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

Director’s Sunday Evening Update

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Dragon Writing Center

The Dragon Writing Center is open to all classes and all levels on Wednesdays and Thursdays during lunch in room 227. Always here to help improve any paper!

Beginning in the second semester, the Dragon Writing Center will be open Monday-Thursday during lunch!

French Trip

Any students who have any background in French, but who are not currently enrolled in French can reach out to Madeline Paturel ([email protected]) about an opportunity to travel to Canada this spring break. All students who have taken at least one year of French previously are welcome.

Senior Seminar and Mentorship Program Registration for Juniors

In December/January, Juniors (Class of 2024) will take the first step in determining what their senior schedule will look like.  All juniors will have to decide whether they are going to enroll in one of our exciting seminar courses or apply to undertake a mentorship with a professional in the area. A link to a video that provides information about the selection/application process and other information has been placed on a Schoology group titled: Class of 2024 Senior Seminar/Mentorship Information Group.  All Juniors are members of this group.  Juniors and their parents are encouraged to look over this information and start thinking about this decision now. If anyone has questions about the process, they should reach out to Mr. Cook via email ([email protected]).

The Foundation

Only 48 Hours Left to Make 2X the Impact with your MLWGS Foundation Gift

Giving Tuesday is this Tuesday, November 29.

This makes NOW the perfect time to make your ANNUAL FUND gift of support to Maggie Walker.

Thanks to a generous MLWGS family and grateful alum, all donations made between now and Tuesday will be matched, up to $10,000.

The Foundation has allocated more than $179,000 to the school already this year and has plans to provide even more transformational opportunities and experiences next semester.

So please make your 2022 Giving Tuesday ANNUAL FUND gift online or by check (made out to the Governor’s School Foundation) by Tuesday to take advantage of the matches!

A special Thank You to our anonymous donors who are making this challenge possible and to all of you who support our students and staff through your Foundation giving!

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 day and Go Dragons!!!

 

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As we enter the cold and flu season, it is important to remember that missing school work can usually be found in Schoology.  Agendas and very often all handouts are linked on Schoology and students can see what they missed during their absence.  Keeping up with assignments in Schoology will help you to stay caught up and reduce your workload when you return to school.

Counseling

The November 2022 Senior Newsletter has been posted to the School Counseling website: https://sites.google.com/gsgis.k12.va.us/mlwgs-counseling/college-admissions-information/seniorjunior-newsletters

Seniors are also encouraged to keep reading the “College Information for the Class of 2023” Schoology page for updates on diploma orders, college applications, scholarship opportunities, and more.

From the Library

Recording of MLWGS Librarian’s national webinar “Engaging Students with Scholarly

Articles” available through 12/16

On Tuesday night, Ms. DeGroat, our librarian at MLWGS, taught a national webinar for librarians and Social Studies teachers called “Engaging Students with Scholarly Articles.” The webinar focuses on thinking strategies, free tools, and open access resources. Even though it’s designed for educators, parents may find the webinar content valuable too. The recording and related handout will be accessible to anyone with the link through 12/16/2022. After that, it will be behind a paywall.

Has MLWGS Drama Inspired You to Read or Reread Macbeth? Here are three free options:

  • Read the play online or download it for free from The Folger Shakespeare Library
  • Listen to a free audio recording of the play available from LibriVox
  • Totally geek out with JSTOR’s Understanding Shakespeare edition of Macbeth which hyperlinks – at the LINE level – to articles in JSTOR which reference the corresponding line from the play

The Roots that Have Nurtured Shakespeare Enthusiasm @ MLWGS

If you’ve attended a Shakespearean play @ MLWGS, you might have found yourself thinking, hey, our students are surprisingly good at this, including speaking Elizabethan English like it’s second nature. This fall’s cast, crew, director, and production manager of Macbeth continue this tradition. Kudos to Devon Mattys, Andrew Gall, and the cast & crew for a fine production!

For anyone not familiar with our school’s Shakespeare-related history, there are several reasons MLWGS tends to put on Shakespeare productions that leave audience members surprised they’re in a high school auditorium – beyond the essential element of our students’ talents and commitment.

According to alumnus Devon Mattys, back in the nineties, when our Governor’s School was housed in Thomas Jefferson (TJ) High School, Drama teacher Chris Shannon “organized an “Elizabethan Rout” (so named using the archaic definition of ‘rout’: a large crowd, group, or party, especially as accompanies someone in traveling) that was very active and wildly popular among students.  Student actors would mill about in costume annually at Fall Festival, hawking monologues and performing sudden brief scenes from Shakespeare, or even condensed, 10-minute versions of whole plays for festivalgoers—often, it felt, more for their own enjoyment than for whatever funds were raised.”

Another notable chapter was when Grant Mudge, former Artistic Director of Richmond Shakespeare, was Director of Drama. Here’s a blog post about him when he was in RVA; he’s now at Notre Dame. During Grant’s brief tenure (April 2005-December 2009), he made an impact at MLWGS too.

Consistently, there are several core reasons Shakespeare enthusiasm thrives here:

  • The talented Drama teachers, directors, production managers, and tech experts who’ve graced our auditorium and Black Box over the years.
  • The passion for and knowledge about the Bard conveyed by our English teachers, previous and current, who teach his works, including long-time English teacher (now retired) and Shakespeare scholar, Dr. Janet M. Spencer (three of her studies are in JSTOR: one each in Renaissance Drama, Shakespeare Quarterly, and Christianity & Literature).
  • The language learning skills imparted by our teachers in International Languages – skills that help students learn the inflections and cadences of Elizabethan English.
  • Steadfast support from Drama Boosters.

Thanks to everyone who contributes to shaping this part of who we are as Dragons. Our school is such an interesting place!  I expect our Shakespeare-related history even more layered than what I’ve described.  If you have more insights, please email me – [email protected]

Community Service Announcement

All students and parents are encouraged to check your community service hours totals to make sure that you are on track to complete this requirement.  Students can help their parents get onto their x2vol accounts to check to see how many hours have been earned. Each student is striving to earn a total of 140 hours while at MLWGS, or 35 hours a year.  Each student should work diligently to earn these hours while learning how to be leaders in the community.  If a student has questions about any of this process, please stop by Mr. Cook’s office (room 315) or send him an email ([email protected]).

Senior Seminar and Mentorship Program Registration for Juniors

In December, Juniors (Class of 2024) will take the first step in determining what their senior schedule will look like.  All juniors will have to decide whether they are going to enroll in one of our exciting seminar courses or apply to undertake a mentorship with a professional in the area.  On Monday, 11/21/22, a link to a video that provides information about the selection/application process will be released on Schoology to all Juniors (students can help their parents view all material on this site).  Juniors are encouraged to start thinking about this decision now, and parents are encouraged discuss this decision with their student.  After the video is released, if anyone has questions about the process, they should reach out to Mr.  Cook ([email protected]).

Attention Juniors and Sophomores!

Applications are now available for the Summer Residential Governor’s Schools. All sophomores and juniors are eligible to apply. These programs are run by the Commonwealth and provide opportunities for high school gifted students to explore professional and university environments through mentorships and academic enrichment. Information and applications can be found at: http://www.doe.virginia.gov/instruction/governors_school_programs/summer_residential/index.shtml#apply.

Maggie L. Walker students are grouped together and are not viewed as applicants from their respective school divisions. Applicants should be committed to attend; our school loses a slot if a student is accepted and does not participate. Questions about the programs or application process can be addressed to Joy Cobb, sophomore and junior counselor at [email protected].

Academic Programs

Academic Programs: Humanities; Mathematics; Science and Technology; Agriculture; Engineering (NASA) (must be 16 by June 18, 2023, and a U.S. citizen); Marine Science.

We can send a total of two nominees for this entire area, with a third slot for the School for Agriculture. Students should submit applications to Joy Cobb in the counseling department by January 27, 2023. This will give us enough time for our school selection committee to choose which students to nominate, and in turn solicit teacher recommendations for these nominees.

Governor’s Foreign Language Academies

Academies: Full-Immersion Academies in French, Spanish, German; partial-immersion in Japanese Language; and Latin Academy.

Each academy allows one nominee from our school. Interested students should talk directly with their language teacher soon. Our foreign language department determines who is nominated from our school. If interested, please contact your language teacher. The deadline for completed application forms and supporting materials to Ms. Cobb is January 14, 2023.

High School Diplomats Program

High School Diplomats (HSD) is a scholarship program that brings together high school students from the United States and Japan each summer through two parallel experiences. HSD U.S. provides the opportunity for American and Japanese students to meet at Princeton University for ten days of cultural exchange. HSD Japan allows American students who have successfully completed HSD U.S. to apply for a full scholarship to travel to Japan for a month the following summer. Additional information and application is available at http://www.highschooldiplomats.com/apply. The application deadline is January 15, 2023.

From The Foundation

Make 2X the Impact with your MLWGS Foundation Gift–on (or before) Giving Tuesday, November 29

The MLWGS Foundation is thrilled that once again this year a generous MLWGS family has offered to match all Foundation Annual Fund gifts up to $5,000 for Giving Tuesday and an alumni has offered another $5000. That’s $10,000 worth of matching $$ in honor of Giving Tuesday.

