Challenger MS

  1. 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

  2. Welcome mat

    Challenger has scheduled some campus tours this year primarily directed toward parents who are interested in enrolling their student at Challenger for the 2019-2020 school year.  Students are welcome to accompany their parent. 

    Campus Tour

    The morning campus tours will begin with a brief introduction to the campus and key staff personnel and continue with our students from our ASB student leadership course guiding the way.  While on the tour of the campus, visitors will get a chance to visit 2-3 classrooms and ask questions which our ASB students will answer from a student perspective.  The tour finishes with a question/answer session with staff members. 

    Time:8:30-9:30 AM

    Dates:Monday, October 22 or Friday, November 9

    RSVP: Please contact our counseling secretary, Tamra Winchell at twinchell@sandi.net or 858-586-7001, extension 2219 to reserve your space on one of the tours.  Please include the number of people that will be in your group.  Spanish speakers can contact Maria Yap at mpimental-yap@sandi.net or 858-586-7001, extension 2216.

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    Campus Tour with the Principal

    This evening tour begins at 5:30 PM in the Shuttle Court with Principal Kate Dominique and a couple of our ASB students.  As a bonus, visitors are welcome to stay for a fall concert featuring Challenger's Symphonic and Concert Bands.  They will be playing with special guests, the Pomerado Community Band. 

    Time: 5:30-6:30 PM

    Date: Wednesday, October 24

    RSVP: Please contact our counseling secretary, Tamra Winchell at twinchell@sandi.net or 858-586-7001, extension 2219 to reserve your space on one of the tours.  Please include the number of people that will be in your group.  Spanish speakers can contact Maria Yap at mpimental-yap@sandi.net or 858-586-7001, extension 2216.

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    Fall Concert - Symphonic and Concert Bands with special guests, the Pomerado Community Band

    Time: 7:00-8:30 PM

    Date: Wednesday, October 24

    Cost: Free

    RSVP: No need to reserve a space for this event.

     

    Campus Tour Flyer

    Mira Mesa School Cluster and Neighborhood Boundaries

     

  3. 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.

  4. Date: 
    Monday, August 19, 2019 - 8:00am to Thursday, August 22, 2019 - 2:00pm

    The finance office will be open from 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM from August 19-22 for people to purchase PE clothing and locks.  Locks will be given out at time of purchase.  Receipts for the clothing will need to be saved and brought back to school to pick up the PE clothing either during orientation or to the PE teachers once school starts.

    Location Name: 
    Challenger Middle School, Finance Office
    Location Address: 
    Contact Name: 
    Julie Vitale, Finance Clerk
    Contact Email: 
    jvitale@sandi.net
    Contact Telephone: 
    858-586-7001, ext. 2211
  5. Mental Health Awareness

     

    May 28 - Challenger TV - During advisory students will learn the difference between mental health and mental illness.  Students will wear green bracelets all week to remind them to find positive ways to cope with life stressors.

    You're Invited! May 29 - During a lengthened advisory, students will participate in different types of coping activities: yoga, deep breathing, mindful coloring, healthy eating, walking a labryrinth, trust circles, saying it out loud, and petals of discovery.  The activities are from 7:15-7:44 AM.  Please sign in at the front office.  No need to make a reservation.

    May 30 - ASB TV - ASB students interview students about coping with their mental health challenges.  They will share how to get help at Challenger and ask for help outside the school.

    May 31 - Deep Breathing Rally - ASB student leader, Reese Cormier, will lead a rally of all the students in the Shuttle Court in a short session of deep breathing and meditation during advisory. 

    Mental Health Day Flyer