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

 

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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?

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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

Week 7 (10/22 – 10/26)

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GREAT turnout for CITR  this year, everyone!  Nice work!

A Quick Word…

I wanted to take a minute to recognize all of our work this year – and your incredibly important role in this – before I head into the meat of the blog.  I am going to focus on the two goals we discussed in August:

  • Culture:  We have made a few shifts this year, with the systems of PBIS and with the implementation of Character Strong. Both are components of Social-Emotional Learning, and both have required some patience, failures, successes, and re-configuration along the way.  That being said, you have been incredible stewards of this work and that has shown up in the following ways:
    • Conferences:  This year, between CITR and early release conferences, over 300 students were conferenced with.  I think this is a terrific number – we’ve set the bar and I would like to increase it moving forward.  THANK YOU, for taking this time to connect with families.
    • Relationships:  We have sent out several postcards – in addition to what was sent out at our last staff meeting, several of you have asked for more and sent more.  Kids are being recognized and are feeling loved.  Staff are feeling positive sending them out.  It’s a two-way straight and we’re both feeling the love.  Unfortunately, we didn’t catalogue a big chunk of our postcards sent last week, but I estimate that about 60 students have received a postcard.
    • Character Strong:  We are 5 weeks into Character Strong, and I really sense some shifts happening with students.  Let me point out a couple of examples.  Obviously, we have a group of students who are deeply committed to this work.  They have been working to put together a plan to present to staff that highlights their commitment.  I will leave it at this:
      • 1) A group of kids have generated professional emails, scheduled and conducted meetings, dug into research from panoramic surveys, solicited students to share their stories, and stayed up WAY TOO LATE (trust me – I received the revised documents) digitally collaborating on making Monday’s meeting possible.  This kind of stuff fires me up – and it is all because of the supportive adults (YOU) in their lives.  THANK YOU!
      • 2) We had an unfortunate incident where a student was being picked on by a group of students.  However, another group of students stepped into the situation and publicly condemned their actions – they called them out for their behavior and worked to ensure that the student was okay.  They took a stand.  Guys, I am telling you – this is coming from a group that may well have walked on by or laughed last year…just keeping it real.  There is a momentum shift occurring with students…
    • PBIS:  On Wednesday, we will dive into this a bit more, but our ODRs (BPR Forms – or Office Discipline Referrals) are down more than 50% this time last year; likewise, our suspension rate is lower and our attendance is higher!
  • Learning:  This year, we have focused a lot on planning for personalization – in other words, focusing on our long-term unit planning so we can spend our days engaging students, getting to know our students as learners and as people.  More so, our staff (even teachers new to the building or profession) are taking huge professional risks in the name of learning!
    • Mentor Labs:  Science teachers had the chance to watch Cris Tovani work with students to implement various forms in text in science – it was amazing to observe and debrief with our colleagues as we considered how these observations could impact our own practice.
    • In-House Labs:  Teachers are taking professional risks and welcoming colleagues into their classrooms as we consider what research says about learners/learning and what it could mean for our own instructional practice.
    • Coaching Cycles:  Teachers are working with instructional coaches to set goals, collaborate around unit/lesson design, and think about their practice through the support of Melina and Kristie!
    • Job-Alike PD:  Teams are spending time planning and learning about new curriculum, shifts in assessment, and different forms of engaging students!

In short, I am very thankful for all of you.  I feel a real sense of purpose and camaraderie among staff in the building – it started in August when you returned as even more connected and supportive of one another.  I see and feel a constant heart for kids.  You guys are AMAZING!

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Key Dates

Date Event
Monday, 10/22 Character Strong Monday

Student-Requested Staff Meeting @ 2:40 in Media Center

Wrestling/Volleyball Begin

Tuesday, 10/23 In House Learning Lab (Rm 37)

PBIS Committee Planning Meeting @ 1:30 – Conference Room

Choir Concert – 7:00 PM in Student Center

Wednesday, 10/24 Staff Meeting @ 2:45 in Media Center
Thursday, 10/25 BAT Meeting @ 7:30 — Room 37

Bill Oman (Director of Secondary Education) School Visit

Friday, 10/26 Frontier Gear!!!

