December 2022

A Note from the FMS Administrative Team

Dear FMS Families,

We hope that all of you enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday, filled with much-need relaxation and time with family and friends. November was a busy month at FMS, between the official start to our winter sports season (which has been well-supported by our greater FMS community), Veterans Day, Kindness Week, a successful turkey drive, and STEM Day, along with many other activities. It has been wonderful to see our students involved in fun and engaging school-related activities, both during and after the academic day. We look forward to continuing the momentum as we head into the final month of 2022!

With that, we know that the holidays are a joyful time for many, but that they can also be a difficult time for others. Please know that we are here to support our students in any capacity possible, and we always invite you to reach out to us if we can help in any way.


Dr. Laura Rowe-Holler, Principal

Mrs. Amber Houdei, Assistant Principal (Sixth Grade)

Mr. Kevin Kuehl, Assistant Principal (Seventh Grade)

Mr. Adam Bender, Assistant Principal (Eighth Grade)

FMS Teacher of the Year: Mrs. Cara Rhyne (FACS Teacher)

It is with tremendous pleasure that we name Mrs. Cara Rhyne, Family and Consumer Science teacher, as Frontier Middle School’s 2022-2023 Teacher of the Year. Mrs. Rhyne performs her job at an exemplary level and demonstrates an extraordinary commitment to serving our Frontier students and families. She is a caring, compassionate, and enthusiastic educator who goes above and beyond to build lasting and meaningful relationships with her students.

Her colleagues accurately describe Mrs. Rhyne as being the “light” of Frontier. This is undeniably accurate, as Mrs. Rhyne always has a smile on her face and a kind word to offer to her students and colleagues. Mrs. Rhyne works each day to make FMS a better place, as she instills in our students the importance of serving others. This is seen through the projects in which she leads her classes. An example of this was the facilitation of the creation of port pillows for cancer patients. Our students are better people because of Mrs. Rhyne. We are lucky to have such a talented, compassionate, kind-hearted, and skillful member as part of the Frontier family.

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PTSA Corner


On Saturday, December 10, dine at Twisted Sugar in Dardenne Prairie between 9 a.m. - 10 p.m. A portion of the purchases will be donated to FMS.


Join us at Rockin' Jump in O'Fallon on Wednesday, December 28 and/or Thursday, December 29 from 4-8 p.m.! By mentioning FMS, $5 of the $15 admission fee will be donated to our school. The $15 admission fee is good for two hours at Rockin' Jump.



Did you know that when you shop on Amazon, it's easy for Frontier to get a small percentage from your purchase? All you have to do is shop through AmazonSmile instead of Amazon.
Once you've set up your account, your shopping experience will be identical. The only difference is that when you shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate .5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization of your choice. Frontier Middle School PTSA would be grateful to be the charity you choose. Go to to get started. Once you've set this up, it's easy to set up your Amazon app to link to AmazonSmile as well.

FMS Needs Your Help!


We critically need substitute teachers to help support our FMS staff, and we're asking for your help! Step into our classrooms as your schedule allows as a FMS sub. Subbing gives you the opportunity to get involved at FMS at your convenience! And, as an added bonus, you can see what your child is up to each day! We're not looking for a long-term or daily commitment, but rather help as you are available. Learn more and apply today.


Apply now for our various full-time and substitute custodial opportunities in FMS. We need your help keeping our building clean and ready for learning! Team members are provided with uniforms (5 sets) and a $75 annual shoe reimbursement. Learn more and take advantage of our newly increased custodian pay. Learn more and apply today.

Child Nutrition

Help nourish our FMS children with breakfast and lunch so they can focus on learning! Our Child Nutrition staff have created a great place to work with convenient hours and face time with the FMS students. Don't want a full-time commitment? Child Nutrition has substitute positions available as well. Learn more and apply today.

FMS Artist of the Month

FMS would like to congratulate sixth grade student, Luke Johnson, for being named the Artist of the Month! Luke is a role model in the art room and beyond. He spent over a year creating, illustrating, and publishing his own book, Diary of a Minecraftian! He used Google Docs and Storyjumper to make his book, and he is currently working on a second. Congratulations, Luke!
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Canvas Parent Guide

Many families have requested information regarding the ways in which to access Canvas, which is the learning platform that is utilized throughout the secondary level in the WSD. Access to the platform will allow families to see grades and other important information that is pertinent to student success within each class. Click here to access the guide.

After School Academic Assist

Students who wish to obtain additional academic assistance are invited to stay after school Monday through Thursday from 2:40-3:35 p.m. to work with a staff member. Transportation is not provided; therefore, all students must have a ride available for pick-up at 3:35 p.m.

The first semester schedule is as follows:

Mondays: Ms. Kaiser (Room 1405)

Tuesdays: Ms. Chrum (Room 402)

Wednesdays: Mrs. Schmitt (Room 1406)

Thursdays: Ms. Arnold (Room 605)

Intramural Activities

Check out our current and upcoming intramural activities at FMS! To participate, a permission slip must be submitted to the Student Office. The permission slip form is good for all intramurals throughout the duration of the 2022-2023 academic year. Activities are open to students in sixth, seventh, and eighth grades. Additional offerings will be announced each month. We hope your student(s) can join the fun!
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Important Dates and Events

Thursday, December 1

Residency Documentation Due for 2022-2023 Academic Year

FMS vs. Troy South Boys' and Girls' Basketball Games @ 4:00 PM (LHS Gym)

Monday, December 5

FMS vs. Orchard Farm Boys' and Girls' Basketball Games @ 5:00 PM (FMS Gym)

Wednesday, December 7

FMS at Winfield Boys' and Girls' Basketball Games @ 4:00 PM (Winfield)

Friday, December 9

FMS vs. Troy Middle Boys' and Girls' Basketball Games @ 4:00 PM (FMS Gym)

Saturday, December 10

Dine-Out at Twisted Sugar from 9:00 AM-10:00 PM

Monday, December 12

Two-Hour Late Start @ 9:35 AM

FMS Boys' Basketball at Troy Middle Tournament @ 4:00 PM*

FMG Girls' Basketball at Troy South Tournament @ 5:00 PM*

*Additional tournament play TBD throughout the week.

Thursday, December 15

Winter Band Concert @ 7:00 (LHS Auditorium)

Wednesday, December 21-Sunday, January 1

Winter Break

Wednesday, December 28 and Thursday, December 29

FMS PTSA Days at Rockin' Jump from 4:00-8:00 PM

Monday, January 2

School Resumes

Two-Hour Late Start @ 9:35 AM

FMS Traffic Procedures

Click here for information on FMS pick-up and drop-off procedures.

Frontier Middle School


Dr. Laura Rowe-Holler

Assistant Principals

Amber Houdei (6th Grade)

Kevin Kuehl (7th Grade)

Adam Bender (8th Grade)


Beth Overton (6th Grade)

Meghan Boschert (7th Grade)

Jamie Schubert (8th Grade)

Jeff Yin (Educational Support Counselor)

School Resource Officer

Patrick Budds