond’s First Fridays art galleries openings and return them to school.

If you’ve never had the opportunity to participate in a First Fridays Art Walk please plan on joining us.  All are welcome.

You child may request verification of their community service hours by submitting their supervisor’s email in their x2vol account, or they may request their supervisor’s signature by using the Maggie Walker Volunteer Hours Tracking Form. If using the paper form, they should upload it you’re their x2vol account by scanning it or taking a photo of it and then completing the electronic submission form. The supervisor does not need to respond to an email form x2vol if the student chooses to use the paper form. Only use one form per organization. They may also upload certificates given by the non – profit agency where they volunteered. Submit community service hours within 60 days of an activity.

It has been a great 1st quarter in the Dragon Nation!  We, as a learning community, have found a way to have fun with the fall events while still remaining focused.  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 and have a great run up to the winter break!  Have a great evening and Go Dragons!

 

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The Therapy Dogs Are Coming – October 26th!

Therapy dogs and their handlers visited our school last spring during Stress Less, Laugh More Week.  The dogs were a very popular attraction and a number of students requested a second visit.  We were able to accommodate that with the support of Caring Canines and our administration.  The therapy dogs will visit our school on October 26th during lunch.  Permission forms signed by parents will be required in order to access the dogs.  The permission form was attached to the email message directing you to this page.  Questions?  Call Lisa Ebeling, School Psychologist, x 3260 or email lebeling@gsgis.k12.va.us

Mental/Emotional Health Initiatives at Maggie Walker

Our school is invested in supporting our students’ emotional and social well-being.  Interested in knowing about the programs that we have directed to that effort?  Read all about it! See the attached document if you received an email directing you to this page, or the school’s counseling website,  https://sites.google.com/a/gsgis.k12.va.us/mlw-school-counseling/ for more details

Senior Seminar/Mentorship Information Session for Junior Parents:  Les Cook, the Senior Seminar/Mentorship Coordinator, will be will be holding sessions at three different times to provide information to junior parents regarding registration for Senior Seminar/Mentorship.  Parents are invited to attend on Thursday, 10/25 from 6:00-7:00 p.m. in the forum, Monday, 10/29 from 9:00-10:00 a.m. in the Auditorium, or Monday 10/29 from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. in the forum.  Students will be invited to sessions during the school day during the last week of October and the first week of November to receive information and ask questions.  Information will also be sent home to all junior students through their school email and Itslearning accounts.

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

Have a great evening and Go Dragons!

 

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Underclass Make-Up portraits are being taken in Room 152 tomorrow, October 15th.

The Therapy Dogs Are Coming – October 26th!

Therapy dogs and their handlers visited our school last spring during Stress Less, Laugh More Week.  The dogs were a very popular attraction and a number of students requested a second visit.  We were able to accommodate that with the support of Caring Canines and our administration.  The therapy dogs will visit our school on October 26th during lunch.  Permission forms signed by parents will be required in order to access the dogs.  The permission form is attached to this message.    Questions?  Call Lisa Ebeling, School Psychologist, x 3260 or email lebeling@gsgis.k12.va.us

Senior Seminar/Mentorship Information Session for Junior Parents:  Les Cook, the Senior Seminar/Mentorship Coordinator, will be will be holding sessions at three different times to provide information to junior parents regarding registration for Senior Seminar/Mentorship.  Parents are invited to attend on Thursday, 10/25 from 6:00-7:00 p.m. in the forum, Monday, 10/29 from 9:00-10:00 a.m. in the Auditorium, or Monday 10/29 from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. in the forum.  Students will be invited to sessions during the school day during the last week of October and the first week of November to receive information and ask questions.  Information will also be sent home to all junior students through their school email and Itslearning accounts.

Every day at Maggie Walker 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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MLWGS will be open on Columbus Day, October 8th.  If you live in a district that is closed and are unable to make it to school, the absence will be considered excused.

