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SAT & PSAT School Day Tomorrow

Tomorrow (Wednesday) is a big day at DVS – students in grades 9-11 are taking the PSAT and seniors are taking the SAT in the morning beginning at 8:15am! We encourage all students to eat a good dinner and go to bed early tonight, eat a good breakfast in the morning, and arrive at school no later than 8:00am in order to begin the test on time. Per the policy of The College Board, students arriving after the exam begins will not be allowed to take the test.

Friday is a professional development day, so students will have a 3-day weekend this weekend. Next week is Student-led Conference week at DVS, so please check with your child to see your SLC appointment time and make sure you can attend their SLC via Zoom at that day and time. Thank you!

Week 10 (Student-Led Conference Week) Schedule

Week 8 Roundup & Week 9 Preview

It was another terrific week at DVS, including the completion of our college counseling webinars for each grade level! In case you missed them, the slide decks and video recordings for those webinars are listed under the “Resources” tab on the right. Next week we have a slightly modified schedule to accommodate for our SAT/PSAT School Day on Wednesday and our Professional Development Day on Friday.

In preparation for the PSAT/SSAT School Day on Wednesday, we encourage all students to eat a healthy dinner and go to bed early on Tuesday, eat a good breakfast on Wednesday morning, and arrive to campus no later than 8:00am.

Student-led conferences are coming up in week 10, so we encourage you to talk with your student about what SLC time slot your family is signed up for and continue to check their grades and attendance in Powerschool and talk with them about their academic progress and growth!

Week 7 Roundup & Week 8 Preview

We are looking forward to another great week coming up, which will include college counseling webinars for 10th grade on Tuesday and 11th grade on Thursday and college guest speakers every day of the week during lunch! We encourage students of all grades to come during lunch to listen to these guest speakers and to be thinking about their own college options!

PSAT & SAT Testing for All Students: On Wednesday, October 13, DVS will be administering the PSAT and the SAT on campus for all students (grades 9, 10, 11, and 12). We are happy to be able to provide this opportunity for our students to be college-ready at no cost to our families. Students will be receiving a student preparation guide and will be preparing in their English and math classes for these exams in the days leading up to October 13th.

Student-Led Conferences will begin via Zoom in week 10, and more information about how to sign up for a time slot will be coming soon from the grade-level teams. Here is the calendar for the weeks between now and Thanksgiving break!

School makeup photo days this week

As a reminder, you can now view and purchase your child’s school photo! Simply go to this link and look in the folder of your child’s advisory teacher: https://staceelianna.smugmug.com/DaVinciSchools/DVS-Picture-Day-2021 Proceeds from the purchase of your child’s photo support DVS – thank you for supporting us by purchasing your child’s photo!

For students who need to take a makeup photo, appointments are being scheduled for this Thursday and Friday morning. To take a makeup photo, please fill out this form – students will be contacted by our staff with their specific makeup day and time.

Please contact Assistant Principal Grace Long at glong@davincischools.org if you have any questions. Thank you!

Week 6 Roundup & Week 7 Preview

It’s been another terrific week at DVS, including the rollout of our honors program, our students doing a fantastic job in the critical incident drill, and the student club fair! We are looking forward to next week with our college counseling webinars on Tuesday evening for 12th grade and Thursday evening for 9th grade (10th and 11th grade will be the following week). Zoom links to the college counseling webinars will be published on Monday.

PSAT & SAT Testing for All Students: On Wednesday, October 13, DVS will be administering the PSAT and the SAT on campus for all students (grades 9, 10, 11, and 12). We are happy to be able to provide this opportunity for our students to be college-ready at no cost to our families. Students will learn more information about this upcoming test in their classes.

Makeup Picture Days: You can purchase your student’s school photo by visiting this link and checking in the folder of your student’s advisory teacher. Proceeds from the purchase of your student’s photo support DVS. For students who missed the photo day, makeup photos are scheduled for Thursday, 9/30 and Friday, 10/1.

