Week of 9/18 – 9/22

Key Dates

Date Event
Monday, 9/18 Open House – 6:00 – 7:30
Tuesday, 9/19 Cross Country vs. Cascade @ FMS – 3:30
Wednesday, 9/20 Early Release – PD Day – 12:30 in Media Center
Thursday, 9/21 BAT Meeting @ 7:15 — Room 37

Football vs. Pacific @ FMS – 3:30

Friday, 9/22 Cross Country @ Wy’East – 3:30

College Gear

Motivational Monday!

Our counseling team – Heather, Lesley, and their intern, Tina – would like to present their weekly Motivational Monday contribution.  Enjoy!

 

Reminder: Open House!

Tonight we will host Open House from 6:00 – 7:30.  The evening will be set up like a school day, with students visiting their teachers in order of their school day.  You will have ten minutes with each classroom to introduce yourself, talk about your classroom, expectations, curriculum, answer questions, get to know families, etc.  Here is the schedule:

  • 1st Period: 6:10 – 6:20
  • 2nd Period: 6:25 – 6:35
  • 3rd Period: 6:40 – 6:50
  • 4th Period: 6:55 – 7:05
  • 5th Period: 7:10 – 7:20

 

Upcoming Dates:

Early Release: 9/20/17

On Wednesday, 9/20, we will hold our first early release.  This time will be an extension of the personalized learning plans that we brainstormed in August.  We will spend time revisiting these (recalibrating our memories 🙂 ), digging into what this work could look like, and setting the course for the remainder of our ER days.  See you Wednesday!

Tech Training: 9/27/17

On Wednesday, 9/27, we will have an opportunity for staff to select an area of need regarding technology.  In light of our 1:1 deployment, many of you are actively searching for ways to engage your leaners and manage your classroom.  This morning, I will send out a survey to see where your interests in support lie.  If you would like to take a sneak peak, you can click here.

October In-Service Day: 10/13/17

On Friday, 10/13/17, EPS will have an in-service day.  On this day, there will be several department-specific options for teachers to attend.  These trainings will occur off-site.  Be on the lookout for an email describing the expectations for this day and the offerings available.

 

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Week of 9/11 – 9/15

Key Dates

Date Event
Monday, 9/11 N/A
Tuesday, 9/12 Cross Country vs. Liberty @ FMS – 3:30

Intramural Sports Begin

Parent Group Meeting @ 6:30 PM (Media Center)

Wednesday, 9/13 Staff Meeting @ 3:00 (Media Center)
Thursday, 9/14 BAT Meeting @ 7:15 — Room 37

Football vs. Shahala @ FMS – 3:30

Friday, 9/15 Picture Day

Cross Country @ Skyridge – 3:30

Frontier Gear!

Device Deployment Update

Today, we will complete our deployment process by providing devices to all 8th grade students.  I wanted to share some information that we have had our Humanities teachers cover with students.

Finally, if you didn’t get a chance to see the deployment in action, please watch the short video below:

 

Wednesday Staff Meeting

On Wednesday, we will meet as a staff to discuss: evaluations, ILT workgroup info, and info related to Frontier’s SIP.  We will begin as a staff @ 3:00 in the Media Center.

Week of 9/5 – 9/8

Key Dates

Date Event
Monday, 9/4 Holiday – No School
Tuesday, 9/5 Admin Class Visits (see message below)
Wednesday, 9/6 N/A
Thursday, 9/7 BAT Meeting @ 7:15 — Room 37

Football vs. Cascade @ FMS – 3:30

First Activity Bus Day

Friday, 9/8 Cross Country vs. Shahala @ FMS – 3:30

College Gear!

WELCOME BACK!

To all staff:  Thank you for your hard work and dedication in making our first week back a success.  I appreciate how present and visible you were as our new students acclimated to new territory.  The smiles, handshakes, high-fives and relationship building pay huge dividends as we embark on our work as a learning organization.  Thank you for holding the rope!

Here are a few pictures capturing our journey back to school:

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P.S. – If you are a new staff member who is also acclimating to the building, please feel free to ask any of us any questions to help you transition into the school year.  We are here to help!

