September 2015

HOPE Squad Fulfilling Training Field Trip

Attributions: 
Article by Rome King, Photos by Rachel White

Wow, what a spectacular day for the HOPE Squad, Peer Leaders and Advisors! This special day started with a bus ride to Maple Dell Scout Camp in Payson Canyon. This would be a day of bonding, discovery and training so that we can effectively reach out to our fellow students in need.

As we smiled, laughed and screamed, we completed various obstacles that involved being snuggly harnessed so we could slide down a zip line. We also completed other challenging activities that involved physical and emotional struggles within ourselves. We were charged with reaching a goal and not giving up. We did this by relying on our team and trusting them to be there for us and that is what applies to the HOPE Squad. We are a group of members dedicated to being there for others who need somebody. Most importantly, we spread kindness one person at a time in hopes of changing others' lives for the better. 

 

Parent Newsletter WE 9-25-15

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After School Club - Rubik's Cube

PJHS Parents,

As I consider our school culture and the values we practice, I think of the song lyrics from Accentuate the Positive, sung by many artists in the 1940s through the 1970s, that state, “You’ve got to accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative and latch on to the affirmative. Don’t mess with Mr. In-Between”. We want our children to be confident, resolute, and practical when it comes to making character based and other decisions. We all want our children to critically think through their choices and actions. Have you ever “messed with Mr. In-Between” by not completely thinking through a problem? We all have, but we don’t want to lose focus on what is important. How do we do that? We follow humanly universal values that can help us to build our confidence to do what is right, even when no one is looking.

GRIZZLY GROWLS

Parent Teacher Conferences

Parent Teacher Conferences are tomorrow, September 23rd from 3:30pm-8:00pm. Please come visit with your child’s teachers. They are anxious to share news about the students and how it’s going in their classes this year.

Also, if you are willing and able to help with the teacher dinner tomorrow afternoon, please follow the link to volunteer to bring a small item. Our teachers appreciate your donation and the kindness behind it. 

 http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080D4AAAAF2BA64-teacher1

Nebo Afterschool Clubs

Parents, PJHS in need of more club leaders to either start new clubs or help with clubs that have been popular in the past. If you are interested in leading a club, please contact Miss Ogden at kayci.ogden@nebo.edu  There is a stipend included for your time.  

8th Grade College and Career Readiness (CCR) Appointments

CCR appointments will soon begin to be assigned to every 8th grader at PJHS. We plan to start mailing appointment cards around the first week of October.  We realize that there are some parents that absolutely cannot attend an appointment during the school day, therefore we are opening a few appointment times during our Parent Teacher Conferences on September 23rd.  If you need an evening time slot for you and your 8th grader, please call and make an appointment with Mrs. Vellinga at 801-465-6021.

Badminton Tournament

The 1st Badminton tournament of the year is next week before school. Get a partner and sign up with Mr. Archer today because space is limited!

Jr. Cheer Clinic

Payson High cheerleaders are sponsoring a Jr. Cheer Clinic Monday, Sept. 28th through Wednesday Sept. 30th. The cost is $35, which includes a t-shirt and pom poms. All interested students may sign up at PHS finance office. Deadline for sign ups are Friday, Sept. 25th. Jr. Cheerleaders will perform at the JV Football game on Wed. Sept. 30th.

PTA Reflections

It's time to work on your PTA Reflections entries. You may enter in the following categories, Dance Choreography, Visual Arts, Photography, Film Production, Literature, Musical Composition. This year the theme is Let Your Imagination Fly. You may pick up an entry form in the front office. All Entries are due October 9th.

School Store

Did you know Payson Jr High runs a school store? We sell chips, animal crackers, fruit snacks, Propel and other healthy snacks. This week we are having a sale on ear buds. They are only $3.00. Students can see us on the stage during 1st and 2nd lunch.

