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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Class Schedules were distributed to all returning students on Thursday. Students wishing to make changes to classes must submit change requests to the counseling office by Friday June 14th.

As a special year end privilege, Juniors will be able to use the student parking lot June 3-14, on a first come first served basis with the exception of Tomorrow Monday June 10th, the day of Senior Showcase,  Juniors are reminded not to park in faculty or visitor spots.  We have approximately 150 student parking spaces.

This year’s Senior Showcase will be held at Maggie L. Walker High School on Monday, June 10th.  Presentation sessions will be held throughout the day from 8:30 a.m.-3:15 p.m.  Each MLWGS senior will present his or her research to students, faculty, parents, and guests.  Each mentorship student will give a 25-30 minute talk on his or her research and mentorship; each seminar student will participate in a group presentation of their research.

  • All senior parents were mailed invitations to the event; an RSVP is not required to attend.
  • All students are encouraged to log onto their ItsLearning accounts to register for the sessions they wish to attend (registration session will be available on 5/20). This is an incredible event, and it is and expectation that all MLWGS students will attend.
  • Attending Senior Showcase is an excellent way for undergraduate students to learn more about the Senior Seminar/Mentorship program. Showcase attendance is one of the factors that will be considered when students apply for the Seminar/Mentorship Program.
  • If you have questions, please contact Les Cook, Senior Seminar/Mentorship Coordinator at tcook@gsgis.k12.va.us.

 

Don’t miss the Foundation’s Senior Parent Sendoff Event

Tuesday, June 11, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Legend Brewery, 2307, 321 W 7th St

The Governor’s School Foundation is hosting a special happy hour event for senior parents. Come mark this milestone in your child’s life with the friends you’ve made along the way.  Light hors d’oeuvres will be provided.  If you already have family in town you are welcome to bring them as well.  You can RSVP to events@MLWGSFoundation.org.

Attention all students taking Economics or Personal Finance over the summer. You will be receiving an email through your school email next week with instructions for the course. Please make sure you check your school email before you leave for the summer.  If you received a generic email from Virtual Virginia, please ignore that email. You do not need to register separately through Virtual Virginia. All instructions for the course will come from Ms. Hamilton next week. Please make sure you can access your school email. See Ms. Snagg if you need to reset your password.

Also please make sure you pay attention to course dates as the course will have items due starting on day one of the course.

Economics –  course dates are June 17th – July 3rd

Personal Finance – course dates are July 22nd  – Aug 8th

Here are several announcements pertaining only to seniors:

 

Senior Picnic:  Thursday, June 13th, 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.

The Senior Picnic is the first official alumni event for the Class of 2019.  The event will take place at the Carillon Shelter at Byrd Park.  Any parent who wishes to help serve at this event, please contact the class sponsor, Kerry Sheppard (ksheppard@gsgis.k12.va.us, 804-354-6800 ext. 3304).

Baccalaureate Service:  Thursday, June 13th, 6:30 p.m.

The Baccalaureate Service will take place at Reveille United Methodist Church (4200 Cary Street Road).  Sponsored by the MLWGS PTSA, the inter-faith service begins promptly at 6:30 p.m. and will last one hour.  Students are not required to attend, but this traditional and memorable event celebrates finishing one chapter in their lives and beginning the next.  Information regarding line-up and parking will be included in the official invitation from the PTSA, which will arrive by mail.  Seniors are reminded to bring both cap and gown for the ceremony.

 

Graduation Rehearsal:  Friday, June 14th, 9:00 a.m., Altria Theater, 6 N. Laurel Street 

Graduation rehearsal is held at the Altria Theater.  Parking is available at the VCU parking deck for a minimal fee (entrances are on Cherry and Laurel Streets.)   Please adhere to posted street parking signs as ticketing and towing are strictly enforced. Seniors must arrive no later than 8:45 a.m. and report to the downstairs ballroom (enter through the Main Street entrance towards the rear of the building).  Rehearsal will begin at 9:00 a.m. sharp.  ANY STUDENT WHO MISSES REHEARSAL WILL NOT BE PERMITTED TO WALK IN THE ACTUAL GRADUATION CEREMONY, so parents are asked to please work with your student to make sure he or she is on time.  Practice is usually completed by 11:30 a.m. or so; but given that we will take as long as needed to perfect the process, please do not plan anything that requires your student to leave early or be gone by a certain time.  This run-through is crucial to the success of the graduation ceremony.

 

Graduation:  Friday, June 14th, 3:00 p.m., Altria Theater, 6 N. Laurel Street 

Graduates must arrive at the downstairs ballroom by 2:00 p.m.  For organizational reasons, this area is off limits to parents, relatives, and friends; we appreciate your understanding.  Cap, gown, and tassel are the most required items for the day, but students are asked to dress appropriately:  dark dress pants, collared shirts with ties, or dresses.    Students may wear cords earned as part of their membership in our Honor Societies (as has been our custom).  Students may wear one piece of additional pre-approved regalia, which they have earned as a member of an enduring MLWGS organization.  All pieces of regalia will be distributed by sponsors in the days leading up to graduation.

Perhaps the most important clothing decision for the day, however, is shoes.  Remember, you are walking up and down steps and across a long stage. Dress shoes with socks or low-heeled dress shoes are the most appropriate; “flip-flops” and athletic shoes are not permitted.

Doors to Altria Theater will open at 2:30 p.m.  Guests should enter through the front doors and must have a ticket to attend graduation.  Seating is not reserved.  Handicap seating is available in multiple locations; please see one of the ushers at the door upon your arrival if you need this seating.  Parking for graduation is available at the VCU parking deck for a minimal fee (entrances are on Cherry and Laurel Streets.)   Please adhere to posted street parking signs as ticketing and towing are strictly enforced.

 

Graduation activities should conclude by 5:00 p.m.

 

Graduation Photos

During the ceremony, parents may only take photos from their seats.   Altria Theater will not permit us to spill into the aisles for this activity, and they enforce this quite seriously.   Wendell Powell Studio will be taking pictures of each individual student as he/she receives his/her diploma.  After graduation, go to https://wendellpowellstudio.shootproof.com/gallery/8780793 and use the password, MWSR19, to find a proof and ordering instructions for your student’s photograph.

 

Well, we made it!  The last week of school is finally here!  I want to sincerely thank all of you, and especially the students for making this a great year at MLWGS! The team will work hard this summer to evaluate how we did and make some adjustments to ensure that the Dragon Nation will continue to improve.  I wish you all the best as you take some time off this Summer to relax, re-charge, and re-connect with friends and families.  Today’s quote is one of my favorites from Mark Twain that I have used on the last message for the past few years.  It has nothing to do with education, but maybe it does….He says, “A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way.

Have a great evening and as always, Go Dragons!

 

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Congratulations to our Spring Sports Teams that have won the following championships:

Girls and Boys 2A Region Team Tennis Champions (Also several individual championships)

Girls and Boys Soccer 2A Region Champions

Girls and Boys Outdoor 2A Region and State Champion

All medication should be picked up from the clinic on or before June 18, 2019.

College Jump-Start for Freshmen & Sophomores on Tuesday, June 4th

On Tuesday, June 4th, from 11:10 – 12:10 all freshmen and sophomores will be attending “College Jump-Start 2019” in the auditorium at Maggie Walker. Senior counselors, Dr. Rachel Loving and Ms. Kierstin Streitel, will present on the basics of college admissions. The 125 available parent spots have all been filled. We will be posting a recorded version of the presentation on the MLWGS website after the event.

As a special year end privilege, Juniors will be able to use the student parking lot June 3-14, on a first come first served basis with the exception of Monday June 10th, the day of Senior Showcase,  Juniors are reminded not to park in faculty or visitor spots.  We have approximately 150 student parking spaces.

This year’s Senior Showcase will be held at Maggie L. Walker High School on Monday, June 10th.  Presentation sessions will be held throughout the day from 8:30 a.m.-3:15 p.m.  Each MLWGS senior will present his or her research to students, faculty, parents, and guests.  Each mentorship student will give a 25-30 minute talk on his or her research and mentorship; each seminar student will participate in a group presentation of their research.

  • All senior parents were mailed invitations to the event; an RSVP is not required to attend.
  • All students are encouraged to log onto their ItsLearning accounts to register for the sessions they wish to attend (registration session will be available on 5/20). This is an incredible event, and it is and expectation that all MLWGS students will attend.
  • Attending Senior Showcase is an excellent way for undergraduate students to learn more about the Senior Seminar/Mentorship program. Showcase attendance is one of the factors that will be considered when students apply for the Seminar/Mentorship Program.
  • If you have questions, please contact Les Cook, Senior Seminar/Mentorship Coordinator at tcook@gsgis.k12.va.us.

