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February 17 Weekly Newsletter

Attributions: 
Mr. Blake Mortensen
Counseling Department Informs Students of Careers
Check Out Careers With a QR!

PJHS Parents,

Last Tuesday night our school presented to the Nebo District School Board. It was a full house at the meeting and our school did a great job! Mr. Swenson spoke of the great things going on at our school. He emphasized the biking program that was featured on the NBC “Today” show earlier in the year. That was followed by Mrs. Bragg describing the live TEDx event the school participated in last year. Cole Mattson gave his TED talk about how sports and school go together! He did a great job. Then Case Kunz and Mindy Riding presented their poems for the poetry slam. All three students represented our school extremely well. The presentation was a success and many of those in attendance commented on the great things happening at PJHS.

GRIZZLY GROWLS

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Parent teacher conferences will be held Wed. Feb 17th from 3:30-8:00. Please plan on coming to visit with your students.

PTA Help

Parents in conjuction with Parent Teacher conferences the PTA has always brought Lupper to the faculty. Please sign up at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080D4AAAAF2BA64-teacher3 to bring food items. As a faculty and staff we appreciate all the support we get from the PTA! Thanks!

CCR evening appointments

The counselors will be here the afternoon/evening of Wed. Feb.17  for 8th grade CCRs during Parent Teacher Conferences.  If they have not already had their appointment and would like to schedule an evening time, please call Mrs. Vellinga @ (801) 465-6021.  Thanks!

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 http://pjhs.nebo.edu/ 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 good word out about what is happening at PJHS.

 Perfect Attendance Winners

Congratulations to last weeks perfect attendance winners Hadley Hatfield 7th grade, Stockton Laypath 8th grade, and Dylan loader 9th grade.

Way to go Kaylee Mecham 7th grade and Camren Rowlette 9th grade for earning perfect attendance. It pays to be on time!!

Nebo After School 4H Activities

SCHEDULE

Monday – Computer Gaming

Tuesday – Robotics

Wednesday – Merit Badge Cooking

Thursday – Ping Pong

Friday – Rubik’s Cube

Homework help with wither Mrs. Wagner or Mrs. Butterfield anytime help is needed.

If you have any questions please contact Miss Ogden at kayci.ogden@nebo.edu

Calendar

Feb. 17    3:30 Parent  Teacher Conference

               6 pm Vocal & Piano Solo/Ensemble Festival

Feb. 18    8 am Elementary Band/Orchestra Tour

Feb. 19    8 am Elementary Band/Orchestra Tour

Feb. 23    9 am Freshman Day

Feb. 24    Early Out Day Teacher Development Day

 

February 10 Weekly Newsletter

Attributions: 
Mr. Blake Mortensen, Photo Credit: Mrs. Connie Ericksen
Composer Darryl Johnson Visits PJHS Band Students

PJHS Parents,

This coming Friday, 2/12 we will be holding a school activity for the last hour of the day. All students will get to choose an activity to attend and are asked to remain there for the next hour. This activity is considered a part of the regular school day and it is expected that all students attend. Here is a list of the activities that are being held.

Dance

Badminton

Movie

Library

Homework Computers

Open Computer Lab

Open Computer Lab

Study Hall

Bingo

Food Activity

Weight Room

Detention

Chess

Some activities require that students sign-up in advance. The dance is by far the most popular activity but students can choose other activities. This is a chance to have fun and do what they enjoy doing.

You will notice that detention is an option. This is one of the few times that students can serve detention during the school day!

GRIZZLY GROWLS

CCR evening appointments

The counselors will be here the afternoon/evening of Wed. Feb.17  for 8th grade CCRs during Parent Teacher Conferences.  If they have not already had their appointment and would like to schedule an evening time, please call Mrs. Vellinga @ (801) 465-6021.  Thanks!

Facebook Challenge

We would encourage all of you Facebookers out there to like and follow our Facebook page. The Payson Junior High official Facebook is Payson Junior High School, Payson, Utah. We would encourage parents to share this with others so we can get the good word out about what is happening at PJHS.

 

TERM 3 PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES ARE COMING!

Midterm comes quickly along with our last Parent -Teacher conferences for the year.

Wednesday, February 17th from 3:30-8:00.

Please attend and bring your student!

