2017 National Blue Ribbon School


Ruth Clark Elementary named 2017 National Blue Ribbon School!

Release Times

No School Dates for January

Jan. 1, 2019 and Jan. 2, 2019- Winter Break

Jan. 11, 2019- District Inservice

Jan. 21, 2019- Non-Contract Day (All Offices Closed)

Parent - Teacher Conferences

Parent-Teacher Conferences are a great way to be involved in your student's education and strengthen the connection between home and school. Parent/Guardians will have the opportunity to discuss your student's progress and go over any concerns you or the teacher might have.
The schedule for conferences is:

Monday, Feb. 11, 2019 from 4:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019 from 4:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019


Parent-Teacher Conferences

School starts at 8:25 AM and dismisses at 3:50 PM. There is no adult supervision before 8:00 AM and students are not allowed in the building unless you participate in Latchkey services. Pre-K meets daily. AM classes are from 8:25 AM - 11:25 AM and PM classes are from 12:50 PM - 3:50 PM.

Congratulatons to our newest National Blue Ribbon School!!!

Haysville USD 261’s Ruth Clark Elementary School was named one of 342 National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2017 by U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. The recognition is based on a school’s overall academic performance or progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups.

Ruth Clark Elementary School was recognized as an Exemplary High Performing School. Haysville USD 261’s Campus High School was named a 2013 National Blue Ribbon School and Oatville Elementary School was named a 2014 National Blue Ribbon School.

Watch the announcement video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e_YqQtf1GaY

Ruth Clark Elementary School Recognized as a Capturing Kids’ Hearts National Showcase Schools Award Winner!

Capturing Kids' HeartsWith this award, the Flippen Group seeks to recognize and celebrate schools that go the extra mile each day, building an environment where students and staff feel safe and connected.



Kansas regulations now require that we provide all parents with notice of policies regarding Emergency Safety Interventions ("ESI''). The State of Kansas policy is available on our website and in our student handbooks. In addition, we will provide a copy of the policy at any time upon request.

Latchkey before school is provided through the Haysville Activity Center (HAC). For information to sign up your child for morning latchkey or for drop in care for your kids on days in which school is out.

Call the school if you are interested in becoming a teacher helper, tutor, field trip monitor, etc. The students need YOU!

Literacy First

January Update!

Happy New Year!
The National Reading Panel states, “Fluent readers are characterized by the ability to read orally with speed, accuracy and proper expression.”
When teachers listen to their students read daily, they are focusing on 4 major parts of fluency: Pace, Phrasing, Expression/Volume, and Smoothness. Teachers model and teach these guidelines so your child knows what is expected when they read.
Pace is keeping a consistently conversational and appropriate rate at which they read. Teachers work with students on not reading slowly and laboriously or inappropriately fast.
Phrasing is being aware of sentence units and applying appropriate stress and intonation (pausing at commas and other end marks). Readers are encouraged to not read word-for-word. We chunk sections of sentences together to help add meaning to our reading.
Expression/Volume is reading with enthusiasm while sounding natural. Teachers work with students to discourage robot reading with little expression. We want kids read how they sound while holding a conversation.
Smoothness is reading with minimal breaks. It is moving past sounding out words and frequently pausing or hesitating to read.
Have your child practice reading with appropriate fluency on some of their favorite books, poems or comics. The best way you can help your child improve his reading is to read together. Have him read out loud to you. We test students on this three times a year and often students think it is strange to hear themselves read aloud. Practice this at home. This also means you can cook dinner or feed the baby while helping your child grow his reading. Model reading with great expression and enthusiasm when you read aloud. Also, don’t slow down when you are reading something together. Keeping a normal reading rate helps increase the pace at which your child reads.

Each month I will post information regarding literacy strategies or skills that might be helpful for you and your child at home. If you have any questions about Literacy First, please call me at 554-2333 or email sstein@usd261.com.


Preparation - Respect - Integrity - Discipline - Excellence

School Facts

Student Enrollment: 404 students

Grade Levels: Pre-K thru 5th

School Colors: Blue and Gold

Mascot: Jaguar

Principal: Carla Wulf


School Hours

Kdg - 5th
8:25 AM - 3:50 PM
AM Pre-K
8:25 AM - 11:25 PM
PM Pre-K
12:50 PM - 3:50 PM
Ruth Clark Elementary School


Ruth Clark PTO always accepts new members.

Meeting Dates:

PTO meetings are held on the fourth Tuesday of the month at 7:00 PM in the Library.It is no longer the last Tuesday of the month. Meetings start every August. No meeting will be held the month of December. Last meeting of the year is held in April.

Volunteer Forms

If you haven't filled out a volunteer form and would like to go on field trips with students, please pick up a volunteer form and fill it out.

Upcoming Events

RC Skate Parties
You're invited to attend a skate party for our school at Roller City, 3234 S Meridian. from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM on the second Tuesday of each month. Parties are held monthly beginning in September through May.

PTO Movie Night
Bring your family and enjoy the show! Food will be in the cafeteria at 6 PM and the movie will begin in the gym at 7 PM.

Ruth Clark Merchandise
Show your school spirit by purchasing t-shirts, and Sonic cards. Order forms are available in the school office.


PTO Board Officers    

President: Stacee Hendrickson
Vice President: Jenny Jackson
Secretary: Raina Morrison
Treasurer: Traci Jacobs
Carla Wulf, Principal

Carla Wulf


email: cawulf@usd261.com

In the Office

Kelley Keais

email: kkeais@usd261.com

Heather Nichols

email: hnichols@usd261.com


Ruth Clark Elementary School
1900 W. 55th St. So.
Wichita, KS 67217
P: (316) 554-2333
F: (316) 554-2340

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