Week of October 21, 2014


The memorial service for Bear O'Bryan is scheduled for Saturday, October 25, 2014 at 6pm in the MLWGS auditorium.

Rain can’t spoil Fall Festival fun!

Despite less-than-stellar weather conditions, the eighteenth-annual Fall Festival was a tremendous success. Attendees enjoyed great food, entertainment, and diversions! Fall Festival is the one event during the school year when current students, alumni of all ages, teachers, parents and neighborhood friends can mix and mingle in a relaxed atmosphere.

This year’s Fall Festival by the numbers:
  • Nearly $18,000 raised for MW student groups
  • 51 school clubs, classes and organizations
  • 100+  adult volunteers
  • Dozens of donated tables, coolers and other tangibles

The Class of 2015 won the Best Decorated Booth award for their over-the-top carnival-themed display, and the Art Club won the Most Creative Booth award for a display resplendent with lights, lanterns, and art.

Thanks to Sponsors and Friends
Many thanks to the business sponsors of MLWGS Fall Festival, who provided cash donations to help cover the costs of the event. Sponsors included:
  • $500:  PatientFirst;
  • $250:  State Farm recruiter Jessie Bell, Finance for Churches, and Short Pump Dental.

Their generous support allows the clubs to realize even greater profits.

Thank you to the following individuals and businesses for donations of time, talent, and products:
  • Charles Aldridge,
  • Dave Dembicer,
  • Kerry Mills,
  • Jeff McGee,
  • Karl Von Klein,
  • Phil Tharp,
  • Container First Services,
  • Kroger (Broad and Lombardy),
  • Richmond City Police,
  • Richmond Flying Squirrels,
  • Governor’s School Foundation,
  • MLWGS Security and Maintenance,
  • MLWGS Cafeteria staff, and
  • all MLWGS parent and Kid Zone volunteers.

Thanks, too, to the MLWGS Fall Festival committee:
  • Chair: Kristen Vithoulkas;
  • Booths: Geneva Briggs, Maite Dizon;
  • Clean-up:  Julie Fegler;
  • Community Outreach: Trish Edinboro;
  • Drinks: Mary Call, Becky Zimmerman;
  • Entertainment: Cara Metz;
  • Logistics: Mike Normansell, Dave Dembicer;
  • Publicity/Communications: Paula Chambers, Debbie Taminger;
  • Security: Michele Nelson;
  • Set-up/Volunteers: Samantha Mier, Coco Provance, Leigh Anne Ratliff;
  • Student Representative: Ellie Palazzolo;
  • Support: Nancy Dembicer, Heidi Donnellan;
  • Tickets: Jewel Caven, Jenny McGrath;
  • T-shirts: Jennifer Haueis.
  • PTSA President: Elizabeth Wong;
  • PTSA Treasurer: Joe Wilck;
  • PTSA VP of Events: Valerie Adams;
  • MLWGS representative: Paige Hawkins.

The work of many parents, teachers, and staff make the Fall Festival a success. The committee will hold a planning meeting in April to lay the groundwork for Fall Festival 2015. Interested in joining in the fun? Please contact Kristen Vithoulkas (vithpk@gmail.com).

Reflections Contest Entries Due November 3

Please submit entries for the PTA 2014-15 Reflections Program. This year’s theme is "The world would be a better place if...”. Entries are accepted in the following categories -
  • Visual Arts,
  • Photography,
  • Dance Choreography,
  • Film Production,
  • Musical Competition, and
  • Literature.

Complete information is available at the Virginia PTA website (http://www.vapta.org/arts-in-education/reflections.html). Contact PTSA Reflections Chair, Uma Vissa (umavissa@gmail.com) with questions. This year's deadline for entry submission is Monday, November 3. Please give entry packets to Ms. Valenta Williams at the Front Office.


Saturday Production Work
Drama Boosters meet every Saturday through November 15 to perform pre-production work for the MLWGS production of You Can’t Take It With You which opens November 20, 2014. Working along with the cast, the boosters prepare sets, props, costumes, make-up, sound, and lighting. The Drama Boosters need all kinds of help, and anyone who is interested is welcome to help to get the show on the stage.  Work begins at 9am and continues until 4pm, but volunteers can help for any amount of time they wish.  Contact Ryan Giorgis, Volunteer Coordinator (giorgisfamily4@gmail.com) or Nolan Heiter, Sets Chair (804-651-7525) for more information.

