FRONTIER NEWS

DEC 2017

FSE & FSHS attend SHPE Conference

On November 2nd & 3rd, students in PLTW Engineering from Frontier School of Excellence and Frontier STEM High School attended all-day workshops at the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) Convention. Students participated in several competitions and activities, all while learning more about STEM-related careers. Students also had the opportunity to interact and network with SHPE's corporate sponsors.
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Heart & Sole Club Participates in Girls on the Run 5K

On Saturday, November 4th, students in the Heart & Sole Club at FSI Middle, participated in the Girls on the Run 5K at Children’s Mercy Park. Girls on the Run is the largest empowerment race in Kansas City. During the run, Heart & Sole Club students received amazing support from their families and teachers. This was an amazing experience for girls to feel encouraged to live a healthy and joyful life!
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Sophomores Visit Missouri Western State University

On November 2nd, sophomores from Frontier STEM High School visited Missouri Western State University. Students learned about the university's facilities, student life, culture on campus, academics, and the programs offered. Students had a fun and informative visit. Look out for our future Griffons!
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CRLP Guest Speaker Presents on Leadership and Setting Goals

On November 14th, College Readiness and Leadership Program (CRLP) students at Frontier School of Excellence received a visit from Ryan Harvey with Junior Achievement of Greater Kansas City. Mr. Harvey presented on the topics of leadership and setting goals. It was a motivational presentation empowering students to believe in themselves and their future.

U.S. Army ROTC Visits Juniors and Seniors

On October 31st and November 1st, U.S. Army ROTC representatives visited with Frontier STEM High School juniors and seniors to educate them on the U.S. Army's ROTC Program. Students learned about scholarship funding for college education, the benefits from enlisting, and career opportunities within the Army. This visit was informative and helpful for students who are considering an alternative post-secondary route after graduation.
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More Than 100 Home Visits by Mr. Sanders!

Home visits are going strong at Frontier Schools. Teachers and school staff have visited more than 400 students 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.


Mr. Sanders from Frontier STEM High School has visited over 100 students this year! Thank you Mr. Sanders, you have done a wonderful job creating lasting relationships with your students and their families!


Check out his interview below to learn about what motivates him to create deeper connections with his students and their families:

https://youtu.be/8ahTcvCklK0

KC STEM Fest 2018 Donations!

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Click here to complete your secure online donation or 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 jwatson@frontierschools.org.

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 jwatson@frontierschools.org.


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

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FSI Book Fair

During the week of November 13-17th, both FSI Elementary and Middle School hosted their semi-annual Book Fair in their school’s library. Each classroom scheduled times for students to visit and browse the selection of new books, games, school supplies, and holiday themed items. Students created wishlists after their visits to share with their families. The Book Fair stayed open after school for families to come purchase the items off of their child/ren’s wish list.

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Bully Prevention Week

During the week of November 13-17th, Frontier STEM High School hosted a Bully Prevention Week. During the week, when students arrived at school, they found positive messages posted to their lockers from school staff. The goal was to encourage students to use kind, positive, uplifting, and supportive words when interacting with others. Throughout the week, students placed additional notes of kindness on each other's lockers. This was a wonderful and thoughtful initiative to remind not only students, but staff members, that kindness can go a long way.

Family Literature Night

On November 9th, Frontier School of Innovation Elementary hosted a Family Literature Night. Each quarter, elementary families and students are invited to the school after hours for some educational fun and games with teachers and staff. Families get the chance to earn a free book from the Kansas City Public Library by completing rotational activities in various classrooms with staff and teachers.


A representative from Girl Scouts was also there to educate and provide information about joining the Girl Scouts and how parents can become troop leaders.

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STEM: Institute of International Medicine (INMED) Visits

On November 8th, the PLTW Biomedical class at Frontier STEM High School was visited by Micah Flint, Chief Innovation Officer and Director of Continuing Medical Education from the Institute for International Medicine (INMED). Mr. Flint assisted the class with an intricate brain activity while educating students about the various opportunities and hands-on experience at INMED. Great information for students who are interested in the Biomedical industry.
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FSI Elementary: Bully Prevention Week

During the last week of November, FSI Elementary participated in Bully Prevention Week with Dress Down Days. Each day had a different theme: Put Bullying to Bed (pajama day), Bullies Don’t Match (mismatch day), Be A Good Sport (sports shirt day), Be a Buddy, Not a Bully (dress like a buddy day), and Everyone Fits in Here (spirit day). This was a fun and interactive week for everyone!

