Archive for April 30, 2022

Week 33 Schedule Information

Happy Saturday, DVS Families! I hope you are having a terrific weekend and that you have a chance to go to the Wiseburn Ed Foundation’s Rock Around the Block event at Dana Middle School today! Week 33 is an exciting week at DVS with our camp retreats for 10th & 9th grade, Senior Awards Night, and Senior Prom… here’s what you need to know!

9th and 10th grade parents, please make sure you have signed and returned permission slips for both the Camp Pondo trip and the Fulcrum teambuilding day. Students have received additional details about the week from their teachers – if you have additional questions about each grade-level team’s plan for the week, please contact your child’s teachers. We’ve got a lot going on in the final 6 weeks of the school year – you can view the calendar anytime using this link.

Thank you for all that you do to encourage and support your students in finishing the year well, and have a terrific weekend!

Parent Office Hours Cancelled This Week

Hello DVS Families! Due to a scheduling conflict for both Steve and Grace, we are canceling this week’s parent office hours. Please contact us directly if you have any questions.

Parents of 9th and 10th grade students, please make sure to sign and turn in the permission slips for next week’s Camp Retreats and Fulcrum Activities! It’s a busy week next week!!!

  • Monday 5/2: 10th Grade Camp Retreat (9am-9pm)
  • Tuesday 5/3: 9th Grade Camp Retreat (9am-9pm) & 10th Grade On-campus Fulcrum Activities
  • Wednesday 5/4: 9th Grade On-campus Fulcrum Activities
  • Thursday 5/5: Senior Awards Night @6pm
  • Friday 5/6: PD Day & Senior Prom @ the Proud  Bird

Thank you!

Join Us this Summer at Da Vinci Summer Camp 2022!

Summer camp

Calling all thinkers, tinkers, creative problem solvers and leaders!

Kick off your summer fun with three exciting in-person camps at Da Vinci Schools in beautiful El Segundo.

This summer, we are proudly offering Robotics, Graphic Design and L.E.A.D. (Leadership, Empowerment, Accountability, Determination) Camps at our campus, located at 201 N. Douglas St., El Segundo, CA 90245. Choose from two separate weeks with AM & PM sessions available. >> Register here: Da Vinci Summer Camp 2022

Week 1:   June 21-24, 2022   (4 days)
Week 2:  June 28-July 1, 2022   (4 days)

Schedule for both 4-day weeks:
Robotics Camp | 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM (entering grades 4-9)
Graphic Design Camp | 9:00AM to 12:00PM (entering grades 6-9)
L.E.A.D. Camp (Leadership, Empowerment, Accountability, Determination)| 12:30-3:30PM (entering grades 6-9)

COST: $200 per 4-day week/per AM or PM session

ROBOTICS CAMP: Campers will learn basic engineering concepts using LEGO Mindstorms, while designing, building, and programming their robots to complete a challenge based on the 2021-22 FIRST Robotics Challenge. Mentored by students on the World Champion Da Vinci Robotics Team, campers will complete a wide-range of robot objectives based on each student’s skill level and interest!

GRAPHIC DESIGN CAMP: Campers will be introduced to Adobe Photoshop and develop professional graphic design skills! Each day, students will learn how to use a new Photoshop tool or technique in response to a fun or interesting design challenge. At the end of the camp, students will create a final piece that shows off all their skills.

L.E.A.D. CAMP (Leadership, Empowerment, Accountability, Determination): Campers will develop valuable life skills – leadership, communication, teamwork, goal setting, problem-solving and time management to become great students and people through various team-building activities, games, workshops, and more!

Da Vinci Summer Camp 2022 is open to the general public. Morning campers may be dropped off as early as 8:30AM. All campers must be picked up within 15 minutes of camp ending. Lunch supervision is provided for campers participating in both the AM and PM sessions. **Please complete a separate registration for each child.**

COVID Protocols: Please note that Da Vinci Schools actively follows all federal, state and county guidelines related to the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic. At this time, masks will be strongly recommended.

> Learn more and register here: Da Vinci Summer Camp 2022

Questions? Email us at

Da Vinci Extension Info Night – April 27th at 7:30PM

Da Vinci seniors and their families are invited to learn more about how Da Vinci seniors can receive FREE COLLEGE and support in their first year of college and beyond. DVX partners with El Camino College, UCLA Extension and Southern New Hampshire University to bring a supportive and unique college experience that includes career building and exploration as well life skills development, including financial literacy along with earning their college credits and college degrees — an A.A. or Bachelor’s degree all for free.

If you are planning to attend El Camino College in the Fall or are undecided about your college future, you don’t want to miss this opportunity!

Please join us on Wednesday, April 27, 2022 at 7:30PM on the DVX campus located at 550 Continental Blvd in El Segundo, or you can join us via our live stream on Zoom. Link below.

Hope to see you there!

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Noches de Información sobre DVX para Estudiantes y Familiares

Todos los Seniors de Da Vinci y sus familiares están invitados cordialmente a hallar de cómo los Seniors de Da Vinci podrían recibir crédito universitario SIN COSTO y apoyo con su primer año de colegio y más.

Da Vinci Extension (DVX) se asocia con El Camino College, UCLA Extension y Southern New Hampshire University para provocar una experiencia única y con apoyo que incluye la exploración y el desarrollo de carrera y además el desarrollo de habilidades de vida, incluso las habilidades financieras mientras obtienen sus créditos universitarios y/o diplomado o título.

