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After a month without a business teacher, Chaparral High School has hired a replacement, Viol Ann Lares who used to work in Socorro Independent School District in El Paso, TX as a Curriculum Coach and will now be teaching at CHS

Lares graduated from the University of Texas in El Paso (UTEP) with a major in Business Administration. Her inspiration to achieve her goals was her ex-boss, when she used to work in the Department of Human Services in the Socorro District before becoming a teacher.

The reason she came to work at CHS is because she retired after working 30 years in education in Texas, and found herself at home not doing anything productive, so she decided to apply outside of Texas but in public education to continue making a difference in students’ lives.

Lares taught for the last 17 years and for the prior 13 years she worked in Education as a secretary.

Lares likes a lot of things about Chaparral High School, for example, the surroundings, the unity of the community and the fact that the students want to learn. Lares says, “Students are very respectful and humble.” She still does not know many of the students, only the ones that she has for her classes, but she says they are very shy and quiet.  She thinks it has something to do with their culture; Hispanics tend to be very shy.

“I’m just another individual and I’m not different from anybody else”, said Lares.

What she wants her students to get from her job is to learn to apply what they have learned either in a career setting, on a university level, or a job preparation at a job level.

Lares likes our school so much that she sees herself working here in five years because the students are able to learn, and they are very respectful, and also because the students and staff made her  feel welcome.

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The Band isn’t all that bland

According to some band members, “The band is under appreciated for their efforts and many, many hours of practice,” says Kevin Vigil, drum major. Without the band, major events such as football games and pep rallies would lose intensity.

Most students are truly dedicated to their instrument. Many students have been playing their instrument since they were in middle school. Hector Flores said, “I’ve been playing the trumpet for six years.” All those years of practicing are paying off for him, but when all those combined years of practice come together for the band as a whole, they produce a beautiful sound.

The band has had success in the past, achieving high ratings in contests such as the Andress Marching Invitational and the Burges Band Festival. When the band travels to a contest, there is no first or second. They get a grading that ranges from one to five with five being the lowest. “Two is known as excellent and one is referred to as superior,” said Vigil. The drum major also mentioned, “We always get excellent or superior.”

Band Director Adrian Rios has been granted the honor of directing the Lobo band claiming he doesn’t just enjoy it, “I love it!” is what he wants people to know. Rios is in charge of all 10 sections and says “The whole band is important, but the drum majors really help out. They are like assistants, and that goes for any band.” The drum majors are Vigil and Jazzel Gutierrez.

Rios always expects the best of them, “I always have high expectations, it’s a matter of how bad the students want to be great.” With that, Rios sends a message to everyone, not just band players. If you want to be successful, you need to put in the proper amount of time and effort to master a skill.

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New Automotive Teacher…Again

Chaparral high school (CHS) has had three Automotive teachers over the past four years, but Daniel Taran is determined to stay, “As long as they’ll have me.”

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Taran taught for nine years at Eldorado high school in Albuquerque before coming to CHS. He changed schools because he wanted to move back home to Las Cruces.

Taran began teaching for one reason, “Because a principal from a high school thought I would be good at teaching kids.”

Before teaching, Taran has had the following jobs: Automotive Tech, Service Manager, Parts Manager and Fleet Supervisor.

“Lazy and loud” is how Taran describes his students. But even with the way they act, Taran still likes to make the class fun for his students. Taran does like most of his students.

Liking them does not excuse them from doing the reading assignments, questions, power points and the usual book-work that he gives them. So they can learn about all the equipment an Auto Tech need to use.

The Automotive class has a lift, a brake lathe, a one-tire machine, one bouncer, four floor jacks, two safety stands, a welder, a computer scanner, and various hand tools. But Taran still wants to add two more lifts, an alignment rack, a new brake lathe, an on-the-car brake lathe, updated scanner, and fuel injection tester.

Taran teaches Auto Tech Computer Basics, Auto Tech two and Auto Tech three. Currently inAuto three students are learning electrical and electronics, and in Auto two students are learning brakes. All the Auto Tech students are using the lift, tire machine, scanner, floor jacks, safety stands, and miscellaneous tools.

“By being able to give them more on-hands, by getting more tools and equipment” says Taran concerning how he will make the class better for his students in the future.

