Week of February 16, 2016


Volunteers are being recruited to work with a dynamic and creative group devoted to marketing for the Governor’s School Foundation.  Especially welcomed are those with experience in marketing, communications, photography, fund-raising, or web design, including WordPress skills.  However, a marketing background is not required! Enthusiasm for Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School and an interest in supporting our school and students is the key.  The Marketing Committee meets quarterly.

Interested or need more information? Please contact our chair Lillie Wauford at lrwauford@comcast.net


Remaining SCRIP order dates for the rest of the school year are:

  • February 23,
  • March 15,
  • April 5,
  • April 19, and
  • May 3.
Please think of SCRIP when you need gift cards for your favorite restaurants or stores. SCRIP supports the Maggie Walker PTSA (a percentage of the value of the card goes to MLWGS) at no additional cost to the purchaser. Order forms can be obtained from the SCRIP box in Mrs. Williams' office on the first floor or online. Please contact Karen Murtha at k.murtha@comcast.net or Lori Bekenstein at lori.bek@verizon.net with any questions. Thanks for supporting Maggie Walker and SCRIP!


Maggie Walker students participated in the District Band event at Hanover High School February 4-6.
Pictured left to right:

Jack Hendricks (’19, Hanover), Charles Yang (’17, Henrico), Benjamin Campbell ('16, Powhatan)

Maggie Walker orchestra students participated in the Central Regional Orchestra event at Deep Run High School February 4-5.

Pictured left to right:
Zoe Freisner (’19, Chesterfield), Libby McFadden (’19, Henrico), Aashri Aggarwal (’19, Henrico), Ivan Marshall, Mackenzie Shearer (’19), Riley Vail-Rhodes (’19, Hanover)

Saturday, February 27, Short Pump Hilton, 6-11 p.m.

The catalog is up! Go to www.nightofthedragon.com to peruse the different categories and purchase under Buy It Now! which will remain open through Thursday, February 25th.  Any Buy It Now! items that have not sold by the deadline will be available at the auction.


Course Scheduling Forms were distributed last week to all returning students during lunch-time assemblies.  Counselors and teachers will be working with students on selecting courses for next year.

Intent to Return Forms were due on Monday February 8.  All students who wish to return to Maggie Walker need to submit a form to Ms. Zona Hicks (zhicks@gsgis.k12.va.us) in the counseling office as soon as possible if they haven’t already done so.

Parent Teacher Conferences will be held on February 18 from 4 -7 p.m.  A Powerannouncement was sent last week with links to Signup Genius for conference registration.  The links appear in the parent Powerschool portal as well.


Maggie Walker’s 19th annual Model United Nations conference, GSMUN, will take place on March 11-12, 2016.  The event, consisting of 22 independent committees, expects to bring in delegates from 30+ schools across Virginia and Maryland.  Over 600 middle and high school students will debate policy issues ranging from the role of the aristocracy in 14th century Japan to the ethics of modern stem-cell research. 

GSMUN strives to promote awareness of international issues in our community.  Headed by a student Secretariat, GSMUN is also dedicated to raising money for global charities.  Model United Nations students from all grade levels participate in school fundraisers, culminating in conference donations and merchandise sales during the weekend of GSMUN.  This year, GSMUN XIX will raise money for One Hundred Pounds of Hope, an organization that provides education and emergency relief to the people of Cambodia.  Already, the students have coordinated three bake sales, candy gram sales, and a benefit concert featuring international cuisine and student performers. 

The theme of this year’s conference is Wake the Nations.  Much of the current leadership team has participated in Model UN all four years at Maggie Walker, and several even attended GSMUN as middle schoolers.  If you have any questions or would like to volunteer at the event, contact John Metz (gsmun.secgen@gmail.com) or Mr. Smith (msmith@gsgis.k12.va.us) for more details!


As part of the study and practice that the MLWGS mindfulness committee is engaging in this spring, students in 6th and 7th block study halls will have the opportunity to participate in a pilot test of a four-session mindfulness program taught by Ms. DeGroat.

