Board Meeting Parking Update

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The Frontier Elementary Parking Lot is being demolished for new paving.  The Frontier School Corporation School Board scheduled for 7:00 P.M. tonight (June 15) will be held in the Frontier Elementary School Library.  You may access the parking lot along the east side of the front parking lot.  Parking is available on the east side of Frontier Elementary and behind Frontier Elementary.

Frontier School Corporation 2020-2021 Fall Re-Entry Questionnaire

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Frontier School Corporation 2020-2021 Fall Re-Entry Questionnaire

The purpose of this survey is to gather information that will guide decision making for re-entry to school next fall following the 10-week COVID-19 closure during the 2019-2020 school year as well as gain updated data regarding Remote or Distance Learning access.

We ask that each family submit one survey representing all school-age student(s) in grades K-12 for the 2020-2021 school year in your household. If more than one family resides in your household, please complete a survey for each of the families in the household so that all Frontier School Corporation students are represented.

We understand at this time the situations we face as we plan and prepare to return to school are uncertain. Give your honest input, as this allows us to better understand how our school community feels about certain issues specific to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Your responses will help guide the work ahead of us as we develop plans and protocols for Frontier School Corporation. Some things may be beyond our control, and we will be faced with mandates requiring specified action. Other things, however, will allow more flexibility in local decision making. The information provided here will help guide those decisions to best meet the needs of our school community.

This survey should take a few minutes to complete. We hope to hear back from each family in our school community as soon as possible, but no later than Friday, June 12, 2020. We know this is a short turnaround time, but the information from the survey is needed as soon as possible. Thank you in advance for the time you dedicate to completing this very important survey and for your thoughtful responses and honest feedback.

Sincerely,

Daniel A. Sichting, Superintendent

*AGAIN ONLY COMPLETE ONE SURVEY PER FAMILY

Grab N Go Meals Summer Schedule

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Frontier will continue to provide FREE meals during the summer months to any child under the age of 18 in the Frontier School District. To have a Brown Bag Meal prepared for your child(ren), please contact Rhonda Morgan by email [email protected]  or text 765-490-6813 before 7 pm the evening before a Distribution Day. Once you have been added to the list, you do not need to call or email again. Meals will automatically be prepared and ready for you to pick up. If you are no longer wishing to participate in the Grab N Go program, please contact Rhonda Morgan to have your name(s) removed from the list. If you are wishing to sign up, please include parent name and contact number, child(ren) name and ages, and which location the meals will be picked up at.

Meals will be distributed on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays , 11:00 am-12:30 pm at the following locations :

  • Brookston Federated Church  
  • Brookston United Methodist Church 
  • Chalmers Community Church 

The week of May 25, 2020: Two breakfasts and Two lunches will be distributed Wednesday, May 27. Two breakfasts and two lunches will be distributed Friday, May 29. The months of June and July will follow the regular schedule with Two breakfasts and Two lunches being distributed on Mondays and Wednesdays and One breakfast and One lunch distributed on Fridays.

If you have any questions, please contact Rhonda Morgan, Food Service Director, at [email protected]  or text 765-490-6813 or Dan Sichting, Superintendent, at [email protected] or 219-984-5009.

  

A Guide to Learning at Home

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  • Set your Space – Find an area in your house where you can sit comfortably and focus. Make it separate from your relaxation space. Ideally away from a TV screen or other distractions.
  • Lessen Distractions – Harness your imagination and picture that you’re at school and not at home. Lock your phone away if you need to. Don’t be afraid to ask your parents to intervene.
  • Change It Up – You probably have a schedule for your lessons, but if things are becoming difficult to focus on, take a 5-minute break and come back to it.
  • Take Notes – Stuck in a webinar zoning out? Note taking keeps your mind engaged.
  • Journal It – Use a journal to track your progress or ask any questions you might want to ask your teacher about the work.
  • Plan Your Day – If you have one, follow the schedule provided by your school. If you just have a list of things to study, break it down into tasks and plan to do the hardest ones when you have the most energy.
  • Speak up and Ask for Help – When things get tough, don’t just push through it. Ask your parents, or reach out to your teacher.
  • Take Breaks – Get up once in a while. Have a snack.

Ways to Stay Active While at Home

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It can be tempting to want to sit around all day inside your house during this order to stay home. Daily exercise can help keep the immune system strong and can help manage stress and anxiety. It also feels great to get the wiggles out. Use these tips below to help move more in and around your house.

  • Take pre and post dinner walks
  • Have a dance party
  • Use TV commercials as movement breaks (Stand up and do jumping jacks or walk/run in place)
  • Have a weekly family sports night (Basketball, football, tennis, catch, etc)
  • Join a virtual run for charity
  • Do yard work
  • Walk the dog

Frontier School Corporation Trustees Regular Board Meeting Agenda

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Frontier School Corporation Trustees Regular Board Meeting Agenda

Monday, April 20, 2020

Location: Frontier Jr.-Sr. High School, One Falcon Drive, Chalmers, IN 47929

7:00 P.M.-Regular Session

The April 20, 2020 School Board Meeting will be held virtually to comply with Governor Holcomb’s “Stay at Home” order.  The meeting can be accessed at:

https://zoom.us/j/98452744096?pwd=UmczS2tDbnRPbTdGOHZ0NFRiTkt6UT09

Meeting ID: 984 5274 4096

Password: 001059

13126266799,,98452744096#,,#,001059# US (Chicago)

+16465588656,,98452744096#,,#,001059# US (New York)

Executive Session-6:30 P.M.

