RICHMONDS OF THE WORLD IDEA CONTEST
The Richmonds of the World Idea Contest deadline for submissions has been extended until Monday January 18. The top ten ideas win passes to Richmond’s museums and admission to the Valentine Richmond History Center. First Prize is a Sunday brunch for four at The Jefferson Hotel. The prizes are nice, but the most important reason for MLWGS students to participate in the contest is that our local community of Richmond and the global community of Richmond need your creative inspiration. Please channel the words and ideals of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and submit your idea(s) to enhance the quality of life in the MLWGS school community and/or the RVA community through a connection to the global community of Richmond. The link below has all of the contest information and all of the information on the concept known as Richmonds of the World.
AUCTION SEEKS CORPORATE SPONSORS
Corporate Sponsorship opportunities are now available for this year's Night of the Dragon Auction, “Game of Dragons.” “Game of Dragons” will be held on Saturday, February 27, at the Short Pump Hilton. Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to reach the wider MLWGS community while giving back to the Governor’s School.
There are four levels of sponsorship - $500, $1,000, $2,500 and $5,000 - and corporate sponsors will be recognized in the electronic parent newsletter, in the auction catalog, on the auction website, and on signage at the event.
The sponsorship deadline is January 23. To learn more, or to refer an organization, please contact:
Peggy Feldmann at 804-517-8957 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Watch your mailbox for your auction invitation, which will be coming your way this week!
LYNN FOSHEE REED AND HANA REED
WIN 4TH ANNUAL PAT TAYLOR TEACHING AWARD
Islamic Iberia: Muslim Influence on Science,
Mathematics, Geography and Art
Mathematics, Geography and Art
Congratulations to Lynn Foshee Reed (Math) and Hana Reed (Social Studies), winners of the 2016 Patricia E. Taylor Teaching Award for International Experiences! This mother-daughter duo will travel to Spain and Morocco this summer to explore the scientific, cultural, and artistic achievements and influences of Islamic rule on Western Europe. As Lynn and Hana pointed out in their application, “Muslim mathematicians, geographers, scientists, and artisans helped preserve and extend scientific and cultural knowledge while the rest of Europe was in the Dark Ages.” They hope to return with springboards for cross-cultural connections between the humanities and STEM fields. In turn, their experiences will enrich both students and fellow faculty as Lynn and Hana share their findings with the MLWGS community.
The annual award, made possible by generous designated donations to the Governor’s School Foundation, provides up to $7500 for Maggie Walker faculty to design and embark on a summer trip abroad that will directly impact classroom instruction. If you would like to help another Maggie Walker teacher bring the world to the classroom, please contact Laura Lewis in the Foundation at 354-1566 or Laura.Lewis@GovernorsSchooFoundation.org.
SAVE THE DATE—PTSA MEETINGS
- January 20 at 8:00 a.m. in Room 153 – Ms. Sharon Parker will provide an overview of the Senior Seminar and Senior Mentorship Programs offered at MLWGS.
- February 11 at 5:30 p.m. in the Commons – Mr. Zweerwink will provide information on AP and Dual Enrollment courses.
- March 16 at 8:00 a.m. in the Auditorium (this may change) – Dr. Loving and Ms. Deck will provide an overview of the College prep and application process at MLWGS.
COLLEGE KICKOFF FOR JUNIORS AND THEIR PARENTS
College Kick Off for Juniors and parents will be held on February 9 from 12:45 – 2:25 p.m. in the MLWGS auditorium. Admissions representatives from University of Pittsburg, University of Richmond, University of Virginia, University of South Carolina, and Washington & Lee will discuss:
- The College Search and Campus Visit
- How Colleges Select Their Potential Freshman Class
- The Application Process
- Honors and Specialty Programs
- The Role of Interview and Recommendations
- Financial Aid Overview
Junior attendance is required; parents are strongly encouraged to attend. A parent “meet and greet” sponsored by the PTSA will follow this program from 2:45 - 3:15 p.m.
KEEP YOUR STUDIOUS DRAGON ENGAGED AND MOTIVATED WITH A
MLWGS MID-TERM SURVIVAL KIT
Each kit includes items such as ... whimsical stress-relieving toys, yummy study snacks, gum and much more … make it personal with a note to your student!
- Kits will be distributed Tuesday January 26 during lunch.
- Orders accepted through Friday, January 22.
- $15 per kit
- All profits go to benefit MLWGS Music Program.
- Click here to ORDER NOW (www.maggiewalkermusic.com/).
YEARBOOK NEWS AND DEADLINES
Monday, January 18 is the deadline to personalize your Yearbook. If you would like a name stamp, name plate, or autograph supplement, please submit your order no later than January 18. Order forms are available outside Room 121. You may also purchase your Yearbook online (it’s working now!) at www.yearbookordercenter.com (use job #14632).