This makes November 29 (or any day between now and then*) the perfect time to make your ANNUAL FUND gift of support for our students and teachers.

So mark your calendar and please be sure to make your 2022 Giving Tuesday ANNUAL FUND gift online or by check (made out to the Governor’s School Foundation) by NOVEMBER 29 to take advantage of the matches!

A special Thank You to our anonymous donors who are making this challenge possible and to all of you who support our students and staff through your Foundation giving!

Feel free to reach out to Executive Director Ginger O’Neil at [email protected] about the Foundation’s work any time.

* Don’t want to wait? Great! Make your gift now using this special Giving Tuesday link and it will count too!

International Trip

Dear Students and Families,

We still have a few spots available😃 for our educational tour to Madrid, Toledo, Sevilla and Barcelona June 2023. If you wish to sign up for the trip, visit Mrs. Bradner’s info page here: www.eftours.com/2560362UC 

Thank you,

Sra. Bradner

Athletics

Boys Volleyball Honors

https://mlwgs.com/congratulations-to-the-mlwgs-first-team-all-region-boys-volleyball-members-and-their-coach-of-the-year/

Cross Country State Results

https://mlwgs.com/mw-cross-country-excellence-continues-at-the-state-championship/

Fall Sports Regional Update

https://mlwgs.com/mlwgs-fall-sports-regional-results-update/

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 day and Go Dragons!!!

 

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Macbeth

Maggie Walker Drama’s production of Macbeth, directed by Andrew Gall, runs Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, November 17-19, at 7pm.  Tempted by an evil prophecy and encouraged by his wife ever deeper into his own dark ambition, Macbeth murders his way to the throne of a post-apocalyptic Scotland.  Shakespeare’s chilling tragedy is filled with ferocious battles, supernatural horrors, famously gorgeous poetry, and some of the Bard’s most vivid characters.  Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for adults.  Buy in advance online at https://mlwgsmacbeth.brownpapertickets.com/, or with cash at the door.

Yearbook

Juniors, Sophomores and Freshmen! Monday, Nov. 14, is your ABSOLUTE last chance to be photographed for the Yearbook. (If you have Ms. Losen or Ms. Love for 8th-block English, then this is your SECOND and final chance.) Lifetouch will be in Room 153 from 8:30 until 10. If your first-block class is going to do something that you absolutely can’t miss, then be sure to stop by 153 BEFORE class. If you think you’d like to order these re-takes, see Mr. White in Room 330 ASAP for an order form; all orders must be pre-paid.

Community Service

Need community service hours? Do you like history or excel at deciphering old handwriting? Earn community service hours by transcribing historical documents for the Library of Virginia and designated archives. The MLWGS Library’s second Transcribe-a-thon for 2022-2023 will be held in the library on Wednesday, Nov. 16th from 3:30-5:00pm. There will be treats to fuel your work and friendly students to work beside.

Sound good?  If you haven’t already joined this year’s Transcribe team and plan to attend the Nov. 16th Transcribe-a-thon, sign in to your GSGIS Google account and sign up @ https://forms.gle/f2Ro3axLzp1XyDhCA.

AFTER attending at least one on-campus Transcribe-a-thon, you qualify to submit a signed agreement to transcribe on your own schedule, a popular option. Once your agreement is processed and you receive a link to your personal transcription folder, you may earn up to 35 community service hours per school year for your transcription efforts as long as you maintain and submit proper verification/documentation of your work.

If you have any questions, please stop by the library to see Ms. DeGroat.

Foundation

Make 2X the Impact with your MLWGS Foundation Gift–on (or before) Giving Tuesday, November 29

The MLWGS Foundation is thrilled that once again this year a generous MLWGS family has offered to match all Foundation Annual Fund gifts up to $5,000 for Giving Tuesday and an alumni has offered another $5000. That’s $10,000 worth of matching $$ in honor of Giving Tuesday.

This makes November 29 (or any day between now and then*) the perfect time to make your ANNUAL FUND gift of support for our students and teachers.

So mark your calendar and please be sure to make your 2022 Giving Tuesday ANNUAL FUND gift online or by check (made out to the Governor’s School Foundation) by NOVEMBER 29 to take advantage of the matches!

A special Thank You to our anonymous donors who are making this challenge possible and to all of you who support our students and staff through your Foundation giving!

Feel free to reach out to Executive Director Ginger O’Neil at [email protected] about the Foundation’s work any time.

* Don’t want to wait? Great! Make your gift now using this special Giving Tuesday link and it will count too!

Chorus

Congratulations to the following Chorus students who auditioned on Saturday morning and were selected to participate in All District Chorus in February.  These students are now eligible to audition for All Virginia Chorus.

Ellie Agnello – Soprano 2

Luna Forlano – Alto 2

Avia Kern – Alto 2

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 day and Go Dragons!!!

 

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The school will be closed on Tuesday November 8th for election day.

History Honor Society

The Thomas Jefferson History Honor Society, an organization designed to create additional learning experiences for students and recognize high levels of achievement in historical scholarship, will be having an interest meeting on Thursday, November 10th during lunch in room 231. We will be discussing requirements and releasing the application. Hope to see you there. Please see Ms. Lee or Mrs. Voight if you have any questions.

School Advisory Committee

The SAC will be holding a parent focus group next Wednesday (11/9) at 6:30 over zoom to discuss course rigor and weighting and to receive input regarding Maggie Walker’s course weighting and grading system.

If interested, please fill out this form:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfKx9U0bPYS63KDjpK8tb8p0QF-29sb1f0E1xmi3CyT4JEEdA/viewform

Zoom link:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84599238461?pwd=NzRtcmxRSVRMVGZHYU5mYnZ2UnFjQT09

International Trip

Dear Students and Families,

Your student is invited to join us for a once-in-a-lifetime travel experience on an Educational Tour to Madrid, Cordoba, Seville and Barcelona during Summer of 2023! 

Take a sneak peek at the itinerary here (full 10 day version): https://www.eftours.com/eliterature/dbd/u/mcs.pdf. Sounds great? Awesome! We would love to have your student join us on this adventure.

Please be sure to register for this info session at the bottom of this email to be considered for our upcoming travel opportunity.

This trip will fill up fast, so please register for our virtual informational webinar where we’ll discuss:

  • What we’ll see and do on our trip & everything that’s included in this experience
  • How your child can earn Academic credit & Scholarships
  • How we’ll be keeping the trip safe and affordable
  • How to sign up on the trip (before it fills up!) & how to lock in an Early Enrollment discount!

We’ll also share details about how to sign up (space is limited!) and answer any questions you might have. Registration for this info session is mandatory to get the virtual meeting link for the meeting, and a parent or guardian must attend.

Virtual meeting date: Monday, November 7th at 6:30 PM

Location: Virtual on ZOOM! Registering is mandatory so that you are able to receive that link and attend!

Click here to Register for the info meeting: https://bit.ly/3F7cNM6

Can’t wait to see you there!

Ruth Bradner

Spanish Teacher

Quiz Bowl

Congratulations to our Maggie Walker Quiz Bowl teams for their impressive performance in last Saturday’s VCU Fall Tournament. Team A, consisting of Timothy Porter, Yash Saxena, Risshi Naavaal, and captain Sam McNamee, went undefeated once again and took home the tournament championship. Team B, consisting of Devesh Kumar, Bharathi Kancharla, Eric Hu, and captain Vien Nguyen, took second place, and Team C, consisting of Liam Reed, Brendan Stremler, Nate Stewart, and captain Stella Broome took fourth place. We now have three teams qualified for nationals! If you are interested in joining Quiz Bowl, please contact Mr. Rotche at [email protected] or Mr. Austen at [email protected] for more information.

It has been a great 1st quarter in the Dragon Nation!  With about a week left, 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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Halloween

Student may dress up for Halloween provided that the costume is not in violation of the student dress code or culturally inappropriate or offensive.

Security Corner

Unless Security has opened and staffed a particular door or you have an access control fob, please remember that the ONLY entrance or exit during school hours is the Bluestone lobby.

DO NOT call friends and ask them to let you in.  Friends, DO NOT agree to open doors for anyone.  DO NOT piggyback behind Faculty members.  Coming in late or leaving early, please remember to sign in or out with the Attendance office.

Seniors

If Seniors missed the cap & gown meeting during lunch on Thursday, 10/27, they will need to complete this Google Form and check out the different graduation packages available through Herff Jones. Questions? Email Mrs. Love at [email protected].

Art Walk

On November 4th, the MLWGS Visual + Performing Arts Dept. and the MLWGS Visual Arts Boosters (VAB) will be hosting our annual Fall Art Walk event, in conjunction with Richmond’s First Fridays.   One of the goals of our art curriculum is to have the students “become aware of and participate in the local arts community”. First Fridays RVA is the monthly event when art galleries on Broad St. and Main St. all open to the public for the evening.  There will be much artwork to enjoy!

