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  • Summer Info for Challenger

    Posted by JEFFREY JOHNSON on 6/19/2019

    Thank you Challenger students and families for another wonderful school year. Enjoy your summer vacation! 

    The office at Challenger will be open through Friday, June 28th with hours of 8:00 am - 3:00 pm. The office will be closed for the month of July and will reopen on Monday, August 19th. 

    Mark your calendars for these important upcoming dates: 

    • Thursday, August 29 is 'Get Your Stuff Day': come to Challenger anytime between 8:00 am - 3:00 pm to get your iPad, pay for coverage, and get your schedule for the 2019-2020 school year!

    • Thursday, Spetember 5th is the first day of school for the 2019-2020 school year.

    Have a wonderful and safe summer! 

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  • iPads Returned on Monday, June 17th

    Posted by JEFFREY JOHNSON on 6/13/2019

    This is a reminder that students need to return their iPad on Monday, June 17th along with their case, charging cord and charging block. 

    • iPads need to be charged to at least 50% battery for summer storage. 

    • Students will need to back up all documents and picures on their iPad to their Google Drive before turning their device in; students will not be getting the same device back next year. 

    • If iPads are not returned on Monday the device will be 'bricked' (made unusable) and a fine will be placed on the student's account until their iPad and charger are returned. 

    Wednesday, June 19th is the last day of scheduled classes and busing at Challenger High School (no school on June 20th). 

    Thank you for a great school year and we are looking forward to seeing your student back again in September! 

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  • May News for Challenger High School

    Posted by JEFFREY JOHNSON on 4/30/2019 9:00:00 AM

    We are entering the last stages of the school year and May is going to be a very busy month! Please read over the following events and make note of the many events and schedule changes. If you have any questions please feel free to rcall the main office at Challenger 253.683.6891. Have a great month!

    We Need Your Feedback!

    Parents/Guardians, please complete an online survey that will help us improve Challenger High School. We have asked YouthTruth – a nonprofit organization that supports hundreds of schools and districts across the county – to conduct an anonymous survey on our behalf. Please take the survey by clicking this link: We sincerely thank you for taking the time to provide your feedback. Your response is incredibly valuable to us and we use your feedback to improve Challenger High School.

    Late Arrival Day: May 1

    Wednesday, May 1st is a 2-hour late arrival day for the Bethel School District. There will be no scheduled classes or busing to CHS on this day. Teachers will be available for Open Labs from 11:30 - 2:30 if students can get to campus. If students can’t get to Challenger they are encouraged to work on their assignments at home using their iPads and their teachers’ Canvas courses.  


    The Challenger High School Prom will take place on Saturday, May 11th at the Pierce County Skills Center from 7:00 - 10:00 pm. Tickets are on sale now online or in the office at CHS:

    • Presale: $15 per person, $25 per couple

    • At the Door: $20 per person

    Smarter Balanced Testing

    Important state testing is just around the corner! All sophomores and any juniors and seniors who have not passed the SBA for Math and/or ELA will be testing this month. Testing will take place during students’ normal schedule on the dates listed below. Students who are testing will be notified this week with a letter that explains what test(s) they need to take, when and where. Ninth grade students and students who are not testing are expected to be at school on these days working on classwork, preparing for student-led conferences and Senior Culminating Project presentations.

    • Math: May 7th and 8th

    • ELA: May 14th and 15th

    As always, students should get a good night’s sleep, eat a good breakfast and charge their iPads in preparation for testing. Good luck students!

    WCAS Science Testing

    All 11th grade students will take the Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science (WCAS) on Thursday, May 16th during their normally scheduled session at CHS. Students will take this exam using their iPad.

    Student-Led Conferences and Senior Culminating Project Presentations: May 21 - 23

    We hope to see all students along with a parent or guardian for Student-Led Conferences or Senior Culminating Project Presentations on May 21, 22 or 23rd. All students are expected to participate in a conference this spring and conference times will be scheduled with your through your students’ advisor. We will not have scheduled classes or busing to CHS on these dates; teachers will be available for Open Labs if students can get to campus. Here is a daily schedule of conferences and Open Lab times:

    • Tuesday: Conferences 8:00 - 11:00 am, Open Labs 11:30 - 2:30pm

    • Wednesday: Conferences 10:00 am - 5:00 pm, No Open Labs  

    • Thursday: Open Labs 8:00 - 11:00 am, Conferences 11:30 - 3:00 pm


    Memorial Day Weekend

    School will be in session on Friday, May 24th as a snow make-up day. There will be no school on Monday, May 27th in observance of Memorial Day. Enjoy your long weekend!  

    Senior Awards Night

    The Challenger High School Senior Awards night will happen on Wednesday, May 29th from 5:30 - 7:00 pm at the Spanaway Lake High School commons. Students receiving awards and honors will be personally invited to the event.

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Principal's Message

  • Welome to Challenger High School!

    We are looking forward to working with all of you during the 2018-19 school year.  Our goal is to ensure that every student attends school regularly (fewer than 1 absence a month) at Challenger High School. Challenger students who have regular attendance are very successful at our school and we want students to be at school each and every day. 

    Showing up for school has a huge impact on a student’s academic success starting in high school and continuing through graduation. Even as students grow older and more independent, families play a key role in making sure students get to school safely every day and understand why attendance is so important for success in school and in life.

    We realize some absences are unavoidable due to health problems or other circumstances. But, we also know that when students miss too much school— regardless of the reason – it can cause them to fall behind academically.  Your student is less likely to succeed if he or she is chronically absent—which means missing 18 or more days over the course of an entire school year. Research shows:

    • Children chronically absent in kindergarten and 1st grade are much less likely to read at grade level by the end of 3rd grade.
    • By 6th grade, chronic absence is a proven early warning sign for students at risk for dropping out of school. 
    • By 9th grade good attendance can predict graduation rates even better than 8th grade test scores.

    Absences can add up quickly.  A student is chronically absent if he or she misses just two days every month!! Clearly going to school regularly matters! 

    We don’t want your student to fall behind in school and get discouraged.  Please ensure that your student attends school every day and arrives on time (7:55 for the AM session, 11:25 for the PM session).   Here are a few practical tips to help support regular attendance:

    • Make sure your student keeps a regular bedtime and establishes a morning routine.
    • Ensure your student goes to school every day unless they are truly sick (fever, throwing up, etc).
    • Avoid scheduling vacations or doctor’s appointments when school is in session.
    • Talk to teachers and counselors for advice if your student feels anxious about going to school. Our academic counselor (Alison VonStein) and school social worker (Patti Bunnel) are on hand to support students in getting to school every day, on time. 
    • Develop back up plans for getting to school if something comes up.  Call on a family member, neighbor, or another parent to take your student to school.

    Let us know how we can best support you and your student so that they can show up for school on time every day.   We want your student to be successful at Challenger High School!  If you have any questions or need more information please contact us at Challenger 253.683.6800.

    Jeff Johnson

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