National Museum of African American History and Culture

Great opportunity to learn more about African American History and Culture:


Summer Reading Challenge

Join National Museum of African American History and Culture this summer for a new digital experience: the NMAAHC Summer Reading Challenge!

Students in grades 3 through 12 are invited to read fiction and nonfiction literature about African American history. The theme for summer 2020 is “Reading through the Galleries.”

Students will choose books from a list of monthly recommendations, explore related resources and activities, record their book selections, and send in their reading lists to receive a monthly digital completion certificate! Click here for more information.

African American Museum 1

African American Museum 2


Fall 2020 Planning & School Reopening Update

Dear Da Vinci Families,

I wish everyone a good start to summer. I also recognize the challenges that so many in our community are facing. The 2019-20 school year was anything but typical. I am deeply proud of our Da Vinci community of students, families, faculty and staff who have done exceptional work to keep our students engaged, learning and connected during this challenging time.

Today, I am writing to update you about our plans for welcoming students back to our campuses in Fall 2020, informed by guidelines from the L.A. County Department of Public Health, the Los Angeles County Office of Education, the CDC, the California Department of Public Health, and the California Department of Education.

Summer Planning

Our school leaders and Central Office team are dedicating themselves to thoughtfully preparing for the reopening of our schools in Fall 2020. Our primary goals are to: (1) keep our students and faculty/staff healthy and safe; (2) bring our community together; and (3) optimize our learning environments to deliver high quality learning experiences within the required health and safety guidelines for school reopening.

Families play an important role in informing our decision-making. Organization-wide and school site surveys have been sent to all families. The org-wide survey received 538 responses and 167 parents/guardians volunteered to provide additional input to our reopening committees.

Fall Instruction

Given the information that we have at this time, we are preparing for all Da Vinci schools to re-open in mid-August in a hybrid (in-person + remote) format, within the guidelines established by county and state health officials.

We are currently planning for possible hybrid options in which students are divided into cohorts, with some instruction provided on campus, and some instruction provided remote. More details will follow in the next few weeks about potential hybrid schedules after gaining more insight from stakeholders.

We also are planning with flexibility in mind. Current plans for in-person classes in Fall may need to be adjusted or we may need to return to a 100% remote learning program should the L.A. County Department of Public Health direct us to do so. If so, Da Vinci Schools will be ready for any option, whether it is on-campus, a hybrid schedule, or a full-time remote schedule.

A full distance learning option also will be a choice for all Da Vinci students/families who, due to personal circumstances or elevated health risks associated with COVID-19, are unable to return to their school site physically for the Fall.

Planning for Healthy and Safe Campuses 

Da Vinci is still developing specific protocols, but all on-campus activities will be conducted under the following health and safety guidance (contingent upon direction from the L.A. County Department of Public Health):

  • Staggered start times and assigned entrances to keep students entering in a cohort made up of only their school-specific students and teachers. New drop off and pick up procedures also will keep students from congregating.
  • Active and/or passive wellness screening and symptom checking will occur daily for all entering the school. Students with symptoms or fever will not be allowed to enter school.
  • No large gatherings or assemblies will be held.
  • Minimal use of indoor common space.
  • Floor markings indicating 6 feet will be utilized at all Da Vinci facilities. Physical distancing of 6 feet or more required while in buildings/classrooms. Desks will be set up to promote distancing.
  • Physical barriers will be installed (plastic/plexiglass barriers) to maintain physical distancing in places that are high-frequency areas such as front offices.
  • Students and staff will be required to wear face coverings while at school.
  • Increased hand sanitizer stations.
  • Increased cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting.
  • Staggered schedules to pick up grab-n-go style meals and go directly outdoors to designated areas with social distancing in place for lunch.
  • Other health and safety guidelines that may be directed by state and local health officials.

Supporting our Community

We each have a role to play in keeping our community safe and healthy. Please protect yourself and those you interact with by wearing a face covering, practicing frequent handwashing, and honoring social distancing guidelines.

Thank you for your flexibility, patience and trust as we prepare for the safe reopening of our schools. I truly believe our Da Vinci family will continue to emerge even stronger.

With gratitude,

Matthew Wunder, Ed.D.
Chief Executive Officer

Fall 2020 Parent/Guardian Input Meeting

Greetings DVD families,

We are currently in the process of making plans for what school may look like in the Fall and would like to gather input from you. We will be hosting a virtual meeting for parents/guardians on Thursday, July 2nd at 2:00 pm (Zoom meeting link). In order to help us prepare for the meeting, please complete this short survey: Fall 2020 Parent/Guardian Input Meeting.

