Payson FFA Awards Night

Lindsy Thomas

All FFA Members and Parents, save the date!  The Payson FFA Awards Night will be Thursday, May 18th at 7 p.m. in the Junior High Cafeteria.  If your son or daughter is in FFA they will be bringing an invitation home soon.  We hope to see you there! Please RSVP to Mrs. Thomas by May 22 -

Summer Coding Class

Pam Turley

This summer, jr. high school students are invited to attend a fun two-day workshop learning to code using’s App Lab and BBC’s microbit. Students will use App Lab to create apps that can be published and shared to run on any computer, tablet, or smartphone with a modern browser.

The BBC's microbit is a small hardware processing device (about 1/2 the size of a credit card). Projects will include: LED message display, thermometer, compass, connection to external LEDs, composing music, etc.


The registration fee for the two ½ days is $10.  Registration is limited to the first 25 students at each site. Enrollment is open to current 6th-8th grade students in Nebo School District.


Springville Jr. High School

June 6-7, 8 am -noon

Registration Link:

Salem Jr. High School

June 15-16, 8 am-noon

Registration Link:


Eric Archer
Hikers from our 2016 hike

Our annual PJHS Big Tree Hike will be held on May 22, 2017. 


  • When: May 12 during den time
  • Where: activity room (next to the band room)

If you have any questions, please see Mr. Archer. 

PJHS Teacher of the Year, Mrs. Anne Purcell!

Photos by Mr. Carl Swenson

Congratulations to our excellent math teacher, Mrs. Anne Purcell for receiving PJHS Teacher of the Year! Nebo School District posted the following on their website from comments from Mr. Swenson, our Principal, 

“Anne is truly an exemplary teacher. She truly cares about students and greets her students at the doorway where she welcomes them. Students do not transfer out of her classes and parents actually request her. Anne’s classroom is a student-friendly environment. She is an advocate to helping other teachers and the school. She is without question, a Master Teacher.”

Mrs. Purcell represents our school admirably in every way! We are fortunate to have her at our school.


Grizzly Update, April 12, 2017

Blake Mortensen
Beauty and the Beast Grizzly Club Activity, April 13th

PJHS Parents and Students,

We hope all of our students had a great Spring Break full of good memories!

School is speeding by so please watch for upcoming events!

The Grizzly club activity is Thursday and permission slips need to be turned in with $2 to the finance office by tomorrow, Wed. April 12th. Also, track and tennis have started with matches and meets so make sure you watch for those!

Good Luck to all our students who are participating at Junior High or High School teams!


Social Media

Please check us out on any of these social media sites!



Instagram- grizzly.nation

 Grizzly Club Activity

Those students who qualified for the Grizzly club can go see “Beauty and the Beast” on Thursday, April 13th at Stadium Cinema’s if they have a parent permission slip signed and pay $2 at the finance office before 7th period on Wednesday, April 12th. I will attach a permission slip at the end of the email for this if your student forgot to pick one up.

7Th Grade Parents

Watch for a parent link message that is upcoming from Mr. Swenson, it is regarding the E-Mint program that we are doing here at the school.

Perfect Attendance

The winners of Perfect attendance are Devyn Olson 8th grade and Maren Hartle 9th grade.  The amount will double for the 7th grade.  It pays to be on time.

PJHS Track and Field

Track is currently running after school until 4:15. We love all types of athletes and can't wait to help everybody get their personal bests. Come out as soon as you can and we'll have a great season! Talk with Mrs. Bragg with any questions.

TennisJr. High Boys tennis has started after school. All grades and experience levels are welcome to join the team. Sign up in Mr. Hatch's room B 55.



Parents the PTA is looking for parents to volunteer and adopt a teacher for teacher appreciation week! Please go this website to sign-up! We know the teachers love this week! Thanks!

Thank you Thursdays- April is our last Treat day for the Teachers.  Please Check the PTSA Facebook page for more info.


