Director’s Sunday Evening Update

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All students enrolled in the Summer Economics Course should check Its Learning to make sure you are seeing the course. Please email Ms. Ellis if you do not see the course in Its Learning. Training instructions for how to begin the course have been placed in the Its Learning page. The course begins and has items due on June 18th.

Students enrolled in the Summer Personal Finance Course that begins on July 23rd will not see the course in Its Learning until sometime during the week of July 16 – 21st. Please mark your calendars the start date for the course and start checking for information in Its Learning after July 16th.

Attention Seniors!

Senior Picnic – June 14 – 12:00pm

The Senior Picnic is the first official alumni event for the Class of 2018, and it is sponsored by the Governor’s School Foundation and Alumni Office. The event will take place at the Carillon Shelter at Byrd Park, and students are asked to sign-up to bring desserts, drinks, paper goods, and chips. The Foundation will assist in providing the main meal. Any parent who wishes to help serve at this event, please contact class sponsors, Kerry Sheppard (ksheppard@gsgis.k12.va.us, 804-354-6800 ext. 3304) or Celie Boswell, cboswell@gsgis.k12.va.us, 804-354-6800 ext. 2366.

 

Graduation Rehearsal Information – June 15 – 8:45am

 

Graduation rehearsal is held at the Altria Theater on June 15, 2017.  Parking for graduation is available at the VCU parking deck for $10 (entrances are on Cherry and Laurel Streets).  There are pay stations at the decks, but don’t forget to print out a receipt.  This will allow you to return later in the day for no additional charge.  Please adhere to posted street parking signs as ticketing and towing are strictly enforced. Seniors must arrive no later than 8:45 a.m. and report to the downstairs ballroom (enter through the Main Street entrance towards the rear of the building).  Rehearsal will begin at 9:00 a.m. sharp.  ANY STUDENT WHO MISSES REHEARSAL WILL NOT BE PERMITTED TO WALK IN THE ACTUAL GRADUATION CEREMONY, so parents are asked to please work with your student to make sure he or she is on time.  Practice is usually completed by 11:30 a.m. or so; but given that we will take as long as needed to perfect the process, please do not plan anything that requires your student to leave early or be gone by a certain time.  This run-through is crucial to the success of the graduation ceremony.

 

Graduation Information – June 15

 

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

 

Perhaps the most important clothing decision for the day, however, is shoes.  Dress shoes and socks or low-heeled dress shoes are the best choices; please, no “flip-flops” or athletic shoes.  Additionally, decorations on mortarboards are absolutely prohibited.

 

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

 

Photographs during the ceremony are only allowed from your seats.   The Altria Theater will not permit us to spill into the aisles for this activity, and they enforce this quite seriously.  However, Strawbridge Studios will be taking pictures of each individual student as he/she receives his/her diploma.

 

Graduation activities should conclude by 5:30 p.m.

 

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

Have a great evening and as always, Go Dragons!

 

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Attention Graduating Seniors:

There are two important forms that you will need/want to complete prior to graduation.

1) The Senior Check Out Form (Pink Form- Available for pick up in the Counseling Office on Ms. Hicks’ desk): This form is REQUIRED for all seniors to officially “check out” and verify that they do not owe any textbooks, library books, athletic uniforms, reusable parking passes, or fees (you must have all things signed off on even if you have never used them). Seniors must have all teachers and various other staff members sign their form. It must be fully completed and turned in to your senior counselor by the day of your last exam or Wednesday, June 13th. Contact your counselor or Ms. Hicks, School Counseling Registrar (x3213), if you have questions or concerns about the check out process. Note: All students, even if they have never played a sport, must have Ms. Hawkins sign their form. Ms. Hawkins can sign the forms for non-athletes on June 4th and 5th and then will sign all remaining forms (athletes and non-athletes) when she returns from states the following week on June 11th, 12th, and 13th.

2) VCU Transcript Request Form (sent electronically, available on the VCU website, and available for pick up on Ms. Hicks’ desk): In order to transfer your dual enrollment credits from VCU to your future college, you must complete this form and submit it directly to VCU with the $5 fee. Please follow up with your future institution to ensure that this document is received. Your MLWGS transcript will not be sufficient to transfer these credits. If you are attending VCU you do not have to worry about this form because your VCU credits are already on your college transcript.

MLWGS transcripts will be sent to the institution seniors indicated on their senior survey (which all seniors have already completed) the week following graduation. No additional action is required to have this transcript sent. Please let us know if that institution has changed or if you would like us to send an additional copy to another institution as well. The graduation program is also about to go to the printer so if you have had a college change since submitting the senior survey, please confirm with your senior counselor or Kerry Sheppard, graduation coordinator, that the institution is correct by Monday, June 4th.

Graduation Tickets will be distributed June 4th – June 8th by Ms. Sheppard and Mrs. Boswell during lunch outside room 330.  Please note that these are tickets for admission to the graduation exercises and are not the announcements you would have ordered from Herff-Jones.  Anyone planning to come watch graduates receive their diplomas must have a ticket to gain entrance into the theater.  Each student will receive 14 tickets, and more tickets may be available on a case-by-case basis.  If tickets are lost, they may not be replaceable.  Please keep them in a safe place until June 15th.

Thursday, June 7 is Senior Recognition Night.  This is the night we all come together to honor the many contributions and memories of our graduating seniors.  The highlight of the evening for the students is always the Senior Slide Show, and it is a great opportunity for you to get a sense of what the last four years have looked like inside our halls.   Students should arrive by 6:30 for the line-up in the gym wearing professional/business attire; caps and gowns are NOT worn for this event.

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

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

Have a great evening and as always, Go Dragons!

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Attention Sophomores!

Please join us in the Forum during lunch on Wednesday, May 30th for College Jump-Start! The presentation will begin at 11:40. Senior Counselors, Dr. Loving and Ms. Streitel, will be presenting on topics related to college. We will discuss how to begin the college search, what you can be doing now, what colleges consider important, and what you should be thinking about down the road (ACT/SAT, recommendation letters, essays, etc.). Although this event is not mandatory, it is highly recommended that you attend.

Parents: due to space issues this one is only for students but please encourage your sophomore to attend!

Please see Ms. Streitel or Dr. Loving in Counseling with any questions.

On Thursday, May 31st, the freshman class will participate in the first annual Jackson Ward historic tour, which will include the Maggie Walker National Historic Site and the Black History Museum.  To accommodate the entire class, students will be divided alphabetically into two groups of 90.  While half of the class participates in the field trip, the other half will view Senior Showcase presentations.  After lunch, the groups will alternate. Any freshman who does not wish to go on the field trip must report to the auditorium.

Seniors,

Don’t forget to submit your comments and baby picture for Senior Night (June 7).  Links to both forms can be found on the Class of 2018 ItsLearning page.  See Mrs. Boswell or Ms. Sheppard with questions!

Senior Night is all about the Class of 2018 and remembering their time here at Maggie Walker.  As each student walks across the stage on June 7 (see the Senior Letter for additional details), some of your teachers will read short comments written about you by your fellow classmates.  By now, your class officers have informed you of those seniors you’re responsible for, and we would like you to input your 1-2 sentence comment on to a form found on the class ItsLearning page.  Each comment will be vetted and possibly merged with comments given by other seniors.

In addition to the comments, there is a second link on the class ItsLearning page where you can share a baby picture.  These will be added to the PowerPoint used at Senior Night.

Please complete both by May 28th.  If you have questions or have forgotten the name(s) of the seniors you have been assigned, please ask your class officers or Ms. Boswell.

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

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

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

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

Have a great evening and as always, Go Dragons!

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Senior Night is all about the Class of 2018 and remembering their time here at Maggie Walker.  As each student walks across the stage on June 7 (see the Senior Letter for additional details), some of your teachers will read short comments written about you by your fellow classmates.  By now, your class officers have informed you of those seniors you’re responsible for, and we would like you to input your 1-2 sentence comment on to a form found on the class ItsLearning page.  Each comment will be vetted and possibly merged with comments given by other seniors.

In addition to the comments, there is a second link on the class ItsLearning page where you can share a baby picture.  These will be added to the PowerPoint used at Senior Night.

Please complete both by May 28th.  If you have questions or have forgotten the name(s) of the seniors you have been assigned, please ask your class officers or Ms. Boswell.

Year-end Celebration for MLWGS Transcribe volunteers!  This school year more than 30 students at MLWGS transcribed historical documents for the Library of Virginia’s Transcribe project.  This Wednesday, May 23rd from 3:30 to 5pm, the MW Library will host this year’s last transcribe-a-thon which will also be an opportunity to celebrate the team’s accomplishments with bling from the Library of Virginia – and cake.  Ms. Sonya Coleman from the Library of Virginia will be here to congratulate our volunteers on their good work.

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

Have a great evening and as always, Go Dragons!

 

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Prom is at the Redskin’s Training Center, Saturday, May 18th from 8 – 11pm.  Ticket sales begin Monday the 14th of May and will be sold for $20 each.  Ticket prices will increase to $30 on Friday, May 17th.  Out of school guests must complete the guest form prior to buying a ticket.  The forms are located in room 100.

As a reminder, Prom is a school-sponsored event and all participants must adhere to the code of conduct.  Any student or guest in violation of the code of conduct, especially the section on alcohol and other substances will be removed from the prom, the parent will be contacted to pick the student up, and full disciplinary consequences will be applied.  Richmond PD as well as RMC Security will be on site to keep the prom safe and enjoyable for all.

 

AP Testing Continues Monday

Students can see their AP schedule with room assignments by logging on to Total Registration (https://www.totalregistration.net/). If students see any errors with their list of AP exams (check the number of exams and exact exam titles), they should contact Dr. Loving ASAP (rloving@gsgis.k12.va.us).

