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Spring Break is here!

Congratulations to all of our students and staff who have shown tremendous thoughtfulness, resourcefulness and care in making the sudden shift from in-person to virtual class. We know it has not been easy, and we are proud and grateful to our DVS family for navigating the change so well. A week off for spring break is well-deserved! During this week, staff will not be conducting classes or responding to messages. You can see a video message about the week ahead here: DVS Week 29 Video Update from Steve & Grace

As noted in an earlier update, our physical school campuses will remain closed and virtual instruction will continue for all of our students through the end of the 2019-20 school year. We have decided to convert Monday, 4/13 and Tuesday, 4/14 (the two days following Spring Break) into Professional Development days to plan and collaborate in order to meet the needs of all of our students and families. Virtual instruction will resume on Wednesday, April 15th.

We understand there are many questions left unanswered and many details are still to be worked out. When we return from spring break, we will provide additional information about grading, graduations, senior activities, and more. Rest assured, we are committed to holding promotion and graduation ceremonies on campus/in person when it is safe to do so.

We wish you health and rest in the days to come, and look forward to finishing the academic year with you when we return!

Sincerely, Steve & Grace

Summer Internship Update

Hello Students and Families,

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are unfortunately putting the summer internship timeline on hold until we learn more (this does not include the Boeing internship application, which is already underway).  We will use this additional time to connect with our internship host organizations and learn more about the trajectory of the “Safer at Home” order for Los Angeles.

Given this challenge, we are exploring ways to provide virtual internships, mentorship, and/or career development this summer. We will keep you posted as we learn more.  In the meantime, if you would like to still develop your career readiness, here are a few ideas:

  • Create and share your resume on google docs with Natasha ( for feedback
  • Review these resources for professionalism while working or learning remotely:

Thank you all for your flexibility during this time.  Please direct any questions to Natasha Morrison, Director of Real World Learning, at

Week 29 Information

Congratulations on making it through our second week of virtual instruction, DVS! We are proud of the collective effort of our students, staff, and families as we continue our work from home.

Our schedule next week will be just like it was this week, and you can see a brief video from Steve & Grace answering some common questions about grades and classes (spoiler alert: YES! The assignments and assessments you do during virtual instruction do count toward your course grades, and your classes and grades this semester will count on your transcript and college application!)

Parents, you can access the assignment trackers for each grade level in the “Resources” tab to the right, as well as the links to the “Parent Office Hours” Zoom meetings that take place on Mondays and Fridays at 3:30pm. Finally, we would appreciate it if you would take this virtual instruction survey – similar to the last one, but this time specifically asking for your feedback on this new schedule: DVS Week 28 Parent Survey

We are so very grateful for our wonderful school community! Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us if there is anything we can do to support you and your family.

Sincerely, Steve

Virtual Office Hours for Parents

We appreciated having over 50 parents join us for our first “Virtual Office Hours for Parents” via Zoom on Sunday! Based on your feedback, we will be holding Parent Office Hours via Zoom every Monday and Friday at 3:30pm for the duration of our virtual instruction. You can join any of these meetings by clicking on this link:

The office hours are primarily in a question-and-answer format, and you can access the meeting slide deck here:

As always, we thank you for your feedback and suggestions as to how we can support your child and your family!

Take good care,


Notes from Today’s Virtual Office Hours for Parents

Thank you to everyone who attended this afternoon’s virtual office hours for parents! It was so good to connect with all of you who were able to join us. For those who were not able to join, here is a link to a slide deck with some of the things we talked about: DVS Parent Office Hours Slides 3/22/20

To help us pick a time that works best for us to hold office hours for parents in the future, please take a moment to take this one-question survey: DVS Parent Office Hours Time Survey

Thank you!


Social Distancing Spirit Week!

Hi DVS Families! Your DVS Teachers have come up with a way to have a little fun while we’re all at home this week! These are all optional, of course… but let’s keep the DVS school spirit alive even while we’re apart!

Monday: Post a selfie wearing your Class Colors to your class Google Classroom  (freshmen-blue, sophomores-green, juniors-red, seniors-black)

Tuesday: Post a pic of you today to your class Google Classroom wearing your DVS Club/Org swag to your class Google Classroom

Wednesday: Post a pic of you today to your class Google Classroom wearing your favorite team jersey

Thursday: Post a pic of you today to your class Google Classroom virtually twinning with a friend

Friday: Post a pic of you today to your class Google Classroom in your PJs and with your pet

“Virtual Office Hours” for DVS Parents with Steve & Grace

Dear DVS Families,

Our students have done a fantastic job in the transition to virtual learning in the past week, and we also want to give DVS parents and guardians an opportunity to join in the “virtual school” experience as well!

Tomorrow (Sunday) at 3:00pm, Grace and I will be hosting a Zoom meeting for any parents and guardians of DVS students who wish to ask questions or share any thoughts, ideas and concerns with us. All you need to do is click on this link on Sunday between 3-4pm to join:

Like so many things right now, this will be a new experience for all of us and we look forward to learning and connecting with all of you who wish to join!

Again and again, thank you for your patience and support of your children and our staff as we all do our best to help students continue in their learning despite the challenges we face together.



DVS Week 28 Schedule (Virtual Instruction)

Happy Friday, DVS Families!

Congratulations – you’ve made it through the first week of Virtual Instruction at DVS! We greatly appreciate the feedback we’ve received from staff, students, and families, and we’ve made some adjustments to the schedule which I’ve explained in this video and also below. We made these changes in the hopes of providing all of our school community with much-needed flexibility during this uncertain and challenging time. We love our DVS community and we are grateful for your patience as we work to get in a rhythm that works best for all members.

  • School goes from 9:30am until 1:30pm (Monday to Thursday).
  • On Friday, students are expected to do a virtual check-in with their advisory teacher at 10am. The rest of the day is available for independent student work time.
  • Office hours will occur at the time of the regularly scheduled class, so there is no separate time for office hours.

We have created a spreadsheet for each grade level where you can see in one place what assignments are due for each class. Just click here for the links to view the spreadsheet for each grade level:

Grade 9 Grade 10 Grade 11 Grade 12

For students, we have the following expectations as they continue on with this adventure of virtual learning:

Finally, I am sharing this google doc that outlines all LA County resources available during the Covid-19 crises.   I didn’t create it, but you may find it useful to have see all the county resources in one spot, which is updated regularly.  I hope it’s helpful.

On behalf of all the DVS staff, we miss our students very much and we wish you all a happy, healthy weekend.



Support for Virtual Learning: free internet services

Charter Communications, Spectrum’s parent company, announced Friday that beginning March 16, it will make its services available for free for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who don’t already have internet through the company.

Charter said it would partner with school districts to ensure local communities are aware of its tools to help students learn remotely.

It also said it would open its WiFi hotspots for public use.

To enroll in the program, call 1-844-488-8395. Installation fees will be waived for new student households.

DVS Virtual Instruction Schedule

Hi DVS Family,
Thank you for your patience as we prioritize the safety of our students and staff by moving to virtual instruction beginning Monday. Here is the “Virtual Instruction Schedule”, which tells you the times when your teachers will be available for virtual instruction and support on the days that our campus is closed. Please check Google Classroom for each class for assignment details and information.

Here is information from our counselors about how you can access counseling services virtually on the days when classes are being held virtually:

For the most up-to-date information from Da Vinci, please go to .

Thank you all. We will miss our students and look forward to having the whole family back together again soon.



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