To begin the evening, our wonderful Visual Arts Boosters will be hosting a reception from 5:30pm – 6:00pm. Please join us for snacks and fellowship prior to heading out to the galleries.  If you are willing to help out with food and set up for the reception, please sign up here….

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0A4AA4A92DA0F85-first1 

We will give everyone maps of the galleries and Coach Hall will take anyone who would like to join him around to some specific exhibitions.

To help you avoid having to park downtown, we will be providing a school bus which will run a circuit from the Main St. galleries to Broad St. and back to school all evening.  The bus will continue this circuit throughout the evening until the last pickup at 8:45 pm.  This way you may stay for as long (or as short) as you like.  Details will be discussed that evening.

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

When:  November 4th, 2022, 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Where: Meet in the “adjunct classroom”, room #153, near the Maggie Walker mural to enjoy snacks and refreshments.

RSVP: by Nov. 2nd – http://evite.me/cKE8sRX2bJ

Additional details can be found here: http://www.maggiewalkervab.org

Thanks again and we hope to see you and your young artists at this event.  Please let me know if you have any questions.

Sincerely,

Jeff Hall

Music Trip to Atlanta March 23-26

Students who wish to travel to Atlanta from the Band, Chorus, and Orchestra must turn in their deposits to their music teachers by Friday, November 4th. Checks must be written to the Maggie Walker Music Boosters. Check your email for additional payment and trip information.

International Trip

Dear Students and Families,

Your student is invited to join us for a once-in-a-lifetime travel experience on an Educational Tour to Madrid, Cordoba, Seville and Barcelona during Summer of 2023! 

Take a sneak peek at the itinerary here (full 10 day version): https://www.eftours.com/eliterature/dbd/u/mcs.pdf. Sounds great? Awesome! We would love to have your student join us on this adventure.

Please be sure to register for this info session at the bottom of this email to be considered for our upcoming travel opportunity.

This trip will fill up fast, so please register for our virtual informational webinar where we’ll discuss:

  • What we’ll see and do on our trip & everything that’s included in this experience
  • How your child can earn Academic credit & Scholarships
  • How we’ll be keeping the trip safe and affordable
  • How to sign up on the trip (before it fills up!) & how to lock in an Early Enrollment discount!

We’ll also share details about how to sign up (space is limited!) and answer any questions you might have. Registration for this info session is mandatory to get the virtual meeting link for the meeting, and a parent or guardian must attend.

Virtual meeting date: Monday, November 7th at 6:30 PM

Location: Virtual on ZOOM! Registering is mandatory so that you are able to receive that link and attend!

Click here to Register for the info meeting: https://bit.ly/3F7cNM6

Can’t wait to see you there!

Winter Sports

The winter sports season begins on November 7th.  Anyone interested in participating in winter sports must have these forms completed and sent to [email protected] as a one page PDF document.  VHSL Athletic Forms .  All paperwork must be turned in by November 4th.

There will be a Winter Sports Parent/Coaches meeting on November 16 at 615 via zoom.  The link will be shared with all families from the coaches.

PTSA

Our PTSA needs your support! Please become a member today!

PTSA membership dues help fund the events and support activities such as Fall
Fest, Homecoming, Prom, Senior Recognition, & Staff Appreciation.

You can pay your dues on the Dragon’s Lair site:

https://www.mlwgsdragonslair.com

I want to end tonight with sort of a long quote that I found 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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School will be closed for students on Monday October 24th in observance of Diwali.  Virtual parent/teacher conferences will be held that morning between 9:00 AM and Noon.  A second set of parent/teacher conferences will take place between 4:00 PM and 7:00 PM on Wednesday October 26th.  Here is the link to the conference page: https://bit.ly/Fall2022Conferences

Security

Please check lost and found daily.  Will be emptied October 28

Parents picking up kids from the student parking lot.  Please wait along the outside curb, or in an empty parking place.  Please DO NOT park in between the rows.  If EVERYONE does this, it will speed up your exit exponentially!

Seniors

The October 2022 Senior Newsletter has been posted to the School Counseling website: https://sites.google.com/gsgis.k12.va.us/mlwgs-counseling/college-admissions-information/seniorjunior-newsletters

Seniors and their families are encouraged to read it for timely reminders, scholarship opportunities, and invitations to college events (including an on-site admissions reception hosted by the University of Mary Washington in early November at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden).

Senior Caps and Gowns

Our Herff Jones rep is visiting MLWGS on Thursday, October 27th beginning at 11:45 AM for cap & gown measurements. This will take place during lunch in the auditorium. He will also be providing information regarding graduation announcements. Reach out to Kara Love with any questions at [email protected].

School Pictures

Looking to order school pictures? Just go to Lifetouch and enter the code SHIPFREEF22 for free shipping on your order of $29.99 or more. Offer expires 5/1/23. Here’s the link: https://my.lifetouch.com/mylifetouch/?utm_medium=email%e2%80%8b&utm_source=ExactTarget%e2%80%8b&utm_campaign=PPD_F22_Po15_US%e2%80%8b&utm_content=https%3a%2f%2fmy.lifetouch.com%2fmylifetouch%2f#/

Writing Center

Dragon Writing Center is open for business! It’s open Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11:45-12:15. ALL classes are invited to get help with their writing here.

Sign up link is below:

https://forms.gle/rxFYp1ck3kuKFTcp8

Programs and Opportunities for Students

The Virginia Space Grant Consortium provides FREE NASA-related programs for Virginia’s high school students in 11th and 12th grades. The programs have an interactive online STEM learning experience and are highlighted by a seven-day residential summer academy at NASA.

11TH AND 12TH GRADE

Virginia Aerospace Science and Technology Scholars (VASTS) focuses on NASA’s human spaceflight missions and the Journey to the Moon and on to Mars. Students can earn up to five free dual enrollment college credits. http://vsgc.odu.edu/VASTS/, applications are OPEN UNTIL OCTOBER 24. Check out our video here: https://youtu.be/ldSwqIggarI

Virginia Earth System Science Scholars (VESSS) focuses on the challenges the next generation of scientists and engineers to become part of the solution to the societal issues faced by the impacts of climate change. Engaging students in real-world investigations of the Earth and its systems using the latest research and data from NASA. Students can earn up to five free transferable dual enrollment college credits http://vsgc.odu.edu/VESSS applications are OPEN UNTIL OCTOBER 24. Check out our video here: https://youtu.be/R-FAD3_cEKs

High School Diplomats Program

High School Diplomats (HSD) is a scholarship program that brings together high school students from the United States and Japan each summer through two parallel experiences.  HSD U.S. provides the opportunity for American and Japanese students to meet at Princeton University for ten days of cultural exchange.  HSD Japan allows American students who have successfully completed HSD U.S. to apply for a full scholarship to travel to Japan for a month the following summer. Additional information and application is available at http://www.highschooldiplomats.com/apply.  The application deadline is January 15, 2023. 

John F. Kennedy Profiles in Courage Essay Contest

The John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Essay Contest for High School Students is officially open! We’re now accepting submissions from high school students for the 2022 contest—and your students can win up to $10,000 for participating! Deadline for submissions is January 13, 2023. Please visit the following link for additional information-https://www.jfklibrary.org/learn/education/profile-in-courage-essay-contest/getting-started.

International Trip

Dear Students and Families,

Your student is invited to join us for a once-in-a-lifetime travel experience on an Educational Tour to Madrid, Cordoba, Seville and Barcelona during Summer of 2023! 

Take a sneak peek at the itinerary here (full 10 day version): https://www.eftours.com/eliterature/dbd/u/mcs.pdf. Sounds great? Awesome! We would love to have your student join us on this adventure.

Please be sure to register for this info session at the bottom of this email to be considered for our upcoming travel opportunity.

This trip will fill up fast, so please register for our virtual informational webinar where we’ll discuss:

  • What we’ll see and do on our trip & everything that’s included in this experience
  • How your child can earn Academic credit & Scholarships
  • How we’ll be keeping the trip safe and affordable
  • How to sign up on the trip (before it fills up!) & how to lock in an Early Enrollment discount!

We’ll also share details about how to sign up (space is limited!) and answer any questions you might have. Registration for this info session is mandatory to get the virtual meeting link for the meeting, and a parent or guardian must attend.

Virtual meeting date: Monday, November 7th at 6:30 PM

Location: Virtual on ZOOM! Registering is mandatory so that you are able to receive that link and attend!

Click here to Register for the info meeting: https://bit.ly/3F7cNM6

Can’t wait to see you there!

Ruth Bradner

Spanish Teacher

Swim and Dive Team

Are you interested in joining the Maggie Walker Swim and Dive team?  Sign-ups are now available.  Please have student fill out the following Google form:

https://forms.gle/mJjN6NpcN2oGzLwCA

PTSA

Our PTSA needs your support! Please become a member today!

PTSA membership dues help fund the events and support activities such as Fall
Fest, Homecoming, Prom, Senior Recognition, & Staff Appreciation.

You can pay your dues on the Dragon’s Lair site:

https://www.mlwgsdragonslair.com

 Foundation News 

Making Up for Lost Time!

