MLWGS will close early on Friday, April 20 @ 1 pm due to weather conditions. All after-school activities are cancelled.

Director’s Sunday Evening Update

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Henrico County Public Schools will be closed in observance of Columbus Day on October 14th.  This means that they will not be providing transportation that day for MLWGS students in their county.  Students will be given a school excused absence if they are unable to arrange their own transportation.

As a Senior privilege, on October 16th (PSAT Day) all Seniors will not be required on campus until 12:30 PM.

Freshmen Parents:  On Friday, 10/4/19, Freshmen students were given a packet of materials describing a community service field trip for their class.  We will be travelling to the historic Evergreen Cemetery to help with maintenance and clean-up.  If your student has not turned in his/her permission slip yet, please have them get it in on Monday, 10/14.  The permission slip was technically due on Thursday, 10/10, but we are still accepting late paperwork.  Don’t let your student miss out on this opportunity.  On trip day (10/16), remind your student to wear closed toed shoes, long pants, and work gloves if you have them.  Each student should also bring a water bottle.  This should be a great day of class bonding with a purpose.  If you have any questions, please reach out to Les Cook (tcook@gsgis.k12.va.us).

Les Cook, the Senior Seminar/Mentorship Coordinator, will be holding sessions at three different times to provide information to junior parents regarding registration for Senior Seminar/Mentorship.  Parents are invited to attend on Tuesday, 10/29 from 6:00-7:00 p.m. in the forum, Monday, 11/4 from 9:00-10:00 a.m. in the Auditorium, or Monday 11/4 from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. in the forum.  Students will be invited to sessions held during the school day starting the first week of November to receive information and ask questions about the application process.  Information will also be provided to all junior students through their Schoology accounts.

MLWGS AP Exam Order Forms will be distributed through Advanced Placement classrooms this week. This form will allow students to officially indicate their testing plans and calculate a total amount of AP exam fees due by October 25th ($94 per exam). Students must turn in their AP Exam Order Form to the Counseling Office between 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., October 21st – 25th with cash/check payment or online payment receipt.

Students may also take an AP exam for a course they are not enrolled in or is not taught at MLWGS, by indicating their preference on the form. If the course is not currently being taught, there must be at least three requests for the exam to be administered and additional proctor fees (not to exceed $20) may apply. AP Statistics is pre-approved and students may see their teacher to obtain the join code for their “exam only” section.

IMPORTANT:  All students enrolled in AP courses should have already “joined” the correct section(s) on the CollegeBoard website (myap.collegeboard.com) with a unique access code for each course. See Dr. Loving in the counseling office immediately if you have not completed this step.

The timeline for the next few weeks is as follows:

October 7th & 8th: AP Exam Order Forms distributed to AP testers through AP classes

October 15th: Online payment system opens

October 21st: If you would like to inquire about a fee waiver/reduction, please do so by this date (see your counselor for a confidential form)

October 21st-25th: Form collection/payment window (October 25th will be the on-time registration deadline)

October 26th-November 14th: A late fee of $10 per exam will apply

November 15th and beyond: The College Board add/drop fee of $40 will be instituted (NEW COLLEGE BOARD POLICY)

January 17th: Deadline to apply for College Board accommodations for a documented disability (see Ms. Cobb)

March 13th: Deadline to add an exam (even with the late fee)

November 15th– April 13th: Students who choose not to test can get a refund of $54

April 13th: Last day for students to get a refund of any kind

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.”  Now get out and enjoy this weather and Go Dragons!!

 

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Henrico County Public Schools will be closed in observance of Columbus Day on October 14th. This means that they will not be providing transportation that day for MLWGS students in their county. Students will be given a school excused absence if they are unable to arrange their own transportation.

Therapy dogs from Caring Canines have been visiting our school since the spring of 2018. These visits are coordinated by the Counseling Department and are very popular with our students. The dogs and their handlers will be visiting our school on October 15th and will come again in the spring.

Students must have a parent permission form to present to staff prior to entering the area where the dogs will be available (field weather permitting or the gym). Students may pick up a copy in the counseling department. Questions? Contact Lisa Ebeling, School Psychologist, at lebeling@gsgis.k12.va.us or call at 354-6800, x 3260.

