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Challenge to Excellence Principal’s Blog.

Happy Thanksgiving

Dear C2E Families,

Happy Thanksgiving!  I hope you and your families have a wonderful week off.  The staff and I are thankful everyday that we have the opportunity to work with your children.

I also wanted to thank you for supporting the Mill Levy Override and Bond issues that were on the latest ballot.  Our school will benefit greatly from the monies raised.  As a school we stand to receive just over $300,000.00 from the Mill Levy.  We will be spending the money on the areas we have shared with you.  I am greatful that we will be able to make teacher and staff pay more competitive with neighboring school districts.  Our share of the Bond money will be used to enhance our safety and security systems as well as take care of critical building needs.  On Tuesday, our Governing Council approved the supplemental budget for the spending of the money.  That budget will be on the financial transparency page of our website soon.

Happy Thanksgiving!  See you all on November 26th.



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Carpool Safety

We had a great first week of school.  It was so wonderful to see all of your children again and to feel their excitement for another school year.  For a first week, things went fairly smoothly with just a few carpool issues and of course, a Friday afternoon when we had to dismiss following our Lightning Dismissal procedures.  

If you had a chance to attend Parent University you heard me say, “Carpool is the hardest part of being a charter school parent”.  We do not have the advantage of buses pulling in and taking most of our children to their neighborhoods.

Here are a few helpful reminders from our Parent/Student Handbook to make carpool run smoothly and efficiently:

  • Always make right turns.  When everyone is turning into the school from the same direction (turning right into the school drive from Carlson) things run quicker and students that are walking across the street are safer.
  • If you want to drop your student off on Carlson, you must stop before the no parking sign.  That allows those that are lining up to drive through carpool the no parking lane for that line.  
  • Please have your carpool sign displayed until you leave the school drive with your students.  If we can help the students see their cars, they load much faster.
  • Lightning dismissals are always challenging dismissals.  However, we are not able to release your student out into the open when there is lightning within 10 miles of the school.  If you wish to pick up your student when there is lightning in the area you are required to come to the door to retrieve them.  Please, if you feel that being outside is dangerous, stay in your car and wait for the lightning to pass. We are committed to keeping your students safe until you feel safe being outside to pick them up.  YOU MAY NOT EXIT YOUR CAR on the school drive, as this obstructs the car line. These dismissals do take more time, but are required to ensure that your student(s) is safe.

The most helpful tip I can share is that if you text the words “follow @c2eschool” (please be sure to use the @, this was previously not required) to 40404 you will get real time information should we need to communicate with you what is happening during carpool or any other emergency situation.  


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New addition to our playground

Our eighth grade class has presented the school with a gift.  Starting today our students will be learning how to play in our new Gaga Ball Pit.  Thank you to all our eighth graders who worked so hard to raise the money and to our eighth grade families who worked on a snowy Saturday to build this for our students!  This gift will be enjoyed for many years to come!

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Great News!

I am proud to announce that Challenge to Excellence is a 2017 John Irwin Award Recipient.  The John Irwin Award is given to schools that demonstrate excellent academic achievement. On the three-year school performance framework that is used by the state to evaluate schools, these schools “exceed” expectations on academic achievement.  This is our 2nd year in a row to receive this award.

Congratulations to our students who worked so hard to show all that they have learned, to our teachers for diligently ensuring that all of our students are learning, and to our parents for the daily commitment they make to help our students succeed in school!

We are one of only 11 Douglas County to receive this academic award.  Click here for more information on this award and/or to see the schools that received the 2017 John Irwin Award.

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Giving Tree

Our amazing families and staff at C2E have contributed to our Giving Tree and we are so excited to give these gifts away today to the following agencies: The Shilo House, Meghan’s Wish, Serenity Group Home, Guadalupe Project, and Urban Peaks.  The requests just kept coming for our tree, but everyone stepped up and we fulfilled a very long list of holiday wishes for over 60 area youth in need.

Thank you so much for continuing to support our students learning to take care of their community!  Thank you for your generosity.

We hope you all have a very relaxing, family filled winter break!



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Important Information regarding Dress Code


We are having many issues with students not being in uniform.  Please take time to review the dress code and make sure that your student is coming to school each day in uniform.  Students will be calling home for uniform clothing if they arrive at school out of dress code.

A couple of dress code errors that we see regularly are students in shoes and leggings that do not comply with the dress code.

Per the handbook shoes must be free of designs/decorations (i.e. cartoon characters, glitter, stripes) and must be non ­neon in color. ANY NEON COLORED shoes are expressly forbidden.​

Leggings are not ​an appropriate substitute for tights unless ​the ankle is covered by socks and no skin is showing on the legs.  Leggings must be white, navy, opaque or skin color.

Additionally, girls only may wear one set of post earrings. Dangle earrings are not allowed.

Winter must come at some time so remember that snow boots, hiking boots and rain boots such as galoshes are permitted during extreme weather, but are not ​allowed in the classrooms. Each student must bring acceptable shoes to be worn in class and during school activities.  REMEMBER, students go outside each day if the temperature is above 20 degrees.  Please send your student with outerwear that will keep them warm when they are out in cold temperatures.

Click here to read the complete dress code.




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