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Director’s Sunday Evening Update

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The Final Sunday Night Update for the 19-20 School Year

Virtual Senior Showcase:

Senior Showcase is a huge part of our students’ senior year.  It is their chance to share what they have done with other students, teachers, parents, and guests.  Unfortunately, this year we had to cancel the event.  But, there is a Virtual Showcase group on Schoology for everyone to check out.  This is a great way for you to see what they have done, and it is a great tool for underclass students to view to plan their future (mentorship or seminar).  The site ready to view on Monday, 6/15.

Community Service:

Students should continue to monitor the Community Service group on Schoology for announcements.  They are also encouraged to monitor their x2vol accounts and enter hours as they earn them.  If students have questions, they should feel free to email Mr. Cook at tcook@gsgis.k12.va.us.

Class of 2021 Mentorship Students:

Students should continue to monitor the Schoology Group for Mentorship Students and their school email (weekly at a minimum) for updates regarding mentorship placement, paperwork submission, and how mentorship will proceed as we follow the Governor’s orders regarding COVID-19 reopening.  Students should feel free to email Mr. Cook with questions at tcook@gsgis.k12.va.us.

From the School Counseling Department:

On Thursday, June 18th, the counseling department will be mailing final report cards and next-year’s class schedules to families.

The class schedules will not have teacher names but will confirm classes successfully scheduled. Students will have until June 30th to request class changes. Schedule changes can be emailed to kzweerink@gsgis.k12.va.us. Make sure to scan the schedule form back to Mr. Zweerink with changes indicated or email specific instructions if a scanner isn’t available. When emailing, please copy the parents as well as any current teachers for approval of any pre-AP, plus, University, dual enrollment, or AP classes.

Adding VCU classes requires submission to counseling of VCU enrollment forms that can be found on the school counseling website.

Fee invoices will be mailed in early August and final class schedules with teacher names will be distributed in late August.

On another note, Richmond City just announced that they are offering online health/PE for both 9th and 10th grade this summer. RPS students need to register at this site and select their home high school in the drop down menu. Questions about this program can be directed to Dr. Ramsey of RPS whose email can be found on the registration site. Most MLW students take health/PE at Maggie Walker but summer school is an option that some may want to pursue. Students should not feel any obligation to attend summer school. There is plenty of room in student schedules over the four years at MLW to complete all graduation requirements and summers are a great time to rest, recharge and pursue interests and hobbies.

Good News Section!

CONGRATULATIONS to Mary Caroline Heinan for being the winner of this year’s Lexus of Richmond Scholar Athlete of the Year!

Well done to Mr. Sam Ulmschneider for his being granted a James Madison Fellowship to pursue graduate studies on the history and principles of the United States Constitution!

Good Luck to our graduated seniors and may the rest of us enjoy the summer as we prepare for whatever awaits us in the fall!

Have a great evening and as always, Go Dragons!

 

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Congratulations to our Class of 2020 graduates!  If you were unable to participate in last week’s ceremonies, your diplomas and any cords are at the security desk in the Bluestone Lobby.  The school will be open on Monday and Wednesday for students from 9 AM to 2PM.

Creating Welcoming MLWGS Virtual Spaces: Students, Please Share Your Insights!

We’d like to know what made you feel engaged, connected, and/or welcomed in MLWGS virtual spaces, and/or helped maintain or strengthen your sense of belonging to the Dragon community over these past three months. We also want to hear your ideas about what could have enhanced your sense of welcome and belonging in these virtual spaces. One way we’ll gather your insights is in a Zoom discussion at 1pm on Tuesday, June 9th, facilitated by Ms. DeGroat, Ms. Hill, Ms. Williams, Ms. Lemco, and Coach Hawkins. If you’re interested in participating, please sign up. We hope to see you there!

On April 14th,  it was shared with the MLWGS community that there would be two options for year-end grades for the 2019-2020 academic year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For each Honors or Advanced Placement course, students may elect 1) the assigned grade according to our current grading scale (see quarter weighting below) and 2) a pass/fail grade (P = A-C; PS = D; F remains). All students keep their assigned grades (Option 1) unless they choose to “opt in” to pass/fail grades (Option 2) by completing the “Pass/Fail Opt-In Form” by Friday, June 12th, 2020.

Here is the link to the Pass/Fail Opt-in Form to be used for Honors and AP courses: https://forms.gle/objfqpbGf3HkJCqu8 (must be submitted no later than June 12th to utilize Option 2)

VCU has a separate (but similar) process for selecting a pass/fail option for Dual Enrollment courses where students must complete this form: https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&pid=sites&srcid=Z3NnaXMuazEyLnZhLnVzfG1sdy1zY2hvb2wtY291bnNlbGluZ3xneDoxNmY5YTk3NzE5Yzg5MGI2 (email the signed form to your school counselor by June 12th)

School counselor consultation is STRONGLY RECOMMENDED for the Honors/AP process and REQUIRED for the Dual Enrollment process. Honors and AP course grades were recalculated to reflect the percentages below as of May 8th. Dual Enrollment course grades (which required participation through May 29th) will be stored on June 8th.  If you have already consulted with your counselor about a preferred change, you must still complete the applicable form(s) by June 12th to have your grade in the selected course(s) officially changed to pass/fail. School counselors will begin to process official requests in PowerSchool the week of June 8th.

To reiterate, if you plan keep all assigned grades as currently listed in PowerSchool NO ACTION IS REQUIRED!

Please contact your counselor with questions.

Good News Section! 

CONGRATULATIONS to Mary Caroline Heinan for being the winner of this year’s Richmond Times Dispatch Female Scholar Athlete of the Year!  Sammy Finnigan was also a finalist!  Way to go Ladies!!!

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Congratulations to our Class of 2020 graduates!  If you were unable to participate in last week’s ceremonies, your diplomas and any cords are at the security desk in the Bluestone Lobby.  The school will be open on Monday and Wednesday for students from 9 AM to 2PM.

 

Creating Welcoming MLWGS Virtual Spaces: Students, Please Share Your Insights!

We’d like to know what made you feel engaged, connected, and/or welcomed in MLWGS virtual spaces, and/or helped maintain or strengthen your sense of belonging to the Dragon community over these past three months. We also want to hear your ideas about what could have enhanced your sense of welcome and belonging in these virtual spaces. One way we’ll gather your insights is in a Zoom discussion at 1pm on Tuesday, June 9th, facilitated by Ms. DeGroat, Ms. Hill, Ms. Williams, Ms. Lemco, and Coach Hawkins. If you’re interested in participating, please sign up. We hope to see you there!

 

On April 14th,  it was shared with the MLWGS community that there would be two options for year-end grades for the 2019-2020 academic year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For each Honors or Advanced Placement course, students may elect 1) the assigned grade according to our current grading scale (see quarter weighting below) and 2) a pass/fail grade (P = A-C; PS = D; F remains). All students keep their assigned grades (Option 1) unless they choose to “opt in” to pass/fail grades (Option 2) by completing the “Pass/Fail Opt-In Form” by Friday, June 12th, 2020.

 

Here is the link to the Pass/Fail Opt-in Form to be used for Honors and AP courses: https://forms.gle/objfqpbGf3HkJCqu8 (must be submitted no later than June 12th to utilize Option 2)

 

VCU has a separate (but similar) process for selecting a pass/fail option for Dual Enrollment courses where students must complete this form: https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&pid=sites&srcid=Z3NnaXMuazEyLnZhLnVzfG1sdy1zY2hvb2wtY291bnNlbGluZ3xneDoxNmY5YTk3NzE5Yzg5MGI2 (email the signed form to your school counselor by June 12th)

 

School counselor consultation is STRONGLY RECOMMENDED for the Honors/AP process and REQUIRED for the Dual Enrollment process. Honors and AP course grades were recalculated to reflect the percentages below as of May 8th. Dual Enrollment course grades (which required participation through May 29th) will be stored on June 8th.  If you have already consulted with your counselor about a preferred change, you must still complete the applicable form(s) by June 12th to have your grade in the selected course(s) officially changed to pass/fail. School counselors will begin to process official requests in PowerSchool the week of June 8th.

 

To reiterate, if you plan keep all assigned grades as currently listed in PowerSchool NO ACTION IS REQUIRED!

 

Please contact your counselor with questions.

 

Good News Section!

CONGRATULATIONS to Mary Caroline Heinan for being the winner of this year’s Richmond Times Dispatch Female Scholar Athlete of the Year!  Sammy Finnigan was also a finalist!  Way to go Ladies!!!

As the school year draws to an official close, 2020 will be remembered and taught about in the history books for generations to come.  Instead of just reading about history, we are passing through and making history.  I hope that you will find some joy in all of this sorrow and hope in the challenges that lay before us.  This year will be remembered as a turning point for all of us.  I wish you all nothing but the absolute best in the weeks and months to come and it is my sincere hope that one day soon we will be able to meet face to face and celebrate our success, both in and out of school.

Have a great evening and as always, Go Dragons!

 

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We will conduct a technology survey this week to collect some data that will help us plan for the opening of school in the fall.  It will cover some general information and assess home technology access (device use, Internet) as well as your experiences with distance learning over the past 10 weeks.  It will be sent out via Schoology on Monday will close out on Friday.  Please be sure to complete the survey so that we can better serve you in the future.

Creating Welcoming MLWGS Virtual Spaces: Students, Please Share Your Insights!

We’d like to know what made you feel engaged, connected, and/or welcomed in MLWGS virtual spaces, and/or helped maintain or strengthen your sense of belonging to the Dragon community over these past three months. We also want to hear your ideas about what could have enhanced your sense of welcome and belonging in these virtual spaces. One way we’ll gather your insights is in a Zoom discussion at 1pm on Tuesday, June 9th, facilitated by Ms. DeGroat, Ms. Hill, Ms. Williams, Ms. Lemco, and Coach Hawkins. If you’re interested in participating, please sign up. We hope to see you there!

On April 14th,  it was shared with the MLWGS community that there would be two options for year-end grades for the 2019-2020 academic year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For each Honors or Advanced Placement course, students may elect 1) the assigned grade according to our current grading scale (see quarter weighting below) and 2) a pass/fail grade (P = A-C; PS = D; F remains). All students keep their assigned grades (Option 1) unless they choose to “opt in” to pass/fail grades (Option 2) by completing the “Pass/Fail Opt-In Form” by Friday, June 12th, 2020.

Here is the link to the Pass/Fail Opt-in Form to be used for Honors and AP courses: https://forms.gle/objfqpbGf3HkJCqu8 (must be submitted no later than June 12th to utilize Option 2)

VCU has a separate (but similar) process for selecting a pass/fail option for Dual Enrollment courses where students must complete this form: https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&pid=sites&srcid=Z3NnaXMuazEyLnZhLnVzfG1sdy1zY2hvb2wtY291bnNlbGluZ3xneDoxNmY5YTk3NzE5Yzg5MGI2 (email the signed form to your school counselor by June 12th)

School counselor consultation is STRONGLY RECOMMENDED for the Honors/AP process and REQUIRED for the Dual Enrollment process. Honors and AP course grades were recalculated to reflect the percentages below as of May 8th. Dual Enrollment course grades (which required participation through May 29th) will be stored on June 8th.  If you have already consulted with your counselor about a preferred change, you must still complete the applicable form(s) by June 12th to have your grade in the selected course(s) officially changed to pass/fail. School counselors will begin to process official requests in PowerSchool the week of June 8th.

To reiterate, if you plan keep all assigned grades as currently listed in PowerSchool NO ACTION IS REQUIRED!

Please contact your counselor with questions.

 

Celestial: 2020 Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School Senior Art Exhibition
Please join us for our global virtual opening of our annual MLWGS senior art exhibition titled Celestial. This year, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we will have our exhibition online starting June 1st, 2020. The exhibition can be found at www.Celestial2020.com. That evening, we will also have a virtual opening starting at 6pm EST where these young artists will have an opportunity to give short artist talks and take questions. You can access the Zoom opening directly at http://opening.celestial2020.com.