Nebo After School 4H Activities

SCHEDULE

Monday – Computer Gaming

Tuesday – Robotics

Wednesday – Merit Badge Cooking

Thursday – Ping Pong

Friday – Rubic’s Cube
If you have any questions please contact Miss Ogden at kayci.ogden@nebo.edu

Calendar

Feb. 12    Valentine Activity

Feb. 15    Presidents Day No School  

Feb. 17    3:30 Parent Teacher Conference

                6 pm Vocal & Piano Solo/Ensemble Festival

 

PJHS To Present To Nebo School Board

Attributions: 

PJHS will present an example of our academics and a report from our school community council to the Nebo School Board on Tuesday, February 9, 2016 at 6:00 P.M.

Please support us by attending the meeting at 350 S. Main Street in Spanish Fork!

Families, let's show our school board members how much we care! See you there!

February 2, 2016 Weekly Newsletter

Attributions: 
Mr. Blake Mortensen

PJHS Parents,

  As a school we are trying to encourage students to be to class on time. The biggest reason for being on time is not to interrupt the class once it has started. When students are late it distracts from the most important part of the lesson, the first 5-7 minutes! As students are late they are missing that valuable instruction and could possibly be behind or lost the rest of the period. Parents, please encourage your students to be on time and ready with all materials for class.

  Just to review, the detentions for tardies can be made up on Monday or Wednesday after school in the detention/skills room. Detention can be made up on the same mornings in Mrs. Wagner’s room. This is a good way to get math help and detention credit at the same time. The last option is to do lunch detention with Mrs. Renzello, students will need to get in touch with her if not called down. Detention days for the 1st lunch are Monday and Wednesday and the students on 2nd lunch can do detentions on Tuesday and Thursday. We appreciate your help in encouraging your students to get their detention time taken care of.

GRIZZLY GROWLS

CCR evening appointments

The counselors will be here the afternoon/evening of Wed., 17 Feb. for 8th grade CCRs during Parent Teacher Conferences.  If they have not already had their appointment and would like to schedule an evening time, please call Mrs. Vellinga @ (801) 465-6021.  Thanks!

Badminton

PJHS Doubles Challenge

February 5th 3-5:30 pm

Sign up with Mr. Archer

Term 3

Just a reminder to work hard and success will come! Midterm comes quickly along with our last Parent -Teacher conferences for the year on February 17th from 3:30-8:00.

Perfect Attendance Winners

We did not have any students who had perfect attendance drawn this week. Next week, will be worth $10.00. Good Luck!

Nebo After School 4H Activities

SCHEDULE

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 kayci.ogden@nebo.edu

PJHS Winter Sports

Wrestling- The Payson Pride, a club team that includes many of our wrestlers competed in the Northern Utah State Championships. All the boys wrestled hard and the following placed at the meet.

Cole Jensen 2nd, Trey Hiatt 2nd, Joseph Brandley 5th, Wyatt Hone 1st, Hayden Johnson 2nd, Shawn Marvin 6th, Tucker Naccarato 1st,  Braxton Monroe 6th

Boys Basketball and Girls Basketball- Boys play Springville at Mount Nebo @ 5:15 on Wed. Feb 3rd.

Girls play Spanish Fork @ Salem Junior High @ 3:30 on Wed. Feb. 3.

Good Luck!

Calendar

Feb. 3-4   Boys play Springville at Mount Nebo @ 5:15 on Wed. Feb 3rd   

                Girls play Spanish Fork @ Salem Junior High @ 3:30 on Wed. Feb. 3

Feb. 3      3:00 SCC

Feb. 4      7th Grade Job Shadow Day

Feb. 5      8 am Composer master class

               5:15 Girls Basketball District Tournament Final

               7:00 Boys Basketball District Finals

 

What's The Deal With Poetry?

Attributions: 
Essay by Kylie Bascom

Mrs. Bragg's English class engaged in a competition recently to write an amazing argumentative essay. While there were many good entries, one stood out. Student Kylie Bascom argued why poetry is worth reading and here is what she said:

“So much depends/ upon/ a red wheel/barrow/ glazed with rain/ water/ beside the white/ chickens” (Williams). This is one of my favorite poems simply because it says so much in just a short time and it makes you close read and take a deeper look at the poem to understand it. Is poetry worth reading? People seem to be debating this issue because we have different perspectives. Most teenagers for example do not necessarily like poetry. They are not very engaged and intrigued by poetry. On the other hand, most adults seem to enjoy poetry more than teenagers. They seem to be fascinated with every word. So how do we determine if poetry is worth reading or not? Poetry is worth reading because it can be so powerful, it can help communicate experiences, and it can help you get through hard times.

