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.


 Powhatan is on the News!
Monday, January 26
Orioles Manager Buck Showalter steps up to the plate as first in BCPS Business Advisory Council speaker series
What: The BCPS Business Advisory Council will inaugurate a new speaker series program with Orioles Manager and 2014 American League Manager of the Year Buck Showalter as the first guest. The speaker series is part of a larger outreach not only to school communities, including educators, parents and students, but to the region’s business leaders and groups as well. The event is free, but attendees must have a pre-reserved ticket to be admitted. The event also will be live-streamed on the BCPS website at http://www.bcps.org/video/liveStream.html. When: 7 p.m., Monday, January 26 Where: George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology, 938 York Rd., Towson 21204 Contact: Mychael Dickerson, 410.887.5908
Wednesday, January 28
Lansdowne middle, high school students to learn performing skills from Broadway professionals
What: The Hippodrome Foundation, along with Lansdowne High School, Lansdowne Middle School, and the Lansdowne Senior Center will come together to provide students with a day-in-the-life experience of a Broadway performer. The “Annie experience” includes workshops in singing, acting, and dancing with cast members from the Broadway touring production of “Annie.” Students will learn what it takes to make it to the Broadway stage, home to our country’s finest theatrical productions. And, after the day of workshops, students will be given the opportunity to see their mentors in action by attending a field trip to see “Annie” on Thursday, January 29. When: 12 – 2 p.m., Wednesday, January 28; the Thursday field trip will be from 10:15 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 29 Where: Lansdowne High School, 3800 Hollins Ferry Rd., Lansdowne 21227 Contact: Rob Tracy, 410.207.7278
Thursday, January 29
“Chill Out” with Red House Run Elementary School’s annual Family Literacy Night
What: Red House Run Elementary will host their annual Family Literacy Night. All students and their families are invited to “chill out” with lots of family-friendly reading activities, including winter-oriented reading stations, drawings to win free books, and an icy treat for all. Representatives from the Rosedale Branch of the Baltimore County Public Library will be present as well. When: 6 – 7:15 p.m., Thursday, January 29 Where: Red House Run Elementary School, 1717 Weyburn Rd., Rosedale 21237 Contact: Mary Ellen Castle or Drue Whitney, 410.887.0506
Friday, January 30
Speak up! It’s time for the BCPS Stakeholder Satisfaction Survey
What: Once again, BCPS wants to know what you think about its schools and school system by offering the annual BCPS Stakeholder Satisfaction Survey, which becomes available today. The survey is a quick way to express your opinions, demonstrate support for BCPS, and help the school system meet its goal of preparing and graduating globally competitive students. The survey takes an average of five minutes, is confidential, and is available in several languages. There are different (but related) questions for school-based staff, parents, students, community members, and central office staff. School leaders will do whatever is necessary to make sure that everyone has the opportunity to participate. When: The survey is available online at the BCPS Web site (www.bcps.org) from Friday, January 30, through Saturday, February 28. Where: The survey can be taken from anywhere using a phone, tablet, or computer, but students and staff will be given opportunities to take the survey at school, and parents can also choose to come to the school to take the survey. Contact: Mychael Dickerson, 410.887.5908
Senior Patapsco High School dance students present annual concert
What: The public is invited to see the hard work that senior dancers at Patapsco High School and Center for the Arts have put forth to create their own senior pieces during the school’s annual Student Dance Concert. The highly diverse show ranges from contemporary to classical dancing. Admission is $3 for students and seniors and $5 for adults, with tickets sold at the door. When: 7 p.m., Friday, January 30 Where: Patapsco High School and Center for the Arts, 8100 Wise Ave., Dundalk 21222 Contact: Liberty Grayek, 410.887.7060
TOWSON, MD. – Due to anticipated inclement weather, all afterschool and weekend activities at Baltimore County Public Schools are cancelled for Friday, January 23, through Sunday, January 25. Magnet assessments scheduled for this Saturday will be held next Saturday, January 31, 2015.
TOWSON – Wendy Carver, school counselor at Shady Spring Elementary, and Jeremy Goldman, school counseling department chair at Pikesville High, have been named two of 16 national semi-finalists in the National School Counselor of the Year program. They are both headed to Washington, D.C., to be recognized by the American School Counselor Association and the Offices of President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. A White House ceremony, to be held on January 30, will be followed by a black tie gala. Carver, a resident of Belcamp in Harford County, has been a professional school counselor for 24 years, 14 of which have been at Shady Spring Elementary. Prior to that, she was a BCPS classroom teacher for seven years. Among the school counseling programs championed by Carver are:
  • Guys with Ties & Girls with Pearls, through which students in Grades 4 and 5 learn manners and etiquette;
  • Operation Graduation, in which Carver partners with a Baltimore County Police Officer to lead a group of Grade 5 boys on a path toward graduation;
  • Career Day, during which community members from various industries spend the day at the school and present information about their careers to students; and
  • Community Outreach, through which Carver partners with the school community to provide food, clothing, and holiday gifts for families.