RPS Families: RPS has entered into a special ridership program with GRTC.  RPS is offering an enhanced school ID to allow all RPS students to ride GRTC busses for free.  A permission form is required (see below).  Students who have already had their picture taken by MLWGS photographer Wendell Powell will have their photos forwarded to RPS.

http://ridegrtc.com/media/main/Pass_Program_Permission_Slip.pdf

Freshmen Families: On Wednesday October 10th the Freshman class will be participating in a morning of community service and mental health awareness.  This will be taking place while the Sophomores and Juniors are participating in the PSAT. The permission forms can be found on the Freshmen Class page of ItsLearning.  These can be returned to room 100 Monday. Be sure your student dresses in pants and closed toed shoes that day. Both groups will come together for lunch in the cafeteria at noon. Normal lunch service will be provided.

Verification of community service hours may occur by one of two methods: electronically, or by submitting an official document of participation to their online community service account.  If an email address is listed on the student’s submission form, an email will automatically be sent to their supervisor who will respond by choosing the number of hours served from a drop-down menu.  Or, students may upload a paper verification to their community service account.  If a certificate is uploaded, the email process is not necessary; however, please name the supervisor and give a phone number where he or she can be reached.  After hours have been verified, the document will be ready for the final approval step which will occur quickly after the hours have been verified. Hours that have not been entered and verified in x2vol, the online service program, within 60 days will expire.  Students may check the status of their hours, and view comments from the outside supervisor and/or Maggie Walker Service Coordinator by logging into their account. Please encourage your child to follow-up with their program supervisor if their hours have not yet been verified.

The Therapy Dogs Are Coming – October 26th!

Therapy dogs and their handlers visited our school last spring during Stress Less, Laugh More Week.  The dogs were a very popular attraction and a number of students requested a second visit.  We were able to accommodate that with the support of Caring Canines and our administration.  The therapy dogs will visit our school on October 26th during lunch.  Permission forms signed by parents will be required in order to access the dogs.  Look for those in mid-October.  Questions?  Call Lisa Ebeling, School Psychologist, x 3260 or email lebeling@gsgis.k12.va.us

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!

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RPS Families: On Tuesday October 2nd at 9 AM in Room 153, a representative from RPS will be taking photos of students interested in a special ridership program with GRTC.  This enhanced school ID will allow all RPS students to ride GRTC busses for free.  A permission form is required (see below).  Students who have already had their picture taken by MLWGS photographer Wendell Powell will have their photos forwarded to RPS.

http://ridegrtc.com/media/main/Pass_Program_Permission_Slip.pdf

The 22nd annual MLWGS Fall Festival will be held on October 5th from 4-8:00 p.m! This year we are excited to have 56 clubs and organizations participating, with 26 serving food and refreshments. The Festival is open to all current students, their families, younger siblings, former students and families, neighborhood residents, and friends of the school! There is no admittance charged for the festival and all the entertainment, provided by our very talented students is free! Tickets are sold to purchase all items for sale by the booths. Parking will be available at the James River Bus Depot on the corner of Leigh and Allen Street. Please do not park on the grass!

The Golf Team won an epic sudden death, 2 hole playoff in the regional tournament to send the entire team to the state tournament for the 1st time in school history.

MLWGS will be open on Columbus Day, October 8th.  If you live in a district that is closed and are unable to make it to school, the absence will be considered excused.

 

The Therapy Dogs Are Coming – October 26th!

Therapy dogs and their handlers visited our school last spring during Stress Less, Laugh More Week.  The dogs were a very popular attraction and a number of students requested a second visit.  We were able to accommodate that with the support of Caring Canines and our administration.  The therapy dogs will visit our school on October 26th during lunch.  Permission forms signed by parents will be required in order to access the dogs.  Look for those in mid-October.  Questions?  Call Lisa Ebeling, School Psychologist, x 3260 or email lebeling@gsgis.k12.va.us

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!

 

Sunday Night Update 09/23/18

MLWGS will be open on Columbus Day, October 8th.  If you live in a district that is closed and are unable to make it to school, the absence will be considered excused.

