Archive for May 29, 2019

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


College Courses Offered during Fall Seminars: Hist. 112 – Hist. of the Chicano in the U.S. (M/W) & Comm. Studies 100 – Public Speaking (T/Th)

Who​: Juniors and Seniors
What​: College courses at Da Vinci, through El Camino College. Courses meet transfer requirements for all Cal State and U.C. campuses, as well as most private colleges and universities.
Why​: Get a start on your college credits! It looks great on your college applications.
Cost​: Free! The state of California and Da Vinci Schools pick up the costs, including text book fees. Donations to help cover the cost of the textbooks from families that are able too are appreciated.
Where​: Classes will be held on the Da Vinci campus at 201 N. Douglas Street.

Interested students need to attend a mandatory meeting on Thursday, May 30 from 12noon – 1:00pm at DVC room 3301 (Journalism room). We will discuss next steps on how to register for the class. To be eligible to take a dual enrollment class the students need to pass all their academic classes, have no credit recovery for a-g classes, and be a rising senior or junior.

Hist. 112 – Hist. of the Chicano in the U.S.
● Mondays and Wednesday 3:00pm-4:25pm

This course surveys United States history from the Chicano perspective and covers historical periods from the initial contact between European and indigenous North American societies through colonial, early national, and contemporary American historical periods. Emphasis is placed on this group’s contributions to the development of the United States. Factors that have shaped the formation of Mexican American society within the context of United States history will also be analyzed.

Comm. Studies 100 – Public Speaking
● Tuesday and Thursday 3:00pm-4:25pm
In this course, students will compose, present, and evaluate original speeches. Emphasis is placed on audience analysis, topic selection, research, evidence, organization, delivery, and critical analysis of persuasive communication. Students are required to attend out-of​ class speaking events.

Message from Erin D’Souza

Dear DVS Students and Families,

It is with mixed emotions that I write this letter to all the students and families of Da Vinci Science. For the 2019-2020 school year, I have accepted the position as Principal of Da Vinci Communications. This decision is bittersweet; I am sad to be leaving DVS yet excited about the leadership opportunity at DVC.

Serving as Assistant Principal at Da Vinci Science has been a great honor and a defining part of my life. At DVS, our motto is “this is home,” and I am grateful to have called this place my home for the last ten years. I have enjoyed working with and learning from the staff, students, and families, and I cherish the visits from our DVS alumni. I will miss these special people tremendously, and I look forward to saying hi and checking in with all of you when we cross paths.

It has been a pleasure to work alongside Principal Steve Wallis, who is a tremendous school leader, and I know that DVS is in excellent hands with his continued leadership. As always, I thank you for your support and for the trust that you placed in me and all of the DVS staff as we worked together to provide an excellent education for the DVS students.



Erin D’Souza

Assistant Principal


Kayne Scholarship Information Session

Kayne’s unique program of providing financial support, college advising, and career development to first generation, low income students has helped students adjust to college life and ultimately advance their potential through college graduation and into careers that they love. Kayne recently launched a new college access and persistence support program called Kayne Destination College. KDC is open to 11th grade students (rising seniors). Only students who go through KDC will be eligible to be nominated to be a Kayne Scholar in the 12th grade. KDC will provide free 1:1 virtual college admissions counseling to support first-generation students through the college application process. KDC students will participate in up to 2-4 hours of virtual counseling per month.


Eligibility to Apply:

– GPA of 3.0 or above

– First generation college student

– Interested in applying to a UC, CSU, or any other 4-year college or university

A representative from Kayne Destination College will be hosting an informational meeting on-campus at Da Vinci on Wednesday, May 29 at 4:00PM in the Black Box. Students (rising seniors) do not need to attend the info meeting to complete the Interest Form.

Interested students (rising seniors) must complete an Interest Form by June 8, 2019.

Scholarship Opportunity: The Posse Foundation

Hello DVS juniors!

We are pleased to share with you a scholarship opportunity through The Posse Foundation.

The goal of the Posse Foundation is to train students with extraordinary leadership potential. Posse Scholars receive full-tuition leadership scholarships from one of the ten Posse partner colleges and universities.  If you are interested in being nominated, please complete the Posse Application 2019 and email it to your respective counselor by Friday, May 31, 2019 at 4pm.

Please review the Information Guides belows for more information.


Posse Student Information Guide

Posse Parent Guide

Posse Parent Guide_Spanish





Honors Finals

Hi DVS Families,

Please refer to the Honors Finals schedule below for details regarding when the Honors Exams for each course will occur. The exams are scheduled for 90 minutes.

Please contact me if you have questions or concerns.




DVS Honors Exams S2 2019


Whooping Cough Information

Parents and Guardians:

At this time, we have 3 cases of Pertussis (whooping cough) at DVS. Please see attachments from the Department of Public Health.

Pertussis is treated with antibiotics and even if your child is vaccinated, they can become ill because immunity lessens over time.

If your child is coughing, or starts to cough take your student to the doctor and let them know they may have been exposed to pertussis (whooping cough).

Whooping Cough Info

Whooping Cough Info (Spanish)

Thank you all and don’t hesitate to contact the school nurse with further questions.

Emily Green, RN, PhD
Da Vinci Schools District Nurse

Phone: 1-310-725-5800 ext.3049
Fax: 1-310-356-3224

Spring Theater Performance: Friday, May 24th

Join us on May 24th at 7pm for a student production by the Da Vinci Theatre Program. Students have been working on scenes, monologues, and songs put together around the theme of A Lonely Heart. Many of these pieces were written by the students and we would love for you to come see their hard work and talent on display. Families and siblings welcome!


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