Week of 12/4 – 12/8

Key Dates

Date Event
Monday, 12/4 Volleyball @ FMS vs. Covington (8th) – 3:30

Above, Between, Below Anti-Bullying Assembly in the Large Gym – 8:05 (8th); 9:35 (7th); 12:45 (6th) – Assembly Schedule Day

Tuesday, 12/5 Wrestling @ Shahala – 3:30

Jazz Night – Student Center @ 7:00

Wednesday, 12/6 Pep Assembly @ 1:40 – Assembly Schedule Day
Thursday, 12/7 BAT Meeting @ 7:15 — Room 37

Volleyball – TBA

Choir at the Grotto – 5:00

Friday, 12/8 College Gear!

Spirit Week!


Monday: December 4th – Ugly Sweater Day

Tuesday: December 5th – Teacher/student switch day– Students dress like teachers, teachers dress like students

Wednesday: December 6th – PEP ASSEMBLY COLOR WARS:   6th-Gray /  7th- White /  8th- Blue

Thursday: December 7th – Twin Day

Friday: December 8th – Crazy Day (hair, clothes, socks)

Reminder:  Bullying Assembly Today!

 Based on staff feedback, we now have an assembly schedule to create equity in the schedule during assemblies.  Below is the schedule for Monday’s Anti-Bullying Assembly.
bullying assembly schedule
You can also click here to see a spreadsheet containing the schedules for other assemblies (like Wednesday’s Pep Assembly).


All Hail the Soup Cook-Off Champion!

Another Silverback Soup-er-star entered the culinary hall of fame Friday during our annual Soup Cook-Off!  With an impressive (and delicious) 14 soups entered into the contest, there were no losers (only full bellies).  There was, however, a newly crowned champion….(DRUMROLL, please)……..

Congratulations Becky VanDomelen!!!!!

Becky won the hearts and stomachs of voters with an incredibly delicious Scandinavian Salmon Chowder.


Your 2017 Soup Cook-Off Champ!


Silverback staff enjoying the company and cooking of their colleagues…


Former champions vying for the crown!

ILT Meetings/December Shareout

12/6 – ILT Workgroup (This is optional – if your group would like another session this month, please arrange and communicate this with your ILT group members)
12/13 – ILT (This is a required meeting)
12/20 – Early Release Day/ILT Shareout

ILT shareout will run in a similar fashion to last year.  We will spend time connecting with colleagues before the holiday break and share updates about where we are in the midst of our Action Plans.  We are aware that we’ve only had a few meetings, so please make the most of our next required ILT meeting as prep (12/13).

Monday Motivation!

Although this is absolutely adorable. It’s probably a good analogy for those struggling students. They will eventually get there, but sometimes it’s really hard.

~ Lesley King

Happy Birthday from the Sunshine Committee!

The Sunshine committee would like to take a moment and recognize the following December birthdays!

Kristen Mann    12/4

Kim Souchex     12/13

Krista Abt          12/18

Nadia Khater     12/18


Staff Holiday Party!

The annual staff Holiday Party will be hosted by Andrew Lovin.  Please RSVP to Andrew and let him know who many are attending with you.  We are also asking $10 per person to cover food.  Last year was a great time – thank you to Andrew and Michele for hosting another party!  Looking forward to seeing you all there!  Details below:

Frontier Staff Holiday Party 

When: December 9th, 5pm until people leave 

Where: Andrew Lovin’s house 18000 NE 22nd Way behind Harmony Elementary and Pacific Middle School 

Cost: $10 per person please turn into Jennifer Furguson or Andrew Lovin in an envelope with the names of the people attending on it 

Gift Exchange (Optional): If you want to take part in the white elephant gift exchange it will be a $15 dollar limit and last year was fun, there just weren’t that many participants. If you don’t know how to participate ask Nadia Khater as she set the bar really high last year with what she brought.



Week of 11/27 – 12/1

Welcome Back!!!

Key Dates

Date Event
Monday, 11/27 Volleyball @ FMS vs. Liberty (7th) – 3:30
Tuesday, 11/28 Sam Bennett Residency Labs (all day)

Wrestling @ Cascade – 3:30

Wednesday, 11/29 Sam Bennett Residency Labs (all day)
Thursday, 11/30 BAT Meeting @ 7:15 — Room 37

Sam Bennett Residency Labs (all day)

Volleyball @ FMS vs. Cascade (7th) – 3:30

Friday, 12/1 Frontier Gear!

