Back To School Night Links
20.21 SUPPLY LISTS
6th grade supply list 20.21.pdf
7th grade supply list 20-21.pdf
8th Grade Supply List 20.21.pdf
Frequently Asked Questions
Challenger FAQ's 20.21.pdf
CMS Reopening Plan
I hope that everyone is well and families have had a
This email is being sent to the entire Challenger
Community in hopes of explaining our specific school opening plan for the
2020-21 school year and giving you and your family enough information to make
the right decision for your student(s). Challenger’s administrative team and
teachers have been working hard to put together a plan that first and foremost
maximizes safety, and secondly provides for a high level of instruction and
learning. Thank you for your continued grace and understanding as we push
through this school year and know that things could change at any time.
If you have not read the district’s re-opening plan
that was sent out yesterday, I would encourage you to do so. It provides a
considerable amount of information in detail about the choices that families
have about returning to school.
As explained in the district document, a student at
the middle level has three choices.
- Total on-line curriculum.
Student will need to dis-enroll from Challenger and
enroll in the Journey K8 program.
- Synchronous learning.
Families need to contact Challenger’s registrar Shelly
Burson, (234-3030) or email@example.com,
by Monday, August 10th
to let her know that is your intention.
- Hybrid learning.
Any student who has not chosen either the on-line
program or the synchronous option will be enrolled in the hybrid model.
Challenger’s hybrid model (see attached graphic):
- Students will be placed on
teams and will have two core classes and one exploratory class per day.
The two core teachers will be paired as Language Arts/Science and
Math/Social Studies. Students will be further divided into “A” and “B”
groups and will attend face to face instruction on their given days (“A”
group attending on Monday and Tuesday, “B” group attending on Thursday and
- Students will have the same
three teachers (LA/Science or Math/SS plus the exploratory teacher)
each day for three weeks, then they will have the other two core classes
and a different exploratory teacher for the next three weeks. This
rotation will continue for the school year. This grouping of three
teachers and half of a team will be the student’s cohort for the school
year. We will make every reasonable effort to never mix cohorts.
- A core teacher will have a two
hour and fifteen-minute block to deliver their content, provide
interventions and enrichment, and give students breaks.
- Exploratory teachers will
provide two hours of instruction per day. A very important change for this
year is that there will not be any selection of exploratory classes as we
have done with eighth graders in the past. All students will go through a
rotation of exploratory classes being exposed to a variety of different
offerings. Many of the traditional exploratory classes will look
considerably different than in years past (no traditional band, limited
vocal music, no French I and Spanish I, etc.).
- Students will be kept in cohort
groups for breaks, lunch, and passing to the greatest extent possible.
- We will not be using lockers
this school year.
Just for clarification, students will have instruction
for five days of the week. Face- to-face instruction will occur two days a week
depending on your “A” or “B” group designation. Wednesday, all students will be
involved with synchronous learning as they will log in from home for live
instruction. This synchronous learning also occurs on the student’s days that
they do not have face-to-face instruction. Be aware that synchronous learning
requires the student to join the class at the regular scheduled class time to
be involved with the instruction that is occurring. Attendance will be taken
for all synchronous learners.
This plan limits class sizes which allows for
additional social distancing, reduces mixing of students, and follows the CDC’s
recommendation of having only three points of contact with adults. This plan
also allows for an easy pivot if all on-line instruction is required. Mask
wearing will be required by students and staff, and all students will be
expected to abide by all the safety precautions put in place to not mix
More information, including student’s A/B
designations, will be communicated in the coming weeks.
Once again, I would like to thank our community for
their continued support and patience during these unprecedented times.
Challenger Middle School is a sixth through eighth grade school within Academy 20 School District. The district services the north end of Colorado Springs and students on the United States Air Force Academy. Challenger has a rich history of academic excellence and continues to be one of the highest academic performing middle schools in the district. Challenger is the proud recipient of the John Irwin School of Excellence Award. This state level award is awarded to schools who demonstrate significant academic performance throughout the school year. Challenger, in conjunction with Mountain View Elementary and Pine Creek High School, makes up the middle level portion of the "Schools of Innovative Learning and Technology". Instruction is delivered through one to one iPad implementation for all students.