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Week 36 Update

Designers, your week 36 update is here – the last week before POLs begin!

See below for schedules for the last 3 weeks of school.

POL Week Schedules

During POL Weeks (5/28-6/4) students will be assigned either the MORNING or AFTERNOON group. Please connect with your student and/or grade level teachers to confirm which group your child is in.  More details on this schedule to come!

School Walls Competition this past Weekend

Congratulations for our Da Vinci Design School Walls competition teams (we had two participate!) for making it to the finals! Stay tuned for a blog post with more details and photos!

Senior Showcase (5/22)

Please join us at the Senior Showcase this Wednesday, 5/22, as our seniors present their senior projects at the Automobile Museum in El Segundo.

Night of the Arts (5/23)

Another event this week being held on Thursday, 5/23 on DVD’s campus at 6 pm featured student poetry and art.

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Bell Schedules for the Last 3 Weeks

Have a great week!

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Measles Update for Families

Dear Parents,

Measles FAQ

Attached you will find important health-related information regarding an increase in measles cases and outbreaks in Los Angeles County.  Please read the attached information carefully as it pertains to how you can protect your family against this disease.


Queridos padres,

Measles FAQ_spanish

Adjunto encontrará importante información relacionada con la salud en relación con un aumento de casos y brotes de sarampión en el condado de Los Ángeles. Por favor, lea cuidadosamente la información adjunta en lo que se refiere a cómo usted puede proteger a su familia contra esta enfermedad.

Da Vinci Design Senior Showcase 2019: May 22, 6-8 pm

Dear Da Vinci Design Families:

The annual Senior Showcase is just around the corner! The Senior Showcase is an annual event dedicated to showing off the hard work the Senior class has put in to their Senior year passion projects. It is also an opportunity for Da Vinci Design to exhibit to the community the 21st century skills and opportunities that Da Vinci students have acquired over the course of their high school years. We would like to take an opportunity to open this event up to the entire Da Vinci Design community, and invite students of all grade levels, their parents, and staff.

The event takes place on Wednesday, May 22nd from 6 P.M. to 8 P.M. at the Automobile Driving Museum located at 610 Lairport St, El Segundo, CA 90245. Attached at the end of the post is a downloadable and printable PDF invitation containing event, location, and parking information.

During the day of the Senior Showcase, the student group that is organizing the event will also be conducting a raffle for a Sunday 2019 Scout Matte Black bike. Entry into the raffle is $4 a ticket. Attendance of the Senior Showcase is mandatory in order to enter the raffle, however, you do not need to stay the entire time to win. Should you leave, your information will have been stored to contact you in the event that you win the raffle.

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Additionally, the Senior Showcase team, which consists of Crystal Aguilera, Bryn Aitken, Vivian Huynh, Sophia Maglabe, and Natalie Zamudio, would like to ask if you are able to help host a successful Senior Showcase. They expect to have between 350 and 500 people attending, including the students. Doing so is a big responsibility and they would appreciate all the help that they can receive, including financial support. Expenses would include booking the venue, food (they are also accepting food donations), decorations, and equipment. Any donation towards supporting the project–big or small–will help cover the costs and ensure that they are able host a successful Senior Showcase.

Donations can be accepted in the form of checks made out to Da Vinci Schools with Senior Showcase 2019 in memo/notes area (tax deductible) or directly on the Senior Showcase Go Fund Me site (not tax deductible), which can be found at this link: . For food specific donations, please click the following link to submit a form, and the team will get back to you: iEtrOeg/viewform

Should you have any questions or concerns about the event, about donations, or anything else regarding Senior Showcase, please do not hesitate to email the group’s Communications Manager, Crystal Aguilera, at

If you are interested in receiving updates regarding the showcase, various fundraisers, and project group snippets, feel free to follow the Showcase team’s Instagram page, “@seniorshowcase_2019”.

We hope to see you there!

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Week 35 Update

Hello Designers! Thank you for all of the appreciation and thoughtful donations for our staff this week. We are so grateful for such a wonderful community.

A few reminders for this coming week:

  • This is the last week of SEMINAR classes for the year
  • Senior Awards Night – Wednesday, May 15th @ 5:00 pm in the BlackBox Theatre; invitations went out earlier this week. Check in with your counselor for questions
  • DVD Advisory Board meeting (for Design Pathways) from 8:30-10:30 am on Tuesday, May 14th
  • Friday, May 17th is Senior Beach Day
  • Friday, May 17th will be a teacher hiring symposium – parents, if you would like VOLUNTEER as a panel member, please sign up HERE.
  • Friday, May 17th – Coffee Shop Presentations to Gensler Architects for 9th and 10th graders during periods 1 and 4

Also, PROM is this Saturday,  5/11 from 6-10 pm at the Renaissance LAX. We’ll see you there if you are attending!

Have a great weekend and Happy Mother’s Day to all of our Da Vinci Moms!



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Teacher Appreciation Week 2019 – Donations Reminder!

Hello Da Vinci Design Families,

This week (May 6 – May 10) is Teacher Appreciation Week! We are inviting parents and families in helping us to show appreciation for the hard work and dedication that our DVD teachers and staff put into working with our students, designing great projects, and making Design a wonderful environment for learning.  Thank you to those who have already provided a treat or beverage, and for those who have signed up for future days.

