AY22 Virtual Budget Town Hall with Dr. Bob Lowerre, Tuesday, December 8 @ 6 pm - link available on the home page

Director’s Sunday Evening Update

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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 tcook@gsgis.k12.va.us.

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, goneil@mlwgsfoundation.org.

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 dbarnes@gsgis.k12.va.us 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 mwhite@gsgis.k12.va.us 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 tcook@gsgis.k12.va.us.  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 (lreed@gsgis.k12.va.us) .

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 mwhite@gsgis.k12.va.us 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 tcook@gsgis.k12.va.us.  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 jcobb@gsgis.k12.va.us 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

wdegroat@gsgis.k12.va.us

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 lreed@gsgis.k12.va.us.

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 (lreed@gsgis.k12.va.us) .

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 tcook@gsgis.k12.va.us.

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 jcobb@gsgis.k12.va.us 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 kforquer@gsgis.k12.va.us 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 scrip@mlwgsptsa.org.

 

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 wdegroat@gsgis.k12.va.us

 

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 (tcook@gsgis.k12.va.us).

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 ksheppard@gsgis.k12.va.us.

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 wdegroat@gsgis.k12.va.us

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 goneil@mlwgsfoundation.org 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 wdegroat@gsgis.k12.va.us

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 ksheppard@gsgis.k12.va.us.

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 lglatt@gsgis.k12.va.us.

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 @ wdegroat@gsgis.k12.va.us

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 wdegroat@gsgis.k12.va.us

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 ksheppard@gsgis.k12.va.us.

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 lglatt@gsgis.k12.va.us.

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 @ wdegroat@gsgis.k12.va.us

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 @ wdegroat@gsgis.k12.va.us

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? Scrip@mlwgsptsa.org.

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 (msmith@gsgis.k12.va.us).

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 (kzweerink@gsgis.k12.va.us).

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? scrip@mlwgsptsa.org.

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 mperez@gsgis.k12.va.us 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 (msmith@gsgis.k12.va.us).  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 (msmith@gsgis.k12.va.us).  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 rloving@gsgis.k12.va.us 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 jcobb@gsgis.k12.va.us 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 jwilkes@gsgis.k12.va.us.

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 rloving@gsgis.k12.va.us 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 jcobb@gsgis.k12.va.us 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 jwilkes@gsgis.k12.va.us.

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 (gtelfer@gsgis.k12.va.us) or Stamate Theofanos (stheofanos@gsgis.k12.va.us).

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 phawkins@gsgis.k12.va.us 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 dbrown@gsgis.k12.va.us!!!

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 (lglatt@gsgis.k12.va.us) 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 (lglatt@gsgis.k12.va.us) 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 arotche@gsgis.k12.va.us 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 rloving@gsgis.k12.va.us.

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 (kzweerink@gsgis.k12.va.us) 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 (abarretto@gsgis.k12.va.us) or Mr. Coleman (ecoleman@gsgis.k12.va.us).”

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!!