Early Release – End of Tri

Soup Cook Off – After School in Rm 216


Welcome Back – Supporting Students (and staff) through December

Welcome back, everyone!  As many of us know, the “Holiday Stretch” (Thanksgiving through Winter Break) can be especially challenging for our students.  This can be due to unfavorable circumstances at home, lack of stability while not at school, or just cognitive misalignment with so many repeated breaks from school.

The PBIS ILT has been working on a couple of documents to support teachers during.  The first document is the Behavior Prevention Response flowchart.  This is a document that was created a couple of years ago as we transitioned into Behavior Prevention and Response and continues to be tweaked based as we learn and grow – essentially, this flowchart describes how we respond to student behaviors at the classroom and office level.

The second document is the Buddy Classroom Behavior Reflection Form.  The Buddy Classroom strategy is a prearranged classroom space (near a teacher’s classroom) where students who struggle to stop a behavior can go, reflect on their actions, and have time to decompress.  With Buddy Classrooms, it is important that we are consistent in our implementation.  Likewise, it is also important that the teacher reconnects with a student in the Buddy Classroom, as it is not just a place to put students who are misbehaving.

Behavior Prevention & Response Strategies

Buddy Classroom

We will discuss this information further as we head into the ILT shareout (12/20).


Important Dates – End of Tri/Grading

Below are some important dates courtesy of our amazing registrar, Suzanne Borchers:

  • Semester 1 ends December 1st
  • Grading opens December 1st and closes December 8th at 8:00 am for Semester 1.
  • Report cards mailed home by December 15th
  • Semester 2 schedules will be handed out Monday, December 4th during 1st period.


Literacy Grant – Read with Me (IQCU)

See below for a Literacy Grant opportunity from IQ Credit Union.  The deadline for applications is December 15th!

Literacy Grants (Grades 6 – 12)
If you are a middle or high school teacher and have an idea that promotes the love of reading to your students, we now have Literacy Grants available to support those ideas. These grants can be used to fund classroom enrichment, school supplies, or anything else related to your reading programs.

Apply for the grant here –>  IQCU Grant


Sam Bennett Residency Lab Work

This week (Tuesday – Thursday), admin, coaches, and Residency Lab teachers will be facilitating studio classroom observations.  This work supports our continued efforts to refine workshop planning practices (long-term unit design) as well as our daily implementation of workshop routines, rituals, structures and systems.

If you see people milling about the building, this is why.  Thank you!  🙂


Soup Cook-Off!!!

Just a reminder that Frontier’s annual Soup Cook-Off is scheduled for this Friday, December 1st!  As stated in Wednesday’s meeting, it is time for some new blood to claim the golden ladle!  See Tracy Rupprecht’s email below for the appropriate wordsmithing that this event deserves:

Fellow Silverbacks,
MARK YOUR CALENDARS! Time to heat up your crock pots and polish your ladles!! The Annual Frontier Soup Cook-off is on!! Bring your favorite soup to share with your grateful and famished colleagues! Demonstrate your culinary prowess and bask in the warm accolades that ensue from your domestic endeavors! Let us delight in your soup, stew, or bisque! Astound us with your hearty potato chowder, beef broth or veggie stock!! Don’t hold back! We await your favorite family recipe, trade secret, or newest creation!
Your pride and joy will be shared on Friday, December 1st (early release day), after the little cherubs have returned to their nests. There will be voting for the best entry, and the winner will receive a MAJOR AWARD!!! All entries will receive the appropriate level of admiration and appreciation for their efforts!
Mostly, it’s just a great time to hang out and enjoy some warm soup on a cold day while visiting with colleagues that you don’t see as often as you should.
If soup isn’t your thing, you are welcome to sign up to bring a dessert or some kind of soup-sopping bread
The sign up sheet will be available in the staff room. 😊


Serving FMS Families:  Equity/Access ILT

A huge shout out to the Equity/Access ILT and all of the staff that supported their cause through donations.  As a result, 20 of our Frontier families were blessed with baskets to compile traditional Thanksgiving meals.  You are all continually making positive differences in the lives of our students and families.  Thank you so much!


