Archive for Author Erin D'Souza

Sexual Education for 9th Grade: Opt-Out Reminder

On Tuesday February 5th, 9th grade Da Vinci Science High School students will have the opportunity to see a dramatic performance entitled “What Goes Around.”  This performance is sponsored by Kaiser Permanente. The play tells the story of five students and how their behavior and connections to each other also connect them to other people who are unknown to them.  The play uses visual monitors, text messaging, cellular and computer technology to better reach its audience and to clearly illustrate its message: there are epidemic rates of sexually transmitted diseases (STD) in the high school age group.

“What Goes Around” provides health information about STDs in a topical way.  Students hear the facts and myths about STDs and see how the choices they make have a lasting impact on the lives of other people. The 60 minute play is followed by a 15 minute response session in which the actor-educators answer audience questions about sexually transmitted diseases.  The key message points of “What Goes Around” are:

  • The option of abstinence
  • The importance of testing
  • Prevention

Because the play involves sexual education, it is necessary that each parent/guardian know they can “opt out”. Any student not attending the assembly will be assigned to an alternate location for the duration of the play on Tuesday, February 5th.

For more information about the play you can visit their website: and/or view the Program information sheet:

If you wish your student to “opt out” of participating in the play, please submit a written note or email to the front office, by Friday February 1st, 2019.

Sports Tryouts Next Week

Interested in participating in one of our Spring Sports? Boys Volleyball, Baseball, Softball and Swim team are all hosting tryouts in mid- January. Below you will find all spring sport tryout dates and locations.

Please visit

And click on ‘Athletics Interest Form’. Fill out the info and we will send you and your parents updates on team schedules, athletic clearance notifications, special events, and more.

Interested in finding the team schedule, stats and records? Starting January you can find that information on the Maxpreps link.










Swim Tryouts will be held on January 15-17th from 4:30-6: 00 PM with Coach Hannouche and Coach Muratalla.

Softball Tryouts will be held at Del Aire Park January 14th-16th from 4:30-6: 00 PM with Coach Doug Cowgill

Baseball Tryouts will be held at Del Aire Park January 18th-20th from 4:30PM-6: 00 PM with Coach Glenn Noya

Boys Volleyball Tryouts will be held at Dana Middle School January 15th-17th from 5:00 – 7:00 PM with Coach Korey Hlaudy & Coach Jamie Larson

Archery Team – Please check with Coach Siri and Coach Sullivan

Alumni Event on Thursday, 12/20

On Thursday, December 20th (9:00-11:00 am), DVS alumni will be participating in Alumni Panel Talks with our 9th-12th grade students! The alumni are excited to share information about the colleges they are attending/graduated from, advice about how to be successful at DVS, the ways to best prepare for college, and answer any questions from our students. This is an excellent opportunity for our students to hear from DVS alumni who have been in their shoes! If your student has questions, we’d love to share with the alumni in advance – please contribute questions at If your student is in the afternoon POL session and would like to attend, or if you have any further questions, please email our alumni mentor, Katie Kondo, at

Tuesday, April 24th: PSAT, SAT, and Senior Beach Day

On Tuesday, April 24th, DVS will be administering the PSAT 9 to all 9th graders and the PSAT 10 to all 10th graders. These tests are age-appropriate and shorter versions of the SAT. The SAT is a college entrance exam that students will be expected to take if they plan to enroll in a 4-year college after graduation. Results from the PSAT 9 and PSAT 10 can help families prepare for the SAT exam in the 11th grade. All 9th and 10th grade students are expected to take the exams, and the cost of these exams is covered by DVS.

For the first time ever, DVS is offering 11th graders the chance to take the SAT here at school. The benefit to this is that students get to take the exam in their own classrooms with their own teachers as a part of the regular school day. The cost for this exam is $60 per student, and the only thing students need to do to register to take the test is pay the $60 to the front office between now and testing day. If a student is eligible for free or reduced lunch, the school will use a fee waiver to cover the cost of the testing.

While the 9th, 10th, and 11th graders are testing, the 12th graders will be enjoying the annual DVS tradition of Senior Beach Day. The buses for this event will leave the school at 9am, and DVS pays for the transportation cost of this special celebratory field trip.

If you have questions about any of these events, please email Erin D’Souza at

9th Grade College Planning Meetings

Hi families of 9th graders!

We are looking forward to seeing you this week for student-led conferences. We’d also like you to visit us again at the end of March to talk about high school transcripts, the next three years, and what you can be doing to prepare for college. Please sign up for one of the following small group college planning meetings.

Families can sign up at this link:

Here are the dates and times currently scheduled:

Monday, 3/26 @ 9am or 12:45pm

Tuesday, 3/27 @ 9am or 12:45pm

Wednesday, 3/28 @ 9am or 12:45pm

Thursday, 3/29 @ 12:45pm (This is also Exhibition Night for 9th and 11th grades.)

Parent Workshop on Adolescent Depression and Anxiety

There will be an interactive, informational presentation to discuss signs, and symptoms of depression and anxiety in your child.  A doctoral student from Pepperdine University will be at the meeting to provide you with different skills and strategies to help you ease your child’s discomfort. The presentation will be free and all Da Vinci parents are welcome to attend! Please RVSP at the link below.

When: Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at 6:00pm

Where: 201 Douglas in the Multipurpose Room (1st Floor)


12th Grade College Planning Meetings

This message is for the families of 12th grade students only:

The College Counseling team is excited to meet individually with each senior family to discuss your student’s Post-DVS plans.  Please make an appointment with your college counselor according to your student’s last name.

For student last names beginning with A-K, please make an appointment with Corinne Valle using this link:

For student last names beginning with L-Z, please make an appointment with Francisca Rodriguez using this link:

Student Photo Days (Wednesday & Thursday)

Hi Families! We hope to see all of you at Back to School Night tonight! Just a reminder that it starts at 6pm and it’s for all grade levels.

On Wednesday and Thursday, students will be getting their pictures taken here at school. The students will get their picture taken during their English class, so if they have English on Wednesday (periods 1, 3, and 5), they will get their photo taken then. If they have English on Thursday (periods 2, 4, and 6), they will take their photo on Thursday.

See you soon!

PSAT 9 & PSAT 10 Results are In

Hi 9th and 10th grade families,

Today students will begin receiving the score reports for the PSAT 9 and PSAT 10 tests they took in April. Please ask your son or daughter to show you the report when they receive it. I’ve included information about how to understand the score report below. Please click on the links to access the information. If you have any questions, please contact me at Thank you!

PSAT 10 Parent Guide

PSAT 9 Parent Tutorial

Presentation of Learning Policies

Hi DVS Families! Here are some of the policies regarding POLs at DVS:

Missed presentations: There will not be any POL makeups allowed. Students who miss a POL with a valid reason* will be excused from the POL. * Valid reasons include urgent doctor’s appointments with doctor’s note and parent confirmation, hospitalization with appropriate documentation, and deaths in the family with appropriate documentation.

Students arriving late to their POL presentation: The timer for each student’s POL will begin at their scheduled time. If a student arrives late, they will be allowed to give their presentation but will only have the time remaining on the timer to do so.

Students not in professional dress and/or missing a script or evidence: Students who are not dressed professionally or who are demonstrating a lack of preparedness will be permitted to present, but will be awarded a presentation preparedness score that reflects their lack of preparedness.

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