STEAM was Always Part of Da Vinci School’s STEM Vision

STEAM was Always Part of Da Vinci School’s STEM Vision

As one of the first three STEM Academies to be awarded a TEA grant in 2006, the Da Vinci School for Science & and Arts saw the connection between STEM learning and the Arts.  Its unifying element was the skill to design. All performing artists, whether they use instruments, dance or visuals, needs to map out a design when creating a sound, a movement or an image that follows a clear thinking process aligned with the rules and parameters of that medium.

Built into the students’ curriculum are several celebrations of the Arts that combine significant ideas with artistic performance. Each year we kick off our programs with Daniel Pearl World Music Days Recital. The Daniel Pearl Foundation created a legacy to this martyred Wall Street Journal Reporter who was murdered more than a dozen years ago by terrorists in Pakistan while on assignment. Turning tragedy and hatred into harmony and hope each October, musicians, artists and writers from across the globe dedicate a program to the mission and vision of the Daniel Pearl Foundation.  On Tuesday, October 29, [6-8p.m.] the Da Vinci band, orchestra, guitar ensemble, dance company and visual arts classes will showcase their talents and dedicate their gifts to the hope for peace on our planet. Technology students will prepare a slide presentation of the life of Daniel Pearl, including his love for music, particularly the violin.

In another venue, Veteran’s Day Memorial Program, Da Vinci students have created a presentation of music, poetry and recitation that communicates our respect and gratitude to those who have served and those currently serving. The Junior Honor Society raises funds to provide a breakfast to El Paso Veterans. The generous meal is followed by the school wide presentation, culminating in a reception line of thanks where each student individually shakes the hand of every service man and woman in attendance. This moving program reaffirms our appreciation and love for our country and those who protect it.

Both events will take place at the Da Vinci auditorium. 785 Southwestern Drive. El Paso, Texas. The public is invited.

Veteran’s Day

Veteran’s Day

We will be having our 3rd annual  Veteran’s Day celebration on November 11th in the Da Vinci Auditorium.  There will be a breakfast served for all veterans at 7:30 a.m. in the cafeteria.   Please R.S.V.P.  for the breakfast with Mr. Aguilar at faguilar@burnhamwood.org

Our two guest speakers are Mr. Sanchez who served in the U.S. Army for 26 years and retired as a Command Sergeant Major and Mr. Magdaleno who served during the Vietnam War and received the Silver Star Medal during his four years of service.  Mr. Magdaleno owned a local business for twenty nine years.  He now works for the El Paso VA Health Care System in the Mental Health Department as a facilitator for group sessions encompassing several mental health care diagnosis.

All parents and community members are welcome.  The program will begin promptly at 8:30 a.m. and will include a tribute to veterans from all branches.  Please join us for  this celebration.

STAAR Success

STAAR Success

Last year, we had a very successful year. We are very proud of last year’s Third and Fourth graders.

They met all standards in the STAAR test and received ‘Distinctions Earned’ in all categories. We are one of 759 schools in Texas to receive this distinction! Congratulations, students and teachers for the great job you do.  Teachers, you not only prepare our students for STAAR success, but for success in life.

Veteran’s Day

Veteran’s Day

On November 11th we are celebrating Veteran’s Day in our cafeteria. The celebration will begin at 8:15 to 9:15. If a member of your family is a Veteran, please contact us, if they would like to participate. It would be our honor to have you participate.

Market Day

Market Day

On November 9th we will be celebrating our second Market Day. The Fall Market Day will be from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. We need volunteers to help us and donations! Please help to make our Market Day a success. We are requesting  hot dogs, buns, chips, water, paper plates, plastic forks, spoons, knives, small prizes and of course volunteers!!

Pumpkin Day

Pumpkin Day

Our students will be celebrating Pumpkin Day. There will be poems, stories, artwork, and pumpkin decorating. Pumpkin Jeopardy will be played. Classes will compete against each other for awards.

Literary Day

Literary Day

On October 31st, we will be celebrating Literary Fair. Students will be presenting different projects throughout the day. The classes will be sharing their projects with each other.

Permaculture Garden

Permaculture Garden

At the end of last school year, our students planted some seedlings throughout the year.  During the summer, Coach Wilson planted pumpkin and zucchini seeds in the school’s Permaculture garden. The plants grew significantly over the summer and we are currently harvesting the pumpkin and squash crop.