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Happy Holidays!

Dear DVS Families,

Thank you to all of the families who contributed food to our potluck salad bar for our DVS staff – we enjoyed the lunch tremendously and are very grateful! Semester 1 grades are complete and report cards have been mailed to your home, and I have re-enabled Powerschool access so that you can also view your child’s grades as well.

We are so proud of the hard work that DVS students have done to strive toward mastery of the knowledge and skills of their courses, and hope that they enjoy a well-deserved break!

Our teachers and counselors are also beginning a well-deserved break, so if you have any questions about your child’s grades, I ask that you wait until we return in January, or direct them to me at swallis@davincischools.org if you feel it is urgent.

Our office staff will return on Monday, January 6th, and students will return on Monday, January 13th.

Enjoy your break!

-Steve

 

College and Career Support for Juniors

Junior Families!

 

We invite you to apply for the Kayne Destination College (KDC) program.  The KDC is a ScholarMatch program for Los Angeles students who are the first in their family to go to college. KDC supports students through the college application process with free, 1:1 college counseling offered both in-person and virtually.  The KDC application will remain open through January 2020.

For more information, view flyer below.

KDCFlyer

Please connect with your counselor if you have questions.

POLs & EOCs begin today!

Good luck to all of the students on their POLs and EOCs today! Looking forward to see which names get added to the POL Wall of Fame!
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As a reminder, ALL students are expected to be at school all 4 days this week from 8:30am-2:25pm.
You can help your child prepare for their POL by having them practice with you as an audience! We hope you all make it here to watch your child’s presentation!
Sincerely,
Steve

Welcome to our new U.S. History teacher!

Dear DVS Families,

I am pleased to share with you the good news that we have hired a new full-time U.S. history teacher, Mr. Shane O’Halloran. “Mr. O” is a native of San Diego and earned his Bachelor’s degree in history from CSU San Marcos. Mr. O has been teaching this year in San Diego will be moving up to Los Angeles over the winter break. He will begin at DVS at the start of 2nd semester teaching our 11th grade U.S. History classes as well as the “Landshark” advisory family.

When he is not teaching, Mr. O. enjoys reading historical novels and non-fiction, as well as science fiction. He is a self-proclaimed Star Wars nerd and a Trekkie, as well as a fan of all things Disney. He also enjoys the outdoors, video games, traveling, cooking, and “talking people’s ear off about history”.

We are grateful to Mr. Doug Wright, our long-term substitute who did an excellent job stepping in to help our school family in the wake of Mr. Anderson’s death.

I hope you’ll join me in welcoming Mr. O. to our DVS family in January!

Sincerely,

Steve

Week 17 is POL & EOC Week!

Next week is POL (Presentation of Learning) and EOC (End-of-Course assessment) week! All students are expected to come to school every day from Monday through Thursday, regardless of dates of scheduled presentations. School hours are the same for all students: 8:30am – 2:25pm. POL days begin on Monday, 12/16 and end on Thursday, 12/19. Please click here for the schedule for POL week: DVS week 17 schedule (S11)

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The Presentation of Learning is a tradition at the Da Vinci Schools in which students prepare and deliver a formal presentation to a panel of their teachers. POLs give students the opportunity to practice their speaking and presentation skills and are a final opportunity for students to demonstrate their understanding and mastery of a topic. Each student will earn a letter grade for his/her POL, which will be reflected on their transcript. Students receive specific instructions for preparing their POL from their teachers, and we encourage all parents to read more about the POL expectations and guidelines in this document: DVS POL Details & Policies for Students and Families -Fall 2019

Guardians, families, and special guests are encouraged to attend their student’s POL. Please ask your child what day and time they are scheduled to give their POL, and make the necessary arrangements to come watch their presentation! DVS students work very hard on these presentations and we love for them to be both encouraged and celebrated by you and any special guests you would like to bring.  Please bring ID and check-in at the reception desk on the first floor before proceeding to the 2nd floor for the presentation. Please allow at least 15 minutes to park, check-in, and walk to the 2nd floor. Every effort will be made to run presentations on time, and we will not be able to delay presentations to wait for a parent, guardian, or special guest to arrive.

We have disabled access to Powerschool while teachers are finalizing students’ grades, and the students’ report cards will be printed and mailed home on Friday, December 20th.

Please feel free to email me at swallis@davincischools.org if you have any questions! I hope to see you all here next week!

