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In This Issue
Mandatory College Night for 11th Grade Families - Nov. 10
Exhibition Nights . . . An Invitation
Design Symposium -- A Huge Success!
U.S. State Dept. International Delegation Visits Da Vinci Schools
Enrollment Information for 2011-2012
Service Learning Fair
Congratulations, Jaime Hernandez!
Make A Difference Today
No School - Nov 11-12


November 5
Electric Da Vinci Carnival
7-10 PM
November 9
Family Association Meeting
6 PM

November 10
Mandatory College Night for 11th grade families
6-8 PM
November 11-12

No School for Students

November 17
Exhibition Night - Design
6-8 PM

November 18
Exhibition Night - Science
6-8 PM

November 22-26
Thanksgiving Holiday

Our Community Partners
(partial list)

Art Center College of Design

Belkin International, Inc.

The Boeing Company
Cal Poly San Luis Obispo


El Camino College


Grandparents as Parents
High Tech High


Los Angeles Small School Center


Northrop Grumman
Otis College of Art and Design

reDiscover Center

Studio Printing



Vistamar School

West L.A. College

Quick Links

Free and Reduced Lunch

Lunch time

Families need to reapply each year for the Free and Reduced Lunch Program. 
If you have not done so, please follow the instructions for completing the online application.

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 Community,

This has been a most remarkable week! 

On Tuesday, Wiseburn voters resoundingly approved a $87 million school bond measure to open a state-of-the-art, 21st century high school facility that will house Da Vinci Schools. The bond was passed with 75 percent of the vote, easily surpassing the two-thirds majority necessary to win. Education leaders have already begun planning and are stepping up their efforts to identify and purchase a new school site. There will be much more exciting information to share in the coming months!!

The bond measure would not have succeeded without the tremendous leadership, dedication and support of Mr. Dennis Curtis, Mr. Brian Meath, Dr. Thomas Johnstone, Mr. Tom Cox, and all of the Wiseburn School District Board of Trustees, Nelson Martinez, Roger Banuelos, and Israel Mora. We are also enormously grateful to the entire Wiseburn community, the dozens of volunteers who knocked on doors and made phone calls, and Da Vinci's outstanding faculty and staff who enhance our reputation by promoting an environment of academic excellence.

We also launched a completely redesigned Da Vinci Schools' website this week.  Please stop by and take a look, and feel free to leave us some feedback.  We want to make sure the website is meeting your needs.

There is a Mandatory College Night for 11th Grade Families on Wednesday, November 10, 2010.  Please read more about it below.

Don't miss our first Exhibition Nights of the new school year on Nov. 17-18 from 6-8:00 pm.  Exhibition is an open house-style event where students display and talk about the real-world projects they have been working on this semester. Da Vinci Design will hold its Exhibition Night on Nov. 17. Da Vinci Science's Exhibition Night is on Nov. 18.

On behalf of all of us at Da Vinci Schools, thank you for your continued support. We are very excited about the wonderful things that are taking place at our schools!

With gratitude,
Wunder signature
Matthew Wunder, Ed.D.
Executive Director

Mandatory College-Night for 11th Grade Families
What:  Mandatory College-Night for Junior Parents/Guardians & Students

When:  Wednesday, November 10, 6-8:00 p.m.

Where:  Da Vinci Schools Forum

The College-Night for Juniors is an important evening where  Academic Dean Colleen O'Boyle provides an overview of the college application process. Each family will receive a packet containing an unofficial copy of their student's transcript, a copy of the Da Vinci Schools graduation requirements, information about a web-based program called Naviance/Family Connection, and the tenets of the college world.  It is surely to be an informative evening charged with achievable benchmarks so your student is on the track for success at Da Vinci and the college application process.


6:00-6:15    Welcome & Check-in at the Student Packet table

6:15-6:30    Transcripts, DV Academic Requirements

6:30-7:00    Naviance/Family Connection

7:00-8:00    Break-Out Sessions

Group A:
7:00-7:30 - Summer & STEM Programs with Karen Grace-Baker of Right College Choice

7:30-8:00 - Mock Application/Admission Review

Group B:
7:00-7:30 - Mock Application/Admission Review

7:30-8:00 - Summer & STEM Programs with Karen Grace-Baker of Right College Choice
Upcoming Event:
Financial Aid with Kim Ketterman of Ketterman College Funding Date TBD

(Please RSVP for the College Night by returning
the form below to Ms. O'Boyle by Monday, Nov. 8)

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Mandatory College-Night for Juniors
Wednesday, November 10, 2010, 6-8:00 p.m.

For a printable version of this form, please click here

I/we______________________________ will attend the mandatory College-Night for Junior Parents/Guardians & Students on Wednesday, November 10th from 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Please return with signatures to Ms. O'Boyle by Monday, November 8th.

