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JANUARY 2013 * Platte County High School * Volume 1, Issue 2

The PCHS Porthole

The Captain’s Corner Second semester is under way and we find ourselves beginning the process of enrollment for the 2013-2014 school year. This is such an important time for parents and students to sit down and discuss course options. It is important to encourage our students to challenge themselves in the courses they select. Next year we will have additional Advanced Placement (AP) and dual credit course offerings. These include AP Calculus, dual credit Environmental Science, and dual credit Advanced Speech. This brings our number of AP course offerings to nine, and dual credit to eight. We are committed to challenging our students to be successful beyond high school. Students that score a 3, 4, or 5 on AP course exams traditionally are awarded college credit in that subject area. We are proud to announce sixteen Platte County High School students that have been named AP Scholars. To qualify as an AP Scholar a student must score a 3 or higher on three different AP exams. Congratulations to the following Pirate AP Scholars: Jessica Armstrong, Callie Curtis, Rhiannon Fowler, Logan Freeman, Hailey Godburn, Daniel Goering, Devin Kaveler, Taylor Laures, Kristen Manion, Anna Menninger, Sarah Regan, Lindsey Reichert, Jordan Richardson, Claire Schlimm, Benjamin Shively, and Elizabeth Witsken Alan Bunch, PCHS Principal

ATTENDANCE MATTERS: Our attempt to keep parents/guardians informed about students includes the call that goes out daily around 10:30 a.m. letting you know your student is absent and you have not called to verify their absence. We also send out letters through e-mail or postal mail keeping you informed on the number of days, between 4 and ten, that your student has not been present. Per handbook, “any student absent for more than 10 days per semester for reasons other than

those listed excused, will be required to make up those days or possibly be denied credit.” Excused absences include medical appointments, illness or injury, religious observances, funeral, other appointments that cannot be scheduled outside attendance hours, out-of-school suspension, and visits with parents in military. An excused absence is still counted as absent from school because they are not physically present.

PCHS will be establishing a Pirate Parent Advisory group. If you would be interested in serving on it, please contact Mr. Bunch.

Counselors’ quarters Enrollment for 2013-14 Enrollment for the 2013-2014 school year is quickly approaching. We will begin the process with Enrollment Presentations for parents. On Tuesday, January 8th, parents of students currently in grades 9-11 are invited to attend an Enrollment Presentation at 7pm in the Wilson Auditorium. On Tuesday, January 15th current 8th grade families are invited to attend their Enrollment Presentation at 7pm in the Wilson Auditorium. Beginning January 14th, juniors will meet individually with their counselor to enroll for their senior year courses. From January 25th – January 28th, sophomores will be presented with their enrollment

information in their World History class. From February 8th – February 11th, freshmen will be given their enrolment information in their American History class. Mrs. Wirsig, freshman counselor, will work with the 8th grade counselor to begin enrolling students for their 9th grade year beginning January 22nd. As students begin to bring home their enrollment information, please do not hesitate to contact your student’s counselor as you have questions. We are available by phone, email or by appointment and would be happy to visit with you should you have any questions as you go through this very important process.

Important Enrollment Dates … Tuesday, Jan. 8th 7PM Wilson Auditorium: Enrollment Presentation for parents of students currently in grades 9-11 Tuesday, January 15th 7PM Wilson Auditorium: Enrollment Presentation for parents of students currently in 8th grade. Beginning January 14th:

Platte County’s Own Orange Bowl: A Big February

February 8th and 9th, Platte County will host their invitational for Debate and Forensics. The tournament is set up by the team of roughly 20 active novice and varsity participants. Dana Hale, the new coach, expects to invite over 40 schools.

A tournament cannot run successfully without the help of the community! Volunteer judges are needed for every event and round. Anyone can be a judge, they just need to be out of high school. With events ranging from Policy Debate to Humorous Interpretation, the weekend is sure to be exciting. If you are curious about being a judge or want more information on the tournament, visit their website:

Juniors meet with their counselor to enroll for senior year. Beginning January 22nd: Current 8th graders will work with counselors to begin enrolling for their 9th grade year. January 25th-28th: Sophomores will be presented enrollment information in World History classes. February 8th-11th: Freshmen will be presented enrollment information in American History classes.

