• Two Recent Faculty Presentations

    Two Powhatan School faculty members recently made presentations at statewide conferences. On Monday, Mrs. Robb presented at the annual VAIS conference. She shared the question-fueled, exploratory process of “chapel talk” at Powhatan within the context of eighth grade capstone projects in a joint session with her colleagues at The Langley…

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  • Innovative Teaching: Makerspace Math

    The Makerspace is the perfect setting for innovative teaching. Sixth graders are learning about precision measurement in math class. Mr. Holloway wanted a hand-ons project to challenge their critical thinking skills, so he took them over to the Makerspace last week to put them to the test. The activity required…

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  • Exploring 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.  Mr. Morris…

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  • October Letter: Play Lab

    The Play Lab represents interdisciplinary, authentic, and self-directed learning for children at this age. Learn more in this podcast!

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  • October 31st: 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). Cick on the pictures below to view the entire photo album! Click on the images…

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  • Which food provides more energy?

    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? Which food would give student’s more energy? 

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  • Is that a Pottery Studio in the middle of campus?

    You may have noticed the small stone building in the middle of campus was bustling this week. The art department transformed the space into a pottery studio, allowing our visiting artist, Becky Garrity, to spend a week with the children exploring clay:         Visiting Artist Bio: Becky…

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  • Royston’s Regatta and Cross-Curricular Learning

    For the past few weeks fifth graders learned about Mesopotamian systems of trade and travel. Most ancient cultures were dependent on water, which became the most efficient method of travel. For Sumerians, they began using their natural resources to construct Mashuf boats. “Sometimes how we teach is just as important…

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  • Immerse yourself in Bay life

    In the classroom students are taught that runoff from the watershed negatively impacts the ecology of the bay. Runoff impacts the growth and population of grasses, crabs, oysters and other bay inhabitants and this in turn impacts the watermen who rely on the bay for their livelihood…

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  • Professional Development Day

    Dr. Hessberg, the Upper School Director, discusses professional development opportunities for faculty across grade levels: Recently we completed a professional day with teachers 16 different workshops that encourage collaboration and inquiry that allowed time for teachers to get hands-on experience with best practices in education.We believe fully that we need…

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  • What’s happening in Art?

    We caught up with the Art Department to find out what projects students are working on. Take a few minutes to hear from Mrs. Garrity, the Lower School Art Teacher, and Mr. Royston, the Upper School Art Teacher, as they walk you through a few of the fun projects happening…

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  • What does it take to survive in the wild?

    Powhatan School’s annual sixth grade Survival Trip is one of the many milestones students experience in the Upper School and is often referred to as one of the most memorable field trips at the school. The trip is a cross-curricular effort between the English Department and the Science Department. Survival…

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