Dance, Writing, & OCT Awards for 2018!2/5/2018
Dear da Vinci Families,
I hope you are all well. How many middle schools in the Pacific Northwest offer such a robust and compelling program? Coupled with strong academics and our nurturing learning environment, da Vinci continues to be a leader in arts education in the state of Oregon. Our focused and creative students demonstrate the power and importance of learning through art.
If you attended the Dance 3-4 Showcase last night, the level of commitment, passion, and skill was inspiring. Deftly demonstrating three styles, our students shined in ballet, tap, and jazz as their teachers offered the enthusiastic audience a sampling of classwork and two performance pieces. Congratulations Dance 3 and Dance 4 students and Andrea Thompson, Sara Martins, and Claire Olberding—wonderful work! Special thanks to graduate student Heidi Sprecher and students for their tech support. Parents, thank you for your talented and amazing children!
Scholastic Writing Awards
As English and Creative Writing Teacher Alison Lanigan shares: “These awards are not JUST state awards, but they represent what Scholastic calls the 'West Region at Large.' The list of award winners includes 7th-12th grade students in Oregon, Washington, California, Alaska, Hawaii, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, and Montana. In addition to our three Silver Key winners: Olivia Nally, poetry, "What She Took”; Twylo Landey, essay/memoir, "Love Letter”; Chloe Isaacman, short story, “Louisa”; outstanding da Vinci alumna and current Benson HS ninth grader Mac Bixby, won a GOLD KEY!!! Congratulations Ms. Lanigan and students!
OCT's Young Playwrights for Change Regional Finalists
Six da Vinci students are among eight regional finalists. Laila Vickers, Juni Muellner, Milan Clark, Silas Dermer, Nancy Malone Martin-Ptacin, and Zoe Hertlein have all been selected as finalists in Oregon Children Theatre’s (OCT) 10-minute playwriting competition! Congratulations ALL—GREAT WORK!
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THANK YOU in advance.The da Vinci Arts Middle School Foundation Team