Week of November 18, 2014

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

This Thursday, November 20 at 6pm Social Studies Department Chair Max Smith will give a presentation on the trip made possible by the 2nd Annual 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 Eastern European fare and Sugar Shack Donuts) at 5:30pm, with presentation at 6pm.

The Governor's School Foundation supports the Richmond Alumni Chapter programs such as this new lecture series, and last year's Alumni Showcase.

So far this year, the Annual Fund Campaign has raised $97,383 for the school. Overall current parent participation is 19%. Parent participation by class is:

Seniors: 26%
Juniors: 20%
Sophomores: 21%
Freshmen: 6%

To donate to the Annual Fund online, go to http://www.governorsschoolfoundation.org/donate/

PTSA and EduPac Join Efforts for School Advocacy

Over forty Maggie Walker students met with school board members, elected local officials, superintendents, and gifted education administrators in late October and early November during Regional School Board Luncheons at the school. EduPAC leaders Reed Canaan (’15), President, and Jordyn Kent (’15), Vice President for Advocacy, recruited students from the twelve school districts represented at Maggie Walker to discuss their experiences at MLWGS over lunch with local leaders.
 Megan Keck (Charles City, ’15) said that the luncheons, “give students from all grade levels a chance to express how much their Maggie Walker experience has meant to them, because each experience is unique.” Regional School Board Vice-Chair John Axselle (Hanover) said, "Lunch with the students was fantastic as usual. It was not only enjoyable but informative, as well....It is time well spent."

The PTSA Advocacy Committee began hosting the luncheons during the 2012-13 school year to educate local leaders about the Maggie Walker experience. Attendance by students and localities has grown each year. Local school district funding for Maggie Walker decreased from $7,445 to $7,072 per student for the 2012-13 school year. It remained level in 2013-14 and increased to $7,273 per student for the current school year. In 2008-09 localities paid $8,164 to send students to Maggie Walker.

Parent volunteers interested in assisting the Advocacy Committee in its mission of bolstering school support should contact PTSA Advocacy Co-chairs Marianne Macon, macon4@verizon.net,  or Laura O’Brien, prable@comcast.net.
EduPac is a student-created and led organization dedicated to fostering candid discussion of education policy, providing community service activities in the educational field, and advocating for MLWGS and education in general. Student interested in such issues are encouraged to visit during any weekly meeting held on Mondays during lunch in Room 319.

Only One More SCRIP Order Date In 2014

Yes, it's true, there is only one SCRIP order date left before the holiday break. If you are trying to think of the perfect gift for that someone special, why not consider giving SCRIP gift cards - a gift everyone can love! The next SCRIP order due date is Thursday, December 4 and will be ready for pickup the following Thursday, December 11

Order forms can be downloaded here under "Links" or picked up in Office 100. Orders are due on Thursdays in the SCRIP drop box located in Office 100 and delivered the following Thursday at lunchtime in Office 100. Delivery and pickup dates can also be found on the MLWGS online calendar. Be sure to check out the list of SCRIP retailers, which is constantly being updated.
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Fall Show Production Moves Into Final Phase

The cast and technical crew, with help from Drama Boosters has completed building the set and making technical preparations for ‘You Can’t Take It With You’. You may have seen the ‘Genie’ (hydraulic lift) sprawled out over the seats in the auditorium as the crew completed ‘Hang & Focus’ in the evenings during the week of November 10th. Next came ‘Paper Tech’, a walkthrough of all the lighting and scene changes from start to finish, which took place on Saturday, the 15th. The final step before dress rehearsals begin this week was Sunday’s ‘Cue-to-Cue’, a run-through of all of the characters’ entrances, exits and starting lines of dialog, so that the director and stage manager(s) can make sure that everything flows smoothly and that the cast has their timing right. With a few dress rehearsals under their belts, the cast and crew will be ready for opening night.

‘YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU’ Opens Thursday, November 20

Carol and John Piersol and the MLWGS Drama department, Director Matt Polson, and the MLWGS Drama Boosters are thrilled to present the classic comedy, ‘You Can’t Take It With You’, in three performances Thursday, November 20 through Saturday, November 22, at 7:00 PM each night. The show, a madcap romantic comedy set in 1930’s New York, won a Pulitzer Prize for drama and inspired a movie version that won the Oscar for Best Picture. For decades, audiences have been amused this peek into the lives of the slightly batty Sycamore family, plus a few of their eccentric friends, and the somewhat uptight Kirby family, when Alice Sycamore (played by Mary-Dryden Maio) and Tony Kirby, Jr. (played by Sam Martin) become engaged. As they bring their two families together, Alice’s only desire is for her family to seem ‘normal’, which only brings out the oddball in everyone. Please join us for a delightful evening of classic Broadway entertainment. Tickets $10 at the door, or avoid standing in line by buying online at: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/886371

You Can't Take It With You?  Au contraire!

You CAN take it with you. And at the Dragon's Lair, we're ready to make that a reality.  You can take any of our shirts, hats, beverage cups, ties, charms, notecards, pens, and much, much more. We'll have the complete line of MLWGS spirit merchandise on sale during this week's performances of "You Can't Take It With You" presented by the MLWGS players from 6 to 9 pm on Thursday, Nov. 20th, Friday the 21st and Saturday the 22nd.

You can always take it with you every Tuesday and Friday during lunch, just stop by to see our selection of goodies, or visit us 24/7 at mlwgsdragons.weebly.com.  Bring cash or checks, and we'll prove our point. So there.