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
Total Solar Eclipse Update: Early Dismissal on August 21, Educational Enhancement Opportunity Form Available for Download
Paducah Public Schools will have an early dismissal on Monday, August 21, the day of the Total Solar Eclipse. PTHS, Paducah Middle School and Choices will dismiss at 1:45 p.m. Clark Elementary, McNabb Elementary, and Morgan Elementary will dismiss at 2:20 p.m.

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

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

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

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

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

 
Total Solar Eclipse Update

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

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

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

Here are the safety rules we will be using while we view the eclipse. A complete flyer with instructions for safely viewing the eclipse can be downloaded here.
 
Allene Houston Jones Named Principal at Paducah Middle School
Allene Houston Jones has been selected by the Paducah Middle SBDM to be principal at Paducah Middle School.

“We’re excited that Mrs. Houston Jones will be the new principal at Paducah Middle,” said Superintendent Donald Shively. “She has a passionate vision to know each child by name and need. We’re confident that she has the skills and experience needed to continue building on the positive trajectories that have been established at Paducah Middle School.”

Houston Jones has over 20 years of experience in education and has been assistant principal for three years at Paducah Middle School. She was principal at Cairo Elementary for ten years before coming to Paducah Middle.
 
Paducah Middle School Supply List 17-18
Click here to see the Paducah Middle school supply list for 2017-18.

 
King Named Oscar Cross Boys and Girls Club Junior Youth of the Year
Paducah Middle 7th grader Gabriella King has been named the Junior Youth of the Year for the Oscar Cross Girls and Boys Club of Paducah.

Youth of the Year is the Boys & Girls Clubs of America premier recognition program. Junior Youth of the Year seeks to develop junior leaders ages 10-13 within the Club environment. The program fosters Club members’ emerging leadership abilities while preparing them for later participation in the Youth of the Year program. In addition to recognizing the leadership achievements of Club youth, Junior Youth of the Year also cultivates their leadership potential, providing the foundation they need for advanced leadership development, academic excellence and postsecondary success. Through this program, Club youth become motivated to seek opportunities for leadership and to act as responsible citizens and change agents.
 
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