The SHS Sterling Scholars for 2017-2018 are:
English – Rachel Hatch
Mathematics - Rachel Buhler
Science – Taylor Wallentine
Social Science - Emmaline Ferrin
Skilled and Technical Education – Cole Monson
Family and Consumer Science – Larissa Chappell
Business & Marketing – Kaylee Middlebrook
Computer Technology - Trevor Jeppson
World Languages - Taylor Christensen
Visual Arts - Lilly Sentz
Dance – Allison Hawks
Instrumental Music – Jonathan Young
Vocal Performance – Miriam Hall
Speech/Theater Arts/Forensics – Addison Provost
*not present in photo: Taylor Wallentine, Trevor Jeppson, Taylor Christensen, and Johnathan Young
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“They, and we, are the legacies of an unbroken chain of men and women who served their country with honor, who waged war so that we might know peace, who braved hardship so that we might know opportunity, who paid the ultimate price so that we might know freedom.”
-President Barack Obama 2009
We thank and honor our veterans today and always. Here are some moments from our Veterans Day assembly today. Thank you everyone who made this assembly happen. It was a truly memorable experience for everyone who attended and participated.
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As if the day of Halloween cannot get more fun, here at Barnett Elementary we had our first Monster Dash. Students were dressed in their Halloween costumes as they ran or walked for a great cause. A lap around the field was approximately ¼ of a mile and students tried their hardest to get as many laps as possible. Students were running to earn money for Barnett Elementary. The school goal was to earn $5000. The class that earns the most money, their teacher gets to Sumo Wrestle Mrs. Stoddard! The leaders of Barnett, are now out collecting money from their sponsors to help the school reach our goal. Stay tuned to find out which teacher will be Sumo Wrestling Mrs. Stoddard!
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Miss Brice's class reviews their multiplication facts by playing sports! Students practicing certain fact families (multiples of 2 or 10, for example) get to play tennis. Other fact families play hockey, and some basketball. It's a fun way to keep the kids motivated. They get a lot of opportunities to practice with the support of a classmate. Math is always fun in our class!
Aliya and Zane Cruz shared some of their Native American culture with their classes to celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day which was held November 3rd. They each performed a native dance in costumes. Aliya danced the Fancy Shawl dance while Zane danced the Grass dance. They did a great job and classmates enjoyed seeing and learning more about their culture.
Art City Elementary has a lot of red, white and blue today! We say, “Thank You Veterans”!
Payson High School’s esteemed chemistry and astronomy teacher Linda Walter has received a PEAK Award for the month of November 2017; an award designed to showcase the positive energy and kindness of Nebo employees. She was nominated by Jesse Sorensen, RaShel Shepard, and Alyssa Behrend. They had only good things to say about Mrs. Walter when they related, “Linda has the role of technology mentor in our building and uses technology to reach more students. Not only does she help her students but is a leader when it comes to implementing technology that helps all students at PHS by providing training and support to the teachers. Linda works hard to ensure all students learn. She focuses on GRIT, which is giving students additional time to reach high levels of learning.”
“Mrs. Walter is very positive and loves her students more than any other teacher I know. She is very kind and generous. Mrs. Walter goes out of her way to make sure all students feel they are important, and that they have worth.”
Mrs. Walter later reflects how she felt when winning the award by saying,“I felt very flattered, and very honored that people would think that I was enthusiastic and kind.” PHS students and faculty should make sure to recognize Mrs. Walter for her extraordinary efforts as a teacher, and congratulate her on winning the PEAK award.
A question that almost everyone has asked at least once in their life is when should you say yes or no to a date. Many students don’t know when they should yes or no. However, other students and teachers know exactly when you should.
Cortney Hooser a student here at Payson High School said these exact words. Say No if you are not comfortable going out in public with them. A date is in public the whole time, it will not work if you feel this way. Shalice Bascom with much enthusiasm stated, “Say Yes if there is food involved,” she expressed to me how important this is. So
SAY YES even if you don’t know them very well. Some are too quick to judge someone just because they are brave enough to go outside their comfort zone and do something “crazy” like... try to make a new friend. It is good to go out of your comfort zone every once in awhile. Plus who doesn’t want a new friend. Sometimes though when you judge too quick you are right.
SAY NO if there is any chance of violence. Dating violence is a real thing that needs to be exposed. A healthy relationship does not include unwanted advances, pushing, name calling, aggression, hitting, or any form of violence, whether that be physical or emotional. If you are in a abusive relationship, get help right away. CDC.gov, focusing on the prevention of violence, states that “among high school students who dated, 21% of females and 10% of males experienced physical and/ or sexual dating violence.” They go on to say, “teens often think some behaviors, like teasing and name-calling, are a “normal” part of a relationship. However, these behaviors can become abusive and develop into more serious forms of violence.” Violence can be seen from a mile away and it is not a good sign of a good person. But some of the time it can not be seen and you need to be aware.
SAY NO if they are a creeper. A definition of creepy would include someone who causes unpleasant feelings of fear or unease. Some people are like this and they take it to the extreme such as stalking. But not everyone is like this, most are just kind of weird.
