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Blood Drive – July 8th at Da Vinci Schools, Blood Donations Urgently Needed

Did you know the Red Cross is experiencing a severe blood shortage? According to the Red Cross, more people are beginning to undergo elective surgeries, organ transplants, and emergency surgeries, all which require donated blood. 

Please consider making an appointment to donate blood on July 8th to sustain the needs of our region. 

What: UCLA Blood Drive @ Da Vinci Schools
When: Thursday, July 8th from 9 am to 2 pm
Where: 201 N. Douglas Street, El Segundo, CA 90245 – Black Box Theater

To ensure appropriate social distancing, we encourage donors to make an appointment in the following ways:

– Go on-line at click on Blood Drives and enter DV in the Account Code box

– Scan the QR code above

– Call us at (310) 825-0888 x2

– or email UCLA at

Don’t forget your ID & we’ll see you there!

Let’s Get Social

We are so excited to officially launch Da Vinci Instagram and Facebook pages to complement our existing Twitter feed so we can get even more connected with our community, a.k.a. YOU!!

Follow us today on any of our official Da Vinci Schools social media accounts to stay connected, engaged and informed. 

Follow us: @davincischools_org

Like our Page: @dvschools

Follow us: @dvschools

We also just launched a new Wiseburn-Da Vinci Athletics blog to communicate directly with our student-athletes, families, and community members! Here you will find everything you need from updates on tryouts, game days, highlights and so much more! Sign up for the latest athletics updates here. Go Wolves!! 

Visit our Athletics blog at

We are excited to engage with you!

D.R. Moreland Named as New Wiseburn Da Vinci Athletics Director

We are excited to announce that Donald “D.R.” Moreland has been named Athletics Director of the Wiseburn Da Vinci Athletics Program. D.R. assumed his duties last week.

D.R. has more than 20 years of experience as an administrator, athletics director, and passionate educator specializing in youth development, managing relationships across diverse populations highlighting community involvement, and a commitment to academic and athletic achievement. READ MORE >>>

You’re Invited: Virtual Town Hall Meeting for Families on March 2nd

We invite Da Vinci parents/guardians and community members to attend a Virtual Town Hall meeting on March 2nd at 6:30PM to solicit your feedback on the steps being taken for a phased-in return to campus between April 12th-June 9th. Join us! 

Virtual Town Hall for Families
March 2, 2021 | 6:30PM

Zoom Link:

Meeting ID: 957 4305 2884
1 (669) 900 6833

Speaking at the Virtual Town Hall on March 2nd will be Dr. Matthew Wunder, CEO/Superintendent; Dr. Jennifer Hawn, Chief Operating Officer; Dr. Emily Green, School Nurse; and Vicente Bravo, Chief Administrative Officer. 

We will provide an update on our COVID-19 safety plan, discuss timelines, solicit feedback from families, and answer as many questions as we can. The Town Hall will be recorded and posted on our website. Because a Town Hall via Zoom may make it challenging to respond to everyone’s questions, we will also provide a Padlet to capture your thoughts, and request that you complete a survey that will be sent out on March 3. 

(Please note: The Town Hall can only accommodate 1,000 participants. If for some reason you are not able to get onto the call, you will have access to the recording, Padlet and survey to provide feedback. Thanks for your understanding.)

Athletics Update & Info Meeting – February 25th at 5:30PM – Join Us!

We are excited to share that the Wiseburn Da Vinci Wolves have received approval by the CIF Southern Section Executive Committee to move from Small Schools Area 9 to Coast Area 2, paving the way for re-leaguing which will begin in the next few months!! A new league will benefit our student-athletes by providing a more competitive experience, more consistent game schedules, additional team levels, shorter travel times, and more.  

Join us for a virtual Athletics Update & Information Meeting on Thursday, February 25 at 5:30PM. Zoom info is below. We will share info including:

+ Area Placement Change, Impact of Re-leaguing
+ What Spring 2021 (Season 2) will look like
+ Current CIF and L.A. County Department of Public Health Guidelines for Practices, Conditioning and Competition
+ Q&A  

Athletics Update & Info Meeting
February 25, 2021 | 5:30PM

Zoom Link: 

All students, families and community members are welcome. We look forward to seeing you!  

This update will be recorded for future access. 

Seven Steps to Earthquake Safety

Dear Da Vinci Families,

We hope some of you had the opportunity to participate in the Great ShakeOut drill earlier this week! We have additional resources to share with you to prepare your home in the event of an earthquake.  Be sure to follow these 7 steps to be even more prepared when the next earthquake strikes!

Visit to learn more about what you can do to be prepared.

