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 – The Academy of Finance programs at Lansdowne and Overlea high schools both reached Model status in the annual Academy Assessment by NAF. As Model academies, the programs will be highlighted at the NAF national conference, NAF Next, which will be held in July in Orlando, Fla. In her letter to BCPS Superintendent Dr. S. Dallas Dance, NAF President JD Hoye described the Academy of Finance programs at Lansdowne and Overlea as “shining examples of what can be accomplished when districts and schools move to a culture of linking education and business to benefit students.” Academy of Finance programs prepare students for success in college and careers by bolstering STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) industry-specific curricula with work-based learning experiences, including paid internships. During the 2015-16 school year nearly 89,000 students attended 716 NAF academies across 36 states, including D.C. and the U.S. Virgin Islands. In 2015, NAF academies reported 98% of seniors graduated with 92% of graduates planning to go to college. For both Lansdowne and Overlea’s Academies of Finance, Erik Grooms serves as the program director and Allan Sanders of Weil, Akman, Baylin & Coleman is the advisory board chair. At Lansdowne, the site coordinator is Mike Martin and principal is Ken Miller. At Overlea, Mudiwa Johnson is the site coordinator and Dr. Marquis Dwarte is the principal. At the NAF Next conference, where the Academies of Finance will be honored, a BCPS graduate will be honored with one of three national AOF Alumni Awards. The honoree, Chantee Steele, graduated from Lansdowne High School and its AOF in 2008. The financial planning courses that Steele took at the Community College of Baltimore County, along with the job shadow days and her junior year internship at PNC Bank as a bank teller, allowed Steele to gain a competitive edge over her high school peers. Steele graduated as salutatorian of her high school class and continued her education at Drexel University, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a 3.8 GPA. Prior to her graduation, Steele secured a full-time position at Deloitte, within the advisory function. She became a certified public accountant (CPA) in May 2015.
Tuesday, May 31
Visit the Parentmobile at Logan Elementary School
What: The BCPS Parentmobile, an award-winning mobile resource center, brings information about at-home learning, the BCPS website, community services, and available supports for families of students with special needs or limited English proficiency. Parents and guardians are invited to visit. No registration is required. When: 6 – 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 31 Where: Logan Elementary School, 7601 Dunmanway, 21222 Contact: Stephen Bender or Mari Morris, 410.887.1227
Reading Night at Hernwood Elementary
What: Families can explore the joys of reading and find out how to help their children become better readers through activities and information shared at this event. The event is open to children and adults. When: 6 – 8 p.m., Tuesday, May 31 Where: Hernwood Elementary School, 9919 Marriottsville Rd., 21133 Contact: Stefanie Fogleman, 410.887.0732
Overlea High School commencement
When: 2:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 31 Where: SECU Arena, Towson University, 8000 York Rd., 21252
Kenwood High School commencement
When: 7 p.m., Tuesday, May 31 Where: SECU Arena, Towson University, 8000 York Rd., 21252
Former D.E.A. agent to visit Catonsville High
What: Catonsville High School students enrolled in AP U.S. History will meet with retired Drug Enforcement Administration agent Steve Murphy. He has been featured in the Netflix series Narcos, portrayed by Boyd Holbrook. He was assigned to the force that, along with Columbian National Police, Delta Force, and Navy SEALS, dismantled the Medellin Cartel and took down its leader, Pablo Escobar. Murphy will discuss insights into the joint US-Colombian effort, as well as his experiences throughout the drug war in the 1970s through the early 2000s. When: Tuesday, May 31 (contact the school for exact times) Where: Catonsville High School, 421 Bloomsbury Ave., 21228 Contact: Matthew Ames or Joel Brusewitz, 410.887.0808
Wednesday, Jun. 1
Summer Learning Expo to be held in Randallstown
What: For the second year, the Baltimore County Public Schools Summer Learning Expos will offer six open house events designed to equip parents and caregivers with resources to support their children’s learning during the summer months. A project of the BCPS Parent University and the Baltimore County Public Library, the Expos will provide information and tools regarding academic resources, summer reading programs, day trips, digital citizenship, transitioning to middle school, tutoring, and everyday activities to support learning at home. Registration is not required for any expo event. They are free and open to the public. When: 5 – 7 p.m., Wednesday, Jun. 1 Where: Baltimore County Public Library – Randallstown Branch, 8604 Liberty Rd., 21133 Contact: Office of Family and Community Engagement, 443.809.0365
Gifted and Talented Education – Citizens Advisory Committee to meet
What: The Citizens Advisory Committee for Gifted and Talented Education will meet. Their meetings are free and open to the public. No registration is required. When: 7 p.m., Wednesday, Jun. 1 Where: BCPS Headquarters, Greenwood Campus, Bldg. E, 6901 N. Charles St., 21204
Loch Raven High School commencement
When: 2:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jun. 1 Where: SECU Arena, Towson University, 8000 York Rd., 21252
Dulaney High School commencement
When: 7 p.m., Wednesday, Jun. 1 Where: SECU Arena, Towson University, 8000 York Rd., 21252
Thursday, Jun. 2
Parent University, BCPS Health Services sponsoring CPR class
What: Do you know what to do if someone has a heart attack? BCPS is offering a course in Heart Saver CPR with AED for anyone who would like to know what to do in an emergency. The CPR (Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation) course will cover life-saving procedures for adults, infants, and child use, and will include training in how to use an AED (Automated External Defibrillator). Sponsored by the BCPS Parent University and BCPS Office of Health Services, the course has a $40 enrollment cost. Participants were asked to register no later than Wednesday, May 25. When: 7 – 9 p.m., Thursday, Jun. 2 Where: Parkville High School, 2600 Putty Hill Ave., 21234 Contact: Karen Heinrich at kheinrich@bcps.org.
