2017 National Blue Ribbon School


Ruth Clark Elementary named 2017 National Blue Ribbon School!

Communication Is The Key To Success!

Parent/Teacher conferences will be held on Monday, February 5 and Tuesday, February 6, from 4:00—8:30pm. If you haven’t signed up for a time to meet with your child’s student, please do it soon.

School will not be in session on Thursday, February 8 and Friday, February 9.

Mark Your Calendars

February 8 & 9: No School - Conference Release Days

February 19: No School - Presidents' Day


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President's Day

Pastries, Coffee/Juice and your Child!

It doesn't get much better than this! See the schedule below for a time to come to the school and start the day at school with your Ruth Clark student:

Pre-K, Kindergarten and 1st grade: Tuesday, February 6 from 7:30 - 8:00 AM

Grades 2, 3, 4, 5: Wednesday, February 7 from 7:30 - 8:00 AM

We look forward to seeing you again!

Attention 3rd Grade Students - It's Family Night!

Bring your family to the school on Thursday, February 22, from 6:00 - 7:30 PM for an evening of special activities for the entire family.

Parents and students will work together on a hands-on project. Each student in attendance will receive a snack to take home along with this fun, learning opportunity.

Skate Party

You are invited to a Skate Party for Ruth Clark Elementary!

Where: Roller City, 3234 S. Meridian
Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
When: Second Tuesday of each month

Congratulations Mr. McCaffree!

Ruth Clark Elementary School 2nd Grade Teacher Caleb McCaffree is the district’s newest winner of the KAKE Golden Apple Award. McCaffree was the recipient of the Kansas State Department of Education 2015 Horizon Award. The Kansas Horizon Award program identifies and recognizes representatives of excellent teaching by first-year teachers in the elementary and secondary classrooms of the state.

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 has been honored with the KS Math Challenge Award. This award is based on last year’s 4th grade state assessment math scores. The Challenge Awards are designed to recognize Kansas schools that are making a notable difference in student achievement despite facing significant challenges in their school population.

This award recognizes schools for outstanding achievement and uncommon accomplishment based on Kansas Assessment results, the sample size, and the socio-economic status of those taking the test.

Both the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and the Quality Performance Accreditation program have as a foundation the belief that all children can learn. The purpose of this award program is to affirm that belief.

This award is the direct result of hard work and dedication by Ruth Clark staff and students. We are incredibly proud of this recognition.

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. Over the next several months, a Flippen Group site team will visit Ruth Clark to observe and experience for themselves the remarkable impact taking place. Ruth Clark hopes to receive a Capturing Kids' Hearts Nation Showcase Schools award for the 2016-17 school year.



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

February Update!

Word Study and Oral Language are a big part of your child’s day. The purpose of word study is to address phonics skills, spelling patterns and vocabulary growth. Oral Language and Word Study are crucial skills that begin in Pre-K and continue throughout your child’s education.

Some of the ways your child practices word study at Ruth Clark include: sorting words, keeping a word study notebook, looking at language and its history, doing word hunts, webs or ladders, illustrating words, writing ABC books or homophone books, doing activity cards and playing games related to oral language.

According to a Harvard research group, “frequent family dinner is the single most important factor in the development of a child’s vocabulary” (Harvard Research, 1996).

Some things you can do to develop your child’s oral language at home are listed below.

  • Talk, discuss and converse. Having conversations with your kids increases their vocabulary and ability to communicate.
  • Have your children answer questions using complete sentences.
  • Ask your child to share his opinion and tell you why he feels the way he does.
  • Use words that seem “big,” and then explain what they mean and how they fit in the conversation. · Visit https://www.familiesalive.org/dinnertable/ and use their dinner conversation starters each evening.
  • Use your child’s spelling words in conversations.
  • Allow each family member to select a “word of the week.” Post the word and then each person should see how many times they can use that word that week.
  • Play a guessing game. “I’m thinking of a word that starts with “br” that is something you use to paint a house.” (Brush) “I’m thinking of a word that starts with “tr” that is something we do to the bushes when they get too large.” (Trim)


Preparation - Respect - Integrity - Discipline - Excellence

School Facts

Student Enrollment: 380 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 last Tuesday of the month at 7:00 PM in the Teacher's Lounge. 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: Rachel Thomas
1st Vice Pres: Jenny Jackson
Secretary: KD Keim
Treasurer: Danella Hardy
Carla Wulf, Principal

Carla Wulf


email: cawulf@usd261.com

In the Office

Kelley Keais

email: kkeais@usd261.com

Linda Sexton

email: lsexton@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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1900 W 55th St So
Wichita, KS 67217
T: 316.554.2333
F: 316.554.2340
Our Policy

The School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sex, disability, or military status, in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in its programs and activities. Any person having inquiries concerning Haysville Public School's compliance with the regulations may contact the Assistant Superintendent for Personnel, Dr. Michael Clagg, 1745 W. Grand, Haysville, KS 67060, 316-554-2200.

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