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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, drama, and music.


Boys and Girls Track Finish Second at Big Kahuna

Congratulations to the boys’ and girls’ track teams for their second place finishes in the Big Kahuna track meet in Dyersburg, Tennessee this past weekend.  Individual awards for the girls are as follows: Valesha Watson - 1st place  100 meter dash, 200 meter dash, 4 by 100 meter relay, 4 by 200 meter relay,  and 4 by 400 meter relay. Tanaisha Jordan - 3rd place  100 meter dash and 1st place  4 by 100 meter relay, 4 by 200 meter relay, and 4 by 400 meter relay. LeChina Starks - 1st place long jump. Lauren Gary - 3rd place high jump and first place 4 by 100 meter relay, 4 by 200 meter relay and 4 by 400 meter relay. Brantarius Milliken - 2nd place 200 meter dash and 1st place 4 by 100 meter relay, 4 by 200 meter relay and 4 by 400 meter relay. Ja lynn Shawn Moor - 2nd place shot put and discus .

 
Paducah Middle Students Reach Semi-Finals at State Speech Tournament

Four Paducah Middle School eighth graders reached the semi-final round of the state speech tournament held on the campus of the University of Kentucky on March 28-29, 2014.  Semi-finalists were Ella Bailey in solo acting, Ella Bailey/Jamie Black in improvisational duo, Marco Garcia in impromptu speaking, and Alexandra Wisner in prose.

Several students also finished in the top three during a preliminary round: Ella Bailey/Alexandra Wisner, first place in duet acting; Jamie Black, second place in poetry; Kate Criner/Erin Kelly, third place in duet acting; and Emily Krall, third place in storytelling.

 
Photo of the Day: Operation Preparation

Volunteer Missy Brown, owner of Simply B's Boutique, discusses 8th-grader Ke Onna Buckingham's Individual Learning Plan (ILP) and EXPLORE test scores with her as a part of Operation Preparation. Ke Onna's area of interest is fashion.

The Kentucky Department of Education has set aside this week for Operation Preparation- a community-based advising initiative.  As part of Operation Preparation, Paducah Middle School staff and fifty community volunteers conducted student career counseling sessions.  Using the student’s Individual Learning Plan and EXPLORE test scores, they talked with the students about their career aspirations.  

"With the increased emphasis at the state level on helping students be career and college ready, we want our students to begin thinking now about their long term goals," PMS assistant principal Nora Cox said. "Our volunteers, with their work experience, will give students a realistic view of their long range career options."

You can see a gallery of photos from Operation Preparation here.

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Paducah Middle Band and Orchestra Earn Distinguished Rankings

Paducah Middle School's combined 7th/8th grade band and the 6th, 7th & 8th grade string orchestra performed at Murray State University for the annual Large Ensemble Assessment (Concert Band Festival) on March 18. Both groups earned a Distinguished "1" rating.

"They represented our district in a fantastic way, earning the highest rating possible at the festival," said Band Director Lindsey Williams. 

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Paducah Middle School Cheerleading Tryouts March 17-20

Cheerleading tryouts will be March 17-20 at the Paducah Middle School gym.  The tryouts are open to rising 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. You must be currently enrolled in Paducah Public Schools to attend tryouts.

There will be a cheerleading workshop for all participants March 17-19 from 3:45-5:15 p.m. To try out, students must attend at least two of the three workshops. Tryouts will be Thursday, March 20, beginning at 3:30 p.m.

Students must have a current sports physical by March 17. Please bring this form to the first workshop.

Tumbling is not required.

In order to try out students must wear solid royal blue shorts and a solid white shirt on try-out day (March 20). Please come to workshops in appropriate clothing for cheerleading (no jeans, flip flops, or dresses).

For more information, please contact cheerleading sponsor This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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Photo of the Day: Welcome Back!

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Link: 2014 Paducah Middle Soccer Schedule
You can see the 2014 Paducah Middle Boys and Girls Soccer schedule here.
 
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