Grades due (POSTED) by 8:00 AM

Picture Retakes

Date Event
Monday, 10/29 Character Strong Monday

Book Fair Begins (runs all week in Media Center)

SIP Committee Meeting – 2:45 Media Center

Tuesday, 10/30 Orchestra Concert @ 7:00 PM in Student Center
Wednesday, 10/31 Staff Meeting – 2:45
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!!!!

Character Strong – Week 5 –> COMMITMENT

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This week’s Character Strong lessons can be found below:

Lesson:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/18ecU22ZuWMVUikSFf7txOkm2aV8zykeo/view?usp=sharing

Slide (if you would like to use it):

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1Z7yinjKXMYbVjqjnHwKUgOLoLo9AgLx5ThH1NJXC2kk/edit?usp=sharing

Schedule:

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

 

Reminder: Student-Requested Staff Meeting – Monday 10/22 @ 2:40 in the Media Center

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ASB Council membership and student reps will be present in an effort to share their vision for improving student culture at Frontier.  I’ve asked them to keep the meeting to 20 minutes (2:40 – 3:00).  ALL STAFF are welcome and encouraged to attend.  Let’s give them the audience they deserve!!!

 

Shared by Staff…

Thanks for Becky Van Domelen who shared a great read on data – what we know it to be and what it can be.  It’s a quick read but serves as a great reminder!!  –> Data Doesn’t Have To Be a Dirty Word

Also thanks to Chris Turner who shared an article recently about how to work with (plan for, respond to) students who demonstrate persistent defiance.  I found this to be helpful as I reflected on a particular student I struggle with –> Addressing Persistent Defiance

Kristie Neshyba shared a great article on the importance of engagement in learning; this article references the three types of engagement that I always find incredibly helpful when considering students who need that extra spark –> 8 Ways to Increase Engagement in the Classroom

The last one is from me – full disclosure, it’s not an article, but something I recently saw on Twitter.  I am inspired by it’s seeming simplicity, but I know it won’t be that easy.  I’m giving it a shot with a student I am struggling with – anyone want to try this as well?  See below:

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Grades Are Due!

Teachers: Grades need to be posted by 8:00 am Friday October 26th for Progress Reports.

We ended the year with no one on the naughty list at 8:01 am.  Let’s keep the trend going. I am always happy to check to see if your grades posted (ext. 7021). Have a great week.

 

6th Grade Anti-Bullying Assembly

All 6th grade students will be seeing the play “Above Between Below” which focuses on cyber-bullying. We were able to have the 7th and 8th grade see the play last year. The performance is called Above Between Below, and revolves around themes of cyber-bullying and interpersonal communication. Created specifically for a middle school audience (Grades 6-8) by Kaiser Permanente’s Educational Theatre Program, in collaboration with Oregon Children’s Theatre, Above Between Below allows young people to observe the shifting status of bully, bullied, and bystander.
For more information visit the following site: http://www.etpnorthwest.org/programs-list/above-between-below.
Created specifically for a middle school audience, Above Between Below allows young people to observe the shifting status of bully, bullied, and bystander. The program features a school-wide performance, a post-show facilitated discussion, and optional classroom workshops. Da
This play supports our work around anti-bullying and will provide a launch for our leadership students to focus on cyber-bullying in November. 
 
Here is the link to the Assembly Bell Scheduleselect the 6th Grade Bullying Assembly 10/31 tab.

Week 6 (10/15 – 10/19)

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Key Dates

Date Event
Monday, 10/15 Character Strong Monday
Tuesday, 10/16 Early Release – Parent Conferences
Wednesday, 10/17 Early Release – Job-Alike
Thursday, 10/18 BAT Meeting @ 7:30 — Room 37

Early Release – Parent Conferences

Conferences in the Round – 5:00 – 7:00 – Large Gymnasium

Friday, 10/19 College Gear!!!

