Week of December 6, 2016


MLWGS will host a Town Hall-style meeting on Tuesday, December 6 from 6-7:30 p.m. in the Forum Room* to solicit community input for the MLWGS FY2018 operating budget.  All are welcome to attend.

The Director will provide a brief overview of the fiscal planning timeline, then open up the floor to speakers.

Thank you for your ongoing support of MLWGS students and school.

*Note:  this meeting will be moved to the Auditorium if space dictates.

Wednesday, December 7 from 6 – 8 p.m.

Come on out to Maggie Walker to make your own beautiful painting and support Middle East & North Africa (MENA) Senior Seminar students in their efforts to travel to Morocco; MENA seminar students are studying gender and culture in the Middle East and North Africa.

For the ticket price of $35, you get all materials required to create your painting on a canvas, instruction from a professional artist, food, and, of course, the opportunity to socialize in a laid-back environment. Invite your friends! Invite your family! And get ready to get painting for a great cause!

Registration for the event is available here.

Questions: Email rcross@gsgis.k12.va.us


The 15th Annual Night of the Dragon auction will be held Saturday, February 25, 2017 at the Hilton Hotel & Spa at Short Pump. This annual event is the largest fundraiser of the year and collectively benefits the students at MLWGS through activities provided by all of the booster groups, the PTSA, and the Governor’s School Foundation. In order to be a financial success, we need to collect approximately 375 donations of auction items. 

Please join our Solicitors’ Committee! Collecting 375 items will not be difficult with the help of a lot of people!! If we get 75 volunteers, it is only 5 items each! This year our webmaster, Norm Hill, has done an excellent job of moving the process away from spreadsheets and onto the web. This change makes it easy for solicitors to find suggestions for companies and individuals to contact from the comfort of their own home!

Please email auctionmlwgs@gmail.com or call Peggy Feldmann at 804-517-8957 to learn more about how easy it for you to help.


Visit the New Website Today:  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 will be available very soon 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. 

Please share any questions or feedback for improvement via email to mlwgsdragons@gmail.com.  This is your website.  The Lair wants to know what you like and you don’t. 


The 2016-2017 School directories were handed out at Back to School night.  

If you did not receive one, directories are available in Room 100 at the Bluestone entrance.  Ask Ms Williams for a copy.

Graduation Announcements

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 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.


Juniors and Sophomores - High School Diplomats is a free 10-day cultural exchange program at Princeton University. Applications will be available from October 1st-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 Seniors!
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. 

Attention Rising Seniors!
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.


Alyssa Wright (Goochland, '20), Willow Kwak (Henrico, '18), Andrew Shin (Henrico, '18), Rachel Zhao (Henrico, '18) L to R

Congratulations to the Maggie Walker Orchestra students that participated in the Senior Regional Orchestra event November 12, 2016 at E.C. Glass High School in Lynchburg, VA. In doing so, they have gained eligibility to audition for All Virginia Orchestra.