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Guest Professionals connect what we learn in the classroom with the Real World

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. Real World Fifth graders… Continue Reading →

A Controlled Burn: Wildflower Meadow

In early December Powhatan School received a visit from the Virginia Department of Forestry to conduct what is known as a Controlled Burn…

Exploring the Crocker Conservancy: Vole Nests

On Thursday the third grade will dissect owl pellets in the Lower School Science Lab. To prepare for the upcoming lab activity, Ms. Coutts took students out onto the Crocker Conservancy yesterday (Yay – 60 degree weather in January!) to… Continue Reading →

Hour of Code 2018: Thank You!

I want to extend a huge thank you to all of our parent volunteers who took time out of their schedules to come into the Library or Makerspace to help students with their coding projects. The extra sets of hands… Continue Reading →

Hour of Code 2018: Critical Thinking Skills

The Hour of Code week is more than just coding. It is a time for students to get excited about Computer Science and start thinking about how they could potentially use these skills now and in the future. Coding teaches… Continue Reading →

Having Fun = Learning

An article by Valerie Strauss in the Washington Post entitled “Why fun is important in learning” asks a simple, yet thoughtful question; “Why do we assume that learning only occurs when kids are serious and quiet?” It’s a question that… Continue Reading →

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 →

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