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CHOICES Education Center

Welcome To Choices

Choices Educational Center provides individualized education for K-12 students who are not thriving or experiencing success in a traditional setting. Choices provides alternative programs to meet the needs of each student based on innovative paths, digital learning and other alternative means. The goal is to provide rich and challenging learning environments that promote high levels of student engagement, achievement and success.

Choices Educational Center is dedicated to academic excellence, curricular innovation, parental support and community involvement. Students learn how to learn and be productive, as well as how to get along with peers and adults.

Choices News

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Changes to Masking Requirements

Parents and students:

We received an update from the state to the guidance on mask requirements last evening. The requirements are included in Team Kentucky's #HealthyAtSchool "Guidance on Safety Expectations and Best Practices for Kentucky Schools". Click here to download the latest guidance.

The new guidance requires that all students and staff wear a mask at all times while in the school building or on the bus. Students and staff can only lower their masks while actively eating and drinking. We ask for your assistance and support as we comply with this state requirement and enforce it.

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Calendar for In-Person Hybrid Days August 24 - September 4

Our in-person student group has been split into the Blue Group and Tornado Group.  These groups are determined by households primarily so that students with siblings in the same household will be in the same group attending on the same day.  We will only change an in-person group assignment after careful consideration of impact on the household and the classroom. 

In the event a student must be isolated at home, they will be updated to the Always Virtual At-Home Group until cleared to return.  The student will then be returned to their previous in-person group assignment. 

Here is the calendar for August 24 to September 4: 

Monday, August 24 

NTI Day 

   All Students are Virtual at Home 

Tuesday, August 25 

NTI Day 

   All Students are Virtual at Home 

Wednesday, August 26 

NTI Day 

   All Students are Virtual at Home 

Thursday, August 27 

Blue Day 

Blue Group will be at school – all other groups virtual at home 

Friday, August 28 

Tornado Day 

Tornado Group will be at school – all other groups virtual at home 

Monday, August 31 

Blue Day 

Blue Group will be at school – all other groups virtual at home 

Tuesday, September 1 

Tornado Day 

Tornado Group will be at school – all other groups virtual at home 

Wednesday, September 2 

Blue Day 

Blue Group will be at school – all other groups virtual at home 

Thursday, September 3 

Tornado Day 

Tornado Group will be at school – all other groups virtual at home 

Friday, September 4 

Blue Tornado Day 

Both in-person groups will be in attendance at school 


To confirm whether a school day is virtual or in person for your child, log in to the Infinite Campus parent portal. For your child, go to Calendar>Schedule, then click on the day. If your child is scheduled to be virtual that day, the word “virtual” will be to the right of the day. Please see the example below. 

 You can also see your child’s schedule in the IC parent portal.  

Parents, if you don’t have Infinite Campus parent portal access, please email us at: [email protected] 

 To view or download this information as a document, click "Read More"
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Paducah Public Schools opening with 'hybrid' plan

by Derek Operle
The Paducah Sun
August 19, 2020
Used with permission.

Paducah Public Schools’ start to the semester will follow a hybrid format — mixing online and phased in-person instruction — Superintendent Donald Shively announced at the board’s Monday meeting.

Shively and the board arrived at their decision by looking at locally relevant COVID-19 statistics and having extensive talks with area and state health officials. Underlying all of the planning, the board is just trying to “do what’s best for the children” and make sure that his schools aren’t accelerators for the community.

“Our local data is much better than the state’s,” he told the Sun Tuesday. “There’s some really good trends in the state right now that support that the disease is on the way down so balancing that versus the cognitive, emotional, social, nutritional and physical needs that are met at school, that led me to make this decision.”

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Housing Authority Providing Students Free Internet Access

by Derek Operle
The Paducah Sun
August 16, 2020
Used with permission.

The Housing Authority of Paducah is taking strides to address the digital divide locally, outfitting all seven of its properties across the city with Wi-Fi that will be freely accessible for students as the COVID-19 pandemic threatens the safety of in-person education.

Tommy Hollimon, HAP executive director, announced the effort via social media Aug. 7. The project will see the installation of 50 total Wireless Access Points in the Elmwood Court, Pierce Lackey, Ella Munal, Blackburn, Dolly McNutt, Anderson Court and H.C. Mathis properties.

“With the coronavirus pandemic, we knew that we had a lot of residents that would have their kids doing virtual learning and they’re going to need access to the internet,” Hollimon said. “We just want to make sure that the kids who are in school, who have school-issued devices, have free access.”


