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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  • 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, 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

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