All posts by Jocelyn Ponce

Another day, another mile

Cross-Country is one of the most accomplished sports at Chaparral High School. The team has earned district titles and they have once again been selected to state playoffs.

Coach Pedro Ruiz has been coaching Cross-Country at CHS since 2007. “It’s amazing how long it has been… almost 10 years,” said Coach Ruiz. Cross-Country is not the only sport Coach Ruiz is involved and dedicated to, he introduced Tennis to lobo land in 2014.

This Cross- Country season, there were a total number of 21 runners, the largest group of runners Coach Ruiz has ever had. The captains of the 2017 season were Jesse Vasquez (senior), Marlene Olivas (junior) and Adriana Hernandez (junior).

“I had a lot of new runners this year and a lot of under classmen…the beginning of the season the runners were not at their best, they were slow and inexperienced,” said Coach Ruiz. With these new runners, Coach Ruiz knew there would come new challenges along the way. At the beginning of the season, some of the difficulties the new runners had were “learning how to pace at a race.”

But by mid-season the runners had improved their time drastically, “The group really came together, I saw a lot of improvement… these new freshmen and sophomore runners they just started getting better, better times… by the end of the season their times have dropped significantly ,” said Coach Ruiz.

The Cross-Country team was able to qualify to state, “both boys and girls qualified for state, we got 3rd place in district which qualifies everybody to go,” said Coach Ruiz.

“Eat right, breathe and well just run… I advise upcoming runners to grow up because cross-country is not only a sport of just running, you teach other people how to respect everyone,” said Jesse Vasquez one of the team’s captain. He advices next year’s runners to always try their best and never give up, the dedication and hard work is the key to success. “One of the greatest memories I have from all four years of cross-country are the overnights…” said Vasquez, an overnight is when the whole cross-country team stay at school overnight for the team to bond and create unforgettable memories.

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  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.

Fall Sports of 2017

Welcome to the Chaparral High School’s Lobo sport schedules. Fall sports are Cross Country, Football, Boys Soccer, Girls Soccer and Volleyball. Student athletes would like to introduce these important dates for anyone who is interested in coming and supporting our Lobo athletes.






A Year of Lobos Sports History

Chaparral High School (CHS) coaches have challenged our future athletes to have a better winning season and set new heights.

This year CHS Lobos soccer team brought home the District Title (District Champions) and automatically qualified to go to state. The soccer team’s hard work, dedication and team effort brought the District Title home to the Lobos.

Another fall sport that faced their biggest challenge yet was CHS Lobos volleyball team. They set a record of 12 wins and 8 losses that made history. The volleyball team was selected to go to state because of their record setting performance for the 2016 season.

Cross-country, traveled to Albuquerque to represent the school. Cross-country coach Pedro Ruiz had five girls and seven boys qualify: Marisol Cordova, Adriana Hernandez, Marlene Olivas, Karen Gonzalez, Kiara Gonzalez, Jesse Vazquez, Danny Vazquez, Jesus Yanez, Mathew Ortiz, Miguel Escobedo, Jesus Cordova and Pedro Medrano. They performed very well, even though 90 percent were first year runners.

Coach Ruiz also coaches tennis at CHS, he has been the coach ever since the sport was introduced to the school. “Commitment to the sport, to their team and to the practices,” said Coach Ruiz about his expectations of his players when they become involved with the sport. His opinion about what makes a good player is, “Athleticism, a lot of dedication to learn about the sport and a lot of investment in practice.”

Throughout the years Coach Ruiz has seen a lot of improvement from his athletes, but also faced challenges along the way. Some difficulties that coach Ruiz had this season was players missing a lot of practices due to scheduling conflict.

“They started pretty strong,” said Ruiz, “As the season went, they just improved. We were ready for the first tournament and we had a great off-season.” As the season went, the athletes started improving their skills. They improved their serving, hitting and better ball placing. The tennis team had the opportunity to travel to Albuquerque. This is the first out of four seasons that Coach Ruiz faced the challenge of taking his players to state. His players were two boys and two girls: Danny Vasquez, Luis Maldonado, Blanca Ramirez and Ana Flores.

Team Captain, Luis Maldonado, is a senior at CHS. For him, playing his last tennis match at state was an unforgettable experience. “It was memorable, every senior doing their last moments, you just hit with your all,” said Maldonado. After returning back home, Maldonado felt happy and sad at the same time, realizing that he finished his senior year playing tennis and giving his all on the court.

Maldonado gives an advice to the future tennis players at CHS, “Always believe you can do better and push coach a little more every day, encourage your teammates… Even in the game you lose, think how fun it was but have good losses to have better wins.”

Stop using your phone “How bow dah…”

Students’ addiction to their electronic devices interferes with education every day. But the issue is not only when students begin to use their cell phones while a teacher is explaining a certain subject.

“I think teachers should prohibit cell phones, because a lot of people use it for other reasons that are not about school,” said sophomore Sebastian Galaviz. Most students at Chaparral High School focus more on their cell phone than their class work. “It can be a distraction,” said Galaviz.

Cell phones can be used for educational purposes, but the majority of the students take advantage when they have permission to use their device in class.

“The only time in class that a student should use a cell phone is if they are using the tool to look up articles, to look up resources that students made need to look up with whatever subject they are working on.” said Raul Yturralde (Coach Y), who teaches Physical Education (PE) and Weight-training at CHS.When using a cell phone during Weight-training or PE, he allows his students to listen to music while they exercise or when they are out running at the Track. He explained that if a student is in a mathematics class or english class, they should only have permission to use their phones for apps that help with their learning.

All Teachers at Chaparral High School have their own way of managing the use of technology in their classrooms.

