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Week 36 Preview: POLs Around the Corner!

Greetings Designers and Design Families,

There have been so many great event happening at DVD this past week! On Saturday, 5/11, our 10th Grade Honors Art students participated in an Art Show called “Camp Kitsch” @ Indivisible Arts in Hermosa Beach. Students displayed paintings, sculptures, and multimedia work in a professional gallery space with live music. Then, on Wednesday 5/15, we celebrated Decision Day and Senior Awards Night with our Class of 2024! Seniors declared their post-high school plans, wore swag for the colleges they will attend, and were surprised by their parents and families with a celebratory potluck in the BlackBox. We wrapped up the week with a Career Day presentation in our 9th and 10th grade classrooms! Organized by a group of 12th grade students for their Senior Project, we had representatives from design industries present personal career experiences. See below for photos from the 10th grade Honors art show and 12th grade Decision Day!

Presentations of Learning (POLs) are happening from 5/28-6/4! POLs are performance based assessments which give students the opportunity to develop their speaking and presentation skills, and they give students space 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 be happy to accommodate. 

Week 36 DVD Bell Schedule:

Key Dates and Upcoming Events

  • Wed, May 22nd: Senior Showcase Exhibition (5:30 to 7:30 PM @ WWOO Concrete Outdoor Kitchen)
  • Thurs, May 23rd: Parent Advisory Committee Meeting #5
    • *5pm via Zoom*
    • Agenda: 1) Public Comment, 2) 23-24 School Data Review, 3) Final LCAO Feedback Review, 4) Meeting Reflections
    • Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/8331212069
  • Mon, May 27: NO SCHOOL – MEMORIAL DAY HOLIDAY
  • Tues, May 28th – Tues, June 4th: Presentations of Learning (POLs)
    • Minimum day schedules – school out at 1:45pm
    • *NOTE: School starts at 8:40am on Friday, 5/31 (not 9:45am) due to POL schedule
  • Wed, June 5th: Last Day of Classes for 2023-24 School Year

Week 35 Campus Highlights: 10th Grade Honors Art Show @ Indivisible Arts in Hermosa Beach and Class of 2024 Decision Day:

Week 35 Preview

Greetings Designers and Design Families,

Thanks for another great week at DVD! This week, we celebrated our awesome team of educators all week long in honor of Teacher Appreciation Week! Thank you to all of our amazing families for recognizing the dedicated team Da Vinci Design this week.

Then, we wrapped up the week with Community Dialogue in honor of Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month, hosted by DVD’s AAPISU Club. We played games, featured special performances, and had so much fun! See photos below.

Summer 2024 at DV:

On Wednesday, 5/1, the DVD admin team hosted our monthly “Coffee with Admin” Q&A session (virtually, via Zoom). Click here for the May Coffee with Admin slides, or use the DVD Parent Info Sessions & Coffee with Admin Slides link under the “Resources” column on the blog. See the slides to find more information on all of the exciting Summer 2024 programs and real world learning opportunities happening at DV!

Here is the Bell Schedule for Week 35 at DVD:

Parking Update for Campus at 201 N. Douglas: 

Da Vinci Schools would like to remind you that it is mandatory for all vehicles parked on the 201 campus to display a valid parking permit during school hours. This includes all students who drive to school and park on campus. On Monday, May 13, 2024, we will begin enforcement of towing vehicles parked without a valid permit. Any car that has already been cited twice this year will be towed on the third offense. Thank you for your cooperation in maintaining a safe and organized parking environment on campus. For questions, please contact Lead Safety Officer Glenn Noya at gnoya@davincischools.org.

Key Dates and Upcoming Events

  • Sat, May 11th: DVD 10th Grade Honors Art Show
    • @ Indivisible Arts in Hermosa Beach
    • 4:30pm-8pm
    • Art, Live Music, and Fun!
  • Mon, May 13th – Thurs, 16th: Last week of seminar classes!
  • Wed, May 15th: Class of 2024 Decision Day Celebration & Senior Awards Night
  • Wed, May 22nd: Senior Showcase Exhibition (5:30 to 7:30 PM @ WWOO Concrete Outdoor Kitchen)
  • Mon, May 27: NO SCHOOL – MEMORIAL DAY HOLIDAY
  • Tues, May 28th – Tues, June 4th: Presentations of Learning (POLs)
    • Minimum day schedules – school out at 1:45pm
    • *NOTE: School starts at 8:40am on Friday, 5/31 (not 9:45am) due to POL schedule
  • Wed, June 5th: Last Day of Classes for 2023-24 School Year

Week 34 Campus Highlight: Community Dialogue in honor of Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month (hosted by DVD’s AAPISU Club)

 

Week 34 Preview

Greetings Designers and Design Families!

