Da Vinci Cross Country 2018

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. The middle schools first cross-country meet took place on September 12 at Franklin High School. The cross-country athletes ran against public schools like Brown, Hornedo, Richardson, Charles, and Henderson for the first time. Idaly Garcia (7th) placed 8th out of 40 runners, receiving a medal. Theoren Markusson (8th) placed 12th, Marco Nevarez (8th) placed 13th, and Carlos Reza (8th) placed 15th out of 36 runners. Their second meet was held on September 19 at Henderson Middle School. Idaly Garcia placed 10th, Theoren Markusson placed 4th, Carlos Reza placed 6th, and Tomas Soto placed 11th. High schools competed in their first meet on September 15, 2018 at Veterans Park. They competed against 24 other schools, some of them were, Cathedral, Andress, Bowie, Bel Air, Burges, Pebble Hills, and Eastwood. They had a hard start but being their first meet and first time ever doing cross country, they did a great job. The team consisted of one senior, Sammy Tercero, one junior, Cesar Becerra, one sophomore, Joshua Munzo and one freshman, Mia Maldonado. Being such a small team, I’m proud of these athletes as where they gave it their all in the meets and never gave up. Da Vinci looks forward to expanding Cross Country for the upcoming years. It’s a great opportunity to see all the schools competing and a great sport.

Christina Lopez

Da Vinci cross country team

2018 DV Girls Volleyball Schedule

The following is the DV Girls Volleyball schedule. All home games are played at the Da Vinci gym located at 785 Southwestern Drive, El Paso, TX 79912.

Date Opponent 7th Girls 8th Girls HS Girls
8/23/18 Ft. Hancock (Away)
100 W. School St.
Ft. Hancock, TX 79839
4:30 P.M. 5:30 P.M. ——
8/30/18 Harmony Science Academy (Away)
9405 Betel Dr.
El Paso, TX 79907
—— 5:00 P.M. 6:00 P.M.
9/5/18 St. Marks (Home) 4:30 P.M. 5:30 P.M. ——
9/6/18 Harmony Science Academy (Home) —— 4:30 P.M. 5:30 P.M.
9/7/18 Ft. Hancock (Away)
100 W. School St.
Ft. Hancock, TX 79839
—— —— 5:00 P.M.
9/11/18 Harmony Science Institute (Home) Cancelled 5:00 P.M. 6:00 P.M.
9/12/18 St. Marks (Away)
5257 Charl Ann
El Paso, TX 79932
4:30 P.M. 5:30 P.M. ——
9/13/18 Ft. Hancock (Home) 4:30 P.M. 5:30 P.M. ——
9/15/18 Ft. Hancock Tournament (Away)
100 W. School St.
Ft. Hancock, TX 79839
TBD TBD ——
9/20/18 Rose of Sharon (Home) 5:00 P.M. 4:00 P.M. Cancelled
9/21/18 Immanuel Christian (Home) —— 4:30 P.M. 5:30 P.M.
9/24/18 St. Clements (Away)
600 Montana Ave
El Paso, TX 79902
4:00 P.M. —— ——
9/25/18 Harmony Science Institute (Away)
5210 Fairbanks Dr.
El Paso, TX 79924
Cancelled 5:00 P.M. 6:00 P.M.
9/26/18 Radford (Away)
2001 Radford St.
El Paso, TX 79903
—— 4:00 P.M. 5:00 P.M.
10/2/18 Mesilla Las Cruces (Home) 4:00 P.M. 5:00 P.M. ——
10/3/18 Father Yermo (Home) —— 5:45 P.M. 6:45 P.M.
10/4/18 Rose of Sharon (Away)
7932 Mansfield Ave.
El Paso, TX 79915
4:00 P.M. —— Cancelled
10/5/18 Lydia Patterson Inst. (Away)
517 S. Florence St.
El Paso, TX 79901
—— —— 4:30 P.M.
10/9/18 Alamogordo Legacy (Away)
3001 Thunder Rd.
Alamogordo, NM 88310
—— 4:30 P.M. 5:30 P.M.
10/11/18 Mesilla Valley (Away)
8525 Stern Dr.
Las Cruces, NM 88001
4:00 P.M. 5:00 P.M. ——
10/16/18 Alamogordo Legacy (Home) —— 4:30 P.M. 5:30 P.M.
10/17/18 Radford (Home) —— 4:00 P.M. 5:00 P.M.
10/19/18 Immanuel Christian (Away)
1201 Hawkins Blvd.
El Paso, TX 79925
—— —— 4:00 P.M.
10/22/18 Faith Christian (Home) 4:00 P.M. 5:00 P.M. ——
10/23/18 St. Clements (Home) —— 4:00 P.M. ——
10/29/18 – 11/3/18 End-of-Year Tournament (Middle School) TBD TBD ——
11/5/18 – 11/10/18 End-of-Year Tournament (High School) —— —— TBD
Key: TBD: To Be Determined ——: No game

