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WCCO's Excellent Educator: Mark Slechta at DaVinci Academy,  December 5, 2014

The physical education teacher at DaVinci Academy in Blaine challenges himself to connect with students outside the gym in a pretty impressive way.  Mark Slechta is this week's Excellent Educator, Kim Johnson reports.  Click here to see the video.

DaVinci Academy of Arts and Science Again Recognized a One of Minnesota's Top Schools
By: Doug Dinndorf, Communications Committee Chair
Once again, DaVinci Academy of Arts and Science has been recognized as one of Minnesota's "Reward" schools by the Minnesota Department of Education, for the 2011 - 2012 school year. Reward schools are the state's highest performing schools, recognized for their quality education practices. Only 126 of Minnesota's schools were recently awarded the state's Reward school status. DaVinci Academy also received this prestigious Reward designation earlier this year based on results for the 2009 - 2010 and 2010 - 2011 school years.

We are extremely proud of the results our school and students continue to achieve", advised Terry Moffatt, DaVinci Academy's Academic Director. "Our dedicated administrators, teachers and staff have done exceptional work, and our students are excelling with their studies."  (Read more)
DaVinci Academy Earns 2012 School Finance Award

For the second year in a row, DaVinci Academy is the proud recipient of the Minnesota Department of Education's School Finance Award. This award recognizes schools who have met statutory deadlines for submission of financial data, as well as select policy, fiscal and financial reporting criteria.

Of the 2,256 Minnesota schools eligible for this award, only 104 (less than 1/2 of 1%) achieved it. The fact that DaVinci Academy earned the award in both 2011 and 2012 is testament to the strong financial controls and prudent fiscal management it has in place.

Congratulations to our administrative team and school's Finance Committee on this notable achievement!


On Tuesday, May 1 the DaVinci Academy fourth graders had the exciting opportunity to meet with WCCO Meteorologist Chris Schaffer. As part of the fourth grade science curriculum, students have been exploring the fascinating elements of weather around the world. Chris came in to speak to students about different weather phenomena, how to be safe in dangerous weather situations and what it takes to be a meteorologist. He mesmerized the students for an hour while he shared personal experiences and allowed them to share with him. Students had time to ask some intriguing questions, a few of which stumped even Chris himself. Overall, the students had a great time learning and exploring the world of meteorology and were excited to take their knowledge home to their families to share. The fourth graders were even featured for a few moments on television during Chris' weather forecast on May 1.



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Blaine Banner
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Senator Wolf Visits DaVinci
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March 4, 2011

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January 6, 2011
Blaine Council Approves Conditional Use Permit for Construction at Charter School 
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May 13, 2010

Blaine Charter School Staff Sleep on Roof Overnight to Celebrate Student Read-a-Thon
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March 18,2010
Charter School in Blaine off to Successful Start
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November 26, 2009
The DaVinci School 
November 26, 2007

New Charter School in the Works
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October 10, 2007