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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

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

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:

Contact: Saya Wai |


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.



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 ( 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

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.

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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 or Russell Stoll at if you have any questions or concerns.

Take care,


Communication and Technology during School Closure

During this time, our staff and teachers will be communicating with families more frequently via email. Please take a few moments to login to SchoolMint and review your account to ensure that we have the most current email address(es) and phone number(s) for your family. If you need help accessing your login info for SchoolMint, please contact Maria Beltran ( or Irma Rodriguez (

For those who do not have a device at home for virtual learning, we will be open again this Wednesday (3/25) from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. to pick-up a school-issued Chromebook. Tech pick-up for all six Da Vinci Schools will take place at the 201 N. Douglas St. campus. (DVC, DVD, DVS students may pick up on their school floor; DV Connect, RISE and DVX, please pick-up in the multi-purpose room). If students need help accessing Google Classrooms and/or other programs on their school-issued Chromebooks, they may email our IT team at

As we move forward with Virtual Instruction at DVD, it is important to remember that our goal is to continue providing high-quality instruction and new content that is meaningful and effective, while also addressing the need for asynchronous learning and flexibility. Students are expected to submit assignments and demonstrate mastery of the content. If you have questions regarding content and/or assignments, please contact your student’s teacher.

Again, thank you for your patience and cooperation,  and I wish you and yours health and safety.


Veronica Rodriguez

Coronavirus Update: Campus Closures Extended Through at Least May 4, 2020, Virtual Instruction Continues

Dear Da Vinci Families and Staff,

As we begin our second week of virtual learning, we want to provide you with another update to ensure you have the latest information.

The closure of all Da Vinci campuses will extend through at least May 4, 2020 due to the ongoing coronavirus situation. As of now, we will plan to reopen on Tuesday, May 5, 2020, but an additional extension of the closure beyond that date is possible. Virtual instruction will continue at all Da Vinci Schools. Our amazing teachers, counselors and school leaders will continue to share curriculum and resources directly with students/families.

Da Vinci Schools leadership made the decision to extend the closure following CA Governor Newsom’s announcement on Thursday of a new public health order for people to stay at home to increase social distancing, and LA County Superintendent of Schools Debra Duardo’s recommendation to close all schools in Los Angeles County through May 4, 2020. This decision was made in consultation with school district superintendents from across the state.

We understand how challenging these times are and we appreciate your support. We are deeply proud of all of our teachers and staff who are working hard to support our students and families. The health and safety of our Da Vinci family and beyond is our highest priority.

Meal Pick-Up (NEW TIME and LOCATION)
As of Monday, March 23rd, 2020 ALL Da Vinci students from all our six sites can pick up breakfast to go and lunch to go at Dana Middle School in the Wiseburn USD. Students can pick up the two meals, breakfast and lunch, at the same time. It is expected that the student 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.

Dana Middle School
5504 W. 135th Street
Hawthorne, CA 90245

Monday through Friday
Between 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

Check out the Menus here. Please be aware that, due to the unusual circumstances, every meal item listed on the menu may not be available during the duration of the meal distribution. Thank you for your understanding.

For those who do not have a device at home for virtual learning, we will be open again this Wednesday (3/25) from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. to pick-up a school-issued Chromebook. Tech pick-up for all six Da Vinci Schools will take place at the 201 N. Douglas St. campus. (DVC, DVD, DVS students may pick up on their school floor; DV Connect, RISE and DVX, please pick-up in the multi-purpose room). If you need Internet/WiFi access at home, Charter is offering FREE access to Spectrum for 60 days. To enroll in the program, call 1-844-488-8395 (English) or 855-765-6995 (Spanish). Installation fees will be waived for new student households. > MORE INFO

Please watch for updated information on the Da Vinci Schools website at Find additional resources, including an archive of updates, on Da Vinci Schools’ Coronavirus Updates web page at Communication also will continue via individual school websites, blogs, email, text, and social media in the coming days and weeks.

