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All registration for secondary schools will open August. 1, 2018. At that time you will be able to access your student’s Aspire account to make all necessary updates, sign all e-documents, and pay the registration fees due for the coming school year.

Please note, you must allow 24-48 business hours for student schedules to be released, upon receipt of payment. We are looking forward to the 2018-2019 school year!

Click on the Registraion tab in the menu bar for more registration information. 

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Football Announcement

Thu, 06/28/2018 - 11:37am
Attributions: Derek Campbell

We invite all desiring to participate in football to come join the summer workouts starting July 9th, Monday through Thursday 6-8:30pm, Fridays 7-9am, in preparation for the football season practices beginning July 30th.

Before players are able to participate in the July 30th practices, they must register on "Register My Athlete" and have a physical (physical paperwork from RMA). Participation fees also paid to the Payson HS finance office.

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Mon, 06/18/2018 - 8:18am

Our summer office hours will be Monday -Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. We will be closed on July 4th and July 24th. The Finance Office will be closed on Tuesday, June 19. Have a great summer break!

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Gutierrez wins Utah Valley Student of the Week

Mon, 05/21/2018 - 10:42am

Payson High LIA President wins Utah Valley Student of the Week.  Read the full article here.

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Garff named Daily Herald’s Teacher of the week

Mon, 05/21/2018 - 10:39am

Alicia Garff was named Daily Herald’s Teacher of the Week for the week of May 20. She is a loved by her students because she is continually making unique learning opportunities for them.  They have gone on field trips, used candy to chart data, and have been very successful in their testing and state performance standards.  Finishing her fifth year of teaching, Garff goes right along with the year's theme of being UNSTOPPABLE! Congratulations on this special recognition. Read the full article here.

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May 2018 Mane Street Journal

Wed, 05/16/2018 - 10:06am
Attributions: Harlee Huff

It is that time of year again. The time that every student both dreads and loves. It's the time of end of the year testing and finals but it's also the final month before summer vacation. It's the time that we say good-bye to our seniors and watch as they go off to start their lives. It's also the time for the very last edition of the Mane Street Journal for the 2017-2018 school year. Thank you so much for all the support that you have given us this year. So without further ado please enjoy this months edition of The Mane Street Journal.


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Carpentry projects set to wow audiences again

Mon, 05/14/2018 - 11:02am
Attributions: Kate Searle
(more pictures available)

Mrs. Carlson and her team of wood shop students have filled the Payson High main gym with wood wonders once again this year.  Pieces range from bed stands, dressers and drawers, to nightstands, pool tables, and hope chests.  

Many of these projects have been in the works since the beginning of the year and highlight the different skills available within the woodworking trade.  Many pieces this year have logos or images etched, burned, or laser printed into the wood.

Come stop by the gym tonight until 8:00 pm to see this amazing showcase.

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Lions wear pink to help Strike Out Cancer

Fri, 05/04/2018 - 11:35am
Attributions: Kate Searle

On May 1, baseball lovers and community members came together at the “Strike Out Cancer” Payson vs. Lehi baseball game to support Dena Hiatt and her fight against cancer.  Hiatt, whose son is on the Payson Baseball team, expressed in an email to Payson High, “It is things like the coming together of a small little baseball community on our behalf that reminds me how much love and support we have.  No matter what happens we will be alright!”

Supporters donated items that ranged from baseball equipment to goodies and blankets. Fans were encouraged to “Bid on the cause, not the item” which resulted in $5,200 total funds raised.  The next day, at the Lehi High baseball field, as the Lions battled the Pioneers again, many were touched as the Lehi Baseball team wore pink to show their support of the Hiatt family and presented the family with a gift basket.  

“It meant so much to see so many people supporting the cause and Payson Baseball,” says Hiatt.  She adds, “Thank you for all your donations whether it be money, auction items, time out of your busy lives, all the baseball parents working on our behalf, your kind words and prayers.”

We wish the Hiatts the best as they continue their fight.


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Our High School Years

Tue, 05/01/2018 - 10:39am
Attributions: Article by Millie Durfee. Photo by The Score

 Graduation, whether you are excited for it or dreading it, it’s been on our minds since kindergarten. We have worked for thirteen years to get to this point. Everyone has gone through life experiences as small as making the first boxed mac and cheese dinners of many, all the way up to learning how to do complex trigonometry and how to make a somewhat correct works cited page. If you think about it, we’ve come so far. Who would have thought that one sheet of paper would affect our lives so much.

