Week of 2/5 – 2/9


Monday Motivation ūüôā

Key Dates

Date Event
Monday, 2/5  Girls Basketball Begins
Tuesday, 2/6 ¬†Safety Meeting – Marshall’s Office
Wednesday, 2/7  ILT Workgroups РAfter School
Thursday, 2/8 BAT Meeting @ 7:15 ‚ÄĒ Room 37

Choir Concert – 7:00 PM in Student Center

Friday, 2/9 College Gear!


Thank you, Counselors!!!


This week we celebrate our school counselors during National School Counselor Week (2/5 Р2/9).  Our counselors do so much for us here at Frontier from supporting students to supporting adults, several logistics (scheduling, forecasting), prepping kids for career and post-middle school choices, educating them about mental health and so much more!  If you see Lesley King (Counselor), Heather Love (Counselor), Cecilia Fowler (School Psychologist), Tina Scheer (Counseling intern) and Chris Turner (Career and Guidance Specialist) please give them a big thank you!

February Birthdays!


2/5    Andrea Mortensen

         Cecilia Fowler

2/6    Melina Dyer

2/9    Bob Kenck

2/11  Lesley King

2/16  Alex Rubic

2/20  Kara Killorin

2/23  Marshall Pendleton

2/28  Dondi Olney


Thank you, SkillsUSA!!!!

Our amazing SkillsUSA club Рled by Anna Marchuk and Andrew Lovin Рtook to their first service project and beautified our campus with some wonderful garbage can redesigns.  Everyone has taken notice and appreciates their efforts.  Thank you, SkillsUSA, for making Frontier shine!


What’s Space Got To Do With It?

On Wednesday, our 8th grade students shared their genius hour projects connected to the theme,¬†What’s Space Got To Do With It? ¬† Our 8th graders made us very proud as they worked to present their research to staff, peers, and parents. ¬†Parents provided feedback and some amazing topics were on display. ¬†Shout out to¬†Kristie Brookes, Anna Sylvester and Randy Bergstrom¬†for prepping our 8th graders for the big night!


Forecasting is on the horizon!

Just a reminder that forecasting is nearly upon us! ¬†It’s hard to believe, but it will soon be time for students to begin thinking about the transition to and from middle school. ¬†Below is a link to our¬†forecasting timeline and the dates that we can expect. ¬†If you have any questions, please contact myself, Lesley, Heather, or Suzanne!

Copy of 2018-2019 Forecasting Schedule




Week of 1/29 – 2/2


Key Dates

Date Event
Monday, 1/29 No School
Tuesday, 1/30 7th Grade Boys Basketball @ FMS vs Pacific – 3:30
Wednesday, 1/31 Staff Meeting – After School in Media Center @ 2:45 (Student Debrief/Conference Prep)

8th Grade Science Symposium – 5:30 in Student Center

Thursday, 2/1 BAT Meeting @ 7:15 ‚ÄĒ Room 37

8th Grade Boys Basketball @ FMS vs. Liberty – 3:30

Friday, 2/2 Frontier Gear!


A Crimson House Mystery

A huge shout out to CJ and Malori Butenschoen for showcasing another amazing theatrical performance with last week’s¬†A Crimson House Mystery!¬† Kids were running every facet of the production – from set tech, light tech, sound tech, and of course, acting.¬† It was a team effort that many of you supported through donated time, materials, labor, and more.¬† We are so proud of everyone and it’s one more example of how amazing our kiddos are!

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Wednesday 1/31 Meeting – Kids and Conferences

As mentioned in my Friday email, Wednesday afternoon will be devoted towards discussing some of our struggling students and prepping for conferences (just a few weeks away!).  Please bring your device.  We will break out into grade-level groups.  Elective teachers, please roam about, but if you have a particular grade level that you would like to stick with for the purposes of this meeting, feel free to choose one.

See you all on Wednesday at 2:45 in the Media Center!

If you want to take a sneak at the agenda/process, click here (note that the conference spreadsheet is not up to date yet, so if you notice this in the slideshow, this is your heads up) 


Also Wednesday – Science Symposium!!!!!

Please come out and support our 8th graders who will be sharing their Science Symposium exhibits with parents/community from 5:30 Р6:30 in the Student Center!  We are proud of our students who continue to make their learning public!



Monday Motivation:  Laughter Рthe best medicine!

Thanks to Ms. Rose for providing us with some laughs via the comics below.  Gotta love teacher humor!  Have a wonderful week, everyone!



