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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 takes 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 →

Anderson Day of Service

On May first, Powhatan students and guests gathered on Crocker to celebrate Earth Day and honor our friend and past board president…

Visiting experts provide engaging, real world connections to enhance learning

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. This year in science… Continue Reading →

How we learn & the power of positivity

The after-school MakerSpace program has been exploring the 3D printer. In this video, Mr. Holloway discusses the 3D printer, learning through failure and the importance of approaching activities with a positive frame of mind!  

STEM Competition Champions!

A Powhatan School STEM team placed first out of 22 teams in the region at the sixth annual Expedition K2M STEM Competition held on the campus of Foxcroft School over the weekend. Powhatan sent three teams to compete against 13… Continue Reading →

Bridges and the Brain

Listen in to the podcast above as our third grade team, Mrs. Gilpin and Mrs. Slavin, provide insight and takeaways from their experience at the Learning & the Brain Conference…

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