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 http://www.gisd.k12.nm.us/  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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Attend today, Achieve tomorrow.

Attendance clerk Amy Garcia

School attendance is an important factor in student’s ability to learn, succeed, and improve. An important factor in attendance is having someone to keep track of your absences.

Our new attendance clerk, Amy Garcia, loves her new position. Garcia said “I feel good because this new position keeps me entertained.” Garcia’s duties and responsibilities are making sure teachers mark and switch attendance and keeping track of frequently absent students.

Garcia chose to switch from a receptionist to an attendance clerk because she has a lot more interaction with parents and students, and because parents will talk to her on a more personal level. Garcia felt it was a great change because she already knew how to work PowerSchool which is the school’s attendance software.

Garcia thinks an attendance clerk should be friendly, easy to talk to, and stern. Garcia plans to work as an attendance clerk for the next two to three years. An ideal work environment for Garcia is an office that’s quiet and fast pace. Garcia says she encounters a rude student at least once a day, her advice is to keep calm. Garcia thinks attendance is important because every school day counts, students can get behind, the absence gets recorded and because the district has a rule that says to get in contact with the parents for that absence, so the student will come to school more often.

Every school day counts says new attendance clerk.

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If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten.

Do you have a grip on your grades? If not progress reports will be coming out on November 17th so you can check!

In your progress reports you will see your class schedule, your quarter one and quarter two grades, and your tardies and absences. Why are your progress reports important? Progress reports are important to any student because they tell you how your grades are and if you need help with any subject. Semester grades affect your overall GPA there are only 24 more days till final semester test.

On November 20th we will have Thanksgiving break, a time to distract students from school.

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Home of the free because of the brave

Supreme Court Officers Association


When do we celebrate Veterans Day?

We celebrate Veterans Day on the 11th day of the 11th month of the year, the day the guns fell silent in Europe following the armistice that ended World War 1. Veterans Day originated as “Armistice Day” on November 11, 1919.

What is Veterans Day?

Veterans Day is an official United States public holiday, observed annually on November 11, that honors military servicemen; veterans are people who served in the United States Armed Forces.

What is a Veteran?

A veteran is a person who has served honorably in the U.S. military and a person who has long service or experience in a particular occupation or field.

History of Veterans Day

World War 1 was known as “The Great War” and officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, in the Palace of Versailles. In 1926 the United States Congress officially recognized the end of World War 1 and declared that the anniversary of the armistice should be commemorated with prayer and thanksgiving.

Why is Veterans Day important?

Veterans Day is important because, to paraphrase Lincoln, the brave soldiers living and dead who protected us, have consecrated this day, far above r power to or detract. There’s also no school on this holiday out of respect for the many veterans that have sacrificed for our country.

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Thanksgiving Lunch, always a delight.

Chaparral High School will be having our annual Thanksgiving Lunch.

Thanksgiving will be during thanksgiving break, Therefore, Thanksgiving Lunch will be on November 9. The lunch ticket will be $5.75. Parents will not need to pay for children who do not attend Chaparral High School.

The lunch includes turkey, green beans, pumpkin pie, stuffing, mashed potatoes and dinner rolls. All cafeteria staff will be cooking for this year’s lunch. The cafeteria staff takes about 6 hours to cook all of the food.

The lunch will be from 12:31 p.m. to 1:09 p.m. and the lunch period will not be extended. The cafeteria staff will be expecting a few parents this year.

We hope to see you at the Thanksgiving Lunch.

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Get adjusted to defend yourself against the flu bug

Winter time is paradise for the flu virus, and in order to combat this nasty bug, Chaparral High School will be hosting a flu vaccination sponsored by GISD and Walgreens on November 8. The vaccination will be offered to employees and families to help prevent disease and lower sick days.

DeCastro said “We won’t accept students because is most useful for employees, because the flu shot for older people is more important.” The event will last from 2:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., and employees must bring their insurance or prescription card.

Assistant Sandra Valadez seated and Nurse Carole DeCastro .

The flu shot may hurt, but it is worth it because you won’t get sick as often as you used to. There is one side effect from the flu shot, which is usually mild flu-like symptoms.

The school hosts this event every fall so employees and teachers won’t get sick. The sponsors are looking for a large turnout this year.

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