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Kindergarten Field Trip to Blandy Farm

Kindergarten’s field trip to Blandy Farm marks the beginning of their study on biomes. Blandy’s educational staff have a great program about seeds and what seeds need to grow. After spending time in Blandy’s classroom learning about seeds and creating… Continue Reading →

How do you help new students transition to Powhatan?

One of the questions that is often asked by parents considering Powhatan School for their child is: How do you help new students transition to Powhatan? As with many of our approaches, it is not a one-size fits all answer…. Continue Reading →

Oobleck Fun: Non-Newtonian Fluid

First graders have been studying the different states of matter in science (liquid, solid, & gas). Last week first graders enjoyed the book Bartholomew and the Oobleck for Dr. Seuss’ birthday. They then headed over to the Lower School Science… Continue Reading →

How Virtual Reality changes and challenges a traditional middle school learning experience

Students in seventh and eighth grade visited the Center for Immersive Learning (SCIL) on the campus of Shenandoah University last month. They participated in a 360 Video Learning experience using the SCIL’s Oculus Go VirtualReality (VR) headsets. The students explored… Continue Reading →

Why Theater?

The seventh grade opened the curtains to the musical Oliver this week. The preparation and practice leading up to the musical takes months of hard work and effort, so we caught up with Ms. Davis, the director of the musical,… Continue Reading →

2019 K2M STEM Summit – Smallpox Smashers

Powhatan School sent a team to compete in the annual K2M STEM Summit at Foxcroft School (Middleburg, VA) over the weekend. Pandemic Teams rotated through stations of stimulating challenges and engaged in an imaginative daylong theme — Pandemic — developed… Continue Reading →

Merge Cubes & Augmented Reality (AR)

“When I first brought Merge Cubes and the idea of Augmented Reality (AR) to Powhatan, it initially was going to work really well with the older students in third grade and above,” says Mrs. Miller, the educational technology teacher. “They… Continue Reading →

Cross-Curricular Experience: Chinese New Year

The First Grade social studies curriculum explores two countries that play an important role in the lives of modern-day Americans: Mexico, our neighbor to the South; and China, the most populous country with a rapidly growing economy. Students revisit an… Continue Reading →

Author Study: Building Confidence Through Public Speaking

Pick up any five business magazines at the airport and look for an article touting the “Top 10 skills leaders need in the 21st Century.” Better yet, just google the title and you’ll find thousands of articles. Click on one…. Continue Reading →

Makerspace & Mountains

Second grade students concluded their social studies unit on geography this week with a special maker space project. After learning about landforms and water formations, students worked in teams to build models representing the shapes and structures of those formations…. Continue Reading →

Bon appétit

The seventh grade French class went on a field trip to a local French restaurant “L’Auberge Provençale” last Thursday. This field trip was the culmination of their study of dining out and food…

Guest Professionals connect what we learn in the classroom with the Real World

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. Real World Fifth graders… Continue Reading →

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