• Spring Open House 2017

    Powhatan students LOVE a challenge!   We have an accelerated curriculum that provides a rigorous, yet developmentally appropriate, approach to the traditional subjects in English, math, social studies, and science. Our aim of educating the whole child includes character development, social and emotional growth and an inclusion of plenty of extras. Art, music, drama,…

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  • MakerSpace: Engineering Solar-Powered Rovers

    Seventh graders have been studying the Rovers that NASA sent to Mars in 2003 and 2011. Student’s then completed an engineering project last week at the end of their unit. They designed and created their own “rovers” and “landers” testing them outside: “This year we added an additional component,” says…

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  • Forced Perspective: Proportions and Illusions

    We’ve been studying proportions and this is always a fun exercise and has strong link to using math in the real world. We looked at the use of forced perspective to create illusions in movies like Harry Potter and the Lord of the Rings. This involved both the use of proportions…

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  • Teachers, Mentors and a Musical

    Most of us can remember a teacher or coach who played an important role in shaping our lives. In the Upper School, we often talk about teachers in the role of mentors and advisers to our students. Yet, we don’t necessarily think of our teachers having mentors of their own.…

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  • Field Trips

    Holocaust Museum Field Trip Powhatan students benefit from the varied and multiple field trips throughout the year, which are intentionally planned by teachers to enrich our curriculum. Two recent examples include an eighth grade social studies field trip to the national Holocaust Museum, and a STEM field trip to a…

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  • Combining Creativity, Math & Technology

    This year in Honors Algebra I, seventh and eighth graders were given the opportunity to complete a math video lesson project with their peers. The purpose of this project was to have students review previous material through a fun activity involving technology. Students were expected to teach a topic on…

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  • Magnets & the MakerSpace

    Second graders took their study of magnets over to the MakerSpace last week to put their skills to the test! Follow along as second grade teacher, Mrs. Brondstater, walks you through this fun exercise:  

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  • STEM Competition Champions!

    A Powhatan School STEM team placed first out of 22 teams in the region at the sixth annual Expedition K2M STEM Competition held on the campus of Foxcroft School over the weekend. Powhatan sent three teams to compete against 13 other middle schools across the region, including public schools and…

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  • February Letter: The Five C’s

    Dear Powhatan Parents, The winter months are the time of year for visits to campus by prospective families interested in sending their children to Powhatan. I spend a good part of my time sharing with them what drew me to Powhatan, my perspectives on our campus learning environment and reflecting…

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  • What is rolling admissions?

    At the end of February, we shift to rolling admissions and work individually with each new applicant to schedule visits and complete the admissions process.

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  • Bridges and the Brain

    Listen in to the podcast above as our third grade team, Mrs. Gilpin and Mrs. Slavin, provide insight and takeaways from their experience at the Learning & the Brain Conference…

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  • Cross-Curricular Learning: What happens when art and science collide in the MakerSpace?

    The MakerSpace provides opportunities for terrific cross-curricular projects. Follow along in the video above as the fifth grade designs and engineers bridges in a collaborative project that blends art with science. The project was inspired by a professional brainstorming session between Mrs. Garrity, Lower School art teacher, and Mrs. Greenhalgh,…

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