Archive for January 23, 2019

Railroad Safety

DVD families, please read this letter from Vince Bravo, the Chief Administrative Officer at Da Vinci Schools.

 

Greetings Da Vinci Parents and Students:

 

Earlier today, I was informed about a situation that occurred yesterday that we would like to inform our parents about in order to ensure that our students are not putting themselves in danger when dealing with the train crossing located on Douglas.

 

At this time, there is a train that is scheduled to come through that area between 3:00 and 5:00 pm, which coincides with our dismissal times.  Yesterday, while a train was stopped at the crossing blocking traffic on Douglas, several of our students crawled over and under the connectors between the train cars to get to the other side. A couple of them also carried their bikes over with them.  One of our students was even called over by her parent to cross over, and while doing so, the train started to move.  Some students walked along the railroad tracks all the way to the last car and then went around it.  This is also very dangerous because there is no way of knowing which way the train will be going when it is time for it to move on.

Union Pacific Police will be out there today and a few other days to educate our students (and several adults who also crossed through the stopped train) on the dangers that they are putting themselves in by crossing through or around a stopped train.  For now, they will not be issuing the $400 citation that a person can receive for doing this.  They just want to educate as many people as possible to avoid a possible tragedy in the future.  We have also committed our collaboration and assistance in the form of communication to all of our parents and students, and providing supervision at the crossing when needed through grounds, security, or other DV staff.

Thank you for your assistance with this matter and please feel free to contact me if you have any further questions about this matter.

Vicente Bravo

Chief Administrative Officer

Da Vinci Schools

 

Cedars-Sinai Career Training for Students

Hello Da Vinci Students and Families,

Through Cedar-Sinai’s Teen Volunteers Program for area middle school and high school students, the hospital hopes to inspire and nurture the next generation of doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals. They give young people, many from disadvantaged homes, a head start on discovering productive and meaningful careers in healthcare. Volunteers are ages 14 to 18. For more info call (310) 423-8044 or visit cedars-sinai.org/community/programs/career-training.html 

Here is a flyer with more info!

Cedar-Sinai Volunteer Opportunity

 

Attention Students – Young Global Scholars Program

Yale Young Global Scholars (YYGS) is a summer academic enrichment and leadership program that brings together students from around the world for two-week sessions on Yale’s campus in New Haven.

YYGS offers need-based financial aid packages to students. In addition, they offer Young Leaders (YL) Scholarships each year to a limited number of students. YL Scholarships are need-based financial packages that cover tuition AND all travel costs.

Current 10th and 11th grade students are eligible to apply. You must complete the online application by February 6, 2019. 

For more information about this scholarship see the attached flyer.

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YGSP

Week 20 Update

Hello Designers, it was great having everyone back on campus this week! A few reminders and announcements for the week ahead:

  • No School Monday, 1/21 (MLK Holiday)
  • Bell Schedule for the week below

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Breakfast Now Being Served!

Reminder: Da Vinci Schools/Chartwells is now serving breakfast from 7:30 to 8:30 in the morning in the cafeteria. Price is $3.50 for paid students, .30 cents for reduced students and those students that qualify for free lunch are also free for breakfast. No reapplying is needed.
Information about the program can be found here: https://www.davincischools.org/meals/
The menu for the week can be found here: https://davincischools.nutrislice.com/menu/menus-eula

After School Theater Program

Design students, are you interested in learning more about the theater?

We are excited to share about the DV Theater program. This program will focus on performance, culminating in a fully staged production at the end of the semester. Any and all students are welcome. If you’re passionate about performance, or just looking to learn something new and challenge yourself, this is a program for you!

Da Vinci Theater will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:00 to 5:30 starting Tuesday, January 22nd. If interested, report to the BlackBox Theatre by 4:00 pm on this date to get started!

Senior Activities info can be found on this previous post.

Students in Integrated Math 3 – Announcement

Dear DVD IM3 Families,

We are writing to inform you that there will be a student teacher in your child’s Integrated Math 3 classroom this semester. Da Vinci Schools strongly believes in sharing our best practices with others in education and taking the opportunity, whenever possible, to provide excellent mentorship experiences for aspiring educators.  Mr. Korey Hlaudy will be the mentor teacher to our student teacher, Mr. Andrew Ojeda for the semester. Mr. Ojeda is a student in Pepperdine’s Education program and will take on a variety of roles and responsibilities in the classroom throughout the semester under the guidance of Mr. Hlaudy for the remainder of the year. Mr. Ojeda will attend all Da Vinci Design professional development alongside our staff, be present for Student Led Conferences, and participate in small group instruction, classroom observations and other teaching experiences around campus.