Early Release – Parent Conferences (for those who did not conference during CITR)

Date Event
Monday, 10/22 Character Strong Monday

Volleyball/Wrestling Begins

SIP Committee Meeting – 2:45 Media Center

Tuesday, 10/23 In-House Learning Lab (Rm 37)
Wednesday, 10/24 Staff Meeting – 2:45
Thursday, 10/25 BAT Meeting @ 7:30 — Room 37

Bill Oman Visit – 8:30 – 9:30

Friday, 10/26 Picture Retakes

Character Strong – Week 4 –> COMMITMENT

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This week, there is a kickoff video for Character Strong Monday.  To access this video, go to the Character Strong website.

Enter login information – username: frontier

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You should arrive at a screen with the Character Workouts – you can click on the video (6 minutes) to play for students.

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You will also have access to Character Dares – for each month (and theme) there are daily character dares that you can implement with your students.  We’ve used these as an admin team and they are a great way to put yourself out there.

 

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Conference Week!

Parent-Teacher conferences are this week!!!!  As always, we want to be sure we are making contact with students struggling academically or behaviorally and/or are at risk in any way.

On Thursday, from 5:00 – 7:00, we will convene in the large gymnasium to hold Conferences in the Round.  We will provide sign-in sheets for you so we can identify how many students were were able to conference with.

Link to Conference Spreadsheet

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Thanks to everyone for taking the time to identify students needing conferences last week, as well as spreading the love with some postcards!!!!  You are awesome!!!

 

Wednesday, 10/17 Job-Alike Early Release

On Wednesday, 10/17 – early release day – everyone will be participating in a job-alike session.  If you have not already been contacted regarding the time and location of your training, please let me know.

I have received the following information for some departments thus far:

Humanities 1:00 – 3:00 Cascade MS

(Commons/MC + 2 double classrooms)

 

 

Secondary Music 1:00-3:00 Cascade MS

Band Room, Choir Room, Orchestra Portable

 

Middle School Science 1:00-3:00 Covington Middle School

Commons, plus 1 double classroom TBD

 

Middle School Math 1:00-3:00 Wy’east Middle School

Auditorium + 2 breakouts

Group 1: Room 355

Group 2: Room 354

 

CTE 6-12 1:30 – 3:30

I need to check on this time

Heritage High School

 

 

Week 5 (10/8 – 10/12)

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Shout out to 6th Grade Math (Kenck/Godsil) for replanting their wine barrels – we have several classes that have adopted the barrels out front and will be tending to these as a way to beautify our campus.  LOVE IT!

Key Dates

Date Event
Monday, 10/8 Character Strong Monday

SIP Committee Meeting – 2:45 Media Center

Tuesday, 10/9 Healthy Youth Survey – Administered in 6th/8th Science Classes
Wednesday, 10/10 Staff Meeting – Conference Prep – 2:45 in Media Center
Thursday, 10/11 BAT Meeting @ 7:15 — Room 37

Football @ Wy’East Middle School – 3:30

Cross Country District Tournament

Frontier Gear!

Friday, 10/12 In-Service Day

Kim Barkow Retirement Celebration – link to invitation/details here

Date Event
Monday, 10/16 Character Strong Monday
Tuesday, 10/17 Early Release – Parent Conferences
Wednesday, 10/18 Early Release – Job Alike PD
Thursday, 10/19 Early Release – Parent Conferences

Conferences in the Round – 5:00 – 7:00 Large Gymnasium

Friday, 10/20 Early Release

 

Character Strong – Week 3

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Greetings!

Here is the Character Strong lesson for Monday, October 8th and the Monday assembly schedule.

10/8 Lesson:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1diUHq1YLEb3It8z_OGwNV8UGckRBJdlJ/view?usp=sharing

Schedule:

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

 

 

Week in Review!

  • Cris Tovani visited Frontier and Science teachers from EPS middle schools had the opportunity to observe her teach a group of students for a couple of day.  On Thursday, Frontier Science and Humanities teachers who are part of the Tovani mentor lab, had a chance to sit down with and/or be observed by Cris.  There were so many amazing observations and conversation as a result of this work – thank you to our incredible staff for their involvement!!
  • On Friday, Frontier hosted the fall conference for the Association of Washington Student Leaders.  There was an amazing amount of energy in the gym as students participated in and planned for improving student leadership here at Frontier (and around the state).  A special thank you to Andy Devereaux and Kaye Hamm for loaning out their classroom for the day!

