THE CHMS POST

August 10, 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

Howdy Challenger Charger families!


Welcome back to a new academic year filled with endless possibilities and exciting opportunities! I hope this message finds each one of you in good health and high spirits. As the school principal, I am thrilled to welcome all of our returning students and extend a warm greeting to our new members of the school family.


This year, we will continue to uphold our commitment to excellence in academics and co-curricular activities. Our theme for this year is "Best in the West: Saddle Up for Success", and I truly believe that it fits our school so well. Our dedicated team of educators and staff members are determined to provide you with the best possible learning experience, tailored to your individual needs and aspirations. I encourage each student to set personal goals and work diligently towards achieving them.


We pride ourselves on being a "Community of Learners" where our students and staff look for opportunities to learn from each other in our daily lives. We are committed to high academic expectations, mutual respect, and social responsibility.


On behalf of the Challenger Middle School staff, I want to thank you for being a part of our Charger community, where we build on traditions and meet future challenges in exciting and innovative ways. I wish you all an excellent school year!


Respectfully,

Stacia Winfree

School Supply List for 23-24

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2023-2024 Bell Schedule

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Upcoming Testing Dates:

Tuesday, August 22nd:


6th Science (school-based testing)

7th Civics- PM 1

8th Science- PM 1


Wednesday, August 23rd:

FAST PM 1- Math

STAR (Alg/ Geo)


Thursday, August 24th:

FAST PM 1- Reading

Picture Day is Coming!

That's right! Get your camera faces ready because Picture Day is already around the corner.


Picture Day will take place on Thursday September 7th, 2023!

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On July 28, 2023 Challenger Middle School had their second annual 6th Grade Orientation!


We had over 250 incoming 6th graders experience what it's like to be a true Challenger Charger. They got a special tour of their new stables, a showdown of procedures and expectations, and they got to saddle up with new friends made during different teambuilding activities.

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IN ORDER FOR ANY STUDENT TO PARTICIPATE IN A CLUB OR AFTER-SCHOOL ACTIVITY, THEY WILL NEED THIS FORM FILLED OUT AND SIGNED BY A PARENT/GUARDIAN.

Jr. Thespian Drama Club

The Jr. Thespian Drama Club's Introductory Meeting will take place Tuesday, August 22nd from 4:15 pm - 5:30pm.

Location: 2-116



Jr Thespian Drama Club meets once a month on selected dates. The club is for any student that wants to meet other students that enjoy the performing arts.

The google classroom code to join is yqr7w7q for all upcoming information

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.

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SPORTS UPDATE!

ATTENTION!


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.

🏀 Basketball & Cross Country 🏃🏽

Basketball and Cross Country will be our first sporting events.


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. Once teams are decided, practice will take place Monday-Wednesday from 4:00 pm - 5:45 pm.


All sports are free of charge, with buses provided for each event. 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 on the first day of sign-ups. On 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 bethanyas@leeschools.net with any questions or concerns.

BOTH OF THE FORMS LINKED BELOW NEED TO BE COMPLETED IN ORDER FOR STUDENTS TO PARTICIPATE IN ANY SPORT

Basketball

BASKETBALL SIGN-UPS ARE MONDAY, AUGUST 14TH

TRYOUTS BEGIN THE FOLLOWING DAY AND TAKE PLACE MONDAY-WEDNESDAY.

TEAMS WILL BE ANNOUNCED ON AUGUST 28TH


GAME SCHEDULE:

All Games Start @ 5:30pm


9/6 Trafalgar vs. Challenger @Challenger

9/11 Challenger vs. Oasis Charter @Oasis Charter

9/13 Gulf vs Challenger @Challenger

9/18 Challenger vs North Fort Myers Academy of Arts @NFMAA

9/20 Mariner vs. Challenger @Challenger

9/27 Challenger vs. Diplomat @Diplomat


Please feel free to email either Coach Szyrwiel (boys) - AllenS@leeschools.net or

Coach Wilke (girls) - TiffanyCA@leeschools.net for any questions or concerns.

Cross Country

CROSS COUNTRY (XC) SIGN-UPS BEGIN TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 5


Please feel free to email Coach Mac at JohnMac@leeschools.net for any questions or concerns.

PTO/SAC

PTO/SAC will be held in person this school year, with an optional Zoom link, which can be found on the schools 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

Challenger Care Corral

The Challenger Care Corral will run 5 days a week in the AM and PM on normal school days. The before school program will begin at 7:00 AM, and will end at the morning bell at 9:15 AM. The after school program begins at dismissal and ends at 6:00 pm. All students must be picked up by 6:00 PM. The after school program will not be offered on early dismissal days so please plan accordingly.


The cost of the Challenger Care Corral is $25.00 per week for the before school program and $25.00 per week for the after school program. A credit card must be on file in order to register for the program. The registration fee is $25.00 + the total charges for the first week. All fees will be charged to the card on file every Friday.

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:


Heather D'Archangel

Alejandra Matos

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

Superintendent