If you are finding that learning from home has been a challenge for your students, you are not alone, and we are here to support you. Please see the attached resources from our school psychologist, Lynn Rodriguez, if you are looking for helpful strategies for students who are:
Headspace is a great resource for you and students during this time and they are offering its services for free to all LA County Residents. At Headspace, they like to think of meditation as exercise for the brain. Through meditation, we can build up areas of our brain and actually rewire it to enhance positive traits like focus and decision making and diminish the less positive ones like fear and stress. Most importantly, this means there is a possibility to change your brain for the better in a way that is long-lasting.
There are thousands of studies that have shown mindfulness meditation can positively impact mental and physical health. Whether it’s by reducing stress, improving sleep, increasing focus, or improving relationships, research shows mindfulness works. While the research on mindfulness, especially digital mindfulness programs, is still growing, there is evidence to support the use of mindfulness training for many outcomes.
Next week (May 4th-8th) is Teacher Appreciation Week! Please take a moment to celebrate as many of our fantastic teachers as possible with a short written message of appreciation. Your words of gratitude and encouragement for the Design staff will mean the world to them. Teachers help uplift us every day, and we are grateful to you for taking the time to help lift them up during this special week!
We have updated our calendar for the final weeks of the school year. Next week, we will be starting off with Student Outreach Days! On Monday, May 4th, and Tuesday, May 5th, teachers will be contacting students individually. We miss seeing our students on campus and are looking forward to checking in to see how things are going. During these two days, there will not be any class meetings. Students can use this time to catch up on assignments. We will also be mailing out grade updates early next week. The last day of instruction will take place on Wednesday, May 27th.
This year Seattle University Summer Programs is offering two pre-collegial summer programs for rising high school sophomores, juniors and seniors. The Albers Summer Business Institute (business entrepreneurship) provides 2 college credits for students who complete the required coursework. Seattle University AI4All (criminal justice and artificial intelligence) is a longer program that provides 3 college credits for students who complete the required coursework. Holistic Merit Scholarships are available to help cover the cost of tuition based on certain criteria.
In response to safety and wellness concerns due to COVID-19, Seattle University Summer Programs has moved all courses to virtual learning. This includes their pre-collegial programs. Fortunately, Seattle University has over 10 years of experience in delivering high quality digital learning for students. Both pre-collegial programs will provide opportunities for self-paced learning, experiential projects and real-time engagement with our faculty and undergraduate program mentors.
With the change in learning platform to virtual learning, they are providing a general application deadline of May 30, 2020. The scholarship application is included with the general application materials online at:https://www.seattleu.edu/summer/pre-collegiate-summer-camps/
We have an exciting opportunity for Da Vinci Design students! The Princeton Review is offering FREE online practice tests for both the SAT and for the ACT. This opportunity is available for ALL grade levels.
For more information and registration on a free ACT practice test administered on May 16th, please click here
For more information and registration for a free SAT practice test administered on May 30th, please click here
Please contact your counselors if you have any questions.
Applications are open for Da Vinci Extension (DVX)– the program that exclusively allows Da Vinci students to receive FREE COLLEGE! All tuition, fees, books, and class materials are PAID FOR– there are no requirements, no test scores, and no GPA minimum!
How to Apply:
In order to help all of our students and families understand the changes we’ve made to our grading policies for this semester, we have created these videos explaining the changes and the options we are providing to students: