FRONTIER NEWS

SEPT 2017

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Welcome Back Frontier Students!

As we opened our doors on August 10th, we instantly felt the familiar comforts of the beginning of a new school year as we eagerly welcomed approximately 1,650 students into our K-12 classrooms. The new school year is looking bright and we’re excited to cheer on your children as they grow both academically and personally.
Teachers Welcome Back FSI Middle Students
https://youtu.be/N0p1mArSuKM

UMKC Charter School Center 5th Annual Convocation

The 5th Annual UMKC Charter School Convocation was held on Friday, August 4th at the Adam’s Pointe Conference Center in Blue Springs, Missouri. This year’s theme was: “Rac(e)ing to Class – Confronting Poverty and Race in Schools and Classrooms”. Richard Milner, keynote speaker and author of Rac(e)ing to Class, held the attention of nearly 500 teachers, administrators, and support staff of the nine charter schools sponsored by the University of Missouri-Kansas City as he discussed confronting diversity in our schools. All participants received a copy of his book with his latest research on best practices in the classroom. Following the morning session, attendees participated in various afternoon break-out sessions.

Student Orientation

Frontier Schools held their campus wide student orientation on Monday, August 7th. Approximately 1,000 parents and students attended from 10 am to 6 pm. During orientation, all rising and new students were provided with the necessary information to make the start of their school year successful and stress-free!
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District Professional Development

On August 2nd & 3rd, school staff participated in two full days of Professional Development training to increase student learning, through teacher growth. The desired outcomes of professional development are to build teacher capacity in instructional practices. Both days were filled with Department Meetings, Special Education legal updates, Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI), ELL Programs, and Health Benefits.

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2017 Solar Eclipse

Eclipse anticipation was very high at Frontier Schools! On August 21st, students participated in a once-in-a-lifetime event. Students at each of our four school locations participated in several learning activities that were built around the event as they gathered to see the first solar eclipse over the United States since 1979. With their special eyeglasses, students waited eagerly as the light dimmed, the air cooled and the solar eclipse showed its growing crescent. It was a science lesson like no other!


"I was honestly not expecting much of the eclipse, but it really was a 'wow' kind of moment. I didn't truly appreciate the event until it was almost too late. Our students getting to see it was a remarkable experience in their lives, and I hope they remember it forever."

- Mr. Lawson, Frontier School of Excellence, Algebra 1 Teacher


“As a science teacher, I knew seeing the solar Eclipse would be a once in a lifetime opportunity. What made the event so much more amazing was sharing the experience with my students and seeing their reaction.”

-Ms. Busby, FSI Elementary, Science Teacher

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Frontier School of Innovation Gymnasium

After 8 months and $2.6 million, the wait will soon be over for FSI elementary and middle school students as they anxiously await the completion of their new gymnasium. The project was started in February 2017 because the schools needed a facility for gym classes and extracurricular activities. The gym features one regulation basketball court, one regulation volleyball court, bleachers, and a full-size stage.
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Frontier School of Excellence Gymnasium

Preparations have started for the Frontier School of Excellence $1.7 million school gymnasium. The project is expected to be completed in approximately 9 months. This will be the third gymnasium built since 2015 for Frontier Schools.

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, please mail your donation to Frontier School of Innovation, 6700 Corporate Drive, Kansas City, MO 64120. Please make your check payable to “Frontier Schools”. If you have any questions, please email Jennifer Watson at jwatson@frontierschools.org.


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

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Frontier School of Innovation Painting

On August 2nd, teachers grabbed their paint brushes and paint cans – and got to work! FSI Middle now has fresh coats of paint throughout their school, resulting in a brighter place for students to return to. Students were excited to see the new improvements and enjoyed the new colors as they strolled down the halls on their first day back to school.


Thank you to all of our teachers who helped out!


