Salem Hills High School News - Tue, 10/31/2017 - 11:29am
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Congratulations to Micah Button (not pictured) of the Volleyball Team!

Congratulations to Brent Watson of the Marching Band! 

Our Fan of the Week was Grace Parry - Way to Go, Grace!


Categories: Salem, Secondary

A Box For Our Friend, Deryk

Payson High School News - Tue, 10/31/2017 - 10:43am
Attributions: Hayden McDowell
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On October 6th, 2017,  a beloved student here at PHS, Deryk Lowe, passed away unexpectedly. Through the mourning of his death, a few Payson High students took the liberty of tributing Deryk and his family with a beautifully crafted wooden box.

Tyrell Russell, a senior at Payson High School, said that Deryk was involved in the woodshop class, and that is how building a box in Derek's memory came about. Russell states, “We built [the box] for his family… We thought it would be a nice thing for them to put his clothes and blankets and stuff inside.” The boys behind this amazing service are Tyrell Russell, Jordan Draper, Wyatt Monroe, Rhylan Roundy  and Gage Judd.

The box took about a week to construct, carve, and prepare. The boys presented the Lowe family with the box at the viewing, then again at the funeral. (Tyrell Russell and Jordan Draper, 2017). The gesture was powerful and meaningful; Something that can shed a little light on a dark circumstance.

Jordan Draper, a junior at Payson High, said that the main purpose of building the box, was so that the Lowe family could have a piece to remember Deryk by.

It’s apparent that the boys who helped craft the box didn’t do it out of vain, or selfishness. Rather, they did it to show their condolences and love to the Lowe family. When a death occurs so tragically and sudden, there are many ways to handle grief. Anger, frustration, sadness, and confusion are all common reactions and behaviors that occur when tragedy strikes. However, these young men put aside their own feelings, and made something memorable, beautiful and genuine to help a family in, what could be, one of the darkest times in their lives.

Our school was lucky for having had a student as great as Deryk Lowe. Students, faculty, and staff will miss our fellow Lion, and commend those who have honored Deryk’s name in such a meaningful way.


Categories: Payson, Secondary

PHS Wins First Place at Japanese Sports Festival

Payson High School News - Tue, 10/31/2017 - 10:40am
Attributions: By: Talbie Oberg of the Lions Roar Newspaper

Payson High School Japanese students proved that they don’t just practice the Japanese language all day when they took first place in the first ever multi-school Japanese Sports Festival, held at Skyridge High School up in Lehi on October ninth. “It looked like we got third place, but after a recount, we actually won first place,” says Mrs. Berrio, the school’s Japanese teacher, “We were on a team with Salem Hills High School, which was a lot of fun. So instead of being rivals, we were friendly and won together.”

Among some of the activities that took place at the sports festival, the most popular that japanese students participated in were obstacle courses, Horse War - a game kind of like “Chicken,” a pinecone toss, blindfold art, human spelling in which they spelled out japanese characters, tug of war, bento contests, and etc. “It was really fun, and the food was amazing! Why don’t we continue elementary school-style field trips into high school?” Reflected japanese student Ford McClellan.

“U.S. schools should do “Undokai” (sports day) also,” said japanese student Angela Barreda, “It's fun and unites classes.” All in all, make sure to congratulate japanese students on giving PHS a good rep, and look forward to more annual Japanese Sport Festival’s in the future.


Categories: Payson, Secondary

Red Ribbon Week Doors

Payson High School News - Tue, 10/31/2017 - 10:36am
Attributions: Emily Miller
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To celebrate Red Ribbon week the teachers at PHS decorated their classroom doors to represent their commitment to being drug free. Take a look at some of the winning doors!

