New York Senior Trip
This year’s first graduating senior class laid the groundwork for upcoming travel possibilities for future classes. With the support of their parents, advisors, teachers and school leadership, the senior class raised the funds to take a five day trip to their chosen destination: New York City! They visited three top museums, MOMA, AMNH and the Met. They took a cruise to Ellis Island and the Statue of Libery.
They sat front row [thanks to Ms. Lynn] at a Broadway performance of “ Lion King.” Ask them where they ate. Ask them how to ride a train during rush hour; how to blow bubbles in Central Park and climb the rocks along the lake. They will tell you all. This group was awesome.
Jack Glatzer, returns to El Paso
World travelled violinist, Jack Glatzer, returned to El Paso to perform for Burnham Wood parents, students and guests. He delighted eveyone when he played caprices by Paganini, enhancing his performane with background information about this great violin virtuoso. The evening concert was augmented by a solo performance by orchestra teacher, Mariana Carreras, as well as the Da Vinci Band and Choir.
Fine Arts Competitions
Under the direction of our teachers, Mr. Westman and Ms. Reyes, Da Vinci Fine Arts Program is pleased to announce that this year it sent several students’ art work to the All City Art Show. On March 24 Da Vinci joined EPISD, YISD, and Socorro ISD, in an art show for grades 7-12 and were strong contenders in several categories. At the high school level the following students participated with great original works of art. Alan Sank exhibited his work in photography, Brianna Bogdan, Brittany Bogdan, and Sara Gonzalez showed their paintings. Gloria Alarcon, Christian Delgado, and Sarah Gonzalez, also were entered for painting.
At the Middle school level Alare Slack competed with her work in drawing. Special congratulations go to Brianna Bogdan and her Painting, “Space Dog” which took third place. Thank you all for participating and for your great work in art. Through Competition we measure our skills and talents with others and learn how to go the extra mile to reach higher standards.
Art students participated in the “Annual Drinking Water Week Poster Contest” and two of them won. Charlotte Wittwer, 6th grade, got second place and Sydney Doane, 8th grade, got first place. They attended an award ceremony where they got recognized.
Students’ winning posters will be on display at the TecH2O Center – Saturday, May 5, and at the El Paso Water Utilities Discovery Education Center at the Zoo – Saturday, May 12.
Da Vinci Engineering Students take Second Place Division B Inspiress Award Spring 2012
Da Vinci 11th and 12th grade Engineering students participated along with 29 other high school teams in designing a payload destined for a virtual voyage to Mercury. The event took place at the University of Alabama at Huntsville after a semester of collaboration with Inspiress leaders, UAH Professors Phil Farington, P.J. Benfield and Matt Turner.
All Da Vinci eleventh and twelfth graders participated in this challenge. Their exponential acquisition of knowledge in areas of design, math and science can be attributed to their dedicated and talented teachers, Mr. Ken Schwartz and Mr. Alejando Medina. All students benefited from feedback and evaluation by high profile judges whose professional engineering experience offered the students exposure to the rigor and expectations of this profession. They represented NASA, Boeing, and the U.S. Department of Defense.
Setting Goals and Achieving Success
5th Grade students at Da Vinci completed the Marathon Kids Program and were awarded T-Shirts which they are wearing in these photos. Every Wednesday our 5th Grade students walked, jogged, and ran for more than 20 minutes. On May 30 our students completed the 26.3 mile trek and were awarded t-shirts and celebrated this monumental accomplishment.
A Job Well Done….setting goals and achieving success in physical education and in life.
Da Vinci Engineering Students competed in the University of Alabama at Huntsville Inspiress program. They were challenged to design a payload for a virtual trip to Mercury. Representatives from the four 11th and 12th grade teams attended the competition at UAH and presented their projects to a board of judges that included NASA scientists.
The remaining members of our teams participated via skype. One of our teams won second place in their division. We are very proud of all of our students’ performance. Da Vinci has been invited back next year to compete in a new space challenge.
More Classroom Space
In order to accommodate our increased enrollment and provide dedicated space to the performing arts, a new classroom building is under construction on the Howard Burnham campus. It will house two large classrooms and a double size multi-purpose room. Leadership and faculty are looking forward to using the space for showcasing their many Academic Celebrations, the students’ dramatic performances, as well as the various music recitals. We expect the facility to be completed by the end of September.
Drama at Howard Burnham Elementary School
All four sections of second grade performed their own presentations of The Weatherman on Trial for parents and guests. Under the direction of Drama Coach, Ms. Lynn Pollock, and with the support and coaching of their teachers, Ms. Gutierrez, Ms. Alvarez, Ms. L. Shetty and Ms. Torres, our students gained the confidence and eloquence to stand before an audience and play their roles convincingly to the joy of all. Our schools are lucky that the Leadership has continued to find time and funds to promote the arts, an essential part of every child’s development and the food for our souls.
University Medical Center Ambassador
Joshua De Morris, a fourth grader in Ms. Saunders’ class, has made a commitment to volunteer and support UMC in its efforts to raise community awareness and promote funding of our medical school and county hospital in El Paso. Helping others is an important part of building good character and understanding the challenges of our community and world.