Archive for January 28, 2019

DVX Parent Info Nights

Hello DVD Parents,

Interested in learning more about Da Vinci Extension (DVX)? Please join us for one of our family information nights in the MPR room at 201 North Douglas:

Thursday February 21st 6pm-7pm

Thursday February 28th 6pm-7pm

Week 21 Update

Happy Friday, Designers! Your Week 21 Update is below.

Bell Schedule for 1/28-2/1

Regular Week Bell Schedule 18-19

DVD School Site Council Meeting #2

Tuesday 1/29 @ 4:15 pm (DVD Room 4303)


11th Grade Family Meetings continue over the next few weeks! Make sure to sign up.

Have a wonderful weekend.



DVD Students – Scholarship Opportunity

DVD Students,

Denny’s Hungry for Education (HFE) is a multicultural scholarship program targeting students from elementary through college and is designed to recognize and reward students for their ideas to fight against childhood hunger. The Denny’s Hungry for Education will be available across the United States to students who are U.S. residents. Denny’s will partner with 8 leading non-profit minority advocacy organizations to launch the programs across the United States. The program will award more than $200,000 in scholarships to deserving elementary, high school and college students for their ideas to help Denny’s fight childhood hunger.

The deadline to apply is August 18, 2019.

For more info see the attached flyer!

Denny’s Hungry for Education Flyer

Attention Seniors – Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship Deadline Approaching

DVD Seniors,

The deadline for the Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholars application is approaching!

The Jackie Robinson Foundation provides a multi-faceted experience designed to not only address the financial needs of minority students who aspire to attend college but also to guide them through the process of higher education.

The JRF scholarship is awarded to outstanding high school graduates who plan to earn a baccalaureate degree from an accredited, four-year college or university. Additional fellowships are given to JRF Scholars to pursue opportunities to work and study abroad) and for post-graduate education.

The deadline to submit the application is February 1, 2019 by 5 pm EST.

For more information on this opportunity see the attached document.

Jackie Robinson Foundation

Attention Seniors – Johnstone Scholarship Opportunity

Hello DVD Seniors,

The Johnstone Scholarship was created in 2018 in honor of Tom Johnstone, retiring Superintendent of Wiseburn Unified School District. Tom and his wife Terry, a retired WUSD teacher from Anza Elementary, dedicated their careers to delivering quality public education.

Three $500.00 scholarships will be awarded to graduating Seniors from Da Vinci Schools. All applicants must be currently enrolled at Da Vinci Communications, Da Vinci Design, Da Vinci RISE, or Da Vinci Science. The deadline to submit your online application is April 15, 2019. 

For the online application and requirements copy and paste the link below to your browser.


Railroad Safety

DVD families, please read this letter from Vince Bravo, the Chief Administrative Officer at Da Vinci Schools.


Greetings Da Vinci Parents and Students:


Earlier today, I was informed about a situation that occurred yesterday that we would like to inform our parents about in order to ensure that our students are not putting themselves in danger when dealing with the train crossing located on Douglas.


At this time, there is a train that is scheduled to come through that area between 3:00 and 5:00 pm, which coincides with our dismissal times.  Yesterday, while a train was stopped at the crossing blocking traffic on Douglas, several of our students crawled over and under the connectors between the train cars to get to the other side. A couple of them also carried their bikes over with them.  One of our students was even called over by her parent to cross over, and while doing so, the train started to move.  Some students walked along the railroad tracks all the way to the last car and then went around it.  This is also very dangerous because there is no way of knowing which way the train will be going when it is time for it to move on.

Union Pacific Police will be out there today and a few other days to educate our students (and several adults who also crossed through the stopped train) on the dangers that they are putting themselves in by crossing through or around a stopped train.  For now, they will not be issuing the $400 citation that a person can receive for doing this.  They just want to educate as many people as possible to avoid a possible tragedy in the future.  We have also committed our collaboration and assistance in the form of communication to all of our parents and students, and providing supervision at the crossing when needed through grounds, security, or other DV staff.