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Conferences Ahead!

Parent-Teacher conferences are next week!!!!  This Wednesday, we will meet as a staff to split up by grade level and work on ensuring our conferences are scheduled.  As always, we want to be sure we are making contact with students struggling academically or behaviorally and/or are at risk in any way.

Link to Conference Spreadsheet

 

Friday In-Service

Friday, October 12th will mark our in-service day in EPS.  As a reminder, we will not hold PD here at Frontier, so you will need to sign up for a district offering via sched.  Sign-ups are critical as they mark your attendance and determine your compensation for this day.  Please be sure to indicate where you will be – additionally, there will be sign-ins at each session that will be used for attendance.

Here is a link to the Spreadsheet to indicate where you will be on this day.

 

Celebrate Kim Barkow!

 

As you know, Kim Barkow’s last day was Friday.  On October 12th, we will send Kim off in style.  All are welcome.  Please see the invitation below for more details:

K.B. retirement party invitation

Week 4 (10/1 – 10/5)

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Key Dates

Date Event
Monday, 10/1 Character Strong Monday

Social Committee Meeting (After School – Rm 27)

Tuesday, 10/2 Mentor Lab (Cris Tovani) @ Frontier Middle School (8:00 – 3:00) in Media Center (Day 1)

Cross County vs. Pacific MS – @ 3:30

Wednesday, 10/3 Mentor Lab (Cris Tovani) @ Frontier Middle School (8:00 – 3:00) in Media Center (Day 2)
Thursday, 10/4 BAT Meeting @ 7:15 — Room 37

8th Grade Football vs. Liberty (@ Doc Harris Stadium) – 6:00 PM

Friday, 10/5 AWSL (Association of Washington Student Leaders) Conference – Frontier Middle School (8:00 – 3:00 – Gymnasium)

College Gear!

Date Event
Monday, 10/8 Character Strong Monday

SIP Committee Meeting – 2:45 Media Center

Tuesday, 10/9 Healthy Youth Survey – Administered in 6th/8th Science Classes
Wednesday, 10/10 Staff Meeting – Conference Prep – 2:45 in Media Center
Thursday, 10/11 BAT Meeting @ 7:15 — Room 37

Football @ Wy’East Middle School – 3:30

Cross Country District Tournament

Frontier Gear!

Friday, 10/12 In-Service Day

 

Character Strong – Week 2

 

Here is the link to the Character Strong lesson for Monday, October 1. The materials for this lesson (coat of arms template), are in your boxes. The coat of arms will be referred to again later on in the year, so hang on to them or display them in your rooms.

Have a great week!!!!!

 

Celebrate Kim Barkow!

 

As you know, Kim Barkow’s last day was Friday.  On October 12th, we will send Kim off in style.  All are welcome.  Please see the invitation below for more details:

K.B. retirement party invitation

 

Mentor Lab – Cris Tovani

 

On Tuesday and Wednesday of this week, Cris Tovani will be administering lessons to our 8th grade science students as middle school science teachers from EPS observe, learn, and consider implications for their own instructional practices.  These lessons will take place in the media center, which will be closed for Tuesday and Wednesday.  You may see additional staff in the building during this time, and this is the reason.

Thanks everyone!

 

Sunshine Committee – Help Needed!

 

A message from Neshyba:  Hey friends – we need to get the Sunshine Committee up and running to plan some events throughout the year.  We need about 10-12 people to help this year.

For new peeps, we have some staff lunches, we recognize “events” in people’s lives, we genuinely try to take care of our staff as  much as we can within the time we are together here at FMS.

Wanna join us?  Let’s meet October 1 in room 27 at 2:40.  I’ll remind. 👍

 

Week 3 (9/24 – 9/28)

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Key Dates

Date Event
Monday, 9/24 Device Deployment Clean-up

Character Strong Monday

Open House – 6:00 – 7:30

Tuesday, 9/25 Cross County vs. Covington MS – @ 3:30
Wednesday, 9/26 Staff Meeting @ 2:45 – Media Center (w/ mandatory McKinney-Vento webinar)
Thursday, 9/27 BAT Meeting @ 7:15 — Room 37

Bill Oman – Director of Secondary Education – site visit – 8:30 – 9:30

8th Grade Football vs. Pacific (@ Frontier) – 3:30

Friday, 9/28 Frontier Gear!

