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First Exhibition Night A Huge Success!
Lottery Deadline - Jan 20
Make a Gift and Make a Difference
Get Involved With Da Vinci Schools

Happy New Year
11  Classes Resume
      Parent Group Meeting
                                             6 pm
16  Enrollment Info       Meeting  10am

18  School Holiday
19  Cafe con la Directora 
8 am

20  Lottery Deadline 4 pm

21  Lottery Drawing  6 pm
Attendance is not required.

28  Lottery Results Mailed

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Da Vinci Schools
13500 Aviation Blvd.
Hawthorne, CA  90250

(310) 725-5800

Matthew Wunder, Ed.D. Executive Director

Nicole Tempel


Dear Da Vinci Families and Friends:

Happy New Year!

With the New Year comes the opportunity to give thanks at Da Vinci Schools as we plan for the future.

We are very grateful for the tremendous talent, energy, and commitment exhibited by our students, faculty and staff which was recently noted in an outstanding feature article about us,
"A teaching model that would make Da Vinci proud," appearing in
the Los Angeles Times. The piece is a powerful recognition not only of our academic credibility but also the depth of dedication and competence of our students, faculty, parents, board members and community partners.

In 2010, our top priority will be strengthening our academic programs so that they are both rigorous and intellectually challenging for all students. To achieve this goal, our faculty is engaging in a week-long training program focused on the different learning needs of our students, including the needs of our highest achieving students.  We are adding Academic Mentors and a robotics course as part of a sequence of college level classes that provide students with real-world learning and hands-on experience.  Also starting this semester, we will offer two on-site Early College classes in collaboration with El Camino College which will provide students with the opportunity to pursue college level coursework in a personal and supportive environment while simultaneously completing their high school diploma. In addition, we continue to work closely with our community partners to make certain our curricula is aligned with university and industry standards.

We are deeply committed to academic excellence for all students and to ensuring our students are prepared for success in college and the 21st century global workplace.  On behalf of the entire Da Vinci community, we wish you a productive and Happy New Year.

With gratitude,

Matthew Wunder
Executive Director
First Exhibition Night A Huge Success!

Elaborate projects, mixed media, and unbridled enthusiasm abounded at Da Vinci Schools' first Exhibition Night held on Dec. 16.  More than 1,000 people attended this wonderful community learning event. Students were knowledgeable, enthusiastic, smartly dressed, mature and thoughtful as they presented their culminating projects and talked about what they had learned over the first semester to a caring audience of parents, faculty, mentors, industry professionals and community friends.

In a dazzling array of hands-on projects, students explored real-world problems and challenges requiring critical thinking, decision making, teamwork, effective communication and other important skills vital to academic and lifelong success.

We are extremely proud of our students for taking ownership of their learning and for producing beautiful work of lasting value -- all within the context of the California content standards.

Thanks to all who attended and especially to the many volunteers who rolled up their sleeves to help us prepare for this important event.

 The Jungle

The Jungle:  The Chicago Stockyards
10th grade Science students Dina P., Jasmyn H. and Kaylean G. simulate a slaughterhouse with a live chicken as they demonstrate the living and working conditions of immigrants in Chicago's meatpacking industry during the early 20th century.  Students explored the historical and literary relevance of Upton Sinclair's novel, The Jungle, in expository and creative writing projects.  They examined the Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906 and how the imagery of Sinclair's novel exposed the unsanitary conditions of the meatpacking factories to President Roosevelt and American consumers.

Exhibition_Children's Books

Reading Fun Zone:  Student-Created Children's Stories
Kat T. and Kelepi A. (with parent Anita E.) present the children's books they wrote, illustrated, printed and bound for humanities class. The 9th grade students studied plot structure, use of dialogue, and the elements of effective storytelling to create engaging picture books for a target audience of youngsters between the ages of two and seven.


Motion in Motion Flash Animation
Carel B., a 9th grade Science student, demonstrates her  engineering project called "The Capricorns." Carel's project explored circular motion, projectile path, and Newton's Three Laws of Motion.

