NIGHT OF THE DRAGON AUCTION
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2017
The 2017 Night of the Dragon auction is coming up on Saturday, February 25! The auction raises money for the five booster groups, the PTSA, and the Foundation.
The auction committee would like to give a big shout out to everyone who has contributed to the auction this year. This year the committee is excited by the wonderful support the Night of the Dragon has received from MLWGS alumni and alumni parents! Some of the fabulous items donated by alumni include:
- Jeremy Grayboyes (’04) donated a beautiful watercolor and pen illustration of Fan houses. You can see more of his artwork, including cityscapes of D.C., New York, Baltimore, New Orleans, and Hong Kong, on his website.
- Greg Butler (’00) donated a Friday-Sunday stay at his 3 bd/4 ba cottage in Charlottesville. Situated just off JPA, the cottage is just a three-minute walk from The Lawn and a ten-minute walk from the stadium.
- Sarah Courtney Oklesson (’05) runs Grid+Love Designs and donated a framed copy of this gorgeous Richmond, VA print. Grid+Love prints are a perfect way to keep the places you love nearby no matter how far away you are.
- Singer/songwriter Lucy Dacus (’13) has had quite a year. She landed a record deal with legendary indie label Matador and toured the US and Europe. Her debut album, NO BURDEN, has been praised by The New York Times, NPR, and SPIN, among many others. Rolling Stone ranked her song “I Don’t Wanna Be Funny Anymore” #17 on their best 50 songs of 2016 list. The Richmond Times Dispatch named her a 2016 Person of the Year. Lucy donated a signed copy of her album to the auction.
- Jamey Stegmaier (’99)’s company, Stonemaier Games, produced the hit game Scythe after raising $1.8 million via Kickstarter. Jamey donated a signed copy of Scythe along with two of Stonemaier’s other critically acclaimed games: Viticulture and Euphoria.
- Nathan Conway (’06) donated a gift certificate to Metzger Bar & Butchery in Church Hill, of which he is one of the owners. Metzger was named Style Weekly’s Restaurant of the Year in 2015 and has been praised in Eater and the Washington Post.
Special thanks to Alumni Steering Committee member Misty Clark (’96) who rounded up donations and gift cards from businesses around town in her spare time.
So come to the auction and see (and buy!) the creative results of MLWGS graduates - you will walk away impressed!
COURSE REGISTRATION FOR NEXT YEAR IS COMING UP!
During the week of January 23, students will receive course registration materials. The counseling department will be conducting lunch time assemblies with juniors on Friday February 3 and freshmen and sophomores on Monday February 6. In addition, the PTSA will host an Advanced Course Offerings and Course Registration Information Program for parents on February 9 starting at 5:30. Department chairs and counselors will discuss course options and scheduling considerations.
Over the next several weeks, teachers will inform students of department course offerings and sequencing. They will also sign student Course Registration Forms. Students will need to have the Course Registration Form as well as VCU Dual Enrollment Forms completed and signed in order to register for classes on February 23 during 2nd period. If students do not have required teacher and parent signatures on these forms, students will not be permitted to register for classes on the 23.
School counselors will meet with all students individually after the 23 during February and March in order to discuss course selection and verify course requirement progress. Student course request changes will be considered through the Spring semester but requests made after the end of the school year will only be considered in exceptional circumstances.
Please contact your student’s counselor if you have any questions.
ON-LINE AP EXAM REGISTRATION STARTS FEBRUARY 7
From February 7 – February 24 - register for AP exams by visiting www.TotalRegistration.net/AP/471851
Each AP exam costs $93.00. A fee reduction is available for families that meet federal guidelines but must be approved in advance. Please see Ms. Deck in the School Counseling office by Friday, February 17 to inquire about a fee waiver. Last day to register for exams is February 24.
February 21 - February 24 – AP Fees and Registration Forms (cash or check made out to MLW Governor’s School) will be collected in the School Counseling Office (see payment schedule below) After this date a late fee of $10 will be charged per student. Remember, you must present both your registration form and complete payment.