With the first quarter winding down–can you believe it?–the Governor’s School Foundation is busier than ever providing the enhancements that set the student experience at Maggie Walker apart. Parent support of the Foundation’s annual fund is vital to that work. Each year, current support from parents (and grandparents) allows the Foundation to provide:

* Classroom enhancements that include the purchase of equipment/books/software, stipends for guest speakers, covering the cost of field trips and subsidizing local and international class-related trips, and more requested by teachers to enhance their lessons and the student experience.

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

* Student financial assistance to cover necessary academic expenses and allow all students, regardless of financial need, to take advantage of the full range of opportunities available at MLWGS.

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

Speaking of Parent Participation Contest–the current standings are:

1st Place–Class of 2026

2nd Place–Class of 2023

3rd Place–Class of 2024

4th Place–Class of 2025

Looks like the newbies are setting the pace! How long will that last???

Winter Sports

Anyone interested in participating in winter sports, you must have these forms completed and sent to [email protected] as a one page PDF document.  VHSL Athletic Forms

Tonight’s quote comes from Delores Huerta who said, “We must use our lives to make the world a better place to live, not just to acquire things. That is what we are put on the earth for.”

Have a great evening and GO DRAGONS!

 

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School will be closed for students on Monday October 24th in observance of Diwali.  Virtual parent/teacher conferences will be held that morning between 9:00 AM and Noon.  More information on signing up will be sent later this week.

Writing Center

Dragon Writing Center is open for business! It’s open Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11:45-12:15. ALL classes are invited to get help with their writing here.

Sign up link is below:

https://forms.gle/rxFYp1ck3kuKFTcp8

Band and Chorus

The Band and Chorus will be performing their first concert of the year on Friday, October 21st at 7:00PM. The program includes music from Ireland, Spain, the Americas, and more! The concert is free and open to the public.

Programs and Opportunities for Students

The Virginia Space Grant Consortium provides FREE NASA-related programs for Virginia’s high school students in 11th and 12th grades. The programs have an interactive online STEM learning experience and are highlighted by a seven-day residential summer academy at NASA.

11TH AND 12TH GRADE

Virginia Aerospace Science and Technology Scholars (VASTS) focuses on NASA’s human spaceflight missions and the Journey to the Moon and on to Mars. Students can earn up to five free dual enrollment college credits. http://vsgc.odu.edu/VASTS/, applications are OPEN UNTIL OCTOBER 24. Check out our video here: https://youtu.be/ldSwqIggarI

Virginia Earth System Science Scholars (VESSS) focuses on the challenges the next generation of scientists and engineers to become part of the solution to the societal issues faced by the impacts of climate change. Engaging students in real-world investigations of the Earth and its systems using the latest research and data from NASA. Students can earn up to five free transferable dual enrollment college credits http://vsgc.odu.edu/VESSS applications are OPEN UNTIL OCTOBER 24. Check out our video here: https://youtu.be/R-FAD3_cEKs

High School Diplomats Program

High School Diplomats (HSD) is a scholarship program that brings together high school students from the United States and Japan each summer through two parallel experiences.  HSD U.S. provides the opportunity for American and Japanese students to meet at Princeton University for ten days of cultural exchange.  HSD Japan allows American students who have successfully completed HSD U.S. to apply for a full scholarship to travel to Japan for a month the following summer. Additional information and application is available at http://www.highschooldiplomats.com/apply.  The application deadline is January 15, 2023. 

John F. Kennedy Profiles in Courage Essay Contest

The John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Essay Contest for High School Students is officially open! We’re now accepting submissions from high school students for the 2022 contest—and your students can win up to $10,000 for participating! Deadline for submissions is January 13, 2023. Please visit the following link for additional information-https://www.jfklibrary.org/learn/education/profile-in-courage-essay-contest/getting-started.

Swim and Dive Team

Are you interested in joining the Maggie Walker Swim and Dive team?  Sign-ups are now available.  Please have student fill out the following Google form:

https://forms.gle/mJjN6NpcN2oGzLwCA

 

Advanced Placement Exam Ordering (Orders and Payments Due 10/21/22)

For Students enrolled in Advanced Placement courses only:

The online payment system for AP exam fees goes live on Friday, October 7th for a two-week payment window. Students have been given a handout in one or more of their AP classes outlining the three step exam ordering process, which must be complete by October 21st, 2022 to avoid additional fees:

  1. Join the AP course(s) in your myAP.collegeboard.org account. You probably did this at the beginning of the school year. Please check to make sure and ask your teacher can help you if you have trouble. (If you are self-studying for an exam, you will need to obtain an “exam only” code from Dr. Loving after your exam has been approved. NOTE: AP Statistics is pre-approved and Ms. Riles can provide the code.)
  2. Complete this AP Exam Order Form (https://forms.gle/akS9b1PYtawuzozQA) and indicate all exams you wish to take or not take this year. (If you DO NOT intend to take one or more of your AP exams, you STILL DO need to complete this form so that we have a record that you wish for the school to NOT order an exam for you.)
  3. Pay for your exams ($97 per exam) at https://osp.osmsinc.com/MLWGS. (The link can also be found on mlwgs.com by clicking “pay fees online” beginning October 7th.)

If you feel you might qualify for a fee waiver or fee reduction, please review the Fee Waiver/Reduction Application for income guidelines. Please complete and return this form to Dr. Loving at [email protected] by October 17th, 2022. Dr. Loving will be in touch about your request approval. Students who have submitted this form previously and have been approved do not need to apply again this year.

October 21st is the deadline for “on time” registration. A $10 per exam late fee will be applied between October 22nd and November 14th for exams not paid for by October 21st. The College Board late fee of $40 will be instituted beginning November 15th. March 15th is the final deadline for all late AP exam orders; no additions can be made after this date.

Contact Dr. Loving ([email protected]) with all questions regarding AP exam ordering (October 2022) and AP exam administration (May 2023).

A link to the handout that was provided to students through their AP classes, which includes a detailed list of dates and deadlines, can be found here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1TfLHWIOkBhGIDCJE0BvtXHbxUJe3l79g/view?usp=sharing

MLWGS Library News

The MLWGS Library’s Read for Fun Book group, led and coordinated by student volunteers, had their first meeting this past week and will be discussing a novel from the horror genre for their next meeting on Oct. 19. The group meets once per month on third Wednesdays. For more info, join the Dragons Read group on Schoology. This year’s student coordinators are Kylie Cox, Hadley Driscoll, Kate Lindley, Sydney Brewer, and Matilde Quilici.

Winter Sports

Anyone interested in participating in winter sports, you must have these forms completed and sent to [email protected] as a one page PDF document.  VHSL Athletic Forms

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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Homecoming Spirit Week is Here:

Here are the themes for each day:

Monday:  Too Much Denim Day – Sort of self-explanatory but go for denim beyond just blue jeans.

Tuesday:  Adam Sandler Day – I don’t quite understand this one 🙂 but here is a link to what we are looking for: adam sandler outfits – Search (bing.com)

Wednesday:  Pajama Day

Thursday:   Country vs. Country Club (Jeans and such vs. preppy)

Friday:  Class Colors Day – Seniors wear black, Juniors wear green, Sophomores wear gold/yellow, and Freshmen wear white.

Homecoming Dance

The Homecoming Dance is Saturday, October 15th from 7 to 10pm.

Tickets $12 and are available on the school webpage under “Pay Fees Online.” Ticket sales close on Thursday, October 13th at midnight.

Off campus guests must fill out a guest form.  They are available in room 100 and have been posted to the Schoology class pages.

The dance is at the school’s track.  Please do not wear shoes with a sharp point.  Wedges are fine to wear.

The dress is semi-formal.

PSAT

PSAT Day is Wednesday, October 12th  

Maggie Walker will operate under a special schedule on October 12th due to PSAT testing during the morning for sophomores and juniors.  All sophomores and juniors should report to school on time at 8:40. All freshmen and seniors do not need to report to school until the start of period 5 at 1:05. Lunch will be served starting at 12:20. Periods 5 and 7 classes will meet during the afternoon on a shortened schedule.

Morning for Sophomores and Juniors

All 10th and 11th graders will take the PSAT in the morning after checking in with 1st period classes for attendance purposes. All juniors will test in the gym. Sophomores will be grouped by their English classes. Rosters will be posted around the school with testing locations. Students that have College Board testing accommodations will receive an email with specific instructions.

The PSAT is a great practice opportunity for the SAT.  For 11th graders, the PSAT results are used for qualification purposes for National Merit Scholarship Programs.  The counseling department will distribute PSAT Student Guides to all 10th and 11th graders during lunch time assemblies during the week of October 3rd.   The guides contain information about the tests as well as a full-length practice test.  Students are encouraged to take the practice test before testing day.  More information about the PSAT can be found at www.collegeboard.org/psat. Score reports will be available online in mid-December. Juniors will be encouraged to register for an SAT or ACT date in the Spring by visiting the testing agency websites.

