Archive for May 24, 2019

Kayne Scholars Program

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.


Spring Theater Performance Friday May 24th!

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!


Whooping Cough Information

Good morning,

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

Looking for Parent Volunteers for Hiring Process!

Hello DVD parents!

We have two remaining hiring symposiums this spring for potential DV teaching candidates. Please sign up at the link below if you would like to participate in a parent hiring panel and provide us your feedback.


Available dates are: Friday, May 24 and Monday, June 3 (both in the mornings). We will be in touch after receiving responses with more details.

Thank you in advance!

Kate Parsons, DVD Principal

Week 36 Update

Designers, your week 36 update is here – the last week before POLs begin!

See below for schedules for the last 3 weeks of school.

POL Week Schedules

During POL Weeks (5/28-6/4) students will be assigned either the MORNING or AFTERNOON group. Please connect with your student and/or grade level teachers to confirm which group your child is in.  More details on this schedule to come!

School Walls Competition this past Weekend

Congratulations for our Da Vinci Design School Walls competition teams (we had two participate!) for making it to the finals! Stay tuned for a blog post with more details and photos!

Senior Showcase (5/22)

Please join us at the Senior Showcase this Wednesday, 5/22, as our seniors present their senior projects at the Automobile Museum in El Segundo.

Night of the Arts (5/23)

Another event this week being held on Thursday, 5/23 on DVD’s campus at 6 pm featured student poetry and art.

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Bell Schedules for the Last 3 Weeks

Have a great week!

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Rising Seniors- Hamilton Diversity Overnight Program

Rising Seniors,

Hamilton College is offering an opportunity for diverse high-school seniors to visit campus and experience life on College Hill. We offer this visit program to introduce Hamilton’s campus, students, faculty, classes, and residence halls to prospective students who represent many dimensions of diversity. While all are welcome to apply, their selection process will prioritize the applications of students from ethnically diverse backgrounds, first-generation college students, and those from families with limited financial resources.

Dates: September 15-17 or October 27-29

– The application will be available on July 1, 2019.

– Applications will be reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis so make sure to apply by the priority deadline by August 2.

– If accepted, all transportation, lodging, and meal costs for the program are covered by Hamilton College.

For more information about the program and to apply, please visit

Measles Update for Families

Dear Parents,

Measles FAQ

Attached you will find important health-related information regarding an increase in measles cases and outbreaks in Los Angeles County.  Please read the attached information carefully as it pertains to how you can protect your family against this disease.


Queridos padres,

Measles FAQ_spanish

Adjunto encontrará importante información relacionada con la salud en relación con un aumento de casos y brotes de sarampión en el condado de Los Ángeles. Por favor, lea cuidadosamente la información adjunta en lo que se refiere a cómo usted puede proteger a su familia contra esta enfermedad.

Da Vinci Design Senior Showcase 2019: May 22, 6-8 pm

Dear Da Vinci Design Families:

The annual Senior Showcase is just around the corner! The Senior Showcase is an annual event dedicated to showing off the hard work the Senior class has put in to their Senior year passion projects. It is also an opportunity for Da Vinci Design to exhibit to the community the 21st century skills and opportunities that Da Vinci students have acquired over the course of their high school years. We would like to take an opportunity to open this event up to the entire Da Vinci Design community, and invite students of all grade levels, their parents, and staff.

The event takes place on Wednesday, May 22nd from 6 P.M. to 8 P.M. at the Automobile Driving Museum located at 610 Lairport St, El Segundo, CA 90245. Attached at the end of the post is a downloadable and printable PDF invitation containing event, location, and parking information.

During the day of the Senior Showcase, the student group that is organizing the event will also be conducting a raffle for a Sunday 2019 Scout Matte Black bike. Entry into the raffle is $4 a ticket. Attendance of the Senior Showcase is mandatory in order to enter the raffle, however, you do not need to stay the entire time to win. Should you leave, your information will have been stored to contact you in the event that you win the raffle.

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Additionally, the Senior Showcase team, which consists of Crystal Aguilera, Bryn Aitken, Vivian Huynh, Sophia Maglabe, and Natalie Zamudio, would like to ask if you are able to help host a successful Senior Showcase. They expect to have between 350 and 500 people attending, including the students. Doing so is a big responsibility and they would appreciate all the help that they can receive, including financial support. Expenses would include booking the venue, food (they are also accepting food donations), decorations, and equipment. Any donation towards supporting the project–big or small–will help cover the costs and ensure that they are able host a successful Senior Showcase.

Donations can be accepted in the form of checks made out to Da Vinci Schools with Senior Showcase 2019 in memo/notes area (tax deductible) or directly on the Senior Showcase Go Fund Me site (not tax deductible), which can be found at this link: . For food specific donations, please click the following link to submit a form, and the team will get back to you: iEtrOeg/viewform

Should you have any questions or concerns about the event, about donations, or anything else regarding Senior Showcase, please do not hesitate to email the group’s Communications Manager, Crystal Aguilera, at

If you are interested in receiving updates regarding the showcase, various fundraisers, and project group snippets, feel free to follow the Showcase team’s Instagram page, “@seniorshowcase_2019”.

We hope to see you there!

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Week 35 Update

Hello Designers! Thank you for all of the appreciation and thoughtful donations for our staff this week. We are so grateful for such a wonderful community.

A few reminders for this coming week:

  • This is the last week of SEMINAR classes for the year
  • Senior Awards Night – Wednesday, May 15th @ 5:00 pm in the BlackBox Theatre; invitations went out earlier this week. Check in with your counselor for questions
  • DVD Advisory Board meeting (for Design Pathways) from 8:30-10:30 am on Tuesday, May 14th
  • Friday, May 17th is Senior Beach Day
  • Friday, May 17th will be a teacher hiring symposium – parents, if you would like VOLUNTEER as a panel member, please sign up HERE.
  • Friday, May 17th – Coffee Shop Presentations to Gensler Architects for 9th and 10th graders during periods 1 and 4

Also, PROM is this Saturday,  5/11 from 6-10 pm at the Renaissance LAX. We’ll see you there if you are attending!

Have a great weekend and Happy Mother’s Day to all of our Da Vinci Moms!



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