Alesha LeMmon

Walk-In school registration will be held Tuesday, August 11th from 8:30-3:30 in the main office.

 Please bring the following items to receive your class schedule:

*Fee Sheet received in the mail and payment for fees. We accept cash, check and credit card.

*7th graders also need proof of immunization.

Mail in and online registration is accepted at any time. Please mail in the fee sheet with accompanying payment and we will send your student's class schedule to you.

We look forward to seeing you all soon! LET'S GO GRIZZLIES!


Tabitha's Way Backpack Giveaway

Alesha LeMmon

Parents and Students,

Tabitha's Way will be giving backpacks and school supplies as well as other resources to families with school age children in need. Children must be present to receive the items. 

This event will take place on August 8, 2015 at Tabitha's Way, 400 N. Main, Spanish Fork from 10:00am - 12:00pm. 

Tabitha's Way had almost 700 backpacks last year! Check out the flyer in the image section of this message!

TEDxPaysonJuniorHigh Conference

This Thursday, March 19, PJHS will be hosting TEDxPaysonJuniorHigh. This conference has been months in the making and will feature talks given by 21 students. 

Several English classes had their own mini-conference where hundreds of grizzlies participated and gave their own talks. From there, teachers chose students to represent their class in the actual conference-held this Thursday. This is a closed event, but parents of the presenters have been invited to come. Additionally, Students from Payson High School will be filming the event, so it will be streamed live. We are inviting everyone to participate via stream and will be posting the link later in the week.Congratulations to the presenters and good luck preparing for this special TEDxPaysonJuniorHigh event! Go grizzlies!

Valentine Grams

Written by Sadie Marvin

Love was in the air at Payson Junior High. The students of PJHS were in a lovely mood this Valentines day season. Students bought candies,flowers,and wrote notes to their fellow students. The PJHS student council organized, sorted, and sold the candies and flowers to the students.The student council sold the items at lunch February 2nd-10th. The students could either buy something, write a note, and have it delivered,or they could just write a note to make their friends day.

The student council cut hearts of all different colors a few weeks in advance to prepare. When they received the written hearts, they filed them by their 3rd period teachers class. They  then marked who got a heart and who didn’t on their lists. They stapled the candies to the hearts, and got them ready to deliver.

The students were anticipating February 13th, the day the Valentine Grams would be delivered.Some students even made their own valentines to distribute. It seemed like good deeds were happening everywhere before the day arrived. Everyone was complimenting each other, and being kind.

When the day arrived, the student council were in a rush to get the Valentine Grams  ready to deliver. When they were ready, the student council went to every class and delivered the items to the students. Smiles erupted on the students faces as they received their notes and candies. “It was really fun, and everyone got something” an eighth grade student claims. In conclusion, the Valentine Grams were a big success, and made the students of Payson Junior High’s day.

Money Wars Assembly

Written by Tayt Kearl
Student Council members compete in a pie eating contest with students from the crowd.
Student Council members Sam Sanchez and Tayt Kearl before the pie eating contest.
Freshman watch the teachers embarrass themselves at the assembly.
Mr. Davis acts as a Christmas tree, getting decorated by Mr. Jensen and Mr. Sorensen.
Mr. Swenson prepares to "kiss his dinner" and holds up the little pig while Holt stares, terrified.

Payson Jr. High students raised over One Thousand Dollars for Primary Children's Hospital.

Every year the Student Council does a fundraiser for a good cause.  This year they decided to raise the money for Primary Children's Hospital.  They decided it would be a battle between the grades.  The winning grade got to go an embarrassing teacher assembly.  After a tight competition for a week and half, with some Mr. Swenson curveballs (extra money for a grade) the 9th graders came out on top.  All the combined grades raised 1,300 dollars.

Since the 9th grade won they went the teacher assembly.  This had many different stages as the assembly went on and they got progressively worse for the teacher.  One example is, Mr. Sorenson had to eat jalapenos.  Mr. Farley’s beard got dyed green.  Mr. Swenson Mrs. Holt both kissed their  Christmas dinner (pig.)  This assembly was a good reward for raising so much money. Thanks to everyone that donated!

