In Memory of Henry Kellen, Board Member
It is with profound sadness that we note the passing today of Mr. Henry Kellen, former member of the Board of Directors. Mr. Kellen served on the Board from April 1998 and was dedicated to the success and growth of the Burnham Wood Family of Charter Schools. He gave generously of his time, knowledge and experience, and the charter schools were privileged and honored to have his support. The Board is grateful for Mr. Kellen’s unwavering advocacy for quality educational opportunities for all El Pasoans. Mr. Kellen was a Holocaust survivor who tirelessly educated the community about the Holocaust as a compelling speaker and intrepid founder of the El Paso Holocaust Museum. In the 1980′s, working with the late co-founder of the Burnham Wood Charter School, Mr. Howard Burnham, Mr. Kellen started the museum in the conference room of the El Paso Jewish Community Center where Mr. Burnham served as Executive Director. From this humble but inspired beginning came the establishment of the present day Holocaust Museum, a monument to Mr. Kellen’s determination to ensure that generations to come never forget the horror of the Holocaust. His efforts and legacy have fostered greater understanding and appreciation of our common humanity and dignity. We express our deepest sympathy to the family of Mr. Kellen. His words and actions touched many lives for the better, and we join our fellow El Pasoans in mourning the loss of this distinguished man.
2014-2015 Enrollment Continues
The Burnham Wood Family of High Performing Schools continues to accept enrollment for the 2014-2015 School Year to all residents of El Paso County. The schools, Da Vinci School for Science & the Arts, Howard Burnham Elementary School, and Vista del Futuro Elementary School, will be hosting Open Houses throughout the Spring and Summer Months.
Next year, the Vista del Futuro Elementary School will add a sixth grade. According to Superintendent, Iris Burnham, many parents have expressed an interest in their children attending a small, high performing 6th grade rather than sending them to a large, overwhelming middle school.
The Da Vinci School for Science and the Arts serves grades 5-12.This outstanding STEAM Academy(Emphasizing science, technology, engineering, arts and math) has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top high schools in the nation!
Your child can attend our schools. There is no tuition. These are public, charter schools. Give your student an opportunity to achieve in a world class learning environment. Applications are available here as well as at any of the school offices. Join us for an Open House to learn more about the schools and get a tour! Our next Open House will be at Howard Burnham Elementary on July 30th at 5:30pm and at the Da Vinci School for Science and the Arts on August 6th at 5:30pm!
It’s Sweet Sixteen for the El Paso Education Initiative, Inc.
Having completed our Quincenera year (2012-2013) our schools have met the challenges laid before them with success. All of our campuses have met AYP (Average Yearly Progress). Vista del Futuro, our relatively new elementary campus on the Eastside of El Paso, received distinctions in Reading, Math and Progress. On the new and unfamiliar state assessments (STAAR) all schools demonstrated high performance in the reading and math areas. Of particular note are the exceptionally high passing rates on the various End of Course tests our Da Vinci students earned. We must also mention that 100% of our eleventh graders taking the TAKS Exit tests passed all Reading, Math, Science and Social Studies components.
While we do not want to teach to a test, we recognize the reality of being judged by how well our students perform on these new instruments. Our strategy has been to conduct several benchmark tests throughout the year, so we can track each student’s progress and monitor those who need more assistance. Working with testing data has refined teachers’ instruction and prevented students from falling through the cracks. With the support of our parents and the cooperation and the acceptance by our students, we came out on top!
Nevertheless, our teachers have not turned away from the enrichment activities, as well as the project based learning activities that make school so much fun. In addition, we have added a number of clubs and opportunities for students to be creative and excel in areas such as Lego robotics, Suzuki violin, Latin, Piano, Student Council, and much more. Along with these new activities are competitions that have brought our teams awards and recognition. Consequently we have had invitations to travel to regional and state level contests, particularly in robotics and engineering. Unfortunately these opportunities require extensive fundraising that often place a burden on our families’ budgets and the students’ time. For these reasons, we must reach out to the greater community and tell them about the wonderful opportunities our charter schools are offering El Paso children free of charge. We need them to partner up with our campuses in order to lend the extra support that helps us shine and compete.
As we enter our sixteenth year, we hope to light those celebratory candles so that our community will be drawn to the accomplishments of this small, nonprofit organization, and will join us as Advisory Board members and generous donors to the many worthwhile projects we hope to execute. For example our new robot is waiting for a name and a sponsor. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to be able to put the name for an El Paso business/donor on our student designed robot that is destined, as they have in the past, to travel to the Dallas Regionals and play its little wires out in some soon to be revealed competition?
What about our talented and enthusiastic performers who desire nothing more than to find venues where they might display their music, dance and art? Then there are our Da Vinci high school students looking for community internships that will spark their career interests and hopefully keep them in El Paso after they complete their education. How many businesses are out there that will see the light of those sixteen candles and open their hearts to them? We are hopeful and excited for the outcomes.
El Paso Education Initiative Inc.- a 501c3 nonprofit organization- is the charter holder for three high performing, public, charter schools – Howard Burnham Elementary, Da Vinci School for Science and the Arts, and Vista del Futuro Elementary. We are committed to providing our students with the best education in a nurturing, safe environment.
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.
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 MiddleSchool 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
You Should Know…
- The Results are IN and BWCSD Schools are on TOP!
- Register for the Southwest Summer String Institute at any school front office and download the registration form here
- Enroll Now in the Texas Tuition Promise Fund®
You Should Know…
- Da Vinci Students Win 9 Trophies in NASA Competition!
- You are ACCEPTED to the St. John’s Summer Academy
- Da Vinci Soccer making History!
- Beau Bagley Visits with Da Vinci Students
- Congratulations Mr. Insurriaga – Da Vinci Technology Teacher
You Should Know…
- Saturday, May 31st, 2014 - HBE Ballroom Dance Expo
- May 16th, 2014 - HBE 2nd, 3rd and 4th grade Science Fair
Texas Honors Circle Award
For a second time, the Texas State Comptroller has recognized the Burnham Wood Charter School District with their prestigious Texas Honors Circle Award. This year the high performing Howard Burnham Elementary School has been selected as one of only 317 campuses in Texas to be acclaimed for its high academic performance and fiscal conservatism. Read More
- I Have A Dream Day Presentations
- Martin Luther King Presentation Schedule
- “International Day” Academic Celebration
- BARNES & NOBLE Book Fair & Student Recital
- Veteran’s Day Celebration
- Literary Fair Schedule
- Life Touch School Pictures
- LEGO ROBOTICS
- LEARNING POETRY
- Violin Program Will Begin
- LITERARY FAIR
Board of Directors
- Mr. Leonard Lidiak, Retired President Emeritis, State National Bank
- Mr. Carlos Kaplan, Businessman and Parent
- Mr. Eric Braham, U.S. Government Postal Employee and Parent
- Ms. Amy A. Nichols, Attorney, Kubinski & Associates, P.C. and Parent
- Mr. Stanley Esparza, Technical Support Coordinator, TelerX and Parent
- Ms. Iris Burnham, Founder & Superintendent
7310 Bishop Flores
El Paso, TX 79912
Phone: (915) 584-9499
Fax: (915) 585-8814
785 Southwestern Dr
El Paso, Texas 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