 

Admin Class Visits

As we have done in past years, Marshall, Ebony and I will be visiting all classrooms in an effort to connect with all students.  Our message is similar as it has been in the past re: talking points, however, we will be emphasizing our shift in the BYOD policy as well as information regarding our Chromebook deployment.  Here is our schedule:

2nd Period 
9:30 Harpel, Allen, CJ Butenscheon
9:50 Khater, Souchex, Smith, T
10:10 Camp, Hepler, Anglebeck
3rd Period
11:25 Trone, Artz, Brooks
11:45 Sylvester, Bellas-Bentley, Nedved
12:05 Mortensen, Rupprecht, Bergstrom
5th Period
1:30 York, Gerken, Johnson
1:50 Godsil, Van Domelen, Gibson
2:10 Kenck, Gordon, Andrade

 

Deployment Update!

First of all, apologies for flooded email inboxes.  My goal is to keep you updated on our device deployment and, since it is a bit of a moving target, those updates happen quite a bit.  Donna Degrenier has been working relentlessly to keep our information up to date and accurate.  We have created processing lists to email our parents, we’ve reached out via multiple live events, and we’ve connected with the kids daily at lunches last week to drive home the importance of getting our forms in.  We are getting there.  Beginning Wednesday, we will follow the deployment schedule below:

  • Wed. 9/6 – Gerken

 

  • Thurs. 9/7

    • Andrade – 10:05 – 10:25; 12:00 – 12:20; 1:20 – 1:40

    • Van Domelen – 10:35 – 10:55; 12:30 – 12:50; 1:40 – 2:00

    • Smith, B (7th) – 2:00 – 2:20

  • Fri. 9/8

    • Allen – 8:05 – 8:25; 9:25 – 9:45; 1:15 – 1:35

    • Souchex – 8:25 – 8:45; 9:45 – 10:05; 1:35 – 1:55

    • Hepler – 8:45 – 9:05; 10:05 – 10:25; 1:55 – 2:15

  • Mon. 9/11

    • Artz – 8:05 – 8:25; 9:25 – 9:45; 11:20 – 11:40

    • Bellas-Bentley – 8:25 – 8:45; 9:45 – 10:05; 11:40 – 12:00

    • Rupprecht – 8:45 – 9:05; 10:05 – 10:25; 12:00 – 12:20

Upcoming Dates – PD/ILT/ETC

We are awaiting some final tweaks to our October 13th In-Service day.  Soon I will have the Staff Need to Know page updated with all of our ER PD/ILT/Workshop dates.  For now, our first meeting together will be Wednesday, 9/13 after school in the media center.  More details to follow.

 

FRONTIER MISSION STATEMENT!

Frontier is a community of learners who feel valued and respected. We are committed to providing a safe and welcoming environment where students are encouraged to become self-directed learners, critical thinkers, and kind individuals.

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Week of 6/12 – 6/16

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The scene from our 2nd annual Sundaes and Stories!  Thanks to everyone for making this event a success!

Key Dates

Date Event
Monday, 6/12 Parent Group Meeting – 930 – 1030

Cell Phones/Hats Feedback Mtg – after school in Room 33

Union HS Graduation

Tuesday, 6/13 Coaches – Clean/Dump Old Storage – after school

 

Wednesday, 6/14 Yearbooks go on sale
Thursday, 6/15 BAT Meeting @ 7:25 — Room 37

8th Grade Farewell Party – 12:00 – 4:00

Friday, 6/16 Frontier Gear!

Checkout Procedures

Checkout procedures were delivered to mailboxes on Friday.  Please remember that secretaries will not begin the checkout process until 6/19.

  1.   June 20th is the last regular teacher workday.  We will be here to work with the      checkout process until 2:00pm.  If you are unable to check out on June 20th, please  see Griffin.  All check-outs must be completed by Wednesday, June 21st @ 3:00pm
  2.   Box personal gear and take it home or lock it up.  We will not be responsible for    your personal belongings. Don’t forget to take your plants home with you.
  3.   Be sure to take a very accurate inventory of what is in your room.  
  4.   Use initial sheet for your final check-out clearance.
  5.   Unplug your refrigerators and microwaves.

