Week of March 31, 2015

MLWGS Business Partnerships

Thank you to the 113 MLWGS families who have signed up for the Kroger Community Rewards Program.  From December 1, 2014 to February 28, 2015, our school community earned $2,530.15 by doing their regular grocery shopping.  Halfway through the program year, MLWGS PTSA has already raised almost $6,000 for the school. 

It’s not too late to sign up and help out.

Register your Kroger Plus card online at  krogercommunityrewards.com:

  • Click on “Sign In/Renew”  then click on “SIGN UP TODAY” in the “New Customer?” box.
  • Sign up by entering your zip code, clicking on your favorite store, entering your email address, creating a password and agreeing to the terms and conditions.
  • You will get a link by email – click on this link.
  • Click on “My Account” and use your email address and password to proceed.
  • Click on “Edit Kroger Community Rewards” information and enter your Kroger Plus card number from your card.  Update or confirm your information.
  • Enter the school NPO number 82125 or Maggie L Walker Governor’s School PTSA, select the school from the list and click on “Confirm.” The school name should appear at the right side of the page.

Prefer Martin’s? Register for A+ School Rewards.  To register your card, change the school or add a school (up to 2):

  • Log on to www.martinsfoods.com/aplus and designate our school ID #03112 using your BONUSCARD.
  • Or send your Last Name, Phone Number and the 11-digit BONUSCARD number (starting with 48) to mlwgspartners@gmail.com and we will do it for you.

And don’t forget: Target – Take Charge of Education:

  • Go to www.target.com/tcoe.  Enter your Redcard number and follow the directions. Our school account is 104517.  

Student Aid Fund

Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School’s supporting resources enable MLWGS students to engage in curricular and co- and extra-curricular opportunities beyond that which are typically available in high school.  Such opportunities include an expansive slate of dual-enrollment university and AP courses; AP assessments; local, state, national, and international learning experiences; notable speakers; contemporary equipment and technology; athletic support, etc.

MLWGS is especially proud to offer such opportunities to each student based on their own interests and without regard to ability to pay.  For more information, please contact MLWGS Director, Dr. Jeff McGee jmcgee@gsgis.k12.va.us; our Assistant Director for Curriculum and Instruction, Dr. Wendy Ellis wellis@gsgis.k12.va.us or your child’s counselor:  Grade 9, Mr. Karl Zweerink (Coordinator) kzweerink@gsgis.k12.va.us, Grade 10 and 11, Ms. Joy Davis joy.davis@gsgis.k12.va.us; Grade 12 (Last Name A-L) Ms. Penny Deck pdeck@gsgis.k12.va.us; Grade 12 (Last Name M-Z) Dr. Rachel Loving rloving@gsgis.k12.va.us.

Attention Seniors

On Wednesday, April 1 during lunch, senior class officers and Ms. Sheppard will be providing information about graduation and other senior-related events in a brief mandatory class meeting in the auditorium. 


MLWGS grandparents and special friends of the family, including aunts, uncles, godparents, and neighbors, are invited to attend the fourth annual Grandparents' Day on Friday, April 17.  This popular event, sponsored by the Governor's School Foundation, will run from 2:00 – 3:45 p.m. All attendees will be invited to hear a presentation about the school, take a short tour of the building, and attend a reception with their grandchildren.

Please send in the names and addresses of student grandparents and special family and friends, even if they may not be able to attend, so that the Foundation may send them a formal invitation. Please send information to:

Feel free to contact Laura Lewis or Eva Boegner at the Governor’s School Foundation office with any questions: (804) 354-1566.

Physicals for Student Athletes

The Athletic Department will be having 2015-2016 physicals, through Virginia Commonwealth University, on June 4 2015 from 4-6 p.m. for $25 in the MLWGS clinic.  Please stop by Ms. Hawkins’ office for a physical form or download one from VHSL.org.  To schedule a physical, please stop by and sign up on the Athletic Training Room door, room 146.


The MLWGS MUSIC BOOSTERS will meet on Wednesday, April 1, at 6:00 p.m. in the Music Room…Early this month due to Spring Break!  All music parents are invited to attend.

Please contact Leslie Hausser, Music Boosters President, at  lahmeems@comcast.net with any questions.

