October 18, 2019

A huge "THANK YOU!" to our parents who volunteered this week to help with the 6th-grade field trip to Earnest Shepherd Youth Center in Liberty. (Thank you in advance to those who volunteered for our final trip next Tuesday, as well.) We had a fantastic time learning how to work together, listen to each other, think and plan ahead, and how to lead as we completed the challenges through the course. Plus, we got to enjoy the great outdoors! We know and understand how impactful a meaningful field trip can be, and we're fortunate to be able to offer all of our students these learning opportunities throughout the school year.

Just a heads up that Report Cards were emailed to parents today, so check your inbox for those. Also, a reminder that Parent-Teacher Conferences are next week and there will be no school Fri, Oct 25. We look forward to seeing everyone at conferences! Have a wonderful weekend!

6th Grade Field Trips ~ Earnest Shepherd Youth Center

Parent-Teacher Conferences ~ Next Week!

Parent-Teacher Conferences are next week. Our goal is to meet with at least one family member of each PCMS student at these conferences. Did you know? Research has shown that parental involvement is one of the most important factors in a student's success in school! Please pick one day and drop in between the hours listed below at your convenience. (No sign-ups)

  • Tues, Oct 22 between 3:30pm - 7:30pm

  • Thurs, Oct 24 between 3:30pm - 7:00pm

Please note the adjusted conference times for the teachers listed below:

Available Tuesday from 3:30-4:30pm ONLY

  • Katlyn Donovan - PE

  • Sam Payne - 8th Math, Algebra I, Geometry

Available AFTER 5:30 pm Tuesday & Thursday ONLY

  • Wayne Baskerville - 6th Math

  • Jeff Humburg - PE

  • Todd Jaros - PE

  • Derek Yost - 7th ELA

Available Tuesday ONLY

  • Dr. Amy Cordova - Gifted Education

  • Amy Crawford - Speech Pathologist

Available Thursday ONLY

  • Rebecca Ballou - Speech Pathologist

  • Matt Bonsignore - Band

  • Jay Jones - Band

Our PTO needs your help!

It's time for Conferences at PCMS! Let's provide some snacks for our teachers during this busy week. PTO will be providing a meal for the teachers on Tues, Oct 22 - catering by El Maguey. We will need a few items, such as paper products and a few condiments, to supplement that dinner. In addition, we would like to supply the teachers and staff with snacks throughout the week.

If you are able and would like to donate, please click the following link https://www.signupgenius.com/go/508094CADA723A6FA7-pcms and choose from the items listed. Items can be sent to the PCMS office starting on Fri, Oct 18. Items can be sent in through the week of Oct 21, but please have “dinner items” to the office by Tues morning, Oct 22. Thank you in advance for your help!

Notes from the Counselors

It's hard to believe the 1st quarter is already over and the school year is almost halfway done! If you haven't had a chance to meet us yet, please feel free to stop by and see us during Parent/Teacher Conferences next week.

Our guidance lesson topics for October are as follows:

6th-Grade: Character Council

High school students will be teaching 6th graders about various character traits and how to model those traits.

7th-Grade: Rescheduled for November

Due to scheduling conflicts and implementing the SOS program, we were unable to meet with 7th graders this month in the classroom. We will be back in November!

8th-Grade: Career Interest Survey/Intro to High School

8th graders will complete a career interest survey through Missouri Connections and will be able to identify a career pathway. While we know this career pathway is likely to change, we will use this as a starting point when discussing class selection for high school (help in selecting elective courses). We will begin our introduction to high school and briefly discuss the ICAP (Individual Career and Academic Plan). The ICAP is a "road map" that guides students through the coursework selection and activities to help them achieve their personal goals. Each 8th-grade student will complete an ICAP, which will be reviewed and updated each year until they graduate high school.

NCC Open House ~ Thurs, Nov 14

The Northland Career Center (NCC) is hosting an open house for current 8th, 9th, and 10th-grade students on Thurs, Nov 14 from 4:30-7:30pm. This Open House is an excellent opportunity for our 8th-graders to learn more about the programs NCC can offer them once they are in high school. Students and parents will be able to interact with current NCC students & staff, participate in labs, and tour the building. A chili dinner will be provided to those who attend!

Archery Tryouts & Spirit Wear

Tryouts for the PCMS Archery Team are next week on Mon, Oct 21, and we are ready to get our season started! If you would like to try-out for a spot on our nationally ranked team, please sign up for a time at the following link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E054CABAD23AA8-pcms1 If you have any questions please contact Coach Ratsch @ ratschj@platteco.k12.mo.us.

We are extremely excited to share with everyone our 2019-2020 spirit wear! If you would like to support the PCR3 Archery program by purchasing some swag, make sure you head over to PirateWearhouse before Nov 8th to place your order!

Upcoming Middle School Sports

The year is swiftly moving along and we are gearing up for the next season of sports! Please find start dates for the upcoming sports and click on the links for detailed information.

Please be sure the student has a current physical form on file in the office before the start date, and see the attached document outlining the PCR-3 tryout process.

Support Our PTO Chipotle Night Fundraiser - Wed, Oct 23

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PTO Holiday Mart ~ Seeking Vendors!

Our PTO will again be hosting its annual Holiday Mart event on Sat, Dec 7 from 9am - 2pm here at Platte City Middle School. The Holiday Mart includes an Elf Shoppe where kids can shop for their loved ones with the help of our NJHS “elves”. Local vendors will be available for parents and the public to browse and shop while the kids are doing their shopping! There will be snacks with Santa, local choirs singing, and concessions will be available for purchase. Entry into the event is FREE!

To sign up to be a vendor at the event, go to https://forms.gle/o1ypTWtnL34RPzPn9 or email pcms.pto.contact@gmail.com to request link.

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Friday, Oct 18

  • Report Cards were emailed home

Monday, Oct 21

  • Archery Tryouts @ Compass Elementary

Tuesday, Oct 22

  • Parent-Teacher Conferences, 3:30-7:30pm

Wednesday, Oct 23

  • PTO Fundraiser @ Chipotle, 5:30-9pm

Thursday, Oct 24

  • Parent-Teacher Conferences, 3:30-7pm

Friday, Oct 25


Saturday, Oct 26

  • Robotics Tournament, PCMS

Monday, Oct 28

  • Wrestling Begins

Upcoming Community Events / Flyers

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