Week 18 (1/14 – 1/18)

Key Dates

Date Event
Monday, 1/14 Character Strong Monday
Tuesday, 1/15 8th Boys Basketball vs. Cascade – 3:30
Wednesday, 1/16 Early Release – Building Led at 12:30 in Media Center

Sundaes and Stories – 5:30 in Student Center

Band Concert (Large Gym) @ 7:00

Thursday, 1/17 BAT Meeting @ 7:15 – Rm 37

7th Grade Boys Basketball vs. Covington – 3:30

Friday, 1/18 College Gear

 

Character Strong Monday

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Lesson:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/18AVCkomdiQlIX_z3vmG8CXvjqQ3MrdtO/view?usp=sharing

Video:

https://youtu.be/uaWA2GbcnJU

Slide:

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1prwauEeWzjoDWfKdHTjhZpV1EgCDixIm4Y9b-ci5ha8/edit?usp=sharing

Schedule:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1d4RbEtGyN0AUt3fIwMTQlUGhmZytKRzL2jvpBjKM6Gw/edit?usp=sharing

 

Safety Committee Update – January

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January Safety Committee Meeting Notes

January Safety Drill – Tornado Shelter

Please review the tornado protocol with each of your classes before January 19th and familiarize yourself with your assembly location. This information should be located in your emergency packet. If you don’t find a copy, please review the following link: Tornado Plan

 

Early Release (Building-Led) Wednesday @ 12:30

A reminder that this Wednesday, we will have a building-led early release.  Please bring your chromebook and unit planning materials.  On this day we will cover:

  • Residency Planning Update
  • PBIS – Next Steps/Data Share
  • Levy Kickoff Plans

 

Forecasting – 2019 Plan

It is hard to believe, but forecasting is already upon us (and has already kicked off for most students).  The forecasting process is taking place earlier this year – with a deadline of March 15th.  The link below highlights when students will forecast for HS, as well as when our current 6th/7th grade students will forecast.  Also included are dates for the HS visit, Career Panel day, and elementary-specific dates (forecasting, incoming 5th grade night, etc.

Forecasting Schedule 2019

 

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Week 17 (1/7 – 1/11)

Key Dates

Date Event
Monday, 1/7 Character Strong Monday

SIP Committee – 2:45 in Room 37

Tuesday, 1/8 PBIS Leadership Meeting – 2:45 in Room 37
Wednesday, 1/9 Health Screening Day

Faculty Meeting @ 2:45 – Media Center

Thursday, 1/10 BAT Meeting @ 7:15 – Rm 37

Sam Bennett @ FMS – PLC PD

Friday, 1/11 Frontier Gear

Sam Bennett @ FMS – PLC PD

8th Grade Boys Basketball vs. Wy’East – 3:30

 

Thank you for 2018 – Here’s to 2019!

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Staff –

I wanted to thank you for a great start to our school year!  2018-2019 has been a year welcoming new staff to the Frontier family, implementing social-emotional learning systems and structures such as PBIS and Character Strong, as well as our continued focus on the Workshop Residency model.  We have had a great deal of learning take place this year and I look forward to continuing that trend into 2019.  This has been the focus for us this year (Culture and Learning) –> more specifically:

PBIS: As we ended the year, we gathered feedback around PBIS implementation – what our knowledge of the Frontier 4 was, what is working, what needs improvement, and where staff feel they could use more support.  Thank you to those of you who paused to provide us with feedback.  We will be addressing this in upcoming staff professional development and continue to monitor this feedback, as well as other data, as we continue with our tier 1 implementation plan.

Character Strong:  We have worked through three months of Character foci – Commitment, Patience, and Humility.  Incidentally, these are all important character traits that we have employed during the first trimester of the school year.  During this time, we have seen our leadership contingencies take risks, develop a voice and take action to demonstrate some of these character components.  I have heard several great stories from staff who have noticed shifts in the conversations students have had regarding Character Strong.  We also saw a bump in our Panoramic Student Survey data this fall!  THANK YOU to you all for taking this on in service of supporting the character growth of our students.  We are seeing a difference and owe it all to you!

