Back To School Newsletter

Blake Mortensen
Teachers and counselors putting up a bulletin board.

PJHS Parents and Students,

It is hard to believe but another year is about to start!  As faculty and staff, we hope you and your student(s) have enjoyed the summer and are ready to get back into school!


7th Grade Day

This day is for 7th graders to come and get acquainted with the school and their teachers. It is held Monday, Aug 22nd and begins at 9:00 a.m. and ends at 11:00 a.m. Students and parents are encouraged to attend, not required. Buses will not run on 7th grade day. You will have a chance to meet all of the teachers, walk to classes, find restrooms, lunchroom and try those challenging lockers! We will be rewarding those who survive with a treat at 11:00 am. Please plan on attending.

First Day of School Reminders

School will start at 7:55 am on Tuesday, Aug. 23rd!

Students will be given a new schedule which they will pick up in the cafetorium.

Locker Concerns

The janitors spend a great deal of time trying to get the lockers working properly. If students are having a problem opening their locker, make sure they are doing the combination right and lift hard on the handle to get it to open.  If it still won’t open, make sure they ask someone for help. Please assure your students that teachers, administrators and other students are always available to help. If after all other attempts have failed to work, stop by the office and we will do whatever it takes to help your student! Lockers can cause an awful amount of stress at first, but it doesn’t take long and all students quickly become pro’s!

Early Out Days

This year students will get out of school early on Mondays, instead of Wednesday’s as it was in the past. School will be let out at 1:50 every Monday for teacher collaboration time.

Girls' Tennis

Girls, its time to start another great season of Jr. High Girls Tennis. Practice will be starting on Tuesday, August 30th after school. We will first meet in Mr. Hatch's Room (B55) and then go out to play.  You can sign up with Mr. Hatch or Mrs. Renzello (D137), or just come ready to play on August 30th.  Don't worry if you have never played before. Girls of all grades and experience level are welcome.      

Loafer Hike

Parents each fall we have a group of students tackle the challenge of hiking to the top of Loafer Mountain. This is scheduled for Friday, September 9th. There are some pre-requisites that must be done before they are allowed to join the challenge. Get with Mr. Archer, boys PE teacher, if you are interested.


Aug. 22nd  7th Grade Day                         

 Aug. 23rd   School starts for all students

 Aug. 26th   School Pictures                        

Aug. 30th   Tennis starts

Sept. 5th     Payson City Badminton tournament @ PJHS


Miss Alison Siggard Is Teaching English at PJHS!

Miss Siggard at Potter's Cottage set from the Harry Potter Studio Tour in London.

PJHS welcomes Miss Alison Siggard to our school! Miss Siggard will teach 7th grade English/Language Arts classes. We are thrilled for her and all of our new teachers this year. Thanks for joining Grizzly Nation!

Miss Siggard adds, "I was born and raised in Northern California as the youngest of four. I attended BYU where I majored in English education and minored in music. While there, I worked at the university writing center and in the Humanities college communications department. I've loved reading and stories as a kid (and now!) and I hope to one day finish the novel I'm working on. I also love travelling, with my favorite destination being the UK."

Mrs. Brenna Davis Accepts PJHS English Teaching Position


PJHS is pleased to announce that Mrs. Brenna Davis will be teaching 7th grade English this school year. It has been fun to get to know her and we are excited for the students to get acquainted as well.

Mrs. Davis says about herself, "I was born and raised in Orem UT, and now live in Vineyard with my husband and puppy. I love hiking, camping, and running. I love to play and listen to music, and love going to the movies. I played a lot of sports growing up, and a couple in college, but baseball has always been my favorite. I went to school at BYU Idaho for a couple years, and graduated from UVU."

We are happy to have you with us, Mrs. Davis!

New Ag Teacher Joins PJHS


This year PJHS is pleased to welcome Mrs. Lindsy Thomas to our school. Mrs. Thomas will be teaching Animal and Ag Science in the afternoons.

Mrs. Thomas enthusiastically adds, "I grew up in Payson and attended Payson Junior High.  After graduating from Utah State University my husband and I moved several times.  We've lived in Iowa, Illinois, California, and now back to Utah.  I have always wanted to return to Payson and I am thrilled to be teaching in my hometown!"

