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Lopez going long for Lobos




CHS Ass’t Principal Victoria Lopez

by Arlene Perez

Our longest tenured Lobo administrator is Victoria Lopez, and she has been an assistant principal for eight years. She likes being an assistant principal because she loves kids and school. Some of her major responsibilities are to discipline her students, be in charge of master scheduling, gradebooks, and online classes. She plans to be an assistant principal until she decides it is the right time to stop. Lopez doesn’t like being absent to school as she’s only been absent ten days in her whole eight years in high school.

Lopez started as an assistant principal at Gadsden High School. She became an assistant principal because she thought she needed a change from the work she used to have. She worked at a central office but needed a change and missed being around kids which is what made her decide to come work at Chaparral High School.

Lopez went to New Mexico for bachelors and masters for six and a half years. In her eight years of being an assistant principal she didn’t have any issues with any teacher, but had a few teachers fight with each other over work. She’s an assistant principal that does get along with most teachers. One thing she would change about this school if she was a principal is to lock the gates.

Lopez thinks that the students from this high school are great. At Chaparral High School she learned from students and families about their needs. She loves doing her job because she simply loves the kids and likes working with them. She’s fascinated with her job because she likes being around kids and meeting new people. She has different experiences with people. “Every year is never the same”, she said. She doesn’t dislike anything about school because she loves school.

In conclusion, Lobos can expect Lopez on campus for many more years.

Park steps up to counseling Lobos

Jennifer Park new Lobo Counselor

Jennifer Park, our new counselor, was one of our English teachers before but now transitioned to a counselor. Parks graduated from NMSU for her bachelors and UTEP for her masters degree. She taught English for eight years before the change.

Park likes her job because she likes kids, being involved and especially not cajoling kids to learn something they are not interested in. Changing schedules, putting in data, helping around and meeting are part of her everyday routine. She believes that her credentials and feeling comfortable is what makes her fit for this position.

A few of Park’s major responsibilities are to fix schedules, help students test for college, check credits and be there for emotional and educational support for the kids. One thing she dislikes about her job is how fast the day goes; she doesn’t have enough time for all her duties. Park plans on being a counselor as long as it is enjoyable. To obtain the job here at Chaparral High, she had to submit an application, go through an interview and be a good candidate. According to Parks, a quality that is important for this job is to be a good listener and be really organized.

Two of the many opportunities this job offers her is to still be around kids and stay informed about the school. On the other hand, one of the challenges is to be organized and the time it takes to complete her duties. She worked at Chaparral High for six years, but is new to the counseling field. She may be less experienced than the others but believes that since she is younger, she is able to connect with kids better than the elder counselors. Her main goal is for everyone to graduate and to achieve that, she needs to do paper work a lot, check test scores, and much more.

Edited 9/10 to correct Jennifer Park’s name.

Lobo Band Boss driving for redemption in seventh season

Chaparral high school band director Adrian Rios is starting his seventh year in Lobo land.  This makes him the longest tenured band director in Chaparral history

Rio’s first year at Chaparral was rough, but it is always rough starting a new “gig”. He loves to teach music. During his time here Rios’ bands have earned more than twelve trophies.

He has a bond with his students that is just like a family bond. “If one goes down, we all do.” Rios wanted to follow his parent’s footsteps. His mother taught and his father was a musician. He was born into music and started playing when he was about five years old.

Band contributes to everyday life skills such as responsibility, dedication, commitment and family according to Rios. Students receive performance and competition experience.

Besides school, Rios plays percussion with the El Paso Symphony. He enjoys music in general. Whenever he has time, he goes and plays with different bands ranging from funk to jazz. Rios also plays Rock, Latin, Country and Tejano genres. Rios, in his free time has played in different cities besides El Paso and Las Cruces. The following cities are places he has played: San Antonio, San Francisco, Dallas, Phoenix, Oklahoma City, Sierra Blanca, Alpine, Corpus Christi,  and Marfa.

Rios prefers concert band over marching because he has never been an outside person. He also prefers to focus on music instead of marching. Rios prefers to listen to funky soul music. Rios knows the basics of all instruments but he majors in percussion, his focus being drum-set.

The challenges Rios is preparing for this year are getting his students to care enough to redeem themselves at contests. Last year at EPISD contest, his band received a four, which is the lowest rating a band can receive. In the next five years, he sees himself still teaching and becoming a better musician.

Lobo Class of 2017 First American Bank Scholarship Winners

Otero County elementary to open fall 2016 to alleviate overcrowding

Mando's workby Armando Ochoa

Portables at Chaparral elementary schools will disappear in the fall semester of 2016 when Yucca Heights Elementary opens its doors to help alleviate overcrowding.

This is the first school in the Gadsden district that will be in Otero County as all others are located in Dona Ana County. The ground breaking for Yucca Heights Elementary School took place March of 2015. Bradbury construction Co. was selected for the construction contract. The accepted bid for Yucca Heights Elementary was $16.4 million.

Craig Ford, school board representative for the east region of Gadsden Independent School District said, “The school is being built to help alleviate the overcrowding in the already three existing elementarys.”  Yucca Heights Elementary will accommodate 550 students. In order to alleviate the crowding on the other campuses, campus boundaries will be redrawn.


New District Calendar 2015-2016

The new district calendar for the year 2015-2016 is out. School will resume on August 3, 2015. Fall break will be the week of September 28, 2015 to October 2, 2015.  Winter break will be from December 21, 2015 to January 1, 2016. Spring Break will be from March 21, 2016 to March 28, 2016. School will end on May 19, 2016.

Lobo Auto-teacher touts student success at Skills USA competition

by Rubi Cisneros

Students from Chaparral High School represented their school at the Skills USA competition for Automotive Service and Repair on April 10, 2015, held in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Automotive teacher Mr. Galvan along with five Lobo students departed to the competition on April 8, 2015, and brought back second place won by Jorge Rutiaga in Automotive Maintenance and third place won by  Taran Mays in Automotive Service and Technology.

“These students did not only need knowledge of automotive and service repair, but the interest and ability to compete” he said.

“I felt that they are learning and that whatever I am teaching is being learned. Mostly I was happy that the students placed at the state competition because they work hard in preparing for it. These students have competed for a few years and they get better every year and as a teacher it is satisfying to see this,” said Galvan, “The first year I was here (2011) one student won second place and this year I had students win second and third place.”





Lobo Wrench Rutiaga brings home a silver medal from first Skills USA meet



Jorge Rutiaga, Taran Mays, Ramon Santiago, Stephanie Weinberg, Kevin Hall, and Mr. Robert Galvan (from left to right) at Skills USA Automotive Competition.




by Judith Perez



Chaparral High School Senior Jorge Rutiaga attended the Skills USA  Automotive Repair Competition held April 8, 2015,  in Albuquerque.

Rutiaga said, “There were about 45-50 students competing.” It was his first time attending an automotive competition “Interesting for my first time,” said Rutiaga, “I had to name car parts and take a test about automotive.”

“It’s just the feeling that I love cars in general,” said Rutiaga about why he got interested in automotive. He said that some things about the competition were difficult, but he was proud of himself because he didn’t think he was going to win. Rutiaga scored higher than many other people in this competition and won a silver medal.

Rutiaga said he felt he did well, because he knew how to do most of the stuff on the competition.

“Yes, if I had the chance I would go because it’s good to challenge yourself to do better,” said Rutiaga.