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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What: Marching bands from Dulaney, Milford Mill, Patapsco, Perry Hall, Sparrows Point, Towson, and Woodlawn high schools and the drum line from Loch Raven High School will perform in the Baltimore County Public Schools’ 27th Annual Marching Band Showcase. In addition, the program will feature an exhibition performance by the Morgan State University Magnificent Marching Machine. The event is open to the public, and admission is free. When: Sunday, October 26, 2014, beginning at 4:00 p.m. Where: Kevin W. Liles Stadium Woodlawn High School 1801 Woodlawn Drive, 21207
TOWSON – 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. Staff from the BCPS Office of Magnet Programs will be available at the showcase events to answer questions about the magnet application process. Those interested in magnet programs that are not listed below are encouraged to contact the school for information about its magnet programs. 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. All applications must be in the Office of Magnet Programs by 4:30 p.m. on November 25, 2014, or postmarked on or before that date. ELEMENTARY SCHOOL LEVEL At the elementary level, all applicants who meet the Maryland age-of-entry requirements and are eligible to attend a Baltimore County elementary school are offered placement or placed on a wait list through a centralized lottery process. Parents whose children will turn 5 between September 2, 2015, and October 14, 2015, and who wish to have their children considered for a kindergarten magnet program, must request early admission to kindergarten testing at their zoned school and submit a copy of the request with their magnet application by the November 25, 2014, deadline. Upcoming magnet showcases: Chatsworth School (multi-age grouping) Friday, October 24, 2014, at 10 a.m. 222 New Avenue, 21136 Church Lane Elementary Technology School Thursday, October 23, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. 3820 Fernside Road, 21133 MIDDLE SCHOOL LEVEL Upcoming magnet showcases: Deep Creek Middle School (21st Century Digital-Age Learning) Wednesday, October 22, 2014, at 6 p.m. 1000 S. Marlyn Avenue, 21221 Assessment information: Applicants must schedule assessment appointments for January 10, 2015, from 9-11 a.m. or January 14, 2015, from 6-8 p.m. Parents must remain on-site during the assessment. Students zoned to attend Deep Creek Middle School do not need to apply or attend the assessment. Deer Park Middle Magnet School (Earth/Space Science, Fine Arts, Mass Communications, Spanish Language) Wednesday, October 29, 2014, at 6 p.m. 9830 Winands Road, 21133 Assessment information: Applicants must schedule assessment appointments for January 10, 2015, from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. (for fine arts and Spanish) or January 17, 2015, from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. (for earth/space science and mass communications). Parents must remain on-site during the assessment. Sudbrook Magnet Middle School (Environmental & Earth/Space Science, Performing Arts, Visual Arts, World Languages) Thursday, October 30, 2014, at 5 p.m. 4300 Bedford Road, 21208 Assessment information: Applicants will be invited to assessment appointments on January 24, 2015, from 7 a.m. – 4 p.m. Parents must remain on-site during the assessment. High school level Upcoming magnet showcases: Chesapeake High School STEM Academy (Academy of Arts, Multimedia & Communications; Academy of Business & Information Technology; Academy of Leadership & Humanities; Academy of Science, Engineering & Mathematics) Thursday, October 23, 2014, at 6 p.m. 1801 Turkey Point Road, 21221 Assessment information: Applicants must schedule assessment appointments for January 29, 2015, from 4:30 – 7:30 p.m. (for Science, Engineering & Mathematics, Leadership & Humanities) or January 31, 2015, from 8:30 a.m. – 12 noon (for Art, Multimedia & Communications; Business & Information Technology). Pre-assessment workshops will be available. George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology (Acting, Carpentry Careers, Cosmetology, Culinary Arts, Dance, Design & Production, IT-Computer Science & Interactive Media Production, Literary Arts, Visual Arts, Vocal Music) Wednesday, October 29, 2014, at 5 p.m. 938 York Road, 21204 Assessment information: Applicants must schedule assessment appointments for January 10, 2015, from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. (for Acting, Carpentry, Cosmetology, Culinary Arts, IT & Interactive Media Production, Literary Arts) or January 17, 2015, from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. (for Dance, Design & Production, Visual Arts, Vocal Music). Pre-assessment workshops will be available. Kenwood High School (International Baccalaureate Program, Sports Science Academy) Thursday, November 6, 2014 501 Stemmers Run Road, 21221 Assessment information: Applicants whose last names begin with A-L will be assessed on January 20, 2015. Those will last names beginning with M-S will be assessed on January 22, 2015. No appointments are necessary. Registration will take place from 5 – 5:30 p.m. on both days. Pre-assessment workshops will be available. Overlea High School (Academy of Finance) Thursday, October 30, 2014, at 6 p.m. 5401 Kenwood Avenue, 21206 Assessment information: Applicants must schedule assessment appointments for January 14 or 15, 2015, from 3 – 6 p.m. Patapsco High School & Center for the Arts (Dance, Instrumental Music, Performance Theatre, Technical Theatre, Visual Arts, Vocal Music) Wednesday, October 22, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. 