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Digital Portfolio Defense Presentations
New Student & Family Welcome Meeting - June 3
Re-Enrollment Applications
Summer School
Dress Code Changes

Surfs Up

1 - Coffee with the Principal 8 am

1-11 - Digital Portfolio Defense Presentations

3 - New Student & Family Welcome Meeting  5-7 pm

7 - Parent Group Meeting
 6 pm

7-11 - Modified School Schedule

11 -  Last Day of School

11 - Final day to submit Re-Enrollment Application


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The 2010-2011 school year begins August 17, 2010

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Da Vinci Schools
13500 Aviation Blvd.
Hawthorne, CA  90250

(310) 725-5800

Matthew Wunder, Ed.D. Executive Director

Nicole Tempel, Ed.D.


Dear Da Vinci Families and Friends:


We celebrate the end of our first school year by honoring our most important contributors.  Our students, families, faculty, staff, board members, community partners, authorizing school district, donors and volunteers have all helped to write the first chapter of Da Vinci history. You are true pioneers. You have generously given us your time, passion, money, and power of ideas in ways that are changing the face of education.

At Da Vinci Schools, campus and community are interconnected in partnerships that serve both to support our schools and train future generations of engineers, designers, and other business leaders. 

Barely one year old, our schools have earned a reputation for hands-on learning and a new public-private partnership model where industry helps to define the real-world skill sets needed to prepare Da Vinci students for the right jobs at the right time.

In January, the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Jack O'Connell, declared Da Vinci Schools to be a statewide model because our students learn by doing -- producing projects that prepare them with the 21st century skills needed for success in college and the global workplace.  The Los Angeles Times ( Dec. 29, 2009 ) reported that our schools offer a teaching model that would make Leonardo da Vinci proud.

Last month, Da Vinci Schools achieved an important milestone having been granted a four-year term of accreditation by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

We are proud of our accomplishments, but there is still much work ahead.

The state's fiscal crisis has resulted in an approximate $700,000 funding loss to our schools.  Despite these losses and uncertainty surrounding future education funding, Da Vinci Schools are faring well, and we remain committed to academic excellence for all students.

Each day we are inspired by our students' curiosity, imagination, creativity and desire to know more, and we are humbled by the exemplary teaching and dedication of our faculty and staff. 

While we don't have seniors or a graduation ceremony to attend, we have plenty to celebrate to mark the end of our first school year. Congratulations, Team!  It has been an honor and a privilege to start new schools with all of you.  Have a wonderful summer!

With very warm regards,

Matthew Wunder, Ed.D.
Executive Director

Digital Portfolio Defense Presentations - June 1-11, 2010

We are holding our first Digital Portfolio Defense Presentations June 1-11, 2010.  Defense presentations represent the culmination of all of the learning students have done this year. In presentations to panels comprised of faculty and community members, students offer evidence from their digital portfolios to show that they are ready to proceed to the next grade.

To help facilitate the process of Defense presentations, Da Vinci will be following an altered schedule the week of June 7th through June 11th.  This schedule will minimize the number of students on campus in order to keep the campus a calm environment for Defense presentations. 

Scheduling - June 7-11, 2010

If a student's defense is scheduled for any day from 8AM until 12PM, they are required to be in school from 8AM to 12PM from Monday, June 7th to Thursday, June 10th.  If they are scheduled to present from 12PM to 4PM, they are required to be in school from 12PM to 4PM on those days.

(NOTE:  Lunch will be available either from 11:30-12:00 for students coming in the afternoon or 12:00-12:30 for students coming in the morning.)  

On Friday, June 11, all students are required to be in school from 9AM to 1PM.  Lunch is from 12PM to 1PM.  All students leave campus at 1PM.

NOTE:  All 9th grade students will do the Physical Fitness Test the day after they present in the same time slot (i.e., if a student defends during the morning on Monday, that student would do physical fitness testing in the backyard on Tuesday morning.  Any 9th grade students who defended during the previous week would be tested on the morning or afternoon time slot on Monday, June 7.)


If you are still looking for volunteer hours, we would love to have you help supervise the Physical Fitness Test, sit on our Defense panels, chaperone students, or feed hungry teachers. If you have already signed up, you do not need to sign up again.  If you are available to volunteer, please contact Erin Hughes at ehughes@davincischools.org and indicate the hours and days you are available from 9AM-4PM during the week of June 7th. We will contact you with your scheduled hours as soon as possible. 

Family Service Hours Log [pdf]

New Student & Family Welcome Meeting - Thursday, June 3, 5-7 p.m.

Welcome Pallette

Don't miss Da Vinci Schools' New Student & Family Welcome Meeting on Thursday, June 3, at 5:00 pm. Visit with other new students and their families, learn more about our instructional program, hear from our Principal, meet some of our faculty and students, take a tour of the campus, and get your questions answered.  New students are encouraged to attend.

We look forward to seeing you on Thursday, and welcome to the Da Vinci community!!

We also encourage you to attend our final Parent Group Meeting of the school year on Monday, June 7, at 6 pm to learn more about how you can get involved and make a difference at Da Vinci Schools. 
Re-Enrollment Applications

Re-Enrollment Applications are past due.  Please be advised that if we do not receive your Re-Enrollment Application by June 11, the last day of school, we will fill your enrollment slot with another student. If you have any questions, please contact Yolanda Saldana-Bautista at ysaldana@davincischools.org.  

Summer School @ Da Vinci Schools

Da Vinci Schools are offering four different Summer Programs to meet the needs of our students:

Academic Support/Credit Recovery

1.  Skill Building Intensive Instruction (July 6-30)
2.  Credit Recovery Hybrid Program (July 6-30)

NOTE:  Students who received an Incomplete grade for any class during first or second semester must attend summer school.

Enrichment and College Prep

3.  College Classes:  Aerospace Machining at El Camino College (June 28-August 17)
4.  College Bridge Enrichment Program (July 12-22)

For more information about our summer programs, including fees and registration, please click here or contact Da Vinci Schools at (310) 725-5800.  Partial scholarships are available for some courses. A $25 non-refundable registration fee is required to reserve your spot. Spaces are limited and will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. For more information, please contact Colleen O'Boyle at coboyle@davincischools.org.

2010-2011 Dress Code Changes

In an effort to continually improve our schools and minimize the time it takes to enforce the dress code, we have made the following dress code changes, effective for the coming school year.

Of note:

  • Students will now be required to wear any color Da Vinci collared shirt (long or short sleeve) with the Da Vinci logo OR a solid color, collared dress shirt or polo shirt.
  • Pants/shorts/skirts must be Khaki, slacks or jeans.  All shorts and skirts for girls must be 2 inches from knee or longer.
  • Hoodies and sweatshirts must be Da Vinci wear or college gear.
  • Jackets, sweaters, cardigans or vests of any color may be worn as long as they do not have any patches, frayed material, inappropriate language or content.
  • Ties are optional and may be any color or pattern.

We will have more information soon about how to purchase Da Vinci wear.  Thank you for your cooperation!