2003-04 has been a year of "getting it done!"
Our first year in the 4A conference has shown that our young athletes, musicians and drama students can step up and compete. We celebrated winning performances in every sport, and in regional music and drama festivals. This year, as always, sportsmanship and scholarship remain as important as athletic, musical or dramatic talent.
There is greater security on campus. Students, staff and guests wear IDs. Student Government is now a class meeting 6th hour. These young people plan and approve activities for the entire school. Homecoming, Character Counts Week, the Renaissance program are all under their direction.
New vocational programs are in place. With NAVIT, students attend PHS in the morning and go to Gila Community College in the afternoon to take Fire Science and Nursing Assistant courses. Our computer tech class is now receiving state funding to support A+ certification.
English I is offered at PCS in the evening so that students who have failed English I may make up the course outside of school hours. Remediation also is offered during intersessions. Both are opportunities made available so PHS leaves no child behind.
Our new cafeteria and classroom building is open. We are serving breakfast and lunch each day.
Through all these changes our academic standards remain rigorous.
In 2004-05, we will celebrate Payson Pride. English II will be added to the offerings at the Payson High's night school.
We will continue to encourage our young people to achieve and to embrace life-long learning as a way of life.