Want to Hone Your Research Wizardry Skills in 2019-20? Complete this Interest Survey!

Genealogy, health research, balanced news searching, research resources for writers, accessing literary journals and/or popular magazines without subscriptions or clutter. If you’d like to learn more about one of these topics (or another research topic) in library workshops either before or after school next year, please answer this brief interest survey: http://bit.ly/curiousdragons

I would like to end tonight’s message with a quote from the late Muhammad Ali.  Aside from being a champion boxer, Ali was an activist and a man that lived by his beliefs.  One of my favorite Ali quotes is as follows:

“Impossible is just a word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.”

Have a great evening and as always, Go Dragons!

 

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School will be closed tomorrow in observance of Memorial Day.

As a special year end privilege, Juniors will be able to use the student parking lot June 3-14, on a first come first served basis with the exception of Monday June 10th, the day of Senior Showcase,  Juniors are reminded not to park in faculty or visitor spots.  We have approximately 150 student parking spaces. STUDENTS WHO PARK IN THE LOT BEFORE JUNE 3RD MAY BE TOWED!

This year’s Senior Showcase will be held at Maggie L. Walker High School on Monday, June 10th.  Presentation sessions will be held throughout the day from 8:30 a.m.-3:15 p.m.  Each MLWGS senior will present his or her research to students, faculty, parents, and guests.  Each mentorship student will give a 25-30 minute talk on his or her research and mentorship; each seminar student will participate in a group presentation of their research.

  • All senior parents were mailed invitations to the event; an RSVP is not required to attend.
  • All students are encouraged to log onto their ItsLearning accounts to register for the sessions they wish to attend (registration session will be available on 5/20). This is an incredible event, and it is and expectation that all MLWGS students will attend.
  • Attending Senior Showcase is an excellent way for undergraduate students to learn more about the Senior Seminar/Mentorship program. Showcase attendance is one of the factors that will be considered when students apply for the Seminar/Mentorship Program.
  • If you have questions, please contact Les Cook, Senior Seminar/Mentorship Coordinator at tcook@gsgis.k12.va.us.

 

Genealogy, health research, balanced news searching, research resources for writers, accessing magazines and literary journals without subscriptions or clutter. If you’re a student, parent, or faculty member at MLWGS and would like to learn more about one of these topics – or another research topic – in library workshops held before or after school next year, please answer this brief interest survey: http://bit.ly/curiousdragons

Please join us for the opening of the Maggie Walker Senior Art Exhibition: ”Renaissance” from 6-9 pm the night of May 31 at Artworks Gallery- 320 Hull Street, Richmond, VA 23224. The exhibition will run through June 9, 2019.  This event is open to public.  Refreshments will be provided.

For months, and in some cases, over a year, the seniors at Maggie Walker Governor’s School have been preparing for this capstone art presentation.   In the Maggie Walker art program, Art 4 and 5 students focus on building a body of work through the development of a personal theme. These classes involve multiple group and individual critiques, gallery visits, and individual studio time spent producing art. These students have worked tirelessly to prepare their work for a professional exhibition space and to share their hard work with family, friends, and the Richmond community.

A number of students have not returned copies of The Odyssey which they read as freshmen. Ms. Surat’s students really need those copies right now. If you forgot to return the epic, please bring the copy to Ms. Surat’s room 128. Thanks so much!

The Foundation continues to need your support. If you have not already and are able, please consider making a financial contribution to the 2019 Annual Fund.  Without this support, MLWGS would be unable to provide some really unique enrichments for our faculty and students.  This work often goes unnoticed as these opportunities have come be an essential part of the MLWGS experience.  Parent participation is key, not only in helping us to raise the funds needed to support our students, but also to assist the Foundation’s efforts as they go into the community to seek additional funding.

You can make a gift online here.

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

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

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

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

Have a great evening and as always, Go Dragons!

 

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I want to start off by giving everyone a “heads up” that it is very likely that the surrounding school districts will consider a pre-Labor Day start to the 20-21 school year.  If they do, we will follow their lead.  I know that many people schedule their summer vacations well in advance and I would caution people to not schedule them during the last two weeks of the summer of 2020.  I will certainly pass along more information as it becomes available.

As a special year end privilege, Juniors will be able to use the student parking lot June 3-14 on a first come first served basis.  Juniors are reminded not to park in faculty or visitor spots.  We have approximately 150 student parking spaces.

This year’s Senior Showcase will be held at Maggie L. Walker High School on Monday, June 10th.  Presentation sessions will be held throughout the day from 8:30 a.m.-3:15 p.m.  Each MLWGS senior will present his or her research to students, faculty, parents, and guests.  Each mentorship student will give a 25-30 minute talk on his or her research and mentorship; each seminar student will participate in a group presentation of their research.

  • All senior parents were mailed invitations to the event; an RSVP is not required to attend.
  • All students are encouraged to log onto their ItsLearning accounts to register for the sessions they wish to attend (registration session will be available on 5/20). This is an incredible event, and it is and expectation that all MLWGS students will attend.
  • Attending Senior Showcase is an excellent way for undergraduate students to learn more about the Senior Seminar/Mentorship program. Showcase attendance is one of the factors that will be considered when students apply for the Seminar/Mentorship Program.
  • If you have questions, please contact Les Cook, Senior Seminar/Mentorship Coordinator at tcook@gsgis.k12.va.us.

 End of Year Items:  Technology

  1. Loaned Equipment.  Students with loaned technology equipment (computers and Kajeet SmartSpots) are reminded that the last day to return them is Thursday, June 13, 2019.
  2. Seniors.  All Seniors are reminded that their access to MLWGS student accounts will end on Thursday, June 27, 2019.  Files and documents stored in Itslearning, OneDrive, GoogleDrive, and the H: Drive on the school network, along with applications and email in Office 365, will no longer be accessible after this date.

Please see Ms. Snagg or Mr. Bortz in the Technology office (room 114) with any questions or concerns.

It’s time to return library materials to the library:

  • Seniors should return all items borrowed from the library by Friday, May 24, 2019.
  • All other students should return library items by Wednesday, June 5, 2019.
  • Faculty should return library items by Tuesday, June 11, 2019.

If you need to make special arrangements to keep materials longer in order to complete make-up work, etc., please see Ms. DeGroat.

Anyone who plans to participate in athletics next year and wants to get their physical early, we will offer VHSL approved physicals here at MW on June 6, 2019 starting at 330 with a VCU physical and staff.  Please sign-in on the link below.  If we do not get 10 or more students signed-up we will cancel.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0445AFAC22A4F49-20192020

We are over half way through the testing period!  APs are mostly behind us and we will take on the SOLs this week.  The Dragon Nation is performing well and it is clear that our students are taking them seriously and knocking them down.  With only 19 school days left, things are rolling to a great finish.  Needless to say, we need to finish strong so that we may enjoy our time off without any of this year’s business underfoot.  I have total confidence that we will all enjoy the victory of another successful school year.  The Dragon Nation can’t be beat.  To paraphrase what Muhammad Ali said, “If you even dream of beating us you’d better wake up and apologize”.

Have a great evening and as always, Go Dragons!

 

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As a special year end privilege, Juniors will be able to use the student parking lot June 3-14 on a first come first served basis.  Juniors are reminded not to park in faculty or visitor spots.  We have approximately 150 student parking spaces.

Any senior/group of seniors interested in auditioning to perform at Senior Night or Graduation needs to sign up on the form located on the bulletin board outside the forum by May 17th.  Auditions will be held on May 21 and May 23.

On Monday, June 10th, the freshman class will participate in the second annual Jackson Ward historic tour, which will include the Maggie Walker National Historic Site and the Black History Museum.  To accommodate the entire class, students will be divided alphabetically into two groups of 90.  While half of the class participates in the field trip, the other half will view Senior Showcase presentations.  After lunch, the groups will alternate. Any freshman who does not wish to go on the field trip must report to the auditorium.  Letters with important information regarding this enhancement activity will be distributed in English classes this week.

Anyone who plans to participate in athletics next year and wants to get their physical early, we will offer VHSL approved physicals here at MW on June 6, 2019 starting at 330 with a VCU physical and staff.  Please sign-in on the link below.  If we do not get 10 or more students signed-up we will cancel.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0445AFAC22A4F49-20192020

Advanced Placement Exam Reminders for AP Testers

AP Exams will continue through Friday, May 17th. AP testers should have received an email through Total Registration on Wednesday, May 1 at 7:00 am providing a summary of all exams for which they registered and the exact testing location of each exam. Some larger exams have been divided into multiple testing locations, so please be sure to note the exam room to which you have been assigned. If you did not receive this email, please contact Dr. Loving to confirm your exam schedule. Ms. Bowman will be coding your attendance according to all tests you are taking so that your teacher will know your whereabouts on exam day.

