da Vinci Arts Middle School

Creative minds
for challenging times.

2508 NE Everett StreetPortland, OR 97232Ph (503) 916-5356Fx (503) 916-2721

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  • January 24, 2017

    Dear da  Vinci Families,

     da Vinci teachers regularly support students to take risks and go above and beyond the ordinary. The artifacts of this work are many: letters to the editor of The Oregonian, travel brochures advertising colonial states, Rube Goldberg machines, posters celebrating famous African Americans, digital presentations that offer insights about science topics, Pecha Kucha presentations about famous artists, visual arts exhibitions in the Connie Cheifetz Gallery, the annual Dragons’ Fire literary review, and more.  And just in the past week, students have been honored beyond the school walls for their outstanding artwork—including through publication in the New York Times and through regional Scholastic Art Awards.

     On Wednesday, January 18, 6th grader Emma Laus’s portraits of Barack and Michelle Obama were published in the New York Times. Emma’s work illustrates the article To Obama with Love, and Hate, and Desperation which describes eight years of Presidential mail and the process by which interns chose 10 letters for the President to read each day. 

     Emma, your portraits are gorgeous, and we are so very proud of your work, congratulations! Here is the article link (double click),  http://www.pps.net/domain/112 and thank you, Judy Holmes, for creating our website banner honoring Emma and the Gold Key Slide show! 

    Brava, Bravo Scholastic Art Awards!

    I am thrilled to share that this year, our visual art students taught by Kelda Van Patten, Austin, and Jasmine Spiegel, 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 201592 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, and students, congratulations!  Here is a slide show of the Gold Key awards: View our slideshow

    From Kelda, Austin, and Jasmine:

    "Congratulations to ALL students who entered artwork into the Scholastic Art Awards, and thank you Liz who supported students in the process of submitting their work. We love you all and your work is amazing! Please stay tuned as the Scholastic Writing Awards will be announced in February.

     Students who won Gold Key, please be sure to bring your work to your art teacher ASAP and no later than Thursday. The Scholastic Gold Key exhibition will be at PNCA (Pacific Northwest College of Art, 511 NW Broadway) from Jan.29-Feb.25. ALL participating students & families are invited to the reception at PNCA on Thursday, February 2nd, 4-7pm. In addition, if you won Gold Key, please check your email or talk to your art teacher about how to get your tickets to the Gold Key CEREMONY at the Portland Art Museum. CONGRATULATIONS ALL!!!"

    Winter Music Concert! Tomorrow, Wednesday evening at 7:00 pm. Enjoy Beginning and Advanced Band, Choir, African Drumming, After School Jazz Band, and Trogdor. See you there!  

    Best,

    Fred

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