Senior Ads are due Friday, January 22. That means that all materials and payment must be submitted. Late submissions and payments risk incurring a $15 late fee OR being excluded from the book. Space is limited, so reserve your spot with a check NOW while you gather photos for the January 22 deadline. For more information, please contact Michael White, Yearbook Adviser, at email@example.com.
GET OUT OF THE COLD AT THE INTERNATIONAL FILM SERIES
Winter travel is never easy so let the world of film transport you to distant lands and new perspectives. University of Richmond has just released its series of award-winning International Films for the semester. Here are some of the upcoming selections:
- January 22, 24 – Two Days, One Night (Belgium/France/Italy 2014)
- January 29, 31 – This Is Not a Film (Iran 2011)
- February 5, 7 – Ida (Poland 2013)
You can find a complete list of this semester’s films at
MLWGS FENCER TAKES GOLD
Dragon Steven Pressendo (Chesterfield, ’16) took Gold at the Virginia Division Qualifiers for the USA Fencing Junior Olympics in December. This is his third year qualifying. Fencing since he was six, Steven has been nationally competitive since he was twelve.
NATIONAL ENGLISH HONOR SOCIETY WRITING CONTEST WINNER
Sophomore Megan Lee (Chesterfield, ’18) won the National English Honor Society’s writing contest on the memoir, I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai. The prompt called for students to consider literacy as an agent of empowerment. Megan’s anecdotal response reflected the style of a personal essay, while more formally alluding to Yousafzai’s commentary on the impact of education in today’s world. Providing a glimpse into her personal odyssey of autonomy through literacy and a love of learning, Megan shared that she “began to realize that these scribbles had the power to take my stocked-up knowledge and release it to the world, a stream of ink carrying my thoughts to those around me.”
YEARBOOK CLUB PICTURES SCHEDULE 2015-16
ALL PICTURES TAKEN IN THE GYM AT LUNCH.
PLEASE BE PROMPT.
Your club MAY but is NOT REQUIRED TO create a sign identify the club’s name to hold up in the picture.
Club sponsors are encouraged but not required to attend.
Tuesday, January 12
11:40: Spanish Club; Honor Society
11:45: Chinese Honor Society
11:50: Math Modeling; Frisbee (separate)
11:55: English NHS
12:00: Fine Arts Club; NHS
12:05: Tri-M Music NHS
Wednesday, January 13
11:40: Mu Alpha Theta Honor Society
11:50: Science NHS
11:55: Jazz Band
12:00: RAMPS; Bandersnatch (separate)
12:10: Club Asia
Thursday, January 14
11:40: Model Congress
11:45: Future Medical Professionals
11:50: Mental Health and Disabilities Awareness Club (old Dragon Advisors/Peer Helpers)
11:55: Culinary Club; Philosophy (separate)
12:00: Satire (VORPL Sword)
Friday, January 15
11:45: Invisible Children
11:50: International Dance; Origami (separate)
11:55: Ping-Pong; Young Writers Association (separate)
12:00: Random Acts of Kindness
12:10: Habitat for Humanity
Tuesday, January 19
11:40: The Fringe
11:45: Pugwash; Women Matter (separate)
12:00: SAT Prep; Investment (separate)
12:05: Creative Writing; Earth and Mind (separate)
12:10: Richmonds of the World
Wednesday, January 20
11:40: Young Progressives; Dance Team (separate)
11:45: Literary Magazine; Women Matter (separate)
11:50: Space Club; Sage (separate)
11:55: Music Orchard
12:00: Global Citizen Corps
12:05: Voice International
ATTENTION SENIOR PARENTS
The January Senior Newsletter is now available on the School Counseling Website (https://sites.google.com/a/gsgis.k12.va.us/mlw-school-counseling/2011-2012-newsletters). 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 and availability. Please contact Rachel Loving in the School Counseling Office with scholarship questions.
PSAT SCORES NOW AVAILABLE
At the end of last week, College Board sent emails to students that contained information on how to view their PSAT scores online. College Board released these emails in waves, with preference give to Juniors. By now, we hope that all students have received this email but a few students may still be waiting. The emails were sent to the email addresses students indicated on their registration forms when they took the test back in October. The email provides an access code as well as directions on how to create a College Board account.
Students must create an account in order to access their scores. The MLWGS Counseling Department will not be able to access online score reports for students or parents. Students/parents should contact College Board directly for assistance accessing scores if needed. Paper score reports will be mailed to Maggie Walker by the end of January, and we will distribute these to students after exams and provide students with guidance on how to interpret the score reports and utilize free resources such as Khan Academy which will help them prepare for the SAT. We will post resources on the School Counseling website as they are made available.
College Board released this You Tube video which may be helpful to watch while reviewing the score report: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nzCSIilL3WQ&feature=youtu.be.
The MLWGS Counseling Department