First, poetry is worth reading because it can be so powerful. In the article ‘83 percent of poetry is not worth reading’ Billy Collins said, ““The other 17 percent of poetry isn’t just worth reading. I couldn’t live without it, he said.”””(Reardon). This shows just how powerful poetry is. He is saying that he can’t live without it. Poetry has a big impact on some. The article by Reardon says, “Poetry, Collins said, “gives him a kind of pleasure that is unavailable anywhere in the world. That pleasure is a mix of feeling, thought and language. A poem is a conscious effort to create that mix, to use language almost to fuse thought and feeling together. The perfect blend is the pleasure for me the marriage of thought and feeling.””(Reardon).  Collins gets a pleasure from poetry. Not very many people get a pleasure this powerful.

Second, poetry is worth reading because it can help communicate experiences. In the article by Newsela it says, “Now Kassir travels the world drawing attention to Syria through

rallies and slam poetry performances.”(Newsela). Kassir was involved in the war now she tells other people about her experiences through poems. In the Newsela article it also says, ““Poetry is a witness,” said Mohja Kahf, an Arab American poet and professor. She praised the work of Syrian poet Khawla Dunia, an activist.”(Newsela).  Just like what Kahf said Poetry is a witness for many things. It can help communicate experiences through others writing their experiences down therefore making poetry a witness.

As a final point, poetry is worth reading because it can help you get through hard times. In the Newsela article it says, “It is the verse of the forgotten who struggle to survive among violent madmen and ruined cities, as they become refugees without homes.”(Newsela). People who have gone through horrible times also wrote poetry to get through it. Another piece of evidence by the Newsela article says, “The poems flow in slipstreams of syllables, beats and rhythms. Poems are composed by writers, doctors, mothers, activists and Syrians who live abroad who are all compelled to write about the suffering in their ancestral land.”(Newsela). Many people who have gone through the harshness of war wrote poetry to get through that rough time.

Some people think that we shouldn’t read poetry because it is hard to understand. This is not true because this means you are not trying to understand it. If you look closely, and read slowly you will find something very interesting. Poetry is worth reading because it can be powerful. Poetry is worth reading because it can help communicate experiences, and it can help you get through hard times.

 A special thanks to Mrs. Bragg and Kylie for sharing.

 

January 19, 2016 Newsletter

Attributions: 
Blake Mortensen
TEDx Is Coming SOON!

PJHS Parents,

It is amazing to think that half of the school year is over! As we begin a new semester it is a great time to reflect back and remember what habits have been working for your student and what can be improved upon. Parents, please talk with your students about recommitting themselves for the remainder of the year. If they have different teachers than last term it would be good to review the disclosure statements and all the new information. If you have any questions, please email the teacher or call and the teacher can clarify it before we get too far into the 3rd term.

GRIZZLY GROWLS - Term 3

Perfect Attendance Winners

We had no winners in this weeks Perfect Attendance drawing. That means next week it is worth $10 for each class.

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Nebo After School 4H Activities

SCHEDULE

Monday- Star Wars/ Pinterest

  Tuesday- Harry Potter/Rube Goldberg

Thursday- Science Fair/ Sewing club

Friday- Rube Goldberg/HOBY

If you have any questions please contact Miss Ogden at kayci.ogden@nebo.edu

PJHS Winter Sports

Wrestling- Our wrestlers did well last week as they ended up having 9 wrestlers receive medals.

Dylan Wilson- 2nd place

Cole Jensen- 3rd place

Joseph Brandley- 3rd place

Trey Hiatt- 1st place

Wyatt Hone- 1st place

Weston Thomas- 2nd place

Tucker Naccarato- 1st place

Karsen Broadhead- 4th place

Bryton Webber- 2nd place

Louis Williams- 3rd place

Tucker Naccarato pinned every person that he wrestled at the tournament. Cole Jensen lost a very close match in the semi finals but came back for a strong third place finish. Bryton Webber did amazing to take second since this was his first year wrestling at the Junior High. Wyatt Hone and Trey Hiatt were solid as usual. I was proud of all of our wrestles for the work that they put in this year and the guts they showed in the tournament, they represented our school well.

Thanks, Coach Ward

Boys Basketball and Girls Basketball-

Jan. 19th @ home against  Uintah at 3:30.

Jan. 21st @ Springville at 3:30.