Mindfulness is the practice of bringing full attention to what’s happening in the present moment without judgment.  Among other benefits, it can be a powerful way to reduce stress and improve focus and productivity. This particular pilot teaches the Koru Mindfulness program, a mindfulness program developed by Holly Rogers, M.D., and Margaret Maytan, M.D., and offered to undergraduate and graduate students at Duke University.

Since this pilot test will provide valuable feedback which will be of benefit to MLWGS in planning additional related programs, approval has been granted for students to earn five to twelve community service hours for participating. This opportunity to earn community service for participation only applies to pilot sessions and not to regular programs that may be offered in future school years.

A maximum of 14 students may sign up for each series.  A minimum of four students is necessary to hold the sessions. There will be nothing to read or watch for homework, but students will be expected to…
  • Commit to attend all four 75-minute sessions (see specific dates below) during their study block.
  • Practice the skills learned each week, keeping a brief log of their practice.
  • Complete brief pre and post-program surveys.

Specific dates for the two series are as follows:
  • Mindful Monday sessions from 1:50-3:05pm (7th block) on the following dates:
    • Monday, Feb. 22
    • Monday, Feb. 29
    • Monday, March 7
    • Monday, March 14
  • Tune-in Tuesday sessions from 12:25-1:40pm (6th block) on the following dates:
    • Tuesday, March 1
    • Tuesday, March 8
    • Tuesday, March 15
    • Tuesday, March 22

Interested students should see Ms. DeGroat in the library by Thursday, Feb. 18th to sign up, or sign up online at http://bit.ly/korupilot.


The Dragon’s Lair would like to announce the arrival of four new products!  Please stop by the store to see these great items in person.  The Lair is open during lunch on Tuesdays and Fridays as well as the 1s tand 3rd Wednesdays of the month from 8 a.m.-9 a.m.  These Wednesday hours are intended to offer additional convenience for working parents to stop by on the way to work.  We hope to see you at the Lair soon!

  • Power Bank                $15
  • Thumb Drive               $6
  • Crew Socks                $15
  • Baseball Cap – GREEN  $12


GRASP (GReat Aspirations Scholarship Program, Inc.) will hold its Saturdays at the Library FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) event on February 27, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Richmond Public Main Library, 101 East Franklin Street.  GRASP advisors will provide FREE college financial aid counseling and assistance with completing the FAFSA, by appointment.  Call (804) 527-7743 to schedule your hour-long appointment.  More information is available at the GRASP website,www.grasp4va.org.

Free FAFSA assistance is also available from GRASP advisors at these times/locations:

Belmont Library in Richmond: A GRASP Advisor is available Mondays from 6 - 8 p.m. – Appointments can be made by calling GRASP at 527-7743.


 Please “Save the Date” so that you are able to attend the upcoming General PTSA meeting at MLWGS.  PTSA meetings are open to parents of all students, but will be particularly beneficial for parents of Freshman and Sophomores.

  • 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.


From now through February 26 - register for AP exams by visiting www.TotalRegistration.net/AP/471851

Each AP exam costs $92.00.  A fee reduction is available for families that meet federal guidelines but must be approved in advance. Please see Ms. Deck in the School Counseling office by Friday, February 19 to inquire about a fee waiver.  Last day to register for exams is February 26.

February 23 - February 26 – AP Fees and Registration Forms (cash or check made out to MLW Governor’s School) will be collected in the School Counseling Office (see payment schedule below) After this date a late fee of $10 will be charged per student.  Remember, you must present both your registration form and complete payment

  • February 23 -  Seniors - lunch, 6th and 8th block
  • February 24 -  Juniors - lunch, 5th and 7th block
  • February 25 -  Freshmen & Sophomores - lunch, 6 th and 8th block
  • February 26 -  Any remaining students – lunch and all afternoon blocks

  • You may need to arrange transportation for afternoon AP exams.  Exams in the afternoon will not begin prior to 12:00 p.m. and may not be over before 3:30 p.m.  Plan accordingly.
  • Exam pre-administration sessions (Bubblefest) will be held April 13 and 14 in the auditorium during lunch.  You must attend a pre-administration session in order to take AP exams.