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From the Principal

Challenge Charter School has won the 2017 Honeywell Fiesta Bowl Aerospace Challenge! 


Congratulations to the Challenge Charter School Team of Champions!


Team R.A.C.E: the Rapidly Ascending Cosmic Eagles: Ruth Cox, Ada Stanley, Catherine Taylor, Emily Taylor, and Coach Amanda Dismukes.


These four dynamic and dedicated Challenge Charter School 6th grade girls proved that they are UP TO THE CHALLENGE in this rigorous Space RACE!


Team R.A.C.E worked tirelessly doing research to prepare for the challenging mission: to “create a scale model and written report about an International Logistics Mission to colonize Phobos, a moon of Mars. The primary purpose of this mission is to develop a plan to establish a sustainable base on Phobos with minimal support from Earth. A secondary mission of the base is to develop an infrastructure to support Command, Control, and Communications (C3) for robotics and humans on Mars. The base must be able to support a crew of 24 people within 10 years supported by nine launches per year from Earth.”


Finalists prepared a ten minute oral presentation to be delivered to a tough panel of judges on Saturday February 25th at the National Bank of Arizona Conference Center. Following their presentation, R.A.C.E. shone during a judging Q & A session.


While the judges deliberated, the teams enjoyed learning from a real astronaut, Ed Gibson. When someone in the audience asked Ed what the Earth looked like on the way to the moon, he said it was “Familiar, yet more grand and more beautiful.”  


Later the judges said they stood out for their “teamwork and energy” & “knowing their stuff!”  Judges also told the girls that everyone has “butterflies” when they present in public and commended them that their “butterflies flew in formation.”


R.A.C.E. has made us all so very proud and won on all expenses paid trip to the US Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville Alabama. They are going to Space Camp! They will also be making an on field appearance at the 2017-2018 Fiesta Bowl.


Their perseverance, teamwork, and talent are an inspiration to us all. We appreciate the support, help, and collaboration of their families, their Coach, Mrs. Amanda Dismukes the CCS Technology Teacher, Ms. Meghan Sheehan, the 6th Grade Coordinator, and CCS Alumni Patrick Kontz.


Congratulations Team R.A.C.E! Thank you to the Fiesta Bowl, Honeywell, National Bank of Arizona, Astronaut Ed Gibson, the ASU Polytechnic Campus, Mesa, and all of our community partners.


CCS has been rated the 4th best elementary school in Arizona on Niche K12:


Challenge also ranks in the top 1% of ALL schools as 25th on the SchoolDigger site:


Upcoming Events

Wednesday, August 9th - 2-6 Open House Night 6-8pm

Thursday, August 10th - K - 1 Open House Night 6-8pm

Monday, August 14th - First Day of School. School starts at 8:30am





Winning the Space R.A.C.E!

Challenge Charter School named the TOP Arizona elementary school on MSN!


Posted on MSN in National News this week: Challenge Charter School was identified as the TOP elementary school in Arizona by StartClass. Only ONE school per State received this prestigious identification across the country!


Their selection was based on a comprehensive combination of the following: Exam Passing Rates over an extended time period, School Environment, & Disciplinary Actions

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