It has taken sophomore Jamie Flake just one school year to learn the secret of a no-hassle Payson High School registration.
"Get here early in the day," she said. "Last year I had to stand in line because I didn't come early enough; lines are shorter in the morning."
Assistant principal Tim Fruth agreed that early morning is the way to go.
"This week, the night registrations (5 p.m. to 7 p.m.) proved to be very popular and the lines were long," he said. "We are going to work on improving that."
For Flake, registration was complete and her books purchased by 9 a.m., July 21 -- the day assigned for sophomore signup.
Sitting in the PHS commons area, Flake inquisitively thumbed through the new set of textbooks that will be hers for the next school year.
Because she is an honor student and has taken prerequisites, she was allowed to enroll in Algebra II and American History which are normally classes reserved for juniors.
"I'm looking forward to those," she said. "My other classes are physics, literature and band."
At PHS the past week, each class was assigned a designated day to register. Seniors had the first crack July 19 and the freshmen were last July 22.
From 9 a.m. to noon, July 23, a final registration will be held for new students and those who missed their assigned days.
In the registration process, Fruth and other administrators were quick to tell students and their parents that the AIMS test would be administered in both the fall and next spring and students must pass to receive a diploma.
For PHS freshmen only, school will begin 9 a.m. July 27.
Although school doesn't officially start until the following day, administrators are bringing the freshmen in early to help better prepare them for life on a high school campus.
On the freshmen's opening day, buses will run their regular routes.
After arriving at school, the freshmen will meet in the auditorium where upperclassmen, teachers and administrators will give them a quick glimpse of high school life.
The freshmen will then visit each of their classrooms to meet their teachers.
"It's a step to get them acclimated to high school before classes actually begin," counselor Judy Michel said.
New this year at PHS is principal Roy Sandoval who is replacing Sue Myers, now the district superintendent.
Sandoval, a PHS alumni, is no stranger to the school, having taught biology there before becoming principal of Payson Elementary School.
Sandoval is assuming his new job on a positive note.
"I've been asked to make a change and how can I fail with people like the board (members), Sue Myers and the staff behind me?" he said.
At RCMS and the elementary schools
Rim Country Middle School students have one final opportunity to register -- 9 a.m. to noon, July 23.
At Julia Randall, Frontier and Payson Elementary Schools, registrations will be held 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., July 25 to 27.
All new students must bring to registration a birth certificate, immunization records and proof of residence which can include a lease agreement or utility bill.
They must also be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
School begins Thursday, July 28 in all PUSD schools.