Phoenix Flyer

Volumen 11, Edicion 16 - Abril 6, 2018

Minutos de Mrs. Hutchins

Immersion Education – Teaching academic content in another language

Hello Fronteras Families!

Our awesome K-2 Spanish Spelling Bee this morning was another fabulous event for us all to watch! Thank you Sra. Francisco, Sr. Pantoja, and Fronteras staff for encouraging, supporting, and helping prepare the kiddos for this challenge! And a HUGE Thank You to our parents and guests for attending, supporting, and cheering everyone on!

Congratulations to our top 3 finishers:

1st – Lucas Cook

2nd – Brooke Thornton

3rd – Isabelle Bolinder

Congratulations to Fronteras for being recognized by the Flippen Group for the second year in a row, as a Capturing Kids’ Hearts National Showcase School for 2017-2018!

Upcoming Next Week:

Tuesday, April 10th, Fronteras will host the Middle School Archery Tournament in our gym. Good Luck to all participants, and Thank You Coach Neilson for your work to prepare our kiddos!

Wednesday, April 11th, LifeTouch Spring Pictures! Don’t forget to send in your child’s order form and payment prior to Wednesday!

Thursday, April 12th, annual Kids Don’t Float water safety assembly presented by Alaska Dept. of Natural Resources. Each year the students are treated to interactive activities to inform about water and boating safety.

Thank you to all of our school volunteers this week! We love seeing you in our school!

Most Sincerely,

Mrs. Hutchins

“Be humble in your confidence, yet courageous in your character.”

-Melanie Koulouris

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Important Dates to Remember

  • April 11 - Spring School Pictures
  • April 16 - April 20 - CPAA Testing (1st Grade)
  • April 16 - April 20 - NWEA MAP Testing (2nd & 3rd Grade)
  • April 23 - April 27 - CPAA Testing (Kindergarten)
  • April 23 - April 27 - NWEA MAP Testing (4th & 5th Grade)
  • April 30 - AIMS Testing (Kindergarten - 3rd Grade)
  • April 30 - May 3 - NWEA MAP Testing (6th, 7th & 8th Grade)

Fronteras Safety and Security Information

Below are a couple important explanations should Fronteras experience an emergency or evacuation.

STAY PUT: If there is an interior emergency or unknown exterior threat, a school may go into Stay Put mode. This means all individuals on campus will remain indoors with exterior doors and windows locked. Transfer of students during a Stay Put is prohibited. MSBSD Emergency Preparedness Director will be notified and all instructions from the Director will be followed if necessary. A Stay Put is cancelled when an All-Clear is made via the School Administrator, Emergency Director, or AK State Troopers. *Please note – if the interior emergency involves a student(s), parent(s) of the student(s) are notified immediately.*

LOCKDOWN: If there is an interior and/or exterior threat, a school will go into Lockdown. To initiate a Lockdown, the Duress button is activated by either school administrator or office staff. AK State Troopers and emergency services are immediately notified. MSBSD Emergency Preparedness Director is called and either heads to Fronteras to assist or communicates via telephone or emergency radio.

It is important to note that a STAY PUT may turn into a LOCKDOWN and depending on the circumstances, a LOCKDOWN may turn into a full EVACUATION to our emergency site; Career Tech High School. Should a full evacuation take place, Fronteras’ Emergency Operations Plan will be put in motion.

Nachos Monday!

Every Monday middle school is serving nachos at lunch! Chips with cheese is $3.00, chips with chili is $3.00 and chips with chili & cheese is $4.00. You can pay through SchoolCash online or cash/check at the front desk!

Pizza Friday!

Another weekly lunch option is Pizza Friday! Pizza Friday orders are due no later than every Tuesday payable through SchoolCash Online or cash/check to the front desk. Optional pizza forms are available at the front desk. Extra pizza will be sold for $2.00 a slice at the front desk on Fridays for those who choose to not prepay. However, if you choose to not prepay for pizza, there is no guarantee that there will be left over pizza to sell by the time your child has their scheduled lunch time. Please make sure your child has a back-up lunch packed!


