Week of September 6, 2017

It's not too early to plan for school pictures! All underclass portraits will be taken by Strawbridge on September 20-21. Students will be escorted to the Black Box during their English classes. If you wish to order pictures, please pick up an order form from Ms. Bowman (attendance) or Mr. White (Room 330). All orders MUST be prepaid. Makeups will be on November 2.

Attention students! 

The Yearbook staff would LOVE to see your pictures of summer fun, jobs, community service, hobbies, or any other activities. 

Please go to http://www.hjeshare.com/eShare/?code=MLWGS and upload your pictures. 

Questions? Email Mr. White at mwhite@gsgis.k12.va.usWe look forward to seeing how you spend your time!

Fall Festival 
October 6, 2017, 4-8 p.m.

Come one, come all to the 21st annual MLWGS Fall Festival! It is an international event sponsored by the PTSA to directly showcase and financially support MLWGS student organizations! Held on the front steps and lawn of the school facing Lombardy Street, the Fall Festival offers a wide variety of activities, entertainment, and food.

The Festival is open to all- current students, their families, younger siblings, former students and families, neighborhood residents, and friends of the school!

There is no admittance charged for the festival and all the entertainment, provided by our very talented students is free! Tickets are sold to purchase all items for sale- crafts, games, entrees, desserts, drinks, and more! 

Be sure to “Like” the Fall Festival Page on Facebook to get the latest information about what is planned and what volunteer opportunities exist (www.facebook.com/MLWGSFallFestival).

The Festival relies on volunteers to help with the many jobs including set up, booth support, PTSA drink sales, crowd control, ticket sales and counting, and tear down. Parent support is critical to the success of the Festival and students can earn community service hours. Parent volunteers will be needed on October 6 starting at 9 a.m. before the Festival for setup, during the Festival, and afterwards for clean up. The PTSA also needs to borrow some items to help keep the cost down. More information about volunteering and donating items will be posted on the Facebook Page and in future editions of Smoke and Scales.


2018 Parents! Now is the time to schedule your senior's portraits for the Yearbook. Yes, really. Strawbridge is our official photographer, but you are welcome to choose any studio, as long as the portraits meet our criteria.

Strawbridge will be shooting portraits at MLWGS on October 11This Strawbridge date is for the traditional drape/tux format and is FREE.  Additional photos (poses, outfits, etc.) are available for a $25 fee. 

If you cannot make this date, please contact our Strawbridge representative, Scott Johnson sjohnson@strawbridge.net as you can be photographed at another school. He will provide a list of alternative locations and dates. 

If your senior will not be photographed by Strawbridge, PLEASE be sure that your portraits adhere to the following specifications:

a. formal dress (tux or drape)
b. "midnight blue" or other standard, dark blue or black background 
c. photo should be head and shoulders, with the bottom of frame hitting mid-chest level

Any size from Strawbridge [2-15/16" x 2-3/16" OR 2-3/16" x 1-5/8" OR 1-15/16" x 1-7/16"] will work.

Photos from other studios are due no later than Friday, November 17. If we do not have your picture by November 17, you risk exclusion from the senior section. Please give Mr. White a copy of the photo if it is not the contracted school photographer. Digital images must be at least 300 dpi and can be emailed to mwhite@gsgis.k12.va.us or delivered on a CD or flash drive to Mr. White. If you email an image, please send a separate email to follow up and make sure it was received as we may need to provide a different email address for larger images.

Attention Senior Parents! 

PLEASE look carefully and thoroughly at the following announcements regarding college visits.

Attention Students and Parents Interested in the University of Virginia!

MLWGS has been selected to host a regional information session on the University of Virginia on Tuesday, September 12 from 7:00-8:30 p.m. in the MLWGS Auditorium. UVA admissions representatives Christy Pratt and Kelsey Bowles will present on the programs offered at the university as well as admissions requirements and processes. While students/parents of all grade levels may attend, the presentation will be geared toward juniors and seniors. Juniors and Seniors are encouraged (but not required) to sign up in Naviance following the directions in the “College Visits” announcement below (sign-ups are visible to MLWGS counseling staff only). Because this is a regional event, UVA has invited prospective students from all across Richmond and the surrounding area. Note: UVA will not be scheduling a traditional college visit during school hours this year.

