Welcome to the Prairie Knolls Middle School Principal’s Page!

Hello Falcon Families!

(August 2022) As many of you are aware, I have shifted to the role of Principal of Prairie Knolls Middle School for the 2022-2023 school year. I am honored to be given the opportunity to lead such a high performing school full of amazing students and hard working, dedicated teachers. This will be my second year at Prairie Knolls as I spent the 2021-2022 school year serving as an Assistant Principal at PK.

This upcoming school year will be my 14th year in education. Prior to Prairie Knolls, I served as the Assistant Principal at Sherrard High School, located just outside of the Quad Cities. As a teacher, I spent the bulk of my career teaching at Rock Island High School, while also coaching baseball, basketball, and football.

Mrs. Carrie Ahlstedt will continue to serve PK as our Assistant Principal of Student Services. Mrs. Ahlstedt brings a wealth of administrative experience to the table, having served as a principal and assistant principal during her time in District 301. Mrs. Ahlstedt is an outstanding educator and does a phenomenal job of addressing all student needs.

To round out our building administrative team, I am pleased to announce that Ms. Megan Minehart will be assuming the role of Assistant Principal of Behavior and Environment at PK. Ms. Minehart has spent 8 years in the district, the last 7 as an ELA teacher at Prairie Knolls. Ms. Minehart has made an impact in a variety of ways during her time at PK and she is incredibly motivated to begin her administrative career!

Although we all continue to relax and enjoy summer break, it is important to communicate some important information to our students and families…..

School Hours
This year, school hours at Prairie Knolls will be 8:10 A.M – 2:48 P.M.

Drop-Off Time
If a student is to be dropped off at school, the doors to the building will not open until 7:50 AM.

In addition to email updates from the District, our PKMS teachers, and our Monthly Newsletter (the Falcon Flyer), you can learn more about what is currently happening, and what is coming up, by clicking on the link for my Weekly Principal’s Message

Digital Tools Available to parents.

Parents, click on the link below to learn about digital tools that you can use to support your child’s learning in District #301.


Digital Bulletin Board

As a service to our families, we have posted flyers from community organizations on this digital bulletin board.  Please click the link to access:  https://central301.net/digital-bulletin-board/

Contact Information

Mr. Matthew NewquistPrincipalmatt.newquist@central301.net
Mrs. Carrie AhlstedtAssistant Principalcarrie.ahlstedt@central301.net
Ms. Megan MinehartAssistant Principalmegan.minehart@central301.net
Mr. Charles BrooksSocial Workercharles.brooks@central301.net
Ms. Kayla KopetskySocial Workerkayla.kopetsky@central301.net
Mrs. Lauren SakSchool Nurselauren.sak@central301.net