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

Fall Orchestra Concert

The Fall Orchestra Concert will take place this coming Friday, October 14th at 7:00 pm.  All are welcome to attend! Come out to hear works from Rimsky-Korsakov, Dvorak, and Bach as well as a Super Mario Bros Medley.

Juniors and Seniors:

The National English Honor Society (NEHS) online application for the 2022-2023 school year is now open! The window closes Friday, October 14th at 3:30 PM. Eligible candidates will need a 3.75 GPA in ENGLISH.

Once accepted, membership requirements include a $25 fee. Once inducted into the society, membership requirements include a total of 4 hours of ELA-related community service to be completed before May 1st of their graduating year.

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

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

Swim and Dive Team

Are you interested in joining the Maggie Walker Swim and Dive team?  Sign-ups are now available.  Please have student fill out the following Google form:

https://forms.gle/mJjN6NpcN2oGzLwCA

International Travel Opportunity

Your student and your family are invited to join us for a once-in-a-lifetime travel experience on an Educational Tour to Madrid, Paris, and London during Summer of 2023 and/or 2024! 

Take a sneak peek at the itinerary here: https://www.eftours.com/eliterature/etus/dbd/u/d47c-dbd-mp.pdf. Sound great? Awesome! We would love to have your student join us on this adventure. There are 10 spots left on the Summer 2023 trip and there are only 12 spots left for the 2024 trip!

Sign up now to guarantee a spot for your child (and you, or your family too if you’d like to join) here

Summer 2023 Trip: www.eftours.com/2550715CP

Summer 2024 Trip: www.eftours.com/2565284TU

We hope to have you travel with us!

Ms. Cobb and Ms. Lee

Advanced Placement Exam Ordering (Orders and Payments Due 10/21/22)

For Students enrolled in Advanced Placement courses only:

The online payment system for AP exam fees goes live on Friday, October 7th for a two-week payment window. Students have been given a handout in one or more of their AP classes outlining the three step exam ordering process, which must be complete by October 21st, 2022 to avoid additional fees:

  1. Join the AP course(s) in your myAP.collegeboard.org account. You probably did this at the beginning of the school year. Please check to make sure and ask your teacher can help you if you have trouble. (If you are self-studying for an exam, you will need to obtain an “exam only” code from Dr. Loving after your exam has been approved. NOTE: AP Statistics is pre-approved and Ms. Riles can provide the code.)
  2. Complete this AP Exam Order Form (https://forms.gle/akS9b1PYtawuzozQA) and indicate all exams you wish to take or not take this year. (If you DO NOT intend to take one or more of your AP exams, you STILL DO need to complete this form so that we have a record that you wish for the school to NOT order an exam for you.)
  3. Pay for your exams ($97 per exam) at https://osp.osmsinc.com/MLWGS. (The link can also be found on mlwgs.com by clicking “pay fees online” beginning October 7th.)

If you feel you might qualify for a fee waiver or fee reduction, please review the Fee Waiver/Reduction Application for income guidelines. Please complete and return this form to Dr. Loving at [email protected] by October 17th, 2022. Dr. Loving will be in touch about your request approval. Students who have submitted this form previously and have been approved do not need to apply again this year.

October 21st is the deadline for “on time” registration. A $10 per exam late fee will be applied between October 22nd and November 14th for exams not paid for by October 21st. The College Board late fee of $40 will be instituted beginning November 15th. March 15th is the final deadline for all late AP exam orders; no additions can be made after this date.

Contact Dr. Loving ([email protected]) with all questions regarding AP exam ordering (October 2022) and AP exam administration (May 2023).

A link to the handout that was provided to students through their AP classes, which includes a detailed list of dates and deadlines, can be found here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1TfLHWIOkBhGIDCJE0BvtXHbxUJe3l79g/view?usp=sharing

MLWGS Library News

The MLWGS Library’s Read for Fun Book group, led and coordinated by student volunteers, had their first meeting this past week and will be discussing a novel from the horror genre for their next meeting on Oct. 19. The group meets once per month on third Wednesdays. For more info, join the Dragons Read group on Schoology. This year’s student coordinators are Kylie Cox, Hadley Driscoll, Kate Lindley, Sydney Brewer, and Matilde Quilici.

Winter Sports

Anyone interested in participating in winter sports, you must have these forms completed and sent to [email protected] as a one page PDF document.  VHSL Athletic Forms

Foundation Dollars @ Work

So far this school year, the Foundation has allocated $180,00 to directly support MLWGS students and teachers, with additional funding requests expected as the year unfolds.To date, MLWGS students, teachers and staff have received 41 grants from the Foundation. These grants have provided dollars for:

  • graduate coursework in gifted education and subject matter conference travel for teachers from the math, science, English, international languages and social studies departments
  • a new Yamaha piano (in partnership with Music Boosters and the Music Dept.)
  • field trip support for We The People travel to Philly and the Civil Rights Seminar travel to Washington, DC
  • art supplies, including Art 5 Solo exhibit invitations, paints and vinyl
  • funding for the Thomas Jefferson Historical Honor Society
  • registration for 50 students to attend W&M’s High School Model UN Conference and
  • student aid requests covering school and club fees, field trips and other items needed for course and extracurricular participation

And we are just getting started!

Foundation enhancement grants are made possible through the generosity of our parents and alumni. Thank you!

Want to join those supporting MLWGS through the Foundation’s grant giving? It’s easy and makes a transformational difference for our school.  Click here to donate online or send a check made out to MLWGS Foundation (Room 225, 1000 N. Lombardy St. , Richmond, VA 23220). Thank you in advance for all you do!

From Security

Please go through the lost and found soon because we will empty it next week.

Golf News

Mary Katherine Topping shot a career low 74 in the Region 3B Golf Tournament. She qualified for the Boys State Tournament and will play at Stonehenge Golf and Country Club on Tuesday Oct 11.

I would like to sign off tonight with a sincere thank you to all who were involved in making Fall Festival such a great success!  There are too many to thank but a special shout out must go to Carla Winters who as spearheaded this event for several years.  As Voltaire wrote, “Appreciation is a wonderful thing.  It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.”

Have a great evening and GO DRAGONS!

 

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School will be closed on Wednesday October 5th in observance of Yom Kippur. 

Fall Festival

Enjoy the food, activities, friends & entertainment.

Come to the 25th MLWGS Fall Festival!!

Friday, October 7, 2022

2 pm-7pm

Circular Parking Lot, 1000 N. Lombardy Street

Volunteers are needed:

MLWGS PTSA Fall Festival: 2022 MLWGS Fall Fest Sign Up (signupgenius.com)

Tickets can be purchased online: www.mlwgsdragonslair.com

Ticket can also be bought onsite for cash or check.

Dragons Lair will be selling swag all Festival long for cash, check or credit card.

Parking can be found at the James River Transportation.

Please be considerate to our neighbors.

 

PSAT Day is Wednesday, October 12th  

Maggie Walker will operate under a special schedule on October 12th due to PSAT testing during the morning for sophomores and juniors.  All sophomores and juniors should report to school on time at 8:40. All freshmen and seniors do not need to report to school until the start of period 5 at 1:05. Lunch will be served starting at 12:20. Periods 5 and 7 classes will meet during the afternoon on a shortened schedule.

Morning for Sophomores and Juniors

All 10th and 11th graders will take the PSAT in the morning after checking in with 1st period classes for attendance purposes. All juniors will test in the gym. Sophomores will be grouped by their English classes. Rosters will be posted around the school with testing locations. Students that have College Board testing accommodations will receive an email with specific instructions.

Morning for Freshmen and Seniors

While freshmen and seniors do not need to report to school until after lunch (1:05), if transportation is an issue and they need to ride the bus, they will report to a supervised study hall in the cafeteria and commons until testing is completed.

The PSAT is a great practice opportunity for the SAT.  For 11th graders, the PSAT results are used for qualification purposes for National Merit Scholarship Programs.  The counseling department will distribute PSAT Student Guides to all 10th and 11th graders during lunch time assemblies during the week of October 3rd.   The guides contain information about the tests as well as a full-length practice test.  Students are encouraged to take the practice test before testing day.  More information about the PSAT can be found at www.collegeboard.org/psat. Score reports will be available online in mid-December. Juniors will be encouraged to register for an SAT or ACT date in the Spring by visiting the testing agency websites.

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

 

Yearbook

The Yearbook staff would LOVE to find out what you did this past summer. Do you have any pictures you’d like to share? Maybe you travelled or worked or volunteered or pursued hobbies or hung out with friends or family. Regardless of what you did, we’d be grateful to feature one or more of your photos in the 2023 Yearbook’s summer spread. Want to share? Just go to hjeshare.com, enter our school’s code (it’s mlwgs), and follow the prompts. It’s almost insultingly easy! We’ll be sure to give you credit for your contributions. Thank you!

Juniors and Seniors,

The National English Honor Society (NEHS) online application for the 2022-2023 school year is now open! The window closes Friday, October 14th at 3:30 PM. Eligible candidates will need a 3.75 GPA in ENGLISH.

Once accepted, membership requirements include a $25 fee. Once inducted into the society, membership requirements include a total of 4 hours of ELA-related community service to be completed before May 1st of their graduating year.

