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.
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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Sixth grade as well as the rest of the Brockbank family enjoyed a very special event on March 7, 2018: The first sixth grade Renaissance Fair was held as an all day event for students, parents, and teachers to enjoy! The festivities included the sixth graders dressing to represent a famous Renaissance person or country, an assortment of displays on their chosen countries and people, and two enjoyable Renaissance dances choreographed by a Nebo District dance specialist, Miss Rachel Kimball. She did a wonderful job and was extremely patient whilst teaching all three sixth grade classes both complex dances. “I learned a lot,” said Haya Swaidan, fourth grade, “And the dances were good, we liked them.”
Not only was there dancing and displays, but there were also tour guides who would bring groups of kids from their classes to the Renaissance countries. Countries included Spain, Portugal, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Denmark, Poland, Switzerland, and England. Once a group was taken to a country, the one or two country representatives would tell about their land. They would also sign the group’s passports as the students listened to Renaissance figures talk about what role they played in the sixteenth century. “Okay, I liked one thing: the star stickers on my passport,” says Jerise Swaidan, kindergarten.
The walls were full of maps, flags, and fun facts. Sixth graders also did portraits of their Renaissance figure, or of themselves in the Renaissance, using oil pastel and other colorful material. They created their own coat of arms which included symbolic colors and animals that represented themselves. Both of these items were also hung on the walls. The students and teachers spent a great deal of time planning, preparing, and practicing to make the Renaissance fair come together. There were weeks of preparation and revision before any steps could be taken to do anything in the designated Renaissance area. But over all, the time consumed was worth all the work. The first Brockbank Renaissance fair will definitely be remembered by many.
We are pleased to announce a school ball (dance) to help support our Make-A-Wish fundraiser. The ball will take place this Thursday, April 19th from 6-8 PM in the school cafeteria. Best dressed is required, NO students from other schools will be allowed into the dance. The cost is $3 for students with a student ID and $5 for students without their ID.
Jenna Jenna Jenna Rowley. She was fun and great to get along with. She did her job on the line getting lunch out to the hungry students while keeping the lunch ladies entertained.
Hello, Brockbank Families!
What a surprise to get a little snow upon our tulips! Spring is always a little crazy in Utah! Please make sure that you have your child dressed appropriately, as we are not quite sure what kind of weather it will be!
We are proud to let you know that our school was a recipient of the ENERGY STAR CERTIFICATION! This is an amazing feat because in order to qualify a building must score in the top 75 percentile compared against other schools in the nation. Our Nebo School District average score was 99! We want you to know that we are “energy aware,” here at Brockbank and do our best to conserve energy!
Parents, this time of year is especially busy, as you well know! Please read the bulletin carefully! I think every day in May has a scheduled event! We are excited as we begin to wind down the school year and have such special activities!
Kindergarten Program: Our little kindergarten students will have their program on Friday, April 20th at 9:30 for the am Kindergarten classes and 1:30 for the pm Kindergarten classes. This will be such a special time for our students that have done so well this year!
Track Meets: Over the course of the next few weeks, we will be having our Track Meets for grades 3-6. All the track meets will be at the Spanish Fork High School football field. Here are the dates for those meets:
April 24-3rd Grade
May 1-4th Grade
May 8-6th Grade
May 15-5th Grade
PTA Carnival: We are so excited for our PTA school carnival that will be April 30th, from 5:00-8:00. The PTA has held a carnival the last few years and they have been wonderful! We appreciate all that our PTA does to help our school! Wrist bands will be sold for $7.00/person before the carnival, and $10.00/person at the door the night of the carnival. The wrist band will let you participate in all the activities, including bounce houses, a dunk tank, fire trucks, pony rides, a train ride, and balloon art. Food will be sold separately and includes pizza, nachos, cotton candy, snow cones, and drinks. There will also be a bake sale! More information will be coming home this week!
Kindergarten PRE-Registration: If you were not able to make it to our Pre-Registration, please come and get pre-registered for Kindergarten. This will really help us know our numbers for next year. Please help spread the word if you know of families with a child coming to Kindergarten next year!
Year-End SAGE Testing: April 9th will be the beginning of our SAGE Testing in grades 3-6. Teachers will be testing over the course of several weeks. Your child will not be testing every day, however, it is imperative that he/she is at school, whether his/her class is reviewing and/or testing. If your child is going to be absent during this testing period, please notify your child’s teacher so he/she can make arrangements for alternate days of testing. First and Second grades will be testing April 23-May 11th, and the Kindergarten Assessment will be May 21-25.
