• Why Shakespeare?

    The performance of and preparation for a production, like Macbeth, is a terrific example of fostering 21st Century Skills…

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  • Looking back at 35 years of Shakespeare at Powhatan

    Shakespeare Week is upon us, and who better to talk with us than the man who directed 35 plays. Mr. Bell has been visiting campus twice a week for the past two months as he begins to pen the history of Powhatan through a personal memoir. We caught up with…

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  • Shakespeare Week: Cross-Curricular Learning

    Performing a Shakespeare play for the school community is a Powhatan tradition that lends itself to cross-curricular learning. In the early weeks of the school year, while the actors became familiar with their Macbeth roles and lines during drama class, they concurrently studied Shakespeare and the play itself in English…

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  • Two Recent Faculty Presentations

    Two Powhatan School faculty members recently made presentations at statewide conferences. On Monday, Mrs. Robb presented at the annual VAIS conference. She shared the question-fueled, exploratory process of “chapel talk” at Powhatan within the context of eighth grade capstone projects in a joint session with her colleagues at The Langley…

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  • Innovative Teaching: Makerspace Math

    The Makerspace is the perfect setting for innovative teaching. Sixth graders are learning about precision measurement in math class. Mr. Holloway wanted a hand-ons project to challenge their critical thinking skills, so he took them over to the Makerspace last week to put them to the test. The activity required…

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  • Exploring Native & Invasive Plants

    Fourth graders recently worked with Mr. Clay Morris, a biologist, to explore the plant life on the Crocker Conservancy through plot sampling. Students identified the types of plants that were growing in a square meter plot of the native wildflower meadow and a random square meter plot outside of the meadow.  Mr. Morris…

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  • October Letter: Play Lab

    The Play Lab represents interdisciplinary, authentic, and self-directed learning for children at this age. Learn more in this podcast!

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  • October 31st: Vocabulary Word Dress-Up Day

    Today is Vocabulary Word Dress-Up Day at Powhatan! Students in grades 1-8 dress up as their favorite vocabulary word, while kindergarten and Pre-K students dress up along the lines of recent units of study (nursery rhymes and community). Cick on the pictures below to view the entire photo album! Click on the images…

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  • Which food provides more energy?

    Students explored the idea of running a marathon and two questions that followed. Would it be better to eat marshmallows or cashews before we ran? Which food would give student’s more energy? 

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  • Is that a Pottery Studio in the middle of campus?

    You may have noticed the small stone building in the middle of campus was bustling this week. The art department transformed the space into a pottery studio, allowing our visiting artist, Becky Garrity, to spend a week with the children exploring clay:         Visiting Artist Bio: Becky…

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  • Royston’s Regatta and Cross-Curricular Learning

    For the past few weeks fifth graders learned about Mesopotamian systems of trade and travel. Most ancient cultures were dependent on water, which became the most efficient method of travel. For Sumerians, they began using their natural resources to construct Mashuf boats. “Sometimes how we teach is just as important…

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  • Immerse yourself in Bay life

    In the classroom students are taught that runoff from the watershed negatively impacts the ecology of the bay. Runoff impacts the growth and population of grasses, crabs, oysters and other bay inhabitants and this in turn impacts the watermen who rely on the bay for their livelihood…

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