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Students in Jennifer Conder’s Chemistry class were tasked with creating a device that could keep water warm. Sophomores tested their creations in three trials and recorded data. “In project based learning there is always a guiding question,” Conder said. “Our guiding question is to design a device that can prevent the release of energy, an endothermic reaction, using water.” Photo Credit: Anika Aller

Chemistry students build hydro-flask like devices Using concepts of heat transfer, sophomores constructed different contraptions to keep water warm

Monserrat Mendieta May 17, 2021

After having spent a week learning about ways thermal energy can spread, Jennifer Conder’s Chemistry class created devices that mimic hydro flasks to keep water warm. Using a thermometer, students continually...

As exams approach, AP Human Geography teacher Jessica Kelly is holding Google Meets on Saturdays to provide extra guidance and information for students. During these sessions, students listen to lectures, videos, and even play Quizlet games. “I am appreciative of Mrs. Kelly and all that she is doing to prepare us for the AP test,” sophomore Manmeet Kaur said. “Her dedication to teaching has really improved my knowledge and understanding of the topics covered in class. She goes above and beyond making sure that her students do well and I am grateful for that.”
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Advanced placement students work together during weekends to prepare for upcoming exam In order to help students with the AP Human Geography exam, teacher Jessica Kelly holds Saturday review sessions

Monserrat Mendieta April 21, 2021

As AP exams begin, students are starting to review concepts gone over throughout the school year. In order to help her class study, AP Human Geography teacher Jessica Kelly is conducting virtual meetings...

‘Super Mario 3D World’ has been ported from the Wii U and is now on Switch alongside an entertaining additional storyline called “Bowser’s Fury.” Veterans and new players alike can both indulge in a well-loved game with some new tweaks. 
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Stomp on enemies in ‘Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury’ Experience a classic game on Switch with newly added content

Monserrat Mendieta March 30, 2021

One of the most iconic characters in gaming history is Mario, Nintendo’s staple character. Well known for stomping on goombas and saving Princess Peach from his archnemesis Bowser, “Super Mario 3D...

Being guided inside the school bright and early, a new set of ninth and twelfth graders enter campus for hybrid learning. They will be receiving in-person instruction for the first half of the day. “I am happy to see students return for Cohort B,” Assistant Principal Kendra Kelley said. “I was happy to see Cohort A students on Monday and Tuesday as well. The SWCTA campus was very lonely without students. Im glad to see those who chose to return in-person and that they are well and ready to learn.” Photo Credit: Matthew LaPorte

Cohort B returns to in-person learning Following the return of Cohort A, more students return to campus

Ahmed Ahmed, Monserrat Mendieta, and Rhamil Taguba March 25, 2021

Following Cohort A’s returning to school doors, students in Cohort B are setting foot on campus today. “I felt excited in a way and nervous,” freshman Bradley Hutchings said. “Only because I...

Freshman Natalya Cintron works on an assignment in her Health class. Several students have returned to the classroom following the reopening of schools. I do have worries regarding COVID-19, but the school is taking safety measures and not many people are actually in the classes, so I feel pretty comfortable being here, Cintron said. Photo Credit: Matthew LaPorte

Cohort A starts first day of in-person learning Ninth, Twelfth graders return to school today

Ahmed Ahmed and Monserrat Mendieta March 22, 2021

After more than a year of remote learning, some students are returning to the classroom. Organized into different groups, today Cohort A, which is made up of 163 students, attended their 5th and 7th-period...

The Scholastic Crown Awards are known as some of the most prestigious honors for student journalism groups. Photo Credit: Columbia Scholastic Press Association

BREAKING: Southwest Shadow wins 2021 Scholastic Gold Crown Award The Columbia Scholastic Press Association bestowed esteemed journalism reward

Monserrat Mendieta March 19, 2021

The Southwest Shadow was awarded the Scholastic Gold Crown award by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association this afternoon. The organization announced the winners of both Silver and Gold Crowns during...

Students in Jessica Kelly’s AP Human Geography class engaged in a discussion based on the knowledge they acquired in their agriculture unit on Mar. 2nd. In a socratic seminar like format, students talked about crops, types of farming, animal domestication and more. “We’ve been doing agriculture for a month now so we’ll be discussing any aspect of it, it’s fully student driven. I don’t say anything, they just talk. Its to show your knowledge and to see what your deficiencies are so you can ask your classmates questions,” Kelly said.
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AP Human Geography students discuss the ins and outs of agriculture Jessica Kelly’s class talked about concepts relating to plants or animal domestication.

Monserrat Mendieta March 16, 2021

With AP exams coming up soon, students in Jessica Kelly’s AP Human Geography class had a twenty-five minute virtual live discussion to assess their knowledge and understanding of the world of farming.  “It’s...

After nearly spending the whole year online, students are finally transitioning to a learning model that will allow certain students to be back on campus. Students were sent an email the previous week specifying which cohort they were placed in and a follow up link if students would like to change. “The other schedule put me in a consistent routine by now, so I’m kind of upset that we changed it so abruptly and just for the last quarter, ” junior Isabell Min said. “However, I’m excited for the fourth quarter and hopefully things will be normal by the beginning of my senior year.” Art Credit: Monserrat Mendieta

New schedule put into place for first day of new in-person learning plan Students, teachers navigate their way through the new schedule implemented by CCSD

Having been through three quarters with the initial distance learning instructional model, CCSD started the first day of the hybrid schedule, in preparation for the first 9th and 12th grade cohorts to...

 Over the course of four years, drastic changes occur. Whether it may be one’s style, personality, or even physical characteristics because of a growth spurt, this affects how we present ourselves and our confidence behind it all.  Art Credit: Dean

The reality of the golden years Navigating the inevitable growth in both our body, mind that evolve throughout high school

 Introduction High school transforms every students’ life, whether they realize it or not. Freshman year brings a whole new degree of eagerness and curiosity as students enter...

Maintaining optimal health by obtaining ample sleep, moderating caffeine, keeping a positive attitude and more is a crucial part of living a healthy life. Yet, the media has put an emphasis on bad habits that can have detrimental effects on one’s well being. What started off as simple self-deprecation jokes has now led to destructive behaviors becoming the new trend. Art Credit: Monserrat Mendieta

Not taking care of yourself isn’t ‘quirky’ The unhealthy social media obsession with glorifying bad habits

Monserrat Mendieta February 22, 2021

Staying awake way past the ideal bedtime, ingesting more coffee than a normal person, perhaps joking too much about one’s insecurities - all of these are activities commonly posted about on the internet...

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