Utah Association for Gifted Children is offering a tour of the Leonardo Science Museum. Please see the attachment.
Circles Community Action is looking to make a difference in our community! Whether you would like support for your family, or if you would like to help people in our community, Circles is a resource for you to consider. Please see email for information. There is also information at our office.
Math Lab: Just a reminder that we have our Math Lab opened in the mornings before school, at 8:30. Any student is welcome to come and practice math facts, use the online REFLEX program, or get help with math assignments!
PTA: Parents, we need your help! We need more parents to get involved with PTA! This is such a great organization and the PTA does so much for our students, but we need all the help we can get! We know it takes a village to raise a child, and PTA makes it possible to help make this happen! PTA volunteers are there to support students make good progress with their academics, with activities, with needed items for our school, and with support for families. Please come be a part of our PTA! Contact Brenda Dudley for more information with how you can help!
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Thanks for being the BEST!
4/19-Ms. J’s Field Trip
4/20-Kindergarten Program-9:30 & 1:30/Popcorn Friday
4/24-3rd Gr. Track Meet
4/27-Ms. J’s Science Fair-1:30-2:30
5/1-4th Gr. Track Meet!
5/3-Ms. Jensens’s Superstar Track Meet
5/7-Kindergarten Field Trip
5/8-6th Gr. Track Meet
5/9-5th Gr. Freedom Walk
5/10-6th Gr. Field Trip
5/11-Mrs. Jensen’s Program
5/15-5th Gr. Tack Meet
5/16-6th Gr. Graduation-1:30/4th Gr. Program-6:00 pm
5/17-1st Gr. Program-6:30 pm
5/18-Kindergarten Last Day/5th Gr. Field Trip/Popcorn Friday
5/25-LAST DAY-SWIM DAY-EARLY OUT!
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As I thought about whom to give this to, all the faces and names of everyone who have influenced me in some way obviously came to mind. I could give this to anyone of you honestly. But the name that just kept coming back time and time again was Justin’s, because he has done so much for me over the last 3 years.
Justin is the type of person who will drop everything they’re doing to help you out. 100% selfless. I remember as a first year teacher, he would check in on me all the time to see how I was doing. I don’t remember what we even talked about, but I do remember every time he left, I felt like I was a freaking awesome teacher, because he always made me feel that way, and still does whenever he checks in on me.
I remember my first time going to grade-level collaboration. I was looking over the printout of students who were struggling, listening to teachers voice their concerns over discipline issues they were having, how to get so-and-so engaged more, how to get so-and-so to come to class, or stop being so belligerent. As I listened to the names being brought up, and as I looked over this list, I realized that I didn’t have a single student on this list. What I also noticed was that Justin had every single one of them. I realized then that the subjects Justin and I taught, thanks in part to certain stigmas attached to them, attracted very different types of students. The only discipline issues I have are students wanting to talk too much. Other than that, 99.9% of my students want to get good grades and want to work hard. Justin, deals with a whole slew of issues that I don’t, and yet, he makes it work, without complaint, without pessimism. He is so dedicated to his students, wanting to challenge them, help them take accountability and responsibility for their success. He does such a good job with these students, that they come back and visit him all the time. The students that seemed to hate everything about school and teachers, coming back to visit Johnson, because he was able to connect with them, and helped them feel something while here at school.
Justin, your dedication to your craft and to the students you teach is exemplary. You’re the man and I appreciate you brother.
We so appreciate our staff members at Taylor Elementary! They do an amazing job! Thank you, PTA for spoiling us again!!!
Nebo School District had their first integrated art endorsement class through BYU. Congratulations to the following:
Shalese Rogers - Instructional Coach
Dolly Scharf - Foothills
Heidi Dimmick - Spanish Oaks
Christy Nielson - Riverview
Kristen Jenkins - Barnett
Not pictured: Ariane Brown - Spanish Oaks
Dear Parents, Students, and Friends,
NEBO JR. THEATRE FESTIVAL
On Saturday, the students who love theatre have a chance to participate in the annual Nebo Jr. Theatre Festival. It's an all day experience for the students to get to know those from other schools, perform, and participate in theatre workshops. If your student would like to participate, $15 needs to be paid in the front office and a permission form (found in Miss Holley's room) needs to be signed and turned in by Wednesday, April 18th. This is open to all students whether they're in drama classes or not.
