Frontier News

March 2019

New Charter Sponsorship with University of Missouri – Columbia

As of February 27th, 2019, we are excited to announce our new partnership with the MU Office of Charter School Operations and we look forward to collaborating with them to achieve exceptional educational outcomes for all of our students.


Below is a letter from Frontier Schools' Superintendent:


Dear Frontier Families and Staff,


This letter is to inform you that Frontier Schools Board of Directors has accepted an offer of sponsorship from the University of Missouri – Columbia (MU). MU will be Frontier Schools’ new charter school sponsor effective March 1, 2019.


We are excited to announce our new partnership with the MU Office of Charter School Operations and we look forward to collaborating with them to achieve exceptional educational outcomes for all of our students. MU currently sponsors three charter schools in Kansas City and four charter schools in St. Louis. These schools vary from individual elementary schools to those with multiple campuses, enrolling nearly 6,000 students in 12 schools. You can find more information about the University of Missouri - Columbia Charter School Operations on their website: http://musponsorship.missouri.edu.


We thank the University of Missouri Kansas City (UMKC) and the Charter School Center for the support they have provided to Frontier Schools since 2007 and we look forward to working with them in their new support role.


If you have any questions regarding this transition, please contact Central Office or campus administrators.

Join Us Next Friday at the KC STEM Fest – March 15th, 2019 at 12:15pm!

The 3rd Annual KC STEM Fest will take place on March 15th, 2019 at Union Station

starting at 12:15 pm – admission free and open to the public.


For more information, please visit www.kcstemfest.org.

https://youtu.be/0ks3ttmdE1Y
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Frontier Schools Joins the CAPS Network!

The Center for Advanced Professional Studies (CAPS) Network is a nationally-recognized model for profession-based education and experiential learning.


“It’s an honor to welcome the Frontier’s students, educators and strategic partners into the CAPS family,” said CAPS Network Coordinator Gregg Brown. “There’s tremendous value in expanding our network to include this vibrant and innovative learning community.”


As part of Frontier’s expanded STEM offerings for students, the school is fundraising capital to build a 2,600-square-foot Innovation Lab annex at Frontier STEM High School. The plans include a makerspace for students “makers” and designers dedicated to experiential learning with industry-standard equipment and tools.


Students will be able to apply STEM theory to practice preparing them for college pathways and careers in specialties such as data management, manufacturing, clinical research, biotechnology and other STEM-related fields locally and regionally.


“We’re excited to be a part of the CAPS Network to collaborate around best practices in STEM education and to open the door to real business experiences for our students, said Frontier Schools District Instructional Coach and High School Science STEM Coordinator Azat Ovezov. “Dedicating a space for professional skill development and project-based learning experiences, will ensure that our students are prepared to solve authentic real-world challenges.”

Frontier Schools' 2019-20 Academic Calendar

Frontier Schools' Board of Directors has approved the Academic Calendar for the 2019-20 school year.

Campus Events

Parent Teacher Conferences

On February 14th, second semester Parent Teacher Conferences took place at all campuses. Students, along with their parents, met with teachers on an individual basis to discuss student performance and ideas for improvement.
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Family Night at FSI Elementary

On February 12th, Frontier School of Innovation Elementary hosted a Family Literature Night. Each quarter, elementary students and families are invited to participate in educational after school fun and games with teachers and staff. The Kansas City Public Library continues to participate by providing books for students and their families in exchange for one of their own.


This month's theme focused on Black History Month - students and families enjoyed a fun filled evening of activities, games, dancing to jazz, learning about Mae Jemison and creating their own rockets to launch in a STEM challenge. Family Night continues to be a big success for FSI families and staff!

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Book Fair

During the week of February 25th - March 1st, both Frontier School of Innovation Elementary and Middle School hosted their semi-annual Book Fair in their school’s library. Each classroom scheduled times for students to visit and browse the selection of new books, games, and school supplies. Students created a wish list to share with their families. The Book Fair stayed open after school so families could purchase the items their child/ren’s wished for.
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Extreme Science Assembly

On February 1st, Frontier School of Innovation Elementary had an Extreme Science assembly where special guests came in to teach students and showcase how science works using gravity, force, state of matter, and electricity!
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FSI Elementary Student Awards

On February 12th, Frontier School of Innovation Elementary celebrated student success with quarterly awards. Students received awards for Good Citizenship, Perfect Attendance, Best Manners, Best Reader, Happy Face, Mathlete, Best Behavior and many more! This was a fun day for our students to feel recognized and acknowledged.
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"I Have A Dream" Musical

On March 1st, 3rd graders from FSI Elementary put on a moving musical performance of "I Have a Dream" in honor of Black History Month. This was an enjoyable event for students, family, friends, and staff.

