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AP Class Changes
by Crystal Martinez '21
I interviewed Mr. Romero, our principal at Gallup High, and asked a couple questions about the AP classes and the tests that are taken. When asked if changes to AP classes in 2018 will be made he responded with, “Yes, more classes will be offered and more teachers being AP certified. College and career readiness points for students in AP. Students are allowed to take AP tests without AP classes, however with AP classes they will be better prepared for the test.”`
AP classes help students with preparation for college and even though taking the test is allowed without having taken AP classes, the classes do help with the test scores, points, plus preparation for college and careers. I asked two more questions about AP and how it's going so far; when asked if classes will be dropped if test scores are low, Romero went on to say, “No tests prepare students for college whether passed or not.” Raechelle Sandoval, Associate Editor of the Ambush! School & Community section, also helped me get more information on AP saying, “When we have more people in AP classes and taking the AP test we get more points towards our school grade.”
Last Week's Poll Results!
Last week we asked Ambush! Readers what their class color is and we received a flood of responses. According to the poll, 30% are blue, 20% are red, 20% are yellow, and 30% are green!
Hello, Homecoming Week!
by Raechelle Sandoval '18
Homecoming week celebrates everyone coming back to the school, and the beginning of the school year. This year’s theme is Rockin’ with the Bengal’s, 50s Style. The week is full of fun events, starting Monday, September 11th. Details for each day will be posted at the bottom of the article. Everyone is encouraged to participate in homecoming week, and it can be extremely fun when you do! We want you to have fun, but please remember to dress appropriately each day to avoid being dress coded.
Monday- Class Color Day:
Wear your class color to represent your class with pride! At 6:30 pm class games will be held at the Public School Stadium. Come out and participate with your class at a variety of games, including a chanting contest! Class colors are listed below.
Tuesday- Pajama Day
Relax in your pajamas, especially 50’s style pajamas to embrace the theme of the week! From 5:00-7:00 pm street painting will be help in front of the school. Each class will be given four gallons of paint (one gallon of each color, including black, white, orange, and your class color). Each class will then create a painting, including the theme, Bengal mascot or paws, class name, and year of graduation. At 7:00 pm each painting will be judged and a winner will be decided. Ask your class sponsor for additional rules.
Wednesday- 50’s Sock Hop
Dress like you're from the 50’s! For ideas, look at movies such as Grease, Crybaby, and Mad Men.
Thursday- 50’s Hair-dos and Crazy Socks
Show us your best 50’s hair and crazy socks! From 4:00-7:00 pm we will be decorating for the homecoming assembly. Anyone interested in helping is welcome. We need as much help and we can get!
Friday- Spirit Day
Show all of your Bengal Spirit by wearing your orange and black! The homecoming assembly will be held at 2:30, where the top three king/queen candidates will be announced. From 4:15-5:30 the Homecoming Parade will be held on Coal Street. Then at 7:00 Gallup High Varsity Football will play Shiprock for the Homecoming Game. At halftime the Homecoming King and Queen will be announced!
Saturday- Homecoming Dance
Decorating for the dance will be from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm, lots of help is needed, so please come decorate! The dance will be held from 9:00 pm - 12:00 midnight. Tickets will go on sale Monday, $35 for a couple’s ticket and $20 for a single.
Please remember to show your support for your school and class by participating throughout the week, and most importantly, have fun!
Homecoming King and Queen Candidates!
by Reylena Tsosie '21
Ms. Kurpiel Speaks on Class Games Being Rescheduled
by Rocco Addington '20
This week I interviewed the senior class sponsor, Ms. Kurpiel, about the class games being rescheduled. A lot of students were confused on why the class games were taking place on a Monday because in past years the class games have taken place on Wednesdays during homecoming week.
Ms. Kurpiel claimed the games were moved to Monday due to a scheduling error. It has been confirmed that the games will be held September 11th, due to the scheduling error. The error occurred when the Physical Activity Director, Mr. Malcolm, found out that there was a junior high football game scheduled for Wednesday the 13th.