We’re all going out in the real world after graduation to become the people we choose to be, but when we look back to old memories of ourselves and think about all the things we had in high school, it has been an unforgettable adventure. From seeing each other grow up together, to seeing each other earn crazy awards, to developing skills many people wouldn’t think to learn or have the courage to do, I hope we all look back to 2018, and I hope we think of the days where we were all laughing, cheering on our teams, dancing at prom, and going on field trips we never asked for but will someday be envious of.

Class of 2018 be proud of yourself, because we have finally gotten past all of the troubles of high school, and were moving onto the next step in our lives. We have been molded by hard working, selfless, wonderful people, for many years and now it’s our time to act alone. We have to make our own decisions and use the tools and advice to become successful wonderful people. Congratulations seniors. Were all so proud of you and never forget that your always apart of the Lion Pride!


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2018 Keys to Success Assembly

Fri, 04/27/2018 - 10:43am
Attributions: By: Alfonso De La Torre of The Lion's Roar Newspaper
(more pictures available)

  Utah’s KTS is an incentive program that gives out “Key Cards” to students during the school year which they can later cash into prizes from free food like Costa Vida to visits to the Natural History Museum of Utah and The Loveland Living Planet Aquarium. At the end of every school year, there’s an assembly where finalists that meet certain criteria are required to attend.  This assembly happened on Friday, April 10th.

  Fifty finalists were called down by color groups and students were singled out for a mini “interview” where the presenter, asked the student who they wanted to join them down there to give them more luck. Warren Wilson called down the entire orchestra, others called down Choir students and the Soccer team to give them a spice of luck.  

  After every color group, there were small competitions like burrito eating contests, a tricycle race between Ms. Oda and Coach Clark—where Oda was victorious—and a money blowing machine where a student caught money straight from the air.

  Close to the end, the five finalists; Delhesmy Solis, Sage Jackson, Lylah Beaudry, Bryson Elliott and Grace Carillo were trying out five keys and inside an inflatable car, there was a box that only one key would unlock. The person who got the compatible key won an iPod and will move on towards a car giveaway.  The giveaway will be transmitted live on KUTV news and five brand-new cars will be handed out to the 10-13 finalists from different schools. A obvious look of pleasant surprise hit Sage Jackson when she realized that her key had been the one that opened the lock. 

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Technology Teacher Spotlight

Thu, 04/26/2018 - 10:07am
Attributions: Lana Hiskey

Marjie Ralph is an English teacher at Payson High School who has been teaching for 13 years. She currently teaches three different UVU concurrent enrollment courses. All sorts of technology are used in her classroom: Canvas, Google, Voice Thread, Screen Cast-o-Matic, Chromebooks, Google Extensions, Adobe Spark, and many other cloud-based tools. The technology tool that she claims is the most helpful is her Nebo Digital Coach. Marjie says, "I have found with technology I can spend a lot of time 'figuring it out,' or I can make one simple call to my digital coach, and she always knows what to do. I love having a digital coach that I can email, text, or have come to my classroom." Thanks to her digital coach, Marji has been inspired to work towards both an Ed Tech and CTE endorsement.

The original story can be found at

#nebohero #studentsuccess #empowerstudents #engagestudents #focusonstudents #loveUTpublicschools #utpol #uted

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Our Future

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 9:18am
Attributions: By: Ryan Craig

The Class of 2018 came in to this school together and now they’re getting ready to leave together. There’s only one more month left of this school year, and it’s nerve wracking to think about. The future is starting and some students are taking it like a champ. During College application week over 80% of students filled out an application to go to college. That number usually drops a little by the end of the year, but over 80% of the Seniors at one point decided they want to further their education.

This is what students have been working towards this year for a long time. According to Mrs. Mangum, the students on track to graduate  is well over 90%. The class of 2018 is taking their education very seriously and that’s why practically everyone is going to graduate. This is an amazing achievement, and we need to take pride in it.


When asked what excites you most about this graduating class, Mrs. Mangum said,”I think that this graduating class has such a big variety. There's so many students that are thriving in whatever they’re choosing to do.” We are the mighty, creative, and ready achieve anything lions. We have been preparing for our futures for a long time, and it’s finally here. So, here’s to us and our future. The class of 2018 is the future.

