• Intro to Entrepreneurship: Market Day

    Second graders have been participating in a Project Based Learning (PBL) activity that centers around a mini economy called Market Day. Second grade studied the dynamics of an economy and then applied their understanding in the role of an entrepreneur and producer. The students learned about entrepreneurs and their products.…

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  • Passive Solar Technology

    For the past three weeks seventh graders have been exploring alternative energy sources. Through multiple hands-on science labs, students have worked on a number of design challenges based around biofuels, solar, geothermal, hydro-electric and wind energy. They wrapped up last week by exploring passive solar design. Passive Solar Design: Using…

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  • Big Dreams Day!

    Fifth Grade received an awesome surprise yesterday with Big Dreams Day! Big Dreams Day Big Dreams Day is an opportunity for fifth grade students to meet with a mentor within their preferred field of study/dream career and learn a bit about the path to reach their biggest dreams. Mentors meet…

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  • Busy Bees!

    The bees are back at Powhatan! The Earth Day 2019 theme was “Protect Our Species” along with exploring pollinators. Here at Powhatan, we have a beautiful, natural showcase in our sprawling campus and the Crocker Conservancy. Our trees burst into spring with thousands of blossoms, our gardens are in full…

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  • Trout Release (Spout Run)

    Fourth graders released more than 30 native Brook Trout into a restored section of Spout Run in Millwood, Va. yesterday. Students have taken part in Trout Unlimited’s “Trout in the Classroom” school program, raising the eggs this year in the Lower School Science Lab.    

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  • April Letter: Earth Week, Nature and the Impact on our Health

    There is current research focusing on the positive effects on our bodies of getting outside. A fascinating study out of Aarhaus University in Denmark tracks one million individuals over almost three decades. While it focuses on the connection between health and nature…

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  • Earth Week: Pollinators

    Earth Week: Pollinators Each year we have a different theme for Earth Week, with overarching activities stemming from the theme. This year’s theme is “Pollination.”   Cross-Curricular: Second Graders will complete a Native Pollinator Survey. This cross-curricular study brings together math and science. By exploring three separate areas of campus,…

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  • First Grade Mason Bee Houses

    During their Earth Week study of Pollinators, the first grade built bee houses specifically designed for mason bees. Mason bees are solitary bees, meaning that they do not live in a hive. Because they don’t need to protect the hive, they tend not to be aggressive. Yesterday, students built nesting tunnels for their…

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  • Earth Week: Geothermal Energy

    Seventh graders are studying alternative energy sources as a part of Earth Week! They continued their study of alternative energy today with a hands-on activity to see firsthand how geothermal energy works. We caught up with a Q & A with students after the activity to learn more: The activity…

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  • Earth Week: Studying Alternative Energy

    Seventh graders kicked off Earth Week with a hands-on activity focused on learning about wind power. Students were grouped into teams to build a standard model wind turbine. They then were asked to collaborate and create a wind turbine of their own design, based on their observations of how the…

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  • Spring Admissions Mini-Open House

    Join us in the Makerspace as we explore how we create amazing learning opportunities for students focused on problem solving, critical thinking, and collaboration. Learn how we personalize your child’s education, utilizing a highly personalized approach to differentiation in both Math and Language Arts…

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  • Cross-curricular fun: An eighth grade collaboration with music, technology and art

    There are many types of cross-curricular projects built into the Powhatan experience. Those projects enhance Deep Learning, which implies that students will follow a particular route of inquiry from top to bottom, rather than simply lightly sampling all the possible routes. We are committed to providing this type of robust…

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