Matthew Haug

Principal’s Message 09-21-20

Virtual Back to School Night
During the first few weeks of school, we typically hold a Back To School Night for parents to come in, see the building, walk their child’s schedule, and meet the teachers.  Due to our pandemic protocols, we are defaulting to a Virtual Back To School Night so that you can see the teachers, watch a short presentation about their classes this year, and learn a little more about classes this year at PKMS.

Please click on the link below to go to our website page with links to each of the teachers’ BTS Night presentations.  Using your child’s schedule from Skyward, you can select the specific teachers that you would like to learn more from.  

PKMS Virtual Back To School Night

If the link does not work, please go into that teacher’s Canvas home page and click the “Meet The Teacher” link.  If you have not yet set up your Canvas account, follow the instructions here:
Parent Access Website

It is unfortunate that we cannot meet face-to-face, but we hope that you find this new alternative Back To School Night presentation useful (and maybe a little fun!).

Picture Day for our Full-Remote students!
Pictures for our Full-Remote students will take place on October 26 and 27, during the Picture Retakes day.  As we get closer to these dates, additional information will be provided to families so that they can make arrangements to bring students to the school for pictures.

Student Handbook Signature Required in Skyward.
District 301 Board policy states that the Student Handbook, including the District disciplinary policies and rules, shall be distributed to the students’ parents/guardians within 15 days of the beginning of the school year or a new student’s enrollment. Students and their parents/guardians must acknowledge receipt of the Student Handbook upon receipt of the handbook. For your convenience, the Handbook is available through Skyward Family Access (Parent Portal). If you have not yet completed this step, please do so this weekend so that we can have 100% participation from our families.

Upcoming events:
Friday, September 18, 2020:  Virtual Back To School Night (see above)

Monday, September 21, 2020:  Board of Education mtg. At 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday, September 30, 2020:  Remote Learning planning day — NO SCHOOL for students.


Principal’s Message 09-14-20

Two weeks in and our students and staff have settled into their routines at our PKMS Community.  I would like to thank our families for their support as we have navigated this new way of educating students.  

Picture Day is coming up!
Picture Day is happening for hybrid students on Monday, September 14th (for A – K students) and Tuesday, September 15th (for L – Z students).  All ordering is done online through the Inter-State Studio website.  Please click the link below for details of how you should proceed:

inter-state.com/FlyerEntry/50353JF

Full-Remote Students:  Pictures for our Full-Remote students will take place on October 26 and 27, during the Picture Retakes day.  As we get closer to these dates, additional information will be provided to families so that they can make arrangements to bring students to the school for pictures.

Student Handbook Signature Required in Skyward.
District 301 Board policy states that the Student Handbook, including the District disciplinary policies and rules, shall be distributed to the students’ parents/guardians within 15 days of the beginning of the school year or a new student’s enrollment. Students and their parents/guardians must acknowledge receipt of the Student Handbook upon receipt of the handbook. For your convenience, the Handbook is available through Skyward Family Access (Parent Portal). Please log in to Skyward Family Access before September 18th and sign the acknowledgement of receipt for the Student Handbook and the Notice of Equal Educational Opportunities Policy.

Attendance and Remote Learning Etiquette.
The creation of a good learning environment is essential to student success in the classroom.  This is true whether the “classroom” is in-person, or remote.  This past week a letter was sent out by the 6-12 principals identifying expectations for students in the remote learning environment.  Two areas where we continue to see challenges are in the areas of attendance and student camera use.  We are early in the school year and we want to encourage students to develop good remote learning habits.  Please support us by reminding students that they are to log onto class at the beginning of the period so that attendance can be taken in the first five minutes of the class, and they are to stay online with the teacher unless the teacher gives them direction otherwise.  Students who log off without teacher permission will be considered to be cutting the class.  Students who are experiencing technical difficulties (such as wifi service interruptions) should email the teacher at the earliest opportunity to explain the situation.  

A copy of the letter sent this past week has been included here for your convenience:  Remote Learning Etiquette for Students Letter 09-08-20

Upcoming events:
Monday, September 14, 2020:  Picture Day (Hybrid students A – K).
Tuesday, September 15, 2020:  Picture Day (Hybrid students L – Z).
Wednesday, September 16, 2020:  Remote Learning planning day — NO SCHOOL for students.
Monday, September 21, 2020:  Board of Education mtg. At 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, September 30, 2020:  Remote Learning planning day — NO SCHOOL for students.


Principal’s Message 09-07-20

Our first week of school has been completed this year and although we did find some technology hiccups (and learned how to address them!), overall we had a relatively smooth opening for this new way of doing business.  I want to both congratulate and thank all of the parents, staff, and students for their efforts in following the protocols of our opening plan and for remaining flexible as we adjusted to new routines.