Dragons win Design Award and League Championship

The FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) League Championship for the El Paso region was held at the UTEP Memorial Gym on Saturday, February 3, 2018. The team’s performance was by far the best of the season. Along with our alliance, Cathedral High School, the Da Vinci Dragons were able to secure first place in the Regional Alliance for the El Paso region. A best-of-three match in the final was a nail-biter to the end. Our drive team gave an outstanding performance! The marketing group wowed the judges. We can’t forget about the bot who had to maneuver slowly in the the field while accomplishing its task on its own. Kudos to the robot mechanics for building a robust robot! The team worked very hard and long this season. While many kids were still in bed, team 5670 spent their Saturdays programming, fabricating, and fine-tuning the bot. Marketing also spent their days constantly in search of sponsors and reaching out to the community to promote robotics and STEM. Coaches Insurriaga and Fernandez would like to thank the amazing and wonderful parent volunteers, team parents, faculty, staff, and of course, the team!

In the end, the Dragons won the FTC League Design Award, as well as the Winning Alliance Award. Both of these secured a spot for them in the Panhandle Plains FTC Championship which will be held in Lubbock, TX on February 17, 2018. We want to thank Coach Raya, Coach Hernandez, Ms. Saunders, and all the friends and family that came out to support the team at UTEP. Go Dragons!

Image of the Da Vinci Dragons robotics team. In front of the team, from left to right: the robot, an orange toolbox, and a partially obscured notebook computer screen

DV Literary Fair Schedule

The Literary Fair will take place in the Da Vinci auditorium. There will be games, literacy activities, and a pumpkin carving contest. Students are allowed to dress as a character from a book. The schedule is shown below:

  • 10:30 A.M.-11:00 A.M.: 6th Grade
  • 11:30 A.M.-12:00 P.M.: 7th Grade
  • 12:00 P.M.-12:30 P.M.: 8th Grade
  • 12:30 P.M.-1:00 P.M.: 9th and 10th Grades
  • 1:00 P.M.-1:30 P.M.: 11th and 12th Grades

DV students win in Le Grand Concours

Dear Parents,

It is my pleasure to announce that Da Vinci won Sweepstakes in French this school year. We attended the awards ceremony last Saturday where several of our students received their medals and trophies. Also, we had a Platinum Grand Prix Winner in the 2017 National French Contest, Luis Mora.

A platinum winner is the highest award in Le Grand Concours — Luis Mora earned the top score in the nation in his respective level and division! The award includes a platinum medal, a plaque for the student, and a Laurét National certificate.

Here is the list of winners and some pictures. A special thank you to Ms. Burnham and Mrs. Gonzalez for their valuable support for the French program at Da Vinci. We are proud to be Dragons!

Respectfully,
Mme. Rocío Acevedo


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French I WinnersFrench II WinnersFrench III WinnersPictures
Middle School — French I
 
Chapter Rank  
National Rank
Mariana Sandoval
2nd
10th
David Baca
3rd
11th
Guillermo Pardo
4th
13th
Cristobal Arroyo
5th
14th
Yuzuno Nakato
6th
15th
Andrea Caballero
6th
15th
Michelle Ramirez
6th
15th
Paulina Martinez
6th
15th
Jahel Rojas
6th
15th
Gissell Zamarripa
7th
16th
Ricardo Zepeda
7th
16th
Azul Galaviz
7th
16th
Katherine Cardenas
7th
16th
Ivan Iñiguez
7th
16th
Jose Piñon
7th
16th
Penelope Nubia Prado
8th
17th
Victoria Garcia
8th
17th
Joel Avendaño
9th
18th

 

High School — French II
 
Chapter Rank  
National Rank
Luis Mora
1st
1st (Platinum winner!)
Jorge Muñoz
2nd
2nd
Aryana Benavides
3rd
4th
Jimena de la Torre
3rd
4th
Jorge Guerrero
5th
6th
Maria Fernanda Avila
7th
8th
Graciela Murillo de Lara
8th
9th
Carolina Tarin
9th
10th
Atziri Reyes
10th
11th

