Week of June 2, 2015


The MLWGS PTSA has awarded the following volunteer-of-the-year awards:

Green Dragon Award for being visible and active members of the volunteer community was awarded to Karen Akens, Chair, Auction Committee and Laura O'Brien, Co-Chair, Advocacy Committee.

Dragon’s Lair Award for being the person who works behind the scenes, not necessarily in a leadership role was awarded to Julie Miller, Chair, Teacher Appreciation.

Attention all Summer
Economics and Personal Finance Students

Tuesday, June 2 is the LAST chance to complete training for the summer course. Students must have completed the questionnaire, the welcome module with the comprehension check, and have their syllabus and honor forms signed to turn in on their training day. Failure to complete these items and attend a training session will result in the student being dropped from the summer course and if a junior, the student will be required to complete the course during the 2015-16 school year. See Crista Ellis (cellis@gsgis.k12.va.us) have any questions.


Academic Boosters is looking for individuals with a desire to serve as parent representatives for MLWGS various academic teams and as volunteers to assist teams and their faculty sponsors with fund-raising and volunteer activities for the upcoming academic year.  The only requirement is a passion for the Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School and its students!  MLWGS academic teams include Academic Quiz Bowl (BOB squad), Academic WorldQuest, Chess, Debate, Forensics, Future Problem Solvers (FPS), History Bowl, LifeSmarts, Model Congress, Model UN, Robotics, and the Technology Students Association (TSA).  The Academic Boosters meet monthly, and parent representatives also work closely with their respective teams throughout the year.  Please contact chair Bill Benos at bbenos@williamsmullen.com for more information about the teams and the opportunities to volunteer.


The MLWGS Music Boosters will meet Wednesday, June 3, at 6:00 p.m. in the Music Room.  This is the final meeting of the school year.  Please make every effort to attend!

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

MLWGS Library
Community Service Opportunity for 2015/2016

Do you have a study block on your schedule for next school year?  Would you like to learn skills that could help you land a job in a public or college library?

Consider applying for a library assistant position!

Since this role will include tasks typical of library assistant positions (e.g. covering new books, shelving books, etc.), being a library assistant at MLWGS may give you an edge if you seek a work-study assignment or part-time work in a library. In addition, a special facet of this role at MLWGS will be for each library assistant to adopt a section of the collection that interests them (e.g. psychology, economics, poetry). They will then care for their adopted section by familiarizing themselves with the materials, highlighting books as their “staff picks” (as you often see in bookstores), and making recommendations for new books and/or suggestions about books that should be withdrawn. Library assistants may also propose special projects related to their adopted section, such as facilitating a book discussion, designing a book display, or organizing a related activity during lunch or after school.  Similar to student ambassadors, they may earn community service for any hours during which they are actively engaged in completing library assistant duties.

Through an application and interview process, Ms. DeGroat will select a small team of three to six students for the 2015-2016 school year.

If you have questions about this opportunity or would like an application, please see Ms. DeGroat in the library.  Applications from current 9th, 10th, and 11th-grade students are due by June 11, 2015.


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.  Seniors and their family are invited to take a moment to reflect on their years at MLWGS and look forward to their future.  

Speakers include Rabbi Dovid Asher, Keneseth Beth Israel; Mister Vijay Ramnarain, Hindu Center of Virginia; Father Matt Kiehl, and Imam Ammar Amonette, Islamic Center of Virginia.

Graduates should arrive no later than 6:00 p.m. and bring their caps and gowns.

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 the 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.


Senior Recognition Night
Thursday, June 4, 7:00 p.m., Auditorium
This is the night the MLWGS community comes together to honor the many contributions and memories of graduating seniors.  The highlight of the evening for the students is always the Senior Slide Show, and it is a great opportunity for students to get a sense of what the last four years have looked like inside MLWGS 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.

Senior Exams
Monday-Wednesday, June 8– 10
Check with your student about which exams he or she will be required to take.  All exams and any outstanding coursework need to be completed by June 10 in order for a student to walk at graduation.  Note that June 10 is also an early dismissal day.

Senior “Check Out” Forms and Senior Financial Obligations 
Due on or before Wednesday, June 10
The “check out” form will be given to students after APs are over.  Each student is responsible for collecting the required signatures and returning the form to the School Counseling Office by Wednesday, June 10.  Outstanding MLWGS obligations must be paid to Mrs. Crystal Charity in the main office prior to 3:00 p.m. on June 11.  NOTE:  All teachers’ signatures need to be obtained before going to Mrs. Charity because she takes all monies from each student for all obligations (lost or damaged book fines, etc.) and writes one receipt for him/her. 

Seniors who have unpaid financial obligations and/or who have not returned the check-out form will not be allowed to participate in the graduation ceremony.  Any outstanding VCU library fines must be paid directly to the VCU library.  If the latter applies to your student, a paid receipt from the VCU library should be turned in to Mrs. Zona Hicks in the School Counseling Office to clear the account. 

Welcome, Parents of the Class of 2019!

A local power outage on Thursday, May 28, which left the MLWGS building dark and traffic snarled, wasn’t enough to deter approximately 150 excited parents of the incoming freshman class from attending the Incoming Freshman Parent Orientation.  Power was restored just in time for Dr. Jeff McGee to welcome the parents of the class of 2019 to Maggie Walker.  Peggy Feldmann, PTSA President, provided an overview of the PTSA and Booster groups, and representative from Fall Festival, Night of the Dragon, and Foundation encouraged the new Dragon parents to get involved in our community.  The evening continued with a reception in the Commons, where parents could mingle, purchase spirit wear at the Dragon’s Lair, and learn more about various activities.

This was the fourth year for this annual event, which was co-sponsored by the MLWGS PTSA and the Governor's School Foundation.

So far this year, the Foundation's Annual Fund Campaign has raised $333,611for the school. Overall current parent participation stands at 52%, and the parent participation by class is:

• Seniors: 44%
• Juniors: 48%
• Sophomores: 58%
• Freshmen: 54%

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.