School Briefs


Orientation nights for eighth-grader parents

Parents of Payson eighth-graders are invited to help their children design their future at one of four orientation nights beginning Feb. 17.

During the orientation evenings, aimed at smoothing the transition between middle school and high school, parents will complete registration materials, receive a course description guide and review their students’ six-year plans.

Six-year plans are meant to help align a student’s course choices with his future goals. The latter two years in the plan can account for vocational school, community college or four-year college.

Parents will work with students and guidance counselors in the Rim Country Middle School library to review the recommendations of each child’s eighth-grade teacher, select freshmen year electives, and complete the high school registration process.

“We cannot state strongly enough how important it is that you take this critical opportunity to help you and your student get off to a good, well-informed start at Payson High School,” head guidance counselor Don Heizer wrote in a letter to parents.

Parents should have received a flier in the mail with requested dates and times to attend the orientation. Parents needing to reschedule can call the Payson High School Guidance Center at (928) 472-5725.

PES 10th Annual Spaghetti Dinner

Payson Elementary School is holding its 10th Annual Spaghetti Dinner on Thursday, Feb. 26 from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the school, located at 500 E. Rancho Road. The cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children and $20 for families of five.

Tickets are available at the PES office, from PES students or in the Swiss Village at Paper Metal Scrappers.

Chef Gerardo Moceri will prepare decadent Italian cuisine including salad, pizza and spaghetti. Pepsi is included in the ticket price. PES Student Council will offer dessert choices as an additional fund-raiser.

Deadline for nursing program is March 1

Are you looking for a new career helping people?

In today’s economy, job losses have escalated, but in the health care industry, employers are looking for well qualified nurses to care for a growing population.

Do you have an interest in learning about the ADN nursing program here in Payson? Are you putting together your application to submit by the March 1 deadline?  If you have questions about the application or about starting your nursing career, join the nursing faculty at Gila Community College on Thursday, Feb. 19 at 6 p.m. in Room 209.

To register, go directly to the Gila Community College, Payson Campus at 201 N. Mud Springs Road, or log on to www.

Scholastic Book Fair starts Feb. 26

The Scholastic Book Fair will be Feb. 26 through March 4, from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day in the music room at Frontier Elementary School. Tuesday, March 3, the Book Fair will also be open in the evening from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. for the Family Fun Night of the Art Extravaganza and Dinner. Dinner choices are Indian fry bread or hot dogs. It will be a great evening with lots of art, food, and drawings for books and posters.

At the Book Fair you’ll find books for all ages, Accelerated Reader, books in Spanish, children’s classics, cookbooks and adult best sellers, plus a few audio books for children and adults.

The Book Fair will also have CD games, science kits, journals, posters and wacky pens. For your convenience, cash, check or credit cards are accepted. For more information call (928) 472-2052.


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