Jan. 28th 3:30 vs. Diamond Fork

Jan. 25th 3:30 vs. Spanish Fork

Calendar

Jan. 19      First Day of Third Term

Jan. 22-23     8 am State Jr. High Honor Choir

Jan. 26     3:00 Band-Solo/Ensemble Festival

Jan. 28     8 am Captain's Academy

                7:30 Honors Orchestra Concert

             

 

Nine Medals Awarded to PJHS Wrestlers

Attributions: 
Photos: Coach Lyle Ward

 

Yesterday, the PJHS wrestling team competed in the Nebo District Wrestling Tournament at Mapleton Jr. High School. These young men gave it their all and nine wrestlers earned medals in their respective weight categories.Dylan Wilson- 2nd placeCole Jensen- 3rd placeJoseph Brandley- 3rd placeTrey Hiatt- 1st placeWyatt Hone- 1st placeWeston Thomas- 2nd placeTucker Naccarato- 1st placeKarsen Broadhead- 4th placeBryton Webber- 2nd placeLouis Williams- 3rd placeTucker Naccarato pinned EVERY COMPETITOR that he wrestled at the tournament! Cole Jensen lost a very close match in the semi finals but came back for a strong third place finish. Bryton Webber did amazing to take second since this was his first year wrestling at the PJHS. Wyatt Hone and Trey Hiatt were solid as usual.When asked how he felt about the , Coach Ward exclaimed, "I was proud of all of our wrestlers for the work that they put in this year and the guts they showed in the tournament, they represented our school well."

 

JANUARY 5, 2016 NEWSLETTER

Attributions: 
B. MORTENSEN
PETER PAN CLASS PLAY
PETER PAN CLASS PLAY
PETER PAN CLASS PLAY

PJHS Parents,

Another year gone! Hopefully, you have had a chance to reflect for yourself and with your student about some of the great things that have happened in this past year! And had a chance to set some new goals for this coming year! At PJHS, we hope this year will be our best yet!

GRIZZLY GROWLS

Term 2

It is quickly approaching the end of term 2! More than likely most teachers will have deadlines for missing work this Friday or early next week. Please encourage your students to get with their teachers and get their grades finalized.

Drama Class Plays

On Wednesday 1/6/16 Mr. Aintablian’s drama classes will be presenting their class plays! Everyone is welcome to come and enjoy them. They will start at 6:00.

Computer Coding Classes

Interested in online computer coding?  Nebo District is offering after-school classes for students in grades 4-9 in various locations throughout the district.  Please click on the link for further information or to register for coding camps.

http://pub.lucidpress.com/nebocodingcamp/

Reminder:

Please remind your students that throwing snowballs is against the school rules! We have had reports from drivers that snowballs are being thrown at cars, please remind your students that they will be responsible for any damages caused if they do this.

Nebo After School 4H Activities

SCHEDULE

Monday- Star Wars/ Pinterest

  Tuesday- Harry Potter/Christmas craft/Rube Goldberg

Thursday- Science Fair/ Sewing club

Friday- Rube Goldberg/HOBY

If you have any questions please contact Miss Ogden at kayci.ogden@nebo.edu

PJHS Winter Sports

Wrestling- Travels to Spanish Fork Junior high on Wednesday. We look forward to some great matches! Good Luck wrestlers!

Boys Basketball and Girls Basketball- Both teams play this Wednesday and Thursday. Wednesday’s game is at Diamond Fork Junior High @ 3:30. Thursday’s game is here against Mount Nebo! We encourage student to come cheer their teams on!

Calendar

Jan. 6 SCC

Wrestling @ Spanish Fork Junior High @ 3:30

Boys and Girls Basketball @ Diamond Fork Junior High @ 3:30pm

Mr. Aintablin’s class plays @ 6:00pm

Jan. 7 Boys and Girls Basketball here against Mount Nebo @ 3:30pm

Jan. 14    Last day of term 2

             

 

PJHS After School 4H - Check It Out!

Attributions: 
Star Wars Club

Nebo After School 4H Activities

Classes continue after Christmas break, check them out after school! You can join ANYTIME!

SCHEDULE

Monday- Star Wars/ Pinterest

  Tuesday- Harry Potter/Christmas craft/Rube Goldberg

Thursday- Science Fair/ Sewing club

Friday- Rube Goldberg/HOBY

If you have any questions please contact Miss Ogden at kayci.ogden@nebo.edu

 

PJHS Students Help Orphans In Mexico

Attributions: 
Before the Show
Teacher Synchronized Swim Team

Teachers and Staff performed at PJHS live for 7th graders. Our 7th grade students won the privilege of seeing our staff show off their talents and abilities as a reward for donating the most money as a class to our annual fund drive for orphaned children in Mexico. Because of the generous donations given by ALL of our students, we are able to help these children with basic needs such as clothing, bed sheets, personal hygiene and other necessities.

A big thanks to ALL of our students for generously donating to help others in need this holiday season. 

 

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