Workshop Residency:  For many years, we have been both a Workshop model district and school here at Frontier.  We have worked to implement the structure of the Workshop model, as well as work to embrace the philosophy that students should be doing the reading, writing, talking, thinking, and problem-solving in the classroom.  This year, our focus has been on refining our unit plans to create authentic, compelling purposes for learning our content and molding our students into 21st century citizens.  Through in-house learning labs, mentor labs with instructional experts, unit-planning time for teams, and coaching cycles with Kristie and Melina, we continue to develop a collective capacity around this instructional model.  Likewise, we are working to create a building-wide curriculum map that tells the story of learning at FMS.  It is not always easy and I appreciate the mindset that it takes to take risks, push ourselves in our practice and grow professionally.

 

Character Strong January Theme – Selflessness!

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This month’s Character Strong focus is selflessness!  For this week’s lesson, you will access the Character Strong gym for the video (link and username/PW can be found below):

Lesson:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/11ZjFXz5Ua8mO7CqEMfb_nqtCOwOjAFZe/view?usp=sharing

Slide:

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1xmVbtyF3d_0sMRlrbDZLcUjEd-DMciQlMeWlMKJXuOI/edit?usp=sharing

Schedule:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1d4RbEtGyN0AUt3fIwMTQlUGhmZytKRzL2jvpBjKM6Gw/edit?usp=sharing

Video:

Characterstrong.com

Login: frontiermiddleschool

PW: character2017

As a reminder, you all have your Character Strong signs available to you now.  Thanks to all of you and your efforts with Character Strong.  I really appreciate it!

 

Staff Meeting Wednesday!

On Wednesday, we will be meeting as at staff at 2:45 in the Media Center.  Our topics will include: The Frontier 4 in 2019, Assessment Plan for SBA/WCAS and our Teacher-Librarian, Christina Larrachea, will be introducing Digital Citizenship resources as well as Techxpert Training structure that will be put into place in order to support common chromebook dilemmas.

 

iReady Assessment Window

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The i-Ready testing window is Jan. 7-11 for Math and Jan. 14-18 for Humanities.  Please use the above windows for test administration.

Thank you.

 

 

Week 15 (12/17 – 12/21)

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Key Dates

Date Event
Monday, 12/17 Character Strong Monday

Staff Meeting – 2:45 in Media Center (Cookies and Cocoa)

Tuesday, 12/18 Holiday Assembly – Student Center

PBIS Leadership Meeting @ 2:45

Orchestra Concert @ 7:00 – Student Center

Wednesday, 12/19 Early Release – Job Alike PD
Thursday, 12/20 BAT Meeting @ 7:15 – Rm 37
Friday, 12/21 Frontier Gear

 

Character Strong Monday

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Lesson:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Cob5kFir_DbPKq4pOKxvRtcU66lgCGhv/view?usp=sharing

Reflection and Dare Slides:

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1Ne0JEpzkZ1NZ9gcujdL9RSn06a3Mwz0zOUDChYWWIC8/edit?usp=sharing

Schedule:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1d4RbEtGyN0AUt3fIwMTQlUGhmZytKRzL2jvpBjKM6Gw/edit?usp=sharing

 

Reminder: Cookies After School (All Staff)

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We will meet after school (2:45) today, Monday 12/17, for cookies and cocoa.  Please join us to frost some cookies and connect with colleagues.  We will also be sharing a PBIS feedback survey that will be used to reflect on Trimester 1 efforts and determine what supports staff need as we head into 2019.  We will see you on Monday, 12/17 @ 2:45 in the Media Center!

Staff Holiday Party

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Saturday served as another great staff holiday party in the books.  Thanks to those who could make the event.  A big shout out to Jennifer Ferguson and family for hosting, as well as our wonderful social committee members for ensuring the night turned out to be a success.  This is a wonderful event and a great way to head into the holidays!

 

Holiday Assembly Information

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Holiday Assembly Information

We will be holding our annual Holiday Assembly on Tuesday, December 18th from 8:45 – 9:45. Here is the Holiday Assembly Schedule.

Students will be coming to the assembly with their first period teacher. As always, please lead your students into the student center and we ask that students leave all materials and backpacks in the classroom.

Please enter through the following doors by grade level:

  • 6th – Inside entrance across from the library
  • 7th – North outside entrance across from the gym
  • 8th – South outside entrance near the lunch basketball area

 

Safety Committee Update

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Safety Committee Meeting Notes

Meetings occur on the 1st Tuesday of each month in Marshall’s Office @ 2:45

The January Safety Drill will be Lockdown.

