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September 2017

Don't Stop Until You're Proud

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 09/27/2017 - 15:28
Photos by Maddy Bragg
Don't Stop Until You're Proud

Here at Payson Jr. High, we encourage all our students to work hard. The more time and effort you put into your work, the higher your achievements will be! Your effort will make you stronger! Keep working hard, Grizzlies. You're all wonderful. And remember: don't stop until you're proud!


Submitted by cheri.campbell on Wed, 09/20/2017 - 08:54

Just a reminder we have Parent Teacher Conferences TONIGHT from 3:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.  The teachers will be in the cafeteria, seated by departments.  Thanks in advance to our PTA for feeding our faculty a delicious dinner!


Submitted by cheri.campbell on Fri, 09/15/2017 - 09:59
Walmart Rocks!

Payson Junior was surprised with a fun delivery from our local Payson Walmart!  They brought in boxes and boxes of supplies for our teachers and students to use.  One of our students even said to me, "It feels like Christmas!"  What a happy day at Payson Junior High.  We feel truly grateful for the support!

School Land Trust

Submitted by cheri.campbell on Fri, 09/15/2017 - 08:17

Payson Junior High benefits greatly from the School Land Trust program.  This past year we were able to hold numerous faculty inservice trainings and planning sessions.  We purchased classroom equipment such as computers, white boards, video screens and sound systems.  We also purchased teaching and reading materials to help our teachers and their focus on student learning.

Patriot Day Assembly

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 09/11/2017 - 12:45
Payson Fire Department
PJHS Choir
American Flags through the Years
Flag Retirement Ceremony

Today at Payson Jr. High, we held an assembly celebrating the memory of those whose lives were lost in the events that occurred on September 11, 2001. We celebrated the courage, bravery, and sacrifice of those who put themselves in danger in order to protect and rescue others. We were joined by members of the Utah National Guard, members of Payson's police and fire departments, as well as other members of the community. Principal Swenson shared his memories of that fateful day. Students participated by singing patriotic songs, giving a brief history of the American flag and its design, and retiring tattered American flags which once flew over our school. 

Sandy Dahl, whose husband was the pilot of Flight 93 on September 11, 2001, responded to the experience of that day with these wise words: "If we learn nothing else from this tragedy, we learn that life is short and there is no time for hate" (Parade Magazine).

George W. Bush, who was President of the United States at the time, said, "One of the worst days in America's history saw some of the bravest acts in Americans' history. We'll always honor the heroes of 9/11. And here at this hallowed place, we pledge that we will never forget their sacrifice" (9/11 Pentagon Memorial Speech).

Former President Barack Obama said, "Even the smallest act of service, the simplest act of kindness, is a way to honor those we lost, a way to reclaim that spirit of unity that followed 9/11" (Time Magazine).

Choose to honor those who lost their lives on this day, sixteen years ago, by showing kindness and serving others. It's the American way, and it's the Grizzly way. 


Grizzly Update - September 6, 2017

Submitted by cheri.campbell on Fri, 09/08/2017 - 14:59

We hope everyone had a great Labor Day weekend.  We now are on the countdown to fall break.  There are just a few reminders for our parents and students to help this year continue to run smooth. 

1-    Dress code- Please review the dress code policy for Nebo School District.  We are seeing a few violations of the dress code and would like to address this early in the year.  If you have any questions regarding the dress please reference the attached student handbook.

2-    Attendance and Tardies- As a school policy a parent can only excuse tardies for 1st period and only a maximum of five (5) 1st period tardies per term can be excused.  A student is allowed a total of two (2) tardies, if more are accumulated there are consequences outlined in the student handbook.  For more information regarding tardies please reference the attached student handbook.

Please read through the many wonderful events happening at Payson Junior High.  Remember to check our social media sites for any additional information.

Social Media

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



Instagram- grizzly.nation


The Loafer Mountain Hike

The Loafer Mountain Hike is September 8th!  Students that haven't hiked with Mr. Archer need to qualify by passing a physical & written test to be eligible.  

Contact Mr. Archer if you have any questions.


Cross Country

It's not too late to join cross country! Our first meet is pre-districts this Friday. We need more manpower to show what Payson is made of. Talk to Mrs. Bragg for more information.


