PCHS Pirate Update

December 18, 2020

Parent/Student Newsletters are typically sent on the third Friday of each month.

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From our Principal, Dr. Jones

Pirate Families,

I hope this newsletter finds you in positive spirits around the holiday season. It has been a fascinating first six months on the job as I have learned a lot about the students, staff, and Platte County Community. I couldn’t have chosen a more dedicated and committed group of people to partner with as we strive to make Platte County High School the best place for kids. I am hopeful that our most challenging days are over and the next six months will be filled with all students in our classroom and fans in the stands to support our pirates. The past six months have taught me that our community is resilient and we have exactly what it takes to support one another, be advocates for all kids and be flexible when it comes to making tough decisions.

Starting after the break, there will be a transition week as we prepare for the start of the third quarter. This week will include make up days for exams, workshops for students around planning, team-building with advisories, conferencing opportunities with counselors, and other educational opportunities to get ready for the third quarter. On Jan. 6th we are inviting all new students to Pirate Orientation from 8-9:30 a.m. This includes all students who are transitioning from remote learning to in-person learning, any transfer students, or new students to the district. (More information will be sent directly to the individuals.)

I hope your family takes time to relax and reenergize for the upcoming semester. Thank you again for a great first semester.

Happy Holiday!

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Delaying Return to Full In-Person Plans Until February 1

In collaboration with our local health authorities, the District has decided to again pause our return to full in-person learning at the secondary level. We will delay the January 11, 2021 return to full in-person plans in grades 6-12 until February 1. In-person learners in these grades will continue with their current alternating schedule learning scenario. See January's Alternating Schedule Calendar linked here. In collaboration with the Platte County Health Department (PCHD), recognizing that community spread is the main concern and our health department is anticipating a spike in cases following winter break, we do not feel it is the right time to bring everyone back following an extended holiday. Workforce availability is also a significant concern. We will analyze the impact of winter break and the implementation of a shorter quarantine period starting January 4, to make a decision for February 1. Our goal is to return to full in-person learning, when we have the support of our local health authorities, and we have the available workforce. We will continue to plan for such a return, but will also continue to monitor data and information in collaboration with the Platte County Health Department to make difficult decisions.
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Counseling Center

Students planning to use the A+ Scholarship need to complete the FAFSA as soon as possible: Student Aid

Thinking about a second-semester class change? Similar to our process for first semester, all class change requests must be submitted through the attached Google form.
The deadline to submit a request is 3:00 pm, Friday, January 22. Please note - changes may be suspended or amended in accordance with district planning for COVID safety measures and you may not receive a response to your request until late January, regardless of when it was submitted.

20-21 PCHS Schedule Change Requests (Spring)

Do you have an incoming Freshman for the 21/22 School year?

Tentative: January 26-27: 8th Grade Parent Night 6:30 pm in the Wilson Auditorium at Platte County High School.

This will be an event for eighth-grade parents only - students will not be allowed to attend due to social distancing guidelines. It will be an opportunity for parents to receive information from high school counselors. To meet COVID safety expectations on attendance, a link will be sent out closer to the date to accept attendance that allows us to stay within guideline limits. Plans are to have the event live-streamed as well for students and parents who aren't able to or choose not to attend in person.

All plans for this event are tentative pending COVID safety guidelines.

Success Ready Opportunities for PCHS students

Application for KC SCHOLARS opens January 1st.

  • Q&A Drop-in Workshops – KC Scholars staff has set office hours during the application cycle. We can always be reached via email and phone. See attached flyer – Mondays and Wednesdays in January and February.

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Northland Career Center Virtual Open House - January

This year the Northland Career Center will have a VIRTUAL Open House. The programs will be split among three days:

January 12th, 4:00-5:30 pm; 6:00-7:00 pm

  • Diesel Technology
  • Construction Technology
  • Heating, Cooling, & CLimate Control
  • Industrial Welding

January 14th, 4:00-5:30 pm; 6:00-7:00 pm

  • Agricultural Sciences
  • Aviation Technology
  • IT Professionals
  • Production Technologies

January 20th, 4:00-5:30 pm; 6:00-7:00 pm

  • Culinary Arts
  • Health Sciences
  • Law Enforcement/CSI
  • Teaching Professions

ZOOM LINK will be posted on the NCC website the day of the event.

Northland Career Center

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School Meals Program

The waivers for FREE MEALS for all students will continue the second semester and are allowed for the entire school year.

Please be aware that some students are still purchasing from the a la carte menu, and will accrue charges if their account balance goes in the negative. Keep an eye on the parent portal occasionally, and check your student's balance. Thank you.

Winter Weather Information


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, Instagram, the District Hotline (816-858-2752), and local media. If snow, ice, or extreme cold make conditions unsafe, we will cancel school and now have options to 1) make those days up per our academic calendar, or 2) implement our Inclement Weather Virtual Learning Days or AMI (Alternative Methods of Instruction). Click here for details on our Inclement Weather Virtual Learning Days.

Have You Opted in to Receive Texts?

The District uses text messaging and automated phone calls to notify parents and staff of upcoming events and days off, school closings due to weather, and during emergency situations.

If you haven't yet opted in to receive texts and wish to do so, please text the word "YES" to 67587 (standard text messaging fees apply).

Now Hiring - Substitutes

We are hiring substitute teachers! You pick your schedule - short and long term positions, as well as pre-scheduled and on-call positions are available.
  • Long-Term Substitute: $18.67 per hour (after completion of 5 consecutive days on same job)
  • On-Call Substitute: $15.33 per hour (if used day of)
  • Substitute: $13.33 per hour
Click Here to Apply

Parent Teacher Student Association - PTSA

Booster Club

Visit our PCHS Booster Club website to order apparel, face coverings, and more!

Want to join or volunteer?

Follow this link to their membership page.

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Check often as Announcements are added frequently


December 23-January 1:

  • Winter Break
January 4:
  • Classes Resume

January 8:

  • 1st Semester Ends

January 11:

  • 2nd Semester begins

January 12:

  • NCC Virtual Open House

January 13:

January 14:

  • NCC Virtual Open House

January 18:

  • NO SCHOOL - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

January 20:

  • NCC Virtual Open House

Thank you to our Pirates ROCK Star business partners!

Platte County High School

  • Dr. Keith Jones, Principal
  • Matt Messick, Assistant Principal
  • Michelle Howren, Assistant Principal
  • Kiel Giese, Assistant Principal
  • Gabe Middleton, Activities Director