Are Students Safe at School

Gun violence has been a concerning issue in the United States for many years. Unfortunately, this violence is finding its way deeper and deeper into schools throughout the country. Just last month, a shooting claimed 17 lives at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Security has increased in many schools around the country and several other counter measures have been looked into, but is it enough to make students feel secure at school?
Student security is a top priority for most school officials, but there are still students that feel as though there is not enough being done to ensure their safety when they go to school. Lobo freshman Heaven Telles reports that she has often felt unsafe at school. “The security here really isn’t that good,” said Telles. Telles believes that our security is outdated, an opinion that is supported by Lobo senior Anthony Soriano. Soriano states, “Laws haven’t been made to change it and I think that’s an under reaction.”
Other students, such as Lobo junior Nubia Soto, believe that students are safe at school. Though she does believe that more could be done for protection, Soto believes that there are many people overreacting to the recent violence in the form of the “walk out”, a day chosen by students throughout the country in which they plan to walk out of school and refuse to return until more is done to ensure safety on school campuses.
It is clear that many students feel insecure, but what is being done about it? A popular solution to the problem of gun violence in schools is arming teachers, an idea that appears to many students as a dangerous one. “I think it’s a bad idea,” Soriano said. “Imagine Appel with a gun.” Soriano’s humorous comment brings light to a disturbing truth – teachers are not immune to gun violence. There is also the possibility of students gaining easy access to teachers’ loaded firearms.
It is no doubt that violence in schools is an important issue that needs to be addressed, and it is equally important that students feel secure at school. It has come to a point where many students do not feel safe in their schools, and though there has been some action taken to reduce the amount of violence, fear still radiates throughout student bodies. Everyone appears to be asking the same question: Are we safe at school?

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Career day is here look forward to your future



Worried about not knowing what career to choose? Career day is here and can help you figure out what career you want.

Career day is March 16 and will happen in the  cafeteria. Juniors will make a pilgrimage at 9:30 am and return to class at 10:30 am. Seniors make the exodus at 10:30 am and will return to class at 11:30 am.  Career day is a benefit for students because “It helps them get an idea of what careers are available for them at community college,” Says Chaparral High School Counselor Julian Encina.  The administrators, counselors, and all the programs at Doña Ana Community College (DACC) will be a part of career day.The purpose of career day is so that “seniors can finally decide what they want to do after college.”

“Juniors can expose themselves on what they want to do after they graduate,” says Mr. Encina.

Seniors and juniors are required to attend career day. All 16 career clusters will be demonstrating their careers to CHS prospects.

  “I wish I could take all of the students to career day, not only juniors and seniors.Hopefully next year I can take all the students ,” says Mr. Encina.


Edited 3/15/2018 

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Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations.


Graduation countdown on May 26, 2018

Think big and don’t listen to people who tell you it cannot be done.  Graduation is coming seniors, it will be held on May 26, 2018.

The graduation ceremony will be at UTEP Don Haskins Center and it will go from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. but times are subject to change.

Mireya Meza, Admin support and bookkeeper at Chaparral High School said, “Normally the stage will be decorated with flower pots and the number 18 will be in carnations (made out of ply wood).”

There are 244 seniors graduating this year. Get ready for your last goodbye at Chaparral High School. It’s been four great years but always remember, once a lobo always a lobo.


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Fewer teachers this year means more teachers next year.

Principal Mark Rupcich

There are fewer teachers at Chaparral High School (CHS) this year than last year because of funding.

CHS Principal Mark Rupcich says that the reason we have fewer teachers this year is because of funding in New Mexico; therefore, Gadsden Independent School District (GISD) had to cut classes which are career technology education, physical education, math, Spanish and English language arts at CHS. Teachers that were let go last year were not replaced this year because funding was not restored by the state of New Mexico.

If a teacher were to leave this year, it would be a normal process to hire somebody. “We have had teachers who just graduated from college. We will be recruiting. It is just a process of them looking and applying,” said Rupcich. To rehire a teacher it takes about a week, to hire a new teacher it will take about a month. Rupcich will be recruiting new teachers from Texas, New Mexico and beyond. As for the 2018-19 school year, Rupcich has not yet recruited any new teachers.

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SBA makes a science out of graduation.


CHS junior Nubia Soto

Chaparral High School junior Nubia Soto is one out of 210 juniors that took the Science SBA test in order to graduate.

This was Soto’s first timetaking the Science SBA test. Soto felt very overwhelmed and stressed, before taking the SBA. “When I was taking the test felt very cold and nervous,” said Soto. “My experience was very stressful and I think I should have studied more,” said Soto.

“I believe I won’t do that bad on the test,” said Soto. If you don’t pass or take the Science SBA you don’t graduate.

“You only have two chances to take the SBA. You take it in your junior year and if you don’t pass it or you don’t take it you have another chance I your senior year,” said Soto

“I prefer to take the SBA on a booklet than a computer,” said Soto.

Soto’s advice for all juniors is to study and get ready for any test.

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Don’t stress, do your best.

The Science Standard base assessment (SBA) testing is coming!!!

Sofia Payen

Sofia Payen, Chaparral High School’s (CHS) assistant principal, is in charge of the Science SBA testing. SBA testing starts on Wednesday, March 7, but testing windows will be opening Monday.

