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Clark Elementary

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.

 

 
 
Childhood Obesity Prevention

PAHC Seeks K-8 Parent Participation in Survey on Childhood Obesity Prevention

Purchase Area Health Connections (PAHC) has developed a Childhood Obesity Prevention Action Team (COPAT) and is seeking K-8 parent participation in a survey on Childhood Obesity Prevention. The PAHC has ten $50 gift cards to give away in a drawing for those that participate in the survey and fill out the voluntary information.
 
You can see the survey here.
 
The COPAT team is comprised of members from schools across the region, health clinics, community college, university, hospitals, public health, parks and recreation and other non-profit organizations.  COPAT is working to develop a childhood obesity toolkit that can be used in our community to address the childhood obesity epidemic. 

      = Due to the high rate of obesity, this generation may be the first in U.S. history to not outlive their parents.

      = Students who are obese are more likely than non-obese children to have lower academic scores, lower self-esteem, and more hospital stays.

      = If current U.S. trends continue, more than 57 percent of today’s youth will be obese at age 35.

Survey participation is voluntary.  Since we are not collecting individually identifiable data, it has been determined that survey participation is exempt from IRB standards.  Aggregated results of this and other surveys will be shared broadly to inform our project and community.  Should you have any questions about this survey, please contact our data analyst, Kaitlyn Krolikowski, at 270-444-9625 x191.  Thanks again for your participation!
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Family STEM Night Rescheduled

Clark School families!  Family STEM Night that was scheduled for Thursday, November 15 has been RESCHEDULED for Thursday, December 6 from 5-7pm.  

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Kentucky Safe Schools Week

Kentucky Safe Schools Week is set for October 21–27, 2018; October is Bullying Prevention Month

Every third week of October (Bullying Prevention Month), schools across Kentucky have an opportunity to partner with their local lawmakers, first responders and community to observe Kentucky Safe Schools Week. This week provides an opportunity for awareness of school safety issues and initiatives to be discussed and enhanced at the local and state level.
 
This year Kentucky Center for School Safety is proud to announce Kentucky Safe Schools Week is set for October 21–27, 2018. This year's theme is “BE INCREDIBLE, Reveal Your Superhero!”  Kentucky Center for School Safety encourages community members, educators, students and parents to participate during Kentucky Safe Schools Week.
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DAR Honoree Bailey Beyer

Clark Elementary’s Bailey Beyer Receives DAR Youth Citizenship Medal

Bailey Beyer, 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. She is the daughter of Natalie and Kent Beyer.

Nominated by Clark Elementary, Beyer received a medal and certificate from Cindy Byrd, member of the Paducah chapter of the DAR, for her contributions to her school and community.

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.

“Bailey makes sure she does her best in and out of the classroom every day,” said DAR’s Byrd. “She brings happiness to those around her. She is most deserving of the DAR Youth Citizenship Medal.”
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Disney Park Hopper

Clark Elementary Music Department Selling Disney Park Hoppers

Want to go to Walt Disney World?!

Clark Elementary is selling 20 Walt Disney World One-Day Park Hoppers for $150 each.

These tickets allow you to hop to the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney Hollywood Studios, or Animal Kingdom all in one day.

They normally sell for up to $184 in Peak season. Expiration Date is May 9, 2020.

Buying one of these tickets will help us send our 5th grade to see a professional Broadway show in St. Louis. 

We only have 20. They will be sold on a first come, first serve basis.  To buy a ticket, contact Dale Julian.
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Sauders and Dietrich Named Assistant Principals at Morgan and Clark

 

Two veteran educators with the Paducah Independent School district have been selected as assistant principals at Morgan and Clark Elementary Schools. 

Erin Sauders, who has served as assistant principal at Clark Elementary for eight years, has been selected to serve as Morgan Elementary assistant principal.  Nick Dietrich, who taught at Clark and McNabb schools for 14 years, has been selected to serve as assistant principal at Clark Elementary.

 


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Clark Elementary Supply List 2018-19

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2018-19 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. More +

Clark Elementary Registration Dates

Here are the registration dates for Clark Elementary for the 2018-19 school year.
 
4th and 5th grade:  July 24th  from 10:00 until 2:00 p.m.
2nd and 3rd grade: July 25th from 10:00 until 2:00 p.m.
1st grade July 26th from 10:00 until 2:00 p.m.
Kindergarten: July 26th from 8:00 until 2:00 p.m. by appointment only.  Kindergarten parents need to call school at 270-444-5730 for an appointment.
 