  • Step 1: Secure your space by identifying hazards and securing moveable items.
  • Step 2: Plan to be safe by creating a disaster plan and deciding how you will communicate in an emergency.
  • Step 3: Organize disaster supplies in convenient locations.
  • Step 4: Minimize financial hardship by organizing important documents, strengthening your property, and considering insurance.
  • Step 5: Drop, Cover and Hold On when the earth shakes.
  • Step 6: Improve safety after earthquakes by evacuating in necessary, helping the injured, and preventing further injuries or damage.
  • Step 7: Reconnect and Restore daily life by reconnecting with others, repairing damage, and rebuilding community.


Estimadas familias de Da Vinci,

Esperamos que algunos de ustedes hayan tenido la oportunidad de participar en el simulacro Great ShakeOut a principios de esta semana. Tenemos recursos adicionales para compartir con usted para preparar su hogar en caso de un terremoto. ¡Asegúrese de seguir estos 7 pasos para estar aún más preparado cuando ocurra el próximo terremoto! para obtener más información sobre lo que puede hacer para estar preparado.

  • Paso 1: Asegure su espacio identificando peligros y asegurando elementos móviles.
  • Paso 2: Planee estar seguro creando un plan de desastre y decidiendo cómo se comunicará en caso de emergencia.
  • Paso 3: Organice los suministros para desastres en lugares convenientes.
  • Paso 4: Minimice las dificultades financieras organizando documentos importantes, fortaleciendo su propiedad y considerando un seguro.
  • Paso 5: Agáchese, cúbrase y agárrese cuando la tierra tiemble.
  • Paso 6: Mejore la seguridad después de los terremotos evacuando si es necesario, ayudando a los heridos y previniendo más lesiones o daños.
  •  Paso 7: Reconecte y restaure la vida diaria reconectándose con otros, reparando daños y reconstruyendo la comunidad.

Save the Date! October 20: The Great ShakeOut!!

Dear Da Vinci Families, 

Join your fellow Da Vincians in the world’s largest earthquake drill! Da Vinci Schools will conduct our own ShakeOut drill on Tuesday, October 20 @ 10:20 am.

Promptly at 10:20 am, students are to STOP, drop, cover and hold. Our focus this year is on earthquake preparedness at home.

Visit to learn more about what you can do to be prepared.

Blood and Convalescent Plasma Drive: June 23rd

Make an Appointment to Donate Blood Today! 

Da Vinci Schools and Rotary District 5280 are hosting a one-day Blood and Convalescent Plasma Drive at our 201 N. campus!

When: Tuesday, June 23rd from 9 am to 2 pm
Where: 201 N. Douglas Street, El Segundo, CA 90245

To ensure appropriate social distancing, we encourage donors to make an appointment in the following ways:   

To donate Convalescent Plasma, please contact Noelle Lai at

Important Coronavirus Update: Virtual Learning for the Rest of the School Year (April 2, 2020)

Dear Da Vinci Families and Friends,

As information continues to emerge regarding campus closures during the global coronavirus outbreak, I want to share the latest information.  Last night, Governor Newsom shared in a press conference that students in California will not physically return to school campuses for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.  LACOE Superintendent Dr. Debra Duardo also has recommended that all districts and schools in Los Angeles County plan to provide virtual learning to students through the end of the school year. 

Both Da Vinci Schools and the Wiseburn Unified School District will follow the direction of our state and county leaders and will adhere to a continuation of virtual learning through the end of this school year, unless new circumstances emerge requiring a change. 

While our physical school campuses are closed, our schools are open. Virtual instruction will continue for all of our students through the end of the 2019-20 school year. Our teachers, counselors, school leaders, IT team and classified staff have done exceptional work to keep our students engaged, learning and connected during this challenging time. We continue to implement best practices in distance learning while tapping into some of the country’s exemplary learning networks of which we are members, as well as to learn from our internal experts at Da Vinci Connect, DVX, and RISE who have been highly successful in blending in-person and remote learning for years. 

As noted in an earlier update, we have decided to convert Monday, 4/13 and Tuesday, 4/14 (the two days following Spring Break) into Professional Development days to plan and collaborate in order to meet the needs of all of our students and families. 

We understand there are many questions left unanswered and many details are still to be worked out. Over the next few weeks your school leaders will provide additional information about grading, graduations, senior activities, and more. We are committed to holding promotion and graduation ceremonies on campus/in person when it is safe to do so.

Our priority remains to do our part to protect the health and well-being of our students, staff, and the greater community. Please check our Coronavirus Updates web page for the latest information. 

