Update for Families – Elevator Malfunctions, April 10

Good Morning,

First of all we would like to thank all of you who have attended the Exhibition Nights this week for the three high schools.

As some of you may have been made aware of, we experienced a malfunction on Wednesday afternoon with our main elevator resulting in four students being stuck inside.  Fortunately, they were all assisted out of the elevator unharmed by the El Segundo Fire Department.  The elevator was closed down and the elevator company had already dispatched a technician to address the problem.  After servicing the elevator, we were informed that it was ready to be put back in to service.  Staff from our maintenance and security department tested the elevator to make sure it was operational and no problems were encountered during those tests.  Unfortunately, during the DVD Exhibition Night, we experienced another malfunction with the elevator that resulted in ten people being stuck in the elevator on the first floor.  Fortunately, the El Segundo Fire Department responded to our call and again provided assistance getting everyone out unharmed.  Our thanks go out to them for their quick response and professionalism!

As a result of these and other recent incidents, several additional measures are being put into place before putting the elevator back into service.  Some of these include a message to all of our staff and students with instructions on what to do if they encounter a problem related to the use of the elevator.  Protocols regarding the use of the elevator are also being reviewed to ensure that is only used by students, staff, and guests who are supposed to have it available for use during the school day and any school events.  Furthermore, we are working directly with the elevator manufacturer regarding these incidents and conducting a thorough investigation into the reasons for the malfunctions in order to take all the necessary precautions to avoid this from happening again.

We sincerely apologize for any distress and inconvenience that these incidents may have caused and will work diligently to continue to maintain the highest measures of safety for your students, our staff and all of you at the Da Vinci Schools.  Should you have any questions about matters related to these incidents, please do not hesitate to contact our Mr. Vicente Bravo, Da Vinci Schools Chief Administrative Officer, at (310) 725-5800, extension 1308, or by email at vbravo@davincischools.org.

Leadership Transition at DVD

Dear DVD Families,

At the conclusion of this 2018-19 school year, I will be resigning as DVD principal. My husband and I have decided to move back to the East Coast with our son so that he can grow up near our families.

Handing off leadership at DVD was an incredibly difficult decision to make, as I feel privileged to work with such amazing staff, families and students who have made the DVD culture what it is today. It has been an honor to see all of our students and alumni grow over the past 10 years in my time at Da Vinci. I will be working with the administrative team at DVD to ensure a smooth transition and hope to remain connected to Da Vinci in the coming years.

We have started the application and interview process for a new Da Vinci Design administrator, and I am extremely confident in our school leadership for the upcoming years. If you would like to be on the parent panel for these interviews, please sign up HERE.

If you have any questions about the leadership transition, please feel free to reach out to us at school by calling or sending an email.

Thank you,

Kate Parsons

Principal

Da Vinci Design

For more details, please see the letter from our CEO Matt Wunder.

 

Student Opportunities – 2019 Young Black Scholars’ Medical Summit

DVD Students,

The Young Black Scholars’ Medical Summit will take place at UCLA on Saturday April 27, 2019 from 8:30 AM – 2:00 PM. This is an opportunity to learn about the health challenges facing our community; cardiology, neurology, and other medical disciplines; hear and learn from leading African-American physicians and medical practitioners; and learn about the vast medical professions that are opportunities for you. This event is open to all 9th-12th graders.

Space is very limited so make sure you RSVP by Monday April 22nd. To attend RSVP is required. Please visit www.100BMLA.NET

Scholarship Opportunity – Shawn Carter Foundation

DVD Students,

Here is a scholarship opportunity for you guys! The Shawn Carter Scholarship Fund (SCSF) was founded on the belief that any motivated individual in need should have the opportunity to further his or her education. The SCSF provides individual grants, paid directly to the educational institution, to every student who qualifies and reapplies yearly, from admission to graduation. The grant can be used to cover tuition expenses and related supplemental educational expenses such as books, lab fees, travel and select costs of living.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:

  • High school seniors, students with GED diplomas, undergraduate (2 year or 4 year) college students, and students at vocational or trade schools
  • US citizen or Permanent Resident
  • 25 years old or younger
  • Minimum 2.0 GPA

For more information and to apply go to www.shawncartersf.com/scholarship-fund/

Week 31 Update

Designers, next week is Exhibition week! We can’t wait to see all of the amazing projects you’ve been working on so diligently.

Families, we look forward to seeing you on Wednesday, April 10 from 6:00-8:00 pm for Exhibition! Please allow ample time for parking.

Please note that Friday 4/12 is a minimum school day and we will be in session from 9:00 am – 1:30 pm.

Week 31 Bell Schedule

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Spring Break is April 15-22. Class will resume on Tuesday, 4/23.

 

Summer Internships

Interesting in applying for summer internships? Time is running out! Please see THIS POST for more information.

 

Parent Volunteer Opportunities

Parents, if you are interested in being part of our hiring process for potential Da Vinci teachers at one of the 3 high schools, please sign up at the link HERE!

