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CHS newest teacher is here.

Thelma Phillilps

Chaparral High School’s (CHS) newest Language Arts teacher, here since August 22, is Thelma Phillips.

Phillips teaches English Language Arts for sophomores and juniors.She has taught English Language Arts for 27 years.

“I like teaching at CHS very much, everyone is friendly. When Mrs. Lopez and Mr. Mata interviewed they were very nice to me,” said Phillips. Before teaching at CHS she taught at Andress High School, in the El Paso Independent District of Texas for 27 years.

Phillips can make students future a success by talking about getting a career or going to college confidently.

Phillips considers herself an open-minded and smart person. “I can make their future a success by having them doing my work in class.”

“I will be at CHS as long as they let me,” said Phillips.

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Say goodbye to puddles, and hello to the new drains

Say goodbye to puddles, and hello to the new drains.

Chaparral High School (CHS) principal, Victoria Lopez talked about the drains at CHS, “The drains are for the water to dig in. When it rained we would have big puddles and people couldn’t even pass through there, so drains are to get rid of the puddles.” The workers stared digging in mid-July.

The drains help the campus by draining standing water and preventing puddles so mosquitoes and trash won’t gather.

If the drains are blocked, the water won’t be draining. Lopez said, “The drains are hard to get blocked because they’re 22 foot long pipes going down.”

“The drain that is in front of the school was completed by August 24, 2018,” said Lopez.

“The cost is around $20,00. the school can afford the drains ,” said Lopez.

located in front of the nurse
located behind the main gym


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Lobos rain awards and scholarships on Chaparral for 2018

The 2018 Senior Awards Night for Chaparral High School rained more than $4 million in FAFSA Loans and awarded scholarships on the worthy Lobos with the majority, $2,707,880, in FAFSA grants and scholarships.

In addition to these honors, the First American Banks Scholarships, up to $30,000 each, were awarded to 20 Lobo seniors: Bernice Acuna, David Alvarado, Ruby Cisneros, Ana Flores, Evangeline Flores, Emanual Galvan, Evelyn Garcia-Hernandez, Bethsaida Gomez, Mia Luna, Yamile Madrid, Priscilla Marquez, Hope McKay, Richard Perez, Carolina Pulido, Emily Radell, Fidel Soto, Bryanna Torres, Ashley Vila, and Edith Yanez. 

This is the seventh year that First American Bank has handed out these scholarships said retiring Chaparral branch President Russell Foddrill before announcing the winners. These scholarships are secondary awards which means the selectees must use their primary awards in full before accessing these funds.

Money was not the only awards that were handed out. CHS Principal Mark J. Rupcich announced the All Lobo Man and Woman, David Alvarado and Emily Radell, followed by the Salutatorian and Valedictorian, Bernice Acuna and Priscilla Marquez respectively.

Scores of other Lobos were showered with awards in many Career and Technology Education fields such as: welding, culinary arts, automotive technology, digital media, criminal justice, and broadcast media.

Joining in the celebration were representatives from Dona Ana Branch Community College, New Mexico State University, and Gadsden Independent School District Superintendent Travis Dempsey.

The following portraits are of the Class of 2018 First American Bank Scholarship awardees.

Mia Luna
Yamile Madrid
Richard Perez
Emily Radell
Evelyn Garcia
Bernice Acuna
Hope McKay
Bryanna Torres
Ruby Cisneros
Evangeline Flores
Edith Yanez
David Alvarado
Ana Flores
Emanuel Galvan
Fidel Soto
Priscilla Marquez
Bethsaida Gomez
Carolina Pulido
Ashley Vila
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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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