Monday Motivation:  Empathy vs. Sympathy

We will bookend this week’s blog with another look at our students…particularly, the importance of empathy vs. sympathy.  In August, I shared how I feel about connection and how that is one of the most important things we can be/do for kids…even when they seemingly push us to the brink.  Because we are educators and we focus so much on growth, it seems as though we always feel the need to fix things.  As the video below from Brene Brown shows, however, sometimes the response is not as important as the connection.  Remember, kids don’t care what you know until they know that you care.  I am so thankful for our staff — you all truly care and work incredibly hard with students.  It’s hard work to pour your heart and soul into something that doesn’t always show us the progress we know kids need.  Know that we are aware of this and are thankful for all that you do:




Week of 11/13 – 11/17

Key Dates

Date Event
Monday, 11/13 Volleyball @ FMS vs. Shahala (7th) – 3:30
Tuesday, 11/14 Safety Meeting – Marshall’s Office

District Bond Presentation – 2:45 Media Center

Wrestling @ FMS vs. Pacific – 3:30

Wednesday, 11/15 Staff Photo – After school (12:20) – Large Gym

Early Release – Professional Development – 12:35 in Media Center

Thursday, 11/16 BAT Meeting @ 7:15 — Room 37

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

Friday, 11/17 College Gear

Week in Review

  • On Tuesday, staff met with James Cantonwine to talk about I-Ready, the district’s new diagnostic assessment platform for reading and math.  As expected, we learned quite a bit around the depth and breadth of this program.  As we continue to know more, we will begin thinking of ways that we can use I-Ready to best meet the needs of students at Frontier.  Thanks to all those who attended.
  • On Thursday, Frontier held another incredible Veterans Day Assembly.  A shout out to our wonderful performing arts teachers/students who really add depth to this special event.  Thank you to all of our staff that have served (and/or continue to serve) our country.  A special shout out to admin intern/teacher – Zach Dillon – for organizing and executing our assembly!



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District Bond Meeting

A reminder to all staff.  On Tuesday at 2:45, Bill Oman will be meeting with staff after school to provide information about the upcoming district bond.  The meeting should only last 15-20 minutes.  Please plan on attending.  Once again, this is for all staff.  The meeting will be held in the Media Center.


A Message from the Equity/Access ILT


The Equity/Access ILT is seeking donations to assembly Holiday Meal Boxes for our Frontier families in need.  In order to gather the appropriate items, they have created a survey for you to take, indicating interest.

Please take the survey (linked here) in order to indicate where you can help.


Upcoming Meeting Dates

There have been some questions around upcoming meeting dates regarding ILT/ER, etc.  Below are the upcoming dates as we head into the holiday season!

11/15 – Early Release PD
12/13 – ILT
12/20 – Early Release/ILT Shareout

ILT shareout will run in a similar fashion to last year.  We will spend time “around the fire” connecting with staff before the holiday break and share updates about where we are in the midst of our Action Plans.  We are aware that we’ve only had a few meetings, so please make the most of our next ILT meeting as prep (12/13).


Helping Hand Award

“Never underestimate the difference you can make in the lives of others.” Pablo

I would like to recognize Julie Wolfe for all that she does to support the staff, students, and parents of Frontier Middle School. Julie is masterful in her interactions with students, supporting each of them in changing poor decision making into successful interactions. She is always there to support students in need, has developed strong relationships that are caring and supportive, and consistently goes beyond the expectations of her job to make sure that families and staff are informed and have clear understanding about what has happened and how we are supporting every child to be their best. It is because of the amazing work that Julie does that we are able to focus on helping students to learn first and always feel safe.



Key to Success Award

“It takes each of us to make a difference for all of us.”

I would like to recognize Donna Degrenier for all of the work she does to support myself and many others here in the office.  Among many things, Donna was a critical component of our LIFT 1:1 Deployment.  As a Skyward Jedi Master, Donna created processing lists to help communicate with our families who had not yet returned paperwork.  Speaking of paperwork, Donna had 800+ stacks of paper to sort through, daily, while we determined who was/was not eligible to receive a Chromebook.  Now that I am seeing other schools go through this process, I am ever-so-grateful for how Donna – and many others – supported us during this time.

Thank you, Donna, for being so key to our success!



Motivational Monday!


~ Lesley

Staff Photo!

It’s time for the Staff Photo!

Please wear Frontier gear on Wednesday, November 15 and meet in the gym – after school at 12:15 – for our annual staff photo.  Due to feedback, we shifted the time to after school.  Please plan to be there!

Giving Thanks!

