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Your feedback helps us know what we are doing well and where to focus attention on school improvement efforts. Our da Vinci midyear survey link - responses come directly to us - will be open through January: da Vinci Family Community Survey. The PPS Successful Schools Survey 2016-17 is set to close January 17. This data about school climate is collected, processed, compared, and shared through the district. Results from the PPS 2014 - 2015 survey are archived HERE.
Please take both surveys at your earliest convenience, and thanks for all that you do to support da Vinci!
We will start within our schools, gaining traction to reach a point where students, district wide, can physically come together all the while staying on track with our message of strength, security, and unity. We hope to send our message nationwide to sister districts in other major cities. Our message is strong, and it continues to gain strength as it gains support. We must start somewhere in order to grow and we encourage each and every student’s involvement.
Student Body President, Lilly Sasse and Student Body Vice President, Christina DePinto” (Please see attached document to read the whole statement.)
A few students did participate in the protest. To reassure students that at da Vinci they are safe, loved and protected, teachers did a great job. Here is one example from English Language Arts teacher Jasmine Spiegel who wrote her students a letter (Excerpts shared with permission).
"To My Students,
(To read then entire letter please see the attached document).
I shared a similar sentiment with the students I spoke with on Monday and today, at the conclusion of our Macbeth Teaser, I will reinforce that sentiment. As a school learning community, we use restorative practices so that we are supporting all students, and helping them to consistently make informed and respectful choices. This is ongoing serious work helps us grow positively as a community that cares and celebrates the well-being and importance of each individual in our arts focus setting. Together, we will continue to make da Vinci a safe place for every student and staff member.
Today, at 3:00 and 3:15 respectively, our QSA and our BSU and Students of Color meet.
Tomorrow, Thursday students are encouraged to participate in a District wide unity day by wearing black.
Friday: will be Post-it Note Positivity — Throughout the day (Before School, Lunch, and After School) students may stop by the Cafeteria and write a positive message that’ll be put up around the school.
TONIGHT at 7:00 in the Library, ALL are WELCOME, to discuss the impact of race in our lives and the lives of your children at da Vinci.
—What does it take to empower ALL students to feel safe and secure throughout their school day?
THANK YOU FOR YOUR CHILDREN. Please know we are committed to doing everything we can to help your child have an AWESOME da Vinci experience that challenges and supports them to be their best each day!
Executive Director, Black Educational Achievement Movement (BEAM)
Ms. Causey will be sharing information on the 2nd Annual Middle Passage to Education Summit, which is a day long event on Friday, December 16, 2016 at the University of Portland. Attending students of African American descent, will participate in four workshops: 1) Positive Identity Through Black History; 2) Financial Literacy; 3) Personal Responsibility; and 4) Social Justice and Civic Engagement (See attached flyer).
da Vinci Courageous Conversations About Race
Wednesday evening, 7:00-8:30 in the Library; Light snacks will be provided, and ALL students and parents are welcome and encouraged to openly talk about race.
As an outcome of our first evening talking about race, la week ago, I was extremely fortunate to attend August Wilson’s Red Door Project as they presented the New Black Fest’s HANDS UP 7 Playwrights, 7 Testaments, directed by Kevin Jones. Beginning with Darrell Grant’s inspirational arrangement of John Lennon’s Imagine, which was followed by four other brilliant pieces that opened each half of the program, the evening was beyond powerful. The jazz music and singers gracefully framed the seven monologues, that each shared their perspective and experience around race. The entire evening was riveting, compelling and humbling. Here is the link to the Red Door Project. IF you have not seen Hands Up, I strongly urge you to see it if it is offered again:
September 29, 2016
Dear da Vinci Families,
Last night at our first PTSA meeting, we elected new officers, adopted our 2016-17 budget and generated excitement about how we best continue to serve and support our wonderfully special da Vinci Arts learning community.
Our students are extremely fortunate to attend school in such a generous community and benefit greatly from your many contributions of time and money. Our exceptional arts-infused program is not possible without support beyond what Portland Public School District provides.
Our PTSA and our Foundation coordinate fundraising, and we want to share with you their unique roles. Here is an overview of fundraising for the 2016-17 school year:
da Vinci PTSA
Purpose: The da Vinci PTSA raises funds to supply arts materials and academic enrichment for students. This includes staff classroom budgets, planners, library books and special events. Additionally, we hope to focus on increasing our da Vinci technology.
da Vinci Foundation
Purpose: da Vinci Foundation funds are the only way to provide additional staff (PEOPLE) for our school, above and beyond what the district allocates each year. For this year, Foundation funds have afforded us with three essential staff positions.
$60,000 is our fundraising goal. To meet our goal, we need 100% participation.
Run for the Arts Next FRIDAY, October 7th!
Purpose: Run for the Arts is an annual fundraiser that allows da Vinci students to fundraise directly for staff & supplies to further our arts education goals at the school. Students solicit contributions from sponsors for each lap they complete on Friday, October 7th.
We hope you will add your voice to our PTSA as a voting member, and stay tuned to the Scroll for our next meeting. Sheli or Liz have PTSA envelopes in the main office.
Our first da Vinci Foundation meeting will be Monday, October 3rd from 7:00 pm to 8:30 at Migration Brewery, 2828 NE Glisan. If you are unable to make it but would like to join our Foundation Team, please email Foundation Chair Brian Schaeperkoetter or Principal Fred Locke.
Don Gavitte & Howard Freedman, PTSA Co-Presidents
Brian Schaeperkoetter, Foundation Chair
Fred Locke, Principal
Tonight’s 8th Grade Family Night at Roosevelt has been cancelled. It will be rescheduled for Monday, February 13th at 5:30 PM. We apologize for any inconvenience this second cancellation may cause. MLC’s 8th Grade Family Night set for this evening at 6pm is happening as scheduled.
We continue to prepare for schools to reopen tomorrow, Wednesday, January 18, 2017.
Please note that our plan is for schools to start at regular times tomorrow making this the first day of eliminating late starts for professional development as part of our plan to restore lost instructional hours due to weather-related closures this winter.
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM BSU Meeting
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM QSA
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM Roosevelt Info Session (at Roosevelt!)
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM MLC Info Session (at MLC!)
8:35 AM - 9:35 AM Grant HS Forecasting
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM PTSA Meeting
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM Info Session #1
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Bond Stakeholder Advisory Group Meeting
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Health and Safety Bond Town Hall, Lincoln
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM Admission Info Session #2
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Health and Safety Bond Town Hall, Benson
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Bond Stakeholder Advisory Group Meeting