Day of Hope also a Day of Inspiration Recently, Rachel Gabriel-Nelson, PCHS Social Worker, took time to reflect on our school’s participation in the Platte County Health Department’s Day of Hope Event held in early December.


**************** Spring Sports begin February 25th. **************** The PCHS Wrestling Team placed 6th out of 44 teams at the Deep South Bayou Duals in Baton Rouge, LA, competing against teams from LA, TN, FL, OK, TX and NY. Both the boys’ and girls’ basketball teams have struggled throughout the first half of their seasons. The Pirate Hoopsters still have some time to end their seasons on more positive notes and will continue to work hard to do so. Former PCHS Principal, Craig Robinson, former PCHS longtime counselor, Oleda Cooper and former PCR-3 Superintendent, Mark Harpst were inducted into the Pirate Hall of Fame on January 3rd.

Being a part o f the Day of Hope was not only a “day of hope” for the children and families in our school district, but also for the school social workers who put heart and soul into their work. Witnessing people give anonymously to others who have less than themselves, gave me hope in the world. It energized and inspired me again.

On Saturday, December 8th, the actual Day of Hope, I was so proud to be a staff member of Platte County R-3 School District, for our students and all they had given for their classmates that do not have what they may have. My volunteer shift was from 8 –11 am, but I stayed until well past 2 pm because there was magic in the air. We worked hard to make sure our families were able to take advantage of this wonderful resource. Many of our district’s students and families were in attendance. I was at the haircut station, NOT giving haircuts! The children and families started there for a haircut, next to the family pictures. Don’t forget that many of these families are unable to go to a photographer for family portraits. Walgreen’s printed the photos out there that day so families could take them home.

Seeing the faces of the children and their parents when they accepted these gifts was...I can’t put it into words for filled me Later they went to the children’s playroom up. It helped them to feel “someone else who where there was fingernail painting, clowns, doesn’t even know me thinks I am worth it.” games, and a bounce house outside. Next, They were worth it. they were able to pick a winter coat, gloves, Seeing Freshman Seminars compete to see hat and a blanket (handmade by church womwho could bring in the most canned food and en). Then it was on to a dental screening . warm clothing was amazing. Mr. Carlson did- The first 150 people registered received new n’t just ask for regular canned food, but con- shoes, and after that a physical exam. Homesulted me, and was able to ask for Meal-in a- made cross necklaces from another church Can type meals—a better bang for the buck. were also given away along with holiday meal boxes, groceries, and gifts for the children. It As always, watching the cheerleaders and Mrs. Martin collect coats and warm clothing all finished up with lunch—hot dogs! for Keep PC Cozy, then work hard to divide it all up, take the coats to the dry cleaner, take the smaller clothes to Rising Star, Siegrist, Paxton, and PCMS reminded me how PCHS loves to share. They even gave adult clothing to Hillcrest Ministries. FCCLA, Interact, and SADD all collected food for Holiday Meal Boxes as well. STUCO both adopted families AND volunteered to set up for the event after school on their own time. Interact Club also helped set up the church.

Thank you to the Platte County Health Department and to the Platte County Ministerial Alliance. Thank you to all of the donors and volunteers! This event DID make a difference! Heather Schuller, Pathfinder and Rising Star social worker, summed up the day quite well: “The Day of Hope was a great experience for both families and communities alike. Everyone was full of cheer, thanks and most importantly, love for one another.”

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LET US KNOW HOW WE ARE DOING... Second Semester FYI At the start of second semester the modular units (located behind the high school) will open for classes. The following teachers and their class hours there are as follows:

“Navigating Towards Excellence” Alan Bunch Principal Shari Waters Asst. Principal Phil Dorman Activities Director

Mr. Blake Seifert—American History, 1, 5, 7 Honors American History 3, 4 Mr. Eric Mitchell—American History, 3-6, World History 7 Mr. Kiel Giese—American History, 1, 6, 7 American Government, 3, 4 Mr. Neil O’Brien—Geometry, 1, Algebra A, 3, 7 Algebra I, 4, 5

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