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New Receptionist at Chaparral High School

Erika Cisneros

Erika Cisneros is the new receptionist at Chaparral High School (CHS).

Cisneros decided to work as a receptionist because she enjoys working around people, she said, “like multitasking” and “it’s a nice atmosphere working here at CHS”. The way Ericka manages her work load on a busy day is by taking one step at a time, she says, “I try to stay cool and collected.” “I will never get anything done if I get hysterical and anxiety.”

Cisneros’ always wanted to work in the school district, she said, “High school would be a better place for me.” She explains that she has two teenage boys of her own and she said “can relate to them.”

Cisneros’ dream was not always to be a receptionist she says, “I enjoy it and I like what I do .” Her dream was to be the boss “the top dog.” She says “I enjoy what I do.”

She said, “the most essential quality for a receptionist to have is, to be friendly and always smiling,” she said,receptionist “I think that’s one of the best qualities to have.”

Cisneros’ favorite aspect as a receptionist is that she gets to talk to different people everyday, She said, “You do get your mad parents and mad student.,” she said, “You get what you give, so if you give them respect and friendliness you can tone them down a little bit.”

Cisneros doesn’t have experience on multiple phone lines, she said that in her last job she only had one call, she said, “I had to get used to it.” Her primary responsibility as a receptionist is greeting people, distributing mail, and directing visitors, she said “‘just enjoy.”

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Our new math teacher knows all the numbers

Jodi Copley

Welcome the new math teacher to our school, Chaparral high school: 

Jodi L. Copley

 

Chaparral High School has had a lot of teacher turnover to begin this year, and one subject with a lot of change is Math. One of Loboland’s newest math teachers is Jodi L. Copley.

Copley teaches algebra one to packed freshman classrooms and one smaller sophomore and junior class period.

 She had taken the decision to teach math because in the 80s they had a shortage of math teachers, so Copley decided she wanted to teach this subject. It also helped her very much that she “liked all math subjects”.

Copley comes from Peoria, illinois. She graduated from Peoria High School. After that she went to Lincoln college in Illinois. There she was someone who was “two years ahead of others” in college.  Some of her peers had to take more than five years to graduate but not Copley. She did not have to go through that long process. At that same college she graduated with a “masters and bachelors degree in five years.”

Copley can also teach other advanced subjects of math starting from algebra one all the way up to calculus two, and she can also teach statistics, “a math subject that can be hard to learn.” She decided to work with us at Chaparral High school because she is qualified to teach these  math subjects and she has her masters degree in it as well. 

Copley is planning on staying to teach at our “school for a few years.” With some students in her class being “thankful for that.” She is one of the few teachers in our school that agrees with “using ones phone for music can help one to do his work” however a student  should be responsible enough to know that he/she shouldn’t be using their phones whenever there is a lesson being taught during “class, on a quiz, or on an exam because the phone might be a distraction for others during that quiz or exam.”

  Thankfully, Copley thinks that working at CHS is one of the best things that happened to her because she “gets to see of the past again” from other schools that she had worked at before.

 Copley also has said it feels similar to teach here from other schools that she has taught at before so this “is nice” according to her.

  Copley thinks that she has made a “good impression” with the students and that they are still working with “the respect part” of students to teacher. All of the  students in Chaparral High School, according to her, are quite “respectful and have a great potential”. She says the students at this school are quite “responsible with their classroom assignments”.

Copley has a belief that “all teachers in school have a goal and that goal is to help students to reach their academic goals.” 

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Student Leadership Confers at CHS

by Yadira Estrada

The monthly, district-wide Student Leadership meeting was hosted at Chaparral High School’s Library September 25.

Gadsden ISD Superintendent Travis L. Dempsey began the meeting by asking the group, “What is this group’s opinion on having dollar dress at the middle school?” All members immediately raised their hands to respond. As the discussion went on everyone came to an agreement that dollar dress is the most convenient way of fundraising for the school and students. It is best to have parents pay one dollar a week rather than $20 dollars a month because his/her child needs the money for a field trip or supplies in school. This way parents know the money is going towards his/her child, and their money isn’t going into the wrong hands.

The second topic that was brought up was about FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Not many students are aware about it, how to access it, and how it can be really beneficial for their future according to Dempsey. Student Leadership came to the conclusion that every school should have a FAFSA night where parents and students can come together in the school so that every student has access to a computer and guidance when in need of assistance or questions to fill out a FAFSA application.

The final concern was about school safety. Dona Ana County Sheriff Deputy Officers are no longer working on campuses due to financial issues. As a result, Superintendent Dempsey told Student Leadership that he will try to enforce school safety such as having more drills to be better prepared for any emergencies. He also said, ” We want to keep our students safe. I will do everything I can to get them (DASO Deputies) back onto our campuses.”

