PCMS Weekly Update
September 22, 2023
Good afternoon PCMS Families!
We are halfway through the 1st Quarter already! It was a busy week as you can see below. We had some great stuff happening at PCMS, but we are all ready for a weekend and a terrific Blackout Football Game tonight!
Have a great weekend and GO PIRATES!!
💻 Check Out What We Did This Week!
Science students in Mrs. Keighley's 6th-grade classes work on making sunshades for their Chromebooks.
Declan Taylor, PCMS sixth grader, took the opportunity to teach his peers about a challenge he faces every day. Declan has Alopecia, a disease that happens when the immune system attacks hair follicles and causes hair loss. In the past, Declan has had unkind things said to him by those who may not understand why he doesn't have hair. Declan shared his challenges with his peers in order to help build an understanding of these challenges and teach his peers how they can respectfully approach the topic. Most importantly, he wanted his fellow students to know what they could do to support each other when they encountered another person being unkind. Many students encounter different types of challenges so this helps us grow understanding and support one another regardless of the type of challenge that they may face. Thank you, Declan, for being so willing to share and doing an amazing job!!
🏈 Pirates in Action
All of our teams were in action this week! Here’s a quick recap of their weeks.
- Volleyball: Both A and B volleyball teams came away victorious in their matches on Monday at home against the Heritage Middle School Eagles but then had some tough losses on Wednesday to the Jaguars on the road.
- Football: On Tuesday, the A football team had to bounce back from a disappointing 1-point loss to Liberty North but did well by holding Excelsior Springs to 14 points while the offense took the lead and scored 26 for the win. The B team also had something to prove as the offense put up 41 points while the defense held them to a donut against the Eagles. The team is looking forward to next week as both the A and B teams take on Park Hill at home while the C team takes a long road trip to Harrisonville.
Cross Country: On Monday the cross country team ran at East Hills Middle School in Lees Summit. The kids competed well and many improved their finish times. On Wednesday the team ran in Liberty at Capital Federal Park. This is a flat fast course and the runners proved that to be true. Tyler Stambersky led the girls' team and placed 1st in a sprint out with New Mark. The boys' team was led by Landon Mckinzie who placed 5th overall. Both teams placed 3rd overall.
🎧 School Tips & Reminders
Remember that all students need to bring earbuds with them to their classes as this was an item listed on their school supplies. Many teachers give students individual video assignments so they can do them at their own pace. Without earbuds, it is difficult for many students to concentrate when doing an assignment with a video because so many are playing their video out loud. If they need to purchase earbuds, they can be purchased in the office for $1.
🧡 This Week's CharacterStrong Focus
Here’s a quick recap of what we talked about this week in our CharacterStrong sessions - some good stuff right here!
6th Grade worked on Building Connections. This was the 1st of 2 sessions about building community. Connecting with peers and building friendships and relationships are important for our sense of belonging and can lay a good foundation for creating a sense of safety and community in our classroom.
7th Grade focused on Building Connections. This was the 1st of 2 sessions about building community. The goal is to begin to develop relationships and create a sense of safety and community in our classroom space.
8th Grade continued to work on creating Class Agreements. This was the 2nd half of last week's lesson. Students described why having clear expectations of ourselves and others help us succeed as a class. They identified their own needs as part of the class and they worked to clearly define agreements for the class.
🔍 Become a Canvas Observer
Last week, your middle school student should have sent you an email about becoming a Canvas Observer. Starting this school year, all 6th-12th grade courses will be housed in a singular learning management system called Canvas. In Canvas, the “Observer” role is used for parents to allow them to see what is going on in their student’s courses. Use the attached guide to set up your Canvas observer account using the student pairing code from each of your students. Click here to create an account and log into Canvas: platteco.instructure.com/login/canvas.
You can then set up your notification preferences or log into Canvas to see the Dashboard of what is happening in all your student's courses. Within Canvas, you can see assignment details, submissions, comments, and more. Official grades are then posted to PowerSchool. Contact the school if you have any questions.
📔 Note from our Social Worker
Hello and welcome to a new school year! My name is Katie Powers and I am the building social worker at PCMS. We are so glad to have your student attend our school.
Periodically, I will send out information via email throughout the school year for families that will include community resources and events that may benefit you or your child. A great way for me to know how I can help is by filing out this resource checklist!
If you would like to apply for free or reduced-cost lunches, please complete this form.: https://www.plattecountyschooldistrict.com/departments/food_services/free_and_reduced_meals
Do you need assistance with energy bills? The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) may be able to help. You can apply online or download the application at https://mydss.mo.gov/utility-assistance/liheap or call (855)373-4636 to have an application mailed to you.
Did you know that Platte County R3 has a food pantry? Follow this link to register to attend. www.plattecountyschooldistrict.com/business_community/treasure_chest
If you have any questions or I can be of assistance, please contact me at 816-858-2036 ext. 2616 or email@example.com.