We are deeply grateful for all of the ways that our Da Vinci family is coming together to support one another. Our transition to virtual learning has been exemplary thanks to the enormous talent and commitment of our incredible team. Our school campuses may be closed, but we continue to be here for you.

Stay safe and be well,

Matthew Wunder, Ed.D.
Chief Executive Officer


Actualización del coronavirus ((23 de marzo de 2020): cierres escolares extendidos al menos el 4 de mayo de 2020, continúa la instrucción virtual en las escuelas de Da Vinci

Estimadas familias y personal de Da Vinci:

Al comenzar nuestra segunda semana de aprendizaje virtual, queremos darles otra actualización para asegurarnos de que tenga la información más reciente.

El cierre de todas las escuelas de Da Vinci se extenderá al menos hasta el 4 de mayo de 2020 debido a la situación actual de coronavirus. A partir de ahora, planearemos reabrir el martes 5 de mayo de 2020, pero es posible que haiga una extensión adicional del cierre más allá de esa fecha. La instrucción virtual continuará en todas las escuelas de Da Vinci. Nuestros maestros asombrosos, consejeros y líderes escolares continuarán compartiendo el plan de estudios y los recursos directamente con los estudiantes / familias.

El liderazgo de las Escuelas Da Vinci tomó la decisión de extender el cierre después del anuncio del gobernador de California Newsom el jueves de una nueva orden de salud pública para que las personas se queden en sus hogares para aumentar el distanciamiento social, y la recomendación de la Superintendente de Escuelas del Condado de Los Ángeles, Debra Duardo, de cerrar todas las escuelas en el Condado de Los Ángeles. hasta el 4 de mayo de 2020. Esta decisión se tomó en consulta con los superintendentes del distrito escolar de todo el estado.

Entendemos que desafiantes son estos tiempos y apreciamos su apoyo. Estamos profundamente orgullosos de todos nuestros maestros y personal que están trabajando arduamente para apoyar a nuestros estudiantes y familias. La salud y la seguridad de nuestra familia Da Vinci es nuestra máxima prioridad.

Recogida de comidas (NUEVO TIEMPO y UBICACIÓN)

A partir del lunes 23 de marzo de 2020, TODOS los estudiantes de Da Vinci de nuestros seis sitios pueden recoger y llevarse el desayuno y el almuerzo para en la segundaria Dana. Los estudiantes pueden recoger las dos comidas, desayuno y almuerzo, al mismo tiempo. 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.

Dana Middle School
5504 W. 135th Street
Hawthorne, CA 90245

de lunes a viernes
Entre las 10:30 a.m. y las 12:30 p.m.

Haga clic aquí para ver el menú. Tenga en cuenta que, debido a las circunstancias inusuales, es posible que todos los artículos de comida que figuran en el menú no estén disponibles durante la distribución de la comida. Gracias por su comprensión.


Para aquellos que no tienen un dispositivo en casa para el aprendizaje virtual, estaremos abiertos nuevamente este miércoles (25 de marzo) de 10 a.m. a 12 p.m. para recoger un Chromebook emitido por la escuela. La recolección de tecnología para las seis escuelas Da Vinci se llevará a cabo en el campus 201 N. Douglas St. (Los estudiantes de DVC, DVD, DVS pueden recoger en el piso de su escuela; DV Connect, RISE y DVX, por favor recoja en el salón de usos múltiples). Si necesita acceso a Internet / WiFi en casa, Charter ofrece acceso GRATUITO a Spectrum durante 60 días. Para inscribirse en el programa, llame al 1-844-488-8395 (inglés) o al 855-765-6995 (español). Las tarifas de instalación no se aplicarán a los nuevos hogares de estudiantes. > MÁS INFORMACIÓN

Esté atento a la información actualizada en el sitio web de las Escuelas Da Vinci en Encuentre recursos adicionales, incluido un archivo de actualizaciones, en la página web de actualizaciones de coronavirus de las escuelas de Da Vinci en La comunicación también continuará a través de sitios web de escuelas individuales, blogs, correo electrónico, mensajes de texto y redes sociales en los próximos días y semanas.