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This week at PHS

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 8:16am

Upcoming Events   

Monday, Apr. 23

  •  Girls Golf @ Spanish Oaks
  • 1:45 Collaboration with your team
  • 2:30 NHS Social

  Tuesday, Apr. 24

  •  9:00 Youth Support
  • 2:00-4:00 Mini Parent Teacher Conferences
  • 3:00 Baseball @ Uintah
  • 3:30 Boys Tennis @ Uintah
  • 3:30 Boys Soccer vs Spanish Fork
  • 4:00 Softball @ Lehi                             

Wednesday, Apr. 25

  •  Track @ Orem
  • Region Large Choir Festival
  • 1:00 Secretary Luncheon

Thursday, Apr 26    

  •  10:45 Career Fair
  • 3:00 Baseball vs Uintah
  • 3:30 Boys Tennis @ Orem
  • 4:00 Softball @ Uintah

 Friday, Apr. 27

  • Track @ Salem Hills
  • 9:00 Boys Tennis JV Regionals @ Mt.View
  • 11:00 Chris Crow-Oda’s classes
  • 3:30 Boys Soccer vs Uintah

Saturday, Apr. 28

  • State Solo & Ensemble Festival @ Orem High
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Six days until Summer Job Fair

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 11:54am
Attributions: Mrs. Searle

Unsure about how to earn money this summer? Or not sure if there is a different job you might like? Thursday, April 26 during lunch there will be businesses that are looking to hire. Come visit them by the cafeteria and main gym to see if they can offer you what you want when school gets out.  

Want to stand out from the competition? Bring a resume.  Not sure how to make a resume?  Google it.  Some favorites include and, but you can't go wrong with Microsoft Word or Google Docs.  Be sure to keep it concise and use power words.  What is a power word?  Take a look at this article that provides a comprehensive list of action verbs and characteristics to use to describe your skills.  

For example, instead of say, "I have had a lot of experience leading a team" you should write it with a power word: "Encourages others by fostering relationships of trust and transparency " or "Motivates team members with personal hard work and sacrifice."

Last tip: smile and make eye contact.  Making eye contact is a great communication skill that employers value.  If making eye contact is hard, fake it until you make it.  Stare at their ear if you have to, but simply making eye contact and providing a smile can set you far apart from the crowd.  

Good luck!

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Payson High School awarded the Energy Star Rating

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 11:23am
Attributions: Kate Searle

Being green has a new meaning at Payson High School since being awarded the Energy Star Rating for maintaining an energy efficient building. ENERGY STAR is a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency voluntary program that helps businesses and individuals save money and protect our climate through superior energy efficiency. Basically, Payson High uses 35% less energy and generates 35% fewer greenhouse gas emissions than similar buildings across the nation.  

The administration would like to thank teachers and students for helping to shut down computers, audio systems, projectors and other electronics each night and especially over long breaks. 

Think green.  Be green. Go Payson.

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April Online Magazine

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 12:40pm
Attributions: Harlee Huff

While April showers bring May flowers, April showers also bring a great time to curl up and read this months edition of The Mane Street Journal. In this months edition you can learn all about Payson High School's amazing Broadcasting Program and the classes that go with it. This month you can learn about classes like Math 1050 and Latinos in Action. You can also get an inside look at everything that goes into putting this magazine together.  And what would the Mane Street Journal be without keeping you updated on what sports are going on here at Payson High School this month. All in all, we have a great edition for you this month and we really hope you enjoy it.

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The Score's Concert at Payson High School

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 12:05pm
Attributions: By: Alfonso De La Torre of The Lions Roar Newspaper
(more pictures available)

World renowned band, The Score, visited Payson High School on April 10th: giving people of Payson High School a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The band that wrote this school year’s anthem “Unstoppable” was brought to Payson, Utah for a loudly applauded assembly in which they preformed other of their hit songs like “Revolution” and “Legend” followed by a Q&A led by José Valle and Kaeden Flippen.

  The Score’s trip to Payson’s auditorium started months ago, when Kaeden Flippen nominated José Valle for the band’s #LocalLegend where he got shoutouts on social media, band merch and concert tickets. Months before that, @TheScoreMusic said on Twitter, “So Cool. Shout out to @Payson Lions for making UNSTOPPABLE their high School theme this year @AlfredValle27 @Flippenator.” Valle’s win–which included band merch and VIP concert tickets–later led to Valle, Flippen and the band having deeper communication. Within a couple weeks, Valle said, “They [The Score] personally reached out to us, they communicated with us and were really awesome.”

