PKMS Principal’s Message 12-09-19
Thank you to Student Council!
A big thank you to Ms. Munao and the PKMS Student Council for sponsoring last week’s Cocoa Café. This group works hard to run this event to recognize our students’ efforts to get good grades and follow the behavioral expectations in the classrooms. The event was well-attended by parents and we appreciate them taking time from their busy schedules to help us celebrate student success.
PTO Assembly this Tuesday, December 10.
The CMS/PKMS PTO is partnering with our middle schools to bring Brad Hurtig (www.bradhurtig.com) in to share his story about overcoming obstacles and persevering to meet goals. Brad was a typical student-athlete in high school until a devastating accident after his sophomore year resulted in the amputation of both of Brad’s hands. Through hard work and determination, Brad soon rejoined his high school football team and led the team in tackles while earning all-state honors. Brad encourages students that they can overcome any obstacle if they simply FIND A WAY. We are very appreciative of our PTO for helping support the middle school character education efforts!
PKMS “Pack The Place” this Tuesday, December 10!
Join us this Tuesday as we Pack The Place and cheer on our Boys Basketball teams when they take on Belvidere South. Students that come to the game in PK or Central spirit wear will receive raffle tickets for prizes. Let’s GO FALCONS!!
The Illinois 5Essentials Parent Survey is now open!
We are seeking parent feedback about the learning environment at PKMS through the 5Essentials Survey. 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 https://survey.5-essentials.org/illinois/ 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.
CMS Course Requests for 7th grade students.
On Monday and Tuesday of last week, our 7th grade students were given presentations from CMS administration and CHS students about the course request process for 8th grade and future elective classes that they have to look forward to once they start high school. Along with informing our students of the steps they need to take to choose electives for Central Middle School, we want to help them begin talking with family and friends about possible future education and career choices that our District 301 secondary education can provide. If you have not already done so, please help your child complete the CMS course request process. Directions can be found by clicking on the link below and viewing a brief slide show that shows web shots of the Skyward pages: 8th Grade Course Requests
Remember that you must access the registration site through your Student Skyward Account!
Central #301 and “Toys for Tots”
We are pleased to share that Central District 301 is again partnering with Toys for Tots and that PKMS is an official donation location!
Now through December 13th, students, families and staff can drop off new and unwrapped toys in the donation bins at any of our school buildings. The PKMS donation box is located in our front foyer. The District #301 Leadership Team is again combining efforts with student organizations and clubs to sponsor a “We are Central – Fill the Bus!” event, during which a festive holiday bus will visit every school site during the school day to collect the donations. A special thank you goes to our Central High School students and CHS teacher Zandra McGuire for organizing the event.
We are excited to have this opportunity to support needy children in our area and hope that you will join us in helping to brighten a Kane County child’s holiday.
“Grand Giving of Gifts” sponsored by S.T.A.R.
In the spirit of giving and sharing with others, our S.T.A.R. Club (Students That Accept Responsibility) is sponsoring a new event this year to provide needed items for the homeless at this time of year. Titled “Grand Giving of Gifts”, each day of December is identified with a specific item that will be collected, loaded into a backpack, and ultimately donated to a local homeless shelter. The idea is that the backpack becomes a “grab-and-go” support for an individual or family. Mrs. Japuntich, our S.T.A.R. supervisor, has participated in this type of event before and shared that the backpack itself is very useful for individuals. Items will be collected in 1st period classes from Monday, December 2nd through Friday, December 20th, and we are looking for one item collected each day from a 1st period classroom (however, multiple students donating from a 1st period classroom is appreciated and extra items will be donated in bulk to a shelter). A link to the calendar of donated items is found below:
301 Cares School Safety Tip Line Newsletter Information
Central 301 has launched the 301 Cares School Safety Electronic Tipline. It is a top priority to provide a safe, equitable, and non-hostile learning community for all, and this tipline offers an additional means to share safety concerns with the district. If you witness or learn about a situation you perceive as unsafe or believe that someone has acted or has plans to act in an unsafe way, please reach out to PKMSCares@central301.net. This includes but is not limited to: use or possession of drugs, knives or guns, assault and/or a threat to injure, assault or bully/cyberbully.
The 301 Cares School Safety Tip Line is monitored during school hours. If you witness or suspect a serious emergency or crisis situation, please dial 911.
All reports through the 301 Cares School Safety Tip Line must be made in good faith and messages received are confidential. If you email our School Safety Tip Line, please provide as many details as possible including type of activities alleged, when they occurred/may occur, location of activity or alleged activity and name(s) of the person or people involved. The 301 Cares School Safety Tip Line can be found on our website.
Thank you for your support in making Prairie Knolls Middle School and D301 a safe learning environment for all students.
District 301 Digital Bulletin Board.
Check out the District 301 Digital Bulletin Board for all of great opportunities and events available to students throughout our school district.
Tuesday, December 10, 2019: PTO Assembly in the morning
Tuesday, December 10, 2019: Pack The Place Night at 4:00 p.m. in the Gym
Wednesday, December 11, 2019: Band Concert at 7:00 p.m. in the Gym
Monday, December 16, 2019: Board of Education mtg. at 6:00 p.m. at CMS
Friday, December 20, 2019: Virus Day in the a.m.
Friday, December 20, 2019: Pentathlon in the p.m.
Friday, December 20, 2019: End of Quarter 2
Friday, December 20, 2019: Winter Break begins at 2:50 p.m.
Monday, January 06, 2020: Winter Break ends at 8:12 a.m.