• Hour of Code 2018: Coding at All Grade Levels

    Fun Facts: Powhatan students coded for a combined total average of 370 hours last week. Students coded in the following programming languages — color coding patterns, Block, Javascript, and Python…

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  • Hour of Code 2018: Thank You!

    I want to extend a huge thank you to all of our parent volunteers who took time out of their schedules to come into the Library or Makerspace to help students with their coding projects. The extra sets of hands each day were greatly appreciated and made everything run smoothly.…

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  • Hour of Code 2018: Big & Little Buddies

    “One of the things I love about Powhatan is the Buddy Program,” says Mrs. Miller, the Educational Technology Teacher and the lead faculty member for the Hour of Code Event. It is a program that matches older students with younger students throughout the year. “So when I began planning the…

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  • Hour of Code 2018: Critical Thinking Skills

    The Hour of Code week is more than just coding. It is a time for students to get excited about Computer Science and start thinking about how they could potentially use these skills now and in the future. Coding teaches students the critical thinking skills they need to be successful…

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  • November Letter: The Importance of Play

    Powhatan’s community was honored to hear Dr. Dorothy Sluss, Professor Emerita from James Madison University, speak about her lifetime passion of studying children’s play. Click on the podcast at the top of the page to hear…

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  • Having Fun = Learning

    An article by Valerie Strauss in the Washington Post entitled “Why fun is important in learning” asks a simple, yet thoughtful question; “Why do we assume that learning only occurs when kids are serious and quiet?” It’s a question that can be answered all over campus, but let’s just take…

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  • Mrs. Coutts named Conservation Education Teacher of the Year

    Robin Coutts, Science Teacher at Powhatan School, receives the Conservation Education Teacher of the Year Award Powhatan School is pleased to announce that Robin Houck Coutts, Science Teacher and NEAL (Nature Enhanced Approach to Learning) Coordinator was chosen for Virginia’s Conservation Education Teacher of the Year Award in Elementary Education.…

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  • Shakespeare Week: Et tu, Brute?

    Shakespeare Week is upon us. Et tu, Brute? The annual Shakespeare production has been a milestone event for eighth graders for four decades. Looked upon at Powhatan School as almost a rite of passage, this year the class will present William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar. An interesting twist to Julius Caesar is a…

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  • Shakespeare Week: The Bard & Language Arts

    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 Julius Caesar roles and lines during drama class, they concurrently studied William Shakespeare’s language and Julius Caesar’s…

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  • Shakespeare Week 2018

    An interesting twist to the play this year is a change in the time period. The play is set in an alternate history…

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  • Shakespeare Week: 21st Century Skills

    A number of researchers, and parents for that matter, are grappling with the effects of screen time on young children. In this day and age, when students are so attached to their phones, it could be more important than ever to counter screen time with that of theater. “Theater forces…

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  • Shakespeare Week: Caesar’s Ghost

    It is Shakespeare Week! Student’s grappled with the question of how to create Caesar’s ghost along with how to create an engaging flashback scene. After some trial and error, with some collaboration with both technology and art thrown in, an idea was born. Learn more about the process behind ‘The…

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