Please bring several sharpened #2 pencils AND a couple of pens to all exams. Mechanical pencils are not allowed. Cell phones (or any watches or electronic devices that can access the internet or take pictures) will not be permitted in the testing room.

Please be ready to enter the testing room for morning exams at 8:30 sharp. Afternoon exam start times are approximate, but please be ready to enter the testing room at 12:30. It will depend on the length of the morning exam each day. An updated exam time will be posted on the door of the testing room at some point during lunch to let you know a more accurate start time. If you are taking two exams in one day, you will be given about a 15-20 minute lunch break before the next test begins. Afternoon exams will likely extend past the end of the school day and you will need to plan for your own transportation home. You will not be able to contact your parents or ride during the exam, so please plan accordingly.

Some math and science exams allow graphing calculators. You are allowed to bring two calculators and extra batteries to the exam. Please review the calculator policies in the AP Student Bulletin or collegeboard.org for a listing of approved calculators for you test(s). If your exam allows a calculator, please come prepared with one. If you choose to take Biology, Calculus AB or BC, Chemistry, Physics, or Statistics without a calculator, you will be asked to write a “calculator release statement” that states that it is your decision to test without a calculator. We hope to have a limited number of calculators on hand in case of a malfunction.

Students who have testing accommodations that have been approved by College Board should see on their schedule that their tests have been assigned to the Counseling Office. Ms. Davis has also sent follow-up emails to these students about the specific testing place within the Counseling Office. You proctor will have a listing of your approved accommodations and special materials, if needed.

Thank you and good luck on your exams!

Rachel Loving (AP Coordinator)
rloving@gsgis.k12.va.us

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

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

 

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Anyone who plans to participate in athletics next year and wants to get their physical early, we will offer VHSL approved physicals here at MW on June 6, 2019 starting at 330 with a VCU physical and staff.  Please sign-in on the link below.  If we do not get 10 or more students signed-up we will cancel.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0445AFAC22A4F49-20192020

 

Advanced Placement Exam Reminders for AP Testers

AP Exams will take place from Monday, May 6th to Friday, May 17th. AP testers should have received an email through Total Registration on Wednesday, May 1 at 7:00 am providing a summary of all exams for which they registered and the exact testing location of each exam. Some larger exams have been divided into multiple testing locations, so please be sure to note the exam room to which you have been assigned. If you did not receive this email, please contact Dr. Loving to confirm your exam schedule. Ms. Bowman will be coding your attendance according to all tests you are taking so that your teacher will know your whereabouts on exam day.

Please bring several sharpened #2 pencils AND a couple of pens to all exams. Mechanical pencils are not allowed. Cell phones (or any watches or electronic devices that can access the internet or take pictures) will not be permitted in the testing room.

Please be ready to enter the testing room for morning exams at 8:30 sharp. Afternoon exam start times are approximate, but please be ready to enter the testing room at 12:30. It will depend on the length of the morning exam each day. An updated exam time will be posted on the door of the testing room at some point during lunch to let you know a more accurate start time. If you are taking two exams in one day, you will be given about a 15-20 minute lunch break before the next test begins. Afternoon exams will likely extend past the end of the school day and you will need to plan for your own transportation home. You will not be able to contact your parents or ride during the exam, so please plan accordingly.

Some math and science exams allow graphing calculators. You are allowed to bring two calculators and extra batteries to the exam. Please review the calculator policies in the AP Student Bulletin or collegeboard.org for a listing of approved calculators for you test(s). If your exam allows a calculator, please come prepared with one. If you choose to take Biology, Calculus AB or BC, Chemistry, Physics, or Statistics without a calculator, you will be asked to write a “calculator release statement” that states that it is your decision to test without a calculator. We hope to have a limited number of calculators on hand in case of a malfunction.

Students who have testing accommodations that have been approved by College Board should see on their schedule that their tests have been assigned to the Counseling Office. Ms. Davis has also sent follow-up emails to these students about the specific testing place within the Counseling Office. You proctor will have a listing of your approved accommodations and special materials, if needed.

Thank you and good luck on your exams!

Rachel Loving (AP Coordinator)
rloving@gsgis.k12.va.us

Here is a message from the MLWGS Foundation:

You have probably noticed that the Foundation’s May parent fundraising campaign is off and running. If you have not already and are able, please consider supporting the Foundation’s Annual Fund.  MLWGS is able to provide some really unique enrichments for our faculty and students through the ongoing investment of the Foundation.  This work often goes unnoticed as these opportunities have come be an essential part of the MLWGS experience.  The Foundation still needs to raise over $100,000 by the end of the year in order to offer the same level of academic enhancements moving forward.  Anything you can do means so much.

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

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

 

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The International Languages Honor Society Induction Ceremony will be held on Wednesday, May 1st at 11:15.  Parents of the inductees are cordially invited to attend the ceremony.

Parents and students interested in purchasing a copy of the Class of 2019 group photo, follow the ordering instructions below:

Go to: www.wendellpowell.com
Click: “Proofing”
Click “MLWGS”
Click: “MLWGS Class of 2019”
Enter your email address
Enter the password: MWSR19

If you have any questions, please contact the class sponsor, Ms. Sheppard, at 354-6800 ext. 3304 or ksheppard@gsgis.k12.va.us

Stress Less, Laugh More Week!

April 29 – May 3, 2019

Stress Less, Laugh More Week is an event designed to provide some fun and relaxation for our students prior to AP exams and the spring SOL assessments. It is coordinated  by Lisa Ebeling, School Psychologist and Paige Hawkins, Activities Director. A committee of students have worked with Mrs. Ebeling and Ms. Hawkins on generating ideas for this event.  During lunch, our students can look forward to free treats (thanks to the PTSA!), a visit with therapy dogs, and some other entertaining activities.

You can also check out books from the MW Library related to humor, mindfulness, stress management, or reducing anxiety, or stop by the library’s Creativity and Calm cabinet for a creative diversion. Ms. DeGroat will have some special additions to the Creativity and Calm cabinet during Stress Less, Laugh More Week.  The library web site provides more tips and resources about mindfulness and calm, accessible at http://bit.ly/mindfulnessandcalm.

Please note that in order for students to visit with the therapy dogs on May 3rd, they MUST have the permission form that was attached to the email containing the link to this blog signed by a parent.  The signed permission form will be collected at the entry where the dogs will be located that day (track weather permitting or the gym).  Questions?  Contact Lisa Ebeling at lebeling@gsgis.k12.va.us.

Save the Date!

College Jump-Start for Freshmen & Sophomores on Tuesday, June 4th (Parents Invited- Must RSVP)

On Tuesday, June 4th, from 11:10 – 12:10 all freshmen and sophomores will be attending “College Jump-Start 2019” in the auditorium at Maggie Walker.  Freshmen and sophomore parents are invited to attend this event, however parents must RSVP in advance. In addition to the freshmen and sophomore class, we can fit up to 125 parents in the auditorium. Since we have to cap the number of parents, we ask that no more than ONE parent attend per student. There will be a recorded presentation available online for anyone who cannot attend.

The registration link will go live on Wednesday, May 1st!

Senior counselors, Dr. Rachel Loving and Ms. Kierstin Streitel, will present on various themes related to college. Specific topics will include how to begin the college search, what colleges consider important, and what to focus on as an underclassmen. The presentation will also touch on topics that students will be thinking about down the road, such as the ACT/SAT, recommendation letters, essays, etc.

Well, it appears that we have finally broken the icy grip of a stubborn winter and have eased into spring.  Everything is rapidly turning green and the birds are chirping away outside of my office window.  Still, I am reminded by a quote from one of my favorite American authors, Mark Twain when he said, “In the Spring, I have counted 136 kids of weather inside of 24 hours!”

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

 

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The PTSA’s next general membership meeting will take place on Wednesday, April 24th, at 5:30pm in Room 153. Join Tom Bannard, Certified Drug Alcohol Counselor, MBA, and Coordinator of Rams in Recovery at VCU, for a conversation about substance use in high school as well as the transition to college. What are risks for substance use disorders? How can you have a conversation around substance use with your student? What are effective interventions? Tom is an engaging speaker who is in long-term recovery, and we are thrilled to have him with us for this program and Q&A. This presentation will be valuable for all MLWGS parents–whether your student is just starting to navigate the high school social setting, or heading off soon to a college environment. We hope to see you Wednesday!

