Week of April 28, 2015


The PTSA will be honoring two very special MLWGS volunteers at the MLWGS End-of-Year Volunteer event hosted by the Governor's School Foundation onTuesday, May 26, 2015.

For each award, the PTSA is seeking nominations for outstanding parent volunteers who offer their time to PTSA, Booster groups, the Foundation, or in any other school-support capacity. 

The MLWGS relies heavily on the support of so many, and there are countless ways for volunteers to get involved. Therefore the PTSA has created two uniquely different awards: The Green Dragon Award for a visible and active member of the volunteer community; and The Dragon’s Lair Award for the person who works behind the scenes, not necessarily in a leadership role.

Any member of the MLWGS community may nominate a volunteer (no more than one nomination per award please). Awards will be determined based upon nominations received. 

Please submit nominations to mew.mailbox@gmail.com no later than Friday, May 22, 2015. Thank you for taking the time to vote!

International/Interdisciplinary trip To Costa Rica

An Informational Meeting will be held on Wednesday April 29 at 6:00 p.m. in Room 153. Individuals who are interested, but unable to attend should contact Mr. David Barnes at dbarnes@gsgis.k12.va.us or 354-6800 ext. 3060 with any questions. More information is also available at  http://www.eftours.com/1713827WP .

MLWGS students have an exciting opportunity to participate in the international/interdisciplinary trip to Costa Rica during Spring Break 2016. MLWGS has chosen to offer this opportunity because of Costa Rica’s unique history, vibrant culture, and robust ecological diversity. Students will spend nine days exploring the ecology, geology, history, and culture of Costa Rica. In Tortuguero students will discover eleven different habitats, including nesting ground for sea turtles. Then students will enjoy a unique perspective of the rainforest while whitewater rafting and zip-lining in Sarapiqui. The next stop will be the Arenal region, where students will study volcanic geology. The Arenal volcano serves as a watershed for the lake, powers the hot springs, and supports the majestic La Fortuna waterfall. The final destination is Guanacaste, where students can explore Pacific beaches. They will also visit a cloud forest and snorkel in a marine ecosystem. Of course, they will also have some free time to experience local culture.
MLWGS has chosen to work with Education First (EF), an accredited international travel company, because they are a leader in international education, with more than 45 years of experience in 50 countries. EF will provide transportation, accommodations, food, insurance, and an experienced tour guide. The tentative cost of the trip is $2635 plus $80 for tips.


Raising Children to be Ethical Leaders
Tuesday May 5, 2015 • 5:30 p.m. in the MW Auditorium

Local author Linda Fisher Thornton will discuss ethical leadership, the morals and principles inherent to good business practices, and raising children to reflect these values. Senior Reed Canaan, student chairperson of Maggie Walker’s honor council, will discuss the important role of the honor council at Maggie Walker and introduce Ms. Thornton.

The author of  7 Lenses: Learning the Principles and Practices of Ethical Leadership, Ms. Thornton is a leadership consultant who teaches ethics at University of Richmond, and speaks and writes about the future of ethical leadership.   

Attention Senior Parents!

The May Senior Newsletter is now available on the SchoolCounseling Website. This newsletter contains college-related reminders and a listing of scholarships with approaching deadlines. The latest 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 your child’s counselor if you would like to view the Naviance scholarship database and need your registration code. 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 us 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.


Cap and Gown Distribution
Caps, gowns, and pre-ordered announcements were available for seniors to pick up this week.  If any senior did not swing by the downstairs commons, they can see Ms. Sheppard in room 330 to collect his or her order. 

Extra Announcements
A very limited supply of additional graduation announcements is available for seniors who need them. See Ms. Sheppard in room 330 to purchase extras while supplies last.  Each announcement with envelope is $1.35.

Graduation Tickets
Thirteen graduation tickets were distributed to seniors along with their caps and gowns this week.  Please make sure to keep the envelope of tickets in a safe place. Due to the seating capacity of the theatre, there is a limited number of tickets. Ms. Sheppard may not be able to replace lost tickets. 

Senior Class Group Photo
On Wednesday, April 29 , seniors will pose for a group photo on the front steps of the school during lunch.  Caps and Gowns must be worn.   Student who want to order a copy of the photo taken should bring $15.00 on Wednesday to give directly to Lifetouch.   Portrait information along with an order form will be available in the senior commons starting this Friday.  See Ms. Sheppard in room 330 with any questions. 

Community Service Hours
Don’t forget…community service hours are due by Monday, May 18.  Contact Ms. Parker with any questions or concerns. 

MLWGS (Required) Summer Reading Books

Just how white was that whale? 

You can find out this summer in Chapter 42 of Melville's Moby Dick!  Please remember that the PTSA is taking orders for the  MLWGS required summer reading selections.  The titles are available at a discounted, tax-free price - - convenient for families, a benefit to MLWGS, and best of all, those books will get into eager hands before the summer begins (certainly a bonus in getting started on the tale of the whale)!

