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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.

Photo of the Day: McTeachers Volunteer for D.C. Trip Funds

Over a dozen Paducah Middle faculty and staff braved icy streets to volunteer at McTeachers Night, a fund raising event hosted by the Jackson Street McDonalds. Sixth, Seventh and Eighth grade teachers and staff (along with Assistant Principal Chris Krueger at the drive-through window) joined in the effort to help raise funds for a trip by the eighth grade class to Washington, D.C. this spring.

McTeacher's Night provides students, faculty and parents with the opportunity to increase school pride and generate funds for their school by allowing them to take over a McDonald's location, with a percentage of the sales going directly to their school.


Looking back, moving on

by Jody Norwood, The Paducah Sun

December 23, 2012

Reprinted with permission.


The new Paducah Middle School will blend the district’s history and tradition with advances in both construction and instructional materials.


Demolition and preparation work on the $25 million project began in July 2011. A geothermal heating system, new energy-efficient lighting, designated science labs and safety features — including interior locking doors — will be new to the school. Long-term savings are expected through using new materials, such as foam-filled blocks to conserve heating and cooling.


New technology is also incorporated into the classroom. Multiple iPad labs are planned, as well as a computer lab with stadium seating allowing teachers to regulate access to instruction material or computers based on the lesson. In addition to marker boards, classrooms will have interactive PolyVision boards.


Principal Tim Huddleston said the upfront cost of utilizing new technology was weighed against long-term savings.


The new 94,000-square-foot building is behind the current school on Lone Oak Road. Huddleston said the community has watched the project from the first days of construction.


“The progression of the school is extremely exciting,” Huddleston said. “Our location was perfect to continue the growth of that excitement. Being behind the current school has kept that excitement going.”


Huddleston said the building is designed for 650 students and is expected to be close to capacity when it opens next fall. Current enrollment is 610.


Photo of the Day: 8th Grade Recognition Night

25 Paducah Middle student-athletes were recognized for their contributions to Paducah Middle basketball at the PMS vs. Ballard game on January 8.


8th Grade Cheerleaders include Chantelle Donelson, Alesha Driver, Kaitlyn Edwards, Taliyah Hamilton, TyKeia Kendley, DeTysha Laster, JaLynn Ragsdale,  and Riana White.


8th Grade Girls Basketball players include:  Kate Story, Kaia Williams, Knotica Austin, Tenecia Austin, Sophia Patterson, Breia Lawrence-Mayes, Brook Debrakins, and Tashana Beasley.


8th Grade Boys Basketball players include:  Teqoz Wilson, Dalton Ferrell, Jacob Curry, Howard Smith, Jeffrey Constantine, Decoven Grubbs, Montell Wiggins, Issac Humphrey, Jordan Overstreet.





Photo of the Day: 25 Years of Service

Paducah Middle retired faculty member Varetta Hurt was recognized at last night's PMS vs. Ballard basketball game for 25 years of service as volunteer timekeeper for PMS basketball. Congratulations, and thank you, Mrs. Hurt!


Safety Measures at Paducah Middle School

Dear Parents and Guardians of Paducah Public Schools,


We are shocked and saddened by the tragic events that transpired at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut on December 14. Our thoughts are with all those affected, and we are grateful for the bravery of staff, parents and community partners who reacted immediately to protect the children.

We recognize the impact that events like this can have on each of us—our children, staff, families and friends.  We want to assure you that all of us who work for Paducah Public Schools understand that providing students a safe place to go to school is the most important aspect of our work.  Please know that as a district we are making every effort to be prepared for an emergency and have our faculty, staff, and students ready to respond if a disaster occurs.

You can see information about current district-wide measures here. You can see a chart that shows safety measures that are in place at each of the district buildlings here.

You can  resources for helping your children cope with these events on the district web page.

We want to ask our entire school community to renew its efforts to help us keep our children and schools safe. If you have any questions or concerns please call or e-mail Director of Pupil Personnel   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or District Security Coordinator  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it at (270) 444-5600.

Paducah Middle Speech Qualifies Seven for State at Junior Hilltopper Tournament

The Paducah Middle School speech team turned in a strong performance at the Junior Hilltopper tournament at Western Kentucky University on December 1.  Maddie Ybarzabal placed first in Solo Acting, Michael Ellen Walden placed second in Interpretation of Literature, Claire Kelly and Caroline Meiners placed second in Duo Acting, Chloe Bilak and Grace Denton placed fifth in Duo Acting, and Will Denton placed fifth in Extemporaneous Speaking. Ybarzabal, Walden, Kelly/Meiners, and Bilak/Denton all qualified to compete in the State Tournament in March.


Team members who did not advance to the final round but placed first, second or third in a preliminary round include Ella Bailey, Jamie Black, Nina Brown, Darlena Cook, Amiya Jones, Yesmina Townsley, and Alexandra Wisner.

Link: Boys Basketball vs. Reidland Photos

Congratulations to the 7th and 8th grade boys basketball teams on their wins last night. You can see some pictures from the game here.


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