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New coach, “who dis?”

As this year comes to an end, and next year begins, Chaparral High School (CHS) is expecting a winning football season.

For a new beginning and a new football season, there will be the new defense coach, Gilbert Rojas. A Physical Education (P.E.) coach, Rojas has been working for Gadsden Independent School District (GISD) for 22 years. Not only is he a P.E. coach for CHS, he is also the head coach for Lobo Baseball for the last three years.

In his high school years, Rojas became used to winning in baseball and basketball at Riverside High School, and he hopes to improve the attitude to winning more. His goals for the next season are to, bring in his football knowledge to the Lobo athletes and help produce a winning season, “that’s what every coach wants,” said Rojas.

Rojas believes that by getting together with the other football coaches and coming up with different ideas he will be prepared to coach a winning team. Another one of his plans for the next football season is to make adjustments with his athletes to learn each one of them. “I will be strict and rough with the players, but only to a point. Everybody learns with a different style,” said Rojas, “I hope to be good help to the team and stay as long as they want me.”

 

The American Dream

 

Undocumented immigrants have become a lot more anxious since President Trump took office and announced his new deportation policy, catch and deport.

During Obama’s Presidency, the deportation system had a policy, Catch and Release. Any immigrant caught entering the United States soil was sent to a detention center, where they were able to get an I.D. and be released.

Now with the new deportation policy President Trump announced, immigrants will be shipped back to their country with no chance to live the American Dream.

Many agencies like US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Border Patrol have the authority to ship immigrants with a serious crime record back to their country. President Donald Trump has signed two executive orders related to the deportation system.

Students at Chaparral High School (CHS) are aware of the changes that President Trump has done to the country, many of which are concerned for the future of their education and the future of their immigrant relatives as well.

Junior at CHS, David Alvarado, expresses his thoughts towards the meaning of The America Dream. “I was born in American soil, I get to be free in certain ways, and a lot of people don’t have that. The American Dream means to me is to have aspirations in life, my aspirations are to have freedom and be happy,” says Alvarado. Alvarado believes that every person whether they are a United States citizen or an immigrant should have the right to have freedom when living in America. “A lot of immigrants have aspirations when entering the United States, to be free and have a better future, but Donald Trump does not want to allow that, which makes it hard for them to reach a better future,” says Alvarado.

Being able to live the American Dream for a United States citizen is easy, there is no need to worry about being taken away from your family or deal with the anxiety of driving home from work and not being able to make it back to your family. “I have papers so I cannot say it’s hard for me, many people don’t have papers so it must be really difficult for undocumented immigrants,” said Alvarado.

 

Hit Up The Valentines Dance, “How Bow Dah?”

As love swings around the corner, grab your partner and join the crowd at Chaparral High School’s (CHS) Valentine’s Day Dance.

Chaparral High School will be hosting a Valentine’s Day Dance on February 14, 2017, to continue raising money for the upcoming prom. “Everything we do is for fundraising,” said Class of 2017 sponsor and CHS history teacher David Chacon.

Chacon and Class of 2018 sponsor Danee Jarnigan, are in charge of all fundraisers along with class officers: Class of 2017, President David Castro, Vice President Abraham Hernandez, Secretary Martin Javalera, Historian Hector Ramirez, and Treasurer Mario Molina; Class of 2018, President Bernice Acuna, Vice President David Alvarado, Historian Stephanie Trinidad.

The event will take place in Lobo cafeteria during the school day and will begin at 2:30 p.m. CHS’s Principal Mark Rupcich confirms that any student who pays two dollars will be allowed to participate. The rest of the students who do not pay two dollars will be kept in classrooms supervised by a teacher.

For additional fundraising, students from class of 2019, will be running the concession stand during the dance guided by class sponsor Luz Mireya Ulibarri.

Chacon would like for everyone to, “Join the festivities, and support your class by going to the dance!”

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.

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.”

Put the spirit stick down!

 

Pep Rally put on hold by lunch gang activity.

Chaparral High School (CHS) was put into a freeze after lunch due to gang activity observed during lunch period. Some CHS students were posturing themselves into rival games, exchanging words as well as signs to where it was distracting the rest of the students at lunch, keeping them from returning to class. Staff on lunch duty and all security staff were involved in the activity.

An additional response by administration was the threat of cancelling the school’s pep rally.

