The Flores Flyer

May 4, 2023 Volume 6, Issue 9

Principal's Post

Dear Davis Ducks,

We are merely five weeks away from wrapping up the 2022-23 school year. The year feels as if it has flown by and I can’t help but be filled with gratitude and pride in the growth demonstrated by our students since August. The growth is not the result of a software, specific program or one to two people. It is because of the collective efforts by our teachers, staff, and of our students.

This final Flores Flyer of the year contains a lot of information to provide as much advance notice of upcoming events over the next several weeks. The weekly updates sent out every Thursday will continue with reminders and additional details. My hope is that the combined communication will best prepare your family for a successful, fun and safe conclusion to the 2022-23 school year.

The best part of our school is the people. So, I thought it was only best to highlight some of the amazing people that make our school so special. I hope you are able to join us this Friday for our Nacho Average Volunteer Fiesta in the MPR. Join us before flag deck and/or after to enjoy a little breakfast and mingling with fellow volunteers. Awards will be given by the PTA to various members in our community who are receiving Harbor Council PTA Awards. Then, please join me in celebrating some of our outstanding teachers at Flag Deck on Friday, May 12.

The horizon is near, but we aren’t done yet! We still have work to be accomplished with celebrations and memories to create. Please join us as we finish strong and do everything we can to support our students to #ThinkFeelThrive!

Thank you for your continued support. You give me enormous #davisduckspride!


Christy Flores,


Congratulations Davis Teacher of the Year, Miss Hartgraves!

It is with tremendous #davisduckspride to announce that Kindergarten Teacher, Miss Hartgraves, has been named the 2022-23 Davis Teacher of the Year!! The staff nominated Miss Hartgraves who was then selected by a district committee to receive this well-deserved honor.

Miss Hartgraves is a talented teacher who goes above and beyond to support each of her student's individual needs. She leads her young students with compassion and empathy, while also holding each student to a high standard. Miss Hartgraves' leads with love and respect scaffolding lessons for each student to learn and grow academically, but more importantly in their behavioral and social-emotional growth. Not only has Miss Hartgraves made a significant impact on the students' growth within her own class, but she serves as the Grade Level Lead organizing many different events, including the grade level Response To Intervention Support Systems. Her involvement and collaboration with all Davis Teachers and Staff have significantly impacted the Davis community. We are grateful for Miss Hartgraves' dedication to education and appreciate her efforts to support the Davis Community.

Miss Hartgraves will be recognized at an awards dinner on Wednesday, May 10 and at Flag Deck on Friday, May 12. When you see Miss Hartgraves around campus, please be sure to congratulate her on her award and thank her for her contributions towards our school community.

Congratulations Miss Hartgraves! We appreciate you and are so proud to call you a Davis Duck!

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Congratulations to our Grant Recipients!

Each year teachers have the opportunity to write grants to gain additional books, manipulatives, programs, or materials to support the enrichment and/or intervention of our students' education. Davis historically has a strong representation of teachers among the Newport-Mesa Unified School District. This year might be one of our largest group of recipients, yet.

On Wednesday, May 10 I will have the pleasure of attending a celebration dinner honoring teachers across our district and awarding thousands of dollars in grants. Our Davis teachers will be celebrated with our community at flag deck on Friday, May 12. Please join me in congratulating the following teachers and grant recipients:

Lori McIntosh

Cynthia Almeida

Lori' Shepler

Rose Steiner

Kim Dowdy

Angela Ivey

Sarah Thompson

Sarah Yagerlener

Daniela Ramos

Kelli Adams

Leah Denisi

Summer Conway

Suzie Smith

Rachel Pyon (not pictured)

Thank you, grant recipients, for the time you spent writing the grants to enrich and support the education of our students.

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State Testing Begins May 9 for Students in Grades 3-6

All 3rd through 6th grade students in the State of California will take the California Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) Test in the coming weeks of May. This is an opportunity for students across the state of California to demonstrate what they have learned. While we want our students to take this assessment seriously, we also work very hard to keep it in perspective with our students by not adding any extra stress, anxiety or pressure.

