Week of May 10, 2016


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.

For a moving account by Katie’s mother, Carolyn McKann, please see her recent piece in the Richmond Times Dispatch at

Thursday, June 16, 2016, 6:30 p.m.

The Baccalaureate Service will be held at Reveille United Methodist Church, 4200 Cary Street Road. Sponsored by the MLWGS PTSA, the interfaith service begins at 6:30 p.m. and will last approximately one hour. Students are not required to attend, but this traditional and memorable event celebrates finishing one chapter in their lives and beginning the next. Families and friends of graduates are most welcome to attend.  The official invitation from the PTSA will arrive by mail in a couple of weeks.  Seniors are reminded to bring both cap and gown for the ceremony.  If you have any questions, please contact Susan Creasey at creaseys@verizon.net.


Showcasing MLWGS Senior musical talent is an important tradition at Senior Recognition Night and graduation.  For example, vocalists are needed to sing The Star-Spangled Banner.  Additional performers or performance groups (instrumental or vocal) are sought for both events. Any MLWGS senior or group of seniors interested in auditioning must sign up for a time slot by May 12 on the list outside the Forum.  Final decisions will be made by a committee of faculty members and the class officers.   Note: All students intending to perform must be present at auditions and are required to perform their intended piece for graduation or Senior Night. Auditions will occur on Monday, May 16 and Tuesday, May 17 after school.

Questions? Contact Ms. Sheppard (ksheppard@gsgis.k12.va.us or 804-354-6800 ext. 3304)


The technology integration team has been hard at work this year developing its three-year technology plan for Maggie Walker Governor’s School.  

Several months ago, the team collected substantial feedback (more than 300 survey responses!) from students, teachers, staff, and parents on use of technology at MLWGS.  These responses were compiled into a number of common themes and form the basis of the draft technology plan with high-level “goals" and more specific “objectives" for each goal.

The next step for the team is to come up with specific “strategies” or “initiatives” that will help to meet each objective and also create “measurements” to track progress. 

Because technology is an increasingly important aspect of our lives and educational environment, the team wants to be as inclusive as possible in getting a variety of perspectives for the technology plan!

Request of Parents, students, and members of the Maggie L. Walker community:  if you have an interest in the use of technology at Maggie Walker, please review the draft plan by clicking on the link to the  draft technology goals and objectives [http://bit.ly/20bst3y] and share any suggestions on potential strategies and measurements for the plan’s objectives (or feedback on the objectives themselves!) 

The best way to provide feedback is to email both Jeff Hall (at jhall@gsgis.k12.va.us) and copy Eric Lowell, who is helping to compile the results (at Eric.Lowell@bus.utexas.edu).  Please provide your thoughts by May 17.

Thank you for your input and valuable time.

Jeff Hall
Coordinator of Instructional Technology
Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School

Eric Lowell
Proud parent and helper

Link to draft technology goals and objectives:  http://bit.ly/20bst3y


The bills have been paid, the checks sent to the booster groups, and the down payment for next year’s auction is ready to go!  Thanks to all donors, volunteers, bidders and winners for a very successful 2016 auction.  It was a wonderful evening and a generous outpouring of support for MLWGS. This year, through your gracious donations and winning bids the auction committee was able to provide more than $54,000 to the boosters, PTSA. and Foundation. Thanks again and we look forward to hosting another outstanding auction next year; mark the date February 25, 2017!

2015-16 America's Best Athletic Program

Who has the best athletic program in the country?  USA TODAY High School Sports is giving the fans the opportunity to decide.  The next installment of the “America’s Best” contest series will be the 2015-16 America’s Best Athletic Program.

The contest will take place over a 10-month period (August – June), where schools from each state, including Washington D.C., that have won a state championship in the past three academic years (2012-15) in a state sanctioned sport will compete for the best athletic program in the country.  States will be rolled out in groups of three (3) in two-week increments over the 10-month period.

To vote you must be at least 13 years old to vote. There is no limit to the number of times a person can vote as long as the Best Athletic Program Rules are followed.

The athletic department of the winning school will receive $2,500. Second place will receive $1,500 and third place will receive $500. All 10 finalists will receive banners for their schools.


Lucy Dacas
Photo Courtesy of Style Weekly
Style Weekly cover story on MLWGS alum Lucy Dacus     <http://www.styleweekly.com/richmond/from-maggie-walker-to-national-indie-darling-richmonds-lucy-dacus-makes-an-early-mark/Content?oid=2326876>

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