Payson Jr. High School counselor John Plaisted was selected this week as the Daily Herald's Educator of the Week. From the article: "John Plaisted’s main objective is to help students be successful. As a counselor, he not only performs his daily and routine tasks, but he also looks for ways to help and encourage students to be successful students." We are thankful to have Mr. Plaisted as a counselor for our students at Payson Jr. High. Thanks for all you do, John!
On Monday, January 8, 2018, Nebo School District will present a Parent Awareness Night under Utah House Bill 329, "Programs for Youth Protection." The topics of discussion will include improving mental health, and safety planning with youth; several community service providers will be present to answer questions and help individuals access services. This event will take place on Monday, January 8, 2018, at 6:30 pm at Spanish Fork High School (99 N 300 W Spanish Fork, Utah) in the auditorium. Some schools will grant their students detention credit if they attend with their parents.
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The recipient of the Mayor Award for January is PJHS student Viviana Lopez. Viviana was selected for this award because of her hard work in school, her willingness to participate and help others, and her positive attitude. Here are what some of Viviana's teachers have to say:
Viviana Lopez was elected LIA president by her peers. She's an excellent leader and always does her best efforts to have a friendly environment to make everybody feel that anything is possible. Viviana is organized, a hard worker, and an achieved student. I have no doubt that Viviana will accomplish whatever she chooses to do in life. I see daily how her peers seek her out everyday, that is the highest praise anyone can give. - Mrs. Padlock
Viviana is great at participating in class and helping those around her. She is always trying to solve problems on her own, but is not shy about asking for help when she needs to. She is a hard worker and a great student to be the recipient of the Mayor's Award! - Ms. Failes
She is so helpful in ESL. She always tries to answer the questions in group discussions - and most of the time is spot on! She is a kind student - looking out for people who need extra help. - Ms. Clayton
Vivi is a fun and vivacious personality who is a hard worker and a good example to others in the school. - Mr. Davis
I had Viviana last year, but she was always a good student. She also was willing to help those around her in class when they didn't understand. I also know that she is very involved in LIA and does that. What a rockstar! - Ms. LeBaron
Viviana is a student who doesn't go unnoticed. She quietly comes in each day ready to work and do her best. Viviana is diligent about coming prepared daily and putting in her best effort. I love her happy disposition and her willingness to participate--she is a model student and a fine example to her peers. Congrats! - Mrs. Gillie
Great work, Viviana! Thank you for being a Grizzly Hero!
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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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!
Don't forget that Parent-Teacher Conferences will be happening at PJHS next Wednesday from 3:30 to 8:00 pm!
Each month, teachers from one department at PJHS pick students who are respectful, hard-working, and show genuine kindness to those around them. These students then become the Students of the Month. The students of the month for November are Gage Hooper, Riann Joel, Willow Welch, Dillan Hayward, Tatumn Coon, and Jaden Wickham. Great job being kind and amazing!
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Take a look at what our Latinos in Action class is doing at Park View Elementary! They're having a great time and love helping these students with their education. They always bring a smile!
Mr. Corbett received the Crystal Apple Award for his outstanding dedication to his students and his efforts to help them succeed. Congratulations, Mr. Corbett! Thanks for being a Grizzly Hero!
If you made it into the Grizzly Club for Term 1, congratulations! As part of your reward, you have the opportunity to go to the movies next Monday (during school!) to see the highly anticipated film Wonder, based on the popular novel of the same name. Get your $3 and permission slip to Mrs. Allen in the finance office before Monday the 20th if you want to go!
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Payson High School will be staging a production of Matthew Barber's play, Enchanted April, through Wednesday, November 15th. Based on Elizabeth Von Arnim's beloved novel of the 1920s, Enchanged April is a gentle and romantic comedy of manners. Against the backdrop of a country still reeling from World War I, Enchanted April offers to its characters and viewers a necessary balm of sunshine and renewal.
Please support our students, our community, and the arts. It means so much to our students when they see you in the audience. This is a beautiful play, and the students have done a fantastic job. Thank you for your support.
You can purchase tickets online here.
The Nebo After School Clubs will be hosting a Lights On! event on Monday, November 6, at 6:00 pm. The event will be at the Advanced Learning Center in Salem. All are welcome to attend. It's going to be magical!
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This month, our student Melanie King was awarded the Mayor's Youth Recognition Award by the Payson City Council. This award recognizes Melanie's hard work and positive attitude. Melanie was nominated for this award by teachers who have experienced and appreciated her efforts. Here's what some of them have to say:
"Melanie King is always hard-working, self motivated, and the first to volunteer when one of her fellow students needs help or assistance. Furthermore, she sets a high standard for herself and encourages those around her to do the same. Always a quick smile, and a kind word to those she comes into contact with."
