Parent Newsletter WE 9-4-15

PJHS Principals

PJHS Parents,

What do you think will happen? Do numbers ever end? Who makes the calendar? Why can you see lightning at night? Albert Einstein once said, “the important thing is not to stop questioning.” Your children (our students) are naturally curious and ask questions. Some studies show the amazing number of questions children ask at home is an average of 25 per hour. As a parent, your head is most likely shaking up and down in affirmation right now. And, the more questions we answer, the more they are likely to ask because they become even more curious to learn. On the other hand, another study indicates at school, teachers ask 30 times as many questions as their students do.

This year, our teachers have started studying the book, Teach Like A Pirate by Dave Burgess. In the book, Mr. Burgess posits, “If you consistently ask questions that lead to creative and outside-the-box thinking, your mind will provide you with creative and outside-the-box answers. Burgess encourages teachers to ask the right questions and we know that if teachers become more aware of questioning patterns in their classrooms, they can create conditions that encourage more student questions and, therefore, build a better environment of learning. Students who are curious about a topic learn easier and retain more.

So, our goal is to get students to ask more questions, become more curious, and learn more than they already know. Will this slow the questions from your children at home? We certainly hope not!


7th Grade Vision Screening

On Tuesday, September 8, there will be vision screenings for all 7th graders. Please make sure your child has their glasses or other corrective lenses with them that day.

PTA Clothing Fundraiser WINNERS!

Thank you to all families that sent clothing into the school for the PTA sponsored annual clothing drive. We received over 1,600 pounds of clothing! 9th grade donated 374.5 pounds, 8th grade donated, 426.5 pounds, and the winners-- 7TH GRADE DONATED 821 POUNDS! The 7th grade class will participate in their own Den Time Activity on Friday, September 4th. They will be playing “Human Hungry Hippos”. Please look for a permission slip coming home this week. This must be signed in order for the student to participate. CONGRATULATIONS 7TH GRADERS!

Homework Help

Students can attend a before school homework session from 7:20am to 7:50am on Mondays and Wednesdays in Mrs. Wagner’s room (D148). Students can get help or work on their own.

Nebo Afterschool Clubs

PJHS is excited to have after school clubs again this year. The NAC is a great program created to help kids discover new interests and hobbies. Clubs will be held everyday school is in session from 2:35pm - 4:30pm. Wednesday clubs will meet from 2:00pm - 4:00pm. Take a look at what’s available and sign up with Miss Ogden today. For up to date information check out our 4H link on the PJHS website at

For September through November we are offering Homework Help outlined above, Mondays: Coding with Mr. Howell, Tuesdays: Robotics with Mr. Young, Thursdays: Wrestling with Mr. Ward, Fridays: Gaming with Mrs. Bridenbaugh and Mrs. Wagner. The cost is $10 for the first club and $5 for every club thereafter. Healthy snacks will be available daily during the gathering time at 2:35pm in Miss Ogden’s room (C66).


Girls’ Tennis

Tuesday, September 8 - Catchment Area Optional Match: PJHS, SaJHS, MNJHS @ Payson High 3:30pm

Nebo Football - 8th Grade

Wednesday, September 2 - PHS Spgvl Johnston vs. Payson Silver

Wednesday, September 2 - Salem Lo Payson Green vs. Salem Navy

Saturday, September 5 - NO GAMES - LABOR DAY


September 11: Loafer Mountain Hike

September 11: Back to School Dance 6pm - 8pm