September 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 to all Challenger Chargers & Families!

I hope this message finds you well. It is with great pleasure that I write to you today, just over a month into the new school year. I am thrilled to see the enthusiasm and dedication that our students have displayed to make our start of year successful and enjoyable.

In these past few weeks, our school has come alive with the energy of learning, creativity, and growth. It has been heartening to witness our students immerse themselves in their classes, participate actively in extracurricular activities, and build strong relationships with their peers and teachers.

We are nearing the halfway point for Quarter 1, which means Interim Reports will be available very soon. Q1 Interims will be posted on students FOCUS portal accounts on Wednesday, September 13th. 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

Thank you!

Challenger would like to extend a very big thank you to Bob Evans Restaurant on Pine Island and Panera on Pine Island!

Thank you for your generosity in donating breakfast for our teachers. Bob Evans was very generous in providing Biscuits and gravy, while Panera was generous in providing bagels, cream cheese, and coffee. Thank you very much to Jill from Bob Evans and Neil from Panera!

Connect With Lee Virtual Tutoring

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Sports Physical Night

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2023-2024 Golden Apple Nominations!

Each year the Foundation for Lee County Public Schools honors six amazing Lee County educators at the annual Golden Apple Recognition Banquet in the Spring. Please take a minute and use the form below to nominate an outstanding teacher who has impacted you or your child's life!


  1. Click the button below to go to the website
  2. Click "Register" in the top right corner
  3. Create your profile
  4. Click the dropdown and select "Golden Apple Nominations", then click "Create"
  5. Complete the form with the correct information
  6. Click "Submit as FINAL" to record your response


Upcoming Events...

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Join us to help raise funds for the District 6 Jr Thespian Drama Club on

Thursday, September 14th from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm at Sky Zone located at

14181 S Tamiami Trail #140, Fort Myers, FL 33912

Everyone must have the SkyZone flyer (linked below) in order for us to receive credit, so please bring the paper flyer, OR students can show the flyer on their phones when buying tickets.

Everyone must also have the waiver filled out before they can jump, which can be found on Sky Zone's website:

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In 2022, over 60,000 educators from around the world participated in Rock Your School, impacting over 1,000,000 students! That’s why we’re bringing back Rock Your School in 2023! Join us on Friday, September 29th, and Rock Your School!

Jr. Thespian District Festival Auditions

Students auditioning for the Jr Thespian District Individual Event Festival:

Prepare a memorized acting or musical theatre selection from a published play or musical. Students that are selected from the audition will need to be available for the festival held at NFMAA on Saturday, November 11th from 8 am-4 pm.

If selected there will be a registration fee.

Please email Mrs. Leonard with any questions.

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Jr. Thespian Drama Club

The next Jr. Thespian Drama Club Meeting will take place on Tuesday, September 5th from 4:15 pm - 5:30 pm.

Location: 2-116

Contact Ms. Leonard for further details.

Science Olympiad Club

The first Science Olympiad Club meeting will be held on:

Wednesday, September 6th from 4:15 pm – 5:30 pm

Location: room 1-226

What Is Science Olympiad?

Science Olympiad is a competition for students. Teams are comprised of up to 15 students. Teams compete in different events that are rooted in mathematics, physics, chemistry, earth and space science, biology, and engineering. Students engage in hands-on, interactive, and inquiry-based activities that are lab-based, research-based, or design and construct a device to test at competitions.

Students can see Mr. Ernst for permission forms.

Student Council

The first Student Council Club meeting will be held on:

Tuesday, September 12th from 4:15 pm – 5:15 pm

Location: room 1-243

Students can see Ms. Spero for permission forms and more information about Student Council.

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Starting this school year (2023-2024), all middle school students participating in any sport are required to receive a health exam (also known as a physical) from their healthcare provider and submit a completed medical evaluation form to the school before the tryouts of whichever sport they are participating in.

Click the link below for the form you will need to have completed. YOU MUST USE THIS SPECIFIC FORM. NO OTHER FORM WILL BE ACCEPTED.

Cross Country 👟



Students will meet in the gym at dismissal. On the first day of the sport, students will receive information about what is needed to continue. Intramural and insurance information must be signed and returned prior to practice. Along with the intramural form, students must also submit a current medical evaluation form and an after-school activity form. 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.

Contact Ms. Sierocinski, the school athletic director at with any questions or concerns.

Basketball 🏀

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PTO/SAC will be held in person this school year, with an optional Microsoft Teams link, which can be found on the school's website. The meeting occurs every second Thursday of the month.

Our very first PTO/SAC meeting will take place on Thursday, September 14th in the Media Center

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. 13th

Report Card – Oct. 19th

2nd Quarter

Interim – Nov. 15th

Report Card – Jan. 1st

3rd Quarter

Interim – Feb. 7th

Report Card – Mar. 20th

4th Quarter

Interim Apr. 24th

Report Card – Jun. 7th

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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:

Subject Area:

Heather D'Archangel

Alejandra Matos


Anthony Barbier

Abbey Park

Joseph Herrera

Katelyn Jaramillo

Emilia Marsh

Geoff Moser

Ashley Nodal

Mariel Orengo

Tyler Reeve

Allen Szyrwiel

Fortify FL

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

To visit this website go to

Per the Code of Federal Regulation we are required to put a notice out to students and parents stating the following:

EPA 40 CFR 763

This school has been recently inspected and certain asbestos-containing materials or assumed to be asbestos-containing materials such as: fire doors or roofing materials that are tested prior to repairs or removal as needed, have been located in the school buildings. Please be aware that the School District of Lee County has an active management plan designed to ensure that the building is maintained safely for all occupants. These materials are being controlled in accordance with the Asbestos Management Program for the School and following the limitations and procedures of the policies and requirements of the Asbestos O&M Program. The report lists the location, quantity, and condition of all known materials and contains the details of the control procedures, and is available at the school office for your inspection during normal school hours. Copies of the school’s asbestos file can be supplied to you at a cost upon submittal of request.

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