Archive for September 30, 2022

FAFSA Workshop Night- October 6th @ 5 pm

Hello Seniors and Families,

On Thursday, October 6th from 5pm – 6pm Da Vinci Counselors from Design, Communications, Science and Connect will be hosting a FAFSA Workshop.

All College applicants must complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order to qualify for financial aid (ex. grants, loans, scholarships). The FAFSA opens on October 1st and is due no later than March 2nd for CSUs, UCs, and Community Colleges in California.

The FAFSA deadline for private and out-of-state colleges/universities vary. Please check those school’s financial aid websites and apply early!

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


Please use the link below to join the webinar on October 6th.

To fully sign and submit the FAFSA, student and parent(s) must apply for their FSA ID and have it verified.  PLEASE CREATE YOUR FSA ID PRIOR TO THE FAFSA WORKSHOP.

CLICK ON THIS LINK for a helpful video that will walk you through the steps to apply for your FSA ID.  

Counselors will be recording this live webinar.

We hope to see you there!

The DV Counseling Team

Week 8 Preview: Coffee w/ Admin Zoom on Wednesday

Happy Friday Designers and Design Families,

Hard to believe that it is already October! We are looking forward to lots of great events in the coming month – including SLCs and Spirit Week. We are excited to end our week next week with a community dialogue focused on celebrating Latinx/Hispanic Heritage Month!

Next week, parents/guardians are encouraged to join DVD Administrators Stoll and Tak for an informal “Coffee with Admin” meeting via Zoom on Wednesday, October 5th. There will be time for important DV updates, site specific news, and Q&A with you DVD site leaders. Hope to see you there for either our morning session (at 8am) or our afternoon session (at 5pm) via Zoom. See Zoom link below.

Here is the bell schedule for Week 8 at DVD:

Upcoming DVD Dates and Events:

  • October 5th: Coffee w/ Admin (Two Sessions: 8am & 5pm)
  • Wednesday, 10/12: PSAT/SAT Testing Day
  • Thursday, 10/13 & Friday, 10/14: No School – Staff Development
  • 10/17-10/21: Student-Led Conferences (SLCs)

College Visits (Week 8 & 9): Seniors can sign up via Naviance

  • University of Southern California – Mon October 3, 2022
  • Chapman University – Thu October 6, 2022
  • University of La Verne – Fri October 7, 2022
  • University of California-San Diego – Tue October 11, 2022
  • Soka University of America – Wed October 12, 2022

Blog Post Error (Week 8 Preview)

Good Morning – Please disregard the blog post published a few moments ago titled “Week 8 Preview” – this post was published as a draft before being completed. The full blog post will be published tomorrow. Thank you and have a great day!

Announcements from Real World Learning Director (9.28.2022)

Hello Da Vinci Scholars and Families,

Check out the new RWL opportunities below:

For students interested in health and vision care:
Cal State LA is having a Vision Fair on October 15. Students will have an opportunity to learn about careers and majors related to vision and medicine, as well as free vision screenings. The organization Guide Dogs will also be bringing dogs who are in training to help visually impaired folks. For more information visit: 

For students interested in advertising:
T.E.A.M. Woo (Teens Engaged in Advertising Mentorship) is a customized mentorship program aimed to help expose students who have a passion for creativity to the possibilities of pursuing a career in a creative field!  You’ll get a chance to team up with fellow creatives and work on a real-world advertising campaign for Supergoop! while being mentored by seasoned professionals along the way. You’ll also walk away with tons of knowledge on strategy, branding, conception/execution, and presentation skills. The program includes 5 sessions held over 4-6 weeks, each session being three hours (6 PM-9 PM). The program will begin on Monday, January 16th and there are 18 spots available. The deadline is October 15. Apply here.

For students interested in animation:
The deadline to sign up for Story Xperiential is fast approaching! This program starts on October 3rd. Story Xperiential is offering a 9-week online experience that takes you behind the scenes at Pixar and introduces you to world-class storytellers. You’ll follow the Pixar process to create a storyreel of your own short story. You’ll livestream with different Pixar storytellers every Monday, submit your work to a gallery and receive ongoing feedback. At the end, your work will be showcased in an online exhibition. Artistic experience is not required, the program is all about story. The program costs $25 for youth ages (13-18) and $250 for youth ages 18+. To learn more & register, click here.

Week 7 Preview

Greetings Designers and Design Families,

Happy Friday! This week was another exciting week at DVD. Seniors had a chance to hear from visiting college reps like from LMU, Junior architecture students went on a field trip to Sci Arc college, and 9th Graders completed a window design project in their English class. Next week, our Sophomores are going on a field trip to LACMA and the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures!

See the Week 7 bell schedule here:

School Site Council Elections: Voting Open until Monday, 9/26 at 4pm

Thank you to the parents/guardians who expressed interest in joining our School Site Council! Now, it is time for all of you to vote. Please use this link to vote for up to four candidates to be a part of our Da Vinci Design School Site Council. Only parents/guardians of students at Da Vinci Design may vote, and may submit the voting form one time. Voting will close at 4pm on Monday, 9/26.

