PCHS Pirate Update

January 15, 2021

Parent/Student Newsletters are typically sent on the third Friday of each month.

From our Principal

Pirate Families,

I hope everyone is keeping warm and safe as the Winter weather is kicking into full gear this week. I hope the start of the third quarter has gotten off to a good start. I appreciate your patience and flexibility as the counseling department works with students to adjust schedules and make sure everyone is in the proper courses. Moving forward, I want to acknowledge that my goal as well as the new administration is to continue to build trust and learn more about the community. We have a great staff and I am learning about amazing parents who support our school, and together I am hopeful about the partnership to make PCHS the place to be. The next few weeks are critical as we prepare to bring back all students on February 1st. Next week, the goal is to start having conversations with students about the building protocols and safety precautions as we prepare for all kids. I appreciate all the support and feedback as we continue the school year.

Dr. Jones, Extremely Proud Principal


REMINDER: Anytime a student is not present at school the absence counts against their attendance. ONLY absences due to PC District aware COVID situations do not count against attendance. A parent/guardian is expected to call the school when students are absent to verify the absence. This call is a safety precaution, so we know you know where your student is.

A+ SCHOLARSHIP ATTENDANCE: Even during this time, the A+ Scholarship still requires a 95% attendance over all four years. In order to keep this average by the senior year, it is important students do not miss more than 8 days a school year, 32 total days over all 4 years.

Semester Graduates - January 2021

On January 12, PCHS celebrated 20 seniors who graduated at semester with a small reception, cake, and of course photo opportunities! Congratulations to the following students, now PCR-3 Alumni!

Aimee Alkurdi, Kristen Banks, Abby Bradley, Sydney Conley, Stefaniya Davydova, Aubrey Doolen, Gracie Farris, Allen Frazier, Natalie Gonzalez, Alexis Hanson, Ethan Kalusniak, Aidan Kruse,
Jordan Mondaine, Ali Munye, Diamond Perry, Grant Stathopoulos, Chase Strong, Everett Turner, and Naizaryah Whitaker

MLK Expressions Contest

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Counseling Center

Do you have an incoming Freshman for the 21/22 School year? -


So that all parents may join with their students and to allow for equal access while following social distancing guidelines, the 8th grade parent nights will now be virtual-only. Please join PCHS administration, school counselors, and teachers as we discuss opportunities for incoming Freshmen for the 21-22 school year. Please sign up for the night you wish to attend, January 26 or 27, through the signup genius link below and a link to the event will be sent to you close to the event date.
For families not able to attend, one session will be recorded.


Success Ready Opportunities for PCHS students

KC Scholars Applications for 9th and 11th Graders

The KC Scholars application is now open for 9th and 11th graders, as well as adult learners! The deadline to apply is by 11:59 pm on Friday, February 26. Below are links to more information!

(Flyer attached below as well)

11th graders Application Checklist
9th graders Application Checklist

Northland Career Center Virtual Open House - January

This year the Northland Career Center will have a VIRTUAL Open House. The final open house is Wednesday:

January 20th, 4:00-5:30 pm; 6:00-7:00 pm

  • Culinary Arts
  • Health Sciences
  • Law Enforcement/CSI
  • Teaching Professions

ZOOM LINK will be posted on the NCC website the day of the event.

Northland Career Center

ACT Workshop - February 3rd

This virtual presentation is for BOTH A and B day students.

If you are virtual (B day and fully virtual students) on the 3rd, then you will take the Bootcamp
off-campus via a virtual link.

If you are in person (A day) on the 3rd, then you will take the Bootcamp on-campus

You MUST SIGN UP with Mrs. Whitmer via the following link:


Second Semester Events

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Delaying Return to Full In-Person Plans Until February 1

In collaboration with our local health authorities, the District has decided to again pause our return to full in-person learning at the secondary level. We will delay the January 11, 2021 return to full in-person plans in grades 6-12 until February 1. In-person learners in these grades will continue with their current alternating schedule learning scenario. See January's Alternating Schedule Calendar linked here. In collaboration with the Platte County Health Department (PCHD), recognizing that community spread is the main concern and our health department is anticipating a spike in cases following winter break, we do not feel it is the right time to bring everyone back following an extended holiday. Workforce availability is also a significant concern. We will analyze the impact of winter break and the implementation of a shorter quarantine period starting January 4, to make a decision for February 1. Our goal is to return to full in-person learning, when we have the support of our local health authorities, and we have the available workforce. We will continue to plan for such a return, but will also continue to monitor data and information in collaboration with the Platte County Health Department to make difficult decisions.

School Meals Program

The waivers for FREE MEALS for all students will continue the second semester and are allowed for the entire school year.

Please be aware that some students are still purchasing from the a la carte menu, and will accrue charges if their account balance goes in the negative. Keep an eye on the parent portal occasionally, and check your student's balance. Thank you.

Winter Weather Information


In the event of school cancellation, PCR-3 will get that information out as early as possible through automated phone calls and text messages, the District website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, the District Hotline (816-858-2752), and local media. If snow, ice, or extreme cold make conditions unsafe, we will cancel school and now have options to 1) make those days up per our academic calendar, or 2) implement our Inclement Weather Virtual Learning Days or AMI (Alternative Methods of Instruction). Click here for details on our Inclement Weather Virtual Learning Days.

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

MEETINGS MONTHLY — usually the 2nd Thursday. Email to request the ZOOM link.

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.

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Check often as Announcements are added frequently


January 18:

  • NO SCHOOL - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

January 20:

  • NCC Virtual Open House

January 21:

  • School Board Meeting, 6:30 pm

January 26:

  • Deadline for LMK Expressions Contest
  • PSAT testing, 7:30 am -12 pm
  • Eighth Grade Parent Night, Virtual

February 3:

  • ACT Bootcamp, 8:00 am -12:00 pm
  • Athletic Signing, 6 pm

February 12:

  • NO SCHOOL, District Inservice

February 15:

  • NO SCHOOL, President's Day

February 24:

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