Welcome Back Designers! First Day of School Monday August 15th

Hello Designers and Design Families!

I hope you all are having a fun, safe, and restful summer. We are officially one week away from the new school year, and we are so excited to be back! Our staff is back on campus and hard at work preparing to welcome students back for an excellent year.

For important updates and reminders for the 2022-2023 school year, click here to check out the “DVD New School Year FAQs for Families” page. You can find highlights of important upcoming dates below.

Also, Assistant Principal Takeyama and I would like to welcome all returning families to a “Welcome Back” webinar on Thursday, August 11th at 5pm. We will share updates on “what’s new” this year at DVD, from our new schedule to some refreshers on important school policies. Use this link:

DVD Welcome Back Webinar
Thursday, Aug 11th @5pm
Zoom Webinar Link: https://zoom.us/j/94897019696

Welcome back families! We look forward to making this year the best one yet!

Russell Stoll
DVD Principal

(Note: updated info including the 2022-2023 calendar, our new weekly schedule, and New Family Info can also be found in the “Resources” section to the right.)

The first day of school is Monday, August 15th, 2022. Students will meet their teachers outdoors, begin the day in Advisory, and will receive their class schedules in Advisory. PowerSchool access is temporarily locked while we upload student schedules. This is the DVD Week One Bell Schedule:

For the 2022-2023 school year, the high schools at 201 N. Douglas are adopting new start times. The start time for Da Vinci Design is 8:40am Monday-Thursday and the traditional “late start” for Friday is 9:45am. The new end time for the school day in 3:45pm each day.

DVD’s new family orientation meetings are happening this week! To RSVP for one of the new family orientations happening this week, please use this link or access the DVD New School Year FAQs for Families page (see above).

DVD Picture Day is happening during the first week of school on August 18th and 19th.

DVD plans to host Back-to-School Night on the fourth week of school on Thursday September 8th. More details to follow.

For updates every week, keep checking back here at the DVD blog!

Announcements from Real World Learning Director (08.02.2022)

Hello Da Vinci Scholars and Families,

I hope you are enjoying the last weeks of summer break. Please see the announcements below:

For students interested in receiving academic credit for their internships:
Students who are interested in receiving 5 academic credits for summer internships/volunteer opportunities, must fill out the Unpaid Internship Agreement and submit a timesheet that demonstrates the completion of 60 hours of service. The Agreement must be turned in before the start of the internship/volunteer opportunity. The timesheet is due August 6, 2022. Please email all documents to Ms. Rodriguez at crodriguez@davincischools.org.

For students interested in art, film, and animation:
The El Segundo Public Library encourages all individuals who live, work and/or play in El Segundo to submit artwork for Summertime, Summertime: A Community Juried Art Exhibition! This art show will feature 2-dimensional artwork, including painting, photography, photo collage, photomontage, collage, drawing, printmaking, etc. that celebrates summer. For information on how to submit your artwork, please click here.

Dreamworks Animation is hosting a Summer Speaker Series from August 8 – August 12 where students will learn about roles in animation, succeeding in the industry, and more. Register here.

For students interested in social change:
The Alliance for Girls is hosting a community-building and healing-oriented event for youth leaders seeking to bring safety to school to address sexual harassment. Alliance for Girls is co-hosting this event with Unity Council to prepare both youth and adult advocates for a new school year prioritizing policies and programs that help sexual assault/harassment survivors. Attendees will also hear from representatives from the Equal Rights Advocate and the Unity Council. The event will be an entirely virtual event and will take place on Saturday, August 6. It is open to all youth and youth champions. $15 Visa Gift cards will be provided to youth 24 and under who RSVP and attend the event. RSVP Here.

For students interested in jobs:
The LA County America’s Job Center will be hosting a Job Fair in South LA, on Wednesday, August 31, 2022 from 1 to 4 pm. To register, please visit this flyer. It is highly suggested to bring several copies of your resume to share with prospective employers!

For students interested in science and engineering:
The Science and Engineering Apprenticeship Program places high school students in Department of Navy (DoN) laboratories where they take part in real Naval research for 8 weeks during the summer. SEAP is open to sophomores, juniors and seniors interested in STEM the opportunity to learn about Naval research and technology while receiving first-class mentoring by top scientists and engineers. SEAP is a competitive program with around 300 placements in more than 30 labs around the country. Inters are selected based upon academic achievement, personal statements, recommendations, and career and research interests. Click here to learn more. Click here to apply.


