Week of October 13, 2015


Parent and students, please remember that the PSAT will be administered on Wednesday October 14 to all 9th, 10th and 11th graders. Students need to bring graphing calculators and #2 pencils. The school will not have enough calculators to loan out to students who forget to bring one. Also, the revised PSAT is longer and testing will not conclude until approximately 12:20. Students should eat a healthy breakfast that day so that they don’t get too hungry during testing.


The MLWGS Foundation needs volunteer help in preparing a bulk mailing on Thursday, October 22, starting at 9:00am in the MLWGS Boardroom. If you have a few hours to spare, please join!

Foundation helpers will be preparing our first Annual Fund Letter mailing.

No RSVP necessary, but for questions or to be added to the Foundation's volunteer list for future bulk mailings, please contact Laura Lewis at laura.lewis@governorsschoolfoundation.org.


Attention Sophomores!
Virginia Space Coast Scholars is a NASA-based STEM program for 10th-grade students interested in NASA’s space and Earth and airborne science-related missions managed or flown by NASA Wallops Flight Facility. This dynamic (and FREE) program, designed by the Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC), inspires students who possess technical and/or scientific interests and are motivated to learn about the many different opportunities that NASA offers. Additional information and applications can be found at http://vscs.spacegrant.org/. Applications are due by November 8, 2015. 

The Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY) Seminar Program is offering one slot for a sophomore from our school to attend its state-wide seminar in the spring. Interested students should submit a 75 to 100-word essay to Ms. Davis describing the most rewarding and challenging aspect of being a leader in our school and community. The deadline for submission is October 30. More information about the program is available at www.hoby.org.

Attention Juniors!
Virginia Aerospace Science and Technology Scholars (VASTS) is a NASA-based program for 11th-grade students interested in aerospace-related science, technology, engineering and/or math (STEM). Applications and additional information can be found at http://vasts.spacegrant.org. The application deadline is November 8, 2015. 

Attention Juniors and Seniors!
National English Honor Society

The English Department is pleased to invite juniors and seniors to apply for admission to the Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School Chapter of the National English Honor Society. 

To be eligible, you must have completed four semesters of core English credits with an un-weighted GPA of 3.75. 

To apply, please pick up an application from Ms. Davis (counseling office). Applications and the membership fee must be received no later than Friday, October 16. 

The Society of Women Engineers at the University of Virginia invites high school seniors and juniors to apply for a place in our High School Visitation program, taking place Saturday, November 14, 2015. The program gives young women a comprehensive look at engineering fields and at UVA’s engineering curriculum through informative speakers and hands-on design activities. The program is designed to benefit participants with all levels of engineering experience, but it particularly targets those students who are not yet familiar with the field but may be interested in applying to engineering schools or pursuing a STEM career. Applications are available athttp://www.virginiaswe.org. Applications are due by October 23. 

Virginia Earth Systems Science Scholars (VESSS) is a NASA-based program for 11th and 12th-grade students who are interested in Earth Systems Science-related science, technology, engineering and/or math (STEM). This course focuses on Earth Systems Science and the NASA mission that help study these topics. Applications and additional information can be found at https://spacegrant.net/apps/?pk=sss and are due by November 8, 2015. 


Chitra Divakaruni’s novel One Amazing Thing is the All-Henrico Reads book for 2015/16. You may have heard Divakaruni’s name before in connection with Mistress of Spices, an earlier novel that was made into a popular movie.

As is customary for selected authors, Henrico County will be sponsoring a talk by Ms. Divakaruni scheduled for Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at 7 p.m. in the Glen Allen High School auditorium.

Students interested in participating in a spring discussion about this book shortly after the MLWGS spring break (which ends Monday, April 4), please complete the online sign-up form.

The description of Divakaruni’s book from Amazon follows:

Late afternoon sun sneaks through the windows of a passport and visa office in an unnamed American city. Most customers and even most office workers have come and gone, but nine people remain. A punky teenager with an unexpected gift. An upper-class Caucasian couple whose relationship is disintegrating. A young Muslim-American man struggling with the fallout of 9/11. A graduate student haunted by a question about love. An African-American ex-soldier searching for redemption. A Chinese grandmother with a secret past. And two visa office workers on the verge of an adulterous affair. When an earthquake rips through the afternoon lull, trapping these nine characters together, their focus first jolts to their collective struggle to survive. There’s little food. The office begins to flood. Then, at a moment when the psychological and emotional stress seems nearly too much for them to bear, the young graduate student suggests that each tell a personal tale, “one amazing thing” from their lives, which they have never told anyone before. And as their surprising stories of romance, marriage, family, political upheaval, and self-discovery unfold against the urgency of their life-or-death circumstances, the novel proves the transcendent power of stories and the meaningfulness of human expression itself. One Amazing Thing is a passionate creation about survival–and about the reasons to survive.


Check out the Jabberwock for pictures and students thoughts on Fall Festival!


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