• Navigating the Admissions Process (2018-19)

    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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  • 2018 Top-10 Videos (#9 & #10)

    Tune in this week as we rank the Top-10 most popular classroom videos from the school’s YouTube channel. Videos are ranked by the number of views they received during the school year. Today we unveil the #9 & #10 videos:   10. Pre-K Architects We love this project in Pre-K!…

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  • WHAT WERE THE MOST POPULAR YOUTUBE VIDEOS FOR 2017-18?

    Each summer we look back at the most popular blog posts and videos from the past school year. Top-10 Videos This past June we hit a major milestone, eclipsing 250,000 total views on our school YouTube Page. In the lifetime of the page, we’ve now received roughly 257,881 views. We…

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  • Where do your students go after they graduate?

    It is a question we hear on campus tours from parents who are considering Powhatan for their children;  where do your students go after they graduate? 

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  • Exploring the Wetlands

    Our third graders have been studying the importance of the wetlands on the Crocker Conservancy. Students put on their muck boots and waded into the wetlands to discover which plants and insects were thriving in our calcareous muck fen. Throughout our unit of study, students explored the wetlands both as a…

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  • June Letter: Innovation, iPads & Writer’s Workshop

    Beginning with an app called Book Creator, Alyson Yoder embarked on a quest to ignite excitement for writing books about Mexican animals. To start, she brainstormed with the class to create a list of animals about which they wanted to learn. Next, by doing a lot of reading to experience non-fiction literature…

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  • Market Day: Entrepreneurship & Economics

    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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  • Powhatan or Hogwarts?

    The easiest way to start explaining POSTS and RAILS is to think about Harry Potter. In the novels, there are Four Houses of Hogwarts…

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  • Real World Examples: Watersheds & Flooding

    The heavy rains across the region have created areas of significant flooding, including the streams that wind through our campus and the wetlands of the Crocker Conservancy. This provided a wonderful real-world example for fifth grade, which has been studying watersheds, the impact of surface runoff into the streams and…

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  • Planting Trees on the Crocker Conservancy

    Sixth grade study wildlife at the end of the school year, so Mr. Legge took them out onto the Crocker Conservancy to plant trees. The trees provide food for our wildlife habitat as well as remove some of the invasive species on the property. Sixth graders partnered up to dig…

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  • May Letter: Dreams for Innovation – The Power of Vision

    My letter to you this month about innovation will take a slightly different direction. Rather than share an observed innovative project or teaching strategy, I am going to share a teacher’s innovative vision and the impact it can make on students of today and those of tomorrow.

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  • Wetlands in a Pan

    The heavy rains across the region have created areas of flooding, including on the wetlands of the Crocker Conservancy (on our campus). Kindergarteners explored the wetlands two weeks ago and learned about the way the wetlands act as natural sponges and help absorb rain water and flood waters. The Wetlands…

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