Si piensan en asistir a El Camino College en el otoño o estás indeciso/a acerca de su futuro académico, ¡no deben perder esta oportunidad!

Por favor, acompáñennos este miércoles, 27 de abril a las 7:30 de la noche en el campus de DVX ubicado a 550 Continental Blvd. El Segundo, CA 90245 o pueden participar en línea por nuestra transmición en vivo en Zoom. Por favor vean el link abajo.

¡Esperamos que los veamos!


El Equipo de DVX

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New Internship Opportunities

Hello Da Vinci Scholars,

Welcome back from Spring Break! I hope you are all refreshed and ready to finish the semester strong. Here are my announcements for the week:

👩🏻‍💻🧑🏽‍💻 The Oppti Internship Placement Program offers 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.

☎️  Teen Line is looking for volunteers in the 9th and 10th grades that are interested in mental health and who want to support teens that call the hotline. Applications and references are due on Thursday, May 12 before 1 pm. To apply, please click here: Link

📢  Applications are open for UCLA’s Big Data for Justice Summer Institute focused on criminal justice in Los Angeles. The institute is free* and open to all seniors who are graduating this summer. This is a 4-week program designed to develop your ability to analyze data using digital technologies. Students will collaborate with community organizations to conduct analyses on arrests by the Los Angeles Police Department. To apply, please click here: Link
*The fee you see on the website is waived to make it accessible for all those who are interested in applying.

😎  GLCO is awarding two $10,000 scholarships to students graduating from a Los Angeles high school by the end of the 2021-22 academic year who identify as black, indigenous, and people of color who have an interest in pursuing a career in the eyewear industry (making reading and sunglasses). If you receive this scholarship you will be able to participate in a paid summer internship the following year. To learn more, please click here: Link

🤖  Afro Animation Virtual Summit 2.0 is the largest virtual summit for recruiting black artists who want to become animators. You can register for free here: Link

✈️  The El Segundo Western Museum of Flight is seeking a volunteer to support their work around the upcoming Women in Aerospace Exhibit. To learn more, please click here: Link

If you have any questions about any of these opportunities, please contact Crissel at

Week 31 Schedule

I hope you’ve all had a terrific spring break! We are excited to begin tomorrow with the “home stretch”, the final 8 weeks of the school year! We have a special schedule on Monday, beginning our day in Advisory, to help students begin these final weeks with focus and intentionality in order to finish the school year well.

There are many exciting events happening in the coming weeks, including:

  • our FRC robotics team 4201‘s trip to the world championship in Houston this week
  • Wiseburn’s Rock Around the Block on Saturday 4/30
  • Camp retreats in Running Springs on 5/2 (10th grade) and 5/3 (9th grade)
  • Senior Awards Night on Thursday 5/5
  • Senior Prom on Friday 5/6 (also a PD day)
  • Senior Grad Night on Saturday 5/21

You can see the calendar for the rest of the school year under “Resources” to the right or by clicking here, and as always you’re invited to join us for our weekly “Office Hours with Steve & Grace” this Wednesday at 4:30 at this Zoom link!

Announcements from the Real World Learning Director

Crissel Rodriguez –

Hello Da Vinci Scholars and Families,

Many scholars have started applying to the summer opportunities which is exciting! Please note that scholars can receive 5 academic credits for completing 60 hours of service throughout the summer. Once you receive confirmation that the business/organization is willing to host you as an intern or a volunteer, please email me so I can send you the required forms.

  • The Knowledge House Coding Fellowship information session is today, Tuesday, April 5th at 6 pm. Please email me to register or to request the link to tonight’s recording.
  • The Boeing application is still open for students who attended the mandatory information session in March. Please email me to get your application started!
  • The Hawthorne Police Department is offering the opportunity to intern with their Community Affairs and Forensics Department. The opportunities are listed under the ‘Law’ and ‘Health Sciences’ sections.
  • The Rooted Friends Project is a non-profit organization in Hawthorne and they are seeking volunteers for Saturday, April 9 to shoot a Public Service Announcement. Volunteers will be featured in videos, and photos, and may be asked to model and act. Parent permission is required for scholars under the age of 18. Please contact Celeste (323) 427-9575.

My email is

Week 30 Schedule

Thank you to all the DVS parents and guardians who came out to our Exhibition nights this week! We had a terrific time welcoming you back to campus, and are proud of our students for sharing the projects they’ve done and the things they’ve learned!

Next week is a professional development week (a 4-day week for students) and then we are on Spring Break!

When we return from spring break, we have a busy 9 weeks left in the school year!

Also, we are thrilled to be able to bring back the spirit of the “Overnighter” tradition this year with “Camp Retreats” for our 9th and 10th grade students! These will be full-day (but not overnight) retreats at Camp Pondo, with students leaving the Da Vinci campus at 9am and returning at 9pm. The DVS Camp Retreat days are Monday, May 2nd for 10th graders and Tuesday, May 3rd for 9th graders. The retreats will include a wide variety of recreational and team-building games and activities including a zipline, skate park, and more! Details of the retreats will be coming next week, but for now you can mark the dates in your calendar if you have a 9th or 10th grade student!

Have a terrific weekend!


Junior Families: CSU/UC GPA Calculation Presentation

Hello Junior Families,

The DVS Counseling Team did classroom presentations to all junior students on how to calculate their CSU/UC GPA.  Below are PowerPoint Slides and the instructional video.

GPA Calculation Video

GPA Calculation Slides

As always, please feel free to reach out to your respective counselor if you have questions.

Have a great weekend!

The DVS Counseling Team