Archive for October 16, 2020

Week 10 Schedule and Week 9 Updates

Hello DVD families!

Thank you for attending Student-Led Conferences this week. We appreciate you taking the time to engage with your student about their academic progress and goals. It has been a busy week at DVD. Here are a few updates:

  • The Diversity Council presented thier first monthly webinar on Breaking Racism during Advisory.
  • The LatinX Student Union celebrated LatinX Heritage Month (9/15-10/15) by creating a short video that was shown to all students this week.
  • October grade-level newsletters are now posted on the grade-level sites (available on the Resources section of this site)

If you have not done so already, please take a few minutes to complete the parent and student surveys. A link to the surveys was sent via email on Monday.

Week 10 2020

Have a wonderful Friday and a great weekend!

Veronica Rodriguez

National Museum of African-American History and Culture Celebrating Latinx Heritage Month

Hello DVD Families!

Latinx Heritage Month is coming to a close and the National Museum of African-American History and Culture is celebrating the Latinx community!

The NMAAHC is celebrating the Latinx community by providing access to their Latinx collection online. This collection includes objects from The Chicano Movement, objects related to genres of Latin music such as calypso, latin jazz, salsa, and hip-hop.

Please join the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) in exploring these intertwined histories, traditions, and identities.

The link to the collection can be found here. 

Save the Date! October 20: The Great ShakeOut!!

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Dear Da Vinci Families,
Join your fellow Da Vincians in the world’s largest earthquake drill! Da Vinci Schools will conduct our own ShakeOut drill on Tuesday, October 20 @ 10:20 am.
Promptly at 10:20 am, students are to STOP, drop, cover and hold. Our focus this year is on earthquake preparedness at home.
Visit to learn more about what you can do to be prepared.

Grammy Museum Fall Virtual Education Programs

Hello DVD Students and Parents,

The GRAMMY Museum is proud to offer a variety of public programming so you can enjoy musicians and industry professionals in an intimate environment for discussion and performance.

Also, the GRAMMY Museum’s education programs are going virtual! Join us as we take some of our most popular workshops online Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11AM PST. All workshops are free and open to classes and individuals with advanced sign-up! Classes such as Music Production 101, Songwriting 101, Music of the Civil Rights Movement, and Hip-Hop Culture:Past, Present, and Future will be offered to students for free! To sign up click here. 

For more information and events feel free to take a look at The Grammy Museum website here. 

Upcoming: UC Santa Cruz Virtual Open House!

Hi DVD Seniors and Families!

UC Santa Cruz will be opening its doors virtually on Saturday, November 7 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Pacific Time for a LIVE Virtual Open House!

In this cross-campus event, students and their families will get to experience a wide range of presentations and interactions, including:

  • Faculty presentations from some of our most popular majors
  • A Student Life panel
  • Demonstrations of our interdisciplinary approach to learning and research
  • Q&As

Faculty and staff representing four of their academic divisions will be there, as well as academic advisers, Undergraduate Admissions evaluators and counselors, students, and campus life staff.

More information will be coming soon! Keep checking the blog for updates on this event.


DVD Counseling Team


FAFSA workshop recap

Thank you to all Da Vincians who joined us on Wednesday 10/7 for our Financial Aid Workshop for Senior Families. In this workshop, we provided a step-by-step explanation of the federal student financial aid process. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) was explained along with grants, federal loans and scholarships. The session was recorded and can be found here.

We will host two more Financial Aid Workshops for Senior Families on the following dates:

• Thursday, November 5, 4:30-6pm
• Wednesday, February 10, 4:30-6pm

These workshops cover the same content, so you only need to attend one. We welcome you back if you need clarification or a refresher on the material.

Important Reminders and Resources on Financial Aid:

• The FAFSA opened on October 1st and is due March 2nd for CSUs, UCs, and California Community Colleges. The FAFSA deadlines for private and out-of-state universities vary. Please check their respective websites for financial aid deadlines We encourage you to apply early!

• To complete and sign a FAFSA electronically, both the student and the parent need an FSA ID. Here is information on creating an FSA ID.

• If you are applying to a private college, you many need to complete the FAFSA and the CSS Profile. The CSS Profile is used to assess the student for institutional aid, which may include merit-based aid. Here is a list of colleges that requires the CSS Profile.

• If you are an undocumented student, you may be eligible for the state aid and institutional aid. Please complete the DREAM Act Application to apply for these funds. Please connect with your counselor if you need support with this process.

• If you are or were a foster youth, you may qualify for the CHAFEE Grant. Please connect with your counselor if you need support with this process.

As always, please reach out to your respective counselor if you have any questions.

Have a great Friday and a restful weekend!

The DV Counseling Team

Week 9 – SLC Week

Greetings DVD families!

Week 9 brings us Student Led Conferences (SLCs)!

  • From Monday, October 12 – Thursday, October 15, we will host SLCs online between 12:30-3:30 pm.
  • Please refer to the special schedule next week for Advisory and class times. Advisory begins at 9:30 am on Monday.
  • Friday, October 16 is a Professional Development Day (no classes in session)
  • Please contact the following grade-level teachers with any specific questions about SLCs.

SLC Week 9 2020

Take care!

Veronica Rodriguez

West LA College Concurrent Enrollment for ALL Grades!

Hello DVD Students and Parents,

I’m excited to inform you that West Los Angeles College is still offering FREE online college classes for high school students in any grade level! New classes begin Monday, October 26.

These classes are for students who want to get a head start on their UC or CSU general education requirements. They’re also offering College Readiness Classes for students interested in exploring careers, choosing a major, or creating an education plan before they transition out of high school.

Students can begin enrolling TODAY! However, they must have an active LACCD ID# and a processed K-12 Form first. West LA College are hosting application and enrollment workshops to help students through this process!

  • Application Workshops – Mon Oct 12 & Mon Oct 19, 3:30pm – 4:30pm. Students can sign-up here.
  • Enrollment Workshops – Thu Oct 15 & Thu Oct 22, 3:30pm – 4:30pm. Students can sign-up here.

Attached to this post are the K-12 Form that the student must complete before enrolling, a step-by-step process on how to enroll, and a flyer with recommended classes students can take.

Flyer & Recommended Classes

K-12 Form

Step by Step Process – Concurrent Enrollment

FAFSA Workshop

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Hello Seniors and Families,

This Wednesday, October 7th 4:30pm – 6pm the Da Vinci Counselors from Communications, Design, and Science will be hosting a FAFSA Workshop Night. All College applicants must fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order to qualify for financial aid (ex. grants, loans, scholarships). The FAFSA opened on October 1st and is due March 2nd for CSUs, UCs, and Community Colleges in California. FAFSA deadlines for private and out-of-state universities vary. Apply early!

This ZOOM webinar event will allow counselors to present the application step by step on how to fill out the FAFSA application. There will be a Q&A in the chat feature on ZOOM.

To join the webinar click here.

Or join by phone:

Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):

US: +1 669 900 6833 or +1 253 215 8782 or +1 346 248 7799 or +1 646 876 9923 or +1 301 715 8592 or +1 312 626 6799

Webinar ID: 923 7794 3554

To fully sign and submit the FAFSA during the webinar, student and parent(s) must apply for their PIN (FSA ID) and have it verified.  CLICK ON THIS link for a helpful video that will walk you through the steps to apply for your PIN.

We will also be hosting this webinar on the following future dates:

Thursday, November 5, 4:30-6pm
Wednesday, February 10, 4:30-6pm

Remember, the earlier you fill out FAFSA the better!

Hope to see you there!


The Counseling Team

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