The CHMS Post

March 1, 2023

Challenger Middle School Mission

To provide an exemplary education that develops critical thinking and problem solving skills which inspire our students to challenge their minds and charge their spirits.

Principal's Corner

Hello Charger Families!

We are rapidly approaching the end of Quarter 3 and Spring Break is near! There are only two and a half weeks left in the quarter. With that said, we need to make sure all students finish strong. One way we can do that is by making attendance a priority. Please make sure your child is here each and every day so that they get the most instruction and have a chance to complete all assignments. Students should be diligently checking FOCUS for grades and keeping up to date with all assignments. Parents, please support this endeavor by checking FOCUS with your students. Challenger would like to see as many students as possible attend the Quarter 3 celebration!

Aside from academics, our final sports of the year - golf and tennis - will be starting towards the end of the month. Both family Math Night and our next dance are also coming up, and we can't wait to see all of our student's smiling faces at these events.

We are so very proud of the students at Challenger Middle and their academic growth. If you see that your student is underperforming please feel free to call the school to schedule an appointment with his/her teachers. Student success - emotionally, physically, and academically - are our first priority.


Stacia Winfree

Principal – Challenger Middle

Spring Break is Coming!

Spring Break will be the week of March 20th-24th.

Relax and enjoy this time with your families!

We cannot wait to see you back and ready to learn Monday, March 27th.

Fortify FL

FortifyFL is a suspicious activity reporting tool that allows you to instantly relay information to appropriate law enforcement agencies and schools.

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PBIS Donations

Challenger is in need of PBIS reward items!

Item examples from Sams/Costco:

Airheads, Takis, Tootsie Pops, Hot chip variety pack, Fruit snacks, Pringles (small individual cans), Swedish fish (individual), Sour patch kids (individual), and small Slim Jims

Items can be donated to the front office and donators will be recognized in our following newsletter!

Upcoming Events...

"You Had Me at Aloha" Dance

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Our next dance, "You Had Me at Aloha" will be on March 10th in the Gym from

4:25 pm - 5:45 pm with prompt pick up at 6:00 pm!

Tickets are $5 each and will be available for purchase outside of Ms. Spero's room from

January 27th - March 7th!

You must have both signed permission slips turned in with money to purchase a ticket. For questions or to get the permission slips please see Ms. Spero (room 1-144).

Say Something Week

Celebrate Your School's Student Upstanders And Trusted Adults!

Join us for Say Something Week: March 13-17, 2023!

Each year, thousands of schools and youth organizations nationwide participate in Say Something Week, celebrating the importance of trusted adults and upstanders in your community!

Know The Signs. Say Something. Save Lives.

Our national Say Something Week creates a culture to prevent school violence.

Literacy Week

We will be celebrating literacy week from March 13th - 17th with reading-themed dress-up days. The entire week, we will be celebrating literacy with decorations, book-related activities, games, and much more! Please join us in our celebrations by dressing up in the daily themes shown below!

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Family Math Night

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Family Math Night will be on March 14th (otherwise known as Pi Day) from 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm!

It will be located in the Cafeteria and open to both students and families!

Join us for fun games, silent auctions, food and drinks, and the chance to pie some teachers in the face! For more information, or to RSVP please reach out to your math teacher.

Please RSVP by March 10th

πŸƒ Challenger Cup 5K πŸ†

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On April 1, 2023, from 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM Challenger Middle School will be hosting our annual Challenger Cup Spring Fling 5k!

Awards will be given to first, second, and third-place age group winners. Large beautiful crystal cup trophies will be awarded to men's and women's overall winners. Smaller cup trophies will be awarded to men's and women's Masters, Grandmasters, and Senior Grandmasters.

Find the event on Facebook to stay updated:

Use the button below to sign up for the event!

πŸ’ Spring Fling πŸ’

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On Saturday, April 1, 2023, Challenger Middle School will be hosting our Spring Fling event!

The entire event will kick off with the Challenger Cup 5K at 8:00 AM, with the Spring Fling following, starting at 10:00 AM and ending at 12:00 PM.

There will be food trucks, obstacle courses, carnival games, a dunk tank, face painting, temporary tattoos, colored hair spray, and so much more!

Entry Price: $1 for Children, $2 for Adults

Tickets will also be available for purchase for the activities at the event.

We hope you can join us for a day full of fun activities!

