Advisory Topic: Personal Devices and Cell Phones

Greetings Designers and DVD Families,

Today in advisory, with the help of our student Leadership team, we had a conversation about resetting our expectations around using personal devices like cell phones and headphones in classrooms. Coming back from distance learning, teachers and staff have seen an increase of students being distracted by phones and headphones in class. So, we are making a campus-wide commitment today to “hit the reset button” and be more mindful about how we use personal electronics.

We are asking students to:

  • Keep devices out of sight and out of mind during class.
  • Follow reminders and requests from teachers to use technology appropriately.
  • Sign on to our campus-wide recommitment to all do our part.

In addition to this, teachers will be doing their part to help reset expectations by:

  • Using visual cues and signs in class to tell students clearly when personal devices may or may not be allowed.
  • Giving reminders at the beginning of classes.
  • Holding students accountable and being consistent.

As parents, we need your help, too! Please consider the following:

  • Have a conversation with your students today about the importance of avoiding distractions like phones/headphones and staying focused in class.
  • Reassure students that it is okay to contact you via text or call while they are at school, but that it should happen during passing periods or lunch.
  • Understand that school policy that says cell phones and headphones should not be out during class unless instructed by teachers; students who misuse personal devices after direct reminders may have the device held by the teacher/front office, and may receive a call home, per DVD Student and Family Handbook.
  • As a parent/guardian, please contact the school if you need to get in touch with your child or if you are picking them up early.

If you would like to see the slides shared in Advisory class today, click here. Thank you families for your support!

DVD Week 10 Preview

Hello Designers and Design Families,

Thank you students, staff and families for participating in SLCs this week! These conversations are a crucial part of supporting students in their academic growth and development.

Things are feeling festive on the fourth floor! This week, students had time in Advisory to start decorating their grade level hubs – just in time for Spirit Week! Spirit Week will take place from October 25th-October 29th; see details below!

Next week, we will return to our normal Monday-Friday bell schedule. See the schedule here:

Week 10 DVD

Week 10 Announcements & Key Dates:
  • Upcoming college visits:
    • Dominican University of California: 10/20 @ 12:35pm
    • Pacific Northwest College of Art: 10/21 @ 12:35pm
    • Syracuse University: 10/22 @ 1:20pm
  • Spirit Week: 10/25-10/29
    • Mon: Meme Day
    • Tues: Decades Day
    • Wed: Pajama Day
    • Thurs: “Anything But A Backpack” Day
    • Fri: Costume Day

FAFSA Workshop

Hello Seniors and Families,

Wednesday, October 27th, 5pm – 6pm the Da Vinci Counselors from Communications, Design, Science and Connect will be hosting a FAFSA Workshop Night. All College applicants must fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order to qualify for financial aid (ex. grants, loans, scholarships).

The FAFSA opened on October 1st and is due March 2nd for CSUs, UCs, and Community Colleges in California. FAFSA deadlines for private and out-of-state universities vary. So please check those school’s financial aid websites and apply early!  This ZOOM webinar event will allow counselors to present the application step by step on how to fill out the FAFSA application. There will be a Q&A in the chat feature on ZOOM.

Please click on the link below to join the webinar:
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International numbers available: https://zoom.us/u/aN2b87ofQ

 

To fully sign and submit the FAFSA during the webinar, student and parent(s) must apply for their FSA ID and have it verified.

CLICK ON THIS LINK for a helpful video that will walk you through the steps to apply for your FSA ID.

We will be recording this webinar.  Hope to see you there!

The DV Counseling Team

DVD Week 9 Preview: SLCs

Hello Designers and Design Families,

Happy Friday! We wrapped up Week 8 with an amazing Community Dialogue in honor of Latinx Heritage Month! Things for spicy during a hot sauce challenge, and we had a special performance from a troupe that displayed traditional Aztec dance (see photo below). Many thanks goes out to our Latinx Student Union and their advisor Sr. Villanueva for putting together this special event.

The coming week is Week 9 and SLCs are from 10/11-10/14. SLCs are happening via Zoom this semester. Check the DVD Grade Level Google Sites and refer to the post from earlier in the week for SLC schedules and documents for your grade level.

Please remember that during SLCs, we have a minimum day schedule. This means that drop-off times stay the same, however school pick-up from school will happen at 1:55pm for Da Vinci Design Mon-Thurs this week, unless your student is staying for their SLC. See the schedule below:

Week 9 DVD

Week 9 Announcements & Key Dates:
  • Student Led Conferences (SLCs): October 11th-October 14th
    • Schedules and grade level documents coming soon.
  • PSAT test day (11th Grade): October 13th
    • 12th Grade: If you are interested in taking the SAT on this day, please contact your counselor for more information.
  • Next Professional Day: October 15th
  • Upcoming college visits:
    • Dominican University of California: 10/20 @ 12:35pm
    • Pacific Northwest College of Art: 10/21 @ 12:35pm
    • Syracuse University: 10/22 @ 1:20pm

Week 9 Classroom Highlight: Latinx Heritage Month CD!

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Save the Date! Bike Safety Class on October 13th

 

bike safety flyerMark your calendars for the Bike Safety Class that will be hosted on our 201 campus on October 13th at 5:30 pm! Guests will learn rules for biking, bike safety skills, review laws for motorists interacting with bikes & more.

October 13, 2021 @ 5:30PM

Da Vinci Schools – West Plaza (outdoors near basketball courts)
201 N. Douglas St.
El Segundo, CA 90245

Register now at bit.ly/bikesafe2021

Thank you to HPD & ESPD for their commitment to keeping our students safe. And a BIG thank you to Liza Somilleda, the Wiseburn Education Foundation & Big 5 for your support!

