Backpack Giveaway



Mark your calendar for the annual Backpack Giveaway sponsored by Tabitha's Way in Spanish Fork! See image for details. BE SURE TO BRING YOUR CHILDREN WITH YOU TO RECEIVE A BACKPACK. 



It is that time of year - time for school registration! Parents will receive a registration packet in the mail if your child has been a PJHS student or is on track to be a PJHS 7th grade student from their elementary school. 

Registration is on Tuesday, August 9th from 8:30AM to 3:30PM.

Additionally, you will be able to pay school fees online by following the link to the right called "MY SCHOOL FEES". This feature will be available soon, so keep checking back. 

Please see attached registration documents for more information.

WANTED: School Bus Drivers


Nebo bus drivers and attendants wanted. The district provides needed training. Daily routes are open for the beginning of school. Starting pay for drivers is $15.23 and attendants $11.32. Please apply online at

School's Out!



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!

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

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

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


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. 

Spring Hike

Eric Archer

PJHS will sponsor a Spring Hike on May 23, 2016 this year. It is a 7-8 mile hike starting at the bottom of Payson Canyon and going over to Elk Ridge. There are prerequisites for this hike so please plan to attend the information meeting in the Activity Room during Den Time on May 16, 2016. 

PJHS holds a spring and fall hike each year for interested students. 

April 20 Newsletter

Sewing Class

PJHS Parents,

We appreciate the input from parents about our Lagoon trip! The vote was to continue the trip. We have finally been able to secure buses for our Lagoon trip! We will be going on May 19th. We will have final details out later. Plan a cost between $50-$55 for the bus and Lagoon pass for the day. Just a reminder that all detentions will need to be made up to be eligible to go.


Hershey Track Meets

Parents if we could get your help with the Hershey track meets! We cannot have you call and excuse your students over the phone to go up and watch a sibling participate. According to District policy, a parent has to come into the office and check a student out.

District Badminton Play

·     Doubles-open to students grade 7-12

·     April 29th 3:30-5:30 pm @ Payson Jr.

·      ‘A’ & ‘B’ Divisions

·      Rackets will be available

·      Sign up w/Mr. Archer (

PTA News

First, we will be having our last Cafe Zupas night in Spanish Fork Tuesday, April 26th 5-9pm. Proceeds go to run the PTA at Payson Jr. High.

Remember: this is a DINE-IN ONLY event.  All advertising must be done prior to the event, and no advertising to current customers should be done once on the property. Participants do not need a voucher; telling the cashier they are supporting the school will suffice.

There's also an attachment for the event. We have some fun Cafe Zupas Swag we will be giving out as well.

Second, we will be having our Teacher Appreciation Week April 25th-29th. We would love to see our students get involved in this fun week. Please encourage your students to write a note, bring in a treat or just stop by to say "thank you" to any of their teachers that have made a positive impact on them this year. Here's the sign up, so we can make sure all of our teachers are thought of during that week.

9th grade girls

Any girl interested in dancing with the Payson High School Dance Company, tryouts will be April 19th, 20th and 21st. There is a flyer with more information in the front office.

Spring Sports

Track-  Track meet @ Maple Mountain High School, Friday, April 22nd.

Boys Tennis-

Boys Jr. High Tennis Schedule

Thursday April 21 Varsity and JV Match Vs Springville @ SpHS

Thursday April 21 Intramural Tournament @ Mt Nebo Jr.

Tuesday April 26 Varsity and JV Match Vs Mapleton @ MJHS

Thursday April 28 Varsity and JV Match Vs Salem @ SJHS

Thursday April 28 Intramural Tournament @ Mapleton Jr.

Thursday May 5 Varsity and JV Match Vs Spanish Fork @ PHS

Friday May 6 Varsity and JV Match Vs Mt. Nebo @ Mt Nebo Jr.

Friday May 6 Intramural Tournament @ Salem Jr.

Monday May 9 JV District Final Tournament

Tuesday May 10 Varsity District Final Tournament



Apr 20    8 am Grizzly Glub Activity

Apr 22    2pm Track vs Mapleton & DF @ MMHS

Apr 23    7pm Jazz Band Dinner/Dance

Apr 26      11 am Student Council Lunch

               7 pm New Student Music Orientation

Apr 27      PTA Appreciation Lunch

Apr 28     8 am German Field Trip

              7pm Spring Choir Concert

Apr 29     2pm Track vs DF & Mt. Nebo @ PHS

              6pm 9th Grade Dance/Activity