As a Senior privilege, on October 16th (PSAT Day) all Seniors will not be required on campus until 12:30 PM.

Freshmen Parents: On Friday, 10/4/19, Freshmen students were given a packet of materials describing a community service field trip for their class. We will be travelling to the historic Evergreen Cemetery to help with maintenance and clean-up. Please help your student complete the necessary paperwork and have them return it this week (by Thursday 10/10). On trip day (10/16), remind your student to wear closed toed shoes, long pants, and work gloves if you have them. Each student should also bring a water bottle. This should be a great day of class bonding with a purpose. If you have any questions, please reach out to Les Cook (tcook@gsgis.k12.va.us).

Stress is something that every high school student experiences and there are effective ways to manage it. Lisa Ebeling, MLWGS School Psychologist, and Natalie Finn from the VCU Anxiety Clinic are pairing together to run a small group on dealing effectively with this common issue. Students will be given the opportunity to learn and practice stress management techniques. They will be also be able to learn new ways to approach and solve problems. It is also designed to address any topics that are of special interest to the students. The group will run for a minimum of six weeks and could be offered for up to twelve weeks depending on interest. It will start on October 23rd during lunch and will run consecutively on Wednesdays until it is complete. If you like to have your child participate, please call Lisa Ebeling at 354-6800 x 3260 or email her at lebeling@gsgis.k12.va.us with this information.

Mu Alpha Theta (math honor society) is once again sponsoring Crayola ColorCycle at MLWGS. This is the program where we will collect “dried up” markers during the school year. At the end of the year, we pack and ship to Crayola. Crayola recycles ALL brands of markers including dry erase markers (such as Expo markers) and highlighters. Here is an excerpt from their website:

“Crayola ColorCycle is an amazing program devised to repurpose used markers rather than sending them to landfills! The ColorCycle program has repurposed more than 70 tons of expended markers in the United States and Canada since 2013, and uses the most advanced plastic conversion technologies available today to make wax compounds for asphalt and roofing shingles as well as to generate electricity that can be used to heat homes, cook food, and power vehicles.”

If families want to participate, just send in old, dried up markers to school with your student, and he/she can deposit them in a green ColorCycle collection box in Room 100 or in any math classroom.

Let me sign off tonight with some 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.”

 

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The PSAT is a great practice opportunity for the SAT.  PSAT results from the junior year administration are used for qualification purposes for National Merit Scholarship Programs.  The counseling department  will distribute PSAT Student Guides to all 10th and 11th graders during lunch time assemblies during the week of Monday September 30th.   The guides contain information about the test as well as a full-length practice test.  Students are encouraged to take the practice test before testing day.  More information about the PSAT can be found at www.collegeboard.org/psat. Score reports will be available online in mid-December and paper copies will be distributed in January during lunch-time grade-level assemblies.  Juniors will be encouraged to register for an SAT or ACT date in the Spring by visiting the testing organization websites.   Sophomores and Juniors in AP classes will be encouraged to register for SAT Subject tests as appropriate.

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

Attention Senior Parents:  The Class of 2020 needs your help at Fall Festival.  If you are able to donate an hour of time, please sign-up using the following link:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0B4CAAAB2EA4FF2-class

If you have any questions, please reach out to Ms. Sheppard at 804-354-6800ex.3304; ksheppard@gsgis.k12.va.us

Let me sign off tonight with some words from the great American author Mark Twain.  Mr. Twain gives some advice that applies to all of us.  He says, “Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear.” Have a great evening and GO DRAGONS!

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Parent Welcome Coffees

Looking to connect with fellow MLWGS parents?  The Governor’s School Foundation will be hosting two parent welcome coffees, Tuesday, September 24th and Thursday, October 24th from 8:00 am – 9:00 in RM 153 (the classroom directly outside of the bluestone lobby).  Stop by when you come for drop off and enjoy a quick cup of coffee and a nibble with fellow MLWGS parents.  Feel free to contact Suzannah Stora, Executive Director of the Governor’s School Foundation should you have any questions. We hope to see you there!

