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Morgan Elementary

Welcome to Morgan Elementary!

Morgan offers a comprehensive early childhood development program. Primary students, in grades 1-3, are divided by grade levels. They are grouped and re-grouped by skills in reading and math, according to abilities and need.

Some intermediate teachers specialize in math, social studies, science and language arts. They utilize curriculum guides, with flexibility to design instruction to meet individual or group needs.

Besides classroom teachers, there are additional teachers for art, humanities, vocal music, speech/language, physical education, library/media center and gifted-talented-creative programs.

Morgan offers special-needs instruction and facilities for MMD/FMD, a deaf educator and full-time interpreters for the hearing-impaired.
 
 
 
 
 
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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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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Morgan Elementary SBDM Meets October 24

The Morgan Elementary SBDM will meet Wednesday, October 24 at 4:30 p.m. in the library. Please click "Read More" to see the agenda.  More +
Morgan Elementary Writing Contest Winners

Morgan Elementary Students Earn State Titles In Kentucky English Teachers’ Writing Contest

Three Morgan Elementary School students have earned state honors, including two state champion titles, in the Kentucky Council of Teachers of English / Language Arts writing contest. 

3rd grader Jaden Powell was named state champion in the Poetry division, grades K-2, for "Fortnite" 3rd grader Jaylin Bellamy earned the state championship award in the Opinion Writing division, grades K-2, for "Dear Christopher Paul Curtis.” 3rd grader Abigail Kilburn was named state runner up in the Narrative division, grades K-2, for "The Spelling Bee." 

The three students entered the contest last spring as 2nd graders. Their pieces will be published in this year's Kentucky English Bulletin. Congratulations!

Photo: Powell, Kilburn, Bellamy
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DAR Honoree Alex Hammonds

Morgan Elementary’s Alex Hammonds Awarded DAR Youth Citizenship Medal

Alex Hammonds, Morgan Elementary School 5th grader, has been awarded the Daughters of the American Revolution Youth Citizenship Medal for his demonstration of outstanding patriotism, honor, service, courage and leadership. He is the son Amber Pitt and Philip Hammonds.

Nominated by Morgan Elementary, Hammonds received a medal and certificate from Cindy Byrd, member of the Paducah chapter of the DAR, for his contributions to his 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.
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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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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 +

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.
 
To see a photo of the PTHS class of 2025, click "Read More".
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Mark Fenske

Fenske Named Principal of Morgan Elementary

Dr. Mark Fenske has been selected to be the new principal of Morgan Elementary School by the Morgan Elementary  School- Based Decision Making Council.  Dr. Fenske will replace retiring principal Vicki Conyer, who served has served as Morgan’s principal since 2009.

“Dr. Fenske brings twelve years of outstanding school leadership experience to Morgan Elementary School at both the elementary school and middle school levels,” said superintendent Dr. Donald Shively. “He is a student-centered leader who will use the collective experience of this faculty and staff as well as parent and community input to ensure he knows each and every Morgan student by name and need.  We are looking forward to the positive energy he brings as an instructional leader to Morgan Elementary as well as Paducah Public Schools.”  

Dr. Fenske has worked in Illinois public schools for 22 years. He began his career as an elementary school teacher before becoming an administrator in 2006.  Dr. Fenske has served as principal at Hillsboro Junior High School in Hillsboro, Illinois, since 2009.

Dr. Fenske earned a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from the University of St. Francis. He earned a Master’s degree in Administration from Governor’s State University and an Educational Doctorate in teacher leadership from Walden University.
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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 +
Rita Crouch and students

"I am extremely grateful for her compassion and ferocious protection of one of her students."

As we celebrate teachers on Teacher Appreciation Day, we would like to share a letter of thanks that we received from a Nashvillle paramedic, Cory Bucker. The compassion that Mr. Bucker praises is characteristic of every great teacher, past, present, and future, who makes the world a better place for their students...
 
