• Winter Accomplishments

    Dear da Vinci Parents/Guardians and Friends, 
    I hope you all are well. Last week we had much to celebrate. 
    Geo Bee
    On Wednesday, the following students representing their Social Studies class competed in our annual Geography or GEO Bee: Ruby Mae East, Marina Streich, Will Lemen, Isold Styrmisdottir, Sawyer Locken, Myah Konz, Elias Norwood, Walker Ferguson, Trey Wasson, Enzo Ungar-Gutierrez, Isaac Lyon, Jack Gallagher, Tesla Chin, Eban Dreher, Laila Deweese. Each year the Bee is a fascinating test of the knowledge and reasoning skills of our students.  All students successfully completed the first two rounds, and then more difficult questions narrowed the field. In Round five, Elias Norwood and Walker Ferguson faced off and Walker won. Congratulations to Ms. Savage, Ms. Fournier, Mr. Gershuny, Walker Ferguson, and ALL our GEO Bee finalists!  
     
    Scholastic Art Awards

    This year, 2,604 students entered 7,007 individual pieces in the statewide Oregon 2019 Scholastic Art Awards. da Vinci visual art students, 13 years or older, including Textiles, 2D art, and 3D art students, were awarded a total of 92 scholastic awards: 49 Honorable Mention awards, 38 Silver Key awards, and 5 Gold Key awards.  Special congratulations to the students whose gold key work will be exhibited at the Pacific Northwest College of Art from Thursday, February 7th – February 22nd. Sarai  Ballerstedt, drawing, Grim World; Harrison Boutillier, mixed media, Divide; Charlie Gullung, sculpture, Mr. Incubator; Luci Kennedy-Wong, weaving, Demand; and Kiran Sharp, mixed media, Remembering. Congratulations Jessica, Kelda, our winners, and all students who submitted Scholastic work!


    Young Playwrights for Change

    This year we are thrilled to announce that nine da Vinci students are regional finalists in the annual Young Playwrights for Change competition. Congratulations to the following students for their outstanding dramatic writing: Quiet, by Indie Brakken; Rising, Never Falling by Brooklyn Glennon; I’m Fine by Curtis Madlangbayan; Alone Beneath the Border by Lucy Mason; You are Enough by Kylie Moller-Pape; Socks With Sandals by Olivia Sanchez-Bishop; Dem Gay Boyz by Malaika Wandugu; Friends by Penelope Ware; and A Life Through Jewish Eyes by Abby Wendroff.


    Concert Honor Band

    On Wednesday evening, after two full days of rehearsal, the PPS Middle and High School Honor Concert Bands performed at Jefferson High School. Five da Vinci students participated, and according to Mark Gerolami, the performance was excellent! Mr. G. also shared that the High School Honor Band was performing for the first time in 40 years, and included a number of da Vinci graduates. Congratulations to Mr. Gerolami and our da Vinci Honor Concert Band students: Sethen Wendrow, Lucy Price, Trinna Conroy, Emma Laus, Leah Abramson-Slater, Aidan Bagby, and Sebastian Struve! Kudos also to our dV graduates in High School Honor Band: Chloe Huskey, Maura McQuillen, Kai Hayes, Jackson Peters, and Nick Berkson.   


    As Quarter 3 begins, and 8th graders are making high school-related decisions, this is a fresh start for all to consistently do their best work. 


    Thank you, parents, for supporting your awesome children!


    Fred Locke