Class Strengthens Their Learning through Real-life Experience

4th Grade Class 402 has utilized a real-life experience to reach across various content areas including Social Studies, Science, Math, ELA, and Art. Upon discussing natural disasters that could happen in the world, Class 402 looked deeper into the effects of Hurricane Harvey that were shown to be devastating for the state of Texas. They began to brainstorm what they could do to help those who have suffered from the storm, ultimately deciding to begin a “Pennies for Texas” campaign.  They used their artistic skills to collaborate and create campaign posters to display in hopes to get donations for the cause.

Scholars and teachers from the class brought in coins for a two-month period. Before counting up the total amount, the class used this opportunity to show their estimating skills, taking guesses on how much money they thought was in the donation jug. The teachers chose the two closest estimates and created a word problem that stretched the scholar’s knowledge to make them find out who actually had the closest estimate to the total amount.  

The total amount donated to the American Red Cross for Hurricane Harvey was $57.69. The class also used their recent understanding of place values to determine that 5,769 ‘pennies’ were collected! Class 402 realized that “every penny counts” and are proud to have made a difference by collecting “Pennies for Texas.”

Thanks to Mrs. Gulotta and Ms. Ferrara for leading their scholars through this effort and STEAM learning experience.

Class 402 with Hurricane Harvey Donation to the American Red Cross

Class 402 with Hurricane Harvey Donation to the American Red Cross

FREE Nutrition Workshop for Families

We are so pleased to offer free workshops to our CPCS families that inspire, educate, and strengthen the home. This month, we encourage you to sign up now for a series of nutrition workshops in partnership with Cornell University. 

"The Cornell Nutrition Workshop is a free certificate program that will provide our Challenge families will the tools that they need to provide a healthy, balanced and nutritious lifestyle outside of school. Our Challenge families will gain knowledge of the importance of healthy eating and how to prepare healthy well balanced meals for their families," stated S'hanel McLemore, K-5 Family Engagement Director.

The workshops begin on Tuesday, October 24th and each week will be held from 4:30-6:00P. For more information and to sign up, please contact Ms. McLemore at 718-327-1352 ext. 149 or stop by her room at the school. 

Nutrition Workshop Flyer

Nutrition Workshop Flyer

Welcome to Our New 2017-18 K-5 PA President

CPCS welcomes newly elected PA Board President for the 2017-2018 school year, Mrs. Mahalia Wright!

Mrs. Wright is the parent of Sophia Wright, entering second grade this coming school year. Mrs. Wright is an active member of the CPCS PA who has served on our Volunteer Committee, volunteered for several PA functions and contributed in many ways to the PA Board administratively this year. Mrs. Wright holds a Bachelor of Arts from Hunter College and brings with it skills in communications, marketing, procedural development and event planning used in her position as a Business Manager at Canon, Inc.

Working with her will be the newly elected Secretary, Ms. Kristina Nozart and the returning Treasurer, Mrs. Michelle Charles-Rodney.

Following the elections, the 2016-17 PA President Marissa Danzy expressed her gratitude saying, "I am thankful for the opportunity to have served as the CPCS Parent Association President this school year. I have gotten to know so many lovely parents, scholars and staff in this role and look to continue those relationships. A special thanks to the Family Engagement Director, Mrs. Anglin, for all of her vital support this year.

Thanks to Mrs. Janisa Vaughn who was an asset, resource and supporter to the PA this year, whose professionalism and resourcefulness I admire, and congratulations to her on her new role in parent engagement at CCMS. They are lucky to have her!

Lastly, thank you to Mrs. Lana Small, the Parent Representative to the Board for jumping right into her duties mid-year and being truly diplomatic in extending her voice for parents."

We encourage all parents to consider being a part of the Parent Association for the 2017-18 Academic year. No contribution is too small, and the scholars need YOU to make this coming year a success.


Challenge Celebrates Third 5th Grade Graduation

For the third time in the school’s history, Challenge Preparatory Charter School celebrated  the graduation of its 5th Grade Class of 2017 on Wednesday, June 21st at 9:00 a.m. Held at Far Rockaway High School, the ceremony was filled with memories and achievements as represented by school Founder/CEO Rev. Dr. Les Mullings, K-5 Principal Nicole Griffin, the 5th Grade teachers as well as elected officials and school staff.

The event kicked off with a moving solo by Mekhi Bratton performing the National Anthem. Principal Griffin offered a welcome encouraging the scholars to “Always do your best” as they leave their K-5 years for Middle School. Valedictorian Joseph Boahen proudly stated, “There is magic at Challenge Prep. Take this magic and honor it. Today we graduate as a united whole.” And Salutatorian Isabella Sukh admonished her fellow scholars to “Do the right thing, even when no one else is watching.”

The 5th Graders performed the poem “Excellence” along with two musical selections under the direction of Music teacher, Brenton Johnson. Special presentations from each individual 5th Grade classroom were featured as well. In addition to their Graduation Certificates, scholars were presented with awards for achievement from the City and State Comptroller Offices along with the Principal’s Award, Dean’s Award, and the Academic Achievement Award.

Senator James Sanders Jr. delivered a lively keynote to the graduating scholars ending with a word about their future:

“Your future is in your hands. Don’t have strong thumbs but a weak mind. If you can’t say goodbye to friends who will do you no good...if you can’t leave drugs can kill your future. But I see you letting your future fly!”

Other special guests present included community leaders Valerie West and Linda Plummer. Several teachers and 6-8 Principal Sonja Webber-Bey also attended in support of the rising 6th Graders who will attend Challenge Charter Middle School next year.

Dr. Mullings gave a brief review of the school’s history and thanked all of the senior leadership, community leaders, teachers and staff for their support and hard work over the years.

“Our school will reach maturity with the start of our 2017-2018 Academic Year. We will have our first class of 8th graders. As I look back on the 15 years of work that it took to get us to this place and I look at these 5th Grade scholars before me, I think, ‘It has all been worth it,’” stated Mullings.

The celebration closed with a moving video made by Ms. Ofori and the 5th Grade teachers with memories through the K-5 years of the graduating scholars. Before reuniting with their families for pictures, scholars expressed their thanks through applause to the teachers, principals and Dr. Mullings all of whom had gathered on stage. Graduation caps were tossed into the air signaling the end of the joyous ceremony.

Visit our Graduation Album on Facebook with candids from the staff!