Week of September 20, 2016


September 22 is Back-to-School Night.  The evening program begins at 6:30 p.m.
Student schedules, maps and more information will be sent home with students earlier in the week.


The Maggie L. Walker Health & Physical Education and Counseling Departments in conjunction with our student-led Mental Health and Disabilities Awareness club will hold a school-wide Mental Health Awareness Assembly on Friday, September 30.  

The assembly will feature a speaker from “Minding Your Mind,” a national prevention-based program that educates teens by initiating conversations regarding mental health.   Speakers are young adults who have struggled with mental health issues, such as depression and anxiety, and give educational talks to reduce the stigma of seeking help.  This program is being supported by the locally based Cameron K. Gallagher Foundation, which works with area public and private high schools to implement “Minding Your Mind.”  

Additionally, in the weeks following the assembly, professional staff from the Cameron K. Gallagher Foundation and MLWGS will facilitate an optional eight-session interactive Peer Support Curriculum.  Students can attend one or more of these sessions as interested (sign-up for sessions will occur after the assembly). This curriculum covers the following topics:  stress, anxiety and depression, substance abuse, negative and positive coping skills, active listening, mindfulness, and establishing boundaries.

If you have any questions or concerns about your child attending the assembly, please contact either Paige Hawkins (Health/ P.E., ext. 1440) or Karl Zweerink (Counseling Department, ext. 3210).  This activity was planned as part of MLWGS’ strategic initiative to “develop a systematic approach to support social, emotional, physical, intellectual, and mental health needs of our gifted students.”


The 20th Annual Fall Festival will be held October 7 (rain date October 14). This family friendly annual festival celebrates MLWGS’s international focus while offering clubs and organizations a lively and enjoyable way to raise funds. The deadline to register for both Entertainment and Booths is Friday, September 23! 

To register to perform, go on line at: http://goo.gl/forms/RCCxIS4MyU.

To register to host a booth, Class and Club Sponsors should go on line at: http://goo.gl/forms/mu6Cs6vRvK

The deadline for Corporate Sponsorship is Wednesday, September 28! Corporate Sponsorship will help pay for new LED lights for the stage and other electrical and safety improvements which can be reused every year! The Fall Festival is pleased to announce the following Corporate Sponsors as of Thursday, September 15: Gold Sponsors are Patient First and ASHBY. Silver Sponsors are Short Pump Dental, Short Pump Realty, Nyfeler Associates, and Fan District Association! 

If your company is interested in supporting MLWGS clubs and activities as well, please contact Debbie Taminger at debtaminger@gmail.com.

Finally, the deadline for pre-ordering tickets is Wednesday, October 5. With the exception of the Dragons’ Lair Booth, only tickets will be accepted at the Fall Festival. (The Dragon’s Lair will take tickets, cash, checks and credit cards.). Tickets will also be available for purchase at the Festival, and tickets are not refundable. Unused tickets can be donated to the booth of your choice during the festival hours. To pre-order tickets, go on line at: 


The Governor's School Foundation is looking for parents and students to participate in the Governor's School Foundation Fall Phone-a-thon! Please join us during the evenings of Tuesday, September 27 and/or Wednesday, September 28, at MLWGS to reach out to fellow current and alumni parents and other donors.

Students can earn up to six hours of community service! 

Dinner will be provided at 6:00 p.m., followed by a brief training session.  Calling will follow and will conclude each night at 9:00 p.m. Come for one or both nights and help raise the funds that enhance the Governor's School experience for MLWGS students and teachers.

Last year’s phone-a-thons raised more than $58,000 in gifts and pledges for the school, so this is an extremely important part of the Foundation Annual Fund Campaign. 

Please contact the Foundation Executive Director, Suzannah Stora at sstora@governorsschoolfoundation.org or stop by the Foundation Office (across from the auditorium) to sign up. 


The September Senior Newsletter is now available on the School Counseling Website (https://sites.google.com/a/gsgis.k12.va.us/mlw-school-counseling/2011-2012-newsletters). 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 updated information for this school year. Check the organization’s website for the most current information. Please contact Rachel Loving in the School Counseling Office with scholarship questions.


National Honor Society applications are now available. If a student would like to be considered for the National Honor Society (NHS) please encourage him or her to complete an application and return it to Rachel Loving, School Counselor and NHS Sponsor by Friday, September 30, 2016. Candidates must be a junior or a senior, have a 3.5 cumulative GPA, and demonstrate the qualities of scholarship, leadership, and service. A complete list of qualifications is available on the application. Candidates will be notified of acceptance by October 7 and an induction ceremony will take place later that month. Juniors and seniors will receive a copy of the application via email and a hard copy is also available in the Counseling Office. Please contact Rachel Loving with questions at rloving@gsgis.k12.va.us.


There will be an important meeting for any student interested in a trip to Spain in 2017. The meeting will be held on Thursday, September 29 at 6:30 p.m. in room 335.  Parents and students are welcome.  Steve Ross, Susan Hefty, and Bob Jenkins will discuss the upcoming trip.


VCU is offering free training groups for high school age students with ADD/ADHD and their parents. The groups focus on teaching parents and high school age adolescents strategies to promote adolescent autonomy, increase academic success, and reduce parent/adolescent conflict. Session topics include improving the use of organization/ time-management skills and communication strategies. As part of enrolling in the groups, participants will receive $50 for their time and effort, and a free mental health evaluation and report. The next group will be run in October and slots for participation are filled on a first come first serve basis. Please contact Efren Velazquez at 804-828-4254 or velazquezea@vcu.edu for more information.


Davis Coffey leads the MLWGS Garden Club. This past summer, Davis wrote and submitted a grant request to the “Keep Virginia Beautiful” 30 Grants in 30 Days Program.  “Keep Virginia Beautiful” awarded 45 applicants $500 to $1000 and, thanks to Davis, MLWGS was one of the recipients, receiving $750 for the Garden Club.  

The Keep Virginia Beautiful mission is to "engage and unite Virginians to improve our natural and scenic environment through five impact areas:  Litter Prevention, Waste Reduction, Recycling, Beautification, and Environmental Education." Davis began the garden club this past spring.  Together with more than 40 National Honor Society members, the club cleared land near the tennis courts and built several raised garden beds. Davis plans to use the award money to build five additional raised beds that will contain vegetables, flowers, and herbs. The garden club also hopes to host several fundraising opportunities throughout the year to help cover the expense of ongoing management and care of the garden. Several wish list items include building a trellis and planting several flowering shrubs that will invite insects to the area and promote pollination. The goal of the club is to create a sustainable garden producing fruits and vegetable that will be shared not only in our school but also within our community.

For more information on the Garden Club, please contact Davis Coffey or Mrs. Edgerton, Garden Club sponsor.


Want the student news? Check out the latest issue of the MLWGS Jabberwock here:  http://mlwgsjabberwock.com/.


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!  We also open up for convenient morning shopping the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month from 8 to 9 a.m.  Checkout is quick and easy as we’re all electronic now! 

Visit the store to see our newest items pictured above - more to come soon. 
  • Bow Ties with a new design
  • Holiday Ornaments
  • Flannel Pants with a new design
  • We’re also looking into a new blanket, polo shirt, sweat pants, ladies tee, tervis cup, stadium seat, flag, and alumni shirt.

Shoot us an email and tell us what you’d like to see offered in The Lair – mlwgsdragons@gmail.com.  We’ll be placing orders for Fall Festival within the next two weeks. 

More announcements coming soon!