Category Archives: Spotlight – Grants

Grant Spotlight: 3D Printer

April 20, 2018 / Catherine Nicholas / Spotlight - Grants

In 2016-17, the Foundation purchased a Stratasys SE Plus 3D printer that is currently housed in the science department but available for use by any student or teacher.  This year, one of Ryan Webb’s Mathematical Art seminar students, Meg Taylor (’18), used the printer to create a piece that she later submitted to the Bridges […]

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Grant Spotlight: 2018 SABR Analytics Math Modeling Competition

March 13, 2018 / Catherine Nicholas / Spotlight - Grants

Spring means lots of Foundation funding for student travel.  This year, we committed to offsetting the cost of class-related trips for students traveling to Morocco (MENA senior seminar), Canada (AP Comparative Government), Phoenix (Math Modeling), and DC (We the People).  The combined enhancement grants for these four trips total just over $57,000, all of which goes […]

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Grant Spotlight: 2018 AP Comparative Canada Trip

March 12, 2018 / Catherine Nicholas / Spotlight - Grants

Spring means lots of Foundation funding for student travel.  This year, we committed to offsetting the cost of class-related trips for students traveling to Morocco (MENA senior seminar), Canada (AP Comparative Government), Phoenix (Math Modeling), and DC (We the People).  The combined enhancement grants for these four trips total just over $57,000, all of which goes […]

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Grant Spotlight: ODUMUN

February 20, 2018 / Catherine Nicholas / Spotlight - Grants

Governor School Model UN returned victorious once again from their winter conference.  The team traveled to the Norfolk Sheraton Waterside from February 15th to the 18th to compete in the Old Dominion University Model United Nations Conference.  Over 2000 students were in attendance.  Team members participated in various committees focusing on a range of topics: disarmament, humanitarian […]

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Grant Spotlight: Guest Speaker Chris Hanusa

February 15, 2018 / Catherine Nicholas / Spotlight - Grants

In February, math professor and mathematical artist Chris Hanusa visited MLWGS, where he worked with students in the Math & Art Seminar, Discrete Math classes, and the Multivariable Calculus class, where he held a Mathematica & 3D Printing workshop.  He also gave a presentation entitled “Using Random Numbers to Create Art” to more than 30 […]

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Grant Spotlight: AxiDraw

February 12, 2018 / Catherine Nicholas / Spotlight - Grants

The Foundation recently purchased an AxiDraw pen plotter for use in Ryan Webb’s “Explorations in Mathematical Art” seminar.  The AxiDraw can work with computer code to make digital art come to life as “hand-drawn” ink on paper.  Ryan has a long-held interest in the intersection of math and art, as his creative work with 3-D […]

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Grant Spotlight: Student Aid

January 30, 2018 / Catherine Nicholas / Spotlight - Grants

Increasing the reach and utilization of our student aid funding category has been one of the Foundation Board’s goals for the past several years.  We’re happy to say that we’ve seen a significant increase in student aid grant applications submitted and funded this year.  It’s the view of the Foundation that every student at MLWGS […]

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Grant Spotlight: We the People 2018

January 29, 2018 / Catherine Nicholas / Spotlight - Grants

Congratulations to Sam Ulmschneider’s We the People team on winning the state title once again this year!  This makes the 20th state-level win for MLW/GSGIS teams.  As in years past, the Foundation has committed to providing $20,000 to offset the costs of the team competing at Nationals.  The competition was free for qualifying teams for […]

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Grant Spotlight: Student Solo Art Shows

January 17, 2018 / Catherine Nicholas / Spotlight - Grants

Some of the enhancement grants we give out are for little things that add something extra to a project, lesson, or classroom.  For example, art department chair Jeff Hall applied for $225 worth of funding to print invitations and provide vinyl lettering for the solo art shows his Art 5 students put on throughout the […]

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Grant Spotlight: Art Department Trip to DC

December 6, 2017 / Catherine Nicholas / Spotlight - Grants

Every year, art teachers Jeff Hall and Kori Mosley take art students to Washington, DC for a day of guided visits to museums around the city.  Last week, the group visited the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum and Renwick Gallery.  The Foundation was able to offset the cost of this […]

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Grant Spotlight: NCTM Conference

December 4, 2017 / Catherine Nicholas / Spotlight - Grants

The Foundation has set aside $35,000 in this fiscal year to go toward faculty professional development.  Since June 1, twenty one teachers across six departments have accessed this funding to pay for graduate coursework, conferences, and workshops that enrich their instruction at MLWGS.  This funding just helped Mr. Benesh attend the National Council of Teachers […]

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Grant Spotlight: Student Financial Aid

November 21, 2017 / Catherine Nicholas / Spotlight - Grants

Providing access to every opportunity MLWGS has to offer is one of the most important goals of the Foundation.  To that end, we made $20,000 available for students in financial need in the 2017-18 school year.  Over the past few months, we’ve been able to cover big expenses, like student fees, as well as a […]

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Grant Spotlight: Princeton Model Congress

November 21, 2017 / Catherine Nicholas / Spotlight - Grants

With help from the Foundation, the Model Congress Club attended this year’s Princeton Model Congress in Washington, DC.  Princeton Model Congress is the oldest model congress in America and attracts around 1000 participants from across the country.  Over the course of a long weekend, high school students simulate all three branches of the Federal Government […]

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Grant Spotlight: Frontier Culture Museum field trip

November 20, 2017 / Catherine Nicholas / Spotlight - Grants

On November 13, 2017, social studies teacher Hana Voight took a group of her AP Human Geography students to the Frontier Culture Museum located in Staunton, VA.  The museum tells the story of the thousands of people who migrated to colonial America, and of the life they created here for  themselves and their descendants.  The […]

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Grant Spotlight: Physics Modeling Equipment

November 16, 2017 / Catherine Nicholas / Spotlight - Grants

In October of 2017, the Foundation purchased physics modeling equipment for use in classroom instruction.  The equipment allowed honors physics students to model various scenarios involving force, mass, and acceleration.  In one set of experiments, small groups constructed scenarios dealing with different constants and variables.  For example, one group kept the force constant while increasing […]

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