• Distance Learning Introduction

    April 10, 2020

    Dear da Vinci Families,

    We hope that you are all well and safe.

    As you may know, Governor Brown announced on Wednesday the end of in-person public school classes across

    the state for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year. Please understand, however, that learning opportunities will continue via distance learning for the rest of this school year, and we hope that all students will take full advantage of what is provided.    


    Portland Public Schools  has recommended that we set a schedule for distance learning. Learning opportunities will

    be conducted primarily through Google Classroom. Each student should look at their Google Classrooms to see messages from teachers and assignments. Content delivery will vary by teacher. Some may be live and some may be recorded. Most of the work can be done independently at any time throughout the week. 

    Beginning Monday, April 13, for the first two weeks, learning opportunities will focus on English/language arts

    and math. On Monday, April 27, when students are more familiar with distance learning through Google Classroom, students will also be given learning opportunities in other classes. 

    Middle school guidelines expect students to engage in school work for approximately three hours each day.

    Per teacher direction, this can look like students reading, writing, doing math problems or making art.
    Twice a week, teachers will connect with their students. One opportunity will be during a class period and
    one will be during their office hour. To ensure that classes do not overlap, while providing some flexibility
    for teachers, please click on this LINK to see what time teachers will be providing a learning opportunity.  

    Each department has set aside Office Hours/Flex Time time to interact with, and offer student feedback. 



    See current work from our students. Thanks to Kelda  for setting up a juried online Gallery through a Seesaw blog, where visual arts students will have the opportunity to showcase their artwork. Please be sure to visit! 


    Can I come to da Vinci to clean out my locker or get belongings? Not at this time. We will communicate with families by email when this is possible. 

    What about grades? Grades will not be issued for middle school students for quarters three or four. Teachers are expected to give feedback to students. 

    Does my student have to participate in distance learning? Participation in distance learning is optional, and yet it is strongly recommended to stay connected to teachers and classmates. For many students, the structure and opportunity to “see” other people and be productive will help them feel better. We understand that each student and family has unique needs. This is a stressful time for many of us. Please do what works for your student and family. 

    Who do I ask for support? We created this survey last week and sent it out to gather information about family needs. We hope to connect families with available resources in the community. If you have not yet done so, please fill it out. 

    Technical support

    • For technical issues with Google platforms, our Media Specialist, Susan Robertson, can be reached at srobertson@pps.net

    Contact Principal Locke or Assistant Principal Kitchens by email if you have other concerns.  

    What about 8th Grade Promotion and other year-end events? At this time, we will not be able to hold any of our usual events in person. We will look for ways to connect as a community and honor our students, especially those who will be promoted to high school next year. 

    Are we still going to have a Yearbook? YES- you can still order a yearbook on SchoolPay and we will figure out the distribution when they arrive. The deadline to order is April 24th. 


    Thank you for the opportunity to serve your students during this unprecedented and challenging time.

    We will get through this together. 

    Be Well, Stay Safe!


    da Vinci Admin Team & Staff