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PJHS' Shakespeare Team Competition

Attributions: 
Story by David Aintablian, Photos by Liz Waters and Nickelle Blanton

At the beginning of the month Payson Jr. High's Shakespeare Team set out to Cedar City for Southern Utah University's annual Shakespeare Competition. There, the students were able to compete with their prepared pieces as well as participate in the multitude of workshops designed to help students delve deeper into The Bard's text and glean from it what is needed to both appreciate and perform in Will’s many works.

While down there, they were lucky enough to organize time and take a tour through the Randall L. Jones’ backstage and see the inner workings required to produce one of their high quality productions. The students were able to see Utah Shakespeare Festival’s production of Two Gentlemen of Verona as well as SUU’s gender bent version of Hamlet.

Parent Newsletter WE 10-16-15

Attributions: 
Photo submitted by Ashlee Robbins
At PJHS, we support each other!

 

PJHS Parents,

As I have pointed out in previous newsletters, Nebo School District is reading and using the book “Teach Like A Pirate” by Dave Burgess to guide educators, office staff and support professionals through this school year. The author engages readers by asking questions that require introspection. He wants his readers to consider the rapport they have with students and peers, to examine professional passion for teaching and working with students and to think on the level of enthusiasm they have for what they do. PJHS teachers have professional passion for creating lifelong learners, increasing self-confidence of our students and leaving students with a larger vision of what is possible for their lives. We count it a privilege to work with our students.

GRIZZLY GROWLS

Serving Detentions

We are closing in on the end of Term 1 and in order to qualify for many of the Grizzly activities next term and avoid truancy, tardies need to be made up by serving detention time. The times are as follows:

  • After School - Students can serve detention on Mondays and Wednesdays in Room A23.

  • Before School - Mrs. Wagner’s Room D148 (must let teacher know it is for detention).

  • Den Time - Room A23 Monday through Thursday - ONLY WITH ALL PASSING GRADES.

Overdrive Online Collection of eBooks

PJHS now has OverDrive, an online collection of eBooks and audiobooks available to students 24/7! OverDrive can be accessed through the link nebo.lib.overdrive.com or through the free app on your tablet or smart phone. Your username and password is the same as your Nebo School District computer login.

  1. Visit http://app.overdrive.com

  2. Sign up for an OverDrive account.

  3. Add the Nebo School District digital library.

  4. Log in using the same username and password you use at school.

  5. Find and checkout books.

TODAY Show, Sunday Edition

PJHS is featured in an upcoming episode of the Today Show, Sunday Edition! Our bicycle program is the focus of the interview by Harry Smith. Specialized Bicycle Company is also featured as they help to sponsor our outstanding program. THE STORY WILL RUN ON NBC ON OCTOBER 18 FROM 7AM-8AM. Please tune in!

Fall Break

Fall Break will be Thursday, October 15 and Friday, October 16. Students will return to school on Monday, October 19.

Nebo After School 4H Activities

Just a reminder that you can sign up and join any after school club at any time. We now have a Rubik’s Cube club and will begin a Star Wars club soon. We will also have a ping pong club and if you or someone you know want to be the club teacher, please contact Miss Ogden at kayci.ogden@nebo.edu

“X” Marks the SPOT

In the October 2015 issue of the Nebo News, PJHS PE teacher Jennifer Braithwaite was recognized for her excellent efforts. She was nominated by Jesse Sorenson who said, “Jennifer was instrumental in securing a grant valued at over $17,500 of cycling equipment as an innovative way to help students.” Congratulations, Mrs. Braithwaite! Check out the entire newsletter at the link http://www.nebo.edu/news/1699

Red Ribbon Week Fun Run Results

One of the super activities we participated in during Red Ribbon Week was the 2 mile Fun Run. 352 of our 1050 students participated in the race! That is incredible. Top finishers were:

GIRLS BOYS

 

9th Grade

Kari Evans

13:46

Cole Peterson

11:37

8th Grade

Alexis Lowry

14:23

Shad John

13:08

7th Grade

Dayna Chapa

14:07

Kason Johnson

12:20

 

PAYSON CITY RECREATION SPONSORED SPORTS

Nebo Football - 7th and 8th Grades

Tuesday, Oct. 13th - PLAYOFFS

Seeds

Utah Valley Football - 9th Grade

7p Tu. Oct. 13th Payson @ ALA (non-conference)

Calendar

October 15-16 Fall Break, No School

7pm Tuesday, October 20 Fall Choir Concert

 

 

PJHS Students Flip For Math!