Cooking Club!

Cooking Club is still very popular at FSI Middle School. Week after week, students prepare and eat healthy items during their club time.


A huge shout out to one of our moms - Jessica Riojas! Thank you very much for your active participation and contribution to our Cooking Club.


Thank you to our generous sponsors for their donations – Global Produce and Cristina’s Produce at the River Market!

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National Honor Society Ring Bells for Salvation Army

On November 25th, the National Honor Society at Frontier STEM High School rang bells for the Salvation Army at four different locations at Zona Rosa. At each location, students sang holiday carols, rang bells and greeted customers to help the Salvation Army raise money.


The National Honor Society will ring bells again for the Salvation Army at Zona Rosa on December 21st. We hope to you see there!

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Step Up Band Performs for Veteran's Day

On November 10th, the FSE Step Up band put on a special Veteran’s Day performance honoring Veterans in the community and within the school. Staff members recognized for their service included: Isaiah Faulkner, United States Marines, Dawn Bates, US Army Sergeant and Anthony Zinicola, US Army. Thank you for your service!
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Muffins with Mom

On November 30th, FSI Middle School hosted their 3rd Annual Muffins with Moms breakfast. 4th-8th grade students and their moms or the special women in their life, enjoyed coffee, juice, and muffins with their child/ren before the start of their day. It was a lovely morning for everyone in attendance.


FSI Middle School will host Donuts with Dads in February 2018!

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Ivy League College Visits

On November 16-17th, nine Frontier STEM High School juniors participated in the annual Ivy League College Tour. They visited Harvard University, MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Columbia University, and Princeton University. Students and faculty advisers also made time to visit the American Museum of Natural History. This was an amazing and eye opening opportunity for students to aspire and achieve greatness.
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Redemptorist Thanksgiving Donations

On November 20th and 21st, Social Workers at Frontier Schools teamed up with Redemptorist Social Services Center to deliver turkeys and the fixings to Frontier families in need. Thank you to Redemptorist Social Services for your partnership and for bringing joy into the homes of our Frontier families during the holidays.
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Newton Public Schools Tour

On November 10th, representatives from Newton Public Schools visited and toured FSI Middle School to learn about their class structure, schedules, teaching methods, and curriculum.
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Alumni Thanksgiving Dinner

On November 20th, alumni from Frontier School of Excellence and Frontier STEM High School came together to celebrate the upcoming holiday. Alumni and staff gathered at Frontier Schools Student Engagement Center to share a fun and festive Thanksgiving dinner. This was a fun time for alumni to catch up with old friends and reconnect with staff members.
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Alumni Spotlight: Mai Anh Le

Mai Anh Le graduated from Frontier School of Excellence in 2017 as valedictorian and is currently studying Pre-Dentistry with a Chemistry major at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She will graduate with her Bachelor’s Degree in 2021. After college graduation, she plans to apply to the UMKC School of Dentistry for a Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S) degree. “I’m very glad that I went to Frontier School of Excellence for high school because every time I needed help, teachers were always there for me.”

Inclement Weather Procedure

During inclement weather Frontier Schools will implement a school closing policy to ensure the safety of our students.


Students may be released early or classes may be cancelled entirely due to inclement weather. Please be familiar with the following information sources in the event of school cancellations, early releases or late starts.


Channels of Communication:

1. School Website:

Please check your school’s website for information regarding school closings and other cancellations within minutes of a decision.


2. SchoolMessenger:

Phone and optional voice/text messages are sent to school families when classes are cancelled, delayed or students are released early.


3. Social Media:
We will post information on the Frontier Schools District Facebook and Twitter page.

4. Radio & TV

Local stations share announcements on-air and on their websites.

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