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11th Grade Families- tomorrow’s college field trip info!

Hello 11th grade families-

The 11th grade college field trip is scheduled for tomorrow, and the weather forecast is calling for rain. Please plan to dress accordingly! Wear rain boots (if you have them), or other warm weather proof shoes, warm jackets, long pants/jeans and please bring an umbrella (if you have one). We will be attending the field trip rain or shine, and want to make sure you are as comfortable as possible in the elements that are being predicted.

Thank you!

The DVD Counseling Team

Reminder: Parent Workshop on Adolescent Depression and Anxiety

Parent Workshop on Adolescent Depression and Anxiety

There will be an informational workshop on adolescent depression and anxiety for Da Vinci parents. Attendees will learn strategies to identify depression and anxiety in their child, as well as coping skills to address these challenges.

When: Tuesday March 13, 2018 at 6:00pm

Where: 201 Douglas in the Cafeteria / Multipurpose Room (1st Floor)


There will be an interactive informational presentation on Tuesday March 13, 2018 at 6:00pm in the Multipurpose Room (201) to discuss signs, and symptoms of depression and anxiety in your child.  A doctoral student from Pepperdine University will be at the meeting to provide you with different skills and strategies to help you ease your child’s discomfort. The presentation will be free and all Da Vinci parents are welcome to attend!

Fellowship Program for Future Filmmakers

Hi Families,

Ghetto Film School (GFS) is an award-winning nonprofit founded in 2000 to educate, develop and celebrate the next generation of great American storytellers. We identify young talent from local communities and provide them with the access, opportunity and resources to pursue creative careers, always free of charge. THE LOS ANGELES FELLOWS PROGRAM is a visual storytelling course for high school students. Fellows receive more than 1,000 hours of immersive, college-level training, learning both the art and business of cinematic storytelling and production training while getting the preparation and guidance to advance their education at top universities. The program is free of charge for all students.

  • 30-month filmmaking immersion
  • Instruction from leading filmmakers and industry experts
  • Students visit live sets and studios
  • International travel
  • Students screen their films at prestigious venues
  • College application advising and test prep support
  • Paid internships at top media and creative companies
  • Transport and meals are covered

Must be ages 14-18 at the time of application
Passionate about film, tv and media
No prior experience necessary

APPLICATIONS ARE DUE MARCH 16, 2018. Speak with your counselor if you are interested in applying. LEARN MORE: GFS Flyer and GFS Website

The Fellows Program is an intensive and challenging program requiring an exceptionally high level of commitment from all participants. In addition to the 30-month class schedule, students and instructors oftentimes spend weekends and evenings at Ghetto Film School when additional time is necessary. Do not apply to this program if you are bound to any prior summer engagements. Perfect attendance is mandatory. The value of your experience depends on maintaining great dedication to our program and your fellow filmmakers.

Qualifying students will participate in a 30-minute professional interview session at our McArthur Park training space at Heart of Los Angeles (2701 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 100, Los Angeles, 90057, between LaFayette Park Place & Rampart Blvd). Required Orientation & Information Session for all accepted applicants will also take place at HOLA. Each prospective student must attend this meeting accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Ivy Prep: 8-Week ACT Course for DVD Students

Dear DVD Families and Students,

Da Vinci is Hosting an 8-Week ACT Course for its Students (a $499 value) for Only $99 per Student!

● 2/12 – 4/12 from 4:15pm to 5:45pm (no class during Spring Break)

● Monday/Wednesday OR Tuesday/Thursday

● Full practice exams on Sat. 2/10 at 8am and Fri. 3/30 during school

● All classes and exams held on-campus at Da Vinci SPACES WILL FILL UP SO ENROLL ONLINE TODAY!

Use code dvdfamily at checkout for the discount!


Seniors: Congratulations on your hard work!

Dear Seniors,

On behalf of the Counseling Team, congratulations on all of your hard work! As of now, most of you have finished the college application process and are anticipating responses. We know the application process is stressful and we are so proud you have made it this far.