Week 14 (12/10 – 12/14)

 

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Happy Cocoa Recipient

Key Dates

Date Event
Monday, 12/10 Character Strong Monday

TRI 2 BEGINS!

7th Volleyball vs. Pacific @ FMS – 3:30

Tuesday, 12/11 Jazz Night @ 7:00 PM – Student Center
Wednesday, 12/12 Staff Meeting @ 2:45 – Media Center (No Meeting – Relocated to Monday, 12/17)
Thursday, 12/13 BAT Meeting @ 7:15 – Rm 37

Bill Oman (Director of Secondary Ed) Visit – 8:00 – 9:00

7th Volleyball vs. Covington @ FMS – 3:30

Friday, 12/14 Frontier Gear

 

Date Event
Monday, 12/17 Character Strong Monday

Staff Meeting – 2:45 in Media Center (Cookies and Cocoa)

Tuesday, 12/18 Holiday Assembly – Student Center

PBIS Leadership Meeting @ 2:45

Orchestra Concert @ 7:00 – Student Center

Wednesday, 12/19 Early Release – Job Alike PD
Thursday, 12/20 BAT Meeting @ 7:15 – Rm 37
Friday, 12/21 Frontier Gear

Character Strong Monday

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Lesson:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/126zuP5fZfyUrEPixweVSFld1pplxAaE_/view?usp=sharing

Article for lesson:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1_G1u9VTEOhPU2LFXE_F3v6ZWolXvX4ot/view?usp=sharing

Schedule:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1d4RbEtGyN0AUt3fIwMTQlUGhmZytKRzL2jvpBjKM6Gw/edit?usp=sharing

 

Humility in Action!

On Wednesday, 8th grade volleyball players and student leadership distributed 400 cups of hot cocoa on a verrrrrry chilly morning.  A huge shout out to these students – led by Mrs. Hamm, Mrs. Larrachea, and Ms. Gerken who stepped up and orchestrated an amazing event in support of their peers.  Another big shout out to Andrew Lovin, for arriving early, boiling water, cleaning out water dispensers and offering up his room!

 

 

Grading/Tri 2/Important Dates

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Monday, December 10th – TRI 2 starts and schedules are handed out in 1st Period

Monday, December 17th at 8:00 am – Grades should be posted and grading closes

Friday December 21st – Reports cards will be mailed home no later than the 21st

 

December Birthdays and THANK YOU!

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DECEMBER
KRISTEN MANN (4)
KIM SOUCHEX (13)
MELISSA LINDBERG (16)
KRISTA ABT (18)
NADIA KHATER (18)

A big shout out to three people who jumped in at the last minute to make sure Tuesday’s in-house lab was a success.  Thank you Jerrika, Kim Souchex, and always – DebiThanks for holding the rope!  

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Week 13 (12/3 – 12/7)

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A humble soup champion claiming the rights to his kingdom…#humility #characterstrong

Key Dates

Date Event
Monday, 12/3 Character Strong Monday

7th Volleyball vs. Skyridge @ FMS – 3:30

Tuesday, 12/4  In-House Learning Lab @ FMS

PBIS Leadership Meeting @ 2:45 – Rm 37

Wrestling @ Wy’East – 3:30

Wednesday, 12/5 Studio Lab – Denise DuBois (Math) @ FMS – all day – Media Center

Levy Meeting @ 3:00 (Media Center)

Thursday, 12/6 BAT Meeting @ 7:15 – Rm 37

Studio Lab – Denise DuBois (Math) @ FMS – all day – Media Center

8th Volleyball vs. Wy’East @ FMS – 3:30

Friday, 12/7 Mike Espinosa/Ryan Theodoriches Humanities Classroom Visits – 8:00 – 11:00

Wrestling vs. Covington @ FMS – 3:30

College Gear

 

Date Event
Monday, 12/10 Character Strong Monday

Bill Oman (Director of Secondary Ed) Visit – 8:00 – 9:00

SIP Committee – Room 37 @ 2:45

7th Volleyball vs. Pacific @ FMS – 3:30

Tuesday, 12/11 Jazz Night @ 7:00 PM – Student Center
Wednesday, 12/12 Staff Meeting @ 2:45 – Media Center
Thursday, 12/13 BAT Meeting @ 7:15 – Rm 37

7th Volleyball vs. Covington @ FMS – 3:30

Friday, 12/14 Frontier Gear

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Character Strong Monday – Humility

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Month 3 – Humility.  This month, students will transition to focusing on Humility.