Summer Learning Expo to be held in Loch Raven
What: For the second year, the Baltimore County Public Schools Summer Learning Expos will offer six open house events designed to equip parents and caregivers with resources to support their children’s learning during the summer months. A project of the BCPS Parent University and the Baltimore County Public Library, the Expos will provide information and tools regarding academic resources, summer reading programs, day trips, digital citizenship, transitioning to middle school, tutoring, and everyday activities to support learning at home. Registration is not required for any expo event. They are free and open to the public. When: 5 – 7 p.m., Thursday, Jun. 2 Where: Baltimore County Public Library – Loch Raven Branch, 1046 Taylor Ave., 21286 Contact: Office of Family and Community Engagement, 443.809.0365
PTA Council of Baltimore County General Meetings
What: Through training and support, PTA Council helps PTA/PTSA locals meet their members’ goals as they advocate on behalf of the needs of students. PTA Council links 153 locals to state and national PTA programs, initiatives, purposes, and mission. This general meeting is open to the public and no registration is required. When: 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Jun. 2 Where: BCPS headquarters, Greenwood Campus, Bldg. E, 6901 N. Charles St., 21204
Pikesville High School commencement
When: 2:30 p.m., Thursday, Jun. 2 Where: SECU Arena, Towson University, 8000 York Rd., 21252
Perry Hall High School commencement
When: 7 p.m., Thursday, Jun. 2 Where: SECU Arena, Towson University, 8000 York Rd., 21252
Friday, Jun. 3
BCPS kicks off Summer Reading with annual “My Books" event
What: A book distribution event will be held to celebrate that 25,000 Baltimore County Public Schools students from PreKindergarten to Grade 8 will go home this summer with book packs customized by Scholastic, the global children’s publishing, education, and media company. Each student will receive a set of five books of his or her choosing to keep. The book packs also include think sheets, journals, and a parent tip sheet from Superintendent Dr. S. Dallas Dance. This event also launches BCPS’ participation in the 2016 Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge — a free online summer reading program that encourages students to build their “reading muscles" by reading more and logging their reading minutes. Participating students earn virtual rewards and help their schools become “Best in State" for reading the most minutes this summer. The kickoff event includes a special performance by the Middle River Middle School Band, an appearance from Clifford the Big Red Dog®, and recognition of “Super Gators" — students, classes, and parents who celebrated reading this past school year. When: 9:30 – 10:30 a.m., Friday, Jun. 3 Where: Glenmar Elementary School, 9700 Community Dr., 21220
Deadline to register for the College Application Boot Camp
What: Students entering Grade 12 next school year are invited to participate in the annual BCPS College Application Boot Camp. At the Boot Camp, students can gain invaluable information and assistance related to completing college applications, applying for financial aid, finding scholarship opportunities, and more. The camp will be held at Loch Raven High School on Jun. 23 – 24. Lunch will provided at the daylong session on Thursday, Jun. 23. Please RSVP on Naviance by June 3. Students should see their school counselors for assistance. Contact: Office of School Counseling, 443.809.0291
Woodlawn High School Graduation
When: 10 a.m., Friday, Jun. 3 Where: UMBC, Retriever Activities Center, 1000 Hilltop Cir., 21250
Lansdowne High School Graduation
When: 2:30 p.m., Friday, Jun. 3 Where: UMBC, Retriever Activities Center, 1000 Hilltop Cir., 21250
Catonsville High School Graduation
When: 7 p.m., Friday, Jun. 3 Where: UMBC, Retriever Activities Center, 1000 Hilltop Cir., 21250
Saturday, Jun. 4
Hereford High School Graduation
When: 10 a.m., Saturday, Jun. 4 Where: SECU Arena, Towson University, 8000 York Rd., 21252
Towson High School Graduation
When: 2:30 p.m., Saturday, Jun. 4 Where: SECU Arena, Towson University, 8000 York Rd., 21252
George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology
When: 7 p.m., Saturday, Jun. 4 Where: SECU Arena, Towson University, 8000 York Rd., 21252
ONGOING
30th Annual High School Art Exhibit at Goucher
What: This is a juried art show of works by students in BCPS high schools across the county. Many of the pieces are available for purchase. Awards were presented at the opening reception on May 26. When:Where: Rosenberg Gallery in the Kraushaar Auditorium, Goucher College, 1021 Dulaney Valley Rd., 21204 Contact: Linda Popp, 443.809.4030
