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The Fate of a State Program lies on Two Lobos

 

Carolina Pulido (left) and Juan Vargas (right)

Career and Technology Education in high school has the power to change lives, because of that two lobos sought to convince the State Legislative Finance Committee to continue funding CTE programs in New Mexico.

Students Juan Vargas and Carolina Pulido from the Career Technical Education program at Chaparral High School went to Santa Fe Wednesday November 15, 2017, to present to the Legislative Education Study Committee about the impact that CTE has on students.

Gadsden Independent School District and Farmington School District were chosen out of 89 school districts in New Mexico to represent CTE. GISD’s Director Secondary Instructional Support/Principal Rosa Hood, chose Chaparral High School to represent CTE to the Legislative Education Study Committee so that they can determine if there will be further funding for the program.

Chaparral faculty and students traveled to the presentation. Lobo faculty included Victoria Lopez, Michelle Ballard, Sarah Duran-Campbell and Steve Gabaldon.

Vargas was acknowledged by the CTE faculty as the student who best represents CTE and who knows about the different pathways offered in school taught by Ron Richman, Gabaldon and Duran-Campbell. Apart from being in these classes, Vargas is also involved in three Career and Technical Student Organization clubs: Business Professionals of America, Skills  USA and Family, Career and Community Leaders of America.

Pulido is a versatile CTE student. Although she has not gone to nationals, she has competed at state level and has participated in major trips.

Lobo Assistant Principal Lopez is a real fan of CTE. She oversees the Technical Department at Chaparral High School. She recommends all students join CTE and says, “All programs are awesome and provide opportunities to further career goals.”

Pulido created a PowerPoint to present to the State Legislators. She was in charge of representing the CTE programs and the effect they have on the community. When asked how she felt going into this presentation, she simply stated, “I wanted to cry,” but that feeling simply faded away when she proceeded with her PowerPoint.

“I was nervous at the beginning because well, it’s the State”, said Vargas. He was nervous for the first minute of the presentation which lasted about 20 minutes.

Among the board members, District Representative, Rick Little, put in a good word for the CTE program at Chaparral High School. Campbell states that Rick Little told his fellow board members that at first he did not believe that CTE was doing anything to better the students, but after coming to Chaparral High School and talking with principal Mark Rupcich, he saw how much of an impact CTE had on the students.

At the end of all of this, CTE members felt as if they got their message through the board members and felt like this when the State Legislators said that they did a really great job considering they were teenagers representing CTE for New Mexico

A great weight fell on the shoulders of these two students, but our Lobos hope that this pays off in the form of extra funding.

 

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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.

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The Beginning of Change in Chaparral

Chaparral, New Mexico; the unrecognized town that we all have grown to accept as our living and learning environment. Most the town’s residents have no understanding of the statistics that haunt us in terms of drug use and mental health. I find it is my job to shed light on these statistics and provide you – the citizens of Chaparral – with an opportunity to change these lingering statistics from an ugly scar on our hometown to numbers we can be proud of.

The United States delivers a census via mail delivery and gathers resident statistics to determine the state of towns all over the country. The census is then sent back to the government to be published for residents to interpret. The 2010 census showed drug use and mental health statistics for Chaparral, New Mexico that some may find worrisome. Chaparral had a higher percentage of residents (25.4%) that had ever used “hard” drugs – such as cocaine and meth – than the state average for towns in New Mexico (23.3%). This statistic is not the most worrisome of the statistics, but what can be concluded is the fact that Chaparral has staggering statistics regarding illegal drug use.

Although drug statistics for Chaparral, New Mexico are worrisome, they appear mild when compared to another monster, mental health statistics. Chaparral has more people with depression, anxiety, concentration problems, communication problems, appetite issues and low-energy problems than is average for New Mexico.

Not only are these drug and mental health statistics troubling, but they let us know that our town is struggling emotionally. Chaparral is a small town, but that does not mean that we are weak. We as citizens have the power to band together to change these statistics.

Starting slow is still a start, and because of this we must work together to make changes which may work slowly but will make an enormous difference. “What can I do?” you might ask. Well, it starts with a need to make the change, and as proven by previously mentioned statistics, Chaparral needs the change. The next step is letting others know the change needs to happen, and that’s what we as a community must do.

 

Edited January 17, 2018

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New physical science teacher at CHS!!

