Linwood Holton Governor's School
Virginia's First Virtual Governor's School
One Partnership Circle - PO Box 1987 Abingdon, VA 24212
Telephone: 276-619-4326 Fax: 276-619-4309 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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It's time for Governor's School Fall Semester 2022 Orientation.
Orientation will be held in the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center (map and directions) in Abingdon, Virginia. The Center is located on the campus of Virginia Highlands Community College. The room location of each orientation session will be posted daily on the entrance doors of the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center. You may also ask the receptionist at the Center's lobby information desk for directions to your meeting room on the day of your orientation session.
Class orientations were held the week of August 1st through 5th. You missed it! (The original schedule is available through the Governor's School's academic calendar.)
The Fall 2022 Make-up Orientation Schedule is shown below.
Considering a class? Student and Instructor videos for several classes are available below.
Please note that regardless of student obligations, class materials will not be mailed to the student and/or student's school. All class materials must be picked up by the student either during their assigned orientation period or subsequently by visiting the Governor's School Offices by appointment only.
About the Sessions
We are excited to announce that the Governor's School will host SAT Prep sessions for current ALHGS students and alumni, which will be lead by Tim Anderson of satprepteacher.com. The sessions will be available at no cost to current HGS students. Tim is a certified teacher who has helped thousands of students at over 50 schools earn the SAT score they want for college admissions and scholarships. In the prep sessions, Tim will share his SAT expertise with a sense of humor and energy. He continues to take the SAT test multiple times each year to keep his knowledge of the test current.
Students attending the prep sessions will be prepared for the Fall October 1st SAT Test. The prep sessions will begin with an in-person session for students on Friday, August 19, 2022 or Saturday, August 20, 2022 (students can choose the in-person opening session date that best fits their schedule). The opening session will be from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm, with lunch provided for all students in attendance. (Students attending Friday's opening session will need permission from their high school to attend this in-person session on a "school day".) A PDF of the Prep Sessions Schedule/Agenda is available HERE.
After the initial in-person session, Tim will provide virtual live sessions on the following six Monday evenings from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. The evening virtual sessions dates are: August 22, August 29, September 5, September 12, September 19, and September 26, 2022. (There will be recordings of each session available if a student has a valid reason for missing a live virtual session). Students participating should commit to attend either Friday or Saturday’s opening session and the following six Monday evening sessions to gain the most benefit from this program.
Registration deadline is Friday, August 12, 2022. To register for the SAT Prep sessions, please complete and return the SAT Prep Registration form, available HERE (PDF), by emailing the completed form to Ms. Sherrie Spiegler, HGS Student Support Specialist, at email@example.com no later than the end of Friday, August 12th. Please note that to attend, the completed form must be received by Ms. Spiegler no later than the end of business Friday.
After a one year absence from the ALHGS course schedule, Physics returns to HGS beginning with the fall 2022 semester. The one semester class, offered in both the fall and spring semesters of the 2022-2023 academic year, will be an Honors Physics course offering high school credit. Not only will it be the first honors class offered by HGS, it will also be the first hybrid class offered, meaning that it will have a synchronous (instructors lead real time class) and asynchronous ("on demand") component.
HGS Honors Physics is a must have for anyone planning on attending college. Talk to your school guidance counselor today to determine your enrollment eligibility.
INAUGURAL OFFERING FALL 2022: The Governor's School will offer General Chemistry beginning with the Fall 2022 Semester. This eight college credit hour offering, with both parts - CHM 111 and CHM 112 - spanning the academic year, explores the fundamental laws, theories, and mathematical concepts of chemistry.
The course content and presentation is directed towards students who will major in science and/or engineering in college. Thus, the general purpose of this offering is to prepare the student for advanced study through development of skills in problem solving and in critical thinking, an understanding of the methods of scientific inquiry, and an understanding of the general concepts and principles of chemistry.
This Governor's School course is a Passport and Uniform Certificate of General Studies (UCGS) offering, meaning that the credit is transferable and satisfies lower-division general education requirements at any Virginia public institution of higher education.
Not planning on majoring in a science or engineering field but would still like to take a college credit chemistry course? The Governor's School will also offer the four college credit hour class Introductory Chemistry, CHM 101, during the fall and spring semesters beginning fall 2022. The course, like General Chemistry, is a Passport and UCGS transfer course offering transferable college credit.
Interested? Talk to your guidance counselor about ALHGS admission requirements and enrollment during the 2022-2023 academic year.
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Focusing on the Future
Focusing on the Future is a career and academic planning conference for gifted Middle and High School Students as well as Counselors and Parents. The conference will be held on the William & Mary campus on September 24, 2022. An optional campus tour will be offered after the conference. Details HERE.
2022 BBB Student of Integrity Scholarship
The deadlines for the Better Business Bureau Serving Western VA's 18th Annual BBB Student of Integrity Scholarship and Social Scholar Video Contest are quickly approaching. The application deadline for the BBB Student of Integrity Essay Scholarship, which offers a $1000 award, is January 31st. Details here.
Pamplin Leadership Award
The Pamplin Leadership Award is a one year merit-based $5000 Virginia Tech tuition scholarship presented to up to forty qualified students chosen from the Commonwealth of Virginia's public high schools. Details HERE.
Virginia Space Grant Consortium Opportunities
Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC) provides several FREE and highly engaging Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) learning opportunities for Virginia students. The applications for our three online programs begin closing October 17, 2021
Pathways Flight Academies
Virginia Space Grant Consortium, in partnership with Averett University, Aviation Adventures, and the Virginia Department of Aviation, is providing high school students the opportunity to experience a free, intensive, flight academy program. Students will undertake ground school and 10 hours of flight training that can potentially culminate in their first solo flight. Program flyer is available here, and additional details are available at the program web site here.
Prepare for College In Virginia
The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia provides resources for parents and students to help them with preparing for higher education: Student Resources. One of these resources is the 1-2-3 GO! Program, Virginia's Three Steps to College, which helps with preparation, the application process, and paying for higher education in Virginia: Three Steps to College Events.
MIT Beaver Works Institute
MIT Beaver Works Institute is a four-week program at MIT that challenges high school students to tackle high-tech projects. Watch for future offerings and course announcements here.
HGS Virtual School Browser Requirements
The software used by the Governor's School makes use of the latest web standards supported by the major browsers: Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. Thus, the HGS Virtual School (Canvas) and the HGS Virtual Classroom (Jigsaw) no longer support the Internet Explorer web browser. Students should not use the Internet Explorer or Microsoft Edge browser to access the HSG web site, HGS Virtual School, and/or HGS Virtual Classroom.
Soon students may not be able to access the HGS Virtual School/Classroom unless they are using the latest version of Chrome and/or Firefox. As new versions of Firefox and Chrome are released, students are obligated to keep their browsers up-to-date to have access to the school's sites.
The above noted browser requirements are currently enforced.
Smart Phone E-mail Access is available
To use this feature:
You can reach the non-flash mail access web page here: http://www.hgs.k12.va.us/mobile
Unfortunately, due to variation in phones, OS of phone systems, etc., we cannot offer any advice and/or support beyond the above for phone e-mail access.
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So grab a Governor's School admission application, a box of popcorn, and prepare to learn about a great opportunity.
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