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National French Test Honors & Authentic World Language Experiences

The end of the year is always a busy time for the World Language Department. A recent cross-curricular field trip, in conjunction with the art department, to Washington DC provided great opportunities for students to use what they are learning… Continue Reading →

Learning about Entrepreneurship: Market Day

Second graders have been participating in a Project Based Learning (PBL) activity that centers around a mini economy called Market Day. Second grade studied the dynamics of an economy and then applied their understanding in the role of an entrepreneur… Continue Reading →

Studying the artwork of Andy Goldsworthy through the lens of NEAL

At Powhatan School we use an approach called N.E.A.L. (Nature Enhanced Approach to Learning). Using nature while studying art in kindergarten is a perfect fit. This particular project is wrapped around the study of Land Art by renown artist Andy… Continue Reading →

Anderson Day of Service

On May first, Powhatan students and guests gathered on Crocker to celebrate Earth Day and honor our friend and past board president…

Visiting experts provide engaging, real world connections to enhance learning

Throughout our curriculum at Powhatan, teachers often bring in experts in various fields to spark enthusiasm, inspire students to think beyond the classroom, and show that we truly do learn not for school, but for life. This year in science… Continue Reading →

Brain Science, Bridge Building & the MakerSpace

If you listened to the podcast conversation we had back in February with our third grade team, Mrs. Slavin and Mrs. Gilpin, you may have been intrigued by a brief example of a bridge building activity they were about to… Continue Reading →

Having a blast learning about rockets!

The new deck off the science lab on a beautiful sunny day was the perfect venue for testing rocket propellants with film canisters, vinegar, and baking soda. Experimental results showed that small amounts of propellant created ample pressure and minimized… Continue Reading →

How we learn & the power of positivity

The after-school MakerSpace program has been exploring the 3D printer. In this video, Mr. Holloway discusses the 3D printer, learning through failure and the importance of approaching activities with a positive frame of mind!  

Building Birdhouses

Everybody loves the MakerSpace! Fifth graders spent the afternoon in a woodworking marathon with our guest teacher Mr. Martin, Director of Plant. They built birdhouses for the Crocker Conservancy. Wondering if they had any fun? Watch the video below and… Continue Reading →

Amazing Clay Sculptures

For the past two weeks these eighth graders have been working on creating some pretty amazing clay sculptures. Here’s an early behind the scenes look at the project:

Bringing history alive through technology & collaboration

Tag along with the eighth grade as Mrs. Naghib’s social studies class works together on an innovative technology project:

What was the winning word at the Spelling Bee?

Nikil, a Powhatan sixth grader, outlasted 15 competitors over a span of 23 rounds to capture first place in the Regional Spelling Bee over Spring Break. We caught up with him to ask a few questions about the competition:  … Continue Reading →

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