OUR VISION

The students at Powhatan Elementary School are high-achieving learners, who leave our school prepared to meet the challenges and high expectations of middle school. All students participate in rigorous curriculum and high quality opportunities for growth. As successful lifelong learners and productive citizens, our students achieve their fullest potential making a positive difference in our school and community.

OUR MISSION

The mission of Powhatan Elementary School is to provide students with a diverse education in a safe and nurturing learning environment that prepares them for post-secondary opportunities. By providing students with authentic and rigorous learning experiences that promote critical thinking, collaboration, engagement, and the use of technology, each child will be prepared for college and/or careers.

 

OUR BELIEFS

  •  ALL children can learn, and it is our responsibility to do whatever it takes to ensure that all children meet the standards for learning set by the school, county, and state.
  • We are in the business of learning, not teaching. Failure is not an option. We need to be committed to doing whatever is necessary to help every child succeed.
  • When people work together it benefits both students and staff.
  • Learning should be interactive, engaging and meaningful with real world, authentic connections.
  • Learning should be fun (coming to work should be fun!)
  • All people should be treated with respect at all times.

WHAT'S HAPPENING

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 Powhatan is on the News!
TOWSON, MD. – A new episode of “The BCPS News Show” is now airing on Comcast Cable Channel 73 and Verizon FiOS Channel 34 in Baltimore County and will continue through Sunday, December 21. The show is hosted by Mary Beth Marsden, a local Emmy Award®-winning broadcaster. The current episode includes segments about:
  • BCPS Passport Schools – To ensure that every student becomes proficient in a second language, 10 Passport Schools in BCPS are piloting Spanish language instruction this year in anticipation of taking the program to schools across the county.
  • Nights of Innovation – Four BCPS Lighthouse Schools hosted “Nights of Innovation” events recently to introduce families and the community to the school system’s Students and Teachers Accessing Tomorrow (S.T.A.T.) program and the move to digital blended instruction.
  • Equity and Cultural Proficiency – Dr. Lisa Williams, director of the BCPS Office of Equity and Cultural Proficiency, will discuss how BCPS is seeking to raise awareness about equity and diversity issues, how those issues impact student achievement, and how parents and the community can learn more about raising achievement and closing achievement gaps. In a segment called “What’s Trending,” the show takes a look at the recent ribbon-cutting to officially dedicate the new Mays Chapel Elementary School; a field trip to M&T Bank Stadium by students at Chase Elementary School to accept a $5,000 check through the Fuel Up to Play 60 initiative; a Stuff-A-Bus food drive at Ridgely Middle School; and the selection of Catonsville High School teacher Kenneth Bernstein as a Claes Nobel Educator of the Year by the National Society of High School Scholars. An “Around the County” feature also focuses on writer Natalie Standiford’s visit to Pikesville Middle School as an author-in-residence as well as the work that took place at a recent middle school leadership conference hosted by the Baltimore County Student Councils. BCPS-TV, the school system’s television station, produces a new episode of “The BCPS News Show” every two weeks during the school year. The program airs daily at 12:30 a.m., 5:30 a.m., 8:30 a.m., 9:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. and is available online at http://www.bcps.org/bcpstv/programs/ and https://vimeo.com/bcps. Since 1983, BCPS-TV has produced original and instructional programming, interactive DVDs, commercial satellite downlinks and live telecasts to serve the informational needs of students, parents, educators and citizens of Baltimore County. The television station also provides opportunities for BCPS students, staff and stakeholders to learn about and gain experience in television and video production. Original programs airing on the television station include “High School Sports Scene,” “Math Homework Helpers,” “Kid Conversation,” “Student Art Break,” “Student Production Showcase,” “Brain Gain,” “Up Beat” and “The Chalkboard.” BCPS-TV also records and airs systemwide music and recognition events as well as recorded and live-stream broadcasts of the public meetings of the Baltimore County Board of Education. A viewing schedule for BCPS-TV is available at www.bcps.org/apps/edchannel_schedule/.
Saturday, December 13

Randallstown High School hosts its Holiday Bazaar 2014
What: Randallstown High School will host its annual Holiday Bazaar featuring a variety of local artisans, vendors, crafts, food trucks and other edibles, and more. The event is sponsored by the school’s PTSA and PBIS Team. When: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 13 Where: Randallstown High School, 4000 Offutt Rd., Randallstown 21133 Contact: Kristina Boxley or Marla Deen, 410.887.0748
Tuesday, December 16

