Archive for November 30, 2016

Tomorrow – UCLA Presentation: Insights on Test Prep and Anxiety

Families – please join us tomorrow evening for a presentation from UCLA about test anxiety and preparation aimed at helping students get in the right mindset for their Presentations of Learning (POLs).

The presentation will be held in the classroom of Da Vinci Communications teacher Adam Eynon, room 101 (on the DVC campus).

The presentation start time is 5:45pm. We hope to see you there!

Academic Awards

Recently in Advisory over 200 students received 2015-16 Academic Awards for Honor Roll (GPA of 3.0-3.49), Principal’s List (GPA of 3.5-3.99), Superior Achievement (GPA of 4.0+) and California Scholarship Federation.

We are so proud of our amazing Design students!

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Support Da Vinci Artists from the Art-repreneur Seminar! This Wednesday and Thursday from 4-5 pm

The student-led Art-repreneur seminar class is hosting an event this Wednesday 11/30 and Thursday 12/1 after school from 4:00-5:00 pm on the front lawn of Da Vinci Design.  A message from the student leaders:

DV Con is an artist alley that consists of the talented artists of Da Vinci Design & Da Vinci Communications. It is a time for these young artists to show and expose their art to peers and community members. These artists have worked assiduously throughout the entire semester in the Art-repreneur seminar to create amazing work, so please come and show your support! Looking for unique holiday gifts? Art can be purchased by visitors!



TASS-Telluride Sophomore Seminar nominations for interested students

Recently, DaVinci Design and DaVinci Communications hosted a “Lunch and Learn” session for the Telluride Sophomore Seminar program. The deadline for counselors to submit nominations for interested students is quickly approaching. This FREE unique, intellectually engaging program held on the college campuses of Cornell University and the University of Michigan allows TASSers to live together and participate in a three-hour seminar that meets each weekday morning with two college professors.

DVD and DVC students have participated in the past and have many positive things to say about the program and the impact that it has had on them.

If your student is interested in being nominated, please have them talk to their counselor about the nomination process. Students names must be provided to TASS by no later than 11/30/16 so that the program can mail application materials to the student’s home that need to be completed by January 10, 2017.

A link is provided below for you to learn more about this program:

Sophomore Seminar (TASS)

Ryman Arts Program–Deadline extended!

The Ryman Arts Program has extended the application deadline to December 5, 2016.  Details are attached below. This free arts program is available to students in Grades 9-11 and meets on Saturdays at either Cal State Fullerton or on Sundays at the Otis College of Art and Design. The application submission requires an application, teacher recommendation, essay and 2 pieces of artwork.

This is a great program for students who want to improve or build upon their art skills and are interested in building a great portfolio.

For additional information about this program, please see link below, or contact your Art and Design teacher.

Week 15 Update

Designers, we hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving Break and were able to rest, spend time with family and friends, and rejuvenate for the last few weeks of the semester! Congratulations on yet another amazing Exhibition.  We are so proud of all the hard work and quality projects presented that evening.

POLs Begin Next Week! Be on the lookout for schedules coming home with students, as well as posted on the blog.  Students come in for minimum days from December 7-14, and will either be in the “AM” or “PM” group each day.  On these special POL days, The “AM” group attends from 8-12 and the “PM” group attends from 12-4, with lunch being served from 11:30-12:30.

Future Events/Days Off…

Last Day of Semester 1: Thursday, December 15

Winter Break for Students: December 16-January 9



Cash for College’s “College and Career Convention” this Friday Nov. 18 and Sat. Nov. 19

Cash for College is holding a “College and Career Convention” this Friday Nov. 18 and Saturday Nov. 19 at LA Trade Tech. You will be able to attend college prep and career exploration workshops, financial aid seminars, get help on your personal statements, and MUCH more! Please click on the link below for more information and a seminar schedule for each day.


Exhibition Night Tomorrow, Wed 11/16, 6-8 pm

Exhibition Night Tomorrow – see you there!

Wednesday, November 16, 2016
6:00pm – 8:00pm
Da Vinci Design
Enter through the front gate entrance.  All families will be asked to digitally sign-in upon arrival in an effort to better track attendance our school events! (this should take no more than a few seconds – just your name, the student’s name and their grade level)

Students will be presenting products and sales pitches they designed, prototypes for solutions to local issues, what it takes to win an election, and much more, all topped off with student musical performances!

Delicious food for sale by Earlez Grill!
Earlez will be set up by the back of campus this year, near the senior portables.

  • Turkey dogs $2.00
  • Vegan dogs $3.00
  • Turkey chili/ gallon (1 sm pot) $1.00
  • Beef chili/ gallon (2 lg pots) $1.00
  • Cheese/ scoop (2 lg pots) $1.00
  • Chili fries $5.00
  • Chili cheese fries $6.00
  • Fries/ serving (5 boxes) $3.00
  • Soft drinks/ ea $1.00
  • Water/ ea $1.00

Map for tomorrow evening:


Stay tuned for more detailed project descriptions to come!

Week 14 Update – Exhibition Week

Designers, next week is Exhibition Week! Exhibition is on Wednesday 11/16 from 6:00-8:00 pm. The work we are seeing all around campus is inspiring and we look forward to seeing the final products and presentations on Wednesday evening.

Attendance Reminder: Students and families – there will be plenty happening in classes that students should not miss in the days following exhibition. Whether they are going on a field trip, obtaining POL information or reflecting on their work, all of it is equally significant. it is incredibly important that all students are in attendance on those days, despite Exhibition being mid-week.

Reminder that Thanksgiving Break is the following week from November 21-25.

Have a wonderful 3 day weekend!







TASS Information Session (Wednesday, Nov 9th)

Dear Da Vinci Design Parents/Guardians and Students,

The Telluride Association is looking for motivated 10th graders to apply for a full scholarship to a Telluride Association Sophomore Seminar (TASS). This seminar will take place during Summer of 2017. An information session for interested students will take place on Wednesday, November 9th during lunchtime in Carmen Garcia’s classroom (Room 402). Please sign up for the info session using the link below:

TASS is a free, six-week program for high school sophomores interested in the fields of critical Black and ethnic studies. Certain topics the seminar will cover are: The Opposite House: Grieving Time in Space and Place; Black Feminist Thought; Coming of Age within the Long Black Freedom Movement; and Performance, Gender, Race, and Culture in the Harlem Renaissance and in Parisian Negritude. TASS is co-sponsored by Cornell University and the University of Michigan.

TASS seeks applicants from around the country and from all backgrounds. TASS is a full scholarship, with no charge for tuition, books, or room and board. Although students are responsible for arranging travel to and from TASS, travel subsidies are available.

For more information on TASS visit:

To apply to the scholarship, students must be nominated by their college counselor. To learn more about TASS and to let your college counselor know you’re interested, please RSVP and attend the information session.

SOPHOMORES–This is a great opportunity and will be viewed very favorably by college admission officers on your college applications!



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