My message to students, staff, and families remain the same on state testing days as they do on any other day. Follow our Core Value of Do your very best and you will do great. Do your very best on the state test, or any test, means that students take their time, read carefully, check their work, and show off what they know by explaining their thinking. I am SO proud of our students for their character and the hard work they demonstrate daily.

Parents or visitors are NOT allowed within the 3rd-6th grade classrooms from 8:15 to 10:40 a.m. during testing sessions. Additionally, our campus will be silent during these testing windows. Any parents volunteering on campus to support K-2 classrooms please be mindful of our testing schedule and classroom test sessions. There will be zero interruptions to the classroom environments during the testing periods. Any messages will be delivered at a later time.

The 2023 SBAC Testing Schedule is listed below. It is critical that students are at school and on time during these testing windows. Make-up tests make it more challenging on the student.

May 9-11: Grades 3-6 ELA

May 16-18: Grades 3-6 Math

May 23-24: Grade 5 Science

Students will be using their district-issued chromebook to complete the tests each day. Students will answer multiple choice questions, along with constructive response questions in both English Language Arts and Math. It is important that every student charges their chromebook the night before. Additionally, every student will need headphones or earbuds to complete the tests. If your child does not have their own, please contact your child’s teacher immediately and we will provide headphones.

Below are suggestions for parents to best support their children during testing:

The night before:

  • Charge chromebook
  • Resolve immediate arguments before going to bed.
  • Keep your routine as normal as possible.
  • Mention the test to show you’re interested, but don’t dwell on it.
  • Plan ahead to avoid conflicts on the morning of the test.
  • Get a good night’s sleep by going to bed at a reasonable hour.

The morning of the test:

  • Get up early to avoid rushing. Students need to be on time as testing starts first thing in the morning.
  • Students should eat a healthy breakfast.
  • Wear comfortable clothes that do not cause distractions.
  • Be positive about the test. Acknowledge that tests can be hard. Explain that doing your best is what counts. The important thing is to make your child comfortable and confident about the test.

After the test:

  • Talk to your child about his or her feelings about the test.
  • Acknowledge the effort a long test requires.
  • Discuss what was easy and what was hard; discuss what your child learned from the test.
  • Explain that performance on a test is not a condition for you to love your child.
  • Tell your child, “I love you and I’m proud of you.”

While these are recommendations for testing days, the hope is that these practices are occurring every day, not just testing days.

If you have any questions about state testing, please feel free to contact your child’s teacher or myself. Thank you for your continued support in your child’s education and I am confident that our students will perform well.

Safety Update

Safety continues to be a top priority in Newport-Mesa and at Davis Magnet School. Weekly updates have included additional information regarding our safety practices, including the NMUSD Safety Practices and Initiatives Update sent on April 3, 2023. All community members are encouraged to practice the "See something, say something" mentality. If there are ever any questions or concerns, don't hesitate to contact our front office or in the belief of an emergency, to call 911.

As you will recall Davis Magnet School and Newport Harbor High School are piloting an Emergency Alert System called Centegix. As you can imagine, the necessary steps to ensure a thorough and comprehensive pilot program have taken time. By Friday, May 5, all Davis Staff members will be trained and will have received an emergency alert badge. This training was completed in collaboration with NMUSD Risk Management Department and the Costa Mesa Police Department. The system is expected to go "Live" by the end of the month after completing various tests and training of the system with our PA system. An important component is the training of our students as there are specific color-coded lights and announcements that correspond with the Centegix Alert System and the Standard Response Protocols. Updates will be included within the "Weekly Davis Update" emails.

Changes to our facilities, including the entrance and access to our office are on the horizon. Two cameras have been installed at Gate 1 by the front office with the purpose of providing a 'window' to staff in the office. This is part of a master plan within NMUSD to modify the lobby access points and visibility. More details to follow in the coming months.