Her other notable activities at Shady Spring include peer mediation, a mentor program, LEGO Club, home visits, parenting classes, and family movie nights. Goldman, a Lutherville resident, has been a BCPS school counselor since 2002 and now serves as the president of the Maryland School Counselor Association. After counseling at Franklin High School for nine years, he became the department chair at Pikesville High. Using a perception survey process he developed at Franklin, he gave Pikesville students the opportunity to evaluate their school counseling program, and then he set about moving the program from a more reactionary “guidance” model to a more comprehensive and active model to address students’ personal, social, career, and academic needs. “We began spending more time presenting in classes, running groups, and reaching out to students in hallways instead of waiting for students to come to us,” Goldman said. In addition, he began using social media to share information with students and parents. He operates both a twitter account (@PHSCouns) and a blog (www.PikesvilleHSCounseling.blogspot.com) on behalf of his department. Goldman and his staff also recognized that some students were overloading their schedules with AP classes, while other students, who could probably succeed in AP classes, were not taking any., Students overall were not fully exploring their college and career options. This led to the launch of a PHS Fit campaign to encourage students to do what is right for them academically and in terms of career planning. To support this, Goldman asked the school’s AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) students to assist in researching 180 colleges within 6 hours of Baltimore County, and the counseling office began promoting a college of the day every day via tweets and morning announcements. The following year, they did the same thing with 180 careers. Carver and Goldman, both of whom were 2014 Maryland School Counselors of the Year, will also be feted at the Maryland School Counselor Association gala on February 6 at Martin’s Crosswinds in Greenbelt. Also being honored at that event will be Donna Murphy, school counseling chair at Eastern Technical High School, who was just named 2015 Maryland High School Counselor of the Year; Sarah Fitzsimmons of Carroll Manor Elementary School, who led her school’s successful efforts to earn Recognized American School Counselor Association Model Program status; and National Teacher of the Year, Sean McComb (from BCPS’ own Patapsco High School and Center for the Arts), who will serve as the featured speaker.
TOWSON, MD. – Donna Murphy, school counseling chair at Eastern Technical High School, is moving on up in the rankings. Previously named the Baltimore County Public Schools Counselor of the Year, the longtime BCPS employee now carries the title of 2015 Maryland High School Counselor of the Year. “I am honored by this recognition,” said Murphy on her latest accomplishment. “I am thrilled to work with two great counselors in my department and with my fantastic secretary and records secretary. I have an incredibly supportive administration, and the students at Eastern Tech are amazing.” In honor of her achievement, Murphy will attend the Maryland School Counselor Association gala on Friday, February 6 (during National School Counseling Week) at Martin’s Crosswinds in Greenbelt. Also in attendance will be Sarah Fitzsimmons of Carroll Manor Elementary School, who led her school’s successful efforts to earn Recognized American School Counselor Association Model Program status, and National Teacher of the Year, Sean McComb (from BCPS’ own Patapsco High School and Center for the Arts), who will serve as the featured speaker. Rounding out the team from BCPS will be Wendy Carver, school counselor at Shady Spring Elementary, and Jeremy Goldman, school counseling department chair at Pikesville High, who have been named two of 16 national semi-finalists in the National School Counselor of the Year program. This year marks Murphy’s 17th year as a BCPS employee and seventh in her current position. During her time at Eastern Technical, Murphy has introduced a number of new initiatives, including the “Mr. Mojo” anti-bullying program and the school’s college boot camp. She also has worked to align Eastern Technical’s school counseling program with the American School Counselor Association’s National Model. Prior to joining the Mavericks, Murphy served as school counselor chairperson at Lansdowne and New Town high schools and as a school counselor at Western School of Technology and Environmental Science. Her counseling career started at The Seton Keough High School in Halethorpe. Currently, Murphy, a resident of Severn in Anne Arundel County, is pursuing her Ph.D. in instructional leadership at Notre Dame of Maryland University. Each year, the Maryland School Counselor Association (MSCA) recognizes one counselor at the elementary, middle, and high school levels for effectively meeting students’ academic, career, emotional, and social needs through data-driven and innovative programs. Winners at the state level are eligible to compete at the national level.
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