Monday, November 21, 2016

Fall 2016 Newsletter

PTSA Newsletter - Fall 2016
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PTSA Newsletter

October 31, 2016

Welcome to the new Challenger Middle School PTSA Newsletter! It's hard to believe November is already upon us. The holidays will be here before we know it! We are working hard on keeping you up to date - feel free to contact us with any updates for your group! In the meantime, have a great/safe Halloween!

I'd just like to send a great BIG THANK YOU to the PTA for a very successful 1st Career Fair on Oct. 20th! Also, Student-Led Conferences are being planned for November 14th and 15th. More information coming soon!

- Ms. Yvonne Holmes, Ed. S., Professional School Counselor

The Hospitality Committee would like to send a special thanks to our friends at Publix and Walmart for their generous donations for the Career Fair!
We are collecting food donations for the Thanksgiving food box. For more information on how you can help, please contact Lakechia Martin.
Please save your soda pop tabs. Mrs. Hunziker's homeroom is collecting them to help the Ronald McDonald House Charities. We will have a homeroom contest later in the school year but please start saving them now. Thank you!
Challenger has a record number of Cyber Security teams this year with 7. They are preparing for the Air Force Association’s Cyber Patriot IX Round 1 competition on Veterans Day weekend. Students are preparing in class as well as before and after school. Wish them luck as they strive to make it to finals in Baltimore against the record 4300 teams from across the US, Canada and US military locations abroad!
Challenger now has 2 Greenpower race cars! Both the Challenger Eagles and the Rocketeers will be entering the inaugural Jaguar Classic at Jemison High School on November 11th and 12th. Teams from all over the city and other area school districts as well as 2 Goblin teams from China and a high school team from Scotland will compete in races all day on the 12th after presentations and scrutineering on the 11th. Come join the fun and considering joining the class next year!
Upcoming PTSA Meetings
  • November 15
  • December 6
  • January 17
  • February 21
  • March 21
  • April 11

Amanda Magonigal

Lakeshia Martin
VP Programs

Jina Long
VP Membership

Pam Summers

Karen Heller

Helen Stinson & Zeina Jeries
Hospitality Co-Chairs

Karessa Acosta Lee

Barbara Edwards
Parent Advisory Board

Rebekah Huie
Volunteer Coordinator

Rebecca Wallace

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Monday, August 29, 2016

2016-17 PTSA Meetings

Our General PTSA Meeting Dates for this School Year are:

Sep 20, 2016
Oct 18, 2016
Nov 15, 2016
Dec 6, 2016 (my birthday, so you have to come)
Jan 17, 2017
Feb 21, 2017
Mar 21, 2017
Apr 11, 2017

Challenger Middle Math Team

Challenger Middle School Math Team is comprised of highly motivated 6th, 7th and 8th grade students who have a love for math and a desire to compete against other teams to showcase their talents. Students are taught and practice skills that they have not yet seen in their math classes. A curriculum, from The Art of Problem Solving series, is used to help prepare students for competitions. In ciphering competitions, speed and accuracy are factors, so these skills are practiced weekly. At tournaments, students compete on individual and team levels. Each member of the team is eligible to compete as an individual, regardless of their skill level. Team members strengthen existing skills and learn new math concepts, learn to work with other members of the team and enjoy the comradery of traveling and competing with their teammates.
Regina Carter
How to Join / Membership Requirements: 
Challenger Math Team is open to students in grades 6-8. Practices are held on Tuesday afternoons from 3:00 - 4:00 in room J111 from September until late April. Tournaments are usually held on Saturdays throughout north Alabama. CMS usually competes in 5-8 tournaments each year.
Other Info: 
For further information, contact

CMS Football Game Tonight!

4:30 pm @ Milton Frank Stadium
Come support our Eagles
& enjoy the band!

Academic Team Tryouts

The Academic Team is currently in the middle of try-outs.  The next meeting will be in Mr. L's room after school on Thursday, September 1.  Not sure of when the first meet will be, but it is usually the first Monday in November.  There is also the possibility of playing in a tournament in Arab on Saturday, October 29.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Why Join PTSA?

The overall mission of the Challenger Middle School PTSA is to make every child’s potential a reality. By involving the family as well as the community, we can help our children have the best future possible.  As family members, volunteers, teachers and staff work together, we empower the community and family to create the best environment we can for our children to grow, learn and reach their potential.