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DVD T-Shirt Design Contest Winners

Design Families!

Please join us in extending a congratulations to the grade level finalists and winners of our DVD T-Shirt Design Contest!

Blog Snap Shot (T-Shirt Contest 2020) Resize

These four designs will be printed via the print shop at Mychal’s Learning Place, and sold online for $12. Pre-sale coming soon!

If you’d like to see all of the semi-finalists designs, please watch the announcement video shared in Advisory today from our Design pathways teachers: T-Shirt Contest Winners Announcement Video 2020.

Finally: thank you to Mychal’s Learning Place for partnering with us on this contest! Mychal’s Learning Place is a local organization that provides support, training and opportunities to youth and young adults with developmental disabilities in order to build their independence and to help them pursue their goals and dreams. In addition to providing after-school programs and day classes, Mychal’s also has a student operated mobile coffee truck and a print shop. Proceeds from t-shirt sales will go directly to Mychal’s Learning Place. Learn more here.

Update: Student DV Emails Required to Log In to Meetings via Zoom (Now w/ Student Guide)

Greetings DVD families and students,

We are writing to share important information about our students’ participation in Zoom classes. Da Vinci Schools has activated Zoom accounts for every student through his/her school email address. This allows only “authenticated” accounts to access virtual classes. Therefore, all students are required to log in for all meetings via Zoom using their assigned Da Vinci Schools email address. Please follow the directions below to create your Zoom account. This action is only required once and must be completed before your child’s next class.

  • Go to Zoom.us
  • Click “Sign In”
  • Instead of entering student’s school email, click “Sign in with Google”
  • Select student’s @student.davincischools.org account
  • When signed in, student can click on Zoom class links or enter the meeting ID within their Zoom account

*Please click here for a student guide (PDF) released by the DV IT Dept. on 9/2/20*

That Da Vinci Schools provides an email address to each and every one of our students is a huge asset in terms of access and security for our school community. Having students access their online classrooms using their school-issued email will greatly help in preventing disruptions and concerns of unauthorized users attending classes. Teachers and staff will continue to remind students that they should be using their DV emails for all school-related work and activity.

Thank you for your support and patience as we continue to develop and fine-tune our practices in this virtual world!

DVD Admin

DV Club Applications Are Open

Greetings DVD Students!

We need YOU – be the club leaders for the 2020-2021 school year! Today in advisory, your teachers will be sharing access to information about how to create a DV Club for the 2020-2021 school year.

Start a Club Flier (BLOG)

APPLICATIONS ARE DUE SEPT. 4th! In order to complete your application, you will need a teacher advisory and a 2-minutes video advertisement. Email Stoll (rstoll@davincischools.org) with any questions, and for a Zoom link to the information meeting for club leaders.

 

Resources For DVD Students: Circle Sign-Ups

Dear DVD Students,

We recognize the pain and unrest that our local and national communities are feeling in the wake of the recent killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery. These injustices, which highlight systemic problems in our society that must be faced, happen amidst the backdrop of a global pandemic that prevents us from being on campus together. While we are not physically together, our school community is strong, and we will come together in open dialogue and in support: to grieve together, to support one another, and to stand together for justice.

Tomorrow, Wednesday June 3rd, we as a school community will come together and connect in dialogue circles. These circles will be led by members of our DVD community on June 3rd (Wed) as an opportunity to listen, to gain understanding, and give space to express feelings. Please use this moment to sign up for a circle or to reach out for connection.

First: Let us know how you’re doing and/or request a meeting with a counselor in this short survey: Connections Survey: DVD 2020

Next: If you would like to sign up for a Circle led by a DVD staff member of your choosing, use the Sign-Up Genius Link here:

Lastly: These are challenging, unprecedented times, and we want to honor your hard work and your preparation for POLs in the face of it all. POLs will continue as planned, but as of today, POLs will only maintain or positively influence final grades. We know you are doing, and will continue to do, your very best. Your teachers appreciate the opportunity to connect with you one last time this semester.

Be well, stay safe, and we look forward to seeing you soon.

Apply for a Remote Internship this Summer!

PROJECT CONSULTANCY SUMMER INTERNSHIP

Apply for a Remote Internship this Summer!

