Archive for January 17, 2019

Rainy Day Traffic Info for DV Parents

Good Morning Parents,

First of all we would like to thank you for your patience and cooperation this week as you encountered drop-off and pick-up traffic that was much heavier than usual. This was due to several factors, the most significant one being the simple fact that we had a considerable increase in the number of students – that is, those who normally walk, ride their bikes and skateboards, take the Metro, and any other means of transportation – being dropped off at school.  In order to continue to promote the safety of our students, staff, and all of you braving the weather to ensure that they get to school in a timely manner, below are a few tips and reminders:

  • Never drop off or pick up students on any sidewalk, especially Douglas Avenue
  • Avoid making illegal U-turns
  • Please follow the instructions of the staff assisting with traffic control
  • Stay within the lanes indicated by the cones set out on Douglas Avenue and in the parking lot
  • Avoid dropping your students off or picking them up in the parking lots of our neighboring businesses, such as Millennium Space Systems
  • Plan for additional time to get in and out of the parking lot
  • Carpool
  • If you have to wait for your student, park instead of waiting and delaying the pick-up and drop-off lanes


Again, thank you for your patience and cooperation as we all continue to work together to ensure the safety and well-being of all of our students.  Have a safe day!

Da Vinci 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!

Attention Seniors – Scholarship Opportunity

Each year, the LAX Kiwanis donate college scholarships to applicants who qualify for both merit and need from a number of local high schools. The scholarships range in value up to $2500 each and will be determined each year based on the applications submitted.

If you would like to be considered for the scholarship, please download and complete this scholarship form and return it to us no later than March 1st, 2019.

Thanks and best of luck!


Attention Seniors – Scholarship Opportunity

Sandpipers has been providing financial assistance to college-bound students since 1941 and is the oldest continuing aid program in the South Bay. In 2018, Sandpipers awarded more than $260,000 to 52 students (freshman – senior). High school seniors living in the South Bay (both citizens and eligible non-citizens as defined by the US Department of Education) are eligible to apply for a Sandpipers Scholarship.

Entries must be received before 11:59 on Tuesday February 5, 2019.

To access the application and requirements copy and paste the link below in your browser!

Senior Activities Spring 2019 Information

Seniors and 12th Grade Families,

Welcome Back! You’ve made it to your final semester at Da Vinci Design! We are so proud of all of the effort you’ve put in to get here, and we are excited to celebrate your hard work and graduation with you this semester.

Please see the attached document (below) for details concerning Graduation, Prom, Grad Nite, and other Senior Activities:

DVD Senior Activities 2019

Note dates, contacts and point persons for each Senior Activity. 

See you at Graduation!

*Updated* This Week in Athletics (1/14/19-1/18/19)

Hello Da Vinci Students and Families,

Semester 2 Updates – DVD

Designers, please read below for Semester 2 updates on seminars and staffing.


Below you will find a link for this semester’s seminars.

Spring 2019 Seminar Offerings

Seminar sign-ups will be held at the following dates/times:

  • 12th Graders – Tuesday 1/15 @ 3:30 during class time
  • 11th Graders – Wednesday 1/16 @3:00 during advisory
  • 10th Graders – Wednesday 1/16 @ 3:30 during advisory
  • 9th Graders – Thursday 1/17 @ 3:00 during advisory

We are so excited for the opportunities and spaces our seminars now have with our gym open!

Staffing Updates

As mentioned last semester, Mr. Russell Stoll (previously our English 12 teacher) will be taking on the Assistant Principal position at DVD this semester as Ms. Martin moves into a new role at Da Vinci Schools. Taking Mr. Stoll’s place in English 12 classes is Mr. Edwin Maldonado.

Another change is in our English 10 position. Ms. Maigon Buckner, who was employed with Da Vinci Schools since the first year, has relocated outside of Los Angeles and will not be returning to DVD this year. Some of you may have seen the message she left to you on her google classroom. We are very excited for Ms. Buckner and the new opportunities she is pursuing, although she will be greatly missed in the DVD community. Fortunately, we were able to find an excellent candidate to fill the spot, Ms. Jimena Elian, for our English 10 position.

