Week of June 13, 2017


Graduation Rehearsal: 
Friday, June 16, 9:00 a.m., Altria Theater
6 N. Laurel Street 
Graduation rehearsal is held at the Altria Theater.  Parking for graduation is available at the VCU parking deck for a minimal fee (entrances are on Cherry and Laurel Streets.)   Please adhere to posted street parking signs as ticketing and towing are strictly enforced. Seniors must arrive no later than 8:45 a.m. and report to the downstairs ballroom (enter through the Main Street entrance towards the rear of the building).  Rehearsal will begin at 9:00 a.m. sharp.  ANY STUDENT WHO MISSES REHEARSAL WILL NOT BE PERMITTED TO WALK IN THE ACTUAL GRADUATION CEREMONY, so parents are asked to please work with your student to make sure he or she is on time.  Practice is usually completed by 11:30 a.m. or so; but given that we will take as long as needed to perfect the process, please do not plan anything that requires your student to leave early or be gone by a certain time.  This run-through is crucial to the success of the graduation ceremony.  

Friday, June 16, 3:00 p.m., Altria Theater
6 N. Laurel Street 
Graduates must arrive at the downstairs ballroom by 2:00 p.m.  For organizational reasons, this area is off limits to parents, relatives, and friends; we appreciate your understanding.  Cap, gown, and tassel are the most important items for the day, but students are asked to dress appropriately:  dark dress pants, collared shirt and tie for the young men, dresses or dark dress pants for the young women.    Students may wear cords earned as part of their membership in our Honor Societies (as has been our custom).  Students may wear one piece of additional pre-approved regalia which they have earned as a member of an enduring MLWGS organization.  All pieces of regalia will be distributed by sponsors in the days leading up to graduation.

Perhaps the most important clothing decision for the day, however, is shoes.  Dress shoes and socks or low-heeled dress shoes are the best choices; please, no “flip-flops” or athletic shoes.  Additionally, decorations on mortarboards are absolutely prohibited.  Note:  The “collar” that comes with the graduation gown will not be used.

Doors to Altria Theater will open at 2:30 p.m.  Guests should enter through the front doors and must have a ticket to attend graduation.  Seating is not reserved.  Handicap seating is available in multiple locations; please see one of the ushers at the door upon your arrival if you need this seating.  Parking for graduation is available at the VCU parking deck for a minimal fee (entrances are on Cherry and Laurel Streets.)   Please adhere to posted street parking signs as ticketing and towing are strictly enforced.

Photographs during the ceremony are only allowed from your seats.   The Altria Theater will not permit us to spill into the aisles for this activity, and they enforce this quite seriously.  However, Strawbridge Studios will be taking pictures of each individual student as he/she receives his/her diploma.  This year, a proof picture will be mailed directly to each family and be accessible online along with ordering information. 



All graduating seniors - please be advised that your MLWGS computer and email accounts will be disabled after June 30, 2017.  Student data residing in school accounts should be transferred to a personal jump drive or other personal storage device, if desired, before that date.  
Questions and/or concerns can be directed to Ms. Snagg or Mr. Bortz in room 114.
Congratulations and Best of Luck Class of 2017!


The Governor's School Foundation has an official Facebook page.  We are using it to post updates on our enhancement grants, events, volunteers and volunteer opportunities, and alumni. 

To see those updates, “like” the page here: https://www.facebook.com/MLWGSFoundation/


A MLGWS alumna, Katie Houston (Class of 2004) has reached out to offer a community service opportunity to current students.  She's volunteering heavily with an organization called ReEstablish Richmond, which works to help refugees acclimate and put down roots in the area.

They have a high need right now for volunteer tutors who are willing to help middle and elementary school students with English language skills and simple math skills (i.e. counting to 100).  The kids can communicate verbally in English, but a lot of them are struggling with literacy, and their schools don't have the capacity to help them adequately.

Any interested students can contact Katie directly at kghouston05@gmail.com.  She would really love to have Maggie Walker students involved with the organization and emphasized that if anyone is available to help soon, the need for tutors is pressing.


Sign up and join the Maggie Walker Speaks Up/Team Eli Speak Up 5K Race Team. Help us raise awareness of teenage mental health issues and remember Maggie Walker student Eli Greer. The race will be held in Byrd Park on Saturday, September 9th and is open to everyone. The online sign up deadline is August 31.

The SpeakUp5k race series serves as a primary vehicle to drive the SpeakUp message into the community in a powerful, positive, familial, and active way. The purpose of the race is for people and families to come together and “Speak Up” for those that are suffering, for those that are battling depression and anxiety, and to challenge people to visibly and vocally support one another. If you have questions contact Joshua Haueis at haueis2000@gmail.com or Coach Ryan Webb at rwebb@gsgis.k12.va.us.

Sign up at: https://www.raceit.com/Register/groups/jointeam.aspx?event=39039


"See" you in the first 2017 - 2018 school year edition, scheduled for Wednesday, August 30; submission deadline is Sunday, August 27.