OCT 2017

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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!

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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!

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Parent Teacher Conferences

All campuses held Parent Teacher Conferences on September 29th. Theses conferences are a great opportunity for parents to be involved and help their child succeed. Parents can use this time to discuss their child’s progress, share their child’s strengths and needs and work with teachers to help their child do well in school. It was great to see all the parents taking an interest in their children’s education.
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Meet our 8th Grade Veterans!

On September 11th, we recognized 19 of our 8th-grade students at Frontier School of Innovation as official 8th Grade Veterans. These students have been with Frontier Schools since Kindergarten. Listen to their testimonies!

STEM High School Blood Drive

On September 27th, Frontier STEM High School partnered with the American Red Cross to host a blood drive in their school gymnasium. This is the third year that STEM High School has partnered with the American Red Cross during their bi-annual blood drive – both in the spring and fall. Several family, friends and community members came out to donate! This event helped the American Red Cross reach their goal of over 40 donors – with one donation of blood potentially saving up to three lives! We are looking forward to the next Blood Drive in the spring of 2018.
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FSI Middle: Hurricane Harvey/Red Cross Fundraiser

8th graders, Giselle M. and Pamela S., created a fundraiser for victims of Hurricane Harvey. With the help of Ms. Bentley, 7th grade ELA teacher, all proceeds were donated to the American Red Cross. Giselle and Pamela came up with the idea for a free dress day for donating funds – $2 for students and $5 for staff. The class who donated the most received a popsicle treat at lunch. The winning grade level was 8th grade – students raised $690.29 and staff raised the remaining with a grand total of $817.29! American Red Cross representative, Bill Regan, visited FSI Middle to congratulate the winning class and to personally thank Giselle and Pamela for creating a successful 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

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Click here to complete your secure donation.

Not good with computers? Mail us a check payable to Frontier Schools at 30 W Pershing Rd, Suite 402, Kansas City, MO 64108.

Have questions or need help? Contact Jennifer Watson at (816) 241-6200 or

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

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

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Kansas City Dreamkeepers: Educator & Student Symposium

On September 22nd, students and staff from Frontier School of Excellence attended an Educator & Student Symposium at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Students and teachers spent a half-day on campus with education and art experts. Students experienced college admissions and readiness activities. They also explored the theme of Social Justice & The Arts for academic success with local Arts experts. Teachers investigated culturally responsive pedagogy to transform classrooms and increase academic achievement for all.
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BetaBlox Job Shadow

On September 21st, STEM high school juniors and seniors traveled to BetaBlox for a job shadow. BetaBlox is a business incubator that can increase an entrepreneur’s likelihood of success by more than twice the national average. Students were shown a presentation about BetaBlox, followed by a tour of their facility. Students gained useful insight into how to start their own business and the other components involved in creating a startup

Girls In Future Technology (GIFT) Conference

On September 27th, females students from FSE attended a Girls in STEM Conference at the Metropolitan Community College. Students met with scientists, engineers, and technological specialists to learn about different STEM-related careers and opportunities – including scholarships and internships. Students left feeling empowered to become an innovative force in the future.
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Home Visits

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.

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New Cooking Club at FSI Middle

On September 15th, FSI Middle School started an after-school Cooking Club for students. This weekly experience focuses on introducing healthy foods, proper food handling, preparation, safety, and sanitation, as well as how to maintain a healthy diet. Each week they focus on a particular theme. Whether students are adding ingredients, helping clean up, or chopping or dicing, each student gets a chance to understand and appreciate a multitude of cooking and eating experiences. Students are excited to learn new recipes that they can take home to share with their families. Thank you to our generous sponsors for their donations – Pierpont’s Restaurant at Union Station and Global Produce at the River Market!

FSE Falcons vs. STEM Panthers!

On September 19th, the competition was fierce between the STEM Panthers and FSE Falcons at Swope Soccer Village. Both junior and varsity teams played their best on the field with cheers from supporting students and staff. It was an exciting game for players and supporters alike. The game ended with a winning goal from the STEM Panthers. Best of luck to both teams! We hope you’re having a great season!
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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!

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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.

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Naviance Program

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.

Course Planner:

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.

Alumni Tracker:

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!
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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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