On May 4, 2018, a 7 year old student from I believe Morgan Elementary in Paducah, KY was injured while at The Nashville Zoo. The child was visibly upset and injured upon my arrival to his side. Despite our best efforts at calming him, the only person who could ease his fears was his teacher, Rita Crouch. Not only did Mrs. Crouch calm and comfort the child, but she never left his side even for a second unless the child approved it. 
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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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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.
 
“When I began teaching in this district in 1999, I remember the strong commitment towards music education then and that commitment has continued," said Morgan Elementary music teacher Kim Davidson.  "Every child in every building has the opportunity to learn, participate and excel in many different forms of music.  From the Superintendent all the way down, support and encouragement is given to all areas of the arts and this honor proves we pride ourselves in the best music programs in PPS.”
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Please take our Morgan Elementary Principal Survey

As part of our effort to hire a new Morgan Elementary School principal, we would like get your input and feedback on what criteria are important to you when selecting a principal. A survey has been prepared for you to take electronically on any PC or mobile device. To take the survey, click here.
 
Please note that your responses will be confidential and you will only be able to take the survey once. Thank you for choosing to participate in this survey and provide us with the feedback we value to make the best decision in hiring the next principal for Morgan Elementary.
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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 +

Morgan Elementary Special Meeting April 16

There will be a special meeting of the Morgan Elmentary SBDM Council at the Morgan Elmentary library Monday, April 16, 2018 at 3:30. To see the agenda, please click "read more".


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National History Day Participants

Paducah Public Schools Advance 43 Students To National History Day State Competition

Forty-three students from the Paducah Public Schools have advanced to the Kentucky History Day / National History Day state competition at the University of Kentucky on April 21. The Kentucky History Day / National History Day theme for 2018 is “Conflict and Compromise in History.”
 
The National History Day organization offers year-long programs that engage over half a million elementary, middle, and high school students from around the world in conducting original, independent research on historical topics of interest. Students research topics of their choice, using primary and secondary resources. Students may compete in one of five categories: documentary, exhibit, paper, performance, or website. All competitors write process papers and compose annotated bibliographies. At all levels of competition, students present projects and are interviewed by a panel of judges. 
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Kindergarten registration flyer

Morgan Kindergarten Screening April 27

Kindergarten students who will be attending Morgan  Elementary for the 18-19 school year should attend kindergarten registration.  
 
This applies to children who will be five years old on or before August 1, 2018.
 
Pre-egistration will take place on Friday, April 27, 2018 from 10:30—11:00 a.m. or 1:30—2:00 p.m.
Documents required to register include:

Certified State Birth Certificate (not from hospital)

Current Immunization Record

Current physical, eye and dental exams.
If you have any questions, please contact the school office  at 270-444-5760.  Returning Students are not required to attend pre-registration.  
 

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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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Morgan Read to Ride Winners

Students Earn Bikes By Reading

For the last 10 years, the Downtown Kiwanis Club of Paducah has encouraged reading in elementary schools through its "Read to Ride" program. Rewarding readers with bicycles, the program made the first of two bike giveaways this year at Morgan Elementary School on Friday.
 
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#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.
 
For more information, click "Read More". 
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Fifth Graders Participate in First District Honor Choir

Fifth grade students (Front Row L-R) Damien Lewis, Levi Brown, (Back Row L-R)  Krystal Dyson,  and Timmy Hornbeakrepresented Morgan Elementary at First District Honor Choir on Thursday, November 16, 2017 held at Murray State University. Way to go!
 

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Emma Morgan Marker photo credit: Ryan Hermens

Students help honor school's namesake

David B. Snow
The Paducah Sun
November 23, 2017
Used with permission.
 
Do you know anything about the person your elementary school was named for?

Chances are you don't know very much about your school's namesake - maybe that the person was a teacher or principal or a mayor or even a president. But Chris Sheffer is working to let students know about Emma Morgan.

Sheffer is assistant principal at Morgan Elementary School in Paducah, and last summer he started thinking of ways to make the name of his school relevant to the students.
 
