• 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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  • Guest Author: Maggie Stiefvater

    Maggie Stiefvater – best-selling author, artist, musician, motorsports enthusiast, and mom – visited Powhatan School as a part of our Guest Author program. She spent a Friday in the classroom meeting with students to share her writing experience and then hosted a workshop on Saturday. The Writer’s Workshop drew 20…

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  • Celebrating the roots of Powhatan School with a Blue Ridge Country Day Reunion

    September 24, 2016 was a memorable night for a special group of Powhatan alumni and, the staff who organized it! Over 50 attendees from the very beginnings of Powhatan, the Blue Ridge Country Day School,  came together to take a walk down memory lane, sharing their history and memories along…

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  • 2 ways to test the ‘Mystery Liquid’

    The third graders have been practicing using the scientific method as a way to give structure to their questions and explorations. In this pH lab, students used a natural indicator – cabbage juice – to test whether 4 liquids were acidic, basic, or neutral. Students used graduated cylinders to measure…

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  • Leadership roles and a strong affirmation of the K-8 environment

    A recent study released by researchers at Syracuse University and New York University, highlighted in this NPR article by Anya Kamenetz, provides a strong affirmation of the K-8 learning environment. The study examined experiences of students in New York City at schools serving various grades. They specifically focused on the…

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