Category Archives: Spotlight – Grants

A Dispatch from the UK

December 5, 2018 / Catherine Nicholas / Spotlight - Grants

Last weekend, a group of Matt McGuire’s AP Comparative Government students left for the United Kingdom.  We got a note from Mr. McGuire yesterday evening about some of what they’ve been up to.  “Today in the Parliament, we met with former Conservative Party Leader Iain Duncan Smith to discuss his actions in the House of Commons […]

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Math Modeling at the Baseball Hall of Fame

November 30, 2018 / Catherine Nicholas / Spotlight - Grants

Mr. Benesh’s baseball math modeling students are back from their research trip to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY!  Students conducted research at the Giamatti Research Center, which is the foremost repository of baseball information, in all formats, in the world.  The Foundation offset the cost of bus transportation for this trip via an […]

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Politics of Gender & Justice Conference Class Trip

November 29, 2018 / Catherine Nicholas / Spotlight - Grants

A grant from the Foundation covered the cost of bus transportation for Dr. Anderson’s students to attend the Politics of Gender & Justice Conference at GMU.  Here’s more information about the field trip the school’s blog: “On November 16th, MLWGS’s Dr. Christine Anderson took students from her Gender, Politics & Consumerism in a Global Context VCU/Dual Enrollment class and […]

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Grant Spotlight: UK Admissions

October 31, 2018 / Catherine Nicholas / Spotlight - Grants

The MLWGS Counseling Office is administering Oxford and Cambridge admissions assessments this morning for interested students.  Though Maggie Walker sends by far the bulk of its graduates to colleges and universities in the United States, seniors do sometimes choose to pursue higher education abroad.  Application and admissions processes at international colleges and universities are often handled very […]

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Grant Spotlight: Pizza Pizza Pizza!

October 25, 2018 / Catherine Nicholas / Spotlight - Grants

Sometimes our enhancement grants pay for 3-D printers, and sometimes they pay for a nice bunch of pizzas.  The Foundation provided a grant to cover lunch for summer booster camp students so that they could have a chance to reconnect with each other and check in with the faculty members who run the camp for […]

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Grant Spotlight: AP Comp Gov UK Trip

October 16, 2018 / Catherine Nicholas / Spotlight - Grants

If you want a small taste of the Britishness in store for the MLWGS students going on Mr. McGuire’s AP Comparative Government trip to the UK this winter, we recommend calling UK Parliament for the hold message alone.  “Have you thought about taking afternoon tea on the terrace overlooking the River Thames? You are currently […]

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Grant Spotlight: Chorus Software

October 5, 2018 / Catherine Nicholas / Spotlight - Grants

MLWGS welcomed three great new music teachers in the 2018-19 school year.  One of those teachers is Michelle Graham, who is teaching chorus.  Michelle requested a Foundation grant to cover the cost of a subscription to SightReadingFactory.com in order to enhance her instruction.  “I can generate sight reading exercises at SightReadingFactory.com that are aligned with […]

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Grant Spotlight: History Honor Society

October 3, 2018 / Catherine Nicholas / Spotlight - Grants

Inductions for the Thomas Jefferson History Honor Society took place on the afternoon of Wednesday, October 3rd.  Matt McGuire, the society’s sponsor, arranged for Dr. Johanna Neuman to address the group in the 3rd floor forum.  Dr. Neuman recently published Gilded Suffragists: The New York Socialites Who Fought for Women’s Right to Vote and is currently a […]

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Grant Spotlight: Chinese Instruction

October 3, 2018 / Catherine Nicholas / Spotlight - Grants

One of the things that makes MLWGS a unique place to learn is the foreign language class offerings.  As technology changes, language instruction changes as well.  In 2016-17, the Foundation purchased 32 webcams to facilitate online exchange programs that pair native speakers of various languages with MWLGS students to cultivate conversational skills.  This year, Chinese teacher Sharon […]

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Grant Spotlight: Music Software

October 3, 2018 / Catherine Nicholas / Spotlight - Grants

MLWGS welcomed three great new music teachers in the 2018-19 school year.  Nicholas Merillat is teaching Jazz Band, while Michelle Graham takes on Chorus, and Christina Sienkiewicz, Orchestra.  The Foundation purchased software requested for shared use to aid in their instruction.  PhotoScore & NotateMe covert music handwritten on a surface or laptop into digital scores.  It can also read, transpose, and extract parts […]

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Grant Spotlight: Camera Restoration

October 2, 2018 / Catherine Nicholas / Spotlight - Grants

Diverse and unique course offerings are part of what make MLWGS such an exceptional place to learn.  One great example of this is the photojournalism senior seminar offered by Georgianne Stinnett.  Ms. Stinnett developed this course to instruct students in the technical aspects of capturing photojournalistic images, the history and ethics of the field, and to allow […]

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Back to School!

September 4, 2018 / Catherine Nicholas / Spotlight - Grants

The school year is only just now off to a start, but the MLWGS Foundation has been working all summer on enhancement grants and other funding for the 2018-19 school year.  As of this first day of school, we’ve already spent $42,000 on the enhancement grants that form the bulk of our programming.  That includes helping 20 faculty members pay for […]

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Grant Spotlight: Wireless Access at Home

August 9, 2018 / Catherine Nicholas / Spotlight - Grants

Not every MLWGS student has internet access in their home, which can make completing homework assignments, projects, and research outside of school hours logistically difficult.  In recognition of this fact, MLWGS Chief Technology Officer David Bortz worked with the Foundation to purchase ten Kajeet wifi devices and service for them.  The small, portable devices act as wireless hotspots […]

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Grant Spotlight: Summer Conferences

August 9, 2018 / Catherine Nicholas / Spotlight - Grants

The Foundation supported many faculty members pursuing professional development opportunities over the summer.  One of these was MLWGS librarian Wendy DeGroat, who not only attended but presented at two conferences.  At the ODU Library Summer Institute, she gave a talk entitled “Teaching Students to Seek Contrasting Viewpoints.”  She has published on this subject as well, […]

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Taylor Teaching Award 2018

July 23, 2018 / Catherine Nicholas / Spotlight - Grants

Dickson Benesh is back from his Taylor Teaching Award-funded trip to the UK!  In the picture on the left, he is at Woolsthorpe Manor in Grantham, England, the birthplace and family home of Sir Isaac Newton.  He is standing next to the famous apple tree from which Newton observed an apple falling, leading him to ponder the […]

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