NOV 2017

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FSI Gymnasium Ribbon Cutting

On Friday, October 27th, a crowd of well-wishers, along with parents, students and staff, joined in to celebrate the completion of the new FSI Middle School gymnasium. A formal ribbon-cutting ceremony was led by Carlos Gomez, President/CEO of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, followed by an architectural overview presented by Craig Scranton, Principal at BNIM Architects.

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.
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Outreach Talk Series with Representative Gail McCann Beatty

Frontier's Outreach & Communications Team organizes a bi-monthly Outreach Talk Series with Community Leaders. Each talk series begins with a catered luncheon at our Student Engagement Center, followed by a guest speaker presentation on an engaging, relevant and current topic that impacts our students, families and community.

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.

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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.

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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.

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Pitsco Education Tours FSHS

On October 24th, Matt Frankenbery, Vice President of Education with Pitsco Education, toured and visited Frontier STEM High School. The tour was a student-led tour, showcasing student work, school programs, teachers, and our school community.

"The student-led tour was amazing! Very inspiring!"

- Matt Frankenbery

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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.

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FSHS Parent FAFSA Night

On October 19th, Frontier STEM High School hosted a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) Night. A representative from Community America Credit Union gave a presentation to parents and students around financial assistance for college. Parents learned about the process of applying, what information is needed, and what to expect after completing the application. This was a helpful event for parents.

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.

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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

On October 3rd, 60 freshman from Frontier STEM High School visited Rockhurst University. Students spent the morning touring the campus, checking out different department buildings and having lunch at the Student Union. The day ended with an informative presentation about the admissions process and financial aid. Freshman are getting ahead in college readiness.
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FSHS Visits University of Missouri - Columbia

On October 17th, 20 juniors from Frontier STEM High School visited the University of Missouri - Columbia. The visit began with a complimentary lunch, followed by an admissions information session, and ending with a tour of the engineering school. Students had a fun and an informative visit at Mizzou and can’t wait to start college.
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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.

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Home Visits

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.

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KC STEM Fest: Advisory Committee Meeting

On October 13th, the KC STEM Fest advisory committee members met to discuss and plan the March 16, 2018, KC STEM Fest. Committee members included:

  • 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

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KC STEM Fest 2018 Donations

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Click here to complete your secure online donation or mail us a check payable to Frontier Schools at 30 W Pershing Rd, Suite 402, Kansas City, MO 64108.

Have questions or need help? Contact Jennifer Watson at (816) 241-6200 or

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

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

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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!

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FSI Elementary Students Learn About Fire Safety

On October 13th, Kansas City Fire Department Education Specialist, Kevin Beck, visited 2nd and 3rd graders to educate and inform them about fire safety procedures. Mr. Beck showed students how to practice at home fire drills and how to escape on their own. This was a very informative review of fire safety facts with students !
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FSI Elementary Family Night

On October 5th, FSI Elementary hosted their first Family Night of the year. More than 113 students and their families were in attendance. For the third year in a row, FSI has partnered with the Kansas City Public Library and they have generously donated 100 books to the school. During the event, families visited different stations, completed activities and participated in a book swap. The book swap allowed children to trade in a personal book from home in exchange for a new one. FSI will host another Family Night on November 9th. We hope to see you there for another great event!
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FSE Donuts with Dads

On October 13th, Frontier School of Excellence hosted their annual Donuts with Dads morning event. FSE celebrated and recognized all dads for their contributions to the school while enjoying donuts, juice and coffee with their children. During the event, teachers and administrators provided updates and reminders about upcoming events. Dads were asked to share their feedback and thoughts for school improvements and future activities. Family engagement in our schools benefits the entire school community!
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Channel 9 News Visit

On October 2nd, KMBC Meteorologist, Neville Miller, visited 2nd and 3rd graders at FSI Elementary to talk to them about how to stay safe during severe weather. Mr. Miller shared a presentation with videos around what to do during tornadoes, hail, and lightning. He also discussed how satellites and radars are used to detect weather. This was an informative event to help prepare students for natural disasters.
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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!

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KCCG for 2nd Graders

On October 3rd, Hannah Elbing-Artz with Kansas City Community Gardens, visited 2nd graders at FSI Elementary. Ms. Elbing-Artz taught students how to harvest and care for their vegetables. Last Spring, students planted various vegetables, from peppers, potatoes, carrots, lettuce, collards, and kale. Ms. Elbing-Artz made harvesting fun by having the students pick and choose the vegetable of their choice. She will continue to visit FSI bi-weekly to show students how to further care for their vegetables as winter soon approaches. We can’t wait to see how the harvest turns out in the spring!

FSI Middle Cooking Club

Cooking Club is very popular at FSI Middle! Students continue to prepare a variety of dishes using many local, fresh ingredients. The aim is to discover the fun and satisfaction that comes from appreciating all the effort that goes into cooking, choosing healthy ingredients, making healthy choices, and working together towards a common goal.
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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.

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FSI Middle Fall into Character

On October 31st, FSI Middle School held a morning assembly to celebrate “Fall into Reading Character”! For this event, students and staff dressed up as their favorite character from one of their favorite books. Students also participated in a trivia game to test their knowledge of novel characters. This was a fun event that encouraged students to keep reading!

Alumni Spotlight - Tedeja Dean

Tedeja Dean graduated from Frontier School of Excellence in 2017 and is currently studying Pre-Law with a [major] in philosophy at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She is currently in her first semester and plans to become a criminal defense attorney. She will graduate in Spring 2021 and will enroll in law school to complete another 4 years. “I knew since I was young what I wanted to do, Frontier School of Excellence was full of teachers and counselors who made sure I had the right resources to keep me on path to reach my goals.”

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