 

8th Grade Farewell

Now that most of our permission slips are in, I would like to talk about the schedule & details for our 8th Grade Party on Thursday, June 15th:

Schedule:

  • Core 1 – 8:00 – 9:17
  • Core 2 – 9:22 – 10:39
  • Core 3 – 10:44 – 12:00
  • Lunch – 12:05 – 12:35
  • Festivities – 12:35 – 4:10 (kids can go home at 2:42 if they want)
  • Departure – 4:10 – 4:30 students will depart the event area and board the activity bus/picked up by parents
Needs:
  • Student Supervision:  So far, we have about 50 students who are not attending.  I need two volunteers to house non-attendees in their classroom from 12:35 – 2:42.
  • Event Supervision:  For the rest of us, we will rely on your supervision during the event.  I will attach a map that shows areas where we need supervision.  We will need all of your help on this; however, you can also use this as an opportunity to interact with our 8th graders and have some fun!
    • We will flag off areas where we do not students entering/exiting — you will see this on the map.
Other Details:
  • Lunch time will be a BBQ hosted by Chartwells.  We will have access to inside the lunchroom and out in the courtyard.  We will have a system for students to purchase lunch (using their lunch code).  Let students know that they do need to purchase lunch as they would during regular lunch.  They can bring a lunch if they’d like.
  • There will be bracelets for students to wear for admission into the event, but they also help us determine who has filled out waivers to participate in Bubble Soccer.  Kim will be working to get students their bracelets during lunch time.
  • Once lunch is over and we start admitting students, we will also navigate non-attending students to the two classrooms that are volunteered.   We will connect with teachers on this ahead of time so you know who you go with.
  • If students have backpacks, we will have them check their backpacks in as they enter so they are secure and out of the way.
  • Supervision will be important.  We will work to flag off areas and keep everything contained.  Students will not be permitted to leave/re-enter.

 

8th grade party map

 

 

Week of 6/5 – 6/9

Key Dates

Date Event
Monday, 6/5 Sundaes & Stories – 5:30 – 7:00 in Student Center

Elementary Connections Concert – 7:00 in Student Center

Tuesday, 6/6 Safety Meeting – Marshall’s Office After School

Orchestra Concert – 7:00 in Student Center

Wednesday, 6/7  ILT Share-Out – after school in Student Center!

Choir Concert – 7:00 in Student Center

Thursday, 6/8 BAT Meeting @ 7:25 — Room 37

Band Concert – 7:00 in Student Center

Friday, 6/9 Early Release – End of Trimester

Frontier Gear!

Sundaes and Stories!

Just a reminder that tonight will serve as our 2nd annual Sundaes and Stories event.  For those new to this event, it is hosted by our Community Outreach ILT.  Patrons bring a book, take a book, and have some ice cream.  It is a nice way to connect with our community.  The event will be held tonight from 5:30 – 7:00!

 

A Week of Music!

If you haven’t had the chance to see a concert this year, this week is the week to do so!  From Tuesday – Thursday, we will be hosting a concert each night!  See the Key Dates section above for a chance to orchestra, choir and band!

 

ILT Share-Out –> Wednesday, June 7th!

A friendly reminder – on Wednesday, we will be holding our ILT Share-out!

To prep for our share-out, your group will want to discuss the following and be prepared to share among colleagues:
 
  • Include your ILT Action Plan – What were you goals?
 
  • Outline your accomplishments
 
  • Provide Proposal for staff to consider (if applicable)
 
  • Next Steps/Recommendations to keep the work moving forward
We will be sharing in a similar fashion to the December share-out (grouped together to share/respond). If your group fancies a fancy way to present that information (a Slideshow, a Padlet, etc) feel free, just make sure that it can be accessible to your group during the share-out.
We will be meeting in the media center, aiming to start at around 3:00. If your group needs to connect briefly ahead of that time, plan on connecting between 245 – 300.

Thanks for all that you do!

