Sign up for Dr. G’s Superintendent’s Leadership Academy 2020-2021

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Attention Da Vinci Student Leaders!

If you are interested in being considered for membership in Dr. G’s Superintendent’s Leadership Academy 2020-2021, e-mail by Tuesday, September 29th at 4 P.M. If you were Leadership Academy or Junior Academy members last year, you are already on the list to be reviewed by administration so no need to send an email. All students, both face-to-face and virtual are eligible to sign up. Criteria considered for membership includes:

  • Attendance
  • Discipline Record
  • Academic Standing

Administration will review candidates and invite notices will be sent to those selected Friday, October 2nd. A group of senior interns pose for a pictureMembers will:

  • Meet with the Superintendent throughout the year to learn what it takes to be an effective leader
  • Serve as an ambassador of our schools at functions
  • Serve as a voice of the Da Vinci student population
  • Be eligible to serve as a Superintendent Intern when a Da Vinci senior.

DV Early Dismissal & Parent Conferences

Dear Da Vinci Parents and Guardians,

Students will be having an early dismissal on Friday, September 25, 2020 due to Parent Teacher conferences. Students will be attending 2nd, 4th and 6th periods only.

  • 2nd period: 8:15 A.M.-9:45 A.M.
  • 4th period: 9:50 A.M.-11:20 A.M.
  • Lunch: 11:20 A.M.-12:20 P.M.
  • 6th period: 12:25 P.M.-1:15 P.M.
Student dismissal will be the following:
  • 6th & 7th graders: 1:05 P.M.
  • 8th & 9th graders: 1:10 P.M.
  • 10th-12th graders: 1:15 P.M.
Please sign up to meet with your child’s/children’s teachers using the following link: Google Sheets

If you need help in signing up, please watch the following tutorials, available in English and Spanish.
English Tutorial | Spanish Tutorial

Thank you,
Da Vinci Administration Team

LA Early Dismissal & Parent Conferences

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Kindly be advised that this Friday, September 25, 2020, we will have our first Parent/Teacher conferences. We will also be having an early release/dismissal for our students. Teachers will schedule 10- to 15-minute conferences via ZOOM with each parent starting at 1:00 P.M.

Early Dismissal Times

  • PK3 (A) & (B): 11:30 A.M.
  • PK 4 (A) & (B): 11:45 A.M.
  • Kinder & First: 12:00 P.M.
  • Second & Third: 12:15 P.M.
  • Fourth & Fifth: 12:30 P.M.
If you should have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at (915) 331-4397.

The Linguistic Academy of El Paso: A Cultural Demonstration Site

Estimado Padre o Tutor,

Le avisamos que este viernes 25 de septiembre, se llevará a cabo nuestras primeras conferencias entre padres/tutores y maestro, por lo que los alumnos saldrán temprano ese día. Los maestros establecerán una conferencia de 10 a 15 minutos con cada padre/tutor, empezando a la 1:00p.m. a través de ZOOM.

Horarios de Salidas:

  • PK3 (A) & (B): 11:30 A.M.
  • PK 4 (A) & (B): 11:45 A.M.
  • Kinder & Primero: 12:00 P.M.
  • Segundo & Tercero: 12:15 P.M.
  • Cuarto & Quinto: 12:30 P.M.
Si tiene alguna duda o pregunta con mucho gusto le atenderemos al teléfono (915) 331-4397.

The Linguistic Academy of El Paso: A Cultural Demonstration Site

Combination Model of Instruction Provides Choices

Spaced out students along a walking path at Linguistic AcademyBurnham Wood Family of Charter Schools has again taken the lead when assuring that our students have every opportunity to succeed, whether it be through face-to-face instruction or virtual live streaming of classes. Superintendent Dr. Gonzales stated:

