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A Statement from Dr. Shively

PPS parents and guardians, Dr. Shively wants to share the attached message with you with regard to his actions so far, and his plans going forward following the events of last week. (Message follows)

October 26, 2020 
When that old and terribly offensive photo surfaced last week, I issued a sincere and heartfelt apology for its racially insensitive content, first to the public and then face-to-face with several groups, but I know much more is needed to make amends and start a healing process for all in our community hurt by the photo
One of my first actions was to request a meeting with the leadership of the Paducah/McCracken County NAACP.  Thankfully, this meeting will happen soon.  In addition, I have started dialogue with students, district staff, and leaders in our African American community, which I plan to continue with citizens of our city at large.    

My goal is that this extensive process not only will help me to grow as a person and as a leader, but that it also will serve as a catalyst for improved understanding, sensitivity, and racial harmony in our community.? I believe that through this dialogue Paducah Public Schools will become a model school district for anti-racist practices and actions.??To be clear, this process will lead to an action plan for our school district developed through critical conversations with every stakeholder to ensure everyone’s voice is heard.?  

Thank you,  

Donald Shively, EdD
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PaxtonScholars Application Period Now Open

The application period for this year’s PaxtonScholars program is open until November 20.

Six talented, economically disadvantaged 11th grade African-American students from the Paducah Public and the McCracken County school systems will be selected for the program. These six students will comprise Class XI of the program. All students must be U.S. citizens.

“The PaxtonScholars Program seeks to address the various challenges that face African American high school students by incorporating enhancement of self-esteem, facilitation of parent/guardian advocacy, provision of peer and mentor interaction, maintenance and improvement of academic performance and preparation for college transition,” the release read. “Selected PaxtonScholars will have an opportunity to earn college funds by maintaining or earning higher GPAs during their junior and senior years of high school through their first two semesters of college.”

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PTHS vs. McCracken County Football Game Canceled

The Paducah Tilghman High School vs. McCracken County High School football game scheduled for Friday, October 30 has been canceled.  At least one Paducah Tilghman football student-athlete has tested positive for COVID-19. This has resulted in a quarantine of most of the members of the PTHS football team by the Purchase Area Health Department. 

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Romanak Named a College Board Rural and Small Town Scholar

Paducah Tilghman High School senior Mason Romanak has been named a Rural and Small Town Scholar by the College Board’s National Recognition Program.

The College Board National Recognition Programs create pathways to college for students from underrepresented communities by awarding them academic honors and connecting them with universities across the country.

Students are considered for the Rural and Small Town Recognition Program based on the location of their high school. Areas are considered rural and small town based on location data from the National Center for Education Statistics. 

To be considered students must: 
* Take the PSAT/NMSQT® in October of their junior year. 
* Achieve the minimum requested PSAT/NMSQT scores (qualifying level may vary by state each year).
* Earn a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher by the middle of their junior year. 
* Identify as African American, Hispanic or Latinx, Indigenous and/or attend school in a rural area or small town. 
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Paducah Tilghman High School Students Earn 40 Advanced Placement Awards

Students at Paducah Tilghman High School have earned a total of 40 AP Scholar Awards in recognition of their exceptional achievement on Advanced Placement Exams for the 2019-2020 school year.

The AP Program recognizes high school students who have demonstrated outstanding college-level achievement through AP courses and exams with the AP Scholar Awards. The College Board recognizes several levels of achievement based on students' performance on AP exams.

Ryan Chua, Kate Criner, and Paulo Garcia (PTHS '20) were named National AP Scholars by earning an average score of at least 4 on all AP exams taken, and scores of 4 or higher on at least eight of these exams.

Eight students qualified for the AP Scholar with Distinction Award by earning an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams. The AP Scholars with Distinction are seniors Sam Kirchhoff and Jenna Price. In addition, recent graduates Ryan Chua, Kate Criner, Paulo Garcia, Erin Kelly, Samuel Lambert, and Lillian Wisner earned the designation. 
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Superintendent Donald Shively apologizes for racially insensitive photo

On Tuesday, October 20, a photo from 2002 appeared on social media showing Donald Shively, then a teacher at Paducah Tilghman High School and now superintendent, in black face.
Superintendent Shively immediately issued a public apology through local news media, and the Paducah Board of Education issued a statement as well, noting the board had reviewed the situation in 2019 after Shively brought it to their attention.
Below are excerpts from each.
Superintendent Shively:
“I sincerely apologize for a choice I made several years ago. It was a terrible mistake, for which I take full responsibility and ask for your forgiveness. I make no excuses. What I did in 2002 was deeply hurtful to African-Americans and our entire district, and I deeply regret it.
“The photo is not representative of my opinions and beliefs, or of the decisions we have made as a school board and superintendent. I have spent my career here focused on helping every child develop a vision for their life, and I am still personally committed to being the best person I can be for others and learning from my mistakes.
“I am listening intently to members of our African American community with the goal of creating new partnerships and initiatives in the days ahead to strengthen our commitment ‘for each and every child.’
“Our goal is to use this as a teaching moment to further foster racial harmony in our community.” 
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Contact Information for the Paducah Board of Education