Lesson:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1I6XRc7dGsQ_8DAVbDuzO9TVPw005Cnvb/view?usp=sharing

Slide:

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1P_LU3B_w_WTb8vOOJ3o41Uujl0_rYM2WahaRYEd_NaE/edit?usp=sharing

Schedule:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1d4RbEtGyN0AUt3fIwMTQlUGhmZytKRzL2jvpBjKM6Gw/edit?usp=sharing

Providing Excluded Students with School Work

Staff – when students are excluded for any reason (short-term or long-term suspension), they must be provided with continued educational services during the length of their removal.  This includes removal from class, short-term suspension, and long-term suspension.  Even when students enroll within the re-entry program, they are still connected to their home school and teachers on record.

When this happens, you will receive communication from Michele Haskew and/or Janet.  If you have questions, please let us know.

Thanks for your support in this.

 

Grant Application – Silverback Parent Group

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As our Frontier Parent Group shared on Wednesday, they are creating a grant process for any staff that are requesting support (supplies, materials, etc).  They only have a finite number of resources, so while grant requests will be considered, they will not all be granted.  To submit a request, please click the link below:

Parent Group Grant Request

 

Levy Meeting

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On Wednesday, 12/ 5, Community Relations Executive Director Gail Spolar will be sharing details of the upcoming levy.  EEA has endorsed the levy, as well, and Mrs. Spolar will share additional details.  We will also discuss the plan for how each building will support the levy.

We will begin the levy meeting at 3:00.  Thank you!

 

Learning Labs @ Frontier – 12/4-12/5-12/6

 

Just a heads up – Frontier will be hosting two learning labs this week over three days.  On Tuesday, Frontier staff will be holding a studio lab with a couple of groups (AM/PM) learning alongside colleagues.  This group will be in Rm 37.  On Wednesday and Thursday, Frontier will be hosting the Denise DuBois mathematics mentor lab in the media center, which will be closed both days for the occasion.

Grading Reminder!

 

Correction.. Looks like District gave an extra day.  December 17th is a Monday.

Clarification:  Friday, November 30th is the Early Release for Report Card Work Day.

Friday, December 7th is the end of TRI 1 and grade posting opens

Monday, December 10th-TRI 2 starts and schedules are handed out in 1st                               Period

Monday, December 17th at 8:00 am.  Grades should be posted                                                   and grading closes

Friday December 21st-Reports cards will be mailed home no later than the                           21st.

Thank you,
Suzanne C. Borchers

Week 12 (11/25 – 11/30)

Key Dates

Date Event
Monday, 11/26 Character Strong Monday

SIP Leadership Committee – Rm 37 @ 2:45

8th Volleyball vs. Shahala @ FMS – 3:30

Tuesday, 11/27 Bill Oman (Director of Secondary Ed) Building Visit – 8:30 – 9:30

PBIS Team Meeting – Rm 37 @ 2:30

Wednesday, 11/28 N/A
Thursday, 11/29 7th Volleyball vs. Cascade @ FMS – 3:30
Friday, 11/30 Early Release – Grading Workday

Staff Photo (Large Gym) @ 12:20

Wrestling vs. Shahala @ FMS – 3:30

 

Date Event
Monday, 12/3 Character Strong Monday

8th Volleyball vs. Skyridge @ FMS – 3:30

Tuesday, 12/4 In-House Learning Lab @ FMS

Wrestling @ Wy’East – 3:30

Wednesday, 12/5 Studio Lab – Denise DuBois (Math) @ FMS – all day – Media Center
Thursday, 12/6 Studio Lab – Denise DuBois (Math) @ FMS – all day – Media Center

8th Volleyball vs. Wy’East @ FMS – 3:30

Friday, 12/7 Mike Espinosa/Ryan Theodoriches Humanities Classroom Visits – 8:00 – 11:00

Wrestling vs. Covington @ FMS – 3:30

 

Character Strong Monday – Reflection on Patience

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This week’s character strong lesson will have students reflecting on their understanding of patience as we head into next week’s character focus: Humility

Lesson:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ocxEzVHeH7Yr-Ma0Qgcglz1ToXL9f4Nr/view?usp=sharing

Slides for lesson:

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/17ZU0Av-5UoIgyqHSRyMWoeXsNHuWZJV5uBEP6To3NVg/edit?usp=sharing

Schedule:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1d4RbEtGyN0AUt3fIwMTQlUGhmZytKRzL2jvpBjKM6Gw/edit?usp=sharing

 

Evergreen Grant Recipients!