This exhibition is the annual capstone event for the Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School Fine Arts department and the seniors enrolled in Art 4 and Art 5. The artists in this year’s show and the times of their artist talks are as follows:

Opening remarks 6:00 – 6:10
Max Goldkuhle 6:10 – 6:20
Marina Kapitanov 6:20 – 6:30
Natalie Kim 6:30 – 6:40
Maya Koehn-Wu 6:40 – 6:50
Eileen Morley 6:50 – 7:00
Mia Rodriguez 7:00 – 7:10
Amelia Seabury 7:10 – 7:20
Raina Tian 7:20 – 7:30
Lucy Wampler 7:30 – 7:40
Jacqueline Yu 7:40 – 7:50
Closing remarks 7:50 – 8:00

If you are unable to make the virtual opening, the online exhibition will run through the summer. You may also see the student artwork through Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/mlwgscelestial/

Please help support these incredible students by sharing this event

https://www.facebook.com/events/608151853242273/

and attending the virtual opening. #Celestial2020 #MLWGS #art

Good News Section!

 

Sophomore Anthony Caramucci raised money to help with sturgeon conservation:

https://lifesciences.vcu.edu/news-and-events/vcu-life-sciences/go-fish-camper-raises-funds-for-sturgeon-restoration.html

Lucy Caudle received the honor of being one of the top 8 of 174 plays submitted and thus will participate in SPARC’s New Voices program for young playwrights this summer.

Katie Hollister, a freshman here at Maggie Walker, recently started a project in order to help out local families who are having a difficult time feeding their families due to the effects of COVID-19. As a fundraiser, she sold a variety of friendship bracelets of all different colors and designs, and advertised them to families in her neighborhood via email and Google Forms. A total of 53 bracelets was sold, and a total of $866 was raised. Then, through a couple of munificent matching gifts, the total was brought up to a whopping $3,000, which equates to 12,000 meals for Feed More. Way to go Katie!!

Tonight’s quote is timeless and appropriate.

I will mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy. “Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.”  Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Have a great evening and as always, Go Dragons!

 

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Book Return Days are coming on May 27th and 28th.  Please see the schedule and instruction sheet.  Students are scheduled per 20 minute window to promote social distancing.  All school property (books, technology, instruments, uniforms, parking permits, etc.) must be returned before the end of our academic year.  Otherwise, fines or fees may be assessed.  Please print out the instruction sheet that was sent last week and bring it with for your scheduled time.  Seniors must complete the supplement on the back of the sheet and drop it off upon departure from the school in order to graduate on June 3rd and 4th.  Copies of the instructions and supplement will be available when entering through the Bluestone Lobby.

Celestial: 2020 Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School Senior Art Exhibition
Please join us for our global virtual opening of our annual MLWGS senior art exhibition titled Celestial. This year, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we will have our exhibition online starting June 1st, 2020. The exhibition can be found at www.Celestial2020.com. That evening, we will also have a virtual opening starting at 6pm EST where these young artists will have an opportunity to give short artist talks and take questions. You can access the Zoom opening directly at http://opening.celestial2020.com.

This exhibition is the annual capstone event for the Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School Fine Arts department and the seniors enrolled in Art 4 and Art 5. The artists in this year’s show and the times of their artist talks are as follows:

Opening remarks 6:00 – 6:10
Max Goldkuhle 6:10 – 6:20
Marina Kapitanov 6:20 – 6:30
Natalie Kim 6:30 – 6:40
Maya Koehn-Wu 6:40 – 6:50
Eileen Morley 6:50 – 7:00
Mia Rodriguez 7:00 – 7:10
Amelia Seabury 7:10 – 7:20
Raina Tian 7:20 – 7:30
Lucy Wampler 7:30 – 7:40
Jacqueline Yu 7:40 – 7:50
Closing remarks 7:50 – 8:00

If you are unable to make the virtual opening, the online exhibition will run through the summer. You may also see the student artwork through Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/mlwgscelestial/

Please help support these incredible students by sharing this event

https://www.facebook.com/events/608151853242273/

and attending the virtual opening. #Celestial2020 #MLWGS #art

Good News Section!

Jackson Lamb is this year’s recipient of the 2020 Allstate Foundation/VHSL Achievement Award scholarship for Class 3 Academic Activity.  Congratulations Jackson!!

Council for Economic Education Competitions 2020

Each year, the Council for Economic Education (CEE) sponsors contests across the country testing knowledge of personal finance issues and the National Economics Challenge.  This year, Maggie Walker had very successful teams in all these competitions.  All this year’s competitions had to be done remotely, via Zoom conferences.

National Economics Challenge

The NEC is the country’s only economics competition of its kind for high school students. It tests micro and macroeconomic principles as well as knowledge of the world economy, in two divisions – the David Ricardo division and the Adam Smith division.

The David Ricardo Division teams must be made up of students who have not competed before and have not taken AP economics.

DOE Region #1 Winner, Virginia State Winner and USA David Ricardo Division 2nd Place Winner     Maggie Walker Governor’s School, Richmond City

Students:  Ronit Jain, Michael Kish, Abhay Duggirala, Sam Lichtman

The Adam Smith Division teams must be made up of students who are currently enrolled in AP Micro and Macroeconomics.

DOE Region #1 Winner     Maggie Walker Governor’s School, Richmond City

Students – Team 1:  Kapil Iyer, Adriel Barretto, Will Street, Eric Hamilton

National Personal Finance Challenge

The National Personal Finance Challenge is a competition that provides high school students with an opportunity to build, apply, and demonstrate their knowledge of money management. Teams showcase their expertise in earning income, buying goods and services, saving, using credit, investing, as well as protecting and insuring.

DOE Region #1 Winner, Virginia State Winner and NPFC Semi-Finalist (16th place/28)

Maggie Walker Governor’s School, Richmond City

Students:  Dominic Dao, Miles Nardi, Kevin Ren, Richard Zhai

These young men all worked very hard, especially having to prepare and collaborate remotely over the last couple of months.  Congratulations to all these teams!

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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Let me start of tonight by thanking all the volunteers that have helped out the school in so many ways this year.  Normally, we would honor our volunteers with a dinner, but circumstances will not allow that to happen this year.  Nonetheless, hats off to all of our selfless volunteers!

The Junior Class has made a fantastic video honoring the Class of 202 that would have been shown at the prom.  Unfortunately, the file is too large for me to upload to my blog, but it can be seen on the Class of 2020 Schoology page.

Book Return Days are coming on May 27th and 28th.  Please see the schedule and instruction sheet.  Students are scheduled per 20 minute window to promote social distancing.  All school property (books, technology, instruments, uniforms, parking permits, etc.) must be returned before the end of our academic year.  Otherwise, fines or fees may be assessed.  Please print out the instruction sheet and bring it with for your scheduled time.  Seniors must complete the supplement on the back of the sheet and drop it off upon departure from the school in order to graduate on June 3rd and 4th.  Copies of the instructions and supplement will be available when entering through the Bluestone Lobby.

Special Event on Thursday, May 21, 5:30pm-6:30pm – Parents and alumni welcome!

NEHS members who attend earn 1 hour.

Join RVA author Karen  A. Chase on Zoom for a talk about her award-winning novel Carrying Independence. During the Q&A she invites questions about her novel, the writing process, and her recent webinar How to Research Women Like a Historical Novelist. Readers, history buffs, writers, researchers, teachers, and genealogists are encouraged to attend this event! Sign up @ https://bit.ly/carryingindependence

Good News Section!

Congratulations to The Mech Tech Dragons on receiving the Chairman’s Award for the Blacksburg event.  Judging for this award was done virtually due to the event being canceled.   The Chairman’s Award is the most prestigious award at FIRST, it honors the team that best represents a model for other teams to emulate and best embodies the purpose and goals of FIRST.

The team qualified to compete for the FIRST Chesapeake District Chairman’s Award.

Congratulations to Mary Caroline Heinen for being names as one of the Top Ten Female Scholar-Athletes for the Richmond Area by the Richmond Times Dispatch!

Cube to Cure 2020 – MLWGS juniors Jacob Lee, Ryland Wilson, and John Staley are hosting Cube To Cure 2020, an online Rubik’s Cube competition on Saturday, May 23rd to raise money for COVID-19 relief.  The competition will feature a livestream hosted by YouTube personalities Brody Lassner and Phillip Lewicki alongside CubingUSA 2019 National Champion Patrick Ponce.  The Cube To Cure 2020 team is also selling cubing-themed facemasks.  For more information please visit the Cube To Cure 2020 website at www.cubetocure.org

The Serving Bowls Project – MLWGS junior Charlie Unice has teamed up with his friend and woodworker Charlie Hamilton (who is a junior in another RVA high school) is an effort to provide meals to food insecure families during the COVID-19 pandemic. Through selling beautiful, handmade wooden bowls and serving platters, their project raises money to donate to Feeding America, a national food bank. 100% of the proceeds go to Feeding America and in just two weeks, we’ve raised over $3,000 dollars. Check out servingbowls.org to pick up a beautiful, handcrafted piece—serve your family while serving your neighbor in need.

We are happy to share with you the world premiere of the documentary Spelling the Dream on Netflix on May 23rd.  This is a documentary that follows one of our students, Tejas Muthusamy and 3 more spellers through their spelling journey and analyzes their study habits.  The spelling bee has been cancelled this year, so this would be a good watch for bee enthusiasts!

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.  This year is certainly an unusual one in terms of the tests, but I’m 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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Happy Mother’s Day to all our moms, grandmas, and special people who have taken such good care of all of us!

AP Exams

MLWGS wants to wish all AP testers the best of luck with your online exams!

Students are already receiving their e-tickets for their exams, so it is important to check your email 48 hours in advance of your exam to make sure you have received this. If you do not receive your ticket, it is possible to access your exam e-ticket through your myAP account, although accessing it through the email invitation is preferred.

Before your exam begins, you may want to review this troubleshooting link to try to proactively avoid technology issues and make sure your device is ready: https://apcoronavirusupdates.collegeboard.org/students/taking-ap-exams/troubleshooting. There is a link to a form at the bottom of this website where you can request a make-up exam due to technology issues during the exam. Remember that a make-up option will NOT be available during the make-up exam dates in June.

If you are considering cancelling an exam, please see Dr. Loving’s latest Schoology post for additional details on this process.

Seniors

Interested in performing for graduation or Senior Night?  We are looking for singers (groups or soloists) and/or musicians.  In order to be considered for one of these two events, you will need to record yourself/yourselves performing something appropriate for the event.  If you have a group who would like to perform together, there are numerous platforms that will allow you to virtually produce your audition (Zoom, Facebook LiveYouTube LiveGoogle Hangouts or Google MeetFacebook MessengerWebexGoToMeetingFreeConference, or Join.me. Most of these have restrictions on the number of participants. So, while they could work for smaller choruses, they may not work for larger ones).

In order to be considered, please submit your audition using the following link by May 15.  The class officers and I will then work through the performances and select the ones to be included in one of the events.

https://forms.gle/C6WfBCJM82jvYYFv6

Please remember, that we need someone or a group to perform the National Anthem for both events.

If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out!

Thank you for your efforts!!  I know this is not the graduation or Senior Night we imagined, but your contributions will help make our versions of these events special!!

Don’t forget to sign up to write comments about your fellow seniors!  We are collecting these for our Senior Night, and we need your help!

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/15w9bsz_SfVO_OB_hZP2WbhmF_v0OPwzicc0oqJFr5RM/edit?usp=sharing

Please reach out to your class officers or Ms. Sheppard (ksheppard@gsgis.k12.va.us) if you have any questions!!

Special Event on Thursday, May 21, 5:30pm-6:30pm – Parents and alumni welcome!

NEHS members who attend earn 1 hour.

Join RVA author Karen  A. Chase on Zoom for a talk about her award-winning novel Carrying Independence. During the Q&A she invites questions about her novel, the writing process, and her recent webinar How to Research Women Like a Historical Novelist. Readers, history buffs, writers, researchers, teachers, and genealogists are encouraged to attend this event! Sign up @ https://bit.ly/carryingindependence

Mindfulness for Dragons this Month 

Sign up @ https://bit.ly/mindfulness4dragons

Mindfulness for Writers

11:30am-Noon, Wednesdays (through 5/27)  Mindfulness practices and a writing prompt.

Midday Mindfulness 11:30am-Noon, Thursdays (through 5/28)  Gather with classmates and Ms. DeGroat, Coach Hawkins, and Mrs. Ebeling for a variety of mindfulness practices.

Because many families have had summer plans altered by Covid 19, the Maggie Walker counseling department has seen an increase in requests for online summer economics and personal finance classes.  We have increased the course enrollment maximums to 200 students so that more students may register for the classes.