8100 Wise Avenue, 21222 Assessment information: Applicants must schedule assessment appointments for January 17, 2015, from 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (for Instrumental Music, Performance Theatre, Visual Arts & Vocal Music) or January 24, 2015, from 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (for all programs). Pre-assessment workshops will be available. Randallstown High School (Biomedical Technology and Mass Communication) Wednesday, October 22, 2014, at 6 p.m. 4000 Offutt Road, 21133 Assessment information: Applicants can take tests on January 20, 2015, for Biomedical Technology and January 21, 2015, for Mass Communications. No appointment is needed. Test registration will be from 5:30 – 6 p.m. for students whose last names begin with A-L and from 6:30 – 7 p.m. for students whose last names begin with M-Z. Sparrows Point Educational Center in Environmental Studies Thursday, November 6, 2014, at 6 p.m. 7400 North Point Road, 21219 Assessment information: Applicants whose last names begin with A-F can take tests on January 10, 2015, and those with last names beginning with M-Z can take tests on January 17, 2015. No appointment is needed. On January 10, test registration will be from 8 – 8:30 a.m. for students whose last names begin with A-F; and from 10 - 10:30 a.m. for last names beginning with G-L. On January 17, test registration will be from 8 – 8:30 a.m. for students whose last names begin with M-S; and from 10-10:30 a.m. for last names beginning with T-Z. Western School of Technology and Environmental Science (Academy of Health Professions, Automotive Science Technology, Business Management & Finance, Cosmetology, Culinary Arts, Environmental Science, Environmental Technology, Graphic/Print Communications, IT-Computer Science & Networking, Mechanical Construction/Plumbing Careers) Thursday, October 23, 2014, at 6 p.m. 100 Kenwood Avenue, 21228 Assessment information: Applicants must schedule assessment appointments for January 24, 2015, from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
TOWSON – The Maryland Art Education Association has named Beth Thompson of Dundalk Elementary School as State Elementary Art Educator 2014 and Jen McBrien of Parkville High School as State High School Art Educator 2014. In addition to the statewide awards, district-level awards also were presented at the conference. The Baltimore County Public Schools Visual Arts Office recognized “new” teachers who have been teaching in the district for less than five years, “career” teachers who have taught in the school system for 10 years or more, and one retired educator. The new teachers honored were Julia McTighe of Padonia International Elementary School, Joe Citrano of Dumbarton Middle School, and Khalid Ali of George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology. The career teachers recognized were Stacy Bentley of Oliver Beach and Vincent Farm elementary schools, Sam Georgieff of Cockeysville Middle School, and Rachel Valsing of Towson High School. Jackie Morgan, formerly of Pine Grove Middle School, was named the BCPS retired art educator of the year. “Our BCPS visual arts teachers integrate studio practice and creative expression with art history and critical response to promote greater learning,” said Linda Popp, BCPS visual arts coordinator. “They implement a rich, rigorous visual arts curriculum and facilitate a culture of artistic thinking, learning, creative production, and achievement of excellence. Our teachers are able to bring their deep understanding of the artistic process to their students based on their own personal art experiences. We are so fortunate to have such dedicated visual arts educators in our BCPS family.” The awards were presented on October 17 at the organization’s annual conference held at River Hill High School in Clarksville, Md. Throughout the conference day, the following BCPS art educators presented workshops for their peers throughout the state: Noah Belt of Towson High School, Liberty Grayek of Patapsco High School and Center for the Arts, Caitlin Grove of Woodbridge Elementary School, Kate Heuston of Mars Estates Elementary School, Grace Hulse of Fort Garrison Elementary School, Stephanie Jones of Hawthorne Elementary School, Duane Lutsko of New Town High School, Linda McConaughy of Sudbrook Middle Magnet School, Cheryl Milligan of Towson High School, Kate Norris of Deer Park Middle Magnet School, Tracy Skeels of Essex Elementary School, Beth Thompson of Dundalk Elementary School, and Rachel Valsing of Towson High School.
