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Hispanic College Fund Camp Virtual Programs

Hello Da Vinci Parents and Students,

I’m writing this to share an exciting opportunity that helps students and their parents gain access to virtual HSF College Camp programs, taking place via Zoom. This is a FREE, bilingual, webinar for students in 6th – 12th grade, and their families, where you will receive valuable information about how to prepare, plan, and pay for a college education!

HSF College Camp is tailored to address the needs of ALL middle and high school students, and their parents. Families can choose to receive information in either English or Spanish. People of all ethnicities and backgrounds are encouraged to attend.

The curriculum will be presented by subject-matter experts and will cover topics including:

  • Preparing for and applying to college
  • Researching financial aid and scholarship opportunities
  • Understanding the real cost of a college education
  • Maximizing the college experience
  • Preparing for a career after college

This event is FREE and open to the public; however, space is limited. There will be three identical sessions:

  • Saturday, October 24, 2020, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PT
  • Saturday, November 7, 2020, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. CT
  • Saturday, November 21, 2020, 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. ET

For further event details and to register to attend, please visit:

Registration will close once capacity has been reached. 

For Spanish speakers, feel free to download our Spanish Information Flyer.

Seven Steps to Earthquake Safety

7 steps

Dear Da Vinci Families,

We hope some of you had the opportunity to participate in the Great ShakeOut drill earlier this week! We have additional resources to share with you to prepare your home in the event of an earthquake.  Be sure to follow these 7 steps to be even more prepared when the next earthquake strikes!

Visit to learn more about what you can do to be prepared.

  • Step 1: Secure your space by identifying hazards and securing moveable items.

  • Step 2: Plan to be safe by creating a disaster plan and deciding how you will communicate in an emergency.

  • Step 3: Organize disaster supplies in convenient locations.

  • Step 4: Minimize financial hardship by organizing important documents, strengthening your property, and considering insurance.

  • Step 5: Drop, Cover and Hold On when the earth shakes.

  • Step 6: Improve safety after earthquakes by evacuating in necessary, helping the injured, and preventing further injuries or damage.

  • Step 7: Reconnect and Restore daily life by reconnecting with others, repairing damage, and rebuilding community.


Estimadas familias de Da Vinci,

Esperamos que algunos de ustedes hayan tenido la oportunidad de participar en el simulacro Great ShakeOut a principios de esta semana. Tenemos recursos adicionales para compartir con usted para preparar su hogar en caso de un terremoto. ¡Asegúrese de seguir estos 7 pasos para estar aún más preparado cuando ocurra el próximo terremoto!

Visite para obtener más información sobre lo que puede hacer para estar preparado.

  • Paso 1: Asegure su espacio identificando peligros y asegurando elementos móviles.

  • Paso 2: Planee estar seguro creando un plan de desastre y decidiendo cómo se comunicará en caso de emergencia.

  • Paso 3: Organice los suministros para desastres en lugares convenientes.

  • Paso 4: Minimice las dificultades financieras organizando documentos importantes, fortaleciendo su propiedad y considerando un seguro.

  • Paso 5: Agáchese, cúbrase y agárrese cuando la tierra tiemble.

  • Paso 6: Mejore la seguridad después de los terremotos evacuando si es necesario, ayudando a los heridos y previniendo más lesiones o daños.

  •  Paso 7: Reconecte y restaure la vida diaria reconectándose con otros, reparando daños y reconstruyendo la comunidad.

National Museum of African-American History and Culture Celebrating Latinx Heritage Month

Hello DVD Families!

Latinx Heritage Month is coming to a close and the National Museum of African-American History and Culture is celebrating the Latinx community!

The NMAAHC is celebrating the Latinx community by providing access to their Latinx collection online. This collection includes objects from The Chicano Movement, objects related to genres of Latin music such as calypso, latin jazz, salsa, and hip-hop.

Please join the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) in exploring these intertwined histories, traditions, and identities.

The link to the collection can be found here. 