   

Attendance matters.
Speaking of technology hiccups, most of the challenges that we found existed around students logging in remotely for attendance.  As we were notified, we made adjustments to the attendance record, but please understand that going forward we will expect that students will log in for attendance at the beginning of the class period, will stay online for the entire time that the teacher states they must stay online, will return at a specific time if given that direction by the teacher, and will return to the class if they have a break due to a lunch or TASK period in the middle of the class.  These are the basic expectations that we have for students when they are in-person attendance and are to be consistently applied for remote students as well.  For a student missing class, or logging in late, we will approach that just as we always have in past years (wrong place/wrong time, tardy, cut, or unverified absence).  Please help us reinforce this point with your children.  

Interrupted Weekly Schedules.
Due to the Labor Day Holiday, this week is a good time to talk about interrupted weekly schedules.  As we know for the hybrid students, those with last names A – K attend on Monday and Thursday, those with last names L – Z attend on Tuesday and Friday, and all students are remote learners on Wednesday.  This pattern is still true when we have interruptions in the week due to holidays or teacher institute days.  Thus, this week begins as a “B” day with Tuesday being the first school day of the week and students L – Z being in attendance.  Wednesday is still a fully remote day for all students and affords the custodial staff time for deep cleaning of the building.

Hot Lunch Ordering reminder.
We have had a few students who have not been placing their hot lunch orders, then showing up to their lunch location with the expectation that a lunch will be available for them.  Please keep in mind that our lunch workers prepare and pre-package the lunches for the number of students who order that morning.  While they do prepare a small amount of overage, once that is gone, there are no more hot lunch packages available to students.  Please remind your children to place their lunch orders on the day of their in-person attendance and no later than during attendance time of 1st period.

Picture Day is coming up!
Picture Day is happening on Monday, September 14th (for A – K students) and Tuesday, September 15th (for L – Z students).  All ordering is done online through the Inter-State Studio website.  Please click the link below for details of how you should proceed:
inter-state.com/FlyerEntry/50353JF

Upcoming events:

Monday, September 14, 2020:  Picture Day.

Tuesday, September 15, 2020:  Picture Day.


Principal’s Message 08-28-20

Good morning Falcons!  We are now just hours away from the start of our 2020 – 2021 School Year!  The teachers, support staff and administration have been working extremely hard to make this a smooth transition from summer to school and we are excited to have you back in the building.  

Staff New to PKMS:
We are very excited to have new members join the staff at Prairie Knolls Middle School.  Please join us in welcoming:

Andrew Barruetta — Administrative Assistant
Hilary Fenwick — Science
Linda Japlon — Math
Ann Mendygral — Math
Bryan Micklos — Math
Clyde Netzley — Mid-day Custodian
Kristen Nowicki — Special Education
Jessica Scharf — School Psychologist
Lauren Selhost — Math

We also have two staff members who are not new to Prairie Knolls, but taking on new roles this upcoming year:

Daytime Custodians:  Matt Furman and Dave Matison

Preparing for the School Year

We thought it would be good to give you one more glimpse into the First Day activity when you come to school on Monday.  Remember that the school day begins at 7:30 a.m. and ends at 2:08 p.m.  Keep in mind that you can review the school layout by watching the Virtual Tour below this week’s PKMS Principal’s Message.

Remote Learners:
Monday through Friday remote learners will follow his/her schedule that is posted in Skyward.  Students must go to Canvas on the first day of school for attendance, resources and materials, and links to class sessions. Please click here to access a video to assist in finding Canvas courses for the school year.  The video will walk students through how to find Canvas properly, as well as adding and removing courses from their Canvas dashboard. 

In-Person Hybrid Learners:
First Day:
A Day students, last names A-K, will report to school for in-person learning on Monday and Thursday.  Students should come prepared and ready to start with a fully charged Chromebook, earbuds, and basic supplies.  6th grade students with last names A – K will receive their new Chromebooks in their 1st period class.  The teachers will provide instructions for accessing information in Canvas.  Students can also watch the preparing for school Canvas video in advance by clicking here.  On remote learning days (Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday) students must go to Canvas for each class for attendance, resources and materials, and links to class sessions.

B Day students, last names L-Z, will start the first day at home learning remotely and again on Wednesday and Thursday.  In-person learning will occur on Tuesday and Friday.  Students must go to Canvas on the first day of school for attendance, resources and materials, and links to class sessions. Please click here to access a video to assist your child in finding their Canvas courses for the school year.  The video will walk students through how to find Canvas properly, as well as adding and removing courses from their Canvas dashboard.  On Tuesday, students should come prepared with a fully charged Chromebook, earbuds, and supplies. 