"We've got plaques in the building that tell us who it's named after, but I really wanted to know who she was," he said. "So I just started doing some research - I'm a member of ancestry.com - and I started looking her up. One thing led to another, and I found that she was buried in Oak Grove Cemetery. So I went over and found that she didn't have a headstone." 
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Morgan Music Class Studies Miltary Service Branches for "Composer of the Month"

Mrs. Davidson's music class at Morgan Elementary has a "Composer of the Month" each month. The class learns about a composer, a genre of music, and the composer's contributions to the musical arts. I
 
In honor of our veterans, this month's "Composer of the Month" is the branches of the Armed Forces. For each branch of military service - Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard -  students are learning about the history, fleet, officers, the band, and branch song.  The students have a bulletin board in the hall they are creating as they learn about each branch.
 
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KMEA Teachers of the Year

Three District Music Teachers Receive KMEA District Honors


Three district music teachers were honored at the First District meeting of the Kentucky Music Educators Association.

Lindsey Williams was named Middle School Teacher of the Year, Kim Davidson (Morgan Elementary) was named Elementary School Teacher of the Year, and Douglas Van Fleet (PTHS) received a Citation for Service.
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Morgan 17-18 Supply List

To see the  Morgan Supply List for 17-18, click "Read More". More +

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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Reed Awarded DAR Youth Citizenship Medal

Jae’Trell Reed, Morgan Elementary School 5th grader and son Carla Reed, has been awarded the Daughters of the American Revolution Youth Citizenship Medal for his demonstration of outstanding patriotism, honor, service, courage, and leadership.

Nominated by Morgan Elementary, Reed received a medal and certificate from Cindy Byrd, member of the Paducah chapter of the DAR, for his contributions to his school and community. Reed is a member of Morgan’s Student Wellness Committee, participates in the school’s Young Men’s Leadership Group, and sings both the 3rd-5th grade and honor choirs.

He is a member of Greater Lincoln Heights Missionary Baptist Church.

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.

“Receiving the award makes me really happy,” said Jae’Trell. “I’m glad to be honored.”

“Jae’Trell is an amazing fifth grade student at Morgan Elementary,” remarked Morgan School Counselor Amanda Farley. “He is always seeking ways to bring joy to the staff and students at Morgan with his outgoing personality and fantastic sense of humor. He shows kindness and respect to everyone.”

Photo: DAR representative Cindy Byrd presents Morgan Elementary School 5th grader Jae’Trell Reed with the DAR Youth Citizenship Medal. Pictured are DAR representative Cindy Byrd, Reed, and Morgan Principal Vicki Conyer.


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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).

Click "Read More" for additional resources.



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Morgan Students Sing at First District Honor Choir Music Festival

The following students represented Morgan Elementary School at the First District Honor Choir Music Festival at Murray State University on Thursday, November 17. They spent the day rehearsing with 200 other students from Region 1 and gave a free performance that evening to parents and guest in Murray State's Lovett Auditorium.

Front Row: Josiah Weston, Alex Gembe, Kylie Caruthers Second Row: Jae'Trell Reed, Aaron Evens, Kilee Minter Third Row: Samayah Robison, Madison Willhelm
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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 +

Morgan Choir Sings with Ball in the House October 28

The Morgan Elementary choir is singing with the group Ball in the House on their opening number next Friday night, October 28, at the Market House Theater. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students if you'd like to come hear our students and support Easter Seals at the same time.

Click here to see the concert flyer.
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Photo of the Day: PTHS Speech Visits Morgan First Grade

PTHS Speech team members Reagan Davidson and Anna Shelton visited Morgan Elementary first graders Friday. Reagan and Anna read stories to the students, worked fall Mad Libs with them, and spoke to them about the speech team at PTHS.
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Ronald McDonald House Makes Donation to Morgan Elementary

Ronald McDonald House Charities presented a donation to Morgan Elementary School that will allow the third grade to attend the Paducah Symphony Orchestra presentation of “Peter and the Wolf” on November 4. Music teacher Kim Davidson wrote the grant for the donation.