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Homecoming game shortens homecoming week

Homecoming was shortened to three days, and the Lobo pack was unhappy.
When CHS football Coach Mark Aguilar was given the choice of selecting the date for the Homecoming football game, he chose an early game. But that choice was during the Parent-Teacher Conference week for elementary and middle school students which meant a three-day homecoming and the dance would be held after the football game for the first time.
“It’s not right, it’s tradition for it to be a week,” said senior class president David Castro when he learned homecoming week would only be three days.
“All the other classes were a whole week. Why can’t we have it, it’s not fair,” said senior Luis Valenzuela about the shortened homecoming week.
The class of 2017 wants to have a memorable year. Some seniors were not happy with the change, some even said it was pretty messed up. There was fewer activities because homecoming week was only three days.
This year’s homecoming theme was Hawaiian. Many activities like the parade, and Lobo trail were not included. But there was a hall decorating contest and dress up days. Students didn’t have to spend so much on formal clothes since the theme was luau.
The homecoming dance was right after the football game and that seemed unfair to some students. According to Castro, “It’s unfair because players have no time to get ready.”
This might be the beginning of a new tradition but we will not know till next year’s homecoming.

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New NHS leader making big plans

Chaparral has its newest NHS leader who is looking forward too big plans in the future.

According to the Chaparral High School staff and front office, after several rumors going around, the National Honors Society (NHS) has finally chosen The One. Mrs. Park, Jennifer Park has been announced as the new NHS leader for this upcoming year, she is excited and cannot wait to start this new journey with the students.

When interviewed, Mrs. Park mentioned that she is “Very happy to be taking on this opportunity”. “Being with the kids” is what she said after being asked what she was most definitely looking forward too. The motivation behind Mrs. Park on being the new leader of the National Honors Society where the kids, as they wanted her to be the new leader of the NHS.

The purpose of National Honors Society is “To do community projects”. Mrs. Park also said that there will be more projects this year. Meeting the requirements and being the leaders of the community is something that Mrs. Park is strictly about new students who join the National Honors Society.

In order to be part of National Honors Society, you must have a 3.5 GPA and must not be a freshman, as the freshman should earn their credits first.

 

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New Coach, More Wins?

New Basketball Coach

This year’s basketball players are looking forward to the new season at Chaparral High School because they recently hired a head coach.

Nicolas Gerardo Uribe is the new head coach at Chaparral High School (CHS); during the day he works next door, at Sunrise Elementary, as a Physical Education coach. Uribe drives from El Paso to Chaparral every week-day at seven in the morning, and drives back home around three or four in the afternoon.

Uribe himself played basketball in high school. Uribe attended Austin High School from 1999-2003. He graduated from UTEP in 2007 with a Bachelor’s of Science I Kinesiology and a minor in Education. Uribe would like to turn his Bachelor’s into a Master’s, but he is focused in coaching at the moment.

Uribe came to CHS to fulfill his high school dream of being a head basketball coach because “I have always wanted to be a high school head coach since I was a senior in high school, it has always been my goal” as Uribe said. Uribe was a Junior Varsity (JV) coach for Cathedral High School’s basketball team for five years, before coming to Chaparral.

Although Uribe is new, he is confident with what he is able to do with the team. “I believe that my strength as a coach is my ability to communicate well with my players and build a strong relationship with them. I know my weakness as a coach is that this will be the first time that I am a head coach, so I know there will be situations that I will have to learn from and improve upon everyday” said Uribe.

As of today, CHS has 35 players in the entire program and about 12 of these players are in Varsity. This year’s Varsity team is a younger team, six of them are sophomores. Not only is the basketball team short in numbers, but in height as well. Their average height is about 5’10”. Although CHS has a short team, Uribe feels “Confident that the team will work hard and continue to improve with every workout.”

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New Clerk checking your Attendence

DSCN9908 (2)Chaparral High School has a new attendance clerk, Janet Sustaita Cardona, but you’ve probably already heard about her because she worked at CHS as a coach and as a security guard. Before Sustaita returned to Lobo land, she worked as a  data entry clerk for the Special Education Department in Anthony, New Mexico.

In order to become an attendance clerk

Attendance Clerk Janet  Sustaita Cardona

Sustaita had to study computers and communication skills.

“I prefer being an attendance clerk because now I get involved with the students instead of just being behind a desk,” Sustaita said. That is what she likes about her job, the students, and getting to know them. She also enjoys the staff and the campus environment.

