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Students Honor Local Veterans During a Concert

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On the evening of November 14, 2012, the Fine Arts Department from Payson Junior High School put on a special concert to honor local veterans. Invitations were sent out to veterans in the area inviting them to this wonderful commemoration.

The visual arts department contributed drawings of trees from Payson’s Memorial Park. Each tree was planted in honor of a World War I Veteran from Payson. Select students from the junior high went to the park and created beautiful drawings that were inspired by those trees.

The Drama Department contributed dramatic performances. One of these performances included a special saddle from the early 1900’s and poetry, which was originally published in the Paysonian newspaper in 1917.

Musical performances were put on by the Advanced Orchestra, Perfect Harmony and Concert Singers, Beginning and Advanced Bands, the Jazz Band and Percussion Ensemble. These performances included the anthems for each branch of the military. While their anthem was playing, audience members who are currently or have previously served in that branch were asked to stand and be recognized while also being given a token of our appreciation- a cookie from the students and staff. Braxton Daley, a student at Payson Junior, said, “I heard one of
the veterans say he was happy to be invited and happy to get a cookie!”

The grand finale for the concert was called “Patriotic Salute” and was performed by all of the departments. This song was a medley which included several of America’s favorite Patriotic tunes such as “Yankee Doodle,” “You’re a Grand Ol’ Flag,” and even bits and pieces of Sousa’s “Stars and Stripes Forever.”

Everyone who performed at the concert worked very hard to be ready to contribute to this special evening. Connie Erickson, the band teacher at the junior high, said, “The concert  was a great way to start the year and involve our whole department, all while honoring veterans and being able to focus on what soldiers do.” Kobey Evans, 7th grader, said, “The audience who attended walked away remembering those who sacrificed for this country.”

We would like to thank Kenton Phillips who was the Emcee for the event, as well as Richard Lindsey and Craig Zeeman who were sound and light technicians for the evening. Thank you to Payson High School’s Fine Arts Department, Custodians, and Administration for hosting this extraordinary event and for all of your help. Congratulations and thank you to the Fine Arts teachers and students at Payson Junior High for putting on such a wonderful, memorable evening! Lastly, thank you to the great Veterans of our country-we are deeply grateful for your profound service and sacrifice and honor all that you do!

Grizzlies Give in a Canned Food Drive

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Throughout the month of November, students at Payson Junior High participated in a canned food drive to collect food for local families. The drive was called “Grizzlies Can Give” and the school collection goal was set at 1,100 cans (about one can per student). The 4-H program was in-charge of the drive with Club Awesome heading it up. These awesome students collected and counted cans each week and did a great job. All of the students worked very hard and completely exceeded the goal with a grand total of 2,864 cans!

To make the drive more competitive, the school had a contest to see which homeroom class could collect the most cans per student. The prize was a treat, the highly coveted spirit banner, and of course, bragging rights. While several classes were in the running for the most cans collected, Jake Corbett’s class ended up winning the competition with 19 cans collected per student, a grand total of over 500 cans donated!

As we were holding the drive, I was thrilled to hear students talk about how important it is to help others at all times, especially during the special holiday season. The students realized how important it is to reach out to those who need it. Congratulations to Mr. Corbett’s class and to the school as a whole for your successful drive and service to your community!

November Students of the Month

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The following students have been selected as Payson Junior’s November students of the month for these different curriculum areas.

Math: 7th Joshlyn Lerwill 9th Azure Trevino, 8th Savannah Smith, and 9th Azure Trevino. Career and Tech: 7th Garrett Lopez, 8th Harrison Carr, and 9th Colton Stulce. Library: 7th Kaitlyn Ohman, 8th Tambi Clark, and 9th Shelby Bulkley. Healthy Lifestyle: 7th Ahem Schmoyer and Kobey Evans, 8th Jaxon Adams and Kelsie Morgan, and 9th Adam Mark and Shanna Hubbard. Fine Arts: 7th Mollie Brown, 8th Cynthia Dansie, and 9th Heather Skousen. Language Arts: 7th Brynlee Harmon, 8th Boone Jarvis, and 9th Carolina Montano. Social Studies: 7th Kyle Rush, 8th Carlos Alonso-Hernandez, and 9th Ashlyn Drager. Science: 7th Gage Stilson, 8th Cameron Cain, and 9th Aspen Balzly.    

The overall students of the month are- 7th- Brynlee Harmon, 8th- Harrison Carr, and 9th- Heather Skousen

Thank you to these students for working so hard in the classroom and congratulations on this accomplishment!   

PJHS Students Serve by Donating Food

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Throughout the month of November, students at Payson Junior High participated in a canned food drive to collect food for local families. The drive was called “Grizzlies Can Give” and the school collection goal was set at 1,100 cans (about one can per student). The 4-H program was in-charge of the drive with Club Awesome heading it up. These awesome students collected and counted cans each week and did a great job. All of the students worked very hard and completely exceeded the goal with a grand total of 2,864 cans!