  • Amira Pughsley, FSI Middle, Spec. Ed. Teacher
  • Janet Raymer, FSI Middle, Science Teacher
  • Haley Wallace, FSI Middle, Math Teacher
  • Lydia Crigger, FSI Middle, Art Teacher
  • Amber Smith, FSI Middle, Social Studies Teacher
  • Audrey Gilbreath, FSI Middle, Math Teacher
  • Danielle Bentley, FSI Middle, ELA Teacher
  • Serpil Demircan, FSI Middle, Turkish Teacher
  • Michelle Le, FSI Middle, ELA Teacher
  • Mahmud Koca, FSI Middle, Math Teacher
  • Paula Davis, FSE Middle, Science Teacher
  • Margie Griffin, FSE Middle, ELA Teacher
  • Corbin Nvotony, FSI Middle, Social Studies Teacher

Summer Solar Car Competition

During the month of July, Frontier STEM High School’s Solar Panther Team attended the 2017 Solar Car Challenge at the Texas Motor Speedway. It was the largest High School Solar Car Challenge in the Western Hemisphere and featured 36 teams from all over the nation including some international teams. This Solar Car Challenge is a top project-based STEM initiative helping motivate and excite students in Science, Engineering, and Alternate Energy. This was the first appearance for the Solar Panther Team in this competition and it won’t be their last! Students gained so much experience and knowledge on the Solar Panther Team and many are already back behind-the-scenes gearing up for next year’s 2018 Solar Car Challenge – a drive from Dallas, TX to the State of California.


Here is a video that highlights their experience:

Solar Car Challenge

2017-18 Home Visits - In Full Swing!

Visiting our parents on their own turf is key for building partnerships between our staff and our parents. 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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Visitors

SchoolSmart Kansas City Tour

On Wednesday, August 16th, Angelique Nedved and Noah Devine, representatives from SchoolSmart Kansas City, toured and visited FSI Elementary, Middle, and STEM High School. SchoolSmart Kansas City works with schools, resource providers and other key stakeholders on three key strategies to empower families, expand the number of quality schools and foster a policy environment for improvement.
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Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)

On Friday, August 25th, Cesar Cea and Luis Pereira, representatives from the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE), toured Frontier STEM High School. SHPE changes lives by empowering the Hispanic Community to realize its fullest potential and to impact the world through STEM awareness, access, support, and development.
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Frontier STEM High School – Named a 2017 Jostens’ National Yearbook Program of Excellence

Frontier STEM High School's Yearbook Club has been named a 2017 Jostens' National Yearbook Program of Excellence. Jostens is one of the leading producers of yearbooks and student-created content. They present the National Yearbook Program of Excellence Award in the spring and fall. Frontier STEM High School was recognized for achieving success in the following three categories: creating an inclusive yearbook, generating school engagement, and successfully managing the yearbook creation process.

The following yearbook staff members of 2016 were recognized: Brayan G., Abdi I., Jaime H., Mikal H., Grecia C., Yulianna V., Mohamed A., Wilmer R., Yasin Y., Saida A., Mariah R., Sumaya G., Clemente J., Ariana A., Lamon W., Montserrat C., and Citlalli S.

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New Technology Purchases

Frontier Schools is getting new technology!


  • 150 iPads
  • 120 laptops
  • 115 desktop computers
  • 10 Smartboards
  • 110 laptops for staff



Students will now have online access to Math and ELA programs. Staff members will be able to increase their engagement in the classroom with interactive lesson plans with this new technology component.

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Frontier School of Excellence Soccer Game

The FSE Falcons' formed a new soccer team for the 2017-18 season. Their first game took place on August 24th. It was a fun first game for all! Please come out and support the Falcons this season!
FSE Soccer Game

Frontier STEM High School Soccer Game

The STEM Panthers’ soccer team kicked off the season with their first game on August 29th against Kearney High School at Pembroke Hill. It was an exciting first game for the team! Please come out and support the Panthers this season!


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UC5eg85vsiE

Parent Champion Advocation

Do you know who loves when you volunteer? YOUR KIDS!! Multiple studies have shown that active parent engagement increases children’s success in school. Frontier provides many ways for parents to become involved through our Parent

Champions Program.


Here’s how you can help!


· Help with miscellaneous school events – school fairs, committees, field trips, etc.

· Communicate with public officials in email or in person – be our advocate!

· When we have special visitors - come and share your Frontier story with them.

· If an article is printed by our local press, good or bad, reply to the article or blog advocating for Frontier Schools and/or Charter Schools in general.


If you’re interested in becoming a Parent Champion for Frontier Schools, please contact:

· Moraiah Mitchell at (816) 241-6200 or mmitchell@frontierschools.org