PCHS Pirate News
October 10, 2022
April 14, 2023
Greetings Pirate Families
It’s a great time to be a Pirate! The month of April is filled with fun and impactful activities for students here at PCHS. This week every student participated in Arrive Alive Day, which highlights and brings awareness about safety. Students were able to visit with vendors that provide tips on speaking out against drinking and driving, bullying and making good choices when they are faced with peer pressure. The motivational speaker, Cara Filler, was phenomenal sharing her story about her twin sister losing her life in a car accident the day after their 18th birthday. Please ask your student what they took away from the day or learned about safety.
As we move through the month of April, testing will start April 19th for students who are taking the End of Course (EOC) assessment. The schedule for all tests is included below in the newsletter. Please continue to partner with us around encouraging your student to be at school and on time as we approach the end of the school year. The administration met with the senior class to highlight all the fantastic events and activities coming up at the end of the year. The last week of April we will meet with underclassmen to discuss the month of May schedule and next school year as they move up in the ranks here at PCHS.
I would like to review the Activity Bus guidelines and expectations for our students here at PCHS. The Platte County R-3 School District is one of the very few public school districts that still provides after-school activities transportation to its students so that they may participate in sports, clubs, practices, and other authorized activities. These buses are to provide a ride to pre-scheduled zone drop-off points strategically located within the District for students who are participating in after-school activities. Examples are, but not limited to: sports, clubs, practices, and after school tutoring. Students must be on an approved list (provided by their coaches/sponsors) to ride the activity bus. District SRO's will check the list daily and if a student is not on the list, they will not be allowed on the bus. Students are expected to remain with their coaches/sponsors until 5:00 where they will be released to the PCHS South Commons to meet the bus. For more information regarding the activity buses, please refer to our transportation page of our district website.
Lastly, we would like to congratulate Mrs. Heather Brown, one of our school counselors for being recognized as the Northwest Missouri Region Secondary School Counselor of the Year! We were able to surprise her with this accomplishment and recognize her at the Arrive Alive Assembly in front of staff and students. This is very fitting and deserving as Mrs. Brown is a huge advocate for our students and PC community. We are proud of our excellent staff that works with our students daily to help them achieve at their fullest potential.
It’s a great day to be a Pirate!
Extremely Proud Principal,
Dr. Keith Jones
Mrs. Heather Brown
Northwest Missouri Region Secondary School Counselor of the Year
Arrive Alive 2023
Summer School — June 1-29
On April 17, Summer School Registration for the High School (incoming 9th through 12th grades), including the Drivers Ed. program, will open up on the High School website.
**Please check the website on the morning of Monday, April 17, for the Summer School link to go live.
Parent IgNIGHT: Prepped and Ready - Parenting into the Teen Years - April 17
Platte County School District's Parent IgNIGHT series of informative parent sessions is designed to include, inform, involve, and ignite parents. PCR-3 is excited to partner with Children’s Mercy Hospital (CMH) to host a Prepped and Ready presentation, designed to equip parents and guardians with knowledge and skills to help their teens transition from childhood to post-adolescence. Join us on Monday, April 17, 6:15-7:30pm, at Barry School. The event is also part of a research study conducted by CMH. Those who attend and complete the pre- and post-assessments will earn a $35 gift card and a safety toolkit. Child care will be provided. RSVP by clicking here. See flier for details.
End of Course (EOC) Exams - Schedule
Class of 2023 - Important Dates
April 15 - Jr./Sr. Prom
April 30 - Deadline to turn in Scholarship & Award info - see Google Form in google classroom
May 3 - Decision Day
May 8-12 - Senior Finals; Checkout Process begins
May 12 - Senior Awards; Seniors Last Day; Senior Send-Off
May 17 - Baccalaureate, 6:30 pm, Wilson Auditorium
May 19 - Graduation Breakfast & Rehearsal, Senior Walks, & Senior Celebration
May 21 - Graduation, 2:00 pm Hy-Vee Arena
Parents & Seniors - Please start checking FEES and LUNCH ACCOUNT Balances. Any remaining obligations (including uniforms, classroom materials, or Library materials that are owed, or damaged) must be paid before the senior can receive their diploma at graduation.
Local awards/scholarship ceremony for seniors is Friday, May 12th at 9:00 am in the Wilson Auditorium. All seniors and their parents are invited to attend.
A+ Scholarship - Seniors
This is the time to check if you have met the A+ Scholarship requirements. A list of students who currently qualify or are pending will be posted in the main building office May 5th. The final determination will be made after all grades, attendance, and math scores are available. Please see or email Mrs. Hartland if you have questions.
Purple Up! For Military Kids - Wear Purple April 19th
April is the Month of the Military kid. Let's turn PCHS PURPLE on Wednesday, April 19th, to show our support and thank military kids for their strength and sacrifices.