In addition to attending the concert, students will also be able to attend an “instrument petting zoo” before the concert where they will be allowed to sit in the performers' chairs, touch and play the instruments, and talk with the performers.

Pictured left to right: Brittany Riley, third grade teacher, Amanda Farley, guidance counselor,  Michael Love, Jr., (Ronald McDonald House Charities), Kim Davidson, Music teacher, and third graders from Morgan Elementary School.
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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: Wear the Color Wednesday

As part Morgan Elementary's Core Essentials character education program, they are hosting "Wear the Color Wednesday". Their color for the month is of August is yellow, which represents the Core Essential of Obedience. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to wear any shade of yellow on Wednesdays.


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Morgan Registration Dates for 2016-17

Morgan Elementary will hold registration for the 16-17 school year on these dates:

Kindergarten: Monday, August 1 , 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Grades 1 – 5: Wednesday, August 3, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
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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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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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Garnett Wins Regional Grandparents' Essay Contest.

Morgan fifth grader Talaya Garnett won the Morgan Elementary Granparents' essay contest and also won the regional competition. Congratulations! 

This contest was sponsored by AARP and the Kentucky Retired Teachers Association. Talaya received her award on March 17 at the First Christian Church. You can read Talaya's essay on the Morgan Writer Weebly page here.


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Morgan Writers Page is Available Online

The collected works of Morgan Elementary students are available online a the Morgan Elementary Writers page. The collected works of Morgan Elementary students published here were developed in their 2015-2016 "special area" Writing classes with Ms. Carol A. Withrow, NBCT - Literacy.* The K-5 classes engage in writing sessions based on Lucy Calkins' Units of Study for Writing.

Here is a link to the Morgan's Writer page.
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Sierra Sharp DAR Youth Citizenship Medal

Sharp Receives DAR Youth Citizenship Medal

Paducah, KY - Sierra Sharp, Morgan 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 Morgan Elementary, Sharp 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 Samantha and Edward Sharp.

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Morgan Writers Take Top Spots in KCTE Writing Contest

Morgan Writers Take Top Spots in KCTE Writing Contest

Morgan Elementary School students have placed among the top three writers in the state in the Kentucky Council of Teachers of English / Language Arts statewide writing contest. Their pieces will be published in the Kentucky English Bulletin later this year.

2nd grader Kadyn Sullenger earned the state championship title in the primary grades division / Informational Writing category for “My Pet Crab.” Fellow 2nd grader Nikeal Cole earned the state runner up designation in the same category for “My 9 Cats.”
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Vue Magazine Visits Morgan Fourth Graders

Alison Abbenhaus from VUE Magazine came to interview Ms. Free's fourth grade class at Morgan Elementary for an upcoming issue. While she was there, the class had a Q&A about her work and VUE magazine.
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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 +
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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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 +
Jackson selected as prize winner in Summer Reading Challenge

Jackson selected as prize winner in Summer Reading Challenge

Congratulations to Morgan fifth grader Chris Jackson for meeting his summer reading goal! His name was entered into a drawing for the summer prize, a Kindle Fire.
All students are eligible for this summer prize each year just by simply reading books and reaching their individual reading goal.
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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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First Day of School Photos on Smugmug

First Day of School Photos on Smugmug

You can see and download photos from the first day of school here. More +
Project Fit America to launch at area Elementary schools in September

Project Fit America to launch at area Elementary schools in September

Morgan Elementary, Heath Elementary, and Reidland Intermediate school officials plan the September launch of Project Fit America with Dona Rains, Baptist Health director of community outreach. Since 2007, 11 area schools have received Baptist Health grants for outdoor and indoor fitness equipment, curriculum and teacher training to improve fitness and battle childhood obesity. 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 Morgan Elementary students will be held from July 21-23. You can download the supply list for each grade here. More +
Baptist Health awards Project Fit America programs to 3 local schools

