Ways to be productive during the summer

Hello Designers!

The following is a list of suggestions for things to do during the summer break to be productive:

  1. Watch educational videos on YouTube
  2. Watch documentaries
  3. Volunteer (find a cause you care about)
  4. Learn a new language
  5. Read (see how many books you can read over the summer)
  6. Take a dual enrollment college course
  7. Build or fix something (these are skills that will come in handy in the future)
  8. Visit museums
  9. Start a business (babysitting, dog-walking, pet-sitting, tutoring)
  10. Pick up a new hobby (gardening, dancing, playing an instrument, photography)
  11. Participate in summer sports
  12. Learn about a country or place you don’t know much about
  13. Improve your vocabulary (vocabulary.com, enhancemyvocabulary.com)
  14. Improve your writing skills
  15. Talk to as many adults as possible about career options
  16. Create a personal website
  17. Learn sign language
  18. Organize a fundraiser
  19. Organize a book club
  20. Write a book of poetry
  21. Create a blog – edit/post often
  22. Learn CPR
  23. Cook dinner for your family (each time learn a new dish – write your own recipes – create a cookbook)
  24. Clean parks and maintain hiking trails
  25. Plant trees
  26. Assist with summer reading programs
  27. Work with children at a summer camp

And most importantly, reconnect with friends and family.  This year was tough for everyone so make sure to relax and regroup.


DVD Counseling Team

Cal Grant Opt Out

Dear Rising Seniors & Parents – (this refers to current Juniors)

A Cal Grant is money for college you don’t have to pay back. Cal Grants can be used at any University of California, California State University or California Community College, as well as qualifying independent (private) and career colleges or technical schools in California.

To qualify, you must apply for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or California Dream Act Application (CADAA) by March 2, 2022 and meet the eligibility and financial requirements as well as any minimum GPA requirements. There are three kinds of Cal Grants (A, B and C) but you don’t have to figure out which one to apply for. Your eligibility will be based on your FAFSA or CADAA responses, your verified high school Cal Grant GPA, the type of California colleges you list on your FAFSA and whether you’re a recent high school graduate. To learn more about the qualifications, please visit www.calgrants.org.

Da Vinci Design is required to submit your student’s verified GPA. By law you have the option to “opt out” of this process if you do not want Da Vinci Design to submit your student’s verified GPA. If you choose to “opt out”, this means your student will not be eligible to receive a Cal Grant. In order to “opt-out”, please complete the attached form and return to your Counselor no later than August 28, 2021.

If you do not return the “opt-out” form, Da Vinci Design will submit your student’s verified GPA to the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) to determine your student’s Cal Grant eligibility. Click links below to obtain the opt out form in either English or Spanish.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact your student’s counselor.

Thank you,

Da Vinci Design





Sign up for a FREE Externship with AT&T!

The AT&T Summer Learning Academy is a free online externship learning program open to all high school and college students. Registration is available now and we get started on July 12th! The program has both short informative self-paced classes and exciting live events featuring well-known dynamic speakers focusing on four key areas: Personal Development, Business, Technology and insights on life at AT&T direct from our leadership and experts in their field. When you complete the program, you will be sent a unique digital badge from Credly.  Speakers include Sal Khan (Khan Academy), Troy Aikman (NFL Hall of Famer), Omar Johnson (Opus United), and Dr. Ellen Ochoa (Nasa Astronaut).


Register HERE by June 22nd!



·       Open to All High School and College Students

·       Dates: July 12 – August 6, 80 hours to complete for certificate

·       Live Events: July 12 – 23

·       Format: Virtual

·       Content: Web-based training, activities and guest speakers

·       Summer Credit: When you finish the course and receive a Credly certificate: Send Natasha an email with the certification and she can ensure you receive summer school internship credit.


There is a set group of courses that cover a variety of areas. An overview of the curriculum can be found here. The full syllabus of curriculum will be sent to all registered students in July. Students will receive a certificate of completion from Credly that is not specific to a particular discipline.

We have ~30 live sessions scheduled between July 12 – July 23, but attending events live is not mandatory. If you attend live, you will be able to interact with the presenters and ask questions. Live participants will have the chance to win various prizes and giveaways.