Why purple? It is a color used to represent all military services.
Across the nation, school districts will be celebrating our military families!
AVID Elective Program - 2023-2024 School Year
Is your student still interested in your student joining the AVID Elective Program for next year? We still have spots available - please see the infographic and application information below.
Not sure what the AVID Elective Course can offer your student?
See the 2023-2024 AVID Elective Overview Infographic below. Those interested in joining this course please complete the online application. We are excited to offer an AVID elective course next year for ALL four grade levels. If you have questions speak with your school counselors or contact our AVID Site Coordinators:
Tori Tessmer- firstname.lastname@example.org
Joe King email@example.com
We hope you consider this incredible opportunity for your student.
AVID Elective information and upcoming application code*
*Application code is located in the top right corner of the infographic.
Miles of Smiles — Free Dental Program at PCR-3
Miles of Smiles is a full-service dental program that provides FREE dental care to children in the Northland for those that qualify based on income guidelines. The program will be in our district from April 26th - May 23rd.
Patient registration forms can be completed online or you can contact the school nurse and ask for a paper copy to be sent home with your student. (forms are also linked below)
The registration forms MUST BE completed by April 25th.
Please visit the dental clinic website at https://levelupkidsinc.org/patientinfo to fill out the online dental clinic forms. This is for the dental clinic only - no vision clinic will be done at this time.
Cover Letter for Miles of Smiles
Spring Play - The Servant of Two Masters
The PCHS Spring Play is April 25-27, 7:00 pm. Get your tickets to this very lively Italian classic comedy : THE SERVANT OF TWO MASTERS!
$10.00 Tickets sold online : http://pchstheatre.com
Limited number of tickets will be available at the door.
LAST CHANCE FOR YEARBOOKS
The final day to order yearbooks is quickly approaching. Don't let this year be the one year missing in your student's complete 4 year set.
Orders must be placed by April 28 at yearbookforever.com to ensure your student has their own copy of the 2022-23 yearbook.
Don't remember if you've ordered one already? You can check by typing in the email you would have used at yearbookforever.com as well. A summary of all orders made in the last 2 years will be provided.
Please contact adviser Devan Foos with any questions.
Pirates ROCK End-of-Year Celebration/Sharpen the Saw Challenge - April 28
Calling all character superheroes! The Pirates ROCK End-of-Year Celebration and Sharpen the Saw Challenge Course will be at Barry-Platte Park on Friday, April 28. Course is open from 5-7pm, with the character recognition ceremony at 6pm. Pre-register here and see flier for details.
Class for Permit & New Drivers this Summer - ROADWISE
We wanted to make you aware of our RoadWise class for this summer which will be on Friday, June 30th from 8 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. at Research Medical Center.
As a reminder, this is a class for permit drivers and new drivers ages 14-18. It is offered FREE of charge and modeled after our award-winning Young Traffic Offenders Program. The program gives young drivers the valuable perspective of healthcare professionals, crash victims and law enforcement and teaches the importance of safe driving.
If you have a child, grandchild in this age group, or know other parents who might be interested in such a program, please feel free to share this information including the flier attached. Parents can also learn more or sign their child up at the link below. It’s always helpful when young drivers sign up with at least one friend as well. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out! Thank you,
Rose M. Simone, CFRE
Director of Development
Think First of Greater Kansas City
Pirates ROCK Character Trait: Perseverance (April)
Pirates ROCK (Raising Outstanding Character Kids) is a program designed to surround our families with examples of strong character traits through school experiences, at home, and reinforced in their community. Each month our community focuses on a specific character trait and students are recognized for exhibiting these traits: Self Confidence, Pride, Responsibility, Citizenship, Compassion, Individuality, Self Control, Integrity, Perseverance, Respect, Honesty, and Cooperation.
April's #PiratesROCK trait is PERSEVERANCE: giving your best effort regardless of obstacles & rejection.
"Purple Up" Day
End of Course Exams begin (see schedule above)
Spring Play, 7:00 pm, Wilson auditorium
Professional Learning Community Day (PLC), 2-hour early release
Administrative Professional's Day
Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week
School Principal's Day
Decision Day: Seniors & Staff - wear your college, military, or trade school shirt or colors.
DRUM! Percussion Showcase, 7:00 pm, Wilson auditorium
School Nurse Day
Professional Learning Community Day, (PLC) 2-hour early release
HS Band Concert, 7:00 pm, Wilson auditorium
Senior Awards & Scholarship Ceremony, 9:00 am, Wilson auditorium
Seniors Last Day, (CHECK-OUT DAY)
Evening of Jazz, 7:00-10:00 pm, North Gym
Michelle Howren, Associate Principal
Matt Messick, Assistant Principal
Kiel Giese, Assistant Principal
Gabe Middleton, Activities Director
Location: 1501 Branch Street, Platte City, MO, USA