Archive for August 27, 2021

DVD Week 3: Back to School Night & Seminars Begin

Greetings Designers,

We are so excited to welcome families to campus for Back to School Night on Thursday, 9/2 from 5:30pm-7:30pm. This year, our BTSN agenda will give families an opportunity to meet Grade Level teams and administrators for a presentation outdoors. Then, families will head upstairs for a self-guided tour and a chance to visit with teachers one-on-one. See the agenda below:


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Next week, we’ll have our first Regular Bell Schedule week (see below), including our first week of seminars! Students had the opportunity to select from a wide variety of seminars. We look forward to meeting with our new seminar classes next week!

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Week 2 Preview

Hello Designers and Design Families,

That’s a wrap for Week One! We had such a fantastic first week on campus with our students and staff – we are so excited for the school year to come.

Here is a preview of the schedule for next week:

DVD Week 2 Bell Schedule

Here is what is on the horizon for Week 2 & 3:

  • Students will sign up for their seminars this week during advisory class. Seminar descriptions will be available first thing Monday.
  • Back to School Night is on Thurs, Sept. 2nd from 5:30pm-7:30pm. Stay tuned for details.

Have a safe and restful weekend, Designers!

Off-Season Sports Training Survey & Athletics Blog

WDV Athletics is excited to continue our partnership with UCLA Health Sports Performance which has been providing off-season sports training for our student-athletes. To help the design and set-up of the classes, we are asking students to complete the survey below. If you have any questions, please contact WDV Athletics Director D.R. Moreland at

EXOS Off-Season Training Survey

Athletics Blog

We are excited to formally launch our new Athletics website and blog at

Please sign up for the Athletics blog to receive the latest WDV sports information. Visit:

Follow WDV Athletics on Twitter at @WDVAthletics and on Instagram wdvathletics.


Important Announcement: Overnighter

Dear Da Vinci Families,

We are excited to welcome students back next week. The health and safety of our students and staff are our top priority, and Da Vinci Schools has implemented an extensive set of measures to promote a safe environment on our school campuses.

I am writing to share with you an update regarding the Da Vinci “Overnighter” events planned for 9th and 10th grade students attending Da Vinci Design, Da Vinci Communications, and Da Vinci Science. In order to ensure the health and safety of our Da Vinci students, I have made the difficult decision in consultation with our Da Vinci Schools trustees to delay the Overnighter events until COVID case rates improve to a level that lowers the risk of the highly transmissible COVID Delta variant.

We have been tracking case rates in Los Angeles County, with current case rates increasing to the high levels that Los Angeles County experienced earlier this year. Very recent information has become available regarding COVID outbreaks, including risks associated with activities that place students in close contact with each other and staff. Da Vinci Schools continues to follow state and local requirements to keep our students safe at school; however, the Overnighters require groups of students to sleep in close proximity in the same cabins, increasing the risk of transmission. For this reason, we have opted to delay the Overnighters at this time.

The Overnighter is a very special signature practice at Da Vinci Schools that alumni look back on as one of the most important events of their high school experience. Like our approach to the 2020 graduation when we postponed and then later held an in-person ceremony, we will make good on this promise to hold the Overnighters again as soon as possible.

Thank you for your understanding and support. Should you have any further questions or concerns, please contact me at

Stay well,


Matthew Wunder, Ed.D.


A “Welcome Back” Message from DVD Admin

Greetings Designers,

Ms. Acuna and I wanted to extend a quick message to all of our families in preparation for the new school and returning to in-person instruction. We are so excited to be with all of you on campus!

Please review these “What’s New” slides, or watch this short 5-minute video, for important COVID safety updates and important school information. We look forward to meeting all of our new and returning students on Monday!

Yours truly,

Russell and Santa, DVD Admin

REMINDER: Grade Change and Retention requests are due TOMORROW 8/13/21

Important Updates Regarding Grade Change and Retention Requests


Governor Newsom recently signed Assembly Bill 104 into law, and we’d like to provide you with important information on how this legislation may relate to your student. AB 104 provides new options to address student learning loss due to COVID-19 school closures and distance learning.  


