PCHS Pirate News

August 27, 2021

Parent/Student Newsletters are typically sent every third Friday.

Welcome Back Pirates!

Please save this doc and view it often for updated Announcements.

Top Ten Things Freshmen and New Families Need to Know (reminders for everyone)

  1. DOORS: High school doors do not open until 7:15 am.
  2. LATE ARRIVALS: Students arriving late must go to the main WELCOME CENTER to get a pass.
  3. PARKING: No parking in any RESERVED parking spot. Also - make sure you have your parking tag! Pick up an application from the main office.
  4. PASSES: Students needing to travel between buildings DURING class, you must have a pass from a teacher and you can get a PIRATE PASS from the main office to go to Paxton, and Paxton Center to go to the main building. (Library, Nurse, Counseling office...) Please take care of other business in between class periods. (lunch money, parking passes....)
  5. CAR RIDERS: should be dropped off at the Main doors or South doors, not on the road between Paxton and the main building.
  6. MASKS: Extra disposable masks are available at the two welcome centers and the main office if a student forgets theirs.
  7. LUNCH MONEY is needed for extra meals and a la carte items and should be dropped in the box in the MAIN office to be applied to the student account. Money is not taken at registers. You may pay online via K12Paymentcenter (see below in the lunch section)
  8. CHECK-IN/OUT: Students checking in and out (illness, appointments, etc) need to go to the MAIN WELCOME CENTER.
  9. ATTENDANCE: If you know your child will be absent, please call the office in the morning so we can mark their attendance accordingly. Otherwise, students are marked as unexcused until a parent calls in. ALSO - if your child needs to be dismissed for an appointment, please call ahead and have your child pick up a dismissal slip from the main welcome center. There are PRE-ARRANGED ABSENCE forms in the office for scheduled absences such as vacations, surgery, etc. These need to be signed and turned in to the office prior to the scheduled absence.
  10. COMMUNICATION: Please visit the following places to get information on events, and other items of importance - HS Webpage, Social Media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram), Daily Announcements, and of course, always refer back to our Newsletters!

Feedback is a Gift! — BTSN Feedback Form

Back to School Night Feedback

In an effort to continue to improve our processes, we would like to solicit feedback from you, our stakeholders, to ultimately get better at what we do; serve you.

If you would be so kind and give us one to two minutes of your time to answer two questions regarding Back to School Night. Thanks so much, Pirate Nation.


We are a team!

- Mr. Matt Messick

Update on Fall Activities

At this time, the fall activities season is following its normal schedule, and there are no spectator limitations for home PCR-3 events. For away events, other districts may have certain guidelines and restrictions, and these will be communicated via our PCHS Activities Twitter, and through coaches to parents and fans. For all events, social distancing is recommended, and face coverings are required for indoor activities and are recommended in crowded outdoor settings.

Due to our construction at PCHS, all spectators at Pirate Stadium events (football, soccer, etc.), should use the north gate entrance. All PCHS softball games will be at Platte Ridge Park this season.

Free Meals for All Students

The District has been approved to serve free meals to ALL students, regardless of meal status, as well as community members age 18 and under, through the end of the 2021-22 school year. Children can receive up to one breakfast and one lunch each day. Additional meals and a la carte items (extra milk, extra entrees, chips, etc.) are not included in the waiver. If you think you may qualify for free or reduced-priced meals, please fill out the form linked here, so you can be eligible for additional District resources and support. This form is not required to receive the free meals under this waiver, but helps us assist families in various other ways.

No Charging Policy for A la Carte/Extras

Students that would like to purchase from the a la carte menu, or second meals, must have money in their student account before they can make purchases.

We have a NO CHARGING policy on food and drink items that are not part of the regular tray meal. (per the notice above, all students can receive one free breakfast and one free lunch a day)

Some students have begun accumulating charges on their accounts. Please check their balance through the parent portal and K12Payment Center. You may pay any negative meal account charges by sending cash or check (payable to PCR3), or online via the K12 payment center site.

Enroll Your Student's Device in Chromebook Insurance

Students in grades 6-12 are strongly encouraged to enroll in Chromebook insurance. PCR-3 has partnered with One2One Risk Solutions to provide accident protection for our one-to-one technology initiative. Click here for information about this protection program.

Steps to Enroll Your Student's Device

  1. Find your student's ID number by logging into Parent Portal, then selecting "Student Details" under "Student Information" in the left-hand menu. Your student's ID number is a 10-digit number displayed on the top left. If you have trouble locating the ID number, please contact our office.
  2. Visit www.one2onerisk.com and select "Enroll my Device."
  3. Select Missouri, then Platte County R-3 School District, and then your child's school.
  4. Enter your student's ID number and complete the information, acknowledgment, and payment.

Linked below are additional videos to help you with the process of signing up and how to process a claim, if needed.

Signs of Suicide (SOS) Prevention Program; Parent IgNIGHT - August 31

Signs of Suicide (SOS) Prevention Program; Parent IgNIGHT - August 31

The adolescent years are marked by a roller-coaster ride of emotions-difficult for students and their parents. It is easy to misread depression as normal adolescent turmoil; however, depression (among the most common of mental illnesses) appears to be occurring at a much earlier age. Depression-which is treatable-is a leading risk factor for suicide. To proactively address these issues, Platte County School District offers depression awareness and suicide prevention training as a part of the Signs of Suicide (SOS) Prevention Program. Middle and high school buildings will be conducting this program with students in September-November. On August 24, families were emailed a letter regarding this program. If you do NOT wish for your child to participate in the SOS Program, please complete THIS FORM.

Parents are invited to join us for a virtual Parent IgNIGHT on Tuesday, August 31, 2021, at 6:30pm to learn about the program. Click here to join the webinar on August 31. Parents will learn the components of this program, and will be provided skills to continue conversations with our students to proactively address these issues, and engage as partners in suicide prevention.

Picture Day is September 1st

Dear Platte County High School parents:

Picture Day is Wednesday, September 1. If you would like to order pictures, you may send your order with your student on picture day, payable with cash or check OR you may also order online through Wednesday, September 8. (These are NOT the actual Senior Yearbook images. These images are for ID purposes and underclass yearbook pictures).

Please note the following info:

  • Color backgrounds are not available to purchase online
  • Add-ons are only available by the purchase of a portrait package
  • If you have more than one student at this school, you will need to complete each child's order with payment info each time.

To order online, please enter this link into the address bar:


(This link does expire after Wednesday, Sept. 8. All portrait packages will be delivered within 3-4 weeks to Platte County High School).

Pirates ROCK Kickoff/Community Tailgate - September 3

On Friday, September 3, we kick off our 16th year of our Pirates ROCK character education program! To celebrate, wear your orange and black on Friday, join the community from 5-7 pm at Price Chopper in Platte City for a tailgate, and enjoy free popcorn at the first home football game! See attached flier for details.

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Stay Up-to-Date With Your Child's Grades - PARENT PORTAL

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 into Parent Portal or accessing the Tyler SIS Student 360 app on your mobile device. Below is a quick guide on how to access your child's grades online or on your mobile device.

Guide to Parent Portal

**Some parents may not realize they already have been given access to the portal and do not utilize this valuable tool. If you completed a form just type in your user name (full email address) and click forgot password. You will receive an email with a link that allows you to re-set (this link has a 24-hour window, so be checking your SPAM folder as well!)

Dress Code - Updated for 2021-2022

Resending this information for new families that may have missed this previously.
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Clubs and Organizations

Click the button above to view the clubs that you can join!

Check Out the LEARNING Going On!

Pirates ROCK Character Trait: SELF CONFIDENCE (August)

Pirates ROCK Character Trait: SELF CONFIDENCE (August)

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.

August's #PiratesROCK trait is SELF CONFIDENCE: having a positive belief in yourself.

Professional Learning Community (PLC) Early Release

On Wednesday, September 15, students will be released two hours early for our first Professional Learning Community (PLC) day of the 2021-22 school year. PLC days are designed to establish sustained and uninterrupted time for teachers to work together and collaborate to improve student learning and achievement. This time allows educators to examine and respond to the four basic fundamental questions of a Professional Learning Community:

  • What is it we want students to learn?
  • How will we know when each student has achieved the learning?
  • How will we respond when a student is not learning?
  • How will we respond when we know a child has mastered the learning?

For more information on PCR-3's Professional Learning Community, visit the PLC page on the district's website.


September 1:

  • Student Picture Day

September 3:

September 6:

  • No School - Labor Day

September 8:

  • Fall Musical Auditions, 3 pm

September 9:

  • CALLBACKS for Fall Musical Auditions, 3 pm

September 15:

September 18:

  • All-District Choir Auditions

September 21:

  • SOS Day

October 4-8:

  • Homecoming Spirit Week

October 8:

October 11:

  • No School, District Inservice

October 20:

October 22:

  • End of 1st Quarter

October 29:

  • Report Cards Go Home

Click here to view the full calendar on our website.

Parent Teacher Student Association — PTSA

Please Join PTSA

Platte County Pirates Booster Club Merchandise Store

Grand Opening of the new Booster Club Merchandise Store

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