Week 7 Update

Designers, we had such a great showing at the kickback – thank you for coming. It was awesome to see so many students there! We hope you had a great time.

Week 7 update is here – can you believe it’s already October?!

Fall Semi-Formal Dance

This year’s fall semi-formal dance is hosted by Da Vinci Communications. Tickets will be on sale starting this coming week. More information below:

  • DATE: Friday, October 13
  • TIME: 7-10pm
  • LOCATION: Lawndale Community Center
  • COST: $15
  • TITLE: A Night to Dismember
  • THEME: Living Dead (Día de Los Muertos, zombies, Halloween, etc.)
  • DRESS CODE: Semi-Formal Attire

Ivy Prep ACT Classes

If you are enrolled in any of the Ivy Prep ACT classes, below are a few reminders:

  • Full length practice test this Saturday 9/30 at DVD, starting at 8:00 am in rooms 205 and 207
  • Classes begin this week and run from 4:15-5:45.
  • Monday/Wednesday classes will be held in room 110 at DVC
  • Tuesday/Thursday classes will be held in room 105 at DVD

FAFSA Workshop

  • Senior families – don’t miss out on this FAFSA workshop. We only have a few available and spots fill up quickly!
  • Coordinate with your student’s counselor regarding attendance

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Coming Soon – PSAT and Practice ACT testing for 10th and 11th graders

10th and 11th grade families – students will be taking practice College Entrance Exams in less than two weeks on Wednesday, October 11 during the school day.

  • 10th Graders will take the Practice ACT
  • 11th Graders will take the PSAT

Students will be receiving a letter during advisory today (also below) with detailed information.

Please make sure students eat breakfast in the morning and bring a snack for the morning as well. They will also need a pencil and a scientific calculator.

Should you have any questions, please contact Tina Hannouche at channouche@davincischools.org


For 11th grade Families…

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For 10th Grade Families…

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Back to School Kickback – Thursday 9/28

DVD’s Senior Committee, in collaboration with DVC, is throwing the annual Back to School Kickback on Thursday 9/28 from 5:00-8:00 pm.

Pre-sale tickets are $4 each and include one food and one drink item.  These can be purchased by the vending machines at lunch. The first 50 tickets purchased come with an additional food coupon ($3 value).   Tickets purchased at the door are $4 and do not include any other items.

There will be food for purchase from Earlz’ Grillz, music, a photo booth, and games. The theme is “Glow in the Dark” – think neon, glow sticks and bright colors!

We hope to see you there.

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Week 6 Update – SAT/ACT Prep, School Site Council Interest, PSAT/Practice ACT and more…

Designers, we hope you were able to sign up for a student club and/or find an organization to volunteer with today at the Club & Service Learning Fair! Shout out to all the student groups who put in the time and effort to set up their booths to make for such a successful event today.

Week 6 is coming up, and although it is light on events, this post is heavy on information, so please make sure to read it all!

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Annual Back to School Kickback

  • Thursday 9/28, 5:00-8:00 pm at DVD/DVC
  • Stay tuned for details from Senior Committee about prices and activities

School Site Council Interest

  • Students, parents and teachers: Would you like to be part of Da Vinci Design’s School Site Council? If you would like to nominate someone, or nominate yourself, for a seat on the Da Vinci Design School Site Council, we have more open slots this year! The council meets 4 times a year in the evenings to discuss, vote on, and provide feedback on various school programs and topics.  We are looking for parent and student nominees. If you are interested in being nominated for the council or would like to nominate another individual, please fill out this FORM by Friday, October 6th.  Voting for the council will take place via the survey during Student Led Conferences week (Oct 9-13) and new members will be announced once voting has closed.

PSAT for 11th Graders, Practice ACT for 10th Graders – Wednesday, October 11

  • Testing will take place during the school day, prior to SLCs
  • Stay tuned for more detailed information

Ivy Prep ACT Class Fall 2017

  • See previous post regarding the Ivy Prep ACT Prep course taking place from October-December at Da Vinci Design for a highly discounted rate of $100!
  • Register now, space is limited!