Emergency Lockdown Drill: Our students did a fantastic job with the emergency lockdown drill we had on Thursday, 9/23. Though it saddens us to have to think about this kind of danger at a school, we are grateful to partner with the El Segundo Police Department to make this the safest environment it can be and to prepare students with important life skills. We continue to urge students who have concerns regarding safety to report these concerns immediately to any DVS staff member or to use the Incident Reporting Form, which is linked on our blog (dvs.davincischools.org) and allows for complete anonymity if desired. 

I hope you have a terrific weekend!

Mastery-Based Grading Webinar Recording

Thank you to all of you who attended the Mastery-Based Grading Webinar earlier this evening! For those who weren’t able to watch, or who had such a great time watching that you want to see it again, here’s the link! https://tinyurl.com/MBGatDVS

This link is also now listed to the right under “Resources”. As always, please feel free to contact me at swallis@davincischools.org if you have any questions!

Important Message about Emergency Drill Planned for Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021

As previously mentioned, Da Vinci Communications, Da Vinci Design, Da Vinci Science, and Da Vinci Connect High School will be conducting a Critical Incident Drill on Thursday, September 23, 2021. This drill is an important part of our continued efforts each year to maintain a safe and secure school environment. The drill will take place at 10:10 a.m. and will take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete. Teachers have been working with students during Advisory classes to prepare for this drill.As part of our safety and emergency procedures, Da Vinci Schools has adopted elements of the “Run-Hide-Fight” program designed to provide various options to our students and staff. Our drill will focus on the “HIDE” component which is also referred to as “shelter in place”. Other components will be practiced during our Fire Drills planned for next month. During tomorrow’s drill, students will have a chance to practice the proper response if a critical incident were to occur such as an intruder on campus or any other incident requiring a lockdown of the school. Please help us by reminding students to:

  • Listen and Follow the instructions of their teacher or staff member in the room at the time of the drill
  • Stay quiet during the duration of the drill
  • Silence/turn off their cell phones and stay off their phone during the duration of the drill
  • Wait for the “All Clear” announcement to indicate the drill has concluded

Our School Resource Officer, Officer Josh Gilberts will be joined by other officers from the El Segundo Police Department, members of the El Segundo Fire Department, and our site administrators in observing the drill and providing feedback on our emergency processes and procedures. Staff and students will also debrief after the drill to provide additional input and recommendations in order to continue to improve our response efforts. Please keep in mind that in order for our schools to remain informed and responsive, parents/guardians and students are always encouraged to report any concerns or potential threats. If you have any questions regarding this drill or any of our other safety procedures, please reply to this email or contact the administration of your child’s school. Thank you for your continued cooperation and support in maintaining the safety and welfare of our students and staff.Para obtener este anuncio en español por favor mande un correo electrónico con su solicitud a info@davincischools.org. Gracias!

Progress Reports & Mastery-Based Grading Webinar

Students’ progress reports were mailed home yesterday with their current grades and attendance information, and tomorrow (Wednesday) at 5:00pm we will be presenting a Mastery-Based Grading webinar to explain our systems for grading, how to see students’ grades and attendance in Powerschool, and how to read a transcript and calculate a GPA. We will hold our regular Wednesday parent office hours at 4:30pm at this link ( https://tinyurl.com/SteveGraceOfficeHours ), and then at 5:00pm on that same link we will begin the grading webinar.

The webinar will be recorded and made available for future viewing if you are unable to attend at 5:00pm.

We hope you can join us via Zoom tomorrow evening!

Your child’s school photos are ready!

You can now view and purchase your child’s school photo! Simply go to this link and look in the folder of your child’s advisory teacher: https://staceelianna.smugmug.com/DaVinciSchools/DVS-Picture-Day-2021

Proceeds from the purchase of your child’s photo support DVS! Thank you for supporting us by purchasing your child’s photo!

For students who missed the photo day, makeup photos are scheduled for this Thursday and Friday morning.

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