By Santina Ristaino, Viviana Arreola, and Alberto Colin
It’s that time of year again, the annual senior panoramic picture will be taken this Thursday at 11:30 am during 4th period. All seniors will be taken down to stadium for the class picture.
Be sure to show your school pride by wearing our school colors (blue, black, silver, white) or you will not be in the photo. It’s our year seniors, so be sure to participate!
Donielle Gerrelle, Araly Lopez, and Ariana Davis | Photo by Richard Liu, The Desert Sun
In January, the White House sent out a call to K-12 students across the country to create a short video piece (3 minutes) that focuses, in some way, on the impact of technology in education. More than 2,500 submissions were created for The White House Student Film Festival, which seeks to highlight student finalists at a special screening event at the White House. Students also have the opportunity to have their work featured on the White House’s official YouTube, Vimeo, and other social media outlets.
DATA DS juniors Donnie Gerrell, Araly Lopez, and Ariana Davis answered the call and worked together to create a short piece that explores the experience and impact the DATA program at Cathedral City High School has had on students– from current projects to alumni using DATA skills in the workplace.
Photo by Richard Liu, The Desert Sun
The students’ goal was to show the ways in which DATA has been a leading program in technological integration and technological literacy, not only equipping students with the skills necessary to use technology, but teaching them how to understand its deeper meanings and implications.
The project earned a semi-finalist position with Honorable Mention. The student work will soon be featured on WhiteHouse.gov/FilmFestival along with the White House’s other social media channels.
Congratulations to Donnie, Araly, and Ariana! Check out their project:
Sunnylands officially kicked off the 2014 Family Day Program on Sunday, January 19th and DATA DS students were on hand to document and take part in the fun, working in groups to tell the story of the day through photos, footage, and interviews.
As hosts to meetings of world leaders, politicians, and celebrities, the Annenbergs knew a few things about etiquette and social customs. This Family Day event helped guests of all ages learn proper manners, from writing thank you cards to proper dining etiquette.
The Sunnylands Visitors Center also unveiled a new gallery collection of memorabilia from some of the most famous events hosted at the estate, including Frank Sinatra’s wedding and President Obama’s first visit in 2013.
DATA students worked in groups to tell the story of the day through photos, footage, and interviews.
Visit our calendar page for more information on the upcoming April 20th and May 18th Family Day events, or visit sunnylands.org for more information.
Entertaining & Etiquette at Sunnylands
By Jazmin Ramirez, Brittany Salgado, and Viviana Ramos
Welcome back to Fashion Friday! This week we will be help you to find the best hand bag for your body type. When buying handbags we need to have in mind our body type because many bag styles might not fit your individual body type. Here is a list of body types along with the bags to best match them:
Curvy or plus-size women should avoid slouchy, round bags. Look for bags that are boxy instead. Also avoid prints that are too big or too small. Small prints will make you look bigger than you are, while large prints will draw too much attention to your size.
Women with a slim frame can add some curves to their look by picking a slouchy, rounded hobo or soft-body satchel. Avoid boxy framed bags.
Wide totes can make short women look even shorter. Instead, select a bag that is longer vertically to elongate the appearance of your torso. Also avoid oversized bags, which can overwhelm your body and also make you look shorter.
Pear-shaped women that carry their weight in their hips and thighs should look for bags that hang to the upper torso in order draw the eyes away from problem areas. Satchels and bowler bags are fashionable options. Avoid bags that hit at the hip.
Thick-waisted or top heavy women should do the opposite of pear-shaped body types. These women should choose a handbag with a longer handle– avoid those that finish around the bustline or mid-section. A hip-length crossbody bag is a nice choice.
Hopefully these tips help you pick the most flattering handbag for your body type and give you a dashing look. You can find handbags almost anywhere, from Walmart and Macy’s to Ross and Marshalls. You’re sure tol look dashing and gorgeous with the right type of bag.
By Santina Ristaino, Viviana Arreola, and Alberto Colin
In 2005, Nickelodeon aired a television series called Zoey 101, created by Dan Schneider. The show focuses on the lives of teenagers, Zoey Brooks and her friends as they attend Pacific Coast Academy (PCA), which is a fictional boarding school in Southern California.
In the beginning of the series, Zoey Brooks (Jamie Lynn Spears) and her younger brother Dustin (Paul Butcher) arrive at PCA, a school that recently went co-ed. Zoey meets her first friend, Chase Matthews. She then meets her roommates Dana Cruz and Nicole Bristow. She also becomes friends with Quinn Pensky, Michael Barret, and Logan Reese.
In seasons two and three, Dana has been accepted to a new boarding school and Nicole transferred to a different school. This causes Zoey to get a new roommate. The show welcomed Lola Martinez as a new cast member. Later after Chase Matthews leaves PCA, Michael and Logan now must get a new roommate. In season 4, James Garrett was the newest cast mate.
There were a total of four seasons throughout the three year run time, with the series ending in 2008. Today, many of the series’ actors working on a variety of new projects, but we will always remember this group of teenagers going to the coolest school.
