Frontier News

June 2022

Staff and Teacher Appreciation Week!

Frontier Schools celebrated their staff the entire first week of May in recognition of Teacher Appreciation Week. To show our appreciation for all that they do, small gifts and catered meals were provided each day of the week. This was just a small token to show our admiration and gratitude to those that teach our children each day.

We would like to thank our sponsors, New Frontier Educational Foundation, Westbrook & Co., BNIM, WBM, United Health Care, Design Mechanical, Inc., and KC Premier Transportation for their generous contribution to our appreciation week! Our program would not have been as terrific as it was without your support!

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2021-22 District Teacher of the Year

Meet Ms. Janet Raymer, 7th grade teacher at FSI Middle. Ms. Raymer's students have shown consistent growth throughout the year and all 4 of her classes have exceeded the achievement norms during one of the most challenging years in the field of education. Ms. Raymer's contributions to student learning are not only limited to the classroom, she also played a substantial role in preparing the Science Olympiad Team to successfully participate in the regionals and qualify for state for the first time in the history of FSI Middle. Ms. Raymer is also very proactive in helping and supporting her colleagues.

Warmest congratulations on your achievement!

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Campus Teachers of the Year!

Congratulations to our 2021-22 Teachers of the Year! Each of you have gone above and beyond our expectations, and we extend a well-earned congratulations to you. Keep up the good work, and cheers to your continued success here.

  • Brittney Starin, FSI Elementary
  • Janet Raymer-Pillinger, FSI Middle
  • David Reno, FSHS
  • Sarah Tustison, FSE

Campus Staff of the Year!

Congratulations to our 2021-22 Staff of the Year! Thank you for going above and beyond what's expected of you! Your work and dedication is spot on – we really appreciate you!

  • Kanaissa Hollins, FSI Elementary
  • Robert Green, FSI Middle
  • Ahmet Taslama, FSHS
  • Natalia Contreras, FSE

Celebrating 5 & 10 Years of Service Recognition

We have a tradition to recognize our employees during Teacher Appreciation Week who are in their 5th or 10th years with Frontier Schools. We thank our teachers and staff for their continued commitment to the Frontier Schools’ system. We truly appreciate their loyalty, dedication, and all of their contributions in making Frontier one of the best schools in KC.

10 Years of Service

5 Years of Service

Kauffman Foundation awards $250,000 grant to New Frontier Educational Foundation

The Frontier School of Innovation Middle School under the leadership of Principal Elyar Isgandarli will benefit from the Kauffman Foundation’s Individual Schools Grant Program. The $250,000 grant awarded to the New Frontier Educational Foundation will be paid out over a two-year period to fund a new full-time college counselor position and other cultural enrichment opportunities for the middle school students. The grant, spearheaded by NFEF founder Greg Rieke, is the culmination of many years of planning and effort to bring college counseling and career exploration to the middle school level and allows Frontier to eventually build out a successful mentoring program district-wide. Community mentoring, in conjunction with the DeBruce Foundation’s Agilities Career Exploration program and other similar community partners, sets Frontier apart in preparing students for long-term career success and helping to build the Kansas City area’s future workforce.

Boys & Girls Summer Leadership Camps

During May, students from FSE & FSHS participated in a Summer Leadership Camp at Hiawatha Campus & Retreat Center in Wichita, KS. The girls camp took place May 20th - May 23rd and the boys camp was May 23rd - May 26th. A few of the many activities students participated in included STEM challenges, swimming, wall climbing, ziplining, archery, and campfires.

FSE Class of 2022 Graduation

On Saturday, May 21st, Frontier School of Excellence held their graduation ceremony for family, friends and faculty at the University of Kansas City-Missouri (UMKC). Ariauna B. was named Valedictorian and Alexa B. was named Salutatorian of FSE. This Fall, Ariauna will be attending Northwest Missouri State and Alexa will be attending either UMKC or MCC-Penn Valley.

A special thanks to their keynote speaker, Cornell Ellis. His inspiring key message to students was to "Be Bold, Be Brave, Be Bouyant". Mr. Ellis is the Founder/Executive Director at Brothers Liberating our Communities (BLOC), a professional network of Black men working in education to uplift our communities.

Congratulations to all of our graduates, you have big futures ahead of you!

FSHS Class of 2022 Graduation

On Friday, May 27th, Frontier STEM High School held its graduation ceremony for family, friends, and faculty at the KC Scottish Rite. Riyana S. was named Valedictorian and Maylin F. was named Salutatorian of FSHS. This Fall, Riyana and Maylin will be attending UMKC. A special thanks to their keynote speaker, William Wood, FSHS World History teacher, for his inspiring and heartfelt message to students encouraging them to "Keep on wandering, Keep on being you, and Keep on knowing you are amazing."

