Hello fellow COUGARS, I miss you and hope you are doing as well as you can be. The purpose of this distance learning format, for me, is to remind you all that I’m here for you. You can email me at any time for any reason. I would like to tell you all everything is all right, it’s not; this is awful for you and what you all are missing out on. For us all, this is a scary time, when or will classes start? So many questions… Whatever happens we (Myself and your other teachers and A.P.’s) are here for you. We will make this work and we want to support you and elevate you.

When we begin on August 3rd 2020, don’t worry about regressing in school. Worry about being gracious, kind and mature. Every single student in the nation is going through this period of “unknown”. When we are back IN the classroom we will course correct to meet you wherever you are. Teachers are experts at this! We can teach anyone anything, that’s our job. We want to encourage learning not mandate it. Your mental health and well being is just as important as your academic skills. We will persevere, we will be stronger, braver and smarter from this but only if we participate and engage with each other. May we rise up and do BETTER.


The work you will be completing below is to be completed at your pace and schedule. Family, health and YOURSELF come first. You can complete all the assignments in a week or take until the deadline(s) that I will assign. The schedule looks like this for all your classes, every week beginning August 3rd 2020. Each class is 90 minutes and the first 45 minutes for me are CRUCIAL!!! All teachers will be taking ATTENDANCE and GRADES will be given fairly and frequently, unlike the emergency distance learning last semester all assignments and grades COUNT. Together we can do this but you have to do your best to participate. The first 45 minutes of each class will be conducted via Google Meets video meetings and then the following 45 minutes are for individual work time (no Google Meets or attendance) That is why the first 45 minute are so important. Friday is open office hours for me and you. If you need help or have any questions I’ll be there for you, just email me and we will work together.

My office hours will be Monday-Thursday 8:20am-8:50am. and I can be reached via Google Meets for video chat purposes and also by email at that time. All work will be submitted to your personal website. PLEASE CHECK YOUR SCHOOL EMAIL ACCOUNTS EVERY DAY, I will be communicating with you that way and so will school staff and teachers. Same with your other classes/teachers. It is extremely important that you check your emails.

Now… if you would like assistance with Photoshop, Lightroom or another digital manipulation/editing software let me know during office hours. I do not want anyone feeling left out so we will not be having any software based assignments. If you want a free version of photoshop you can use Photopea https://www.photopea.com Hopefully your Lenovo laptops can handle this and we will work on this the first week of school.

I look forward to seeing you all on Monday and Tuesday August 3rd & 4th and the first agenda will be creating your own personal websites. We will use the template creator WordPress and all its FREE options. First however I want to get to know you and you can get to know me so I’ll see everyone soon.

BELOW are your first projects we will work on once your WordPress website is created. Students will email me the URL of your website so I can save all the links and be able to access and view your beautiful work!

Project #1

Make an Encouraging Banner & Photograph It

 Think of something encouraging you often tell yourself.

For example: Everything will be ok.

Or: Don’t listen to them. Or: It’ll blow over.

Now make a banner (One banner), document it with your cell phone camera and make sure to follow these instructions:

  1. Draw each letter of the sentence on a large piece of colored construction paper or big squares of fabric. One letter per piece. Draw them blocky so you can cut them out.
  2. Cut them out.
  3. Glue each one onto a piece of construction paper or fabric that is a contrasting color.
  4. Then glue the edges of all the pieces of paper or fabric together to make a banner
  5. Hang it and display it and photograph the banner. Upload to your website

Project #2

The A,B,C’s of photography

Look for naturally occurring letters of the alphabet around your house or yard. Do not put sticks, rocks, leaves, etc…together to make a letter. Must be observed only. Alphabet photography is the creative process of photographing images that resemble letters of the English Alphabet, then arranging the photographs together to create the alphabet.

Photograph the alphabet shapes and upload to your website


OPTION: Photograph 5 words of your choice but you must arrange them side by side when uploading.


Project #3

Take a flash photo under your bed

 Don’t vacuum or alter anything under your bed beforehand. Take a photo under there with a strong flash, preferably with the camera phone sitting on the ground. Make sure your photograph is in focus! We are looking for photos that depict the space between the bottom of the bed and the floor, please do not upload  photos if your bed is flush against the floor or if it is a loft bed. Just one and upload to your website.


Project #4

Repair Something

 Find something that is broken that can’t be used anymore. Not an electrical appliance or a clothing item, but a piece of furniture, or a kitchen utensil, or a suitcase or simple tool, like a rake. The kind of thing that you would usually throw out when it breaks. Imagine that you cannot easily get another one. Now repair it. Make it completely usable again. In fact, make it stronger and better than it was before.

Photograph the before and after, with third, close-up shot of the repair if it isn’t obvious. Upload to your website


 Project #5

Photograph a significant outfit

 Remember exactly what you were wearing during a recent significant moment. Maybe it was the day that your boyfriend/girlfriend broke up with you, or the day your nephew was born, or the day you decided to become a vegetarian. Lay out what you were wearing on the floor or bed, as if you are dressing an invisible, flat person. Tuck the shirt in to the pants, the socks in to the shoes, etc. Don’t forget the other things that complete your outfit such as jewelry, purse, hat, etc. Do not add anything extra, like a wig or a mask – just the clothes you were wearing. Stand on a chair or table and photograph the clothes from directly above. Not from above at a slight angle, but so that the camera is pointing straight down. Upload the photo, along with the importance of the day, for example, “What I Was Wearing When I Got The Phone Call About Grandma Marris Dying.” Please try and keep your title/description as short as possible. Do not write on the actual photograph, and make sure your photo is in focus. Note: avoid moments that you knew would be significant and so dressed accordingly – such as graduation or Halloween. The outfit itself does not need to be significant, it is just what you happened to be wearing when something of emotional significance happened.

“This is the outfit I wore when I realized I didn’t need you anymore” Susan Ann


“This is the outfit I had on when they told me my grandmother was gone” Abraham


“This is the outfit I was wearing when I had one of the greatest conversations of my life on the way back to New Mexico from Arizona in the middle of the night. He truly is the greatest person I have ever met, and he means the world to me”


Project #6

Draw or photograph a scene from a Movie that made you cry

 Download and/or watch a movie that made you cry. Fast forward to the exact point that really got you and pause the movie. Now draw this freeze-frame as accurately as possible or photograph it. Also draw/photograph the tv and the table, or surface, that the tv is sitting on. Don’t draw any other details of the room; this picture should be floating in the middle of an otherwise blank piece of paper. Draw everything as realistically as you can; don’t be interpretive.

Write a paragraph revealing or describing what made you cry, why was this scene so significant and have such an impact on you.

“When Andrew stands on a junk car and shouts into the Infinite Abyss to free himself from his anger in Garden State”


“The scene from Pokemon: The First Movie when Ash is brought back to life from the tears of all of the pokemon.”


“From Fight Club, You met me at a very strange time in my life.”


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