For questions email: somilledala@gmail.com

Student Led Conferences: Grade Level Information

Good Morning DVD Families,

Next week, we are hosting Student Led Conferences via Zoom. This means that we will have an early release schedule next week, where students will be released at 1:55pm each day, so that from 2pm-4pm teachers can meet with families over Zoom. The schedule for the next two weeks is posted below.

Please see the attached SLC letters for parents/guardians from each grade level team for more information:

Please contact grade level teachers with any questions regarding SLCs.

Week 8 & 9 DVD

DVD Week 8 Preview

Good Afternoon Designers and Design Families,

Happy October! Next week, we will be having our second CD of the year to celebrate Latinx Heritage Month! A special thanks goes out to our Latinx Student Union for putting together this special event. See the Week 8 schedule below.

Also – SLCs are the following week from 10/11-10/14. SLCs are happening via Zoom this semester. Check the DVD Grade Level Google Sites and stay tuned for SLC schedules and overviews from the grade level teachers.

Week 8 & 9 DVD

Week 8 Announcements & Key Dates:
  • This week’s college visits:
    • California Aeronautical University: 10/4 @ 12:45pm
    • Art Center College of Design: 10/5 @ 12:45pm
    • University of San Francisco: 10/6 @ 12:35pm
    • University of New Mexico: 10/8 @ 1:20pm
  • Student Led Conferences (SLCs): October 11th-October 14th
    • Schedules and grade level documents coming soon.
  • PSAT test day (11th Grade): October 13th
    • 12th Grade: If you are interested in taking the SAT on this day, please contact your counselor for more information.
  • Next Professional Day: October 15th

School Pictures Available and Make Up Day 9/30 & 10/1

DVD School Photos:

You can purchase your student’s school photo by visiting this link and checking in the folder of your student’s advisory teacher. Proceeds from the purchase of your student’s photo support DVD. See pricing information below.

Make-Up Picture Days: 

For students who missed the photo day, makeup photos are scheduled for the mornings of Thursday, 9/30 and Friday, 10/1. Students will be notified ahead of time which day they will be taking their photo.

To request a make-up picture, please fill out this short Google Form:
Students must use their Da Vinci email to fill out this form.
DVD Make Up Picture Day Form

Da Vinci Picture Day (1)

 

DVD Week 7 Preview

Greetings Designers and Design Families,

Happy Friday! This week, our classrooms were buzzing with great learning as we are fully getting into the swing of the school year. From drafting and peer reviewing personal memoirs, to travelling the world via music in Spanish 2’s “Musica en Español” (see picture below), so much good stuff was happening this week!

Also: Thank you to our students and staff for participating in our critical incident drill this week. We are grateful to our school community and ESPD for these efforts to ensure the safety of our schools.

This week, DVD started hosting virtual College Visits! Seniors: please check the list of upcoming college visits happening in the center quad. Upcoming college visits are also listed below.

Next week is a regular bell schedule week. See the Week 7 DVD Bell Schedule here, and other important upcoming dates.

Week 7 DVD

Week 7 Announcements & Key Dates:
  • This week’s college visits:
    • UC Irvine: Wed, 9/29 @ 12:35pm
    • UC Santa Cruz: Thurs, 9/30 @ 12:35pm
    • UC Irvine: Fri, 10/1 @ 1:20pm
  • Student Led Conferences (SLCs): October 11th-October 14th
    • Schedules and grade level documents coming soon.
  • PSAT test day (11th Grade): October 13th
  • Next Professional Day: October 15th

Week 7 Classroom Highlight: “Musica en Español” from Ms. Wood’s Spanish 2

Musica en Espanol

Important Message about Emergency Drill Planned for Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021

As previously mentioned, Da Vinci Communications, Da Vinci Design, Da Vinci Science, and Da Vinci Connect High School will be conducting a Critical Incident Drill on Thursday, September 23, 2021. This drill is an important part of our continued efforts each year to maintain a safe and secure school environment. The drill will take place at 10:10 a.m. and will take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete. Teachers have been working with students during Advisory classes to prepare for this drill.
As part of our safety and emergency procedures, Da Vinci Schools has adopted elements of the “Run-Hide-Fight” program designed to provide various options to our students and staff. Our drill will focus on the “HIDE” component which is also referred to as “shelter in place”. Other components will be practiced during our Fire Drills planned for next month. During tomorrow’s drill, students will have a chance to practice the proper response if a critical incident were to occur such as an intruder on campus or any other incident requiring a lockdown of the school. Please help us by reminding students to:
  • Listen and Follow the instructions of their teacher or staff member in the room at the time of the drill
  • Stay quiet during the duration of the drill
  • Silence/turn off their cell phones and stay off their phone during the duration of the drill
  • Wait for the “All Clear” announcement to indicate the drill has concluded
Our School Resource Officer, Officer Josh Gilberts will be joined by other officers from the El Segundo Police Department, members of the El Segundo Fire Department, and our site administrators in observing the drill and providing feedback on our emergency processes and procedures. Staff and students will also debrief after the drill to provide additional input and recommendations in order to continue to improve our response efforts.
Please keep in mind that in order for our schools to remain informed and responsive, parents/guardians and students are always encouraged to report any concerns or potential threats. If you have any questions regarding this drill or any of our other safety procedures, please reply to this email or contact the administration of your child’s school. Thank you for your continued cooperation and support in maintaining the safety and welfare of our students and staff.
Para obtener este anuncio en español por favor mande un correo electrónico con su solicitud a info@davincischools.org. Gracias!
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