TOWSON – Two Baltimore County teachers and a student were honored recently with awards from the Baltimore County Commission on Disabilities for their work and example to benefit citizens with disabilities. The award-winners were lauded by nearly 300 guests at the 24th annual ceremony of the commission at the Hunt Valley Inn on October 15, said Hal Franklin of the commission. “We hold this annual awards ceremony and luncheon,” he said, “to celebrate the achievements of Baltimore County citizens with disabilities, and the agencies, businesses and organizations that support them.” Awards are given in a variety of categories, such as education, employment, legislation, public information and the media. Winners are chosen by members of the commission and its work groups Among the event’s 12 award-winners were the following:
  • Nikita Gibbs, a Grade 7 student at Parkville Middle School, was named the 2014 “Student of the Year.” According to Deborah Weiner of WBAL-TV, who emceed this year’s event, “Nik . . . is a role model for all the students at Parkville.” Despite having been born without arms, she added, “he has never let this disability stop him from being honored academically and from excelling in physical activities that some other students have difficulty doing,” including using his feet for writing, eating, and other tasks. “Students are encouraged by Nik’s stamina and his will power to do things independently,” Weiner said.
  • Meryl Hawkins, a special education teacher at Lansdowne High School, was named the 2014 “Teacher of the Year” by the commission for displaying exceptional effort both in and out of the classroom, including the founding of the school’s allied sports program and efforts to improve the Community-Based Instruction program by expanding field trip opportunities. “She has been instrumental at learning and incorporating the latest instructional technology techniques,” Weiner said, “(and) she continually works on expanding her knowledge of post-secondary services to ensure that her students leave (BCPS) with as many opportunities as possible.”
  • David Frank, a behavior intervention teacher at Golden Ring Middle School, was honored by the commission as its 2014 “Education Advocate of the Year.” At Golden Ring, Frank helps children with emotional and behavioral issues cope through times of crisis, providing nearly around-the-clock care and support. “With Mr. Frank’s support, the school is able to meet the needs of students in an inclusive environment,” Weiner said. “By far, the most special thing about Mr. Frank is his caring and generous spirit. Even when he literally wears through pairs of shoes each year as he continually moves about the building to make sure everyone’s needs are met, he never wavers, takes shortcuts, or shortchanges any individual in our community.”
  • The commission also presented its “Public Awareness Award” to students of the St. Paul’s School for Girls, represented by Paige Barton and Josie Pfeifer, in honor of their supporting special needs students from Ridge Ruxton School for the past nine years by hosting the “League of Dreams Day.” The special event is an opportunity for Ridge Ruxton students to interact with St. Paul’s students as together they play a baseball game. Weiner said the annual event was the sole reason many students join the St. Paul’s Club for Students for Disability Awareness – “by far the biggest and most exciting event the club hosts.”
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