Are you a poet but don’t know it? ...or maybe you do! Either way, be sure to sign up to audition for this year’s poetry slam! Everyone who signs up will be eligible to go on a field trip April 24th to hear famous poet and slammer, Sarah Kay, at UVU! Plus, if you are selected to represent our school in the district slam, there are prizes and fame to be had. Auditions will be held in two weeks, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, April 25th, 26th, and 27th during Pack Time in Mrs. Thompson’s room. We won’t be having our usual school poetry slam as originally scheduled, so bring your best poem and be ready to slam it during Pack Time--minus the bright lights and scary audience! Sign up for the slam and the field trip just outside Mr. Anson’s room #3 and be sure to ask your English teacher for more details.
MARCH MADNESS PTA FUNDRAISER APPRECIATION
Thank you teachers, staff, students, and parents for participating in our March Madness PTA fundraiser! We appreciate your time and donations. Part of the money we raised will be given as a grant to the school to help purchase virtual reality equipment for your student to use in the science dept. The rest of the funds will be used for the PTA programs at our school (Reflections, Book Fair, Teacher Appreciation, etc.) Thanks so much for your support!
Apr 16th-18th: Spikeball Intramurals 7:30
Apr 18th: Native Club 9:30
Apr 19th: Great Utah Shakeout (drill), Spanish 2 Field Trip 8:00, Hope Squad 10:00
Apr 20th: MIDTERM, Track @ SHS 2:00, Rock Project NJHS 3:00 (SEE MR. LAWRENCE if you want to volunteer)
Samantha Alonso, Knighton Godfrey, Bridgit Spencer, Elora McQuivey worked as a team to find last week's Pawkemon in the hallway. Way to go Lions!
Way to Synergize Rashawn Tolentino and Alexis Crofts! They found the Pawkemon together on March 28th. Great job Lions!
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Last week the SkillsUSA chapter from MMHS competed at the state competition held at Salt Lake Community College. Among all of our awesome contestants, the following students placed:
Leah Ribble - Silver in CPR
Brian Workman - Silver in Carpentry
Jesse Harness - Silver in Welding
Kolbi Schauerhamer - Silver in Dental Assisting
Isaac Behena - Gold in Job Interview
Sam Christmas, Ladd Davis, Nathan Wright - Gold in Welding Fabrication
Congratulate these awesome students on their hard work and achievements!
Mr. Massic was also awarded the Cluster Chair Outstanding Service Award for all his work with SkillsUSA and the state competition.
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This week at Larsen Elementary we are celebrating all the wonderful teachers and staff that work here during our "Teacher Appreciation Week". Some very talented PTA members decorated the doors of each class thanking the teachers for making a difference. We know Larsen has the best teachers and staff and we are grateful for all they do! We also have an awesome PTA that is putting on the celebrations all week.
The 9th annual MMHS Dance Concert entitled "Imagine" will be held Friday, April 27th at 7:00pm in the MMHS auditorium. This concert presented by Maple Mountain Dance Company (MMDC) will feature 11 student pieces as well as guest choreographers Alexa Knutzen and Jamie Crowther. Dance Excel, Social Dance 2, and Dance 2 will also perform in this special end of year event. We hope you can join us! Admission $6 adults, $4 students, $25 family.
This week, we will be participating in Penny Wars. Here's how it works:
Each grade will be competing to earn the most money by the end of the week. They can ADD to their total value by adding pennies and dollar bills (any amount) into their grade's bucket. They can SUBTRACT from another grade's total value by adding any kind of silver coin into their bucket. This is a great opportunity to get rid of all that loose change! The money raised will be used as a college scholarship for a Sierra Bonita alumni that will be graduating from Maple Mountain High School this year.
Willetta Hogan is the recipeint of the Crystal Apple Award this year. The Crystal Apple is an award given to a teacher who belongs to the Nebo Education Association. Each year a teacher is nominated and voted by their peers to receive the Crystal Apple Award. The teacher chosen is one that the staff feels does an exemplary job. Congratulations Mrs. Hogan!
Here are the following dates to remember for the grade level track meets at Spanish Fork High School:
April 24th- 3rd grade
May 1st- 4th grade
May 8th- 6th grade
May 15th- 5th grade
Remember to have your students wear good running shoes, bring sunscreen, water and lunch if they didn't order a school lunch. Parents are welcome to go watch starting at approximately 9:30 AM. There is an order of events that is followed and not scheduled times.