• Challenger, Landmark to open again Oct. 17

    Posted by Jim Cummings on 10/8/2016

    Landmark Letter

    Students from Challenger Middle and Landmark school will return to their campuses on Monday, Oct, 17, following the completion of construction work at their schools.

    The Glendale Elementary School District received the go-ahead Friday from David Bixler, its structural engineer, to reopen Landmark. The District expects to receive the go-ahead to occupy Challenger next week. The approval came after three weeks of construction at each campus. A recent improvement project at Landmark and Challenger uncovered structural deficiencies in the schools’ buildings. Over the last three weeks, sister walls were constructed to make the buildings safe to occupy again. Estimated cost to repair both schools was $2.5 million, but the project is expected to come in under budget. Money to make the repairs was approved and provided by the State School Facilities Board. Construction is wrapping up at both campuses, and in the next week the plants at each school will be brought back online, and cleanup will be completed for students return on Oct. 17.

    Over the last three weeks Challenger students have been bused to attend classes at the Alhambra Family Resource Center, Landmark students have been attending morning sessions at Desert Spirit Elementary School, while Desert Spirit students attended afternoon sessions. Beginning Monday, Oct. 17 students and teachers at Challenger, Landmark and Desert Spirit will return to their regular schedules. In addition, enrichment sessions at Desert Spirit and Desert Garden, which were set up for students to attend before or after half-day sessions, will stop due to the three schools returning to their regular schedules.

    “We are delighted to be ahead of schedule on this project, and that these campuses are once again safe for children and staff,” said GESD Superintendent Joe Quintana. “We know this has been inconvenient in many ways. We owe a great debt of thanks to all GESD staff that contributed to this effort, but especially to the parents and staffs from Landmark, Challenger and Desert Spirit. By working together they made sure that we continued to deliver the vital educational services our students deserve.”

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  • Construction remains on schedule

    Posted by Jim Cummings, APR on 9/30/2016

    worker at landmark

    Construction contines to progress on schedule at the Challenger and Landmark campuses. 

    For more than a week construction crews have been working in double shifts to erect the sister walls that will bring the buildings into compliance, and add up to 10 years to the life of the buildings. Construction began more than a week ago. 

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    In the photo above you can see a completed sister wall. What appears to be a ledge is the sister wall that was installed.


    Before paint is applied to the new sister walls, a sealant is applied — what appears to be white paint in the photo above. The sealant will keep moisture away from the block, which will add life to the building.


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  • Construction progressing at both Landmark and Challenger

    Posted by Jim Cummings on 9/22/2016

    Construction at Challenger

    Construction is continuing at a rapid pace at both Landmark and Challenger. You can see more images of the work here.

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  • Construction has started at Challenger and Landmark

    Posted by Jim Cummings on 9/19/2016

    construction at challenger


    Construction of the sister walls at Landmark and Challenger is underway. The work is expected to take five weeks to complete. You can find a complete photo set on our Facebook page.

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  • Who's happy about starting school on Friday? Challenger students and staff

    Posted by Jim Cummings on 9/16/2016

    Challenger students and staff returned to school today at "Challenger East," and appear to be delighted.

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  • Challenger hours, bus times announced

    Posted by Jim Cummings, APR on 9/15/2016

    Here is important information for Challenger parents: 

    School hours

    9:30 a.m. — 4:15 p.m.

    Early Release

    9:30 a.m. — 1:15 p.m.

    Pick up

    9:15 a.m.

    Students should be in the Support Services Center parking lot (just west of Challenger) beginning at 9 a.m.

    Drop off

    4:30 — 4:45 p.m.

    Early Release

    1:30 — 1:45 p.m.

    For families who have older siblings pick up their brothers or sisters at Desert Garden, extended day opportunities will run at Desert Garden until 5 p.m.


    Students with a bus stop will continue to have bus service at their normal stop location.  Times will be as follows:
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  • Landmark returns

    Posted by Jim Cummings, APR on 9/15/2016

    Landmark students and staff returned to classes today. And, if we do say so ourselves, they rocked it!

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  • Enrichment being offered for Challenger, Desert Garden students

    Posted by Jim Cummings on 9/15/2016

    Enrichment will be offered for Challenger and Desert Garden students at Desert Garden. We will offer enrichment for Challenger students before school from 8:15 a.m. until 9:15 a.m. The students will be transported to the Alhambra Family Resource Center (formerly Cordova Primary School). Enrichment will also be offered for siblings of Challenger students who attend Desert Garden. Desert Garden siblings who walk home with older siblings will be able to attend enrichment from 3:45 p.m. until 5 p.m. To enroll your children, or if you have any questions, call the office of Effective schools at 623-237-7232.

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  • September 14 Challenger Parent Meeting

    Posted by Russell Deneault on 9/14/2016 10:00:00 PM
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  • A note for Landmark families who normally walk to school

    Posted by Jim Cummings, APR on 9/14/2016

    Landmark walkers, newly serviced bus riders, will be assigned one of the five buses for this stop.

    Bus Stop location is: 57th Avenue between Gardenia and State (Large gates on the Landmark field area)

    AM pick up: 6:20 a.m. to 6:30 a.m.

    PM Drop off: 11:30 a.m. to 11:40 a.m.

    School staff will be there to meet your child before school and after school. We will provide your child a bus pass to ensure their safety.

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