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FREE School & Weekend Meals—UPDATED!
SUSD will continue to provide free meals to all children under the age of 18 (no lunch application needed). Parents or students may stop by a school or designated bus stop Monday–Friday (...
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PCHD - Free COVID-19 Testing Locations
PCHD - Free COVID-19 Testing Schedule : Regular Public Testing Locations Kino Event Center "Monday through Saturday *closed 12/24/20, 12/25/20, 1/1/21" Times: 10am - 7pm Address: 2805 E...
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Profile of a Graduate
Our Vision: Every child... College, Career and Community Ready. Our Mission: Our mission is to develop students with a strong sense of identity, purpose and agency, so that they leave our system...
SUSD will continue to provide free meals to all children under the age of 18 (no lunch application needed). Parents or students may stop by a school or designated bus stop Monday–Friday (excluding holidays) to receive a school lunch and a breakfast to go for the following morning at the following times: Schools – 10:30am – 1pm Bus Route – 11am – 12pm*  *starting June 1, 2021, meals will no longer be distrubited at bus stop locations   Meal Distribution Sites Starting June 1, 2021, pick-up (drive-thru) meal service will be available at the following sites Monday – Friday from 10:30am – 1pm: Summit View Elementary School Elvira Elementary School Mission Manor Elementary School Sunnyside High School Desert View High School Summer Meals are free to anyone under the age of 18.   Mobile Meals – Bus Distribution Sites Below is a list of sites where school buses will distribute grab-and-go breakfast and lunch from 11am–12pm. All school buses will continue to be equipped with mobile hotspots. For detailed information for each location, click on the bus icons on the interactive map below. S. Masterson Ave & E. Behan St. (SE Corner) S. Fontana Ave & E Delta Rd. (NW Corner) Fairy Duster & Silverweed (Rancho Valencia Rest Area) Old Vail Rd & Country Club (park on Vail Rd)  * this route will now be delivering meals at E Bantam Rd & Via Noche Buena Desert Shadows Park (on Greenway Dr.) Ponderosa & San Xavier Rd @ Ramada Santa Clara Ave. and Melridge St. 9776 S. Nogales Hwy (near Family Dollar) San Xavier Education Center Felix and Lansing Strav.  
PCHD - Free COVID-19 Testing Schedule : Regular Public Testing Locations Kino Event Center "Monday through Saturday *closed 12/24/20, 12/25/20, 1/1/21" Times: 10am - 7pm Address: 2805 E. Ajo Way, Tucson, 85714 Pre-Registration/ Appointment Required How to Register: "www.labfinder.com/paradigm 855-452-2346 For results: patient portal or call 520-901-2969" Ages: 5 and up Test Type: nasopharyngeal PCR (anterior nares for children) Type of Site: Brick and mortar Sponsors: Pima County Testing Vendor: Paradigm Laboratories   Morris K Udall Center "Tuesday through Sunday *closed 12/24/20, 12/25/20, 1/1/21" Times: 8am-5pm Address: 7200 E. Tanque Verde Road, Tucson, 85715 Pre-Registration/ Appointment Required How to Register: "www.labfinder.com/paradigm 855-452-2346 For results: patient portal or call 520-901-2969" Ages: 5 and up Test Type: nasopharyngeal PCR (anterior nares for children) Type of Site: Brick and mortar Sponsors: Pima County, City of Tucson Testing Vendor: Paradigm Laboratories   El Pueblo Community Center "Monday & Wednesday Saturday" Times: "5pm - 8pm 7am-Noon" Address: 101 W. Irvington Road, Tucson, 85714 Pre-Registration/ Appointment Required How to Register: Call El Rio Health 520-670-3909 Test Type: nasopharyngeal PCR (anterior nares for children) Type of Site: Brick and mortar Sponsors: City of Tucson, El Rio Health Testing Vendor: El Rio Health   Ellie Towne Center "Wednesday 12/9, Friday12/11, Sunday 12/13 *closed from December 23rd to January 1st" Times: "7am - 12pm Sunday hours are 7am-1pm" Address: 1660 W. Ruthraff Road, Tucson, 85705 Pre-Registration/ Appointment Required How to Register: "https://asubioempportal.pointnclick.com/ Log in or “Sign Up For New Account” Agency code: SALIVATEST" Ages: 5 and up Test Type: saliva PCR Type of Site: Brick and mortar Sponsors: Arizona Department of Health Services Testing Vendor: ASU Biodesign Institute   West Congress Parking Garage "Thursdays *closed from December 23rd to January 1st" Times: 6am-9am Address: 400 W. Congress, Tucson, 85701 How to Register: "https://asubioempportal.pointnclick.com/ Log in or “Sign Up For New Account” Agency code: SALIVATEST" Ages: 5 and up Test Type: saliva PCR Type of Site: Drive-thru Sponsors: Arizona Department of Health Services Testing Vendor: ASU Biodesign Institute   Downtown "Monday, Wednesday & Friday *closed 12/24/20, 12/25/20, 1/1/21" Times: 10am - 2pm Address: 88 E. Broadway Blvd., Tucson, 85701 How to Register: "www.labfinder.com/paradigm 855-452-2346 For results: patient portal or call 520-901-2969" Ages: 5 and up Test Type: nasopharyngeal PCR (anterior nares for children) Type of Site: Walk-up Sponsors: Pima County, Downtown Tucson Partnership, TEP Testing Vendor: Paradigm Laboratories   Tucson International Airport - Baggage Claim "Friday through Monday (Starting 11/20/21) *Closed 12/24/20, 12/25/20, 1/1/21" Times: 11 am - 6 pm Address: 7250 S. Tucson Blvd., Tucson, 85756 Pre-Registration/ Appointment Required How to Register: "https://www.labfinder.com/TUS/ 855-452-2346 For results: patient portal or call 520-901-2969" Ages: 5 and up Test Type: nasopharyngeal PCR (anterior nares for children) Sponsors: Pima County Testing Vendor: Paradigm Laboratories   Pima Community College West Campus "Mondays (Starting 11/16/2020) *Closed 12/23/20-1/1/21" Times: 9am - 1pm Address: 2202 W. Anklam Road, Tucson, 85709 Pre-Registration/ Appointment Required How to Register: "https://asubioempportal.pointnclick.com/ Log in or “Sign Up For New Account” Agency code: SALIVATEST" Ages: 5 and up Test Type: saliva PCR Type of Site: Drive-thru Sponsors: Pima Community College Testing Vendor: ASU Biodesign Institute   Pima Community College Desert Vista Campus "Wednesdays (Starting 12/2/2020) *Closed 12/23/20-1/1/21" Times: 9am - 1pm Address: 5901 S. Calle Santa Cruz, Tucson, 85709 Pre-Registration/ Appointment Required How to Register: "https://asubioempportal.pointnclick.com/ Log in or “Sign Up For New Account” Agency code: SALIVATEST" Ages: 5 and up Test Type: saliva PCR Type of Site: Drive-thru Sponsors: Pima Community College Testing Vendor: ASU Biodesign Institute   Pima Community College East Campus "Fridays (Starting 12/4/2020) *Closed 12/23/20-1/1/21" Times: 9am - 1pm Address: 8181 E. Irvington Rd., Tucson, 85709 Pre-Registration/ Appointment Required How to Register: "https://asubioempportal.pointnclick.com/ Log in or “Sign Up For New Account” Agency code: SALIVATEST" Ages: 5 and up Test Type: saliva PCR Type of Site: Drive-thru Sponsors: Pima Community College Testing Vendor: ASU Biodesign Institute
Our Vision: Every child... College, Career and Community Ready. Our Mission: Our mission is to develop students with a strong sense of identity, purpose and agency, so that they leave our system as effective learners who act with purpose to achieve the conditions they desire in their own and others’ lives. Since the release of the 1983 report “A Nation at Risk” our public school systems have been challenged with the task of improving public perception regarding how we prepare students for the future. This issue of a quality of education was compounded with the accountability requirements under the No Child Left Behind of 2001, which focused primarily on one assessment.  This narrow focus on one metric as the definitive measure of school quality misrepresents the complexity of educating students and diminishes the great work of educators across this nation who make a difference in the lives of students every day, in every classroom. And though aggregate performance is a key variable for measuring success, it simply fails to tell a bigger picture of what our students have and will be able to do in the future.  For this reason we felt it critical to recast our PROFILE OF A GRADUATE within a broader narrative of student success. This new framework provides an unparalleled level of clarity that aligns our mission, vision, and the work.  This new iteration of our graduate profile picks up where our Strategic Plan left off in 2015 and drives the work forward through five competencies, key to each student’s journey towards graduation: 1). Knowledge for Learning, 2). Knowledge for Impact, 3). Creative Confidence, 4). Critical Consciousness, and 5). Self and Systems Awareness.  In addition to college and career readiness, Community Ready was added to this iteration of the work thanks to feedback we received from community members, as well as industry and higher education professionals who expressed certain intangibles that Sunnyside students brought to their organizations. Attributing to our students traits like, “community-minded”, “a sense of social justice”, “respectfulness” we felt strongly that Community Ready also provided us with a framework to bridge the gap between knowledge and agency. This framework allows our District to capture the summative experiences that mark each child’s learning journey so that personalizing the classroom is less about technology, and more about each student’s ecology.  