Archive for April 29, 2022

Week 33 Preview & Teacher Appreciation Week

Greetings Designers and Design Families,

Happy Friday! We are looking forward to some great things happening at DVD next week. Our Seniors will be having a “Decision Day” celebration during Advisory on Monday where they will declare which colleges they are going to in the Fall! We can’t wait to share the celebration in a post next week.

Next week is also TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK! Thank you in advance for the outpouring of support for our amazing, dedicated teaching staff here at DVD. Parents/Families: please check your email inboxes for opportunities to celebrate teachers this week and to support DVD. Here are a few ways to celebrate our teachers this week:

Week 33 is a short week – Friday 5/6 is a Staff Development day (and also PROM!), so there will be no school on that day:

Upcoming Dates & Events:

  • May 2nd, Monday: Decision Day Celebration (for Seniors)
  • May 4th, Wednesday: Spanish 3 Field Trip
  • May 6th, Friday: Staff Professional Development Day (No School)
  • May 6th, Friday (6pm-10pm): Prom! (@ Proud Bird in El Segundo)
  • May 11th, Wednesday (5:30pm-6:30pm): Senior Awards Night

Join Us this Summer at Da Vinci Summer Camp 2022!

Summer camp

Calling all thinkers, tinkers, creative problem solvers and leaders!

Kick off your summer fun with three exciting in-person camps at Da Vinci Schools in beautiful El Segundo.

This summer, we are proudly offering Robotics, Graphic Design and L.E.A.D. (Leadership, Empowerment, Accountability, Determination) Camps at our campus, located at 201 N. Douglas St., El Segundo, CA 90245. Choose from two separate weeks with AM & PM sessions available. >> Register here: Da Vinci Summer Camp 2022

Week 1:   June 21-24, 2022   (4 days)
Week 2:  June 28-July 1, 2022   (4 days)

Schedule for both 4-day weeks:
Robotics Camp | 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM (entering grades 4-9)
Graphic Design Camp | 9:00AM to 12:00PM (entering grades 6-9)
L.E.A.D. Camp (Leadership, Empowerment, Accountability, Determination)| 12:30-3:30PM (entering grades 6-9)

COST: $200 per 4-day week/per AM or PM session

ROBOTICS CAMP: Campers will learn basic engineering concepts using LEGO Mindstorms, while designing, building, and programming their robots to complete a challenge based on the 2021-22 FIRST Robotics Challenge. Mentored by students on the World Champion Da Vinci Robotics Team, campers will complete a wide-range of robot objectives based on each student’s skill level and interest!

GRAPHIC DESIGN CAMP: Campers will be introduced to Adobe Photoshop and develop professional graphic design skills! Each day, students will learn how to use a new Photoshop tool or technique in response to a fun or interesting design challenge. At the end of the camp, students will create a final piece that shows off all their skills.

L.E.A.D. CAMP (Leadership, Empowerment, Accountability, Determination): Campers will develop valuable life skills – leadership, communication, teamwork, goal setting, problem-solving and time management to become great students and people through various team-building activities, games, workshops, and more!

Da Vinci Summer Camp 2022 is open to the general public. Morning campers may be dropped off as early as 8:30AM. All campers must be picked up within 15 minutes of camp ending. Lunch supervision is provided for campers participating in both the AM and PM sessions. **Please complete a separate registration for each child.**

COVID Protocols: Please note that Da Vinci Schools actively follows all federal, state and county guidelines related to the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic. At this time, masks will be strongly recommended.

> Learn more and register here: Da Vinci Summer Camp 2022

Questions? Email us at

Week 32 Updates

Greetings Design Students and Families,

I want to start this week by celebrating all of the students, staff, and student leaders who braved the snow and joined us in the mountains for our 10th Grade Retreat Camp! We were not expecting snow in April, but if this year has taught us anything, it is to expect the unexpected! It was truly a great bonding experience for our 10th graders and will be a camp retreat we won’t ever forget. See pictures below!

Also, we want to celebrate our 12th graders for starting their Senior Project journeys this week! Students who complete their Pitch POL and have their ideas approved will begin field work on their projects next week. For more details, reach out to the teachers on Team 12.

