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Thank you from The Diversity Council – @The Dinner Table responses are here

Over the last 4 weeks the Diversity Council’s @The Dinner Table discussion topics have been well received. We hope you enjoyed having these conversations around your dinner table. The campaign has now ended and we’d like to share some of the responses from our DVD Families. Please click the link here to view our presentation. Slides will change every 30 seconds to hopefully give you enough time to read the responses.

Thank you all for your participation!

The Diversity Council

Da Vinci Design announces FREE SAT/ACT practice tests online with The Princeton Review

We have an exciting opportunity for Da Vinci Design students! The Princeton Review is offering FREE online practice tests for both the SAT and for the ACT. This opportunity is available for ALL grade levels.


ACT Online Practice Test

SAT Online practice test

For more information and registration on a free ACT practice test administered on May 16th, please click here
For more information and registration for a free SAT practice test administered on May 30th, please click here

Please contact your counselors if you have any questions.

The DVD Counseling Team



Virtual College Exploration Week

Hello Jrs,

As you are using your time at home to get ahead of the college application process before Sr year, here is a great week of college exploration to assist you in your search for colleges that are a good fit for you.

Strive Virtual College Exploration Week

Monday, April 20 – Thursday, April 23, 2020

300+ colleges from 44 states and 10 countries
96 sessions over 4 days
Day and evening options
Panel presentations on a range of topics for juniors and underclassmen
Free and open to students nationwide
Registration for students and parents is now live.

Click here or use the link below:

Financial Aid Awards

Srs please log into your college portals to locate your financial aid awards. Do not wait to receive this information through email. If you have never created your portal for each college you’ve been accepted to, please check your emails for instructions on creating your portal.  Once you have located your financial aid awards, please contact your counselor if you have questions.

Thank you,


Financial Aid Awards & COVID19

Hello Srs,

For those who have completed the FAFSA, and whose financial circumstances have changed considerably, we encourage you to reach out to your institution’s financial aid office. Financial aid administrators are afforded a degree of professional judgment under the law for state and federal aid, as well as for institutional aid, and can work with students and families whose incomes have been negatively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Your counseling team.

Fun and Engaging Activities at Home

Hello Designers,

Below is a list of sites that offer FREE activities for parents and students from toddler age to high school.  Explore museums, cook with your kids, learn about personal finance, take Ivy League courses, participate in interactive arts/crafts and games, learn to sing and other fun adventures. We want to support our parents/families with suggestions, as it is most important during this time of “shelter in place”, to keep your students active, engaged, and having some fun!



✅Banzai exposes students to real-world financial dilemmas to teach them the importance of smart money management.

✅Entertaining & educational videos for all levels and subjects

✅Illustrated recipes designed to help kids age 2-12 cook with their grown-ups. Recipes encourage culinary skills, literacy, math, and science.

✅For students to practice and master whatever they are learning.

✅ReadWorks is an online resource of reading passages and lesson plans for students of all levels K-12.

✅Sight reading and sight singing practice exercises.

✅Music practice transformed

✅Kid-friendly workouts — choose from Strength for Kids, Agility for Kids, Flexibility and Balance for Kids, Warm-Up for Kids, Cooldown for Kids, Stand Up and Move for Kids, OR create your own custom kid workout.

✅Keyboarding practice or

✅Short videos and readings that answer various burning questions for students. There are vocabulary challenges and comprehension questions.

✅450 Ivy League courses that you can take

✅2,500+ online courses from top institutions

✅22 languages to learn

✅Online digital coloring pages

✅Free stories online ages 3-12

✅National Geographic Young Explorers is a magazine designed specifically for kindergarten and first grade students. Children can listen to the magazine being read to them as they follow along with the highlighted text.

✅Guide to gardening for kids

✅Math Games, Logic Puzzles and Brain Builders

✅News and more for kids

✅Tons of science experiments that you can do at home

✅Just explore, have fun, and learn some science along the way.

✅A human visualization platform that allows students to explore the human body in really cool ways.

