Spring Break

Greetings DVD Community,

We would like to acknowledge our teachers, staff, students, and parents who are demonstrating extraordinary creativity, patience, and flexibility as we continue with our virtual instruction program. This is a new experience and as a community, we are working together to strengthen our program and provide high-quality instruction for our students. I am incredibly impressed and proud of how our community has come together to find solutions throughout this unpreceded situation.

Next week, we will be on Spring Break! During this week, staff will not be conducting classes or responding to messages. On Monday 4/13 and Tuesday 4/14, our staff will be participating in Professional Development. Virtual instruction will resume on Wednesday, April 15th.

As noted in an earlier update, our physical school campuses will remain closed and virtual instruction will continue for all of our students through the end of the 2019-20 school year. We understand there are many questions left unanswered and many details are still to be worked out. When we return from spring break, we will provide additional information about grading, graduations, senior activities, and more. Rest assured, we are committed to holding promotion and graduation ceremonies on campus/in person when it is safe to do so.

Please remember that although our doors are physically closed, we are here to support you. We need to keep our lines of communication and collaboration open so that our students are supported academically and emotionally. If you have a few minutes, please take some time to provide feedback about our virtual instruction program via our survey: DVD Parent Survey.

Be safe and take care,

Veronica Rodriguez

Important Coronavirus Update: Virtual Learning for the Rest of the School Year (April 2, 2020)

Dear Da Vinci Families and Friends,

As information continues to emerge regarding campus closures during the global coronavirus outbreak, I want to share the latest information.  Last night, Governor Newsom shared in a press conference that students in California will not physically return to school campuses for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.  LACOE Superintendent Dr. Debra Duardo also has recommended that all districts and schools in Los Angeles County plan to provide virtual learning to students through the end of the school year.

Both Da Vinci Schools and the Wiseburn Unified School District will follow the direction of our state and county leaders and will adhere to a continuation of virtual learning through the end of this school year, unless new circumstances emerge requiring a change.

While our physical school campuses are closed, our schools are open. Virtual instruction will continue for all of our students through the end of the 2019-20 school year. Our teachers, counselors, school leaders, IT team and classified staff have done exceptional work to keep our students engaged, learning and connected during this challenging time. We continue to implement best practices in distance learning while tapping into some of the country’s exemplary learning networks of which we are members, as well as to learn from our internal experts at Da Vinci Connect, DVX, and RISE who have been highly successful in blending in-person and remote learning for years.

As noted in an earlier update, we have decided to convert Monday, 4/13 and Tuesday, 4/14 (the two days following Spring Break) into Professional Development days to plan and collaborate in order to meet the needs of all of our students and families.

We understand there are many questions left unanswered and many details are still to be worked out. Over the next few weeks your school leaders will provide additional information about grading, graduations, senior activities, and more. We are committed to holding promotion and graduation ceremonies on campus/in person when it is safe to do so.

Our priority remains to do our part to protect the health and well-being of our students, staff, and the greater community. Please check our Coronavirus Updates web page for the latest information.

We also remind you that we are providing FREE breakfast and lunch for ALL Da Vinci students. Meals can be picked up daily M-F from 10:30am to 12:30pm at Dana Middle School, located at 5504 W. 135th Street, Hawthorne, CA. During Spring Break (April 6-10), meal service at Dana will be closed. Meals during Spring Break may be picked up at any Centinela Valley High School campus. For more information, please visit https://www.centinela.k12.ca.us/.

We are deeply grateful for your partnership, and for all of the ways that our Da Vinci family is coming together to support one another.

Please stay safe and be well,

Matthew Wunder, Ed.D.
Chief Executive Officer


Importante actualización del coronavirus: aprendizaje virtual durante el resto del año escolar (2 de abril de 2020)

Estimadas familias y amigos de Da Vinci:

A medida que continúa surgiendo información sobre el cierre de los sitios escolares durante el brote mundial de coronavirus, quiero compartir la información más reciente. Anoche, el gobernador Newsom compartió en una conferencia de prensa que los estudiantes en California no regresarán físicamente a los sitios escolares durante el resto del año escolar 2019-2020. La Superintendente de LACOE, Dra. Debra Duardo, también recomendó que todos los distritos y escuelas del Condado de Los Ángeles planeen proporcionar aprendizaje virtual a los estudiantes hasta el final del año escolar.

