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Track Tryouts – UPDATED

What: Track & Field TRYOUTS (NEW)

When: Boys: Wed, Jan 19 4-5:15 p.m.       Girls: Thurs, Jan 20 4-5:15 p.m.

Makeup (Boys/Girls) Fri, Jan 21 4-5:15 p.m.

Who: Coach Jackson/Coach Mar/Coach Covelman

Where: CrossFit Box (wear running shoes, no spikes)

Wanted: Runners, Jumpers, Throwers, & Team Managers

Girls Beach Volleyball Tryouts 1/18 & 1/20

Interested in playing beach volleyball? Girls beach volleyball is holding tryouts next week. If you haven’t already done so, all athletes must complete the athletic clearance process before attending tryouts. If you have any questions please contact coach Taube

Dates: Tuesday Jan. 18th and Thursday Jan. 20th

Location: Dockweiler Beach

Time: 4:00pm to 5:15pm

Boys Volleyball Player Meeting

If you are interested in playing boys volleyball, there is a meeting this Thursday, December 16 at 3:30 p.m. It will be held in the Skybox in the Gym located at 201 N. Douglas from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Boys Volleyball Tryouts will take place January 11, 12 and 13 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. inside the gym at Del Aire Park. If you have any questions, please contact Coach John Wessels

POL Clothing Closet

Dear Design Families,
Presentations of Learning (POLs) begin this Thursday 12/9.

One of the expectations for a Presentation of Learning is that students come in professional dress. Professional dress is defined to including the following:

  • Button-down dress shirt (shirt must be tucked in) or non-revealing blouse        (must cover shoulders); Suit jacket (optional)
  • Khaki pants or dress pants (no jeans); Dress or skirt that touches tops of knees when standing up straight
  • Closed-toe dress shoes (no sneakers or excessively high heels)
  • Hair should not cover the face
  • Other clothing professional to students’ identity and/or culture

We understand that many families may not be able to put together attire that meets these standards in a short timeline. In order to help our families, the DVD staff is going through their closets in search of items that can be donated to students in need of professional attire. If you have clothing or shoes that meet these requirements and that you no longer need, please consider donating them to DVD. We will accept donations of professional clothing to the downstairs front office, and we welcome students to see if there is something donated that fits their need. We are hopeful that this professional clothing exchange helps us work together as a community to ensure that each student feels comfortable and confident in their presentation!

Students can contact their counselor for any questions.

Thank you for your support!

Baseball Tryouts For 21-22 Season

If you are interested in playing baseball, tryouts will be held next week at Raytheon park. Dates and time are below. Please wear the proper attire and bring proper equipment to play baseball.  If you have any questions please contact coach Barba,

Monday Nov. 15th, 4pm-6pm

Tuesday Nov. 16th, 4pm-6pm

Wednesday Nov. 17th, 4pm-6pm

Friday Nov. 19th, 4pm-6pm

Please note these rules for Raytheon park:

Please direct your guest to enter the site through our Continental gate located at the corner of El Segundo and Continental Boulevards. All guess over 18 years of age will need to show a valid government issued I.D. to enter the facility. Please follow all road directional signage when entering.

  • Park guest(s) – Must adhere to all state and local public health guidance and regulations
  • Park guest must clean up after themselves
  • Park guest must bring their own equipment and remove the equipment when they leave
  • No animals or pets permitted (except for service animals)
  • No alcoholic beverages allowed without prior written approval
  • No vehicles are allowed on the park grounds
  • Raytheon assumes no liability for lost or stolen items – use the park at your own risk

OTIS College Virtual Panel


The Otis Fall 2021 Virtual Panel on Creative Futures in Art and Design is sure to be engaging and inspiring to all youth, parents, and educators interested in learning about opportunities in the creative workforce.

This event is just around the corner on Tuesday, November 16, at 6:30pm and is free to the public! Click on the link below to register.

Register for the event!

DVD Staff Appreciation & Bi-Annual Parent Survey

Dear DVD Students, Parents, and Guardians,

 As we approach the season of Thanksgiving, we are all grateful for the tremendous work of our school staff – from our teachers to counselors to paraeducators to custodians to front office staff. It has been a whole-school effort to return to re-engage in full in-person learning after so much change throughout the past year, and we believe the team at DVD has done a terrific job so far. To show our appreciation, we are organizing Thanksgiving baskets to deliver to our school staff on Thursday, November 18th. The idea is that each staff member will receive one basket containing treats and words of appreciation from students and parents/guardians.


Here is how you can contribute to the baskets of Thanksgiving:

  1. Items: If you are interested and able to purchase something to show your appreciation, please consider non-perishable items such as: individually wrapped : pop corn, gummies, trail mix, chips, hot chocolate, pretzels, candy, cookies, gift cards ($5) to target, Starbucks, coffee, sparkling water, tea, and any non-perishable snacks. 

           We need donated items collected by: Tuesday November 16th. All items can be             left on the first floor front office.

  1. Words of Appreciation: There is nothing that means more to school staff than words of appreciation or encouragement. Please consider handwriting a note of thanks or typing one digitally here: DVD Staff Appreciation Notes We will be printing these digital messages and including all words of appreciation in the baskets. Handwritten notes can be dropped off by Tuesday November 16. 




It is time for us to do our bi-annual parent survey – and we need your feedback. We ask families and students to complete a survey twice each year about how things are going at DVD. Please use the link below to share your experience and thoughts with us. We continually look for ways to improve, and value your assessment of how things are going so far this year. The data collected from parent surveys like this one determines our school goals for this year, and for years to come.


Parent/Guardian Survey:


With gratitude for your ongoing encouragement and support,


Russell Stoll and Santa Acuna

Principal and Assistant Principal

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. 


Financial Aid Resources

Hello senior families!  In lieu of our February 10th Financial Aid Workshop, the DV Counselors would like to disseminate resources to help families complete the financial aid process. Below you will find a recording of a previous Financial Aid Workshop as well as resources to support you in the financial aid process.

FAFSA Workshop: Recorded on October 7, 2020

Federal Student Aid_ At a Glance

Complete the FAFSA Form

Create an FSA ID

CA Dream Act Application

CSS Profile and CSS Participating Institutions

Scholarships that do not require citizenship information

Please reach out to your respective counselor if you need additional support.  We are here to help!

-The DV Counseling Teams