Digital Citizenship

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Frontier is privileged to have access to technology in and around the classroom. With this privilege, comes a responsibility to use this technology in the way that it was intended. We call this being a good “Digital Citizen.” We expect staff, students and parents to uphold their role in creating good digital citizens.

As a parent or adult, you will need to set ground rules on technology use. In addition to this, monitoring media use and discussing appropriate sites to visit will help. It is also recommended that you know your children’s passwords and codes for their devices. Regularly checking their social online behaviors will help as well.

It is important for students to be aware of acceptable online practice. Students should avoid sharing or posting inappropriate images, sharing passwords, posting personal information and communicating with unknown numbers or individuals. Students can also be aware of suspicious behavior such as being asked for pictures, being asked to use a webcam and being asked if they are alone. Students are also expected to refrain from cyber bullying, spreading rumors or gossip, posting pictures of others without their permission, pretending to be someone they are not and threatening or harassing others. If students are aware of cyber bullying, they are asked to inform an adult immediately.

Students must be aware that once a picture, comment or file is placed on a public internet site, it’s out there forever and it cannot be taken back or deleted. It is more important now than ever that parents know what their children are doing online. Take the time to talk to your children about this important subject. For more information, please visit www.commonsensemedia.org.

Welcome Back from Frontier Elementary

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“The best we have to give is all of ourselves.”

The quote above from Dave Weber exemplifies the teachers and staff at Frontier Elementary. While students and families enjoyed the last few weeks of summer, the teachers, secretaries, counselors, kitchen staff, nurse, custodial and maintenance personnel have been busy preparing the details of the start of school. If your child attends Frontier Elementary, you are fortunate to have a dedicated, caring, hard-working staff providing your child’s education. They have given all of themselves!

As the new principal of Frontier Elementary, I have to ask myself, “Would I bring my children to this school?” My answer would be a resounding “YES!” The school’s climate, facilities, parent involvement and amazing staff come together to make FES a special place. I am truly grateful to be in such a wonderful school.

Moving into the fall, students at FES will be starting new adventures in learning. Parents, grandparents and family friends will all be asking, “How do you like school?” Hold onto your hats – students are excited to be at Frontier Elementary!

— Carmen Bodner, Principal

Welcome Back from Frontier Jr./Sr. High

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We are very excited to begin a new school year. I was speaking with a few returning students the other day, and I asked them if they were excited to return to school. Predictably, they didn’t exude enthusiasm at the prospect of re-entering our hallowed halls of academia. I then reminded them that “you can’t get finished until you get started.” I was actually proud of my quick wit and response! (But somewhere in the back of my mind I could see my wife rolling her eyes.) In any case, I later thought about that exchange with the students and it occurred to me that while getting started and getting finished are perfectly acceptable expectations, I left out a whole bunch of good stuff that happens in between getting started and getting finished!

Frontier represents the best of both worlds – because we are small we value the close attention students are able to receive in the classroom. The relationships between student and teacher and small class sizes are a definite benefit to a child’s education. However, we don’t let our small size prevent us from offering a diverse curriculum. Frontier students are able to take advantage of numerous classes ranging from engineering to advanced placement English.

Frontier celebrated its 50 year anniversary last year, and it was an amazing thing to see as Frontier Alumni – now doctors, teachers, lawyers, veterans, farmers, engineers, politicians, and others – came back to celebrate with us! At Frontier our goal is “Going Beyond the Frontier for Every Student, Every Day”, and we are committed to accomplishing that goal.

— Jeff Hettinger, Principal