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InSPIRESS Continues to Rule!
- 2 Open House Poster Awards
- 2 Final Review Awards
- 1 Concept Proposal Award
- 3 out of 5 possible Overall Awards
Da Vinci consolidated a landslide victory for the school’s engineering department. This year, Da Vinci reaffirmed its position as the fiercest and most innovative competitor of the InSPIRESS program. The awards were not the end of the competition. The noteworthy Overall Awards gave three of the Da Vinci teams the opportunity of traveling to Florida to explore NASA’s Kennedy Space Center and to share their projects, receiving distinguishing comments from specialists in the aerospace industry, including engineers directly involved with space launches. Please see the InSPIRESS newsletter for more information about the program.
Superintendent of Schools
For questions, contact: Yvette Buehring M.Ed., District Development
Dr. G’s Summer Camps See Record Numbers!
Last month, students from all over El Paso had the great opportunity to stay actively engaged in learning and enhancing skills in multiple areas! The district recognizes how important it is to keep students engaged in a learning community while allowing them to still be kids. The summer camp allowed close to 900 campers over the month of June to take part in sports, music, art, robotics, and academics. The camp culminated in a camp presentation that showcased the talents of our campers! Many visiting students, having thoroughly enjoyed their time at the camp, made the decision to enroll in one of our district schools! Please see the newsletter for more information about the camps.
Superintendent of Schools
For questions, contact: Yvette Buehring M.Ed., District Development
The EPEI Store Is Open for Business
Attention Parents! We are excited to announce the creation of our El Paso Education Initiative (EPEI) on-line store. At present, photos are available for order from the Elementary Basketball Showdown event, as well as the InSPIRESS Spring Festival! Very soon you will be able to access pictures from other 2018-1019 Fall and Spring Vista Del Futuro, Howard Burnham Elementary, and Da Vinci Schools! Please visit the District Website home page, where you will see on the top navigation bar, the Store Option. In the very near future you will also see options for school apparel and merchandise! Please direct any questions you may have to:
District Alumni Newsletter
In May 2012, Da Vinci School for Science and the Arts celebrated its first graduating class. Seven years later the school has graduated over 130 students. Our proud heritage in education continues as Da Vinci graduates students with the foundations that assure student success in their post graduate endeavors. Superintendent Gonzales has invited and encouraged alumni to return to campus, to speak to student groups, mentor, attend sporting events, or enjoy a concert or theatre production. Through a robust alumni program, Da Vinci increases the number and amount of scholarships offered to our graduates and continues to maintain Da Vinci as a premier program. Alumni working together can make a difference in the lives of today’s Da Vinci students who are destined to be great leaders tomorrow. Read more in the District Alumni Newsletter.
District Robotics Highlights
District Robotics remains one of Burnham Wood Charter Schools’ biggest assets! This year, teams across the district have superbly represented our program in multiple competitions, with great success! As trophy winners at UTEP competitions, both the Da Vinci School for Science and the Arts and Howard Burnham Elementary teams have continued to expect success and nothing less! Although Vista Del Futuro Robotics is in its inaugural year, Coach Wilson and his students have hit the ground running with weekly meeting/building sessions learning through hands on activities and high expectations. The superintendent, Dr. G., the school board, school administration, coaches, mentors and parents have worked together towards program effectiveness. Quality resources and tools have been provided and are being utilized across the district to maximize the potential of all students! Please enjoy the District Robotics Highlight Page.
Dragon Basketball Tourney Is a Success!
The weekend of January 31st saw our School District host it’s very first Basketball Tournament. The three-day Da Vinci Dragon Middle School Basketball Tournament saw seven participating schools and hundreds of fans filing through our gym doors! The event that also brought awareness to Cancer Prevention, was a huge success! All participating schools expressed their gratitude for a very well organized and most hospitable effort. Thanks, go to all District personnel and families that contributed to the tournament’s success! Please enjoy the Dragon Basketball Tourney Highlight Page.
MISSION Our mission is to work in solid partnership with the family and community in order to prepare children to accept responsibility for their own learning. We offer students a framework that encourages lifelong learning through skills building, creativity, a sense of self-worth, and ethical values necessary to survive and grow in an ever-changing, diverse, global, society.