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

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

MLWGS Library News

The MLWGS Library’s Read for Fun Book group, led and coordinated by student volunteers, had their first meeting this past week and will be discussing a novel from the horror genre for their next meeting on Oct. 19. The group meets once per month on third Wednesdays. For more info, join the Dragons Read group on Schoology. This year’s student coordinators are Kylie Cox, Hadley Driscoll, Kate Lindley, Sydney Brewer, and Matilde Quilici.

National Honor Society Applications (Due Monday, 10/3)

Are you interested in joining the Maggie Walker Chapter of National Honor Society? The NHS online application for the 2022-2023 school year is now open: https://forms.gle/tDsgMtPfkFiFns3S6

Interested Juniors and Seniors may apply for membership through 11:59pm on Monday, October 3rd. Eligible students are current juniors or seniors with a 3.5 GPA (cumulative, weighted) who are considered “on track” to fulfill their community service requirement (70 hours for juniors and 105 hours for seniors).

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

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

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

Winter Sports

Anyone interested in participating in winter sports, you must have these forms completed and sent to [email protected] as a one page PDF document.  VHSL Athletic Forms

The Foundation’s Annual Parent Participation Competition is Underway!

Who will take the early lead this year? 2023? 2024? 2025? 2026? We’ll see.

The Foundation’s Annual Fund Campaign supports many of the amazing academic and extracurricular experiences that set MLWGS apart, including our academic clubs and teams, student travel, teacher professional development, student aid, and more. The Annual Fund Parent Participation Campaign is a friendly (but fierce, lol!) competition that recognizes the class with the highest percentage of parents making  annual fund donations each year. All donations of any size count. And each year, the winning class gets bragging rights and a sweet treat in June courtesy of the Foundation!

Support your Dragon’s class by making your gift online today.

Quiz Bowl Team

Maggie Walker Quiz Bowl sent five teams to Charlottesville last Saturday to compete in the Cavalier Classic at UVA and won big!  The A team of Sam McNamee, Timothy Porter, and Yash Saxena, captained by senior Vien Nguyen went undefeated to take first in the tournament.  Our B team of Risshi Naavaal, Eric Hu, and Devesh Kumar, captained by junior Bharathi Kancharla, tied for second – both teams qualified for nationals!  Congrats as well to our C, D, and E teams captained by Brenden Stremler, Nate Stewart, and Lucy Gates for their strong showings.  The top ten individual scorers in the preliminary rounds all got book awards; congratulations to Sam McNamee, Brenden Stremler, Risshi Naavaal, and Nate Stewart for their 2nd, 3rd, 6th, and 7th place individual awards!

Regional Orchestra

On Saturday, September 24th, MLWGS had 26 students who all had competitive auditions against other orchestra students across our region. Congratulations to the  following MLWGS students who made it into Senior Regional Orchestra:

Gabriel Harding

Will Eisenhauer

Jenni Chen

Grace Yoo

Aarav Kalluri

Declan Wise

Yamato Motai

Fielding Teague

Chloe Biggs

Ally Lichtman

Sarah Wagner

Shreesh Kalagi

Mark Janssen

Peter Yanovitch

Viktoria Matysiak

Let me sign off tonight with some more words from the great American statesman Abraham Lincoln.  Mr. Lincoln said, “We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection.”

Have a great evening and GO DRAGONS!

 

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School will be closed on Monday September 26th in observance of Rosh Hashana. 

Fall Festival

Enjoy the food, activities, friends & entertainment.

Come to the 25th MLWGS Fall Festival!!

Friday, October 7, 2022 2 pm-7pm

Circular Parking Lot, 1000 N. Lombardy Street

Volunteers are needed:

MLWGS PTSA Fall Festival: 2022 MLWGS Fall Fest Sign Up (signupgenius.com)

Tickets can be purchased online: www.mlwgsdragonslair.com

 Ticket can also be bought onsite for cash or check.

Dragons Lair will be selling swag all Festival long for cash, check or credit card.

Parking can be found at the James River Transportation.

Please be considerate to our neighbors.

Yearbook

The Yearbook staff would LOVE to find out what you did this past summer. Do you have any pictures you’d like to share? Maybe you travelled or worked or volunteered or pursued hobbies or hung out with friends or family. Regardless of what you did, we’d be grateful to feature one or more of your photos in the 2023 Yearbook’s summer spread. Want to share? Just go to hjeshare.com, enter our school’s code (it’s mlwgs), and follow the prompts. It’s almost insultingly easy! We’ll be sure to give you credit for your contributions. Thank you!

MLWGS Library News

  • Abundant gratitude to the 68 students who participated in the MLWGS Library’s first Transcribe-a-thon of 2022-2023 after school on Sep. 21st! Ms. Coleman from the Library of Virginia was here to kick things off and was thrilled to see so many Dragon volunteers show up to help make historical documents more accessible to researchers around the globe. The next MLWGS Library Transcribe-a-thon will be on Nov. 16th from 3:30-5pm.
  • In celebration of Virginia Pride, the MLWGS Library will be hosting a Rainbow Open Mic during lunch on Wednesday, Sep. 28th in the Black Box. Uplift the voices of LGBTQ poets and writers – or just listen and applaud the readers who do. Rainbow cookies will be served! Readings should be 1 to 3 minutes and be school appropriate. Reading spots are first come, first served. Sign up at the event OR reserve a spot by emailing Ms. DeGroat at [email protected].
  • The MLWGS Library’s Read for Fun Book group, led and coordinated by student volunteers, had their first meeting this past week and will be discussing a novel from the horror genre for their next meeting on Oct. 19. The group meets once per month on third Wednesdays. For more info, join the Dragons Read group on Schoology. This year’s student coordinators are Kylie Cox, Hadley Driscoll, Kate Lindley, Sydney Brewer, and Matilde Quilici.

National Honor Society Applications (Due Monday, 10/3)

Are you interested in joining the Maggie Walker Chapter of National Honor Society? The NHS online application for the 2022-2023 school year is now open: https://forms.gle/tDsgMtPfkFiFns3S6

Interested Juniors and Seniors may apply for membership through 11:59pm on Monday, October 3rd. Eligible students are current juniors or seniors with a 3.5 GPA (cumulative, weighted) who are considered “on track” to fulfill their community service requirement (70 hours for juniors and 105 hours for seniors).

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

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

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

Winter Sports

Anyone interested in participating in winter sports, you must have these forms completed and sent to [email protected] as a one page PDF document.  VHSL Athletic Forms

International Trip

Your student and your family are invited to join us for a once-in-a-lifetime travel experience on an Educational Tour to Madrid, Paris, and London during Summer of 2023 and/or 2024! 

Take a sneak peek at the itinerary here: https://www.eftours.com/eliterature/etus/dbd/u/d47c-dbd-mp.pdf. Sound great? Awesome! We would love to have your student join us on this adventure.

This trip will fill up fast, so please Register for our virtual informational webinar where we’ll discuss:

  • What we’ll see and do on our trip & everything that’s included in this experience
  • How your student can earn Academic credit & Scholarships
  • How we’ll be keeping the trip safe and affordable
  • How to sign up on the trip (before it fills up!) & how to lock in an Early Enrollment discount!

We’ll also share details about how to sign up (space is limited!) and answer any questions you might have. Registration for this info session is mandatory to get the virtual meeting link for the meeting, and a parent or guardian must attend.

Virtual meeting date: Wednesday, September 28th at 6 PM

Location: Virtual on ZOOM! Registering is mandatory so that you are able to receive that link and attend!

Click here to Register for the info meeting: https://bit.ly/3Dkmx4W

Can’t wait to see you there!

Mrs. Cobb & Ms. Lee

 

Italy Trip 2023

There will be an informational meeting about an upcoming travel experience to Italy, summer 2023  on Thursday, September 29th at 6:00 in room 335.  Mr. Ross and Ms. Hefty will have information and an itinerary for all in attendance.

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!

Have a great evening and GO DRAGONS!

 

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1st Quarter Interims sill be visible in PowerSchool by the end of the day on Wednesday September 21st

Orchestra

This is a reminder that Senior Regional Orchestra Auditions are this coming Saturday, September 24th in Charlottesville at Journey MS (formally Jack Jouett MS).

AUDITION DAY INFO

Our bus will be leaving MLWGS at 6:45 AM. Please be there by 6:30 if you’re riding the bus.
– Doors will open at 8:15 AM. Students and directors may line up outside prior to that time.

– Audition registration: 8:15-10:00 AM

– Director’s meeting: 8:30 AM

– Auditions begin: 9:00 AM

Seniors

You are encouraged to read Friday’s post on the “College Information for the Class of 2023” Schoology page for a reminder about Monday, September 19th, our school’s deadline for requesting teacher and/or counselor letters of recommendation in Naviance for any college application deadlines that occur before December 1st.  While you still might add or delete schools from your Naviance list of “Colleges I’m Applying To,” it is especially important that your recommenders are made aware now of the earliest deadline by which one or more of these schools will need their letter this fall.  If you have not already shown your parents the Transcript/Recommendation Letter Worksheet that you received from the senior counselors during their English class presentation earlier this month, you should review it with them ASAP regarding steps that must be taken immediately on Naviance and the Common Application to move you forward through the college application process in a timely and complete fashion.  Please If you have questions, please note that the deadline for making similar requests for schools with deadlines on or after December 1st is November 15th.  Please reach out to your senior counselor with any questions.”

