Our MNJHS Band will be performing a concert this evening at Payson High School from 7-8pm. Everyone is welcome to attend. Students in Choir or General Music classes can attend for concert attendance credit points. (There will no concert attendance opportunities after Christmas so make sure to attend a concert soon!)
The Payson PTA is sponsoring a clothing drive/fundraiser, and they need your help! They're looking for clothes, shoes, bedding, towels, soft toys, fabric, and accessories (e.g. purses).
This is a textile drive run by GiveIt. GiveIt is a charity organization for the MS Foundation. Funds raised will go toward SEP dinners, the Reflections Contest, and Teacher Appreciation Week.
There will be contest between 3rd period classes for a doughnut part. It will run from December 11-January 10. The goal is to fill 300 bags, schoolwide, with donations.
This week through December 19th, Payson Jr. High is participating in Money Wars. Students who are able are asked to bring cash donations to lunch and put them in the jar for their respective grades. This is a wonderful opportunity for our students to have a positive, direct impact on the lives of a Payson family in need. The grade which raises the most amount of money will also have the chance to attend the Mr. Grizzly assembly next week.
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Teachers recognized the following students: Addee Haws, Piper Welton, Jicel Barajas-Duenas, Ariana Wilson, Jaquelle Jones, Mason Earl, Aiden Cisneros, Mariana Suarez, Preslee Martin, Colton Clayson, Andie Snow, Harrison Sullivan, Levi Kennard, Brooklyn Atwood, Melissa Roberts, Max Santillan, Libby Ford, Adrian Raynoso, Alli Mangum, Asher Faust, Zoe Geldmacher, George Peacock, Sophia Rogers, Jenna Pitcher, Abigail Solorzano, Tylee Parent, Kaizley Anderson, Remington Hunsaker, Savanna Peterson, Lincoln Kennard, Mia Pineda, Cole Neves, Ella Deschamps, Jade Paul, Cheyenne Fulton, Maxwell Neal, Ireland McKinney, Jake Bullard, Alex Montgomery, Zachary Wright, Valerie Solorzano, Joseph Mittleman, Kenadee McDaniel, Rylee Nielsen, Brooklyn Bird, Blane Christensen, Shakya allred, Taryn Wimmer, Josh Moe, Olivia Willes, Cooper Swasey, Taylor McMurdie, Drayke Bloom, Taya Bassir, Natalie Marvin, and Luke Sutton.
Our MNJHS Panther Boys and Girls basketball teams will be playing Salem Jr. High at 3:30pm today, Dec. 11th. Head on over to Salem Jr. to watch the games and cheer our students on!
Hear the ROAR! A Panther is: RESPECTFUL, OUTSTANDING, ACADEMIC and RESPONSIBLE! Congratulations to Mallory Chapman for being nominated as our MNJHS Panther of the Day on Friday, December 8, 2017. Mallory was nominated by Mrs. Johnson for being kind and thoughtful.
Happy Monday Tiger Families!
With the winter months and more severe weather conditions of winter we wanted to review our inclement weather and student illness procedures to both reassure and help parents and patrons prepare and plan.
•We recommend that students arrive at school no earlier than 8:30 for supervision purposes. If arriving earlier, the building will be open at 8:00 for students to wait for the start of class in the front office area.
•Children should arrive at school dressed for the weather of the day so they can safely and comfortably enjoy recesses. In winter months, children should remember to bring shoes to change into from their snow boots. All healthy children will be expected to go out for recess except in extreme weather conditions (wind chill, rain, snow, etc.).
•If your child cannot participate in recess for health reasons, please send a note to this effect. If it is to be a prolonged indoor stay (longer than 3 days) please send a note from the doctor.
•Students will remain inside in extreme weather conditions such as: very cold temperatures (below 20 degrees) and wind chill, heavy rain and snowfall, unhealthy air/inversions (we check air quality daily).
•Please be considerate and safety conscious as you drop off and pick up students at school. The winter months see an increase in the number of cars. Remember to: not block the flow of traffic, not block cross walk area, use parking stalls not pull through lanes if you need to enter the building. PLEASE DO NOT PARK BEHIND THE CARS THAT ARE PARKED ON 100 SOUTH!! This blocks people in and it is so dangerous for students to be entering cars in this area!
•In the event of a major weather event (severe storm, power outage...) The District’s ParentLink system will be used to notify parents this can be in the form of an automated phone call, text, or email. For this information to reach you it is important that you keep your contact information current within the online SIS system. Information will also be posted and updated on the district web page www.nebo.edu. If we need to evacuate the school we would go to LDS Church (on 100 S, the green church). All teachers and staff members will remain at school to care for the students. Unless otherwise notified, we will release students only to responsible adults or family members.
