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As a community we work to develop and nurture:

Life-long learners
A love of learning
The pursuit of personal excellence
Responsible citizens of good character
A safe environment
A community that embraces diversity

 

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Challenger Middle School
10810 Parkdale Avenue
San Diego, CA 92126

(858) 586-7001 Phone
(858) 271-520 Fax

The Parent Orientation Meeting on January 11 will help parents understand the process and how to prioritize elective courses for their student.  We hope that all of our incoming 6th grade parents will join us on Wednesday, January 11 at 6:00 PM in Challenger's auditorium.  Students are also welcome to attend. 

Join the party!  Bring the whole family!  Volunteers from the San Diego Astronomy Association will bring their amazing telescopes to Challenger's Shuttle Court on Tuesday, January 17 to view the wonders of the night sky.  They love to share their knowledge and spark the imaginations of young people.  Challenger will be serving hot chocolate and hot cider.  We will begin viewing at 5:30 PM and hope the sky is clear through 7:30 PM.  Please do not bring any flashlights as the light affects the telescopes and people's ability to view the sky. 

The event will take place weather permitting.  If there is cloud cover, the event will be canceled.

View the Night Sky Through Telescopes at the Challenger Star Party
Monday, March 7 from 6:30-8:30 PM - Weather Permitting

Challenger is hosting a Star Party with the members of the San Diego Astronomy Association in the Shuttle Court. They bring their own telescopes so we can see Mars, Venus, Jupiter and all kinds of wonderful sights in the sky. Free hot chocolate or cider will be available. We hope for clear skies and to see many families from the Mira Mesa community in attendance!

This special event is great for parents of incoming 5th grade students and any parent who wishes to know more about the school.

  • Find out about the articulation process and timeline
  • Hear presentations about student courses, activities, and special programs
  • Participate in the question/answer session
  • Assistance with Spanish translation will be available.

    Challenger's Auditorium
    10810 Parkdale Ave
    San Diego, CA 92126

You are invited to a Challenger Middle School Campus Tours

Join Dr. Divya Kakaiya as she facilitates interactive discussions on cyberbullying, the digital divide, the impact of social media on the teen brain, attachment parenting, bully-proofing your child, parenting skills and strategies, and how to raise a sustainable digital family! More information

Date: Wednesday, October 7
Time: 6:00 - 7:30 PM
Location: Challenger Middle School Auditorium

rubic cube winners On March 14, Super Stem Saturday, Mira Mesa students had the fastest hands and brains in the county! Challenger's Rubik's Cube Club won first place and Mira Mesa High School's club won second place. Challenger students took first and second place in the solo category. The first place soloist was Norman Ta and the second place soloist was Sushanth Byru. We are so very impressed with your skills! Congratulations to you all. For more information, click here.

Congratulations to the Challenger MESA winners. This year’s MESA Day Competition at San Diego State University (SDSU) had 13 middle schools competing against each other in 9 different categories - Solo Math, Team Math, Prosthetic Arm, Mousetrap Car, EggXpress, Speak Up, Gliders, Stick Together, and Model Science - Gastrointestinal Physiology.

 

Challenger Middle School and the San Diego Astronomer’s Association Welcomes Mira Mesa Families to a Star Party

Challenger Middle School
10810 Parkdale Ave, San Diego, CA 92126

Monday, February 9, 2015
6:00-8:00 PM – or until the sky clouds up

  • Weather permitting. Cloud cover = cancellation
  • Free Hot Cocoa or Hot Cider
  • No flashlights, please
  • View Venus, Mars, Jupiter, the Moon, the Orion Nebula, and other celestial bodies through telescopes set up by SDAA club members.

Challenger Middle School science teacher Danny Cook takes his classes on a virtual field trip with a real-life California State Park’s ranger. Students get to have a conversation, ask questions, and taking a tour in real-time! More information click here

Campus Tours are open to Interested Students and Parents
Please RSVP to reserve your space for one of these dates:
November 21
December 10
January 8

Parents and students interested in enrolling at Challenger for the 2015-2016 school year are welcome join us on one of the following dates from 8:30-9:30 AM to tour the school. You will have a chance to meet the principal, a counselor, and registrar, tour the school led by some of our ASB student leaders, and have an opportunity to ask questions.

Raising Resilient Teens in our Digital World
By Dr. Divya Kakaiya

Dr. Kakaiya will facilitate interactive discussions on cyberbullying, the digital divide, the impact of social media on the teen brain, attachment parenting, bully-proofing your child, parenting skills and strategies, and how to raise a sustainable digital family. Check the Flyer for more details.

October 8th at 6 PM in the Challenger Auditorium. All Mira Mesa parents are welcome. You do not need to have a child at Challenger to attend. You do not need to RSVP. Provided by the Challenger PTSA

 

Challenger MS News

22 March 2019

  • We Are Proud To Be A 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

  • Challenger Campus Tours

    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

     

  • Nominate An Outstanding Volunteer

    Dear Parents, Teachers and Staff of Challenger Middle School,

     The PTO is proud of the many volunteers who give their time and energy to the various programs and activities at our school and in our community. To acknowledge these volunteers, the PTO sponsors the Honorary Service Awards Program. This is YOUR opportunity to submit the name of an individual that has contributed outstanding service to the children and/or families of Challenger Middle School.

    The nominee may be:

    *Teacher* *Student*  *Staff Member*  *Parent*    *Community Member*

     The PTO will review the nominations and select the Honorary Service Award recipients for the 2018-2019 school year.

     When nominating an individual, please include their name, reason for nomination (please be specific), your name and email address. The deadline for the nomination is Friday, May 3rd. If you have any questions, please email challengermiddleschoolpto@gmail.com.

    Challenger PTO Honorary Service Award Nomination Form

  • Jazz Katz Concert
    Date: 
    Wednesday, March 13, 2019 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
    Location Name: 
    Challenger Middle School Auditorium
    Location Address: 
    Contact Name: 
    Mr. Ted Foster, Instrumental Music Director
    Contact Email: 
    efoster@sandi.net
    Contact Telephone: 
    858-586-7001
  • 2019-20 Program Cards Due from 6th & 7th Graders
    Date: 
    Tuesday, March 19, 2019