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Leadership Transition Updates for DVD

Designers, we have some exciting news to share. Please read the letter below from Da Vinci Schools’ CEO Matt Wunder.



Dear Da Vinci Design Families,

After a comprehensive review and selection process involving input from students, parents, teachers, staff, and Da Vinci leadership, we are excited to welcome Veronica Rodriguez to the Da Vinci Design family as Principal, replacing Kate Parsons who is moving to the East Coast with her family.

Ms. Rodriguez has five years of administrative experience as a principal of a charter school and private school and five years of experience as a math and science teacher. Ms.Rodriguez also serves as an adjunct faculty member at Cal State LA. Most recently, Ms. Rodriguez served as principal at Five Keys Schools and Programs, where she cultivated a caring and collaborative environment for both students and staff, designed and led professional development, and established partnerships focused on motivating and supporting students to reach their personal and academic goals.

Please join me in congratulating Ms. Parsons and welcoming Ms. Rodriguez to the Da Vinci family, effective July 1, to continue Da Vinci Design’s trajectory of success. Russell Stoll will remain as Assistant Principal at DVD. Mr. Stoll has been part of the Da Vinci family since the very beginning and has been proven himself to be a highly effective and passionate advocate of Da Vinci Schools.

Best regards,

Dr. Matthew Wunder
Chief Executive Officer

Da Vinci Schools

Week 37 – POL Week 1

Hello Designers – only 2 weeks left of the 2018-19 school year!

  • POL Days will take place from Tuesday, May 28 – Tuesday, June 4.
  • Last day of classes for students is Wednesday, June 5th (this a minimum day, 9:00 am-1:30 pm)
  • Graduation for the Class of 2019 is June 6th at 11:00 am. You must have a ticket for entry. More details to come for seniors.
  • Summer Break for students begins June 6th (the first day of school for the 2019-2020 school year is Monday, August 19th).
  • Semester 2 report cards will be sent out by Monday, June 10th. Please allow at least 2-3 business days for arrival to your home.

POL Info

Students should have received their schedule from the teachers. Your student will either have a presentation time during the morning session (8 am-12 pm) or during the afternoon session (12 pm- 4 pm). They will attend either the morning or afternoon session each day during POL weeks. It is crucial and expected that students are present for the full session.

See images and links below for more information! Please contact our front office if you have any scheduling questions.

Bell Schedules

Last two weeks of school.

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POL Letter for Families

Please read!

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POL Cohorts

9th Grade Spring POL Handout

Grade 10 Cohorts

Grade 10 Cohorts

Grade 11 Cohorts

Grade 11 Cohorts

2019 Senior Project Final POL Schedule[1]

DVD Pathways for 2019-20 (for rising juniors – please read)

Dear 10th grade DVD students and families,

In 2019-20, Da Vinci Design is introducing a third Career Technical Education Pathway, Entrepreneurship, in addition to the already existing Architecture and Graphic Design. The initial Entrepreneurship class will be widely available to all 11th graders and takes the place that Spanish 3 traditionally holds in the course sequence. That said, we know some students may want to pursue Spanish 3 as it makes them more competitive in college applications depending on where they choose to apply, so we are offering this as another option when students are making pathway decisions as opposed to removing it completely.

We are looking for student feedback and interest so that we can plan accordingly. The number of course sections for each will be dependent on interest and the constraints of our master schedule, so while students will share preferences, we cannot make any absolute guarantees. This week and next, 10th grade students will be filling out a questionnaire during their Design class POL, as that POL already has students sharing pathway preference between the two existing pathways. Please remember that these are solely preferences and interests. We will do our best to get all students into the classes they desire to take, but again, it is limited by space.

Below you will find multiple options for what a student’s career pathway trajectory may look like at DVD. These are reflected on the survey for students and we will use this data for planning purposes. Please feel free to review this with your student and have them complete the survey at home. Should students change their mind over the summer, they are able to put in another submission, but must indicate in the “comments” box that it is their second and preferred submission. We also encourage students to discuss their options with their counselor if they are unsure.


If you have any questions regarding this, please do not hesitate to reach out. I would be happy to provide additional information and clarification as needed before I transition out of the principal role at the end of this year.


Kate Parsons


Da Vinci Design




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Whooping Cough Information

Good morning,

At this time, we have 3 cases of Pertussis (whooping cough) at DV Science. Please see attachments from Department of Public Health.

DVS Pertussis (Eng)

DVS Pertussis (sp)

Pertussis is treated with antibiotics and even if your child is vaccinated, they can become ill because immunity lessens over time.

If your child is coughing, or starts to cough take your student to the doctor and let them know they may have been exposed to pertussis (whopping cough).

Thank you all and don’t hesitate to contact the school nurse with further questions.

Emily Green, RN, PhD, Da Vinci Schools nurse

Looking for Parent Volunteers for Hiring Process!

Hello DVD parents!

We have two remaining hiring symposiums this spring for potential DV teaching candidates. Please sign up at the link below if you would like to participate in a parent hiring panel and provide us your feedback.


