PCHS PARENT eNews
April 27, 2018
From the Principal - Vaping: An Epidemic
PCHS Parents and Guardians:
Did you know that among high school students in the United States between 2011-2015 there has been a 900% increase in the usage of e-cigarettes? Many students think the liquid they inhale is not dangerous, but the research has found chromium, nickel, zinc, and lead in the “juice” containers. When the coils heat the water the lead levels increase 25 times higher. Vaping now an epidemic among US high schoolers
For more information on vaping devices and dangers, we found these articles to be very informative. Vape devices are easily concealed, shared, and often times can look like a pen, a computer memory stick, a car key fob or even an asthma inhaler. In addition to flavored juices, the water mixture can contain nicotine or even THC (the drug in marijuana). Vaping: Dangerous, Available, and Addicting
Please help us prevent the increase of e-cigarettes in our Platte County R-3 schools by talking with your child about the dangers of vaping and sharing what these devices look like. We encourage our students to complete a Safe School report or contact an administrator if they are aware of anyone possessing or using these devices. “See something, Say something.”
- PCHS Administration
- Be sure to check that all forms are completed and signed.
- All students are required to have the Eligibility Form on file. (signatures are on the back of this form)
- Car riders and Drivers all need to have a Transportation Form completed and signed.
- Don't forget to sign the Enrollment Verification Form
2018-19 Immunization Requirements
Last week, an email was sent to the parents of all 2018-19 Seniors regarding immunization requirements. The email indicated that your now Junior may be non-compliant on his/her immunizations for the upcoming school year. The immunization we are focusing on is the Meningococcal (MCV) Vaccine.
This does not apply to students that have a religious and/or medical exemption on file in the health room.
If you did not receive this email, please make sure your current email is updated in our system.
The 2018-2019 Missouri School Immunization Requirements can be found at:
The requirements are:
Grade 8-10: One dose of MCV is required. Dose must be given after 10 years of age.
Grade 12: Two doses of MCV are required unless the first dose was administered to a student who was 16 years of age or older, in which case only one dose is required. At least one dose must be given after 16 years of age.
We are trying to get as many records as possible returned by May 15th of THIS YEAR so that when it comes time to enroll your student in 12th grade, it will be a much smoother and faster process.
Your child may have already had these vaccines administered and the paperwork was not brought in to school. Please check with your healthcare provider to see if your current 11th-grade student has already had these and if so, please turn in proof of them being given. You may turn in proof to the health room, attendance office or by email/ fax to the numbers listed below.
Many of you have already turned in your enrollment packets to the school. This vaccination requirement still stands, regardless of if your packet has already been turned in. Your student will need this vaccine completed prior to coming to school in the fall. If it is not completed, your child will not be able to get their schedules during enrollment.
Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions. Thank you for your attention to this matter.
Jennie Olson BSN, RN
PCHS Health Room
816-858-2822 ext 1209
DECISION DAY - May 2nd
On Wednesday, May 2, we will be celebrating Decision Day, Missouri's college & career readiness effort, also known as College Signing Day, Michelle Obama's Reach Higher college readiness effort. On that day, we encourage students to wear clothing that reflects their college, technical training center, or military choices.
Please respond to the AWARDS ASSEMBLY FORM by May 1st.
- May 1st - Deadline to respond to the Senior Achievement & Recognition form.
- May 1st - Deadline to submit your pictures for the senior slideshow!! Send a recent photo (can be your senior pic) and one baby pic to firstname.lastname@example.org - Include name of the graduate in the email!
You will not receive confirmation back.
- May 4th - Senior Achievement and Recognition Ceremony, 1:00, North Gym
- May 8th - CHROMEBOOK Check-In
- May 10th - Senior Meeting, 11:00, Wilson theatre
- May 10th & 11th - Senior Check-Out - Please make sure your obligations are paid!
May 11th - Senior Send-Off Assembly, Pirate Stadium, 1:57
- May 18th - Senior Breakfast 7:40 a.m. in Paxton Gym
- May 18th - Graduation Rehearsal and Senior Walk - you MUST attend rehearsal in order to participate in graduation. Please remember to bring your cap and gown, (Make sure your name is on them) All seniors must ride the bus to rehearsal and senior walk
- May 20th - Graduation at KCI Expo, 2:00 - All graduating seniors must report to the KCI Expo Center no later than 1:15 pm.
