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DVD Week 2 Schedule and Information

Greetings DVD families,

It has been a great first week! From welcoming our new students to greeting familiar faces, the DVD staff has enjoyed having our students back on campus and we hope everyone is excited and ready to begin the school year. Below is the schedule for Week 2:

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Next week, we will begin our Fall seminar sign-ups. Please click on the following link to learn more about the seminars being offered this semester: Fall 2019 Seminar Course Descriptions. Students will have the opportunity to sign-up on the following days:

  • Monday August 26th  – 12th grade
  • Tuesday, August 27th – 11th grade
  • Wednesday, August 28th – 10th grade
  • Thursday, August 29th – 9th grade
  • Friday, August 30th – 9th grade

On Monday, August 26th, our 9th graders will be departing for their overnight trip! Please review the following information (DVD Overnighter Information for Students and Parents). The forms below were given to students this week:

DVD Overnighter Permission Slip 2019

Camp Pondo Permission Form

DV Medical Authorization (requires physician signature)

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at


Have a wonderful weekend!

Veronica Rodriguez

Da Vinci dual enrollment college courses offered by El Camino

Hello Designers!

El Camino will be offering the following college courses during seminar:

Classes will be held at Da Vinci Communications

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 text book fees. Donations to help cover the cost of the textbooks from families that are able too are appreciated.

Hist. 112 – Hist. of the Chicano in the U.S.

● Start Date August 26 ● Mondays and Wednesday 3:00pm-4:25pm

● Course Description: History of the Chicano in the United States, 3 units, Transfer CSU, UC Recommended Preparation: eligibility for English 1A Credit. This course surveys United States history from the Chicano perspective and covers historical periods from the initial contact between European and indigenous North American societies through colonial, early national, and contemporary American historical periods. Emphasis is placed on this group’s contributions to the development of the United States. Factors that have shaped the formation of Mexican American society within the context of United States history will also be analyzed.

Comm. Studies 100 – Public Speaking

● Start Date August 27 ● Tuesday and Thursday 3:00pm-4:25pm

● Course Description: Public Speaking, 3 units Transfer CSU,UC Recommended Preparation: eligibility for English 1A Credit. In this course, students will compose, present, and evaluate original speeches. Emphasis is placed on audience analysis, topic selection, research, evidence, organization, delivery, and critical analysis of persuasive communication. Students are required to attend out-of class speaking events.

If you are interested please see your school counselor to sign up. Please note that these are college courses, taught by college instructors. All students must show their counselor and administrators the academic skills and accountability necessary to be in these courses. Students must abide by the college policies, including regarding absences and tardies.

2019-20 School Year Starts Tomorrow!

Hello Designers!

The DVD team is excited to welcome everyone back!  It is highly recommended that you arrive prior to 8:30 am to avoid the traffic that comes with the first day of school. Students will meet in the West Plaza (yard area west of the building) where they will be greeted by the DVD staff and directed towards the Black Box Theater at 8:45 am. Here, they will gather with their advisory group and head up the stairs to get the new year started! Students will receive their schedules during Advisory. You can access our school calendar  at

Below is the schedule for the first two weeks of school: 

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The DVD team is looking forward to a great school year!

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Veronica Rodriguez

Wiseburn + Da Vinci Athletics Update

Hello DVD Families, 

Wiseburn + Da Vinci Athletics would like to invite you for our upcoming sports tryouts and information nights. Coach Tyler Mar and Chris Jackson will be hosting a Cross Country & Track Parent and Student Information night. The event is scheduled for August 21st at the multi-purpose room/black box at 6PM.

interested in participating in our winter and spring sports? stay tuned for more information. 



Information for the 2019-20 school year

Hello DVD Families!

The first day of school is Monday, August 19th. DVD students will meet in the Blackbox Theater at 8:50 am where they will be greeted by our amazing staff and join their advisory group. The students will receive their schedules in their advisory class on the first day.

As a reminder, classes begin at 8:50 am on Monday-Thursday and 9:45 am on Fridays. School ends at 3:55 every day.  Below is the bell schedule for the first week of school.

2019 week1

Please join me in welcoming our new staff members:

  • Jessica D’Innocenzo (Art and Design)
  • Kautouya Dixon (Entrepreneurship)
  • Megan Fowler Mendoza (English 12)
  • Ricardo Placencia (Biology)
  • Stefanie Salino (English 11)
  • Hannah Shier (US History)
  • William Sperdute (Special Education)
  • Katy Wright (Special Education)


I am honored to be serving the DVD community as the principal for the 2019-20 school year and am looking forward to an outstanding school year. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at


Veronica Rodriguez

New Start Time for the 2019-20 School Year

Designers, your school day will be starting slightly earlier next school year. As we spend more time in the new building and needs of our programs change, we must be responsive. With a slightly earlier start comes two longer passing periods during the day (one between the first two blocks, to allow for a nutrition break and one before seminar, to allow more time for clothing changes for active seminars and other transition needs).

Your new start and end times are as follows:

  • Monday through Thursday: 8:50 am – 3:55 pm
  • Friday: 9:45 am – 3:55 pm

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding! Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns regarding the new start times.

Looking forward to starting the new school year!

College Fair – Sunday 7/28/19 (for students entering grades 10-12)

Colleges That Change Lives College Fair

Sunday, July 28, 2019
11:00 AM & 3:00 PM

(The two programs are identical. Please plan to attend only one.)

Hilton Universal City Ballrooms A-D
555 Universal Hollywood Dr, Los Angeles, CA 91608


This event begins with an enlightening 30-minute presentation on today’s college search process, followed immediately by a college fair that lasts for approximately 1.5 hours. Students and families are able to collect information from and speak directly with admission representatives from the colleges and universities that inspired the book Colleges That Change Lives.


The event is free of charge. Students and families are invited. This is a GREAT opportunity for rising 10-12th grade students to learn more about the college application process. Students are encouraged to register in advance (but you can also register at the event)

Report Cards – GPA Glitch

Dear Da Vinci Design Families & Students –
It has come to our attention that the Spring 2019 report cards list your Semester 1 GPA. To request a revised report card with the Semester 2 GPA, please fill out the form (see link below). All requests MUST be made by Tuesday 6/18. We will then process these requests and revised reports will be available for pick up on Thursday 6/20 between 8:30-11:30 am.
To request a revised report card with your Semester 2 grades, please complete this request form by Tuesday 6/18:

Kayne Scholars Program

DVD Students and Families,

Kayne’s unique program of providing financial support, college advising, and career development to first generation, low income students has helped students adjust to college life and ultimately advance their potential through college graduation and into careers that they love. Kayne recently launched a new college access and persistence support program called Kayne Destination College. KDC is open to 11th grade students (rising seniors). Only students who go through KDC will be eligible to be nominated to be a Kayne Scholar in the 12th grade. KDC will provide free 1:1 virtual college admissions counseling to support first-generation students through the college application process. KDC students will participate in up to 2-4 hours of virtual counseling per month.

Eligibility to Apply:

– GPA of 3.0 or above

– First generation college student

– Interested in applying to a UC, CSU, or any other 4-year college or university

A representative from Kayne Destination College will be hosting an informational meeting on-campus at Da Vinci on Wednesday, May 29 at 4:00PM in the Black Box. Students (rising seniors) do not need to attend the info meeting to complete the Interest Form.

Interested students (rising seniors) must complete an Interest Form by June 8, 2019.


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