As you head into next week’s well-deserved holiday, I want to give thanks to all of you.  I have always believed it’s not where you work, but who you work with.  I am incredibly thankful to work with such a caring, dedicated group of people.  We hold the rope, we stay connected, and we work collaboratively to meet the needs of our students.

This job is hard.  What I see when I’m at school each day is a group of adults who work tirelessly to pursue excellence.  Thank you!  Thank you!  Thank you!





Week of 11/6 – 11/9


Some Daylight Savings humor to start your week …

Key Dates

Date Event
Monday, 11/6 I-Ready Informational Meeting – After School in Media Center

Volleyball @ FMS vs. Wy’East (7th) – 3:30

Tuesday, 11/7 Wrestling @ FMS vs. Liberty – 3:30
Wednesday, 11/8 Humanities Walkthroughs – Mike Espinosa and Ryan Theodoriches (8:00 – 11:00)

ILT Workgroups – After School

Band Concert @ 7:00 – Large Gym

Thursday, 11/9 BAT Meeting @ 7:15 — Room 37

Veterans Day Assembly @ 8:45 – Student Center

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

Friday, 11/`0 NO SCHOOL – Veterans Day Observed


Veterans Day Assembly

Thursday morning we will be holding our Veteran’s Day Ceremony in the student center at 8:45. 

Please review the assembly schedule (Thursday’s schedule is below) for the day. We will be calling down classes by grade level beginning at 8:40 and would like you to remind your students to leave all belongings in the classroom. Please lead your class into the student center so that you can help usher them to their seats.


We will be reviewing protocols for the ceremony with students during lunch on Monday and providing them with invitations for family members to attend.

Please contact Zach Dillon (admin intern) if you have any questions or concerns.


I-Ready Assessment Meeting

This year, Evergreen Public Schools selected I-Ready as the common assessment measurement tool for reading and math.  As many of us have experienced, it has taken some getting used to.  Questions remain about how best to use I-Ready and interpret the data.

Thanks to Kristie Neshyba, James Cantonwine (Director of Assessment) will be at Frontier on Tuesday, Nov. 7, from 2:30-3:30 (Media Center) to listen to our I-Ready questions and the needs we have as we move forward.

James likely can support us with some of our needs, but he will also schedule a trainer to work with us if that best meets our needs.

Please attend this meeting to learn more about I-Ready!

Sunshine Committee Reminder!

Please remember to pay your Sunshine dues — envelopes were placed in your mailbox last week.  These dues pay to bring some sunshine into our lives.  We help staff, we congratulate them, we hold the rope when major life events arise, and we use the money to celebrate, too (end of year staff luncheon), etc.

Also, please complete our Sunshine Survey in order to gauge interest in our various events!  Click here to take the survey.

The Sunshine Committee would also like to recognize our November Birthdays!

Happy November Birthdays


Nov. 4  Griffin Peyton

Nov. 4  Kristie Brookes

Nov. 9  Zach Dillon

Nov. 10 Tracy Rupprecht

Nov. 12 Stacey Bellas-Bentley

Nov. 30 Eva Bourke-Higashi

Nov. 30 Judy Gordon


Motivational Monday!

Thank you to all those who are out greeting students in the hallways – not only does it build community, but it’s a great way to gather information.  It reminds of this article, which talks about questions principals should be asking in the hallway.  I think we can all ask these questions, though.  For now, enjoy your Monday with the video below:


Week of 10/30 – 11/3

Key Dates

Date Event
Monday, 10/30 PINK OUT!

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

Tuesday, 10/31 Happy Halloween!
Wednesday, 11/1 ILT Workgroups – Groups please decide on a meeting location and email me with this location

Health Screening Day

Wrestling @ Covington – 3:30

Thursday, 11/2 BAT Meeting @ 7:15 — Room 37

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

Friday, 11/3 Frontier Gear

Bill Oman (Dir. Secondary Ed) Visit – 9:00 – 10:00

Week in Review!

  • On Monday and Tuesday, Residency Lab teachers and instructional coaches hosted Frontier’s first Residency Lab.  This work is a continuation of our work with Sam Bennett last year.  This session’s first two hosts – Dustin Allen and Kristie Brookes – shared their classroom space as we thought about Workshop planning, instructional practices, and implications for our own practice.
  • On Thursday, the ASB Council held its first Social of the year.  Congrats to the kids for their planning and hard work.  A special shout out to our staff members that were helping out!


Welcome to Our New Sunshine Committee!


