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A Tradition of Excellence

Welcome to Paducah Public Schools where we take pride in our “Tradition of Excellence.” We hope that you find our website helpful and informative. We are working hard to assure that our community members have the information they need about our schools in an easy-to-find format. We also want those of you who are seeking a new school home to have the information you need about our schools so that you can make the best educational choices for your children.  We have a vision for this school district that focuses on meeting the diverse needs and interests of the students we serve.


Wilson Selected As Rotary Scholar for November

Paducah Tilghman senior Cara Wilson has been selected to be a Rotary Scholar for the month of November.  The Rotary Club selects scholars from area seniors who demonstrate strong leadership, strong academics, and strong community service.

Rotary scholars will have the opportunity to attend weekly Rotary meetings for the month.  At the meetings, they will meet members and hear discussions of community-related topics.

Wilson has been recognized as an Advanced Placement Scholar with honors.  As a junior she was awarded the Brown Book Award, the Outstanding Junior Science Award, and the American History Award.  She played Tzeitel in the Choral Department's production of Fiddler on the Roof.

Wilson is currently president of the French club.  She is vice-president of the National Honor Society and the Equestrian Club.  She is a member of Concordia, Chamber Choir, Poetry Club and Recycling Club. 

Wilson plans to attend Union University and study medicine.  Her parents are Dr. Ronald and Cinda Wilson.



Red Ribbon Week at PTHS
PTHS celebrated Red Ribbon Week October 26-30. Students learned to make healthy choices, to be a positive role model for their friends, and to support the mission of Red Ribbon Week, "No Use of Illegal Drugs, No Illegal Use of Legal drugs, and No Bullying." This year's theme is "Dream, Believe, Achieve, and Succeed." Check out photos of the event here. Red Ribbon Week was sponsored by Tornado Alley Youth Service Center.
Academic Teams Continue Winning Tradition In Season Openers

The Paducah Middle and PTHS junior varsity and varsity academic teams rolled in their season openers, taking a combined total of ten out of twelve matches.

The middle school academic team began their season with a dual match versus Lone Oak.  The sixth grade academic team won both of their matches and the seventh and eighth grade team won three out of four matches.

In district competition against Heath, Lone Oak, and Reidland, the varsity team won all three matches, and the junior varsity took two out of three.

Horse Play

Equestrian Club and Special Programs students unite for Four Rivers Sport Horse Center visit

The Paducah Tilghman Equestrian hosted a unique field trip on October 20 as they accompanied students from Sarah Austin and Bonnie Moss’s special programs class to Four Rivers Sport Horse Center.

One of the goals of the equestrian club, which is in its fifth year, was to introduce horses to students that might not be familiar with them.  Club member Carson Love had given lessons to special needs students recently, and suggested hosting special programs students. 

At the center students were given the opportunity to see the horses up close, help groom them, and have lunch with the Equestrian Club.

Mrs. Austin was pleased with how her students reacted to the horses. 

“I’ve been surprised,” she said.  “They’ve been very receptive.”

Jill Love, owner of Four Rivers Sport Horse Center, appreciated the opportunity to host both groups. 

“We’d like to do it again,” she said.  “It’s been a nice experience."

 Love said she hoped that visits to the farm by special programs students would be ongoing, and would eventually lead to some students being able to ride.


Mobile Computer Lab Enhances Access
"Computers On Wheels" Brings Technology To Classroom

With goal of bringing computers to students (instead of bringing students to computers) PTHS has acquired two new laptop carts (30 total computers) with a wireless access point and chargers.

"Teachers can reserve the carts to use with students in the classroom so we don't always have to pick up and go to a computer lab," said science teacher Stacey Overlin.

Overlin used the computers in his Honors Biology class to put portfolio writing pieces on the topic of Eukaryotic cells onto the classroom "wiki". The drafts are posted on the wiki where students can access and update their work from any internet connection.  The wiki makes it easy to make online changes and do peer-editing and collaboration. 


Energizing Young Readers

By Adam Shull

The Paducah Sun

Reprinted with permission.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Johnathan Rand knows the power of a booming scary laugh from three grades worth of elementary school children.

The tall, pony-tailed author captivated second through fifth grade students Thursday at Clark Elementary School.

“Hands up, wiggle your fingers and thumbs, arms up and out, eyebrows wiggling,” Rand said to the crowd of kids following every move. “Now, muah ha ha,” they all bellowed at ear-splitting volume.

Students couldn’t wait to rattle the windows with their laugh, an enthusiasm Rand hopes transfers to reading and writing.

“My message as an author is I want kids to know it’s cool to write, and to read,” Rand said following his presentation. “It’s something that is powerful.”

Rand wrote the popular kids book series “American Chillers” that features embellished scary tales from different U.S. states.


Recycling Club Learns Strategies for "Greening Up" Tilghman Campus

Members of the PT Recycling Club gathered with 75 other area high schools students at Madison Hall on October 20 for "Green Revolution", a leadership conference hosted by Living Lands and Waters

The purpose of the conference was to inform students about energy conservation and waste reduction, and to look at ways to put these concepts into practice in their campus communities. 

Recycling Club member Sally Thompson said the conference had helped club members think about practical ways they could help their campus be more energy efficient.  "We've heard lots of good ideas," Thompson said.  "We plan to get in touch with Murray State's Environmental Student Society to see if we can get some more things started like composting food waste and using solar energy.  We want to find new ways to minimize energy use at Tilghman."


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