February 2016

PJHS TED Ed Talks Make News

Alexis Nackos
Ellie Smith
Justin Kennedy
Kaija Carr
Kerienn Marrott

PJHS is proud to announce the Ted Ed Club Conference held at the school yesterday has hit the news! The Daily Herald Online Newspaper, heraldextra.com, posted a news story today detailing the Conference. See the story at http://www.heraldextra.com/news/local/education/payson-students-take-on-ted-talks/article_026cf750-b88d-5eac-b033-91200c2c3883.html

We are thrilled to be featured and excited for those who participated in the event. Those who participated included: Sydney Hill, Lexie Linde, Kaija Carr, Gabe Toelupe, Tate Siggard, Brayden Webber, Tyler Rogers, Alexis Nackos, Ellie Smith, Grayden Larsen, Kolby Jenson, Hayes Geldmacher, Karley Caron-Campbell, Kristy Atwood, Justin Kennedy, Kerienn Marrott, Daxon Geldmacher, Devyn Olson, and McKennah Watson.

Also, a special thank you goes out to English teacher, Mrs. Maddy Bragg, for her efforts in putting together this authentic learning opportunity for our students. 

If you didn't get a chance to see it, or want to re-watch parts of our conference, follow the link below: 

http://www.skalooza.com/utah-utah-payson/payson_high/watchvideo?v=YzUAAA

You will have to create a free account, but then you'll have unlimited access.

 

February 24 Weekly Newsletter

Attributions: 
Mr. Blake Mortensen
LIA Member, Alberto Reyes, Tutors a Student

PJHS Parents,

The entire faculty would like to thank the PTA for the tremendous Lupper(as Principal Swenson respectfully puts it)that they prepared for the faculty before Parent Teacher Conferences last week. It was awesome!

Parents, as you know many of our students have been preparing for their TED talk in English classes. This is a great experience for students to research a topic and prepare it into a short talk. I was introduced to TED talks by a co-worker a few years ago and have really enjoyed listening to them. I would encourage you to search on https://www.ted.com/talks for any topic you maybe interested in. Here is a link to one of my favorite TED talks, https://www.ted.com/talks/shawn_achor_the_happy_secret_to_better_work#t-25438 it is very entertaining and makes a good point about looking for positive things in everything we do.

GRIZZLY GROWLS

Freshman Day

The 9th graders had the opportunity to attend an assembly and open house event at Payson High School today!  It was an introduction to moving on and into the high school. They also presented different clubs and classes that are available to them to participate in once they enter the 10th grade.  Our  9th graders will soon be registering for 10th grade and the opportunity to attend this event will have hopefully given your students an idea, as to the different classes and clubs they can be involved in. I would encourage you, as parents, to talk with your 9th grader about what they found most interesting about the event today.   It may spark a discussion to help them better prepare you and them for the transition from Jr. HIgh to High School.

Facebook Challenge

We would encourage all of you Facebookers out there to like and follow our Facebook page. The Payson Junior High official website is http://pjhs.nebo.edu/ and from there, you can connect to the official FB page by following the link on the left side of the page. We would encourage parents to share this with others so we can get the word out about the great things happening at PJHS.

Perfect Attendance Winners

This weeks winner of perfect attendance is from the 8th grade, Shad John. Congratulations!

Nebo After School 4H Activities

SCHEDULE

Monday- Computer Gaming

Tuesday- Robotics

Wednesday- Merit Badge Cooking

Thursday- Ping Pong

Friday- Rubic's Cube

Homework help with either Mrs. Wagner or Mrs. Butterfield any time help is needed.

If you have any questions please contact Miss Ogden at kayci.ogden@nebo.edu

Calendar

Feb. 25    8 am Elementary Choir Tour

Feb. 26    8 am Elementary Choir Tour

               8 am FFA  Assembly

Mar. 1-2   Accreditation Visit

Mar. 2     3 pm SCC

               7 pm Orchestra Concert

 

TED Talks Next Week

Attributions: 
Mrs. Maddy Bragg

 

Payson Junior High is hosting a TED-Ed Club conference. TED is an association that is devoted to spreading great ideas through short speeches. Students at Payson Junior wrote and performed their own speeches with their own great ideas in them. The best of the best will be performing their TED Talks on a live broadcast (thank you, Payson High Broadcasting team) on Wednesday, February 24th from 8-9:30 AM. Tune in to see your local students and their great ideas:

http://www.skalooza.com/utah-utah-payson/payson_high/event/136779/#.VseYt_krLIV

This story will be on our Facebook page. You can reach it by clicking the link on the lower left of THIS WEBPAGE. Please "Like" AND "Share" our Facebook page with friends and family! 