  After students witnessed the unique concert, student council members, Valle and Flippen, and the band sat down for a Q&A in which the questions were brought in from what students on social media wanted to know. After explaining how the New York founded band came to be, Edan Dover said to aspiring musicians, “Don’t be afraid to have a full-time gig, but also pursue your dream on the side,” advice very much needed for those who desire a career in music in their lives.

The experience wasn’t only special for the ones who watched the performance, the members of the band “Joined the likes of Kevin Bacon,” as José Valle put it.  The Score’s visit to the high school was definitely something they had in their mind while they performed in Salt Lake City later that night. 


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The Color of our Blood

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 10:55am
Attributions: Ryan Lines and Madisyn Rowley


Green: the color of vigor and strength. Memories of Payson High School engulf our minds when we see this glorious shade of life. When you walk into Payson High, you are bombarded by the onslaught of Verde plastered around the halls. This color may strike fear into their hearts of other schools, yet for us, it fills us with determination and faith. We have to ask ourselves why? Why does it have this affect on us when we go to school sports games? Why do we love this color?


The reason is that green isn’t just a color to us, it’s a belief. A lifestyle. To us, we embrace this color as we become a PHS lion. When we wear our bold colors, we show the world that we will wear our beliefs bravely and courageously, even when we have different schools, people, and facts telling us that isn’t worth ourthe time and energy. They might tear us down by asking, “Why waste time on something that’s not worthwhile?” WRONG! They may tell us that we aren’t on their level, or that we can’t accomplish the things they have. But how do we respond to their cries? We stand as a pride, as a family, and we band together with the shade that is pulsing through our veins: green.


When you wear the green of PHS, you show that you will always honor your values and beliefs as a Payson Llion even after you leave this school and disband after school hours. You will always be a lion, not just because of how you behave, but because it’s the way PHS inspired you to be.


Green: the attitude of a student, the strength of a lion, and the faith we have in our school and in each other. Green is and will always be the color of our blood.

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Standing Together

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 10:53am
Attributions: By Talbie Oberg, Millie Durfee & Alfonso De La Torre of the Lion's Roar Newspaper

In the wake of the recent Florida shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on February 14, it’s natural that students everywhere are feeling apprehensive about safety in their schools. Payson High is one of those school’s whose student body is facing the particular fears and aftermath of such a massive tragedy. This was especially apparent on Sunday, March 4, when an alleged shooting threat directed towards PHS was spread around social media.

The Payson Police Department later discredited this, saying that the threat was simply a matter of false rumor. Even after finding out it was a hoax, Junior Dominique Colipi said, “Things like this scare me because they are unpredictable. I should have known better that it was a fake, but honestly, who could be 100% sure?” The implications of this incident show just how much High Schools need to come together.

After events in Florida, people nationwide have gotten caught up in the politics such as making schools safer and stricter gun laws. While these topics should be addressed and discussed, students, parents, and teachers forget to encourage one major thing: standing together. Senior Kaylea Clements says, “My attitude had changed towards the students here because I’m trying to recognize everyone more, to let them know they are needed and important to someone. Making everyone feel like a someone is VERY important to me.”

Offer support to one another in challenging times, like Florida citizens, our community should look to each other for comfort. Everyone attending Payson High needs to be a friend. If you see someone sitting alone during lunch, don’t be afraid go and talk to them. If you see another student getting bullied, don’t be afraid to defend them. Perhaps the best way to make our school a safer place is by being a friend to everyone.

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FFA hosts Donkey Basketball to raise funds for Pencils of Promise

Mon, 04/09/2018 - 11:54am
(more pictures available)

On Friday, April 13, 2018 Donkey Basketball will be coming to Payson High School at 7:00 p.m.  All proceeds will be donated to a non-profit organization, Pencils of Promise, that raises money to build schools all over the world. They believe that every child should have the opportunity to have a quality education. Currently they have built 457 schools and have helped 86,021 students get an education.

PHS and the graduating class of 1998 began raising money after an exciting homecoming assembly earlier in the year wish announced the relationship between Payson High and Pencils of Promise. Every dollar that the FFA raises during Donkey Basketball, will be matched by the Class of '98 to help build a school in Central America.

Students, FFA members, community members and teachers/administrators will be competing on the backs of donkeys to raise funds.  Tickets can be bought from members of the Payson FFA Chapter at the following prices: Adults $8, Students (7-12) $6, Children $4. An additional dollar will be charged for tickets bought at the gate.

Students and the Payson community are encouraged to come join the fun. This is a great opportunity to show support for the community, school and global education, so come and have a great time!


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