Reminders:

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

Please be ready to enter the testing room for morning exams at 8:30 sharp. Afternoon exam times are approximate. It will depend on the length of the morning exam each day. An updated exam time will be posted on the door of the testing room at some point during lunch to let you know a more accurate start time. Students taking two exams in one day will be given about a 15-20 minute lunch break before the next test begins. The cafeteria may no longer be open during that break, so students may wish to pack their lunch. Afternoon exams will likely extend past the end of the school day and students will need to plan for their own transportation home. They will not be able to contact their parents or ride during the exam, so please plan accordingly.

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

Showcasing MLWGS Senior musical talent is an important tradition at Senior Recognition Night and graduation.  For example, vocalists are needed to sing The Star Spangled Banner.  Additional performers or performance groups (instrumental or vocal) are sought for both events.   Students should begin preparing if they would like to audition.   Any MLWGS senior or group of seniors interested in auditioning must sign up for a time slot by May 18th on the list outside the Forum (The sign-up sheet will be posted by the first week of May).  Final decisions will be made by a committee of faculty members and the class officers.   Note: All students intending to perform must be present at auditions and are required to perform their intended piece for graduation or Senior Night.

 

Prom dress & suit charitable drive. https://mlwgs.com/prom-dress-and-suit-drive-for-kids/

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

Have a great evening and as always, Go Dragons!

 

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AP Testing Starts Monday

AP testing will begin Monday, May 7th and will continue through Friday, May 18th. Students will be marked as “School Excused” for their scheduled exam periods.

Students can see their AP schedule with room assignments by logging on to Total Registration (https://www.totalregistration.net/). If students see any errors with their list of AP exams (check the number of exams and exact exam titles), they should contact Dr. Loving ASAP (rloving@gsgis.k12.va.us).

Reminders:

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

Please be ready to enter the testing room for morning exams at 8:30 sharp. Afternoon exam times are approximate. It will depend on the length of the morning exam each day. An updated exam time will be posted on the door of the testing room at some point during lunch to let you know a more accurate start time. Students taking two exams in one day will be given about a 15-20 minute lunch break before the next test begins. The cafeteria may no longer be open during that break, so students may wish to pack their lunch. Afternoon exams will likely extend past the end of the school day and students will need to plan for their own transportation home. They will not be able to contact their parents or ride during the exam, so please plan accordingly.

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

This week is National Teacher Appreciation Week.  Please join me in thanking our teachers for all that they do every day at Maggie Walker.  Teaching is a tough but rewarding job and the act of a student or parent showing their appreciation by saying thanks means so much.  Take time out this week to send a note to a teacher that made a difference.  It may be a Dragon or a teacher from the past.  Trust me, it means a lot!

On Thursday, May 10, the English department is taking the freshman class to see Macbeth at the American Shakespeare Center in Staunton.  Buses leave at 8:15, so please be sure your students arrive by 8:00 to check in and board the bus.  Students only need to bring a bag lunch.  Thanks again to the Governor School Foundation for its generous support providing transportation for the trip!

Showcasing MLWGS Senior musical talent is an important tradition at Senior Recognition Night and graduation.  For example, vocalists are needed to sing The Star Spangled Banner.  Additional performers or performance groups (instrumental or vocal) are sought for both events.   Students should begin preparing if they would like to audition.   Any MLWGS senior or group of seniors interested in auditioning must sign up for a time slot by May 18th on the list outside the Forum (The sign-up sheet will be posted by the first week of May).  Final decisions will be made by a committee of faculty members and the class officers.   Note: All students intending to perform must be present at auditions and are required to perform their intended piece for graduation or Senior Night.

Here are a few other helpful links:

Community service hours for seniors are due May 7. https://mlwgs.com/seniors-community-service-hours-due-by-monday-may-7/

Prom dress & suit charitable drive. https://mlwgs.com/prom-dress-and-suit-drive-for-kids/

2018 Thank a Teacher Campaign.  https://mlwgs.com/the-2018-thank-a-teacher-campaign/

As we enter teacher week I reflect back to teachers that made a difference in my life.  Ms. Williams, Dr. Coulter, Mr. Stokes, Ms. Burke, Ms. Stewart and so many others helped shape me into who I am.  They believed in me, pushed me, challenged me, and held me accountable.  Many would not accept anything but my best effort. They showed me that I had potential and helped wring it out of me.  For that, I am eternally grateful.  As Tom Brokaw wrote, “It’s easy to make a buck.  It’s a lot tougher to make a difference.”  Teachers make a difference.

Have a great evening and as always, Go Dragons!

 

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Stress Less, Laugh More Week (4/30 – 5/4) is an event designed to provide some fun and relaxation for our students prior to AP exams and the spring SOL assessments. It is being sponsored by Lisa Ebeling, School Psychologist and Paige Hawkins, Activities Director. A committee of students have worked with Mrs. Ebeling and Ms. Hawkins on generating ideas for this event.  During lunch, our students can look forward to a board game station, treats at lunch, a visit with therapy dogs, and some other entertaining activities. Our librarian, Wendy DeGroat, has resources on reducing stress for our students.  Those can be accessed at http://bit.ly/mindfulnessandcalm.  Ms. DeGroat will have some additional activities available this week at the Creativity and Calm station that is housed in the library.

Please note that in order for students to visit with the therapy dogs on May 4th, they MUST have the attached permission form signed by a parent and returned to the school counseling office by May 3rd.  Questions?  Contact Lisa Ebeling at lebeling@gsgis.k12.va.us.  Please follow this link to the permission slip:  https://mlwgs.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Therapy-Dog-Permission-Slip.pdf

Photographers from Strawbridge Studios will photograph the senior class in their caps and gowns on the front steps of Maggie Walker on Thursday, May 3.  This panorama-style photograph measures around 10”x30”, and the cost is $15.00.   Order forms are available in the senior commons for any student interested in purchasing a copy of the photo.  Students will need to wear their cap and gown for the photograph and bring their order form and money on May 3 – online ordering is not available.

On Tuesday, May 1st, the Governor’s School Foundation is hosting the first ever Day of the Dragon, a full day dedicated to celebrating the good work of the Governor’s School and promoting Foundation support. The Foundation will kick off the Day of the Dragon with a special breakfast honoring our newly launched Legacy Circle, which recognizes Foundation contributors who have given more than $25,000 cumulatively throughout the history of the school.  Other activities throughout the day include an ice cream social study break for MLWGS students, a phone-a-thon/ thank you note writing party after school, and an alumni happy hour that evening under the lights of the Byrd Marquee which will recognize MLWGS!  And throughout the day, the Foundation will be busy sharing info about their many efforts to strengthen the academic experience for our students, and garnering support for our 2017-2018 Annual Fund Campaign.  MLWGS is very lucky to have an organization like the Governor’s School Foundation that works throughout the year to provide enhancements for our students and faculty. We appreciate your ongoing support of their efforts.

Showcasing MLWGS Senior musical talent is an important tradition at Senior Recognition Night and graduation.  For example, vocalists are needed to sing The Star Spangled Banner.  Additional performers or performance groups (instrumental or vocal) are sought for both events.   Students should begin preparing if they would like to audition.   Any MLWGS senior or group of seniors interested in auditioning must sign up for a time slot by May 18th on the list outside the Forum (The sign-up sheet will be posted by the first week of May).  Final decisions will be made by a committee of faculty members and the class officers.   Note: All students intending to perform must be present at auditions and are required to perform their intended piece for graduation or Senior Night.

Here a few other helpful links:

Community service hours for seniors are due May 7. https://mlwgs.com/seniors-community-service-hours-due-by-monday-may-7/

Prom dress & suit charitable drive. https://mlwgs.com/prom-dress-and-suit-drive-for-kids/

2018 Thank a Teacher Campaign.  https://mlwgs.com/the-2018-thank-a-teacher-campaign/

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

Have a great evening and as always, GO Dragons!

 

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The Induction ceremony for the International Language Honor Societies will take place on Thursday, April 26th at 11:30 in the auditorium.   Parents are cordially invited to attend the ceremony and join us for refreshments in the auditorium lobby immediately following the ceremony.  Parking will be available in the James River Lot.

Seniors should have picked up their graduation cap/gown/announcements from Herff Jones this past Wednesday or Thursday.  Unfortunately, some items were not delivered.  If your student stopped by the table, Herff Jones should know of their error and have already made arrangements to send the missing/incorrect items.  Please ask your senior to try on their cap/gown at their earliest convenience to make sure that everything fits correctly.  The orders should have been filled according to the information students provided during a class meeting in November, but if there is an error in size…please reach out to Ms. Sheppard or Mrs. Boswell ASAP.  It’s possible these corrected orders will not be filled in time for the May 3rd senior photo.  See Ms. Sheppard before May 3rd to get a loaner cap/robe.

The School Advisory Council (SAC) is seeking nominations to fill PTSA vacancies on the Council.  The mission of the Maggie Walker SAC is to serve in an advisory capacity to enhance the quality of education, to promote comprehensive educational opportunities, to support the effective components of the existing programs, and to ensure that the Maggie Walker mission is achieved.  Nominees must be parents of a current Maggie Walker student(s), member of the PTSA, and also able to serve a two-year term and attend 7:30am meetings.  All nominations should be sent to Cynthia Kostelecky at ckostelecky@gmail.com on or before Monday, April 30, 2018.

This week closed with Grandparents Day and it got me thinking.  We often forget to thank all of those around us who help make us who we are and provide our lives with purpose.  To that end, I am reminded of what John F. Kennedy meant when he said “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” I challenge the Dragon Nation to show our gratitude to all of those who inspire us by living lives full of love, kindness, and meaning.

Have a great evening and as always, GO Dragons!

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Herff Jones will be at MLWGS during lunch on Wednesday, April 18th and Thursday, April 19th to deliver caps, gowns, announcements, and any other graduation paraphernalia that you ordered.  Seniors should go to the downstairs commons area to pick up their items.  If there are any errors with the order, please call Herff Jones directly:  804-598-0971.  If you have any questions about graduation, don’t hesitate to reach out to Kerry Sheppard, graduation coordinator and Class of 2018 co-sponsor, at ksheppard@gsgis.k12.va.us /804-354-6800 ext. 3304 or Celie Boswell, Class of 2018 co-sponsor, at cboswell@gsgis.k12.va.us /804-354-6800 ext. 2366.

