Frontier News

September 2019

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Welcome Back Frontier Students & Staff!

On the morning of August 12th, anticipation and excitement filled the air as the first day of school was finally here! Students and staff were full of anticipation and curiosity! It was great to see all of the returning and new faces!

We're off to a fantastic start for the 2019-20 school year!

The 1st Annual Charter School Convocation

The 1st Annual University of Missouri – Columbia Charter School Convocation was held on Thursday, August 8th at Frontier School of Innovation Middle. This year’s theme was: #WeTeachKC.

Other schools sponsored by MU are Ewing Marion Kauffman School, Genesis School, KIPP: Endeavor Academy, and Lee A. Tolbert Community Academy.

Teachers and staff attended various breakout and round-table discussions with several topics, including Creating Visual Teaching Tools for Conferring, Reaching Goals with Your English Language Learners, Design Thinking for Innovation, Steps to Special Education, Effective Family Engagement, Fundraising and Parent Involvement, and much more!

All participants received a complimentary t-shirt with their schools' names with #WeTeachKC.

This was a valuable opportunity for teachers and administrators to collaborate and learn new techniques that can be utilized during the 2019-20 school year.

Thank you to those who made this event possible!

  • Ardie Bland, Municipal Judge, Keynote Speaker
  • Gerry Kettenbach, Director of MU Charter School Operations
  • Shanika Harris, Charter Liasion
  • Margaret R. Glash, Charter School Specialist
  • Megan Cunningham, Genesis School
  • Elizabeth Gude, Frontier Schools
  • Ashley Walker, Tolbert Academy
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District Professional Development

During August 5th–6th, Frontier Schools staff, and administrators participated in two full days of Professional Development training to expand student learning alongside teacher growth. Professional Development provides teachers and administrators an opportunity to foster new skills and techniques that they can apply for the upcoming school year. This was another successful event in which staff walked away with motivation and encouragement to inspire their students.
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Student-Parent Orientation

Frontier Schools held their campus wide student-parent orientation on Thursday, August 8th. More than 1,000 parents and students attended orientation to pick up class schedules, meet with teachers, visit classrooms and register for upcoming school activities. Orientation continues to be a great environment for new and returning students to get all the information they need to be successful in the upcoming school year!
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FSHS's Solar Panther Summer Competition

Frontier STEM High School, Solar Panther’s Team, for their 6th place triumph in the Classic Division at the National Solar Car Challenge Race held at the Texas Motor Speedway in Dallas, Texas. As the only school representing the entire state of Missouri and just their second year competing in the challenge, the Solar Panther’s stayed on track, lap for lap, while competing with 44 nationwide teams on a track radiating temperatures up to 150 degrees as they successfully completed 366 miles at an average speed of 13.1 miles per hour.

“We are very proud of our students. Their hard work, determination, teamwork, and sportsmanship paid off during the competition,” said Azat Ovezov, STEM Coordinator for the Solar Panthers.

“As a STEM-focused school, this event helps students see first-hand how science, technology, engineering, math, creativity, and collaboration work together. It is our vision and mission to empower students to discover and develop their gifts and talents, preparing them for the jobs projected for the American workforce. This is just one of the ways we are accomplishing this,” said Ugur Demircan, Superintendent of Frontier Schools.

The Solar Car Challenge is an educational program designed to help motivate students in science, engineering, and alternative energy, and teach students how to design, engineer, build, race and evaluate roadworthy solar cars. The Solar Car Challenge Foundation, based in Plano, Texas, is celebrating its 26th anniversary this year. To view the 2019 Solar Car Challenge results or for more information, visit

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FSHS Displays Solar Car at Fox 4 News and KCPD Movie Night

On August 17th, the Frontier STEM High School Solar Panther Team was invited to attend a Family Movie Night hosted by Fox 4 News and the Kansas City Missouri Police Department - South Patrol Division. Families and community members were invited to attend this free event full of sweet treats, hands-on STEM activities for kids, and special guest superheroes including Wonder Woman, Black Panther, Thor, and Captain America.

The Solar Panther Team enjoyed a fun night of interacting with the community members and sharing their Solar Car experiences.

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Campus Events

FSI Elementary Welcomes Back the KCCG

The Kansas City Community Gardens (KCCG) has returned to FSI Elementary for another great season of harvesting! New and returning students have an awesome opportunity to learn more about plants and gardening with hands-on experience!

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U.S. Marines Recruit at FSE

On August 20th, recruiters from the United States Marines visited FSE students to educate them on opportunities with the Marines Corp.
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Home Visits

Home visits are off to a great start for the 2019-20 school year at Frontier Schools.

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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2nd Annual Parent Academy - Saturday, September 28th!

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Frontier Schools will be hosting their 2nd Annual One Day Parent Academy on Saturday, September 28th from 9am-12pm at Frontier School of Innovation Middle.

Parents and guardians are invited to participate in various sessions including

  • Dialogue with the Consulate of Mexico
  • Helping Your Child Make Healthy Relationships Choices
  • How To Help Your Child With Math Homework
  • STEM High School Activities
  • Drugs & Alcohol
  • Credit Report & Scores
  • Understanding the Socio-Emotional Needs of Your Child
  • What is a Charter School
  • Frontier Schools College Counseling Program Overview
  • Parent Portal
  • ELL Program & Testing, Understanding Your Child’s ELL Score Report
  • Suicide Prevention
  • NWEA

Click here to sign up for the Parent Academy!

If you have any questions, please email Jennifer Watson, Director of Communications & Outreach for Frontier Schools at

6th Annual Multicultural Festival - Friday, December 13th!

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Campus Contact

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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.