For those of you who are applying to schools whose deadlines have yet to pass or schools with Rolling Admissions, please check in with your college counselor to make sure you have all the documents and materials ready to submit.

As always, update your Naviance asap when you hear back from a college with your admittance status. Doing so will get your name on the College Acceptance Board along with the school(s) you have gotten into.

Again, congratulations!

-DVD Counseling Team


9th grade Families- Kaiser Permanente STD and Sex Ed/Health Advisory Cirriculum Permission Slip

On Friday January 19th, 9th grade Da Vinci Design High School students will have the opportunity to see a dramatic performance entitled “What Goes Around.” This performance is sponsored by Kaiser Permanente. Because the play involves sexual education, it is necessary that each parent know they can opt out. The play tells the story of five students and how their behavior and connections to each other also connect them to other people who are unknown to them. The play uses visual monitors, text messaging, cellular and computer technology to better reach its audience and to clearly illustrate its message: there are epidemic rates of sexually transmitted diseases (STD) in the high school age group.

“What Goes Around” provides health information about STDs in a topical way. Students hear the facts and myths about STDs and see how the choices they make have a lasting impact on the lives of other people. The 60 minute play is followed by a 15 minute talkback session in which the actor-educators answer audience questions about sexually transmitted diseases. The key message points of “What Goes Around” are:

1. The option of abstinence

2. The importance of testing

3. Prevention

Also happening in conjunction with this play is the sex ed-health lessons/curriculum that will be every happening every Thursday and Friday in your student’s advisory for the remainder of the semester. Because the play and the curriculum involves sexual education, it is necessary that each parent/guardian know they can opt out. Any student not attending the assembly and not attending advisory will report to a study hall for the duration of the play and advisory on Thursdays and Fridays.

For more information about the play you can visit their website: and/or view the Program information sheet:

More info on the curriculum used in the advisories classes can be found here:

Click on the below link to access the permission slip, which is due to your student’s advisory teacher no later than Thursday January 18. 

Kaiser Play and Sex-Ed Health permission slip

Permission slips will also be handed out in your student’s advisory class on Tuesday January 16.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call your counselor at 310-725-5800, or email your student’s counselor:

Pam Baker, Last Names A-Gl,

Rachel Fusco, Last Names Go-O,

Erin Knott, Last Names P-Z,

Get Your Service Hours by Volunteering with St. Margaret’s Center!


St. Margaret’s Center is looking for volunteers for their annual Christmas Program that will take place on Saturday, December 16th at Lennox Middle School.

They are looking for volunteers the following days:

WHEN? December 13th, 14th, and 15th: 10am – 6pm (partial days okay) or Dec. 16th(Christmas Program): 3 shifts available 1) 8:30am-1:30pm, 2) 1:00pm – 6:00pm, 3) clean up only; 5:00pm-8:00pm

WHERE? Lennox Middle School (11033 Buford Ave, Lennox, CA 90304)

WHAT? Help with the following:

  • Sorting toys
  • Preparing goody bags
  • Decorating
  • Helping with set up

HOW TO SIGN UP? Email to sign up. You may call (310)67202208 or email for more info.

Calling all Volunteers 2017


Warning: Potential Cal Grant Phone Call Scam

Dear Families,

It has been brought to our attention that a student was notified via phone that they were awarded a Cal Grant. The student was directed to call another number and provide more information. Please note that this is NOT how the Cal Grant Awards are distributed to students. If you have any questions, please review the information provided from the California Student Aid Commission website:

“If you qualify [for a Cal Grant], you’ll receive an email or letter notification to complete the online Cal Grant C Supplement in Web Grants for Students by the deadline. Even though a GPA is not required to apply for a Cal Grant C, you’re still encouraged to submit yours because it can only help your chances of receiving an award.”

Read more about the Cal Grant here:

College Application season is a prime time for financial fraud situations. If you receive a phone call that feels suspicious, please do NOT provide personal information. If you need help determining if an opportunity is legitimate, please contact your counselor.

Counselor for Last Names A-GL: Pamela Baker (
Counselor for Last Names GO-O: Rachel Fusco (
Counselor for Last Names P-Z: Erin Knott (

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