The class games will be held at 6pm, at the public school stadium. The entrance fee will be two dollars. If you are a senior and you have purchased a class of 2018 shirt from Ms. Kurpiel, that can be used as your admission ticket. Remember to show up in your color to support your class! Freshman are green, sophomores are yellow, juniors are red, and seniors are blue.
Last Week's Poll Results!
Last week we at Ambush! asked our readers how they felt about the free school supplies and 100% of takers said they thought some supplies were useful.
Color Guard, More Than Carrying Flags
by Alizay Chavez '21
Why is color guard important? Why do we have color guard? What is color guard? Color guard is a guard is in charge of carrying the national flag and any regimental colors. The guards march with the flags alongside two rifles. The point of color guard is to honor the flags. Color guard has been apart of the military for many years, dating back to the early 17th century. In the ancient times, armies would march into battles carrying flags with the symbolic colors, as well as, insignias of the ruler that they were representing at the time. Today in the military color guard is still around. In this point and time color guard is different, as you can see.
Gallup High Color Guard marched at the football game on Friday, August 25th. Color Guard was lead by Annalise Nez a LET-3 (Leadership, Education, Training). Color Guard was made up of four flags and two rifles. The flags presented were the American flag, New Mexico flag, Army flag, and Navajo nation flag, alongside the first and second rifles. Luke Nelson carried the American flag, and Angelena Benally carried the New Mexico flag. The Army flag was carried by Alizay Chavez and the Navajo Nation flag was carried by Riece Nez. First rifle was represented by Derek Curley, and second rifle was represented by Dion Jerry.
Friday night was calm, with color guard getting ready to march about ten minutes before the game. I was in charge of the Army flag. As a LET-1, I was nervous. It was the very first time I was doing it. During practice, I was more confident in what I was doing. Seeing the people’s faces scared me a bit, but after a while I got lost in thought. I didn't even notice them anymore, but there was still a fear within me. I did not want to mess up at all. The flag was huge compared to me. I was the shortest out of the group. Even though, I had all these fears I still had a great time on color guard. Color guard has been a great experience for me. The only problem I faced with color guard was the harnesses. Since I’m a short person the harnesses were all too big. I ended up with bruises on my thighs and stomach, but I still had a wonderful time
Are School Supplies Being Supplied?
by Lucy Martinez '18
Since the beginning of the 2017 school year, the McKinley County District has came up with the free school supplies policy. This policy consists of making sure every student has what is needed for their classes and the school year. The School supplies consisted of packages of paper, pencils, one notebook, and one three-inch-wide-binder. This has been a very controversial policy that has intrigued many students and teachers.
Many people have been wondering about the amount of money being spent on the school supplies here at Gallup High, so we got to the bottom of it. To find answers to our questions, we went straight to our principal Dominic Romero in an exclusive interview.
With the facts being reached, and learning that about 40 dollars has been spent per student, we wanted to reach out to our peers and teachers to see how they felt about the school supplies.
By the end of the day, this is a first time policy, it may need tweaks, but has high potential with helping more students and teachers in the future. If you want to find out more about the policies, read the press release below.
Gallup High and Teen Health
by Rubi Reyes '21
Many of you may know Gallup High has a Teen Health Clinic for students, located at the back of the school. Some of you may have heard about it but, do not really know what services it provides. Cynthia Gasdia, one of the staff members who works at the Teen Health Clinic says, “The Teen Health Clinic is here for the students because we offer primary care and behavioral health.” She also explains that they do offer confidential services for all students. Ms. Gasdia says, “We do offer confidential services. So that means if a student comes in and they request that, then no information is given out to the parents or the school.” The Clinic also offers immunizations, physicals, and health services if you have a cold. The Teen Health Clinic does not only benefit the students, but also the parents. “One benefit is once you or your parents fill out the packet and sign the consent form, let’s say you get sick, and they are at work, and cannot come and get you. You would be able to come over to the clinic without them to get seen. It saves time for them so that they don’t have to get out of work to take you out of school to take you to the doctor because there is a clinic right outside of school.” “Also a benefit for the students is that you don't have to miss the whole day of school to get seen for something. Students have access to a whole range of services that they can walk across the parking lot to get.” The Health Clinic serves all Mckinley County Schools, not just Gallup High, helping all teens in the community. Ms.Gasdia also says, “It’s a good feeling when you know you’ve helped someone that needs the help and that they don’t have to go out of their way for.” The Presbyterian Teen Health Clinic has been open for more than ten years.
