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    Divider and spacer Payne Bus DriversVisit Payne Junior High WebsiteReport a Problem with Item A007277Payne Junior High - (2018-2019) Payne Junior High loves bus drivers rocking their attire! They are a great group of people who keep kids safe and are always working to make connections with students.  
    Email this item to a friend Open just this item  Divider and spacer Unified Basketball teamVisit Payne Junior High WebsiteReport a Problem with Item A007202Payne Junior High - (2018-2019) Open letter from self-contained Special Education teacher to Payne staff, teachers and students: "Panther Pride, Words can't express the overwhelming pride that Amber and I have in the Payne Staff and students! What an memorable experience you gave the Unified BASKETBALL team today! Payne has truly shown what it means to embrace inclusion and celebrate everyone's successes. Please take a moment and tell your students how proud we are of them! The energy in the gym was UNBELIEVEABLE!!! Payne ROCKS! Thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone who come out and watched the Unified Basketball game today vs. Santan. Can't wait for our next year's basketball game!"  
    Email this item to a friend Open just this item  Divider and spacer Visit Payne Junior High WebsiteReport a Problem with Item A007421Payne Junior High - (2018-2019) The Payne Junior High chamber orchestra received a Superior (the highest rating) at the Flagstaff Junior High Orchestra festival on Saturday, May 4. Congratulations to our chamber orchestra and director Valerie Dopp!  
    Email this item to a friend Open just this item  Divider and spacer Elks Lodge Essay Contest WinnersVisit Payne Junior High WebsiteReport a Problem with Item A007138Payne Junior High - (2018-2019) Congratulations to Payne students Justin Basset (first place), Chimela Nwosu (second), and Austin Catlin (third) who won in this year's Chandler Elks Lodge essay contest, "What Makes You Proud of America?" The judges chose their entries out of 122 essays received from students all over the city.  
    Email this item to a friend Open just this item  Divider and spacer Payne Relay for LifeVisit Payne Junior High WebsiteReport a Problem with Item A007437Payne Junior High - (2018-2019) The Payne National Junior Honor Society and CATS team joined forces to represent Chandler Unified School District at the Chandler Relay for Life. Over 85 past and present students raised over $3,800 in the fight against cancer! Dana Hansen, the Payne CATS Science teacher and childhood bone cancer survivor of 45 years, spoke at the Opening Ceremony/Survivor Lap. She wrote an essay that won for "Women's Voice." With the help of Big-O Tire, Payne teams raised a total of SIXTEEN THOUSAND, FOUR HUNDRED AND TWENTY DOLLARS for the American Cancer Society! Photo Album: Payne Relay for Life 
    Email this item to a friend Open just this item  Divider and spacer Visit Payne Junior High WebsiteReport a Problem with Item A006855Payne Junior High - (2018-2019) Parent comment: "[Thank you, Mrs. Grimes] for going above and beyond to ensure my daughter maximizes her potential as a student. Mrs. Grimes has gone out of her way to get to know my daughter's learning style, making learning and understanding fun."  
    Email this item to a friend Open just this item  Divider and spacer Visit Payne Junior High WebsiteReport a Problem with Item A006856Payne Junior High - (2018-2019) Parent comment: "An effective honors and general math teacher, Mrs. Herz has taken it upon herself to understand how my daughter learns. From the first week of school, Mrs. Herz went to great lengths to discover and remove any obstacles to grasping concepts, even changing the appearance of the assessments so that my daughter could best show what she has learned. Tests no longer seemed overwhelming or confusing -- which drastically changed the way my daughter felt about testing until it clicked with her. Gratefully, Mrs. Herz didn't stop there. She continued to seek out instructional methods that would reach my daughter best and made adjustments to match. With Mr. Bollard's support, I nominated Mrs. Herz for the Silver Apple Award last October. While not selected as a recipient, she deserves every bit of that recognition. Mrs. Herz is truly an exceptional math teacher, and I couldn't be more appreciative of the impact she has made."  
    Email this item to a friend Open just this item  Divider and spacer Payne Junior High Symphonic Band at ABODAVisit Payne Junior High WebsiteReport a Problem with Item A006760Payne Junior High - (2018-2019) Congratulations to Payne Junior High Symphonic Band and teacher Deanna Bessette who received a rating of Superior with Distinction at the Arizona Band and Orchestra Directors Association (ABODA) area festival on March 27.  
    Email this item to a friend Open just this item  Divider and spacer Barron SilsbyVisit Payne Junior High WebsiteReport a Problem with Item A006685Payne Junior High - (2018-2019) Congratulations to Payne Junior High student Barron Silsby who made 24 out of 25 shots at the Region 7 Elks Hoop Shoot Championship in Las Vegas, Nevada on March 9 and is now a four-time state champion in his division! Barron will move on next to compete at the national competition in Chicago in April. Elks Hoop Shoot website 
    Email this item to a friend Open just this item  Divider and spacer HISEF 2019 Award WinnersVisit Payne Junior High WebsiteReport a Problem with Item A006575Payne Junior High - (2018-2019) Congratulations to 8th Grade award winner Isabel Marley who won Honorable Mention in Medicine & Health Sciences at the 2019 Hamilton Invitational Science and Engineering Fair (HISEF) for the project titled Mindfulness Meditation: The Effect of Meditation on Blood Pressure, Heart Rate and Stress Level. HISEF 2019 Award Winners 
    Email this item to a friend Open just this item  Divider and spacer HISEF 2019 Award WinnersVisit Payne Junior High WebsiteReport a Problem with Item A006576Payne Junior High - (2018-2019) Congratulations to 8th Grade award winner Allison Freestone who won Water Wise Award in Environmental Sciences at the 2019 Hamilton Invitational Science and Engineering Fair (HISEF) for the project titled Preserving Freshwater Through Surface Area. HISEF 2019 Award Winners 
    Email this item to a friend Open just this item  Divider and spacer HISEF 2019 Award WinnersVisit Payne Junior High WebsiteReport a Problem with Item A006570Payne Junior High - (2018-2019) Congratulations to 7th Grade award winner Jeanna Warren who won 2nd Place in Chemistry at the 2019 Hamilton Invitational Science and Engineering Fair (HISEF) for the project titled Drop It Like It's Cool. HISEF 2019 Award Winners 
    Email this item to a friend Open just this item  Divider and spacer HISEF 2019 Award WinnersVisit Payne Junior High WebsiteReport a Problem with Item A006571Payne Junior High - (2018-2019) Congratulations to 8th Grade award winner McKay Hartman who won 2nd Place in Earth & Planetary Science at the 2019 Hamilton Invitational Science and Engineering Fair (HISEF) for the project titled The Effect of Different Surface Material on Soil Erosion. HISEF 2019 Award Winners 
    Email this item to a friend Open just this item  Divider and spacer HISEF 2019 Award WinnersVisit Payne Junior High WebsiteReport a Problem with Item A006572Payne Junior High - (2018-2019) Congratulations to 7th Grade award winner Sarah Ritchie who won 3rd Place in Chemistry at the 2019 Hamilton Invitational Science and Engineering Fair (HISEF) for the project titled The Effect of Temperature on Rolling Balls. HISEF 2019 Award Winners 
    Email this item to a friend Open just this item  Divider and spacer HISEF 2019 Award WinnersVisit Payne Junior High WebsiteReport a Problem with Item A006573Payne Junior High - (2018-2019) Congratulations to 7th Grade award winner Lilia Allen who won 3rd Place in Medicine & Health Sciences at the 2019 Hamilton Invitational Science and Engineering Fair (HISEF) for the project titled Deep Knee Bends. HISEF 2019 Award Winners 
    Email this item to a friend Open just this item  Divider and spacer HISEF 2019 Award WinnersVisit Payne Junior High WebsiteReport a Problem with Item A006574Payne Junior High - (2018-2019) Congratulations to 7th Grade award winner Haylee Headrick who won Honorable Mention in Medicine & Health Sciences at the 2019 Hamilton Invitational Science and Engineering Fair (HISEF) for the project titled Great Globs of Gluten. HISEF 2019 Award Winners 
    Email this item to a friend Open just this item  Divider and spacer Nathan AndersenVisit Payne Junior High WebsiteReport a Problem with Item A006334Payne Junior High - (2018-2019) Congratulations to Payne student Nathan Andersen who set a big goal to run in the Phoenix Half-Marathon on Saturday, February 9. He not only finished, but did so in an amazing time of 1 hour and 58 minutes!  
