April 19, 2019

Pirate Presence


As the school year is winding down, we are required by the State of Missouri Department of Education, each year to report the time PCHS Students are present at school. The expectation is to have 90% of our students present 90% of the time. Last year, we reported 84% of our students here 90% of the time. Our current rate sits at 86% of our students here 90% of the time.

Ultimately, attendance is important. Research demonstrates that students who are in attendance more than 90% demonstrate a higher rate of success both academically and socially.

Even though we are seeing a slight improvement this year, we need to continue to have students here every minute, every hour of every day. We understand that there are occasions a student must be gone, however, we are asking that you continue to partner with us, encourage your student to be at school every day. Their success is important to all of us, and with your help they will achieve that success and increase our rate from last year, demonstrating great growth.

Thank you in advance for supporting your student and teaming with us to motivate students to be present in school. Your student depends on both yours and the schools' support for their success!

Take care,

Dr. Stephanie Theis

Pirates R.O.C.K. "Got Character?" Recruitment - Current Juniors

For those Juniors still interested in being a part of this program, please turn in the Pledge Form to the Main Office no later than April 26th.

Information Letter and Pledge form are attached below.



Yearbook - Last Chance to Order

The high school yearbook staff is holding their final sales drive of the year from now until April 26! This is your last chance to order the award-winning 2019 yearbook because WE DO NOT ORDER ANY EXTRAS!

The only way to secure your 2019 yearbook is by ordering through the website www.yearbookforever.com. You can add several personalized options through this site as well.

Please check the attached PDF to see if you've already ordered a yearbook for this year. I cannot issue refunds. It is current as of the morning of April 18. If your name is not on the list, you have not purchased a yearbook for this school year.

As a reminder, yearbooks are always distributed during enrollment in August. We do this so we can work on the book the whole school year and include spring sports, Prom, graduation, etc. If your current senior will be at college by then, and you are not able to stop by the office to pick it up, please contact me at johnsonk@platteco.k12.mo.us to arrange for another person to come to claim it.

Junior/Senior Prom -

This year's Prom theme is PARIS AT NIGHT

  • Date: April 27th (8-11pm)
  • Cost: $30/person
  • Ticket sales: April 17-26, before and after school outside the front office

*If your student plans to bring a date who is not a PCHS student, they need to pick up a form in the office, or from the HS web page: GUEST FORM

  • Place: Dan Meiner Studio @ Pennway Place - 2500 West Pennway, KCMO 64108
  • Parking: Jefferson Street has open parking from 25th all the way up to 26th Street. A police officer will be stationed there throughout the event to stop traffic for students crossing the street.
  • Facility Website: http://www.danmeiners.com/event-space/

After Prom

After Prom is at Main Event this year.

Tickets sales are April 22-25, Before and after school, by the main office.

$20. in advance

$25. at the door.

Academic Awards and Senior Awards/Scholarship Recognition

Due to modified makeup days and testing dates, our senior awards ceremony has been moved from May 7th to TUESDAY, APRIL 30th at 8:00 am in the PCHS Wilson Auditorium. This ceremony will be combined with our Academic Awards Ceremony.

Academic/Scholarship Recognition Ceremony Tuesday, April 30 at 8 a.m. in the Wilson Auditorium.

Qualifications for students to be awarded a PCHS Academic Letter include:

· Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors who earn a 3.85 or higher weighted GPA

· GPA’s are computed on an annual basis by averaging the second semester GPA of the previous year with the first semester GPA of the current school year.

· First year letter winners will receive the academic letter plus a pin of the current school year.

· Subsequent letter winners will receive a pin of the current school year.

We will also be recognizing Seniors for the following:

· Local Scholarship Winners

· Bright Flight

· Perfect Attendance

· Athletic Award

· Character Council

· Skills USA

· Military

Counseling Department

SCHOLARSHIPS - check often!

Click here to view Success Ready Opportunities: SUCCESS READY

Upcoming Auditions for Dance, JV Cheer and Colorguard

Almost Time for Testing

AP Testing & End of Course exams schedules are listed below.

Immunization Clinic - May 22

The Platte County Health Department is partnering with Platte County R-3 School District to provide all required school immunizations for students attending Platte County R-3 High School Wednesday, May 22, 2019.

The vaccines being offered are:

  • Meningococcal/Menactra (Meningitis)
  • Tdap/Boostrix (Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis)

Forms are attached below:

Last Day of School

At the April Board of Education meeting, members voted to designate Friday, May 31, 2019 as our last day of school for the 2018-19 school year. In accordance with Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) regulations, the Board is able to waive our 9th inclement weather make up day, as we have an extra day built into our academic calendar.

Friday, May 31, 2019 will be our last day of school, and will be a 3-hour early dismissal.

Parent IgNIGHT: Safeguarding our Children, Part II - May 1, 2019

Platte County School District's Parent IgNIGHT series of informative parent sessions is designed to include, inform, involve, and ignite parents. Our next session, Safeguarding our Children Part II: Drugs, Vaping, Alcohol, and Other Distractions, will focus on parent prevention efforts and supports available with regards to drugs, alcohol, and vaping on May 1, 6:30 pm at Platte City Middle School.

We will host a summertime Parent IgNIGHT session on Resilience, July 23, 6:30 pm at PCHS's WIlson Auditorium.

Pirates ROCK End-of-Year Celebration/Sharpen the Saw Challenge - May 3, 2019

This year's Pirates ROCK End-of-Year Celebration will take place at the Sharpen the Saw Challenge Course at Barry-Platte Park on Friday, May 3. The course will be open from 5-7pm, with the character recognition ceremony at 6pm. Pre-register here to skip the waiver line and pre-select your t-shirt size, and see the event flier here.

Summer School 2019

Summer School will be held June 3-29, 2019. All Platte County R-3 students are invited to attend and continue to grow as learners throughout the summer! The purpose of PCR-3’s Summer School Program is to provide an experience that is relevant, rigorous, and engaging, based on individual learner needs, in a safe and caring environment.

Pirates R.O.C.K. Character Trait: PERSEVERANCE

Pirates R.O.C.K. (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 and rejection.

Student SCHIVIR Nominations

In an effort to make sure we are recognizing all our students, we are opening up the opportunity for students to nominate their peers when they are seen living out our Pirate Character Traits in our building. Please use this form to nominate your fellow students whom you see are living out our Pirate Character Traits (Self-Confidence, Pride, Responsibility, Citizenship, Compassion, Individuality, Self Control, Integrity, Perseverance, Respect, Cooperation, Honesty). Students who are nominated will be called to the office and recognized for their efforts.


Platte County Pirates Booster Club Online Store

Looking for some spirit wear? The Platte County Pirate Booster Club online store, www.pchsboosterclub.com is live and featuring our 2019 winter line as well as some of our favorites from last year. The site allows consumers to shop on-line for its Platte County School District branded products. The pchsboosterclub.com online store contains a "shopping cart" for convenient, safe, and secure purchases, and has special features, such as the ability to select different size, color, and other product details. All purchases will be handled securely through PayPal and orders will be picked up at the PCHS Welcome Center. For more information, contact: Jerri Spores, 816-858-2822 x. 1238.




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

May - 9


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 student 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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Mark Your Calendar

April 22-25:


April 22-25:

  • AFTER PROM TICKETS ON SALE, before and after school

April 22-26:

  • PROM TICKETS ON SALE, before and after school

April 25:


April 26:

  • Pirate Performers Auditions

April 27:

  • AFTER PROM Sponsored by PTSA

April 29:

  • Spring NHS Induction Ceremony

April 30:


May 1:


Click here to view the full Platte County High School calendar on our website.

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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