PCMS WEEKLY UPDATE

September 6, 2019

Thank you to everyone who was able to join us this morning for our first 6th Grade Pastries with Pirates event. It was great to see all of the moms & dads, brothers & sisters, and grandmas & grandpas in attendance. We are always thankful to be serving our students and families who are so supportive and involved in the community. Have a wonderful weekend!

Student/Parent Handbook (Action Needed)

Thank you for the great response on getting the Receipt of Parent/Student Handbook forms signed and returned to us! With that said, we still have some outstanding forms. If you and your student have not finalized this yet, please take a few minutes to do so over the weekend. Then have your student drop the signed/dated form off in the office Monday morning. (If you have already done this, thank you! You can disregard this message;)


Simply go to the link below and review this year’s parent/student handbook. (You can also access this from our PCMS website under “Site Shortcuts”.) Once you have reviewed the handbook, we ask that you sign and return the last page to us. Recap of details are below:


  • Direct link to handbook: 2019-20 Middle School Parent/Student Handbook

  • Students were given handouts of the Receipt of Middle School Student/Parent Handbook last week. (You can also click the link provided and print it at home.It is on the last page.)

  • Please have your student return this signed/dated form to the office Monday morning!

Signs of Suicide Program - Join us Sept 12!

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Science Olympiad Meeting - 9/17/19

Interested students and their parents are invited to attend the PCMS Science Olympiad kick-off meeting on Tues, Sept 17 at 6pm in the PCMS Forum Room. Science Olympiad functions much like any team sport, but it focuses on STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) disciplines. It exposes students to challenging competition and a wide array of career choices. It requires active participation, self-initiative, commitment, teamwork and practice throughout the year. Each school-based team is allowed to bring up to 15 selected students who are cross-trained in a variety of events within their skill set to a regional competition, which entitles them to attend the state tournament. However, many school teams boast more than 40 members, allowing for a rich apprentice and mentoring system for all involved. State tournament winners go on to participate in the Science Olympiad National Tournament held at a different university each year. There is no direct cost to join.


If your child is interested in this opportunity, there will be a student-only info meeting during Pirate Time on Tues, Sept 10 to give basic team information. Parents and students can plan on attending our formal kick-off meeting on Tues, Sept 17.


Please stop by the PCMS Science Olympiad website for the latest information.

Platte County Education Foundation Fundraiser ~ Aug 28-Sept 10

This week, we kicked off our Platte County Education Foundation discount card sales program. 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 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. Check out this video to see some of the impact our Foundation has had. Your student should have brought home an envelope with information and instructions on Wednesday, August 28, and have been instructed to not go "door-to-door," but to offer to relatives, friends, co-workers, etc. Collection dates start on Tuesday, September 3, and the program wraps up on Tuesday, September 10. Please consider purchasing a card and supporting our schools!

Message RE: Impacted Traffic Patterns

Intersection improvements/traffic signal installation at the intersection of Kentucky Ave & Platte Falls Rd will start on Mon, Sept 9, 2019. Work is scheduled to continue until late Oct. The project will install a four-way traffic signal system and an ADA pedestrian crossing.


Although the intersection will remain open, traffic patterns will be impacted throughout the construction schedule. There may be brief periods of total closure to raise the traffic poles and signal mast arms. Construction is scheduled from 7am to 5:30pm, Mon-Thurs. Construction work will be adjusted as much as possible to minimize impact on bus and school traffic immediately before and after school each day.


Starting Sept 9 through the end of construction, Kentucky Ave will be reduced to one lane of traffic in each direction; Platte Falls Rd will retain one lane of traffic in each direction, but the turn lanes on Platte Falls at the intersection will be closed. The City of Platte City, the contractor, and the District will remain in close coordination during the project to adjust work schedules and traffic patterns as needed.

Learn the Art of Color Guard & Perform at a Game!

The Platte County High School Color Guard would like to invite 7th and 8th graders to perform with them at the football game next Friday night! Attend one or both of the clinics on Tues, Sept 10 from 6-8pm or Wed, Sept 11 from 6-8pm. No prior experience necessary! For more information, email the Color Guard coach, Sydnie Kerr at kerrs@platteco.k12.mo.us.

PTO News

PCMS Night at Panera - Sept 26

PTO will be hosting a fundraiser at Panera Bread on Barry Rd Thurs, Sept 26. Just plan to dine in or pick up dinner to go between 4-8pm and support a great cause. What a great excuse to take a night off from cooking, right!?!


Pirate Spiritwear & PTO Website - Orders Due by 9/10/19!

We are so excited to announce that the PCMS PTO Pirate Spirit Wear is available to order! We are also excited to announce you can now order this spirit wear online from our NEW PCMS PTO Website! Spirit wear is one of our most exciting fundraisers as we get to offer fun and trendy Pirate Wear and raise funds for awesome projects at our amazing middle school! Go to the website now and place your orders!!! The deadline to order is the end of the day on Tues, Sept 10. Share this info with all of your friends as well! You don't need to attend PCMS to order! Go Pirates!!! https://pcmspto.com/

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PCMS Archery

PCMS Archery tryouts will be Oct 21 from 6-9pm in the Compass Elementary gym. Watch for more information to come soon!

CLUBS and CLASSES by Northland Career Center

CHESS CLUB - BEGINS NEXT WEEK!

PCMS Chess Club, which is brought to us by Northland Career Center, welcomes all students. If you don’t know how to play, or if you would just like to fine-tune your skill...join the club! The goal of each club meeting is to have fun while learning chess!!!


~ Certified Chess instructors from Kansas City Chess Club will be teaching players about important rules, chess etiquette, strategy, openings, endgames, and tactics.


BABYSITTER'S TRAINING & YOUTH CPR

This is a great first job that can be fun but must be taken seriously and responsibly. Babysitter’s Training offers training for young people who want to develop skills in leadership and professionalism while learning about basic childcare, safety and first aid.

Youth CPR (last week of class) will teach basic techniques of Child and Infant CPR and use of an AED. Students will learn how to recognize emergencies and first responder techniques until the arrival of EMS. This course is recommended for ages 11 to 15 years.

Monday, Sept 9

  • Cross Country @ Platte Ridge Park, 4pm

  • Volleyball @ Discovery MS, 4pm

Tuesday, Sept 10

  • Chess Club Begins, 3-3:45pm

  • Football @ Winnetonka, 5pm

  • PTO Spirit Wear Orders Due

Wednesday, Sept 11

  • PLC Early Release, 12:50pm

  • Cross Country @ Liberty MS, 4pm

  • Volleyball vs Raytown, 4pm

Friday, Sept 13

  • 8th Grade Band Step Off Night @ PCHS, 6:30pm

Saturday, Sept 14

  • Volleyball B Team Tourney @ Antioch MS, 8:30am

Monday, Sept 16

  • Volleyball vs Smithville, 4pm

  • Cross Country @ New Mark MS, 4pm

Tuesday, Sept 17

  • Football @ Oak Park HS, 5pm

  • Science Olympiad Parent Meeting, Forum Rm, 6pm

Upcoming Community Events / Flyers

Make sure you check out the “Community” tab on the Platte County RIII School District webpage. There you will find an option called “Community Event/Activity Flyers” where you can access flyers with information regarding various events and opportunities within our community! Below are a few your middle schooler(s) might be interested in, but check the website for more!

Platte City Middle School

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