DEC 2016-JAN 2017

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Holiday Musical Performances

Frontier School of Innovation 2nd Grade Holiday Performance

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On December 9th, FSI 2nd graders had their holiday performance in the new STEM Gymnasium. Parents, staff and students attended.

Frontier School of Innovation Middle Performance

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On Dec. 13, FSI middle school students performed “Once On This Island” for parents, staff and students.

Frontier School of Excellence Band Performance

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On Dec. 16th, FSE’s Middle & High School - 1st year bands – performed holiday songs for students, staff and parents.

Students and Staff - Giving Back This Holiday Season!

Throughout the holiday season, each of our four campuses worked hard to bring a little extra holiday cheer to those in need. Student Council at Frontier School of Excellence collected donations and delivered them to our local Ronald McDonald House to help families during their deepest time of need. Students at Frontier School of Innovation, in Ms. McCarthy’s class, made holiday cards for hospitalized children at a local hospital. In Ms. Heath’s Art class, students at STEM high school crocheted scarves and delivered them to youth in need at Spofford Home. To help those a little closer to home, Frontier staff from each campus raised approximately $1000.00 in donations to support our Frontier students and families in need. And for those who wandered around the streets during the season, several staff handed out care packages to Kansas City’s homeless.

Social Workers at Frontier Schools know that the holiday season can be financially tough on many of our families. Each year, during the holiday season, each of our 4 Social Workers partner with Cerner to adopt 5 Frontier families from each of our four campuses – for a total of 20 families. Social Workers organize, coordinate and donate countless hours to make sure Frontier families in need, have gifts under their tree.

Melissa Meyer, FSE Social Worker, is always going the extra mile for Frontier School of Excellence. She works diligently all year long to ensure a little extra holiday cheer for many FSE students and their families. Because of her relentless efforts and the generous donations from the community, more than 35 FSE families were able to have a nice holiday season. School offices were filled to the brim with donations from businesses, community partners and individuals. Donations included new toys, clothing, gift cards, frozen turkeys, cash and other great gifts.

If you’re interested in adopting a Frontier family for the 2017 holiday season, please email

National Anti-bullying Speaker Visits Frontier Schools

On January 18th, Frontier invited back People Choice Award winning illusionist and ventriloquist, Kevin Horner, to our elementary and middle school buildings. Kevin and his puppets had students and teachers laughing, crying, and in earnest thought about the impact of actions on other people. His show, "One Friend Can Make a Difference", inspired important dialogue among teachers and students about respect and friendship.

At Frontier Schools, we recognize that education extends beyond academic instruction. Students are faced with social and emotional challenges in interpersonal relationships at home and at school. We believe that assisting our students in developing healthy social skills and empathy for others, is not only guiding them to become college ready, but productive and responsible citizens as well.

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National School Choice Week (NSCW)!

January 22nd through January 28th was NSCW. Held every January, this week shines a positive spotlight on effective education options for every child. The goal of this week is to raise public awareness of all types of education options for children. These options include traditional public schools, public charter schools, magnet schools, online learning, private schools, and homeschooling.

Frontier students celebrated all week long in several ways! Elementary students learned and performed the NSCW official dance, some campuses drew pictures and wrote why they love their school, senior students at FSE posed for a NSCW scarf throw and students from all schools posed for great celebratory pictures. A fun week had by all!

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Top 3 Dance Performances for National School Choice Week

National School Choice Week Dance!
National School Choice Week Dance!
National School Choice Week Dance!

FSE Cooking Club

In partnership with American Dining Creations, culinary minded students at Frontier School of Excellence had the opportunity to participate in a Cooking Club during first semester. This after school club provided an environment for students to socialize, be creative, learn cooking skills, and have fun. Students had the chance to cook all sorts of dishes from black bean tacos, chicken & cheese enchiladas, lasagna, cupcakes, etc. Not only did students prepare the food but they got to enjoy eating the results too. Students are already looking forward to the second semester Cooking Club in March.

