February 2020 Edition
Welcome to the Feb. 2020 issue of Schools News, a joint project by the Payson Roundup and the Payson Unified School District.
Payson Center for Success visits the Grand Canyon
By Makena Idoine and DJ Pedler
On Oct. 24, Payson Center for Success students ventured out on a journey. Their destination: the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. 
Dual-enrollment program making a difference
By Alyssa Boerst, student
As an 11th grade student at Payson High School, I would like to express how grateful I am to the Payson High School and the Aspire program for the opportunities they have afforded me by providing such a robust dual-enrollment program.
Studying cartography at the middle school
By Greg Lenon, STEAM teacher
The hallways of Rim Country Middle School echo with the sounds of laughter and learning. After we returned from winter break, STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) students undertook the task of being cartographers.
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Principals, MHA discuss new education programs
By Keith Morris, Payson Roundup
A pair of educators teamed up with the MHA’s Jennifer Smith to talk about the opportunities available now and in the coming years for area students in a presentation during Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce’s monthly luncheon at Mazatzal Hotel & Casino on Feb. 4.
What are special education related services?
By Lisa Evans, Director of Special Services
In the educational setting, special education related services refer to speech therapy, occupational therapy (OT) and physical therapy (PT). Unlike medical speech, OT and PT services providers test students to determine if skill deficiencies are impacting their ability to access the academic curriculum and environment. 
Trout in the classroom
By Jim Strogen, Roundup columnist
Like happy new parents, when rainbow trout eggs are delivered to Rim Country classrooms each fall, there are squeals of joy and laughter. That enthusiasm continues throughout the school year as students take part in the Trout in the Classroom program.
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District hires interim superintendent
By Alexis Bechman, Roundup Editor
The Payson Unified School District board unanimously voted Friday morning to go with an outside hire instead of a local staffer to serve as interim superintendent through the end of the school year.
The board interviewed five people for the position last week, including Mark Tregaskes and four local candidates.
Middle school students get pen pals
By Terry Ramirez, JRE 4th Grade Teacher
Julia Randall Elementary is one school working with Rim Country Middle School on pen pals. Some of the advisory classes at RCMS are writing pen pal letters to students at JRE and Payson Elementary School. Pen pal letters give students a chance to practice both reading and writing skills. 
PUSD coaching vacancies
By Keith Morris, Payson Roundup
Payson Unified School District has several coaching openings for spring sports.
High school coaching vacancies include: assistant varsity baseball, head junior varsity baseball and assistant track.
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Rim Country students national archery champs
By Michele Nelson, Payson Roundup
Local school archery programs have only run a few years, but Rim Country students have already reached national acclaim.
“All the Rim Country schools have ... had a number of archers qualify for the national tournaments,” said Joe Klein.
Wrestling tournament
photo gallery
Wrestling Section Tournament
Feb. 8, 2020.
Photos by Keith Morris, Payson Roundup