Week of September 13, 2016


Have you received an email from the PTSA Directory Committee regarding the Student Directory? If not, please email the Directory Committee as soon as possible at mlwgsptsadirectory@gmail.com to receive form for submitting/confirming your contact information for the Student Directory! The Directory Committee will be sending its final draft of the Student Directory to the printer tomorrow, so please contact the committee today to make sure your contact information is correct.


The Fall Festival Committee is looking for Corporate Sponsors to cover some of the current costs and purchase items that can be used yearly. Corporate Sponsors are promoted in several ways, including in Smoke and Scales, on Facebook, and at the Festival. The two levels of Corporate Sponsorship exist: Gold for $500 and Silver for $250.

To find out more about Corporate Sponsorship, please contact Debbie Taminger at debtaminger@gmail.com.


The entertainment at Fall Festival is performed by MLWGS’s very talented students - and is always a big hit! Although the school orchestra, bands, and singing groups have set spots, there are spots available for students who want to showcase their talents! If any student is interested in performing at the Festival, please click on the following link! The dead ine is September 23! Please submit only one form per group! https://goo.gl/forms/eQlYsHwVJREvT6lm1


For high school juniors, Virginia Aerospace Science and Technology Scholars (VASTS) is an interactive on-line learning course with a space mission design and human space flight theme, culminating in a one-week residential Summer Academy at NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton for those students who qualify. Offered at no cost to the student, VASTS consists of eight modules and a final project to be completed from November 2016 through May 2017 under the guidance of licensed master educators. Based on success in the online coursework, students may be selected to attend a Summer Academy where they interact with NASA scientists, engineers and technologists to design a human mission to Mars. Please visit http://vasts.spacegrant.org for program details and to apply. The deadline for student applications is October 30, 2016.

For high school juniors and seniors, Virginia Earth System Science Scholars (VESSS) is an interactive, on-line Earth System Science Course featuring NASA scientific research and data. The course will be offered for dual enrollment college credit (statewide through TNCC) for high school juniors and seniors beginning in spring semester 2016. The website contains program information and application materials: http://vsgc.odu.edu/VESSS/The deadline for student applications is October 30, 2016.

The Virginia Space Coast Scholars (VSCS) is a program for sophomores focusing on the earth and airborne science, engineering, and technology integral to current missions at NASA Wallops Flight Facility and the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport. This dynamic (and FREE) program, designed by the Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC), inspires students who possess technical and/or scientific interests and are motivated to learn about the many different opportunities that NASA offers.
  • FREE Program for 10th Grade Students
  • On-line modules covering NASA aircraft, balloon, and sounding rocket missions launched or managed at Wallops Flight Facility
  • On-line course runs from December 2016 through April 2017
  • Highly successful students will be selected for a week-long Summer Academy at NASA Wallops Flight Facility (Chincoteague, VA)
  • http://vscs.spacegrant.org/ for application and more information

The deadline for student applications is October 30, 2016.


Seniors! Do you still need to sit for your formal Yearbook portrait? If so, sign up outside Room 330 to be photographed FREE by Strawbridge, the official school photographer, on Monday, September 19. Please see Mr. White (mwhite@gsgis.k12.va.us) if you have questions.

Freshmen, Sophomores, and Juniors! Tuesday and Wednesday, September 20-21, are your picture days! All non-seniors will be called down to the Black Box during their English classes. To purchase portraits, students must pre-pay. Order forms are available from Ms. Bowman (Attendance, in the Blue Stone Lobby) and Mr. White (Room 330). Please see Mr. White (mwhite@gsgis.k12.va.us) with questions.

Yearbooks are available for pre-purchase. Pick up an order form outside Room 121 or go to yearbookordercenter.com and enter the MLWGS order number (14632) to lock in the introductory rate of $45. Prices go up after Fall Festival.


The Dragon’s Lair would like to remind MLWGS friends and family that the store is open regularly on Tuesdays and Fridays during the lunch hour.  Prefer to stop by on the way to work?  No problem!  The Dragon’s Lair is also open for convenient morning shopping the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.  Checkout is quick and easy as the Dragon’s Lair is all electronic now! 

Visit the store to see the new and planned items, including holiday ornaments and bow ties and flannel pants with new designs. The Lair is also looking into a new blanket, polo shirt, sweat pants, ladies tee, tervis cup, stadium seat, flag, and alumni shirt.

Shoot The Lair an email (mlwgsdragons@gmail.com) and let us know what you’d like to see offered in The Lair which will be placing orders for Fall Festival within the next 2 weeks. More announcements coming soon!