DVS Week 1

Welcome Back, DVS Families! 

Thank you for coming to our Welcome Back to School night last night. It was so great to see families and we are excited for Season 14!

  • The first day of school is Monday, August 15th. School start time is at 8:50 am and dismissal is at 3:55pm. Students will find their advisory teacher outside the gym (near Crossfit box and bike racks).
  • Here is last night’s Welcome Back to School Night Slide Deck
  • Here is our Week 1 Schedule:

Investing in Exceptional Educators is an Investment in the Future

We’re excited to welcome 50 new teachers, counselors and support staff to the Da Vinci family. We are honored that so many talented individuals have chosen to make Da Vinci their new home. For some, they are Da Vinci alumni or recent graduates of Da Vinci’s in-house teacher residency program in partnership with the Alder University Graduate School of Education. All total, Da Vinci has 25 alumni employed across our organization.

Da Vinci Schools invests significant resources into supporting new and returning educators who receive approximately 23 days of professional development (PD) each year, including two weeks of training in August at the start of the new school year.

Last week, new teachers from across Da Vinci came together for a full day of new teacher orientation and professional development support with mentor educators from Da Vinci Institute, Da Vinci’s professional learning center. New teachers played team building games, toured all schools, and were introduced to Da Vinci’s signature programs and practices.

With all new and returning educators back at their individual school sites, the focus has been on reflection and goal setting, logistics, project-based and real world learning planning, curriculum building, special education, assessment, school culture, social-emotional learning, restorative justice, addressing equity and opportunity gaps, advisory planning, dual enrollment, all grade level and job-alike planning, and much more. There’s also been plenty of time for fun community building activities and getting spaces ready for students.

This year, teachers and students are transitioning to a new learning management system known as Canvas. Canvas syncs with PowerSchool, our student information system, and is what most colleges use giving students a head-start on knowing how to access course materials and other resources.

Da Vinci is continuing to expand our pool of dedicated educators and support staff. Check out our current openings here. We are so excited to start the new school year! Together, we are preparing students to lead, innovate, and thrive in the modern world.

Announcements from Real-World Learning Director (8.11.2022)

Hello Da Vinci Scholars and Families,

Please see the announcements below:

For students interested in jobs:
The LA County America’s Job Center will be hosting a Job Fair in South LA, on Wednesday, August 31, 2022 from 1 to 4 pm. To register, please visit this flyer. It is highly suggested to bring several copies of your resume to share with prospective employers!

For students interested in mental health opportunities:
The Fall 2022 Teen Line Training application is available now. As a volunteer for Teenline, you would be helping to take calls and text messages from teens that are going through life challenges. For the Fall training period, Teenline will only accept applications from teens going into the 9th and 10th grade, with the minimum age of 14, living in or near the Los Angeles area. Please visit this link and click on “Apply Now” to be directed to the online volunteer application portal. Applications and references are due before 1pm on Wednesday, August 31, 2022.

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. Students 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. Interns are selected based upon academic achievement, personal statements, recommendations, and career and research interests. Learn more here. Click here to apply. Applications close November 2.

For students interested in financial literacy and managing money:
Co-founders of Latinas Talking Dinero, are hosting financial literacy virtual workshops that incorporate their lived experiences as Latinas and first-generation college students. They teach financial literacy through an anti-racist lens and cover tops such as the wage gap, credit and interest, and financial trauma. Youth (up to 24 years old) are invited to attend for FREE. Virtual workshops start on Wednesday, August 24. Register here.

 

DVS Back to School Night Reminder

Hello DVS Families! 

Just a reminder that we will have our Da Vinci Science Back to School Night tomorrow, August 11th! 

This will be a time for families to come to campus by grade level to hear pertinent school information, receive student schedules, and to meet and greet teachers and staff members. If students are unable to attend the Welcome Back to School Night, they will receive their schedules the first day of school, August 15th.  

Da Vinci Science’s Welcome Back to School Night will take place outdoors at the West Plaza at the following times: 

9th Grade- 5:00-6:00 (Freshmen Orientation)

10th Grade- 6:00-7:00

11th Grade- 7:00-8:00

12th Grade – 7:00-8:00  (meet & greet teachers on the 2nd floor at 7:00, followed by the presentation in the West Plaza at 7:30 pm) 

See you August 11th at Welcome Back to School Night and/or First Day of School, August 15th! 

Announcements from Real World Learning Director (08.02.2022)

Hello Da Vinci Scholars and Families,

I hope you are enjoying the last weeks of summer break. Please see the announcements below:

For students interested in receiving academic credit for their internships:
Students who are interested in receiving 5 academic credits for summer internships/volunteer opportunities, must fill out the Unpaid Internship Agreement and submit a timesheet that demonstrates the completion of 60 hours of service. The Agreement must be turned in before the start of the internship/volunteer opportunity. The timesheet is due August 6, 2022. Please email all documents to Ms. Rodriguez at crodriguez@davincischools.org.

For students interested in art, film, and animation:
The El Segundo Public Library encourages all individuals who live, work and/or play in El Segundo to submit artwork for Summertime, Summertime: A Community Juried Art Exhibition! This art show will feature 2-dimensional artwork, including painting, photography, photo collage, photomontage, collage, drawing, printmaking, etc. that celebrates summer. For information on how to submit your artwork, please click here.

Dreamworks Animation is hosting a Summer Speaker Series from August 8 – August 12 where students will learn about roles in animation, succeeding in the industry, and more. Register here.

