Archive for Grade 12

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 (

Veterans of Foreign (VFW) Scholarship Opportunity!

Veterans of Foreign (VFW) is hosting a scholarship contest. The national 1st place winner will receive $30,000 scholarship paid directly to the university/college/trade/vocational school. Other national scholarships range from $1,000-$16,000, and the first place winner from each state VFW department wins an all expense paid trip to Washington DC. Deadline to enter is October 31, 2017. The theme this year is “American History: Our Hope for the Future”. Please see attachment for complete rules and application.


VFW scholarship rules and application

Summer Internship Deadline Extended!

The deadline has been extended until Sunday, April 23rd at mindnight for the below internship positions.  To apply, please send Natasha Morse ( your resume and cover letter saved in pdf format as “first name last name resume” and “first name last name cover letter”.

You will also need to attend the Internship Interview Fair next Wednesday, 4/26 from 4:00pm-5:30pm at Da Vinci Design/Communications.

You can find more resources and information at

Susan G. Komen: Susan G. Komen is the most widely known, largest and best-funded breast cancer organization in the United States. Since its inception in 1982, Komen has raised and donated nearly $1.5 billion for breast cancer education, research, advocacy, health services and social support programs in the U.S. and through partnerships in more than 50 countries. If you are interested in health sciences, non-profit, medical, and/or marketing then you will love this internship! Interns will support the day to day operations of Susan G. Komen through event planning, creation of flyers/posters, calling database. Interns will also attend some Race for the Cure events where they will help set up and pass out health information.

Habitat for Humanity: Habitat for Humanity is non-profit organization dedicated to the mission of eliminating sub-standard housing in the greater LA area and throughout the world. The Torrance “ReStore” is a Home-Improvement Thrift Store, which serves as a funding source for Habitat for Humanity.  If you have an interest in marketing, non-profit, and/design, you will love this internship! The internships available are:

  • Communications and E-Commerce Internship at the Torrance ReStore-This internship position helps increase community awareness of the Torrance Restore and drives new customers to the ReStore. Interns wil: 1) Work with the marketing team to provide interesting info/updates about the ReStore for social media posts 2 )Work with the ReStore managers and regularly monitor the donated items to identify potential items to be posted for sale 3) Post items for sale on several on-line sites including Diggerslist, Craigslist and Ebay 4) Reply to interested parties, answer questions and help to facilitate the sale of those items 5) Regularly communicate with the ReStore staff to know when an item has sold and remove sold items from listings
  • Torrance ReStore Merchandising & Customer Relations-This internship is a hands-on position working on the sales floor at the Torrance ReStore. Interns will help to merchandise/display the donated items in the store in order to make the items more appealing and the overall shopping experience more pleasurable. This includes freshening, cleaning, straightening items on the sales floor, and making them more accessible to shoppers. You may create interesting displays to feature specific items. This internship will also work with the marketing team to create a “Before & After” display for each store, showing how items found in the ReStore can be repurposed or transformed. Additionally, this internship may also conduct in-person customer surveys with the goal of improving the overall customer experience.
  • Design and DIY Workshops at the Torrance ReStore-Create and/or help to manage “Do It Yourself” (DIY) monthly workshops at our Habitat ReStores. Student interns can act as leaders or supporters in this position depending on capacity and skill level. Responsibilities include: 1) Create the DIY concepts, showing how to “upcycle”, repurpose or transform items 2) Identify and secure the individuals who will teach each workshop 3) Help manage the creative process for the promotional material 4) Coordinate on-site logistics for workshops with the ReStore staff 5) Manage the day-of workshop activities 6) Take pictures or workshops and post on social media 7) Provide a brief report upon completion of each workshop

Farmer Mark Farmer’s Markets: Farmer Mark runs and operates farmer’s markets around Los Angeles. He operates five certified farmers’ markets and a non-profit organization Sprouts of Promise.  If you love the environment, community, and local food this internship is for you! Interns will work with the market manager on various tasks such as logistics, communication with the farmers and vendors, greeting customers, social media posts, working the information booth, beginning and end of the market set up and breakdown, and market counts and documentation.

