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Week 8 Preview

Hope everyone had a great week! As always, lots of fun, learning, and things happening at DVS:

  • Parent Office Hours with Grace: Parent Office Hours with administration will be held every even week. Since it is Week 8, we will be meeting at this zoom link this Thursday, October 6th from 4:30-5:30. This will be a casual time of updating, chatting, and Q&A.
  • School Site Council: We had a great School Site Council meeting last week. Thank you and congratulations to SSC members: Shari Jones (parent), Anne Tittle (parent), Mark Zakrzewski (parent), Trinity Cauton(student), Emma Hattne (student), Adam Tittle (student), Saya Wai (staff), Jessi Snyder (staff), and Carolyn Ruiz (staff). SSC meetings are open to the public and we welcome you to join any of our meetings in the future. Next SSC Meeting will be 1/19.
  • Student Board Members: Congratulations and thank you to student board members: Emma Enriquez (12th), Emma Hattne (11th), and Violet Pena Gomez(11th). Student board members will represent DVS at designated school board meetings. We look forward to their leadership and representation. 
  • Student Cohesion Team: Congratulations and thank you to student cohesion team members: Harrison Fischer-Huber, Jay Clark, Malachi Smith, Amber Angel, Jasper Jordan, Kan Niya Lorenzo, Emma Hattne, Aiden Corral, Anaya Harrison. Student Cohesion team meets to discuss school programs and school issues, and provide insight from the student perspective to make recommendations for continued school improvement and enjoyment.
  • PSAT/SAT Day: Testing day is coming up on October 12th. Although some colleges and universities may vary in the request for SAT scores, we would still like to provide free access and opportunity to these assessments. Test-taking skills continue to be utilized post-high school and it is our hope that students can learn and grow in these skills through their experiences in high school. It will be a long day of testing and our lunchtime will be pushed back to later than usual. If you are able and interested, we would greatly appreciate any healthy snack donations for students for testing day. Again, snack donations are completely optional. If you would like, please drop off healthy snack donations to the front office (granola bars, energy bars, easy-to-eat fruits, etc.) before Oct. 12th. Thank you! Students will also be asked to bring their own calculators. 
  • DVS Academic Supports We hope classes are going well for every student. Attendance, engagement, and feedback from teachers and peers are very important in the learning process. We have many academic supports in place including office hours, targeted support, and before and after school tutoring. We encourage all students to take advantage of these additional learning opportunities. For detailed information and availability please see this flyer: DVS Academic Supports. This information is also available under “Resources” on the DVS Blog page. Any questions about academic support, please contact our Academic Counselor, Ms. Valle, at cvalle@davincischools.org.
  • Student Led Conferences: SLCs are coming up Week 10, Oct. 17-21. Please see Grade Level Team’s schedule for details on your student’s specific time and Zoom link. Also please note earlier dismissal times for Week 10.
  • Canvas Support: Thank you again for your patience and support with transitioning to Canvas. If you have any technical questions or issues with Canvas, please contact our IT department at studentsupport@davinischools.org for assistance.
  • Custodian Appreciation Day, 10/2 – We want to give a shout-out to all our DV custodians. They work so hard to keep our school clean and safe for our students. A special thank you to DVS custodian, Mr. Urbano!

Important Upcoming Dates:

  • 10/12, Wednesday: PSAT/SAT Testing Day
  • 10/13, Thursday: No School – Professional Development Day
  • 10/14, Friday: No School – Professional Development Day
  • 10/17-10/29, Monday – Thursday: Student-Led Conferences
  • For SLC Week, Monday Dismissal will be at 2:55, T-Friday Dismissal will be at 2:25
  • 11/1, Friday: No School – Veterans Day Holiday
  • 11/10, Thursday: Exhibition Night (grades 10th, 12th, & Spanish Dept.)
  • 11/21-11/25, Monday-Friday: No School – Thanksgiving Break
  • 12/8-12/15, Thursday-Thursday: Presentations of Learning
  • 12/16, Friday: Professional Development Day, No School

Week 8 Schedule: 

Have a wonderful weekend! 

