Welcome to Clark Elementary!

Clark Elementary School has a tradition of 75 years of "Excellence in Education." Our faculty and staff strive to provide the best possible educational environment for each of our students.

We strongly believe that the result of our students' success is a combination of interactions among the school's teachers, staff, parents, and community. Clark School is fortunate to have all of these in place, with support from our parents, an active PTO, Kid's Company I, and the many companies and individuals throughout our community.

 
 
PPS Students To Perform In "The Hobbit" At MHT

Paducah school students Kate Bidwell (Paducah Middle School, 7th grade), H.G. Page (Clark Elementary, 5th grade), Maya Romanak (Paducah Middle, 7th grade), Gavin Smith (Paducah Middle School, 7th grade), Max Tolar (Clark Elementary, 4th grade) and Anakin Womble (Paducah Middle School, 6th grade) are in the cast of J.R.R. Tolkien’s THE HOBBIT at Market House Theatre.


 
Hancock Wins Third In KCTE Writing Contest
Clark Elementary School 5th grader Russell Hancock has won 3rd place in the Kentucky Council of Teachers of English / Language Arts statewide writing contest for his poem on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. "My Promise to Him" will be published in the Kentucky English Bulletin later this month.

The writing contest is sponsored and judged by English and language arts teachers from around the state, and the contest is open to all Kentucky elementary students.
 
Fourth Grade Brandon Spring Video Link
 Mrs. Armstrong has created a video of photos from the 4th grade trip to Brandon Spring. If you would like to see it, here's the link.

 
Clark Fourth Grader Wins Dr. Brad Mills Essay Contest
Audreya White, 4th grade student in Ms. Armstrong's writing class, won the Dr. Mills Essay contest. She will receive free braces from Dr. Brad Mills. The topic was: The Positive and Negative affects Technology has on kids.



 
Clark Elementary and Paducah Tilghman Students Capture Seven State Titles at Kentucky / National History Day Contest
Lexington, KY - Paducah Public Schools students captured four state championship titles and three state runner up designations at the Kentucky History Day / National History Day competition held at the University of Kentucky on Saturday, April 22nd.

Junior Anna Grace McGee earned the state championship title for her senior division research paper, “Taking a Stand for Animal Rights: The Silver Spring Monkey Trials.” McGee will represent Kentucky at the National History Day Competition at the University of Maryland in College Park, MD, on June 11-15.

Junior Sarah Katz earned the state runner-up designation for her senior division individual performance, “Marian and Eleanor Singing Towards Equality.” Katz, too, will represent Kentucky at the national competition in Maryland.

Top Row, l to r: Liam Black, Alexandria Copper, Fiona Caywood
Bottom Row, l to r: Anna Grace McGee, Elena Adkins, Azlyn Goodyke, Audrey Hunt, Anakin Womble, Sara Katz (not pictured: Emmy Seaton)
 
Clark Elementary’s Macy Egner Named Regional 4H Champ; Advances to State Speech Contest
Murray, KY - Clark Elementary School fifth grader Macy Egner took top honors at the Purchase Area 4 H Communications Day at Murray State University on April 21st.

Egner was named Regional Champion in the 11-year-old category. Her win advances her to the 4 H State Championship at the University of Kentucky on July 8th. Egner will compete with her original speech entitled "Super Heroes Around the World.”

The Clark Elementary 4 H Speech Contest is advised by Debbie Stewart.


 
Fifth Grade to Sixth Grade Transition Night Thursday, May 18
Paducah Middle School will host a 5th to 6th Grade Transition Night for parents and current fifth grade students on Thursday, May 18, 6:00 p.m. at Paducah Middle School.

Parents of 5th graders and students will have the opportunity to tour Paducah Middle and learn about how to prepare for the transition to middle school.

To RSVP, return the form below to the Family Resource Center at your school or RSVP via e-mail to Joy Spear. 



 
Clark Students Display Projects at Annual STEM Fair
Clark students participated in a their annual STEM fair on March 30.  Projects were judged, then viewed by students and parents.  Ellie Farley and Erica Wurth received first place for 4th and 5th grade with their project "The Vacyardigan Invention".




 
18 Clark Elementary Fifth Graders Advance To Kentucky History Day State Competition
Fifth graders from Clark Elementary School have earned bids to the Kentucky History Day / National History Day state competition at the University of Kentucky. Earning blue ribbons and excellent or superior rankings at the district competition on March 31st, students will advance to the Lexington contest with their projects that focus on the 2017 National History Day theme, “Taking a Stand in History.”

Advancing to the state competition in Individual Performance is Emmy Seaton. Representing District 1 at the state level in Individual Website are Griffin Dortch, Audrey Hunt and Anakin Womble.

Clark fifth graders earning bids to state in the Group Website category are duo Fiona Caywood and Alexandria Copper and trio Elena Adkins, Liam Black, and Azlyn Goodyke.

 
Tornado Times: Clark Fifth Graders Create Their Own Newspaper
Fifth grade students at Clark Elementary School have created a monthly newsletter, The Tornado Times, that highlights classmates’ creative writing, notable school events, and interesting local stories pertinent to the Clark community. Published once a month, printed copies are distributed to all fifth grade students and are available to other readers free of charge in the Clark School library.

Elena Adkins, Liam Black, Rebecca Brock, Wilson Brown, Azlyn Goodyke, Jane Taylor, and Aiden Wiley have written, edited, laid out, and published six issues thus far. Entirely student-run with a final proofing by Mrs. Sheffer, staff members meet after school and at home to produce the newsletter. Contributor Elena Adkins explained that the idea for the newsletter came about after a social studies project on communication during the French and Indian War.

Riddles, shout-outs, adventure dreams, animals of the week, an “Explore Paducah” column, and sports recaps are pieces that have been featured in The Tornado Times. An advice column offering tips on kindness is a reader favorite according to Azlyn Goodyke. Guest writers are encouraged to submit entries for publication.

