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.

Upcoming FAFSA Workshops

Hello Parents!

We will be holding FAFSA workshops to help parents/guardians complete the Financial Aid application for colleges. Please be aware that bringing your tax information is important in order to complete the application in its entirety. The specific location is still TBD, but please keep a look out for an update with this information.

WHEN: October 16, 2019 5:00PM – 6:30PM

Looking back at week 2 and looking forward to week 3

Hello DVD families!

What a great second week! The freshmen class went on their Overnighter and had a wonderful time (see pictures below). A big thanks to our amazing staff and overnight leaders who made this event run smoothly. We also had our first Community Dialogue today where new staff and students were welcomed.

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Senior family meetings will begin next week. Please see your counselor if you have questions and/or have not signed up for a meeting yet.

We are looking forward to seeing everyone at Back to School Night on Tuesday 9/3 from 6 – 8 pm. Families will receive a copy of their student’s schedule and have the opportunity to attend students’ advisory and core academic classes. Counselors will be available in their offices to meet with families as needed. See schedule below:

BTS 2019 (2)



  • Monday 9/2: Labor Day (No School)
  • Tuesday 9/3: Back to School Night (6-8 pm)
  • Wednesday 9/4: Fall Seminars begin
  • Friday 9/6: Picture Day (Juniors and Seniors)
  • Wednesday 9/11: Picture Day (Sophomores and Freshmen)
  • Friday 9/13: Club and Service Learning Fair


Here is the schedule for Week 3:



Have a wonderful three-day weekend!

Veronica Rodriguez


Wiseburn + Da Vinci Athletics Update (week 2)

Hello Wolfpack,  


We have some great news. Our Volleyball program is off to a great start this school year. Our Girls JV Volleyball team are now the Artesia Volleyball Tournament Champions. Send your love to our student athletes and awesome coaching staff.


Our next match will be this Tuesday against Animo High School. Game begins at 3:15PM @ Betty Ainsworth Gym in the city of Hawthorne.


On Wednesday we will be playing against Shalhevet at their house. Game begins at 5:30PM. 


When possible, come out and support our student athletes. Our student athletes and staff always love seeing the wolfpack in full force. Check out www.maxpreps.com under Wiseburn Da Vinci for our full schedule.


If you missed out on our Cross-Country Tryouts last week, make sure to come out today and meet us at the Fit Box by the gym at 4:00PM with Coach Mar and Coach Jackson. Track Tryouts for boys this Wednesday (Aug 28th) followed by girls tryouts on Thursday (Aug 29th) at 4:00PM at the FitBox.


Make sure to follow us at www.instagram.com/wdvathletics



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 vrodriguez@davincischools.org


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.

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