The Sunshine committee is back and is led of the following individuals – Kristie Neshyba, Tracy Rupprecht, Andrew Lovin and Jennifer Ferguson.

For those new to the building or those needing a reminder, the Sunshine Committee brings sunshine and happiness into the workplace for a variety of reasons – they provide gifts and cards to members of our “Frontier Family” when they’re facing some of life’s challenges as well as celebrating milestones such as births, retirement and weddings.  Sunshine also pays for some of the staff lunches during the year and organizes social events.  Contributions from staff are the only way to make this possible.  Last week, envelopes were placed in mailboxes soliciting your contribution.  Please return your contribution to Jennifer Ferguson to ensure that our Sunshine keeps shining!

The Sunshine Committee would also like to use the blog to note upcoming birthdays.  We are a bit late to the game on this, but want to recognize the past two months as a nod to our wonderful staff!

September – October Birthdays – (catching up)

Haley Gibson 9-2

Brie Gardner 9-4

Randy Bergstrom 9-6

Keiko Twiss 9-22

October Birthdays

Laurilyn Hepler 10-14

Cori Gerken 10-16

Angie Lantagne 10-18

Vicki Curtis 10-19

Anna Marchuk 10-26

Finally, the Sunshine Committee will be sending out a survey for all staff to complete, which will help inform the committee of areas of interest.  This will be a Google form.  Be on the lookout and PLEASE COMPLETE IT!

Wednesday ILT Workgroups

Just a reminder, our 2nd ILT Workgroup meeting will be held Wednesday.  As a group, please identify where you will be meeting.  Please have a rep email Griffin with your meeting location.  Thank you!


Monday Motivation

Teachers – here is a video that is both in honor of the NBA season starting and my love for Kid Snippets.  In truth, the message is simple but true – believe in yourself!


Week of 10/23 – 10/27

Key Dates

Date Event
Monday, 10/23 N/A
Tuesday, 10/24 Bond Info Meeting (All Staff) 7:45 AM – Media Center

Residency Lab Classroom Visits (all day)

Special Olympics Unified Trip

Wednesday, 10/25 N/A – There is no Wednesday meeting this week after school
Thursday, 10/26 BAT Meeting @ 7:15 — Room 37

School Social – After School

Friday, 10/27 College Gear

Picture Re-Takes

Wrestling @ FMS vs Skyridge – 3:30 Large Gym

Bond Info Meeting

Please join us for a brief Bond Info meeting on Tuesday morning @ 7:45 in the media center.  It is important to attend this meeting so we can share some important information and talk about our involvement in the process.  See you Tuesday morning at 7:45!

This is to be sure that you are not concerned when you hear me call for all staff in the media center on Tuesday.  :0)

Week in Review

Last week was one of those short weeks that feels especially long.  Thanks to all of you for reaching out to families in an effort to connect during this week’s parent-teacher conferences.

On Wednesday we continued our PLP (Personalized Learning Plan) work for the year.  I want to reiterate the importance of your work on this plan.  We really want to you to take the opportunity to apply your learning from the time spent on these PD days into the classroom with your students.

On Thursday, we held Conferences in the Round — special shout-out to those of you that helped set up the gymnasium and break everything down.  Thank you for holding the rope!

Residency Lab Work

This week, our Residency Lab teachers will kick off their first studio classroom observations.  The goal of this group is to work with coaches/admin to observe coaching/instruction and consider instructional implications in their own practice.  We also know that we learn best by learning with/from others.  I want to extend a big thank you to these teachers:  Anna Sylvester, Haley Gibson, CJ Butenschoen, Laurilyn Hepler, Nadia Khater, Cori Gerken – our first two lab hosts, Dustin Allen and Kristie Brookes, and our instructional coaches, Melina Dyer and Kristie Neshyba!

The goal of this work is for studio classrooms to be more prevalent throughout our building, for collaboration to continue to grow and thrive, and for our instructional practices to follow the same growth trajectory.


Congrats Angie!

Please welcome Angie Lantagne to her new role as Social & Academic Intervention Specialist. She is working with Brie to take over many of the responsibilities that she has covered during the transition. Please read through the information below to access Angie for Academic, Social Behavioral, and Technology Support.

The Social & Academic Support Lab, now in room 34, is open to serve students who have academic needs that require an independent/supervised setting. Angie Lantagne is the point of contact for students and staff.