FSI Middle Spelling Bee Success

On Saturday, February 23rd, Frontier School of Innovation Middle's Michael W. competed in the Jackson-Clay County Semifinal Spelling Bee and is moving on to the next round! Michael, along with 25 other finalists, will compete on Saturday, March 16th in the Championship Bee!


He spelled the words DENIM, SALAMI, and GINGHAM. Good luck at the next competition!

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FSI Middle MATHCOUNTS Competition

On Saturday, February 2nd, Frontier School of Innovation Middle MATHCOUNTS Club competed in the MATHCOUNTS Competition Series at Burns and McDonnell. The Competition Series consisted of 4 levels of competition: school, chapter, state, and national. Each level of competition is comprised of 4 rounds: Sprint, Target, Team, and Countdown Round. All rounds combined take approximately 3 hours to complete.


The FSI Middle team consisted of 6th and 7th grade students. Beginning in September, teams prepared on Tuesdays and Thursdays after school. This was a great opportunity for our students to showcase their skill and hard work!

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College Acceptances from Washington University

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Pep Rally & Valentine's Dance

During the week of February 19th - 22nd, Frontier STEM High School celebrated Spirit Week! Students celebrated with a different theme for each day of the week, including; Show Your Love For Your Favorite Sports Team, Show Your Love For a Friend or Significant Other by Dressing Like Them, Show Your Love For Your School, Show Your Love For Your Class by Wearing Your Class Colors. The week ended with a fun filled pep assembly where the royal court was announced and a Valentine's Dance that evening.
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FSHS Celebrates Black History Month

On Thursday, February 28th, Frontier STEM High School held an assembly to celebrate Black History Month. During the assembly, several students presented on well known African American figures, followed by a presentation from Cathie Moss from the American Negro Museum. This was an educational assembly to enhance the understanding of the role of African Americans in helping to build America.

Wichita State Visits FSE

On February 13th, representatives from Wichita State University (WSU) visited with students at Frontier School of Excellence to share information about their application process, scholarships, and the admission process. Students also participated in a WSU Engineering Department hands-on activity of building roller-coasters as a team.
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UMKC Representative Visits FSE

On February 19, the University of Kansas City - Missouri visited students at Frontier School of Excellence to provide information on their application and admission process and scholarships.
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Shoe Donation Success

Frontier School of Excellence has partnered with Funds2ORgs Group, a business model in the form of a shoe drive fundraiser.The Funds2Orgs Group helps raise money with creative fundraising ideas, without asking for money or selling anything, to provide an economic opportunity for micro-entrepreneurs in developing nations and to help the environment by re-purposing shoes. Students and staff have been hard at work to collect gently used shoes since the beginning. The fundraiser ends on March 14th. So far, over 475 shoes have been donated!

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Home Visits

Home visits continue to go strong at Frontier Schools. Teachers and school staff have visited approximately 566 students during 366 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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Upcoming!

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SHPE Presents Noche de Ciencias – March 7th

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RSVP for FSHS & FSE Alumni Reunion Dinner – March 13th

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Reminder!

Saturday School Schedule

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Social Media Photo Release

If you marked "NO" on your application and you would like to see you child on social media, please feel free to contact your campus to allow your child to have photo permission.
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Donations

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.

3rd Annual KC STEM Fest, March 15th, 2019

For more information, check out the KC STEM Fest website!
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Inclement Weather Procedure

During inclement weather Frontier Schools will implement a school closing policy to ensure the safety of our students.


Students may be released early or classes may be cancelled entirely due to inclement weather. Please be familiar with the following information sources in the event of school cancellations, early releases or late starts.


Channels of Communication:

1. School Website:

Please check your school’s website for information regarding school closings and other cancellations within minutes of a decision.


2. School Messenger:

Phone and optional voice/text messages are sent to school families when classes are cancelled, delayed or students are released early.


3. Social Media:
We will post information on the Frontier Schools District Facebook and Twitter page.

4. Radio & TV

Local stations share announcements on-air and on their websites.

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