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  • Challenger News for January 2019

    Posted by JEFFREY JOHNSON on 1/7/2019 8:30:00 AM

    January News For Challenger High School

    Hello Challenger Students and Families,

    Welcome back from Winter Vacation! I hope you had a wonderful holiday season and you are ready to come back to school. Thanks in advance for reading this email and taking note of important events and schedule  changes for the month of January. Have a wonderful month!

    January 8: School resumes! Welcome back!

    Bethel School District Building Bond

    In November 2018, a School Construction Bond failed just 307 votes shy of the required 60% supermajority. This was the fourth failed bond attempt since 2016. We are quickly running out of options for housing our growing population of students, and we are almost out of space to house portable classrooms. The Bethel School District is running the bond again and February bond is very similar to the bond voters saw in November. There are a few small changes based on community feedback, but the overall cost is the same. If approved, the bond would build three brand new schools, including a brand new Bethel High School. It would also renovate and expand six of our other schools, including a new Challenger High School! Please be on the look-out for your ballot and be sure to VOTE by February 12th!

    Are You Registered to Vote?

    The deadline to register online to vote in the February bond election is January 14. If you are not already registered to vote, please do so today. It only takes two minutes.

    Late Arrival Day: January 16th

    Wednesday, January 16th is a 2-hour late start day for the Bethel School District. We will not have busing or scheduled classes at Challenger on this day. Teachers will be available from 11:30 - 2:30 pm for Open Labs if students and get themselves to campus.

    Martin Luther King Day: January 21st

    We will have no school on Monday, January 21st in observance of the Martin Luther King holiday.

    End of 2nd Term: January 31st

    Thursday, January 31st is the last day of Term 2 and it is also a ½ day grading day for teachers. We will not have busing or scheduled classes at Challenger on this day. Teachers will be available for Open Labs 8:00 - 11:00 am if students can get themselves to campus.

    Start of 3rd Term: February 1st

    Friday, February 1st is the start of 3rd Term. Students can see their schedules using their iPads and the Skyward app.

    Have a wonderful month!


    Jeff Johnson


    Challenger High School

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  • Challenger News for December 11 - 21

    Posted by JEFFREY JOHNSON on 12/11/2018

    We are focusing on attendance at Challenger during the month of December. Students are much more successful when they have regular attendance; conversely, students find it difficult to keep up in their classes if they miss days. Please encourage your student to be at school each and every day--your student's sucess depends on it! 

    As you may know, the Bethel School Distict Bond failed in November by a very thin margin. The School Board met recently to discuss what to do in the wake of our failed November bond. Board members talked about the pros and cons of a Capital Levy, which only requires a simple majority to pass, versus running another Construction Bond, which requires a 60% supermajority. They also discussed rerunning the bond as it is, or making some small changes to it. Decisions will be made at a special December 11 School Board meeting. Read more at

    If you know a high school senior, remind them to complete their FAFSA (Free Application for Student Aid) registration! Many types of aid are distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis. Even if they're not sure what school they'll attend, they should still fill out the form ASAP. Learn more here →



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  • Challenger News for December 2018

    Posted by JEFFREY JOHNSON on 12/1/2018 8:00:00 AM

    Greetings Challenger Students and Families~

    Here are important announcements for the month of December for Challenger. Please take note of these important announcements and have a wonderful month of December!

    Late Arrival Wednesday, December 4th

    Wednesday, December 4th is a Late Arrival Day in the Bethel School District. At Challenger we will not have busing or scheduled classes on this day. Teachers will be available for Open Labs from 11:30 - 2:30 pm if students can get to campus. Please encourage your student to attend Open Labs to get extra help and support in their classes.

    New Tutorting Opportunities!

    Tutoring is now available before the AM session and after the PM session at Challenger! If your student needs individualized support please encourage them to attend these tutoring sessions:

    AM Tutoring (The Breakfast Club) will happen Monday – Friday, 7:00 – 7:55 AM in Bethel Family Center Classroom A.

    PM Tutoring will happen Tuesday and Thursday, 2:30 – 4:00 pm.

    Math tutoring will happen in Mr. Nelson’s room

    ELA tutoring will happen in Ms. Warren’s room.

    Students can catch the Activity Bus home at 4:00 pm on these days.

    Winter Break

    Friday, December 21st is the last day before Winter Break. The break will go between December 22 and January 7th. Classes will resume on Tuesday, January 8th. Have a wonderful holiday season!

    Family Support Resources

    The holiday season can be stressful on students and families. Challenger has staff on hand to help out during this time of year. If your student or family needs extra support please feel free to contact our school Social Worker, Patti Bunnell at 253.683.6854 and/or our Family Resource Coordinator, Ashley Wojtanowicz at 253.683.6825. The Challenger website also has resources posted for you, please check out this page for resources available through Challenger and the Bethel Family Center.

    Weather/Snow Delays

    The Bethel School District will post all school delays and cancellations due to inclement weather on each school’s website and will also send out auto-dialer notifications. Please check the district website for any  changes in schedule due to weather. If there is a 2-hour delay there will be no busing or scheduled classes at Challenger. Teachers will be available for students if they can get to campus on these weather-delayed days.

    Have a wonderful winter break and holiday season. If you are traveling, please have safe journeys and we will see students back at school on Tuesday, January 8th.


    Jeff Johnson


    Challenger High School


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  • 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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