• 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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  • 2016 Mock Election

    Eighth graders briefed Upper School students on the upcoming Mock Election at Powhatan and issues that voters (both real and at Powhatan) will consider. Today’s event was the first of two such sessions.   Mock Election 2016 pic.twitter.com/SkAkOADPjv — Powhatan School (@powhatanschool) October 26, 2016   During each session, students…

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  • Join Us: Fall Open House & Shadow Day!

    #WeLOVEaChallenge   Powhatan students LOVE a challenge! We have an accelerated curriculum that provides a rigorous, yet developmentally appropriate, approach to the traditional subjects in English, math, social studies, and science. Our aim of educating the whole child includes character development, social and emotional growth and an inclusion of plenty of extras. Art, music,…

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  • Kindergarten Science: Simple Machines

    Kindergarteners are learning about force, motion and simple machines. In this activity, students rotated through multiple hands-on activities where they explored the inclined plane and wedge:

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  • Real World Science: Wetlands Field Day

    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. Students measured the temperature, pH, and levels of dissolved oxygen in…

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