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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Way to Nationals.

The Business Professional of America (BPA) have been working hard since the start of this year, on their way to Nationals.

BPA contains 38 registered members has and extremely grown over the years. Mrs. Campbell said that she does not recruit anymore, as the kids do the recruiting now. “Students are recruiting other students “, said Campbell after being asked how she would recruit students for its program.

The purpose of BPA is to prepare students that are highly interested in information technology, prepare for any type of future careers that they might be interested in. It is also a great opportunity that helps kids be challenged and compete in a whole different level.

When asked what had influenced her in being in charge of BPA she said, “I had participated in Texas in 2006 so I knew what it was all about.” She plans to be in charge of the program for another five years or so.
Nationals will be held at Orlando, Florida this year. Getting the money together is no easy task, as they have to run different fund raisers, the football program was one of the fundraisers as well as the flyers, special projects that are requested and last but not least concession stands at the soccer games.

When asked what are the requirements for joining BPA she said “Good grades, attendance and also participation.” Other than that, you must also pay a ten-dollar fee, which goes to your registration for the program. When asked if anyone can join the program she said, “Yes, as long as they show up, meet the requirements.”

BPA will leave to Albuquerque on February 20th and will come back on the 22th. They leave to Orlando, Florida on May 10th and will be back on the 14th.

 

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Who are you Going to Call?

Like any average athlete on a Friday night, he thought he would not suffer an injury. Cradling his arm, he walked slowly off the field. The athletic trainer rushed to him and assisted the injured player.

An athletic trainer is a person who cares for and assists all athletic teams in emergency care and one who may also refer injured athletes to proper outside care when the injury is beyond the extent of the trainer’s capabilities. This is a description of what Stacy Walsh does at Chaparral High School, who has been here three years and an athletic trainer for ten years.

Walsh did not always know what she wanted to do when she grew up. While in high school, Walsh tore her Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL), an injury in your knee that causes instability and must be repaired surgically, her junior year. The injury happened right before soccer season, which was her main sport. Walsh absolutely loves sports. She played soccer, volleyball and softball in high school.

When trying to decide on a major in college, Walsh discovered athletic training. “I wanted to do something in the medical field but not be a doctor,” said Walsh, “And that I loved sports, and the advisor at Baylor University said we have the perfect opportunity for you, and introduced me to the athletic training department. I kind of fell into it.”

Her role models are her parents. “They worked really hard to provide for us, for my brother and me, to be able to go to a good school, have what we needed and do what we wanted to do for our careers,” said Walsh. She graduated from Baylor University with a bachelor’s degree, then University of Tennessee, for her master’s degree.

“I’m originally from Fort Worth, Texas, but I’ve lived in five different states,” said Walsh. It was a big challenge for Walsh to move to Tennessee. She did not know a single soul. “I took a giant leap of faith and left a great job to attend graduate school. I felt that’s where I was lead. My faith is very important to me. It gets me through a lot.”

When Walsh started working as an athletic trainer, she was very nervous. In addition to her athletic training duties, she also teaches academic courses. She started teaching two classes at Waxahachie Independent School District in Waxahachie, Texas. “I had a really good experience in college, so I think that the biggest shock that I had was the amount of responsibility and the amount of paper work that came with the organization and doing a good job as an athletic trainer,” she explained. Walsh knew about the hours and the injuries she was working with.

Family is very important to Walsh and she is very careful to make time to be with her family. Walsh can easily live at the school, more than she already does in order for her to get things done. “It is very difficult to balance but you have to; otherwise you will burn out.” On her days off, which is every Sunday, she tries to she spend time with her family or friends. “I kind of just recharge on that day,” said Walsh. One thing that Walsh never enjoys is a Friday night date with her husband, “We make date night a priority, whenever we can fit it in.”

One thing that Walsh wishes she never has to go through is have an athlete die on her, “That would be a huge struggle for me to work through,” said Walsh. After working with so many injuries, Walsh has been very lucky to not face any fatal injuries. “Every injury makes me very anxious.” Walsh hates when her students get concussions, torn ligaments, and when she has to work with pins. She also hates telling her students they will not be able to continue playing the sport they enjoy the most, in other words, season ending. After working with so many injuries for so many years, Walsh has been very lucky to not face any fatal injuries.

Even though Walsh deals with many different obstacles each day, she is able to manage with them every single day. Walsh’s work time really depends on the season. She normally works six days a week from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., if it is not a game day. Fall is the busiest time of the year for her. She has four sports going on at the same time; soccer (boys and girls), football, volleyball and cross country. Her main concern during the fall is football because it is a collision vs. contact sport, “We usually have over 100 athletes in football, with approximately 300 athletes competing in fall sports overall.” Fall is also the time where she feels most stressed. She has to set boundaries and rules in order to maintain organization, treatment, game schedules, and her sanity.

