Today, your 4th, 5th or 6th grade student came home with information about joining the 2017-2018 Tiger Choir! This is an amazing opportunity to be a part of the Taylor School legacy. Choir will meet on Tuesday and Thursday's after school from 3:15-3:45. More information is located on the golden colored note that came home this week! We can't wait to hear our school song, among other songs, echoing through the halls of Taylor!
During the homecoming assembly, students and teachers were shocked as alumni of the Class of 1998 presented 12 teachers with a trip to Hawaii. Read more here:
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Barnett students enjoyed a Rock Band concert by the one hit wonder WIG Rock band last week. The W.I.G.( or Wildly Important Goal) Rock Band introduced our school WIGs for the year. As a school we will work on two Wildly Important Goals(WIGs) this year.
The first one is to have 90% on time student attendance for the entire school year. We will award individual students, classes, and grade levels that meet our goal. Classes will have their class attendance posted outside their doors each day so we can celebrate the importance of being to school on time!
Our next school WIG is to improve 1,025 reading levels as a school this school year. As each student improves a reading level they will get to put a rock on our WIG Mountain and help us move Buddy the Bulldog up the mountain towards our goal. Students can help achieve this goal by reading at home every night, reading fiction and non-fiction, talk about books with family and friends, and participate in their reading groups here at school.
We are excited to synergize as leaders at Barnett to meet both of our WIGs. Students will be making their own personal WIGs in class these coming weeks as well.
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Barnett cadets received orders to attend a back to school bootcamp at 0930 hours at the first of September. Cadets were marched into the assembly and greeted by General Stoddard. Once there, they received instructions on their mission for the school year: to be leaders, live the 7 habits, and keep our school clean and bully-free.
The cadets are excited to embark on their mission and the staff is excited to get them there. What a fun way to start off the year!
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Today at Payson Jr. High, we held an assembly celebrating the memory of those whose lives were lost in the events that occurred on September 11, 2001. We celebrated the courage, bravery, and sacrifice of those who put themselves in danger in order to protect and rescue others. We were joined by members of the Utah National Guard, members of Payson's police and fire departments, as well as other members of the community. Principal Swenson shared his memories of that fateful day. Students participated by singing patriotic songs, giving a brief history of the American flag and its design, and retiring tattered American flags which once flew over our school.
Sandy Dahl, whose husband was the pilot of Flight 93 on September 11, 2001, responded to the experience of that day with these wise words: "If we learn nothing else from this tragedy, we learn that life is short and there is no time for hate" (Parade Magazine).
George W. Bush, who was President of the United States at the time, said, "One of the worst days in America's history saw some of the bravest acts in Americans' history. We'll always honor the heroes of 9/11. And here at this hallowed place, we pledge that we will never forget their sacrifice" (9/11 Pentagon Memorial Speech).
Former President Barack Obama said, "Even the smallest act of service, the simplest act of kindness, is a way to honor those we lost, a way to reclaim that spirit of unity that followed 9/11" (Time Magazine).
Choose to honor those who lost their lives on this day, sixteen years ago, by showing kindness and serving others. It's the American way, and it's the Grizzly way.
Monday, Sept 11
- 1:45 pm Collaboration in the library (CTE, Fine Arts, Sp. Ed- District)
- 6:30 pm Honors Society induction Ceremony (cafeteria)
Tuesday, Sept 12
- 11:00 am Josten’s taking orders
- 11:00 am LPIC Lunch Meeting
- 3:30 pm Girls Tennis @ Orem
- 4:00 pm Girls Soccer @ Uintah
- 6:00 pm Girls Volleyball VS Lehi
Wednesday, Sept 13
- Boys Golf @ East Bay
- 10:50 Club Rush
Thursday, Sept 14
- 3:30 pm - Girls Tennis @ Lehi
- 3:30 pm- JV football VS Mountain View
- 3:30 pm - Girls Volleyball @ Spanish Fork
Friday, Sept 15
- 9:00 am - 4:00 pm Girls Tennis Regionals @ Mt. View
- 7:00 pm Football @ Mt View
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School Carnival and Auction Monday September 11th from 5:00 to 8:00pm
We hope everyone had a great Labor Day weekend. We now are on the countdown to fall break. There are just a few reminders for our parents and students to help this year continue to run smooth.
1- Dress code- Please review the dress code policy for Nebo School District. We are seeing a few violations of the dress code and would like to address this early in the year. If you have any questions regarding the dress please reference the attached student handbook.
2- Attendance and Tardies- As a school policy a parent can only excuse tardies for 1st period and only a maximum of five (5) 1st period tardies per term can be excused. A student is allowed a total of two (2) tardies, if more are accumulated there are consequences outlined in the student handbook. For more information regarding tardies please reference the attached student handbook.
