Our Mathletes united in Price Utah to take on the State Math Contest. They all made it through the 2.5 hour and 40 question test.
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Payson High became a tropical island during the last week of February for this school year’s spirit week. Throughout the week students wore beach attire, and on Wednesday the 28th, people got together to watch “Lilo and Stitch.” At the end of the week Seniors, Juniors and Sophomores went against each other in an assembly by competing against each other in different games: a war of the classes.
At the spirit bowl assembly, Payson High School students’ enthusiasm lit up the gym throughout the many activities. Some of these games included a relay that ended with Owen Grimshaw and two other students getting soaked in water, and a couple of competitions to see who could chug down food and some drinks the fastest. Juniors and Sophomores had to rock-paper-scissor out of a tie. Seniors came out victorious and in the end, Payson students danced along to Unstoppable.
Payson High School Key Club is probably a clique that you’ve heard of before, but you may not know very much about. The fact is, PHS Key Club is a highly underrated group in our school. Knowing this, you may be wondering, “Who are they and what exactly do they do?”
Key Club is a service and leadership club that is found in schools all throughout the US. Founded in 1925 by the Kiwanis organization, Key Club is the oldest and largest service oriented club for students. Together the Key Club strives to be leaders in their communities by doing acts of service. “We tend to focus more on community service and the difference we can make in our own community,” says Ashlyn Sharp, the current president of the PHS Key Club. “Anyone can be involved. I definitely recommend joining. It’s just a good experience to be in key club. Anyone can join and it’s fun!”
When asked about a favorite project that they’ve done, Ashlyn said, “We haven't done a whole lot of big projects since we are having a hard time getting started, but my favorite project was the christmas tree that we made for the Tree Festival. Our christmas tree was Harry Potter themed and it was fabulous. I was so proud of it, I wanted to cry.”
All in all, Key Club definitely holds the key to the heart of PHS. It’s a fun experience, a great opportunity to make more friends, and a perfect way to better yourself through service. “Everyone has the opportunity to be a leader in Key Club,” says Ashlyn Sharp, and you can too!
Nebo School District will host a number of parent and student mental health awareness nights throughout the spring at different high schools. This is a free seminar with information on improving mental health and safety planning provided by Wasatch Mental Health. SFJHS students can receive detention credit for PARENT AND STUDENT ATTENDANCE at one of the events. Click here for a downloadable flyer.
Congratulations to the Advance Payson Jr. High Orchestra for their performance at the Nebo School District Assessment last Thursday, March 8th. They received a straight superior, which is the highest grade possible. The guest judge was none other than Denise Willey, who got our school's whole string program going here in Payson about thirty years ago, and who we have to thank for our wonderful tradition of excellent string classes in our area. Denise was so impressed with our school's performance and had nothing but positive comments--both on our assessment form and in person.
This was our students' best performance, and they certainly deserved a straight superior. Way to go, PJHS!
How many whole numbers between
1 and 1000 do NOT contain the digit 1?
Lunch Time Winners
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On Friday, March 9, Springville High’s AP Composition and Literature students in Mrs. Lisa Simmons class participated in the 6th annual Austenesque Regency High Tea held in the transformed SHS Library.
Students enjoyed a five course buffet. Tea was substituted with a hot chocolate bar and authentic period food included English scones with cucumber tea sandwiches, gourmet European cheeses, jams, jellies, authentic French macarons, chocolate covered strawberries, cheesecake petits fours, Belgium crème puffs, and chocolate eclairs.
Dancing, promenading, and playing games such as “Pass the Slipper” were some of the activities the costumed guests enjoyed.
“Lady Rabner,” Mrs. Lanell Rabner, SHS Media Specialist, schooled the students in proper etiquette and comportment (conduct and demeanor). Students learned proper tea drinking etiquette.
All of the students dressed in realistic time period dresses and/or men’s formal wear. Emma Ferrin wore an authentic Regent period pattern dress based on an authentic design sewn by her mother, Sarah Ferrin. It took a solid week to sew the dress with a total of 25-30 working hours. The dress consisted of ten yards of fabric made from cotton and cotton muslin. In the time period, it would have had to been sewn completely by hand.
