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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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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: 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: 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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Grant Spotlight: World Religions field trip

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, World Religions teacher Kinsey Hall accessed some of that funding to […]

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Grant Spotlight: 2018 MENA Seminar Morocco Trip

May 3, 2018 / Catherine Nicholas / Spotlight - Grants

This spring, Robinette Cross, Lisa Williams, and Joy Davis chaperoned the second-ever Middle East & North Africa senior seminar trip to Morocco. Robinette Cross, who led the trip, lived and studied in Morocco for several years, including a year doing research on a Fulbright. She brings an amazing depth of knowledge to the seminar and […]

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Grant Spotlight: Yoga for Sophomores

May 2, 2018 / Catherine Nicholas / Spotlight - Grants

Every spring for the last few years, Paige Hawkins has arranged for Becky Eschenroeder to teach yoga to MLWGS sophomores during PE for the month of April.  Becky is one of the most beloved instructors in the Richmond area, and spent four years as a certified YoKid Facilitator Trainer responsible for training adults in ways […]

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Grant Spotlight: Music Department Trip to New Orleans

April 27, 2018 / Catherine Nicholas / Spotlight - Grants

Every spring, orchestra and band teacher Karl von Klein organizes a trip open to any student taking a class within the music department.  This year, he is chaperoning students on a trip to New Orleans for the first weekend of this year’s Jazz and Heritage Festival (aka Jazz Fest).  The Foundation provided a grant to […]

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