Announcements from Real World Learning Director (7.18.2022)

Hello Da Vinci Scholars and Families,

We hope you’re enjoying your summer! Check out these internship opportunities below.

Students interested in child development, education, and teaching have the opportunity to work or intern at a local daycare located on 2233 E. El Segundo Blvd. El Segundo. For more information, please contact Ms. Rodriguez at crodriguez@davincischools.org.

Jersey Mikes in the Southbay is currently hiring students from Da Vinci. See this flyer for hiring locations. To apply, please send your resume and contact information to Jen Bellamy at jen@calsubshine.com.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Ms. Rodriguez at crodriguez@davincischools.org.

Blood Drive – July 25th at Da Vinci Schools

Mark your calendars and sign up now! Da Vinci Schools is hosting a UCLA Blood Drive on Monday, July 25th, from 9 am to 2 pm in the Blackbox Theater at the 201 N Douglas campus. Donors will receive a promotional gift for their contributions.

What: UCLA Blood Drive @ Da Vinci Schools
When: Monday, July 25th from 9 am to 2 pm
Where: 201 N. Douglas Street, El Segundo, CA 90245 – Black Box Theater

To ensure appropriate social distancing, we encourage donors to make an appointment in the following ways:

– Go on-line at www.ucedonor.com click on Blood Drives and enter DV in the Account Code box

– Scan the QR code above

– Call us at (310) 825-0888 x2

– or email UCLA at nlai@mednet.ucla.edu

Don’t forget your ID & we’ll see you there!

DVD New Families Webinar Today at 5pm

Greetings New DVD Families!
We would like to invite all families who are new to Da Vinci Design to join Principal Stoll and Asst. Principal Takeyama for a welcome webinar on Monday, July 11th at 5pm.
The webinar will be presented through Zoom so that families can join from anywhere. We will cover general information and updates for the 2022-2023 school year to help new students be ready on day one!
Please join us using this link: https://zoom.us/j/91856141139 .
This blog post will be updated with a copy of the slides and notes shared at the webinar.

Announcements from Real World Learning Director (6.29.2022)

Hello Da Vinci Scholars and Families,

The STEAM Education Club for Girls is offering three virtual summer camps for female-identifying students to attend. The speakers are industry leaders who work at Honda, Car and Driver, Starbucks, University of Washington CoMotion Lab, Carvana, INDYCAR, Laguna Seca Raceway, USAA, Motivo Engineering, Shell, Navy, Pratt & Whitney and more.

FABcamp: July 6-31
Land+Sea+Air Transportation Camp: July 25-29
Career Dev Camp: August 1-5

Students that are 18 years or older have an opportunity to apply for paid and remote micro-internships through Parker Dewey. To apply, you must sign up for a Career Launcher account. You’ll then be prompted to fill out your profile and then you will be able to apply for our available projects.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Ms. Rodriguez at crodriguez@davincischools.org.


Los Angeles County Free Summer Lunch and Snack Program has begun!

free lunch

Come join the fun at any of these 47 locations for the free lunch program! Children and youth ages 18 and under receive a free, nutritious lunch and snack that include vegetables, fruits, seeds and healthy dairy products like milk, string cheese and yogurt.

June 13 – August 5 
Monday to Friday
Lunch is served from 12 to 1 p.m.
Snack is served from 3 to 4 p.m.

Meals are available for dine-in only at the enclosed designated areas. Lunch and snack are for youth participants only.

*Please note that there will be no lunch and snack on June 20 and July 4.




free lunch flyer

¡Únase a la diversión en cualquiera de estos 47 lugares para el programa de almuerzo gratis! Los niños y jóvenes de 18 años y menores reciben un almuerzo y una merienda gratis y nutritivos que incluyen vegetales, frutas, semillas y productos lácteos saludables como leche, queso en tiras y yogur.

13 de junio – 5 de agosto
Lunes a viernes
El almuerzo se sirve de 12 a 1 p.m.
La merienda se sirve de  3 a 4 p.m.

Las comidas están disponibles para cenar solo en las áreas designadas adjuntas. Solo son para participantes jóvenes.

*Tenga en cuenta que no habrá almuerzo ni merienda el 20 de junio y el 4 de julio.


