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Payson student wins county spelling bee

Rim Country seventh-grader sweeps 2015 competition

Rim Country Middle School student Colton Justice triumphed over students from school districts around Gila County to take first place at the 2015 Gila County Spelling Bee on Friday, Feb. 20.

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Governor signs law ending AIMS test in schools

On Friday, Feb. 20 AIMS (Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards) breathed its last breath.

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Pledges revive university land purchase plan

Foundation, Alliance will cooperate to buy 253-acre parcel by July

As backers work to heal recent rifts, the way has opened once again to buy a 253-acre Forest Service parcel for a 6,000-student university in Payson.

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Payson business program wins awards

Thirty Payson High School DECA students came home with awards from the AZ DECA Central District Conference held in downtown Phoenix on Jan. 13.

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Students offer teacher a fascinating lesson in role-playing

Alas, poor Pinland learns the bitter lessons of World War I

Payson High School history teacher Chad Gower admits he’s much more comfortable teaching from a strict lesson plan, but decided to color outside the lines to teach World War I. He ended up learning right along with his students.

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Chaos engulfs testing requirements for local schools

Schools plow ahead despite confusion

Payson Schools continue to doggedly overhaul testing for this year and next despite the chaos that has engulfed state education policy.

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All-day kindergarten touted

Bill would earmark court-ordered inflation money to restore funding

Rep. Brenda Barton (R-Payson) this week toured a Phoenix kindergarten class to highlight her bill requiring schools to offer all-day kindergarten if they get money from a settlement with the state concerning illegally withheld inflation funding.

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Crush of bills will weigh on Payson schools

Superintendent Wyman details possible impact of new laws

Payson Unified School District Superintendent Greg Wyman on Monday offered the school board a quick survey of a host of bills racing through the Legislature that could have a big impact on schools this year — quite aside from the enormous potential impact of Gov. Doug Ducey’s proposed budget.

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Payson hosts successful academic decathlon

Its takes a village to put on a regional academic decathlon competition and the village of Payson responded to the need on Friday, Feb. 6 and Saturday, Feb. 7.

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Schools seek state-denied inflation pay

‘Constitutional crisis’ hinges on court mediation

School districts battling to force the Legislature to provide illegally withheld inflation funding have agreed to closed-door mediation sessions in front of a panel of appeals court judges.

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The annual Rim Country Middle School ski trip

The day had bright sunshine and bright snow that glittered like diamonds, but the brightest things were the smiles from the Rim Country Middle School students.

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Common Core battle rejoined

Budget woes, standards debate threaten schools

The battle against the adoption of federal standards and the tests linked to the standards has resumed now that the dust of the election has settled.

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College on quest for independence

Gila Community College board member Gerald McCreary made a second report on the college’s years-long journey to seek accreditation and independence at its board meeting on Feb. 5.

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Two casts, twice the fun for 'Harvey'

Complex set proves perfect setting for classic comedy

In a bold move, and because he had 24 strong thespian students, Thomas Walling of the Payson High School Theatre program, cast two completely different sets of students in the 12 roles of “Harvey.”

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Permission to question, proves key to learning

An interesting thing happened when Payson High School physics teacher Andrew Fiala showed his students evidence that fellow classmates had more gaps in their math knowledge than anyone knew — they asked questions.

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