Dear DVD Families,
Da Vinci is once again offering an SAT/ACT Prep course to its students through PJ Test Prep, a small Test Prep and Tutoring company based in the south bay. They have been in business since 2005 and have been offering SAT/ACT prep with Da Vinci for many years and they do a great job!
The course, open to students from all DV high schools, will be two weeks, from Monday July 29th through Friday, August 9th.
There will be practice tests from 10:00am-2:10pm on:
- Monday 7/29
- Thursday 8/1
- Thursday 8/8.
The classes will run from 10:00-12:30pm:
- Tuesday 7/30
- Wednesday 7/31
- Friday 8/2
- Monday 8/5
- Tuesday 8/6
- Wednesday 8/7
- Friday 8/9.
Students are expected to attend all 10 days. The course, normally valued at $500, costs only $50 per student! Partial scholarships are available, so please don’t let the cost stop you from signing up!
Click here to sign up!
After signing up, students pay the $50 course fee to their school’s office. Please make checks out to “Da Vinci Schools” and write “Test Prep” on the memo line. Contact Liz at firstname.lastname@example.org for details or to request a scholarship.
Designers, we have some exciting news to share. Please read the letter below from Da Vinci Schools’ CEO Matt Wunder.
Dear Da Vinci Design Families,
After a comprehensive review and selection process involving input from students, parents, teachers, staff, and Da Vinci leadership, we are excited to welcome Veronica Rodriguez to the Da Vinci Design family as Principal, replacing Kate Parsons who is moving to the East Coast with her family.
Ms. Rodriguez has five years of administrative experience as a principal of a charter school and private school and five years of experience as a math and science teacher. Ms.Rodriguez also serves as an adjunct faculty member at Cal State LA. Most recently, Ms. Rodriguez served as principal at Five Keys Schools and Programs, where she cultivated a caring and collaborative environment for both students and staff, designed and led professional development, and established partnerships focused on motivating and supporting students to reach their personal and academic goals.
Please join me in congratulating Ms. Parsons and welcoming Ms. Rodriguez to the Da Vinci family, effective July 1, to continue Da Vinci Design’s trajectory of success. Russell Stoll will remain as Assistant Principal at DVD. Mr. Stoll has been part of the Da Vinci family since the very beginning and has been proven himself to be a highly effective and passionate advocate of Da Vinci Schools.
Dr. Matthew Wunder
Chief Executive Officer
Dear Rising Seniors & Parents,
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 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, 2020 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 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 23, 2019.
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.
Da Vinci Design
Dear Da Vinci Design Families & Students –
It has come to our attention that the Spring 2019 report cards list your Semester 1 GPA. To request a revised report card with the Semester 2 GPA, please fill out the form (see link below). All requests MUST be made by Tuesday 6/18. We will then process these requests and revised reports will be available for pick up on Thursday 6/20 between 8:30-11:30 am.
Please see below for information regarding the last week of school (senior check out, senior breakfast, etc.) and graduation. We look forward to seeing our seniors and their families on the 6th! Seniors received this information on Tuesday.
Hello Designers – only 2 weeks left of the 2018-19 school year!
- POL Days will take place from Tuesday, May 28 – Tuesday, June 4.
- Last day of classes for students is Wednesday, June 5th (this a minimum day, 9:00 am-1:30 pm)
- Graduation for the Class of 2019 is June 6th at 11:00 am. You must have a ticket for entry. More details to come for seniors.
- Summer Break for students begins June 6th (the first day of school for the 2019-2020 school year is Monday, August 19th).
- Semester 2 report cards will be sent out by Monday, June 10th. Please allow at least 2-3 business days for arrival to your home.
Students should have received their schedule from the teachers. Your student will either have a presentation time during the morning session (8 am-12 pm) or during the afternoon session (12 pm- 4 pm). They will attend either the morning or afternoon session each day during POL weeks. It is crucial and expected that students are present for the full session.
See images and links below for more information! Please contact our front office if you have any scheduling questions.
Last two weeks of school.
POL Letter for Families
9th Grade Spring POL Handout
Grade 10 Cohorts
Grade 11 Cohorts
2019 Senior Project Final POL Schedule
Dear 10th grade DVD students and families,
In 2019-20, Da Vinci Design is introducing a third Career Technical Education Pathway, Entrepreneurship, in addition to the already existing Architecture and Graphic Design. The initial Entrepreneurship class will be widely available to all 11th graders and takes the place that Spanish 3 traditionally holds in the course sequence. That said, we know some students may want to pursue Spanish 3 as it makes them more competitive in college applications depending on where they choose to apply, so we are offering this as another option when students are making pathway decisions as opposed to removing it completely.
We are looking for student feedback and interest so that we can plan accordingly. The number of course sections for each will be dependent on interest and the constraints of our master schedule, so while students will share preferences, we cannot make any absolute guarantees. This week and next, 10th grade students will be filling out a questionnaire during their Design class POL, as that POL already has students sharing pathway preference between the two existing pathways. Please remember that these are solely preferences and interests. We will do our best to get all students into the classes they desire to take, but again, it is limited by space.
Below you will find multiple options for what a student’s career pathway trajectory may look like at DVD. These are reflected on the survey for students and we will use this data for planning purposes. Please feel free to review this with your student and have them complete the survey at home. Should students change their mind over the summer, they are able to put in another submission, but must indicate in the “comments” box that it is their second and preferred submission. We also encourage students to discuss their options with their counselor if they are unsure.
HERE IS A LINK TO A DOCUMENT WITH THIS INFO AND THE OPTIONS.
If you have any questions regarding this, please do not hesitate to reach out. I would be happy to provide additional information and clarification as needed before I transition out of the principal role at the end of this year.
Da Vinci Design
DVD Students and Families,
Kayne’s unique program of providing financial support, college advising, and career development to first generation, low income students has helped students adjust to college life and ultimately advance their potential through college graduation and into careers that they love. Kayne recently launched a new college access and persistence support program called Kayne Destination College. KDC is open to 11th grade students (rising seniors). Only students who go through KDC will be eligible to be nominated to be a Kayne Scholar in the 12th grade. KDC will provide free 1:1 virtual college admissions counseling to support first-generation students through the college application process. KDC students will participate in up to 2-4 hours of virtual counseling per month.
Eligibility to Apply:
– GPA of 3.0 or above
– First generation college student
– Interested in applying to a UC, CSU, or any other 4-year college or university
A representative from Kayne Destination College will be hosting an informational meeting on-campus at Da Vinci on Wednesday, May 29 at 4:00PM in the Black Box. Students (rising seniors) do not need to attend the info meeting to complete the Interest Form.
Interested students (rising seniors) must complete an Interest Form by June 8, 2019.
Join us on May 24th at 7pm for a student production by the Da Vinci Theatre Program. Students have been working on scenes, monologues, and songs put together around the theme of A Lonely Heart. Many of these pieces were written by the students and we would love for you to come see their hard work and talent on display. Families and siblings welcome!
At this time, we have 3 cases of Pertussis (whooping cough) at DV Science. Please see attachments from Department of Public Health.
DVS Pertussis (Eng)
DVS Pertussis (sp)
Pertussis is treated with antibiotics and even if your child is vaccinated, they can become ill because immunity lessens over time.
If your child is coughing, or starts to cough take your student to the doctor and let them know they may have been exposed to pertussis (whopping cough).
Thank you all and don’t hesitate to contact the school nurse with further questions.
Emily Green, RN, PhD, Da Vinci Schools nurse