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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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  • Schedule Changes for June

    Posted by JEFFREY JOHNSON on 6/5/2019

    Here are the events and schedule changes for June as we finish out the school year. Please add these to your calendars: 


    Thursday, June 6: Graduates’ last day! Final tests, iPads and books must be returned, all fines must be paid. 


    Friday, June 7:

    • no scheduled classes or busing, Grading day for teachers (PM session)  

    • Open Labs 8:00 – 11:00 am if students can get to campus

    • Graduating Senior Check Out (required for all grads): Bethel Family Center, 8:00 – 3:00 pm (anytime during the day, drop in to go through the check-out process) 

    Tuesday, June 11: Graduation Day! 

    •  AM Session: busing and scheduled classes. No PM Session (campus closed for graduation)

    • Graduation Practice: 8:00 – 10:00 am at PLU Olson Auditorium. All grads must participate if walking in the ceremony.

    • Graduation: 2:00 pm at PLU Olson Auditorium. 

    Friday, June 14: Field Day! 10:00 – 12:30 at Challenger. Grads are encouraged to attend! 


    Monday, June 17th: iPad check-in day for returning students. Students must turn in iPad, case, charging cord and block. Unreturned iPads will be ‘bricked’ and fines placed on students’ accounts. 


    Wednesday, June 19: Last day of scheduled classes for returning students!


    If you have any questions about these events and/or schedule changes please call the main office at 253.683.6891 for more information. Have a wonderful finish to the school year! 

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  • May/June News for Challenger High School

    Posted by JEFFREY JOHNSON on 5/17/2019 8:00:00 AM

    Here is an update on our schedule for the next few weeks. We hope to see all of you on campus for a student-led conference or senior culminating project presentation--it is expected that every student participates in a conference this week. If you have not yet scheduled a conference  please call the main office at 253.683.6891 to reserve a conference time with your student’s advisor.


    Monday, May 20th: School is in session, regular schedule



    Tuesday, May 21st: No scheduled classes* and no busing. Conferences 8:00 - 11:00 am; Open Labs 11:30 - 2:30 pm



    Wednesday, May 22nd: No scheduled classes or busing; Conferences 10:00 am - 5:00 pm


    Thursday,May 23rd: No scheduled classes or busing. Open Labs 8:00 - 11:00 am; Conferences 11:30 - 3:00 pm



    Friday May 24th: School is in session, regular schedule


    *Students are encouraged to work on assignments using their iPads and their teachers’ Canvas courses if they cannot make it to campus.


    Here are some other important dates as we move towards graduation and the end of the school year. Please mark your calendars!


    • Monday, May 27th: Memorial Day, no school

    • Wednesday, May 29th: Senior Awards Ceremony. 5:30 pm at Spanaway Lake High School Commons

    • Thursday, June 6th: Senior finals and last day of classes. iPad turn in day for seniors. All fines and fees must be paid, all courses completed for graduation.

    • Friday, June 7th: Senior Check Out. All seniors must come to Challenger and go through the check-out process to be certified for graduation. 8:00 am - 3:00 pm in the Bethel Family Center

    • Tuesday, June 11th: Graduation! 2:00 pm at Pacific Lutheran University, Olson Auditorium

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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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