Bee-ing Awesome!

Many of us had the privilege of hearing from our 6th grade scientists as they educated us on the importance of protecting our bee population.  A big shout out to our 6th grade science teachers for coordinating this effort and to our staffulty for opening up their doors (and offices) for these young scientists to show off their knowledge and share their resources!

 

Week of 5/22 – 5/26

Key Dates

Date Event
Monday, 5/22 NJHS Induction – 6:00 PM – Student Center
Tuesday, 5/23  

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Wednesday, 5/24  ILT Workgroups & ILT Core Instruction meetings – after school
Thursday, 5/25 BAT Meeting @ 7:25 — Room 37

District Track Meet @ Doc Harris – 3:45

Friday, 5/26 Frontier Gear!

Admin Classroom Visits

By now, we have connected with all students via science classrooms.  We hope you are seeing less spinners, slime, technology distractions.  Please let us know if any students are still struggling with this by filling out a BPR form.

A copy of the slides we used to guide our conversation can be found here.

ILT This Wednesday

On Wednesday, all ILT groups will meet to hold their final meeting.  I will be sending out a process to follow so that groups are prepared for the June share-out.

ILT Workgroups:  May 3rd, May 24th –> ILT Share-out: June 7th
ILT Core Instruction:  May 10th, May 24th –> ILT Share-out: June 7th

Out and About at FMS

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The FMS marching band performing at the Hazel Dell Parade

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The FMS marching band performing at the Hazel Dell Parade

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New members of NJHS during induction ceremony

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Students committing to their college of choice with the help of Lesley, Heather, and Anna Marchuk

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Pioneer Multicultural Night attendees

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Jenny and team welcoming Pioneer Multicultural Night patrons

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Elizabeth Griffin winning the Superintendent’s award for the 2nd consecutive year at the district art show

Week of 5/15 – 5/19

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Key Dates

Date Event
Monday, 5/15 Evergreen Art Show – 6:45 @ Cascade Park Community Library
Tuesday, 5/16 HHS Athletics visits – 8th grade lunch

Track vs. Liberty @ FMS – 3:30

Wednesday, 5/17  Early Release – Professional Development – 12:45 in Media Center
Thursday, 5/18 BAT Meeting @ 7:25 — Room 37

Pioneer Multicultural Night @ FMS –  4:00 – 7:00

Friday, 5/19

 

Saturday, 5/20

Frontier Gear!

 

Hazel Dell Parade – 10:30 AM

Early Release – Wednesday 5/17

On Wednesday, 5/17, we will have our final ER PD day for the year; our plan is to spend some time reflecting on our growth this year, consider some goals for next year, and then provide time for Common Assessment scoring.

Working harder, getting smarter

On Thursday and Friday, instructional coaches from throughout the district had the opportunity to watch Sam Bennett work with PLCs to dig into personalized learning via routines, rituals, systems and structures; the group explored the idea of building social capital for the benefit of collaboration, learning, and student engagement.

The big shout out, however, goes to our 7th grade Humanities PLC comprised of Dustin Allen, Laurilyn Hepler, Kim Souchex and Kristie Neshyba as they served as a fishbowl model for the group.  Outstanding new learning arose, resulting in a group that is hungry to push forward this year and beyond.  Thank you all!

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Dustin, Laurilyn, Kim, Kristie and Sam Bennett amidst a sea of observers…

Admin Visits with Students/Classes

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As the year winds, down, it is becoming evident that students are battling an array of distractions that are proving to be obstacles to the learning environment.  As a result, Marshall, Ebony and myself will be visiting classrooms to remind students of our expectations, as well as talk about other hot-button issues such as spinners, slime, cell phones, and harassment.

We are currently rearranging our schedules in order to connect with all students.  Due to the testing schedule impacting Math/Humanities, we will be visiting all science classrooms.  Visits won’t exceed 10 minutes.  Additionally, we will be sending out our talking points re: expectations for you to reference, if need be.

We hear you and want to support you and your classrooms; we will develop a plan to ensure that these expectations are in effect as we finish out the year.

