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





Student Council elections will take place tomorrow, Friday, April 1st! This is no April Fool's joke - be prepared to vote for your favorite candidate to represent you next school year. 

Voting will take place during 3rd period. Teachers will escort their students to the voting computer lab to cast your votes. Think about who would be the best representative for our school next year and cast your ballot!

Make A Memory

Students can now apply to be a part of the yearbook staff for the 2016-2017 school year. Applications are now available in the front office or in Mrs. Holt's room, B50.

ALL APPLICATIONS ARE DUE BY Tuesday, April 12 at 9:30 am



Photo Credit: PHS Website
PHS Choir 2015-16


Be a part of something big in high school!

Payson High School choir auditions are on April 12, 13, & 14 between 2:45 and 5 pm.

All the incoming sophomores can audition for the new advanced women's and men's choirs.

Pick up all the audition information, from Mrs. Bolz or in the office.

March 1 Weekly Newsletter

Mr. Blake Mortensen
Our Wonderful Moms Helping With School Play Props

PJHS Parents,

The time is flying by! We are almost to the end of the 3rd term. We have just under 3 weeks left so encourage students to continue to work hard and complete missing work. As the weather gets warmer and the sun comes out it is a big temptation to miss a class here and there. Parents please remind your students to stay in class and not leave campus. According to district policy we are a closed campus. Students can’t leave without being checked out by a parent or guardian who is on their checkout list.


Accreditation Visit

Every 5 years a school which awards credit for high school graduation must be accreditated. This began 1 ½ years ago as some of our faculty and Mr. Swenson was part of the accreditation process for other schools. They came back and began what has been a lot of hard work and documentation about what we do as a school. We have the visiting team at our school today and tomorrow. If your students comment they have seen other adults in the halls and classes, they are gathering evidence about the great school we are. It is our hope that we get a good overall review.

Science Fair

Congratulations to McKaden Anderson for taking first place at the district science fair! McKaden Anderson, Tyler Rasmuson, Brenna Worthington, Abby Maloy, and Cozette Caron will be moving on the the BYU Science Fair. Also, great job to Caleb Morgan and Daxon Geldmacher for presenting at the district science fair.

Badminton tournament

There's a SINGLES Badminton Tournament coming up next week on March 4th after school. Again; Badminton, Friday the 4th, after school. All are welcome. Sign up with Mr. Archer.

Spring Sports

Along with the better weather we will have spring sports starting soon!

Track- begins 3/7. We encourage all students to come participate. Track practice will go from 2:45 - 4:00. The more students who come and support track the better the chances we have of doing well against the other schools.  

Boys Tennis- Will begin later in the month.

For 9th graders there are many tryouts going at this time. Please check Payson High School’s website for these.

Nebo After School 4H Activities


Monday- Computer Gaming

Tuesday- Robotics

Wednesday- Merit Badge Cooking

Thursday- Ping Pong

Friday- Rubic's Cube

Homework help with either Mrs. Wagner or Mrs. Butterfield any time help is needed.

If you have any questions please contact Miss Ogden at


Mar. 2    3 pm SCC

                7pm Orchestra Concert

Mar. 3    8th grade registration

Mar. 4    7th grade registration

Mar. 7-8  6th grade registration @ Elementary schools

Mar. 9     Nebo Band Festival

       7pm Winter Choir Concert



PJHS TED Ed Talks Make News

Alexis Nackos
Ellie Smith
Justin Kennedy
Kaija Carr
Kerienn Marrott

PJHS is proud to announce the Ted Ed Club Conference held at the school yesterday has hit the news! The Daily Herald Online Newspaper,, posted a news story today detailing the Conference. See the story at

We are thrilled to be featured and excited for those who participated in the event. Those who participated included: Sydney Hill, Lexie Linde, Kaija Carr, Gabe Toelupe, Tate Siggard, Brayden Webber, Tyler Rogers, Alexis Nackos, Ellie Smith, Grayden Larsen, Kolby Jenson, Hayes Geldmacher, Karley Caron-Campbell, Kristy Atwood, Justin Kennedy, Kerienn Marrott, Daxon Geldmacher, Devyn Olson, and McKennah Watson.

Also, a special thank you goes out to English teacher, Mrs. Maddy Bragg, for her efforts in putting together this authentic learning opportunity for our students. 

If you didn't get a chance to see it, or want to re-watch parts of our conference, follow the link below:

You will have to create a free account, but then you'll have unlimited access.


February 24 Weekly Newsletter

Mr. Blake Mortensen
LIA Member, Alberto Reyes, Tutors a Student

PJHS Parents,

The entire faculty would like to thank the PTA for the tremendous Lupper(as Principal Swenson respectfully puts it)that they prepared for the faculty before Parent Teacher Conferences last week. It was awesome!

Parents, as you know many of our students have been preparing for their TED talk in English classes. This is a great experience for students to research a topic and prepare it into a short talk. I was introduced to TED talks by a co-worker a few years ago and have really enjoyed listening to them. I would encourage you to search on for any topic you maybe interested in. Here is a link to one of my favorite TED talks, it is very entertaining and makes a good point about looking for positive things in everything we do.


Freshman Day

The 9th graders had the opportunity to attend an assembly and open house event at Payson High School today!  It was an introduction to moving on and into the high school. They also presented different clubs and classes that are available to them to participate in once they enter the 10th grade.  Our  9th graders will soon be registering for 10th grade and the opportunity to attend this event will have hopefully given your students an idea, as to the different classes and clubs they can be involved in. I would encourage you, as parents, to talk with your 9th grader about what they found most interesting about the event today.   It may spark a discussion to help them better prepare you and them for the transition from Jr. HIgh to High School.

Facebook Challenge

We would encourage all of you Facebookers out there to like and follow our Facebook page. The Payson Junior High official website is and from there, you can connect to the official FB page by following the link on the left side of the page. We would encourage parents to share this with others so we can get the word out about the great things happening at PJHS.

Perfect Attendance Winners

This weeks winner of perfect attendance is from the 8th grade, Shad John. Congratulations!

Nebo After School 4H Activities


Monday- Computer Gaming

Tuesday- Robotics

Wednesday- Merit Badge Cooking

Thursday- Ping Pong

Friday- Rubic's Cube

Homework help with either Mrs. Wagner or Mrs. Butterfield any time help is needed.

If you have any questions please contact Miss Ogden at


Feb. 25    8 am Elementary Choir Tour

Feb. 26    8 am Elementary Choir Tour

               8 am FFA  Assembly

Mar. 1-2   Accreditation Visit

Mar. 2     3 pm SCC

               7 pm Orchestra Concert