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Christmas is not celebrated everywhere or by everybody.

Here is how many Christians and non-Christians celebrate Christmas in the world.

According to the there are about 2.2 billion Christians in the world, which makes up about 30 percent of the 7.6 billion people in total. In the United States, there are about 280 million Christians out of 323 million (2010 Census).

Washington Times says that 96 percent of Christians celebrate Christmas in the U.S.A. Christians believe that Jesus is the light of the world.

Eighty one percent of Americans celebrate Christmas December 25, commemorating the birth of Jesus.

Christians and non-Christians alike celebrate Christmas. Two-thirds (65 percent) of Christians say Christmas is mostly a religious holiday, while most non-Christians see the holiday as more of a cultural event, ( Washington Times).

People around the world have been observing it with traditions and practices that are of both religious and secular nature. According to the Christmas evolved over two millennia into a worldwide religious holiday.

Today, Christmas is a time for family and friends to get together and exchange gifts. The name Christmas comes from the Mass of Christ or Jesus. says,” Pagan, or non-Christian, traditions show up in this beloved winter holiday, a consequence of early church leaders melding Jesus’ nativity celebration with pre-existing midwinter festivals.”

People from different countries don’t celebrate Christmas because it is not as common as it is in the United States.

Goodbyes are not easy

Eddie Soriano was here for two months teaching Algebra 1 but now he is gone from Chaparral High School (CHS).

Soriano left Chaparral High School because he has to finish his teaching courses at NMSU. He feels happy and sad, and he

thinks it was a great experience. He says he learned a lot and he is going to miss his students.

Soriano planed for his last day is to spend time with his students.

Eddie Soriano

He is going to continue teaching. This was Soriano’s first real taste of teaching.

“What I liked about Chaparral High School is the students. They are very respectful and great students,” said Soriano, “What I didn’t like about Chaparral High School is the driving because I live all the way in Anthony.”

Soriano didn’t have any problems with students.

Soriano said, “Where I see myself in ten years is maybe teaching again here at Chaparral.”

“My most satisfying thing of teaching is that I looked at the students that they struggle and that they seem interested and that they like math,” said Soriano.

“The hard part of leaving school is that I made a lot of friends-the teachers, administration and having to say bye to them,” said Soriano

Soriano would like to thank everybody here for being nice to him and he hopes that students continue studying.

Eat, drink, and be thankful

When is Thanksgiving? 

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Thanksgiving Day in the United States is a holiday on the fourth Thursday of November.

Why we celebrate Thanksgiving?

We celebrate Thanksgiving because is a tradition that has been for hundreds of years. To many Americans, Thanksgiving represents an important part of Americas founding myth.

What is the history of Thanksgiving?

Thanksgiving Day can be traced back to the 1621 celebration at the Plymouth Plantation, where the religious refuges from England known popularly as the pilgrims invited the local Native Americans to a harvest feast after a particularly successful growing season.

Thanksgiving Traditions

Thanksgiving celebration has lost much of its original religious significance; instead, it now centers on cooking and sharing a bountiful meal with family and friends. Today, however, nearly ninety percent of Americans eat turkey whether roasted, baked or deep fried.

Although Thanksgiving is rooted in the history of the pilgrims, who were Christian “separatist” the holiday is generally no longer considered a Christian holiday or a religious holiday.

Home of the free because of the brave

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When do we celebrate Veterans Day?

We celebrate Veterans Day on the 11th day of the 11th month of the year, the day the guns fell silent in Europe following the armistice that ended World War 1. Veterans Day originated as “Armistice Day” on November 11, 1919.

What is Veterans Day?

Veterans Day is an official United States public holiday, observed annually on November 11, that honors military servicemen; veterans are people who served in the United States Armed Forces.

What is a Veteran?

A veteran is a person who has served honorably in the U.S. military and a person who has long service or experience in a particular occupation or field.

History of Veterans Day

World War 1 was known as “The Great War” and officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, in the Palace of Versailles. In 1926 the United States Congress officially recognized the end of World War 1 and declared that the anniversary of the armistice should be commemorated with prayer and thanksgiving.

Why is Veterans Day important?

Veterans Day is important because, to paraphrase Lincoln, the brave soldiers living and dead who protected us, have consecrated this day, far above r power to or detract. There’s also no school on this holiday out of respect for the many veterans that have sacrificed for our country.

For with God nothing shall be impossible


Daisy Molina is one of 119 seniors retaking the science SBA at Chaparral High School. SBA retakes begin Monday, November 6.

Molina feels nervous about retaking the SBA but says she is ready to retake it. The mistake she committed the first time was “speeding through the SBA and not concentrating”.

Molina said,” I will study and concentrate to get a better grade in the SBA.”

“The SBA is very important because if I don’t pass it, I won’t graduate,” said Molina, “What I think of retaking the SBA is that it’s great because you have a second chance of passing it.”



LOBO Events

These are Novembers School Events:

  • October 30-November 3- Homecoming week
  • Friday November 3- there’s a Homecoming dance and pep rally.
  • Saturday November 4- Girls Basketball Alumni game at 1:30-3:30pm at Chaparral High school gym.
  • Friday November 10- Veterans Day, school is closed.
  • Thursday November 16– Insurance Enrollment opens.
  • Monday November 20-24 Thanksgiving Break.

Events for October

• On October 17th there will be a boys soccer game against Deming.
• On October 20th varsity football game against Alamogordo at home.
• On October 26th there will be a freshman and varsity football home game against Deming
• On October 28th freshman and JV have a volleyball games against Santa Teresa here at home.
These are the remaining events for October 2017.

Our new Tech at CHS

Brian Trujillo is the new Tech at Chaparral High School. Chaparral High School has without a technology tech since school started.

Trujillo comes from Las Cruces. His favorite technology products are computers and programming, and his least favorite are networking products. When he is stuck with a problem he often asks for help.

“Sometimes I like to work alone but it depends on what type of work it is,” said Trujillo. His definition of hard work is dedicating your time on what you like. He says, “It isn’t hard to be a tech, unless the school has a lot of technology.”

Trujillo likes to work with people that are open minded. What interested him about our district is that it is a good start because he could get better at working on computers. Later he could work with other districts. He graduated New Mexico State University two years ago. The software tool he uses on a daily basis is a Microsoft.

Trujillo considers himself an introvert and keeps things to himself. He graduated in 2010 from Mayfield High School and went on to study technology at NMSU for five years. He likes our school because he meets new people every day.

He has only worked for this district. “I have only worked for this district.” Said Trujillo, “I’ve worked on computers for four years.”

New World History Teacher At CHS

Karlin Russell is the new world history teacher at Chaparral High School. His teaching experiences is that he used to teach at Isleta High School. Russell retired in El Paso, Texas after teaching for 28 years.

Russell likes to work with people that like to be involved in school. Russell considers himself a patient person. His strength as a teacher is working with other people.  Russell decided to be a teacher because he has parents and family that are teachers.

“I have relatives here at Chaparral, and because I live in Alamogordo and it’s closer to drive,” said Russell. “What I like about the district are the types of careers they help students in,” says Russell

When Russell was a student he had good grades, but he had better grades in college than in high school. Russell likes to motivate students to do well. In his opinion, the biggest challenges that teachers face today is that they have to be good listeners with students.

“What motivates me is the success of my students,” Russell said. He believes other teachers should be good listeners with students. “What I like about Chaparral High School is that students are very respectful.”