The School Advisory Council (SAC) is seeking nominations to fill PTSA vacancies on the Council.  The mission of the Maggie Walker SAC is to serve in an advisory capacity to enhance the quality of education, to promote comprehensive educational opportunities, to support the effective components of the existing programs, and to ensure that the Maggie Walker mission is achieved.  Nominees must be parents of a current Maggie Walker student(s), member of the PTSA, and also able to serve a two-year term and attend 7:30am meetings.  All nominations should be sent to Cynthia Kostelecky at ckostelecky@gmail.com on or before Monday, April 30, 2018.

As spring is finally beginning to emerge here at Maggie Walker, please be mindful of the student dress code.  Specifically, let’s keep our bellies covered and be sure that our shorts and skirts are at least thumb length.  If you have to ask if it’s ok for school, it probably isn’t!  The dress code can be found on page 14 of the Student Handbook.  Here is a direct link to the handbook:

https://mlwgs.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/Student-Handbook-2017-2018.pdf

Here are a few other useful links for this week:

School Board meeting 4-19 https://mlwgs.com/mlwgs-regional-board-meeting-on-april-19-2018/

Registration for the Class of 2022 at MLWGS, Monday, April 23 @ 6:00 pm   https://mlwgs.com/registration-for-the-class-of-2022-at-mlwgs-monday-april-23-600-pm/

MLWGS Robotics Compete at FIRST ® CHAMPIONSHIP:  April 25-28, 2018. Urgent Need for Funding Assistance    https://mlwgs.com/mlwgs-robotics-compete-at-first-championship-april-25-28-2018-urgent-need-for-funding-assistance/

Spring Concerts at MLWGS for Jazz, Orchestra, and Chorus, April 16, 18 & 9   https://mlwgs.com/spring-concerts-at-mlwgs-for-jazz-orchestra-and-chorus-april-16-18-19/

Learner’s Permit   https://www.facebook.com/mlwgs/photos/a.311255565598174.74175.214653628591702/1792415937482122/?type=3&theater

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

Have a great evening and as always, GO Dragons!

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Prior to the break, some parents received letters regarding their student’s attendance that mentioned that missed seat time due to absences would have to be made up.  If the absence was due to a medical issue or a sickness, the seat time does not need to be made up.  We apologize for the confusion.

Due to the additional loss of instruction time caused by the snow day, we find ourselves in the unfortunate situation of having to make up a few hours.  In order to have the smallest impact on our families, local school districts, and athletics, we are going to simply shorten our lunch periods for a total of 13 days commencing upon the return from Spring Break.  We will not shorten the Friday lunches as they are already a little shorter than the other days.  We will use the following schedule:

April 9-12, 16-19, 23-26, & 30

Block 1/2: 8:40-10:07am (87 min)

Block 3/4: 10:12-11:37am (85 min)

Lunch: 11:37am-12:10pm (33 min)

Block 5/6: 12:15-1:40pm (85 min)

Block 7/8: 1:45-3:10pm (85 min)

This month’s Transcribe-a-thon will take place in the MW Library on Wednesday, April 11th from 3:30 to 5pm. Join the Transcribe team for chocolate, good company, and meaningful work. If you’d like to participate and don’t have a Transcribe account yet, see Ms. DeGroat ahead of time.

The School Advisory Council (SAC) is seeking nominations to fill PTSA vacancies on the Council.  The mission of the Maggie Walker SAC is to serve in an advisory capacity to enhance the quality of education, to promote comprehensive educational opportunities, to support the effective components of the existing programs, and to ensure that the Maggie Walker mission is achieved.  Nominees must be parents of a current Maggie Walker student(s), member of the PTSA, and also able to serve a two-year term and attend 7:30am meetings.  All nominations should be sent to Cynthia Kostelecky at ckostelecky@gmail.com on or before Monday, April 30, 2018.

As spring is finally beginning to emerge here at Maggie Walker, please be mindful of the student dress code.  Specifically, let’s keep our bellies covered and be sure that our shorts and skirts are at least thumb length.  If you have to ask if it’s ok for school, it probably isn’t!  The dress code can be found on page 14 of the Student Handbook.  Here is a direct link to the handbook:

https://mlwgs.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/Student-Handbook-2017-2018.pdf

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

Have a great evening and Go Dragons!

 

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As spring is finally beginning to emerge here at Maggie Walker, please be mindful of the student dress code.  Specifically, let’s keep our bellies covered and be sure that our shorts and skirts are at least thumb length.  If you have to ask if it’s ok for school, it probably isn’t!  The dress code can be found on page 14 of the Student Handbook.  Here is a direct link to the handbook:

https://mlwgs.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/Student-Handbook-2017-2018.pdf

Due to the additional loss of instruction time caused by the snow day, we find ourselves in the unfortunate situation of having to make up a few hours.  In order to have the smallest impact on our families, local school districts, and athletics, we are going to simply shorten our lunch periods for a total of 13 days commencing upon the return from Spring Break.  We will not shorten the Friday lunches as they are already a little shorter than the other days.  We will use the following schedule on the following days:

April 9-12, 16-19, 23-26, & 30

Block 1/2: 8:40-10:07am (87 min)

Block 3/4: 10:12-11:37am (85 min)

Lunch: 11:37am-12:10pm (33 min)

Block 5/6: 12:15-1:40pm (85 min)

Block 7/8: 1:45-3:10pm (85 min)

 

This is a reminder that the campus will be closed for Spring Break from April 2nd through April 6th.  While there may be some activities on campus, the offices will not be open for business to allow our staff to enjoy time with their families.

Due to the General Assembly’s delay on passing a state budget, an amended MLWGS budget was presented at the Regional School Board Meeting.  Here is a link to the proposed budget:

https://mlwgs.com/welcome-to-mlwgs/regional-school-board/operating-budget/

A while ago, I heard about a student from another high school that had chosen to drop out of school because she felt that she couldn’t pass one specific class.  I asked why she didn’t just choose to go to summer school and graduate in August?  There was no answer.  It made me think of a quote from Thomas Edison who said “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”  We will all encounter times in our lives where we just want to quit. Don’t give up!  Success may just be right around the corner.

Have a great evening and Go Dragons!

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To celebrate reaching the second semester of their senior year, the English department is planning a field trip to see Shakespeare’s masterwork, Hamlet, on March 28.  We hope the entire senior class will participate in the trip.

The play is being performed at the Blackfriars’ Playhouse in Staunton, VA.

Transportation will be provided by James River Transportation, thanks to a generous grant from our Foundation.  Student ticket price is $20, payable by cash or check written to MLWGS.

Coaches will leave from the Bluestone Lobby at 8:30 A.M. and will be returning to the student parking lot by 3:15.  Students should bring a bag lunch to eat on the coach after the morning matinee.  STUDENTS WILL BE BACK AT SCHOOL IN TIME FOR ALL AFTERNOON ACTIVITIES.

Due to the General Assembly’s delay on passing a state budget, an amended MLWGS budget was presented at the Regional School Board Meeting.  Here is a link to the proposed budget:

https://mlwgs.com/welcome-to-mlwgs/regional-school-board/operating-budget/

With all of the talk about differences, I wondered how it is possible that a school with such diversity as MLWGS doesn’t seem to have the issues of fear and friction that one might expect if one were to only listen to the news and opinions on television.  I went out to my usual spot and watched the Dragons go to their next class.  While they walked, kids of all races, genders, religions,  and nationalities hugged each other, some shook hands, and some playfully walked arm in arm to class.  Maybe it was because of the impending Spring Break, but almost all of them were sporting huge smiles.  And then it hit me.  Mother Theresa was right.  “Peace begins with a smile.”

Have a great evening and Go Dragons!

 

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March is Youth Art and Music Month. This year, to help celebrate, various school music groups will be performing throughout the evening in addition to our regular student art exhibition. Plus, student films from our Digital Video class will also be shown in the auditorium. The date for this event is Wednesday, March 14 from 5-7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided. We hope you all can join us!

This month’s Transcribe-a-thon will take place in the MW Library on Wednesday, March 14th from 3:30 to 5pm. Join the Transcribe team for chocolate, good company, and meaningful work. If you’d like to participate and don’t have a Transcribe account yet, see Ms. DeGroat ahead of time.

To celebrate reaching the second semester of their senior year, the English department is planning a field trip to see Shakespeare’s masterwork, Hamlet, on March 28.  We hope the entire senior class will participate in the trip.

The play is being performed at the Blackfriars’ Playhouse in Staunton, VA.

Transportation will be provided by James River Transportation, thanks to a generous grant from our Foundation.  Student ticket price is $20, payable by cash or check written to MLWGS.

Coaches will leave from the Bluestone Lobby at 8:30 A.M. and will be returning to the student parking lot by 3:15.  Students should bring a bag lunch to eat on the coach after the morning matinee.  STUDENTS WILL BE BACK AT SCHOOL IN TIME FOR ALL AFTERNOON ACTIVITIES.

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

 

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All returning students will be registering for next year’s classes on Thursday March 8th during 2nd period. Students must have their course registration forms completed and signed by teachers and parents in order to register. If students are registering for a VCU class, VCU registration forms are also required.

Makeup registration is scheduled for Tuesday March 13th during lunch in the 3rd floor computer lab in room 318.

Students are also asked to submit the Home Technology Access form during course registration as well. Extra copies of this form will be available in the course registration rooms.

Final Hours for Night of the Dragon Tickets!

Today is the final day to order your tickets for the Night of the Dragon being held next Saturday, March 10, at the Hilton Short Pump. This wonderful evening includes great food, wonderful conversation, excellent student entertainment, and the Live and Silent Auctions that are the year’s biggest fundraiser the Maggie Walker. Don’t miss out. Order your tickets now at www.nightofthedragon.com!

