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Shakespeare Week: Et tu, Brute?

Shakespeare Week is upon us. Et tu, Brute? The annual Shakespeare production has been a milestone event for eighth graders for four decades. Looked upon at Powhatan School as almost a rite of passage, this year the class will present… Continue Reading →

Shakespeare Week: The Bard & Language Arts

Performing a Shakespeare play for the school community is a Powhatan tradition that lends itself to cross-curricular learning. In the early weeks of the school year, while the actors became familiar with their Julius Caesar roles and lines during drama… Continue Reading →

Shakespeare Week: Caesar’s Ghost

It is Shakespeare Week! Student’s grappled with the question of how to create Caesar’s ghost along with how to create an engaging flashback scene. After some trial and error, with some collaboration with both technology and art thrown in, an… Continue Reading →

Shakespeare Week: Caesar’s Propaganda

It is Shakespeare Week! Please be sure to join us as the eighth grade presents Julius Caesar on Friday. This tradition has been a part of the school since the early 1960s, and the annual Shakespeare play is a rite… Continue Reading →

Healthy Bodies: Hands-On Learning

In their science classes for the last few weeks, third graders have been studying nutrition and the digestive system. Today, Dr. Rosenfeld visited with both classes to answer questions and share her expertise. It was a beautiful day to gather… Continue Reading →

Halloween Fun: Vocabulary Dress-Up Day

October 31st is Vocabulary Word Dress-Up Day at Powhatan! Students in grades 1-8 dress up as their favorite vocabulary word, while kindergarten and Pre-K students dress up along the lines of recent units of study (nursery rhymes and community). Cick on the pictures… Continue Reading →

Making Math Fun!

Third graders have been exploring measurement in math. This week, the team took it one step further by creating a fun activity that really brings a new meaning to the phrase ‘hands-on learning.” Students were given a set of parameters… Continue Reading →

Book Fair Volunteers: Thank You!

Thanks to the support of so many, our Book Fair last week was a great success! We are so grateful to those who purchased books, volunteered their time setting up, helping our students with orders, and tearing down the Book… Continue Reading →

Innovation: Combining Roxaboxen, Technology & the Makerspace

Every year, the first grade classes study a unit on community, and read the book Roxaboxen by Alice McLerran. Students create a community building or business out of shoe boxes based off of the book. Prior to starting their town… Continue Reading →

Fall Field Trips

Yesterday, second grade visited Skyline Caverns as a part of their study of Geology in science class. Learning experiences beyond the classroom can often be among the most valuable experiences a student will enjoy and remember. Field trips are an… Continue Reading →

Isn’t it Nice: Apples & Pumpkin Spice

Thanks to a truly transformational gift from the Ferrell Family, this summer our kindergarten and first grade classrooms were renovated. The classrooms are now brighter, flexible and include more open learning spaces, enabling broadened exploration in science, creative play and… Continue Reading →

Pre-K Design Challenge: Not A Box

Pre-Kindergarten’s first Design Challenge was inspired by the picture book, Not a Box, written by Antoinette Portis.  The main character in the story is a rabbit with a box. Each time the reader asks the rabbit what he is doing… Continue Reading →

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