Week 7 Updates

Thank you, all for another successful week at DVS! Students continued to celebrate Hispanic Heritage month during their advisories and enjoyed making pinatas to represent their advisory family. College visits continue to be offered during lunchtime in Mr. Perez’s classroom, and senior meetings continue to occur with our college counselor, Ms. Marquez. It was also nice to see some of you during parent office hours! Parent office hours will be held every even week. Updates for this week:

  • School photos from DVS Picture Day- Student photos have been uploaded for families to purchase here: https://staceelianna.smugmug.com/DaVinciSchools/DVS-Picture-Day-2022. Students are sorted by Advisory so families can navigate to their child’s Advisory and make any purchases they’d like through the gallery.
  • Canvas -Thank you for your continued patience and support as we transition to Canvas. Parents & guardians should have received an email with parent login information. We will also be sending a hard copy of your Canvas Parent Portal information with progress reports this week. Grades can be viewed through Canvas and PowerSchool.
  • Progress Reports This week, we will be sending progress reports home and any CAASPP scores from 21-22 (State Testing results for current 12th graders).
  • Academic Supports- We hope classes are going well for every student. Attendance, engagement, and feedback from teachers and peers are very important in the learning process. We have many academic supports in place; including office hours, targeted support, and before and after school tutoring. We encourage all students to take advantage of these additional learning opportunities. For detailed information and availability please see this flyer: DVS Academic Supports. This information is also available under “Resources” on the DVS Blog page. Any questions about academic support, please contact our Academic Counselor, Ms. Valle, at cvalle@davincischools.org.
  • School Site Council – First SSC meeting will be held this week, Thursday, Sept. 29th at 4:30 via zoom. Please use this zoom link for the meeting: SSC Zoom Link

Important Upcoming Dates:

  • Wednesday, 10/12: PSAT/SAT Testing Day
  • Thursday, 10/13: No School – Professional Development Day
  • Friday, 10/14: No School – Professional Development Day
  • Monday, 10/17 – Thursday, 10/20: Student-Led Conferences
    • For SLC Week, Monday Dismissal will be at 2:55, Tuesday-Friday Dismissal will be at 2:25
  • Thursday, 11/10: Exhibition Night (grades 10th, 12th, & Spanish Dept.)
  • Friday, 11/11: No School – Veterans Day Holiday
  • Monday, 11/21 – Friday, 11/25: No School – Thanksgiving Break

 

Week 7 Schedule:

Parent & Guardian Updates

School Site Council: Thank you to the parents and guardians who indicated an interest in the School Site Council! A reminder to all parents and guardians, please vote for parent & guardian members for our School Site Council. Voting will close on 9/23 and we plan to inform candidate members by 9/24.  We have five candidates for three positions; please vote using this form: DVS School Site Council Election Form for Parent/Guardian Representation. The three candidates with the highest number of votes will be elected to the School Site Council for the 22-23 school year. The first School Site Council Meeting is scheduled for Thursday, 9/29 at 5pm on Zoom. 

Parent Office Hours with Administration: Parent Office Hours with administration will be held every even week. Since this week is Week 6, we will be meeting at this zoom link this Thursday, September 22nd from 4:30-5:30. This will be a casual time of updating, chatting, and Q&A. 

Canvas: Thank you for your patience as we adjust to Canvas. We are working on Canvas parent portals. Parent login information should be sent out this week, parents should then have setting options to adjust notifications. Thank you for your patience and apologies for the many emails you may have been receiving from Canvas.

Week 6 Preview

Dear DVS Students and Families,

We had another great week at DVS! We hope students enjoyed the Friday off as staff had a very productive Professional Development Day. We had a wonderful Community Dialogue this week. The whole school gathered in the gym to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. Thank you, Latinos Unidos, Latinx Club, and Mecha Clubs for leading the school in this celebration by sharing their personal stories of what Hispanic Heritage means to them. 

Honors: Honors rollout in classes will continue this week. Honors is an option that is available to all students. Honors projects, assignments, and criteria may vary by course. Please note the Honors Signup Form has been extended to the end of Week 6 and is due Friday, September 23rd.    

Canvas Access: Thank you for your patience as we continue to adapt and transition to Canvas as the learning management platform. Parent and guardian logins for Canvas will be issued very soon. For now, we encourage you to use your student’s login information to view course information on Canvas.

Picture Day Makeups: Last call for picture makeups and retakes will be this Tuesday, 9/20 from 9:30-10:30 am. Student IDs will be issued soon. 