The SBA has three sessions and students will be testing for the whole day. Payane says, “Students will be on testing schedule.” The science SBA is only for juniors.

“All labs are going to be used for testing, plus three extra labs. There’s 11 labs in total,” said Payen.

“Students have to take the Science SBA test to know content science and so we can gather data to see in what we can help them,” said Payen. Students are going to be tested on physical science, biology and chemistry.

“Students need to take the SBA because it’s very important for graduation,” said Payen.

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$30,000 dollars are available if you apply


American Bank Scholarship application.

College is drawing closer for seniors, bringing with it the terrifying possibility of thousands of dollars in student loans. The American Bank Scholarship is here to calm some of those fears..

The American Bank Scholarship has been going around for more than five years and is worth $3,000 per semester. At this time any senior that is interested needs to go to their counselor. All you need to apply is a 3.0 GPA or better, be a U.S citizen, prove you have been accepted to any college or university, and prove you’ve attended Chaparral High School for at least three years.

The students that receive this scholarship are the ones that apply, they are active and excel in their classes. There are 56 Chaparral High School students that have qualified for the American Bank Scholarship.

Chaparral High School counselor Julian Encina said, “Only 20 recipients will be accepted for this scholarship.” Good luck seniors!

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Today’s Classroom Forecast, Hopefully Dry

Every school needs to have running water but nobody expected it to be running down the walls and windows.

Chaparral High School is having some improvements done and they include replacing more than half of the roofing on Band Building, Q Building and R Building, which will help with the leaking. The windows will be removed, cleaned, reinstalled and resealed in the outlying buildings as well with those in main entrance facing the ampitheatre and those in the Library facing outside. The cement entrances to the Band, Q and R buildings will be replaced with new cement that will have be re-sloped so that water does not enter the Buildings. The main entrance to the lobby and the sidewalk in front of the Library will also be replaced to prevent further flooding. Drainage will be installed in the access road, to prevent “Chaparral High School’s pond” when it rains said Assistant Principal Victoria Lopez.

While the workers are repairing the buildings north of the access road they will park their vehicles and trailers West of Q Building. The parking area will be surrounded with fencing to prevent students from hanging around the vehicles. After the construction workers have finished with the outlying buildings, they will work on the main building, and will be parking their vehicles to the south of the teachers’ parking lot in the dirt lot; their parking space will be fenced to prevent any property problems.

The work will affect the student’s route to their classes but there will not be any other major problems.

The workers will work Monday – Friday from 7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. The  construction work is expected to be completed June 15, 2018.

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Wrestling team sends nine to state, places third in district

Chaparral High School wrestling team competed in state with nine wrestlers and took third place in district duals competition.

This year nine wrestlers from Chaparral High School qualified for state competition in these weight classes: Angel Coheto 113 pounds, Cesar Gamboa 126 pounds, Alejandro Guzman 132 pounds , Jonathan Dominguez 138 pounds, Jesus Rodriguez 145 pounds, Stephen Nevarez 152 pounds, Neo Cortes 195 pounds, Michael Nevarez 220 pounds, Adam Ibarra 295 pounds and Julie Navarro 121 pounds.

Angel Coheto, Alejandro Gomez, Jonathan Dominguez, Neo Cortes and Adam Ibarra placed third in the district competition.

Stephen Nevarez and Michael Nevarez placed fourth in the district competition. Unfortunately Michael Nevarez will not be able to compete in state competition due to an injury.

Cesar Gamboa and Jesus Rodriguez placed second in the district competition which took place in Alamogordo, New Mexico. Other district high schools competing were Deming, Roswell, Goddard, Santa Teresa, and Alamogordo.

Julie Navarro will be competing in the girls exhibition state competition in spite of not competing at the district meet.

The state competition took place February 16-17, Rio Rancho, New Mexico, Santa and Star Center.

Chaparral High School wrestling coach Carl Sonny Guillermo said, “We can do some good things at state. A lot of our wrestlers have skill to place at the state tournament . Our wrestlers are going to fine tune some of their moves and techniques to overcome some of their opponents.”

No Lobo wrestlers placed at the state competition. Only Cesar Gamboa made it to the second round.

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There’s no dance without an organizer

Roses are red, salsa is hot, chocolates have calories and dancing does not. Lobos will be having a red and hot valentine’s day dance.

Susan Sanchez, junior sponsor, is organizing the Valentine’s Day dance at CHS. The dance will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the cafeteria.

Sanchez has been planning the dance since Christmas break. The Valentine’s Day dance is on February 14th.

“Mr. Rupcich had the idea of having a Valentine’s Day dance because we need more money for prom since it’s going to be in a ballroom (Cascadas ballroom),” said Sanchez. The decorations that Sanchez is making are balloons, doylies, posters, cupids, hearts and garlands.

“The 2019 and 2021 class officers are going to be helping decorate and the 2020 class officers are going to work in the concession stand,” said Sanchez.

DJ Manuel Bonilla, who won the contest in the Homecoming dance, is going to be playing at the Valentine’s Day dance.

“We need many people in the dance, bracelets are going to cost two dollars,” said Sanchez. Sanchez is selling the bracelets in room A-104.

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