Safety Drills

Students and staff participate in monthly safety drills as outlined in our school's safety plan. This designated time allowed for staff to discuss and review emergency preparedness roles and responsibilities.

During drills, students are encouraged to complete the following "homework:"

  1. Memorize your parent(s) cell phone numbers.
  2. Memorize your home address.
  3. Memorize the grade level and/or teacher name of any sibling.

These basic facts can help during any kind of emergency.

Internet Safety

As a reminder, the following internet safety tips were shared and discussed with students in September.

  1. Morning chromebook use on the blacktop is limited to educational games. No youtube. No cell phones.

  2. T.H.I.N.K. Before You Post

  3. Never share your password or personal information.

  4. Do not download anything without permission.

  5. If you get an odd message/picture from someone, report it right away to your teacher or parent.

Digital Citizenship Parenting Resources from may be accessed here.

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Parking Lot Reminders

When our campus was built, it was not designed to be a commuter school. Bussing was the primary mode of transportation. Fast forward to today where bussing is only available for the 38 students in our ABA preschool program, leaving 572 PreK to 6th grade students to their own transportation. We have a lot of students to keep safe and every adult who enters our parking lots contributes to the safety of our students. Thank you for your cooperation, mindfulness, patience, and modeling of responsible and respectful behavior in all three of our parking lots. We want everyone to arrive and leave safely. You can help us by cooperating with the follow guidelines.

  1. Do not call your child across the street/lot. Meet your child on the sidewalk of the school building and cross together using the crosswalk at Gates 1, 2, and 3.

  2. Names should be placed on the placards within the windshields of cars at Gates 1, 2, and 3.

  3. Continue to pull forward so that we may load as many children into their cars as quickly as possible. Students at Gate 3, should enter their cars once car is within the yellow painted curb. Stopping in the middle only slows the entire process for everyone else.

  4. During dismissal, enter Gate 2 from the middle turn lane on Arlington.

  5. When exiting Gate 1 at dismissal, turn right.

  6. Dogs are not allowed on all public school campuses. Please leave your furry family member home when picking up your Davis Duck.

Below are the slides that were sent to all parents/guardians in August.

2022-23 Arrival and Dismissal Procedures

Save the Date!

Our campus is full of amazing volunteers! Please join us on Friday, May 5 at 7:45 a.m. so that we may express our appreciation for all you do!
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Upcoming Events

Visit our website for complete schedules and details. Make it easy on yourself by clicking on the big grey button on the bottom of the website calendar to "Add this calendar to your phone or tablet." Don't forget to add the NMUSD calendar and activities are a part of your family calendar.

