Howler Motivation Survey

 

In a survey recently conducted by the Chaparral High School (CHS) Howler, 209 Lobos (approximately 21 percent of the Lobo community) of varying grade levels responded to questions about their motivation for school and how they feel about school. While some of the answers remained similar throughout all of the Lobos surveyed, a few questions presented study- worthy statistics.

One of the main focuses of this survey was on the educational motivators of CHS Lobos. In a section focused on figuring out why Lobos come to school and what pushes them to excel, the surveyed Lobos were asked questions such as, “When did you get your motivation for school?”, and, “What makes you want to attend school?”

Another topic addressed was where students learned their views on their education. This section focused on how students view their education and where they feel their views stem from. This section asked questions such as, “Who taught you your views on education?”, and, “Do you believe that your grades define you”

The final focus of this Howler survey was on student awareness. Lobos were asked questions about their school credits and attendance. These questions included questions such as “Do you know how many credits you need to graduate?”, and, “Do you know if you are at risk of losing credit due to your attendance?”

This Howler survey showed us that while the majority of our CHS Lobos have similar views on their education and similar reasons for getting an education, there are a few things that set each Lobo apart from the others.

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2017 Baseball Season Looking Up

Gilbert Rojas has been coaching the Chaparral High School Baseball program for the past three years. Rojas sees the past seasons as a learning experience, because the Baseball program is, “Still trying to catch up.”

As of today, the Baseball program had 25 players in the off-season, which was only enough for a varsity squad and a junior varsity squad. Rojas is trying to help these 25 players understand the game, as he said, “It doesn’t come easy to a lot of people.” This year’s off season’s goal was to get prepared mentally.

Last year’s baseball record was 1-23. “The overall knowledge of the game was our weakness last year,” said Rojas. This season Rojas expects the overall knowledge to improve, and expects players to know how to prepare to win games. Having the mentality of a win is a big part of success.

Rojas doesn’t have any captains for the team, but he is expecting more from the experienced players: Robert Esquivel, Nick Castro, Jose Luis Esquivel, and Raymond Sanchez. In order to be prepared, Rojas expects these players to lead and to take care of their roles. The baseball program will have 26 games in total, 13 of them are home games.

The team’s strongest asset is how they work hard at every practice. The team loves to practice. “Other teams have been playing since little league,” said Rojas. Most of the Chaparral Baseball players didn’t have that experience.

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The American Dream

 

Undocumented immigrants have become a lot more anxious since President Trump took office and announced his new deportation policy, catch and deport.

During Obama’s Presidency, the deportation system had a policy, Catch and Release. Any immigrant caught entering the United States soil was sent to a detention center, where they were able to get an I.D. and be released.

Now with the new deportation policy President Trump announced, immigrants will be shipped back to their country with no chance to live the American Dream.

Many agencies like US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Border Patrol have the authority to ship immigrants with a serious crime record back to their country. President Donald Trump has signed two executive orders related to the deportation system.

Students at Chaparral High School (CHS) are aware of the changes that President Trump has done to the country, many of which are concerned for the future of their education and the future of their immigrant relatives as well.

Junior at CHS, David Alvarado, expresses his thoughts towards the meaning of The America Dream. “I was born in American soil, I get to be free in certain ways, and a lot of people don’t have that. The American Dream means to me is to have aspirations in life, my aspirations are to have freedom and be happy,” says Alvarado. Alvarado believes that every person whether they are a United States citizen or an immigrant should have the right to have freedom when living in America. “A lot of immigrants have aspirations when entering the United States, to be free and have a better future, but Donald Trump does not want to allow that, which makes it hard for them to reach a better future,” says Alvarado.

Being able to live the American Dream for a United States citizen is easy, there is no need to worry about being taken away from your family or deal with the anxiety of driving home from work and not being able to make it back to your family. “I have papers so I cannot say it’s hard for me, many people don’t have papers so it must be really difficult for undocumented immigrants,” said Alvarado.

 

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Take Over

Chaparral High School welcomed Hilda Chappell into their staff in January. There hasn’t been a teacher in this position since November.

“I had to move over here, I didn’t have a choice,” said Chappell, “but I took it really positive.” She was transferred from Gadsden after the position re-opened.

Chappell is passionate about teaching, it is something she loves doing. She taught at Dona Ana Community College for 15 years and one semester at Gadsden High School.

Chappell is very confident on her position she received at Chaparral. ”I feel like I’ve been brought back home,” said Mrs. Chappell. She loves the transfer but dislikes the long drive she has to endure every day. Coming to Chaparral was not nerve wracking for her. The staff was very supportive when she arrived, “Everyone has been very friendly here,” says Chappell.

She described her first day as very positive with her new students. She does have some difficulties with her lesson plans because she does not know where the students are right now, “The students are very appreciative, very respectful and humble within themselves,” said Chappell. She is originally from a small valley named La Mesa, NM. She graduated from Gadsden High School and graduated from the University of Phoenix with a Bachelors in Business Administration and received her Master’s degree at New Mexico State University (NMSU) for Curriculum Instruction. She also has 18-credit hours at NMSU for her MBA.

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Stop using your phone “How bow dah…”

Students’ addiction to their electronic devices interferes with education every day. But the issue is not only when students begin to use their cell phones while a teacher is explaining a certain subject.