National Honor Society Applications (Due Monday, 10/3)

Are you interested in joining the Maggie Walker Chapter of National Honor Society? The NHS online application for the 2022-2023 school year is now open: https://forms.gle/tDsgMtPfkFiFns3S6

Interested Juniors and Seniors may apply for membership through 11:59pm on Monday, October 3rd. Eligible students are current juniors or seniors with a 3.5 GPA (cumulative, weighted) who are considered “on track” to fulfill their community service requirement (70 hours for juniors and 105 hours for seniors).

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

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

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

Robotics

The Mech Tech Dragons Robotics Team is getting to ramp up for the year.   Each year the team has a lot of students interested in participating and the team works to include them in the program.    The Team competes primarily in the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) and one of the key components of the FRC program is the mentor-student partnership.    Mentors (adults from the community) work with small groups of students in meeting the team goals each season.   One of the challenges that the team has is the small number of mentors that are part of our team.   Last year we had 120 students participate in the fall program, with 98 students signing up to be part of the official team and competitions that began in January.  Currently we do not have enough mentors to support all of the students interested in this program (which is one of the few STEM outlets students have at MLWGS).   This resulted in a lot of challenges of supporting all team members.

Do you know any adults in the community that have knowledge of manufacturing using CNC mills and lathes?  Or perhaps mechanical or engineering understanding to help with the technical aspects of the team (building the robot, programming, electrical, etc.)   Or maybe you have skills in graphic design, publications, or video production?   Or maybe you like to work with younger students in elementary/middle schools with our Robotics Outreach activities?

If so please reach out to Mark Sailer, Faculty sponsor and Coach at [email protected] – If you are not sure you have skills that can translate to the team, but want to help, please let him know.   There have been many mentors that became part of the program and learned the skills necessary to help with the team.

For more formation about FIRST and their robotics programs – see www.firstinspires.org

International Trip

Your student and your family are invited to join us for a once-in-a-lifetime travel experience on an Educational Tour to Madrid, Paris, and London during Summer of 2023 and/or 2024! 

Take a sneak peek at the itinerary here: https://www.eftours.com/eliterature/etus/dbd/u/d47c-dbd-mp.pdf. Sound great? Awesome! We would love to have your student join us on this adventure.

This trip will fill up fast, so please Register for our virtual informational webinar where we’ll discuss:

  • What we’ll see and do on our trip & everything that’s included in this experience
  • How your student can earn Academic credit & Scholarships
  • How we’ll be keeping the trip safe and affordable
  • How to sign up on the trip (before it fills up!) & how to lock in an Early Enrollment discount!

We’ll also share details about how to sign up (space is limited!) and answer any questions you might have. Registration for this info session is mandatory to get the virtual meeting link for the meeting, and a parent or guardian must attend.

Virtual meeting date: Wednesday, September 28th at 6 PM

Location: Virtual on ZOOM! Registering is mandatory so that you are able to receive that link and attend!

Click here to Register for the info meeting: https://bit.ly/3Dkmx4W

Can’t wait to see you there!

Mrs. Cobb & Ms. Lee

Community Service

Need community service hours? Do you like history or excel at deciphering old handwriting? Earn community service hours by transcribing historical documents for the Library of Virginia and designated archives! The MLWGS Library hosts one Transcribe-a-thon in the library per quarter. In 2022-2023, they will be held on the following Wednesdays from 3:30pm-5:00pm:

  • Wednesday, Sep. 21
  • Wednesday, Nov. 16
  • Wednesday, Jan. 18
  • Wednesday, Mar. 22

Attending an on-campus Transcribe-a-thon also qualifies you to apply for the opportunity to transcribe on your own schedule, a very popular option. If your application is approved, you may earn up to 35 community service hours per school year for your transcription efforts as long as you maintain and submit proper verification/documentation of your work. Sound good? Sign in to your GSGIS Google account and then sign up to join this year’s Transcribe Team @ https://forms.gle/f2Ro3axLzp1XyDhCA.

Remember, we are here to be compassionate, courageous, collaborative, and to have a sense of community.  It is The Walker Way.

Have a great evening and GO DRAGONS!

 

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From the Clinic

Those who need to have a Life-threatening allergy management plan, asthma action plan, or diabetes management plan on file or medications they would like stored in the clinic, please send the appropriate forms, either dropped off in person to the clinic or emailed to Alisa Shapiro at [email protected] for the 2022-2023 school year.

Forms available here: https://mlwgs.com/home/annual-student-forms/

Please complete as soon as possible

Safety and Security

Students are asked to please make a point of remembering their bus numbers and being outside and on their busses as soon as they are dismissed!

Last call for Senior parking.  (Junior Lotto will be announced next week for remaining spots)

Off campus lunch starts September 9.  Forms may be returned any time, but they can’t participate without a form on file.

Math Tutoring

The Math Tutoring Lab is open every Tuesday and Thursday, from 3:30 to 5:00, in Room 202.  It is staffed by Ms. Lasswell and peer tutors from Mu Alpha Theta (math honor society).

Community Service

Need community service hours? Do you like history or excel at deciphering old handwriting? Earn community service hours by transcribing historical documents for the Library of Virginia and designated archives! The MLWGS Library hosts one Transcribe-a-thon in the library per quarter. In 2022-2023, they will be held on the following Wednesdays from 3:30pm-5:00pm:

  • Wednesday, Sep. 21
  • Wednesday, Nov. 16
  • Wednesday, Jan. 18
  • Wednesday, Mar. 22

Attending an on-campus Transcribe-a-thon also qualifies you to apply for the opportunity to transcribe on your own schedule, a very popular option. If your application is approved, you may earn up to 35 community service hours per school year for your transcription efforts as long as you maintain and submit proper verification/documentation of your work. Sound good? Sign in to your GSGIS Google account and then sign up to join this year’s Transcribe Team @ https://forms.gle/f2Ro3axLzp1XyDhCA.

Yearbook

Seniors, Juniors and Sophomores! Pick up your 2022 Spring Yearbook Supplement in the Commons at lunch on Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 12 and 13. If you can’t be there, see Mr. White in Room 330.

All non-seniors: school pictures will be taken on Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 12 and 13. You will go to the Auditorium through your English classes. Your English teacher has order forms. All orders must be pre-paid. Questions? See Mr. White.

From the Foundation

Which Class Will Win? 

The Foundation’s Parent Participation Competition is Underway!

The Foundation’s Annual Fund Campaign supports many of the amazing academic and extracurricular experiences that set MLWGS apart, including our academic clubs and teams, student travel, teacher professional development, student aid, and more. The Annual Fund Parent Participation Campaign is a friendly (but fierce, lol!) competition that recognizes the class with the highest percentage of parents making  annual fund donations each year. All donations of any size count. And each year, the winning class gets bragging rights and a sweet treat in June courtesy of the Foundation!

Who will take the early lead this year? 2023? 2024? 2025? 2026? We’ll see. Support your Dragon’s class by making your gift online today.

Check out the Foundation Welcome Slideshow

On August 23 and 24, the MLWGS Foundation hosted Parent Welcomes for the Class of 2026. The Foundation put together a short slideshow for the event that includes great info for all MLWGS parents–and a few pics of our newest Dragons at the end. We invite all Dragon parents to check it out here.

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

Have a great evening and GO DRAGONS!

 

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School will be closed on Monday September 5th in observance of Labor Day.

Back to School Night

Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School will hold “Back to School Night” on

Thursday, September 8th from 6:30 – 9:00 pm.   Back to School Night is for parents and guardians.  Students are NOT encouraged to attend.

Plan to arrive by 6:15 p.m. as school parking lots fill up quickly.  Overflow parking is available at the James River Bus Company lot on Allen St. between Broad and Leigh and the Virginia Union C.D. King lot on Leigh St. and Mozelle (directly across Leigh St. from MLW).

Parents should report to the school auditorium no later than 6:30 p.m. for welcome and directions for the evening before reporting to 1st period.

Students should give their parents a copy of their schedule to follow.

Each class session will last for ten minutes, and a bell will signal the transition to the next class.  Parents will have five minutes between classes. Teachers will be providing specific information about their classes, not about individual students.  Parent-teacher conferences will take place on virtually on October 24th and October 26th during which time parents may discuss their child’s individual progress.  More information regarding these conferences will be forthcoming.

Math Tutoring

The Math Tutoring Lab is open every Tuesday and Thursday, from 3:30 to 5:00, in Room 202.  It is staffed by Ms. Lasswell and peer tutors from Mu Alpha Theta (math honor society).