Announcements from Real World Learning Director (6.9.2022)

summer internship opportunities

Hello Da Vinci Scholars and Families,

Fika Tech Career Academy is accepting applications for a hands-on, 120 hour career development course for 100 students from Los Angeles. Students will receive a stipend for their participation. Must be between the ages of 16-24 to apply. Click here for more information.

BandsInTown is Hiring a remote Marketing Summer Intern. If you are a music lover and passionate about marketing campaigns, consider applying here.

If you live in the City of Los Angeles, you may be eligible for a Paid Summer Employment Program. You must be at least 14 – 24 years old. Opportunities are offered both in person and remotely. Apply here.

La La Land Cafe in Santa Monica is offering a paid internship opportunity for foster youth over the summer. Applicants must be at least 18 years old. To learn more, please click here.

As a reminder: Fresh Films is offering a free virtual storytelling and film program. From camera to sound, while building your resume and connections for college and careers in film. No previous filmmaking experience needed. The program runs from June 27 – July 22. More information can be found here.

If you have any questions related to internships or volunteer opportunities, please contact Ms. Rodriguez at crodriguez@davincischools.org.

11th Grade Counselor Presentations


Last month, counselors presented on various topics in all 11th grade English classes. Students, take time this summer to think about your future plans. There are many options for post-secondary plans, including community college, 4-year universities, trade schools, work, and/or military. Below are the links to the presentations that counselors presented.


4-Year Universities application information and process 

PIQ overview

Community College and Trade Schools

FAFSA and financial aid overview

– DVD Counselors

Week 38 Preview: LGBTQ Pride Month and Last Week of School!

Greetings Designers and Design Families,

Next week is the last week of the 2021-2022 school year – and summer break is right around the corner! Congrats to students for all of their hard work this week on their POLs. From presenting analysis on their student-created poetry in English 9 to completing dissections in their Biology class, students have been working hard to “show what they know” in a variety of ways.

See the schedule for next week here:

Happy LGBTQ Pride Month! Da Vinci Schools is proud to recognize and celebrate the LGBTQ community this month, and the many ways LGBTQ folx have contributed to our world. Pride was originally focused on securing basic rights and later confronting the AIDS epidemic. Pride continues to be about creating and affirming spaces where LGBTQIA+ people can exist freely, without persecution.

We are also proud to share this summer program hosted by local non-profit Rainbow Labs.

One Bold Summer – A Rainbow Labs Summer Program for LGBTQ Youth
Rainbow Labs, a local organization that works with LGBTQ+ youth, is offering a free LGBTQ+ youth mentoring program this summer for six weeks. Their “One Bold Summer” mentoring program pairs LGBTQ+ youth in groups with two mentors for their Storytelling Lab and Accelerator Lab. Applications have been extend are due this Sunday, June 5th.
  • Program Dates: June 20 – July 31
  • Program Days/Times: 12:30 PM – 2:30 PM. Mondays (In Person) & Wednesdays (Virtual.) You must attend both days.
  • In Person Location: Heart Of Los Angeles, 2701 Wilshire Blvd #100, Los Angeles, CA 90057
  • Overview: LGBTQ+ Youth will have the opportunity to meet other LGBTQ+ youth across Los Angeles in six weeks of fun and engaging content. Youth will learn how to tell their personal stories through our Storytelling Lab. In our Accelerator Lab, youth will team up to come up with their own business ideas to pitch to major companies such as Disney, Hilton, American and more. Throughout the whole six weeks youth will be in groups of 3-7 with two mentors
  • More Information & Application: https://www.rainbowlabs.org/one-bold-summer-2022
  • LGBTQ+ Youth Video: https://www.rainbowlabs.org/the-mentormentee-experience

Key Events & Upcoming Dates:

  • June 6th + June 7th: POL Schedules (minimum days – school ends at 1:55pm)
  • June 8th, Wednesday: Last Day of School (minimum day – school ends at 1:55pm)
  • June 9th: Graduation Ceremony, 5:00pm – at 201 N. Douglas St. Campus; must have ticket to attend, and graduating Seniors should arrive at 4pm
  • June 14th: Summer Session 1 begins (by referral from counselors)
    Summer school forms were distributed to students this week. Click here for additional information on summer school.  If your student received a summer school form, you must register for summer school.  Click here for the summer school registration form.
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