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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.

Band Upcoming Events and Handbook

A copy of Mrs. Hammack's letter to band parents with upcoming events and the band handbook can be found here.

Cheerleading Squad Earns "Most Improved" At Camp

The Paducah Middle cheerleading squad earned "most improved" and two cheerleaders were selected to the All-Star squad at the United Cheerleading Association (UCA) cheerleading camp held at West Kentucky Community and Technical College.

In addition to earning "most improved", the team won a Superior for their Home Dance, an Excellent for one of their cheers, a Superior for their Extreme Dance, and a spirit stick, which is awarded to the squad that works together and shows team spirit.

Cheerleaders Madelyn Chambers and Peggy Harben were selected to the All-Star cheerleading squad for the camp.

Members of the 2010-11 cheerleading squad are: Faith Hensel, Allison Rowe, Nyla Blue, Tyanne Donald, Abbye Johansen, Tyia Davis, Mykia McHaney, Peggy Harben, Anitra Hill, Areanna Orr, Whitney Burgess, Peyton Morgan, Kirsten Collins, Maggie Malone, Mia Faulkner, Natasha Kendrick, Madelyn Chambers, Rachel Benzig, and Anne Lasher.


You can see pictures from the cheerleading camp here.

New Paducah Middle School to Be Built At Current Site

The Paducah Board of Education has decided by unanimous vote to build a new middle school at the current Paducah Middle School site on Lone Oak Road. Projected opening date for the new school would be fall of 2013.

Feedback from the community favored the current site because it is more centrally located in the district, and is more accessible to students who walk to school. The current site’s proximity to Paducah Tilghman also makes it easier for more students to participate in extra-curricular activities that take place at the high school.

State law requires that the site for the new school be expanded to seventeen acres. This will require the purchase of 31 homes east of the school bordered by Clark, 31st, and Adams streets. The board will work with homeowners to negotiate purchase of the homes. Once purchased, homeowners will be given a year to move.


New Middle School Plans

A message from Paducah Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Randy Greene:

Five years ago planning got underway to lay the foundation for generating state money for the construction of a new Paducah Middle School.  It has been our earnest hope and dream to be able to address improvements in all our facilities and paramount among those aspirations has been the vision of a brand new middle school for the boys and girls of this great community.
Kentucky Department of Education Facility Planning has never wavered from the recommendations they made at the very beginning.  We have been told over and over that we, as a district, must show that we are efficient and that we have done everything possible at the local level to generate local taxes to support this endeavor.  Additionally, we were advised that we should close any building with an enrollment of less than 300 students.
Tornado and Lady Tornado Track Teams Finish Twelfth At State Meet

The Tornado and Lady Tornado track teams finished 12th at the KTCCCA Middle School State Championship held at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School in Lexington, Kentucky on May 22.

The Lady Tornado, making their first appearance at the state championship, finished 12th out of 61 teams with 22 points. Aleja Grant was third in the 1600 meter run and the Triple Jump.  Keyon Allen-Woods was third in the Long Jump. The girls 4X100 relay team was fifth. 

The Tornado finished 12th out of 51 teams with 24 points.  Jailon Chisum was state champion in the discus.  Cason Walden finished fifth in the pole vault and sixth in the long jump. The 4X100 relay team finished seventh. The 4X200 team finished seventh. The 4X400 team finished sixth.

Jailon Chisum and Aleja Grant were selected to the All-KYtrackXC.com Middle School Team in recognition of their efforts.

You can see pictures from the state track meet here, courtesy of Mark Thompson.


Paducah Middle Choir Visits Morgan

The Paducah Middle choir recently performed at Morgan and McNabb elementary schools to introduce students to the choir.  Pictures from the performance at Morgan can be seen here.


Lady Tornado Wins District Soccer Tournament Championship

"We are the champions!!" the Lady Tornado players shouted as co-captian Sabel Overlin held the championship plaque for each of her teammates to kiss.

 It took a great team effort to defeat a fine Lone Oak squad. The only goal of the game was scored in the 17th minute of the first half. The Lady Tornado kept the ball in the attacking third of the field until Molly Craig Thompson drew the Flash keeper away from the goal and then making a sweet left-footed pass to a quickly closing Overlin who calmly placed the ball into the net.



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