January 2013

Two PJHS Students will be Nationally Published

Attributions: 
Picture and Article by Lisa Harrison
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At the end of first semester, 2012, students in Mrs Lisa Harrison's 8th grade English class finished a unit on poetry. Each student created a portfolio of ten original poems. From those portfolios, Mrs. Harrison chose the best three poems to submit to the Creative Communication poetry competition.

Two students, Valerie Cornwell and Blake Olsen, had their poems chosen for publication. Valerie's poem, The Painted Smile, describes the pain many students feel and how they put on a painted smile in order to survive day to day. Blake's poem, Serenity, invites the reader to experience a summer storm and the serenity that follows. Each of the poems will be featured in the student anthology, A Celebration of Poets Fall 2012. 

 

January Students of the Month

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Payson Junior High School is proud to announce the students of the month for January in the following classes:

Science- 7th Austin Wright, 8th Juan Navarro, and 9th Quinn Green. Language Arts- 7th Megan Dixon, 8th Whitney Colvin, and 9th Matt Parkin. Boys’ PE- 7th Luke Eddington, 8th Jarin Hone, and 9th Newman Manu. Girls’ PE- 8th Rylie Norman, 8th Bailey Jensen, and 9th Sabrina Petty. Math- 7th Macy McClellan, 8th Madison Bing, and 9th Emily Mott. Social Studies- 7th Hayleigh Rogers, 8th Kim Martin, and 9th Megan Ringger. Fine Arts- 7th Jose Valle, 8th Josh Martin, and 9th Porter Graham. Career and Tech- 8th Kassidy Orme, 8th Jed Loveless, and 9th Tanner Manning. Library- 7th Josh Walton, 8th Brent Knapp, and 9th Jessica Campbell.

The overall students of the month are: 7th Luke Eddington, 8th Brent Knapp, and 9th Jessica Campbell. Congratulations to all of these students for their outstanding work in the classroom! 

 

Cash Wars for Christmas

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During the month of December, Payson Junior High held a fundraiser to see which grade could raise the most money. The event was called Cash Wars and was held for the benefit of an orphanage in Hermosillo, Mexico. As a school, students and staff were able to raise $1500 dollars to provide Christmas for children who would otherwise gone without.

The freshman ended up “winning” by raising the most money, and were rewarded with a special assembly: a teacher talent show. Various teachers performed beautiful music numbers through song, with one group playing the bagpipes. There were also dance numbers and videos which were a big hit. The assembly was a fun event and the 9th graders sure enjoyed their reward.

The money raised was taken down in person by school Principal Carl Swenson and his family, as well as Assistant Principal Jesse Sorenson and his family. They went to the orphanage and were able to spend quality time with those incredible children. They took the children shoe shopping- a first for most of the kids who had never picked out and purchased a pair of brand new shoes before. Children were delighted to try on the shoes and make the important decision all by themselves.

Principal Swenson commented, “Spending time in Mexico helping children at an orphanage is a wonderful way to spend Christmas.  It is a wonderful opportunity to watch the children participate in events for the first time that we think are regular events in life such as shoe shopping for the first time or watching a movie in a large new movie theater.  Events like this are life changing for myself and hopefully for the children in the orphanage.

Time was spent playing games on the playground, blowing bubbles, making paper chains for Christmas decorations and preparing for the big Christmas dinner. Santa came with a specific gift for each child (ages range from toddler up to about 15 years old). Everyone had a wonderful time being together and enjoying this special Christmas celebration with the incredible children.

Another treat was taking the group to a movie-another first for most of the children. Some of the money was spent on three new water heaters for the building. Additionally, an individual graciously donated new sheets for everybody at the orphanage. Though the older sheets had just been washed and changed that day, the house moms and older girls quickly washed and replaced them with the brand new, beautiful sheets! They were incredibly grateful and so excited to have them.

Jill Swenson Abbott, Principal Swenson’s daughter who went on the trip, said, “On our last day we took the teenage girls with us to the beach. They didn’t care how cold it was, they loved playing in the water!”

Katie Swenson, another daughter, explained, “I am so grateful for the past week that I got to spend in an orphanage in Mexico with my family. Can't think of a better way I could have spent Christmas! Makes me appreciate all the little things in life that I have to be grateful for!”

All of the people who went to Mexico to meet these children had an incredible experience. We are very proud of our students for raising money for children their own whose lives are so very different in Mexico. Students were often talking about how neat it was that they could help others during the special Christmas season. Though the talent show was a fun reward, students were constantly saying that they just want to help make Christmas special for those kids.

December Students of the Month

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The following students have been selected as the December Students of the Month in these classes:

Science:  7th Aubrey Schmit, 8th Janessa Williams, and 9th Gordon Hapairai. Language Arts:  7th Rachel Slack, 8th Jenna Freestone, and 9th Kaitlynn Davis. Boys’ PE: 7th Gage Cassidy, 8th Tanner Killpack, and 9th OJ Malala. Girls PE: 7th Makayla Erickson, 8th Haley Dixon, and 9th Jorie Horracks. Math: 7th Madison Smith, 8th Eridanic Navarro, and 9th Destiny Shepherd. Social Studies: 7th Jana Worthington, 8th James Caron, and 9th Marian Christensen. Fine Arts: 7th Evan Brandly, 8th Kelsie Morgan, and 9th Caleb Peterson. Career and Tech: 7th Paisley finch, 8th Jaycey Orme, and 9th Shaelee Victor. Library: 7th Christopher Turner, 8th Jessica Rowlette, and 9th Thayne Walton.

The overall students of the month were: 7th Paisley Finch, 8th Janessa Williams, and 9th Gordon Hapairai.

Congratulations to all of these students for their incredible work ethic and dedication in the classroom!