Archive for September 30, 2015

Reminder—Multicultural College Fair–Vistamar High School-October 18, 2015

Our partner and neighbor-Vistamar High School has once again invited our students to attend their annual Multicultural College Fair. This college fair will include several colleges and allows students the opportunity to meet with and receive information from colleges across the U.S.   This provides the opportunity for both students and parents to meet college representatives, receive college materials and ask questions about specific colleges and admissions requirements and processes.

Remember…….It’s never too early to start exploring various colleges so that when it comes time to apply, you’ll have a better idea of what kind of college(s) you’re interested in!

Plan to attend and bring along a few friends!

Attached is a flyer that provides specific information on colleges that will be at the college fair. VM College Fair 2015 9-29

How to purchase student pictures

School pictures are ready and can be purchased online (unless your student just took his or her picture this morning). You can get a digital copy of the picture or order print copies from the following website. You order directly from the website and the photos are mailed to you, but if you have any questions, feel free to call the school.

To purchase photos:

  • Find your student’s Advisory teacher name and click on that picture
  • Enter the Advisory password (students will be given these passwords tomorrow in Advisory)
  • Find your student’s photo and click on it
  • Click “buy photos” to buy digital or print copies



Week 7 Update

Hello Designers. Congratulations on a successful Kickback and Senior DaVincipocalypse! Thanks to all who came out, participated, or chaperoned.

This week, let’s make sure to support our Wolves! The girls Volleyball team has a home game on Thursday 10/1 at 4:00 pm at the gym in Del Aire Park and the cross country team has a meet on Saturday in Huntington Beach.   We look forward to seeing all of you there!

Also, if you were absent on 9/4 and missed the first picture day, you will have a chance to make up the picture day this Tuesday 9/29.

Lastly, we invite you on behalf of our ASL students to attend their Martha’s Vineyard event! Come learn about deaf culture and history.  Friday 10/2 from 5:30-7:00 pm at Da Vinci Design.

Enjoy your weekend and we will see you Monday!

Week 7 Update 2015-16


Saturday Business Institute for 9th and 10th grade students

Here is a great opportunity for current 9th and 10th grade students!

UCLA Riordan Programs will continue in its third year on the Da Vinci Design campus with the Riordan Saturday Business Institute program.  This school site-based program is designed to provide students with college and business exposure. It is held for four Saturdays on our campus and is a ‘feeder’ for the prestigious Riordan Scholars program which students can apply to the following year.  The Riordan Scholars program meets one Saturday per month on the UCLA campus (transportation is provided) and students who participate in this program are eligible to apply for scholarships through the program Additional information on both of the programs is attached and interested students are encouraged to apply.


An information session for students will be held at our first monthly “LUNCH & LEARN” session (free pizza provided) on this Wednesday, September 23rd during lunch time in Ms. Carmen Garcia’s classroom. The Coordinator from the program will be there to present additional information and to answer questions about the program.  Only 25 students will be selected for the program, based on the application process. Applications will be available at the Lunch & Learn meeting.  Students should sign up if interested on the sign up sheet posted outside of Ms. KGB’s office.


SBI Description

SBI Flyer

Week 6 Update

Happy Saturday, Designers!  Below is your Week 6 update.

Don’t forget to buy your Back to School Kickback tickets at lunch this week! A pre-sale ticket ($5) gets you entry, pizza and a drink – save $1!   At the door, entry is $3, and inside pizza is $2 and drinks/snacks are $1. Entry will be at the gate near the gym (where you enter/exit for CD!).

No classes this Friday, it is a professional development day for our staff.  Grade progress and updates will be complete by the end of the day for core classes. You can access those on PowerSchool at or after 4:00 pm on Friday 9/25.

Also, congratulations to our Girls Volleyball Team who won their first home game yesterday. Big thanks to all the staff, students and families who came out to support our Wolves!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Week 6 DVD 2015-16


PSAT Information – 10/14

On Wednesday, October 14th Da Vinci Design’s 10th and 11th grade students will take the Preliminary SAT exam. The exam will take place in the morning, during school hours. To prepare for the exam, students will be given study guides and they can also find free test prep through their Naviance accounts.

By taking the PSAT, students may qualify to enter competitions for prestigious scholarships and participate in recognition programs. Please visit the following link for more details: are only available for 11th grade students as part of the NMSQT, National Achievement or National Hispanic Scholars programs. For 10th grade students, it is ONLY a practice exam and the scores will not be officially recorded anywhere via the College Board.

Da Vinci asks that all students pay $15 to take the PSAT (unless they are 11th graders who qualify for free and reduced lunch). They can do so by visiting this link or by paying Maria Beltran in the front office.

Family Association Meeting Notes

If you were unable to attend the Family Association Meeting last night, please feel free to review the presentation that was shared: September Family Association Meeting

If you are interested in future volunteer opportunities, please write Megan Martin at The types of volunteers we are looking for include:

  • Traffic & Safety
  • Event Planning – on an as needed basis
  • Annual Giving Campaign – stuffing envelopes, writing thank you notes, placing calls, co-chairing
  • Hiring Symposium – interviewing future potential teachers, must be available from 9-12pm
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