The next issue will be published in late April.

top row: Aiden Wiley, Wilson Brown, Liam Black
bottom row: Azlyn Goodyke, Jane Taylor, Elena Adkins
not pictured: Rebecca Brock

 
Clark Boys Compete at 4-H Speech and Demonstration Contest
Clark Elementary School 5th grade boys Jacob Julian, Liam Black, and Shep Esper represented Clark at the 4-H Communications Day Speech and Demonstration Contest (10-year-old division) on March 28th. Each boy presented a 3-5 minute speech on the subject of his choice. All three received blue ribbons for their excellent deliveries, and Liam was named first runner up.

Photo: Jacob Julian, Liam Black, Shep Esper



 
Egner Named 4-H Speech District Champion
Macy Egner, Clark 5th grader, was named District Champion (11 year old division) at the McCracken County 4-H Speech and Demonstration Contest on March 28. Fellow 5th graders Azlyn Goodyke and Emmy Seaton received blue ribbons for their performances. Macy will advance to the regional competition at Murray State University in late April.

Photo: Azyln Goodyke, Macy Egner, Emmy Seaton


 
Clark Hosts 4-H Speech Contest
Clark Elementary hosted a 4-H speech contest for students on February 24. There was great participation, with over 20 students participating in the 11 year old division and over 30 students participating in the 10 year old division.

 In the 11 year old division, (l to r) Macy Egner won first, Emmy Seaton won second, and Azlyn Goodyke won third.  In the 10 year old division, Jacon Julian won third, Liam Black won first, and Shep Esper won second. 

The county-wide 4-H Speech and Demo contest will be March 28 at the Murray State University Crisp Center campus.
 
Clark Elementary School’s Ava Smith Awarded DAR Youth Citizenship Medal
Paducah, KY - Ava Smith, Clark Elementary School 5th grader, has been awarded the Daughters of the American Revolution Youth Citizenship Medal for her demonstration of outstanding patriotism, honor, service, courage, and leadership.

Nominated by Clark Elementary, Smith received a medal and certificate from Cindy Byrd, member of the Paducah chapter of the DAR, for her contributions to her school and community. Smith volunteers at the Family Service Society, is a member of the Clark Junior Beta Club, and is on the All-A Honor Roll. She is the daughter of Nikki and Mark Smith.

The DAR Youth Citizenship Medal was established to foster a greater appreciation of the qualities of American citizenship among schoolchildren. Schools and service organizations may nominate one student per grade in grades 5-11.

“Ava sets an excellent example among her peers and is a role model to younger students,” said Junior Beta Club sponsor Sharon Carvell. “Her actions at Clark make a positive impact, and I am certain she will be an invested student and community member throughout her middle school and high school years.”

Photo: DAR representative Cindy Byrd presents Clark Elementary School 5th grader Ava Smith with the DAR Youth Citizenship Medal. Pictured are Clark Elementary School Principal Steve Ybarzabal, Byrd, Smith, and parents Nikki and Mark Smith.
 
PTHS Freshmen Partner with Clark Jr. Beta Club For Empty Bowls Project of Paducah Bowl Glazing
Junior Beta Club members at Clark Elementary School took part in the Empty Bowls Project of Paducah on February 8th, glazing 40 bowls that will be given to the community-wide fundraising event. This marks the fifth year Clark Junior Beta Club members have participated in the project. Clark Elementary’s partnership with the Empty Bowls Project is the longest of any school in the region, with students glazing over 300 bowls to date. Junior Beta Club sponsor Sharon Carvell explained, “Our Beta Club members are very eager to do community service. Empty Bowls is fun and a way for our students to help our community.”

The Empty Bowls Project is a grassroots movement to help end hunger in Paducah. Profits from the event benefit Paducah’s Community Kitchen, where free hot meals are served five days a week to anyone in need. Last year, over 60,000 meals were served to Paducah’s hungry.

This year, Paducah Tilghman freshmen Kate Criner, Emma Massey, Walker McNeill, and Jackson Mundy spearheaded the event for the Clark students. Facilitated by three 2106 Tilghman graduates for the past four years, the new leaders were eager to accept ownership of the project.
 
Clark Students Win Honors in Quilt School Block Challenge
Clark third graders Naarah White and Clara Pierce won first and third, respectively, in the K-4 category of the School Block Challenge 2017.

The School Block Challenge is an annual, nationwide quilt block contest and exhibit for students in grades K-12th. It's co-sponsored by the National Quilt Museum and Moda Fabrics. Moda provides three challenge fabrics which must be included somewhere in each block. Block entries are also required to have some type of machine or hand stitching. Students are encouraged to use their creativity, imagination and math skills in designing and constructing their own quilt blocks.


 
Kindergarten Entry Age Cutoff Moves to August 1 for 2017-18 School Year
Beginning with the upcoming school year, children entering kindergarten must be five years old on or before August 1. Up until now, the cutoff was October 1.

Parents and guardians may request an early enrollment option for those students not meeting the entry age requirement. Schools will have an evaluation process to determine the child’s readiness for school.

Specific questions about kindergarten enrollment and the district’s early admission policy should be directed to the elementary school the student will attend: Morgan (270-444-5760), McNabb (270-444-5750) or Clark (270-444-5730).

Click "Read More" for additional resources.



 
Clark Students Win Kiwanis "Read to Ride" Drawing
Downtown Kiwanis Club members recently presented bikes to Clark fourth grader Faith Lovell and first grader DeMonte Wilson . They were the Clark "Read to Ride" winners for the Fall 2016 semester.

The Kiwanis Club donates a bicycles, helmets, and locks to Clark, McNabb, and Morgan elementary schools for the "Read to Ride" program. To qualify to win the bike, students take Accelerated Reader quizzes. The students' names are then placed in the drawing for each AR quiz that was passed during the semester.
 