Seventh District Elementary School presents winter concert
What: The annual winter concert at Seventh District Elementary School, under the direction of music teachers Kimberley Kiper and Jonathan Reed, will feature the Grade 5 chorus and instrumentalists performing in the school’s cafetorium. When: 7 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 16 Where: Seventh District Elementary School, 20300 York Rd., Parkton 21120 Contact: Glenda Carman or Leslie Brooks, 410.887.1902
Patapsco High School and Center for the Arts to host Winter Instrumental Concert

What: Sponsored by the school’s Tri-M Music Honor Society, the Patapsco High School and Center for the Arts band and orchestra ensembles take to the stage for the school’s annual winter concert. All guests are asked to bring an unwrapped gift suitable for a woman or child to be donated to a local charity by the Tri-M Music Honor Society. When: 7 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 16 Where: Patapsco High School and Center for the Arts, 8100 Wise Ave., Dundalk 21222 Contact: Liberty Grayek or Craig Reed, 410.887.7060
Wednesday, December 17

Engineering Day at Pikesville High School stresses sculpture and other STEM projects
What: Specialists in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics from the community will challenge students at Pikesville High School to make STEM-related sculpture projects at the school’s annual Engineering Day. When: 7:45 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 17 Where: Pikesville High School, 7621 Labyrinth Rd., Pikesville 21208 Contact: Justin Sewell, 410.887.1217
“Festival of Lights” musical to be performed at Ridge Ruxton School

What: Students at Ridge Ruxton School will present “Festival of Lights,” a musical performance celebrating the holidays. Students will be dressed in costumes and demonstrating their skills using music, pictures, and lights. The school’s Sign Language Chorus and piano soloist will perform as well. When: 1:15 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 17 Where: Ridge Ruxton School, 6919 Charles St., Towson 21204 Contact: Laura Allison or Ed Bennett, 410.887.3594
Pleasant Plains, Halstead Academy elementary schools team up to get active!

What: Pleasant Plains and Halstead Academy will team up to host Movement Night, featuring a variety of activities that promote physical well-being and overall good health. Former New York Jets player Tavon Mason, the founder and CEO of Tavon Mason Love the Kids Foundation, will speak with families about the importance of health and education. In addition to physical fitness activities, the event will feature a nutrition education station and food demonstrations; parents and children will make homemade granola. When: 6 - 8 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 17 Where: Pleasant Plains Elementary School, 8300 Pleasant Plains Rd., Towson 21286 Contact: Tracy Barr, 410.887.3549
Superintendent Dance hosts fall teacher town hall

What: BCPS Superintendent Dr. S. Dallas Dance will host a fall town hall for teachers from across Baltimore County. The town hall is open to teachers to express their viewpoints on education and school-related topics of their choosing. The meeting may be viewed through live-streaming on BCPS-TV (Comcast Cable Channel 73 and Verizon FiOS Channel 34 in Baltimore County) and the BCPS website, http://www.bcps.org/video/liveStream.html. When: 5 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 17 Where: Milford Mill Academy, 3800 Washington Avenue, Milford Mill 21244 Contact: Mychael Dickerson, 410.887.5908
Thursday, December 18

Superintendent Dance meets with students in two fall town halls

What: BCPS Superintendent Dr. S. Dallas Dance will host two fall town hall meetings for high school and for middle school students from the western side of Baltimore County; there will be a spring student town hall for schools in eastern Baltimore County. The town halls are an opportunity for students to express their viewpoints on education and school-related topics of their choosing. The meetings may be viewed through live-streaming on BCPS-TV (Comcast Cable Channel 73 and Verizon FiOS Channel 34 in Baltimore County) and the BCPS website, http://www.bcps.org/video/liveStream.html. When: High school town hall, 10:30 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 18 Middle school town hall, 12 noon, Thursday, Dec. 18 Where: Lansdowne High School, 3800 Hollins Ferry Rd., Lansdowne 21227 Contact: Mychael Dickerson, 410.887.5908
Patapsco High School and Center for the Arts to host Winter Vocal Concert