Please join the MLWGS Jazz Bands and Chorus for their Spring Concert on Thursday, April 25th, with special guest “Principal” percussionist Dr. Robert Lowerre! The Jazz Band will be premiering the school’s first assessment program, and the chorus will be joining the band for a special combined ensemble selection. We hope to see you there!

If you haven’t already it’s not too late to RSVP for Grandparents and Special Friends Day, scheduled for Friday, April 26th.  The Foundation office will be accepting RSVPs until Monday, April 22.  You can contact them at events@MLWGSFoundation.org.

Announcements for AP Testers:

Bubblefest–All AP testers are required to attend a pre-administration session known as “Bubblefest” prior to AP testing. Seniors must attend Bubblefest on Tuesday, April 23rd during lunch beginning at 11:20. All other AP testers in other grades must attend Bubblefest on Wednesday, April 24th at 11:20. Students may switch Bubblefest sessions with Dr. Loving’s approval, but remember that Tuesday’s Bubblefest will include specific announcements for seniors before we release. Wednesday’s Bubblefest session will conflict with the Senior Class Picture (which is why seniors are scheduled for Tuesday). We hope to conclude Bubblefest by 12:00 on each day, but students MUST stay through the entire program to ensure their information is recorded correctly on their registration answer sheet. Bring a wooden #2 pencil with you.

Reminder–Tuesday, April 23rd at 3:30pm is the last day to cancel an AP exam and still receive a refund of $69. Any students who choose not to test after that date will not receive a refund of any kind. Seniors, please check your college’s transfer credit policies prior to Tuesday.

Upcoming Information—Students should check their email regularly in the coming weeks for announcements about testing locations and reminders about what to bring and not bring to the testing rooms. Remember that afternoon exams almost always run beyond the end of school day and students will need to plan for their transportation accordingly. No cell phones will be allowed in the testing rooms so arrangements will need to be made in advance.

 

 

Photographers from Wendell Powell Studio will photograph the senior class in their caps and gowns on the front steps of Maggie Walker on Wednesday, April 24. This panorama-style photograph measures around 11”x14”, and the cost is $21.50.   If you would like to order a print, you will need to follow these steps once the picture is taken:

Go to : www.wendellpowell.com

Click: “Proofing”

Click “MLWGS”

Click: “MLWGS Class of 2019”

Enter your email address

Enter the password: MWSR19

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to the Class of 2019 sponsor, Ms. Kerry Sheppard, if you have questions:  804-354-6800 ext. 3304 and/or ksheppard@gsgis.k12.va.us.  If your student did not pick up their cap and gown when they were delivered on April 8-9, they need to see Ms. Sheppard as soon as possible to ensure theirs was delivered and available before picture day.

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.  ~~ Dr. Martin Luther King

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

 

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Report cards will go out on Tuesday the 16th through 8th period classes.

Photographers from Wendell Powell Studio will photograph the senior class in their caps and gowns on the front steps of Maggie Walker on Wednesday, April 24. This panorama-style photograph measures around 11”x14”, and the cost is $21.50.   If you would like to order a print, you will need to follow these steps once the picture is taken:

Go to : www.wendellpowell.com

Click: “Proofing”

Click “MLWGS”

Click: “MLWGS Class of 2019”

Enter your email address

Enter the password: MWSR19

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to the Class of 2019 sponsor, Ms. Kerry Sheppard, if you have questions:  804-354-6800 ext. 3304 and/or ksheppard@gsgis.k12.va.us.  If your student did not pick up their cap and gown when they were delivered on April 8-9, they need to see Ms. Sheppard as soon as possible to ensure theirs was delivered and available before picture day.

Student leaders make significant contributions to the climate and culture of their schools and communities, and it’s important to celebrate that! National Student Leadership Week (NSLW) is an annual theme-based week dedicated to recognizing and supporting the vital role of student leaders.  Since 1972, the national office of National Honor Society, National Junior Honor Society, and National Student Council have sponsored NSLW.  This year’s theme is “Student Leaders: Taking Charge.”

Maggie Walker students are asked to tell us about 1) what they think is the most important problem facing our community, and 2) share their suggestions to solve that problem. With their response, we will capture their thoughts, suggestions, and words into a WordCloud.  The WordCloud made from student input from 2018 is attached to this post. Students can access the question form here.  https://forms.gle/E6Mvx5vutqar4w5N9

NSLW 2019 is being celebrated April 22-26.

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

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

 

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The date for the Senior Class group photo has been moved to Wednesday, April 24 during lunch.  This is a date change from the Senior Letter, but the shift was made to accommodate a scheduled field trip.  Students will need to bring their cap/gown/tassel (available for pick-up on Monday, April 8 and Tuesday, April 9) during lunch.  Information about ordering will be distributed after Spring Break.  If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Ms. Sheppard, the Class of 2019 sponsor, at ksheppard@gsgis.k12.va.us or 804-354-6800 ext. 3304.

Third marking period reports cards will be distributed on Tuesday April 16th.

Herff Jones will be on campus Monday and Tuesday during lunch to deliver caps, gowns, and any other graduation-related items that were ordered.  Seniors need to make time to pop by the table in the downstairs commons area and pick up their order.

Do you like decoding cursive script in historic documents? Would you like to earn community service hours by participating in the Library of Virginia’s Transcribe project, a project you can work on from home? Come to the Maggie Walker Library for a Transcribe-a-thon on Wednesday, April 10th from 3:15pm to 4:45pm. If you plan to attend, please sign-up with Ms. DeGroat in the library or email her at wdegroat@gsgis.k12.va.us

Student leaders make significant contributions to the climate and culture of their schools and communities, and it’s important to celebrate that! National Student Leadership Week (NSLW) is an annual theme-based week dedicated to recognizing and supporting the vital role of student leaders.  Since 1972, the national office of National Honor Society, National Junior Honor Society, and National Student Council have sponsored NSLW.  This year’s theme is “Student Leaders: Taking Charge.”

Maggie Walker students are asked to tell us about 1) what they think is the most important problem facing our community, and 2) share their suggestions to solve that problem. With their response, we will capture their thoughts, suggestions, and words into a WordCloud.  The WordCloud made from student input from 2018 is attached to this post. Students can access the question form here.  https://forms.gle/E6Mvx5vutqar4w5N9

NSLW 2019 is being celebrated April 22-26.

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

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

 

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This is a reminder that the campus will be closed for Spring Break from April 1st through April 5th.  While there may be some activities on campus, the offices will not be open for business to allow our staff to enjoy time with their families.

Anyone who plans to participate in athletics next year and wants to get their physical early, we will offer VHSL approved physicals here at MW on June 6, 2019 starting at 330 with a VCU physical and staff.  Please sign-in on the link below.  If we do not get 10 or more students signed-up we will cancel.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0445AFAC22A4F49-20192020

Ms. DeGroat is currently evaluating Oxford Handbooks Online to see if it might fill a research gap in the library’s online toolbox. Subject handbooks provide scholarly overviews about topics that can often serve as a bridge between reading articles from encyclopedias, newspapers, and magazines about a topic and understanding scholarly studies in that discipline. MLWGS students and teachers can access Oxford Handbooks Online through April 22nd. Although this free trial includes all subjects, a school subscription would be for a specific subject or subjects, so if you give this a test run, it would be VERY helpful if you could jot down the title of specific handbooks that prove useful. You may submit feedback about this resource @ http://bit.ly/tryhandbooks. Our school login during the free trial is user name: mwdragons and password: TryOUP19.  The OUP in the password is the acronym for Oxford University Press.

I would like to close tonight with of a quote from Thomas Edison who said “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”  We will all encounter times in our lives where we just want to quit. Don’t give up!  Success may just be right around the corner.

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

 

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The MLWGS FY 20 Budget is open for comment.  To make comments on the proposed budget, please use the following link:

https://mlwgs.com/the-mlwgs-fy20-operating-budget-proposal-is-open-for-public-review-and-comment/

Anyone who plans to participate in athletics next year and wants to get their physical early, we will offer VHSL approved physicals here at MW on June 6, 2019 starting at 330 with a VCU physical and staff.  Please sign-in on the link below.  If we do not get 10 or more students signed-up we will cancel.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0445AFAC22A4F49-20192020

Ms. DeGroat is currently evaluating Oxford Handbooks Online to see if it might fill a research gap in the library’s online toolbox. Subject handbooks provide scholarly overviews about topics that can often serve as a bridge between reading articles from encyclopedias, newspapers, and magazines about a topic and understanding scholarly studies in that discipline. MLWGS students and teachers can access Oxford Handbooks Online through April 22nd. Although this free trial includes all subjects, a school subscription would be for a specific subject or subjects, so if you give this a test run, it would be VERY helpful if you could jot down the title of specific handbooks that prove useful. You may submit feedback about this resource @ http://bit.ly/tryhandbooks. Our school login during the free trial is user name: mwdragons and password: TryOUP19.  The OUP in the password is the acronym for Oxford University Press.