Lastly, lunch was served and the menu consisted of Subway sandwiches that came with cookies and chips. CHS sponsor Mireya Ulibarri also made her special homemade lemon cookies. Most agreed these were delicious! After lunch Student Leadership toured the campus guided by the Lobo representatives. The highlight of the tour was the new Auxiliary Gym. With the tour over, Dempsey announced that the next time Student Leadership meets the entire group will be taking a filed trip to the Farm and Ranch Museum in Las Cruces.

 

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Franklin Returns to CHS

Patricia Franklin

Do not be alarmed! The person you see in the hallways is not a ghost, it is in fact Ms. Franklin- an English Language Arts Teacher.

Franklin is back! Do not be embarrassed if you were initially surprised or scared. It would not be the first time she’s taught here. She likes to “scare” her students as a way to motivate them to learn- “I scare them…I’m pretty sure I scare them.”
She grew up in Northeast El Paso. That combined with her “love” for the area motivated her to take the job despite being offered a job at the Navajo Indian Reservation in Gallup, New Mexico.
Franklin loves to teach, and has been doing it for 29 years, which leads to the advice she has for people wanting to become teachers- “You gotta love what you do.” Franklin loves drama and excitement. That is what she considers her teaching style to be- “I tend to be very dramatic.” Her strengths as a teacher? “Humor.” You can never go wrong with humor! She believes the biggest challenge as a teacher is the small amount of time there is. “…it just seems like we don’t have enough time to do the things we want to do with our students.”
Students are very important to her, in fact she says her “best teaching moment” was . . ., “There’s so many because students have different situations and if I was able to help them in any way, then that was the best moment.” She continued, “Teaching is not about me, teaching is about the students.” Teaching is important to Franklin because she believes we “need to have an educated citizenry and that students should have the best possible chance for their own success.”
Teaching is not what she expected “and that’s what makes it exciting!”

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Automotive Teacher Begins Second Year On The Job

Jack Younker

The new Automotive teacher is Jack Younker.

He just joined Chaparral High School this January and became a Lobo. Younker says, “I came to this institution because this school gave me the opportunity to teach as an Automotive teacher since they didn’t have one after the last one left. I accepted because it wasn’t a boring job of a Math or English teacher even though I taught some of those subjects years ago.” Younker has been teaching high school for 20 years as a Math, English, Science and History teacher, but this is his third year teaching as an Automotive teacher. Younker commented “What I like about this institution is the school calendar we have like spring break, winter break, summer break, fall break and Thanksgiving break. I still get paid even when I’m not working so that’s even better!”

Younker said, “My strengths as a teacher are probably being able to teach what I like to do for a living, and my knowledge in content”. To which he also added, “My weaknesses as a teacher are organization, like my lesson plans and staying on task. Those weaknesses are the hardest for me”.

During college, he had most credits in education which is the reason why he decided to become a teacher. Younker dropped out of college the first year but came back the second year and finished his career in four years. While he was in college, he worked at three jobs at a time, he worked at bed and breakfast during the morning, horse trainer in in the afternoon, and he worked as a dishwasher at night.

Younker says, “Before I was a teacher I was on the Top 20 Horse Trainers Of The World since I was 16 years old.” Younker adds, “I want to be remembered for that because it’s something I’m proud of and makes me who I am and it’s part of my background.”

Younker was born March 4, in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He graduated from Pecos High School located in Pecos, New Mexico. Younker then graduated from New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

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Local Lobo becomes New Art Teacher

Chaparral High School has a new art teacher and he is from Chaparral. 

Jose Alvarado

         Jose Alvarado is the new art teacher of Chaparral High School. One of the most important things about Alvarado is that he always wanted to teach at Chaparral High School because “I live here. I grew up here. I’ve always wanted a job here, but they didn’t need me yet,” he said. 

        He graduated from Gadsden High School in 2002. After high school he went to EPCC for three years and then graduated from UTEP in 2011. He has been teaching for nine years, seven at Santa Teresa High School and two at Barron Elementary in El Paso, TX. 

       He became an art teacher because “I love everything about it. It is everywhere. I love the fact that you can express your feelings.” 

      Just like every other teacher, it frustrates Alvarado when students give up and use their phones when they are told not to do so. 

      In his free time, he likes to jog around Dolores C. Wright Park in Chaparral, and go to his bible meetings (he’s a Jehovah Witness) at Kingdom Hall in El Paso, TX. He also likes spending time with his family. He considers his best friend’s family, his family along with his parents and his dog Sandi.   

      He compliments his students by saying they are “very creative and self-driven.”

      In order to build a good relationship with his students, he said that first he starts by learning their names and after that he gets to know each one individually. 

         Our new art teacher says that he loves how Chaparral High School is built; he says that it is like “college life.” 

       “My favorite part about my job is getting to watch my students succeed everyday,” Alvarado said. One achievement Alvarado is proud of is that in 2016, he took two of his students from Barron Elementary School to London and Paris. 

       “If I wouldn’t have become an art teacher, the other career I would have done, is being a full time artist.”

        Lastly, something that motivates him is “nature, because I try to imitate it in art and also, God’s power because he is our creator,” he said. 