PJHS SCHOOL SPONSORED SPORTS

Girls’ Tennis

Thursday, September 24 - vs. Mapleton Jr @ MMHS

Golf

Monday, September 28 @ Hobble Creek 12:00pm

Cross Country

Friday, September 25 - vs. Salem Jr @ SHHS

PAYSON CITY RECREATION SPONSORED SPORTS

Nebo Football - 7th Grade

Saturday, Sept. 26th - No payson Home

10:30a SVHS Payson Silver vs. Spr.Ville SOS Drug

12:00p Salem Lo Payson Green vs. Salem Navy

Wednesday, Sept. 30th

6:00p PHS Spr.Ville SOS Drug vs. Payson Green

7:30p Salem Lo Payson Silver vs. Salem Columbia

Nebo Football - 8th Grade

Wednesday, September 23rd

5:00p PHS Salem Navy vs. Payson Silver

6:30p PHS ALA Eagles vs. Payson Green

Saturday, September 26th No Payson Home

9:00a Salem Lo Payson Green vs. Salem Columbia

12:00p ALA Payson Silver vs. ALA Eagles

Utah Valley Football - 9th Grade

2p Sat. Sept. 26th Payson @ Salem

Calendar

September 23 - Parent Teacher Conferences 3:30p-8:00p

September 24 - Strengthening Families Class, 6pm - 8:30pm @ PJHS - Call Counseling office to sign up

 

Annual Loafer Mountain Hike

Attributions: 
Article by Gideon Argyle (9th grade). Photos by Maddy Bragg, Eric Archer.

On September 11, 2015, twenty-five students from Payson Junior High and seventeen students from Spanish Fork Junior High got on a bus at six in the morning and drove up the canyon to Loafer Mountain Trailhead. We started to hike in the cool of the early morning. It was a peaceful walk through the trees with an occasional steep part. We took small breaks here and there while others caught up. the view we saw of the canyon in the first rays of light were spectacular.

Soon the sun caught up to us as we continued up the trail. After a hike up some switchbacks we finally made it to the saddle, the halfway point. The hardest part was now over. Taking the time to eat some lunch and snacks, we had a nice long break. From that point we left a few people behind at the saddle while the rest continued the climb to the top. We kept a good pace until we reached one of our favorite stopping points. The mountain goats. Several people pulled out their binoculars to see if they could see some. Only four were spotted.

From there was the final climb to the top of Mount Loafer. We packed up our things and started again, the end in sight. When we at last got to the top the view was far better than the others before it. We could see many things from the top. There was a short break then we all gathered by the flag pole and listened as the teachers and adults talked to us about 9/11. When they were done talking, we sat in silence for a moment and just thought about it. By then we had to pack up and begin our decent down the mountain. Going down was quick and easy. Everyone made it back safely. The Loafer Mountain hike was a great experience that we all had fun on and enjoyed.

Parent Newsletter, WE 9-18-15

Attributions: 
Photo by John Carlisle

PHS Parents,

Building relationships is one of the most important things we do. Relationships are the building blocks for all school, community and life activities. John Donne, a 17th century writer, wrote a poem entitled, No Man Is An Island. In it he eloquently relates, “No man is an island, entire of itself, every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main.”

We thrive in the presence of other people. We are social. We are a part of a larger whole and we prosper from the company of others. PJHS is a community of interesting and dynamic individuals including students, teachers, support professionals, and parents. We are a part of the community as well. Our relationships with each other help to define who we are and we are GRIZZLY NATION!

We have built relationships with each other through a welcome back assembly, classroom orientations, assignments and activities, fall sports, Nebo after school clubs, our very own school store, and the back to school dance and many more activities. And the best part of it all, we are building a community. Thank you for giving us the privilege of teaching your children. We are excited to see what this school year will continue to bring.

GRIZZLY GROWLS

 Principal’s Email

Please be on the lookout for correspondence from Mr. Swenson regarding a school survey for parents. This should be in your email in the next two weeks. He will explain more about it at that time.

Box Tops for Education

PJHS has long been collecting Box Tops for Education. The monies earned directly benefit our students at the school. Students can earn additional rewards for bringing in box tops such as:  5 extra credit points to use in any class when a student brings in 10 box tops (at teacher discretion) or 50 box tops earns the student a free homework or early out to lunch pass. Please collect box tops to help our students.