We are very pleased to announce that during the summer of 2020, MLWGS Fine Arts Dept. will be leading a small group of students to Greece and Italy with EF Tours.  This will be our second international trip with students and we are very excited about this opportunity.

With their rich histories, these two countries are such amazing places for our young artists to experience.  Athens, Rome, and Florence have so many great art, architectural, and cultural attractions that we thought it would be a wonderful place to continue our Fine Arts Dept. international travel tradition.  It is worth noting that this is a school sponsored trip (pending school board approval) so if there is financial hardship, your student may be able to get partial assistance.

Mr. Jeff Hall will be having an informational meeting next Tuesday night (3/19/19) from 6:00-7:00PM  in the art room (131) at Maggie Walker.  If you are interested in learning more about this trip for your student, I hope you will be able to attend. We are asking everyone to RSVP on the website bit.ly/mwtravel2020.   Please let Mr. Hall know if you have any questions.  We hope to see you there!

With all of the political talk about differences, I wondered how it is possible that a school with such diversity as Maggie Walker doesn’t seem to have the issues of racial fear and friction that one might expect if one were to only listen to the news and opinions on television. Every morning I stand out at the bus lot and watch the Dragons get off of their buses and head inside.  While they walk, kids of all races and nationalities hug each other, some shake hands, and others yell at their friends whom they see down the walkway.  Maybe it is because of the impending Spring Break, but almost all of them are sporting huge smiles.  Mother Theresa was right.  “Peace begins with a smile.”

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

 

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The MLWGS FY 20 Budget is open for comment.  To make comments on the proposed budget, please use the following link:

https://mlwgs.com/the-mlwgs-fy20-operating-budget-proposal-is-open-for-public-review-and-comment/

On Thursday, March 14th, the Governor’s School Foundation is hosting the second Day of the Dragon, a full day dedicated to celebrating the good work of the Governor’s School and promoting Foundation support. The Foundation will kick off this year’s event Pi-Day of the Dragon with a special breakfast honoring our newly launched Legacy Circle, which recognizes Foundation contributors who have given more than $25,000 cumulatively throughout the history of the school.  Other activities throughout the day include:

  • A Pi-Day Moon Pie Party for MLWGS students
  • A student thank you note writing event
  • Opportunities for students, faculty, alumni, and alumni families to participate in the panel painting for the new Maggie L. Walker mural which will go outside the bluestone entrance
  • 2019 Taylor Teaching Award Presentation, detailing Mr. Benesh’s recent travels to England in the Steps of Sir Isaac Newton!

And throughout the day, the Foundation will be busy sharing info about their many efforts to strengthen the academic experience for our students, and garnering support for our 2018-2019 Annual Fund Campaign.  MLWGS is very lucky to have an organization like the Governor’s School Foundation that works throughout the year to provide enhancements for our students and faculty. We appreciate your ongoing support of their efforts.

Well, with St. Patrick’s Day coming up this week I would like to close tonight’s message with an old Irish blessing.  “May your blessings outnumber the shamrocks that grow, and may trouble avoid you wherever you go!”

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

 

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***UPDATE***  Beginning on Monday 2/25 and ending on Thursday 3/14 all classes Mon-Thurs will be extended 5 min in length for purposes of recovering time from excess inclement weather.  As a result, lunch will be reduced by 20 minutes.  Fridays will still have the regular lunch schedule.  This will get us back in alignment barring any further weather events.

Friday April 19th will now be a full instructional day.  It was scheduled to be a half-day.  This will allow us to be completely caught up on all lost time due to inclimate weather.

The MLWGS FY 20 Budget is open for comment.  To make comments on the proposed budget, please use the following link:

https://mlwgs.com/the-mlwgs-fy20-operating-budget-proposal-is-open-for-public-review-and-comment/

NEHS has invited NY Times bestselling author David Robbins to MW on Wednesday, March 6th to discuss life as a writer.  Robbins also has headed many local writing projects for young people and veterans, and he is a creative writing professor at VCU.  Don’t miss this great opportunity—meet him in the Forum on Wednesday after school at 3:30!

Course Registration takes place on Thursday, March 7th during 2nd period. During February, students met with their counselor to discuss the course selection for next year and received copies of the Course Registration Form as well as VCU forms if they plan to take  Dual Enrollment courses next year. Teacher signatures are required for plus, Dual Enrollment, Pre-AP, and Advanced Placement courses on the Couse Registration Form. A parental signature is required for the Course Registration Form and the VCU packet for Dual Enrollment courses (please make sure to sign the registration form, in-state tuition form, and honor form). Extra copies of the forms are available in the counseling office. Please contact your child’s counselor if you have questions about course selection for next year.

Looking to support MLWGS at no extra cost to you?  Simply purchase gift cards from over 400 retailers you already shop and a percentage goes back to MLWGS PTSA.  Consider United Scrip cards for your everyday shopping  and dining needs, gifts and spring break travel expenses. For a full list of retailers click on United Scrip Retailers.  United Scrip gift card orders are due Friday March 1 in the main office, and will be delivered prior to spring break.  Click here for the order form.  Thanks for your support of this fundraiser!

The third marking period ends at the beginning of April.  Despite missing days for snow, the school year marches on.  It would be wise to take a look at Powerschool and make sure that your academic house is in order.  Don’t procrastinate until the last minute and then frantically try to finish strong.  As Ben Franklin wrote, “You may delay, but time will not!”

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

 

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Beginning on Monday 2/25 and ending on Thursday 4/18 all classes Mon-Thurs will be extended 5 min in length for purposes of recovering time from excess inclement weather.  As a result, lunch will be reduced by 20 minutes.  Fridays will still have the regular lunch schedule.  This will get us back in alignment barring any further weather events.

This Tuesday at 8am, the PTSA will hold its next general meeting. The topic of this month’s presentation is College Overview. Our Senior counselors, Dr. Loving and Ms. Streitel, will provide an overview of the college application process, discuss timeliness, and answer parents’ questions. This program is open to all Maggie Walker parents, but tends to be especially useful for our Freshman and Sophomore parents who may be wondering how they can support their students and help them plan accordingly to achieve their college goals. This is a great opportunity to meet Maggie Walker’s fabulous Senior counselors and understand the process that lies ahead. We hope to see you on Tuesday at 8am in Room 153!

Anyone who plans to participate in athletics next year and wants to get their physical early, we will offer VHSL approved physicals here at MW on June 6, 2019 starting at 330 with a VCU physical and staff.  Please sign-in on the link below.  If we do not get 10 or more students signed-up we will cancel.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0445AFAC22A4F49-20192020

Looking to support MLWGS at no extra cost to you?  Simply purchase gift cards from over 400 retailers you already shop and a percentage goes back to MLWGS PTSA.  Consider United Scrip cards for your everyday shopping  and dining needs, gifts and spring break travel expenses. For a full list of retailers click on United Scrip Retailers.  United Scrip gift card orders are due Friday March 1 in the main office, and will be delivered prior to spring break.  Click here for the order form.  Thanks for your support of this fundraiser!

March is Youth Art and Music Month.  Continuing this year, in addition to our fantastic student art exhibition, our wonderful  school music groups will also be performing throughout the evening.  The date for this event is Thursday, March 7 from 6-9 p.m.  The event is open to the public and refreshments will be provided. Please mark your calendar and join us in celebrating the Arts at Maggie L. Walker!”

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

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

 

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Monday the 18th and Tuesday the 19th will be early dismissal days for students to provide some staff development time for the faculty.  Students will dismiss at 11:35 AM on each day.

Beginning on Monday 2/25 and ending on Thursday 3/15 all classes Mon-Thurs will be extended 5 min in length for purposes of recovering time from excess inclement weather.  As a result, lunch will be reduced by 20 minutes.  This will get us back in alignment barring any further weather events.

Induction Ceremony for new National English Honor Society members will take place on Thursday, Feb. 21st during lunch in the auditorium. Parents are invited to attend. For students who are not able to attend, they can pick up their certificate from Ms. Davis Cobb in counseling.

