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In This Issue
Da Vinci Robotics Team Wins Top Rookie Team at FIRST Robotics Competition
Da Vinci Science Wins 2nd Place in Northrop Grumman Innovation Challenge
Da Vinci Schools Deliver College-Prep Results
K-8 Update: School and Family Collaborative Education
In My Own Words: My Very First Youth & Government Experience
Da Vinci Design eJournalism Class Launches DV Design Portal
Da Vinci Students Get First-Hand Look at Colleges and Universities
Hurry! The Chevron Matching Challenge Ends March 31
Enrollment Update
Da Vinci Blankets Are Here!

March 31
Registration Day for Accepted K-12 Families
9 am

April 3
Coffee & Chat with the Counselors (Design)
8-9 am

April 3
Da Vinci Innovation Academy Exhibition Night
(T/F cohort)
5-7 pm

April 4
Da Vinci Science Exhibition Night
6 pm

April 5
Coffee & College (Science)
8-9 am

April 5
Da Vinci Innovation Academy Exhibition Night
(M/Th cohort)
5-7 pm

April 5
Da Vinci Design Exhibition
6 pm

April 9-13
Spring Break (No School)

April 16
Staff Development - HS Only (No School)

April 17
High School Family Association Meetings
(Science & Design)
6 pm

April 24
Mindfulness Workshop
(Da Vinci Innovation Academy)
7-9 pm

April 28
Math Workshop - Geometry
(Da Vinci Innovation Academy)
8-2:50 pm

May 31
Executive Functioning Skills
(Da Vinci Innovation Academy)
7-9 pm 

Community Partners

We gratefully acknowledge the generosity of our
community partners
 and supporters.

Complete List 

Quick Links

Da Vinci Innovation Academy
13500 Aviation Blvd.
Hawthorne, CA  90250
(310) 725-5800

Da Vinci Science
13500 Aviation Blvd.
Hawthorne, CA  90250
(310) 725-5800

Da Vinci Design
12501 S. Isis Ave.
Hawthorne, CA  90250
(310) 725-5800


Matthew Wunder, Ed.D.
Executive Director

Nicole Tempel Assisi, Ed.D.
Innovation Academy

Steve Wallis
Da Vinci Science

Colleen O'Boyle
Da Vinci Design


Exhibition Nights ... An Invitation

Please join us for our upcoming Student Project Exhibitions. Exhibition is an opportunity for students to demonstrate what they know (their learning) and what they can do with that knowledge (the product of their final project). 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 curriculum. 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. New families and prospective families are welcome as well! 

All K-12 Da Vinci students will be participating in our upcoming Student Project Exhibitions:

Da Vinci Innovation Academy
Tuesday, April 3 (T/F cohort)
Thursday, April 5 (M/Th cohort)
5-7 pm

Da Vinci Science
Wednesday, April 4
6-8 pm

Da Vinci Design
Thursday, April 5
6-8 pm

We invite you to take this opportunity to visit all of our classrooms and see the powerful work our students have been engaged in and the creative, thoughtful work they have produced. We look forward to sharing our students' learning and work with you!

Da Vinci Robotics Team Wins Top Rookie Team at FIRST Robotics Competition, Finishes #5 Out of 66 Teams
Da Vinci Science's Robotics Team, the Vitruvian Bots, earned the Highest Rookie Seed award at the Los Angeles Regional FIRST Robotics Competition held March 15-17 in Long Beach. The Da Vinci team finished its inaugural season #5 out of 66 teams with a 8-1 record.

Way to go, Team Da Vinci!! We are so proud of you!!!

With the support of our awesome teachers Aaron Tostado and Josh Thomson and sponsorship by jcpenney, 27 students worked side-by-side with professional engineers from Raytheon, Boeing, COM DEV and DARPA to design and build a robot that could navigate a court and shoot as many basketballs into their hoops as possible during a 2 minute and 15 second match. All teams had to conform their robot to certain weight, height, size and monetary restrictions.
Vitruvian Bots
The Vitruvian Bots: Aydee Borroel, Kevin Garcia, Tatiana Baquero, Kimberly Carrillo, Ariana Chavez, Jonathan Dao, Rosa Garcia, Adriana Henriquez, Amy Hu, Marc Iwamoto, Carlos Lopez, Enrique Mejia, Allan Murillo, Tyler Murray, Mathew Nunez, Sal Olivares, Huzaifa Patel, JohnPaul Ramirez, Christian Santizo, Anthony Stuart, Tiffany Stuart, Kan Thongnoppakun, Kat Thongnoppakun, Alyssa Tomlinson, Ruqayya Toorawa, Brian Vallelunga and Tristian Vo.

A HUGE thanks to our dedicated mentors who supported and inspired us every step of the way:  Ted Dang (DARPA), Fazlul Zubair (Raytheon), David Stuart (Boeing), Ralf Ihmels (COM DEV) and Bill Kummer (Raytheon).