✅Crafts, activities, bulletin board designs, and finger plays for early education teachers and parents to use with kids.

✅No need to travel to one of the Smithsonian’s zoos or museums — this website brings your child everything from live video of the National Zoo to the Smithsonian Learning Lab right to their screen

✅This interactive website, hosted by the U.S. Government Publishing Office, allows your child to see the ins and outs of the U.S. government by taking a series of learning adventures with none other than Benjamin Franklin.

✅This NASA initiative covers a wide range of topics including weather, climate, atmosphere, water, energy, plants, and animals.

✅Your child can play games, learn fun facts, and find out how to turn coin collecting into a hobby.

✅This educational website hosted by the Smithsonian Museum takes a deep dive into ocean life.

✅Brainscape offers over a million flashcard decks for every subject, entrance exam, and certification imaginable.

✅The Theta Music Trainer offers a series of online courses and games for ear training and music theory.

Amazon Future Engineer is offering FREE online computer science classes

Many schools in the US have had to close temporarily due to the coronavirus outbreak, or may be in planning stages to do so.

Recognizing the enormous impact of COVID-19 on our school communities, Amazon Future Engineer is offering free online computer science classes for any student or teacher affected by school closures due to COVID-19 in the US.

The courses provided will be:
• Explorations in Coding (Middle School)
• Introduction to CS – Python (High School)
• AP Computer Science Principles
• AP Computer Science A – Java
• Professional development aligned to each course above

These courses will be available until August 31, 2020. Amazon will continue to closely monitor the needs of students and teachers over the coming months to best provide support.

At this time an internet connected device with an internet browser and keyboard is required (Chromebook or similar; connection recommended at 2mpbs / 800 total mb of data per course).

These courses are appropriate for any independent learners from 6th to 12th grade, or teachers who are teaching remotely to this age group. Through this free Amazon Future Engineer access, teachers will also have access to online professional development to support their work – we want all interested students and teachers to be able to use this content.

Amazon is closely monitoring the impact of COVID-19 in our school communities. In addition to the thousands who are affected by the illness, we understand thousands more are indirectly dealing with changes in their work, school, and community environments.

Now and always, the Amazon Future Engineer program is focused on increasing access to computer science education for hundreds of thousands of students and teachers. During these troubling times, as students and community members across the US experience educational disruption during the pandemic, Amazon Future Engineer will continue to identify opportunities to support students or teachers affected by school closures due to COVID-19 in the US.


Additional Grab-N-Go Food options

Hello Designers!

In addition to Da Vinci Schools Grab-N-Go pickup breakfast from 8 am – 9am and one lunch meal between 12 pm – 1:30 pm at Da Vinci Schools Multipurpose Room, below is the link to a list of Los Angeles County Charter Schools who are distributing free food to students via Grab-N-Go:


What can Srs do in lieu of college campus visits?

Hello Srs,

As many of you have received college acceptances and are awaiting to hear from the remainder colleges, we have received notices that most colleges have decided to cancel on-campus visits and admitted student activities which are typically done during this time.  COVID19 is changing the way things are normally done on a daily basis and we will do our best to keep you informed.

Historically, all acceptances should be released no later than April 1st and that has not changed.  Additionally, commitment day is May 1st (the day you commit to attending a college by submitting your Statement of Intent to Register (SIR) deposit).  However, because of COVID19 your commitment date may change from May 1st to June 1st.  We will let you know just as soon as we know.

In the meantime, colleges have begun announcing optional opportunities that students can take advantage of in lieu of visiting college campuses.  Below are a few suggestions you can find simply by checking on the colleges website:

  1. Live Chats
  2. Webinars
  3. Live Stream Sessions
  4. Parent FaceBook Groups
  5. Admitted Student Networks
  6. Virtual Campus Tours
  7. College Instagram Accounts

Lastly, make sure to check out acceptance letters for additional information and updates on admissions websites.  If all else fails….. let good instinct and your heart lead the way!

Remember to contact your counselor with questions!







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