Category Archives: Spotlight – Grants

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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Grant Spotlight: 2018 Library Refresh (Phase 1)

June 26, 2018 / Catherine Nicholas / Spotlight - Grants

MLWGS librarian Wendy DeGroat is working this summer to refresh the school’s library space.  She is working based on data collected from student focus groups that included students who utilize the library frequently, sometimes, and not at all.  She will be creating a new student seating area with poufs, floor pillows, accent rugs, and more.  […]

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Grant Spotlight: Shaking Incubator

May 9, 2018 / Catherine Nicholas / Spotlight - Grants

In October of 2017, the Foundation purchased a shaking incubator for use in upper level physical science classes like AP Biology.  “I truly appreciate the support from the Foundation,” biology teacher Pam Edgerton says.  “The shaking incubator that the Foundation funded earlier this year made several labs possible for my AP Biology students, and we […]

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Grant Spotlight: Future Dragon Days

May 3, 2018 / Catherine Nicholas / Spotlight - Grants

Last year, a committee of faculty and admin team members worked to revamp the days for admitted students that used to be called shadow days and are now known as Future Dragon Days.  They created a program of events that has delighted admitted eighth graders for the past two years.  Students receive a golden ticket […]

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Grant Spotlight: Professional Development

May 3, 2018 / Catherine Nicholas / Spotlight - Grants

This year, the Foundation set aside $35,000 to fund professional development for MLWGS faculty.  So far this year, 26 teachers have applied for and received grants to offset costs of graduate coursework and/or conference attendance.  This funding allowed Ms. Stinnett to take a course the history of the motion picture.  It sent Mrs. Reed to […]

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Grant Spotlight: Shakespeare in Staunton

May 3, 2018 / Catherine Nicholas / Spotlight - Grants

This year, the MLWGS faculty has applied for nearly $25,000 worth of Foundation support in the category of classroom instructional activities.  Funding in this category is available for supplemental activities or materials that teachers would like to use to enrich their instruction.  In March, English instructor Janet Spencer received a grant to cover the cost […]

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