Week of October 14, 2014

Greg "Bear" O'Bryan, August 20, 1947 - October 11, 2014

The MLWGS community suddenly lost Greg (Bear) O’Bryan to a natural cause.  Bear’s unassuming nature, brilliant intellect, and caring demeanor combined to offer students a truly unique learning experience in the “Bear Cave”.  From making themes embedded in great literature relevant to students, to building quilts and personal anthologies, to sharing examples of his work as a talented artist, Bear helped students find their voice in unanticipated ways.  He will be missed.

PSAT Day is Wednesday October 15

All 9th, 10th and 11th graders will take the PSAT on the morning of Wednesday October 15, while 12th graders will be participate in college and transition-related activities in the auditorium.

The PSAT is a wonderful practice opportunity for the SAT.  For 11th graders, the PSAT results are used for qualification purposes for National Merit Scholarship Programs. 

The counseling department distributed PSAT Student Guides to all test-takers during lunch-time assemblies during the week of Monday September 29th.   The guides contain information about the tests as well as a full-length practice test.  Students are encouraged to take the practice test before testing day.  More information about the PSAT can be found at www.collegeboard.org/psat.

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

Counselors will distribute score reports to students in mid-December through lunch-time grade-level assemblies.  Juniors will be encouraged to register for an SAT date in the Spring by using www.collegeboard.org Sophomores and Juniors in AP classes will be reminded to register for SAT Subject tests if appropriate.

MLWGS Foundation Welcomes Interim Development Officer

The Governor’s School Foundation would like to welcome Laura Lewis as the interim Development Officer. Laura is a Maggie Walker alumni parent who has volunteered extensively with both the Foundation and PTSA. She brings a commitment to furthering the mission of the Maggie Walker Governor’s School and the Foundation to her position. When visiting the school, please stop by the Foundation office and meet Laura. Laura can also be reached at laura.lewis@governorsschoolfoundation.org.

Foundation Mailing Volunteers Needed Wednesday, October 22
The MLWGS Foundation needs volunteer help in preparing a bulk mailing on Wednesday, October 22, starting at 9:00 am in the MLWGS Boardroom. Foundation helpers will be preparing the first Annual Fund Letter mailing.
Those with a couple hours to spare might 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 eva.boegner@governorsschoolfoundation.org.

Academic Enrichment Program Opportunities; Deadlines Approaching
VCU Dental Scholars is a great after-school program for high-school students interested in dentistry as a potential health career.   Participants will meet Wednesday evenings from 5-630pm at the VCU School of Dentistry for study skills enhancements and great hands-on activities in the lab! The VCU Dental Scholars deadline is next Friday, October 17. Please visit the website to apply and for additional information.
Virginia Aerospace Science and Technology Scholars (VASTS) is a NASA-based program for 11th grade students interested in aerospace-related science, technology, engineering and/or math. The course focuses on space mission design and human space flight. This interactive online learning course can led to a one-week residential Sumner Academy at NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton for qualified students. Interested students can visit http://www.vasts.spacegrant.org for more information. Application deadline is November 2, 2014.

Virginia Space Coast Scholars is a NASA-based STEM program for 10th grade students interested in NASA's space and Earth and airborne science-related missions. This free program features two key elements: 1) and online science, technology, engineering and math learning experience; and 2) a seven-day residential Summer Academy at NASA Wallops Flight Facility. Interested students can visit http://vscs.spacegrant.org for more information. Application deadline is November 2, 2014.

Kroger Community Reward Program

Thanks to everyone who signed up for the Martins A+ School Rewards program.  Store receipts will reflect the monthly points within the next week or two. 

Kroger’s Community Rewards earns even more cash for the school

How to sign up?

Register a Kroger Plus card online at krogercommunityrewards.com
Customers using their phone number at the register should call 800-576-4377 - Option 4 to get their Kroger Plus number.