Student Signature_____________________Date_______________

Parent/Guardian Signature______________________________Date_______________

Exhibition Nights . . .  An Invitation
Please join us for our first Exhibition Nights of the school year on Nov. 17-18 from 6-8:00 pm.  During Exhibition Night, students will present their major projects from the semester in a dazzling array of creative formats to an audience of students, families, faculty and community members. Prospective families are welcome as well! 

November 17 - Da Vinci Design
November 18 - Da Vinci Science
6-8:00 pm

During these specific Exhibitions, students will present a Tale of Two Cities Mock Trial, Get Real: A Bonding & Chemical ReactionGoogle City BluePrint and Physical City District Creation, and It IS a Small World After All, among other projects.  

Exhibitions are an important component of project-based learning and assessment, and provide a comprehensive view of each student's knowledge and mastery of the state curriculum, as well as additional 21st century skills that are vital to academic and lifelong success. Using oral presentations and digital portfolios, students will demonstrate how they were able to tackle real-world complex problems requiring critical thinking, problem solving, teamwork, effective communication, and other essential skills.

Come see our real-world "learn by doing" curriculum for yourself.  We offer an exciting learning environment where education is rigorous, relevant and fun!

Da Vinci Design Symposium - A Huge Success!!
Otis_Design Symposium
Da Vinci Design students visit Otis College of Art and Design.

By Ariana T., 10th Grade Design

In October, Da Vinci Design students were lucky enough to have their very own 2-day Design Symposium.  On the first day of this exciting experience, students visited different design locations that demonstrated, among other things, the steps of designing a product, how to design a room for an art exhibit, and many other interesting design skills.  Some of the different places that we visited were Otis College of Art and Design, Belkin, The Getty Museum, Northrop Grumman, and Gensler. 

The students had much to say when the day was over. One sophomore said, "After today I am inspired to expand my skills and knowledge as a designer."

The day after visiting these sites, students worked collaboratively on a design competition. The goal was to design a skateboard backpack for either 13-25 year old boys, 13-25 year old girls, or the retro skater who skated back in the 60s and 70s. The backpack had to include a spot for a skateboard, a laptop, pencils, pens, a cell phone, water, sunglasses, and more. When everybody was finished, the students went around the school and voted on each design. The groups with the highest votes went on to the second round, where the teachers voted. After that, representatives from Belkin came and took the designs to look over them. Belkin is still deciding on a winner, but when they do, the winner will receive free backpacks!

The Design Symposium was a great success and a wonderful experience for all students. It helped them to have a better understanding of design, and many students are now inspired to do great things and become successful designers. Wait and see what amazing designers will come from Da Vinci Schools!

U.S. State Dept. International Delegation Visits Da Vinci Schools
On Oct. 14, a U.S. State Department delegation of approximately 25 international STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) experts visited Da Vinci Schools. Organized by Dr. Ray Haynes, Da Vinci's Director of STEM Integration (pictured third from left), the State Department visitors identified Da Vinci Science as a "model school" for our innovative approach to engaging students in STEM education. The delegation met with school leaders, toured classrooms, and heard a briefing from the Honorable Andrea Seastrand, Executive Director of the California Space Authority (pictured left).
State Dept Visit

Enrollment Information for 2011-2012
Thank you for your interest in Da Vinci Schools!

Parents or legal guardians must attend an Information Meeting as a required part of the application process. Student applicants are encouraged to attend. You do not need to RSVP.

All meetings take place at Da Vinci Schools unless otherwise noted. For more information, please visit our Enrollment FAQs.

Information Meetings

Thursday, November 4, 2010 / 6:00 to 8:00 pm*
* Location:  Dana Middle School. This event is being held in conjunction with Dana's High School Night

Thursday, December 9, 2010 / 6:00 to 8:00 pm

Thursday, January 13, 2011 / 6:00 to 8:00 pm

Saturday, January 22, 2011 / 10:00 am to 12 Noon

Thursday, February 3, 2011 / 6:00 to 8:00 pm

Saturday, February 12, 2011 / 10:00 am to 12 Noon

Lottery Deadline
The lottery deadline is Wednesday, February 16, 2011, at 4:00 pm. Earlier submissions are appreciated. Late applications will be placed at the end of the wait list.

Lottery Date
A public lottery will take place on Thursday, February 17, 2011, at 6:00 pm. Families do not need to be present at the lottery.

Registration Date
A notification letter of your child's place on the enrollment list or waiting list will be mailed to you within one week of the lottery date. Students who are offered enrollment must complete the Registration Form and bring in all required documentation to our Registration Day held Saturday, March 5, 2011 (time and location will be mailed out in advance). If you are offered enrollment, but do not register on the designated Registration Day, your space will be given to a student on the waiting list. If you are placed on the waiting list and an enrollment space opens up for you, you will be notified.
Da Vinci Schools Host Service Learning Fair
More than 20 nonprofits and service organizations and hundreds of students participated in Da Vinci Schools' Service Learning Fair on Oct. 8 in order to promote community service and learn more about the specific volunteer opportunities available to them. During the fair, students visited booths and met one-on-one with representatives from the organizations.

