Archive for August 30, 2019

Looking back at week 2 and looking forward to week 3

Hello DVD families!

What a great second week! The freshmen class went on their Overnighter and had a wonderful time (see pictures below). A big thanks to our amazing staff and overnight leaders who made this event run smoothly. We also had our first Community Dialogue today where new staff and students were welcomed.

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Senior family meetings will begin next week. Please see your counselor if you have questions and/or have not signed up for a meeting yet.

We are looking forward to seeing everyone at Back to School Night on Tuesday 9/3 from 6 – 8 pm. Families will receive a copy of their student’s schedule and have the opportunity to attend students’ advisory and core academic classes. Counselors will be available in their offices to meet with families as needed. See schedule below:

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  • Monday 9/2: Labor Day (No School)
  • Tuesday 9/3: Back to School Night (6-8 pm)
  • Wednesday 9/4: Fall Seminars begin
  • Friday 9/6: Picture Day (Juniors and Seniors)
  • Wednesday 9/11: Picture Day (Sophomores and Freshmen)
  • Friday 9/13: Club and Service Learning Fair


Here is the schedule for Week 3:



Have a wonderful three-day weekend!

Veronica Rodriguez


Wiseburn + Da Vinci Athletics Update (week 2)

Hello Wolfpack,  


We have some great news. Our Volleyball program is off to a great start this school year. Our Girls JV Volleyball team are now the Artesia Volleyball Tournament Champions. Send your love to our student athletes and awesome coaching staff.


Our next match will be this Tuesday against Animo High School. Game begins at 3:15PM @ Betty Ainsworth Gym in the city of Hawthorne.


On Wednesday we will be playing against Shalhevet at their house. Game begins at 5:30PM. 


When possible, come out and support our student athletes. Our student athletes and staff always love seeing the wolfpack in full force. Check out under Wiseburn Da Vinci for our full schedule.


If you missed out on our Cross-Country Tryouts last week, make sure to come out today and meet us at the Fit Box by the gym at 4:00PM with Coach Mar and Coach Jackson. Track Tryouts for boys this Wednesday (Aug 28th) followed by girls tryouts on Thursday (Aug 29th) at 4:00PM at the FitBox.


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DVD Week 2 Schedule and Information

Greetings DVD families,

It has been a great first week! From welcoming our new students to greeting familiar faces, the DVD staff has enjoyed having our students back on campus and we hope everyone is excited and ready to begin the school year. Below is the schedule for Week 2:

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Next week, we will begin our Fall seminar sign-ups. Please click on the following link to learn more about the seminars being offered this semester: Fall 2019 Seminar Course Descriptions. Students will have the opportunity to sign-up on the following days:

  • Monday August 26th  – 12th grade
  • Tuesday, August 27th – 11th grade
  • Wednesday, August 28th – 10th grade
  • Thursday, August 29th – 9th grade
  • Friday, August 30th – 9th grade

On Monday, August 26th, our 9th graders will be departing for their overnight trip! Please review the following information (DVD Overnighter Information for Students and Parents). The forms below were given to students this week:

DVD Overnighter Permission Slip 2019

Camp Pondo Permission Form

DV Medical Authorization (requires physician signature)

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at


Have a wonderful weekend!

Veronica Rodriguez

Da Vinci dual enrollment college courses offered by El Camino

Hello Designers!

El Camino will be offering the following college courses during seminar:

Classes will be held at Da Vinci Communications

Who: Juniors and Seniors from DVC, DVD, and DVS

What: College courses at Da Vinci, through El Camino College. Courses meet transfer requirements for all Cal State and U.C. campuses, as well as most private colleges and universities.

Why: Get a start on your college credits! It looks great on your college applications.

Cost: Free! The state of California and Da Vinci Schools pick up the costs, including text book fees. Donations to help cover the cost of the textbooks from families that are able too are appreciated.

Hist. 112 – Hist. of the Chicano in the U.S.

● Start Date August 26 ● Mondays and Wednesday 3:00pm-4:25pm

● Course Description: History of the Chicano in the United States, 3 units, Transfer CSU, UC Recommended Preparation: eligibility for English 1A Credit. This course surveys United States history from the Chicano perspective and covers historical periods from the initial contact between European and indigenous North American societies through colonial, early national, and contemporary American historical periods. Emphasis is placed on this group’s contributions to the development of the United States. Factors that have shaped the formation of Mexican American society within the context of United States history will also be analyzed.

