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Welcome Back Message

What a great start to the 2019-20 school year! Enjoy a Welcome Back Message from Mrs. Scarborough, Head of School:  

July Letter – Introducing the new Campus Directors

Dear Parents, This morning I had the opportunity to spend some time with Caitlin Gosnell and Darren Holgate, our two new academic leaders at Powhatan. They have both already recognized the engaging and unique learning community that we are all… Continue Reading →

April Letter: Earth Week, Nature and the Impact on our Health

There is current research focusing on the positive effects on our bodies of getting outside. A fascinating study out of Aarhaus University in Denmark tracks one million individuals over almost three decades. While it focuses on the connection between health and nature…

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… Continue Reading →

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…

October Letter: Heads for the Day

Learning for life is a broad term that encompasses many facets and is the motto of Powhatan School. In this year’s series of letters to the Powhatan community, Head of School Sue Scarborough highlights how this mission is more than words. It is alive and well each day…

June Letter: Innovation, iPads & Writer’s Workshop

Beginning with an app called Book Creator, Alyson Yoder embarked on a quest to ignite excitement for writing books about Mexican animals. To start, she brainstormed with the class to create a list of animals about which they wanted to learn. Next, by doing a lot of reading to experience non-fiction literature…

May Letter: Dreams for Innovation – The Power of Vision

My letter to you this month about innovation will take a slightly different direction. Rather than share an observed innovative project or teaching strategy, I am going to share a teacher’s innovative vision and the impact it can make on students of today and those of tomorrow.

January Letter: Powhatan History Day Project

The theme of this year’s competition is “Conflict and Compromise in History”. The over-arching goal of this project is to “provide for students to push past the antiquated view of history as mere facts and dates and drill down into historical content to develop perspective and…

December Letter: The Intersection of Tradition and Innovation

Dear Parents, Tomorrow is one of my favorite traditions at Powhatan, our annual Carol Sing. Traditions represent a critical piece of Powhatan’s school culture. Traditions and rituals help cement our school’s identity while signaling our school values. Additionally, they are… Continue Reading →

November Letter: Computer Science

During the weeks I visited Nicole’s classes, it was all about coding. At the younger grades, students were learning the basics of coding through card play with squares and arrows and Scratch, an on-line coding curriculum. As I moved up the grades, I saw students who were already creating…

October Letter: Play Lab

The Play Lab represents interdisciplinary, authentic, and self-directed learning for children at this age. Learn more in this podcast!

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