• 21st Century Skills: Collaboration

    At Powhatan, we talk a lot about 21st Century Skills – skills that will help students find success in a world of ever-changing technology and volumes of information. Critical thinking, creativity, and collaboration are widely accepted as fundamental skills for future leaders. In the lower school lab, students are routinely…

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  • Science Rocks!

    We spend several days in the lab conducting mini-experiments with home-made instruments, stethoscopes, tuning forks, and the ever-popular long gong. Slinkies work well as a tool to model compression waves, and help to explain why sound waves don’t travel through empty space. The observations students make in these collaborative explorations…

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  • Chapel Talks: A Capstone of the Eighth Grade Year

    Chapel talks started this week and will run through March. What are Chapel Talks? Click on the video below and then check out the list of topics at the bottom of this post! Equal parts tradition and milestone, Chapel Talks are a 7 to 9 minute speech given by every…

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  • Clay Fun

    Mrs. Garrity, the Lower School art teacher, walks us through a fourth grade art project in this video:  

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  • Closed For Winter Break

    The administrative office will be closed (December 22 – January 4) for Winter Break. School resumes on January 5, 2017.  

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  • Holiday Service in the Community

    Service is a pillar of the Powhatan mission. Each grade at Powhatan selects a local charitable organization to assist, and many of the classes focus their service efforts during the Holiday Season. School Service Over the years Powhatan students have provided more than a thousand hats and mittens for local…

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  • Learning doesn’t get any more ‘hands-on’ than this!

    First graders have been exploring how animals survive during the cold winter months. In this lab, students learned about how animals adapt if they do not migrate or hibernate. Student’s focused their research on two areas of adaptation; blubber and down feathers. Ms. Coutts, the Lower School science teacher, then led…

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  • MakerSpace: Model Planets

    Third graders are finishing up their study of the solar system in science class. As a culminating activity, students have spent the last two days in the MakerSpace building models of the planets, asteroid belt and the Sun. The catch – they can only use reused materials:

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  • Preparing for Carol Sing

    In the video below, Ms. Davis, the Upper School music teacher, talks about the preparations for her favorite performance of the year… Carol Sing

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  • Kindergarten + MakerSpace = Fun!

    Tag along with Kindergarten as they explore fundamentals of architectural elements in the MakerSpace with Mrs. Garrity!  

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  • Cross-Curricular History Project: Collagraph Printmaking

    One of the key signs of a healthy faculty culture is collaboration between disciplines. “I found this cross-curricular project quite fascinating for the students,” says Mrs. Scarborough, Head of School. “But just as important to me is to see the collaboration evident between Mrs. Naghib and Mr. Royston to design…

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  • December Letter: ‘Twas the week before Winter Break

    I hope you will indulge my “poetic spirit” as I wrote these words after one of my many “walk-arounds” on our vibrant campus. We are a joyful community and each student, faculty, staff and parent help to express this joy in all we do…

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