Wiseburn + Da Vinci Athletics

Hello Families, 

Wiseburn + Da Vinci Athletics would like to invite you for our upcoming sports tryouts and information nights. Coach Tyler Mar and Chris Jackson will be hosting a Cross Country & Track Parent and Student Information night. The event is scheduled for August 21st at the multi-purpose room/black box at 6PM.

interested in participating in our winter and spring sports? stay tuned for more information. 





School Starts Monday!

We can’t wait to begin “Season 11″ with our students on Monday! I recommend dropping your student off at school between 7:30 and 8:00 to avoid the worst of the traffic (or have them walk or ride to school!). At 8:15 we’ll be gathering the DVS students in the theater to find their advisor, and at 8:30am the students will head up the stairs with their advisory to begin the year! They will get their class schedule in their advisory class that morning.

Here’s a pdf of the week 1 schedule: DVS week 1 schedule Week1

Enjoy the last weekend of summer!


New Seminar Opportunities @ DVS

We are excited to be adding 2 new Tues/Thurs seminars this year – one called “Auto Mechanics” in which DVS students will go to the El Segundo Auto Museum to learn about auto repair as they help their mechanic restore one of their classic cars, and one called “flight school” in which one of our DVS parents who is a private pilot will teach our students the basics of flying using flight simulators. These are open to all students, but there is a limited amount of space in both. Your child can request to be in one of them by emailing me at swallis@davincischools.org!
(New students will submit their seminar requests at the orientation meeting on Monday evening or Tuesday evening).

Information for the DVS ’19-20 school year

Dear DVS Families,
I hope you have all had an enjoyable summer! We are getting ready to start things up again at DVS, with our new staff starting tomorrow and our veterans returning on Wednesday to begin our preparation for the 2019-2020 school year!
The first day of school is Monday, August 19th. Students will gather together in the “back yard” before school, and at 8:30 the DVS students will go to the black box theater where they will meet up with their advisory families to begin the school year together! The students will get their schedules in their advisory class on the first day.
There are a few changes this year at DVS!
-We have three new staff members: Lori Hunt (Assistant Principal), Alan Davis (Engineering), and Dena Almaraz (Special Education).
-We have a new weekly schedule, in which classes begin at 8:30am each day (last year class started at 8:40am) and all periods meet on Monday. Students will have a longer break after their first class to allow time for a breakfast snack, and before their seminar to give them more time to transition and change clothes if necessary. See below for a typical week’s schedule.
-We have adjusted the DVS dress code to allow students to wear athletic shorts and pants (other aspects of the dress code remain the same). In addition, families can now purchase collared shirts with the DVS logo online here.
I look forward to beginning the new school year together! Please feel free to email me at swallis@davincischools.org if you have any questions!

DV Summer SAT/ACT Prep Course – Signups are now open

Da Vinci is once again offering an SAT/ACT Prep course to its students through PJ Test Prep, a small Test Prep and Tutoring company based in the south bay. They have been in business since 2005 and have been offering SAT/ACT prep with Da Vinci for many years and they do a great job!
The course, open to students from all DV high schools, will be two weeks, from Monday July 29th through Friday, August 9th. There will be practice tests from 10:00am-2:10pm on Monday 7/29, Thursday 8/1, and Thursday 8/8. The classes will run from 10:00-12:30pm on Tuesday 7/30, Wednesday 7/31, Friday 8/2, Monday 8/5, Tuesday 8/6, Wednesday 8/7, and Friday 8/9. Students are expected to attend all 10 days. The course, normally valued at $500, costs only $50 per student! Partial scholarships are available, so please don’t let the cost stop you from signing up!
Click here to sign up!
After signing up, students pay the $50 course fee to their school’s office. Please make checks out to “Da Vinci Schools” and write “Test Prep” on the memo line. Contact Liz at evalle@davincischools.org for details or to request a scholarship.

DVS School Culture Workshop – volunteers requested

On Thursday August 8th, our staff will be working through a design process on the topic of “School Culture at DVS” and we are looking for 15-20 students and parents to come join us from 9:00-11:30 as part of that work. If you and/or your child would be willing to join us that morning, would you please email me at swallis@davincischools.org?
Thank you!

New Assistant Principal @ DVS

Dear DVS Family,
I hope you are enjoying your summer! I am writing to share with you the result of our assistant principal search process.
I am grateful to all of our staff, parents and students who participated in the process and provided feedback on the video interviews and the interview symposium. All of this feedback was helpful for me as I evaluated which candidate would be the best fit for our school family and culture and needs, and am happy to announce that our new assistant principal is Lori Hunt.
Lori has been an assistant principal at Sylmar Biotech Health Academy for the last 3 years, and prior to that she was an English teacher and instructional leader at STEM Academy of Hollywood. In addition to her 10 years of experience as a teacher and 3 years of experience as a school leader, Lori brings to our family a ton of enthusiasm and creativity and is looking forward to supporting our students and staff as we move forward into Season 11!
I hope that you will join me in welcoming Lori to our DVS family!

Recycling at Da Vinci Schools

Students and staff at Da Vinci are working to implement a recycling program to educate students and adults on the importance of recycling and raise awareness about how our waste can negatively impact our community and planet.

Students and staff intend to make this a sustainable program and plan to roll it out this coming fall.

We are working on obtaining recycling bins and educational signage to help teach our community the right way to clean up.

If you are interested in learning more or wanting to help with this program please complete this form.

Thank you!

DVS Graduation Information

Families and Seniors,

Please read carefully for important information regarding graduation:

Date and Time: Thursday, June 6 @ 5 pm (graduates must arrive promptly at 4:00 pm)

Location: The Wiseburn-Da Vinci Gym at 201 N. Douglas St., El Segundo, CA

Admittance: Doors will open at 4:30 pm for guests. Tickets will be collected at the door.

Seating: There will NOT be assigned seating. Seating will be first come, first served.

Parking: 2 parking passes per graduate will be given at the time of ticket distribution. Parking lot opens at 4 pm. Patrons will be denied access to parking prior to 4 pm. Parking passes must be displayed on vehicle dashboard.

Restricted items:

  • No food or drinks (except water)
  • No Balloons (there will be a designated area outside to tie balloons during the ceremony)
  • No noise makers (air horns, bells, etc.)
  • No confetti

Graduation practice will begin at 1:15pm on Wednesday, June 5th. All graduating seniors are expected to attend.

If you have any additional questions, please contact Da Vinci Science Assistant Principal, Erin D’Souza, at edsouza@davincischools.org. We look forward to celebrating the Class of 2019 with you very soon!

FREE online or on-campus classes at WLAC Summer 2019- Concurrent Enrollment for HS Students

West Los Angeles College is offering FREE college classes for high school students this Summer 2019!

Through the Concurrent Enrollment program, rising 9th-12th graders are eligible to enroll in online or on-campus college courses at West and to have their tuition fees waived.

For more information, such as steps to apply and a list of recommended classes, please visit bit.ly/wlac-hs-summerclasses


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