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"La Nina Cosmica" Revisited

"La Nina Cosmica" Revisited

09.07.14 ~  Area muralist "Mago" Gandara revisits the Douglass Campus ~ "Mago" local muralist and activists revisits her creation, "La Nina Cosmica", with a group from UACJ (engineers, architects) from as far away as Chihuahua. She was commissioned to do this mural in the early 90's...




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Dragons, Bears Play Chess, Oh My!

Published 09.06.14 by Douglass Elementary_Gregory A. Davis ~ Filed Under: School News

Dragons, Bears Play Chess, Oh My!

Interested in playing or learning how to play chess?

Kevin (Douglass Dragon, 5th gr) and Alfredo (Bowie Chess Coach) participate in the USCF Chess Open held this weekend at the Richard Burges Library (Northeast El Paso). Established groups are located at Douglass, Zavala, Guillen, Bowie more to be added.

Interested in playing or learning how to play chess? This week Douglass will begin an after school program facilitated by Coach Davis (USCF Certified) and chess is one of the courses offered. Chess is directly beneficial our students by increasing intelligence, concentration improvement, with improvements in math, science, social studies and a great way to meet new friends from around the area
So parents are you ready to enrich your lives and students ready improve your grades? Then get information at the school office, 236-8750.

Jaque Mate! (Check Mate)





 

Summer Chess Workshop

Summer Chess Workshop

07.30.14 ~  On July 30, 2014 the Stanlee and Gerald Rubin Center for the Contemporary Arts at UTEP facilitated a chess event. ~ This event, held on the UTEP campus was a summer workshop were kids between the ages of 7-16 were given an opportunity to learn the basics on the game of chess. This workshop was lead by, Gregory Davis one of the local chess coaches from the Douglass Elementary campus...






Douglass Elementary School offers online Chess Instruction Course

Published 07.22.14 by El Paso I.S.D. ~ Filed Under: District News

Douglass Elementary School offers online Chess Instruction Course

The Douglass Elementary Facebook page is posting a Chess Instruction Course for those in the EPISD community interested in learning how to play chess.

The course offers simple instructions for beginning students. A five- to seven-minute lesson will be posted every night for players to work through, with a five-minute activity posted for review the following evening. Activities include brain games and short quizzes to encourage players to learn the ins and outs of chess play.

Physical Education Teacher and Certified Chess Coach Gregory Davis developed the instruction course to keep students motivated during the summer and to create awareness among the Douglass Elementary community of what is going on campus. He also believes chess helps turn around student behavior and improve grades in school.

See the rest of the article posted at < http://episd.org/public_relations/news_detail.php?id=1827 >





Border Barrio Open Chess Tournament

Published 06.07.14 by Gregory A. Davis ~ Filed Under: School News

Border Barrio Open Chess Tournament

El Paso's first USCF certified event.

Congratulations to Douglass Dragons Kevin and Angel for winning the team trophy for third place. This past weekend they competed in the first annual Border Barrio Open Chess Tournament, held at La Fe Preparatory School.

Kevin and Angel were also invited to play in the Lawyers portion of the tournament (Sponsored by the El Paso Bar Associaton) and as you can see by the medals around their necks our Dragons were successful. The medal has the statement on the back, "I beat a lawyer in Chess". "Go Dragons"

Douglass Elementary has been facilitating chess as an after school program in our students lives for the last 15 years. Parents, faculty and staff, here just are a few reasons for adding chess to your child's education.
Chess dramatically improves a child's ability to think rationally. Chess increases cognitive skills.
Chess improves children's communication skills and aptitude in recognizing patterns, therefore:
Chess results in higher grades, especially in English and Math studies.
Chess builds a sense of team spirit while emphasizing the ability of the individual.
Chess teaches the value of hard work, concentration and commitment.
Chess instills in young players a sense of self-confidence and self-worth.
Chess makes a child realize that he or she is responsible for his or her own actions and must accept their consequences.
Chess teaches children to try their best to win, while accepting defeat with grace.
Chess provides an intellectual, competitive forum through which children can assert hostility, i.e. "let off steam," in an acceptable way.
Chess can become a child's most eagerly awaited school activity, dramatically improving attendance.
Chess allows girls to compete with boys on a non-threatening, socially acceptable plane.
Chess helps children make friends more easily because it provides an easy, safe forum for gathering and discussion.
Chess allows students and teachers to view each other in a more sympathetic way.
Chess, through competition, gives kids a palpable sign of their accomplishments.
Chess provides children with a concrete, inexpensive and compelling way to rise above the deprivation and self-doubt which are so much a part of their lives (Palm, 1990, pp. 5-7).

