SafeUT Awareness Days

In light of the recent events in Florida and other tragedies that have happened around the country, Nebo School District is teaming up with KSL on February 22, 2018, as we Stand Up for a Safe Utah. Utah has a very powerful resource and that is the SafeUT app.  As you all know, the SafeUT app provides real-time crisis intervention and has been proven to save lives and stopped planned school attacks.

Our goal is to make sure that every parent, student and educator is aware of the app and has it downloaded on their phone.

Throughout the day, KSL will be highlighting all that the app can do, the history behind it, the success stories and much more. In addition, there will be some fun for the students.

Below is the outline to encourage student involvement:
- Encourage your friends to download the app
- Use hashtag #SafeUT on posts

KSL Contest:

Individuals will be able to share a screenshot of their phone with the app downloaded for a chance to win a $50 visa card. These screenshots will need to be posted in the contest on the KSL TV Facebook page. The school that is tagged the most by their students will receive 100 pizzas from KSL! The contest will start Thursday, February 22 and Friday, February 23 at 3 p.m. Watch KSL News at 5 p.m. on Friday to see which school will be receiving 100 pizzas!

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Parent-Teacher Conference


Parent-teacher conferences will be held tomorrow, Wednesday, February 21st from 3:30 to 8:00 pm. Teachers will be meeting with parents and students in their individual classrooms. Please come and see us!

Grizzly Club Ice Skating Activity

Only the first 250 eligible students to sign up for the Grizzly Club ice skating activity will have the opportunity to attend the event. In order to sign up, students must bring the following to the finance office on Tuesday, February 20th:

  • voucher given to eligible students
  • signed permission slip (you can pick one up at the front office or print a copy here)
  • $5 cash or check

The activity will take place on February 21st, 2018 at the Peaks Arena in Provo. Remember that these items must be turned in to the finance office by Tuesday the 20th in order to attend!

2017-2018 Stakeholder Surveys


Nebo School District is always trying to improve communication and responsiveness to our stakeholders. To that end, we invite students, parents and teachers to give feedback on teachers and administrators in Nebo District schools.

A link to the Nebo Stakeholder Survey 2017-2018 will be found on the Nebo home page at beginning Wednesday, February 7 and remaining open until Wednesday, February 21, 2018, where Nebo District stakeholders will be able to share their thoughts and experiences.

The purpose of the Nebo Stakeholder Survey is to help us improve instruction and to keep our finger on the pulse of our patrons. For feedback to be most useful, we suggest being polite even when sharing intensely positive or negative feelings, sharing specific experiences that illustrate your ratings, and using appropriate language in all circumstances.

Thank you for your helpful feedback.

Rachel Holt - February 2018 PEAK Award Winner

Principal Swenson, Mrs. Holt, Mrs. Gillie, Mrs. Bragg

PJHS teacher extraordinaire, Mrs. Holt, recieved a PEAK award this month for her dedication to and hard work for the students and other faculty at Payson Jr. High School.

“Mrs. Holt goes above and beyond the call of duty. Although her increasingly busy home life (she is a mother of two beautiful children!) pulls her home more and more, she fights it and recommits herself to her profession daily. While she is at school, she is 100% at school. She juggles three different courses--Honors English for seventh grade, keyboarding, and student council."

“First, in Honors English she is the queen of engaging extra activities. So many teachers feel the pressure of the state core, and feel like it doesn’t allow time for the 'fun things'--Mrs. Holt makes time! Her students are always excited and engaged with their content because of her. She isn’t afraid to spend a little time on creative, artistic and fun things because she knows that’s how students will retain their learning. Her students produce impressive projects that really show their learning, and she proudly displays them in the hallways of the school. Her enthusiastic and creative ideas have definitely spread throughout our English Department."

'Keyboarding wasn’t a course that Mrs. Holt ever aspired to teach. There was a need, she was asked, and she filled it! She worked in her first few years on the extra teaching certification, along with the other million things new teachers are asked to do, to be able to teach it, and teach it well. She is always trying new things to motivate and capture her students to become excellent typists, including 'Blackout Wednesday' and other silly and motivating days."

“With the student council students, Mrs. Holt expects excellence, and that’s what she gets. Her students always do a great job creating uplifting events and advertising them. They are so professional on the morning announcements and at school assemblies--and you know it's because of Mrs. Holt behind the scenes!"

“Mrs. Holt brings so much to her classes and to the school. She is beloved among students, staff and parents. Her positivity uplifts everyone around her, and we are all inspired by her desire to do good. Mrs. Holt exemplifies excellence in teaching.”

Thank you for everything you do, Mrs. Holt!

American Indian Caucus Day Field Trip


Eileen Quintana, the Nebo Native American Program Manager, took 26 Nebo School District students on a trip to the state capitol. Three students (Canyon Haveron, SHHS, Ciera Alldredge, PHS, and Alfredo Quintana, MMHS) job shadowed senators and representatives for the day, which gave them an inside look into the process of law-making.

Those who didn't shadow were able to tour the capitol, including the "Telling My Utah Story" exhibit. Students visited the Museum of Fine Arts to see the "Go West" exhibit, which contains art of the American Frontier from the Buffalo Bill Center of the West. This exhibit examines the development and disruption of the American West through more than eighty original artworks by Euro-American and Plains Indian artists. Kerrick Walker, PJHS student, was present at this wonderful event.

Students had the opportunity to meet and talk with Senator Henderson about issues that are of concern for our community. Students enjoyed seeing the artwork and sitting in the balcony where bills are passed into law. The American Indian Caucus Day gathering took place right next door, under the supervision of the Director of Division of Indian Affairs, Shirlee Silversmith, and her staff. As Nebo students entered the tribal leaders assembly, they were honored to have Navajo Nation Vice President Jonathan Nez address them with a special talk about responsibilities of future leaders. Goshute tribal Chairman Rupert Steele offered a prayer and blessed Nebo students on stage at this tribal leaders conference. Students met and ate with Utah tribal leaders and delegates who were very happy to see young Native American youth participating in this event. The field trip was informative and an important teaching experience.

Nebo Education Foundation Partners with Amazon Smile

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February Mayor Award

Bryson's Martin Luther King, Jr. project for English class

The recipient of the Mayor Award for February is PJHS student Bryson Jensen. Bryson was selected for this award because of his positivity, friendliness, and determination. Here's what some of Bryson's teachers have to say about him: 

Bryson is in my English class.  He is such a good student.  He does his work, stays on task, and is a good friend to his classmates.  He is also quite the artist.  For his Martin Luther King Junior project, he drew a picture on a poster board of MLK for the wall. He is a great guy. I am so happy I get to teach him. – Ms. DeGraffenried

Bryson has been in my social studies classes the last two years and also on my wrestling team. I have seen him work through some very tough situations and succeed. He has learned to overcome discouragement by keeping a positive attitude. Bryson is friendly and works well with others. I wholeheartedly recommend Bryson for this award. - Mr. Ward

Bryson is determined to always do his best.  He works hard to finish his work and do it to the best of his ability. – Mr. Houston

Bryson is good at asking for help when he needs it. He works very hard to keep up his grades. He is also great at art. I love to see the beautiful pictures he creates. He is always polite to teachers and other students. – Mrs. Sepos

Congratulations, Bryson! Thank you for being an example to all of us here at PJHS.