To enroll, simply follow the instructions below:
         Click on “Sign In/Renew” then click on “SIGN UP TODAY” in the “New Customer?” box.
         Sign up by entering zip code, identifying appropriate store, entering email address, creating a password and agreeing to the terms and conditions.
         After this step, Kroger will send a link by email – click on this link.
         Click on “My Account” and use the registered email address and password to proceed.
         Click on “Edit Kroger Community Rewards” information and enter the Kroger Plus card number; update or confirm information.
         Enter the school NPO number 82125 or Maggie L Walker Governor’s School PTSA, select the school from the list and click on “Confirm”. The school name should appear at the right side of the page.
Subsequently, simply swipe your Kroger Plus card or enter your phone number. 
Problems or questions? Contact MLWGSPartners@gmail.com

Ketchup with Fashion at The Dragon's Lair

Three eternal truths:

1) Fish and visitors stink in three days,
2) a closed mouth gathers no foot, and
3) to dragons, humans are little more than french fries.

Turn heads while turning a phrase in this *new* spirit wear t-shirt from The Dragon's Lair.  Short sleeved, light green and 100% comfy cotton makes it a good choice for any season.

Come see the latest in fashion, accessories, and condiments every Tuesday and Friday during lunch and during special after school events.  Check out the entire line of apparel and gifts 24/7 at the Dragon’s Lair website (http://mlwgsdragons.weebly.com/).  Bring cash, bring checks, and hold the mayo.

MLWGS Receives Wells Fargo Cup for 2013-14 Athletics

MLWGS was among the schools that claimed a top spot in Virginia High School League athletic competition for the 2013-14 school year winning the coveted Wells Fargo Cup. First awarded in 1990, the Wells Fargo Cup goes to the school in each group classification (Groups 1A through 6A) that has achieved the best overall record in VHSL state-level competition in 27 sports – the state champions’ state champion.

MLWGS won the cup for the first time, taking the athletic honors in Group 2A with 485 points. The Dragons were a model of consistency throughout the year scoring 100 points in the fall; 195 points in the winter and 190 points in the spring.

Cups are presented for athletic and academic activities to the top school in each of the League’s enrollment groups.  The winner of the Wells Fargo Cup is determined by a point system based on performance in state-championship events.  Points are awarded for all sanctioned sports in the following manner:

First place                       50                    Fifth place                             30
Second place                   45                    Sixth place                             25
Third place                      40                    Seventh place                         20
Fourth place                    35                    Eighth place                            15

In the event of a tie, the schools received an equal number of points based on the number of schools that tie and the number schools that finish higher in the standings.  Schools earning the League’s Sportsmanship, Ethics and Integrity Award earn 50 points each.
“We congratulate all the schools who competed in this year’s VHSL championship events,” said Ken Tilley, VHSL executive director.  “We especially congratulate the best of the best and we thank Wells Fargo for supporting this important recognition.” The Wells Fargo Cup athletic and academic winners will be recognized during VHSL Day at a University of Virginia football game this fall in Charlottesville.

MLWGS Golf Team District Champions

Maggie Walker District Champion Team - from left, Ben McGuigan ('17, Henrico), Michael Patina ('17, Hanover), John Li ('16, Henrico), Brandon Shaw ('15, Henrico), Thomas Snead ('16, New Kent), and Robbie Crawford ('15, Hanover).

The Maggie Walker Golf Team ended a great golf season by being crowned District Champions on September 24, 2014.  The team went on to compete in the Regional Tournament on October 13, 2014 where they fell short by only four strokes of making it to states, but still had a strong third place finish!  Additionally, senior Brandon Shaw ('15, Henrico) was named to the All-Regional Team.  Congratulations Dragons!

MLWGS Alumna Wins Marathon National Championship

Esther Erb (MLWGS 2004) won the women's division of the 33rd annual Twin Cities Marathon in 2:34:01.  She also won the USA Women’s Marathon Championship; entitling her to run for the USA in the 2015 World Championships in Beijing.  Most recently, Erb claimed the first ever United States Marathon National Championship in 2:34:00. For full coverage of the national championship, see the coverage here: