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Sexting: Lobo survey results

The following charts serve as evidence of sexting trends at Chaparral High School. 20

freshmen, 19 sophomores, 9 juniors and 9 seniors were surveyed, providing a total of 57

responses. Of these responses, 23 were female, 27 were male and 2 were unspecified.

These surveys were taken and posted in relation to the Howler’s story series about the

existence and consequences of teen sexting at Chaparral High School.

1) Have you ever sent sexually explicit photos or messages to another person?

a. Yes, to a boyfriend girlfriend    12 percent.

b. Yes, to a stranger                            6 percent

c. No.                                                       75 percent

d. Prefer not to Answer                  12 percent

1.1) At what age did you begin doing this?

a. 10 to 12       9 percent

b. 13 to 14     15 percent

c. 15 to 16       6 percent

d. 17 to 18      3 percent

e. Prefer not to say    67 percent

2) Have you ever been pressured into sending sexually explicit photos or messages?

a.Yes        21 percent

b. No       75 percent

c. Prefer not to say    4 percent

3) Have you ever pressured someone else into sending sexually explicit photos or


a. Yes       8 percent

b. No      87 percent

c. Prefer not to say      6 percent

3.1) At what age did you begin doing this?

a. 10 to 12      6 percent

b. 13 to 14    11 percent

c. 15 to 16      3 percent

d. 17 to 18    11 percent

e. Prefer not to answer     80 percent

4) Do you feel that ‘sexting’ is a dangerous activity for teens to engage in?

a. Yes        69 percent

b. No        31 percent

5) How aware are you of the potential consequences of ‘sexting’?

a. Very Aware                 79 percent

b. Somewhat Aware    19 percent

c. Not Aware at al          l3 percent

6) How likely are you to report someone for sending you unwanted sexually explicit

photos or messages?

a. Very Likely                27 percent

b. Somewhat Likely   12 percent

c. Not Likely                  42 percent

d. Prefer not to answer  19 percent

7) Have any of the previously mentioned activities happened on school campus?

a. Yes       45 percent

b. No        42 percent

c. Prefer not to say   13 percent

8) Have you engaged in any of these activities with someone you have met at school?

a. Yes       13 percent

b. No       75 percent

c. Prefer not to say      12 percent

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Sexting Comes out of the Closet

Sexting is taking parents and teachers by surprise around the United States, leaving many to wonder how it became so common.

The definition of sexting according to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary is: the sending of sexually explicit messages or images by cell phone.

“Having sex through text by saying nasty and provocative messages, and sending nude pictures so that it can lead to something else in face-to-face contact,” said Interviewee 1, is what sexting for teenagers means. (Note: people can sext by using text messages or any platform that allows people to have a conversation.)

Sexting is considered illegal for minors when they have sexually explicit pictures of other minors on their phones. The laws in effect are the possession of child pornography laws. Although sexting is illegal for minors, this doesn’t affect their decisions on committing the crime.

Interviewees’ ages ranged from 16-19 years old. All interviewees became involved in the sexting act at the age of 14-15 years old. Some were the initiators while others were the victims who did not ask for the sexually explicit pictures or “sext” messages.

Puberty is a stage in a teenager’s life when an adolescent reaches sexual maturity and becomes capable of sexual reproduction. Puberty is just one of the second major causes of sex-ting according to our interviewees. Interviewees believed that the biggest cause of sexting is technology. Interviewee 3 believes that sexting “will still be a controversial topic because tech-nology will become much better.”

All interviewees who were committing the crime were aware that what they were doing was illegal, but some still decided to do it because they felt mature enough to handle the photos, and others just didn’t care that they were breaking the law.

After sexting some felt guilty or bad after receiving the pictures. Interviewee 4 said, “I felt good but at the same time I knew the pictures were wrong.” Chaparral High School senior Juan “Ockz” Vargas felt uncomfortable when sent a sexually explicit picture because he “received it without asking.”

The interviewees were asked if they had any advice to give to others who might be experiencing the same thing.

“Don’t show it to anyone, you wouldn’t like it if you got exposed,” said Ockz.

Interviewee 1 said, “Be responsible with each other’s pictures and keep it between each other.”

Chaparral High School senior David-Angel Alvarado recommends that if you ever do sext, “Don’t show your face.”

Sexting is more wide spread than adults realize. According to the global non-profit organization known as Do Something, 24 percent of teens in high school have been involved in the sending of sexually-explicit pictures, this means that 1 in 4 teens have sexted. According to the US Census Bureau there are approximately 41,731,223 teens in the United States of America, this means that approximately 10,015,493 teens are sexting across the U.S.


Some interviewees decided to stay anonymous and for that reason interviewees are numbered 1-4 but two decided to stay on the record.

Underage sexting is a crime commonly committed by youth in high schools, middle schools and even some elementary schools nationwide. Chaparral High School’s newspaper, The Howler, looks to shed light on the issue by creating three different stories, one from the perspective of male students who were perpetrators or victims of sexting, one from the perspective of female students who were perpetrators or victims of sexting, and one based on New Mexico and Texas laws governing sexting by minors and sexting between a minor and an adult. The objective of the three stories is to determine the frequency of perpetrators and victims in Chaparral, to warn of the different crimes that are committed through sexting and to express the severity of each crime through possible court sentencing. Although the articles are entirely based on Chaparral schools and surrounding areas, they may be used as a starting point to warn students of the severity of sexting and the court sentences that could follow.
The creation of the three stories is based on student input and laws directly from legal sources. Each story is factually accurate meaning that when opinions are used they are intended as opinions and when facts are used they are based on reliable sources. The stories are intended to warn and not to convince but may convince when laws and consequences are highlighted.
The Howler decided to maintain student anonymity to minimize the harm that may be caused. Students were told to describe their situations regarding sexting and The Howler committed to keeping students anonymous so said students would not face legal jeopardy. Information gathered was used purely to inform our readers.

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Summer School

Statistics shows that 10 out of 12 students that attend summer school are most likely to have better grades than children who do not attend summer school.

Chaparral High School counselor Julian Encina will host summer school this year at chaparral High School. Summer school will take place from May 29, 2018 through June 14, 2018. There will be two sessions a morning session from 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. and an afternoon session from 12:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. There will be a fee of $45 to attend. The fee does not have to be paid up front; the $25 can be paid before May 18, 2018, and the other $20 by May 30, 2018. Payment will be paid in front office to Ms.Cardona. The requirements to get full credits are to attend every day. No absences are allowed. In order to pass students have to attend the course 44 hours minimum and pass the end of course with 60 or higher.

“Any student that does not come every day will not get full credit.” Said Encina

There will not be transportation provided students will have to provide their own transportation. Lunch will be provided.

“No there will not be any busses.” Said Encina

The courses that may take will be all core classes including English classes, math classes, science courses, and history courses. The other classes provided are health, P.E, Spanish 1 and 2 and government. There will also be an advancement classes for students who would like to get ahead. For the advancement classes the students will have to complete a minimum of 60 hours and there is one session. The session will last from 8:00am-2:00pm. There are less courses, which included history classes, Spanish 1 and, physical science, health, and P.E.

Therefore, summer school will be open and available for any students who would like to gain their lost credits or get ahead.

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The New Gym is Open! Psyche. It’s Not!

If you go to Chaparral High School then you have probably noticed the new gym. The gym will be a helpful as it provides extra space for sports. Construction started on April 28, 2017, and the gym was scheduled to open by April 1, 2018. It has been almost a month and the gym is still not ready for use. Why?

Mark Rupcich, principal of Chaparral High School, said that the gym was delayed almost a month because of a water pump which is important because it pumps water to the fire sprinkler. Rupcich said,”The water pump will be fixed by the first week of May.” He also explained that the new gym should be open for use before the school year ends.

Rupcich and much of CHS faculty, especially the sports coaches, would like the gym to be ready for use because the extra space eases scheduling for team practices, for example every year the boys and girls basketball team exchanged before school and after school practice times. The wrestling team and cheerleaders will now have practice space because they had to share the cafeteria.

The new gym will be used for athletic purposes only and not by Physical Education classes. The sports that will be allowed to use gym are basketball, cheerleading, wrestling, and volleyball. The gym will also have an elevator, but the elevator will only be used by handicapped and/or special needs students.

The new space should be available for use by the 2018-2019 school year and will be a valuable resource for Chaparral High School athletics.

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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.

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Cubs respond to retirement of pack leader

The only principal most of us have ever known is retiring.

“It’s crazy because he is retiring at the same time I’m graduating and he has been the principal since my freshman year, I feel surprised,” said Chaparral High School senior Anthony Soriano.

Soriano is going to miss the way he worked with students. Soriano would like the next principal to be like Mr. Rupcich.

“Mr. Rupcich was a good principal and he has improved the school,” said Soriano.