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Congrats Silverbacks!  The Evergreen School District Foundation has recently awarded a total of $34,914.23 to staff throughout the district as part of their 2018-19 Educational Excellence Grants!!  At Frontier, a shout out goes to 6th grade science for receiving $1250 of that allotment for the purposes of purchasing compound microscopes!  Congrats to Michelle, Haley, Julian and Matthew – enjoy the microscopes!  Our kids are fortunate for your efforts!

 

LIFT Initiative Feedback / EPS Strategic Plan Information

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Staff –  In the next month, there will be four optional opportunities to learn important new information about Evergreen Public Schools as well as provide feedback from your own perspective.  Specifically, there will be staff forums to 1) provide feedback regarding the LIFT Initiative and 2) learn about Evergreen’s new strategic plan.

Forums will be structured in feeder patterns at our four high schools, however, feel free to attend the forum that best meets the needs of your schedule.  All meetings will be held from 4:30 – 5:30.  Once again, these forums are optional.

  *   Nov. 27th  Evergreen HS
  *   Dec. 3rd  Heritage HS
  *   Dec. 12th Mt. View HS
  *   Dec. 18th Union HS

Thanks for all that you do,

Griffin

 

Week 11 (11/19 – 11/23)

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Key Dates

Date Event
Monday, 11/19 Character Strong Monday
Tuesday, 11/20 N/A
Wednesday, 11/21 Frontier Gear!!!!
Thursday, 11/22 No School – Thanksgiving Holiday
Friday, 11/23 No School – Thanksgiving Holiday

Gratitude…

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Greetings all!  As we embark on this short week, it is also a time to reflect and be thankful…extremely grateful, in fact.

I have a lot to be thankful for when it comes to working at Frontier.  I am thankful for a staff that has supported the growth of student character through our new implementation of the Character Strong curriculum.  I have received numerous emails and “stop and chats” from many of you who have had some really cool experiences arise due to these efforts.  I have had students share with me that they feel more involved and part of something in the Frontier community.

I am thankful for the intentional acts of kindness (operative word being intentional) that many of you do behind the scenes to support students, families and your colleagues. I have witnessed so many selfless acts when it comes to the adults in this building (moving people in, providing rides around town when auto troubles arise, lending a hand to install flooring, plumbing, and electrical, being a shoulder to cry on or ears to listen in times of need – the list is endless) and it’s a really amazing feeling.  Holding the rope is very real and I am grateful that we have a building that personifies this effort.

Finally, I am thankful for our kids.  Try as we might, it’s hard to compartmentalize our students when we leave the building each day.  They stand out in our minds – sometimes for reasons of excellence, sometimes for reasons of concern, and sometimes for reasons we just can’t shake.  It’s one of the most rewarding/challenging aspects of this job.  Our kids are the epicenter of what we do.  We have kids that are standing up in front of teachers presenting their beliefs, starting blogs to spread news of Frontier, starting clubs to preserve lost languages, and forcing Chartwells (emailing their director) to stop using sporks, moving back to forks in an effort to make Chef Jet Asian cuisines easier to consume (true story).  We also have kids who are facing mental health crises, eating only twice a day (both at school), taking care of their siblings while parents work late into the night, and relentlessly trying on different personas in an effort to find out who they are and how they may fit in with their peers.  It’s a vivid reminder that holidays can be especially difficult for some of our students.  While many of us relish in the time to relax and connect with family (which is much needed and deserved), we do have students and families who anxiously await what this time may look like.

But back to our staff.  As noted last week, through the efforts of our Transition Coach Brie Gardner and the generosity and love of the adults at Frontier, we are able to provide holiday food boxes to many families.  You are all amazing people and our community is fortunate to have you as educators.