Need Community Service Hours? Come to the Library on 9/25 to Participate in a Transcribe-a-thon

On Wednesday, Sep. 25th from 3:30 to 5pm, the MW Library will host its first Transcribe-a-thon for this school year, an opportunity to decode historic documents into searchable digital versions for the benefit of historians, scholars, genealogists, and other researchers. Ms. Sonya Coleman from the Library of Virginia will be here to share exciting project updates. Enjoy free sweet treats and get a cool button at this annual kickoff event. Once you participate in-person, you’ll have the option to continue earning community service hours (up to a max of 35 hours) by transcribing historic documents online from anywhere. See Ms. DeGroat in the library to learn how to get involved.

Fall Festival is almost here!!  The PTSA is seeking Dragon community families and businesses interested in sponsorship opportunities for this wonderful event that showcases MLWGS many student organizations.

The PTSA has two ways you can provide support:

Dragon Community Sponsorship  – current MLWGS families, alumni, grandparents, friends ($50 recommended sponsorship)

Corporate Sponsorship – $250 recommended Sponsorship

Sponsorships are tax-deductible and often eligible for matching fund donations from employers.  Sponsorships can conveniently be made online at http://www.mlwgsfoundation.org/donate/ or you may forward a check to Suzannah Stora, made payable to the Governor’s School Foundation – please note Fall Festival Sponsor in memo section of your check.

All Sponsors will be recognized in the Fall Festival Times distributed at the event.

 Thank you for your support – We are looking forward to seeing everyone at the Fall Festival on October 4th!

The National Honor Society application is now open for Juniors and Seniors!

The application for National Honor Society is now available online at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1HJyXBhtcAzt-hJxh42Q-vFRoJe2-kpJVqW-CGuJ2cHM/. Applications must be submitted online by Monday, September 23rd at 5:00 pm. Applicants must be juniors or seniors with a 3.5 cumulative, weighted, unrounded GPA and must be on track in earning community service hours (70 for juniors and 105 for seniors). Community service hours must be entered into x2vol AND “verified” by the application deadline, so please follow up with your supervisors if need be. Members of NHS must commit to earning five additional NHS-related service hours per year of membership above and beyond graduation requirements. Please see the application for additional application instructions/requirements and membership obligations.

Please contact the NHS Sponsors, Dr. Loving (rloving@gsgis.k12.va.us) and Ms. Streitel (rloving@gsgis.k12.va.us), with questions.

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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Save the date!  Back to School Night will be in Thursday September 19th at 6:30 PM.

AP Exam Registration (New Deadline and Process for 2019-2020)

Over the past week, students who are enrolled in an Advanced Placement course were given a handout outlining the registration process for AP Exams, which will be administered May 4th-15th, 2020. College Board has instituted new practices this year which include student access to online resources and a fall registration deadline, which will move our exam payment deadline up to October 25th, 2019. The cost per AP exam is unchanged at $94 per exam.

The registration process for Advanced Placement exams has been simplified this year. We have eliminated the need for a third-party registration system, and students have already begun the registration process by “joining” the correct course section at the beginning of the school year through myap.collegeboard.org and entering a unique join code for each class section.

Students will receive an AP Exam Order Form in early October, which will allow them to confirm which exams they plan to take or not take. Beginning November 15th, changing the testing decision will come with a $40 add/drop fee.

AP exam fees must be paid for before we order exams. A fee waiver or reduction is available for families that meet certain guidelines but must be approved in advance. Please see your counselor by Monday, October 21st to inquire about a fee waiver or fee reduction.

In October, students/parents will follow these steps to complete the registration, payment, and confirmation process:

  • Complete the AP Exam Order Form (distributed via AP classrooms in early October).
  • Select your payment method: Check (made out to “MLWGS”), cash, or online payment athttps://osp.osmsinc.com/MLWGS (convenience fee applies)
  • Turn in your AP Exam Order form the Counseling Office between 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., October 21st – 25th. Students should attach their payment or online payment receipt to their AP Exam Order form. A member of the counseling team will review the order form and payment with each student.

