June 2019 Challenger School Newsletter

 The Challenger Difference

Challenger Students’ 2019 Test Scores Are Amazing!

We are proud to announce that Challenger students have again surpassed their national peers by a wide margin and achieved excellent results on the Iowa Assessments. (Personalized Iowa results will be mailed to you this month.) This year, Challenger students again scored impressively in every grade.

Read the full article here.

 This Month

Important Dates

June 3–6 (CA, ID, NV, UT)
8th Grade Graduation

June 4–5
Merit Assembly (K–8)

June 6–7
Circus Days (PS–K)

June 7
Field Day (G1–8)
Last Day of School

June 17
Summer School Begins

Merit Assembly (K–8)

Challenger campuses will hold merit assemblies shortly before the end of school to recognize the individual achievements of K–8 students throughout the school year.

Eighth Grade Graduation

Ceremonies for eighth grade graduates will be held during the last week of school. If you have a graduate in your family, you should have received an invitation in the mail.

We are proud of our graduates who now embark on new chapters in their lives as self-reliant, productive individuals.

Congratulations, Class of 2019!

Circus Days (PS–K)

Preschool and kindergarten classes will close the school year by enjoying a “big top” of fun!

On the last day of classes, students may come dressed as a circus character if they wish. We’ll play games and have lots of laughs and circus-themed activities.

Field Day (G1–8)

With summer just around the corner, it’s time for some outdoor fun, friendly competition, and fresh air!

Our annual Field Day, which will be held on the last day of school, is a day for students to take part in outdoor activities like relays and games.

Students are not required to wear their uniforms on Field Day. They should wear modest clothing appropriate for outdoor recreation.

Summer School

There is still time to sign up for Challenger Adventureland. Classes begin June 17. See your campus office for details.


In the Spotlight:

Arhana A. of Strawberry Park (CA)

Strawberry Park eighth grader Arhana A. recently received a very prestigious invitation from the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (CTY). Included in the honor is lifetime admission to and membership in the Julian C. Stanley Study of Exceptional Talent program (SET).

Arhana earned the distinction as a result of her exceptional performance on the SAT; her scores on the test placed her in the top three percent of test takers worldwide.

Arhana’s achievement reflects her record of excellence at Challenger. This year alone, her Science Fair project qualified her for admission to the California State Science & Engineering Fair, and she also won the top award at Challenger’s 2019 Region Speech Festival.

Congratulations on all you have accomplished, Arhana!


Sixth grader Aditi K. of Ardenwood (CA) placed second in her category at the California State Science & Engineering Fair.

Fifth grader Ishana W. of Sunnyvale (CA) was named the national winner for her grade in the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) American History Essay Contest! She will be honored in Washington, D.C., on June 20.

Region Speech Festival

We extend hearty accolades to the following Challenger students who, on the basis of their performances at their campus festivals, advanced to regional competitions.

California: Region Winners
Arhana A. Grade 8 Strawberry Park 1st place
Sama K. Grade 7 Sunnyvale 2nd place
Ada P. Grade 8 Ardenwood 3rd place
Aarnav S. Grade 8 Berryessa
Angelina P. Grade 8 Almaden
Isabelle S. Grade 7 Middlefield
Pramati B. Grade 8 Shawnee

Nevada: Region Winners
Nicole E. Grade 8 Lone Mountain 1st place
Ellie L. Grade 8 Lone Mountain 2nd place
Tas H. Grade 8 Lone Mountain 3rd place
Cassidy L. Grade 7 Silverado
Giavanna P. Grade 7 Silverado
Madison B. Grade 7 Silverado

Utah: Region Winners
Emma S. Grade 8 Sandy 1st place
Priyanka M. Grade 8 Sandy 2nd place
Harleen S. Grade 8 Salt Lake 3rd place
Diya G. Grade 8 Traverse Mountain
Tracy N. Grade 8 Salt Lake
Steven W. Grade 8 Traverse Mountain

Important Dates

Mark your calendars for our two main breaks for next school year. Challenger will not be in session during the dates listed below:

Winter Break
Dec. 23–Jan. 3 All Regions

Spring Break
March 16–20 TX
March 23–27 ID
April 6–10 CA, NV, UT

Eighth Grade Trip

In early April, Challenger eighth graders from California, Idaho, Nevada, and Utah embarked on a week-long tour of some of our nation’s most historic sites. Their memorable trip included visits to the White House, the United States Capitol, Ford’s Theatre, the Library of Congress, the Supreme Court Building, various memorials, Mt. Vernon, the Smithsonian, the Holocaust Museum, Manassas, Jamestown, Williamsburg, Monticello, Arlington National Cemetery, and Yorktown.

Students enjoyed the opportunity to bond with one another as they learned more about our great country.

ScholarWear Uniform Sale Days

Mark your calendars! Uniform sales will occur in late July and early August at the Lone Mountain (NV) and Ardenwood (CA) campuses.

Lone Mountain sale dates: Friday, July 26, 11 a.m.–7 p.m.; Saturday, July 27, 11 a.m.–5 p.m.

Ardenwood sale dates:* Wednesday–Thursday, July 31–August 1, 3 p.m.–8 p.m. both days

Or visit one of ScholarWear’s store locations:

ScholarWear CA ScholarWear UT
12333 Saratoga-Sunnyvale Rd. 9937 South 500 West
Saratoga, CA Sandy, UT
(408) 973-1701 (801) 565-9327

The California ScholarWear store will be open later hours during the month of August. Stop by from 10 a.m.–7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Shop early for the best selection. Order online any time at ScholarWear.com.

*Only Preschool–Grade 4 clothing available.

Lost and Found

Please check the lost and found at your campus before the school year ends. You may find something you did not realize was missing!

Phonics Practice

To keep concepts alive in your child’s mind this summer, consider picking up the Challenger Phonics Fun kit.

The activities, characters, and songs are so fun that children learn while they play! Visit LearningCrew.org today.

Updated Uniform Policy

This fall, Challenger will begin the process of updating a few uniform items. To facilitate the transition, students may wear current uniforms and continue to dress according to the 2018–2019 uniform policy during the 2019–20 school year. New items, which will be available late summer or early fall through ScholarWear.com, may also be worn, but students will not be required to completely transition to updated uniforms until fall 2020.

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