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  • November News for Challenger High School

    Posted by JEFFREY JOHNSON on 11/5/2019 8:00:00 AM

    Hello Challenger Students and Families! Here are the important events and schedule changes for the month of November. Have a great month and a Happy Thanksgiving! 

    Late Arrival Day: November 6

    Wednesday, November 6th is a Late Arrival day in the Bethel School District. We will not have busing or scheduled classes at Challenger on this day. Teachers will be collaborating in the morning and then working on grades in the afternoon so there will be no Open Labs on this day. 

    End of 1st Term, Start of 2nd Term

    Wednesday, November 6th is the last day of Term 1; students are encouraged to turn in all work for teachers to grade by this date. Term 2 will start on Thursday, November 7th. Students can check their schedules using their iPad and the Skyward app. Paper schedules will not be printed for students this term. 

    Veterans Day: November 11th 

    There will be no school on Monday, November 11th in observance of Veterans Day. Thank you veterans for your service! 

    Thanksgiving Break

    There will be no school on November 27, 28, and 29 for Thanksgiving Break. Enjoy your extra-long weekend and safe travels! 

    First Look: Phase I of Challenger 

    Take a look inside Phase I of Challenger High School! Our School Board recently toured the construction site, and we wanted to give you a peak behind the curtain. Construction of this 8,100 square foot building is expected to be completed by December of this year. Phase I is not funded by the recently passed bond, but Phase II will be.

    Pumpkin Video

    Every October, Challenger High School students show off their skill and creativity for an annual Pumpkin Carving Contest. Under the guidance of Mr. Foster, Mr. Foote, and other Challenger teachers, the students plan and execute their own fun and spooky pumpkin carvings. Thanks to Spooner Farms for helping to make the contest happen!

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  • CHS FAFSA Night

    Posted by JEFFREY JOHNSON on 10/29/2019

    Please plan to attend the FAFSA (free application for federal student aid) Night on Wednesday. Oct 30th, from 5-7:30PM in the SUB. Bring your charged iPad, 2018 tax information and have the FSAID created for both student and parent through All graduating seniors and their families are strongly encouraged to complete their FAFSA in prepartion for post-high school education programs. We hope to see you Wednesday night! 

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  • October News For Challenger

    Posted by JEFFREY JOHNSON on 10/15/2019 10:00:00 AM


    Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences: Oct. 30, 31 and Nov. 1st 

    If you have not yet scheduled a conference time with your student’s advisor please contact the main office at 253.683.6891 or your student’s advisor to select a timeslot.  It is expected that all students take part in a conference this fall with their parent/guardian. If you cannot make it to campus a conference call, FaceTime or Skype conference are alternatives for you. 


    We will not have busing or scheduled classes at Challenger on these dates while teachers conference with students and parents. Here is the schedule for conference days: 

    • October 30: Open Labs 8:00 - 11:00 am; Conferences 11:30 - 6:00 pm 

    • October 31: Conferences 8:00 - 11:00 am; Open Labs 1:00 - 2:30 pm 

    • November 1: Conferences 8:00 - 11:00 am 


    We hope to see you on campus at the end of the month for a parent-student-teacher conference! 


    End of 1st Term

    November 6th is the last day of 1st Term and all work will be due on this day. Students will begin 2nd Term classes on Thursday, November 7th and they can see their schedule using their iPad and the Skyward app. 


    Pierce County Parks survey

    Pierce County Parks is working on designs to improve outdoor features at Sprinker Recreation Center and they need your input! Learn more and take the survey at:


    It’s FAFSA time!

    Are you a senior or the parent of one? Believe it or not, it’s time to fill out your FAFSA paperwork! Get started at

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Principal's Message

    • Dear Students, Parents and Guardians:

      As Principal of Challenger High School, it is my pleasure to welcome you to the 2019-20 school year. Challenger High Schools offers students a choice. For a number of reasons, students and parents may choose a non-traditional setting for students and Challenger is a wonderful option for many students and their families. We are happy that you have chosen Challenger as your high school! 

      We have a highly qualified staff who are very experienced in working with students in an Alternative Education setting. I am very proud of our teachers and support staff and their support of students helps many to reach their goal of graduating from high school in a timely manner. The staff of Challenger High School are dedicated to the success of every student, every day.  Challenger High School renewed its accreditation through AdvancED in the spring of 2018 and the staff continues to work on improving the programs offered. 

      This year, we are very excited to announce that the new Challenger High School is currently under construction! Phase 1 of the new building contains new administrative and support staff offices, a commons area for students to use, a physical education studio, an art classroom and state-of-the-art science lab. The new building is projected to be available for use starting in January 2020! Planning for Phase 2 of the new building and campus remodel will begin in the spring of 2020!

      Parent involvement is a vital key to Alternative Education and for the success of students at Challenger. We encourage parents to monitor student progress regularly. We send out progress reports (monthly) and report cards (quarterly) and we encourage parents to download and use the Skyward App to monitor their student’s progress. Parents are welcome to set up appointments to meet with me and discuss the progress of their students at any time. Students find greater success when parents are involved and monitoring their progress and attendance throughout the year. 

      The entire staff Challenger is working towards the same goal - provide an opportunity for each student to succeed and to complete requirements for graduation. We welcome your suggestions and questions. Thank you for being part of our school’s community. 

      You may contact me or make an appointment by calling 253.683.6889. I look forward to the 2019-20 school year and working with the students, the staff and the parents of Challenger High School.


      Jeff Johnson 

      Principal, Challenger High School