Baptist Health awards Project Fit America programs to 3 local schools

(Paducah, Ky.) May 28, 2015 —Three local schools will receive grants from Baptist Health Paducah this fall to launch Project Fit America, a fitness program aimed at reducing childhood obesity.
Baptist Health has invested nearly $50,000 to provide the fitness program to Morgan Elementary in Paducah and Heath Elementary and Reidland Intermediate in McCracken County. Each will receive indoor and outdoor fitness equipment, teacher training and curriculum materials.
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Bumphus chosen as Morgan's Ambassador of Excellence

Bumphus chosen as Morgan's Ambassador of Excellence

Congratulations to JaMarion Bumphus for being chosen as Morgan 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 +
Photos from the Morgan Preschool Celebration now on SmugMug

Photos from the Morgan Preschool Celebration now on SmugMug

You can see all of the photos from the event here. More +

Photo of the Day: KPREP Kickoff!

Morgan teachers joined the PTHS speech team for some improvisational fun at Morgan's KPREP kick-off event this morning. Good luck to all our students who will be testing this week.
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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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Morgan Wins United Way's Largest Campaign Increase Award

Morgan Wins United Way's Largest Campaign Increase Award

Morgan Elementary was honored for having the largest non-profit campaign increase for 2014-15 at yesterday's Paducah-McCracken County United Way Victory Celebration. Congratulations! More +
Morgan performance keeps arts going in variety of ways

Morgan performance keeps arts going in variety of ways

by Genevieve Postlethwait
The Paducah Sun
March 27, 2015
Used with permission

Since the day they returned from Christmas break, third graders at Morgan Elementary have been preparing for the last week in March: the week of the school's annual Dinner Theater performance.
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First Lady Jane Beshear visits Morgan during Literacy Week

First Lady Jane Beshear visits Morgan during Literacy Week

The First Lady visited Morgan students on Thursday, March 19 as a part of the 2015 Kentucky Literacy Celebration Week. Mrs. Beshear traveled to a number of schools and educational centers across the state to promote reading and to learn about community literacy programs. More +
Garnett Wins Kiwanis "Read to Ride" Bike

Garnett Wins Kiwanis "Read to Ride" Bike

Paducah Kiwanis Club members presented a bike to Morgan 3rd grader Tevin Garnett, the Morgan "Read to Ride" winner for the fall 2014 semester.

The Kiwanis Club donated a bicycle, helmet, and lock 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 was passed during the fall semester.
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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: Mr. Sheffer as an Elf!

Photo of the day: Mr. Sheffer as an Elf!

Chris Sheffer, Assistant Principal at Morgan Elementary, challenged students to bring in 1,000 canned goods for Paducah Power's annual food drive. Morgan students surpassed the challenge by donating 1,200 cans of food! As promised, Mr. Sheffer dressed up as an elf today as a reward for completing the challenge. Great job, Morgan! More +

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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Photo of the Day: Elf on a Shelf?

Morgan Assistant Principal Chris Sheffer has promised to dress up as a Christmas elf if the students of Morgan Elementary donate 1000 cans of green beans. 700 cans have been donated so far, so we're optimistic that we'll see Mr. Sheffer in a elf suit soon!
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Photo of the day: Reading with Santa!

Photo of the day: Reading with Santa!

Second grader Maria Perez attends "Reading with Santa," where students are encouraged to read with their parents and visit Santa. Morgan librarian Kelly Veatch says, "We want the kids to know that Santa reads too!" More +

Morgan Christmas Concert December 9

Don’t forget the Kindergarten, First and Second Graders and Choir will be performing their Christmas Concert at PTHS Auditorium on Tuesday, December 9. It begins at 6:00 p.m.

This will also be performed for the school at 9:00a.m. on Friday, December 19 in the cafeteria. Please mark your calendar now for this awesome event.
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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 +

Photo of the day: Butterflies Alive!