School photos from DVD Picture Day have been uploaded for families to purchase here:
Students are sorted by Advisory so families can navigate to their child’s Advisory and make any purchases they’d like through the gallery.

Upcoming Key Dates & Reminders

  • Wednesday, 9/28 @4:30pm: School Site Council Meeting #1
  • Wednesday, 10/12: PSAT/SAT Testing Day
  • Thursday, 10/13 & Friday, 10/14: No School – Staff Development
  • 10/17-10/21: Student-Led Conferences (SLCs)

Free Family Resources

Did you know that Da Vinci Schools are a South Bay Families Connected (SBFC) Partner District? SBFC is a youth mental health and social emotional wellness non-profit providing free online resources, support groups, educational videos and more to families at 115 schools in the South Bay. SBFC has resources, tips, articles, videos and more for both parents and teens regarding issues of stress management, depression, body image, substance abuse, social media and more. All Da Vinci Schools parents, guardians and teens are invited to visit our unique Da Vinci Schools Families Connected to access this resource, free of charge.

Announcements from Real World Learning Director (9.22.2022)

Hello Da Vinci Scholars and Families,

Check out the new RWL opportunities below: 

For students interested in the environment: 

SOAR Green Leadership Academy is a forward-thinking program that empowers motivated high school students to lead with an environmental mindset.  With mentorship and real-world guidance from Grades of Green staff and corporate partners, these students will collaborate together to help develop and drive better environmental standards and outcomes for industries today and for generations to come. Students will emerge from the program with a broad view of global environmental issues through a corporate lens and will prepare to enter college or the workforce with diverse, sustainable, and innovative perspectives. 

SOAR is taking off! Join a diverse group of eco-conscious high school peers in the Los Angeles area who can dedicate 5-10 hours per month to this academy. Discover a vast array of industries and the environmental impact they make and gain knowledge to develop and drive better environmental standards, impacts and outcomes. To learn more, click here. You must apply before September 30th.

For students interested in film:

Learn all the ins and outs of filmmaking as you produce short films, music videos, documentaries, and more! You will get hands-on experience with professional film equipment and be mentored by Hollywood pros at Sony, Paramount, Discovery Networks, Roku, and more! The program is 100% FREE and no experience is necessary! After the weekly program, you can intern with Fresh Films! Take your skills to the next level and work on set of TV shows & films (where 93 youth did that this summer!) Classes are available in person at The Boys and Girls Club of Los Angeles Harbor, as well as virtually. Space is limited so apply now. Registration ends October 20. To learn more, click here

To see a complete list of Real World Learning opportunities, please click here

Free Scholarship Webinar presented El Camino College Financial Aid Office



This event is open to everyone (High School Students – Juniors & Seniors & College Students, U.S. Residents and Non-Residents, Undocumented Students, International Students), counselors, parents, and teachers and etc.

El Camino college financial Aid Presents

A Free scholarship Webinar

This free webinar will introduce you To the Sallie Mae scholarship database, provide key tips on applying for scholarships, how to create a winning scholarship essay, and more.

Select a Dates & Register in Advance:

Registar in Advance:

Week 6 Preview

Greetings Designers & Design Families!

This week, Da Vinci Design ended the week in celebration of the beginning of Latinx History Month! Shout out to our Latinx Student Union for decorating our campus (see below) and for preparing for our Latinx Heritage Month Community Dialogue which will happen on October 7th.

We also had our annual DVD Club Fair on Thursday! Thank you to all of our club leaders and club advisors for continuing to make our school a space where students can come together around such a wide variety of interests, hobbies and identities. See below for some photos from our Club Fair!

The Week 6 Bell Schedule can be found here:

School photos from DVD Picture Day have been uploaded for families to purchase here: 
Students are sorted by Advisory so families can navigate to their Advisory and make any purchases they’d like through the gallery. There will be one final make-up day for school photos on Tuesday, September 20th.

DVD School Site Council is looking for new members! School Site Council is an opportunity for parents/guardians, students, & staff to work collaboratively to review the school program, review data and identify needs, make recommendations for the Local Control and Accountability Plan, and approve the Single/School Plan for Student Achievement.

All submissions will be added to a voting form that will go out to the DVD parent community on September 22nd. School Site Council members will be notified prior to the first School Site Council meeting will be held after school (via Zoom) on Wednesday, September 28. If you have any questions, feel free to send them to me at

Upcoming Key Dates & Reminders

  • Tuesday, 9/20: Final Make-Up Picture Day
  • Wednesday, 9/28 @4:30pm: School Site Council Meeting #1 (via Zoom)
  • Wednesday, 10/12: PSAT/SAT Testing Day
  • Thursday, 10/13 & Friday, 10/14: No School – Staff Development
  • 10/17-10/21: Student-Led Conferences (SLCs)

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