Child Guidelines. Is your child too sick for school?
You are probably very aware of the fact that there are a lot of cold and flu germs circulating in our community at this time. This same situation can be found throughout the state and even across the country.
In order to reduce the number of students, faculty and staff being exposed to these illnesses, we are asking that you carefully review the attached list that has been provided by the Utah County Health Department. By keeping sick children home, the chances of spreading the illnesses is greatly reduced. If your child shows any of these signs while they are at school, we will notify you immediately so that you can take them home until they have recovered.
We greatly appreciate all that you do to ensure that your children are in school each and every day when they are healthy. Attendance is so important for student success. When you child is ill or absent for appointments etc., please call the school office to excuse them. We greatly appreciate your cooperation in helping us keep our school a safe and healthy place to be.
~Should They Stay or Should They Go?
Children, staff, parents and/or volunteers will be excluded from the classroom if any of the following are noted:
• Fever of 100 degrees or above orally
• Nausea, vomiting or abdominal pain
• Diarrhea-frequent, loose, watery stools
• Unusual drowsiness or tiredness
• Sore throat, acute cold or persistent cough
• Runny nose (thick green/yellow discharge) (non allergenic)
• Red, inflamed or discharging eyes (pink eye) (non allergenic) must be treated with antibiotic drop/ointment for at least 24 hours before returning to school
• Swollen glands around jaws, ears or neck
• Any skin sore oozing of fluid, suspected impetigo (may have a yellow crusty discharge from sore)
• Suspected head or body lice (untreated)
• An unexplained rash
• Symptoms which may suggest an acute illness
Conditions needing treatment with an antibiotic may return to the classroom after at least 24 hours of treatment and a decrease in symptoms.
~Interested in Substitute Teaching? Please contact Kelly Educational Staffing Services: (801) 373-1616 or online at http://www.kesutah.appone.com/http://www.kesutah.appone.com/
We love having our own parents substitute in our school!
~PENNY WARS! Our Penny War is going STRONG! We appreciate all the contributions. We will continue this until Friday. On Monday, we will be announcing which Grade Level will have the opportunity to choose students to throw pies in my face. YIKES!!:)
12/12 9:15 Taylor Elementary Fine Arts Christmas Assembly
12/12 - 12/13 PK Hearing Screening
12/18 PTA providing Monday Munchies to Staff
12/19 2:00 pm 3rd Grade Christmas Program
12/21 EARLY OUT Dismiss at 12:00
12/22 - 1/1 No School
Mr. Lai's class has been working on 3D printing thanks to a donation of a 3D printer from Mr. Lai's brother-in-law and a Donorchoose grant from PWC in New York. They are working on making ornaments for Christmas and backpack tags for their first-grade buddies, that still have some trouble memorizing their phone number.
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Leaders at Barnett Elementary had the opportunity to attend a BYU Women's basketball game in November. Students that exhibited great behavior were able to go to the game. On the morning of the 21st, students loaded up in buses and headed for the Marriott Center. There students were given a free pom pom to use to cheer for BYU. BYU was up against UVU- in a cross town game. BYU ened up winning the game! Barnett students laughed, cheered, and danced for a chance to be on the big screen. It was a great day awarding the leaders who worked so hard to get there. Keep working hard Bulldogs! Thank you BYU for creating memories for so many kids!
Congratulations to Steffanie Zavala for being selected as the Utah Valley Student Of The Week! Steffanie is a 9th grade student at MNJHS. She is active In LIA (Latinos In Action), Student Council, and National Junior Honor Society. Steffanie is a hardworking student who mentors elementary students and loves helping others.
Congratulations to Amber Capell, a math teacher at MNJHS, for being selected as the Utah Valley Educator of the Week! Mrs. Capell also won the Crystal Apple in 2013, and Teacher of the Year for MNJHS in 2016-2017. Principal Troy Peterson said, “Amber has been instrumental is implementing math curriculum changes within our school and the district.” Mrs. Capell is an amazing teacher and great support to students at MNJHS!
Congratulations Macy Lara and Amy Smith! They synergized and found this week’s Pawkemon. Way to go Lions!
Hear the ROAR! A Panther is: RESPECTFUL, OUTSTANDING, ACADEMIC and RESPONSIBLE! Congratulations to Tyson Ross and Heidi Robinson for being nominated as our MNJHS Panthers of the Day on Wednesday, December 6, 2017. Tyson was nominated by Mrs. Reber for helping in class. Heidi was nominated by Mr. Call for helping making our school look good, without being asked.
Today, Dec. 7th, at 3:30pm the MNJHS Basketball teams will be playing Spanish Fork Junior High in the Mt. Nebo gyms. Come support our Panthers and cheer for our teams! The games are exciting and full of fast paced action. Admission is FREE.