In preparation for today’s event, Mrs. Sarah Ferrin (SHS substitute teacher) also hosted a six-hour viewing of BBC's Pride and Prejudice at her home with breakfast and lunch for her daughter, Emma, and five or more of her classmates on Tuesday, March 6, while the juniors took the ACT.
Student Ryan Stevenson put his calligraphy to work by creating a unique “calling card” invitation for each student. Stevenson said, “It took me about two days and 15 minutes per card to calligraphy one for each student.”
Each student took part in preparing the day’s events through displays, food preparation, costumes, and games.
Senior Erin Call was delighted to be a part of the tea party. Call prepared for the event by learning how to play time period games and reading a book by Jane Austen, “Sense and Sensibility.” Call came up with her costume from a lot of pictures online and then headed for the DI. There she found everything to make her costume.
During the tea party, Call explained how she felt about learning etiquette, “It’s a lot harder than it looks, but it is still a lot of fun!” Call’s favorite food was “the cucumber sandwiches.”
Parents Sarah Ferrin and Amy Stewart volunteered their time to set-up and take-down the event and to bake, prepare, arrange, and serve. These parent volunteers also filled in for dance partners and ensured that students had a fantastic learning experience.
Mrs. Leslie Christensen, SHS Library Aide, created invitations and bookmarks, assisted with decorating; and, as a former dance teacher, she mentored the student Regency Dance Leader.
Christensen researched timer period dances clothing; she dressed as a chamber maid. Her favorite food was the cucumber sandwiches and she enjoyed the game “Pass the Slipper.” She liked how the dances had more contact with all the party guests and you could dance with more than one partner.
Joslyn Morrison watched videos on how to do her hair. Her costume was made custom for her sister. She made gummies and learned proper etiquette to not fidget or talk across the table while eating. Morrison’s favorite foods were the grapes and hot chocolate. She enjoyed playing the game, “Pass the Slipper,” in which you try to guess who as it.
Mckay Carr wore a costume made by his aunt to the event. He brought a game called “Pass the Shoe.” Everyone stands in a circle and passes a shoe behind their backs. The person in the middle of the circle can’t see the shoe and must deduct where it is.
Dancing was also a part of this event. Carr explains that it is different than how we dance today because everyone is coordinated. It’s a more sophisticated style. Carr said, “This event took a lot of work and preparation from lots of different people to make it happen.” Carr and others were grateful to all who worked to make this day an amazing experience for the students.
Gavin Karren, Senior, brought some of his best regency formal attire, and also borrowed some from the school drama department. In preparation for this event, he watched the six hour version of Pride and Prejudice, and from it, got a pretty good idea on how to dress. In etiquette training, he learned that you don’t hold a tea cup by its handle, only by the actual cup. His favorite menu item was the Wassel. A new game he learned was “Pass the Slipper,” which is basically the game signs, but with a slipper. Dancing in Jane Austen’s time, according to Gavin, was very structured.
Senior Miriam Hall talked and read a lot about Jane Austen to prepare for the day’s events. She borrowed her cousin’s prom dress for her costume. Hall brought different European cheeses to share. Hall learned very strict and structured etiquette. Her favorite item on the menu was a chocolate covered cream puff filled with chocolate mousse. Hall also learned how to play “Pass the Slipper.” She said it was like signs but with a slipper. Hall said, “Dancing in Jane Austen’s time was different because it was more like a group dance.”
Hear the ROAR! A Panther is: RESPECTFUL, OUTSTANDING, ACADEMIC and RESPONSIBLE! Congratulations to Oakley Roberts and Kimberlie Losee for being nominated as our MNJHS Panthers of the Day on Thursday, March 8, 2018. Oakley was nominated by Mr. Robinson for having great grades. He is a kind and polite student. Kimberlie was also nominated by Mr. Robinson for her great grades and being helpful and kind to others.
