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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 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.

 

 

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 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.

 

Fall 2020 El Camino College Virtual Classes

Hello DVD parents and students!  Here is some information on two college courses that students can take through El Camino College this fall.

Who: Juniors and Seniors from DVC, DVD, and DVS.

What: College courses at Da Vinci, through El Camino College. Courses meet transfer requirements for all Cal State and U.C. campuses, as well as most private colleges and universities.

Why: Get a start on your college credits! It looks great on your college applications.

Cost: Free! The state of California and Da Vinci Schools pick up the costs, including textbook fees. Donations to help cover the cost of the textbooks from families that are able to are appreciated.

Where: Classes will be held virtually on El Camino College student portal due to COVID-19.

Ethnic studies – Asynchronous 

Music Appreciation – Monday & Wednesday 3:00 – 4:25pm 

If you are interested, make sure you apply to El Camino College Fall 2020 term and email the attached completed dual enrollment form with your confirmation application number to your school counselor by Friday, August 21, 2020 by 1:00pm. These classes begin Monday August 24, 2020. To be eligible to take a dual enrollment class the students need to pass all their academic classes, have no credit recovery for a-g classes, and be a senior or junior student.

 

Here are some links that provide more information: 

Fall 2020 DVD El Camino Courses

Applying to El Camino College

Dual Enrollment Application

Thank you.

– The DVD Counseling Team

Cal Grant Opt Out

Dear Rising Seniors & Parents,

A Cal Grant is money for college you don’t have to pay back. Cal Grants can be used at any University of California, California State University or California Community College, as well as qualifying independent (private) and career colleges or technical schools in California.

To qualify, you must apply for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or California Dream Act Application (CADAA) by March 2, 2021 and meet the eligibility and financial requirements as well as any minimum GPA requirements. There are three kinds of Cal Grants (A, B and C) but you don’t have to figure out which one to apply for. Your eligibility will be based on your FAFSA or CADAA responses, your verified high school Cal Grant GPA, the type of California colleges you list on your FAFSA and whether you’re a recent high school graduate. To learn more about the qualifications, please visit www.calgrants.org.

Da Vinci Design is required to submit your student’s verified GPA. By law you have the option to “opt out” of this process if you do not want Da Vinci Design to submit your student’s verified GPA. If you choose to “opt out”, this means your student will not be eligible to receive a Cal Grant. In order to “opt-out”, please complete the attached form and return to your Counselor no later than August 28, 2020.

If you do not return the “opt-out” form, Da Vinci Design will submit your student’s verified GPA to the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) to determine your student’s Cal Grant eligibility. Click links below to obtain the opt out form in either English or Spanish.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact your student’s counselor.

Thank you,

Da Vinci Design

 

Cal Grant gpa letter

Cal-Grant-Opt-Out-form-English

Cal-Grant-Opt-Out-form-Spanish

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.

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

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