Tanto las Escuelas Da Vinci como el Distrito Escolar Unificado de Wiseburn seguirán la dirección de nuestros líderes estatales y del condado y se adherirán a una continuación del aprendizaje virtual hasta el final de este año escolar, a menos que surjan nuevas circunstancias que requieran un cambio.

Mientras nuestros sitios escolares están cerrados físicamente, nuestras escuelas están abiertas. La instrucción virtual continuará para todos nuestros estudiantes hasta el final del año escolar 2019-20. Nuestros maestros, consejeros, líderes escolares, equipo de tecnología y personal clasificado han hecho un trabajo excepcional para mantener a nuestros estudiantes comprometidos, aprendiendo y conectados durante este momento desafiante. Continuamos implementando las mejores prácticas en el aprendizaje a distancia mientras aprovechamos algunas de las redes de aprendizaje ejemplares del país de las cuales somos miembros, así como también aprendemos de nuestros expertos internos en Da Vinci Connect, DVX y RISE que han tenido un gran éxito en la combinación Aprendizaje presencial y remoto durante los años.

Como les mencionamos en una actualización anterior, hemos decidido convertir el lunes 4/13 y el martes 4/14 (los dos días posteriores a las vacaciones de primavera) en días de desarrollo profesional para planificar y colaborar a fin de satisfacer las necesidades de todos nuestros estudiantes y familias.

Entendemos que quedan muchas preguntas sin responder y que aún quedan muchos detalles por resolver. Durante las próximas semanas, los líderes de su escuela proporcionarán información adicional sobre calificaciones, graduaciones, actividades para los estudiantes del grado 12 (seniors) y más. Estamos comprometidos a realizar ceremonias de promoción y graduación en el campus / en persona cuando sea seguro hacerlo.

Nuestra prioridad sigue siendo hacer nuestra parte para proteger la salud y el bienestar de nuestros estudiantes, el personal y la comunidad en general. Consulte nuestra página web de actualizaciones de Coronavirus para obtener la información más reciente.

También le recordamos que ofrecemos desayuno y almuerzo GRATUITOS para TODOS los estudiantes de Da Vinci. Las comidas se pueden recoger diariamente de lunes a viernes de 10:30 a.m. a 12:30 p.m. en la Escuela Intermedia Dana, ubicada en 5504 W. 135th Street, Hawthorne, CA. Durante las vacaciones de primavera (del 6 al 10 de abril), el servicio de comidas en Dana estará cerrado. Comidas durante las vacaciones de primavera se pueden recoger en cualquier campus de Centinela Valley. Para obtener más información, visite https://www.centinela.k12.ca.us/.

Estamos profundamente agradecidos por su asociación y por todas las formas en que nuestra familia Da Vinci se une para apoyarse mutuamente.

Por favor manténgase seguro y esté bien,

Matthew Wunder, Ed.D.

Accepting Medical Equipment Donations – April 4th

Support our local medical professionals in the fight against COVID-19. Da Vinci’s Biomedical Pathway Lead Teacher, Saya Wai, has organized a Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) drop-off for this Saturday, April 4.

Donate any unused masks, safety goggles, face shields, gloves, disinfectant wipes, and hand sanitizer.

Where: 13500 Aviation Blvd., Hawthorne, CA 90250
When: Saturday, April 4, 2020 | 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Curbside drop-off in the parking lot at W. 135th Street & Aviation Blvd.

More info: https://tinyurl.com/ppe-donations

Contact: Saya Wai | swai@davincischools.org


Johnstone Scholarship Application Deadline Extension

Hello DVD Parents and Students,

The Johnstone Scholarship application deadline has now been extended to April 13th!

