Welcome Back Frontier Students!
UMKC Charter School Center 5th Annual Convocation
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.
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
Frontier School of Innovation Gymnasium
Frontier School of Excellence Gymnasium
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 email@example.com.
Note: All donations are tax deductible and a donation receipt will be provided.
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:
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.
SchoolSmart Kansas City Tour
Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)
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.
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.
Frontier School of Excellence 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!
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org