Frontier Regional School
|Frontier Regional School|
|113 North Main Street
|Type||Public High School|
|Established||Renovated in 1998|
|School district||Union 38 School District|
|Superintendent||Regina H. Nash, Ed.D.|
|Asst. Principal||Darius Modestow|
|Faculty||74 (69 Full Time)|
|Grades||7 - 12|
|Student to teacher ratio||9.2 : 1 (9.8 : 1)|
|Color(s)||Red & Blue
|Average SAT scores||521 verbal
518 writing (2010)
|Publication||The New Frontier|
|Budget||$14,561 per pupil (2010)|
Frontier Regional School (FRS) is a regional combined public high school and middle school in South Deerfield, Massachusetts, serving students in grades 7 - 12, as part of the Union 38 School District. The district serves the four towns of Deerfield, Sunderland, Whately and Conway.
The school is broken up into three parts: The east wing is the high school, which holds classes for students grades 9-12. The west wing is the middle school, which holds classes for grades 7 & 8. The center section of the school holds shared parts of the school such as the cafeteria, the LMC (Library Media Center), Auditorium, wood shop, and Goodnow Gymnasium.
The mission of Frontier Regional School is to provide the highest quality education by offering challenging learning opportunities for all students. The school cultivates skills for responsible citizenship and for lifelong learning in a changing society. We value each individual and foster a safe and caring school environment.—Frontier Regional School
Frontier Regional runs on a semester system. Students can take 4-5 courses per semester; either 4 semester courses that meet everyday, or 3 semester courses that meet everyday and 2 quarter courses that meet every-other day. Quarter courses are usually non-academics ones, such as gym class or wood shop.
Fall Sports 
Football - The Frontier Redhawks are a part of the Intercounty League. The team has a rich a storied history, most noticeably with its rivalry with opposing team Mohawk. The rivalry dates back to when the teams faced on Veterans Day, starting back in 1934, when Frontier was known as Deerfield High School, and Mohawk as Arms Academy. Currently, the Redhawks are ahead in the series 40-28-7. The team is coached by Scott Dredge, who is in his 4th season as head coach. Dredge took over the team from long-time coach Dick Howe, after 1 year of assistant coaching. The team is a four-time MIAA Western Massachusetts Champion, with its most recent coming in the 2006 season, the second year under Dredge.
Soccer - The boys' soccer team is part of the Schmidt League and compete in MIAA Division II Soccer. Currently coached by Bill Sweidel, the Redhawks have steadily been on the rise since 2001. Before 2001, they had not had a winning season since their inception in the early 1990s. Since 2001, the boys' soccer team has built a program that has consistently been at the top of the McGrath South table and has been a #1 seed in the Division III tournament for the past three seasons (2007–2009). Unfortunately the #1 seed has not proven lucky for the Redhawks who have yet to advance to a Western Massachusetts final. After the 2009 season, the Redhawks moved up to MIAA Division II soccer where they have yet to achieve a winning record.
Cross Country-Both the boys and girls cross country teams are coached by Robert Smith and Walther Flynn.
Volleyball - The girls' volleyball team is a five-time MIAA DIII State Champion, with those titles coming in the 2005, 2006, 2010, 2011 and 2012 seasons. The team is coached by Sean MacDonald, who has been with the team since 2003. His record with the Redhakws is 221-15, posting a .936 win percentage. The team plays its home games inside Goodnow Gymnasium.
Winter Sports 
Basketball - The boy's basketball team has had a long history of success. It captured its first state championship in 1987 and has continued to dominate Division III basketball, especially in Western Massachusetts, since then. The Redhawks won their most recent state title in 2008 defeating Scituate High School. Before the 2008 run, the Frontier boys' basketball team had made numerous trips throughout the early and mid 2000's to the Western Massachusetts Division III Finals often battling its rival, Sabis International.
Cheerleading - The 2009-2010 coach of the cheerleading squad was Crystal Thompson, a former member of the Patriots Cheerleading team.
Ice Hockey - Frontier is on the co-operative team led by Turners Falls High School, and plays in the Wright League. Other schools that participate on the team are Mohawk Trail Regional High School, Franklin County Technical School, and Pioneer Valley Regional High School. Frontier has generally made up the majority of the players on the team. Coached by Tom Sena, he led the team to a 8-9-2 record in his 2nd season. The team shares a rink with rival Greenfield High School, and each year they play in the 'Upton Cup' game. Greenfield is undefeated in the annual game.
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Spring Sports 
Baseball - The Redhawks, who are led by coach Aaron Campbell, play in the Hampshire League. In the 2008 season after a rough start of 7-8, the Redhawks finished as MIAA DIII Western Mass champions, advancing as far as the state finals. They finished with a record of 17-9.
Track and Field- The Track and Field program at Frontier has a long history behind it. The girls team, which is led by Bob Smith and Jim Recore, has a no loss record dating back to 1998. The boys track team is coached by Walter Flynn and Kevin Seetal and won their first league title on May 9, 2011.
Extracurricular activities 
Frontier offers a variety of extracurricular activities such as: drama club, textile club, equestrian club, art club, gateway club, community service club, photography club, National Honors Society,
Name change 
In 1997, a group of local residents led by Glen Douglas approached Superintendent Jack Welch, and asked that Frontier as well as other area schools to do away with their mascots, which they deemed "offensive" to residents of Native American descent. The local schools of Mohawk (Warriors), Turners Falls (Indians), and Ware (Indians) all ignored the plea for a name change. However, Frontier (Redskins) did not, and the Frontier School Committee voted to remove the Redskin mascot and delete any reference to the term. There was much opposition, as the term ‘Redskin’ was a symbol of 44 years of honor and tradition. Thus started an over two year struggle as to what the name should be. The debate outlasted numerous votes, student polls, and lawsuits, and a name could still not be decided on. In 1997 and 1998 students were polled as to what they wanted their new mascot to be, and in both years the majority of students ignored the choices and wrote in their current mascot. Eventually in 2000, the name was removed, and the school was labeled with the mascot ‘Redhawk’, with the 2001-2002 school year the first year the name was used.
Alma mater 
Administration and School Committee 
- Principal - Martha Barrett
- Assistant Principal - Darius Modestow
- Mr. Robert Halla - Chair, Joined 5/07, Whately Representative
- Mrs. Mary Ramon - Vice Chair, Joined 5/08, Deerfield Representative
- Mr. William Smith - Secretary, Joined 2/76
- Dr. Robert White - Joined 5/08
- Mrs. Alexis Toy - Joined 5/06
- Mrs. Lynn Cook - Sunderland Representative
- Mr. Robert Decker, III - Joined 5/08
- Mrs. Cyndie Ouimette - Joined 5/08
- Ms. Elaine Rogers - Conway Representative
Elementary schools 
Four elementary schools send their students to Frontier Regional upon completion of 6th grade. Those schools are:
- Deerfield Elementary School
- Conway Grammar School
- Sunderland Elementary School
- Whately Elementary School
Notable alumni 
- Mark Chmura (class of '87), football player, played tight end for the Boston College Eagles and the Green Bay Packers.
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