Week of February 6, 2019

The Envelope Please . . .

This year's Night of the Dragon auction and dinner theme is "Live from the Red Carpet" and the deadline to buy tickets is THIS SUNDAY, February 10!

Tickets are available at https://one.bidpal.net/dragonauction/welcome

We have a fun-filled evening set with truly amazing auction items, including one-of-a-kind adventures and getaways, themed gift baskets, jewelry, art, event tickets, wine tastings, home decor, and much, much more.

Make your plans today to spend a wonderful night mingling with other Dragon parents, teachers, and friends in support of our amazing students and school!

College Themed Basket at the auction!


Attention Parents of Advanced Placement Participants!

AP Exam Registration and Fee Collection Information

A handout with this information along with an AP Bulletin from the College Board was distributed to all AP students through their AP classes last week.

Registration for Advanced Placement exams will begin February 1, 2019 using the online system Total Registration. Registration will take only a few minutes and can be completed from any computer with internet access. You will be asked to create a login account so that you will have the ability to reprint your confirmation ticket and add or delete exams, if necessary.

Follow these steps to complete the registration, payment, and confirmation process:

1) Register for the tests you plan to take at www.TotalRegistration.net/AP/471851
2) Select your payment method: Check (made out to “MLWGS”), cash, or online payment at https://osp.osmsinc.com/MLWGS (convenience fee applies)
3) Turn in your confirmation ticket to the Counseling Office during the designated times between February 20-22. Students should attach their payment or online payment receipt to their confirmation ticket. A member of the counseling team will review the registration form and payment with each student.

When registering through Total Registration please be sure to select all of your exams and the appropriate teachers. If everything is correct, click "Confirm your Registration." This will record your registration and display the confirmation page or “ticket”. When you reach the confirmation ticket, print two copies, one for your records and the other to return to school with your payment or online payment receipt. The Counseling Office will collect these items between 11:30 a.m.- 3:30 p.m. on February 20, 21, and 22. This year, students will have the option to pay fees through the MLWGS payment system or turn in a check or cash by the same date and time. Each AP exam costs $94.00 and must be paid for before we order exams. A fee waiver or reduction is available for families that meet certain guidelines but must be approved in advance. Please see your counselor by Friday, February 15 to inquire about a fee waiver.

Here are the important dates: 
February 1- Online registration begins
February 22- Online registration ends
February 20-22- AP Fee and Receipt Collection (11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.): All students must turn in a copy of the confirmation ticket with their payment/receipt. Students should use lunch or an afternoon study hall to come to pay their fees or turn in a receipt.
After 3:30 p.m. on February 22, a late fee of $10 per exam will be charged.
March 8- Exams will be ordered. If you forgot to order an exam an additional fee of up to $55 extra per exam may apply after this date (exam availability not guaranteed). This is the last day to cancel an exam and receive a refund of $84 ($10 administrative fee).
April 23- Last day to cancel an exam and receive a $69 refund ($25 administrative fee as exams will have been ordered). Requests for refunds after this date will not be honored.

Attention Seniors! If you know which college you will be attending in the fall, please carefully review the college's AP credit policy to determine if the college will accept AP credit for the program in which you are enrolling.

If you receive accommodations for a documented disability and have not yet had them approved by CollegeBoard, the deadline to submit this paperwork for 2019 AP Exams is February 22nd. Contact Ms. Davis Cobb at joy.davis@gsgis.k12.va.us.

Questions? Please see Dr. Loving, AP Coordinator, in the Counseling Office or email her at rloving@gsgis.k12.va.us.

· 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 on April 23 (seniors) and 24 (juniors, sophomores, and freshmen) in the auditorium during lunch. You must attend a pre-administration session in order to take AP exams.


Scrip is a great way to financially support the MLWGS PTA at no extra cost to you. Simply purchase gift cards from stores you already shop (grocery, gas, pharmacy, restaurants) and the retailers give a percentage of your purchase back to the school.

Don’t forget to consider spring break travel expenses including gas, hotel, and restaurants. For a full list of retailers by category, go to https://www.scripzone.com/certificatelist.aspx. Simply submit the attached order form with a check by March 1 to the office, and you will receive your cards before Spring Break. If you spend money at stores such as Target, CVS, Walgreens, Starbucks, Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble, Walmart, Lowes, and many clothing stores and restaurants (from discount to high end), consider checking to see if there is a Scrip card to meet your shopping needs and benefit Maggie Walker at the same time! Questions? Contact Laura Dysart at lauradysart@verizon.net.

Click for Scrip Order Form


Returning students received course registration materials during assemblies last week. For your convenience, we have decided to send out Narrated PowerPoints on course registration information and course offerings in place of an evening program. Of course, if parents have further questions, they may contact either their child’s counselor or teacher for specific information about course options.

Over the next several weeks, teachers will inform students of department course offerings and sequencing. Counselors will meet with all students to complete Course Registration Worksheets which are to be brought home and shared with parents to help complete the Course Registration Form. Students will need to have the Course Registration Form and VCU Dual Enrollment Forms completed and signed including teacher approval for advanced classes in order to register for classes on March 7 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.

Student course request changes will be considered through the Spring semester. The deadline for submitting course request changes is June 14.


It is estimated that one in five adults suffers from anxiety; this mental health condition affects adolescents as well. Angst is a 56 minute film that explores anxiety, its causes, effects, and what we can do about it. The filmmakers’ goal is to have a global conversation and raise awareness around anxiety. Angst features candid interviews with kids and young adults who suffer, or have suffered, from anxiety and what they’ve learned about it. The film includes discussions with mental health experts about the causes of anxiety and its sociological effects, as well as help, resources and tools

https://angstmovie.com/about/ There is a free screening at the Byrd Theater on March 24 and requires advance registration. http://byrdtheatre.com/

From the desk of Lisa Ebeling, MLWGS School Psychologist


On Saturday, January 26, MLWGS students Varun Mandgi (Richmond '21), Keriann Slayton (Hanover '21), and Delaney Cotton (Hanover '21) participated in VCU Jazz Day. This event, which attracted student musicians from around Virginia, gave students the opportunity to work with world-class musicians, perform in a jazz combo, and even write their own jazz charts. Students were selected to participate in this event based on their exceptional desire and strong ability to pursue the craft of jazz improvisation.


Between Thursday and Saturday, Maggie Walker students Ryan Eklund (Richmond '22), Grace May (Hanover '20), Rahul Ramesh (Henrico '21), and Kevin Ren (Chesterfield '20) participated in District Band at Deep Run High School. Rahul, Kevin, and Ryan performed with the symphonic band under the baton of Dr. Terry Austin, Director of Bands at VCU. Grace performed with the concert band, directed by the former director of Bluestone High School, Ricky Allgood. Kevin and Rahul placed first chair in their ensemble, and are eligible for All-Virginia Band auditions later this month. Congratulations to these student musicians for their accomplishments!