AP Fee Collection: Wednesday, 2/20 through Friday, 2/22 (11:30-3:30)

Attention Students Enrolled in AP Courses and Their Parents:

Thank you to those of you who have already registered for AP Exams via Total Registration! As a reminder, AP fee collection begins this coming Wednesday and there are still many students who have not registered online (which must be complete before payment). Please register ASAP (preferably by Tuesday, February 19th) at www.TotalRegistration.net/AP/471851.

If you choose to pay online, be advised that it is through the MLWGS online payment system and not on Total Registration. A convenience fee will apply for online payments (https://osp.osmsinc.com/MLWGS), but the counselors will offer an “express lane” for online payers when these students turn in the confirmation ticket from Total Registration and online payment receipt during the fee collection window (see directions below).

AP Exam Registration Confirmation and Fee Collection will be February 20th-22nd. As mentioned above, all students paying online will still need to come to this and turn in their “confirmation ticket” from Total Registration and their online payment receipt on those dates so a member of the counseling staff can review the selected exam(s) and confirm the payment amount. Anyone paying by cash or check (made out to “MLWGS”) should bring their payment and “confirmation ticket” from Total Registration on those dates as well. Members of the counseling staff will be set up to review the registration and payment with each student from 11:30-3:30 on 2/20, 2/21, and 2/22. There will be a separate “express line” set up for those who paid online.

Registering after 3:30 on Friday, February 22nd will result in a $10 late fee per exam; after March 8th exam registration is not guaranteed.

Students should have received a handout with this information and the AP Bulletin for Students and Parents from CollegeBoard through their AP classes. Any students who do not yet have this information should see Dr. Loving in the Counseling Office. Please note the exam dates and times, cancellation policies, and the fact that afternoon exams often run beyond school dismissal so alternate transportation on testing days may be needed. See your AP Bulletin for test day policies about what to bring and not bring to the testing rooms (email reminders will come closer to testing).

Seniors should mark their calendars for Bubblefest on 4/23 and all other grades should plan to attend on 4/24. Please mark the appropriate Bubblefest session on your online Registration form. Bubblefest will take place during lunch on those dates and ALL AP testers must attend one of the two sessions.

Additionally, if any student or parent would like to inquire about a fee waiver, please feel free to contact your school counselor confidentially.

If a student has a documented disability and would like explore getting existing accommodations approved through CollegeBoard, an application must be submitted to CollegeBoard by February 22nd. Contact Ms. Davis Cobb (joy.davis@gsgis.k12.va.us) to inquire about this process. (If you have had CollegeBoard approved accommodations in the past, we have those on file and they will be in place for the AP exams.)

Please contact Rachel Loving, School Counselor and AP Coordinator, if you have general questions about AP testing at rloving@gsgis.k12.va.us.

 

This week I would like to close with a quote from Mother Teresa.  She said, “We shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do.”

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

 

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Our student athletes had a tremendous week!  Our Girls and Boys Swim and Dive teams both won regional titles and we had 7 wrestlers earn a spot in the state tournament.  Additionally, our We The People Team won the state and out Quiz Bowl won the region as well!  Not too shabby and we still have Indoor Track and Basketball Regionals this week!

The Envelope Please . . .
This year’s Night of the Dragon auction and dinner theme is “Live from the Red Carpet” and the deadline to buy tickets is THIS SUNDAY, February 10!
Tickets are available at https://one.bidpal.net/dragonauction/welcome
We have a fun-filled evening set with truly amazing auction items, including one-of-a-kind adventures and getaways, themed gift baskets, jewelry, art, event tickets, wine tastings, home decor, and much, much more.
Make your plans today to spend a wonderful night mingling with other Dragon parents, teachers, and friends in support of our amazing students and school!

Do you like decoding cursive script in historic documents? Would you like to earn community service hours by participating in the Library of Virginia’s Transcribe project, a project you can work on from home? Come to the Maggie Walker Library for a Transcribe-a-thon on Wednesday, Feb. 13th from 3:15pm to 4:45pm. If you plan to attend, please sign-up with Ms. DeGroat in the library or email her at wdegroat@gsgis.k12.va.us

We are very excited to announce that our talented students in the fine arts were recently honored again this year by having their work selected in the Scholastic Art competition.   This is a highly competitive art competition with  local jurying through the our affiliate at the Visual Arts Center. MLWGS students had another great year of 59 total awards, recognizing Maggie Walker as one of the region’s top schools for the Arts.

2018 – 2019 Scholastics Awards Summary

59 Total awards

8 Gold Keys awards including 

(1 American Visions Art Award, 4 Photo Gold Keys, 4 Art Gold Keys)

17 Silver Keys awards including 2 Silver Key Portfolio

            (1 Silver Art Portfolio, 9 Photo Silver Keys, 8 Art Silver Keys)

34 Honorable Mentions including

            (1 HM Photo Portfolio, 23 Photo HM, 10 Art HM)

A show of Gold and Silver Key works will be held at The Visual Arts Center of Richmond at 1812 West Main Street from February 16th- March 2nd. Honorable mention works will be projected. All are welcome to come join the celebration!

A reception will be held for all award winners on February 23th between the hours of 1-4pm. A ceremony for Gold Key winners will be held at Binford Middle school (1701 Floyd Ave. located directly next to VisArts).  We hope you will be able to attend.

Additionally Gold Key winners’ work will move on to the Alliance for Young Artist and Writers national adjudication process, where it will be eligible for further recognition and scholarship opportunities.  Adjudication of Gold Key works will take place in New York City and award winners will be announced in March.

 

Course registration for next year is coming up!

Returning students received course registration materials during assemblies last week.  For your convenience, we have decided to send out Narrated PowerPoints  on course registration information and course offerings in place of an evening program.  Of course if parents have further questions, they may contact either their child’s counselor or teacher for specific information about course options.

Over the next several weeks, teachers will inform students of department course offerings and sequencing.  Counselors will meet with all students to complete Course Registration Worksheets which are to be brought home and shared with parents to help complete the Course Registration Form.  Students will need to have the Course Registration Form and VCU Dual Enrollment Forms completed and signed including teacher approval for advanced classes in order to register for classes on March 7th during 2nd period.  If students do not have required teacher and parent signatures on these forms, students will not be permitted to register for classes on the 7th.

Student course request changes will be considered through the Spring semester. The deadline for submitting course request changes is June 14th.

Do you like decoding cursive script in historic documents? Would you like to earn community service hours by participating in the Library of Virginia’s Transcribe project, a project you can work on from home? Come to the Maggie Walker Library for a Transcribe-a-thon on Wednesday, Feb. 13th from 3:15pm to 4:45pm. If you plan to attend, please sign-up with Ms. DeGroat in the library or email her at wdegroat@gsgis.k12.va.us

Registration for Advanced Placement exams will begin February 1st, 2019 using the online system Total Registration.  Registration will take only a few minutes and can be completed from any computer with internet access.  You will be asked to create a login account so that you will have the ability to reprint your confirmation ticket and add or delete exams, if necessary.

Follow these steps to complete the registration, payment, and confirmation process:

1)      Register for the tests you plan to take at www.TotalRegistration.net/AP/471851

2)      Select your payment method: Check (made out to “MLWGS”), cash, or online payment at https://osp.osmsinc.com/MLWGS (convenience fee applies)

3)      Turn in your confirmation ticket to the Counseling Office during the designated times between February 20th and 22nd. Students should attach their payment or online payment receipt to their confirmation ticket. A member of the counseling team will review the registration form and payment with each student.

When registering through Total Registration please be sure to select all of your exams and the appropriate teachers. If everything is correct, click “Confirm your Registration“. This will record your registration and display the confirmation page or “ticket”. When you reach the confirmation ticket, print two copies, one for your records and the other to return to school with your payment or online payment receipt. The Counseling Office will collect these items between 11:30 and 3:30 on February 20th, 21st, and 22nd. This year, students will have the option to pay fees through the MLWGS payment system or turn in a check or cash by the same date and time. Each AP exam costs $94.00 and 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 Friday, February 15th to inquire about a fee waiver.

Here are the important dates:

  • February 1st – Online registration begins
  • February 22nd – Online registration ends
  • February 20th – February 22nd – AP Fee and Receipt Collection (11:30am-3:30pm): All students must turn in a copy of the confirmation ticket with their payment/receipt. Students should use lunch or an afternoon study hall to come to pay their fees or turn in a receipt.
  • After 3:30 on February 22nd a late fee of $10 per exam will be charged.
  • March 8th – Exams will be ordered. If you forgot to order an exam an additional fee of up to $55 extra per exam may apply after this date (exam availability not guaranteed). This is the last day to cancel an exam and receive a refund of $84 ($10 administrative fee).
  • April 23rd – Last day to cancel an exam and receive a $69 refund ($25 administrative fee as exams will have been ordered).  Requests for refunds after this date will not be honored. 

