Archive for February 28, 2020

New Counselor Breakdown

Hi DVD family-

Here is the new counselor breakdown:

Pam Baker pbaker

Counselor for:

  • 10th Graders (All)
  • 12th Grade Lessons
  • 11+12th Grade (A-GL, P-R)

Rachel Fusco

Counselor for:

  • 9th Graders (All)
  • 11th Grade Lessons
  • 11+12th Grade (GO-O, S-Z)

Although my official last day at DVD was yesterday, I am still in the DV organization, so I hope to see you all very soon!


Week 25 Schedule and Student Led Conferences

Greetings DVD families!

Thank you to our Black Student Union for coordinating and facilitating an amazing CD honoring Black History Month!

College field trips are happening next week! See the Upcoming Events section for more information.

We are looking forward to seeing everyone at Student Led Conferences (SLCs), which will take place from Monday 3/9 through Thursday, 3/12 from 1:45 – 4:00 daily. Students will be dismissed at 1:30 pm from Monday through Thursday. You should have received information from your teachers on requirements, sign-ups and scheduling over the past week. Please contact a grade-level teacher should you have questions regarding SLCs or schedules, or check out the links below:

Week 25

Reminders/Upcoming Events:

  • 3/2: 11th grade college field trip
  • 3/3: 10th grade college field trip
  • 3/4: 9th grade college field trip
  • 3/6: PD Day – NO SCHOOL; SAT/ACT prep course begins 8-9:30 am (must be registered)
  • 3/9-3/12: SLCs
  • 3/13: Spring Dance (all DV Schools)

Have a great weekend!

Veronica Rodriguez


11th Grade Family Meeting Resources

Dear Families,

Thank you for attending our 11th grade family meeting. To those who were unable to attend, we wanted to post our electronic resource folder. This includes all handouts and the detailed powerpoint that we reviewed:

If you have any questions about the material, please let us know.


DVD Counselors

Parent Workshop on Adolescent Anxiety

Hello Parents,

As we know, supporting kids’ mental health often means helping parents to support their kids. In a small effort to do that, Da Vinci will be having therapist interns from Pepperdine will be hosting a workshop for parents to help their kids with anxiety on Monday, March 9. Topics covered will be psychoeducation on anxiety, recognizing triggers, and parenting skills. The workshop will also include time to practice skills, as well as a time for questions.


• Date: March 9

• Workshop times – 1:30-2:30pm OR 2:30-3:30pm

• Location: Galileo Room (2nd floor, 201 N. Douglas)


Full-Length SAT and ACT Practice Test

Hello Students and Parents,

Da Vinci will be hosting full-length SAT and ACT practice tests this March. Please bring a snack, water, calculator, and #2 pencils.

Here is the link to sign-up:

SAT Practice Test 

Where: 201 N. Douglas St. El Segundo

Date: Saturday, March 21st

Time: 9:00 AM – 12:45 PM

Arrival Time: 8:30 AM

ACT Practice Test 

Where: 201 N Douglas St. El Segundo

Date: Saturday, March 28th

Time: 9:00 AM – 12:45 PM

Arrival Time: 8:30 AM

Spring 2020 SAT/ACT Prep Course

Da Vinci is once again offering an 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 take place on four Fridays from 8-9:30 am beginning on March 6th and ending on March 27, with a practice test on Saturday, March 14th from 9 am-1 pm. Students are expected to attend all 4 days. The course, normally valued at $500, costs only $100 per student.

After signing up at DV Spring 2020 ACT/SAT prep course, 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 “SAT/ACT Test Prep” on the memo line.

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

Week 24 Schedule

Hello Designers!

In recognition of Black History month, BSU will be hosting our Community Dialogue this Friday, with a special performance by Kabasa Drum and Dance Ensemble. Beginning on Tuesday, families are welcome to stop by the first floor to view artwork presented by our talented DVD artists.

College field trips are just around the corner. During the first week of March, 9th-11th grade students will be visiting colleges and learning more about the programs UCs, CSUs, and private schools offer. Permission forms are due by Monday.

Below is the schedule for the week, including reminders about upcoming events.

week 24


  • 2/28: Black History Month CD; 9th and 10th grade family meeting with counselors (8:15 – 9:30 am); 12th grade field trip to SD
  • 3/2: 11th grade college field trip
  • 3/3: 10th grade college field trip
  • 3/4: 9th grade college field trip
  • 3/6: PD Day – NO SCHOOL
  • 3/9-3/12: SLCs
  • 3/13: Spring Dance (all DV Schools)

Have a wonderful weekend!

Veronica Rodriguez

Grammy Camp 2020

Hello students,

Interested in the music industry? Well GRAMMY Camp Los Angeles is a 5-day nonresidential summer music industry program for high school students interested in having a career in music. Hosted on the campus of USC Thornton School of Music in Los Angeles, students from across the country apply for one of the eight offered career tracks. GRAMMY Camp faculty of music professionals as well as guest industry professionals provide valuable insight to give the campers the best chance at achieving success in their chosen career.

Financial assistance is available for students who need it.

Deadline to Apply: March 31

GRAMMY Camp Los Angeles: July 14-18, 2020

Here is the application:

UCLA Film and Television Summer Institutes

Hi Students and Parents,

The UCLA Film and Television Summer Institute is a wonderful opportunity for students to experience UCLA campus, earn college credit, and network with emerging artists from all over the world. Below is the flyer for our Pre-College tracks – Digital Filmmaking and Cinematography – and our College/Professional tracks that are open to high school students – Traditional Animation and Stop-Motion Animation. Here, students gain hands-on experience, whether they are filming on UCLA sound stages with state-of-the-art equipment or capturing their vision frame-by-frame in the animation workshop. All courses are taught by UCLA Film and Television faculty who are active and accomplished in their field.

This is a unique opportunity for high school students to experience UCLA campus life, residence halls, and academic course offerings. In addition, many of the courses are eligible to count towards the film major/minor at UCLA, and they may be transferable to another institution.

Link to register:


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