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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.

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If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten.

Do you have a grip on your grades? If not progress reports will be coming out on November 17th so you can check!

In your progress reports you will see your class schedule, your quarter one and quarter two grades, and your tardies and absences. Why are your progress reports important? Progress reports are important to any student because they tell you how your grades are and if you need help with any subject. Semester grades affect your overall GPA there are only 24 more days till final semester test.

On November 20th we will have Thanksgiving break, a time to distract students from school.

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Home of the free because of the brave

Supreme Court Officers Association

When do we celebrate Veterans Day?

We celebrate Veterans Day on the 11th day of the 11th month of the year, the day the guns fell silent in Europe following the armistice that ended World War 1. Veterans Day originated as “Armistice Day” on November 11, 1919.

What is Veterans Day?

Veterans Day is an official United States public holiday, observed annually on November 11, that honors military servicemen; veterans are people who served in the United States Armed Forces.

What is a Veteran?

A veteran is a person who has served honorably in the U.S. military and a person who has long service or experience in a particular occupation or field.

History of Veterans Day

World War 1 was known as “The Great War” and officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, in the Palace of Versailles. In 1926 the United States Congress officially recognized the end of World War 1 and declared that the anniversary of the armistice should be commemorated with prayer and thanksgiving.

Why is Veterans Day important?

Veterans Day is important because, to paraphrase Lincoln, the brave soldiers living and dead who protected us, have consecrated this day, far above r power to or detract. There’s also no school on this holiday out of respect for the many veterans that have sacrificed for our country.

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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.

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Get adjusted to defend yourself against the flu bug

Winter time is paradise for the flu virus, and in order to combat this nasty bug, Chaparral High School will be hosting a flu vaccination sponsored by GISD and Walgreens on November 8. The vaccination will be offered to employees and families to help prevent disease and lower sick days.

DeCastro said “We won’t accept students because is most useful for employees, because the flu shot for older people is more important.” The event will last from 2:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., and employees must bring their insurance or prescription card.

Assistant Sandra Valadez seated and Nurse Carole DeCastro .

The flu shot may hurt, but it is worth it because you won’t get sick as often as you used to. There is one side effect from the flu shot, which is usually mild flu-like symptoms.

The school hosts this event every fall so employees and teachers won’t get sick. The sponsors are looking for a large turnout this year.

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For with God nothing shall be impossible


Daisy Molina is one of 119 seniors retaking the science SBA at Chaparral High School. SBA retakes begin Monday, November 6.

Molina feels nervous about retaking the SBA but says she is ready to retake it. The mistake she committed the first time was “speeding through the SBA and not concentrating”.

Molina said,” I will study and concentrate to get a better grade in the SBA.”

“The SBA is very important because if I don’t pass it, I won’t graduate,” said Molina, “What I think of retaking the SBA is that it’s great because you have a second chance of passing it.”



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Trunk or Treat

Trick or Treating is a fun activity for children, but the community in Chaparral prefers to do something a bit different.

The Chaparral Fire Department will be hosting the annual Trunk or Treat at Dolores Wright Park 400 E Lisa Dr., Chaparral, New Mexico. The activity will take place on Sunday October 29 at 6:00 p.m. Both Chaparral fire departments will be co-hosting the event. All Chaparral car clubs have been invited to participate.

Everyone in the Chaparral community is invited either to trunk or treat or give out candy to the children of Chaparral.

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Chaparral Cleaning Craze

All communities require effort from the community in order to be cleanly and beautiful. Chaparral will be encouraging its citizens to pitch in on a clean-up day on Saturday, October 21. The day will include opportunities for people to clean their yards and complete other chores as certain services will be provided for the public during this event.

The event will take place on Desert Aire Drive and Shiprock Drive in Old Chaparral and is expected to run from 9 in the morning until 1 in the afternoon. Students from Chaparral High School’s “The Howler” report team have volunteered to assist with the cleanup and other services that are going to be provided that day.

During the time of the cleanup there will be dumpsters at either end of the street, available to the public to dispose of their own garbage. There will also be a tire shredder available for public use. Other services that will be provided include:

  • Registering to have your dog spayed or neutered
  • Registering your dog for VACCINATIONS
  • Registering your pet for microchipping

This event is open to the public and will include services that are beneficial to anyone who chooses to use them. This is a good opportunity to get rid of a little bit of trash and also take care of your furry little friends.

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The Future of the Smartphone

The future is at the tip of your fingers for the small price of $999, or there is always the odd chance of being hit by a shooting star.

The iPhone X is Apple’s way of showing the world “the future of the Smartphone” as Tim Cook, CEO of Apple said on September 12, 2017, during Apple’s keynote presentation. The iPhone X is the stepping-stone for Apple’s new smartphone production.

The iPhone X is available for purchase November 3, 2017.

The iPhone X has many new features that make it seem like the smartphone of the future. One of the newest design features on the iPhone X is that it does not have a home button, leaving people to wonder if the expression was “more for less” or “less for more”? Apple also decided to work with their emoji’s and create Animoji, which is an animated emoji that is controlled by your face.

Probably one of the most interesting new features on the iPhone X is the facial recognition software or Face ID, which replaces the Touch ID security on iPhones 5-8. Face ID is truly a leap into the future for Apple. The software for Face ID is found in the True Depth camera system which is at the top of the Retina Display on the iPhone X. The True Depth camera system has an integrated infrared camera, flood illuminator, front camera, dot projector, proximity sensor, ambient light sensor, speaker and microphone. Apple explained that when you look at your iPhone it will detect your face, even in the dark, with the flood illuminator. Then the infrared (IR) camera picks up over 30,000 IR dots, which were projected by the dot projector, and takes an IR image. The image is then sent through the neural processor to create a model of your face to check it with the original model that you had set up for your Face ID, all of which Apple claims happens instantly and is not detectable. Apple then went on to explain that Face ID would not work if the user is not paying attention to the phone or has their eyes closed. In order for Apple to work with all these neural networks in the iPhone X, Apple created its first neural engine, the “A11 Bionic neural engine”.

Apple recognizes that there is no perfect security system. An example would be the Touch ID, which had a one in 50,000 chance that someone could get your phone and unlock it. Face ID on the other hand has a one in a million chance. Apple states that they have worked on making it so that Face ID is not tricked with a photograph or a mask because they trained the software not to commit these mistakes. Apple states that your face will not be uploaded to any server but will be stored on a separate memory location of the iPhone X.

The iPhone X has two 12 mega pixel dual cameras, larger and faster sensors and deeper pixels. The new camera also has dual optical image stabilization, which helps with better low-light zoom and improves video stabilization, which helps compensate for hand movements.

Apple is trying their best to be environmentally friendly and have Arsenic-free display glass, Mercury-free display’s that are BPR-free, PVC-free, Beryllium-free and made with a Low-carbon process, which makes it recyclable.

Apple users had high expectations about the iPhone X and some were met. Not many aesthetic upgrades were seen, but the iPhone X has an edge-to-edge display.

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