SAY YES even if they are weird. Everyone is weird in their own way. The joys of dating come when you finally find someone who is as weird as you. Don’t judge a book by it’s cover. Student Sarah Mason commented, “ On the first week of school in Financial lit class I turned around to grab a paper and this kid greeted me, he said, “ hey so your name’s Sarah right?” and I was like yeah what’s yours and he was like, “ well I’m Derek(Name has been changed),” and I said oh cool nice to meet you. And then he said, “yeah so you want to go to homecoming with?” And so that’s weird. She still said yes to the date even though it was weird, and she still had a great time.
Monday is "Read with a Hero" day at Taylor! Students are welcome to invite their "hero" (parent, grandparent, older sibling, aunt, uncle, neighbor, etc) to come read for the last half an hour of the day! Donuts will be served in the gym in celebration of our everyday heroes! Please bring your favorite books from home and join us at the school from 2:00-2:30! Make sure to sign in at the office!
If your student is unable to bring someone to read with, there will be plenty of heroes for them to buddy up with! We're excited to welcome you to our school and spend time together reading!
You all may have heard of the Unstoppable pins that a lot of people are getting. Well here is a little insight about who has gotten one, why, and how YOU can get one. First of all, how you can get one, is by doing some sort of kind act for another student or a teacher or helping out in organizations, or doing something for the community that stands out to your teacher, an administrator or at Student Council member.
These are a couple of students who have already gotten a pin, and how they earned it. Senior Matthew Tervort is one of the lucky people to earn not just one pin, but TWO pins! Matthew was awarded a pin from Nichelle White, for donating over $200 to Pencils of Promise, when asked about why he donated so much Matt stated, “I actually donated twice, the first time I was in class and I only donated $107, the reason why is cause I got an extra bonus from work, just for doing extra stuff at work, so I just donated it, cause I’m not losing anything it’s just extra money. Then I had an extra $7 in my wallet so I figured why not? Then I went back, and I saw that we were in second place, so I figured if I’m gonna make this win, I’m going to make us win by a long shot! So I went and donated another $150.” Matt earned his second pin from one of his FFA teachers, Mr. Houston. He was given this pin for showing leadership. Matt explains this “In FFA we have officers, and I’m this years vice president, the reason we got them is because we do a lot of work in FFA, we help all of the kids in FFA get through and do their work.” Matt was not the only person in FFA to get an Unstoppable pin for showing leadership, there are also six other people in FFA who earned a pin.
Another student who was awarded a pin is Junior Haylee McKell. Haylee was given her pin for helping a new student who doesn’t speak English very well in her U.S. Studies class. The new student speaks Japanese and Haylee knows a little bit of the language, because she took japanese last year. She has just been helping her by explaining stuff to her that she doesn’t understand, and helping her with assignments, making sure that she understands words that she didn’t quite understand before.
There were also four boys who were awarded pins for building and surprising Derik Lowe’s family with a wooden chest in his honor.
Now that you know some of the students who have already gotten a pin,you know how to earn one. Go out and do some good, so that you can get your Unstoppable pin!
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Clark Planetarium visited Salem Elementary and presented an exciting and engaging science assembly. Students were elightened, inspired, and entertained while learning about electiricty, air, heat, and sound.
Way to go Lions! Alycia Acevedo and Marriah Prior synergized and found the Pawkemon this week!
Mrs Miller received the PEAK Award. PEAK stands for Positive Energy and Kind employees. PEAK Awards are nominated by patrons and recognized by the Superintendent Staff and Nebo School Board of Education.
“Sue is the face of Orchard Hills Elementary. She has been a part of the school since the day it opened. She is the first person everyone meets when they come to the school. Sue makes everyone feel so welcome. She is a blessing to those who only speak Spanish. She is able to talk to them in their native language which creates a much more inviting environment. She takes care of the teachers, students, and parents of the Orchard Hills community. She is someone who helps those around her become better.”
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Today, students of Park View had the privledge of standing amoung heros. Veterans that are related to Park View students and faculty were honored in a special Veterans Day assembly. The assembly was opened by a flag ceremony, The Pledge of Alligence, and the national anthem sung by Zoe Stevenson, Wyatt Alexander, Emma Anderson, and Gracie Morton. The fifth grade students helped everyone feel patriotic with songs about military and America. The veterans and their relatives stood as their heroic story was read aloud. Afterwards, they were given an American flag pin as a "thank you for your service" gift. Lastly, veterans and their families were celebrated with a victory lab around the school.
We want to thank all men and women who have served in the military, we appreciate you, we love you, and we stand proud to be Americans.
Hear the ROAR! A Panther is: RESPECTFUL, OUTSTANDING, ACADEMIC and RESPONSIBLE! Congratulations to Collin Vincent and Cherokee Turpin for being nominated as our MNJHS Panthers of the Day on Thursday, November 9, 2017. Collin was nominated by Mrs. Reber for being an all around friendly and helpful guy. Cherokee was nominated by Mrs. Bennett for turning in a personal item of someone who had misplaced it.
Hear the ROAR! A Panther is: RESPECTFUL, OUTSTANDING, ACADEMIC and RESPONSIBLE! Congratulations to Rebeca Serrano and Jose Magana for being nominated as our MNJHS Panthers of the Day on Wednesday, November 8, 2017. Rebeca was nominated by Mrs. Bennett for turning in a cell phone which she found. Jose was nominated by Mrs. Lundell for outstanding academics and an amazing test score.