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.


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.



  •  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.
Monday, June 29
Summer Instrumental Music Camp offers free public concert in White Marsh
What: Older student participants in the 29th Annual BCPS Summer Instrumental Music Camp will perform a free public concert. The camp, which is open to BCPS students in Grades 5-12, offers instruction on instrumental performance skills and techniques, music enrichment classes, and rehearsals in band and orchestra ensembles. Toward the end of the concert, Jerry’s Chevrolet and The Avenue at White Marsh will present a check representing scholarship funds they have donated to ensure that students in the White Marsh area can attend the camp. Working with The Education Foundation of Baltimore County Public Schools, Jerry’s Chevrolet and The Avenue at White Marsh have announced plans to provide scholarships in future years also. On the day of the concert, a percentage of sales from restaurants at the Avenue will be used to support the scholarship fund. There is also a crowd sourcing page to support students in 2016: http://theavenueatwhitemarsh.com/tools/events/lets-band-together. When: 11 a.m. – 12 noon, Monday, June 29 Where: Main plaza, The Avenue at White Marsh, 8125 Honeygo Boulevard, White Marsh, 21236 Contact: Shane Jensen, 410.887.4024
Wednesday, July 1
BCPS students to perform free concert at Oregon Ridge Park
What: All 300 student participants in the 29th Annual BCPS Summer Instrumental Music Camp will conclude their last day of camp by offering a free public concert. The camp, which is open to BCPS students in Grades 5-12, offers instruction on instrumental performance skills and techniques, music enrichment classes, and rehearsals in band and orchestra ensembles. When: 7 p.m., Wednesday, July 1 Where: Outdoor amphitheater at Oregon Ridge Park, 13401 Beaver Dam Rd, Cockeysville, 21030 Contact: Shane Jensen, 410.887.4024
Students invited to submit Black-Eyed Susan book reports
Baltimore County Public Schools invites students to submit short book reports about books that have won Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Book Awards. A list of these books can be found at http://maslmd.org/about-bes/past-winners/. In the book reports, students are asked to explain what they liked about the book and whether they would recommend it to others. Once complete with a student’s grade level and school, book reports can be sent to communications@bcps.org or to the BCPS Department of Communications and Community Outreach at 6901 Charles Street, Towson, MD 21204 for an opportunity to appear on the BCPS website. Book reports submitted for publication are subject to editing for length. For more information on submissions, visit the Students page of the BCPS website at http://www.bcps.org/students/ and look under the “Check This Out" box. For other ways to keep students engaged in learning and reading this summer, visit http://www.bcps.org/parentu/.
BCPS-TV seeks student guests, hosts, topic ideas for next season’s “The Chat Café”
High school students are invited to help make the 2015-2016 season of the BCPS-TV show, “The Chat Café,” the best ever. Each episode of the show has a theme or issue that a group of students casually discuss. Students with ideas for discussion topics or who are interested in serving as show guests or hosts should send an email to chatcafe@bcps.org. Students should also email the show if they would like to have their student artwork displayed on the show’s set. The show will begin filming for next season in October 2015. To see episodes, please visit http://www.bcps.org/bcpstv/archive.html?Program=CHAT or watch it at 6 p.m. or 11 p.m. each evening on Verizon FiOS channel 34 and Comcast channel 73. Follow the show on Twitter (@The_Chat_Cafe).
TOWSON, MD. – A new summer episode of “BCPS News Show” will air on Comcast Cable Channel 73 and Verizon FiOS Channel 34 in Baltimore County from Wednesday, July 1, through Friday, July 31, 2015. The show is hosted by Mary Beth Marsden, a local Emmy Award®-winning broadcaster. The newest episode includes segments about:
  • How Passport teachers are helping Baltimore County Public Schools students learn more about Spanish language and culture, beginning in elementary school.
  • The impact of S.T.A.T. (Students and Teachers Accessing Tomorrow), the student-centered, technology-assisted initiative, on all BCPS schools.
  • The many ways students, including those at Holabird Middle School, are using 3D printers to bring ideas to life.
  • Taking physical education to a new level at Cockeysville Middle School using their smart phones and a Q Reader App.
  • Mr. Wilmer, a teacher at Scotts Branch Elementary School, and how suggesting that his students wear neckties for picture day grew to have schoolwide impact.
  • Grade 5 students around the county learning to tango, cha-cha, and swing dance in weeklong ballroom dance programs that also build their social skills.
  • Perry Hall Elementary School students taking on the Heart Adventure Challenge and learning more about the importance of keeping fit.
  • A special partnership with The Hippodrome Foundation that allowed Lansdowne High School students to participate in master classes in singing, acting, and dancing with cast members of the "Annie Experience."
BCPS-TV, the school system’s television station, produces a new episode of “BCPS News Show” every two weeks during the school year. The program airs daily and the programming schedule may be found at http://www.bcps.org/apps/edchannel_schedule/. The show 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,” “Parent University,” “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.
What: Five hundred members of Baltimore County Public Schools’ Class of 2016 are participating in the first day of an annual free, two-day College Application Boot Camp. During the two days:
  • A representative from a highly-selective college will discuss how admissions decisions are made.
  • English teachers will help students write college essays using both the common application and the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) common application.
  • College counselors will provide valuable information about the application process, state scholarships, financial aid, and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) process. Tomorrow, parents will also be in attendance to talk about the application process and financial aid.
When: Thursday, June 25, 2015, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for students (lunch will be provided) and Friday, June 26, 2015, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. for students and parents Where: Loch Raven High School 1212 Cowpens Avenue Towson, MD 21286 Background: Offered annually to rising seniors by the school system’s Office of School Counseling, the boot camp provides students with an opportunity to jump-start the college application process. This year’s boot camp is the third for the school system. Last year, more than 450 students participated.
TOWSON, MD. – Thanks to suggestions from users of BCPS One, the online gateway to information, tools, and resources about Baltimore County Public Schools, an improved site has debuted this week with a new look and a variety of upgrades and improvements. The new version was developed based on user interaction and suggestions and how teachers and students used the site in the classroom. “BCPS One has been very popular since it launched in August 2014, but we were hearing from users many different ways to make the experience of using it even better,” said BCPS Superintendent Dr. S. Dallas Dance. “We’re all about continuous improvement, and so we’re excited to be able to incorporate many of the good ideas into this new version.” BCPS One is a secure, integrated information management system that makes available to parents, teachers, and other users everything from a child’s grades to data on employee effectiveness. The upgrades offer something for everyone. Beginning now, students will be able to access instructional resources and digital content through the site. In August, the site’s learning management system will be updated with information about the upcoming year. Parents will now be able to access digital content as well as learning management systems, the Team BCPS Newsletter, Parent University resources, instructional content, and academic sections of the BCPS website – all through BCPS One. While the design and look of the site will change immediately, most of the new features will be available in August. During the summer, while renovation continues on the site, there will be separate log-ins icons for students and their parents. There also will be new logins and more features available for curriculum staff, leadership, and educators. For more information, visit the BCPS One web portal at https://bcpsone.bcps.org/.
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