Week of September 16, 2020

Adopt a Parking Lot Island!

The MLWGS PTSA needs your help to beautify our parking lot, where 18 islands in the asphalt each need the support of a green thumb. We urge our MLWGS families, clubs, teams, and peer groups to choose an island and make it your own this school year.

Islands should be kept clean by weeding and clearing of trash and debris. And these islands may need to be spruced up by adding or replacing perennials and seasonal annuals. Each adopting individual or group commits to their donation of time and money to make their island beautiful all school year long. Students are eligible for community service hours, too.

Let’s do this, Dragon Family! To adopt an island, or for more information, please contact PTSA Landscaping Coordinator Julie Hendricks: juliebhendricks@hotmail.com / 804-357-0935.

First Scrip Program Orders Due Sept. 28

The PTSA's 2020-2021 income is likely to be reduced due to COVID-19 and an inability to hold large in-person fundraising events. A great way to support the MLWGS PTSA during this time is to join our Great Lake Scrip Program. Buy cards for stores you already shop at face value – you get the full retail value, and the MLWGS PTSA gets a percentage rebate! Let those retailers give some of that money you are spending back to our school! 

To enroll or shop, go to shopwithscrip.com (enrollment code is in your back-to-school packet). Our first order due date for plastic cards is Monday, September 28. If you are already enrolled, make sure to download the Raise Right app from the scrip home page, so that you can shop and pay directly from your phone, no waiting for due dates! Questions? Contact Laura Dysart at scrip@mlwgsptsa.org.

Virtual College Visits Began Monday and Continue through Mid-November

William and Mary Wren Building exterior in winter

We may be all-virtual, but colleges are still interested in connecting with Maggie Walker students. Already 90 colleges have signed up for virtual visits and we anticipate well over 100 colleges connecting with us over the next two months during our fall college-visit "season.” During these visits, admissions representatives share the programs offered at their school and answer questions about the admissions process, student life, and other topics. Students in 10th, 11th, and 12th grades are invited to attend. All virtual visits will take place during asynchronous times (11:30 a.m. Monday-Thursday and multiple options on Fridays). In fact, the following colleges are all scheduled to come this week:

Appt Date     Appt time                 College

9/16/2020     11:30am-12:10pm   American University
9/16/2020     11:30am-12:10pm   Macalester College
9/16/2020     11:30am-12:10pm   Ursinus College
9/16/2020     11:30am-12:10pm   Hampden-Sydney College
9/16/2020     11:30am-12:10pm   University of Chicago
9/17/2020     11:30am-12:10pm   The University of Alabama
9/17/2020     11:30am-12:10pm   Salem College
9/17/2020     11:30am-12:10pm   United States Naval Academy
9/17/2020     11:30am-12:10pm   The College of William and Mary
9/17/2020     11:30am-12:10pm   Randolph-Macon College
9/18/2020     9:30-10:10am        James Madison University
9/18/2020     10:30-11:10am       University of Pittsburgh
9/18/2020     11:30am-12:10pm   Davidson College
9/18/2020     11:30am-12:10pm   Ringling College of Art and Design
9/18/2020     11:30am-12:10pm   Christopher Newport University
9/18/2020     11:30am-12:10pm   Tulane University
9/18/2020     11:30am-12:10pm   University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
9/18/2020     12:30-1:10pm         The College of William and Mary
9/18/2020     1:30-2:10pm             University of South Carolina

Virtual links (Zoom, Google Meet, or Teams) are provided 15 minutes prior to the event in Naviance (scroll to the bottom of the “Colleges” home page) and may also be accessed through a Google Sheet shared as a “resource” in each of the Schoology class pages for 10th, 11th, and 12th graders (Please do not click the link before the time of the event). Here you can also find the complete fall calendar of scheduled events. 

With so many colleges vying for your asynchronous time, some of your favorite institutions may have conflicting time slots. In that case, you may float in and out of each session as respectfully as possible; colleges realize you are busy and have many commitments. Some colleges use “Slate” software, which may prompt students to provide a name, email address, and perhaps other optional information for future contact. This is a virtual replacement for the info card colleges would ask each attendee to complete in person. Letting colleges know you came is a great way to express your interest and leave a digital record of that interest, which is something colleges may reflect on when reviewing your application. Dr. Rachel Loving, Senior Counselor and College Visit Coordinator, will be popping into each of these visits to greet representatives during their first few minutes. If students or parents have questions about college visits in a virtual environment, please contact Dr. Loving at rloving@gsgis.k12.va.us.

Are you looking for a service opportunity while also connecting with colleges? Consider serving as a “College Visit Ambassador” who would 1) send a welcome email to a selected college representative and 2) commit to attending their virtual college visit to personally welcome them to Maggie Walker, remaining in the session for the event's duration. Completing both actions would be worth one hour of community service. Students in 10th-12th grades can find a separate announcement with the details in their Schoology class page.

National Honor Society Application Now Open for Juniors and Seniors

Attention juniors and seniors! The National Honor Society online application for the 2020-2021 school year is now open:
NHS online application.

Interested juniors and seniors who have not already been inducted may apply for membership through 5:00 p.m. on Monday, September 28. Eligible candidates need a 3.5 GPA and must meet the following service requirements (adjusted due to COVID-19): 50 verified hours for juniors and 85 verified hours for seniors. A modified service requirement has been implemented in order for inducted members to remain in good standing and earn the NHS cord at graduation. Selected members will be notified on October 9 and a virtual induction ceremony will take place in mid-October. See the online application for complete details.