  • Friday, May 5: Nacho Average Volunteer Fiesta in the MPR
  • Friday, May 5: Lunch Art for grades 1-6, hosted by the PTA.
  • Saturday, May 6: Kids Run the OC, Fairgrounds.
  • Saturday, May 6: 4th Grade Street Hockey Tournament, Honda Center.
  • Monday, May 8 through May 12: Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week organized by the PTA.
  • Tuesday, May 9 through Tuesday, May 23: State Testing for grades 3-6.
  • Tuesday, May 9: Davis Family Skate Night at FVSC from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. $9 admission
  • Tuesday, May 9: Fentanyl Awareness Forums at OCDE.
  • Wednesday, May 10: Nurse and Health Assistant Appreciation Day!
  • Friday, May 12: Teacher of the Year and Grant Recipient Recognition at Flag Deck.
  • Friday, May 12: PAL Application Deadline for any interested incoming 5th and 6th Graders for the 2023-24 school year. Deadline is 8:00 p.m. No late applications will be accepted.
  • Sunday, May 14: Happy Mother's Day to all of our amazing Davis Moms and women who serve as moms to our students.
  • Monday, May 15: School Site Council Meeting, Zoom.
  • Tuesday, May 16: NMUSD School Board Meeting Celebrating Teacher of the Year and
    Classified Employee of the Year!
  • Wednesday, May 17: Thrivers Parent Book Club Meeting focusing on Optimism. RSVP here.
  • Friday, May 19: Choir Performance at Flag Deck.
  • Wednesday, May 24: K-3 Breakfast Club.
  • Wednesday, May 24: PTA Dineout Night at The Habit from 4:00 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 25: 4-6 Breakfast Club.
  • Friday, May 26: Band Performance and Shout Out Awards at Flag Deck.
  • Monday, May 29: Memorial Day - No School.
  • Tuesday, May 30 through Sunday, June 4: Newport Mesa Soccer Classic Tournament.
  • Wednesday, May 31: Open House. Read below for more details.
  • Thursday, June 1: Registration Deadline for NMUSD Elementary Summer Programs
  • Friday, June 2: Imagination Machine Assembly, MPR.
  • Sunday, June 4: Band Marches in the Balboa Island Parade.
  • Wednesday, June 7: 6th Grade vs. Staff Kickball Game at 9:00 a.m.
  • Wednesday, June 7: High School Senior Salute at 11:00 a.m.
  • Thursday, June 8: CMHS Graduation at CMHS Football Field. Road closure and modifications to accommodate graduation ceremony.
  • Friday, June 9: Last Day of School with early dismissal at 1:00 p.m.

Checkout the latest School News publication.

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End-Of-Year Event Details

It is hard to believe that we have only five more weeks remaining in the school year. Thank you for your continued support and involvement. We have many upcoming events to celebrate the amazing people that make our community special, as well as, provide opportunities for students to thrive.

Classroom teachers will share specific dates for their class/grade level. 6th grade events are included as there are multiple opportunities to celebrate our student leaders before they head off to middle school.

Open House is Wednesday, May 31

The In' N' Out Truck is returning for our annual event and they will start providing dinner an hour earlier to hopefully better serve our large community. Presale ticket information will be shared soon, but we hope to see you and your family the evening of Wednesday, May 31.

The schedule for the evening of May 31 will be the following:

4:00 to 5:00 p.m.: Preschool Classrooms open

4:00 to 6:00 p.m.: In'N'Out Burgers provided for presale tickets only

5:00 to 6:00 p.m.: Band and Choir Performance

6:00 to 7:00 p.m.: K-6 Grade Classrooms open

Wednesday, June 7

An annual favorite event returns as the 6th graders take on the staff in a friendly competition of kickball. The excitement begins at 9:00 a.m. on Frainie Field. Parents and family members are welcome to attend.

Also on the 7th is our annual High School Senior Salute when all Davis alumni who are graduating from high school this year are welcome to return to the Davis campus to talk with our 6th grade students. Graduating seniors are encouraged to arrive check-in at our front office between 10:45 and 11:00 a.m. The Seniors will then meet with our 6th graders in the MPR at 11:00 a.m. Seniors are welcome to wear their cap and gown if they wish. We love this tradition and can't wait to welcome our Seniors back to Davis.

Thursday, June 8

Costa Mesa High School's Graduation is scheduled for the afternoon. In order for seniors to meet back up with their families, Arlington Road will be closed for a brief period of time. Exact details and time will be shared within a week or two of the event. These procedures have worked well for years and we anticipate the same for this year. Thank you for your patience and cooperation.

Friday, June 9 - Last Day of School

The Final Flag Deck for our 6th graders so we must send them off in Davis tradition with our Human Tunnel. Families are welcome to attend this fun tradition.

Following Flag Deck, 6th graders will return to their classrooms for final preparation before Promotion. 6th Grade Promotion will begin at 9:00 a.m. with the ceremony located in the lunch table area. Families are welcome to stay for a reception in their honor and may leave campus after checking out.