If you have a complaint, concern, or question with regard to a racially insensitive photo of Dr. Shively that was taken while he was a teacher at PTHS in 2002, please send an e-mail to [email protected] or call 270-558-6648. This will allow us to collect all complaints in a central location so they can be reviewed by the board of education.
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PTHS SBDM Meets November 19

The PTHS SBDM will meet Thursday, November 19 at 2:45 p.m. in the library.
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Tutoring Available for PTHS and PM Virtual Students at Satellite Locations Beginning October 19

Tutoring for Paducah Tilghman and Paducah Middle students will be offered at satellite locations around the district beginning Monday, October 19, 2020.

Tutoring is for PTHS and Paducah Middle virtual students only. Tutoring will be provided by PTHS and Paducah Middle teachers.

Here are the days, times and locations:
Day of the Week
Elmwood Court HRC Building  2304 Ohio Street
Paducah, KY
Computer Lab is upstairs
9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
9th St. Church of Christ
715 9th St.
Paducah, KY
9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Oscar Cross Boys and Girls Club
2956 Park Ave.
Paducah, KY
Call ahead at 270-408-1561 to check for availability.
9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Paducah Head Start Preschool
1350 S. 6th St.
Paducah, KY
9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Students should bring their own device, paper, and pencils. Masks are required. Breakfast and Lunch will be provided. No transportation will be provided.

Remember that PTHS and Paducah Middle School will be ALL-Virtual on designated Wednesdays beginning next week, October 21st. All-Virtual days will be October 21, October 28, November 11, November 18, December 2 and December 9.
Please click "Read More" to see the flyer.
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Courtesy Post: ACT Prep Offers November Workshop

ACT Prep will offer a workshop on November 7, 14, 21, and December 5. Click "Read More" to see that attached flyer for more information.

The 16-hour workshop is open to all students from all schools in the area. Students will not only review the subject matter, but will also learn ACT-specific test-taking strategies.  The instructors will teach the different types of questions the ACT uses, methods for handling difficult questions, and tips for dealing with tight time limits.  
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Tornado Takeout Meal Delivery Transitions to Weekly Schedule Beginning October 19

Tornado Takeout will transition to delivering meals once a week beginning Monday, October 19.

Next week, meals for Monday and Tuesday will be delivered on Monday, October 19. Meals for October 22-27 will be delivered on Thursday, October 22. After that, meals will be delivered once a week on Thursdays.

Delivery locations will remain the same. Please see the attached schedule for meal delivery for October 19 through December 21.

Tornado Takeout meals are available for all children ages 0 - 18. You do not have to be a student at Paducah Public Schools to receive meals.

Please click "Read More" to see the delivery schedule and a list of delivery locations.
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Care and Cure Night

"Care & Cure" Breast Cancer Awareness Event October 30

Breast Cancer Awareness Night will be Friday night, October 30th during halftime at the PTHS vs. McCracken County football game. This event is sponsored by the PTHS African American Leadership Club. If you are a breast cancer survivor and you would like to participate in this event, please contact Shonda Burrus at [email protected] 
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Bakehouse and Ybarzabal Named October Rotary Scholars of the Month

Paducah Tilghman seniors Grace Bakehouse and Zach Ybarzabal have been named PTHS Rotary Scholars of the month for October 2020. The Paducah Rotary Club selects scholars from area seniors who demonstrate strong leadership, academic excellence, and service to community.

Grace is captain of the PTHS cheer team and vice-president of Future Business Leaders of America.She is a member of Beta Club, National Honor Society, Student Council, and Interact. She has traveled on the El Salvador trip for two years with Interact.Grace has danced with Center Stage Dance Academy for 11 years. After graduation Grace plans to attend the University of Memphis to study Biomedical Engineering. Her parents are Mike and Amy Bakehouse.

Zach is president of the PTHS Pep Club and president of Future Business Leaders of America. He is a member of Interact, National Honor Society, Beta Club, and Student Council. He participated in Paducah Chamber Youth LEAD, the Mayor's Intern Program, and Paducah Pathfinders. He is an alumnus of the Governor's School for Entrepreneurs. Zach works at Bike World. He is a captain for the  Paducah/McCracken County Area High School Mountain Biking Team. After graduation Zach plans to attend a four year university and major in Environmental Studies. His parents are Steve and Susan Ybarzabal.