    Email this item to a friend Open just this item  Divider and spacer Visit Payne Junior High WebsiteReport a Problem with Item A006271Payne Junior High - (2018-2019) Congratulations to Payne Junior High student Tricia DeSpain who took third place in the grades 7-8 competition of the statewide Arizona Educational Foundation 2019 Polly Rosenbaum Writing contest as announced January 24. The creative writing contest is named for former Arizona House Representative and teacher, Polly Rosenbaum, who passed away in 2003 at the age of 104. She believed Arizona's young people are the state's greatest resource. This year's writing prompt was, "If you could create a new political party, what would it be called and what would it stand for?" Polly Rosenbaum Writing Contest website 
    Email this item to a friend Open just this item  Divider and spacer Lindsie SpenglerVisit Payne Junior High WebsiteReport a Problem with Item A006149Payne Junior High - (2018-2019) Payne Junior High teacher Lindsie Spengler recently earned her National Board Certification. The process is rigorous, exhausting and overwhelming but worthwhile. Recognized as the gold standard in teacher certification, the National Board believes higher standards for teachers means better learning for students. Congratulations, Lindsie! National Board for Professional Teaching Standards website 
    Email this item to a friend Open just this item  Divider and spacer Lindsie SpenglerVisit Payne Junior High WebsiteReport a Problem with Item A005972Payne Junior High - (2018-2019) Congratulations to Lindsie Spengler, Payne Junior High English teacher, who was recognized in AZCentral's Who's Next: 21 educators shaping Arizona's Next generation. AZCentral.com - Who's Next: 21 educators shaping Arizona's next generation 
    Email this item to a friend Open just this item  Divider and spacer 7th grade girls volleyball teamVisit Payne Junior High WebsiteReport a Problem with Item A005833Payne Junior High - (2018-2019) Congratulations to the Payne Junior High 7th grade girls volleyball team who won the East Valley Conference (EVC) 2018 championship!  
    Email this item to a friend Open just this item  Divider and spacer VolunteersVisit Payne Junior High WebsiteReport a Problem with Item A005852Payne Junior High - (2018-2019) Payne Junior High students volunteer at Carlson Elementary every Tuesday morning to tutor students in grades 3-6.  
    Email this item to a friend Open just this item  Divider and spacer Visit Payne Junior High WebsiteReport a Problem with Item A005808Payne Junior High - (2018-2019) Student comment submitted: "I would love to brag about Mrs. Brown -- how she has encouraged me to keep pushing forward and not to give up!"  
    Email this item to a friend Open just this item  Divider and spacer Visit Payne Junior High WebsiteReport a Problem with Item A005690Payne Junior High - (2018-2019) Congratulations to Payne Junior High teacher Dana Hansen who was selected as one of 220 science and math teachers from around the country to attend the Honeywell Educators at Space Academy in Huntsville, Alabama in June. She was also recently featured in the Queen Creek Independent. Queen Creek Independent article - Meet the Teacher: Dana Hansen orbits Honeywell Educators at Space Academy 
    Email this item to a friend Open just this item  Divider and spacer Visit Payne Junior High WebsiteReport a Problem with Item A005634Payne Junior High - (2018-2019) Parent comment: "At the start of lunch, my 7th grade daughter realized she left her lunch at the bike rack. When she found her lunch, Mrs. Palella approached her about her lunch no longer being good to eat and offered to buy her lunch. My daughter thanked Mrs. Palella but said she would be okay eating her lunch. Mrs. Palella insisted that her lunch wouldn't be good and told her she would buy her a lunch. She also told her that she could get her at the front of the line and to pick whatever she wanted. My daughter is a very timid girl and knowing this kind act Mrs. Palella had with her will be a memory she will never forget. As her mother, it brought happy tears to my eyes knowing there are people at Payne looking out for the kids and not thinking twice about helping while not expecting anything in return. And as a mother, I've been worried about my daughter who has been reluctant about 7th grade, and THIS gesture gave her a pep in her step and a smile the rest of her day."  