Arrival at School:
If you are a Bike Rider, Car Rider, or Walker, you will enter the building at Door #1 (the Front Entrance).  Each student will be required to show their completed Pre-Certification slip to the teacher at the front door.  Remember that this needs to be fully completed with a temperature, appropriate check mark for primary signs and symptoms, check mark for other signs and symptoms, date, and parent signature.  If the student shows any symptoms, please keep them home.  If this Pre-Certification Slip is not fully completed, then parents will be called to take the child home.

   

**Parents:  The arrows in the right image show all parts that must be completed on the Pre-Certification Slip.**

Bike Riders, Car Riders and Walkers that arrive early will be directed to the Encore Hallway to stand on social distance markers to await the start of the school day.

If you are a Bus Rider, you will enter the building through one of the bus doors near the place where you exit the bus (Doors #4, #6, and #7).  Remember that you will need to present your Pre-Certification Slip to your bus driver before entering the bus.  If your first period class has numbers 181 – 186 or 281 – 286, then enter through Door #4.  If your first period class has numbers 171 – 176 or 271 – 276, enter through Door #6.  If your first period class has numbers 161 – 166 or 261 – 266, enter through Door #7.  This will get you to the hallway that contains your First Period class and you should enter the classroom and take a seat. Of course, you can always ask for help from a teacher along the way.

Social Distancing:
It is important that you remember to maintain your distance as you walk through the halls.  Congregating, or meeting up with friends in the halls is not permitted.  Thank you for your attention to school safety!

    

Dress Code and Facial Masks:
Students are expected to follow the school dress code, including the language regarding the wearing of facial masks while in school.  Please note that Bandanas and Neck Gaiters do not provide the same coverage as a cloth mask and they are not acceptable as a face covering.

Logging into Canvas:
Since several of our students will either be remote, or on the “B”-day of the hybrid cycle, here is a link to a video about Canvas. The video informs students that they must go to Canvas on the first day of school (Hybrid & Remote Learners) for attendance, resources and materials. In addition it will walk students through how to find Canvas properly, as well as adding and removing courses from their Canvas dashboard.  Canvas

Calling a Student in Sick:
Please note that parents are expected to call the main office to give reason for any absence.  If your child is feeling sick, please call the school office (847-717-8100) to report the reason for the absence and the symptoms of the illness.  A school secretary will record the information asked and, if appropriate, an administrator will follow up with you.

Attendance:
Students are expected to attend every class, whether in person or remote.  If a student is sick, a parent or guardian should contact the school as described above.  If the student is quarantined and can still work (i.e.; not called in Sick), they must log onto their Canvas class remotely or they will be counted as absent.

Visiting the School:
All visitors to the school must complete the QR code form at the front entrance of the school.  This will notify the office personnel of whether you need to pick up a student or come into the school for a meeting.  If you are entering the school for a meeting, then you will certify, through the form, that you are not experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19.  If you are dropping items off for a student, then there will be a cart for you to drop off clearly labeled items and a staff member will deliver these for your student.

Hot Lunch:
Students participating in the Hot Lunch program will need to order their lunch each day.  This may be done before students arrive at school, or during 1st period.  However, please note that this cannot be done the night before as all entries are erased at midnight.  The link for the PKMS Hot Lunch order form is here:  PKMS Hot Lunch Order Form  **Please note that this form needs to be completed through the student’s account.**

Dismissal from school:
Students will be dismissed from their classes in a staggered fashion beginning at 2:08 p.m.  When the bell rings, students are to remain seated in their classroom until their group and hallway is called over the P.A. system.  All Car Riders will be exit the building out of Door #1 (front of building), all Bike Riders and Walkers will exit the building out of Door #8 (back of building), and all Bus Riders will exit the building out of the bus loop doors at their end of their respective hallways.

While all of this may seem like a lot of information, rest assured that teachers will be taking time throughout the school day during this first week to help students become accustomed and acclimated to our new routines.

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 once the year starts if you have any questions:

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

Mrs. Alexandra Paszt, Assistant Principal  (alex.paszt@central301.net)

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

Mrs. Jessica Scharf, School Psychologist (jessica.scharf@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)


PKMS Principal’s Message 08-24-20

Only one week left before our PKMS Falcons return to the school!  Schedules are being balanced and finalized and are slated to be made available by Friday, August 28th, for students to download from Skyward.   

Here is another Introduction video which contains more specific information for our families regarding the beginning of school:

Introduction to PKMS

PKMS Virtual Tour
If you missed the PKMS Virtual Tour, click the link below:

PKMS Virtual Tour

Supply Lists are completed!
Please click on the link HERE to access the supply lists for 6th and 7th grade in-person students and remote students.

Band students:  You will NOT need your instrument on the first day.

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 once the year starts if you have any questions:

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

Mrs. Alexandra Paszt, Assistant Principal  (alex.paszt@central301.net)

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

Mrs. Jessica Scharf, School Psychologist (jessica.scharf@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)

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