Archive for November 18, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving Break!

Thank you to all of you who came out to support your students at Exhibition Night last night! It was a beautiful night of excellent work by your students on display! Our teachers and staff will not be replying to emails over the Thanksgiving break, but here is the schedule for the week (DVS Week 15 Schedule) we return and, as always, you are welcome to contact me if anything urgent arises.
Tomorrow, you can get going on your holiday shopping at our first-ever holiday boutique here at DVS tomorrow with over 30 different vendors who will be selling everything from makeup and clothing to jewelry and crafts. There will be food, music, and a child activity room for those who want to drop off their kids while they shop ($6 per child includes a photo with Santa!). We would love to see a big showing from our DVS families!
I hope you and your families have a restful and renewing Thanksgiving break. We appreciate you, we love your kids, and we look forward to finishing the semester strong when you return!

Critical Incident Exercises Complete

Dear DVS Families,

Your students did a phenomenal job with today’s critical incident exercises. Our school actually completed two separate lockdown drills – one which turned out to be a false alarm, and one which was initiated by the Hawthorne Police Department.

The students and staff were excellent – they did a fantastic job spreading the word of the lockdown, getting into rooms and barricading the doors and practicing being silent and safe as the police went from room to room checking the barricades and talking to the students.

We were also fortunate to have the El Segundo Police Department join with the Hawthorne Police department for this drill so that they can continue our practice of running this drill in future years when our campus is in El Segundo.

I encourage you to talk with your children this evening about what they experienced and what they learned today. These scary incidents happen in the workplace more often than they do at schools, and they can share some important things with you for you to take to your workplace!

Critical Incident Drill tomorrow

We will be having our annual “shooter on campus” drill tomorrow – Thursday, November 3rd. This drill simulates how we would respond should someone pose an active threat on our campus. We do this drill every year in coordination with the Hawthorne Police Department. During the drill, no weapons will be used. We do not know the exact timing of the drill, as the Hawthorne Police Department initiates the start of the drill. Please note that the front office may be closed for a brief period of time while the drill is happening. If you have any questions, please contact the front office at (310) 725 – 5800.


The students discussed how they should respond in such a scenario today during advisory, so please take some time this evening to ask them about it – this is information that is also applicable in the workplace!