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Paducah Tilghman Seniors Price and Romanak Earn National Merit Commended Student Honors

PADUCAH, KY - Paducah Tilghman High School seniors Jenna Price and Mason Romanak have been named Commended Students in the 2021 National Merit Scholarship program.

Approximately 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although they will not continue in the 2021 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, Commended Students placed among the top 50,000 scorers of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2021 competition by taking the 2019 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).

Price, daughter of Julie and Kent Price, is an AP Scholar with Distinction and an alumna of Kentucky’s Governor’s School for the Arts in visual arts. Price won first place overall in Yeiser Art Center’s most recent “Teen Spirit” Exhibit and was the winner of the Paducah School of Art & Design’s scholarship award. She has been commissioned to create local and out of state designs for business and personal use and is currently illustrating a book for The Human Kindness Foundation in North Carolina. A three-year member of Tilghman’s marching, concert, and pep bands, she has chaired in trumpet in KMEA’s All-State Symphonic Band and Concert Band and was awarded first chair trumpet in All District Symphonic Band. She was also part of the Kentucky History Day video documentary team winning state runner up and an invitation to participate nationally in Washington, DC. Price is also a member of the National Honor Society and Sustainability Club.

Romanak, the son of Denise and Eric Romanak, is an AP Scholar with Honor and an alumnus of Kentucky’s Governor’s School for the Arts in instrumental music (double bass). He earned first chair, double bass, in the 2020 Kentucky All State Symphony Orchestra and has participated in the Murray State Symphony Orchestra, Nashville Summer Orchestral Institute, and University of Louisville Invitational Honor Band. Romanak is a member of Prime Rib, Tilghman’s male a cappella choir, and has participated in the school’s theater department productions. He is a member of the National Honor Society and the PTHS Environmental Sustainability Club. He has served as a tutor with Paducah Middle School orchestra’s string section. Romanak was accepted to both the Brevard Music Center (North Carolina) and the Sewanee Summer Music Festival (Tennessee) this past summer. He was recently named a Paducah Bank Teen of the Week.

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Aiden Caywood

Aiden Caywood is Paducah Bank Teen of the Week

by Kelly Farrell

Aiden Caywood is passionate about recycling and sustainability to benefit future generations, as evident in his efforts at Paducah Tilghman High School.

The 17-year-old senior is president of Paducah Tilghman’s sustainability club, which did a biweekly recycling program there for part of last school year and also some river cleanup activities with the Jackson Purchase Foundation.

“Recycling and, just like, interacting with the world in sustainable ways, has always been a big part of my family and just a big part of my personal life,” he said.

“I just was looking for ways that I could maybe bring that into my community and share that with other people, so I kind of had to start a club and I worked through that. I found a teacher sponsor and kind of designed a plan, which I pitched and I got approved by the administration.”

Caywood said he thinks the way we “treat the world” is going to determine the outcome of future generations and that it’s one of the biggest problems facing his generation.

“I think doing anything you can to reduce the amount of waste and trash that’s going into landfills or the ocean, (is) definitely benefiting millions and millions of people in the future and everybody that’s currently alive,” he said.

It’s been one of Caywood’s passions in high school and he hopes to take that into his career and beyond. He’s interested in biology and chemistry, and plans to study chemical engineering at the J.B. Speed School of Engineering at the University of Louisville.
“My grandfather was an engineer and I’ve gotten a lot of mentorship from him, so I’ve had a lot of conversations with him and, also, my work through the sustainability club has gotten me a lot more interested in emerging technology and science and engineering,” he said.

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All-Virtual Wednesdays Added to Fall Calendar for Paducah Middle and PTHS Students

Dear Parents and Guardians of Paducah Middle and Paducah Tilghman High School Students, 

Thank you for the flexibility and cooperation you have shown as we have attempted to provide the best education possible to your children amid the COVID-19 pandemic. As we have reviewed the progress of our students at the end of the first quarter, I need to call upon your cooperation again as we make an adjustment. 

Based on our review, we see the need to devote more resources to our virtual students  to achieve equitable progress for both our virtual and in-person students.  In order to do this, we intend to change the following school days to all-virtual days for Paducah Middle and PTHS: 

Wednesday, October 21 

Wednesday, October 28 

Wednesday, November 11 

Wednesday, November 18 

Wednesday, December 2 

Wednesday, December 9 

These Wednesdays will be virtual for ALL Paducah Middle and Paducah Tilghman High School students. This will enable teachers to focus exclusively on virtual lessons for all students.   

