Da Vinci Design Juniors are currently being put to the ultimate test: being teen moms and dads… (at least for three weeks).
Biology students are learning how to bond with their 5 pound sugar baby and learning how to share the responsibility with their “partner” as part of the 11th grade Sugar Baby project. Digging deeper into the project, students are realizing that genetics play a huge role in their baby’s phenotypes (physical features) and that there are dominant and recessive genotypes (genes) that determine those features as well as possible hereditary diseases.
Students are caring for their “baby” 24/7. Safety is a number one concern. To ensure the safety of the sugar babies, fellow Design students and teachers are serving as eyes and ears and reporting any “neglect” to the children. In some accidental instances, sugar babies have been left at skate parks or on bike baskets, but other responsible “parents” nearby took the leadership of reporting it and making sure the babies were kept safe and sound.
“The project is supposed to teach students to be accountable and to be responsible for their baby and pay attention to them. At first the students were all excited, but as time has passed, the students are starting to realize that it is hard work to take care of a child.”
– Ms. Adabale
11th Grade Bio Teacher
“The project has shown me that you can’t just leave the baby anywhere. It’s showing me that you have to be responsible to be a parent.”
– Joanna A.
Partner: Jazmine S.
“It’s a life learning experience. It shows me that I’m too young to have kids. I need to get my career and education first.”
– Genesis G.
“It’s been time consuming. It takes a lot of mental and physical energy. You can’t just leave it out of sight. It gives me another reason to wait.”
– Henry G.
“It’s showing me that I need to be aware because someone might harm him. I need to keep an eye on it at all times to keep him safe. Even so, I know it’s nearly not as hard as the actual thing.”
Today at 11:55am at the request of the LA County Sheriff Southern California station, Da Vinci Design and Da Vinci Communications were put on lockdown due to a home burglary west of our location. At 12:15pm, the LA County Sheriff informed us that the suspect was in custody, and that the lockdown was no longer in effect. The lockdown was precautionary, as there was never a threat or person on campus who posed a danger to our students. The day will continue as normally scheduled for today.
Tonight is the “Just for Juniors” meeting starting at 6 pm in Jessica Jones’ classroom. Student PSAT results will be distributed and reviewed by SAT Instructor, Cordell Haynes. We hope to see you there.
Questions? Please email Megan Anderson at firstname.lastname@example.org
CANCELLED – Tuesday, 1/21 Parent Association Meeting
NEW “JUST FOR JUNIORS” PARENT MEETING – Monday, 1/27 at 6 pm in Jessica Jones’ classroom
For the upcoming Parent Association meeting on 1/21, there has been a change in agenda because Dr. Wunder is no longer able to attend. This meeting will instead be moved to Monday, January 27th and directed toward the parents of our 11th grade DVD students. We will distribute and review the results of the PSAT that students took in the fall (10th grade PSAT results will be distributed at another time). At the 1/27 meeting, a guest speaker will present on the importance of the SAT and what to expect senior year.
We will also hold FAFSA financial aid workshops (for senior parents) on the following dates in Alexandra Martinez’s computer lab classroom:
January 30 from 5:30-7
February 20 from 5:30-7
**Parents will need to bring their filed 2013 tax return forms, or if they have not filed their 2013 taxes yet, their 2012 tax return forms.
As your students return to school for semester two, please remind them of Da Vinci Design’s dress code policy. We will issue detentions to students who are out of compliance and those detentions will be held most Friday afternoons from 4-5 pm.