Hear the ROAR! A Panther is: RESPECTFUL, OUTSTANDING, ACADEMIC and RESPONSIBLE! Congratulations to Skylar Holdaway and Becca Cook for being nominated as our MNJHS Panthers of the Day on Wednesday, March 7, 2018. Skylar was nominated by Mrs. Alvey for being such a friendly and helpful Counseling TA. Becca was nominated by Ms. Mathews for always looking out for friends and students in school.
Our welding program has made it to the semifinals of a national welding contest. The schools were given the direction of "Weld it Forward" and a deadline. We have built our projects and sent them off to those in need in Mexico. But the majority of our vote comes from public voting starting the 16th of March. Voting ends the 26th of March. You can cast your vote at www.welditforward.com. If we win this, our program will receive a $20,000 supply of new welders.
Seniors!! Filing the FAFSA is an important part of your senior year. Get free expert help from StepUp Utah at our FAFSA Completion Open House Thursday March 22nd from 3-6.
The teachers at Spanish Fork Junior High would like to thank our wonderful PTA for making us feel so loved during Teacher Appreciating Week.
On Monday, March 5th, teachers were reminded they were "naturally sweet" with muffins and fruit for breakfast. Tuesday, March 6th, the theme was "How SWEET it is to be taught by you." We all enjoyed sweets and treats during lunch. On Wednesday, March 7th, the PTA provided a “Thanks a Bunch Lunch.” Teachers were able to make sandwiches, sample salads, and nibble on chips, and desserts.
Thursday, March 8th the theme was "Here is the scoop: Teachers are awesome." Of course, the awesome PTA provided an ice cream sundae bar during lunch.
Tomorrow will wrap up the festivities for this year. We are so grateful for the dedicated members of our PTA. Their commitment is overwhelming.
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We recently celebrated 13 of our amazing students at a breakfast here at school. Teachers talked about why they nominated these great kids, and parents were able to share about them as well. It is one of our favorite things we do each month, we LOVE to celebrate our students! Thanks to all of those who came and helped out, we will do it again next month!
Hear the ROAR! A Panther is: RESPECTFUL, OUTSTANDING, ACADEMIC and RESPONSIBLE! Congratulations to Austin Bell and Isabell Adams for being nominated as our MNJHS Panthers of the Day on Tuesday, March 6, 2018. Austin was nominated by Mr. Rather for being kind and patient to others in woodshop class. Isabell was nominated by Mr. Robinson for being a great student, polite, and hard working in class.
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What do you do when the snow is flying, and it’s twenty degrees outside? Take a field trip to the Provo Rec Center, of course!
SFJH students had a lot of fun in the swimming pool. They were jumping off the platform, doing a lot of cool tricks, and playing water basketball. We even had some students jump in with the water Zumba that was going on. Students did not let the bad weather keep them from having some fun in the water.
There was also a bunch of students in the basketball gym. Some intense games of 3 on 3, as well as a big game of 21, were going on. It was nice to have a lot of basketball hoops so no one really had to wait around to play.
It was a very successful field trip with lots of fun and exercise.
PTA Spirit Night
Please come support our PTA and our school by participating in MNJHS Spirit Night at the Payson Costa Vida! On March 19th, visit Costa Vida anytime from 5:00-9:00 pm and 20% of the proceeds will go back to the PTA to help support our school and teachers. We love our PTA, they do great things for our school, so please support them by visiting the Payson Costa Vida on the 19th and enjoying some tasty food in the process!
Hear the ROAR! A Panther is: RESPECTFUL, OUTSTANDING, ACADEMIC and RESPONSIBLE! Congratulations to Grady Bowers and Abby Barton for being nominated as our MNJHS Panthers of the Day on Monday, March 5, 2018. Grady was nominated by Mrs. Alvey for being such a helpful and friendly counseling TA. Abby was nominated by Ms. Mathews for having a positive attitude and trying new things.
On Wednesday, March 7, Carter Goff placed 3rd in Web Design at FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) State Competition. Goff is qualified for FBLA Nationals in Baltimore, Maryland, the summer.
-Track practice begins on March 12th in the boy's gym. This is open to anyone who would like to participate in track.
-The weight room will be open after school for those students who are wanting to participate in track, and also any other students interested in lifting weights.