Week of March 15, 2016


The Governor’s School Foundation Marketing committee is looking for a parent or two who enjoy taking pictures at occasional events.  All that’s required is a good camera and your interest!

The next event where you could make a contribution is the upcoming Alumni Showcase, being held at MLWGS on Friday, March 25.  Grandparent’s Day on April 15 and the Incoming Freshman Parent Orientation on May 25 also could benefit from your skills.

Interested?  Contact Marketing Committee Chair Lillie Wauford at lrwauford@comcast.net.


MLWGS grandparents and special friends of the family, including aunts, uncles, godparents, and neighbors, are invited to attend the fifth annual Grandparents' Day on Friday, April 15.  This popular event, sponsored by the Governor's School Foundation, will run from 2:00 – 3:45 p.m. All attendees will be invited to hear a presentation about the school, take a short tour of the building, and attend a reception with their grandchildren.

Please send in the names and addresses of student grandparents and special family friends, even if they may not be able to attend, so that the Foundation may send them a formal invitation. Click here to reach the registration form:

Feel free to contact the Foundation office at (804)354-1566 with any questions.  Or, write to us at: Events@GovernorsSchoolFoundation.org


The 2016 Alumni Showcase is fast approaching!  On Friday, March 25, about 50 alumni will return to the school to give presentations to current students on life after high school graduation.  This biennial event has been a huge hit with both speakers and students in the past, and we're so excited about this year's speakers.  They include the head of a financial tech startup, a foreign service officer, a producer for The Late Show, and a managing librarian in DC Public Libraries, along with so many other fantastic alums.  Please come to one of our four sessions of presentations throughout the school day if you'd like to see a sampling!


The March Senior Newsletter is now available on the School Counseling Website (https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B3DE6JFmuM3LeDlqU1ZfaWNDM1k/view). 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.


It’s not too late to purchase your ticket for the very popular Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School Ladies’ Night Out.  This year we are celebrating "Under The Tuscan Moon” 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 on Wednesday, May 18 from 7:00-10:00 p.m. Tickets are $35 per person and benefit the PTSA. Feel free to buy a ticket for a teacher too! Contact Yvette Conte at contefamily5@msn.com or 804-647-5289 for ticket information.


The 7th-block Koru Mindfulness class is halfway finished, but registration for the 6th-block class is open through March 17.

Based on student input, the start-date was delayed, and the four-session Tune-in Tuesday class will now be held from 12:25-1:40 p.m. (6th block) on the following dates:
  • Tuesday, March 22
  • Tuesday, April 5
  • Tuesday, April 12
  • Tuesday, April 19

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.

The minimum threshold of four students has already been reached for the 6th-block session and a maximum of 14 students may sign up.

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.

If you’re interested and you can commit to these expectations, please sign up online @ http://bit.ly/korupilot.

If you have questions, please see Ms. DeGroat in the library.


Congratulations to the FRC Team 422 Mech Tech Dragons robotics team for winning the silver award in the 2016 Fed Ex Innovation Challenge. Great digital short films directed by Grant Coppedge (’16, Richmond) and edited by Jack Scheibe (’16, Chesterfield) can be seen on twitter.com/FRC422. The team won $3000 and a roboRIO controller and a Dell Aleinware laptop. Good luck to the team in the upcoming competitions.