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Week 35 Preview: POLs are coming!

Greetings Designers and Design Families!

It’s hard to believe that there are only four more weeks of school before summer break! And of course, with the end of the semester, comes POLs! See below for key upcoming dates, and some classroom highlights from our 9th grade Fundamentals of Design class as students get ready for POLs!

Upcoming Dates & Events:

  • May 11th, Wednesday (5:30pm-6:30pm): Senior Awards Night
  • May 17th, Tuesday: School Site Council Meeting #3
    Agenda: 1) ELPAC Testing Updates, 2) Review of Year 1 LCAP
  • May 19th, Thursday: 9th Grade Camp Retreat
  • May 19th, Thursday: Last day of Seminars
  • May 20th, Friday: 9th Grade On-Campus Activity Day
  • May 21st, Saturday: Senior Grad Nite
  • May 23rd, Monday: POL Prep Week (No Seminars)
  • May 27th, Friday: 9th Grade On-Campus Activity Day
  • May 30th, Monday: NO SCHOOL – Memorial Day Holiday
  • May 31st – June 7th: POL Schedules (minimum days – school ends at 1:55pm)
  • June 8th, Wednesday: Last Day of School (minimum day – school ends at 1:55pm)
  • June 9th: Graduation Ceremony, 5:00pm *Time Corrected* – at 201 N. Douglas St. Campus

Week 34 Classroom Highlight: 9th Grade Art POL Prep!
For this POL, students have multiple options to choose from. They can choose to revisit a skill taught previously in the year, or, they can work on a passion project! Here are just a few of the work samples from our 9th graders as they sculpt, stitch, draw, screen print, photoshop, and more!

Week 34 Preview

Greetings Designers and Design Families,

What a great week! Shout outs to all of our college-bound Seniors who we celebrated on Decision Day on Monday, 5/2. Thanks to our counseling team for making this fun and exciting event happen. Click here to see all of the photos for the post earlier in the week!

Next week, we will be having a Multicultural Fair on Monday and Tuesday, during an extended advisory period, hosted by Diversity Council. And, we will be celebrating our Seniors once again during Senior Awards Night on Wed, 5/11. Seniors who are receiving recognition will be notified, but all are welcome.

Upcoming Dates & Events:

  • May 11th, Wednesday (5:30pm-6:30pm): Senior Awards Night
  • May 17th, Tuesday: School Site Council Meeting #3
  • May 19th, Thursday: 9th Grade Camp Retreat

Week 33 Preview & Teacher Appreciation Week

Greetings Designers and Design Families,

Happy Friday! We are looking forward to some great things happening at DVD next week. Our Seniors will be having a “Decision Day” celebration during Advisory on Monday where they will declare which colleges they are going to in the Fall! We can’t wait to share the celebration in a post next week.

Next week is also TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK! Thank you in advance for the outpouring of support for our amazing, dedicated teaching staff here at DVD. Parents/Families: please check your email inboxes for opportunities to celebrate teachers this week and to support DVD. Here are a few ways to celebrate our teachers this week:

Week 33 is a short week – Friday 5/6 is a Staff Development day (and also PROM!), so there will be no school on that day:

Upcoming Dates & Events:

  • May 2nd, Monday: Decision Day Celebration (for Seniors)
  • May 4th, Wednesday: Spanish 3 Field Trip
  • May 6th, Friday: Staff Professional Development Day (No School)
  • May 6th, Friday (6pm-10pm): Prom! (@ Proud Bird in El Segundo)
  • May 11th, Wednesday (5:30pm-6:30pm): Senior Awards Night

Week 32 Updates

Greetings Design Students and Families,

I want to start this week by celebrating all of the students, staff, and student leaders who braved the snow and joined us in the mountains for our 10th Grade Retreat Camp! We were not expecting snow in April, but if this year has taught us anything, it is to expect the unexpected! It was truly a great bonding experience for our 10th graders and will be a camp retreat we won’t ever forget. See pictures below!

Also, we want to celebrate our 12th graders for starting their Senior Project journeys this week! Students who complete their Pitch POL and have their ideas approved will begin field work on their projects next week. For more details, reach out to the teachers on Team 12.

This week, we have a normal bell schedule week. 12th graders will be taking the CA Science Test (CAST) on Monday and Tuesday. 11th graders will be taking the CAST in their Biology classes on Wednesday and Thursday. See the Week 32 bell schedule here:

Parent Hiring Panel Interest Survey (Spring 2022)

Parents/Guardians: we need YOU! It is this time of year when we begin the process of hiring and interviewing potential teaching candidates for the 2022-2023 school year. It has traditionally been part of Da Vinci’s hiring practice that all school stakeholders participate in our hiring events (called symposiums) to help us find the next great DVD teachers. If you would like to participate, complete the Parent Hiring Panel Interest Survey here to learn more and to sign up!

