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DVS Summer Office Hours with Steve & Grace tomorrow

Hello DVS Families! Tomorrow we continue our “Summer Office Hours with Steve & Grace” that we are holding every Wednesday over summer from 12:00-1:00. In tomorrow’s meeting, we will be asking for your ideas and feedback about what school might look like when we return on August 17th.

The Zoom link to these meetings can be found here and also in the “resources” section of this blog. No password is required to join.

We would love to see you tomorrow at noon!

Sincerely, Steve & Grace

Graduate Cap & Gown Photo Opportunity and Diploma Pick-up

Graduates, we hope you enjoyed the Class of 2020 Graduation Ceremony, and we hope to see you this afternoon from 2-4pm for the Cap & Gown Photo Opportunity! Details for that event can be found at this link.

Graduates may pick up their diplomas and drop off gowns tomorrow (Friday, June 12th ) between the hours of 12 pm – 3 pm. Please place gowns in the clear plastic bag provided during the cap and gown pick up prior to returning them, to ensure everyone’s safety.

That’s a Wrap!

We had a terrific last day of the “Season 11” school year with our students today! We are proud of our entire school family for persevering through this year, and hope that all of you get a well-deserved break this summer! Here is a brief video message from Steve and Grace saying “thank you”.

Report cards will be mailed out next week, and Grace and I will be offering our “office hours” for students and parents on Wednesdays from 12-1pm beginning June 24th. The Zoom link to these meetings can be found in the “resources” section of this blog.

We hope you have a safe, healthy and restful summer!

Sincerely, Steve & Grace

Wednesday is the last day of the 2019-2020 School Year!

Dear DVS Students and Families, we have finally arrived at the end of this wild 2019-2020 school year! We will finish tomorrow (Wednesday) with Zoom meetings for students in their academic classes before 10:30, grade-level meetings at 10:30, advisory classes at 11:30, and our whole-school community dialogue at 12:30! Links to these meetings will be posted in their Google Classrooms.

Additionally, we are tremendously grateful to DVS parent and Da Vinci Trustee Derrick Boston for recording this video message with wisdom and encouragement for our students, and we encourage all DVS parents to watch it as well.

For our Seniors and their families, the link to watch the Class of 2020 Graduation ceremony will be sent out at 8:30 on Thursday morning so that everyone can watch it together beginning at 9:00am. Then, from 2-4pm, Seniors and their families are invited to the Cap & Gown photo opportunity on our campus. Details for this event can be found here.

Finally, report cards are scheduled to be mailed out next Tuesday, so you can be looking for those in your mailbox at the end of next week!

Sincerely, Steve & Grace

Day of Reflection

Thank you for encouraging your children to join with their advisory classes today as we created safe spaces for students to share, listen, and think about how we can stand up against injustice and prejudice in our community and our country. We encourage you to view this slide deck that was designed to help the students in their understanding and conversations about this difficult and sensitive topic, and we hope it is a helpful resource to you as you have these conversations with your children as well.

Sincerely, Steve & Grace

Class of 2020 Cap & Gown Photo Opportunity

On Thursday, June 11th, 2020, our Seniors are invited to come to the parking lot of our campus from 2-4pm during which time members of our school staff will be present to bid them “Farewell!”. The graduates who wish to participate in this event will have an opportunity to have a professional picture taken on a decorated stage wearing their cap and gown.

This event will be in addition to the virtual graduation ceremony that will take place at 9:00am on Thursday 6/11.

In order to keep the risk of exposure to COVID-19 to a minimum and promote the safety of all the participants involved, everyone will be asked to follow the protocol and guidelines that can be found on this document, and we ask that all graduates and families follow the guidelines that are provided there.



Message from Steve & Grace

We hope this message finds you and your students safe and healthy.  Now more than ever, it is important for our students be able to talk openly, honestly, and gently with each other and with their adult supporters in a safe space. To help facilitate this, in the morning on Thursday (6/4) the Da Vinci High Schools will open up affinity groups for students to share their feelings and experiences with each other, with links to join provided to students in their grade-level Google Classrooms. More information about Affinity Groups can be found here.

On Friday, we will be observing a day of reflection for staff and students. No POLs or academic work will take place on these days, and we ask all students to join their advisory families via Zoom at 10:30am to come together to share and listen to one another and talk about how we can begin moving forward individually and collectively to address the disparities, inequities, and prejudice in our society. Links to those meetings will be provided to students on the Google Classroom page for their advisory class.

As always, we encourage you to reach out to us if there is anything we can do to help and support you and our students.

Sincerely, Steve & Grace

Resources for DVS Students & Families

Good Morning DVS Families, I hope this message finds you all safe and well. As we approach the end of this school year, we want to recognize the work our students have done in persevering through unprecedented circumstances and for finishing the academic year well. As coursework has now been completed and students have begun their Presentations of Learning, Powerschool access has been turned off while teachers finalize their grades so that students can focus on their POL and on taking care of their other needs.

We are committed to supporting our students however we can, and as part of our effort we have created and posted this survey for students to help us understand how we can best support them. Please encourage your child to take this survey today if possible.

As our students turn to adults in their lives for answers during this time it is important that we listen and respond with honesty and empathy. Students may be feeling an array of emotions including anger, fear, and anxiety and we are here to help students recognize and acknowledge their emotions. Here are some resources for parents as you support your children right now:

Five Tips for Taking with Children about Hate Incidents

Tips for Talking with Children After a Traumatic Event

National Association of School Psychologists: Understanding Race and Privilege

Helping Youth after Community Trauma

Tips for Talking to Your Student(s) About Current Events: 

·     Listen with your full attention 

·     Inform through age-appropriate conversations

·     Acknowledge feelings 

·     Watch for signs of distress 

·     Model self-care  

We will continue to share resources and to keep the dialogue going amongst our school community. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us if there is some way we can be of help and support.

Sincerely, Steve & Grace

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