It is with profound sadness that we note the passing today of Lynn Strelzin-Pollock, more commonly known to us as Ms. Lynn. She was a firecracker that lit a bright flame within the Burnham Wood Charter Family. She was the drama teacher for many years and worked with students, teachers and parents to put on beautiful plays, poetry readings and holiday performances at all three of our campuses. She was loved by not only her students but her co-workers. She gave generously of her time, knowledge and experience; the charter schools were privileged and honored to have her support. It is in Ms. Lynn’s memory that we will place a plaque within the Da Vinci School for Science and the Arts to remember her generosity shown to our schools and community. Her family is establishing the “Lynn Strelzin Pollock Fund” to encourage the pursuit of theatre arts and public speaking for school age children. An annual competition in poetry recitation in the elementary grades, and dramatic presentation in grades 6-12 will be held in honor of her lasting inspiration and love of our students and our schools. Please make tax deductible donations payable to BWCSD.
You Should Know…
2015-2016 Enrollment Season Begins
The Burnham Wood Family of High Performing Schools will begin accepting enrollment for the 2015-2016 School Year from any resident in El Paso County. Vista del Futuro will offer grades Kinder through sixth. Da Vinci School for Science and the Arts serves grades five through twelve. It has been designated a Distinguished Texas STEM Academy by TEA. Howard Burnham Elementary School was the first charter school to open in El Paso. It serves grades Kinder through fourth. 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 for new students will be posted on the website and available at the schools front office beginning March 1st. Throughout the Spring and Summer months we will be offering Open Houses where you can learn more about our schools. For Open House dates and more information click HERE.
- Board of Directors Agenda (6.2.2015)
- Board of Directors Agenda (4.19.2015)
- Board of Directors Agenda (4.15.2015)
A high-performance reward school is identified as a Title I school with distinctions based on reading and math performance. Vista Del Futuro was recognized as one of two elementary schools in the Region 19 area to meet 6 out of 6 distinctions for 2014. Da Vinci was recognized as one out of five high schools in the Region 19 area to meet 6 out of 6 distinctions for 2014.
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 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
Da Vinci Recieves U.S. News & World Report Recognition
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 Reportas one of the top high schools in the nation for the 2013-2014 School Year! Da Vinci students share their success on Telemundo News Broadcast! To view the video click HERE!
“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
Board of Directors
- Mr. Leonard Lidiak, Retired President Emeritus, 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 & Nichols, P.C. and Parent
- Mr. Stanley Esparza, Technical Support Coordinator, TelerX and Parent
- Mr. Eric Summer, Senior Software Engineer, Exelis, Inc. and Parent
- Ms. Iris Burnham, Founder & Superintendent Emeritus
- BWCSD Parent Portal or VDFCS Parent Portal
- 2014-15 Instructional Calendar
- Breakfast/Lunch Menus
- Parent – Student Handbook
- May 30: HBE Ballroom Dance Expo
- May 30: VdF Garden Market Day 9-12pm
- June 3: HBE Violin Performance
- June 5: Early Release / Last Day of School
You Should Know…
9th Annual Braden Aboud Memorial Run/Walk
Da Vinci student council participated at 9th Annual Braden Aboud Memorial Run/Walk Sunday May 17th. To view the full article and pictures click HERE.
Da Vinci Soccer Teams WIN BIG! Congratulations!
The Da Vinci middle and high school soccer teams recieved trophies during this school year’s soccer season. To view the full Middle School Article click HERE and to view the full High School Article click HERE.
Da Vinci Student Council Proclamation
The Da Vinci Student Council recieved a proclamation on Tuesday April 21st, 2015 Click HERE for the full proclamation and pictures.
Da Vinci Scholarship Recipient
Pilar Gonzalez is a Senior at Da Vinci and she was awarded the Presidential Scholarship from the University of Texas at El Paso in the amount of 16,000 for her academic achievements at Da Vinci.
Zumbathon April 10th
Click HERE to view the full article and more pictures
Da Vinci Supports Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure held on March 1st Thank you students and staff for all your support! View the full acticle and picture by clicking HERE.
Go to College for Free! Scholarships Available! Click HERE for more information.
Financial aid incentives have increased drastically and there are multiple avenues that students can explore for getting free money for their education.
You Should Know…
First Grade Presents : Character Matters I
May 6 – 5:00pm 1C and 6:00pm 1D
May 7 – 5:00pm 1A and 6:00pm 1B
Congratulations! Texas Honors Circle Award! For a third 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 347 schools and 25 charters in Texas to be acclaimed for its high academic performance and fiscal conservatism. More info.
You Should Know…
Book Drive Success
Click HERE to view the full article and pictures
Congratulations! Vista Del Futuro Charter School has been selected by a 10 member state-wide committee for Region 10 as one the six schools in Texas to participate in a special project to create videos demonstrating the Use of Quality Data to Drive Instruction. The video will be available for viewing after May 16, 2015 on the Region 10 website, http://www.region10.org/rewardschool.
Students celebrate 100 days of school by making signs and masks for the parade. Click HERE for more pictures.
Vista del Futuro held their Friendship Dance on 2/13/2015. Click HERE for more pictures.
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