Archive for June 29, 2021

Blood Drive – July 8th at Da Vinci Schools, Blood Donations Urgently Needed

blood drive: July 8th

Did you know the Red Cross is experiencing a severe blood shortage? According to the Red Cross, more people are beginning to undergo elective surgeries, organ transplants, and emergency surgeries, all which require donated blood.

Please consider making an appointment to donate blood on July 8th to sustain the needs of our region.

What: UCLA Blood Drive @ Da Vinci Schools
When: Thursday, July 8th from 9 am to 2 pm
Where: 201 N. Douglas Street, El Segundo, CA 90245 – Black Box Theater

To ensure appropriate social distancing, we encourage donors to make an appointment in the following ways:

– Go on-line at click on Blood Drives and enter DV in the Account Code box

– Scan the QR code above

– Call us at (310) 825-0888 x2

– or email UCLA at

Don’t forget your ID & we’ll see you there!

DVD 2021-2022 School Calendar & New Family Info

Greetings New & Returning DVD Families!

For your convenience, here is a version of the DVD 2021-2022 School Calendar via Google Doc. Families can refer to this calendar for key dates and events; please note that the school calendar is subject to revision as needed.

For our New DVD Families: Welcome! A message will be sent via email soon that includes information for families of incoming DVD students, including dates and times for a welcome webinar and for in-person orientation meetings. See the DVD FAQs for New Families document here for this information.

Looking forward to another great year together!

Russell Stoll
DVD Principal

Ways to be productive during the summer

Hello Designers!

The following is a list of suggestions for things to do during the summer break to be productive:

  1. Watch educational videos on YouTube
  2. Watch documentaries
  3. Volunteer (find a cause you care about)
  4. Learn a new language
  5. Read (see how many books you can read over the summer)
  6. Take a dual enrollment college course
  7. Build or fix something (these are skills that will come in handy in the future)
  8. Visit museums
  9. Start a business (babysitting, dog-walking, pet-sitting, tutoring)
  10. Pick up a new hobby (gardening, dancing, playing an instrument, photography)
  11. Participate in summer sports
  12. Learn about a country or place you don’t know much about
  13. Improve your vocabulary (,
  14. Improve your writing skills
  15. Talk to as many adults as possible about career options
  16. Create a personal website
  17. Learn sign language
  18. Organize a fundraiser
  19. Organize a book club
  20. Write a book of poetry
  21. Create a blog – edit/post often
  22. Learn CPR
  23. Cook dinner for your family (each time learn a new dish – write your own recipes – create a cookbook)
  24. Clean parks and maintain hiking trails
  25. Plant trees
  26. Assist with summer reading programs
  27. Work with children at a summer camp

And most importantly, reconnect with friends and family.  This year was tough for everyone so make sure to relax and regroup.


DVD Counseling Team

Cal Grant Opt Out

Dear Rising Seniors & Parents – (this refers to current Juniors)

A Cal Grant is money for college you don’t have to pay back. Cal Grants can be used at any University of California, California State University or California Community College, as well as qualifying independent (private) and career colleges or technical schools in California.

To qualify, you must apply for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or California Dream Act Application (CADAA) by March 2, 2022 and meet the eligibility and financial requirements as well as any minimum GPA requirements. There are three kinds of Cal Grants (A, B and C) but you don’t have to figure out which one to apply for. Your eligibility will be based on your FAFSA or CADAA responses, your verified high school Cal Grant GPA, the type of California colleges you list on your FAFSA and whether you’re a recent high school graduate. To learn more about the qualifications, please visit

Da Vinci Design is required to submit your student’s verified GPA. By law you have the option to “opt out” of this process if you do not want Da Vinci Design to submit your student’s verified GPA. If you choose to “opt out”, this means your student will not be eligible to receive a Cal Grant. In order to “opt-out”, please complete the attached form and return to your Counselor no later than August 28, 2021.

If you do not return the “opt-out” form, Da Vinci Design will submit your student’s verified GPA to the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) to determine your student’s Cal Grant eligibility. Click links below to obtain the opt out form in either English or Spanish.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact your student’s counselor.

Thank you,

Da Vinci Design





Sign up for a FREE Externship with AT&T!

The AT&T Summer Learning Academy is a free online externship learning program open to all high school and college students. Registration is available now and we get started on July 12th! The program has both short informative self-paced classes and exciting live events featuring well-known dynamic speakers focusing on four key areas: Personal Development, Business, Technology and insights on life at AT&T direct from our leadership and experts in their field. When you complete the program, you will be sent a unique digital badge from Credly.  Speakers include Sal Khan (Khan Academy), Troy Aikman (NFL Hall of Famer), Omar Johnson (Opus United), and Dr. Ellen Ochoa (Nasa Astronaut).