Order forms will be distributed to rising Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors, and the form can also be downloaded here on the MLWGS home page.  (Please make sure that you are looking at the 2015 form; last year's was inadvertently attached to last week's article.)

Orders are due by Tuesday, May 19.  Please leave them in Valenta Williams’s office off the Bluestone Lobby.  Make checks payable to MLWGS PTSA.  The books will be distributed to students through the English Department.  Students needing financial assistance in obtaining any of the required titles should contact Karl Zweerink at 354-6800, ext. 3210, kzweerink@gsgis.k12.va.us.  For questions or more information, please contact Susan Creasey at creaseys@verizon.net.


The MLWGS PTSA is presents the 2015-2016 Slate of Officers.  Come out to the PTSA general meeting (Raising Children to be Ethical Leaders) on May 5, 2015, 5:30 p.m. to vote!

o President – Peggy Feldmann
o President-Elect – George Nyfeler
o Secretary – Paula Chambers
o Treasurer – David Bortz
o VP Finance – WR Gay
o VP Membership – Yvette Conte
o VP Events – Debbie Taminger

Show an Outpouring of Appreciation for MLWGS Faculty and Staff

Send in $10 Gift Cards by May 1, 2015!

The MLWGS PTSA is asking all parents to send in one, two, three or more $10 gift cards so during Teacher Appreciation Week, May 4-8, MLWGS can show its genuine appreciation to MLWGS teachers for all they do.

Please purchase $10 gift cards from Kroger, Target, Martin’s, Barnes and Noble or Starbucks, then bring (or send with your student) the gift cards to Room 100 (Mrs. Valenta Williams’ office, which is to the right through the Bluestone lobby entrance). There will be a drop box labeled TEACHER APPRECIATION GIFT CARDS for the cards. 
These gifts of $10 gift cards are a terrific way to show collective appreciation and support for the amazing faculty and staff at Maggie Walker. The cards will be given to the faculty and staff at the Teacher Appreciation event on Thursday, May 7.  

Deadline to send in gift cards is Friday, May 1.  The cards will be presented to the teachers and staff as a gift from all parents and students of MLWGS; no individual names of families who donated gift cards will be provided. During Teacher Appreciation Week, May 4-8, parents and students are also encouraged to send a personal note or email to faculty and staff expressing support and appreciation of their dedication to MLWGS students.


Spring Chorus/Orchestra Concert  will be held Wednesday, April 29 at 7:00 p.m. in the Auditorium.

Spring Jazz Concert will be held Friday, May 1 at 7:00 p.m. in the Auditorium.

Receptions will immediately follow each concert in the MLWGS Commons.

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


The National PTA has a webinar on stress and high school students for which MLWGS parents can register.

When: Thursday May 7
Time: 7 p.m.

High school can be some of the best years of a student's life, but it can also prove to be stressful. The American Psychological Association's (APA) 2013 Stress in America survey shows that 13-17 year olds are experiencing stress levels higher than they consider to be healthy. Pressure to do well on test scores, get into college and fit in with peers can become overwhelming.

Chronic stress can even lead to negative impacts on overall health. Parents can help ensure that your teen uses healthy coping mechanisms to manage their stress levels.

Join National PTA and the American Psychological Association (APA) on Thurs., May 7 at 7 p.m. ET for an important conversation on how parents can help teens manage stress and stay healthy.

Board certified clinical psychologist Dr. David Palmiter will be presenting on the factors that cause teens stress and provide some strategies for stress management. Dr. Palmiter will be answering questions from attendees at the end of the presentation.

Register here to participate in the conversation.

An Evening of Student-Directed Short Plays

The One-Acts Festival will be held Thursday, Friday and Saturday, April 30 - May 2 at 7:30 p.m. in the Black Box Theater. This year’s festival includes five student-directed short plays. Tickets will be available at the door for $5. Please join us for the following productions:

A Human Write directed by Taylor Hawkins ('15, Chesterfield)

Variations on the Death of Trotsky directed by John Libby ('16, Hanover)

Red Nose Floppy Shoes directed by Emma Bilski ('16, Chesterfield)

What If I Told You directed & written by Genna Markee ('17, Chesterfield)

Admissions directed by Shannon Colson ('17, Henrico) and Naomi Vickers ('17, Richmond)


Hear that?  It's your summer calling.  Calling you to fun, adventures and perhaps even travel to far-off-lands.  Leave your MLWGS mark this summer (only with permission, of course) with one of our many bumper stickers.  They're a bargain at $1 apiece, or buy 10 for $10 - 'cause you just never know where or when opportunity will strike.

For the best in Dragons apparel, gifts, accessories and more, stop by The Dragon's Lair every Tuesday and Friday during lunch, and during special after-school events.  Browse anytime at mlwgsdragons.weebly.com.  Cash and checks are always welcome, from sea to Holy See.