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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da Vinci News

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  • Zoom links for community meetings

    This week we will have several opportunities for community members to engage in conversations via Zoom. Please join us as you are interested and available. 
    Topic: Q & A with the principal
    Time: Sep 28, 2020, 04:00 pm - 6:00 pm- you can drop in for any part of this. The format is an informal listening session. 
    Update- thank you to everyone that participated. We will be sharing updates in our email communications. 

    (Time: Sep 29, 2020, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm)
    Topic: da Vinci PTSA first fall general mtg
    Time: Oct 1, 2020, 06:30 pm - 8:00 pm 

    Join Zoom Meeting
    If you are unable to join us but have questions, please use this form and someone will get back to you. Questions will be reviewed by our admin team. We will do our best to address frequently asked questions.  
    If you are interested in joining a da Vinci community leadership group, please let us know by using this form
  • Back to School Night 9/24/2020

    Back to School Night Videos Still Available  
    Recorded videos from staff, teachers, and admin are available to watch at your convenience. We hope these will be informative. Please take the time to watch the video for each of your students' classes with them.  Here is the site. 
  • Need Tech Help?

    Visit the Technology/Troubleshooting page of the Distance Learning website for answers to frequently asked questions and useful links. 
  • Understanding our Distance Learning Schedule

    On September 14th we will start our regular schedule that will run through this first quarter of distance learning. Check out this video from our Assistant Principal to help you understand how this will work. 
    The schedule is posted on the distance learning website.  
  • Wednesday Book and Supply Pickups

    Every Wednesday afternoon from 12:30 to 4 pm we will be in the back parking lot to distribute books and school materials and receive items that belong to the school such as library books. 
    At this time we have yearbooks from last year, planners, sketchbooks for visual art students, notebooks for Creative Writing students, Math packets for Math 6, guitars for students who requested one from Mr. Gerolami for guitar class. In the coming weeks, students will be able to request library books, and our teacher-librarian, Ms. Robertson will bring them down for pickup each week. 
    Wear a mask; follow social distancing; enter the back parking lot on NE 24th Ave and Davis St.; park and enter the gate on the SW corner of the building. We will be set up under the breezeway between the main building and the dance/ceramic portables. 

Principal's Message

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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

    • Drama Tech/ Health, TBA

    • School Psychologist, TBA 

    • 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 a 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

District News

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  • Update on Enrollment and Program Balancing

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    Dear PPS Families,

    We want to update you on our progress on the Enrollment and Program Balancing project we have undertaken. As we have previously announced, our initial work is focused on schools in Southeast Portland in advance of the reopening of Kellogg Middle School.

  • Important Update Regarding MAP Assessments

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    Dear PPS Families,
    Whether in more typical circumstances or during our current Comprehensive Distance Learning mode, it’s important for our educators to have the best possible understanding of their students’ learning needs (this is one of the reasons we began the school year with our soft start, which prioritized student-teacher connections). One of the tools PPS uses to help teachers with that understanding is the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) assessment. 
  • Clarifying Expectations for Middle School Instruction

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    Dear PPS Middle School Families,

    We apologize for the confusion many students and families are feeling with regard to middle school schedules and expectations for distance learning instruction. We have worked with educators and administrators throughout this week to come to a more clear understanding related to middle school learning experience, and want to make sure you know what to expect as well.

  • MAP Assessments for PPS Students: September 28-October 23

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    Dear PPS Parents and Guardians,

    As we welcome students back to the new school year, an important step for teachers is to understand your student’s most essential learning needs. To collect this valuable information, students will take Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) assessments. The MAP assessment is a low stakes test – this means that the results are not used for grading students or for school accountability purposes. 


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