Meghan Garcia, senior at Chaparral High School thinks it’s a good thing that Mr. Rupcich is retiring.

“Sad, because he has been my principal for four years. After the contest he would talk to the band,” Garcia said. Garcia is going to miss his inspiration. Garcia liked how Mr. Rupcich encouraged students.

“When I first saw him I was kind of scared,” said Garcia, “Thank you Mr. Rupcich for being with me for four years”

Chaparral High School senior Daisy Molina, thinks that it’s good that Mr. Rupcich is retiring because he is going to get a break.

“What I liked about him is that he was always involved in activities,” said Molina. Molina thought that he was mean when she first saw him.

“I don’t want the next principal to be like Mr. Rupcich because he wasn’t strict and we need someone strict and get students on track,” said Molina, “I hope he has a wonderful life and take care.”

“I think is sad because nobody will have to experience him, I feel sad,” said Chaparral High School senior Jose Insurriaga.

Insurriaga is going to miss everything of Mr. Rupcich. Insurriaga liked that Mr. Rupcich was chill.

“I love you Mr. Rupcich,” said Insurriaga.


“It’s good for him he needs a break,” said Chaparral High School senior Jorge Hernandez.

Hernandez said, “He is a very good principal.” What Hernandez liked about Mr. Rupcich is that he actually did a lot of stuff with students.

The first impression Hernandez had with Mr. Rupcich was that he was going to be a good principal.

“Thank you for being a good principal,” said Hernandez.

“I think is great and look good for his age. It’s great. Everyone has to retire,” said Chaparral High School senior Ramon Espinoza.

Espinoza has had multiple with interactions with Mr. Rupcich because he coached his father for sports. Espinoza is going to miss Mr. Rupcich’s voice and that he captures authority.

“The first time I saw him I thought he was mean,” said Espinoza, “Thanks for supporting our school and football games.”

CHS senior Katelyn Gonzalez thinks and feels sad that Mr. Rupcich is retiring.

“I’m going to miss his mustache and his hair,” said Gonzalez.

Gonzalez said, “He was chill but took stuff serious. My first impression was that he took stuff serious.”

“Thank you for supporting our school.”

“I’m going to miss his mustache. What I liked was that he was pretty chill and good person to talk to,” said CHS senior Osvaldo Contreras.

The first impression Contreras had with Mr. Rupcich was strict.

“Good luck in life” said Contreras.

Mr. Rupcich will be missed by many of our seniors.





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Educators Rising State Competition

Education is the key to your future! The Educators Rising State Competition is a competition that a few of our Lobos entered and succeeded in. We earned two first place winners and two second place winners. We got first place in Exploration of Education Careers and Researching Learning Challenges. These competitions were won by two students whose names are Adriana Hernandez and Karen Gonzalez. We earned second place in Lesson Planning and Children’s Literature Pre-K. The second place winners are Valerie Guzman and Karen Gonzalez.

The competition was located in Albuquerque. It lasted 3 days from February 1st to the 3rd.  The competition consisted of a set of events that took time and effort to prepare for. The competition took “studying and studying” and learning new things. Students had to shadow teachers as in walk behind and follow what they’re doing, make Power Points and learn to do lesson plans. The competition was a blowout they were outstanding; but it would have not been possible without the people who helped the students such as Mr. Mata and, Mr. Ruiz the health teacher and Mrs. Fernandez who all contributed to the best of their ability. Their next goal is to qualify for nationals in Florida.

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Retiring from work, but not from life.

Mark Rupcich

The only principal you’ve known at Chaparral High School is retiring at the end of this school year.

CHS Principal  Mark Rupcich’s best experiences are the success students have made during his eight years as our principal, such as the graduations, awards, and athletic events. He made one special memory at Chaparral High School and that is the support from students and teachers when he contracted cancer.

Rupcich served as principal at different schools for 17 years and has decided to retire from Chaparral High School in 2018.

“After I retire I am planning on hiking and doing lots of fishing and playing with my grandkids,” said Rupcich.

Rupcich has accomplished many things at Chaparral High School by including a new gym and raising SBA test scores. “Thank you all students and teachers for all the support I received,” said Rupcich, “I will miss this school very much. This isn’t a goodbye. It is a see you later, and I’ll always be a lobo.”

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Career day calls success

Career day had a good turn out and went as planned. Students were interested in the careers presented at Chaparral High School on March 16.

