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School district scrambles to adopt controversial test

There’s a new test in town, and its name is AzMERIT — short for Arizona’s Measurement of Educa­tional Readiness to Inform Teach­ing.

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Lessons straight from the front lines

Stacey Summers, a Payson Elementary School (PES) first-grade teacher, has a special place in her heart for veterans, but she had no idea her sympathy would be rewarded.

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Kids face challenges

Superintendent: Students have fierce international competition

In an impassioned speech to the Payson Tea Party, Payson Unified School District (PUSD) Superintendent Greg Wyman explained the 21st century challenges students face and how the district plans to address students’ futures.

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State adopts national test to replace AIMS

The waiting and guessing is over – the Arizona Department of Education on Nov. 3 picked a new test to replace the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) test.

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Band, soccer team head to state finals

With the 4:30 p.m. sun in their eyes, the 40-plus member Pride of Payson Marching Band rocked the stadium at the state semi-finals competition at Mesquite High School in Gilbert on Nov. 1.

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School’s creaky network easily overwhelmed

One kid streaming music nearly overloaded the system

Here’s the good news: Students and staff at the Payson Unified School District could get snazzy new Chromebook computers.

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Sixth-grader represents Payson in Dallas

Alyssa Boerst attends Ambassador Summit

Alyssa Boerst, one of four Arizona representatives, won a scholarship to attend the 2014 Fuel Up To Play 60 Ambassador Summit held in Texas in August.

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Board approves police officers on campuses

With little discussion, the Payson Unified School District Board voted to approve a school resource officer and a mutual aid agreement with the Town of Payson at its Oct. 27 meeting.

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School calendar locked in for five years

The Payson Unified School District board voted to lock in a school calendar for the next five years — unless it needs to change.

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Board to save taxpayers money

The Payson Unified School District Board moved to agree to the sale and refunding of capital improvement bonds.

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Strike up the band

An insider’s view of a Pride of Payson competition

The band stood at attention on the field, instruments poised to play.

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GCC solar: Maybe it’s a good thing it’s not up yet

At its meeting on Oct. 16, the Gila Community College board heard a familiar promise about its supposedly glittering solar future: “SunRenu promises construction will begin in 30 days,” said John Zilisch, GCC board member.

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Payson band wows judges

The Pride of Payson Marching Band scored the most points it has ever received in competition this year and took home three caption awards during the Northern Arizona University Band Day Saturday.

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‘Outsiders’ touches the heart

PHS thespians deliver strong performances

Sniffles erupted as the curtain fell on the Payson High School Theatre production of “The Outsiders.”

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Longhorn band qualifies for state finals

Pride of Payson’s 40-hour weeks pay off with victory

The Pride of Payson Marching Band’s run of 40-hour practice weeks paid off this weekend with a win at a regional competition that will earn Payson a chance to compete at the state festival in November.