For further information about involving your children in a chess program contact Coach Davis @gadavis@episd.org, 915-236-8750.

By the way, batteries are not required!






Flight Out of the Barrio

Published 05.30.14 by El Paso I.S.D. ~ Filed Under: School News

Flight Out of the Barrio

Douglass after school Rocketry Program comes to an end with a launch.

Congratulations to three outstanding Dragons that participated in the Dragon after school program Flight out of the Barrio.

These students were able to go through a basic course of rocket flight and then build their own models to launch.
The launch took place on May 30, 2014, 4:15 pm on the back field on the Douglass Campus. The students were excited about the excellent turnout of spectators.

Douglass students have been given access to various after school activities through grant writing, financial support from our PIE (Partner in Education) W. Silver Recycling, and school personnel who give of their time to enrich the lives of their students.

These activities that our students are exposed to include, Archery, Chess (soon to become part of the curriculum), Robotics (soon to be introduced in the science/math mainstream) and Rocketry. Parents please these are great activities that boaster and enhance our students experience not just in school, but outside the boundaries of the Douglass Campus and make for great family time together of fun and learning.

For further information on how to include these activities in your family time contact the school office.

Launch video ready for viewing at 10:00 am MST: ( 9 minutes)
&lt; https://vimeo.com/97042065 &gt;

Office: 915-236-8750
Website: http://douglass.episd.org/
Coach Davis (Facilitator): gadavis@episd.org





 

Lunch Reading

Lunch Reading

05.29.14 ~  Mr. Pena our school counselor takes time out to read to students in the lunch during one of our meals...






Dragon Academy Closes

Published 04.12.14 by Douglass Elementary_Gregory A. Davis ~ Filed Under: School News

Dragon Academy Closes

The Dragon Academy held each Saturday on the Douglass Campus closes for the Spring.

The Super Dragon Academy opened the campus doors of Douglass by extending a special invitation to those students who were identified as needing additional academic support. For the months of February, March and April teachers and administrators gave up a portion of their personal time from 8:30 - 11:30 am on Saturday to facilitate this program.

The unique aspect of this particular Dragon Academy was the idea of identifying and meeting the needs of those students who would benefit from Advance Academic intervention. So a special section was added to offer higher academic challenges. These students were introduced to Chess, Robotics, Archery, Photography, Logical Puzzle challenges and Digital Story Telling. All of which are designed to challenge the student academically, socially, and emotionally. The students were given a final project, using the available technology tell the story about the Super Dragon Academy. The project will be due two weeks from the closing date. Go Dragons!





 

Marathon Kids Closing Ceremony

Marathon Kids Closing Ceremony

03.29.14 ~  Douglass students participated in the final laps of the Marathon Kids initiative ~ This initiative which began back a the beginning of the school year. Challenged each student that participated to complete a 26.2 mile run (school, home, park) over several months . The final lap of their challenge was completed at Bowie HS this past Saturday. Great fun was had by all along with meeting other students from around the city who also participated. For further information about participating in next year's event please see Coach Bertha Leticia Herrera, blherrer@episd.org..






1st Annual Chess Symposium

Published 03.22.14 by Gregory A. Davis ~ Filed Under: School News

1st Annual Chess Symposium

Douglass Elementary School in conjunction with the El Paso Chess Connection held its first Annual Chess Symposium.

