Matthew Haug

Principal’s Message 03-18-19

PKMS Constitution Day a success!
If you have a 7th grader, then you know that they have been putting in great effort to prepare for the Constitution Test that was taken this past Friday.  Our students have been working through this material to get a deeper understanding of the principles that form our government and the living document that is the United States Constitution.  In addition to this test, several of our students took on the role of “Presidential Candidates” by creating a platform of issues, campaign posters and campaign speeches that were live-streamed to the 7th grade students after the test was completed.  The students then went to “polling places” to cast their votes.  Thank you to our parent volunteers who served as polling judges to assist our students in the experience of this important civic responsibility.  Below are several pictures from this day:





S.T.A.R. Rainbow of Gratitude.
Our S.T.A.R. club (Students That Accept Responsibility) is promoting an attitude of gratitude and created a “Rainbow of Gratitude” that is hanging in our Encore Hallway.  PKMS students were invited to fill out a shamrock or gold coin with the things that they feel “lucky” to have in their lives.  These were then attached to the end of the rainbow.  Below are pictures of this display:


Reminders for students.
We have seen an increase in the number of students who are walking in the halls with open food and drinks.  This creates additional burden for our custodial staff to clean up, as well as creating potential rodent and pest attractants.  Please help us reinforce our school expectations regarding food and drinks:

  1. Students are not allowed to have open food in the halls during passing periods. All lunch items are to be consumed in the cafeteria, or put into their lunch boxes if not finished.
  2. Students are only allowed to have water in the halls and classrooms. Other drinks (soda pop, juices, coffee, tea, etc.) are not allowed.
  3. Snacks in the classroom are only allowed at the teacher discretion and may not be shared among students, nor carried out of the room.

Additionally, personal electronic devices may be used during instructional time only for educational purposes as approved by the Administration or teacher. Personal devices may be used by students during non-instructional time, such as during passing periods, lunch, and before or after school. Students may not place or receive cell phone calls during school day hours (8:12 a.m. to 2:50 p.m.).  Please do not call or text your student during the school day as this causes a disruption to the learning environment.  If an emergency requires that you get in touch with your child, please call the school office at 847-717-8100 and we will either relay the information, or call your student down to speak with you.


Spring music concerts moved to CHS this year.
Due to the ongoing reconstruction of our gym floor, we have moved our Spring Band and Chorus concerts to Central High School.  CHS has graciously agreed to support our curriculum by making their gymnasium available to us so as to accommodate the larger crowd.  Our families will sit in the gymnasium bleachers on the main floor and in the secondary bleachers in the balcony.

Entry / parking for patrons with mobility issues will be in the front of the building, through Door #1.

All other patrons will park / enter in the lot adjacent to Door #8 (back of the building by the baseball field).

Car entrance to the CHS campus is off Plato Road.

We look forward to seeing everyone on Monday, March 18th for the Band concerts and Tuesday, March 19th for the Chorus concerts.  Concerts begin at 7:00 p.m. both evenings.  Since the building and parking lots are larger, please plan to leave a little earlier to allow our performances to start on time.


Illinois Assessment of Readiness to begin April 8th.
The Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR) is the state assessment and accountability measure for Illinois students enrolled in a public school district. IAR assesses the New Illinois Learning​ Standards.  As in past years, the IAR will be administered in English Language Arts and Mathematics classes so as to minimize disruption to the school day.  Additionally, this year’s test is somewhat shorter, allowing our teachers to capture more instructional time, while still conducting a true assessment of student mastery of standards.  Look for more information as we get closer to the testing dates.


Upcoming Events:

Monday, March 18, 2019:  Board of Education mtg. at CMS at 6:00 p.m.

Monday, March 18, 2019:  6-8 grades Band Concert at CHS at 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019:  6-8 grades Chorus Concert at CHS at 7:00 p.m.

Friday, March 22, 2019:  End of Quarter 3

Friday, March 22, 2019:  Spring Break begins at 2:50 p.m.

Monday, April 01, 2019:  Spring Break ends at 8:12 a.m.

Tuesday, April 02, 2019:  D301 Music Booster mtg. at CHS at 7:00 p.m.

Monday, April 08, 2019:  PTO Meeting at 6:15 p.m. at PKMS

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