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January 2017

Payson Junior High's 3rd Annual TED-Ed Club Conference Coming MONDAY

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 01/28/2017 - 10:57
Mrs. Maddy Bragg

Tune in anytime from 8-9:30 on Monday, January 30 to catch the incredible speeches our students will be giving in our TED-Ed Club Conference. Our students have been working for the past three weeks to create Talks that inform and inspire. The students presenting on Monday are the best from each of our classes. These really are some ideas worth spreading!

January Mayor's Award Recipient Named

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 01/17/2017 - 09:33
Photos by Stewart Family, Kim Lefler

January has been a snowy and blustery month at PJHS and in the midst of it all our very own 8th grader, Jack Stewart, shone brightly! Jack earned the Payson City Mayor's Award at the January city council meeting. Jack's teachers had high praise for his efforts at school.

Mrs. Bridenbaugh stated, "Jack Stewart has been an amazing help and friend to my new student.  He has come to get him off the bus.  Helped him to go back to class when the student has melted down.  He deserves to be recognized for going up and beyond the expected. Jack has a heart that is made of gold.  He is always willing to befriend any of the students in my classroom.  He is always willing to help or give comfort when they are having a bad day.  I am so greatful to have a peer tutor like Jack."

Mr. Aintablian professed, "Often you will see Jack pick up an extra responsibility to help, and when he does, he commits. Though it seems like a simple compliment, the sincerity with which he stays loyal to serving those he chooses, is quite admirable, especially when you consider the multitudinous distractions and incentives are provided to a young teen." 

And finally, Ms. Petersen added, "Jack goes out of his way to make sure everyone feels like they have a friend. In math he sits next to a student who came to our school speaking no English. The language barrier didn't stop Jack from trying to be her friend though! He would say hi, talk to her, etc. even though she understood very little of what he was saying. He'd also ask her how to say things in Spanish, so he was allowing her to share part of her language with him."

We are glad to have Jack and many others who care about our school and our community. They make the world a better place everyday!

Jr. High Wrestling Tournament Going on NOW!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 01/06/2017 - 09:37

The Nebo District Junior High Wrestling Tournament is underway today at Mt. Nebo Junior High School in Payson. The event started at 9am and will run all day. Take a moment to go down and see some great junior high level talent!

We hope to go live on our Facebook page today so watch for it! The link to our FB page is on the lower left of our website home page.

Grizzly Update: January 3, 2017

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 01/03/2017 - 15:42
Mr. Blake Mortensen
Ending The Year With Pig Kissing

PJHS Parents and Students,


We appreciate your patience with the late start today! Also our phone system is really having a hard time, if your student needs to be excused, please call and leave a message or try again later.

It is really hard to get back into the swing of school but we only have 8 days before the term is over! Please help your student(s) to get on top of their grades before it is all said and done. This term ends quickly!

We hope all of our students and parents had a nice break! It is nice to relax and enjoy time with family and friends. As you can see from the photo with this week's newsletter, we ended the year with a little pig kissing. Many faculty and students participated while Mr. Swenson served as our pig handler!

We look forward to this new year and hope you are also. It is always good to reflect on what has worked well this past year and continue to work on areas that could use improvement. We encourage all to strive to be a little better each day!

Social Media

Please check us out on any of these social media sites!



Instagram- grizzly.nation

PJHS Money Wars

Our Money Wars campaign was a great success! We were able to help two local families have a better Christmas! Thanks to all who helped!


Their last meet before district finals is tomorrow,1/4/2017, at 3:30 here at PJHS. Please come and support them as they prepare for district


Both the Boys and Girls Basketball teams play at Salem on Thursday, 1/5/2017, Good luck to both of them and come support them in Salem.

Perfect Attendance

Congratulations to Justin Bishop 7th grade and Jaden Llewellyn of the 9th grade for winning this weeks Perfect Attendance! Your attendance matters!

On Track

Congratulations to all of the students who are "On track"! Check the bulletin board by the counseling office and if your name is highlighted, come into the counselors and get a full sized candy bar!

PTA News

Parents please sign-up to help with the “Thankful Thursdays” by going to this site:

4-H News

New 4H clubs are getting started. Registration forms can be found in the office or from Miss Ogden in room C-66. Club registration fee for the year is $15. Some of these clubs will continue after Christmas break and more will be starting after as well. Contact Miss Ogden,, if you have any questions.

Monday-Disneyland Cooking

Tuesday- Holiday Gingerbread Houses & Maker

Wednesday- (TBA)

Thursday- Star Wars & Grub n' Gab

Friday- Sewing


Jan 4        Wrestling vs Spanish Fork At PJHS 3:30

Jan 5        Boys & Girls Basketball @ Salem 3:30

Jan 9    Boys and Girls Basketball @ PJHS 3:30

Jan 10    Arena Scheduling during Den time


2-Hour Delayed Start TODAY

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 01/03/2017 - 07:38

Nebo District will delay the start of all schools by two hours:

Good Morning, this is Nebo School District calling to inform parents and students that due to the recent storm, all schools will be operating on a two-hour delayed start today.  This means that if your school normally starts at 8:00 a.m., it will be starting at 10 a.m.

Morning-only programs, such as AM Kindergarten classes, have been cancelled.  Afternoon-only programs, such as PM Kindergarten will proceed as usual. (bus routes running or not?)

For up-to-the-minute information, please feel free to call our hotline at 801-354-7498, or go to our webpage at

Buses are running now and will also run on the two hour delay. 

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