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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.

Washington Sings Anthem At Bills Game

Paducah Middle School seventh grader Kendall Washington sang the National Anthem at the Buffalo Bills vs. Chicago Bears pre-season game held August 15.

Washington and a group of family and friends travelled to Buffalo for the game.  Tilghman alumni and Buffalo Bills player George Wilson had arranged an audition for Washington.

"Everything about the trip was great, Washington said. "They treated us very well." 

Washington said that singing the anthem was an incredible experience.  "At first during the practice rehearsal it was just like 'Wow!'", he said, "but the best moment was when I was finished."


Lady Tornado Gathers Tough Win Over Livingston

Lady Tornado continued their winning ways with a hard fought victory over the Livingston County Cardinals Monday night; 3-2. 

Shaelynn Tyler picked up the win, pitching five strong innings and striking out 2. Shaelynn was also 3-3 with a double, Layne Morgan was 1-2 with a 2 RBI triple in the top of the 5th to put the Tornado up for good.  Karlee Humphrey was 3-3, Shelby Lowry and Erin Burba also added hits for the Tornado offense. 

The Cardinals threatened in their last at bat, with the tying run on third, when Alex Kohler, made a game saving play at first base to secure the Tornado victory. 

The Lady Tornado play at Reidland tonight 6.00 p.m.  Ladies need to be at Reidland by 5.20.  There will be no bus. 

Our first softball game will be this Thursday at Noble Park at  5:00 p.m. vs. Murray.  Wear blue and come support the ladies as they continue their winning ways. 

Tornado Baseball Defeats Ballard

Tornado Baseball blasted into a new season this past Saturday with an impressive victory over Ballard County.

Hunter Harmon started the season with an inside the ballpark home-run. Defense was solid with some great plays made by Miles Butler at Short Stop and Justin Blankenship on First Base.

The Tornado suffered a close loss in the last innning to Lone Oak but had an excellent game with some very close plays at the plate. Corey Nance scored a key run in the Lone Oak game to keep it close. Overall the team had a great day of baseball and is looking to be very competitive this year. 

We hope to see every out at Brooks Stadium next Saturday, August 22 at 10:00 and 2:00 to see the team take on some more interleague play against some tough teams in Western Kentucky.

Tuesday, August 18, the Tornado play at Masaac High at 4:00 p.m. in which we hope to erase a tough loss from last year. Thanks to all of our fans who showed up to support us on such a hot baseball weekend. Go Tornado!


Lady Tornado Softball Competes in Marshall County Slugfest

Congratulations to the Lady Tornado softball team as they opened play this past weekend in the preseason Marshall County Slugfest. 

After pool play, the Lady Tornado was able to secure a number 2 seed going into the tournament, with a win over St. Mary.  The Lady Tornado would finish 5th out of 15 teams with a win over Murray. 

The Tornado defense was led by spectacular plays by Joya Smith and Erin Burba.  Karlee Humphrey led the offense with 2 homeruns, followed by Layne Morgan's 2 doubles and 5 RBIs.  Shaelynn Tyler and Karlee Humphrey provided a 1-2 punch from the pitcher's circle, only allowing 6 earned runs in four games.   

The Lady Tornado play at Livingston tonight (Monday) at 6:00 p.m. The ladies' first home game is Thursday at Noble Park at 5:00 p.m. 

Board Favors Two Sites For Middle School

The Paducah Sun, August 12, 2009

Reprinted with permission

By Bill Bartleman

Paducah school officials won’t decide until next year where to build a new middle school, but they have narrowed their choices to the Forest Hills subdivision near Lourdes hospital or behind the existing school on Lone Oak Road, according to Superintendent Randy Greene.

The final decision depends on funding from the Kentucky legislature, which meets from January through April next year, Greene said. If legislators don’t allocate funds to help cover the $17 million estimated cost, the board will consider renovating the existing school, Greene said.

The Paducah City Commission on Tuesday introduced an ordinance to give the school system 4.8 acres in Forest Hills. That parcel connects to about 15 acres the school system already owns that includes the former alternative school.

If the middle school isn’t built on that site, the land will be returned to the city, said City Manager Jim Zumwalt.


Paducah 7th-grader to sing at NFL exhibition

By Leigh Landini Wright

The Paducah Sun, July 24, 2009

Reprinted with permission.

Kendall Washington sang on stage as a 7-year-old with gospel star Vickie Winans, and at age 10, he performed at the famed Apollo Theater in New York.

“Well, I’m going to New York again,” Kendall said, his brown eyes growing bigger.

This time, the Paducah Middle School seventh-grader will sing the national anthem for the Buffalo Bills’ preseason game against the Chicago Bears on Aug. 15.

“I’m kind of excited, but a little nervous,” Kendall said. “I’ll be able to do it.”

Kendall, 12, earned his chance to sing in front of an NFL crowd through meeting Paducah native George Wilson, a member of the Buffalo Bills. Wilson spoke last year at Paducah Middle and impressed Kendall with his dedication to children and community.

Wilson told Kendall's parents, Danny and Earlie Fugate, to send an audition tape and he would make sure it went to the right people.

Kendall plans to wear a jersey, possibly bearing Wilson's No. 37, for the show. And he's practicing daily so every note is perfect.

"I don't want to freeze up," he said.

Philly Bound!

Paducah Middle GTC students representing Kentucky at the 2009 Legislative Summit left on July 21 for Philadelphia. Students in the group are: Elizabeth Behrens, Lilly Burba, Miles Butler, Will Hancock, Justin Holt, Jacob Holtgrewe, Cole Spicer, and Cason Walden.  They are being accompanied by GTC teacher Jeannie Miller and her husband.

Kentucky was chosen as one of the four states to represent Project Citizen at the conference. The students were chosen from the seventh grade GTC Leadership class which represented the 1st Congressional District at the Project Citizen Showcase in Frankfort on May 19. They were chosen on the basis of their public speaking skills and ability to relate what they had learned through the Project Citizen process.

The group will be making portfolio presentations on Wednesday and Thursday at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.  Wednesday morning, Will Hancock and Jacob Holtgrewe will be part of a televised segment on C-SPAN's Washington Journal program, which will air from 8:30 - 10:00 a.m. EST. gtc_project_citizen_07.09-1439.jpg

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