Calendar for 2017-18 School Year Available
The school board has approved the calendar for next school year (2017-18). To download a text version or color-coded version of the calendar, click "Read More". 
Humane Society Says "Thanks, Clark!"
Mrs. Robertson's second grade sponsored a school-wide food & supply drive for the McCracken County Humane Society. The Humane Society came to Clark on September 28 to visit and pick up the donation.

"Thanks to all for your awesome support," said Mrs. Robertson. "The McCracken County Humane Society was blown away by the amount of items collected by Clark School. They are close to capacity with cats and dogs right now and they are very, very, appreciative. Way to go Clark!"

 
Paducah Public Schools a Proficient District, PTHS and Clark Distinguished on KDE School Report Card

Paducah Public Schools achieved three firsts in the Kentucky Department of Education’s Kentucky School Report Card for 2015 -16: The district was classified as “Proficient”, and Paducah Tilghman High School and Clark Elementary were classified as “Distinguished” for the first time under the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) Unbridled Learning Accountability System, which has been in place since 2011-12.

The overall score for the district was 67.4 for 2015-16, an improvement of 3.9 points over the 2014-15 score of 63.5. The score met the Annual Measureable Objective (AMO) set by the state.

“We’re pleased to see these results,” Shively said. “To have our district reach the status of “Proficient” for the first time and for PTHS and Clark to be classified as “Distinguished” validates our mission. I believe that meeting the needs of each and every child is translating into the positive results we see in these scores.”



 
Photo of the Day: What a Cabbage!
Emely Martinez, a fourth grader at Clark Elementary, grew a 17 lb. 12 oz. cabbage over the summer as part of the Bonnie Bell Cabbage Program for third graders. Emely's cabbage was submitted and accepted into the cabbage program. The winner of the contest for the state will receive a $1,000 scholarship. Congratulations, Emely!
 
Photo of the Day: Learning American Sign Language

Clark volunteer Mary Alice Kowalczyk gives Patty Robinson's second graders a lesson in basic sign language. The class is studying about language and wanted to know more about other languages, including American Sign Language.
 
Julian Named KMEA Outstanding Music Teacher of the Year
Clark Elementary music teacher Dale Julian was recently honored as Kentucky Music Education Association District 1 Outstanding Elementary Music Teacher of the Year. KMEA District 1 President Samantha Veal presented the award to Mr. Julian.
 
Thanks, World Champion Karate!
World Champion Karate here in Paducah donated school supplies to KIDS Company One,  serving students and families of Clark Elementary School today! Thank you!
 
2017-18 Registration Forms
Welcome to Paducah Public Schools! If you would like to download registration forms to complete before you go to registration, click on " read more". If you have questions please call us at 270-444-5600. 
Clark Registration Dates for 2016
Clark Elementary will hold registration for 2016-17 school year on these dates:

Kindergarten Tuesday, July 26, 8:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. by appointment
(Call 270-444-5730 to make an appointment)

1st grade Tuesday, July 26, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.


2nd  and 3rd  grades Wednesday, July 27  from 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

4th and 5th grades Thursday, July 28 from 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

 
Photo of the Day: Painting Help!
Volunteers from Lowe's Home Improvement showed up to help us paint the hallway at Clark. Thank you!



 
Free Volleyball Camp for rising 6th graders and 7th graders
PTHS volleyball will offer a free volleyball camp for rising 6th grade and 7th grade girls. The camp will be at Paducah Tilghman High School June 20 - 24 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Registration will take place on site Monday, June 20, at 4:00 p.m.

For more information contact coach Carl Eligio at keligio1@gmail.com or athletics director Kris Durfee at kristopher.durfee@paducah.kyschools.us
 
Clark Fifth Graders to Parcipate in Monarch Butterfly Release
Maya Romanak and Kate Bidwell, fifth graders from Clark Elementary, were nominated and chosen to be part of a butterfly release program at the Lower Town Arts and Music Festival this weekend.

The butterfly release is sponsored by the Jackson Purchase Foundation. The butterflies will be released at Etcetera Coffee House on Saturday, May 14, at 11:30 a.m.

Students were chosen who exemplify kindness to others, are giving of self, have school and community spirit, work hard to achieve goals, exemplify good decision making skills, and are of good standing with the school in both academics and behavior.

 
Photo of the Day: Challenger Center Fun!
Clark Elementary first graders had a great day at the Challenger Center on May 4 learning about the planets and constellations!
 
Tornado Boys Basketball Camp May 31 - June 3
The 2016 Tornado Boys Basketball Camp will be held at Dinning gym on the campus of Paducah Tilghman High School from Tuesday, May 31 to Friday, June 3. The camp will meet from 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

The camp is for incoming 2nd through 7th grade students. Cost of the camp is $25. Registration will be at the door the first day of camp. Breakfast and lunch will be provided during the camp. To download the brochure, click "read more". For more information, contact Brad Stieg at brad.stieg@paducah.kyschools.us
 
District Students Claim Four State Championships and One Runner-Up at Kentucky History Day Competition
Paducah Public Schools had four state champions and one state runner-up at the Kentucky History Day / National History Day competition held at the University of Kentucky on Saturday, April 30th.

Senior Meg Hancock earned the state championship designation for her individual documentary entitled “The Carnegie Libraries: The Architecture of American Literacy.” Hancock will represent Kentucky at the National History Day competition at the University of Maryland in College Park, MD, on June 13-16. This is her second Kentucky / National History Day state title.

Clark Elementary trio Elena Adkins, Liam Black, and Azlyn Goodyke earned their second straight state championship title in two years with their group website, “Mammoth Cave Explorers.” Fellow Clark students Carson Chumbler and Max Truitt earned the state runner up designation with their group website entitled “Amelia Earhart.”