This week, we have a normal bell schedule week. 12th graders will be taking the CA Science Test (CAST) on Monday and Tuesday. 11th graders will be taking the CAST in their Biology classes on Wednesday and Thursday. See the Week 32 bell schedule here:

Parent Hiring Panel Interest Survey (Spring 2022)

Parents/Guardians: we need YOU! It is this time of year when we begin the process of hiring and interviewing potential teaching candidates for the 2022-2023 school year. It has traditionally been part of Da Vinci’s hiring practice that all school stakeholders participate in our hiring events (called symposiums) to help us find the next great DVD teachers. If you would like to participate, complete the Parent Hiring Panel Interest Survey here to learn more and to sign up!

Upcoming Dates & Events:

  • Friday, April 29th: Senior Beach Day Field Trip
  • Wednesday, May 4th: Spanish 3 Field Trip
  • Friday, May 6th: Staff Professional Development Day (No School)
  • Friday, May 6th (6pm-10pm): Prom! (@ Proud Bird in El Segundo)

Da Vinci Extension Info Night – April 27th at 7:30PM

Da Vinci seniors and their families are invited to learn more about how Da Vinci seniors can receive FREE COLLEGE and support in their first year of college and beyond. DVX partners with El Camino College, UCLA Extension and Southern New Hampshire University to bring a supportive and unique college experience that includes career building and exploration as well life skills development, including financial literacy along with earning their college credits and college degrees — an A.A. or Bachelor’s degree all for free.

If you are planning to attend El Camino College in the Fall or are undecided about your college future, you don’t want to miss this opportunity!

Please join us on Wednesday, April 27, 2022 at 7:30PM on the DVX campus located at 550 Continental Blvd in El Segundo, or you can join us via our live stream on Zoom. Link below.

Hope to see you there!

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Meeting ID: 986 0974 8426

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+1 669 900 6833 US
Meeting ID: 986 0974 8426
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Noches de Información sobre DVX para Estudiantes y Familiares

Todos los Seniors de Da Vinci y sus familiares están invitados cordialmente a hallar de cómo los Seniors de Da Vinci podrían recibir crédito universitario SIN COSTO y apoyo con su primer año de colegio y más.

Da Vinci Extension (DVX) se asocia con El Camino College, UCLA Extension y Southern New Hampshire University para provocar una experiencia única y con apoyo que incluye la exploración y el desarrollo de carrera y además el desarrollo de habilidades de vida, incluso las habilidades financieras mientras obtienen sus créditos universitarios y/o diplomado o título.

Si piensan en asistir a El Camino College en el otoño o estás indeciso/a acerca de su futuro académico, ¡no deben perder esta oportunidad!

Por favor, acompáñennos este miércoles, 27 de abril a las 7:30 de la noche en el campus de DVX ubicado a 550 Continental Blvd. El Segundo, CA 90245 o pueden participar en línea por nuestra transmición en vivo en Zoom. Por favor vean el link abajo.

¡Esperamos que los veamos!


El Equipo de DVX

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 986 0974 8426

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Meeting ID: 986 0974 8426
Passcode: 60135968


DVD Multi-Cultural Exhibition Fair

Hello Designer and Parents,

The DVD Diversity Council along with BSU, LatinX and Pride Club will be hosting a Multi-Cultural exhibition fair on May 9th and May 10th, during advisory. Please help us out by answering a few questions. 

Click here for the survey.

Thank you!

Week 31: CD & 10th Grade Camp Retreat

Greetings Designers and Design Families,

This week, we have a special schedule to accommodate our all-school community dialogue this week! And, we are looking forward to sending our 10th graders on the all-day Camp Retreat this Friday. See the bell schedule for the week below:

10th Grade Retreat to Running Springs (Friday, 4/22): Our 10th grade students are scheduled to spend all day Friday, April 22nd in Running Springs, California (near Big Bear Lake)! We are asking all 10th grade students to arrive at DVD by 8:30am on Friday so that we can board buses and leave by 9am. We will be returning to DVD around 9:00pm that evening. Please see information about what to bring (and what not to bring) at this link:

Since we are going into the mountains, the weather on Friday is looking to be cold in the morning and evening, but will be warmer and sunnier during the day while we are there. In addition to bringing a water bottle and sunscreen, we recommend students do wear pants and bring a hoodie/sweater along with a light waterproof jacket just to be ready for any weather.
There will be plenty of fun things to do at camp from outdoor games like frisbee golf and soccer, to indoor games and a rock climbing room. Additionally, student will participate in meaningful discussions and opportunities to connect with their peers. Students can bring phones and headphones with them on the bus, but will leave them in a safe location with staff while at camp to be able to focus on the activities planned.
10th graders: Please return signed permission slips no later than Thursday, April 21st. Students should give their permission slips to their advisory teacher.