Apply for a Summer Internship through Da Vinci Schools!

Opportunities are live on http://www.dvrealworldlearning.com/internship-opportunities.html

Why Apply:

  • Boost your resume
  • Boost your college applications
  • Earn 5 Da Vinci summer school credits
  • Develop real-world skills
  • Explore careers

How To Apply:

  1. Review all open positions here
  2. Make your resume and a cover letter (for each position you’re interested in).  Resume and cover letter resources can be found on the RWL website here.  
  3. Apply online by April 29th using this google form.  Please note: it will ask you to upload your resume and cover letter(s).
  4. Attend the Internship Interview Fair on May 8th from 4-5:30pm at Da Vinci Schools.

Application Timeline:

  • April 29th: Applications DUE
  • May 8th: Mandatory Internship Interview Fair from 4:00pm-5:30pm with companies/managers to match students with internship placements

Other Internship Details:

  • DATES: Internships run from July 1st – August 9th (6 weeks)
  • HOURS: 10 to 20 hours per week.  Students will create schedule with their manager. Internships are typically unpaid. 
  • ELIGIBILITY: Students must be eligible to receive a work permit (at least 15 years old) to participate in the internship program.  To receive a work permit, students are required to have no I’s and no more than 10 tardies as of April 29th

Questions or Concerns?  

Contact Natasha Morrison, Director of Real World Learning at nmorrison@davincischools.org

Looking for Parent Volunteers!

Da Vinci Design parents – if you are interested in being part of the hiring process for new teachers at the 201 site for the 2019-20 school year, this is your chance!

We run “Hiring Symposiums” for all potential candidates throughout the Spring. We currently have the following dates held for symposiums:

  • Thursday, April 11
  • Monday, April 29
  • Friday, May 10

Please sign up at THIS LINK if you are interested in and available for one or more of the time slots provided.

Contact Kate Parsons, principal, with any questions. (kparsons@davincischools.org)

Explore, Design, Tinker, Create at Da Vinci Summer Camp 2019

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Join us for fun, real-world learning at Da Vinci Summer Camp 2019. We offer a variety of activities to engage children in grade levels K-9 and of all interests!

Week 1: June 17-21, 2019
Week 2: June 24-28, 2019

Camps offered:
Beginning Robotics 9:00-12:00 (entering grades 2-6)
Advanced Robotics 9:00-12:00 (entering grades 7-9)
Art Studio 9:00-12:00 (entering grades K-5)
Graphic Design 9:00-12:00 (entering grades 5-9)
Performing Arts 12:30-3:30 (entering grades K-5)
Board Games 12:30-3:30 (entering grades 1-5)
Coding & Game Design 12:30-3:30 (entering grades 5-9)
Journalism 12:30-3:30 (entering grades 5-9)
Speech & Debate 12:30-3:30 (entering grades 6-9)

COST: $160 per session (AM/PM)

>> Da Vinci Summer Camp is open to the general public. We offer early drop-off (8:00-9:00) at no extra charge. All campers must be picked up within 15 minutes of camp ending. Lunch supervision is free for students who attend both AM and PM sessions.

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>>Please complete a separate registration for each child.

Questions? Email us at info@davincischools.org

LAST CHANCE: Apply for PAID Summer Internships through the LA Chamber Tech Talent Pipeline!

Interested in a PAID Summer Internship?

This is the last week to apply for internship positions with Snapchat, Fox Sports West, Headspace, Hulu, NBC Universal and more through the LA Chamber of Commerce’s Tech Talent Pipeline program. Positions include marketing, product management, IT, software engineering, operations, production, UX/UI Design, and more. More details are below about the application process.

INTERNSHIPS + REQUIREMENTS

2 types of internships:

  1. Employer paid (65% of total internships)
    1. REQUIREMENTS:
      1. Over 18 years old
      2. Right to work in U.S.
      3. Available at least 20 hrs/week or full time in the summer

2. City/County of Los Angeles subsidized internships

    1. REQUIREMENTS:
      1. 16-24 years old
      2. Resident of the City or County of Los Angeles
      3. Qualify as low-income (eligible for free and reduced lunch
      4. Available to work 20 hours/week

WHAT YOU NEED TO APPLY:

  • RESUME: 1 page ONLY, saved in PDF format as “Firstname_Lastname_Resume”
  • RECOMMENDATION:  Include the name and email of someone from your college or any organization you’re a part of who can be contacted and provide a reference.
  • LINKEDIN PROFILE: You must include a link to your LinkedIn profile.  Here are some tips for LinkedIn profiles.
  • MEET THE ABOVE REQUIREMENTS

HOW TO APPLY:

  1. Apply HERE ASAP: (candidates are selected on a rolling basis…so you are more likely to get a position the earlier you apply). Make sure to have a current, error-free resume.  Feel free to send your resume to nmorrison@davincischools.org to look over before submitting.
  2. Complete this google form to let Natasha Morrison know you applied (she will then be able to put in good word for you)

MORE INFO:

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