• Getting to know the MakerSpace

    The after school program in the MakerSpace just kicked off in November. “We are experimenting with ideas and different projects right now, so it’s very open-ended,” says Mr. Holloway the Math Department Chair and MakerSpace facilitator. “I just want them to get a sense of what tools and materials we…

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  • Learning should be fun!

    “We are firm believers here in the notion that learning should be fun,” says Mrs. Brondstater, a second grade teacher. “People have this expectation that good classrooms are silent classrooms, yet there is a significant amount of research that says otherwise. We want them to have fun, we want them…

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  • First Grade Assemblage Sculptures

    Take a minute to watch the video below as Mrs. Garrity, the Lower School art teacher, talks about the assemblage sculpture project, as well as a new exciting project on the horizon:

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  • Square Meter: Native & Invasive Plants

    Fourth graders recently worked with Mr. Clay Morris, a biologist, to explore the plant life on the Crocker Conservancy through plot sampling. Students identified the types of plants that were growing in a square meter plot of the native wildflower meadow and a random square meter plot outside of the meadow.…

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  • Shakespeare As Project-Based Learning

    “Shakespeare is the original Project-Based Learning (PBL) activity,” says Ms. Lane, the School Library Media Specialist who is also the newest director of the annual Shakespeare play. Ms. Lane took the helm, with co-director Mrs. Naghib, after Mr. Bell retired last year. Mr. Bell directed the annual production for three decades.

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  • It’s Shakespeare Week: Practice Those Lines!

    It’s “Shakespeare Week’ at Powhatan! Please be sure to join us as the eighth grade presents A Midsummer Night’s Dream on Friday. Traditions and rituals help cement a school’s identity while signaling what a school values. This tradition has been a part of the school since the early 1960s, and the annual…

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  • November Letter: The courts and playing fields are their classrooms

    Our coaches, who interact each day with the students, have an enthusiasm for learning which is contagious. The positive way they encourage each student brings out their personal best and resilience…

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  • Vocabulary Word Dress-Up Day

    Today is Vocabulary Word Dress-Up Day at Powhatan! Students in grades 1-8 dress up as their favorite vocabulary word, while kindergarten and Pre-K students dress up along the lines of recent units of study (nursery rhymes and community). Check out the pictures from across campus below! A very special THANK YOU…

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  • Spooky Math

    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 words ‘hands on learning.” Students were given a set of parameters to create their own jack o’lanterns with precise measurements.…

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  • Fourth Grade Conservation Day 2016

    The Piedmont Environmental Council and Powhatan School teamed up to host the annual Conservation Day for all fourth graders in Clarke County on Thursday, October 27. Roughly 170 fourth graders from D.G. Cooley, Boyce Elementary, and Powhatan School attended the program themed “Riches of Nature.” Students spent the morning visiting…

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  • It’s not until you are immersed in Bay life that you make a personal connection to what you are learning.

    At the conclusion of their study of watersheds every fall, eighth graders go on a three day overnight trip to the Chesapeake Bay. “We believe field trips provide incredible experiential learning opportunities that cannot be duplicated in the classroom,” says Mrs. Hobbs, an Upper School science teacher. “It’s not until…

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  • Running a Marathon: Which food provides more energy?

    Third graders have been studying nutrition in science. Yesterday they headed over to the new Lower School Science Lab to solve an interesting question. These students explored the idea of running a marathon and two questions that followed. Would it be better to eat marshmallows or cashews before we ran?…

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