October 1, 2018

Instagram and Teens: What you need to know?

Stay Up-to-Date With Your Child's Grades: Parent Portal

The end of 1st Quarter is coming up on October 12. Do you know how your child is doing in his/her classes? Parents can use Parent Portal to keep up to date on grades, attendance, lunch account balances and more!

Check out the Guide to Parent Portal for instructions on how to use this student and parent information system.

NOTE: The “Assignments” and “Grades” tiles in Parent Portal aren’t used as frequently by elementary parents (grades K-5), as by secondary parents (grades 6-12). Elementary progress under the Grades tile is shown as standards-based progress as reported on quarterly report cards.

You can log onto Parent Portal by visiting plattecountyschooldistrict.com and clicking on the “Grades” icon at the top of any page. You can also download the Tyler SIS Student 360 app on your mobile device. Email notifications to parents can also be scheduled for students in grades 6-12. Select the Notification Preferences tile or “Set Notification Preferences" under the parent drop-down menu. These notifications include an email if the student is absent and/or if a gradebook score is entered.

Safe and Civil Schools

Our school is participating in a project supporting building leadership. As a part of that project, all students will be asked to complete an anonymous survey about school climate and their experiences in school. The purpose of the project is to determine if a training program for principals helps promote a positive and safe school for students. One way we will examine whether the program is helpful is by asking students their perceptions of the school and behaviors that can affect student academic success.

Students will be asked to complete an electronic survey (with no names) at school. It will last 20-30 minutes. The survey is completely voluntary, and privacy will be strictly protected. Student responses cannot be linked back to individual students. If there are any questions your child does not wish to answer, he/she is free to skip questions and they may stop taking the survey at any time they choose. Students who do not wish to participate in the survey or stop participating or whose parents choose to deny permission for their participation will be provided with an appropriate alternative activity (e.g. reading in the school library or quiet reading) while the surveys are being administered.

If you do not want your child to participate in the survey, please notify the school office. Let us know if you have any questions.

Counseling Department


  • Female Seniors: PEO Star Scholarship apps due Oct 12
  • Seniors: Elks scholarship apps due Nov 15
  • Both are on PCHS counseling website.


Next Jump Start with the Counselors is on October 17th, at 7:00 am at Paxton Center AND Barry School.


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Breakfast With the Professionals

PCHS Students and Parents: The PCHS Counseling Department is starting a new monthly series in conjunction with Northland Career Center, allowing students and parents to hear from professionals in differing career paths.

First up: MANUFACTURING on Thursday, October 4. See flyer for details and RSVP here:


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JOSTENS - Senior Graduation Products

Seniors - Jostens will be here again on Thursday, October 18th, to take graduation announcement and cap/gown orders.

Height and Weight is needed for the gown .

JOSTENS - Sophomore Class Ring Presentation

Jostens will be here to meet with the sophomore class on Monday, October 15th, 2:00 pm in the theatre. They will hand out order packets for class rings at that time.


  • Thursday, Oct. 18, during lunch periods.
  • Thursday, Oct. 18, Family Ordering Time, 4:00-6:00 pm in the Main Lobby
  • Wednesday, Oct. 24th, BEFORE school (7:00-7:30) in the Main Lobby

Picture Days

  • October 16 - Retakes for Seniors & Underclassmen
  • November 15 - Retakes for Seniors & Underclassmen



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

Oct. 7 - FUNdraising Event at MAIN EVENT (see below)

Oct. 11 - Meeting

Nov. 8 - Meeting

Dec. 13 - Meeting

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Fall Musical, "The Drowsy Chaperone" Nov. 8, 9 & 10

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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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How To Use Parent Portal

Mark Your Calendar



2 - WRITERS INC., 3:00, Library

3 - S.A.D.D. Meeting, PLT, rm 19

3 - FRIENDS CLUB, 2:45, Library


4 - 1st SCIENCE OLYMPIAD MEETING, 7:10 am OR 2:45, Rm. 62

7 - MAIN EVENT FUNdraising event 5p-12a

8 - NO SCHOOL, Columbus Day (& District Inservice)

9 - PSAT Pre-Administration, South Gym

10 - PSAT, South Gym

11 - PTSA MTG., 6:30, Library

12 - END 1st QUARTER

13 - GAME CLUB. 3-4, Pax. rm 19

15 - JOSTENS Meeting with Sophomore class, 2:00, theatre

16 - PICTURE RETAKE DAY, Seniors and Underclassmen

17 - PLC DAY

18 - JOSTENS - CLASS RING ORDER DAY (and any Srs. who haven't ordered yet), 11:30

18 - JOSTENS CLASS RING Family Order TIme, 4-6, Main Lobby

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