Talent Show Auditions

We are looking for all talents, including musicians, dancers, athletes, comedians, magicians, actors, singers, etc ….please help spread the news!

Talent Show AUDITIONS are coming up on April 3rd,

4:15 pm - 6 pm!!!

Annie Performances!

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Challenger Middle School will be presenting three performances of Annie KIDS from

April 26th - 28th all starting at 6:30pm!

Tickets are $5 each, and parents/family are welcome to attend.

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πŸŒοΈβ€β™€οΈ Golf & Tennis 🎾

Both golf and tennis sign-ups will be taking place March 27th, 2023, with teams being chosen by April 11th.

Students will meet in the gym at dismissal. The first day of the sport, students will receive information about what is needed to continue. All sports are free of charge, with buses provided to each event. Intramural and insurance information must be signed and returned prior to practice. These forms will go home the first day of sign ups. The day of sign ups, please have a ride by 5:00 pm, or approval and registration to go to After Care.

Please feel free to email Coach Mac (tennis) at or Coach Brooks (golf) at for any questions or concerns.


Soccer ⚽

Our girls and boys' soccer teams have had a wonderful season and worked so very hard both in practice and during games. We want to congratulate all soccer players on an excellent season!

We are all very proud of their growth and are looking forward to a strong finish of the season!

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Our 6th-grade ELA teachers did a mini room/hallway transformation with a Toys R Us theme this past month! They were teaching Central Idea, using an article that focused on the downfall of the Toys R Us empire.

Our 6th-grade students spent two weeks diving deep into central idea with engaging lessons, fun games, and remembering to never grow up!

Blackout & Spiral Poetry

In Ms. Aulet's 8th grade Language Arts class, students got creative with blackout and spiral poetry creations! To make blackout poetry, students get a random page from a book and they have to black out the page, apart from a few words to create a poem. Spiral poetry is pretty much described by its name, students make a poem in a spiral shape. We loved getting to see the amazing poetry that students created!

Spelling Bee 🐝

We had another successful school spelling bee this year! Our spelling bee had 42 participants and went through a total of 31 rounds! Congratulations to everyone who participated and a special congratulations to our top three winners!

1st place - Austin Stout (6th grade)

2nd place - Dominic Lopez (6th grade)

3rd place - Elijah Janssen (8th grade)

Austin Stout and Dominic Lopez will go on to represent Challenger at the District Spelling Bee held Thursday, March 9th @ Three Oaks Middle!!! We are so proud of all of our participants!

NJHS Volunteer Work

A few weeks ago, NJHS took a trip to the Second Act thrift store, which raises money for domestic abuse shelters. Students were earning volunteer hours and helping organize and distribute donations.

Challenger Ambassadors

On Friday, February 17th our Challenger Ambassadors & Jazz Band visited Skyline Elementary to talk about everything middle school! Whether or not they are becoming a Charger, our Ambassadors shared what all incoming middle school students need to know! Plus our Jazz Band had an amazing performance.


Each year the Southwest Florida & Lee County Fair offers a space to display livestock, agriculture, crafts, and the like in a safe, family-oriented environment. Challenger participates by setting up a booth that is themed differently each year. Our theme this year was "Barn in the USA" and some of our classes decorated little furry friends based on different states. The fair runs from February 23rd - March 5th, make sure you stop by and check out our booth!

Jazz Band MPA Results

Please help us in congratulating the students of this year’s Charger Jazz Band. They were the only middle school in Lee County to earn a Superior (Grade equivalent to an A) rating at the Florida Band Masters Association District 18 Music Performance Assessment this weekend. Furthermore, they were the only middle school Jazz Band in our district since the 2019-2020 school year to earn a Superior at Jazz Band MPA (MPA is like our band FSA).

Please congratulate our Jazz Band students and Mr. Devitt for this amazing accomplishment!

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Class Pet of the Month

Shell-B the Tortoise!

Shell-B is a 7-year-old Russian Tortoise that resides in Mr. Herrera's classroom (Mr. Herrera Senior). His diet consists of only lettuce. According to Mr. Herrera, Shell-B has absolutely no personality, and that's what makes him so funny. He is an expert excavator and loves to dig tunnels all around his tank. His enclosure consists of a lake and a cave so he can either relax or explore.

March Bus Driver of the Month!

Our March bus driver of the month is Lourdes Padrom from 1943! We're thankful for her always being on time, both morning and afternoon! She is a great example of the Challenger spirit.

