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.

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Wednesday, November 5
Leadership Summit for Young Men in High School provides two-day conference on issues facing male high school students
What: BCPS will host a two-day summit for male high school students from across Baltimore County to discuss and learn about issues facing young men ranging from confronting racism, preparing for college or work, and student leadership to health and sexuality, “Finding Your Voice,” and “Managing Your Digital Footprint.” Keynote address speakers include BCPS Superintendent Dr. Dallas Dance, National Teacher of the Year Sean McComb, and Manual Scott, one of the “Freedom Writers” from the book and movie of the same name. When: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 5 Where: North Baltimore Plaza Hotel, 2004 Greenspring Dr., Timonium 21093 Contact: William Burke, 410.887.0252
Ridge Ruxton School welcomes special guest reader
What: Pam Bennett, a former BCPS special education teacher, makes a return to Ridge Ruxton School as the days’ special guest reader for two classes of students. When: 1 – 2 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 5 Where: Ridge Ruxton School, 6916 Charles St., Towson 21204 Contact: Fran Duffy or Ed Bennett, 410.887.3594
Thursday, November 6
Leadership Summit for Young Men in High School provides two-day conference on issues facing male high school students
What: BCPS will host a two-day summit for male high school students from across Baltimore County to discuss and learn about issues facing young men ranging from confronting racism, preparing for college or work, and student leadership to health and sexuality, “Finding Your Voice,” and “Managing Your Digital Footprint.” Keynote address speakers include BCPS Superintendent Dr. Dallas Dance, National Teacher of the Year Sean McComb, and Manual Scott, one of the “Freedom Writers” from the book and movie of the same name. When: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 6 Where: North Baltimore Plaza Hotel, 2004 Greenspring Dr., Timonium 21093 Contact: William Burke, 410.887.0252
Magnet Showcase Event: Kenwood High School
What: As the November 25 application deadline approaches, Baltimore County Public Schools students and their parents interested in learning more about specific magnet programs are invited to attend school-based showcase events. This event will showcase the International Baccalaureate Program and Sports Science Academy at Kenwood. For additional information about magnet programs in BCPS, the application process, applying online, or how to get an application, please visit www.bcps.org/offices/omp or call 410-887-4127. When: 6 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 6 Where: Kenwood High School, 501 Stemmers Run Rd., Middle River 21221 Contact: Kandice Taylor, 410.887.0153
Magnet Showcase Event: Sparrows Point Educational Center in Environmental Studies
What: As the November 25 application deadline approaches, Baltimore County Public Schools students and their parents interested in learning more about specific magnet programs are invited to attend school-based showcase events. This event will showcase the Educational Center in Environmental Studies at Sparrows Point High School. For additional information about magnet programs in BCPS, the application process, applying online, or how to get an application, please visit www.bcps.org/offices/omp or call 410-887-4127. When: 6 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 6 Where: Sparrows Point High School, 7400 North Point Rd., Sparrows Point 21219 Contact: Samuel Wynkoop, 410.887.7517
TOWSON – Led by Superintendent Dallas Dance, the BCPS initiative to incorporate digital technology into everything from classroom learning to community communications has earned a national Digital Innovation in Learning Award (DILA). The “Walk the Walk” award, one of 15 DILA awards from national educational technology organizations EdSurge and Digital Promise, will be presented to Dr. Dance and BCPS during a two-day Silicon Valley Summit on Nov. 21-22 at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Calif. In addition, another new technology-based BCPS program, “Parent University,” received an “honorable mention” in the “We Are Family” category of the DILA awards. Parent University provides centralized, online access to resources that support parents in guiding their children to academic success and enhancing personal growth and family wellness. The project also sponsors workshops, lectures, and other activities that further family and student support. The “Walk the Walk” award recognized Dr. Dance for “(leading) by example by demonstrating (his) own meaningful use of technology.” The award was based on a variety of innovations in BCPS, including outreach by the superintendent and district through social media, the district’s mobile app, blog, RSS feeds, and weekly e-newsletter. The award also recognizes the startup of S.T.A.T. as the centerpiece of the BCPS effort to use digital technology to impact learning. S.T.A.T. stands for “Students and Teachers Accessing Tomorrow” and seeks to transform Baltimore County’s classrooms into complete 21st century learning environments through a variety of interlocking digital components designed to ensure that BCPS graduates are technologically proficient and globally competitive. “These are recognitions that all of Team BCPS can be proud of and can take credit for,” said Dr. Dance, “from the parents who are learning how to navigate and use BCPS One to the educators who are creating a digitally-supportive curriculum to the students in our Lighthouse Schools who are using their personal two-in-one laptop and tablet devices to progress every day. “These awards also recognize the reality of the world we live in today. Schools that are fully integrated with technology and students who are digital natives are no longer the future. They are the norm now, and I’m gratified that BCPS has become a leader in providing the tools that every one of our students needs to succeed in our fast-moving, electronic world.” This is the first year for the DILA awards, which celebrate teachers, administrators, and ed-tech organizations who demonstrate exemplary practices in using technology to support learning. EdSurge received more than 1,500 nominations from the U.S. and 31 other nations, including 550 video submissions. EdSurge is a leading information and resource site for educators, entrepreneurs, and investors involved in educational technology. It covers news of the industry, hosts events, and generates reports relating to the intersection of education and technology. Digital Promise is a nonprofit organization authorized by Congress to spur innovation to advance the opportunity for all Americans to learn. For more information, please visit: http://awards.edsurge.com/.
TOWSON – Baltimore County Public Schools has been named a national “District of Distinction” by District Administration magazine in recognition of the school system’s “innovation and success” with programs aimed at making graduation a priority for all students. The recognition is detailed in the November edition of the national educator’s magazine, which may be viewed here: http://www.districtadministration.com/article/baltimore-county-public-schools-ensuring-every-student-graduates-globally-competitive. An accompanying story about the BCPS initiatives is here: http://www.districtadministration.com/article/credit-recovery-boosts-graduation-rate. The school system’s 2013 graduation rate of 86 percent was the nation’s second highest among large school systems, an achievement attributable in part to initiatives put in place to support students at risk of dropping out. “We are pleased to honor Baltimore County Public Schools as a District of Distinction,” said JD Solomon, editorial director at District Administration magazine. “Like all our honorees, the district serves as a model for school leaders across the country.” BCPS Superintendent Dr. Dallas Dance credited teachers and administrators in BCPS schools for making the difference. “Whether it’s through the AdvancePath program or credit recovery programs or simply providing some additional support to an individual student who might be struggling, our school-based educators deserve our appreciation and thanks,” Dance said. “Not only is it through their efforts that our students are graduating at one of the highest rates in the nation, they are graduating with the skills they need to be productive and competitive in a global economy. We still have work to do so that we can reach and support every student, but this recognition is well-deserved.” BCPS was one of 49 districts from across the nation to be honored with the publication’s first ever “District of Distinction” award in a variety of categories.
TOWSON -- The Board of Education of Baltimore County will hold its next meeting on Wednesday, November 5, 2014, at its Greenwood Campus, 6901 Charles Street, Building E, Towson, Maryland, 21204. The Building and Contracts Committee will meet at 5:45 p.m. The Board will then meet in open session at approximately 6 p.m. The Board then will meet in closed session as permitted by law. The open session will reconvene at 7 p.m. The public is welcome to attend all open sessions. The school system is committed to accessible communication with its stakeholders.  Additionally, all Board of Education meetings are live-streamed and can be viewed on the BCPS Web site (www.bcps.org).
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