Week of February 2, 2016


Feeling anxious or sleepy?

Take a break with one of the creative diversions available at the library’s new Creativity and Calm station where you’ll find magnetic poetry kits, origami paper, Dragon and snowflake mandala coloring books, and more!

Ms. DeGroat and the library assistant team repurposed the library’s atlas stand to provide the space for this Creativity & Calm station.  It’s located near the 3D printer.

Despite snow days interrupting its debut, news is already getting around.  Sophomore Donavan Reynolds (’18, Chesterfield) folded this origami flower from memory!


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

Go to www.nightofthedragon.com/tickets to purchase tickets, drink tickets, and Heads or Tails Raffle tickets online.

Event tickets are $60 per person and must be purchased in advance no later than February 10, 2016. All tickets include reserved table seating. If you want to sit with friends, we will gladly attempt to accommodate your seating preference. Just let us know in the comment section. For ticket information or other questions, please contact Amy Patina at abpatina@comcast.net.

The catalog will be online in mid-February but here are our wonderful “Nights Out” and “Race Day” items to plan your Buy It Now! bidding.   

  • Ladies Night Out - “Under The Tuscan Moon” - Enjoy an evening in the Italian-style courtyard of the beautifully restored 2710 Monument Avenue home of alumni parents, Julie and Paul Weissend. Join other MLWGS moms, female faculty, and woman friends of MLWGS for some antipasti, wine, soft drinks and desserts from 7:00-10:00 p.m. in May. Tickets are $35 per person. Limit 120 tickets.
  • Men’s Night Out - Join us for a night of pizza, beer and hoops at the 2nd Annual Guys' Night Out.  We'll watch opening round action of the 2016 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament on the evening of Friday, March 18.  Includes beer, pizza and two giant TVs at the Henrico County home of MLWGS parents Sam and Helen Adams. Limit 40 tickets.
  • Kentucky Derby - Come sample 8 bourbons from affordable sleepers to high-end collectables while watching the Kentucky Derby on Saturday May 7. Heavy hors d'oeuvres provided. Hosted by Brick Brickley and Sam Tarry at the Brickley's home. Tickets are $100 apiece and the event is capped at 20 tickets. 


Corporate Sponsorship opportunities are still available! With four levels of sponsorship - $500, $1000, $2500 and $5000 – businesses of all sizes have an opportunity to reach the wider MLWGS community while giving back to the school.

To learn more about how your business can become a corporate sponsor, please contact Laura Lewis in the Governor's School Foundation at 354-1566, or Laura.Lewis@GovernorsSchoolFoundation.org no later than Friday, January 29. 


From February 8 – 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.


Maggie L Walker Governor’s School BLOOD DRIVE
Friday, February 12, 2016
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Rooms 104 and 105

We are hoping to get some parent donors to help us reach our goal of 30+ units!
  • Please sign-up for an appointment time to donate with Mr. Blanton.
  • All students age 16 and 17 must have a signed parental consent form to donate. Please fill out completely in ink. (Nothing in pencil will be accepted.)
  • You must be at least 16 years old and weigh 110 lbs. to donate.
  • Bring a valid I.D. Eat and hydrate prior to donating.


GRASP (GReat Aspirations Scholarship Program, Inc.) will hold its Saturdays at the Library FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) events on January 30 and 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:

Henrico County Library Evening Events:  February 3 at Fairfield (5-8 p.m.) and February 11 at Twin Hickory (5-8 p.m.) – One-hour appointments can be made by calling the particular branch library.

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 meetings at MLWGS.  These meetings are open to parents of all students, but will be particularly beneficial for parents of Freshman and Sophomores.  The MLWGS Counseling Department will be hosting the events to provide introductory information for parents on a few key topics.  Please know that parents of Juniors will be invited by the Senior Counselors to attend “College Kickoff” prior to the March 16 college overview meeting.

  • 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 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 and 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.