Frontier News

May 2019

4th Annual Staff Appreciation Banquet

Frontier Schools hosted their 4thd Annual Staff Appreciation Banquet on May 1st in the Student Union at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC). This year’s theme was High Tides and Good Vibes, a tropical getaway – including festive decorations, great food, and a fabulous steel drum band! Following the tropical luau themed dinner, several awards were presented to teachers and staff - including Years of Service, Teachers of the Year and District Teacher of the Year.

Congratulations to the Campus Teacher of the Year Winners:

  • Maddie Stockdall, Frontier School of Innovation Elementary

  • Danielle Bentley, Frontier School of Innovation Middle

  • Neda Oren, Frontier STEM High School

  • Kayla Slagle, Frontier School of Excellence

Congratulations to the 2018-19 District Teacher of the Year:

  • Danielle Bentley, Frontier School of Innovation Middle

Thank you to all our generous sponsors!

  • Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.

  • Westbrook & Co.

  • BNIM Architects

  • Woodley Building Maintenance

  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield

  • Outfront Media

  • New Frontier Educational Foundation

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District Teacher of the Year: Danielle Bentley

Danielle Bentley was named District Teacher of the Year for Frontier Schools. Ms. Bentley is a a 7th grade Language Arts teacher at Frontier School of Innovation Middle.

Check out her full interview in the upcoming June District Newsletter.

Congratulations Ms. Danielle Bentley!

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FSHS Ranks #1 in Kansas City

Frontier STEM High School is ranked #1 among KC charter high schools according to the 2019 U.S. News & World Report best high schools rankings. The school is also ranked #66 in Missouri, and #5,250 in the US.

This year’s list ranks more than 17,000 public high schools nationwide. The rankings are determined using six criteria, including performance on college readiness, reading and math proficiency, reading and math performance, undeserved student performance, college curriculum breadth and graduation rates.

Congratulations to all our staff and students for this great success!

2019 Breaking Traditions Award Winner

On April 29th, nine Missourians were honored as recipients of the 2019 Missouri Breaking Traditions awards at a ceremony in Jefferson City, Missouri hosted by DESE (Department of Elementary & Secondary Education). Breaking Traditions awards honor students, educators, and employers for their achievements related to nontraditional careers.

Frontier STEM High School senior, Genesis L., won the state competition! There were only 9 categories and one winner per category and our student was one of those 9 in the entire state. Frontier STEM High School is one of 7 schools in the state that will be represented at the event.

Congratulations Genesis!

FSE Alumni News

Nabil Abas is a 2016 Frontier School of Excellence graduate. Take a look at what he's got going on! Read his story – HERE.

Healthy KC Award 2018

Healthy KC is a regional health and wellness program organized by the KC Chamber of Commerce and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City, with broad support from business, medical, philanthropic, and community health organizations. We are happy to announce that Frontier Schools received the Silver Healthy KC Award of 2018 as a certified member of Healthy KC.

Campus Events

Just Us: Social Justice Art Show

On Friday, April 12th, Frontier Schools hosted their 1st Annual Art Show, Just Us: Social Justice Art Show. This district wide event showcased student's visual and language artwork at Paper Birch Landing Art Gallery in Kansas City, MO. This event also featured an open mic for students to read the poetry they have written around social justice. This was a spectacular night for students, their families and the community to come together to show their appreciation for the arts.
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Paws for Reading

On April 5th, Emma and Nala returned to Frontier School of Innovation Elementary for First Friday's Paws for Reading! Emma and Nala sit with students individually or in groups while students practice reading aloud. This creates a safe and inviting space for students to feel comfortable and at ease while improving their reading skills. Emma and Nala enjoy the company and all the new interesting stories!
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Movie Night at FSI Elementary

On April 5th, Frontier School of Innovation Elementary hosted a Family Movie Night, featuring the movie Coco! There were over 245 guests in attendance – guests enjoyed complimentary popcorn during the movie. There was also a raffle drawing and one lucky winner took home a DVD copy of the movie – such a fun night!
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Career Day at FSI Elementary