The Johnstone Scholarship was created in 2018 in honor of Tom Johnstone, retiring Superintendent of Wiseburn Unified School District. Tom and his wife Terry, a retired WUSD teacher from Anza Elementary, dedicated their careers to delivering quality public education.

Three $500.00 scholarships will be awarded to graduating Seniors from Da Vinci Schools. All applicants must be currently enrolled at Da Vinci Communications, Da Vinci Design, Da Vinci RISE, or Da Vinci Science.

The online application cannot be saved and must be completed in one sitting. Please prepare and save your question responses and essays in a word document for your records.



Coronavirus Update: Meal Service, Spring Break and Health Guidance (March 31, 2020)

Dear Da Vincians,

First and foremost, we want to acknowledge what an incredible community we have at Da Vinci Schools! Our campuses may be closed, but our schools are open with caring and compassionate educators delivering high quality virtual learning. We are here for you. 

As we are in our third week of virtual instruction, we have some important updates to share with you about scheduling, health guidance, meal service and Spring Break. Please read this announcement in its entirety. 

Virtual Instruction
We want to remind everyone that virtual learning will continue through at least May 4, 2020. However, we will be on Spring Break from April 6-10 and have PD days on April 13-14 (more info below). On-campus instruction at all Da Vinci Schools is tentatively scheduled to resume on May 5, 2020. Please check our Coronavirus Updates webpage for the latest information. 

Meal Service
According to new state and federal guidelines, we are now able to offer FREE grab-and-go meals for ALL Da Vinci students during the coronavirus-related campus closures, regardless of whether your child/ren qualify for free and reduced-price meals.

It is expected that the student will be present to pick up the meals. However, in the event that the student is unavailable, a parent/guardian may pick up the meals on behalf of the student. Please try to have your student’s ID number available. 

Students/families may pick up both breakfast and lunch M-F from 10:30am-12:30pm at:

Dana Middle School
5504 W. 135th Street
Hawthorne, CA 90250

We will NOT be providing meals during Spring Break (April 6-10). Instead, Da Vinci students/families may pick up meals from Hawthorne, Lawndale or Leuzinger High Schools in the Centinela Valley Union High School District on M-F from 10:30am – 1:00pm. For more information, please visit https://www.centinela.k12.ca.us/.  

Spring Break Schedule & PD Days

We want to remind all of our students, families and staff that we will be observing Spring Break (April 6-10). There will be no virtual instruction during this time. We ask everyone to take a well-needed break from school. 

In addition, in order to provide our staff an opportunity to collaborate on best practices for virtual instruction and plan for the next few weeks, we have decided to make Monday, April 13th and Tuesday, April 14th Professional Development days. This means that students would not have any scheduled classes meeting during these first two days following Spring Break. This would also ensure that all students could take a full week off from school if they wish, using Monday and Tuesday after the break to catch up on school work if needed, as assignments would not be due until Wednesday, April 15th at the earliest.

Health Guidance

The California State Public Health Officer and Director of the California Department of Public Health is ordering all individuals living in the State of California to stay home except to get food, care for a relative or friend, get necessary health care, or go to an essential job. If you go out, keep at least 6 feet of distance.

At Da Vinci, we want to continue to provide health care updates as they become available through our local public health agencies. Please adhere to the following guidelines recommended by the Department of Public Health and Centers for Disease Control.

The COVID-19 virus has an incubation period of 2-14 days which means that anyone in close contact (close contact is defined as being within 6 feet of distance to another person for 10 minutes or longer) with an individual who has tested positive or has symptoms would need to self-quarantine for 14 days.  If you are not feeling well (symptoms of COVID-19 include fever above 100.4, cough and shortness of breath), contact your physician to evaluate your symptoms and determine next steps. If you need assistance finding a medical provider or mental health services, please call 2-1-1. If your symptoms get worse (breathing, dehydration, confusion), seek prompt medical care in an emergency room. Otherwise, the treatment advice is to stay home and take self-care measures such as rest and increasing fluids. 

We are deeply grateful for all of the ways that our Da Vinci family is coming together to support one another.