The program begins on July 12, with live events running from July 12 through July 23. Students will have until August 6th to complete the coursework required to receive the certificate of completion from Credly.

QUESTIONS? Contact Natasha Morrison at nmorrison@davincischools.org

Week 38 – Last Week of School!

Greetings DVD Community!

The last week of the 2020-2021 school has arrived! Congratulations on completing the first week of POLs! The last day of school is Wednesday, June 9th. Please refer to the schedule posted here. PowerSchool access will be turned off for the next few days as teachers update grades.

POL week 2021

We are so excited to celebrate the Class of 2021 and their graduation this coming week on Tuesday, June 8th at 4:00 pm. Seniors, please check your emails for information regarding the check-out process and rehearsal happening on Monday, June 7th at 9:30 am.

Let’s Get Social

let's get social

We are so excited to officially launch Da Vinci Instagram and Facebook pages to complement our existing Twitter feed so we can get even more connected with our community, a.k.a. YOU!!

Follow us today on any of our official Da Vinci Schools social media accounts to stay connected, engaged and informed.

Follow us: @davincischools_org

Like our Page: @dvschools

Follow us: @dvschools

We also just launched a new Wiseburn-Da Vinci Athletics blog to communicate directly with our student-athletes, families, and community members! Here you will find everything you need from updates on tryouts, game days, highlights and so much more! Sign up for the latest athletics updates here. Go Wolves!!

Visit our Athletics blog at athletics.davincischools.org.

We are excited to engage with you!

SAT/ACT anticipated test dates

Hello Juniors,

Even though many institutions have chosen to remain Test Optional for the Class of 2022 graduates, we want to make sure that you have all information available in order to make an informed decision for your needs.

The decision to test or not test is yours.  If you have questions or are eligible to receive a fee waiver for the test, please reach out to your counselor.

SAT Anticipated Test Dates – please always confirm changes by visiting collegeboard.com

2021-22 SAT Test Dates & Registration Deadlines

Test Date Registration Deadline Online/Phone Late Registration Deadline Online Score Release
August 28, 2021 July 30, 2021 August 17, 2021 September 20, 2021
October 2, 2021 September 3, 2021 September 21, 2021 October 15, 2021
November 6, 2021 October 6, 2021 October 26, 2021 November 19, 2021
December 4, 2021 November 4, 2021 November 23, 2021 December 17, 2021
March 12, 2022 February 11, 2022 March 1, 2022 March 25, 2021
May 7, 2022 April 7, 2022 April 26, 2022 May 20, 2022
June 4, 2022 May 5, 2022 May 25, 2022 July 13, 2022

ACT anticipated dates for 2021-2022 – please always confirm changes by visiting Act.org

The chart below provide comprehensive information about the test dates, regular registration deadlines, late registration deadlines, and score release dates.

If you have questions or are eligible to receive a fee waiver for the test, please reach out to your counselor.

2021-22 ACT Test Dates & Registration Deadlines

Test Date Registration Deadline Late Registration Deadline Estimated Score Release
June 12, 2021 May 7, 2021 May 21, 2021 June 22-August 6, 2021
July 17, 2021* June 18, 2021 June 25, 2021 July 27-September 10, 2021
September 11, 2021 August 6, 2021 August 20, 2021 September 27-November 5, 2021
October 23, 2021 September 17, 2021 October 1, 2021 November 9-December 30, 2021
December 11, 2021 November 5, 2021 November 19, 2021 December 21, 2021-February 4, 2022
February 12, 2022 January 7, 2022 January 21, 2022 February 25-April 7, 2022
April 2, 2022 February 25, 2022 March 11, 2022 April 12-June 23, 2022
June 11, 2022 May 6, 2022 May 20, 2022 June 21-August 5, 2022
July 16, 2022* June 17, 2022 June 24, 2022 July 26-September 9, 2022


Thank you,

The DVD Counseling Team



POLs Begin Next Week!

Greetings DVD Families,

POLs begin on Tuesday, June 1st. See below for more information on grade level POLs and final opportunities to demonstrate mastery. The schedule for the last two weeks of school is posted here as well as reminders about upcoming events.

