Pathfinder Press

Information For Pathfinder Families / September 11th


Looking Good Pathfinder!

We are starting to hit our stride and get into the flow of the school year. Our classrooms are settling into learning and you are seeing an uptick in academic focus for our students. Please make sure you are reading your child's classroom newsletter and talking with him or her about the learning targets for the week. This is a great way for you to gain a perspective of what is being taught and how you can help at home.

As for this coming week, we will continue to complete our universal assessments and drill downs to determine areas of need for every student.

Wednesday, September 15th students will review a slideshow with all of our Student Leadership Teams that are available to select from. Students will select their top three teams and then staff members will place students in these teams for upcoming PLC days.

We are also making some smalll gains and refining our goals in classrooms meeting their Lead Time Goals. If you recall last week we had 70% of our classes meet their Lead Time Goal. We stayed the course this week and again had 70% of our classes meet their goals. We will keep growing and working towards our goals!

Although we were not able to get into as many classrooms and snap some pictures as we would like, here are a few pictures from our picture day (One of the best days of the year!) Man, the kiddos looked so classy on Thursday for pictures. A retake day will be communicated soon!

Great work this week Pirates!

Dr. Doll and Mrs. Bohn


PLC Day / Early Release September 15th

Wednesday, Septemberr 15th is our first district PLC (Professional Learning Community) early release day. Students will be released at 1:50 (2 hours early), and teachers will focus on collaboration with their peers. Pathfinder teachers will be engaged in professional development regarding phonics instruction and creating unit plan common assessments for upcoming units in reading and writing. Our PLC day will not be a rotation day, meaning the students will not have specials (Art, Music, PE, or Library). Instead our students will be engaged in a school-wide Lead Lesson that focuses on the 7 Habits and how they can apply the habits in their daily lives.

It is important that parents and students know their transportation plans for the PLC day. If you have a question about your child's transportation for the afternoon of September 15th PLEASE CALL THE SCHOOL prior to Wednesday.


Upcoming Emergency Drills

Every year our school will conduct a series of Emergency Drills to help prepare our students and staff in the event we need to implement one of the drills. We like to inform parents of the drills so they are aware when their child comes home discussing the event, and also so that you can talk with your child about what to do if these situations arise.

Evacuation Drill (Fire Drill):

This drill will occur during the week of September 13th. Our fire alarm will sound and students will exit the building according to our evacuation maps. Staff members will account for all students and review evacuation procedures with students.

Severe Weather Drill:

Our severe weather drill will be during the week of September 20th. We will utilize our intecom system for notification of this drill. A severe weather drill has the students take cover in their classrooms and move to the lower area of our building. We will utilize this emergency procedure if we are under a tornado warning.

Hold In Place:

During the week of October 4th we will conduct a Hold In Place drill throughout our school. A "hold in place" is used if we have a medical emergency and need students to refrain from moving in the hallways, have police activity in the area, or have a situation in the school that requires students to remain in the classroom. During the drill an announcement will be made over the intercom, classroom doors will be closed and locked, and students will not be allowed to move about in the hallway. Learning continues in the classroom as normal until the hold in place is lifted.

Earthquake Drill:

The week of October 21st we will participate in a nationwide Earthquake Drill. Students will be instucted to take cover under their desks and hold on to something stable in the classroom.

Althrough we rarely use any of these emergency procedures it is always important to practice and be prepared if they were to occur.


Upcoming Assessments

Our students are in the midst of Star Reading and Star Math assessments through this coming week. These assessments serve as our Tier One universal screener to determine areas or need and possible further interventions. Teachers have also been busy conducting running records on students to determine their reading levels.

Our Kindergrten studets will be taking the PCR3 Decoding Assessment to serve as a starting point for their phonic instruction.

These assessments results will be tracked using our school-wide WIG (Wildly Important Goal) board, and we will send updates periodically.


PTA Meeting / Monday, September 13th @ 6:00

Please join us for our first PTA meeting of the year. The meeting is open to all Pathfinder parents and will take place in the Pathfinder library starting at 6:00 on Monday, September 13th. This is a great way to learn more about how our PTA supports our school, get involved in the activities planned for the year, and share your thoughts on how we can continually get better. Our administration will be sharing some information about Lead Time goals and providing an update regarding enrollment and the start of the school year! We heard there may be some cookies too!