Clark students Blaise Gill and Audrey Hunt earned state champion titles for their respective projects. Gill placed first in the state for his individual performance, “History of Bluegrass.” Hunt rounded out Clark’s three state championship nods with her first place individual website, “Maya Angelou.”

The Kentucky History Day / National History Day theme for 2016 is “Explore, Encounter, and Exchange in History.” The National History Day organization offers year-long programs that engage over half a million middle and high school students from around the world in conducting original research on historical topics of interest. Over the past six years, Tilghman has sent seven projects to the national competition.

Photo caption, l to r: Blaise Gill, Carson Chumbler, Max Truitt, Meg Hancock, Audrey Hunt, Azlyn Goodyke, Elena Adkins, Liam Black
 
Forty Three PPS Students Qualify for Kentucky National History Day Competition
Forty three students from Paducah Tilghman, Paducah Middle, and Clark Elementary School had winning entries at the regional Kentucky National History Day competition held at West Kentucky Community and Technical College on April 1, 2016. The winning entries advance to the state competition, which will be held at Lexington, Kentucky, on April 30.

Six students representing Paducah Tilghman High School had winning entries:
Will Denton won first place in the individual website category for his website, "Inhospitable Exploration: Edward Shackleford’s Antarctic Expedition”.
Vanessa Davis and Skylar Bundy won for their group performance, “The Empire’s Carol”.
Talia Housman and Jose Roberto Dos Remedios won for their group documentary, “Ferdinand Magellan: An Unexpected Journey”.
Meg Hancock won for her Individual Documentary, “Carnegie Libraries: The Architecture of American Literacy”.
 
First Born Learning Academy Graduates Celebrate
Clark Elementary's first United Way Born Learning Academy graduates enjoyed dinner and a recognition ceremony at Clark on March 17, 2016. Parents and their children celebrated the completion of six monthly workshops designed to turn ordinary activities into learning opportunities.

Clark Elementary School is one of 11 new academies that launched this year as part of a five-year $1 million dollar investment by Toyota manufacturing operations in Kentucky.
 
Clark Fourth Grader Wins 2nd Annual Lunchroom Kindness Challenge
The Guess Anti-Bullying Foundation and KennGrayHome.com presented a cash award to fourth grader Emmy Seaton, the winner of the Second Annual Lunchroom Kindness Challenge, on March 23 at Clark Elementary.

The Guess Anti-Bullying Foundation issued the first challenge last year after co-founder Morgan Guess was turned away from a table of her friends at lunch. They asked for a business partner to match their $250 reward, and interior designer Kenn Gray of Kenn Gray Home immediately offered his support.
 
"Hakuna Matata": No Worries...It's the Lion King!
by Amy Noles
Purchase Area Family Magazine, February 2016
Used with permission.

Disney’s The Lion King has captivated the imagination of audiences around the world. Now, you have the opportunity to see local elementary school students in this one-of-a-kind musical. The African savannah comes to life in Paducah. See Simba, Rafiki and an unforgettable cast of characters, journeying from Pride Rock to the jungle and back again, in this inspiring coming-of-age tale.
 
Clark Elementary School will present Disney’s The Lion King Kids, March 28-29, 2016 for its 10th Annual Affair of the Arts. There are over 50 students involved in the production and presentation of the play. The students auditioned in December and found out right before Christmas break if they were cast for the play. There were so many great auditions that second round was held in early January. Students read from the script for Mr. Julian and Mrs. April Cochran from the Market House Theater.
 
Clark Academic Team Wins Regional Quick Recall
The Clark Academic Quick Recall team won first, and the team finished third overall in the regional Governor's Cup Academic competition held at Concord Elementary on March 12.  Fourteen elementary schools from the region participated in the competition.

Clark's Future Problem Solving team finished third overall in the competition.

In written assessments:

Gus Page was second, and Ally Hutchins was third in Math.

Kate Bidwell was first in Language Arts.

Addie Franklin was fourth in Arts and Humanities.
 
PPS Students to Perform in MHT's "Gooney Bird Greene"
A number of Paducah Public Schools students are in the cast of the current Market House Theatre production of GOONEY BIRD GREENE AND HER TRUE LIFE ADVENTURES.

“Gooney” is a very imaginative new kid in Waterpower Elementary School, and she charms her classmates with her “ absolutely true” stories” and soon draws her new friends into her creative world. GOONEY is based on the children's books by Newbery Award-winning author Lois Lowry, and is sure to please everyone in the family!

Performances March 11 at 7 PM; and March 12 & 13 at 2:30 PM. Tickets available now online at markethousetheatre.org, or by calling the MHT Box Office at 270.444.6828.


Cast members include:
Front: Max Tolar (Catman), 2nd grade, Clark

Middle: Aneeza Ali (Beverly), 5th grade, Clark; Kate Bidwell, (Lois) 5th grade, Clark; and Maggie Rowton, (Chelsea) 3rd grade, Clark.

Back: Isaac Galliher (Mr. Greene), sophomore, Paducah Tilghman High School; Hadley Pierce (“Conductor” and Crew/Assistant to the Director), 7th grade, Paducah Middle School.
 
Charter Chapter of Fellowship of Christian Athletes Begins at Clark
Fellowship of Christian Athletes area coordinator Eric Grogan spoke to the first meeting of the Charter Chapter of FCA at Clark Elementary on March 2. Over thirty students attended the meeting. FCA will meet every other Wednesday from 3:00 - 3:45 p.m. The sponsors are Anissa Johnson and Sarah Holm.




 
Clark Wins District Kentucky Governor's Cup Academic Competition
The Clark Elementary Academic team won first place overall in the District 2 Kentucky Governor's Cup Academic Tournament held at Community Christian Academy on February 27, 2016.

Clark's Quick Recall and Future Problem Solving teams won first place in the competition.