 

PJHS Earns Grant from Nebo Education Foundation

Attributions: 
Ms. Lana Hiskey
Carl Swenson, Dale Phelps, Kristina Christensen, Stacy Nance, Shyrel Petersen, Tom Rather, Earl Davis, KL Tischner, A LeMmon

The Nebo Education Foundation board met this month to discuss the grants submitted by Nebo School District teachers and fund worthwhile projects in the district that provide resources to enrich student learning.

The Nebo Education Foundation is composed of 20 volunteer board members who live in cities serviced by Nebo School District.  Board members meet each month to review and award grant requests, consider fund-raising avenues and other items that advance the educational opportunities for Nebo School District students.  Many of the donations received are for selected projects, yet a substantial amount is available for the greatest need. Greatest need monies are considered for grants submitted by area schools.

Congratulations to Payson Junior – Tom Rather and Shyrel Petersen who continue to inspire the minds of students.

"Thank you for your generosity and consideration for this grant. It will truly mean a great deal to my students. It is difficult to buy specific books that accommodate students interests and specific reading levels. It takes money! The special education teachers here at Payson Junior High School appreciate this grant. I am sure the students will also,” stated Tom Rather, special education teacher at Payson Junior.

 

PJHS Wows Nebo School Board!

Attributions: 
Mrs. Maddy Bragg, Mr. Blake Mortensen; Photos by Ms. Lana Hiskey
Presentation to School Board
Support From Student Council in Attendance
Cole Mattson, "Do Sports Strengthen Your Education?"
Case Kunz, "Outside The Lines"
Mindy Riding, "This Is Not My Poem"

Mrs. Maddy Bragg, English teacher, addressed the school board last Wednesday evening explaining our school's association with TEDx.

She stated, "The English teachers at our school decided we wanted to give our students a more authentic assessment, so we had them write TED Talks. If you are unfamiliar with TED, they are an organization that is devoted to spreading good ideas throughout the world through short speeches. Our students asked hard questions, researched answers, and presented TED Talks with their great ideas in them. We applied and were approved to have an official TEDx license. With the help of the broadcasting team from Payson High School, the best of each of our classes presented their talks for an international live stream on the TEDx website. Our students videos are now available on the TEDx Youtube page.

  

This year we aren't doing TEDx again, but working with a different branch of TED called TED-Ed Clubs. We will have a very similar event with a live broadcast with the best of the talks that are currently being worked on and given in our classrooms.The spoken word is very important at Payson Junior High:Poetry is an ancient art form that our school thinks should be heard as well as read. We keep it relevant by having every student in the school perform typically original poems in poetry slams in our classrooms. Similar to TED Talks, we send the best of our rooms to a school Slam, and our best from there go to the district-wide Poetry Slam. We are always floored by the talent and dedicated these students show."

 

Three PJHS sutdents then presented TEDx and poetry. First, Cole Mattson gave his TED talk entitled "Do Sports Strengthen Your Education?" about how sports and school go together! He did a great job. Then, Case Kunz and Mindy Riding presented their poems for the poetry slam, "Outside the Lines" and "This Is Not My Poem" respectively. All three students represented our school extremely well. The presentation was a success and many of those in attendance commented on the great things happening at PJHS.

PJHS "Meets The Composer"

Attributions: 
Mrs. Connie Ericksen, Contributors: Autumn Hernandez, Elizabeth Giles, Krysti Morgan
Composer Darryl Johnson II Visits PJHS
Checking in at the Office
Making Music Electronically
Playing Mr. Johnson's Piece

Band students are typically situated at the end of a long process of making music. They are issued a clean printed page of black symbols on white background and then begin the process of decoding the symbols in order to create sound. The audience that hears the band’s interpretation is yet one more step—and the last step--away from what starts with a composer.

A composer is a person who writes music, especially as a professional occupation.

In an effort to broaden our students’ appreciation for and understanding of the musical creation process, we invited an accomplished band composer, Darryl Johnson II, to come to our school and work with our band students. After giving us insights into the piece he had composed, he took us back to the place where every band concert starts—with a musical idea. As a class, we developed our musical ideas and, step-by-step, created a piece of band literature.

Student Autumn Hernandez stated, "I'm really inspired to start writing my own music..." and Fiona Ashton-Knochel said, "He mentored us and [one] thing I learned was how to play expressively."

Additionally, Elizabeth Giles expounded on the writing process, "I've been wanting to compose for a while and the composer's tips helped me a lot. Also, I learned there will always be revisions..."