Thank you to all those who participated and contributed to its success. We had some outstanding presenters who conducted some very interesting and informative mini workshops.
The next one is already in the planning stages! Look for more information as that time draws near.

Today&#039;s Points of Emphasis:
Special needs students in the world of chess
Setting knight forks
End game scenarios for beginners
Setting up and operating chess tournaments
Chess game variations
Revised rules (USCF)
Teaching Chess concepts through music and dance
Analysts: 18th Century Master
Game Tactics





Our Teachers

Coach Davis Top Ten Finalist in the District

Coach Davis Top Ten Finalist in the District

03.20.14 ~  Coach Davis a long time district employee and faculty member here on the Douglass Campus was recently selected by his EPISD peers as one of the Ten Finalists for the District as Teacher of the Year. On May 9, 2014 at the District Banquet one Elementary Teacher and one Secondary Teacher will be selected to move on to the Regional Competition...


Our Teachers

Support Person of the Year

Support Person of the Year

01.06.14 ~  Each year the EPISD campuses acknowledges individuals for their dedication and hard work (most of which occurs behind the scene). Douglass Elementary School is proud to announce the selection of such a person, Mrs. Beatriz Navarrette. Thank you Mrs. Navarrette!..


 

National Lights on Afterschool

National Lights on Afterschool

10.17.13 ~  Recently Douglass Elementary School hosted a National Event sponsored by the local Parks and Recreation Department ~ On Thurday, October 17, 2013, Douglass Elementary School was host to the Parks and Recreation celebration of National Lights on Afterschool program. Several dignitaries were invited to include the several athletes from the University of Texas at El Paso, the ladies from the Sun Court, Parents and teachers of the students being served...


 

Coffee with the Principal

Coffee with the Principal

10.08.13 ~  The Douglass Adminstration extends invitation to the community to meet and greet the new principal at Douglass Elementary School. ~ Mr. Alonzo our new principal and his administrative staff extended an invitation to the Douglass Community to come and have coffee and fellowship. Parents and community leaders were encouraged to attend. Various topic were covered, schedule, activities, academic expectations, dress code, and any questions that the community members had. The session went well and more sessions are to be scheduled in the near future. See the Photo Gallery for more images of this event and check with our Face Book page < Douglass Elementary School >...





Archery Club Guest Speaker

Published 09.27.13 by Gregory A. Davis ~ Filed Under: School News

Archery Club Guest Speaker

The Douglass Elementary School Archery Club recieved into their midst Coach Gutierrez from Beall Elementary School

You may not end up being the second coming of William Tell, but learning how to handle a bow and arrow will garner you the physical fitness benefits of archery. The physical benefits of archery include increasing flexibility in your hands and fingers and developing your arm strength. In addition, hand-eye coordination improves, as does mental concentration and mental strength. A successful archer must know how to free his mind from distractions and focus on his target, which makes archery both a beneficial mind exercise as well as a great form of physical exercise.

The physical benefits of archery include increasing flexibility in your hands and fingers and developing your arm strength. In addition, hand-eye coordination improves, as does mental concentration and mental strength. A successful archer must know how to free his mind from distractions and focus on his target, which makes archery both a beneficial mind exercise as well as a great form of physical exercise.

Thanks to Coach Gutierrez from Beall School who was guest speaker this morning for the Archery Club @Douglass Elem





 

Community Member recieves Certificate of Honor

Community Member recieves Certificate of Honor

09.14.13 ~  On September 14, 2013, Mrs. Adame a great honor from the Texas Legislature. ~ Congratulations to one of our outstanding members of the Dragon Community, Mrs Maria Adame. On September 14, 2013, Mrs. Adame received an award for 20 years of service with the El Paso Retired and Senior Volunteer Program and signed by the Governor of Texas Rick Perry. Mrs. Adame Thank you for your time and commitment to serving the needs of the Douglass Community...





 

Welcome to Douglass Elementary!

07.21.13 ~  Principal Alonzo Barraza welcomes you to the 2013-2014 school year.