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A far away look at our campus, you would never expect to find all the talent inside. T h i s i s O u r

This is a closer view of our campus.

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Our school consists of four different Academies. The Business Academy, Health Academy, Construction Academy, and the Academy of Creative Technologies.

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And this is where it all begins

Although this year's program is closely linked to the prior years, there were quite a few relevant changes to the curriculum. The instructor, Mr. Greg Vizzini, feels that the students this year are much more fortunate in the technological areas, but are lacking in others. The basic art skills required to have a strong foundation are being slightly neglected for the more advanced computer programs. He hopes that next year the academy will reach a balance between technology and the fundamental skills needed to acheive a higher quality in the student's work. The focus for the first and third quarters will be on art skills and the second and fourth on computer production. With the dedicated students as well as staff, the academy's goals for the future are almost assured. Page 3

Projects This Year Ten Elements of Design Basic Elements Mask Projects Roller Coaster Projects

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The ACT I instructor, Mr. Greg Vizzini, was very pleased with the progress of this year's class. Now that the Academy is in its second year the planning for the projects was backed up by experience, rather than trial and error. With more experience comes better prepared lessons and enhanced learning. Both of these have contributed to a well-organized and smoother year, not to mention happier and better-rounded students. The rapid development of this extraordinary program continues to astound the instructors and all who benefit from it.

Sophomores Greg Tompkins, Dave Walker and Frank Shelter show their academy spirit in one of the few moments when they’re not hard at work. They showed their particular brand of academy pride in their mask ( a group project they had recently completed ).

In the midst of their mask project, sophomore Matt Rusa prepares the materials needed to produce his group’s mask project. These masks counted for a large portion of the second semester grades.

In this particular assignment, the students were required to use the ten different elements of design to create a detailed representation of a face in collage form. Different magazine clippings were used to put forth this illusion. Some were realistic and others took a turn toward the fantastic.

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First row: Leigh Muntz, Brent Stephenson, Trevon Hill, Brett Mead, Scott Schroeder, Robert Ruiz, Ryan Santibanez, Amanda Milburn, Michael Rossberg. Second row: Terry Vaden, David Morin, Tino Montemor, Justin Reyes, Ray Molina, Sam Gerardi, Mr. Rick Carner. Third row: Jeffrey Moore, Chris Woken. Fourth row: Dominic Durden, Kasey Tribble, Chablis Carmona, Jeannette Maniago, Adam Richards.

Here is a glimpse of the minds behind the ACT Academy's first class ! The ACT II class this year is full of talented, enthusiastic and hardworking students. This will be the first group to graduate from the ACT program. The progress and feedback has been and continues to be enormously positive. The first year prepared the students with a basic understanding of the primary elements of design and how to use these fundamental skills. The focus of the class was not initially assisted by the constant use of computers. In the second year, the use of technology in the academy has evolved, and with the help of this technology, many advanced and creative projects were constructed. This may sound like hard work (which it is), but fun is also included in the curriculum.

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We have a wide variety of projects to choose from. Greater freedom is permitted in the second year.


The instructor of the ACT II academy class, Mr. Rick Carner, has done a terrific job of balancing the techological aspects of the course with the basic art skills needed to make his students successful. With what began as a class which would hopefully aid students in learning about technology, it has turned into a spectacular program with a bright future. The developement of the program is reflected in the new found maturity of the students. As the first class of the academy, the students have grown along with the changes that occured.

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"It was vey unique." ~Adam Richards

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"It was a good learning experience." ~Chablis Carmona

"Great real world experience, great feel for the job world." ~Cortlen Garrett

"It was a great experience." ~Amanda Milburn

"One of the best summers I've had." ~ Dominic Durden

"Study the art of logic, learn to draw your own conclusions." ~Brent Stephenson

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Armed Forces Radio and Television Service, is a department of defense activity whose sole mission is to distribute stateside radio and television programming from its broadcast center to nearly a million Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard men and women, DOD Civilians, and their families in more than 160 countries, as well as sailors and marines aboard U.S. navy ships at sea. It is located at March Air Force Reserve Base and is a well respected broadcasting studio. Otis Osborne, Eric Tassil, and Dan Warvi assisted in ACT Steering Committee meetings and are of great importance to the planning, developing, and support needed by this academy.

