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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 →

Big Dreams Day!

Fifth Grade received an awesome surprise yesterday with Big Dreams Day! Big Dreams Day Big Dreams Day is an opportunity for fifth grade students to meet with a mentor within their preferred field of study/dream career and learn a bit… 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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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: 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 →

Shakespeare Week: 21st Century Skills

A number of researchers, and parents for that matter, are grappling with the effects of screen time on young children. In this day and age, when students are so attached to their phones, it could be more important than ever… Continue Reading →

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