Clinics across the United States offer walk in appointments as well. Most of the Clinics have free medical and counselling services. But not all clinics have the same opportunities as others. Some have a fee, and others do not. But all clinics have the same offers as our clinic. The most important objective of all of the Teen Health Clinics is to provide psychiatric help, and help with pregnancies. Many providers at these Clinics report more behavioral issues and pregnancies than any other issue. All clinics offer free to low cost birth control, and therapy. Our Teen Health Clinic was once opened four days a week. But, because of funding issues were forced to reduce the amount of days they were open. Now the clinic is only open on Tuesdays, from 8am till 2pm. They are open to everyone and give all students equal opportunities to receive health care.
Many Teen Health Clinics offer abortions as a solution for teen pregnancies. They also offer free information, and free advice on how to prevent getting any type of Sexually Transmitted Diseases. Some Clinics also offer free to low cost STD testing, which is extremely confidential. Teenagers all over the country should know about these clinics, and the opportunities they all have available to them. There are many opportunities teens miss out on and this opportunity is too good to be missed as well. Even though many teens feel like being a teen is all about being carefree, all teens should be aware of the many dangers of diseases they are at a high risk to get. With these clinics, more students can feel safe getting help, as well as have more opportunities to get help. Be sure to check them out and go when in need of any of the services listed above.
Last Week's Poll Results!
Last week we asked Ambush! readers how they felt about their teachers and found out that 62% of poll takers are worried about a few teachers, but like the rest, 25% felt good and like they might get along, and 13% are confident they'll be great.
Calling All Seniors!
by Rachelle Sandoval '18
With the new school year starting there is a lot to plan. Homecoming is quickly approaching and we need your help! The senior class officers are currently searching for people to be on the float as well as participate in homecoming week activities. We cannot do this without your support! This is the last chance we have to participate and make our mark on the school. If you are interested in participating please contact Ms. Kurpiel or one of the class officers, listed at the bottom of the article, or come to our meetings, held Thursday mornings in B-106.
Senior class officers have graduation, possible class prank, and other senior activities to plan so we will continue to need your help along the way. Please continue to come to class meetings once homecoming is over. There’s a lot to plan and we’d love to have you along the way!
President: Lucy Martinez
Vice President: Lucia Kezle
Representative: Raechelle Sandoval
Secretary: Nelshaylynn Smith
Treasurer: Alora Garcia-Archunde
Ms. Savage Who?
by Rubi Reyes '21
“So for me I had no idea how to apply for college and in my school it was kind of assumed that if you wanted to go to college it was because your parents had or someone in your family had and they’ll help you and that's you on your own time, like we are not going to talk about that here. And that was really hard for because I like really didn't know what I was doing. I was 17 years old and I couldn't really figure out like this really big life decision.”
She later says that she feels that, “K-12 schools really encourage college, and that's something they should help us with, and for me that's something that i thought that needed changing. And other little things I thought needed changing." She wants to prepare her students for the outside world, not just the school world.
When I asked if Ms. Savage, “If most of the students in your class failed an assignment, test or project how would you respond?” and she answered, “I think if most of the students failed it's my fault because I didn't teach that well. And I would go back and review with the student's.” This school year what Ms. Savage would like to accomplish is making her students feel more empowered. She wants her freshman to realize what potential they have to change the school while they are here for their four years and after. Ms. Savage wants her senior students to feel empowered in what they decide to do after high school and that they know that they can do anything that they want and that they can make serious changes to this world.