“Career day was a success, but I want to have a career day where I bring in people that are already working in that career. DACC brought in 15 programs of study, to give our students an opportunity to see what DACC has to offer, courses they can take and stuff like that,” said Chaparral High School counselor Mr. Encina,“Each person that was representing a program gave us a little presentation on what the program was.”   

“We had our juniors run through it first from 9:30 to 10:30 and then we had our seniors run through the program from 10:30 to 11:30,” said Encina, “Every student had the opportunity to talk to the representatives from DACC and actually look at programs first hand as far as what they have to offer. They got brochures, got to talk to somebody to tell them what courses they needed to take.’’

“It went really well, it wasn’t really a full blown career day it was just what DACC had to offer our students here at Chaparral High School ,”says Encina, “Students were really interested in the health career, the health program bought setups so that the students could try and the fire fighting career because they got to try on the equipment and stuff like that.”

Career day went as planned and hopefully in the future we can have a full blown career day  where there are more careers from other colleges not just from DACC.

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Expectations vs. Reality

Before I came to Chaparral High School for my freshman year, I was very nervous, scared and excited. I thought teachers were going to be mean, aggressive and strict. I also thought that there was going to be a lot of bullying.

My first day of school was kind of weird because a lot of people would stare at you like if they never saw a freshmen before. My friends and I would always be walking in lunch but other students would call us “freshmen.” But it was weird because most of the sophomores would call us freshmen and they were barely freshmen last year.

Every day I would come to school and ask myself if people were going to call us “freshmen” the whole year. Thank god they stopped calling us names. So my freshmen year has been okay except for the first week of school year. I felt kind of uncomfortable because I felt like if no one liked us.

I also thought there were going to be lockers so students can store their stuff in there. I thought high school was going to be hard but no it’s not that hard. It’s only hard if you don’t pay attention or you don’t make any effort. I thought I was going to get a lot of homework but most of my teachers don’t give me homework.

High school is different than middle school or elementary because in high school they provide birth control and condoms in the health office and in elementary or middle school they don’t. I knew that the health office provided birth control and condoms because during the first semester I had health class and the teacher told us that in the health class they would provide it.

What’s also different are the lunch lines. In elementary and middle school there was only two lines, and in high school we have five lines. The five lines have different types of food.

In high school the dress code is way different than middle school. In middle school we wore uniforms and in high school we can wear whatever we want. When I was in middle school I was excited to come to high school because I no longer have to wear a uniform. Some girls on Fridays dress up nice and in middle school we had to pay $1 for casual dress. We couldn’t wear ripped jeans, white jeans, tank tops, sandals, flip flops (basically open toe shoes) or inappropriate worded t-shirts.

I was also excited because I was going to meet more people. When I was in middle school I never saw students with piercings or tattoos but high school has a lot of students with piercings and tattoos, and teachers or principals don’t tell them anything.

My expectations for high school guys, was that guys were going to be taller than me but there are guys shorter and some are taller than me.

I also thought I was going to get lost. The schedules from middle school are different than high school. The classes from middle school were longer than high school classes. In high school we have different schedules: standard schedule, rally schedule, I-CAT schedule and EOC schedule. We only have these kinds of schedules when there’s testing, dances, pep-rallys, or I-CAT.

What I like about Chaparral High School is that teachers try to prepare students for college or university. We have classes called pathways that can help you for a career you like. Child development is a pathway that helps you become a teacher or you can work with children.

I thought dances were going to be cooler but they are not. Most of the students in the dances don’t dance. They stay with their friends.

I thought P.E class was going to be hard, I thought we were going to run every day or do exercise every day but no some days we go to the weight room or we just stay in the gym playing.

What I’ve seen more in high school than in middle school are the fights. This year I’ve watched 10 or more fights. When I was in middle school there were fights but not a lot and not that often like here in high school.

When I was in middle school there were times that I wanted to come to high school, but now that I’m in high school I miss middle school. I miss middle school because of some of the teachers I had. Some were cool and fun, and the others were easy. They would give me easy work or they would give second chances. Here, in high school they’re a little hard. Now that I’m in high school I like it and I got used to it.

There is more activities in high school than in middle school. In high school we have automotive, video production, yearbook, newspaper, nutrition, child and human development, health, weight training, culinary arts and life skills.

There’s more sports available in high school than in middle school. In high school we have golf, wrestling and tennis. And in middle school we didn’t had those two sports. Coaches are harder in high school. They get all the players to run and players also get to condition a lot.


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