Week 33 Update – Teacher Appreciation Week

Designers, can you believe it’s already May!? We have less than 6 weeks remaining in our 2016-2017 school year.

Teacher Appreciation Week

This week (May 1-5) is Teacher Appreciation Week! Many of you may have already written a thoughtful note (or a few!) for your teachers in advisory.  If not, we encourage you to do so this week.  Your notes of appreciation mean so much to our staff who care so much and work so hard to support students in their ongoing growth and success.

Parents, would you like a way to show your gratitude for staff but aren’t sure how? You can always drop off a note of appreciation, or you can donate Breakfast Items for our staff throughout the week in our front office!   If you are interested, please sign up at the link below…

Breakfast Donations for Staff:

www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0545A8AC2FA13-davinci3

Any questions? Please contact our Assistant Principal, Ms. Martin (mmartin@davincischools.org)

Parent Volunteers Desired for DV Hiring Symposiums on 5/4

Parents, we have a two more hiring symposiums for prospective Da Vinci teachers on Thursday, 5/4.  There are two sessions: morning (9:00-11:00 am) and afternoon (1:00-3:00 pm).

Please sign up HERE if you are interested in being part of the process and interviewing some of the candidates (or email Kate Parsons, Principal at kparsons@davincischools.org).

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From last week…

Student Parking Permit Applications for 2017-18

Current Juniors may apply to be part of a lottery for a parking permit for the new campus next school year. There are limited spaces available so don’t delay!

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Graduation Speaker Application for Seniors

Seniors, applications for student graduation speakers are available now.  They are due by May 4th at 4:00 pm to the Principal’s office. We look forward to your submissions!

DVD Graduation Speaker Application 2016-17

Annual Giving Campaign

The 2017 Annual Giving Challenge Is On!
Donate or Pledge by April 30 and Your Gift Will Be Doubled!

There’s never been a better time to support Da Vinci Schools! Thanks to the extraordinary generosity of Belkin, Northrop, Chevron, Gensler, 72andSunny, Kinecta Federal Credit Union, and Continental Development, all gifts to the Da Vinci Schools Annual Fund will be matched dollar-for-dollar, up to $75,000.

Make your donation or pledge by April 30 and your gift will be DOUBLED.
Every gift makes a difference. Please consider making a tax-deductible gift or pledge today by clicking this link (http://www.davincischools.org/makeagift.shtml). We thank you!

 

College Commitment date is Monday, May 1st

Students/parents,

Don’t forget that Monday, May 1st at midnight is the date that you have to say ‘yes’ to a four year college in order for them to hold your spot for you.  Most colleges usually want you to complete an online form and pay a deposit as well. Here are a few things to remember:

  • You must ONLY commit to one college. If you commit to more than one college, and the other one finds out that you have, each of them has the right to rescind your offer as they consider this ‘dishonest’.
  • Before you say ‘yes’, please be sure to look at your financial aid award letter to make sure that you have been granted enough money to attend
    • If you don’t understand what it says, please see your counselor. You want to know what your grants and scholarships are (free money) and what your loans are (have to be repaid) before you say yes
  • Just because you have been accepted and have committed, it doesn’t mean that the student’s job is done.  Students must keep up their grades. Why?
    • Counselors send a final transcript to the colleges in June. If a college that has accepted you, sees a big drop in grades, they can take back your offer of acceptance (and it does happen)
  • Attached is a list of some other decisions and questions that students and parents need to think about after you’ve made your decision.
  • Although not necessary, you should contact the colleges that you won’t be attending to let them know that you will not be attending. Why?
    • There are students who are ‘waitlisted’ at a college where you have been accepted, and if you let the college know now, they can release those slots to the other students.  It’s out of consideration for other students

Link to ” You’ve Made Your College Choice: What’s Next ?

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Week 32 Update – Please read – Much information included!

Designers, below is your Week 32 update.  Check it out for information on this week’s events, a parent involvement opportunity, SBAC testing, a letter to parents regarding a recent Netflix series, parking permits for next year, graduation speaker applications and more!

