Week of September 9, 2014

MLWGS PTSA Back-to-School Night

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Join the MLWGS PTSA for Back-to-School Night on September 11, 2014, at 6:30pm. Be sure to arrive early. Program details and overflow parking information can be found HERE.

Academic Boosters Seeks Parent Reps and Volunteers

The Academic Teams Boosters Club is recruiting parent reps and volunteers for the various academic teams it supports. A passion for the Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School and its students is the only requirement. The Academic Teams Boosters Club supports the broad range of activities of the MLWGS Academic Teams by providing the teams with monetary and volunteer support to attend programs and competitions near and far at local, state, national, and international levels. MLWGS Academic Teams include

  • Academic Quiz Bowl (BoB Squad),
  • Academic WorldQuest,
  • Chess,
  • Debate,
  • Forensics,
  • Future Problem Solvers,
  • History Bowl,
  • LifeSmarts,
  • Model Congress,
  • Model UN,
  • Robotics, and the
  • Technology Student Association.

Parents interested in participating and volunteering should contact Bill Benos at bbenos@williamsmullen.com.

Proposed Fall Meeting Schedule:
  • Thursday, September 11, 2014 – 5:30 PM (Before Back-to-School Night)
  • Monday, October 6, 2014 – 6:00 PM (Before the PTSA Meeting which starts at 7:00 PM)
  • Monday, November 17, 2014 – 6:00 PM (Before the PTSA Meeting which starts at7:00 PM)
  • Monday, December 8, 2014 – 4:00 PM (Before the Foundation Meeting which starts at 5:00 PM) (Tentative)

MLWGS Music Boosters Meeting – September 10TH

The MLWGS Music Boosters will meet on Wednesday, September 10th, at 6:00 p.m. in the Music Room. Interested parents should attend the meeting. The Freshman Music Parent Meeting will be held in October.
Please contact Leslie Hausser, MLWGS Music Boosters President at lahmeems@comcast.net with any questions.

Green means Go! To the Dragon's Lair

“It's not easy being green” said Rana pipiens once upon a time. But without it there wouldn’t be envy, dollar bills or cruciferous vegetables. Get into the green groove at the Dragon's Lair with the *new* Maggie Walker sweatshirt, now just $18.

Follow the crowds to the Dragon's Lair every Tuesday and Friday during lunch, and before/during/after Back to School night on Thursday, September 11, this week. Browse 24/7 at mlwgsdragons.weebly.com; greenbacks and checks gladly accepted at the store.

Varkey GEMS Foundation Global Teacher Award

Nominate a MLWGS Teacher for the Varkey GEMS Foundation $1,000,000 Global Teacher Prize. Deadline October 5, 2014.

The Varkey GEMS Foundation launched the Global Teacher Prize to celebrate the best teachers around the world, those who inspire their students and the communities around them. The Global Teacher Award seeks to do for education what the Nobel Prize has done for science, literature, and peace. The focus is to uplift the valuable contributions that teachers make every day to establish a flourishing global society. Click HERE to nominate a MLWGS teacher today.

“Running for Katie”

Katie Anderson, a MLWGS Dragon, lost her battle with leukemia and passed away last March. Her mother, Carolyn McKann, will be running a marathon in her daughter’s memory on November 9 in Athens, Greece. Her goal is to raise $10,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. To learn more about Mrs. McKann’s efforts or make a donation, visit her webpage HERE.

Two MLWGS Students participate in 2014 VCU Medical Science Internship Program

Two MLWGS students, Aman Kapadia (Chesterfield,’15) and Purnima Ghosh (Henrico, ’15) were accepted into the selective VCU Medical Science Internship Program (MSIP). VCU MSIP, a six-week summer program (June 23 through August 1), provides high-school students the opportunity to work in a research lab at VCU with a scientist. Students have a chance to shadow doctors including neurosurgeons, orthopoedic surgeons, and pediatricians in the MCV hospital.

Kapadia worked with Shobha Ghosh, PhD, assisting with her project "Diet versus de novo synthesized cholesterol - Role in development of cardiovascular disease." Ghosh worked with Ramesh Natarajan, PhD, on his "The role of Vitamin C supplementation on wound healing."