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Plum Creek Elementary School

901 East 43rd Avenue
Hutchinson, KS 67502

Phone: 620-662-5535
or 888-662-8806
Fax: 620-694-1032

Principal: Randy Doerksen

School Hours:

Monday - Friday
8:00 - 3:15

Pre-K Hours:
8:00 - 11:00
12:15 - 3:15

Doors Open 7:30

3:15 - 6:00
Phone: 620-708-4478

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Mrs. Vicky Richardson

Library Media Specialist

About Our Library

The mission of the library program is to provide students and staff with the materials and skills needed to be good users of ideas and information.

Online Library Catalog

Use this link to access Plum Creek Library's Catalog and Electronic Resources

Accelerated Reader

The Accelerated Reader Program is available at Plum Creek Elementary. Books in the library that are aligned with this program are marked with a colored dot signifying their approximate reading level. After reading an "AR" book, students are tested for comprehension on a classroom computer. Points are earned for each correct answer. If you need to know a book level check out the following website.

AR BookFinder

What Should I Read Next?

If you are wondering what to read next, check out this website. You can type in the title of a book you liked, and it will give you suggestions of what you might want to read next! Even if you aren't stuck on the next book, it is fun. Give it a try!

Your Next Read

Other Online Resources


Local Newspapers

VYPE Magazine

Internet Search Engines

Use these search engines to surf the web!

  CyberSleuth Kid Ask Jeeves Kids  


How to Research

Big 6 Web Site

How to Cite a Source for a Written Research Paper

This website is a lifesaver! Simply click on the type of source (book, magazine article, etc.), then enter the author's name, title, publisher, etc., and the computer will put the information into the correct citation format. Yippee!

Links from Library Lessons

Owen & Mzee

Make a Snowflake

Jan Brett Videos


About Us




School Health







What We Do

Our Mission:

An Exceptional Educational Experience for All

Our Vision

Developing Generations of Positive World Changers



School Programs

CARES Club "Cru Cares"
Children are Respected, Enriched, and Secure

There is evidence that students who have caring adults in their lives, safe places to go after school, and constructive activities to absorb their interest and energy, stand a much better chance of avoiding trouble, succeeding in school and leading happier lives than those who don’t. -Colin Powell

CARES Club is an extended learning opportunity for District elementary students, which provides a safe and nurturing learning environment after regular school hours.

Time: 3:15 - 6:00

Days: Monday - Friday Cost: $6.50 daily per child

$5.00 daily per child
(per family - 3 or more children)

$4.50 daily per child (USD 313 Staff members)

CARES Club students will -

• Participate in a variety of enrichment activities
• Get additional help with classroom skills
• Eat a nutritious snack
• Play/exercise



PreK is an educational class designed for 4 year old students. Classes are available at all USD 313 elementary attendance centers.

Time: 8:00-11:00 AM Session

12:15 -3:15 PM Session Days: Monday - Friday

Cost: based upon family qualifications

Level 1 - $50 per week
Level 2 - $35 per week*
Level 3 - $20 per week
Level 4 - Free**

Pre-K students will learn -

• Social and Emotional Development
• Muscle Coordination
• Language Development
• Reading Readiness
• Recognition of Numbers and Shapes
• Self Help Skills

* Level 2 also for USD 313 Staff members
** There are a limited number of scholarships available per year for PreK students based on family qualifications.


Head Start

Head Start and Early Head Start are comprehensive child development programs which serve children from birth to age 5, pregnant women, and their families. Reno County Head Start has two Pre-K classrooms in USD 313 located at Plum Creek Elementary and Union Valley Elementary. Classroom sessions are 9:30 to 1:30, Monday through Thursday. They are child-focused classrooms with the overall goal of increasing the school readiness of our young children in low-income families. The children eat lunch and snack at school each day and busing is provided to children within the 313 area. These services provided are at no cost to the families.

To participate, families must live in Reno County, meet federal income guidelines and be aged 3 or 4 on or before August 31. To find out if you qualify or for more information please contact Reno County Head Start at 620-694-5750.