Finally, Kyrsti Morgan reflected, " It was interesting to hear the composer talk about how his ideas formed and then he turned them into a song. It was great that he started small and them expanded into a bigger part."

Darryl Johnson II (b. 1984) is a native of Southern California. An early interest in music led him to study several instruments as well as music theory, composition, and orchestration. A lengthy background in music transcription and arranging fostered a growing interest in diverse musical styles. Now he enjoys making guest appearances with middle, junior, high school and college students via his “meet the composer” program. This program fulfills multiple components of the music education standards for every state and complements the music education curriculum. The PJHS administration supported the idea of broadening student perspective and arranged for funding to bring Mr. Johnson to our school.

 

 

February 17 Weekly Newsletter

Attributions: 
Mr. Blake Mortensen
Counseling Department Informs Students of Careers
Check Out Careers With a QR!

PJHS Parents,

Last Tuesday night our school presented to the Nebo District School Board. It was a full house at the meeting and our school did a great job! Mr. Swenson spoke of the great things going on at our school. He emphasized the biking program that was featured on the NBC “Today” show earlier in the year. That was followed by Mrs. Bragg describing the live TEDx event the school participated in last year. Cole Mattson gave his TED talk about how sports and school go together! He did a great job. Then Case Kunz and Mindy Riding presented their poems for the poetry slam. All three students represented our school extremely well. The presentation was a success and many of those in attendance commented on the great things happening at PJHS.

GRIZZLY GROWLS

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Parent teacher conferences will be held Wed. Feb 17th from 3:30-8:00. Please plan on coming to visit with your students.

PTA Help

Parents in conjuction with Parent Teacher conferences the PTA has always brought Lupper to the faculty. Please sign up at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080D4AAAAF2BA64-teacher3 to bring food items. As a faculty and staff we appreciate all the support we get from the PTA! Thanks!

CCR evening appointments

The counselors will be here the afternoon/evening of Wed. Feb.17  for 8th grade CCRs during Parent Teacher Conferences.  If they have not already had their appointment and would like to schedule an evening time, please call Mrs. Vellinga @ (801) 465-6021.  Thanks!

Facebook Challenge

We would encourage all of you Facebookers out there to like and follow our Facebook page. The Payson Junior High official website is http://pjhs.nebo.edu/ and from there, you can connect to the official FB page by following the link on the left side of the page. We would encourage parents to share this with others so we can get the good word out about what is happening at PJHS.

 Perfect Attendance Winners

Congratulations to last weeks perfect attendance winners Hadley Hatfield 7th grade, Stockton Laypath 8th grade, and Dylan loader 9th grade.

Way to go Kaylee Mecham 7th grade and Camren Rowlette 9th grade for earning perfect attendance. It pays to be on time!!

Nebo After School 4H Activities

SCHEDULE

Monday – Computer Gaming

Tuesday – Robotics

Wednesday – Merit Badge Cooking

Thursday – Ping Pong

Friday – Rubik’s Cube

Homework help with wither Mrs. Wagner or Mrs. Butterfield anytime help is needed.

If you have any questions please contact Miss Ogden at kayci.ogden@nebo.edu

Calendar

Feb. 17    3:30 Parent  Teacher Conference

               6 pm Vocal & Piano Solo/Ensemble Festival

Feb. 18    8 am Elementary Band/Orchestra Tour

Feb. 19    8 am Elementary Band/Orchestra Tour

Feb. 23    9 am Freshman Day

Feb. 24    Early Out Day Teacher Development Day

 

February 10 Weekly Newsletter

Attributions: 
Mr. Blake Mortensen, Photo Credit: Mrs. Connie Ericksen
Composer Darryl Johnson Visits PJHS Band Students

PJHS Parents,

This coming Friday, 2/12 we will be holding a school activity for the last hour of the day. All students will get to choose an activity to attend and are asked to remain there for the next hour. This activity is considered a part of the regular school day and it is expected that all students attend. Here is a list of the activities that are being held.

Dance

Badminton

Movie

Library

Homework Computers

Open Computer Lab

Open Computer Lab

Study Hall

Bingo

Food Activity

Weight Room

Detention

Chess

Some activities require that students sign-up in advance. The dance is by far the most popular activity but students can choose other activities. This is a chance to have fun and do what they enjoy doing.

You will notice that detention is an option. This is one of the few times that students can serve detention during the school day!

GRIZZLY GROWLS

CCR evening appointments

The counselors will be here the afternoon/evening of Wed. Feb.17  for 8th grade CCRs during Parent Teacher Conferences.  If they have not already had their appointment and would like to schedule an evening time, please call Mrs. Vellinga @ (801) 465-6021.  Thanks!

