Frontier News

June-July 2019

2018-19 District Teacher of the Year: Danielle Bentley

Ms. Bentley is a 7th grade Language Arts teacher at Frontier School of Innovation Middle – during her interview she shared her personal teaching beliefs, methods, techniques, and what she has gained from her teaching experience.

*Click on the video below to view the full interview.

Congratulations, Ms. Danielle Bentley!

KC Charter School Teacher Finalist: Nancy Jones

To recognize excellence and to honor educators that are making a difference for children attending Kansas City’s charter schools, The MCPSA recently named 11 finalists in the new Kansas City Charter Schools Excellence in Education Awards.

Nancy Jones, High School ELA Teacher at Frontier STEM High School was recognized as one three Kansas City Charter School Middle/High School nominees.

Congratulations Mrs. Nancy Jones!

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2019 DESE Breaking Traditions Award Winner – Genesis L.

Senior Genesis L. from Frontier STEM High School won the state competition for the Breaking Traditions Awards sponsored by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). The Breaking Traditions Awards are an annual recognition of outstanding nontraditional career education students and the educators and employers who support them.

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KC Scholars Success

Congratulations to all the recipients of the KC Scholarship Awards from Frontier STEM High School and Frontier School of Excellence!

The KC Scholarship Awards are unlike most other scholarship programs, which award scholarship near the end of 12th grade, KC Scholars awards its Traditional Scholarship at the end of 11th grade. Scholars must maintain a cumulative 2.5 high school GPA and enroll full-time in college the semester immediately following high school graduation and remain enrolled full-time in order to remain eligible.

27 students total from both schools have been awarded with scholarships up to $10,000 per year up to 5 years!

Congratulations Scholarship Winners!

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Graduation 2019

Kinders Graduate

Congratulations to the Kindergarten classes of 2019! On May 16th, FSI Elementary hosted their Kindergarten graduation for family members and friends in FSI Middle’s gymnasium.

The program began with Ms. Crowley and Ms. Colbert's kindergartners singing and dancing to "Best Year of Our Lives" based on the song, “The Best Day of My Life”, by the band, American Authors; and Ms. Sawyer and Ms. Clark's class singing, "The Kindergarten Class" to the tune of The Addams Family theme song. The program proceeded with each student walking across the stage to receive their diplomas then concluding with hugs and refreshments. This was an exciting and heartfelt day for everyone in attendance.

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8th Graders Graduate

On May 29th, FSI Middle hosted their 8th grade graduation ceremony after school for family, friends, and staff. This was a momentous celebration for 8th graders taking their next step into high school.The graduation ceremony was followed by an after school dance for students to celebrate with their fellow graduates.

Congratulations 8th graders and best of luck in high school!

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8th Grade Promotion to 9th Grade at FSE

On May 24th, Frontier School of Excellence hosted an 8th grade Promotion Ceremony. The ceremony marked their next milestone – high school!

8th grade students listened to high school students share their own tips and advice in succeeding in high school, followed by 8th graders receiving honors from their teachers for their successes; including, achievement in reading, ALEKS, athleticism, French, and States Quizzes. Family, friends, and staff celebrated with students as they embark on their first steps into high school.

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FSHS – Senior Graduation

Congratulations to the Senior Class of 2019 from Frontier STEM High School! On May 23rd, Frontier STEM High School held their graduation ceremony for family, friends and staff at the Kansas City Scottish Rite Temple in Kansas City, Missouri. Kush S. was named Valedictorian and Brittany N. was named Salutatorian of Frontier STEM High School. Kush S. will be attending Washington University and Brittany N. will be attending Avila University this fall.

A special thanks to Adriana Porter, keynote speaker at the graduation ceremony. Adriana Porter is an engineer, leader and advocate working to inspire women to advance in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Driven by her passion for helping others and sharing her knowledge, Porter has embraced opportunities to contribute to the future of engineering in positive ways. With nearly eight years of professional experience, various community service projects and over 10 years of dedication to promoting women’s interest in STEM, she has distinguished herself as reliable and trusted leader.

Congratulations to all of our graduates, you have big futures ahead of you!