Breakfast and Lunch Options To-Go
OPAA has a great TO-GO menu that is produced at each end for breakfast and lunchtime. This might help some students who travel. Attached are some recipes with photos of what they would look like.
**These To-Go Box lunches are considered full meals and are charged as a Class-A lunch.
Overdrive Library Catalog
You may be familiar with Overdrive, an ebook and audiobook collection, through Mid-Continent Public Library but you may not know PCHS has its own curated collection of ebooks and audiobooks selected with our student population in mind. The collection can be accessed via this link Overdrive Library Catalog that you can also find on the PCHS Library web page.
- Chromebook check-in for all seniors is May 8
- Chromebook check-in for grades 9-11 is May 17 & 18
- If students have damaged Chromebooks, we will turn in insurance claims on those
- Students must turn in Chromebook, charger, and case (with reasonable wear); items not returned will be charged to obligations
- if a student still has out a Loaner computer from the Tech Deck, they will need to return those as well or be charged a replacement fee on obligations.
Students Checking Out and In
- If your student is leaving, anytime during the day, they need to check out through the WELCOME CENTER and check back in through the WELCOME CENTER.
- If your student is leaving ill they must visit the NURSE before checking out.
PLC Days - Students in Afternoon Activities
Remaining PLC Days:
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.
Mark Your Calendar
30 - COLORGUARD CLINICS BEGIN, 3-5, N. Gym
1 - EOC: ALG 2
1 - COLORGUARD CLINICS, 3-5, N. Gym
2 - DECISION DAY!
2 - PLC DAY
2 - COLORGUARD CLINICS, 3-5, N. Gym
3 - EOC: ALG 2
3 - COLORGUARD TRYOUTS, 3:15, N. Gym
4 - EOC: GOV
4 - SENIOR RECOGNITION & ACHIEVEMENT CEREMONY, 1:00, North Gym
4 - DRUM! Percussion Show, 7:00 pm, theatre
5 - PIRATES R.O.C.K. End of year celebration
7 - AP Testing Spanish AM, Psychology PM
8 - EOC: BIO
8 - AP Testing Spanish AM
8 - VOCAL CONCERT, 7:00 pm, theatre
9 - AP Testing English Lit & Composition AM
9 - 8th GRADE CLUB NIGHT, 5:30-6:30, S. Gym
10 - AP Testing US Government AM
10 - SENIOR MEETING, 11:00 am, theatre
10 - PTSA Mtg. 6:00, Library
10 - BAND CONCERT, 7:00 pm, theatre
11 - AP Testing US History AM
11 - SENIOR SEND-OFF, 1:57, Pirate Stadium
11 - EVENING OF JAZZ, 7:00-10:00 pm, N. Gym
12 - PLAY, "Junie B. Jones" by PIRATE PERFORMERS
13 - PLAY, "Junie B. Jones" by PIRATE PERFORMERS
14 - AP Testing Biology AM
14 - CHOIR AWARDS, 6:00-7:00 pm, Wilson theatre
15 - EOC: ALG 1
15 - AP Testing Calculus A/B and B/C AM
15 - CHOIR "SENIOR SHOWCASE", 7:00-8:15 pm, Wilson theatre
16 - EOC: ALG 1
16 - AP Testing English Lang and Comp AM
17 - AP Testing World History AM, Statistics PM
17 - CHROMEBOOK CHECK-IN (9th-11th)
18 - SENIOR BREAKFAST/REHEARSAL and "SENIOR WALK"
18 - AP Testing World History AM, Statistics PM
18 - CHROMEBOOK CHECK-IN (9th-11th)
20 - GRADUATION, 2:00, EXPO CENTER
22 - TRI-M MUSIC HONOR SOCIETY INDUCTION
25 - LAST DAY FOR UNDERCLASSMEN (Full Day)
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Platte County High School
- Dr. Chad Sayre, Principal
- Shari Waters, Assistant Principal
- Matt Messick, Assistant Principal
- Phil Dorman, Activities Director