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The newsletter of Wiseburn 21st Century Charter Schools Feb 2009
In This Issue
Volunteers Needed Feb. 7 for Restoration
Da Vinci: The Icon, The Schools
Charter Schools Staff in Sacramento
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Mark Abinante
Lia Abinaufe
Bill Ahrens
Evelyn Alvarez
Susan Andriacchi
Juan Arellano
Minerva Banuelos
Mary Baum
John Bernard
Peggy Burt
Jane Comitz
Margie Crabtree
Whitney Curry
Joan Diette
Marco Duran
Patricia Esqueda
Ashley Flowers
Martha Ford-Dixon
Gilda Harrison
Ryan Hart
Mariel Islas
Brian Jaffe
Barbara Johnson
Chris Jones
Anne Kershner
Trinh Lam
Tamika Lang
Ann Lathrop
Jasmin Lee
Linda Leonard
Alfredo Martin
David Mazzotti
Patti Mojonnier
Ana Montes
Jennifer Morgan
Hatha Parrish
Amy Primbsch
Refugio Razo
Marielle Reynoso
Jonathan Schleyer
Emily Shapiro
Cherie Shea
Dorothy Sweeney
Margi Thorsell
Sandy Valentino
Brian Vallelunga
Rosa Vargas-Goslin
Macy Vezina
Deedee Zirbel

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Dennis Curtis

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Welcome to Innovate!
From the Founding Principal

As we move into the month of February, Nicole TempelI have exciting news to share with you! The Wiseburn School District Board of Trustees and the Wiseburn 21st Century Charter Schools Board of Trustees have both officially approved the names for the two charter schools: "Da Vinci Science" and "Da Vinci Design."  The campus for the schools is being renovated and already looks amazing (see the image below). 


Not Too Late to Qualify for the Lottery

If you are the parent of an 8th-grader and you missed our two Family Information Nights, you can still contact us to try to schedule a Family Information Meeting so you may hear about the school programs and receive the admissions lottery form. You must act quickly, however -- admissions lottery forms are due in the Wiseburn School District office by 5:00 pm on February 11, 2009. The admissions lottery -- a public drawing of enrollment spaces -- will be held February 12, 2009, from 6:00-8:00 pm at Dana Middle School in the Multipurpose Room (attendance is optional).

Please Come Help Restore Our Campus
If you would enjoy rolling up your sleeves and helping to clean up the campus, join us on Saturday, February 7, 2009. Details are below.

Please enjoy the newsletter, and thank you for your continued support of the charter schools!
Volunteers Needed Feb. 7 for Restoration
Painting Da VinciDo you like to paint, garden, clean...or perhaps lay carpet? Volunteers are still needed for "Restoration Day" at our soon-to-be-beautiful charter schools campus.
Join Us
Please join dozens of other community members on Saturday, February 7, 2009, from 7:30 am to 5:00 pm at 13500 Aviation Blvd., Hawthorne, CA 90250 for a fun day of community collaboration as we transform the Da Vinci Design and Da Vinci Science facility. We'll have a great time! Don't forget to wear old clothes.  

Special Thanks to These Community Supporters 
Michelle of Changes Interior Design (310.392.8926) and Harris of Green Images Landscaping (310.644.8939) both volunteered their services to make the Da Vinci schools a stylish reality; Raul of Emmanuel's Painting (805.610.7587) worked very hard to meet a tight deadline for painting the exterior.
 Da Vinci: The Icon, The Schools
The Board and staff of the Wiseburn 21st Century Charter Schools offer their sincere appreciation to Jonathan Schleyer, Senior Planner for the renowned advertising agency TBWA|Chiat|Day, for volunteering his considerable expertise and leading the school naming effort. Jonathan guided members of the Wiseburn community through the same process used to create many of the top brands in the country. The results are "Da Vinci Science" and "Da Vinci Design."  

The Da Vinci name was selected because Leonardo da Vinci's wide-ranging talents as an engineer, artist, mathematician and architect mirror what today's high school students will need to excel in the 21st century global economy. In today's workplace, successful engineers are creative problem solvers; in-demand digital artists are steeped in technical knowledge.

The students who graduate from the Da Vinci schools will gain an education worthy of the man who painted the Mona Lisa and conceptualized the first helicopter roughly 500 years ago. They will also earn an A.A. degree -- a two-year college degree -- during high school if they choose to do so, all as part of their tuition-free public charter school education. We like to think Da Vinci would approve. After all, he once said, "The noblest pleasure is the joy of understanding."

Charter Schools Staff in Sacramento
Nicole Tempel and Matthew Wunder
On February 3, 2009, Wiseburn 21st Century Charter Schools Founding Principal Nicole Tempel and Executive Director Dr. Matthew Wunder went to Sacramento for two purposes: first, to attend the State of Education address by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O'Connell, and second, to visit the Met-Sacramento, an innovative public high school.

Superintendent O'Connell made the case for school-funding reform and increased investment in public education as keys to California's economic recovery. He also urged educators and policymakers to continue the focus on closing the achievement gap for the state's nearly 6.3 million students.  

Met Sacramento Students

At the Met-Sacramento, Nicole and Matthew saw the Met's nationally-known 21st century learning program in action. Students at the Met take part in project-based learning and internship experiences that are closely monitored by teacher-advisors. Information gleaned from the visit will be used by Wiseburn 21st Century Charter Schools staff to refine the professional internship component of the charter schools' programs.

The Met-Sacramento is one of 54 schools nationwide founded by the educational nonprofit known as The Big Picture Company.

Thank you for being part of the Wiseburn 21st Century Charter Schools community. Please contact us anytime to share your comments, concerns or questions -- these are your schools.
Nicole Tempel
Founding Principal
Wiseburn 21st Century Charter Schools