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.
What: Students, parents, educators, and community members are invited to a special town hall meeting to discuss bullying and bullying prevention in schools, the community, and online. This event, which had to be rescheduled due to inclement weather, is being held in conjunction with the school system’s annual Bullying Prevention Week sponsored by the Baltimore County Student Councils, Superintendent's Student Advisory Council, BCPS Office of School Safety, and BCPS Parent University. The town hall will feature a panel of students, educators, parents, administrators, and representatives of the Baltimore County Police Department, Maryland State Department of Education, and Maryland Alliance on Mental Illness. When: Thursday, March 12, 2015, from 6 – 7:30 p.m. Where: Cockeysville Middle School 10401 Greenside Drive, Cockeysville 21030
Saturday, February 28
Another week left to participate in online BCPS stakeholder survey!
What: There is more than a week for all BCPS stakeholders – teachers, parents, staff, community members and students in Grades 4-12 – to have their say by participating in the 2015 BCPS Stakeholder Survey, which is available on the BCPS website through the end of the day on Sunday, March 8. The confidential, five-minute survey is concise but addresses a variety of topics, including academic rigor, school culture, safety and technology. When: Until 11:59 p.m., Sunday, March 8 Where: The survey may be accessed from the BCPS Web page at www.bcps.org or by clicking https://bcps.co1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_0oj10KVhrdjagXX. Contact: Office of Communications, 410.887.5908
Monday, March 2
BCPS kicks off “Take a Stand, Lend a Hand” Bullying Prevention Week
What: Led by student leaders from across Baltimore County, the annual Bullying Prevention Week begins in Baltimore County Public Schools and runs through Friday, March 6. Initiated and coordinated by the Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council, the week will feature special activities and videos at a variety of schools each day, including a special town hall meeting for students, parents, and educators. The week begins on Monday with students in all schools viewing a special message from Superintendent Dr. S. Dallas Dance, signing bullying prevention pledges, and wearing orange to signify unity. Elementary students who sign the pledge will receive stickers featuring this year’s slogan “Take A Stand, Lend A Hand." Secondary students who sign will receive temporary tattoos. The town hall on Monday evening invites participants to discuss bullying and bullying prevention with students and a panel of local experts. When: Activities will be ongoing in schools throughout the county during school hours. The Town Hall meeting takes place from 6 – 7:30 p.m. on Monday, March 2 Where: Town Hall meeting – Cockeysville Middle School, 10401 Greenside Dr., Cockeysville 21030 Contact: Office of Communications, 410.887.5908
Read Across America activities celebrate reading, Dr. Seuss in Baltimore County schools
What: Monday marks the National Education Association’s annual “Read Across America” day, coinciding with the anniversary of the birth of Theodor Geisel – better known as famed children’s author “Dr. Seuss.” The event will be observed throughout Baltimore County’s schools with a variety of reading-centered activities and events, both on Monday and throughout the week. At Fort Garrison Elementary School in Stevenson, for instance, students will be engaged in activities, games, and reading – some of which will be conducted on students’ digital devices. The culminating activity will include a broadcast starring Principal Karen Harris reading a Dr. Seuss book on the school’s news station. When: School hours, Monday, March 2, through Friday, March 7 Where: Schools across Baltimore County – please contact individual schools to learn the details of planned activities and observances. Fort Garrison Elementary School is located at 3310 Woodvalley Dr., Stevenson 21208 Contact: Office of Communications, 410.887.5908
Tuesday, March 3
Board of Education to recognize students, staff during spring ceremony
What: Prior to their regularly scheduled business meeting, members of the Board of Education of Baltimore County will recognize students and educators who have achieved success and contributed to the goals and mission of Baltimore County Public Schools. Honorees include those who have won local, state or national awards and others who have significantly benefited their schools and the school system. When: 5:30 – 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 3 Where: Kenwood High School, 501 Stemmers Run Road, Essex 21221 Contact: Office of Communications, 410.887.5908
Board of Education of Baltimore County to meet
What: The Board of Education of Baltimore County will meet for a regularly scheduled open session. Because the school system is committed to accessible communication with its stakeholders, Board of Education meetings are live-streamed and may be viewed on the BCPS website (www.bcps.org). The public is welcome to attend all open sessions of the Board. When: 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 3 Where: Kenwood High School, 501 Stemmers Run Road, Essex 21221 Contact: Deborah Decker, 410.887.4126