In subject matter tests, the following students finished in the top five:

In Math, Gus Page was first and Ally Hutchins was fifth.
In Science, Elena Adkins was fifth.
In Social Studies, Ally Hutchins was first, Abigail Wurth was third, and Haddon Shively was fifth.
In Language Arts, Kate Bidwell was first and Lucas Wadley was fifth.
In Arts & Humanities, Addie Franklin was first and Gus Page was third.
In Composition, Kate Bidwell was third and Addie Franklin was fourth.

The team will compete next in the Regional Governor's Cup at Concord Elementary on March 12.
 
Clark Class/Club/Sport Photos for Sale
Clark Elementary is selling Class/Club/Sport Pictures for $10 each. If you would like to view the pictures they are in the school office. Please have your child turn in their order form and money to their teacher. Sales end Tuesday, Feb. 16th. 
2016-17 School Calendar Available
If you are making plans for next school year, you can see a copy of the 2016-17 school calendar here. 
Paducah students sweep MLK state essay contest
Genevieve Postlethwait, The Paducah Sun
January 18, 2016
Used with permission

In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the Kentucky Governor's Office of Minority Empowerment invited students across the state, grades 4 through 12, to submit original essays reflecting on Dr. King's legacy in "making lives matter."

Roughly 50 elementary school students from just about every corner of Kentucky submitted essays this year, and all three winning elementary entries came from one Paducah school: Clark Elementary.

Khiland Moss, Aneeza Ali and Anais Garcia, all fifth-grade writing students of Jane Ruggles at Clark, won first, second and third place respectively. The three students got to travel to Frankfort on Thursday for a special ceremony in their honor.
 
Seay Oil Fuels Learning at Clark
Clark Elementary thanks Seay Oil Company for their recent $500 donation to Clark Elementary. An employee from Seay Oil applied for the grant from the Exxon Mobil Educational Alliance program on behalf of Clark.

The Exxon Mobil Educational Alliance program makes contributions to schools who have been nominated by a local Exxon Mobil gas station. The funds from the grant are to be used exclusively in the math and science departments.
 
"Dear School Board Members..."
Students in Mrs. Ruggles' fifth grade class at Clark Elementary wrote thank-you letters to members of the board of education. The letters were written in celebration of Kentucky Schools Boards month which recognizes the contributions that board members make to education in the commonwealth.

"I just want to pause and say thank you for what you do for the students of this district," Superintendent Donald Shively said at the board meeting on January 11. "For the time and the effort that they put into the students, and the guidance they give us as educators, all the training and out-of-town events and district events they attend, doing all that without taking a dime. Sometimes it's a thankless job, I know. But it really helps us reach each and every child in our district."

To see a sample of the letters that were written (along with some fine cursive handwriting), click "Read More".
 
Born Learning Postponed to January 28
The Born Learning program scheduled for tonight (Thursday, January 21) has been postponed due to the impending bad weather that is on the way.

Please mark your calendar for next Thursday, January 28 at 5:30 p.m. This is the new date for the January program. If you plan to attend, please e-mail Robyn West.
 
Inclement Weather Bus Routes Link
Inclement weather routes are used when it's safer for buses to run a flatter route and avoid hills.

When inclement weather bus routes are used, students will be notified by via all call, the district web site, radio, and television.

You can see the inclement weather bus routes here.
 
Paducah and Murray schools ranked among best in state
by Genevieve Postlethwait, The Paducah Sun
December 3, 2015
Used with permission.

Two of the state's best public school districts are right here in western Kentucky, according to a recently released list from Pittsburgh-based Niche.com, which gathers and analyzes school data across the nation.

The site ranked Murray Independent Schools as the fourth best in Kentucky with Paducah Public Schools sixth best.

"We're trying to present a holistic picture of these schools," said Alex Caffee, business and market analyst with Niche. "It's not an exact science, but we're trying to present the fullest picture possible. Over 50 different statistics go into our rankings, plus real reviews."
 
Principals cheer schools' successes
by Genevieve Postelthwait, The Paducah Sun
November 17, 2015
Used with permission.

The Paducah Board of Education got a peek Monday evening into the biggest successes and challenges at the district's three elementary schools, Clark, McNabb and Morgan. All in all, the schools had plenty of good news to share with the board, but also came prepared to talk about their biggest opportunities for improvement.

"I told you last month that we've made some instructional breakthroughs along the lines of using data to drive instruction, implementing effective intervention processes and also enrichment processes for kids who are already at grade level or above," Assistant Superintendent Will Black told the board. "Our mission this year is really to standardize those improvements."

Black highlighted a few of the most notable breakthroughs made at each of Paducah's three elementary schools.
 
PPS Students Recognized in Veteran's Day Essay Contest

McNabb second grader Marle Campbell and PTHS senior Palmer Stroup won first place and six other district students had top finishes in the Veteran's Day Essay/Picture contest sponsored by the  Daughters of the American Revolution. This year there are 1211 entries in the essay/picture contest; the theme was "Patriotism, Valor, and Strife".

District students who placed in the contest included:

K-2
1st Place: Marle Campbell - 2nd Grade, McNabb Elementary
2nd Place: Ruva Dembo - 2nd Grade, McNabb Elementary

GRADE 3-5
2nd Place: Carson Chumbler - 5th Grade, Clark Elementary

GRADE 9-12
1st Place: Palmer Stroup - 12th Grade, PTHS
2nd Place: Peyton Patel - 10th Grade, PTHS
3rd Place: Anna Grace McGee -10th Grade, PTHS
Honorable Mentions:
James Luke McGee - 10th Grade, PTHS
Megan Summers - 9th Grade, PTHS

Winners were recognized at the opening ceremonies at the Veteran’s Day Parade and rode on a float in the parade.

