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Nutrition education lagging

Payson gets mixed grade for meeting state, federal mandates

The Payson Unified School District still has a long way to go when it comes to meeting federal nutrition and exercise guidelines, Payson Elementary School physical education teacher Judy Perham told the school board Monday.

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Thumbs up for new school test

Skeptical Payson board member ‘very impressed’

The new standardized test that has spawned a year of furor and controversy got a surprisingly positive review on Monday from Payson School Board member Shirley Dye.

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Making science education cool

An annual festival to celebrate science education offered 36 booths and exhibits to delight the 600 people who attended with science projects and science facts.

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Heroes of Education honored

The Payson School Board Monday declared Lori Pappas, with Suddenlink; Terra Copin, with Walmart; Bobby Davis, with Kiwanis; volunteer John Wakelin and the Coca-Cola company all “Heroes of Education” for their work with the Teacher Supply Line, a community event that this year raised nearly $700 to provide teachers with supplies for the classrooms in both Payson and Pine.

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Gearing up to help students

Gear Up Coordinator Jackie Wallace celebrated National Gear Up Week with projects, but reserved a special treat for those students in her cohort who have an interest in robotics in the form of a guest appearance by Fredi Lajvardi, robotics coach for the award-winning robotics team at Carl Hayden High School in Phoenix.

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Bitter school funding debate swirls

Inflation adjustment, state trust lands provoke divisions

The high-stakes issue of school funding continues to roil state officials, thanks to a $1.3 billion court judgment, contending reform plans and bitter feuds involving top state officials.

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Payson schools may borrow money to save money

It doesn’t make much sense to borrow money to save money, but that is what Payson Unified School District just might do.

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Land sale: ‘two weeks’

University backers still negotiating deal with ASU, developer, finanicers

Tonto National Forest can likely complete the $4.1 million sale of land for a university site in Payson within “two weeks,” said Tonto National Forest Supervisor Neil Bosworth.

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DJ Craig named Hero of Education by PUSD

The Payson Unified School District board recognized Craig Miller as a Hero of Education during its Sept. 24 meeting.

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Chef Richard brings talents to PHS

Southern chef combines flare for cooking with love of teaching

Chef Richard Erskine loves cooking and he loves teaching.

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History class celebrates U.S. Constitution Week

Payson students got a real-world crash course in the Constitution when lawyer Co Horgan spoke to Robert Hoyt’s history class.

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Homecoming hoopla

Before the PARADE passes by

Balloons, bubbles and clowns.

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Peace prayers in four languages

Payson High School now hosts a Peace Pole, symbolizing humanity’s wish for world peace, according to the World Peace Prayer Society.

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Just can’t quit helping kids

Richard and Darlene Alvarez served for many years as Payson Unified School District teachers, but they just can’t quite fully retire.

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‘Legendary’ teachers honored

The Payson School Board this week recognized 25 “legendary teachers,” who have influenced generations of students.