The Senior Letter will be mailed out later this week.  It will provide details about senior-related events for the remainder of the school year.  If a parent or student has any questions, please contact Kerry Sheppard (804-354-6800 ext 3304; ksheppard@gsgis.k12.va.us) or Celie Boswell (804-354-6800 ext. 2366; cboswell@gsgis.k12.va.us).

March is Youth Art and Music Month.  This year, in addition to our regular month-long student art exhibition in the second floor hallway, various school music groups will also be performing throughout the evening of our opening event. Student short films will also be shown in the auditorium.   The date for this event is Wednesday, March 14 from 5-7 p.m.  The event is open to the public and refreshments will be provided. Please mark your calendar!

To celebrate reaching the second semester of their senior year, the English department is planning a field trip to see Shakespeare’s masterwork, Hamlet, on March 28.  We hope the entire senior class will participate in the trip.

The play is being performed at the Blackfriars’ Playhouse in Staunton, VA.

Transportation will be provided by James River Transportation, thanks to a generous grant from our Foundation.  Student ticket price is $20, payable by cash or check written to MLWGS.

Coaches will leave from the Bluestone Lobby at 8:30 A.M. and will be returning to the student parking lot by 3:15.  Students should bring a bag lunch to eat on the coach after the morning matinee.  STUDENTS WILL BE BACK AT SCHOOL IN TIME FOR ALL AFTERNOON ACTIVITIES.

This year, the Governor’s School Model United Nations Conference (GSMUN) has partnered with Love146, an international human rights organization dedicated to ending child trafficking and exploitation. GSMUN will host a fundraiser night at the Panera Bread on West Grace Street on Monday, March 5 from 4 pm to 8 pm. By showing the electronic flyer that is posted on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/events/1677746018938510/) to the cashier when placing an order, 20% of your purchase will be donated to Love146.

Over the past few weeks we have seen a lot of instances of animosity and hatred directed at different groups of people.  What always encourages me is the way people rise to repair what others have torn down.  Personally, it made me think about how much so many have had to overcome and how well they have handled situations that would have been so discouraging to me.  To that end, todays quote comes from Simone de Beauvior who says “One’s life has value so long as one attributes value to the life of others, by means of love, friendship, indignation and compassion.”  Dragons, treat others the way you want to be treated.  It always seems to come back to that.

 

Have a good evening and stay strong Dragons!

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The Internet African American History Challenge© is an interactive quiz that helps you sharpen your knowledge of African American History. It’s an “open book” test. So if you’re not sure of an answer, you can check our reference material for help.

http://www.brightmoments.com/blackhistory/

March is Youth Art and Music Month.  This year, in addition to our regular month-long student art exhibition in the second floor hallway, various school music groups will also be performing throughout the evening of our opening event. Student short films will also be shown in the auditorium.   The date for this event is Wednesday, March 14 from 5-7 p.m.  The event is open to the public and refreshments will be provided. Please mark your calendar!

Here are a few other links to information that may be of interest:

The MLWGS Drama Department will present Monty Python’s Spamalot this week. Click here for details : https://mlwgs.com/mlwgs-drama-presents-spamalot-march-1-3-2018/

The FY19 Budget is available for Public Comment.  Please click here for more information: https://mlwgs.com/the-fy19-operating-budget-proposal-is-open-for-public-review-and-comment/

We had several Winter Team Sports State Champions:

Girls Track, Girls Diving, Girls Swim, and Wrestling had an individual winner

Congratulations to all!

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

 

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Tomorrow, Monday February 19th is a student holiday in honor of President’s Day.  Classes will resume on Tuesday with an Even Schedule.

The Internet African American History Challenge© is an interactive quiz that helps you sharpen your knowledge of African American History. It’s an “open book” test. So if you’re not sure of an answer, you can check our reference material for help.

http://www.brightmoments.com/blackhistory/

Attention AP Students and Parents:

If you have not already done so, please register for AP Exams at www.TotalRegistration.net/AP/471851Students must pay their AP Exam fees in the MLWGS Counseling Office THIS WEEK (see schedule below), and they must have registered online before they can pay. Students should bring both their registration ticket along their payment. Payments may be made via check (made out to MLW Governor’s School) or cash on designated days (Seniors: Monday, Juniors: Tuesday, Sophomores/Freshmen: Thursday). Please double check that you register for the correct exam. Be sure to read all of the logistical information in the AP Exam Registration handout and an AP Bulletin which were given to all AP students at the end of January. A $10 late fee will be charged for payments received after 3:30 on Friday, February 23rd. 

Note: Please email Dr. Loving (rloving@gsgis.k12.va.us) if you need to discuss a fee waiver.

Remember, you must present both your registration form and complete payment.  Checks should be made out to “MLW Governor’s School”.

Fee Collection Schedule:

  • February 20 –  Seniors – lunch, 6th and 8th block
  • February 21 –  Juniors – lunch, 5th and 7th block
  • February 22 –  Freshmen & Sophomores – lunch, 6 th and 8th block
  • February 23 –  Any remaining students – lunch and all afternoon blocks

The MENA club will be holding a fundraiser for their trip to Morocco on February 23 at 5:00 pm in the MLWGS Cafeteria.  This event will be a Guided Painting activity, just like the ones that are often held in local restaurants.  There will be food there as well!  Please email Robinette Cross at rcross@gsgis.k12.va.us for details.

By popular demand, we are now accepting RESERVED SEATING REQUESTS FOR GROUPS OF ALL SIZES (up to 10) for the Night of the Dragon auction. So if you have folks you want to sit with during this fun-filled evening, buy your tickets before Feb. 24 at www.nightofthedragon.com and list the names of all the folks in your party on the order form. Don’t have a group? No worries. We will assign you to a table with other great folks so you can make new friends in the Dragon Family. Either way, be sure to order your tickets soon so you can be part of the fun!

This year’s NOTD items include:

2 tickets to see Justin Timberlake in Washington, DC, in January 2019

Tickets to Broadway in Richmond’s Dirty Dancing

Vacation stays in Snowshoe and on the Shenandoah River

Rooftop Wine Tasting in the Fan

and much, much more!

This has been a challenging week for all of us.  Parents, students, teachers, and even administrators are all stopped in their tracks when we see school shootings play out in front of us.  We all take a break and think about what it would feel like to be thrust in to the middle of such a tragedy.  While policy makers and social media warriors debate solutions, the reality is that fixing this phenomena will take time. All I can offer up for comfort is the thought that it must get better.  We live in a nation that defeated fascism, rendered polio a thing of the past, put humans on the moon and brought them safely home, and cracked the code of the human genome.  We can solve this problem.  As Heller Keller wrote, “Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement.  Nothing can be done without hope and confidence”.  Have a good evening and stay strong Dragons!

 

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The Internet African American History Challenge© is an interactive quiz that helps you sharpen your knowledge of African American History. It’s an “open book” test. So if you’re not sure of an answer, you can check our reference material for help.

http://www.brightmoments.com/blackhistory/

Parent-teacher conferences will be held on Thursday, February 15th from 4:00pm to 7:00pm. Below is the link to the conference sign-up. The link is also posted on the PowerSchool Parent Portal. Please sign up for only one block of time per teacher. The signup pages are password protected. The password for the signup is MLWGS2018. If you notice that a teacher you wanted to see either has a full schedule or is unavailable that day please email the teacher directly to schedule a phone conference. Please contact Megan Perez at mperez@gsgis.k12.va.us for any issues signing in to PowerSchool or questions about the signups.

Helpful tip: If you are on a desktop computer, once you log into the sign-up, you can use Ctrl+F and type the teacher name in the search box that pops up. It will take you directly to that teacher.

Parent-Teacher Conference Sign-Ups

DRAGON MADNESS TICKETS ON SALE NOW! Get yours today!

Tickets for the 16th annual Night of the Dragon dinner auction being held on March 10 at the Hilton Short Pump are on sale now. New this year–table reservations for those wishing to sit together will only be accepted until Feb. 24 for complete tables of 10. After Feb. 24, all tickets will be  “seat yourself.”  If you wish to reserve a table, please submit the names of all 10 folks who will be at your table when you buy your ticket. Don’t have a group of 10? No worries. There’s always plenty of open seating and it’s a great chance to meet new members of the Dragon family!

This month’s Transcribe-a-thon will take place in the MW Library on Wednesday, Feb. 14th from 3:30 to 5pm and during lunch the next day. Join the Transcribe team for chocolate and meaningful work. If you’d like to participate and don’t yet have a Transcribe account, see Ms. DeGroat ahead of time.

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 doing the Signs of Suicide Prevention Program (SOS Program) through the Health/PE classes since 2002.  This program is designed to teach students 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 that friends may be at risk to self-harm.

Maggie Walker was able to add a new component this year with the addition of a part-time school psychologist in the counseling department.  Each 9th grade student that participated in the SOS Program completed an individual depression screening.  This allowed our counseling staff to connect with students who showed signs of depression and to help parents as needed to link up with outside resources.

Another new component that we are adding to our SOS Program is the parent portal.  This site has information on the SOS Program and mental health topics that are 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.

Login:  http://sossignsofsuicide.org

User Name:  mlwgs-par

Password:  EbelingDragon2017

 

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 this week 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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The Internet African American History Challenge© is an interactive quiz that helps you sharpen your knowledge of African American History. It’s an “open book” test. So if you’re not sure of an answer, you can check our reference material for help.

http://www.brightmoments.com/blackhistory/

The Virginia Department of Education would like to recognize professional school counselors during the week of February 5-9, 2018, as we celebrate National School Counseling Week.  Please be sure to say thanks to your counselor!

Reminder for all students enrolled in the online Personal Finance Course for the spring semester.

The course began on Feb 1st.  You should see the course in your Its Learning with instructions on training and beginning the course. Please contact guidance if your student does not see the course in Its Learning and PowerSchool to enroll.