Comm. Studies 100 – Public Speaking

● Start Date August 27 ● Tuesday and Thursday 3:00pm-4:25pm

● Course Description: Public Speaking, 3 units Transfer CSU,UC Recommended Preparation: eligibility for English 1A Credit. In this course, students will compose, present, and evaluate original speeches. Emphasis is placed on audience analysis, topic selection, research, evidence, organization, delivery, and critical analysis of persuasive communication. Students are required to attend out-of class speaking events.

If you are interested please see your school counselor to sign up. Please note that these are college courses, taught by college instructors. All students must show their counselor and administrators the academic skills and accountability necessary to be in these courses. Students must abide by the college policies, including regarding absences and tardies.

LRNG + Da Vinci Pop Up Hosted by Da Vinci Student Interns–After School on Thursday!

Pose with your best friends or model your first week of school outfit at the LRNG pop-up photo booth after school on Thursday!

WHAT: Pop-up photo booth to learn about LRNG (partnered with Southern New Hampshire University) and hosted by Da Vinci student summer interns at Friends at Work.  A representative from LRNG will also be onsite to answer questions.

WHERE: Da Vinci Schools (1st floor—bottom of the stairs near cafeteria)

WHEN: Thursday after school; 3:30pm-4:30pm


This summer, Da Vinci students interned at Friends at Work, a social impact media company, to produce a video and spread awareness about LRNG’s offerings.  LRNG is a part of Southern New Hampshire University that offers online courses and badges that translate to college credit. Come support the final deliverable of their internship by checking out their pop up and learning more about the LRNG program.

LRNG (partnered with Southern New Hampshire University) is a website where you pick what you love and complete badges. When you complete multiple badges, those can translate to college credits. It’s a widely diverse site that caters to different passions.

Come check it out to hear from a representative from LRNG at the LRNG photo booth pop-up on Thursday, August 22nd from 3:30-4:30pm at Da Vinci Schools.

2019-20 School Year Starts Tomorrow!

Hello Designers!

The DVD team is excited to welcome everyone back!  It is highly recommended that you arrive prior to 8:30 am to avoid the traffic that comes with the first day of school. Students will meet in the West Plaza (yard area west of the building) where they will be greeted by the DVD staff and directed towards the Black Box Theater at 8:45 am. Here, they will gather with their advisory group and head up the stairs to get the new year started! Students will receive their schedules during Advisory. You can access our school calendar  at

Below is the schedule for the first two weeks of school: 

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The DVD team is looking forward to a great school year!

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Veronica Rodriguez

Wiseburn + Da Vinci Athletics Update

Hello DVD Families, 

Wiseburn + Da Vinci Athletics would like to invite you for our upcoming sports tryouts and information nights. Coach Tyler Mar and Chris Jackson will be hosting a Cross Country & Track Parent and Student Information night. The event is scheduled for August 21st at the multi-purpose room/black box at 6PM.

interested in participating in our winter and spring sports? stay tuned for more information. 



Information for the 2019-20 school year

Hello DVD Families!

The first day of school is Monday, August 19th. DVD students will meet in the Blackbox Theater at 8:50 am where they will be greeted by our amazing staff and join their advisory group. The students will receive their schedules in their advisory class on the first day.

As a reminder, classes begin at 8:50 am on Monday-Thursday and 9:45 am on Fridays. School ends at 3:55 every day.  Below is the bell schedule for the first week of school.

2019 week1

Please join me in welcoming our new staff members:

  • Jessica D’Innocenzo (Art and Design)
  • Kautouya Dixon (Entrepreneurship)
  • Megan Fowler Mendoza (English 12)
  • Ricardo Placencia (Biology)
  • Stefanie Salino (English 11)
  • Hannah Shier (US History)
  • William Sperdute (Special Education)
  • Katy Wright (Special Education)


I am honored to be serving the DVD community as the principal for the 2019-20 school year and am looking forward to an outstanding school year. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at


Veronica Rodriguez

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