Morgan Elementary's third grade  has been studying life cycles. They released butterflies that they had watched go through the life cycle process. When the classes received these butterflies, they were just e
ggs. They observed them turning into a cocoon and then watched the butterflies come alive!
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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 +

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: 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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New school-based health centers off to a great start

New school-based health centers off to a great start

by Genevieve Postlethwait
The Paducah Sun, September 1, 2014
Used with permission
When Tennille Rushing of Mercy Pediatrics sat down with McCracken County and Paducah school administrators last October to discuss opening two school-based health centers, she had one request.

"Give us your biggest challenges," she told them.

And that they did. Today will mark Morgan Elementary's second month with its new school-based health center, and Rushing hopes the center at Reidland Middle will be ready to open its doors next week. The two schools were identified by McCracken County and Paducah schools as the ones most in need of the services, and they are the first schools in western Kentucky to offer those services.
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Photo of the Day: Musical Artwork

Morgan Elementary School was visited by Maestro Raffaele Ponti from the Paducah Symphony Orchestra. He taught a lesson to the 3rd graders on French Composer Camille Saint-Saens' piece Carnival of the Animals. Morgan's third grade will be participating in a year-long project with the PSO and their art work will be displayed during a performance in April at the Carson Center. More +

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 +
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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Morgan Elementary Supply List 2014-15

Please click "Read More" to see the supply list. More +
Meg Hancock, 16, sophomore at PTHS, presents copies free copies of "Hoot" by Carl Hiaasen to to fifth grade students at Morgan Elementary School on Wednesday in celebration of World Book Night.

PTHS Students Celebrate World Book Night With Book Giveaway

Paducah Tilghman High School students served as literary ambassadors during Quilt Week as they gave books away on World Book Night, in honor of William Shakespeare's birthday.  More +
Paducah Public Schools 2014-15 School Calendar

Paducah Public Schools 2014-15 School Calendar

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Morgan to Host Kindergarten Registration for Children Not in Head Start

Morgan Elementary School will host Kindergarten Screening and Early Registration for any child who is not currently enrolled in the Paducah Head Start program on Friday, April 25 from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm at Morgan Elementary. More +
Morgan Passes 1540 Accelerated Reader Tests During Read the Most From Coast to Coast

Morgan Passes 1540 Accelerated Reader Tests During Read the Most From Coast to Coast

Morgan participated in the Read the Most from Coast to Coast AR challenge on February 28. They passed 1,540 tests with 86.3% accuracy.

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McElroy is First in Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Essay and Poetry Contest

McElroy is First in Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Essay and Poetry Contest

Morgan fifth grader Tylee McElroy (right) was honored with an award for first place for her poetry entry at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Essay and Poetry Contest. More +
Photo of the Day: Read to Ride

Photo of the Day: Read to Ride

Downtown Kiwanis Club members recently presented a bike to Morgan second grader Taylen Whittaker. She was the Morgan "Read to Ride" winners for the fall 2013 semester. More +
Photo of the Day: Presidential Aspirations

Photo of the Day: Presidential Aspirations

For Career Day at Morgan Elementary, students wore outfits that represented what they want to be when they grow up. Kindergarten student Amari Martin has a big goal: he wants to be president of the United States. You've got our vote, Amari!

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Smith Receives NAACP Educator Award

Smith Receives NAACP Educator Award

Paducah Public Schools educator Melony Smith received the NAACP Educator Award at the 56th annual Paducah/McCracken County NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet on November 2. More +
Photo of the Day: Pumpkin Characters Proliferate!

Photo of the Day: Pumpkin Characters Proliferate!

Camden Pierce (4th grade), Isabella Caulderon (1st grade), Qariah Davenport (Kindergarten) and Emeri Milliken (3rd) pose with the pumpkins they created for the Morgan Book Character Pumpkin Decorating Contest. Good work, Morgan! More +

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