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Week 22 Update – Spirit Week!

Designers, week 22 is a 4 day week and also Spirit Week!

Friendly reminder that there is no school on Monday 2/19 (President’s Day).

Monday 2/12

Tuesday 2/13

Wednesday 2/14

  • Valentine’s Day

Thursday 2/15

  • Pop Culture Day

Friday 2/16

  • No Classes in Session – Staff Development Day
  • Grades updated by end of day in PowerSchool

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Summer Opportunities and Internships

See the following links for summer program opportunities and internships!

And one new opportunity, USC’s Summer Marine Lab Experience!

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Pathway Course Enrollment for ECC Architecture Classes – Spring 2018

DVD families with students in: Art & Design 1 (opting for honors), Art & Design 2 (all) or Art & Design 3 (Architecture Pathway with Ms. Gavagan only):

Today your student should have received a letter with two enrollment documents from El Camino College (ECC) attached.

  • The letter outlines the enrollment process students must go through to obtain the dual enrollment credit for Architecture classes.
  • The Concurrent Enrollment document must be completed and signed by both STUDENT AND PARENT
  • The last document is something students should fill out at home and bring to school with them so that they have all necessary info when/if working with a teacher, counselor or ECC rep during enrollment.

Currently the El Camino College Reps are scheduled to be on campus during the school day on Monday, February 12 and Tuesday, February 13 to support with enrollment during classes. This means students need to turn in their concurrent enrollment forms and info documents on Wednesday, February 7 or Thursday, February 8 (depending on the day their Art & Design pathway class falls).  The deadline for us to send over enrollment forms is Friday, February 16.

If you need to access another copy of the documents, there is a link to each grade level packet below. Please do not hesitate to contact the school with any questions.

9th Grade ECC Letter and Documents

10th Grade ECC Letter and Documents

11th Grade ECC Letter and Documents

Week 21 Update

Designers, between Practice ACTs and project kick-off events, to ending with a field trip for our 9th graders, it has been an eventful week on campus!

Next week we return to regular bell schedules (see below).

Senior Cap & Gown Photos

If you have yet to take your cap & gown photo with Stacee, our photographer, please sign up for a time to do so next week at the link below. ALL senior students need this photo for the yearbook. There is no cost associated with the picture being taken this week, but you are always welcome to order from her site. If you have any questions, please see Ms. Martin.

An ACT Prep Class is being offered again this semester by Ivy Prep at a highly discounted rate!

Students can register online here:
The discount code is “dvdfamily”
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See previous posts for community service and summer program opportunities! (links also below)

Baseball Sign-Ups and Community Service Opportunity

Girls Who Code – Free Summer Program Opportunity

GirlUp – Summer STEAM Camp Opportunity

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Girls Who Code – Free Summer Program Opportunity

Current 10th and 11th graders, check out this opportunity for the Girls Who Code Summer Program. It is free to participants. Students who are accepted and attend can earn school credit – see Ms. Hannouche for more info!

Early admittance applications are due February 16 and regular admittance applications are due March 16. Check out more details at


GWC Poster

Week 20 Update

Hello Designers, next week there is a lot going on! From the RACC College Fair for Grades 9, 10 and 11 to the Practice ACT, check out the schedules below to see what your week will look like. Athletics schedule for the week is also below.

Wednesday 1/31 – RACC College Fair – students will be able to meet reps from over 20 colleges! This will take place during advisory

Thursday 2/1 – 9th and 11th graders are taking the Practice ACT; get a good night’s sleep, be here on time and make sure to eat breakfast! Bring a pencil, a calculator, and a snack since lunch will be later in the day.

Friday 2/2 – 9th grade has a field trip to Knott’s Berry Farm

Have a nice weekend!

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Week 19 Update

Hello Designers, we hope you had a wonderful first week back!

We start seminars on Monday 1/22, which you all had a chance to sign up for in advisory over the past couple of days.

Upcoming Events

  • RACC College Fair: Wednesday, Jan 31
  • Staff Development Day – no class – Friday, Feb 16

Athletics schedule and bell schedule for Week 19 below.  Have a nice weekend!

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Health Awareness Information – January 2018

Please see the letter below regarding lice identification and prevention. Please note that if students are found to have lice at home or at school, the school needs to be notified and then the school needs to re-check the student to allow them to return.

Lice Information DV

DVX Family Information Nights

Interested in learning more about Da Vinci Extension (DVX)? Please join us for one of our family information nights in the MPR room at 201 North Douglas:


January 24th, 6:00 PM

February 21st, 6:00 PM

February 28th, 6:00 PM



Da Vinci X’s college program, founded in 2015, builds upon the success of the Da Vinci Charter Schools and blends college, career and life to support students in their journey to becoming happy, healthy adults.

At DVX, students have the opportunity to complete a two-year associate’s degree, a four-year bachelor’s degree, or a one year GAP program that enables students to transfer to a four-year university. Each cohort of students meets in a blended format two evenings per week at a Da Vinci site through UCLA Extension, Southern New Hampshire University, and/or El Camino Community College. Students have access to tutoring, advising, and teacher/professor office hours at Da Vinci as they complete their college coursework. The program also focuses on holistic life skills through access to diverse supports and “adulting” classes in topics such as mental health, financial planning, and grit to support students’ transition into becoming lifelong learners. Students then leverage these tools by gaining exposure and access to real world opportunities through on-the-job work experience in high-skill, high-demand jobs through paid and unpaid internships, certificate programs, and strategic mentoring opportunities aligned with their personal interests.

Visit us at


Apply for our 2018-2019 cohorts now!


Applications are due on or before March 2nd.


Fill out the application online HERE

or at download and submit to the front office staff of DVS, DVC, DVD or DVRISE


For questions, please contact

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