Christmas is not celebrated everywhere or by everybody.

Here is how many Christians and non-Christians celebrate Christmas in the world.

According to the there are about 2.2 billion Christians in the world, which makes up about 30 percent of the 7.6 billion people in total. In the United States, there are about 280 million Christians out of 323 million (2010 Census).

Washington Times says that 96 percent of Christians celebrate Christmas in the U.S.A. Christians believe that Jesus is the light of the world.

Eighty one percent of Americans celebrate Christmas December 25, commemorating the birth of Jesus.

Christians and non-Christians alike celebrate Christmas. Two-thirds (65 percent) of Christians say Christmas is mostly a religious holiday, while most non-Christians see the holiday as more of a cultural event, ( Washington Times).

People around the world have been observing it with traditions and practices that are of both religious and secular nature. According to the Christmas evolved over two millennia into a worldwide religious holiday.

Today, Christmas is a time for family and friends to get together and exchange gifts. The name Christmas comes from the Mass of Christ or Jesus. says,” Pagan, or non-Christian, traditions show up in this beloved winter holiday, a consequence of early church leaders melding Jesus’ nativity celebration with pre-existing midwinter festivals.”

People from different countries don’t celebrate Christmas because it is not as common as it is in the United States.

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Chaparral High School Band Joins an El Paso tradition for over 80 years

The Chaparral High School (CHS) band performed in the El Paso Thanksgiving parade on November 23, 2017. It was their first Thanksgiving performance in 10 years.

The band performed for two hours and the parade was three and a half miles long on Montana Street in El Paso, Texas. They performed alongside two other high school bands, Santa Teresa (ST) and Gadsden High School (GHS).

The band practiced with ST and GHS on November 22. The lobo band practiced for two weeks on Chaparral High School’s track.

Band director Adrian Rios said that each school chose a song. They performed three songs: The Hay Song, Louie Louie and the Christmas Parade Sequence. The Christmas Parade Sequence is a combination of different Christmas songs.

Rios marched with his band student when I interviewed him he appeared very excited about the parade. He believed that his band would perform fantastically. Transportation was provided for the band students and they dressed in all khaki outfit.

Overall, the band was part of a Thanksgiving tradition in El Paso for 80 years. This was a great opportunity for the band to get there name out to Southern Texas.

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Mentors talk with you, Sponsors talk about you

Fernando Viramontes

Science teacher Fernando Viramontes is the new sponsor for the National Honor Society at Chaparral High School.

Viramontes chose to become a sponsor of the National Honor Society because he was asked by counselors and Principal Mark Rupcich to become a sponsor. Viramontes had to go through the faculty counsel, which is composed of five teachers, and an application process. As of now, Viramontes is Chaparral High School’s only National Honor Society sponsor. Viramontes was a sponsor for 20 years at Anthony High School.

National Honor Society members’ expectations are service, leadership, character, and scholarship. Viramontes selects members based on their GPA, which has to be a 3.5 or higher. Future events that will occur for National Honor Society are community service and volunteer based which will include an Easter egg hunt.

Viramontes said, “National Honor Society should be the most prestigious award given to students academically.” Viramontes hopes students reapply and he expects to have a great group of students. His duties as a sponsor are to make sure rules and procedures are followed. Being a sponsor will take up most of his non-classroom time from now until January. Viramontes will be available in case students have any questions about National Honor Society.

“Students are excited that I am sponsoring for National Honors Society,” said Viramontes. Students should look forward to realizing the outcome of a highly sophisticated club at Chaparral High School. Former member Bryanna Torres said, “Giving back to the community is very important,” “Members have to be very involved. They should try not to miss a meeting.”

Any Questions regarding NHS should be directed to Viramontes.

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The road to success is always under construction

Johnny Acuña

No student wants to go to a school with broken campus equipment.  That’s why Chaparral High School hired a new maintenance employee, Johnny Acuña.

Acuña has dealt with campus repairs for over 20 years. Acuña attended Western Tech where he learned everything he knows.

If Acuña sees a problem but is unsure of a solution, he checks with fellow coworkers to see if the problem has to do with electricity, voltage, switches, or controls.

Acuña worked at Desert Trail Elementary for 20 years before being transferred to Chaparral High School. Acuña said “I enjoy doing maintenance because it is not the same routine every day”.

Acuña is grateful for having a good job where he can gain experience.

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Goodbyes are not easy

Eddie Soriano was here for two months teaching Algebra 1 but now he is gone from Chaparral High School (CHS).

Soriano left Chaparral High School because he has to finish his teaching courses at NMSU. He feels happy and sad, and he

thinks it was a great experience. He says he learned a lot and he is going to miss his students.

Soriano planed for his last day is to spend time with his students.

Eddie Soriano

He is going to continue teaching. This was Soriano’s first real taste of teaching.

“What I liked about Chaparral High School is the students. They are very respectful and great students,” said Soriano, “What I didn’t like about Chaparral High School is the driving because I live all the way in Anthony.”

Soriano didn’t have any problems with students.

Soriano said, “Where I see myself in ten years is maybe teaching again here at Chaparral.”

“My most satisfying thing of teaching is that I looked at the students that they struggle and that they seem interested and that they like math,” said Soriano.

“The hard part of leaving school is that I made a lot of friends-the teachers, administration and having to say bye to them,” said Soriano

Soriano would like to thank everybody here for being nice to him and he hopes that students continue studying.