“I think teachers should prohibit cell phones, because a lot of people use it for other reasons that are not about school,” said sophomore Sebastian Galaviz. Most students at Chaparral High School focus more on their cell phone than their class work. “It can be a distraction,” said Galaviz.

Cell phones can be used for educational purposes, but the majority of the students take advantage when they have permission to use their device in class.

“The only time in class that a student should use a cell phone is if they are using the tool to look up articles, to look up resources that students made need to look up with whatever subject they are working on.” said Raul Yturralde (Coach Y), who teaches Physical Education (PE) and Weight-training at CHS.When using a cell phone during Weight-training or PE, he allows his students to listen to music while they exercise or when they are out running at the Track. He explained that if a student is in a mathematics class or english class, they should only have permission to use their phones for apps that help with their learning.

All Teachers at Chaparral High School have their own way of managing the use of technology in their classrooms.

“The problem becomes when teachers do not want to allow cell phone use as a technology tool, that students end up taking out their cell phones and using them for other uninstructed purposes,” said Coach Y. Certain teachers allow cell phone use, some others do not. Students need to understand that teachers have different point of views about cell phones, there are times when the device is useful and there are times when it is not.

Edith Yanez a junior at CHS said, “I think maybe students could use their cell phone, but only for research purposes or stuff like that, and maybe if they are done with their work they could use it.” Yanez believes that students have a right to use their cell phone when their work is completely done. Yanez explains that students could read news articles, instead of cruising social media during class.

Because of the students addiction with their cell phone it becomes difficult for teachers to handle.

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Hit Up The Valentines Dance, “How Bow Dah?”

As love swings around the corner, grab your partner and join the crowd at Chaparral High School’s (CHS) Valentine’s Day Dance.

Chaparral High School will be hosting a Valentine’s Day Dance on February 14, 2017, to continue raising money for the upcoming prom. “Everything we do is for fundraising,” said Class of 2017 sponsor and CHS history teacher David Chacon.

Chacon and Class of 2018 sponsor Danee Jarnigan, are in charge of all fundraisers along with class officers: Class of 2017, President David Castro, Vice President Abraham Hernandez, Secretary Martin Javalera, Historian Hector Ramirez, and Treasurer Mario Molina; Class of 2018, President Bernice Acuna, Vice President David Alvarado, Historian Stephanie Trinidad.

The event will take place in Lobo cafeteria during the school day and will begin at 2:30 p.m. CHS’s Principal Mark Rupcich confirms that any student who pays two dollars will be allowed to participate. The rest of the students who do not pay two dollars will be kept in classrooms supervised by a teacher.

For additional fundraising, students from class of 2019, will be running the concession stand during the dance guided by class sponsor Luz Mireya Ulibarri.

Chacon would like for everyone to, “Join the festivities, and support your class by going to the dance!”

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No More School Activities!

Gadsden Independent School District (GISD), has prohibited activities during school for good!

In previous years, test scores were below average. It is the second school year since GISD Superintendent Efren Yturralde decided to prohibit school activities that prevent students from getting enough instruction to prepare for standardized tests. This decision was made 2015-2016 school year and the prohibited activities are those taking time from the school day. (Dances, Homecoming Parade, Lobo Trail, etc.)

“There has to be a focus on instruction to be successful on the test. I believe testing is necessary but there is absolutely too much testing in the state of New Mexico,” said Chaparral High School’s (CHS) principal, Mark Rupcich.

“I feel jealous of the seniors from previous years because I feel like they had more to do than we did. I wish we could do something about it, it’s not fair to me because I did exceptionally well on those tests. It’s not fair I tried my best and the rest of the students did not,” said senior Arnulfo Munoz.

 

In previous years at CHS, there have been accidents during the activities that students were allowed to participate in. This is also Yturralde they have removed activities. Students’ behavior also has to do with the prohibition of these activities. Rupcich clears up that removing the activities has to do with 25 percent student behavior and 75 percent not enough instruction.

Few students at CHS are aware of the main reason behind the banning of the activities; students believe it is due to the accidents in previous years, and these students are not very pleased.

“I feel like it’s not fair that past classes do something bad to get the staff mad and we’re the ones to take the dirt. We should be able to do things that previous classes have done previous years. I think we should talk the CHS’s staff and let them know we’re not trying to cause any trouble; we’re just trying to have a good senior year,” said senior Abraham Hernandez.

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Less Walking for the Art Teacher, More Room for Students

Art class has a new room in Q building which saves art teacher Sam Soria a lot of walking.

Last school year Soria had to walk one thousand steps from R building to A wing for his Art I classes because there was enough space in the art room located in R-3.

Soria found out he was moving from R building to Q building at the beginning of this year. This was something he wanted to do and something he suggested. The new room provides Soria and his students more space for all the equipment. He feels very good about moving.

So far he has only moved tables and chairs. He says it was no to hard to move from one building to another because it’s not that far away. Soria likes his new room because it has much more space.

One of the pros of moving to Q building is that it has a lot more room to expand the art program. The cons of moving from R building are that he is going to miss his neighbor, Ron Richman and that the new classroom is dustier.

Soria had been in R building for three years but now that he is moving, he is going to make new friends in Q building.

According to Soria most of the students don’t like the new room because it is not the old art room.

Soria believes the new and larger room will create a better learning opportunity for art students as more equipment will be available for use.

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