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Seven Steps to Earthquake Safety

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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!!

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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

FAFSA Workshop

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Hello Seniors and Families,

This Wednesday, October 7th 4:30pm – 6pm the Da Vinci Counselors from Communications, Design, and Science will be hosting a FAFSA Workshop Night. All College applicants must fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order to qualify for financial aid (ex. grants, loans, scholarships). The FAFSA opened on October 1st and is due March 2nd for CSUs, UCs, and Community Colleges in California. FAFSA deadlines for private and out-of-state universities vary. Apply early!

This ZOOM webinar event will allow counselors to present the application step by step on how to fill out the FAFSA application. There will be a Q&A in the chat feature on ZOOM.

To join the webinar click here.

Or join by phone:

Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):

US: +1 669 900 6833 or +1 253 215 8782 or +1 346 248 7799 or +1 646 876 9923 or +1 301 715 8592 or +1 312 626 6799

Webinar ID: 923 7794 3554

To fully sign and submit the FAFSA during the webinar, student and parent(s) must apply for their PIN (FSA ID) and have it verified.  CLICK ON THIS link for a helpful video that will walk you through the steps to apply for your PIN.

We will also be hosting this webinar on the following future dates:

Thursday, November 5, 4:30-6pm
Wednesday, February 10, 4:30-6pm

Remember, the earlier you fill out FAFSA the better!

Hope to see you there!


The Counseling Team

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.

Colleges that Change Lives Virtual Exploration

Hello DVD Senior families,

This upcoming week Colleges That Change Lives will be hosting 4 days of presentations and information sessions with 42 Colleges That Change Lives. This is free for students and their parents. This is a great opportunity to learn more about these schools and attend information sessions on the college application process.

Colleges That Change Lives, Inc. (CTCL) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement and support of a student-centered college search process. We support the goal of every student finding a college that develops a lifelong love of learning and provides the foundation for a successful and fulfilling life beyond college.

Students should register for each session that they want to attend. Once they register, they’ll receive a confirmation email with their unique link to join the Zoom webinar.

The dates for these presentations are September 27-30, 2020.

The website with the registration links and the schedule can be found here. 


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



National Performing Arts College Fair

Hello Seniors!

We’re excited to let you know about an opportunity for music, dance and theatre students to connect with admission representatives from colleges across the country, including from the USC Thornton School of Music, Kaufman School of Dance, and School of Dramatic Arts.  The National Performing Arts College Fairs presented by the Music Admissions Roundtable is a series of five virtual college fairs (beginning on September 21) open to any prospective undergraduate student.  The fairs will be hosted virtually via Zoom on 5 different dates and times.  Registration is required to connect with schools but it’s free for students to attend!  Below are the 5 fair dates and attached is a flyer with more information.

  • Monday, September 21 | 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. EST
  • Thursday, October 8 | 9 p.m. – 12 a.m. EST
  • Sunday, October 25 | 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. EST
  • Thursday, November 12 | 8 p.m. – 11 p.m. EST
  • Monday, November 23 | 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. EST


Performing Arts Virtual College Fairs (Music Admission Roundtable)

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