If you are interested in enrolling in these free summer online courses, please do the following:

  • Send an email to your counselor by May 22nd
  • Make sure to specify whether you would like both classes for this summer (most students take both classes if their schedules permit).
  • Please do not send an email to register for these classes if you already requested the classes previously. You can doublecheck your registration status by going through the Powerschool portal and clicking on the Class Registration icon. Economics and Personal Finance classes are listed separately in the Alternate Hours Requested list. If you see the courses listed here you are good to go and will be getting an email from the instructor Ms. Hamilton sometime in late May/early June when the class begins.

The classes will be filled in the order of requests.  Please note: these courses are not available for incoming students. Rising 9th graders may wish to consider taking these courses through their home school division if the student is eager to complete the requirement ahead of schedule.

Dates for the classes are available on the school website summer assignments page. Students may be able to start the economics class in early June once rosters are set up but the minimum pacing will not begin until June 15th.   Please note that in order to accommodate the increased demand, grade updates and transfers of the current course grade from Virtual Virginia to PowerSchool for parent updates will occur only at the interim or halfway point of each quarter’s course progress and the final grade for each quarter. However, students can always see their current updated grade in the Virtual Virginia Portal and can certainly share that progress with their parent or guardian. In a fast paced online course, it is important that students keep up with due dates for lessons and assessments. Late penalties of 10% deduction per day will automatically be applied to late completions.

Good News Section!

Faculty News

Congratulations to MLWGS English Department Chair Lisa Williams! On Friday, May 1st, she graduated from VCU with an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership with a focus on Higher Education. The topic of her research, for whom her client was VSU, was enrollment management and how both HBCU’s (historically black colleges and universities) and PWI’s (predominantly white institutions) can diversify: how they can attract students to their institutions, retain students by building an inclusive campus community, and produce graduates who succeed in a myriad of endeavors. Please join me in congratulating Dr. Williams on this milestone!

Student News 

Four MLWGS Dragons from the Class of 2021 (Bella Grace Finck, Ria Bakshi, Shreya Malani and Justin Goldman) have started ProjectEngageRVA to offer classes to Richmond-area youth. Their efforts recently generated news coverage from the RTD and WTVR6.

Resilience Week Virginia, May 3-9: Students in Pre-AP and AP Spanish classes were involved in translating documents for the first ever state wide resilience week effort led by Trauma-Informed Community Networks. We were contacted by SCAN (Stop Child Abuse Now) to translate handouts on 50 ways to show resilience for each day of the week.

http://grscan.com/resilience-week-virginia/handouts/ (Scroll down for Spanish resources)

Students volunteered their time over the course of three evenings and collaborated together via Zoom breakout rooms.  As this is a statewide effort, and perhaps needed more than ever, all are welcome to use any resources from the site.  Keep in mind that many documents were created before COVID-19. Students involved in this project:  Alexis Bartee, Elizabeth Celentano, Clair Dickinson, Emeline Eisele, Helen Hall, Devon Jebo, Michael Kish, Nathan Lord, Ellie Maruca, Nived Sanjay, Lauren Stalls, & Alan Watts.

Cube to Cure 2020 – MLWGS juniors Jacob Lee, Ryland Wilson, and John Staley are hosting Cube To Cure 2020, an online Rubik’s Cube competition on Saturday, May 23rd to raise money for COVID-19 relief.  The competition will feature a livestream hosted by YouTube personalities Brody Lassner and Phillip Lewicki alongside CubingUSA 2019 National Champion Patrick Ponce.  The Cube To Cure 2020 team is also selling cubing-themed facemasks.  For more information please visit the Cube To Cure 2020 website at www.cubetocure.org

The Serving Bowls Project – MLWGS junior Charlie Unice has teamed up with his friend and woodworker Charlie Hamilton (who is a junior in another RVA high school) is an effort to provide meals to food insecure families during the COVID-19 pandemic. Through selling beautiful, handmade wooden bowls and serving platters, their project raises money to donate to Feeding America, a national food bank. 100% of the proceeds go to Feeding America and in just two weeks, we’ve raised over $3,000 dollars. Check out servingbowls.org to pick up a beautiful, handcrafted piece—serve your family while serving your neighbor in need.

Giving Back Together Tuesdays has attracted over forty MLWGS volunteers from across several grade levels. The project recently expanded to include transcribing historical documents for the Library of Congress as well as the Library of Virginia, and making digital cards and letters for residents of Imperial Plaza as well as physical cards and letters for residents of The Virginia Home. Note: These are all synchronous community service activities completed on Tuesday afternoons from 3:30 to 5pm – except for transcribing for LVA which may also be done anytime if students are logged into a personal LVA account. To participate in Giving Back Together, go to https://bit.ly/givingbacktogether

We are happy to share with you the world premiere of the documentary Spelling the Dream on Netflix on May 23rd.  This is a documentary that follows one of our students, Tejas Muthusamy and 3 more spellers through their spelling journey and analyzes their study habits.  The spelling bee has been cancelled this year, so this would be a good watch for bee enthusiasts!

I would like to end tonight by thanking all of the mothers in our community that have done so much for each of us.  I hope that your Mother’s Day has been one filled with joy and happiness despite the current situation.  I hope that had breakfast in bed, a good nap this afternoon, a fabulous dinner and a clean house.  Well, that’s what I hoped for you anyway!  Happy Mother’s Day!

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

 

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A reminder for seniors that could not get their cap and gown last week that the school will be open from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.  Students may enter the bluestone lobby and pick up their caps and gowns at the security desk.  The rest of the building is closed to students.

Because many families have had summer plans altered by Covid 19, the Maggie Walker counseling department has seen an increase in requests for online summer economics and personal finance classes.  We have increased the course enrollment maximums to 200 students so that more students may register for the classes.

If you are interested in enrolling in these free summer online courses, please do the following:

  • Send an email to your counselor by May 22nd
  • Make sure to specify whether you would like both classes for this summer (most students take both classes if their schedules permit).
  • Please do not send an email to register for these classes if you already requested the classes previously. You can doublecheck your registration status by going through the Powerschool portal and clicking on the Class Registration icon. Economics and Personal Finance classes are listed separately in the Alternate Hours Requested list. If you see the courses listed here you are good to go and will be getting an email from the instructor Ms. Hamilton sometime in late May/early June when the class begins.

The classes will be filled in the order of requests.  Please note: these courses are not available for incoming students. Rising 9th graders may wish to consider taking these courses through their home school division if the student is eager to complete the requirement ahead of schedule.

Dates for the classes are available on the school website summer assignments page. Students may be able to start the economics class in early June once rosters are set up but the minimum pacing will not begin until June 15th.   Please note that in order to accommodate the increased demand, grade updates and transfers of the current course grade from Virtual Virginia to PowerSchool for parent updates will occur only at the interim or halfway point of each quarter’s course progress and the final grade for each quarter. However, students can always see their current updated grade in the Virtual Virginia Portal and can certainly share that progress with their parent or guardian. In a fast paced online course, it is important that students keep up with due dates for lessons and assessments. Late penalties of 10% deduction per day will automatically be applied to late completions.

MLWGS Students Give Back:  MLWGS juniors Jacob Lee, Ryland Wilson, and John Staley are hosting Cube To Cure 2020, an online Rubik’s Cube competition on Saturday, May 23rd to raise money for COVID-19 relief.  The competition will feature a livestream hosted by YouTube personalities Brody Lassner and Phillip Lewicki alongside CubingUSA 2019 National Champion Patrick Ponce.  The Cube To Cure 2020 team is also selling cubing-themed facemasks.  For more information please visit the Cube To Cure 2020 website at www.cubetocure.org

The New York Times is offering free access through July 6th to high school students. However, in order to honor students’ privacy, Ms. DeGroat will only upload the school email addresses of students who choose to OPT IN for this access. She will only share your school email address, not your name. Once she submits our list, you will receive an email from the NY Times at your school email address that will allow you to create a login.

Ms. DeGroat has checked several times to see if the Wall Street Journal has a similar offer, but they do not, so unfortunately she is not able to offer free WSJ access as a balance to the NYT as she does in our historical newspaper subscriptions.

Here are links to the offer, FAQ’s, and the NY Times Privacy Policy which you need to review before you opt in to this offer.

If you’d like Ms. DeGroat to include you in the list of Dragons who’d like NYT access through July 6th, please let her know by no later than 9pm on Thursday, May 9th by completing the Google form @ https://bit.ly/nytimesfreeoffer

Attention AP Testers (all students not enrolled in an AP course may disregard this message)

It is hard to believe AP testing is now right around the corner, starting Monday, May 11th (one week later than originally planned). The resources listed here (in conjunction with the content your teachers have provided you throughout the year) are intended to help you feel prepared and informed heading into this new form of AP exam. I have also provided links to accommodation, make-up testing, and cancellation information. While Maggie Walker no long plays an official role in AP exam administration, we still want to support you throughout this process.

YOUR PRIMARY TASKS (in addition to studying):

If you have not already done so, please check the new AP Exam Schedule for 2020 so you know when your exams are scheduled (there are three potentials time slots each day): https://apcoronavirusupdates.collegeboard.org/students/taking-ap-exams/ap-exam-schedule

Since log in credentials for each AP exam will be emailed to you 48 hours prior to your exams, students should log into their myap.collegeboard.com account to double check that the email address they have listed in the account is correct. If you are receiving emails from the College Board, everything should be all set. If you have not received emails from College Board in recent weeks and your email address appears to be correct, try checking your junk or spam filter, and then try calling College Board at 1-888-SAT-HELP to resolve this issue. College Board has also recommended using a personal email address for this account instead of your school email address, but if you are regularly receiving all communications, then do not try to change your contact email at this time.

NOTE: Your exam testing status is determined by what is entered into your MyAP account, and students are NOT required to reconfirm which tests they plan to take. However, if you did not receive that College Board survey, please check the email address in your MyAP account to make sure it is correct and that you are receiving other College Board emails.

ACCOMMODATIONS:

If you receive accommodations for a documented disability and have questions about how those will be implemented, details are provided here: https://apcoronavirusupdates.collegeboard.org/coordinators/accommodations

PREPARING FOR EXAM DAY:

College Board has a whole page devoted to getting ready for exam day: https://apcoronavirusupdates.collegeboard.org/students/taking-ap-exams/getting-ready-for-exam-day

Try this exam demo to familiarize yourself with the online format (use the password PRACTICE to click through the “demo mode”): https://ap2020examdemo.collegeboard.org/ (Note: Google Chrome is recommended for this demo and the official exam, but Firefox, Safari, and Edge are also supported)

College Board has posted information by course on You Tube. Please check out this link and consult your teacher on other steps they suggest you take to prepare for the exam. https://www.youtube.com/user/advancedplacement

College Board has also posted a set of tips for taking open book/open note exams (collaborating with others in person or online is strictly prohibited): https://apcoronavirusupdates.collegeboard.org/students/open-book-tips

MAKE-UP TESTING:

If you have a significant conflict with the original testing date/time OR you have a technical issue during the original exam and you are advised by the College Board to retest, you may take your exam during the make-up testing window of June 1st-5th. According to a phone call with College Board, if a student did not take the original exam they will automatically receive log in credentials for the make-up exam 48 hours in advance of that exam. While College Board will not be monitoring the reasons why students choose to test during make-up testing, they STRONGLY advise not using this window unless it is absolutely necessary because, if a student encounters a technical difficult during that exam, there will be no other opportunity for retest.

AP EXAM CANCELLATION:

While we hope that you all will proceed with testing, we know that it makes sense for some students, particularly seniors who have selected colleges that will not award credit for one or more of the AP exams for which they have registered, to cancel exams. College Board has confirmed via phone call that all a student needs to do to cancel their exam is simply NOT log in to the exam on test day. An exam will not be considered officially cancelled until after a student has also NOT logged on to the make-up exam during the week of June 1st-5th. If you do not take one or more of your exams, please fill out Maggie Walker’s AP Exam Cancellation Form (https://forms.gle/jLYMquwqyZoi4icdA) so that we can generate a full $94 refund for you (students who received a fee waiver do not need to complete this step).