Facebook Challenge

We would encourage all of you Facebookers out there to like and follow our Facebook page. The Payson Junior High official Facebook is Payson Junior High School, Payson, Utah. We would encourage parents to share this with others so we can get the good word out about what is happening at PJHS.

 

TERM 3 PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES ARE COMING!

Midterm comes quickly along with our last Parent -Teacher conferences for the year.

Wednesday, February 17th from 3:30-8:00.

Please attend and bring your student!

Nebo After School 4H Activities

SCHEDULE

Monday – Computer Gaming

Tuesday – Robotics

Wednesday – Merit Badge Cooking

Thursday – Ping Pong

Friday – Rubic’s Cube
If you have any questions please contact Miss Ogden at kayci.ogden@nebo.edu

Calendar

Feb. 12    Valentine Activity

Feb. 15    Presidents Day No School  

Feb. 17    3:30 Parent Teacher Conference

                6 pm Vocal & Piano Solo/Ensemble Festival

 

PJHS To Present To Nebo School Board

Attributions: 

PJHS will present an example of our academics and a report from our school community council to the Nebo School Board on Tuesday, February 9, 2016 at 6:00 P.M.

Please support us by attending the meeting at 350 S. Main Street in Spanish Fork!

Families, let's show our school board members how much we care! See you there!

February 2, 2016 Weekly Newsletter

Attributions: 
Mr. Blake Mortensen

PJHS Parents,

  As a school we are trying to encourage students to be to class on time. The biggest reason for being on time is not to interrupt the class once it has started. When students are late it distracts from the most important part of the lesson, the first 5-7 minutes! As students are late they are missing that valuable instruction and could possibly be behind or lost the rest of the period. Parents, please encourage your students to be on time and ready with all materials for class.

  Just to review, the detentions for tardies can be made up on Monday or Wednesday after school in the detention/skills room. Detention can be made up on the same mornings in Mrs. Wagner’s room. This is a good way to get math help and detention credit at the same time. The last option is to do lunch detention with Mrs. Renzello, students will need to get in touch with her if not called down. Detention days for the 1st lunch are Monday and Wednesday and the students on 2nd lunch can do detentions on Tuesday and Thursday. We appreciate your help in encouraging your students to get their detention time taken care of.

GRIZZLY GROWLS

CCR evening appointments

The counselors will be here the afternoon/evening of Wed., 17 Feb. for 8th grade CCRs during Parent Teacher Conferences.  If they have not already had their appointment and would like to schedule an evening time, please call Mrs. Vellinga @ (801) 465-6021.  Thanks!

Badminton

PJHS Doubles Challenge

February 5th 3-5:30 pm

Sign up with Mr. Archer

Term 3

Just a reminder to work hard and success will come! Midterm comes quickly along with our last Parent -Teacher conferences for the year on February 17th from 3:30-8:00.

Perfect Attendance Winners

We did not have any students who had perfect attendance drawn this week. Next week, will be worth $10.00. Good Luck!

Nebo After School 4H Activities

SCHEDULE

Monday- Computer Gaming

Tuesday- Robotics

Wednesday- Merit Badge Cooking

Thursday- Ping Pong

Friday- Rubic's Cube

Homework help with either Mrs. Wagner or Mrs. Butterfield any time help is needed.

If you have any questions please contact Miss Ogden at kayci.ogden@nebo.edu

PJHS Winter Sports

Wrestling- The Payson Pride, a club team that includes many of our wrestlers competed in the Northern Utah State Championships. All the boys wrestled hard and the following placed at the meet.

Cole Jensen 2nd, Trey Hiatt 2nd, Joseph Brandley 5th, Wyatt Hone 1st, Hayden Johnson 2nd, Shawn Marvin 6th, Tucker Naccarato 1st,  Braxton Monroe 6th

Boys Basketball and Girls Basketball- Boys play Springville at Mount Nebo @ 5:15 on Wed. Feb 3rd.

Girls play Spanish Fork @ Salem Junior High @ 3:30 on Wed. Feb. 3.

Good Luck!

Calendar

Feb. 3-4   Boys play Springville at Mount Nebo @ 5:15 on Wed. Feb 3rd   

                Girls play Spanish Fork @ Salem Junior High @ 3:30 on Wed. Feb. 3

Feb. 3      3:00 SCC

Feb. 4      7th Grade Job Shadow Day

Feb. 5      8 am Composer master class

               5:15 Girls Basketball District Tournament Final

               7:00 Boys Basketball District Finals