Week 16 Preview: Presentations of Learning (POLs)

Greetings Designers and Design Families,

We are officially in the final stretch of the Fall semester! See important information below regarding students grades and Presentations of Learning (aka: POLs) including grade level expectations and schedules.

Student Grades: This is an important time to sit down with your student and check their grades in their classes in PowerSchool. Click here for the PowerSchool website; login information was included on the grade reports that were sent home earlier this semester and you can email Maria Beltran at mbeltran@davincischools.org if you need your child’s username and password.

Presentations of Learning: “POL” preparation begins next week for students in grades 9-12! The Presentation of Learning (“POL”) is a tradition at the Da Vinci Schools in which students prepare and deliver a formal presentations to their teachers and their peers. POLs give students the opportunity to develop their speaking and presentation skills, are an opportunity for students to reflect publicly on their learning, and in some cases are a final opportunity for students to demonstrate their understanding and mastery of a topic. Because these are formal presentations, students are expected to wear formal attire.

All POLs will be scheduled between Thursday 12/9 and Thursday 12/16.

GRADE 9 POL Resources:

GRADE 10 POL Resources:

GRADE 11 POL Resources:

GRADE 12 POL Resources:

NOTE: Each student will earn a letter grade for their POL based on the total score and the grade scale shown. This letter grade will be reflected on the student’s transcript but is not calculated into their GPA. The POL is worth one credit, which is the same amount of credit earned for most seminar courses.

Fall 2021 Da Vinci Parent/Guardian Survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RBRSKZG

Dear Design Parents and Families: It is time for us to do our bi-annual parent survey – and we need your feedback! We ask families and students to complete a survey twice each year about how things are going at DVD. Please use the link above or click here to share your experience and thoughts with us. We continually look for ways to improve, and value your assessment of how things are going so far this year. The data collected from parent surveys like this one determines our school goals for this year, and for years to come.

A Message of Gratitude & Week 15 Preview

Greetings Designers and Design Families,

On behalf of the staff at Da Vinci Design, we want to return and express our deep gratitude for our community of students and families. Thank you to everyone who made our staff feel so appreciated with contributions of treats, gifts, and messages of gratitude. DVD was full of smiles today!

In addition to the gratitude bags shared with the staff today, our students also contributed to a tree mural full of messages of gratitude for their friends and staff at Da Vinci Design. We truly have so much to be thankful for here!

See the Week 15, 16 and 17 bell schedules below. When we return from our Holiday Break (on Monday 11/29), we will be just eight school days away from POLs! Stay tuned for more details about POLs after the break. Have a safe, lovely and restful break everyone!

Week 15-17 DVD Bell Schedules (Fall 2021)

Senior Cap & Gown Photos (Jan. 6-8, 2022)

Seniors’ Cap & Gown photos are now available for viewing and purchase! You can access them here: https://staceelianna.smugmug.com/DaVinciSchools/Class-of-2022

Galleries are all password protected and the passwords are their student ID numbers.

Make-up appointments for cap & gown photos are available during our winter break on January 6-8, 2022. Students can sign up for a makeup appointment using this link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0F45AFAF28A64-class

If you have any questions specific to your cap & gown photo order, please contact the photographer Stacee Lianna directly at seniors@staceelianna.com. Thank you!

Week 14 Preview

Greetings Designers and Design Families,

We are just one week away from Fall Break and from our Thanksgiving Holiday! In the spirit of the season, please see the reminder below about opportunities to support and show gratitude for Da Vinci Design and our staff. Next week is a short week: students will only be on campus Monday-Thursday next week.

Also, please don’t forget to fill-out the Fall 2021 Parent Survey:
Fall 2021 Da Vinci Parent/Guardian Survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RBRSKZG

Staff Thanksgiving Baskets

To show our appreciation, we are organizing Thanksgiving baskets to deliver to our school staff on Thursday, November 18th. The idea is that each staff member will receive one basket containing treats and words of appreciation from students and parents/guardians.

Here is how you can contribute to the baskets of Thanksgiving:

1. Items: If you are interested and able to purchase something to show your appreciation, please consider non-perishable items such as: individually wrapped : pop corn, gummies, trail mix, chips, hot chocolate, pretzels, candy, cookies, gift cards ($5) to target, Starbucks, coffee, sparkling water, tea, and any non-perishable snacks.

We need donated items collected by: Tuesday November 16th. All items can be left on the first floor front office.

2. Words of Appreciation: There is nothing that means more to school staff than words of appreciation or encouragement. Please consider handwriting a note of thanks or typing one digitally here: DVD Staff Appreciation Notes. We will be printing these digital messages and including all words of appreciation in the baskets. Handwritten notes can be dropped off by Tuesday November 16.

End of Semester Calendar:

Lastly, a note about Exhibition: One of Da Vinci’s Signature Practices is Exhibition Night, an evening event for our community to come together to witness and celebrate how much our students have learned and grown in the project-based environment. Though we originally planned to hold an Exhibition Night this semester, we have decided to allow our teachers and students additional time to prepare for this important showcase. As a result, we will be rescheduling our Exhibition Night for second semester (January – June). We look forward to showcasing our students’ terrific projects in the new year, and we will let you know as soon as we decide on our new dates. See our updated calendar for first semester in the Resources bar, and below.

