Potomac's faculty and staff are working to ensure that our distance learning program helps students thrive, grow, and stay connected. Innovative technology tools like Zoom, Google Classroom, and Padlet are opening up new possibilities, sparking students' curiosity, encouraging their creativity, and supporting their quest for knowledge. Below are just a few of the exciting things happening at Potomac as we continue down the path of distance learning.

Potomac letters

Mr. Mathews recently posted his final Learning Exploration of the year; click here to watch it. We hope our students have enjoyed dipping their toes into new activities during this segment of our distance learning curriculum.

Laura Petro speech

The annual Upper School Awards Ceremony was a celebration of the many accomplishments of Potomac's senior class. The event also featured remarks by US Head Doug McLane and US science teacher Laura Petro (pictured). Click here to watch the video.

Medieval backdrop

Our sixth graders recently presented this year’s virtual Living History Showcase, which highlighted their extensive research on the medieval era. Click here and use the password “SixthGrade” to view a gallery.

LS Field Day

Lower School students and faculty members very much enjoyed our virtual Field Day, which included wacky activities like the stuffed animal toss, the balloon crab challenge, the penguin race, the plank toss, “hot lava,” and lots of dancing fun. Thank you, P.E. teachers, for your enthusiasm and creativity!

What a Wonderful World

Senior Jazz Band members Declan Cleaver, Kate Entis, Justin Jen, and Megan Wenig worked with band teacher Mr. DiCuirci to put together a virtual performance of the jazz standard “What a Wonderful World.” Please take a moment to enjoy this performance by our senior musicians!

Panther Prowl

In May, Potomac community took part in an exciting schoolwide challenge in which students, teachers, staff, alumni, and family members recorded the number of miles that they moved. In this video, the Panther demonstrates how far our community can go when we all work together.

IS Sunshine

Feeling inspired by the story of Sadako Sasaki, a young girl who lived in Hiroshima during WWII, the IS Student Sunshine Club recently made more than 200 origami cranes to serve as a message of peace and hope.


Phoebus, Potomac’s literary magazine, now has an online edition! This year, the Phoebus team used a color-wheel theme to organize their submissions, which came from more than 60 students and faculty members. Click here to access the website.

Maren Schwarz weaving

Seventh grade art students set up their looms and began weaving before Spring Break. The transition to distance learning didn’t break their stride, as they were able to bring their work home.

Michael Bergman Zoom

One afternoon each week, Potomac theater students have had the opportunity to meet with professionals from across the country, courtesy of Zoom.

shakespeare zoom

The students in Ms. Morgan’s sixth grade class performed their play, Romeo and Juliet on the West Side, via Zoom.

Clayburn May 4

Lower School students celebrated May 4 (Star Wars Day) with a Star Wars-themed music lesson.

College counseling screenshot

Since the COVID-19 outbreak limited most juniors’ ability to visit colleges during Spring Break, the College Counseling Office wanted to give juniors the chance to hear from college admission officers from around the country.

DNA problems

Six peer helpers from the Math and Science Collaboration Center (MSCC) volunteered to help facilitate an after-school genetics study session for more than 20 students in Ms. Vignolini’s and Mrs. McLane’s ninth grade biology classes.