 

Reminder: SafeSchools Training; Internet Users Agreement Trainings Must Be Complete

Just a reminder that any staff that has not completed their SafeSchools training and/or the Acceptable Use Agreement must do so using the 3.0 hours of WAC time that is remaining after the calendar was adjusted in February.  Most of you who still need to complete these trainings have been notified via email; we will also reach out to you as a reminder.

 

8th Grade Party Details

Just a reminder: due to a change in our 8th grade party this year (no Oaks Park), we will instead be hosting the party here at Frontier.  Details are below.  The party will extend for an hour or two after school.  If any teachers want to celebrate with some of your former students, please feel free to come by!  🙂

When: Thursday, June 15th

What: 8th grade students will have an adjusted schedule where they will attend their 3 core classes:
  • Core 1: 8:00-9:17
  • Core 2: 9:22-10:39
  • Core 3: 10:44 – 12:00
After attending Core 3, students will have a BBQ lunch together from 12:05 – 12:35
From 12:35 – 4:00/4:10 students will partake in the festivities – these festivities will occur primarily in the large/small gym.  Some activities (weather-permitting) will take place outside of the gym.  These areas will be flagged off for the party.  Students may choose to leave once school is out, or they may stay and ride the activity bus home.
 

Week of 5/8 – 5/12

Key Dates

Date Event
Monday, 5/8 Teacher Appreciation Week

Parent Group Meeting @ 9:30

Tuesday, 5/9 Teacher Appreciation Week

Track @ Pacific MS – 3:30

Wednesday, 5/10 Teacher Appreciation Week

School Nurse Day

Core Instruction ILT – After School

Thursday, 5/11 Teacher Appreciation Week

BAT Meeting @ 7:25 — Room 37

Sam Bennett Lab (All Day) – Media Center

Track vs. Shahala @ Frontier – 3:30

Friday, 5/12 Teacher Appreciation Week

Pep Assembly

Sam Bennett Lab (All Day) – Media Center

College Gear!

TEACHERS – WE APPRECIATE YOU!

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Teachers!  This week is in recognition for everything that you do to support our students!  We are moving at a breakneck pace right now, and to add SBAC, Thunderstorms, dress code violations, the kitchen sink, etc couldn’t make now a better time to stop and recognize your significance.  In your honor, we have the following planned for this week:

  • Monday: Ice Cream Sundaes/Banana Splits during lunches/Admin and Counselors
  • Tuesday: Parent Group Lunch
  • Wednesday: Snack Cart/Secretary and Security
  • Thursday: Breakfast/Social Committee: ASB Mailbox surprise
  • Friday: Honor Society mailbox surprise/Leadership mailbox surprise

I am so fortunate to work at a place full of such wonderful, talented, caring individuals.  Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!

NURSE KARA – WE APPRECIATE YOU!

Wednesday, 5/10 is School Nurse Day!  We are so fortunate to have Kara Killorin here to support our students.  The spring is a great time to honor our school nurses, as our students get especially rambunctious.  Lots of skinned knees, bonked heads, and bloody noses in the office.  Thank you, Kara, for all that you do!

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With warm = dress code concerns

As many of us noticed last week, the warm weather brought forth some questionable attire from our students.  Marshall sent out a reminder of our dress code policy earlier in the week.  I am attaching it here for your review.  Let us know how we can help!

Dress Code Procedure

SPIRIT WEEK!

“Frontier goes on vacation!”

Monday: Disneyland

Tuesday: Hawaii

Wednesday: Rodeo

Thursday: International (Mexico, Italy, Greece, any place in the world!)

Friday: Color Wars: 6th grey/silver, 7th white, 8th blue

Week of 5/1 – 5/5

Key Dates

Date Event
Monday, 5/1  

SBAC Testing Begins!

Tuesday, 5/2 Track @ Pacific MS – 3:30
Wednesday, 5/3 ILT Workgroups – After School
Thursday, 5/4 BAT Meeting @ 7:25 — Room 37

Classified Meeting – Media Center @ 9:30 & 1:30

Track vs. Shahala @ Frontier – 3:30

Friday, 5/5 College Gear!