To make the drive more competitive, the school had a contest to see which homeroom class could collect the most cans per student. The prize was a treat, the highly coveted spirit banner, and of course, bragging rights. While several classes were in the running for the most cans collected, Jake Corbett’s class ended up winning the competition with 19 cans collected per student, a grand total of over 500 cans donated!

As we were holding the drive, I was thrilled to hear students talk about how important it is to help others at all times, especially during the special holiday season. The students realized how important it is to reach out to those who need it. Congratulations to Mr. Corbett’s class and to the school as a whole for your successful drive and service to your community!

Students Take a Stand Against Bullying

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Payson Junior High held their annual "Anti-Bully Week" from October 29-November 2.The week was filled with activities that promoted friendship, getting to know people outside of your usual friend circle, and coming together to prevent bullying!

The week began with an assembly where Brad Barton, a magician and motivational speaker, spoke to the students. He talked about the importance of being kind to those around you and not putting people down. His message was that we all have magic so we should lift each other up! He had some great illusions and gave a fantastic speech that really motivated the students.

 On Tuesday there was a Mix and Mingle held during lunch. This activity offered students the chance to meet people that they usually don't sit by at lunch. Bingo sheets were passed out to each student who then had to go interact with a variety of other kids to fill out their bingo sheet. Prizes were offered to those who had the most names on their sheets! Additionally, several students participated in a Flash Mob during this luncheon to the Michael Jackson classic, "Thriller." The dance was incredibly fun to both participate in and watch! The point of the dance was that "We don't get our THRILLS from bullying!" At the end of the dance, all of the students were linking arms so that nobody was standing alone.

 Due to the increase in violence and bullying in schools across the nation, many schools, like PJHS, are making it a priority to be aware of this growing problem. Taking the time and energy to discuss bullying with students can make a positive change in individuals and in our school environment. Thank you to everyone who helped make the week such a success! 

 

 

October Students of the Month

The staff at Payson Junior High School has started a new program to honor spectacular students. The Student of the Month program will highlight students who excel in specific content areas and will be chosen by the teachers. The most challenging part is deciding which students to pick because so many incredible students attend Payson Junior!

The October Students of the Month are as follows: Language Arts-7th Megan Hall & Austin Mosher, 8th Perla Barreda & Eduardo Camba, and 9th   Miguel Vazquez & Chelsea Dayley. Math-7th Garrison Serynek, 8th Zack Potter, and 9th Tyrel Wilson. Science- 7th Jaden Villar, 8th Braxton Judd, and 9th  Jorie Horrocks. Social Studies- 7Th Gavin Deschamps, 8th Lupe Lopez, and  9th Amber Alvey. Fine Arts- 7th   Cambriell Fitzwater, 8th Austin Swenson, and 9th Jalon Watts. Boys Physical Education- 7th Devin Janssen, 8th Luis Garcia, and 9th Braden Norman. Girls Physical Education- 7th Emily Gomez, 8th Anne Kranenburg, and 9th Emma Spencer. Career & Tech- 7th Austin Hone, 8th Mikayla Yost, and 9th Brianda Castro. Library 7th Rachel Campbell, 8th Joshua Evans, and 9th Merilee Ford.

Congratulations students! Thank you for the hard work and dedication you show in the classroom!

 

Students Take a Stand Against Drugs

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On Tuesday, October 16, 2012, the students of Payson Junior High participated in a 500 mile walk to begin drug free week. Over 1,000 students each walked one half mile to take a physical stand against drugs. Each class also made a banner for the PTA's Banner Contest and proudly displayed those banners while participating in the walk. While the PTA gave several classes Honorable Mentions and loved all of the banners, the winner was Mike Farley's Science Class with their "Hugs Not Drugs" Chant.

 The walk ended on the soccer field with an outdoor concert put on by fellow grizzlies. 9th grader Jalon Watts sang, "Proud Mary, Rachel Holt (teacher) performed, "I'm Walkin' On Sunshine," Addie Elliot, 9th grader, sang "Don't Stop Believing," and finally SevenEves, a band from Salem High School, performed a few of their original songs for the students. Payson's Principal Carl Swenson wrapped up the assembly by talking about how running is his positive addiction.

 The assembly was put on to show students that we can all find positive, worthwhile things to do with our time rather than drugs. Whether it's music, athletics, or any other number of activities, join the students of Payson Junior and find a positive hobby! Be drug free!

 

Grizzlies Shine in School Talent Show

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At Payson Junior High School, several students participated in a school talent show on Tuesday, October 22. The acts ranged from comedy, dancing, piano, singing, and much more! The audience had a wonderful time observing the show, and loved all of the acts.

