• October Letter: Heads for the Day

    Learning for life is a broad term that encompasses many facets and is the motto of Powhatan School. In this year’s series of letters to the Powhatan community, Head of School Sue Scarborough highlights how this mission is more than words. It is alive and well each day…

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  • Innovation: Combining Roxaboxen, Technology & the Makerspace

    Every year, the first grade classes study a unit on community, and read the book Roxaboxen by Alice McLerran. Students create a community building or business out of shoe boxes based off of the book. Prior to starting their town project this year, the first grade team came to me…

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  • Fall Field Trips

    Yesterday, second grade visited Skyline Caverns as a part of their study of Geology in science class. Learning experiences beyond the classroom can often be among the most valuable experiences a student will enjoy and remember. Field trips are an integral part of our curriculum. All of our field trips…

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  • Isn’t it Nice: Apples & Pumpkin Spice

    Thanks to a truly transformational gift from the Ferrell Family, this summer our kindergarten and first grade classrooms were renovated. The classrooms are now brighter, flexible and include more open learning spaces, enabling broadened exploration in science, creative play and art – yet still providing the quiet spaces needed for…

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  • Pre-K Design Challenge: Not A Box

    Pre-Kindergarten’s first Design Challenge was inspired by the picture book, Not a Box, written by Antoinette Portis.  The main character in the story is a rabbit with a box. Each time the reader asks the rabbit what he is doing with his box, the rabbit replies, “It’s not a box!”…

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  • Leadership Opportunities in a K-8 Environment

    A study released by researchers at Syracuse University and New York University, highlighted in this NPR article by Anya Kamenetz, provides a strong affirmation of the K-8 learning environment. The study examined experiences of students in New York City at schools serving various grades. They specifically focused on the experience…

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  • Annual Fourth Grade Conservation Day

    The Piedmont Environmental Council and Powhatan School teamed up to host the annual Conservation Day for all fourth graders in Clarke County on Thursday, September 28th. More than 160 fourth graders from D.G. Cooley, Boyce Elementary, and Powhatan School attended the program themed “Habitats.” Thank you to Ms. Cathy Barr…

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  • Banned Books Week & the Survival Trip

    September 23-28 is “Banned Book Week” so we stopped by Lee Hall to see if there were any banned books gracing the bookshelves of our Upper School teachers. We had five books in our hands within seconds. “We don’t seek out banned books,” says Mrs. Jaffe, a sixth grade English…

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  • Learning should be fun!

    Working together in small groups, students created their own volcanic eruptions combining baking soda and vinegar in the test pan. Using homemade…

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  • 2018 Visiting Author: Laurel Snyder

    We are excited to have Laurel Snyder on campus this Friday as our Visiting Author. She will be visiting both Lower School and Upper School classrooms throughout the day. She will be working with students to promote an understanding of literary careers, build a repertoire of literary knowledge and promote…

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  • Batik Art: Celebrating the International Day of Peace

    Powhatan School is celebrating the International Day of Peace (September 21st) through an all-school art project. Each student at every grade level is creating their own Peace Flag using a process called Batiking. The Batik art process is fascinating. Students plan and sketch their piece on paper. Using a resist,…

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  • Field Trip Fun: Blandy Farm

    Kindergarten and first grade spent their morning at Blandy Experimental Farm. Request Information Blandy is a 700-acre University of Virginia research facility located in Clarke County and is the home of the State Arboretum of Virginia. We love Blandy Farm! Granted, Blandy Farm is only 3.7 miles from campus, but…

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