Modified Lunch Schedule for June 9

11:10 to 11:50 a.m.: Kinder

11:20 to 12:00 p.m.: Grades 1 & 2

11:50 to 12:30 p.m.: Grades 3 & 4

12:15 to 12:55 p.m.: Grade 5

Modified Dismissal Times for June 9

12:00 p.m.: SDC PreK

12:30 p.m.: Diaz PreK

1:00 p.m.: Grades K-5

NMUSD Summer Opportunities for Students

All NMUSD students are invited to register in the summer programs. Click on the flyer below or register here. The deadline to register is June 1.
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2023-24 PAL Application Deadline

The PAL program has had such a positive impact on our school community as a whole. They have done an amazing job in creating a welcoming and inclusive environment for all by implementing several events on campus each year. We believe that building capacity for empathy among our PALs transfers to the student body. Events that PAL has hosted and facilitated this year are Socktober which benefited Project Hope Alliance, the pajama drive which benefited our military families at Camp Pendleton and the sale of Kindness Grams which benefitted NEGU and the Jessie Reese Foundation. We choose to focus on people or groups with specific needs and we use that time to educate the students and family population about those needs and detail how raising money or collecting items will benefit those groups directly.

In addition, PAL focuses on building relationships across the grade levels which in turn spreads positivity, grace and kindness. PAL members run recess games twice a week across the grade levels. In addition, they did read alouds during Kindness Week in each of the classrooms. The read alouds focused on kindness and empathy and each PAL member participated and led meaningful discussions with each classroom. The leadership skills that our PAL members exude is impressive to witness on a daily basis. “Catching kids being good” is always a fun thing to see, but when we inadvertently see a PAL kiddo mentor a younger student during a basketball game or other event on campus, when they have no idea they’re being watched, it is the epitome of integrity. These types of behaviors are becoming contagious on our campus and we truly believe it is due to the guidance from our PAL program.

Students who will enter 5th or 6th grade in the fall of 2023 are invited to apply to join our PAL Student Leadership Team. Application details are available in this letter.

Interested students must complete this application, along with recording of a Flipgrid video by 8:00 p.m. on Friday, May 12. Any questions should be directed to Mrs. Galen, Mrs. Matthews, or Mrs. Holman.

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Congratulations Eco Club and Davis Community!

Congratulations to the Davis Community on collecting the MOST batteries in Costa Mesa Sanitary Department’s School Battery Recycling Contest! Seventeen schools participated in the contest and collectively diverted 12,527 lbs of batteries from our local landfills. That’s equivalent to the weight of 3 average-sized cars! Davis contributed 2,382 lbs of batteries of that total to earn our Eco Club a check for $1,200!! Way to go! Thank you so much to everyone who contributed.

In addition to helping the environment and school with the battery collection competition, the generosity of our community and organization of our Eco Club made a difference for the Bee Conservancy by raising $325 from the Helping Hands sales. This has me buzzzzing with excitement! Thank you Eco Club and thank you to our community for your support in our green efforts.

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PTA Website

Our PTA website is a great source of information including spirit wear, lunch menus, and community events. Take a minute to bookmark it and reference it for Davis community news.

Get Ready to Run!

Thank you to the coaches who continue to dedicate their time and efforts to support our student-athletes. We have two fun races coming up this spring including the Newport-Mesa Spirit Run that financially supports schools in our district, including Davis. The final race of the school year is the Kids Run the OC on May 6.

Congratulations to the runners who participated in the recent Spirit Run! Next up the Kids Run the OC on May 6.

For more information, please follow @davisrunclub on Instagram and check the Davis Parents Facebook page.

It was A Nautical Night to Remember Aboard the USS Davis!

The outpouring of support from our community for our school and families has been overwhelming since an incredibly successful and FUN Nautical Night Gala. It was a true collaborative effort. Thank you to everyone who attended, purchased items, donated items and contributed to the overall success of the event. I’d like to thank our Foundation Board including Becca Freeland, Taylor Uffelman, Andy Pang, Bryan Chin, Carey Delzer, Christine Reynolds, Kelli Jack, and Alex Tiquia for their time, leadership, and dedication. Additionally, this year’s Gala Committee was outstanding. It included our foundation board along with Teresa White, Maria Stout, Shawnee Chisam, Ashley Riopka, Marissa Bell, Megan Johnson, and Kristin Peterson. Thank you team for amazing contributions to our school.