 
 
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Russell Hancock and Steve Ybarzabal

Clark Pollinator Garden Recognized by Garden Club of America

Clark Elementary School has been recognized by the Garden Club of America for its native plants and pollinators project. The Garden Club of America's Club Horticulture Commendation was presented by members of Paducah Garden Club to Principal Steve Ybarzabal for excellence in the field of horticulture in the community. Clark's Monarch Waystation is one of five certified sites in Paducah that creates, conserves, and protects Monarch habitats.

Pictured are recent Clark graduate Russell Hancock and Principal Ybarzabal. Hancock was among students who helped in the garden. The garden was made possible by Ingram Barge, Paducah Garden Club, Clark Elementary School staff, and student and community volunteers.
 

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KET Young Writers

Kight and Seaton Named Finalists in KET Young Writers Contest

Clark Elementary School first grader Bennett Seaton and Paducah Middle School eighth grader Paige Kight have been named national finalists in the 2018 KET Young Writers Contest.

The annual contest encourages creative expression and literacy development by inviting students in kindergarten through eighth grade to submit original illustrated stories, short stories and poetry. More than 1,200 submissions, representing more than 280 schools from 17 states, were entered into this year’s contest. 

Seaton was named one of eleven finalists from the first grade entires. Kight was named one of seven finalists from the eighth grade.

"Our KET team was impressed by the talent and creativity reflected in the entries we received - so much so that for the first time, we are naming not only the three top winners in each category but also multiple finalists whose work, we felt, was also worthy of recognition," said Tonya Crum, KET's senior director of education. 
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Clark recycled bench

Clark Recycles Bottle Tops into Benches

Clark Elementary students and staff collected plastic bottle tops to upcycle into benches for the butterfly garden and the playground. They collected plastic lids for over a year to get the 484 pounds of material needed for the bench. 
 
"I am so excited and thankful to those who helped with this project," said guidance counselor Anissa Johnson. "We're grateful to Tera Martin for taking the plastic lids and picking up the benches and to Clark PTO for funding the processing."
 


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An Important Immunization Update

1. Consult with your child’s healthcare provider to ensure that these vaccines have been given to your child, or make an appointment with your healthcare provider, Purchase District Health Department or your local Baptist Health School Clinic to begin the vaccination series.

2. Obtain an updated Kentucky Immunization Certificate from your provider.

3. Turn in a copy of a current Immunization Certificate to your child’s school.

Also new for the 2018-19 school year, parents/guardians of all students age 16 years or older are required to show proof of having received two doses of meningococcal ACWY vaccine. To ensure compliance, we are asking families to do the following:  

1. Consult with your child’s healthcare provider to ensure that these vaccines have been given to your child, or make an appointment with your healthcare provider, Purchase District Health Department or your local Baptist Health School Clinic for your child to receive the vaccine(s). If your child has not previously received a dose of the vaccine and is age 16 or older, only one dose is required.

2. Obtain an updated Kentucky Immunization Certificate from your provider.

3. Turn in a copy of a current Immunization Certificate to your child’s school.

Please call Renee Barnhill, District Health Coordinator, with any questions 270-444-5780 ext. 8516.
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Pen Pals Meet Up

Clark, Morgan, and McNabb Students Gather to Celebrate Pen Pal Project

Fifth graders from Clark Elementary. McNabb Elementary, and Morgan Elementary capped off a year-long, student-led Pen Pal Project at Paducah Middle School on Tuesday, May 15. Throughout the school year, students from Paducah Public Schools’ three fifth grade classes have written letters back and forth to each other, allowing them to get to know their future classmates before they make the transition to middle school.

Last week, project leaders Myrikal Boyd (McNabb), Paige Dennis (Morgan), and Russell Hancock (Clark) coordinated getting-to-know-you activities and a large scale team building challenge event during which 36 teams of six engaged in friendly competitive games.

Prizes and gift cards, donated by parents and Robyn West of Kids Co. 1, were awarded to students for several winning categories. Ice cream was provided by the Paducah Bank WOW Wagon.

Current Paducah Middle School students Maci Robinson, Joseph Reeves, and Emmy Seaton gave the incoming sixth grade class pointers on how to best handle the upcoming transition to a new building and new academic schedule.

The event was deemed a success by teachers and administrators who noted animated conversation among new-found friends in the Class of 2025.
 
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Clark Calling All Colors

Clark Wins "Calling All Colors" Contest

Clark Elementary's Calling All Colors participants were recently awarded first place in a contest sponsored by Interracial Women’s Group. 
 
