• Making Math Fun!

    Third graders have been exploring measurement in math. This week, the team took it one step further by creating a fun activity that really brings a new meaning to the phrase ‘hands-on learning.” Students were given a set of parameters to create their own jack o’lanterns with precise measurements. The…

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  • Clare Ferrell Early Childhood Speaker Series: “The Importance of Play for Pre-School and Primary Aged Children”

    DOROTHY SLUSS, RETIRED COLLEGE PROFESSOR AND AUTHOR TO SPEAK ON THE IMPORTANCE OF PLAY FOR PRE-SCHOOL AND PRIMARY SCHOOL AGED CHILDREN Dr. Dorothy J. Sluss will speak on her passion of early childhood education and the importance of play for pre-school and primary school aged children on Friday, November 2,…

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  • Book Fair Volunteers: Thank You!

    Thanks to the support of so many, our Book Fair last week was a great success! We are so grateful to those who purchased books, volunteered their time setting up, helping our students with orders, and tearing down the Book Fair. It takes many dedicated volunteers to make an event…

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  • Powhatan Welcomes VAIS Visiting Accreditation Team

    The Powhatan School community welcomed the Visiting Accreditation Team of school administrators and faculty from the Virginia Association of Independent Schools (VAIS) to campus this week. The team has been on campus from Sunday through Tuesday, as part of our five-year accreditation visit. POWHATAN WELCOMES VAIS VISITING ACCREDITATION TEAM Powhatan,…

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  • 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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  • Hour of Code: Fun Facts

    Powhatan had a great global Hour of Code event last week. We had tons of cool projects going on at every grade level to complement Powhatan’s computer science curriculum. Learn more in the video below:  Hour of Code: Fun Facts – Powhatan students coded for a combined total average of…

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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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