August 18, 2022
Welcome PCR-3 Students and Families! Click here to view a welcome back message from our Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Jay Harris, and read on for dates of his "Coffee and Conversation" events to meet with him in our buildings.
"Coffee & Conversation" with Dr. Harris
Our Superintendent, Dr. Jay Harris, is inviting parents and community members to join us for "Coffee & Conversation" connections in our buildings, starting in September. These informal events are designed to share our District goals and listen and learn from families to improve our overall educational experience for our students. We hope you can join us!

  • Barry: Sept. 9, 7:45-8:45am
  • Pathfinder: Sept. 16, 8:45-9:45am
  • PCHS: Sept. 30, 7:30-8:30am
  • Compass: Oct. 14, 8:45-9:45am
  • Siegrist: Oct. 28, 8:45-9:45am
  • PCMS: Nov. 18, 7:45-8:45am
Pirates ROCK Kickoff/ Community Tailgate
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 the community. Each month our community and schools focus on character and leadership and students are recognized for exhibiting these traits and skills. On Friday, August 26, we kick off our 17th year of our character education program! To celebrate, wear your orange and black on Friday, join the community from 5-7pm at Price Chopper in Platte City for a community tailgate, and enjoy free popcorn at the first home football game!

Communication Reminders
There are several ways for parents to make sure they have up-to-date District information. This e-Treasures newsletter is sent monthly on the Friday after each Board of Education meeting, to all District families, staff, and any community member that signs up.

Another District communication medium is our School Messenger system that we use for phone calls and text notifications. As with any school district, PCR-3 must often contact hundreds of parents quickly for sudden changes in schedules due to emergencies, cancellation, or just important announcements.

We send a test call on the evening before our first early release (this year the call will be sent on September 13, before our first PLC day on September 14), to make sure we have accurate information in our database. If you DO NOT receive this call, please contact your child's school to correct the information.

If you have provided a cell phone number, you can also opt in to receive text alerts and messages. Simply text "YES" to 67587 (standard text messaging fees apply).
PCR-3 Community Advisory: Apply by September 12
Platte County School District recognizes the importance of community input to help set the future direction of our schools.

We are kicking off our second year of the PCR-3 Community Advisory to gather volunteers who will have an ongoing role to review the District’s progress toward its Comprehensive Strategic Improvement Plan goals, as well as to provide input regarding the District's general operation and specific issues impacting education activities and programs. Any District resident, employee, or student may participate in the ongoing work of this group.

We have reached out to existing members about continuing their participation and are now opening membership up to new members. If interested in serving on this advisory, please complete the application linked below by September 12. The first General Membership meeting will be held September 28.
Activities Passes Now Available
PCHS will be offering Individual and Family Athletics Passes for the 2022-23 school year through HomeTown Ticketing! Passes are good for all home contests, except tournaments and MSHSAA events. Family pass holders must live in the same household.

Click below to purchase your K-8 student ($58), single adult ($83), or family passes ($183 for a family of 4, $203 for a family of 6). An additional processing fee is also charged during checkout. PCHS students can attend PCHS activities for free with a valid School ID. Persons 55 years of age or older are given free admission to any district sponsored event or activity upon presentation of identification to verify age.
Pirate Pride: Teachers Recognized for Special Summer Learning
For the Pirate Pride portion of the August meeting, PCHS Librarian, Valorie Stokes, was recognized for her participation in the National Endowment for the Humanities Landmarks of American History and Culture workshop: The Problem of the Color Line: Atlanta Landmarks and Civil Rights History in Atlanta, Georgia this July. She was chosen from among 110 applicants and had the opportunity to walk in the footsteps of Civil Rights leaders at historic sites in Atlanta, study primary documents associated with the topic, and hear from living participants from the Civil Rights Movement in Atlanta.

