Payson Elementary School recently overflowed with with spirit! Not just with school and district Spirit, but the Holiday Spirit.

Some 460 students and staff crowded into the PES cafeteria on Dec.17 to hear and sing along to some Holiday songs provided by our one and only PHS Longhorn band directed by Mr. Kyle Headstream. Every quarter at Payson Elementary School, we have a Spirit Assembly, joyfully put together by Mrs. Karen Ormand.

One day I heard her say, “I’d really love to have the HS band come play Christmas/Holiday songs for our kids.” That’s all it took...an idea. A few phone calls later, and VOILA...we made it happen. Songs like,”White Christmas," “Winter Wonderland,” “Let it Snow,” and our K-2 all-time favorite “Jingle Bells” resounded through our hallways!

Sometimes the kids were louder, sometimes the staff was louder, and sometimes the band was louder. Our younger kids were so excited to see their older brothers and sisters playing in the band! Every Friday at PES is Spirit Day. Students and staff wear some type of Payson Longhorn apparel and the classes send their Friday spirit counts to the office each week.

The class with the most spirit gets to have Lenny the Longhorn grace their room for the next week. Who is Lenny the Longhorn, you ask??? Well, he’s a Little Longhorn complete with a ring through his nose, that travels our school standing proudly in classrooms, and is ever so enthusiastically delivered by Mrs. Greta Cox! Every quarter, the class with the most tallies receives the Spirit Award.

In December, the winning class and recipient of Lenny the Longhorn was Mrs. Sheila Axlund’s first grade class, and they got their picture taken with the PHS Band! As you can see by the pictures….spirit abounds at our school. Yep...We’ve Got Spirit….Yes, we Do!!! We’ve Got Spirit….How ‘bout YOU???

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