November 1, 2022

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

Happy Fall Y'all!

With Thanksgiving coming up, it's very important to reflect on what's important to us and what we are truly thankful for. We are so thankful here at Challenger for everyone's safety after Hurricane Ian. Our community may have been hit hard, but we will return as strong as ever. Our Challenger family is extra thankful that we have been able to come back to school safely so that we can not only continue to learn, but love on each other as well!

The return to school had a great kick off with a celebration of Unity Day on Wednesday, October 19th, then Rock Your School on Friday, October 21st! We had such a blast welcoming so many smiling faces back into the building, and had even more fun celebrating with them. We thank all teachers, staff, students, and family members that have eased this transition of coming back to school, even in the midst of all the chaos.

Getting back into the swing of things, Quarter 1 has officially finished, and report cards should be available to view Tuesday, November 1st. We are slowly approaching the halfway point of Quarter 2, and interim reports will be posted on Wednesday, November 16th. If you see that your student is underperforming please feel free to call the school to schedule an appointment with his/her teachers before grades are due.

Please check our website frequently and follow us on Facebook. We encourage you to get involved through volunteering, SAC, or PTO. After the aftermath of Hurricane Ian, we are aware of our community needs, both physical and emotional. Challenger is here to meet whatever needs we can, please feel free to reach out, even if you just need a chat.


Stacia Winfree

Principal – Challenger Middle

Picture Retakes πŸ“Έ

Yearbook picture retakes will be Wednesday, November 2nd.

You can purchase easily online by going to and entering our school code: EVTTNPQZ8


Yearbooks are officially on sale now! Lock in your yearbook for the price of $30! After January 1st, the price will increase. Don't miss out on preserving those middle school memories!

To purchase a yearbook please visit: and enter our school code: 14294623

Upcoming Events...

πŸ“£ Pep Rally πŸŽ‰

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CHMS Fall Movie Night

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Please join us for our very first movie night of the year on Thursday, November 17th!

Our very first movie night of the year will feature The Goonies!

Tickets are $5 and include a bag of popcorn.

Tickets can be purchased in front of Mrs. Wilke's room (1-121) November 7th-14th.

Students must have BOTH permission slips signed and turned in with money to purchase a ticket.

For questions or to get the permission slips, please see Mrs. Wilke in Room 1-121.

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Jr. Thespian Club

Drama Lock-In will be held on Friday Nov 4th from 4-9pm.

Please see Mrs. Leonard for more information! Please see pictures below from last year’s drama lock-in!

Jr Thespian Individual Event competition will be held at the Village School of Naples on Nov 12th! Good luck to all our Jr Thespian theatre students competing!

Book Battle

Book Battle begins on October 6 in room 1-342 at 8:45!

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.

Chess Club

Want to join Chess Club?

Join us starting October 21st, every Friday from 8:00 am - 9:15 am.

Location: Room 242

No chess experience required, come join to learn the game or expand your skills!

All students will need a permission slip to attend.

Email Mr. Herrera with any questions:

Designs and Dreams

Please welcome us in congratulating the following students on having their art work approved and exhibited at the β€œDesigns and Dreams” Art Show which recently opened on September 20 and will run through July 2023!

The show is located at the Lee County Public Education Building on Colonial Avenue in Ft. Myers.

Lexy Rowley- Pencil Drawing Self-Portrait

Sheila Munguia- Pencil Drawing Self-Portrait

Zophia Rivera- Pencil Drawing Self-Portrait

Lidia Agostinelli- Pencil Drawing Self-Portrait

Luciana Prats- Pencil Drawing Self-Portrait

Amara Plancher- Pencil Drawing Self-Portrait

Ezmeralda Lopez- Watercolor Farm Scenes

This is the largest student Art Show in the United States.

There are over 600 pieces from Lee County Students from Kindergarten to 12th grade!!!

Now Introducing...

The CHMS Pep Band

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Our home basketball games this year have been taken to another level with the help of our school's new pep band! The energy and positivity can be felt throughout both the girls and boys games. Our pep band, led by Mr. Devlin, has added an amazing amount of school spirit to our games. We are so excited about utilizing this new class and afterschool activity at all future home games for every sport, and possibly other school activities!!