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School Reopening Plan Video and Slideshow

If you would like to watch the video of last night's meeting of the board of education and Dr. Shively's presentation about our school reopening plan, you can see it here. Dr. Shively's slides from his presentation are attached for reference to view a pdf of the slide show, click "Read More".
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A Message from Dr. Shively About School Reopening

To our Paducah Public Schools students, staff, family and friends:

Since receiving Governor Beshear’s recommendation that the start of school be delayed until September 28, I have been in constant conversation with local health officials, district leadership, and our board of education about the best path forward. We have requested and received local and regional data to analyze the local impact as opposed to the state-wide impact of the COVID-19 virus. 

We are exploring every option at this point regarding how and when to start school. While we may be able to make an announcement sooner, we will announce the specifics of our plan no later than the next meeting of the Paducah Board of Education on Monday, August 17.

Our staff have been planning to implement both at-home and at-school learning, as we originally planned, so I am confident that they will be prepared for either option.

Regardless of how we deliver instruction to our students, let’s continue to work together for what is best for each and every child.

Donald I. Shively, EdD
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PPS Instructional Delivery Selection Survey for Kindergarten and New Students

PPS Parents, if your child is a returning student, you should receive a survey via KINVO asking you to choose either At-Home or In-Person instruction for you children. Please complete the survey once for each household.
 
If you are the parent of a kindergarten or new student, please follow this link to complete the the survey.
 
Here is an introduction to the survey:
 
Paducah Public Schools will be implementing Team Kentucky’s safety expectations:
• Social distancing of 6 feet in classrooms whenever possible
• Wearing of masks when social distancing of 6 feet is not possible and during all transitions
• Temperature checks for all students and staff upon bus/property entry
• Regular sanitation and disinfection of school facilities
• Contact tracing
For each individual student in your home, please choose either:
1. At-home virtual instruction delivered by PPS teachers
2. In-person classes at school
If you need more information, additional guidance can be found here.
If you have additional questions, please send them to: [email protected]
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Paducah Public Schools Reopening Plan Presentation to Paducah Board of Education

This is a Youtube link to Part 1 of the presentation made by Dr. Shively to the Paducah Board of Education about plans to reopen Paducah Public Schools for fall 2020.

In Part 1, Dr. Shively talks about the planning process and provides and overview of revisions to the school calendar for 2020-21.
Stay tuned for links to the remainder of the presenation. 
 
Here is a Youtube link to  part 2 of the presentation made by Dr. Shively to the Paducah Board of Education about plans to reopen Paducah Public Schools for fall 2020.

In Part 2, Dr. Shively talks about the 2020-21 school calendar, safety procedures that will be in place, and the instructional plan that will be used.
 
Here is a Youtube link to part  3 of the presentation made by Dr. Shively to the Paducah Board of Education about plans to reopen Paducah Public Schools for fall 2020.

In Part 3 , Dr. Shively talks about the Hybrid Instructional Plan and the Health/Logistical Plan. 
 
Here is a Youtube link to the fourth and final part of the presentation made by Dr. Shively to the Paducah Board of Education about plans to reopen Paducah Public Schools for fall 2020.

In Part 4 , Dr. Shively talks about the Health/Logistical Plan, Important Dates, and where to ask questions. 
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PTHS Yearbooks have arrived

Yearbooks are in!  All students may pick them up Mon, July 20th & Tue, July 21st from 9am to 12pm in the bus circle.  Students may also pay for one during this time.  Price is $55.  Seniors may also pick up diploma covers during this time as well.
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Kiosk Times are Available at School Buildings for Online Registration.

If you do not have a computer to access online registration, you can call any school in the district to make an appointment to complete registration on site. Only one parent/guardian per household may come to register. Please wear a mask. If you want to download the flyer, please select "Read More".
 
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Online Registration Instructions for 20-21 School Year

Online Registration for returning students (rising students in grades 1 - 12)  is now open. To see instructions for online registration click "Read More".
You can find forms and information about online registration here.

If you have questions, please send us an e-mail  or call us at 270-444-5600 ext. 1014.

Registration for new students and kindergarten students will open Monday, July 20.  
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Online Registration for 20-21 School Year Begins July 6

In an effort to limit in-person contact, Paducah Public Schools will move to online registration for the 2020-21 school year. Online registration will begin Monday, July 6.
 
If you already have an Infinite Campus Parent Portal account, you are ready for online registration.  If you don't have a Parent Portal account, you will need to set one up to register online.  Please send an e-mail to [email protected] to request your activation key. For security purposes, you will need to provide:
> Your (parent or guardian) name and date of birth
> The name, date of birth, and school attending for each child you plan to register 
 
Please note that we will not be providing in-person registration events due to COVID-19 precautions. Now is the time to get your Parent Portal account set up and ready to complete registration for your students. If you need assistance or have questions, please send an e-mail or call the office of the Director of Pupil Personnel at 270-444-5600. 
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Tornado Takeout Schedule Changes Begin June 22

Tornado Takeout will make some small changes to their delivery times beginning Monday, June 22. Please click "Read More" to see the modified schedule. More +

Open Enrollment Application

To see the open enrollment application, click "Read More". More +
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Snardon Named Assistant Principal at Paducah Innovation Hub

Corbin Snardon has been named assistant principal of the Paducah Innovation Hub.