Thank you for being a part of our journey.      COMPETENCY #1: KNOWLEDGE FOR LEARNING Our students are knowledge creators. We look to them to not only master the content, but also to transfer knowledge across disciplines: From science to the humanities, from mathematics to the social sciences—Sunnyside students are deep thinkers and well-rounded learners with a strong sense of academic identity.  We trust our students as knowledge co-creators who share their expertise with peers and teachers as part of an intentional process of collaboration. Sunnyside students understand that learning is a social and shared responsibility. By listening respectfully, students value learning from one another as they begin to develop transferable skills like responding positively and constructively, which are important skills to employers as they are assembling their teams.   COMPETENCY #2: KNOWLEDGE FOR IMPACT When Hurricane Harvey crippled the Texas coast in 2018, Sunnyside students in our JTED Construction program rolled up their sleeves, gave up their spring break, and traveled across the country to rebuild homes. When faced with the opportunity to speak at the state capitol demanding an increase in teacher pay, one Sunnyside student took to the microphone, took a deep breath and pumped up a crowd of tens of thousands.    Our students are engaged participants in their future, not merely bystanders. Equipped with deep knowledge of history and a sense of what is fair, our students are adept at using social media and student organizations to drive change. Sunnyside students are aware of community issues and possess real-world knowledge gained from internships and other experiences that put global issues into a local context.   COMPETENCY #3: CREATIVE CONFIDENCE All students are creative, and it’s our responsibility to nurture that creativity. Borrowing from the work of Tom and David Kelley (IDEO, Stanford d.School) we define creative confidence as the natural human ability to come up with great ideas and the courage to act on those ideas.  Sunnyside students take part in human-centric experiences that use empathy, systems thinking, and design thinking to unlock their creativity. Through building prototypes, using causal loops, challenging assumptions, and acknowledging that all ideas are worthy, our students learn how to take risks. More importantly, creative confidence relies on human collaboration, which is embodied in the performing arts. Sunnyside's tradition of excellence in the fine arts provides a first point of entry for students into a world of creativity that gives them opportunities to gain confidence and succeed.    COMPETENCY #4: CRITICAL CONSCIOUSNESS Workplaces, schools and colleges, and other social environments are defined by internal cultures and norms that are not always visible from the outside. Some environments are built to nurture and empower, while other systems have internal cultures that hinder upward mobility. This is why we give students the tools to identify systems that perpetuate inequality so they’re prepared to take action.  In collaboration with League of Women Voters of Greater Tucson and the YWCA Southern Arizona we host workshops that help high school students learn about running for office while deconstructing issues such as racism, discrimination, and LGBTQ rights. Fostering critical consciousness through debate empowers our students to keep up with important issues and to demand a seat at the table.    COMPETENCY #5: SELF AND SOCIAL AWARENESS Students who are self-aware have strong intrapersonal skills such as self-regulation, which develops in the early years and aids in problem solving and supports volitional behavior. Social awareness (or social intelligence) is part of an important skill set that, later in life, is what sets a transformational leader apart from an everyday boss. This profile of a graduate takes into account our students’ social and emotional development and values traits such as assertiveness, conflict resolution, positive self-talk (to name a few)—as important indicators—of self- and social awareness, which is key to our students’ ability to thrive after high school.   NEXT STEPS 1. Create a graphic representation of the Graduate Profile 2. Introduce the Graduate Profile at the 2018 Administrative Summit 3. Develop indicators for each of the Graduate Profile competency areas 4. Establish a continuum or rubrics by grade band for each indicator that will be used to support internal accountability metrics with the desired outcome of establishing our own school label system    

