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  • Parent Newsletter 1/21/22

    Posted by JEFFREY JOHNSON on 1/21/2022

    Covid

    Covid case rates are spiking in Pierce County and we need to insure the following precautions are in place to insure everyone stays safe and healthy: 

    • Masks are required when on campus. Masks need to cover both the mouth AND nose at all times. 

    • Maintain at least 3’ of distance while in class, 6’ is better when possible. 

    • Use hand sanitizer or wash hands frequently

    • If you are feeling ill, please stay home and get a Covid test. 

    January 26th

    Wednesday, January 26th is a no-school day for students as this is a professional development day for teachers. Students are encouraged to work on their class work at home on this day. 

    End of Term 2

    Friday, February 4th is the last day of Term 2 for students. All assignments, projects and assessments are due to teachers by no later than 12:00 pm on this day. We will not have busing or scheduled classes on this day. But, teachers are available for Open Labs on campus (if students can get themselves to Challenger) or on Zoom from 8:00 - 11:00 am. The afternoon of this day is set aside for teachers to prepare final grades. 

    Start of Term 3

    Monday, February 7th is the first day of Term 3. Students can view their schedule by using the Synergy StudentVue app on their iPad or phone. 

    Remember to Vote by February 8th! 

    This coming February 8th, Bethel Schools will have two levies on the ballot. One is an Educational Programs and Operations Levy and one is a Technology Levy. Both of these are Replacement Levies.This means that neither of these would result in new taxes. These were both first passed in 2014 and then again in 2018. 

    The EPO levy helps pay for critical programs that the state does not fully fund. These include educational programs and staff, extracurricular programs like athletics and arts, Nurses and Counselors/Social workers, as well as maintenance and transportation. 

    The Technology Levy funds our one to one device initiative and most other important infrastructure. We quickly learned this was so valuable as we adapted to different learning models during the pandemic. 

    Again, Both of these important levies are renewals, which means they are necessary to continue the programs we currently have and will not result in new taxes. Please remember to vote on or before February 8th! There is a secure ballot box available for voters to use in the Challenger main office. 

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  • Update 1/7/22

    Posted by JEFFREY JOHNSON on 1/7/2022

    This coming February 8th, Bethel Schools will have two levies on the ballot. One is an Educational Programs and Operations Levy and one is a Technology Levy. Both of these are Replacement Levies.This means that neither of these would result in new taxes. These were both first passed in 2014 and then again in 2018.

    The EPO levy helps pay for critical programs that the state does not fully fund. These include educational programs and staff, Extracurricular programs like athletics and arts, Nurses and Counselors/Social workers, as well as maintenance and transportation.

    The Technology Levy funds our one-to-one device initiative and most other important infrastructure. We quickly learned this was so valuable as we adapted to different learning models during the pandemic.

    Again, Both of these important levies are renewals, which means they are necessary to continue the programs we currently have and will not result in new taxes.

    Please remember to vote on or before February 8th!

     

    Financial Aid and College Application Completion Night: 

    Students who are expecting to graduate this year are invited to attend a Financial Aid and College Application Completion night on Tuesday, January 12th from 5:00 - 7:30pm in the Commons. Staff will be on hand to assist students and families completing applications for their post-high school education or training. For more information please contact Jessie Blocker at 253.800.6810 or jblocker@bethelsd.org.  

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  • January 2022 News

    Posted by JEFFREY JOHNSON on 1/5/2022

    Happy New Year Challenger Families! 

    Thank you for your patience and understanding with all of the 2-hour late starts this week. We would like to share with you the plan we will use from this point forward if/when we have a 2-hour late start due to weather conditions or power outages.

    2-Hour Late Start Plan:  

    • Unfortunately we will not have busing or in-person classes at Challenger due to the large size of the district and our already shortened schedule. 

    • Teachers will post asynchronous work for students to complete while they are at home for the day (by 10:00am at the latest). Assignments will be posted on teachers’ Canvas pages for students to access. Students are expected to complete these assignments during the day while they are at home. 

    • Teachers will be available on Zoom starting at 10:00am with a 30-minute lunch from 12:00 - 12:30, and then available again from 12:30 until 2:30 to offer support to students.

    • Students are highly encouraged to log on to each of their teacher’s Zoom classrooms to check in and get instruction as needed. (teachers will post their Zoom links on their Canvas pages)

    • Students are welcome to come to campus and work with teachers in their classrooms if they can get themselves to school. 

    • Teachers will take attendance! Attendance/Engagement means any of the following: 

      • Logging on to Zoom classrooms/coming to campus and working with teachers. 

      • Completing the posted assignment/task for the day

      • Contacting their teacher via Zoom, phone or email

    Covid

    Covid case rates are spiking in Pierce County and we need to insure the following precautions are in place to insure everyone stays safe and healthy: 

    • Masks are required when on campus. Masks need to cover both the mouth AND nose at all times. 

    • Maintain at least 3’ of distance while in class, 6’ is better when possible. 

    • Use hand sanitizer or wash hands frequently

    • If you are feeling ill, please stay home and get a Covid test. 

    Financial Aid and College Application Completion Night: 

    Students who are expecting to graduate this year are invited to attend a Financial Aid and College Application Completion night on Tuesday, January 12th from 5:00 - 7:30pm in the Commons. Staff will be on hand to assist students and families completing applications for their post-high school education or training. For more information please contact Jessie Blocker at 253.800.6810 or jblocker@bethelsd.org.  

    January 1-hour Late Start Days: 

    We will have 1-hour late arrival days on January 12th and 19th this month. We WILL have busing and scheduled in-person classes on these dates. AM students will start their day at 8:55 am, PM students will start at 11:55 am. 

    Other Important Dates: 

    • January 17: Martin Luther King Holiday–No School 

    • January 20:  Progress Reports

    • January 26: Teacher Professional Development Day–No School for students.

    • February 4: End of Term 2

    We look forward to seeing all of you back on campus this week. Have a wonderful month of learning.

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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 2021-22 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 and will be completed for the 2022-23 school year! Phase 1 (now open) 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.  Phase 2 contains 30,000 square feet of general classrooms, CTE computer lab, maker spaces, Culinary Arts kitchen, a gym, media and student center, and and expanded commons! Please excuse our dust and noise as construction takes place this school year. 

      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 Synergy ParentView/StudentView 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 goals: provide an opportunity for each student to succeed at school, to complete requirements for graduation and to prepare themselves for their futures. 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 253.800.6889. I look forward to the 2021-22 school year and working with the students, the staff and the parents of Challenger High School.

      Sincerely, 

      Jeff Johnson 

      Principal, Challenger High School

       

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