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Innovation Society Elevating Community Scholarships


Here are some scholarships available for you to look at. To learn more and apply online visit Click on the link to see the brochure for the scholarships available. There are two scholarships available that require a written essay (1,000) words). Interested applicants are encouraged to apply for both scholarships; however, only one scholarship per applicant will be awarded. If you want a brochure please come by Erin’s office to pick one up.

You can apply online at

innovation scholarship

Santa Monica College Scholarship for Seniors

Hello Students and Parents,

The HS Scholarship application for new students is now live, if you are planning on attending Santa Monica College this is a great scholarship to apply to. The application will be open until April 3rd, 2020.




Log into your Corsair Connect account


Click on the SCHOLARSHIP icon to apply for a SMC Foundation Scholarship



Must enroll in 12 units for Fall 2020 and Spring 2021


Must have at least a 2.5 GPA


Must attend mandatory Scholarship banquet at SMC on
Saturday, June 6, 2020


Please contact the Scholarship Office

at 310-434-4290 with any questions.


Deadline is April 3, 2020



Scholarship Opportunity- Distinguished Young Women Scholarship

Hello Students and Parents,

Distinguished Young Women of Los Angeles County invites young women in the Class of 2021 to apply to be part of the Distinguished Young Women national scholarship program. Distinguished Young Women promotes and rewards scholarship, leadership and talent in young women.

Cash scholarships are awarded at the local level and millions in cash and college-granted scholarships are available nationally. In addition to earning scholarships for college, those who participate in the Distinguished Young Women program develop friendships, self-confidence and other life skills that pave the way for future success.

The Distinguished Young Women experience is open to young woman in their Junior Year and there is NO COST to participate. The Los Angeles County program for the Class of 2021 will take place on Saturday, March 21, 2020 with the deadline for applications on Friday, February 7, 2020. For more information and to apply online, visit



High Wind Warnings

Dear Da Vinci Parents,

Today we experienced some very strong winds resulting in power outages, a collapsed tree and other safety-related issues on several of our campuses. Fortunately, there were no injuries or major damage as a result of these instances. School safety is always one of our highest priorities at Da Vinci Schools. Given the high wind warnings in the coming days, we will continue to address any and all emergencies that arise.

For the welfare of students and staff, if it becomes necessary to minimize or cancel the school day, parents will be notified immediately via automated call or email. We understand sudden closures or minimum days can be burdensome to families, therefore parents should establish contingency plans for possible closures or minimum days.

Please note, all classes are in session during normally scheduled hours unless otherwise notified. If you have any questions, please contact the schools’ front office.

With gratitude,

Da Vinci Administration

Week 21 and PD day on Friday 2/7

Hello DVD families!

Next week is National School Counselors Week! We would like to take this time to thank our amazing counselors, Pam Baker, Rachel Fusco, and Erin Knott for all they do!  Below is the schedule for Week 21, along with reminders about upcoming events. There will be no school on Friday, as our teachers will be participating in professional development.


  • 2/3-2/6: Instructional Rounds (for teachers)
  • 2/4 and 2/6: Dana Middle School visits
  • 2/7: PD Day – NO SCHOOL
  • 2/11: Kaiser Sex Ed Presentation for 9th grade
  • 2/11-2/12: Intervention Team @ UDL Academy
  • 2/17: Presidents’ Day – NO SCHOOL
  • 2/19: El Camino College courses begin

Have a wonderful weekend!

Veronica Rodriguez

Summer Entrepreneurship Programs

Hello Students and Parents,

Quarter Zero is offering immersive entrepreneurial experiences and trusted guidance community to high schoolers this summer. The programs are:

  • Catapult Incubator – a five-week deep dive into the world of entrepreneurship. Students travel to Santa Barbara, Silicon Valley, and New York working on a real startup with like-minded peers.
  • Startup Camp – a five or ten day summer entrepreneurship camp filled with learning, skills development, and outdoor adventures in sunny Santa Barbara, CA.

Applications are now live. The upcoming deadline for early admissions is Sunday, February 16th 2020. Full tuition scholarships and grants are now available. 

For more information please visit,

9th grade families: Sex Ed-Health Curriculum and Kaiser Permanente STD Play

On Tuesday February 11th, 9th grade Da Vinci High School students will have the opportunity to see a dramatic performance entitled “What Goes Around.”  This performance is sponsored by Kaiser Permanente. 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 and 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:

  • The option of abstinence
  • The importance of testing
  • Prevention

For more information about the play you can visit their website:

Also happening in conjunction with this play are additional sex ed-health lessons/curriculum. Health lessons will occur in advisory throughout the second semester. Da Vinci Schools has adopted the Teen Talk curriculum which includes the below core components:

  • Covers topics of sexual and reproductive anatomy, conception and fetal development, birth control, pregnancy options, STIs and HIV, gender and sexual orientation, media analysis, relationships, sexual crimes, consent, communication and decision-making
  • Establishes a foundation for understanding sexual health and common language for communicating respectfully
  • Helps students identify resources (e.g., parents/trusted adults, school personnel, healthcare providers)
  • Encourages communication with parents/trusted adults, including an interview assignment
  • Uses gender inclusive language

More info on the curriculum used can be found here:

9th grade students will be given a hard copy of the following letter to take home today: DVD Sexuality Education Parent Notification. Parents/guardians have the option of excluding their child from sexuality education instruction. If you do not want your child to participate in comprehensive sexual health and HIV prevention education, please give a written letter to the office. Students who are excused will be assigned study hall for the period. Questions can be directed to the School Nurse, Emily Green at 

Vietnam Veterans of America South Bay Chapter 53 Scholarship

Hi Students and Parents,

Vietnam Veterans of America South Bay Chapter 53 is proud to announce their 25th Annual Scholarship Program for graduating high school students. In addition to encouraging and supporting continued education, they are trying to heighten awareness of the Vietnam War, the men and women who served during that period, and the huge impact it has made on the United States, both then and now. This year Chapter 53 will again award scholarships of $1,000 to selected college- or technical-school- bound South Bay area high school seniors.

Applicants must submit an essay on a Vietnam Era Veteran (defined as any Veteran who served in the U.S. Armed Forces on active duty, for other than training purposes, either 1) in the Republic of Vietnam between February 28, 1961 and May 7, 1975 or 2) in any duty location between August 5, 1964 and May 7, 1975.

An information flyer is attached and is also available for download from their website at Entries must be submitted before 11:59 P.M. on Monday April 13, 2020. 

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