"We have learned that children learn best in a face-to-face pedagogical environment. Most educational experts proclaim that receiving lessons in a purely technological setting causes most children to perform at a 30% deficit from the traditional teacher-to-student and student-to-student setting. It is difficult to substitute solely technological classrooms for person-to-person classrooms. That is not to say that students did not learn and progress in a distance learning program, as some students actually received better grades in some classes and preferred the virtual learning platform."
Spaced out students along a walking path at Linguistic AcademyOn Tuesday, September 8, 2020, the district welcomed its first group of students to begin face-to-face learning on all campuses, grades Pre-K3 through 12th grade. Schools began their combination model for the delivery of instruction. Dr. Gonzales offered in his "Back to School" message to parents and families:
"The combination model provides choices. A student may choose to attend school on campus and be involved in direct face-to-face instruction. This model is the same as the historic method of instruction delivery. Other students may choose to to receive the same instruction, but through a virtual platform. That is, these students will receive their instruction via an electronic device away from the campus setting. Both sets of students will receive the same instruction from the same instructors at the same time via face-to-face teaching and live streaming to students who are at home. The choice for on-campus or at-home learning is totally up to the parents. All our campuses have been contacting parents to ascertain which instructional delivery method is preferred by the parents and students. All classes will be in real-time (live). Tutoring will be available to any student who would benefit from tutoring."

Da Vinci Robotics is Heading to Space!

A view of the International Space Station with a red arrow pointing at the Columbus External Payload Facility
The winning projects will be placed in an enclosure and mounted outside the Columbus Module of the International Space Station.
Following the high expectations of excellence set by our superintendent, Dr. G, for all students across the district, the Da Vinci Robotics Program has reached even greater heights. Students enrolled in Da Vinci’s Robotics classes under the direction of engineering teacher and district robotics coordinator, Alfredo Muñoz, have been identified as one of only two teams in the nation that will be sending a self-created experiment into space. Leading up to the final decision on the two winning teams, Da Vinci Robotics represented two of the four final teams competing to send their self-created research project to the International Space Station.

Logo of the DETECTS program, depicting a stylized magnifying glass pointing at a red dot with a yellow glow. Along the left side of the magnifying glass is part of a gear in yellow with a bit of red on the right side.The DETECTS Initiative invited high school teams from all over the U.S. to submit their proposed research designs. Sponsors, The University of Alabama at Huntsville, and SPARC Laboratory then evaluated the proposed projects for their effectiveness in meeting all challenge criteria.

The DETECTS challenge presented to students a year ago involves:

  • Two-semester, hands-on, space payload programming and testing challenge
  • Students designed a small Raspberry Pi experiment to be performed in Low-Earth orbit
  • Students will learn:
    • Basic Python programming
    • Basic circuit design
    • Experiment design and testing
    • Communication skills
    • Teamwork

Da Vinci’s Space Bound Winning Team and Project

Logo of the Toscani team, depicting a thermometer in front of a sun icon (representing summer), falling leaf (representing fall), snowflake (representing winter), and flower (representing spring)
  • Project Manager: Xavier Litman
  • Chief Engineer: Sebastian Banuelos
  • Design/Programming Lead: Seth Rodriguez
  • Design/Programming Member: Jessica Marquez
  • Test Engineer: Kimberly Cardona
  • ACE Lead: Alexandra Rodriguez
  • ACE Member: Jasmine Looney
The Toscani team's circuit board, showing a Raspberry Pi with a custom circuit board mounted to it. The custom circuit board has an accelerometer (a large rectangle on the left) and a thermometer (a slightly smaller rectangle just to the right of the accelerometer) visibly protruding.The Toscani project has several objectives:
  • Measure temperatures in Low Earth Orbit (LEO) and identify any relationship between the on-Earth seasons and the temperature in LEO
  • Attempt to identify regions with the most greenhouse gas emissions
  • Measure the constant vibrations on the International Space Station (ISS) and any major changes in these vibrations to eventually identify how often the ISS gets re-boosted into orbit.
  • Potentially calculate the kinetic energy of their Raspberry Pi

Da Vinci Team Named to the Top 4 National Finalists

Logo of the GammaGang team, depicting a stylized box and the text "GammaGang" in various shades of green
  • Project Manager: Jonathan Herrera
  • Chief Engineer: Reagan Rubio
  • Design/Programming: Jonathan Gutierrez, Angel De Los Santos
  • Testing: Francisco Villagrana, Isaac Gomez, Ivan Iniquez
  • Marketing: Juan Santos, Alex Castro
The GammaGang's modified camera. The lens has been removed and replaced with an aluminum cover.The GammaGang project aimed to measure the amount of radiation in Low Earth Orbit (LEO) and compare it to the levels on Earth using a modified digital camera, shown to the right.

The District is very proud of our Da Vinci Robotics Teams! Our appreciation goes to all those involved for the many long hours spent on these top-quality projects. These students serve as excellent representatives and ambassadors of what it means to be a student at Da Vinci School for Science and the Arts.