Monday, December 1, 2008

Students Visit The Getty and CSU Northridge

Photo & words
By Leah Oakes

Eighty-five DATA students, grades 10 through 12, DATA teachers Matt Cauthron, Jill Nation, DATA counselor Deborah Applebaum, and CCHS counselor Lacy Fredricks visited California State University Northridge (CSUN) and the J. Paul Getty Museum, Nov. 21st.
“I really liked the CSUN campus and everyone we visited there was really friendly,” said DATA junior Cynthia Reyes. “Everywhere we went, there were people performing. And I really enjoyed the sculptures at the Getty. I had never been to the museum before and I tried to visit every building there to see everything. The view of the gardens and Los Angeles was amazing. The day ended with a beautiful sunset.”
At CSUN, students toured the campus and met with an admissions officer. The students also met with professors in the Art Department. CUSN offers a number of majors that Digital Arts Technology Academy students at CCHS might be interested in including photography, broadcast journalism, graphic design, cinematography, and video/digital art.
Of particular interest to the DATA students at The Getty were “Please Be Seated,” a video installation constructed by Nicole Cohen and “In Focus: The Landscape,” which includes work of more than 25 renowned photographers.
See the web gallery here!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Creativity and Digital Artistry with Wade Byars


As a follow up to DATA's visit to The Desert Sun, photographic artist Wade Byars discussed his composite artistry in DATA's digital imaging studio/classroom Fri., Nov. 7, 2008. The presentation focused on his use of image collection, Photoshop technique, and the many ideas behind his surrealist pieces.
In preparation for this event, digital imaging and photography students previewed and discussed the photographer's imagery in an online forum at the Digital Arts Education Ning
and will continue to reference his work in further Web 2, project-based learning assignments.
"DATA truly appreciates the time and energy Mr. Byars has donated to the Academy and sincerely welcomes him as a friend of the program who can clearly demonstrate the connections between what is taught in the classroom and what is practiced in the field"
-Mr. Cauthron, Digital Imaging Instructor, Apple Distinguished Educator

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

DATA Students Get the Scoop at The Desert Sun

Photo by
Cecilia Tellez

"Everybody has a story and I love telling stories," said Desert Sun sports reporter Patti Myers to 14 DATA students who had the opportunity Oct. 23 to tour our local newspaper.
The students, accompanied by DATA Coordinator Matt Hamilton, DATA Counselor Deborah Applebaum, and DATA teacher Matt Cauthron, heard from Sun Executive Editor Rick Green, web editor Nick Bolland, and photojournalist Wade Byars.
Green, who freelanced for his local paper while still in high school, told the students that the newspaper business is rapidly changing with the advent of the Internet. "The days of waiting to get your information when the morning paper hits the porch are over. We're no longer just a newspaper; we're an information company." Green said that reporters now write from the web and update for the newspaper. "It's a lot different than when I started out with a notepad in my pocket," he said. "The digital world has transformed our profession."
Green said the Sun's online newspaper,, gets three million web hits a month, while the paper edition of the Desert Sun has a circulation of between 40,000 and 57,000, depending on what time of year it is.
Sun photojournalist Wade Byars, who became interested in photography while shooting pictures of winos and derelicts near his neighborhood, began working at the Desert Sun in 1992. His passion for photography extends beyond his working hours at the Sun, and he's working on publishing a book of his surrealistic photographs, some of which he shared with the DATA students during their visit.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Teen Docent Program


DATA digital imaging students, Leah Oakes and Markie Hackwith, were accepted into the Teen Docent Program at the Palm Springs Arts Museum. Students in this program study art history, practice public speaking, and lead tours for elementary school students. Both students feel that this experience enriches their lives and the lives of those they engage in the arts. Learn more about the Palm Springs Art Museum.


Tuesday, September 30, 2008

DATA in 2.0


This year DATA has launched two new exciting Web 2.0 tools for student collaboration: the DATA Wiki and the Digital Arts Education Ning.

On the DATA Wiki you will find Google Calenders, downloadable documents, Diamond Group information, Mentor information, and links to other DATA websites, as well as a list of classroom information and projects for Digital Imaging, Digital Photography, Media Literacy, and Contemporary Media.

The Digital Arts Education Ning, a place for digital arts students to converse and display, is a social network specifically for DATA students and alumni. In this invitation only site you will find contest and field trip information, student-centered digital arts groups, photography, video, and communications.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Top Marks for Student Photo Essay

Hana Wexler, a 2008 Digital Arts Technology Academy graduate from Cathedral City High School, was a runner-up in the "California Through My Eyes" photo essay sponsored by California State University Sacramento.
Wexler's "Blue Sea" photograph, which features the landscape of the Salton and the surrounding mountains in a blue sky dappled with white clouds, was part of a photo essay for her Senior English Digital Arts Class, a class where students are given the opportunity to combine their English and digital arts skills.
You can see Wexler's photo and her accompanying essay at


Monday, September 8, 2008

Welcome DATA Students


Week 1 for all DATA classes got off to a great start.
All DATA students now have their own custom 4 gig flash drives and lanyards to use in elective and core classes.


