New Principal Announcement: FSI Middle
We are excited to announce Mr. Mark Barber as the new principal for Frontier School of Innovation Middle School.
Mr. Barber has been an educator for over 16 years. He spent the beginning of his career teaching elementary school music, first in the Atlantic City (NJ) School District and then in Prince George's County (MD) Public Schools. He then worked for two years as a classroom teacher in Maryland and Missouri before joining the Frontier School System in 2011. Mr. Barber spent one year as a Teacher of English to Speakers of Other Languages at Frontier School of Innovation before becoming the Dean of Academics at Frontier School of Excellence. He is currently a member of the Administrative Council at the Regional Professional Development Center (RPDC) at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. In this role, he helps to plan professional development opportunities for all member districts of the RPDC.
Mr. Barber grew up in southern New Jersey and earned a Bachelor of Music Education from Rowan University (Glassboro, NJ) in 2001. He later earned a Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction (emphasis in Teaching English for Speakers of Other Languages) and an Educational Specialist degree (PK-12 Educational Administration), both from the University of Missouri--Kansas City.
Mr. Barber is excited to begin his new role as Principal at Frontier School of Innovation Middle School.
Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)
Frontier’s Communications & Outreach Team organizes a bi-monthly Outreach Talk Series with Community Leaders. Each talk series begins with a catered luncheon at our Student Engagement Center, followed by a guest speaker or panel presentation on an engaging, relevant and current topic that impacts our students, families, and community.
On September 26th, our panelists included distinguished representatives of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers. Each panelist shared their professional and personal success stories and challenges, as well as what their college journeys and current careers were like. The audience included Frontier STEM High School seniors, staff, and local community leaders.
We enjoyed hearing about your journeys and experiences! Thank you, SHPE!
Parent Champion Luncheon
On Thursday, September 13th, Frontier Schools hosted a Parent Champion Banquet for all their parents who greatly contributed to the school, staff, and students during the 2016-17 school year. During the banquet, several parents stood up to share why they chose Frontier Schools and why they continue to keep their child with us. Parents told us they’re appreciative of our supportive and patient staff, advanced curriculum and strong school community.
We appreciate your feedback and support! Thank you, Parent Champions!
Parent Teacher Conferences
Meet our 8th Grade Veterans!
STEM High School Blood Drive
FSI Middle: Hurricane Harvey/Red Cross Fundraiser
FSE Students Raise Funds for Hurricane Harvey
During the month of September, Student Council members at Frontier School of Excellence organized a fundraiser for victims of Hurricane Harvey. Throughout the month, students and staff collected over 100 boxes of diapers, dozens of packages of pens and pencils, notebook paper, baby wipes, and hygiene products. All items will be sent to the Houston, Texas Diaper Bank. We appreciate the generous donations for such a worthy cause!
KC STEM Fest 2018 Donations
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, click here to complete your secure online donation. If you have any questions, please email Jennifer Watson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note: All donations are tax-deductible and a donation receipt will be provided.
Kansas City Dreamkeepers: Educator & Student Symposium
BetaBlox Job Shadow
Girls In Future Technology (GIFT) Conference
Home visits are going strong at Frontier Schools. Teachers and school staff have visited more than 100 families in their homes since the start of the 2017-18 school year.
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.
New Cooking Club at FSI Middle
FSE Falcons vs. STEM Panthers!
Muffins with Moms at FSE
On September 25th, Frontier School of Excellence hosted their Muffins with Mom celebration in their school cafeteria. FSE moms enjoyed coffee, juice, and muffins with their child/ren before the start of their day. It was an enjoyable morning for everyone in attendance.
FSE will host Donuts with Dad on Friday, October 13th! We hope to see many of our dads there!
FSE Blue & White Pep Rally
Back to school means back to spreading school spirit – and that’s just what FSE did on September 12th! With the help of their cheerleaders, the Blue & White Pep Rally jumped started the school year with a bang! Students and staff gathered after school to show their support and excitement for the start of fall sports. The soccer and volleyball teams showed off their skills in a scrimmage, while others participated in fundraising to help improve their school.
Frontier Schools is implementing Naviance, a web-based program for grades 9-12th. Naviance is a college and career readiness solution that helps districts and schools align student strengths and interests to postsecondary goals, improving student outcomes and connecting learning to life. High school students are able to reach their Naviance accounts through their Frontier Database accounts. The services that Frontier has purchased to implement in the 2017-2018 school year are:
Transcripts, ACT scores, recommendation letters and all other documents that are required by colleges will be submitted online within seconds to the colleges that the students applied.
Students will be able to select their high school elective courses for future years through Naviance.
Students will take surveys such as Career Interest Profiler, Cluster Finder, Do What You Are, and Career Key to explore their interests, strengths and career options.
The curriculum is designed to prepare students for college and career. Students explore career paths, complete college applications, surveys, learn how to write essays, create resumes, etc. The curriculum includes 15-20 lessons per grade level and focuses on self-discovery. The lessons will be integrated into English classes and will be taught through the collaborative efforts of the English and Counseling Departments.
College and Career counseling services and support will continue even after students at Frontier graduate by the help of this tool.
Alumni Movie & Game Night!
On September 29th, Frontier Alumni came together at the Student Engagement Center for a movie and game night! It was a fun-filled evening of Ping Pong, Air Hockey, gaming – and a movie with popcorn!
Alumni Spotlight: Giavanna Franklin
Giavanna Franklin graduated from Frontier School of Excellence in 2015 and is currently a Junior majoring in Economics and Urban Studies at Washington University in St. Louis. There, she is a Program Leader for Arts and Kids, where volunteers go to elementary schools once a week and create crafts with the students. She is also part of Each One Teach One, a tutoring program dedicated to helping undeserved students in the St. Louis Community and is a Student Assistant at their campus library. Giavanna is not sure what she wants to do after she graduates but credits those at Frontier for helping her believe in herself.
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