“The problem becomes when teachers do not want to allow cell phone use as a technology tool, that students end up taking out their cell phones and using them for other uninstructed purposes,” said Coach Y. Certain teachers allow cell phone use, some others do not. Students need to understand that teachers have different point of views about cell phones, there are times when the device is useful and there are times when it is not.

Edith Yanez a junior at CHS said, “I think maybe students could use their cell phone, but only for research purposes or stuff like that, and maybe if they are done with their work they could use it.” Yanez believes that students have a right to use their cell phone when their work is completely done. Yanez explains that students could read news articles, instead of cruising social media during class.

Because of the students addiction with their cell phone it becomes difficult for teachers to handle.

Every day is an Adventure

Every day Ivonne Perez arrives at Chaparral HS with a smile on her face knowing she will have another day of teaching her favorite students new lessons.

“I enjoy my job very much…,” said Perez. Especially when she sees her students improving every day and seeing the hard work they put in.

Perez teaches students with learning and physical disabilities which is what makes her day an adventure.

She became interested in teaching students with disabilities when she took a class in 1998 called Behavior Modification at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). Behavior Modification is the development of behavioral pattern through the use of some learning techniques. Perez transferred from UTEP to New Mexico State University that same year, where she finished her degree after five years. She completed her studies after finishing four years of college and one year of student teaching. .

Her first job in this field began at Bridges Academy Private School in El Paso, Texas. At first, Perez felt nervous and anxious to begin teaching these students.

She changed jobs transferring to the Gadsden Independent School District where she has been teaching students with disabilities for 19 years. She started at Gadsden Middle School and worked with disabled students for nine years, then worked five years at Chaparral Middle School and has now been working for four years at Chaparral High School.


“I enjoy teaching here because the community makes me feel welcomed.” says Perez.

She feels nervous and excited to see how the students will react towards the new activities she has for them.

“It’s a very difficult task to fulfill every students’ needs, each student is different; one student might be having a great day but another student can be struggling with the day’s activity,” says Perez.

The students’ day consists of many different activities, for example: follow the students schedule, take them to elective classes such as P.E and teach them academic skills which are math, language arts, social studies and science. “These kids are very individual, most of them can be really independent but others need more help,” says Perez. Some of the older kids have learned to become more independent; knowing she can help them become a better person is what

Perez has grown to love about her job more each day.

“The moment when the little light bulb inside their head turns on, that makes me happy.” said Perez. As a Special Education Teacher, she enjoys seeing students learn new things. She feels blessed knowing she has made the right decision in choosing this career.

The most valuable lesson Perez has learned throughout her career is to “never give up, you’re blessed to be working with these kids.”

Chappy the Hero

Chappy leads the way with introducing a new program at Chaparral High School (CHS). The new cyberbullying program helps students gain voice and power. It teaches our students how to be cautious and have a friendly environment while in use of social media.

Students use social media to interact with friends and family, others may use it to harm or express their unnecessary negative comments.

The Criminal Justice teacher Mr. Ronald Richman and his second period class are in charge of the Cyberbullying program. They want to spread the word to the CHS students that someone is here to help.

President of the program, Damaris Saenz, wants students to know that this program is a good way to help others. The program is, “Not to stop bullying because bullying is always going to be a problem but to at least cut it down and give power to those who get bullied,” said Damaris. Also Richman wants to, “Give students a voice.”

Richman and the second period class would like to display their video on Lobo News to inform students about cyberbullying and how this program is going to bring many fun activities that will help them learn to speak up if any cyberbullying is happening to them or anybody else. Rupcich will also be involved with this program. Since he takes cyberbullying seriously, he will have serious consequences to those who are involved in bullying other students. Richman’s second period class made a film involving other Lobo students to help students understand that cyberbullying can happen anywhere and at any time to anyone.

Anyone can join to help prevent bullying in our school and to create a safer environment for everyone. Richman and his second period class will give a further noticed of what days the program will be available to students afterschool.

Under the Friday night lights


Our Chaparral Lobos Football team set new heights last season. They also brought home the “Battle of the Gap” trophy. Now the Lobos are facing new teams and new challenges because of district realignment.

“Players need to adjust to the schedule change. The farthest team we will be playing will be Silver City,” said Head Coach Mark Aguilar. He expects his players to stay focus in the game but also stay on task with their education whenever they have away games. He expects his players to adjust to these changes.

“We are a little ahead of where we were last year,” said Aguilar, who is preparing his team for this year’s challenges. This year they will be playing two new football teams: The Deming Wildcats and Alamogordo Tigers. “Alamogordo is the toughest team we will be playing against this year. They are a 6A school moved down to 5A,” said Robert Tharp, the defensive line coach.

This year’s Varsity captains are Bryan Lopez (#7 QB), Andres Fisher (#4 RB), Mario Molina (#20 RB) and Phillip Martinez (#14 Safety/RB). There will be a new coaching staff for the Lobos football, Raymundo Velarde will be the new freshman coach and Willie Madrid will be the JV head coach and Varsity assistant coach.

Not only did the boys get new coaches but they also got new equipment. “Jumping for joy,” said Coach Aguilar describing the boys when they finally got their inflatable helmet to introduce themselves every game. They will also be showing off their new uniforms when it is kickoff time.

“I believe we will be able to make it to the playoffs,” said Aguilar. A hundred percent is expected from the players every time they play football, whether it’s practice or a game. “I want more positive and less negative,” added Tharp.

Their first home game was held on August 26, 2016, against Mountain View Lobos taking their first loss of the season, the final score was 0-7. The following Friday, the Lobos took on the Clint Lions at Clint, gaining another loss for the season. The final score was 22-8. The Chaparral Lobos now have a 0-2 overall, being third in district.