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Senior Activities Information

Hi Families of the Class of 2018! We are excited to celebrate our seniors at the end of this academic year and we wanted to give you a chance to start paying for these senior events as soon as possible. The first day you’ll be able to pay for senior events will be Wednesday, November 15th during Exhibition. Please visit the front office if you’d like to make a payment. Here are all the details: Senior packages



Week 13 Schedule

Here is the schedule for the coming week – the last week before Thanksgiving break! Our Exhibition Night is Wednesday from 6-8pm, and in addition to presentations from 10th and 12th grade students, the floors of all 3 schools will be open for you to see!


Our First Day at the Wiseburn High School Campus

It was a phenomenal first day at our new home! It was awesome to see the students enjoying the beautiful new space and learning in a true 21st century atmosphere.

While the day inside the building was wonderful, we recognize that traffic during drop off and pickup was difficult today and appreciated everyone’s patience, especially this afternoon, as we learn how to best navigate this at our new home. We are working on several possible plans to help relieve the congestion at pickup and drop off times, including meeting with El Segundo police tomorrow to discuss potential options.

Regardless of what measures we take to improve the flow of traffic during drop-off and pick-up, the reality of 1400 students being picked up and dropped off in a short window of time will always be difficult. You can help this situation by:

  • carpooling
  • dropping off your students earlier in the morning
  • picking up your students later in the day
  • encouraging your students to use public transportation
  • having students walk, ride bikes, skateboards, scooters, etc. to campus

We appreciate your patience and support as we work to provide your students with the best education possible!

School Starts at 201 N. Douglas Ave. Tomorrow!

We are so excited to welcome you into the new building tomorrow morning!  Our staff has been working hard since Friday to prepare the space for our students to arrive. It is such a beautiful space, and it won’t be complete until our students are here!

A few reminders for Wednesday:

  • It is recommended that you plan to arrive at 8:00 to allow extra time for traffic.
  • Students will all gather in the outdoor area behind the building (on the west side of the building) prior to the start of the day.
  • At 8:30, DV Science students will be called into the theater, where they will find their advisor and make their first trip up the stairs to their advisory classroom. During advisory time, the students will have an opportunity to explore the 2nd floor.
  • Here is the schedule for the remainder of the week: DVS week 12 schedule
  • There are no office hours on Wednesday, but all teachers will be holding office hours on Thursday, either before school or after school.
  • Seminars will resume next week!Week12

New Campus Post #2: Delivery of food and other items

Today’s new campus post is just a reminder of our existing policy on delivery of food and other things for students:

Dropping Off Belongings for Students During School Hours

Items dropped off for students will not be delivered to the classrooms, and students will not be called out from class or notified by the school to pick up items that are brought in. Items should be left on the drop-off table on the first floor and labeled with the student’s name. Students may only pick up these items at lunch or after school. The school is not responsible for any items left on the drop-off table.

Ordering Food for Delivery

Students are not permitted to order any food to be delivered to the school at any time, whether during school hours or before/after school hours. Any food delivered to the school must be ordered and received by a staff member. Parents or guardians are also not permitted to order food to be delivered to the school for students. If a parent or guardian would like to drop off food for a student, the drop-off procedures must be followed above.

New Campus Post #1 — Wheeled Devices, Parent Access

As we prepare to move into our new campus, each day we will be providing information regarding the move to the new campus on this blog.  Today’s post covers skateboards/bikes/scooters, as well as parent and community member access to the building.

Info for Skateboards/Bikes/Scooters

No skateboards, bikes, scooters, etc. will be allowed in the new high school building. Students who ride them to school will have a place outside to lock them up, but if they do not have a lock they should go buy one before the first day in the new building. We can’t guarantee the safety of their boards & bikes if they don’t lock them up. We will not allow them to bring their skateboards, bikes, or scooters into the building for safety reasons, even if they don’t have a lock.

Parents opportunities to check out the new campus at 201 Douglas

You can find information about the new building Grand Opening Celebration on Dec 9th here. DVS parents can of course also see the new building at the DVS exhibition night on Wednesday, November 15th starting at 6 pm. For those of you who are new to Da Vinci, Exhibition night is an evening event where students get to show off the work and projects they have done throughout the semester. We love to have every parent attend!

Please note that parents are not allowed to follow students into the building on the first day for students Nov 8th, for safety reasons.

Stay tuned for more posts as the week progresses!

Week 11: our last week at the old DVS campus!

This is it – our last week at our current campus! Our last day here will be on Thursday 11/2, and classes will resume at our new campus at 201 N. Douglas Ave. on Wednesday, November 8th. Here is the schedule for this week:

DVS week 11 schedule


Remember, there are 3 PD days allotted to moving in where students have no class – November 3, 6 and 7. Only Da Vinci staff members are permitted at the new campus on these days. During the relocation, we ask students, families and community members not to come to the new campus so that we can get it all set up.

You can help us with this transition by talking with your student about the plan for them go to and from school at the new campus! If you will be driving them, please plan to arrive at 8:00 on Wednesday 11/8 to avoid the rush that inevitably occurs at 8:30! You can also watch this short video about the procedures for drop-off, pickup, and parking:

Please feel free to email me at if you have any questions!

School Site Council meeting tomorrow

Our first School Site Council meeting will be Thursday, October 19th! We have moved the meetings to an earlier time this year, from 4:00-5:30pm, to help us increase student and staff participation. Any interested DVS parents are invited to attend!

The School Site Council approves long term plans for the school, including the Single Plan For Student Achievement and the Local Control and Accountability Plan.

Tentative Meeting Dates for 2017-2018: October 19th, February 8th, April 19th, June 7th, all from 4:00-5:30pm.

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