Da Vinci Science Wins 2nd Place in Northrop Grumman Innovation Challenge
Da Vinci Schools is on a roll!  Da Vinci Science won 2nd place in the Northrop Grumman Innovation Challenge that was part of National Engineers Week, Feb. 19-25, 2012. High school students from across the South Bay participated in an Innovation Challenge in Redondo Beach to design, build and test a solar shade inspired by the sunshield on the James Webb Space Telescope.

The Da Vinci Science team was coached by physics teacher Josh Jackson. Go, Team!!!!

Innovation Challenge 2012
Da Vinci Science Wins 2nd Place in
Northrop Grumman Innovation Challenge

Da Vinci Schools Deliver College-Prep Results

College Acceptances
Going to College
Max '12 and Anthony '12
Da Vinci Schools are delivering college-prep results. Already 80% of our first graduating class, the Class of 2012, has been accepted into four year colleges and universities! Da Vinci students are ready for college and ready for life. More than 95% of our seniors have completed their UC/CSU A-G course requirements -- this is a remarkable achievement in a city where fewer than 70% of high school seniors graduate and fewer than 50% have completed the necessary coursework to go to a state college. Da Vinci Schools congratulate our seniors who have been offered admission into the following colleges and universities:

American University of Paris
Arizona State
Art Institute of California
Azusa Pacific
Cal Lutheran University
Cal Maritime
Cal Poly Pomona
Cal State San Marcos
CSU Bakersfield
CSU Channel Islands
CSU Chico
CSU Dominguez Hills
CSU East Bay
CSU Fullerton
CSU Long Beach
CSU Los Angeles
Drexel University
Georgia State University
Hofstra University
Humboldt State Univeristy
Laguna College of Art & Design
Marymount College
Menlo College
New Mexico WUE
Northern Arizona University
Oregon State University
Rochester Institute of Technology
San Diego State University
San Francisco State University
Sierra Nevada College
Sonoma State University
UAT - University of Advancing Technology
UC Davis
UC Merced
UC Riverside
UC Santa Cruz
Univ Hawaii Manoa
Univ of Alabama
Univ of Arizona
Univ of Kansas
Univ of La Verne
Univ of Oregon
Univ of Pacific
Univ of Utah
Weber State University

Students in the Class of 2012 are bringing Da Vinci's educational excellence and innovative curriculum and programs to the attention of colleges and universities throughout the nation.

K-8 Update
School and Family Collaborative Education 
As a school and family collaborative education model, the Da Vinci Innovation Academy offers K-8 families many opportunities to learn from each other and from experts in their fields. Every month, there are outstanding parent workshops offered that support collaborative education and hands-on, minds-on learning. All workshops are free and open to the public!

Past workshops have included:
  • Setting Limits With Compassion facilitated by Laura Dotson, a private practice Marriage and Family Therapist and Melody Elder, a teacher, educator and owner of Awakened Heart Parenting 
  • Math and Cognitively Guided Instruction with Helen Chan, a DVIA parent and Director of the UCLA Math Content Program for Teachers 
  • Multiple Learning Styles with Melanie West, an Educational Psychologist in Southern California specializing in supporting "right-brain" creative thinkers 
Upcoming Workshops

Tuesday, April 24 | 7-9 pm

Home-schooling can be an exciting endeavor, filled with colorful conversations and creative learning environments. It can also be stressful for both parent educators and their learners at times. Mindfulness expert and DVIA parent Lisa Grady will provide easy strategies and quick tips to support both parent educators and their learners in finding that balance.

Math Workshop - Geometry
Saturday, April 28 | 8-2:50 pm

Helen Chan is back for more math fun! This time she will be talking about Geometry throughout the grades. As usual, there will be three sessions:

Primary Grades | 8-9:50 am
(recommended for K-2 Parents)
Upper Grades | 10-11:50 am
(recommended for Grades 3-5 Parents)
Middle School | 12-1:40 pm
(recommended for Grades 6-8 Parents)

Executive Functioning Skills
Thursday, May 31 | 7-9 pm

If planning, organizing, strategizing, paying attention to details and managing time are skills anyone in your family could use support with, this workshop is a must! Dr. Nancy Harjani Muirhead will provide an overview of executive functioning skills along with tools to support in the development of these important mental processes.

For more information about upcoming workshops or to RSVP, please contact Brianne Allen at ballen@davincischools.org.

In My Own Words:  My Very First Youth & Government Experience in Sacramento
by Corey Simmonds '13

Corey Simmonds
Corey Simmonds '13
My name is Corey Simmonds, and I love Youth and Government. 

My Youth and Government experience in Sacramento, the final youth and government gathering in the series, was unforgettable. I remember the day I left Camp Roberts, the second Youth and Government session. A fellow delegate attempted to detail an event that would be even more amazing than the one I was then departing, but I would have to experience it for myself.