Parent Volunteers Desired for DV Hiring Symposiums on 5/4

Parents, we have a two more hiring symposiums for prospective Da Vinci teachers on Thursday, 5/4.  There are two sessions: morning (9:00-11:00 am) and afternoon (1:00-3:00 pm).

Please sign up HERE if you are interested in being part of the process and interviewing some of the candidates (or email Kate Parsons, Principal at kparsons@davincischools.org).

SBAC Testing for Juniors next week

All juniors are scheduled to take the SBAC tests next Wednesday and Thursday (4/26 and 4/27).  Attendance is crucial!

Letter to Families Regarding new Netflix Series 13 Reasons Why

DVD Families, please read the letter from our counseling team below and reach out with any questions or concerns. Your student also should have received a copy of this in Advisory, so please ask for that when they come home today!

13ReasonsWhy

School Site Council Meeting

Tuesday, April 25, 4:45-6:00 pm in Room 402

Agenda: SSC Agenda Meeting 4-25-17

Student Parking Permit Applications for 2017-18

Current Juniors may apply to be part of a lottery for a parking permit for the new campus next school year. There are limited spaces available so don’t delay!

DV Parking Permit Application -Students

Graduation Speaker Application for Seniors

Seniors, applications for student graduation speakers are available now.  They are due by May 4th at 4:00 pm to the Principal’s office. We look forward to your submissions!

DVD Graduation Speaker Application 2016-17

Annual Giving Campaign

The 2017 Annual Giving Challenge Is On!
Donate or Pledge by April 30 and Your Gift Will Be Doubled!

There’s never been a better time to support Da Vinci Schools! Thanks to the extraordinary generosity of Belkin, Northrop, Chevron, Gensler, 72andSunny, Kinecta Federal Credit Union, and Continental Development, all gifts to the Da Vinci Schools Annual Fund will be matched dollar-for-dollar, up to $75,000.

Make your donation or pledge by April 30 and your gift will be DOUBLED.
Every gift makes a difference. Please consider making a tax-deductible gift or pledge today by clicking this link (http://www.davincischools.org/makeagift.shtml). We thank you!

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Parking Permit Applications for Next Year Available Now!

DVD Juniors, did you plan on driving to school next year? As you may have heard in your Advisory class today, parking permit applications for next year at the new campus are now available in the front office.  There are a limited number of spaces and applicants will therefore be placed in a lottery in order to receive a spot. Please turn applications into the front office upon completion.

At this time, CURRENT JUNIORS ONLY may pick up an application in the office or download it HERE.

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Save the date–Thursday April 27, 2017

College Knowledge Night – Thursday-April 27
Parents and students of all grades! Reminder that our annual College Knowledge Night event (sponsored by Da Vinci Design and Communications) will take place Thursday, April 27  from 5:30-7:30pm.

Parents: Have any burning questions about what it takes to get into a California State University? University of California? Out of state college? Community college? Are you wondering how much college really costs and how are you going to be able to pay for it?

Students: Wondering how to create the best college essay that will get the attention of your dream college? Not sure if you should take the SAT or ACT? Or how important is it to take these tests and how much does it count for admissions?

College admissions representatives, test prep companies, college access organizations (Year Up, Riordan Scholars) and recently graduated students will be here to present on all of these topics and more!

There will also be two special workshops for seniors only 

  • What I wish I had known before I went to college (presented by a DVD Class of 2013 graduate)
  • Tips for students and parents on getting ready for college (presented by a DV college counselor)

Date: Thursday, April 27
Time: 5:30-7:30pm (choice of four 25 minute rotating workshops) – Come when you can and take one, two or four workshops!
Location: Da Vinci Design/Communications Campus, 12501 Isis Ave, Hawthorne,Ca 90250

Please RSVP your attendance here: http://bit.ly/1P2qkCZ

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Summer Internship Deadline Extended!

The deadline has been extended until Sunday, April 23rd at mindnight for the below internship positions.  To apply, please send Natasha Morse (nmorse@davincischools.org) your resume and cover letter saved in pdf format as “first name last name resume” and “first name last name cover letter”.

