Archive for February 22, 2024

Announcements from Real World Learning Director (2.22.2024)

We are thrilled to announce that Da Vinci Schools will be hosting its first-ever Trades Fair! This event is an excellent opportunity for our students to explore various career paths and gain insights into the world of skilled trades.

Date: Thursday, March 28th
Time: 1pm to 5pm (The Trades Fair will be open to parents from 4pm to 5pm)
Location: Da Vinci Schools
Black Box Theater
201 N Douglas St. El Segundo 

To RSVP, please click here

At the Trades Fair, students will have the chance to interact with schools from different trades, participate in hands-on activities, and learn about the diverse opportunities available in fields such as aviation mechanics, automotive technology, birthwork, construction, cosmetology and make-up artistry, dental hygienist, fire technology, welding, and more.

Some of our participating schools include: 

Make-Up Designory
Birthworkers of Color Collective
West LA College
Savvy Beauty Academy
McKallen Medical Training Center
El Camino College
Universal Technical Institute

If you have any questions please contact Ms. Crissel Rodriguez, Director of Real World Learning, at crodriguez@davincischools.org.
Learn more about amazing RWL Opportunities here!

Week 24 Preview

Greetings Designers and Design Families!

Wishing you all a safe, fun and restful holiday weekend ahead! School will not be in session on Monday, February 19th in honor of President’s Day Holiday; school will resume on Tuesday, February 20th with an all periods schedule day.

This week was spirit week! We wore pink on Wednesday (Valentine’s Day) and handed out valentine’s grams, got comfy on Thursday, and wrapped up with Twins Day. See some of our favorite twins in the pics below!

Next week, we are looking forward to lots of fun activities! Our 11th grade students are going on college field trips on Tuesday, our 10th graders are going on a field trip to the “Great Wall of LA” mural also on Tuesday, and then we have a our Spring Dance on Friday!

Here is the Week 24 Bell Schedule for DVD:

Upcoming Events and Other Key Dates:

  • Mon, Feb. 19th: NO SCHOOL – PRESIDENTS DAY HOLIDAY
  • Tues, Feb. 20th: 11th grade College Field Trip / 10th grade field trip to SPARC
  • Wed, Feb. 21st: Parent Advisory Committee Meeting #2
    • 5pm-6pm in-person OR via Zoom
    • Agenda: 1) Public Comment, 2) School Safety Plan Review, 3) LCAP: Goal 2 Review, 4) Meeting Reflections
    • Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/8331212069
  • Fri, Feb. 23rd: Progress Reports Sent Home
  • Fri, Feb. 23rd 6pm-9pm: Spring Dance *NEW DATE*
  • Mon, Mar. 11th – Thurs, Mar. 14th: Student Led Conferences (SLCs)
  • Thursday, Mar. 21st: Exhibition Night! (9th/10th/11th Grades)

Week 23 Campus Highlight: Twin Day!

Announcements from Real World Learning Director (2.16.2024)

Real World Learning Opportunities will now be accessible through Canvas, our online learning platform.

To ensure that your child doesn’t miss out on any of these valuable experiences, we encourage them to enroll in the “Real World Learning Opportunities” course on Canvas. By enrolling, they will receive all the latest announcements regarding real-world learning experiences, including volunteer opportunities, internships, community service projects, and other enriching activities.

Learn more about amazing RWL Opportunities here!
If you have any questions please contact Ms. Crissel Rodriguez, Director of Real World Learning, at crodriguez@davincischools.org.

Week 23 Preview

Greetings Designers and Design Families,

This week at DVD, we celebrated National School Counseling Week! The purpose of National School Counseling Week is to focus public attention on the unique contribution of school counselors within U.S. school systems. National School Counseling Week, sponsored by ASCA, highlights the tremendous impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career. We are so grateful to our amazing team of school counselors at DVD and recognize them for all they do! Thank you to Ms. Pam Baker, Ms. Nicole Tafoya, and Mr. Omar Sanchez!

On February 7th, we had our February edition of “Coffee with Admin”, our monthly check-in for parents/guardians with the DVD admin team. If you’d like to see the updates shared during our meeting, click here or see the “DVD Parent Info Sessions & Coffee with Admin Slides” link on the right side of our blog.