Snardon is currently interim assistant principal at Paducah Middle School. He began teaching at Paducah Middle in 2011 after receiving his Bachelor of Science in Social Studies from Western Kentucky University. While at Paducah Middle he taught sixth grade geography and eighth grade history.  He served on the School Based Decision Making Council for five years and was facilitator for the School Lighthouse Leadership Team for two years. He was a finalist for the Ashland Inc. Kentucky Teacher of the Year in 2015.
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Updates and Information for School Closure March 16 - March 27

  • It is essential that we have up-to-date contact information for parents during the school closure. Click "Read More" for instructions on how to update your information and get assistance. Click here to go to the Campus Parent Portal.
  • Tornado Takeout meal delivery and pickup will be limited to Monday and Thursday beginning Monday, April 13. This is being done in an effort to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19 for our employees. Click "Read More" to see the flyer for meal sites.
    Monday meal pickup/delivery will include meals for Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.
    Thursday meal pickup/delivery will include meals for Thursday and Friday.
  • Paper packet pickup/delivery for Non-Traditional Instruction will continue on alternating Fridays.  Contact your school for specific dates and times. Click "Read More" to see the bus schedules for packet drop off and pickup.
  • If you are a student or parent who needs help accessing Microsoft Teams at home, you can find instructions here. Look for "Microsoft Teams How To" at the bottom of the page.
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From the Superintendent: An Update on Our Preparations to Combat the Spread of Coronavirus/COVID-19

Paducah Public Schools is working closely with our local and state government, health department, and other community agencies to monitor COVID-19/Coronavirus and ensure a coordinated and comprehensive public health response if warranted.

Our district is prepared to take all steps necessary to keep our students, staff and families safe, while recognizing the importance of letting facts, rather than fear, determine our actions.

We will continue to keep you informed about our response to COVID-19. You may notice an increased emphasis on hygiene and handwashing in our schools and our communications with family. Our district will also increase the frequency of cleaning high traffic areas and equipment. Please know these are preventative measures and not an indication that something is wrong. Should there be any cases of COVID-19 in our community or schools, we will communicate directly with families, students, staff and the general public.

At this time, health officials encourage everyone to stay informed and to follow the best practice guidelines for staying healthy:
•Wash hands frequently with soap and water, for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. If soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based hand sanitizers.
•Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
•Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
•Stay home when you are sick.
•Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe 

If you are looking for ways to help, please talk with your children at home about the importance of handwashing and practice proper handwashing techniques. Donations of tissues and hand sanitizer are always welcome in our schools.  

For more detailed information about COVID-19:
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention https://www.cdc.gov/ 
Kentucky Department for Public Health: https://chfs.ky.gov/agencies/dph/Pages/covid19.aspx 

We are extremely fortunate to have nurses in our schools and access to nurse practitioners from Baptist Health.  Thank you to our families for entrusting your students with us and to our valuable employees for providing a safe, healthy environment for teaching and learning. We pledge to keep you up-to-date on this rapidly changing situation and how it might impact our students and staff.    
 
Sincerely,
 
Dr. Donald Shively
Superintendent
Paducah Public Schools
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Flu Vaccines Available at Baptist Health Clinics

Baptist Health Clinics have a new shipment of  flu vaccine available.  If interested, please contact your school nurse for Paperwork/Consent.  You can also click "More" to see or download the form and for more information. 
Baptist can provide the vaccine whether you have private insurance, Medicaid (except Passport) or are uninsured.
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Flu Vaccines Offered at Baptist Health Clinics Beginning October 1

Baptist Health will be offering Flu Vaccines beginning October 1 in your child's school clinic.  If interested, please contact your school nurse for Paperwork/Consent.  You can also click "More" to see or download the form and for more information. 
 
Baptist can service private insurance, Medicaid (except Passport) and uninsured.
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2019-20 Calendar

Paducah Public School Calendar for 2019-20

Click "Read More" to view or download a copy of the 2019-20 school calendar. More +
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Reminder: Campus Portal will be removed on 06.30.19 and replaced with Campus Student and Campus Parent

What does this mean for Campus Portal (web)?
Campus Portal will be replaced with Campus Student and Campus Parent. The URL to your Portal login page will not change; the login page will feature two buttons linking to Campus Student and Campus Parent. There is no action required, but you will see a different interface when you log in. Tool layouts will change but the functionality will remain the same.
 