Because you all exert great amounts of emotional and intellectual capital each and every day, I hope you take this opportunity to rest, relax, and reflect.  We are nearly 1/3 through the school year and these gifts of time and rest are so critical.

I am thankful for you all.

– Griffin

Character Strong – Week 9 –> PATIENCE!

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Lesson:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1IgmizId03nQN7T-eISn-bD7szR5NDY3_/view?usp=sharing

The CS activity this week is a good one for a short week – testing team dynamics and patience.  It is a great opportunity for students to remember the importance of collaboration, as well as get some energy out on this holiday week!

Schedule:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1d4RbEtGyN0AUt3fIwMTQlUGhmZytKRzL2jvpBjKM6Gw/edit?usp=sharing

 

Week 10 (11/13 – 11/16)

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The second season of sports is upon us – come support your Silverbacks!

Key Dates

Date Event
Monday, 11/12 No School – Veterans Day Holiday
Tuesday, 11/13 8th Volleyball vs. Covington (@ FMS) – 3:30
Wednesday, 11/14 Early Release – Building-Led PD after school
Thursday, 11/15 BAT Meeting @ 7:30 — Room 37

8th Volleyball vs. Liberty (@ FMS) – 3:30

Friday, 11/16 Frontier Gear!!!!

No Character Strong This Week

Due to the Veterans Day holiday, we will not have a Character Strong lesson this week.  We will resume again on Monday, 11/19.

 

A Message from ASB Executive Officers

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The message below is from Thomas and Ammon regarding their work on Character Strong:

Dear Staff Members,

Thank you, to those who attended the staff meeting that we conducted about Character Strong last month in October. At the end of the Staff meeting, we invited you to fill out a Teacher Feedback Form. It has been a month since the staff meeting and we have gotten great feedback on the form. We have also seen many more connections and positive experiences with Character Strong since the staff meeting. We now want to do the next steps to keep us on our journey to accomplish our goal. To have everyone involved and be connected with Character Strong. That can lead us to have a more positive school culture and environment at Frontier. We had a meeting with Mr. Peyton, Mrs. McKenzie and Ms. Gerken to talk about further actions about Character Strong and future events/activities with your feedback in mind. Some of our plans are:

  • Have all perspectives voiced
  • Have other students involved with activities rather than mostly ASB officers
  • Have other clubs/groups involved with activities -Music Groups, Sports Teams, NJHS, etc.
  • More student involvement than staff, if an option

Thank You,

Ammon Runger

ASB President

And

Thomas H. Nguyen

ASB Vice President

 

Veterans Day Success!

A huge thank you to all staff, students and guests for making our Veterans Day assembly another great success.  A special shout out to Jennifer, Donna, Sherri, Erin and all of their students for creating a truly special ceremony.  We look forward to this event each year and 2018 was no exception!

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November Safety Meeting Notes

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November Safety Committee Meeting Notes

Please remember:

November Safety Drill –  we will hold a fire/evacuation drill. Please plan to use your secondary exit when leaving your room so students understand that there will be times when a primary exit may not be safe.

 

Activity Bus Passes!

Activity Bus Passes:

Transportation would like you to know that you can issue a bus pass for extended periods of time. Please note the following information:

  • Student name
  • Expiration date
  • Authorized signature

All information must be legible and the date has to be the full Month, Date, Year in which it expires. If signature is illegible, please print your last name too.

 

 

Week 9 (11/5 – 11/9)

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Key Dates

Date Event
Monday, 11/5 Character Strong Monday

8th Volleyball vs. Wy’East @ FMS (3:30)

Remember to VOTE!

Tuesday, 11/6 Wrestling vs. Liberty @ FMS (3:30)

Election Day: Remember to VOTE!!!

Wednesday, 11/7 Department Meeting – 2:45
Thursday, 11/8 BAT Meeting @ 7:30 — Room 37

In-House Learning Lab

Band Concert @ 7:00 in Student Center

Friday, 11/9  Veterans Day Assembly

College Gear!

 

Date Event
Monday, 11/12 No School – Veterans Day Holiday
Tuesday, 11/13 8th Volleyball vs. Covington (@ FMS) – 3:30
Wednesday, 11/14 Early Release – Building-Led PD after school
Thursday, 11/15 BAT Meeting @ 7:30 — Room 37

8th Volleyball vs. Liberty (@ FMS) – 3:30

Friday, 11/16 Frontier Gear!!!!

