Archive for February 26, 2016

Week 25 Update: SLC Week

Designers, next week is SLC week.  Minimum day schedules are in effect from Mon-Thurs with no classes in session on Friday. Minimum days run from 9:00 am-1:30 pm.

Dance tickets for the Spring Dance will be on sale starting next week and will be available for sale during SLCs. See flyer below for more details.

If you have any SLC scheduling questions, please contact a grade-level teacher.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Week 25 DVD 2015-16

Da Vinci Gala Flyer (Jane)

Attention Da Vinci Families: Important Information Regarding Confidential Student Data

Da Vinci Families – please read below for more information concerning the Morgan Hill case.  Note: This information can also be found on the Da Vinci Schools website at:

Important Information Regarding Confidential Student Data, Objection Form Due April 1, 2016

A recent lawsuit against the California Department of Education (CDE) is impacting all public schools in California, including Da Vinci Schools.
In April 2012, two organizations, the Morgan Hill Concerned Parents Association and the Concerned Parent Association, filed a lawsuit against the CDE alleging widespread, systemic non-compliance by local education agencies with special education laws. The suit also alleges the CDE fails to monitor, investigate and correct such non-compliance in accordance with the law. The CDE denies these allegations and is actively defending the litigation.
Da Vinci Schools are not involved in the lawsuit and are not the subject of any of the suit’s allegations.
Nonetheless, as a part of this lawsuit, CDE has been ordered by the court to release all data it has collected on general and special education students since Jan. 1, 2008. By Court Order, none of this information may be used outside the context of this lawsuit. Access to the students’ records will be restricted to the plaintiffs, their attorneys and consultants, and the Courts. No student records will be disclosed to the public.

For more information regarding the release of this data and how you can file an objection to the disclosure of personally identifiable information related to your children, please visit: Objections must be mailed directly to the Court. The deadline is April 1, 2016.

Please find below links to the legal ruling and the Objection to Disclosure form. Information will be updated as it becomes available.

Notice of Disclosure of Student Records

Objection to Disclosure of Student Information and Records

You may also contact the California Department of Education at 916-319-0800.

Please note:  The objection form asks you to include your school district. Please enter “Wiseburn Unified” in this field.


Información Importante Acerca de Datos Confidenciales del Estudiante, Formulario de Objeción con Vencimiento el 1 de abril del año 2016

Una reciente demanda contra el Departamento de Educación de California (CDE) está impactando a todas las escuelas públicas de California, incluyendo las Escuelas Da Vinci.

En abril 2012, dos organizaciones, la Asociación de Padres Preocupados de Morgan Hill y la Asociación de Padres Preocupados, presentaron una demanda contra el CDE alegando incumplimiento generalizado y sistémico de las leyes de educación especial por parte de las agencias locales de educación. La demanda también alega que el CDE no cumple con vigilar, investigar y corregir dicha falta de cumplimiento en conformidad con la ley. El CDE niega estas acusaciones y defiende activamente el litigio.

Las escuelas Da Vinci no están involucrados en la demanda y no son objeto de ninguna de las alegaciones de la demanda.

Sin embargo, como parte de esta demanda, el tribunal ha ordenado que el CDE libere todos los datos que ha recopilado desde el 1 de enero de 2008 de los estudiantes de educación general y especial. Por orden del tribunal, ninguna de esta información puede utilizarse fuera del contexto de esta demanda. El acceso a los registros de los estudiantes será limitado a los demandantes, sus abogados y consultores, y los tribunales. Ningún registro de estudiante se dará a conocer al público.

Para obtener más información con respecto a la liberación de estos datos y cómo usted puede presentar una objeción de información de identificación personal, por favor visite: Las objeciones deben ser recibidas por el tribunal a más tardar el 1 de abril de 2016.

Por favor, vea lo siguiente para la notificación de la divulgación y enlaces adicionales. La información se actualizará a medida que esté disponible.

Aviso de Divulgación de Registros del Estudiante

Objeción a la divulgación de información del estudiante y Registros

También puede comunicarse con el Departamento de Educación de California al 916-319-0800.

Tenga en cuenta, la forma de objeción le pide que incluya su distrito escolar. Por favor, indique “Wiseburn Unified” en el lugar apropiado.

“Race for the Cure” Service Opportunity

Get your service hours at Race for the Cure on March 12th!

What? Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure® Series is the world’s largest and most successful education and fundraising event for breast cancer ever created. The event raises significant funds and awareness for the breast cancer movement, celebrates breast cancer survivorship and honors those who have lost their battle with the disease.

When? Saturday, March 12th, 7:00am – 12:00pm. Shift times vary, but typically begin around 7:00 am and go until approximately 11:30am.

Where? Dodger Stadium, in Elysian Park. Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from the event.

How do I sign up? Email Natasha Morse at by Wednesday, March 2nd AND complete the online waiver: prior to the event.

**If you are bringing friends or family, please include their names in the email to Natasha Morse and have them complete an online waiver.**

Race for the Cure

Upcoming final FAFSA workshop–February 24, 2016 5:30pm-7:00pm

Seniors and parents–If your student has applied to a four year college and you would like to receive any money for college (financial aid, grants, Cal Grant,etc.), you must file the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).

Why file the FAFSA?

  • Colleges require that the FAFSA is filed by mid February and for the Cal Grant it must be filed no later than March 1, 2016.
  • The earlier you file, the higher your chances of getting the most amount of financial aid and assistance.
  • Even if you think that you don’t qualify for financial assistance, many colleges will not grant ‘merit’ or ‘academic’ scholarship money until they know that you do not qualify for need based financial aid.

