• Fabulous Arts Fair, Awards & Bees!

    Dear da Vinci Parents and Families, 

    Come to the 2017 da Vinci Arts Fair! On two floors, the student and professional artists have wonderful work to offer you. In a word, it’s fabulous!!!!! 

    Please check out the 14 amazingly generous arts raffle baskets donated by different artists. Tickets are only two dollars each or three for five. These gorgeous baskets will bring a smile to your face every day as you support the da Vinci Arts Fair and our PTSA. Please see our links on Instagram @davinciartsfair and Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/davinciartsfair

     As da Vinci students continue to amaze, I am privileged to share the following: 

    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 finalist 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. 

     1.       Monsters Under My Bed by Annika Duyvestein – Regional Winner!

     2.       It’s Hard to Understand by Kate McStay

     3.       Boys Cry by Estacada Thorsen

     4.       What Makes a Bully by Riley Cook

     5.       It’s a Two-Way Street by Hazel True

     6.       Berlin 1933 by Holland Roads

     7.       Never Enough by Julian Geary

     Annika, Kate, Riley, Holland, and Julian, Congratulations 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!  


    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 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! CONGRATULATIONS ALL!!!"

    Upcoming Events:

    On Thursday and Friday don’t miss the Master’s Drama Showcase from 4-6 in the auditorium.

    Enjoy this gorgeous Oregon sunshine, and see you at the Arts Fair!