But it’s not too late! Feel free to join us in appreciating our staff by helping to provide some treats for our staff  for the remainder this week. Sign up below to drop off some items in the morning on select days next week.

On behalf of the Da Vinci Design staff, thank you!

DVD Admin

Week 34 Update – Teacher Appreciation Week 2019

A BIG thanks to all of the parents and families who showed up to help with our Multi-Cultural Food Fair alongside our Student Diversity Council! It was a great success and we look forward to making this an annual event!
Next week is Teacher Appreciation Week!
Greetings Da Vinci Design Families,
This coming week (May 6 – May 10) is Teacher Appreciation Week! We are inviting parents and families in helping us to show appreciation for the hard work and dedication that our DVD teachers and staff put into working with our students, designing great projects, and making Design a wonderful environment for learning.
Feel free to join us in appreciating our staff by helping to provide some treats for our staff this week. Sign up below to drop off some items in the morning on select days next week.
On behalf of the Da Vinci Design staff, thank you!
DVD Admin
Bell Schedule for Week 34
Regular Week Bell Schedule
Upcoming Dates and Events
  • Physical Fitness Test for 9th Graders – Monday, May 6
  • Tuesday, May 7: Career Fair Day during Advisory
  • Wed, May 8 and Thurs, May 9: SBAC Testing Week 2 for Juniors
  • Senior Awards Night – May 15 (invitations will go out Monday, May 6) at 5 pm
  • Senior Showcase – May 22, more info to come!
  • Grad Nite – May 28
  • Graduation for the Class of 2019 – June 6

Week 33 Update

Designers, your Week 33 update is here:

This Week’s bell schedule, including the Multi-Cultural Food Fair on Friday, is below!

We are excited to share that our DVD Student Diversity Council is hosting our first MultiCultural Food Fair this Friday 5/3 from 10:00-12:00.

It’s not too late – if you’d like to participate, USE THIS LINK and please provide us with information about what you’d like to share at Da Vinci Design’s first multi-cultural food fair. We are asking participants to bring enough food to feed 20-25 people. The idea is that students will go on a culinary adventure and try different types of food from different cultures. They will be given tickets and a compartmentalized food tray, using the tickets to claim sample sized servings of the food of their choice. Contact Pam Baker ( with any questions.

11th Grade Students – SBAC Testing this week on Wed/Thurs

All 11th graders participate in their first week of SBAC testing this week. It is crucial that students are present for the test; participation is key.  More info to come, stay tuned.

Have a great rest of your weekend!

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Reminder – One Week Left to Apply for Summer Internships

DVD Students,

Just a reminder that there is ONE week left to apply for summer internships! This is a great opportunity to build up your college application and gain real world experience while gaining Da Vinci summer school credits.


There are awesome internships in fashion, film, non-profit, veterinary, physical therapy, and more.

How to Apply:

– Review all open positions here

– Make your resume and a cover letter (for each position you’re interested in).

-Please review resume/cover letter resources here and/or email Natasha ( if you need help!

– Apply online by April 29, 2019 using this google form. Please note it will ask you to upload your resume and cover letter(s).

– Attend the Internship Interview Fair on May 8, 2019 from 4-5:30 PM at the Da Vinci Schools.

For any other questions or concerns feel free to contact Natasha Morrison, Director of Real World Learning at

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Spring Break (4/13-4/22)

Designers, happy Spring Break! We hope you enjoy your week off and get some well deserved rest and relaxation in after an amazing Exhibition.


Friendly reminder that there is no class in session on Monday, April 22. Classes will resume on Tuesday, April 23. We will see you then!

Update for Families – Elevator Malfunctions, April 10

Good Morning,

First of all we would like to thank all of you who have attended the Exhibition Nights this week for the three high schools.

As some of you may have been made aware of, we experienced a malfunction on Wednesday afternoon with our main elevator resulting in four students being stuck inside.  Fortunately, they were all assisted out of the elevator unharmed by the El Segundo Fire Department.  The elevator was closed down and the elevator company had already dispatched a technician to address the problem.  After servicing the elevator, we were informed that it was ready to be put back in to service.  Staff from our maintenance and security department tested the elevator to make sure it was operational and no problems were encountered during those tests.  Unfortunately, during the DVD Exhibition Night, we experienced another malfunction with the elevator that resulted in ten people being stuck in the elevator on the first floor.  Fortunately, the El Segundo Fire Department responded to our call and again provided assistance getting everyone out unharmed.  Our thanks go out to them for their quick response and professionalism!

As a result of these and other recent incidents, several additional measures are being put into place before putting the elevator back into service.  Some of these include a message to all of our staff and students with instructions on what to do if they encounter a problem related to the use of the elevator.  Protocols regarding the use of the elevator are also being reviewed to ensure that is only used by students, staff, and guests who are supposed to have it available for use during the school day and any school events.  Furthermore, we are working directly with the elevator manufacturer regarding these incidents and conducting a thorough investigation into the reasons for the malfunctions in order to take all the necessary precautions to avoid this from happening again.

We sincerely apologize for any distress and inconvenience that these incidents may have caused and will work diligently to continue to maintain the highest measures of safety for your students, our staff and all of you at the Da Vinci Schools.  Should you have any questions about matters related to these incidents, please do not hesitate to contact our Mr. Vicente Bravo, Da Vinci Schools Chief Administrative Officer, at (310) 725-5800, extension 1308, or by email at

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