New Teacher Shout Out, Ms. Flecha!

Ms. Flecha is brand new at Challenger Middle School, and brand new to teaching! This is her first year as a teacher, she's been with us and teaching for only two months! For fun, Ms. Flecha likes walking and spending time with family and friends. When asked what her favorite part of teaching is, she told us she loves when she can see that a student has learned something and she loves the way they make her laugh. We are so lucky to have Ms. Flecha at Challenger!

7th-Grade Chick-Fil-A Spirit Night

At the end of January, Challenger hosted a spirit night at Chick-Fil-A to raise money for our 7th graders! The spirit night was a HUGE success, and we wanted to thank everyone that came out to support us!!! We'll see you at the next one! 😊

March Students of the Month!

We would like to congratulate the following students on their outstanding excellence in school! Each student listed below was specifically selected by one or more of their teachers to receive this award. We are very proud of our students and the hard work they continue to put in.

6th Grade

Kendal Albers

Marina Azeir

Lexi Cass

Victoria Cepeda

Logan Creamer

Lillianna Damas

Dawkins Early

Preston Gaul

Abigale Gulli

Mekael Jean Baptiste

Mo Liu

Olivia Martin

William Moffett

Faith Phelps

Kaden Stubblefield

7th Grade

Dylan Acosta-Machin

Yuliana Aleman

Samantha Andragna

Jacob Bradley

Kyle Carter

Renata Harasimowicz

Christopher Hernandez

Norah Huizenga

Emily Luda

Bryce Moser

Kirra Pierre

Max Rodriguez

Jaidenmarie Vandunk

8th Grade

Dakota Baldwin

Roger Gonzalez

Melissa Laborde

Sophia Martinez

O'meir Nalls

Andy Quizhpi

Erickalyn Rodriguez

Santiago Ruano

PTO & Parent Shout-Out!

We would like to say a HUGE thank you to both our PTO and parents for donating all the wonderful goodies for our Valentine Day staff appreciation! An extra thank you goes out to Mrs. Simon for organizing the entire thing. We loved all of the sweet treats that were provided. Our teachers and staff are so thankful for you and your generosity!

NJHS Shout-Out!

Thank you so much NJHS and Ms. Spero for sponsoring the Valentine's bus driver appreciation! Another thank you to Ms. Williamson as well for helping organize the event. We were able to celebrate some very deserving staff members of our school with coffee, sweet treats, and goodie bags. We are super thankful for our bus drivers, and NJHS!

Mental Health Corner

Our school psychologist, Ms. Linehan has created a resource for the month of March to better our mental health! It includes some fun health promotion videos for students to focus on mindfulness.

Click the link below to check it out!!!


PTO/SAC Meetings occur the first Thursday of every month. Our next meeting will take place on March 2, 2023.

PTO will start at 5:30pm and run until 6:00pm.

SAC will then begin at 6:00pm and go until 6:30pm.

All PTO/SAC Meetings will be held in person at Challenger Middle School in the Media Center.

Who am I?

Below you will find a riddle that hints at a staff member at Challenger Middle School. Reading the clues, take your best guess as to who the riddle is about, and submit your answer using the Google Form below!

Whoever guesses correctly will receive kudos from Mrs. Wilke!

The winners will be chosen and announced on March 15th, 2023!

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Important Dates

Below are a list of dates for when both interims and report cards will be available to both students and parents. 😊

1st Quarter

Interim – Sept. 12th

Report Card – Nov. 1st

2nd Quarter

Interim – Nov. 16th

Report Card – Jan. 13th

3rd Quarter

Interim – Feb. 9th

Report Card – March 22nd

4th Quarter

Interim – April 27th

Report Card – June 12th

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Out of Field Teachers

Florida State Statute 1012.42 recognizes that teachers at times must be assigned duties in a class outside the field in which the teacher is certified. The following teachers at Challenger Middle School are engaged in training to add the required endorsements and certifications to their teaching certificate:

Anthony Barbier

Abbey Flecha

Mariel Orengo

Lee County School Board

Armor Persons, District 5 (Chair)

Samuel Fisher, District 1 (Vice Chair)

Melisa W. Giovannelli, District 2

Chris N. Patricca, District 3

Debbie Jordan, District 4

Jada Langford-Fleming, District 6

Cathleen O'Daniel Morgan, District 7

Kathy Dupuy-Bruno, Esq., Board Attorney

Dr. Christopher Bernier