Week of October 14, 2020

PSAT Reminder for Juniors

Attention, juniors in the first half of the alphabet – PSAT testing is this Wednesday, Oct. 14.

Report to school ready to test by 8:40 a.m. 
Students may want to come as early as 8:15 to avoid lines.

Make sure to
  • wear layers, as some rooms are cold and others are warm.
  • bring a #2 pencil and a graphing calculator (with extra batteries if needed).
  • pack a nut-free (for allergy reasons) snack.

  • eat a big breakfast as testing may not finish until 1 p.m.

Find more info about testing on the counseling website here.

If you aren’t planning on attending and haven’t informed us yet, please complete this survey.

Important: Students must wear masks at all times during testing and will be subject to temperature checks and health screening questions upon entry.

PTSA Talk on COVID-19 and Student Health

Want to learn more about how to support your students through their first pandemic – and yours? Join the MLWGS Counseling Department and PTSA on Wednesday, Oct. 14, at 6:30 p.m. for Helping Adolescents Cope during COVID-19, a candid online discussion led by Dr. Beth Heller, VCU Center for Psychological Services and Development; Lisa Ebeling, MLWGS psychologist; and Karl Zweerink, MLWGS counselor. The webinar will cover the impact on teens’ health as the pandemic persists, self-care practices, parent support ideas, school counseling support, and how to determine when professional mental health support is needed.

To participate, sign up here so we can send you the Zoom link, and take a minute or two to share you preferences for future parent meetings and discussion topics. It’s an important topic for unprecedented times – and definitely worth your time. We hope to see you there.

Great Lake Scrip Orders Due Monday, October 19

Thanks to all those who have used scrip to raise money for our PTSA by doing some of your everyday shopping with gift cards and e-certificates! Our next plastic-card due date is only a week away, so if you want to pay by check please plan your shopping ahead so your check will be received by the due date. You can also pay by linking your bank account (this is a safe, preferred method), or with a credit card. Shop for available e-certificates any time, no need to wait for the due date. Go to shopwithscrip.com to shop. Want more information? Please watch our PTSA scrip video or contact your scrip coordinator Laura at scrip@mlwgsptsa.org

Check payments should be made out to MLWGS PTSA and mailed to:
Laura Dysart, 5021 Sylvan Rd., Richmond, VA 23225. Or contact Laura to arrange a pick up. 
Thanks for your support!

AP Exam Ordering Information

Students enrolled in Advanced Placement courses should complete the AP Exam Ordering Form to indicate which AP tests you plan to take (or not take) in May. AP exams are $95 per exam.

In order to have an AP exam ordered for you, you must complete the following tasks by October 23, 2020:
  1. Join the AP course(s) in your myAP.collegeboard.org account. Your teacher can help you if you have not already completed this task. (If you are self-studying for an exam, you will need to obtain an "exam only" code from Dr. Loving after your exam has been approved. NOTE: AP Statistics is pre-approved and Ms. Riles can provide the code.)
  2. Complete this AP Exam Order Form and indicate all exams you wish to take or not take this year. (If you DO NOT intend to take one or more of your AP exams, you STILL DO need to complete this form so that we have a record that you wish for the school to NOT order an exam for you.)
  3. Pay for your exams ($95 per exam) at https://osp.osmsinc.com/MLWGS. (The link can also be found on mlwgs.com by clicking "pay fees online.")
If you feel you might qualify for a fee waiver or fee reduction, please review the Fee Waiver/Reduction Application for income guidelines. Please complete and return this form to Dr. Loving at rloving@gsgis.k12.va.us by Monday, Oct. 19. Dr. Loving will be in touch about your request approval. Students who have submitted this form previously and have been approved do not need to apply again this year.

Friday, Oct. 23, is the deadline for “on-time” registration. A $10 per exam late fee will be applied between Oct. 24 and Nov. 12 for exams not paid for by Oct. 23. The College Board late fee of $40 will be instituted beginning Nov. 13. Friday, March 12, is the final deadline for all late AP exam orders; no additions can be made after this date.

For the 2020-21 academic year, the College Board has waived the cancellation fee for any student who decides not to take an exam in May. For planning purposes, the MLWGS deadline for cancelling an exam is April 13, 2021.

Friday, Jan. 15, is the deadline to apply for College Board accommodations for a documented disability. Please contact Ms. Cobb at jcobb@gsgis.k12.va.us no later than Jan. 11 to begin this process.

Click here to view the May 2021 AP Exam Schedule.

See this AP Ordering Information document for complete details. 

Concert Band to Hold Virtual Concert

Celebrate the culmination of MLWGS band students’ hard work as they perform their first virtual concert. Comprised of about 60 students, the Maggie Walker Concert Band includes woodwinds, brass, and percussion players. The concert will be on a scheduled Zoom call on Thursday, Oct. 29, at 7 p.m., and will last about 45 minutes. We look forward to sharing our music with you!

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 815 9682 9483
Passcode: DragonBand