Attention Seniors!  If you know which college you will be attending in the fall, please carefully review the college’s AP credit policy to determine if the college will accept AP credit for the program in which you are enrolling.

If you receive accommodations for a documented disability and have not yet had them approved by CollegeBoard, the deadline to submit this paperwork for 2019 AP Exams is February 22nd. Contact Ms. Davis Cobb at joy.davis@gsgis.k12.va.us.  

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

REMINDERS:

  • You may need to arrange transportation for afternoon AP exams.  Exams in the afternoon will not begin prior to 12:00 p.m. and may not be over before 3:30 p.m.  Plan accordingly.
  • Exam pre-administration sessions (Bubblefest) will be held April 23rd (seniors) & 24th (juniors, sophomores, and freshmen) in the auditorium during lunch.  You must attend a pre-administration session in order to take AP exams.

 

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

 

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

 

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Intent to return forms were distributed to underclassmen on Friday with a return date of tomorrow, Monday February 4th.  If your student did not bring one for you to sign, the link below will take you to where you can print out the form and send it in tomorrow.

https://docs.google.com/a/gsgis.k12.va.us/viewer?a=v&pid=sites&srcid=Z3NnaXMuazEyLnZhLnVzfG1sdy1zY2hvb2wtY291bnNlbGluZ3xneDoyM2IwMDM0YmJhNjY5NDYx

Course registration for next year is coming up!

Returning students received course registration materials during assemblies last week.  For your convenience, we have decided to send out Narrated PowerPoints  on course registration information and course offerings in place of an evening program.  Of course if parents have further questions, they may contact either their child’s counselor or teacher for specific information about course options.

Over the next several weeks, teachers will inform students of department course offerings and sequencing.  Counselors will meet with all students to complete Course Registration Worksheets which are to be brought home and shared with parents to help complete the Course Registration Form.  Students will need to  have the Course Registration Form and VCU Dual Enrollment Forms completed and signed including teacher approval for advanced classes in order to register for classes on March 7th during 2nd period.  If students do not have required teacher and parent signatures on these forms, students will not be permitted to register for classes on the 7th.

Student course request changes will be considered through the Spring semester. The deadline for submitting course request changes is June 14th.

Do you like decoding cursive script in historic documents? Would you like to earn community service hours by participating in the Library of Virginia’s Transcribe project, a project you can work on from home? Come to the Maggie Walker Library for a Transcribe-a-thon on Wednesday, Feb. 13th from 3:15pm to 4:45pm. If you plan to attend, please sign-up with Ms. DeGroat in the library or email her at wdegroat@gsgis.k12.va.us

Registration for Advanced Placement exams will begin February 1st, 2019 using the online system Total Registration.  Registration will take only a few minutes and can be completed from any computer with internet access.  You will be asked to create a login account so that you will have the ability to reprint your confirmation ticket and add or delete exams, if necessary.

Follow these steps to complete the registration, payment, and confirmation process:

1)      Register for the tests you plan to take at www.TotalRegistration.net/AP/471851

2)      Select your payment method: Check (made out to “MLWGS”), cash, or online payment at https://osp.osmsinc.com/MLWGS (convenience fee applies)

3)      Turn in your confirmation ticket to the Counseling Office during the designated times between February 20th and 22nd. Students should attach their payment or online payment receipt to their confirmation ticket. A member of the counseling team will review the registration form and payment with each student.

When registering through Total Registration please be sure to select all of your exams and the appropriate teachers. If everything is correct, click “Confirm your Registration“. This will record your registration and display the confirmation page or “ticket”. When you reach the confirmation ticket, print two copies, one for your records and the other to return to school with your payment or online payment receipt. The Counseling Office will collect these items between 11:30 and 3:30 on February 20th, 21st, and 22nd. This year, students will have the option to pay fees through the MLWGS payment system or turn in a check or cash by the same date and time. Each AP exam costs $94.00 and 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 Friday, February 15th to inquire about a fee waiver.

Here are the important dates:

  • February 1st – Online registration begins
  • February 22nd – Online registration ends
  • February 20th – February 22nd – AP Fee and Receipt Collection (11:30am-3:30pm): All students must turn in a copy of the confirmation ticket with their payment/receipt. Students should use lunch or an afternoon study hall to come to pay their fees or turn in a receipt.
  • After 3:30 on February 22nd a late fee of $10 per exam will be charged.
  • March 8th – Exams will be ordered. If you forgot to order an exam an additional fee of up to $55 extra per exam may apply after this date (exam availability not guaranteed). This is the last day to cancel an exam and receive a refund of $84 ($10 administrative fee).
  • April 23rd – Last day to cancel an exam and receive a $69 refund ($25 administrative fee as exams will have been ordered).  Requests for refunds after this date will not be honored. 

Attention Seniors!  If you know which college you will be attending in the fall, please carefully review the college’s AP credit policy to determine if the college will accept AP credit for the program in which you are enrolling.

If you receive accommodations for a documented disability and have not yet had them approved by CollegeBoard, the deadline to submit this paperwork for 2019 AP Exams is February 22nd. Contact Ms. Davis Cobb at joy.davis@gsgis.k12.va.us.  

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

REMINDERS:

  • You may need to arrange transportation for afternoon AP exams.  Exams in the afternoon will not begin prior to 12:00 p.m. and may not be over before 3:30 p.m.  Plan accordingly.
  • Exam pre-administration sessions (Bubblefest) will be held April 23rd (seniors) & 24th (juniors, sophomores, and freshmen) in the auditorium during lunch.  You must attend a pre-administration session in order to take AP exams.

 

As we being the month where we consciously celebrate the achievements and contributions of African-Americans, it is appropriate to reflect upon where we are on the journey to achieve Dr. Martin Luther King’s vision of unity.  While opinions may differ as to where we are on the journey, we can all agree that Dr. King was correct when he said, “The time is always right to do what is right.”  I challenge all of us to look around, be honest with ourselves, and always strive to do what is right.

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

 

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In order to make up lost instructional time due to weather closures, Wednesday January 30th is now a regular instructional day. Transportation will be provided to school as usual.

ATTENTION STUDENTS ENROLLED IN FALL SEMESTER ONLINE ECONOMICS

  • The Fall Semester Online Economics Course Exam that was originally scheduled on January 30th has been switched to an online version because Jan 30th is now a make up school day.
    1. Taken ONLINE at HOME. We are giving students the opportunity to demonstrate their honor and trust by allowing this exam to be taken at home. The outcome of this venture may affect future requirements for completing exams in person at the school. HONOR POLICY for the EXAM Calculators and scratch paper are allowed. NO INTERNET AIDS to look up answers to questions. Modules should be closed, no google, no online sites. The only thing open on your computer should be Its Learning and the exam. Students must complete exam entirely on their own without any aid from any people, internet sources, books, notes etc… Students may not screenshot or in any way copy exam questions, share exam questions or discuss the exam questions with any person.
    2. The semester exam has TWO parts. Both parts must be completed by 4 pm. on Feb 1st.
    3. Each part must be taken in one sitting but you may take part 1 on a different day than part 2. Once you begin a part of the exam, you will have one hour to complete each part. Total time for exam will be two hours.
    4. Once you begin, you must complete each part in the hour time frame.
    5. NO RETESTS will be given.

 

ATTENTION STUDENTS ENROLLED IN SPRING SEMESTER ONLINE PERSONAL FINANCE

  • The Spring Semester Online Personal Finance Course will officially start on Feb 1. Please make sure you visit the course webpage in Its Learning on Thursday, Jan 31st to view the instructions for beginning the course and completing training tasks. Instructions will be added by Thursday, Jan 31st. Due dates will begin on Feb 4th.
 

Registration for Advanced Placement exams will begin February 1st, 2019 using the online system Total Registration.  Registration will take only a few minutes and can be completed from any computer with internet access.  You will be asked to create a login account so that you will have the ability to reprint your confirmation ticket and add or delete exams, if necessary.

Follow these steps to complete the registration, payment, and confirmation process:

1)      Register for the tests you plan to take at www.TotalRegistration.net/AP/471851

2)      Select your payment method: Check (made out to “MLWGS”), cash, or online payment at https://osp.osmsinc.com/MLWGS (convenience fee applies)

3)      Turn in your confirmation ticket to the Counseling Office during the designated times between February 20th and 22nd. Students should attach their payment or online payment receipt to their confirmation ticket. A member of the counseling team will review the registration form and payment with each student.

