Archive for October 30, 2017

New Campus Post #2: Delivery of food and other items

Today’s new campus post is just a reminder of our existing policy on delivery of food and other things for students:

Dropping Off Belongings for Students During School Hours

Items dropped off for students will not be delivered to the classrooms, and students will not be called out from class or notified by the school to pick up items that are brought in. Items should be left on the drop-off table on the first floor and labeled with the student’s name. Students may only pick up these items at lunch or after school. The school is not responsible for any items left on the drop-off table.

Ordering Food for Delivery

Students are not permitted to order any food to be delivered to the school at any time, whether during school hours or before/after school hours. Any food delivered to the school must be ordered and received by a staff member. Parents or guardians are also not permitted to order food to be delivered to the school for students. If a parent or guardian would like to drop off food for a student, the drop-off procedures must be followed above.

New Campus Post #1 — Wheeled Devices, Parent Access

As we prepare to move into our new campus, each day we will be providing information regarding the move to the new campus on this blog.  Today’s post covers skateboards/bikes/scooters, as well as parent and community member access to the building.

Info for Skateboards/Bikes/Scooters

No skateboards, bikes, scooters, etc. will be allowed in the new high school building. Students who ride them to school will have a place outside to lock them up, but if they do not have a lock they should go buy one before the first day in the new building. We can’t guarantee the safety of their boards & bikes if they don’t lock them up. We will not allow them to bring their skateboards, bikes, or scooters into the building for safety reasons, even if they don’t have a lock.

Parents opportunities to check out the new campus at 201 Douglas

You can find information about the new building Grand Opening Celebration on Dec 9th here. DVS parents can of course also see the new building at the DVS exhibition night on Wednesday, November 15th starting at 6 pm. For those of you who are new to Da Vinci, Exhibition night is an evening event where students get to show off the work and projects they have done throughout the semester. We love to have every parent attend!

Please note that parents are not allowed to follow students into the building on the first day for students Nov 8th, for safety reasons.

Stay tuned for more posts as the week progresses!

Week 11: our last week at the old DVS campus!

This is it – our last week at our current campus! Our last day here will be on Thursday 11/2, and classes will resume at our new campus at 201 N. Douglas Ave. on Wednesday, November 8th. Here is the schedule for this week:

DVS week 11 schedule


Remember, there are 3 PD days allotted to moving in where students have no class – November 3, 6 and 7. Only Da Vinci staff members are permitted at the new campus on these days. During the relocation, we ask students, families and community members not to come to the new campus so that we can get it all set up.

You can help us with this transition by talking with your student about the plan for them go to and from school at the new campus! If you will be driving them, please plan to arrive at 8:00 on Wednesday 11/8 to avoid the rush that inevitably occurs at 8:30! You can also watch this short video about the procedures for drop-off, pickup, and parking:

Please feel free to email me at if you have any questions!

New High School Campus to Open on Nov. 8th, Grand Opening Celebration Dec. 9th

Science Family, we are thrilled to announce that we will be moving into the new building located at 201 N. Douglas St. in just a few short weeks! There will be more details in the coming weeks for drop-off, pick up, etc.

A message with details from our CEO, Dr. Matt Wunder, can be found at the Da Vinci Schools website, or you can access it directly by clicking HERE. It is available in both English and Spanish.

What do I need to know?

To ensure a smooth transition, the Da Vinci Schools Board of Trustees has approved a modification to the academic calendar to create a 5-day window for packing, moving, and reconfiguring technology. Details below:

  •  We will be adding two professional development days (Nov. 6 and 7) to our schedule. Nov. 3 was previously scheduled as a PD Day (no school for students).
  • The last day of classes at the current campuses for DVC, DVD and DVS will be Nov. 2.
  • Students will begin at the new campus on Wednesday, November 8th.

We ask that all students, families and community members please remain off of all campuses (old or new) during the transition unless specifically authorized to be there.

To celebrate our new beginning in this amazing new facility, there will be a Grand Opening Celebration on Saturday, December 9, 2017 from 10:00AM to 1:00PM. Students, families and community members are invited to attend the opening celebration of Phase 1 of construction. (Phase 2: pool, gym and soccer field is scheduled for completion in the summer of 2018.)

Please reach out with any questions or concerns. We are so excited to get into our new home!

Thank you!


School Site Council meeting tomorrow

Our first School Site Council meeting will be Thursday, October 19th! We have moved the meetings to an earlier time this year, from 4:00-5:30pm, to help us increase student and staff participation. Any interested DVS parents are invited to attend!

The School Site Council approves long term plans for the school, including the Single Plan For Student Achievement and the Local Control and Accountability Plan.

Tentative Meeting Dates for 2017-2018: October 19th, February 8th, April 19th, June 7th, all from 4:00-5:30pm.

Fall College Planning Meeting Signups for Families of 11th Graders

Families of 11th graders, here is the link to sign-up for your fall family college planning meeting! Please take a moment to ensure that you are signing up with your corresponding counselor.

Also, the presentation scheduled for November 7th, given by Ms. Rodriguez, will be conducted in Spanish for all Spanish speaking families.

Thank you!

DVS Alumni Connection

This fantastic website, created and curated by our own calculus teacher Ms. Kondo, includes data and advice from DVS alumni at all of the universities and colleges they have attended. I encourage you to check it out!

This is a great opportunity to sit down with your student and ask them what colleges they are thinking of attending, and look at what our alumni that currently attend there have to say about it! (Bonus points: plan a winter break college visit together!)

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