Gary Frischmann is Chaparral High School’s (CHS) new science teacher. CHS has been short on science teachers since the beginning of the school year and now spots are being filled. Frischmann is a physical science teacher and he will be in room G-6.

Frischmann is going to start teaching when students return from winter break January 10, 2018. While Frischmann is out, students are taking on line classes via E2020.

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Out to Lunch

As of 2006, only 27 percent of United States high schools had open-lunches where students were allowed to leave campus during their lunch period. This number has remained consistent throughout the years, and there are still very few schools that maintain this policy, but why?

Chaparral High School (CHS) is among the 73 percent of schools that imprisons its students throughout all seven hours of the school day. CHS has never seen an open campus and, according to Principal Mark Rupcich, it is possible that it never will. In fact, the entire Gadsden School District (GISD) is subject to this particular rule. “It’s just not feasible,” said Rupcich. Rupcich mentioned concerns including the lack of restaurants in Chaparral and students using an open-campus as an opportunity to ditch class.

Rupcich is not the only person to express these concerns. In many debates throughout the country among different schools and districts, these issues as well as a few others have come up. One of the most pressing concerns is that the amount of out of school fights and accidents may occur more often during open lunches. As lunch is still during school hours, the schools and ultimately the district itself is responsible for any injury that occurs during student lunch time. Coronado High School and Franklin High School, located in El Paso, Texas, have both seen their fair share of these problems.

The proclivity of high school students to ditch classes is another concern when deciding whether or not a school or a school district should have an open-campus policy. By allowing students off-campus in the middle of the day, schools provide a stellar opportunity for students to leave and choose not to return for the second half.

While GISD currently has a closed-campus policy that does not mean that no one will ever be able to leave campus for lunch. The policy could possibly change in the future, but only time will tell.

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PARCC, EOC, and ADC, it’s all a test to me.

Lobos just finished taking EOC testing for health and NM history, and winter break is  around the corner, so  lobos are anxious to get testing over with and proceed into 17 days  of relaxation. We are five months away from starting core area EOC testing which start May, 7, 2018. The EOC testing schedule is:

English 3: Reading Biology World History Music 9-12
English 4: Reading Chemistry Culinary Arts 1  
English 3: Writing Physical Science General Computer Applications  
English 4: Writing Physics Art 9-12  
Algebra 1 Anatomy and Physiology Digital Photography  
Algebra 2 U.S History Health  
Geometry U.S Government Physical Education

9-12

 
Financial Literacy N.M. History Spanish 1 Non Native  

 

Chaparral High School students will need to study hard to succeed on these tests. Students have to be consistent on what they are doing like study and work hard. Students will be EOC testing on a computer, separated from friends. It is confirmed this test will be challenging because the state wants to know how much you learned during both semesters said Mark Rupcich.

Chaparral High School principal Mark Rupcich said, this test is important because “we test too much. Biggest difference are for students who failed to pass the PARCC, but we use EOC testing as a way to graduate through Alternative Demonstration of Competency. ADC is for students that do not pass the state assessment. The students are allowed to go to that program, the councilors look to see how far they were from passing the test, so the councilors look the ADC forms and plug in the points and see if the student has a chance to graduate through ADC.”

 

 

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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.

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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 www.twowaybreakingnews.com 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 History.com 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.

Livescience.com 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.

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Chaparral High School Band Joins an El Paso tradition for over 80 years

The Chaparral High School (CHS) band performed in the El Paso Thanksgiving parade on November 23, 2017. It was their first Thanksgiving performance in 10 years.

The band performed for two hours and the parade was three and a half miles long on Montana Street in El Paso, Texas. They performed alongside two other high school bands, Santa Teresa (ST) and Gadsden High School (GHS).

The band practiced with ST and GHS on November 22. The lobo band practiced for two weeks on Chaparral High School’s track.

Band director Adrian Rios said that each school chose a song. They performed three songs: The Hay Song, Louie Louie and the Christmas Parade Sequence. The Christmas Parade Sequence is a combination of different Christmas songs.

Rios marched with his band student when I interviewed him he appeared very excited about the parade. He believed that his band would perform fantastically. Transportation was provided for the band students and they dressed in all khaki outfit.

Overall, the band was part of a Thanksgiving tradition in El Paso for 80 years. This was a great opportunity for the band to get there name out to Southern Texas.

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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.

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