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FSE – Senior Graduation

Congratulations to the Senior Class of 2019 from Frontier School of Excellence! On May 23rd, Frontier School of Excellence held their graduation ceremony for family, friends and faculty at the University of Kansas City-Missouri (UMKC). Sabrina S. was named Valedictorian and Yazmin N. was named Salutatorian of Frontier School of Excellence. This fall, Sabrina will be attending the University of Missouri - Columbia and Yazmin be attending Metropolitan Community College - Penn Valley.

A special thanks to Councilwoman Alissa Canady, keynote speaker at the graduation ceremony. Councilwoman Canady is an attorney in private practice. She was elected in 2015 to the City Council of Kansas City, Missouri to represent the Fifth Council District. Prior to being elected, she was an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for Jackson County. Recently, as a candidate in the 2019 mayoral primary, she made a strong showing by finishing 3rd of 11 candidates and is the first African American woman to receive the KC Star’s endorsement for Mayor.

Congratulations to all of our graduates, you have big futures ahead of you!

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Senior Banquet 2019

FSHS Senior Banquet

Frontier STEM High School hosted a Senior Banquet on May 11th! During the banquet, students were recognized and awarded for their academic and extracurricular accomplishments during the 2018-19 school year. Family and staff members celebrated seniors as a part of their send off to their big and bright futures!
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FSE Senior Banquet

Frontier School of Excellence hosted a Senior Banquet on May 16th! This event was filled with food, fun and photos! Family and staff members celebrated with seniors as they were recognized and awarded for their many accomplishments during their senior year!
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Campus Events

Paws for Reading

On May 3rd, Emma and Nala returned to Frontier School of Innovation Elementary for their last Paws for Reading visit for the 2018-19 school year. Paws for Reading creates a safe and inviting space for students to feel comfortable and at ease while improving their reading skills. Emma and Nala sit with students individually or in groups while students practice reading aloud. Our furry friends truly enjoy the company and all the new interesting stories.
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KC Civic Orchestra Musical at FSI Elementary

On May 17th, Jennifer Mitchell and Gay Lee Bonney from the Kansas City Civic Orchestra visited Frontier School of Innovation Elementary to demonstrate and introduce students to the musical string family demonstrate how music and feelings are connected.

Pajama Party Musical

On May 24th, Frontier School of Innovation Elementary hosted a Pajama Party Musical! 1st graders sang and danced to songs by Cristi Cary Miller and Jay Michael Ferguson – including Pajama Party!, Marching Orders, Cozy Special Friend, Under My Bed, and A Lullaby for Me! This was a fun day to sing and dance with friends!

Field Day

On May 30th and May 31st, FSI Elementary, Middle, and Frontier School of Excellence hosted their end of the year Field Day! Students had a great day spending time with their friends and visiting different game stations; including, a 3 legged race, cornhole toss, soccer, kickball, and so much more!

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Talent Show

On May 30th, FSI Middle hosted a school wide talent show! This was a fun a event for friends and family members to enjoy and kick off summer break! The performances varied from dances, songs, poems and a surprise performance by staff members!

The Winners:

1st Place: The Horses, danced to "Old Town Road"

2nd Place: Dulce Banda, sang Nunca es Suficiente

3rd Place: Jazmine Sagastume, played piano to Jesucristo Basta

All winners received trophies!

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Spring Blood Drive

On May 8th, Frontier STEM High School’s Science Team proudly partnered with the American Red Cross to host their 3rd Bi-annual Spring Blood Drive. The Blood Drive took place in the school’s gymnasium and was open to family, friends and community members. Donors received a complimentary Worlds of Fun ticket for their generous donation. This event helped the American Red Cross exceed their goal with over 49 donors – with one donation of blood potentially saving up to three lives!

Be on the look out for the upcoming 5th Bi-annual Fall Blood Drive!