UPCOMING
More Summer Learning Expos to reach more areas of the county
What: For the second year, the Baltimore County Public Schools Summer Learning Expos will offer six open house events designed to equip parents and caregivers with resources to support their children’s learning during the summer months. A project of the BCPS Parent University and the Baltimore County Public Library, the Expos will provide information and tools regarding academic resources, summer reading programs, day trips, digital citizenship, transitioning to middle school, tutoring, and everyday activities to support learning at home. Registration is not required for any expo event. They are free and open to the public. Below are dates and times for events in June. When & Where: 4 – 6 p.m., Wednesday, Jun. 8 Baltimore County Public Library – North Point Branch 1716 Merritt Blvd., 21222 8:15 – 9:30 a.m., Wednesday, Jun. 8 Padonia International Elementary School 9834 Greenside Dr., 21030 Contact: Office of Family and Community Engagement, 443.809.0365
For students headed to Grade 12 next year: The College Application Boot Camp
What: Students entering Grade 12 next school year are invited to participate in the annual BCPS College Application Boot Camp. At the Boot Camp, students can gain invaluable information and assistance related to completing college applications, applying for financial aid, finding scholarship opportunities, and more. Lunch will provided at the daylong session on Thursday, Jun. 23. Please RSVP on Naviance by June 3. Students should see their school counselors for assistance. When: 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Thursday, Jun. 23 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., Friday, Jun. 24 Where: Loch Raven High School, 1212 Cowpens Ave., 21286 Contact: Office of School Counseling, 443.809.0291
TOWSON – The following is a statement released by BCPS Superintendent Dr. S. Dallas Dance in reference to the budget allocations approved today by the Baltimore County Council: "The members of the County Council are champions for public education in Baltimore County. Their enduring support for Baltimore County Public Schools is exceptional and makes a difference in the lives of our students, their families, and this county. Their support is essential to the continued growth of our school system and to the building and maintenance of positive learning environments across the county. I thank them for their work today and every day on behalf of our children and our future."
What: A book distribution event will be held to celebrate that 25,000 Baltimore County Public Schools students from PreKindergarten to Grade 8 will go home this summer with book packs customized by Scholastic, the global children’s publishing, education, and media company. Each student will receive a set of five books of his or her choosing to keep. The book packs also include think sheets, journals, and a parent tip sheet from Superintendent Dr. S. Dallas Dance. This event also launches BCPS’ participation in the 2016 Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge — a free online summer reading program that encourages students to build their “reading muscles” by reading more and logging their reading minutes. Participating students earn virtual rewards and help their schools become “Best in State” for reading the most minutes this summer. The kickoff event includes a special performance by the Middle River Middle School Band, an appearance from Clifford the Big Red Dog®, and recognition of “Super Gators” — students, classes, and parents who celebrated reading this past school year. When: Friday, June 3, 2016, from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. Where: Glenmar Elementary School 9700 Community Dr. Middle River, MD 21220 Background: This initiative is part of an ongoing effort to counteract learning or reading skill loss during the summer months—known as the "summer slide”—and instead encourage students to use this time to make a “summer leap” in literacy skills. In addition, the book packs ensure access to quality reading materials at home and encourage reading as a leisure activity. According to research, in just one summer, children can lose an average of two months of reading achievement. Further, more than half of the achievement gap between lower- and higher-income youth can be explained by unequal access to summer learning opportunities. Interview Opportunity:
  • Delores Tedeschi, Principal, Glenmar Elementary School
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