MLWGS Student writers recognized

Dragon Becomes Eagle Scout

Congratulations to Jack Downey ('15, Richmond) on attaining the rank of Eagle Scout. Jack is a member of BSA Troop 436, sponsored by St. Bridget Catholic Church. MLWGS alumni and T436 Eagle Scouts Danny Yates (MLWGS '09), Thomas Howard (MLWGS '09), and Johnny Mac Yates (MLWGS '13) are especially proud of Jack's achievement. Well done, Jack!


The Richmond District PTA Arts in Education awards ceremony was held on March 15, 2015. The 2015 winners of the PTSA Reflections contest from MLWGS at Richmond District level include:

  • Photography: Margaret Graham (’15, Petersburg)  Award of Excellence
  • Musical Composition: Alexander Will ('17, Hanover) – Award of Merit
  • Visual Arts: Elizabeth Benos (’17, Chesterfield)  - Award of Excellence
  • Literature: Megan Lee ('18, Chesterfield) – Outstanding Interpretation

In Literature Category, Megan Lee also won ‘Award of Merit” at the Virginia State Level.

This year’s theme was "The world would be a better place if...”. The PTA Reflections program is an annual, nation-wide contest that encourages students on all grade levels to create original work based on a particular theme.

The theme for 2015-16 PTA Reflections contest will be “Let Your Imagination Fly.”

This Day in Art History

March 31, 1506, Rome, Italy - Michaelangelo leaves his home but is chased down by an assistant, who hands him a small rope satchel containing his lunch, a few paintbrushes, extra sandals, his smartphone and earbuds.  Relieved that he won't have to spend his day without his tunes, Michaelangelo immortalizes the pivotal moment in his work that day.

For just $12, you can have your own MLWGS drawstring bag, made of durable nylon in green, white and black.  Come by The Dragon's Lair and fill your bag with goodies on Tuesdays and Fridays during lunch and during special after-school events.  Browse 24/7 at mlwgsdragons.weebly.com.  Cash and checks only, please.


Beginning Wednesday, March 18Pick up candidate forms outside Room 330.

Friday, April 3Signature and verification forms due to Mr. White (Room 330) by 3:30 p.m. Candidates may begin campaigning as soon as they get their forms in: Posters must be signed by an administrator or your class sponsor BEFORE posting.

Friday, April 17All speeches due to Mr. White for review by 3:30 p.m. Candidates may submit speeches before this date but MUST supply their email addresses with the speeches so Mr. White can let them know if their speech has been approved. All speeches will be approved or returned (in person or electronically) for editing by the end of the day on Monday, April 20. Candidates are not required to give speeches, but candidates who fail to comply with the procedures for speech submission, review and approval will not be permitted to speak. Maximum speech length depends on number of candidates speaking; the time limit, which will be announced, is usually 2-3 minutes.

Wednesday, April 22Necessary edits must be resubmitted to Mr. White by 3:30 p.m., along with the candidates’ email addresses. (Approved speeches are good to go.) Mr. White will respond by email as soon as possible.

Monday, April 27 (lunch)Class officer candidate speechesSee the SCA bulletin board outside the Forum for speech lengths, which will depend on the number of candidates.
            Rising Seniors/Class of 2016: Commons
            Rising Juniors/Class of 2017: Gym
            Rising Sophomores/Class of 2018: Auditorium

Tuesday, April 28 (lunch)SCA officer candidate speeches in the AUDITORIUM. See the SCA bulletin board outside the Forum for speech lengths, which will depend on the number of candidates.

Tues, April 28-Wed, April 29Online voting for all positions, starting at 4 p.m. on Tuesday and concluding at 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday; results to be announced on Thursday, April 30. Voting instructions will be announced and posted throughout the school.

Thursday-Friday, April 30-May 1Online run-off elections (if necessary), starting at 4 p.m. on Thursday and concluding at 11:59 p.m. on Friday; results announced on Monday, May 4.

Monday, May 4Second round of online run-off elections (if needed), starting at 4 p.m. on Monday and concluding at 11:59 p. m. on Monday night; results announced on Tuesday, May 5.

Friday, May 8Remove all campaign posters, flyers and other materials no later than 3:30 p.m. Candidates who fail to comply will be referred to administrators.