Grade Change Requests – Grades 9-12

Assembly Bill 104 was passed and amended Education Code 49066.5 to provide a parent, guardian (or Educational Rights Holder), or student (if 18 years old) the ability to petition their high school student’s school to change D and F grades received during the 2020-21 school year to Pass or No Pass. The changes apply only to high school students for the 2020-2021 school year. 


The following link provides more information, an application to request a grade change, and a list of postsecondary institutions that will accept Pass/No Pass without prejudice. Please be aware that some colleges and universities may not accept Pass/No Pass grades as valid credit. 


Grade Change Application Form & Additional Information  


The deadline for submitting a grade change request is August 14, 2021. 


Retention Consultation Request – Grades K-11

Per Assembly Bill 104, parents of eligible students can request retention in their child’s 2020-21 grade for the 2021-22 school year. Students in grades K-11, who received a D, F, or No Credit grade in at least half of their courses during the 2020-21 school year are eligible. Per AB 104, 12th grade students during the 2020-21 school year are not eligible for retention. If you would like to request a retention consultation meeting, please email your child’s principal and a meeting will be held within 30 calendar days. You can find a list of all Da Vinci principals on the Da Vinci Schools website here


More info on Retention Requests  


The AB 104 notifications and forms above can also be found on our Public Notices webpage. 


Summer School Transcripts

Hello DVD Parents,

If your student recovered classes during summer break at schools outside of Da Vinci Schools, please submit the transcript from that school to your student’s counselor by August 20th.

Thank you,


DVD Counseling Team

Welcome Back DVD! First Day Updates and Back to School Night

Greetings DVD Families!

We are officially one week away from the new school year, and we are so excited to be back! Our staff is back on campus and hard at work preparing to welcome students back for an excellent year. Please break out your calendars and take note of the following dates below. I am grateful and humbled to be starting my 12th season with Da Vinci Design this year, and I look forward to making this the best one yet with all of you!

Russell Stoll
DVD Principal

(Note: updated info about the 2021-2022 calendar, our new weekly schedule, and New Family Info can also be found in the “Resources” section to the right.)

The first day of school is Monday, August 16th, 2021. Students will meet their teachers outdoors, begin the day in Advisory, and will receive their class schedules in Advisory. PowerSchool access is temporarily locked while we upload student schedules. This is the DVD Week One Bell Schedule:
DVD Week 1 Bell Schedule

For the Fall 2021 semester, the high schools at 201 N. Douglas are adopting new start times in order to stagger entrance to and from campus. This is one of the many measures we are taking to ensure the health and safety of all of our students as we return to campus from distance learning. The start time for Da Vinci Design is 8:55am Monday-Thursday and the traditional “late start” for Friday is 9:25am. The end time for the school day will remain 3:55pm each day.

DVD’s new family orientation meetings are happening this week! To RSVP for one of the new family orientations happening this week, please use this link to access the New DVD Families FAQs page.

Class of 2022 Cap & Gown photos are 8/12 & 10/15. To reserve a time to take your cap and gown photos, click here. 

DVD plans to host Back-to-School Night on the third week of school on Thursday September 2nd. More details to follow.

As with most things, these events are subject to change based upon evolving COVID health guidelines and policies. We will keep you updated each week!

Update: Per the announcement from CEO/Superintendent on August 14th, 2021, the Overnighter event for 9th and 10th graders has been postponed. See blog post on August 15th for full message and further details.

DVD Class of 2022 Cap & Gown Photo Appointments 8/12 & 10/15

Dear DVD Class of 2022 Families,

We are excited to announce that we have set up dates with our photographer for Seniors to take their “Cap & Gown” photos! You can sign up for your slot now at this Signup Genius link on a first-come, first-serve basis: DVD Senior Cap & Gown Photos 2021

Caps & Gowns will be provided at the photo appointment, and Da Vinci Schools is covering the cost of the “sitting fee” so families only need to pay for photos if they wish to purchase them after seeing them.

Spaces will go quickly, so we encourage all seniors to sign up for their slot as soon as possible! Please contact Maria Beltran at our front office with any questions: .