No students will be at Paducah Middle or Paducah Tilghman on these days. Students at Clark, McNabb, Morgan, Choices and Head Start will continue their current schedule. 

If you are the parent or guardian of an in-person student who does not have access to a computer at home, we will work with you to provide the resources that are needed. 

We are also making plans to send our teachers across the district to local churches and community gathering places to provide tutoring for our virtual students throughout the week. A schedule of times and locations for tutoring will be available by the end of this week. 

Thank you again for working with us to know each and every child by name and need. If you have questions, please contact us at [email protected] 



Dr. Donald Shively, Superintendent 

Paducah Public Schools 


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PTHS vs Murray 797

Correction on Countdown to 800 Victories for PTHS Football

Hey Tilghman fans, I made an error in the countdown to 800 victories for the Paducah Tilghman Football team. The victory over Calloway was win #795, the victory over Trigg County was win #796, and the victory over Murray was win #797. We'll be pursuing win #798 at Mayfield this Friday, October 9, at 7:00 PM. #GoBigBlue

 W. Walden

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Raven Butler Teen of the Week

Tilghman's Butler eyes chemistry future

by Kelly Farrell
The Paducah Sun
September 28, 2020
Used with permission.

Raven Butler finds chemistry to be the “best of both worlds,” as it features both science and math. It’s a field she’s dreaming about for her career one day.

“I think science is pretty cool, like, how the world works and everything, but math was always my big thing — not really science,” she said. “But chemistry, you have the science and you have applied math and that was just the best of both worlds for me.”

The 17-year-old Paducah Tilghman High School senior credits the “best teacher in the world,” Shelley McGregor, who taught her honors and AP chemistry, for sparking her interest in the subject. She’s planning to major in it for undergraduate study, and potentially double major with another subject.

“I think being a forensic chemist, like with the FBI, that’s like my ideal, dream job,” she said. “But I also am really interested in teaching, so I’m not sure how I’m going to make that decision yet.”

Butler, daughter of Lori and Danny Butler of Paducah, is the Paducah Bank Teen of the Week.

Each Monday and Tuesday, The Sun publishes profile stories on area high school seniors chosen from a group of nominees for Teen of the Week recognition. Around the end of the school year, a committee names one of these students as Teen of the Year, which carries a $5,000 scholarship. Another student will receive an Inspiration Award and a $1,000 scholarship.
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Mason Romanek

Mason Romanek is the Paducah Bank Teen of the Week

by Kelly Ferrell
The Paducah Sun
Used with permission.

Mason Romanak is fascinated by sociology, especially in light of the coronavirus pandemic that’s gripped and altered much of the world in 2020.

“I think it’s just the study of society and how it functions, combining all the social sciences together in a way — economics, psychology — just to figure out how we humans interact with each other the way that we do,” he said.

The 17-year-old Paducah Tilghman High School senior explained that observing how the pandemic changed things helped spark an interest in sociology. He started watching “all kinds of lectures” and listening to podcasts about the different changes the coronavirus is going to have.

“Like there’s always another layer to everything, as opposed to maybe one of the harder sciences, like biology or something, where at some point you’ve reached the end of what science can tell you,” he added.

At this point, Romanak is planning to study the subject in college.

“I’m really interested in the idea of excess, in the way that it can kind of change things,” he said.

“Obviously, you have like excess of food in the Agricultural Revolution and it changed everything and then industrial excess, but right now, we have informational excess with the internet and I think that is so fascinating.”

Romanak, son of Eric and Denise Romanak of Paducah, is the Paducah Bank Teen of the Week.
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Sam Kirchoff

Sam Kirchoff of Paducah Bank Teen of the Week

Sam Kirchhoff loves problem-solving and looks forward to seeing different patients with different issues every day as a physician.

“I’ve always just really liked to help others and I think that there’s a lot of different ways to help others, but that’s just always been the thing that piques my interest for science,” he said. “I’ve always been real science-y.”

The 17-year-old Paducah Tilghman High School senior plans to study medicine in the future, but he hasn’t nailed down what type just yet. He’s particularly interested in dermatology, radiology and anesthesiology.

“Those are my faves,” Kirchhoff said. “There’s so many more that I’m interested in, but it’s just like everyday, it’s something different. That’s the problem is, I can see myself like doing anything in that field, so it’s just so hard to pick one thing.”

Kirchhoff, son of Amy and Reese Kirchhoff of Paducah, is the Paducah Bank Teen of the Week.
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