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Week 38 Preview: LGBTQ Pride Month and Last Week of School!

Greetings Designers and Design Families,

Next week is the last week of the 2021-2022 school year – and summer break is right around the corner! Congrats to students for all of their hard work this week on their POLs. From presenting analysis on their student-created poetry in English 9 to completing dissections in their Biology class, students have been working hard to “show what they know” in a variety of ways.

See the schedule for next week here:

Happy LGBTQ Pride Month! Da Vinci Schools is proud to recognize and celebrate the LGBTQ community this month, and the many ways LGBTQ folx have contributed to our world. Pride was originally focused on securing basic rights and later confronting the AIDS epidemic. Pride continues to be about creating and affirming spaces where LGBTQIA+ people can exist freely, without persecution.

We are also proud to share this summer program hosted by local non-profit Rainbow Labs.

One Bold Summer – A Rainbow Labs Summer Program for LGBTQ Youth
Rainbow Labs, a local organization that works with LGBTQ+ youth, is offering a free LGBTQ+ youth mentoring program this summer for six weeks. Their “One Bold Summer” mentoring program pairs LGBTQ+ youth in groups with two mentors for their Storytelling Lab and Accelerator Lab. Applications have been extend are due this Sunday, June 5th.
  • Program Dates: June 20 – July 31
  • Program Days/Times: 12:30 PM – 2:30 PM. Mondays (In Person) & Wednesdays (Virtual.) You must attend both days.
  • In Person Location: Heart Of Los Angeles, 2701 Wilshire Blvd #100, Los Angeles, CA 90057
  • Overview: LGBTQ+ Youth will have the opportunity to meet other LGBTQ+ youth across Los Angeles in six weeks of fun and engaging content. Youth will learn how to tell their personal stories through our Storytelling Lab. In our Accelerator Lab, youth will team up to come up with their own business ideas to pitch to major companies such as Disney, Hilton, American and more. Throughout the whole six weeks youth will be in groups of 3-7 with two mentors
  • More Information & Application: https://www.rainbowlabs.org/one-bold-summer-2022
  • LGBTQ+ Youth Video: https://www.rainbowlabs.org/the-mentormentee-experience

Key Events & Upcoming Dates:

  • June 6th + June 7th: POL Schedules (minimum days – school ends at 1:55pm)
  • June 8th, Wednesday: Last Day of School (minimum day – school ends at 1:55pm)
  • June 9th: Graduation Ceremony, 5:00pm – at 201 N. Douglas St. Campus; must have ticket to attend, and graduating Seniors should arrive at 4pm
  • June 14th: Summer Session 1 begins (by referral from counselors)
    Summer school forms were distributed to students this week. Click here for additional information on summer school.  If your student received a summer school form, you must register for summer school.  Click here for the summer school registration form.

Week 37 Preview: 10th Grade Pathways Selection & POLs Begin Next Week!

Greetings Designers and Designer Families,

We’ve almost made it! We are in the final stretch of the semester, and POLs are around the corner. POL Schedules means that we follow minimum day schedules May 31st – June 8th – school begins at 8:55am and school ends at 1:55pm every day.

See the Week 37 and 38 POL schedule here:

We hope you have a terrific Memorial Day Weekend and wish to extend a special word of gratitude to all those who have served or are currently serving in our country’s armed forces. Thank you for your service!

Next week is the beginning of Presentations of Learning! POLs give students the opportunity to develop their speaking and presentation skills and are an opportunity for students to reflect publicly on their learning. Because these are formal presentations, students are expected to wear formal attire. Any student in need of formal attire, please contact the front office and we will do our best to accommodate.

For specific details and schedules regarding POLs, please reach out to your student’s grade level teachers.