Schools that participated in the Calling All Colors workshop were asked to submit a final project demonstrating diversity in our world. Clark Elementary students held a living museum and informed others about various cities, countries, and continents around the world. They shared customs, traditions, and food. Students submitted a video, “Peace” ing Together Our World, that highlighted their work. Clark Elementary was awarded First Place over many other elementary, middle, and high schools in the region. Students were presented with certificates and a check for $125 from the Interracial Women’s Group. Calling All Colors sponsors are Debbie Stewart and Robyn West.

Clark's delegates at Calling All Colors were Ellie Farley, Erica Wurth, Sam Stuber, Peyton Toon, Mia Bobbitt, Mia Elder, Ahmad Wilkins, Chris Shaw, Audreya White, Tyrone Donaldson,Kyle Bagley, Madelyn Duwe, Julian Warfield, Ja’Niya Hart, Josie Williams, and Neveah Lee.
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Updated Calendar for 2018-19 School Year

The calendar has been updated for the 2018-19 school year. Please click "Read More" to see a copy of the updated calendar. Two changes have been made: a mandated PD day has been added on October 5, 2018, and a mandated PD day has been added March 8, 2019. Students will not attend on these days. More +

Retirees Honored at Staff Appreciation Dinner

Sixteen Retirees with Over 375 Years of Service were honored at the district staff appreciation dinner on May 1.  
 
"It is a special calling to work as a teacher or staff person in education," said Superintendent Donald Shively. "There is no greater love than to give your life in service to others. Thank you for not only impacting lives, but changing lives."
 
Retirees from Clark included Brenda Cantwell, Jennifer Hoffman, and Cindy Sharp. Retirees from McNabb included Margaret Kaltenbach and Brenda Riley. Retirees from Morgan included Vickie Conyer, Lynn Cook, and Debbie Peck. Retirees from Paducah Middle included Rosie Meredith. Retirees from Paducah Tilghman included Ruth Baggett, David Cissell, Susan Hancock, Michael Holland, Harolyn Rasche, and Ruthie Wiles.  Retirees from the Central Office included Jean McElmurry.
 
 
Photo caption: Row 1, l to r: Michael Holland, David Cissell, Harolyn Rasche, Debbie Peck, Vickie Conyer, jennifer Hoffman, Cindy Sharp
Row 2: Ruthie Wiles, Margaret Kaltenbach, Lynn Cook, Jean McElmurry, Susan Hancock
Not pictured: Ruth Baggett, Brenda Cantwell, Rosie Meredith, Brenda Riley 
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Best Communities for Music Education Logo

Paducah Independent School District’s Music Education Program Receives National Recognition

Paducah, KY - April 24, 2018 – Paducah Public Schools has been honored with the Best Communities for Music Education designation from The NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education.  

The Best Communities for Music Education designation is awarded to districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students. To qualify for the Best Communities designation, Paducah Public Schools answered detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music program, and community music-making programs. Responses were verified with school officials and reviewed by The Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas.

“I have always been impressed by the strong support of the musical arts in the Paducah Public Schools,” said Clark Elementary music teacher Dale Julian.  “From Kindergarten all the way to their senior year of high school, Paducah Public Schools offer so many musical opportunities for our students. This is because of hard working staff members, and administrators who understand the important role of music education in our students’ lives. The music staff in this district are like family. We are very supportive of each other and our individual endeavors.  I don’t know many districts like that.”
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Clark Elementary History Day Team

Clark Elementary Students Win State Champion Titles At Kentucky / National History Day Contest

Clark Elementary School fifth graders Russell Hancock and Veracity Moore and fourth graders Bailey Beyer, Kara Brien, Eliza Esper, Nathan Franklin and Max Tolar earned State Champion titles at the Kentucky / National History Day State Competition at the University of Kentucky on Saturday, April 21.

Third grader Caroline Adkins and fifth grader Ryan Bidwell rounded out Clark’s nine podium finishes, earning State Runner Up titles in their respective competition categories.

