FRONTIER NEWS

FEB 2017

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30 days until KC STEM Fest 2017!

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Parent Breakfast at Frontier School of Excellence

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On February 7th, Frontier School of Excellence hosted a breakfast meeting for students and parents. School Principals discussed MAP testing, student attendance, overall testing, graduation and prom. Principals also shared with students and parents that FSE is adding a new state of the art gymnasium onto its campus for the 2017-18 school year. The gymnasium will also provide the school with a space where the whole school can meet. Principals said the upcoming gymnasium plans were welcomed by students with much enthusiasm. It’s a place the Falcons have had to wait for – and a place the Falcons deserve!

Elementary Choir Concert

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On February 3rd, third grade “Singing Tigers” practiced for weeks with Elementary Music Teacher, Mrs. Mercan, to put on a great concert for students and parents. It was their first concert – and definitely not their last!

School Choice Rally in Jefferson City

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On February 2nd, students, staff and parents from all four school campuses departed for the State Capitol to advocate for school choice by participating in a rally for kids in the State Capitol’s Rotunda. During their visit, students had the opportunity to meet with state legislators – Senator John Rizzo and Representative David Wood. As a part of the day’s festivities, two STEM High School students, Esther V. and Samantha V. performed The Star Spangled Banner.

5th Grade Student Finishes in 4th Place at Math League

On February 18, Ahmet G., 5th grade student at Frontier School of Innovation, competed in the elementary Math competition with Math League. Ahmet took a 4th place win in 5th grade. For elementary contests, Math League releases several sets of elementary tests each year. These tests are administered at local and state contests, culminating with a National Championship in June. Congratulations Ahmet! We wish you the best at Regionals on March 11th!

Visitors from KU Center for STEM Learning

On February 1st, Katrina Rothrock and Steven Case, with the KU Center for STEM Learning, visited Frontier STEM High School to see Ms. Finley's Project Lead The Way (PLTW) class in action. During their visit, students were studying the rate of osmosis and how it relates to diabetes.


The KU Center for STEM Learning provides teachers and schools invaluable instruction, resources, and support. Thank you for your visit and continued guidance!

Frontier School of Excellence Student Drawing Selected by Parallel Education

Congratulations to Anthony R., 8th grade student at Frontier School of Excellence. His drawing was selected by Parallel Education to be placed in their 2017 Holiday Calendar. This calendar was sent to hundreds of schools across seven different states. Way to go Anthony! Great job!

Donuts with Dad at Frontier School of Innovation Middle

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Middle School students made sure to come to school hungry on their Donuts with Dad day on February 7th (4th and 5th grade) and February 9th (6th, 7th, and 8th). Students were able to enjoy a nice breakfast, participate in bonding activities, and connect with other students and fathers within the school community.

Family Literature Night

On February 7th, FSI Elementary hosted their quarterly Family Literature Night. Each quarter, elementary families and students are invited to the school after hours for some educational fun and games with teachers and staff. Families get the chance to earn a free book from the Kansas City Public Library by completing rotational activities in various classrooms with staff and teachers.

Professional Development Day

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On February 17th, teachers and staff participated in a full day of Professional Development training. The focus of training was on instructional coaches and teachers collaborating towards completion of K-8 Science and Social Studies curriculum documents and targeting wrap up work for March 1st and Apr 5th early-release days. This type of professional development builds capacity in teachers to take ownership of the curriculum and more intentional lesson planning.


Department Chairs in grades 9-12 scheduled and coordinated the content for content area collaboration (Math, Science, ELA, Social Studies) as did Specials, SPED, ELL, and Foreign Language departments. Art and Music were afforded the opportunity to conduct "off site" Professional Development with each department head creating the agenda for the day. This included Art teachers developing lesson plans based on observations conducted at the Nelson-Atkins Museum and with K-12 music teachers observing in classrooms outside the district. The collaboration time for this opportunity to grow professionally was well received by teachers.

Student and Staff Talent Show at Frontier School of Excellence

It was standing room only at FSE’s student and staff talent show this month. Students and staff showed off their wide variety of skills on February 23rd and 24th. We are so proud of all of our students and staff that performed in our talent show!

February, 2017: Black History Month

Throughout the month of February, each of the four campuses participated in classroom activities and assignments to celebrate the heritage and contributions of African Americans. Each building shared morning announcements, decorated bulletin boards, and organized events to pay tribute to the impact African Americans have had on American culture and society.

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Classes worked together to learn about a famous African American and then create and perform a presentation to present to the school.
I Have A Dream performance by Frontier School of Innovation 3rd Graders
Mrs. Mercan conducted the concert, “I Have a Dream”, performed by FSI 3rd grade students.
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Frontier STEM High School held a Black History Month assembly on February 24th.
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NHS at Frontier School of Excellence held a Black History Month assembly on February 28th.

DARE Graduation at Frontier School of Innovation Middle

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Frontier Alumni News

Wasilah Smith Documentary Filming

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Kansas City based Summer House Films is shooting a documentary about Wasilah Smith, a recent 2015-16 Frontier School of Excellence graduate and also known for making a name in the fashion design industry. While walking the halls of FSE with the camera crew, Wasilah reminisced about his memories of the school, friends, and teachers.

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