Testing Schedule


District-wide we are doing something different for the end of level testing this year. We are going to have the end of level testing over seven school days. We are doing this because the ninth graders will be taking a pre-ACT test that is timed. The ninth grade students will get a score back at a later date that is a predictor of how well they will do on the ACT test. We want you to be aware the 9th graders CANNOT take concurrent enrollment classes at the high school if they choose to opt out of these exams. Testing begins Tuesday morning at 8 a.m. and will be each morning until the following Thursday. The schedule is attached below and posted on our website.

There are four tests total. The English and Reading portion of the test will be 90 minutes after instructions are read. Once a student starts taking one part of the test, they will not be allowed to stop that portion of the test and come back and take it at a later time, just like the ACT. With that in mind, please get your student to school on time so they can begin the test right away. Also please make sure that you do not check out your student during the middle of their first period, since they will not be able to make up the test if they leave. The other tests are 45 minutes each. They will take the English tests with their English teacher, Science with their Science teacher, and Math with their Math teacher, so you can look at the schedule and see when your particular student will be testing.  Thanks for your support.

Color Guard Open Gym

Jaycee Zimmerman

This Saturday on Apr. 20, there will be a color guard open gym for any student who would like to be a part of the team, or is thinking about being a part of the team. Any student who will be going into their 8th grade year (2019-2020 school year) is eligible for the summer team, and any student who will be going into their 9th grade year, along with any high school student, is eligible for both the upcoming summer team and the upcoming fall team. The open gym will take place at Payson High School starting at 8 A.M. and will go until 11 A.M.

Julianne Zimmerman, a soon-to-be senior at Payson High school, and the Color Guard Equipment Manager says, “I’m excited for all the new [people] we are going to get, and what they will be able to bring to the team. We will take anyone who is willing to put the time and effort into guard.”

Any student wanting to join color guard, or is thinking about joining, are encouraged to attend the open gym. Any further questions can be answered by Mr. Burger, or a member of color guard.

Teacher of the Year


Congratulations to our 2018-19 Teacher of the Year!  Mr. Hatch is patient and kind  and dedicated to helping all of his students!  We are so lucky to have him here at PJHS.  

Students of the Month April


We have some truly amazing students of the month!  Here is what their teachers had to say about them.

Brooklyn Hone is an amazing, organized, happy, kind, and dedicated student.

Andrew Keck is always prepared for class, has a great attitude, is eager to learn, and works hard.

Aubrey Grant is kind, amazing, hardworking, bright, positive, and a good role model. Joshua Colton is focused and engaged, has a great attitude, is always prepared, and is a hard worker. Erica Roy is always willing to help, very active in class, a hard worker, kind and always has a smile. Luke West is soft spoken, kind, helpful, has a great attitude, and is always on task.

Shakespeare Production


The Utah Shakespeare Festival is once again hitting the road with its Shakespeare-in-the-Schools touring production – this year performing one of the world’s first psychological thrillers, William Shakespeare’s Macbeth.

An evening performance for everyone is this Tuesday, April 16, at 7:30 at Springville High School, 1205 E. 900 S., Springville, UT. And, admission is free.

Michael Bahr, the festival’s education director directed this production. “For many of our audiences this will be the first time they have seen a professional Shakespeare production,” said Bahr. “This program seeks to entertain, enrich, and educate with innovative and accessible performances to rural and urban schools and communities, many of which would not have this opportunity otherwise.”

Come be entertained and enriched with one of Shakespeare’s greatest plays – and again, admission is free!!!

After School Clubs


After school Clubs are still in session! Meet after school in Ms. Ogden's room, C-66.

  • Homework Help Clubs are every morning In Mrs. Wagner's room.
  • Math Help is every Wednesday afternoon in Mrs. Failes' room. 
  • Cooking Club is every Monday after school with Mrs. Young.
  • Technology club is every Tuesday with Mr. Young.
  • Chess Club is every Wednesday with Mr. Wright.
  • Dungeons and Dragons Club meets every Thursday with Dungeon Master Mr. Bedolla.

Find your club and go!  See Mr. Farley with any questions.  

Student of the Month March

We are so proud of our students of the month!  Here is what their teachers have to say about them:

Ryan has been a  front office aide for us here at PJHS.  Ryan is always on the ball and looking for the next way that he can help.  He sees what needs to be done, does it and then let's me know that he has taken care of it.  He loves to help and actually volunteers to answer phone calls in the morning before school starts which is extremely helpful as this is such a busy time of day.  He always strives to do his best. We truly appreciate his contribution to our school.  

Hadlee is a hard-working, honest, respectful, energetic and kind student who always does her best. Hadlee is always willing to give a hand to others. She leads by example; consistently making good choices and eager to help.

 Brandon Judd is a great student!  He works hard on his assignments and asks questions to help clarify what he doesn't understand.  He helps other students and is always positive and happy.  He is a leader in his classes and helps make my classroom a great place to learn. 

Brooklyn is a quiet giant. Her talent is huge, her kindness is huge, her optimism is huge. Her ego is not. It all makes her wonderful to have in our school.  Halle Elmer  is an excellent student.  She cares about doing well, and is polite and kind to all around her.  She focuses on the task at hand and is a great example to other students. Ephraim is always prepared for class and eager to learn.  He has great peer relations and I enjoy having him in class.   He is polite and respectful.



Chess Club District Tournament


On Saturday, February 9th, our Payson Junior High Chess team completed at the Nebo School District's annual chess tournament in Springville.  Chess Club president, Skyler Ainscough, led team members Ian Billings, Max Shirts, Nathaniel Jacquart, and Zanetell Miller to an overall 4th place team win.  Team members received several honorable mention awards for their participation.  Participation in the State tournament in March is the team's next goal.  If you are interested in taking part in our chess club/team, please contact Mr. Wright, room C-67.