It is my pleasure to announce that Da Vinci won Sweepstakes in French this school year. We attended the awards ceremony last Saturday where several of our students received their medals and trophies. Also, we had a Platinum Grand Prix Winner in the 2017 National French Contest, Luis Mora.
A platinum winner is the highest award in Le Grand Concours — Luis Mora earned the top score in the nation in his respective level and division! The award includes a platinum medal, a plaque for the student, and a Laurét National certificate.
Here is the list of winners and some pictures. A special thank you to Ms. Burnham and Mrs. Gonzalez for their valuable support for the French program at Da Vinci. We are proud to be Dragons!
Mme. Rocío Acevedo
Penelope Nubia Prado
1st (Platinum winner!)
Jimena de la Torre
Maria Fernanda Avila
Graciela Murillo de Lara
One 4th grade student’s quick thinking and calm reaction resulted in her father receiving the emergency care he needed. Mireyda Samper, a student in 4A, immediately knew that her father was having a seizure this week. “I recognized that it was a seizure because I saw my dad have one before,” she stated when recalling what happened. She quickly grabbed her dad’s cell phone to dial 911, and placed his finger on the touch-recognition screen to unlock the phone. Once the emergency operator answered, Mireyda described what was happening and followed the instructions she was given so that the paramedics could get into her home and help. While the firefighters were taking care of her dad, Mireyda then took care of her baby brother, all the while helping the emergency crew contact her grandparents. She is a hero to her family and an example to all of us of the importance of keeping calm and thinking clearly. Way to go Mireyda!