Week of May 12, 2021

Attention, Seniors!

All SENIORS were required to complete their Senior Survey in Naviance by Monday, May 10. The information shared on this survey is essential to the work of the School Counseling Department. Please make sure that your Class of 2021 graduate has completed (and submitted) their survey. In addition to reporting any scholarship money they have been offered, they were also asked to declare the outcomes of their college applications here--including the name of the one school which they wish to receive their final transcript soon after graduation. If your child is offered a spot off a college waitlist, changes their intended college, or receives additional scholarships after submitting their Senior Survey, they must update their senior counselor by e-mail. Thank you!

Attention, Juniors! 

Who's ready for another JUNIOR NEWSLETTER? The May 2021 (You're Almost Seniors!) edition was released on Friday, May 7. Featured topics include College Boot Camp registration (open through June 11), a long list of live/virtual college events taking place soon (most of which are also open to sophomores), and a variety of contests and scholarship opportunities--including an invitation to self-nominate for the prestigious Morehead-Cain Scholarship from UNC-Chapel Hill. (Interested juniors must complete the corresponding survey in Naviance by 3:30 p.m. on Monday, May 17.) 

If you have any questions about what you see in the newsletter, please do not hesitate to reach out to Kim Forquer. Mrs. Cobb, Dr. Loving, and Ms. Forquer hope that the information they have shared in the junior newsletters this school year have supported our students' quest for learning and vigorous launch into college application season. In addition to Schoology, links to the Junior and Senior Newsletters can be found on the School Counseling website.

Attention, Freshman, Sophomore, and Junior Families: SOL Schedule

Even though in-person school attendance is optional this year, students are still required to take SOL tests in designated classes for graduation purposes, and these tests must be taken at school in accordance with state testing guidelines. For families who are not comfortable having their students take SOLs this year, please complete this quick opt-out form. Your student will still need to take the SOL tests for graduation purposes, and make-ups will most likely be offered in the fall.

Week of Monday, May 24:

Freshmen will take SOLs in Geometry and Algebra II. Because these tests can take some students 4 to 6 hours to complete, we are starting these tests at 8:40 a.m. Students will test on the day that they have a math class AND on the day that they are permitted to attend school (either Monday/Tuesday or Wednesday/Thursday). These students may miss one or more classes on testing days.

All sophomores in U.S. History classes who do not have verified credits in World History I from middle school will take these tests during U.S. History class time on the day that they are permitted to attend school.

Week of Tuesday, June 1:

Sophomores not in U.S. History who do not have a World History I verified credit from middle school will take World History II during Global Studies 10 classes on the day they are permitted to attend school.

Juniors will take the Reading test through English classes on the day they are permitted to attend school.

Week of Monday, June 7:

Freshmen will take Biology tests during their Biology classes on the day they are permitted to attend school.

Students who are not currently using school bus transportation will need to be transported by families and will have the option to stay for other classes or be excused for missing parts of other classes while being transported back and forth.

As a reminder, here are the in-person assignments for Monday/Tuesday and Wednesday/Thursday. Students must follow this schedule to allow us to maintain social distancing during testing:
Chesterfield, Hanover, Henrico, and Richmond will be split evenly. Students with last names A-Li will be on Monday & Tuesday. Students with last names Lia-Z will be on Wednesday & Thursday.
Goochland, Hopewell, and Powhatan will be on Monday & Tuesday.
Charles City, King & Queen, New Kent, Petersburg, and Prince George will be on Wednesday & Thursday.

More info about SOL testing is available on the School Counseling webpage on SOL testing. Families who wish to opt out of SOL testing must complete this quick opt-out form.

Scrip Update

It's graduation time! If you plan to give gift cards, or buy gifts from a scrip provider (more than 750 retailers), please consider using scrip. Order yours here. A relatively small percentage of families have raised $1,564 this year by shopping with scrip; imagine what we could do for our Dragons if you joined us! Try it out by purchasing one product you regularly use. It feels great to know retailers you already shop give back to MLWGS at no extra cost to you! Questions? Contact Laura Dysart at scrip@mlwgsptsa.org. We are still looking for a few volunteers to help with monthly distribution of scrip cards next year. Even a one-time commitment would help! Thank you!

Dragons Styled at the VMFA

On May 2, three Dragons were recognized for their outstanding fashion designs in the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts' Teen Stylin' 2021 Program:
  • Sydney Brewer '24 won the Grade 6-9 Best Interpretation of Theme: Tempo Award.
  • Grace Crislip '24 won the Grade 6-9 Best Model Award. She modeled for designer and younger sister, Renna Crislip.
  • Vien Nguyen '23 was runner-up for the Grade 10-12 Best Use of Alternative Materials Award.
During this 12-week program students were randomly assigned an item from the museum's collection to interpret through the lens of the theme “Tempo.” Students were also required to use recyclable materials. Due to the pandemic, most students worked virtually on their projects with the option of some classroom instruction with designing instructors. The culmination of their hard work involved walking the runway before a panel of professional fashion industry judges. Forty-two students representing schools throughout the central Virginia region participated.

Renderings by Teen Stylin' student designers and award-winning garment designs will be on display May 2-June 7 in VMFA's WestRock Art Education Center.
Find information about the program here.