For students interested in social change:
The Alliance for Girls is hosting a community-building and healing-oriented event for youth leaders seeking to bring safety to school to address sexual harassment. Alliance for Girls is co-hosting this event with Unity Council to prepare both youth and adult advocates for a new school year prioritizing policies and programs that help sexual assault/harassment survivors. Attendees will also hear from representatives from the Equal Rights Advocate and the Unity Council. The event will be an entirely virtual event and will take place on Saturday, August 6. It is open to all youth and youth champions. $15 Visa Gift cards will be provided to youth 24 and under who RSVP and attend the event. RSVP Here.

For students interested in jobs:
The LA County America’s Job Center will be hosting a Job Fair in South LA, on Wednesday, August 31, 2022 from 1 to 4 pm. To register, please visit this flyer. It is highly suggested to bring several copies of your resume to share with prospective employers!

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 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.

 

Welcome Back, DVS Families!

Dear DVS Families, 

We are excited to welcome you back to school for the 2022-2023 school year! This will be Season 14 for Da Vinci Science and we are looking forward to working together to make this year a memorable one. We have a talented team of dedicated educators who continue to work hard to create innovative, effective, and real-world learning experiences for our students. We are getting ready and excited to see you soon!

We invite all families to attend our first school event of the school year- “Welcome Back to School Night”, Thursday, August 11th! This will be a time for families to come to campus by grade level to hear pertinent school information, receive student schedules, and meet and greet teachers and staff members. If students are unable to attend the Welcome Back to School Night, they will receive their schedules on the first day of school, August 15th.  

We will also have a family photo booth set up where families can take a family photo by our amazing and talented photographer, Stacee Lianna. 

Da Vinci Science’s Welcome Back to School Night will take place outdoors at the West Plaza at the following times: 

9th Grade- 5:00 (Freshmen Orientation)

10th Grade- 6:00

11th Grade- 7:00

12th Grade – 7:00  (meet & greet teachers on the 2nd floor at 7:00, followed by a presentation in the West Plaza at 7:30 pm) 

See you at Welcome Back to School Night on August 11th, and/or First Day of School, August 15th!

Announcements from Real World Learning Director (7.18.2022)

Hello Da Vinci Scholars and Families,

We hope you’re enjoying your summer! Check out these internship opportunities below.

Students interested in child development, education, and teaching have the opportunity to work or intern at a local daycare located on 2233 E. El Segundo Blvd. El Segundo. For more information, please contact Ms. Rodriguez at crodriguez@davincischools.org.

Jersey Mikes in the Southbay is currently hiring students from Da Vinci. See this flyer for hiring locations. To apply, please send your resume and contact information to Jen Bellamy at jen@calsubshine.com.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Ms. Rodriguez at crodriguez@davincischools.org.

Summer Greetings, DVS Families!

Summer greetings! We hope all DVS families are safe and enjoying summertime with friends and family. We are very honored and excited to be your principal and assistant principal for the 2022-2023 school year! Grace has loved working with all the DVS families over the past few years and is looking forward to continuing the great work here. Timothy is coming to us with an extreme passion for this work and is committed to supporting all families. He loves film and television, going to restaurants, and sports and music of all kinds so feel free to provide any recommendations!  We look forward to meeting and getting to know each and every DVS family.

We will be holding a casual “DVS Meet & Greet” zoom session next week, on Thursday, July 21st. This will be an informal zoom session designed for new families and/or returning families to get to know DVS a little better, as well as a chance to chat with Grace and Timothy. Much of the information will also be shared in person and outside during Back to School Night on Thursday, August 11th, so do not worry if you cannot attend this zoom session. In addition, here are some helpful upcoming dates:

We sincerely hope you enjoy the remainder of the summer and we will perhaps see some of you on zoom next week! If you have any questions or concerns, please free to reach out to Grace at glong@davincischools.org or Timothy at tojetunde@davincischools.org

Blood Drive – July 25th at Da Vinci Schools

Mark your calendars and sign up now! Da Vinci Schools is hosting a UCLA Blood Drive on Monday, July 25th, from 9 am to 2 pm in the Blackbox Theater at the 201 N Douglas campus. Donors will receive a promotional gift for their contributions.

What: UCLA Blood Drive @ Da Vinci Schools
When: Monday, July 25th from 9 am to 2 pm
Where: 201 N. Douglas Street, El Segundo, CA 90245 – Black Box Theater

To ensure appropriate social distancing, we encourage donors to make an appointment in the following ways:

– Go on-line at www.ucedonor.com click on Blood Drives and enter DV in the Account Code box

– Scan the QR code above

– Call us at (310) 825-0888 x2

– or email UCLA at nlai@mednet.ucla.edu

Don’t forget your ID & we’ll see you there!

Announcements from Real World Learning Director (6.29.2022)

Hello Da Vinci Scholars and Families,

The STEAM Education Club for Girls is offering three virtual summer camps for female-identifying students to attend. The speakers are industry leaders who work at Honda, Car and Driver, Starbucks, University of Washington CoMotion Lab, Carvana, INDYCAR, Laguna Seca Raceway, USAA, Motivo Engineering, Shell, Navy, Pratt & Whitney and more.

FABcamp: July 6-31
Land+Sea+Air Transportation Camp: July 25-29
Career Dev Camp: August 1-5

Students that are 18 years or older have an opportunity to apply for paid and remote micro-internships through Parker Dewey. To apply, you must sign up for a Career Launcher account. You’ll then be prompted to fill out your profile and then you will be able to apply for our available projects.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Ms. Rodriguez at crodriguez@davincischools.org.

 

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