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May 2016

School's Out!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 05/27/2016 - 20:18


School is out of session for summer vacation!

Starting May 31st, the office will be open Monday through Thursday from 9:00am to 2:00pm. 

Big Tree Hike A Success!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 05/27/2016 - 12:47
Mr. Eric Archer, Photos by Mrs. Amanda Renzello

This year's Big Tree Hike was a good mix of veteran and rookie hikers.  Everyone had a great time and most were sore the next day.  Cool in the morning and warm in the afternoon but beautiful all day.  Looking forward to the Loafer Mountain hike on September 9th!

May 17 Parent Newsletter

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 05/17/2016 - 16:50
Mr. Blake Mortensen

PJHS Parents and Students,

There are many things that happen this last 2 weeks of school. Please review this newsletter as it has most of the school wide news in it. There are many activities and events that if students aren’t listening to announcements they may miss. Besides the many activities that are upcoming it is very important that students stay current with their school work. One of the biggest problems we see is that students put assignments off. The teachers will be checking out for the summer just as the students do and the grades will already be posted unless they are working with a student specifically.


Lagoon Trip

Lagoon day will be May 19th. School will be held for those not attending the Lagoon trip.

40 Book Club

Those students who have completed reading 40 books are invited to the 40 book club swim/pizza party on Friday May 20th.


Friday, May 20th is the annual PJHS Triathlon. Students and teachers will be competing in teams or individuals in a 125 meter swim, a 3 mile bike ride and a 1.3 mile run.

Spring Hike

Information has gone out to students about the Spring Hike to the Big Tree! If students still want to go they need to see Mr. Archer, ASAP! It is held May 23rd.

Locker Clean-Out

We will be having locker clean-out on Thursday, May 26th. Everything will have to be out of the lockers by the end of the day! It would be good if students started taking things home earlier if needed. We will also have all the lost and found items out, have students check to see if they have lost items.

Lunch Money

Parents please make sure your students lunch accounts are paid in full before our Lagoon trip and there is enough money in your students account for the remainder of the year. Here is your students balance:

PHS Football Booster night @ Zupas

See image for details.

BYU Chip Camp

Students interested in STEM education (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) have the opportunity to participate in a 3-day camp at BYU this summer. Chip Camp sessions run June 21 – 23 or June 28 – 30. Complete over a dozen engineering activities. Build a circuit!  Program a micro-controlled Frisbee! Make a rocket!  Venture inside the BYU cleanroom! There are still spaces available!  Application deadline is May 15. For more information and to register visit:

Detention make-up

Monday and Wednesday afterschool for one hour.

M-F mornings with Mrs. Butterfield or Mrs. Wagner @ 7:25

Perfect Attendance

Way to go Hailey Pitcher and Tessa Hubbard for being this weeks winners of Perfect Attendance. It truly pays to be on time!!! Next week will double for the ninth grade!

Spring Sports

Track- We had another great tennis season at PJHS.  Our district tournament was held May 9 and May 10 at Springville High School. Everyone on the team was able to win a few matches at the tournament. Those that placed in the top 3 of their category were: CJ Ward, Mason Trotter, Jacob Ford, and James Rowley. We are excited for another great year of tennis next school year, with the girls season starting in August and boys starting in March.  



May 17     Choir Rest Home Tour

May 18     6 pm Theater Showcase

May 19      Lagoon Day

                 3 pm FFA Banquet

May 20      10 am 40 Book Club

                 1 pm Tri-Athlon

May 23      PJHS Spring Hike

May 24      8 am Awards Assembly

May 25      PHS Graduation 10 am @ UVU

May 26      Locker clean out (morning)

                 PE Bike Ride to Salem Pond

May 27      Last Day of School- Early Out


Free Summer Meals

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 05/06/2016 - 10:24

The Utah Food Bank is partnering with the USDA to offer nutritious free lunches throughout the summer for children and teens 18 and younger who are residents of Payson and Santaquin. The program runs Monday through Friday from June 6 through August 19. No registration is required and children must consume food on-site. 

Contact Kerri Duncan with questions at 801-887-1251 or

Payson meals will be located at Memorial Park, 300 S. Main Street from 1:30PM to 3:00PM

Santaquin meals will be located at Centennial Park, 300 W. 100 S. from 10:30AM to 12:00PM



President's Volunteer Service Award

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 05/06/2016 - 09:28

Payson Junior HIgh is proud of 8th grader Carson Czarnick who earned the President's Volunteer Service Award for serving over 200 hours in a nursing home. Carson is an outstanding student who also serves our school as an office aide. He has a cheerful disposition with everyone he sees and a very professional demeanor when performing his tasks at school. 

Mrs. Spencer, PJHS secretary, enthusiastically says, "Carson is always pleasant and has a great work ethic. He has a desire to do more and always asks what else he can do as he works in the office." Carson exemplifies the spirit of the PJHS Grizzly GROWL by being genuine, respectful, observant, wise and a learner. 

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