"I started teaching agriculture in West Liberty, Iowa.  I took several years off to be a mom and take care of my two cute kiddos and then three years ago  resumed teaching agriculture at Springville Junior High.  I love all things agriculture, especially animals, and I think FFA is the bomb!!!  Every student at Payson Junior should take an ag class and join FFA.  If not, they are missing out on an opportunity of a lifetime!"

Welcome to PJHS Mrs. Thomas!

7th Grade Day



PJHS will host our 7th grade day for all incoming 7TH GRADE STUDENTS on Monday, August 22nd from 9:00AM to 11:00AM! Students will have an opportunity to hear from the faculty and staff AND go to each class to meet teachers! Students will also be able to practice opening their lockers and get familiar with where everything is at the school. Parents are welcome! Please mark your calendars. 

We are going to have a GRREEAAATTTT school year!

¿Habla Español?


¿Habla Español? Mrs. Debra Hulet does! Mrs. Hulet joined the faculty of PJHS this school year and will be teaching Spanish in the afternoons. 

Mrs. Hulet elaborates, "I’m very excited to be at both Payson Junior High and Payson High School this year after a long break from teaching to focus on writing. I grew up in Las Vegas and received my B.A. in English Literature and Spanish Language at BYU. I lived in Venezuela for eight years where I taught some ESL (English as a Second Language) and did translation work.

After returning to the States, I taught Spanish at The Meadows Prep School in Vegas for three years and then both English and Spanish at South Jordan Middle School. At Payson Middle School, several years and two more children later (for a total of five children), I taught those same subjects for six years before the aforementioned writing break.

I was elated—and that’s a huge understatement—when Cedar Fort, Inc. published my young adult novel, Independence Rock, in 2011.

And now I’m blessed to be back doing one of the things I love very most—teaching. I enjoy all kinds of reading, singing and guitar, tennis, hiking, and Zumba. And I love spending time with my grandchildren."

We are thrilled to have her as part of our fabulous faculty!

Meet Our Newest Math Teacher

Miss LeBaron

Miss Brie LeBaron will be teaching 7th and 8th grade math classes this school year. She is excited to join the PJHS faculty and adds, " I have always loved learning new things and sharing what I learn with others. I attended Utah State University in Logan, Utah where the sagebrush grows. ​​During my free time I enjoy being with my family, playing games and sports, hiking, playing guitar, and writing in my novel."

We are thrilled to have Miss LeBaron!

PJHS Welcomes New Teachers!

Miss Bertoch
Miss Jenkins

We are excited to announce the arrival of many new faculty members this year to our school. Here are a few of the new teachers in their own words.

Miss Alison Bertoch is joining the PJHS faculty this year and will teach 8th grade science classes. 

Miss Bertoch says about herself, "I grew up in Southern California, and as a result love the sun and the beach. One of my favorite things is going back there to visit and see the ocean and soak up the sun. I love off-roading, hiking, camping, and any type of exploring that leads me somewhere new. I tried paddle-boarding this summer, and that has become one of my new favorite activities. I also like to read, dance, exercise, and try new things. My degree is in chemistry from BYU, and I am very excited to be teaching science this year. "

Miss Missy Jenkins will be teaching 8th grade US History I classes at PJHS.

I am a recent graduate from BYU. I majored in History Teaching and I love learning about early United States history and the history of slavery. I have worked for the last 2 years developing social studies curriculum for an education company here in Utah. Some of my hobbies include running, hiking, camping, and baking. I recently made a wedding cake for a friend's wedding in LA. I lived on the border of Arizona and Mexico for two years and am conversational in Spanish. Those two years helped me develop a great love for spicy Mexican food, especially tacos and Mexican hot dogs! I love teaching and am very excited to work with the students of PJHS! 

A GRIZZLY welcome to these new teachers! Watch out for more to come!

Backpack Giveaway



Mark your calendar for the annual Backpack Giveaway sponsored by Tabitha's Way in Spanish Fork! See image for details. BE SURE TO BRING YOUR CHILDREN WITH YOU TO RECEIVE A BACKPACK.