School Staff

Angelica
Nido
Principal - MS
Challenger Middle School
Kristin
Carter
Assistant Principal - MS
Challenger Middle School
William
Kotter
Assistant Principal - MS
Challenger Middle School
Thomas
Akridge
Teacher
Challenger Middle School
Celia
Arvayo
Attendance Clerk
Challenger Middle School
Emma
Badilla
AVID Tutor
Sierra 2-8 School, Challenger Middle School, Gallego Intermediate, Sunnyside High School
Harley
Brenton
Teacher
Challenger Middle School
Armando
Carreon
Campus Monitor
Challenger Middle School
Catalina
Castillo
IT Tech
Challenger Middle School
David
Contreras
Teacher
Challenger Middle School
Cheryl
Crawford
Teacher
Challenger Middle School
Christopher
Figueroa
Mariachi Instructor
Challenger Middle School
Patricia Graciela
Garcia
Counselor
Challenger Middle School
Andrew
Garcia-Merritt
Teacher
Challenger Middle School
Mariah
Jackson
AmeriCorps Comm Sch Coord
Challenger Middle School
Angiol
Kaczmarzyk
AmeriCorps Comm Sch Coord
Challenger Middle School
Kathleen
Madril
Teacher
Challenger Middle School
Galen
McIsaac-Davidson
Teacher
Challenger Middle School
Nicole
Nyetrae
Teacher Coach
Challenger Middle School
Lucie
Ortega
Librarian
Challenger Middle School
Ruben
Pacheco
Academic Interventionist
Challenger Middle School
Nixon
Potteiger
Teacher
Challenger Middle School
Nancy
Price
Teacher
Challenger Middle School
Daniela
Reyes
Teacher
Challenger Middle School
Charlotte
Richardson
Teacher
Challenger Middle School
Jim
Rosthenhausler
Coach (out)
Challenger Middle School
Juanita
Salazar
Teacher
Challenger Middle School
Joy
Schaefer
Nurse Specialist
Apollo Middle School, Challenger Middle School
Jeannie
Soto
Campus Monitor
Challenger Middle School
Itzel
Valencia Campa
Classroom Support Assistant
Challenger Middle School
Luis
Alarcon
Teacher
Challenger Middle School
Andrea
Alvarado
SPEDPersonal Care Asst
Challenger Middle School
Sandra
Amaya
Head Custodian
Challenger Middle School
Minnetta
Berryman
Parapro - 191
Challenger Middle School
Kimberly
Burt
Teacher
Challenger Middle School
Fulvia
Caballero
Cafeteria Helper
Challenger Middle School
Maricela
Castano
Cafeteria Helper
Challenger Middle School
Andrew
Davidson
Teacher
Challenger Middle School
Araceli
Dimas Jimenez
Cafeteria Helper
Challenger Middle School
Humberto
Duarte-Ortega
Custodian
Challenger Middle School
Carmen
Duffy
Teacher
Challenger Middle School
Mohamed
Elomrabi
Teacher
Challenger Middle School
Cecilia
Figueroa
Cafeteria Manager
Challenger Middle School
Benjamin
Fimbres
Custodian
Challenger Middle School
Michelle
Garrett
School Psychologist
Challenger Middle School
Megan
Gates
Teacher
Challenger Middle School
Haydee
Gonzalez
Custodian
Challenger Middle School
Michael
Greenway
Teacher
Challenger Middle School
Debra
Haynie
SPEDPersonal Care Asst
Challenger Middle School
Amra
Kanlic
Teacher
Challenger Middle School
Frank
Kischer
Teacher
Challenger Middle School
Vanessa
Leon Carrillo
Teacher
Challenger Middle School
Roxanna
Lovio
SPEDPersonal Care Asst
Challenger Middle School
Katrina
Lujan
Teacher
Challenger Middle School
Jeffries
McRoberts
Teacher
Challenger Middle School
Bianca
Medina
Teacher
Challenger Middle School
Gilbert
Mejia
Teacher
Challenger Middle School
Leticia
Montero
Teacher
Challenger Middle School
Jennifer
Munoz
Teacher
Challenger Middle School
Heddy
Nunez
Teacher
Challenger Middle School
Mark
Ortega
Teacher
Challenger Middle School
Jonatan
Othon
Teacher
Challenger Middle School
Barbara
Parra
Office Assistant - 225
Challenger Middle School
Georgina
Quihuis
Teacher
Challenger Middle School
Nancy
Ramirez
Campus Monitor
Challenger Middle School
Jaxon
Rickel
Teacher
Challenger Middle School
Richard
Riesgo
Teacher
Challenger Middle School
Rene
Rodriguez
Teacher
Challenger Middle School
Claudia
Rubio
Teacher
Challenger Middle School
Ramon
Tautimer
Health Office Admin Assis
Challenger Middle School
Maria
Valencia
Custodian
Challenger Middle School
Challenger Middle School
100 East Elvira Road
Tucson, AZ 85756

Phone Number: 
(520) 545-4600
Fax Number: 
(520) 545-4616
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 Challenger Purpose Statement 


Challenger Middle School is a source of pride! As a community, we are courageous and purposeful in doing what is best for each other.  We create an authentic, loving environment that promotes high levels of student achievement.
 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Challenger Middle School was built in 1997 through a collaborative effort of parents and staff. It was hailed as a new district school with a unique approach to learning that included an aspiration to be as technologically advanced as possible. Over twenty years later, the Staff at Challenger is still excited about the opportunity to incorporate the best teaching practices into their classroom to better prepare our students to be college, career, and community ready.

School Details
Year Opened: 
1997
Grades: 
7-8
Enrollment: 
797
Mascot: 
Charger
Colors: 
Maroon and Black
Uniforms: Required
Tops: White, Maroon, or Black Polo Shirt
Bottoms: Khaki or Black Pants

Upcoming Events:

First Day of School, August 5

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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