• Bee, Honor Band & Choir, Jazz, and Master's Drama

    Dear da Vinci Family and Friends,

    Art excellence surrounds us at da Vinci. Sixth-grader Eben Dreher, last week won our 2018 Scripps Spelling Bee with assured confidence against a very talented field. Congratulations to Eben and ALL spellers, Ms. Young for her organization, and Ms. Wasson, Ms. Lanigan, and Judy Holmes for hosting our Bee.

    Last night at Madison High School, a number of our students participated in the PPS Honor Band and Choir. Kudos and Thanks to Mr. Mark Gerolami for his organization. Guest Choir Conductor Jason Sabino led Eva, Gemma, Lauren, Nola, Kiya, Callan, Alayja, Keya, Yukpa, Megan and other members in three beautiful pieces. Guest Band Conductor Mandy Burton, led Autum, Josephine, Silas, Abigail, Lincoln, Ibrahm, Kai, Gus, and Nick with well over 100 other Band members to rousing applause. Congratulations students, parents and Mr. Gerolami! 

    This morning, PDX Jazz announced their winners for their “Jazz in the Schools” education outreach program.  150 judges, including our own Liz Robbins, chose the most outstanding art created by 2,000 students in 14 schools and six school districts. Congratulations to Edith Crever of Ockley Green Middle School, whose art was chosen as the Grand Prize Winner!  Her brilliant work is now the commemorative poster of the 2018 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival and is the very first student-inspired PDX Jazz Festival poster. 19 da Vinci students were semi-finalists, and 3 of the 5 Middle School Finalists were da Vinci students. Congratulations to ALL semi-finalist, and Eleanor A, Daniel, and Aoife as finalists for their compelling pieces (please see attached image). 

    Tonight, don’t miss the last performance of Master’s Drama The Girl Who was 100 Girls by Finegan Kruckemeyer.  Yesterday’s riveting Teaser offered us a glimpse of the emotions experienced by a teenage girl whose sister is abducted. To close, Drama teacher Nicole Accuardi reminded us of the positive power of art to heal in response to the Florida high school tragedy. She reminded us of the importance of coming together in support of our amazing students and their art. We are all so fortunate to have each other, our community, and art.  

    Thank you All for your wonderful children.

    Fred