Matthew Haug

Principal’s Message 11-30-20 

Thankfulness and Gratitude.

On behalf of the staff at Prairie Knolls Middle School, I wish to extend the thankfulness and gratitude that we feel for all of our community members who made this semester, and especially this past Parent-Teacher Conferences, so positive and special.  The treats for staff during conference, the parking lot event, and the cards from students were all greatly appreciated.  We are very fortunate to have this community of families, learners and educators that come together here at Prairie Knolls Middle School.  Thank you for all that you have done this past year, and thank you for your continued support.

Adaptive Pause and Reporting of symptoms.

On Monday, November 16, Central 301 announced that all students will transition to full remote instruction starting on Monday, November 30th. Remote instruction will continue through Friday, December 4th with an anticipated student return to in-person learning on Monday, December 7th. 

For in-person learning families, it is important that you continue to self-monitor your family members and notify your home school if someone in your family develops COVID-like symptoms or tests positive during the week of November 30th – December 4th. School offices will be open the week of November 30th. 

Please report if anyone in your household is experiencing one or more of the following symptoms: 

Fever (100.4 or higher), new onset of moderate to severe headache, shortness of breath, new cough, sore throat, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain from unknown cause, new congestion/runny nose, new loss of sense of taste or smell, nausea, fatigue from unknown cause, muscle or body aches. 

Adaptive Pause Schedule–
Monday, November 23rd: Parent/Teacher Conferences (Will run as scheduled)
Tuesday, November 24th: Parent/Teacher Conferences (Will run as scheduled)
Wednesday, November 25th – Friday, November 27th: No School
Monday, November 30th – Friday, December 4th: Remote only instruction

Remote Learning Expectations:

As we enter into the Adaptive Pause for the week of November 30th, I want to remind everyone that all education will continue as it has.  That includes required attendance at all meets, participation in class, and completion of all work.  All work and assessments will be scored and entered in the gradebook as they have been since the start of the year.  In addition, the expectations below are a reminder of etiquette for online classes.

  • Identify a quiet workspace for your class and limit distractions, such as silencing your phone and turning off the television.
  • Check your surroundings. Make sure your background is appropriate for a school setting.
  • Be on time! Be logged into Google Meet and ready to begin class at the start of the period.
  • Mute your microphone unless asking a question, contributing to class discussion or making a presentation, or as otherwise directed by your teacher.
  • Video should remain “on” to promote focus, unless instructed by your teacher.
  • Dress appropriately. Your attire should reflect District 301 expectations for student in-person school attendance.

6th Grade ELA book pick-up.

If you have a 6th grade student who is remote, the 6th grade ELA teachers are asking that you arrange a time to pick up a book that all 6th graders will be reading starting on January 12th. The book is called Touching Spirit Bear by Ben Mikaelsen, and our school librarian, Pam Inkinen, has worked hard to get these checked out to all 6th graders who do not come into the building. These books will be labeled with your child’s name and will be placed into the vestibule at PKMS for pickup. This is the same procedure as when you picked up Amelia Lost

If you plan to obtain a copy of the book through another source (Amazon, Ereader, etc), please let us know so that we can take your child’s name off the list.  

We ask that you arrange a time to pick this book between 12/1 and 12/4. The books will be ready starting on 12/1 in the vestibule of PK. 

If your child is attending remotely for any other reason (quarantine, immunization requirements, etc.), please also pick up the novel with your child’s name on it in the vestibule between 12/1 and 12/4.

Let your child’s ELA teacher know if you have any questions about this plan! We appreciate your support at home as we get these books into the hands of our students. Thank you!

Chromebook refresh!

Thanksgiving break is a great time to refresh and recharge for the end of the quarter. With that being said, our Chromebooks need a refresh too! To help improve any issues, please complete the following directions! 

  1. Clear the Chrome Browser Cache -Click the link for a webpage that will walk you through the process to clear the Chrome browser cache from your device. 
  2. Update your Chrome OS -Verifying that your Chromebook is on the latest supported version is incredibly important! 

To check for updates: 

(A) Turn on your Chromebook 

(B) Connect your Chromebook to Wi-Fi 

(C) At the bottom right, select the time 

(D) Select Settings 

(E) At the bottom left panel, select About Chrome OS 

(F) Under “Google Chrome OS,” you’ll find which version of the Chrome operating system your Chromebook uses 

(G) Select Check for Updates 

(H) If your Chromebook finds a software update, it will start to download automatically 

Completing these two tasks will hopefully make Meets and utilizing the Chromebooks more efficient! If you need any help, please reach out via email to

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:

Upcoming events:

Monday, November 30, 2020:  Beginning of Adaptive Pause Week

Friday, December 04, 2020:  End of Adaptive Pause Week

Monday, December 07, 2020:  Return to Hybrid Learning at school

Friday, December 18, 2020:  End of Quarter 2 / Semester 1

Friday, December 18, 2020:  Beginning of Winter Break

Monday, January 04, 2021:  End of Winter Break

Monday, January 04, 2021:  Beginning of Quarter 3 / Semester 2

Contact Information

We are looking forward to partnering with you the coming year for your child’s education at PKMS.  Below are individuals that you can contact if you have any questions:

Dr. Matthew Haug, Principal  (

Mrs. Alexandra Paszt, Assistant Principal  (

Mr. Brody Hamel, Athletic Director (

Mr. Charles Brooks, School Social Worker (

Mrs. Rose Simpson, School Social Worker (

Mrs. Lauren Sak, School Nurse (

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