"Melanie is a dream student. She always completes her work on time and it is perfectly done. She is kind and respectful--so deserving of this award!!" - Ms. Clayton
"Melanie is nice, obedient, hard working, friendly, curious, and she participates and is fun to have in class. She is also very humble. She is a good role model for all students to follow." – Mr. Howell
Great work, Melanie! Keep it up!
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Today at Payson Jr. High, we held an assembly to celebrate Red Ribbon Week. Students participated in the 500 Mile Walk touting the anti-bullying posters they'd made with the help of their teachers and fellow classmates. At the assembly, students sang encouraging songs to help us remember the importance of being a friend to everyone. We also heard from some of the baseball players at Brigham Young University who shared some of their experiences and wisdom about being kind and choosing good friends. It was a wonderful experience for everyone involved! Remember, Grizzlies: bullying is trash. Kick it to the curb!
On Friday October 6, the Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce honored several individuals and organizations for supporting education. These individuals were honored because of their support to education from cash donations, volunteering, and help in many other ways.
Chad Rowley, representing Cherry Hill Farms and Payson Fruit Growers, was honored from Payson Junior High School. These organizations help have helped PJHS through the years by providing employment for students, helping with apples for activities, and many other ways.
Payson Junior High School is very grateful for all of the help and support we receive for our students from these
Thank you to our community and parents for supporting our students!
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This month, our student Addi Slider was awarded the Mayor's Youth Recognition Award by the Payson City Council. This award recognizes Addi's positive attitude and kindness toward other Payson Jr. High students. Addi was nominated for this award by teachers who have experienced and appreciated her contributions. Here's what some of them have to say:
"Always sweet and friendly to everyone!! Really cares about people and their feelings!" – Mrs. Paxton
"Addi is a bright spot in B-Hall. She says hi to people by name, compliments constantly, and encourages people to make good choices. She is awesome." – Mrs. Bragg
"She is always happy and kind to everyone. She works hard in her classes and does her best. She makes your day a little brighter when she smiles at you." – Mrs. C. Wilson
"Addi is very VERY kind to all. She is always concerned for others, and is always looking for the good she can do for them. She is very deserving of this award. I could honestly go on and on." – Miss Simons
"Addi is always friendly to all students. She enjoys school and is willing to help others enjoy school. Addi will always give me and others a high five. PJHS is a better school because of Addi." – Mr. Swenson
PJHS Singles Badminton Tournament
- October 24th after school
- All are welcome!
- Sign up with Mr. Archer
It’s hard to believe October is here. We are now in the second half of term 1, this is a great time to check with your students and make sure they are on track to have a successful term 1. If you have any questions please contact the teacher. Thank you for all of the support to our students. Please visit our Social Media sites for updated information.
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After school Clubs
It is not too late to join an after school club! We still have spaces available in many of the clubs going on right now. We will also be starting a Watercolor Painting Club on Monday September 25th. It you like drawing and painting come join this club!
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.
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.
Oct 2 School Community Council
Oct 3 Jr. High Golf @ Hobble Creek 12 pm
Oct 4 Girls Tennis @ Salem Jr. 3:30
Oct 5 Girls Tennis @ PHS 3:30
Oct 6 Cross Country @ Springville 3:30
Oct 7 Freshmen Football @ Maple Mountain 4 pm
Oct 9 Girls Tennis JV District Final 8 am
Jr. High Golf 10 am
Oct 10 Girls Tennis 8 am
Oct 11 English Classes to Hale Theater 6:30 pm
Oct 12 Fall Choir Concert 7 pm
Oct 13 Cross Country District Finals 3:30
Oct 19-20 Fall Break No School
Oct 26 9th grade Field trip to the planetarium (Earth System classes only)
Oct 27 End of Term
Oct 31 Halloween
Stratford Division: Junior High Group: Payson Jr. High School
3rd Place overall sweepstakesPJHS was the highest scoring junior high in the participating Nebo School District!!!
Hannah Bibler placed 1st out of 50 competing monologuesDevin Hancock placed 4th out of 50 competing monologues Aeva McLauchlin placed 8th out of 50 competing monologues Trio Scene's:Grady Grimshaw, Emilee Owens, and Ethan Faux placed 12th out of 33 competing scenesAryanna Sasser, Londyn McMurdie, and Sydney Lane placed 13th out of 33 competing scenes The large Ensemble scene placed 7th out of 19 Ensemble scenes Duo Dance:Ellie Jorgensen, Devin Hancock, and John Wayne placed 6th out of 19 Ensemble Dance:Placed 8th out of 19 CONGRATULATIONS!!!