School Site Council: Thank you to the parents and guardians who indicated an interest in the School Site Council! We have five candidates for three positions; please vote using this form: DVS School Site Council Election Form for Parent/Guardian Representation The three candidates with the highest number of votes will be elected to the School Site Council for the 22-23 school year. The first School Site Council Meeting is scheduled for Thursday, 9/29 at 4:30 pm on Zoom. 

Important Upcoming Dates:

  • Tuesday, 9/20: Picture Day Makeups
  • Thursday, 9/29: School Site Council Meeting #1 @ 4:30pm via Zoom
  • Wednesday, 10/12: PSAT/SAT Testing Day
  • Thursday, 10/13: No School – Professional Development Day
  • Friday, 10/14: No School – Professional Development Day
  • Monday, 10/17 – Thursday, 10/20: Student-Led Conferences
  • Friday, 11/11: No School – Veterans Day Holiday
  • Thursday, 11/10: Exhibition Night (grades 10th, 12th, & Spanish Dept.)
  • Monday, 11/21 – Friday, 11/25: No School – Thanksgiving Break

Week 6 Schedule:

Have a wonderful weekend!

School Site Council Reminder

Hello DVS Families,

We are still looking to form our DVS School Site Council! School Site Council (SSC) is an opportunity for parents, students, and staff to work collaboratively to review the school program, review data and identify needs, and make recommendations for the Local Control and Accountability Plan. It is also a great way to get to know each other. If you are interested in joining our DVS School Site Council, please fill out  School Site Council Parent Interest Form by Wednesday, 9/14 (extended due date). All submissions will be added to a voting form that will go out to the DVS parent community by 9/15. School Site Council members will be notified, September 16th. SSC Meetings will be held on the following dates: 9/28, 1/19, 2/9, 5/18, and 6/1 from 4:30-5:30 via Zoom. Please note the first SSC meeting has been changed from 9/22 to 9/29. Thank you! 

Week 5 Preview

We had another great and busy week at DVS! Students started seminars this week and seem to be enjoying their seminar classes as they explore interests and/or participate in physical activities during this time. 

  • School Reminders we are off to a great start and would like to maintain a positive and safe learning environment for all students. This week, students were reminded of the following:
    • Keep cell phones put away in backpacks during class
    • Keep the school clean (please no gum on campus)
    • Keep to dress code policy
    • Please be on time for all classes (school start time 8:50:00)
    • Thank you, students and families, for helping us with these reminders.
  • Freshmen Overnighter Pics– here is the link to Freshmen Overnighter Pictures. As always, shout out to Stacee Lianna for capturing these wonderful memories for our students. We hope the DVS culture continues to stay strong, positive and welcoming.
  • Progress Reports will be sent out Week 7 (delayed one week). Thank you for your patience as we are transitioning, adjusting, and learning Canvas. For now, to see your student’s work and assignments, we encourage you to log in with your student’s Canvas account. For some classes, grades may be seen on Canvas, and you may continue to view grades on PowerSchool. 
  • Seminar Change Request Form– closes Tuesday, September 13th. 
  • DVS School Site Council  – Reminder that we are still looking to form our DVS School Site Council. School Site Council (SSC) is an opportunity for parents, students, and staff to work collaboratively to review the school program, review data and identify needs, and make recommendations for the Local Control and Accountability Plan. If you are interested in joining our DVS School Site Council, please fill out  School Site Council Parent Interest Form by Wednesday, 9/14 (extended due date). All submissions will be added to a voting form that will go out to the DVS parent community by 9/15. School Site Council members will be notified, on September 16th. SSC Meetings will be held on the following dates: 9/22, 1/19, 2/9, 5/18, and 6/1 from 4:30-5:30 via Zoom. 
  • Senior College Planning and Post-DVS Planning Meetings start this week and run until mid-October.  If you haven’t done so already, please sign up for a meeting with Ms. Marquez here.  Ms. Marquez is excited to support you this year as we begin the college application process. The agenda for these meetings will be a brief description of College, Career, and Life class, college letter reviews, a review of graduation requirements, and a discussion of colleges of interest. 
  • Parent Office Hours with Grace and Tim – will be even weeks, Thursdays 4:30-5:30 on this zoom link. The next parent office hours will be Week 6, Thursday, September 22nd at 4:30.
  • Upcoming Important Dates: 
    • 9/14- CEA Downtown LA Field Trip 
    • 9/16 PD Day (No School)
    • 9/22 School Site Council Meeting #1
    • 10/12 PSAT/SAT Testing Day
    • 10/17-10/21 Student-Led Conferences (SLCs)

Week 5 Schedule:

Week 4 Preview

Hello DVS Families, 

We hope you are having a fabulous Labor Day weekend! We had a great time at the Freshmen Overnighter last week. Students were immersed in DVS culture by building relationships, having fun, playing games, and engaging in meaningful discussions about the type of school they want to have, and the type of people they want to be. It was a great time! Link to photos will be posted soon.

