Archive for September 14, 2020

Professional Development Day & Make-Up Picture/Supply Day – 9/18

On Friday, September 18th, there is no school for students, but students are encouraged to take advantage of make-up picture day in the event that they missed the opportunity to get a school photo in August. Students in grades 9 and 10 who were not able to stop by to pick up supplies may do so on this day between 10 am and 12 pm.

Please click on the following links to pre-register and include the student name when registering:

  • Pictures (all grade levels): 8:30 am – 12 pm (RSVP here)
  • Supplies (9th and 10th grades): 10 am – 12 pm (RSVP here)

Thank you,

Veronica Rodriguez

Important Meal Program Updates

Da Vinci Families, we have two important Meal Program updates to share with you:

First, our meal pick-up location has changed. As of Monday, Sept. 14, you may pick up FREE “grab-and-go” meals for ALL children 18 & under at Dana Middle School, located at 5504 W. 135th Street in Hawthorne, from 11:30AM to 1:00PM. Da Vinci is now partnering with Wiseburn Unified to provide meals for all of our students. Free meals end on Dec. 31, 2020.

Second, please complete a meal application to ensure your child receives free or reduced price meals for the entire school year. Apply by Oct. 1 to be entered into a raffle to win one of 7 Portable Bluetooth Speakers and 7 24” Gaming Monitors, provided by our generous donors! If you have already submitted an application or have been directly certified you will automatically entered in the raffle.  We are collecting meal applications from every single family regardless of whether you think you may qualify.  Complete a meal application by Oct. 1 to help us maximize funding for all Da Vinci students!  

Apply online at, download an application from the Da Vinci website at, or pick up a meal application from Dana Middle School or at the high school campus at 201 N. Douglas Street. 

We thank you!

National Performing Arts College Fair

Hello Seniors!

We’re excited to let you know about an opportunity for music, dance and theatre students to connect with admission representatives from colleges across the country, including from the USC Thornton School of Music, Kaufman School of Dance, and School of Dramatic Arts.  The National Performing Arts College Fairs presented by the Music Admissions Roundtable is a series of five virtual college fairs (beginning on September 21) open to any prospective undergraduate student.  The fairs will be hosted virtually via Zoom on 5 different dates and times.  Registration is required to connect with schools but it’s free for students to attend!  Below are the 5 fair dates and attached is a flyer with more information.

  • Monday, September 21 | 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. EST
  • Thursday, October 8 | 9 p.m. – 12 a.m. EST
  • Sunday, October 25 | 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. EST
  • Thursday, November 12 | 8 p.m. – 11 p.m. EST
  • Monday, November 23 | 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. EST


Performing Arts Virtual College Fairs (Music Admission Roundtable)

Week 5 Schedule & Student Pictures Available for Purchase

Greetings DVD Families,

Our DVD staff will be participating in a Professional Development Day on Friday, September 18th. There will be no school on this day. Here is the schedule for Week 5 and reminders about upcoming events.

Week 5 2020


  • Monday 9/14: Virtual Student Club Fair
  • Friday 9/18: Professional Development Day – No School
  • Friday 9/18: Make-up Picture and Supply Day (details coming soon)

School pictures are ready and can be purchased online at the following link: DVD 2020-21 School Pictures. You can find your student’s photo by clicking on the last name of their advisory teacher. After selecting an image, you can pay for the digital download or printed copies. If you have any questions, please click on this informational flyer or contact Stacee Lianna (DV Photographer) at

Take care,

Veronica Rodriguez

Reminder of Resources – mental health, food banks, homelessness, self-care

We understand that our Da Vinci community continues to push through these very trying times and we’d like to remind you that there are available resources to help those in need of additional support services:

Los Angeles Homeless Services link

Community Mental Health Resources link

Collection of free resources link

@Home Resources link

Emergency Resources link



Upcoming Virtual College Visits

Hello designers! This is a quick announcement to let you all know that we already have some virtual college rep visits lined up for Design!

Who: Seniors and Juniors


Please look below for a quick glance at some of the colleges and universities that will be visiting Design virtually! Students should be able to register for these visits via their Naviance homepage, on the day of the event students must then go back into their Naviance to find the appropriate Zoom link.


Virtual College Visits

Art Center College of Design, Pasadena CA, Wednesday September 9 11:40-12:10pm
Hult International Business School San Francisco, San Francisco CA, September 9 3:00-3:30pm
Dominican University of California, San Rafael CA, September 15 3:00-3:30pm
Smith College, North Hampton MA, Wednesday September 16 11:40-12:10pm ( women’s college)
University of California-Santa Barbara. Santa Barbara CA, Wednesday September 16 3:00-3:30pm
University of California-San Diego, San Diego CA, Thursday September 17 11:40-12:10pm
University of Redlands, Redlands CA, Thursday September 17 3:00-3:30pm
Chapman University, Orange CA, Monday September 21 11:40-12:10pm
Hawaii Pacific University. Honolulu HI. Monday September 21 12:30-1:00pm
Students! Please continue to check your Naviance accounts regularly as more colleges and universities will be added to the list as the weeks progress. Some of these visits are as soon as this coming week so don’t forget to sign up!

Week 4 Schedule and Announcements – No School on Monday

Greetings DVD Families!

Here is the schedule for next week. Due to the Labor Day Holiday on Monday, we will be starting off with Asynchronous learning time on Tuesday morning. Students are expected to login to their Google Classrooms and attend their Advisory class at 12:30 pm.

week 4 REVISED 2020


  • Wednesday 9/9: School Site Council Meeting from 4-5 pm. All families are welcome to attend. (Click on the following zoom link: SSC Meeting)
  • Monday 9/14: Virtual Student Club Fair
  • Friday 9/18: Professional Development Day – NO SCHOOL
  • Friday 9/18: Make-up Picture and Supply Day (details coming soon)

Have a wonderful three-day weekend!

Veronica Rodriguez

Update: Student DV Emails Required to Log In to Meetings via Zoom (Now w/ Student Guide)

Greetings DVD families and students,

We are writing to share important information about our students’ participation in Zoom classes. Da Vinci Schools has activated Zoom accounts for every student through his/her school email address. This allows only “authenticated” accounts to access virtual classes. Therefore, all students are required to log in for all meetings via Zoom using their assigned Da Vinci Schools email address. Please follow the directions below to create your Zoom account. This action is only required once and must be completed before your child’s next class.

  • Go to
  • Click “Sign In”
  • Instead of entering student’s school email, click “Sign in with Google”
  • Select student’s account
  • When signed in, student can click on Zoom class links or enter the meeting ID within their Zoom account

*Please click here for a student guide (PDF) released by the DV IT Dept. on 9/2/20*

That Da Vinci Schools provides an email address to each and every one of our students is a huge asset in terms of access and security for our school community. Having students access their online classrooms using their school-issued email will greatly help in preventing disruptions and concerns of unauthorized users attending classes. Teachers and staff will continue to remind students that they should be using their DV emails for all school-related work and activity.

Thank you for your support and patience as we continue to develop and fine-tune our practices in this virtual world!

DVD Admin

(HBCU) Historically Black Colleges and Universities Night: Virtual College Fair



HBCU Night: Virtual College Fair: Sept. 7- Sept. 10
Download the app “HBCU Hub App” and register for HBCU Night

Join to listen and learn about 61 HBCUs!

Each night begins at 5pm, and will host colleges and universities such as: Clark Atlanta, Howard, Hampton, Xavier of LA, Fisk, and many, many more!  Go to this link to see what colleges & universities are attending on what days, to register to attend, and for more info.
Must download the HBCU Hub App.

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