On April 18th, Frontier School of Elementary celebrated Career Day to coincide with College Awareness Month – students dressed up in clothes of their career choice! We had students dressed as professors, teachers, veterinarians, doctors, soccer players, football players, lawyers and so many more ambitious and wonderful careers!
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Family Night

Frontier School of Innovation Elementary hosted their last Family Literature Night of the year on April 23rd! The theme of the night was Superheroes! Each quarter, elementary families and students are invited to the school after hours for 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 with staff and teachers.
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4th Annual Ice Cream Social

On Saturday, April 27th, FSI Elementary hosted their 4th Annual Ice Cream Social! Over 200 of our students, parents, and family members spent their Saturday enjoying free ice cream, playing fun carnival games, and taking silly photos with a surprise guest – KC Wolf! A special thanks to Arely Roxana, for her incredible artwork on our adorable kids' faces! Proceeds from our concessions, raffle tickets, and silent auction all goes back to serving our student's needs. Thanks to all the staff and family members for spending your Saturday with us!

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Tigers' Math Competition at KU

On Saturday, April 6th, Frontier School of Innovation Middle School 4th-5th grade Tigers competed in a math competition at The University of Kansas' Math Department. The students were tested on their knowledge of math reflected through 5th grade. This was an exciting competition for students, staff, and their families. Students are already gearing up for next year's competition.
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Spirit Week at FSI Middle

During the week of April 22-26, Frontier School of Innovation celebrated Spirit Week! Students and staff participated in different activities and dress down days such as: Pajama Day, 80's Glam Day, Crazy Weather Day, Tiger Stripes Spirit Day, and Glow Day on Friday! This was a fun way for students to get pumped up for MAP testing and give back to the community.

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Glow Dance at FSI Middle

On April 26th, Frontier School of Innovation Middle hosted their first ever Glow Dance! Over 150 students showed up in neon and highlighted white outfits, while dancing the night away under the glow of the black light! Students and staff enjoyed pizza, drinks, and a galore of festive glow sticks!
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Success at Greater Kansas City Science Fair

On April 3rd, Frontier STEM High School's Advanced Research Club participated in the Greater Kansas City Science Fair at Union Station. Kush S, received a Gold Achievement Award,

Hafsa U. and Huda A.received a Silver Achievement Award.

Congratulations to all of our participants!

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Scholar Bowl Win for FSHS

On April 7th, students from Frontier STEM High School participated in the 2019 Scholar Bowl Competition. The Scholar Bowl is a competitive, academic, interscholastic activity in which players attend practices and then represent their school at varsity tournaments. The questions cover the entire spectrum of high school curriculum along with various current events, sports, and popular culture. STEM High Junior Varsity won over Center High School by a score of 260-230 in a very challenging, extensive overtime. Congratulations to all the members of the team!

3rd Quarter Awards Ceremony

On April 12th, Frontier STEM High School students who earned all A's or all A's/B's for 3rd quarter were honored with awards, donuts, and juice during a special extended lunch.
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Trip to Chicago & St. Louis

On April 12th-15th, juniors from Frontier STEM High School visited the windy city of Chicago, Illinois. Students had an enjoyable time visiting the Chicago Riverwalk, Northwestern University, the University of Chicago, Chinatown, Grant Park, Buckingham Fountain, and the Millennium Park known for the famous Chicago Bean! On their trip back, students and staff stopped by St. Louis and checked out The Gateway Arch and Washington University.
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LaSTEMA Plant Tower Donation

At the start of March 2019, LaSTEMA donated two plant towers, one to Frontier STEM High School and the other to Frontier School of Excellence. LaSTEMA's focus is to increase diversity and women in the workplace. STEMA is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and the Arts. LaSTEMA reached out to each campus with this amazing opportunity with the idea of teaching our students the value of growing their own food. Students are learning how to test food against store-bought food to see which is more nutritious, while discussing the issues of food deserts and documenting their experiments to share on YouTube.
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FSHS Visits KU

On April 23rd, students from Frontier STEM High School visited and toured The University of Kansas. Students received a campus tour, lunch, and financial aid information. This was a valuable experience for students to learn more about the programs and opportunities offered at The University of Kansas.
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Track Success for FSE

Frontier School of Excellence's Track & Field Team have 15 more track medals to add to this year's tally!