Sincerely,

Steve

Information about Presentations of Learning

We are just one week away from the beginning of students’ Presentations of Learning!

The Presentation of Learning (“POL”) is a tradition at the Da Vinci Schools in which students prepare and deliver a formal presentation to a panel of their teachers. POLs give students the opportunity to practice their speaking and presentation skills and are a final opportunity for students to demonstrate their understanding and mastery of a topic. Each student will earn a letter grade for his/her POL, which will be reflected on their transcript. Students receive specific instructions for preparing their POL from their teachers, and we encourage all parents to read more about the POL expectations and guidelines in this document: DVS POL Details & Policies for Students and Families -Fall 2019

Guardians, families, and special guests are encouraged to attend their student’s POL. Please ask your child what day and time they are scheduled to give their POL, and make the necessary arrangements to come watch their presentation! DVS students work very hard on these presentations and we love for them to be both encouraged and celebrated by you and any special guests you would like to bring.  Please bring ID and check-in at the reception desk on the first floor before proceeding to the 2nd floor for the presentation. Please allow at least 15 minutes to park, check-in, and walk to the 2nd floor. Every effort will be made to run presentations on time, and we will not be able to delay presentations to wait for a parent, guardian, or special guest to arrive.

All students are expected to come to school for all POL days, regardless of dates of scheduled presentations. School hours are the same for all students: 8:30am – 2:25pm. POL days begin on Monday, 12/16 and end on Thursday, 12/19. Please see below for the schedule for POL week:

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Please feel free to email me at swallis@davincischools.org if you have any questions! I hope to see you all during POL week!

Sincerely,

Steve

 

 

Week 16 Schedule

Next week is our last week of regular instruction and the beginning of preparation for Presentations of Learning (“POLs”) and End-Of-Course assessments (EOCs”) which will take place in week 17. Thursday and Friday are minimum days, with students attending class from 8:30am-12:00pm.

Details about the week 16 schedule can be found by clicking here: DVS week 16 schedule (S11) Week16

This Friday (12/13) is the deadline for all student work submissions, so this is a good time to check Powerschool with your student to make sure that they have completed all of the work for each of their courses!

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The following week, students will present their POLs and take their EOC assessments according to the schedule below. Please note that classes run from 8:30am-2:25pm each day, and all students are expected to be present on all days.

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Finally, as we prepare for the last weeks of the semester you have the opportunity to say “thank you” to your child’s teachers and counselors by participating in helping provide them with a special salad bar lunch on Friday, December 20th. Thank you to all of you who have already signed up to bring something – if you’re able to participate by providing something, please sign up here: https://tinyurl.com/holidayluncheonDVS

Thank you!

-Steve

 

 

Spring 2019 Seminar: Film/Video 110 – Film Appreciation

REMINDER: If you are interested, please apply to El Camino (instructions are on the attached Powerpoint) and submit your Dual Enrollment form (attached) to Ms. Ruiz no later than Jan. 22 at noon. No exceptions. Spots will be given to the first 12 students who submit their forms.

Spring 2019 Seminar: Film/Video 110 – Film Appreciation

Who: JUNIORS and SENIORS ONLY

What​: College course at Da Vinci, through El Camino College. Course meets transfer requirements for all Cal State and U.C. campuses, as well as most private colleges and universities.

Cost​: Free! The state of California and Da Vinci Schools pick up the costs, including text book fees. Donations to help cover the cost of the textbooks from families that are able to are appreciated.

Where​: Classes will be held at Da Vinci Communications at 201 N. Douglas Street.

Film/Video 110 – Film Appreciation
● Through El Camino College
● Mondays and Wednesday 3:00pm-4:25pm
● Course Description:​ Film Appreciation 3 units, Transfer CSU, UC; Recommended Preparation: eligibility for English 1A Credit. In this course, students will investigate the origins and aesthetics of cinema including the classic Hollywood narrative film and its alternatives. By analyzing representative films as unique cultural products, the student will be introduced to various methods of interpreting and evaluating motion pictures within their socio-political context.

● Start Date: Wednesday, February 19

● Room 3205 Andy

Please note that these are college courses, taught by college instructors. All students must show their counselor and administrators the academic skills and accountability necessary to be in these courses. Students must abide by the college policies, including regarding absences and tardies.

Spring 2019 DVD-DVC-DVS College Courses Parent Letter-2

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