After school Clubs

After school clubs will be starting on Tuesday August 29th. Registration forms will be given out during club time. Registration fees for the year can be paid with Mrs. Allen in the finance office. The fee for registration is $20 for the entire year. Look for flyers in the hallways or see Miss Ogden in room C-66 for more information. Here are the clubs currently being offered: 


Tuesdays-Star Wars* and Scratch Coding 

Wednesdays-Wrestling prep, Engineering Crafts, and Archaeology 
Thursdays-Robotics and Holiday crafts 

Fridays- Foods 


There are also homework help clubs on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings from 7:20-7:50 and Thursday afternoons. Keep listening for more announcements about more clubs starting later this year.


For more information concerning clubs please contact Miss Ogden:



*Awesome. Star Wars club starts on Tuesday (August 29th) after school.  There is still time to join!   We are having Jedi Training. We'll make lightsabers and do other awesome activities.


 All after school groups meet in Ms. Ogden's room to gather first. 


Questions, please visit:




Early Morning Basketball Friday mornings at 6 am, starting 9/1.  These are open gyms and all are welcome.


September 13th will be the first Badminton tournament of the year.  This is a doubles tournament and all are welcome. Contact Mr. Archer if you have any questions.



7th Grade Student Council Elections

Coming soon!

Watch for more information and applications. 

Questions contact Mrs. Holt


PJHS: Box Tops for Education

· For every 10 Box Tops you bring into your Den Time (3rd period) class you get a 5-point Extra Credit Coupon to use in any of your classes (with teacher’s acceptance). If you happen to bring in more than 50 Box Tops, then you will also receive a Free Homework Pass (on top of the 5 extra credit coupons).

· Extra Credit coupons will not be replaced if lost or stolen—so keep it safe and redeem as soon as you know which class you would like to use the extra credit in.

· The Extra Credit coupon will not expire until the end of the school year.

· All Box Tops will be collected on the last Monday of the term, and Box Tops will not be carried over from term to term—so save up 10 Box Tops before you turn them in.

 NOTE: Teachers are not required to accept coupons for extra credit —so please check with teacher before presenting it.  Also, you may combine more than one coupon for a class.

Mayor Youth Recognition Award Winner

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 09/08/2017 - 13:35
Kelly being presented the Mayor Award.
Kelly with members of the Payson City Council.

Kelly Cobia, one of our students at Payson Junior High, was awarded the Mayor's Youth Recognition Award by the Payson City Council earlier this week. This award recognizes Kelly's hard work and effort to improve our school and community. She helps other students to be successful while also increasing their confidence. Kelly was nominated for this award by teachers who have experienced and appreciated her contributions. Here's what they have to say: 

"Kelly has always blown me away with her work ethic and her kindness towards others. She is a wonderful friend to her peers. She will make a huge difference in the world. I know, because she already has." - Ms. LeBaron

"Kelly Cobia is excited about life and learning. She engages 110% in every challenge; it is more important to her to understand and perform correctly than it is to get the grade. I see Kelly as a life-long learner, constantly curious and ever-expanding her knowledge. She has a smile that never quits." - Mrs. Hulet

"Kelly is a model student and a great example to her peers. She is always willing to participate and share her insight." – Mrs. Gillie

"Kelly is friendly and hard-working.  She takes her education seriously and uses her time responsibly.  She shows both effort and self initiative and is kind and helpful toward others.  Our school is a better place because Kelly is in it.  She is a role model for others." – Mr. Davis

Thanks, Kelly, for being such an awesome Grizzly and making us proud. Congratulations!

PJHS School Community Council

Submitted by cheri.campbell on Fri, 09/08/2017 - 08:28

Date: 9/11/2017

 Time: 3:00 PM

Location Payson Junior High Conference room

Type of meeting

School Community Council


Tammy Halcrow

Meeting Agenda and Minutes

Found on PJHS Website

Council Members                                                     

Sabrina Wilson                    Christina Lane

 Emily Rigby                          Tara Makin                                                                                        

 Carl Swenson                  Connie Ericksen

 Travis Young                   John Plaisted

Non-Voting Members

Tammy Halcrow         Cheri Campbell 



  • Introductions

  • Vote for Chairperson and Co-chair

  • Review of Trustland monies and coming year monies

  • New Teachers

  • SCC Training

  • Parent/ Teacher Conferences, September 20th, 3:30-8:00pm

  • Building Issues

  • Items from members


Upcoming Events

Sept 15     School Dance 6 pm

Sept 18     SDD- Half Day for Students

Sept 20     Parent Teacher Conference 3:30

Sept. 25     Midterm

               Picture Retakes

Sept. 28     7th Grade Vision Screening

Sept. 28-29 Shakespeare Competition- Cedar City


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