Frontier News

December 2018

Home Visits

Home visits continue to go strong at Frontier Schools. Teachers and school staff have visited approximately 498 students during 309 home visits since the start of the 2018-19 school year.

With our diverse student body, 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. The goal is to foster a true partnership – with both students and their families.

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Staff Spotlight – Mr. Murat!

Home visits aren't anything new for Mr. Murat, college counselor at Frontier School of Excellence. Well into his 10th year of doing home visits at Frontier Schools, Mr. Murat has visited more than 70 students in their homes – this school year alone!

Mr. Murat is a proud advocate for home visits and continues to encourage and inspire other staff members to go on as many as they can. He believes that home visits allow for a deeper understanding of a student, their home and family environment, and their behavior.

As a dedicated educator, Mr. Murat knows that home visits help students' in more ways than one. Mr. Murat said that many times he sees improvement – both in academics and behavior. He said that student feels more confident and accountable knowing they have a teacher who has a genuine interest in their academics and future success.

"In my humble opinion, it's an unbelievable feeling. TEXAS proverb says; Every long trip starts with a little step. So, home visits are one of those many little steps in my journey as an educator. Please try it!"

-Bunyamin Murat

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City School Fair

On Saturday, November 10th, administrators and staff from Frontier Schools attended the City School Fair hosted by Show Me KC Schools. More than 700 parents walked through the downtown Central Library to learn about all of the school options available in the Kansas City area. Frontier STEM High School students also attended to showcase and share several of their science and 3D printing projects. Thank you for your interest in Frontier Schools! Our application window is open through February 1st, 2019 – Enroll Now!
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Northeast Industrial Association Tour at FSI

On November 20th, more than 30 members of the Northeast Industrial Association visited and toured both Frontier School of Innovation Elementary and Middle schools to learn about their school programs and initiatives. Thank you to the members of the Northeast Industrial Association for your genuine interest in learning more about Frontier Schools.
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Campus Activities

Book Fair at FSI

During the week of November 12th-16th, both FSI Elementary and Middle School hosted their semi-annual Book Fair in their school’s library. Each classroom scheduled times for students to visit and browse the selection of new books, games, school supplies, and holiday themed items. Students created a wish list to share with their families. The Book Fair stayed open after school for families to purchase items from their child/ren’s wish list.
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Family Night at FSI Elementary

On November 13th, Frontier School of Innovation Elementary hosted a Family Literature Night. Each quarter, elementary families and students are invited to participate in educational fun and games with teachers and staff. Families get the chance to earn a free book from the Kansas City Public Library by completing rotational activities in various classrooms. This was the first family S.T.E.M. Challenge!
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High School Presentation for FSI 8th Graders

On November 7th, Mr. Ermek and Mr. Taslama, college counselors at Frontier STEM High School visited with 8th graders at FSI Middle to share information about how to prepare for their transition to high school.
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Muffins with Mom

On November 30th, FSI Middle School hosted their 4th Annual Muffins with Moms breakfast.

4th-8th grade students and their moms or the special women in their life enjoyed a fun and festive themed photo booth with their students as they enjoyed a hearty and delicious breakfast! It was a lovely morning for everyone in attendance.

Stay tuned for the upcoming Donuts with Dads!

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Giving Back at FSI Middle

A huge shout out to FSI Middle's social workers who collected 10 fabulous Thanksgiving dinners for Frontier families in need! We would also like to recognize everyone for for their generous donations – including the United Auto Workers Local 249 Community Services Committee!
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2nd Annual Poetry Slam

On November 30th, FSI Middle held their 2nd Annual Poetry Slam. Students and staff gathered after school to share from the heart. This was a great way for students to express their creative side and share it with others!
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Fundraiser Fun at FSHS

On November 2nd, Frontier STEM High School organized a playful Halloween haunted house fundraiser and after school dance. Project Graduation 2019 raised $430 from the haunted house and Student Council raised $310.25 for ticket sales. This was a super fun way to celebrate the holiday with friends in a fun and safe environment.

Student Council also raised $90 in October for Breast Cancer Awareness Month - students paid $1 to wear pink to show their support.

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Bully Prevention Presentation

During the week of November 12-17th, Frontier STEM High School hosted a Bully Prevention Week. This year, members of the National Honor Society (NHS) created and presented an in-depth and powerful presentation on bullying and how to create an anti-bully environment in school.
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Juniors Experience the KC Repertory Theater

On November 16th, juniors from Mrs. Ivanov's English class took a trip to the Kansas City Repertory Theatre to see the on stage version of, Of Mice and Men. Students enjoyed seeing the classic story come to life!
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KC Scholars at FSE

On November 9th, representatives from KC Scholars visited with students to inform them of future scholarship opportunities. Students learned how they could earn scholarships to use towards their post-secondary education!
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Juniors visit Mizzou

On November 12th, juniors from Frontier School of Excellence visited The University of Missouri – Columbia. It was a full day with a campus tour, lunch and learning about their admissions process.
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Parent FAFSA Night at FSE

On November 16th, Frontier School of Excellence hosted a Parent FAFSA night. Parents learned everything about FAFSA – including how it can help with college finances, what they need to do, how to apply, etc.

Women's Leadership Forum

On November 30th, senior girls from Frontier STEM High School and Frontier School of Excellence attended the Future Women's Leadership Forum at the Kaufman Foundation Center. The forum was designed to empower female high school students in a learning environment that inspires them to dream big as they prepare for their futures. Students had the opportunity to meet and speak with inspirational female role models from a variety of business industries, listen to an executive panel discussion and receive one-on-one mentoring. The annual Forum changes the lives of hundreds of young ladies by inspiring them to reach for and achieve their dreams.
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FSE Youth and Government

On November 30th, students at Frontier School of Excellence participated in a three-day school field trip to Jefferson City. Youth and Government (YAG) is a student-driven simulation of state government, which involves 1,000 Missouri youth in grades 8-12. Beginning in the fall of each year, students come together in their local delegations to choose their roles, register and prepare for the State Convention. At the State Convention, students create their version of state government under the guidelines of the Missouri Constitution. All participants in Missouri come together for this three-day event at the State Capitol. Legislators meet in committees and in the House and Senate chambers to debate legislation. Attorneys try their cases before student judges and engage in a moot trial competition. Participants also engage in campaigns and elections for officers who will serve during the following year.

Congratulations to Jayden F., 11th grade student, for being awarded "Outstanding States-person."

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KC Scholars Recipients

Frontier STEM High School

Congratulations to our KC Scholars recipients, Catia M., Halimo J., and Joanna A. Each recipient will receive $10,000 per year for their college education – up to 5 years! Way to go ladies!
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5th Annual Multicultural Festival on December 7th!

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4th Annual Million Father March on January 8th!

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FSHS State Of The Art Innovation Lab!

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Frontier Schools’ is planning to build a modern, state-of-the-art Innovation Lab attached to the Frontier STEM High School.

This project-based approach is an essential part of immersive STEM education; it makes the experience real for the students. They will be able to conceive a project, be it a product or prototype, and follow the production process from conception to physical

reality. Students will understand the technology that powers their creations; both the

hardware and the software. The goal is to build a strong, authentic knowledge-based theory to applied skills in STEM education, ensuring Frontier’s high school graduates will

be prepared to enter collegiate level science, technology, engineering and mathematics

programs with the skills to succeed on day one.

You can help now by giving to our campaign! To donate, click here!

Note: All donations are tax-deductible and a donation receipt will be provided.

Inclement Weather Procedure

During inclement weather Frontier Schools will implement a school closing policy to ensure the safety of our students.

Students may be released early or classes may be cancelled entirely due to inclement weather. Please be familiar with the following information sources in the event of school cancellations, early releases or late starts.

Channels of Communication:

1. School Website:

Please check your school’s website for information regarding school closings and other cancellations within minutes of a decision.

2. SchoolMessenger:

Phone and optional voice/text messages are sent to school families when classes are cancelled, delayed or students are released early.

3. Social Media:
We will post information on the Frontier Schools District Facebook and Twitter page.

4. Radio & TV

Local stations share announcements on-air and on their websites.

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