While I have made several calls to College Board to ask questions, refer to the Advanced Placement COVID-19 updates page for all official information: https://apcoronavirusupdates.collegeboard.org/students

Please feel free to email Dr. Loving if you had additional questions about AP exams. If I do not have the answers readily available, I am happy to call the College Board and get back to you.

I would like to close out this lengthy message with a simple quote.  I am not sure who originally wrote it, but I have always liked it.

“Stay strong.  Storms don’t last forever.”

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

 

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Attention Seniors and Their Families:

Information will be sent out to you this week regarding a pick-up schedule for caps and gowns as well as some preliminary information on a “Plan B” for graduation and senior night.  Stay tuned!!!!!

MLWGS Alumni Sara Schaefer has created a project to highlight seniors across the country.  Take a look at her website and see if this is something which interests you:

https://hsgrad2020.com/

 

From Lisa Ebeling, MLWGS School Psychologist

Our Counseling Department would like to remind parents that we remain available to help you in supporting your children at this challenging time.  We are checking our emails regularly Monday through Friday and are happy to consult on any concerns related to your children’s emotional health.  We also check our voicemail periodically but email would be the better and more efficient way to contact us.  This is a new situation for us all and please don’t hesitate to reach out to us with questions or concerns.

Mrs. Cobb is posting resources from our department on Schoology.  This has been done weekly but we’re going to go to a biweekly format and our next posting will be done on May 6th.  Our section of the school’s website includes resources for both parents and students.

The link is as follows:  https://sites.google.com/a/gsgis.k12.va.us/mlw-school-counseling/covid-19-resources

Mindwise provides us with the suicide prevention curriculum that we use with our freshman and junior class.  This document from their organization provides a nice summary of what parents can do in caring for their children during the COVID-19 crisis.  It reminds us that one of the most important things that we do as parents is to take care of ourselves and model good coping strategies.  https://www.mindwise.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Tips-for-Parents.pdf

We have to keep at a physical distance but it doesn’t mean that we are isolated from one another as a school community.  Please reach out to us is we can help.

lebeling@gsgis.k12.va.us

 

Starting next week, the MLWGS Library will be offering opportunities to gather online to share creative work, practice mindfulness, earn community service hours together, and more. For more details about all these opportunities, visit the new Dragons Create group on Schoology (Access Code: 7FBZ-NBKC-RQT23).

NOTE: Before clicking on the registration/interest links for activities listed below, please log in to your MLWGS Google account. These forms are restricted to MLWGS students and faculty. If you’ve forgotten your MLWGS Google user name or password, email Ms. DeGroat and she will reset it for you.

Creativity Open Mics (Wednesdays, 5:30 to 7pm)

Dragon creatives from each grade level will have an opportunity to share their work with peers during creativity open mics held online each Wednesday from 5:30 to 7:00pmAll attendees must pre-register. To register or sign up to share your creative work, go to https://bit.ly/creativityopenmicsignup

 Giving Back Together (Tuesdays, 3:30 to 5pm)

Earn community service hours by participating in online gatherings each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 5pm to make handwritten letters/postcards for residents of The Virginia Home and/or to transcribe documents for Virginia Memory – your choice. Sign up to express interest in Giving Back Togetherhttps://bit.ly/givingbacktogether

Mindfulness for Dragons (Wednesdays and Thursdays, 11:30am to Noon)

Mindfulness practices can help create a sense of peace and calm – and spark creativity – during this unpredictable time. Students and faculty are invited. Sign up to express interest in practicing mindfulness together: https://bit.ly/mindfulness4dragons

If you have questions or suggestions, please email Ms DeGroat at wdegroat@gsgis.k12.va.us.

 

On Thursday, April 30, the Governor’s School Foundation will host the 3rd Annual Day of the Dragon as a virtual day of celebration for our MLWGS community, especially the incredible class of 2020! Be on the lookout for emails detailing ways that you can participate which include sending a message of support for the MLWGS class of 2020 on Instagram @tothemlwgsclassof2020, attending a virtual event on Facebook, and updating your FB Profile pic.  Don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity to connect with our amazing community!

As we pass through the six-week mark of our quarantine, we are staring to see glimmers of hope as some parts of the planet are beginning to emerge from this horrible event.  While it is way to soon  to speculate on what the fall may bring, we are confident that with the proper planning time we will be able to open with a robust program that will meet the needs of all of our students.  I think that it is fair to say that there will be a “new” normal on the other side of the quarantine. I think that it is also fair to say that one thing that will not change is the love and support that we have shown each other as we have navigated these waters.  Together we will prevail.  As Vince Lombardi said, “People who work together will win, whether against complex football defenses, or the problems of modern society.”

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

 

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AP Exam Updates and Cancellation Procedures:

As you know, AP exams have moved to 100% at-home administration this year. The schedule of AP exams has changed and will begin May 11th. Dr. Loving sent a detailed email about the changes on April 3rd and the College Board has been in touch with AP testers.

If any student wishes to cancel an AP exam, the College Board has waived the cancellation fee. To cancel an exam and initiate a refund, visit the link below and complete the Google Form:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScMLU0-GiWAHgMU66XgDK-2H7me4765dmY7uBErUDlLf2TlUg/viewform

Please Dr. Loving for questions about AP exams at rloving@gsgis.k12.va.us

Well, it has been yet another challenging week.  Please know that we are working hard of finding some ways to come together, perhaps virtually, to recognize all of the hard work people have been putting in as we adapt to the new way of doing things.  We are also running down some potential graduation scenarios which I will share as soon as I can firm a few things up.  In the meantime, as we face the daily challenges of social distancing, 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.”

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

 

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We have had a few questions regarding Community Service Hours.  Here is part of a message that went out last week:

Community Service Hours

  • Students should not leave their homes to complete community service hours during school shutdown.
  • Students are permitted to earn community service hours from home if possible (transcribing for the Library of Virginia, tutoring from a distance, phone calls for a campaign or charity, etc.)
  • There will be no penalty for 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students not meeting their hours goals by the end of the 2019/2020 school year.
  • Seniors who have completed at least 120 hours of community service have fulfilled the requirement.  Seniors below 120 hours will receive an individual message on Schoology providing guidance on how to get to 120 hours during the school shutdown.

On the surface, it seems strange to send you a message wishing for you to have a good spring break when we haven’t been at school for several weeks, but it is still entirely appropriate.  For many of us, adapting to the new reality of the school year, trying to figure out how to do the basic things that we used to take for granted, all while under the enormous stress that this pandemic is creating has been exhausting.

I urge you to step back from all of this for a week and try to find some sanctuary.  Read a good book, binge a new show, go outside into your yard and just try to breathe.  Get away from the news for a bit and just focus on yourself.  If you want a funny mental picture of what this looks like, I have started doing yoga every morning.  All 300 pounds of me!

Above all else, stay safe!  We will get through this and when we do, maybe we will be better at celebrating the small joys such as seeing each other every day.

Please take care and know that I miss all of you.

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

 

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How could the MW Library help YOU learn, create, & connect during 4th nine weeks?

Ms. DeGroat, your librarian, here. Hope you’re hanging in there during these unusual times. As I plan for the 4th nine weeks, I’d like your help imagining ways the MW Library could support your learning, personal growth, and mindfulness needs – and perhaps host gatherings where you could share your creativity, research, or reflections. While I can’t offer every option we might invent together, I’ll do my best to offer several of the most popular selections.  Please complete the following survey (by April 1st) to let me know which options interest you and to share other ideas you have: https://bit.ly/ideasforyourMWlibrary

If you’d like to schedule a research consultation about a topic you’re exploring (for school or beyond), sign in to your GSGIS Google Drive, then complete this request form: http://bit.ly/researchconsultrequest

See the MW Library blog for this and other pertinent information.

Need the database password list? Go to the Resources folder of the Dragons Research group in Schoology.

Until we see each other online or face-to-face, stay safe and stay curious!

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

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

 

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This is not an update on school closure.  We just have a few announcements to pass along.  An update on the status of the school will be sent after the Governor speaks tomorrow.

The College Board announced on March 20th, 2020 that it will move to an all online testing system that can be taken at students’ homes for the 2020 testing year only. The College Board will be announcing more details on April 3rd, but all information that has been shared so far can be accessed on the AP Central website: https://apcentral.collegeboard.org/about-ap/news-changes/coronavirus-update. MLWGS students, parents, and teachers have been notified of this College Board announcement via email and we will continue to share information as it becomes available.

The FY 21 MLWGS Budget is now open for public comment.  Please follow this link for more information:

https://mlwgs.com/the-mlwgs-fy21-operating-budget-proposal-is-open-for-public-comment/

 

From our School Psychologist:

Talking to Your Children about COVID-19:  The Social-Emotional Perspective

One of the most important roles that parents play in a child’s life is modeling proper responses in a challenging time.  This starts from the moment that a child comes into the world and provides opportunities for teaching how to handle tough situations.  The COVID-19 pandemic has presented a novel situation for parents and educators to manage.  It requires that we provide accurate information about the virus along with good prevention practices without causing our children undue alarm.  At a time when we feel uncertainty as adults, it demands that we provide reassurance to our high schoolers and a safe place to process concerns.

 

So what helps?  Maintaining calm during the 24/7 news exposure is critical.  Adolescents will take cues from your response and it is essential that they get factual information that supports their safety and well-being.  The calm and thoughtful responses of key adults can quiet any fears that children can have.  Discuss the issues around COVID-19 but note that prevention efforts are taking place in our school and the community.  It can also be helpful to remind them of the proactive efforts they can take for themselves such as regular handwashing and bumping elbows instead of shaking hands.  Feeling an ability to exercise some control is beneficial to everyone.  Encourage limited television and social media exposure to stories about the coronavirus.  In addition to accessing information that is fact-based, it is helpful to not marinade in the coverage excessively.  Maintaining routine as much as possible in times of challenge is helpful and shouldn’t include media overload.  As always, our students benefit from getting enough sleep, eating well, exercising, and spending time with the people important to them.  This is always good practice but is especially important in tough times.

Concerns?  Our counseling department remains committed to supporting our students and families.  Please email if we can help with anything.

Lisa Ebeling, School Psychologist

I was hoping that I could find a great quote to leave you with tonight.  One that would make everyone feel great and confident about the future.  I could have probably dug up something from Winston Churchill or maybe Franklin Roosevelt, but they are so overused that they would sound cliché. I was about to give up when I found this from retired navy SEAL Admiral William McRaven.  A couple of days ago he said “We will prevail because the only thing more contagious than a virus is hope.”

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

 

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Congratulations to the Class of 2024 and Registration information

Congratulations to accepted Future Dragons! Make sure to return your enrollment form directly to your school division as soon as possible. Due to school and office closures, you may want to send an email as well to your gifted coordinator about your decision on attending Maggie Walker. Contact information can be found here.

Our New Student Registration program is scheduled for Tuesday, April 21st at 6 pm.  If the registration date or format changes to virtual registration, we will update our website as soon as such a change is determined necessary. For more information about new student registration and course selections at Maggie Walker, click here.

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The FY 21 MLWGS Budget is now open for public comment.  Please follow this link for more information:

https://mlwgs.com/the-mlwgs-fy21-operating-budget-proposal-is-open-for-public-comment/

All sophomores will be taking the SOL Writing tests during the week of Monday March 9th. The multiple choice section will be taken during sophomore English classes on Monday and Tuesday. The essay portion of the test will be taken during English classes on Wednesday and Thursday. English classes that meet during 7th and 8th periods will start the essay portion immediately following lunch on Wednesday/Thursday so that students don’t miss buses in the afternoon. As a result, sophomores in 7th or 8th period English classes will miss their regular class either during 5th period on Wednesday or 6th period class on Thursday.

AP EXAM INFORMATION 2020

Advanced Placement registration is now complete, but we are encouraging students to DOUBLE CHECK their course status in their account at myap.collegeboard.org to confirm they are “joined” in all tests and that their “order exam” status is marked “yes” to order an exam or “no” if the student does not plan to take the exam for that course. Per College Board policy, exams cannot be added to your order after March 13th.

Please review these important dates if you are considering making changes to your AP exam registration:

November 15th: The College Board instituted an add/drop fee of $40—LATE REGISTRATION NOW $134 PER EXAM

March 13th: Deadline to add an exam (even with the late fee)—SUBMIT THE AP EXAM ORDER FORM AND FEE BY MARCH 11th

April 15th: Last day for students to cancel an exam for a refund of $54—SUBMIT AP EXAM CANCELATION FORM BY 3:30 P.M. AND ATTACH RECEIPT

No refunds of any kind will be issued for cancelled exams after April 15th.