Thank you for your assistance with this matter and please feel free to contact me if you have any further questions about this matter.

Vicente Bravo

Chief Administrative Officer

Da Vinci Schools


Cedars-Sinai Career Training for Students

Hello Da Vinci Students and Families,

Through Cedar-Sinai’s Teen Volunteers Program for area middle school and high school students, the hospital hopes to inspire and nurture the next generation of doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals. They give young people, many from disadvantaged homes, a head start on discovering productive and meaningful careers in healthcare. Volunteers are ages 14 to 18. For more info call (310) 423-8044 or visit

Application opens March 1, 2019.  Here is a flyer with more info!

Cedar-Sinai Volunteer Opportunity


Attention Students – Young Global Scholars Program

Yale Young Global Scholars (YYGS) is a summer academic enrichment and leadership program that brings together students from around the world for two-week sessions on Yale’s campus in New Haven.

YYGS offers need-based financial aid packages to students. In addition, they offer Young Leaders (YL) Scholarships each year to a limited number of students. YL Scholarships are need-based financial packages that cover tuition AND all travel costs.

Current 10th and 11th grade students are eligible to apply. You must complete the online application by February 6, 2019. 

For more information about this scholarship see the attached flyer.



Week 20 Update

Hello Designers, it was great having everyone back on campus this week! A few reminders and announcements for the week ahead:

  • No School Monday, 1/21 (MLK Holiday)
  • Bell Schedule for the week below

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Breakfast Now Being Served!

Reminder: Da Vinci Schools/Chartwells is now serving breakfast from 7:30 to 8:30 in the morning in the cafeteria. Price is $3.50 for paid students, .30 cents for reduced students and those students that qualify for free lunch are also free for breakfast. No reapplying is needed.
Information about the program can be found here:
The menu for the week can be found here:

After School Theater Program

Design students, are you interested in learning more about the theater?

We are excited to share about the DV Theater program. This program will focus on performance, culminating in a fully staged production at the end of the semester. Any and all students are welcome. If you’re passionate about performance, or just looking to learn something new and challenge yourself, this is a program for you!

Da Vinci Theater will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:00 to 5:30 starting Tuesday, January 22nd. If interested, report to the BlackBox Theatre by 4:00 pm on this date to get started!

Senior Activities info can be found on this previous post.

Students in Integrated Math 3 – Announcement

Dear DVD IM3 Families,

We are writing to inform you that there will be a student teacher in your child’s Integrated Math 3 classroom this semester. Da Vinci Schools strongly believes in sharing our best practices with others in education and taking the opportunity, whenever possible, to provide excellent mentorship experiences for aspiring educators.  Mr. Korey Hlaudy will be the mentor teacher to our student teacher, Mr. Andrew Ojeda for the semester. Mr. Ojeda is a student in Pepperdine’s Education program and will take on a variety of roles and responsibilities in the classroom throughout the semester under the guidance of Mr. Hlaudy for the remainder of the year. Mr. Ojeda will attend all Da Vinci Design professional development alongside our staff, be present for Student Led Conferences, and participate in small group instruction, classroom observations and other teaching experiences around campus.

Please join us in welcoming Mr. Ojeda to the DVD community!


Kate Parsons


Da Vinci Design




11th Grade College Family Meetings

Hello 11th Grade Parents,

It’s family meeting time! We will be having small group family meetings to discuss college preparation, the application process, Naviance, and other important information to get your student prepared for their senior year of high school. This will also be an opportunity for us to answer any questions that you may have.

Below are the links to sign up for the family meetings with their assigned counselor.

Thank you and we are excited to meet with you all!

–  The Counseling Team


Pam Baker (Last names A-Gl):

Rachel Fusco (Last names Go-O):

Erin Knott (Last names P-Z):


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