Matthew Haug

Principal’s Message 07-26-21 

Important Information for the 2021-2022 School Year!

Here are some quick informational updates for the new school year:

  1. Schedules are now available for viewing.  They can be accessed through the Skyward account.  Student schedules can be viewed using the Schedule button on the left hand side of the screen.  Locker information can be viewed using the Student Info button.  Please see the School Schedule Update for more information.  
  2. The student attendance hours have changed.  The middle school day begins at 8:00 a.m. and ends at 2:38 p.m.  (Students should not arrive at school prior to 7:40 a.m.)
  3. We will be using hallway lockers this school year and have established the following dates/times for students to be able to come into school, find their classrooms, find their lockers, and bring their school supplies to set up lockers in preparation for the first day of school:
    1. Wednesday, July 28th, 2:00 – 7:00 p.m. (6th / 7th grade students)
    2. Tuesday, August 3rd, 2:00 – 7:00 p.m. (7th grade students)
    3. Wednesday, August 4th, 2:00 – 7:00 p.m. (6th grade students)

**Please click the link below for information about your lockers:

PKMS Locker Set-up “Do’s” and “Don’ts”.


School Supply Lists.

School supply lists can be found on the PKMS website, under “For Parents”:

21-22 Supply Lists


6th Grade Chromebook distribution.

Incoming 6th grade students will receive new Chromebooks this school year.  Chromebooks will be available to 6th grade students (and 7th grade students who are new to District #301) on Wednesday, July 28th, and Wednesday, August 4th, during the Locker Set-up times listed above.


P.E. Uniform information.

P.E. uniforms for the 2021-2022 school year will consist of solid colored blue, black, grey, or red basketball-length shorts and a solid colored, text-free and graphic-free blue, black, grey, or red t-shirt OR any Central schools spirit wear shirt.  Parents can either purchase these privately, or through an online store (BSN Sports) that will be available next week.  Please look for an email next week containing a link to this online store.


PKMS Picture Day is coming!

Picture Day for Prairie Knolls Middle School is scheduled for Wednesday, August 18, 2021.  The Inter-State Studio website will be used by families to order pictures:  Picture Day Website.  Families should use order code:  59837GF


PKMS FAQ document for the 2021-2022 school year.

Please click on the link below to be directed to our FAQ document from the Incoming 6th grade Orientation Night.

PKMS FAQs for 2021-2022


Parent “Back To School” Night — Hold the Date!

We are planning our PKMS Parent “Back To School” Night for Wednesday, August 25th.  More information about this night will follow.


PKMS School Lunch Program.

Our lunch program operates on a swipe card system which uses the student’s school ID card to access funds stored online through www.myschoolbucks.com.  Parents are able to add money to their student account with a credit or debit card.  Please note that cashiers will not accept cash or checks in the lunch line.  Students are also able to bring their own lunch from home, if they so desire.

Students who are ordering hot lunch will do so each day in their first period classes.  It is imperative that students who intend to purchase a hot lunch place their orders each morning so that the cafeteria staff have an accurate count of the number of lunches to make each day and that there are enough lunches available for all students. 


PKMS Athletics Summer information.

Please see the two links below for information about athletics at PKMS:

Cross Country Summer Flyer

Fall 201 Summer Athletics Flyer


Prairie Knolls Office Summer Office Hours.

Please be advised that the summer office hours for Prairie Knolls Middle School will be 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. daily.   If you are seeking to register your child as a student new to the district, please plan to arrive prior to 2:45 p.m. so that paperwork can be completed in a timely fashion.  If you have any questions about enrolling, registration, or residency, please feel free to contact the office at 847-717-8100.


District 301 Approved Calendar.

Please click on the link below to view the 2021-2022 School Board-approved calendar: 

FINAL-2021-2022-Calendar


District 301 Bussing Information.

Bussing information will be available to families, via Skyward, on Friday, August 6th.


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.


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:

Wednesday, July 28, 2021:  Locker Set-up Day 2:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, August 03, 2021:  7th Gr. Locker Set-up Day 2:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, August 04, 2021:  6th Gr. Locker Set-up Day 2:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, August 11, 2021:  1st Day of School, 8:00 a.m.


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  (carrie.ahlstedt@central301.net)

Mr. Matthew Newquist, Assistant Principal (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)

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