Cogdill, Dan

Dan CogdillDan Cogdill

Science Teacher
Platte City Middle School - PCMS 6th and 7th Grade

Welcome to PCMS!!! Each school year brings a new set of personalities, rules and challenges for students, teachers and parents. In 2021, that is especially true.  During these first few weeks, students will be asked to  learn the personalities and expectations of 6 new teachers and two new administrators.  Additionally, they will have to develop the maturity and discipline to work in a timely manner and develop a questioning nature that will allow PCR3 staff to assist them when needed. Oh, and one more thing: They need to learn the subject matter. WOW!

In addition to the school related transitions, your child will also be going through many physical, social/emotional and maturity related changes. Every child progresses through these changes at their own pace. Research indicates that the average sixth grade classroom can have up to a seven year maturity gap in its student make-up. As we process through this new year, we fully expect to experience emotional challenges associated with the changes forced by the pandemic as well as the natural challenges of emotional and physical development. Communication will be key to helping us help your child. Please feel comfortable contacting us with questions or concerns. When appropriate, we will have counselors available.

Our primary tool for lessons and communications will be Google Classroom. Your child will be assigned to a Google Classroom for each subject. This electronic classroom will contain the vast majority of your child's assignments, instructions and communications. Once the class lists have been finalized, we will send an "INVITE" to parents/guardians. If you accept the invite, you will be able to track your child's assignments and set parameters on how often you want to be notified.

PLEASE NOTE: Although Google Classroom is where we will do most of our work, it is NOT where official grades will be stored. PCR3 uses the SISK12 program for official records. If you want access to your child's SISK12 grades, you will need to sign up for "Parent Portal." Please see the district website or stop into one of the school building offices for Parent Portal instructions.

WORK PROCESSES : On most days, I will post assignments for the day 5 minutes before the start of your child's scheduled hour.  Each assignment will have a "DUE DATE".  In most cases, this will be 24 hours from the date of the assignment.  Work completed and turned in "ON TIME" will get full credit.  Work completed "LATE"(within 48 hours of the assignment posting) will get a 10% reduction.   Students will receive a zero on any assignment not turned in within 48 hours of the assigned date. 

We are anticipating a fantastic school year and hope everyone is as enthusiastic about it as we are!!!!


 Pirate Time:  7:40 - 8:10am                                                                1st Hour:         8:23 - 9:11am        7th Grade Science            2nd Hour         9:14 - 10:02am     6th Grade Science           3rd Hour         10:05 - 10:53am   Planning (The best time to call if you need to talk to me)                                           4th Hour         10:56 - 11:45am   7th Grade Science             5th Hour         12:14 - 1:03pm      6th Grade Science           6th Hour           1:06 - 1:54pm       6th Grade Science           7th Hour           1:57 - 2:45pm      6th Grade Science

Contact Information

Phone: 816-858-2036 x. 2695