Here at MLWGS, we have a very honest student body.  If you ever lose anything on campus, including cash, be sure to check in with the lost and found.  If it is something particularly valuable, such as a phone or money, please see a member of the security team as those items are kept in a secure location.

We apologize for the difficulty with the student parking lot during drop off and pick up times.  As we are replacing our track, materials have been stored in the lot.  These can’t be stored inside the track area, but as the project moves forward the impact on the spaces will diminish.  We appreciate your patience as we work through this long overdue project!

The Therapy Dogs Are Coming – October 26th!

Therapy dogs and their handlers visited our school last spring during Stress Less, Laugh More Week.  The dogs were a very popular attraction and a number of students requested a second visit.  We were able to accommodate that with the support of Caring Canines and our administration.  The therapy dogs will visit our school on October 26th during lunch.  Permission forms signed by parents will be required in order to access the dogs.  Look for those in mid-October.  Questions?  Call Lisa Ebeling, School Psychologist, x 3260 or email lebeling@gsgis.k12.va.us

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!

 

Sunday Night Update 091618

I hope this message finds everyone safe and sound.  Looks like Virginia got lucky on this one!

The PTSA will be hosting our Back to School Night on Thursday September 20th at 6:30 PM in the auditorium.  Please come out to Maggie Walker and meet your student’s teachers, walk the campus, and see what we have in store for our kids for the 18-19 school year.  We hope that you will be able to join us!

The Maggie L Walker Governor’s School annual Fall Festival is a fantastic event for the whole school and the surrounding community.  This year’s festival is Friday, October 5th..  All proceeds raised benefit the participating student groups and help fund their activities for the year.  It takes scores of parent volunteers to work before, during, and after to make this tradition a success year after year. Please sign up for a shift or two and assist us by lending items that we need, if you have them. If you are interested in taking a bigger role and shadowing a Chair of one of the sub-committees, please email us at: mwfallfestvolunteers@gmail.com  Thanks so much for your help!

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This evening’s quote talks to us about the importance of realizing that even the most challenging feats begin with simple acts.  For some, the challenge of a successful school year may seem overwhelming.  For our newest Dragons, the class of 2022, graduation may seem so far away.  Know that the Dragon Nation looks out for our own and we will always work to support our students, regardless of where they are on their journey.  As the Chinese philosopher Lao-tzu wrote, “The longest journey begins with a single step.”   Let’s take the first step together and before you know it, it will be June!   Have a great evening and GO DRAGONS!!

Sunday Night Update 09/09/18

All students enrolled in Online Economics should have visited the course page in Its Learning to see instructions for beginning the course. During week one, students were to complete training tasks and begin completing modules. Due dates for modules began on 9/6. Contact Ms. Hamilton if you have any questions at chamilton@gsgis.k12.va.us.

All students are required to achieve an 80% or higher on the Student Handbook Quiz linked on the Student Information page of Itslearning.  This must be completed by 11 PM on 9/16/18 to avoid having school computer access disabled.

Please remember to fill out all of the forms in Power School, especially the release of information if you want to be included in the PTSA Directory as well as to receive opportunities from the MLWGS Foundation.

Let me sign off tonight with some words from the great blues musician B.B. King.  He says, “The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you.”   Have a great week and GO Dragons!!

Good Evening!

Each week, at about 7:00 pm on Sunday, you will get an email directing you to this site.  Important messages that affect the total school will be featured here as well as highlights of upcoming events that are of general interest.

School will open on Tuesday September 3rd at 8:40 am.  If you are choosing to drive your student to school, please be sure that you do not enter the bus loop between the hours of 8:15 and 8:45 am as this area is restricted to buses at that time.  The student lot out back is the preferred drop off zone.

Please be sure that all online paperwork has been completed prior to the start of classes.  Remember that in order to share your contact information with the PTSA as well as The Foundation, you must opt in on the appropriate form.  We will not share your information with any other outside entity other than the senior photographer.

We hoe that you are excited as we are to start the new year!  Have a great Labor Day and we will see you on Tuesday!

Go Dragons!