Tonight is PROM NIGHT! We are excited to eat, dance and celebrate with our Class of 2024. Don’t forget that Prom was moved to a new location – here are the details:

WHAT:  Senior Prom
WHEN:  Friday, May 3, 2024 | 6:30-10:00 PM
WHERE:  The Terrace2361 Rosecrans Ave., 2nd Floor, El Segundo – NEW
LOCATION

(The Terrace is located at the corner of Rosecrans/Continental Circle; there is plenty of free parking in the parking structure)

Next week (May 6th – May 10th) is Teacher Appreciation Week! Feel free to join us in appreciating our staff by helping to provide some treats for our staff this week. Sign up below to drop off some items on the morning on select days for the week of May 6-10th.

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: Appreciation Notes. Handwritten notes can be dropped off to the office anytime during the week.

Summer 2024 at DV:

On Wednesday, 5/1, the DVD admin team hosted our monthly “Coffee with Admin” Q&A session (virtually, via Zoom). Click here for the May Coffee with Admin slides, or use the DVD Parent Info Sessions & Coffee with Admin Slides link under the “Resources” column on the blog. See the slides to find more information on all of the exciting Summer 2024 programs and real world learning opportunities happening at DV!

Here is the Bell Schedule for Week 34 at DVD:

Key Dates and Upcoming Events

  • Fri, May 10th: Community Dialogue in honor of Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month (hosted by DVD’s AAPISU Club)
  • Sat, May 11th: DVD 10th Grade Honors Art Show
    • @ Indivisible Arts in Hermosa Beach
    • 4:30pm-8pm
    • Art, Live Music, and Fun!
  • Mon, May 13th – Thurs, 16th: Last week of seminar classes!
  • Wed, May 15th: Class of 2024 Decision Day Celebration & Senior Awards Night
  • Wed, May 22nd: Senior Showcase Exhibition (@ WWOO Kitchen)

DVD Coffee with Admin Today at 8am and 5pm (via Zoom)

Good Morning DVD Parents and Guardians!

Today at 8am and 5pm, join the DVD admin team for our monthly “Coffee with Admin” chat. Simply log on via Zoom and bring any school-related questions, or just sit back, relax, and hear about school updates. This will be our last Coffee with Admin of the 2023-24 school year. Hope to see you there!

Wed, May 1st: Coffee w/ Admin

  • All parents and guardians welcome! Join for brief school updates and open Q&A with the DVD admin team
  • 8am or 5pm, via Zoom
  • Agenda: 1) Campus Updates & Highlights, 2) Upcoming Calendar Events, 3) 2024-25 Calendar, 4) Summer 2024 Programs, 5) Q&A
  • Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/8331212069

Week 33 Preview: Progress Reports Coming This Week

Greetings Designers and Design Families,

This week, we have to shout out the incredible work of our theater program and their spring musical, the Addams Family! We are so proud of all of our Designers in the cast and crew. And – it’s not too late to catch a performance! Click here for tickets to see the Addams Family musical this weekend – see pictures below from opening night!

With the end of the semester and POLs approaching soon, it is time for our last round of progress reports. Progress reports are being mailed home today on April 26th. The purpose of progress reports is to give families the opportunity to have a snapshot of student progress, and to be able to have a conversation at home with students about how to stay successful in school. This information will also be used by teachers and counselors in their plans to support all students. Please follow up with your child’s teachers directly with any questions about assignments or grades.

It is time for our biannual family and student surveys! Next week, you will receive an email from a survey app called Kelvin. This is not spam! Please follow the prompt to complete an online survey from Kelvin to share your feedback on Da Vinci Design. It should take less than 10 minutes to complete the survey. We appreciate your time and your feedback!

Da Vinci Schools is excited to collaborate with UCLA’s Blood and Platelet Center for a Blood Drive event! Join us on Monday, April 29th, from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM in the BlackBox Theatre at our 201 Campus. This event is open to students, staff, and community members alike. See the flyer below for instructions to sign-up.