POL Information by grade level:

Grade 9 POL Overview and Slides

Grade 10 POL Overview

Grade 11 POL Overview

Grade 12 POL Overview

POL week 2021


  • Monday 5/31: Memorial Day – NO SCHOOL
  • Tuesday, 6/1-Tuesday, 6/8: POLs (Presentations of Learning)
  • Monday, 6/7: Grad Practice at 10 am
  • Tuesday, 6/8: Class of 2021 Graduation at 4 pm
  • Wednesday, 6/9: Last Day of School

Have a wonderful three-day weekend!

Veronica Rodriguez

El Camino College Career Pathway Programs

Hello DVD parents!

El Camino College is offering the After-School K-14 Career Pathways program for high school students. K-14 Career Pathways provide high school students with an opportunity to get an early start on college and begin preparing for a career in a high demand industry.  High school students take El Camino College classes through dual enrollment for FREE.  Work-based learning & industry exposure is embedded in each pathway and includes industry speakers, workplace site visits, industry events, and, when available, internships &/or summer jobs.  Students take classes as a cohort with additional student supports, including a pathway Student Success Coach.

Here is a list of the career pathway programs ECC is offering and flyers for more info.

After-School K-14 Career PathwaysSee attached flyers for detailed class information for each pathway:

STEPS TO APPLY (see attached flyer for online Drop-In Help)

  • STEP 3:  Complete the El Camino College online college application.  Students who have taken a dual enrollment class in the previous Fall or Spring semesters DO NOT have to do this step.  https://www.elcamino.edu/apply/
Who can join a K-14 Career Pathway program?  
Students who will be in the 11th & 12th grade in the Fall.  The Auto Technology & Construction pathways will accept 10th graders with the Dean’s permission.

Does it cost anything?

High School students can take Dual Enrollment college classes for FREE!  If the pathway class requires a textbook you will need to purchase it (not all pathway classes require textbooks, some use open & free materials).

How will K-14 pathway classes be taught?    

The majority of the El Camino College K-14 pathway classes will be taught online.  The Auto Technology & Construction pathway classes will be taught in a Hybrid format with online lecture and a once a week in-person Lab at the El Camino College campus on Thursdays.  Students enrolled Auto Tech & Construction pathways will have to provide their own transportation for in-person Lab on Thursdays 4pm-7:30pm. 

When do classes start?

The majority of the K-14 career pathways start Fall semester beginning August 30thExcept for the Cybersecurity pathway which starts in the Summer, second session July 6th – August 13th.  


Srs – How to request final official transcripts

Hello Srs!

Da Vinci schools is now partnering with Parchment: Digital Credential Services.

Parchment provides you with the ability to request your final official transcripts online and have them sent electronically and securely to the colleges, universities, or scholarship programs that you select. Soon you will receive an email with your registration code and instructions on how to create your online account with Parchment. Once you create your account, you will have the opportunity to request your official high school transcript be sent to the college you select. After you make your request, your official (and final) high school transcript will be processed after your final semester grades have been added into PowerSchool. When your request has been processed, you will receive an email confirmation.

Please click here for more information on ordering through Parchment.

If you have any questions, please contact your counselor.

Thank you,

DVD Counseling Team

Presentations of Learning (POLs) and Final Weeks of the Semester

Greetings DVD Families,

Happy Friday! We are three weeks away from the end of the semester.

POLs begin on Tuesday, June 1st. See below for more information on grade level POLs and final opportunities to demonstrate mastery. The schedule for the last three weeks of school is posted here as well as reminders about upcoming events.

POL Information by grade level:

Grade 9 POL Overview and Slides

Grade 10 POL Overview

Grade 11 POL Overview

Grade 12 POL Overviewweek 36 2021

last week 2021


  • Monday 5/31: Memorial Day – NO SCHOOL
  • Tuesday, 6/1-Tuesday, 6/8: POLs (Presentations of Learning)
  • Wednesday, 6/9: Last Day of School

Upcoming Events for Seniors:

  • Friday 5/21: Grad Night from 7pm – 11pm (on campus)
  • Monday 5/24: Grad cap decorating and grade-level activities for Cohort B from 1:30pm – 3pm
  • Thursday, 5/27: Senior Swag Drive-thru from 4pm – 6pm (201 parking lot)
  • Monday, 6/7: Grad Practice at 10 am
  • Tuesday 6/8: Class of 2021 Graduation at 4 pm


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