Class of 2022, congratulations on your graduation, and best wishes for your next adventure!

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8th Grade Promotion Ceremony at FSI Middle

On Thursday, May 19th, FSI Middle hosted their 8th grade graduation ceremony after school for family, friends, and staff. This was a momentous celebration for 8th graders taking their next step into high school. More than 50 out of 100 of our 8th grade graduates have been with Frontier since Kindergarten!

Congratulations 8th graders and best of luck in high school!

8th Grade Promotion Ceremony at FSE

On Friday, May 20th, FSE hosted their 8th grade Promotion Ceremony in the school's gymnasium for families, friends, and staff. The ceremony marked students' next milestone – high school!

Congratulations students and best of luck in high school!

FSI Elementary Kindergarten Graduation

On Friday, May 20th, FSI Elementary hosted their Kindergarten graduation for family members and friends in FSI Middle's gymnasium. The ceremony was followed by a nice reception in the school cafeteria. Congratulations to the Kindergarten class of 2022!

Pie in the Face!

On May 13th, our 3rd grade Tiger Cubs got a chance to 'pie' one of our many teacher/admin volunteers for their "End of MAP Testing Week 1" celebration. The laughs were contagious that day!

Pet Show Musical Performance at FSI Elementary

On May 11th, our Pre-K Tiger Cubs performed a short musical called "Pet Show". Students dressed up as their favorite animal and sang animal-themed songs. Shout out to Ms. Mercan, Music Teacher, for all of her hard work in preparing students for the performance.

End of Year Talent Show at FSI Middle

On May 24th, FSI Middle hosted a schoolwide talent show for both students and staff. This was such a fun way to kick off Summer Break for students and their families. Thank you to all the teachers and staff who performed and helped support the student performers. It was a great show!
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Spring Harvest Time at FSI Elementary!

Hard work and patience paid off for students at FSI Elementary. Students harvested vegetables from their campus garden that they planted earlier in the year. The idea behind the program is to teach kids where food comes from, along with how to prepare it in healthy and delicious ways.

Henderson Engineers Visits FSHS

On May 5th, representatives from Henderson Engineers visited FSHS to talk to students about a day in the life in the engineering field. Thank you Henderson Engineers for taking the time out in your busy day to answer all of our students questions about the engineering field.

Senior Banquet at FSE

On Friday, May 6th, FSE hosted a Senior Banquet for their graduating seniors. During the banquet, students were recognized and awarded for their academic and extracurricular accomplishments during the 2021-22 school year. Family and staff members celebrated their seniors as a part of their send off to their big and bright futures!

Schoolwide Spelling Bee at FSI Elementary

On Wednesday, May 4th, FSI Elementary held their Schoolwide Spelling Bee. Every student that participated did an amazing job. Congratulations to our winners!

  • 1st Place: Lei'Liyana P., 3rd grade
  • 2nd Place: Cheyenne S., 2nd grade
  • 3rd Place: Sofia P., 2nd grade

The final winning word was "selfie" from the 2022 Words of the Champions List.

FSI Middle End of Year Celebration

On May 24th, FSI Middle celebrated the end of the year with a celebration in the school's gymnasium. Each grade level had a craft station that all students could participate in. This was such a fun way to kick off the summer for students and their families.
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Field Day at Frontier Schools!

The end of every school year is packed with fun events that students look forward to each year. For all schools, May 25th was one of those days. Students enjoyed a fun filled day doing activities and playing indoor games with their classmates.

Silent Auction & Ice Cream Social at FSI Elementary

On Saturday, May 21st, FSI Elementary held their Ice Cream Social for the first time in 3 years. Our Tiger Cubs and their families enjoyed ice cream while participating in fun activities around the gymnasium. We want to thank everyone for coming out and supporting this event. We would also like to thank our committee for taking charge and making this one of our best socials yet!

1000 Book Challenge at FSHS

Congratulations to the students and staff at FSHS for stepping up to the challenge of reading 1000 books this year. On May 20th, participating readers were treated to delicious ice cream floats. Way to go Panthers!

Home Visits

Teachers and school staff have visited 524 students in 479 homes since the start of the 2021-22 school year.

Home visits are paramount in bridging cultural gaps that might exist. These visits also provide opportunities for staff to understand their students better by visiting them in their home environments.

A SHOUT-OUT to our teachers & staff! Thank you for everything you do!

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Career Opportunities at Frontier Schools

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