Liz Olsen, a 9th grader at PJHS, said “My favorite act was Justin Soceda. He was a very realistic robot! He was awesome!”  Emily Petty, another 9th grade student, added, “I really liked the Rubik’s Cube girls! It takes bodacious skills to complete one of those so quickly! And it was cool because my sister Sabrina was one of the girls.”

 Tyler Higa, a teacher who organized the event, thanked his staff for helping and said,"The Student Council and Yearbook did such a great job at organizing the Talent Show and it was very tough to narrow down all the auditions we had. The school is just so talented I wish there was a way to give everyone a chance to perform. Both participants and those who organized it worked so hard and I believe it showed in their performance. It was so fun and I would sum up the hard work and effort of everyone in a quote by Tory Burch when she says, 'It's a talent to recognize talent in others and give them the forum to shine.' And the Grizzlies sure shined in the Talent Show this year.” 

Every act was filled with talent and personality. Congratulations to all of the students who mustered the courage to share their talents! 

 

Fun Run Results!

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On Friday, October 19, 2012, Payson Junior High held the annual fun run. Over 300 people participated in the event, including both students and faculty. The rest of the student body sat nearby in the bleachers enjoying the sunshine and cheering on the runners.

The race results are as follows:

The TOP 10 FINISHERS 9TH GIRLS 1. Leah Waite (14:46), 2. McKayla Menlove, 3.  Natalie Thomas, 4.  Monica Nelson, 5. Taylor Degroff, 6.  Brooklyn Jensen, 7.  Megan Hazelette, 8.  Lakyn Adams, 9.  Brittany Wayne, and 10. Addie Elliot. 

 TOP 10 FINISHERS 9TH BOYS 1. Stephen VanMoos (11:39), 2. Dennis Judd, 3. Matt Makin, 4. Makay Hooley, 5. Nathan Staheli, 6. Kolfen Mortenson 7. Ryan Dustin, 8. Jacob Pray, 9. Ben Rowley, and 10 Daniel Wolf. 

TOP 10 FINISHERS 8TH GIRLS 1. Allison Pray (12:01), 2. Tiana Arglye, 3. Haley Dixon, 4. Sierra Boulton, 5. Lucy Hales, 6. Stephanie Scott, 7. Amanda Rowley, 8. Neica Torres, 9. Tyler Baker and 10. Loryn Sumner. 

TOP 10 FINISHERS 8th BOYS 1. Tyler Manokin (11:22), 2. Ivan Webber, 3. Kellis Johnson, 4. Grant Pullan, 5. Dylan Siggard, 6. Franscissco Ugarte, 7. Matt Christensen, 8. Carson Ward, 9. Wesley Terry and 10. Dylan Credaroli.

TOP 10 FINISHERS 7TH GIRLS 1. Abby Jensen (16:09), 2. Emily Rowley, 3. Clarie Rowley, 4. Myranda Goodworth, 5. Kobey Evans, 6. Megan Hall, 7. Haleigh Ruston, 8. Kaisley Theobold, 9. Mariah Webber and 10.Joselynn Fonseca.

TOP 10 FINISHERS 7th BOYS 1. Joshua Pray (12:15), 2.  Matthew Vanmoos, 3.  Bryce Mecham, 4.  Chase Carter, 5.  Jaden Villar, 6.  Garrett Benson, 7.  Levi John, 8.  Jordan Villar, 9.  Ryden Anderson and 10. Payton Healey.

 Jo Braithwaite, teacher at Payson who organizes the run each year, said, "The Fun Run has been running for over 15 years.  It started as an activity during red ribbon week to encourage a healthy alternative to any of the bad choices addressed during the red ribbon month.  It first started as just over one mile and has come to be the currant 2 mile course for the past few years.  Generally 300 students participate, 

Great job to all of the runners for participating and making healthy choices!

 

Faculty Hike in Payson Canyon

On Monday, September 24, 2012, several members of the Payson Junior High faculty went on a hike in Payson Canyon. All teachers and staff were invited to go view the natural beauty of the fall colors, and get to know their colleagues a little better!

 When asked why he organized this event, Vice Principal, Jesse Sorensen explained, "Payson Canyon offers great views and excellent opportunities for fitness. As a faculty we decided we would take advantage of both and check out the autumn leaves.  It was also a great opportunity to get to know each other outside of the building and the regular work day."

Jim Howell, a teacher who attended the hike added, "The hike was great. Jesse's knowledge of Payson Canyon is amazing as he described happenings like a "Indigenous Historian". The leaves were brilliantly beautiful. The fresh air and hike were exhilarating and the company was pleasant."

We are very proud of those who took advantage of this opportunity and look forward to more chances to be fit and friendly!

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