 

Character Strong – Week 7 –> PATIENCE!

Lesson (Be Sure to Check Out the Patience Video!)

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1tsurOqSHRQ_rlnPOZjh9U9J-ZFevoLl1/view?usp=sharing

November Dare Slide:

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1hLfjVRne1tr3BM5KrrmTuS71-X2VlVSpnvZsxg8OsFM/edit?usp=sharing

Schedule:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1d4RbEtGyN0AUt3fIwMTQlUGhmZytKRzL2jvpBjKM6Gw/edit?usp=sharing

Character Strong website info:

characterstrong.com

Login: frontiermiddleschool

PW: character2018

This week embarks students and staff on the second character focus:  PATIENCE!  Wow, if there were ever a character trait that was important for us (adult leaders in middle school) it is patience.  We know that patience is a virtue, but virtues can be so hard!  While CS is primarily about kids thinking about their ability to be patient, be present, have the ability to slow down and think/act in accordance with our values, I challenge staff to think about this, too.  Yes, we are all very patient (job requirement), but are we present?  Do we stop to think about whether our actions are in accordance with our beliefs?  Can we respond with understanding and compassion to hear someone fully?  I know that for me, it depends on the context.  In the hustle and flow of the school day, my patience reflex is sometimes a bit weak and through some reflection, I realize I could have done things differently.  What’s it like for you?

6569988371251200As always, you can log-on to the Character Strong website (linked here) and see the video using the username – frontiermiddleschool – and password – character2017

 

Department Meeting – Wednesday, 11/7

On Wednesday, we will hold department time (we will have 3-4 department meetings this year).  Wednesday will be initial discussion and charting department conversations/goals for the year, but we wanted to give you some input into that, as well.  Melina sent out an email last week to gather your input.  If you have not taken some time to complete that short form, please do so before Wednesday!

Department Time Form

 

Veterans Day Ceremony!

Staff – it is that time again!  We will be holding our annual Veteran’s Day Ceremony on Friday, November 9th at 8:45. Please plan to follow the Veteran’s Day schedule on the 2018 Assembly ScheduleWe will be reviewing the protocol for this event with students at lunch and would ask that you talk with your students about the importance of demonstrating respect during this ceremony.

For new staff, this is really a cherished event at Frontier and we put together one of the finest out there, thanks to our staff, community and students who help make it very special!  We look forward to this Friday!

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Week 8 (10/29 – 11/2)

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Anyone recognize this historical photo???

Key Dates

Date Event
Monday, 10/29 Character Strong Monday

Book Fair Begins (runs all week in Media Center)

SIP Committee Meeting – 2:45 Media Center

Spirit Week Begins!

Tuesday, 10/30 Orchestra Concert @ 7:00 PM in Student Center

Bill Oman (Director of Secondary Education) School Visit (rescheduled from last week)

Wednesday, 10/31 Halloween!
Thursday, 11/1 BAT Meeting @ 7:30 — Room 37

Pep Assembly @ 1:30 in Large Gym

Friday, 11/2 HeLa High School 8th Grade Visit

College Gear!!!!

Date Event
Monday, 11/5 Character Strong Monday

8th Volleyball vs. Wy’East @ FMS (3:30)

Tuesday, 11/6 Wrestling vs. Liberty @ FMS (3:30)
Wednesday, 11/7 Department Meeting – 2:45
Thursday, 11/8 BAT Meeting @ 7:30 — Room 37

In-House Learning Lab

Band Concert @ 7:00 in Student Center

Friday, 11/9 Veterans Day Assemby

College Gear!!!!

Character Strong – Week 6 –> COMMITMENT

This week concludes the monthly focus on Commitment.  Students will have an opportunity to reflect on this — I know that many of you extended this into other aspects of  your class community, so feel free to further extend if necessary.  For those that like to look ahead, Patience will be next month’s focus.  As always, you can log-on to the Character Strong website (linked here) and see the video using the username – frontiermiddleschool – and password – character2017

Lesson:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1zZHnBnb-pm7E_FcfLN4IVHO0QfCHa4gs/view?usp=sharing

Here is the slide that was mentioned in the lesson

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1FFolfVbqIRnxnM5WmsaheZc0HwTWiJsGHTtzRKqP5nQ/edit?usp=sharing

Schedule:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1d4RbEtGyN0AUt3fIwMTQlUGhmZytKRzL2jvpBjKM6Gw/edit?usp=sharing

 

Safety Committee Update

Safety Committee Notes for October

Please note:

November Safety Drill –  we will hold a fire/evacuation drill. Please plan to use your secondary exit when leaving your room so students understand that there will be times when a primary exit is not safe.

