Applications Open: Overnighter Camp Leaders and Seminar Directors

Greetings Class of 2022, Class of 2023, and Families,

Are you going to be a Junior or Senior at Da Vinci Design in the coming school year? If yes, then we need you!

We are looking for Overnighter Camp Leaders and Seminar Directors for Fall 2021. Please use the links here (and posted on the blog) to apply for one or both of these exciting opportunities.

Overnighter Camp Leaders: From August 23rd to August 26th, host our incoming 9th and 10th graders at Camp Pondo for the DVD Overnighter Camp! Click here for details and for instructions to apply to be an Overnighter Leader.

Seminar Directors: If you have ever wanted to plan and teach your own seminar class at DVD, this is your chance! Click here for details and for instructions to apply to be a Seminar Director.

Applications for both opportunities are due no later than Wednesday, July 28th. Email your applications to DVD Assistant Principal Santa Acuna at .

DVD New Families 2021 Webinar & Slides

Greetings New Students and Families,

Once again, welcome to Da Vinci Design! It was a pleasure sharing a bit of what DVD is all about during our webinar on Wednesday night. If you would like to review any of the information Ms. Acuña and I shared, or if you were not able to watch the webinar live, see the links below for a recording of the webinar and to see the slides that we shared:

After the webinar, there was a Q&A session where we answered clarifying questions. Please check out the DVD FAQs for New Families document here for additional information covered.

Looking forward to meeting you all in the new school year!

Russell Stoll
DVD Principal

Apply to participate in a virtual Job Shadow Day with RIOS (an LA Design Firm)!

WHAT: Join RIOS for a mentoring session with members of RIOS, a multi-disciplinary design firm located in Los Angeles.  These sessions provide a “day-in -the-life” experience to individuals interested in careers offered at RIOS. RIOS is a multi-disciplinary firm located in Los Angeles. Da Vinci students will be paired with a mentor whom they will “shadow” throughout the session. Students will be able to shadow a mentor in any of the following positions: 


-Landscape Architect 

-Industrial + Product Designer

-Computational Designer

WHEN: Thursday, August 5th 2021, 1-4pm via Zoom 

WHO: This program is available to Da Vinci Design students who are entering 10th, 11th, or 12th grade.

WHEN: The Shadow Day you’re applying for will be held on Thursday, August 5th, 2021 from 1-4pm via Zoom.

WHERE: This program will be held virtually via Zoom until further notice. (Eventually, we’ll transition to in-person meetings) 

HOW TO APPLY:  Complete this application by Monday, July 18th at 5pm! 

Shadow Day Schedule: Please note this may change as we switch over to in-person sessions (1PM-4PM)

  • 1-1:15pm Group Intro: Overall introduction to RIOS
  • 1:15-2pm Demonstration: Students will meet individually or in small groups with a member of the RIOS team. The RIOS member will give a description of the types of projects they are working on, the software/tools that they use to perform their jobs, and what a typical day looks like for them. 
  • 2-3pm Design Exercise: based on the student’s interests, the RIOS mentor will provide the student with an exercise to complete. This will provide the student with a hands on experience related to their career of interest. At the end of the exercise, the RIOS member will provide one-on-one feedback and support on their skills. 
  •  3-4pm Mentoring Session: The RIOS member will get to know the student. This session will provide a platform for the student to discuss their career goals, concerns and ask any questions they may have.

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Blood Drive – July 8th at Da Vinci Schools, Blood Donations Urgently Needed

blood drive: July 8th

Did you know the Red Cross is experiencing a severe blood shortage? According to the Red Cross, more people are beginning to undergo elective surgeries, organ transplants, and emergency surgeries, all which require donated blood.

Please consider making an appointment to donate blood on July 8th to sustain the needs of our region.

What: UCLA Blood Drive @ Da Vinci Schools
When: Thursday, July 8th from 9 am to 2 pm
Where: 201 N. Douglas Street, El Segundo, CA 90245 – Black Box Theater

To ensure appropriate social distancing, we encourage donors to make an appointment in the following ways:

– Go on-line at click on Blood Drives and enter DV in the Account Code box

– Scan the QR code above

– Call us at (310) 825-0888 x2

– or email UCLA at

Don’t forget your ID & we’ll see you there!

DVD 2021-2022 School Calendar & New Family Info

Greetings New & Returning DVD Families!

For your convenience, here is a version of the DVD 2021-2022 School Calendar via Google Doc. Families can refer to this calendar for key dates and events; please note that the school calendar is subject to revision as needed.

For our New DVD Families: Welcome! A message will be sent via email soon that includes information for families of incoming DVD students, including dates and times for a welcome webinar and for in-person orientation meetings. See the DVD FAQs for New Families document here for this information.

Looking forward to another great year together!

Russell Stoll
DVD Principal

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 (,
  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

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

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

We are excited to engage with you!

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