Thank you,

Veronica Rodriguez

Technology Return Day: Tuesday, June 16th

Hello DVD Families!

We would like to use the summer months as an opportunity to service all of our Chromebooks issued to students during the year. As such, we are asking you to bring your student’s Chromebook and charger to Da Vinci (201 N. Douglas St.) on Tuesday, June 16th between 9am and 5pm. 

If your student is enrolled in summer school, they may hold onto their Chromebook and charger for the duration of summer school.

Thank you,



Class of 2020 Diploma Pick Up – Wednesday, June 17th

Hello, Class of 2020 Graduates!

If you have not done so already, you may pick up your diploma and drop off gowns, school-issued Chromebooks, chargers, and fob’s this Wednesday, June 17th between the hours of 10 am – 12 pm. Please place your gowns in the clear plastic bag provided during the cap and gown pick up prior to returning them, to ensure everyone’s safety.

Summer Intensive 2020

Hello Designers,


Rising Senior Sydney Richardson is sharing this flyer from the Da Vinci Troupe.  They are hosting a Summer Dance Intensive via ZOOM June 29th – July 14th from 10am – 3:00pm.  All instructors are professional and pre-professional dancers from the U.S. and Canada.  This program is completely FREE, is open to incoming freshman and all students from all Da Vinci Schools.  This is an amazing opportunity for dancers in the beginner and intermediate level.  Please see the flyer below for more information.


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End of Year Videos and Student Survey

Hello Designers,

We wanted to take this opportunity to thank our students, staff, and families. This has been a year of many unexpected challenges and although we were not able to physically see each other to say goodbye, each grade level team recording messages for their students.

Grade 9 CD

Grade 10 Message

Grade 11 Message

Grade 12 Message and All-Stars

Students, please take a moment to complete the following survey: DVD Student Survey




DVD Class of 2020 Virtual Graduation!

Congratulations Class of 2020! Please click here for the link to the DVD Virtual Graduation Ceremony: Class of 2020 Graduation and the Graduation Program. We are so proud of you! (You can also click here to view the graduation video if the original file is too large).

We look forward to seeing our graduates and families between 4:30 and 6:30 pm at the 201 campus for the Class of 2020 Photo-Op and Senior Farewell. Please view the following map and follow the guidelines provided.

Class of 2020

Da Vinci Design 2020 Yearbook Delivery Options

Hello!  By now, I hope you have already seen the virtual, online version of this year’s yearbook.  If you have not, please take a look at it here:

2020 Da Vinci Design Yearbook link

If you have not ordered a yearbook, there are still a few available.  Please go to the website below and enter our school code ( 17693 ) and just follow the prompts on the screen.

Herff Jones Yearbook Order Center link

If you have ordered a yearbook, you have a few options for getting your copy.

Option #1:  Just wait for the books to be delivered to the school in July, and then come and pick up your copy in person.  We will announce the pick-up date once the books arrive at the school.

Option #2:  Pay $7.00 to have the book delivered to your home address.  If you choose this option, you will need to go to the Yearbook Order Center and pay for the cost of shipping there.  Use the Herff Jones Yearbook Order Center link above.

Once there, choose this option (Buy a Yearbook, Yearbook Packages):


On the next screen, choose the Shipping Option only (if you have already purchased a yearbook)

yearbook 2

Once you have selected this option, you will be prompted to provide some further information so that the yearbook can be shipped to the location of your choice.

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.  You can reach me by email, even during the summer, at

Thank you, take care, and stay safe!

Jason White

Da Vinci Design Yearbook Adviser

Blood and Convalescent Plasma Drive: June 23rd

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Make an Appointment to Donate Blood Today! 

Da Vinci Schools and Rotary District 5280 are hosting a one-day Blood and Convalescent Plasma Drive at our 201 N. campus!

When: Tuesday, June 23rd from 9 am to 2 pm
Where: 201 N. Douglas Street, El Segundo, CA 90245

To ensure appropriate social distancing, we encourage donors to make an appointment in the following ways:   

  • Scan the QR code above 
  • Call (310) 825-0888, select option 2

To donate Convalescent Plasma, please contact Noelle Lai at


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