Portland Public Schools
Portland, Oregon

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Creative minds for
challenging times.

2508 NE Everett Street | Portland, OR 97232
Phone: (503) 916-5356 | Fax: (503) 916-2721

Fred Locke, principal

I am very pleased to be the principal at da Vinci Arts Middle School. Below is an personal introduction to who I am and my thoughts on a few important issues. You can click on these links to access my Educational Philosophy and the importance of Equity Work in our Schools.

If you ever feel the need to contact me you can reach me via email < fwlocke@pps.net > or though the school's main phone line (503)916-5356. But don't be surprised if when you call I am out and about visitng classrooms. It's one of my favorite duties.

If I haven't already done so, I hope to meet you soon!
Fred Locke

I am also the teacher of record of our APEX program. APEX, or Alternative Physical Educational Experience is so 6th & 7th grade da Vinci students that want to take 2-year-long arts classes and neither is dance can meet their PPS PE requirement. Click on the link above to download the packet with assignments, deadlines and other expectations.

Current articles by Principal Locke:

SACET Update (Superintendent’s Advisory Committee on Enrollment and Transfer) - October 17th

Dear da Vinci Parents,

After Judy Brennan, the Director of PPS Enrollment & Transfer joined us at our PTSA Executive committee meeting, I wanted to provide some background information, and give you an update on the Superintendent’s Advisory Committee on Enrollment and Transfer (SACET) committee’s work.

Brief Background Information

From the Preliminary SACET Report Executive Summary it states, "The Superintendent’s Advisory Committee on Enrollment and Transfer (SACET) is a standing committee of 15 community members whose purpose, since its inception five years ago, has been to advise the Superintendent on enrollment and transfer issues to improve equity, program access and educational achievement for all students. SACET broadly represents diversity in gender, age, ethnicity, and geography. It contains veteran and new committee members, including alumni of Portland Public Schools (PPS), community members, teachers, parents, and a student representative."

SACET focus & School Board presentation

For the last fifteen months, the SACET committee has been meeting to finalize their recommendations to Superintendent Smith on different issues. One of their main objectives is to strengthen neighborhood schools and to “align enrollment & transfer with the racial equity policy.” They are scheduled to present their recommendations to the School Board on Monday, November 10th.  

Next Steps:

At next week's PTSA meeting, time will be set aside to learn more about the SACET recommendations and discuss how we can work with the district to embrace these racial equity recommendations and advocate for da Vinci to remain one of a number of outstanding PPS Focus Option schools. 

We have been in touch with a Winterhaven parent has been working with Judy Brennan to schedule a meeting for Focus Option parents to understand the SACET committee’s recommendations, ask questions, and offer feedback. That meeting is scheduled for November 6th, and we will let you know as soon as they decide on the location and time.  

On Wednesday, October 22, at Grant High School, there is a Portland PTA Council meeting that may focus on boundary issues and overcrowding at Beverly Cleary, but may also address the SACET recommendations. Some of us from the PTSA Executive Committee plan on attending, and will share any new information that becomes available. 

After the SACET committee reports to the PPS School Board on November 10th, their recommendations will be considered by Superintendent Smith, who will then make final recommendations to the PPS School Board at a later date.

To learn more about SACET here are some additional resources that may be useful:

--Click here for the Preliminary SACET Report from June 2014.

The following links provide additional information that may be useful:


This YouTube video on SACET was created by PPS. The site has as other related documents: 


Oregon Live:



 Since understanding the SACET committee recommendations are critical to da Vinci and other focus option communities, I will update you as more information becomes available.

At your Service!

Fred Locke   fwlocke@pps.net

GRACED!     September 22, 2014 

Dear da Vinci Families,

Greetings, and welcome to week 4! Thank you for meeting with teachers on Back to School Night.  I appreciate any and all feedback, and am glad that you took the time to get to know our terrific and dedicated staff. Your children inspire us, and together, we want to afford them the very best da Vinci education possible!

For those of you not familiar with the da Vinci Community Pledge it begins with these words: “Today is a new day. Today I am the possibility of da Vinci. The possibility of a mind open to learning the secrets of life.” Studying passionately, persevering through challenges, and investing in one’s dreams affords us the chance to realize “the possibility of da Vinci.”

Last Spring, two of our 8th grade students Amelia Muldrew and Alisa Folen, won National Scholastic Art Awards—a da Vinci first! Amelia’s Gold Key award was for her ceramic mask Mad Bunny, and Alisa’s Silver Key award was for her photograph Captured. Both girls accepted their awards at Carnegie Hall in New York City in June, and this short video will give you a glimpse of their art. 

“PPS story is featured on Northwest Cable News Website, which means it aired in Portland, Seattle, Idaho and parts of California and any other NBC affiliate along with way,” writes Christine Miles. 


Over the summer, Amelia received a congratulatory letter from Senator Ron Wyden, and she was also invited to a “celebratory ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Lyndon Baines Johnson Department of Education Building, last Friday in Washington, D.C.” Her Mad Bunny mask has been selected for display at the U.S. Department of Education as part of a special, two-month exhibition featuring student work from the Portland Metro Region of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.  

In other National news, da Vinci Alum Viktor Usov, a Northwest Dance Project dancer, was recently awarded the 2014 Princes Grace Award! As was reported in a local paper, “Named after Grace Kelly, it is awarded to emerging U.S. artists in dance, theater, and film. Usov is among eight choreopgraphers and dancers to win the award this year. Born in western Ukraine, he moved to Portland when he was nine. In applying for the award, Usov had to explain his greatest obstacle to becoming a dancer. Usov, who says he’s been called “too short and stocky,” said his was overcoming expectations. “How I found to do that “ he says, “was to try to understand why I was dancing onstage. And for me, being onstage is the most honest thing I have ever done in my life.” At da Vinci aspiring to, and helping dreams become reality is part of our school culture. Congratulations da Vinci Alums, Amelia, Alisa, and Viktor!   

To support all our Vinci students, our PTSA and our da Vinci Foundation work tirelessly throughout the year. Last Spring, when we needed funds to ensure that we could maintain 15 sections of Core, as a community your response was overwhelming. In May and June, we raised $39,411. With special thanks to Paul King and Walter Jaffe of Whitebird, our Final ASK winners, will each be awarded 2 prime seats for the following shows: Congratulations to current parent Kimberly Stewart who will receive 2 tickets to BalletBoyz, in November, and Rebecca Dobkins (parent of a da Vinci graduate) who will receive 2 tickets to Alonzo King and Ballet Lines in February.

Your support of our da Vinci PTSA and Foundation are huge. Tomorrow night, Tuesday, September 23rd, is your first chance! PLEASE STOP at PIZACATTO, support our Dough for Dollars da Vinci Foundation fundraiser AND bring your pizza pie over to our first PTSA meeting in the da Vinci Cafeteria beginning at 7:00!  At the meeting we will review and vote to adopt our PTSA budget, and Conference Sign Ups will be available at the end of the meeting. See you tomorrow night!!!

 We are GRACED with your children—Thank you!

At your Service!

Fred Locke  fwlocke@pps.net

Recommended Parent Resources:
- How Children Succeed Grit
- Mindset: The New Psychology of Success
: Carol Dweck - Available from Amazon - please use the da Vinci foundation link to get there! http://davincischoolfoundation.org/

Back to School September 2014