We're pleased to have so many students placed and ready for school next year! Thank you for sticking with us through many changes over the last year. We'll continue to adjust as necessary to be able to provide your children a quality education that is so desperately needed in today's world.
As you know, each student with a Continuous Enrollment Authorization on file has been placed in an on-campus class for 2021–22. We expect to be able to return to in-person classrooms next year which provides a vastly superior learning opportunity for students. If conditions necessitate online classes again, we are prepared to provide that option.
If you’d like to change or add a program (like extended classtime or summer school), you can request those changes via the Parent Portal. Remember that the tuition deposit due date for next year is March 1, and the amount paid will be credited to your August tuition payment. Please contact your campus office if you have any questions. We are looking forward to next year and are glad to have you with us!
Since online learning and in-person classes are not the same experience, some of the information in this newsletter will be more relevant to on-campus students and their parents, while other portions will apply more to those involved in remote education. Look for the bell icon to indicate information for on-campus students and the laptop icon for online students.
|February 3||AMC 10 Test (G5–8; by invitation only)|
|February 5||Reports of Progress Sent Home (PS)|
|February 12||Valentine Fun|
|February 15||Presidents’ Day—No School|
Because of their impressive scores on the AMC 8 (American Math Competition 8) test in November, several Challenger students have qualified to take the AMC 10 test (which tests advanced-level mathematical problem solving) this month. We congratulate their accomplishment and wish them success as they challenge themselves to achieve even more!
Valentine’s Day is recognized as a day to show appreciation to those who are important to us. We look forward to acknowledging this special day with lots of in-class fun!
Note: Please do not send food, toys, or gifts with your child. Treats will be provided by Challenger.
There will be no school on Presidents’ Day, Monday, February 15. In conjunction with the occasion, Challenger will remember American heritage and our nation’s founders in classes the following day. The commemoration recognizes the monumental accomplishments and contributions of the founders who established the United States of America.
The Founding Fathers—including George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, and James Madison—fought for freedom and independence and worked tirelessly to create an innovative form of government: a constitutional republic.
At Challenger, we honor the lives and the work of these patriots by teaching the values and principles that help preserve freedom and liberty.
Watch for Reports of Progress we’ll be sending home this month. These reports give you information about your child’s participation in class and academic progress in school.
On-campus students are gearing up for the upcoming Speech Festival, which will take place in classes from March 15–19 (March 29–April 2 in Texas).
From their first days at Challenger, students learn to express their ideas clearly. They memorize valuable, inspiring poetry and meaningful selections while learning to speak logically and convincingly.
The Speech Festival is a wonderful opportunity for students to exhibit their mastery of the art of oratory. Students are learning how to effectively convey their ideas to others, a skill which will continue to serve them well throughout life.
Witty and clever second through eighth grade students are encouraged to enter the annual Comic Contest. Submissions for this optional contest can be submitted to Marketing@ChallengerSchool.com and are due Friday, March 5. Include your full name, your grade, and your campus in the email.
As you create your entry by hand or with a computer, make sure to keep the text and drawing simple, clear, and sharp. Check to be sure you’ve spelled everything correctly, and type the text if possible so it’s easy to read. Be original! Artwork that is not your own design will be disqualified. See Learning Curve comic below for an example.
The winning entry will be published in the April newsletter. We can’t wait to see the creative submissions!
Though winter may have a firm grip at this time of year, spring is coming! In March and April, Challenger campuses will take time off for Spring Break. Here are the dates to keep in mind for each region:
|March 8–12||Dallas (on-campus students)|
|March 15–19||Austin (on-campus students)|
|March 22–26||Idaho (on-campus students)|
|March 29–April 2||Nevada (on-campus students)|
|April 5–9||California, Utah (all students); Idaho, Nevada, Texas (online students)|
For those who need it for their tax returns, Challenger’s tax ID is 47-1405971.