Photo caption, l to r: Peyton Patel, Palmer Stroup, Ruva Dembo, Anna Grace McGee, Carson Chumbler
 
Head Start partners with Paducah Police Dept. to bring back officer baseball cards
Paducah Head Start has partnered with the Paducah Police Department to bring back collectible officer baseball cards. They feature a photograph of the officer with some personal information on the back. They are designed to increase interaction between the public – particularly children – and our officers. The cards were funded by Paducah Head Start as a part of its community partnership efforts. Director of Head Start for Paducah Public Schools, Kristy Lewis, is featured in this KFVS 12 news story. 
Mercy Health Clinic October Newsletter
You can see the October newsletter for Mercy Health Clinic here.

Throughout the month of October, the Mercy School-Based Health Clinics will be offering free breast exams. At these visits, the provider will teach patients how to perform a self-breast exam. For any woman over age 40, we will assist in scheduling a mammogram if needed. These visits are for any staff member in Paducah Independent Schools and for any parent that has a student in a Paducah City School.
 
Mercy Health Clinic September Newsletter
You can see the newsletter for Mercy Health Clinic here.

This month, Mercy Health will be providing pedometers to fifth grade students at Morgan and McNabb  Schools. The students will wear the pedometers daily and log their steps taken during the school day. Prizes will be awarded to the top three fifth grade students at each school logging the most steps for the month.
 
Clark Bike Ride September 2
Come join us for the second Clark school bike ride on Wednesday, Sept 2nd at 6:00 pm.

We will once again meet at the entrance to the Greenway trail next to the skateboard park. We will depart promptly at 6:00 p.m., with advanced riders up in front and beginners closer to the back.

All students, parents, and teachers are invited! We hope to see you there!
 
Back to School Picnic photos now on SmugMug
You can view and download photos from Clark's annual Back to School picnic on Aug. 20 here. 
First Day of School Photos on Smugmug
You can see and download photos from Clark's first day of school here. 
2015-16 REGISTRATION FORMS
Welcome to Paducah Public Schools! If you would like to download registration forms to complete before you go to registration, click on read more.  If you have questions please call us at 270-444-5600. 
School Supply Lists for 2015-2016 available for download
Registration for Clark Elementary students will be held from July 21-23. You can download the supply list for each grade here 
Photos from Clark's Spring Sports Day now on SmugMug
You can view photos from the annual event here. 
Hixon chosen as Clark's Ambassador of Excellence
Congratulations to Caleb Hixon for being chosen as Clark Elementary’s Ambassador of Excellence! For the final Blue Line district newsletter of the 2014-15 school year, administrators at each school were asked to select a student who had made the greatest improvement in areas of academics, citizenship, and participation in extracurricular activities over the course of the year. 
Photo of the Day: Read to Ride Winners
Paducah Kiwanis Club members presented a bikes to 1st grader Braden Bernt and 2nd grader Emely Martinez, the Clark "Read to Ride" winners for the spring 2015 semester.


The Kiwanis Club donated two bicycles, helmets, and locks to Clark, McNabb, and Morgan elementary schools as part of the "Read to Ride" program. To qualify to win the bike, students took Accelerated Reader quizzes. The students' names were placed in the drawing for each AR quiz that they passed during the spring semester.
 
Photo of the Day: Dream Out Loud!
Clark third grader Jacob Julian, along with his parents Dale and Esther, received a check from David Lawhorn, Kentucky Education Savings Plan (KESPT) Trust Advisor at  the Clark 3rd and 4th grade awards ceremony on May 29.

Jacob's video won the "Dream Out Loud" Challenge sponsored by KESPT. Clark received an award of $500 and Jacob received a $1500 college savings account.
 
Photos from the Clark Preschool Celebration now on SmugMug
You can see all of the photos from the event here. 
Paducah Third-Grader Shares His Goal for Building Homes for Those in Need; His Family Wins $1,500 for College
FRANKFORT, Ky.—The family of a Paducah third-grader has won a $1,500 college savings account after their son shared his goal for changing the world by becoming a construction worker. Jacob Julian submitted a video for the “Dream Out Loud Challenge” offering how he would change the world after college by building houses for those in need. The Dream Out Loud Challenge was sponsored by the Kentucky Education Savings Plan Trust (KESPT), Kentucky’s official 529 college savings plan. 
Clark students participate in State History Day Contest at Lexington
Azlyn Goodyke, Liam Black, and Elena Adkins won 1st place in the Elementary Group Website division. Owen Krall and Maya Romanak won 2nd place in Elementary Group Performance, and a KY Council of the Arts award. Tyse Vincenti and Jordan Baker won the KY Sports Authority special award. 
Clark PTO's annual Fish Fry Fundraiser to be held May 1
Clark Elementary PTO's second annual Fish Fry Fundraiser will be held on Friday, May 1st from 5-7PM at the school's back lawn. The catfish dinner plate is $10 for adults, and $5 for children. Everyone is invited to attend! 
Mercy Health at Morgan Offers Physicals For Rising Sixth Graders
Current fifth grade (rising sixth grade) students who will be entering Paducah Middle School in August, 2015 will need a physical exam and vaccines to complete the necessary requirements for school.

If you are unable to schedule the exam with your primary care provider or the Paducah-McCracken County Health Department, please consider Mercy Health Morgan, the School-Based Health Clinic located at Morgan Elementary School. Clinic hours are 7:30 a.m.  – 3:00 p.m.  Monday and Tuesday, along with 7:30 a.m.  – 12:00 Noon every other Friday. After hours appointments can be arranged if needed. The clinic will remain open until June 12th and will reopen for the Fall semester on July 27th.

Please call 270-444-5760, ext. 6330 to schedule your child’s appointment. A current immunization certificate and a copy of the student’s health insurance card will be needed prior to the scheduled appointment. Students who are not currently covered by health insurance can have their physical exam done at Mercy Health Morgan.
 