Week of 1/22 – 1/26

Key Dates

Date Event
Monday, 1/22 SBAC Scheduling Meeting – after school in Media Center
Tuesday, 1/23 7th Grade Boys Basketball @ FMS vs Skyridge – 3:30
Wednesday, 1/24 Frontier Drama Dept. presents A Crimson House Mystery – 6:30 in Student Center
Thursday, 1/25 BAT Meeting @ 7:15 ‚ÄĒ Room 37

8th Grade Boys Basketball @ FMS vs. Shahala – 3:30

Frontier Drama Dept. presents A Crimson House Mystery – 6:30 in Student Center

Friday, 1/26 College Gear!


SBAC Scheduling Meeting


If you are interested in providing input for this year’s Smarter Balanced Assessment and 8th grade¬†NGSS Assessment, please join Marshall in room 37 after school from 2:35-3:00 today – Monday, January 22nd.

Here are some questions that are being considered:

  1. Should we begin testing earlier and spread out the time spent testing to reduce test stress?
  2. Should we keep a similar schedule to last year?
  3. Should we delay the start till mid-May and complete testing June 8?
  4. Other questions/ideas?


Frontier production of A Crimson House Mystery РWednesday 1/24 & Thursday 1/25!


Please come out and support our annual Frontier drama department production.  This year, the drama troupe will present A Crimson House Mystery.  On both nights, the show will run from 630 to 730 in the Media Center.  We hope to see you there!


Heads Up!  Grading Window Forthcoming!

Term 3 grading window opens Friday, January 26th at 8:00 am and closes on Friday, February 6th at 8:00 am.  Progress reports will be sent home with the students on Friday, February 9th.

Thanks ~ Suzanne

grading face meme


Follow-Up –> Please Complete These Forms

This is a final reminder from me regarding last week’s early release! ¬†Please complete these two items:

  1. If you have not completed the early release PD exit ticket Рanswering questions related to your Personalized Learning Plan, please click here and complete the exit ticket.  This info will be used when we try to formulate groups for our PLP shakeout with Shahala next month.
  2. Additionally, please click here to access the Padlet created by the building leadership ILT Рthis Padlet contains resources and a quick Google form to list the names of two students who you would like to better connect with.  The Padlet contains information about the type of student we are looking for.

Notable Upcoming Dates


  • Monday, 1/29 ‚Äď Non work-day
  • Tuesday, 1/30 – Knowledge Bowl begins
  • Wednesday, 1/31 – 8th grade Science Symposium – 5:30 – 6:30
  • Wednesday, 2/7 – ILT Workgroups
  • Friday, 2/9 – Forecasting Begins
  • Wednesday, 2/14 – Early Release
  • Friday, 2/16 – No School (unless snow make-up day)
  • Monday, 2/19 – No School – Presidents Day
  • Thursday, 2/22 & Friday, 2/23 – Parent Teacher Conferences (CITR on Thursday 2/22)

Week of 1/15 – 1/19

Key Dates

Date Event
Monday, 1/15 No School – MLK Day
Tuesday, 1/16  8th Grade Basketball @ Frontier Р3:30
Wednesday, 1/17 Early Release – Personalized Learning Plan work @ 12:30 in Media Center
Thursday, 1/18 BAT Meeting @ 7:15 ‚ÄĒ Room 37

7th Grade Basketball

Budget Meeting @ 3:00 – Media Center

Friday, 1/19 College Gear!

Budget Meeting!

We will be holding a budget meeting in the Media Center on Thursday, 1/18 @ 3:00.  This is one of three meetings we hold throughout the year to discuss where we are within our budget.

Technology Calibration Survey


As we reach the halfway point in our school year, we are doing an incredible job utilizing technology to facilitate teaching and learning at Frontier.  Thanks to the innovation of our staff, we have discovered numerous excellent resources to support learning experience.

Something I have noticed from parents, however, is some confusion around the abundance of programs that are being used.  Mathematically, it makes sense Рif a student has 5 teachers who all use applications/programs in a variety of ways, I can see the potential for confusion.

As we head into 2018-2019, we will want to become more aligned in what students use – across the board – so we can support one another, support students, and support their families.

In an effort to see who is using what (and how often), please take the survey below:

Technology use survey

I am asking for everyone to please take this survey Рit is critical to our planning moving forward.  Thank you!


