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  • November News for Challenger High School

    Posted by JEFFREY JOHNSON on 11/5/2018 8:00:00 AM

    November News for Challenger High School

    Thank you to all of you who took time out of your schedule to attend parent-teacher conferences last week. It was great to see so many of you on campus with your student talking about their education plan. Thanks for your support of your student and of Challenger!  

    Bond Information

    Please remember to return your ballot by November 6th. The Bethel School District is running a very important and building bond on this year’s ballot. If approved the bond will IMPROVE safety and security, REDUCE class size and overcrowding, and REPAIR our aging schools. A new Challenger High School is a part of the bond! Thank you for voting and returning your ballot by Tuesday, November 6th.

    Late Arrival: Wednesday November 7

    Wednesday, November 7th is a Late Arrival day in the Bethel School District. We will not have busing or scheduled classes on this date, but teachers will be available for Open Labs from 11:30 - 2:30 if students can get themselves to campus.

    End of Term 1

    Friday, November 9th is the end of the first grading term at Challenger. Friday is a ½ day grading day in the Bethel School District for high schools. We will not have bussing or scheduled classes on this date, but teachers will be available for Open Labs from 8:00 - 11:00 am if students can get to campus.

    Veteran’s Day

    We will have no school on Monday, November 12th in observance of Veteran's Day. Students will be learning about and celebrating our veterans in advisory classes during the week of November 5 - 9. Thank you Veterans for your service to our country!

    Start of Term 2

    Tuesday, November 13th is the start of Term 2. Students can check their new schedules using their iPads and the Skyward app--schedules will not be printed for them.

    Thanksgiving Break

    We will have not classes November 21-23 for the Thanksgiving holiday. Classes will resume on Monday, November 26th. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

    Tutoring Opportunities!

    We have two new tutoring opportunities starting November 13th and continuing throughout the year at Challenger. In the AM Session we will offer tutoring support from 7:00 - 7:55 AM in classroom A in the Bethel Family Center. In the PM session we will offer tutoring on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:30 - 4:00 pm. Students can catch the activity bus as a way to get home on these days.  Please promote these tutoring opportunities with your students if they need some extra help and support!


    Thank you for taking the time to read this email and noting all of the important things going on this month. Have a wonderful November!

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  • Interested in attending Challenger

    Posted by CHS on 11/2/2018 2:00:00 PM

    To apply to attend Challenger please download an application, fill it out and return it to the main office at CHallenger. Or, your application can be emailed to Applications for the 2018-19 school year are currently being accepted. 

    Click here to download a Challenger Application here. 

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  • Challenger Gear

    Posted by CHS on 10/16/2018

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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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