One of Challenger's vice principals, Mr. Bauer, has been working on the school's emergency plan to ensure the safety of our students and staff in case of natural disaster or any other kind of emergency. Each year staff is trained on emergency procedures, emergency drills are conducted with students, and our safety plan is revised to meet current safety standards. After reassessing the plan, we launched our Safety Project to improve our safety equipment and supplies.

PTSA has very generously donated money to pay for the cost of an emergency supply kit for each room in the school. This kit is very useful for any short-term emergency. We are still looking for assistance to purchase some equipment and long-term emergency supplies.

The Mira Mesa Town Council recently donated $500 toward the purchase of emergency water storage containers. We are very appreciative of their support and the assistance Mr. Jon Labaw provided to facilitate this donation.

If you have any connections or would like to donate to the project, please contact Mr. Stefan Bauer at 858-586-7001 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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 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


  • 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

    Challenger PTO Honorary Service Award Nomination Form

  • Jazz Katz Concert
    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:
    Contact Telephone: 
  • 2019-20 Program Cards Due from 6th & 7th Graders
    Tuesday, March 19, 2019