Structure of the Day
Our school day runs from 8:30 - 3:00. Students are expected to arrive before that time so that when the bell rings at 8:30 they are in their 1st period class, ready to focus. (Students arriving before 8:15 are welcome to be in the cafeteria. The back doors off the parking lot are open at 7:30. At 8:15 they can move about the building.)
da Vinci now* follows a 6-period/55-minute class schedule every day of the week, except on occasions when we have a special schedule for a specific event or activity. Students experience the same 6 classes in the same sequence all five days of the week, with 3 classes in the morning, 3 in the afternoon, and a 30 minute lunch / recess time. The extra 5 minutes in first period is for sharing the Daily Bulletin in class to keep our students informed about events, opportunities, and community hot topics.
All students each have one of these classes a day:
- English Language Arts (ELA)
- Social Studies
The two other classes students have are either Arts classes or a combination of Arts and Study Skills, based on the student's needs and interests. Many Arts classes are mixed 6th-8th grade. ELA, Science, and Social Studies for our 7th and 8th graders are also mixed-upper grade sections.
A sample student schedule might look like this:
8:30-9:30 1st period Math 7
9:34-10:29 2nd period Drama Explore
10:33-11:28 3rd period ELA
11:32-12:02 Lunch & Recess
12:07-1:02 4th period Science
1:06-2:01 5th period 3D Art
2:05-3:00 6th period Social Studies
*Following many years of discussion around ways to create a more equitable and sustainable school program, 2014-15 staff agreed to shift from a 7-period to a 6-period student school-day. For more perspective on this shift, see this Community Letter from da Vinci teachers that was sent to current families on Monday, February 9th, 2015.
The third Wednesday of most months is a district Late Opening day for staff to engage in professional development together. On those days classes start at 10:30 and follow an abbreviated class period schedule.It's a good idea to note these in your calendar as you will want to remember kiddos should arrive to school just before class at about 10:15 on Late Opening days. Late Opening lunch is from 11:53 - 12:23, and dismissal is the same as always - 3:00 pm
Late Opening Days:
NO November Late Opening
EVERY DAY in EVERY WAY, we expect our community members to always: Be Safe, Be Fair, Be Friendly. The 2013-14 student community, facilitated by staff, engaged in school climate activities generating a set of Student Agreements that illuminate what being Safe, Fair, and Friendly should look like. Click this link to view our detailed STUDENT EXPECTATIONS for common school spaces outlining the Be Safe, Be Fair, Be Friendly guidelines we follow at da Vinci. If your child missed the actual Expectation Rotation during the first weeks of school, please review it with them!