The Compass Notes for Families
April 21, 2023
Hello Compass Families,
We hope you and your student(s) had a great week at home and at school! We appreciate all your continued support. We know Staff Appreciation Week is coming up soon. To those who are working with our PTA and volunteering your time during that week: THANK YOU! We are so grateful for our PTA and parents/guardians who love-on and show kindness and support towards all our staff here at Compass. We could not do our jobs without your continued support and partnership!
Thank you all so much!
Have a truly blessed and wonderful weekend!
3rd Grade students begin MAP testing on Monday, April 24th.
Dr. Kim Archer, Compass Principal
Mrs. Allison Page, Compass Principal
Welcome Eric White, Compass Elementary Principal Starting 2023-24!
Eric White will serve as the principal of Compass Elementary starting with the 2023-24 school year. Mr. White has 15 years in education as an elementary teacher, assistant principal, and most recently as the principal of Lindbergh Elementary in the St. Joseph School District. He received a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from the University of Missouri-Columbia, a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and an education specialist degree in K-8 Administration from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
Mr. White is a strong believer in servant leadership, promotes a growth mindset, and takes pride in being an involved instructional leader. Eric resides in the Platte County School District with his wife and two children. He has a son who will begin Kindergarten for the 2023-24 school year at Compass Elementary and a younger son who will eventually attend Compass. Mr. White is beyond excited to join Pirate Nation and looks forward to connecting with the students, families, and community of Compass Elementary!
Dr. Kim Archer will be joining the PCMS 6th grade team as a social studies teacher next year. She shares: "As some of you may know, my husband Jeff and I are raising two Platte County Pirates of our own. Our sons, Cole and Tate, will both be at PCHS next year and their extracurricular activities keep us busy as a family. With a new expansion of my husband's business, I need to have greater flexibility for my family and our boys’ activities and this change helps to support that need. I have been so blessed to be a part of this district and the Pirate community has embraced my family throughout this time so we are excited to continue our time here. I am truly looking forward to getting back into the classroom and working with students and alongside my peers next year!"
Dates to Know
- April 24-May 15: Compass will begin MAP testing for grades 3rd-5th.
- April 26: Professional Learning Community Day, 2-hour early release
- May 1-5: Staff Appreciation Week
- May 4: Kindergarten Concert 6:30-7:30 at Compass
- May 9: PTA Meeting 6:30
- May 10: 2-Hour Early Release at 1:30
MAP Testing Information/Reminder:
Our MAP testing schedule is below. Please encourage your student(s) to be on time to take his/her test. If your student is late, he/she may miss the opportunity to take the MAP test that day and will have to make it up at a later date & time.
Also encourage your student to eat a healthy breakfast and go to bed the night prior early. This will help your student be rested for their day of testing.
- 3rd Grade: April 24-April 28 (minus April 27 for Take Your Child to Work Day)
- 4th Grade: May 1-May 5
- 5th Grade: May 8-May 15
Midwest Adaptive Sports
We had Midwest Adaptive Sports here on Thursday the 20th and Friday the 21st. It was a wonderful learning opportunity for our 3rd-5th grade students. They participated in learning how to play wheelchair basketball! They got to experience what it is like moving in a wheelchair and playing a sport.
Big thank you to Midwest Adaptive Sports for working and teaching our 3rd-5th grade students! We appreciate this opportunity to learn about equity!
Take Your Child to Work Day: April 27, 2023
If you are participating in Take Your Child to Work Day, please call the office and let them know your child will not be present at school.
Below is a permission slip form for that day.
Long-Range Facility Plan Update - Public Feedback Sessions
The Long-Range Facility Planning Committee has met since November 2022 to analyze data, refine the District's planning criteria for future facility projects, review planning priorities and scenarios for the District's next facility projects, deferred maintenance, and ultimately create a recommendation to the Board of Education for the update to the Long-Range Facility Plan. The Committee has filtered various ideas and has developed a plan of projects for the next 1-5, 5-10, and 10-15 years.
Two public feedback sessions are planned for May 1 and 3, so that stakeholders can share their thoughts on the timeline and facility options narrowed by the committee. Feedback will be used to further refine the plan before making a recommendation to the Board.
- May 1, 2023, 6-7pm - Platte County High School Cafeteria, 1501 Branch Street,, Platte City, MO
- May 3, 2023, 6-7pm - Pathfinder Elementary Library, 1951 NW 87th Terrace, Kansas City, MO
Lunch with Your Students
When/if a parent or guardian of a student wishes to eat lunch with their child, it can only be with your child only. Thank you for supporting us in this matter!
Make Up Snow Days for Students
With our inclement weather days on February 9 and February 16, and no school on February 15 to celebrate the Chief Super Bowl parade, our make up day plans are as follows:
- February 15 No School Day - Will be made up on Thursday, May 25
- February 16 Inclement Weather Day - Will be made up on Friday, May 26
Miles for Smiles
Miles of Smiles is a full-service dental program that provides FREE dental care to children in the Northland for those that qualify based on income guidelines. The program will be in our district from April 26th - May 23rd.
Patient registration forms can be completed online or you can contact the school nurse and ask for a paper copy to be sent home with your student.
The registration forms MUST BE completed by April 25th.
Please visit the dental clinic website at https://levelupkidsinc.org/patientinfo to fill out the online dental clinic forms. This is for the dental clinic only - no vision clinic will be done at this time.
Summer School 2023!
K-8 Summer School Enrollment Now Open via Parent Portal
Parents of students currently in grades K-7 interested in K-8 Summer School: You can now enroll for 2023 Summer School via the e-Forms on Parent Portal. Please complete by April 10, 2023.
Summer School will be held in June 1-29, 2023, at the following locations. Click here for more information about summer school.
- Pathfinder Elementary: For all K-5th grade southern attendance area students (students from Pathfinder and Barry Elementaries)
- PCHS Paxton Center: For all 6th-8th grade students (students from Platte City Middle School and Platte Purchase Middle School)
- Compass Elementary: For all K-5th grade northern attendance area students (students from Compass and Siegrist Elementaries)
- PCHS: For 9th-12th grade students
*Incoming Kindergarten students should complete summer school registration forms when completing their regular school year enrollment paperwork (Kindergarten Kickoffs will be held March 30).
**Information about enrolling in the High School summer school program will be available in April.
Summer School: Enroll Today!
K-8 Summer School Enrollment is live on Parent Portal for parents to enroll!
Other Important Information
🏴☠️ Pirates ROCK Character Trait
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 & rejection