Attributions: 
Story by Jill Blancher, Photos by John Carlisle
Review of Learning
Instant Feedback of Answers Chosen
Collaborative Learning
Figuring It Out

Video lectures at home? Homework in class? There is a new world of active learning where teachers can be present when students need them. What is it? It’s the FLIPPED CLASSROOM.  The flipped classroom is a teaching model in which the typical lecture and homework elements of a course are reversed. Short video lectures are viewed by students at home before the class session, while in-class time is devoted to exercises, projects, or discussions. Mrs. Blancher, one of our math teachers, uses this method to teach her 9th grade classes. Her story follows.

THEORY: The idea came to me after completing some graduate courses. The courses stressed having students explore the concepts versus being constantly told how to do things. This allows students to become better problem solvers. The courses also stressed how we live in a technological world and to use technology to benefit student learning.

IMPLEMENTATION: Because of what I was learning, I chose to execute a flipped classroom. The idea is that students will copy the notes the night before and come with questions about the topic. I have students copy the notes and then have a short discussion or quick overview of the concept. Then students work on the assignments and tasks in class where they have the opportunity to get more one on one help from the teacher. I have students completing their assignments on Canvas, an online program. This allows students to get immediate feedback and have the opportunity to fix and redo the problems to ensure understanding. Students are able to work ahead or slow down as they need. There are deadlines to have assignments completed, but students are allowed to take the tests/quizzes when they feel they know the material, not because it is test day.

IMPROVEMENTS IN LEARNING:  I have seen students taking more responsibility for their learning. They ask more questions, figure out where they are going wrong, and redo tests/quizzes/assignments quicker. As a teacher, I feel that I am more able to get around and give kids more help and assistance in class. I have had a decrease in the need for remediation.  I have felt that students are more willing to ask questions as it is the norm and not in front of everyone where they might not be comfortable doing so. I am all about trying new things and adapting to fit needs of students. Learning is a continuous road and is evolving with the new generations and the technology being developed.

 

Parent Newsletter WE 10/9/15

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PJHS Parents,

Last week was full of excitement for many of our students and staff. On Tuesday we were privileged to host NBC’s Today Show Weekend Edition and Specialized Bicycle Company. Harry Smith, Today Weekend correspondent, along with a technical crew and representatives from Specialized Bicycle interviewed and filmed our bike program students and staff. Our program began 10 years ago as a partnership with Specialized. We used the bicycles for after school clubs and some PE until 2013 when we collaborated with Specialized to study the correlation of physical activity and academic achievement. After two successful years, Today Weekend took notice. Look for PJHS to be featured on the Sunday edition sometime in October! We are proud of the bicycle program and all of our physical education curriculum. At Grizzly Nation we know to move is to become healthy!

GRIZZLY GROWLS

Serving Detentions

We are closing in on the end of Term 1 and in order to qualify for many of the Grizzly activities next term and avoid truancy, tardies need to be made up by serving detention time. The times are as follows:

  • After School - Students can serve detention on Mondays and Wednesdays in Room A23.

  • Before School - Mrs. Wagner’s Room D148 (must let teacher know it is for detention).

  • Den Time - Room A23 Monday through Thursday - ONLY WITH ALL PASSING GRADES.

PJHS Accreditation Survey for Parents

Parents, thank you to those of you who have completed the parent survey for our secondary accreditation through Advanc-Ed. We would like to give you the opportunity to rate various aspects of our school and comment so we can continue to improve ourselves for students. To complete the survey, go to http://www.advanc-ed.org/survey/public/7985755  Thank you for helping us!

October 9 Deadline for PTA Reflections

It's time to work on your PTA Reflections entries. You may enter in the following categories, Dance Choreography, Visual Arts, Photography, Film Production, Literature, Musical Composition. This year the theme is Let Your Imagination Fly. You may pick up an entry form in the front office. All Entries are due October 9th.

Red Ribbon Week

“DID YOU KNOW, children of parents who talk to their teens regularly about drugs are 42% less likely to use drugs than those who don’t, yet only a quarter of teens report having these conversations.” -taken from RedRibbon.org. This week we are participating in Drug Free Week at school. Each advisory class is working to become more aware of the dangers of drug use and ways to remain drug free. We have activities each day and our student council will remind students during announcements of ways to lead a drug free life.

Monday: Create posters promoting a healthy lifestyle.