📣 Super Saturday Cheer Clinic
🍩 7th Grade Pastries with Pirates
At PCMS, we have a long-standing tradition of welcoming our extended Pirate families to enjoy breakfast with their middle school students. We are happy to announce we will be again hosting our 7th Grade Pastries with Pirates breakfast on Wednesday, October 4 at 7 a.m. 7th-grade students are encouraged to invite special family member(s) to join them. This could be grandparents, mom, dad, aunt, uncle, or any other significant person in the student's life. We’re looking forward to seeing you on the 4th!
👪 Open PTO Meeting
🚗 Homecoming 2023: Enjoy the Ride - Road Trip to Homecoming
Platte County School District's Homecoming festivities run October 9-14, 2023. This year's theme is "Enjoy the Ride - RoadTrip to Homecoming 2023." Click here for the week's spirit days and festivities.
PCHS will host the Victory Supper on Wednesday, October 11, starting at 6pm at Pirate Stadium. The Victory Supper will be a community pep rally with our coaches introducing the fall teams, the crowning of the underclassmen candidates and the Homecoming King, and performances by the Traditions Band, PCHS dance team, PCHS cheerleaders, Super Saturday youth cheerleaders, and alumni cheerleaders. PCHS cheerleading alumni are asked to arrive at 5:30pm for a short practice. Pirate Legacies, our second (or third) generation Pirates with parents who graduated from PCHS, are invited to gather at 5:45pm in the southside stands for a group photo. The Victory Supper event is open to the community and food will be available.
The Homecoming Parade will begin at 3pm on Friday, October 13, and will run on Fourth Street from Thomas Drive to Rising Star Park. Students will be dismissed three hours early that day. Parents and the community are encouraged to arrive by 2:25pm as Fourth Street between Zed Martin and Thomas Drive will be closed to traffic beginning at 2:30pm. Thomas Drive between Siegrist Elementary and Fourth Street will also be closed. If you'd like to participate in the parade, please contact Kyle Perkins for an entry form by October 11. If you have a convertible or Jeep and would be willing to drive Homecoming candidates, please contact Robin Herron.
- PLEASE NOTE, AGAIN THIS YEAR:
- Parade Staging: We will be utilizing the bus loop at the PCHS Phase I Rebuild project for float staging, again this year. Parade entries will receive complete instructions. There will be a shuttle bus to take parade participants and their sponsors back to the main PCR-3 campus.
- Shuttle Bus: The shuttle bus will be parked along Zed Martin Drive. Floats will disband in the Rising Star Park/Splash Pad and will take the path from Rising Star to Zed Martin Drive. We encourage parents to pick up their participants at the PCR-3 main campus.
Immediately following the parade, Connections Bank will be hosting its annual Community Tailgate Party, in the High Pointe Shops Shopping Center parking lot. The community is invited to come see PCHS's Traditions Band, cheerleaders and dance team perform, and enjoy free food and drinks! PLEASE NOTE: The PCHS Band will not be playing on the Courthouse steps.
Homecoming Football Game: The Pirates will take on the Park Hill South Panthers at 7 p.m. on Friday, October 13 at Pirate Stadium. The Homecoming Queen will be crowned at halftime, and the Pride Band will perform after the game.
🥊 Help Us Knock Out Teen Vaping
Teen vaping rates are declining in the Kansas City Northland! We’ve knocked vaping down to just 6%, and it’s all thanks to you! More adults and teens know vaping is harmful to growing brains, and highly addictive, especially for young people under age 25. We’ve got teen vaping on the ropes, so let's knock it out for good.
To help prevent our kids from vaping, we can have conversations about our vape-free expectations early and often. We can warn teens of the risks, set the expectation they remain vape-free, and give them the confidence to say “no” to their peers. Remind your kids that they can come to you for help with peer pressure, stress, or anxiety. Parent Up KC is here to help too! Take action to help knock out teen vaping at ParentUpKC.com/Vaping.
📆 Upcoming Events
Cross Country @ Stocksdale Park, 4 pm
Football A/B Teams vs. Park Hill Middle School @ PCHS, 4 pm
Cross Country Buffalo Stampede @ Pioneer Ridge Middle School, 4 pm
Volleyball @ Northgate Middle School, 4 pm
Football C Team @ Harrisonville Memorial Stadium. 5:30 pm
Volleyball A Team Tournament @ Platte County High School, 9 am
Cross Country vs. South Valley Junior High @ Capitol Federal Park, 4 pm
Volleyball vs. Lakeview Middle School @ Home, 4 pm
Football A/B Team @ Kearney Elementary School, 5 pm
7th Grade Pastries w/ Pirates, 7 am
Cross Country @ Raymore-Peculiar High School, 4 pm
Volleyball Scrimmage @ Platte County High School, 5 pm
Open PTO Meeting, 6 pm
Football C Team vs. Raytown Middle School, 5 pm
FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes) Meeting, 7:10 am
NJHS Meeting, 7:20 am
🏴☠️ Pirates ROCK Character Trait for SEPTEMBER: Pride
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.
September's #PiratesRock trait is Pride: a feeling of self-respect & worth.