I-Cat Tips and Pointers

Next-Step Plan

There is an I-Cat meeting approaching and these are some things you should expect.

Under-Class men will start to work on their Registration rough drafts where they will choose what classes to enroll in for the upcoming school year.

As for the seniors they will be working on their Next Step plan in which they will explain what their plans are after school. The Next Step plan is required by the State government in order to graduate.

The I-Cat meeting will be on February 1st and February 7th, be sure to be there!

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CHS finally has a new physical science teacher

Gary Frischman is Chaparral High School’s (CHS) new physical science teacher. CHS has been short on teachers since the beginning of the year.

Frischman has taught

Gary Frischman

physical science for 24 years. Frischman lives in El Paso TX, so that’s what interested Frischman about CHS that is closer to El Paso than Las Cruses.

“The high school I attended was Mt. Rainier high school and I graduated in 1981. It is located at Seattle, Washington,” said Frischman. The university Frischman attended was

John Brown University located in Arkansas and graduated with a Business Administration Economics degree in 1988 and with a Secondary Science Education degree in 1992.

He decided to go to college in Arkansas because he received a swimming scholarship. Frischman plans on teaching at CHS for five years. “I like working with students, young people and people who are generally happy, content, and not perfect,” said Frischman.

“I’ve also taught economics, government, U.S history, English one, English two, Algebra one and biology,” said Frischman.

Frischman was married to a Salvadorena, so he worked for Escuela Americana in El Salvador for one year and he taught only English. Frischman also taught in El Paso’s Socorro district for 22 years.

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Need other classes dont worry schedules have been change

This is how staff keeps track on schedule changes

Chaparral High School has begun the second semester, and students are starting the semester with a new schedule.

Many students are asking why their schedules are being changed and the reason is that some students need a few more credits for New Mexico history or health to meet state requirements.

These new classes may not affect you unless you decide to slack off.  Here are some tips so you won’t fall behind with your new schedule changes: do your work at all times, don’t be absent, and try your best.







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Weird schedule for January 24th and 25th

  1. Chaparral high school students are used to three different schedules that the school implements on different days, these three schedules will now turn into four . A new schedule is being implemented for January 24th and 25th and here’s why.

“Planning and preparation time” is what Victoria Lopez – one of Chaparral High Schools assistant principals – calls it. A time for teachers to “work as a collaborative group” and for “core departments” such as science, English and math to “work together as team”.

Lopez isn’t sure how the schedule might work since it’s never been used before but she believes it’s a “good starting point” and the planning time it provides would be beneficial down the road.


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Lobo Musicians Qualify for State Conference.

NMMEA All-State Band Percussionist Ralph Ramirez
NMMEA All-State Band members (l. to r.) Gerson Oronia, Luis Navarrette, and Gio Salas.

Meghan Garcia

Lobo musicians were the only band members from the Gadsden Independent School District to qualify and participate in the 2018 New Mexico Music Educators’ Association conference held on January 10-13 In Albuquerque, NM.

Twice as many Lobos qualified this year as compared to last year. Gerson Oronia qualified for his third year in a row. As a junior he was placed in symphonic band and earned second chair for tuba. Luis Navarrete qualified his first attempt and is also a junior. He was placed in small school band and received first chair for tenor saxophone. His younger brother, freshman Geo Salas, also qualified his first year and was placed in small school band and earned second chair for tenor saxophone. Rafael Ramirez, a freshman,  also qualified in his first year. He placed in small school band, third chair for percussion.

Lobos, along with hundreds of other musicians from the entire state of New Mexico, performed contemporary classical music, which is known to have started in the mid-1970s and stayed popular into early 2000s. Contemporary music includes modernist, postmodern, neoromantic and pluralist music.

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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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