Archive for Author Kate Parsons

Spring Break (4/13-4/22)

Designers, happy Spring Break! We hope you enjoy your week off and get some well deserved rest and relaxation in after an amazing Exhibition.

 

Friendly reminder that there is no class in session on Monday, April 22. Classes will resume on Tuesday, April 23. We will see you then!

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.

 

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!

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)

After-School SAT Prep Course (April – June)

Designers, this is your final chance to enroll in an SAT prep course after school this school year!

The initial practice exam will be held on Saturday 4/6 from 8:00-1:00 on campus and courses start Tuesday 4/23 (after spring break). More details in the flyer below.

Sign up now at the link below for this deeply discounted prep course while space is still available!

http://www.ivyprepeducation.com/prep-courses

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Week 28 Update

Design families, thank you so much for taking the time to come to SLCs this week. Your partnership is such a crucial component of student success!

Week 28 Bell Schedule

Regular Week Bell Schedule

9th Grade Industry Partner Visits

On Friday, March 22, our 9th grade students will be going on their Industry Partner Site Visits. Sites include Gensler (Architecture Firm), Google, Belkin, and more!

We will share photos and reflections after the visits. Thank you to our DVD counselors and our Director of Real World Learning in crafting this inspirational experience for our students.

WASC Visit

Next week, we have our WASC (Western Association of Schools and College) Visiting Committee on campus. Thank you in advance to the amazing work our staff has done and to the parents and students who will be participating as well!

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