Bad Ad

Media Literacy Project
Priscilla R., a 9th grade Design student, shows off her media literacy project deconstructing an ad for French Lavender. Students presented their individual Bad Ad Analysis Essays, studied persuasive techniques, subtext, untold story and stereotypes. "None of this has anything to do with deodorant," Priscilla said, discussing the prevalence of provocative poses in advertising.
Lottery Deadline - January 20, 2010

Enrollment and Lottery Deadlines

Application deadline for 2010-2011 School Year:  January 20, 2010.

To apply for the 2010-2011 school year, families must attend a mandatory Information Meeting and submit an Admissions Lottery Form by 4:00 pm on January 20, 2010. 

- Information Meeting:  Jan. 16, 2010 (10:00 am to Noon)
Students are encouraged to attend!
- Lottery Application Deadline:  Jan. 20, 2010 (4:00 pm)
- Lottery Drawing:  Jan. 21, 2010 (6:00 pm)
Attendance is not required. 

Lottery results will be mailed to the address listed on the Admissions Lottery Form no later than January 28, 2010.  Applicants will receive either an acceptance letter or a notification of his/her place on our waiting lists.

Students who are offered enrollment must complete the Registration Form and bring in all required documentation to our Registration Day on Saturday, February 20, 2010. If you are offered enrollment, but do not register on Registration Day, your space will be given to a student on the waiting list.

While enrollment is open to all students who reside in California, our charter provides for admissions preferences as follows:

(1)  Students currently attending Da Vinci Schools who remain in good standing;

(2)  Students residing within the territorial jurisdiction of Wiseburn;

(3)  Children of founders and teachers;

(4)  Siblings of students already attending or admitted to Da Vinci Schools;

(5)  All others.

Da Vinci Schools give preference only to applications that are received before the lottery deadline. 

For more information, please visit our FAQ Enrollment page or contact us at (310) 725-5800. 

Thank you for your interest in Da Vinci Schools!
Make a Gift and Make a Difference

Investing In Excellence

A gift to the Annual Giving Campaign provides critical support to virtually every aspect of student life at Da Vinci Schools. Gifts to the Annual Giving Campaign support:

  • The creation of internships and mentoring programs
  • Laptops, software and other classroom supplies for every student
  • Field trips to public and private colleges
  • Ongoing college and career counseling
  • Project-based learning materials for each teaching team

A gift to the Annual Giving Campaign is the most direct and immediate way a donor can contribute to Da Vinci Schools. The suggested donation amount for the 2009-2010 school year is $365 per family (only $1 per day)

Every gift, no mater how large or small, has an impact.  Make yours today!

Gifts can be made in any number of ways, including by check, Visa, MasterCard or AMEX.  You may send your gift by mail to Da Vinci Schools, 13500 Aviation Blvd., Hawthorne, CA  90250. 

Or, click here to make a gift online or download a donation form/pledge card if you wish to pay in installments.

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!

For more information about our Annual Giving Campaign, please visit our FAQ page or contact Sara Deulofeu at (310) 725-5800 or giving@davincischools.org.

Thank you so much for your support!
Volunteer Opportunities

VolunteerWe are still looking for a few good volunteers!

Da Vinci Clubs
Interested in cooking?  Science?  Guitar?  Cheerleading?  Volunteers are needed to support and supervise our student-ran after-school clubs. 

To find out more about our campus clubs and organizations, click here

Contact:  Kendra James,

Drivers and Chaperones
Drivers and chaperones are needed for field trips and other events.  Current needs are:  Job Shadow - Feb 2; College Days - Mar 18, Apr 8, May 27.

Contact:  Kathy Williams, kathy.williams@cnb.com

Office/School Support
The front office has an ongoing need for volunteers to help with morning tardy patrol and light clerical work (copying, filing, handling phone calls, etc.).  Volunteers are also needed to assist with lunch time supervision.  

Contact:  Yolanda Saldana-Bautista, ysaldana@davincischools.org

Service Learning
Volunteers are needed to help coordinate student community service projects.  

Contacts:  Dawn Henderson, MsQuickSS@hotmail.com &
Karie McNickles, karieandgeoff@hotmail.com

Teacher Appreciation
Volunteers are needed to help plan and execute teacher appreciation events.

Contact:  Linda Cuesta, LCuesta@mednet.ucla.edu

We have many needs around campus for volunteers with basic computer skills. We're also looking for videographers who can film, edit and produce a video about Da Vinci and project-based learning.

Contact: Jaime Hernandez,jhernandez@davincischools.org