Renaissance Arts Academy Highlights
Here are just a few of Renaissance Arts Academy highlights:
Scholastic Visual Art Awards -- For outstanding visual art achievement, Renaissance Arts Academy students were once again recognized for their work at the annual Portland Scholastic Art Awards. The following students were recognized:
- Jessica McGrath gold key for her drawing, "First Try"
- Eduardo Alamo silver key for his skateboard design "Out of This World"
- Jessica McGrath silver key for her mixed media piece, "A Short Distance"
- Samara Rodarte, Serena Moore, Brittney Blodgett, and Amy Navarette received honorable mentions for their photography work.
The work is on display at PNCA through February 25th. Award recipients will be honored at a ceremony at the Newmark Theater on Wednesday February 23rd. Congratulations to all students, Ms. Rockwell and Ms. H.!
Yearbook -- For the second year running, our Yearbook students are partnering with Wieden and Kennedy to produce The Talent Within our Walls one last time. Special thanks to Ms. H. for teaching yearbook, Michele Lefore and Michael Frediani from W & K, and Kevin Jeans-Gail for securing this outstanding partnership.
College Acceptances -- A number of seniors have been accepted to Portland State, University of Oregon, Western Oregon and Oregon State. Congratulations to ALL!
Rose Festival -- Senior Nadia Martinez will represent RA in the upcoming Rose Festival School judging. Both Nadia and Maria Phan of Pauling Academy did an excellent job delivering their speeches on Friday, February 18th. Rose Festival crowning assembly will take place this coming Friday, February 18th. Both candidates will participate in the second round of judging on Saturday, February 26th and the winner will be announced on at the Crowning Assembly at Marshall Campus on Friday, March 18th. Congratulations and good luck to both girls!
Math Team Travels to E3 Schools -- Outstanding math teachers Susan Pfohman and Bree Woodruff, just returned from a Math Workshop tour. On Wednesday, they reunited with former RA science teacher Mike Rooney and both taught master classes at Crater, Oregon. On Thursday, they did the same in South Medford. At both schools they met with math staff to debrief their lessons and discuss best practice strategies such as Proficiency Based Grading and Double Math. In October, they did a similar trip visiting Arts & Communication Academy in McMinnville, and another performing arts school in Springfield. One final trip is planned, and E3 Coordinator Kathy Campobasso is thrilled that Bree and Susan are able to share their expertise with current E3 schools. Congratulations to Mrs. Pfohman and Ms. Woodruff for their accomplished work!
♥ Val grams! -- On ♥ ♥ Valentines Day ♥ ♥ the RA Choir serenaded lucky staff and students. Ms. Rose and Choir members have made this an excellent tradition. THANK YOU to Ms. Rose and the RA Choir! ♥ ♥
Barbara Berger -- Teacher and RA2 staff member STAR was pictured in the Oregonian’s review of Portland Opera’s Turandot on Feb. 1st. Congratulations Ms. Berger!
The Moth Project -- On Feb. 18th, Renaissance Arts students, Whitney Femrite, Zachary Cole, Sarina Moore, and Madison senior Elie Hoover will tell their Moth Project stories at a Moth Project Assembly. All students will work with New York Moth Project producers Maggie Cino and Sarah Austin Genness. Thank you to Literary Arts Director Andrew Proctor for making this possible, and Hunt Holman for his event coordination. PPS will film this, and Oregon Public Broadcasting is planning to air a story on the student process. Congratulations to Zach, Elie and Whitney for sharing their outstanding stories. I appreciate how quiet and supportive the audience was for each student.
Title 1 Transcript and College Night -- About a week ago, in partnership with SUN, interested Title 1 families met to review grades, understand their student’s transcript, and get valuable information about the college application process. Thank you to Roberto Gutierrez, Amber McGill, and Devon Baker for their coordination.
Winter Formal Dance -- On Friday, February 4th, students from all three schools enjoyed the RA sponsored Winter Formal. Special thanks to Ms. Woodruff and Leadership students for their planning and event coordination and to Emily Sandersfeld and SMASH students for donating their time and continue to raise awareness of the importance of a drug free Marshall campus.
SMASH -- Last Monday, SMASH took a small group of students to the Educational Summit with Mayor Sam Adams. Luke Cottingham spoke, and there to support him were Fabiola Perez-Cortez, Hope Hagar, and Hanna Hagar. Congratulations to ALL and Emily Sandersfeld for her advocacy “they did a fantastic job.” Go RA2! –Emily
OAKS Testing -- Our first round of OAKS testing went very smoothly. This year both 10th and 11th graders are being tested in reading, math, science and writing. Stay tune for upcoming results. Among comparison PPS schools for 2009-10 we ranked second in all categories except writing. Congratulations to students and staff for last year’s results, and Thank you Ms. Woodruff and the grade 10 team for their continued strong work over time.