Please join us in welcoming Mr. Ojeda to the DVD community!

Best,

Kate Parsons

Principal

Da Vinci Design

 

 

 

11th Grade College Family Meetings

Hello 11th Grade Parents,

It’s family meeting time! We will be having small group family meetings to discuss college preparation, the application process, Naviance, and other important information to get your student prepared for their senior year of high school. This will also be an opportunity for us to answer any questions that you may have.

Below are the links to sign up for the family meetings with their assigned counselor.

Thank you and we are excited to meet with you all!

–  The Counseling Team

 

Pam Baker (Last names A-Gl): https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080B4CAFAA2EABFE3-pambakers1

Rachel Fusco (Last names Go-O): https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080b4ca8ac2fa1f49-junior1

Erin Knott (Last names P-Z): https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0D4FA4AB2FA13-erin4

 

Rainy Day Traffic Info for DV Parents

Good Morning Parents,

First of all we would like to thank you for your patience and cooperation this week as you encountered drop-off and pick-up traffic that was much heavier than usual. This was due to several factors, the most significant one being the simple fact that we had a considerable increase in the number of students – that is, those who normally walk, ride their bikes and skateboards, take the Metro, and any other means of transportation – being dropped off at school.  In order to continue to promote the safety of our students, staff, and all of you braving the weather to ensure that they get to school in a timely manner, below are a few tips and reminders:

  • Never drop off or pick up students on any sidewalk, especially Douglas Avenue
  • Avoid making illegal U-turns
  • Please follow the instructions of the staff assisting with traffic control
  • Stay within the lanes indicated by the cones set out on Douglas Avenue and in the parking lot
  • Avoid dropping your students off or picking them up in the parking lots of our neighboring businesses, such as Millennium Space Systems
  • Plan for additional time to get in and out of the parking lot
  • Carpool
  • If you have to wait for your student, park instead of waiting and delaying the pick-up and drop-off lanes

 

Again, thank you for your patience and cooperation as we all continue to work together to ensure the safety and well-being of all of our students.  Have a safe day!

Da Vinci After School Theater Program

Design students, are you interested in learning more about the theater?

We are excited to share about the DV Theater program. This program will focus on performance, culminating in a fully staged production at the end of the semester. Any and all students are welcome. If you’re passionate about performance, or just looking to learn something new and challenge yourself, this is a program for you!

Da Vinci Theater will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:00 to 5:30 starting Tuesday, January 22nd. If interested, report to the BlackBox Theatre by 4:00 pm on this date to get started!

Attention Seniors – Scholarship Opportunity

Each year, the LAX Kiwanis donate college scholarships to applicants who qualify for both merit and need from a number of local high schools. The scholarships range in value up to $2500 each and will be determined each year based on the applications submitted.

If you would like to be considered for the scholarship, please download and complete this scholarship form and return it to us no later than March 1st, 2019.

Thanks and best of luck!

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Attention Seniors – Scholarship Opportunity

Sandpipers has been providing financial assistance to college-bound students since 1941 and is the oldest continuing aid program in the South Bay. In 2018, Sandpipers awarded more than $260,000 to 52 students (freshman – senior). High school seniors living in the South Bay (both citizens and eligible non-citizens as defined by the US Department of Education) are eligible to apply for a Sandpipers Scholarship.

Entries must be received before 11:59 on Tuesday February 5, 2019.

To access the application and requirements copy and paste the link below in your browser!

https://app.smarterselect.com/programs/55505-Sandpipers

Senior Activities Spring 2019 Information

Seniors and 12th Grade Families,

Welcome Back! You’ve made it to your final semester at Da Vinci Design! We are so proud of all of the effort you’ve put in to get here, and we are excited to celebrate your hard work and graduation with you this semester.

Please see the attached document (below) for details concerning Graduation, Prom, Grad Nite, and other Senior Activities:

DVD Senior Activities 2019

Note dates, contacts and point persons for each Senior Activity. 

See you at Graduation!

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