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Class Changes

Submitted by lexi.jackman on Thu, 08/06/2020 - 08:42

Due to COVID and the need for physical distancing, all class changes will be done online this year by filling out a Google Form.  Class changes will begin on Aug. 10 and go through Aug. 19.  Please watch for the Google Form on the counseling website which is accessed by clicking the Counseling tab to the left.  Parents will need to have the registration process complete and fees paid before class changes can be made.  Please note that classes are extremely full this year so many changes will not be possible. All class changes will cost $5.00.

Online Registration (OLR) will open District-wide on July 13th

Submitted by tammy.halcrow on Mon, 07/06/2020 - 12:42


All parents will need to create a parent portal and complete the Online Registration process to complete their student(s) enrollment at Payson Junior High.


If your student is already enrolled at Payson Jr. High School you will complete the annual update process of verifying information, electronically signing documents, etc.  If your student is new to Nebo School District (did not attend or withdrew prior to the end of the 2019-2020 school year), you will need to complete the Online Registration for new students, which will include uploading your student's birth certificate, immunization records, and proof of residency documentation.  

Watch for an email which will contain a link to begin this process. Your link will be individualized to your student(s), please do not delete this email until you have completed the registration process.  

If you have any questions please feel free to contact the school at (801) 465-6015 or email Mrs. Vellinga at or Mrs. Halcrow at


Mr. Wright's Science Class Awards

Submitted by lexi.jackman on Wed, 06/03/2020 - 12:39
Photo by Mr. Wright

"Life Cycle of a Star" Picture Book Contest

The following students received awards for creating the best "Life Cycle of a Star" picture book in Mr. Wright's classes. One winner was selected from each of Mr. Wright's class periods: 

1st period: Jenna Mecham
2nd period: Isabela Teixeira
3rd period: Payge Lundeen
4th period: Austin Slack
5th period: Tatum Ellsworth
6th period: Ailesan Franco
7th period: Rodney Mackay


Science Crusades

The following students received awards for creating the best Google Slides presentation for their Science Crusades project in Earth Systems. One winner was selected from each of Mr. Wright's class periods: 

1st period: Allie Benson
2nd period: Isabela Teixeira
3rd period: Sidney Tanner
4th period: Seth Johnson
5th period: Lyndsee Slade
6th period: Kaylee Giles
7th period: Renik Carman

Congratulations, Grizzlies! Thanks for your awesome work this school year!

Tabitha's Way

Submitted by allison.mower on Tue, 05/19/2020 - 13:05

Tabitha’s Way is committed to helping all of our neighbors have access to enough food, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. Tabitha’s Way is here to help.

If your family is in need of food, visit Tabitha’s at 
45 East 100 North, Spanish Fork, UT 84660. 
For faster service pre-register at is external)

Drive-Thru Emergency Food Distribution
Tuesday - Friday
12:30 to 2:00 p.m.

Please bring picture ID
Make sure your trunk is cleared
Please remain in your vehicle
If you are sick, please STAY HOME, and have 
someone pick up on your behalf.


Free Summer Meals

Submitted by allison.mower on Mon, 05/18/2020 - 13:10

Free Summer Meals

The Utah Food Bank is offering the Free Summer Meals Program again this year in four of Nebo School District communities. This year will be a drive-thru program with two meals provided on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

Who: Youth up to 18 years

What: Free Healthy Lunch

Dates: Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays, June 1 - August 14

Springville Area: 1:45 to 3:00 p.m., Church of Jesus Christ Church, 55 North Main Street, Springville.
Spanish Fork Area: 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Spanish Fork City Center Library Park, 100 E. 50 S. Spanish Fork.
Payson Area: 12:45 to 2:00 p.m., Constitution Park, 600 S. Main Street, Payson.
Santaquin Area: 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Centennial Park, 300 W. 100 S., Santaquin.
No registration required. Drive-thru pick up with two days of lunches to go.

Contact Erin Thurber with questions at 801.887.1218 or Kerri Duncan at 801.887.1251 or (link sends e-mail).

See attached flyers for your area.


Chromebooks and Yearbooks

Submitted by cheri.campbell on Fri, 05/15/2020 - 13:44

As we finish out this historic school year I would like to thank you all so much for your support. From day one we have very much felt your support and encouragement. The burden that was placed on students, parents, families, and teachers was unprecedented. Obviously we will never forget this time in history. Two things I’ll remember most. First, how much we missed and took for granted our daily interactions and our relationships with our students. It can’t be overstated, we missed our students so much!   Second, the spirit of community we felt here at PJHS during this time. You all came together in such an amazing way, I know it wasn’t perfect, but we always felt like you had faith in us and trusted us as we gave it our best effort. 

