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PJHS Office Hours (8/13-8/17)

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 08/10/2018 - 17:58

Heads up, PJHS parents and students! Due to faculty and district meetings, PJHS office hours for the week of August 13th to August 17th will be as follows:

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Wednesday: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Friday: 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Welcome Jesse Sorenson!

Submitted by cheri.campbell on Tue, 07/17/2018 - 10:08

Dear Students and Parents,                                                              
       Hello! I wanted to take a minute to introduce myself. My name is Jesse Sorenson, I am the new principal at Payson Junior High. I grew up in Santaquin and currently live in Payson.  I’m very excited to be back at Payson Junior High. I love this school. I’ve been a student, a teacher, and an assistant principal here. I’m proudly a PJHS parent too. The past 3 years I’ve been working at Payson High School as an assistant principal and loved working with the students of our community there. I look forward to working with our students, you as parents and our great staff.    

Registration opens August 1st. You will notice that on July 25th you can go online and fill out forms at, but you will not be able to pay fees until August 1st. Please remember the required fees must be paid before you can pick up your class schedule.  Families who qualify for fee waivers need to meet with an administrator. We will be available for these meetings on August 6th and 7th from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Please bring your proof of income.
You will also find a review of some important policies regarding dress and grooming, electronic devices, outside drinks, and backpacks. Please read them carefully and be aware of these policies while shopping for school clothes and planning for the school year.  Other district and school policies will be given to your student during the first week of school. All students are to dress in a white or gray shirt and dark colored shorts for all P.E. classes. Or you can pay for P.E. uniforms on The T-shirts and shorts are $7 each.  

Seventh Grade Information: We will have a 7th-grade student and parent orientation on August 20th at 9:00 a.m.  We will begin with a short program in the cafeteria, then students and parents will be able to go through their class schedules to meet each of their teachers, find their lockers and practice their locker combinations. At 11:00 a.m. the Student Council will be on the south lawn handing out treats.  

Your student must have all the required shots in order to attend school on the first day. Contact your doctor to make sure you are up to date. The required shots are Tdap, Meningococcal, and two Varicella shots or proof that your student had Chicken Pox.

Eighth and Ninth Grade Information: We will be having a school-wide Open House on August 20th from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. for all students to come to the school, meet their teachers, practice their locker combinations, etc.  

School officially begins on August 21st at 8:00 a.m.  School pictures are on August 23rd, which is the first Thursday after school starts.  The packets will go home with the students on the first day of school.

We look forward to working with you during the coming school year. Please let us know if you have any questions.

Jesse Sorenson
Cheri Campbell
Tammy Halcrow

PJHS Faculty and Staff Year-End Social

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 05/22/2018 - 14:50

Yesterday, the faculty and staff gathered in the Media Center to celebrate the end of the year and acknowledge some of the wonderful people who are moving on to different phases of their lives next year. Teachers who will be leaving our school were recognized and thanked for their hard work. The PJHS faculty and staff also took some time to celebrate and thank our wonderful principal, Mr. Swenson, who will be retiring this year. Mr. Swenson surprised everybody with a beautifully-carved grizzly bear for our school to proudly display! 

Thank you, Mr. Swenson, and all the other wonderful faculty and staff at PJHS for making this year a great one, and for making our school a fantastic place to be.

May Mayor Award

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 05/10/2018 - 07:37

The recipient of the Mayor Award for May is 9th grade PJHS student Darwin Fackrell. Darwin was selected for this award because he works hard and is willing to help others around him. He is motivated and responsibile, and is a lot of fun to be around. Here's what some of Darwin's teachers have to say about him:

Darwin is a hard working student, and always willing to help those around him when they need his help. He has progressed a long way since entering my class two years ago, and is doing a great job. His hard work has really helped him move ahead in his math understanding. He has every right to be proud of his accomplishments in my class over the past two years. I am glad his efforts are being recognized in this way. He is very deserving. – Mr. Smith

Darwin has worked hard over the last few months to stay on top of his work. He is a motivated self-learner who is good about asking questions/help when needed. He interacts well with is peers and takes pride in doing his best.  – Mrs. Gillie


Darwin came to our school last year as an 8th grader and jumped right in.  He always has a great attitude, works hard and is always prepared.  Darwin also has great peer relations because he's fun to be around and will be missed next year at PJHS. – Mr. Archer

Congratulations, Darwin! Thank you for being a true Grizzly Hero!

Governor's Utah Prevention Day

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 04/30/2018 - 13:44

Governor Gary R. Herbert has declared May 3, 2018, as “Utah Prevention Day!”

Utah Prevention Day gives secondary schools around the state an opportunity to celebrate the prevention lessons that students have learned throughout the year. Teachers can review and reinforce those life skills taught before students leave for the summer. We want to protect our students from the dangers of drugs, under-age drinking, violence, crime and bullying.

There will be a central celebration of Utah Prevention Day on May 3, at the Smith’s Ballpark with the Salt Lake Bees and 12,000 students and teachers. Governor and Mrs. Herbert will be in attendance to present the signed declaration. As a part of the state-wide celebration, schools are encouraged to do an activity promoting a prevention message, either on May 3, or sometime before the end of the school year.

PJHS Poetry Slam 2018

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 04/27/2018 - 13:10

Today, PJHS students participated in the annual school poetry slam! Over seventy poets shared their work with their peers, and twelve were selected as winners. This year's poetry slam winners are:

Porter Hall
Lydia Payne
Hannah Bibler
Katie Losee & Sierra Hooley
Ethan Elder
Dayna Chapa
Kaden Pyne
Easton Adams & Gabe Fulgencio
Cami Snelson
Maya Sorenson

Congratulations to our winners, and shoutout to everyone who particpated today! It takes a lot of courage to share the things you've written with such a large audience, and all of our students did an incredible job. Thank you for being Grizzly Heroes!


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