Congratulations to the following four students who won the National Silver Medals in the Scholastic Art Awards!
Evan Grosse, 8th grade, photograph, "RIP DIY"
Athene Marston, 8th grade, photograph, "Flower"
Daniel Duyvestein, 8th grade, mixed media weaving, "Stuffed Woolly Blanket"
Raya Vinar, 7th grade, Ceramic bowl, "Native Art Bowl"
We are pleased to announce that da Vinci eighth grader Jake Woolley won a statewide contest to design a logo for this year's Oregon Math Leaders conference, which is run by the Oregon Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Jake's logo, shown here reflects this year's conference theme, work, Jake!
Our visual art students taught by Kelda Van Patten, Austin, Jasmine Spiegel, and Jessica Hickey earned 153 Scholastic Art Awards (24 Gold, 29 Silver, 90 Honorable Mention). Working with these inspiring teachers and mentors over the last three years, our students won 109 Awards in 2015, 92 last year, and this year 153 awards. This success speaks to the exceptional support, teaching and student creativity that is da Vinci. Kelda, Jasmine, Austin, Jessica and students, congratulations!
For the first time, Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) is offering a new award this year called Best in Grade.
They give the award at Nationals and PNCA is thrilled that they now offer it. For her collage, Orangie Gets Hit On, da Vinci student Violette Miller was honored at the PNCA Awards Night for Best in Grade for the 7th grade, Congratulations Violette!
The Scholastic Gold Key exhibition will be at PNCA (Pacific Northwest College of Art, 511 NW Broadway) until Saturday, February 25. As Austin said, "it is a remarkable show." Honor our students and enjoy this great exhibition of award-winning art! "
Despite the December inclement weather, Ms. Lanigan managed to motivate 11 students to submit 14 pieces. As she describes, "Personally, I was grateful the paperwork even got to NYC as I mailed the packet of money and forms (via overnight mail) as snow began falling the Wednesday before Christmas. Everything was due that Friday."
Congratulations to Ms. Lanigan, Amber, Gabriel, and Ella who won four poetry awards.
Amber McConnell, Silver Key for "What He Took With Him"
Amber McConnell, Honorable Mention for "What We All Are"
Gabriel Robinson, Honorable Mention for "Sorrow Home"
Ella Van Schoick, Honorable Mention for "An Inevitable Falling"
Last year, three students, Thisby Loomis, MJ Sasse, and Ainsley Leof were all finalist in the Oregon Children’s Theatre's (OCT) Young Playwrights for Change 10 Minute Play competition. For 2016, MJ Sasse’s play Wartorn was named the National winner.
This year, Tamara Carroll of OCT, just announced the seven finalists and five of them are da Vinci students!
Please help me congratulate Nicole Accuardi who read all ninety 10 minute plays of her students, and our outstanding five playwrights! As Tamara shared in an email to Nicole, "The plays were quite strong and we struggled to pick just 6…in the end, we decided to choose 7.” These seven plays will be read at OCT on May 21st.
Monsters Under My Bed by Annika Duyvestein – Regional Winner!
It’s Hard to Understand by Kate McStay
Boys Cry by Estacada Thorsen
What Makes a Bully by Riley Cook
It’s a Two-Way Street by Hazel True
Berlin 1933 by Holland Roads
Never Enough by Julian Geary
Congratulations da Vinci students, for your wonderful writing!
On Wednesday, January 25th, our Social Studies Department (Ann Fournier, Erin Savage, Chelsea Blair, Jason Gershuny and Lewis & Clark student teacher Haverty Brown) produced our annual National Geographic Geography Bee. First, to all the Social Studies class winners who competed in the Bee: Helen Kenny, Milan Clark, Fox Knapp, Cole Hagedorn, Jack Dahl, Liam Kay, Raya Vinar, Evan Grosse, Melody Kostek, Finn Dills, Maura McQuillen, Daniel Duyvestein Mac Bixby, Alexander Dowie, and Henry Boyer…Congratulations, you were awesome! From four rounds of challenging questions about states, continents, and Weird But True, two finalist Raya Vinar and Mac Bixby emerged. After giving two correct answers in a row, eighth grader Mac Bixby prevailed and is our da Vinci’s 2017 Geography Bee Champion. Mac, representing Ms. Savage’s 4th period class, travels, enjoys geography and knowing about the world. She will now take a paper test to qualify for the State Bee. Congratulations Mac, we are very proud of you!
Megan Young, with support from Shannon Wasson, Alison Lanigan, Lori Shumway, and Chelsea Blair, staged our annual da Vinci Scripps Spelling Bee. Our English Language Art class winners, were Aoife Brogan-Marshall, Delilah Hartwell, Jack Dahl, Poppy Schoedinger, Zaydah Wadeh, Simon Carr, Austin Frost, Leah Abramson-Slater, Paige Blair, Hannah Ernst, Irina Klippert, Anne Dynes, Beck Waxman, Eli Jones, Archie Rohden, Kate McStay, and Jasper Jordens. Over six engaging and increasingly difficult rounds, these brave spellers vied for the top spot. As Ms. Young explained, consider spelling a word you have possibly never heard before, out loud, into a microphone with 450 peers, parents, and teachers watching. That is nerve racking! Congratulations to all our spellers, great work! Representing da Vinci at the next level, please help me congratulate our 2017 da Vinci Arts Middle School Scripps Spelling Bee Champion, seventh grader Simon Carr!
da Vinci Arts 6th grader Emma Laus painted portraits of Barack and Michelle Obama as part of her series of presidents and First Ladies. She mailed the portraits of the Obamas to the White House. Emma’s portraits appeared on the front page of the New York Times website January 18th! Here is a link if you would like to read the January 18th news article. Great job Emma. We are so proud of you!