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Earth Week: Geothermal Energy

Seventh graders are studying alternative energy sources as a part of Earth Week! They continued their study of alternative energy today with a hands-on activity to see firsthand how geothermal energy works. We caught up with a Q & A… Continue Reading →

Earth Week: Studying Alternative Energy

Seventh graders kicked off Earth Week with a hands-on activity focused on learning about wind power. Students were grouped into teams to build a standard model wind turbine. They then were asked to collaborate and create a wind turbine of… Continue Reading →

Cross-curricular fun: An eighth grade collaboration with music, technology and art

There are many types of cross-curricular projects built into the Powhatan experience. Those projects enhance Deep Learning, which implies that students will follow a particular route of inquiry from top to bottom, rather than simply lightly sampling all the possible… Continue Reading →

Back-to-Back Regional Spelling Bee Champion

Congratulations to Nikil S. for winning the Regional Spelling Bee on Tuesday, March 19 at Shenandoah University. This is Nikil’s second Regional Spelling Bee win; he won his first regional bee in 2017. Nikil prevailed in the 38th round, a… Continue Reading →

Afterschool Activities (Spring Trimester)

The start of a new trimester brings along multiple different Afterschool Programs. The following programs are offered starting April 1st: Yoga 3:30PM – 4:30PM Grades 1st – 8th   10 seats available Yoga instructor Gina Byrd will continue to guide students… Continue Reading →

Mathcounts Team Represents the Region at State Competition

Powhatan School represented the Northwestern District Region at the State Mathcounts competition last Saturday in Richmond, VA.  Not only we were able to have one student (Nikil) qualify for states in the individual rounds, we were given an opportunity to… Continue Reading →

Kindergarten Field Trip to Blandy Farm

Kindergarten’s field trip to Blandy Farm marks the beginning of their study on biomes. Blandy’s educational staff have a great program about seeds and what seeds need to grow. After spending time in Blandy’s classroom learning about seeds and creating… Continue Reading →

How do you help new students transition to Powhatan?

One of the questions that is often asked by parents considering Powhatan School for their child is: How do you help new students transition to Powhatan? As with many of our approaches, it is not a one-size fits all answer…. Continue Reading →

Oobleck Fun: Non-Newtonian Fluid

First graders have been studying the different states of matter in science (liquid, solid, & gas). Last week first graders enjoyed the book Bartholomew and the Oobleck for Dr. Seuss’ birthday. They then headed over to the Lower School Science… Continue Reading →

How Virtual Reality changes and challenges a traditional middle school learning experience

Students in seventh and eighth grade visited the Center for Immersive Learning (SCIL) on the campus of Shenandoah University last month. They participated in a 360 Video Learning experience using the SCIL’s Oculus Go VirtualReality (VR) headsets. The students explored… Continue Reading →

Why Theater?

The seventh grade opened the curtains to the musical Oliver this week. The preparation and practice leading up to the musical takes months of hard work and effort, so we caught up with Ms. Davis, the director of the musical,… Continue Reading →

2019 K2M STEM Summit – Smallpox Smashers

Powhatan School sent a team to compete in the annual K2M STEM Summit at Foxcroft School (Middleburg, VA) over the weekend. Pandemic Teams rotated through stations of stimulating challenges and engaged in an imaginative daylong theme — Pandemic — developed… Continue Reading →

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