Da Vinci Schools require students to perform a minimum of 20 hours of service each year.

Service learning activities develop students' personal and social responsibility, and promote learning through active participation in real-world experiences. Many of our students have engaged in meaningful community service projects.

The event would not have been possible without the tremendous leadership of Da Vinci's Family Group Association Vice President, Kendra Janes, who organized and executed the entire event from start to finish.  There were also many students who served as ambassadors throughout the day. Thank you for making this such a spectacular event!!

We are also grateful to the many organizations that participated:

Adopt A Neighbor
AYSO Region 21
Global Green
Habitat for Humanity for LA
Heal the Bay
Guardians of all Creatures
Friends of Ballona Wetlands
Multiple Sclerosis Society
Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy
Peter Zippi Fund
Reading Partners
Richstone Family
Roundhouse Marine Studies Lab & Aquarium
The Love Joy Foundation
Toberman Neighborhood Center
Tree Musketeers
Turning Point Transitional Housing
Wiseburn Library
Whiskers & Tails
9-11 Help America Foundation

Congratulations, Jaime Hernandez!
Jaime Hernandez HENAAC awardPlease join us in congratulating Jaime Hernandez, Da Vinci's IT Director, on receiving a HENAAC/Los Hermanos Memorial Scholarship presented by Dean Keith Moo-Young of CSULA. Jaime, a graduate engineering major at CSULA, was one of six Cal State L.A. students honored on Oct. 9 by the Great Minds in STEM™ organization. Also attending the conference on behalf of Da Vinci Schools were staff members Colleen O'Boyle and Mario Rodriguez. Dr. Ray Haynes, Da Vinci's Director of STEM Integration, is a professor in residence with the Great Minds in STEM organization. CSULA is a community partner of Da Vinci Schools. Congratulations, Jaime!

The HENAAC Scholars Program was established in 2000 with the goal of contributing to the Hispanic community by awarding scholarships and grants to student leaders who affect the Hispanic community in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) through financial assistance and recognition of their work.

HENAAC, a non-profit organization promoting careers in science, technology, engineering and math, stands for Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Awards Corporation. It was recently renamed as Great Minds in STEM™ to reflect the expanded role of its education programs and other efforts it's taking to promote STEM careers in underrepresented communities. For more information, please visit Great Minds in STEM.

Make A Difference Today
Thank you to all of the families who have generously made a gift to the Making Dreams Come True Campaign!!

Please help us reach our goal of 100% participation. 

When you give to Da Vinci Schools, you make a difference in the lives of every Da Vinci student.

Your tax-deductible gift to the Making Dreams Come True Campaign will be used to establish a comprehensive college and career counseling program; purchase Naviance/Family Connection, a powerful web-based tool for students and families to research colleges and careers, track applications and scholarship opportunities; fund internships and college visits; and purchase project-based learning materials for each teaching team.

Your gift is crucial: the state's budget crisis has resulted in a $700,000 funding loss to Da Vinci Schools. Making Dreams Come True is our top fundraising priority and the fundraiser we ask EVERY family to support.

Whether you are able to give $365 per family (the suggested donation amount) or any amount, every gift makes a difference.

Make your Annual Giving gift today!!!

Ways to Give

There are many ways to give to Da Vinci Schools.

1. By check.  Download a printable donation form here and mail to Da Vinci Schools, 13500 Aviation Boulevard, Hawthorne, CA  90250.

2. By credit/debit card.  We accept Visa, MasterCard and AMEX. If you prefer to donate by phone, please call us at (310) 725-5800. 

3.  Make a one-time gift online now.

4.  Give monthly.  Start automated monthly contributions using your credit card.

5.  Pledge now & give later.  Download a printable donation form/pledge card here.

6. Many local companies have MATCHING GIFT PROGRAMS that can double or even triple your gift. Find out today if your company has a matching gift program. If they do, simply obtain a form from the company's HR office, complete it, and send it to us. We'll take care of the rest! Click here to view local companies that match.
7.  Share your time.  We can always use volunteers!  Please email giving@davincischools.org and someone will get back to you shortly.  We thank you!

For more information about the Making Dreams Come True Campaign, please visit our FAQ page.

If you have any questions or experience any difficulties making a gift, or wish to give by phone, please contact Sara Deulofeu at (310) 725-5800 or email us at giving@davincischools.org.

All gifts are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.  Da Vinci Schools are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Thank you for your generous support!

Reminder:  No School Nov 11-12
Don't ForgetThere is no school for students on Nov. 11th and 12th.  All students and staff will be off on the 11th in recognition of Veteran's Day.  Nov. 12 is a professional development day for our teachers. Enjoy your time off!