Announcements from Real World Learning Director (11.8.2022)

For students interested in leadership:
The California Department of Rehabilitation is holding an annual week-long leadership program called the Youth Leadership Forum for Students with Disabilities (YLF). The program is for sophomores, juniors, and seniors in high school. Applications are now available for the 2023 program, tentatively scheduled for July 13–19, 2023. If you have any questions regarding this subject, please get in touch with the Youth Leadership Forum by email at YLF@dor.ca.gov.

For students who want to volunteer:
The Rooted Friends Project is seeking volunteers to support a food pantry event, a Friendsgiving event, and a Hawthorne Toy Giveaway. For more details and to sign up, please visit their volunteer webpage.

For students interested in the tech industry:
Brothers Code 2022 is an event hosted by the Hidden Genius Project meant to introduce youth and adults of color to the tech industry as part of National Computer Science Education Week. Participants will practice coding, programming skills, explore career opportunities in the tech sector, network, and find ways to leverage technology to strengthen their communities and reach their goals. This event will be held on Saturday, December 10, 2022, from 8 am – 2 pm. The location is to be determined. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Register here.

Applications are now open for the 2023 Hidden Genius Project Intensive Immersion Program. High school students (Hidden Geniuses) participate in 15 months of intensive technical and entrepreneurial training through two 7-week summer sessions and one year of after-school programming. The Deadline to apply is February 19, 2023. Geniuses:

– Create innovative solutions to community challenges and problems
– Hone leadership and entrepreneurial skills and pitch business ideas
– Design their own websites, software, and other technical projects
– Establish healthy relationships and build trust with peers and mentors

Program Eligibility

– Black males of African descent
– Rising 9th – 11th graders
– No programming skills required

Staff Appreciation

Dear DVD Students, Parents, and Guardians,

 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:

  1. 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.

  1. 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,

 

Russell Stoll and Kirk Takeyama

Principal and Assistant Principal

Let’s Get Social – Stay connected, engaged and informed

let's get social

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.

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Sign up for the latest sports updates at our Wiseburn Da Vinci Athletics (WDV) blog. #GoWolves athletics.davincischools.org

Connect with us on our School Blogs & Social Accounts
Our school blogs and social accounts are also a great way to stay connected.

Da Vinci Communications
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Da Vinci Connect
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Da Vinci Connect High
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Da Vinci Science
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Don’t miss out on the fun & connect with us today!

FAFSA and CADAA Opt out Form

Hello Design Families,

Accessing financial aid is key to supporting students with continuing their education to achieve their career aspirations. Under a new state law: AB 469, high school seniors will be required to complete and submit either the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or California Dream Act Application (CADAA) or an opt-out form. This requirement begins with the Class of 2023.

Parents/Guardians who elect not to complete the FAFSA or CADAA should complete an opt-out form by March 2, 2023. You can request the opt-out form from your students respective Counselors.

Please contact DVD counselors if you have any questions. 

LAX Aviation Career Day – Fill out your permission slip today!

 

Pick up your field trip slip at your school site front office. Wednesday, November 9th

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.

 

DVD Alumni Sibling Day

Hello Designers.

We are excited to host Alumni Sibling Day on Friday, November 18th from 9am – 3pm. 

We are looking for alumni siblings (or cousins) of our current students to spend the day on the DVD campus before we leave for Thanksgiving break. We understand that our alumni may be in school, working or both so hopefully they can stop by at some point throughout the day.

All alumni will need to check in at the reception desk on the first floor before heading up to the 4th floor.

If you have any questions about this event, please email Miss Pam at pbaker@davincischools.org

 

Thank you.

DVD Staff Appreciation

Dear DVD Students, Parents, and Guardians,

 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:

  1. 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.

  1. 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,

 

Russell Stoll and Kirk Takeyama

Principal and Assistant Principal

Week 12 Preview

Greetings Designers and Design Families,

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)
  • Wednesday, November 2nd: Coffee w/ Admin (Two Sessions: 8am & 5pm)
    • All parents/guardians are welcome!
    • Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/94873043049
    • Agenda: 1) School Updates, 2) Fentanyl/Drug Crisis and Student Health, 3) Q&A
  • Wednesday, November 2nd @4:30pm: School Site Council Meeting #2
  • Saturday, November 5th: Semi-Formal Dance!
    • 6pm – 9pm @ the DV Schools Campus (201 N. Douglas)
  • 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

College Visits (Week 12): (Seniors can sign up via Naviance)

  • UCLA – Tues November 1, 2022
  • Scripps College – Thurs November 3, 2022
  • Hawaii Pacific University – Fri November 4, 2022

Announcements from Real World Learning Director (10.26.2022)

Hello Da Vinci Scholars and Families,

We hope you enjoyed coming onto campus for Student Led Conferences last week! Check out the new RWL opportunities below:

For students interested in journalism, podcasting, photography, or video:
The LA Times is offering 10 weeks of intensive, hands-on internship experiences. They’re placing interns throughout the departments of the Los Angeles Times:

Metro/Local
Entertainment and Arts
Sports
Politics
Business
Features/Lifestyle (Fashion, Food, Travel, Home Design, Plants)
Foreign/National
Editorial Pages/Op-Ed
Photography
Video
Data and Graphics
Design
Digital/Engagement
Podcasting

These are paid internships and placements usually run from June to late August. They are also offering spring internships for Southern California students. The application for the 2023 Spring or Summer Internship Programs is open. The deadline to apply is November 15. Click here to apply. Applicants for spring will receive email notification of the committee’s decision by Feb 1, 2023. Summer internship applicants will be informed by March 1, 2023.

For students interested in art: 
The Vigilant Love Solidarity Arts Fellowship is a six-month program for Japanese & Muslim American young adults between ages 18 and 25 who have the desire to build meaningful & transformative relationships, experience multi-disciplinary arts & healing justice practices, and organize to resist Islamophobia & white supremacy. Fellows will gain access to facilitation, training, and mentorship from long-time, experienced leaders and artists from Muslim, Japanese, Black, Indigenous, and POC communities. All interested applicants must submit their responses by Sunday, December 4th, 2022. Click here to apply.

For students interested in science and engineering: 
The Science and Engineering Apprenticeship Program places high school students in Department of Navy (DoN) laboratories where they take part in real Naval research for 8 weeks during the summer. SEAP is open to sophomores, juniors and seniors interested in STEM and have the opportunity to learn about Naval research and technology while receiving first-class mentoring by top scientists and engineers. SEAP is a competitive program with around 300 placements in more than 30 labs around the country. Inters are selected based upon academic achievement, personal statements, recommendations, and career and research interests. Click here to learn more. Click here to apply. Applications close November 2.

 

More Than a Meal Application…We Need Your Help by Oct. 31st!

don't leave money on the table. Complete a meal application by oct. 31

Da Vinci Families – We need your help!

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!

If you need assistance, please contact Sara at meals@davincischools.org or visit www.davincischools.org/meals.

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