On Tuesday, February 6th, from 12:45 – 2:45pm all juniors will be attending “College Kick-Off 2018” in the auditorium at Maggie Walker.  Juniors parents are invited to attend this event (an optional parent RSVP and logistical information can be found at www.SignUpGenius.com/go/70A0B48AFA62BA75-college5). We will hear presentations from college admissions officers representing University of Mary Washington, Davidson College, University of Richmond, Radford University and University of South Carolina followed by a time for general questions and answers about college admissions.  After the program, parents are invited to continue the conversations with the college representatives and Maggie Walker staff members in room 153.

The PTSA still needs donations for The Night of the Dragon Auction.  If you are interested in volunteering, making a donation, or have questions, please contact Peggy Feldmann at auctionmlwgs@gmail.com or 804-353-4533.

It’s course registration time at MLW! Students received course information during assemblies last week and counselors are meeting with students to discuss class options for next year. The PTSA will host an Advanced Course Offerings and Course Registration Information Program for parents on February 8th starting at 5:30 pm.  Department chairs and counselors will present course options and scheduling considerations. Actual course registration takes place on March 8th during 2nd period. At that time, students will need to have all required forms and signatures.

Please contact your student’s counselor if you have any questions.

AP EXAM REGISTRATION FOR 2018

Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School students will be registering for AP exams on-line using 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.

To register for AP Exams, please visit www.TotalRegistration.net/AP/471851

When filling out the on-line form 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.  When you reach the confirmation page, print two copies, one for your records and the other to return to school with your payment. Each AP exam costs $94.00 and must be paid for before we order exams. A fee reduction is available for families that meet federal guidelines but must be approved in advance.  A letter from a parent documenting financial need is required.  Please see Dr. Loving in the School Counseling office by Friday, February 16th to inquire about a fee waiver.

Here are the important dates:

  • February 1 – On-line registration begins
  • February 23 – On-line registration ends
  • February 20- February 23 – AP Fees (cash or check) will be collected in the School Counseling Office (see payment schedule below) during lunch and afternoon blocks.  Students should use lunch or their study hall to come to pay their fees.  Note:  After 3:30 on February 23rd a late fee of $10 will be charged.
  • March 9 – Last day to cancel an exam and receive a refund of $84 ($10 administrative fee)

·         April 24 – 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. 

Remember, you must present both your registration form and complete paymentChecks should be made out to “MLW Governor’s School”.

  • February 20 –  Seniors – lunch, 6th and 8th block
  • February 21 –  Juniors – lunch, 5th and 7th block
  • February 22 –  Freshmen & Sophomores – lunch, 6 th and 8th block
  • February 23 –  Any remaining students – lunch and all afternoon blocks

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. 

Questions?  Please see Dr. Loving 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 24th (seniors) & 25th (juniors, sophomores, and freshmen) in the auditorium during lunch. You must attend a pre-administration session in order to take AP exams. 

Congratulations to the Maggie Walker ‘We the People’ team which won its 20th state title in the We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution, a civics and constitutional knowledge hearing held at the Darden School of Business at UVA on Friday, January 26th.

It has been a great first semester for the MLWGS Dragons!  We have already won multiple state championships, multiple regional championships, seen our students honored with academic recognitions, and are starting to get the early acceptance letters from colleges.  We truly have an amazingly successful group of young achievers here!  As the great soccer player Pele’ once said, “Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do.”Have a great evening and as always, GO DRAGONS!

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On Monday January 29th, two of our participating districts are having teacher work days, Henrico and Prince George. We have contacted both in regards to transportation for MLWGS students. Prince George has confirmed that they will still be providing normal transportation. Henrico will not be providing transportation. Students living in Henrico County will be given a school excused absence on the 29th if they cannot make alternative transportation arrangements.

On Wednesday January 31th, Maggie Walker will be having a regular school day to make up for one of our six snow days earlier this month. Our current plan, is for the other make up day needed to be done through extended (8:35am-3:20pm) school days in first half of March.

Unique Iceland Student Tour June 22 – 26, 2019

Settled by Vikings in the late 9th century, the land of “fire and ice” provides a unique opportunity for students to learn about and personally experience Icelandic history, culture, customs, geography, geology, geothermal power production, flora and fauna.

An informational meeting for the parents of interested students will be held at Maggie Walker on Thursday, February 1.  The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. in room 153.

Contact Mr. Boyle or Mr. Barnes for additional information

On Tuesday, February 6th, from 12:45 – 2:45pm all juniors will be attending “College Kick-Off 2018” in the auditorium at Maggie Walker.  Juniors parents are invited to attend this event (an optional parent RSVP and logistical information can be found at www.SignUpGenius.com/go/70A0B48AFA62BA75-college5). We will hear presentations from college admissions officers representing University of Mary Washington, Davidson College, University of Richmond, Radford University and University of South Carolina followed by a time for general questions and answers about college admissions.  After the program, parents are invited to continue the conversations with the college representatives and Maggie Walker staff members in room 153.

The PTSA still needs donations for The Night of the Dragon Auction.  If you are interested in volunteering, making a donation, or have questions, please contact Peggy Feldmann at auctionmlwgs@gmail.com or 804-353-4533.

Here are some additional links to useful information:

AP Exam Registration Starts Feb 1 https://mlwgs.com/ap-exam-information-for-2018-on-line-registration-starts-february-1st/

Kick-Off for Juniors Feb 6 https://mlwgs.com/college-kick-off-for-juniors-on-tuesday-february-6th-parents-invited/

Ms. Barber to lead school board in 2018: https://mlwgs.com/barber-to-head-mlwgs-regional-school-board-in-2018/

Blood Drive Feb 2: https://mlwgs.com/maggie-l-walker-governors-school-blood-drive-february-2nd/

Robotics Donation Drive through Feb 2: https://mlwgs.com/robotics-team-frc-422-is-hosting-a-donation-drive-for-the-ronald-mcdonald-house-charities/

REB Nominations: https://mlwgs.com/nominate-an-outstanding-teacher-for-reb-awards/

With the first semester ending this week, I know that many are worried about how they have done.  For some of our younger students, this may be first time that a cumulative grade is shown on a report card.  The best advice I can give you is to trust yourself that the work that you have put in all semester will now pay off.  Continue to set high goals for success and remember what the great painter Michelangelo said.  “The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving that mark.”  Aim high and keep up the great work!  The school year will be over before you know it.  As an old friend said to me, the juice is worth the squeeze!  Have a great evening and as always, GO DRAGONS!

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Please remember that January 31st is now a regular instructional day.  It is no longer a student holiday.  As it stands now, we will have to make up one additional lost day.  Plans to make up the additional day will likely involve adding time to the school day and not affect the President’s Day holiday or Spring Break.  We would not start this until after the threat of inclimate weather has passed.

Unique Iceland Student Tour June 22 – 26, 2019

Settled by Vikings in the late 9th century, the land of “fire and ice” provides a unique opportunity for students to learn about and personally experience Icelandic history, culture, customs, geography, geology, geothermal power production, flora and fauna.

An informational meeting for the parents of interested students will be held at Maggie Walker on Thursday, February 1.  The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. in room 153.

Contact Mr. Boyle or Mr. Barnes for additional information

Help Make Night of the Dragon a Success!

The Night of the Dragon committee is looking for volunteers and auction donations from individuals and businesses!!

Have you got something you can donate to help support our amazing school? We need 375 auction items to help us reach our goals for fun and fundraising.

We are looking for all sorts of items–sports packages, trips (vacation homes, hotels, restaurants, etc), gift baskets, services, you name it.

Not sure what to donate? Last year’s catalog (http://www.nightofthedragon.com/www.nightofthedragon.com) is still online to provide ideas but feel free to think of something new and unique too.

If you are interested in volunteering, making a donation, or have questions, please contact Peggy Feldmann at auctionmlwgs@gmaill.com or 804-353-4533.

Here are some useful links to current information:

https://mlwgs.com/prospective-student-assessments-for-goochland-hanover-henrico-and-king-queen-saturday-january-27/

https://mlwgs.com/mlwgs-regional-board-meeting-postponed-to-january-25-2018/

https://mlwgs.com/mlwgs-vestibule-project-completed-january-12/

https://mlwgs.com/national-history-teacher-of-the-year-nominate-a-teacher-today/

It is very likely that we will be in school all five days this week.  As since we haven’t done this in a while, be sure to get plenty of rest, keep hydrated, and eat healthy meals.  It will be a challenge, but together we will stay in the fight and make it!  We are the best and it is our moment to shine! Remember what William Barclay said, “Endurance is not just the ability to bear a hard thing, but to turn it into glory!”

Have a glorious week and Go Dragons!!

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MLWGS will be closed on Monday January 15th in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

As we roll through the winter months, I wanted to share the policy on how lost instructional days would be recovered in the event that we lose any more days to the weather.

Days 1-4 are built in as banked time. We don’t need to make these up due to the excess of instructional hours built in to the school days.

Day 5 will be reclaimed from Jan 31 if needed.

Extended Day (if 6-9 days are needed) Classes will start at 8:35 A.M. End 3:20 P.M. Buses depart 3:30 P.M.  This would run as long as needed to make up the time.

Please note that as of this posting, we have missed four days of instruction.

This month’s Transcribe-a-thon will take place in the MW Library on Wednesday, Jan. 17th from 3:30 to 5pm and during lunch the next day. If you’d like to participate and don’t yet have a Transcribe account, see Ms. DeGroat ahead of time.

Help Make Night of the Dragon a Success!

The Night of the Dragon committee is looking for volunteers and auction donations from individuals and businesses!!

Have you got something you can donate to help support our amazing school? We need 375 auction items to help us reach our goals for fun and fundraising.

We are looking for all sorts of items–sports packages, trips (vacation homes, hotels, restaurants, etc), gift baskets, services, you name it. The deadline for donations to be included in this year’s event is January 19, 2018.

