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Resources For DVD Students: Circle Sign-Ups

Dear DVD Students,

We recognize the pain and unrest that our local and national communities are feeling in the wake of the recent killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery. These injustices, which highlight systemic problems in our society that must be faced, happen amidst the backdrop of a global pandemic that prevents us from being on campus together. While we are not physically together, our school community is strong, and we will come together in open dialogue and in support: to grieve together, to support one another, and to stand together for justice.

Tomorrow, Wednesday June 3rd, we as a school community will come together and connect in dialogue circles. These circles will be led by members of our DVD community on June 3rd (Wed) as an opportunity to listen, to gain understanding, and give space to express feelings. Please use this moment to sign up for a circle or to reach out for connection.

First: Let us know how you’re doing and/or request a meeting with a counselor in this short survey: Connections Survey: DVD 2020

Next: If you would like to sign up for a Circle led by a DVD staff member of your choosing, use the Sign-Up Genius Link here:

Lastly: These are challenging, unprecedented times, and we want to honor your hard work and your preparation for POLs in the face of it all. POLs will continue as planned, but as of today, POLs will only maintain or positively influence final grades. We know you are doing, and will continue to do, your very best. Your teachers appreciate the opportunity to connect with you one last time this semester.

Be well, stay safe, and we look forward to seeing you soon.

Helpful Handouts For Families

Dear Design Families,

If you are finding that learning from home has been a challenge for your students, you are not alone, and we are here to support you. Please see the attached resources from our school psychologist, Lynn Rodriguez, if you are looking for helpful strategies for students who are:

Lynn offers her support, saying, “It is clear that for some homes, students doing work and logging on is not an independent task, but one that requires the family to support, encourage, and rally.”

We are in it together, Design families! If you would like other resources similar to these, feel free to reach out to Lynn at:

Headspace App Free for LA Country Residents

Hello DVD Parents and Students,

Headspace is a great resource for you and students during this time and they are offering its services for free to all LA County Residents. At Headspace, they like to think of meditation as exercise for the brain. Through meditation, we can build up areas of our brain and actually rewire it to enhance positive traits like focus and decision making and diminish the less positive ones like fear and stress. Most importantly, this means there is a possibility to change your brain for the better in a way that is long-lasting.

There are thousands of studies that have shown mindfulness meditation can positively impact mental and physical health. Whether it’s by reducing stress, improving sleep, increasing focus, or improving relationships, research shows mindfulness works. While the research on mindfulness, especially digital mindfulness programs, is still growing, there is evidence to support the use of mindfulness training for many outcomes.

Here is the link to get started:

Teacher Appreciation Week May 4th-8th

Greetings Design Students & Families,

Next week (May 4th-8th) is Teacher Appreciation Week! Please take a moment to celebrate as many of our fantastic teachers as possible with a short written message of appreciation. Your words of gratitude and encouragement for the Design staff will mean the world to them. Teachers help uplift us every day, and we are grateful to you for taking the time to help lift them up during this special week!

You can also share your gratitude with our teachers next week when they call to check up on their students next week during Student Outreach Days (5/4-5/5).

Want to do something EXTRA special to show our staff that you care? Make a video! Make a TikTok, recite a poem, or just share your smiling faces addressed to all of your teachers and send it to us!

Messages and videos will be collected on Monday, 5/4. Don’t delay – send them in now!

If you would like to send a short video message to all of your teachers, please record it and send it to – thanks!

Stay safe and be well, Designers.

Russell Stoll

Da Vinci Design announces FREE SAT/ACT practice tests online with The Princeton Review

We have an exciting opportunity for Da Vinci Design students! The Princeton Review is offering FREE online practice tests for both the SAT and for the ACT. This opportunity is available for ALL grade levels.


ACT Online Practice Test

SAT Online practice test

For more information and registration on a free ACT practice test administered on May 16th, please click here
For more information and registration for a free SAT practice test administered on May 30th, please click here

Please contact your counselors if you have any questions.

The DVD Counseling Team



Virtual College Exploration Week

Hello Jrs,

As you are using your time at home to get ahead of the college application process before Sr year, here is a great week of college exploration to assist you in your search for colleges that are a good fit for you.

Strive Virtual College Exploration Week

Monday, April 20 – Thursday, April 23, 2020

300+ colleges from 44 states and 10 countries
96 sessions over 4 days
Day and evening options
Panel presentations on a range of topics for juniors and underclassmen
Free and open to students nationwide
Registration for students and parents is now live.

Click here or use the link below:

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  

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

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.


Fun and Engaging Activities at Home

Hello Designers,

Below is a list of sites that offer FREE activities for parents and students from toddler age to high school.  Explore museums, cook with your kids, learn about personal finance, take Ivy League courses, participate in interactive arts/crafts and games, learn to sing and other fun adventures. We want to support our parents/families with suggestions, as it is most important during this time of “shelter in place”, to keep your students active, engaged, and having some fun!



✅Banzai exposes students to real-world financial dilemmas to teach them the importance of smart money management.

✅Entertaining & educational videos for all levels and subjects

✅Illustrated recipes designed to help kids age 2-12 cook with their grown-ups. Recipes encourage culinary skills, literacy, math, and science.

✅For students to practice and master whatever they are learning.

✅ReadWorks is an online resource of reading passages and lesson plans for students of all levels K-12.

✅Sight reading and sight singing practice exercises.

✅Music practice transformed

✅Kid-friendly workouts — choose from Strength for Kids, Agility for Kids, Flexibility and Balance for Kids, Warm-Up for Kids, Cooldown for Kids, Stand Up and Move for Kids, OR create your own custom kid workout.

✅Keyboarding practice or

✅Short videos and readings that answer various burning questions for students. There are vocabulary challenges and comprehension questions.

✅450 Ivy League courses that you can take

✅2,500+ online courses from top institutions

✅22 languages to learn

✅Online digital coloring pages

✅Free stories online ages 3-12

✅National Geographic Young Explorers is a magazine designed specifically for kindergarten and first grade students. Children can listen to the magazine being read to them as they follow along with the highlighted text.

✅Guide to gardening for kids

✅Math Games, Logic Puzzles and Brain Builders

✅News and more for kids

✅Tons of science experiments that you can do at home

✅Just explore, have fun, and learn some science along the way.

✅A human visualization platform that allows students to explore the human body in really cool ways.

✅Crafts, activities, bulletin board designs, and finger plays for early education teachers and parents to use with kids.

✅No need to travel to one of the Smithsonian’s zoos or museums — this website brings your child everything from live video of the National Zoo to the Smithsonian Learning Lab right to their screen

✅This interactive website, hosted by the U.S. Government Publishing Office, allows your child to see the ins and outs of the U.S. government by taking a series of learning adventures with none other than Benjamin Franklin.

✅This NASA initiative covers a wide range of topics including weather, climate, atmosphere, water, energy, plants, and animals.

✅Your child can play games, learn fun facts, and find out how to turn coin collecting into a hobby.

✅This educational website hosted by the Smithsonian Museum takes a deep dive into ocean life.

✅Brainscape offers over a million flashcard decks for every subject, entrance exam, and certification imaginable.

✅The Theta Music Trainer offers a series of online courses and games for ear training and music theory.

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