Desert Ice Castle offers Programs to the Public

By Jazmin Ramirez


The Desert Ice Castle offers five programs to improve your ice skating abilities, including Skating School, Adult Ice Hockey, Youth Ice Hockey, Figure Skating, and more. At Desert Ice Castle you can also rent the ice rink for Birthday Parties, Broomball, Public Sessions, Private Ice Lessons, and other Events.

Skating School:
Skating School students will receive free admission for any Public Session, however, Skate Rental usage will be charged at $2.00. Membership is only valid with the current Skate School Registration. In other words, student must be registered in every Skating School Term within that year to receive free admission to Public Sessions. If student is not registered for a term within that year, Membership will become “inactive”. Once you re-register, Membership will once again be “active”. Both membership card and current skate school punch card must be presented at Box Office at time of arrival, to receive free admission for any Public Session.images

Adult Ice Hockey:
The Desert Ice Castle offers hockey stick time to all ages and all levels, whether you are coming to shoot some pucks, improve your hockey skills, or have a private lesson. This session is specifically designed to accommodate your needs. Coaches are welcomed to give lessons during this session with $5.00 fee, and must provide a copy of coaching certification & insurance. All Players and coaches must be present to sign-in and pay at the box office before entering the ice rink.

Youth Ice Hockey:
There are four types of activities that you can do to improve your skills: Beginner Hockey, In-House Youth Hockey, Hockey practice clinics, High School Hockey and Travel Team. The beginner hockey teaches the basic skills and also the hockey skills from ages 3 and up. They will also teach each participant all the fundamental skills needed for playing the game. In-House hockey has the purpose to improve your hockey skills with power skating and stick handling classes and is just a continuation of the beginner hockey. The age of the players must be 5 and up.

Figure Skating:
Figure skating is a sport and activity in which individuals, duos, or groups perform on figure skates on ice. The four Olympic disciplines are men’s singles, ladies’ singles, pair skating, and ice dancing. Non-Olympic disciplines include synchronized skating and four skating. Usually all of these classes are offered only in the morning.


New H&M Store Now Open, More To Come At Westfield Mall

Customers shopping during the H&M Grand Opening.

By Sydney Siva

If you’ve been to the mall lately, you see that the mall is expanding with new restaurants and clothing stores, one of them being H&M, which opened yesterday afternoon. Hundreds of customers waited in line to shop, hoping to get special deals. The first 100 customers got up to $300 of giveaways and a chance to win a $1,000 shopping spree.

“It’s been one of the most requested stores that I’ve seen in the last 10 years,” said Franchesca Forrer, Marketing Director for Westfield Palm Desert. ”We have Dick’s Sporting Goods, we have World Gym, we have H&M opening, and in about a week or so, we’re going to have Bobby Mao’s Chinese Kitchen and Bar which is fantastic. And, right after that Stuffed Pizza Bar and Grill.”

The Westfield Mall has been going through a lot of changes during the last several months but Forrer said that the opening of Dick’s Sporting Goods and H&M were only the beginning. There will be more improvements for the next couple of months.

“That’s just for the first phase of redevelopment for us, there are many more phases to come, there will be a lot of surprises in 2014 and 2015.”


Senior DATA Trip 2014

By Bernadette Fuentez and Santina Ristaino

Every year DATA seniors get a special trip to the movies at the end of the year. As DATA students, we work hard and appreciate this special trip that’s just for us.  On May 2nd, we went to the Mary Pickford Theatre to watch The Amazing Spider-Man 2.

Even though this trip is all fun and literally games (because of the mini arcade), we were also assigned an assignment by DATA English teacher, Ms. Blair. Blair asked her students to write a critical review, analyzing the film’s strength and weaknesses.

Read below for Genevieve Knight’s review:

Andrew Garfield (Peter Parker) is at it again, saving lives of the city as the heroic Spiderman. The Amazing Spiderman is an action packed thriller with a side of romance. Peter Parkers love of his life, Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone) is head over heels in love with him and he will do anything in his power not to lose her. However, Spiderman is not invincible. Mayhem in the city by Spiderman’s enemies, Electro (Jamie Foxx) and The Green Goblin (Dane DeHaan) causes him to protect the lives of citizens, Gwen, and his mysterious past. Can Spiderman rise to victory again? This movie is a perfect to see for young kids and adults of all ages.



Are You Ready For Your Future?

By Gabrielle Knight and Genevieve Knight

Seniors, are you ready for graduation? Graduating will certainly be a huge accomplishment for us all, and the start of a new chapter in our lives. Life after high school will be a whole new journey we will all experience and endure. Whether we will be heading off to college in the fall, going to vocational schools, or pursuing a career, we will all face challenges and obstacles along the way.

If you don’t have a clear idea of what you really want to be, don’t stress! The first couple of years after high school will be a learning experience to try new things and study different subjects that interest you. If you don’t know what to do after high school here are a few tips to help you out (many of these tips also apply to juniors preparing for the senior year):

  • List your top college choices. Research your top three colleges and look over school catalogs, brochures, or visit the school campus. Do you want to go to a college close to home or far away? Are you looking for a large college that offers many diverse programs and classes? Consider all of your options, and make a choice based on the best fit for you.
  • Attend a school you can afford. Cost is an important factor to consider when choosing the right college for you. College is expensive, but stay away from getting caught up in paying off student loans for the rest of your life. Find out if you qualify for financial aid or scholarships. Complete a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal
  • Think about what you want to study and research colleges that offer your major.What you choose to major in may change overtime. Find a college that offers your major!
  • If you decide that college isn’t what you want, that’s fine, but do something productive. Don’t be the couch potato who stays at home not knowing what to do with their life. Go out there and find what you like to do! Whether that’s volunteering, interning, or finding a job earning good money.

