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Traffic & Parking challenges on rainy days

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
  • Carpool
  • 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!

Da Vinci After School Theater Program

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.

Sexual Education for 9th Grade: Opt-Out Reminder

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
  • Prevention

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: and/or view the Program information sheet:

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.

*Updated* This Week in Athletics (1/14/19-1/18/19)

Hello Da Vinci Students and Families,

Sports Tryouts Next Week

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

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

Welcome back for 2nd semester!

We are excited to welcome your students back on Monday for 2nd semester! Students will begin the day in their advisory classes, where they will receive their 2nd semester class schedules. (There will be no office hours on Monday or Tuesday.)
 We are excited to be offering several new seminars this semester, including basketball and futsal (in the new gym!), swimming (in the new pool!), SAT prep, and science fiction literature. (Students will be able to make seminar change requests by using the yellow forms at the front office beginning Monday.)

To help you keep current on DVS school events, the DVS front office has created an Instagram account where we will post important news, updates, celebrations and much more. You can find us by searching for “dvs_frontoffice” to add!

Another exciting development for second semester is that Da Vinci Schools/Chartwells will start serving breakfast starting on Tuesday, January 15th from 7:30 to 8:30 in the morning in the cafeteria. Price is $3.50 for paid students, .30 cents for reduced students and those students that are free for lunch are also free for breakfast. No reapplying is needed. Information about the program can be found here:
The menu for the week can be found here:
Finally, we would like to remind our students and families that our business neighbors’ campuses are private property. Parents should not drop students off in their parking lots and students should not cross through their parking lots or use any of their spaces or seating areas. Students who are found trespassing on neighbors’ private property may face disciplinary consequences and potentially face trespassing charges by the business owners.
Thank you!

Upcoming SAT & ACT Prep Courses at DVS

DVS is offering students 3 more great opportunities to take SAT & ACT preparation courses on campus!
During POL week, students in 10th and 11th grade will be taking a 3-hour course on one of the days that they are not presenting their pol. This course is FREE and will be taught by Ivy Prep, which you can learn more about at .
During the third week of winter break (January 7-11), DVS is offering an ACT Prep course to its students through PJ Test Prep (, a small Test Prep and Tutoring company based in the south bay. The course, open to students from all DV high schools, will be 5 days over winter break from Monday January 7th to Friday January 11th, 2.5 hours per day. Students can sign up for either the AM session (10:00-12:30) or the PM session (1:15-3:45) and are expected to attend the same session for all 5 days. The course, normally valued at $500, costs only $50 per student! Partial scholarships are available, so please don’t let the cost stop you from signing up!
After signing up at , students pay the $50 course fee to their school’s office. Please make checks out to “Da Vinci Schools” and write “ACT Test Prep” on the memo line. Space is limited, so sign up soon!
Finally, DVS plans to offer an SAT Prep seminar open to all students on Mondays & Wednesdays. Students can request this seminar by taking the seminar survey that will be going out to them next week.
Please feel free to contact me at if you have any questions. We are proud to be preparing our students for college!

Alumni Event on Thursday, 12/20

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 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

Feedback Requested from Gensler Architects

The architects of our beautiful school building at Gensler are asking for our feedback about our experience with our building. If you have about 5 minutes, would you mind reading the message below and taking the survey?
” Greetings from Gensler architecture and design! We hope you’re enjoying your new school building. We worked long and hard with DaVinci management team to designed the new facility that you moved into last year!
We are proud to have worked with DaVinci as a progressive school and we’re looking to learn more about modern education. We’re conducting a post-occupancy research survey to gather insights about how you are using the different spaces in DaVinci and what you think about them.
Thank you for your time!”
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