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Rachel Holt - February 2018 PEAK Award Winner

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 1:39pm

PJHS teacher extraordinaire, Mrs. Holt, recieved a PEAK award this month for her dedication to and hard work for the students and other faculty at Payson Jr. High School.

“Mrs. Holt goes above and beyond the call of duty. Although her increasingly busy home life (she is a mother of two beautiful children!) pulls her home more and more, she fights it and recommits herself to her profession daily. While she is at school, she is 100% at school. She juggles three different courses--Honors English for seventh grade, keyboarding, and student council."

“First, in Honors English she is the queen of engaging extra activities. So many teachers feel the pressure of the state core, and feel like it doesn’t allow time for the 'fun things'--Mrs. Holt makes time! Her students are always excited and engaged with their content because of her. She isn’t afraid to spend a little time on creative, artistic and fun things because she knows that’s how students will retain their learning. Her students produce impressive projects that really show their learning, and she proudly displays them in the hallways of the school. Her enthusiastic and creative ideas have definitely spread throughout our English Department."

'Keyboarding wasn’t a course that Mrs. Holt ever aspired to teach. There was a need, she was asked, and she filled it! She worked in her first few years on the extra teaching certification, along with the other million things new teachers are asked to do, to be able to teach it, and teach it well. She is always trying new things to motivate and capture her students to become excellent typists, including 'Blackout Wednesday' and other silly and motivating days."

“With the student council students, Mrs. Holt expects excellence, and that’s what she gets. Her students always do a great job creating uplifting events and advertising them. They are so professional on the morning announcements and at school assemblies--and you know it's because of Mrs. Holt behind the scenes!"

“Mrs. Holt brings so much to her classes and to the school. She is beloved among students, staff and parents. Her positivity uplifts everyone around her, and we are all inspired by her desire to do good. Mrs. Holt exemplifies excellence in teaching.”

Thank you for everything you do, Mrs. Holt!

Categories: Payson, Secondary

American Indian Caucus Day Field Trip

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 1:35pm
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Eileen Quintana, the Nebo Native American Program Manager, took 26 Nebo School District students on a trip to the state capitol. Three students (Canyon Haveron, SHHS, Ciera Alldredge, PHS, and Alfredo Quintana, MMHS) job shadowed senators and representatives for the day, which gave them an inside look into the process of law-making.

Those who didn't shadow were able to tour the capitol, including the "Telling My Utah Story" exhibit. Students visited the Museum of Fine Arts to see the "Go West" exhibit, which contains art of the American Frontier from the Buffalo Bill Center of the West. This exhibit examines the development and disruption of the American West through more than eighty original artworks by Euro-American and Plains Indian artists. Kerrick Walker, PJHS student, was present at this wonderful event.

Students had the opportunity to meet and talk with Senator Henderson about issues that are of concern for our community. Students enjoyed seeing the artwork and sitting in the balcony where bills are passed into law. The American Indian Caucus Day gathering took place right next door, under the supervision of the Director of Division of Indian Affairs, Shirlee Silversmith, and her staff. As Nebo students entered the tribal leaders assembly, they were honored to have Navajo Nation Vice President Jonathan Nez address them with a special talk about responsibilities of future leaders. Goshute tribal Chairman Rupert Steele offered a prayer and blessed Nebo students on stage at this tribal leaders conference. Students met and ate with Utah tribal leaders and delegates who were very happy to see young Native American youth participating in this event. The field trip was informative and an important teaching experience.

Categories: Payson, Secondary

Nebo Education Foundation Partners with Amazon Smile

Tue, 02/06/2018 - 12:04pm

Nebo Education Foundation partners with Amazon Smile

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The donations that come into the Nebo Education Foundation are then given back to teachers and schools through grants. 

Categories: Payson, Secondary

February Mayor Award

Fri, 02/02/2018 - 2:45pm

The recipient of the Mayor Award for February is PJHS student Bryson Jensen. Bryson was selected for this award because of his positivity, friendliness, and determination. Here's what some of Bryson's teachers have to say about him: 

Bryson is in my English class.  He is such a good student.  He does his work, stays on task, and is a good friend to his classmates.  He is also quite the artist.  For his Martin Luther King Junior project, he drew a picture on a poster board of MLK for the wall. He is a great guy. I am so happy I get to teach him. – Ms. DeGraffenried

Bryson has been in my social studies classes the last two years and also on my wrestling team. I have seen him work through some very tough situations and succeed. He has learned to overcome discouragement by keeping a positive attitude. Bryson is friendly and works well with others. I wholeheartedly recommend Bryson for this award. - Mr. Ward

Bryson is determined to always do his best.  He works hard to finish his work and do it to the best of his ability. – Mr. Houston

Bryson is good at asking for help when he needs it. He works very hard to keep up his grades. He is also great at art. I love to see the beautiful pictures he creates. He is always polite to teachers and other students. – Mrs. Sepos

Congratulations, Bryson! Thank you for being an example to all of us here at PJHS.

Categories: Payson, Secondary

Get Away Today

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 7:41am

Watch for your new Get Away Today magazine to come home with your student soon. It is filled with travel specials for your family including Adults at Kids’ Prices at the Disneyland Resort for travel in January, February, and May 2018! Plus, you can still get 2018 tickets at 2017 prices before they go up! Get the details at Remember, with every vacation purchased Get Away Today will donate back to Nebo Education Foundation.

Categories: Payson, Secondary

Mental Health Parent Awareness Nights

Mon, 01/22/2018 - 12:18pm

Nebo School District will be hosting a series of Parent Awareness Nights. The topics of discussion will include mental health and safety planning with youth. Several community service providers will be present to answer question and help individuals to access services. See the event flyer for more information.

Categories: Payson, Secondary

PJHS Counselor Selected as Educator of the Week

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 1:34pm

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!

Click here to read the rest of the Daily Herald's article.

Categories: Payson, Secondary

Nebo School District Parent Night

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 3:46pm

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.

Categories: Payson, Secondary

January Mayor Award

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 3:31pm

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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!

Categories: Payson, Secondary