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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.

Parent Workshop: Counseling Services 101 at DVIA & DVS

Please join us for a parent educational workshop titled “Counseling Services 101″ for Da Vinci Innovation Academy and Da Vinci Science families.

This workshop will be presented by Kene Washington – DVIA Counselor & Carolyn Ruiz – DVS Counselor. See more details below.


Where: Collaborative Room (Bungalow between the Forum and DVIA)

When: Wednesday, May 17

Time: 2:30-3:00pm

Questions? Contact Carolyn Ruiz,

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!
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