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Mentors talk with you, Sponsors talk about you

Fernando Viramontes

Science teacher Fernando Viramontes is the new sponsor for the National Honor Society at Chaparral High School.

Viramontes chose to become a sponsor of the National Honor Society because he was asked by counselors and Principal Mark Rupcich to become a sponsor. Viramontes had to go through the faculty counsel, which is composed of five teachers, and an application process. As of now, Viramontes is Chaparral High School’s only National Honor Society sponsor. Viramontes was a sponsor for 20 years at Anthony High School.

National Honor Society members’ expectations are service, leadership, character, and scholarship. Viramontes selects members based on their GPA, which has to be a 3.5 or higher. Future events that will occur for National Honor Society are community service and volunteer based which will include an Easter egg hunt.

Viramontes said, “National Honor Society should be the most prestigious award given to students academically.” Viramontes hopes students reapply and he expects to have a great group of students. His duties as a sponsor are to make sure rules and procedures are followed. Being a sponsor will take up most of his non-classroom time from now until January. Viramontes will be available in case students have any questions about National Honor Society.

“Students are excited that I am sponsoring for National Honors Society,” said Viramontes. Students should look forward to realizing the outcome of a highly sophisticated club at Chaparral High School. Former member Bryanna Torres said, “Giving back to the community is very important,” “Members have to be very involved. They should try not to miss a meeting.”

Any Questions regarding NHS should be directed to Viramontes.

Attend today, Achieve tomorrow.

Attendance clerk Amy Garcia

School attendance is an important factor in student’s ability to learn, succeed, and improve. An important factor in attendance is having someone to keep track of your absences.

Our new attendance clerk, Amy Garcia, loves her new position. Garcia said “I feel good because this new position keeps me entertained.” Garcia’s duties and responsibilities are making sure teachers mark and switch attendance and keeping track of frequently absent students.

Garcia chose to switch from a receptionist to an attendance clerk because she has a lot more interaction with parents and students, and because parents will talk to her on a more personal level. Garcia felt it was a great change because she already knew how to work PowerSchool which is the school’s attendance software.

Garcia thinks an attendance clerk should be friendly, easy to talk to, and stern. Garcia plans to work as an attendance clerk for the next two to three years. An ideal work environment for Garcia is an office that’s quiet and fast pace. Garcia says she encounters a rude student at least once a day, her advice is to keep calm. Garcia thinks attendance is important because every school day counts, students can get behind, the absence gets recorded and because the district has a rule that says to get in contact with the parents for that absence, so the student will come to school more often.

Every school day counts says new attendance clerk.

Thanksgiving Lunch, always a delight.

Chaparral High School will be having our annual Thanksgiving Lunch.

Thanksgiving will be during thanksgiving break, Therefore, Thanksgiving Lunch will be on November 9. The lunch ticket will be $5.75. Parents will not need to pay for children who do not attend Chaparral High School.

The lunch includes turkey, green beans, pumpkin pie, stuffing, mashed potatoes and dinner rolls. All cafeteria staff will be cooking for this year’s lunch. The cafeteria staff takes about 6 hours to cook all of the food.

The lunch will be from 12:31 p.m. to 1:09 p.m. and the lunch period will not be extended. The cafeteria staff will be expecting a few parents this year.

We hope to see you at the Thanksgiving Lunch.

Every Ending Has A New Beginning

Paulina Rodriguez

There has been a rumor going around that our attendance clerk, Paulina Rodriguez, is leaving Chaparral High School.

That rumor has been confirmed by Rodriguez. Rodriguez said, “I am going to be an instructional assistant for kindergarten at Yucca Heights Elementary.”

Rodriguez wanted to have the high school experience, which is why she decided to work at our school in the first place. One thing Rodriguez enjoyed most about her job was working with the students and parents. She left Chaparral High School September 29, the Friday before fall break. We will be needing a new attendance clerk.

Don’t be mean behind the screen

All students, teachers, and staff members at Chaparral High School watched a video on online danger, you never know who is behind the screen.

Bullying can be devastating; it is a major problem that needs to be resolved. Torment can happen anywhere and it can happen to anyone. Harassment affects you in many different ways, and may make you feel sick or lose sleep. Students may think about skipping school or about suicide. If you feel helpless, or know someone that is, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

It’s easy to believe that anything you post online is safe, but in reality, it’s not. You never know what is out there. That online “friend” could be a child predator who may want to hurt you. Whatever you post online is never private, so remember not to get personal and that everyone can see what is posted.

Whatever you post may affect you in the future, so think about your choices because you can lose control of the situation; think about the consequences. There are always dangerous people out there. Not everyone is a friend and there is a risk that they may approach you. They can be anyone, they may lie to you in order to be your “friend”. More than 200,000 people are kidnapped and killed when they unknowingly let a predator in their life. Students and Teachers should take this seriously because this is an issue that is costing lives.

New SPED Coach Montalvo takes on Lobo challenge

Sandra Montalvo

Sandra Montalvo is a newly hired Special Education coach. It is her first year with the Gadsden District and one of her many strengths as a teacher is communication.

Montalvo said, she considers herself an extrovert because she is friendly and well spoken. She decided to become a teacher because she likes working and interacting with students. She likes everybody in our district because they are friendly and helpful. The people who motivate Montalvo are her daughter and her sister.

Montalvo does not have the usual teaching challenges because she teaches employment skills, not a subject, like any new teacher she is getting to know the students.

The person who influenced Montalvo most is her sister because her sister works at Desert View Elementary and she would always talk about how good the students are. As a student, she had her ups and downs, but overall was a very good student.

Montalvo transferred here from P.E.A.K, a behavioral rehabilitation center. Montalvo was formerly a substitute, but she enjoys teaching grades one through six grade, and now she also enjoys teaching high school.

What a visitor to Montalvo’s class would expect to see is action and activity. Montalvo wants people to know that she is a very loyal and honest person and she has complete communication skills and gives one hundred percent.