You Should Know…

The EPEI Store Is Open for Business

Thumbnail-sized image of the store, showing several pictures from a basketball gameAttention Parents! We are excited to announce the creation of our El Paso Education Initiative (EPEI) on-line store. At present, photos are available for order from the Elementary Basketball Showdown event, as well as the InSPIRESS Spring Festival! Very soon you will be able to access pictures from other 2018-1019 Fall and Spring Vista Del Futuro, Howard Burnham Elementary, and Da Vinci Schools! Please visit the District Website home page, where you will see on the top navigation bar, the Store Option. In the very near future you will also see options for school apparel and merchandise! Please direct any questions you may have to:

Yvette Buehring M.Ed., District Development
915-584-4024 Ext. 2003 ybuehring@burnhamwood.org

District Alumni Newsletter

Thumbnail-sized image of the newsletter page linked belowIn May 2012, Da Vinci School for Science and the Arts celebrated its first graduating class. Seven years later the school has graduated over 130 students. Our proud heritage in education continues as Da Vinci graduates students with the foundations that assure student success in their post graduate endeavors. Superintendent Gonzales has invited and encouraged alumni to return to campus, to speak to student groups, mentor, attend sporting events, or enjoy a concert or theatre production. Through a robust alumni program, Da Vinci increases the number and amount of scholarships offered to our graduates and continues to maintain Da Vinci as a premier program. Alumni working together can make a difference in the lives of today’s Da Vinci students who are destined to be great leaders tomorrow. Read more in the District Alumni Newsletter.

Newsletter Contact: Yvette Buehring M.Ed., District Athletics & Development
915-584-4024 Ext. 2003 ybuehring@burnhamwood.org

District Robotics Highlights

Thumbnail-sized image of the highlight page linked belowDistrict Robotics remains one of Burnham Wood Charter Schools’ biggest assets! This year, teams across the district have superbly represented our program in multiple competitions, with great success! As trophy winners at UTEP competitions, both the Da Vinci School for Science and the Arts and Howard Burnham Elementary teams have continued to expect success and nothing less! Although Vista Del Futuro Robotics is in its inaugural year, Coach Wilson and his students have hit the ground running with weekly meeting/building sessions learning through hands on activities and high expectations. The superintendent, Dr. G., the school board, school administration, coaches, mentors and parents have worked together towards program effectiveness. Quality resources and tools have been provided and are being utilized across the district to maximize the potential of all students! Please enjoy the District Robotics Highlight Page.

Newsletter Contact: Yvette Buehring M.Ed., District Athletics & Development
915-584-4024 Ext. 2003 ybuehring@burnhamwood.org

Dragon Basketball Tourney Is a Success!

Thumbnail-sized image of the highlight page linked belowThe weekend of January 31st saw our School District host it’s very first Basketball Tournament. The three-day Da Vinci Dragon Middle School Basketball Tournament saw seven participating schools and hundreds of fans filing through our gym doors! The event that also brought awareness to Cancer Prevention, was a huge success! All participating schools expressed their gratitude for a very well organized and most hospitable effort. Thanks, go to all District personnel and families that contributed to the tournament’s success! Please enjoy the Dragon Basketball Tourney Highlight Page.

Newsletter Contact: Yvette Buehring M.Ed., District Athletics & Development
915-584-4024 Ext. 2003 ybuehring@burnhamwood.org

District Athletic Newsletter

Thumbnail-sized image of the newsletter linked belowMessage from the Superintendent: Dr. Joe E. Gonzales
Hello friends, associates, and colleagues. My goal throughout nearly 60 years in education has never changed. Whether serving a district as superintendent, athletic director, principal, teacher or coach, that goal is to grow young leaders. I recognized the essential nature of extracurricular activities in the academic success of students. In addition, the 21st century global market is asking that tomorrow’s leaders exemplify skills fostered in team sports, including collaboration, communication, responsibility, and flexibility. Towards preparing our students for post-secondary success, our school district will present every opportunity to foster these skills, inside, as well as outside of the classroom. The monthly newsletter is intended to share with you, the efforts of our young scholar/athletes and their coaches.

Read the district athletic newsletter.

Newsletter Contact: Yvette Buehring M.Ed., District Athletics & Development
915-584-4024 Ext. 2003 ybuehring@burnhamwood.org

Vista Del Futuro named a National Blue Ribbon School!

U.S. Secretary of Education, John B. King, Jr., announced today that Vista del Futuro Charter School has been named a 2016 National Blue Ribbon School. Vista del Futuro Charter School is one among 279 public and 50 private schools receiving this honor.

Schools are nominated for the award by the state department of education, and then complete a comprehensive application about school practices. Schools may apply for status as Exemplary High Performing—among the top schools in a state—or Exemplary Achievement Gap Closing—schools making the fastest progress in the their state in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups.

Iris B. Burnham, Board President, Nydia Magdaleno Gonzalez, Superintendent, and Yvonne Whitman, Principal of Vista del Futuro represented the Vista del Futuro teachers, students, and parents at a two-day awards ceremony in Washington, D.C., to celebrate their hard-won achievements.

See the complete press release.

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Mrs. Iris Burnham (Superintendent Emeritus), Aba Kumi (Director of the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program), and Ms. Yvonne Whitman (Principal Vista Del Futuro Charter School) accepting the National Blue Ribbon Award. Vista Del Futuro is one of 279 schools in the nation to receive this award. Only 2% of all national schools receive this award. It is the only school in El Paso this year that received this award. Click the image to enlarge.