Notable Upcoming Dates


  • Wednesday, 1/17 – Early Release PD –>¬†we will be working on our Personalized Learning Plans during this time. ¬†Please give yourself time to re-acclimate with your PLP before 1/17.
  • Wednesday, 1/24 – Staff Meeting (TBA)
  • Wednesday 1/24 & Thursday 1/25 – Frontier School Play –¬†Crimson House Mystery
  • Monday, 1/29 – Non work-day¬†(unless snow makeup day)

2018-2019 Forecasting Information

Our forecasting information for the 2018-2019 school year has been updated.¬† To see dates/events, please click here –>¬†2018-2019 Forecasting Schedule¬†or view below:


Monday Tuesday Motivation

Today’s motivation comes from a video highlighting an example of what happens when kids realize that their are no limitations in what they can achieve.¬† A bit of a tearjerker!


Week of 1/8 – 1/12

Key Dates

Date Event
Monday, 1/8 N/A
Tuesday, 1/9 Awards:

  • 6th/7th Grade – 8:30 – Student Center
  • 8th Grade – 1:45 – Student Center

Parent Group Meeting – 6:30 PM in Media Center

Wednesday, 1/10 ILT Meetings – After School

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

Thursday, 1/11 BAT Meeting @ 7:15 ‚ÄĒ Room 37

Band Concert @ 7:00 – Student Center

Friday, 1/12 Frontier Gear!

Silverback Pride Awards


On Tuesday, students receiving academic and Silverback P.R.I.D.E. (Perseverance, Resilience, Initiative, Dedication and Effort) awards.  Please excuse students to the student center when announced.  Awards will take place at the following times:

  • 6th/7th – 8:30 in the Student Center
  • 8th – 1:45 in the Student Center

Thank you for taking time to recognize our hardworking Silverbacks!


ILT Meeting – Wednesday

Just a reminder, Wednesday will be ILT meetings.  Please be sure to join your group as you continue working on your action plan.  You should all have access to the feedback provided on the Google Docs from our December shareout.  To access, please go to the Frontier MS ItsLearning page.


Technology Support Update (Please Read)

Please see Marshall’s email below regarding technology issues, particularly involving student password troubleshooting:

Following are some common issues that students are experiencing in the use of their Chromebooks. 

All of them are simple to address and can be done in the classroom by the student:

  1. Computer won’t turn on¬†(likely issue is that it is¬†not charged).
    • Have the student plug their Chromebook in for 5 minutes and see if it will turn on.
    • Verify that the cord is plugged in correctly
  2. Computer is not functioning properly (Chromebook needs to be restarted)
    • Hold the power button down for 15-20 seconds to fully shut the machine down.
    • Restart the Chromebook.
  3. Setting/Resetting the Password on the Chromebook
  4. Skyward Password Reset

If you would like to reset a student password, follow these directions:

  1. Reset Secondary Student Password

In the event that the above do not resolve the problem consider the following:

  1. Call 7034 to see if Angie Lantagne is available to help the student in room #34.
  2. Email Angie Lantagne¬†with the student’s name so she can follow up with them when she is available.
  3. Do not send students to room 34 without connecting with Angie first.

Forgotten chargers/Chromebooks:

If a student forgets to bring them, we do not have any extra to offer. They will have to work with paper and pencil. 
  • If you notice a student without their device for multiple days please ask them where it is.
  • Send an email to Angie to follow up if it continues to be forgotten.

For teacher technology issues, please submit a remedy force ticket to IT



Happy Birthday from the Sunshine Committee!

Please take a moment to celebrate the January birthdays of these amazing Silverbacks!

Morgan Schmitz   1/2

Michele Kerr   1/2

Suzanne Borchers   1/5

Amanda Godsil   1/10

Cynthia Dittos   1/13

Anthony Kay   1/25

Anna Sylvester   1/27



Notable Upcoming Dates


  • Monday, 1/15 – No School (MLK Day)
  • Wednesday, 1/17 – Early Release PD –>¬†we will be working on our Personalized Learning Plans during this time. ¬†Please give yourself time to re-acclimate with your PLP before 1/17.
  • Wednesday, 1/24 – Staff Meeting (TBA)
  • Wednesday 1/24 & Thursday 1/25 – Frontier School Play –¬†Crimson House Mystery
  • Monday, 1/29 – Non work-day¬†(unless snow makeup day)





Week of 1/3 – 1/5

Welcome Back!

