• Da Vinci Extension

Dear Da Vinci Families and Friends, We are writing to update you on our planning and timeline for a return to campuses, and to invite you to a Virtual Town Hall meeting on March 2 to solicit your feedback. There is a lot of information being reported in the news media about Federal, State and County guidance that is sometimes confusing and conflicting. Our ability to offer a phased-in reopening plan varies by grade level, staffing and student needs, and is contingent upon highly specific County restrictions. For LA County, the infection rates remain in the widespread Purple Tier so that we are not currently allowed to open for grades 7-12. The process and timeline described below provide an overview of our decision-making process and next steps. 1. In December, we communicated with families that we did not anticipate returning to on-campus instruction until April 12, 2021 at the earliest, pending guidance from state and local health officials. This still holds true. We will not return to campus until at least April 12, 2021 except for limited special education assessments and services for severely at-risk youth at Da Vinci RISE High School. 2. On February 25th, Da Vinci staff will have an opportunity to attend a staff Virtual Town Hall event to share their thoughts on returning to campus this school year (April 12-June 9th). The Town Hall will be recorded and sent to all staff. Additionally, a survey will go out to all Da Vinci staff members following the staff Town Hall to gather their feedback. 3. On Tuesday, March 2 at 6:30PM, we invite Da Vinci parents/guardians and community members to attend a Virtual Town Hall meeting (Zoom Link: to discuss the steps being taken for a phased-in return to campus between April 12th-June 9th. Speaking at the Virtual Town Hall on March 2nd will be Dr. Jennifer Hawn, Chief Operating Officer; Dr. Emily Green, School Nurse; Vicente Bravo, Chief Administrative Officer, along with myself. We will provide an update on our COVID-19 safety plan, discuss timelines, solicit feedback from families, and answer as many questions as we can. The Town Hall will be recorded and posted on our website. Because a Town Hall via Zoom may make it challenging to respond to everyone’s questions, we will also provide a Padlet to capture your thoughts, and request that you complete a survey that will be sent out on March 3. 4. We will also collect student input from each school over the next couple of weeks during the school day. 5. Unredacted feedback from the staff and family Town Hall meetings, surveys, and student input will be shared at the March 10th Special Board Meeting of the Da Vinci Schools Board of Trustees, along with a recommendation for a phased-in approach to return to our campuses. Our board’s decision on the phased-in return to our campuses will be communicated shortly after the Special Board Meeting via Constant Contact and our school blogs. You may always check our COVID-19 Planning webpage that is continuously updated. Our plan for Summer and Fall 2021 will depend on Los Angeles County’s state tier assignment under the state’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy. The tier assignment is the primary determinant of which activities are permitted and/or restricted. As Los Angeles continues its vaccination and mitigation efforts, we are tracking the progress and planning how to expand our offerings accordingly. An update regarding Summer and Fall planning will be sent later in the Spring. Da Vinci Schools continue to prioritize public health and well being, equitable access to education, and high quality instruction and student support, in all of our planning. Teaching and learning during the pandemic has not been easy on anyone, and we all look forward to returning back together on campus as soon as possible. That said, I hope you will join me to give our teachers, staff and administrators a standing ovation for their exceptional pivot to all-remote teaching and support. Let’s all continue to stay as safe as possible. I look forward to seeing and hearing from you. With gratitude,

Matthew Wunder, Ed.D. CEO/Superintendent Virtual Town Hall for Families March 2, 2021 | 6:30PM Zoom Link: Meeting ID: 957 4305 2884 1 (669) 900 6833

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  • Da Vinci Extension

Hi DVXer's-

CSU & UC Applications Open!

Fall 2021 applications for the CSUs and UCs have officially opened (although you will not be able to officially submit your UC applications until November 1st). Filling out a college application TAKES TIME. Do not assume that you are going to get all your applications gathered, filled out, and submitted in one day - so start now! Just because you start your application doesn’t mean you have to finish it; you can always save what you input for later and come back to it.

What you’ll need in order to apply to CSUs and UCs:

  • Transcripts. You don’t need to submit your transcripts at this point, but you will definitely need them to fill out high school and/or college course and GPA info.

  • A close estimate of your family’s annual income. You will need this information in order to get a fee waiver or apply for EOP.

  • Social Security Number, if you have one.

  • Residency status and info.

Both the SAT and ACT requirements have been temporarily suspended for prospective Fall 2021 freshmen. For more details on application changes, please click the following links for UC and CSU.

Applications for both the CSUs and UCs are due by November 30, 2020. If you’re applying to private colleges and universities, be sure to check the requirements and deadlines for each school as they may differ from campus to campus. University of California (UC)

California State University (CSU)

Private Colleges

  • Over 400 private colleges in the US use the Common Application

  • Review each college website for entrance requirements and deadlines

  • Applications typically ask for coursework, grades, test scores, activities, essays and/or recommendations – varies by campus

  • Applications open August 1

Public and Private Out-of-State Universities

  • Review each college website for entrance requirements and deadlines – varies by campus

Best of luck and please reach out to Sylvia Soria with any questions or for assistance.


The DVX Team

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  • Da Vinci Extension

DVXer's -

We have two important Meal Program updates to share with you:

First, our meal pick‐up location has changed. As of Monday, Sept. 14, Da Vinci is partnering with Wiseburn Unified to provide meals for all of our students. You may pick up FREE “grab‐and‐go” meals for ALL children under the age of 18 at Dana Middle School, located at 5504 W. 135th Street in Hawthorne, from 11:30AM to 1:00PM. Free meals end on Dec. 31, 2020.

Second, please complete a meal application to ensure your child receives free or reduced price meals for the entire school year. Apply by Oct. 1 to be entered into a raffle to win one of 7 Portable Bluetooth Speakers or one of 7 24” Gaming Monitors, provided by our generous

donors! We are collecting meal applications from every single family regardless of whether

you think you may qualify. Complete a meal application by Oct. 1 to help us maximize

funding for all Da Vinci students!

Apply online at or download an application from the Da Vinci website at and send a clear picture to us at or pick up a meal application from Dana Middle School or at the high school campus at 201 N. Douglas Street.

For more detailed information visit


Meals Flyer- English
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