Categories: Payson, Secondary

What We're Learning: Debate

Landmark High School News - Mon, 10/30/2017 - 5:42pm
Attributions: Elinda Nedreberg

"Discussion is an exchange of knowledge; an argument an exchange of ignorance." -- Robert Quillen

Categories: Secondary, Spanish Fork

Two People from MJHS Represented in Daily Herald

Mapleton Junior High School News - Mon, 10/30/2017 - 4:44pm
Attributions: Suzanne Rowley
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On Sunday, October 30th, MJHS was represented twice in the Daily Herald. Lexi Christensen was named as the Utah Valley Student of the Week and Devin Jackman was named as the Utah Valley Educator of the Week. Read the articles here:


Categories: Mapleton, Secondary

Lobo Update 10/30/17

Spanish Fork Junior High School News - Mon, 10/30/2017 - 4:00pm
Attributions: Alesha LeMmon

Parents, Students, and Friends –

Welcome to Term 2 and good job completing the first term! Thank you to all of the students who work very hard to complete coursework and master their content. Thanks to all of the teachers who put in hours upon hours of preparation time, teaching time, re-teaching and intervention time so students are proficient and ready for the next level of instruction. And, a huge thank you to parents and guardians who support their children and support our school! Way to Strengthen the Pack!


DID YOU KNOW children of parents who talk to their teens regularly about drugs are 42% less likely to use drugs than those who don't, yet only a quarter of teens report having these conversations. This is Red Ribbon Week at SFJH, an alcohol, tobacco, and other drug and violence prevention awareness campaign observed annually in October in the United States. The 2017 theme is, “Your future is key, so stay drug free.” We will have themed days throughout the week along with information and lessons on how to stay drug free.

Monday: Wear Red Day – Pledge to be drug free.

Tuesday: Halloween Costumes – Scare away drugs.

Make sure the costume is school appropriate, no face paint, weapons, masks, or hats/hoods that cover the face. Also, some classes are sharing candy during class. If candy is brought to school, make sure it is purchased at the store and individually wrapped. We have many students who have peanut/nut allergies in the school. Please consider this when purchasing any candy your child may bring. Thank you.

Wednesday: Hat Day – Hats off to good choices.

Thursday: Pajama Day – Follow your dreams, say no to drugs! School appropriate pajamas only.

Friday: Team Jersey/Shirt Day.


Our Netsmartz assembly is scheduled for this Wednesday, November 1st.  From the website, “NetSmartz Workshop is an interactive, educational program of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) that provides age-appropriate resources to help teach children how to be safer on- and offline.” For more information, check out the website at where you will find many resources, tips, and discussion starters to talk with your children about internet safety.


BOYS: Tryouts are November 6th immediately after school at 2:00pm and November 7th at 2:45pm. Questions? Talk to Coaches Cook or Carlson.

GIRLS: Tryouts are November 7th and November 8th from 3:00pm to 5:00pm. All girls planning on trying out MUST bring a completed physical form (forms on the school website) and a print out of their term 1 grades. 


The annual fall carnival and dance is Friday, November 3, from 6:00pm – 8:00pm sponsored and hosted by the SFJH Student Council. It's $5 to get in and students who bring a student ID get 10 tickets for the carnival. There will be games, food, and live music. Don't miss out!


Friday, November 10, 2017 will be our annual Spanish Fork Junior High Veteran’s Day assembly. We would love to extend an invitation to all our students’ family members who have served, and who are currently serving in the Armed Forces to please join us for this assembly. We will also be asking your students to dress up that day to show respect for our military men and women.

Schedule will go as follows:

1st Assembly 8:50 -9:50 am.

2nd Assembly 9:55-10:55 am.

We will be preparing a slide show for this assembly and would love to have our SFJH families send in pictures of any loved ones who have served or who may be currently serving in the United States military. Please send them to Feel free to take a picture of a photo with your cell phone and send it to Mrs. Provstgaard’s e-mail. Thank you for your support!


The school is now on Instagram @sfjh_lobos. We have a link directly to it on our website – lower left side of the page – we will be posting some of the great students, teachers, and staff periodically. Check us out!

Also, if you have not done so, go to our Facebook page at and LIKE us! We have lots of great stories and happenings to keep you up to date.


October 30 – November 3:

RED RIBBON WEEK – see newsletter and website for details.