New Internship Opportunities

Hello Da Vinci Scholars,

Welcome back from Spring Break! I hope you are all refreshed and ready to finish the semester strong. Here are my announcements for the week:

👩🏻‍💻🧑🏽‍💻 The Oppti Internship Placement Program offers students the opportunity to intern at different companies virtually all-year-round. Students are matched with companies based on their interests which can include Social Media Marketing, Public Relations, UI-UX, and more! You can be matched to work in sports, beauty, fitness, real estate, among other fields. Apply today – Limited Space is Available.

☎️  Teen Line is looking for volunteers in the 9th and 10th grades that are interested in mental health and who want to support teens that call the hotline. Applications and references are due on Thursday, May 12 before 1 pm. To apply, please click here: Link

📢  Applications are open for UCLA’s Big Data for Justice Summer Institute focused on criminal justice in Los Angeles. The institute is free* and open to all seniors who are graduating this summer. This is a 4-week program designed to develop your ability to analyze data using digital technologies. Students will collaborate with community organizations to conduct analyses on arrests by the Los Angeles Police Department. To apply, please click here: Link
*The fee you see on the website is waived to make it accessible for all those who are interested in applying.

😎  GLCO is awarding two $10,000 scholarships to students graduating from a Los Angeles high school by the end of the 2021-22 academic year who identify as black, indigenous, and people of color who have an interest in pursuing a career in the eyewear industry (making reading and sunglasses). If you receive this scholarship you will be able to participate in a paid summer internship the following year. To learn more, please click here: Link

🤖  Afro Animation Virtual Summit 2.0 is the largest virtual summit for recruiting black artists who want to become animators. You can register for free here: Link

✈️  The El Segundo Western Museum of Flight is seeking a volunteer to support their work around the upcoming Women in Aerospace Exhibit. To learn more, please click here: Link

If you have any questions about any of these opportunities, please contact Crissel at

Exhibition Wrap Up

Greetings Designers and Design Families,

It was so great to see all of you this week at Exhibition Night! We are so proud of the work of our amazing students: from the incredible designs of zines and posters, to the thought provoking photography and spoken word, and of course to the awesome displays of architectural models and art work – we celebrate it all! Hats off to our excellent and collaborative teaching staff for the hard work and coordination it took to help our Design students shine so brightly. See some highlights below!

Wishing all of our students, families and staff a restful and amazing Spring Break! School resumes on Monday, April 18th.

Join Us for Our Exhibition Nights!

exhibition flyer

We are delighted to invite our DVD Families and friends onto campus today, April 6th and tomorrow, April 7th from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm for our Exhibition Nights!

We will be showcasing grades 11 & 12 today and grades 9 & 10 tomorrow (4/7). Families and community guests are welcome to come see all of the amazing work that students have been doing.

This is a masked event. All visitors are required to wear a mask while on campus.

We look forward to seeing you at our Exhibition Nights!

Announcements from the Real World Learning Director

Crissel Rodriguez –

Hello Da Vinci Scholars and Families,

Many scholars have started applying to the summer opportunities which is exciting! Please note that scholars can receive 5 academic credits for completing 60 hours of service throughout the summer. Once you receive confirmation that the business/organization is willing to host you as an intern or a volunteer, please email me so I can send you the required forms.

  • The Knowledge House Coding Fellowship information session is today, Tuesday, April 5th at 6 pm. Please email me to register or to request the link to tonight’s recording.
  • The Boeing application is still open for students who attended the mandatory information session in March. Please email me to get your application started!
  • The Hawthorne Police Department is offering the opportunity to intern with their Community Affairs and Forensics Department. The opportunities are listed under the ‘Law’ and ‘Health Sciences’ sections.
  • The Rooted Friends Project is a non-profit organization in Hawthorne and they are seeking volunteers for Saturday, April 9 to shoot a Public Service Announcement. Volunteers will be featured in videos, and photos, and may be asked to model and act. Parent permission is required for scholars under the age of 18. Please contact Celeste (323) 427-9575.

My email is

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