Superintendent’s Welcome

Superintendent’s Welcome

Welcome to our Burnham Wood Family of Charter Schools. You are now part of a dream that started more than a dozen years ago – a vision to reform public education by creating a team of dedicated teachers open to learning best practices and implementing new, researched based ideas. In addition, our teachers are supported by experienced instructional leaders who will be on hand throughout the year to guarantee the best instruction to every student.

Our outstanding reputation has attracted many institutions of higher learning to partner with us. They include: UTEP, University of Alabama at Huntsville, and St. John’s College in Santa Fe, N.M.

Our goals this year are to continue to partner with our community, including: The American Heart Association, El Paso Opera, U.S Army, and others in order to enhance our instruction.

We are further looking for more parent participation and support, especially during these years of budget cuts. Our hopes and efforts will be to keep the vision, so that our children will continue to receive a first rate education despite the poor economy.

Let’s all stay connected through our new, updated website through on site events and meetings.

Attendance and Tardy Policy

Attendance and Tardy Policy

It is very important that students adhere to the 100% attendance policy and arrive to school on time. Students with unexcused absences will not be able to make up their work. Please make sure that students bring a note back to school when they are absent.

Students must also bring back an official note when they are taken out of school for medical appointments. Please try to schedule your child’s appointments before or after school. Regarding early dismissals, please avoid picking up your child 15 minutes early as it disrupts classroom instruction. We document all early dismissals and routine, early pick- ups will result in a parent conference.

Students must be prepared to enter the building by 7:25 a.m. by lining up in their designated area. Students will then be led into the building by their first period teacher. The instructional day begins at 7:30 a.m. This means that all students are in their classrooms ready for instruction at this time. Students entering the building, walking through the hallway, or driving up to school are considered tardy if they are not in their assigned seat at 7:30 am.

You will receive a courtesy call from the principal after a second tardy. Additional tardiness will result in parent/teacher/ or administrator conferences. Please make every effort to ensure your child arrives to school on time, has 100% attendance and is not released for early dismissal during the school year. Your support is greatly appreciated.

School Uniform Requirements

School Uniform Requirements

Uniforms can be purchased from Frenchtoast (
A reminder that only khaki pants, skirts, skorts or jumpers are part of the uniform along with a collared white, navy or hunter green polo shirt. All bottoms with belt loops must have a belt.
Unacceptable attire such as stretch tops, unbelted pants, tight fitting pants, or pants that look like jeans or have studs will not be allowed. No layering of clothes with different colors. Undershirts must be white.
Have students wear comfortable shoes since they will be having P.E. every day.
Please remember to groom children appropriately. No Mohawks, colored hair or any haircut that draws undue attention to the child is permitted.

We encourage you to refer to the full dress code in the updated Parent Student Handbook.

Welcome back!

Welcome back!

Welcome back! School Begins August 22, 2011
We hope you’ve had a restful summer. We are anxiously awaiting and preparing for our 2011-2012 school year.

Here is some important information regarding our campus:

Da Vinci Principal

Beginning this school year, Da Vinci welcomes a new Principal, Mrs. Brenda L. Samudio.

Mrs. Brenda L. Samudio received her degrees from Texas A & M University-Corpus Christi. She earned a Master of Science degree in Educational Administration, a Master of Arts and Interdisciplinary Studies degree in Second Language Acquisition, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education.

During her 27 years of educational experience, Mrs. Samudio worked
eight years teaching English/Language Arts, English as a Second Language, Spanish, Art, and Texas History in the Corpus Christi Independent School District. She then served the Robstown Independent School District’s community for fifteen years: eight years as Assistant Principal and seven years as Principal. Before joining our District, Ms. Samudio worked for the Hawaii Department of
Education teaching PK-6 ELL and general 6th grade studies. After moving to El Paso, Mrs. Samudio was an avid volunteer for her neighborhood elementary school. There, she tutored Kindergarten pre- literacy skills. She also taught high school science at the North East Christian Academy.

Mrs. Samudio is committed to every child achieving excellence knowing that excellence is the standard expectation for faculty and students. She is honored to call the Da Vinci campus home.

Instructional Coach

Da Vinci is also happy to welcome Mr. Arturo Valdespino who will be working as the school’s Instructional Coach.

Mr. Arturo Valdespino received his B.A and M.A. from the University of Texas at El Paso in English and American Literature. He is currently completing his PhD in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in English Education.

Mr. Valdespino has spent the past ten years teaching at both the secondary and university levels. From 2001-2005 he served as a high school English teacher at Bel Air High School. Most recently, he taught Freshman Composition courses at Arizona State University and South Mountain Community College.

Having just relocated back to El Paso, Mr. Valdespino is looking forward to working with every member of the Burnham Wood community and contributing to the educational excellence of all District students.