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Students Learn About Angklung Instrument 

Lower School students recently participated in an educational program with visiting musicians, arranged by the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Washington, DC. The students learned about the angklung, an Indonesian musical instrument made from bamboo, which symbolizes unity and community. Topics included how and where the instruments are made, the significance of using bamboo, and the geographical layout of Indonesia and its more than 17,000 islands.

Professor Diah Ayu Maharani, DDS, PhD, the Educational and Cultural Attaché at the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia, attended the program in support of bringing awareness of Indonesian culture to Potomac’s students. Read more

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Seven National Merit Semifinalists from Potomac Named

Congratulations to the seven Potomac seniors who have qualified as semifinalists in the 69th annual National Merit Scholarship Program! Katharine Kanner-Bitetti, Kate Tuttle, Audrey Rentzepis, Abigail Park, Paul Witkop, Daniel Overdeck, and Max Zeldes (l to r) are among just 16,000 high school seniors nationwide to receive this recognition. Semifinalists can continue in the competition for approximately 7,140 National Merit Scholarships, worth nearly $28 million, which will be awarded next spring. 

Grades 10 and 11 Community Action Days

Grades 10 and 11 began their year of service together last Thursday and Friday as part of our Community Action Day Service Learning program. In advisory groups, students learned about, selected, and visited one of 18 local community partners across the DMV over the two days. Following their morning of service in the broader community, students returned to campus and participated in different “Changemaker Projects,” which offered an opportunity to continue serving others and our natural world on campus. Some students chose to serve our school community by removing invasive species on campus with Sean Conroy and Albert Pingree or reading and playing with Lower School students. Others chose to continue to serve the broader community by making birthday kits for the students of Second Story in Vienna, making welcome home kits for clients of New Hope Housing, or making literacy kits for the students at Arlington Housing Corporation. Check out galleries from grade 10 and grade 11

Many thanks to our community partners for hosting our students, for taking the time to educate them about the needs in our community, and for the ongoing important work being done in the greater DMV. Follow them on social media to learn more about the great work that they do: 

Red Wiggler Community Farm, Bikes for the World, Leveling the Playing Field, CentroNia, A Wider Circle, Rosemount Center, Food & Friends, Women Giving Back, Food for Others, Capital Area Food Bank, Habitat ReStore, Main Street Child Development Center, Chesterbrook Residences, Sasha Bruce, DC Central Kitchen, Washington Parks & People, Falls Church McLean Children’s Center, Common Good City Farm 

Grade 6 Students Learn about Cyanotype Prints

Spreading their love of Potomac blue, students in grade 6 harnessed the light – and our natural campus – to create beautiful cyanotype sun prints during Ms. Dunkelberger’s art class. Cyanotypes are one of the oldest photographic printing processes in the history of photography. The print's distinctive feature is its cyan blue shade, which results from its exposure to ultraviolet light.

Bubbles, Bubbles, Bubbles! 

During Friday's clubs and activities block this past Monday, MS students were gifted a surprise treat! After learning in an assembly that they had achieved the summer reading challenge goal, they enjoyed a bubbles extravaganza on the Turf Field. It was childhood at its best and served as a playful way to kick off this school year! View the photo gallery


Wishing the Potomac Class of 2023 a year filled with new opportunities, personal growth, continued curiosity, balance, purpose, and enjoyment. As you head to college, know that our community is cheering you on – for you are prepared, capable, principled individuals with extraordinary potential to be changemakers. We hope you form strong communities and that you will share your generosity of spirit wherever life takes you! Go well! (And please keep in touch!)

Empowering Summer Learning among Local Youth

Over the last two months, the US Service Learning Club engaged in a project to create 120 summer learning kits for rising first through fifth grade students served by Potomac's community partner, Arlington Housing Corporation (AHC). Club leaders conceived the idea for the service project in response to the learning loss experienced by AHC youth during the pandemic. To begin, club leaders brainstormed with education staff member Laney Parrott from AHC to plan the kit contents collaboratively. They partnered with Lower School learning specialists to identify developmentally appropriate enrichment games. Each kit includes math and reading games, a summer reading bookmark, and an "inspirational message" coloring page with a handwritten note from a club member. On Tuesday, Laney visited Potomac to meet student leaders and pick up the kits that will be used during summer camp and later gifted to provide at-home learning resources. Thank you to US students for helping empower summer learning among local youth!