We also had our DVS Club Fair last week. We are looking forward to supporting students’ interests in various clubs. Please visit our DVS Club Site for more information.

This week we begin our Seminar Launch! Students will receive their new seminar schedules Tuesday morning during first period. We are happy to offer a wide variety of seminar choices and we do our best to honor seminar requests, however, please note there are capacity limitations on some seminars. If students would like to put in a seminar request change, the QR code and link to the Seminar Change Request Form will be posted around campus on Tuesday, 9/6, and will be due Tuesday, 9/13. 

This week, we will also be forming our DVS School Site Council. School Site Council (SSC) is an opportunity for parents, students, and staff to work collaboratively to review the school program, review data and identify needs, and make recommendations for the Local Control and Accountability Plan. If you are a parent interested in joining our DVS School Site Council, please fill out  School Site Council Parent Interest Form no later than Friday, September 9th. All submissions will be added to a voting form that will go out to the DVS parent community on September 13th, School Site Council members will be notified, on September 14th. SSC Meetings will be held on the following dates from 4:30-5:30 via Zoom: 9/22, 1/19, 2/9, 5/18, and 6/1.

Upcoming important dates:

9/16- PD Day (no school)

9/19- Honors Roll Out 

9/16- Progress Reports will be sent home

9/22- School Site Council Meeting #1

10/12- PSAT/SAT Testing Day

Happy Labor Day and have a great rest of the week! 

 

Week 2 Wrap Up!

Week 2 was another great week! Some highlights from this week include: 

  • Parent office hours – it was great to see and talk with some of you! 
  • Dual Enrollment for Principles of Engineering Class – contact fmarquez@davincischools.org 
  • Civil Engineering Architecture- Field trip to Gensler in downtown Los Angeles
  • Community Dialogue – all advisories went to the gym and had fun showcasing their advisory cheer! 

Upcoming dates: 

  • 8/30- Club Fair  
  • 9/1-9/2- Freshmen Overnighter at Camp Pondo 
  • 9/5- Labor Day Holiday, No School 
  • 9/6- Seminars begin
  • 9/14- CEA Downtown LA Field Trip
  • 9/16- PD Day, No School

 

Here is the Week 3 schedule:

Have a wonderful weekend!

 

Freshmen Overnighter Information

Dear Students & Families of the Class of 2026,

We are thrilled to be getting ready for The Overnighter – a not-to-be-missed signature practice of Da Vinci Science! This two-day, one-night trip is free of charge for our students, and we love that students get to start the school year with great memories and new friends. It is our hope that all 9th grade students will attend this special event. 9th grade students will depart on Thursday, September 1st from school at 9 a.m. and return on Friday, September, 2nd around 3:00p.m. Please review the linked information below carefully in preparation for the trip.

  • DVS Overnighter August 2022 Packet (9th Grade): This packet contains information about the following:
    • Permission Slips
    • Mandatory covid-testing prior to trip departure
    • How to contact us in the event of an emergency
    • What to pack for the trip
    • Expected departure and arrival times
    • Student cell phone use during the trip
    • Students who need to take medications during the trip
  • Dietary Restrictions for Overnighter: Please complete this link if you have a dietary restriction that the kitchen staff must be made aware of.

Permission slips were due last Friday, 8/19 to Ms. Jessi, the English 9 teacher. If you have not turned in your permission slip, please do as soon as possible.

It is important to note that though we are using Camp Pondo’s facilities, the entire program is run exclusively by the staff and student leaders of Da Vinci Science. We pay Camp Pondo for use of the facilities, meal preparation, and support with our activities such as zip lining and swimming. If you have any questions about the program, please contact Ms. Jessi at jsnyder@davincischools or Grace Long at glong@davincischools.

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