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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 →

Bridges and the Brain

Listen in to the podcast above as our third grade team, Mrs. Gilpin and Mrs. Slavin, provide insight and takeaways from their experience at the Learning & the Brain Conference…

Cross-Curricular Learning: What happens when art and science collide in the MakerSpace?

The MakerSpace provides opportunities for terrific cross-curricular projects. Follow along in the video above as the fifth grade designs and engineers bridges in a collaborative project that blends art with science. The project was inspired by a professional brainstorming session… Continue Reading →

Real World Experiences: French Class

The seventh grade French class recently went to Crepeworx in Winchester. “This trip was a culmination of our study of food and dining out,” commented Mr. Fleming, the French teacher. “It is very important to use the language in an… Continue Reading →

MakerSpace Madness: Innovation at all Ages

  This sixth grade math project is not your usual geometry class activity… Mr. Holloway takes his sixth grade math class into the MakerSpace to; “connect mathematics and the real world in a practical sense.”   One thing that makes… Continue Reading →

Screen Printing

The entire Lower School is exploring printmaking in Art Class. Check out the video to see the fourth grade in action: Each student in fourth grade designed their own screen. They had the option to bring in fabric items on… Continue Reading →

Cross-Curricular Fun: Chinese New Year

The Chinese Unit of Study culminates on Chinese New Year with a dragon parade and Chinese feast, where children sample cuisine. This cross-curricular study allows children to read fiction and non-fiction stories through shared reading and Guided Reading, write stories,… Continue Reading →

21st Century Skills: Collaboration

At Powhatan, we talk a lot about 21st Century Skills – skills that will help students find success in a world of ever-changing technology and volumes of information. Critical thinking, creativity, and collaboration are widely accepted as fundamental skills for… Continue Reading →

Science Rocks!

We spend several days in the lab conducting mini-experiments with home-made instruments, stethoscopes, tuning forks, and the ever-popular long gong. Slinkies work well as a tool to model compression waves, and help to explain why sound waves don’t travel through… Continue Reading →

Chapel Talks: A Capstone of the Eighth Grade Year

Chapel talks started this week and will run through March. What are Chapel Talks? Click on the video below and then check out the list of topics at the bottom of this post! Equal parts tradition and milestone, Chapel Talks… Continue Reading →

Clay Fun

Mrs. Garrity, the Lower School art teacher, walks us through a fourth grade art project in this video:  

Holiday Service in the Community

Service is a pillar of the Powhatan mission. Each grade at Powhatan selects a local charitable organization to assist, and many of the classes focus their service efforts during the Holiday Season. School Service Over the years Powhatan students have… Continue Reading →

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