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.

 

Announcements from Real World Learning Director (6.16.2022)

Hello Da Vinci Scholars and Families,

I hope you’re all enjoying the summer break!

Data 360 is hosting a Hip Hop Hackathon! The competition includes prizes up to $50K in software for turning your idea into a real project or startup and $200 in cash gift cards. PLUS get the scoop on apprenticeships and certifications for 50+ companies. Orientation, Pre-Qualification and Competition: June 20 – July 8, 2022. Open to all high school students. Apply here.

Fika Tech Career Academy is accepting applications for a hands-on, 120-hour career development course for 100 students from Los Angeles who will be working with companies including Facebook, Snap Inc. and more.  Students will receive a stipend for their participation. Must be between the ages of 16-24 to apply. Click here for more information.

If you are interested in finding a job in the South Bay area, check out this listing of local businesses hiring this summer.

Direct any questions to Ms. Rodriguez at crodriguez@davincischools.org.

Los Angeles County Free Summer Lunch and Snack Program has begun!

free lunch

Come join the fun at any of these 47 locations for the free lunch program! Children and youth ages 18 and under receive a free, nutritious lunch and snack that include vegetables, fruits, seeds and healthy dairy products like milk, string cheese and yogurt.

June 13 – August 5 
Monday to Friday
Lunch is served from 12 to 1 p.m.
Snack is served from 3 to 4 p.m.

Meals are available for dine-in only at the enclosed designated areas. Lunch and snack are for youth participants only.

*Please note that there will be no lunch and snack on June 20 and July 4.

 

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free lunch flyer

¡Únase a la diversión en cualquiera de estos 47 lugares para el programa de almuerzo gratis! Los niños y jóvenes de 18 años y menores reciben un almuerzo y una merienda gratis y nutritivos que incluyen vegetales, frutas, semillas y productos lácteos saludables como leche, queso en tiras y yogur.

13 de junio – 5 de agosto
Lunes a viernes
El almuerzo se sirve de 12 a 1 p.m.
La merienda se sirve de  3 a 4 p.m.

Las comidas están disponibles para cenar solo en las áreas designadas adjuntas. Solo son para participantes jóvenes.

*Tenga en cuenta que no habrá almuerzo ni merienda el 20 de junio y el 4 de julio.

 

Counselor Announcements

Class of 2022:
Your final high school transcript will be sent to the college you reported in Parchment as your final destination college.  Please allow a couple weeks for the college to process your transcript. You may track your transcript via Parchment to ensure that the college of your choice received the document.

El Camino Transcript Request:
If you need an official El Camino transcript: https://www.elcamino.edu/admissions/transcripts.aspx

Counseling/Academic Questions and Support

If you have any counseling related questions, Ms. Corinne Valle will be available to support all students and families.  Please contact her via email at: cvalle@davincischools.org during her available hours: Monday-Friday 8am-12pm from June 14th- July 1st.

Work Permit:
To obtain a work permit please download the Work Permit Application. Fill out and email the work permit application to Liz Diaz at ediaz@davincischools.org . Please allow 2-3 days for her to process this form and email you the work permit.

Dual Enrollment:

If you would like to take a community college course, please submit your completed dual enrollment form (ex. community college ID#, course name and number, parent signature) to Ms. Valle, cvalle@davincischools.org. Please allow 2-3 business days for her to process this form.

Steps to Dual Enrollment

For all other inquiries please contact Grace Long, glong@davincischools.org, Principal of Da Vinci Science.

If you are experiencing a crisis, please use the following numbers:
Crisis Text Line: Text “HELLO” to 741741
National Suicide Hotline: 1-800-273-8255
Trevor Project Lifeline (Available 24/7; Confidential Suicide Hotline for LGBT Youth): 866-488-7386
California Youth Hotline (24/7) – Bilingual – Call 1-800-843-5200
Emergency Situation Call 911

Have a safe and restful Summer Break!

-The Counselors

Posse Foundation Scholarship Opportunity

Hello Class of 2023,

Every year, Posse partner institutions award Posse Scholars four-year, full-tuition, merit -based scholarships to top colleges and universities (Bucknell University, Dickinson College, Hobart & Williams Smith Colleges, Kalamazoo College, Middlebury College, Northwestern University, Pepperdine University, Tulane University, University of Wisconsin- Madison).

If you would like DVS to consider you as a nominee for the Posse Scholarship, please complete the Posse Foundation Scholarship Form by Friday, June 17th.

 

The DVS Counselors

Posse Scholarship Form

Los Angeles Posse Foundation website

Announcements from Real World Learning Director (6.9.2022)

summer internship opportunities

Hello Da Vinci Scholars and Families,

Fika Tech Career Academy is accepting applications for a hands-on, 120 hour career development course for 100 students from Los Angeles. Students will receive a stipend for their participation. Must be between the ages of 16-24 to apply. Click here for more information.

BandsInTown is Hiring a remote Marketing Summer Intern. If you are a music lover and passionate about marketing campaigns, consider applying here.

If you live in the City of Los Angeles, you may be eligible for a Paid Summer Employment Program. You must be at least 14 – 24 years old. Opportunities are offered both in person and remotely. Apply here.

La La Land Cafe in Santa Monica is offering a paid internship opportunity for foster youth over the summer. Applicants must be at least 18 years old. To learn more, please click here.

As a reminder: Fresh Films is offering a free virtual storytelling and film program. From camera to sound, while building your resume and connections for college and careers in film. No previous filmmaking experience needed. The program runs from June 27 – July 22. More information can be found here.