See the Week 33 Bell Schedule Here:

Key Dates and Upcoming Events

  • Fri, April 26th: Round 2 Progress Reports Sent Home
  • Mon, April 29th: UCLA Health Blood Drive
  • Wed, May 1st: Coffee w/ Admin
    • All parents and guardians welcome! Join for brief school updates and open Q&A with the DVD admin team
    • 8am or 5pm, via Zoom
    • Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/8331212069
  • Fri, May 3rd: Staff Development – No School
  • Fri, May 3rd 6pm-10pm: Prom (@ Wallis Annenberg Hall, USC)
  • Wed, May 15th: Class of 2024 Decision Day Celebration
  • Wed, May 22nd: Senior Showcase Exhibition (@ Zimmerman Auto Museum)

Week 32 Highlight: The Addams Family Musical

Mon, April 29th: UCLA Health Blood Drive

Week 32 Preview: Progress Reports Next Week

Greetings Designers and Design Families,

With the end of the semester and POLs approaching soon, it is time for our last round of progress reports. Progress reports are being mailed home next week on April 26th. The purpose of progress reports is to give families the opportunity to have a snapshot of student progress, and to be able to have a conversation at home with students about how to stay successful in school. This information will also be used by teachers and counselors in their plans to support all students. Please follow up with your child’s teachers directly with any questions about assignments or grades.

If you do not receive a progress report in the mail by Friday, May 3rd, please reach out by calling Da Vinci Design at 310-725-5800, or send an email Office Manager Maria Beltran at mbeltran@davincischools.org to request a digital progress report for your child.

Here is the Bell Schedule for Week 32:

Upcoming Events and Other Key Dates:

  • Wed, Apr. 24th: Parent Advisory Committee Meeting #4:
  • Fri, April 26th: Round 2 Progress Reports Sent Home
  • Wed, May 1st: Coffee w/ Admin
    • All parents and guardians welcome! Join for brief school updates and open Q&A with the DVD admin team
    • 8am or 5pm, via Zoom
    • Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/8331212069
  • Fri, May 3rd: Prom (@ Wallis Annenberg Hall, USC)
  • Wed, May 15th: Class of 2024 Decision Day Celebration

Week 31 Preview & Senior Activities

Greetings Designers and Design Families,

We’re back and headed into the last stretch of the school year! Can you believe it? This week, we kicked off testing season with CAASPP ELA (11th grade) and MAP testing (10th/9th grades). Next week, our 9th grade will participate in Physical Fitness Testing and 11th grade will continue with CAASPP Math. Thank you families for making sure that students come to school, on time, ready for these events.

Additionally, we wrapped up this week with our sports-themed Community Dialogue in the gym and had so much fun! We played games, announced our monthly All-Star students, and we announced the winning advisory of our March Tech Madness competition. March Tech Madness was a tournament to see which advisory could consistently keep lowering their screen time on their phones, week after week, for the month of March. Congratulations to Ms. Guilkey-Santos’s advisory!

Because of CAASPP testing, 11th grade will be following a slightly modified schedule next week. Here is the Bell Schedule for Week 31:

Senior Activities: Class of 2024

As we get closer to the end of the school year, we are gearing up for Senior events that celebrate our graduating Class of 2024!

Calendar Dates for Senior Events:

  • Prom: Friday, May 3rd, 2024 (@ Wallis Annenberg Hall, USC)
  • Grad Nite: Friday, May 31st, 2024 (@ Disneyland & CA Adventure)
  • Graduation: Thursday, June 6th, 2024 – 1pm ceremony start (@ WDV Gym, 201 N. Douglas)

*For questions about Senior Activities, including Prom or Graduation, please see reach out to Asst. Principal Kirk Takeyama, ktakeyama@davincischools.org*

Upcoming Events and Other Key Dates:

  • Mon, Apr. 15th: Optional SAT Test Day (by sign up only)
  • Mon, Apr. 15th + Tues, Apr. 16th: Physical Fitness Testing (9th Grade)
  • Wed, Apr. 17th + Thurs, Apr. 18th: CAASPP State Testing: Math (11th Grade)
  • Fri, Apr. 19th: DVD Senior Beach Day
  • Wed, Apr. 24th: Parent Advisory Committee Meeting #4:
  • Fri, April 26th: Round 2 Progress Reports Sent Home

Happy Spring Break, Designers!

