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11th Grade Families- tomorrow’s college field trip info!

Hello 11th grade families-

The 11th grade college field trip is scheduled for tomorrow, and the weather forecast is calling for rain. Please plan to dress accordingly! Wear rain boots (if you have them), or other warm weather proof shoes, warm jackets, long pants/jeans and please bring an umbrella (if you have one). We will be attending the field trip rain or shine, and want to make sure you are as comfortable as possible in the elements that are being predicted.

Thank you!

The DVD Counseling Team

9th grade Families- Kaiser Permanente STD and Sex Ed/Health Advisory Cirriculum Permission Slip

On Friday January 19th, 9th grade Da Vinci Design High School students will have the opportunity to see a dramatic performance entitled “What Goes Around.” This performance is sponsored by Kaiser Permanente. Because the play involves sexual education, it is necessary that each parent know they can opt out. The play tells the story of five students and how their behavior and connections to each other also connect them to other people who are unknown to them. The play uses visual monitors, text messaging, cellular and computer technology to better reach its audience and to clearly illustrate its message: there are epidemic rates of sexually transmitted diseases (STD) in the high school age group.

“What Goes Around” provides health information about STDs in a topical way. Students hear the facts and myths about STDs and see how the choices they make have a lasting impact on the lives of other people. The 60 minute play is followed by a 15 minute talkback session in which the actor-educators answer audience questions about sexually transmitted diseases. The key message points of “What Goes Around” are:

1. The option of abstinence

2. The importance of testing

3. Prevention

Also happening in conjunction with this play is the sex ed-health lessons/curriculum that will be every happening every Thursday and Friday in your student’s advisory for the remainder of the semester. Because the play and the curriculum involves sexual education, it is necessary that each parent/guardian know they can opt out. Any student not attending the assembly and not attending advisory will report to a study hall for the duration of the play and advisory on Thursdays and Fridays.

For more information about the play you can visit their website: and/or view the Program information sheet:

More info on the curriculum used in the advisories classes can be found here:

Click on the below link to access the permission slip, which is due to your student’s advisory teacher no later than Thursday January 18. 

Kaiser Play and Sex-Ed Health permission slip

Permission slips will also be handed out in your student’s advisory class on Tuesday January 16.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call your counselor at 310-725-5800, or email your student’s counselor:

Pam Baker, Last Names A-Gl,

Rachel Fusco, Last Names Go-O,

Erin Knott, Last Names P-Z,

FAFSA Workshop: Monday, Dec. 11th at DVD

Come to DVD’s campus and get help filling out the FAFSA!

El Camino College financial aid representatives will be on campus assisting families with filling out the FAFSA. Come and leave having submitted your FAFSA!

When: December 11th from 5:00pm-6:30pm

Where: DVD – Patrick’s room (4107)

In order to fully submit the FAFSA, you must apply for an FSA ID first, and will need it to clear with the government. You can do that now at: and come to the workshop with this information and the FSA ID cleared.

Please arrive by 5:00 in order to get the most help and submit it by 6:30pm.

Bring your:

  • 2016 tax returns, W2, and record of money earned
  • Bring your and your student’s social security number

FAFSA 2017



Junior Families: Sign up for Group Family Meetings with your student’s college counselor

Dear Da Vinci Design Junior Families and Students,

From the end of November and through December, college counselors will be holding small family meetings with junior families and students from their caseloads. In these meetings, counselors will discuss:


  • How to build your college list
  • Scholarship Opportunities
  • College entrance exams (SAT/ACT) and test prep
  • What to expect for 12th grade
  • Summer Experiences
  • Important college admission requirements
  • What to expect for life after high school
  • And much more! Individual questions will also be answered during this time

Families, sign-up to meet with your counselor via the provided link (make sure to sign up with your student’s appropriate college counselor) It is expected that all students sign up for a family meeting.


  1. Pam Baker: Students with Last Names A-GL:

  1. Rachel Fusco: Students with Last Names Go-O:

  1. Erin Knott: Students with Last Names P-Z:


Sign-up days and times are first come first served, so sign up early to get a time slot most convenient to you. Each meeting time is limited to a certain number of families. 

Please let us know if you have any questions. Below find our email addresses:


  1. Pam:
  2. Rachel:
  3. Erin:


El Camino College Open House (Wed, Nov. 15th)

Dear Da Vinci Design Student,

El Camino College will be hosting a festive and informative open house on Wednesday, November 15, 2017. Stop by anytime between 5:30-8:30 p.m. and join ECC as they invite students to the El Camino College campus. The event will feature various information sessions, a resource fair, twilight campus tours, and all-around fun for students and parents alike.

Session topics include:

  • Financial Aid and Scholarships
  • Parent Workshop
  • Athletics
  • Transfer Strategies
  • Career and Technical Education

For more information and to RSVP, please visit:


Veterans of Foreign (VFW) Scholarship Opportunity!

Veterans of Foreign (VFW) is hosting a scholarship contest. The national 1st place winner will receive $30,000 scholarship paid directly to the university/college/trade/vocational school. Other national scholarships range from $1,000-$16,000, and the first place winner from each state VFW department wins an all expense paid trip to Washington DC. Deadline to enter is October 31, 2017. The theme this year is “American History: Our Hope for the Future”. Please see attachment for complete rules and application.


VFW scholarship rules and application

Senior Families- Sign up for your Individual Senior Family Meetings with your student’s College Counselor!

Da Vinci Design’s College Counselors will be holding individual senior family meetings throughout the month of September. Sign up early to reserve a day/time most convenient for you. An informational handout will be given to your student.

In the meetings, your counselor will discuss with you and your student:

  • Post secondary plans
  • Refining college list
  • College Entrance Exams
  • Naviance
  • FAFSA/CSS Profile
  • Alternative post high school options as appropriate
  • Important dates/deadlines
  • College Applications
  • Any individual questions you may have

And more!

Click on the link below to sign up for your meeting via your counselor’s Sign Up Genius (Make sure you sign up for meetings with the appropriate counselor, caseload is divided based off last names).

Pamela Baker (Last names A-GL):

Rachel Fusco (Last names Go-O):

Erin Knott (Last names P-Z):

We look forward to meeting with you!

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