Next week is our Fall Exhibition Night! Our Sophomores and Seniors have been hard at work preparing projects that demonstrate their skills and knowledge. We are excited to invite all parents, families, friends, and community members to DVD Exhibition Night Tues, Nov. 15th from 5:30pm – 7:30pm.
This week, a group of DVD students from all grade levels had the exciting opportunity to go the LAX Aviation Career Day fair. From piloting and TSA to fire department and construction trades, students had an opportunity to learn all about what careers look like in the setting of a huge and local economic driving force: LAX airport. The event was hosted on the LAX tarmac, where students not only engaged with employers in a range of fields, but got to tour different aircraft and even sit in first class. See photos from the event below!
In honor of Veteran’s Day, tomorrow (11/11) is a school and national holiday in recognition of those who dedicated their time and lives to military service. To our veterans and to our military families: thank you for your service.
See the Week 14 bell schedule here:
Key Upcoming Dates & Events:
Friday, 11/11: Veteran’s Holiday – NO SCHOOL
Tuesday, 11/15: Exhibition Night (10th & 12th grades)
All families, friends, alumni, and community members welcome!
Location: Da Vinci Design, 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Friday, 11/18: Alumni Sibling Day Are you a DVD graduate? Come visit us! Contact Pam Baker at email@example.com for more details.
11/21-11/25: Thanksgiving Break – NO SCHOOL
12/8-12/15: Presentations of Learning (POLs) – Minimum Day Schedule
Week 13 Highlight: LAX Aviation Career Day Field Trip
As we approach the season of Thanksgiving, we are all grateful for the tremendous work of our school staff – from our teachers to counselors to paraeducators to custodians to front office staff. To show our appreciation, we are organizing Thanksgiving baskets to deliver to our school staff on Thursday, November 17th. The idea is that each staff member will receive one basket containing treats and words of appreciation from students and parents/guardians.
Here is how you can contribute to the baskets of Thanksgiving:
Items: If you are interested and able to purchase something to show your appreciation, please consider non-perishable items such as: individually wrapped : popcorn, gummies, trail mix, chips, hot chocolate, pretzels, candy, cookies, gift cards ($5) to target, Starbucks, coffee, sparkling water, tea, and any other non-perishable snacks. We need donated items collected by: Monday November 14th. All items can be left on the first-floor front office.
Words of Appreciation: There is nothing that means more to school staff than words of appreciation or encouragement. Please consider handwriting a note of thanks or typing one digitally here: DVD Staff Appreciation Notes We will be printing these digital messages and including all words of appreciation in the baskets. Handwritten notes can be dropped off by Monday November 14th.
With gratitude for your ongoing encouragement and support,
Da Vincians are out and about learning by doing and embracing the world in ever-expanding ways.
We invite you to share in the adventure and stay up-to-date with all things Da Vinci by following us through our organizational social channels. Post, tag and tweet with the hashtags #DaVinciSchools and #DVProud.
Are you interested in the aviation industry and want to learn more about it? Don’t miss out on this opportunity to explore various careers within the industry and what you can do to get there!
Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) is hosting the Annual LAX Aviation Career Day next Wednesday, November 9. This event will bring awareness of careers in the aviation industry as well as specialized curriculums at local colleges. Students can explore aviation career opportunities, speak with, and discuss career paths with more than 30 companies, federal agencies and other airport employers.
Students can pick up a field trip slip from their Office Manager at the school site’s front desk. Spots are limited so we encourage students to turn in their slips no later than Monday, November 7.
Students will be leaving to LAX at 8:30 am and returning at 1 pm.
So many exciting things to look forward to in the next week! DVD’s annual costume contest in honor of Halloween, a whole week full of spirit, our second Coffee with Admin Zoom session for parents/guardians, and our first school dance of the school year!
A big shout out goes to our 10th grade students and teachers today for the amazing cardboard boat races that happened today! It was SO much fun to watch students find out if their boats would sink or swim. Thank you to our friends at the El Segundo Aquatics Center for all of your help and coordination with this activity! We can’t wait to share all of the fun and photos from this exciting event during Exhibition Night on November 15th!
See the Week 12 bell schedule below:
Upcoming Events and Key Updates
10/31-11/4: Spirit Week! See flier below.
Please remind students that full-face masks and fake weapons will not be allowed in classrooms on Halloween, 10/31
Monday, October 31st: Deadline to complete federal meal application: We need every family to complete a federal Meal Application by October 31st to maximize funding for ALL Da Vinci students.
Blood Drive on Monday, 10/31: Our National Honor Society has partnered with the Red Cross to host a blood drive at Da Vinci Schools on Halloween! Please sign up here: Da Vinci Blood Drive Sign Up (Red Cross)
Both the state and federal government require Da Vinci to report the number of students each year who qualify for free and reduced meals. Although meals are currently being provided to all students free of charge, Da Vinci’s percentage of students who qualify for free and reduced meals greatly impacts the amount of additional funding Da Vinci can receive.
Da Vinci is so close to qualifying for additional funding… Even a small increase in eligible forms collected results in significantly more money for ALL students.
We need every family to complete a federal Meal Application by October 31st to maximize funding for ALL Da Vinci students.
Please fill out the application online at MySchoolApps.com. Only complete one application per family. This information will not be shared or utilized for any other purpose.
Based on your circumstances, your family may qualify for P-EBT food benefits, low-cost internet access, utilities assistance, fee waivers for college applications, SAT/ACT and Subject Test fee waivers, scholarships, and more!
Don’t delay — you may be eligible for significant savings while helping Da Vinci maximize funding for ALL students.
Please complete a meal application no later than Oct. 31st at MySchoolApps.com. We thank you!
It was so wonderful meeting you, parents and families, this week for Student Led Conferences! We appreciate your time and investment in the learning success of your children. We are here to support your students aspirations and goals – and expect each and every one of our students to do and be their best!
Next week, we will resume full days including seminars – and we will end the week with a spooky / spirit week themed Community Dialogue! See the Week 11 schedule AND a flier for spirit week (10/31-11/4) below!
It is time for us to do our bi-annual parent/guardian survey! Your positive feedback and participation is important to us. Please help us learn about our successes and about where we need to grow. If you did not get a chance to participate during SLCs, please do so today!
This week, we are looking forward to a short but impactful week! We are preparing for the PSAT Test Day on Wed, 10/12. Thursday and Friday there is no school due to staff professional development. And, we are getting ready for Student Led Conferences (aka: SLCs) next week! Every student is expected to participate in SLCs this semester. SLCs will happen on campus unless a Zoom meeting is requested. See below for SLC schedules and details.
Last week, we wrapped up with a very special Community Dialogue in honor of Latinx/Hispanic Heritage Month! We celebrated with banda music, dancing, student performances, and games. A special shout out goes to our Latinx Student Union, Leadership team and advisor teachers for helping to coordinate this special celebration. See photos below!
Here is special schedule for Week 9 (10/10-10/14):
Student Led Conferences (SLCs): Grade Level Resources
We are exploring adding additional language and arts offerings during Zero period (which will be approximately 7:25-8:35am) next semester. The goal is to make any additional offerings available to all high school students, regardless of school site.
Please complete the survey below by Friday, Oct. 14th to share your thoughts and ideas about what additional language and arts classes we should offer. There is also space on the survey to share any other thoughts or ideas you think we should know. There are two separate surveys — one for students and one for parents/guardians.