October 2015

Straw Towers

Attributions: 
Photos and Story - Mrs. Jill Blancher

Students who achieve all passing grades, less than 3 tardies and 90% attendance in a term qualify for a special in-school activity in our "Grizzly Club Lounge". This month's activity, sponsored by our monumentally amazing math department, involved teams of 5 students. The students were given straws and tape and were to build a tower. As they made their towers, teachers encouraged each group to think about what shapes would give a good base. The team with the highest tower that could stand on its own won. The top three teams earned a prize. 

BYU Football Visits PJHS for Red Ribbon Week

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BYU Football Players
Our Fantastic Students!
Flash Mob

PJHS' annual Red Ribbon Week was held recently to mobilize the school and community to educate youth and encourage participation in drug prevention activities. Students participated in a banner contest to stamp out drugs, collectively walked 500 miles - each student walked 1/2 mile around campus, ran or cheered on runners in a 2 mile fun run, created a flash mob, and listened to speakers from BYU's football team including Tanner Mangum-QB, Nate Carter-RB, and Kurt Henderson-WR. The speakers stressed their success as a part of healthy lifestyle choices and how we all can be successful by making good choices.

We also heard from our very own in-house student band led by Mr. Plaisted on guitar, Jett Jacob and Kirienn Marrott-guitars, Tregan Palmer-drums, Mindy Riding-keyboard, with Brooke Black and Audrey Herget singing. Mr. Aintablian, Mrs. Holt and Mrs. Reid also made special appearances.

Thank you to everyone who organized during the week and made it a huge success. Our students did a great job sending the message that it's better to choose healthy lifestyles over drugs. 

Parent Newsletter, WE 10-23-15

Attributions: 
Photo by John Carlisle
Mr. Rather helping a student.
Online Coding Flyer

PJHS Parents,

We have experienced quite the excitement at school this week after the Today Show aired a story about our bicycle program. Our program was part of a study conducted by Specialized Bicycle Company researching links between physical activity and academic achievement. We have continued to use the bicycles in PE classes to help students be able to focus during classes as well as gain healthy lifestyle habits.

Additionally, we are entering the season of winter sports and musical assemblies, performances and festivals. Our musical groups have been learning and practicing some beautiful pieces so you won’t want to miss any opportunity to see them perform. The school calendar of events can be viewed from our website at pjhs.nebo.edu . Just click on the “View Full Calendar” on the left side of the page under “Upcoming Events”.

Also, if you are a user of social media, please “Like” our Facebook page - Payson Junior High School, Payson, Utah. You will then receive all website updates directly to your news feed. If you are a Twitter or Google+ user, you can connect to the school website as well. Then, continue to support our school by “Sharing” our stories to your own timelines so we can keep spreading our good news!

GRIZZLY GROWLS

Serving Detentions

We are closing in on the end of Term 1 and in order to qualify for many of the Grizzly activities next term and avoid truancy, tardies need to be made up by serving detention time. The times are as follows:

  • After School - Students can serve detention on Mondays and Wednesdays in Room A23.

  • Before School - Mrs. Wagner’s Room D148 (must let teacher know it is for detention).

  • Den Time - Room A23 Monday through Thursday - ONLY WITH ALL PASSING GRADES.

Overdrive Online Collection of eBooks

PJHS now has OverDrive, an online collection of eBooks and audiobooks available to students 24/7! OverDrive can be accessed through the link nebo.lib.overdrive.com or through the free app on your tablet or smart phone. Your username and password is the same as your Nebo School District computer login.

  1. Visit http://app.overdrive.com

  2. Sign up for an OverDrive account.

  3. Add the Nebo School District digital library.

  4. Log in using the same username and password you use at school.

  5. Find and checkout books.

Online Coding Camps For Students

Interested in online computer coding?  Nebo District is offering after-school classes for students in grades 4-9 in various locations throughout the district.  Please click on the link for further information or to register for coding camps.

http://pub.lucidpress.com/nebocodingcamps/

Star Wars and Wrestling - Nebo After School 4H Activities

Just a reminder that you can sign up and join any after school club at any time. We now have a Star Wars club and Wrestling. We will also have a ping pong club and if you or someone you know want to be the club teacher, please contact Miss Ogden at kayci.ogden@nebo.edu

Cancer Sucks!

Our student council and some friends of Alexis Fuentes, a PHS student, are selling Tootsie Pops during lunch for 50 cents each to help with his medical costs. We have collected almost $300 to date and will continue to sell the Pops until we run out! Thanks to all of the students who have purchased a Pop!

Calendar

October 20, Fall Choir Concert 7:00pm, PHS

October 29, 8th Grade Explore Test

November 6, Marching Band Assembly 8:30am

 

PJHS' Shakespeare Team Competition

Attributions: 
Story by David Aintablian, Photos by Liz Waters and Nickelle Blanton

At the beginning of the month Payson Jr. High's Shakespeare Team set out to Cedar City for Southern Utah University's annual Shakespeare Competition. There, the students were able to compete with their prepared pieces as well as participate in the multitude of workshops designed to help students delve deeper into The Bard's text and glean from it what is needed to both appreciate and perform in Will’s many works.

