• Cross-Curricular Experience: Chinese New Year

    The First Grade social studies curriculum explores two countries that play an important role in the lives of modern-day Americans: Mexico, our neighbor to the South; and China, the most populous country with a rapidly growing economy. Students revisit an earlier taught geography unit as they learn about the geographic…

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  • Author Study: Building Confidence Through Public Speaking

    Pick up any five business magazines at the airport and look for an article touting the “Top 10 skills leaders need in the 21st Century.” Better yet, just google the title and you’ll find thousands of articles. Click on one. Look down the list of each. I can bet you…

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  • Makerspace & Mountains

    Second grade students concluded their social studies unit on geography this week with a special maker space project. After learning about landforms and water formations, students worked in teams to build models representing the shapes and structures of those formations. Each team was assigned three different formations and had to…

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  • Bon appétit

    The seventh grade French class went on a field trip to a local French restaurant “L’Auberge Provençale” last Thursday. This field trip was the culmination of their study of dining out and food…

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  • Award Winning Visiting Author: Charles R. Smith, Jr.

    (photo credit: Ms. Barr) American poet, Charles R. Smith, Jr. visited the Powhatan campus Wednesday, January 23rd to speak with Powhatan students in grades 4-8. Mr. Smith is an illustrator/writer who has been awarded the Coretta Scott King Award for illustrations in his book My People and his book If was selected as…

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  • Guest Professionals connect what we learn in the classroom with the Real World

    Throughout our curriculum at Powhatan, teachers often bring in experts in various fields to spark enthusiasm, inspire students to think beyond the classroom, and show that we truly do learn not for school, but for life. Real World Fifth graders are studying electricity in science class. They have been building…

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  • A Controlled Burn: Wildflower Meadow

    In early December Powhatan School received a visit from the Virginia Department of Forestry to conduct what is known as a Controlled Burn…

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  • Now Enrolling for Fall 2019: Your Guide to the Admissions Process

    Mrs. Hobbs took this photo on the Chesapeake Bay field trip. The school search process starts well before applying to any independent school.  As you begin the search to find the best school for your children, you will find various schools designed to meet different needs. After visiting, researching and…

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  • Mrs. Bell’s Classroom: Creating an active, student-focused learning environment through the use of flexible seating

    Fifth grade teacher, Mrs. Bell, authored an article published in the 2019 Winter edition of Vision, the magazine produced by the Virginia Association of Independent Schools (VAIS). The theme of the issue is Active Learning Spaces and is designed to showcase new and innovative classroom design. Mrs. Bell’s piece, entitled Intentional and Engaged Learning Spaces…

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  • Exploring the Crocker Conservancy: Vole Nests

    On Thursday the third grade will dissect owl pellets in the Lower School Science Lab. To prepare for the upcoming lab activity, Ms. Coutts took students out onto the Crocker Conservancy yesterday (Yay – 60 degree weather in January!) to explore possible owl habitats on campus, including the burned out…

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  • Holiday Service Learning

    Earlier this month, the fifth grade students  collected canned goods. Students stock piled the canned goods in their classroom in preparation for their annual field trip to stock the shelves of the Christ Church Cares Food Pantry. Earlier today, fifth graders took the entire morning to deliver the donations to…

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  • December Letter: A Special Thank You

    Dear Parents, Tomorrow is one of my favorite traditions at Powhatan, our annual Carol Sing. A tradition like Carol Sing reinforces our value of community. This musical gift of the season brings families together and provides a common experience shared by generations of students, parents, grandparents, and faculty at Powhatan.…

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