Register HERE by June 22nd!



·       Open to All High School and College Students

·       Dates: July 12 – August 6, 80 hours to complete for certificate

·       Live Events: July 12 – 23

·       Format: Virtual

·       Content: Web-based training, activities and guest speakers

·       Summer Credit: When you finish the course and receive a Credly certificate: Send Natasha an email with the certification and she can ensure you receive summer school internship credit.


There is a set group of courses that cover a variety of areas. An overview of the curriculum can be found here. The full syllabus of curriculum will be sent to all registered students in July. Students will receive a certificate of completion from Credly that is not specific to a particular discipline.

We have ~30 live sessions scheduled between July 12 – July 23, but attending events live is not mandatory. If you attend live, you will be able to interact with the presenters and ask questions. Live participants will have the chance to win various prizes and giveaways.

The program begins on July 12, with live events running from July 12 through July 23. Students will have until August 6th to complete the coursework required to receive the certificate of completion from Credly.

QUESTIONS? Contact Natasha Morrison at

Week 38 – Last Week of School!

Greetings DVD Community!

The last week of the 2020-2021 school has arrived! Congratulations on completing the first week of POLs! The last day of school is Wednesday, June 9th. Please refer to the schedule posted here. PowerSchool access will be turned off for the next few days as teachers update grades.

POL week 2021

We are so excited to celebrate the Class of 2021 and their graduation this coming week on Tuesday, June 8th at 4:00 pm. Seniors, please check your emails for information regarding the check-out process and rehearsal happening on Monday, June 7th at 9:30 am.

Let’s Get Social

let's get social

We are so excited to officially launch Da Vinci Instagram and Facebook pages to complement our existing Twitter feed so we can get even more connected with our community, a.k.a. YOU!!

Follow us today on any of our official Da Vinci Schools social media accounts to stay connected, engaged and informed.

Follow us: @davincischools_org

Like our Page: @dvschools

Follow us: @dvschools

We also just launched a new Wiseburn-Da Vinci Athletics blog to communicate directly with our student-athletes, families, and community members! Here you will find everything you need from updates on tryouts, game days, highlights and so much more! Sign up for the latest athletics updates here. Go Wolves!!

Visit our Athletics blog at

We are excited to engage with you!

SAT/ACT anticipated test dates

Hello Juniors,

Even though many institutions have chosen to remain Test Optional for the Class of 2022 graduates, we want to make sure that you have all information available in order to make an informed decision for your needs.

The decision to test or not test is yours.  If you have questions or are eligible to receive a fee waiver for the test, please reach out to your counselor.

SAT Anticipated Test Dates – please always confirm changes by visiting

2021-22 SAT Test Dates & Registration Deadlines

Test Date Registration Deadline Online/Phone Late Registration Deadline Online Score Release
August 28, 2021 July 30, 2021 August 17, 2021 September 20, 2021
October 2, 2021 September 3, 2021 September 21, 2021 October 15, 2021
November 6, 2021 October 6, 2021 October 26, 2021 November 19, 2021
December 4, 2021 November 4, 2021 November 23, 2021 December 17, 2021
March 12, 2022 February 11, 2022 March 1, 2022 March 25, 2021
May 7, 2022 April 7, 2022 April 26, 2022 May 20, 2022
June 4, 2022 May 5, 2022 May 25, 2022 July 13, 2022

ACT anticipated dates for 2021-2022 – please always confirm changes by visiting

The chart below provide comprehensive information about the test dates, regular registration deadlines, late registration deadlines, and score release dates.

If you have questions or are eligible to receive a fee waiver for the test, please reach out to your counselor.

2021-22 ACT Test Dates & Registration Deadlines

Test Date Registration Deadline Late Registration Deadline Estimated Score Release
June 12, 2021 May 7, 2021 May 21, 2021 June 22-August 6, 2021
July 17, 2021* June 18, 2021 June 25, 2021 July 27-September 10, 2021
September 11, 2021 August 6, 2021 August 20, 2021 September 27-November 5, 2021
October 23, 2021 September 17, 2021 October 1, 2021 November 9-December 30, 2021
December 11, 2021 November 5, 2021 November 19, 2021 December 21, 2021-February 4, 2022
February 12, 2022 January 7, 2022 January 21, 2022 February 25-April 7, 2022
April 2, 2022 February 25, 2022 March 11, 2022 April 12-June 23, 2022
June 11, 2022 May 6, 2022 May 20, 2022 June 21-August 5, 2022
July 16, 2022* June 17, 2022 June 24, 2022 July 26-September 9, 2022


Thank you,

The DVD Counseling Team