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.


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TOWSON, MD. – President Barack Obama will nominate Baltimore County Public Schools Superintendent S. Dallas Dance to the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans, according to The White House. In announcing this and other nominations on Thursday, President Obama said, “I am grateful that these impressive individuals have chosen to dedicate their talents to serving the American people at this important time for our country. I look forward to working with them in the months and years ahead.” The Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans, established in July 2012, is charged with identifying and disseminating best practices to increase the number of African American teachers and administrators; investing in early care and education programs; strengthening community support for education; and boosting college enrollment and graduation rates for African Americans. Dr. Dance credited Team BCPS for bringing national attention to Baltimore County Public Schools. “The work of our dedicated educators in Baltimore County has earned our school system a well-deserved reputation for addressing many of the educational needs of African American students,” Dr. Dance said. “There is still much work to do, however, and I am excited to be representing our county and our school system as we move forward on a national level with ensuring educational excellence for all students.” The commission is chaired by Dr. Freeman A. Hrabowski III, president of University of Maryland Baltimore County, and includes among its members Dr. Gwendolyn E. Boyd, president of Alabama State University; Dr. James P. Comer, Falk Professor of Child Psychiatry at the Yale University Child Study Center; Sharon J. Lettman-Hicks, executive director and chief executive officer of the National Black Justice Coalition; and Dr. Michael L. Lomax, president and chief executive officer of the United Negro College Fund. This is Dr. Dance’s second White House recognition in less than a year. Last November, the President named Dance as one of 10 national “Connected Educator Champions of Change.”
Wednesday, September 3
Dulaney High continues tradition of annual senior rock painting
What: Continuing a tradition that began in 1965, the senior class at Dulaney High School will hold a rock painting party following classes. Members of the class will paint a giant boulder behind the school in the class’s colors before adding the initials of all class members. Parent volunteers will cook hamburgers and hot dogs as the students paint the rock. When: 2:45 – 4 p.m., Wednesday, September 3 Where: Dulaney High School, 255 Padonia Road, Timonium 21093 Contact: Carol Ann Leyh or Lynda Whitlock, 410.887.7633
Friday, September 5
Kindergarteners at Riderwood Elementary School celebrate Grandparents Day
What: In honor of Grandparents Day on September 7, kindergarten students at Riderwood Elementary School will invite their grandparents to the school for a morning of sharing nursery rhymes. When: 9:15 – 10 a.m., Friday, September 5 Where: Riderwood Elementary School, 1711 Landrake Rd., Towson 21204 Contact: Heather Buchman or Kathy DeHart, 410.887.3568
Back-to-School Nights continue at BCPS schools this week
What: Baltimore County schools continue holding Back-to-School Night events to prepare students and their families for a successful start to the new school year. The events give parents an important way of learning about the school, its unique opportunities, upcoming events, volunteer and involvement activities and other facets of school life. When: Back-to-School Night events continue at BCPS schools throughout the county until mid-September; check school websites for information on dates and times. Where: Various schools Contact: Contact your neighborhood schools or consult with each school’s website.
What: Grandparents are invited to join Baltimore County Public Schools staff for a lively conversation about the joys and challenges of supporting grandchildren’s academic progress. Three workshops have been designed primarily for grandparents who are raising their grandchildren, but they are open to all grandparents, especially those who provide before- or after-school care or are deeply involved in their grandchildren’s lives. A free continental breakfast, sponsored by Oak Contracting, will be provided at each event. Space is limited and registration is required. To register, please call 410-887-0365 or visit http://www.bcps.org/parentu/schedule/fullSchedule.pdf for links to online registration. The registration deadline is September 6. When and Where: Monday, September 8, 2014, from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Woodlawn Branch of the Baltimore County Public Library 1811 Woodlawn Drive, Woodlawn, MD 21207 Tuesday, September 9, 2014, from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Loch Raven Branch of the Baltimore County Public Library 1046 Taylor Avenue, Towson, MD 21286 Wednesday, September 10, 2014, from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Essex Branch of the Baltimore County Public Library 1110 Eastern Boulevard, Essex, MD 21221 Background: These workshops are offered by the BCPS Parent University in honor of national Grandparents Day on September 7 and as part of the BCPS Back to School Involves You, Too! campaign. The BCPS Parent University offers a variety of in-person workshops throughout the community as well as online resources and videos to meet the unique needs of all families. Parent University is to provide centralized access to resources that support parents in guiding their children to academic success and enhancing personal growth and family wellness. For more information, visit the Parent University website at: http://www.bcps.org/parentu/.
TOWSON, MD. – Eight Baltimore County high schools rank among the nation’s top, according to The Daily Beast’s Top High Schools 2014 list. Released today, the list includes 735 public high schools located across the country and 15 in Maryland. The eight BCPS high schools and their respective rankings are:
  • Eastern Technical High School, 119 out of 735
  • George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology, 129
  • Hereford High School, 159
  • Western School of Technology and Environmental Science, 282
  • Loch Raven High School, 500
  • Towson High School, 521
  • Perry Hall High School, 527
  • Catonsville High School, 617
Eastern Technical and George Washington Carver Center also earned spots on The Daily Beast’s top 100 list for graduation rates. “Baltimore County Public Schools is proud to start the new year with our high schools earning national recognition for their commitment to rigorous academics and college preparation,” said BCPS Superintendent Dallas Dance. “These honors are only the first of many that the school system will achieve this year.” This year, The Daily Beast invited more than 1,200 public high schools with graduation rates of at least 85 percent to complete surveys on student data. To determine this year’s top high schools, the online news source compared the schools’ four-year cohort graduation rates, college acceptance rates, Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) participation rates and college-entrance exam scores. The 2014 list reflects an emphasis on graduation and college acceptance rates, with these rates weighted most heavily among the considered indicators. To view the Top High Schools 2014 list, as well as top 100 lists for ACT and SAT scores, participation in advanced academics, graduation rates, free and reduced lunch eligibility and college acceptance, visit http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/08/27/america-s-top-high-schools.html.
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