• Outstanding Student Achievement


    Congratulations to Wyatt Sanchez (grade 6) and Janna Block-Swanson (grade 7) for being chosen to have their artwork exhibited at the Rose Garden Centennial Celebration and PPS Visual Arts Exhibit. Their work will be at the Portland Rose Garden in Washington Park on Saturday, August 26, 2017.


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    The 2017 Sala Kryszek Art & Writing Awards hosted by the Oregon Jewish Museum has chosen two da Vinci students to be honored at the Multnomah Athletic Club in April at this year's award ceremony.  Students from around the Portland Metro Area submitted art.  
    Sophia Date, titled, "Untitled #2442", as the first place winner in the middle school art category!
    Tess Kelleher, titled, "What Once Was", as the second place winner in the middle school art category!
    Congratulations to you both, Sophia and Tess for your winning entries in this year’s competition! 

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    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"


    Congratulations to Tess Kelleher for her art titled, "Smile More," and textiles student, Lucia Gasca for her weaving titled, "Reflection." 
    Both students will have their work exhibited at the Portland Art Museum, for the "HeART of Portland" exhibition! 
    Opening Reception will be Wednesday, April 12th @ 6:30 pm
    The exhibit will be Wednesday, April 12 - Saturday, April 22, 2017
    Everyone is invited to attend the reception and show!   Congratulations to both artists!
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    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!

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    2017 Scholastic Awards

    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!  


    Scholastic Art Award: Best in Grade

    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 Violette 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! "




    Scholastic Writing Awards 

    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"


    Young Playwrights for Change

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    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! 


    Geography Bee

    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! 


    Scripps Spelling Bee 

    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!  


    Congrats to Emma Laus!Obama

    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!