December 2012

Students Honor Local Veterans During a Concert

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On the evening of November 14, 2012, the Fine Arts Department from Payson Junior High School put on a special concert to honor local veterans. Invitations were sent out to veterans in the area inviting them to this wonderful commemoration.

The visual arts department contributed drawings of trees from Payson’s Memorial Park. Each tree was planted in honor of a World War I Veteran from Payson. Select students from the junior high went to the park and created beautiful drawings that were inspired by those trees.

The Drama Department contributed dramatic performances. One of these performances included a special saddle from the early 1900’s and poetry, which was originally published in the Paysonian newspaper in 1917.

Musical performances were put on by the Advanced Orchestra, Perfect Harmony and Concert Singers, Beginning and Advanced Bands, the Jazz Band and Percussion Ensemble. These performances included the anthems for each branch of the military. While their anthem was playing, audience members who are currently or have previously served in that branch were asked to stand and be recognized while also being given a token of our appreciation- a cookie from the students and staff. Braxton Daley, a student at Payson Junior, said, “I heard one of
the veterans say he was happy to be invited and happy to get a cookie!”

The grand finale for the concert was called “Patriotic Salute” and was performed by all of the departments. This song was a medley which included several of America’s favorite Patriotic tunes such as “Yankee Doodle,” “You’re a Grand Ol’ Flag,” and even bits and pieces of Sousa’s “Stars and Stripes Forever.”

Everyone who performed at the concert worked very hard to be ready to contribute to this special evening. Connie Erickson, the band teacher at the junior high, said, “The concert  was a great way to start the year and involve our whole department, all while honoring veterans and being able to focus on what soldiers do.” Kobey Evans, 7th grader, said, “The audience who attended walked away remembering those who sacrificed for this country.”

We would like to thank Kenton Phillips who was the Emcee for the event, as well as Richard Lindsey and Craig Zeeman who were sound and light technicians for the evening. Thank you to Payson High School’s Fine Arts Department, Custodians, and Administration for hosting this extraordinary event and for all of your help. Congratulations and thank you to the Fine Arts teachers and students at Payson Junior High for putting on such a wonderful, memorable evening! Lastly, thank you to the great Veterans of our country-we are deeply grateful for your profound service and sacrifice and honor all that you do!

Grizzlies Give in a Canned Food Drive

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Throughout the month of November, students at Payson Junior High participated in a canned food drive to collect food for local families. The drive was called “Grizzlies Can Give” and the school collection goal was set at 1,100 cans (about one can per student). The 4-H program was in-charge of the drive with Club Awesome heading it up. These awesome students collected and counted cans each week and did a great job. All of the students worked very hard and completely exceeded the goal with a grand total of 2,864 cans!

To make the drive more competitive, the school had a contest to see which homeroom class could collect the most cans per student. The prize was a treat, the highly coveted spirit banner, and of course, bragging rights. While several classes were in the running for the most cans collected, Jake Corbett’s class ended up winning the competition with 19 cans collected per student, a grand total of over 500 cans donated!

As we were holding the drive, I was thrilled to hear students talk about how important it is to help others at all times, especially during the special holiday season. The students realized how important it is to reach out to those who need it. Congratulations to Mr. Corbett’s class and to the school as a whole for your successful drive and service to your community!

November Students of the Month

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The following students have been selected as Payson Junior’s November students of the month for these different curriculum areas.

Math: 7th Joshlyn Lerwill 9th Azure Trevino, 8th Savannah Smith, and 9th Azure Trevino. Career and Tech: 7th Garrett Lopez, 8th Harrison Carr, and 9th Colton Stulce. Library: 7th Kaitlyn Ohman, 8th Tambi Clark, and 9th Shelby Bulkley. Healthy Lifestyle: 7th Ahem Schmoyer and Kobey Evans, 8th Jaxon Adams and Kelsie Morgan, and 9th Adam Mark and Shanna Hubbard. Fine Arts: 7th Mollie Brown, 8th Cynthia Dansie, and 9th Heather Skousen. Language Arts: 7th Brynlee Harmon, 8th Boone Jarvis, and 9th Carolina Montano. Social Studies: 7th Kyle Rush, 8th Carlos Alonso-Hernandez, and 9th Ashlyn Drager. Science: 7th Gage Stilson, 8th Cameron Cain, and 9th Aspen Balzly.    

The overall students of the month are- 7th- Brynlee Harmon, 8th- Harrison Carr, and 9th- Heather Skousen

Thank you to these students for working so hard in the classroom and congratulations on this accomplishment!