PCHS Pirate Update

March 12, 2021

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

From Your Principal — Dr. Jones

Happy Spring Break!

COVID-19 Vaccination Plan for Staff: March 30 and Tentatively April 20

In collaboration with Truman Medical Center, the District will be holding closed COVID-19 vaccination clinics for staff, administering the first dose on Tuesday, March 30, and the second dose, tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, April 20, 2021.

As part of Missouri's vaccine deployment plan, teachers and staff are included in phase 1B - tier 3, which begins on March 15. PCR-3's staff vaccination clinics on March 30 and April 20 will be required work days for staff; but to allow every PCR-3 employee who wants the COVID-19 vaccine, ALL students will participate in their learning remotely, using AMI-X days. There will be no live instruction for students on these days, and these days will not be made up.

Community members are encouraged to visit and register for vaccinations via Missouri's COVID-19 Vaccine Navigator.

Dress Code

The secondary administrative team (Barry/PCMS/PCHS) met recently to discuss the dress code issues. The items listed below are in conflict with our dress code policy in our handbook:

  • Clothing and accessories that refer to sexual connotations or products with alcohol, tobacco and drugs will not be permitted.

Some examples discussed were: "I Love (heart) Hot Moms," "Frick Vape," and "Virginity Rocks." We felt these items either had sexual or tobacco connotations. For that reason, we would ask that they not be worn to school. Also, we are seeing other dress code violations, such as spaghetti straps and skirts/shorts that are too short.

  • Clothing which exposes a bare midriff, excessive skin or back is not permitted. e. Undergarments must be fully covered by clothing.

Please have a conversation with your child about the expectations for appropriate attire while at school. Thank you.

From the Nurse - Immunization Information for Class of 2022

All students who will be seniors for the 2021-22 school year are required to show documentation of a second Meningococcal (MCV) vaccine. This includes in-person AND remote learners. At the current time, there are 242 juniors who will need this vaccine or documentation of completion before the start of the 2021-22 school year.

The vaccine is in ADDITION to the Meningococcal vaccine that was required for your 8th-grade year.

Parents, please check your student’s immunization records to see if they have had this 2nd MCV vaccine. If you are not sure, I encourage you to reach out to their physician. They may have had the vaccine and the physician can provide you with a copy of that information.

If they have not, I encourage you to schedule an appointment to get this vaccine prior to the week before school begins in August. The health departments and local pharmacies run out of this vaccine quickly. Students will NOT be able to pick up their class schedule nor participate in fall sports, band, or any other school-related activity if documentation is not on file in the health room.

I am notifying you now, as many of you are currently getting physicals for spring sports. That would be a great time to get that vaccine! Also, spring break MD appointments fill up fast! Schedule now!

**Please note: The 2nd MCV vaccine is given on or after the 16th birthday. You don’t have to wait to be designated as a senior to get it. If your student is 16 now, you can get it now!

Please feel free to contact me with any questions. Documentation can be emailed, faxed, or brought to school at any time.

Thank you,

Jennie Olson BSN, RN

PCHS Nurse

PH 816-858-2822 Ext 1209

Fax 816-858-7067


Celebrating Women's History

PLT Classes will be participating in some great activities and challenges as we celebrate Women's History Month when we return from Spring Break.
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Parenting During the COVID-19 Pandemic

PCHS PARENTS - You're invited to a virtual event, "COVID and Parenting" on March 24, hosted by Saint Luke's Behavioral Health Specialists.

Parenting during a global pandemic brings a unique set of challenges. They will be presenting solutions that aim to ease the stress and uncertainty many parents are feeling at this time.

Amanda Davis, licensed professional counselor, will lead the webinar, where we'll discuss:

  • Identification of parenting styles
  • The technology challenge
  • Coaching versus parenting
  • How to set healthy boundaries with remote learning
  • 10 ways to build a stronger connection with your child

You'll also have the opportunity to ask questions during the event.


Wednesday, March 24

7 ‒ 7:45 p.m.

A link to join the webinar will be sent to you in your confirmation email after registering.

April 2021 Ballot Issue Informational Meetings/Video/FAQs

The District has held informational meetings for residents to learn more and ask questions about the April 6, 2021 No Tax Levy Increase Bond Issue. Visit our April 2021 Bond Program pages to learn more. Our final meeting is listed and linked below:

Click here to view the informational video, which briefly explains the No-Tax Increase Bond Issue. Frequently asked questions and answers regarding the ballot issue can be found on the District website by clicking here.

2021 Summer School Information

PCR-3 is excited to announce that Summer School will be held June 3-30, 2021, at the following locations:

  • Pathfinder Elementary: Kindergarten – 5th grade (students from Pathfinder and Barry attendance areas)
  • Compass Elementary: Kindergarten – 5th grade (students from Siegrist and Compass attendance areas)
  • Barry School: 6th grade – 8th grade (students from Barry School attendance area)
  • Platte City Middle School: 6th grade – 8th grade (students from Platte City Middle School attendance area)
  • Platte County High School (Paxton Center): 9th-12th grade (PCHS students)

All Platte County R-3 students are invited to attend and continue to grow as learners throughout the summer! The purpose of PCR-3’s Summer School Program is to provide an experience that is relevant, rigorous, and engaging, based on individual learner needs, in a safe and caring environment. Click here for frequently asked questions and more information about our Summer School Program.

  • Current Kindergarten through 7th Grade students can register for 2021 Summer School via the e-Form on Parent Portal and should complete their registration by Friday, April 2, 2021.
  • Incoming Kindergarten students should complete summer school registration forms when completing their regular school year enrollment paperwork or at Kindergarten Kickoff.
  • Information about enrolling in the High School summer school program will be available in April.

Pirate Shout-outs

Missouri State Art & Design Award

Congratulations to Taylor Lawver, senior, for winning the MO State Art & Design 1st Prize!

Please see her work below:

Winter Sports Royalty - Senior Queen and King!

Shannon Banark and Gabe Davis

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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


March 26:

  • Reports go home

March 30:

  • AMI-X Day for Staff COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic

April 2:

  • Inclement Weather Make up Day

April 6:

  • Municipal Election Day
  • Dance Team Tryout Week

April 8:

  • PTSA Meeting

April 12:

  • No School - District Inservice
  • Varsity Cheer Tryout Week

April 15:

  • Board of Education Meeting, 6:30

April 17:

  • Prom

April 20:

  • Tentative AMI-X Day for Staff COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic

April 21:

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