Matthew Haug

Principal’s Message 03-08-21 

Quarter 3 ends this coming Friday, March 12th.

Quarter 3 is coming to a close this Friday.  Students are encouraged to check their Skyward accounts to identify missing assignments, and talk with their teachers if they have any questions regarding assignments or progress.


Registration for 2021-2022 opens March 19th.

Registration for the 2021 – 2022 school year opens on March 19th.  Parents can register their children through the Skyward Parent Portal.  Registration is due by April 09, 2021.  If you need assistance in the registration process, please call the Prairie Knolls office at 847-717-8100, or email alice.thomas@central301.net


Annual Residency verification.

If you have a student in grades EC -12th grade in Central 301, and you own and reside at your home, you do not have to complete residency paperwork annually.  However, if you have moved within the past year, you will need to complete a new residency verification form and provide required documentation.  Also, if you rent your home, or are hosted by another family in the district, you are required to complete residency paperwork on a yearly basis.  Residency verification for the 2021 – 2022 school year begins May 1st and is due August 1st.


March 19th – Short schedule day.

On Friday, March 19th, PKMS will hold its Constitution Day celebration with 7th grade students.  This will include the Constitution Test and an election process simulation for students to participate in.  All 7th grade students will be in attendance at school this day, and 6th grade students will be at home with asynchronous learning assignments.  Students will be dismissed at 10:30 a.m. on this day in order to facilitate Transportation requirements for elementary schools.  


S.T.A.R. Food Pantry Project!

Greetings from the S.T.A.R. Club!

The contributions to the PKMS Food Pantry keep coming in and S.T.A.R. is very appreciative of your support for our district families.

Below is a list of suggested items; however, any shelf-stable donations are greatly appreciated.  We do have an excess of a few staples listed below, so if you see an “other than” item, it is because that is well-stocked in our pantry.  Please remember to check expiration/sell-by dates for any items donated, as we want to ensure maximum freshness for the families who receive items from our pantry.

  • High-fiber boxed cereal
  • Hot cereal (oatmeal, muesli, etc.)
  • Pancake/waffle mix or syrup
  • Protein bars
  • Peanut butter/other nut butters/sunflower seed butter
  • Jelly 
  • Canned soup/stew/chilli (other than cream of chicken and cream of mushroom)
  • Chicken or beef broth
  • Canned vegetables
  • Fruit pouches/Canned fruit (other than mandarin oranges and pineapple)
  • Boxed meals/sides (Hamburger Helper, Suddenly Salad, flavored rice or pasta sides, instant mashed potatoes, etc.)
  • Ramen noodles
  • Boxed Mac & Cheese
  • Canned beans (other than kidney and black beans)
  • Dry beans
  • Dry pasta 
  • Bags/boxes of rice, quinoa, bulgar, or barley
  • Canned pasta (Spaghetti 0’s, spaghetti & meatballs, ravioli, etc.)
  • Pasta sauce
  • Other sauces (Sloppy Joe, enchilada sauce, taco sauce, etc.)
  • Shelf-stable meat (canned tuna, chicken, Spam, etc.)
  • Shelf-stable milk (powdered, boxed, canned evaporated skim milk)
  • Baby food (dehydrated, jarred, or pouches)
  • Shelf-stable juice 
  • Condiments (ketchup, mustard, mayo, spices, cooking oil, etc.)

We will continue collecting items through March 12. There will be boxes to collect donations at each student entry.  Families of remote students may drop off donations in the vestibule at Door #1.

Thank you for your support!

S.T.A.R. (Students That Accept Responsibility) Club


2021 Illinois 5Essentials Survey for Students and Parents.

 The 2021 Illinois 5Essentials Survey is now open for parents to give feedback about the learning environment at PKMS.  As many of you know, the 5Essentials survey is required every two years as a survey of the learning climate of schools serving grades 6 – 12 in the state of Illinois.  In District #301, we choose to administer this survey annually so that we can determine trends that can be used for school improvement practices.  Some of the useful feedback that we have received from students and staff have focused our efforts on professional development, improved collaboration efforts, and attention to social-emotional strategies. Please consider supporting our continual improvement, through your feedback, by logging onto http://survey.5-essentials.org/illinois/survey/parent/ and completing the survey for Prairie Knolls Middle School.  We need a minimum of 20% of our families to respond to the survey in order to get results.  We are currently at 11%, so we still have a ways to go!  Please help us get the results that we need in order to use this data for our school improvement.


Order your 2020-2021 Yearbook today.

PKMS Yearbooks are now on sale at Jostens.com.  All sales will be handled through the Jostens website.  Please click on the link below to go to the PKMS Yearbook Orders page with directions for ordering.  Remember that there is a discount for pre-orders completed before md-February!

PKMS Yearbook Orders


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:

Friday, March 12, 2021:  End of Quarter 3

Monday, March 15, 2021:  Board of Education mtg at 6:00 p.m.

Friday, March 19, 2021:  Constitution Day for 7th grade students; dismissal at 10:30 a.m.

Friday, March 26, 2021:  Spring Break begins at 2:08 p.m.

Monday, April 05, 2021:  School resumes at 7:30 a.m.


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  (matthew.haug@central301.net)

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

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