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What was your favorite blog post from 2017?

We asked a few of our teachers to share their favorite posts and tell us why they selected each. Click on the title of each post…

Hour of Code Week

We were thrilled to launch Powhatan’s computer science curriculum through participating in the global Hour of Code event last week!

Coding, Critical Thinking, Cross-Curricular & Communication Combined

We caught up with Mrs. Garrity, the Lower School Art Teacher and the Director of the Makerspace, during the Hour of Code Week to learn about some of the cross-curricular activities happening in the Makerspace this week: “Product design is… Continue Reading →

Service in the Community

Earlier this month, the fifth grade students invited the school to donate canned goods and thanked each contributor with a baked good. Students stock piled the canned goods in their classroom in preparation for their annual field trip to stock… Continue Reading →

Unlocking the Escape Room Challenge

The fifth grade Escape Room involved a heavy dose of critical thinking as students were tasked to solve a series of puzzles, complex math problems and riddles using clues and codes to complete an objective. In this case, after fifth… Continue Reading →

Why Shakespeare?

The performance of and preparation for a production, like Macbeth, is a terrific example of fostering 21st Century Skills…

Innovative Teaching: Makerspace Math

The Makerspace is the perfect setting for innovative teaching. Sixth graders are learning about precision measurement in math class. Mr. Holloway wanted a hand-ons project to challenge their critical thinking skills, so he took them over to the Makerspace last… Continue Reading →

Royston’s Regatta and Cross-Curricular Learning

For the past few weeks fifth graders learned about Mesopotamian systems of trade and travel. Most ancient cultures were dependent on water, which became the most efficient method of travel. For Sumerians, they began using their natural resources to construct… Continue Reading →

Immerse yourself in Bay life

In the classroom students are taught that runoff from the watershed negatively impacts the ecology of the bay. Runoff impacts the growth and population of grasses, crabs, oysters and other bay inhabitants and this in turn impacts the watermen who rely on the bay for their livelihood…

What does it take to survive in the wild?

Powhatan School’s annual sixth grade Survival Trip is one of the many milestones students experience in the Upper School and is often referred to as one of the most memorable field trips at the school. The trip is a cross-curricular… Continue Reading →

Design Challenge: Iggy Peck, Architect

A little background knowledge from the story: Iggy Peck began building at the early age of two, when he built a tower from dirty diapers! As he grows, Iggy continues to build things like the St. Louis Arch out of pancakes and a castle made entirely out of chalk. When he gets…

Setting the tone for the year

One of the oldest and most enduring traditions at Powhatan is the Upper School Retreat. A wonderful event that encourages teamwork and collaboration through two days worth of fun and sometimes challenging events, it is an experience that bonds classmates… Continue Reading →

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