• 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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  • This is not how you learned about nutrition and the digestive system…

    Third graders are starting a unit on nutrition and the digestive system in science:  

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  • Professional Development Day 2016

    Research strongly supports that high-quality teaching is vital for student success. “A key component to high-quality teaching is Professional Development (PD) for educators,” says Mrs. Scarborough, head of school. “That is why taking a day, like we did yesterday, to support our teachers is so absolutely vital.” says Mrs. Scarborough,…

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  • Fall Open House & Shadow Day: Nov. 4

    We encourage prospective families to spend a school day with us through our Open House & Shadow Day programs. Students are immersed in the classroom for a day with their peers, while parents visit with administrators, teachers and students through a variety of programs. The Shadow Day option is available for students in grades 2-6.

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  • Cross-Curricular Fun: Royston’s Regatta

    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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  • October Letter: History & Tradition

    I had the privilege of spending some time with alumni from The Blue Ridge Country Day School, which was the founding school and beginnings of Powhatan. The humorous and lively exchanges about their memories of the little red schoolhouse…

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  • Navigating the Admissions Process

    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 institutions designed to meet different needs. Our advice is to…

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  • We tried it, and tried it, and tried it again.

    Trust, teamwork, communication, failure, perseverance, respect: these are complex concepts for both adults and children. Cultivating these in a budding classroom community at the outset of a school year likewise challenges teachers and students. Our time at Hemlock Overlook this fall planted the seeds of trust, teamwork, communication, failure, collaboration,…

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  • Real World Applications: Soil Testing

    Seventh graders ended their soil study this week by testing soil from four different parts of the Powhatan School campus:

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