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Exploring Virtual Reality & Augmented Reality in the classroom

We caught up with Mrs. Miller this week to talk about some of the exciting new classroom opportunities using Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) activities this year. We are especially excited about the VR opportunities for this year,… Continue Reading →

Upper School Retreat: Setting the Tone for the Year

One of the oldest and most enduring traditions, Powhatan held it’s 38th 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 →

Classrooms & Community

“The start of school is my favorite time of the academic year,” says Mrs. Scarborough, Head of School. “Teachers are modeling collaboration and doing team building activities with their students in all classrooms and subject areas.  And that’s how we… Continue Reading →

The Nature Pill: A Remedy for Stress in Children

Stress and Technology The dopamine ping. A popular interview with Simon Sinek, acclaimed author and motivational speaker, has sparked conversations around this very topic. He talks about the dangers of social media consumption and the impact on our brains from… Continue Reading →

Exploring the Wetlands

Our third graders have been studying the importance of the wetlands on the Crocker Conservancy. Students put on their muck boots and waded into the wetlands to discover which plants and insects were thriving in our calcareous muck fen. Throughout our… Continue Reading →

Big Dreams Day!

Fifth Grade received an awesome surprise yesterday with Big Dreams Day! Big Dreams Day Big Dreams Day is an opportunity for fifth grade students to meet with a mentor within their preferred field of study/dream career and learn a bit… 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 →

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 →

Merge Cubes & Augmented Reality (AR)

“When I first brought Merge Cubes and the idea of Augmented Reality (AR) to Powhatan, it initially was going to work really well with the older students in third grade and above,” says Mrs. Miller, the educational technology teacher. “They… Continue Reading →

Cross-Curricular Experience: Chinese New Year

The First Grade social studies curriculum explores two countries that play an important role in the lives of modern-day Americans: Mexico, our neighbor to the South; and China, the most populous country with a rapidly growing economy. Students revisit an… Continue Reading →

Author Study: Building Confidence Through Public Speaking

Pick up any five business magazines at the airport and look for an article touting the “Top 10 skills leaders need in the 21st Century.” Better yet, just google the title and you’ll find thousands of articles. Click on one…. Continue Reading →

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