Welcome To Choices
Choices Educational Center provides individualized education for K-12 students who are not thriving or experiencing success in a traditional setting. Choices provides alternative programs to meet the needs of each student based on innovative paths, digital learning and other alternative means. The goal is to provide rich and challenging learning environments that promote high levels of student engagement, achievement and success.

Choices Educational Center is dedicated to academic excellence, curricular innovation, parental support and community involvement. Students learn how to learn and be productive, as well as how to get along with peers and adults.
Choices News
Total Solar Eclipse Update: Early Dismissal on August 21, Educational Enhancement Opportunity Form Available for Download
Paducah Public Schools will have an early dismissal on Monday, August 21, the day of the Total Solar Eclipse. PTHS, Paducah Middle School and Choices will dismiss at 1:45 p.m. Clark Elementary, McNabb Elementary, and Morgan Elementary will dismiss at 2:20 p.m.

McCracken County Emergency Management and the Paducah Police anticipate heavy traffic in the area toward the end of the eclipse event, which will take place around 2:49 p.m. An early dismissal will avoid having students dismissed and busses out during the heaviest traffic.

Parents and guardians, if you intend to keep your children at home on August 21 to view the eclipse, please print and complete an Education Enhancement Opportunity Request (EHO) form and return it to the school your child attends by August 18. The Educational Enhancement Opportunity request allows the day to be treated like a field trip and will not count toward the five parent permission excuses for the year.
 
Parent/Guardian Consent Form Required for Live Eclipse Viewing
On Monday, August 21, 2017, Paducah, Kentucky will experience a total solar eclipse. The eclipse itself lasts several hours, with the period of totality in Paducah from 1:22:15 PM to 1:24:36 PM.

Paducah Public Schools will be open on August 21, 2017. Paducah Public Schools will have an early dismissal on Monday, August 21, the day of the Total Solar Eclipse. PTHS, Paducah Middle School, and Choices will dismiss at 1:45 PM and Clark Elementary, McNabb Elementary, and Morgan Elementary will dismiss at 2:20 PM.

Our schools are planning educational activities around this rare event and students will be provided an opportunity to view the eclipse live (using eclipse viewing glasses that will be provided to them). The viewing will be teacher supervised, but we encourage parents to share with their children the dangers of looking directly into the sun without proper protective equipment.

Because of the risks, we are requiring parental consent in order for students to take part in the live eclipse viewing. A copy of the permission form will be sent home with students. You can also view or print the permission form here.
 
If you wish for your child to view the eclipse live, please complete and return the signed form to school on or before Friday, August 18, 2017.

 
Total Solar Eclipse Update

Paducah Public Schools will be in session Monday, August 21 during the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse. While some districts in the region will not have school on the day of the eclipse, having our students at school will help those parents who must be at work during the eclipse and will provide all of our students with the opportunity to enjoy the eclipse safely and get maximum educational value from it.

Teachers at each of our schools have been given responsibility for planning activities for the Solar Eclipse. The district has secured certified eclipse glasses for every student, staff, and faculty member.

The eclipse event will begin at 11:54 a.m. and end at 2:49 p.m. While the length of time that students will be outside to observe the eclipse will vary from school to school, our students will have the opportunity to observe the total eclipse, which will happen at approximately 1:22 p.m.

Here are the safety rules we will be using while we view the eclipse. A complete flyer with instructions for safely viewing the eclipse can be downloaded here.
 
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.”



 
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. 
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.
 
PTHS Guidance Newsletter December 2015
Click "Read More" to download a copy of the December 2015 Guidance Newsletter. 
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. 
Graduation Bill Raises High School Required Attendance Age to 18
Change takes effect with 2015-16 school year.

As of January 14, 2015, all school districts in the commonwealth of Kentucky have raised the compulsory attendance age to 18. The new compulsory attendance policy will take effect for Paducah Public Schools beginning with the 2015-16 school year, which begins August 11, 2015.

Kentucky law requires students who dropped out prior to the 2015-16 school year yet are under the age of eighteen to attend school until their 18th birthday. If you are a student (or the parent of a student) who is age 16-17 and you have dropped out, by law you will be required to return to school until you reach age eighteen.

If you are under the age of 18 and have questions or need assistance with returning to school, please contact Director of Pupil Personnel Troy Brock at 270.444.5600 or Paducah Tilghman registrar Minerva Neihoff at 270.444.5650.
 
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.
 
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.

 
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.


 
Tilghman Bell August 2014 Available
You can see a pdf of the August 2014 edition of the Tilghman Bell here. 
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".  
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". 
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: 
Acree and Proctor Receive Mid-Year Diplomas
Congratulations to Chantz James Acree and Aribeaya Nara Proctor, who received their high school diplomas at the October meeting of the Paducah Board of Education.  
Albanese Receives Diploma At November Board Meeting
Mid year graduate John Thomas Albanese received his diploma at the November 21 meeting of the Board of Education. Albanese finished the credits needed for graduation at Choices Educational Center. He plans to enlist in the US Navy.  
Two Receive Mid Year Diplomas At April Board Meeting
Congratulations to Trevante Davis and Brittany Hall, who were presented their PTHS diplomas by Choices Principal Martha Lipscomb and PTHS Principal Art Davis. These students completed the necessary requirements for graduation through Choices Educational Center. 
Five Receive Mid-Year Diplomas
Congratulations to T'jhavion Beasley, Ashley Cameron, Atayia Menefee, Keonia Purefide, and Frank Vishon, who were presented their PTHS diplomas by Choices Principal Martha Lipscomb and Superintendent Dr. Randy Greene. These students completed the necessary requirements for graduation through Choices Educational Center. 
Choices Staff Attend Behavior Institute
Choices Educational Center staff attended a Behavior Institute conference in Lexington, Kentucky, as a part of their professional development. 
Foulks, Proctor, McClain, Wilson, and Woods Receive Mid-Year Diplomas
Congratulations to Shante Foulks, Pauline Proctor, Andre McClain, Kalmece Wilson, and Annie Woods, who were presented their PTHS diplomas by Choices Principal Martha Lipscomb and PTHS Dean Allison Stieg. 
Mid Year Grads Receive Diplomas
Congratulations to McKera Roshawn Bady and Daniella Piccola Morrow, who were presented their PTHS diplomas by Teresa Spann and Allison Stieg. 
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