Archive for April 29, 2019

DV Summer Internships- UPDATE!

Students! Are you having trouble filling out the Summer Internship Google form? If so, please email your resume, cover letter(s), and list the internships you are applying for to Real World Learning Director, Natasha Morrison, at:

You have until this Thursday (May 2) at 8am!

Week 33 Update

Designers, your Week 33 update is here:

This Week’s bell schedule, including the Multi-Cultural Food Fair on Friday, is below!

We are excited to share that our DVD Student Diversity Council is hosting our first MultiCultural Food Fair this Friday 5/3 from 10:00-12:00.

It’s not too late – if you’d like to participate, USE THIS LINK and please provide us with information about what you’d like to share at Da Vinci Design’s first multi-cultural food fair. We are asking participants to bring enough food to feed 20-25 people. The idea is that students will go on a culinary adventure and try different types of food from different cultures. They will be given tickets and a compartmentalized food tray, using the tickets to claim sample sized servings of the food of their choice. Contact Pam Baker ( with any questions.

11th Grade Students – SBAC Testing this week on Wed/Thurs

All 11th graders participate in their first week of SBAC testing this week. It is crucial that students are present for the test; participation is key.  More info to come, stay tuned.

Have a great rest of your weekend!

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Rising 10th Graders – Free Summer UCLA Programs

DVD Rising Sophomores,

I am excited to share two summer residential programs being offered to high performing, rising 10th graders (current 9th graders, entering the 10th grade in the fall). Both programs are FREE and will take place at UCLA.

1. UCLA Bruin Weekend: Friday July 12 8:00am- Sunday July 14 1:00pm 

Deadline: May 1, 2019

UCLA Bruin Weekend is a FREE 3-day intensive summer program. It provides rising 10th graders (current 9th graders) with information about being competitive applicants to UCLA and the UC system. This program focuses on the importance of higher education and presents students with a preview to the collegiate experience. The core program format consists of group workshops, presentations and campus tours. Students accepted to the program have an opportunity to live in the UCLA residence halls, giving students the full UCLA campus experience.

For eligibility requirements and the application: Bruin Weekend Flyer

2. Summer Research Institute: July 21-26, 2019

Deadline: May 1, 2019

The UCLA Summer Research Institute is searching for current 9th graders (entering 10th in
Fall 2019) to participate in a FREE, one-week residential program on campus. This is an intensive, academic program with a focus on research and writing. Students with a 3.5 or higher GPA should apply! This program places an intensive focus on culturally and socially responsive research that examines and addresses social problems, challenges and issues within our communities.

For eligibility requirements and the application: SRI Flyer


Community Service Hours Opportunity- STEM Community Nights

DVD Students,

Mathnasium the Math Learning Center is looking for volunteers to help with two STEM community nights.

WHEN: Thursday May 2, 2019 4:00 pm – 8:30 pm or Friday May 3, 2019 5:00 pm – 8:30 pm

LOCATION: 700 Center St. El Segundo, CA 90245

Volunteer Information and Guidelines:

– You will receive community services hours for your time.

– Volunteers will be playing fun games with parents and students.

– Please wear a red t-shirt if you have one.

For more info check the flyers attached.

May 2 Night

May 3 Night


Reminder – One Week Left to Apply for Summer Internships

DVD Students,

Just a reminder that there is ONE week left to apply for summer internships! This is a great opportunity to build up your college application and gain real world experience while gaining Da Vinci summer school credits.


There are awesome internships in fashion, film, non-profit, veterinary, physical therapy, and more.

How to Apply:

– Review all open positions here

– Make your resume and a cover letter (for each position you’re interested in).

-Please review resume/cover letter resources here and/or email Natasha ( if you need help!

– Apply online by April 29, 2019 using this google form. Please note it will ask you to upload your resume and cover letter(s).

– Attend the Internship Interview Fair on May 8, 2019 from 4-5:30 PM at the Da Vinci Schools.

For any other questions or concerns feel free to contact Natasha Morrison, Director of Real World Learning at

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Spring Break (4/13-4/22)

Designers, happy Spring Break! We hope you enjoy your week off and get some well deserved rest and relaxation in after an amazing Exhibition.