Kim Barkow’s last day 😦

Date Event
Monday, 10/1 Character Strong Monday
Tuesday, 10/2 Mentor Lab (Cris Tovani) @ Frontier Middle School (8:00 – 3:00) in Media Center (Day 1)

Cross County vs. Pacific MS – @ 3:30

Wednesday, 10/3 Mentor Lab (Cris Tovani) @ Frontier Middle School (8:00 – 3:00) in Media Center (Day 2)
Thursday, 10/4 BAT Meeting @ 7:15 — Room 37

8th Grade Football vs. Liberty (@ Doc Harris Stadium) – 6:00 PM

Friday, 10/5 AWSL (Association of Washington Student Leaders) Conference – Frontier Middle School (8:00 – 3:00 – Gymnasium)

College Gear!

Monday 9/24 – Our First Character Strong Session

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The day has arrived!  Our first Character Strong Monday will take place Monday!  The first sessions are focused on Community Building as we head into the focus for October (Commitment).  Supplies for Monday’s activity were placed in your mailboxes, and Marshall provided this document which outlines the actual lesson located below:

Lesson Plan 1.2– In This Group We Will… (Setting Norms)

We will not be using bells, so once your 20 minutes have ended, we will resume the rest of the day.  The following schedule will be used on Mondays moving forward with Character Strong:

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Open House Tonight!!!

Just a reminder that Open House will be held tonight from 6:00 – 7:30.  You will have 10 minutes with each of your classes.  During the designated “lunch times” parents will meet in the Student Center, where administration will discuss PBIS, Character Strong, and other resources for parents.  Spirit Wear will also be available for $10 if you are interested.  Student Schedules will be in your mailboxes for 1st period students, as well as the following schedule for parents to follow for the evening:

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If you saw the email from Instructional Coaches last week, we will also be having a pot-luck style sandwich/wrap dinner between the end of the school day and the beginning of Open House.  If you want to see what else could be brought, please check the following Google sign-up sheet:  sign-up sheet for Open House meal.

 

Wednesday Staff Meeting

This Wednesday’s staff meeting with be a combination of PBIS updates and will end 15 minutes early, providing you with time to view and complete the required McKinney-Vento webinar.  You can find a link to the webinar here if you would like to view on your own time.  The webinar must be viewed by Wednesday afternoon.  We will be viewing as a staff.

**Due to our delayed start – and based off of feedback many have provided – we will not be meeting on Wednesday, October 3rd for our Parent Conference Prep.  Instead, we will push the conference prep meeting to October 10th, providing us with an additional week to get to know students, contact parents, etc.  This change has been reflected in the Google Doc Staff Need to Know document.

FMS Mission

 

Bill Oman Visit

On Thursday, Director of Secondary Education Bill Oman will be visiting Frontier from 8:30 – 9:30.  For those new to Frontier, Bill visits monthly and we often walk the school, visiting classrooms and checking in as students engage in learning and life at Frontier.

Feel free to say hello if we swing by!

 

 

 

Week 2 (9/17 – 9/21)

Key Dates

Date Event
Monday, 9/17 Picture Day!

Device Deployment begins…

Tuesday, 9/18 Cross County @ Cascade MS – 3:30
Wednesday, 9/19 Early Release (Building-Led)
Thursday, 9/20 BAT Meeting @ 7:15 — Room 37

8th Grade Football vs. Shahala (@ Frontier) – 3:30

Friday, 9/21 College Gear!

Cross County vs. Wy’East MS  (@ Frontier) – 3:30

 

Thank You!

Thanks to all of you for a great first week back!  I saw so many of you out and about, supporting kids, building community, diving into learning!  There was a great energy in the air as we welcomed kids back to school.  A special shout out to all of you who have worked to support our new staff members, as well.  It was a great way to kick off the school year – let’s keep the momentum going!!!

Say Cheese!  It’s Picture Day!

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