What: Sponsored by the school’s Tri-M Music Honor Society, the Patapsco High School and Center for the Arts vocal ensembles will take to the stage for the school’s annual winter vocal concert. All guests are asked to bring an unwrapped gift suitable for a woman or child to be donated to a local charity by the Tri-M Music Honor Society. When: 7 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 18 Where: Patapsco High School and Center for the Arts, 8100 Wise Ave., Dundalk 21222 Contact: Liberty Grayek or Craig Reed, 410.887.7060
Saturday, December 20

Eastern Technical High School to present its Holiday Variety Show
What: Eastern Technical High School will host its Holiday Variety Show featuring students from the school celebrating the season with a variety of holiday-oriented events. When: 6 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 20 Where: Eastern Technical High School, 1100 Mace Ave., Essex 21221 Contact: Timothy Brown or Tom Evans, 410.887.0190
Dance Ensemble
TOWSON, MD. – Twenty-nine dancers from seven high schools have been selected as members of the All-County Honors Dance Ensemble for the 2014-2015 school year. These students were chosen through a highly competitive process that culminated in auditions held on December 8. Now in its ninth year, the ensemble has grown in size and in caliber based on the development of the individual dance programs at the school level. The ensemble is administered by the Office of Music and Dance Education and is directed by Stephanie Powell, a George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology faculty member. “The students continue to impress me with their professionalism and dedication,” said Sonia Synkowski, BCPS dance resource teacher and coordinator of the selection process. “The audition is challenging, and all of the students rose to the occasion.” The ensemble members for this school year are:
Kevin Addison, George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology Anthony Bailey, Milford Mill Academy Sydney Bates, George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology Moniq Bevins, Lansdowne High School Brittany Brown, George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology Ayana Brownson, Parkville High School Ginny Bush, Dulaney High School Rachel Byers, George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology Aaliyah Costley, Lansdowne High School Ryan Dunston, Lansdowne High School Maya Grant, Patapsco High School and Center for the Arts Ashley Gross, George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology Ambrey Hamlin, George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology Khyrah Hill, Lansdowne High School Amanda Hodgetts, Dulaney High School Morgan James, George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology Asia Johnson, Patapsco High School and Center for the Arts Grace Landefeld, Dulaney High School Kelsey Lewis, George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology Noelle Li, Dulaney High School Kayla Lilly, Patapsco High School and Center for the Arts Anabelle Mann, Hereford High School Elvis Monje, Patapsco High School and Center for the Arts Sarah Morrison, Dulaney High School Amber Parks, George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology Kayla Pitt, Patapsco High School and Center for the Arts Rachel Sacchetti, Patapsco High School and Center for the Arts Diara Tilghman, Parkville High School Taylor Wenzel, Dulaney High School
The students were nominated by their high school dance teachers based on their academic record, high technical achievement in dance, work ethic, commitment to the program, and their ability to work independently as well as in challenging rehearsals. The ensemble rehearses on Monday evenings from January through May at Carver Center to prepare for performances at events throughout the region and for lectures/demonstrations at BCPS schools. The 9th Annual All-County Honors Dance Ensemble Gala Concert will be held on Friday, June 5, 2015, at 7 p.m. at New Town High School. For more information or to arrange for a performance of the 2014-2015 All-County Honors Dance Ensemble, please contact Sonia Synkowski, dance resource teacher, at 410-887-4024 or ssynkowski@bcps.org.
TOWSON – How does Ballard Green Elementary School sound? Do you like Lyons Mill Elementary School better? What about Northwest Elementary School; does that name fit? Those are the three finalist names in contention for Baltimore County’s newest elementary school, located in Owings Mills and set to open to students in the county’s northwest area in August 2015. The names emerged as frontrunners after a month of suggestions from the public in October. More than 100 votes were tallied for dozens of nominated names, with Ballard Green, Lyons Mill, and Northwest emerging as the top recommendations. “Our communities really came through with some wonderful names; your pride in our new school really showed,” said Maralee Clark, principal of the new school. “Now we need everyone’s help one more time to select the best name for our new school. We hope everyone takes a few moments to cast a ballot and let us know your preference.” The public is invited to vote for one of the finalist names – Ballard Green, Lyons Mill, or Northwest – by clicking on the link below. The survey will be open through midnight on Sunday, December 28. Votes will be tallied and reported to the Board of Education during its scheduled meeting on January 6. All BCPS stakeholders, including BCPS staff, students, parents and community members, are encouraged to cast a ballot; only one ballot per person may be submitted.

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