Estamos profundamente agradecidos por todas las formas en que nuestra familia Da Vinci se une para apoyarse mutuamente. Nuestra transición al aprendizaje virtual ha sido ejemplar gracias al enorme talento y compromiso de nuestro increíble equipo. Nuestros sitios escolares pueden estar cerrados, pero seguimos estando aquí para usted.

Manténgase seguro y esté bien,

Matthew Wunder, Ed.D.

Yearbook Update and Request


I hope this email finds you well.  This is Mr. White, the Da Vinci Design Yearbook adviser, and I’m sending this to make a special request.
Obviously, there have been a lot of changes going on in our lives over the past few weeks due to our nation’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  One direct impact is that teachers have now had to move learning online, and students have had to turn spaces at home into their classrooms.
Rest assured that the 2019-2020 DVD yearbook will still be published; we are almost finished with it, in fact, and would like to add one more page that features the online / virtual / distance learning that is going on in your homes.
If you would like to share a picture with us of your student’s home learning environment , whether it’s at a kitchen table or in front of a computer, that picture could be featured in this year’s yearbook.
If you’re interested in helping us with this page, just go to this website:
Once there, you will be asked for a school code; our code is HJ17693 (the HJ must be capitalized.  Once you’re logged in, just follow the prompts for submitting a picture.  Ask your student for help with this; you can even do it on your phone!
There’s one catch:  we need these pictures TODAY (or really yesterday, if not sooner)!  Or As Soon As Possible!  This page is a last minute addition to the yearbook, so if it’s going to happen we need pictures to flood in as soon as you read this email.
If you’re interested, there are still yearbooks available for pre-order.  Just go to and enter our school code (17693) and you can pre-order your copy today.  The yearbooks will be delivered in May, before the end of the school year.
Thanks for your help, and if you have any questions, just email me at ; I look forward to seeing those pictures of your school at home!
Jason White, Yearbook Adviser
Da Vinci Design High School

Espero que se encuentre bien. Este es el Sr. White, y lo envío para hacer una solicitud especial.
Obviamente, ha habido muchos cambios en nuestras vidas en las últimas semanas debido a la respuesta de nuestra nación a la pandemia de COVID-19. Un impacto directo es que los maestros ahora han tenido que cambiar el aprendizaje en línea, y los estudiantes han tenido que convertir los espacios en casa en sus aulas.
Tenga la seguridad de que el anuario de DVD 2019-2020 aún se publicará; casi hemos terminado con él, de hecho, y nos gustaría agregar una página más que muestre el aprendizaje en línea / virtual / a distancia que se está llevando a cabo en sus hogares.
Si desea compartir con nosotros una imagen del entorno de aprendizaje en el hogar de su hijo, ya sea en la mesa de la cocina, o frente a una computadora, esa imagen podría aparecer en el anuario de este año.
Si está interesado en ayudarnos con esta página, simplemente vaya a este sitio web:
Una vez allí, se le pedirá un código escolar; nuestro código es HJ17693 (el HJ debe estar en mayúscula. Una vez que haya iniciado sesión, simplemente siga las instrucciones para enviar una imagen. Pídale ayuda a su estudiante con esto; ¡incluso puede hacerlo en su teléfono!
Desafortunadaments,  ¡necesitamos estas imágenes HOY (o realmente ayer, si no antes)! O tan pronto como sea posible! Esta página es una adición de último minuto al anuario, por lo que si va a suceder, necesitamos fotos para inundarse tan pronto como lea este correo electrónico.
Si está interesado, todavía hay anuarios disponibles para pre-pedido. Simplemente vaya a e ingrese nuestro código escolar (17693) y puede pre-ordenar su copia hoy. Los anuarios se entregarán en mayo, antes del final del año escolar.
Gracias por su ayuda, y si tiene alguna pregunta, envíeme un correo electrónico a; ¡Espero ver esas fotos de tu escuela en casa!
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