Week of February 12, 2020


The need for an RN is on the MLWGS school board agenda for next school board meeting on February 20. In Virginia, ONLY a Licensed Registered Nurse (“RN”) can train medically unlicensed staff in emergency medication administration and treatments (i.e. recognizing symptoms of problems as well as administering medications such as insulin, EpiPens, etc). Having an RN at MLWGS is essential in the management of all types of student health challenges. Without an RN, MLWGS cannot properly manage the medical needs of its students. In Virginia, counseling and teaching are also nursing tasks that cannot be delegated (18VAC90-19-280. Nursing Tasks That Shall Not Be Delegated.). Because we lack access to an RN, there is no process at MLWGS in place to take care of the training of a student’s teachers. Please contact your MLWGS school board representative BEFORE February 20 to express our need for an RN at MLWGS. Please find your MLWGS school board representative and contact information here: Regional School Board


Have research questions but no time to stop by the library during school? Schedule an online research consultation with Ms. DeGroat via Zoom!  From 6:30-8 p.m. on designated weeknights in February, March, and April, Ms. DeGroat will be piloting a new library service: online research consultations! 
You may book one of three time slots: 6:30 p.m., 7 p.m., or 7:30 p.m. Consultations will last 20 to 25 minutes. Interested? Here’s how it works. 

Step 1: Check for an OPEN appointment time at http://bit.ly/researchconsultsMLWGS 

Step 2: Request an OPEN time via your MLWGS email no later than 3 p.m. the day BEFORE (wdegroat@gsgis.k12.va.us) or speak with Ms. DeGroat face-to-face no later than NOON the same day as the desired appointment. If you make your request via email, use your MLWGS email account and include the following information in your message (these are the same questions she’ll ask if you make your request in-person): 

  • Your research topic/question or thesis 
  • The context of your research- is it for a class assignment, club, or personal interest?
  • What research question/problem you’re facing 
  • Where you’ve been searching 
  • What search words you’ve been using 
SHARE your outline, paper, and bibliography/works cited list with Ms. DeGroat via MLWGS Google Drive or MLWGS One Drive and include those links in your email message.

IMPORTANT: Requests received from non-MLWGS email accounts will not be accepted. 

Step 3: Watch for a verification email from Ms. DeGroat with a link to a Zoom meeting. If the time you requested is no longer available, she will let you know. 

Step 4: A few minutes before your appointment (please be punctual), click on the URL you received in the email from Ms. DeGroat. This will place you in a “Waiting Room.” 

Step 5: Ms. DeGroat will admit you to the online meeting room as soon as she is ready to begin your research consultation.

New to using Zoom? To use this web-based meeting platform, you will need a web connection. Although a webcam is useful, it is not necessary. If you do not have a webcam, you may join the meeting using the audio of your computer’s microphone. Another option is to install the Zoom app on your smartphone. Registering for a Zoom account is free, as is the Zoom app. For research consultations, connecting via a laptop or desktop is recommended so that you can view shared screens more easily. See you online!


SCRIP orders are due this Friday, February 14 for plastic card orders with orders arriving the following week. Paper order forms and checks made payable to MLWGS PTSA must be dropped off in room 100, Valenta William's office. Go to shopwithscrip.com for on-line ordering and a full list of retailers. Thank you for supporting MLWGS PTSA through your everyday shopping and gift giving! If you have questions contact scrip@mlwgsptsa.org

REMINDER: Purchase NOTD gift card donations with SCRIP! 


The Visual Art Boosters will meet Tuesday, February 18 at 5 p.m. in the Art room.  We are in need of some new faces in the VAB! Hope to see you there!


Seniors left to right: Taylor Dunn (Chesterfield '20), Ge'shanti Atkins (Henrico '20), Lucy Wampler (Richmond '20)

Senior Night was extra special for Ge'shanti Atkins as she scored her 1000th point during the game against Henrico High School on February 6. The game was stopped to celebrate the point and she received the game ball. Congratulations on her amazing achievement! 


SOS Second Act is a mental health program that is being implemented by Lisa Ebeling, School Psychologist, for our juniors. SOS Second Act will be presented through the 11th grade English classes starting on February 20. This program helps students to understand the signs of depression and potential suicidal thinking and provides information on how to support themselves or a peer when experiencing an emotional concern. This program is a designed as a booster for a similar program implemented to the students when they were freshmen. It reminds the juniors of the resources that they have available now and the ones that they can access when they have graduated from Maggie Walker. Questions?  Call Mrs. Ebeling at 354-6800, ext. 3260 or email her at lebeling@gsgis.k12.va.us.


Anxiety and stress are common issues seen with adolescents and these concerns can impact students at home as well as at school. Lisa Ebeling, MLWGS School Psychologist, is facilitating a group for parents on this very important topic. She will be coordinating the group with Jasmine Coleman who is a graduate student in the VCU Clinical Psychology Department. We will discuss the characteristics of anxiety along with practical ways that parents can support their children. The group will meet from 6-7:00 p.m. starting on Tuesday, February 25 and will run for four weeks. Please let Mrs. Ebeling know if you’re interested in the group and she will let you know the meeting location after verifying the number of participants. You can reach her at 354-6800, x 3260 or by email at lebeling@gsgis.k12.va.us


Please read the LETTER from MLWGS PTSA President, Craig Martin regarding Baccalaureate.  We would then love to get your feedback through one of the surveys. Your responses are highly appreciated and valued and we would love to have your input by February 23.

Parent survey

Student survey


Purchase tickets online at https://one.bidpal.net/leapdayauction/welcome. Here you can purchase tickets, sponsor a table, or note any seating requests. Don’t know who you would like to sit with? No worries. We will assign you to a table with other great folks so you can make new friends in the Dragon Family. Either way, be sure to order your tickets soon so you can be part of the fun!

This year’s NOTD items include long-time favorites and many exciting new items:

  • Perennial favorite multi-course, In-Home Italian Dinner for 10
  • MLWGS 2020 graduation seating
  • Vacation homes and adventure packages
  • Rooftop wine tasting in the Fan
  • Original art and one of a kind jewelry
  • VIP tickets “Behind the Ropes” at the Dominion Classic
  • College gear and class Baskets
  • Event tickets and unique Outings
  • And so much more!
Please join us for our biggest fundraiser. This year, we are hosting the event at the John Marshall Hotel downtown. Parking is included with your ticket. We hope to see you there! 


Share your heart and home this summer! Host a student from France or Spain (ages 13-17) in your home for 3-4 weeks in July. Learn about their culture while he or she learns about living in an American family just being a part of what you regularly do. We have a variety of programs to suit your schedule. Families receive stipends to help out with expenses. We can help work out transportation or vacation concerns. This will be a treasured memory for your family! Contact Debbie Hardy or 909-3190.