• Grit & Growth Mindset: One simple word you need to change your mindset

    In this podcast, we sit down with Mrs. Robb to discuss Grit and Growth Mindset, topics she presented to the faculty on professional day this year. She gives further examples of how she deploys these strategies in her classroom…

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  • First Grade Hibernation

    First grade has been discovering how animals survive in the winter, exploring migration, hibernation and adaptation in science class. To wrap up this unit of study and to provide children an opportunity to experience hibernation in a small way, students wore pajamas to school and were accompanied by a favorite…

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  • 3 traits reading instills in your child

    We caught up with Mrs. Jaffe, a sixth grade English teacher, to talk about the importance and benefits of reading. She recently came across two articles that resonated with her because they discussed the importance of instilling empathy through literature…

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  • What does Yoga, Chess and Origami have in common?

    Students had an opportunity to choose to participate in one of six different clubs that are…

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  • Guide: 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 schools designed to meet different needs. After visiting, researching and…

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  • ‘Taping’ it up a notch

    “I love to take it up a notch each year,” say Mr. Royston, the Upper School art teacher. “Each year I want to build on what we did the previous year.” The seventh grade just finished up their Tape Art installation in art class, one that has become one of…

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  • Getting to know the MakerSpace

    The after school program in the MakerSpace just kicked off in November. “We are experimenting with ideas and different projects right now, so it’s very open-ended,” says Mr. Holloway the Math Department Chair and MakerSpace facilitator. “I just want them to get a sense of what tools and materials we…

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  • Learning should be fun!

    “We are firm believers here in the notion that learning should be fun,” says Mrs. Brondstater, a second grade teacher. “People have this expectation that good classrooms are silent classrooms, yet there is a significant amount of research that says otherwise. We want them to have fun, we want them…

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  • First Grade Assemblage Sculptures

    Take a minute to watch the video below as Mrs. Garrity, the Lower School art teacher, talks about the assemblage sculpture project, as well as a new exciting project on the horizon:

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  • Square Meter: 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.…

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  • 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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