Drama Club Support
The Drama Boosters have announced 2014-15 efforts to support students involved in theater at MLWGS.  In addition to funding assistance for building the set for the Fall show, the Boosters have announced plans to purchase wireless microphones for use on stage and to provide start-up funds for the Drama Club to begin selling T-Shirts with a MLWGS Drama logo.  The Boosters will also continue to provide financial support for the Drama Club’s mission to help MLWGS students experience live theater in our community.

The MLWGS Drama Club, a student-led group for those interested in theater, offers its members an opportunity to experience theater in multiple ways.  In addition to supporting participation in theater productions at MLWGS, the club offers opportunities for students to attend professional theater productions in the Richmond area at deeply discounted rates by securing group rates, and using funds raised by the club and gifts from Drama Boosters to subsidize ticket costs.

Seeking Auction Items
The MLWGS Drama Boosters are seeking items for the Night of the Dragon auction. Theater-related items are particularly welcome, but the Drama Boosters will accept most anything.  All donations are greatly appreciated and will be used to help support the terrific shows on the MLWGS stage.  Those with items to donate can contact Megan Colson at mcolsonva@yahoo.com.

Make-up Photos Wednesday October 22

Lifetouch will take makeup photos for non-seniors at school on Wednesday, October 22. Students will be called down to the Black Box in alphabetical groups by grade. See Mr. White in Room 330 for an order form. October 22 will be students’ last chance to get in the Yearbook!

Academic Enrichment Program Opportunities Deadlines approaching
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 lead 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.

The Children's Museum is offering the Snow Queen Scholarship opportunity for interested high-school junior young ladiesThe purpose of the Snow Queen is to serve as a role model for young girls exemplifying internal beauty and character while reflecting and celebrating the museum’s commitment to inspiring creativity and individuality. The Snow Queen duties include a 25-hour community service obligation. Interested students can pick up an application packet from Ms. Davis in the Counseling Department or visit www.ChildrensMuseumofRichmond.org. Applications must be submitted to the Children's Museum on or before Friday, November 7th.

The High School Diplomats (HSD) program brings American high school students together at Princeton University for a ten-day cultural and educational exchange program with students from Japan. Current sophomores and juniors are encouraged to apply and Japanese language familiarity/experience is not a pre-requisite. For more information about HSD, please visit www.highschooldiplomats.com. Application deadline is January 7, 2015.

The Cochrane Summer Economics Institute is a five-week work/study program for rising high-school seniors. The program provides an introduction to economics, business, networking, and a variety of job/career choices through a combination of classroom work, community service, and internship experience. Starting on December 1, applications will be available at www.powellinfo.org. Application and essay must be submitted by January 16, 2015.

Attention Senior Parents

The Mid-October Senior Newsletter is now available on the School Counseling website (https://sites.google.com/a/gsgis.k12.va.us/mlw-school-counseling/2011-2012-newsletters). This newsletter contains college-related reminders and a listing of scholarships with approaching deadlines. The newsletter was distributed to students in their English classes last week. Scholarship information for seniors is also available:
Contact the student’s counselor to receive the registration code to view the Naviance scholarship database. Scholarships are still being added to this database on a monthly basis, most with direct links to the applications. Hard-copy applications are scanned and attached to the scholarship description as a PDF. Please note that all deadlines posted on Naviance or in the Newsletter are subject to change as organizations are still sending updated information for this school year. Check the organization’s website for the most current information. Please contact Rachel Loving (rloving@gsgis.k12.va.us) in the School Counseling Office with scholarship questions.


The US Army will visit MLWGS on Monday October 27 during lunch in the School Counseling office to meet with interested juniors and seniors.  They will be talking about several different programs that better the community and promote the uniform services to all.  These programs include but are not limited to:
  • Concurrent Admissions Program, which allows individuals to enlist in the Army/Army Reserve and attend college simultaneously with financial support from the Tuition Assistance Program.
  • Army Educational Outreach Program, a free program which covers 4th-12th-grade students in development of skills in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics(STEM)
  • Montgomery G.I. Bill, which is a post 9-11 benefit that allows service members to make a third-year commitment in the Army and receive more than $50,000 in college money for their service.

Now available at The Dragon's Lair: Bragging Rights

When MLWGS has a team record like this, it’s OK to brag a little.  And you can ‘harrumph’ away from any naysayers knowing that it’s 100% TRUE.  It’s also 100% cotton, available exclusively at The Dragon’s Lair, and back by popular demand!  Get one- and be a part of the inside joke - while they last.

Come get your irony on at the Dragon's Lair, open every Tuesday and Friday during lunch and during after-school special events. Cash and Checks only. Visit http://mlwgsdragons.weebly.com/index.html to see the complete line of Dragon merchandise.