November 10



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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!

I am excited to let you know about a couple of things.  First, thanks to the funds generated at Movie Night, we are in the process of installing a 32 foot horizontal climbing wall along the fence on the field!  A group of Sigma Chi fraternity brothers from LMU joined Tyler yesterday to install the structure of the climbing wall and the handholds and footholds will be installed during Thanksgiving Break.  The staff will develop climbing norms to ensure safe play and those will be posted soon. 
I'd also like to tell you that our 2014-2015 application is now available online. Please share the news with family, friends and anyone you know who is interested in attending Da Vinci. We encourage people to use the online application as they will receive confirmation that their application was submitted. Please know that if your child is already enrolled at DVIA, you do not need to submit an application for next year. However, 8th graders MUST submit an application to the Da Vinci high schools and if you (or a friend/family member) has a child on the current DVIA wait list, a 2014-2015 application must be submitted as well.  You may have friends/family interested in full-time (5-day) Independent Study.  Please know that we are in the process of developing an amazing program for the 2014-2015 school year.  Applicants must select EITHER the 2-day hybrid program OR the full-time I.S. program. Applications are due February 28th at 4:00pm. 


Thanks everyone!  We have a couple big weeks coming up.  Enjoy them!

M_Rainey sig  


Tyler's Two Cents

tyler two cents Time is flying and Exhibition is right around the corner! Exhibition is an opportunity for students to show an aspect of what they've been learning this year and more importantly, a time to demonstrate their public speaking and presentation skills!


Please remember that Exhibition is mandatory for all students and in honor of the event, we have a special dress code.  If you have any questions about dress code requirements, don't hesitate to email me.


Exhibition will take place on Tuesday, Nov 19th (for our Tuesday/Friday cohort) and Thursday, Nov 21st (for our Monday/Thursday cohort) from 5-6:30pm. Bring the whole family and invite friends!  


Keep on persevering!


What you need to know this week:


School Closed - Veterans' Day

Monday, 11/11
In observance of Veterans' Day, school is closed this Monday - no classes or after school enrichment. We hope you're enjoying the long weekend!
Pastries With The Principal
Tuesday, 11/12 & Thursday, 11/14 | 9:15 am
Come hang out with Michelle and other parents to chat about whatever is on your mind. Have a pastry, too!  Last month one of the groups had a great discussion about project-based learning at home.  We look forward to hearing what this month yields. 
Parent Work Journals Due
Wednesday, 11/13
Parent Educator Workshops:
Make Math More Visual With Algebra Tiles
Wednesday, 11/13 | 5 pm to 6:30 pm |
Led by Korey in Kaitlin's Classroom
Please join our resident math expert Korey Hlaudy (yeah, he looks a little like the picture, don't you think?) to learn how to use algebra tiles to support your students in visualizing mathematical concepts. The workshop is geared toward Core 4 & 5 families, but anybody with an interest is welcome.

Is Your Family Using Lexia? Nuts & Bolts Class

Friday, 11/15 | 9:15 - 9:35 am
This is another opportunity to join Janette to learn how to use your Lexia teacher tools, including reports, lessons and worksheets. Bring your laptop or use one of ours.
Deadline For Perseverance Photos
Friday, 11/15
Please submit photos demonstrating your student(s) persevering for our HoHM display to Tyler on or before Friday, 11/15.
Good To Know!!
Lost & Found - Please Help!
Items in our Lost & Found are multiplying like -- well, you know. Please stop by to see if anything belongs to your family.  We currently have 39 sweaters/jackets, 12 water bottles, 6 lunch bags, a backpack, a belt...the list goes on. 
Student Leadership Opportunities Available
Tyler is looking for enthusiastic DVIA students interested in helping plan and facilitate Community Dialogue, school events and other DVIA-related festivities. Email Tyler for more information or to get your student involved. 
DVIA Rocks!!
Did you know that Core 2 teacher Robin has a drum set, electric guitars, a bass guitar and microphones in her classroom? She does and she's looking for budding rockstars to rock the equipment - no prior musical experience required! 
Students from Cores 1-3 are invited to hang out on Mondays & Tuesdays at lunch time and Cores 4 & 5 are invited to hang out after school on Thursdays & Fridays from 3:30 to 4:30 (not available on 11/21 due to Exhibition). Email Robin with questions.
Mark your calendars! Coming up soon: 

DVIA Exhibition
Tuesday, 11/19th (T/F Cohort)
Thursday, 11/21 (M/Th Cohort) (parking alert)
5-6:30 pm | Classrooms
Da Vinci High School Exhibitions
Wednesday, 11/20, 6 pm (Design, Communications)
Thursday, 11/21, 6 pm (Science) 
(parking alert)
Scholastic Book Orders Due
Order online by 11/22/13
To order books, use this link and activation code  MPBKY. Orders placed by 11/22 should be delivered for distribution prior to Winter Break. What a great gift opportunity! FAN thanks Stephanie Lee and Annette Owens for co-chairing the Scholastic Book Clubs for DVIA this year!


FUNdraiser - Ice Skating
Wed, 12/4 | 2:15 - 5:00 pm | Toyota Center | $10
Back by popular demand! Ice skating to raise money for DVIA! See the attached flyer for information or email Cathie Schubert with questions. Word to the wise: they mean it when they say dress for cold weather! It's cold on the ice. Brrr....
NO School - Thanksgiving Break
Monday, 11/25 - Friday, 11/29


Have a great week!

Your DVIA Team

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