Archive for October 30, 2019

Clarification – Yearbook Orders

Hello DVD families,
It has come to our attention that an ad was sent out to all families earlier this week suggesting that yearbooks needed to be ordered by October 31st.  This is NOT accurate, and we want to let everyone know that there is still plenty of time to order a yearbook.  The ad was created and sent out by our yearbook publisher, Herff Jones, and while most of their ads encourage people to order a yearbook before they are sold out, we have never seen them put a deadline on any of their ads.
Yearbooks are currently on sale for $55; that “early bird” price will be in effect until November 25th, when the price will increase to $60.  It will increase one more time, to $65, at the end of January, and that price will remain in effect until all of the yearbooks are sold out.  We would like everyone to order the books as early as possible, especially so they can take advantage of the “early bird” price, but there are certainly still plenty of books available for purchase.  If we do receive enough orders by January, we can even order additional copies of the book. Click on the following link to order a yearbook: DVD Yearbook and enter the following code: 17693
Thank you,
Veronica Rodriguez

Long Beach Black College Fair

Hi All,

The Long Beach Black College Fair is an event for ALL students in Elementary and Middle School, High School and Community College. Come out and meet black college recruiters, students and alumni.

There will be:

  • 50+ HBCUs participating.
  • Learn about Historically Black College and Universities (HBCU).
  • Speak to the HBCU Reps and Admissions Process.
  • SAT, Personal Statement, Financial aid and Scholarship Workshops.
  • Find out about how to attend a Black College Tour.



TIME: 12:00PM – 4:00PM


To Register click here.

Incident Report Form

Hello DVD families,

In an effort to ensure that all students, staff, and family have the ability to report things anonymously to the school leadership, we’ve added an “Incident Reporting Form” to the website! You can find it on the right-hand sidebar listed under “Resources.”

This form is for those individuals who wish to remain anonymous, or for students who want to report something, but don’t exactly know what they should do. Parents should continue to communicate with myself and Assistant Principal Russell Stoll directly via email or phone.

Please note that this action is not in response to anything, just a proactive way to ensure that lines of communication are open and that there exists a way for the DVD students to report incidents and maintain anonymity.

Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact me (

Thank you,

Veronica Rodriguez

Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship Program

Hello Seniors,

The Jackie Robinson Foundation (JRF) Scholarship program addresses the financial needs of college students and provides extensive, hands-on mentoring and support services. Once chosen from a national, selective application process, Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholars receive a generous four-year grant to attend the undergraduate school of their choice and enroll in JRF’s celebrated “42 Strategies for Success Curriculum”.  This four-year program guides JRF Scholars to effectively navigate their college environments, explore career options, develop leadership skills, and embrace a commitment to service. The program also promotes the values and character traits embodied in the heroic life of the Foundation’s namesake, encouraging Scholars to positively impact the lives of others.

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 (Rachel Robinson International Fellowship) and for post-graduate education (Extra Innings Fellowship).

Application Opens: November 1, 2019

Application Deadline: February 1, 2020

To apply and for more info click here. 

Hurry! Meal Application Deadline is Oct. 31st

Many of you have still not completed a Meal Application. To qualify for free and reduced meals for the 2019-2020 school year, please fill out the Free and Reduced Meal Application by Thursday, October 31.

You can apply in one of two ways:

  1. Fill out an online application
  2. Download a print application or stop by the main office at 201 N. Douglas St. to pick one up

For each additional child who is eligible for free/reduced-price meals, Da Vinci receives close to $1,800 in additional funding per student per year. This increased funding supports all of our students! Meal applications are accepted all year long but Da Vinci does not receive additional funding after Oct. 31.

If you qualify, the price for your meals will be FREE. As of Oct. 15, Da Vinci is waiving all meal costs for reduced students.

Please note: Your qualification for free/reduced meals is NOT tied to your assets or overall annual income. Rather, it is based on your estimated income at the time that the application is submitted, so you may qualify if you are in between jobs, etc.

Grant and scholarship assistance (SAT/ACT and college application fee waivers, etc.) may also be available for students who qualify for free and/or reduced-price meals.

If your student receives Medicaid benefits, he/she is eligible for free/reduced pricing.

If you have any questions, please contact Sara Deulofeu at 310-331-8099 or via email at

Thank you very much!

Week 11 Schedule and Upcoming Events

Hello Designers!

We had so many great things happening on campus this week! We celebrated Latinx Heritage Month at our CD today with a special performance by Mariachi Los Reyes and Folklorico dancers, and Senior Committee was hard at work getting everything ready for the Spooky Kickback happening tonight!

Below is the schedule for next week. There will also be a special schedule for 11th graders taking the PSAT on Wednesday, October 30th.

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We have several activities/events happening next week. Please scroll down/click on links to view information about upcoming events. As a reminder, students are asked NOT to wear masks or bring in fake/toy weapons to school on Halloween. When choosing costumes, please be aware that the dress code applies for all school events.


  • 10/28-11/1: Spirit Week
  • 10/28, 10/30-31: Spirit Week Photo Booth (during lunch)
  • 10/29: 9th grade Field Trip – Dwindle Skateboard Co.
  • 10/30: PSAT Day for 11th graders
  • 11/1:Dia de los Muertos Event (5:30-8 pm)
  • 11/11: Veterans’ Day – NO SCHOOL
  • 11/15: DV Homecoming Dance
  • 11/15: PD Day – NO SCHOOL

Enjoy your weekend!

Veronica Rodriguez


Design4Minds Hackathon

Hello all!

BUILD and ScaleLA have an awesome opportunity for students to participate in Design4Minds, a design project alongside tech and healthcare companies. No technical expertise is necessary. Students will be working with a team of peers and college mentors to ideate, prototype, iterate & test solutions with support from an executive coach on the topic of mental health. High school students are invited to participate in a workshop on Nov. 9th from 10am-5pm at Scale LA (3415 S Sepulveda Blvd 10th Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90034and receive mentorship from college students and corporate professionals. The professional coaches are from top LA-based tech companies like Google, Headspace, Dollar Shave Club, and DailyLook. The Design4Minds hackathon culminates with a final pitch event in early December. More info is below and attached. This is a great resume builder and networking event for students.

SIGN UP: Interested students should SIGN UP using this form by Oct. 31st.

More info found here: Design4Minds_ScaleLAFoundation_HSLevel

GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program

Hi Students,

The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute awards more than $1 million in college scholarships to exceptional student leaders each year. High school seniors nationwide who demonstrate leadership, drive, integrity, and citizenship are invited to apply for the 2020 GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program. This program annually provides college-bound students with $10,000 renewable scholarships – up to $40,000 total per recipient – and supports them as they lead and serve in college and beyond. Help put promising young leaders in the running to join our 10th class of Scholars.

The application deadline is Jan 3, 2020; for eligibility requirements and to apply click here.

Wiseburn + Da Vinci Athletics Update

Congratulations to our Wiseburn + Da Vinci Girls Volleyball team on being the 2019-20 Mulholland League Champions.


Join us this Thursday (10/24/19) at 6:00PM at the WDV Gym for our Girls Volleyball First Round CIF Playoff match. Admission is $10 per adult and $5 per student. Bring your friends and family and make some noise for our girls.


Cross Country will be competing in the Mt. Sac Invitational this Friday (10/25/19) with the hope of medaling in a variety of different meets. Questions? contact Coach Tyler Mar at

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