The order and customization date has been extended out to April 15th! When you order the yearbook by April 15th, it will be shipped directly to the school at no extra cost.

You will still be able to order the book after this date, but it will not be customizable, it will be shipped to your home and there will be a shipping and handling fee added to the cost of your book.


A few important facts:

* Your personalized yearbook only costs $20.00.

* You’ll need to purchase your copy and complete your free personal pages by April 15.

* Your 2 free custom pages are optional, if you don’t customize you’ll receive a standard yearbook.

If you need help, please contact

Elementary Track

Elementary track started Thursday, April 3rd. Practice will be every Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday from 2:35 to 3:45. 3rd-5th graders can participate at practices but only 4th & 5th graders can compete in the district meet on Saturday, May 12th at Colony High School. The cost is $30 and permission slips went home with students on April 4th.

Thank you, coach Collison, for leading this group of runners!

Spring School Pictures!

Lifetouch will be at Fronteras on Wednesday, April 11th to take spring school pictures. Order forms went home with students on Tuesday, April 3rd.

Bottles Needed!

The first grade classes are doing a plant project and need 60 two liter soda bottles thoroughly washed. Caps are not needed. Bottles may be dropped off at the front desk. Happy planting!


36 hours a year per family is required at Fronteras. If you still need to get your hours in or you aren't sure where to begin, there's a volunteer sign-up board posted in the front lobby to the right of the front doors.

Talent Show

Due to a busy 4th quarter schedule, there will not be a talent show this year!

Girls Who Code

The Offices of Instruction, CTE, and Federal Programs are hosting a free, Girls Who Code summer club for girls who are currently enrolled in grades 6 - 10. The club will take place June 4th – 8th at the District Administration Building; families will be responsible for transportation to and from the club.

Click on the link below for more information and/or to register for the Girls Who Code Camp:

Bus Driver Appreciation Week!

Bus Driver Appreciation week will be April 23-27, 2018. Please complete the survey below for any bus drivers you feel go above and beyond in their daily activities. Your responses will be collected and submitted for bus driver recognition. Thank you for taking a moment to recognize a group of hard working individuals who transport our students safely across our very large district.

Bus Driver Appreciation Survey>

2018 Summer Programs

There is a new page on the District website that shows all MSBSD summer programs at a single glance. The page is designed to show parents, students, and staff the intended audience, site location, dates and times of each program.

Click on the link below for District Summer Programs:

Important Reminders!

As we prepare for the final field trips of the school year, teachers will reiterate appropriate behavior while representing Fronteras prior to departure. But to give a quick glimpse, please read below.

Students Expectations:

· Absolutely no running unless it is the purpose of the field trip

· No jumping off of stairs for any reason

· No climbing on railings

· No talking during any type of performance

· Remain with assigned chaperone or group at all times

· Say “Please” and “Thank You” with a smile

· Enjoy the experience and opportunity!

Staff & Chaperones:

· Remain with assigned students at all times

· Model positive social behaviors

· Enforce student behavior expectations at all times

· Enjoy the experience and opportunity!

Fronteras Academic Policy Committee (APC) 2018 Board Elections!

Our Academic Policy Committee board elections will take place at the end of April. There are currently two open staff seats and two open parent seats. Ballots will be available for pick up at the front desk April 17, 2018. Ballots not picked up will be sent home with your student on April 18, 2018. Voting closes at 3pm on April 24, 2018.

Please contact Solveig Eidsness if you have any questions.

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6th Grade Field Trip to the Matanuska Glacier!

The glacier was awesome! The glacier that we saw was a valley glacier. My favorite part was the tunnels. The big tunnel was my favorite. We saw alot of things, we saw tunnels and we walked on the end moraine. We saw the face of the glacier too!

as told by Tucker

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Lewis and Boston sharing their 5th grade Geometry project.

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Demonstrating volume of geometric shapes in Math!

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Yellow Hallway Twins!

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Bacon Twins!

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Glove Twins!

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Did You Know?

There are 3 official languages in Peru: Spanish, Quechua and Aymara, but east of the Andes in Amazon jungle regions it is thought that natives speak 13 different indigenous languages.