Last Week's Poll Results!
Last week, 66% of Ambush! Poll takers said they were kinda excited for the 2017-18 school year and the remaining 34% said "yes," they're excited.
Meet Mrs. Renoud, the New Gate Teacher!
by Alizay Chavez '21
Mrs. Renoud, the new gate teacher, cares about her students. Her main goal as a teacher is to see her students succeed in whatever they want to do in life and wants to help her students in any way to help them get to that point. No matter what her students want to do, she will support them as long as they’re not hurting themselves or others in the process. It takes a lot for Mrs. Renoud to write a student up or send a student to the office. Most of the students she has encountered are great and don’t get in trouble with her. The only thing she does not agree with is if the student is doing something illegal or if they are doing something that could harm others.
This week I got the chance to sit and talk to Mrs. Renoud about being a teacher. When she was in fifth grade she decided that she wanted to be a teacher. Her P.E teacher inspired her to be a teacher. At first she wanted to be a nurse, but that plan was shattered when she found out that she didn’t like needles. The next best job for her would be teaching because as a teacher she can still help others. The only problem with teaching is all the paperwork she has to do. Mrs. Renoud tries her best to get all her work done at school, but sometimes she can’t. The Gate Teacher sets aside a day or two to make sure all her work is done. She wants to make sure all her students have a safe environment to work and in class she wants to encourage students to do their best.
At first she wanted to be a P.E teacher because she thought it would be “an awesome job” and P.E is important. Taking care of your body is important Mrs. Renoud. The best thing about a being a teacher to her is to get “to [see her] students succeed in what they want to do.” In the eyes of Mrs. Renoud, a good teacher must be “positive, [have a] passion for what they teach, and just [keep] believing in the kids.” The main reason she continues teaching is she loves what she does and considers it is a great experience for her. Mrs. Renoud believes that teaching is what she was made to do.
The Big Man's Plans
by Lucy Martinez '18
With the new year starting so quickly for many of the staff, including principal Dominic Romero, things are in motion for a year of promoting academics and structure, as well as renovations. With repeating policies from the 2016-17 school year, we at Ambush! News wanted to get the inside scoop on new policies and renovations for the 2017-18 school year directly from the big man himself. Principal Romero was excited to say that fixing the air conditioning is going to be a big priority, with the school’s landscape being second. Renovations have already begun around the school, like new locks on bathroom doors and waxed floors. One of the newest school policies this year is that every student with dual credit must have at least 3.0 with no failing classes, and gifted ed students can not take a class as a teacher’s assistant.
Along with asking about the new renovations and policies, we wanted to know Mr. Romero a bit more to understand him more as a person, and how he plans to help the students at Gallup High. When asked on his philosophy on success, Romero stated, “Life is about what you’re willing to give, not what you’re willing to take.” The Principal, with his philosophy in mind, wants to expose students to as many real world situations as possible, justifying his reasons for introducing new policies and keeping old ones. Principal Romero may appear strict, but he picked his profession because, in his words, “Education is not what I love, I love helping people.”
May Poll Results!
50% of Ambush! Poll takers said they were a 1-2 on the excitement scale, and 50% of Ambush! Poll takers said they were a 6-8 on the excitement scale. 66% of Ambush! Poll takers said they were entering their senior year of high school, and the remaining 44% said they were entering their sophomore year.
What's The GHS Dress Code For 2017-18?
by Sage Addington '18
In case you’re still trying to figure out the Gallup High dress code for the 2017-18 school year, here it is. The dress code is pretty much the same as last year, for the safety reasons hoodies still aren't allowed and you can't wear sweat pants, but there are a few changes. The changes include some restrictions on how GHS spirit shirts may be worn. For example, spirit shirts may not have the sleeves cut off and GHS sweaters may be worn under polos.
Tops-Polo/GHS Spirit Shirt
McKinley County High School Graduation Dates
Of course Gallup High School’s graduation was on May 12th, but there are plenty more graduations in Gallup and the surrounding area still to come.
