PCMS Weekly Update
September 16, 2022
Good afternoon PCMS Families!
Thank you to all of the 8th grade families who attended our 8th Grade Pastries with Pirates event earlier this week! It was amazing to welcome grandparents, aunts, uncles, moms, and dads back into the school after not being able to host this event for several years. Later this month we’ll host our 7th grade families (see below) and in early October our 6th grade families. We look forward to these events and opportunities to share our school with you!
Next week we begin offering our two after school programs: PACE and Academic Lab. The PACE information has been posted here for the last several weeks, however, see below for more information on Academic Lab.
Have an amazing summer-like weekend and GO PIRATES!!
CHECK OUT WHAT WE DID THIS WEEK
Middle School Section
Our middle schoolers really enjoy having their own section to be with their friends at our High School's home football games. They are really bringing the SCHOOL SPIRIT!
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!
6 Grade talked about their Worries and Wonders of middle school. This was the 1st of 2 sessions with the goal of helping quell worries our students might have at the beginning of middle school. This session is about fitting in and belonging at school.
7/8 Grade worked on developing Community Agreements. This session was dedicated to developing Community Agreements. This process was designed to bring many voices forward to make sure everyone has an opportunity to reflect on and discuss how we want to treat each other. These agreements are meant to help the class to become a safe place where people can be genuine without fear of mistreatment. The agreements are designed to serve as guidelines we can refer to throughout the year.
PIRATES IN ACTION
All of our teams were in action this week! Here’s a quick recap of their weeks.
Cross Country: At Monday’s meet, both the Girl’s and Boy’s Teams placed a strong 4th out of the 12 teams that competed. Many of our runners received individual medals as well. On Thursday’s meet, both teams finished 6th out of 15 teams.
Football: Both the A and B teams defeated the Park Hill Trojans on Tuesday to continue their unbeaten start to the season. The C Team had a dominating performance on Thursday in their victory against East Trails Middle School.
Volleyball: The Volleyball teams got off to a great start this week! On Monday the A team defeated Belton in an exciting 3 game match and the B team lost to Belton but fought hard. On Wednesday both teams did a great job and defeated Bingham MS! Thanks for all the fan support on Monday against Belton!
PLATTE COUNTY EDUCATION FOUNDATION FUNDRAISER - SEPTEMBER 7-19
We kicked off our Platte County Education Foundation discount card sales program last week. Our schools, in conjunction with Major Saver, work with businesses throughout our District to offer a $15 discount card providing customers with 21 local buy-one-get-one-free or discount offers. In most cases, redeeming only two offers offsets the cost of the card. Proceeds from the card campaign directly benefit your student's school and the Platte County Education Foundation. The Foundation gives back to the Platte County R-3 community by awarding annual pre-K through 12th grade classroom and building site grants, as well as senior scholarships. Your student brought home an envelope with information and instructions on Wednesday, September 7, and will be instructed to not go "door-to-door," but to offer to relatives, friends, co-workers, etc. Collection dates started on Monday, September 12, and the program wraps up on Monday, September 19. Please consider purchasing a card and supporting our schools! You can also purchase cards online here. FINAL ORDERS DUE BY MONDAY!
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 hosting our 7th Grade Pastries with Pirates breakfast on Tues, Sept 27 at 7am. 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 27th!
AFTER SCHOOL ACADEMIC LAB PROGRAM
Our Academic Lab program will be starting up next week on September 20. What a great thing! This program is designed to provide students with an opportunity to continually improve on what they are learning by providing them a place after school to get homework help, re-take a test, or just have a quiet place to do their work. As a reminder, we have two sessions held in the Library after school on Tuesday and Thursday from 2:55pm - 4pm. Families will have to provide their own transportation home.
NOTE FROM OUR COUNSELORS
We are excited to get into the classrooms this month to teach our guidance lessons. We always enjoy seeing the students in the classroom setting and teaching them skills and information that can be put into place in their personal lives. Our September lessons will focus on the following for each grade level:
6th grade: Mrs. Edman will meet with 6th grade students next week. In the first part of the lesson, 6th grade students will be introduced to the counselors (Mrs. Edman and Ms. Schank) and our school social worker (Mrs. Bean). Students will learn how they can see one of us if they need to speak to a counselor or social worker and what our roles at PCMS are. We will focus on an academic lesson learning what it means to be a successful student. We will discuss characteristics and qualities that make a successful student.
7th grade: We met with 7th graders this week (Thursday). In the first part of our lesson, 7th grade students were reintroduced to the Counseling Center staff, including our social worker. We discussed how they can see one of us if they need someone to speak with and what our role is. The bulk of our lesson focussed on how they can be a successful student. We discussed organizational tools they can use (google calendar, priority lists, a planner) and the importance of being organized. We also discussed different study skills, time management skills, and test taking strategies they can use to help them be a successful student. Students then set an academic goal for the year and emailed their family and Pirate Time teacher and shared the goal with them. Check your email if you haven’t yet!
8th grade: Ms. Schank will meet with 8th grade students next week. They will also be reintroduced to the Counseling Center staff. As with 6th and 7th graders, we reminded them how they can speak with a counselor or social worker and what our role is. The 8th grade lesson this month will focus on stress management and establishing healthy coping strategies to manage their stress. They will work in groups to define stress, know the difference between positive and negative stress, and learn about healthy coping strategies. By the end of the lesson they will be asked to choose three healthy coping strategies for themselves.
NOTE FROM OUR SOCIAL WORKER
Hello and welcome to a new school year! My name is Lisa Bean 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 filling out the resource checklist here!
- This year, school lunches are no longer free for everyone. If you would like to apply for free or reduced cost lunches, please complete this form.
- 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 here or call (855)373-4636 to have an application mailed to you.
If you have any questions or I can be of assistance, please contact me at 816-858-2036 ext. 2616 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pirates ROCK Character Trait: PRIDE (SEPTEMBER)
Pirates ROCK (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.
Cross Country @ Eastgate 6th Grade Center 4pm
Volleyball @ Osage Trail Middle School 4pm
1st PACE Day 3pm
Football A/B Teams vs Kearney Middle School @ Platte County High School 5pm
Cross Country @ Heritage Middle School 4pm
Volleyball @ Northgate Middle School 4pm
Football Team Pictures
Football C Team @ New Mark Middle School 4pm
Cross Country @ Discovery Middle School 4pm
Volleyball vs Grain Valley Middle School @ Home 4pm
6th Grade Field Trip for Carver and Perry’s ELA classes
Football A/B Teams @ Walden Middle School 4pm
6th Grade Field Trip for Chiddix’s ELA class
Cross Country @ Pioneer Ridge Middle School 4pm
Volleyball vs Raytown Middle School @ Home 4pm
6th Grade Field Trip for Panich, Lister and Vandevort’s ELA classes
Football C Team @ Pioneer Ridge Middle School 4pm