Please read the AP Bulletin for Students and Parents for exam policies and procedures. It will tell you what to bring/not to bring on testing day. This bulletin and a handout with the information from this email were distributed to students last week. Any students who did not receive these items can see Dr. Loving in the Counseling Office.

Please also be aware that afternoon exams will almost always release after the end of the school day, so testers must arrange alternate transportation. Students must stay until the end of the examination period, even if they are finished, and may not access their phones to communicate with rides until they are released. Be sure to plan accordingly. This includes planning for job shifts, sports practices, etc.

Contact Dr. Rachel Loving, AP Coordinator, in the Counseling Office with questions about AP exam registration or administration at rloving@gsgis.k12.va.us or 804-354-6800 x3211.

Physicals for the 2020-2021 School year will be performed May 18th at 3:30pm in the athletic hallway.  All forms need to be completed and signed by the parent or guardian to be seen.  Click the link to sign up and the print off forms.  We are not doing time slots this year just sign ups and its first come first serve. Please contact Christy Turnbow, ATC for any questions.  cturnbow@gsgis.k12.va.us

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

Third Marking Period Interims came out on Friday.  I would encourage everyone to take a quick look in PowerSchool and make sure that you now where you stand.  If you aren’t where you want to be, get after it!  Remember that “Good things come to those who wait, but better things come to those who go out and get them!”

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

 

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The FY 21 MLWGS Budget is now open for public comment.  Please follow this link for more information:

https://mlwgs.com/the-mlwgs-fy21-operating-budget-proposal-is-open-for-public-comment/

Thanks to all who participated or attended in the MLWGS Foundation’s Night of the Dragon Auction!  Your support makes MLWGS the community that it is!

Seniors:  Community Service Requirement

As indicated on the First Quarter Report Card, Seniors need to have all of their 140 community service hours submitted by May 1, 2020 (Only 9 Weeks Away!!!).  A detailed report of submitted hours can be found on each student’s x2vol account.  Reaching the goal of 140 hours of community service is a requirement for earning the Maggie Walker Governor’s School Diploma. Students who have any questions about their hours totals or x2vol should see Mr. Cook (tcook@gsgis.k12.va.us).

Dear Freshmen, Sophomores, and Juniors,

Online course scheduling will take place on Thursday, March 5th during 2nd period. Students MUST have the Course Registration Form with ALL appropriate signatures and teacher endorsements as well as (if applicable) the VCU Dual Enrollment Packet with ALL signatures (three student and three parent) with them in order to participate in online scheduling. Not having the form(s) or missing a signature would result in your needing to complete this process at a later time and could potentially impact your ability to get the courses you want. Please view the Course Scheduling Information website for additional information and up-to-date course listings (https://sites.google.com/a/gsgis.k12.va.us/mlw-school-counseling/scheduling-information) and see your counselor with any remaining questions you have about this process.

March is where we take time to highlight the talented young artists and musicians at Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School.   To help celebrate Youth Art and Music Month, we will be having our annual student art exhibition!   Each student in art and photography classes will have work on display.  Additionally, there will be student music groups performing throughout the evening as well as films by our digital video students showcased in the auditorium.

With all that to look forward to, please mark your calendars for next Wednesday evening,  March 4th, for our annual Youth Art and Music Month opening.  The event runs from 6:30pm-8:30pm with remarks at 6:30pm in the auditorium at Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School.  This invent is free and open to the public and light refreshments are provided so please bring your entire family.

Lastly, prior to the event, the Music Boosters will be having a fundraiser Pasta dinner at 5:15. This optional meal includes Joe’s Inn Lasagna with student performances to accompany the meal. Please sign up for this fundraiser by Feb. 28 using the site http://bit.ly/musicpasta .

Spring Coaches Parent meeting will be in the Forum March 4th at 6:00pm

Physicals for the 2020-2021 School year will be performed May 18th at 3:30pm in the athletic hallway.  All forms need to be completed and signed by the parent or guardian to be seen.  Click the link to sign up and the print off forms.  We are not doing time slots this year just sign ups and its first come first serve. Please contact Christy Turnbow, ATC for any questions.  cturnbow@gsgis.k12.va.us

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

The Mech Tech Dragons first competition of the season is Saturday March 7 and Sunday March 8 at the Arthur Ashe Center.   The team is co-hosting the event with Thomas Jefferson High Schools robotics team The Vikingbots.  The event is free and open to the public – doors open at 8 am.

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

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

 

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Course registration will take place on March 5th during 2nd period. Students must have their Course Registration Form completed with all signatures at that time as well as the three VCU forms if registering for VCU Dual Enrollment classes (rising juniors and seniors only). Students are allowed to submit a schedule change request up until the end of this school year, though some classes may fill up based on initial registration requests.

Parents can find specific details about course registration and course options on the school counseling page on course scheduling.

Induction Ceremony for new National English Honor Society members will take place on Wednesday, February 26th during lunch in the auditorium. Parents are invited to attend. For students who are not able to attend, they can pick up their certificate from Ms. Cobb in counseling.

On Wednesday Feb. 26 at 11:45am, the Fine Arts Dept. will be hosting its second “Lunchtime Lecture” of the year in the Black Box.  Our speaker will be Twyla Kitts from the VMFA who will be giving a lecture title “The Fabergé Obsession: Romance, Revolution, and Russian Decorative Arts”.   Even though we have just finished the Global Cycle focus on Europe and Russia, please encourage students you feel might be interested to attend this event.  These lectures are sponsored by the Visual Arts Boosters in cooperation with the VMFA Statewide Programs.

America’s darkest family comes to life in an original musical about love, family, honesty, and growing up when MLWGS Drama presents The Addams Family, directed by Leigh Glatt.  Join us Thursday and Friday, February 27 and 28, at 7pm, or Saturday, February 29, at 2pm, in Maggie Walker’s Mooney Auditorium.  Tickets are $10 for students and $15 for adults.  Pay with cash at the door or take advantage of exclusive online offers when you buy tickets in advance with a credit card at https://mlwgs-addams.brownpapertickets.com.  Faculty are always free.

Special thanks to everyone who has purchased tickets to the 2020 Night of the Dragon Quantum Leap set for Leap Day, Saturday, February 29th. We are excited to announce that the event has officially sold out!  But please don’t worry if you were not able to purchase tickets, you can still get in on the fun.  Silent auction items will be available online beginning this Tuesday and are open to all parents at MLWGS.  Be on the lookout for an email blast from the Foundation directing you to the site.

Spring Sports start February 24th and please check the website for the VHSL physical and sites/times of tryouts.

Spring Coaches Parent meeting will be in the Forum March 4th at 6:00pm

The Maggie Walker Fine Arts Department is highlighting Youth Art & Music Month (March) with a pasta dinner, concert and art show on Wednesday, March 4, 2020.  The Music Boosters are sponsoring a Pasta Dinner beginning at 5:15 pm and all of the sign-up details are listed below.  The concert and art show portion will begin in the auditorium at 6:30 pm.  The event will conclude at 8:30 pm.  I hope to see you at the dinner and concert!

Where: MLWGS Cafeteria

When: Wednesday, March 4th, 5:15-6:15 PM (directly followed by Youth Art and Music performances from 6:30-8:30).

What: Joe’s Inn Lasagna (vegetarian or meat), salad and bread with student performances to accompany the meal

How much: $6.00 for students, $10.00 for adults

How: Using the signup link below, reserve a spot for your party. Payment options are available through Paypal, Venmo, and by check. You must have a reservation to be served. All reservations are due by Friday, February 28th.

Please read payment details carefully when signing up on the Google Sheet!

CLICK HERE TO RESERVE SEATS FOR THE PASTA DINNER

Physicals for the 2020-2021 School year will be performed May 18th at 3:30pm in the athletic hallway.  All forms need to be completed and signed by the parent or guardian to be seen.  Click the link to sign up and the print off forms.  We are not doing time slots this year just sign ups and its first come first serve. Please contact Christy Turnbow,ATC for any questions.  cturnbow@gsgis.k12.va.us

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

SOS SECOND ACT

SOS Second Act is a mental health program that is being implemented by Lisa Ebeling, School Psychologist, for our juniors. SOS Second Act will be presented through the English classes starting on February 20. This program helps students to understand the signs of depression and potential suicidal thinking and provides information on how to support themselves or a peer when experiencing an emotional concern. This program is a designed as a booster for a similar program implemented to the students when they were freshmen. It reminds the juniors of the resources that they have available now and the ones that they can access when they have graduated from Maggie Walker. Questions?  Call Mrs. Ebeling at 354-6800, ext. 3260 or email her at lebeling@gsgis.k12.va.us.

Participate in the last Transcribe-a-thon of this school year this Wednesday, Feb. 26th

On Wednesday, Feb. 26th from 3:30 to 5pm, the MW Library will host the last Transcribe-a-thon for this school year, an opportunity to decode historic documents into searchable digital versions for the benefit of historians, scholars, genealogists, and other researchers. Enjoy snacks while you transcribe and earn community service. Once you participate in-person, you may continue earning community service hours by transcribing historic documents online from anywhere. See Ms. DeGroat in the library to learn more about getting involved.

Make kindergarten kids happy and earn community service on Feb. 27th by helping assemble literacy kits!

Come to the library to decorate and fill boxes with books and school supplies for the United Way to distribute to kindergarten students in the Richmond Metro area. The event will run from 3:30pm -5:30pm in the library on Thursday, February 27th. We hope to see you there!

WINTER GROUP OFFERING FOR PARENTS
Anxiety and stress are common issues seen with adolescents and these concerns can impact students at home as well as at school. Lisa Ebeling, MLWGS School Psychologist, is facilitating a group for parents on this very important topic. She will be coordinating the group with Jasmine Coleman who is a graduate student in the VCU Clinical Psychology Department. We will discuss the characteristics of anxiety along with practical ways that parents can support their children. The group will meet from 6-7:00 p.m. starting on Tuesday, February 25 and will run for four weeks. Please let Mrs. Ebeling know if you’re interested in the group and she will let you know the meeting location after verifying the number of participants. You can reach her at 354-6800, x 3260 or by email at lebeling@gsgis.k12.va.us

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

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

 

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Don’t forget that tomorrow, Monday February 17th is a student holiday.

Please be reminded that if your student is exhibiting any flu-like symptoms, please keep them home.  Student and staff health are a priority and to reduce the spread of contagious illnesses it is important that we don’t bring them to school!  Remember that documented illnesses do not count against exam exemptions, so please stay home when you are sick.

Course selection for next year is underway! The Counseling Department held grade-level assemblies during the last week of January with students regarding course options for next year. During the month of February, counselors are meeting with students to discuss academic plans and distribute course registration forms to bring home to parents. In addition, teachers are discussing course options and sequencing in their departments with students. On Friday February 14th, Course Catalogs were distributed during 8th period.

Course registration will take place on March 5th during 2nd period. Students must have their Course Registration Form completed with all signatures at that time as well as the three VCU forms if registering for VCU Dual Enrollment classes (rising juniors and seniors only). Students are allowed to submit a schedule change request up until the end of this school year, though some classes may fill up based on initial registration requests.

Parents can find specific details about course registration and course options on the school counseling page on course scheduling.

The information meeting for the Costa Rica trip will be this coming Tuesday 2/18 at 6:00PM in Room 153. If you are interested but cannot attend please contact David Barnes dbarnes@gsgis.k12.va.us for more information.

Please “Save the Date” for the school musical, The Addams Family.  Thursday 2/27 and Friday 2/28 at 7pm.  Saturday 2/29 at 2pm.  Please see the school website for more details and to purchase tickets.

Spring Sports start February 24th and please check the website for the vhsl physical and sites/times of tryouts.

Spring Coaches Parent meeting in the Forum March 4th at 6:00pm

Pasta Dinner Music Fundraiser

Come enjoy an Italian dinner provided by Joe’s Inn with music provided by Maggie Walker musicians on Wednesday, March 4th from 5:15-6:30 in the cafeteria and commons. MLWGS student meal price is $6.00, and guests are $10.00 each. Vegetarian options available. All proceeds go to the MLWGS music boosters. Directly following the dinner, stay and enjoy the Youth Art and Music Celebration from 6:30-8:00, including student artwork exhibitions and musical performances.

