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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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Community Service in Chaparral

As teens we have a lot of extra time and we often find we don’t have use for it. Community service is a fantastic way to use extra time and give back to your community. Chaparral may seem like the worst place to look for community service opportunities but there is plenty, and a group at Chaparral High School provides those opportunities.

FCCLA bases itself on giving students community service opportunities while also allowing students to compete at the regional, state, and national levels for competitions in the culinary arts field. Students have the choice of only doing community service and not competing, but competitions are a wonderful way to gain experience in presenting and cooking like a pro.

Community service is a great way to use extra time and FCCLA is a great club to join if you want to help your community and rack up community service hours.

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This years prom is a Masquerade.

Masquerade prom will be held in May 5, 2018.

Chaparral High School will be having an unforgettable night for seniors, Masquerade prom is heading your way with a moment that soon will become a lifetime memory.

Prom will be held May 5, 2018, from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. This year’s prom will be at Cascadas Ballroom, located on 1071 Country Club Road, El Paso.

Tickets will cost $15 for individuals or $25 for couples. Junior and seniors will be allowed to enter, but underclassmen must be escorted.

Susan Sanchez, English teacher and prom organizer said, “Thank you everyone for your support on helping to raise money for prom.”


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Everyone has a right to feel safe in schools

Mark Rupcich

March 14 is the day Chaparral high school (CHS) students and teachers walked out of class in remembrance of the 17 students that were killed in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Parkland, Florida shooting. CHS students and teachers walked around campus for a total of 17 minutes, one minute for each life lost.

CHS Principal Mark Rupcich participated in the walk out along with students and staff. “Students aren’t the only ones being murdered, its students, principals and staff,” said Rupcich.   During third period, a student discussion panel video was shown. The students discussed gun violence for 35 minutes and they voiced their opinions on whether or not they think a walk out is a good idea. The students in the discussion panel were selected by teachers. Rupcich said, “Gun violence is a topic for all of us, students, teachers and staff.”

We all need to feel safe in schools, and the walk out was done with the intent of making that point.

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Are Students Safe at School

Gun violence has been a concerning issue in the United States for many years. Unfortunately, this violence is finding its way deeper and deeper into schools throughout the country. Just last month, a shooting claimed 17 lives at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Security has increased in many schools around the country and several other counter measures have been looked into, but is it enough to make students feel secure at school?
Student security is a top priority for most school officials, but there are still students that feel as though there is not enough being done to ensure their safety when they go to school. Lobo freshman Heaven Telles reports that she has often felt unsafe at school. “The security here really isn’t that good,” said Telles. Telles believes that our security is outdated, an opinion that is supported by Lobo senior Anthony Soriano. Soriano states, “Laws haven’t been made to change it and I think that’s an under reaction.”
Other students, such as Lobo junior Nubia Soto, believe that students are safe at school. Though she does believe that more could be done for protection, Soto believes that there are many people overreacting to the recent violence in the form of the “walk out”, a day chosen by students throughout the country in which they plan to walk out of school and refuse to return until more is done to ensure safety on school campuses.
It is clear that many students feel insecure, but what is being done about it? A popular solution to the problem of gun violence in schools is arming teachers, an idea that appears to many students as a dangerous one. “I think it’s a bad idea,” Soriano said. “Imagine Appel with a gun.” Soriano’s humorous comment brings light to a disturbing truth – teachers are not immune to gun violence. There is also the possibility of students gaining easy access to teachers’ loaded firearms.
It is no doubt that violence in schools is an important issue that needs to be addressed, and it is equally important that students feel secure at school. It has come to a point where many students do not feel safe in their schools, and though there has been some action taken to reduce the amount of violence, fear still radiates throughout student bodies. Everyone appears to be asking the same question: Are we safe at school?

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Career day is here look forward to your future



Worried about not knowing what career to choose? Career day is here and can help you figure out what career you want.

Career day is March 16 and will happen in the  cafeteria. Juniors will make a pilgrimage at 9:30 am and return to class at 10:30 am. Seniors make the exodus at 10:30 am and will return to class at 11:30 am.  Career day is a benefit for students because “It helps them get an idea of what careers are available for them at community college,” Says Chaparral High School Counselor Julian Encina.  The administrators, counselors, and all the programs at Doña Ana Community College (DACC) will be a part of career day.The purpose of career day is so that “seniors can finally decide what they want to do after college.”

“Juniors can expose themselves on what they want to do after they graduate,” says Mr. Encina.

Seniors and juniors are required to attend career day. All 16 career clusters will be demonstrating their careers to CHS prospects.

  “I wish I could take all of the students to career day, not only juniors and seniors.Hopefully next year I can take all the students ,” says Mr. Encina.


Edited 3/15/2018 

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Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations.


Graduation countdown on May 26, 2018

Think big and don’t listen to people who tell you it cannot be done.  Graduation is coming seniors, it will be held on May 26, 2018.

The graduation ceremony will be at UTEP Don Haskins Center and it will go from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. but times are subject to change.

Mireya Meza, Admin support and bookkeeper at Chaparral High School said, “Normally the stage will be decorated with flower pots and the number 18 will be in carnations (made out of ply wood).”

There are 244 seniors graduating this year. Get ready for your last goodbye at Chaparral High School. It’s been four great years but always remember, once a lobo always a lobo.


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Fewer teachers this year means more teachers next year.

Principal Mark Rupcich

There are fewer teachers at Chaparral High School (CHS) this year than last year because of funding.

CHS Principal Mark Rupcich says that the reason we have fewer teachers this year is because of funding in New Mexico; therefore, Gadsden Independent School District (GISD) had to cut classes which are career technology education, physical education, math, Spanish and English language arts at CHS. Teachers that were let go last year were not replaced this year because funding was not restored by the state of New Mexico.

If a teacher were to leave this year, it would be a normal process to hire somebody. “We have had teachers who just graduated from college. We will be recruiting. It is just a process of them looking and applying,” said Rupcich. To rehire a teacher it takes about a week, to hire a new teacher it will take about a month. Rupcich will be recruiting new teachers from Texas, New Mexico and beyond. As for the 2018-19 school year, Rupcich has not yet recruited any new teachers.

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