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.

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.

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.

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
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". 
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.
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.
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.
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.”

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.

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.
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
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
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.

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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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. 
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.
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.
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.
First Day of School Photos on Smugmug
You can see and download photos from the first day of school here. 
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. 
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. 
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. 
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.
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. 
Photos from the Morgan Preschool Celebration now on SmugMug
You can see all of the photos from the event here.  
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.
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.
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! 
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.
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.  
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.
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.
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! 
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.

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!
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!" 
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.
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. 
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!
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. 
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.

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.
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.
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.
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. 
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". 
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. 
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".
Morgan Elementary Supply List 2014-15
Please click "Read More" to see the supply list. 
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.  
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. 
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.

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. 
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. 
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!

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. 
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!  
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