Not sure what to donate? Last year’s catalog (http://www.nightofthedragon.com/www.nightofthedragon.com) is still online to provide ideas but feel free to think of something new and unique too.

If you are interested in volunteering, making a donation, or have questions, please contact Peggy Feldmann at auctionmlwgs@gmaill.com or 804-353-4533.

With the holiday season over, we often find ourselves returning to our routines.  The generosity and selflessness of the holidays fades to the usual winter survival mode.  And yet, the needs of the impoverished are no less acute in January as they were in December.  My challenge to all is to live out the words of John Bunyan who said “You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.” Keep the holiday spirit going Dragons!

 

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Happy New Year!

Due to the inclimate weather, many activities were cancelled this week.  Unfortunately, the staff has not been back to campus to discuss re-scheduling these events.  Please keep an eye on the school calendar as well as the Facebook page to look for updates on these events.

Parking in the 2018-2019 academic year will be a “Senior Only” privilege for the first 150 students to register.  This is meant to help alleviate parking shortages on campus for visitors.  The online registration window will open on Fee Day in late August and will be on a first come first serve basis.

This month’s Transcribe-a-thon will take place in the MW Library on Wednesday, January 10th from 3:30 to 5pm.  If you’d like to participate and don’t yet have a Transcribe account, see Ms. DeGroat ahead of time.

On Thurs 1/11/18, the School Advisory Calendar Committee will be hosting a town hall meeting for public comment on our two draft calendars.  Under consideration are a standard draft for academic year 2018-2019 and a two week early start draft.  The session is scheduled for 4:30-5:30 pm in Room 153.  See the school website to review the two drafts.  Any and all input will be heard.

The MENA seminar has re-scheduled its Winter Holiday Bazaar at Maggie Walker on Friday, 12 January from 5 to 8 pm and we would love for the community to attend.  There will be vendors, food, games, and giveaways.  This is a fundraiser for the trip to Morocco.  Please spread the word to all who may be interested.

For purposes of internal logistics, the midterm exams scheduled for 1/25/18 have been switched for those schedule for 1/26/18.  This will mean exams for Blocks 2 & 8 will now be on 1/25 and exams for Blocks 1 & 7 will be on 1/26.  The online calendar at MLWGS.com has been updated to reflect this.

As we approach the end of the first semester, sometimes we find ourselves 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 recapture 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 day and Go Dragons!!!

 

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Classes resume on Tuesday January 2nd.

Parking in the 2018-2019 academic year will be a “Senior Only” privilege for the first 150 students to register.  This is meant to help alleviate parking shortages on campus for visitors.  The online registration window will open on Fee Day in late August and will be on a first come first serve basis.

The Freshmen will have a lock-in on January 5th.  See this link for more details:

https://mlwgs.com/winter-dance-freshmen-lock-in-at-mlwgs-on-january-5th/

On Thurs 1/11/18, the School Advisory Calendar Committee will be hosting a town hall meeting for public comment on our two draft calendars.  Under consideration are a standard draft for academic year 2018-2019 and a two week early start draft.  The session is scheduled for 4:30-5:30 pm in Room 153.  See the school website to review the two drafts.  Any and all input will be heard.

For purposes of internal logistics, the midterm exams scheduled for 1/25/18 have been switched for those schedule for 1/26/18.  This will mean exams for Blocks 2 & 8 will now be on 1/25 and exams for Blocks 1 & 7 will be on 1/26.  The online calendar at MLWGS.com has been updated to reflect this.

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 Sweden’s former Prime Minister, 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 day and Go Dragons!!!

 

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We will be hosting a Legislative Breakfast on December 14 at 7:30 am.  While this is largely a student event, parents are invited to attend if they would like to meet several of the General Assembly Delegates who represent the Greater Richmond Area.

Interims will be available online on December 15th.

The school offices will be closed for Winter Break from December 18th through January 1st.  Classes resume on January 2nd.

Indulge your CREATIVITY and IMAGINATION this winter break. Drop by the library to browse the “MAKE something, COOK something, DO something” display which includes books about tinkering, game design, drawing, lettering, making Arduino wearables and crafts from recycled and upcycled materials, cooking, and more! There’s also a display centered on Russia, and one featuring new additions to the library’s collection. Stop by and check one (or more!) out this week!

Still looking for that perfect holiday gift? Make sure you stop by the Dragon’s Lair this week.

Special hours all week long. The school store will be open daily- December 11- 14, during lunch 11:20-12:20.   Extended Friday hours 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., December 15th.

http://mlwgsdragons.ourspiritgear.com/

This month’s Transcribe-a-thon will take place in the MW Library on Wednesday, Dec. 13th from 3:30 to 5pm and during lunch the next day. If you’d like to participate and don’t yet have a Transcribe account, see Ms. DeGroat ahead of time.

On Monday, November 27, juniors attended a Senior Seminar information session.  The presentation provided details about the mentorship program and the seminar course options, and the seminar course proposals have been shared with the students on the Class of 2019 itslearning page.  Junior students were instructed to access the GoogleForm that was shared on itslearning to make their seminar or mentorship selections by Friday, 12/8/17.  Parents of junior students should check with them to make sure that they have completed their seminar/mentorship selection.  If students or parents have any questions about the seminars or mentorship program, they should contact the Senior Seminar/Mentorship Coordinator, Les Cook (tcook@gsgis.k12.va.us).

Congratulations to the RAMPS Club for their great work helping those in need:

http://rampsbystudents.org/?p=2955

http://rampsbystudents.org/?p=2953

Good luck wishes to our National Champion “We the People” team who will compete in Regionals on Tuesday.

We have some opening for anyone who would be interested in becoming a spring JV soccer coach.  Please use the following link for more information: https://ats3.searchsoft.net/ats/job_board?softsort=NAME&APPLICANT_TYPE_ID=00000002&COMPANY_ID=MA000622

Class of 2018

Don’t forget to go online and order your graduation announcements!  If you place your order after December 31, there will be an increase in cost.  To order your announcements, follow these steps:

  1. www.vagrad.com
  2. Type in “Maggie Walker” at the top
  3. Choose “Shop Graduation Products”

You’ll immediately see all of the graduation package options, but you can scroll to the bottom and see “Shop individual products including cap and gown” – friendly reminder, you do NOT need to buy a cap and gown.  That cost was included in the senior class dues.

  1. Select the item(s) you want.

Please e-mail Ms. Sheppard (ksheppard@gsgis.k12.va.us) or call (804-354-6800 ext. 3304) if you have any questions.

Help Maggie Walker this holiday season with Tree Elves!  Tree Elves is a Christmas tree delivery service where you can order premium Frazer firs online and schedule a day and time for delivery by Santa’s elves!  Pick-up is included with delivery so no need to leave your tree in your backyard for 3 months after Christmas 🙂

15% of all sales using the promo code for your class before November 23rd will be donated to Maggie Walker, 10% of sales after the 23rd.  Check out www.treeelves.net for more info and pricing.  Trees are 100% guaranteed, so if you’re not completely satisfied with your tree, we’ll replace it with another one!”

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.  I know that the Dragon Nation is too wise to be blinded!

Have a great day and Go Dragons!!!

 

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On Monday, juniors attended a Senior Seminar information session presented by Les Cook, The Senior Seminar/Mentorship Coordinator at Maggie Walker.  The presentation provided details about the mentorship program and the seminar course options, and the seminar course proposals have been shared with the students on the Class of 2019 itslearning page.  Junior students are reminded to access the GoogleForm that was shared on itslearning to make their seminar or mentorship selections by Friday, 12/8/17.  If students or parents have any questions about the seminars or mentorship program, they should contact Les Cook (tcook@gsgis.k12.va.us).

All 9th graders who attended private middle schools will be taking SOL tests in math during the week of Monday December 4th. A letter was distributed to students last week [on 11/16] with details about test prep and dates of tests. Please contact Mr. Zweerink in the counseling office if you have any further questions.

There will be a Budget Town Hall on Tuesday December 5th at 6:00 PM.  Please attend if you would like to have your voice heard as we begin to make priorities for the Fiscal Year 2019 Budget.  You can also send along your thoughts using the link below.

https://mlwgs.com/fy19-budget-town-hall-meeting-for-public-input-december-5-600-pm-mlwgs-forum-digital-input-option-also-available/

Class of 2018,

Don’t forget to go online and order your graduation announcements!  If you place your order after December 31, there will be an increase in cost.  To order your announcements, follow these steps:

  1. www.vagrad.com
  2. Type in “Maggie Walker” at the top
  3. Choose “Shop Graduation Products”

You’ll immediately see all of the graduation package options, but you can scroll to the bottom and see “Shop individual products including cap and gown” – friendly reminder, you do NOT need to buy a cap and gown.  That cost was included in the senior class dues.

  1. Select the item(s) you want.

 

Please e-mail Ms. Sheppard (ksheppard@gsgis.k12.va.us) or call (804-354-6800 ext. 3304) if you have any questions.

Help Maggie Walker this holiday season with Tree Elves!  Tree Elves is a Christmas tree delivery service where you can order premium Frazer firs online and schedule a day and time for delivery by Santa’s elves!  Pick-up is included with delivery so no need to leave your tree in your backyard for 3 months after Christmas 🙂

15% of all sales using the promo code for your class before November 23rd will be donated to Maggie Walker, 10% of sales after the 23rd.  Check out www.treeelves.net for more info and pricing.  Trees are 100% guaranteed, so if you’re not completely satisfied with your tree, we’ll replace it with another one!”

The MENA seminar is holding a Winter Holiday Bazaar at Maggie Walker on Friday, 8 December from 5 to 8 pm and we would love for the community to attend.  There will be vendors, food, games, and giveaways.  This is a fundraiser for the trip to Morocco.  Please spread the word to all who may be interested.

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.”  I have great faith that the Dragons of today will be the world-changers of tomorrow!

Have a great day and Go Dragons!!!