As a result of everyone’s generosity, our school profited over $42,000 that will be spent towards enriching and supporting the educational experience of our students. On behalf of the teachers and staff, thank you so much for supporting our efforts to provide quality opportunities for all students.

I am grateful for the financial support of our school, but even more so of the generosity demonstrated towards two of our families, the Clarks and the Lovins. Thank you for leaning in and proving what makes our community so special. Donations are still coming in for our “Fund A Family” request. If you would like to contribute to our “Fund a Family,” please email our Foundation Treasurer, Andy Pang at All money collected through our “Fund a Family” will be equally divided between these two families who experienced tremendous loss this year. I will be calling each of these mothers to share the love and contributions made by the Davis community. Thank you, thank you, thank you for your part in making this possible. I am grateful for the response of our supportive community.

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Think ~ Feel ~ Thrive


Our students are continuing to learn more about the visual tools called Thinking Maps. Thinking Maps build critical thinking, problem solving, comprehension, and communication. Here is a one minute video that summarizes the potential use of Thinking Maps in the classroom.


Featured tools from our district adopted Social-Emotional Learning Curriculum, RULER, include the Mood Meter and the Meta Moment. As described by the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, "The Meta-Moment is a tool for building the space between stimulus and response—from when we experience an emotion to how we respond to that emotion, so that we make better choices when we express and manage our emotions.”

Meta Moment Poster outlining the four steps.

RULER Overview for Families - November 29 PTA Presentation


Our students are thriving in many ways. As we move into the final stretch of the school year, it's important to continue to practice a growth mindset, by frequently using the word, "yet." "I can't do it yet." 'I don't know how to...yet."

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Thrivers Parent Book Club

Thanks to our amazing parent community, our Thrivers Book Club was Thriving! Each month I will include a summary of the topics discussed, along with an RSVP form for the upcoming meeting.

Thank you to the parents who consistently attended this year's book club. It was such a pleasure learning alongside you. Thank you for your time and participation.

Discussion Guide for Thrivers Introduction

Discussion Guide for Thrivers Chapter 1: Self-Confidence

Discussion Guide for Thrivers Chapter 2: Empathy

Discussion Guide for Thrivers Chapter 3: Self-Control

Discussion Guide for Thrivers Chapter 4: Integrity

Discussion Guide for Thrivers Chapter 5: Curiosity.

Discussion Guide for Thrivers Chapter 6: Perseverance

Our May 17th meeting will focus on Optimism, the final trait of seven teachable character traits that Dr. Borba's research attributes to support Strivers transitioning to THRIVERS.

Thank you in advance for completing the RSVP form. Please don't let resources be an excuse not to attend. Books may be provided for anyone who needs assistance. Feel free to email me at with any questions or concerns.

Thank you for your participation and support. I enjoy collaborating with our Thrivers Parents and am looking forward to our next meeting.

May 17 RSVP Form

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Congratulations April Shout Out Award Recipients!

The last Friday of every month we will recognize one student from every Kindergarten through 6th grade class with school wide 'Shout Out' Awards. There are two different tiers to our school wide Shout Out Awards with students receiving awards from teachers and staff throughout the school day for following our Five Core Values. Then at the end of each month, teachers are asked to select one student from their class who has been consistently demonstrating the Davis Core Values, along with demonstrating integrity, responsibility, and leadership. Those students are recognized at flag deck with certificates.

We are proud of our students and the work they do in developing as positive contributing citizens to our community. Congratulations to our most recent recipients of 'Shout Out' Awards!

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Grade Level of the Month: 6th Grade

Each month this newsletter will feature a different grade level with a brief summary and a few pictures. We will start with preschool and work our way up through the grade levels. This month, we are excited to share about our sixth grade students!

