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!

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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.