Upcoming Dates & Events:

  • Friday, April 29th: Senior Beach Day Field Trip
  • Wednesday, May 4th: Spanish 3 Field Trip
  • Friday, May 6th: Staff Professional Development Day (No School)
  • Friday, May 6th (6pm-10pm): Prom! (@ Proud Bird in El Segundo)

Week 31: CD & 10th Grade Camp Retreat

Greetings Designers and Design Families,

This week, we have a special schedule to accommodate our all-school community dialogue this week! And, we are looking forward to sending our 10th graders on the all-day Camp Retreat this Friday. See the bell schedule for the week below:

10th Grade Retreat to Running Springs (Friday, 4/22): Our 10th grade students are scheduled to spend all day Friday, April 22nd in Running Springs, California (near Big Bear Lake)! We are asking all 10th grade students to arrive at DVD by 8:30am on Friday so that we can board buses and leave by 9am. We will be returning to DVD around 9:00pm that evening. Please see information about what to bring (and what not to bring) at this link:

Since we are going into the mountains, the weather on Friday is looking to be cold in the morning and evening, but will be warmer and sunnier during the day while we are there. In addition to bringing a water bottle and sunscreen, we recommend students do wear pants and bring a hoodie/sweater along with a light waterproof jacket just to be ready for any weather.
There will be plenty of fun things to do at camp from outdoor games like frisbee golf and soccer, to indoor games and a rock climbing room. Additionally, student will participate in meaningful discussions and opportunities to connect with their peers. Students can bring phones and headphones with them on the bus, but will leave them in a safe location with staff while at camp to be able to focus on the activities planned.
10th graders: Please return signed permission slips no later than Thursday, April 21st. Students should give their permission slips to their advisory teacher.

Exhibition Wrap Up

Greetings Designers and Design Families,

It was so great to see all of you this week at Exhibition Night! We are so proud of the work of our amazing students: from the incredible designs of zines and posters, to the thought provoking photography and spoken word, and of course to the awesome displays of architectural models and art work – we celebrate it all! Hats off to our excellent and collaborative teaching staff for the hard work and coordination it took to help our Design students shine so brightly. See some highlights below!

Wishing all of our students, families and staff a restful and amazing Spring Break! School resumes on Monday, April 18th.

Exhibition Week & A Message From Matt

Good Afternoon Designers and Design Families,

Thank you to everyone, including our students, staff leaders and families, who made the CARnival event such a great success last week! Can’t wait to do it again next year.

Next week, Exhibition week is finally here! All families and community guests are welcome to come see all of the amazing work that students have been doing. DVD Exhibition night is from 5:30pm-7:00pm on Wednesday 4/6 for grades 11 & 12, and Thursday 4/7 for grades 9 & 10.

Lastly, here is an important message from our Da Vinci Schools CEO & Superintendent, Dr. Matt Wunder:

Dear Design Families, Students, and Staff,

Here is a video message regarding the incident that took place at the Design Black History assembly on March 4.

Families, if you are interested in joining the Family Equity Council, please email Dr. Allegra Johnson, Executive Director of Educational Services, at

The council will meet twice a semester and share insights and recommendations around curriculum, creating inclusive school cultures, and supportive programming for students.

Thank you for your time, your honesty, and your commitment to the well-being and growth of the Da Vinci community.



Key Dates & Upcoming Events at Da Vinci Design:

  • DVD Exhibition Nights:
    • Wednesday, April 6th (for Grades 11 & 12)
    • Thursday, April 7th (for Grades 9 & 10)
  • Friday, April 8th: NO CLASSES (Staff Development)
  • Monday, April 11th – Friday, April 15th: NO CLASSES (Spring Break)

Week 29 & 30 Preview: Exhibition is Coming!

Greetings Designers and Design Families,

Tomorrow is the big “CARnival” event here at Da Vinci – hope you can join us!

In two weeks, we’re excited to be bringing back our Exhibition Night tradition! DVD Exhibition night is from 5:30pm-7:00pm on Wednesday 4/6 for grades 11 & 12, and Thursday 4/7 for grades 9 & 10. We look forward to welcoming you to campus and giving you an opportunity to see what our students have been doing and learning this year! See the bell schedule for the next two weeks, leading up to Exhibition, here:

This semester, our Exhibition Nights will be “open-house” style, and masks will be required of all participants as these are large indoor events with students, families, staff and community stakeholders present. Please see this email for the comprehensive update on masking.

Finally, we are thrilled to be able to bring back the spirit of the “Overnighter” tradition this year with “Camp Retreats” for our 9th and 10th grade students! These will be full-day (but not overnight) retreats at Camp Pondo, with students leaving the Da Vinci campus at 9am and returning at 9pm. The DVD Camp Retreat days are:

  • Friday, April 22nd for 10th graders
  • Wednesday, May 19th for 9th graders

The retreats will include a wide variety events including team-building, meaningful dialogue, and recreational activities including a zipline, skate park, climbing wall, and more! Details of the retreats will be coming soon, but for now you can mark the dates in your calendar if you have a 9th or 10th grade student!

Key Dates & Upcoming Events

  • DVD Exhibition Nights:
    • Wednesday, April 6th (for Grades 11 & 12)
    • Thursday, April 7th (for Grades 9 & 10)
  • Friday, April 8th: NO CLASSES (Staff Development)
  • Monday, April 11th – Friday, April 15th: NO CLASSES (Spring Break)

CARnival Event This Saturday, March 26th, 10am-5pm

Designers and DVD Families:

You are cordially invited to the Da Vinci Schools’ first CARnival! We invite you to a day of fun, games, food, and CARS!

This unique show will feature cars from the Automobile Museum, the Corvette of Choice Club, Army Armored Vehicles, and more. We will also have dunk tanks, carnival games, and many local food trucks. It will be an event you won’t want to miss!

The funds raised at the event will be used to support our senior class across all Da Vinci Schools (Science, Communications, Design, Connect, and RISE) and support our prom, Grad Nite, and graduation. Since many of our school activities were placed on hold during the pandemic, we would like for this event to be a way to bring our community together and celebrate our graduating class of 2022!


Saturday, March 26 from 10am to 5pm


201 N. El Segundo, CA 90245

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