Please read through the many wonderful events happening at Payson Junior High. Remember to check our social media sites for any additional information.
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The Loafer Mountain Hike
The Loafer Mountain Hike is September 8th! Students that haven't hiked with Mr. Archer need to qualify by passing a physical & written test to be eligible.
Contact Mr. Archer if you have any questions.
It's not too late to join cross country! Our first meet is pre-districts this Friday. We need more manpower to show what Payson is made of. Talk to Mrs. Bragg for more information.
After school Clubs
After school clubs will be starting on Tuesday August 29th. Registration forms will be given out during club time. Registration fees for the year can be paid with Mrs. Allen in the finance office. The fee for registration is $20 for the entire year. Look for flyers in the hallways or see Miss Ogden in room C-66 for more information. Here are the clubs currently being offered:
Tuesdays-Star Wars* and Scratch Coding
Wednesdays-Wrestling prep, Engineering Crafts, and Archaeology
Thursdays-Robotics and Holiday crafts
There are also homework help clubs on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings from 7:20-7:50 and Thursday afternoons. Keep listening for more announcements about more clubs starting later this year.
For more information concerning clubs please contact Miss Ogden: email@example.com.
*Awesome. Star Wars club starts on Tuesday (August 29th) after school. There is still time to join! We are having Jedi Training. We'll make lightsabers and do other awesome activities.
All after school groups meet in Ms. Ogden's room to gather first.
Questions, please visit:
Early Morning Basketball Friday mornings at 6 am, starting 9/1. These are open gyms and all are welcome.
September 13th will be the first Badminton tournament of the year. This is a doubles tournament and all are welcome. Contact Mr. Archer if you have any questions.
7th Grade Student Council Elections
Watch for more information and applications.
Questions contact Mrs. Holt
PJHS: Box Tops for Education
· For every 10 Box Tops you bring into your Den Time (3rd period) class you get a 5-point Extra Credit Coupon to use in any of your classes (with teacher’s acceptance). If you happen to bring in more than 50 Box Tops, then you will also receive a Free Homework Pass (on top of the 5 extra credit coupons).
· Extra Credit coupons will not be replaced if lost or stolen—so keep it safe and redeem as soon as you know which class you would like to use the extra credit in.
· The Extra Credit coupon will not expire until the end of the school year.
· All Box Tops will be collected on the last Monday of the term, and Box Tops will not be carried over from term to term—so save up 10 Box Tops before you turn them in.
NOTE: Teachers are not required to accept coupons for extra credit —so please check with teacher before presenting it. Also, you may combine more than one coupon for a class.
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Kelly Cobia, one of our students at Payson Junior High, was awarded the Mayor's Youth Recognition Award by the Payson City Council earlier this week. This award recognizes Kelly's hard work and effort to improve our school and community. She helps other students to be successful while also increasing their confidence. Kelly was nominated for this award by teachers who have experienced and appreciated her contributions. Here's what they have to say:
"Kelly has always blown me away with her work ethic and her kindness towards others. She is a wonderful friend to her peers. She will make a huge difference in the world. I know, because she already has." - Ms. LeBaron
"Kelly Cobia is excited about life and learning. She engages 110% in every challenge; it is more important to her to understand and perform correctly than it is to get the grade. I see Kelly as a life-long learner, constantly curious and ever-expanding her knowledge. She has a smile that never quits." - Mrs. Hulet
"Kelly is a model student and a great example to her peers. She is always willing to participate and share her insight." – Mrs. Gillie
"Kelly is friendly and hard-working. She takes her education seriously and uses her time responsibly. She shows both effort and self initiative and is kind and helpful toward others. Our school is a better place because Kelly is in it. She is a role model for others." – Mr. Davis
Thanks, Kelly, for being such an awesome Grizzly and making us proud. Congratulations!
Date: 9/11/2017Time: 3:00 PMLocation Payson Junior High Conference room
Type of meeting
School Community Council
Meeting Agenda and Minutes
Found on PJHS Website
Sabrina Wilson Christina Lane
Emily Rigby Tara Makin
Carl Swenson Connie Ericksen
Travis Young John Plaisted
Vote for Chairperson and Co-chair
Review of Trustland monies and coming year monies
Parent/ Teacher Conferences, September 20th, 3:30-8:00pm
Items from members
Sept 15 School Dance 6 pm
Sept 18 SDD- Half Day for Students
Sept 20 Parent Teacher Conference 3:30
Sept. 25 Midterm
Sept. 28 7th Grade Vision Screening
Sept. 28-29 Shakespeare Competition- Cedar City
Another teacher that joined the faculty members at Payson High School is History Teacher Gabe Smith. Who arrived at PHS to bring the same fascination he had for History to his students. Mr. Smith achieved his ambition of becoming a History teacher and joined the PHS faculty. When asked why he decided to teach history, he said he had a fascination with learning about diverse cultures and wars, and that he “always had an affinity to help people out.” He also wants all the students to know that he’s always there to help and listen if you need someone to talk to.He likes metal music and going to those kind of concerts in his free time, as well as playing Magic the Gathering, gaming, reading and sports.