Academic Support:

  • Students may access the lab during lunch by picking up a pass from staff in the lunchroom.

    • While in the lab, students can ask for support as needed to address:

      • Organization

      • Study for classroom activities/presentations

      • Make up assignments and tests


  • Teachers can schedule time for students to come to the lab during class time by pre-arranging with Angie. Last minute requests may not be accepted due to her varied responsibilities.

    • Students who are in the lab during class time may engage in the following activities:

      • Study for classroom activities

      • Prepare for presentations

      • Make up assignments/tests

      • Administration of diagnostic and placement exams (for new and absent students)

      • Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA) coordination

    • Teachers must provide a specific activity for students to engage in, an approximate time frame, and copies of the activity.  Students will return promptly to class when finished.


Social Behavioral Support:

  • Supervision and Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS) for students who are exhibiting problem behaviors (Administratively determined)

  • Coordination of daily Check-in/Check out (CICO) in collaboration with the CAST team

Administration of diagnostic and placement exams (for new and absent students)

  • Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA) coordination


Technology Support:

  • Assisting students with Network and Skyward Password issues

  • Assisting students with device specific issues


Above, Between, Below – Bullying Assembly Coming in December (All Grades)


Mark you calendars and review the 2017-18 Assembly Schedule for your grade level’s presentation. We are excited to have the Educational Theatre Program’s performance of Above Between Below for each grade level in the gym.

Patriot’s Pen Writing Contest (Veterans Day Assembly)


Each Humanities Teacher should have received a copy of the Patriot’s Pen Writing contest. Please encourage your students to participate and turn any submissions into Marshall‘s box before October 31st. We will forward to the VFW for consideration and hope that our students may earn one of the three scholarships.

Patriot’s Pen Form (PDF)

Good luck,


Week of 10/16 – 10/20

Key Dates

Date Event
Monday, 10/16 Volleyball/Wrestling Begins
Tuesday, 10/17 Early Release – Parent Conferences 12:00 – 3:00
Wednesday, 10/18 Early Release – PD
Thursday, 10/19 BAT Meeting @ 7:15 — Room 37

Early Release – Parent Conferences 12:00 – 3:00

Conferences in the Round – 5:00 – 7:00 in Student Center

Friday, 10/20 Frontier Gear

Early Release – Parent Conferences


Conference Week!

As a reminder, parent conferences are this week.  This is our opportunity to meet with students/families that are struggling.  It’s also a great way to connect with our families.

When and Where:

  • Tuesday, October 17th from 12:30 – 3:00 (centralized locations: 6th grade teachers – rooms 1, 2, 3, 7th grade teachers – rooms 10, 11, 12, 8th grade teachers – media center)
  • Thursday, October 19th from 12:30 – 3:00 (centralized locations are the same)
  • Conferences in the Round – Thursday, October 19th from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM in the large gymnasium

Who to conference with:

  • Any student not succeeding in your class
  • Poor behavior
  • Low grades (D/F)
  • Students you are concerned about in general


As in the past, we will use our Google Spreadsheet to schedule and track our conferences.    The spreadsheet can be located here.



Motivational Monday


October is National Bully Prevention month  this video has a great message. (There’s actually several produced under the name “bystander revolution”) We talk to the kids about being bystanders but I think it’s really hard to speak up. Here is a little encouragement. Share with your students if you feel it is appropriate.

~ Lesley

Week of 10/9 – 10/13

Key Dates

Date Event
Monday, 10/9 Columbus Day!
Tuesday, 10/10 Football – Frontier vs. Covington @ Heritage High School @ 3:30
Wednesday, 10/11 Conferences Prep – Media Center – After School

Frontier T-Shirts on sale – all lunches in Student Center


Thursday, 10/12 BAT Meeting @ 7:15 — Room 37

Choir Concert – Student Center – 7:00

Friday, 10/13 In-Service – EPS Academy (Cascade MS/Evergreen HS) 8:00 – 3:00


Week in Review

  • On Wednesday, ILT teams kicked off their year by working on their Action Plans!
  • On Friday, we held our 1st Pep Assembly, with the staff once again staking victory over the students in the annual Flickerball Extravaganza!