10th Grade Design Pathways Selection Resources

10th grade students and parents: After CD today, Sophomores received a presentation about the Design Pathways Selection Process. Please look at the resource posted here so that you can help discuss this important decision as a family:
Additionally, DVD will host a Pathways “Open House” on Tuesday, May 31st, from 2pm-3pm in Pathways Classrooms (4th floor). ALL Sophomore should attend! Parents/Families are welcome to attend provided that they follow Covid protocols and procedures.
The final decision will be made in their Sophomore art classes as part of their POLs. ALL Sophomores must complete the Pathways Selection Survey in order to have their preference considered for their 11th grade courses.
For questions, please reach out to your counselor.

Key Events & Upcoming Dates:

  • May 30th, Monday: NO SCHOOL – Memorial Day Holiday
  • May 31st – June 7th: POL Schedules (minimum days – school ends at 1:55pm)
  • June 8th, Wednesday: Last Day of School (minimum day – school ends at 1:55pm)
  • June 9th: Graduation Ceremony, 5:00pm *Time Corrected* – at 201 N. Douglas St. Campus (must have ticket to attend)
  • June 14th: Summer Session 1 begins (by referral from counselors)

Resources and Supports In Response to School Violence in Texas

Dear Design Students and Families,

As a school community today, we joined in a moment of silence for the students and staff lost in the tragic shooting yesterday at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. We felt it was important to take a moment this morning to recognize the hurt and fear being felt across the nation as a result of the violence that happened. For educators, parents, and students, school violence is something we all feel deeply. We encourage all students, and families too, check in with yourself today, to recognize how you are feeling affected by this, and to reach out to those around you if you need support today. For students, this means reaching our their counselors for support.

Here are some resources that may be helpful as you navigate your classrooms in the wake of this violence:

Talking to Children About Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers (National Association of School Psychologists)

Helping Children Cope with Frightening News (Child Mind Institute)

Coping in the Aftermath of a Shooting (American Counseling Association)

Trauma and Disaster Mental Health (American Counseling Association)

Teaching in the Wake of Violence (Facing History and Ourselves)

As principal, I want reassure all of you that these events, while too common, are rare, and that our school is safe. I join you in feelings of sadness today, but am encouraged by the collective strength of our school community.

Russell Stoll
Principal
Da Vinci Design

Costa Rica Travel Opportunity for Spring 2023

Hello Future Travelers,

This is a final reminder if you haven’t yet enrolled for my Costa Rica’s Natural Wonder’s trip! Our trip with EF Educational Tours will take place next Spring 2023. There has been an overwhelming amount of interest and excitement around this destination. We’ve been blown away by the response and wanted to give everyone one final chance to enroll. We have filled 35 spots and only have 5 spots available!

Make sure to enroll by the deadline of Tuesday, May 31st to reserve your spot risk-free*. Enroll and see our trip website at www.eftours.com/2485599JW

Enroll by 5/31 to receive a $100 discount!

If you have questions, please reach out to Ms. Ada Wood (awood@davincischools.org) or Mr. Frank Solis (fsolis@davincischools.org), or call EF traveler support at 1-800-665-5364.

*EF is offering a Risk-Free Enrollment Period – Travelers who enroll now can cancel for any reason 30 days after enrollment for a full refund of 100% of the money paid to EF.

Week 36: POL Prep, Senior Showcase, and More!

Greetings Designers and Design Families,

This week, we are getting ready for POLs. This is a reminder that starting next week, Da Vinci Design will follow a minimum day schedule. From Tuesday, May 31st through the last day of school on Wednesday, June 8th, start time will be at 8:55am and end time will be at 1:55pm. See the bell schedule below.

Join us at South Bay Customs for the Senior Project Showcase on Thursday, May 26th! 

The Senior Showcase is a free event, open to the public, hosted by Da Vinci Design each year! This student led event is created to showcase dozens of senior projects. Senior projects use the skills students learned in their respective pathways to research and address an issue or interest in their communities. This Showcase is a Da Vinci Design tradition that every graduating class gets to complete leading up to graduation. There will be food, live music, and all of Design’s student’s final projects! Funds from sales will go to the cost of the venue, food, invitations, etc. We hope to see you there!

