April 27



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Da Vinci  

Innovation Academy



13500 Aviation Blvd.

Hawthorne, CA  90250

(310) 725-5800 




Michelle Rainey,



Tyler Phipps,
Dean of Students








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Greetings DVIA Families! 


A Few Words From Our Principal

Hello everyone!


First of all, congratulations on submitting your second-to-last work journal!  We know that you not only work hard on homeschooling but then additionally support our school by ensuring your paperwork is submitted in time and at quality levels that will satisfy our auditors, ensure our funding and enable us to stay focused on all the right things. Thank you! 


We excitedly welcomed new families at registration day yesterday.  There are many siblings and new families joining us next year!  Also, a few of you have inquired about whether we will be sending out something to returning families.  Yes!  That is one of the many things happening in May.  Be on the lookout for your continuing enrollment paperwork! 


On that note, there is a lot going on in these last few weeks of school.  Is anyone else feeling the crunch?  Here are some things coming up: 

  • Sharefest campus clean-up event (next Saturday!)
  • End-of-year social (details coming soon)
  • Auditor visit (we're gonna rock it!)
  • Smarter Balanced Assessment (new CST)
  • 8th grade photos (info below)
  • 8th grade graduation (can you believe it!?)
  • Hiring symposium 
  • Enrichment Program performances
  • Presentations of Learning!!! 
  • So much more... 

So as you can see, the year may be winding down but we sure aren't!  And dont' forget, summer school and summer camp sign-ups are still happening! 



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Tyler's Two Cents


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I wanted to make you all aware of a new opportunity that will be available at DVIA for this last portion of the semester. 


Two senior students from Da Vinci Science (Tyler C. and Ceaser M.) approached me last week with the hopes of starting a free soccer program for DVIA students before school between May 5th and June 6th. The soccer academy will be available to DVIA students from 8:30am-9:00am on their normally scheduled at-school days. 


The focus of the soccer academy is to teach students the fundamentals of the sport as well as character-building traits such as fairness and teamwork. If you are interested in having your son or daughter participate, please email me before Friday, May 2nd. 


Please note that since these are high school students and not credentialed teachers, we ask that if your son or daughter participates that you stay at DVIA as the supervising parent from 8:30-9:00. This is not a drop-off program.


Thank you and have a great week!


What you need to know this week:


DVIA Yearbook for Sale...deadline WEDNESDAY! 

Until May 2nd only, no exceptions! 
DVIA's yearbook is being created by students through Infinite Learning's Enrichment Program and will represent all DVIA students for the at-school program (it is not an enchrichment participation yearbook). The deadline to order your child's yearbook is May 2nd. Any student who was not at "Picture Day" in October will still be in the yearbook!  Flyers/order forms are available in the main office. 


Summer Camp! 

Sign up now in the main office! Spaces limited!

DVIA's summer camp opportunities this summer are June 16-July 11, M-Th, from 12:00-3:00. We have four exciting afternoon camps lined up and can't wait to see you there!  Limited spaces available so please register early! Find a copy of the flyer here.


Standards For Mathematical Practices Workshop

Wed, 4/30 | 4-6 pm

The Standards for Mathematical Practices are the Habits of Mind that mathematically proficient students demonstrate. These habits and strategies are at the core of thinking like a mathematician. Join Janette as we watch a webinar presenting Cathy Carroll, of WestEd's STEM Program, who will provide an overview of the Standards for Mathematical Practice (SMPs), including math tasks and classroom vignettes that highlight the practices "in action" as well as a look at the role of the SMPs in Smarter Balanced Performance Assessments.


Pizza Lunch

Thurs, May 1 & Fri, May 2

We still need supplies and Friday volunteers. FAN is asking
families from Robin's class to take the lead this month. Please sign up on Sign-Up Genius.





DVIA Campus Workday

Sat, 5/3 | 9 am - 3 pm | DVIA

FAN Needs You!! Thanks to Balfour Beatty Construction and Sharefest, DVIA will be getting an amazing marble run and a chance to spruce up campus! We need approximately 30 families to help us finish the marble run, give our landscaping a facelift, clean classrooms and other general clean up. Here is the Sign-Up Genius link and thank you in advance for supporting us on this exciting project!


Wiseburn Education Foundation Fundraiser

Sat, 5/3 | 10 am - 2 pm | Dana Middle School

Rock Around The Block is a district-wide festival for students, parents and community members. The event kicks off with a community walk around the block for everyone, followed by carnival rides, game booths, arts & crafts, petting zoo, assorted food/beverages, silent auction and music from Wiseburn schools. 


8th Grade Pictures

Mon, 5/5 & Tues, 5/6

Parents, please have your 8th grade students come to school in professional dress for 8th grade photos. There will be an opportunity to change, if desired. 


Good To Know!!



Math expert Jo Boaler is offering a Math MOOC through Stanford University. Click here to learn more about MOOCs. This particular MOOC is free and designed to give math learners a positive relationship with math. Get more information and register here.


Mark Your Calendars! Coming Soon!

End-of-Year Social
Fri, 5/16 | 5 pm
You won't want to miss this fun, culturally-themed event - details coming soon!  Volunteers needed to help.  Stay tuned for more info!



No School - Memorial Day Holiday

Mon, 5/26



Schedules from teachers in the coming weeks


Have a great week!

Your DVIA Team












No School - Professional Development
Fri, 5/23

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