You Should Know…
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.
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District Athletic Newsletter
Message from the Superintendent: Dr. Joe E. Gonzales
Hello friends, associates, and colleagues. My goal throughout nearly 60 years in education has never changed. Whether serving a district as superintendent, athletic director, principal, teacher or coach, that goal is to grow young leaders. I recognized the essential nature of extracurricular activities in the academic success of students. In addition, the 21st century global market is asking that tomorrow’s leaders exemplify skills fostered in team sports, including collaboration, communication, responsibility, and flexibility. Towards preparing our students for post-secondary success, our school district will present every opportunity to foster these skills, inside, as well as outside of the classroom. The monthly newsletter is intended to share with you, the efforts of our young scholar/athletes and their coaches.
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Vista Del Futuro named a National Blue Ribbon School!
U.S. Secretary of Education, John B. King, Jr., announced today that Vista del Futuro Charter School has been named a 2016 National Blue Ribbon School. Vista del Futuro Charter School is one among 279 public and 50 private schools receiving this honor.
Schools are nominated for the award by the state department of education, and then complete a comprehensive application about school practices. Schools may apply for status as Exemplary High Performing—among the top schools in a state—or Exemplary Achievement Gap Closing—schools making the fastest progress in the their state in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups.
Iris B. Burnham, Board President, Nydia Magdaleno Gonzalez, Superintendent, and Yvonne Whitman, Principal of Vista del Futuro represented the Vista del Futuro teachers, students, and parents at a two-day awards ceremony in Washington, D.C., to celebrate their hard-won achievements.
Mrs. Iris Burnham (Superintendent Emeritus), Aba Kumi (Director of the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program), and Ms. Yvonne Whitman (Principal Vista Del Futuro Charter School) accepting the National Blue Ribbon Award. Vista Del Futuro is one of 279 schools in the nation to receive this award. Only 2% of all national schools receive this award. It is the only school in El Paso this year that received this award. Click the image to enlarge.
TEA Press Release on Vista del Futuro
TEA searched for schools in the state of Texas that exemplify critical areas in academic performance, teacher quality, school climate, and leadership effectiveness. Vista del Futuro Elementary in El Paso’s far east-side met all the criteria and more to become recognized as a state and federal reward school in the previous two years. Vista del Futuro Elementary belongs to Vista del Futuro Charter School District, both Vista del Futuro District and Burnham Wood Charter School District are part of the El Paso Education Initiative.
Burnham Wood Charter School District and Vista del Futuro Charter School District foster a student-centered approach to learning through hands-on teaching and thematic cross-curricular learning. Every teacher is given quality training before during and after the school year to help differentiate the learning environment for every child. If you would like to visit one of our schools to learn more about the quality of education in our Charter Schools, please feel free to contact the front offices for a tour.
Da Vinci Receives U.S. News & World Report Recognition
Da Vinci School for Science and the arts was voted by U.S. News & World Report as one of the best high schools in the nation for the 4th year in a row! The campus received a Silver medal for the 2013-2014 school year, Bronze for 2014-2015, Silver for 2015-2016, and a Gold award for 2016-2017. Read about it at U.S. News & World Report.
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
- Feb 21: Science Fair, Grades K-2 (HB)
- Feb 22: Science Fair, Grades 3-5 (HB)
- Feb 22: Early Release (All Campuses)
- HB Science Fair Packet
- HB and DV Parent Portal or VDF Parent Portal
- Breakfast/Lunch Menus
- Parent – Student Handbook
- 2018-19 Student Calendar (All Campuses)
- 2018-19 Supply Lists
- Teacher Websites
- 2018-19 Re-Enrollment Packet (Current, Returning Students)
- 2018-19 Enrollment Packet (New Students)
- Free Reduced-Price Meal Applications
- Solicitudes de Comida Escolar Gratiuita y de Precio Reducido
- Community Service/Internship Forms
You Should Know… Da Vinci
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.
Report cards for the first six-week grading period were sent home September 28, 2018 with all Da Vinci students. Please check with your child and review the report card with your son or daughter.
Da Vinci Cross Country
This was the first year Da Vinci started a Cross Country team. We were able to compete in two meets with EPISD in middle school and three meets with high school. We have competed with 5A and 6A schools from around the El Paso area. Enduring morning and after school practices, these athletes did an amazing job competing with the bigger schools from the local area. Continue reading Da Vinci Cross Country
Dragons Volleyball Schedule
Be sure to cheer on the Dragons at their next game! The schedule is available online as well as on bulletin boards around the school.
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!
You Should Know… Vista del Futuro
Meet the Teacher!
Parents and students are invited to the Parent Orientation Day on Saturday, August 19, 2017. The schedule for Parent Orientation Day will let you know when to arrive based on your child’s grade.
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
- Ms. Iris Burnham, Founder & Superintendent Emeritus
Board of Directors Meeting AgendaSee the School Board page for more.
7310 Bishop Flores Dr.
El Paso, TX 79912
Phone: (915) 584-9499
Fax: (915) 585-8814
785 Southwestern Dr.
El Paso, TX 79912
Phone: (915) 584-4024
Fax: (915) 581-9840
1671 Bob Hope Dr.
El Paso, TX 79936
Phone: (915) 855-8143
Fax: (915) 855-8179