THE CHMS POST
September 1, 2022
Hello to all Challenger Chargers families and community members!
Challenger wants to thank all parents, students, staff, and teachers for an amazing first month of school! We are so thankful to everyone contributing to make our start of year successful and enjoyable.
We are officially getting into the swing of things at Challenger. Not only has standards-driven instruction started, we've also begun extracurricular activities and sports. The basketball team starts playing this month, and we hope you all come out to cheer on our students.
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 Monday, September 12th. 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.
Principal – Challenger Middle
Picture Day is Here!
Picture Day will be Thursday, September 8th!!! Forms were sent home with students at the end of August. You can also purchase easily online by going to mylifetouch.com and entering our school code: EVTTNPQZ8
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.
Szyrwiel’s Songwriting Club
Every other Wednesday from 4:30-5:15
(Starting August 24th)
Students must have a ride here by 5:15 pm or they will have to wait in the front office.
ALL Challenger School expectations must be followed!
Acoustic guitars are welcome, but instruments are not necessary.
For more information email Mr. Szyrwiel: email@example.com
Would you like to join Art Club?
We will begin on Aug. 30, and meet on Tuesdays, from 4:15 – 6:00 PM in the Art Room.
The cost is $20.00 per semester (to pay for supplies) and a prompt ride home is expected.
Students can stop by the Art Room (2-117) for a permission slip, or you may print them out at home by joining Google Classroom : 4iicsai
Science Olympiad Club
The first Science Olympiad Club meeting will be held on:
Wednesday September 14th from 4:30 – 5:30pm
Location: room 1-326
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 Ms. Hayes or Mr. Ernst for permission forms.
Jr. Thespian Drama Club
Once a month on specified dates until 5:30 pm
Semester 1: Aug 16, Sept 23, Oct 7, Nov 4 (Drama Lock-In), Dec 2
Semester 2: TBA
* Please check the google classroom often for updated changes
Mrs. Leonard's Room - 2-116
from 4:15 pm - 5:30 pm
Students do NOT have to perform to join the club, and do NOT have to come to all meetings in order to participate in the club. All are welcome!
For more information email Mrs. Leonard: firstname.lastname@example.org
NATIONAL JUNIOR HONOR SOCIETY
Cross Country 👟
CROSS COUNTRY (XC) BEGINS TUESDAY 9/6
with qualifications needed for regional and championship meets only
The Cross Country google classroom code is: bi74mru
Students will meet in the gym at dismissal. 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. 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 Hinton at CortneyAH@leeschools.net for any questions or concerns.
BOTH OF THE FORMS LINKED BELOW NEED TO BE COMPLETED IN ORDER FOR STUDENTS TO PARTICIPATE IN ANY SPORT.
We will continue to meet every other Thursday until the competition in May.
Students read all Sunshine State books and create questions based on the texts.
All middle schools in the county will participate in a quiz style competition comprised of the questions created by the students.
First, Second, and Third places all win visa gift cards.
Teacher of the Month
Staff Member of the Month
Class Pet of the Month
Nyota Muriel the Guinea Pig
Nyota is new to this world, so she is still getting used to the sights and smells of her surroundings, and likes to explore. She loves to cuddle up with Mr. Buczynski and sometimes cries when she's put down. The students love to watch her, and she's just as curious about them.
She enjoys a diet of lettuce and carrot snacks, but not too many since she's still so young. Nyota brings a lot of joy to the classroom, and makes Mr. B's students smile.
New Teacher Shout Out, Mr. Tyler Reeve!
AUGUST Bus Drivers of the Month!
Take Stock in Children
Take Stock in Children was established in 1995 as a non-profit organization in Florida that provides a unique opportunity for low-income and at-risk students, many from minority families, to escape the cycle of poverty through education. We offer our students college scholarships, caring volunteer mentors, and hope for a better life.
Each student who enters our program signs a contract promising to remain crime and drug-free, maintain a 2.5 GPA and above, exhibit good behavior, and meet with their assigned mentor regularly through high school graduation. Upon graduation, students receive a 4-year college tuition scholarship. Take Stock in Children staff meet with students in the program each semester to ensure students have the resources they need to complete school. Student grades are tracked quarterly and immediate intervention is provided should students show signs of academic decline.
This year the application window will be open through October 26, 2022.
For more information and to apply now go to: https://takestocklee.awardspring.com/
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.
Golden Apple 2022-2023 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!
Below are a list of dates for when both interims and report cards will be available to both students and parents. 😊
Interim – Sept. 12th
Report Card – Oct. 19th
Interim – Nov. 16th
Report Card – Jan. 13th
Interim – Feb. 9th
Report Card – March 22nd
Interim – April 27th
Report Card – June 12th
Out of Field Teachers
Lee County School Board
Debbie Jordan, District 4 (Chair)
Mary Fischer, District 1 (Vice Chair)
Melisa W. Giovannelli, District 2
Chris N. Patricca, District 3
Gwynetta S. Gittens, District 5
Betsy Vaughn, District 6
Cathleen O'Daniel Morgan, District 7
Kathy Dupuy-Bruno, Esq., Board Attorney
Dr. Christopher Bernier