Week of October 11, 2016


The Fall Festival would not have been possible without the support of so many individuals and organizations! We are so thankful for all our wonderful volunteers who make the Festival a success year after year! 

The Fall Festival would like to thank our Corporate Sponsors. Their contributions allow MLWGS to invest in items such as better lighting to improve the look and organization of the Festival:

Gold Sponsors:
• Ashby
• Patient First

Silver Sponsors:
• The Fan District Association
• Nyfeler Associates
• Short Pump Dental
• Short Pump Realty

Special thanks also goes to:
• Henrico Recreation and Parks
• Container First Services
• 1709 Gallery’s InLight Richmond
• Richmond City Police
• Katherine Baird
• Kapitanov Family
• Charles Aldridge
• Dave Dembicer
• MLWGS Administration, Security, Maintenance and Cafeteria
• MLWGS Photography Club
• Governor’s School Foundation
• all our many volunteers!


Please plan to attend the upcoming Maggie Walker General PTSA meeting on October 17 at MLWGS in room 153 from 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.  The Senior Counselors and Susan Teerlink, our GRASP Financial Aid advisor, will host the event, providing important information regarding the process of applying for college financial aid.  The meeting is open to all parents, with a particular focus on parents of Juniors and Seniors.  Please join us!


The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) is pleased to announce the Student-Led Ideation Challenge (SLIC) Program. The SLIC Program is a competitive ideation challenge utilizing Design Thinking principles that is open to all high school students in Virginia and is being offered in collaboration with the VDOE and the Innovative Solutions Consortium at no cost to students, schools, or school divisions. The purpose of the SLIC Program is to further prepare Virginia’s students for the world ahead via their participation in project-based learning opportunities that will support the development of critical skills while enhancing general student knowledge through meaningful engagement in a variety of real-world topic areas.

The Innovative Solutions Consortium (ISC), a Virginia non-profit and national leader in public challenges, successfully implemented the Loudoun County Public Schools Challenge in 2015. Using the Loudon Challenge as a model, the VDOE in collaboration with the ISC looks forward to piloting the SLIC program this year and will seek input and feedback from students, teachers, and other state and local leaders on further refining the program for future challenges.

The SLIC program presents students with selecting a challenge question and working in a team to brainstorm ideas to solve the challenge. Students will develop a proposed solution to the challenge question, verify and validate the solution through research on similar solutions in the marketplace, and develop and implement a plan with estimated costs and measurement tools.  The winners will have the opportunity to build their prototype of the solution and present it to key stakeholders culminating in school, division, regional, and state-level competitions. Additionally, schools/teachers that support the winning teams from each region will receive $500 to use on future project-based learning activities in their classrooms.

The SLIC challenge questions for this year are in the areas of education, agriculture and global warming, and technology and robotics and are designed to be implemented in the subject areas of English/Language Arts, Science, Mathematics, and Career and Technical Education.

In preparation for this effort, two-hour training sessions will be provided in all eight regions during the month of October. This training will be available to teachers, counselors, Instructional Technology Resource Teachers (ITRTs) or other educators that will provide support to student ideation teams. For those unable to attend the in-person training, live-webinars, recorded training, and other supporting documentation and points-of-contact will be made available.

The available in-person and webinar training sessions by region are as follows (session sign-up is available as part of the SLIC registration process):

VA Department of Education
James Monroe Building
101 N 14th Street, 22nd Floor
Conference Room
Richmond, VA 23219
ISC: Webinar 1
Please join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
You can also dial in using your phone.
United States +1 (571) 317-3117
Access Code: 424-525-877 
ISC: Webinar 2
Please join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
You can also dial in using your phone.
United States +1 (571) 317-3117
Access Code: 424-525-877 

If you have any questions about the SLIC program, you may contact Bobby F. Keener, Chief Technology Innovations Officer at bobby.keener@doe.virginia.gov, or Dr. Susan M. Clair, Learning Infrastructure Coordinator at susan.clair@doe.virginia.gov.

If teachers need assistance registering in the SLIC portal, email support@slic-solutions.com.
For any other general questions or concerns, Michelle Chance, Director of the ISC, can be reached at michelle.chance@isc-connect.org or by phone at (571) 246-2411.


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