A Tradition of Excellence

Since it opened in 1980, Paducah Middle School has united students in the "Tornado" spirit -- in classroom and extracurricular activities.

To ease the transition from elementary school, sixth-graders are grouped in teams with fewer teachers and class changes. Seventh and eighth grades are also organized by teams for more flexibility in program planning of cross-curricular activities.

We offer a variety of pre-AP services for gifted students. They include honors classes, the Duke Talent Identification Program and extracurricular Governor's Cup, Math Counts and Odyssey of the Mind academic competitions.

Four "Encore" classes are offered on a nine-week rotation: art, physical education, technology and music.

Paducah Middle School News
Kight and Dortch Advance to State Academic Tournament
Paducah Middle School 7th grader Paige Kight earned two regional championship titles at the Kentucky Governor’s Cup Regional Competition on Saturday, February 4th. Students from seventeen schools in the region competed for top spots in the Kentucky Association for Academic Competition. Top finishers will advance to the state finals in Louisville on March 11-13.

Kight was named regional champion in the two individual categories in which she competed, Language Arts and Arts and Humanities. She currently ranks 4th in the state in Language Arts as she heads into the state finals.

Zyla Dortch, 8th grader, earned the regional runner-up title in composition. She will represent Paducah Middle School in on-demand writing at the state finals.

“I am quite ecstatic to be advancing to the state finals,” said Kight following her dual regional wins. “I am studying hard to be able to place at the upcoming competition.”

Kight and Dortch, members of the Paducah Middle School Academic Team, are coached by Rachael Castillo.

Smith Receives DAR Youth Citizenship Medal
Paducah, KY - Gavin Smith, Paducah Middle School 6th grader, 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 Paducah Middle School, Smith received a medal and certificate from Cindy Byrd, member of the Paducah chapter of the DAR, for his contributions to his community. Smith regularly leads the Pledge of Allegiance at the Paducah City Commission meetings.

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.

Paducah Middle Quick Recall and FPS Teams Advance to Regional Academic Tournament
The Paducah Middle academic team competed at District Governor's Cup on Tuesday, January 17 and Saturday, January 21. The quick recall and future problem solving teams both placed second overall. Individual awards went to the following people: Zyla Dortch took fifth place in composition, Ben LeBuhn  was second in Social Studies and fourth in Science, Mason Romanak third in science, Raven Butler second in mathematics, and Paige Kight first in both language arts and arts & humanities. These students, along with the quick recall and future problem solving teams, will advance to regionals.

Quick recall team members include Vince Brannon, Raven Butler, Aiden Caywood, Cameron Dorris, Gage Gottman, Frannie Hideg, Paige Kight, Ben LeBuhn, Kate LeBuhn, Grainger Page, and Nick Tooley. Future problem solving team members include Vince Brannon, Gage Gottman, Dana Hernandez, Anna Losher, and Serenity McCoy.

Pictured from left to right are  Quick Recall Team members Paige Kight, Kate LeBuhn, Ben LeBuhn, Gage Gottman, Cameron Dorris, Raven Butler and front,  Frannie Hideg.

Academic Team Runner Up at Sixth Grade Showcase
The Paducah Middle sixth grade academic team competed in Showcase on Saturday, December 3rd, 2016.

Several individual team members were given awards for written assessments: Ally Hutchins and Henry Strenge tied for sixth in math, Abigail Wurth and Henry Strenge tied for third in science, Rain Elder placed third in social studies, Abigail Wurth placed first in math, and Kate Bidwell placed first in language arts.

As for team awards, the quick recall team placed first, winning all of their matches, and the team placed second overall. Competitors included Aneeza Ali, Karson Baker, Kate Bidwell, Sloane Edwards, Rain Elder, Addie Beth Franklin, Ally Hutchins, Cecilia Kaler, Gus Page, Haddon Shively, Henry Strenge, Lucas Wadley, and Abigail Wurth.

McNabb, Paducah Middle, and PT Students Receive Awards in Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Essay Contest
Students from McNabb, Paducah Middle School, and Paducah Tilghman were announced as award winners in the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Poster, Poetry, and Essay Contest at an awards presentation held at Paducah Middle School on January 15, 2017.

The event, which was hosted by the Paducah/McCracken County NAACP and sponsored by AT&T, encouraged students to creatively reflect on the life and work of Dr. King and its meaning for today’s youth. 963 entries were submitted by students from Paducah Public Schools and McCracken County Schools to the essay contest.

In the Kindergarten to 3rd grade poster contest, Alex White (McNabb Elementary) won first place and Jakyia Starr (McNabb Elementary) won second place.

In the 7th and 8th grade essay contest, Jlea Humphreys (Paducah Middle School) won first place.

In the 9-12 essay contest, Bryson Wells (Paducah Tilghman High School) won first place.
PM Students Win Conservation District Writing Contest
Paducah Middle student Paige Stokes won first place and Caroline Noneman won second place in the McCracken County Conservation District Jim Claypool Art and Writing Contest. This year's theme was "Backyard Adventures: Exploring The Trees In Your Hometown". Paige will continue in the competition with other students throughout the county and county award winners will be announced in March.
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