News & Events
Welcome to the Challenge Charter School News and Events page! Please browse through the articles below to read and see what’s happening at CCS!
Current 2016-2017 School Year
Magic School Bus Night was a big hit! Families and staff were able to see all the hard work CCS students and teachers put into decorating their classrooms and setting up science experiments for families to try.
Thank you everyone who joined and participated in our annual Multicultural Day event. Families shared information about their culture, foods, and traditions. Multicultural day is a time where the community comes together to learn and grow. We are thankful to have this opportunity each year and look forward to another successful event next year.
Thank you to everyone who helped make the 3rd Annual Turkey Trot such a huge success. The Turkey Trot is a fun and fit activity that raises funds for Challenge. For more information on how to become a sponsor call 602-938-5411.
Previous School Happenings
What a celebration! On October 28, 2015, the Arizona Charter Schools Association recognized CCS Founders, Greg and Pam Miller, with a Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Education. The Millers received a standing ovation as they accepted this honor and spoke to the sold out crowd about their motivation and passion to ensure every child has every opportunity possible.
On November 20th, CCS students showed us their best trot as they did laps around the field to raise money for new technology at Challenge.
A big thank you to all the volunteers and contributors that made our Second Annual Turkey Trot such a big success!
Second grade students were introduced to several new strategies to help them to add and subtract fluently. To practice the subtraction strategies they’d learned, the second graders enjoyed turning the classroom into a bowling alley in order to play “Subtraction Bowling.” The kids took turns as pin setters, bowlers and score keepers. After students in each lane set up the number of Dixie cup pins they wanted, up to 20, the bowlers used tennis balls to try and knock down as many pins as possible. The pin setters quickly scooped up the pins that had been knocked down, and the score keepers, had to subtract the number of pins that were left standing from the number they had started with to find out each bowler’s score.
Third grade learned about Time Signature. The students learned how to determine how many beats were in a measure when looking at a musical line combining math and music. Once they were able to identify the beats per measure, they created their own musical measures. We clapped out the different beats once everyone was finished. The students love it!
After studying the ancient Maya, Aztec, and Inca, the fifth graders were challenged to design a parachute that would allow an Aztec prisoner to escape from the top of the temple. The students could use a variety of materials from tissues to construction paper and dental floss to yarn, and they could design it in any shape or size they felt would work.
Once completed, the students went to test them out!
First Friday Dance Party is a BLAST! Every 1st Friday of each month at 8:10AM, Principal Miller turns the music on and dances her way around campus with our CCS Eagles. Everyone gets to show their best dance moves before the school day begins. We have so much fun!
Congratulations to the Challenge Charter School community! CCS is the only elementary school in the State to be recognized for the highest level of Excellence in Civic Engagement by the AZ Department of Education! CCS held an essay and speech contest for 6th graders to select the student who would represent the school during the awards ceremony on Constitution Day: September 17th, 2014. All of the speeches were excellent!! They were all bound in a book and given to the Department during the ceremony and can be viewed by using the included link and all of the students who participated received a Principal’s Pride Award. Congratulations to Gracie Senseman! She received the most student votes and did a great job representing CCS on the 17th giving her speech in front of all of the other schools, the Department of Education and Superintendent Huppenthal! To read all of the speeches given during the 6th grade competition see our 6th grade page! For more information about the award please see the Press Release put out by the AZ Dept. of Education.