Da Vinci Designers Explore Their Personal Passions Through Digital Media Projects

Da Vinci Design seniors are cultivating their personal interests and passions into a marketable brand for their first semester exhibition project, Innovating Success.

The questions driving this real-world project are “What am I passionate about and how can I use media to share my passions with others?”

Our Designers have a wide variety of personal interests and passions, ranging from animation to car design to Latinx culture and teaching. Students are interviewing outside experts in the their field of interest, taking photos and video for inspiration, and creating final digital media deliverables such as a blog, podcast, or vlog that can be shared across multiple social media platforms such as Instagram, YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook. > READ MORE 

You can see this project, and those from other grade levels at Exhibition this Wednesday!

Week 14 Update – Exhibition Week

Exhibition Night is this Wednesday, 11/14 from 6:00-8:00 pm. We look forward to seeing family, friends and community members at the event where our students will be displaying their projects from first semester.

*No School Monday 11/12 (observation of Veteran’s Day holiday)

*Minimum Day Friday 11/16, 9:00-1:30 pm

Week 14 Bell Schedule

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Being Good Neighbors: Reminders regarding Drop Off and Pick Up

We have been notified by businesses in the area that some of our students and families have not been good neighbors.

Several students have been trespassing on private property (ignoring posted signs) at the Elevon complex north of Da Vinci Schools on Douglas Street.  This has been a recurrent problem since late last school year, and the business owners are within their rights to call for El Segundo law enforcement the next time they see students trespassing on private property.  Please respect our neighbors in the community and conduct yourselves accordingly:  if certain behaviors are inappropriate on campus, they are also inappropriate off-campus at neighboring businesses.

In addition, surrounding businesses have notified us that some families are using their parking lots for drop off and pick up of students.  Please do NOT use any parking lot or street location for dropping off or picking up your students other than the Da Vinci parking lot.  This also applies to students using ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft.

We thank those of our students and families who have been respectful of our neighbors; we expect all our students and families to behave appropriately in our community, as we all represent Da Vinci Schools.

Da Vinci Design Monthly Newsletters

Design Families,

At each of the links provided below, you will find Newsletters from each grade level with information regarding the month ahead! We encourage you to take a few minutes to review and discuss with your student at home.

9th Grade Newsletter

10th Grade Newsletter

11th Grade Newsletter

12th Grade Newsletter

If you have not already, please take a few minutes to fill out the DVD Parent Survey.


Thank you,

Ms. Parsons

Transition in Staffing at Da Vinci Design

Design Families,

I am writing today to share about a transition in staffing at Da Vinci Design.

Our Assistant Principal, Ms. Megan Martin, will be taking on a new role at the Da Vinci Schools, Interim Director of the Da Vinci Institute, in January 2019. Da Vinci Institute was recently launched to meet the growing demand from educators around the globe who are interested in gaining access to Da Vinci signature practices, resources, and training. Please join us in celebrating her!

Due to the interim nature of the position, Ms. Martin may rejoin us at Da Vinci Design in the 2019-20 school year, and we will keep you informed when we have more information later this spring. In the meantime, an Interim Assistant Principal will be filling her role for the second semester. I am honored to share that Mr. Russell Stoll will take on this role, effective January 2019.

Mr. Russell Stoll is our English 12 teacher at DVD. He has been our school’s student leadership advisor for many years as well as the Alumni Mentor, providing support for DVD graduates. Mr. Stoll has 7 years of experience as a teacher at Da Vinci Design, has led numerous teacher professional development sessions, was part of the Administrator Support Team during the 2017-2018 school year, and has been part of the Da Vinci Design School Site Council for the past 4 years.

We are actively working to fill Mr. Stoll’s English 12 position with the goal of a new full time English teacher starting with our students second semester.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions.I can be reached at kparsons@davincischools.org.  We are confident in our team and are thoughtfully planning what we expect to be a seamless transition.

Kate Parsons


Da Vinci Design

Week 12 Update

Week 12 is Spirit Week! See below for each day’s theme.

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*No masks and/or weapons/weapon-like props permitted at school. Dress code is still in effect; all costumes and theme day apparel must be school appropriate*

November 1 @ 4:15 pm – DVD School Site Council meeting in Room 4303.

Fall Semi-Formal Dance – November 1

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No School on Friday 11/2 (staff development day)

Week 12 Bell Schedule

PD Week Bell Schedule

ATHLETICS Update for Week 12 HERE

For information and key facts regarding the flu from our School Nurse…

2018 Influenza letter (English + Español)


Dear Da Vincians,
We just learned from the El Segundo Police Department that Douglas St. is being closed down in the North to South direction due to a suspicious explosive device at the LA Times building, located at 2300 E. Imperial Highway.
Our students are safe and are not in danger.
Pick-up procedures will be altered this afternoon due to the partial Douglas closure. Pick up will be permitted by driving North on Douglas St. and turning left into our parking lot.
Please exercise patience during pick-up. Thank you.
Dr. Matthew Wunder
Da Vinci Schools

Week 11 Update

Week 11 Bell Schedule

Regular Week Bell Schedule 18-19

DVD Parent Survey

Parents, please take 5-10 minutes to complete the Da Vinci Design Parent Survey.

Your feedback is important to us as we continuously look to improve our schools.

Grade Level Newsletters

Starting this November 2018, our grade-level teams will be issuing monthly newsletters. Some of you may have already seen these on the team webpages or Google Classrooms for September or October. Moving forward, we will release the newsletters at the start of each month. Here are samples of what you may see in upcoming months:

9th Grade Newsletter

10th Grade Newsletter

11th Grade Newsletter

12th Grade Newsletter


For any interested senior families, this coming Thursday 10/25 from 5:30 – 7:00 pm on the first floor in the MPR.

Swim Info Meeting – 10/22

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Spirit Week 

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*On Halloween, masks and weapon-like props are prohibited

Halloween Semi-Formal – November 1

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College-Going and Career Opportunities

        • Register at CSUDH.edu/SuperSaturday
    • Register at oxy.edu/explore-occidental

10th & 11th graders: Go on a trip for science!

Want to:

  • volunteer?
  • contribute to research?
  • go somewhere in nature for 2 weeks?
  • not pay for it?

Then Earthwatch is for you! Apply by Dec. 2

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Explore Occidental College

Hello Senior Families!

Occidental College would like to invite you to “Explore Occidental” on Friday, November 9, 2018. Students and families are invited to visit the campus on Occidental’s fall preview day. To register please visit oxy.edu/explore-occidental and for further information please see flyer below:

Explore Occidental


Thank you!

Counseling Team

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