Stay safe and be well,

Matthew Wunder, Ed.D.
Chief Executive Officer


Actualización de Coronavirus: Servicio de comidas, vacaciones de primavera y orientación sobre salud (31 de marzo de 2020)

Estimadas familias y personal de Da Vinci:

Primero y ante todo, ¡queremos reconocer la increíble comunidad que tenemos en las Escuelas Da Vinci! Nuestros campus pueden estar cerrados, pero nuestras escuelas están abiertas con educadores solidarios y compasivos que ofrecen un aprendizaje virtual de alta calidad. Estamos aquí para ustedes. 

A medida que ingresamos a nuestra tercera semana de instrucción virtual, tenemos algunas actualizaciones importantes para compartir con ustedes sobre la programación, orientación de salud, servicio de comidas y vacaciones de primavera. Por favor lea este anuncio en su totalidad.

Instrucción virtual

Queremos recordarles a todos que el aprendizaje virtual continuará al menos hasta el 4 de mayo de 2020. Sin embargo, estaremos en vacaciones de primavera del 6 al 10 de abril (más información a continuación). La instrucción en el campus de todas las escuelas de Da Vinci está programada tentativamente para reanudarse el 5 de mayo de 2020. Consulte nuestra página web de actualizaciones de Coronavirus para obtener la información más reciente.

Servicio de comidas

De acuerdo con las nuevas pautas estatales y federales, ahora podemos ofrecer comidas GRATUITAS para TODOS los estudiantes de Da Vinci durante el cierre del campus relacionado con el coronavirus, sin importar si su hijo / a reúne los requisitos para recibir comidas gratuitas o de precio reducido.

 Se espera que el estudiante esté presente para recoger las comidas. Sin embargo, en el caso de que el estudiante no esté disponible, un padre / tutor puede recoger las comidas en nombre del estudiante. Intente tener el número de identificación de su estudiante disponible.

Los estudiantes / familias pueden recoger el desayuno y el almuerzo de lunes a viernes de 10:30 a.m. a 12:30 p.m. en: 

Dana Middle School
5504 W. 135th Street
Hawthorne, CA 90250

NO proporcionaremos comidas durante las vacaciones de primavera (del 6 al 10 de abril). En cambio, los estudiantes / familias de Da Vinci pueden recoger comidas de las escuelas secundarias Hawthorne, Lawndale o Leuzinger en el Distrito Escolar Centinela Valley Union High School de lunes a viernes de 10:30 a.m. a 1:00 p.m. Para mas información por favor visite https://www.centinela.k12.ca.us/.

Horario de vacaciones de primavera y días de Desarrollo Profesional (PD)

Queremos recordar a todos nuestros estudiantes, familias y personal que nos adheriremos a las vacaciones de primavera (6-10 de abril). No habrá instrucciones virtuales durante este tiempo. Les pedimos a todos que tomen un merecido descanso de la escuela.

Además, con el fin de proporcionar a nuestro personal la oportunidad de colaborar en las mejores prácticas para la instrucción virtual y el plan para las próximas semanas, hemos decidido hacer los días de Desarrollo Profesional el lunes 13 de abril y el martes 14 de abril. Esto significa que los estudiantes no tendrían clases programadas durante los primeros dos días después de las vacaciones de primavera. Esto también aseguraría que todos los estudiantes puedan tomarse una semana libre de la escuela si lo desean, utilizando los lunes y martes después del receso para ponerse al día con el trabajo escolar si es necesario, ya que las tareas no se entregarán hasta el miércoles 15 de abril a más tardar.

Orientación de salud

El Oficial de Salud Pública del Estado de California y Director del Departamento de Salud Pública de California está ordenando a todas las personas que viven en el Estado de California que permanezcan en sus hogares, excepto para obtener alimentos, cuidar a un pariente o amigo, obtener atención médica necesaria o ir a un trabajo esencial. Si sale, mantenga al menos 6 pies de distancia.

En Da Vinci, queremos continuar brindando actualizaciones de atención médica a medida que estén disponibles a través de nuestras agencias locales de salud pública. Siga las siguientes pautas recomendadas por el Departamento de Salud Pública y los Centros para el Control de Enfermedades.