Greetings Designers and Design Families,

Wishing you all a safe, restful and fun Spring Break! Tomorrow, our campus is closed in honor of the Cesar Chavez holiday. Our campus is closed next week (4/1-4/5) for Spring Break.

We will return for classes on Monday, April 8th. See you then!

Upcoming Events and Other Key Dates:

  • Fri, Mar. 29th – Cesar Chavez Holiday (No School)
  • Mon, Apr. 1st – Fri, Apr. 5th: Spring Break (No School)
  • Mon, April 8th: Return from Spring Break
  • Wed, April 10th: Coffee w/ Admin
    • All parents and guardians welcome! Join for brief school updates and open Q&A with the DVD admin team
    • 8am or 5pm, via Zoom
    • Agenda: TBD
    • Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/8331212069
  • Wed, Apr. 10th + Thurs, Apr. 11th: CAASPP State Testing: English (11th Grade) and MAP Testing (9th/10th)
  • Mon, Apr 15th: Optional SAT Test Day (by sign up only)
  • Wed, Apr. 17th + Thurs, Apr. 18th: CAASPP State Testing: Math (11th Grade)

Week 29 Preview

Greetings Designers and Design Families,

Congratulations to all of our 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students and teachers on such an awesome, smooth Exhibition Night experience last night! Students were on their A-game, the work was full of depth and connection, and the energy on campus was electric. Thank you families and DVD community for showing up and sharing all of your support! See photos below from Spring 2024 Exhibition Night!

See the bell schedule for Week 29 here:

Upcoming Events and Other Key Dates:

  • Mon, Mar. 25th: 9th Grade college field trip
  • Wed, Mar. 27th: 10th Grade college field trip
  • Fri, Mar. 29th – Cesar Chavez Holiday (No School)
  • Mon, Apr. 1st – Fri, Apr. 5th: Spring Break (No School)
  • Mon, April 8th: Return from Spring Break
  • Wed, Apr. 10th + Thurs, Apr. 11th: CAASPP State Testing: English (11th Grade) and MAP Testing (9th/10th)
  • Mon, Apr 15th: Optional SAT Test Day
  • Wed, Apr. 17th + Thurs, Apr. 18th: CAASPP State Testing: Math (11th Grade)

Week 28 Campus Highlight: Exhibition Night!

Week 28: Exhibition Night on Thursday!

Greetings Designers and Design Families,

This week is Exhibition Night! Exhibition Night is happening at the Da Vinci Design campus from 5:30pm-7:30pm on Thursday, March 21st. Students have been working for weeks and months in preparation to display all of their hard work. Families, friends and neighbors are all welcome. Please come and be ready to see some mind-blowing projects!

Last week on Friday, March 18th, we welcomed back DVD alumni for an special day of connection and community on our campus. It was so special to hear what our graduates as far back as 2013 (our first graduating class!) have accomplished since graduating, and how DVD helped set them up for success. Thank you to all of our alumni who were able to attend, and to our Alumni Coordinator Pam Baker for setting up this great event. See photos below! Are you a DVD alum and want to know more about upcoming alumni events? Email DVD Alumni Coordinator Pam Baker at pbaker@davincischools.org for info.

Here is the Bell Schedule for Week 28:

Upcoming Events and Other Key Dates:

  • Wed, March 20th: Parent Advisory Committee Meeting #3:
    • *5pm via Zoom*
    • Agenda: 1) Public Comment, 2) WASC Introduction, 3) LCAP: Goal 3 + 4 Review, 4) Meeting Reflections
    • Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/8331212069
  • Thursday, Mar. 21st, 5:30pm-7:30pm: Exhibition Night! (9th/10th/11th Grades)
  • Fri, Mar. 29th – Cesar Chavez Holiday (No School)
  • Mon, Apr. 1st – Fri, Apr. 5th: Spring Break (No School)
  • Mon, April 8th: Return from Spring Break
  • Wed, Apr. 10th + Thurs, Apr. 11th: CAASPP State Testing: English (11th Grade) and MAP Testing (9th/10th)
  • Wed, Apr. 17th + Thurs, Apr. 18th: CAASPP State Testing: Math (11th Grade)

Week 27 Campus Highlight: Alumni Day!

 

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