10/13 – In-Service Day Reminder

Just a reminder that Friday, 10/13, will be a district-wide In-Service.  In order to receive compensation for this day, you must be participating in a district-approved training opportunity.  Last week, I sent out an email describing how to sign up for the EPS Academy, which offers a number of training opportunities related to either new curriculum or new initiatives around personalized learning.  Sign-in sheets will be located at these trainings, so be sure to sign in!  For more information, see my email sent on 9/28.  To sign up for a training, visit https://epsacademy2017.sched.com


Screenshot showing the trainings available via EPS Academy


Motivational Monday!


Last Friday I attended a memorial service for a young man I had known since he was 3 months old. As I reflect on this sad event and his personality I’m reminded that a lot of our kids have this picture of perfectionism that is not achievable. I would encourage you to be aware and let them know no matter how they do, so long as they are trying, learning and caring about others- what they do matters.

Thanks for all you do!!



Wednesday – Conference Prep

On Wednesday, rather than have ILT team, we will provide time for teachers to prep for conferences.  We will meet in the media center — see you Wednesday!


Week of 10/2 – 10/6

Key Dates

Date Event
Monday, 10/2 N/A
Tuesday, 10/3 Cross County @ Pacific – 3:30
Wednesday, 10/4 ILT Workgroups – 1st Meeting – after school in Media Center

Football @ Liberty – 3:30

Thursday, 10/5 BAT Meeting @ 7:15 — Room 37


Friday, 10/6 College Gear

Goodbye September!

Just like that, September is over in a flash!  In the month of September, we accomplished a great deal!  We wrote context letters about what matters most, we discovered our true colors, we spent time building relationships with students as the school year kicked off, battled ashpocolypse, initiated our Personalized Learning Plans, deployed 815 Chromebooks, chose ILT workgroups, battled I-Ready, and set the tone for our work as a building this year.  Quite a bit in just one month!!!  I appreciate all of the amazing effort that you all put into your work day in and day out.  It truly makes a difference!  Bring on the Fall!


Week in Review

  • On Tuesday, newly appointed Superintendent John Steach was in the building visiting classrooms.  Steach and Co. were particularly impressed with the level of community established between student/teacher throughout the building.  He said it was clear that teachers were taking the time to get to know their students.  Discourse, collaboration, and – of course – technology dotted the landscape as we saw students engaging in a variety of learning opportunities.
  • On Wednesday, staff took to various tech learning opportunities fielded by our Ed-Tech TOSAs as well as our own Mr. Allen.  Many of you learned new skills or refined previous ones.  Thank you for taking the time to grow in your ability to blend technology into the learning environment.

Motivational Monday – Letter to our 1st Year Selves

This motivation stems from the incredibly helpful nature that so many of you have.  We have several new teachers in the building and I have been very impressed by how much you have gone out of your way to support our newest Silverbacks.  This reminds me of the terrific video below.  We all remember what it was like as we entered this wonderful world.

ILT Groups Begin – Wednesday, 10/4

On Wednesday, 10/4, ILT Groups will kickoff in the Media Center.  Please bring your Surface Pro to the meeting, as groups will be completing their Action Plans located in ItsLearning.


Parent Teacher Conferences!

When and Where:

  • Tuesday, October 17th from 12:30 – 3:00 (centralized locations: 6th grade teachers – rooms 1, 2, 3, 7th grade teachers – rooms 10, 11, 12, 8th grade teachers – media center)
  • Thursday, October 19th from 12:30 – 3:00 (centralized locations are the same)
  • Conferences in the Round – Thursday, October 19th from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM in the large gymnasium

Who to conference with:

  • Any student not succeeding in your class
  • Poor behavior
  • Low grades (D/F)
  • Students you are concerned about in general


As in the past, we will use our Google Spreadsheet to schedule and track our conferences.    The spreadsheet can be located here.




10/13 – In-Service Day Reminder

Just a reminder that Friday, 10/13, will be a district-wide In-Service.  In order to receive compensation for this day, you must be participating in a district-approved training opportunity.  Last week, I sent out an email describing how to sign up for the EPS Academy, which offers a number of training opportunities related to either new curriculum or new initiatives around personalized learning.  Sign-in sheets will be located at these trainings, so be sure to sign in!  For more information, see my email sent on 9/28.  To sign up for a training, visit https://epsacademy2017.sched.com


Screenshot showing the trainings available via EPS Academy



Week of 9/25 – 9/29

Key Dates

Date Event
Monday, 9/25 N/A
Tuesday, 9/26 Superintendent Steach Visit

Cross County @ Covington – 3:30

Wednesday, 9/27 Technology Training @ 2:45 – Locations TBD
Thursday, 9/28 BAT Meeting @ 7:15 — Room 37

Football @ Skyridge – 3:30

Friday, 9/29 Budget Committee Meeting – After School

Frontier Gear

Motivational Monday!