Tuesday: 500 Mile Walk to stomp out drugs. All students, faculty, and staff will each walk 1/2 mile to prove their determination and drive to be drug free. As they walk, students will proudly display their anti-drug posters and participate in a poster contest that is judged by the PTA. The walk will end with a program that includes musical numbers and speeches from several BYU athletes. The final event will be announcing the poster contest winners-who win the coveted spirit banner and a treat for their class.

Wednesday: Fun Run! 2 miles of fun! See Mrs. Braithwaite to sign up.

Nebo Immunization Clinics

Flu season is upon us. Now is the time to get that flu shot you have been putting off. Please see the photo attached to our website for upcoming immunization clinic dates, times and places. It includes all insurances accepted as well.

PJHS SCHOOL SPONSORED SPORTS

Oct 5 Golf @ Spanish Oaks

Oct 8 Girls Tennis- Varsity District Final Tournament @ Springville HS

Oct 9 Girls Tennis- JV District Final Tournament @ Springville HS

PAYSON CITY RECREATION SPONSORED SPORTS

Nebo Football - 7th Grade

Tuesday, Oct. 6th

7:30p SVHS Spr.Ville Rotary vs. Payson Silver

8p Salem Lo Salem Columbia vs. Payson Green

Saturday, Oct. 10th

11:30a PHS Salem Navy vs Payson Silver

1:00p PHS Spr Ville Rotary vs Payson Green

Nebo Football - 8th Grade

Wednesday, Oct 7th

6:30p PHS Salem Navy vs Payson Green

8p PHS SprVille Johnston Const vs Payson Silver

Saturday, Oct 10th

10a PHS SprVille Johnston Const vs Payson Green

Utah Valley Football - 9th Grade

5p Th. Oct. 8th Payson @ Wasatch

7p Tu. Oct. 13th Payson @ ALA (non-conference)

Calendar

October 8 - Strengthening Families Class, 6pm - 8:30pm @ PJHS - Call Counseling office to sign up

 

HOPE Squad Fulfilling Training Field Trip

Attributions: 
Article by Rome King, Photos by Rachel White

Wow, what a spectacular day for the HOPE Squad, Peer Leaders and Advisors! This special day started with a bus ride to Maple Dell Scout Camp in Payson Canyon. This would be a day of bonding, discovery and training so that we can effectively reach out to our fellow students in need.

As we smiled, laughed and screamed, we completed various obstacles that involved being snuggly harnessed so we could slide down a zip line. We also completed other challenging activities that involved physical and emotional struggles within ourselves. We were charged with reaching a goal and not giving up. We did this by relying on our team and trusting them to be there for us and that is what applies to the HOPE Squad. We are a group of members dedicated to being there for others who need somebody. Most importantly, we spread kindness one person at a time in hopes of changing others' lives for the better. 

 

Parent Newsletter WE 9-25-15

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After School Club - Rubik's Cube

PJHS Parents,

As I consider our school culture and the values we practice, I think of the song lyrics from Accentuate the Positive, sung by many artists in the 1940s through the 1970s, that state, “You’ve got to accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative and latch on to the affirmative. Don’t mess with Mr. In-Between”. We want our children to be confident, resolute, and practical when it comes to making character based and other decisions. We all want our children to critically think through their choices and actions. Have you ever “messed with Mr. In-Between” by not completely thinking through a problem? We all have, but we don’t want to lose focus on what is important. How do we do that? We follow humanly universal values that can help us to build our confidence to do what is right, even when no one is looking.

GRIZZLY GROWLS

Parent Teacher Conferences

Parent Teacher Conferences are tomorrow, September 23rd from 3:30pm-8:00pm. Please come visit with your child’s teachers. They are anxious to share news about the students and how it’s going in their classes this year.

Also, if you are willing and able to help with the teacher dinner tomorrow afternoon, please follow the link to volunteer to bring a small item. Our teachers appreciate your donation and the kindness behind it. 

 http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080D4AAAAF2BA64-teacher1

Nebo Afterschool Clubs

Parents, PJHS in need of more club leaders to either start new clubs or help with clubs that have been popular in the past. If you are interested in leading a club, please contact Miss Ogden at kayci.ogden@nebo.edu  There is a stipend included for your time.  

8th Grade College and Career Readiness (CCR) Appointments

CCR appointments will soon begin to be assigned to every 8th grader at PJHS. We plan to start mailing appointment cards around the first week of October.  We realize that there are some parents that absolutely cannot attend an appointment during the school day, therefore we are opening a few appointment times during our Parent Teacher Conferences on September 23rd.  If you need an evening time slot for you and your 8th grader, please call and make an appointment with Mrs. Vellinga at 801-465-6021.

