Get Your Service Hours by Volunteering with St. Margaret’s Center!


St. Margaret’s Center is looking for volunteers for their annual Christmas Program that will take place on Saturday, December 16th at Lennox Middle School.

They are looking for volunteers the following days:

WHEN? December 13th, 14th, and 15th: 10am – 6pm (partial days okay) or Dec. 16th(Christmas Program): 3 shifts available 1) 8:30am-1:30pm, 2) 1:00pm – 6:00pm, 3) clean up only; 5:00pm-8:00pm

WHERE? Lennox Middle School (11033 Buford Ave, Lennox, CA 90304)

WHAT? Help with the following:

  • Sorting toys
  • Preparing goody bags
  • Decorating
  • Helping with set up

HOW TO SIGN UP? Email to sign up. You may call (310)67202208 or email for more info.

Calling all Volunteers 2017


Week 14 Update

Thank you to all of the families, friends, community members and alumni who attended our Exhibition in the new building last week! We hope you had a wonderful break and Thanksgiving holiday.

As we return this week, we have a regular schedule, except seminars are now over and replaced by POL prep time with grade-level teachers.

See you tomorrow!

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Junior Families: Sign up for Group Family Meetings with your student’s college counselor

Dear Da Vinci Design Junior Families and Students,

From the end of November and through December, college counselors will be holding small family meetings with junior families and students from their caseloads. In these meetings, counselors will discuss:


  • How to build your college list
  • Scholarship Opportunities
  • College entrance exams (SAT/ACT) and test prep
  • What to expect for 12th grade
  • Summer Experiences
  • Important college admission requirements
  • What to expect for life after high school
  • And much more! Individual questions will also be answered during this time

Families, sign-up to meet with your counselor via the provided link (make sure to sign up with your student’s appropriate college counselor) It is expected that all students sign up for a family meeting.


  1. Pam Baker: Students with Last Names A-GL:

  1. Rachel Fusco: Students with Last Names Go-O:

  1. Erin Knott: Students with Last Names P-Z:


Sign-up days and times are first come first served, so sign up early to get a time slot most convenient to you. Each meeting time is limited to a certain number of families. 

Please let us know if you have any questions. Below find our email addresses:


  1. Pam:
  2. Rachel:
  3. Erin:


El Camino College Open House (Wed, Nov. 15th)

Dear Da Vinci Design Student,

El Camino College will be hosting a festive and informative open house on Wednesday, November 15, 2017. Stop by anytime between 5:30-8:30 p.m. and join ECC as they invite students to the El Camino College campus. The event will feature various information sessions, a resource fair, twilight campus tours, and all-around fun for students and parents alike.

Session topics include:

  • Financial Aid and Scholarships
  • Parent Workshop
  • Athletics
  • Transfer Strategies
  • Career and Technical Education

For more information and to RSVP, please visit:


Week 13 Update – Exhibition Week!

Designers, what a wonderful first few days at the new campus! Thank you for keeping it so clean and learning alongside us as we transition to our new home.

Week 13 brings our fall Exhibition and we are so excited to see all of your amazing work in our new space! This is the last week of school before your Thanksgiving break.  Students and parents will be able to check out the other floors on campus during Exhibition night.

Seniors have their DTLA Urban Hike field trip on Friday 11/17.  Riordan SBI applications for 9th and 10th graders are also due on Friday 11/17 (see previous post for more details).


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9th & 10th Graders,

The Riordan Programs’ Saturday Business Institute will be accepting applications for their program. SBI provides first-year high school students the opportunity to develop their leadership skills and begin to navigate the college application process.

The program includes:

  • Four Saturday sessions at the school site
  • College Action Plan and financial aid counseling
  • Professional development workshops, including essay writing, resume writing, interviewing techniques, public speaking
  • Career exploration workshops

Applications will be available in the Counseling Corner and will be due Friday, Nov. 17th. Please return completed application in the drop box also located in the Counseling Corner.

We encourage all our Freshmen and Sophomores to take advantage of this great opportunity!

Our First Day at the Wiseburn High School Campus

It was a phenomenal first day at our new home! It was awesome to see the students enjoying the beautiful new space and learning in a true 21st century atmosphere.

While the day inside the building was wonderful, we recognize that traffic during drop off and pickup was difficult today and appreciated everyone’s patience, especially this afternoon, as we learn how to best navigate this at our new home. We are working on several possible plans to help relieve the congestion at pickup and drop off times, including meeting with El Segundo police tomorrow to discuss potential options.

Regardless of what measures we take to improve the flow of traffic during drop-off and pick-up, the reality of 1400 students being picked up and dropped off in a short window of time will always be difficult. You can help this situation by:

  • carpooling
  • dropping off your students earlier in the morning
  • picking up your students later in the day
  • encouraging your students to use public transportation
  • having students walk, ride bikes, skateboards, scooters, etc. to campus

We appreciate your patience and support as we work to provide your students with the best education possible!

Week 12 Update – First Days at the New Campus!

Designers, we cannot wait to welcome you into the new building on Wednesday 11/8.  Our staff has been working hard since Friday to prepare the space for our students to arrive. It is such a beautiful space, but it doesn’t feel complete without YOU!

All families should have received a mailer at home with crucial information about the new campus and the first few days. You can also find all of this information on the blog if you view previous posts.

A few reminders for Wednesday:

  • DVD students should arrive no later than 8:50, ready to find their advisory teacher and head into the building when instructed to do so.
  • Students will all gather in the outdoor area behind the building (on the west side of the building) prior to the start of the day. They will eventually find their advisory teacher and then be dismissed by grade level to head into the building with their class.
  • Once students get to the Design (4th) floor, they will go to their advisor’s classroom, drop off their things, and get about 10-15 minutes to explore the Design floor (no others at this time).
  • After exploring, students will attend advisory from 9:25-9:45 to receive a copy of their schedule with updated room numbers and a map, as well as other pertinent information for the day (stair usage, lunch info, etc.).
  • Students will then follow the bell schedule below for the remainder of the day, and will have a similar schedule on Thursday 11/9.

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There is NO SCHOOL on Friday 11/10 in observance of the Veteran’s Day holiday.

Also please note, the last day of seminar is Thursday, 11/9 for this semester at DVD.

The following week is EXHIBITION which will take place on Thursday 11/16 from 6-8 pm. We look forward to seeing families and community members there!


Welcome Message from Dr. Wunder, CEO, Da Vinci Schools

Dear Da Vinci Students (and Families):

This is it!  We are so excited to see you enter your new high schools in the brand new Wiseburn High School building for the very first time–ever. Wednesday will be a historic day!

Your community has long wanted a world-class campus that better enables you to develop the essential knowledge and real-world skills you’ll need to be prepared to live a happy and successful life. As you well know, COLLABORATION is one of our most essential habits/skills that we believe are critical for you to master. It has been these collaborative skills, along with tens of thousands of thoughtful, effective, gritty and generous acts over many years by countless people, that have made your brand new $160 million, 21st-century school, a reality.

There are still a few items needing to be completed over the coming months in the main Wiseburn building — and the field, gym and aquatics center will complete the campus for the 2018-19 school year.

We can’t wait to see you on Wednesday!

All the best,

Matt Wunder


Da Vinci Schools

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