Our new staff members have been working with current DVD staff throughout the January professional development week. They are ready to meet their students and finish the year strong! You can find staff bios on the Da Vinci Schools website to learn more and please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions.

Spring Sports Tryouts Next Week

Interested in participating in one of our Spring Sports? Boys Volleyball, Baseball, Softball and Swim team are all hosting tryouts in mid- January. Below you will find all spring sport tryout dates and locations.

Please visit

And click on ‘Athletics Interest Form’. Fill out the info and we will send you and your parents updates on team schedules, athletic clearance notifications, special events, and more.

Interested in finding the team schedule, stats and records? Starting January you can find that information on the Maxpreps link.










Swim Tryouts will be held on January 15-17th from 4:30-6: 00 PM with Coach Hannouche and Coach Muratalla.

Softball Tryouts will be held at Del Aire Park January 14th-16th from 4:30-6: 00 PM with Coach Doug Cowgill

Baseball Tryouts will be held at Del Aire Park January 18th-20th from 4:30PM-6: 00 PM with Coach Glenn Noya

Boys Volleyball Tryouts will be held at Dana Middle School January 15th-17th from 5:00 – 7:00 PM with Coach Korey Hlaudy & Coach Jamie Larson

Archery Team – Please check with Coach Siri and Coach Sullivan

Welcome Back, DVD! Week 19 Update

Welcome Back, Designers! We hope you had a wonderful winter break and are ready to launch into another amazing semester at DVD on Monday, January 14th.

Below you will find our bell schedule for the first two weeks (please note that there will be no office hours on this first Monday 1/14 or Tuesday 1/15, and that there is no school on Monday 1/21).

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What’s New?

We are excited to have access to our new gym and pool, where many seminars such as swimming, basketball, volleyball, crossfit, and more will be available to students. Stay tuned for a list of available seminars; students will sign up this coming week.
Another exciting development for second semester is that Da Vinci Schools/Chartwells will start serving breakfast starting on Tuesday, January 15th 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:
Being Good Neighbors 
Finally, we would like to remind our students and families that our business neighbors’ campuses are private property. Parents should not drop students off in their parking lots and students should not cross through their parking lots or use any of their spaces or seating areas. Students who are found trespassing on neighbors’ private property may face disciplinary consequences and potentially face trespassing charges by the business owners.
We look forward to seeing you all on Monday!

WLA College Course – Cinema 003

Hello Designers!

DVD will be offering Cinema 003 as a college course this semester!

Who: All grade levels

What: College course at Da Vinci Design, through West. L.A. Community College. Course will meet transfer requirements for all Cal State and U.C. campuses, as well as most private colleges and universities.

Why: Get a jump on your college credits! If you do well, it also looks great on your college applications.

Cost: FREE to all high school students. The state of California and Da Vinci Schools pick up the costs, including textbook fees. Donations to help cover the cost of the textbooks for families that are able to are appreciated.

Monday and Wednesday from 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Class starts on 01/22 @ DVD in room 4101

CINEMA 003: HISTORY OF MOTION PICTURE – 3 units, UC: CSU transferable
History of the development of motion pictures, with examples, from their beginnings to the present day. Emphasis is placed on the American feature film. Classics and important films from the birth of the medium to the present time are screened and discussed with regard to their cultural influence. The course follows the evolution of the art, industry and technology of movie making.

There will be a mandatory registration with the WLA College rep on Wednesday, January 16 from 12:30 to 1:30pm at DVD in room 4101. All students will need to have the dual enrollment form completed and signed by their parents prior to registration. Please see your counselor for the dual enrollment form.
***Please note that these are college courses, taught by college instructors. All students must show their counselor and administrators the academic skills and accountability necessary to be in these courses. Students must abide by the college policies, including regarding absences and tardies.

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