Badminton Tournament

The 1st Badminton tournament of the year is next week before school. Get a partner and sign up with Mr. Archer today because space is limited!

Jr. Cheer Clinic

Payson High cheerleaders are sponsoring a Jr. Cheer Clinic Monday, Sept. 28th through Wednesday Sept. 30th. The cost is $35, which includes a t-shirt and pom poms. All interested students may sign up at PHS finance office. Deadline for sign ups are Friday, Sept. 25th. Jr. Cheerleaders will perform at the JV Football game on Wed. Sept. 30th.

PTA Reflections

It's time to work on your PTA Reflections entries. You may enter in the following categories, Dance Choreography, Visual Arts, Photography, Film Production, Literature, Musical Composition. This year the theme is Let Your Imagination Fly. You may pick up an entry form in the front office. All Entries are due October 9th.

School Store

Did you know Payson Jr High runs a school store? We sell chips, animal crackers, fruit snacks, Propel and other healthy snacks. This week we are having a sale on ear buds. They are only $3.00. Students can see us on the stage during 1st and 2nd lunch.

PJHS SCHOOL SPONSORED SPORTS

Girls’ Tennis

Thursday, September 24 - vs. Mapleton Jr @ MMHS

Golf

Monday, September 28 @ Hobble Creek 12:00pm

Cross Country

Friday, September 25 - vs. Salem Jr @ SHHS

PAYSON CITY RECREATION SPONSORED SPORTS

Nebo Football - 7th Grade

Saturday, Sept. 26th - No payson Home

10:30a SVHS Payson Silver vs. Spr.Ville SOS Drug

12:00p Salem Lo Payson Green vs. Salem Navy

Wednesday, Sept. 30th

6:00p PHS Spr.Ville SOS Drug vs. Payson Green

7:30p Salem Lo Payson Silver vs. Salem Columbia

Nebo Football - 8th Grade

Wednesday, September 23rd

5:00p PHS Salem Navy vs. Payson Silver

6:30p PHS ALA Eagles vs. Payson Green

Saturday, September 26th No Payson Home

9:00a Salem Lo Payson Green vs. Salem Columbia

12:00p ALA Payson Silver vs. ALA Eagles

Utah Valley Football - 9th Grade

2p Sat. Sept. 26th Payson @ Salem

Calendar

September 23 - Parent Teacher Conferences 3:30p-8:00p

September 24 - Strengthening Families Class, 6pm - 8:30pm @ PJHS - Call Counseling office to sign up

 

Annual Loafer Mountain Hike

Attributions: 
Article by Gideon Argyle (9th grade). Photos by Maddy Bragg, Eric Archer.

On September 11, 2015, twenty-five students from Payson Junior High and seventeen students from Spanish Fork Junior High got on a bus at six in the morning and drove up the canyon to Loafer Mountain Trailhead. We started to hike in the cool of the early morning. It was a peaceful walk through the trees with an occasional steep part. We took small breaks here and there while others caught up. the view we saw of the canyon in the first rays of light were spectacular.

Soon the sun caught up to us as we continued up the trail. After a hike up some switchbacks we finally made it to the saddle, the halfway point. The hardest part was now over. Taking the time to eat some lunch and snacks, we had a nice long break. From that point we left a few people behind at the saddle while the rest continued the climb to the top. We kept a good pace until we reached one of our favorite stopping points. The mountain goats. Several people pulled out their binoculars to see if they could see some. Only four were spotted.

From there was the final climb to the top of Mount Loafer. We packed up our things and started again, the end in sight. When we at last got to the top the view was far better than the others before it. We could see many things from the top. There was a short break then we all gathered by the flag pole and listened as the teachers and adults talked to us about 9/11. When they were done talking, we sat in silence for a moment and just thought about it. By then we had to pack up and begin our decent down the mountain. Going down was quick and easy. Everyone made it back safely. The Loafer Mountain hike was a great experience that we all had fun on and enjoyed.

Parent Newsletter, WE 9-18-15

Attributions: 
Photo by John Carlisle

PHS Parents,

Building relationships is one of the most important things we do. Relationships are the building blocks for all school, community and life activities. John Donne, a 17th century writer, wrote a poem entitled, No Man Is An Island. In it he eloquently relates, “No man is an island, entire of itself, every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main.”

