Archive for November 27, 2022

Week 15 Schedule 

We hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving Break and enjoyed the time with your family and loved ones. 

We return to school tomorrow, Monday, 11/28! As a reminder, there are only three weeks left during Semester 1. Grades earned at the end of this semester appear on students’ transcripts, and a new semester begins in January 2023. 

Student Grades: This is an important time to sit down with your student and check their grades in Powerschool or Canvas parent portal. Click here for the Powerschool website; please email Liz Diaz at if you need your username and password. For Canvas support please email IT at

Presentations of Learning (POLs): POLs are just around the corner! POLs begin on Thursday, 12/8 and continue through Thursday, 12/15; students will be dismissed from school at 2:25pm on these days.

Important Upcoming Dates:

  • 12/3 Saturday, Winterfest 11:00-3:00pm – contact Kat Ramos
  • 12/8-12/15, Thursday-Thursday: Presentations of Learning – Early dismissal at 2:25 during POL week. 
  • 12/15, Thursday: Last day of Semester 1
  • 12/16, Friday: Professional Development Day, No School
  • 12/19-1/6: Winter Break (No School)
  • Monday, 1/9: School Resumes & Semester 2 Begins
  • DVS Planning School Calendar Link

DVS Gratitude

On behalf of Da Vinci Science staff, we would like to thank you for your generous, thoughtful, and wonderful contributions to the Gratitude Baskets that staff received from DVS families. It is a joy and honor to educate your students and we are truly grateful for our students and families. The staff will enjoy reading every note and will enjoy every treat. We wish you all a restful, safe, and fun Thanksgiving Break!

The school will resume the regular weekly schedule Monday, November 28th. 

Important Upcoming Dates:

  • 12/3 Saturday, Winterfest 11:00-3:00pm
  • 12/8-12/15, Thursday-Thursday: Presentations of Learning – Early Dismissal at 2:25 all week
  • 12/15, Thursday: Last day of Semester 1
  • 12/16, Friday: Professional Development Day, No School
  • 12/19-1/6: Winter Break (No School)
  • Monday, 1/9: School Resumes & Semester 2 Begins
  • School Calendar Link

Grade Level College Planning Meetings: Recordings and Slides

Hello DVS Families,

Thank you to all the families and students who attended their fall grade level College Planning Meeting!  Below are the presentation slides and recordings.  My hope is that this information and resources are useful in your post-DVS planning.

9th grade: Slides  and Recording

10th grade: Slides and Recording

11th grade: Slides and Recording


Have a wonderful thanksgiving break!

Ms. Marquez, College Counselor 

Tonight: College Planning Meetings for Junior Families

Thank you to all the freshman and sophomore families that were able to attend their respective College Planning Meetings this week.  Tonight, I will host a College Planning Meeting for junior families.  Below are the details and Zoom Link:


Tonight, 11/17 from 5pm-6pm


All meetings will be recorded and posted on the blog for your convenience.


I hope you are able to attend!

Ms. Marquez, College Counselor


College Planning Meetings This Week

Hello DVS Students and Families,

I hope you had a fantastic three-day weekend! I will be hosting College Planning Meetings this week. Below are the details:


9th Grade: Tuesday, November 15th from 5pm-6pm

10th Grade: Wednesday, November 16th 5pm-6pm

11th Grade: Thursday, November 17th 5pm-6pm


Here is the zoom link for all college webinar sessions:

All meetings will be recorded and posted on the blog for your convenience.


I hope you are able to attend!


Ms. Marquez, College Counselor

Week 14 Schedule

We hope you are all enjoying this Veteran’s Day weekend. To our veterans and to our military families: thank you for your service.

Thank you, DVS Sophomores, Seniors, and Spanish students for a fantastic Exhibition Night. The students did an amazing job showcasing their work and engaging guests in fun learning experiences. Thank you to all DVS families and community members that came out to see us! 

This week, a group of DVS students from all grade levels had the exciting opportunity to go to the LAX Aviation Career Day fair. From piloting and TSA to fire department and construction trades, students had an opportunity to learn all about what careers look like in the setting of a huge and local economic driving force: LAX airport. The event was hosted on the LAX tarmac, where students engaged with employers in a range of career fields.

We are also very proud of the Vitruvian Bots! Team 4201 made it to the finals at the Beach Blitz competition and are also hosting a First Lego League competition to support the younger generation of Robotics teams. Also, best wishes to our  Youth and Government Delegation this weekend as they are currently at Camp Roberts for their Training in Elections Conference. 

This week:

