Week of February 24, 2015

Did someone say MADNESS?

That's right dragonettes and dragonistas, it's time for The Dragon's Lair annual March Madness sale, with deals on all sorts of dragon merchandise throughout the entire month!  Been craving that swanky new MLWGS top, or some dragon comfy socks?  How about a tumbler?  A school tie?  Sunglasses?  We have all this, and much, much more.

RUN, don't walk, RUN to the Dragon's Lair every Tuesday and Friday during lunch and at special after-school events. Browse our complete selection online anytime at mlwgsdragons.weebly.com.  Bring cash, bring checks, just don't bring excuses!  For prices so low they're *INSANE*! (hat tip to the legendary "Dr. Jerry" Carroll)

Three MLWGS PTSA Financial Auditors Needed

If you love numbers, rules, and details, the MLWGS PTSA needs you! The MLWGS PTSA is seeking three volunteers to join the financial audit team! MLWGS PTSA bylaws require an audit committee of no less than three people to review the current year financial records and complete a report for the executive board at the end of the fiscal year (June 30, 2015). If you can help, please email Elizabeth Wong at mew.mailbox@gmail.com!  Thank you in advance for sharing your talents!!

Foundation looking for Volunteers
to provide Phonathon dinners 

The Governor's School Foundation was established to help support academic and co-curricular activities at MLWGS. The Annual Fund Campaign helps support these activities, and the Foundation’s Spring phonathon is kicking off the evenings of Monday, March 2 through Wednesday, March 4. Dinner is provided from 6:00 - 6:30 p.m. in the MLWGS boardroom, call training is from 6:30 - 7:00 p.m., and calls will be from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. About a dozen volunteers will staff the phones on these nights. The Foundation is looking for cooks who would be willing to provide hot, home-cooked meals on these dates for about 10-12 phonathon volunteers.  The Foundation will reimburse you for expenses.  If you are interested in helping out, please contact Michelle Finn at mfinn@mblast.com.

Upcoming SCRIP Order Due Date

The next Scrip order due date is Thursday, March 5. Orders will be ready for pick-up the following Thursday, March 12. Please consider ordering SCRIP gift cards for favorite stores and restaurants while supporting MLWGS!

Order forms can be
downloaded on the Smoke and Scales page menu on the right, under "Links," or picked up in Office 100. Orders are due on Thursdays in the SCRIP drop box located in Office 100 and are 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.

Questions? Please contact:
Patty Wood 804-364-9263 or scrippattyw@gmail.com
Patty Zeevi 804-784-2966 or scrippattyz@gmail.com

After the Thaw! The PTSA presents…
Paying for College 101:
Applications, Financial Aid, Merit Scholarships, and More 
March 18, 2015 • 8:00 a.m.  

Featuring Susan Teerlink
MLWGS’s GRASP advisor

Susan has been coaching families through this important (and tedious) process for nine years. She has filled out hundreds of FAFSA forms with parents and students – and her own daughters. She works one-on-one with many MLWGS juniors and seniors, but she’s ready to share her wisdom with all MLWGS parents. 

Stop by room 153, the outside classroom near the Bluestone Lobby entrance before work or after you drop off your student. 

Maggie L. Walker Governor's School students will be registering for AP exams online using an on-line service company called Total Registration.  Please go to www.totalregistration.net/AP/471851 to register.

Important AP Exam Dates:  

February 9               On-line registration begins

March 27                 On-line registration ends

February 24 - 27      AP Fees collected in the School Counseling Office (cash or check)
AP exams are $91.00 each and must be paid before MLWGS can order them. Checks should be made out to “MLW Governor’s School.” Registration forms and exam fee(s) will be collected during lunch and all afternoon blocks in the School Counseling Office according to the following schedule:

February 24     Seniors - lunch, 6th and 8th block 

February 25     Juniors - lunch, 5th and 7th block

February 26     Freshmen and Sophomores - lunch, 6th and 8th block

February 27     Remaining students - lunch and all afternoon blocks

The 2015 AP Bulletin for Students and Parents and more information about the on-line registration process have been distributed in AP classes.

Please see Ms. Deck in the School Counseling office or email her at pdeck@gsgis.k12.va.us with any questions.

Send a Shout Out to Your Favorite Thespian!

MLWGS Drama presents Into the Woods March 12-14 and YOU can send a Shout Out to your favorite cast or crew member.  Shout Outs are a special place in the program where people can place notes to the cast and crew offering special wishes or words of thanks and encouragement.

Example: “Sally, we’re so proud of you! Break a leg! Love, Grandma and Grandpa Jones” or: “Mike, you’re the best!! It’s been fun! Your friend, Ellie”.

Shout Outs are $10 each ($5 for students placing a Shout Out) and should be limited to 20 words or less. All proceeds benefit the MLWGS Drama Program.
Click here for the form.  Completed forms can be returned to the green Drama Box in Room 100 or mailed to: Drama Boosters, 4303 Hanover Ave., Richmond, VA 23221.  If you have any questions, please call Jewel Caven at 938-8249 or email:  cavenfamily@gmail.com. Deadline is March 4.

Dragon attends Poetry Out Loud
National Recitation Competition

The Poetry Out Loud National Recitation Competition held its regional meet on Friday afternoon, February 13, 2015. For the second year in a row, Naomi Vickers (’17, Richmond), represented Maggie Walker.  She recited two lengthy, challenging poems: “Snake Oil, Snake Bite,” by Dilruba Ahmed and “The New World,” by Amiri Baraka. Fifteen students provided stiff competition this year. A junior from St. Catherine’s School, Isabelle Andrews, won the competition and will proceed to the state-wide competition. Naomi is already planning for next year!


The submission deadline for the Tuesday, March 10 edition of Smoke and Scales will be 5 p.m., Tuesday, March 3.  This is an early deadline for the March 10 edition only.  Submissions received after 5 p.m. on March 3 will appear in the Tuesday, March 17 edition of Smoke and Scales.

Thanks from your S&S editors!