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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.

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.


On April 15, students, faculty, and staff participated in Potomac’s K-12 Virtual Earth Day celebration. Click here to see a photo gallery.

Zoom screenshot

The first US Meeting of the distance learning era took place last week and streamed to more than 500 screens.