2nd Annual Million Father March

On the first day back from holiday break, students were welcomed with warm smiles by our Million Father March volunteers. The idea came from The Black Star Project in 2004 as an initiative to give students positive male role models to look up to. This year marked our second annual gathering of fathers, grandfathers, uncles, brothers, and strong male leaders from our community to greet our students as they returned from holiday break and to encourage them to start (and finish) the second semester strong!
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Frontier STEM High School Career Fair

On Friday, January 20th, Frontier STEM High School hosted their 3rd annual career fair for current students. 25 employers from the Kansas City area participated, including Country Club Bank, BNIM Architects, SnapIT Solutions, Society of Women Engineers, U.S. Army, Kansas City Police Department, E&K, Michelle Carrasco Hairstylist, Darryl Woods Artist, Children’s Mercy Hospital, Promise Hospital, RCS Millwork, Wagstaff & Cartmell, 2mas2KC, Univision, Integrated Financial Solutions of Kansas City, Utility One Source, Holiday Inn Express, Hammersmith Manufacturing, Kansas City Zoo, K-State, Metropolitan Community College, GEODIS, and the International Union of Painters & Allied Trades . Approximately 400 students had the chance to talk and visit with local representatives of academic, business and community organizations and to start planning for their futures.

Frontier STEM High School was thrilled to host the event in their newly constructed gymnasium to allow for more guests and more students than years past. For the first year, Frontier STEM High School was able to invite 8th grade students from the Frontier School of Innovation campus to attend the Career Fair – it’s never too early to start setting goals! Thank you to all who donated their time, experience, and talents with our students!

Panthers vs. Falcons

The gymnasium was standing room only by the time the FSE Falcons tipped off against the home team, the STEM Panthers. From the first possession to the last shot, the crowd was wild with excitement to cheer on their team, led by each schools cheerleaders. The lead was a constant variable throughout the game; Falcon three pointers were matched by Panther drives and vice versa. Ultimately, the Falcons pulled ahead within the last 90 seconds of the game and were able to hold onto their lead until the buzzer sounded. The final score of the game was Falcons - 67, Panthers - 63. Each team displayed great sportsmanship and shook hands after the game; however, both teams were eager for the next rematch. The opportunity for that rematch came only a week later at the Long Jack Basketball Tournament. The Falcons and Panthers faced each other for the second time in their season during the tournament bracket. The Frontier STEM Panthers had the competitive edge this time around and earned redemption against their sister school with a final school of Panthers: 74 - Falcons: 46.

FTC (First Tech Challenge) – it’s way more than just building robots!

The Frontier STEM High School Robotics Team just completed their first FTC (First Tech Challenge) season. FTC is a fun, challenging, skill-building, science and technology program. It’s designed to foster 21st century life skills and spark kids interest in science, technology, engineering, and math, so they become innovative problem solvers able to tackle the world’s biggest challenges. Students apply real-world math and science concepts as they design, build, and program robots. This year’s game was called Velocity Vortex. Teams earned points by scoring wiffle balls into center vortex goals or corner vortex side goals, by claiming beacons, and by lifting a large ball into the center vortex at the end of the game. Our team of seven students built a robot which scooped up wiffle balls, shot them at a target and pushed buttons to claim beacons. At the Blue Valley CAPS qualifying competition on Saturday, January 21, our team competed with 22 other teams from the area and won the Judges’ Award for “unique efforts, performance [and] dynamics.” This team of students are already excited for next year’s season and competitions.

Show Me KC Schools

We are proud to collaborate with Show Me KC Schools in support of their mission to help “families make well-informed decisions about their child’s education by providing vital information about the school options available.” As a charter school, we believe that every family should have choices when it comes to their education. On Thursday, January 19th, Frontier STEM High School provided a meeting space and breakfast for Show Me KC School’s Board of Directors meeting. After their meeting, board members were given a tour of the school by two of Frontier STEM High School’s seniors from their very first graduating class.
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Rocketry Team

Students on the Rocketry Team at Frontier STEM High School have been working hard all semester in their STEM Center to design and perfect their rocket. Their rocket was designed to launch and then come back in two pieces by deploying a parachute in the air. In December, students had the chance to make their first launch. With only one unsuccessful try – everything went as planned. Launches included a short and a long altitude launch. The video shown here is their short altitude launch.
Rocketry Team


Mark your calendars for a day full of innovation, science, and creativity. Come see our students present their STEM projects and join in on the fun.

Join us for a day full of innovation, science and creativity!

Public view starts at 12:15 PM.

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