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  • The bookstore will be closed on November 20th and 21st (that’s Monday and Tuesday of next week) and will re-open on Monday, November 27th, after the Thanksgiving break. Please plan accordingly.

  • Submit your art or writing to lit mag by December 31!

  • School officially launched new app, available for download in app store

A passion for fashion

A passion for fashion

Riley James, Staff Writer

November 16, 2017


Filed under News, Online Only, Showcase

Fashion Club is all about everything fashion. It was started three years ago by a student who simply had a passion for fashion, Falynn Delfelder. The meetings are every Thursday right after school and sometimes during lunch. In the club, the members do various projects every week. For example, they...

English Classes Read To Kill a Mockingbird

English Classes Read To Kill a Mockingbird

Miah Thirion, Staff Writer

November 15, 2017


Filed under News, Online Only, Showcase

All 9th grade English classes at Cactus Shadows are currently reading To Kill a Mockingbird, a historical fiction novel by Harper Lee,  that is commonly taught in most high schools or middle schools. The English department chose it for a variety of reasons, but also because "we find it to be well-...

Jokers Improv Takes the Stage Thursday Night

Jokers Improv Takes the Stage Thursday Night

Blake Dorame, Staff Writer

November 12, 2017


Filed under News, Online Only, Showcase

The Jokers Improv troupe had their second show this year on Thursday night in the Lecture Hall. With a sell-out show, the audience cheered to every funny moment. The troupe played a series of improv games based on topics the audience suggested. “To prepare for the improv shows, we learn the imp...

Students Enjoy The First Friday of November During Their Lunch Period

Students Enjoy The First Friday of November During Their Lunch Period

Hope Black, Staff Writer

November 9, 2017


Filed under News, Online Only, Showcase

Students celebrate First Friday every month during lunch, with food trucks and a DJ to keep them on their feet. First Friday is a celebration that includes food trucks with a variety of sandwiches, pizzas, and snow cones for the students to eat during their lunch period. A DJ also comes out to play...

New Robotics Club in the works

Brendan Donaldson, Staff

November 8, 2017


Filed under News, Online Only

A group of students are trying to create a robotics club that will meet weekly to learn about technology and building robots. “Robotics Club is a club where we build a robot to compete in the FTC, First Tech Challenge, and every year there is a different competition and we have to adapt our robot t...

Half days are for the boys

Half days are for the boys

Max Sotelo, Staff Writer

November 2, 2017


Filed under News, Online Only

Every once in a while at Cactus Shadows, there is a half day. However, what students do after the bell rings at 10:20 AM is a mystery. Some people hang out with friends, others take advantage of the time they have to catch up on homework. "I'm going to a birthday party," said Gabi Trapani, a freshman. While...

Lit Mag Hosts Paint a Pumpkin Party on Halloween

Lit Mag Hosts Paint a Pumpkin Party on Halloween

Frida Alvarado, Staff Writer

November 1, 2017


Filed under News, Online Only, Showcase

On Tuesday October 31, Literary Magazine set up a pumpkin painting party during lunch to help raise enough money for the magazine. Every year, Literary Magazine, or Lit Mag for short, must raise about 5,000 dollars to cover the cost of printing the magazine and other expenses. The members of the c...

Improv(e)ment

Improv(e)ment

October 17, 2017


Filed under News

The first Improv Show marked the beginning of new games and introduced new members on the Jokers. “You are so vulnerable in front of those people because you get up there and you have no idea what you’re going to do, no idea what you’re going to say and you’re relying on these people to hel...

Phoenix Dream Center aides in foster care efforts

Annalee Barnett, Sports Editor

October 17, 2017


Filed under News

Children in Arizona face the increasing problems of child poverty and a flawed foster care system, resulting in 18,000 children in the system and 600 children being brought into it each month. “I don’t know why it’s so bad in Arizona, but it is a real problem that needs to be fixed,” said K...

School Rank Drops

School Rank Drops

Kiera Riley and Sara Windom, Editors-in-Chief

October 17, 2017


Filed under News, Showcase

Due to a decrease in Arizona’s standardized testing scores and changes in the statewide academic ranking system, the Arizona Board of Education dropped Cactus Shadows’ rank from an A to a B. “One of the concerns I do have is that so many of our students, because Arizona Merit is not a gradua...

Trending now – Senior Assassins

Griffin Goldstein, Staff writer

October 17, 2017


Filed under Spotlight, Trending now

Senior Assassins has made a huge splash on the lives of the senior class at Cactus Shadows. Over 100 teams of two have entered in the competition for a cash prize and have been fighting since mid August. It is an event that many students look forward to throughout their high school career. “I joi...

Cutting Class

Cutting Class

Morgan Reimer, Staff Writer

October 9, 2017


Filed under News, Showcase

New this year, students can now take part in the brand new Culinary Arts program that focuses on team building, cooking, and overall life skills. Barbara Burt, the Culinary Arts teacher, has decided to take on the challenge of new students, a new atmosphere, and creating new types of food. “...

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