Hello DVD families and students,
Here is some information on a website called TeensVolunteer.org, which helps California teens find volunteer opportunities. TeensVolunteer.org is a free service that lists more than 400 opportunities, including ones conducted in-person in the Los Angeles area and ones conducted virtually.
For more info please feel free to visit their website at teensvolunteer.org.
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!
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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions, and for a Zoom link to the information meeting for club leaders.
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.
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:
Hello DVD Parents and Students,
Headspace is a great resource for you and students during this time and they are offering its services for free to all LA County Residents. At Headspace, they like to think of meditation as exercise for the brain. Through meditation, we can build up areas of our brain and actually rewire it to enhance positive traits like focus and decision making and diminish the less positive ones like fear and stress. Most importantly, this means there is a possibility to change your brain for the better in a way that is long-lasting.
There are thousands of studies that have shown mindfulness meditation can positively impact mental and physical health. Whether it’s by reducing stress, improving sleep, increasing focus, or improving relationships, research shows mindfulness works. While the research on mindfulness, especially digital mindfulness programs, is still growing, there is evidence to support the use of mindfulness training for many outcomes.
Here is the link to get started: https://www.headspace.com/lacounty
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 email@example.com – thanks!
Stay safe and be well, Designers.
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.
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
Join in the discussion by clicking this link to access @The Dinner Table weekly questions and complete the summary of what you discussed. We will compile the answers and share at the end of the month.