You will also need to attend the Internship Interview Fair next Wednesday, 4/26 from 4:00pm-5:30pm at Da Vinci Design/Communications.

You can find more resources and information at www.dvrealworldlearning.com

Susan G. Komen: Susan G. Komen is the most widely known, largest and best-funded breast cancer organization in the United States. Since its inception in 1982, Komen has raised and donated nearly $1.5 billion for breast cancer education, research, advocacy, health services and social support programs in the U.S. and through partnerships in more than 50 countries. If you are interested in health sciences, non-profit, medical, and/or marketing then you will love this internship! Interns will support the day to day operations of Susan G. Komen through event planning, creation of flyers/posters, calling database. Interns will also attend some Race for the Cure events where they will help set up and pass out health information.

Habitat for Humanity: Habitat for Humanity is non-profit organization dedicated to the mission of eliminating sub-standard housing in the greater LA area and throughout the world. The Torrance “ReStore” is a Home-Improvement Thrift Store, which serves as a funding source for Habitat for Humanity.  If you have an interest in marketing, non-profit, and/design, you will love this internship! The internships available are:

  • Communications and E-Commerce Internship at the Torrance ReStore-This internship position helps increase community awareness of the Torrance Restore and drives new customers to the ReStore. Interns wil: 1) Work with the marketing team to provide interesting info/updates about the ReStore for social media posts 2 )Work with the ReStore managers and regularly monitor the donated items to identify potential items to be posted for sale 3) Post items for sale on several on-line sites including Diggerslist, Craigslist and Ebay 4) Reply to interested parties, answer questions and help to facilitate the sale of those items 5) Regularly communicate with the ReStore staff to know when an item has sold and remove sold items from listings
  • Torrance ReStore Merchandising & Customer Relations-This internship is a hands-on position working on the sales floor at the Torrance ReStore. Interns will help to merchandise/display the donated items in the store in order to make the items more appealing and the overall shopping experience more pleasurable. This includes freshening, cleaning, straightening items on the sales floor, and making them more accessible to shoppers. You may create interesting displays to feature specific items. This internship will also work with the marketing team to create a “Before & After” display for each store, showing how items found in the ReStore can be repurposed or transformed. Additionally, this internship may also conduct in-person customer surveys with the goal of improving the overall customer experience.
  • Design and DIY Workshops at the Torrance ReStore-Create and/or help to manage “Do It Yourself” (DIY) monthly workshops at our Habitat ReStores. Student interns can act as leaders or supporters in this position depending on capacity and skill level. Responsibilities include: 1) Create the DIY concepts, showing how to “upcycle”, repurpose or transform items 2) Identify and secure the individuals who will teach each workshop 3) Help manage the creative process for the promotional material 4) Coordinate on-site logistics for workshops with the ReStore staff 5) Manage the day-of workshop activities 6) Take pictures or workshops and post on social media 7) Provide a brief report upon completion of each workshop

Farmer Mark Farmer’s Markets: Farmer Mark runs and operates farmer’s markets around Los Angeles. He operates five certified farmers’ markets and a non-profit organization Sprouts of Promise.  If you love the environment, community, and local food this internship is for you! Interns will work with the market manager on various tasks such as logistics, communication with the farmers and vendors, greeting customers, social media posts, working the information booth, beginning and end of the market set up and breakdown, and market counts and documentation.

New Earth:  New Earth is a non profit that empowers juvenile justice youth ages 13-25 to transform their lives, move toward positive, healthier life choices, and realize their full potential as contributing members of our community.  They are looking for the following types of interns:

  1. Social media and digital editing intern – This is a wonderful opportunity for a student that is interested in communications, writing, digital media, and/or Public Relations. Intern will help develop social media content for the organization and help create and edit promotional short video shorts that can be used in a variety of platforms. Qualifications: • Concise and personal tone in written communication • Knowledge of a wide variety of social media platforms including: Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter • Knowledge of Photoshop and video editing tools a plus • Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills
  2. Non-Profit Administration and Fundraising Intern- Many of New Earth’s programs are run with the help of high-level volunteers. This person would have exposure to all of New Earth’s programs and really get to see the inner-workings of a non- profit and the juvenile justice system. Intern will help with day-to-day administrative support in the New Earth Arts and Leadership Center. Tasks may involve planning special events and fundraisers, answering phones, creating office systems, ordering supplies, data entry, etc. Qualifications: • Well organized and high attention to detail • Strong computer knowledge and skills, proficient in Microsoft office, excel, and PPT • Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills
  3. Classroom Support Internship- This is a great opportunity for students interested in teaching or being a social worker. Intern will supporting the John Muir Charter School teachers with classroom activities, developing engaging learning opportunities, preparing class materials, etc. Qualifications: • Well organized and high attention to detail • Respectful and willing to be open minded regarding the student’s backgrounds. • Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills
  4. Spoken Word FLOW Internship – This is a great opportunity for students interested in Spoken Word, poetry, and performance. This intern will organize the gallery of New Earth student poetry and begin to create a book of poems. Ideally, the student intern will create a few poetry pamphlets that can be used in New Earth marketing materials. Qualifications: • Well organized and high attention to detail • Interest in poetry and spoken word • Respectful and willing to be open minded regarding the student’s backgrounds. • Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills

FIDM: FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising is a design college that is a force in the Fashion, Graphics, Interior Design and Entertainment Industries. If you love marketing and/or fashion, this internship is for you!

  1. Fashion Club Internship – Assist the Fashion Club Manager to enhance the FIDM Social Ambassador program through supporting day to day operations, events, social media, and other duties as necessary.
  2. Marketing Internship – Interns support the Social Media Marketing Department to work in FIDM’s official social media presences including but not limited to Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter, Youtube, Facebook, Tumblr and Pinterest to create content including photos, written text, videos and more. Tasks could include: Interviewing current students for Snapchat, designing social media graphics for Twitter, developing hashtag contests, participating in marketing focus groups, photographing and interviewing students for blog posts, analyzing social media reports to measure performance, contributing ideas to our digital PR strategy, and writing captions for Instagram photos.

 

Apply for the Summer Coding Camp for Young Men of Color!

Teens Exploring Technology (http://exploringtech.org) has a FREE, 12-week computer science and entrepreneurship program that teaches young men of color how to use code and entrepreneurship to solve community problems and develop into new leaders.  Students will have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet tech leaders in Silicon Valley and Silicon Beach.

 

Apply by Saturday, April 29th

 

DETAILS:

  • Open to current 9th and 10th graders who identify as males of color
  • Runs from June 3rd-August 5th

 

TO APPLY:

Email the following to info@urbantxt.com and cc Natasha Morse (nmorse@davincischools.org)

  • Complete application
  • Completed short answer responses
  • One letter of recommendation
  • Copy of unofficial transcripts (you can get them from the office manager)

 

Week 31 Update

Designers, we hope you are enjoying a restful Spring Break after putting on such an impressive Exhibition Night! It is much deserved.

We look forward to having you back on campus starting Tuesday, April 18.  See you then!

 

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Odd Friday Bell Schedules

Annual Giving Campaign

The 2017 Annual Giving Challenge Is On!
Donate or Pledge by April 30 and Your Gift Will Be Doubled!

There’s never been a better time to support Da Vinci Schools! Thanks to the extraordinary generosity of Belkin, Northrop, Chevron, Gensler, 72andSunny, Kinecta Federal Credit Union, and Continental Development, all gifts to the Da Vinci Schools Annual Fund will be matched dollar-for-dollar, up to $75,000.

Make your donation or pledge by April 30 and your gift will be DOUBLED.
Every gift makes a difference. Please consider making a tax-deductible gift or pledge today by clicking this link (http://www.davincischools.org/makeagift.shtml). We thank you!

Parent Volunteers Desired for DV Hiring Symposiums on 4/19 and 5/4

Parents, we have a two more hiring symposiums for prospective Da Vinci teachers on Wednesday, 4/19 and Thursday, 5/4.  There are two sessions: morning (9:00-11:00 am) and afternoon (1:00-3:00 pm).

Please sign up HERE if you are interested in being part of the process and interviewing some of the candidates!

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