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District News
Paducah Tilghman teen knows value of patience, determination
by Genevieve Postlethwait, The Paducah Sun
September 26, 2016
Used with permission.

John Holtgrewe is remarkably laid-back for someone so busy.

The Paducah Tilghman senior has school days full of advanced placement classes, followed by afternoons, nights and weekends devoted to track, cross-country, academic team, speech team and volunteer work.

He's on track to graduate first in his class.

He was chosen to take part in the Kentucky Governor's Scholar Program and the Kentucky Governor's School for Entrepreneurs, and was one of 10 students nationwide chosen for the 3M Discovery Young Scientist Challenge.

While his activities and accomplishments are impressive, Holtgrewe remains humble.

"I just like to stay busy, so that I can continually try out new things," he said. "I think challenging myself now will help prepare me for later in life, so I push myself."

Holtgrewe, the son of Greg and Veronica Holtgrewe of Paducah, is the Paducah Bank Teen of the Week. Each Monday, The Sun features a different teen selected from nominees submitted by school counselors across western Kentucky and southern Illinois. This spring, a Teen of the Year will be chosen from the weekly winners. The Teen of the Year will receive a $2,500 scholarship.
Watkins Lifts Tilghman to First Victory
by Mike Stunson, The Paducah Sun
September 22, 2016
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Enough was enough for the Paducah Tilghman foot-ball team last Friday, which grabbed its first victory of the year after a grueling start to the season.

That 48-21 victory over Madisonville-North Hopkins showcased the strengths of Tilghman’s passing and run game, but it was wide receiver Hunter Watkins who stole the show. Watkins earned the Woodmen Life Player of the Week after a stellar performance over the Maroons in which he had eight receptions for 218 yards and three touchdowns, while also hauling in an interception on defense.

Paducah woman selected for aspiring leaders program
by Genevieve Postlethwaite
The Paducah Sun, September 23, 2016
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Allene Houston Jones, Paducah Middle assistant principal, is one of 20 women nationwide chosen to take part in the American Association of School Administrators' (AASA) inaugural Aspiring Women Leaders Program.

The initiative is part of a broad push by the AASA to increase the number of women seeking positions as, and ultimately becoming, superintendents, while also helping break social barriers that may stand in their way.

"You see a lot of women teachers, a lot of assistant principals, a lot of principals, but when it comes to superintendents, you still see far more men than you do women," Houston Jones said. "And I don't think it's just in the state of Kentucky. I think it's across the United States."

According to AASA research, Houston Jones is right.
Superintendent's Blog: All Time Best
If you are a parent of one of our students, you may have seen a stamp on some of their work. The stamp is our Tornado mascot with the letters, "ATB", which stands for All Time Best. We want our students to be encouraged and motivated every time they exceed their baseline, whether it is an Accelerated Reader test, an Accelerated Math test, or a math fluency test because our goal for each and every student is continuous improvement.

If we are asking our students to strive for continuous improvement, it is imperative that we - faculty, staff, administrators, parents, and community partners - lead the way. This is my 20th year in education, and I am committed to making the 16-17 school year an All Time Best. I have challenged every employee of our school district to make the same commitment.

Is an All Time Best achievable for Paducah Public Schools in 2016-17? I am convinced that the goal is achievable because we're building on the right foundation- relationships.
McNabb Receives $2,000 Grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation
The Dollar General Literacy Foundation recently awarded McNabb Elementary a $2,000 grant to support youth literacy. This local grant is part of $4.5 million in youth literacy grants awarded to approximately 1,000 organizations across the 43 states that Dollar General serves. Given at the beginning of the academic school year, these grants are aimed at supporting teachers, schools and organizations with resources to strengthen and enhance literacy instruction.

The grant will be used to help students in grades 3-5 set and monitor independent reading goals, engage in thirty minutes of daily independent reading, and receive close monitoring and the support of a reading teacher.

“By awarding these grants, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation is committed to making a meaningful impact in our local communities,” said Todd Vasos, Dollar General’s chief executive officer. “These grants provide funds to support youth literacy initiatives and educational programs throughout the communities we serve to ensure a successful academic year for students.”
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