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Where do your students go after they graduate?

It is a question we hear on campus tours from parents who are considering Powhatan for their children;  where do your students go after they graduate? 

Exploring the Wetlands

Our third graders have been studying the importance of the wetlands on the Crocker Conservancy. Students put on their muck boots and waded into the wetlands to discover which plants and insects were thriving in our calcareous muck fen. Throughout our… Continue Reading →

June Letter: Innovation, iPads & Writer’s Workshop

Beginning with an app called Book Creator, Alyson Yoder embarked on a quest to ignite excitement for writing books about Mexican animals. To start, she brainstormed with the class to create a list of animals about which they wanted to learn. Next, by doing a lot of reading to experience non-fiction literature…

Market Day: Entrepreneurship & Economics

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 →

Powhatan or Hogwarts?

The easiest way to start explaining POSTS and RAILS is to think about Harry Potter. In the novels, there are Four Houses of Hogwarts…

Real World Examples: Watersheds & Flooding

The heavy rains across the region have created areas of significant flooding, including the streams that wind through our campus and the wetlands of the Crocker Conservancy. This provided a wonderful real-world example for fifth grade, which has been studying… Continue Reading →

Planting Trees on the Crocker Conservancy

Sixth grade study wildlife at the end of the school year, so Mr. Legge took them out onto the Crocker Conservancy to plant trees. The trees provide food for our wildlife habitat as well as remove some of the invasive… Continue Reading →

May Letter: Dreams for Innovation – The Power of Vision

My letter to you this month about innovation will take a slightly different direction. Rather than share an observed innovative project or teaching strategy, I am going to share a teacher’s innovative vision and the impact it can make on students of today and those of tomorrow.

Wetlands in a Pan

The heavy rains across the region have created areas of flooding, including on the wetlands of the Crocker Conservancy (on our campus). Kindergarteners explored the wetlands two weeks ago and learned about the way the wetlands act as natural sponges… Continue Reading →

What does Virtual Reality look like in Language Arts?

The eighth graders worked on a collaborative, virtual-reality based project about one of the novels they recently read during our human rights unit, including Lord of the Flies, Animal Farm, Unbroken, The Help, and several others. The students were tasked… Continue Reading →

Earth Week Fun: Pre-K Beekeepers

Pre-Kindergarteners have been conducting bee investigations in conjunction with Earth Week. The focus of this study is to address both natural curiosities in addition to a few misconceptions that our Pre-Kindergarteners had about bees. Take a minute to explore the… Continue Reading →

Kindergarten Bug Hotel

Last week students explored the Crocker Conservancy to collect natural materials in preparation to create a bug hotel. Yesterday, as a part of Earth Week, Kindergarteners assembled a bug hotel outside of the Kindergarten classrooms. The bug hotel is designed… Continue Reading →

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