Date: Thursday, May 26th
Time: 5pm to 7pm
Location: 115 Penn St, El Segundo, CA 90245

Key Events & Upcoming Dates:

  • May 23rd, Monday: POL Prep Week begins (No Seminars)
  • May 26th, Thursday: Senior Showcase Event @ South Bay Customs (free event!)
  • May 27th, Friday: 10th Grade On-Campus Activity Day w/ Fulcrum
  • May 27th, Friday at 6pm: Paint Night Fundraiser (click here for details)
  • May 30th, Monday: NO SCHOOL – Memorial Day Holiday
  • May 31st – June 7th: POL Schedules (minimum days – school ends at 1:55pm)
  • June 8th, Wednesday: Last Day of School (minimum day – school ends at 1:55pm)
  • June 9th: Graduation Ceremony, 5:00pm *Time Corrected* – at 201 N. Douglas St. Campus (must have ticket to attend)

Kirk Takeyama Selected as Next Assistant Principal of Design

Da Vinci Schools is pleased to announce that Kirk Takeyama has been selected to serve as the next Assistant Principal of Da Vinci Design, effective July 1, 2022.
Kirk is an experienced school administrator. During the last six years, he has served as Assistant Principal of Culture and Climate at Bert Corona Charter School. He is experienced in positive behavior interventions and support strategies, and in coaching and supporting new teachers.
Kirk received his B.S. from Cal State Northridge and a M.A. in Education from National University.
We are excited to welcome Kirk to our Da Vinci family!

Week 35 Preview: POLs are coming!

Greetings Designers and Design Families!

It’s hard to believe that there are only four more weeks of school before summer break! And of course, with the end of the semester, comes POLs! See below for key upcoming dates, and some classroom highlights from our 9th grade Fundamentals of Design class as students get ready for POLs!

Upcoming Dates & Events:

  • May 11th, Wednesday (5:30pm-6:30pm): Senior Awards Night
  • May 17th, Tuesday: School Site Council Meeting #3
    Agenda: 1) ELPAC Testing Updates, 2) Review of Year 1 LCAP
  • May 19th, Thursday: 9th Grade Camp Retreat
  • May 19th, Thursday: Last day of Seminars
  • May 20th, Friday: 9th Grade On-Campus Activity Day
  • May 21st, Saturday: Senior Grad Nite
  • May 23rd, Monday: POL Prep Week (No Seminars)
  • May 27th, Friday: 9th Grade On-Campus Activity Day
  • May 30th, Monday: NO SCHOOL – Memorial Day Holiday
  • May 31st – June 7th: POL Schedules (minimum days – school ends at 1:55pm)
  • June 8th, Wednesday: Last Day of School (minimum day – school ends at 1:55pm)
  • June 9th: Graduation Ceremony, 5:00pm *Time Corrected* – at 201 N. Douglas St. Campus

Week 34 Classroom Highlight: 9th Grade Art POL Prep!
For this POL, students have multiple options to choose from. They can choose to revisit a skill taught previously in the year, or, they can work on a passion project! Here are just a few of the work samples from our 9th graders as they sculpt, stitch, draw, screen print, photoshop, and more!

Week 34 Preview

Greetings Designers and Design Families,

What a great week! Shout outs to all of our college-bound Seniors who we celebrated on Decision Day on Monday, 5/2. Thanks to our counseling team for making this fun and exciting event happen. Click here to see all of the photos for the post earlier in the week!

Next week, we will be having a Multicultural Fair on Monday and Tuesday, during an extended advisory period, hosted by Diversity Council. And, we will be celebrating our Seniors once again during Senior Awards Night on Wed, 5/11. Seniors who are receiving recognition will be notified, but all are welcome.

Upcoming Dates & Events:

  • May 11th, Wednesday (5:30pm-6:30pm): Senior Awards Night
  • May 17th, Tuesday: School Site Council Meeting #3
  • May 19th, Thursday: 9th Grade Camp Retreat
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