While down there, they were lucky enough to organize time and take a tour through the Randall L. Jones’ backstage and see the inner workings required to produce one of their high quality productions. The students were able to see Utah Shakespeare Festival’s production of Two Gentlemen of Verona as well as SUU’s gender bent version of Hamlet.

Parent Newsletter WE 10-16-15

Attributions: 
Photo submitted by Ashlee Robbins
At PJHS, we support each other!

 

PJHS Parents,

As I have pointed out in previous newsletters, Nebo School District is reading and using the book “Teach Like A Pirate” by Dave Burgess to guide educators, office staff and support professionals through this school year. The author engages readers by asking questions that require introspection. He wants his readers to consider the rapport they have with students and peers, to examine professional passion for teaching and working with students and to think on the level of enthusiasm they have for what they do. PJHS teachers have professional passion for creating lifelong learners, increasing self-confidence of our students and leaving students with a larger vision of what is possible for their lives. We count it a privilege to work with our students.

GRIZZLY GROWLS

Serving Detentions

We are closing in on the end of Term 1 and in order to qualify for many of the Grizzly activities next term and avoid truancy, tardies need to be made up by serving detention time. The times are as follows:

  • After School - Students can serve detention on Mondays and Wednesdays in Room A23.

  • Before School - Mrs. Wagner’s Room D148 (must let teacher know it is for detention).

  • Den Time - Room A23 Monday through Thursday - ONLY WITH ALL PASSING GRADES.

Overdrive Online Collection of eBooks

PJHS now has OverDrive, an online collection of eBooks and audiobooks available to students 24/7! OverDrive can be accessed through the link nebo.lib.overdrive.com or through the free app on your tablet or smart phone. Your username and password is the same as your Nebo School District computer login.

  1. Visit http://app.overdrive.com

  2. Sign up for an OverDrive account.

  3. Add the Nebo School District digital library.

  4. Log in using the same username and password you use at school.

  5. Find and checkout books.

TODAY Show, Sunday Edition

PJHS is featured in an upcoming episode of the Today Show, Sunday Edition! Our bicycle program is the focus of the interview by Harry Smith. Specialized Bicycle Company is also featured as they help to sponsor our outstanding program. THE STORY WILL RUN ON NBC ON OCTOBER 18 FROM 7AM-8AM. Please tune in!

Fall Break

Fall Break will be Thursday, October 15 and Friday, October 16. Students will return to school on Monday, October 19.

Nebo After School 4H Activities

Just a reminder that you can sign up and join any after school club at any time. We now have a Rubik’s Cube club and will begin a Star Wars club soon. We will also have a ping pong club and if you or someone you know want to be the club teacher, please contact Miss Ogden at kayci.ogden@nebo.edu

“X” Marks the SPOT

In the October 2015 issue of the Nebo News, PJHS PE teacher Jennifer Braithwaite was recognized for her excellent efforts. She was nominated by Jesse Sorenson who said, “Jennifer was instrumental in securing a grant valued at over $17,500 of cycling equipment as an innovative way to help students.” Congratulations, Mrs. Braithwaite! Check out the entire newsletter at the link http://www.nebo.edu/news/1699

Red Ribbon Week Fun Run Results

One of the super activities we participated in during Red Ribbon Week was the 2 mile Fun Run. 352 of our 1050 students participated in the race! That is incredible. Top finishers were:

GIRLS BOYS

 

9th Grade

Kari Evans

13:46

Cole Peterson

11:37

8th Grade

Alexis Lowry

14:23

Shad John

13:08

7th Grade

Dayna Chapa

14:07

Kason Johnson

12:20

 

PAYSON CITY RECREATION SPONSORED SPORTS

Nebo Football - 7th and 8th Grades

Tuesday, Oct. 13th - PLAYOFFS

Seeds

Utah Valley Football - 9th Grade

7p Tu. Oct. 13th Payson @ ALA (non-conference)

Calendar

October 15-16 Fall Break, No School

7pm Tuesday, October 20 Fall Choir Concert

 

 

PJHS Students Flip For Math!

Attributions: 
Story by Jill Blancher, Photos by John Carlisle
Review of Learning
Instant Feedback of Answers Chosen
Collaborative Learning
Figuring It Out

Video lectures at home? Homework in class? There is a new world of active learning where teachers can be present when students need them. What is it? It’s the FLIPPED CLASSROOM.  The flipped classroom is a teaching model in which the typical lecture and homework elements of a course are reversed. Short video lectures are viewed by students at home before the class session, while in-class time is devoted to exercises, projects, or discussions. Mrs. Blancher, one of our math teachers, uses this method to teach her 9th grade classes. Her story follows.

THEORY: The idea came to me after completing some graduate courses. The courses stressed having students explore the concepts versus being constantly told how to do things. This allows students to become better problem solvers. The courses also stressed how we live in a technological world and to use technology to benefit student learning.