What to bring to the workshop:

Information needed for both Students and parents:

-Driver’s license (student and parent)

-Social Security card number if you have one (for student and parent)
-Alien registration number, if you have one
-Student 2015 income information
-Parent 2015 income information
-Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) – Students or your parents’
-Student tax and parent tax information; previous year taxes are okay for now if you don’t have 2015 tax information
-2015 bank statements
-Any records of untaxed income such as welfare benefits, Social Security benefits, or child support payments
-List of colleges you have applied to and/or will complete applications to apply

What to expect from the workshop:

Computer access to apply for and complete the FAFSA form for  financial aid
Assistance completing FAFSA and Dream Act financial aid applications (a representative from El Camino College financial aid office will be there to assist and answer any questions)

Assistance for both Spanish speaking and English speaking parents

Final Date:   February 24, 2016

Time: 5:30-7:00pm

Arbor Day Service Opportunity

Get your service hours volunteering at ARBOR DAY!

Arbor Day is a tree planting event in El Segundo put on by the non-profit Tree Musketeers. Da Vinci students (and their families!) are encouraged to participate in order to receive service learning hours. To register, please complete the Arbor Day Permission Slip and return it to Natasha Morse ( Students will be responsible for their own transportation to and from the event.

When: Saturday, March 5th from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm. Please arrive on time so that you can get your team assignment and start digging in right away.

Why:  To improve your community environment AND get your service learning hours!

Where: Da Vinci volunteer check-in will take place on Memory Row at the intersection of W Imperial Ave and Loma Vista St in El Segundo. We will be meeting across from the apartments at 604 W Imperial Ave.

What: You and hundreds of other volunteers will be planting 70 trees and providing tree care for Trees to the Sea, located in the Imperial Hwy median. After the hard work is finished we will celebrate with a giveaway, lunch provided by Chevron, ice cream donated by Coldstone, and cookies donated by DoubleTree!

What to Bring: Tree Musketeers will provide the tools, know how, and gardening gloves. However the gloves are one-size-fits-all, so we recommend bringing your own if you have them. Please be sure to bring sun protection (sunscreen and/or hat) and drinking water as well.

What to Wear: You will be working outside in the dirt, so be sure to wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty, and long pants you can kneel in. Also, it’s important to wear closed-toed shoes such as sneakers or boots you don’t mind getting dirty.

Where to Park: There will be street parking available in the surrounding neighborhoods. However, this will fill up quickly, so to make it easier to park and to be gentler on the environment, please consider alternative forms of transportation like biking, walking, public transit, and carpooling.

Arbor Day Flyer

Reminder–Riordan Saturday SBI meeting- February 20,2016 at 9am

REMINDER—-There is a meeting on Saturday, February 20th from 9am-noon in Ms. Heidi Jones’ classroom.

Here are the students from Da Vinci Design that are expected to be in attendance. Please be there..If you have any questions, please contact Ms KGB via email!

See you then!


Nicholas Davis
Khari Mosley
Casey Gonzales
Evelyn Perez
Elena Antonio
Ariana Galvan
Johana Roque
Tyler Lilly
Anisah Moutra
Lauryn Hill
Cristina Salvatierra
Steven Gonzalez
Jesse Ca
Sophia Maglabe
Juliet McLaurin
Tommy Medina

11th Grade field trip to local colleges-Permission slips needed


On Thursday, February 25th all 11th grade students will be taking their annual ‘college visit field trip’ to three local colleges. This is a part of our college going culture and we request that all students must attend this trip!

Parents——–Please note that students will receive their field trip permission slip from their first period class on Monday and we will need it returned by no later than Wednesday, February 24th.  This permission slip has to be signed by a parent or guardian in order for the student to board the bus for the field trip.

There will be a box outside of KGB’s office where the students can drop off the form. We realize that this is a quick turnaround and we appreciate your cooperation in helping your student return their field trip permission slip as soon as possible.

Thanks so much for supporting us in this effort!

Please contact KGB  via email at or at Extension 2709 if you have any questions!

Week 24 Update – College Field Trip Week!

Designers – it’s college field trip week! 9th, 10th and 11th graders – check out the weekly update below for date specifics and make sure to turn in your permission slips to the counselors.

Seniors – don’t miss the Coffee and Chat with the counselors on Tuesday morning and the FAFSA Workshop Night on Wednesday night. We look forward to seeing the final mural work this Friday – very exciting stuff!

Don’t forget to follow the Da Vinci Design Instagram account (@dvdig) to see what’s happening on campus!

Have a great Friday and wonderful weekend!

Week 24 families 2015-16

New High School Campus Construction Updates – Subscribe Today!

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Designed by Gensler, the world-class modern and sustainable campus at 201 N. Douglas St. in El Segundo, CA, will incorporate the latest technology and hands-on, interdisciplinary environments for collaborative, project-based learning. The new campus, slated to open in August 2017, will house Da Vinci Science on the 2nd floor, Da Vinci Communications on the 3rd floor, and Da Vinci Design on the 4th floor. Da Vinci and Wiseburn administrative offices will be housed on the 1st floor.

According to the construction timeline, the main building will be available for use by students in August 2017. Phase 2 (the gymnasium, pool and an athletic field) is expected to be completed by Spring 2018.


Annual Giving Campaign – Double Your Impact – Deadline March 31

There’s never been a better time to support Da Vinci Schools! Thanks to a generous matching challenge by Chevron, Belkin, Northrop and Kinecta, every donation and pledge made by March 31 will be DOUBLED, up to $50,000.

All pledge payments must be received by June 1, 2016 to be eligible for the match.

The Annual Giving Campaign is our top fundraising priority – and the fundraiser we ask EVERY family to support. Gifts to the Annual Giving Campaign make up the difference between what the state provides and what it really costs to deliver an outstanding Da Vinci education.

Every gift makes a difference.  Make an online tax-deductible gift today by clicking on this link:

We thank you!

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