Save the Date! October 20: The Great ShakeOut!!

shake out
Dear Da Vinci Families,
Join your fellow Da Vincians in the world’s largest earthquake drill! Da Vinci Schools will conduct our own ShakeOut drill on Tuesday, October 20 @ 10:20 am.
Promptly at 10:20 am, students are to STOP, drop, cover and hold. Our focus this year is on earthquake preparedness at home.
Visit to learn more about what you can do to be prepared.

Grammy Museum Fall Virtual Education Programs

Hello DVD Students and Parents,

The GRAMMY Museum is proud to offer a variety of public programming so you can enjoy musicians and industry professionals in an intimate environment for discussion and performance.

Also, the GRAMMY Museum’s education programs are going virtual! Join us as we take some of our most popular workshops online Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11AM PST. All workshops are free and open to classes and individuals with advanced sign-up! Classes such as Music Production 101, Songwriting 101, Music of the Civil Rights Movement, and Hip-Hop Culture:Past, Present, and Future will be offered to students for free! To sign up click here. 

For more information and events feel free to take a look at The Grammy Museum website here. 

West LA College Concurrent Enrollment for ALL Grades!

Hello DVD Students and Parents,

I’m excited to inform you that West Los Angeles College is still offering FREE online college classes for high school students in any grade level! New classes begin Monday, October 26.

These classes are for students who want to get a head start on their UC or CSU general education requirements. They’re also offering College Readiness Classes for students interested in exploring careers, choosing a major, or creating an education plan before they transition out of high school.

Students can begin enrolling TODAY! However, they must have an active LACCD ID# and a processed K-12 Form first. West LA College are hosting application and enrollment workshops to help students through this process!

  • Application Workshops – Mon Oct 12 & Mon Oct 19, 3:30pm – 4:30pm. Students can sign-up here.
  • Enrollment Workshops – Thu Oct 15 & Thu Oct 22, 3:30pm – 4:30pm. Students can sign-up here.

Attached to this post are the K-12 Form that the student must complete before enrolling, a step-by-step process on how to enroll, and a flyer with recommended classes students can take.

Flyer & Recommended Classes

K-12 Form

Step by Step Process – Concurrent Enrollment

El Camino College Dual-Enrollment Information Session this Thursday!

Hello DVD Families and Students,

I wanted to inform you that this Thursday, October 1 at 6pm, we will be hosting an information session for students and parents that are interested in taking Dual Enrollment courses at El Camino College. As a reminder, through Dual Enrollment students can enroll in El Camino College classes while still in high school to earn high school and college credit at the same time.

Here is the flyer for more information: Dual Enrollment 2020-21 Info Session

Please use this link to register for this session.

Volunteer Opportunities for Students

Hello DVD families and students,

Here is some information on a website called, which helps California teens find volunteer opportunities. 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



Upcoming Virtual College Visits

Hello designers! This is a quick announcement to let you all know that we already have some virtual college rep visits lined up for Design!

Who: Seniors and Juniors


Please look below for a quick glance at some of the colleges and universities that will be visiting Design virtually! Students should be able to register for these visits via their Naviance homepage, on the day of the event students must then go back into their Naviance to find the appropriate Zoom link.


Virtual College Visits

Art Center College of Design, Pasadena CA, Wednesday September 9 11:40-12:10pm
Hult International Business School San Francisco, San Francisco CA, September 9 3:00-3:30pm
Dominican University of California, San Rafael CA, September 15 3:00-3:30pm
Smith College, North Hampton MA, Wednesday September 16 11:40-12:10pm ( women’s college)
University of California-Santa Barbara. Santa Barbara CA, Wednesday September 16 3:00-3:30pm
University of California-San Diego, San Diego CA, Thursday September 17 11:40-12:10pm
University of Redlands, Redlands CA, Thursday September 17 3:00-3:30pm
Chapman University, Orange CA, Monday September 21 11:40-12:10pm
Hawaii Pacific University. Honolulu HI. Monday September 21 12:30-1:00pm
Students! Please continue to check your Naviance accounts regularly as more colleges and universities will be added to the list as the weeks progress. Some of these visits are as soon as this coming week so don’t forget to sign up!

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
  • Click “Sign In”
  • Instead of entering student’s school email, click “Sign in with Google”
  • Select student’s 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

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