 

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Senior Seminar/Mentorship Presentation to Juniors

On Monday, 11/27/17, all junior students will attend an information session at 11:35 in the Auditorium.  Mr. Cook will provide details about the Senior Seminar/Mentorship Program.  The session will introduce the seminar options for the 2018-2019 school year, and students will receive information about the mentorship application process.  Juniors will also be invited to smaller breakout sessions from 11/28-11/30 where they can learn more about specific seminar courses.  Seminar descriptions and mentorship applications will also be posted on the Class of 2019 page on ItsLearning.

 

Henrico County is offering a series of workshops with the purpose of helping teens navigate a variety of potential challenges.  This event will be held at Hermitage H.S. on November 30th from 5:30-8:15 p.m.  These workshops are free but it is requested that participants register in advance if possible.  Please email Lisa Ebeling, MLWGS School Psychologist, at lebeling@gsgis.k12.va.us with any questions.

C:\Users\lebeling\Documents\2017_11_14_TeenIssuesWorkshop (1).pdf

All 9th graders who attended private middle schools will be taking SOL tests in math during the week of Monday December 4th. A letter was distributed to students last week [on 11/16] with details about test prep and dates of tests. Please contact Mr. Zweerink in the counseling office if you have any further questions.

There will be a Budget Town Hall on Tuesday December 5th at 6:00 PM.  Please attend if you would like to have your voice heard as we begin to make priorities for the Fiscal Year 2019 Budget.  You can also send along your thoughts using the link below.

https://mlwgs.com/fy19-budget-town-hall-meeting-for-public-input-december-5-600-pm-mlwgs-forum-digital-input-option-also-available/

Help Maggie Walker this holiday season with Tree Elves!  Tree Elves is a Christmas tree delivery service where you can order premium Frazer firs online and schedule a day and time for delivery by Santa’s elves!  Pick-up is included with delivery so no need to leave your tree in your backyard for 3 months after Christmas 🙂

15% of all sales using the promo code for your class before November 23rd will be donated to Maggie Walker, 10% of sales after the 23rd.  Check out www.treeelves.net for more info and pricing.  Trees are 100% guaranteed, so if you’re not completely satisfied with your tree, we’ll replace it with another one!”

Poetry Out Loud Recitation Contest

The MENA seminar is holding a Winter Holiday Bazaar at Maggie Walker on Friday, 8 December from 5 to 8 pm and we would love for the community to attend.  There will be vendors, food, games, and giveaways.  This is a fundraiser for the trip to Morocco.  Please spread the word to all who may be interested.

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?  Are they healthy habits?  It is easy to get complacent as the shine of a new school year fades.  However, complacency rarely yields true success.  As Thomas Edison once said, “The three great essentials to achieve anything worthwhile are: Hard work, Stick-to-itiveness, and Common sense.”  Doing this while maintaining healthy habits will yield success.  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 day and Go Dragons!!!

 

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MLWGS will be closed on Wednesday November 22nd and will re-open on Monday November 27th in observance of Thanksgiving.

Boys and Girls Cross Country both won their 5th consecutive VHSL 2A State title. This is the first time in the history of any division of the VHSL that 1 school has had a 5 year streak winning both titles. Congratulations to our outstanding student athletes!

All 9th graders who attended private middle schools will be taking SOL tests in math during the week of Monday December 4th. A letter was distributed to students last week [on 11/16] with details about test prep and dates of tests. Please contact Mr. Zweerink in the counseling office if you have any further questions.

There will be a winter sports parent meeting for Monday November 20th at 6:15 in the auditorium.  Is you have a student playing a winter sport, please plan to attend.

Help Maggie Walker this holiday season with Tree Elves!  Tree Elves is a Christmas tree delivery service where you can order premium Frazer firs online and schedule a day and time for delivery by Santa’s elves!  Pick-up is included with delivery so no need to leave your tree in your backyard for 3 months after Christmas 🙂

15% of all sales using the promo code for your class before November 23rd will be donated to Maggie Walker, 10% of sales after the 23rd.  Check out www.treeelves.net for more info and pricing.  Trees are 100% guaranteed, so if you’re not completely satisfied with your tree, we’ll replace it with another one!”

Poetry Out Loud Recitation Contest

The 2017-2018 Poetry Out Loud School-wide Recitation Contest will be held on November 20, Monday. Each year, interested students in English classes compete to be the representatives from each participating English class. This year, eleven students will vie to represent Maggie Walker at the regional competition in February. A Virginia competition follows in March, and the national competition is held in Washington, D.C. in April.

The national winner can receive a $20,000 scholarship. Smaller monetary prizes and recognition are given at the regional and state levels.

Ms. Surat coordinates the program through the English Department.

The MENA seminar is holding a Winter Holiday Bazaar at Maggie Walker on Friday, 8 December from 5 to 8 pm and we would love for the community to attend.  There will be vendors, food, games, and giveaways.  This is a fundraiser for the trip to Morocco.  Please spread the word to all who may be interested.

Here are a few links to upcoming events:

Budget Town Hall + Digital Input

https://mlwgs.com/fy19-budget-town-hall-meeting-for-public-input-december-5-600-pm-mlwgs-forum-digital-input-option-also-available/

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.  However you may spend this holiday, 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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Attention 9th grade parents – Our school is committed to the social-emotional well-being of our students.  As part of our efforts to support students, our school psychologist, Lisa Ebeling, will be doing lessons for 9th graders on depression awareness and suicide prevention using the Signs of Suicide Prevention Program.  This program is listed on the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices.  The program has been implemented in over 10,000 schools since it was developed in 2001.  Be on the lookout for a letter to come home before Thanksgiving break with more information about the SOS Program.

Poetry Out Loud Recitation Contest

The 2017-2018 Poetry Out Loud School-wide Recitation Contest will be held on November 20, Monday. Each year, interested students in English classes compete to be the representatives from each participating English class. This year, eleven students will vie to represent Maggie Walker at the regional competition in February. A Virginia competition follows in March, and the national competition is held in Washington, D.C. in April.

The national winner can receive a $20,000 scholarship. Smaller monetary prizes and recognition are given at the regional and state levels.

Ms. Surat coordinates the program through the English Department.

The MENA seminar is holding a Winter Holiday Bazaar at Maggie Walker on Friday, 8 December from 5 to 8 pm and we would love for the community to attend.  There will be vendors, food, games, and giveaways.  This is a fundraiser for the trip to Morocco.  Please spread the word to all who may be interested.

Here are a few links to upcoming events:

Budget Town Hall + Digital Input

https://mlwgs.com/fy19-budget-town-hall-meeting-for-public-input-december-5-600-pm-mlwgs-forum-digital-input-option-also-available/

Community Service Fair

https://mlwgs.com/community-service-fair-at-mlwgs-november-17th/

Food Drive thru Monday

https://mlwgs.com/canned-food-drive-at-mw-through-november-13th/

As the first marking period has drawn to a close, let me end tonight with a thought from a man of whom I have the greatest respect.  He said, “I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.’”  These words come to us from The Greatest: Muhammad Ali.  Treat school like training.  Don’t quit, get help when you need it, stay positive, and live the rest of your life like a champion!

Have a great day and Go Dragons!!!

 

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This month’s Transcribe-a-thon will take place in the MW Library on Wednesday, Nov. 8th from 3:30 to 5pm and during lunch the next day. If you’d like to participate and don’t yet have a Transcribe account, see Ms. DeGroat ahead of time.

The MLWGS Drama Department will present An Ideal Husband, an 1895 comedic stage play by Oscar Wilde which revolves around blackmail and political corruption and touches on the themes of public and private honor. “Sooner or later,” Wilde notes, “we shall all have to pay for what we do.” But he adds that “No one should be entirely judged by their past.”

Showtime: 7:00pm, MLWGS Auditorium

Cost of Admission: Students – $5.00, Adults – $10.00

To purchase tickets online visit www.husband.brownpapertickets.com

Parent-Teacher Conferences are scheduled for Thursday, November 2nd from 4 -7 p.m. and Tuesday, November 7th from 9:00am-12:00noon.  Sign-ups are live for parents in the Parent Portal of PowerSchool.

PTSA SCRIP Orders due November 10th.  Please see the Smoke and Scales tab on the MLWGS website for a link to the order form and information about the program.

Sophomores will have a Hearing Screening on Wednesday, November 8, 9-10 am

The Virginia Board of Education honored seven Virginia public school teachers in grades 7-12 who have been selected as state finalists for the 2017 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. The award — regarded as the nation’s top honor for mathematics and science (including computer science) teachers — recognizes teachers who develop and implement high-quality instructional programs that improve student learning.  One of the finalists was our own David Barnes

The 2017 winners will be announced by the president next year. The winners will receive $10,000, a presidential certificate and a trip to the nation’s capital for a series of recognition events and professional development activities.

Congratulations to the Girls and Boys Cross Country teams who won Regionals for the 5th time in a row!

Have a great day and Go Dragons!!!

 

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Herff Jones is coming on Thursday, November 2 during the first part of lunch to collect measurements for graduation cap/gown.  Representatives will also be distributing information about announcements and other graduation paraphernalia available for purchase.   If anyone has questions they can contact Ms. Sheppard at ksheppard@gsgis.k12.va.us or 804-354-6800 ext. 330.

During lunch on Wednesday, November 1st, the MW Library will host a reading, conversation, and book signing with fantasy and tech writer Barry Scott Will, father of MW alumnus Xander Will (Class of 2017).

Amy Maxey from the Mathematics Department and Lisa Williams, chair of the English Department, were just awarded National Board Certification Renewal in their respective subject areas.  Renewal is a rigorous process, and I commend these teachers for their continued dedication to pedagogical growth and excellence.

As you know, Tuesday is Halloween.  The policy in terms of costumes at school is as follow:  Masks of any kind that cover the face are strictly prohibited and the costume must meet the Dress Code standards as outlined in the Student Handbook.  Costumes found to be offensive or inappropriate for school are also prohibited.  Students found in violation of this policy will be sent home to change, or will be required to call a parent for a change of clothes.

