Postponements and Cancelations
  • The PTHS vs. McCracken basketball games scheduled for Saturday night (01.13.18) have been postponed due to poor road conditions. The games are rescheduled for February 1. Any tickets purchased for the Friday, 1/12 games will be honored on the make up date.
  • The PTHS vs. Fort Campbell boys basketball game at the Massac Superman Classic scheduled for tonight (01.15.18) is canceled. PTHS will play the winner of Goreville/Carbondale Friday, Jan. 19 at 6:15 p.m.
  • The MLK Essay Contest scheduled for Sunday (01.14.18) at Paducah Middle has been postponed until Sunday, Jan. 21 at 2:30 p.m.
  • The PTHS JV/V girls basketball games vs. Union County at Tilghman on Saturday, 1/20 have been canceled.

    PTHS girls basketball will play one varsity game (no JV) vs. Calloway County on Monday, 1/22 starting at 6:00 PM. 


Head Start News
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: 


Head Start Registration for the 2017-18 School Year
Beginning, Monday July 17, parents and guardians can drop by the Head Start Building at 1350 South 6th Street to complete the forms needed for registration.

Office hours are Monday - Thursday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. and Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Kindergarten Ready Fair Coming March 18
The McCracken County Early Childhood Council is hosting a Kindergarten Ready Fair on Saturday, March 18 from 9:30 – 12:00 at Haws Gym on the campus of West Kentucky Community and Technical College.

This is a free event for families who are interested in learning about starting Kindergarten in Paducah and McCracken County. Many local businesses, schools and organizations will have information booths at the event giving families information about their programs and services.

Marianna Romero, Chairperson for the McCracken County Early Childhood Council said, “The purpose of the McCracken Co Early Childhood Council is to build innovative, collaborative partnerships that promote school readiness for children so that all children can begin school ready to learn or have the proper supports in place to be successful. The Kindergarten Ready Fair is a perfect event for our group to convey this message to the community.”

There are 5 domains of school readiness that the Council focuses efforts on. These domains are General Knowledge and Math; Health and Well-Being; Social Emotional Development; Language and Communication Development; and Approaches to Learning. Each of these 5 domains will be featured at a booth with a hands-on activity at the Kindergarten Ready Fair on March 18.

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

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

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

Click "Read More" for additional resources.

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.”

Spring Break is April 4-8
Hope everyone has a wonderful Spring Break! 
Morgan Head Start Family Game Night March 24
Head Start is having a family game night next Thursday, March 24th at 5:30 p.m. at Morgan in the Cafeteria.

Dinner will be served & then we will begin with games. We will have 3 games around the outside of the cafeteria- fishing for numbers, Twister, & musical chairs & lots of board games set up on tables for families to play. Teachers will be there to assist as well as help relate these games to math.

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.
Photos from the Morgan Preschool Celebration now on SmugMug
You can see all of the photos from the event here.  
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. 
Photos from the Clark Preschool Celebration now on SmugMug
You can see all of the photos from the event here. 
Photos from the McNabb Preschool Celebration now on SmugMug
You can view all of the photos from the event here 
City schools laud students' achievements
by Genevieve Postlethwait
The Paducah Sun, May 19, 2015
Used with permission

For the Paducah Board of Education, Monday night was all about the successes of the district's youngest and oldest students, those getting ready to leave for college, as well as those who are just getting started.

Monday marked the 50th anniversary for the Head Start program at the national and local levels. To celebrate a half-century of providing early childhood education to those who need it most, Paducah Head Start recognized over 50 students at Monday's meeting with certificates and long-stemmed red roses.
Photos from 2015 Preschool Screening now on SmugMug
You can see photos from the Preschool Screening and Head Start registration on May 1 here: 
Two Head Start Instructional Assistants featured in KSB newsletter
Barbara Adams and Jestean Howard were featured in the March edition of Kentucky School for the Blind's newsletter, The Monthly Wildcat. They are both Head Start instructional assistants, WKCTC Student Ambassadors, and former KSB graduates. 
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.
Photo Gallery: McNabb Head Start Visits the Challenger Center
Head Start students have been visiting the Challenger Center to participate in the "Rockin' Rockets" program. In the program students learn about rocket basics, see a "live" launch in mission control, and do hands on projects.

You can see a photo gallery of McNabb Head Start preschools' visit here.
Winter Dance on Jan. 22 at Robert Cherry Civic Center
The Paducah Head Start Winter Dance is on January 22 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. at the Robert Cherry Civic Center. Refreshments will be served. 
Photos of Students and Staff in District Anniversary T-shirts on SmugMug
Head Start students received their 150th District Anniversary t-shirts this week. You can view photos here.
Back to School Night photos on SmugMug
You can see the photos from Blackburn Spraypark 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: 
Head Start Preschool Builds Strengths for a Life of Learning
Paducah Head Start Preschool provides a quality child development program, including individualized education, health and family services, in each of Paducah's four elementary schools for about 240 preschoolers. 
Paducah Head Start
Paducah Head Start/Preschool is accepting applications for enrollment for the 2014-15 school year. Applications can completed by appointment. 
Photo of the Day: Cultivating Curiosity
Danette Humphrey, a member of the Paducah Board of Education, visited McNabb Elementary Head Start classes to read with students on January 22. Humphrey's visit was to help promote the upcoming "Sid the Science Kid" live show at the Carson Center. 
Photo(s) of the Day: Head Start Thanksgiving
Over 200 Head Start students and their families gathered at McNabb for a Thanksgiving meal last night.  
Lewis Selected to be Director of Paducah Head Start
Kristy Lewis has been named director of Paducah Head Start Preschool. 
Photo of the Day: Community Health Fair is a Treat!
Head Start students at the Head Start Community Health Fair play at a sand tray therapy table provided by Counselor Pamela Sloan. 
Photo of the Day: C.L.A.S.S. Recognition
Tanya Jones and Frances Smith recognized their Paducah Head Start staff at the December meeting of the Paducah Board of Education for achieving the CLASS (Classroom Assessment Scoring System) and NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children) certification.  
Photo of the Day: Kiwanis Continue Christmas Shoe Tradition
Shoes that were donated by the Kiwanis await delivery to Head Start students at Clark, McNabb and Morgan elementary schools. The Kiwanis club has sponsored the shoe give-away since 1980. 
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