FRONTIER NEWS

APR 2017

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Video: KC STEM Fest 2017

On March 31st, Frontier Schools hosted their 1st Annual KC STEM Fest - a day filled with innovation, science, and creativity! Check out all the activities, demonstrations, and exhibits in the video below.

KC STEM Fest '17

3rd Annual Language Festival 2017

Frontier Schools celebrated their 3rd Annual Language Festival on Friday, April 7th. The festival celebrated both the rich multicultural diversity of our world, as well as the boundless talent of our youth.
Language Festival 2017

Frontier Schools – 2017 Brick-by-Brick Winner!

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On April 19th, Frontier Schools was recognized by the Kansas City Industrial Council (KCIC) during their 2017 Brick-by-Brick Awards reception at the River Market Event Place. Each year, KCIC recognizes individuals and companies that have made outstanding contributions to the economic strength of Kansas City’s industrial areas with Brick-by-Brick Awards.


Thank you, KCIC! We were honored to be a recipient of this award.

Outreach Talk Series: Diversity & Inclusion Panel

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Frontier Schools seeks to foster a community of inclusion that respects, understands and celebrates the diversity in its student body, faculty, and staff. In support of this, Frontier Schools organized a diversity & inclusion panel as a part of their Outreach Talk Series with Community Leaders on April 25th. Panelists included Greg Valdovino, Director of Diversity & Inclusion with the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, Chelan David, General Manager with Univision, and Alfonso Navarro-Bernachi, Head Consul with the Consulate of Mexico.


The focus of the panel discussion was on the topic of diversity & inclusion in schools and in the workplace. The event began with a luncheon followed by the panelist discussion and then a Q&A period. Attendees included Frontier STEM High School Juniors, parents, local community leaders, and school staff. One of the many key takeaways was understanding the difference between diversity & inclusion – Diversity is being invited to the party; inclusion is being asked to dance. Students were encouraged to understand other cultures besides their own.


Special thanks to our panelists: Greg Valdovino, Chelan David, Alfonso Navarro-Bernachi

College Awareness Month

It is never too early to start dreaming big. During the month of April, FSI Elementary celebrated "College Awareness Month". Every week throughout April, students had classroom discussions and activities about colleges during their computer class. Students got the opportunity to take virtual tours of college campuses, fill out mock college applications, design their own college pennant, and dress up like their desired future profession. Teachers decorated their doors with their alma mater university and sported their college colors to excite and inspire students to start pursuing higher education at an early age.

College Readiness Leadership Program Camp

Frontier’s College Readiness and Leadership Program (CRLP) is a mentorship program designed to help qualified students improve their skills in academics, voluntary public service, expedition/exploration, and personal development (social-emotional-athletics).


In early April, 37 students in grades 7 – 12 participated in a CRLP overnight weekend camp and retreat at Lake Doniphan Conference & Retreat Center in Excelsior Springs, Missouri. Trained counselors guided camp-goers through a host of activities that were both fun and educational. College Readiness activities included ACT Practice testing, college readiness workshops, relationship building, and a guest presentation about STEM fields. Recreational activities included GaGa Ball, canoeing, basketball, camp fires, barbecuing, fishing, Badminton, and rocket launching.


Frontier’s CRLP Camp activities take fun to a whole new level!

Frontier School of Excellence Spring Cooking Club

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For four weeks, just after the school bell rang, several students filed into the cafeteria for Spring Cooking Club. Trish Ferguson with American Dining dedicated an hour and a half each week to introducing students to cooking, techniques, tools and utensils, basics of etiquette, nutrition, safety in the kitchen, math and new foods. Dishes prepared included pasta dishes, omelets, deviled and poached eggs, and several amazing desserts. At the end of each class, students got to enjoy the meals they just prepared together.

Frontier School of Excellence Prom

FSE Juniors and Seniors celebrated Prom on Saturday, April 22. This year's theme was California Dreaming! It was an exciting evening all about the dress, the tux, the hair, the photos, great friends and amazing memories!

Frontier STEM High School Prom

On Saturday, April 29th, FSHS Juniors and Seniors attended their very first Prom. Students worked together with STEM staff throughout the year to fundraise for the inaugural event. Juniors and Seniors enjoyed dinner and a night of dancing at Hotel Phillips, located in downtown Kansas City.

Pennies for Patients

Frontier Schools has participated in the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Pennies for Patients student fundraiser program for more than five years. Students collect change and raise funds to support the LLS mission: "Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families". Not only does the program teach service and philanthropy, but it promotes friendly competition. Winning classrooms from each FSI building earn an Olive Garden "Pasta Party" from LLS. And to sweeten the deal, each building allows the winning class to pick a teacher or administrator to "pie-in-the-face". Frontier students raised a combined total of $3,242.12!



  • Frontier School of Innovation Elementary: $1,222.73
  • Frontier STEM High School: $941.02
  • Frontier School of Innovation Middle: $710.37
  • Frontier School of Excellence: $368.00



Frontier is proud to support the cause and mission of Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Elementary Ice Cream Social

Back by popular demand, the FSI Elementary staff organized it's second annual Ice Cream Social on Saturday, April 29th. Led by a dedicated committee, teachers collaborated to provide a fun-filled day for more than 100 families to celebrate the end of another successful school year. After indulging in an ice cream sundae bar, families could bid on silent auction items, visit various stations to play games, bounce in a bounce house, get their face painted, or take home a balloon animal. The silent auction raised over $1,100 – more than $500 than last year! Thanks to all the families who came out to hang with us!

Poetry Slam

FSI Middle School's Parent Involvement Committee hosted its very first Poetry Slam for staff and students to share poems they composed in front of an audience. Light refreshments and snacks were served for approximately 30 parents, students, and staff members.

Elementary Garden

Spring has sprung! The elementary garden is beginning to sprout, thanks to the students' hard work in harvesting and watering. The experience of seeing seed, soil, water and sun come together to transform into a tiny plant brings learning alive for students. But beyond academics, the garden contributes to children’s learning, health and overall well-being.


“My favorite thing about the garden is that you get to plant vegetables and plants. It taught me you can be brave about all the animals in the garden.”


-Stephanie G. 1st grade


“My favorite thing about the garden is the plants can be colorful. What I learned is that some smell good and some insects can come and make honey and spiders can help save the plants.”


-Eric M. 1st grade

Elementary Pajama Party Musical

Elementary music teacher, Mrs. Mercan, organized another successful musical for over 50 family and staff members on Friday, April 28th in the Frontier STEM High School Gymnasium. First graders got to cozy up and boogie down to the theme of "Pajama Party"!
Pajama Party Musical by Frontier School of Innovation 1st Graders

Frontier School of Innovation Food Drive

Throughout the week of April 17th-21st, FSI Elementary and Middle school students competed to see which class could collect the most canned and boxed goods. Each building provided their own incentives but also competed against one another to see which building could gather the most food to donate to Harvesters.


The official count is yet to be completed by Harvesters, but by each school’s estimation, Middle School collected 1,136 canned goods to Elementary’s 641.