I was a part of the National Issues Committee in Sacramento, and therefore would have a great time debating national issues and a multitude of proposed solutions to those problems. My particular proposal required televised advertisements to display all written statements in the advertisement for a minimum duration of three seconds. My argument was a combination of scientific evidence and my personal opinions and perspectives. My proposal survived two rounds of debate and voting, but did not make it to G.A. or General Assembly which is where the most popular proposals are debated for a final time. The conference began with a traditional "joint session", where every delegate (2000+) is gathered in one room for important announcements, elections, or special guest presentations. Joint session would serve as a mild introduction to the excitement that would be the next four days. My first session was in a hotel conference room, where I and six other delegates were invited to share our "proposals", or creative solutions to national issues. The next few days I struggled to keep my proposal on its way to general assembly while enjoying heated debates about other proposals. 

There was much to experience outside of my N.I.C. group, also.  Each night there was an opportunity to meet the other delegates in a relaxed environment, bounce in bounce houses, and dance. 

Though the entire program was enjoyable, the most exciting part of the trip for me was the final election!  On the last day there was a banquet every delegate was required to attend, and after a great meal each delegation voted for the next Youth Governor.  My delegation president and I presented our delegation's votes with a short skit, and although the candidate that won the majority of my delegation's votes did not win the position, we all had a great time cheering.  Overall, Youth and Government in Sacramento was a life-changing experience.  The memories I've made in Sacramento will last forever, and what I've learned I hope to share with others through my actions and further participation in Y and G.

Editor's Note:  Corey Simmonds aspires to be a lobbyist for genetic and biological resources. He hopes to one day serve in the presidential cabinet.

Youth & Government
Da Vinci Youth & Government Team

Da Vinci Design Update
eJournalism Class Launches DV Design Portal
DV Design Portal Da Vinci Design has launched a new website, DVDesignPortal.com. DVDesignPortal.com is the official school blog for Da Vinci School of Design. The website hosts all DVD-related media for students and families, including news, events, photos, artwork, videos, and live shows.

The website and all correlating media are developed and managed by the DV Design eJournalism Team under faculty advisor, Krisha Moeller.

If you have any questions or stories you'd like to share, please email the eJournalism team at journalismteam@dvdesignportal.com.


Da Vinci Students Get First-Hand Look at Colleges and Universities
UCR College Visit
Da Vinci students visit UC Riverside 
At Da Vinci Schools, college planning and preparation begin in the 9th grade with a rigorous college-prep curriculum, yearly college field trips, college fairs, college workshops, and visits from college reps. As part of our college going culture, every Da Vinci student goes on yearly college visits to experience campus life firsthand, take tours, meet college students, and learn about admissions requirements, scholarships and financial aid. Recently, the 11th grade class at Da Vinci Design visited a variety of Southern California colleges and universities, including: UC Santa Barbara, UC Riverside, CSU Channel Islands, CSU Fullerton, CSU San Bernardino, and CSU San Marcos. Other college visits have included UCLA, USC, Pitzer College, Harvey Mudd, Cal Tech, LMU, Pepperdine and more.

Your Dollars At Work:  This year's college visits are being funded
in part by the Annual Giving Campaign. Thank you for your generous support! Your help is needed now more than ever. Please consider a gift or pledge by March 31 and your contribution with be DOUBLED thanks to the Chevron Matching Challenge. More details below! 


Annual Giving Campaign 

Chevron Matching Challenge
Ends March 31

Every donation and pledge during March
will be generously matched dollar-for-dollar
by Chevron, up to $25,000
Chevron Fueling Education logoWe are getting close to making our $25,000 goal. If you have made a gift, thank you! If not, please consider making a gift or pledge this month to take advantage of the Chevron Matching Challenge!

But, hurry. The Chevron Matching Challenge ends March 31.

Donate today and DOUBLE the impact of your gift!

All donations and pledges made in March must be paid in full by June 1, 2012 to be eligible for the Chevron match.

Money raised through The Chevron Challenge will be used to support hands-on curriculum for every K-12 student; innovative academic and enrichment programs; state-of-the-art technology; field trips; college visits; art materials; professional development; and the day-to-day operating expenses that are not funded by the state of California.

We are deeply grateful to Chevron and Lily Craig, Chevron's External Affairs Manager, for their ongoing support of Da Vinci Schools and for their generosity in establishing The Chevron Challenge.

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 companies in our area that match employees' contributions.
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 Annual Giving Campaign, please visit the Annual Giving webpage.

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 generosity!

Enrollment Update
Enrollment Information 2012-2013 
Summer School SunThe 2012-2013 application deadline has passed. If you missed the application deadline, but wish to be added to our wait list of interested families, please download a K-12 Enrollment Application here and return it to Da Vinci Schools.
Questions?  Please contact:

Da Vinci Innovation Academy Enrollment

Da Vinci High School Enrollment


 Thank you for your interest in Da Vinci Schools!  

Da Vinci Blankets Are Here!! 

DV blanketWonder what the Junior Achievement Entrepreneur Seminar has been doing? Their company, called DVation, has developed a new product -- an ultra soft fleece blanket. Perfect for the cold weather and only $10 each! They're available in orange and ivory.

Order yours today! 
Contact Ms. Lodhy at slodhy@davincischools.org.