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Fourth Graders Visit Martha's Table

As part of their Service Learning curriculum focused on homelessness, hunger, and poverty, Ms. Armstrong’s and Ms. Harter’s grade 4 classes visited the headquarters of Martha's Table in Anacostia on Tuesday. While there, students were given a tour of the facility to learn about the many ways that they support our community by providing healthy food, early childhood education and care, fitness classes, and job training and resources. See below for the list of upcoming Service Learning trips. 

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Vinson Hall Earth Day Tree Dedication

On Friday, April 19, Adam McNeil's grade 5 class joined Jeremy Metz' grade 10 English class (G block), along with Brandon Mayrhofer ’27 and Trevor Nelson ’27 for a morning of campus beautification and a tree planting and dedication at Vinson Hall Retirement Community. Students and residents worked together to create small container gardens in front of each building in the community. Later, we all gathered for a tree planting and dedication ceremony. It was a beautiful morning of cross-divisional and intergenerational connections!

Lunar New Year Parade

The Middle School has celebrated the Lunar New Year in several ways these past few weeks. Most recently, fifth graders wound their way around campus to celebrate the Year of the Dragon with their annual Lunar New Year dragon parade. This was the first year that second graders joined the parade. View the photo gallery here.

Fourth Graders Visit Martha's Table

As part of their Service Learning curriculum focused on homelessness, hunger, and poverty, Ms. Armstrong’s and Ms. Harter’s grade 4 classes visited the headquarters of Martha's Table in Anacostia on Tuesday. While there, students were given a tour of the facility to learn about the many ways that they support our community by providing healthy food, early childhood education and care, fitness classes, and job training and resources. See below for the list of upcoming Service Learning trips. 

Travel Brochure Presentations

Students in grade 5 are approaching the end of their geography unit. They have worked in pairs to create a travel brochure using Adobe Spark. This graphic design tool is a great way for students to be able to create realistic brochures that help illustrate the concepts covered in class. Classmates have shared their knowledge of landforms, absolute and relative location, climate, economy, and more. 

Problem-Solving Partners

Prior to the break, Ms. Harter’s grade 4 class worked to build a research-based "thinking classroom" that used specific protocols to encourage deep thinking, collaborative work, and engagement for everyone. Some protocols they followed were working in randomly selected groups of three and standing while working on a whiteboard surface – which facilitates risk-taking. Students have done a wonderful job working with their partners and have also started using the whiteboards during regular partner work time.

MS Represents at Robotics Tournament

Over the weekend, six teams representing Potomac’s fifth and sixth grade robotics squad participated in the VEX IQ Robotics Tournament at the Nysmith School. The competition featured teams of students in grades four through eight from Virginia and Maryland. All of the Potomac teams showcased their coding and driving skills and their ability to collaborate effectively with various teams. Each team exceeded expectations for their first tournament of the year, with two of our teams reaching the final round. Team 10227X, featuring sixth graders Erik Eggers, Timmy Abbott, and Veer Mathur, earned a third place finish, and Team 10227Y, featuring fifth graders Henry Lettow, Ronan Malone, Park Hoffmann, Gates Marwell, and Liam Marwell, earned a fifth place finish. The Middle School #pantherbots will be back in action at the Potomac School Tournament on January 14.