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Derby Youth Classic Track Meet May 5

The Paducah Tilghman track team will host the 1st annual Derby Youth Classic Track Meet Saturday, May 5 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at McRight Field. There will be individual events for boys and girls in grades 2-3 and grades 4-5. Please see the attached flyer for more information. More +
Kevin Willis Brad Mills

Clark Student Wins Mills Essay Contest

Clark fourth grader Kevin Willis won the Dr. Brad Mill’s annual essay contest will receive free braces valued at $5,600. Dr. Mills sponsors the contest, inviting students to write essays on selected topic. This year's topic was “Three Wishes...”  Thank you Dr. Mills and staff for this great opportunity to improve our writing skills! More +
Clark National History Day participants

Clark Students Advance to National History Day State Competition

Twenty third, fourth, and fifth grade students from Clark Elementary School have advanced to the Kentucky History Day / National History Day state competition at the University of Kentucky. The 2018 National History Day theme is Conflict and Compromise in History.

Earning regional blue ribbon honors and advancing to state are:
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Clark Conservation Writers

Clark Students Participate in McCracken Conservation District Writing Contest

Clark fifth Grade GTC students participated in a writing contest sponsored by McCracken County Conservation District.  Students composed writing pieces using the theme, Water is Life. School winners were selected and then competed in the county wide competition.   Clark Elementary had five school winners. Addison Winklepleck won third place in McCracken County and Erica Wurth won first place in McCracken County.  Each of the winners received t-shirts, certificates, and cash prizes.  

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Clark GTC Air Quality Team

Raising the flag for air quality

by Roberta Burns
Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet Webzine
Division of Air Quality
March 19, 2018
Used with permission.
 
There’s a new flag in the halls of Clark Elementary School.

It’s a brightly-colored flag that students in Debbie Stewart’s 4th and 5th grade leadership classes hang each day at the Paducah school.  The flag’s color signifies the cleanliness of the air.

“Most days, the students hang a green flag for good air quality, but we’ve had several yellow flag or moderate days as well” said Stewart. “It’s been interesting to track our local air quality and see how it compares to the rest of Kentucky.”

Clark Elementary is participating in the Air Quality Flag Program, sponsored by the U.S. Environment Protection Agency, which is designed to raise awareness of the connection between air quality and human health.  More than 1,200 schools and organizations across the country are part of the Air Quality Flag Program, but Clark Elementary is Kentucky’s first school to participate.
 
 
 
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Clark 4H Super Chefs

Clark Students Participate in 4-H Super Chefs Class

The fifth grade Gifted and Talented General Intellect class is participating in the Super Chefs program, a  series of four weekly classes at the McCracken County 4-H office.   They are learning about nutrition, food safety, measuring, and adjusting recipes with fractions. In the first class students made banana berry smoothies and jungle fun toss.  They learned how to adjust measurements on a recipe to accommodate a larger group.  They did a great job and had a wonderful time!   
 
 
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4H Speech 11 year old winners

Clark Students Participate in 4-H Speech Contest

Clark Elementary Kids Co I  Family Resource Center and Clark GTC hosted 4-H speech competition on March 2. First, second, and third place trophies were awarded in three age divisions. In the 9 year old division, Sarah Sheffer was 3rd, Nathan Franklin was 2nd, and Bailey Beyer was 1st. In the 10 year old division, Clara Pierce was 3rd, H.G. Page was 2nd, and Ellie Farley was 1st. In the 11 year old division, Peyton Toon was 3rd, Jeslee Johnson was 2nd and Maggie Rowton was 1st. Congratuations to everyone who participated! (Click "Read More" to see photos of the winners.)
 
 
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Elementary GTC leadership academy

Elementary GTC Students Attend Leadership Academy

Fifth grade GTC leadership students from Clark, Morgan, and McNabb recently attended a workshop at the 4-H Center.  The students participated in activities to enhance leadership skills.  This was the first of three sessions, with additional sessions planned in February and March.  

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Clark Academic Team

Clark Elementary is Runner Up in District Governor's Cup Competition

The Clark Elementary Academic Team placed first in Quick Recall and second overall in the the District Governor's Cup academic competition held at St. Mary on February 10.  The final result was very close, with first place Concord Elementary scoring 53 to Clark's 48 points.
 
Results from the Written Assessments included:
 
Math: 3rd = Erica Wurth, 5th = HG Page
Arts/Humanities: 1st = HG Page, 3rd = Maggie Rowton, 4th = Dawson Black
Science: 2nd = Elizabeth Gilbert, 4th Kiyoski Hasegawa
Social Studies: 4th = Ryan Bidwell
Language Arts: 3rd = Ryan Bidwell, 5th = Ellie Farley
Composition: 1st = Erica Wurth, 2nd = Maggie Rowton

