Archive for October 30, 2019

Long Beach Black College Fair

Hello DVS Families,

The Long Beach Black College Fair is an event for ALL students in Elementary and Middle School, High School and Community College. Come out and meet black college recruiters, students and alumni.

There will be:

  • 50+ HBCUs participating.
  • Learn about Historically Black College and Universities (HBCU).
  • Speak to the HBCU Reps and Admissions Process.
  • SAT, Personal Statement, Financial aid and Scholarship Workshops.
  • Find out about how to attend a Black College Tour.



TIME: 12:00PM – 4:00PM


To Register click here.

10th Grade College Planning Meeting-Thank you!

Thank you so much to all the 10th grade families that joined us for the 10th Grade College Planning meeting last night!

We know that it isn’t easy to take time away from your work and family to attend these meeting so we have attached the presentation for your reference. Please feel free to contact your students respective counselor if you have any additional questions.

We look forward to seeing you in the Spring where we will host another 10th Grade College Planning meeting with new topics specific to 10th grade students.

Thank you,

DVS Counselors

10th Grade Fall College Planning

New DVS Incident Reporting Form

Dear DVS Families,

In an effort to ensure that all students, staff, and families have the ability to report things anonymously to the school leadership, we’ve added an “Incident Reporting Form” to the website. You can find it on the right-hand sidebar listed under “Resources.”

Incident Form screenshot

Parents, if you have something you wish to communicate to us, please feel free to contact me directly via email at This form is for those individuals who wish to remain anonymous, or for students who want to report something, but don’t exactly know what they should do.

Please note that this action is not in response to anything, just a proactive way to ensure that lines of communication are open and that there exists a way for the DVS students to report incidents and maintain anonymity.

Thank you,


Hurry! Meal Application Deadline is Oct. 31st

Many of you have still not completed a Meal Application. To qualify for free and reduced meals for the 2019-2020 school year, please fill out the Free and Reduced Meal Application by Thursday, October 31.

You can apply in one of two ways:

  1. Fill out an online application
  2. Download a print application or stop by the main office at 201 N. Douglas St. to pick one up

For each additional child who is eligible for free/reduced-price meals, Da Vinci receives close to $1,800 in additional funding per student per year. This increased funding supports all of our students! Meal applications are accepted all year long but Da Vinci does not receive additional funding after Oct. 31.

If you qualify, the price for your meals will be FREE. As of Oct. 15, Da Vinci is waiving all meal costs for reduced students.

Please note: Your qualification for free/reduced meals is NOT tied to your assets or overall annual income. Rather, it is based on your estimated income at the time that the application is submitted, so you may qualify if you are in between jobs, etc.

Grant and scholarship assistance (SAT/ACT and college application fee waivers, etc.) may also be available for students who qualify for free and/or reduced-price meals.

If your student receives Medicaid benefits, he/she is eligible for free/reduced pricing.

If you have any questions, please contact Sara Deulofeu at 310-331-8099 or via email at

Thank you very much!

Week 11 Schedule

Dear DVS Families,

It has been a challenging week for us, and it has also been a beautiful thing to see the DVS family come together to support and take care of each other. I am grateful for the outpouring of love and support and encouragement we have received from parents and members of our community!

Thank you to the 230 families who took the DVS fall parent survey – if you haven’t yet done so, I would appreciate if you would take a few minutes to take it using this link. Thank you!

Click here to see the detailed schedule for next week: DVS week 11 schedule (S11) Week11 Week11DueDates


Thank you for all you do to support your students! I hope you have a restful weekend.



Wiseburn + Da Vinci Athletics Update

Congratulations to our Wiseburn + Da Vinci Girls Volleyball team on being the 2019-20 Mulholland League Champions.


Join us this Thursday (10/24/19) at 6:00PM at the WDV Gym for our Girls Volleyball First Round CIF Playoff match. Admission is $10 per adult and $5 per student. Bring your friends and family and make some noise for our girls.


Cross Country will be competing in the Mt. Sac Invitational this Friday (10/25/19) with the hope of medaling in a variety of different meets. Questions? contact Coach Tyler Mar at

College Prep Saturday at Loyola Marymount University

Join The Youth Leadership Consortium (YLC) for the upcoming College Prep Saturday at Loyola Marymount University. The YLC is presenting this free, full-day workshop designed to help students and their parents prepare, plan, and pay for college.
Breakout session topics will include:
  • Preparing for and applying to college
  • Choosing the right college for you
  • Writing a personal statement
  • Researching financial aid and scholarship opportunities
  • Understanding the real cost of a college education


Loyola Marymount University
Gersten Pavilion
1 LMU Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90045
Saturday, November 23, 2019
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Cost: Free Admission.
Lunch will be provided.
Click here for more information and registration.


Welcome to our new Assistant Principal: Grace Long

Dear DVS Family,

I am excited to share that Grace Long has accepted the position of Assistant Principal at Da Vinci Science!


Grace has been the assistant principal at Center Street School in El Segundo Unified since 2017 and also served in Lawndale School District as well. In her 20 years in public education, Grace has enjoyed each role as an elementary school teacher, middle school teacher, language arts specialist, instructional coach, and assistant principal. She is also a speaker and consultant, specializing in data driven instruction, academic interventions, critical thinking and writing strategies, and building school cohesion. She enjoys the process of transforming research-based theories into real-life classroom practices and creating realistic and practical solutions that make sense for students and teachers. She has recently been asked to speak for the California League of Schools K-12 Summer Institute and for numerous school districts across the state.

Grace received her B.A. and M.A. degrees in Sociology and Education from UCLA.  She’s an alumnus of the Cotsen Foundation’s Art of Teaching fellowship program and a published author for Scholastic. Her core educational philosophy includes valuing multiple perspectives, listening and appreciating the stories of each individual, and believing that every student can learn. Grace looks forward to continuing to impact and inspire all learners, including her husband and three children at home.

Please join me in welcoming Grace to the DVS family! She is finishing up her duties at ESUSD and is expected to join us in the near future.



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