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Counseling Corner: Week 37

The DVS Counseling Team is here to support students as they process the killing of George Floyd and the subsequent protestings and civil unrest in our city.  There are no words to express the sadness, anxiety and fear many of us feel.  We encourage you to reach out for support.  We are here for you.

If you want to speak with someone anonymously regarding non-emergency situations, you can call the Teen Warm Line. Call 310-855-4673 Text TEEN to 839863

If you’re in crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255

In service, 

  • Ms. Corinne Valle (A-F):
  • Ms. Carolyn Ruiz (G-M):
  • Ms. Francisca Rodriguez (N-Z):

Posse Scholarship Application

Good Morning Juniors,

Every year, The Posse Foundation works closely with high schools to recruit Posse Scholars. Each Posse Scholar wins a four-year, full-tuition scholarship to attend one of Posse’s partner colleges or universities.  If you are interested in being nominated by your high school and demonstrate leadership and academic potential, please submit this scholarship application no later than Friday, May 29, 2020.

The preliminary round includes Da Vinci Science staff reviewing your application and selecting this year’s nominees to send to The Posse Foundation. Once your nomination status has been received by The Posse Foundation, you will go through several rounds of interviews with Posse. Part of the interview process includes you ranking your top three colleges from their partner institutions and finding the right match for you. While The Posse Foundation does their best to find the best match, it is not guaranteed that you will be matched with your first choice college. If selected as a Posse Scholar, you will be applying to one of the colleges listed below under their binding Early Decision agreement, which means you are committing to attend.

o          Bucknell University – Lewisburg, Pennsylvania

o          Dickinson College – Carlilse, Pennsylvania

o          Hobart and William Smith Colleges – Geneva, New York

o          Kalamazoo College – Kalamazoo, Michigan

o          Middlebury College – Middlebury, Vermont

o          Northwestern University – Evanston, Illinois

o          Pepperdine University – Malibu, California

o          Tulane University – New Orleans, Louisiana

o          UC Berkeley – Berkeley, California

o          University of Wisconsin – Madison, Wisconsin

Before you apply, review the following resources:

The Posse Foundation

Posse Outreach Flyer

Posse FAQ

Posse Foundation Video

If you are interested in applying, complete the following application by Friday, May 29, 2020, click on the following form:

Posse Scholarship Application

Please contact your counselor directly if you have any questions.

We hope you are well and safe!

-The DVS Counseling Team

New Process for Requesting Official Transcripts

Hello Senior Families!

We are excited to announce that Da Vinci Science is now partnering with Parchment: Digital Credential Services for the process of requesting an official transcript.

Parchment provides students with the ability to request official transcripts online and have them sent electronically and securely to the colleges, universities, or scholarship programs that they select. Soon seniors will receive an email with your registration code and instructions on how to create your online account with Parchment. Once you create your account, you will have the opportunity to request your official high school transcript be sent to the college you select. After you make your request, your official (and final) high school transcript will be processed after your final semester grades have been added to PowerSchool. When your request has been processed, you will receive an email confirmation.

Please click here for more information on ordering through Parchment.

If you have any questions, please contact your counselor.

Thank you,

DVS Counseling Team

Week 34: Counseling Corner

Hello DVS families!

We hope you had a restful weekend.  As we move towards the end of the school year, the counseling team would like to remind you to continue to take good care of yourself, take breaks when you need them and get enough sleep.  We want to share some resources that can help you have a productive and fun week.  We miss you!

The DVS Counseling Team

Credit/No Credit Forum Presentation

Thank you to all the families that were able to join us for the Credit/No Credit Forum!

Here is the presentation for your reference. If you were unable to attend the session or if you attended and have additional questions, please feel free to contact your student’s respective counselor.

If you would like to switch to the CR (Credit) / NCR (No Credit) option for this semester, please complete this form on or before Wednesday, May 6, 2020.

Ms. Corinne Valle (A-F):

Ms. Carolyn Ruiz (G-M):

Ms. Francisca Rodriguez (N-Z):

Be well and be safe!

-The DVS Counseling Team

Reminder: Credit/No Credit Forum today at 2:30pm

Hello DVS Families! We hope that you and your loved ones are continuing to stay healthy!

Please join the DVS Counseling Team today, Thursday, April 30th at 2:30 pm for a brief presentation and Q & A session regarding the Credit/No Credit policy. This will be a great opportunity to hear about the policy and get questions answered so that families can make a well informed decision. In preparation for the session, please let us know what your questions are by filling out the form below:

Zoom Information:

Meeting ID: 953 0062 4019
Password: 7ecMQM

Have a wonderful rest of the week!

-The DVS Counseling Team

11th Grade College Planning Meetings

Hello DVS junior families,

We hope you and your family are doing well! The Counseling Team will host two College Planning Meetings next week via Zoom. Join us on either Monday, May 4th at 2pm or Tuesday, May 5th at 2pm.  We encourage parents/guardians and students to attend. We hope to see you there!

Topics of discussion will include:

  • Creating a college list
  • Completing the college application
  • Changes to the college admission cycle due to COVID 19
  • Financial aid and scholarships
  • Question and answer time

Monday, May 4th Meeting Information:

Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 815 5110 8385
Password: 7VNx6w

Tuesday, May 5th Meeting Information

Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 833 0009 7344
Password: 2teDw4

-The DVS Counseling Team 

Free SAT and ACT online practice exams

We have an exciting opportunity for Da Vinci Science students! The Princeton Review is offering free online practice tests for both the SAT and for the ACT.  This opportunity is available for all grade levels.

For more information and registration on a free ACT practice test administered on May 16th, please click here

For more information and registration for a free SAT practice test administered on May 30th, please click here

Please contact your respective counselor if you have questions – The DVS Counseling Team
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