Director hopes PHS production will impress state judges
Victor Hugo’s novel of a complicated love affair, suffering and redemption spans 1,500 pages, but the Payson High School thespians pulled it off with aplomb.
Fun and reading, plus a pretty impressive cake, were all part of the recent Reading Oasis Scholastic Book Fair at Payson Elementary School. The pyramid cake was made by volunteer Leticia Alatriz, who is pictured giving slices to her son Angel and student Thomas.
One of Rim Country’s longtime educators, Kathe Ketchem, has joined the Arizona Rural Schools Association (ARSA) Hall of Fame.
Parents worried students’ college plans stunted by lack of classes
The Payson school district’s decision not to offer key advanced classes for college-bound students could keep many from getting into top colleges. This year the district cut several advanced placement classes and its calculus class, even though it used earmarked voter-approved budget-override money to maintain advanced classes. Money designated totaled $60,000 last year and $80,000 this year, although the number of advanced classes declined this year.
The Agriculture Department at Payson High School (PHS) will throw open its doors on Saturday to the community. New agriculture teacher David Rutherford hopes to help Rim Country residents who dabble in agriculture with 18 different speakers on topics from worms and landscaping to chickens and welding.
Still short a board member and now coping with the impact of a big tuition cut, the Gila Community College (GCC) board at its last meeting decided to join the Arizona School Board Association (ASBA) and increase payments to Payson for janitorial services.
Four teachers — Donna Haught, Shannon Bielke, Juline Curtis and Julie Davies — used paint donated by ACE Hardware to spruce up the map of the United States on Julia Randall Elementary school grounds during Fall Break (Oct. 7-14).
The Payson High School Marching Band rallied from an early-season setback this weekend at the Ironwood Ridge Invitational in Tucson and scored enough points to march in the State Marching Band Festival on Nov. 2.
Students in Payson are rallying community members to commit to safe driving. Supporting Payson High School (PHS) shows Rim Country residents are working hard to reduce teen deaths in car crashes, the number one killer of teens in the U.S. and Canada.
Request provokes debate about coaches sharing stipends
The Payson Unified School District (PUSD) board decided to change the salary schedule for coaches to allow a coach to use part of his salary to pay assistant coaches, while also making sure no more than five teachers miss school to coach at one time.
The Payson Unified School (PUSD) Board passed the 2014-15 school calendar with four members voting yes and one voting no, at its meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 15.
Old school gym was community gathering place
When historian Patricia (Gail) Hearne heard former Payson Unified School District Superintendent Casey O’Brien planned on saving the old Julia Randall Rock Building, she was ecstatic.
Globe campus up 15 percent, 6.3 percent increase elsewhere
The Pueblo campus of Gila Community College (GCC) located in Globe reports a 15 percent increase in enrollment since the board voted to lower tuition rates and reinstate free senior tuition at its July meeting.
Payson Education Center’s new science teacher — longtime Payson Unified School District science teacher Barbara Quinlan — loves the kids in her STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) club.
It was a mixture of riotous fun and somber stillness. Payson High School students listened intently Friday as speakers outlined the dangers of driving impaired or distracted during the Celebrate My Drive assembly, which encourages teens to make safe choices behind the wheel while still celebrating the freedom that comes with getting a driver’s license.