  • What is it? Students will work with a team of other Da Vinci students and corporate mentors on several real projects aligned to employer and industry needs alongside CoLabL Talent Accelerator. Please review the below documents for more information:
  • How do I apply?  
    • Apply by JUNE 1st at 5pm 
    • Apply online here: https://forms.gle/FcMRTvcFrckMeWYS7 
      • You’ll need:
        • An updated resume, saved in PDF form as “firstname_lastname_resume” 
        • Your cumulative GPA from PowerSchool
        • A maximum one page essay describing why you would like to participate, saved in PDF form as “firstname_lastname_essay”
    • Students will be informed of selection by June 8th at 5pm
  • Dates: The project consultancies will run from July 6th-August 14th.
    • They will be 100% remote
  • Hours: There will be 5-10 hours/week of work.  Students will work on 3 individual projects and 2 team projects during the internship.

Other details:

  • ELIGIBILITY: Open to all grade levels, but students are expected to communicate with industry partners and Natasha independent of parents/guardian.  Students are expected to communicate promptly and professionally via email.
  • SUMMER SCHOOL CREDIT: You will have the opportunity to earn 5 summer school credits for participating. It will reflect on your transcript as “Summer Internship Program”.

Need help with a resume?  

Check out these resources below and feel free to share your resume with Natasha via Google Docs for feedback.

Questions or Concerns?  

Reach out to Natasha Morrison, Dir. of Real World Learning, at nmorrison@davincischools.org

 

Helpful Handouts For Families

Dear Design Families,

If you are finding that learning from home has been a challenge for your students, you are not alone, and we are here to support you. Please see the attached resources from our school psychologist, Lynn Rodriguez, if you are looking for helpful strategies for students who are:

Lynn offers her support, saying, “It is clear that for some homes, students doing work and logging on is not an independent task, but one that requires the family to support, encourage, and rally.”

We are in it together, Design families! If you would like other resources similar to these, feel free to reach out to Lynn at:
lrodriguez@davincischools.org

Teacher Appreciation Week May 4th-8th

Greetings Design Students & Families,

Next week (May 4th-8th) is Teacher Appreciation Week! Please take a moment to celebrate as many of our fantastic teachers as possible with a short written message of appreciation. Your words of gratitude and encouragement for the Design staff will mean the world to them. Teachers help uplift us every day, and we are grateful to you for taking the time to help lift them up during this special week!

You can also share your gratitude with our teachers next week when they call to check up on their students next week during Student Outreach Days (5/4-5/5).

Want to do something EXTRA special to show our staff that you care? Make a video! Make a TikTok, recite a poem, or just share your smiling faces addressed to all of your teachers and send it to us!

Messages and videos will be collected on Monday, 5/4. Don’t delay – send them in now!

If you would like to send a short video message to all of your teachers, please record it and send it to cnoyola@davincischools.org – thanks!

Stay safe and be well, Designers.

Russell Stoll

Senior Activities 2020 (Date Corrected)

Dear DVD Senior Families,

Attached you will find information regarding Senior Activities for Spring 2020. For further questions, email the appropriate point person for each activity listed. Click here:

DVD Senior Activities 2020

Included is preliminary information on:

  • Prom: May 15th, 2020
  • Disneyland Grad Nite: June 5th, 2020
  • Graduation: June 11th, 2020

As done in years past, we will be sharing this information in a short assembly with Senior students in-person when we return from Winter Break.

Happy New Year!

DVD Admin

LRNG + Da Vinci Pop Up Hosted by Da Vinci Student Interns–After School on Thursday!

Pose with your best friends or model your first week of school outfit at the LRNG pop-up photo booth after school on Thursday!

WHAT: Pop-up photo booth to learn about LRNG (partnered with Southern New Hampshire University) and hosted by Da Vinci student summer interns at Friends at Work.  A representative from LRNG will also be onsite to answer questions.

WHERE: Da Vinci Schools (1st floor—bottom of the stairs near cafeteria)

WHEN: Thursday after school; 3:30pm-4:30pm

DA VINCI INTERN VIDEO: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1nVn9HZyyaGuwxrdoV4AwvartMhoL7OJN/view?usp=sharing

This summer, Da Vinci students interned at Friends at Work, a social impact media company, to produce a video and spread awareness about LRNG’s offerings.  LRNG is a part of Southern New Hampshire University that offers online courses and badges that translate to college credit. Come support the final deliverable of their internship by checking out their pop up and learning more about the LRNG program.

LRNG (partnered with Southern New Hampshire University) is a website where you pick what you love and complete badges. When you complete multiple badges, those can translate to college credits. It’s a widely diverse site that caters to different passions.

Come check it out to hear from a representative from LRNG at the LRNG photo booth pop-up on Thursday, August 22nd from 3:30-4:30pm at Da Vinci Schools.

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