Parent/Student Handbooks - Please Review and Acknowledge

2021-22 Parent/Student Handbooks are available on the District website here:

Please sign and return the receipt that you have reviewed the handbook.


Platte County Education Foundation Fundraiser - September 8-20

This week, we kicked off our Platte County Education Foundation discount card sales program. Our schools, in conjunction with Major Saver, work with businesses throughout our District to offer a $15 discount card providing customers with 21 local buy-one-get-one-free offers. In most cases, redeeming only two offers offsets the cost of the card. Proceeds from the card campaign directly benefit your student's school and the Platte County Education Foundation. The Foundation gives back to the Platte County R-3 community by awarding annual pre-K through 12th grade classroom and building site grants, as well as senior scholarships. Your student should have brought home an envelope with information and instructions on Wednesday, September 8, and have been instructed to not go "door-to-door," but to offer to relatives, friends, co-workers, etc. Collection dates start on Monday, September 13, and the program wraps up on Monday, September 20. Please consider purchasing a card and supporting our schools! You can also purchase cards online here.


COVID-19 Quarantine Guidance and Data

Please see the attached quarantine guidance for students or staff members who are identified as a close contact to a person with COVID-19. The graphic outlines the requirements if all parties are appropriately masked, as well as if they are not. These quarantine procedures are in alignment with directives from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Platte County Health Department (PCHD).

We will post numbers of reported COVID-19 cases and close contacts in our District on our website, displaying data from the previous seven days, as well as 7-day rolling average information. These cases will include staff and students, and will only include those reported to the District.

This information will be available on our District website here starting Tuesday, September 7.


Message from our Food Service Provider: Potential Food Supply Challenges

The sudden changes associated with the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in tremendous strain on food manufacturers and distributors across the country. These challenges include labor shortages, transportation delays, and issues with raw ingredient and production material availability. We remain focused on and are working hard to make sure every student receives a great meal regardless of these circumstances.

To work through these challenges, we may have to make substitutions, remove items or make other adjustments to get a great tasting, healthy meal on the plate of every student. In addition to menu adjustments, we remain in regular communication with our distributors to minimize impact to our program.

While we don’t know when this dilemma will resolve, please know we are dedicated to making sure our students here receive the best possible meals every day. This is our top priority. We will continue to keep you updated as new information comes available.

- Southwest Foodservice Excellence,

Pathfinder Breakfast Menu

Rise And Shine For A Healthy Start!

Pathfinder Lunch Menu

Eat Up Pathfinder Pirates!


Text Notifications

The District uses text messaging and automated phone calls to notify parents of upcoming events and days off, school closings due to weather, and during emergency situations. Newly enrolled families will automatically receive an opt-in message from 67587. If you missed it, simply text “Yes” to 67587 to receive text messages.


Pathfinder Resource Checklist

Hello Pirate Families! At the beginning and middle of each school year, we ask parents and guardians to fill out our Resource Checklist on paper. This year we are asking you to complete the Resource Checklist electronically using this form. This brief questionnaire is your School Social Worker's first and primary way to help you access support services. It also lets us know if you are interested in giving back to your school community. Please do not hesitate to contact your School Social Worker if you have any questions.
Pathfinder Resource Needs Checklist

If you have further questions please contact our school social work, Heather Schuller, at


August & September Parent Calendars

Please click here to access our Pathfinder parent calendars for the months of August and September!


Pathfinder Specific Opening Details

Pleaser refer to this link that describes Pathfinde specific details for the start of the school year and our mitigating strategies.


Keep In Contact With Us!

We want families to stay connected to all Pathfinder information. In addition, we invite you to visit our social media and platforms below.

You can always pick up the phone and give us a call anytime. The school number is 816.436.6670. If you have a specific question for administration, please email us at (Dr. Devin Doll, Principal) or (Mrs. Anna Bohn, Assistant Principal).


Thank you to our Pirates R.O.C.K. Stars!