October 31:


Wiffle Ball 2:50pm

November 1:

Netsmartz Assembly 8:45am

Wiffle Ball 2:50pm

November 2:

Wiffle Ball 2:50pm

November 3:

Fall Carnival 6:00pm-8:00pm

Categories: Secondary, Spanish Fork

Mt. Timpanogos Marching Band Competition

Maple Mountain High School News - Mon, 10/30/2017 - 2:17pm
Attributions: Story by Josh Hurst.

On Saturday, October 28th, the MMHS Marching Band competed in the Mt. Timpanogos Marching Band Competition at American Fork HS. The band placed first out of 11 bands in the 2A Division. They are also proud to announce that they received the highest sore that the Maple Mountain Band has received since the opening of the schoo! They also were awarded the Outstanding Visual Performance Caption and the Outstanding Colorguard Caption. They will compete at State this Friday in St. George. Way to go and good luck!!!

Maple Mountain High School Jr. Dance Clinic 2017

Maple Mountain High School News - Mon, 10/30/2017 - 2:12pm
Attributions: Article by Karla Palfreyman.

For boys and girls
ages 5-14

Monday, Nov. 20th
3-5pm in the MMHS
Dance studio

$25 (includes t-shirt and
participant admission to concert!)

Clinic: Tuesday-Thursday
(Nov. 28, 29, and 30)

MMHS Christmas Dance Concert
Friday, December 1st
At 7pm in the
MMHS Auditorium
$2 admission

Come dance with the Maple Mountain Dance Company! Learn a dance and perform at the Christmas Dance Concert on Dec.1st!

Announcemnets for the week of October 30

Springville High School News - Mon, 10/30/2017 - 1:45pm

Please open the PDF for this week's announcements on; L.I.A.  Haunted house, Act deadline, softball meeting, Marching band send-off, Angel's and Devil's 5k and Volleyball Football State playoff games.

Categories: Secondary, Springville

The 7th grade football players take the win!

Salem Junior High School News - Mon, 10/30/2017 - 10:39am
Attributions: Jakell Smith

Congratulations to the 7th grade football team for winning the super bowl! The 7th graders are the only grade in the school that won their super bowl. They played a tough game against Springville, a team that they had lost against earlier in the season. Everybody came together as a team and several students made some great plays that helped our team take the victory. That is incredible. We are so proud of the 7th graders! 

We are sad to see the season come to an end but it sure has been great. Especially for the 7th graders, they are probably so happy. If you see them anywhere just congratulate them!

Categories: Salem, Secondary

Jazz Band

Spanish Fork Junior High School News - Mon, 10/30/2017 - 10:01am
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If you’re walking through the cafeteria one morning before school, you might just want to grab a bite of breakfast, settle in, and listen to the Jazz Band. Jeffrey Sass, who plays the alto saxophone says, “Jazz Band is a great before school activity where you play harder music than normal and you have to work harder and devote more time than Concert Band.” Lindsey Deveraux who plays the tenor saxophone says that being in the Jazz Band “has helped me learn more about music.”  

 Mr. Carter also teaches the Percussion Ensemble. Billy Thaler says, “I joined percussion class because I had always wanted to play drums. It's great. Mr. Carter is the best—super nice; I love learning from him. I also like to learn the xylophone which is what we are learning right now. I recommend piano experience; it makes it a lot easier.”  

 Jocelyn Hansbrow joined the ensemble because she thought it would be fun. “I've played piano since I was five and enjoyed it, and decided I should try something new. Mr. Carter is nice and funny, and of course I am fond of music.” 

Enoch Sanchez, who plays the trombone in the Jazz Band, wrote, "As the trumpet and trombone song blares through the room, as the saxophone plays the smooth notes of our own symphony, and while the cello's soft strum of the strings slowly fill the room with calming harmony, the entire world slows down, as if the only thing in the world is the rhythm and song of Jazz."

Categories: Secondary, Spanish Fork

Math Problem of the week

Spanish Fork Junior High School News - Mon, 10/30/2017 - 8:36am

Congratulations to Morganne Price, Aspen Carter and Emmie Olsen who got the math Problem of the week last week!  The answer was 56 triangles.

 This week the problem is


If today is Friday, what day of the week will it be 101 days from today?


