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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 →

A Controlled Burn: Wildflower Meadow

In early December Powhatan School received a visit from the Virginia Department of Forestry to conduct what is known as a Controlled Burn…

Exploring the Crocker Conservancy: Vole Nests

On Thursday the third grade will dissect owl pellets in the Lower School Science Lab. To prepare for the upcoming lab activity, Ms. Coutts took students out onto the Crocker Conservancy yesterday (Yay – 60 degree weather in January!) to… Continue Reading →

Holiday Service Learning

Earlier this month, the fifth grade students  collected canned goods. Students stock piled the canned goods in their classroom in preparation for their annual field trip to stock the shelves of the Christ Church Cares Food Pantry. Earlier today, fifth… Continue Reading →

December Letter: A Special Thank You

Dear Parents, Tomorrow is one of my favorite traditions at Powhatan, our annual Carol Sing. A tradition like Carol Sing reinforces our value of community. This musical gift of the season brings families together and provides a common experience shared… Continue Reading →

Hour of Code 2018: Coding at All Grade Levels

Fun Facts: Powhatan students coded for a combined total average of 370 hours last week. Students coded in the following programming languages — color coding patterns, Block, Javascript, and Python…

Hour of Code 2018: Thank You!

I want to extend a huge thank you to all of our parent volunteers who took time out of their schedules to come into the Library or Makerspace to help students with their coding projects. The extra sets of hands… Continue Reading →

Hour of Code 2018: Big & Little Buddies

“One of the things I love about Powhatan is the Buddy Program,” says Mrs. Miller, the Educational Technology Teacher and the lead faculty member for the Hour of Code Event. It is a program that matches older students with younger… Continue Reading →

Hour of Code 2018: Critical Thinking Skills

The Hour of Code week is more than just coding. It is a time for students to get excited about Computer Science and start thinking about how they could potentially use these skills now and in the future. Coding teaches… Continue Reading →

November Letter: The Importance of Play

Powhatan’s community was honored to hear Dr. Dorothy Sluss, Professor Emerita from James Madison University, speak about her lifetime passion of studying children’s play. Click on the podcast at the top of the page to hear…

Having Fun = Learning

An article by Valerie Strauss in the Washington Post entitled “Why fun is important in learning” asks a simple, yet thoughtful question; “Why do we assume that learning only occurs when kids are serious and quiet?” It’s a question that… Continue Reading →

Shakespeare Week: Et tu, Brute?

Shakespeare Week is upon us. Et tu, Brute? The annual Shakespeare production has been a milestone event for eighth graders for four decades. Looked upon at Powhatan School as almost a rite of passage, this year the class will present… Continue Reading →

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