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2017 Top-10 Videos (#6, #7 & #8)

Tune in this week as we rank the Top-10 of the most popular classroom videos from the school’s YouTube channel. Today we unveil the #6, #7 & #8 videos in our countdown:   #8:  Sharing Stories   #7:  Blandy Farm… Continue Reading →

2017 Top-10 Videos (#9 & #10)

Tune in this week as we rank the Top-10 of the most popular classroom videos from the school’s YouTube channel. Today we unveil the #9 & #10 videos:   #10:  Assemblage Sculptures   #9:    Math Video Project  (Algebra I… Continue Reading →

Where do your students go after they graduate?

It is a question we hear on campus tours from parents who are considering Powhatan for their children;  where do your students go after they graduate? 

Cross-Curricular Design Challenge: Fifth Grade

Mrs. Nichols’ fifth grade class finished out the year in the MakerSpace with a fun cross-curricular that combined both engineering and art. When Mrs. Nichols and Mrs. Garrity began their planning, they first reflected on the success of an earlier… Continue Reading →

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 →

Anderson Day of Service

On May first, Powhatan students and guests gathered on Crocker to celebrate Earth Day and honor our friend and past board president…

Visiting experts provide engaging, real world connections to enhance learning

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. This year in science… 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 →

How we learn & the power of positivity

The after-school MakerSpace program has been exploring the 3D printer. In this video, Mr. Holloway discusses the 3D printer, learning through failure and the importance of approaching activities with a positive frame of mind!  

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