New Earth:  New Earth is a non profit that empowers juvenile justice youth ages 13-25 to transform their lives, move toward positive, healthier life choices, and realize their full potential as contributing members of our community.  They are looking for the following types of interns:

  1. Social media and digital editing intern – This is a wonderful opportunity for a student that is interested in communications, writing, digital media, and/or Public Relations. Intern will help develop social media content for the organization and help create and edit promotional short video shorts that can be used in a variety of platforms. Qualifications: • Concise and personal tone in written communication • Knowledge of a wide variety of social media platforms including: Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter • Knowledge of Photoshop and video editing tools a plus • Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills
  2. Non-Profit Administration and Fundraising Intern- Many of New Earth’s programs are run with the help of high-level volunteers. This person would have exposure to all of New Earth’s programs and really get to see the inner-workings of a non- profit and the juvenile justice system. Intern will help with day-to-day administrative support in the New Earth Arts and Leadership Center. Tasks may involve planning special events and fundraisers, answering phones, creating office systems, ordering supplies, data entry, etc. Qualifications: • Well organized and high attention to detail • Strong computer knowledge and skills, proficient in Microsoft office, excel, and PPT • Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills
  3. Classroom Support Internship- This is a great opportunity for students interested in teaching or being a social worker. Intern will supporting the John Muir Charter School teachers with classroom activities, developing engaging learning opportunities, preparing class materials, etc. Qualifications: • Well organized and high attention to detail • Respectful and willing to be open minded regarding the student’s backgrounds. • Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills
  4. Spoken Word FLOW Internship – This is a great opportunity for students interested in Spoken Word, poetry, and performance. This intern will organize the gallery of New Earth student poetry and begin to create a book of poems. Ideally, the student intern will create a few poetry pamphlets that can be used in New Earth marketing materials. Qualifications: • Well organized and high attention to detail • Interest in poetry and spoken word • Respectful and willing to be open minded regarding the student’s backgrounds. • Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills

FIDM: FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising is a design college that is a force in the Fashion, Graphics, Interior Design and Entertainment Industries. If you love marketing and/or fashion, this internship is for you!

  1. Fashion Club Internship – Assist the Fashion Club Manager to enhance the FIDM Social Ambassador program through supporting day to day operations, events, social media, and other duties as necessary.
  2. Marketing Internship – Interns support the Social Media Marketing Department to work in FIDM’s official social media presences including but not limited to Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter, Youtube, Facebook, Tumblr and Pinterest to create content including photos, written text, videos and more. Tasks could include: Interviewing current students for Snapchat, designing social media graphics for Twitter, developing hashtag contests, participating in marketing focus groups, photographing and interviewing students for blog posts, analyzing social media reports to measure performance, contributing ideas to our digital PR strategy, and writing captions for Instagram photos.


Week 31 Update

Designers, we hope you are enjoying a restful Spring Break after putting on such an impressive Exhibition Night! It is much deserved.

We look forward to having you back on campus starting Tuesday, April 18.  See you then!


DVD 16-17 Week 31 Update - Families

Odd Friday Bell Schedules

Annual Giving Campaign

The 2017 Annual Giving Challenge Is On!
Donate or Pledge by April 30 and Your Gift Will Be Doubled!

There’s never been a better time to support Da Vinci Schools! Thanks to the extraordinary generosity of Belkin, Northrop, Chevron, Gensler, 72andSunny, Kinecta Federal Credit Union, and Continental Development, all gifts to the Da Vinci Schools Annual Fund will be matched dollar-for-dollar, up to $75,000.

Make your donation or pledge by April 30 and your gift will be DOUBLED.
Every gift makes a difference. Please consider making a tax-deductible gift or pledge today by clicking this link ( We thank you!

Parent Volunteers Desired for DV Hiring Symposiums on 4/19 and 5/4

Parents, we have a two more hiring symposiums for prospective Da Vinci teachers on Wednesday, 4/19 and Thursday, 5/4.  There are two sessions: morning (9:00-11:00 am) and afternoon (1:00-3:00 pm).

Please sign up HERE if you are interested in being part of the process and interviewing some of the candidates!

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