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Da Vinci Schools Families Connected: Health & Wellness Resources at Your Fingertips


Did you know that Da Vinci Schools and South Bay Families Connected have joined forces to bring health and wellness resources to our Da Vinci students and families?

We invite students, families, caregivers and anyone committed to helping youth thrive to check out the Da Vinci Schools Families Connected website where there is an abundance of free articles, resources, blog posts, and videos on a wide range of topics, including Social-Emotional Wellness, Mindful Parenting, Substance Abuse Prevention, Depression & Mental Health Challenges, College Admissions Stress, Grief, Suicide Prevention, and more. (The Da Vinci Schools Families Connected website can be accessed on our Da Vinci Schools website under the Resources tab.)

Families Connected also hosts a popular speaker series in the South Bay, free parenting workshops, support groups, and weekly parent chats. Some recent topics have included How to Be a Good Friend: Helping Your Child Develop Healthy Peer Relationships; Under Pressure: Stress Resilience When the Stakes Are High; and Secrets for Raising Kids Who Become Thriving Adults.

Get health and wellness resources and support delivered right to your inbox by signing up here to receive the Families Connected monthly e-newsletter. We are grateful for our partnership with South Bay Families Connected. Together, we are committed to helping youth thrive and stay on a healthy path to maturity.

Project Focus: Boards Across Borders


How can we make a difference in the lives of teens who are going through the refugee, migrant, immigrant experience?

Da Vinci Design 9th grade students used this question as a lens in each of their classes to study the lives and journeys of people going through these experiences. Students read novels and studied various groups of people who have gone through the refugee, migrant, immigrant experience in their English classes and then interviewed an immigrant in Spanish class to gain first-hand knowledge about the type of journey that they made. Students used this knowledge to create artwork to answer the question: “How can we use art to influence our views and understanding of the world?”

Students then painted their artwork on the bottom of skateboards that they made from scratch in their physics class, while learning the physics and engineering of skateboarding. Lastly, the students used their math knowledge to create sales proposals for the price of the skateboards and predicted the profits that DVD could donate to their chosen non-profit.



Cal State LA Early Entrance Program (EEP) Open House

Hello Students and Parents,

The Early Entrance Program at Cal State LA is the only program of its kind in the nation that matriculates qualified students as young as 11 years of age as full-time college students, enabling students to skip their remains years of secondary school and graduate with their baccalaureate degrees within 4 to 5 years.

EEP Admission: Students interested in applying for Fall 2019 must complete two steps:

  1. Complete an EEP Interest Form:
  2. Take an official SAT or ACT exam, and submit qualifying test scores to the EEP by May 1, 2020. To register for this exam, visit:, and select “REGISTER.”


Don’t Miss This Private Basketball Clinic for DV Students Tomorrow!!


Looking for something to do tomorrow during the PD day when school is not in session?

There is an exciting private Basketball Clinic for Da Vinci students scheduled for tomorrow in connection with the L.A. Street Festival hosted by the LA Times. Don’t miss this opportunity to play some ball with friends and develop your skills. The free clinic is for Da Vinci students in grades 6-12 of all skill levels.

What: Free Private Basketball Clinic for Da Vinci Students in grades 6-12
When: Friday, Sept. 20 from 12:00-2:00 PM (arrive at 11:30 with your permission slip in hand)
Where: On Douglas Street between Imperial Highway and Atwood Way — meet in the white tented area at 11:30

There will be giveaways to make the day extra special. If we obtain 150 student participants, all students will be entered into a raffle for the following prizes:

* Prize 1: Apple AirPods or Samsung Galaxy Buds
* Prize 2: $100 gift card to Amazon, Best Buy or Dick’s Sporting Goods
* Prize 3: $50 gift card to Amazon, Best Buy or Dick’s Sporting Goods

The private clinic is part of the first-ever L.A. Street Festival with 3×3 games, e-sports, live music, food and more!

Hope to see you there!

Wiseburn + Da Vinci Athletics Update

Hello Da Vinci Families and Students,
We will be hosting a Nutrition Workshop with our friends from UCLA Health/EXOS this upcoming Wednesday September 18th at 6:00PM at the gymnasium. This is a free workshop and you are all welcome to attend. See you there.

Weekly Update 9-16-19

Hello Da Vinci Families and Students,

Hello Da Vinci Families and Students,

UCLA Riordan Saturday Business Institute

Hello 9th & 10th Grade Students,

The Riordan Programs’ Saturday Business Institute will be accepting applications for their program. SBI provides first-year high school students the opportunity to develop their leadership skills and begin to navigate the college application process.

The program includes:

• Four Saturday sessions at the school site
• A College Field Trip to UCLA
• College Action Plan and financial aid counseling
• Professional development workshops, including essay writing, resume writing, interviewing techniques, public speaking
• Career exploration workshops
We encourage all our Freshmen and Sophomores to take advantage of this great opportunity and get to learn what Riordan Business Institute has to offer.

Applications are available in the Counseling Office and are due on Wednesday, October 16th, please return completed application to your counselor in the counseling office. Space is limited!

Please see Pam Baker in the counseling office for application. All applications are due October 16.

Thank you.

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