FSI Gymnasium Ribbon Cutting
The new 9,422 square feet gymnasium provides restrooms, offices, and a large stage. The space will be used primarily for physical education classes during the school day and, after school, for team sports practices. The gymnasium will also be utilized by FSI Elementary and Middle School for various events and activities, such as school concert performances, language festivals, science fairs, etc.
Outreach Talk Series with Representative Gail McCann Beatty
Representative Gail McCann Beatty (District 026), was our talk series speaker on October 26th. The audience included Frontier School of Excellence juniors, seniors, staff, and local community leaders. Rep. Beatty shared her post secondary experiences, obstacles and opportunities. Her primary message to students was to be independent and to follow their own path while growing and learning from their experiences, good and bad.
Gifted and Talented Program
Frontier Schools offers a Gifted and Talented Education Program to all four of its schools. In this program, students that excel beyond their peers can grow and learn about engineering, science, and technology. The Gifted and Talented classroom is called the "Creativity Garden." All students are considered for the program based on their NWEA MAP test scores, and a selective number of students will complete further testing. The program is led by Ms. Megan Sturges who oversees the curriculum, coordinates all project based learning activities, as well as, teaching the classes to gifted students.
At the elementary and middle schools, the program focuses on engineering, coding, and the use of innovative technology. At the high school level, students focus on socio-emotional skills as well as college readiness and computer programming. For the 2017-18 school year, Frontier is partnering with Nepris to connect teachers and students with industry professionals for live web-cam discussions. Students will receive a firsthand look into Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) industries to help them decide what kind of career might best suit them.
Women in Science and Entrepreneurship (WISE)
On October 10th, 26 FSE students attended a Women in Science & Entrepreneurship (WISE) event at the Kauffman Foundation Conference Center. Students and other attendees listened to and participated in a panel discussion from women who are STEM entrepreneurs and leaders. Discussions were related to the challenges they face and potential solutions to clear the path for future generations. A compelling and dynamic discussion for FSE students.
Pitsco Education Tours FSHS
"The student-led tour was amazing! Very inspiring!"
- Matt Frankenbery
KSU Engineers Visit PLTW Students
On October 5th, Leanna Reineman, a representative from Kansas State University’s Engineering Department visited PLTW Engineering students. Ms. Reineman briefed students about the engineering pathways and schedules that are offered at Kansas State University. After the presentation, students participated in a hands-on activity that involved building a structure out of straws.
FSHS Parent FAFSA Night
FSE Students Taking Dual Credit Courses at Missouri Southern State University
Frontier School of Excellence has partnered with Missouri Southern State University to offer dual enrollment for 50 students. Sophomores, juniors and seniors who meet the criteria can take online college courses at no cost, including college algebra, kinesiology, psychology, sociology, english and history. With this, students have access to a quality, university-level, undergraduate education. Look for another open enrollment session to take place during second semester. Each course takes 8 weeks to complete.
NACAC College Fair
On October 24th, seniors from Frontier STEM High School and Frontier School of Excellence visited the NACAC (National Association for College Admission Counseling ) event. Students met with admissions officers from over 200 different colleges. During the event, students gained more perspective on which colleges they are interested in and collected information to take back home for further research and consideration. This beneficial and educational event helped students narrow down their college choices.
FSHS: Rockhurst University Visit
FSHS Visits University of Missouri - Columbia
FSHS attends Codefest 2017
On October 26th, 20 juniors and seniors from Frontier STEM High School attended Codefest 2017 at the Manual Career and Technical Center in Kansas City, Mo. This was a city-wide networking event for students interested in computer science careers. Students discovered which college programs interested them, applied for scholarships and internships, learned how to create their own start-up company, and practiced their interviewing skills. Students received college information from admissions counselors and networked with professionals in the computer science industry.
Home visits are going strong at Frontier Schools. Teachers and school staff have visited more than 400 students in their homes 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.
KC STEM Fest: Advisory Committee Meeting
- Dennis Ridenour, BioKansas
- Matt Falk, BioKansas
- Shaylee Yount, KCALSI
- Greg Rieke, New Frontier Educational Foundation
- Teresa Randall, Kansas City Zoo
- Laura Bauer, KC STEM Alliance
- Jennifer Watson, Frontier Schools
- Azat Ovezov, Frontier Schools
KC STEM Fest 2018 Donations
Playground Project! Donations Welcomed!
FSI Elementary is home to K - 3rd grade classes for approximately 500 students. These school years offer them their last opportunity to still be kids before moving on to middle school.
With our increased enrollment, recess on the playground at FSI Elementary needs additional space and updated equipment. We hope that you will be able to join us in funding a much needed playground. Any support will be highly appreciated by Frontier Schools and the students we serve. Can we count on your support? If so, click here to complete your secure online donation. If you have any questions, please email Jennifer Watson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note: All donations are tax-deductible and a donation receipt will be provided.
Red Ribbon Week
During the week of October 23rd - 27th, Frontier students participated in National Red Ribbon Week. This year’s theme was “Your future is key, so stay drug free!”
Throughout the week, students and staff wore red to represent their pledge against drugs and each campus organized school wide events and assemblies to raise awareness and to show their drug-free pride. Teachers created lesson plans focused on the dangerous consequences of drug use. Additionally, educational materials were shared with parents on how to talk to their students about how to lead a healthy and drug-free lifestyle.
Students and staff at the elementary and middle schools also competed in a door-decorating contest centered around being drug-free. High school students decorated and wrote down their future goals on large cardboard keys that were displayed on their lockers. Students are now more confident about living a healthy lifestyle and saying no to drugs.
Hispanic Heritage Month
During the month of October, Frontier Schools participated in Hispanic Heritage Month by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestry can be traced back to Spain, Mexico, Central and South America and the Caribbean. Students and staff took part in various activities throughout the month, including door and wall decorations, trivia games, and guest speakers. This was an educational and enjoyable event for all students in attendance.
National Honor Society Induction Ceremonies
On October 12th, Frontier STEM High School and Frontier School of Excellence each hosted an induction ceremony for new members of National Honor Society. This event took place after school for family and friends to attend and show their support. Students who wished to joined NHS needed to apply with two recommendation letters from staff members. Students were chosen based on their grades, school service, leadership, and personal character. Congratulations to our newest 2017-18 National Honor Society members!
FSI Elementary Students Learn About Fire Safety
FSI Elementary Family Night
FSE Donuts with Dads
Channel 9 News Visit
Pumpkin Patch Field Trip (K-2nd)
Throughout the month of October, FSI Elementary students visited the Fun Farm Pumpkin Patch in Kearney, MO for a class field trip. Students picked out pumpkins, played in the corn maze, enjoyed a hayride and played with the local farm animals. This was great field trip for all grades, staff, and family members who attended. A big shout out to all of our volunteer chaperones!
KCCG for 2nd Graders
FSI Middle Cooking Club
FSI Elementary Spooktacular at Metropolitan Community College
On October 31st, FSI Elementary students participated in a Fall Spooktacular event at the Metropolitan Community College Business & Technology campus. Students played carnival style games, enjoyed snacks and trick or treated throughout the campus. This was a fun and interactive afternoon for students before heading back to school to enjoy their fall classroom activities.
FSI Middle Fall into Character
Alumni Spotlight - Tedeja Dean
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