Week of November 11, 2014

MLWGS Richmond Alumni
First Annual Pat Taylor Teaching Award Lecture:
Max Smith and His Trans-Siberian Railway Adventure

On Thursday, November 20 at 6pm Social Studies Department Chair Max Smith will give a presentation on the trip made possible by the Pat Taylor Teaching Award. With the funds from this award, Smith traveled the Trans-Siberian and Trans-Mongolian railroads from Beijing to Moscow; Thursday he will share stories and wonderful photos from his fifteen-day adventure. Parents, students, faculty, and alumni are encouraged to drop by the Forum and learn about the kind of exciting, innovative studies that continued engagement helps support.

Refreshments (including Sugar Shack Donuts) at 5:30, presentation at 6:00.

PTSA Advocacy Hosts Parent Connection Coffee November 14

All are welcome to join the PTSA Advocacy Committee for a Parent Connection coffee on Friday, November 14 in Room 153 between 7:30 and 9 am.  Learn the basics of how MLWGS and state Governor’s Schools are funded and governed.  The PTSA Advocacy Committee will also share an update about ongoing efforts to increase state funding for Governor’s Schools.  Take advantage of this great opportunity to "get the big picture” prior to the upcoming Town Hall meeting hosted by the MLWGS Regional School Board on December 3rd from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the MLWGS auditorium. Information about the MLWGS budget and the Regional School Board can be found at http://mlwgs.com/welcome-to-mlwgs/regional-school-board/ before to the meeting.  Individuals unable to attend the Parent Connection coffee can contact PTSA Advocacy representatives who are always willing to talk with parents, especially new parents, about advocacy.  To learn more, please email PTSA Advocacy co-chairs Laura O’Brien at prable@comcast.net or Marianne Macon macon4@verizon.net.  

Attention Seniors

The November 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 on the School Counseling website (https://sites.google.com/a/gsgis.k12.va.us/mlw-school-counseling/college-admissions-information-1/scholarships-financial-aid) and in Naviance (https://connection.naviance.com/mlwgs). Contact the student’s counselor to receive the registration code needed 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 in the School Counseling Office with scholarship questions.

Herff Jones will be accepting orders for graduation announcements and other memorabilia during lunch on Tuesday, November 11 and Wednesday, November 12.  Information was sent out during a senior class meeting last week.  All money and orders must be given to Herff Jones.  Extra forms are available from Ms. Sheppard in room 330.  Parents are reminded that caps and gowns have already been purchased and do not need to be included in the order. 

MLWGS Students to Play with Richmond Symphony Orchestra

On Tuesday, November 11 at 7 pm, eight MLWGS Orchestra students will be playing "Side by Side" with the Richmond Symphony Orchestra at Richmond Center Stage.  All eight students are members of the Richmond Symphony Youth Orchestra, an audition-only orchestra which is the highest level performance ensemble of the Symphonies Youth Orchestra Programs.

Margaret Graham ('15) Violin has the honor of being the Student Concertmaster for De Falla Suite No. 2 from “The Three-Cornered Hat,” where she will be performing alongside the Richmond Symphonies new Concertmaster, Daisuke Yamamoto.  The other seven students include Benjamin Campbell ('16) Horn, Zachary King ('15) Clarinet, James Kitchens ('15) Cello, Raleigh Browne ('15) Horn, Rachel Zhao ('18) Cello,  Harrison Clark ('17) Bass and Alec Handy ('16) Viola.

Richmond Center Stage is located at 612 E. Grace Street, Richmond, VA 23219.  The Concert is free and does not require a ticket.  Please support fellow Music Dragons by attending the concert.

Academic Booster’s Newsletter is available!

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Car Magnets: Imagine the Possibilities…

They’re 5” in diameter and feature the ever-popular MLWGS dragon seal.  But it’s the magnetic possibilities that make this item a must-have!  Buy one, cut into random pieces and *voila* - instant refrigerator puzzle!  Buy two, place on driver and passenger doors, and upgrade a vehicle’s standing from commonplace to official-ish. Buy three dozen and apply to a white board in a “fish scale” pattern as an art piece.  The possibilities are endless!

Bring your own “mad genius” magnet ideas to The Dragon’s Lair, open every Tuesday and Friday during lunch and at special after-school events.  Or shop from the comfort of your phone anytime by visiting our website.  (http://mlwgsdragons.weebly.com/). Cash and checks only, please.