School Pictures

Haven't ordered yet? Don't miss this year's school picture!

  1. Go to mylifetouch.com

  2. Log in with your Portrait ID and Access Code located in your picture package

Pedidos en español disponibles por internet. Utiliza tu ID del retrato y el código de acceso de tu paquete del retrato.

To redeem your complimentary digital SmileSafe card, click here.

Parent/Guardian, how was this year's school picture experience? Take survey.

Homework Help

Students can attend a before school homework session from 7:20am to 7:50am on Mondays and Wednesdays in Mrs. Wagner’s room (D148). Students can get help or work on their own. Study time is also offered daily during Den Time.

Nebo Afterschool Clubs

Parents, PJHS in need of more club leaders to either start new clubs or help with clubs that have been popular in the past. If you are interested in leading a club, please contact Miss Ogden at kayci.ogden@nebo.edu  There is a stipend included for your time.  

8th Grade College and Career Readiness (CCR) Appointments

CCR appointments will soon begin to be assigned to every 8th grader at PJHS. We plan to start mailing appointment cards around the first week of October.  We realize that there are some parents that absolutely cannot attend an appointment during the school day, therefore we are opening a few appointment times during our Parent Teacher Conferences on September 23rd.  If you need an evening time slot for you and your 8th grader, please call and make an appointment with Mrs. Vellinga at 801-465-6021.

Cross Country

Cross Country Season is underway! Personal Records were set at Springville Jr.'s course last Friday by Spencer Nelson, Josh Bender, Konnor Miner, McKay Argyle, Katy Hinton, Olivia Waite, Isabelle Ramos, and Melissa Giles.

If students are interested in Cross Country, they can STILL join the team! (Seventh Graders, too!) Our team races schools all around the district and runners make great friends. The team meets for practice every day after school by the backstop outside of E hall. Talk to Mr. Bird or Mrs. Bragg with questions.

PJHS SCHOOL SPONSORED SPORTS

Girls’ Tennis

Tuesday, September 15 - vs. Salem @ SHHS 3:30pm

Thursday, September 17 - vs. Spanish Fork @ SFHS

Golf

Monday, September 21 @ Gladstan 12:00pm

Cross Country

Friday, September 18 - vs. Mt Nebo and Springville @ Mt Nebo Jr

PAYSON CITY RECREATION SPONSORED SPORTS

Nebo Football - 8th Grade

Saturday, September 19 - @ PHS, Spgvl Reams vs. Payson Silver, 9:00am

Utah Valley Football - 9th Grade

Saturday, September 19 - Payson @ Mapleton, 6:00pm

Calendar

September 17 - ½ Day, School Dismisses at 11:15am

September 17 - Strengthening Families Class, 6pm - 8:30pm

September 21: Picture Retake Day

 

 

HOPE Squad Starts the Year Off "WRITE"

Attributions: 
Photo by Julie Carlisle
HOPE Squad members write positive messages.
http://hope4utah.com/

PJHS HOPE Squad and Latinos In Action (LIA) are starting the year off "write" by chalking the walk. HOPE Squad members were caught writing positive messages along the front walk of our school yesterday.

HOPE Squads are the eyes and ears of our schools. They are comprised of students who are trained to watch for at-risk students, provide friendship, identify warning signs, and seek help from adults. HOPE4UTAH works with school advisors to train students who have been identified by their classmates as trustworthy peers to serve as HOPE Squad members. Through evidence-based training modules, HOPE Squad members are empowered to seek help and save a life.

For more information about Utah's HOPE Squads in schools follow the link: http://hope4utah.com/ 

One Life, Six Words, What's Yours?

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Reflection by Orion. Photos: A.LeMmon

Inspired by Ernest Hemingway's famous six-word tale, "For sale: baby shoes, never worn," six word stories serve as a way for students to summarize succinctly and cleverly. Mrs. Chausow's English classes recently completed their own works and are displaying them in the hall for all to ponder. 

One student wrote, "perfect world: wish i was there". He summed up his experience in these words,"I want a perfect world and I’m not close to having it. I’ve had lots of bad luck [in] the past year." He relayed many personal events that affected him and concluded by stating, "And now I’m here. I’ve had a little good luck. I get to be in the same school as my cousins."

This thought provoking exercise allowed for students to look inward and reflect, to share experiences, and to think outside of themselves as they read others' works. Thank you, Mrs. Chausow!

9-8-15 Newsletter

Attributions: 
Alesha LeMmon

 

PJHS Parents,

“Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.” -John F. Kennedy

In this age of seemingly constant competition, many students feel the need to succeed. Payson Junior High students are no different. They put in hard work to excel and it does not go unnoticed by our teachers and staff. Teachers share their students’ successes with other teachers, parents, and administrators daily. But, we all know many of these successes come with previous failures. It is a fact that failure is a crucial component to success.

Nobody wants to fail, ask successful inventors about failure and the stories will most like include multiple attempts and more failures than they would care to count. We need to convey to our children that one must fail to truly succeed and it’s okay. Goals and successes are reached by going forward, making errors, and continually correcting them. Dr. Maxwell Maltz, author of Psycho-Cybernetics compares the way humans attain goals and success to missiles and torpedoes. He states, “By a series of zigzags it [the torpedo] literally gropes its way to the goal. In fact, the missile is likely to be off target a far greater percentage of the time than it is on target.” The torpedo makes minor adjustments in its course to reach the target accurately.

We are all constantly adjusting course as we learn from our failures and reach for success. May we all remind ourselves that course corrections are a fact of life and failure can lead to great achievements in all we do.

GO GRIZZLY GROWLS!

Nebo Parent Mentor

As we begin this 2015-16 school year, we know parents are "new" to the world of Special Education.  Parents find they may need assistance in understanding the IEP/504 process, in effectively communicating and working with teachers, or in finding resources specific to a child's needs.  Nebo School District has a Parent Mentor that can help. See the attached document in the photo section of this newsletter on our website (pjhs.nebo.edu) for more information.

Nebo Afterschool Clubs

Clubs will begin this week and continue through November 6th. All students are welcome to join a single club, or multiple clubs if they wish. There is no cap for enrollment and no deadline date, so feel free to come join at any time. Registration forms can be found in the main office or see Miss Ogden in C66.  All clubs meet as soon as school is out. Healthy snacks will be available daily during the gathering time at 2:35pm in Miss Ogden’s room (C66).

Strengthening Families Parenting Program

CAASA-Communities Acting Against Substance Abuse, invites your whole family to participate in a FREE, 12 week, evidence based course. Session starts Thursday, September 17, 2015. Class is every Thursday for 12 weeks at Payson Junior High School (1025 S Highway 198, Payson) Dinner is included! For more information, and to register, contact Kim Lefler at (801) 921-9779.

SPORTS

Girls' Golf

Thursday, September 10 @ Gladston 11:30AM

Monday, September 14 @ Spanish Oaks 

Girls’ Tennis

Thursday, September 10 vs Diamond Fork @ MMHS 3:30PM

Tuesday, September 15 vs Salem @ SHHS 3:30PM

Thursday, September 17 vs Spanish Fork Jr @ SFHS 3:30PM

Nebo Football - 8th Grade

Wednesday, September 9 - Salem Columbia vs. Payson Silver @ PHS 6PM

Wednesday, September 9 - Spgvl Reams vs. Payson Green @ PHS 7:30PM

Saturday, September 12 - Spgvl Johnson Construction vs. Payson Green @ PHS 10:30AM

Saturday, September 19 - Spgvl Reams vs. Payson Sliver @ PHS 9AM

Calendar

September 11: Loafer Mountain Hike

September 11: Back to School Dance 6pm - 8pm

September 21: PICTURE RETAKE DAY

September 23: Parent Teacher Conference

 

 

 

Clothing Drive Brings Rewards

Attributions: 
PTA: Aleasha Hancock

The PTA sponsored clothing drive at the end of August was a wild success! We took in over 1,600 pound of clothing of which 821 pounds were donated by the 7th grade class alone! As a result, the 7th grade class won the opportunity to participate in a Den Time game of HUMAN HUNGRY HIPPOS. We are proud of all the students who took the time to bring in clothing that was ultimately donated for our community. Thank you, students and GO GO GRIZZLIES! 

Parent Newsletter WE 9-4-15

PJHS Principals

PJHS Parents,

What do you think will happen? Do numbers ever end? Who makes the calendar? Why can you see lightning at night? Albert Einstein once said, “the important thing is not to stop questioning.” Your children (our students) are naturally curious and ask questions. Some studies show the amazing number of questions children ask at home is an average of 25 per hour. As a parent, your head is most likely shaking up and down in affirmation right now. And, the more questions we answer, the more they are likely to ask because they become even more curious to learn. On the other hand, another study indicates at school, teachers ask 30 times as many questions as their students do.

This year, our teachers have started studying the book, Teach Like A Pirate by Dave Burgess. In the book, Mr. Burgess posits, “If you consistently ask questions that lead to creative and outside-the-box thinking, your mind will provide you with creative and outside-the-box answers. Burgess encourages teachers to ask the right questions and we know that if teachers become more aware of questioning patterns in their classrooms, they can create conditions that encourage more student questions and, therefore, build a better environment of learning. Students who are curious about a topic learn easier and retain more.

So, our goal is to get students to ask more questions, become more curious, and learn more than they already know. Will this slow the questions from your children at home? We certainly hope not!

GRIZZLY GROWLS

7th Grade Vision Screening

On Tuesday, September 8, there will be vision screenings for all 7th graders. Please make sure your child has their glasses or other corrective lenses with them that day.

PTA Clothing Fundraiser WINNERS!

Thank you to all families that sent clothing into the school for the PTA sponsored annual clothing drive. We received over 1,600 pounds of clothing! 9th grade donated 374.5 pounds, 8th grade donated, 426.5 pounds, and the winners-- 7TH GRADE DONATED 821 POUNDS! The 7th grade class will participate in their own Den Time Activity on Friday, September 4th. They will be playing “Human Hungry Hippos”. Please look for a permission slip coming home this week. This must be signed in order for the student to participate. CONGRATULATIONS 7TH GRADERS!

Homework Help

Students can attend a before school homework session from 7:20am to 7:50am on Mondays and Wednesdays in Mrs. Wagner’s room (D148). Students can get help or work on their own.

Nebo Afterschool Clubs

PJHS is excited to have after school clubs again this year. The NAC is a great program created to help kids discover new interests and hobbies. Clubs will be held everyday school is in session from 2:35pm - 4:30pm. Wednesday clubs will meet from 2:00pm - 4:00pm. Take a look at what’s available and sign up with Miss Ogden today. For up to date information check out our 4H link on the PJHS website at pjhs.nebo.edu.

For September through November we are offering Homework Help outlined above, Mondays: Coding with Mr. Howell, Tuesdays: Robotics with Mr. Young, Thursdays: Wrestling with Mr. Ward, Fridays: Gaming with Mrs. Bridenbaugh and Mrs. Wagner. The cost is $10 for the first club and $5 for every club thereafter. Healthy snacks will be available daily during the gathering time at 2:35pm in Miss Ogden’s room (C66).

SPORTS

Girls’ Tennis

Tuesday, September 8 - Catchment Area Optional Match: PJHS, SaJHS, MNJHS @ Payson High 3:30pm

Nebo Football - 8th Grade

Wednesday, September 2 - PHS Spgvl Johnston vs. Payson Silver

Wednesday, September 2 - Salem Lo Payson Green vs. Salem Navy

Saturday, September 5 - NO GAMES - LABOR DAY

Calendar

September 11: Loafer Mountain Hike

September 11: Back to School Dance 6pm - 8pm

 

 

LIA Tells A Story!

Attributions: 
Story by Tanner Bollar, LIA Historian

Latinos In Action (LIA) is practicing to tutor students at Park View Elementary School. We are learning the level of kids and what level of books they should be reading and we are having fun reading to each other to practice for the kids. All of us are very excited to go help all the little kids that need our help at Park View. So we will keep practicing until we are ready to go!