Eagle's Eye News

May 8, 2022

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Greetings Challenger Middle School families and students,


We have two and a half weeks left of school and it will go by fast. Please make sure to share with your child the importance of staying on task and completing/turning in all work. We need a strong finish over the next 12.5 school days!


Star Reading and Math assessments will be given this week. Our goal is 100% participation on both assessments. Students will take the STAR Reading Test on Tuesday, May 10. Students will take the STAR Math Test on Wednesday, May 11. Any make-ups will be given on Thursday, May 12. This assessment will give us a better understanding of our students' academic growth for the 2021-22 school year. The STAR data will also guide our decision-making as we plan for the 2022-23 school year.


We had a great spirit week leading up to our dance Friday night. Thank you to everyone who chaperoned or worked at the dance. It was a success and our students had a great time.


Thank you to everyone for helping make Teacher Appreciation Week a success. We have amazing teachers at CMS and they are supported by wonderful families.


Below are the dates, times, and location for our grade-level awards and graduation ceremonies. We look forward to celebrating our students' success.

6th Grade Awards Ceremony: Monday, May 23rd at 8:15 in the Cafeteria

7th Grade Awards Ceremony: Monday, May 23rd at 9:30 in the Cafeteria

8th Grade Awards Ceremony and Graduation: Wednesday, May 25th at 8:15 in the Cafeteria

Parents are invited to attend.


Let's finish strong!


Respectfully,

Bo Coln


Principal

Challenger Middle School

Mark Your Calendar

View the HCS Calendar for a complete listing of district-level dates and to learn more about each event.


-Tuesday, May 10: STAR Reading Test

-Tuesday, May 10: CMS Spirit Night at Melt

-Wednesday, May 11: STAR Math Test

-Thursday, May 12: STAR Make-ups

-Thursday, May 12: Choir Concert at Trinity UMC at 7:00

-Friday, May 13: Band Concert at Grissom at 7:00

-Monday, May 23: 6th and 7th Grade Awards Ceremony

-Wednesday, May 25: 8th Grade Awards Ceremony and Graduation

Students of the Week: May 2-6

Teacher of the Week: May 2-6

Jeffrey Haley

-7th Grade Collaborative Teacher

-Boys' Basketball Coach

National Junior Honor Society Induction

On Friday, May 6th we inducted the members of our National Junior Honor Society. We are so proud of them and how well they represent Challenger Middle School.
School Climate Survey

Please consider taking this short survey.

Planners 2022-2023 Are Here $10

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2022-2023 Planners are here and we have them in the front office for $10. Students should bring the money to their homeroom teachers or you can pay online through Myschoolfees.

ESL Reading Camp

Summer Reading 2022

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Huntsville City Schools is very pleased to share information regarding the Summer Reading Program, a district-wide effort to encourage reading for enjoyment. Reading during the summer months is an important opportunity for students to stay engaged and to develop a life-long commitment to reading and learning.

The Huntsville City Schools Summer Reading program information for grades 6-12 is now available. We are asking for your assistance in spreading the word about this wonderful opportunity for students. Please become familiar with the program expectations and subsequently communicate the information to students and parents in a timely manner. This year, our focus is student choice. Therefore, Secondary Programs is offering student choice in selecting a novel that meets the criteria outlined in the attached packet. The goal is for students to read during the summer.

To promote the summer reading program, you may consider posting the information, with an emphasis on the "book talk" requirement, in a highly visible area within your respective schools as all students are required to complete a "book talk" on their selected novel. Students can share their "book talk" with peers or submit for a grade by Friday, August 26, 2022. This grade should appear in the 1st nine-week grading period.

The Summer Reading program information is attached for your immediate reference. Additionally, the information will be posted on the HCS webpage for students and parents and can be found by following these directions:

• Hover over “Department” tab

• Click “Learning Supports” link

• Click “2022 Summer Reading Information" link

The Summer Reading 2022 information should be disseminated to students (inclusive of uploading via Schoology) no later than Friday, April 29, 2022. For accountability purposes, students will have to sign for the receipt of materials. Teachers should have students sign a copy of the class roster/list printed from PowerSchools and maintain the document for their records.


The file linked below gives more information about summer reading requirements.

Honors Summer Enrichment Camp

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Rising 6th - 12th grade students enrolled in Honors or Advanced Placement classes for the next 22-23 school year are invited to participate in the Honors Enrichment Camp from July 11th - July 15th. The camp will take place at the Huntsville HS Freshman Academy, and transportation is provided for those who request it. Please promote the Honors/Advanced Placement camp to your students via the following:

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Tyra Pickens, Ph.D.

District Curriculum Specialist


Huntsville City Schools

Google Voice: 256-294-4283

New Ford TECH ACADEMY June 7,8, and 9, 2022

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Tennessee Valley BEST Robotics

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Counselor's Corner

Character Word of the Month: Citizenship

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Math Tutoring: Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday

CMS will offer Math tutoring weekly after school on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 3:15 to 4:15. If you are interested in this opportunity, please email Amy.Milne@hsv-k12.org

Bus Riders

Please make sure your bus-riding student is registered in our bus information app, STOPFINDER. You can register following the instructions on the HCS transportation page:

https://www.huntsvillecityschools.org/departments/operations/transportation


Stopfinder allows parents to have peace of mind about not missing bus arrivals by notifying them when a bus is approaching assigned stops, as well as alerting parents when any changes occur, such as the bus being delayed. With advanced features such as the ability to easily monitor multiple children, establish geolocation alerts, and temporarily or permanently grant access to family members or other caregivers, Stopfinder makes it easy for parents to keep up with their child’s location during transit. Visit the Stopfinder site at https://stopfinder.com/.

Once you are in MySchoolFees follow these steps:

1) Sign-In as guest

2) Select Challenger Middle School from the dropdown menu

3) Select the item you wish to purchase from the dropdown menu


  • 2022-2023 Planner
  • Yearbooks
  • T-Shirts

CMS Athletics

Football

Attention all current 6th and 7th graders,

If you are interested in football next year, spring evaluations will begin on April 20th. There will also be Spring skill sessions every Tuesday and Thursday beginning on March 29th after school. These sessions will run until the beginning of spring evaluations and will last until 5 pm each session. You must have a DragonFly account and current physical uploaded/on file to participate. Please see Coach Neeley in J158 or email him at william.neeley@hsv-k12.org for more information. See the document below for even more information about the spring-summer schedule for football.

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Attention All 8th Grade Parents/Guardians

All 8th-grade students must take Career Prep A this year. This class will be counted in the number of credits your child earns toward graduation credits. Your child must complete this course to graduate high school. Career Prep A students are taking the class via Edgenuity, which means the course is self-paced. Challenger has developed a plan to monitor your child's progress in order to assist in the completion of the course. Each Tuesday of the month Career Prep A students will have the opportunity to work on assignments in class and our teachers will be checking their progress. Parents, please make sure to check your child's progress in their Edgenuity class, Career Prep A.

If you have questions about your child's progress in this course, please email their homeroom teacher.


Students should be close to completion with the course on Edgenuity.


Things to remember about Career Prep A

  1. This is your first high school grade. Whatever you earn will transfer with you.
  2. If you fail, you will take this semester class again in 9th grade.
  3. Do it right the first time!
  4. Take advantage of the 1 period a week we give you to work in Edgenuity at school.
  5. If you are absent on a Tuesday, plan on working at least 45 minutes from home to catch up.
  6. It's a good idea to work ahead in this course from home. Make some time for this class each day. (15 mins) Do not procrastinate!
  7. If you have questions, ask your teacher. Don't get behind because you didn't ask questions.
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Checkouts

If you plan on checking your child out, please make sure to do so before 2:30. There will be no checkouts after 2:30. CES dismisses at 2:30 and the parking lot is full of cars.

Challenger Middle School PTSA News

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