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.
TOWSON, MD. – Christopher McChesney, a science and engineering teacher at Pikesville Middle School, is one of three teachers nationally to be honored with a PASCO NSTA STEM Educator Award. The annual awards, which are sponsored by PASCO® Scientific in partnership with the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), honor middle and high school educators who are implementing innovative inquiry-based, technology-infused programs in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education. As an honoree, McChesney, a Lutherville resident, will receive up to $1,000 for travel expenses to attend the NSTA National Conference and be part of a STEM share-a-thon workshop, a $500 monetary gift, and a $5,000 certificate for PASCO products. The conference is being held in Nashville from March 31 – April 3. Winners will be formally recognized during the conference’s awards banquet. The description of McChesney’s work on the PASCO website lauds him for employing “innovative lesson plans that use hands-on science and which incorporate cross disciplinary content” as “an ideal way to bridge gaps and enhance student engagement.” NSTA notes that McChesney “has the challenge of teaching not just students of widely varying ability levels but also of widely different socioeconomic backgrounds.” McChesney’s lessons include having Grade 6 students create and test homemade multicell batteries, challenging Grade 7 students to use engineering orthographic and isometric drawings to build a “skimmer," and tasking Grade 8 engineering students with designing and building the fastest air-powered dragsters. As part of the application process, educators submitted a narrative describing how they address real-world applications or problems integrating the elements of STEM, differentiate their instruction for students of varying ability levels, incorporate sensor-based data collection and visualization technologies, and support national science education standards. They also included student examples, along with letters of support from education colleagues. “Research shows that students learn best with inquiry-based teaching that puts real-world tools and technology into their own hands. These incredible educators have taken this to heart and are using PASCO’s science solutions in imaginative and innovative ways that help students connect STEM to the world around them,” said Steven Korte, CEO of PASCO.
What: Students, parents, and teachers are invited to an information session to learn more about the new Vivian Burey Marshall STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) 4-year pilot that will offer out-of-school activities and support to 50 selected students in Grades 6-9 as well as professional development opportunities for teachers. Launched by The Thurgood Marshall College Fund, the Vivian Burey Marshall STEM pilot will provide stipends, supplements, and transportation assistance for student and teacher fellow participants. When: Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016, from 5 to 7 p.m. Where: Baltimore County Public Schools headquarters, Greenwood campus, Administration Building, 6901 N. Charles St., 21204 Background: The goal of the initiative is to engage students in STEM education, leading to both STEM literacy and an increase in participation in the STEM workforce. Student participants will:
  • Be assessed to determine their interests and critical thinking abilities.
  • Work with mentors who will guide and advise them regarding STEM academic and career choices.
  • Participate in out-of-school activities such as:
    • Hands-on STEM workshops with local businesses and community members.
    • Visits to the U.S. Army Laboratories and Research Centers and local historically black colleges and universities.
    • Field trips to the National Science Museum, NASA, etc.
    • STEM competitions at the regional, state, and national level. 
    • Creating a quarterly STEM publication that highlights various STEM careers and updates on STEM competitions across the region.
    • Experiment with information technology.
  • Participate in summer enrichment initiatives including Gains in the Education of Mathematics and Science and the Army Educational Outreach Initiative (UNITE).
Selected teacher fellows will:
  • Receive ongoing professional development.
  • Participate in STEM activities at the U.S. Army Laboratories and Research Centers and local historically black colleges and universities.
  • Participate in a one-week annual summer enrichment initiative.
  • Accompany scholars on field trips and STEM competitions.
  • Serve as initiative ambassadors and share instructional strategies with fellow BCPS teachers.
Additional information is also available by visiting the pilot’s website at https://tmcf.org/our-programs/k-12-education/vivian-burey-marshall-stem-pilot-initiative, or by contacting the project manager, Robb Ferguson at robert.ferguson@tmcf.org.