We also remind you that we are providing FREE breakfast and lunch for ALL Da Vinci students. Meals can be picked up daily M-F from 10:30am to 12:30pm at Dana Middle School, located at 5504 W. 135th Street, Hawthorne, CA. During Spring Break (April 6-10), meal service at Dana will be closed. Meals during Spring Break may be picked up at any Centinela Valley High School campus. For more information, please visit  

We are deeply grateful for your partnership, and for all of the ways that our Da Vinci family is coming together to support one another. 

Please stay safe and be well,

Matthew Wunder, Ed.D.
Chief Executive Officer


Importante actualización del coronavirus: aprendizaje virtual durante el resto del año escolar (2 de abril de 2020)

Estimadas familias y amigos de Da Vinci:

A medida que continúa surgiendo información sobre el cierre de los sitios escolares durante el brote mundial de coronavirus, quiero compartir la información más reciente. Anoche, el gobernador Newsom compartió en una conferencia de prensa que los estudiantes en California no regresarán físicamente a los sitios escolares durante el resto del año escolar 2019-2020. La Superintendente de LACOE, Dra. Debra Duardo, también recomendó que todos los distritos y escuelas del Condado de Los Ángeles planeen proporcionar aprendizaje virtual a los estudiantes hasta el final del año escolar.

Tanto las Escuelas Da Vinci como el Distrito Escolar Unificado de Wiseburn seguirán la dirección de nuestros líderes estatales y del condado y se adherirán a una continuación del aprendizaje virtual hasta el final de este año escolar, a menos que surjan nuevas circunstancias que requieran un cambio.

Mientras nuestros sitios escolares están cerrados físicamente, nuestras escuelas están abiertas. La instrucción virtual continuará para todos nuestros estudiantes hasta el final del año escolar 2019-20. Nuestros maestros, consejeros, líderes escolares, equipo de tecnología y personal clasificado han hecho un trabajo excepcional para mantener a nuestros estudiantes comprometidos, aprendiendo y conectados durante este momento desafiante. Continuamos implementando las mejores prácticas en el aprendizaje a distancia mientras aprovechamos algunas de las redes de aprendizaje ejemplares del país de las cuales somos miembros, así como también aprendemos de nuestros expertos internos en Da Vinci Connect, DVX y RISE que han tenido un gran éxito en la combinación Aprendizaje presencial y remoto durante los años.

Como les mencionamos en una actualización anterior, hemos decidido convertir el lunes 4/13 y el martes 4/14 (los dos días posteriores a las vacaciones de primavera) en días de desarrollo profesional para planificar y colaborar a fin de satisfacer las necesidades de todos nuestros estudiantes y familias.

Entendemos que quedan muchas preguntas sin responder y que aún quedan muchos detalles por resolver. Durante las próximas semanas, los líderes de su escuela proporcionarán información adicional sobre calificaciones, graduaciones, actividades para los estudiantes del grado 12 (seniors) y más. Estamos comprometidos a realizar ceremonias de promoción y graduación en el campus / en persona cuando sea seguro hacerlo.

Nuestra prioridad sigue siendo hacer nuestra parte para proteger la salud y el bienestar de nuestros estudiantes, el personal y la comunidad en general. Consulte nuestra página web de actualizaciones de Coronavirus para obtener la información más reciente.

También le recordamos que ofrecemos desayuno y almuerzo GRATUITOS para TODOS los estudiantes de Da Vinci. Las comidas se pueden recoger diariamente de lunes a viernes de 10:30 a.m. a 12:30 p.m. en la Escuela Intermedia Dana, ubicada en 5504 W. 135th Street, Hawthorne, CA. Durante las vacaciones de primavera (del 6 al 10 de abril), el servicio de comidas en Dana estará cerrado. Comidas durante las vacaciones de primavera se pueden recoger en cualquier campus de Centinela Valley. Para obtener más información, visite

Estamos profundamente agradecidos por su asociación y por todas las formas en que nuestra familia Da Vinci se une para apoyarse mutuamente.

Por favor manténgase seguro y esté bien,

Matthew Wunder, Ed.D.

Accepting Medical Equipment Donations – April 4th

Support our local medical professionals in the fight against COVID-19. Da Vinci’s Biomedical Pathway Lead Teacher, Saya Wai, has organized a Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) drop-off for this Saturday, April 4.

Donate any unused masks, safety goggles, face shields, gloves, disinfectant wipes, and hand sanitizer.

Where: 13500 Aviation Blvd., Hawthorne, CA 90250
When: Saturday, April 4, 2020 | 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Curbside drop-off in the parking lot at W. 135th Street & Aviation Blvd.

More info:

Contact: Saya Wai |

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