Monday, August 4, 2008

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Apple Classrooms of Tomorrow- Today (ACOT2)


DATA Digital Imaging teacher Matt Cauthron was one of fifteen
 Distinguished Educators to work on the ACOT2 curriculum development project this summer in Cupertino, California. The challenge based learning curriculum is scheduled to launch via the Apple Learning Interchange early this fall. For more information visit ACOT2.


Advertising Federation of the Desert Awards

Three Digital Arts Technology Academy students from Cathedral City High School received $7,500 of scholarship money from the Advertising Federation of the Desert Wednesday, June 25, 2008 at the ADFED summer meeting in Rancho Mirage.

CCHS juniors Cindy Gastelum and Nailah Johnson each won $3,000 for their video public service announcement about sexually transmitted diseases. CCHS 2008 graduate Denisse Gonzales, who will be attending U.C. Santa Cruz next year, won $1,500 for her documentary "Let's Talk Culture."


Monday, June 30, 2008

ACOT2 6 Design Principles
Apple's Classrooms of Tomorrow 2 project aligns wonderfully with what is happening in California Partnership Academies/Career Technical Education (CTE),

Monday, June 9, 2008

DATA Seniors Receive their Sashes



Thursday, May 29, 2008

Digital Diamond Group's 1st Meeting

The first meeting of the DDG was a huge success! All Academy students met to discuss plans for the 2008-09 school year and elect officers.
Visit our WIKI for the agenda


Friday, May 23, 2008

The DATA Calender of Events

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Thursday, May 22, 2008

New Blog!

Welcome to DATA's What's New blog for the 2008 - 09 school year!
Please make sure to visit our other websites/pages, calenders, and What WAS New for previous Academy years.


Wednesday, April 2, 2008

What's New for (Early) 2008

*The following items are from the original DATA blog

Julius Schulman Lecture
On January 16th, 2008, The Digital Element Club will be hosting renown architectural photographer, Julius Schulman.  With the help of Visual Arts Coordinator, Louisa Castrodale, Mr. Shulman will show and discuss his work with the students.

Digital Arts Creativity at PS Art Museum
Congratulations to the following students for their digital art work being accepted into the annual Fine Arts Creativity show at the Palm Springs Art Museum:  Cindy Sanchez (digital photograph), Markie Hackwith (digital light drawing), Bryan O’Neil (3D rendering), Jessica Smith (digital composite), and Hana Wexler (digital composite).  This will be Cindy’s second year in the show!!!

Julius Shulman Workshop
On March 11th, as a follow up to his lecture at CCHS, Mr. Shulman will be providing a personal tour of his new exhibit at the Palm Springs Art Museum and giving an architectural photography workshop.  Catch the podcast later!

New Shirts for De
New shirts for the Digital Element club arrive shining bright!


DATA Awarded California Partnership Academy
The Digital Arts Technology Academy (DATA) at Cathedral City High School has received a California Partnership Academy grant from the California Department of Education. The Partnership Academy Model is a three-year program, grades 10-12, structured as a school-within-a-school and provides DATA with an $81,000 grant to support this model.
For the past three years, DATA has received a $10,000 grant from the CDE to serve as a demonstration school for other high schools around the state that are interested in improving or starting a digital arts program

Did someone say 4 Gig Flash Drives?
Beginning Fall 2008, all DATA students will be receiving customized 4 gig Flash drives and lanyards as a means to transfer project files between Academy classes and home!

Di senior Bryan O'Neil awarded $1,000.00 scholarship from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, Pacific Southwest chapter

La Quinta Arts Scholarships Awarded
DATA seniors who are pursuing degrees in digital / visual arts were awarded scholarships from the La Quinta Arts Foundation.
Congratulations to the following students:

    Hana Wexler- $2,500
    Bryan O’neil- $1,000

Emanuel Leon Designs
In addition to designing t-shirts for a variety of school clubs, DATA senior Emanuel Leon, has been actively creating graphics for the Palm Springs Art Museum and  GoBike as well as motion graphics for the Indian Jones release at the Mary Pickford Theater.

Top High School Honor at PS Art Museum
Jessica Smith received the $1,000 Fogelson-Anderson Purchase Award, the top high school honor at the PS Museum’s Fine Arts Creativity show.  Her work will be added to the Museum’s permanent educational collection.  This is the second purchase award received by a Digital Imaging student in the past three years.

Lions’ Quill Awards Ceremony
For the second year in a row, Jessica Smith received the First Place Photography award for her piece, The Eyes of Brimstone at the Lions’ Quill Awards ceremony.
Congratulations also go to the following DATA students for their work being published in the annual arts and literature magazine: Jennifer Valdez, Lixe-Hernandez-Carr, Bryan O’Neil, Kim Padilla, Leah Oakes, Markie Hackwith, Hinnaneh Qazi, Brittany Crawford, Katie England!