Week of April 26, 2016

An Evening of Student-Directed Short Plays
APRIL 28, 29 and 30

This year's One-Acts Festival will be held Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, April 28-30 at 7:30 p.m. in the Black Box Theater. This year’s festival includes four student-directed short plays and one student-directed short musical.  Additionally, three of these productions will be premieres as they are original scripts written by MLWGS students. Tickets will be available at the door for $8/students and $10/adults. Please join us for the following productions:

Some Sort of Parable
written and directed by John Libby ('16, Hanover)

directed by Brannon Linder ('16, Henrico)

directed by Evan Heiter ('16, Hanover)

Debate 101: Who Cares?
written by Shannon Colson ('17, Henrico) and Naomi Vickers ('17, Richmond); directed by Shannon Colson

MLWGS: The Musical
written and directed by James Caven ('17, Richmond) and Quan Chau ('17, Chesterfield)

Poster artwork by Nicoleta Gavris ('18, Chesterfield)


Senior Group Photo:  Thursday, April 28, 11:50 a.m.

A group photograph will be taken of all seniors in their caps and gowns standing proudly on the front steps of Maggie Walker.  This panorama style photograph measures approximately 10”x30”, and the cost is $15.00.   Order forms were distributed in English classes and additional forms will be placed in the Senior Commons for any student interested in purchasing a copy of the photo. Students need to remember to bring their caps and gowns that day.  
Contact Ms. Sheppard with any questions (804-354-6800 ext.  3304ksheppard@gsgis.k12.va.us

Unfortunately, the Class of 2016 graduation announcements were delivered last week with an error indicating the wrong location for this year's commencement ceremony (Graduation is at Altria Theatre on June 17th at 3:00).  Herff Jones has assured MLWGS that the printer is responsible for this mistake, and they are quickly reprinting everything and expecting to have new announcements delivered in just a couple of weeks.  If you did not order announcements back in November, you can contact the vendor directly:  www.vagrad.com or 804-598-0971.  Please also feel free to call or e-mail Ms. Sheppard (804-354-6800 ext. 3304/ksheppard@gsgis.k12.va.us) with any questions or concerns.  


Senior Pictures

Senior Pictures will be taken by the contracted school photographer at MLWGS on a date to be determined. Details will be provided in the coming weeks. If you’d rather be photographed for your formal Yearbook portrait at a studio of your choice, be sure that your portraits adhere to the following specifications: formal dress (the drape for women, a tux top for men); "midnight blue" or other standard, dark blue background (shouldn't cost extra) photo should be head & shoulders, w/ bottom of frame hitting mid-chest level. Any size from Lifetouch [2-15/16" x 2-3/16" OR 2-3/16" x 1-5/8" OR 1-15/16" x 1-7/16"] is OK.

Photographs from other studios are due no later than
Friday, November 18.

If we do not have your picture by November 18, you risk exclusion from the senior section.  Please give Mr. White a copy of the photo if it’s not from the contracted school photographer. Digital images must be at least 300 dpi and can be emailed to mwhite@gsgis.k12.va.us or delivered on a CD or flash drive to Mr. White. If you email an image, please send a separate email to follow up and make sure Mr. White received the email. Sometimes, big files don't make it through, and Mr. White may need to provide a different email address that can handle larger images.

Strawbridge Studios is MLWGS's new contracted school photographer. For senior portraits, you may patronize any photographer you choose, but Strawbridge will be at MLWGS on July 11 and 12, August 8, September 19, and October 12 to photograph seniors for their formal portraits. If you wish merely to get the formal yearbook portrait (tux or drape), your session is free! If you choose to add various poses, outfits and backgrounds, there is a $25 sitting fee. The studio will send you further information over the summer (if you get photographed on July 11-12, you'll need to sign up for a time slot), or you can call them at 800-326-9080.

Senior Ads

Every year, families buy Senior Ads—personal tributes to their favorite graduates to tell them how proud they are of them. Yearbook pages measure 8-1/2" by 11". Ads may be purchased to cover a full page ($220), 1/2-page ($140), or 1/4-page ($80). Please make checks payable to MLWGS.

To purchase a Senior Ad, send picture(s), along with any text you’d like to include, to Mr. White’s attention, at MLWGS. We accept prints (please keep them loose; don’t use tape or staples) and digital files (300 dpi minimum). We can’t accept digital layouts that you’ve done yourself, as they tend to yield low-quality and hard-to-manipulate results. Also, please do not cut-and-paste pictures and copy to a sheet of paper; the results will not be of optimal quality.

