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Week 16 & 17 Schedules (+CHYA Information)

Hi, DVS Families!

It has been a terrific week coming back from Thanksgiving break, and the end of the semester is quickly approaching! This post/email is a bit longer than usual because there is a lot of info to share about the last 2 weeks of the semester:

Please note that students will be dismissed early at 2:25pm on Thursday 12/8 and Friday 12/9 as well as all week from Monday 12/12 to Thursday 12/15.

Student Grades: This is an important time to sit down with your student and check their grades in Canvas and Powerschool. Click here for the Powerschool website; login information was included on the grade reports that were sent home earlier this semester and you can email Liz Diaz at ediaz@davincischools.org if you need your username and password.  Currently, there may be some discrepancies between Canvas and PowerSchool, we are working with IT on this issue, thank you for your patience. 

Presentations of Learning: “POL” preparation begins next week for students in grades 9-11! (Seniors will be taking final exams instead of doing POLs) Click here for an information sheet for families with details about presentations of learning. All POLs will be scheduled between Monday 12/12 and Thursday 12/15.

Parent Office Hours with Grace & Saya: Parent Office Hours with administration will be held every even week. Since it is Week 16, we will be meeting at this zoom link this Thursday, December 8th from 4:30-5:30. This will be a casual time of updating, chatting, and Q&A.

CHYA Presentations: Dr. Green and Nurse Lucero will be presenting the health & sexual education curriculum (“CHYA”, or “California Healthy Youth Act”) to freshmen throughout POL week. Click this link to read the notification letter from Dr. Green. If you have any questions about the content that will be covered, please email Dr. Green at egreen@davincischools.org. Parents have the right to “opt-out” of this presentation for their child; if you wish to do so, please email Saya Wai, DVS Dean of Students, at swai@davincischools.org

First semester report cards will be mailed home on Monday, 12/19. Students will have a 3-week winter break, and the second semester begins on Monday, January 9th:

Important Upcoming Dates:

  • 12/3 Saturday, Winter Fest 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

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 ediaz@davincischools.org if you need your username and password. For Canvas support please email IT at studentsupport@davincischools.org

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 kramos@davincischools.org
  • 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

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: https://zoom.us/j/9301907728
  • 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 dvsappreciation@gmail.com. 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 ediaz@davincischools.org

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!

https://elcamino-edu.zoom.us/j/85331702670

 

**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!

’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

Week 13 Schedule

DVS had a fun Spirit Week this week! It was great to see students and staff join in on the fun and show school spirit!  We want to thank the student leadership team for organizing that for us. We have many exciting events planned in the coming weeks, including Exhibition Night this week! This is also a short week as we observe Veteran’s day, there will be no school on Friday, 11/11, thank you, Veterans!

We’d like to wish our Youth and Government Delegation good luck this weekend as they head to Camp Roberts for their Training in Elections Conference. 

We also want to wish our awesome Robotics Team 4201 the best of luck at this weekend’s Beach Blitz Competition. Go Vitruvian Bots!  You can follow the action here: https://youtube.com/channel/UCk7hyYFQEHPYnlfD5kSJGPg

Semi-formal dance tomorrow, Saturday, 11/5, 6:00-9:00 pm. Be safe and have fun. 

  • Exhibition Night– is this week! We are very excited to be holding DVS Exhibition Night this coming Thursday, November 10th from 5:30-7:30 pm. We invite all students, families, and the community to join us for this exciting night of celebrating student work this semester. Students in grades 10, 12, and Spanish Department will be proudly showcasing their projects and learning! 
  • Aviation Day Field Trip– is this Wednesday, 11/9. If students signed up, they must return their permission slip to attend the Field Trip, students need to arrive at school by 8:30 for the bus. 
  • College Information Meetings– College Informational Webinars will take place Week 14. 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: https://zoom.us/j/9301907728
  • DVS Staff Gratitude Baskets- We appreciate our DVS staff for working hard and caring for our students every day. In the next couple weeks, 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. If you wish to contribute to the Gratitude Baskets, here are some ways you can do that!
  1. 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 dvsappreciation@gmail.com. Your gift will be used to purchase items for the baskets and your name will be included with the basket.
  2. 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 ediaz@davincischools.org

 

Important Upcoming Dates: 

  • 11/10, Thursday: Exhibition Night (grades 10th, 12th, & Spanish Dept.) All are welcome to attend!
  • 11/11, Friday: No School – Veterans Day Holiday
  • 11/21-11/25, Monday-Friday: No School – Thanksgiving Break
  • 12/8-12/15, Thursday-Thursday: Presentations of Learning
  • 12/15, Thursday: Last day of Semester 1
  • 12/16, Friday: Professional Development Day, No School
  • 12/19-1/6: Winter Break 
  • School Calendar Link

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FAFSA and CADAA Opt-Out

Accessing financial aid is key to supporting students with continuing their education to achieve their career aspirations. Under a new state law: AB 469, high school seniors will be required to complete and submit either the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or California Dream Act Application (CADAA) or an opt-out form. This requirement begins with the Class of 2023.

 Parents/Guardians who elect not to complete the FAFSA or CADAA should complete an opt-out form by March 2, 2023.  Here is the  FAFSA _CADAA Opt Out Form or seniors may obtain a paper copy from Ms. Marquez. 

Please contact Ms. Marquez directly with any questions: fmarquez@davincischools.org 

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