May 18, 2017 (Thursday)
Tohatchi High School - 6:00 PM
May 19, 2017 (Friday)
Ramah High School - 6:00 PM
Miyamura High School - 6:00 PM, Angelo DiPaolo Memorial Stadium
May 20, 2017 (Saturday)
Central High School - 4:00 PM, MHS Gymnasium
Tse Yi Gai High School - 11:00 AM, Gymnasium
Navajo Pine High School - 10:00 AM
Masquerade in The Garden, a Prom Success
by Raechelle Sandoval '18
April Poll Results!
50% of Ambush! Survey takers said they prefer being on block schedule during testing, 25% said they'd prefer regular schedule, and 25% said they were indifferent. 50% of Ambush! Poll takers said they think they probably passed PARCC, 25% said they think they did great, and the other 25% saying they're sure they failed.
March Poll Results!
If the school offered a dress-down day for a fee of $1 or $2, 50% of survey takers said they'd participate and the other 50% saying maybe.
Rotary Seniors of the Year
by Raechelle Sandoval '18
Each year, a male and female senior are chosen monthly as Rotary Seniors of the Month; Almost every month there Rotary Senior are chosen, except for short months or months where the school and seniors are too busy. These seniors are picked from the top ten of their class. Seniors chosen for Seniors of the Month are then eligible to be chosen on Seniors of the Year.
This year, those seniors are Kyler Edsitty and Destiny Touchine, currently first and second in their class respectively. This Wednesday they will be honored at a luncheon where they will give a speech. Following the luncheon, the seniors of the year will have an interview to determine how much money each senior of the year from the various schools gets for their scholarship.
Destiny and Kyler had to work very hard in school and do extra-curricular activities to receive this award. Kyler is president of both NHS and Key Club, and Destiny is a captain on the dance team and treasurer of NHS. Both also accel in their multiple AP classes.
We wish them both luck in their interviews and in their future endeavors.
Breaking News! Success
by Raechelle Sandoval '18
Gallup Bengal Drama presented the play Breaking News! On April 6th, 7th, and 8th, with great turnouts every night. The audience number was much larger than last semester’s performance of Steel Magnolias. The cast felt extremely good with their performances, and many of the audience members cast and crew talked to have said they had a great time watching.
The large turnout brought in enough money for the club to easily continue next year. The money raised from tickets will help the club to buy scripts for upcoming plays, as well as pay the expensive rights to perform the plays the club chooses to perform in the future.
The club hopes to continue the growth of both viewers and participants in the club as time goes on. If you are interested in acting or helping backstage in upcoming plays keep an eye out for auditions and meetings. Even you don’t want to participate, the club hopes you will take time to watch out future performances.
by Sage Addington '18
A failing news station and a ruthless news director determined to make his channel "number one" by Friday makes for numerous crimes against reporters. Who will be next in Andrew Lando's rampage for ratings?
Find out April 6, 7, and 8th at Kenneth Holloway Auditorium located on 1055 Rico St. Each night "Breaking News" will be preformed at 7:00 PM with a special dinner theater on Saturday, April 8th at 6:00 PM. Tickets for the play are $6 for adults, $4 for students, and a dinner ticket totals at $15. Dinner tickets must be booked in advance before April 3rd.
For dinner tickets, contact Ms. Edelson at email@example.com
Regular tickets can be purchased at the door before the performance.
Rock a Style… Even with Dress Code!
Dress code is a thing almost every student complains about, but that doesn’t mean you still can’t rock a style. GHS Ambush! challenges you to embrace the dress code and rock a style. Whether it’s a spirit shirt or polo, jeans or khakis, we want to see your style. If you see someone rocking a style, snap a picture and send it to us along with the student’s name and grade. We’d love to see how you and your friends rock your style, even with a dress code in place.
Please send pictures of students in dress code that seem to have great style. Show your style yourself and have a friend take a pic. Those who we feel are truly rocking a style will have the chance to be featured in the newspaper!
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Or reach us on Twitter at @GHS Ambush