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Senior Parade at FSI Elementary

On May 15th, a Senior Parade took place at FSI Elementary, celebrating and recognizing Frontier STEM High School’s upcoming senior graduation! This was an inspirational and interactive event for the younger students to see what the future has in store for them. Seniors received happy smiles and supportive high fives as they traveled through the campus.
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Poems Published

During the month of May, 40 Frontier STEM High School freshman were chosen to have their poems published in a poetry anthology called, Poetic Power. Poetic Power is a free poetry contest for students grades K-9 from the United States, celebrating over 20 years of inspiring student writers. Congratulations to the 42 Frontier STEM high school students who's poetry was accepted for publication!

U.S. Navy Visits FSE

On May 7th, local recruiters from the United States Navy visited juniors from Frontier School of Excellence to discuss scholarship opportunities and summer training.
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Job Shadow at Safety Culture

On May 8th, Frontier School of Excellence seniors attended a job shadow day at “Safety Culture” company. Students participated in small group discussions, attended a staff meeting, and enjoyed a nice lunch with them.
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FSE Class Picnic

On May 10th, Frontier School of Excellence held their Senior Class Picnic at Lake Jacomo! Staff members grilled barbecue while students played football and other activities. It was a wonderful day to celebrate together!
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Family Fun Night

On May 10th, Frontier School of Excellence's National Honor Society (NHS) and National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) hosted a Family Fun Night! It was a fun night for students, staff and their families with a Dodgeball tournament, ping pong, speed (card game), a giant Connect Four, Giant Jenga, Loteria (card game), and so much more!
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FSE Track Success Continues to Soar

For the first time in Frontier Schools history – Frontier School of Excellence went to State Championships!

On May 17th and 18th, the Falcons Track and Field team competed at the State Championships at Jefferson City High School.

The results:

- 4x100 meter relay team: 3rd Place with a time of 43.73.

Congrats to the team members: Xzhavion L., Eric R., Leandre H., and Trevion W.!

- 100 meter dash: 3rd Place went to Trevion W. with a time of 11.15.

- 200 meter dash: 1st Place went to Trevion W. with a time of 21.96.

Harper D. was also on the traveling squad as an alternate.

Congratulation Falcons Track and Field Team!

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Ivy League College Visits for FSE

During the month of May, students from Frontier School of Excellence took their annual Ivy League College Visit Trip. Students and staff visited Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), New York University (NYU) and Columbia University – during each campus visit, students attended informational sessions and received campus tours.

Students and staff also made time to visit classic landmarks including: Central Park, The Statue of Liberty, the 9/11 Memorial, and Time's Square in New York City!

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STEM Leadership Camps

The STEM Leadership camps took place at Hiawatha Campus & Retreat Center in Wichita, Kansas.

The girls visited the camp on May 24th-27th and the boys visited from May 27th - 29th.

For 4 days, students were surrounded by continuous fun and learning experiences. During camp, Wichita State University's Admissions Representatives came to share the admissions process, financial aide, and scholarship opportunities.

The CRLP camp is designed to develop student potential in academics, leadership, teamwork, and essential life and personal skills. Educational and recreational activities included, building a mousetrap powered car, reading, wall climbing, zip lining, movies, campfires, and so much more!

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Boys Leadership Camp

Home Visits

Home visits continue to go strong at Frontier Schools. Teachers and school staff have visited approximately 607 students in 443 home visits since the start of the 2018-19 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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Summer School Schedule

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Campus Contact

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FSHS State Of The Art Innovation Lab

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Frontier Schools’ is planning to build a modern, state-of-the-art Innovation Lab attached to the Frontier STEM High School.

This project-based approach is an essential part of immersive STEM education; it makes the experience real for the students. They will be able to conceive a project, be it a product or prototype, and follow the production process from conception to physical reality. Students will understand the technology that powers their creations; both the hardware and the software. The goal is to build a strong, authentic knowledge-based theory to applied skills in STEM education, ensuring Frontier’s high school graduates will be prepared to enter collegiate level science, technology, engineering and mathematics programs with the skills to succeed on day one.

You can help now by giving to our campaign! To donate, click here!

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

KC STEM Fest 2019

KC STEM Fest 2019 - Silver Sponsor: BioNexus KC

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KC STEM Fest 2019: Student Demonstration

Watch our Frontier Schools' students explain how to create a Helium Balloons.