I hope that you all had a rested and wonderful break.  I have always marveled at how unique the job of an educator is.  We all recognize how necessary it is to take that break, slow down, recover and rejuvenate.

With breaks (stops and starts) comes an opportunity to embark on our next stretch of great work with kids!¬† I’m not a big resolutions guy, but I – we – always resolve to do what is best for kids.¬† Heading into 2018, I am still focused on the goals we set out to accomplish this year:


Reflecting on 2017, I feel that we have done a great job towards achieving these goals:

  • Workshop systems/structures/routines & Compelling Unit Design:¬†¬†Teachers and teams are working hard to create compelling units of instruction for students; these units have resulted in numerous amazing products.¬† Just before we left for break, we had Math students designing children’s books explaining circumference/area (shared with Pioneer students), we had Humanities students creating a museum to explain the lives of ancient cultures (hosted for Pioneer students), and we had science students pitching alternative energy¬†sources to Clark County PUD employees, just to name a few!¬† We know that authentic, meaningful activities lead to increased engagement!
  • Community/restorative circles & Positive teacher/student relationships:¬†¬†Thanks to the hard work of you all, community circles are becoming a strong tenet of classroom culture at Frontier.¬† ¬†As I said in August, kids don’t care what you know until they know that you care.¬† Frontier is comprised of incredible, compassionate staff and I am so grateful for this!¬† As we finish out the year, ILT groups will continue to highlight ways in which we can strengthen these connections in an effort to help students feel safe and successful in their endeavors.
  • Studio Labs:¬† As part of our work with Sam Bennett, we have had several opportunities this year for colleagues to host Studio Labs in their classrooms.¬† We know we learn best when we can see the work that we do, live in action.¬† I have witnessed some amazing professional learning take place this year from these structures, led by our teachers and instructional coaches.¬† The impact is real.¬† As we finish out 2018, we are thinking of ways to make this accessible to others in the building, as well.
  • Collaborative structures with colleagues:¬†¬†One of my core beliefs is that we cannot grow if we work in isolation.¬† The work of PLCs is an important component of this as we work collaboratively to meet the needs of kids.¬† That being said, the structure of PLCs is not always available in the same way to all.¬† This year, we shifted our Professional Development to include the work of Personalized Learning Plans (PLPs).¬† We will continue to explore our personalized learning plans as we think about areas of our own practice and how that growth can impact student learning.¬† We’ve been able to collaborate with like-minded colleagues in this work and will continue to do so.¬† This will include sharing some of our work with Shahala Middle School.¬† Stay tuned!

As you can see, you are all doing a wonderful job of fulfilling our goals for 2017-2018!  I look forward to the amazing things that lie ahead!

Thanks for all that you do!

~ Griffin


Key Dates

Date Event
Wednesday, 1/3 Welcome Back!
Thursday, 1/4 Bill Oman (Director of Sec. Education) Classroom Walkthroughs – 8:30 – 9:30
Friday, 1/5 First week of 2018 in the books!¬† ūüôā

For those of you would like to have a glance at the month as a whole, here is a snapshot of January.  Be advised, it may not include all events, but it does provide a snapshot of most events in January.





Week of 12/18 – 12/20

Key Dates

Date Event
Monday, 12/18 Candy Gram Deliveries – 5th Period

Choir Concert @ 7:00 PM – Student Center

Tuesday, 12/19 Holiday Assembly – 8:45 – Student Center

Bill Oman (Director of Sec. Education) Building Visit – 1:30 – 2:30

Wednesday, 12/20 Early Release

ILT Shareout – After School in Media Center


Holiday Assembly – Assembly Schedule

On Tuesday, 12/19, the Holiday Assembly will be held from 8:45 Р9:45 in the Student Center.  The schedule for the day will be adjusted using our new Assembly Schedule.  Details for the day are below:



Week in Review

On Monday and Tuesday, Illustrative Math Рthe new EPS Math Curriculum Рsent a trainer to spend time modeling in-class lessons and debriefing with PLCs.

On Wednesday, hoopsters took to the court as basketball season began!  This year, a majority of the boys and girls basketball seasons will run separately.


On Thursday, Residency Lab teachers hosted studio classrooms where teachers observed student learning in action, took risks, and reflected on their own instructional practice.  An awesome day of learning ensued!!!!


On Friday, 7th grade Humanities hosted their 2nd annual CoffeeHouse Reading, where students, parents, and other guests nestled alongside some hot cocoa, coffee, cider, and cookies, as students read copies of their recently published realistic fiction pieces.  Parents provided feedback to students while students read their pieces in an authentic setting.  A great turnout and awesome display of student voice!  Thanks to all those who helped with this event!


