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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 

Thursday, March 2nd - Science Fair 6pm to 8pm

Friday, March 3rd - SAC meeting at 8:45 and First Friday Dance party

Wednesday, March 8th - SOM Assembly
                                               4-6 at 9am
                                                1-3 at 9:45am
                                                KG at 10:30am


Friday, March 10th - Grade Switch Day

Thursday, March 16th - Lifetouch Spring Picture Day

Friday, March 17th - Field Day

Week of March 20th - Spring Break - NO SCHOOL

Tuesday, March 28th - BAC & KG payments due

March 28th - March 30 - AzMERIT testing (3rd - 6th)

Wednesday, April 5th - SOM Assemblies (NO HOT LUNCH)
                                            4th - 6th at 9am
                                             2nd - 3rd at 10am
                                            KG - 1st at 11am


Friday, April 7th- SAC Meeting 8:45am

April 11th and 12th - SAT 10 Testing KG - 2nd

Friday, April 14th - Mid Terms go home

Monday, April 17th - Staff In-service NO SCHOOL

Tuesday, April 18th - SAT 10 Testing (KG - 2nd)

Wednesday, April 19th - AIMS Science - 4th Grade only
                                             SAT 10 Testing (KG - 2nd)

Thursday, April 20th - SAT 10 Testing (KG - 2nd)

Wednesday, April 26th - KG and Before/After Payments due





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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