These team members will advance to Regional Governor’s Cup on March 3rd at Ballard County Elementary.
Photo caption: Row 1: Max Tolar, Tate Kirchhoff, HG Page, Erica Wurth
Row 2: Keaton Wolfrom, Maggie Rowton, Clara Pierce, Elizabeth Gilbert, Ryan Bidwell, Ellie Farley

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Clark Empty Bowls Project

Clark, Paducah Middle, and Tilghman Service Clubs Collaborate On Empty Bowls Project of Paducah

Junior Beta Club members at Clark Elementary School took part in the Empty Bowls Project of Paducah on February 7, glazing 30 bowls that will be given to the community-wide fundraising event. Clark Elementary’s partnership with the Empty Bowls Project is the longest of any school in the region, with students glazing over 350 bowls to date. Junior Beta Club sponsor Sharon Carvell explained, “Beta Club is a service learning club and our members are encouraged to volunteer to help the community. Clark Junior Beta Club members have participated in the Empty Bowls project for six years because the students enjoy it and it is such a worthy project.” More +
#Marshall Strong

Our Deepest Sympathy Is Extended to Marshall County

As this school day draws to a close, the Paducah Public School District is heartbroken over the tragic event that occurred at Marshall County High School this morning.  We express our deepest sympathy to the students, faculty and staff of Marshall County Schools and all of our neighbors in Marshall County.  

We are grateful to the Paducah Police for their protective presence. As soon as the news broke, Paducah Police dispatched officers to our schools as a precautionary measure. Our staff and administrators in all buildings went on a coordinated, heightened alert to ensure the safety of our students. 

We know that your children may be upset and anxious.  Please know that our guidance counselors and counselors from Four Rivers Behavioral Health will be ready and available in the coming days to give support and guidance to our students.  
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Immunization Update Reminder

An Important Immunization Update for Families to Know

Starting July 1, 2018, Kentucky will be requiring parents/guardians of all students in kindergarten through grade twelve to provide proof of having received two doses of hepatitis A vaccine. Since the minimum timing between the two doses is six months, we are asking families to complete the following steps as soon as possible to ensure that your child is compliant with this new regulation prior to the beginning of the new school year on August 9, 2018: 

 


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Baptist Health Clinics Spring 2018 Schedule

As we enter the time of year when illness is more common, remember that Baptist Health Clinics are available at each school to serve our students, faculty, and staff.  Check with graphic below to see the clinic schedule at each school. The schedule is also available as a download if you click "Read More".
 
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Paducah-McCracken NAACP Dr. Martin Luther King Memorial Writing Contest Accepting Entries

The annual essay contest sponsored by the Paducah-McCracken County NAACP in memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is now open.
 
The contest is open to all students in Paducah and McCracken County in grades kindergarten through 12th.  The theme this year is "Addressing the Issues of Today". All entries are due by December 18, 2017. Winners will be recognized on Sunday, January 14, 2018 at Paducah Middle School.
 
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Maggie Rowton DAR Youth Citizenship Medal

Rowton Receives DAR Youth Citizenship Medal

Maggie Rowton, 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, Rowton received a medal and certificate from Cindy Byrd, member of the Paducah chapter of the DAR, for her contributions to her school and community. She is the daughter of Lisa and David Rowton.

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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.


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Hancock Wins Third In KCTE Writing Contest

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.
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Brandon Spring Buildings

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.

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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.



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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)
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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.


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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. 



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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".




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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.

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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

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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



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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


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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.


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Kindergarten Entry Age Cutoff Moves to August 1 for 2017-18 School Year

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).

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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.
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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". 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!"

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

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.”



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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!
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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.
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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.
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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!
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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.

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Photo of the Day: Painting Help!

Volunteers from Lowe's Home Improvement showed up to help us paint the hallway at Clark. Thank you!



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Free Volleyball Camp for rising 6th graders and 7th graders

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
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Clark Fifth Graders to Parcipate in Monarch Butterfly Release

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.

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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!
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Tornado Boys Basketball Camp May 31 - June 3

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
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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
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Forty Three PPS Students Qualify for Kentucky National History Day Competition

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”.
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First Born Learning Academy Graduates Celebrate

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.
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Clark Fourth Grader Wins 2nd Annual Lunchroom Kindness Challenge

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.
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"Hakuna Matata": No Worries...It's the Lion King!

"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.
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Clark Academic Team Wins Regional Quick Recall

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.
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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.
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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.




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Clark Wins District Kentucky Governor's Cup Academic Competition

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.
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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. More +

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. More +
Paducah students sweep MLK state essay contest

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.
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Seay Oil Fuels Learning at Clark

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.
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"Dear School Board Members..."

