Archive for the ‘Yearbook’ Category

By Sigfrido Ibarra
Cougar News Blog

      Cactus Canyon’s Yearbook – the Cougar Chronicles – was awarded second place in the 2016 Lifetouch National Yearbook Showcase.
      Yearbook adviser Jason Davis was surprised to hear in January that his class had improved from their honorable mention in the 2015 competition.
      “I was surprised. Literally, surprised,” Mr. Davis said. “My Lifetouch representative, Julie Bales, came to school and told us we’d earned second place. Other than that, I was thrilled for my students.”
      Eighth-grade editor Brooke Wine, who worked on the winning book, said she felt awesome and accomplished just by helping her class win that award.
      “I felt excited because we were working on it for a long time and it took a lot of work,” Wine said.
      Students learned from the experience of creating an award-winning book. For example, Madonna Parker said she learned that hard work pays off.
      “I learned how to communicate with my friends with technology and make a book that everybody can look back on 20 years later,” Parker said.
      As the staff continues toward completion of this year’s book, Mr. Davis hopes that this award inspires the yearbook to make the 2016-17 book even better.
      “I hope this year’s group sees this second-place award and strives to do better,” he said. “It always has; every book we’ve made has been our best one yet.”
     This year’s edition of the Cougar Chronicles is available for pre-order at ybpay.lifetouch.com. Use school code 9910317.

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By Megan Ash
Cougar News Blog

      Something new that the Yearbook staff is doing is lowering the price. Now through the 17th of November, students can order their yearbook for $29, which is $1 off the current price and a $6 savings off the regular price.
      Also with that low price students can get an invite to the root beer-float party that they will be throwing. At that party students can meet with Carlos the Cougar.
      “We are offering a price that’s less than what we pay Lifetouch to have them printed. The books will only be $29 during this two-week period and will be $30 until Christmas break,” said yearbook adviser Jason Davis. “After the new year, they go up to $35. And those who buy before January gets to come to the end-of-the-year signing party.”
      It is important for the group to sell as many books as they can because they order 310 books and need to pay for them before the end of the school year. When students pay the price of $30 they are not getting charged the original price of the book. One book from lifetouch costs about $32.
      “We offer promotions because we need to sell books. The reason we make it is so people will buy it and enjoy it. It’s not the most fun part of being in yearbook, but it is necessary,” said Davis.
      To get the word out, the staff is trying many different things. It is on the morning announcements. Also during the seventh and eighth grade lunch Carlos the Cougar is walking around and pass out flyers.
      “I tell all my friends to buy a book so they can go have fun with me. We need to pay Lifetouch lots of money,” said seventh grader Isabella Vasquez.

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After a week off for fall break, the yearbook students had an assignment to get photos using depth of field.

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This week’s post shows photos from Cactus Canyon’s spirit week and assembly during the last week of the first quarter.

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This photo of eighth grader Tatum Schuh was posted to the Cactus Canyon Instagram page on Monday, Sept. 26. (Photo by Megan Ash)

This photo of eighth grader Tatum Schuh was posted to the Cactus Canyon Instagram page on Monday, Sept. 26. (Photo by Megan Ash)

By Megan Ash
Cougar News Blog

     It’s the gram you can instantly see yearbook photos on. The yearbook staff is now moving forward and posting on Instagram, they are posting a picture every day. The pages is entirely student run and photographers will be posting pictures from sporting events to academics and everything in between.
     On Instagram the pictures are of Cactus Canyon, which is at cougar_media. Cougar Media has 171 followers and students have posted 21 days continuous days.
     The account was started to give students to show their work on a regular basis.
     “We spend a year working on a product that comes out one time, but these students are tremendous photographers and their work deserves to be seen,” said yearbook adviser Jason Davis. “Not just once in May, but all year long.”
     Yearbook students are planning to start advertising the account. The staff is going to start making posters and handing out flyers asking people to follow them.
     “It would be cool for students to see what the yerds (yearbook nerds) do during the year that leads up to the fantastic yearbook at the end of the school year,” said eighth grader Chloe Krueger.
     Mr. Davis hopes being in charge of the page will help all the staff members learn leadership by setting an example for the seventh graders, and by not forgetting that it is their day to post.
     “Students need to be able to be in control of something because it helps them take ownership of what we’re doing in yearbook,” Davis said. “I direct a lot of what we do for the book, but I want it to be as student-driven as possible. If students feel like they can be in charge of the Instagram page, hopefully it gives them the confidence to take more of a leadership role for the book.”

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