College Visits at Maggie Walker:

Over 80 colleges and universities are scheduled to visit students at MLWGS over the course of the fall. Juniors and Seniors are encouraged to attend these visit sessions for colleges that interest them and learn more about other schools of which they are not familiar. During these visits, admissions representatives will review the programs offered at their school as well as answer questions about the admissions process and any other topics. Smaller colleges are often hoping to get to know some of their perspective students personally and may provide their contact information for follow up questions. We have tried to arrange college visits for 11:30 a.m. (lunch time) whenever possible and most of them will take place in the Counseling Office. For any college visit that is NOT offered during lunch time (most are), students MUST complete a green College Meeting Pass and have it signed by a teacher PRIOR to the class they would miss. The college meeting passes are located on Ms. Hicks' desk in the Counseling Office lobby.

Students can either view a complete list of the colleges that will be visiting in Naviance or check the hard copy lists that will be posted on the bulletin boards around school. You can view/sign up for a college visit in Naviance under the "colleges" tab and by clicking "view all upcoming visits" on the right hand side of the screen under "Upcoming college visits." Then click "sign up" next to any sessions you plan to attend. Signing up is not mandatory, but extremely helpful for finding the appropriately sized space.  

The In-House Selective Scholarship Application is open in Naviance and is due by midnight on October 1. There are several scholarships on the application that require it to be completed by midnight on September 17 (the original deadline of September 15 has been extended). Completion of this in-house application will make seniors eligible to be nominated for these specific scholarships by our MLWGS Scholarship Committee. Detailed information about each scholarship can be found on Naviance. Students chosen to be nominated for a scholarship will need to complete all scholarship application requirements by the specific scholarship deadline. Completion of the In-House Selective Scholarship Application is required for the following scholarships:

  • Davidson College: Bryan Scholars Program (September 17 deadline)
  • UNC Chapel Hill: Morehead-Cain Scholarship (September 17 deadline)
  • NC State: Park Scholarship (September 17 deadline)
  • Indiana University Bloomington: Wells Scholars Program (September 17 deadline)
  • Duke: Robertson Scholars Program (September 17 deadline)
  • Washington University, St. Louis: Danforth Scholars Program
  • VA DAR Good Citizen
  • UVA: Jefferson Scholars
  • Prudential Spirit of Community Awards
  • Harry F. Byrd, Jr. Leadership Award
  • Davidson College: Belk Scholars
  • Interfaith Council Brother/Sisterhood Award
  • Comcast Leaders & Achievers Scholarship Program
  • VA Tech: Pamplin Leaders Award
  • Virginia Interscholastic Athletic (VIAAA) Awards
  • VHSL Scholarships
  • Executive Women International Scholarship Program
  • Pogue Scholarship (requires an additional application available in March)
  • Civitan International Honor Key

A description of all scholarship opportunities sent to MLWGS can be found on Naviance. Please note that this list is not exhaustive- students are still encouraged to do their own scholarship research. See the “Scholarship and Financial Aid” page of the School Counseling website for tips. All deadlines listed in Naviance are subject to change as MLWGS is not always notified of annual date changes; therefore, it is important that students confirm all deadlines on the scholarship organization’s direct website. Please contact Kierstin Streitel in the School Counseling Office with any scholarship questions.

Dr. Loving and Ms. Streitel will be meeting with seniors in their English classes on September 13 and 14 to discuss specific college admission information and procedures. The first issue of the Senior Newsletter will be handed out on these days and will be posted on the School Counseling website shortly thereafter.

Teacher Recommendation Request forms are due by 3:30 pm on September 22 for any deadlines November 1 or earlier.  All other Teacher Recommendation Request forms are due at least two “school” weeks prior to the college/program deadline (winter break not included).

A Transcript Request form is due to counselors by 3:30 pm on October 2 for any deadlines November 15 or earlier. A Transcript Request Form is due to counselors by 3:30 pm on November 15 for any deadlines November 16 or later.

Keep Up with the Governor's School Foundation

You will see posts about our alumni, like Oxford University lecturer Kevin Fogg ('01) (http://www.mlwgsfoundation.org/2017/06/alumni-spotlight-kevin-fogg-01/), recent Northwestern University J-School grad Carson Brown ('13), (http://www.mlwgsfoundation.org/2017/08/alumni-spotlight-carson-brown-13/), and New York-based chef and entrepreneur Joya Carlton ('98)(http://www.mlwgsfoundation.org/2017/07/alumni-spotlight-joya-carlton-98/).  
Read about the enhancement grants (http://www.mlwgsfoundation.org/category/spotlight-grants/) we fund every year and our events (http://www.mlwgsfoundation.org/category/events/) for alumni and parents.

To see regular updates, you can check our website or like our Facebook
page https://www.facebook.com/MLWGSFoundation/.

We are looking forward to a great year, so we hope you will stay tuned!