Ms. Mosbacker joined the teaches at Payson High School and is now a History Teacher, that’s here for her students’ success and to help anyone who needs help. Ms. Mosbacker is here to inspire students to succeed just like her past teachers have inspired her. When asked why she wanted to become a teacher she replied, “...I wanted to share my love of history with others so I became a History teacher.” In her free time, Ms. Mosbacker enjoys reading, video games and playing Dungeons and Dragons. So far what she likes about Payson is that everyone is so nice and welcoming and that the students have so much Pride for the school.
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After learning about Vincent Van Gogh and his style of painting, two of his most famous paintings, Starry Starry Night and Sunflowers, were their choices to draw and paint.
Students were not allowed to use the watercolors straight out of the watercolor tray but were to be mixed and blended for a more realistic look. Great job!
Wednesday, Sept. 6
- Boy’s Golf @ Hobble Creek
- 3:30 pm – Girls Tennis @ Uintah
Thursday, Sept 7
- 9:05 am Josten’s meeting in Auditorium (seniors then juniors)
- 3:30 pm JV Football @ Park City
- 4:00 pm Girls Soccer @ Spanish Fork
- 8:30 pm PHS Night Parade
Friday, Sept 8
- 9:05 am Homecoming Assembly Auditorium (#2 Assembly Schedule)
- Girl’s Tennis @ St. George Tournament
- 7:00 pm – Football VS Park City
Saturday, Sept 9
- 7:00 pm Homecoming Dance (in the cafeteria)
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Our amazing MNJHS LIA and Student Council members particpated in the Payson Onion Days parade this week. Students delighted parade watchers by cooling them down with a few squirts of water. (Faculty & staff members in the audience may have received a few extra squirts!) These students exemplify leadership and dedication at MNJHS. We were excited to help our students Be The Change and Hear The Roar! Go MNJHS!
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This week is our membership and donations drive. The top two classes that have returned the envelope and flyers by Friday September 8th will receive donuts in their first period class. The funds raised are used to provide dinners for teachers during Parent Teacher Conferences, Teacher Appreciation week and grants for teachers to buy what their students need. Last year we gave $400 in teacher grants. The grants purchased books, sewing supplies a projector and much more.
We appreciate you supporting our wonderful school!
Another new teacher who’s excited, not only to be a Lion, but to teach science to the students of Payson High is teacher, Linsee Park.
Ms. Park started teaching Chemistry and Science because she’s “always loved science and learning how things work”. She also likes that she can leave students in an “aha” moment where something clicks in your brain. She became a teacher because of the positive impact that other teachers left on her, and she hopes to do the same for her own students. When asked what she liked about PHS, she replied, “I love how kind and welcoming all the teachers and students have been to me this year. There is a great sense of community and togetherness that makes you feel like you’re part of something.”
Friday August 25, Payson’s Student Council put on an assembly that introduced the 2017-2018 theme, got the students excited for the upcoming events and pinned each grade against each other with head-to-head competitions. From the very beginning the students were making noise, cheering, laughing and singing along to the songs being played.
During the competitions everyone fought for points, but by the end the seniors came out victorious.Their prize, bragging rights and the beloved spirit stick that the student council introduced for this year. According to Jose Valle, Student Body President, he believes that this has been one of the most spirited assembly’s that the Juniors and Seniors have ever seen. He said, “Most everyone got into it. The Juniors and Seniors were definitely into it, but I know some people were upset about the fact that the Sophomores wouldn’t stand up. That's , they just came from being top dog at the Jr high, and now they are the bottom again.” The behavior of the Sophomores was a little disappointing, but hopefully their attitude will change over time.
Valle’s idea on why they didn’t get involved is mainly because of the tech problems which forced them to pick a side to talk to, and that made it more difficult for others to get into it. In the future Valle believes that the Sophomores will get more spirited and involved.
This assembly was the most attained assembly in a very long time, and Claire Rowley accredits that to the new assembly schedule. People were skipping assemblies because they could just sleep in and then come to first period afterwards, but since they put it after first period students were already there. Also, teachers were supposed to walk their students down to the gym and the teachers without a class and blocked the doors not letting kids sluff.
Overall, this assembly will be considered a success. It definitely got the students excited about this school year, and now everyone is pumped for the school year.