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Animation II students are delving into 3D animation by creating a 3D donut and coffee cup in the animation software, Blender. For this assignment, they will follow tutorials to guide them through the process. “I am enjoying following a specific guide on how to use Blender,” sophomore Simon Tolentino said. “I feel like I am learning the necessary steps to 3D animation and I am truly enjoying it.” Photo Credit: Farhad Yazdani

Animation II Students begin learning about 3D Designing Transitioning from 2D to 3D animation with the help of YouTuber Blender Guru’s tutorials

Farhad Yazdani May 17, 2021

Jeffrey Ball’s Animation II students are beginning to take a huge animation jump from 2D to 3D animation. Students are developing the skills to create three-dimensional objects in Blender, a 3D animation...

Due to vaccinations not being a requirement, students have the option of either taking it or opting out. The vaccinations available consist of Pfizer, Moderna, Novavax, and more. “I’m going to be taking the vaccine sometime next week and I cant wait to get it,” sophomore Hai Tong said. “After getting vaccinated I will feel more safe and confident in publicplaces.”Photo Credit: NIAID

COVID-19 vaccines now available for anyone 16 or older Students, faculty begin to get immunized in order to combat the ongoing pandemic

Farhad Yazdani April 22, 2021

With about 60% of students 16 and older in CCSD needing COVID-19 vaccinations - the wait is finally over: students who are 16 or older can now receive a COVID-19 vaccine.    “I'm thrilled...

Board games are one of the main introductions to game design and are an important skill to learn for Digital Game II students. For this unit, students will be designing their own board game.  “I love the thought of freely designing things and board games are so simple to design making it really enjoyable,” sophomore Rayan Al Jahouri. “I feel like the further we get into the lesson the more fun and easy things are coming to me.”  Photo Credit: Unsplash

Digital Game II students learn the fundamentals of board game design Sophomores are introduced to the key elements of tabletop gaming

Farhad Yazdani April 8, 2021

  Board games have been around for nearly 5500 years and have developed into something that many people enjoy playing in their free time. The first board game ever made was called Senet and was...

“Pumped BMX Flow” takes a whole new spin on bicycle motocross games.  This app challenges players to achieve high scores and go through crazy obstacles.  Rating: B- Photo Credit:Yeah! Us Games

Learn a brand new wave of mobile dirt bike racing games in ‘Pumped BMX Flow’ Discover refreshing tricks, achieve various abilities, fly through the air

Farhad Yazdani March 26, 2021

BMX games are one of the oldest types of games and were based on the original games such as BMX Simulator (1986), The California Games (1987), and Mat Hoffman's Pro BMX (2001). Newly released “Pumped...

Building the bridges to a covid-free world

'> Building the bridges to a covid-free world How we were affected by the pandemic, and how we're

The pandemic's beginning spread To call the past twelve months chaotic would be the understatement of the millennia. Faced with a once-in-a-century pandemic that was uniquely infectious...

Students and teachers prepare to go back to school following spring break. Although many technical details seem to be out of place, CCSD is trying their best to help students and parents understand the new schedule. “I am excited to be able to return to in person learning,” sophomore Hai Tong said. “I didn’t hate online school but returning to see my friends and to a social environment will be great.”  Photo credit: Southwest Career and Technical Academy

Students have mixed opinions about returning to in-person learning New hybrid schedule will take place starting on Mar. 15

Farhad Yazdani March 15, 2021

Students were sent an email during the week explaining the specific cohort they were placed in as well as the schedule.  This comes after the announcement that grades 6, 9, and 12 would return on March...

L2 Texas BBQ is a brand new BBQ restaurant in Las Vegas and is serving up great food.
  Rating: A- Photo Credit: Farhad Yazdani

Experience a classic dinner experience at L2 Texas BBQ Enjoy brisket, Tri-tip, ribs, pork, smoked ham, sausage

Farhad Yazdani March 4, 2021

2250 East Warm Springs Road Las Vegas, Nevada 89119 Sun-Sat: 11 am - 8 pm Credit Cards Accepted Grade: A- To put it bluntly, L2 Texas BBQ has some of the best barbeque meats money can buy....

HOSA students pose for their annual group photo for the yearbook on February 19, 2020. Members are currently selecting their areas to compete in. “I enjoyed it in person a lot during my freshman year and can’t wait to compete again this April.”

HOSA members start choosing areas for competition Students plan to compete in many different medical categories ranging from dentistry to CPR testing

Farhad Yazdani February 23, 2021

Like many other clubs, students in HOSA will be attending their annual state leadership conference virtually in April.  “I’m actually pretty excited to go to HOSA SLC again,” sophomore Mariel...

In order to learn more about what it takes to make a video game, students are watching video lessons from Rockstar Studios and the work they put in creating RDR2. After the video lesson, students will be taking an assessment to end the unit. “A great video game has to be graphically driven,” sophomore Hai Tong said. “If the game doesn’t have amazing graphics nowadays, it can’t be considered a top game no matter how good the story/controls are.”Photo Credit: Ulricaloeb

Game design sophomores start an intricate unit on what makes a great video game Students have been learning the secrets behind successful creators

Farhad Yazdani February 16, 2021

Designing a video game can be a long process, considering how many elements are involved, such as graphics, theme, setting and much more.  To learn the basics of designing a video game, Ronald Barranco’s...

Learning the unique process of making an 8-bit animation, sophomore Hai Tong works diligently to perfect his space fighter animation. Navigating 8-bit animations has been difficult for many students due to the rigorous steps, but with practice and help from Animation II teacher Jeffrey Ball, students are completing their characters in a timely manner. “I am really enjoying creating new elements for this animation. Everything is coming together as I expected,” Tong said.  Photo Credit: Hai Tong

Animation II students create 8-bit characters Students in Jeffrey Ball’s Animation II class go through the trial, error of making an animation

Farhad Yazdani February 11, 2021

  Students in Animation II are taking a trip to the past and learning how to create and animate characters in older graphics. 8-bit color graphics are a method of storing image information in a...


DRAW MY SHADOW: Liban Tuni Passion For Stocks

Farhad Yazdani January 15, 2021

Sophomore Liban Tuni has always had a passion for stocks and finances and in these last few years, he has put that passion and knowledge to work.

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