Archive for November 30, 2020

Presentations of Learning (POLs) and Final Weeks of the Semester

Greetings DVD Families,

Welcome back! We hope you had a safe and restful break! We are three weeks away from the end of the first semester.

POLs begin next Thursday. See below for more information on grade level POLs and final opportunities to demonstrate mastery. In addition, all students will participate in an End-of-Semester Survey. This survey data will be read and analyzed by teachers, counselors, and administrators in order to reflect on and inform planning for students in the future. We welcome and are grateful for honest feedback.

POL Information by grade level:

Grade 9 POL Overview

Grade 10 POL Overview

Grade 11 POL Overview

Grade 12 POL Overview

Week 16 and 17 2020


  • 12/2: LCFF Budget Overview for Parents @ 8 am (click here for the link to the meeting)
  • 12/5-12/6: Senior Portraits (sign up here for an appointment and review the following guidelines here)
  • 12/10: PowerSchool access turned off
  • 12/10-12/17: Fall POLs
  • 12/17: Last Day of Semester 1
  • 12/18: First Day of Winter Break for Students/PD day for Staff
  • 12/21: Report Cards mailed out
  • 1/11: First Day of Semester 2

Si necesita informacion sobre las Presentaciones de Aprendizaje de fin de semestre, puede comunicarse conmigo por email ( 

Have a wonderful week!

Veronica Rodriguez


Pick-Up Day: Student IDs, Shirts, and Cap-and-Gowns

Hello DVD Community!

We will be hosting a pick-up day on Monday, November 30th for the following:

  • IDs for all students who took a school picture
  • Cap-and-Gowns for seniors
  • All students will receive a DVD t-shirt!

In order to help us better prepare for this event, please click on the link provided (next to each grade level) to pre-register, indicating that you will be coming to the campus at the time and date scheduled for your student.

Scheduled times for pick up

  • 9th grade: 10 am – 11 am (RSVP here)
  • 10th grade: 11 am – 12 pm (RSVP here)
  • 11th grade: 1 pm – 2 pm (RSVP here)
  • 12th grade: 2 pm – 3 pm (RSVP here)

Take care,

Veronica Rodriguez

Thanksgiving Break!

Greetings DVD Community,

The November newsletters have now been posted on the grade level sites and the updated calendar for Spring 2020 is now available. Both can be found under the Resources tab on this page. Click here for a special message from the DVD Student Leadership Team! We hope you all have a wonderful and safe break and a Happy Thanksgiving!


  • 11/23-11/27: Thanksgiving Break
  • 11/30: Classes resume; Pick-up Day: ID’s, T-Shirts, Cap-and-Gowns
    • 9th grade: 10 am – 11 am (RSVP here)
    • 10th grade: 11 am – 12 pm (RSVP here)
    • 11th grade: 1 pm – 2 pm (RSVP here)
    • 12th grade: 2 pm – 3 pm (RSVP here)
  • 12/2: LCFF Budget Overview for Parents @ 8 am (click here for link to meeting)
  • 12/5-12/6: Senior Portraits (sign up here for an appointment and review the following guidelines here)
  • 12/10-12/17: Fall POLs

Week 15 2020

Take care,

Veronica Rodriguez

Week 14 Schedule and Reminders

Greetings DVD families!

The schedule for Week 14 is posted below. Please note that there will be no school on Friday for students as our staff will be participating in professional development.

Week 14 2020


  • 11/20: Professional Development Day (No School)
  • 11/23-11/27: Thanksgiving Break
  • 11/30: Classes resume; Pick-Up Day: IDs, T-shirts, Cap-and-Gowns
  • 12/5-12/6: Senior Portraits
  • 12/10-12/17: Fall POLs

Have a great week!

Veronica Rodriguez

El Camino College Free 5-Week Winter Courses for High School Students

Hello DVD Students and Families!

El Camino is offering high school students dual-enrollment classes to take this winter and spring! The Winter 2021 registration appointments begin Thursday, November 19, 2020, for dual enrolled students. The winter term is 5 weeks, January 4–February 4, 2021. (Note: dual enrolled students are limited to 1 course during the winter term).

