August 19, 2019

Welcome Back!

Welcome back to all students and parents. It is so great to see everyone at Platte County High School. We are looking forward to celebrating each of you as you grow and find success over the year.

To help you achieve your goals, we are planning to see you each and every day. Research proves that students who maintain a high attendance rate, on average, demonstrate higher levels of student growth and achievement. With that said, to ensure we are aligning with the State of Missouri expectation of students being in attendance 90% of the time, staff members are encouraged to become a Pirate Presence Accountability Partner.

Staff who serve in this role will build positive relationships with the students. They will also help students develop goals and check in with them weekly to see how they are doing, as well as support them with any needs. Please read through the Pirate Presence flyer attached to this newsletter. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Stephanie Theis at (816) 858-2822.


Back to School Night - August 20

PCHS Back to School Night is Tuesday, August 20th from 6:00-7:35 PM

5:30-6:00 Pre-session- Title I Parent Presentation (Room 43)

This session provides an opportunity for families to learn more about how PCHS, parents, and students can partner to achieve in school.

6:00 Welcome Families- Dr. Chad Sayre, PCHS Principal (Wilson Auditorium)

Bell Schedule (Follow your student's schedule and meet their teachers)

BE SURE TO HAVE A COPY OR PHOTO OF YOUR STUDENTS SCHEDULE. This is a great opportunity to meet your student's teachers and learn more about what they will be learning.

  • 6:20-6:25 First Hour
  • 6:30-6:35 Second Hour
  • 6:40-6:45 Third Hour
  • 6:50-6:55 Fourth Hour
  • 7:00-7:05 Pirate Learning Time (PLT)
  • 7:10-7:15 Fifth Hour/Lunch
  • 7:20-7:25 Sixth Hour
  • 7:30-7:35 Seventh Hour

Visitor Management System: Hall Pass

Our visitor sign-in process District-wide is called Hall Pass. Hall Pass Visitor Management System has been installed in all of our schools to improve overall building safety/security. The system will:

Conduct a screening on each visitor using the sex offender registry
Log in volunteers to track their hours
Be used to document late-arriving students.

We want to inform parents of the process before coming to our school to visit or check a student out of the building. Whenever any non-student or non-District employee requests to enter any area of the building where students are accessible (anywhere beyond the front office) or requests to check-out a student, they will be asked to produce a government-issued ID:

State driver’s license
State issued ID
U.S. Military ID
Permanent resident card

The ID will be scanned, and a badge will be given to visitors, or the student check-out will be processed. This process is a key to maintain the safe and caring environment we have established for our students and staff. If you have any questions, please contact the school office at 816.858.2822.

First Home Football Game and Pirates ROCK Community Tailgate - Friday, August 30

Friday, August 30, is the Pirates first home football game (Pirate Stadium, 7 p.m. kickoff). Before the game, Price Chopper in Platte City is hosting our Pirates ROCK Kickoff and Community Tailgate! Come join the community before the Pirates take on the Oak Park Northmen. Tailgate is from 5-7 p.m.; performances by PCHS drumline, cheerleaders and dance team from 5-6 p.m. Free hot dogs, chips, water, popcorn, and FUN!

Car Rider Drop Off

Parents dropping off their students in the morning, please use the lane in front of the South doors or North Activity Center Doors.

The street between the main building and Paxton Center is NOT a drop off area.


If you would like to order a yearbook for the 2019-20 school year, please visit the links below.




Are your student's immunizations up-to-date? Click here for Missouri's K-12 Immunization Requirements and here for Missouri's Preschool Immunization Requirements. Immunizations are offered at Platte County Health Department by appointment, M-F from 8am-3:45 pm.

See flyer for details.

Electronic Smoking Devices added to Student Discipline Policy JG-R1

At the July meeting, the Board of Education voted to approve changes to Board Policy JG-R1: Student Discipline, to add a section regarding the sale, distribution, use, or possession of electronic smoking devices. It states, "the sale, distribution, use, or possession of electronic smoking devices is forbidden on district property, in any district facility, district transportation, at any district-sponsored event, or district activity off-campus. Electronic smoking devices includes, but is not limited to, electronic cigarettes, vapes, vaporizers, vape pens, hookah pens, JUUL products, and e-pipes. All products will be confiscated and law enforcement officials will be notified in accordance with state law. A first offense will result in confiscation of prohibited product, 3 days out-of-school suspension. A second offense will result in confiscation of prohibited product, 5 days out-of-school suspension. A third offense will result in confiscation of prohibited product, 10 days out-of-school suspension and referral to the superintendent or designee for appropriate disciplinary action.

Have you Opted In to Receive Texts?

School Messenger is our automated phone calling and text notification system. We use this system to notify parents quickly for sudden changes in schedules due to emergencies, cancellations, or just important school announcements.

If you aren't receiving the District's text reminders and notifications and would like to opt in to receive these, simply text "YES" to 67587. Standard text messaging rates apply.

Bullying and Safety Concerns

Safety is one of our district’s top priorities and to help safeguard our school community, our district is now using SafeSchools Alert, a tip reporting service that allows students, staff, and parents to submit safety concerns to our administration.

You and your child can easily report tips on bullying, harassment, or any safety issue you're concerned about through SafeSchools Alert.

Every tip SafeSchools Alert receives about our district is immediately logged in the system and our administration is notified so that they can investigate and take appropriate action. And, tips may also be submitted anonymously if you prefer.

Together, using SafeSchools Alert, we can make our district a safer place to learn!

Click the link below to submit a tip or concern.



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Mark Your Calendar


20 - Back to School Night, 6:00-7:35 pm

28 - Senior Picture Retakes

29 - Senior Picture Retakes; & Senior Group Panoramic, 11 AM

29 - Assembly Schedule, Pep Assembly at 1:55

30 - NO SCHOOL, District Inservice

30 - First Home Football game & Community Tailgate (5 PM at Price Chopper)


2 - NO SCHOOL, Labor Day

11 - Professional Learning Community (PLC) Day, Early Release 12:40

Click here to view the full Platte County High School calendar on our website.

Upcoming Community Events

Make sure you check out the “Community” channel on the Platte County School District website. There you will find a page called “Community Events” where you can access flyers with information regarding various events and opportunities within our community!

Thank you to our Pirates ROCK Star business partners!

Platte County High School

  • Dr. Chad Sayre, Principal
  • Shari Waters, Assistant Principal
  • Matt Messick, Assistant Principal
  • Dr. Stephanie Theis, Assistant Principal
  • Phil Dorman, Activities Director