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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Sam the Art Man

 

For a student with an innovative and vivid mind, you might want to be a part of Chaparral High School’s (CHS) Art Cub.

The Art Club has been around for two years going on three. After CHS hired Samuel Soria as an art teacher, he decided to start an Art Club. “I decided to start an Art Club ever since I started working here because the school didn’t have one and the school didn’t have many clubs,” said Soria.

“It’s been pretty cool. The kids have been working hard and the group is slowly bonding,” said Soria.

Art Club members along with Soria work with the community to try and better the community. They also work with other clubs at school such as National Honor Society (NHS), Journalism, Yearbook, French Club, Family Career Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) and Business Professionals of America (BPA).

Soria works with 20 members so far and is looking forward expanding the group. His most outstanding, advanced students in class are also his club officers. Abraham Hernandez is President, David Castro is Vice President and Blanca Ramirez is the Secretary.

At the end of the school year Soria and the club members take an educational trip to wherever they can afford. To afford the trip, during the school year they fundraise by making T-shirts for other clubs, face-painting at football games or hosting a car wash.

For people who are interested in joining Art Club, Soria would like to say, “Art Club is a family. It’s about helping the community through art, and finding yourself. We don’t think about ourselves, we think about others. Always work hard, never give up, always put yourself out there and never stop creating.”

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Front desk to the rescue

Everybody wonders who Chaparral High Schools front desk is, and what she has been through so far. Amy Garcia is then name and here is her story.

Amy Garcia is the name of our front desk, she has been here for the past two years and says that she is happy here and loves it here as well. When asked if she liked working as a front desk, her response was “yes, I get to meet with different people every single day.”

 She also claimed that she really loves working here, and the thing that she most enjoyed about her job and what she liked best was working with students.

 Her task as the Front Desk is to receive parents, students and just pretty much anyone who walks through those doors. Everyone who walks in through those doors have to confront Amy first before doing anything or going anywhere in the campus. In addition, she must take care of sub and finally yet importantly, she must send faxes.

 

 

 

 

 

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Too Many Right ways to Coach Basketball

How you coach basketball is based upon each coaches’ opinions.
Here are three coaches, one currently coaching and two retired.
Coach Guerrero is currently the head coach for the girls’ basketball team. Coach Guerrero played high school basketball. She could have played college basketball but she decided not to. Coach Guerrero has been coaching for twelve years. Her greatest achievement as a coach was making it to the district championship twice. Another one of her greatest achievements was seeing her players graduate with good grades. When coaching, she mainly focuses on basic fundamentals and staying positive. Coach Guerrero’s goals change every day. Guerrero’s main frustration is the lack of dedication. When asked what the hardest part about being a coach was she responded, “Trying to have a personal life, so much time dedicated to basketball it’s hard to have a personal life.”
Retired coach is Carl Bailey. Throughout his coaching years he coached girls and boys basketball. Bailey played high school and college basketball. He coached 34 years, and was the head coach for boys’ basketball at Coronado High School. Bailey believes that to be a basketball coach you need to have discipline, you need to work hard and have lots of patience. When Bailey was asked what the hardest part about being a coach was he said, “Time that you put in”.
Second retired coach is Hernandez, who was the head coach of the boys’ basketball team. Hernandez coached basketball for 23 years, he also coached pro ball in Mexico for 2 years. Hernandez said that to be a basketball coach it takes, “Patience, experience, and passion for the game”. His expectations for his team were to set goals and accomplish them. One of his main goals was to win state. When asked what the hardest part about being a coach is he responded with, “Disciplining the players and being loyal to the program”.
There is no one way to be a basketball coach.

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