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DVS Back-to-School Night & Overnighter Info

It’s time to get out your fall calendars! (Note: updated info about the 2021-2022 calendar, our new weekly schedule, and FAQs can also be found in the “Resources” section to the right.) DVS plans to host Back-to-School Night the week before school begins on Thursday August 12th at from 5-8pm. This will be an open-house-style event in which students will have an opportunity to get their 2021-2022 class schedule, meet their teachers and see their classrooms, and learn important information about the 2021-2022 school year. Presentations to each grade level will take place at the following times:

9th grade @ 5:30pm           10th grade @ 6:30pm       11th grade @ 7:00pm       12th grade @ 7:30pm

Per current health guidelines, all students and parents will be required to wear face coverings at this event.

Overnighter for 9th & 10th Grade The Overnighter is back for our 9th AND 10th graders this year at Camp Pondo in Running Springs! Our 10th graders will leave DVS in buses at 9:00am on Wednesday 8/18 returning on Thursday 8/19 at 3:00pm, and our 9th graders will be leaving Da Vinci in buses at 9:00am on Thursday 8/19 and returning on Friday 8/20 at 3:00pm. Details, including packing lists, camp forms, and health guidelines & precautions will be provided to students at Back-to-School Night on August 12th.

As with most things, these events are subject to change based upon evolving COVID health guidelines and policies. We will keep you updated each week!

Senior Cap & Gown Photos

Dear DVS Class of 2022 Families,

We are excited to announce that we have set up dates with our photographer for Seniors to take their “Cap & Gown” photos! You can sign up for your slot now at this Signup Genius link on a first-come, first-serve basis:

Caps & Gowns will be provided at the photo appointment, and Da Vinci Schools is covering the cost of the “sitting fee” so families only need to pay for photos if they wish to purchase them after seeing them.

Spaces will go quickly, so we encourage all seniors to sign up for their slot as soon as possible! Please contact Liz at our front office with any questions:

DVS Office Hours for Parents Today @ 5pm

Dear DVS Families, we hope that all of you are having a terrific summer break! This is a reminder that we will be holding another “Office Hours with Steve & Grace” Zoom meeting this evening at 5:00pm at the link below. Please review this DVS 2021-2022 Information sheet and our 2021-2022 School Calendar and join us this evening if you have any questions!

Here is the Zoom link to join us at 5:00pm! (no password required)

DVS Season 13 Calendar and Info for the Incoming Class of 2025

In case you missed it earlier, here is a link to the updated calendar for “Season 13”, the 2021-2022 school year, which begins on Monday August 16th.

In addition, here is an FAQ sheet for our incoming freshmen, the DVS Class of 2025! We can’t wait to meet you! If you have not yet signed up for an incoming student screening appointment for next week, please do so using this link. Thank you!

Semester 2 Report Cards Mailed Home Today

Happy first week of summer vacation, DVS Families! Semester 2 report cards have been printed and are being mailed to your homes today, and Powerschool access has also been restored so that you can see your student’s semester 2 grades. Please contact our office if you do not receive your child’s report card in the mail by the end of this week.

Because our teachers are on summer break now, specific questions you may have about your child’s grades in any of their classes will be addressed with the teacher when they return in August.

I hope you and your families have a happy and healthy summer break! We can’t wait to see everyone back on campus for the first day of school on Monday August 16th!

Sincerely, Steve

Final Day of Season 12 at DVS!

We will wrap up Season 12 at DVS today with an all-school Community Dialogue led by our student leadership team at 9:00am at this link, followed by some advisory time to close out the year and say farewell to the seniors! We are proud of our students’ perseverance this year and look forward to beginning Season 13 all together in person on Monday August 16th! You can view/download/print the 2021-2022 school year calendar here.

Teachers will be finishing students’ grades on Thursday 6/10, and then on Friday 6/11 Powerschool access will be restored. Report cards will be printed and mailed home on Monday 6/14.

During summer break (including this evening), we will not be holding our regular Wednesday evening “Parent office hours with Steve & Grace”. Instead, we have scheduled Parent Office Hours meetings at 5:00pm on Monday June 28th and Monday July 19th.

I hope you and your families have a restful, safe and fun summer!

After-School Career Pathways programs at El Camino College

Good news! There is still time to apply for After-School Career Pathways programs at El Camino College.  Students – be sure to fill out the ECC Pathway Interest form (link below) ASAP before spaces fill up.

After-School Career PathwaysSee attached flyers for detailed class information for each pathway:   

What is a K-14 Career Pathway?   
K-14 Career Pathways provide high school students with an opportunity to get an early start on college and begin preparing for a career in a high demand industry.  High school students take El Camino College classes through dual enrollment for FREE.  Work-based learning & industry exposure is embedded in each pathway and includes industry speakers, workplace site visits, industry events, and, when available, internships &/or summer jobs.  Students take classes as a cohort with additional student supports, including a pathway Student Success Coach.  

STEPS TO APPLY (see attached flyer for online Drop-In Help)

Who can join a K-14 Career Pathway program?  

Students who will be in the 11th & 12th grade in the Fall.  The Auto Technology & Construction pathways will accept 10th graders with the Dean’s permission.

Does it cost anything?

High School students can take Dual Enrollment college classes for FREE!  If the pathway class requires a textbook you will need to purchase it (not all pathway classes require textbooks, some use open & free materials).  Some school districts may pay for your textbook.  Please check with your school principal or counselor to find out.  

How will K-14 pathway classes be taught?    

The majority of the El Camino College K-14 pathway classes will be taught online.  The Auto Technology & Construction pathway classes will be taught in a Hybrid format with online lecture and a once a week in-person Lab at the El Camino College campus on Thursdays.  Students enrolled Auto Tech & Construction pathways will have to provide their own transportation for in-person Lab on Thursdays 4pm-7:30pm.  

When do classes start?

The majority of the K-14 career pathways start Fall semester beginning August 30th. Except for the Cybersecurity pathway which starts in the Summer, second session July 6th – August 13th.  

For more information, please contact Dr. Coleen Maldonado, K-14 Career Pathways Coordinator at  

Week 37 & 38 Schedule

We are proud of all of our students as they work to prepare and deliver their Presentations of Learning! We encourage all parents and guardians who are able to be a practice audience for their students as they practice, and to join in on their students’ POLs as audience members.

The POL schedule will continue through Monday June 7th. Tuesday June 8th will be a special schedule that will be provided to students by their grade-level teachers, and our last day (Wednesday June 9th) will begin with an all-school virtual Community Dialogue at 9:00am, followed by advisory time to close out the “Season 12” school year.

This Wednesday (6/2) at 5:00pm, we will hold our final School Site Council meeting of the year in place of our regularly-scheduled parent office hours. We will do a final review of our LCAP, discuss our student support plans for this summer, and share the updates we have for next school year. All are welcome to join at this link!

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