The Yearbook staffers will use your photos and text to design an attractive ad. Please indicate the size you prefer the ad to be, your name, the name of the senior being honored, and your address and phone number or email. Submissions may be mailed, delivered to Mr. White’s mailbox in the front office, or dropped off at his desk in workroom 330. Digital images can be emailed to mwhite@gsgis.k12.va.us, but if you have large files, your best bet is to send them to Mr. White on a CD or flash drive.

Space is limited, and submissions are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis, with the final deadline for submissions on Friday, January 20, 2017. Ads missing the deadline may be subject to a $15 late fee and may risk exclusion entirely.


The new contracted school photographer, Strawbridge Studios, has an exciting opportunity for members of the Class of 2019. Strawbridge will offer a photography internship to one rising sophomore. In this program, the lucky student will acquire valuable photographic training, skills, knowledge, experience and valuable equipment, and will photograph school events.

Here’s how Strawbridge describes it: “This student will be provided with a high quality Canon DSLR camera (including rechargeable batteries and charger), professional photographic lens, and a high quality protective carrying case (over a $1500 total retail value). In addition to this equipment, each intern will receive hours of photography training from our local professional photographers, to include basic photographic elements, photographic equipment tutorials, equipment care and maintenance, lighting, posing, portrait composition tips, and much more. Once this student reaches his or her senior year, we propose that another sophomore intern be added, giving the school two students learning the art of photography. As an intern reaches the end of his or her senior year, the photographic equipment supplied then becomes property of the intern, as compensation for the services provided.”

This is a great way to acquire a marketable skill and valuable equipment, and your contributions will enhance the content of the 2017 Yearbook. (You need not be on the Yearbook staff to accept this internship.) See Mr. White for more information or to receive an application.


For SCRIP for the rest of this school year, the PTSA has decided to sell the remaining gift cards it has in stock, first come - first served, and to not take any more special orders. If you would like to purchase any gift cards, please email Karen at k.murtha@comcast.net or Lori at lori.bek@verizon.net and they will make arrangements to get you the cards. Our current stock includes:

  • Arby's ($10)
  • Barnes and Noble ($10 and $25)
  • Build-a-Bear Workshop ($25)
  • Chili's ($25)
  • Coldstone Creamery ($10)
  • Martin's ($100)
  • Panera ($10)
  • Red Robin ($10)
  • Starbuck's ($10 and $25)
  • Walmart ($25)

For many of these, we have multiple cards. Please think of supporting the PTSA by purchasing gift cards for end of year gifts for teachers and other occasions.


Use the following link to view Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School proposed operating calendar for 2016-2017. The community is encouraged to view this proposal and offer feedback prior to calendar adoption on May 19.


The MLWGS Library is now offering an email newsletter to be delivered twice a month. Useful for both parents and students, it will include information about upcoming library events and will spotlight new, interesting, or timely materials in the library’s collection. To sign up, simply enter your email in this Google Form (http://goo.gl/forms/mxEa5B4onu).


In cultures all over the world, practicing healthful methods of feminine hygiene is almost impossible.  As a result of the unreasonable taboo of the subject, it is almost impossible to know when a student here in Virginia is struggling to contend with basic and natural female processes.  Food insecurity runs rampant both here and all over the world.  Families often prioritize dealing with the basic needs of food, water, and shelter over hygiene requirements and regiments.  Girls in this situation commonly wear hygiene products longer than they should; this risks personal health concerns and possible social issues.  To help combat this issue, MLWGS will be partnering with Sylvia’s Sisters, a non-profit organization to hold a sanitary napkin drive from May 2 to May 6.  The donation boxes will be located in the Bluestone Lobby and the Guidance Suite; both boxes will collect packages of disposable sanitary napkins to distribute to local Richmond and Chesterfield schoolgirls in need.  Lauren Taylor (’19, Hopewell), Olivia Willis (’19, Chesterfield), and Leyah Owusu (’19, Richmond) are leading this initiative. For more information about this issue and what you can do to help please visit http://www.sylviassisters.org/ 


Team 422 is participating in a video contest for Dow Chemical, which gives out $5,000 grants for robotics teams going to the World Championship next week in Saint Louis. The top eight videos with the most votes will receive the award. Below is the link for to see the video and go to the voting page. http://bit.ly/1XDG7Lv


Sunday, May 15, 2016 at 02:00 PM at Maggie L Walker Governor’s School,
admissions representatives from Caltech, MIT, Pomona, and Yale will discuss academic programs, campus life, selective college admissions and financial aid. Please bring your friends and family.

The session will be held in the auditorium.