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See you in August!
See you in August!
Southwest Shadow May 16, 2022
Have a wonderful and safe summer.
Graphic Design teacher moving across the country
Graphic Design teacher moving across the country
Lucas Grubb May 12, 2022
A new opportunity awaits Jeffery Ball in Tennessee.
Painting the base layer for each board, seniors Gurleen Swaich and Juliana Borruso prepare for the design portion of the project. The journalism staff stayed after school to decorate each teachers boards to their own specifications. I really hope that teachers appreciate this small gesture because as journalism kids we definitely annoy them and I think this will show that we are thankful for them putting up with us, Editor-in-Chief Gurleen Swaich said.  Photo Credit: Crystalyn Estabillo
Journalism staff Creates Customized Gifts for Teachers
Crystalyn Estabillo May 4, 2022
Journalism II students work together to paint and design small boards for each teacher.
ENG 102 students support CCSD’s Title I Hope Program
ENG 102 students support CCSD’s Title I Hope Program
Gurleen Swaich April 27, 2022
Students in ENG 102 make care packages that will be donated to CCSD’s Title I Hope Program.
After years without any issues with graffiti, administrators are noticing an increase in vandalism. Students who are found contributing to the vandalism will face disciplinary action. I always hear about the drawings in the boys bathroom, and they are always the most immature things.” junior Alyssa Miguel said. One of my guy friends even saw a sandwich in the toilet once. Photo Credit: Tishie Nyitray
Ongoing Vandalism forces action from administrators
Tishie Nyitray April 20, 2022
Restroom escorts added to 'D' building to monitor behavior.
SCHOOL OPERATIONS CLOSED FOR SPRING BREAK
SCHOOL OPERATIONS CLOSED FOR SPRING BREAK
Gurleen Swaich April 7, 2022
Classes will not be held from Apr 11 - Apr 18 for Spring Break.
Sheldon encourages soon-to-be college freshmen to transfer CTE credits
Sheldon encourages soon-to-be college freshmen to transfer CTE credits
Lucas Grubb April 5, 2022
Seeing a decline in CTE credit transfers, Shannon Sheldon takes initiative with helping students learn the process.
Using facts and reasoning to settle the argument, junior Clyde Louise Hao gets the opportunity to practice resolving conflicts with his friends. “I played the intellectual in our conflict resolution and, honestly, it was a hard role for me to play.” Hao said. “I don’t normally look for facts and reason to end an argument and I had the instigator targeting me the whole time, so it was difficult coming up with good responses.”
Photo Credit: Lily Gurdison
Com 102 Students Perform Conflict Skits
Lily Gurdison April 4, 2022

Teaching students the importance of resolving conflicts, COM 102 teacher Henry Castillo gave students the opportunity to “dress rehearse”...

Painting one of the rocks, senior Aster Damtew ensures that there’s an even coat to start. Students took two class periods to work - one to paint the rocks’ base coat and let them dry, and a second to paint the kind messages on them. “I love making people feel good about themselves,” Damtew said. “This is a perfect way to give someone that little bit of brightness in their day.”
Student Council beautifying campus with kindness rocks
Juliana Borruso April 1, 2022
Placing rocks around the quad on April 1, Student Council is hoping to spread positive vibes around campus.
Journalism Staff Celebrate Recent Wins
Journalism Staff Celebrate Recent Wins
Jackson Bogan April 1, 2022
Announcements for the NSPA Online News Site and Yearbook Pacemaker will be on Apr. 9.
Showing their work to a friend, sophomore Arcade Encarnacion explains the different aspects of it in a Graphic Design course last summer. Southwest Tech began offering summer courses last year, with some program courses being available for students to expand their knowledge. “Ms. Olvina’s graphic design lab gave me an opportunity to learn different Adobe programs,” Encarnacion said. “I was able to rig a character I made in Photoshop and make it move through facial tracking.”  Photo Credit: Victoria Ornelas
Southwest Tech implements CCSD Plans for Summer Acceleration Camp
Juliana Borruso March 30, 2022
Running from May 31-June 17, the camp will be allowing students to gain skills and makeup credits in courses that aren’t based on assessments or grades.
Looking over their footage, freshmen and sophomores in Video Production I are practicing filming stories. Students began learning the necessary skills to make content for the morning news show. “I love video production and notice I use a lot of the skills in other classes,” sophomore Ellie Lakatos said. “I’ve done video editing since I was a kid, and I enjoy being able to do it more effectively. It’ll [multimedia] promote bigger growth of the program and students will learn more. Having one teacher who can only teach one class isn’t as good as having multiple who can teach different aspects.” Photo Credit: Ashley Harris
Multimedia Communications Added to Design Academy
Ashley Harris March 25, 2022
Web Design program phased out to make room for new area of study
Donating an old t-shirt, sophomore Aleyah Hilario adds to her classes donation box. During the week of Mar. 14, Student Council members collected old t-shirts to turn them into dog toys. ”I think it’s nice that theyre reusing these old shirts that no one uses to make toys for dogs,” Hilario said. “We should recycle as much as we have instead of just throwing it away and piling up the waste. We can reuse it to make something better instead of just throwing them in the trash.”  Photo Credit: Kathryn Peterson
Student Council does an all-call for used t-shirts
Kathryn Peterson March 18, 2022

Planning to make dog toys for animal shelters, Student Council members have been collecting old T-shirts this week. Students can donate through...

Campus safety focus of recent CCSD school board meeting
Campus safety focus of recent CCSD school board meeting
Ayma Malik March 16, 2022
The meeting was centered around violence and student discipline.
While checking the status of her stocks, junior Anna Buckley checks on her current stock investments. For many this was their first experience with the stock market.  “I really like getting a closer look at our economy,” Buckley said. Learning how to appropriately invest money into different companies will be a useful skill for me in the future.” 
Photo Credit: Lily Gurdison
Students Participate in SWCTA’s Annual Stock Market Challenge
Lily Gurdison March 10, 2022

Introducing students to the financial world, social studies teacher Joseph Juliano is in the midst of conducting his annual stock market challenge....

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