FEE COLLECTION SCHEDULE
February 21 - Seniors - lunch, 6th and 8th block
February 22 - Juniors - lunch, 5th and 7th block
February 23 - Freshmen & Sophomores - lunch, 6 th and 8th block
February 24 - Any remaining students - lunch and all afternoon blocks
- You may need to arrange transportation for afternoon AP exams. Exams in the afternoon will not begin prior to 12:00 p.m. and may not be over before 3:30 p.m. Plan accordingly.
- Exam pre-administration sessions (Bubblefest) will be held April 18 and 19 in the auditorium during lunch. You must attend a pre-administration session in order to take AP exams.
NOMINATE A HISTORY TEACHER TODAY
The National History Teacher of the Year Award recognizes outstanding K–12 American history teachers across the country.
National winner receives a $10,000 prize presented at an award ceremony in their honor in New York City.
State winners receive a $1,000 prize, an archive of classroom resources, and recognition at a ceremony within their state.
Important Calendar Dates:
- Deadline for 2017 nominations: March 31, 2017.
- Deadline for 2017 nominees to submit supporting materials: April 30, 2017.
For more information, please consult the Gilder Lehrman website at https://www.gilderlehrman.org/programs-exhibitions/national-history-teacher-year
The Coolidge Scholarship is a full-ride scholarship that covers a student's tuition, room, board, and expenses for four years of undergraduate study along with leadership training. This opportunity is for all high school juniors. All applications must be completed online and are due by February 22, 2017. For applications and additional information, please visit Coolidgescholars.org.
Capital One is proud to offer the 13th annual Future Leaders Forum for Young Women on Saturday, March 18. For more than a decade, the Forum has helped young women begin their personal leadership discovery journey by teaching them how to tap into their inner strengths and challenging them to make positive changes in their lives and in their communities. They also have access to our Capital One associate mentors who offer guidance and advice, serve as role models for leadership, and facilitate small group discussions. The registration form is available here: Future Leaders Forum for Young Women Registration Form. The registration deadline is Friday, March 3, 2017.
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.
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE MLWGS WE THE PEOPLE TEAM
FOR WINNING THE STATE COMPETITION!
On Friday January 27 in Charlottesville, the MLWGS We The People team, directed by Mr. Sam Ulmschneider, took first place in the state competition, vying against the ten high scoring teams from across the state. The MLWGS team will go on to represent the Commonwealth of Virginia in the national We the People Competition in Washington DC in April. Go Dragons!
NATIONAL POETRY OUT LOUD
HELD FEBRUARY 6
HELD FEBRUARY 6
Every year, students from all grade levels at Maggie Walker compete to represent the school in the Poetry Out Loud National Recitation Competition. This year’s winner, Sarah Law (2017), will be our contender at the Region 5 competition on Monday February 6. The program will be held at the Gottwald Theatre in the Carpenter Center on Grace Street from 1-4 p.m. It is open to the public. If Sarah wins, they will go on to the state level in March. The National Competition Finals occur in April. Good luck!
PATRICIA E. TAYLOR AWARD FOR INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE
GIVEN TO MS. WILLIAMS
GIVEN TO MS. WILLIAMS
Ms. Lisa Williams, English department chair, is the 2016 recipient of the Patricia E. Taylor Award for International Experience. Ms. Williams will use the grant to journey to the Golden Triangle. Such an endeavor will allow her to better grasp the human condition of one of the most populous regions in the world and to better articulate ideas about the evolving definition of Third World as newly industrialized. As traveling to India underscores a core component of the mission of MLWGS, cultural awareness, Ms. Williams, who is especially excited to experience India’s rich heritage, shares that “to learn about others is to uncover truths about humanity.”
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SUBMISSION DEADLINES FOR NEXT WEEK
Because of some editorial travel, the deadline for the next issue of Smoke and Scales will be Wednesday, February 1 at noon. Sorry for any inconvenience and thanks for your continued submissions.