 

High School — French III
 
Chapter Rank  
National Rank
Alfredo Alcala
1st
4th
Diego Salazar
2nd
6th
Valeria Vilchis
3rd
7th
Alan Sanchez
4th
8th
Magnolia Estrada
5th
9th
Deborah Mercado
6th
10th
Karina Trevizo
6th
10th
Elijah Sosa
7th
12th
Lauren Martinez
9th
14th

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Teacher to Teacher: Da Vinci and Data

Teacher to Teacher

Mrs. Gonzalez, the superintendent, challenged Da Vinci teachers to answer one of the following questions with the expectation that a dialog concerning teacher procedures and protocols will set the tone and expectations that will lead to a multitude of student benefits.

  1. How can we use Data Carousels at Da Vinci?
  2. What do you do to support the use of data in your classroom?
  3. How do you use data to reteach a lesson or concept?

The following are a sample of teacher responses that reflect the commitment and professionalism of our faculty. We share these comments in order to promote a better understanding of what Da Vinci stands for, and how it expects to fulfill its mission: student success.

  • 3. How do you use data to reteach a lesson or concept?
     
    After students complete an assessment, I analyze the SEs that were covered and the level of mastery for each student. I separate students into groups based on the SEs they did not understand and facilitate small group instruction to reteach specific concepts for students. Typically, after I have already taught a concept, I will focus on more hands on activities/graphic organizers to help students gain understanding in a more simplified way. From here, I build upon their knowledge until they have reached a satisfactory level of understanding. I do not only use summative assessments for to determine if a lesson needs to be retaught. I also use exit tickets, homework, and class assignments to determine students’ level of achievement. If needed I will reteach a concept to the entire class. [KM]
    • I really like your methods to ensure understanding and mastery of key concepts. In particular how you use a number of ways to ensure understanding. While it’s great that they show mastery on a test, it is still important that they are consistent with their exit tickets, homework, and class assignments. [PH]

Dragons receive a PTC Design Award

The Da Vinci FTC team did exceptionally well at the FTC Championship, which was held at UTEP’s Memorial Gym on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017. There were 17 teams competing which were mostly made up of High School students. Our fearless Dragons which consisted of mostly 7th and 8th graders did not let that deter them. They faced some challenges during the matches; including the loss of a wheel during the first match!! The team was able to work together to correct the problem and finish in 8th place. During the elimination round, they were selected by a team from El Dorado High School as an alliance partner. The team secured an invitation to the Panhandle Plains FTC Championship in Lubbock when they won the PTC Design Award for their scissor lift mechanism. Mr. Insurriaga and Mr. Orozco would like to thank Mrs. Gonzalez, DV teachers and staff, the entire team and their families, and also a special thanks to Mr. Rubio, and Mrs. Litman.

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Congratulations to the DV Middle School UIL Team!

Twenty-seven Da Vinci 7th-8th grade students attended the middle school UIL competition in Van Horn. Da Vinci took second place overall. The following students placed in individual events:

  • David Baca – 1st place 8th Grade Spelling
  • Zach Cross – 4th place 8th Grade Chess Puzzles
  • Chandni Garcia – 3rd place 8th Grade Art
  • Chandni Garcia – 1st place 8th Grade Listening
  • Zayya Gutierrez – 4th place 8th Grade Math
  • Cash Johnson – 2nd place 7th Grade Maps, Graphs, and Charts
  • Chloe Koenig – 3rd place 7th Grade Science
  • Diego Legarreta – 1st place 7th Grade Chess Puzzles
  • Diego Legarreta – 4th place 7th Grade Math
  • Diego Legarreta – 1st place 7th Grade Social Studies
  • Xavier Litman – 2nd place 7th Grade Chess Puzzles
  • Xavier Litman – 3rd place 7th Grade Numbers Sense
  • Xavier Litman – 4th place 7th Grade Social Studies
  • Carlos Lopez – 4th place 7th Grade Chess Puzzles
  • Alex Ovalle – 4th place 8th Grade Numbers Sense
  • Hector Rios – 1st place 8th Grade Chess Puzzles
  • AnaMaria Solis – 2nd place 8th Grade Social Studies
  • Sebastian Velez – 3rd place 8th Grade Science