If you have any questions related to internships or volunteer opportunities, please contact Ms. Rodriguez at crodriguez@davincischools.org.

Fall 2022 El Camino College Dual Enrollment Class

Hi DVS Rising Juniors and Seniors,

The deadline to submit dual enrollment forms for BUS 101, Introduction to Business has been extended. We ask that all Dual Enrollment forms be submitted to Ms. Valle, cvalle@davincischools.org, by Tuesday, June 14th. 

  • BUS 101- Intro To Business (formally known as BUS 25)
    • T/Th  3:30-4:55 (Live Online/Synchronous)

Just a reminder, if your student enrolled for the Dual Enrollment classes with El Camino College in Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 they DO NOT need to reapply for El Camino College, they only need to submit a Dual Enrollment form. If it is your first time enrolling in Dual Enrollment classes, you do need to complete an El Camino College application as well as the Dual Enrollment form.

Also, please make sure the 7-digit ECC ID # listed on the Dual Enrollment form is all numbers and no letters. The CCC ID is not the same ID as the ECC ID.

Need help with the application process? click here. 

For the course descriptions of the classes offered in Fall 2022, click here.

Week 38 – the last week of the school year!

Next week is the final week of Season 13! We are proud of our students for doing an excellent job on their Presentations of Learning, demonstrating their mastery of course content and reflecting on the significance of their strengths and struggles in this first year back from “Zoom School”! We have a POL schedule on Monday and Tuesday, and a modified short-day schedule on Wednesday when students will attend each of their classes and end with a student-led community dialogue and time together with advisory families.

Our school nurse, Dr. Emily green, has asked us to advise families that DVS is experiencing high numbers of COVID infections (9th-13; 10th-6; 11th-4; 12th- 9; Staff- 1) that are linked to exposures on Grad Nite and 2 other possible off campus social gatherings. We have reported 32 student cases and 1 staff case since 5/20 (within a 14-day period). The COVID Compliance team has filed a “cluster” report with LA County Dept of Public Health who are investigating and will determine if an outbreak case is warranted and further mitigation strategies. We have been sending individual notices of close contact, but overall, consider your student exposed. We are going to continue monitoring/reporting new cases.

From now until graduation, we strongly recommend indoor masking and limiting close contacts. Please continue to test if symptomatic and 3-5 days after exposures and to overall monitor symptoms and choose activities wisely given the number of cases both in our school and in the community in general right now. We want everyone to make it to graduation and summer activities!

See testing info below.

    • Rapid covid tests are available at school sites during school hours, no appt needed. Student, please pre-register for testing here. It is a rapid test and results are available 15 minutes later.
    • Home Tests are available at school sites during school hours, please request from health office/front office.

Please monitor your health. If you child develops illness symptoms or tests positive for COVID-19, please stay home and notify the school. Signs and symptoms include:

    • Fever or chills
    • New Cough
    • Sore throat
    • Diarrhea
    • Nausea or vomiting

For current quarantine, isolation, and other COVID FAQs please see here.

Announcements from Real World Learning Director (6.2.2022)

Hello Da Vinci Scholars and Families,

A reminder that 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 a 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.

Building Beats is offering a Free Music Coding In-Person and Remote Masterclass for ages 13+. Students will learn how to code beats, melodies, and song structure using Javascript block-coding! By the end of this course, you’ll create your own beat and increase your computer science skills. To sign up, you must use the form that’s at the bottom of this website.

Girls Making Games is offering a free virtual game development workshop for the next generation of girl and non-binary game developers! Sign up here.

Workshop details:

  • Date: Saturday, June 4th
  • Time: 3pm-5pm ET / 12pm-3pm PT
  • Location: Virtual, hosted on Zoom
  • Tuition: Free
  • Open to girls and non-binary individuals ages 8-18

It’s not too late to sign up for an internship with The Oppti Internship Placement Program! They offer students the opportunity to intern at different companies virtually all-year-round. Students are matched with companies based on their interests which can include Social Media Marketing, Public Relations, UI-UX, and more! You can be matched to work in sports, beauty, fitness, real estate, among other fields. Apply today – Limited Space is Available.

Presentations of Learning Begin!

We are excited for the beginning of Presentations of Learning this week! POLs give students the opportunity to develop important speaking and presentation skills and are an opportunity for students to reflect publicly on their learning. Because these are formal presentations, students are expected to wear formal attire. Our POL days are shortened days with a 1:45pm dismissal time. All students will be dismissed from school at 1:45pm starting on Tuesday, 5/31.

  • Parents & Guardians: We encourage all parents and guardians to come and watch your student’s POL, and please note the visitor policy: Visitors to Da Vinci Schools must show proof of either a COVID vaccination or negative PCR/Antigen test (taken within the last 72 hours); masking is strongly recommended. We also know that Presentations of Learning (POLs) can be a stressful time for students and their families. The two most important things you can do to help your student during their POL is (1) assure them that it is ok to make mistakes and (2) have them practice their POL many times to as many people in your household as possible.
  • Students: Please know that this presentation is a great opportunity to practice public speaking in front of a live audience. This is an important skill to develop; we ask you to do your best, but we are not expecting perfection. Please practice your presentation for your friends and family as many times as you possibly can. The more you practice, the more confident you will feel on the day of your presentations.

Please note that Powerschool access is turned off while teachers complete final evaluations of students’ grades based on all work submitted by last week’s deadline.

Sincerely,

Steve Wallis, DVS Principal

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