BCPS hosts community forum to solicit magnet school feedback
What: Baltimore County Public Schools will host one of eight community forums in March to solicit opinion about recommendations relating to the school system’s magnet schools and programs. The proposals are the result of a Magnet Task Force charged with examining the county’s magnet programs and providing recommendations about its future. Feedback from the online surveys and community forums will be used to determine how best to assess the magnet school program and which recommendations to bring to the Board of Education for its consideration. When: 7 - 9 p.m., Tuesday, March 3 Where: Woodlawn High School, 1801 Woodlawn Dr., Woodlawn 21207 Contact: Office of Magnet Programs, 410.887.4127
Wednesday, March 4
Ridgely Middle School to host College Savings Plans parent information night
What: Ridgely Middle School will host a parent information meeting presented by the College Savings Plans of Maryland, which allows parents to save for college through a variety of affordable and flexible programs. When: 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 4 Where: Ridgely Middle School, 121 Ridgely Road, Lutherville 21093 Contact: Francesca Nelson, 443.769.1034 or www.collegesavingsmd.org
BCPS hosts community forum to solicit magnet school feedback
What: Baltimore County Public Schools will host one of eight community forums in March to solicit opinion about recommendations relating to the school system’s magnet schools and programs. The proposals are the result of a Magnet Task Force charged with examining the county’s magnet programs and providing recommendations about its future. Feedback from the online surveys and community forums will be used to determine how best to assess the magnet school program and which recommendations to bring to the Board of Education for its consideration. When: 7 - 9 p.m., Wednesday, March 4 Where: Kenwood High School, 501 Stemmers Run Rd., Middle River 21221 Contact: Office of Magnet Programs, 410.887.4127
Thursday, March 5
BCPS hosts two community forums to solicit magnet school feedback
What: Baltimore County Public Schools will host two of eight community forums in March to solicit opinion about recommendations relating to the school system’s magnet schools and programs. The proposals are the result of a Magnet Task Force charged with examining the county’s magnet programs and providing recommendations about its future. Feedback from the online surveys and community forums will be used to determine how best to assess the magnet school program and which recommendations to bring to the Board of Education for its consideration. When & Where: 1 – 3 p.m., Thursday, March 5, at the Library County Campus Metro Centre at Owings Mills, 10302 Grand Central Ave., Owings Mills 21117 7 - 9 p.m., Thursday, March 5, at Milford Mill Academy, 3800 Washington Ave., Milford 21244 Contact: Office of Magnet Programs, 410.887.4127
Saturday, March 7
BCPS middle and high schools participate in 3 countywide STEM events
What: Secondary schools across Baltimore County will participate in multiple STEM-based events in order to promote science, technology, engineering and math. Three events will take place concurrently -- the High School Physics Olympics, the Chemathon, and the Middle School STEM Fair Challenge. When: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Saturday March 7 Where: High School Physics Olympics and Chemathon -- Dulaney High School, 255 Padonia Rd., Timonium 21093 Middle School STEM Fair Challenge – Cockeysville Middle School, 10401 Greenside Dr., Cockeysville 21030 Contact: Tiffany Wendland, 410.887.4251
“Shrek” on stage at Patapsco High School and Center for the Arts
What: The musical story of the lovable ogre “Shrek” finishes a three-day run onstage at Patapsco High School and Center for the Arts with two final performances. Admission is $10 for adults, and $6 for students and seniors. When: 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 28, and 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 1 Where: Patapsco High School and Center for the Arts, 8100 Wise Ave., Dundalk 21222 Contact: Emily Krich, 410.887.7060
Catonsville High School to present “Damn Yankees”
What: The Catonsville High School Theater Department under the direction of Lauren Gill will present this year’s musical production, “Damn Yankees.” Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door. When: 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 28. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Where: Catonsville High School, 421 Bloomsbury Ave., Catonsville 21228 Contact: Lauren Gill, 410.887.0808
Catonsville High School’s Alumni Association to host annual Bull & Oyster Roast
