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CMS Celebrations

Anna is Challenger Middle School's Spelling Bee winner!

The winner of the spelling bee

CMS is a Blue Ribbon Lighthouse of Excellence School

Teachers and Administration recieving the award in Orlando, FL on December 1, 2017.

CMS Teachers with the Blue Ribbon of Excellence award

CMS Faculty Viewing the Solar Eclipse on August 21, 2017

 CMS Faculty viewing the Solar Eclipse


Challenger Middle School’s Cyber Security Teams

Challenger Middle School’s Cyber Security teams have had an awesome season this year and one team recently received two awards for their outstanding performance. The Cyber Intelligence Agency (CIA) completed the season placing first in the state of Alabama and inside the top 10% nationally of the 550 Middle School Teams that competed in the AFA Cyber Patriot Program. On Tuesday, May 2nd, Team CIA was recognized for their achievement by Cyber Huntsville at a ceremony at UAH.  On Thursday, May 4th, Team CIA was recognized by the Huntsville City Schools’ Board with a resolution.  Challenger Middle had 6 Cyber Patriot Teams this year with 5 teams making the cut for national semi-finals.

CMS Cyber Security Team


CMS Cyber Security Team

Challenger's Greenpower Teams go to Indianapolis Motor Speedway

The Challenger Racing team just returned from the Inaugural Greenpower at Indy event on May 1, 2017, sponsored by the SCCA, IUPUI and IMS.  Eighteen of Challenger’s students traveled by busses with 9 other Huntsville City School teams to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.  Twenty-seven teams from all over the US and one from Great Britain participated in 4 – 90 minute race heats with the last two being scored.  Challenger’s Eagles team came in 2nd place in the Middle School division with Challenger’s Rocketeers taking 4th.  Taking pictures in the Indy Winner’s Circle and “Kissing the Brick” sealed this trip as a monumental event in our school’s exciting race history.

Greenpower Indy Race

Greenpower Indy Race

Challenger's Greenpower Teams

Challenger Eagles came in 2nd place and Challenger Rocketeeers came in 4th place in the Middle School Division of the Mad City Classic.

The Rocketeers had a minor setback and still did a great job!

Greenpower Car Repair

The CMS Track came in 5th in the city.

Landon Theisen 1st in the mile 

Landon Thiesen Track Meet

Landon Currie 2nd in high jump 

Landon Currie Track Meet

Caleb Hunt 3rd in triple jump

Caleb Hunt Track Picture

Deanna Moore 3rd in shot put 

Track Picture of Deanna Moore



Challenger Middle School Greenpower Racing recently received two grants to support their 2016-2017 race season.  Our program has expanded to 2 cars and 2 teams  - we now have a Year 1 Team, the Rocketeers, who built their new kit car from scratch (The Challenger) and our Year 2 Team, the Eagles, who are studying aerodynamics and drive trains to modify the existing car (Charlie).  To help with the cost of expanding our program, we applied for a STEM Program grant from PPG Aerospace.  This grant was approved gaining $1000 to outfit our school for two teams and to provide funds for enhancements to the Year-2 car.  Also, students of the Eagles Race team presented a Greenpower program overview to visiting members of the Optimist Club to raise funds for a trip to the Greenpower at Indy event coming up in mid-May.  This Indy sponsored partnership event will involve a Greenpower race at the Indianapolis 500 facility with Greenpower teams from around the country and engineering sessions with Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis’ department of engineering. Challenger will send its best car to this event and students from both teams. Avion Solutions, Inc. also supports the team financially, providing this season’s t-shirts for the 24 students. Teacher/Sponsors are Barbara Hunt and Teri Mitchell. 



Greenpower car, Charlie


On Saturday, January 14th, the Challenger Middle School Math Team participated in the Alabama School of Fine Arts Math Competition in Birmingham, Alabama.  Owen Martin won 7th place individual in the Pre-Algebra division and Kyle Mince won 3rd place individual in the Algebra division.


Math Team member

Math Team member