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Cross-curricular projects provide authentic learning experiences

As second graders are learning about the traditional lifestyles of Native Americans, they are creating a hands-on project representing each of the four regions that we study. For the plains region, our students created coded beadwork bookmarks. First, students learned… Continue Reading →

Hibernation: The Blubber Lab

First graders have been exploring how animals survive during the cold winter months. In this lab, students learned about how animals adapt if they do not migrate or hibernate. Student’s focused their research on two areas of adaptation; blubber and down… Continue Reading →

Thank You!

We want to extend a huge thank you to all of our parent volunteers who took time to come into the craziness of the Makerspace this past week. With all grade levels involved, there was no way we could pull… Continue Reading →

Cross-Curricular: Tessellations

Students designed and created their own tessellations as a part of their Pre-Algebra class. The project, a cross-curricular endeavor that combines both art and math, required students to be creative and come up with their own unique artwork. They designed… Continue Reading →

Looking back at 35 years of Shakespeare at Powhatan

Shakespeare Week is upon us, and who better to talk with us than the man who directed 35 plays. Mr. Bell has been visiting campus twice a week for the past two months as he begins to pen the history… Continue Reading →

Shakespeare Week: Cross-Curricular Learning

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 Macbeth roles and lines during drama class,… Continue Reading →

Two Recent Faculty Presentations

Two Powhatan School faculty members recently made presentations at statewide conferences. On Monday, Mrs. Robb presented at the annual VAIS conference. She shared the question-fueled, exploratory process of “chapel talk” at Powhatan within the context of eighth grade capstone projects… Continue Reading →

Exploring Native & Invasive Plants

Fourth graders recently worked with Mr. Clay Morris, a biologist, to explore the plant life on the Crocker Conservancy through plot sampling. Students identified the types of plants that were growing in a square meter plot of the native wildflower meadow and a… Continue Reading →

October 31st: Vocabulary Word Dress-Up Day

Today 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 below… Continue Reading →

Which food provides more energy?

Students explored the idea of running a marathon and two questions that followed. Would it be better to eat marshmallows or cashews before we ran? Which food would give student’s more energy? 

Is that a Pottery Studio in the middle of campus?

You may have noticed the small stone building in the middle of campus was bustling this week. The art department transformed the space into a pottery studio, allowing our visiting artist, Becky Garrity, to spend a week with the children… Continue Reading →

Professional Development Day

Dr. Hessberg, the Upper School Director, discusses professional development opportunities for faculty across grade levels: Recently we completed a professional day with teachers 16 different workshops that encourage collaboration and inquiry that allowed time for teachers to get hands-on experience… Continue Reading →

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