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October Letter: Play Lab

The Play Lab represents interdisciplinary, authentic, and self-directed learning for children at this age. Learn more in this podcast!

September Letter: Innovation is in the Air

To that end, my Head’s letters and podcasts this year will focus on the innovative teaching that I see as I cross our campus and visit classrooms.  Each letter will focus on a teacher or a strategy…

Welcome Back!

Dear Powhatan Families, The hustle and bustle of the preparations for the new school year have certainly kept us all very busy over the last few weeks! Delivering boxes, putting the final touches on bulletin boards, cleaning buses, and remembering… Continue Reading →

February Letter: The Five C’s

Dear Powhatan Parents, The winter months are the time of year for visits to campus by prospective families interested in sending their children to Powhatan. I spend a good part of my time sharing with them what drew me to… Continue Reading →

December Letter: ‘Twas the week before Winter Break

I hope you will indulge my “poetic spirit” as I wrote these words after one of my many “walk-arounds” on our vibrant campus. We are a joyful community and each student, faculty, staff and parent help to express this joy in all we do…

November Letter: The courts and playing fields are their classrooms

Our coaches, who interact each day with the students, have an enthusiasm for learning which is contagious. The positive way they encourage each student brings out their personal best and resilience…

October Letter: History & Tradition

I had the privilege of spending some time with alumni from The Blue Ridge Country Day School, which was the founding school and beginnings of Powhatan. The humorous and lively exchanges about their memories of the little red schoolhouse…

September Letter: Explore the MakerSpace

Powhatan is opening a new MakerSpace this year. It will be a place where students can tinker, explore ideas, design creations, take a risk and learn from mistakes. It can be used by all ages and will embrace all subject areas. It will be a place where faculty and students alike can take a risk, nurture a passion, build and expand upon a unit or concept and freely open minds to new possibilities.

May Letter: My day as an eighth grader

…and I was only here for a day because I had switched places with two students who were being “Heads for the Day” while I became an eighth grader.

March Letter: Professional Development

We are a community that embraces lifelong learning and that especially extends to our wonderful and talented faculty. An important part of our commitment to providing a top education is professional development…

February Letter: The MakerSpace

As schools across the country look to incorporate ways to create excitement around STEM subjects, MakerSpaces have emerged as campus hubs that foster creativity and innovation…

January Letter: What are you Reading?

Dear Parents, As I sat at home during last weekend’s snow storm, with my book in one hand and a cup of hot chocolate in the other, I was thinking about all the Powhatan students who were at home doing… Continue Reading →

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