Categories: Secondary, Spanish Fork

Utah College Application Week (Nov 6-10)

Maple Mountain High School News - Mon, 10/30/2017 - 7:34am

Seniors and parents. MMHS will be holding Utah College Application Week during November 6th-10th. Seniors will have the opportunity to fill out college applications with counselors during their English classes. Students are encouraged to have their SSN available and a card to pay any application fees. Dixie, Snow, SUU and Westminster are waiving their application fees during UCAW.  Don't forget about our FAFSA Completion Night on November 9th from 5:00-8:00 p.m. There will be an expert from UHEAA to help students and parents fill out the FAFSA. Students may also get an hour of detention for completing the FAFSA. This will take place in the MMHS library lab. 


Kick Me!

Spanish Fork Junior High School News - Sun, 10/29/2017 - 10:50am
Attributions: Photos and Story by Gaylynn Parker
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Students in 7th grade Language Arts played a fun variation of the old “Kick Me” trick this month to learn about analogies. 

Instead of having a “kick me” sticker stuck on students’ backs, the stickers are words that are the answer to an analogy. Analogies are word pairs that show relationships between ideas such as hot is to cold as wet is to dry.

As students enter the classroom, each student is slapped on the back with a sticker. Then during class, students are up and about, looking at stickers on each others' backs as they search for the answer to each analogy. Fun!

Categories: Secondary, Spanish Fork

Diamond Fork News-October 27, 2017

Diamond Fork Junior High School News - Fri, 10/27/2017 - 2:13pm

Categories: Secondary, Spanish Fork

Fiiz Friday Winner! October 27, 2017

Diamond Fork Junior High School News - Fri, 10/27/2017 - 2:05pm

Our Fiiz Friday winner today was Naomi Good. Naomi has perfect attendance for the entire 1st term of school. That's 46 days being here at school ready to learn, nice job Naomi!

Categories: Secondary, Spanish Fork

Change in NC/NG Attendance Policy

Spanish Fork High School News - Fri, 10/27/2017 - 12:18pm

This is a reminder that we have changed our NC/NG policy this year. In order to graduate from SFHS, each student will need 32 academic credits and 32 citizenship credits.

At the end of the term, we will no longer put an NG over an academic grade for attendance issues. We will, however, keep the NC in the Citizenship column and students will still need to serve detention and pay for the citizenship recovery as they have in the past. 

Please see the overview sheet attached to this post.


Categories: Secondary, Spanish Fork

Redefining College during College Application Week

Payson High School News - Fri, 10/27/2017 - 11:28am
Attributions: Article By: Sabryne Kelly
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The week of Nov. 6-10 is College Application Week at Payson High School, with a special College and Financial Aid Night on Nov. 8. Representatives from ALC, West Point Academy, Regents Scholarship, military, Sterling Scholar, SOMOS, UESP, Daniels Fund, DevPoint coding school, and colleges and universities around the state will be present to answer any questions you might have.  Counselors will also be in the computer lab that night to help parents and students apply for federal financial aid, FAFSA.


The theme this year is “Redefining College”.  Many students have a fixed mindset of what college is, but there are many non-traditional ways of getting further education after high school.  Many throughout the nation are using the term “Higher Education Day” versus “College Day” to dissolve preconceived notions that everyone has to go to “college”. Counselors at PHS hope that the theme “Redefining College” will open students’ eyes to the many opportunities available to them.


Many colleges and universities will allow you to apply at school during College Application Week for free.  Schools such as SUU, Snow College, and Dixie State all let you apply for free and UVU is also free, as long as you’re already enrolled in Concurrent Enrollment.


The kick off assembly for College Week will be on Nov. 7.  On Nov. 7 and 8 students will complete college applications.  Nov. 8 is the College and Financial Aid Night. You’ll want to come because, not only will colleges be there, but Waffle Love and the Taco Truck will be cooking up some delicious food.

Junior high students are also invited to attend College and Financial Aid Night. Studies show the younger a student is introduced to the possibility of higher education the more likely they will be to set and make higher education goals.  Bring your family, grab a punch card to receive a dollar off at the food trucks, and come redefine your vision of college.

Categories: Payson, Secondary