Huge shoutout to both the students playing in our pep band, and both Mr. Devlin & Mr. Devitt for doing such a wonderful job of teaching them.

The CHMS Dance Team

Another new addition to the home game environment is our very own Dance Team. Thanks to Ms. Leonard, we have been able to start our very own cheer-style dance team that exemplifies that game energy even more. With our very own pep band, and the lovely ladies of the dance team, home games have gotten even more energetic and exciting.

Huge shoutout to all the students involved in our dance team, and Ms. Leonard for dedicating her time to making it happen. We hope to see you soon at a home game so you can cheer along with these girls!

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Cross Country πŸ‘Ÿ

We are going to have REGIONAL races Thursday, November 3rd, and a County Championship Race on Friday, November 18th.

The REGIONAL meets will act as qualifiers for our CHAMPIONSHIP meet.

The CHAMPIONSHIP EVENT will have individual awards for the TOP 20 and awards to the Champion and Runner-Up teams in the Girls and Boys events.

Volleyball 🏐

Due to Hurricane Ian, some of our sports are still being rescheduled. As of right now, volleyball is still being rescheduled and we haven't received any updates yet. Once we get news from the district, it will be communicated right away.

Basketball πŸ€

Basketball will be continuing with their playoff season, starting Thursday, November 3rd. Challenger will be playing either Fort Myers or Oasis Charter 11/3 at Challenger Middle School starting at 5:45 pm.

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Both Coach Herrera and Coach Wilke wanted to say a huge thank you and congratulations to the boy's and girl's basketball team! We are so proud of all the hard work and effort that they all put in. Both the Challenger Girls and Boys basketball team continued to work hard and make improvements during their 2022 season.

Coach Herrera and I are very proud of their growth and are looking forward to a strong finish!

-Coach Wilke


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History Fair is coming!!!

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Unity Day 🧑

On Wednesday, October 19th, Challenger celebrated Unity Day, which is an Anti-Bullying Campaign that is held NATIONWIDE on the third Wednesday in October each year. As a school we decorate, make posters, and wear ORANGE for the occasion. It also happened to be our first day back at school, so we were able to celebrate unity all together.

πŸŽ™οΈ Rock Your School! 🎸

On Friday, October 21st a few of our amazing teachers participated in the nationwide Rock Your School event. Rock Your School is a worldwide effort to increase student engagement by creating an outside-the-box educational experience designed to bring learning to life in the classroom. Our teachers did just that with their room transformations and engaging lessons. Students could be seen walking the halls with their VIP All Access Passes!
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Our 8th-grade team celebrating Rock Your School with their grade-level t-shirts themed after Bon Jovi!

Red Ribbon Week ❀️

On Friday, October 28th and Monday, October 31st we supported Red Ribbon Week. On Friday we dressed as Country vs. Country Club. Then on Monday we dressed up for Decade Day!

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Class Pet of the Month

Pickles the Rabbit

Pickles the rabbit resides in Ms. Hinton's reading classroom and is a new addition to Challenger this year! Pickles loves to explore and have cuddle time with both Ms. Hinton and her students that have parent permission to hold her. She enjoys a diet of hay, fresh vegetables, and the occasional pellet or two.

Pickles is a very sweet, calming, and fluffy presence in Ms. Hinton's classroom. She helps everyday by calming students down and comforting them while they do their classwork and activities. The students love to have her around and she makes everyone happy.


PTO/SAC Meetings occur the first Thursday of every month. Our next meeting will take place on November 3, 2022.

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.

Who am I?

Below you will find a riddle that hints at a staff member at Challenger Middle School. Reading the clues, take your best guess as to who the riddle is about, and submit your answer using the Google Form below!

Whoever guesses correctly will receive kudos from Mrs. Wilke!

The winners will be chosen and announced on November 28th, 2022!

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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. 12th

Report Card – Nov. 1st

2nd Quarter

Interim – Nov. 16th

Report Card – Jan. 13th

3rd Quarter

Interim – Feb. 9th

Report Card – March 22nd

4th Quarter

Interim – April 27th

Report Card – June 12th

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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:

Mariel Orengo

Todd Maurer

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