Winter Break ACT Class

  • Da Vinci is offering an ACT/SAT Prep course to its students through PJ Test Prep, a small Test Prep and Tutoring company based in the South Bay over winter break. They have been in business since 2005 and have been offering SAT/ACT prep with Da Vinci for 3 years and they do a great job!
  • The course, open to all students from all DV high schools, will be 5 days over winter break from Monday January 7th to Friday January 11th, 2.5 hours per day.
  • Students can sign up for either the AM session (10:00-12:30) or the PM session (1:15-3:45) and are expected to attend the same session for all 5 days.
  • The course costs only $50 per student. Partial scholarships are available, so please don’t let the cost stop you from signing up!
  • Here’s the link to sign up: http://tinyurl.com/DVTestPrep2018
  • After signing up here, students must pay the $50 course fee to their school’s office. Please make checks out to “Da Vinci Schools” and write “Test Prep” on the memo line.

Pier to Pier Walk – Service Opportunity

  • The annual SKECHERS Pier to Pier Friendship Walk is an event that brings together all walks of life for one common purpose; to support children with special needs and education.  It’s a really fun day to get out and walk to support a great cause.   Not only is the walk a great way to spend time with friends and family but it also raises money for your local school district. 100% of the registration fee goes back to special education departments in the South Bay. The walk is on October 29th at 9:00am. Check in starts at 8:30am at the Manhattan Beach Pier. A sign-up sheet will be in the DVD front office.

Ivy Prep ACT Class – Only $100!

Designers, don’t miss your chance to sign-up for the Ivy Prep ACT Course at an incredibly discounted rate of only $100 (normally $499!). Space is limited!

Courses take place after school two days a week AT Da Vinci, and two full practice exams are included in the price.

Scholarships are available if needed – check in with your counselor!

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2017 Young Women’s Leadership Conference at USC

Da Vinci Design students, please take advantage of this amazing (and FREE!) opportunity at USC!

2017 Young Women’s Leadership Conference

8:30 am – 4:00 pm

Saturday – October 21

Radisson at USC

Sponsored by the USC Unruh Institute


Space is limited. Advance registration required by Oct 19.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided.


The conference is an opportunity for young women from across Los Angeles to come together and hear from women in office, female community leaders, and to connect with USC students and each other.

This year, we are excited to be offering a set of workshops to help the young women hone and develop leadership skills as well. The workshops include:

  • Your Personal Mission Statement: How to Craft your Message, and Who to Tell it To
  • From Issues to Action: How to Use Your Voice to Inspire Political Action
  • Running for Office: Understanding Power and the Political Process
  • Social Media for a Cause: Effective and Appropriate use of Social Media

The official flyer can be viewed below.

For young women to register, go to:


To see the most updated list of participants, as well as videos from previous years, visit our website:


For further information or questions, contact:

Lida Dianti

Staff Associate

Unruh Institute of Politics

University of Southern California

dianti@usc.edu / 213-740-8964


YWLC 2017 Flyer

Week 5 Update

Hello, DVD!  Week 5 brings you the Club & Service Learning fair, an informational ATLAS meeting, and more.

ATLAS MEETING – Thursday 9/21

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Club & Service Learning Fair – Friday 9/22

Students can explore the different clubs available on campus, as well as connect with local non-profits and volunteer organizations.  A few outside partners coming include: AYSO Region 21, Habitat for Humanity, Heal the Bay, Reading Partners, Too Many Bunnies, and more! This is a great opportunity for students to get involved in their own school community, as well as the surrounding community.

Have a wonderful weekend!

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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

Picture Day Reminder, Updated Da Vinci Website & Calendars, Athletics Meeting Reminder

Picture Days are this week on Wednesday 9/13 and Thursday 9/14. Students will be taking their photo during their English class. See schedule below.

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Updated Da Vinci Website

Our Da Vinci website can still be found at www.davincischools.org, but with many new features! We highly recommend you visit the “EVENTS” page and subscribe to Da Vinci Design’s calendar and any others that pertain to you! You can add the entire calendar, or add specific events only straight to your own personal calendar.

Wiseburn – Da Vinci Athletics Information

All Da Vinci Families with a student interested in playing sports at Wiseburn – Da Vinci in 2017-18 are encouraged to attend an informational meeting on Tuesday Sept 12th in the Multi-Purpose Room at Dana Middle School.  The meeting will begin promptly at 6pm, and should last about an hour.  Families will learn:

  • CIF Eligibility and how Da Vinci interprets the eligibility requirements,
  • the tryout process,
  • the Athletic Clearance process, including physicals and transportation to games,
  • uniforms and equipment,
  • the team store, and more.

The meeting is not mandatory, yet it will answer many of the questions we have received over the summer, and have you prepared for what to expect as your children begin their high school sports journey.

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