Superintendent’s Message: Getting to Know You
6Anna, the famous teacher in Rogers & Hammerstein’s Broadway musical The King & I, sings to her new students the well known refrain, “Getting to know you, getting to know all about you….” At this time, becoming acquainted with your children has been our teachers’ primary objective.
They have been observing youngsters’ social and academic skills and abilities, and now they are prepared to benchmark their understanding in reading and math, so individual progress plans can be developed in order to help each child achieve grade level mastery and beyond.
To reach this goal, they will be testing the children using Release TAKS tests and other measurements. Once they develop a profile for each student, they will share the results with you. In some cases children will need to concentrate on specific skills that were already taught to the entire class. In those instances, teachers will offer tutoring and also send home packets of practice work for you to help your child reinforce his/her learning.
Through close communication and partnerships between our teachers and you, our parents, we will help our students have a successful school year. And, as the second verse of Anna’s song states, “Getting to like you, Getting to hope you like me…” Of course, that has already happened!
Iris B. Burnham
Summer FBI Leadership Camp
In July, Da Vinci campus hosted the FBI High School Leadership Camp. We are very proud that our own Christian Villegas was selected along with top students from across the City to participate. At the program graduation on Friday, July 20th, Agent Martinez and Agent Morgan addressed the students and their proud parents by highlighting the activities and the lessons learned. In summary, it is this kind of participation that helps youngsters stand head and shoulders above their peers when competing for college seats , scholarships and grants. In addition, it was fun!
Da Vinci’s First Graduating Class Sets the Gold Standard
On June 5th at 6:00 p.m. seventeen radiant graduates walked through an archway of flags and swords raised by the Color Guard in recognition of this memorable event. They heard heartfelt testimony from many of their peers who wished to share the true meaning of their Da Vinic experience with their parents, families and over 400 guests. It was noted by the school leadership that as a group more than $450,000 was offered in scholarships and grants; furthermore, all of the students were accepted into four year baccalaureate granting institutions, had performed Community Service, and Internships, and participated in capstone projects in Engineering through the sponsorship of the University of Alabama at Huntsville.
Our surprise keynote speaker was Ginger Kerrick, a local El Paso resident, who was the first Director of NASA’s Mission Control at the Johnson Space Center. As a trainer of Astronauts and a former UTEP student, Ms. Kerrick connected quickly with the graduates and the audience. Her lively and dynamic presentation was filled with sound advice that had faculty and parents’ heads nodding in full agreement.
At the Graduation Banquet that followed the ceremony, Student Council Sponsor, Luis Jacques, lead other faculty in acknowledging the contributions of each of the graduates, only to be rewarded by the warm tributes each student returned to them, their families and the school.
We are anxiously awaiting our second graduating class to make its mark. With every year, we hope to see the bar rise upward.
Vista del Futuro Violin Recital
Vista del Futuro Violin Recital in June under the direction of teacher Analisa Portillo. Our students perform for family and friends.
Vista del Futuro’s Enrollment is Growing
Now that the word is out, the community is taking notice of this relatively new school that has made tremendous headway in advancing education in our community. In order to accommodate increased interest and enrollment, additional classrooms are being set up and new, highly qualified teachers are joining our faculty.
There are still some openings, and we encourage parents who may be interested in this small, academically oriented school with an emphasis on science and the arts to visit our campus and fill out an enrollment packet. Acceptance is based on lottery.
Vista del Futuro Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
On June 5th, as part of a day of celebration, Vista del Futuro held a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to acknowledge the success and presence of this wonderful school. The ceremony was conducted directly after the Kinder Graduation. Many community members, in addition to our school families attended. Local businesses welcomed the school to the community and provided the cake, balloons, and other festive items. The attendees were entertained by the Student String Ensemble, lead by Ms. Analisa Portillo. Ms. Yvonne Whitman, Principal, and Ms. Iris Burnham, Superintendent, performed the ceremonial ribbon cutting with the help of our students, faculty, parents, business and key educational leaders using a beautifully jeweled scissors.