Photos from Clark's Spring Musical "Annie" now on SmugMug
You can see all photos from the play here. 
Affair of the Arts begins March 30 at 5:30 p.m
Clark Elementary's Affair of the Arts begins on March 30 at 5:30 p.m. with dinner followed by an auction. The play "Annie" will be performed at 6:00 p.m on Tuesday, March 31. Tickets for the play are $5 at the door. 
Clark fourth graders rewarded with Martial Arts class for completing AR goals
Clark fourth graders who reached their Accelerated Reader goal for the 3rd quarter participated in a martial arts class taught by Mrs. Armstrong on Friday, March 27.  
Students Bring History to Life at National History Day Regional Contest
Paducah Tilghman hosted the National History Day regional contest on March 20. 115 competitors from Clark Elementary, McNabb Elementary, Paducah Middle, North Marshall Middle, and Paducah Tilghman presented papers, websites, performances, documentaries, exhibits, and elementary projects, with the winners advancing to participate in the state competition April 24-25 in Lexington.  You can see photos from the contest on Facebook here or Smugmug here. 
Happy St. Patrick's Day!
Mrs. Thompson's first grade class had fun dressing up in green colors and clover masks on Tuesday, March 17 for St. Patrick's Day. 
Academic Team places 3rd in Thinking Cap Quiz Bowl
They competed against 47 other schools from nine states in the Southeast Region, and were the only team from Kentucky to participate. Thinking Cap is a scholastic, computer team competition that participants can complete at their own school.  
Revisions made to the 2014-15 school calendar
The 2014-15 school calendar has been revised to include make days from last week's snow storm.

The last day for students will be Friday, May 29, 2015 and Closing Day for staff will be Monday, June 1, 2015. To see the updated calendar, click here.

With the revised calendar, the 3rd quarter will end Friday, March 20.
 
2015-2016 Kindergarten Screening and Registration on March 20
Clark Elementary's Kindergarten Screening and Registration for the 2015-2016 school year will be held on March 20th from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm. For an appointment, please call 270-444-5730. 
Photo of the day: Glazing bowls for charity
Members of the 5th grade Junior Beta Club glaze bowls for Paducah's Empty Bowls Project. This is the third year the club has participated in the project. To date, Clark students have contributed over 150 bowls to the community event that raises money to feed Paducah's hungry. 
Students celebrate 100 days of school
Students in our district celebrated the 100th day of this school year by participating in various "100" themed activities, such as dressing up and counting games. You can see more photos of the festivities here: http://bluetornado.smugmug.com/District/100-Days-of-School-Celebration/ 
MLK contest winners recognized at annual program
Ten students from Paducah Public Schools had winning entries in the annual contest hosted by the local NAACP branch and AT&T. This year's theme was "Equality and Justice for All." To see the list of winners, click on 'read more.' 
Photo of the day: Jumping for Joy!
Clark students celebrated their first place win in the Macy's "Be True To Your School" Lip Dub Challenge today. The entire student body was part of the one-take video entry that won $25,000. Inflatable bouncers were set up in the gymnasium for kids to play in all day. Congratulations again, Clark! 
Download: 2015-16 Calendar
The calendar for the 2015-16 school year has been approved.
Please click "read more" to see the dates, along with a link to download the calendar.
 
Photo of the Day: The Best Way to Spread Christmas Cheer...

Clark held a canned food drive the first 2 weeks of December and donated over 1,000 canned goods to family service society. (photo follows)


 
Fight the Flu, Tornado!
Influenza is spreading early this year, and our schools are being hit hard with students who are absent due to illness. Please do your part to fight the flu by:
  •  covering your mouth if you cough
  • avoiding public gatherings if you are sick
  • washing your hands, and
  • avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

 
New members inducted to Clark Junior Beta Club
The Junior Beta Club induction ceremony was on Monday, Dec. 8 at Clark. Congratulations to all of the new members!  
Student Ornaments Featured on City Hall Christmas Trees
At the December 9 City Commission meeting at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall, Mayor Gayle Kaler will recognize the winners of the Student Christmas Ornament Contest. Mayor Kaler asked students, kindergarten through 12th grade who reside in Paducah, to hand-craft Christmas ornaments. Several of the winners are from our school district. 
Clark wins First Place and $25,000 in Macy's Lip Dub Contest
Congratulations to Clark Elementary for winning first place and $25,000 in the Macy's "Be True To Your School" Lip Dub Challenge. The entire student body was part of the one-take video, which can be seen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9LP9Y7U_Tlc. Thank you Macy's!  
Students and faculty wear pink in honor of breast cancer awareness month
Students and faculty at Clark had a "PINK OUT" on Oct. 30 in support of breast cancer awareness month and honorees Kim Wilson, Brenda Cantwell, Charlena Smiley, Cindy Sharp and Crystal Hunt. 
Registration still open for Tornado In Training Basketball Clinic
There are still openings available for the Tornado in Training Basketball Clinic! This Basketball Clinic is put on by the Paducah Tilghman Lady Tornado Basketball Team. All elementary school aged children are welcome. The Clinic includes: a basketball, a T-shirt, basketball Instruction, and an opportunity to perform at a PTHS varsity game. The cost is $20.00 per child. 
Clark Creates "Be True To Your School" Video
Here's a youtube link to Clark Elementary's entry for Macy’s “Be True to Your School” all-school lip dub challenge. The entire student body was part of the one-take video. Good work, Clark!
 
KPREP Data Shows Growth in Achievement and Gap Scores; Updated data moves PTHS to” Proficient” Category

KPREP scores in the areas of student achievement and non-duplicated group gap showed upward trends when compared to scores from 2011-12 and 2012-13 for Paducah Public Schools, but a decline in the area of growth had a negative impact on overall scores.  PTHS and Clark were classified as “proficient” while Paducah Middle, McNabb, and Morgan were classified as “needs improvement” according to the 2013-14 KDE Report Card.