Some of the highlights include:

  • Gold and silver medal: Xzhavion L. and Trevion W. in the 100-meter dash
  • Gold medal: Harper D. for the 110-meter hurdles + Silver Medal in the 300-meter hurdles

Personal records include:

  • Eric R. and Steven A. in the 400-meter race
  • Carlos U. and Osarobo E. in the 800-meter race
  • Thomas M. crushed his record in the two-mile race by almost one minute
  • The 4x1 and the 4x2 relay teams both set school records
  • Alex J. and Ali N. in shot put
  • Tenaj W. received a gold medal and broke school records in shot put
  • Abrina S. for shot put
  • Chyrah M. for shot put
  • La'Rya S. for the 100-meter dash
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Future Women's Leadership Forum

On April 9th, junior and senior girls from Frontier School of Excellence had a great time at the Future Women's Leadership Forum at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. This was an awesome opportunity for our young ladies to speak with female mentors to help explore educational opportunities, goals, career paths, and have one-on-one discussions with mentors.
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Tremendous Talent at FSE Talent Show

On April 26th, Frontier School of Excellence hosted their end of the year Talent Show! This was a great after school event for students to showcase their many talents. The Talent Show consisted of a variety of performances such as singing, dancing, student band performances, poetry, stand up comedy and much more!
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Prom 2019

Frontier STEM High School

On Saturday, April 20th Frontier STEM High School held their Senior Prom. The night’s theme was Hollywood: A Night On The Red Carpet, held at the the Adam's Mark Hotel. Seniors and staff celebrated together on the dance floor and at the arcade.

Congratulations to 2019 Prom Court!

Prom King and Queen: Anthony C. & Catia M.

Prom Princes: Yasin Y., Obed B., Pedro R.

Prom Princesses: Stephani P., Ariana A., Mariana R.

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Frontier School of Excellence

On Saturday, April 27th, Frontier School of Excellence held their Senior Prom in their gymnasium. The night’s theme was Enchanted Forest. Seniors and staff danced the night away in a magical wonderland.

Congratulations to 2019 Prom Court!

Prom King and Queen: Gladimir G. & Dana M.

Prom Prince: Adolfo S.

Prom Princess: Hilary G.

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Home Visits

Home visits continue to go strong at Frontier Schools. Teachers and school staff have visited approximately 590 students in 421 home visits since the start of the 2017-18 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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Spring Blood Drive - May 8th

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Family Fun Night - May 10th

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FSHS Senior Banquet - May 11th

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FSE Senior Banquet - May 16th

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Senior Graduations - May 23rd, 2019

Frontier STEM High School's graduation will take place on May 23rd, 2019 at 5pm, located at the Kansas City Scottish Rite Temple.


Scottish Rite Temple
1330 E Linwood Blvd
Kansas City, MO 64109

Frontier School of Excellence's graduation will take place on May 23rd, 2019 at 6pm, located in Pierson Auditorium at the University of Kansas City-Missouri (UMKC).


University of Kansas City-Missouri (UMKC)

Pierson Auditorium

5000 Holmes Street

Kansas City, MO 64110


Last Day of School

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Summer School Dates

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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.

KC STEM Fest 2019

KC STEM Fest 2019 - Silver Sponsor: BioNexus KC

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KC STEM Fest 2019: Student Demonstration

Watch our Frontier Schools' students explain how to create a Baking Soda Experiment.