We are looking for some motivated ADULTS that will guide the Students in our PTSA (P= PARENT, T= TEACHER, S= STUDENT A= Association). You don't have to be a parent to serve. Parents & Guardians, Grandparents, Older siblings, Aunts, Uncles or just an awesome community leader. We welcome you all !!!!!  PLEASE let us know if you would like to help. The time that this requires is only 1 meeting a month and can be flexible to the new board members. We need to fill: President, Secretary, Treasurer, VP of Students, President Elect, VP Fundraising and Social Media.  We would love to include all who wish to serve our School.

Our #1 goal is to make sure our teachers know how much we appreciate all the work they do helping our students achieve their goals in life. We also help our students learn the value of serving others and leadership training while having fun too. The Students have done a lot of work this year in coming together and embracing the leadership possibilities  the PTSA provides.  We don't want to lose the momentum they are on. Please come and see what we are up to. PTSA meetings this year are held 2nd Thursday every month @ 10:30am in the Faculty lounge.

4-H News

New 4-H clubs are getting started. Registration forms can be found in the office or from Miss Ogden in room C-66. Club registration fee for the year is $15. Contact Miss Ogden,, if you have any questions.

Monday- Dance club, Foods

Tuesday-  Morning Homework w/Wagner (7:20-7:50), Magic the Gathering, Afternoon Homework w/LeBaron

Wednesday- Morning Homework w/Wagner (7:20-7:50), Zodiac Comic Book Club, Harry Potter

Thursday- Morning Homework w/Wagner (7:20-7:50), Gab n' Grub, Ping Pong

Friday- Morning Homework w/Wagner (7:20-7:50), Minecraft, Zodiac Comic Book Club, Afternoon Homework w/LeBaron

Peter Pan Triumph!

Laura Russell
The Lost Boys welcome their new mother.
The Pirates
Captain Hook and Smee
Tiger Lily, her Brave Girls, and the crocodile
Wendy and Peter Pan
Peter Pan and the Lost Boys (and girls)
Hook and Smee shenanigans
Final Bows

Peter Pan was a smashing success for their final performance on Monday night! Captain Hook, Smee, and their gaggle of pirates delighted the crowd with their clever humor and quick banter. Wendy's voice was so sweet in her lullabies, the crowd couldn't help but feel sleepy. Tiger Lily and her Indians marveled the stage with their sweet dance moves. Then of course there was Peter Pan and his lost boys (and girls) who dazzled the stage with their voices and quick escapes from Hook’s antics. We can't forget about the stunning performances of Michael, John, Mr. and Mrs. Darling, Nana, Eliza, and of course the special appearance of the crocodile.

Shout out to all the students who participated and dedicated months of their time after school to learn, practice, and perfect this play; their hard work payed off with full crowds every night. Mr. Aintablian deserves special recognition for all the time he spent designing, planning, and directing the show. The show was obviously directed by him with the bits of humor and personality scattered throughout. The play couldn't have happened without the help from Carma Heimuli who was constantly there helping with auditions, music, choreography, snacks, set designs, t-shirt designs, props, and everything in between. As well as the help from Alison Siggard who was the singing coach, Laura Russell who did the choreography, Julie Hancock, Sara Olsen, and Jamilah McMurdie who all helped with hair and makeup, and all the parents who gave rides, helped with tech, and supported their kids in their desire to be in the play.

The play was an absolute success, and thanks to everyone who came out to support our students and all their hard work!

String of Pearls Jazz Band Dinner Dance

Connie Erickson

What: String of Pearls Jazz Band Dinner Dance

When: April 22, 2017

Time: 6:30 - 9:30PM (Dinner served at 7:00)

Where: PJHS Cafetorium

1940s Attire Strongly Encouraged

Just think about it - our students putting it all out there for three hours. They play live dance music in the mode of a bygone era they never experienced personally, but perform convincingly because of their whole year studying it.This is EDUCATION! You get the thrill of watching them pull it off like seasoned pros, all the while enjoying a catered meal and dancing (or foot-tapping) to your heart's content!

Tickets are $15 per person and any of the Jazz students would LOVE to sell you one (or two or more!).