I want to end tonight with sort of a long quote that I found this week 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!!!

10/23/17

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Mark your calendar: Parent-Teacher Conferences are scheduled Thursday, November 2nd from 4 -7 p.m. and Tuesday, November 7th from 9:00am-12:00noon.  Dr. Lowerre will be sending our families a notice next week with links to Signup Genius for conference registration.  Please look for his message the week of October 23rd.

The attached PSA was developed by Chesterfield County and is designed to raise awareness on preventing suicide in youth.  It provides a very powerful message from a parent who suffered the loss of his child to suicide.  The last section of the video provides the phone number of  Chesterfield Crisis along with a national hotline number that provides support.  We are providing a listing of the other Mental Health Agencies that serve the Maggie Walker community.  Please call Mrs. Ebeling, our school psychologist, at 354-6800, x 3260 with any questions regarding this information.

Link to PSA – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gO4zyLGvFnA

Congratulations to the Student Council Association and their successful efforts raising monies for hurricane relief.  During Spirit Week, the SCA conducted a coin drive among our students who generously contributed over $1,600.00. Our student’s generous financial support will provide people in crisis with relief today.

Lisa Ebeling, MLWGS School Psychologist, and Julia Cox from the VCU Anxiety Clinic are pairing together to run a small group on dealing with stress.  Students will be given the opportunity to learn and practice stress management techniques.  They will be also be able to learn new ways to approach and solve problems.  The group will run for a minimum of six weeks and could be offered for up to ten weeks depending on interest. If you like to have your child participate, please call Lisa Ebeling at 354-6800, x 3260 or email her at lebeling@gsgis.k12.va.us with this information.  Once we have determined interest and identified participants, we will determine the best time and place to meet.

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.

 

10/15/17

The School Advisory Committee is considering a recommendation for a two week early start calendar in academic year 2018-2019.  Possible advantages of this would include: midterm exams before winter break, ending summer assignments & early AP days, alignment with sports schedules, and two extra weeks of instruction prior to AP exams.  The SAC subcommittee working on this is currently preparing a standard start draft as well.  Once both drafts are prepared, there will be a public comment period and a town hall meeting in Dec/Jan.

As guided by our school technology plan, Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School conducts regular surveys to determine the most appropriate technology to support active student-centered classrooms, professional development, and course offerings.  To that end, this survey is designed to seek valuable input from all stakeholders: students, faculty, staff, and parents on the current state of instructional technology at Maggie Walker.  This survey will close on Oct. 22, 2017.

We thank you in advance for your input on this brief survey.

https://goo.gl/forms/hLHOV1lcFKsaZ6v43

National Honor Society will be holding its Induction on Monday at 5:15pm in the Auditorium.

The PTSA will hold a Financial Aid Workshop with MW Counseling, Tuesday at 8:00am in Room 153.  Please contact school counseling for more details.

The MLWGS Regional School Board will be meeting on Thursday at 9:00am in Room 153.

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!

 

10/08/17

If you are parking off-campus, please be mindful of “No Parking” signs, especially those that pertain to street cleaning.  We have had reports of cars being towed at the owner’s expense because they were parked on a day where the street sweepers were rolling through.

The Student Council Association will host a small ‘class’ competition next week, including dress up days. Students will only be counted in this competition if they are both dressed up AND adhering to the dress code.

Here are the themes:

Monday: PJ Day
Tuesday: Team Day (sports or ANY team jersey or uniform)
Wednesday: Green Machine Day (or green, white, and yellow)
Thursday: International Day (colors or traditional cultural clothing, including the USA)
Friday: Class Colors Day: Seniors wear black/blue, Juniors wear red, Sophomores wear white, and Freshmen wear orange.

Results at Field Day on Friday.

MLWGS will be holding its annual Homecoming Dance on Saturday October 14th from 7:L30 to 10:30 in the commons.  Please clink on the following link for more information including how to purchase tickets:  https://mlwgs.com/homecoming-dance-october-14/

This month’s Transcribe-a-thon will take place in the MW Library on Wednesday, Oct. 11th from 3:30 to 5pm and during lunch the next day. If you’d like to participate and don’t have a Transcribe account yet, see Ms. DeGroat ahead of time.

PSAT Day is Wednesday October 11th.

All 9th, 10th and 11th graders will take the PSAT in the morning while 12th graders will be participating in college and transition-related activities in the auditorium.

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 distributed PSAT Student Guides to all test-takers during lunch time assemblies during the week of Monday September 25th.   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.

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.

Score reports will be available online in mid-December and paper copies will be available and distributed in January during lunch-time grade-level assemblies.  Juniors will be encouraged to register for an SAT or ACT date in the Spring by visiting the testing agency websites.   Sophomores and Juniors in AP classes will be reminded to register for SAT Subject tests as appropriate.

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!

 

 

10/01/17

Please drop off students in the student parking lot from 8:15-8:45am.  Drop offs in the bus loop during this time create dangerous situations and interfere with bus operations.

Free and reduced lunch applications are available in the cafeteria and in office 100.  To qualify, families must provide evidence of an active SNAP, TANF, or foster case.

The 21st annual MLWGS Fall Festival will be held on October 6 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 has more games and activities planned than in recent years, including a Dunk Tank and Human Bouncy Balls!

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! The first group will take the stage at 3:50 pm. and the last group at 7:45, with a total of 20 groups and individuals scheduled to entertain! Tickets are sold to purchase all items for sale by the booths. Please remember that booths can only accept tickets and if you did not pre-order tickets, you must use CASH to purchase tickets the day of the festival. 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!

1st marking period interim grades will be posted online on Friday October 6th at about 2:00 pm.  Remember that interim grades are a snapshot of where a student is at the halfway point of the marking period.

PSAT Day is Wednesday October 11th.

All 9th, 10th and 11th graders will take the PSAT in the morning while 12th graders will be participating in college and transition-related activities in the auditorium.

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 distributed PSAT Student Guides to all test-takers during lunch time assemblies during the week of Monday September 25th.   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.

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.

Score reports will be available online in mid-December and paper copies will be available and distributed in January during lunch-time grade-level assemblies.  Juniors will be encouraged to register for an SAT or ACT date in the Spring by visiting the testing agency websites.   Sophomores and Juniors in AP classes will be reminded to register for SAT Subject tests as appropriate.

The Maggie L. Walker Health & Physical Education and Counseling Departments in conjunction with our student-led Mental Health and Disabilities Awareness club will hold a Mental HealthAwareness Assembly on Friday, October 6th for all FRESHMEN.  The assembly will feature a speaker from Minding Your Mind, a national prevention-based program that educates teens by initiating conversations regarding mental health.   Speakers are young adults who have struggled with mental health issues, such as depression and anxiety, and give educational talks to reduce the stigma of seeking help. The school held assemblies for all grade levels last year with speakers from Minding Your Mind and we are fortunate to have this opportunity once again at MLW for our 9th graders.  This program is being supported by the locally based Cameron K. Gallagher Foundation, which works with area public and private high schools to implement “Minding Your Mind”.   If you have any questions or concerns about your child attending the assembly, please contact Karl Zweerink (Counseling Department, ext. 3210).  This activity was planned as part of MLW’s strategic initiative to “develop a systematic approach to support social, emotional, physical, intellectual, and mental health needs of our gifted students.”

This is early information, but some may want these dates as they plan next summer’s vacations:

Online Summer Economics

Course Dates: June 18th – July 5th with test dates of June 27th and July 4th . Test are taken online and presence at school is not required. EXAM DATE is July 5th which is the one mandatory required date students must be present at school to take the course over the summer.

Online Summer Personal Finance

Course Dates: July 23rd – Aug 9th with test dates of Aug 1st  and Aug 8th . Test are taken online and presence at school is not required. EXAM DATE is Aug 9th  which is the one mandatory required date students must be present at school to take the course over the summer.

Registration for the summer courses will be during the course registration in February 2018.

VOLUNTEER FOR MAGGIE L. WALKER GOVERNOR’S SCHOOL GLOBAL SPEAKER’S BUREAU

Can you give an hour to speak to a language, global studies, science, or government class about your experiences? In that short time, you can make a world of difference.

We are assembling a database of parents and community presenters who are willing to share their expertise in:
Language fluency and colloquial conversation,
Living and working in a foreign country,
Traveling abroad for business or recreation,
Working collaboratively on business or social projects across the globe,
Conducting international business in person or via communications technology.

If you, your business, or a friend can help broaden our students’ horizons, please provide contact information and availability at the link below and you may soon become a global resource.

https://mlwgs.com/support/

You can keep up with all of the Dragon Events by going to https://mlwgs.com/calendar/  which has pretty much everything that is taking place in the Dragon Nation. You can also follow the school on Twitter and receive current updates and information at @DirectorMLWGS.

October is my favorite month, so let me sign off tonight with some words from Henry Ward Beecher: “October is nature’s funeral month.  Nature glories in death more than in life.  The month of departure is more beautiful than the month of coming – October than May.  Every green thing loves to die in bright colors.”  Now don’t be depressed by this, it will all come back in the spring!  Have a great evening and GO DRAGONS!!

 

9/24/17

In order to better manage our parking lot, we are issuing guest pass hang tags to visitors.  We are sorry for any inconvenience but it will better ensure that only permitted faculty, students, and guests are utilizing our lot.

College visits begin this week.  Be sure to check with School Counseling to know which school will be on campus this week.

Our Golf team will be competing in the Regional Tournament on Monday and Tuesday.  Good luck Dragons!

Don’t forget, Fall Festival is coming up on Friday October 6th.  This is a fantastic Maggie Walker tradition and we hope to see you here!!

You can keep up with all of the Dragon Events by going to www.colonialdistrictva.org .  Just click on Maggie Walker High School and it will take you to our school calendar which has all of the events that are taking place in the Dragon Nation. You can also follow the school on Twitter and receive current updates and information at @DirectorMLWGS.

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!