SBAC Begins!

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Today marks the beginning of our SBAC assessment period.  During the month of May, multiple classrooms will be taking this test.  Please be advised by information present in Marshall’s email.  Details are below:

Good Morning Frontier, 
 
Today we begin our testing. I would like to thank Donna DeGrenier, Angie Lantagne, Pam McLaughlin for helping to support us all as we get things started. 
 
Following are a few things to help the process run smoothly:
 
Link to the WCAP Portal: http://wa.portal.airast.org/
 
  • Tabs to review
    1. Assessment Schedule
    2. Refusal List – Students whose parents have decided to refuse testing are listed here (If not on the list they need to begin testing. If they are holding a letter signed by their parent send them to the office)
    3. 5/1 Small Groups – This lists the locations of any student who will be testing outside of your classroom. Please send students to the room noted with the following items:
      • Test Ticket
      • Computer
      • Headphones
Students who refuse to test
On Monday morning if a student tells you that they don’t have to test, check the Refusal List (2nd tab in the 2017 Assessment Schedule). If listed, please send them to the office and they will be given a Test Refusal Pass for the remainder of the testing window. Every day the student will come to you for attendance then you can release them to go to the library where they are expected to work independently. If a student does not have a pass, they are to stay in your class and test. If they feel there is a mistake, please call X3210 before sending them to the activities office.
If you need technical assistance
Please call X3210 if you need help, Pam or Donna will radio Angie or Marshall to come to your room to resolve the problem.
Missing Test Tickets
Please look to the Student Lookup tab when in the WCAP. If you’re having any difficulties call X3210 and we will create one for your, or simply give you the student’s SSID# over the phone. If you have a ticket for a student who has withdrawn, please return it to Donna. She will modify your ticket count on the sign out sheet and shred the ticket. 
 Separate Setting Testing
If any of your students have been identified as needing a separate setting for testing, please give them their test ticket, computer, and headphones before they go to their designated testing room. Students will return before the end of the period to return all items.
Do Not Disturb Signs
If you are a 6th or 7th grade Humanities or an 8th grade Math teacher, there is a red do not disturb sign in your mail box. Please post it on your door during testing.

 

ILT – Remaining Dates

Just a reminder that we have just two more ILT meetings before our June share out. More specifically, the following details are remaining sessions:

ILT Workgroups:  May 3rd, May 24th –> ILT Share-out: June 7th
ILT Core Instruction:  May 10th, May 24th –> ILT Share-out: June 7th

The week in photos:

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Thank you, Summit View Church!

On Sunday, Summit View Church and many of its members arrived at Frontier to provide a day of service.  They spent 5 hours cleaning the grounds, picking up trash, washing windows, weeding, and cleaning out the green house/garden area.  We are so grateful for their time and effort.  Thanks to Michele Robertson for connecting with Summit View to arrange for this day.

Week of 4/24 – 4/28

Key Dates

Date Event
Monday, 4/24 School Secretary Week!

 

Tuesday, 4/25 Student Awards – 6/7th – 830 – 930; 8th 130 – 215

Track Meet @ Skyridge – 3:45

Wednesday, 4/26 Early Release / PD @ 12:45 – Media Center
Thursday, 4/27 BAT Meeting @ 7:25 — Room 37

 

Take Your Child To Work Day

Friday, 4/28 Frontier Gear!

NJHS Movie Night – Mulan – 6-7:30 in Student Center

Thank you, Secretaries!

This week is School Secretary week.  We are so indebted to our wonderful office staff for all that they do to make Frontier an amazing place to be!  Please take a moment this week to express your gratitude to the following outstanding individuals!  Debi Cowan, Janet Janson, Suzanne Borchers, Kim Barkow and Donna DeGrenier.  

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Movie Night!

Frontier will be hosting a movie night this Friday at 6:00 PM in the student center.  The event is sponsored by National Junior Honor Society.  The movie is free to all staff and students, but a donation to the pantry is both welcome and appreciated!  The Parent Group will be selling concessions, so bring your $$$ for treats!

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