"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".
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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.
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Inclement Weather Bus Routes Link

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.
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Paducah and Murray schools ranked among best in state

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."
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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.
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PPS Students Recognized in Veteran's Day Essay Contest

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
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Clark's Video Entry in Macy's Back to School Contest Finishes in Top Ten

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Head Start partners with Paducah Police Dept. to bring back officer baseball cards

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. More +
Mercy Health Clinic October Newsletter

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.
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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.
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Clark  Bike Ride September 2

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!
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Back to School Picnic photos now on SmugMug

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. More +
First Day of School Photos on Smugmug

First Day of School Photos on Smugmug

You can see and download photos from Clark's first day of school here. More +

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. More +
School Supply Lists for 2015-2016 available for download

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 More +
Photos from Clark's Spring Sports Day now on SmugMug

Photos from Clark's Spring Sports Day now on SmugMug

You can view photos from the annual event here. More +
Hixon chosen as Clark's Ambassador of Excellence

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. More +

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.
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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.
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Photos from the Clark Preschool Celebration now on SmugMug

Photos from the Clark Preschool Celebration now on SmugMug

You can see all of the photos from the event here. More +
Paducah Third-Grader Shares His Goal for Building Homes for Those in Need; His Family Wins $1,500 for College

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. More +
Clark students participate in State History Day Contest at Lexington

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. More +
Clark PTO's annual Fish Fry Fundraiser to be held May 1

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! More +
Mercy Health at Morgan Offers Physicals For Rising Sixth Graders

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.
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Photos from Clark's Spring Musical "Annie" now on SmugMug

Photos from Clark's Spring Musical "Annie" now on SmugMug

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Affair of the Arts begins March 30 at 5:30 p.m

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. More +
Clark fourth graders rewarded with Martial Arts class for completing AR goals

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.  More +
Students Bring History to Life at National History Day Regional Contest

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. More +
Happy St. Patrick's Day!

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. More +
Academic Team places 3rd in Thinking Cap Quiz Bowl

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. More +
Revisions made to the 2014-15 school calendar

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.
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2015-2016 Kindergarten Screening and Registration on 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. More +
Photo of the day: Glazing bowls for charity

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. More +
Students celebrate 100 days of school

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/ More +
MLK contest winners recognized at annual program

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.' More +
Photo of the day: Jumping for Joy!

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! More +

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.
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Photo of the Day: The Best Way to Spread Christmas Cheer...

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)


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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.

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New members inducted to Clark Junior Beta Club

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!  More +
Student Ornaments Featured on City Hall Christmas Trees

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. More +
Clark wins First Place and $25,000 in Macy's Lip Dub Contest

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!  More +
Students and faculty wear pink in honor of breast cancer awareness month

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. More +

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. More +

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!
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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.


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Cinderella takes the stage at Tilghman November 15-16

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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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". More +
Photo of the Day: Parents As Partners Learning Luncheon

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.
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Back to School Picnic photos on SmugMug

Back to School Picnic photos on SmugMug

You can see photos from the picnic here. More +
Link: PPS E-Mail Update 08.25.14

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". More +

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. More +

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".
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First Tornado Ticket Winners Announced

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.
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Photo(s) of the Day Summer's Almost Over!

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. More +

Clark Elementary School Supply List

CLARK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
2014-2015 SUPPLY LISTS
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Photos of the Day: Dudley Court Lunch and Learning

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. More +
Twenty Retirees Honored at Year End Dinner

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: More +

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.
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l to r: Lily Holm, Katherine Glisson, Frannie Hideg

Clark Students Win Celebrate Earth Day Poem Contest

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Paducah Public Schools 2014-15 School Calendar

Paducah Public Schools 2014-15 School Calendar

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"Winnie the Pooh" Photos Posted Online

Photos from the spring musical, "Winnie the Pooh" have been uploaded to Smugmug. You can see them here. More +

Photo of the Day: Electrifying!

Clark second grader Alexandria Copper experiences static electricity with a Van de Graff generator at Clark Family Science Night. More +
Clark Places 8th in Southeast Region Thinking Cap Quiz

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. More +
Photo of the Day: First Friday

Photo of the Day: First Friday

Clark students play a friendly volleyball game on March 7 as a First Friday reward for testing! More +
Photo of the Day: Snow Day Service

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. More +

Clark Kindergarten Registration March 21

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Clark Elementary Picture Sale Info

Class, Club and Sports pictures can be ordered January 14th-28th. More +
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