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Of our numerous field trips, one of the most rewarding and informative was to the Pasadena Art Center of Design. A wide variety of career opportunities are not only a possibility there, but future goals appear to be closer to your grasp. After an afternoon of touring the campus, the professional aura of the surroundings relax all tension, which is reflected in the laid back learning environment. This field trip, which started as an excuse to show students what they could achieve with some hard work, turned into the embodiment of many students’ dreams. The paths they wish to take in life turned from hazy to clear. Page 11

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Chris Woken and Jeff Moore

accept their award for winning first place in the School to Career Logo Contest. During School Board, County Meetings and School to Career Partnership Meetings, Chris and Jeff were honored for creating the logo.

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Sophmore Roize Basallo recently won third place in the Riverside County School to Career Logo Contest. She not only received $75 in cash, she also got $200 worth of prizes in certificates. They also threw in race tickets for an upcoming car race. Roize later stated, "I didn't think I'd win. I wasn't interested in winning. It surprised me!" She also commented that she had a lot of fun and she would also enjoy entering another contest like it in the future.

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" The Academy challenges me and the people encourage me to do my best and be creative."

David Morin and Ray Molina participated in the Riverside County School-Career Partnership logo competition, alongside other Canyon Springs students like Jeff Moore and Chris Woken. David and Ray chose this for their logo because it was their best thumbnail sketch. (David: “It came to me in a dream!”) Because of this logo, they received honorable mention.


“Jeff’s and Chris’s posters weren’t nearly as good as ours, but we all are decent sportsmen about the outcome.”


“Although we lost, this provided us with a great opportunity to show off the vast skills we have acquired in the great Academy of Creative Technologies.”

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Judy Tetley

The Academy of Creative Technologies (ACT) is funded through the California Academic Partnership Program. One of the critical program elements of a partnership academy is a team approach to working with the students thus creating a family-type environment. At CSHS, we have included a counselor on the team. I have the privilege of serving as the counselor for all academy students and work closely with the team teachers and the academy director. We feel the ream coordination helps us keep in closer contact with students and are able to help them be more successful. During the past two years, I have seen tremendous growth in the students who are in the academy. Although some of the students came to us with outstanding technological knowledge, I have seen many students with minimal computer knowledge become very technologically adept. Academy students have set up the CSHS web-site, and created logos and designs for other organizations. In fact, ACT students were the winners in a Riverside County Logo contest. Other students have learned to make a CD, film and edit television programs, and many more exciting technological projects. As a member of the steering committee, I am able to meet with our business partners to learn what they expect the future work force to be able to do. I am better able to guide students in their academic and career choices based on the business partners’ input. Being the academy counselor, I feel that I know my students better because I am so involved in their academic and career planning. I also try to attend as many of their social events as I can so that we can see each other in a different environment.

My vision for the future of the Academy of Creative Technologies is to provide the opportunities for all students to experience meaningful coursework, job shadowing and work-based experiences. I hope that all students will pursue post-secondary training in the area that interests them so that they can be employed in a career that will allow them to be happy, productive adults. I hope to see many of our students earn bachelor and post-graduate degrees. I feel confident that some of our ACT students will one day be honored at the Academy Awards.

Donald S. Miller

Current/Future Hopes: ACT came out of the idea that digital technology is basically allowing a person to "Design" in a variety of media using a computer, and this sort of digitally assisted design will be a huge growth industry for the foreseeable future. I continue to believe that is true, and I hope we continue to offer increasingly sophisticated application and projects, more and better facilities and hardware and most importantly, we will be able to institutionalize our pr­­ogram at this school so it becomes a permanent part of CSHS. Relation: I was a founding member and the lead teacher for our first year (1997-98). My TV Production curriculum is changing in fundamental ways with the addition of digital techniques. Both beginning and advanced programs will continue to change and evolve with the addition of new equipment and new broadcasting opportunities. Why: I think the academy chose to associate with me. Many of our founding concept are ideas I have long expressed. Page 16

Greg Andrade Current/Future Hopes: I hope that the ACT Academy becomes a model new media center for students to learn all aspects of animation, graphic communication, TV and audio production, and Internet/Web design. Relation: I am one of the downy members and founding instructors. I run the graphic department of Canyon Springs High School.