*USD 313 also offers a few community based spots each year. Children are selected for these slots on a need basis. The family is charged a monthly activity fee. For more information on these slots you may contact the Plum Creek office at 620-662-5535 and they will direct you to the Head Start classroom.

Shining Stars

Shining Stars is a childcare program designed for PreK students. It provides a safe, nurturing learning environment.

Time: 7:30-11:30 AM Session

12:15 - 3:15 PM Session Days: Monday - Friday

Cost: $10.50 per session attended

Shining Stars students will -

• Support positive character development
• Belong to a group
• Develop confidence and self-esteem
• Interact with peers
• Participate in group activities

Plum Creek Elementary PTO

Plum Creek PTO strives to assist teachers and staff in making Plum Creek a great place to be. Our primary mission is to improve the educational experience of our children and increase parent involvement. We achieve this goal through our fundraising efforts, volunteer time and organizational activities for the students.

We have monthly meetings usually on the second Tuesday of the month, but please check dates as they may have changed. We strive for the meetings to be one hour in length.

Please call the officers listed below with any questions you might have or if you want to get involved in assisting with any of the projects listed on the calendar. If you are unable to attend the meetings, the PTO minutes are located on the school’s website or we can email you the monthly minutes. We welcome your thoughts or suggestions, every opinion is valued.

Teacher Request Form



Jennifer Stallman

  Vice Presidents:

Staci Birney


Lisa Pitts


Molly Morrison

  Spirit Wear:

Heather Faulkner & Kerri Thetford

  Teacher Liaison/Teacher Appreciation:

Staci Birney

  Yearbook Chair:

Marci Lehl

  Birthday Chair:

Savita Swaroop

  Fundraiser Chair:

Lisa Pitts

  Conference Meal Chair:

Savita Swaroop

  Rebate Chair: (Box Tops/ Dillon's & Target Cards/Campbell Labels):

Julie Rumbaugh & Jennifer Kneisel

  Directory Chair:

Andrea Lackey

  School Supply Kits Chair:

Lisa Pitts

Buhler Bonanza Representative:

