School Briefs


Payson High School Back to School Night

Payson High School would like to invite parents to our annual Back to School Night, Tuesday, Aug. 18 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. This is the time parents can visit, meet their student’s teachers and take a look at their classrooms.

Parents can pick up their student’s schedule and school map in the administration or guidance office that night. Link crew leaders will be on campus to assist any parents with directions to classrooms.

Each teacher will have a syllabus with class, contact information, class rules and a sign up sheet if the parents desire a specific time for a parent/teacher conference.

After-school program

Pathfinder Pals is a free after-school program for grades K-fifth-grade and begins Aug 13. Each Thursday during school sessions students will meet from 2:45 to 4:45 p.m. at Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St. There will be an adult escort from Julia Randall Elementary each week to ensure the safety of your child(ren).

Each Thursday we will be seeking paths to basic Christian values through: Bible-based stories, healthy snacks, games, crafts and music. And, homework help is available between 4:45 and 5:15 p.m. For more information on this terrific free program, call 474-2059

How do you cope with a changing world?

Gila Community College has an answer. GCC is offering two hot programs, nursing and computer technology.

If you’re uncertain about a new career, GCC is offering a personal assessment class this summer.

The course allows you to investigate your own potential. You can find out just what it is that you are best suited for in this modern work environment. What skills do you presently have? What new skills can you learn? What must you do to re-adapt to the real marketplace?

GCC’s personal assessment class offers you an opportunity to discover your hidden potential.

The course will be taught by Robert Mayer, and is offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 6 to 7:50 p.m.

You may check the fall semester schedules, as well as register online, at, or visit the Payson campus at 201 N. Mud Springs Road.

New college art classes

Gila Community College’s new art instructor Doug Trimble, will be offering a new graphic design class, along with world art, this fall semester. 

ART 181 – Graphic Design, will be offered Wednesdays and Fridays, 7:30 to 10:20 a.m.

This course will present principles, tools, techniques and media in graphic design layout, presentation and concept development. 

ART 133 – World Art I, will be offered Wednesdays and Fridays, 11 a.m. to 12:20 p.m.

Criminal justice courses offered

Gila Community College’s criminal justice instructor William Flower, will be offering two administration of justice courses, this fall semester.

AJS 101 – Introduction to Administration of Justice, will be offered Thursdays, 6 to 8:50 p.m.

An introduction to crime and society’s responses to it. Examines the nature and causes of crime, the criminal law, constitutional safeguards, and the organization and operation of the criminal justice system including the police, courts and corrections. Covers the history of the criminal justice system, terminology and career opportunities.

AJS 102 – Criminal Law, will be offered Tuesdays, 6 to 8:50 p.m.

Examines the major areas of constitutional law as they relate to the operations of the subsystems of the criminal justice system. Case law studied will include but not be limited to free speech, freedom of assembly, right to a speedy trial, freedom from self-incrimination, etc.

Students and allergies

It’s that time again — back to school and back to allergy season. It’s estimated that an average of 10,000 American children miss school each day because of nasal allergies, causing 2 million lost school days each year. And when in school, children with nasal allergies often have trouble concentrating or even staying awake because of their symptoms.

Tips for preventing and managing allergies for the 40 percent of U.S. children that are affected by seasonal allergies include:

• If you want to read a book, it is best to sit at a desk, not on the carpet. Hardwood, tile or linoleum is also better for people with nasal allergies.

• Especially on high pollen days, keep the windows closed. Open windows allow pollen and other airborne allergens to drift into the classroom. A clean air conditioner can help to cool and clean the air.

• Don’t mow lawns, rake leaves, or be around freshly cut grass without properly managing your nasal allergy symptoms; these stir up molds. Be sure your child’s symptoms are properly managed before participating in soccer, football and other outdoor activities.


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