This is a great opportunity for students to strengthen their skills, explore college readiness, or want to get a head start on their UC or CSU general education requirements. El Camino is offering online help and events for students who are interested in dual-enrollment with no registration necessary.

If you need any help enrolling, El Camino dual-enrollment staff are offering drop-in assistance every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 4:00-5:00PM via Zoom. 

Here are links to help assist students in browsing for classes and assistance when applying:


West LA Free College Classes for High School Students

Hello DVD Families!

West Los Angeles College is offering FREE 5-week college classes for high school students! The Winter 2021 semester begins January 4, 2020. These classes are for students who want to strengthen their skills in English, Math, and Science, explore college and career readiness or get a head start on their UC or CSU general education requirements.

Check out the WLAC HS Winter 2021 Flyer for a list of over 50 sections available this Winter term! Below is just a small snapshot of classes students can enroll in.

Students must have an active LACCD ID# and a processed K-12 Form in order to enroll. West LA College is hosting info sessions, application, and enrollment workshops to help students through this process!

  • Info Sessions – Mondays 3:30-4:30pm. Students can sign up here.
  • Application Workshops/Digital K-12 Form Support – Tuesdays 3:30-5:00pm. Students can sign-up here.
  • Enrollment Workshops – Thursdays 3:30-4:30pm. Students can sign-up here.

For more information and a full list of available classes please visit this link.

Preview of Weeks 13 and 14

Greetings DVD families!

Week 13 and 14 schedules are posted below, along with reminders about upcoming events. Parents, a special email was sent yesterday. Please take a few minutes to respond using the Google Form provided.

Week 13 2020 Week 14 2020


  • 11/11: Veterans’ Day (No School)
  • 11/20: Professional Development Day (No School)
  • 11/23-11/27: Thanksgiving Break
  • 11/30: Classes resume; Senior Cap and Gown pick-up (details coming soon)
  • 12/5-12/6: Senior Portraits

Have a wonderful weekend!

Veronica Rodriguez

UC Santa Cruz Virtual Open House

Hello DVD Families,

UC Santa Cruz will be hosting a virtual open house on Saturday, November 7! To register please click here. 

Agenda (all times are Pacific Time)
Note: Q&A available with Undergraduate Admissions Representatives from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
8:00-8:30 a.m. – Welcome from Director of Undergraduate Admissions Blia Yang
9:00-10:00 a.m.Designing Video Games in UCSC’s Game Design Programs(+ )
10:30-11:30 a.m.Creating Communities through Reading, Remembering and Re-imagining (+ )
12:00-1:00 p.m.Student Life Panel (+ )
1:30-2:30 p.m.On the Margins: Monsters and Microcosmic Worlds in the Arts(+ )
3:00-4:00 p.m.Students in Research and Bonding Across Boundaries (+ )

FAFSA Workshop Tomorrow 11/5

Hi Da Vinci Families,

Just a friendly reminder that there will be another FAFSA workshop tomorrow November 5 from 4:30PM-6:00PM. This workshop contains the same information as the previous one hosted last month, but please feel free to attend if you need clarification or a refresher. In this workshop, we will provide a step-by-step explanation of the federal student financial aid process along with grants, federal loans and scholarships.

There will be one more FAFSA workshop on Wednesday, February 10, 2021 from 4:30-6:00PM.

Here are some important reminders and resources:

• 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.

• 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 rest of the week!

Student Headphone Distribution this Saturday

Greetings Parents/Guardians:

For those of you who were unable to stop by last week to pick up a headset with microphone for your student(s), we will be having another distribution take place this weekend at our campus on Saturday, November 7th from 9:00am to 1:00pm. No RSVP is necessary.

To best expedite this process, please bring a letter-sized paper with the following information clearly written on it:  Student(s)’ school(s), Student(s)’ grade level, and Student(s)’ last and first name.  The student or parent/guardian will be asked to display that paper to the Da Vinci staff member distributing the headsets to facilitate the distribution. The headsets will be distributed under a canopy which will be set-up in Lane 1 of the parking lot, the lane closest to the gym.

Additional dates and times will be scheduled in the weeks to come in an effort to continue to provide opportunities for pickup as needed. Please feel free to contact the school’s front office if you have any questions about this.  Thank you!

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