Anyone who has not completed these steps by November 14th will have their exam preference changed from “yes” to “no” in the College Board system. This can be fixed within a certain timeframe, but College Board will charge an additional fee of $40.

Here are the important dates:

  • September 13th: All students enrolled in AP courses should have “joined” the correct course section on the College Board system at myap.collegeboard.org.
  • October 15th: The online payment system through the MLWGS website opens.
  • October 21st – October 25th: AP Fee and Receipt Collection (11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.): All students must turn in a copy of their AP Exam Order Form with their payment (cash/check) or online payment receipt.
  • Beginning October 28th – November 14th: A late fee of $10 per exam will be charged.
  • Beginning November 15th: Students who have not returned their AP Exam Order Form and paid will be marked as “not testing” and exams will not be ordered. At that time, the College Board will institute a $40 add/drop fee for any changes for our exam order.
  • March 13th: The last day College Board will allow an exam to be added, even with the extra fee.
  • April 13th: Last day to cancel an exam and receive a $54 refund (less the College Board $40 cancellation fee).  Requests for refunds after this date will not be honored. 

Attention Seniors!  You should plan to take and pay for all of your AP exams unless you know that all of the colleges on your list will not take the AP credit for a particular course. You have until April 13th to make a final determination on cancelling an exam for a particular course.

If you receive accommodations for a documented disability and have not yet had them approved by College Board, the deadline to submit this paperwork for 2020 AP Exams is January 17th. Contact Ms. Cobb at jcobb@gsgis.k12.va.us.  

Questions?  Please see Dr. Loving, AP Coordinator, in the Counseling Office or email her at rloving@gsgis.k12.va.us.

 

Help Choose the Time Slot for “Family Time Machine Tuesdays

On October 22, November 5, January 14, February 11, and March 17, Ms. DeGroat (your MLWGS librarian, a.k.a., resourceress) will offer a genealogy workshop series called Family Time Machine Tuesdays. Parent-student teams are encouraged to attend together.

If you’re interested in participating, please indicate which Tuesday time slot(s) would usually work for your schedule – and whether you’d prefer to attend in-person, online, or a little of both – by answering the brief survey available @ https://forms.gle/tPp4RyeFq2fi747S8

Annual Kickoff for MLWGS Transcribe-a-thon volunteers on 9/25

On Wednesday, Sep. 25th from 3:30 to 5pm, the MW Library will host the first Transcribe-a-thon for this school year. Ms. Sonya Coleman from the Library of Virginia will be here to share project updates and give away cool buttons or other Transcribe-a-thon bling. Earn community service hours by transcribing historic documents.

The College Visit Season Has Begun!

Over 100 colleges and universities are scheduled to visit students at MLWGS over the course of the fall. Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors are encouraged to attend these visit sessions for colleges that interest them and learn more about other schools of which they are not familiar. During these visits, admissions representatives will review the programs offered at their school as well as answer questions about the admissions process and any other topics. Smaller colleges are often hoping to get to know some of their prospective students personally and may provide their contact information for follow up questions. We have tried to arrange college visits for 11:30 a.m. (lunchtime) whenever possible and most of them will take place in the Counseling Office. For any college visit that is NOT offered during lunch time (most are), students MUST complete a Green College Meeting Pass and have it signed by a teacher PRIOR to the class they would miss. The college meeting passes are located on Ms. Hicks’ desk in the Counseling Office lobby.

Students can view a complete list of the colleges that will be visiting in Naviance, on the class pages in Schoology, or on the hard-copy spreadsheet outside the College Office. Students can view/sign up for a college visit in Naviance under the “colleges” tab and under “college visits” at the bottom of the screen. Click “show more” to see the complete list of visits and click “register” next to any sessions you plan to attend. The student (not parent) must be logged in to register. Registering is not mandatory, but extremely helpful for finding the appropriately sized space. Students can also sign up to be a “College Ambassador” and usher a college representative up to the Counseling Office. Students can visit the class pages in Schoology to sign up and prevent a college representative from getting lost in the building and make a great college connection too!

Parent Welcome Coffees

Looking to connect with fellow MLWGS parents?  The Governor’s School Foundation will be hosting two parent welcome coffees, Tuesday, September 24th and Thursday, October 24th from 8:00 am – 9:00 in RM 153 (the classroom directly outside of the bluestone lobby).  Stop by when you come for drop off and enjoy a quick cup of coffee and a nibble with fellow MLWGS parents.  Feel free to contact Suzannah Stora, Executive Director of the Governor’s School Foundation should you have any questions. We hope to see you there!

The National Honor Society application is now open for Juniors and Seniors!

The application for National Honor Society is now available online at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1HJyXBhtcAzt-hJxh42Q-vFRoJe2-kpJVqW-CGuJ2cHM/. Applications must be submitted online by Monday, September 23rd at 5:00 pm. Applicants must be juniors or seniors with a 3.5 cumulative, weighted, unrounded GPA and must be on track in earning community service hours (70 for juniors and 105 for seniors). Community service hours must be entered into x2vol AND “verified” by the application deadline, so please follow up with your supervisors if need be. Members of NHS must commit to earning five additional NHS-related service hours per year of membership above and beyond graduation requirements. Please see the application for additional application instructions/requirements and membership obligations.

Please contact the NHS Sponsors, Dr. Loving (rloving@gsgis.k12.va.us) and Ms. Streitel (rloving@gsgis.k12.va.us), with questions.

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

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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 letting you know about upcoming events in the Dragon Nation. You will hear about parent meetings, community events, upcoming deadlines, and some student activities. With over 150 sports, clubs, and activities, I can’t get to all of them, but I will try to highlight the ones that are of interest to the majority of students and families. You can also keep up with what’s going on at MLWGS by following me on Twitter at @DirectorMLWGS.

Let me begin with some housekeeping items:

  • If you are dropping your student off in the morning or picking them up in the afternoon, please use the student parking lot to the rear of the school near the athletic field. Please pull in to a space if possible as standing in the lanes waiting for your student creates gridlock. Also please be mindful of other vehicles and pedestrians and keep your speed down.

 

  • Students, please be sure to follow the school’s dress code which can be found in the Student Handbook.

Save the date! Back to School Night will be in Thursday September 19th at 6:30 PM. More information to follow.

Please encourage your student to complete the Handbook Test by September 15th.  The link to the test and the handbook itself are online at the Schoology class pages.  Students must have their student ID number.  The secret word for the test is “Dragons”.   School computer access will be shut down for students that do not successfully complete the test.

MLWGS utilizes an online system for completing the school forms. You can find the online forms via the parent and student PowerSchool portals. After logging in, you will see a button for “e-collect forms” on the left-hand menu. Parents AND students have forms to complete in their own PowerSchool portals, and they must be completed by Monday, September 9th. If forms are not submitted by the deadline, PowerSchool and all other network accounts will be locked. If you need any assistance with your PowerSchool login or have trouble submitting the forms, please email Mrs. Perez at mperez@gsgis.k12.va.us.

Help Choose the Time Slot for “Family Time Machine Tuesdays”

On October 22, November 5, January 14, February 11, and March 17, Ms. DeGroat (your MLWGS librarian, a.k.a., resourceress) will offer a genealogy workshop series called Family Time Machine Tuesdays. Parent-student teams are encouraged to attend together.

The workshops will be offered on Tuesday evenings and will cover tips for searching many types of records valuable in ancestry research, including historic census records, military records, and newspapers, as well as ways to transform your research from a list of facts to an engaging story.

If you’re interested in participating, please indicate which Tuesday time slot(s) would usually work for your schedule – and whether you’d prefer to attend in-person, online, or a little of both – by answering the brief survey available @ https://forms.gle/tPp4RyeFq2fi747S8

Let me end this week with a quote from an unknown author. “Every summer has a story”   I hope that your summer has been full of wonderful stories. Have a great evening and as always Go Dragons!!

You can keep up with all current happenings at MLWGS by following the Director on Twitter @DirectorMLWGS