The sixth grade students at Davis have had a productive and exciting year. In January, they participated in the annual Walk Through the Ancient Civilizations event. Students worked individually and in small groups. They took on roles of major characters associated with ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome. They memorized historically significant facts and they collaboratively composed skits demonstrating their collective understanding of the events that shaped each culture. The culminating events were presented at the end of January. Clad in relevant costumes and utilizing props, they recited their knowledge and performed as their characters, fulfilling their opportunity to demonstrate their newfound understanding of history while also having fun.

Only a few weeks later, in mid-February, the sixth grade participated in its annual Medical Residency Day. The students had spent several months learning about various subjects associated with human biology including cellular biology, the nervous system and the respiratory system. They completed their academic journey by taking part in a series of hands-on lessons and activities. Students attended a presentation by Hoag Hospital’s neurosurgeon Dr. Louis where he discussed how he uses Virtual Reality to plan and successfully undertake brain surgeries. Dr. Castellanos, also of Hoag Hospital, demonstrated the skills and challenges of improving the heart health of patients. Students were able to work with stints and practice their hand at angioplasty. Finally, one of Davis’ own families, the Uffelmans, shared how they use certain tools to determine the status of patient’s cardiovascular health. Students were given hands-on opportunities to measure their pulse and breathing rate. The students completed their medical residency with great success.

April was full of a wide variety of new learning opportunities and experiences. The students visited the nearby Lyon Air Museum at John Wayne airport. They learned about such topics as World War II, aviation history and Orange County in the 1940’s.

The week following Spring Break, the students departed for science camp at Camp High Trails at Big Bear Lake. The four day adventure included climbing rock walls, archery, outdoor classrooms with lessons on topics such as survival, mountain wildlife and reptiles. They took long hikes in the forest and participated in team building games. They danced and performed skits. It was a memorable trip and one they generally agreed would be long remembered as part of their final year at Davis.

Entering May, they are preparing for their final exams, completing end-of-year classroom projects and building enduring friendships that will follow them as they depart for middle school.

Staff Shout Out

Our Staff Shout Out form is back! The Davis Team is full of many amazing staff members who do a lot to help our students #ThinkFeelThrive. This quick and easy form is one way to express gratitude for Davis team members. Mrs. Flores will monitor the form and relay the message of appreciation via email. Thank you, in advance, for completing this form and showing your appreciation by giving a “Staff Shout Out.”

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Davis Music Program

For any questions regarding the Davis Music Program, please visit the music website that houses the details for our band, choir, and instructional music program at Davis. Band and Choir families should reference this site for schedule information and updates.

GoGuardian Parent App

GoGuardian is a tool used within classrooms across NMUSD to monitor students' online activity during class when using their district-issued chromebook. This tool is very helpful to teachers during the school day and for the first time this feature will be offered to parents.

Davis Magnet School is the first school in NMUSD to pilot the GoGuardian Parent app. We are thrilled at the opportunity to offer this to our parent community and appreciate your feedback over the next couple of months.

GoGuardian Parent is a mobile app designed to provide parents/guardians insight and control over their student's online activity when on school-managed devices and accounts.

The GoGuardian Parent app provides an overview of your children's online activity on NMUSD Chromebooks - including apps, extensions, docs, and sites your student visited. It also provides you with an additional set of internet controls that you can set for out-of-school hours.

There is a lot of information to ensure proper set-up. Please spend time reading through this document to access this app on your child's school-issued chromebook.

December 12th – GoGuardian Parent App will be enabled for Davis parents.

December 12-23 – NMUSD Ed Tech supports parents to ensure they have successfully logged into the App

December 23rd – January 8 – disable in school hours for GoGuardian so parents have control over Chromebooks

January – Ed Tech and Davis Staff monitors the pilot.

GoGuardian Parent App Directions in English and Spanish

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We Love Our Volunteers!

