Frontier News

November 2018

FSE Gymnasium Ribbon Cutting

On October 17th, the KC Chamber of Commerce hosted a celebratory ribbon cutting for the completion of Frontier School of Excellence's (FSE) new gymnasium!

Students, staff, and the community celebrated the new 9,422 square feet, state of the art gymnasium which provides built in bleachers, an entry way, locker rooms, restrooms and support offices. The space will be used primarily for physical education classes during the school day, after school activities and team sport practices. It will also provide a large space for various events and activities, such as sporting games, school concert performances, college & career fairs and community events.

Take a look at some comments about the new gymnasium!

"We are really excited to have a new gym. Our students are benefiting from it every day. I believe it will have a positive effect on our school culture – we're already seeing signs of it." – Mr. Isgandarli, Principal of FSE

“It brings more school spirit for team events and it encourages a school community. It’s also a nice break from the classroom – it’s refreshing to look outside! I like that the gym has a pop of color and natural lighting.” – Hilary G., 11th grade

“It was a long awaited addition worth waiting for.” – Jayden F., 11th grade

“It brings us opportunities to stay inside for activities.” – Jennifer P., 8th grade

“It gives us more options to interact with friends in a new space indoors.” – Osiris G., 8th grade

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Southtown Council Awards Reception

Due to the expansion of the school with the addition of the new gym, the Southtown Council and Foundation selected Frontier School of Excellence as one of their 2018 Southtown Construction & Major Investment Award recipients. Frontier representatives

proudly attended their awards reception on Friday, October 19th.

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Parent Teacher Conferences

Frontier Schools held their first District wide Parent Teacher Conference for the 2018-19 school year on October 4th. Students along with their parents met with teachers on an individual basis to discuss student performance and ideas for improvement.
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Show Me KC Schools Tour at FSHS

On October 19th, Show Me KC Schools organized a group of potential parents, partners, funders, and city officials for a tour at Frontier STEM High School as a part of their community tour series. The tour, provided by STEM High School students, highlighted the school's ability to prepare students for their future in college and in their career field of choice.

"Our community partners were blown away at the projects that your kids were working on - every time I am there it is more and more clear to me that this is the best choice for my own so! I love visiting Frontier and I see something new every time!" - Leslie Kohlmeyer, Director of Programs, Show Me KC Schools

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KCIA High School Fair

On October 10th, school administrators & college counselors attended the KCIA High School Fair to share information about Frontier Schools with 8th grade students who are currently deciding on which high school they would like to attend for the 2019-20 school year. Frontier staff enjoyed meeting KCIA's 8th grade students and we hope to see them at Frontier next year!
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Academie Lafayette High School Fair

On October 30th, Frontier college counselors attended Academie Lafayette's high school fair to talk to 7th and 8th grade students and their parents about Frontier Schools. Counselors shared information about our academic and after school programs with over 150 students - many students expressed their interest in coming to Frontier! We hope to see new faces for the upcoming school year!
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Campus Activities

Community Gardens

Students continue to express their excitement and joy each time they plant and harvest in their school garden. This season students planted and harvested peanuts, tomatoes, kale, peppers, radishes, potatoes, and so much more! Students are encouraged to bring home and try the fresh produce with their families. This hands-on, educational experience is one that our students and staff continue to enjoy.

Thank you again to the amazing representatives at the Kansas City Community Gardens for inspiring the growth of knowledge in gardening for our students.

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Paws for Reading

Paws for Reading is an anticipated and beloved activity that students and staff look forward to every first Friday of the month! 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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Bryan Busby Visits FSI Elementary

Special guest, Bryan Busby from KMBC News visited 3rd graders to teach them all about weather! Students learned about weather prediction, tornadoes, lightning, and what to do when dangerous weather strikes!

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Family Movie Night at FSI Middle

FSI Middle hosted their first Family Movie Night featuring the movie, Hotel Transylvania! Students and family members enjoyed a fun evening of entertainment, popcorn and apple cider!
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Community Emergency Response Training (CERT) at FSHS

During the month of October – 26 students from Frontier STEM High School completed the CERT program. This is just one initiative they are doing at STEM High to keep a safer school.

The CERT program educates volunteers about disaster preparedness for the hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations.

A BIG thank you to the trainers who dedicated their time and effort to educate and inform our students!

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National Honor Society Induction Ceremony

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 were interested in joining NHS had to apply with a submission of two recommendation letters from staff members. Students were chosen based on their grades, school service, leadership, and personal character.

Congratulations to our newest 2018-19 National Honor Society members!

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Hispanic Heritage Celebration

FSHS celebrated and recognized Hispanic Heritage with an educational walking tour hosted by their Geography & Spanish classes. Students were able to explore and learn about various Hispanic countries and their cultures!
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HOSA Fall Leadership Conference

Frontier STEM High Schools' Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA), participated in the Fall Leadership Conference on October 18th & 19th. The keynote speaker was KC Wolf, Dan Meers. HOSA is a national career and technical student organization endorsed by the U.S. Department of Education and the Health Science Technology Education Division of ACTE.

HOSA members participated in 16 hours of training with SKILLS USA. Students received in depth training on leadership skills, holding effective meetings, working in committees, practicing effective communication through public speaking, membership recruitment, teamwork and conflict resolution, how to deliver effective marketing practices, and about being your best self.

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Juniors Visited Harry S. Truman Museum and Library

On October 11th, juniors from Frontier School of Excellence visited the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum. Students received an in depth tour of the museum and were able to participate in a unique student program called, The White House Decision Center. This nationally recognized hands-on history lab allowed students to step into the roles of President Truman and his advisers. Students had the opportunity to work with formally classified documents and collaborate together to take on some of history’s greatest challenges. This was a unique experience for students to a get first hand look at what it takes to work in a Presidential office.

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Seniors Attend International Relations College and Career Fair

Seniors from Frontier School of Excellence attended the International Relations College and Career Fair at Union Station on October 16th. This was a beneficial experience that exposed students to global opportunities – an important part of education in today's increasingly global world. By informing students about the opportunities of spending time abroad or working across countries and cultures, students experience personal growth while developing a variety of skills and experiences, including acquisition or mastery of a foreign language, increased independence, practice in intercultural communication, and global awareness. Even when students choose to stay in their home country, after attending this event, students walk away aware and informed about global opportunities.
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Welcome - FSE's 1st Robot!

FSE's 1st Robot was born on October 18, 2018 - he is moving and learning new life skills!

Breast Cancer Fundraiser at FSE

FSE sophomore, Leandre H., proposed the idea of having a breast cancer fundraiser with the help of the Student Council and school staff. The idea, collaboration and planning came into full effect on Tuesday, October 30th when students at Frontier School of Excellence hosted their first Breast Cancer Fundraiser.

The carnival themed after school event consisted of carnival style games, refreshments, a pumpkin pie in the face game, and a surprise raffle! Students, staff and guests were encouraged to dress up in their favorite Halloween or carnival style costume. This was an admirable event to help raise awareness and funds for Breast Cancer.

The Breast Cancer Awareness Festival was a great success - raising more than $480. Thank you to all the students and staff who helped make this event such a great success!

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New Library at FSE

Frontier School of Excellence received a much needed and deserved library makeover this year!

Mr. Hopkins, the new Librarian, designed the library to feel and look like a café – with tall tables and chairs, a lounge section, and an overall studious and warming atmosphere. The setup and design allows students to work independently or in a group.

Mr. Hopkins continues to work tirelessly to ensure that the library has something for everyone, including many genres – young adult, nonfiction, graphic novels and much more! He is currently working on obtaining e-readers to expand the library's digital inventory. Mr. Hopkins also plans to start a Reading Challenge around the Missouri Association of School Librarians (MASL) nominated books for 2018-19 and to create a virtual space for students to browse and explore book recommendations from other students. Students at FSE are thrilled to have such a great space to work on group projects and expand their literary horizons.

Thank you for all of your hard work Mr. Hopkins – it doesn't go unnoticed!

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New Building Signage at FSE

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Red Ribbon Week

Red Ribbon Week is all about drug prevention and awareness. This year's theme was," Life is your journey, so travel drug free!" Take a look at how Frontier Schools created awareness at their campus!

For more information about Red Ribbon Week and participating in the National Red Ribbon Campaign Pledge, please visit:

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FSI Elementary

Students participated in a Fall Spooktacular event at the Metropolitan Community College Business & Technology campus for the second year in a row! 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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Fall into Character

FSI Middle School held their annual 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. A fun event that encourages students to keep reading!
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Home Visits

Home visits continue to go strong at Frontier Schools. Teachers and school staff have visited approximately 450 students in 276 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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College Visits

FSHS' Juniors Visit the University of Missouri - Columbia

Juniors from Frontier STEM High School visited and toured the University of Missouri (Mizzou) on October 3rd. Students participated in an interactive walking tour, while checking out what student life is like at Mizzou. FSHS' juniors also enjoyed lunch on campus before they finished their day with a Q&A session about campus activities, the admissions process, financial aid, and how to apply for scholarships. Our juniors walked away feeling confident and excited about their upcoming futures.
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FSHS' Seniors Tour the University of Central Missouri

On October 31st, Frontier STEM High School seniors toured the University of Central Missouri (UCM). Seniors spent the day experiencing student life on campus by visiting lecture halls and visiting various departments. Students also sat in for an informational session about UCM's admission process, academic programs, student clubs, and their scholarship requirements. This was an exciting experience for seniors to experience a day in the life of a college student.

Donnelly College Visits FSE

Estevan Ortiz, Admissions Counselor from Donnelly College, visited with FSE seniors on October 23rd to share information about their admissions process, academic programs, clubs, and helpful tips for applying for financial aid.
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University of Central Missouri Visits FSE

On October 25th, representatives from the University of Central Missouri (UCM) visited with juniors to share information about their campus and the admissions process. It was an open discussion and juniors got all of their questions answered around financial aid, scholarships, and which classes to take to earn credits before college. This was an insightful and educational experience for our students to start thinking about life after graduation.
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FSE Freshman Tour Rockhurst University

Freshman from Frontier School of Excellence visited and toured Rockhurst University on October 31st. Students received an in-depth campus tour, lunch on campus, and information about the admissions process, athletics and scholarships.
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FSHS vs. FSE Volleyball Game!

On October 16th, the Frontier STEM High School Lady Panthers played the Frontier School of Excellence Lady Falcons in their final volleyball game of the season! This was an intense and fast paced game – full of heart and passion. A large crowd of supporters came out to cheer on each team, making the game even more electric! In the end, the Lady Falcons took the win! This was a great season for both teams!


HOSA Main Event Fundraiser on November 11th!

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4th Annual Muffins with Mom on November 29th!

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5th Annual Multicultural Festival on Friday, December 7th!

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FSHS State of the Art Innovation Lab!

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Frontier Schools’ is building 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.

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