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National French Test Honors & Authentic World Language Experiences

The end of the year is always a busy time for the World Language Department. A recent cross-curricular field trip, in conjunction with the art department, to Washington DC provided great opportunities for students to use what they are learning… Continue Reading →

Learning about Entrepreneurship: Market Day

Second graders have been participating in a Project Based Learning (PBL) activity that centers around a mini economy called Market Day. Second grade studied the dynamics of an economy and then applied their understanding in the role of an entrepreneur… Continue Reading →

Studying the artwork of Andy Goldsworthy through the lens of NEAL

At Powhatan School we use an approach called N.E.A.L. (Nature Enhanced Approach to Learning). Using nature while studying art in kindergarten is a perfect fit. This particular project is wrapped around the study of Land Art by renown artist Andy… Continue Reading →

Brain Science, Bridge Building & the MakerSpace

If you listened to the podcast conversation we had back in February with our third grade team, Mrs. Slavin and Mrs. Gilpin, you may have been intrigued by a brief example of a bridge building activity they were about to… Continue Reading →

Having a blast learning about rockets!

The new deck off the science lab on a beautiful sunny day was the perfect venue for testing rocket propellants with film canisters, vinegar, and baking soda. Experimental results showed that small amounts of propellant created ample pressure and minimized… Continue Reading →

Building Birdhouses

Everybody loves the MakerSpace! Fifth graders spent the afternoon in a woodworking marathon with our guest teacher Mr. Martin, Director of Plant. They built birdhouses for the Crocker Conservancy. Wondering if they had any fun? Watch the video below and… Continue Reading →

Amazing Clay Sculptures

For the past two weeks these eighth graders have been working on creating some pretty amazing clay sculptures. Here’s an early behind the scenes look at the project:

Bringing history alive through technology & collaboration

Tag along with the eighth grade as Mrs. Naghib’s social studies class works together on an innovative technology project:

What was the winning word at the Spelling Bee?

Nikil, a Powhatan sixth grader, outlasted 15 competitors over a span of 23 rounds to capture first place in the Regional Spelling Bee over Spring Break. We caught up with him to ask a few questions about the competition:  … Continue Reading →

MakerSpace: Engineering Solar-Powered Rovers

Seventh graders have been studying the Rovers that NASA sent to Mars in 2003 and 2011. Student’s then completed an engineering project last week at the end of their unit. They designed and created their own “rovers” and “landers” testing… Continue Reading →

Forced Perspective: Proportions and Illusions

We’ve been studying proportions and this is always a fun exercise and has strong link to using math in the real world. We looked at the use of forced perspective to create illusions in movies like Harry Potter and the Lord… Continue Reading →

Teachers, Mentors and a Musical

Most of us can remember a teacher or coach who played an important role in shaping our lives. In the Upper School, we often talk about teachers in the role of mentors and advisers to our students. Yet, we don’t… Continue Reading →

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