Walsh is thankful for the help that she gets. She has an athletic training class during seventh period that helps her set up and get everything ready for practices or games. “I don’t know where I’d be without them,” explained Walsh. She also has students stay after school to help. The students are the ones who help her do the little things and help her run the athletic training room efficiently. “I’m very blessed with them,” said Walsh.

Nothing can describe how busy Walsh’s days are. She tries to work out early in the morning. Once she arrives at school, she does injury reports or puts in treatment logs and checks paperwork, looking for any forgeries in the physicals. Throughout the day, Walsh may also contact coaches. During lunch and after school, Walsh attends students who go for treatments or an evaluation. “I pretty much try to use the morning to take care of myself and whatever I need to take care of to prepare for the day. I never know if it’s going to be a quiet day or a busy day,” said Walsh.

“It’s not all about what you know, it’s about who you know and what they think of you. Life is about the people,” explained Walsh.

Being an athletic trainer has become her passion; she does not know what else she would do. It is what she needs to do in life and her purpose. “If they know you care, they will do a lot more for you,” said Walsh. She tries being the best athletic trainer for her athletes. Walsh wants to gain her athletes’ confidence so that they are able to trust her, and not be afraid of her, and let her know what is going on so she can assist them. “It is not about the pay; it is not about the championships for me. It is about having every kid who can play on the field, and the ones who can’t- we’re going to get them on the field as soon as it is safe,” said Walsh.

Walsh is rewarded when she is acknowledged for the work and effort she does. Having an athlete have a season ending injury and being able to return and break records is a great feeling for her. The goal for Walsh is for the athletes who have had an injury to return as if it never happened.

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Every day is an Adventure

Every day Ivonne Perez arrives at Chaparral HS with a smile on her face knowing she will have another day of teaching her favorite students new lessons.

“I enjoy my job very much…,” said Perez. Especially when she sees her students improving every day and seeing the hard work they put in.

Perez teaches students with learning and physical disabilities which is what makes her day an adventure.

She became interested in teaching students with disabilities when she took a class in 1998 called Behavior Modification at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). Behavior Modification is the development of behavioral pattern through the use of some learning techniques. Perez transferred from UTEP to New Mexico State University that same year, where she finished her degree after five years. She completed her studies after finishing four years of college and one year of student teaching. .

Her first job in this field began at Bridges Academy Private School in El Paso, Texas. At first, Perez felt nervous and anxious to begin teaching these students.

She changed jobs transferring to the Gadsden Independent School District where she has been teaching students with disabilities for 19 years. She started at Gadsden Middle School and worked with disabled students for nine years, then worked five years at Chaparral Middle School and has now been working for four years at Chaparral High School.

 

“I enjoy teaching here because the community makes me feel welcomed.” says Perez.

She feels nervous and excited to see how the students will react towards the new activities she has for them.

“It’s a very difficult task to fulfill every students’ needs, each student is different; one student might be having a great day but another student can be struggling with the day’s activity,” says Perez.

The students’ day consists of many different activities, for example: follow the students schedule, take them to elective classes such as P.E and teach them academic skills which are math, language arts, social studies and science. “These kids are very individual, most of them can be really independent but others need more help,” says Perez. Some of the older kids have learned to become more independent; knowing she can help them become a better person is what

Perez has grown to love about her job more each day.

“The moment when the little light bulb inside their head turns on, that makes me happy.” said Perez. As a Special Education Teacher, she enjoys seeing students learn new things. She feels blessed knowing she has made the right decision in choosing this career.

The most valuable lesson Perez has learned throughout her career is to “never give up, you’re blessed to be working with these kids.”

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Chappy the Hero

Chappy leads the way with introducing a new program at Chaparral High School (CHS). The new cyberbullying program helps students gain voice and power. It teaches our students how to be cautious and have a friendly environment while in use of social media.

Students use social media to interact with friends and family, others may use it to harm or express their unnecessary negative comments.

The Criminal Justice teacher Mr. Ronald Richman and his second period class are in charge of the Cyberbullying program. They want to spread the word to the CHS students that someone is here to help.

President of the program, Damaris Saenz, wants students to know that this program is a good way to help others. The program is, “Not to stop bullying because bullying is always going to be a problem but to at least cut it down and give power to those who get bullied,” said Damaris. Also Richman wants to, “Give students a voice.”

Richman and the second period class would like to display their video on Lobo News to inform students about cyberbullying and how this program is going to bring many fun activities that will help them learn to speak up if any cyberbullying is happening to them or anybody else. Rupcich will also be involved with this program. Since he takes cyberbullying seriously, he will have serious consequences to those who are involved in bullying other students. Richman’s second period class made a film involving other Lobo students to help students understand that cyberbullying can happen anywhere and at any time to anyone.

Anyone can join to help prevent bullying in our school and to create a safer environment for everyone. Richman and his second period class will give a further noticed of what days the program will be available to students afterschool.

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