MISSION Our mission is to work in solid partnership with the family and community in order to prepare children to accept responsibility for their own learning. We offer students a framework that encourages lifelong learning through skills building, creativity, a sense of self-worth, and ethical values necessary to survive and grow in an ever-changing, diverse, global, society.

CURRICULUM We provide a rigorous, integrated curriculum with an Arts, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) focus. This model allows students the necessary time to develop intellectually, socially, and artistically. Classes are small and our teachers promote a personalized learning environment that advances our core values: respect, responsibility, quality of self and work. Instruction includes:

  • Phonics-Based Reading Program
  • Self-Paced and Mastery-Based Instruction
  • Cooperative Learning
  • Enrichment Programs
  • Pre AP & Advanced Placement Courses in Middle School and High School
  • Optional Suzuki Violin and Piano lessons
  • Double Math Periods
  • Robotics and Engineering
  • Graphic Design and Media
  • Dual High School and College Credit
  • Community Service and Internships
  • Performing Arts classes: guitar, strings, band, dance, choir
  • Visual Arts

“My eight year-old daughter has been playing the violin for three years now thanks to the Suzuki Violin program that the school offers starting in Kinder. It is so rewarding to see my daughter advancing academically and musically!” -Melodya Salaices

Da Vinci School for Science and the Arts

You Should Know… Da Vinci

Da Vinci Dragons athletics logoComputer Science Volunteers Needed

Volunteers with a computer science or software engineering background are needed to provide subject matter experience as part of Da Vinci’s Advance Placement (AP) Computer Science course next school year. For more details about the program and how you can get involved, please see the letter from Ms. Longoria.

Da Vinci Dragons athletics logoParent Meeting/Open House

Please join us for a parent meeting headed by Dr. Gonzales and the Da Vinci administration on Tuesday, February 26 from 6:00-7:30 P.M. We will be addressing enrollment, academic and extra-curricular programs for next year. After the presentation in the auditorium, parents will be able to visit with their child’s teachers.

Screenshot of the newsletter linked belowDragon Digest, Vol. 2

The latest edition of Dragon Digest is available. We as a school wanted to create a publication to send out to our parents, students and staff to inform our Da Vinci family about upcoming events, share exciting news, or simply spread Da Vinci School Spirit. In this issue, read about upcoming events, STAAR testing, OnRamps, the senior trip, registration, and more. View the February 26, 2019 edition.

Da Vinci Dragons athletics logoDragon Digest, Vol. 1

We as a school wanted to create a publication to send out to our parents, students and staff to inform our Da Vinci family about upcoming events, share exciting news, or simply spread Da Vinci School Spirit. In this issue, read about upcoming events, OnRamps and Dual Credit, robotics, athletics, orchestra, and more. View the November 9, 2018 edition, o ver la edición de 9 de noviembre de 2018 en español.

Da Vinci Dragons athletics logoHS Basketball Tryouts

Tryouts for Dragons High School girls and boys basketball are coming up, so get ready — interested students in grades 9-12 should have a physical completed before the tryout dates. Girls basketball tryouts will be on October 29 and 30 from 4:15-6:00 P.M. in the DV gym. Boys basketball tryouts will be on November 1 and 2 from 4:15-5:45 P.M. in the DV gym. For more information, see the coaches: Coach Montes or Coach Lopez for girls basketball, and Coach Dominguez for boys basketball.

Da Vinci middle school buildingReport Cards

Report cards for the first six-week grading period were sent home September 28, 2018 with all Da Vinci students. Please check with your child and review the report card with your son or daughter.

Howard Burnham Elementary School

You Should Know… Howard Burnham

Image of the Howard Burnham Elementary Dragonbots robotics teamHBE Dragonbots Bring Home a Trophy

On January 26th our Howard Burnham Robotics team competed at the regional First LEGO League Robotics competition at UTEP. Students designed and built their robot to complete “Into Orbit” missions, as well as proposing their solution to a social or physical problem faced by astronauts on long term space missions. Continue reading HBE Dragonbots Bring Home a Trophy

Image of Howard Burnham Elementary School front entranceGet Ready for the Science Fair

To make sure your child is ready for the science fair, on February 21-22, 2019, we have a planning guide that will walk you through everything from picking a topic up to presenting.

Photo of Mireyda SamperHoward Burnham Elementary Student is a Hero!

One 4th grade student’s quick thinking and calm reaction resulted in her father receiving the emergency care he needed. Mireyda Samper, a student in 4A, immediately knew that her father was having a seizure this week. “I recognized that it was a seizure because I saw my dad have one before,” she stated when recalling what happened. Continue reading Howard Burnham Elementary Student is a Hero!

Board of Directors

  • Mr. Rogelio Chacon, Human Resources, Becton Dickinson and Parent
  • Mr. Stanley Esparza, Technical Support Coordinator, TelerX and Parent
  • Mr. Chad Friedrichsen, IT Senior Specialist/Software Developer IV
  • Mr. Carlos Kaplan, Businessman and Parent
  • Mr. Eric Summer, Senior Software Engineer, Exelis, Inc. and Parent
  • Mr. Pedro Velazco, Senior Manager (Engineering) at Becton Dickinson and Parent

Board of Directors Meeting Agenda

See the School Board page for more.

School Locations

Howard Burnham
7310 Bishop Flores Dr.
El Paso, TX 79912
Phone: (915) 584-9499
Fax: (915) 585-8814
Da Vinci
785 Southwestern Dr.
El Paso, TX 79912
Phone: (915) 584-4024
Fax: (915) 581-9840
Vista del Futuro
1671 Bob Hope Dr.
El Paso, TX 79936
Phone: (915) 855-8143
Fax: (915) 855-8179