Da Vinci Students Participate in a Literary Fair

Da Vinci Students Participate in a Literary Fair

Fifth grade students from Ms. Lopez, and Ms. Munoz’s classes participated in a Literary Fair. This is an annual event at Da Vinci which included projects created by the fifth grade students reflecting the story elements of a book they have read and enjoyed. It was held in the Da Vinci auditorium on October 31st for parents and teachers to see. The students prepared for the event by completing story maps on books they read in class. The elements needed for a good project were character descriptions, setting, events, conflict, solution, theme, and point of view.

The students took what they learned in class and created their own project. The projects displayed included dioramas, maps, sculptures, life sized characters and more.

Da Vinci students participate in this fair because they want parents and teachers to know that they are building their knowledge through the literature they are exposed to.

I learned that instead of playing video games, I should pick up a good book. I also learned about responsibility by planning my project ahead of time, so I don’t end up doing my work at the last minute.

A lot of effort was applied to these projects and they came out wonderfully. Students enjoyed displaying their projects and deserve congratulations for doing a good job.

Border Peace Through Inner Peace Art Contest

Border Peace Through Inner Peace Art Contest

Da Vinci art students participation in the “ Border Peace Though Inner Peace” art contest was a success. Brandon Gonzales from 6th grade got first place, Montserrat Cota and Pamela Rios from fifth grade got second place and Rebecca Orozco from fifth grade got third place.

The awards ceremony took place at the Chenrezig Tibetan Buddhist Cultural Center at UTEP where winners were announced followed by the presentation of a Mandala created to stimulate compassion and loving-kindness in our community.

Daniel Pearl World Music Day

Daniel Pearl World Music Day

This year Da Vinci School for Science and the Arts put on a great event for the Daniel Pearl World Music Day. In honor of this accomplished reporter and musician’s life, the Daniel Pearl Foundation created a worldwide concert to bring harmony to the world in his memory.  The event has grown to include more than 8,900 performances in 119 countries. World Peace through the Arts was this year’s theme and Da Vinci showed our commitment to the arts and to our community with a strong showing from all of our fine arts faculty and students.  The art students put on an art exhibit in the school’s lobby featuring work from the classes of Alicia Reyes, Bryan Westman, & Mel Clarkston. This year’s theme was incorporating the symbol of peace into a work of art. The creativity and hard work was impressive and showcased the exceptional talent of Da Vinci students.
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James Clarkston led the concert off with his guitar classes. Students played a combination of classical, modern, and classic rock tunes that by the end of the performance had the audience really moving with the beat. The audience was also treated to an original piece written and performed by James Clarkston to great review.

This year’s choir came on strong with Claudia Gomez continuing her direction.  Students sang a wide range of pieces with the theme of peace and music. Every year the choir grows stronger and shows off their wonderful voices and talent. Imagine by John Lennon was a great finishing to their set and the choir was joined by the students from dance class led by Delma Vargas. Our new dance class put on a delightful performance showcasing how well the Da Vinci Arts go together. Dance put in some truly exceptional effort for their performance and should be proud of their return.

This year’s choir came on strong with Claudia Gomez continuing her direction.  Students sang a wide range of pieces with the theme of peace and music. Every year the choir grows stronger and shows off their wonderful voices and talent. Imagine by John Lennon was a great finishing to their set and the choir was joined by the students from dance class led by Delma Vargas. Our new dance class put on a delightful performance showcasing how well the Da Vinci Arts go together. Dance put in some truly exceptional effort for their performance and should be proud of their return.

This year we were please to introduce our new orchestra teacher Tommy Atkinson who performed 2 works on his violin with the assistance of Sarah Anderson on piano.  His beautiful classical scores were inspiring and showed his dedication to music. We at Da Vinci are please to have him join our community and can’t wait to see great things in the future from orchestra.

Students from Student Council joined in and helped make the night go smoothly by doing many jobs. A big thank you goes out to them and Mr. Luis Jacquez and his students for making the night go so well.

The Daniel Pearl Concert at Da Vinci was honored by two special guest performers, Georgia Smits and Lauren Lozano. As members of El Paso Young Ladies’ Choir they put on a wonderful performance as representatives of the cities young musicians.

Daniel Pearls World Peace through the Arts was a great event that showcased how much love Da Vinci has for its arts and how important this cause is to our school.

America’s White Table by Theis Raven and illustrations – by Mike Benny

America’s White Table by Theis Raven and illustrations – by Mike Benny

Significance of Items:

Small Table – to show one soldier’s lonely battle against many

White Cloth – to honor a soldier’s pure heart when he answers his country’s call to duty

Lemon Slice and grains of salt on a plate – to show a captive soldier’s bitter and the tears of families waiting for loved ones to return

An Empty Chair – pushed to the table for soldiers who are not here

Black Napkin – the sorrow of captivity

A Glass – for the meal that won’t be eaten

A Red Rose – in a vase tied with a red ribbon for the hope that all our missing will return someday.

Permaculture Keyhole Garden Project

Permaculture Keyhole Garden Project

Third and Fourth Graders, their parents, and the teachers participated in the garden planting on Saturday October 27th. This project was led by Carlo who headed the Permaculture Team.

The Scholastic Book Fair

The Scholastic Book Fair

The Scholastic Book Fair took place on November 13-15th. We want to encourage our parents to enhance their child’s reading outside of school.

Anti Bullying Presentation

Anti Bullying Presentation

Anti Bullying Presentation by the Sheriff’s Department for Kindergarten through Fourth Grade. Thank you Officer Ontiveros, Officer Provencio and Ms. April Gonzalez from University Medical Center for the information provided.

 

Veteran’s Day

Veteran’s Day

Veteran’s Day was celebrated at Vista Del Futuro on November the 9th. The students sang patriotic songs presented our veterans with pictures and poems they had written for them and read poetry to our guests. Our military families were honored at our ceremony.

  

Our guest speakers were Captain Noah Webster and Lieutenant Lorenzo DeSantiago.

 

A United States Flag was donated to our school from the Yucca Council of Boy Scouts of America. A big thank you from Vista Del Futuro faculty, staff, parents, and students for the much needed donation.