Friendly reminder that there is no class in session on Monday, April 22. Classes will resume on Tuesday, April 23. We will see you then!

Update for Families – Elevator Malfunctions, April 10

Good Morning,

First of all we would like to thank all of you who have attended the Exhibition Nights this week for the three high schools.

As some of you may have been made aware of, we experienced a malfunction on Wednesday afternoon with our main elevator resulting in four students being stuck inside.  Fortunately, they were all assisted out of the elevator unharmed by the El Segundo Fire Department.  The elevator was closed down and the elevator company had already dispatched a technician to address the problem.  After servicing the elevator, we were informed that it was ready to be put back in to service.  Staff from our maintenance and security department tested the elevator to make sure it was operational and no problems were encountered during those tests.  Unfortunately, during the DVD Exhibition Night, we experienced another malfunction with the elevator that resulted in ten people being stuck in the elevator on the first floor.  Fortunately, the El Segundo Fire Department responded to our call and again provided assistance getting everyone out unharmed.  Our thanks go out to them for their quick response and professionalism!

As a result of these and other recent incidents, several additional measures are being put into place before putting the elevator back into service.  Some of these include a message to all of our staff and students with instructions on what to do if they encounter a problem related to the use of the elevator.  Protocols regarding the use of the elevator are also being reviewed to ensure that is only used by students, staff, and guests who are supposed to have it available for use during the school day and any school events.  Furthermore, we are working directly with the elevator manufacturer regarding these incidents and conducting a thorough investigation into the reasons for the malfunctions in order to take all the necessary precautions to avoid this from happening again.

We sincerely apologize for any distress and inconvenience that these incidents may have caused and will work diligently to continue to maintain the highest measures of safety for your students, our staff and all of you at the Da Vinci Schools.  Should you have any questions about matters related to these incidents, please do not hesitate to contact our Mr. Vicente Bravo, Da Vinci Schools Chief Administrative Officer, at (310) 725-5800, extension 1308, or by email at

Leadership Transition at DVD

Dear DVD Families,

At the conclusion of this 2018-19 school year, I will be resigning as DVD principal. My husband and I have decided to move back to the East Coast with our son so that he can grow up near our families.

Handing off leadership at DVD was an incredibly difficult decision to make, as I feel privileged to work with such amazing staff, families and students who have made the DVD culture what it is today. It has been an honor to see all of our students and alumni grow over the past 10 years in my time at Da Vinci. I will be working with the administrative team at DVD to ensure a smooth transition and hope to remain connected to Da Vinci in the coming years.

We have started the application and interview process for a new Da Vinci Design administrator, and I am extremely confident in our school leadership for the upcoming years. If you would like to be on the parent panel for these interviews, please sign up HERE.

If you have any questions about the leadership transition, please feel free to reach out to us at school by calling or sending an email.

Thank you,

Kate Parsons


Da Vinci Design

For more details, please see the letter from our CEO Matt Wunder.


Student Opportunities – 2019 Young Black Scholars’ Medical Summit

DVD Students,

The Young Black Scholars’ Medical Summit will take place at UCLA on Saturday April 27, 2019 from 8:30 AM – 2:00 PM. This is an opportunity to learn about the health challenges facing our community; cardiology, neurology, and other medical disciplines; hear and learn from leading African-American physicians and medical practitioners; and learn about the vast medical professions that are opportunities for you. This event is open to all 9th-12th graders.

Space is very limited so make sure you RSVP by Monday April 22nd. To attend RSVP is required. Please visit www.100BMLA.NET

Scholarship Opportunity – Shawn Carter Foundation

DVD Students,

Here is a scholarship opportunity for you guys! The Shawn Carter Scholarship Fund (SCSF) was founded on the belief that any motivated individual in need should have the opportunity to further his or her education. The SCSF provides individual grants, paid directly to the educational institution, to every student who qualifies and reapplies yearly, from admission to graduation. The grant can be used to cover tuition expenses and related supplemental educational expenses such as books, lab fees, travel and select costs of living.


  • High school seniors, students with GED diplomas, undergraduate (2 year or 4 year) college students, and students at vocational or trade schools
  • US citizen or Permanent Resident
  • 25 years old or younger
  • Minimum 2.0 GPA

For more information and to apply go to

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