Archive for Author Erin D'Souza

State Testing for 10th & 11th Graders Next Week

Da Vinci Science will be participating in California’s annual state testing next week. 10th graders will take the California Science Test (CAST) on Monday, May 1st or Tuesday, May 2nd. 11th graders will take the Smarter Balanced Assessments (SBAC) in both mathematics and language arts on Wednesday, May 3rd and Thursday, May 4th. More details about the tests are included in the links below. If you have any questions about your student’s participation in these tests, please contact me Erin D’Souza at or (310) 725-5800.

11th Grade SBAC Parent Letter

10th Grade CAST Parent Letter

Parent Participation Link & No Office Hours

Thank you for coming out to our final Exhibition Night on Aviation Boulevard! It was great to see such an excellent turnout. If you haven’t yet signed in to get your credit for showing up, please visit this link:

Since this was a late night for both students and staff, there will not be any office hours tomorrow morning. Please contact your teacher directly if you had made specific arrangements with them as they might want you to come in anyway.

Thanks again for supporting our DVS students!

Physical Fitness Testing Next Week (9th grade)

Hi 9th grade families,

The California Department of Education requires that all 9th grade students complete a Physical Fitness Test. This test consists of a one-mile run, push-ups, curl-ups, shoulder stretch, and a trunk lift. Whether or not a student passes the test does not affect graduation at Da Vinci Science, but it is important that every student takes the test. If a student needs an exemption from the test for a medical reason or other reason, please contact Erin D’Souza at

The Physical Fitness Test is scheduled during the afternoons of SLC week (Monday, 2/27 – Thursday, 3/2). Students can choose which day they’d like to complete this test. They should not schedule their SLC and their Physical Fitness Test on the same day. Students should bring a change of clothes to school on the day they sign up to take the test. Students are required to attend their classes in accordance with the dress code, and they will be given time to change their clothes after school.

The link for sign-ups is here:

Vow to Drive Sober Presentation

On Friday, October 7th, there will be a special presentation for 11th and 12th grade students on drinking and driving. The name of the presentation is Vow to Drive Sober, and here is an overview:

Cari Fonseca is the CEO/Founder of The Next Step Foundation Team Brandon, a nonprofit organization based in Phoenix, AZ. She is the mother of a son who made a poor choice 15 years ago to drink and drive at the young age of 21. That choice not only took the life of his best friend but left Brandon with a severe traumatic brain injury and completely dependent on his mom for all his needs. She and Brandon (in his wheelchair) travel to schools all over the country speaking out on the life-altering effects of drinking and driving, hoping their story will save lives!

They never charge for their presentations but rely on donations to keep their foundation going. If you are interested in making a donation to their foundation, please see the details on the flyer linked below.


Summer School: Geometry & Algebra 1

This is just a friendly reminder that summer school starts on Monday, June 13th through Friday, July 22nd, with no school on Friday, July 1st and Monday, July 4th. If your child has signed up for Geometry, class starts at 8:00 and ends at 11:30 am. If your child has signed up for Algebra 1, class starts at 12:00 and ends at 3:30 pm. Students will not earn credit for the course if they exceed one absence per semester. The first semester is from Monday June 13th – Thursday, June 30th, and the second semester is from Tuesday, July 5th – Friday, July 22nd.

PSAT Scores & College Planning Meetings

Hi Families!
We are looking forward to seeing all of you at this semester’s college planning meetings. PSAT scores for 10th and 11th graders will be distributed during the meetings. If you haven’t signed up to attend a meeting, please do so today. Here are the links:
Thank you for taking an active role in helping your child prepare for college!

Exhibition Night This Wednesday

Hi Families! Just a reminder that this Wednesday, 11/18 is Exhibition Night at DVS! The students are excited to showcase their projects and explain what they’ve learned this semester. This is a great evening to invite family and friends to see the school and meet the students. The event is open-house style, so our doors are open from 6pm to 8pm. Students are expected to be here the whole time, but friends and families may come and go as they please. Looking forward to seeing you on Wednesday!

Halloween Costumes at DVS

Hi Families!

We wanted to let you know that students are permitted to wear their Halloween costumes to school on Friday, October 30th. The guidelines regarding Halloween costumes are as follows:

-costumes that leave your midsection, back, chest, shoulders, or undergarments exposed are not permitted

-shorts or skirts that are excessively short are not permitted

-real and fake weapons (i.e. fake knives, swords, guns, etc.) are not permitted

-masks are only to be worn before school, after school, or during lunch

The principal and the assistant principal have the authority to determine if a costume is inappropriate for school. If a costume is deemed inappropriate, a student may not be permitted to attend class in the costume and he/she may be asked to change his/her clothes.

Please contact me if you have any questions:

Happy Halloween!

PSAT Registration Begins Today

Hi Families!

On Wednesday, October 14th, DVS will be administering the PSAT to all 10th and 11th grade students. This test will take place during regular school hours, and it is great preparation for the SAT which students will take in the spring of their 11th grade year. The cost of the test is $15 per student. Please use the link below to register:

If you’d like more information about the PSAT or you’d like to practice before the test, please check out this link:

Students will also be given a booklet explaining more about the test, including practice questions, during their English class. If you have any questions, please contact Erin at


« Older Entries