Week of May 26, 2015


MLWGS PTSA is asking you to support MLWGS and all of Virginia's Governor's Schools by signing this petition requesting Governor McAuliffe to fix funding for Virginia's Academic-Year Governor's Schools. Sign the petition here. This is the culmination of a three-year effort to address serious disparities in the way the Commonwealth of Virginia funds Governor’s Schools. The petition has more than 1,000 signatures already, but needs more to demonstrate the importance of this issue.  The petition links to a recent Study of Governor's School Funding outlining deficiencies. Read the signer comments at the bottom of the petition link and you will see many reasons to sign. Individuals who are at least 13 years of age may sign.

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For four weeks in late March and early April, Maggie Walker was transformed into a yoga studio, as tenth-grade Physical Education students enjoyed studying the ancient art with instructor Becky Eschenroeder of Great Abiding Yoga, LLC.  With the arrival of warmer weather, the students particularly enjoyed learning vinyasa yoga techniques outdoors.  Vinyasa, which links asanas (yoga positions) with breathing techniques and movement, will serve the students well as exams approach!

The Governor’s School Foundation is pleased to have funded the yoga classes through an Enhancement Grant to the Physical Education Department. 

So far this year, the Foundation's Annual Fund Campaign has raised $314,855 for the school. Overall current parent participation stands at 47%, and the parent participation by class is:

• Seniors: 44%
• Juniors: 43%
• Sophomores: 56%
• Freshmen: 50%

The Governor’s School Foundation’s Annual Fund Campaign supports programs for students, grants for teacher continuing education, and special projects for facilities and equipment. To donate online, please click here.

YearBook SOCIAL AND Preorders

Yearbooks will be distributed at 3:30 p.m. in the Commons on Friday, May 29, at the first annual Yearbook social, featuring live music and free pizza! We’ll distribute and sell Yearbooks, and we’ll offer for sale both autograph supplements and special gold and silver Sharpies for Yearbook signing. We hope students will hang out and sign their friends’ books. It promises to be a memorable event.

Books will LIKELY be available for sale on May 29, but more pre-orders have been received than ever before. To ensure that some books will be available for purchase on Friday, May 29, this Friday, May 22, is the LAST DAY to pre-order your Yearbook. If you want to be SURE to get a book, submit payment to Mr. White no later than May 22.


At its annual Eagle Scout Commencement Ceremony held on May 17, The Heart of Virginia Boy Scout Council recognized all scouts who had earned Eagle Scout Rank in 2014.  Among the honorees were (in order of photo above) Joshua Moody ('15, Chesterfield), Alec Handy ('16, Richmond), and David Hill ('17, Henrico), and Preston Hausser ('17, Chesterfield).  Congratulations on earning scouting's highest award!

National French Contest

Congratulations to the following National Medal Winners:

Level 5:  Elizabeth Hayes, Sam Martin, Madeline Oliver

Level 4:  Guy Davis, Claire Mendelson, Annie Zhang

Level 3:  Alison Bekenstein, Naomi Vickers, Lucy Bellamy, William Cabell, Angela Chen, Elinor Dinkin, Adeline Farmer, Minhie Kwak, Sophia McCrimmon, Catherian Qian, Katie Christopher, Alexis Dowdy, Meredith Polk, Avery Walker, Mikaela Arrington, Antara Garg, Natalie Quick, Joanne Yang

Level 2: Nicoleta Gavris, Erin Paasch, Mairead Guy, Anisha Sharma, Emily Slaughter

Level 1:  Georgina Walmsley, Brittani Telfair, Kojo Amanfu, Jenny Glazier, Karl Katlaps

AnnounCements for Seniors

Senior Showcase:  Wednesday, June 3
Senior Showcase is the highlight of the seniors’ mentorship or seminar experiences.  The students have worked diligently over several months, and this is an opportunity for the entire school community to see the creativity and energy of their efforts.  Please be on the lookout for invitations to be mailed in mid-May.  Please mark the date on your calendars now so you don’t miss out on this special day for MLWGS seniors!

Senior Recognition Night:  Thursday, June 4, 7:00 p.m., Auditorium
This is the night we all come together to honor the many contributions and memories of our graduating seniors.  The highlight of the evening for the students is always the Senior Slide Show, and it is a great opportunity for you to get a sense of what the last four years have looked like inside our halls.   Students should arrive by 6:30 for the line-up wearing professional/business attire; caps and gowns are NOT worn for this event.

Senior Awards Assembly:  Friday, June 5, 12:55 p.m., Auditorium
This assembly allows community organizations to distinguish senior recipients of scholarships/awards. Parents will be notified in advance if their child will be recognized.

MLWGS Class of 2015 Baccalaureate:
Volunteers Needed

The MLWGS Class of 2015 Baccalaureate will be held on Thursday, June 11, 2015, 6:30 p.m., at Congregation Beth Ahabah, 1111 W. Franklin St., Richmond, VA 23220.  A few volunteers are needed to make this event special for MLWGS graduates.  Please arrive no later than 5:45 p.m. and check in with the Volunteer Coordinator located in the downstairs assembly room.  Thank you in advance for your willingness to help!!!  Questions? Contact Samantha at sdmier@verizon.net.