Archive for October 14, 2016

Week 10 Update

Designers, check out the Week 10 Update for testing info and more!

Reminder for all 10th and 11th graders: Juniors will be taking the PSAT on Wednesday, October 19 and sophomores will be taking the Practice ACT that same day for baseline data.

Friday 10/21 is a professional development day – no school in session for students.

Come out and support the DV Wolves sports teams during Weeks 10 and 11!  Check out the schedule here: weekly-sports-flyer-2016_10_17

Have a wonderful weekend.





Week 9 Update – Thank you, Testing, Skating at the park, FAFSA Workshop, Hiring Info Session…

Thank you for coming to SLCs!

Designers – we are so impressed with the incredibly high attendance at SLCs this fall. Over 94% of DVD families attended an SLC with their student! Thank you for your continual dedication and support to your students’ education. We are so grateful for your involvement in our school community as you help us grow and strengthen our programs each year.

New Del Aire Park Regulations around Skateboarding

Students and families, we wanted to make you aware of the new rules being enforced by Del Aire Park.  They have recently posted a sign that states “No Smoking or Skating in the Park.”  We know that many of our students use before/after school time to skateboard in that area so we wanted to make you fully informed to avoid any future conflict or consequences with the Sheriff’s Department. An LA County Sheriff’s deputy communicated to our park supervision staff this morning that any student seen skateboarding in the park in the future would be given a citation.

Upcoming Testing

Juniors will be taking the PSAT on Wednesday, October 19 (practice packets were received today).  Sophomores will be taking the Practice ACT that same day for baseline data.

Old Navy Hiring Info Sessions

It’s that time of year again!  Old Navy is doing informational sessions and interviews next week to hire for their seasonal positions.  Students can attend an info session with an Old Navy manager next week on Tuesday, Oct. 11th in Mr. Barclay’s Room at LUNCH.

FAFSA Workshop for Senior Families

Senior families, there is a FAFSA Workshop on Monday, October 10th from 5:30-7:00 pm in Room 208.  Families, please make sure you create your FSAID ahead of time.  Contact your college counselor with any further questions.



REMINDER–UCLA Arts related majors and Open House-10/8/16

Is UCLA your ‘dream college’? Do you want to learn what it takes now so that you can plan for the future to help you get admitted?  ALL grade levels are invited to attend the UCLA Open House THIS Saturday at UCLA to get as much information as early as possible in order to begin planning early for admission and to learn what it takes to get admitted!!


Registration begins at 8:30 AM and a light continental breakfast will be provided. Formal program begins at 9:00 AM. Please check-in at the north side of Pauley Pavilion.

You may bring up to four guests with you to this event.

Participants may park in Parking Structure 4, Parking Structure 7 or Parking Structure 8. Parking costs $12 per day and is CASH ONLY. If arriving after 10:30 AM, you may purchase short-term parking in Parking Structure 4 or 8 for up to two hours at a self-service pay station (follow signs marked with Green P).



There will also be workshops and information on the separate process for applying to the performing and visual arts majors listed below:

  • Learn about applying to the performing and visual arts majors at UCLA – what our majors offer, the supplemental application process, portfolio and audition requirements, housing, student life, and financial aid/scholarships.
  • These events are FREE and open to all prospective students, parents, educators, and counselors.

Visit this link for full info:

Architecture & Urban Design
Design | Media Arts
World Arts and Cultures

Animation / Architectural Studies / Ceramics / Culture & Performance / Cultural Studies / Dance / Digital Media / Arts Education / Game Design / Graphic Design / Interactive Media / Media Arts / Motion Graphics / Painting / Photography / Sculpture / UX Design   + many more

Full admission presentations given by Laura Young, Director of Enrollment Management. To RSVP, please email your attendance count to

Come visit us on campus! We offer arts-focused campus tours led by student ambassadors and UCLA Arts admission representatives.

Info Day: Los Angeles
Saturday, October 8 @ 2:00pm
UCLA Broad Art Center Auditorium
(Campus Map:




Multicultural College Fair-Vistamar High School

Attached is  flyer for the FREE annual Multicultural College Fair being held at Vistamar High School on Sunday, October 23, 2016 from 2-5pm. There will be several colleges in attendance, and students will have the opportunity to go to the various tables and ask questions.

In addition, there will be breakout sessions/workshops on:

-Financial Aid, including one session conducted in Spanish

-Conducting a creative college search

-The benefits of a HBCU (historically Black college or university) experience




This is a great opportunity for students of all grade levels to attend and become familiar with the college process and to pick up information and learn more about the variety of colleges available to them.

Student pictures are ready for purchase!

DVD is blessed to have a professional photographer, Stacee Lianna, who captures our students’ work at DVD throughout the year, and now she is helping DVD with a special offer: your purchase of your students’ photos is deducted against the cost of her being our school’s professional photographer for the year – which makes this pretty much the best fundraiser EVER. You can help support DVD by purchasing pictures of your OWN KID! It’s a win-win!

You can view and purchase your child’s photo at The students are in the folder of their Advisory teacher, and the password to the folder is the name of their advisory teacher (case sensitive) with the room number of their classroom (for example, “Martin202”).

Your kids are changing fast! Buy the photos today!


Safety Update

DVD, we wanted to let you know that there was an Instagram page created sometime on Monday evening called “South Bay Clowns”, imitating something that started in South Carolina a few weeks ago, that shows images of 6 south bay high schools (DV’s logo is shown, but no photos of the actual schools) in what appears to be some sort of threat. A few students were talking about the account today at school, so we wanted to let everyone know how we have addressed and evaluated the situation. We do not see any threat to DVD or any of the Da Vinci Schools.

We at DVD became aware of the Instagram account yesterday (Tuesday) morning, and together with the other DV Principals we immediately contacted Instagram to report the page as being in violation of their user policy to have it removed.  We also spoke with the LA Sherriff and Hawthorne Police Department. All law enforcement told us that they did not feel it was a credible or specific threat and assured us they would be stepping up their presence and patrol of their school campuses. They will also keep us informed of any new information they receive.  We will keep you informed should anything new arise and do everything we can to continue to keep the campus safe.

Volunteer at Dana’s Spooktacular, Soccer Tryouts…

Attention students:  there is a need for reliable high school volunteers for Dana Middle School’s yearly Spooktacular on Friday, October 28th from 4:00 PM to 8:20 PM.

Sign-up to volunteer for a specific slot at


Soccer Tryouts

Boys’ Soccer Tryouts are this week, 4:30-6:00 pm at Anza (Tues, Wed, Thurs)

Girls’ Soccer Tryouts are this week, 4:30-6:00 pm at Anza (Wed, Thurs)



Reminder- Seniors- Free FAFSA workshop next Monday!

Seniors! Don’t miss the free FAFSA workshops that are going to be held on DV Design’s campus in conjunction with El Camino College’s Financial Aid rep, Lizet Salazar. Our workshops coincide with the early opening of FAFSA (it opened on October 1). Two dates available:

  1. Monday October 10th 5:30pm-7pm
  2. Wednesday November 9th 5:30-7pm

Both days the workshop will take place in Patrick Hidalgo’s Room, 208. Come on time to get a computer- if you arrive after 6:30pm we cannot guarantee that you will get your FAFSA completed and submitted that evening- doors will be locked at 7pm.

Important! Please apply for and get your FSA ID before attending. Do this at least a week in advance. Receiving you FSA ID beforehand will allow you to sign and submit the FAFSA in it’s entirety the evening you attend. Go to :

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