Challenger MS

  1. New

    Challenger has a new phone network system which required a new number, 858-302-3000.  One of the benefits of the new network is voice mail; you will be able to leave teachers messages.  Please be patient with us as we learn the new system and establish our voice mail boxes.  The fax number will remain the same.  Our old phone number will work for a few months while everyone gets used to the change.

  2. CA_Distinguished_School

    On February 25, the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tony Thurmond, announced that Challenger Middle School is one of the 162 middle and high schools that have been designated a 2019 California Distinguished School.  After a three year break in the program, this is the first year secondary schools have been recognized for exceptional student performance for two consecutive school years or closing the achievement gap between two school years.  Challenger is one of two schools in the San Diego Unified School District who earned this designation, and is the third time Challenger has been awarded this honor with the first time being in 2001 and the second being in 2011.

    The teamwork of dedicated staff, supportive parents, and, of course, hard-working students resulted in Challenger becoming eligible for the award.  Out of pride and love for their school, another team of enthusiastic educators volunteered many hours to complete the collaborative data-driven application within a week’s time.  This document not only included information on the academic success of our students, but expressed our belief in educating the whole child with a focus on our work around mental health awareness.

    We are very proud to have provided and maintained excellent educational opportunities for students for so many years.  Thank you to everyone who has contributed to the success of Challenger Middle School!

    2019 California Distinguished School News Release

  3. CMS Talent Show

    Challenger’s Talent Show is coming soon!  We are looking for students to be in our show.  If you have a talent such as singing, dancing, martial arts, comedy (clean, school appropriate), acting, poetry reading, fashion design, musical instruments, etc., come to the informational meeting on January 29 from 2:00 to 2:30 in Room 913.  We also need stage crew and sound booth members.  Students who want to help with designing the sets and marketing the event - like making posters - are welcome, too!  The show is March 20, 2020 from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm.  See you there!


  4. Space shuttle Challenger mission patch

    Every year, Challenger Middle School honors the seven astronauts who perished in the space shuttle Challenger accident on January 28, 1986.  The rubber O-ring on one of the solid rocket boosters did not seal properly due to the cold weather on the morning of the launch.  Gases leaked causing a fire which led to the break up of the shuttle 73 seconds after launch.  The crew including the first teacher in space, Christa McAuliffe.  For more information about the crew and the accident, please visit the About Us page on the Space Shuttle Crew and First Teacher in Space.

    Challenger families are invited to our memorial ceremony which will take place on Tuesday, January 28, 2020 from 1:15-1:55 PM in the Shuttle Court.  Challenger and Mira Mesa High School students will recite poetry, perform music, and demonstrate AFJROTC routines. 




  5. Date: 
    Monday, February 10, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
    Location Name: 
    Challenger Auditorium
    Location Address: 
    Contact Name: 
    Ms. Tamra Winchell, Counseling Secretary
    Contact Email:
    Contact Telephone: 
    858-302-3000, extension 3022