Jason Harvey is the newest math teacher at Chaparral High School (CHS).
He joined CHS on September 24, 2019. This is his first year as a teacher. He teaches freshman classes. He plans on staying at CHS as a teacher.
He always wanted to be a math teacher, “I’ve always been really good at math since I was born,” said Harvey.
For him, being a math teacher is not difficult. “The student sometimes pushes your buttons, other than that, it’s not a big deal.” Harvey enjoys working with his students. “They are challenging and something new everyday.”
Harvey’s main quality to be a good teacher is that he’s easygoing. Some techniques Harvey uses to teach are Google classroom and group projects. The way he deals with non-English speaking students is to pair them up with another student that are bilingual.
One of his most important rule as a teacher is to be respectful to his students. For Harvey, the way to earn the respect of his students is by being fair, he said, “Not treating any student differently than the other students.”
This year’s attendance policy has changed because the district has implemented a new attendance policy rule. The new rule is that a student can’t miss school more than five days.
The CHS (Chaparral High School) attendance policy is if you miss five days, the attendance clerk Amy Garcia will have to call home. If she sees that a student is absent, she will write a report and then write a letter that will be sent home to the parent. Once the student misses five days, they have to send the truancy officer. Then they have a meeting. Garcia said “if the student hits more than ten days, we have to host another meeting with a parent and at this point the counselors will be included.”
Once the student misses seventeen days they lose credit. She said “this year we’re not very sure if there would be any credit recovery and it should probably stay like that.” Garcia says, “You guys will have to face an attendance committee once you reach seventeen absences.” She said, “That’s why doctor’s notes are very important even though they are excused or unexcused still count against you.”
The attendance policy affects Garcia by having to report it every 40 days to the state. The state gives her certain rules to follow and enforce. Garcia said, “It’s like they give us money everyday you guys are in school, so we have to account for you guys everyday. If not, they’ll start questioning us why the student is not in school, if we are paying you for the student to be in school.”
The purpose of the attendance policy is to enforce that students are coming to school. She said, “It’s basically just like a guideline, like if you guys get a job there’s going to be a policy for you guys.”
The amount of absences that are considered excessive are ten absences she said, “With those ten absences, I can drop you guys or that’s when we have a meeting to see what’s going on.” The absences do affect graduation. Absences do not reset each semester; they stay the same. They only reset each year.”
All the school, state wide, have to go to submit these reports to NMPED on these days: 40, 80, 120, 160, 180. Garcia has to be able to justify why the attendance count is low. The state mandates that we should have an attendance rate at 95 percent, and for the past two years, we have been at 92 and that’s not acceptable .
Erika Cisneros is the new receptionist at Chaparral High School (CHS).
Cisneros decided to work as a receptionist because she enjoys working around people, she said, “like multitasking” and “it’s a nice atmosphere working here at CHS”. The way Ericka manages her work load on a busy day is by taking one step at a time, she says, “I try to stay cool and collected.” “I will never get anything done if I get hysterical and anxiety.”
Cisneros’ always wanted to work in the school district, she said, “High school would be a better place for me.” She explains that she has two teenage boys of her own and she said “can relate to them.”
Cisneros’ dream was not always to be a receptionist she says, “I enjoy it and I like what I do .” Her dream was to be the boss “the top dog.” She says “I enjoy what I do.”
She said, “the most essential quality for a receptionist to have is, to be friendly and always smiling,” she said,receptionist “I think that’s one of the best qualities to have.”
Cisneros’ favorite aspect as a receptionist is that she gets to talk to different people everyday, She said, “You do get your mad parents and mad student.,” she said, “You get what you give, so if you give them respect and friendliness you can tone them down a little bit.”
Cisneros doesn’t have experience on multiple phone lines, she said that in her last job she only had one call, she said, “I had to get used to it.” Her primary responsibility as a receptionist is greeting people, distributing mail, and directing visitors, she said “‘just enjoy.”