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9th Grade Counseling Workshop today @ 9:00

This week our counselors will be hosting Counseling Information Workshops for students and parents/guardians!

  • 9th Grade is TODAY (Tuesday 10/27) @ 9:00am at this link
  • 10th Grade will be on Wednesday 10/28 @ 9:00am at this link
  • 11th Grade will be on Thursday 10/29 @ 9:00am at this link
  • (Seniors all had individual meetings with their counselor earlier this month)

We hope you will all tune in to hear this important info from our counselors!

LAX Aviation Career Day Wed 10/28

Is your student interested in a career in flight, aerospace and aviation? Wednesday, October 28th is this year’s virtual LAX Aviation Career Day from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and our students have been invited to join the event!

During the event, students will meet pilots, flight attendants, engineers, aviation law enforcement professionals, construction professionals, as well as representatives from various agencies such as the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), City of Los Angeles, Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and more. Attendees will engage with exhibitors who will share their job knowledge, experiences, education and career paths.

Students interested in attending should FIRST ask their teacher(s) for the classes they have on Wednesday morning for their permission. If they say “yes!”, then on Wednesday morning students can just click on one of the links below:
Passcode: LAXacd2020
Passcode: LAXacd2020

Senior Cap & Gown Photos

Dear DVS Families of the Class of 2021,

We are excited to share with you the details of an important way to commemorate this important year: Senior Portraits! We have partnered with Stacee Lianna Photography to provide you the opportunity to get professional cap-and-gown photos to share with family and friends. 

For DVS, the photos will be taken on Friday 11/20 and Saturday 11/21 from 10:00am to 3:30pm at the Da Vinci Campus (201 N. Douglas St.). Please sign up here for your appointment:

The appointment to take the photos is free of charge, and families will have several options to purchase digital or printed images. You will be able to pay for the digital images at the time of the appointment, and you can also purchase printed packages when the photos are available online. For information about pricing, please read this flyer. All senior portraits will be available for purchase at this website: Da Vinci Schools – StaceeLianna

We have scheduled a cap-and-gown pickup for Monday 11/16 from noon-1pm so that every senior can receive their cap and gown prior to their photo appointment. We will be providing you with more details as the date approaches, but please mark your calendars for that date.

To summarize, here are the important dates and next steps:

Senior Cap-and-Gown Pickup for DVS is Monday 11/16 from 12:00 noon-1:00pm.

Senior Portrait appointments are Friday 11/20 and Saturday 11/21; appointment sign-ups now live at

If you have questions regarding the portraits and the packages, please contact Stacee at

Week 11 Preview: College Info Workshops for Parents & Guardians

Thank you to all of you who attended your child’s Student-Led Conference and took the fall DV Parent Survey! Next week, we return to our normal schedule and our counselors will be hosting College Information Workshops for students and parents/guardians.

  • 9th Grade will be on Tuesday 10/27 @ 9:00am at this link
  • 10th Grade will be on Wednesday 10/28 @ 9:00am at this link
  • 11th Grade will be on Thursday 10/29 @ 9:00am at this link
  • (Seniors all had individual meetings with their counselor earlier this month)

I am grateful to all of you for the support you give to our students and hope you have a good and safe weekend!


DV Parent Survey – thank you!

Sending an enthusiastic and full-throated “HUZZAH!” to the 202 DVS parents who have completed our parent survey so far! This is an important tool for us to better understand how we can best help and support our students and families. If you haven’t yet taken it (it takes less than 10 minutes!), we would really appreciate it if you would take the time to help us by completing it now!!

Please and thank you!


Seven Steps to Earthquake Safety

Dear Da Vinci Families,

We hope some of you had the opportunity to participate in the Great ShakeOut drill earlier this week! We have additional resources to share with you to prepare your home in the event of an earthquake.  Be sure to follow these 7 steps to be even more prepared when the next earthquake strikes!

Visit to learn more about what you can do to be prepared.

  • Step 1: Secure your space by identifying hazards and securing moveable items.
  • Step 2: Plan to be safe by creating a disaster plan and deciding how you will communicate in an emergency.
  • Step 3: Organize disaster supplies in convenient locations.
  • Step 4: Minimize financial hardship by organizing important documents, strengthening your property, and considering insurance.
  • Step 5: Drop, Cover and Hold On when the earth shakes.
  • Step 6: Improve safety after earthquakes by evacuating in necessary, helping the injured, and preventing further injuries or damage.
  • Step 7: Reconnect and Restore daily life by reconnecting with others, repairing damage, and rebuilding community.


Estimadas familias de Da Vinci,

Esperamos que algunos de ustedes hayan tenido la oportunidad de participar en el simulacro Great ShakeOut a principios de esta semana. Tenemos recursos adicionales para compartir con usted para preparar su hogar en caso de un terremoto. ¡Asegúrese de seguir estos 7 pasos para estar aún más preparado cuando ocurra el próximo terremoto! para obtener más información sobre lo que puede hacer para estar preparado.

  • Paso 1: Asegure su espacio identificando peligros y asegurando elementos móviles.
  • Paso 2: Planee estar seguro creando un plan de desastre y decidiendo cómo se comunicará en caso de emergencia.
  • Paso 3: Organice los suministros para desastres en lugares convenientes.
  • Paso 4: Minimice las dificultades financieras organizando documentos importantes, fortaleciendo su propiedad y considerando un seguro.
  • Paso 5: Agáchese, cúbrase y agárrese cuando la tierra tiemble.
  • Paso 6: Mejore la seguridad después de los terremotos evacuando si es necesario, ayudando a los heridos y previniendo más lesiones o daños.
  •  Paso 7: Reconecte y restaure la vida diaria reconectándose con otros, reparando daños y reconstruyendo la comunidad.

College, Career & Life Update

All seniors at DVS take the course called College, Career & Life.  This course is designed to help our students through the college application process and the transition to life after high school. 

During August and September, we spent time developing a college list, exploring other college options and developing community in our class via discussion. 

In October & November, we’ll focus on completing applications and other important tasks included below…

  1. CSU, UC, Community College & Common Apps
  2. FAFSA
  3. RaiseMe Scholarships
  4. Essay writing
  5. College visit previews

Our class offers the students an opportunity to work on these tasks with my support, which can help make the college app process a bit less stressful.  Please feel free to contact me with any questions at!

Take care,

Ray Perez

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