Community Service

Need community service hours? Do you like history or excel at deciphering old handwriting? Earn community service hours by transcribing historical documents for the Library of Virginia and designated archives! The MLWGS Library hosts one Transcribe-a-thon in the library per quarter. In 2022-2023, they will be held on the following Wednesdays from 3:30pm-5:00pm:

  • Wednesday, Sep. 21
  • Wednesday, Nov. 16
  • Wednesday, Jan. 18
  • Wednesday, Mar. 22

Attending an on-campus Transcribe-a-thon also qualifies you to apply for the opportunity to transcribe on your own schedule, a very popular option. If your application is approved, you may earn up to 35 community service hours per school year for your transcription efforts as long as you maintain and submit proper verification/documentation of your work. Sound good? Sign in to your GSGIS Google account and then sign up to join this year’s Transcribe Team @ https://forms.gle/f2Ro3axLzp1XyDhCA.

College Visits at MLWGS

Approximately 100 colleges are expected to visit MLWGS this fall to share information about their institution and learn about our school! A list of the college visits scheduled to date (more colleges are adding every day) is available on the link posted below as well as on each class’s “College Information” Schoology group. A reminder of the featured colleges of each day will be in the morning announcements. The Counseling Department encourages sophomores, juniors, and seniors who are ready to begin exploring colleges to attend sessions that interest them over September and October. While these sessions can be a great way to network with your favorite colleges, we also encourage students to speak to representatives from colleges that are unfamiliar to them and learn something new!

Here is the link to the college visit schedule for the fall: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1CVSjifLRbO70dWW1PB3uf8ow4LGQuuog/edit?usp=sharing&ouid=107178821893099947385&rtpof=true&sd=true

MLWGS aims to show the college representatives visiting our school our finest hospitality! To assist with this hospitality, students may sign up to be a “College Rep Ambassador” who would greet a selected college in the Bluestone lobby at 11:20 (or 15 minutes before their scheduled arrive if it is an alternate time). Details about all expectations (four required tasks) are within the sign up google doc below. There can only be one college rep ambassador per college, and that would be worth one service hour if all related tasks are checked as completed AND verified by Dr. Loving it through x2vol. When signing up, students should be mindful they will need to leave 3rd or 4th period 15 minutes early with teacher permission. Thank you in advance for considering this opportunity!

Here is the link to sign up to be a College Rep Ambassador (be sure to read all instructions within): https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/18EbZuVeYICWexrze_yVDmySCL6AFVnzd8I-YlU0MjgI/edit?usp=sharing

Please contact Dr. Loving ([email protected]) with questions related to college visits. Best of luck exploring this fall!

Seniors

The September 2022 Senior Newsletter has been posted to the School Counseling website:

https://sites.google.com/gsgis.k12.va.us/mlwgs-counseling/college-admissions-information/seniorjunior-newsletters

Students and their families are encouraged to review this monthly newsletter for information on the college application process, scholarships, and other special opportunities.

Lots of helpful information also has been posted to the “College Information for the Class of 2023” Schoology page since the first day of school!  Twelfth graders should review this site regularly for important announcements and reminders.

Yearbook Photos

ALERT! Yearbook photos for NON-SENIORS will be taken on Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 12 and 13. Students will head to the Auditorium from their English classes. Order forms will be distributed in class on the week of August 29. Those who wish to purchase pictures can prepay online or bring the paper form with cash or a check to the photographer on picture day. Alternatively, students can wait to receive their proof and use the Portrait ID and Access code (which are on the form they’ll get) to order after picture day. Students who lose their forms should see Mr. White in Room 330 for a replacement. There will be a make-up date in October.

Dress Code

Please be mindful of following the school’s dress code.  The dress code can be found on pages 13-14 in the Student Handbook:

Online Handbook & Code of Conduct (mlwgs.com)

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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Friday September 2nd is a school holiday.  The building will be closed.  School will re-start after Labor Day on September 6th.

Study Hall and Attendance

Unless a student is granted specific permission related to an off-campus mentorship, all students are expected to be on campus for the duration of the school day (8:40 AM – 3:10 PM) every day.  This includes study halls.  Any absence from school must be reported to the attendance office in order to be considered an excused absence.

Dance Team

Dancers! Are you interested in performing with Maggie Walker’s Dance Team this school year? Join us upstairs in the Forum on Thursday, September 1st at 11:35AM for an Interest Meeting!  Tryouts will be in the Black Box on September 7th and 8th from 3:30-4:30PM. (You will need a current physical on file with Activities Director Paige Hawkins to try out.)  We can’t wait for the new season to start and hope to see you at the Interest Meeting!

Economics

MLWGS Online Economics Course Fall Semester has begun. First course due dates are Aug 29th. Students should check the course page in Schoology for details and instructions.

Community Service

Need community service hours? Do you like history or excel at deciphering old handwriting? Earn community service hours by transcribing historical documents for the Library of Virginia and designated archives! The MLWGS Library hosts one Transcribe-a-thon in the library per quarter. In 2022-2023, they will be held on the following Wednesdays from 3:30pm-5:00pm:

  • Wednesday, Sep. 21
  • Wednesday, Nov. 16
  • Wednesday, Jan. 18
  • Wednesday, Mar. 22

Attending an on-campus Transcribe-a-thon also qualifies you to apply for the opportunity to transcribe on your own schedule, a very popular option. If your application is approved, you may earn up to 35 community service hours per school year for your transcription efforts as long as you maintain and submit proper verification/documentation of your work. Sound good? Sign in to your GSGIS Google account and then sign up to join this year’s Transcribe Team @ https://forms.gle/f2Ro3axLzp1XyDhCA.

Yearbook Photos

ALERT! Yearbook photos for NON-SENIORS will be taken on Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 12 and 13. Students will head to the Auditorium from their English classes. Order forms will be distributed in class on the week of August 29. Those who wish to purchase pictures can prepay online or bring the paper form with cash or a check to the photographer on picture day. Alternatively, students can wait to receive their proof and use the Portrait ID and Access code (which are on the form they’ll get) to order after picture day. Students who lose their forms should see Mr. White in Room 330 for a replacement. There will be a make-up date in October.

Quiz Bowl

Have you noticed how big the noggins are on some Maggie Walker students!?  No, it’s not benign familial macrocephaly – those are just quiz bowl kids!  Our team is off to a great start this year but we’d love your company!  Come practice with us every day during lunch or after school Monday through Thursday in room 316.  We’ll be holding special introductory practices for new members on Mondays – there are no tryouts and all are welcome!  Email Mr. Rotche at [email protected] if you have any questions.

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

Have a great week and GO DRAGONS!!

 

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School Opening

School will commence on Monday August 22nd at 8:40 AM

COVID Update

While we are hopeful that the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic may be behind us, the Richmond area is still experiencing a period of “High Transmission.”  The CDC recommends that during these periods that masks are worn indoors.  This is not a requirement and masking decisions will remain an individual and family decision.

Seniors

Seniors! There are still several time slots available for your LAST CHANCE to sit for your Lifetouch formal senior portrait (in tux or drape, which are provided) in school free of charge! The session will be held on Thursday, Sept. 8, in the Auditorium. Two cameras will run simultaneously for most of the day, in six-minute blocks, with a lunch break. Sign up here:  https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1pzztyxR9h_mvC1wAxhkpWvQH0NvJFUZ7TEdhe-U0nVg/edit?usp=sharing

NOTE: If you’d like to sit for more than the free senior portrait, please visit Lifetouch at prestigeportraits.com/studio. Or, of course, you may choose another studio or photographer.

Please email me at [email protected] for further info, if you’re seeking another studio.

Yearbooks

Buy your MLWGS Yearbook early! Prices start at $45, but they go up after Oct. 7. You MUST buy your Yearbook online, at www.yearbookordercenter.com. Find our school’s name or enter our job number (14632) to reserve your book.

The Music Department

Band and Orchestra students should plan to bring their instruments on their first day of class.  Percussion Ensemble students should bring drum sticks on the first day.

Community Service

Need community service hours? Do you like history or excel at deciphering old handwriting? Earn community service hours by transcribing historical documents for the Library of Virginia and designated archives! The MLWGS Library hosts one Transcribe-a-thon in the library per quarter. In 2022-2023, they will be held on the following Wednesdays from 3:30pm-5:00pm:

  • Wednesday, Sep. 21
  • Wednesday, Nov. 16
  • Wednesday, Jan. 18
  • Wednesday, Mar. 22

Attending an on-campus Transcribe-a-thon also qualifies you to apply for the opportunity to transcribe on your own schedule, a very popular option. If your application is approved, you may earn up to 35 community service hours per school year for your transcription efforts as long as you maintain and submit proper verification/documentation of your work. Sound good? Sign in to your GSGIS Google account and then sign up to join this year’s Transcribe Team @ https://forms.gle/f2Ro3axLzp1XyDhCA.

Newsworthy Links

https://mlwgs.com/walker-way-day-for-the-class-of-2026/

https://mlwgs.com/introducing-our-newest-faculty-members-2022-2023/

https://mlwgs.com/promoted-faculty-members-in-2022-2023/

 

Happy First Day of School!

Go Dragons!!!