624 Trafalgar Parkway
Cape Coral, FL 33991
Phone: (239) 242-4341
Fax: (239) 242-7217
Mon - Fri: 9:35 a.m. - 3:50 p.m.
Directions from the Lee County Public Education Center
Exit at the South Entrance; Turn right onto Colonial Blvd; Continue
on Midpoint Bridge (Toll); Continue on Veterans Memorial Pkwy; Turn
right at Skyline Blvd; Turn right at SW Trafalgar Pkwy
Challenger Middle School opened its doors in portables in 2006 and
was fortunate enough to hire the best of the best in Lee County.
Since then, Challenger has maintained an excellent retention rate.
Our teachers are dedicated, highly educated, and well rounded
individuals who thrive on continued success and pride themselves on
being life long learners.
Challenger Middle School's motto is to
Challenge the Mind and Charge the Spirit. With that being
said all of our best practices are geared towards this mission.
Challenger does team scheduling. All teachers are on a team and
follow the same students. Teams have common planning and common
lunches. This cultivates team knowledge of the student and specific
concentration on his/her strengths and weaknesses.
A parent meeting is held at the beginning of the year to share all
of our best practices relating to student expectations and
processes. This helps parents become knowledgeable about what they
can expect from their child as well as from their school. This
alleviates parent concerns and complaints related to what their
child might tell them as an excuse.
Morning faculty meetings are limited so that teachers can
participate in Parent/Teacher conferences regularly on specified days (call for more information).
Two Way Communication:
Much of the communication at Challenger Middle is done in person,
through e-mail, or via ParentLink. Challenger Middle is pro-active
in recycling and avoiding waste.
All administrators have an open door policy and work around the
schedules of the staff and students to address any concerns. These
concerns are then discussed during administrative meetings, team
leader meetings, department meetings, and/or individual meetings
where a resolution is determined together.
According to Lee County School Board Policy 5.24, the purpose of
a Dress Code is to encourage students to focus on the learning
process without the distractions of unsuitable dress and grooming.
Students shall maintain an orderly and clean appearance at all times.
The responsibility for the personal appearance of the students
rests with the parent/guardian and the student. Personal appearance
shall not detract from the educational process. When a student’s
appearance at school becomes a disruptive factor, or a health and
safety hazard, the administration shall take appropriate steps to
correct and remedy the situation. The following establishes the
minimum acceptable standards for student dress to be interpreted
and enforced by the Principal or designee at Challenger Middle School.
- Jackets, hooded sweatshirts, and sweaters are not to
be used to cover dress code violations.
- Apparel must be adequate in both length and coverage to be
considered appropriate for school. All pants, shorts &
skorts must be worn and fastened at the waistline. They must
be no shorter than knee level, but not touching the floor.
Skirts, skorts, shorts and dresses should not be shorter than
3 inches above the knee. A 3X5 index card may be used to test
for the correct length.
- Shirts or blouses must be worn as intended and fastened
in accordance with the design of that shirt or blouse. The
length must extend beyond waist level when the student raises
both hands over his/her head. Midriffs should not show at
any time (even when arms are raised). Shirts should not be longer
than fingertip length. Sleeveless shirts may be worn but must
measure a minimum of 3 inches at the shoulder.
- Transparent, bare midriff, strapless tops, and/or low-cut
clothing or tops and outfits that provide minimum coverage or
are of a suggestive nature are prohibited. Halters, backless
dresses or tops, tube tops, spaghetti straps, tank tops, muscle
shirts, flannel pants, pajamas and any other clothing which
may be distracting is prohibited.
- Any article of clothing or jewelry that could cause injury,
such as inappropriate belts, medallions, chains of any length
are prohibited. No sleep or lounge wear type of clothing.
Safety pins are not permitted.
- Apparel, emblems, insignias, badges or symbols that
promote the use of alcohol, drugs, tobacco, or any other illegal
activity are prohibited.
- Apparel or symbols which may be gang related or cult
related is prohibited.
- Clothing with slogans or advertising which is controversial
or of an obscene nature is prohibited.
- No writing, tattoos, or body stickers on face, arms,
hands or legs.
- Adornments which are attached (pierced) to exposed body
parts other than ears are prohibited. Tongue piercing is
- Hats, caps, headgear, and sunglasses except in conjunction
with designated school approved uniform or at authorized athletic
practices or activities are prohibited.
- No intentionally ripped and/or torn clothing is permitted -
no torn or ripped clothing at all.
- Appropriate footwear must be worn at all times. The
following are not permitted: clogs, thong sandals, flip-flops,
platform shoes, slippers – including Chinese slippers. The
sole of the shoe should be no greater than 2”.
- Unnatural hair color is also not permitted.
- Black or blue or unnatural lipstick is not permitted.
- Only prescription eyewear is allowed.
To keep students safe from the year after year exposure to sun,
caps and sunglasses are approved by the School Board and should be
included in school attire during outdoor activities ONLY. When
students come indoors, these articles must be removed and placed
in the students own locker or other designated storage area which
keeps these items separated. Sunscreen is also beneficial; the
following guidelines need to be followed.
Sunscreen should be applied at home before school. This will provide
protection during the time going to school as well during the rest
of the day.
For those who break the above rules, there will be clean clothes
in the Time-Out Room into which the student will change, or he/she
will wait in Time-Out until the parent brings a change of clothing.
The student will remain in time Out if appropriated clothing is not
available. Repeated dress code violations will result in disciplinary