By Genevieve Knight and Gabrielle Knight
Bored with your same old gym routine? Well, look no further! Wellness Wednesday has a cure for that! Across the U.S. the obesity rate is increasing each year. This is partially due to a lack of physical activity. Many people either don’t make the time to stay active and maintain their health, or they just aren’t motivated to stay consistent in their workout routines. When physical activity has fun aspects mixed in, you’re more likely to stay motivated. Here are some fun options to try and will have you feeling happy and healthy:
- Indoor Rock Climbing: Builds strength and balance while also working your core. You’re constantly shifting you weight and using your arm muscles to help pull you up.
- Jump rope: This cardiovascular workout easily burns calories without you even realizing it! It also really strengthens your calves and isn’t too strenuous.
- Zumba: Zumba dancing is not only a lot of fun, but it also helps your with your coordination, balance, and flexibility. Whether it’s hip hop, tango, or flamenco dancing, it will keep you in great shape.
- Hiking: Hiking, especially with friends, is an enjoyable way to get in a exercise and view the beautiful scenery.
- Playing video games that make you active: Wii Tennis, Wii Fit, Dance Dance Revolution, Sony Move, etc. are loads of fun to exercise to and will keep you from sitting o the couch all day gaming for hours.
Exercise does not mean “run on a treadmill for hours and be miserable,” it’s anything that gets your heart rate up. Many people don’t realize that the importance of exercise can lead to a less stressful lifestyle and there are so many options in making it more fun and enjoyable.
By Juliana Suarez and Bernadette Fuentez
The Thirst Project was founded by Seth Maxwell, and it all started with a photograph. The Thirst Project Team is a group of friends who are determined to make a difference by providing safe clean water and to raise awareness and bring solutions to the clean water crisis. Also they want to empower individuals to explore the human journey and take action in projects that create a sustainable global change.
Seth has made it extremely easy for school clubs, churches, and even individuals to reach out to his team. The Thirst Project has a Twitter account that tweets daily about how we take water, a basic necessity for granted every day. Almost 1 billion people on our planet don’t have access to safe, clean drinking water and proper sanitization. 80% of all global diseases are water-borne and result from drinking contaminated water. They impact the lives of thousands of people all the time, and that just doesn’t happen without tremendous support.
Go and follow @ThirstProject and be a part of the change this team is making.
On February 18th, Seth Maxwell, founder of The Thirst Project, presented a unique challenge and opportunity to DATA juniors and seniors.
At 26 years old, Seth has lead the Thirst Project in completing nearly 1,000 water projects, providing large amounts of sustainable fresh water to people in underdeveloped or impoverished nations. Seth brought with him facts and statistics showing the devastating effects that a lack of clean water can have on a community– everything from parasitic infections to AIDS.
Students sign up to create a Thirst Project organization at CCHS
More than 300 schools have worked with The Thirst Project, many participating in fundraising projects for provide permanent water wells to communities in need. A major role of The Thirst Project involves raising awareness of this issue that affects nearly 1 billion people worldwide.
After hearing from Seth, more than 46 DATA students signed up to form a campus organization that utilizes the skills learned in DATA to raise awareness of this global issue and raise money for new water projects.
Working with The Thirst Project is a unique opportunity for DATA students to use the skills learned in class to create projects that will leave the classroom and have a lasting positive impact in the lives of others.
By Sydney Siva
For those who don’t know, Foreigner is a British-American rock band that formed in 1976. With ten multi-platinum albums and sixteen Top 30 hits, Foreigner is one of the most best-selling bands of all time with worldwide sales of nearly 80 million albums. Most known hits include Rock n’ Roll anthems “Juke Box Hero”, “Feels Like The First Time”, “Urgent”, ”Head Games”, “Say You Will”, “Cold As Ice”, “Hot Blooded”, and the #1 Rock ballad “I Want To Know What Love Is”.
On Saturday, February 1st, Cathedral City High’s very own Chamber Singers were given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to sing with the legendary rock band at the Morongo Casino. Together, along with the pleased audience, they sang “I Want to Know What Love Is”.
Students pose for a group photo in front of the Science Center before heading home
On February 19th, potential DATA students (50 9th graders and 50 8th graders) toured the Gnomon School of Visual Effects in Hollywood. Students viewed reels of work, toured the campus, observed students work in progress, and learned about the various programs offered by the Gnomon School. Gnomon graduates and current students have worked on countless films and television projects, from blockbusters to smaller independent films.
Before heading home, students were able to have lunch at the nearby Science Center, home to the Space Shuttle Endeavor. Students were able to explore the museum center and see the shuttle up close.
This was the annual DATA outreach trip, designed to encourage 9th grade students to apply for academy acceptance in their sophomore year, and to show 8th grade students the Arts, Media, and Entertainment career pathway offered exclusively at Cathedral City High School through the DATA program. Previous trips have taken students to schools, studios, and other high-interest locations.
Trips like this not only help students to begin thinking about life and careers after high school, but also how DATA can play a role in achieving whatever their individual goal may be.
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