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Extra Days Leads to Extra Questions

by: Kalista Willason and Jacob Herald

Who would have known the future of Chaparral High School (CHS) included lengthening the schedule? The upcoming school year (2019-2020) is going to be extended by 10 days. This is a first for CHS because since the school was built it has always run on the same (or a similar) schedule.

Most of the students at Chaparral High School that were interviewed already knew about the increase in days. Their sources were teachers such as Ms. Phillips and Mr. Bailey. Most of the students assumed the change of days had to do with test scores. One source, (Senior) Sebastian Almonte said, “I imagine we’re not performing to the academic standard that has been set for us, so they’re trying to stretch out the school year.” Another student, (Sophomore) Ray Amador said, “because students are stupid and they’re failing.”

Many students had concerns about whether or not there would be compensation for the extra long school year. Will they be able to graduate early? Would they be allowed more sick days? These are all questions they asked. The answer is, no. Students will run on the same exceptions as before and will not be allowed to miss more school even though there are more school days.

The students weren’t very opposed to the idea of a longer school year, but it didn’t seem as they were for it either. (Junior) Sara Raines said, “The biggest problem is attendance so maybe they should give us more days off so more students are able to come. The more hours we’re in school the more hours we have to owe from missing. I just don’t see the point I guess.”  (Senior) Aaliyah Navarette said, “yeah…” that she’s all for the longer year as long as they, “…space out testing.” When asked about graduation, the students didn’t see how this could possible help with graduation, “If anything, it’ll have an opposite effect.” Making it so more potential graduates don’t actually graduate.

Considering this the education department just recently received a statewide raise in pay for all the teachers, who aren’t exactly happy about the longer year. An anonymous source said, “No, I don’t support the longer school year because there’s technically no pay because of how the raise worked.” Some teachers are open to the idea of change, like Ms. Campbell who said that, “It all depends on the calendar.”  Many teachers are more focused on attendance than the testing. Ms. Garcia said, “Attendance will be affected by the extra days because it’s hard enough to get students to come to school.” Mr. Bennett said, “The students that don’t want to be here, just won’t be here. So it won’t help with attendance.” Other teachers believed the same; attendance would either stay the same or get worse.

When it comes to the extra days, many don’t realize that Texas schools have the exact same time frame.  The New Mexico schools were more relaxed than Texas schools but New Mexico seems to have taken a turn for a better education for students.

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Pink Week

This year at Chaparral High School Pink Week was not celebrated.

A few students were upset that Pink week wasn’t done at the High School this year. “I was really looking forward to participating and support breast cancer during school,” said Brianna Ibarra, a student at Chaparral High.  

“Pink week is a week where people can awareness those who suffer from breast cancer,” said Janet Suistatia. When the school would participate in Pink Week a lot of different activities were contributed during that week. Not everyone is obligated to participate in all activities but everyone can.

There are some activities that help in making donations to people who have cancer.

An activity that helped raise money was called “Kiss the pig”. “Students would donate a penny to whoever teacher they wanted to make kiss the pig, the teacher with the most pennies wins and has to kiss the pig,” said Sustaita. Another donation wise activity was the class with the most pennies got to have a pizza party.  

No matter what the activity was, it was always supporting breast cancer.

This year the school may have not been able to do a pink week but according to Sustaita “I had my room decorated with cancer awareness decor items.

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Welcome Ms. Monzon

     Ms. Monzon has now joined the staff and other counselors since October.She grew up in El Paso (or central El Paso to be more specific). She went
on to go to two colleges, one of them being UTEP. Then she went on to first
becoming a high school teacher. She said, “I was first a high school teacher
but I loved to help kids.”

After a while of working with kids she decided to start working with young
adults to help them out. Her first real job as a counselor was actually in
Ysleta Middle School. She said she was inspired by her own counselor to be a
counselor. She said, “I’ve always wanted to help young adults with their future”.
So far she has helped so many of Chaparral’s students.

Ms. Monzon plans on working in Chaparral High School for a very long time.
She even said, “I plan on working here until I am very old.” She wants to help
us all in any way she can and help us find our path to success. According to her
she wants Chaparral High School to be her very last job until retirement.
She said, “I would never quit my job here not even for one that pays more.”

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This type of phone calls are nightmares

When a principal receives a phone call threatening their school it becomes a nightmare.

Victoria Lopez, Chaparral High School’s principal, received a phone call during the morning of Tuesday September 25, from an elementary staff member to inform her at a credible threat whose identity remained a mystery to the authorities.

“Office staff locked up the campus and sheriffs sent students to their first period class and teachers kept students in the class,” said Lopez. Lopez didn’t feel nervous because students were safe in their classrooms.

“We don’t make any investigations, the sheriffs and FBI are in charge of making the investigations,” said Lopez. “Law Enforcement cleared students of any wrong doing,” said Lopez.

“Students were very good, no discipline problems, and most students were following the problem on Facebook,” said Lopez.

Parents started picking up students at 11:00 am, at the end of the day about 550 students were picked up, buses were kind of empty.

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