“Be sure you’re always here and not be absent,” Sustaita said. This is because as an attendance clerk, her task is to enter information into the computer about anything that has to do with attendance and helping parents pick up their children.

Sustaita has not worked in any other school before but she likes our school so much that she sees herself working here in five years. Another reason why she prefers this job is because she lives in Chaparral.

 

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Under the Friday night lights

 

Our Chaparral Lobos Football team set new heights last season. They also brought home the “Battle of the Gap” trophy. Now the Lobos are facing new teams and new challenges because of district realignment.

“Players need to adjust to the schedule change. The farthest team we will be playing will be Silver City,” said Head Coach Mark Aguilar. He expects his players to stay focus in the game but also stay on task with their education whenever they have away games. He expects his players to adjust to these changes.

“We are a little ahead of where we were last year,” said Aguilar, who is preparing his team for this year’s challenges. This year they will be playing two new football teams: The Deming Wildcats and Alamogordo Tigers. “Alamogordo is the toughest team we will be playing against this year. They are a 6A school moved down to 5A,” said Robert Tharp, the defensive line coach.

This year’s Varsity captains are Bryan Lopez (#7 QB), Andres Fisher (#4 RB), Mario Molina (#20 RB) and Phillip Martinez (#14 Safety/RB). There will be a new coaching staff for the Lobos football, Raymundo Velarde will be the new freshman coach and Willie Madrid will be the JV head coach and Varsity assistant coach.

Not only did the boys get new coaches but they also got new equipment. “Jumping for joy,” said Coach Aguilar describing the boys when they finally got their inflatable helmet to introduce themselves every game. They will also be showing off their new uniforms when it is kickoff time.

“I believe we will be able to make it to the playoffs,” said Aguilar. A hundred percent is expected from the players every time they play football, whether it’s practice or a game. “I want more positive and less negative,” added Tharp.

Their first home game was held on August 26, 2016, against Mountain View Lobos taking their first loss of the season, the final score was 0-7. The following Friday, the Lobos took on the Clint Lions at Clint, gaining another loss for the season. The final score was 22-8. The Chaparral Lobos now have a 0-2 overall, being third in district.

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New counselor has your back!

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New Lobo counselor Guadalupe Armendariz wants you to know she is there for you!

“I feel honored and privileged to be here. It feels very comfortable, staff and students are very welcoming. It has only been one month and I already feel like part of the family,” said Armendariz.

Armendariz graduated with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from University of Texas El Paso (UTEP). Armendariz states that she has 25 years of experience: 15 years of teaching 9-12 graders, health science and biology at San Elizario ISD and also Ysleta ISD 10 years as a counselor. When she was at Bel Air High School (BAHS) she decided to become a counselor because she liked learning and listening to the student’s issues.

“I was helping them [students], but at the same time they were helping me,” said Armendariz once she began counseling.

Chaparral High School (CHS) has four counselors who are all in charge of dealing with the student’s academics and personal problems. However, Ms. Armendariz is not only in charge of dealing with the students from “R” through “Z” last names, she is also the ACT coordinator and the Advanced Placement (AP) coordinator along with Julian Encina, another CHS counselor. Armendariz says that her main job here at Chaparral High School, is to guide the students to success and help them with anything.

About 26 years ago, Armendariz and Encina worked together at San Elizario High School, then she became a counselor for BAHS and lost touch with Encina. After her mother got ill, Armendariz retired to take care of her mother, but then her mother improved. Afterwards, she received a call from Encina asking her if she wanted to work again. The reason Armendariz was called was because former CHS counselor, John Roskosky, resigned.

“So I asked him, ‘How are the kids?’ ” said Armendariz, “and he said, ‘you’re gonna love them.’ ”

Armendariz looks forward to this year. One of her goals for this year is to learn all the New Mexico requirements and guide all her students to be successful. She is impressed with how respectful the students are, and how eager they are to listen to whatever she has to say. She says they know she is here to help guide them through: academic, college, graduation requirements, and personal and social issues.

The CHS staff welcomed Armendariz into the Lobo community in a friendly way and told her, “You’re not in Texas anymore.”

“I love it here at Chaparral, it feels like you’re at home, like I belong here. It feels really good to be a Lobo,” said Armendariz, “please come in anytime you want, I’m always here. I want to make myself available and guide you guys to success,” is what she wants the students to know.

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