CURRICULUM We provide a rigorous, integrated curriculum with an Arts, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) focus. This model allows students the necessary time to develop intellectually, socially, and artistically. Classes are small and our teachers promote a personalized learning environment that advances our core values: respect, responsibility, quality of self and work. Instruction includes:
- Phonics-Based Reading Program
- Self-Paced and Mastery-Based Instruction
- Cooperative Learning
- Enrichment Programs
- Pre AP & Advanced Placement Courses in Middle School and High School
- Optional Suzuki Violin and Piano lessons
- Double Math Periods
- Robotics and Engineering
- Graphic Design and Media
- Dual High School and College Credit
- Community Service and Internships
- Performing Arts classes: guitar, strings, band, dance, choir
- Visual Arts
“My eight year-old daughter has been playing the violin for three years now thanks to the Suzuki Violin program that the school offers starting in Kinder. It is so rewarding to see my daughter advancing academically and musically!” -Melodya Salaices
- HB, DV, and LA Parent Portal or VDF Parent Portal
- STAAR Results Parent Portal
- Portal de Padres para Resultados de STAAR
- Breakfast/Lunch Menus
- DV Course Catalog
- Parent – Student Handbook
- 2019-20 Student Calendar (HB/DV)
- 2019-20 Student Calendar (VDF)
- District Athletics Calendar
- 2019-20 Supply Lists
- Teacher Websites
- 2019-20 Enrollment Packet
- 2019-20 Formulario de Inscripción de Estudiantes (Español)
- 2019-20 Instructional Start/End Times (All Campuses)
- 2019-20 Uniform Policy (All Campuses)
- Free Reduced-Price Meal Applications
- Solicitudes de Comida Escolar Gratiuita y de Precio Reducido
- Community Service/Internship Forms
You Should Know… Da Vinci
The National Honor Society at Da Vinci
The National Honor Society (NHS) elevates a school’s commitment to the values of scholarship, service, leadership, and character. These four pillars have been associated with membership in the organization since its inception in 1921. Our Induction Ceremony was held in December 19, 2019. In attendance were parents, family, and staff. Our school principal, Mr. Medina, gave special remarks to the NHS members. This formal candle-lighting ceremony marked the establishment of the Da Vinci School for Science and the Arts chapter of the National Honor Society. Inductees recited the NHS pledge and participated in the lighting of their individual candles to signify their entry into the NHS. This event was chaired by a committee of Da Vinci teachers and administration, who had the honor of welcoming new members into the NHS chapter. Continue reading The National Honor Society at Da Vinci
Computer Science Volunteers Needed
Volunteers with a computer science or software engineering background are needed to provide subject matter experience as part of Da Vinci’s Advance Placement (AP) Computer Science course next school year. For more details about the program and how you can get involved, please see the letter from Ms. Longoria.
Parent Meeting/Open House
Please join us for a parent meeting headed by Dr. Gonzales and the Da Vinci administration on Tuesday, February 26 from 6:00-7:30 P.M. We will be addressing enrollment, academic and extra-curricular programs for next year. After the presentation in the auditorium, parents will be able to visit with their child’s teachers.
Dragon Digest, Vol. 2
The latest edition of Dragon Digest is available. We as a school wanted to create a publication to send out to our parents, students and staff to inform our Da Vinci family about upcoming events, share exciting news, or simply spread Da Vinci School Spirit. In this issue, read about upcoming events, STAAR testing, OnRamps, the senior trip, registration, and more. View the February 26, 2019 edition.
Dragon Digest, Vol. 1
We as a school wanted to create a publication to send out to our parents, students and staff to inform our Da Vinci family about upcoming events, share exciting news, or simply spread Da Vinci School Spirit. In this issue, read about upcoming events, OnRamps and Dual Credit, robotics, athletics, orchestra, and more. View the November 9, 2018 edition, o ver la edición de 9 de noviembre de 2018 en español.
HS Basketball Tryouts
Tryouts for Dragons High School girls and boys basketball are coming up, so get ready — interested students in grades 9-12 should have a physical completed before the tryout dates. Girls basketball tryouts will be on October 29 and 30 from 4:15-6:00 P.M. in the DV gym. Boys basketball tryouts will be on November 1 and 2 from 4:15-5:45 P.M. in the DV gym. For more information, see the coaches: Coach Montes or Coach Lopez for girls basketball, and Coach Dominguez for boys basketball.
You Should Know… Howard Burnham
HBE Dragonbots Bring Home a Trophy
On January 26th our Howard Burnham Robotics team competed at the regional First LEGO League Robotics competition at UTEP. Students designed and built their robot to complete “Into Orbit” missions, as well as proposing their solution to a social or physical problem faced by astronauts on long term space missions. Continue reading HBE Dragonbots Bring Home a Trophy
Get Ready for the Science Fair
To make sure your child is ready for the science fair, on February 21-22, 2019, we have a planning guide that will walk you through everything from picking a topic up to presenting.
Howard Burnham Elementary Student is a Hero!
One 4th grade student’s quick thinking and calm reaction resulted in her father receiving the emergency care he needed. Mireyda Samper, a student in 4A, immediately knew that her father was having a seizure this week. “I recognized that it was a seizure because I saw my dad have one before,” she stated when recalling what happened. Continue reading Howard Burnham Elementary Student is a Hero!
Board of Directors
- Mr. Rogelio Chacon, Human Resources, Becton Dickinson and Parent
- Mr. Stanley Esparza, Technical Support Coordinator, TelerX and Parent
- Mr. Chad Friedrichsen, IT Senior Specialist/Software Developer IV
- Mr. Carlos Kaplan, Businessman and Parent
- Mr. Eric Summer, Senior Software Engineer, Exelis, Inc. and Parent
- Mr. Pedro Velazco, Senior Manager (Engineering) at Becton Dickinson and Parent
Board of Directors Meeting AgendaSee the School Board page for more.
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