Week of March 10, 2015

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 Teerlink 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 Susan has volunteered her time to share her wisdom and expertise with all MLWGS parents. Don’t miss this chance to get an overview of the process in a familiar environment – before you jump in with both feet. 

Stop by room 153, the outside classroom near the Bluestone Lobby entrance, before work or after you drop off your student and hear Susan Teerlink discuss these important topics. 

MLWGS Drama Club presents INTO THE WOODS

Music by Stephen Sondheim
Book by James Lapine

The MLWGS Drama Club will be performing Stephen Sondheim’s musical, Into the Woods, on  March 12, 13 and 14 (all shows at 7:30 pm).  Tickets may be purchased at the door and are $10 for students/$12 for adults. 

You won't want to miss these incredible performances and clever set design as the cast and crew have worked so hard to bring this musical to MLWGS stage. Have you seen the movie? If so, come out and take note of the changes that the movie made to the original Broadway production.

This production is being directed by Matt Polson with musical direction by Anthony Smith.  Some of you may remember their amazing direction of the 2012 Drama Club musical, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. MLWGS is so fortunate to have them working here as a team again so put the dates on your calendar; MLWGA looks forward to entertaining you!

SOL Testing

All sophomores will be taking the SOL Writing Tests in two parts in March.  On Wednesday March 11 and Thursday March 12 sophomores will take the multiple-choice part of the test during English classes. On Monday March 16, all sophomores will take the essay portion of the test during 1st period. All other End-of-Course SOL tests will be held during the last two weeks in May. 

MLWGS SOL testing occurs in the following courses:  Biology, Chemistry, Geometry, Algebra II, 10th-grade English (writing), 11th -grade English (reading), Global Studies 10 (World History), and US and VA History.  Practice questions are available at the Virginia Department of Education website:   http://www.doe.virginia.gov/testing/sol/practice_items/index.shtml

If you have any questions regarding SOLs, please contact Karl Zweerink in the school counseling office at kzweerink@gsgis.k12.va.us.

Mech Tech Dragons onto Regionals!

Departing last Wednesday afternoon for the Palmetto Regionals in Myrtle Beach, SC, the Mech Tech Dragons dodged the looming snow storm to get their newly built robot, Ignition, to the Recycle Rush competition!  It is designed to pickup and stack storage totes and put pool noodles into bins. The team is back in town and working more long hours to improve his performance for upcoming Virginia Regionals at the Siegel Center, March 20-21.  It's free--come and cheer on Ignition and Team 422!!


The MLWGS MUSIC BOOSTERS  will meet on Wednesday,March 11, at 6:00 p.m. in the Music Room. All music parents are invited to attend!

Please contact Leslie Hausser , Music Boosters President, 


It's not just good defense against giants, wolves and witches, but it's also an essential accessory for unexpected downpours and wrinkle-etching UVA/UVB rays.  Just ask the Baker's Wife (as portrayed by Emily Blunt, as portrayed by Gwyneth Sholar) - - 'I wouldn't dare go in search of my child without my MLWGS extra-large umbrella!'***

You too can grab this invaluable item next Tuesday and Friday during lunch, OR before/during intermission of the March 12, 13 and 14 evening productions of Into The Woods by MLWGS Drama.  Check out our entire lineup of MLWGS merchandise 24/7 online (mlwgsdragons.weebly.com).  Cash and checks always accepted, and on performance nights, credit cards as well; although we might also consider trading our magic beans for your cow.

***No actual actors or baker's wives were consulted for the content of this ad.  C'mon people, it's Photoshop.  Sheesh.