Matthew Haug

Principal’s Message 10-18-21 

Grade Reports now available.

Grade reports from Quarter 1 are now available in Skyward Family Access.  Check the tab under Student Portfolio to find the grade reports.


Student Physical and Immunization deadline.

In accordance with Illinois State law the deadline for submitting required physicals and immunizations is October 15, 2021. If your student still needs to submit any documentation please scan and email them to the nurse at lauren.sak@central301.net or send it to school with your student on Monday, October 18, 2021. Any student who does not have the required physical and immunizations must be excluded from school, unexcused, until the documentation has been received. Any student who is at school Monday morning that does not have the proper paperwork on file will be sent to the office, and parents will be called to pick them up. Thank you for your support in keeping all of our students at PKMS healthy and helping us meet compliance with State mandates.


Picture Retakes Day this Wednesday, 10/20.

Picture Retake Day will be held this Wednesday, October 20th, for any student who did not have their picture taken earlier in the year, or wishes to have a retake of their picture.  If a student does not like their original picture, they must bring in their original picture package in order to receive a new one.  If they forget the package, a photo will still be taken, however, Inter-State Photography will not be able to print a new package until they receive the old one.


Round #1 BSN Spiritwear orders are in!

If you ordered items from our first BSN spiritwear / P.E. options clothing order (in July), the items have arrived.  Due to the number of items ordered, our office staff will sort these items into groups for distribution during TASK the week of October 25th.  Students with last names A-K will be able to pick up their items on Monday, 10/25, and Tuesday, 10/26, during TASK.  Students with last names L-Z are able to  pick up their items on Wednesday, 10/27 and Thursday, 10/28 during TASK.

We thank you for your patience and will notify families when items are delivered from the second ordering round.


Halloween is quickly approaching.  Costume requirements.

Students at PKMS are permitted to dress for Halloween.  The dress up day will be Friday, October 29th. Students should be made aware of the following guidelines in order to maintain a safe and productive learning environment:

  1. Halloween masks should not be worn.   Students will be expected to adhere to the CDC mask guidelines in place since the first day of school.
  2. Props will not be permitted as part of student costumes.
  3. Do not wear cleats or spikes as they may damage floors and become slipping hazards.
  4. No weapons, or look-alike weapons, are allowed at any time. No spikes, chains or ropes may be brought to school.  Failure to follow this rule may result in disciplinary consequences.
  5. Makeup, hair dye, sunglasses and hats are permitted as long as they are not dangerous or disruptive. Sunglasses and hats must be removed in the classroom.
  6. No clothing that depicts drugs, alcohol, or their usage.
  7. Costumes should not prevent the student from fully participating in learning activities. Students will still have PE on those days!  Use good judgement!
  8. All makeup, hair, and accessories must be done at home.
  9. Students may not wear costumes that have inflatable features, or have fans inside of them.
  10. Building administration has the right to require students to change their apparel if it is deemed that the costume is not appropriate for school. If a change of clothing is not available, students will be required to put on clothes provided from the school if they are unable to obtain a change of clothing.

PKMS Falcons fly high in their spare time:

Devangi Prasannan earns 2nd Degree Blackbelt!

Devangi Prasannan, 7th grade student at PKMS, earned her 2nd Degree Blackbelt in Taekwondo last month.  In addition to achieving this status, Devangi has been promoted from training to become a junior level instructor at her Taekwondo school.  She has a deep passion for Taekwondo by attending Taekwondo classes multiple times during the week, instructing other martial arts students, and maintaining good grades in her classes at Prairie Knolls.  Congratulations to Devangi on your achievements and dedication and focus on your passion!

Parents, if your children are engaged in outside community activities, please share these with us so that we can highlight the many good activities that our Falcons engage in.


S.T.A.R. invites families to participate in the Wall of Recognition.

Veterans Day is fast approaching and our S.T.A.R. Club (Students That Accept Responsibility), is continuing an annual tradition to celebrate the important contributions and sacrifices of our community’s Veterans.  We would like to create a “Wall of Recognition” for Veterans during the next few weeks.  We have done similar activities in past years and it is amazing to see students stop in the halls to read and view the history of our PKMS Community members. 

If you have a veteran that you would like to honor, click on the link below to learn more about this great opportunity:

Veterans Day Photos


Lunch Orders by students.

We continue to have challenges with our student body when they place lunch orders.  Each morning, as part of the First Period attendance, teachers ask students if they are getting hot lunch that day.  Students then raise their hands, a count is taken, and this count is reported to the cafeteria staff to assist them in preparing the right amount (plus a percentage more) of food each day.  This year, students are not declaring their intentions during First Period, resulting in the cafeteria staff scrambling to prepare last minute items, or forcing students to receive a grilled cheese sandwich, rather than the planned meal.  

Please assist us in reinforcing this procedure with your child.  If they intend to get a hot lunch on a particular day, then they must raise their hand when asked by their teacher during First Period attendance time. Our cafeteria staff is doing their best to be good stewards of the resources that they have and prepare healthy, enjoyable food for the students.  Your support of their efforts is greatly appreciated.


D301 Food Service is Hiring!

Do you want to work while your children are in school and be home with them during vacations? Central 301 Food Service has several positions open:  

Central High School – Cook, 

Central Middle School – Cook, 

Prairie Knolls Middle School – Cook,

Prairie View Grade School – Head Cook, and

Food Service Substitutes, to work in kitchens when needed. 

The positions range in daily hours from 6.0 hrs and 4.0 hrs. Food Service Cooks work the same school year calendar as the students. 

For more information, call Pamela Mirenda, Director of Food Service at 847-464-6043 or email pamela.mirenda@central301.net.


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.

https://sites.google.com/central301.net/2021-2022-d301-parentsguide/d301-digital-tools


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/


Upcoming events:

Monday, October 18, 2021: Board of Education meeting at 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday, October 20, 2021: Picture Re-take Day

Thursday, October 21, 2021: Parent-Teacher Conferences

Friday, October 22, 2021: Parent-Teacher Conferences

Friday, October 29, 2021: Halloween Dress-up Day


Contact Information


Below are individuals that you can contact if you have any questions:

Dr. Matthew Haug, Principal  (matthew.haug@central301.net)

Mrs. Carrie Ahlstedt, Assistant Principal (6th Grade) (carrie.ahlstedt@central301.net)

Mr. Matthew Newquist, Assistant Principal (7th Grade) (matt.newquist@central301.net)

Mr. Brody Hamel, Athletic Director (brody.hamel@central301.net)

Mr. Charles Brooks, School Social Worker (charles.brooks@central301.net)

Mrs. Rose Simpson, School Social Worker (rose.simpson@central301.net)

Mrs. Lauren Sak, School Nurse (lauren.sak@central301.net)