What: Rodgers Forge Elementary will host a “Night of Innovation" open house to demonstrate how teaching and learning is being transformed in Baltimore County through the instructional digital conversion known as S.T.A.T. (Students and Teachers Accessing Tomorrow). The event will allow visitors to experience hands-on, interactive learning stations, a student showcase, the capabilities of BCPS One, as well as an online scavenger hunt to learn the ins and outs of how students are advancing in learner-centered environments. Visitors will also get the opportunity to take the online BCPS Stakeholder Satisfaction Survey. When: Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016, from 6 – 7 p.m. (If schools are closed on Tuesday, Feb. 9, due to inclement weather, the make-up date for the event will be Tuesday, Feb. 16.) Where: Rodgers Forge Elementary School 250 Dumbarton Rd., 21212 Background: Students and Teachers Accessing Tomorrow (S.T.A.T.) is a fundamental shift in teaching and learning to create 21st century digital learning environments designed to prepare globally competitive graduates. At the heart of Students and Teachers Accessing Tomorrow (S.T.A.T.) is a learner-centered approach to instruction. Students are active participants in the learning process and make choices about how and where they learn. Using redesigned curriculum in core content areas, S.T.A.T. creates a blended learning environment and places an emphasis on critical thinking and analytical skills. Core S.T.A.T. components include BCPS One, a comprehensive platform providing information and resources to educators, parents and students; a 1:1 initiative to provide every student and teacher with a digital device to enhance personalized learning; and wireless and broadband infrastructure in every school.
TOWSON, MD. – Baltimore County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. S. Dallas Dance is among 15 superintendents featured in a new online library of thought leadership presentations regarding how to create dynamic digital learning environments. The library, available at http://www.discoveryeducation.com/California/index.cfm, was produced by Discovery Education and CUE, based on presentations given at a July 2015 leadership symposium the two organizations hosted with California State Parks. The symposium was designed specifically for California educators, and Dr. Dance, invited to participate because of his national renown in the field of learner-centered environments, was the only presenter who was not a California-based superintendent. The presentations included in the library explore a variety of critical topics, including using professional development to support device deployment, communicating with stakeholders, improving attendance and discipline during the digital transition, and more. Recently awarded a second four-year term as superintendent of Baltimore County Public Schools, Dr. Dance has led the school system to make fundamental shifts in teaching and learning through groundbreaking initiatives such as S.T.A.T. (Students and Teachers Accessing Tomorrow), designed to create learner-centered environments for all 111,000 students, and Passport Schools, which launch world language instruction at Grade 4. His contributions to creating learner-centered environments have been honored with two successive Digital Innovation Learning Awards from Digital Promise and Ed Surge. Dr. Dance was appointed to the 12-member board of directors for the International Society for Technology in Education, was named one of eight eSchool News 2014 Tech-Savvy Superintendents, and was named a White House Connected Educator Champion of Change in 2013. BCPS became a District of Distinction in 2015 for personalizing learning through S.T.A.T. as well as earning the Digital Content and Curriculum Achievement Award from the Center for Digital Education. Also in 2015, Microsoft selected BCPS as its sole “Showcase” school system for innovative digital teaching and learning. BCPS was accepted into the League of Innovative Schools, and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation awarded BCPS a $1.5 million grant to advance equity and digital learning. Additional areas of focus for the Dance administration have been raising the graduation rate; enhancing special education services and magnet programs; expanding preschool access; increasing equity and rigor; rethinking middle schools; and engaging stakeholders through two-way outreach. Through critical strategies to make high school graduation a districtwide priority, the BCPS graduation rate surged to 87.6 percent for the Class of 2014, up nearly four percentage points since Dr. Dance’s tenure began in 2012, and earning BCPS a 2014 District of Distinction award from District Administration magazine. In recognition of their commitment to communications, Dr. Dance and BCPS Chief Communications Officer Mychael Dickerson received the prestigious 2015 Leadership Through Communication Award from AASA (the School Superintendents Association), the National School Public Relations Association, and Blackboard. Dr. Dance’s leadership and influence were recognized through his 2014 appointment to President Obama’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans. He was selected by colleagues to serve on the executive committee for AASA. Most recently, Dr. Dance was named one of 10 LinkedIn Next Wave education professionals, one of the National School Board Association’s 20 to Watch educators, one of the Baltimore Daily Record’s Most Admired CEOs for 2015, and one of the Baltimore Daily Record’s Most Influential Marylanders for 2016. For more information about Discovery Education’s other services and resources, visit www.discoveryeducation.com.  For more information on CUE’s efforts to inspire innovative learners in the classroom, visit www.cue.org. CUE is a Future Ready coalition partner. 
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