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  • April News for Challenger High School

    Posted by JEFFREY JOHNSON on 4/1/2019 9:00:00 AM

    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: ytsurvey.org/bsdfamily19. 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.  

    Spring Break

    Spring Break is April 1st - 5th and school will resume on Monday, April 8th. Graduating Seniors, this is a great opportunity for you to complete your job shadow or volunteer work for your Culminating Project! We hope all of you have a great week off! Rest up, recharge and get ready for the last 10 weeks of the school year!

    New Challenger Construction Update

    Construction on Phase 1 of the new Challenger will begin in early April! You will notice the construction area being fenced off and building equipment will begin to arrive in the field near A Street. For a virtual ‘walk through’ of the new building please click this link: https://www.bethelsd.org/chs

    We will begin designing Phase 2 of the new building next spring and the new building and grounds remodel we be completed by Fall of 2022. Thank you voters for approving the bond so we can have this wonderful new facility for our students, staff and community!

    End of Third Term

    The last day of Third Term is Friday, April 12th. This is a half day, grading day for high schools in the Bethel School District. We will not have schedule classes or busing at Challenger on this day. We will have Open Labs from 8:00 - 11:00 am if students can get themselves to campus.

    Start of Fourth Term

    Monday, April 15th is the first day of Fourth Term at Challenger. We will not be printing student schedules, students need to use their iPads and the Skyward App to see their schedule for 4th term. We will begin with Advisory on Monday, April 15th so students can get their schedules for the term.

    Important Upcoming Dates: Mark Your Calendars!

    • Math Smarter Balanced Testing: May 7 and 8 (all sophomores, and any juniors and seniors who have not passed) 

    • Challenger Prom: May 11th at Pierce County Skills Center

    • ELA Smarter Balanced Testing: May 14 and 15 (all sophomores, and any juniors and seniors who have not passed) 

    • WCAS (Science) Testing: May 17 (juniors only) 

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  • Click Here for Graduation Information

    Posted by JEFFREY JOHNSON on 3/29/2019
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  • YouthTruth Family Survey: Parent, We Need Your Feedback!

    Posted by JEFFREY JOHNSON on 3/25/2019

    Dear Challenger High School Parent or Guardian,

     

    I am writing to ask for about 10 minutes of your time to 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: ytsurvey.org/bsdfamily19.

     

    Please note:

    • The survey needs to be completed in one sitting.

    • We ask that one member of each household fill out the survey.

    • If you write any comments, please do not include your name or anything else that might identify you. Your responses are anonymous, and they will be combined with the responses of other parents and guardians before being shared back with school and district leadership.

     

    We sincerely thank you for taking the time to provide your feedback. Your response is incredibly valuable to us.

     

    If you have any questions about the survey, or our plans for how we will use your feedback, please contact Jeff Johnson at jeajohnson@bethelsd.org or at 253.683.6889. 

    Thank you in advance of completing the survey!

     

     

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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.
     

    Sincerely,
    Jeff Johnson
    Principal
     

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