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Trapped in a cafeteria

School lunch is an underrated portion of a high school student’s day. We work for countless hours constantly wondering what we will fill our stomachs with, and since the beginning of this school year our stomachs have avoided a queasy feeling that once made our mouths dispose of the “hearty” school lunches that were served to us in years before. Gadsden Independent School District decided to serve students better, higher quality food for the 2017-2018 school year, and The Howler has taken notice of this change. We believe this year’s lunch was an improvement over last year’s, and we could not imagine a better upgrade: until now.

News the Santa Fe New Mexican released brought up a restriction that seniors acknowledged existed at one point but over time have forgotten. We are not allowed to eat food outside of the school during lunchtime. As seniors entering adulthood we must get used to eating food that isn’t free, and we are faced with a restriction that should not be there, the closed-campus lunch policy.

Santa Fe High School has gotten rid of the closed-campus lunch policy and implemented an open-campus lunch policy with conditions. Said conditions include: being a senior over the age of 18, maintaining a 2.0 grade-point average, having less than 10 absences per year and having students ask their parents to sign a permission slip allowing said students to take advantage of the freedom.

Though the conditions might stray from allowing all students to take advantage of the open-campus lunch policy, if the policy proves to be effective, the Santa Fe district could be looking towards lifting the closed-campus lunch policy and later adjusting the conditions. The effect this might have on Chaparral High School is distant but is definitely something to watch out for in the future.

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Get your grades in right now, right now!!

At the Apple App Store, this is what the key to your child’s grades looks like.

Instead of waiting countless hours for your progress report to come out and letting your parents see your grades, download the PowerSchool app now! The PowerSchool app helps students and parents keep track of their grades, assignments and attendance.

Chaparral High School (CHS) is now fully involved with the use of this new technology, now you can download this app on your phone and keep track of your grades. Jesse Garcia CHS Data Clerk, can give you the information you need in order to access your username and password. This app works on all smartphones.

“This year, a lot of them (students) coming in to get their personal information, approximately like 100 through 150 students,” said Garcia. She is impressed by how many students have been involved with this app. She believes it is useful because “It helps them, when they click on their grade and they can see the assignments they are missing, and they can check in with their teacher to see if they can still turn it and make up the missing work.”

“Parents have their own app, which is the Parent Portal and they come to me in order to fill out an application and they have to sign that they won’t give their children their password or username,” says Garcia. Garcia wants to inform parents to keep their information secure, she has had hackers trying to access her computer.

The PowerSchool app displays all the details students need. First, they sign up by using the assigned username and password. Then, it asks to click on the high school the student is attending (Chaparral High School) after selecting the school it gives the student only their personal information. The dashboard shows the students GPA, Class Overview, dates of the assignments when they were due, assignments graded, attendance, school bulletin (announcements), meal balance and fees.

The Gadsden Independent School District website has access to acquire the app, you can go to  and click on the icon PowerSchool app. It gives you access to more information (all personal information is kept private). Another way to acquire the app is to go to your smart phone, and go to either the App Store or Google Play, the application is free of charge.

Students at CHS have found this app very beneficial. Students have access to their grades and missing assignments. “Friends were showing me their grades on their phone and I got curious and wanted to download the PowerSchool app too,” said Nubia Soto a junior at CHS. Even the CHS counselors find this very convenient. “I think is great for students because it helps them keep up on their own grades and helps them be more responsible… I think we should have done this a long time ago,” says Jennifer Park one of CHS’s counselors.

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Eat, drink, and be thankful

When is Thanksgiving? 

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Thanksgiving Day in the United States is a holiday on the fourth Thursday of November.

Why we celebrate Thanksgiving?

We celebrate Thanksgiving because is a tradition that has been for hundreds of years. To many Americans, Thanksgiving represents an important part of Americas founding myth.

What is the history of Thanksgiving?

Thanksgiving Day can be traced back to the 1621 celebration at the Plymouth Plantation, where the religious refuges from England known popularly as the pilgrims invited the local Native Americans to a harvest feast after a particularly successful growing season.

Thanksgiving Traditions

Thanksgiving celebration has lost much of its original religious significance; instead, it now centers on cooking and sharing a bountiful meal with family and friends. Today, however, nearly ninety percent of Americans eat turkey whether roasted, baked or deep fried.

Although Thanksgiving is rooted in the history of the pilgrims, who were Christian “separatist” the holiday is generally no longer considered a Christian holiday or a religious holiday.

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Count on us

New student council sponsor is David  Chacon decided to administrate student council because he believes our community can “get better little by little.” He thinks students want to help Chaparral but they don’t know where to start.

Chacon feels student council puts him in a position to lead those students, “as long as students accomplish goals, we can be a team.”

Some of student council goals include making charity baskets for thanksgiving, giving gifts on Christmas to pre-k students, and hosting community events for Easter.

As a sponsor Chacon’s duties are, “to have everything organized and show them what i have planned for students to do.” As a role model for students i start off by being a good teacher, having respect towards everyone, and being able to help them in every way i can.” Chacon says he is looking forward to a successful year!

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We are not in Debt!

Our Lobo tails are wagging with joy at the idea of being exempt from NMPED self-inflicted debt that has fallen on other schools.

Many schools in New Mexico had to pay off a debt because, as the Santa Fe New Mexican said New Mexico Public Education (NMPED) was “underfunding special-education programs since at least 2010”. Some of the high schools affected were Socorro HS, Mosquero HS, Pojoaque HS, Rio Rancho HS and Los Lomas HS according to the New Mexican. The underfunded money was to match the federal funds earned by New Mexico. When New Mexico was audited for these federal funds, the discrepancy resulted in legal action and the Martinez administration was found to have underfunded special education.

Since Chaparral High School dodged the bullet, our Lobos are left with the hope of not returning more state funds after last years claw back of $2 million.

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