Here are a few things you need to know as we wrap up the school year. 

  1. Online Instruction ends today, Friday May 15th

  2. Lockers can be cleaned out any time next Monday-Thursday 8:00-3:30

  3. Grades will be updated in SIS on Friday. If you feel there is an issue, please communicate with your teacher. Students who are not satisfied with their letter grade may request a P. This would mostly be in an effort to protect a 4.0. 

  4. Chromebooks will be collected beginning Tuesday of next week. We will have a drive up option Tuesday from 8-3 and Wednesday from 12-3. (Payson High School is hosting a drive in style graduation on Wednesday and there will be a lot of traffic around the building Wednesday morning.) 

  5. Yearbooks will be available in the drive up option starting Tuesday. 

  6. If you still would like to purchase a yearbook, log on to  Not sure you purchased a yearbook? Call the school and we can check. 

  7. Lost and found items will be outside on tables on those days as well, and the items not picked up will be donated mid-June. 

Thanks for an amazing school year!


Perfect Attendance

Submitted by allison.mower on Thu, 05/14/2020 - 11:07

Never missing a day of school...that is an amazing feat!  We have three students who can boast that that they have perfect attendance: Parker Houston in 7th grade, Aaron Neal in 8th grade, and Charley Syme in 8th grade!  Congratulations!  


4.0 for 3 years!

Submitted by allison.mower on Thu, 05/14/2020 - 11:04

PJHS has some amazing students!  The following students have had a 4.0, striaght A's, for 7th, 8th, and 9th grade.  Congratulations and great job on working hard.  

Kadence Aagard

Zoe Allen

Kelsey Argyle

Whitney Bahr

Rachel Bentley

Brinley Bettis

Alli Blake

Ethan Boulton

Braxton Christensen

Kamryn Day

Cam Ford

Axeton Haney

Kaley Hanks

Morgan Hatfield

Brody Howarth

Jonathan King

Tallin Kunz

Joshua Laker

Kamryn Meek

Max Mitchell

Carlie Oakeson

Camryn Openshaw

Naomi Rawlinson

Cassi Richins

Daniel Rowley

Morgan Sheets

Lyndsee Slade

Matt Watkins

Makayda Wilson

Dance Company Auditions

Submitted by allison.mower on Thu, 05/07/2020 - 11:10

Attention all dancers attending Payson Junior High School Dance Company Auditions will be held on May 19th and May 20th .  Here is a link to a google form where you can sign up for time slot to audition.   If you cannot  sign up, please call the front office and someone will assist you in getting your name on the sign-up sheet. We will keep the groups small and sanitize the room.  We will also have hand sanitizer available. Each audition group will take about 30 minutes so please come stretched because we will get right into the audition.  The audition will consist of across the floor technique, center turns and you will learn short choreography.  Additionally, the last few minutes will be for you to demonstrate any unique skill. Please email Ms. DeGraffenried immediately if you have a conflict with the dates or do not wish to come in because of COVID-19.  We will discuss an alternative option.

Locker Clean Out Schedule

Submitted by cheri.campbell on Mon, 05/04/2020 - 11:52

We have set up a schedule to come to check in your library books, Spanish Readers, English books, instruments and clean out your lockers (and P.E. lockers). We need to limit how many students are in the building at any given time. Please only have the student or one healthy family member come in the building during your scheduled time, stagger when you come, wear a mask if possible, and keep a 6-foot distance from people while you are in the building. Please bring a backpack or bag to carry out your personal items. Garbage cans will be available but we ask that you quickly remove your items. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation as we navigate this unusual situation. We miss you! 

Monday, May 4: 8-11 Last Names beginning with A; 12-3 Last Names beginning with B

Tuesday, May 5: 8-11 Last Names beginning with C; 12-3 Last Names beginning with D-E

Wednesday, May 6: 8-11 Last Names beginning with F-G; 12-3 Last Names beginning with H

Thursday, May 7: 8-11 Last Names beginning with I-J; 12-3 Last Names beginning with K

Monday, May 11: 8-11 Last Names beginning with L; 12-3 Last Names beginning with M

Tuesday, May 12: 8-11 Last Names beginning with N-O; 12-3 Last Names beginning with P-Q

Wednesday, May 13: 8-11 Last Names beginning with R; 12-3 Last Names beginning with S

Thursday, May 14: 8-11 Last Names beginning with T-V; 12-3 Last Names beginning with W-Z


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