What: The Catonsville High School Alumni Association will host its annual Bull & Oyster Roast to benefit the association’s scholarship program. Tickets are $45 per person and may be purchased at info@chs-alumni.net or by calling 410.491.1097. When: 7 – 11 p.m., Saturday, March 7 Where: The Lodge, 2832 Frederick Rd., Catonsville 21228 Contact: Susan Sohn, 410.491.1097
What: Students, parents, educators, and community members are invited to a special town hall meeting to discuss bullying and bullying prevention in schools, the community, and online. This event, part of the school system’s annual Bullying Prevention Week, is sponsored by the Baltimore County Student Councils, Superintendent's Student Advisory Council, BCPS Office of School Safety, and BCPS Parent University. The town hall will feature a panel of students, educators, parents, administrators, and representatives of the Baltimore County Police Department, Maryland State Department of Education, and Maryland Alliance on Mental Illness. When: Monday, March 2, 2015, from 6 – 7:30 p.m. Where: Cockeysville Middle School 10401 Greenside Drive, Cockeysville 21030 Background: The annual BCPS Bullying Prevention Week for 2015 is slated for Monday, March 2, through Friday, March 6. Initiated and coordinated by the Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council and Baltimore County Student Councils, the week will feature special activities each day. The panelists for the town hall meeting are:
  • Dr. Hope Baier, elementary specialist, BCPS Office of School Counseling
  • Detective Paul Ciepiela, Baltimore County Police Department
  • Dr. Michael Ford, school safety specialist, Maryland State Department of Education
  • Timothy Hayden, coordinator, BCPS Office of School Counseling
  • Susan Hershfeld, principal, West Town Elementary School
  • Detective Lacienski, Baltimore County Police Department
  • April Lewis, manager, BCPS Office of School Safety
  • Autumn Miller, student, Sparrows Point Middle School
  • Murray Parker, principal, Western School of Technology
  • Abby Scherr, parent and representative of Maryland Alliance on Mental Illness
  • Deeksha Walia, student, Kenwood High School
TOWSON – Romaine N. Williams, Esq., a member of the Board of Education of Baltimore County since 2013, has been named to the prestigious “Maryland’s Top 100 Women” list. The list, published annually by The Daily Record, was released today and honors “outstanding women leaders who are not only leading the way professionally but are dedicating their time and energy to community work as well as mentoring,” according to the newspaper’s Web site. Today’s list marks the 20th year The Daily Record has recognized women leaders from across the state. “I am deeply honored and humbled to be recognized,” said Ms. Williams, who serves as senior counsel to the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency. “I’m honored to share this prestigious award with everyone who has inspired me to give my best. This award is as much a reflection of the professionalism and dedication of those with whom I work every day, including my fellow Board members and the team at Baltimore County Public Schools, as it is a reflection of my work. It is a validation of the good work we all are doing every day in a variety of ways.” Nearly 400 women were nominated for the honor statewide, according to The Daily Record, and of this year’s recipients, 70 are first-time honorees. All 100 will be honored at a May 4 awards program at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall in Baltimore. “Romaine Williams is so deserving of this recognition, not only for her work on our Board of Education but for the work she has done in the community and through her advocacy for young people,” said BCPS Superintendent Dr. S. Dallas Dance. “She has our congratulations, our admiration, and our appreciation.” Added Board President David Uhlfelder, “Romaine Williams has been a thoughtful, energetic, and wise member of the Board, and her devotion to advocating for the children of Baltimore County is unsurpassed. The Board is delighted she has been included among Maryland’s Top 100 Women.” Representing the Second Council District on the Board of Education, Ms. Williams earned her law degree from the University of Maryland after also receiving a bachelor’s degree in political science with honors from Goucher College. She also holds a master’s degree in theology from the Ecumenical Institute of St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore. Married and the mother of a daughter, Ms. Williams is a member of both the Maryland and Baltimore County bar associations. Ms. Williams’ nomination to the list was weighed by a panel of business professionals and past list honorees. “This year’s Maryland’s Top 100 Women are extraordinary,” said Suzanne Fischer-Huettner, publisher of The Daily Record. “They go above and beyond in everything they do. They lead companies, create change, break barriers, chart new territory and make a difference at home, at work and in their communities. They inspire those around them to be the best they can be.” To view the entire list of Maryland’s Top 100 Women, visit: http://thedailyrecord.com/2015/02/26/daily-record-announces-top-100-women/.
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