We greatly depend on our volunteers and hope that you will consider volunteering on our campus. There are multiple opportunities to get involved and make a difference.

All volunteers must do the following:

  1. Read the Davis Magnet School Volunteer Orientation slide deck.

  2. Complete Davis Volunteer Agreement Form.

  3. Complete NMUSD’s Volunteer Approval Process

All details involved in NMUSD’s volunteer process may be found on the District’s website.

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Parent Organizations Information

We are grateful for the strong, positive support from our parent community. If you are not already involved, I encourage you to find a way that meets your availability to connect with one, or all, of our parent organizations. Thank you SO much to the parent leaders who are already involved and contributing to our community.


The Davis Magnet School Education Foundation provides important financial support for our students and staff. We are grateful for all of our donations as they have made a significant difference across our campus. Donations directly impacted our students with the following:

  • Hourly Support Teacher
  • Instructional Assistant
  • Software utilized by all students in grades K-6
  • New stage microphones in our MPR
  • Murals across our campus
  • STEM Bins
  • STEAM Lab materials
  • Assemblies
  • Field Trips
  • Robotics equipment
  • Guest Speakers such as University Professors who lead our 4th & 6th grade students in eyeball and heart dissections
  • Science materials
  • Art supplies for classroom projects
  • Create-A-Skate Project Materials
  • Book sets for novel studies and book clubs
  • Library books
  • Gardening supplies
  • Playground games and equipment

If you have questions or want to learn more about how you can get involved by supporting our foundation, send an email to All donations may easily be made here.


Davis PTA is run by volunteering parents and grandparents. We organize and host fundraiser events throughout the school year to raise monies for Davis Magnet School. Davis PTA uses those monies to help support, fund and host many programs & events like:

  • Field Trips for all grade levels
  • Classroom Supplies for all classes
  • Art Masters for all grade levels
  • Assemblies for all grade levels
  • Band/Choir/Music Supports for all grades
  • Walk-throughs - 4th, 5th & 6th Grade
  • Library Needs & Support
  • Campus Beautification
  • Reflections Art Program
  • Eco/Recycling Team
  • School Garden
  • Science Needs & support
  • Technology support
  • Enrichment programs
  • Book Fairs (Fall & Spring)
  • Halloween Trunk or Treat
  • Roller Skating Nights
  • Staff Appreciation Week
  • Family Craft Night
  • Family Movie Nights
  • Family Spring Dance
  • Family Dine-Outs
  • 6th Grade Promotion
  • Red Ribbon Week
  • School Musical
  • Talent Show
  • And so much more!

If you’re interested in joining our PTA Board, or helping at events or programs next year, let us know! Flyers with volunteer opportunities and info will also be sent home the first week of school.

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The generous donations help to enrich and support the education of all of our students. Thank you for your continued support. You make a difference by supporting both our Foundation and PTA.

School Site Council

School Site Council (SSC) is an important committee required of every public school. The committees' two priorities are reviewing and providing feedback on our School Plan Student Achievement and the Comprehensive Safety Plan. The committee consists of five parents, four teachers, one Classified Staff Member and the principal. The SSC meets five times throughout the school year to review data and provide feedback. Our SSC consists of Davis parents, Christine Reynolds Diaz, Despina Cressa, Iris Berkeley, Jeannie Kim, and Sara Mooney. The teacher representatives are Mrs. Steiner, Ms. Lemoine, and Mrs. Ivey. Yvette Miranda serves as the Classified Staff Member Representative.

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The Davis Magnet School Five Core Values

At Davis Magnet School, we have Five Core Values while also expecting our students to demonstrate integrity, leadership, and responsibility. Every day students will be provided opportunities to learn and model these values. As adults, we frequently have conversations about modeling, teaching, and supporting the Core Values. Consistent and clear communication is important. Every classroom contains a Behavior Matrix that is regularly referenced. Set your child up for success by reviewing the matrix and brainstorm what these expectations look like and sound like on our campus.

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