March 2015

TEDxPaysonJuniorHigh Conference

This Thursday, March 19, PJHS will be hosting TEDxPaysonJuniorHigh. This conference has been months in the making and will feature talks given by 21 students. 

Several English classes had their own mini-conference where hundreds of grizzlies participated and gave their own talks. From there, teachers chose students to represent their class in the actual conference-held this Thursday. This is a closed event, but parents of the presenters have been invited to come. Additionally, Students from Payson High School will be filming the event, so it will be streamed live. We are inviting everyone to participate via stream and will be posting the link later in the week.Congratulations to the presenters and good luck preparing for this special TEDxPaysonJuniorHigh event! Go grizzlies!

Valentine Grams

Attributions: 
Written by Sadie Marvin

Love was in the air at Payson Junior High. The students of PJHS were in a lovely mood this Valentines day season. Students bought candies,flowers,and wrote notes to their fellow students. The PJHS student council organized, sorted, and sold the candies and flowers to the students.The student council sold the items at lunch February 2nd-10th. The students could either buy something, write a note, and have it delivered,or they could just write a note to make their friends day.

The student council cut hearts of all different colors a few weeks in advance to prepare. When they received the written hearts, they filed them by their 3rd period teachers class. They  then marked who got a heart and who didn’t on their lists. They stapled the candies to the hearts, and got them ready to deliver.

The students were anticipating February 13th, the day the Valentine Grams would be delivered.Some students even made their own valentines to distribute. It seemed like good deeds were happening everywhere before the day arrived. Everyone was complimenting each other, and being kind.

When the day arrived, the student council were in a rush to get the Valentine Grams  ready to deliver. When they were ready, the student council went to every class and delivered the items to the students. Smiles erupted on the students faces as they received their notes and candies. “It was really fun, and everyone got something” an eighth grade student claims. In conclusion, the Valentine Grams were a big success, and made the students of Payson Junior High’s day.

Money Wars Assembly

Attributions: 
Written by Tayt Kearl
Student Council members compete in a pie eating contest with students from the crowd.
Student Council members Sam Sanchez and Tayt Kearl before the pie eating contest.
Freshman watch the teachers embarrass themselves at the assembly.
Mr. Davis acts as a Christmas tree, getting decorated by Mr. Jensen and Mr. Sorensen.
Mr. Swenson prepares to "kiss his dinner" and holds up the little pig while Holt stares, terrified.

Payson Jr. High students raised over One Thousand Dollars for Primary Children's Hospital.

Every year the Student Council does a fundraiser for a good cause.  This year they decided to raise the money for Primary Children's Hospital.  They decided it would be a battle between the grades.  The winning grade got to go an embarrassing teacher assembly.  After a tight competition for a week and half, with some Mr. Swenson curveballs (extra money for a grade) the 9th graders came out on top.  All the combined grades raised 1,300 dollars.

Since the 9th grade won they went the teacher assembly.  This had many different stages as the assembly went on and they got progressively worse for the teacher.  One example is, Mr. Sorenson had to eat jalapenos.  Mr. Farley’s beard got dyed green.  Mr. Swenson Mrs. Holt both kissed their  Christmas dinner (pig.)  This assembly was a good reward for raising so much money. Thanks to everyone that donated!

Stellar Science Fair Students

Mrs. Anderson (middle) pictured with the students who will advance to the BYU Fair.
Abby Maloy (1st place 7th grader) and Abby Hine (2nd place 7th grader) receiving their awards.

Nebo School District's annual Science Fair was held Wednesday, February 25 at Landmark High School. This fair was for students grades 7-12 and had a total of 40 projects presented.

 Payson Junior was able to send 6 students: Dan Havens (8th), Abby Hine (7th), Abby Maloy (7th), Isabel Maloy (9th), Ahren Schmoyer (9th), Sarah Sullivan (9th), and Lily Wimmer (9th).Mrs. Anderson, Science Fair Advisor at PJHS said, " I am so proud of all of the hard work and effort my students put into their projects. They spent countless hours re-testing and perfecting their projects. Outstanding job to everyone who participated, and special congratulations to the winners." 

Two of Payson's own seventh grade students were able to place at the prestigious fair, with Abby Maloy taking 1st place, and Abby Hine placing 2nd. These girls, along with Isabelle Maloy, Sarah Sullivan, and Lily Wimmer, will be moving on to the BYU Science Fair March 23-26.

Good luck ladies and congratulations to all who worked hard on their projects.