Lisa Pitts


Plum Creek Programs

Elementary Handbook

Kindergarten Handbook

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Plum Creek Elementary School 2015-2016
The email format for Buhler USD 313, with the exception of a few email addresses, is as follows: firstinitiallastname@usd313.org (ex. jdoe@usd313.org).
Doerksen, Randy Principal rdoerksen
Dryden, Valerie Secretary vdryden
Ratzlaff, Melissa Secretary mratzlaff
Raya, Joyce Counselor jraya
Library Media Center
Richardson, Vicky Librarian and Webmaster vrichardson
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Robin Pfannenstiel Head Start rpfannenstiel
Zogleman, Kristi Pre K kzogleman
Beardslee, Sherry Kindergarten sbeardslee
Richardson, Sharon Kindergarten srichardson
Schultz, Wendy Kindergarten wschultz
Bunce, Kara 1st Grade kbunce
Starkweather, Morgan 1st Grade mstarkweather
Wray, Jan 1st Grade jwray
Burkhart, Dana 2nd Grade dburkhart
Papenfuss, Sue 2nd Grade spapenfuss
Wilkinson, Angela 2nd Grade awilkinson
Mears, Diane 3rd Grade dmears
Rolfs, Kiara 3rd Grade krolfs
Yocam, Marsha 3rd Grade myocam
Babcock, Rachel 4th Grade rbabcock
Sazama, Heather 4th Grade hsazama
Wimer, Lynn 4th Grade lobermite-wimer
Ingalls, Denise 5th Grade dingalls
Stucky, Katie 5th Grade kstucky
Todd, Jesse 5th grade jtodd
Bazzelle, Jennifer Resource Room jbazzelle
Konrade, Bret Resource Room bkonrade
Miller, Maranda Resource Room mmiller
Horton, Karen Expanded Learning khorton
Galloway, Vicki Expanded Learning vgalloway
Doerksen, Pam Intensive Reading pdoerksen
Voss, Kara Physical Education kvoss
Law, Linda Vocal Music llaw
Biggs, Nathan Instrumental Music nbiggs
Starnes, Eric Instrumental Music estarnes
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Support Staff
Schmidt, Liz Nurse lschmidt
Clark, Kathy Nurse kclark
Ricke, Judy Psychologist jricke
Petersen, Carol Speech/Language cpetersen
Lock, Rhonda Head Start Family Support Worker rlock
Albert, Silvana Head Start Aide salbert
Schroeder, Chris Head Start Aide cschroeder
Ahrens, Dallas Instructional Para dahrens
Dinwiddie, Shelly Instructional Para sdinwiddie
Matney, Trenda Instructional Para tmatney
Putnam, Jana Instructional Para jputnam
Stephens, Shelley Instructional Para sstephens
Teel, Julie Instructional Para jteel
Winters, Kristi Instructional Para kwinters
Phillips, Karen Pre-K Instructional Para kphillips
Rumbaugh, Julie Pre-K Instructional Para jrumbaugh
Belt, Brandy RCEC Instructional Para bbelt
Fure, Nancy RCEC Instructional Para nfure
Gausman, Katherine RCEC Instructional Para kgausman
Guthrie, Lance RCEC Instructional Para lguthrie
Ledbetter, Gillian RCEC Instructional Para gledbetter
Logue, Jodi RCEC Instructional Para jlogue
Long, Susan RCEC Instructional Para slong
Miller, Vickie RCEC Instructional Para vmiller
Rice, Linda RCEC Instructional Para lrice
Smith, Brenda RCEC Instructional Para bsmith
Boeck, Vicki Cru Cares Director vboeck
Evenson, Cat Cru Cares Assistant Director cevenson
Dickinson, Peggy Cru Cares Aide pdickinson
Urban, Tara Shining Stars Director turban
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Food Service
Willis, Terri Head Cook twillis
Cubbage, Renee Food Service rcubbage
Gilbert, Jackie Food Service jgilbert
Schmutz, Paul Food Service pschmutz
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Gilbert, Rod Head Custodian rgilbert
Cordero, Brendan Custodian bcordero
Weary, Angela Custodian aweary
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Supply Pantry for Teachers

What is it? The PTO is creating a supply pantry for teachers! This will be centrally located for the teaching staff to come and get needed supplies for their classrooms throughout the year. Reminders and an updated list will be sent out quarterly.

How will it work? Below is a wish list for teachers, you can pick up any of these items and drop them off at school or send them to school with your child. In the main entrance to the school you will see a box that says “teacher supplies” and you just drop your items in there. PTO will collect the items and organize them in the pantry for the teachers.

 You can help by providing these supplies:
Big erasers                            Foam ABC letters
Clorox wipes                         Foam 123 numbers
Cotton balls                          seasonal stickers
Colored pencils                    Jewel pieces
Colored sticky dots              playdough
Contact paper                        Popsicle sticks
Crayons (8 ct. and 24 ct.)     sequins
Electronic wipes                  sticky back Velcro dots
Glue (4 oz. elmers)              15mm wiggle eyes
Glue sticks                            stretchy elastic cord
Paper towels                         seasonal ribbon
Pencils                                   clothespins
Pipe cleaners                       plastic page protectors
18 oz solo cups                     Ziploc baggies (snack and
Juice boxes/Capri suns       sandwich size)
Water colors

2016 - 2017 Class List

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District News

Buhler USD 313 Education Foundation Selling Victory Lane Pavers

The Buhler USD 313 Education Foundation is selling pavers to become part of Victory Lane at the Buhler High School football stadium. All proceeds from the paver sales will help award teacher grants and provide student assistance and student scholarships. The inscription of your choice will be engraved on the 6-by-9 inch paver, and will be a lasting reminder of the community support that promotes the Foundation. Each paver is $150.

These pavers are a wonderful opportunity to: recognize personal achievement; honor a favorite teacher, coach or staff member; place in memory or in honor of parents, grandparents, children or classmates; commemorate birthdays or anniversaries; celebrate family milestones; create your own unique way to express school spirit; celebrate team accomplishments; give as a graduation present; offer business support.


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