  • College Information Meetings College Informational Webinars will take place this week! These college information sessions will be hosted by our college counselor, Ms. Marquez. 
    • Tuesday, 11/15 – 9th Grade College Webinar 5:00-6:00 pm
    • Wednesday, 11/16 – 10th Grade College Webinar 5:00-6:00 pm  
    • Thursday, 11/17- 11th Grade College Webinar 5:00-6:00 pm
    • Here is the zoom link for all college webinar sessions:
  • Parent Office Hours with Grace & Saya: Parent Office Hours with administration will be held every even week. Since it is Week 14, we will be meeting at this zoom link this Thursday, November 17th, from 4:30-5:30. This will be a casual time of updating, chatting, and Q&A.
  • DVS Staff Gratitude Baskets- We appreciate our DVS staff for working hard and caring for our students every day. This week, we will be continuing our tradition of organizing Thanksgiving Gratitude Baskets to deliver to our school staff as they leave for Thanksgiving Break on Friday, November 18th. The idea is that each staff member will receive one basket containing things they like and words of appreciation from students and parents/guardians. Thank you for your continued support in helping our teachers, counselors, academic coaches, paraeducators, and front office staff feel appreciated!
    • If you wish to contribute to the Gratitude Baskets, here are some ways you can do that!
      • Items: If you are interested and able to purchase something to show your appreciation, please consider using this list of the DVS staff’s favorite things for ideas. If you’d like to make a general contribution to be shared amongst the whole staff, you can send an e-gift card to Your gift will be used to purchase items for the baskets and your name will be included with the basket.
      • Words of Appreciation: There is nothing that means more to school staff than words of appreciation or encouragement! Please consider handwriting a note of thanks. 
      • Any items or notes for the Gratitude Baskets can be dropped off in the front office between today and Thursday, November 17th.
      • We are also looking for parent/guardian volunteers to help with assembling the Gratitude Baskets during the week of 11/14-11/18. If you are available and willing to help, please reach out to our Office Manager, Liz Diaz at

Important Upcoming Dates:

  • 11/21-11/25, Monday-Friday: No School – Thanksgiving Break
  • 12/8-12/15, Thursday-Thursday: Presentations of Learning – Early Dismissal at 2:25 this week
  • 12/15, Thursday: Last day of Semester 1
  • 12/16, Friday: Professional Development Day, No School
  • 12/19-1/6: Winter Break (No School)
  • Monday, 1/9: School Resumes & Semester 2 Begins
  • School Calendar Link

Week 14 Schedule:

Some fun memories from the week:

Aviation Day

Exhibition Night:

El Camino Dual Enrollment Information Session

Interested in taking Dual Enrollment courses during the school year and/or summer?
El Camino College is offering a Dual Enrollment Information Session for parents and students to learn more about the application process and requirements. This session is highly encouraged for students that have not registered for a Dual Enrollment class before.

Dual Enrollment Information Session (Da Vinci Schools)

Wednesday, November 16, 2022

5:00-6:00 p.m.

This 1-hour workshop is for prospective high school students and parents to receive an overview of Dual Enrollment in traditional El Camino College classes as well as in classes offered in partnership with your high school.

No registration necessary – join via link below at 5:00 p.m. We hope to see you there!


**This session will be recorded and posted on the DVS Blog for those unable to attend **




Fall Exhibition Night is Tonight!

We are looking forward to seeing DVS family, friends, and the community at our Fall Exhibition Night! Exhibition Night will take place tonight, Thursday, November 10th, from 5:30-7:30 pm. Exhibition Night is one of Da Vinci’s signature practices where students have the opportunity to showcase and celebrate their learning with the community. Students in Grades 10, 12, and the Spanish Department have been working hard to prepare for this event. All students are encouraged to attend, and all family, friends, and community members are welcome!

Would you like to tour of inside and outside of the brain? Would you like to see how failures became successes in learning about machine control? Does experiencing what it’s like to respond to a medical emergency sound exciting to you? Or how about having our world champion Robotics team walk you through the process of prototyping their machines? Enjoy coffee shops? Put your creativity to the test by designing your own coffee shop! These are just a few examples of some of the experiences you may have when you join us for Exhibition Night. Looking forward to seeing you there!

Announcements from Real World Learning Director (11.8.2022)

For students interested in leadership:
The California Department of Rehabilitation is holding an annual week-long leadership program called the Youth Leadership Forum for Students with Disabilities (YLF). The program is for sophomores, juniors, and seniors in high school. Applications are now available for the 2023 program, tentatively scheduled for July 13–19, 2023. If you have any questions regarding this subject, please get in touch with the Youth Leadership Forum by email at

For students who want to volunteer:
The Rooted Friends Project is seeking volunteers to support a food pantry event, a Friendsgiving event, and a Hawthorne Toy Giveaway. For more details and to sign up, please visit their volunteer webpage.

For students interested in the tech industry:
Brothers Code 2022 is an event hosted by the Hidden Genius Project meant to introduce youth and adults of color to the tech industry as part of National Computer Science Education Week. Participants will practice coding, programming skills, explore career opportunities in the tech sector, network, and find ways to leverage technology to strengthen their communities and reach their goals. This event will be held on Saturday, December 10, 2022, from 8 am – 2 pm. The location is to be determined. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Register here.

Applications are now open for the 2023 Hidden Genius Project Intensive Immersion Program. High school students (Hidden Geniuses) participate in 15 months of intensive technical and entrepreneurial training through two 7-week summer sessions and one year of after-school programming. The Deadline to apply is February 19, 2023. Geniuses:

– Create innovative solutions to community challenges and problems
– Hone leadership and entrepreneurial skills and pitch business ideas
– Design their own websites, software, and other technical projects
– Establish healthy relationships and build trust with peers and mentors

Program Eligibility

– Black males of African descent
– Rising 9th – 11th graders
– No programming skills required

’22-’23 Wellness Screener

In an effort to be more proactive in supporting students’ mental health, a wellness screener will be given to all students at Da Vinci Science HS. Results from the screener will be used by the counselors to create interventions such as coping skills groups, counselor check ins, and referrals for therapy.

Scores will not be shared with students or parents. Parents will be notified, and parent consent is required if a student is referred to receive counseling services delivered by Antioch or Pepperdine therapists. If you would like your child to OPT-OUT and NOT PARTICIPATE in the screener, please fill out this form by Wednesday, November 16.

Be well,
DVS Counselors

Opt Out Form

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