Baseball Tryouts For 21-22 Season

If you are interested in playing baseball, tryouts will be held next week at Raytheon park. Dates and time are below. Please wear the proper attire and bring proper equipment to play baseball.  If you have any questions please contact coach Barba, ebarba@davincischools.org

Monday Nov. 15th, 4pm-6pm

Tuesday Nov. 16th, 4pm-6pm

Wednesday Nov. 17th, 4pm-6pm

Friday Nov. 19th, 4pm-6pm

Please note these rules for Raytheon park:

Please direct your guest to enter the site through our Continental gate located at the corner of El Segundo and Continental Boulevards. All guess over 18 years of age will need to show a valid government issued I.D. to enter the facility. Please follow all road directional signage when entering.

  • Park guest(s) – Must adhere to all state and local public health guidance and regulations
  • Park guest must clean up after themselves
  • Park guest must bring their own equipment and remove the equipment when they leave
  • No animals or pets permitted (except for service animals)
  • No alcoholic beverages allowed without prior written approval
  • No vehicles are allowed on the park grounds
  • Raytheon assumes no liability for lost or stolen items – use the park at your own risk

OTIS College Virtual Panel

 

The Otis Fall 2021 Virtual Panel on Creative Futures in Art and Design is sure to be engaging and inspiring to all youth, parents, and educators interested in learning about opportunities in the creative workforce.

This event is just around the corner on Tuesday, November 16, at 6:30pm and is free to the public! Click on the link below to register.

Register for the event!

DVD Staff Appreciation & Bi-Annual Parent Survey

Dear DVD Students, Parents, and Guardians,

 As we approach the season of Thanksgiving, we are all grateful for the tremendous work of our school staff – from our teachers to counselors to paraeducators to custodians to front office staff. It has been a whole-school effort to return to re-engage in full in-person learning after so much change throughout the past year, and we believe the team at DVD has done a terrific job so far. To show our appreciation, we are organizing Thanksgiving baskets to deliver to our school staff on Thursday, November 18th. The idea is that each staff member will receive one basket containing treats and words of appreciation from students and parents/guardians.

 

Here is how you can contribute to the baskets of Thanksgiving:

  1. Items: If you are interested and able to purchase something to show your appreciation, please consider non-perishable items such as: individually wrapped : pop corn, gummies, trail mix, chips, hot chocolate, pretzels, candy, cookies, gift cards ($5) to target, Starbucks, coffee, sparkling water, tea, and any non-perishable snacks. 

           We need donated items collected by: Tuesday November 16th. All items can be             left on the first floor front office.

  1. Words of Appreciation: There is nothing that means more to school staff than words of appreciation or encouragement. Please consider handwriting a note of thanks or typing one digitally here: DVD Staff Appreciation Notes We will be printing these digital messages and including all words of appreciation in the baskets. Handwritten notes can be dropped off by Tuesday November 16. 

 

IN ADDITION:

 

It is time for us to do our bi-annual parent survey – and we need your feedback. We ask families and students to complete a survey twice each year about how things are going at DVD. Please use the link below to share your experience and thoughts with us. We continually look for ways to improve, and value your assessment of how things are going so far this year. The data collected from parent surveys like this one determines our school goals for this year, and for years to come.

 

Parent/Guardian Survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RBRSKZG

 

With gratitude for your ongoing encouragement and support,

 

Russell Stoll and Santa Acuna

Principal and Assistant Principal

Week 13 Preview & Parent Survey

Greetings Designers & Design Families,

Happy November! We are heading quickly toward our first holiday break of the year, and the year is just flying by. See the bell schedule for Week 13 below.

Fall 2021 Da Vinci Parent/Guardian Survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RBRSKZG

Dear Design Parents and Families: It is time for us to do our bi-annual parent survey – and we need your feedback! We ask families and students to complete a survey twice each year about how things are going at DVD. Please use the link above or click here to share your experience and thoughts with us. We continually look for ways to improve, and value your assessment of how things are going so far this year. The data collected from parent surveys like this one determines our school goals for this year, and for years to come.
Week 13 Bell Schedule:
Veteran’s Day Holiday: Thursday, 11/11
weekly schedule

Note: After next week, Fall Holiday / Thanksgiving Break is from 11/19-11/28.

Campus Highlight Week 12: Dia de los Muertos Ofrenda (1st Floor Display Case)

ofrenda

Celebrations are in order for everyone, staff and students, who worked so hard on the ofrenda in the display case on the first floor. Thank you Mr. Villanueva, Ms. Simon, Ms. Santana, the DVD Latinx Student Union, the DVD architecture students, the DVD ethnic studies students, and everyone who contributed to this beautiful display honoring our loved ones with such reverence.

Care Solace

Hello Design Families,

Da Vinci Schools has partnered with Care Solace, a Therapist Matching Service for students, families, and staff members–If you or a family member are looking for help with mental health, Care Solace can help you quickly find treatment options matched to your needs regardless of the circumstance. Care Solace is a complimentary and confidential service provided to students, staff, and their families by Da Vinci Schools. Care Solace’s team is available 24/7/365 and can support you in any language. If you would like to use Care Solace to help you find a provider:
• Call 888-515-0595 available 24/7/365
Visit www.caresolace.com/davincischools and either search on your own OR click “Book Appointment” for assistance by video chat, email, or phone.

If you have any questions, please reach out to your counselors.

Da Vinci Design Counseling Team

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