What does this mean for the Campus App?
Campus Student and Campus Parent will replace our old app, Campus Mobile Portal. Campus Mobile Portal will be removed from the app store June 30, 2019. All app users will need to download Campus Student or Campus Parent. 
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Paducah Independent School District’s Music Education Program Receives National Recognition

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.
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Welcome to Kinvolved

Kinvolved is the original education technology solution to absenteeism. We're pleased to partner with Kinvolved as educators and families work together prevent chronic absence and student disengagement!  Kinvo messages may cover many messages, including attendance, homework, and school events.  To see a Parent FAQ on Kinvolved, click "More".
 
Paducah Public Schools will begin sending messages through Kinvolved soon. To opt out, reply ‘STOP’ to an SMS message or press #1 on your phone’s keypad. For questions, please reach out to Mr. Troy Brock at (270) 444-5600 or [email protected]

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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 +
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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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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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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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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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PTHS Guidance Newsletter December 2015

Click "Read More" to download a copy of the December 2015 Guidance Newsletter. 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 +

Graduation Bill Raises High School Required Attendance Age to 18

Change takes effect with 2015-16 school year.

As of January 14, 2015, all school districts in the commonwealth of Kentucky have raised the compulsory attendance age to 18. The new compulsory attendance policy will take effect for Paducah Public Schools beginning with the 2015-16 school year, which begins August 11, 2015.

Kentucky law requires students who dropped out prior to the 2015-16 school year yet are under the age of eighteen to attend school until their 18th birthday. If you are a student (or the parent of a student) who is age 16-17 and you have dropped out, by law you will be required to return to school until you reach age eighteen.

If you are under the age of 18 and have questions or need assistance with returning to school, please contact Director of Pupil Personnel Troy Brock at 270.444.5600 or Paducah Tilghman registrar Minerva Neihoff at 270.444.5650.
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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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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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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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Tilghman Bell August 2014 Available

Tilghman Bell August 2014 Available

You can see a pdf of the August 2014 edition of the Tilghman Bell here. 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 +
Twenty Retirees Honored at Year End Dinner

Twenty Retirees Honored at Year End Dinner

Twenty retirees with a combined 404 years of service were honored at the annual Paducah Public Schools Staff Appreciation Dinner at Paducah Tilghman on May 12. Retirees included: More +
Photo of the Day: Growing Up With Segregation

Photo of the Day: Growing Up With Segregation

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Paducah Public Schools 2014-15 School Calendar

Paducah Public Schools 2014-15 School Calendar

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Acree and Proctor Receive Mid-Year Diplomas

Acree and Proctor Receive Mid-Year Diplomas

Congratulations to Chantz James Acree and Aribeaya Nara Proctor, who received their high school diplomas at the October meeting of the Paducah Board of Education. More +
Albanese Receives Diploma At November Board Meeting

Albanese Receives Diploma At November Board Meeting

Mid year graduate John Thomas Albanese received his diploma at the November 21 meeting of the Board of Education. Albanese finished the credits needed for graduation at Choices Educational Center. He plans to enlist in the US Navy. More +
Two Receive Mid Year Diplomas At April Board Meeting

Two Receive Mid Year Diplomas At April Board Meeting

Congratulations to Trevante Davis and Brittany Hall, who were presented their PTHS diplomas by Choices Principal Martha Lipscomb and PTHS Principal Art Davis. These students completed the necessary requirements for graduation through Choices Educational Center. More +
Five Receive Mid-Year Diplomas

Five Receive Mid-Year Diplomas

Congratulations to T'jhavion Beasley, Ashley Cameron, Atayia Menefee, Keonia Purefide, and Frank Vishon, who were presented their PTHS diplomas by Choices Principal Martha Lipscomb and Superintendent Dr. Randy Greene. These students completed the necessary requirements for graduation through Choices Educational Center. More +
Choices Staff Attend Behavior Institute

Choices Staff Attend Behavior Institute

Choices Educational Center staff attended a Behavior Institute conference in Lexington, Kentucky, as a part of their professional development. More +
Foulks, Proctor, McClain, Wilson, and Woods Receive Mid-Year Diplomas

Foulks, Proctor, McClain, Wilson, and Woods Receive Mid-Year Diplomas

Congratulations to Shante Foulks, Pauline Proctor, Andre McClain, Kalmece Wilson, and Annie Woods, who were presented their PTHS diplomas by Choices Principal Martha Lipscomb and PTHS Dean Allison Stieg. More +
Mid Year Grads Receive Diplomas

Mid Year Grads Receive Diplomas

Congratulations to McKera Roshawn Bady and Daniella Piccola Morrow, who were presented their PTHS diplomas by Teresa Spann and Allison Stieg. More +
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