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Isn’t it Nice: Apples & Pumpkin Spice

Thanks to a truly transformational gift from the Ferrell Family, this summer our kindergarten and first grade classrooms were renovated. The classrooms are now brighter, flexible and include more open learning spaces, enabling broadened exploration in science, creative play and… Continue Reading →

Pre-K Design Challenge: Not A Box

Pre-Kindergarten’s first Design Challenge was inspired by the picture book, Not a Box, written by Antoinette Portis.  The main character in the story is a rabbit with a box. Each time the reader asks the rabbit what he is doing… Continue Reading →

Leadership Opportunities in a K-8 Environment

A study released by researchers at Syracuse University and New York University, highlighted in this NPR article by Anya Kamenetz, provides a strong affirmation of the K-8 learning environment. The study examined experiences of students in New York City at… Continue Reading →

Banned Books Week & the Survival Trip

September 23-28 is “Banned Book Week” so we stopped by Lee Hall to see if there were any banned books gracing the bookshelves of our Upper School teachers. We had five books in our hands within seconds. “We don’t seek… Continue Reading →

Learning should be fun!

Working together in small groups, students created their own volcanic eruptions combining baking soda and vinegar in the test pan. Using homemade…

Batik Art: Celebrating the International Day of Peace

Powhatan School is celebrating the International Day of Peace (September 21st) through an all-school art project. Each student at every grade level is creating their own Peace Flag using a process called Batiking. The Batik art process is fascinating. Students… Continue Reading →

Field Trip Fun: Blandy Farm

Kindergarten and first grade spent their morning at Blandy Experimental Farm. Request Information Blandy is a 700-acre University of Virginia research facility located in Clarke County and is the home of the State Arboretum of Virginia. We love Blandy Farm!… Continue Reading →

Class of 2014: Off to College

College of William and Mary, UPenn, University of Oxford (UK), NYU, Virginia Tech…

Upper School Retreat: Setting the Tone for the Year

One of the oldest and most enduring traditions, Powhatan held it’s 37th Upper School Retreat at Camp Rim Rock in West Virginia. A wonderful event that encourages teamwork and collaboration through two days worth of fun and sometimes challenging events,… Continue Reading →

2018-19 POST/RAIL Captains Announced

Congratulations to the 2018-19 POST/RAIL Captains! POST/RAIL Captains are selected each year during Upper School Retreat. Applicants are required to make a presentation in front of all Upper School students as selections are made. Rail students in Upper School then… Continue Reading →

Kindergarten explores the Nature Trail

Kindergarten explores the Nature Trail Both Kindergarten classes took a brief hike along the Nature Trail this afternoon. Kindergarteners used their senses to explore during their visit to the Crocker Conservancy. The first few days of school are great for… Continue Reading →

Top-25 Most Popular Blog Posts from the 2017-18 School Year

In August of 2014 we launched the Powhatan Pulse: A School Blog. The purpose was to strengthen our online communication with parents and to highlight a few of the great things happening in our classrooms. Each year we look back… Continue Reading →

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