Stellar Science Fair Students

Mrs. Anderson (middle) pictured with the students who will advance to the BYU Fair.
Abby Maloy (1st place 7th grader) and Abby Hine (2nd place 7th grader) receiving their awards.

Nebo School District's annual Science Fair was held Wednesday, February 25 at Landmark High School. This fair was for students grades 7-12 and had a total of 40 projects presented.

 Payson Junior was able to send 6 students: Dan Havens (8th), Abby Hine (7th), Abby Maloy (7th), Isabel Maloy (9th), Ahren Schmoyer (9th), Sarah Sullivan (9th), and Lily Wimmer (9th).Mrs. Anderson, Science Fair Advisor at PJHS said, " I am so proud of all of the hard work and effort my students put into their projects. They spent countless hours re-testing and perfecting their projects. Outstanding job to everyone who participated, and special congratulations to the winners." 

Two of Payson's own seventh grade students were able to place at the prestigious fair, with Abby Maloy taking 1st place, and Abby Hine placing 2nd. These girls, along with Isabelle Maloy, Sarah Sullivan, and Lily Wimmer, will be moving on to the BYU Science Fair March 23-26.

Good luck ladies and congratulations to all who worked hard on their projects.


Latino's in Action Conference

Written by Jairo Uribe
LIA students from Payson Junior.
Students Playing Leadership Games at the Conference.
Students Making Valentines.
Students providing service to the Elderly of their community.
More Valentine Cards for the elderly.
Students serving their community.
Jasmine Garcia and Susan Estrada heading to the Conference.
Alberto Fonseca on the bus.
Latinos in Action students from several schools, including Payson Jr!

The class of Latinos in Action recently went to  a mini conference at Dixon Middle School. There, we joined up with different schools like Diamond Fork and Mt. Nebo. At the conference we did community service, played games, and listened to a speaker to tell us about his life story.

The service project was making valentine cards for the elderly that got mailed to them. We played different types of games. The speaker that was there to talk to all the students was a very important man from Utah Valley University. He first started with his child hood and where he grew up. Then he talked about his teen years like were he went to high school, who he hung out with, and what he did as a teen-like play football. Finally, he moved on to college, got a degree from Colombia University, and now he is a Vice President for UVU.

The conference was a good experience and the LIA organization learned a lot, while having fun.

We love you, Mrs. Staheli!

The tree is planted by staff and Staheli's family.
Mr. Swenson hugs Mike Staheli, LuAnn's husband.
Mr. Swenson pays tribute to our beloved librarian.
Students in best dress to honor our amazing librarian!

On Tuesday, February 17, students and teachers gathered to honor our beloved librarian, LuAnn Staheli, and plant a tree in her honor. 

Members of Mrs. Staheli’s family came to the school to be a part of this tribute. Her husband, Mike, beautifully expressed the love that his dear wife had for her students and how special Payson Junior has been to their family.

LuAnn passed away last week after fighting a year-long battle with cancer. LuAnn taught English classes at Payson Junior High for 33 years before moving to her dream job of librarian for the last 2. As a lover of books, Mrs. Staheli was an advocate for reading, especially when it came to her students. She was always ready to recommend a new book, discuss a book or author, and share her vast knowledge of literature with anyone who asked!

The tree will grow in front of the school and will always be a reminder of this wonderful woman who influenced so many students and teachers at our school. We love you, Mrs. Staheli and will miss you very much!


State Champion as a 7th Grader

CJ Ward, talented bowman, with some of his gear and accolades.

CJ Ward was recently recognized by the Utah Bowmans Association and is Payson Junior High's Athlete Spotlight for this month.


CJ was presented with a Utah State Champion plaque by the Utah Bowmans association on Saturday January 24, 2015 at Utah Valley University. As a 7th grader, CJ has already earned the prestigious title of State Champion-an incredible feat for any student, let alone a student so young.CJ competed in the Utah State Championship series in the youth bowhunter division. The series consist of six different archery disciplines, and he finished the series with four 1st place finishes, one 2nd place finish, and one 3rd place finish.CJ also competed in several other tournaments throughout Utah including the Utah summer games where he was awarded a silver and Bronze medal. CJ also excels academically and is a 4.0 student in the 7'th grade at Payson Jr. High. Congratulations on your many accomplishments, CJ!