Here is the Bell Schedule for Week 23:

Upcoming Events and Other Key Dates:

  • Mon, Feb. 12th: Blood Drive (DVC + American Red Cross)
    • On Monday, February 12th, the DVC National Honor Society is proud to pay it forward and strengthen our community by helping to save lives. We are partnering with the American Red Cross to hold a blood drive, and we need your help to make it a success.
    • We invite you to join us. If you can help, please visit the link below:
  • Mon, Feb. 19th: NO SCHOOL – PRESIDENTS DAY HOLIDAY
  • Fri, Feb. 23rd: Progress Reports Sent Home
  • Fri, Feb. 23rd 6pm-9pm: Spring Dance *NEW DATE*

National School Counseling Week

Happy National School Counseling week Designers!

National School Counseling Week 2024 (#NSCW24) is Feb. 5-9, 2024, to focus public attention on the unique contribution of school counselors within U.S. school systems. National School Counseling Week, sponsored by ASCA, highlights the tremendous impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career. National School Counseling Week is always celebrated the first full week in February. The 2024 theme is “School Counseling: Standards-Based, Student-Focused.”

 

 

DVD Counseling Team!

Week 22 Preview + Week 21 Wrap: Black History Month Celebration and POL Excellence Awards

Greetings Designers and Design Families,

What an exciting and fun end to our week! Today, we celebrated the start of Black History Month with our annual community dialogue celebration hosted by the DVD Black Student Union (BSU). The whole school community shared in the joy as students did a series of fantastic celebrity impersonations during the assembly today: we had dance performances from everyone from Drake to Nicki Minaj, from Rihanna to Ciara, and we even had a round of Family Feud hosted by Steve Harvey. See pictures below!

We started our morning today recognizing a stellar group of students at our first ever POL Excellence Awards Breakfast in the Black Box Theater. At this event, students who were nominated for exceptional performances on their Fall 2023 Presentations of Learning got to do a “victory lap” presentation in a TedTalk-style format for families, friends and staff. Students presented websites, architectural designs, stories, and so much more. Congrats again to our POL Excellence Awards Winners! Kinnon Palmer (9), Sarah Arambula (9), Sophia Julin (9), Ethan Dupree (10), Allison Campbell (10), Adan Barbosa (11), Isabelle Ibarra & Sandra Medina (11), Kylie Charfen-Horvath (11), Michael Garcia (12), Sophia Quintanilla (12), and Adan Victoria (12). See more pictures below!

Here is the Week 22 Bell Schedule:

Senior Activities 2024: Prom, Grad Nite, and Graduation

Seniors and Senior Families: This week in English class, DVD Dean Ms. B presented important information for the Class of 2024. See the link here for important dates and ticket regarding Senior Activities!

Important Class of 2024 Dates:

  • Prom – Friday, May 3, 2024
  • Disneyland Grad Nite – Friday, May 31, 2024
  • Graduation Ceremony – Thursday, June 6, 2024 @1pm

Upcoming Events and Other Key Dates:

  • Wed, Feb. 7th: Coffee w/ Admin:
    • 8am or 5pm, in-person OR via Zoom
    • Agenda: 1) Semester 2 Updates, 2) Fall 2023 Survey Data Share-Out, 3) Q&A with Admin
    • Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/8331212069
  • Thursday, Feb. 8th: Senior Project Meeting for Families
  • Fri, Feb. 9th: NO SCHOOL – STAFF DEVELOPMENT
  • Fri, Feb. 9th 6pm-9pm: Spring Dance!
  • Mon, Feb. 12th: Blood Drive (DVC + American Red Cross)
    • On Monday, February 12th, the DVC National Honor Society is proud to pay it forward and strengthen our community by helping to save lives. We are partnering with the American Red Cross to hold a blood drive, and we need your help to make it a success.
    • We invite you to join us. If you can help, please visit the link below:
  • Mon, Feb. 19th: NO SCHOOL – PRESIDENTS DAY HOLIDAY
  • Fri, Feb. 23rd: Progress Reports Sent Home

Week 21 Highlights: Black History Month Celebration and POL Excellence Awards

Wellness Screener

Dear DVD Families,

The number of youth nationally experiencing anxiety and depression has risen 30% in recent years according to U.S. Health and Human Services. In an effort to be more proactive in supporting students’ mental health, a wellness screener will be given on February 7th to all students at Da Vinci Design HS to identify students who may need support. Results from the screener will be used by the counselors to offer students interventions such as coping skills groups, counselor check ins, and referrals for therapy.

Scores will not be shared with students or parents/guardians. Parent/guardian consent is required if a student is referred to receive counseling services delivered by Antioch or Luminarias therapists. If you would like your student to OPT-OUT and NOT PARTICIPATE in the screener, please fill out the form by Monday, February 5.

Be Well,
DVD Counselors

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