Week of March 8, 2016


Youth Art Month is when MLWGS takes time to highlight the wonderful and talented young artists at Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School. To celebrate, MLWGS will be having its annual student art exhibition which opens Thursday, March 10 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the 2nd floor main hallway at Maggie Walker. Students enrolled in Photography and other Visual Arts classes will have a piece exhibited in this exhibition.  The show will run through March and the opening is open to the public.  We hope that you will be able to attend.  Light refreshments will be provided by the Visual Arts Boosters.  


All sophomores will be taking the SOL Writing Tests in two parts during the week of March 14.  On Monday and Tuesday, tenth graders will take the multiple-choice section of the test during English classes.  On Wednesday and Thursday, students will take the writing portion during English classes.  Because the writing portion of the test may take longer than a full class period, sophomores in periods 7 and 8 English classes will need to start the writing prompt during periods 5 and 6.  They will be excused from their regular 5th and 6th period classes.  Makeup testing will take place on Friday morning of the same week.

All other End of Course SOL tests will be held during the last two weeks in May.  MLWGS SOL testing occurs in the following courses:  biology, chemistry, geometry, Algebra II, 11th-grade English (Reading test), Global Studies 10 (World History), and US and VA History.  SOL practice questions are available at the Virginia Department of Education website: http://www.doe.virginia.gov/testing/sol/practice_items/index.shtml
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If you have any questions regarding SOLs, please contact Karl Zweerink in the school counseling office at kzweerink@gsgis.k12.va.us.

Advertise in the Jabberwock,
Maggie Walker’s student-run newspaper!

Our student body is very diverse, and as informed consumers, it is interested in supporting local businesses. The Jabberwock reaches a wide audience; a print copy of the paper is published every other week, and is distributed free of charge to the school’s students, faculty, and staff. Additionally, a new website (http://www.mlwgsjabberwock.com) is updated regularly and visited by students, teachers, parents, and alumni.

There are several different types and sizes of advertisements available to purchase. Check out the options at http://bit.ly/1Pj4uNF, and purchase an advertisement here: http://bit.ly/1Nku6nw

In advertising with the Jabberwock, you are not only making a good business decision but you are also supporting a program that offers students journalistic training and career options. With your support and business, the MLWGS school newspaper can continue to thrive and expand, both in print and online. If you have any questions, please contact Claire Mendelson, Editor-in-Chief, at cmendelson6@gmail.com.


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: http://goo.gl/forms/UZZIzUVpL5.

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


The Kolor Me Katie 5K, in memory of Dragon Katie Anderson, is being held on May 21, 2016 at the Goochland YMCA. This year’s race benefits Connor’s Heroes Foundation and the Goochland YMCA Leaders’ Club. Last year’s inaugural race had around 300 runners and raised more than $7,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (last year’s beneficiary).

For more information about the upcoming race, please go to www.kolormekatie.com.

Will Provide Services to the Village of Tzununá

Relevance Rising (RR) is a class dedicated to the study of non-profit organizations and has been involved with an international service project for the community center and library of Tzununá, Guatemala for several years. Through this project, students learn to develop understanding and the skills necessary to interact with peoples of a different culture. In September 2015, the current class began fundraising with bake sales, coin drives, door decorating, salsa sales, etc., with all proceeds going to support the Tzununá library project. This year students will take with them in late March over $4,500 in donations. This marks the class’s fifth trip to the region and a total over the years of contributions of approximately $20,000 in monies and materials. Their donations have covered the cost of land to house the library, engineer and architect designs, building materials and various resources such as computers to be used by the children of the village. However, the project is still $10,000 short.
Trip expenses are funded by the MLWGS students themselves, along with the gracious help and support of the Governor’s School Foundation.

To contribute to this effort, donations can be made at gofundme.com/relevancerising16 or checks can be sent payable to MLWGS, Attention Stephanie Welles, 1000 N. Lombardy St., Richmond, VA  23220.


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!


 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 Room 153 – Dr. Loving and Ms. Deck will provide an overview of the College prep and application process at MLWGS.


A public hearing is scheduled on March 17, 2016 at the conclusion of the Regional School Board meeting (approximately 10:00 am) for comments on the proposed 2017 Fiscal Year budget and proposed 15-year Capital Plan.  Click here for links to both the budget and the plan.


Two leadership positions are available for the academic year 2016-2017:

1.  Network Manager (IRC80731)
2.  Coordinator of Administration (IRC80756)

Because of the highly specialized nature of these positions, their recruitment and application process is being managed by Henrico Public Schools.