Week of September 11, 2019

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All parents are invited to the first Drama Boosters meeting of the new year to learn about MLWGS’s drama program, 2019-20 shows, equipment upgrades, audition and set build information, volunteer opportunities, other ways to support the program, and meet key players including the producer, director, and drama sponsor. The meeting will be held in the Black Box on September 16 at 6 p.m. The Boosters hope to see many of you. If you are unable to attend but would like to be included in the future or have questions, please drop a note to Peggy Finck


Underclass (grades 9-11) photographs will be taken by Wendell Powell Studios on September 23 and 24 in the Auditorium.  

Make-ups/re-takes: Monday, October 7: Black Box 

Scheduled students will be called through their English classes from 8:40 a.m.- 2:30 p.m. Seniors are not photographed at this time. 

Photographed students will receive a proof sheet of their photograph along with ordering information and pricing at a later date. 

Senior portraits will be shot on: 
Tuesday, September 17 and Monday, October 14- all day in the Black Box

Seniors can sign up for time slots with Wendell Powell at wps@wendellpowell.com 


The 2019 MLWGS the Fall Festival is scheduled for Friday, October 4. The Fall Festival is a wonderful time for all students and their families to get together, enjoy food and activity booths, listen to live music, get to know each other better, and have fun! The booths are student run and a fundraiser for the clubs. The festival showcases and funds the clubs and activities that enrich the student experience at MLWGS.  Sign-ups for the booths are done by the clubs in conjunction with the club sponsor.

Parent volunteers enable the festival to operate. Sign-ups for parent volunteers for different roles at festival time will come out shortly. In the meantime, parent volunteers are needed for the organizing committee. Two types of committee volunteer positions are needed: organizing committee volunteer and day of full day volunteer. The full day volunteer is a new sub-group set up this year to enable parents who would like to participate on the committee but have limited time availability.

Parent who are interested in volunteering please reach out to Gopal Bhagavatula


Interested in Performing at Fall Festival?

School Curricular Groups (Jazz Band, Orchestra, Chorus, etc.) will have designated slots.

Limited time is available for other groups. Submit ONE FORM per performer, or per group.

Online Link to sign up

DEADLINE for signing up is Wednesday, September 25.

Questions? Please contact: Jessica Lai Perez 804-295-2432 or Susan Warner  804-347-4624.

FALL FEST Entertainment Flyer

ENTER for a chance to win a $20 gift card!

Simply enroll in the brand new Great Lake Scrip Program by September 27 and you will be entered in a raffle to win one of three $20.00 gift cards to a participating retailer of your choice. This is the NO EXTRA COST TO YOU fundraiser from the MLWGS PTSA! Buy gift cards for stores you already shop, and a percentage will go directly to the MLWGS PTSA. Go to www.shopwithscrip.com to enroll, for more information, and for a full list of over 750 participating retailers. I promise you regularly shop many of them. The MLWGS enrollment code is C43669E564L28.

You can order on-line this year once you enroll!   You can even pay on-line if you enroll in Presto-Pay (think Pay Pal). Physical cards must be ordered by noon on the following dates: October 4, November 8, December 6, March 6, 2020, and May 8, 2020. If you are paying by check, checks should be delivered to the PTA box in room 100. Another advantage of enrolling in Presto-Pay is that many of the retailers participate in Scrip Now. You can order these cards and receive them immediately on your computer or phone, no waiting for deadlines! This is great for both on-line and in-store shopping. AmazonSmile is one of many Scrip Now providers. Double earn using both Scrip and Amazon Smile!

Questions? Contact your PTSA Scrip Coordinator at scrip@mlwgsptsa.org.

Link to useful videos:
What is Scrip and How Does it Work? https://shop.shopwithscrip.com/Support/videos/scrip-explained

Scrip Now and Enrolling in On-line Payment: https://shop.shopwithscrip.com/Support/videos/family-ordering


RICHMOND, VA- The nation’s leading education journal today ranked Virginia’s public schools as third in the nation in student achievement based on the performance of students on national assessments in reading and mathematics, graduation rates, and achievement on Advanced Placement examinations.

Education Week’s Quality Counts 2019 report awarded the commonwealth a letter grade of B- for K-12 achievement. Only Massachusetts, with a B+, and New Jersey, with a B, earned higher grades.

“This is exciting news as our students begin a new school year,” Superintendent of Public Instruction James Lane said. “I look forward to visiting as many schools as I can during the coming weeks and months and personally congratulating teachers, principals, administrators, and support professionals for all they do as we strive to make the commonwealth’s schools the best in the nation.”

K-12 achievement comprises one-third of Education Week’s three-part Quality Counts rating system. Earlier this year, the publication awarded Virginia a B on its “Chance for Success Index” and a C for school finance.

Today’s grade for K-12 achievement resulted in Virginia earning an overall grade of B- from Education Week for 2019.

The Quality Counts 2019 report is available online. Reports from previous years also are available.