Relay for Life: March 15, 2014

Genevieve and Gabrielle Knight

On March 15th and 16th Cathedral City High School will be having a Relay for Life from 9:00 a.m. through 9:00a.m. (the following day) at the school’s stadium. Relay for life is an organized fundraising event that raises money for the fight against cancer and for the American Cancer Society. Each year, more than 4 million people in over 20 countries take part in this special event to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones who have passed away, and support those who currently have cancer. There will be plenty of food, music, a flag football game, and different activities to help fundraise for a great cause. A few of the events that will be taking place at Relay for Life include:

  • Survivors Lap: Begins at 9:30 a.m. when all the cancer survivors walk the first lap around the track while being cheered on by other participants, celebrating their victory and fight against cancer.
  • Between 9:30 a.m. through 8:00 p.m. participants in Relay for Life have teams that promote the fight against cancer and help fundraise money for a certain patient. Each member take turns walking around the track throughout the day.
  • Luminaria Ceremony: The Luminaria Ceremony starts at 9:00 p.m. and is a time to remember and honor people who have lost loved ones of cancer in the past. Each person lights a Luminaria bag personalized with a name, photo, or inspirational message in honor of a friend or loved one who has been affected by cancer.
  • Closing Ceremony: At 9:00 a.m. the Closing Ceremony wraps up the day with a moment to celebrate our commitment to come together and participate as a community

Relay for Life is more than just an ordinary fundraising event. It has given hope, inspiration, and support to thousands of lives, including those who have lost loved ones from cancer. Ms. Carrick, English II teacher at Cathedral City High School, is a fifth year participant in Relay for Life. Her husband, Fred Carrick, who was the head football coach from 1997-2005, died of stomach cancer in 2009. “At first I didn’t know how many people would be affected by this disease,” said Carrick. “I realized that being able to share stories and provide support to people who are going through the same thing as you has helped me and my sons in so many ways.”

Cancer doesn’t have to be looked upon as a life threatening disease. Having the  determination to fight back and get involved motivated Joanne, security guard at Cathedral City High School. Joanne, who is now cancer free, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009. After going through the long process of treatment and surgery, she was determined to participate in Relay for Life in memory of her mother who lost her battle with breast cancer and wanted to show her support for other cancer patients. “Participating in Relay for Life made me see that people do care and that you’re never alone in the fight against cancer. We’re all here to work together and help support others through struggling times,” says Joanne.

Mr. Ed Perry, IB Coordinator, AVID, and statistics teacher, has been participating in Relay for Life for 8 years with AVID and P.E. teacher Mrs. Johnson. Mr. Perry’s wife, Mary Perry, is a 5 year cancer survivor whose battled through breast and uterin cancer. Perry and his wife contribute by hosting wine tasting stands to help raise money for the National Cancer Society. “Relay for Life helps educate people about cancer as well as putting a big emphasis on getting checked early which is very important, especially when you’re young,” said Perry. Being a supportive caregiver throughout his wife’s fight against cancer, Mr. Perry inspires others to make a difference and to never lose hope.

With the support of thousands of volunteers, the American Cancer Society is helping save more than 400 lives a day. Not only does Relay for Life offer the opportunity to raise money and fundraise, it also gives people the chance to build support, inspire others, and take pride in knowing that we are all coming together as a community to save millions of lives. Survivors, caregivers, and patients of all ages in our community are all coming together to make a difference. Your participation in Relay for Life will greatly make an impact for the fight against cancer. Please come out and show your support!

Throwback Thursday: Grease

By Santina Ristaino, Viviana Arreola, and Alberto Colin

Throwing it back to one of the best musicals of all time, Grease. This fun, romantic film came out in 1978, directed by Randal Kleiser, focuses on teens going to high school in the 1950’s.

borg.comIn 1959, a California greaser Danny Zuko (John Travolta) and Australian Sandy Olsson (Olivia Newton-John) fell in love over the summer while spending time together at the beach. Little do they know they will both be attending Rydell High that fall. Danny’s the leader of the T-Birds, a group of black-jacket greasers while Sandy is introduced to the Pink Ladies, a group of pink-wearing girls led by Rizzo. When they first see each other at the first pep rally, Danny isn’t the same guy she met at the beach and has a reputation to keep up.

Meanwhile Sandy meets a young jock, and Zuko becomes jealous and tries to win her back. By doing so, he wants to change his ways and be more like her as she is secretly trying to be more like him.

Grease will always be one of our favorite musicals, and it’s always fun to sing along with– especially if you know all the words.


Urban Underground Dance Open to All High Schools

By Santina Ristaino, Viviana Arreola, and Alberto Colin

Urban Underground is a dance open to all high school students in the Coachella Valley. It will be held at Palm Springs High School’s gym on Saturday, March 15. Urban Underground begins at 8pm and lasts until 12am. Permission slips will be at the door, and bring your school I.D.

With Indian Print (Only Palm Springs): $10

General Admission: $15

At the door:  $20

Here are some rules that must be followed:

  1. Students cannot leave the dance for any reason; once you leave the dance you will not be re-admitted.
  2. Anyone who behaves inappropriately will be removed from the dance. Parents will be called to provide transportation home.
  3. Students who misbehave are subject to the High School discipline code.
  4. All students will be searched prior to entertaining the dance, and students suspected of being under the influence of alcohol or drugs will not be admitted to the dance and the police and the schools administration will be contacted.

A STRICT CODE will be in effect for the dance. The dress code is the same as the dress code for school. Here are some PROHIBITED items of clothing: Crop Tops, Halter Tops, Strapless tops, bare midriffs, spaghetti straps. No “spanks”, no bikinis, excessively revealing clothing
Urban Underground is a great chance for students from all over the valley to come together under one roof and have fun.

DATA Students Honored in White House Film Festival

Donielle Gerrelle, Araly Lopez, and Ariana Davis | Photo by Richard Liu, The Desert Sun

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

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 along with the White House’s other social media channels.

Congratulations to Donnie, Araly, and Ariana! Check out their project:

Sunnylands Kicks Off Family Day Event Season

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 for more information.

Entertaining & Etiquette at Sunnylands

Fashion Friday: Handbags According to Your Body Type

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
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.

Throwback Thursday: Zoey 101

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.

Wellness Wednesday: Fun Ways to Workout

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.