Archive for December 24, 2019

Happy Holidays!

Hello Designers!

What a wonderful 1st semester! Congratulations to all students for working towards mastery and completing their POLs. Report cards were mailed out on Friday, December 20th, and access to Powerschool has now been re-enabled.

Have a great break, and we look forward to seeing everyone back at DVD on Monday, January 13th.

-Veronica Rodriguez

December Newsletters

Hello DVD families,

Attached are the December newsletters from each grade level. As a reminder, there is NO SCHOOL on Friday (12/20) as our staff will be participating in Professional Development.

We have disabled access to Powerschool while teachers are finalizing students’ grades. Report Cards will be mailed out on Friday 12/20.

Grade 9 December Newsletter

Grade 10 December Newsletter

Grade 11 December Newsletter

Grade 12 December Newsletter

Have a great day!

Veronica Rodriguez

Week 17

Greetings DVD families,

1st semester POLs continue this week from Monday through Thursday. There will be NO SCHOOL on Friday 12/20 as our staff will be participating in a PD Day. Please see the schedule below. Winter Break runs from December 20th – January 12th. The first day of the second semester is Monday, January 13th.

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Report cards will be mailed out on Saturday, December 21st. Please allow 2-3 business days for those to arrive.

Thank you to all the parents who donated coffee and treats for our teachers during POLs. Your generosity is greatly appreciated!

Have a wonderful winter break!

Veronica Rodriguez

Project Focus: Boards Across Borders


How can we make a difference in the lives of teens who are going through the refugee, migrant, immigrant experience?

Da Vinci Design 9th grade students used this question as a lens in each of their classes to study the lives and journeys of people going through these experiences. Students read novels and studied various groups of people who have gone through the refugee, migrant, immigrant experience in their English classes and then interviewed an immigrant in Spanish class to gain first-hand knowledge about the type of journey that they made. Students used this knowledge to create artwork to answer the question: “How can we use art to influence our views and understanding of the world?”

Students then painted their artwork on the bottom of skateboards that they made from scratch in their physics class, while learning the physics and engineering of skateboarding. Lastly, the students used their math knowledge to create sales proposals for the price of the skateboards and predicted the profits that DVD could donate to their chosen non-profit.



Week 16 and POL Schedule

Hello DVD families,

There are only two weeks left in the first semester! POLs begin next Thursday. The schedule for the week and POL grade level schedules are posted below. Please take a few minutes to read the following letter regarding POLs: POL info Letter for Families DVD Fall 2019

One way that we show appreciation for our teachers during POLs is keeping them fed and caffeinated. And we would love your help! If you would like to donate snacks, treats, and coffee to our teachers, please click on the following link to sign-up: Fall 2019 POL Snacks. Your generosity is greatly appreciated!

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POL Schedules by Grade Level

9th grade: 9th POL Schedule F2019

10th grade: 10th POL Schedule F2019

11th grade: 11th POL Schedule F201911th POL Student Cohorts F2019

12th grade: 12th POL Schedule Fall 2019


  • 12/7: 9th MakerFaire Exhibition @ DTLA
  • 12/12-12/19: POLs
  • 12/20: PD Day – NO SCHOOL
  • 12/20 – 1/12: Winter Break
  • 12/21: Semester 1 Report Cards mailed out
  • 1/13: Classes resume


Have a wonderful weekend!

Veronica Rodriguez

Winter Break SAT/ACT Prep Course

Da Vinci is once again offering a SAT/ACT Prep course to its students through PJ Test Prep, a small Test Prep and Tutoring company based in the south bay. They have been in business since 2005 and have been offering SAT/ACT prep with Da Vinci for 5 years and they do a great job!

The course, open to students from all DV high schools, will be 5 days over winter break from Monday January 6th to Friday January 10th, from 10:00am-12:30pm, with a practice test on Wednesday 1/8 from 10:00am-2:00pm. Students are expected to attend all 5 days. The course, normally valued at $500, costs only $100 per student.

After signing up at, students pay the $100 course fee to their school’s office to secure their spot. Please make checks out to “Da Vinci Schools” and write “ACT Test Prep” on the memo line.

These tests are critical for college entrance! This is a very wise investment of time and money!