Purpose:  For Discussion of records classified as confidential by state or federal statute

Coordinated Press Release-Frontier School Corporation, Town of Chalmers, Indiana Municipal Power Agency

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A member of the Frontier School Corporation School Board and Mr. Dan Sichting, Superintendent met with Mrs. Faith Willoughby, two members of the Chalmers Town Board, representatives from Performance Services, and representatives from the Indiana Municipal Power Agency on Monday, March 16, 2020 at the Chalmers Municipal Building.  During the meeting, participants discussed the financial impact of a Frontier Jr.-Sr. High School Solar Array on the Town of Chalmers as well as electrical consumers of the Town of Chalmers.  

During the meeting, representatives from the Indiana Municipal Power Agency indicated the installation of a solar array at Frontier Jr.-Sr. High School would have no significant negative financial impact on the Town of Chalmers or consumers of electricity from the Town of Chalmers if Chalmers considers and adopts the new rates. At present Chalmers is working to adopt a new rate structure that will collect the distribution charges equitably from all customers, including the school.  Representative from the Indiana Municipal Power Agency indicated that the Chalmers Utility proposed rate structure was designed so that negative impacts would be minimized for the Town of Chalmers and consumers of electricity from the Town of Chalmers.  

The negative impact of the installation of a solar array at Frontier Jr.-Sr. High School would be limited to the Indiana Municipal Power Agency and the impact was estimated to be two thousand ($2,000) dollars or less, however, this estimate will be dependent on the size of solar panels the school installs and the actual load pattern of the school.   

At this point, Frontier School Corporation is waiting on a study from the Indiana Municipal Power Agency on the upgrade of lines and switches from the Town of Chalmers to a local substation to transmit excess power generated by the proposed array to be placed on the electric grid.  The cost of the study and upgrade of the electric lines and switches will be paid for by Frontier School Corporation.

Frontier School Corporation Remote Learning Plan

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Starting on April 6, 2020, Frontier School Corporation will hold twenty (20) Distance Learning Days and fourteen (14) Waiver Days to end the 2020-2021 school year.

“Grab and Go Meals”

The schedule for distributing “Grab and Go” meals will change from 10:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays to 11:00 A.M. to 12:30 P.M. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.  The “Grab and Go” Meals will continue to be distributed at the following sites:

  • Brookston United Methodist Church
  • Federated Church of Brookston
  • Chalmers Community Church

“Grab and Go” meals are free to every student.  All students are eligible for “Grab and Go” meals.  Please do not just show up for “Grab and Go” meals. In order to have sufficient number of meals for all students, please email Mr. Sichting at [email protected] to reserve your “Grab and Go” meal.  Please don’t reserve meals and then fail to pick-up the meals.  The cost of the meals is being paid for the United States Department of Agriculture.

Distance Learning

Distance Learning will begin on Tuesday, April 7, 2020.  Parents and students can access a Wi-Fi or internet signal from the parking lot at Frontier Elementary and Frontier Jr.-Sr. High School.  If your son or daughter is using a device at home you might find difficulty in connecting to the Wi-Fi signal. Due to issues with potential computer viruses we cannot support outside devices on our Wi-Fi network.  We cannot take the chance of a computer virus shutting down our network at this time.

Information regarding obtaining Chromebooks or IPADS for students was emailed home by Mrs. Carmen Bordner, Frontier Elementary Principal.  Mrs. Bordner’s email is [email protected].  Jr.-Sr. High School students who need to get their Chromebooks should email Mr. Jeff Hettinger, Frontier Jr.-Sr. High School Principal.  Mr. Hettinger’s address is [email protected].

If your son or daughter’s Chromebook or IPAD has an issue, please email [email protected]

If your son or daughter is having problems with the Distance Learning platform (i.e.-Google Hangout, Zoom, ect.), please contact the classroom teacher with these problems.

Distance Learning will be different from E-Learning.  A “Frequently Asked Question” document is available on the Frontier School Corporation website at frontierschoolsin.org.

Wi-Fi Access

Frontier School Corporation has expanded Wi-Fi signal at both Frontier Elementary and Frontier Jr.-Sr. High School.   Students and parents have expressed not having internet access at their homes.  

Frontier Elementary now has Wi-Fi signal that extends into the parking lot on the north side of the building.  The Wi-Fi signal extends to the second overhead parking lot light in the parking lot and covers the first twenty-four (24) parking spaces. The Frontier Elementary School east side parking lot is also covered by the Wi-Fi signal.

Frontier Jr.-Sr. High School has Wi-Fi signal on the south and west side of the building along the curb.  On Monday, April 6, 2020, we will install additional Wi-Fi signal which will extend the signal further into the parking lot.

Frontier School Corporation Chromebooks should automatically hook to the Wi-Fi signal using your child’s log-in.  The Frontier School Corporation Wi-Fi signal will be filtered and so some internet sites will be unavailable due to the filtering.

Downloading Content to a Device (Chromebook, IPAD, or Laptop)

A document will be added to the Frontier School Corporation webpage for a tutorial for downloading content to a Chromebook, IPAD, or Laptop.  If you don’t have internet at your residence, you can drive to Frontier Elementary or Frontier Jr.-Sr. High School and download the content, save the content, and return to your home for your son or daughter to complete the assignments.  You can then drive back to Frontier Elementary or Frontier Jr.-Sr. High School for your son or daughter to upload any assignments due. Please check our website for this tutorial.