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Last Day of School!

Greetings Designers,

Wednesday is the last day of the 2019-20 school year!

Teachers will be posting special messages and videos for students on Google Classroom tomorrow! Please see below for a few end-of-year announcements:

  • PowerSchool access will be turned off Tuesday evening while grades are being finalized. Report cards with final grades for the semester will be mailed out during the week of Monday, June 15th.
  • Students will be asked to return school-issued Chromebooks and chargers on Tuesday, June 16th. More details to come soon.
  • Seniors may pick up their diplomas and drop off gowns, school-issued Chromebooks, chargers, and FOB’s on Friday, June 12th between the hours of 12 pm – 3 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.
  • Parents, we are requesting your feedback. If you have not done already, please take the following survey before Monday, June 15thDa Vinci Schools: Parent/Guardian Return to Campus Survey



Class of 2020 Cap & Gown Photo Opportunity

On Thursday, June 11th, 2020, our Seniors are invited to come to the parking lot of our campus at 201 N. Douglas Street from 4:30 – 6:30 pm during which time members of our school staff will be present to bid them “Farewell!”. The graduates who wish to participate in this event will have an opportunity to have a professional picture taken on a decorated stage wearing their cap and gown.

This event will be in addition to the virtual graduation ceremony that will take place at 11:30 am

In order to keep the risk of exposure to COVID-19 to a minimum and promote the safety of all the participants involved, everyone will be asked to follow the protocol and guidelines that can be found on this document, and we ask that all graduates and families follow the guidelines that are provided there.

Resources for Families – Discussing Community Trauma

Hello DVD families,

As our students turn to adults in their lives for answers, it is important that we listen and respond with honesty and empathy. Students may be feeling an array of emotions, including anger, fear, and anxiety and we need to help students recognize and acknowledge their emotions.

On Wednesday, June 3rd, we will be offering an opportunity for our students to participate in community circles, where we can come together to try and process what has happened. Tomorrow, teachers will be posting links to sign-up for circles.

Please encourage students to complete the following survey: Connections Survey: DVD 2020. We would like to know how to best support our students at this time.

Following are tips and resources to support our students:

Tips for Talking to Your Student(s) About Current Events: 

  • Listen with your full attention
  • Inform through age-appropriate conversations
  • Acknowledge feelings
  • Watch for signs of distress
  • Model self-care

We will continue to share resources and to keep the dialogue going amongst our school community.



A Message to DVD Families

Dear DVD Students and Families,

We send this message with heavy hearts, and in recognition of 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 of our students: to grieve together, to support one another, and to stand together for justice.

This week, we as a school community commit to giving our students digital space to come together. We have reached out to our student leaders and to our staff of compassionate educators to begin a dialogue that allows students to process what is going on. As we develop plans and gather resources, we will do what we can to listen, to learn, to connect, and to process. Details will be shared soon.

We encourage our students to reach out to the staff that they know and who knows them. We look forward to connecting with you, and wish for justice and peace in our communities.


Veronica and Russell

DVD Senior Awards Ceremony

Greetings DVD seniors and families!

We are so proud of your accomplishments and the DVD staff is excited to celebrate the Class of 2020! Please click here to view the Class of 2020 Senior Awards Night Presentation. We have also included a link to the program here: Senior Awards Night Program that includes timestamps for each award.

The presentation will also be archived in our DVD Class of 2020 site.


Veronica Rodriguez

Senior awards

Class of 2020 Activities and Website

Hello Class of 2020!

We are looking forward to celebrating your accomplishments in these last few weeks of school. The Senior Committee is hosting a Senior Week, beginning on June 5th and leading up to your Virtual Graduation Ceremony on June 11th. We will be kicking off Senior Week on June 4th by releasing an online “senior edition” yearbook which will be posted on a special website created just for the Class of 2020. Click here for announcements about upcoming events, messages from your teachers, and to take a trip down memory lane with videos and pictures from your time at DVD: DVD Class of 2020

Seniors – please read the message below from the Senior Committee. We need your help to make Senior Week a memorable event for all!

DVD seniors


Last Week of Instruction and POL Information

Hello Designers!

The end of the school year is approaching quickly! The last day of instruction is scheduled for this Wednesday, May 27th. We will then transition to POL Preparation Days, with POLs beginning in Week 37. Below are details regarding POLS for each grade level.

9th grade

10th grade

11th grade

12th grade


Week 32-38

Enjoy the three-day weekend!

Veronica Rodriguez

Cap and Gown Pick-Up Tomorrow

Greetings Class of 2020,

Tomorrow, May 22nd, DVD seniors may pick up their graduation caps, gowns, tassels, diploma covers, and a yard sign celebrating their graduation.

This will be done in a “drive-through” setup in Lane 4 (lane nearest to Douglas St.) at the following designated times based on students’ last names:

    • Last names A-E  →  8:00am-10:00am
    • Last names F-L   → 10:00am-12:00pm 
    • Last names M-Q  → 12:00pm-2:00pm
    • Last names R-Z   → 2:00pm-4:00pm

For the safety of our students, families, and employees, everyone must stay in their cars and wearing masks for this pickup.

Thank you from The Diversity Council – @The Dinner Table responses are here

Over the last 4 weeks the Diversity Council’s @The Dinner Table discussion topics have been well received. We hope you enjoyed having these conversations around your dinner table. The campaign has now ended and we’d like to share some of the responses from our DVD Families. Please click the link here to view our presentation. Slides will change every 30 seconds to hopefully give you enough time to read the responses.

Thank you all for your participation!

The Diversity Council

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