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Director’s Sunday Evening Update

Sunday Night Update 021719

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!

 

Sunday Night Update 010619

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!

 

Sunday Night Update 091618

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

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

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

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

Sunday Night Update 09/09/18

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

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

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

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

Good Evening!

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

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

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

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

Go Dragons!