Online payment options to be announced shortly!

Physicals for the 2020-2021 School year will be performed May 18th at 3:30pm in the athletic hallway.  All forms need to be completed and signed by the parent or guardian to be seen.  Click the link to sign up and the print off forms.  We are not doing time slots this year just sign ups and its first come first serve. Please contact Christy Turnbow,ATC for any questions.  cturnbow@gsgis.k12.va.us

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

SOS Second Act

SOS Second Act is a mental health program that is being implemented by Lisa Ebeling, School Psychologist, for our juniors.  SOS Second Act will be presented through the 11th grade English classes starting on February 20th.  This program helps students to understand the signs of depression and potential suicidal thinking and provides information on how to support themselves or a peer when experiencing an emotional concern. This program is a designed as a booster for a similar program implemented to the students when they were freshmen.  It reminds the juniors of the resources that they have available now and the ones that they can access when they have graduated from Maggie Walker.  Questions?  Call Mrs. Ebeling at 354-6800, ext. 3260 or email her at lebeling@gsgis.k12.va.us.

Have research questions but no time to stop by the library during school? Schedule an online research consultation with Ms. DeGroat via Zoom! From 6:30pm-8pm on designated weeknights in February, March, and April, Ms. DeGroat will be piloting a new library service: online research consultations!  Students may book one of three time slots: 6:30pm, 7pm, or 7:30pm. Consultations will last 20 to 25 minutes. For instructions about how to request a time (via your MLWGS email or in-person), look for related instructions in the Resources folder of the Dragons Research group in Schoology – or talk to Ms. DeGroat.

Winter Group Offering for Parents:

Anxiety and stress are common issues seen with adolescents and these concerns can impact students at home as well as at school.  Lisa Ebeling, MLWGS School Psychologist, is facilitating a group for parents on this very important topic.  She will be coordinating the group with Jasmine Coleman who is a graduate student in the VCU Clinical Psychology Department.  We will discuss the characteristics of anxiety along with practical ways that parents can support their children.  The group will meet from 6:00 to 7:00 starting on Tuesday, February 25th and will run for four weeks.  Please let Mrs. Ebeling know if you’re interested in the group and she will let you know the meeting location after verifying the number of participants.  You can reach her at 354-6800, x 3260 or by email at lebeling@gsgis.k12.va.us.

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

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

 

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Please be reminded that if your student is exhibiting any flu-like symptoms, please keep them home.  Student and staff health are a priority and to reduce the spread of contagious illnesses it is important that we don’t bring them to school!  Remember that documented illnesses do not count against exam exemptions, so please stay home when you are sick.

SOS Second Act

SOS Second Act is a mental health program that is being implemented by Lisa Ebeling, School Psychologist, for our juniors.  SOS Second Act will be presented through the 11th grade English classes starting on February 20th.  This program helps students to understand the signs of depression and potential suicidal thinking and provides information on how to support themselves or a peer when experiencing an emotional concern. This program is a designed as a booster for a similar program implemented to the students when they were freshmen.  It reminds the juniors of the resources that they have available now and the ones that they can access when they have graduated from Maggie Walker.  Questions?  Call Mrs. Ebeling at 354-6800, ext. 3260 or email her at lebeling@gsgis.k12.va.us.

Have research questions but no time to stop by the library during school? Schedule an online research consultation with Ms. DeGroat via Zoom! From 6:30pm-8pm on designated weeknights in February, March, and April, Ms. DeGroat will be piloting a new library service: online research consultations!  Students may book one of three time slots: 6:30pm, 7pm, or 7:30pm. Consultations will last 20 to 25 minutes. For instructions about how to request a time (via your MLWGS email or in-person), look for related instructions in the Resources folder of the Dragons Research group in Schoology – or talk to Ms. DeGroat.

Winter Group Offering for Parents:

Anxiety and stress are common issues seen with adolescents and these concerns can impact students at home as well as at school.  Lisa Ebeling, MLWGS School Psychologist, is facilitating a group for parents on this very important topic.  She will be coordinating the group with Jasmine Coleman who is a graduate student in the VCU Clinical Psychology Department.  We will discuss the characteristics of anxiety along with practical ways that parents can support their children.  The group will meet from 6:00 to 7:00 starting on Tuesday, February 25th and will run for four weeks.  Please let Mrs. Ebeling know if you’re interested in the group and she will let you know the meeting location after verifying the number of participants.  You can reach her at 354-6800, x 3260 or by email at lebeling@gsgis.k12.va.us.

Maggie Walker Governor’s School Community Service Requirement

Now that we are at the end of the first semester, it is a good time for all parents and students to check their community service hours totals.  The eligible community service hours total for graduation can be found on your report card, and a detailed list of hours can be found on x2vol (our online community service app.).  Below is a table that shows where students should be at the end of each semester.  Reaching the goal of 140 hours of community service is a requirement for earning the Maggie Walker Governor’s School Diploma.  As indicated on the First Quarter Report Card, Seniors should have all of their 140 hours submitted by May 1, 2020Students who have any questions about their hours totals or x2vol should see Mr. Cook (tcook@gsgis.k12.va.us).

End of 1st Semester End of Year
Freshmen                 17.5 hours 35 hours
Sophomores 52.5 hours 70 hours
Juniors 87.5 hours 105 hours
Seniors 122.5 hours 140 hours

 

Tickets are now on sale for the Night of the Dragon Quantum Leap Auction event, set for leap day, February 29, 2020!  Make sure to buy early as this event tends to sell out.  Also, please consider donating an item or serving as a sponsor.  Information on both is available on the event site.

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

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

 

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We will hold parent-teacher conferences on Wednesday February 6th from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm.

Military Records for Ancestry Research,” the next installment in the MW Library’s genealogy workshop series, will take place in the library tomorrow (2/3) from 6 to 8pm.  Participation in past or future workshops in the series is not required. If this topic interests you, please attend. Feel free to bring a snack or dinner to eat as you learn and search.

Tickets are now on sale for the Night of the Dragon Quantum Leap Auction event, set for leap day, February 29, 2020!  Make sure to buy early as this event tends to sell out.  Also, please consider donating an item or serving as a sponsor.  Information on both is available on the event site.

COLLEGE KICK-OFF & COLLEGE JUMP-START

Attention Junior Parents!

On Tuesday, February 4th, from 9:30 – 11:30am all juniors and their parents are invited to attend “College Kick-Off 2020” in the auditorium at Maggie Walker. We will hear presentations from college admissions officers representing University of Mary Washington, University of Richmond, University of South Carolina, University of Miami, and Virginia Commonwealth University, followed by a time for general questions and answers about college admissions.  After the program, students and parents are invited to continue the conversations with the college representatives who will be available to talk throughout the lunch block. See below for information on how to RSVP.

Attention Freshman & Sophomore Parents!

On Tuesday, February 4th, from 1:30 – 3:10pm all sophomores and their parents are invited to attend “College Jump-Start 2020” in the auditorium at Maggie Walker. Senior counselors, Dr. Rachel Loving and Ms. Kierstin Streitel, will present on various topics including how students can identify their unique goals, what colleges consider important, and “zen” ways to approach the college admission process. College admissions officers representing University of Mary Washington, University of Richmond, University of South Carolina, University of Miami, and Virginia Commonwealth University will participate in a Q & A session with students and parents following the presentation. This program is for sophomores only, however parents of freshman are also welcome to attend if they wish to do so. See information below on how to RSVP.

Students do NOT need to RSVP. Parents have the option to RSVP, but it is not mandatory in order to attend.

As you know, a sign in process exists at Maggie Walker where visitors must scan their photo IDs the first time they enter the building during school hours. During subsequent visits, visitors must type their names into the system upon entering the building and receive a printed visitors badge containing their photo. In an effort to maintain heightened security measures during these programs, all parents must sign in prior to reporting to the auditorium. To streamline the process, we are asking that parents WHO ARE ALREADY IN THE SYSTEM please RSVP using this program so that Ms. Valenta Williams can have your ID badge already printed for you in the Bluestone Lobby when you arrive. If you have NOT had your ID scanned into the system before, please arrive at least 15 minutes in advance to allow time for this process (do not RSVP online). You may RSVP until 7:30am the morning of February 4th and an RSVP is NOT mandatory in order to attend. We are hoping that this process will assist parents in arriving in the auditorium on time (please also plan to utilize off-site parking at the James River Bus lot on Allen Avenue). If you have questions about the RSVP process or you are not sure if you are in the system, please contact Valenta Williams at vwilliams@gsgis.k12.va.us. All other questions about College Kick-Off or College Jump-Start may go to Kierstin Streitel at kstreitel@gsgis.k12.va.us.

Click here to RSVP for JUNIOR College Kick-Off:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0D4FABAE28A5FE3-college4

Click here to RSVP for SOPHOMORE College Jump-Start: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0D4FABAE28A5FE3-college5

Thank you so much for your cooperation! We look forward to seeing you on February 4th.

MLWGS Counseling

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

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

 

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MLWGS will be closed for students on Monday January 27th for a teacher work day.  School will resume on Tuesday January 28th.

We will hold parent-teacher conferences on Thursday February 6th from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm.  Look for a link in the Parent Portal of PowerSchool that will open up for sign-ups at noon on Wednesday January 29th.  As the number of students taught by each teacher greatly exceeds the number of available conference slots, we respectfully request that parents of students that are having a very successful experience in the class refrain from scheduling a conference so that the parents of students who are experiencing challenges may get the chance to conference with the teacher.  As always, teachers are certainly open to email communication if you have any questions about your student’s performance in a class.

Need Community Service Hours? Come to the Library on 1/29 for a Transcribe-a-thon

On Wednesday, Jan. 29th from 3:30 to 5pm, the MW Library will host its third Transcribe-a-thon for this school year, an opportunity to decode historic documents into searchable digital versions for the benefit of historians, scholars, genealogists, and other researchers. Enjoy snacks while you transcribe. Once you participate in-person, you may continue earning community service hours by transcribing historic documents online from anywhere. See Ms. DeGroat in the library to learn more about getting involved.

Tickets are now on sale for the Night of the Dragon Quantum Leap Auction event, set for leap day, February 29, 2020!  Make sure to buy early as this event tends to sell out.  Also, please consider donating an item or serving as a sponsor.  Information on both is available on the event site.

COLLEGE KICK-OFF & COLLEGE JUMP-START

Attention Junior Parents!

On Tuesday, February 4th, from 9:30 – 11:30am all juniors and their parents are invited to attend “College Kick-Off 2020” in the auditorium at Maggie Walker. We will hear presentations from college admissions officers representing University of Mary Washington, University of Richmond, University of South Carolina, University of Miami, and Virginia Commonwealth University, followed by a time for general questions and answers about college admissions.  After the program, students and parents are invited to continue the conversations with the college representatives who will be available to talk throughout the lunch block. See below for information on how to RSVP.

Attention Freshman & Sophomore Parents!

On Tuesday, February 4th, from 1:30 – 3:10pm all sophomores and their parents are invited to attend “College Jump-Start 2020” in the auditorium at Maggie Walker. Senior counselors, Dr. Rachel Loving and Ms. Kierstin Streitel, will present on various topics including how students can identify their unique goals, what colleges consider important, and “zen” ways to approach the college admission process. College admissions officers representing University of Mary Washington, University of Richmond, University of South Carolina, University of Miami, and Virginia Commonwealth University will participate in a Q & A session with students and parents following the presentation. This program is for sophomores only, however parents of freshman are also welcome to attend if they wish to do so. See information below on how to RSVP.

Students do NOT need to RSVP. Parents have the option to RSVP, but it is not mandatory in order to attend.

As you know, a sign in process exists at Maggie Walker where visitors must scan their photo IDs the first time they enter the building during school hours. During subsequent visits, visitors must type their names into the system upon entering the building and receive a printed visitors badge containing their photo. In an effort to maintain heightened security measures during these programs, all parents must sign in prior to reporting to the auditorium. To streamline the process, we are asking that parents WHO ARE ALREADY IN THE SYSTEM please RSVP using this program so that Ms. Valenta Williams can have your ID badge already printed for you in the Bluestone Lobby when you arrive. If you have NOT had your ID scanned into the system before, please arrive at least 15 minutes in advance to allow time for this process (do not RSVP online). You may RSVP until 7:30am the morning of February 4th and an RSVP is NOT mandatory in order to attend. We are hoping that this process will assist parents in arriving in the auditorium on time (please also plan to utilize off-site parking at the James River Bus lot on Allen Avenue). If you have questions about the RSVP process or you are not sure if you are in the system, please contact Valenta Williams at vwilliams@gsgis.k12.va.us. All other questions about College Kick-Off or College Jump-Start may go to Kierstin Streitel at kstreitel@gsgis.k12.va.us.

Click here to RSVP for JUNIOR College Kick-Off:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0D4FABAE28A5FE3-college4

 

Click here to RSVP for SOPHOMORE College Jump-Start: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0D4FABAE28A5FE3-college5

Thank you so much for your cooperation! We look forward to seeing you on February 4th.

MLWGS Counseling

Why not spend next spring break in beautiful Costa Rica!

Students will spend 10 days exploring the ecology, geology, history, and culture of Costa Rica. In Arenal they will hike to the volcano’s lava fields, explore geothermal springs, and visit a farming community at the base of the volcano. In Monteverde students will experience the amazing flora and fauna in the forest canopy in one of the earth’s most diverse national parks. Students will also visit a local school and participate in rainforest conservation efforts. In Coastal Puntarenas students will explore the coastal ecosystem and view rare native wildlife while hiking through Manuel Antonio National Park. Students will tour the craft village at Sachi and participate in an evening of traditional folklore. Students will also experience a variety of adventure activities including kayaking, hanging bridges, zip-lining, horseback riding, whitewater rafting, and a crocodile safari.

www.explorica.com/Barnes-7745

Come to the parent meeting Feb. 18 6:00 – 7:00PM in Room 153

Or contact Mr. Barnes dbarnes@gsgis.k12.va.us  for more information

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

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

 

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MLWGS will be closed tomorrow, Monday January 20th in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day.  We will reopen on Tuesday.

Need Community Service Hours? Come to the Library on 1/29 for a Transcribe-a-thon

On Wednesday, Jan. 29th from 3:30 to 5pm, the MW Library will host its third Transcribe-a-thon for this school year, an opportunity to decode historic documents into searchable digital versions for the benefit of historians, scholars, genealogists, and other researchers. Enjoy snacks while you transcribe. Once you participate in-person, you may continue earning community service hours by transcribing historic documents online from anywhere. See Ms. DeGroat in the library to learn more about getting involved.

Tickets are now on sale for the Night of the Dragon Quantum Leap Auction event, set for leap day, February 29, 2020!  Make sure to buy early as this event tends to sell out.  Also, please consider donating an item or serving as a sponsor.  Information on both is available on the event site.

COLLEGE KICK-OFF & COLLEGE JUMP-START

Attention Junior Parents!

On Tuesday, February 4th, from 9:30 – 11:30am all juniors and their parents are invited to attend “College Kick-Off 2020” in the auditorium at Maggie Walker. We will hear presentations from college admissions officers representing University of Mary Washington, University of Richmond, University of South Carolina, University of Miami, and Virginia Commonwealth University, followed by a time for general questions and answers about college admissions.  After the program, students and parents are invited to continue the conversations with the college representatives who will be available to talk throughout the lunch block. See below for information on how to RSVP.

Attention Freshman & Sophomore Parents!

On Tuesday, February 4th, from 1:30 – 3:10pm all sophomores and their parents are invited to attend “College Jump-Start 2020” in the auditorium at Maggie Walker. Senior counselors, Dr. Rachel Loving and Ms. Kierstin Streitel, will present on various topics including how students can identify their unique goals, what colleges consider important, and “zen” ways to approach the college admission process. College admissions officers representing University of Mary Washington, University of Richmond, University of South Carolina, University of Miami, and Virginia Commonwealth University will participate in a Q & A session with students and parents following the presentation. This program is for sophomores only, however parents of freshman are also welcome to attend if they wish to do so. See information below on how to RSVP.

Students do NOT need to RSVP. Parents have the option to RSVP, but it is not mandatory in order to attend.

As you know, a sign in process exists at Maggie Walker where visitors must scan their photo IDs the first time they enter the building during school hours. During subsequent visits, visitors must type their names into the system upon entering the building and receive a printed visitors badge containing their photo. In an effort to maintain heightened security measures during these programs, all parents must sign in prior to reporting to the auditorium. To streamline the process, we are asking that parents WHO ARE ALREADY IN THE SYSTEM please RSVP using this program so that Ms. Valenta Williams can have your ID badge already printed for you in the Bluestone Lobby when you arrive. If you have NOT had your ID scanned into the system before, please arrive at least 15 minutes in advance to allow time for this process (do not RSVP online). You may RSVP until 7:30am the morning of February 4th and an RSVP is NOT mandatory in order to attend. We are hoping that this process will assist parents in arriving in the auditorium on time (please also plan to utilize off-site parking at the James River Bus lot on Allen Avenue). If you have questions about the RSVP process or you are not sure if you are in the system, please contact Valenta Williams at vwilliams@gsgis.k12.va.us. All other questions about College Kick-Off or College Jump-Start may go to Kierstin Streitel at kstreitel@gsgis.k12.va.us.

Click here to RSVP for JUNIOR College Kick-Off:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0D4FABAE28A5FE3-college4

Click here to RSVP for SOPHOMORE College Jump-Start: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0D4FABAE28A5FE3-college5

Thank you so much for your cooperation! We look forward to seeing you on February 4th.

MLWGS Counseling

 

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

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

 

 

 

Happy New Year!!!

Detective, storyteller, historian. Do you fancy yourself as one – or all three? Hone your skills while learning about your ancestry!

The next Family Time Machine Tuesday will be held in the MW Library on Tuesday, Jan. 14th  from 6 to 8pm.

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learn and discover.  Each monthly session in the Family Time Machine Tuesday series is a standalone workshop, so feel free to attend any and all that fit your schedule. If you’re planning to attend on January 14th, please RSVP by emailing Ms. DeGroat at wdegroat@gsgis.k12.va.us by the end of the school day on January 10th.

Attention Juniors and Parents!

Please save the date for Tuesday, February 4th at 9:30am for the College Kick-Off event led by the Counseling Department. More information, including a list of college representatives, will be coming in January. This event is mandatory for students and parents are encouraged to attend.

Attention Sophomores and Parents!

Please save the date for Tuesday, February 4th at 1:30pm for the College Jump-Start event led by the Counseling Department. More information, including a list of college representatives, will be coming in January. This event is mandatory for students and parents are welcome to attend. This program is for sophomores only, however parents of freshmen are also welcome to attend if they wish to do so.

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

Have a great evening and as always, Go Dragons!

 

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Winter Sports has started off with many successes, Girls and Boys Swim/Dive, Wrestling team finished 3rd out of 12, Jv/V girls basketball beat Godwin and Jv/V boys basketball beat Carver Academy.  Please remember to be cognizant of our behavior at all times.  Sportsmanship at Maggie Athletic events are important!  Our behavior in the stands, on the court, and on the bench needs to be respectful and classy!  Go Dragons!

Please remember that if you drop your student off in the morning you must not use the bus loop after 8:00 AM.  Drop your student off on Elizabeth Street or in the student parking lot around the back of the building.  With the buses in the loop between 8:00 AM and 8:40 AM, it is a major safety hazard if one drives a car into the loop and drops a student off.

Attention Seniors!

The deadline to verify the name that will be printed on your diploma has been extended until Monday, December 16th (original deadline was December 13th). If you have not yet signed off on your name, please stop by the counseling office first thing on Monday morning. The list is on Ms. Hick’s desk. The name used for your diploma should be your full legal name (which typically includes your full middle name). Please check with your parents if you have any questions about the name that should be used.

Class of 2020,

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.

 

If you have questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to reach out to the MLWGS graduation coordinator, Ms. Kerry Sheppard, at ksheppard@gsgis.k12.va.us.

The orchestras, bands and chorus invite you to celebrate the holidays with our annual winter concert on Thursday, December 19th, at 7:00PM. The spectacular musicians at Maggie Walker are putting on a show you will not want to miss! Selections include “A Mad Russian’s Christmas,” “Christmas at the Movies,” “A Holiday Sing-Along,” and more!

We have made it to the last week of the calendar year!  I wish all of you the best of holidays and  the happiest of new years!  We have so much to be thankful for and so much to look forward to in the new year.  Have a great, joyous, and restful break and we will see you all back at school in January.

Have a great evening and as always, Go Dragons!

 

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Auditions for The Addams Family musical will be by appointment from 3:30pm-6:00pm on Tuesday Dec 10 and Wednesday Dec 11.  Callbacks will be held from 3:30pm-6:00pm on Thursday Dec 12.  Audition sign ups will go live Monday Dec 2.

Parents of Juniors:  Senior Seminar and Mentorship registration information can be found in your student’s Schoology account (In the “Senior Seminar/Mentorship Application Information” group in the resources section).  This includes the PowerPoint presentations used at student and parent sessions, handouts, seminar proposals, and the mentorship application.  Please look at this information with your student as you help in the decision-making process.  The online registration survey will be open until 12/9/19 at 3:15 p.m.  The paper Mentorship Application is also due by 12/9/19 at 3:15 p.m.  If you have any questions about the registration and application process, please contact Mr. Cook (tcook@gsgis.k12.va.us).

It is not too late to enroll in the summer trip to Peru! Contact alemco@gsgis.k12.va.us for information about the trip…and tell a friend!

Special thanks to everyone for the tremendous response to the Foundation appeal on Giving Tuesday!  Through the generous support of our parents, alumni, and friends, the Foundation was able to raise more than $20,000 in one day!  These funds will directly benefit our students and faculty and moves to Foundation closer to their goal of raising $330,000 by the end of the school year.

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

Have a great evening and as always, Go Dragons!

 

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We will be hosting a Budget Town Hall on December 3rd that 6:00 PM in the forum.  We would love to hear from you about potential budget priorities.  Additional information can be found by accessing this link:

https://mlwgs.com/tell-us-your-mlwgs-budgetary-priorities-at-the-fy21-budget-town-hall-for-public-input-december-3-600-pm-forum-digital-option-also-available/

The last Scrip order before winter break is due this Friday, December 6th by Noon, cards will be delivered to school the following week. The program has already raised $643.93 by our families shopping with Scrip! Holiday shopping, dining and gift giving are a great opportunity to help benefit MLWGS PTSA during the season by purchasing gift cards from over 750 retailers.   To place an order, or view a complete list of retailers, go to www.shopwithscrip.com.  Make checks payable to MLWGS PTSA and deliver to Room 100 by the due date, or pay by Presto Pay or Credit Card (credit card fees are being waived for orders placed on Dec. 5 or 6).  Contact Laura Dysart at scrip@mlwgsptsa.org for the enrollment code if you don’t have an account, or if you have any questions. Let those retailers give back to our school while shopping for things you already buy!

Auditions for The Addams Family musical will be by appointment from 3:30pm-6:00pm on Tuesday Dec 10 and Wednesday Dec 11.  Callbacks will be held from 3:30pm-6:00pm on Thursday Dec 12.  Audition sign ups will go live Monday Dec 2.

Parents of Juniors:  Senior Seminar and Mentorship registration information can be found in your student’s Schoology account (In the “Senior Seminar/Mentorship Application Information” group in the resources section).  This includes the PowerPoint presentations used at student and parent sessions, handouts, seminar proposals, and the mentorship application.  Please look at this information with your student as you help in the decision-making process.  The online registration survey will be open until 12/9/19 at 3:15 p.m.  The paper Mentorship Application is also due by 12/9/19 at 3:15 p.m.  If you have any questions about the registration and application process, please contact Mr. Cook (tcook@gsgis.k12.va.us).

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

Have a great evening and as always, Go Dragons!

 

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We will be hosting a Budget Town Hall on December 3rd that 6:00 PM in the forum.  We would love to hear from you about potential budget priorities.  Additional information can be found by accessing this link:

https://mlwgs.com/tell-us-your-mlwgs-budgetary-priorities-at-the-fy21-budget-town-hall-for-public-input-december-3-600-pm-forum-digital-option-also-available/

If you forgot or wish to order graduation announcements/other graduation-related paraphernalia, it’s not too late!  To order online, visit:  www.herffjones.com).  Please remember to place your order by December 31 in order to ensure delivery and avoid an upcharge. Don’t forget…seniors have already paid for their caps and gowns.  This was included in their student fees, so no need to worry!  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Ms. Sheppard (ksheppard@gsgis.k12.va.us or 804-354-6800 ext. 3304).

Auditions for The Addams Family musical will be by appointment from 3:30pm-6:00pm on Tuesday Dec 10 and Wednesday Dec 11.  Callbacks will be held from 3:30pm-6:00pm on Thursday Dec 12.  Audition sign ups will go live Monday Dec 2.

Parents of Juniors:  Senior Seminar and Mentorship registration information can be found in your student’s Schoology account (In the “Senior Seminar/Mentorship Application Information” group in the resources section).  This includes the PowerPoint presentations used at student and parent sessions, handouts, seminar proposals, and the mentorship application.  Please look at this information with your student as you help in the decision-making process.  The online registration survey will be open until 12/9/19 at 3:15 p.m.  The paper Mentorship Application is also due by 12/9/19 at 3:15 p.m.  If you have any questions about the registration and application process, please contact Mr. Cook (tcook@gsgis.k12.va.us).

Plans for the Night of the Dragon Auction event, set for Saturday, February 29th, are really gearing up!  The Foundation office is looking for auction items and sponsors for this amazing event which raises significant funding for our students and faculty.  Contact Suzannah Stora at sstora@MLWGSFoundation.org to make a donation or get more involved.

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

Have a great evening and as always, Go Dragons!

 

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Congratulations to the Girls Cross Country Team which won the VHSL Class 3 State Championship!  Also congratulations to the Boys Cross Country Team that placed 3rd.  Well done athletes!

We will be hosting a Budget Town Hall on December 3rd that 6:00 PM in the forum.  We would love to hear from you about potential budget priorities.  Additional information can be found by accessing this link:

https://mlwgs.com/tell-us-your-mlwgs-budgetary-priorities-at-the-fy21-budget-town-hall-for-public-input-december-3-600-pm-forum-digital-option-also-available/

Plans for the Night of the Dragon Auction event, set for Saturday, February 29th, are really gearing up!  The Foundation office is looking for auction items and sponsors for this amazing event which raises significant funding for our students and faculty.  Contact Suzannah Stora at sstora@MLWGSFoundation.org to make a donation or get more involved.

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

Have a great evening and as always, Go Dragons!

 

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It is not too late to enroll in the summer trip to Peru! Contact alemco@gsgis.k12.va.us for information about the trip…and tell a friend!

Any student thinking about trying out for a winter sport, please refer to the school website for dates/times/location.  A current VHSL physical is required and that can be found under the co-curricular tab.

Plans for the Night of the Dragon Auction event, set for Saturday, February 29th, are really gearing up!  The Foundation office is looking for auction items and sponsors for this amazing event which raises significant funding for our students and faculty.  Contact Suzannah Stora at sstora@MLWGSFoundation.org to make a donation or get more involved.

Freshman parents are welcome to join the Maggie Walker Class of 2023FACEBOOK parent group to keep you updated on Class of 2023 information. Simply log into Facebook, search for “MLWGS Class of 2023 Parents” and request to join the group. Alternatively, the link will take you directly to the group where you may request to be added.

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

As we celebrate Veteran’s Day tomorrow, take a few minutes to think about the sacrifices and service that not only our veterans have made, but those of their families as well. Military service is impossible without the love and support of our servicemen and women’s families and friends.  As John Hoeven said, “From the world wars of Europe to the jungles of the Far East, from the deserts of the Middle East to the African continent, and even here in our own hemisphere, our veterans have made the world a better place and America the great country we are today.”  If you or a family member has served, you have my sincere gratitude and respect.

Have a great evening and as always, Go Dragons!

 

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It is not too late to enroll in the summer trip to Peru! The $200 enrollment discount will expire Sunday evening at midnight. Contact alemco@gsgis.k12.va.us for information about the trip…and tell a friend!

School will be closed on Tuesday November 5th for election day.  Parent conferences will be held from 9 am until noon.

The MLWGS Drama Department will be presenting “Almost Maine” at 7pm on Thursday through Saturday in the auditorium.

Tonight, I would like to end with a poem:

“November comes
And November goes,
With the last red berries
And the first white snows.

With night coming early,
And dawn coming late,
And ice in the bucket
And frost by the gate.

The fires burn
And the kettles sing,
And earth sinks to rest
Until next spring.”
–  Elizabeth Coatsworth

Have a great evening and Go Dragons!

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

Need Community Service Hours? Come to the Library on 10/30 to Trick-or-Treat & Transcribe

On Wednesday, Oct. 30th from 3:30 to 5pm, the MW Library will host its second Transcribe-a-thon for this school year, an opportunity to decode historic documents into searchable digital versions for the benefit of historians, scholars, genealogists, and other researchers. Enjoy Halloween treats while you transcribe. Once you participate in-person, you may continue earning community service hours by transcribing historic documents online from anywhere. See Ms. DeGroat in the library to learn more about getting involved.

Get Ready for Graduation 2020!

Herff Jones will be stopping by Wednesday, October 30  (during lunch in the auditorium) to collect measurements for graduation caps and gowns.  They will also be providing ordering information for announcements and other graduation paraphernalia.  It can be tough to anticipate how many announcements to order with graduation still eight months away, but order now to ensure you will have enough!  Herff Jones will return  November 6 and 7 (during lunch in the downstairs commons area) to accept orders and payments.  You’re also welcome to order your announcements online(www.herffjones.com).  Just make sure to order before January 1 to avoid an increase in the price.  Don’t forget…seniors have already paid for their caps and gowns.  This was included in their student fees, so no need to worry!  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Ms. Sheppard (ksheppard@gsgis.k12.va.us or 804-354-6800 ext. 3304).

Superpower Your JSTOR Search Skills this Week!

Need scholarly sources?

Want to superpower your JSTOR search skills?

Drop by the library at 11:45am on 10/30 or 10/31 to take your JSTOR skills to the next level with wildcards and more!

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

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Detective, storyteller, historian. Do you fancy yourself as one – or all three? Hone your skills while learning about your ancestry!
The FIRST in a series of five Family Time Machine Tuesdays will be held in the MW Library on Tuesday, Oct. 22nd from 6 to 8pm.
Each is a standalone genealogy workshop, so attend any and all that fit your schedule.
This session will focus on starting your family history journey: planning tips, an overview of available tools and document types, strategies, and search tips.
You’ll have time to begin your search during the session. Feel free to bring a snack or eat your dinner while you learn and discover
If you’re planning to attend, please RSVP by emailing Ms. DeGroat at wdegroat@gsgis.k12.va.us by no later than Monday, 10/21 at 9pm.

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

Parent Welcome Coffee

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

AP Fee Collection Begins Monday

MLWGS AP Exam Order Forms must be turned in to the Counseling Office between 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., October 21st – 25th with cash/check payment or online payment receipt. The online payment system is now open on the MLWGS website at https://osp.osmsinc.com/MLWGS. The AP Exam Order Form will allow students to officially indicate their testing plans and calculate a total amount of AP exam fees due by October 25th ($94 per exam).

Students may also take an AP exam for a course they are not enrolled in or is not taught at MLWGS, by indicating their preference on the form. If the course is not currently being taught, there must be at least three requests for the exam to be administered and additional proctor fees (not to exceed $20) may apply. AP Statistics is pre-approved (no proctor fee) and students may see their teacher to obtain the join code for their “exam only” section. When paying for the AP Statistics exam online, “AP Statistics” is listed as an option, but all other requests fall under “AP Other Exam”.

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

The timeline for the next few weeks is as follows:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

May 4th-15th: AP Exams will be administered (logistical information about testing itself will come later this year)

Contact Rachel Loving (rloving@gsgis.k12.va.us), AP Coordinator, with questions.

 

Wellness Initiatives at MLWGS

School staff at Maggie Walker have long recognized that our students have needs beyond the academic.  In order for students to be well rounded and ready for life after high school, their social-emotional health must be supported as well.  Maggie Walker has four counselors invested in supporting our students.  Part-time school psychology services were added to the counseling department during the 2016/17 school year in order to make further assistance available to students.

Ever wonder what other wellness initiatives are at available at Maggie Walker?  Here is an overview of the supports that are available this school year beyond individual counseling support.

Classroom Activities

The SOS (Signs of Suicide Prevention Program) will be presented to our 9th graders in the fall of this year.  This program is designed to help our students to recognize the signs of depression, to learn techniques for supporting peers who are experiencing personal challenges, and to understand when to get help.  The SOS Second Act Program reviews these themes with our juniors but helps them to develop the skills needed for supporting themselves and others when they are living independently after high school.  This program will be done in the winter.  These programs are implemented by Lisa Ebeling, school psychologist with support from the Counseling Department.

“Be Who You Are” is done with our 10th graders and is designed to help our students learn about their personality, strengths, blind spots, and more.  It allows the students to explore careers and majors suited to their talents and interests.  This program is implemented by Joy Cobb, school counselor, and Lisa Ebeling, school psychologist.

Small Group Support

Our school is fortunate to have a partnership with the VCU Clinical Psychology Program.  Graduate students will be partnering with Lisa Ebeling, school psychologist, to offer a small group for students on stress management in the fall and another on study skills in the winter.  A group for parents will be offered in the winter on how anxiety can manifest in adolescents and effective ways for supporting teens who are experiencing stress.

Club Activities and More

  • BC2M is a student-led club that encourages teens to explore mental health topics in a safe and supportive environment. It provides a platform for our students to work with their peers to create a more educated and empathetic school community. This club is sponsored by Tinsley Pollard and Lisa Ebeling.  Peer Mentors is a club designed to provide our minority freshman and sophomores with personalized support from upper classman to help with the transition to Maggie Walker. This club is sponsored by Kierstin Streitel and Lisa Ebeling.
  • The Mindfulness Room is in located in the counseling department area and is available to students who are in need of a short-term respite space.
  • School Library – our librarian, Wendy DeGroat has resources for reducing stress in our students which are available at http://bit.ly/mindfulnessandcalm. She also has stress-reducing activities available at the library’s Creativity and Calm Station.  DeGroat is a certified Koru Mindfulness teacher and instructs students on this topic in 10th grade PE and AP Psychology classes.  Mental health resources are available on the school counseling website and on bulletin boards located on the 1st and 3rd floor.
  • Stress Less Laugh More Week takes place in the spring before AP exams and the SOL testing. A student committee works with sponsors Paige Hawkins and Lisa Ebeling to design activities dedicated to decreasing stress and promoting fun.
  • Therapy Dogs! This popular event is a voluntary one made available to our students in the fall and spring.  Students can access the dogs with parent permission.
  • Wellness Committee – this group is new to our school this year and will be made up of a representative group of students who will meet with Lisa Ebeling, school psychologist. Students will learn about the initiatives at our school designed to promote wellness and to offer feedback that can be used to generate new ideas for supporting our students.

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The timeline for the next few weeks is as follows:

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

October 15th: Online payment system opens

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Let me sign off tonight with some words from the great American writer Nathaniel Hawthorne who wrote “I cannot endure to waste anything so precious as autumnal sunshine by staying in the house.”  Now get out and enjoy this weather and Go Dragons!!

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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Parent Welcome Coffees

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

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

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

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

The PTSA has two ways you can provide support:

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

Corporate Sponsorship – $250 recommended Sponsorship

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Here are the important dates:

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

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

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

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

 

Help Choose the Time Slot for “Family Time Machine Tuesdays

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

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

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

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

The College Visit Season Has Begun!

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

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

Parent Welcome Coffees

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

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

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

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

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

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Good Evening MLWGS Family, this is Dr. Lowerre the Director with the First Sunday Night Update for the 19-20 school year!

Every Sunday evening at about 7:00, you will receive a message from me letting you know about upcoming events in the Dragon Nation. You will hear about parent meetings, community events, upcoming deadlines, and some student activities. With over 150 sports, clubs, and activities, I can’t get to all of them, but I will try to highlight the ones that are of interest to the majority of students and families. You can also keep up with what’s going on at MLWGS by following me on Twitter at @DirectorMLWGS.

Let me begin with some housekeeping items:

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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