Theresa Robertson, PLTW Teacher at PCMS, also shared her summer experience presenting at the Smithsonian National Education Summit this July. The 2-day conference focused on sessions related to ELA, social studies, science, and culture with award winning authors, National Teachers of the Year, and many more. The presentation was a result of work Mrs. Robertston was invited to complete with teachers across the country, creating a guided inquiry unit. They wrote it, tested it, and the project was selected for a session at this national conference.
2021 Bond Program Update
Each month, project managers for our 2021 Bond Program projects, provide an update on construction projects taking place throughout the District. At the August meeting, Matt St. Louis with Newkirk Novak Construction Partners, reviewed construction progress on the PCHS Rebuild Phase One project, and Darren Lee with McCown Gordon, reviewed construction progress on Platte Purchase Middle School project.
At the Platte County High School Phase One Project, the Siegrist Elementary parking lot renovation is now complete and open to thru traffic. Crews are continuing to work on the punch list and landscaping over the next few weeks. Site concrete, handrails, and building façade work will carry into the fall months. The classroom wing is wrapping up and punch list crews are moving in. In the commons, lights and flooring have begun, and kitchen equipment final connections are underway. In the athletic wing, prep work has begun for the gymnasium floor, scheduled for later this month. The project is on track to finish in December 2022.
At the Platte Purchase Middle School Project, construction has made great progress. Masonry block is continuing to drive the boat and is nearly 80% complete. The block structure will finish out on the two-story classroom, and then attention will focus on installing brick around the exterior of the building. Concrete trades are inside working on slab on grade in the administration and Project Lead The Way areas, and then will move to the locker rooms, commons, and cafeteria in the next three to four weeks. The power and water to the building is currently being routed from the main feeds from the street into the building. Next week focus will turn onto the site and start the right-of-way work off of Platte Purchase Drive and then begin work on the football and track areas.
Pirates ROCK Kickoff/ Tailgate - Aug. 26
PCR-3 kicks off its 17th year of the character education program on August 26. To celebrate, wear your orange and black on Friday, join the community from 5-7pm at Price Chopper in Platte City for a community tailgate, and enjoy free popcorn at the first home football game. See flier for details.
PCHS Cheer Super Saturday - Aug. 27
PCHS Cheerleading is sponsoring their 36th annual “Super Saturday" cheer clinic on Saturday, August 27. Pre-register here, or just show up that day! See flier for details.
YMCA South Kids Night Out - Second Saturdays
Every second Saturday of the month all kids ages 3-11 are invited to join us for a fun filled night of crafts, games, swimming, and a movie. Drop off is from 4:30-5:00pm. Space is limited, so register early. Deadline to sign up is the Thursday before Kids Night Out. See flier for details.
Platte County Wrestling Club Open Gyms & Registration
Platte County Wrestling Club (for boys and girls ages 5-14) registration opens September 15. Want to give wrestling a try before registering? Attend an open gym night, Sundays starting August 21. See flier for details.
August 23: First Day of School
August 26: Pirates ROCK Kickoff, Community Tailgate, Platte City Price Chopper
September 5: Labor Day, No School
September 14: PLC Day, 2-hour early dismissal
September 22: Board of Education Meeting, 6:30pm, (reconvene from closed session which begins at 5:30pm)
October 7: Homecoming, 3-hour early dismissal
October 10: No School, District Inservice
October 19: PLC Day, 2-hour early dismissal
October 20: Board of Education Meeting, 6:30pm, (reconvene from closed session which begins at 5:30pm)
October 21: End of 1st Quarter
October 28: Report Cards Go Home
Thank you to our Pirates ROCK Stars!
Thank you to all our Pirates ROCK Star business partners who support character education in our schools! And thank you to our District-wide Pirates ROCK Star partner, Tradition Home Group.

Vision: Building Learners of Tomorrow...

Mission: To prepare individual learners for success in life, 
the Platte County School District provides meaningful experiences in a safe and caring environment.

Values: Student Focus, Collaboration, High Expectations, Integrity, Visionary Leadership, Innovation, Results Orientation