IMPLEMENTATION: Because of what I was learning, I chose to execute a flipped classroom. The idea is that students will copy the notes the night before and come with questions about the topic. I have students copy the notes and then have a short discussion or quick overview of the concept. Then students work on the assignments and tasks in class where they have the opportunity to get more one on one help from the teacher. I have students completing their assignments on Canvas, an online program. This allows students to get immediate feedback and have the opportunity to fix and redo the problems to ensure understanding. Students are able to work ahead or slow down as they need. There are deadlines to have assignments completed, but students are allowed to take the tests/quizzes when they feel they know the material, not because it is test day.

IMPROVEMENTS IN LEARNING:  I have seen students taking more responsibility for their learning. They ask more questions, figure out where they are going wrong, and redo tests/quizzes/assignments quicker. As a teacher, I feel that I am more able to get around and give kids more help and assistance in class. I have had a decrease in the need for remediation.  I have felt that students are more willing to ask questions as it is the norm and not in front of everyone where they might not be comfortable doing so. I am all about trying new things and adapting to fit needs of students. Learning is a continuous road and is evolving with the new generations and the technology being developed.

 

Parent Newsletter WE 10/9/15

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PJHS Parents,

Last week was full of excitement for many of our students and staff. On Tuesday we were privileged to host NBC’s Today Show Weekend Edition and Specialized Bicycle Company. Harry Smith, Today Weekend correspondent, along with a technical crew and representatives from Specialized Bicycle interviewed and filmed our bike program students and staff. Our program began 10 years ago as a partnership with Specialized. We used the bicycles for after school clubs and some PE until 2013 when we collaborated with Specialized to study the correlation of physical activity and academic achievement. After two successful years, Today Weekend took notice. Look for PJHS to be featured on the Sunday edition sometime in October! We are proud of the bicycle program and all of our physical education curriculum. At Grizzly Nation we know to move is to become healthy!

GRIZZLY GROWLS

Serving Detentions

We are closing in on the end of Term 1 and in order to qualify for many of the Grizzly activities next term and avoid truancy, tardies need to be made up by serving detention time. The times are as follows:

  • After School - Students can serve detention on Mondays and Wednesdays in Room A23.

  • Before School - Mrs. Wagner’s Room D148 (must let teacher know it is for detention).

  • Den Time - Room A23 Monday through Thursday - ONLY WITH ALL PASSING GRADES.

PJHS Accreditation Survey for Parents

Parents, thank you to those of you who have completed the parent survey for our secondary accreditation through Advanc-Ed. We would like to give you the opportunity to rate various aspects of our school and comment so we can continue to improve ourselves for students. To complete the survey, go to http://www.advanc-ed.org/survey/public/7985755  Thank you for helping us!

October 9 Deadline for 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.

Red Ribbon Week

“DID YOU KNOW, children of parents who talk to their teens regularly about drugs are 42% less likely to use drugs than those who don’t, yet only a quarter of teens report having these conversations.” -taken from RedRibbon.org. This week we are participating in Drug Free Week at school. Each advisory class is working to become more aware of the dangers of drug use and ways to remain drug free. We have activities each day and our student council will remind students during announcements of ways to lead a drug free life.

Monday: Create posters promoting a healthy lifestyle.

Tuesday: 500 Mile Walk to stomp out drugs. All students, faculty, and staff will each walk 1/2 mile to prove their determination and drive to be drug free. As they walk, students will proudly display their anti-drug posters and participate in a poster contest that is judged by the PTA. The walk will end with a program that includes musical numbers and speeches from several BYU athletes. The final event will be announcing the poster contest winners-who win the coveted spirit banner and a treat for their class.

Wednesday: Fun Run! 2 miles of fun! See Mrs. Braithwaite to sign up.

Nebo Immunization Clinics

Flu season is upon us. Now is the time to get that flu shot you have been putting off. Please see the photo attached to our website for upcoming immunization clinic dates, times and places. It includes all insurances accepted as well.

PJHS SCHOOL SPONSORED SPORTS

Oct 5 Golf @ Spanish Oaks

Oct 8 Girls Tennis- Varsity District Final Tournament @ Springville HS

Oct 9 Girls Tennis- JV District Final Tournament @ Springville HS

PAYSON CITY RECREATION SPONSORED SPORTS

Nebo Football - 7th Grade

Tuesday, Oct. 6th

7:30p SVHS Spr.Ville Rotary vs. Payson Silver

8p Salem Lo Salem Columbia vs. Payson Green

Saturday, Oct. 10th

11:30a PHS Salem Navy vs Payson Silver

1:00p PHS Spr Ville Rotary vs Payson Green

Nebo Football - 8th Grade

Wednesday, Oct 7th

6:30p PHS Salem Navy vs Payson Green

8p PHS SprVille Johnston Const vs Payson Silver

Saturday, Oct 10th

10a PHS SprVille Johnston Const vs Payson Green

Utah Valley Football - 9th Grade

5p Th. Oct. 8th Payson @ Wasatch

7p Tu. Oct. 13th Payson @ ALA (non-conference)

Calendar

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