• Online-Only Classes Will Continue Until At Least January 28

    Following state guidelines on coronavirus data, PPS will stay with Comprehensive Distance Learning through the second quarter. More information

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  • Library News

    Find directions on how to put books on HOLD from our school library. You can request specific books or fill-out a form with the types of books you like to read and Ms. Robertson will fill a bag of books for you. Pick-up is every Wednesday 12:30-4:00 at the back of the school by the dance portable. Please wear a mask. You can bring back any textbooks or library books you had from last year from any school. 
    Textbook check-out: Your teacher will let you know if you need to come to the school to check-out a textbook for their class. Many teachers are using online materials this year so it is not unusual if you have no print textbooks. 
    If your teacher has materials available (textbooks or other hand-outs) they will be available at the same place as the library book pick-up - at the back of the school by the dance portable Wednesdays 12:30-4:00. 
    Are you interested in participating in the Oregon Battle of the Books (OBOB)? Ms. Robertson has recorded a video about this year's competition. Attend the OBOB meeting on Monday, November 16th to learn more!  

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  • 20-21 Welcome letter from Mr. Locke

    Dear da Vinci Families, 

    Welcome to the 2020-21 School year! 

    I hope you all had a wonderful, safe, summer and that you are enjoying our lovely NW sunshine. Teachers and staff will be meeting next week, and we are all very excited to start our virtual school year on September 2nd. I am very pleased to announce some wonderful additions to our staff.

    • Maia Kinigopoulos, Math/Health

    • Alexander (Al) Williams,  ELA 6-8

    • Emily Conner,  AVID/Creative Writing/ELA Support

    • Ellen Ingamells, Science 7-8 (da Vinci alumna)

    • Chelsea Blair, Social Studies 7-8

    • Shannon Foxley and Heather Mathewson, Counselors

    • Francisco Garcia, Drama

    • Hakim Muhammad, African Drumming (Explore and Year Long)

    • Anna Cushman, Dance (da Vinci alumna)

    • Susan Verheyleweghen .5 Learning Center Teacher

    • Heidi Sprecher, Drama Tech/ Health

    • Jenna Morano, School Psychologist

    • Thank you all for bringing your skills and passion to our da Vinci community. Congratulations and Welcome! 

    Our virtual school year will begin as a “Soft Start” (Monday, September 2nd through Friday, September 11th). Our focus will be connecting with students and families to build positive relationships, learn more about distance learning platforms/tools, and build virtual classroom culture. Our virtual Quarter 1 schedule will commence on Monday, September 14th.

    Virtual Learning Platforms

    As we start the year with virtual instruction, thank you in advance for helping your student get the most out of each of their classes. To support your navigation and monitoring of online learning, our teachers will primarily be using Canvas in addition to Google Classroom and Google Meets. Teachers will use other platforms, some that your child may be familiar with, and some that will be new. 

    Please understand that as staff our exclusive focus will be on providing the best virtual learning experience in our arts focus setting. We are super excited to “see” your children. 

    In the near future, we will share additional information on the beginning of school. Student schedules will be available and our Home Based Distance Learning website will be updated. For school start-up needs (Chromebooks, internet access, ParentVue/Synergy access) and other questions, our school secretary Sheli Bryan will be sending an informational email.

    Thank you for your wonderful children, and we can’t wait to “see” you all soon. On behalf of the staff, I wish you a great year of learning! 


    Fred Locke, Principal

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