Da Vinci Students Accepted to Summer Academy

Da Vinci Students Accepted to St. John’s College Summer Academy

Congratulations! These students have been selected to attend the St. John’s College Summer Academy in Santa Fe, New Mexico.  The program is meant to prepare them for college by offering them seminars in literature, language, laboratory, and mathematics.  The Summer Academy is also offering them the opportunity to experience campus life by living in a dorm, participating in small group courses given by college professors, meeting other high school students from the state of New Mexico, and going on field trips.

The names are from left to right:

David Baray
Omar Aroche
Sophia Karime Terrazas
Paula Veytia
Keisha Sepulveda (not pictured)


Submitted by Samuel Gomez, English Department

Da Vinci Students Win 9 Trophies in NASA Competition!

2014 University of Alabama at Huntsville InSPIRESS Competition

Da Vinci Students Win 9 Trophies in NASA Competition

Junior and Senior students from Da Vinci School for Science and the Arts celebrated today as they were surprised to see Dr. Michael P.J. Benfield and Dr. Matthew W. Turner from Huntsville, Alabama. They came to present the outcomes of this year’s competitions that were held in May 6, 2014 at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. There were four divisions in which Da Vinci had a team in each one led by Mr. Medina the Engineering teacher. The final outcomes were as follows:

Team Sulfur Surfers won 1st place Overall, Final Review, and CEAR
Team Hell Jumpers won 1st place Overall, Final Review
Team Design won 2nd place Overall
Team Gemini won 2nd place Overall, 1st place in Final Review, and 2nd in CEAR

During the presentation, Dr. PJ was saying, “This is the most number of trophies ever won by high school students in this competition”. Superintendent Iris Burnham set up a surprise Skype session for seniors in Senator Beto O’Rourke’s office in Washington so they could also hear the good news.

The Innovative System Project for the Increased Recruitment of Emerging STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Students (InSPIRESS) is a project where high school students develop and design a scientific payload to be accommodated on a spacecraft. Community education about their STEM accomplishments and the NASA sponsored competition have included a student made trailer and movie, individual team websites, a model of their probes, and a power point describing their research and decision making process. For more information about the InSpiress program, go to inspiress.org. Da Vinci School for Science and the Arts is a charter STEM School that has been in operation since August 2006. Congratulations Da Vinci Students! Go Dragons!

For more information and to view the Space Wars Fight to Venus – Trailer Click HERE

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Submitted by Laura Sanchez, Da Vinci Academic Counselor

Da Vinci Soccer making History- Go Dragons!

Go Dragons! Da Vinci Soccer Making History

On April 3, 2014 the Da Vinci Dragons M.S. indoor soccer team made history. For the first time in school history a team from our school won a League Championship, with a record of 4 wins, 2 loses, 1 draw, we were the league champions. Congratulations to the following students, Jorge Chavez, Derek Perez, Juan Pablo Veytia, Saif Alzou, Nawwaf Alzou, Jose Antonio Graells, Alan Sanchez, Andre Corral, Oscar Chavez, Sebastian Contreras and Erick S. Monreal. Also for the first time Da Vinci school played for the Indoor soccer championship at the Father Yermo first ever indoor soccer tournament, Da Vinci lost the game, but we are proud of our Athletes for making history. The Da Vinci Dragons were the League Champions, and placed second on the play offs.

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Submitted by Luis Lopez, Physical Education Department

Beau Bagley Visits Da Vinci Students

Beau Bagley Visits Da Vinci Students

On May 1st Beau Bagley spoke with 5th, 6th and 7th graders during their physical education class. Beau Bagley is a sports reporter for both CBS and NBC. Mr. Bagley talked about his background in sports and his education at Florida State. He did internships in Los Angeles and New York City. There are only 220 broadcast affiliates which makes sport reporting very completive. Mr. Bagley focused on finding something you love to do and then learn everything possible about the subject, Mr. Bagley played college volleyball but loves all sports.

El Paso is a great sport venue including two Division I Universities (UTEP and NMSU) within a 50 mile radius.

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Submitted by Linda Crooks, Physical Education Department

Congratulations Mr. Insurriaga – Da Vinci Technology Teacher

Congratulations Mr. Insurriaga – Da Vinci Technology Teacher

While pursuing his Master’s Degree as an Instructional Specialist with a focus in Technology at the University of Texas at El Paso, Mr. Omar Insurriaga was inducted into the UTEP Chapter for the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi on April 29th, 2014. Membership in this honor society requires meeting very high standards and is by invitation only. Congratulations Mr. Insurriaga for going above and beyond. We are proud of you and wish you continued success!