Doug Cook Current/Future Hopes: My hopes are mostly fulfilled for the academy. My only hope left is for the seniors to start integrating animation into their projects. Relation: I teach CAD, Engineering Drawing, and Architectural Drawing.

Mike Haynes Current/Future Hopes: I hope in the academy, they will be taught strategies that are more interdisciplinary so the students will graduate with the sophisticated knowledge taught by the academy. Relation: I teach the ACT U.S. History and World History classes. Why: I was offered a chance to become a apart of the academy voluntarily and I thought it would be a good experience.

Richard Salley Relation: I teach the photography class. I am not really involved with the academy, I am just a technical advisor.

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The Academy does not just consist of computer graphics and animation, it has an academic side. The classes have an interesting twist to them. The projects in the computer class are linked to the books being read and the work occurring in the classroom. The blending of the learning process does much to enhance the students learning ability and enables the students to not only learn by association but to have fun doing it.

California Partnerships Academies receive siginificant state funds to create and sustain schools within schools (academies). Canyon Springs is fortunate in that they currently have several academies. In the 98-99 school year, the Academy of Creative Technologies (ACT) entered its third year. Since the conception of ACT, the program has grown through a few In the state of California, there is probably no other academy like the ACT academy. Our program is truely unique. This and the fact that we are still considered a new academy after 3 years combined to explain just a few of the challeges our academy faces. Despite these challenges, the ACT academy has had some terrific success stories which include: ~ Paid internships (summer jobs) for our students ~ Award winning performances in various competions (best in the county) ~ Mentors for the junior class ~ Numerous field trips

changes. One of those changes saw Rick Carner come to Canyon Springs to become the ACT coordinator. Mr. Carner teaches English and Design classes for the Academy. The ACT Academy is really starting to take off under Mr. Carner's leadership. Mr. Carner brings energy and




Like with so many new programs, the ACT academy has had a lot of "bugs." These bugs have been identified and are being systematically worked out. An example of one of these bugs has been finding room space, the Canyon Springs' student population continues to swell making room space scarce. If the Academy can secure sufficient room space in the up-coming 4th year, then the future looks very bright for Canyon Springs' ACT Academy.


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The Academy of Creative Technologies is an exciting program for students interested in digital and printing graphic design. This year, our students have won awards for creating logos and brochures and created Canyon Springs' first web page. The students also have gone on field trips to working video production studios and graphic design colleges.

Next year (1999-2000), we hope to have our seniors working internship programs and continuing to produce real world graphic design projects. I expect that our first graduating academy class will see many of our students headed into new media college programs for digital design or maybe even working in paid positions as they continue to use their design talents.We also expect to continue to add new hardware and software to allow our students to remain competitive in graphic design. I know that ACT students will represent Canyon Springs well in future years. Page 20

Daniel Benson Donald Bonelli Chablis Carmona Dominic Durden Cortlen Garrett Justin Glover Trevon Hill Jason Lawson Jeannette Maniago Jesus Martinez Brett Mead Amanda Milburn Ray Molina Tino Montemor Jeff Moore David Morin Leigh Muntz Justin Reyes Adam Richards Robert Ruiz Ryan Santibanez Scott Schroeder Brent Stephenson Kasey Tribble Terry Vaden Chris Woken

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Sam Gerardi

Yearbook Staff Chablis Carmona Jeannette Maniago Kassandra Tribble Dominic Durden

Special Thanks To Sam Gerardi Mr. Carner Adam Richards

1998-1999 ACT Yearbook  
1998-1999 ACT Yearbook  

A student created yearbook of the second year of the Academy of Creative Technologies.