PCMS WEEKLY UPDATE

NOVEMBER 19, 2021

Good Afternoon PCMS Families!

Over the last several weeks, we’re finding ourselves having lots and lots of conversations with our kids about two things: ARE YOU MAKING SOMEONE’S DAY BETTER? and ARE YOU MAKING THE SITUATION BETTER OR WORSE with your actions. We’re seeing a lot, not all, struggle with manners and following simple requests without an eye roll, a snippy comment back, or returning to the same behavior as soon as they’re out of our sight. As we continue to work with our kids on this topic, I’m asking you to ask your child a different question when they come home. Instead of the normal “How was your day?” or “What did you do?” (to which you probably get a 1-word answer between the two, if you’re lucky ;) Instead ask them, “Who did you help today?” or “Who’s day did you make better and how?” These two questions could make such a difference in our classrooms, our school, and way beyond. Kindness is obviously not the only thing we focus on, but it’s a big one!!


Have a wonderful weekend, and since we won’t send a newsletter out next week, have a very Happy Thanksgiving!

CHECK OUT WHAT WE DID THIS WEEK!!

Future Freshman Day for 8th GRade

Today our 8th graders visited the high school to learn about opportunities available to them next year and throughout their high school career. Not only did they learn about course options, but they also received a tour and talked to current high school students and staff about the various extracurricular activities. Ask your student about Future Freshman Day and their thoughts on possible classes they would like to take next year. Next month, Ms. Schank will begin working with the 8th graders to select their high school courses and fill out their Individual Career and Academic Plan (ICAP). Look for more information in December.

SCHOOL TIPS & REMINDERS

When you are sending a check to school with your student for lunch, field trips, Chromebook insurance, etc., please make it out to PCR-3 each time. Thank you!

THE CHARACTER STRONG FAMILY DARE

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PARENT PORTAL INFORMATION

We believe that frequent communication on academic progress is critical to student success. You can access your child's grades and view their progress at any time by either logging onto Parent Portal or accessing the Tyler SIS Student 360 app on your mobile device.


Below you will find the link to a useful guide to Parent Portal. Please note that there is a feature that also allows you to receive a report via your email, that shows when students have been absent from a class. Instructions to set this up are on the guide, but here are the steps:

Just like the grade change notifications - after a parent logs in, there should be an icon with your initials in the top right corner of the portal. You can click on that, and then "notification preferences."


For the phone app, to set it is similar - click the three-line menu icon in the top LEFT, then down to Settings, then "notification preferences." This will send an email nightly, which summarizes the student's whole day. We hope you will find this helpful.

Parent Portal

Clicking here will take you directly to the guide

PCMS ALL-DISTRICT BAND RESULTS 2021

We received the results from last week's All-District Band auditions and we are very pleased to share that we have 19 students who were selected for the ensemble. Students worked hard for weeks to learn very challenging music and we are beyond proud of everyone who auditioned and how much they all grew through the process. Students that made the band will now get to participate in the All-District Band clinic and concert on Saturday, December 11 here at Platte County.


Middle School Band (17)

Indigo Teufel - 6th Chair Clarinet

Janelle Koch - 7th Chair Clarinet

Kylie Van Ness - 9th Chair Clarinet

Anna Simon - Honorable Mention Bass Clarinet

Hailey Prado - 6th Chair Trumpet

Marlee Richardson - 12th Chair Trumpet

Morgan Snyder - 1st Chair Horn

Katelyn Myers - 5th Chair Trombone

Kendall Johnson - 7th Chair Trombone

Keston Wimberly - 1st Alternate Baritone

Evan Magnuson - 2nd Chair Tuba

Lane Callow - 1st Chair Percussion

Joanna Reil - 3rd Chair Percussion

Tate Archer - 5th Chair Percussion

Sawyer Lane - 6th Chair Percussion

Jude Churchill - 8th Chair Percussion

Addyson Leas - 1st Alternate Percussion


Middle School Jazz Band (2)

Sawyer Lane - 1st Chair Drum Set

Lane Callow - 2nd Chair Drum Set

STUCO TURKEY DRIVE NOV 15-23

Stucco is sponsoring a Turkey Drive from November 15-23. Students can bring in boxed or canned food items during this time. Some examples are canned peaches, canned peas, peanut butter, and other canned/boxed food items. Thank you for your participation and for helping make this drive a success!

FALL PARENT SURVEY, PLEASE COMPLETE BY DEC 3

Our annual parent survey is now open please click on the button below to begin the survey. Thank you for taking the time to thoughtfully answer each question that applies to your family. Our district, various district departments and programs, and our school use this information to help us improve. Our school’s improvement goals this year include


  • Developing High-Performing Improvement Teams

  • Increasing the Sense of Belonging of Each Student

  • Increasing the Academic Achievement of Each Student


We use a variety of results to measure progress towards these goals including the following parent survey questions:


32. I feel my child is safe at school.

33. I feel my child(s) teachers care about him/her.

34. My child feels a sense of belonging at school.

37. I feel our family is valued and respected by our school.

40. I am a partner with the school with my child’s education.


If you have already completed the survey, you can continue to participate in the Thought Exchange comment section, by clicking here. Participants share thoughts, then rate thoughts shared by others to create themes and help the District prioritize next steps. We encourage you to revisit this exchange and rate additional thoughts as they are entered.

We will close the survey and Thought Exchange on Friday, December 3, 2021. Thank you in advance for your feedback!

UPCOMING EVENTS

November 20

  • Wrestling Tournament @Winnetonka HS

  • First Lego League Competition @ Olathe Northwest HS

November 22

  • Girls Basketball vs. Plaza Middle School, 4:00-6:00 pm

  • Boys Basketball @ Plaza Middle School, 4:00-6:00 pm

  • Wrestling Tournament @ Kearney Junior High, 4:00-6:00 pm

November 24

  • No School - Thanksgiving Break

November 25

  • No School - Thanksgiving Break

November 26

  • No School - Thanksgiving Break

November 29

  • Wrestling vs. New mark MS & Osage Trail MS, 4:00-6:00 pm

November 30

  • Boys Basketball vs Heritage MS 4:00-6:00 pm

  • Girls Basketball @ Heritage MS 4:00-6:00 pm

December 1

  • Wrestling @ Nowlin MS, 4:00-6:00 pm

December 2

  • Boys Basketball @ Kearney Junior High, 4:00-6:00 pm

  • Girls Basketball vs. Kearney JH, 4:00-6:00 pm

December 3

  • NJHS Meeting in Forum Room, 7:20 am

  • Archery Family Tournament @ Barry, 5:00-9:00 pm

December 4

  • Archery Family Tournament @ Barry, 5:00-9:00 pm

Mark Your Calendar

(Click the button above to view the full PCMS calendar on our website.)

Community Events/Flyers

Make sure you check out the "Community" tab on the Platte CountyRIII School District webpage. There you will find an option called "Community Events/Activity Flyers" where you can access flyers with information regarding various events and opportunities within our community!

Platte City Middle School

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