PCHS Pirate Update

November 20, 2020

Parent/Student Newsletters will be sent on the third Friday of each month.

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From Dr. Jones

Message from Dr. Jones
Greetings Pirate Families (Virtual Learning)

Video referred to by Dr. Jones in his message above:

- How to Truly Feel Joy By Practicing Gratitude
How to truly feel joy by practicing gratitude | Brené Brown wisdom

Virtual Learning on Monday, 11/23 and Tuesday, 11/24

Monday, November 23rd is virtual A-day

Tuesday, November 24th is virtual B-day


On Monday and Tuesday, students will follow the schedule below. Monday is an A day and A day students will log in to their google classroom and attend class each hour via the google meet link in their google classroom. Instruction will only be for about 10-20 minutes and the remainder of the hour will be independent practice. B day students on Monday will spend it doing their normal routine that they have followed when they were at home.


On Tuesday, B day students will log in to their google classroom and attend class each hour via the google meet link in their google classroom. Instruction will only be for about 10-20 minutes and the remainder of the hour will be independent practice. A day students on Tuesday will spend it doing their normal routine that they have followed when they were at home.

    • Curbside meal pickup (including 5 days of meals) is available on Monday, November 23, at PCMS and Barry locations from 11 am-12:30 pm.
    • Activities and practices will proceed as planned on these days. Please refer to information provided by coaches/sponsors.
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Parent Survey

Please Complete the PCR-3 Parent Survey by December 4
The Platte County School District is conducting its annual parent survey to gather feedback on strengths of the district, as well as areas to consider for growth. We want to make sure every parent is heard so we can make meaningful improvements in our District and schools.

If you have not already, we ask that you complete the survey by clicking on the link below. If you have more than one student, please be sure to answer those questions for each building. The survey should take approximately fifteen minutes or less to complete. Thank you in advance for your feedback!

Parent Survey Link

From the Nurse

COVID-19 Testing available:

Platte County Health Department has free COVID Testing in Platte County on

Wednesday, December 2nd, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm.

Resource Center

11724 Plaza Circle

Kansas City, MO 64153

You must REGISTER for the test. Use the link to register online, or call (877)-435-8411

Testing is FREE!

The only qualifier is to be a Missouri Resident.

Counseling Center


Parents - If you have a junior or freshman, be sure to check out savings match and scholarship opportunities offered by KC Scholars!

JUNIORS can apply for a scholarship worth $10,000/year, renewable for up to 5 years. FRESHMEN can apply for the college savings match program.
There is also an ADULT LEARNER program if you or someone you know may be interested. Check out the links below for more information! Some basic eligibility requirements for traditional and savings match: -Low or modest income (see website for details) -2.5 GPA or 16 on the ACT


ACT Bootcamp is DEC 2nd and 3rd, 11-3 Please sing up with either Mrs. Krisiti Whitmer or Mrs. Yarc in the Counseling Office

Post Secondary Virtual Opportunities

Check out some great virtual opportunities on the post-secondary virtual opportunities document. Many college fairs, college representative chats, and opportunities to dig deeper into interests after high school.


Reminder to Senior parents - this is THE TIME to complete the FAFSA & College Applications. Complete the FAFSA even if you don't think you will qualify for financial aid.

21-22 Course Selections

Parents we have almost finished visiting with Juniors about 21-22 course choices and will begin visiting with Sophomores. Please ask your child to see their ICAP!

Northland Career Center (NCC)

Application for NEXT years Juniors and Seniors for NCC is open if you are interested in applying: Platte County Student Application

Northland CAPS (NCAPS)

The application for NCAPS is not available yet, but as soon as it is we will send out an update

The flyer linked below is about the recruiting events for Northland CAPS.

There are virtual events for the program as a whole and virtual shadowing events that students can sign up for so they can see about specific strands that they might be interested in.

Students can sign up and will be sent a calendar invite with the link to join the Teams event.

Virtual Shadow Events

Seniors — Post High School Information

Seniors - Please take a moment to complete this one-question survey on your post-high school plans:


Alternating Schedule for December

The calendar is linked here for December:

**Please note, the last day in school is an A-Day (Dec. 22), SO January will begin with a B-Day
on Monday, January 4th.

***Subject to change due to inclement weather days. The schedule will pick up where it left off after inclement weather days.

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Title 1 Meeting

Here is a recording of the meeting that took place on October 14th.

If you have not turned in the Home School Compact, please do so as soon as possible.

Now Hiring - Substitutes

We are hiring substitute teachers! You pick your schedule - short and long term positions, as well as pre-scheduled and on-call positions are available.
  • Long-Term Substitute: $18.67 per hour (after completion of 5 consecutive days on same job)
  • On-Call Substitute: $15.33 per hour (if used day of)
  • Substitute: $13.33 per hour
Click Here to Apply

Semester Finals in December

Students will be given a final in each of their classes in December. Knowing some of our families may travel early for Winter Break, we have listed the days of the finals below. If you have already planned to leave early on break, please make arrangements with your teachers to take the test before you leave, or after the break.

The schedule will be as follows:

B Day students

Dec 15 - 1st and 2nd hours

Dec.17 - 3rd, 4th, and 5th hours

Dec. 21 - 6th and 7th hours

A Day students
Dec. 16 - 1st and 2nd hours

Dec. 18 - 3rd, 4th, and 5th hours

Dec. 22 - 6th and 7th hours

Library Media Center

The library has a virtual portal page, PCHS Virtual Library, with links to several resources useful to staff, students and their parents. Please see below for further information about what links are on the page and where they take the user:

On the bookcase:

  • Destiny Discover Homepage - Links to our library’s online card catalog for the physical collection.
  • Overdrive Library Catalog - Links to our library’s Overdrive ebook and audio book collection.
  • Mid-Continent Public Library - Links to the Mid-Continent Public Library website
  • Flipster eMagazines - Links to our eMagazine holdings

On the wall:

  • Gateway Arch painting - Links to the HS Gateway Award book nominees for 2020-21
  • Virtual Zen Zone - Links to an online Zen Zone, a place for users to pause, take a break and relax using featured Resources

Have You Opted in to Receive Texts?

The District uses text messaging and automated phone calls to notify parents and staff of upcoming events and days off, school closings due to weather, and during emergency situations.

If you haven't yet opted in to receive texts and wish to do so, please text the word "YES" to 67587 (standard text messaging fees apply).

Parent Teacher Student Association - PTSA

Booster Club

Visit our PCHS Booster Club website to order apparel, face coverings, and more!

Want to join or volunteer?

Follow this link to their membership page.

Check often as Announcements are added frequently


November 23:

  • Virtual A Day

November 24:

  • Virtual B Day

November 25-27:

  • NO SCHOOL, Thanksgiving Break

November 30:

  • A DAY

December 9:

December 10:
  • Prestige Senior Photos, last retake day

December 23-January 1:

  • Winter Break
January 4:
  • Classes Resume

January 8:

  • 1st Semester Ends

January 11:

  • 2nd Semester begins

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