When registering through Total Registration please be sure to select all of your exams and the appropriate teachers. If everything is correct, click “Confirm your Registration“. This will record your registration and display the confirmation page or “ticket”. When you reach the confirmation ticket, print two copies, one for your records and the other to return to school with your payment or online payment receipt. The Counseling Office will collect these items between 11:30 and 3:30 on February 20th, 21st, and 22nd. This year, students will have the option to pay fees through the MLWGS payment system or turn in a check or cash by the same date and time. Each AP exam costs $94.00 and 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 Friday, February 15th to inquire about a fee waiver.

Here are the important dates:

  • February 1st – Online registration begins
  • February 22nd – Online registration ends
  • February 20th – February 22nd – AP Fee and Receipt Collection (11:30am-3:30pm): All students must turn in a copy of the confirmation ticket with their payment/receipt. Students should use lunch or an afternoon study hall to come to pay their fees or turn in a receipt.
  • After 3:30 on February 22nd a late fee of $10 per exam will be charged.
  • March 8th – Exams will be ordered. If you forgot to order an exam an additional fee of up to $55 extra per exam may apply after this date (exam availability not guaranteed). This is the last day to cancel an exam and receive a refund of $84 ($10 administrative fee).
  • April 23rd – Last day to cancel an exam and receive a $69 refund ($25 administrative fee as exams will have been ordered).  Requests for refunds after this date will not be honored. 

Attention Seniors!  If you know which college you will be attending in the fall, please carefully review the college’s AP credit policy to determine if the college will accept AP credit for the program in which you are enrolling.

If you receive accommodations for a documented disability and have not yet had them approved by CollegeBoard, the deadline to submit this paperwork for 2019 AP Exams is February 22nd. Contact Ms. Davis Cobb at joy.davis@gsgis.k12.va.us.  

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

REMINDERS:

  • You may need to arrange transportation for afternoon AP exams.  Exams in the afternoon will not begin prior to 12:00 p.m. and may not be over before 3:30 p.m.  Plan accordingly.
  • Exam pre-administration sessions (Bubblefest) will be held April 23rd (seniors) & 24th (juniors, sophomores, and freshmen) in the auditorium during lunch.  You must attend a pre-administration session in order to take AP exams.

The start of the second semester is a lot like having a second “First Day of School.”  Whatever grades you earned for the first semester is averaged with the second semester grade to come up with the final course grade.  It doesn’t take luck to achieve, it takes a commitment to excellence and hard work.  Remember what Vince Lombardi said, “The dictionary is the only place that success comes before work. Work is the key to success, and hard work can help you accomplish anything.”

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

 

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MLWGS will be closed tomorrow, Monday January 21st, in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day.  We will reopen on Tuesday.

In order to make up lost instructional time due to weather closures, Wednesday January 30th is now a regular instructional day. Transportation will be provided to school as usual.

Attention Sophomore and Junior Parents:

PSAT paper score reports were distributed to 10th and 11th graders during lunch time assemblies the week of January 7th. Counselors provided students with information on how to interpret score reports and utilize The Khan Academy to help them prepare for the SAT.   In December, the College Board sent emails to students that contained information on how to view their PSAT scores online. The emails were sent to the email addresses students indicated on their registration forms when they took the test in October. The email provides an access code as well as directions on how to create a College Board account. If students did not receive an email from the College Board, the score reports given out at school contain access codes which enable students to create accounts and access College Board resources.

The MLWGS Counseling Department does not recommend that students take the SAT until their junior year, typically in March. Sophomores who are in AP US History may want to consider taking the SAT Subject Test in US History at the end of the sophomore year in addition to the AP exam. Most colleges do not require Subject Test scores but a few still do. Students will need to register for the SAT tests on their own through their College Board account.

Here are a few links of interest:

Free Flight School applications due Jan 25

https://mlwgs.com/virginia-high-school-students-offered-free-flight-school-applications-due-january-25/

Barber to chair school board

https://mlwgs.com/barber-to-chair-mlwgs-regional-school-board-again-in-2019/

Prospective Student Assessments Jan 26

https://mlwgs.com/prospective-student-assessments-for-goochland-hanover-henrico-and-king-queen-saturday-january-26/

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

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

 

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Stress is a something that every high school student experiences but there are effective ways to manage it.  Lisa Ebeling, MLWGS School Psychologist, and Stephanie Violante from the VCU Anxiety Clinic are pairing together to run a small group on dealing with this common issue. Students will be given the opportunity to learn and practice stress management techniques. They will 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 February 7th during lunch and will run consecutively on Thursdays until it is complete. If you would 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.

It seems that we can’t seem to catch a break with the weather.  Between the 60 degree days followed by an ice storm, Richmond is having a pretty serious identity crisis!  The best that I can offer is to just ride it out, try to stay warm, and know that somewhere out there, spring is coming!  As the saying goes, “Everybody complains about the weather, but nobody does anything about it!”

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

 

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Happy New Year!

Auditions for the Spring Musical “Sweet Charity” will take place this week in the Band Room after school on Wednesday through Friday.  Be sure to listen to the daily announcements for more information on how to audition.

17th Annual Night of the Dragon

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

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

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

 

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Classes will resume on Thursday January 3rd.  This week will have a modified schedule with Even classes meeting on Thursday and Odd classes meeting on Friday.

17th Annual Night of the Dragon

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

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

Have a great last few days of the break, and as always, Go Dragons!

 

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

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

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

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

17th Annual Night of the Dragon

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

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

Have a great evening and as always, Go Dragons!

 

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

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

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

17th Annual Night of the Dragon

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

We live in a world full of conflict.  When dealing with conflict, a recurring theme often seems to be that each side feels that the other side has wronged them and that they need to get back at the other in some fashion to even things out in some sort of an “Eye for an Eye” process.  Gandhi once wrote “An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind.”  I think that he was right.  I know that the Tiger Nation is too wise to be blinded!  Learn to forgive and look for the good in everything.

Have a great evening and as always, Go Dragons!

 

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

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

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

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

237 – German                                         335 – Latin

238 – French                                           336 – Chinese

241 – Arabic                                            338 – ASL

243 – Spanish                                          339 – Italian

244 – Japanese and Russian

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

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

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

Have a great evening and as always, Go Dragons!

 

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

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

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

When: December 1st 10 A.M. – 2 P.M.

Where: Maggie L Walker Governors School

1000 N Lombardy Street, Richmond, VA, 23220

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

http://mechtechdragons.com/stem_day.php

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

237 – German                                         335 – Latin

238 – French                                           336 – Chinese

241 – Arabic                                            338 – ASL

243 – Spanish                                          339 – Italian

244 – Japanese and Russian

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

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

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

Have a great evening and as always, Go Dragons!

 

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

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

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

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

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

When: December 1st 10 A.M. – 2 P.M.

Where: Maggie L Walker Governors School

1000 N Lombardy Street, Richmond, VA, 23220

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

http://mechtechdragons.com/stem_day.php

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

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

Have a great evening and as always, Go Dragons!

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Suicide Prevention Program

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

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

Login:  http://sossignsofsuicide.org

User Name:  mlwgs-par

Password:  EbelingDragon2017

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

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

Have a great evening and as always, Go Dragons!

 

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

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

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

Freshman Parents

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Have a great day and Go Dragons!!!

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

It has been a great 1st quarter in the Dragon Nation!  We, as a learning community, have found a way to have fun with the fall events while still remaining focused.  As Myles Munro said, “Our life is the sum total of all the decisions we make every day, and those decisions are determined by our priorities.”  Let’s keep making the right choices with our priorities and have a great run up to the winter break!  Have a great evening and Go Dragons!

 

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The Therapy Dogs Are Coming – October 26th!

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

Mental/Emotional Health Initiatives at Maggie Walker

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

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

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

Have a great evening and Go Dragons!

 

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

The Therapy Dogs Are Coming – October 26th!

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

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

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

Have a great evening and Go Dragons!

 

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

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

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

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

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

The Therapy Dogs Are Coming – October 26th!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

The Therapy Dogs Are Coming – October 26th!

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

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

 

Sunday Night Update 09/23/18

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

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

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

The Therapy Dogs Are Coming – October 26th!

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

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

 

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

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

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

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0444AAAE2DA5F58-october2

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

Sunday Night Update 09/09/18

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

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

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

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

Good Evening!

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

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

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

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

Go Dragons!