Week of December 13, 2016


Have something great to donate? The Night of the Dragon Auction committee is looking for items from individuals and businesses!!  Last year's catalog is still online at www.nightofthedragon.com to provide ideas for donations. We are looking for sports packages, trips (vacation homes, hotels, restaurants, etc), baskets, spirits, etc. - anything people will desire enough to bid up the price! The deadline for donations to be included in this year's event is January 7, 2017.  

If you are interested in making a donation or have questions, please contact Peggy Feldmann at auctionmlwgs@gmail.com or 804-353-4533.


Corporate Sponsorship opportunities are now available for this year's Night of the Dragon Auction. The auction will be held on Saturday, February 25, at the Short Pump Hilton. Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to reach the wider MLWGS community while giving back to the Governor’s School.

There are four levels of sponsorship - $500, $1,000, $2,500 and $5,000 - and corporate sponsors will be recognized in the electronic parent newsletter, in the auction catalog, on the auction website, and on signage at the event.

The sponsorship deadline is Friday, January 20. To learn more, or to refer an organization, please contact Suzannah Stora at sstora@GovernorsSchoolFoundation.org or 804-354-1566 ext. 2251.


A huge THANK YOU to all who contributed supplies to restock the library’s gratitude box. 

The MLWGS box and drawer are overflowing – and the new cards, bold papers, and fancy scissors have already attracted more students to this fun resource in the library!


Graduation Announcements
This is the final reminder….It’s not too late to order Class of 2017 graduation announcements!  Herff Jones is still accepting orders online. Go to www.vagrad.com and place your order by December 31 to guarantee an April delivery.  There are several other graduation-related items for sale, but don’t forget that the cost for cap and gown was included in your student’s senior fees.  No need to pay or order these a second time.  Please contact Kerry Sheppard, the MLWGS graduation coordinator, at ksheppard@gsgis.k12.va.us or 804-354-6800 ext. 3304 if you have any questions.

The University of Westminister Summer School
The University of Westminister is offering five full scholarships for high school seniors interested in attending the London International Summer School in 2017. This scholarship includes round-trip airfare from US to UK, accommodations, tuition, and a meal allowance. Applications will be available until February 26, 2017. Please visit https://www.westminster.ac.uk/international/study-abroad/london-international-summer-school/the-fulbright-university-of-westminster-international-summer-institute to apply and for additional information. 

Senior Newsletter now Available
The December 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 us 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.


Attention Sophomores and Juniors! 
Summer Residential Governor’s Schools
Applications are now available for the Summer Residential Governor’s Schools.  These programs are run by the Commonwealth to provide opportunities for gifted high school students to explore professional and university environments through mentorships and academic enrichment.   Information and applications can be found at http://www.doe.virginia.gov/instruction/governors_school_programs/summer_residential/index.shtml#apply for academic and mentorship programs. Interested students must submit an application (without teacher recommendations) to Ms. Davis by January 20, 2017. This will allow an in-house selection process to take place before applications are submitted to the state. Questions about the programs or application process can be addressed to Joy Davis at joy.davis@gsgis.k12.va.us or 354-6800, ext. 3220.

High School Diplomats is a free 10-day cultural exchange program at Princeton University. Applications will be available from October 1-January 8, 2017. Please visit www.highschooldiplomats.com for more information and to apply to the program. 

Attention Juniors!
The Joint Science Education Project (JSEP) and the Joint Antarctic School Expedition (JASE) programs are open to current juniors interested in science and exploring other cultures. Both programs and physically demanding and the JASE program requires participants to be fluent in Spanish. Travel, lodging, and meals are provided to participants free of cost. Applications are available November 28-January 10. Please visit https://dickey.dartmouth.edu/environment/programs to apply.

Attention Juniors!
The Cochrane Summer Economic Institute (CSEI) is an intensive four-week program open to all rising high school seniors from the greater Richmond area partners learning about the economy and entrepreneurship through a series of workshops by local business leaders and Collegiate faculty with an immersive group internship. Students commit to participating the last week of June and first three weeks of July and receive a $500 stipend. Please visit https://powelledfoundation.org/cochrane-summer-economic-institute/ for more information and to apply. The application deadline is January 16, 2017.

International College Admissions
Information for All Grade Levels
The Senior Counselors, Rachel Loving and Penny Deck, will be giving an overview of applying to colleges outside to US on Wednesday, December 14 at 11:40 in the Auditorium. Jack Miller, alum and current Oxford student plans to join us to discuss the difference between applying to college in the US and the U.K.


Congratulations to Sarah Law (Chesterfield, ‘17), MLWGS school-wide Poetry Out Loud winner for this year. Poetry Out Loud is a national recitation contest. In this competition, each student had to select two poems from the official Poetry Out Loud website (www.poetryoutloud.org). They then went through two rounds of recitations.

After competing at the school-wide level, Law will go on to the Richmond Regional Competition at Richmond Center Stage on Monday, February 6, 2017. The regional winner proceeds to the state competition on Friday, March 10, and the National POL event is held April 24-26, 2017. Students who win or place at state and national levels win monetary awards and sometimes money for school libraries. The top award is a $20,000 scholarship.

Freshman Cora Lewis (Richmond, ’20) is the alternate this year. In the event that Law is unable to compete, Cora will take their place. Thanks to all the students who spent countless hours preparing for the competition, to all English teachers who participated, and to those who helped with the judging process as well: Kerry Sheppard, John Piersol, Janet Spencer, Kinsey Hall, and Dr. Ridens.


Brand NEW for the HOLIDAYS! 

Stop by The Lair to see the new green, dri-fit polo shirt with embossed logo on the left chest.  This is the first item with The Lair’s new Embossed logo design.  Available for $35 in the store and online.

Special Holiday Hours – December 16 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

REMINDER:  The new website is located at mlwgsdragons.ourspiritgear.com.

Shopping The Lair is much easier now.  Shop from home, any day of the week, any time of day.  Browse the online catalog, add items to the cart, pay online, and pick up at the store during regular hours.  Better yet…send your MLWGS student to do the pick-up for you.  Shipping Options are also available for a small, reasonable, flat rate fee. 

Most store inventory is currently available online, and The Lair continues to work towards building out the selection.  The holiday season is the perfect time of year to give online shopping a try with The Dragon’s Lair. 


Amanda Mier (Henrico, ’17) is holding a senior art exhibition. The exhibition will be on display in the art hallway through December 16.