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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

Counseling Corner: Week 37

The DVS Counseling Team is here to support students as they process the killing of George Floyd and the subsequent protestings and civil unrest in our city.  There are no words to express the sadness, anxiety and fear many of us feel.  We encourage you to reach out for support.  We are here for you.

If you want to speak with someone anonymously regarding non-emergency situations, you can call the Teen Warm Line. Call 310-855-4673 Text TEEN to 839863

If you’re in crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255

In service, 

  • Ms. Corinne Valle (A-F):
  • Ms. Carolyn Ruiz (G-M):
  • Ms. Francisca Rodriguez (N-Z):

Message to DVS Students & Families

Dear DVS Students and Parents, 

We write this email to you on a day that is filled with grief, anxiety, pain and unrest that our local and national communities are feeling in the wake of the recent killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery. These injustices, which highlight systemic problems in our society that must be faced, happen amidst the backdrop of a global pandemic that prevents us from being on campus together.

Our entire DVS community is likely to be affected and experiencing a range of emotions about all that is going on. Know that whatever you are feeling, it is okay and that your DVS teachers, counselors, academic coaches and school leaders are here to support you in any way we can. We encourage you to reach out to us if there is any way that we can be of help in this tremendously difficult time. Please know that you are valued and appreciated. We wish you a safe, healthy, and peaceful week.


Steve, Grace, & the entire DVS staff

Presentations of Learning Begin Next Week!

Happy Friday, DVS Families! Congratulations to all of our Seniors who were honored at Senior Awards Night this week – the link to watch the ceremony can be viewed by clicking here.

Next week we continue the tradition of POLs at at Da Vinci! We encourage all parents to support their students by being an audience for them as they practice their presentation and by attending their POL via Zoom!

Finally, a reminder that Monday June 1st is the deadline for all student work to be submitted for evidence of content mastery. I encourage all of you to check your student’s Powerschool account to be sure that they have submitted all of their assignments. After June 1st, Powerschool access will be turned off while grades are finalized.

As always, thank for your support of your student and our school! Have a safe and happy weekend.

Sincerely, Steve

Reminder: Today is Cap & Gown Pick Up for Class of 2020

Good morning, DVS family! Today (Friday, May 22nd) DVS seniors may pick up their graduation caps, gowns, tassels, diploma covers, and a yard sign celebrating their graduation. This will be done in a drive-through setup at the following designated times based on students’ last names:

  • Last names A-E  →  8:00am-10:00am
  • Last names F-L   → 10:00am-12:00pm
  • Last names M-Q  → 12:00pm-2:00pm
  • Last names R-Z   → 2:00pm-4:00pm

For the safety of our students, families, and employees, everyone must stay in their cars and wear masks for this pickup.Please read this document for all the details of the pick-up: 2020 Senior End-of-Year Info

Please feel free to contact me at if you have any questions!

Sincerely, Steve

Apply for a remote internship this summer!


  • What is it? Students will work with a team of other Da Vinci students and corporate mentors on several real projects aligned to employer and industry needs alongside CoLabL Talent Accelerator. Please review the below documents for more information:
  • How do I apply?  
    • Apply by JUNE 1st at 5pm 
    • Apply online here: 
      • You’ll need:
        • An updated resume, saved in PDF form as “firstname_lastname_resume” 
        • Your cumulative GPA from PowerSchool
        • A maximum one page essay describing why you would like to participate, saved in PDF form as “firstname_lastname_essay”
    • Students will be informed of selection by June 8th at 5pm
  • Dates: The project consultancies will run from July 6th-August 14th.
    • They will be 100% remote
    • They are UNPAID
  • Hours: There will be 5-10 hours/week of work.  Students will work on 3 individual projects and 2 team projects during the internship.

Other details:

  • ELIGIBILITY: Open to all grade levels, but students are expected to communicate with industry partners and Natasha independent of parents/guardian.  Students are expected to communicate promptly and professionally via email.
  • SUMMER SCHOOL CREDIT: You will have the opportunity to earn 5 summer school credits for participating. It will reflect on your transcript as “Summer Internship Program”.

Need help with a resume?  

Check out these resources below and feel free to share your resume with Natasha via Google Docs for feedback.

Questions or Concerns?  

Reach out to Natasha Morrison, Dir. of Real World Learning, at

Posse Scholarship Application

Good Morning Juniors,

Every year, The Posse Foundation works closely with high schools to recruit Posse Scholars. Each Posse Scholar wins a four-year, full-tuition scholarship to attend one of Posse’s partner colleges or universities.  If you are interested in being nominated by your high school and demonstrate leadership and academic potential, please submit this scholarship application no later than Friday, May 29, 2020.

The preliminary round includes Da Vinci Science staff reviewing your application and selecting this year’s nominees to send to The Posse Foundation. Once your nomination status has been received by The Posse Foundation, you will go through several rounds of interviews with Posse. Part of the interview process includes you ranking your top three colleges from their partner institutions and finding the right match for you. While The Posse Foundation does their best to find the best match, it is not guaranteed that you will be matched with your first choice college. If selected as a Posse Scholar, you will be applying to one of the colleges listed below under their binding Early Decision agreement, which means you are committing to attend.

o          Bucknell University – Lewisburg, Pennsylvania

o          Dickinson College – Carlilse, Pennsylvania

o          Hobart and William Smith Colleges – Geneva, New York

o          Kalamazoo College – Kalamazoo, Michigan

o          Middlebury College – Middlebury, Vermont

o          Northwestern University – Evanston, Illinois

o          Pepperdine University – Malibu, California

o          Tulane University – New Orleans, Louisiana

o          UC Berkeley – Berkeley, California

o          University of Wisconsin – Madison, Wisconsin

Before you apply, review the following resources:

The Posse Foundation

Posse Outreach Flyer

Posse FAQ

Posse Foundation Video

If you are interested in applying, complete the following application by Friday, May 29, 2020, click on the following form:

Posse Scholarship Application

Please contact your counselor directly if you have any questions.

We hope you are well and safe!

-The DVS Counseling Team

New Process for Requesting Official Transcripts

Hello Senior Families!

We are excited to announce that Da Vinci Science is now partnering with Parchment: Digital Credential Services for the process of requesting an official transcript.

Parchment provides students with the ability to request official transcripts online and have them sent electronically and securely to the colleges, universities, or scholarship programs that they select. Soon seniors will receive an email with your registration code and instructions on how to create your online account with Parchment. Once you create your account, you will have the opportunity to request your official high school transcript be sent to the college you select. After you make your request, your official (and final) high school transcript will be processed after your final semester grades have been added to PowerSchool. When your request has been processed, you will receive an email confirmation.

Please click here for more information on ordering through Parchment.

If you have any questions, please contact your counselor.

Thank you,

DVS Counseling Team

Counseling Corner: Week 35

Happy Monday! It is hard to believe that we have been doing virtual instruction for 2 months and that this week is the last week of classes. The counseling team wants to remind you that stress is normal and can help us thrive, to keep moving your body, and that we are in this together. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us, your friends, parents/guardians, and teachers for support. We care about you. -The Counseling Team

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