We had a great week back from Thanksgiving Break at DVC! Some highlights included the Film Festival hosted by our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council this evening and a great “CD” (i.e. all-school assembly also known as Community Dialogue) on Wednesday. This week was also the last week of our seminar classes.
We have a special schedule for the next two weeks, so please read the following carefully:
Presentations of Learning: POLs begin next week for all students! The Presentation of Learning (POL) is a tradition at the Da Vinci Schools in which students prepare and deliver a formal presentation to a panel of their teachers. POLs give students the opportunity to develop their speaking and presentation skills and in some cases are a final opportunity for students to demonstrate their understanding and mastery of a topic. Because these are formal presentations, students are expected to wear formal attire. Our POL days are shortened days with a 1:25pm dismissal time. All students will be dismissed from school at 1:25pm starting on Thursday, 12/9 and continuing through Thursday, 12/16.
Each student will earn a letter grade for their POL based on the total score and the grade scale shown. This letter grade will be reflected on the student’s transcript but is not calculated into their GPA. The POL is worth one credit, which is the same amount of credit earned for most seminar courses. All POLs will be scheduled between Thursday, 12/9 and Thursday, 12/16. Students may also have final exams on days in which they are not scheduled to present their POL. Teachers will be reviewing specific information regarding POL preparation on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday next week during a designated period called “POL Prep.”
Student Grades: This is an important time to sit down with your student and check their grades in Powerschool. Click here for the Powerschool website; please email Jackie Martinez at firstname.lastname@example.org if you need your child’s username and password. The last day for students to submit late work is Wednesday, 12/8.
Please see this week’s schedule at this post and also at tinyurl.com/dvcwebsite.
Wishing you a great weekend,