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The recipient of the Mayor Youth Recognition Award for December is Hayley Ringger. Hayley is receiving this award for her outstanding positive attitude, willingness to help others, and the kindness she shows to her fellow students at PJHS. Take a look at what some of the faculty members at our school have to say about Hayley:
"I had Hayley last year in 7th grade Honors Math. She is such a positive person and always went the extra mile in my class. She has a great attitude and enthusiasm for everything she does. Hayley is perfect for this award!" – Mrs. Purcell
"Hayley works in the front office as an office aide during third period each day. We have a very busy office, and each day Hayley jumps in without even being asked to answer phones, deliver notes, and any other task that needs to be addressed. She does each task without complaint and with a cheerful attitude. We rely heavily on Hayley to help the office run smoothly. She is an amazing girl, and we appreciate all she does." – Mrs. Penny Wilson
"Hayley is a very good student in my class. She is prompt and pays attention well. She sets a good example for her fellow students. I recommend her without reservation to receive this award." – Mr. Ward
"As well as being an excellent student, Hayley is an outstanding citizen and kind person. I love having her in choir. Hayley works hard, is very conscientious, and is a friend to all." – Mrs. Bolz
"Hayley is always on top of the ball. She participates in many outside activities and is in honors classes. She is willing to ask questions and help other students. She rocks at being a good example to her peers." – Ms. LeBaron
"Hayley is always willing to complete the assigned tasks from the office. She works hard and is very pleasant with everyone she associates with. Hayley works well with others and is a dedicated student. In addition, she has excellent attendance. PJHS is proud of Hayley Ringger." – Principal Swenson
Thank you for being such an awesome example to all of us at PJHS, Hayley. Congratulations!
Tis the season of giving, receiving and loving. Almost everyone can agree, unless you’re a real scrooge, that this time of year is filled with a lot more joy and love than the other 11 months of the year. Everyone is in the spirit of giving and looking for ways to show you care about someone. It’s definitely a special time. Why do you think kids love Christmas the most out of all the holidays? It may start because they get presents, but there is more to it there is a different feel in the air this time of year.
There’s a reason that schools take weeks off for Christmas, there isn’t any other holliday that schools will shut down for that long, not one. It’s because this is the holiday that brings together family and friends. Kennedy Williams said, “ooh, my siblings and I sleep downstairs in sleeping bags for fun.” Christmas brings together families that might not do much together, and makes them want to do things with each other. Emily Howarth said,”My family has Christmas Eve dinner at my great grandparents house!” Once again Christmas is bringing people together.
Let’s not forget what Christmas is all about, the season of giving. Whether you’re giving a little or a lot, it doesn’t matter. The giving of gifts to family, friends, or even people you might not even know. There’s always places to donate, especially around Christmas time. In front of Walmart there are places to donate your spare change, there’s tons of toy and clothing drives always looking for donations, and there are soup kitchens where you can donate money but you can donate time too. There’s so many opportunities to give this time of year, and that is a big way you can keep the Christmas spirit in your mind and heart.
As Christmas rolls around please remember why we celebrate Christmas. Keep in mind those you love, and those who are in need of love. There are so many people out there who want to feel Christmas in their hearts and with your help we can share that spirit with everyone. So keep your eyes open for those that you can help in anyway possible.With the right attitude and some good Christmas spirit we can change many hearts.
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Mr. Lai's class went in to help their first-grade buddies in Mrs. Taylors class learn some coding. They made an elf do a little boogie and dance. They also designed snowflakes using simple coding where you drag and drop parts of code.
Mrs. Laura Brockbank has been visiting with 3-6th grade classes, helping teachers integrate music with their curriculum. Pictured is Ms. Grover's class.
Hear the ROAR! A Panther is: RESPECTFUL, OUTSTANDING, ACADEMIC and RESPONSIBLE! Congratulations to McKay Ewell and Phoenix Day for being nominated as our MNJHS Panthers of the Day on Tuesday, December 5, 2017. McKay was nominated by Ms. Mathews for staying after school to help with a project and having a great attitude. Phoenix was nominated by Mrs. Ewell for being a great friend who is loyal and shows compassion.
Hear the ROAR! A Panther is: RESPECTFUL, OUTSTANDING, ACADEMIC and RESPONSIBLE! Congratulations to Kenyan Gwin and McKenzie Van Dam for being nominated as our MNJHS Panthers of the Day on Monday, December 4, 2017. Kenyan was nominated by Mrs. Dinkel for always working hard and sharing during class discussions. McKenzie was nominated by Mrs. Wilson for turning in money which she had found.