Good Morning Parents,
First of all we would like to thank you for your patience and cooperation this week as you encountered drop-off and pick-up traffic that was much heavier than usual. This was due to several factors, the most significant one being the simple fact that we had a considerable increase in the number of students – that is, those who normally walk, ride their bikes and skateboards, take the Metro, and any other means of transportation – being dropped off at school. In order to continue to promote the safety of our students, staff, and all of you braving the weather to ensure that they get to school in a timely manner, below are a few tips and reminders:
- Never drop off or pick up students on any sidewalk, especially Douglas Avenue
- Avoid making illegal U-turns
- Please follow the instructions of the staff assisting with traffic control
- Stay within the lanes indicated by the cones set out on Douglas Avenue and in the parking lot
- Avoid dropping your students off or picking them up in the parking lots of our neighboring businesses, such as Millennium Space Systems
- Plan for additional time to get in and out of the parking lot
- If you have to wait for your student, park instead of waiting and delaying the pick-up and drop-off lanes
Again, thank you for your patience and cooperation as we all continue to work together to ensure the safety and well-being of all of our students. Have a safe day!
Interested in learning more about the theater? The DV Theater program will focus on performance, culminating in a fully staged production at the end of the semester. Any and all students are welcome. If you’re passionate about performance, or just looking to learn something new and challenge yourself, this is a program for you! Da Vinci Theater will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:00 to 5:30 starting Tuesday, January 22nd.
On Tuesday February 5th, 9th grade Da Vinci Science High School students will have the opportunity to see a dramatic performance entitled “What Goes Around.” This performance is sponsored by Kaiser Permanente. The play tells the story of five students and how their behavior and connections to each other also connect them to other people who are unknown to them. The play uses visual monitors, text messaging, cellular and computer technology to better reach its audience and to clearly illustrate its message: there are epidemic rates of sexually transmitted diseases (STD) in the high school age group.
“What Goes Around” provides health information about STDs in a topical way. Students hear the facts and myths about STDs and see how the choices they make have a lasting impact on the lives of other people. The 60 minute play is followed by a 15 minute response session in which the actor-educators answer audience questions about sexually transmitted diseases. The key message points of “What Goes Around” are:
- The option of abstinence
- The importance of testing
Because the play involves sexual education, it is necessary that each parent/guardian know they can “opt out”. Any student not attending the assembly will be assigned to an alternate location for the duration of the play on Tuesday, February 5th.
For more information about the play you can visit their website: http://xnet.kp.org/etp/scal/std_prevention/index.html and/or view the Program information sheet: https://etsoutherncalifornia.kaiserpermanente.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/2017-2018-STD-Prevention-Program-Info-Sheet.pdf
If you wish your student to “opt out” of participating in the play, please submit a written note or email to the front office, by Friday February 1st, 2019.
Hello Da Vinci Students and Families,
Interested in participating in one of our Spring Sports? Boys Volleyball, Baseball, Softball and Swim team are all hosting tryouts in mid- January. Below you will find all spring sport tryout dates and locations.
Please visit www.davincischools.org/athletics/
And click on ‘Athletics Interest Form’. Fill out the info and we will send you and your parents updates on team schedules, athletic clearance notifications, special events, and more.
Interested in finding the team schedule, stats and records? Starting January you can find that information on the Maxpreps link.
Swim Tryouts will be held on January 15-17th from 4:30-6: 00 PM with Coach Hannouche and Coach Muratalla.
Softball Tryouts will be held at Del Aire Park January 14th-16th from 4:30-6: 00 PM with Coach Doug Cowgill
Baseball Tryouts will be held at Del Aire Park January 18th-20th from 4:30PM-6: 00 PM with Coach Glenn Noya
Boys Volleyball Tryouts will be held at Dana Middle School January 15th-17th from 5:00 – 7:00 PM with Coach Korey Hlaudy & Coach Jamie Larson
Archery Team – Please check with Coach Siri and Coach Sullivan
On Thursday, December 20th (9:00-11:00 am), DVS alumni will be participating in Alumni Panel Talks with our 9th-12th grade students! The alumni are excited to share information about the colleges they are attending/graduated from, advice about how to be successful at DVS, the ways to best prepare for college, and answer any questions from our students. This is an excellent opportunity for our students to hear from DVS alumni who have been in their shoes! If your student has questions, we’d love to share with the alumni in advance – please contribute questions at https://tinyurl.com/2018AlumniPanels. If your student is in the afternoon POL session and would like to attend, or if you have any further questions, please email our alumni mentor, Katie Kondo, at firstname.lastname@example.org
We are excited for students to present their POLs next week! Please make arrangements to come watch your child’s POL if you can – this is a big accomplishment and a significant milestone for them! You can see the detailed schedule here: DVS week 18 schedule (S10)