We thrive in the presence of other people. We are social. We are a part of a larger whole and we prosper from the company of others. PJHS is a community of interesting and dynamic individuals including students, teachers, support professionals, and parents. We are a part of the community as well. Our relationships with each other help to define who we are and we are GRIZZLY NATION!

We have built relationships with each other through a welcome back assembly, classroom orientations, assignments and activities, fall sports, Nebo after school clubs, our very own school store, and the back to school dance and many more activities. And the best part of it all, we are building a community. Thank you for giving us the privilege of teaching your children. We are excited to see what this school year will continue to bring.

GRIZZLY GROWLS

 Principal’s Email

Please be on the lookout for correspondence from Mr. Swenson regarding a school survey for parents. This should be in your email in the next two weeks. He will explain more about it at that time.

Box Tops for Education

PJHS has long been collecting Box Tops for Education. The monies earned directly benefit our students at the school. Students can earn additional rewards for bringing in box tops such as:  5 extra credit points to use in any class when a student brings in 10 box tops (at teacher discretion) or 50 box tops earns the student a free homework or early out to lunch pass. Please collect box tops to help our students.

School Pictures

Haven't ordered yet? Don't miss this year's school picture!

  1. Go to mylifetouch.com

  2. Log in with your Portrait ID and Access Code located in your picture package

Pedidos en español disponibles por internet. Utiliza tu ID del retrato y el código de acceso de tu paquete del retrato.

To redeem your complimentary digital SmileSafe card, click here.

Parent/Guardian, how was this year's school picture experience? Take survey.

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. Study time is also offered daily during Den Time.

Nebo Afterschool Clubs

Parents, PJHS in need of more club leaders to either start new clubs or help with clubs that have been popular in the past. If you are interested in leading a club, please contact Miss Ogden at kayci.ogden@nebo.edu  There is a stipend included for your time.  

8th Grade College and Career Readiness (CCR) Appointments

CCR appointments will soon begin to be assigned to every 8th grader at PJHS. We plan to start mailing appointment cards around the first week of October.  We realize that there are some parents that absolutely cannot attend an appointment during the school day, therefore we are opening a few appointment times during our Parent Teacher Conferences on September 23rd.  If you need an evening time slot for you and your 8th grader, please call and make an appointment with Mrs. Vellinga at 801-465-6021.

Cross Country

Cross Country Season is underway! Personal Records were set at Springville Jr.'s course last Friday by Spencer Nelson, Josh Bender, Konnor Miner, McKay Argyle, Katy Hinton, Olivia Waite, Isabelle Ramos, and Melissa Giles.

If students are interested in Cross Country, they can STILL join the team! (Seventh Graders, too!) Our team races schools all around the district and runners make great friends. The team meets for practice every day after school by the backstop outside of E hall. Talk to Mr. Bird or Mrs. Bragg with questions.

PJHS SCHOOL SPONSORED SPORTS

Girls’ Tennis

Tuesday, September 15 - vs. Salem @ SHHS 3:30pm

Thursday, September 17 - vs. Spanish Fork @ SFHS

Golf

Monday, September 21 @ Gladstan 12:00pm

Cross Country

Friday, September 18 - vs. Mt Nebo and Springville @ Mt Nebo Jr

PAYSON CITY RECREATION SPONSORED SPORTS

Nebo Football - 8th Grade

Saturday, September 19 - @ PHS, Spgvl Reams vs. Payson Silver, 9:00am

Utah Valley Football - 9th Grade

Saturday, September 19 - Payson @ Mapleton, 6:00pm

Calendar

September 17 - ½ Day, School Dismisses at 11:15am

September 17 - Strengthening Families Class, 6pm - 8:30pm

September 21: Picture Retake Day

 

 

HOPE Squad Starts the Year Off "WRITE"

Attributions: 
Photo by Julie Carlisle
HOPE Squad members write positive messages.
http://hope4utah.com/

PJHS HOPE Squad and Latinos In Action (LIA) are starting the year off "write" by chalking the walk. HOPE Squad members were caught writing positive messages along the front walk of our school yesterday.

HOPE Squads are the eyes and ears of our schools. They are comprised of students who are trained to watch for at-risk students, provide friendship, identify warning signs, and seek help from adults. HOPE4UTAH works with school advisors to train students who have been identified by their classmates as trustworthy peers to serve as HOPE Squad members. Through evidence-based training modules, HOPE Squad members are empowered to seek help and save a life.

For more information about Utah's HOPE Squads in schools follow the link: http://hope4utah.com/ 

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