 
Cinderella takes the stage at Tilghman November 15-16
by Anna Chambers, the Tilghman Bell

Prince Charming will once again sweep Cinderella off her feet in Tilghman’s production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella  on Saturday and Sunday, November 15th and 16th.  On Saturday, November 15th, there will be a matinee at 2:30 p.m. and an evening performance at 7:00 p.m.  On Sunday, November 16th, there will be a matinee at 2:30 p.m..

Tickets are $15, $10, and $5 based on seat location. Tickets can be purchased online here or by calling 1-866-967-8167.
 
Photo of the Day: Colossal Cabbage
Clark fourth grader Abraham Assad's 12 lb. 8 oz. cabbage won the class prize in the Bonnie Plants cabbage program.  Abraham's cabbage will be the school entry into the state-wide drawing for a $1,000 scholarship.
 
Photo of the Day: Bananas for Books
Books, breakfast, and adult readers all joined together at the Clark Library on September 12 to encourage students to go "Bananas for Books".

Bananas for Books is a parent/child reading program designed to promote the benefits of parents reading with their children. Parents and adult volunteers meet with students to eat breakfast and read together. Each student receives a free book to take home. Bananas for Books is sponsored by the Clark Family Resource Center and Clark Title One.
 
Photo of the Day: Calling All Storytellers!
PTHS speech team members visited Clark, Morgan, and McNabb elementary schools today to tell stories and read books to celebrate National Storytelling Week.Thanks to the following team members who participated: Ella Bailey, Micheal Hassel, Michael Ellen Walden, Reagan Davidson, Caroline Meiners, Tristen Miler, Lakyn Fulton, Jack Daniels,  Palmer Stroup, Meg Hancock, and Claire Kelly.
 
Link: PPS E-Mail Update 09.02.14
You can see a digest of the weeks news and upcoming events at the PPS District Email here. If you would like to subscribe, hit the link at the bottom that says "Update Subscription Preferences".  
Photo of the Day: Parents As Partners Learning Luncheon
Kids Company I, Clark Title I and Clark School hosted the first Parents As Partners Learning Luncheon on August 27 in the School Library. There were 34 parents who attended and learned about the new math curriculum, Math In Focus.

This year at Clark, kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade will be using the new curriculum. Each year the next grade level will be added to the program, until we reach 5th grade and the program is then school-wide. At the lunch, parents learned some basics of how the program works, they were able to ask questions and take home a vocabulary sheet explaining some of the new math lingo that is associated with the Math In Focus curriculum.

Next Thursday the program will be a learning dinner from 5:00 - 6:00 pm in the Library. Please call KIDS Company I to RSVP if parents would like to attend this evening version of the program.
 
Back to School Picnic photos on SmugMug
You can see photos from the picnic here. 
Link: PPS E-Mail Update 08.25.14
You can see a digest of the weeks news and upcoming events at the PPS District Email here. If you would like to subscribe, hit the link at the bottom that says "Update Subscription Preferences". 
Tilghman Girls Basketball team to host clinic for elementary students
The Lady Tornado will host a “Tornado in Training” basketball clinic for all elementary school age children. 
Mini Tornado Cheer Clinic September 6
The PTHS Varsity Cheerleaders will be hosting a Mini Tornado Cheer Clinic for all elementary students on Saturday, September 6th from 9:00am to 12:00pm. Grades K - 5 are welcome to attend. Registration fees will go to support the PTHS cheerleading squad.

Advance registration is $25 and covers registration, tuition, and T-shirt. Registration is due by August 29th to be able to receive a t-shirt. Late registration will be $35 at the door. You can download the registration by clicking "read more".
 
First Tornado Ticket Winners Announced
Congratulations to Clark School's first Tornado Ticket winners of the school year!

Tornado Tickets are given to students who display over-the-top great behavior and good manners during the school day by following the Clark Expectations during the school day and on the bus.
 
Photo(s) of the Day Summer's Almost Over!
Clark Family Resource Center director Robyn West and members of the Clark Elementary staff made the last of a series of summer visits on July 30 to Dudley Court to spend time with students and parents to keep their reading skills strong. 
Clark Elementary School Supply List
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2014-2015 SUPPLY LISTS
 
Photos of the Day: Dudley Court Lunch and Learning
Clark family resource center Kids Company 1  has been visiting students and parents at Dudley Court on the "Lunch and Learning" tour this month. 
Twenty Retirees Honored at Year End Dinner
Twenty retirees with a combined 404 years of service were honored at the annual Paducah Public Schools Staff Appreciation Dinner at Paducah Tilghman on May 12. Retirees included: 
Photo of the Day: Derby Day!
Clark Elementary second graders in Mrs. Boyd's and Mrs. Robinson's classes made Derby hats today as they explored the traditions surrounding the Kentucky derby. The students also were given the names of horses in the Derby to wear while they ran a foot race.
 
"Winnie the Pooh" Photos Posted Online
Photos from the spring musical, "Winnie the Pooh" have been uploaded to Smugmug. You can see them here.  
Photo of the Day: Electrifying!
Clark second grader Alexandria Copper experiences static electricity with a Van de Graff generator at Clark Family Science Night. 
Clark Places 8th in Southeast Region Thinking Cap Quiz
Clark Elementary‘s Academic Team has placed eighth out of 55 teams in the 13-state southeast region in the on-line Thinking Cap Quiz Bowl. 
Photo of the Day: First Friday
Clark students play a friendly volleyball game on March 7 as a First Friday reward for testing! 
Photo of the Day: Snow Day Service
What do Clark Junior Beta Club students do on a snow day? They glaze bowls for Paducah's Empty Bowls Project. Clark Beta Club members have contributed over 100 bowls to the project over that past two years. 
Clark Kindergarten Registration March 21
Clark Kindergarten Registration Information 
Clark Elementary Picture Sale Info
Class, Club and Sports pictures can be ordered January 14th-28th. 
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