December 17, 2018

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Vaping Booming in U.S. High Schools, survey finds

From CBS News

Doubled use of e-cigarettes this year was the biggest one-year rise in survey's 44-year history, far beyond a mid-1970s surge in pot smoking Read the full story

Counseling Department

Parents of Freshmen & Sophomores: Is your child interested in a health career? PCHS Freshmen & Sophomores are invited to take place in the first Northland Healthcare Expo Event. It will be held in the morning on February 8 at the MCC Business Technology Campus. The purpose of this event is to inform Northland students about the vast health career options and the number of openings in these positions in the near future due to a workforce shortage. Interested students need to sign up at the below link by Wednesday, January 2.


Northland Caps (NCAPS) Open House

See Flyer Below

*In addition to these we will also have an Information Night with a presentation on Tuesday, January 15th at Gladstone Community Center that will begin at 5:30 pm.


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8th Grade Parents: Make Plans to Attend Curriculum Night - Monday, January 14, 6:30 p.m., PCHS Wilson Auditorium

As we reach the mid-point of the 2018-19 school year, PCHS is planning for the 2019-20 school year and is inviting parents and students to attend Curriculum Night. The purpose of Curriculum Night (formerly known as Parent Night) is to allow you to learn about each core class (English Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies) from the department's perspective.

We encourage both the student (current 8th graders) and parent(s) to attend so that all can receive the information about courses which are offered at Platte County High School. This will greatly assist you and your student in the planning process and in course selection for the 2019-20 school year.

Materials from our November 27 Parent IgNIGHT - Protecting our Children in the Digital World

If you were unable to join us for our first Parent IgNIGHT session, which was designed to increase your awareness of potentially dangerous apps and social media behavior, what our schools are doing to educate students about online safety, and what you as a parent can do to help keep your child safe, you can view our presentation here, or review the attached handouts we created after collaborating with our expert speaker, Russ Tuttle, of the Stop Trafficking Project. We also streamed our presentation via Facebook Live on our Platte County School District Facebook page, and PCHS student videographers are currently editing the 1.5 hour session. We will post that streamlined video on the Parents tab of our website here once complete.

We have two other Parent IgNIGHT sessions planned for this school year, and we are welcoming ideas for future sessions. Thank you for partnering with us to build our learners of tomorrow!

Winter Weather/School Closing Planning and Notification

With the recent drop in temperatures and arrival of “white stuff,” it is time to begin planning for winter weather!

In the event of school cancellation, PCR-3 will get that information out as early as possible through automated phone calls and text messages, the District website, Facebook, Twitter, the District Hotline (816-858-2752), and local media.

Please visit the Winter Weather Information page on the Parents Tab of the district website for information regarding recess and clothing considerations (there will be no outdoor recess/class when the wind chill is at 20 degrees or below), cancellations, how the district will notify families, and Y-Club information.

Parents: If you haven't yet opted in to receive texts and wish do so, please text the word "YES" to 67587.

Have You Opted In to Receive Text Notifications from PCR-3?

School Messenger is our automated phone calling and text notification system. We use this system to notify parents quickly for sudden changes in schedules due to emergencies, school cancellations, or just important school announcements.

If you aren't receiving the District's text reminders and notifications and would like to opt-in to receive these, simply text "YES" to 67587.
Standard text messaging rates apply.



(All meetings are at 6:30 pm in the library unless otherwise announced.)

Jan - 10

Feb - 7

Mar. - 14

Apr - 11

May - 9


Pirates R.O.C.K. Character Trait: COMPASSION

Pirates R.O.C.K. (Raising Outstanding Character Kids) is a program designed to surround our families with examples of strong character traits through school experiences, at home, and reinforced in their community. Each month our community focuses on a specific character trait and students are recognized for exhibiting these traits: Self Confidence, Pride, Responsibility, Citizenship, Compassion, Individuality, Self Control, Integrity, Perseverance, Respect, Honesty, and Cooperation.

December's #PiratesROCK trait is COMPASSION: showing concern through words & actions.

Student SCHIVIR Nominations

In an effort to make sure we are recognizing all our students, we are opening up the opportunity for students to nominate their peers when they are seen living out our Pirate Character Traits in our building. Please use this form to nominate your fellow students whom you see are living out our Pirate Character Traits (Self-Confidence, Pride, Responsibility, Citizenship, Compassion, Individuality, Self Control, Integrity, Perseverance, Respect, Cooperation, Honesty). Students who are nominated will be called to the office and recognized for their efforts.


Bullying and Safety Concerns

Safety is one of our district’s top priorities and to help safeguard our school community, our district is now using SafeSchools Alert, a tip reporting service that allows students, staff, and parents to submit safety concerns to our administration.

You and your child can easily report tips on bullying, harassment, or any safety issue you're concerned about through SafeSchools Alert.

Every tip SafeSchools Alert receives about our district is immediately logged in the system and our administration is notified so that they can investigate and take appropriate action. And, tips may also be submitted anonymously if you prefer.

Together, using SafeSchools Alert, we can make our district a safer place to learn!

Click the link below to submit a tip or concern.



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Mark Your Calendar


Dec. 20-Jan. 2 - WINTER BREAK!


3 - Students Return - Second Semester Begins

7 - CLASS RING DELIVERY & Commitment to Graduate, 8 AM, Theatre

10 - PTSA MEETING, 6:30, Library


16 - PLC DAY


30 - PLC DAY

Click here to view the full Platte County High School calendar on our website.

Upcoming Community Events

Make sure you check out the “Community” channel on the Platte County School District website. There you will find a page called “Community Events” where you can access flyers with information regarding various events and opportunities within our community!

Thank you to our Pirates ROCK Star business partners!

Platte County High School

  • Dr. Chad Sayre, Principal
  • Shari Waters, Assistant Principal
  • Matt Messick, Assistant Principal
  • Stephanie Theis, Assistant Principal
  • Phil Dorman, Activities Director