Week of September 2, 2014


Just released last week from The Daily Beast, MLWGS again ranks among the top high schools in the nation.  See the full list here:


SCRIP Returns

The new MLWGS school year is starting and so is the SCRIP Program. Sponsored by the MLWGS PTSA, this easy-to-use, year-round fundraiser allows parents and other school supporters to purchase gift cards for their favorite stores and restaurants with MLWGS receiving a percentage of the sale. The MLWGS SCRIP card is worth its full face value and costs nothing extra. Parents of students on sports and academic teams will find lots of options for providing that much appreciated after-school snack.

Order forms can be obtained three ways: downloaded here; accessed on the MLWGS website by going to "Support," then choosing the "PTSA and Booster Groups" option; or picked up in Office 100. Orders are due on Thursdays in the SCRIP drop box located in Office 100 and are delivered the following Thursday at lunchtime in Office 100. The complete SCRIP “List of Retailers,” which changes often and can be found on the MLWGS website, displays all gift card options including retailers and card amounts not listed on the abbreviated order form.

Order and delivery dates are located on the MLWGS online calendar. The first order due date is September 18. Stop by the SCRIP table during Back-to-School Night and Fall Festival where a select group of cards will be available for purchase.

Questions? Please contact Patty Wood at 364-9263 or scrippattyw@gmail.com, or Patty Zeevi at 784-2966 or scrippattyz@gmail.com.

Make plans now for Fall Festival 2014

Date: Friday, October 10, 4-8 pm, rain date October 17

Come one, come all to the eighteenth annual MLWGS Fall Festival, the one event in the year sponsored by the PTSA to directly showcase and support student organizations. Held on the front steps and lawn of the school, facing Lombardy Street, the fall festival offers a wide variety of activities, entertainment and food.

The festival is open to all: current students, their families, younger siblings, former students and families, neighborhood residents, and friends of the school.

There is no admittance charge for the festival and all entertainment is free. One-dollar tickets are sold to purchase all items for sale: crafts, games, entrees, desserts, and drinks.

Be sure to “like” the Fall Festival page on Facebook –www.facebook.com/MLWGSFallFestival -- and check it daily for updates about what’s planned and what volunteer opportunities exist.

Volunteers wanted
The festival relies on volunteers to help with many jobs including set-up, booth support, PTSA drink sales, crowd control at the stage, ticket counting, staffing the backpack storage area, and tear-down.

E-mail MWFallFestVolunteers@gmail.com to find out more.

Additionally, students are welcome to work alongside their parents, and may earn community service hours. Questions? Send an e-mail to the volunteer account: MWFallFestVolunteers@gmail.com.

Volunteers are especially needed beginning 9 am October 10, the day of the festival, to build the stage, move objects (generators, coolers, etc.) and set up tables, chairs and booths. Similarly, volunteer needs are high at 8 pm for clean-up efforts.

Entertainers wanted                                      
Certain MLWGS-sponsored groups have reserved performance times on the Fall Festival stage. Additional performance times are available to groups with at least one current MLWGS student. To be considered, interested groups must fill out a Fall Festival Entertainment Sign-up Form, available through the Fall Festival Facebook page. Completed forms should be placed in the “Completed Forms” slot in the Fall Festival kiosk, located in the Bluestone Lobby.

Clubs wanted
Student organizations may sponsor tables featuring fun activities or delectable edibles. To reserve a table and activity (duplications are not allowed), faculty sponsors should complete and return the Fall Festival Participation Form, found on the Fall Festival Facebook page, by Friday, September 26. Forms may be placed in the “Completed Forms” slot in the kiosk or in the Fall Festival Box next to the faculty mailboxes.

Items wanted
To keep costs down – and to keep more money in the coffers of MLWGS student organizations –the MLWGS PTA is looking to borrow certain items essential to the festival’s success. The MLWGS PTA seeks the short-term loan of canopies/tents, 50-foot or 100-foot heavy-duty electrical cords, electrical power strips, large rolling coolers (capable of holding 30 or more cans of soda), and a golf cart or ATV (to be used for moving large items). Individuals might also consider donating an item that can be used annually. Questions? E-mail MWFallFestVolunteers@gmail.com.

Athletic Boosters Running Hard

Thanks to all of the friends of MLWGS sports for coming out to the first Hardywood social which was a great turnout of parents, coaches, and alumni getting to know each other and talk Walker sports.  Look on future Smoke and Scales for dates for the upcoming Winter and Spring socials.

Athletic Boosters are registered on AmazonSmiles as Maggie L Walker Governors School Athletic Boosters Club. By selecting the Athletic Boosters Club, the Amazon Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to MLWGS Sports.

There will be an Athletic Boosters meeting on September 9th at 6 pm, room 106.  Agenda items include a discussion of the upcoming year’s budget, areas of need for MLWGS sports, and volunteer positions.  Please consider attending.

Mailing Volunteers Needed Wednesday, September 10th

The MLWGS Foundation needs volunteer help in preparing a bulk mailing tomorrow, September 10, starting at 9:00 am in the MLWGS Boardroom. Foundation helpers will be putting labels on the Fall Festival and Annual Fund Kickoff postcards. Please consider volunteering.

No RSVP necessary, but for questions or to be added to the Foundation's volunteer list for future bulk mailings, please contact Eva Boegner at

New Year, New Gear...

. . . so get spirit wear here.  The Dragon's Lair is MLWGS exclusive source for all things dragonesque: sweats, tee-shirts, gifts, stickers, beverage cups, blankets, jackets, and much more. Shop the Dragon’s Lair’s new and classic merchandise anytime at mlwgsdragons.weebly.com, and visit the Dragon’s Lair during store hours in the cafeteria every Tuesday and Friday during lunch.  The Lair will also be open for Back-to-School Night on September 11 and during Fall Festival on October 10.  Cash and checks gladly accepted, and please, don't poke the dragon.