Available dates are: Friday, May 24 and Monday, June 3 (both in the mornings). We will be in touch after receiving responses with more details.

Thank you in advance!

Kate Parsons, DVD Principal

Week 36 Update

Designers, your week 36 update is here – the last week before POLs begin!

See below for schedules for the last 3 weeks of school.

POL Week Schedules

During POL Weeks (5/28-6/4) students will be assigned either the MORNING or AFTERNOON group. Please connect with your student and/or grade level teachers to confirm which group your child is in.  More details on this schedule to come!

School Walls Competition this past Weekend

Congratulations for our Da Vinci Design School Walls competition teams (we had two participate!) for making it to the finals! Stay tuned for a blog post with more details and photos!

Senior Showcase (5/22)

Please join us at the Senior Showcase this Wednesday, 5/22, as our seniors present their senior projects at the Automobile Museum in El Segundo.

Night of the Arts (5/23)

Another event this week being held on Thursday, 5/23 on DVD’s campus at 6 pm featured student poetry and art.

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Bell Schedules for the Last 3 Weeks

Have a great week!

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Measles Update for Families

Dear Parents,

Measles FAQ

Attached you will find important health-related information regarding an increase in measles cases and outbreaks in Los Angeles County.  Please read the attached information carefully as it pertains to how you can protect your family against this disease.


Queridos padres,

Measles FAQ_spanish

Adjunto encontrará importante información relacionada con la salud en relación con un aumento de casos y brotes de sarampión en el condado de Los Ángeles. Por favor, lea cuidadosamente la información adjunta en lo que se refiere a cómo usted puede proteger a su familia contra esta enfermedad.

Da Vinci Design Senior Showcase 2019: May 22, 6-8 pm

Dear Da Vinci Design Families:

The annual Senior Showcase is just around the corner! The Senior Showcase is an annual event dedicated to showing off the hard work the Senior class has put in to their Senior year passion projects. It is also an opportunity for Da Vinci Design to exhibit to the community the 21st century skills and opportunities that Da Vinci students have acquired over the course of their high school years. We would like to take an opportunity to open this event up to the entire Da Vinci Design community, and invite students of all grade levels, their parents, and staff.

The event takes place on Wednesday, May 22nd from 6 P.M. to 8 P.M. at the Automobile Driving Museum located at 610 Lairport St, El Segundo, CA 90245. Attached at the end of the post is a downloadable and printable PDF invitation containing event, location, and parking information.

During the day of the Senior Showcase, the student group that is organizing the event will also be conducting a raffle for a Sunday 2019 Scout Matte Black bike. Entry into the raffle is $4 a ticket. Attendance of the Senior Showcase is mandatory in order to enter the raffle, however, you do not need to stay the entire time to win. Should you leave, your information will have been stored to contact you in the event that you win the raffle.

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Additionally, the Senior Showcase team, which consists of Crystal Aguilera, Bryn Aitken, Vivian Huynh, Sophia Maglabe, and Natalie Zamudio, would like to ask if you are able to help host a successful Senior Showcase. They expect to have between 350 and 500 people attending, including the students. Doing so is a big responsibility and they would appreciate all the help that they can receive, including financial support. Expenses would include booking the venue, food (they are also accepting food donations), decorations, and equipment. Any donation towards supporting the project–big or small–will help cover the costs and ensure that they are able host a successful Senior Showcase.

Donations can be accepted in the form of checks made out to Da Vinci Schools with Senior Showcase 2019 in memo/notes area (tax deductible) or directly on the Senior Showcase Go Fund Me site (not tax deductible), which can be found at this link: . For food specific donations, please click the following link to submit a form, and the team will get back to you: iEtrOeg/viewform

Should you have any questions or concerns about the event, about donations, or anything else regarding Senior Showcase, please do not hesitate to email the group’s Communications Manager, Crystal Aguilera, at

If you are interested in receiving updates regarding the showcase, various fundraisers, and project group snippets, feel free to follow the Showcase team’s Instagram page, “@seniorshowcase_2019”.

We hope to see you there!

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Week 35 Update

Hello Designers! Thank you for all of the appreciation and thoughtful donations for our staff this week. We are so grateful for such a wonderful community.

A few reminders for this coming week:

  • This is the last week of SEMINAR classes for the year
  • Senior Awards Night – Wednesday, May 15th @ 5:00 pm in the BlackBox Theatre; invitations went out earlier this week. Check in with your counselor for questions
  • DVD Advisory Board meeting (for Design Pathways) from 8:30-10:30 am on Tuesday, May 14th
  • Friday, May 17th is Senior Beach Day
  • Friday, May 17th will be a teacher hiring symposium – parents, if you would like VOLUNTEER as a panel member, please sign up HERE.
  • Friday, May 17th – Coffee Shop Presentations to Gensler Architects for 9th and 10th graders during periods 1 and 4

Also, PROM is this Saturday,  5/11 from 6-10 pm at the Renaissance LAX. We’ll see you there if you are attending!

Have a great weekend and Happy Mother’s Day to all of our Da Vinci Moms!



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