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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
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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
Superintendent 
 
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
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. 
 
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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