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Candy Grams

On Monday, during 5th period, we will be bringing Candy Grams down to each 5th period classroom.  This is connected to a Parent Group fundraiser.  The candy grams will come in a plastic bin with the name of each recipient on a tag.  Please return the bins to the front office!  Thank you!


Wednesday 12/20 ER

On Wednesday, we will be holding our ILT shareout.  During this time, teams will be prepared to share their progress thus far.  Teams will need access to their Action Plans and/or any other materials they may want before presenting.  We will form groups where we share our progress thus far and record any wonderings/notices in a Google Doc, similar to last year.


Mindset and Bullying

Maria Rose shared a great article last week about how a growth mindset can reduce bullying.¬† We have talked about mindset for years now and it’s certainly part of our students’ vernacular, as well.¬† Thanks, Maria, for the article!

Reduce Bullying by Cultivating Growth Mindsets


Here’s to a great week – you can do this!!!!!¬† ūüôā



Week of 12/11 – 12/15


Key Dates

Date Event
Monday, 12/11 Illustrative Math Training (All Day) – Math PLCs
Tuesday, 12/12 Illustrative Math Debrief (All Day) – Math PLCs

District Volleyball Tournament

Orchestra Concert – Student Center @ 7:00

Wednesday, 12/13 ILT Meetings – After School
Thursday, 12/14 BAT Meeting @ 7:15 ‚ÄĒ Room 37

Frontier Residency Lab

Friday, 12/15 Mike Espinosa & Ryan Theodoriches Humanities Classroom Visits – 9:00 – 11:00

7th Humanities Coffee House Share-out – Student Center

Frontier Gear!

Holiday Cheer!

Thanks to Andrew and Michele Lovin for hosting the Silverback holiday celebration this year.  They are wonderful hosts and created an awesome experience for staff.  What a great way to kick-start the holidays with some amazing people!  Thanks, again, Andrew, Michele, Sunshine, and everyone else who participated in making this event memorable!



Welcome our new Day Lead custodian – Richard Cox!

On Monday, ABM will be transitioning our new Day Lead custodian РRichard Cox.  Richard has over 16 years of experience with ABM, most recently working at Hearthwood Elementary School.

Thank you to everyone for your patience as we have waited for our new Day Lead to take the helm.  We look forward to working with Richard and having him join the Silverback family.  Hopefully we can introduce him more formally next Wednesday at our early release.   If you have the chance and get to introduce yourself, please do so and welcome Richard!


ILT Meeting – Wednesday!

As a reminder, we will hold our final ILT meeting before the 12/20 December ILT shareout.  Below is a calendar of the next 1.5 weeks:

12/13 ‚ÄstILT (This is a¬†required¬†meeting)
12/20 ‚Äď 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).


Safety Committee Notes

Safety Committee Meeting Notes

Please pay special attention to the following safety reminders:

Lockdown DrillDecember 11 @ 12:00

Please review and practice the following protocol with your students:

  1. Move all students into the nearest classroom and away from windows and doors.

  2. Lock the door.

  3. Close all window shades.

  4. Direct all students away from sight lines through windows.

  5. Do not open the door for any reason.

  6. Take attendance. Account for students in your room.

  7. Keep a written log of the situation in your room in 15 minute intervals and monitor email if possible.

  8. Consider Run, Hide, Fight depending on the situation.

  9. Wait for further instructions.

District Safety Information –

  • All Staff need to wear their Evergreen District Identification badge visibly. Ie‚Ķ on a lanyard or pinned to your shirt while at school.

  • If you see a visitor or any adult without a badge, please do the following:

    • Make eye contact and assess the situation

    • Say hello and introduce yourself

    • Ask them if they are looking for the front office

    • Escort them to the front office


Frontier Residency Lab Work!

On Wednesday and Thursday of this week, Frontier Residency Lab teachers will be hosting visitors in their classrooms as we work to get smarter about our own individual practice.  A special shout-out to Mr. Butenschoen and Mrs. Gibson for opening their classrooms for our learning.\



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 ‚ÄĒ 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 ‚ÄstILT (This is a required meeting)
12/20 ‚Äď 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 Рthank 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 ‚ÄĒ 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 Рessentially, 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 РThursday), 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!¬† ūüôā


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.¬†ūüėä


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: