Eagle's Eye News

#EagleUp 9/11/22

Note from Principal Coln

Challenger Middle School families,

I hope you all have had a nice weekend. Today marks the 21st anniversary of 9/11. We remember all the brave men and women that lost their lives that day and we are thankful for the men and women still fighting for our freedom today.

We only have 3 weeks until Fall Break, and we are going to be busy at CMS. Please read below about our homecoming week Sept 19-23. We are having a homecoming dance on Friday, September 23 from 6:00-9:00 in the cafeteria. On Thursday, September 22 I invite you all to our ACAP data presentation. We will also have our 2nd PTSA general meeting. We will meet at 5:30 in the cafeteria. I hope you all can attend.

Please make sure to write your child's first AND last name on any parent note/excuse you send to the school.

We collect plastic bottle caps and box tops to raise money for our school. You can send in any you collect to the front office.

September is attendance awareness month. We need our students at school every single day, prepared, and ready to learn.

Finally, please continue encouraging your students to follow the dress code and our cell phone policy. Both policies are listed below and we review these with students daily.

Bo Coln


Challenger Middle School


Mark your calendar


13 - Football game vs McNair at 6:30

14 - Volleyball vs Mountain Gap & Whitesburg at CMS

14 - CMS Fire Drill

15 - D.C. Field Trip Parent Meeting 6pm in the Cafeteria

19-23 - Homecoming Week

22 - ACAP Data Presentation and PTSA Meeting at 5:30 in the Cafeteria

23 - Homecoming Dance from 6-9pm at CMS

23 - Picture Day (bring your best smile :)

26-30 - College and Career Week (more info forthcoming)

29 - Worlds of Work (WOW) Field Trip for 8th graders

30 - E-Learning Day


3-7 - Fall Break

Homecoming Information

Homecoming Game - Tuesday, September 20th

Football vs. Mountain Gap at 4:30 at Milton Frank Stadium

Homecoming Dance

Friday, September 23 from 6:00-9:00

CMS Cafeteria

Attire - Dressy Casual, all dresses/skirts should be longer than mid-thigh, no strapless

Cost - $7. Presale starts Wed, Sept 14 during lunch. Cash only.

CMS students only

Parents, please consider volunteering to help chaperone the dance. Below is the link to sign up to help. Thank you!


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Students of the Week: September 5-9

How to earn student of the week?

Teachers select each grade level's students of the week. Students earn student of the week by making it to class on time, being prepared, completing all assignments, being respectful to their peers and adults, having at least a C average, and being kind and helpful to everyone.

Teacher of the Week

Dr. Muhammad

8th Grade World History


Covid Related Absences

If your child is absent from school due to Covid-19 please contact our Nurse Poe at julie.poe@hsv-k12.org or call 256-428-7620.
HCS Progress Report

September 9, 2022

Counselor's Corner

8th Grade Students

We are excited to invite our 8th-grade students to participate in the Worlds of Work Career Expo on Thursday, September 29 from 11:30 – 2:30 at the VBC.

What is Worlds of Work?

The Worlds of Work Career Expo is a fun, educational, interactive, hands-on opportunity for students to become familiar with a broad overview of high-demand, high-wage career opportunities available in the region. For more information visit: https://www.northalabamaworks.com/wow/

This is a free event! Our students will eat an early lunch at 11:00, depart at 11:30, and return to the school by 2:30. HCS will provide bus transportation.

Students have received a copy of the attached (below) field trip/permission form. Permission forms were due to the homeroom teachers on Friday, September 9. Please make sure that you mark YES if your child needs lunch from the cafeteria. The other option is to bring their own lunch. We will eat just prior to departing for the VBC.

We hope that all of our 8th graders are able to participate in this exciting and engaging event!

Opt-In for Counseling Services

The state legislature passed House Bill 123 which requires parents of students under the age of 14 to opt-in their students into mental health and guidance services. This also includes large group guidance. On Thursday (8/4) we sent home an Opt-In Form that must be signed and returned before our guidance counselor, Ms. Hall, can speak with any students about any social/emotional concerns. She can talk to them about anything academic/career, but until we have the attached form, she is unable to speak to students about social-emotional learning (SEL) type issues unless it is a crisis (cutting/suicidal behaviors, abuse).

Ms. Hall does guidance lessons with our students throughout the year and they are SEL related. In order for students to participate in guidance lessons, we must have the Opt-In Form signed and returned.

Below is the Opt-In form that went home with students. Please read over it and decide what is best for your family. If you have any questions contact Lorie Hall.


8th Grade Parents

If you have not signed up for the 8th Grade Trip to Washington, D.C. coming up in May, do not fret. There is still time! We are holding a parent meeting on Thursday, Sept. 15th at 6:30 pm in the A/V Room here at school. This is only for those who HAVE NOT registered yet for the trip and are interested in going. If you have already registered, you do not need to attend. If you have specific questions, email Coach Neeley at william.neeley@hsv-k12.org.

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

**you don’t have to choose public items

  • 2022-2023 Planner
  • Yearbooks
  • T-Shirts
  • P.E. Uniforms
  • Lockers


Please review the dress code with your student(s). We have been out of school for a while and our students will need a refresher on acceptable school attire. Ex: length of shorts and shirts, holes in pants, leggings, and appropriate tops, no caps, etc.

  • Mid-Thigh
Head coverings​
  • No more than 4 inches wide; must be able to see their hair​
  • No bandanas of any color​
NO Pajama Pants, no house slippers ​
No hoods​ will be worn in the building
  • No holes above mid-thigh

breakfast / lunch

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Cell Phones

CMS students will not use cell phones during the school day. Please ask your child to turn off their phone and put it in their locker or backpack. In the event your child has their phone out during class our teachers will follow these steps.

  • 1st Offense – Warning ​

  • 2nd Offense – Take the phone for the remainder of the period ​

  • 3rd Offense – Take the phone up and turn into the office. Record in the red cell phone log in the office. Student can get phone at the end of the day. ​

  • 4th Offense - Take the phone up and turn into the office. Record in the red cell phone log in the office. Parent must pick up from the front office​

  • 5th Offense – Student will turn in phone to the front office at the beginning of each day and get it back at the end of the day​

Medication Drop Off

Nurse: Nurse Poe will continue to operate out of the clinic near the front office. If you have questions regarding medication, please call 256-428- 7620, select Ms. Poe (Nurse), or email, Julie.Poe@hsv-k12.org . We ask that you monitor your student at home for illness and/or COVID Symptoms. Students who are not feeling well should stay home and seek medical care as you see fit. Students with a fever or who have been throwing up may not return to the building until they are symptom-free for 24 hours.

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Message from the Athletic Director

Greetings CMS Families,

If your son or daughter will be in 7th or 8th grade this year and is interested in playing a sport for one of our school teams, please go ahead and get your child registered and in Dragonfly. This site is the place where the AHSAA houses all of its paperwork for athletics. There is a document linked below with directions on how to set up an account for your child and yourself.

Additionally, go ahead and get a physical form for your child completed and signed by a doctor. If you recently had a physical done, you can just send in the form for them to complete and return to you. However, please make sure you use the form that is linked below. The state requires a particular form that is updated regularly. As mentioned, a link to the form can be found below. For those that completed one last school year, they are good for 1 year through the end of the month they were signed and dated. For example- if it was signed on August 5th, 2020, it will be good through August 31st, 2021.

Go Eagles!!!!

Coach Neeley

Athletics Protocols for Fall

The following protocols will be in place for fall sports:

  • Spectators may be subject to metal detectors upon entering venues.
  • Clear bag policy will be in effect.
  • Spectators are asked to purchase tickets through GoFan.

View bag restrictions and other protocols at huntsvillecityschools.org/athletics.

Volleyball- Coach Daniels

Accessing Language Interpreters

Monthly Character words

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CMS Spirit Night

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