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Farewell Lobo Pack Leader

Lobo leader leaving looking forward to leisure.

Many people, including Mireya Meza, administrative assistant and bookkeeper for eleven years at CHS will miss Mr. Rupcich Meza said, “Mr. Rupcich is a very good boss, he is very kind.” Meza was aware of Rupcich’s retirement and is sad because he’s put in a lot of years as an administrator, but he needs to enjoy what is to come. One thing Meza will miss about Rupcich is that he is very understanding, “He thinks things through and he doesn’t jump to conclusions.”  Meza would like the next principal to be like Mr. Rupcich, but she says the next principal needs to be tougher because Mr. Rupcich is “too nice.”

Jerry Appel, Language Arts and Journalism teacher at CHS for nine years says, “Mr. Rupcich is a very successful principal, his retirement is well deserved.” Appel says, “Mr. Rupcich creates a family environment; he promotes the idea that CHS is a community and he is supportive of journalism.” One thing Appel will miss about Rupcich is his presence. Appel would like the next principal to be like Mr. Rupcich. “May you land the big one you have hoped to land” said Appel.

Sam Soria Art teacher at CHS for five years says, “Mr. Rupcich is a great principal: strict when he needs to, he understands students and he works very hard.” Soria is sad about the situation. Soria says, “Mr. Rupcich is a great person, he is great at what he does, he allows students to have fun to a certain point, works with teachers and he goes far and beyond.” Soria says he would definitely want the next principal to be like Mr. Rupcich. “I wish he could be here for ten more years but we can’t hold him back,” says Soria.

Marisela Holguin, Education teacher at CHS for ten years, says, “I have mixed emotions because I am happy for him yet I am heartbroken because I will miss him.” Holguin says Rupcich was the best principal she has worked with. The thing Holguin likes about Mr. Rupcich is that he is very smart and does a lot for his teachers. Mr. Rupcich supports Holguin’s program so she hopes the next principal also supports her program. “Thank you Mr. Rupcich for being a good administrator, I hope you enjoy your retirement,” says Holguin.

Adrian Rios, band director at CHS for seven years, says, “Mr. Rupcich is a true born leader, a genuine gentleman. I have the utmost respect for him. It was an honor being his student and band director. I am really going to miss him.” Rios was aware of Mr. Rupcich’s retirement; he predicted it was going to happen. Rios did not think Rupcich was a good principal; he thought Rupcich was a great principal. Rios feels bittersweet, happy yet sad for losing a leader. Rios likes how Mr. Rupcich is fair, honest, open-minded and tough when he needs to be. Rupcich makes Rios feel like he wants to come to work every day. Rios said, “No one is going to be like Mr. Rupcich, I hope the next principal is a leader not a boss.” Rios wishes Mr. Rupcich luck in his retirement and would like to thank him for everything he’s done for the students.

Stephen Gabaldon, Audio Visual Production at CHS for ten years, says, “Mr. Rupcich is a great guy, he is supportive and helpful.” Gabaldon was aware of Mr. Rupcich’s retirement. The thing Gabaldon will miss about Mr. Rupcich is that you can talk about anything with him. “I will miss Mr. Rupcich but he earned his retirement” says Gabaldon.

Everyone has a right to feel safe in schools

Mark Rupcich

March 14 is the day Chaparral high school (CHS) students and teachers walked out of class in remembrance of the 17 students that were killed in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Parkland, Florida shooting. CHS students and teachers walked around campus for a total of 17 minutes, one minute for each life lost.

CHS Principal Mark Rupcich participated in the walk out along with students and staff. “Students aren’t the only ones being murdered, its students, principals and staff,” said Rupcich.   During third period, a student discussion panel video was shown. The students discussed gun violence for 35 minutes and they voiced their opinions on whether or not they think a walk out is a good idea. The students in the discussion panel were selected by teachers. Rupcich said, “Gun violence is a topic for all of us, students, teachers and staff.”

We all need to feel safe in schools, and the walk out was done with the intent of making that point.

Fewer teachers this year means more teachers next year.

Principal Mark Rupcich

There are fewer teachers at Chaparral High School (CHS) this year than last year because of funding.

CHS Principal Mark Rupcich says that the reason we have fewer teachers this year is because of funding in New Mexico; therefore, Gadsden Independent School District (GISD) had to cut classes which are career technology education, physical education, math, Spanish and English language arts at CHS. Teachers that were let go last year were not replaced this year because funding was not restored by the state of New Mexico.

If a teacher were to leave this year, it would be a normal process to hire somebody. “We have had teachers who just graduated from college. We will be recruiting. It is just a process of them looking and applying,” said Rupcich. To rehire a teacher it takes about a week, to hire a new teacher it will take about a month. Rupcich will be recruiting new teachers from Texas, New Mexico and beyond. As for the 2018-19 school year, Rupcich has not yet recruited any new teachers.

Valentine’s Day is around the corner

If chocolate smells like love, then culinary arts is definitely selling love for Valentine’s Day.

Veronica Garcia’s culinary arts classes will be making candy bouquets for Valentine’s Day. Advanced classes ProStart 1 and 2 will be making chocolate truffles. FCCLA will be making chocolate covered strawberries.

Students will be able to pre-order candy bouquets, chocolate truffles and chocolate covered strawberries February 5 and the orders will be delivered on Valentine’s Day.

ProStart 1 student, Anthony Soriano says, “the chocolate truffles seem easy to make and will help the group.”

Be sure to get your valentine a treat.


Snapping and Cracking of Ten Year Old Chairs

The snapping and cracking of when Lobos sit down is the death cry of ten year old chairs which are not being replaced. Instead in a version of musical chairs, cafeteria chairs are shuffled into class rooms, and new chairs are shuffling to the cafeteria.

Secretary Mireya Meza said, “Yes, we will be replacing the old chairs with newer, sturdier chairs.” The reason Chaparral High School is getting new chairs is because the chairs we have right now are old. These new chairs will be going into the cafeteria because they do not fit under the desks in classrooms. The desks and chairs will be replaced by the custodial staff during the summer.

Meza will be ordering about 200 to 300 chairs. Meza orders the chairs and desks from a company called Virco.

About 80 chairs are thrown out every year, according to head custodian Jesus Urquidi. Meza will also be getting new desks.

Meza will get one or two class sets, which are much more expensive than the chairs.

Until new chairs are in, students will have to deal with the snapping and cracking.

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.