School Briefs

Schools have testing period March 31- April 10


Students at all Payson schools will take Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) tests and TerraNova tests March 31 through April 10. Students will test in reading, writing, mathematics and — in grades 4, 8 and high school — science.

Attendance at school on test days is very important. The information provided by AIMS and TerraNova tests allows parents, teachers and administrators to make appropriate instructional and curriculum decisions.

Families can prepare children for testing by making sure they get a good night’s sleep the night before testing and eat a good breakfast the morning of testing.

For information about test schedules in individual schools, call the appropriate school or the Payson Schools District Office at 474-2070. For information about the AIMS test, including sample questions, parent guides and other resources, go to http://

Culinary Arts students cooking Chinese Buffet

Payson High School Culinary Arts students will be having a Chinese Buffet March 26 in the Rim Country Middle School’s cafeteria from 6 to 7:30 p.m. 

Usually they like to showcase their talents in a Chef Event but, due to the economy, they have decided to concentrate on Asian foods. They will offer a variety of dishes, from Orange Chicken to Sweet and Sour Pork to Fried Rice. One trip through the buffet line costs $8, and two trips cost $10.

Traditionally, the Chef Event tickets were $15 each, and customers could taste more than 20 types of dishes. 

With the love of quality Asian foods, the students this year hope customers can fill up just as well in the buffet line with less waste. 

The PHS Culinary students hope to take an educational trip with the proceeds of their dinner and various catering events they have been doing all year. 

Maybe you have seen them around town delivering to businesses and civic organizations as well as the Taste of Rim Country recently. Tickets can be purchased at the door, or via e-mail to or by calling 472-5750.

School gets grant to promote healthy eating 

UnitedHealth Group has awarded grants totaling $2,000 to two Arizona organizations that have developed programs to combat childhood obesity in their communities.

Members of the Payson High School Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA) chapter and students from the Education Professions class received a $1,000 grant to promote physical activity and awareness of healthy eating habits among young people. 

Students will work with younger peers in grades 4-8 at the Tonto Basin School to conduct a walking/fitness program and help them set nutrition and health goals. The project would culminate in a “Field Day” at the school to provide families with further resources and information on nutrition and exercise.

“We believe that as people become more aware of health issues through health literacy and advocacy initiatives, they will make positive changes to live better lives,” said Bill Hagan, president, AmeriChoice of Arizona.

The grants are part of the UnitedHealth HEROES program, a service-learning, health literacy initiative designed to encourage young people, working through educators and youth leaders, to create and implement local hands-on programs to address the issue of childhood obesity.


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