Teachers, here’s a quick clip that should make you smile. There is a whole bunch of these 30 second spots on Values.com. Take a look when you need a little pick me up.

~ The Counseling Department

Week in Review

  • Open House: First of all – a big thank you to all staff for your efforts at our 2nd annual Open House.  The parking lot was full and students/families were abuzz as they navigated the campus.  Several students loaded up with freshly minted Frontier gear.  Bringing our families to school helps strengthen the home <–> school partnership, which is critical to our success.  Thank you!
  • PLP Kickoff:  On Wednesday, we kicked off our work around personalized learning plans for 2017-2018.  The long-term target for this work is to become the leader of your own learning as you take time to explore components of your practice in an effort to impact your own instruction, leading to student growth.  It was great to see you all working in various groups.  I am confident that your work this year will lead to some incredible, high-impact growth for both you and your students!
  • Student Support Brochure:  On Wednesday, I also shared a brochure that our Counseling Department created, outlining the options for support regarding student services.  For those interested, you can access that form digitally here.


Technology Training – Wednesday, 9/27

On Wednesday, 9/27, we will be holding tech training.  You were asked to vote and select one of the models below to meet your current tech needs.  Training will begin promptly at 2:45:

  • ItsLearning – I would like support around how to use the planner (uploading documents, using some basic features, communicating information with students)
    • Location: Media Center
  • ItsLearning II – I can do the above, but I would like to know more about how to create assignments/assessment in ItsLearning that can be graded and uploaded into my grade book
    • Location: Media Center
  • Hapara – I keep hearing about this, but I don’t really know what it is or how I can use it to manage student learning
    • Location: Room 33
  • SeeSaw – I would like to learn about how to use this digital learning portfolio to share learning (files, videos, photos, notes) with families
    • Location: Portable 11


Technology Support and FAQs

We have now reached a point where all students should have a device checked out to them. Please remind them to bring them everyday and remember to charge them at home each night.

Angie has 5 headsets to deliver to each teacher, please email if you need them. If you have more than 5, please return to Angie so that we can ensure that each classroom has a set.

Here is the protocol for accessing in-building technical support:

Angie Lantagne (Student Support) Call first (7034) or (3200):

  • Device-specific issues
  • Password/Skyward issues
  • Angie’s role is continuing to evolve based on what we are learning – thank you for your patience

Kelli McSheehy (Classroom Support)

  • Kelli can help with classroom-based technology as it pertains to student learning experiences
  • Pre-arrange similar to how you would schedule a class for a visit/lesson

Erin Pinning (Teacher Support)

  • Here on Tuesdays.  Email is the best way to reach her
  • She isn’t always available at a moment’s notice.
Following are some frequently asked questions (FAQ) and how we recommend handling the issue:

  • I forgot my device…
    • Student will not be able to access a loaner in this situation
    • Student may be able to look over the shoulder of a neighbor if appropriate
    • Work will need to be completed on paper (analog format)
    • If the student doesn’t bring their device repeatedly, ask them where it is and let us know if you think it may be missing
  • I don’t have headphones…
    • Each student was issued a set of earbuds to use with their Chromebook
    • Each teacher is being issued 5 sets of headphones as backups
  • A student’s device is not charged…
    • Student can plug their device into a wall plug and charge
    • If they don’t have a charging cord, suggest they borrow a neighbor’s cord
      • We are working to secure surge protectors to provide some of our classrooms with minimal plug-ins
  • I’m giving a district directed assessment and a student doesn’t have their Chromebook…
    • Contact Angie and we will check a device out to the teacher if they are available
  • What happened to all the Chromebooks and Laptop carts that we used to have?
    • The district has collected and redistributed them


Assembly Schedule (New)

In preparing for upcoming assemblies, we have created assembly schedules for each event.

Unfortunately, we are not able to do an assembly schedule that changes the elective schedule due to itinerant teachers who travel to different buildings. However, we have tried to minimize the impact by having some assemblies in the morning (Cookie Dough, Veteran’s Day, and the Holiday Assembly) and pep assemblies in the afternoon (4).

Please take a look at the schedule for each type of assembly and let us know if you have any concerns.


~ Marshall