Da Vinci Academy Middle School Students Make a Difference

It started out as a simple idea: let's do something for the community.  What it became was a student-led project that would make an impact beyond the walls of Da Vinci Academy.

Toy Drive 2013

When Mr. Frank's middle school advisory decided to conduct a community service project, many ideas were suggested by the students.  The final decision resulted in a collaborative effort with the Salvation Army's Angel Tree program, collecting toys for children of needy families. 

The Da Vinci Academy community was invited to contribute to the project by supplying new and lightly used toys and placing them in large, festively-wrapped cardboard boxes. For four days, from December 10th through December 13th, the collection grew. The diverse assortment of children's books, board games, dolls, and stuffed animals were then sorted by the students in preparation for the Salvation Army pick-up the week before winter break, just in time to make a difference this holiday season for the children in our community.

Mr. Frank's advisory students would like to thank everyone for contributing to the success of this project and setting a positive example of the kindness and generosity that exists in a big way at Da Vinci Academy.

Four Da Vinci Academy Graduates are National Merit® Semifinalists

The Da Vinci Academy Class of 2009 boasts four National Merit® Semifinalists in the 2013 competition.  Nearly 1.5 million seniors in approximately 22,000 U.S. high schools entered this contest by taking the Preliminary SAT (PSAT).  About one-third of the 50,000 high scorers are notified of their semi-finalist status and most will go on to compete for top honors.

We are so proud that 4 students from the Class of 2009 have achieved this recognition!

Keith Kimberling - IMSA
Jackson Michuda - IMSA
Hannah Werman - St. Charles North High School
Ian Wilkinson - IMSA

We wish you the best of luck in the final stages of competition!


Victory for Da Vinci Academy at MathCounts® on December 1, 2012

 Da Vinci Academy practically swept the Junior High Math Contest at St. Francis High School on December 1, 2012! 

Sammy Zeng & Joe Bartusek tied for first place 8th grade individual with perfect scores of 20.  Seventh grade awarded only 1st and 2nd places, but if they had given a 3rd place award it would have gone to Noah Hood. 

We had two teams; Joe Bartusek, Noah Helm, Mylene Ferrer, Ben Simon and Owen Michuda and they tied for first place, but we earned 2nd (tie-breaker rules).  Our other team of Sammy Zeng, Noah Hood, Max Martin and Brett King didn't place but they were 6th out of 16.

There are overall school awards that are a combination of the best team score and the best 4 individual scores and guess what?  First Place: DA VINCI ACADEMY!

Great work team.  Special thanks to Ms. Detzler for coaching our students to victory!

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