Week of 6/12 – 6/16


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:


  • 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
  • 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  


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


The FMS marching band performing at the Hazel Dell Parade


The FMS marching band performing at the Hazel Dell Parade


New members of NJHS during induction ceremony


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


Pioneer Multicultural Night attendees


Jenny and team welcoming Pioneer Multicultural Night patrons


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

Week of 5/15 – 5/19


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!


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

Admin Visits with Students/Classes


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!  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!


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!


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


“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!



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.  


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!


Week of 3/27 – 3/31

Key Dates

Date Event
Monday, 3/27 New Trimester Begins

Track Season Begins

Tuesday, 3/28 N/A
Wednesday, 3/29 All Staff: Restorative Practices meeting – 3:00 in Media Center
Thursday, 3/30 BAT Meeting @ 7:25 — Room 37

Superintendent Classroom Visits

Future Silverback Orchestra Concert  in the Student Center @ 7:00 pm

Friday, 3/31 Report cards go home

Frontier Gear!

Last Week in Silverback Territory:

On Thursday, the Frontier Drama Department hosted their second – and final – production of Rapunzel in front of a packed house!


Mr. Butenschoen addressing the audience prior to the start of the show.


The cast basking in the crowd’s appreciation!

Also on Thursday, the Frontier Band put together several outstanding musical performances; this year, our band has received superior ratings at both festivals that they attended this year!  We’re very proud of them!

On Friday, the 8th grade boys basketball team competed in the championship bracket of the Greater St. Helens League Middle School League basketball tournament, taking 3rd.


Final (Final) Call – Staff Questionnaire!

Just a reminder to complete the Staff Questionnaire that I sent out a couple of weeks ago.  We are gathering input from all of you while we build the master schedule.  As always, we will do the best we can to accommodate requests while still tending to the needs dictated by the schedule.  There is also an opportunity to voice some requests you have for various opportunities (leadership, higher education, certification, coaching, clubs, and more).

Click here to access the form.  Please be sure this is completed by March 31st.

Week of 3/20 – 3/24


I hope you had a chance to enjoy the sunshine yesterday…I fear that we may be reverting back to the scene above as the week progresses.  

Key Dates

*Since the weeks leading up to Spring Break tend to fly, I am providing key dates for the next two weeks.

Date Event
Monday, 3/12 First Day of Spring!
Tuesday, 3/21 Boys Basketball vs. Cascade (@FMS – 3:30)

Frontier Drama Presents: Rapunzel
7:00 PM – Student Center

Wednesday, 3/22 ILT Workgroups – After School
Thursday, 3/23 BAT Meeting @ 7:25 — Room 37

Boys Basketball vs. Cov (@Cov- 3:30)

Frontier Drama Presents: Rapunzel
7:00 PM – Student Center

Friday, 3/24


Early Release – End of Trimester

College Gear!

Date Event
Monday, 3/27 New Trimester Begins

Track Season Begins

Tuesday, 3/28 N/A
Wednesday, 3/29 All Staff: Restorative Practices meeting – 3:00 in Media Center
Thursday, 3/30 BAT Meeting @ 7:25 — Room 37

Superintendent Classroom Visits

Friday, 3/31 Report cards go home

Frontier Gear!

MakerSpace Madness

Thanks to Mrs. McSheehy and Mrs. Burgoyne, the MakerSpace arena is really up and running now.  If you have an opportunity to see what the students are up to, check in during one of the lunch hours or after school on Mondays.  Below are just some of the great things that are happening!


The MakerSpace sign (crafted by our own Todd Elgin) surrounded by posters designed to evoke the maker spirit!


Students stacking up Keva planks to build the highest tower (by grade level)


This student learned how to sew and crafted this enormous pillow!

Staff Shares

Below are some resources that were recently shared by staff.

This video was shared by one of our staff members – as a self-proclaimed metaphor junkie, I love the symbolism in The Blueberry Story.  It also serves as a great reminder regarding the complexity of our jobs and working with our students.  The video is about 6 minutes and the  metaphor comes at the end…please don’t judge Mr. Vollmer by his cream suit.  🙂

Another resource shared by a staff member is this article on the importance of compassion.  As we continue thinking about equity and access in Evergreen, it’s always helpful to read a variety of perspectives and resources on the matter.   This article is written from the experience of an educator that his recognized the shifts in their practice.

Finally, while it is highly unlikely that you have not already seen the Rita Pierson “Every Kid Needs a Champion” video, it still holds up after all those views.  Once again, this highlights the importance of relationships and compassion when working with our various students.  Thank you, Rita!!!

Final Call – Staff Questionnaire!

Just a reminder to complete the Staff Questionnaire that I sent out a couple of weeks ago.  We are gathering input from all of you while we build the master schedule.  As always, we will do the best we can to accommodate requests while still tending to the needs dictated by the schedule.  There is also an opportunity to voice some requests you have for various opportunities (leadership, higher education, certification, coaching, clubs, and more).

Click here to access the form.  Please be sure this is completed by March 31st.



Week of 3/13 – 3/17


Key Dates

Date Event
Monday, 3/13 Parent Group Meeting – 9:30 Conference Room

Workshop – Theory into Practice Meeting – after school in Room 33

Classified Employee Week (all week)

Tuesday, 3/14 Boys Basketball vs. Liberty (@FMS – 3:30)

Choir Concert @ 7:00 PM – Student Center

Wednesday, 3/15 Early Release – PD — After School in Student Center
Thursday, 3/16 BAT Meeting @ 7:25 — Room 37

Boys Basketball vs. Wye (@FMS – 3:30)

Friday, 3/17 Frontier Gear!

Thank you, Classified Employees!

This week marks Classified Employee appreciation week.  As many of you know, our classified employees are an important part of our Frontier family.  These individuals encompass a wide range of student supports.  Quite simply, a school cannot function without the hard work and dedication of this wonderful group.  Please take a moment to thank your classified employees this week for all that they do!

And a note to our classified peeps, there will be a few dedicated thank you’s this week to show our appreciation, starting with breakfast Monday morning.

Thank you

We’ve Got Headphones!


In preparation for the SBA we have purchased another 200 headsets for testing. All headphones that have been purchased are for assessment, however we are happy for them to be used. We will be placing a set of 15 with every classroom cart and also have them available to check out when you reserve a cart. In order to begin this process please do the following:

  1. Collect any headphones that you have in your room and return to room 34.
  2. Remind your students that we prefer that they bring their own from home to use in class.
  3. Be patient, we will deliver as soon as we can account for our existing sets.
Finally, these headphones must be kept safe and accounted for. Use them, and return headsets to Angie if they stop working so we can replace.

Technology Check-out Procedures

Just a reminder about technology check-out procedures.  As we draw nearer to technology availability increasing, this circumstance will become less problematic.  In the interim, however, please be respectful of the process and be sure to return your cart to room 34 at the end of the day.  We have had instances where carts could not be located because the process was not followed and we cannot allow this to happen any more.
To view the check-out procedures, please click here.