Frontier News

June 2021

Teacher & Staff of the Year 2021

Each Spring semester, we recognize staff members as part of both our Teacher of the Year and Support Staff of the Year recognitions at Frontier Schools. This school year was met with various challenges amid a global pandemic. However, Frontier teachers and staff remained resilient and did their best to ensure students continued getting the best education possible. So, for the 2020-2021 school year, all 150 teachers at Frontier Schools were selected as Teachers of the Year and all 65 support staff were named Support Staff of the Year. To celebrate, Frontier Schools reserved the first two weeks in May as their Staff Appreciation Weeks. Teachers and staff received various gifts, desserts, lunches, breakfasts, and other fun surprises throughout those two weeks.

Addressing the faculty and staff, Superintendent Demircan remarked, “Thank you for supporting and fostering your students’ learning by providing continued lessons, activities, feedback, videos and more! Thank you for ensuring that your students’ social and emotional needs were met and doing all that you could to help them navigate through this change. Thank you for your patience with technology, your willingness to try new things, and your ability to reach students – even from a distance.”

Many of Frontiers closest benefactors wanted to join in this recognition. We especially want to thank our friends at The Sherman Family Foundation who approached the school with offers of very generous support in both bonuses and incentive packages for our faculty and staff.

Joe Allen, administrator for the Sherman Family Foundation comments, “The Sherman Family Foundation is very aware of the tremendous challenges faced by schools during the Covid pandemic. We have watched in awe as K-12 educators reinvented their profession to better serve their children. We wanted to find a way to help Frontier’s school leaders celebrate and honor the efforts and sacrifices made by their faculty and staff during this incredibly demanding time.”

We would like to thank our sponsors, Sherman Foundation, New Frontier Educational Foundation, University of Missouri Charter School Operations, Westbrook &Co, BNIM, WBM and Commerce Bank, for their contributions to our appreciation weeks.

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Celebrating 5 & 10 Years of Service Recognition

We have a tradition to recognize our employees during Teacher Appreciation Week who are in their 5th or 10th years with Frontier Schools. We thank our teachers and staff for their continued commitment to the Frontier Schools’ system. We truly appreciate their loyalty, dedication, and all of their contributions in making Frontier one of the best schools in KC.

10 Years of Service

5 Years of Service

FSHS Class of 2021 Graduation

On Thursday, May 27th, 57 Frontier STEM High School seniors bid farewell as they turned tassels during their graduation ceremony in the Frontier School of Innovation gymnasium at 5:00 p.m.

Congratulations Class of 2021! We know you will accomplish extraordinary things. May all your dreams come true!

FSE Class of 2021 Graduation

On Saturday, June 5th, 29 seniors walked across the stage to receive their diplomas in a moment of closure and celebration. The commencement ceremony took place in the school's gymnasium at 10:00 a.m.

Congratulations Class of 2021! We know you will accomplish extraordinary things. May all your dreams come true!

1st Athletic Scholarship for FSE!

On May 7th, FSE staff held a celebration event in the school's gymnasium for Trevion W. as he signed a letter of intent to run track for Highland Community College, located in Northwest Kansas. This opportunity completes what constitutes a free ride plus employment opportunity for him. Rounds of applause and cheers echoed through the gymnasium! Congratulations on your well-deserved success, Trevion!

Poet t.l. Sanders: The Stage is Yours!

Frontier Schools' Poet in Residence, Poet t.l. Sanders, recently won first place in the Artful Poetry Contest sponsored by the Kauffman Center for Performing Arts. As a result, Mr. Sanders will perform and record his winning poem on the Kauffman Center's stage, be featured on the Center's website and social media channels, have his work highlighted in a radio segment on Kansas City's KKFI Community Radio 90.1 FM program ARTSPEAK RADIO, and inclusion in summer print publications KC Voices and KC Voices Youth.

KCFD Visits FSI Elementary

On May 26th the Kansas City Fire Department visited FSI Elementary students to promote the importance of fire safety and prevention at home and at school.

FSI Elementary Pre-K Promotion

On May 20th, Pre-K students were officially promoted to Kindergarten.

"You're off to great places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, so...get on your way!"

– Dr. Seuss

FSI Elementary Kindergarten Graduation

On May 25th, FSI Elementary hosted a graduation ceremony for their Kindergarten students. After each class received their diplomas on stage, each class then sang a song conducted by Mrs. Mercan, Music Teacher. Songs included: The Kindergarten Class, Best years of our lives, Character Tango, and Thank you, teachers, thank you.

You've learned to read your favorite rhymes and count from one to ten, but now it's time to say goodbye to kindergarten. First grade, here you come! Congratulations!

FSI Elementary Kindergarten Graduation

FSE 8th Grade Promotion Ceremony

On May 26th, FSE recognized 8th grade students who will be promoted to high school on the last day of school.

You've gotten through middle and now you're on the top. It's time to head to high school and show them all you've got! Congratulations!

FSI Field Day!

The end of every school year is packed with fun events that students look forward to. For FSI Elementary and Middle, May 28th was one of those days. Students enjoyed a fun filled day playing indoor and outdoor games with their classmates.

FSE Retirement Party: Mr. Joey, Mrs. Koppe, Mr. Harvey

In great appreciation for your years of dedication to education, and especially for the lives that you have impacted over the years.

May your new beginning be filled with happy memories of the years you spent contributing to the success of Frontier Schools! Congratulations and best wishes in retirement!

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Curriculum Writing Professional Development: June 1-3

Frontier teachers spent three full days deep diving into next year's curriculum. Over the course of those three days, teachers learned about additional resources they weren't able to utilize during the 2020-21 school year due to an unprecedented year of simultaneous teaching. This was a great opportunity for teachers to be involved in the curriculum they will be teaching for the 2021-22 school year.

Virtual Home Visits

Teachers and school staff have virtually visited 874 students in 847 homes since the start of the 2020-21 school year.

Home visits, whether virtual or in-person, 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.

A SHOUT-OUT to our teachers & staff! Thank you for everything you do!

Please complete our 2020-21 Home Visit Survey.