Two New AED’s were delivered – They are located outside the media center and outside the large gym.

please watch the following video to acquaint yourself with their use. These are the same type of AEDs that I used when we saved three students at Evergreen High School. Anyone can use them and should not be afraid to try if the worst happens. If you have any questions, stop by to chat with Marshall

AED Plus Step-by-Step Demo ERC – Automated External …

AED Plus Step-by-Step Demo follows ERC Guidelines and walks you through using an automated external defibrillator that is able to actually see what you are doing and provide feedback to help you do CPR resuscitation well. Audio and visual prompts help you rescue with confidence and clarity unmatched by any other automated external defibrillator (AED).

 

New Procedures to Access Counselors

 

Frontier Staff,

In case you hadn’t noticed, this year we have started locking the door that leads from the Counseling offices to the hallway. Students have been asked to check in at the main office. This was for several reasons but the main one was to avoid having students here not going to class, and us not knowing why they were here. We have run into a couple snags with students being sent to the office without a pass, so this email is to clarify the new process.

To facilitate this new process we have developed an online referral form and there are paper referral forms right outside our offices in the hallway. When a student needs to see one of us they can;

  1. Go online- https://tinyurl.com/counselingFMS and fill out the request form. It will immediately send an email to us that a student wishes to see us. We will send a pass as soon as we can and that student will come to the main office with their pass.
  2. If they are between classes or have permission at lunch they may fill out a paper form located right outside our door and place in the appropriate box. We will send a pass as above.
  3. Teachers, you are welcome to use the online form too, or call us to see if we are available and send the student with a pass. We will notify Debi/Janet that that student is coming.

We know there are emergency situations and will adjust the rules accordingly. We want kids to feel welcomed and safe here, hopefully this will help clarify some expectations.

You can help us by explaining the new online form to the students, and having them bookmark the form link. We soon will have a Counseling link on the Frontier page, where they can access the request form along with other helpful information. I’ll also have Debi put the link in the bulletin next week to help with awareness.

~ Counseling Staff (Lesley, Heather, Quinn)

 

Week in Review!

  • On Monday, ASB council members Thomas and Ammon spoke to staff regarding our Character Strong implementation, seeking feedback from staff.  If you haven’t had a chance to provide feedback for them, please do so (link here).
  • On Tuesday, Silverback Staff Kara Lee and Michelle Hunter hosted colleagues in our first in-house Learning Lab of the year.  Big shout out to these two for taking a risk and helping colleagues grow in their practice by opening up their classrooms!!!!
  • On Wednesday, staff took time to re-acclimate with PBIS problem behavior definitions, how to complete the documentation form, and we began thinking about how to positively reinforce good behavior.
  • On Thursday evening, Brian Smith, Andrew Lovin, Marshall Pendleton, Thomas Nguyen and Ammon Runger (and parent) participated in a district-sponsored Safety and Security Workshop that will help contractors/designers/school officials design new schools with safety in mind.  Various stakeholders attended the meeting and Frontier was well-represented.  Thanks to everyone for helping out!
  • On Friday, ASB capped off our Disability Awareness Week by having students sign a pledge to “Spread the Word to End the Word”, vowing to eliminate the word “retard/retarded” from their vocabulary, replacing it with respect.  We will be hanging the banner in the commons area for all to see!

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Advisor Requests (Student Clubs)

As mentioned last Wednesday, we have a couple of students aspiring to run clubs.  One is already formed and one is in the process of forming:

  • K-Pop Club – This club started last year.  It is run by Brianna (amazing kid) and she needs an adult to supervise.
  • Endangered Language Club – Yep, you read that right…and yep, there are dozens of languages on the verge of extinction (there’s a presentation with statistics).  This young man is very motivated to preserve these languages!

If you are interested in serving as an advisor or have questions related to this, please connect with Marshall Pendleton – marshall.pendleton@evergreenps.org