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Middle school musicians win honors

Rim Country Middle School music teacher Daria Mason rounded up 28 band and choir middle school students to perform at the Arizona Music Educators Northeast Region Honor Festival at St. John’s High School on Nov. 18.

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Educator’s first lesson involves character

David Callahan now running Payson Community Christian School

David Callahan, the new administrator for the Payson Community Christian School has a cherubic face with eyes that twinkle.

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Education top issue for voters

Arizona voters would rather pay higher taxes than cut school funding and 56 percent support a plan to take money from the state land trust to provide an infusion of cash for K-12 schools, according to a Morrison Institute poll.

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Payson High School students need your vote

With just a click of their mouse, Rim Country residents can help Payson High School students eat healthy snacks.

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Cooking up a lesson in chemistry

Culinary and science kids team up to devour physics of baking

Measuring, mixing, beating, pouring and baking the Payson High School students used muffins to learn how the leavening chemicals affect the density of the cupcake.

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How can you survive the Zombie Apocalypse?

PHS drama students offer helpful hints

The Payson High School Theatre Department performed a public service for the community — instructing everyone how to keep safe from the impending zombie apocalypse.

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High school FFA wins top honors

The National FFA Organization recognized the Payson High School FFA chapter in its 2015 National Chapter Award Program at its convention on Oct. 28-31 in Louisville, Ky.

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Arizona students struggle with reading

Scores far below national average

Fourth-graders in Arizona read at one of the lowest levels in the country; only nine other states are worse. In the eighth grade, their reading improves slightly, but still falls below the nation’s average.

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Kids impressed by Impressionism

On Nov. 13, Payson High School art teacher George Conley trundled over to Payson Elementary School to teach the children about Impressionism.

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Payson Christian School honors students for character

The Payson Community Christian School honors students each month for showing different types of character for the month.

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Charter plans

School slated to open next August on university site

Builders for the American Leadership Academy’s charter school presented their preliminary design plans to the town Wednesday, saying they hope to open by August of 2016.

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Few at Common Core sessions

Only Gila County staff and Gail Gorry from the Gila County Superintendent’s Office showed up at Supervisor Tommie Martin’s office to make comments on the Arizona State Education Standards on Wednesday.

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Computer club helps students

The Payson Association of Personal Computer User Groups made a much needed donation to the Payson High School Future Business Leaders of America group on Nov. 6.

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Payson’s voter-approved override goes to classrooms

The Payson Unified School District has not wasted the faith and respect shown by Rim Country voters when they supported the override tax — 100 percent of the funds raised have gone to classrooms and salaries, said PUSD Business Manager Kathie Manning.

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State seeking input on math, language standards

The State Board of Education’s Standards Development Committee will hold a public input meeting on Arizona’s Mathematics and English Language Arts Standards in Globe, on Wednesday, Nov. 18 starting at 6 p.m. in the Gila County Board of Supervisors’ Hearing Room.