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. 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 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 or 858-586-7001, extension 2216.


    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 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 or 858-586-7001, extension 2216.


    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


  4. Measles

    There is currently a Global Travel Notice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for measles.

    Measles is still common in other countries. 

    Measles remains a common disease in many parts of the world. Each year around the world, an estimated 10 million people get measles, and about 110,000 of them die from it.

    In the United States, most of the measles cases result from international travel. The disease is brought into the United States by unvaccinated people who get infected in other countries. Typically 2 out of 3 of these unvaccinated travelers are Americans. They can spread measles to other people who are not protected against measles, which sometimes leads to outbreaks.


    Before You Travel - Make sure you and your family are protected against measles. 

    The best way to protect yourself and your loved ones from measles is by getting vaccinated. You should plan to be fully vaccinated at least 2 weeks before you depart. If your trip is less than 2 weeks away and you’re not protected against measles, you should still get a dose of MMR vaccine. The measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine protects against all 3 diseases. Two doses of MMR vaccine provide 97% protection against measles; one dose provides 93% protection.


    After You Travel Internationally - Watch for measles.

    Measles is highly contagious and can spread to others through coughing and sneezing. Measles is so contagious that if one person has it, 90% of the people close to that person who are not immune will also become infected. An infected person can spread measles to others 4 days before the rash even develops.
    Watch your health for 3 weeks after you return. Measles symptoms typically include:
    •    high fever (may spike to more than 104° F)
    •    cough
    •    runny nose (coryza)
    •    red, watery eyes (conjunctivitis)
    •    rash (3-5 days after symptoms begin)
    If you or your child gets sick with a rash and fever, call your doctor. Be sure to tell your doctor that you traveled abroad, and whether you have received MMR vaccine.

    Read all the information from the CDC about measles at this link.

  5. Garden Harvest

    EcoSquad's school garden has produced a total of 9 harvests with 140 pounds of food which was used in school lunches for students or sold during produce sales to the community.  They were one of the top producers in the district and have won $200 from the La Jolla Village Garden Club.  We are so proud of all of our students and staff who have made the garden such a success!