El virus COVID-19 tiene un período de incubación de 2 a 14 días, lo que significa que cualquier persona que esté en contacto cercano  (el contacto cercano se define como estar a 6 pies de distancia de otra persona durante 10 minutos o más) con una persona que haya dado positivo o tenga síntomas necesitará auto-cuarentena durante 14 días. Si no se siente bien (los síntomas de COVID-19 incluyen fiebre por encima de 100.4, tos y falta de aire), comuníquese con su médico para evaluar sus síntomas y determinar los próximos pasos. Si necesita ayuda para encontrar un proveedor médico o servicios de salud mental, llame al 2-1-1. Si sus síntomas empeoran (respiración, deshidratación, confusión), busque atención médica inmediata en una sala de emergencias. De otra manera, el consejo del tratamiento es quedarse en casa y tomar medidas de autocuidado, como descansar y aumentar los líquidos.

Estamos profundamente agradecidos por todas las formas en que nuestra familia Da Vinci se une para apoyarse mutuamente.

Manténgase seguro y esté bien,

Matthew Wunder, Ed.D.

Dear Parents,

We encourage all students and families to regularly check PowerSchool and Google Classroom. You can log into Google Classroom to determine which assignments have been submitted and then view on PowerSchool, which assignments have been graded.

If you cannot access PowerSchool, the counseling team can resend you log in instructions for both you and your student. Please fill out this survey and we will be in touch with you by the end of this week with your PowerSchool log in instructions.

If you need access to Google Classroom, please contact your student’s teachers.


Summer Internship Update

Hello Students and Families,

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are unfortunately putting the summer internship timeline on hold until we learn more (this does not include the Boeing internship application, which is already underway).  We will use this additional time to connect with our internship host organizations and learn more about the trajectory of the “Safer at Home” order for Los Angeles.

Given this challenge, we are exploring ways to provide virtual internships, mentorship, and/or career development this summer. We will keep you posted as we learn more.  In the meantime, if you would like to still develop your career readiness, here are a few ideas:

  • Create and share your resume on google docs with Natasha (nmorrison@davincischools.org) for feedback
  • Review these resources for professionalism while working or learning remotely:

Thank you all for your flexibility during this time.  Please direct any questions to Natasha Morrison, Director of Real World Learning, at nmorrison@davincischools.org.

Week 29 and Code of Conduct

Dear DVD Community,

First and foremost, we hope that you are all healthy and well. Thank you again for your patience and support over these past two weeks. We will continue with our current Virtual Instruction schedule for Week 29.

weekk 29

As our classroom environment has transitioned for the time being to virtual (online) instruction as a result of the COVID-19 related safety requirements, it is expected that students meet the same standards of behavior as though we were on a physical campus together. In other words, our DVD virtual classrooms are real classrooms with real teachers, and appropriate student behavior is expected. To ensure that all of our students understand how appropriate behavior is defined for an online environment, we have developed a code of conduct that all students are required to follow. This code of conduct addresses student integrity, accountability for individual action, interaction with other DVD students, and interaction with DVD staff. Please click here to review the DVD Student Code of Conduct for Virtual Instruction. The intent is that it will allow our students and staff to interact online in a safe and courteous manner.

To reiterate, our priority is the safety and well-being of our school community during this time, our focus is on equity and access, and our goal is to continue providing high-quality instruction that is meaningful and effective, while also addressing the need for asynchronous learning and flexibility. Please free to reach out to me at vrodriguez@davincischools.org or Russell Stoll at rstoll@davincischools.org if you have any questions or concerns.

Take care,


Financial Aid Awards & COVID19

Hello Srs,

For those who have completed the FAFSA, and whose financial circumstances have changed considerably, we encourage you to reach out to your institution’s financial aid office. Financial aid administrators are afforded a degree of professional judgment under the law for state and federal aid, as well as for institutional aid, and can work with students and families whose incomes have been negatively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Your counseling team.

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