• Mrs. Bell’s Classroom: Creating an active, student-focused learning environment through the use of flexible seating

    Fifth grade teacher, Mrs. Bell, authored an article published in the 2019 Winter edition of Vision, the magazine produced by the Virginia Association of Independent Schools (VAIS). The theme of the issue is Active Learning Spaces and is designed to showcase new and innovative classroom design. Mrs. Bell’s piece, entitled Intentional and Engaged Learning Spaces…

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  • Exploring the Crocker Conservancy: Vole Nests

    On Thursday the third grade will dissect owl pellets in the Lower School Science Lab. To prepare for the upcoming lab activity, Ms. Coutts took students out onto the Crocker Conservancy yesterday (Yay – 60 degree weather in January!) to explore possible owl habitats on campus, including the burned out…

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  • Holiday Service Learning

    Earlier this month, the fifth grade students  collected canned goods. Students stock piled the canned goods in their classroom in preparation for their annual field trip to stock the shelves of the Christ Church Cares Food Pantry. Earlier today, fifth graders took the entire morning to deliver the donations to…

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  • December Letter: A Special Thank You

    Dear Parents, Tomorrow is one of my favorite traditions at Powhatan, our annual Carol Sing. A tradition like Carol Sing reinforces our value of community. This musical gift of the season brings families together and provides a common experience shared by generations of students, parents, grandparents, and faculty at Powhatan.…

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  • Powhatan Pulse Podcast: Now on iTunes!

    Podcasts are a great way to learn more about Powhatan School and to ‘meet’ our faculty! Episodes include: ✅Learning through Play ✅Growth Mindset ✅How Reading teaches Empathy ✅Learning and the Brain ✅A chat with our Athletic Coaches ✅Student Voices – History Day Project We are now on iTunes:  CLICK HERE…

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  • Powhatan School Wins Independent School Marketing Award

    BOYCE, VA: Powhatan School won a 2018 Silver InspirED School Marketers Brilliance Award this week for its school blog in the only international competition that exclusively recognizes excellence in private and independent school marketing and communications. The Brilliance Awards are sponsored by InspirED School Marketers, a website that provides “brilliant…

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  • Hour of Code 2018: Coding at All Grade Levels

    Fun Facts: Powhatan students coded for a combined total average of 370 hours last week. Students coded in the following programming languages — color coding patterns, Block, Javascript, and Python…

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  • Hour of Code 2018: Thank You!

    I want to extend a huge thank you to all of our parent volunteers who took time out of their schedules to come into the Library or Makerspace to help students with their coding projects. The extra sets of hands each day were greatly appreciated and made everything run smoothly.…

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  • Hour of Code 2018: Big & Little Buddies

    “One of the things I love about Powhatan is the Buddy Program,” says Mrs. Miller, the Educational Technology Teacher and the lead faculty member for the Hour of Code Event. It is a program that matches older students with younger students throughout the year. “So when I began planning the…

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  • Hour of Code 2018: Critical Thinking Skills

    The Hour of Code week is more than just coding. It is a time for students to get excited about Computer Science and start thinking about how they could potentially use these skills now and in the future. Coding teaches students the critical thinking skills they need to be successful…

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  • November Letter: The Importance of Play

    Powhatan’s community was honored to hear Dr. Dorothy Sluss, Professor Emerita from James Madison University, speak about her lifetime passion of studying children’s play. Click on the podcast at the top of the page to hear…

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  • Having Fun = Learning

    An article by Valerie Strauss in the Washington Post entitled “Why fun is important in learning” asks a simple, yet thoughtful question; “Why do we assume that learning only occurs when kids are serious and quiet?” It’s a question that can be answered all over campus, but let’s just take…

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