Only 18 more days until high school is over, seniors! Are you ready? Plan and prepare ahead for college, your career, and your future now. Be confident and explore your options. The world has a lot to offer, so go out there and make it happen!

Yearbooks: Get Yours Before They’re Gone!

The 2014 Yearbook, The New Blue, is selling faster than any year before! There are less than 120 copies remaining, so preorder yours before they sell out.

Current prices are $80 with an ASB Paw Print, and $85 without. After May 15th, the price will increase to $90 for everyone.

Early Yearbook distribution will take place on Friday May 16th in the Student Commons from 3-4pm. After that, Yearbooks will be available for pickup in room 706 beginning on Tuesday 5/20.

Still not convinced? Check out this teaser trailer created by Gerardo Islas and Lorenzo Peña:

The Origins of Cinco De Mayo

By Bernadette Fuentez and Santina Ristaino

History of Cinco De Mayo

“Cinco De Mayo,” or the Fifth of May, commemorates the Mexican Army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War during 1861-1867. This relatively minor holiday has evolved into a celebration of the Mexican culture and heritage, especially in areas that have large Mexican-American populations. Cinco de Mayo traditions include parades, mariachi music performances, and street festivals in cities and towns across Mexico and the United States. It is sometimes referred to as a “Mexican St. Patrick’s Day.”

In Mexico

In Mexico, Cinco de Mayo is primarily observed in the state of Puebla, although other parts of the country also take part in the celebration. Traditions include military parades, recreations of the Battle of Puebla and other festive events. For many Mexicans, however, May 5 is a day like any other: It is not a federal holiday, so offices, banks and stores remain open.

In the United States

In the United States, Cinco de Mayo is widely interpreted as a celebration of Mexican culture and heritage, particularly in areas with large Mexican-American populations like the Coachella Valley. Chicano activists raised awareness of the holiday in the 1960′s, and today the occasion is marked with parades, parties, and mariachi music. Some of the country’s largest festivals are held in Los Angeles, Chicago and Houston.

Fashion Friday: Prom 2014

By Jazmin Ramirez, Brittany Salgado, and Viviana Ramos


Welcome back to another installment of Fashion Friday! It’s finally that time of the year: Prom is here! This year, the CCHS Prom theme is “Eternal Elegance.” Prom will take place at the Westin Mission Hills in Rancho Mirage from 8 pm until midnight on Saturday May 10th.

If you haven’t purchased your dress yet, you can go on the following sites to check out prom-specific selections:

If you’re still trying to decide on what to do with your Prom make up, here are some make up tutorials in YouTube that are very helpful:

Finally, for some intersting nail ideas you can also check out Pinterest andTumblr. I also recommend a new website called, which has everything you need for great make up.

With only a few days to go, I hope that these tips help to take the stress out of Prom fashion and accessories.

Until next time….

FAFSA Participation Earns Senior BBQ

By: Alberto Colin, Juliana Suarez, and Viviana Arreola

On Thursday, April 17 Mr. Chavez rewarded the senior class with a BBQ for having the highest submitted FAFSA applications in the Coachella Valley. On Wednesday morning Chavez ordered 750 corn on the cobs in addition to hot dogs or hamburgers with chips and drinks.

During the BBQ, ASB brought out two coolers and a bucket full of water balloons for a balloon toss that quickly turned into a water balloon fight. Most seniors got soaked, while others enjoyed watching the action. “It was fun, but I didn’t expect to get soaked with water,” said Brittany Salgado.

Not too long after, Chavez and Howell came down to the field to sneak up on students with water balloons…but they didn’t know what was coming their way. Pedro Pineda and Bernadette Fuentez both teamed up to surprise Chavez with a bucket full of water. While Fuentez distracted Chavez, Pineda crept up behind him and dumped the water all over his back. Besides that, boys from the soccer team also soaked the principal with their own water bottles.

All in all, most seniors agreed it was a great way to begin wrapping up the year. “I enjoyed how everyone came together and had a good time,” said Alexandra Hernandez. “It showed that everyone who put it all together really cares about us.”


Throwback Thursday: Scary Movie Franchise

By Santina Ristaino, Viviana Arreola and Alberto Colin

It all started in the year 2000 when the Scary Movie franchise began. It is a series of American comedy films, distributed by Dimension Films. It was created by Keenan Ivory Wayans with his younger brothers, Shawn Wayans and Marlon Wayans. The franchise was developed by the Wayans Brothers who wrote and directed the first two films before leaving.

The film series mainly specialize in parodying horror films. In the first four installments, the two main recurring actors were Anna Faris and Regina Hall playing as Cindy Campbell and Brenda Meeks, joined by new or recurring actors and characters.

The first four films came out continuously after two years from each other. It wasn’t until 2013 when it was recently rebooted with Scary Movie 5, which disregards the events of the previous films and begins a new storyline. Now with there being a total of five films, the franchise has grown.

Although it was the first installment to not feature Anna Faris and Regina Hall, we will always love them as their funny characters they played in the funniest parodying films there are.