“In order to calm things down, I made the decision to keep students in class,” said Mark Rupcich, CHS principal. Students were sent to their fifth period class without permission to leave the classroom for any reason. In the process of the freeze, some students were sent home. After the class period, students were released to their sixth period class and put into a freeze once again. During sixth period Rupcich made the decision of ending the freeze after the students calmed down, which meant the pep rally was back on.

 

 

 

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.

Next Step to Life

Preparing for college may not be an easy task but it is one that needs to be planned thoroughly. Considering the fact that college is not something you can just plan in one day, there is many factors you need to consider when thinking about going to the right college. The main question that is recognized first is whether or not you will go to college. After answering that you open up many more to answer.

The process is simple, but the work required is time consuming and difficult. When looking for a college, one main issue is what college will accept you. The real challenge of finding a college that will accept you is if you meet their requirements. Colleges have been known to have many requirements to be accepted. One main requirement is you’re ACT and/or SAT scores. These really can determine whether you do or not go to the college of your dreams.

After choosing the college that is right for you, students have to choose whether to live on or off campus. “I’m planning to live off campus for one year so I can prepare for something bigger,” Jessica Fernandez said. Financially, students need to be prepared to invest a huge amount of money into their college major. Students need to think about how they will pay college books, fees and appliances.

What is the most common way students pay for college? According to http://www.collegedata.com/cs/content/content_payarticle_tmpl.jhtml?articleId=10066, loans are one of the most efficient ways to pay for college tuition.

Students dream of a better life than their parents and the ticket to that future is a college degree due to the fact that college graduates earn, on average, twice as much as high school graduates. “They encourage me to go to college and get a degree,” says Ethan Concha a senior at Chaparral High School (CHS). Students are getting prepared for college starting in kindergarten all the way through high school. During their years in school, students are told to turn in assignments on time and check their work. They are not told very often about what their grades and services mean until they are seniors ready to graduate. For some students it is far too late to fix their mistakes from previous years.

Now as seniors, they are preparing to carry on their education to a further step. The common answer for high school students preparing for college, was applying for scholarships. These are some of the students at CHS that plan to attend college and have already applied for scholarships: Ethan Concha applied for the Gates Millennium Scholarship (GMS) which could pay for his entire tuition, housing, et cetera. He has also applied to the Coca-Cola scholarship and others. Kevin Faudoa has applied for the Daniels fund scholarship and the McDonald’s scholarship. Luis Amaya plans on joining the US Marines and having his school payed to major in nursing.

“College is a must. My parents say it’s my only option.”-Luis Amaya

 

 

One small card makes a big difference

 

For your New Year’s resolution say “adios” to chspatron!

Chaparral High School (CHS) has a come up with a New Year’s resolution to rising safety concerns. CHS Principal Mark Rupcich, attended a principal’s meeting in December 2015. He was told, “We are going to implement student passwords and usernames and must be done by January 2016.”

What is the reasoning behind this change? Well, CHS Assistant Principal Victoria Lopez  and also the person who will be in charge of the whole operation, has confirmed that, “if we get new passwords and usernames, we will know what the students are looking for on the internet.”

With the one username and password that the whole district uses, it is hard to drill down where there was an inappropriate search on the internet or something that is not allowed.  With the new usernames and passwords that are being assigned to each student at CHS, each student will have to sign in to their own username and password.

These changes will be completed over the winter holiday break.  After the winter break, each student will be handed out a business card which will have all information needed to sign into the internet at school. These cards will be handed out to each student possibly by their third period teacher; however, if the student has not turned in his/her internet usage form, the staff will hold the card until form is turned in.

Now, what happens if the student loses his/her card?  Lopez said, “We will charge about one dollar for every time the card is lost to replace.” But this is one of the many possible solutions to this scenario.

Michelle Martinez, Computer technician, says that, “the accounts are already created and are ready to be used.” Also, “chspatron will deactivated January 5.”

The consequences for not turning in the internet usage form could be devastating. If the student who hasn’t turned in the internet usage form and needs to use the internet, the only way to use the internet would be to acquire someone else’s information. Any offenses to the school’s internet policy will be discovered rapidly. The consequences for getting caught could be from lunch detention to suspension and would certainly include parental intervention. The consequences to a student who steals another student’s information and uses it inappropriately would be equal or more severe.