    Email this item to a friend Open just this item  Divider and spacer Jackie TamboneVisit Payne Junior High WebsiteReport a Problem with Item A005364Payne Junior High - (2017-2018) Congratulations to Jackie Tambone, winner of a CenturyLink 2018 Teachers and Technology grant award of $4,813.38 to fund her project, Learning a Second Language! CenturyLink Teachers and Technology Grant website 
    Email this item to a friend Open just this item  Divider and spacer Guest speaker, Oskar KnoblauchVisit Payne Junior High WebsiteReport a Problem with Item A005143Payne Junior High - (2017-2018) The 8th grade students at Payne Junior High School were honored to hear Holocaust survivor Oskar Knoblauch tell his story about how respect for others saved his life during the Nazi Occupation of Poland.  
    Email this item to a friend Open just this item  Divider and spacer Arizona Science and Engineering FairVisit Payne Junior High WebsiteReport a Problem with Item A005072Payne Junior High - (2017-2018) Isabel Marley won 3rd place in Behavioral and Social Sciences: Junior Division for the project titled Matters of Memory at the 2018 Arizona Science and Engineering Fair. Arizona Science and Engineering Fair (AzSEF) website 
    Email this item to a friend Open just this item  Divider and spacer Arizona Science and Engineering FairVisit Payne Junior High WebsiteReport a Problem with Item A005073Payne Junior High - (2017-2018) Reese Carpenter won 2nd place in Chemistry: Junior Division for the project titled Moving Color Molecules Using DNA Technology at the 2018 Arizona Science and Engineering Fair. Arizona Science and Engineering Fair (AzSEF) website 
    Email this item to a friend Open just this item  Divider and spacer The Builders ClubVisit Payne Junior High WebsiteReport a Problem with Item A004985Payne Junior High - (2017-2018) The Payne Junior High Builders Club worked with Queen Creek Kiwanis to donate toiletries to veterans.  
    Email this item to a friend Open just this item  Divider and spacer Visit Payne Junior High WebsiteReport a Problem with Item A004908Payne Junior High - (2017-2018) Congratulations to 7th Grade award winner Sophia Dominguez who won 1st Place in Medicine & Health Sciences at the 2018 Hamilton Invitational Science and Engineering Fair (HISEF) for the project titled The Effect of Various Sunscreen SPFs on UV Protection. HISEF 2018 Award Winners 
    Email this item to a friend Open just this item  Divider and spacer Visit Payne Junior High WebsiteReport a Problem with Item A004909Payne Junior High - (2017-2018) Congratulations to 7th Grade award winner Taylor Mears who won Honorable Mention in Earth & Planetary Science at the 2018 Hamilton Invitational Science and Engineering Fair (HISEF) for the project titled Monster of a Wave. HISEF 2018 Award Winners 
    Email this item to a friend Open just this item  Divider and spacer Visit Payne Junior High WebsiteReport a Problem with Item A004910Payne Junior High - (2017-2018) Congratulations to 7th Grade award winner Victoria Jezierski who won Honorable Mention in Engineering at the 2018 Hamilton Invitational Science and Engineering Fair (HISEF) for the project titled Mechanical Properties of 3D Printed Materials. HISEF 2018 Award Winners 
    Email this item to a friend Open just this item  Divider and spacer Visit Payne Junior High WebsiteReport a Problem with Item A004903Payne Junior High - (2017-2018) Congratulations to 7th Grade award winner Isabel Marley who won 3rd Place in Behavioral & Social Sciences at the 2018 Hamilton Invitational Science and Engineering Fair (HISEF) for the project titled Matters of Memory. HISEF 2018 Award Winners 
    Email this item to a friend Open just this item  Divider and spacer Visit Payne Junior High WebsiteReport a Problem with Item A004904Payne Junior High - (2017-2018) Congratulations to 8th Grade award winner Jaycee Murton who won 1st Place in Plant Sciences at the 2018 Hamilton Invitational Science and Engineering Fair (HISEF) for the project titled The Effect of Magnetism on Plant Growth. HISEF 2018 Award Winners 
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    Email this item to a friend Open just this item  Divider and spacer Visit Payne Junior High WebsiteReport a Problem with Item A004906Payne Junior High - (2017-2018) Congratulations to 7th Grade award winner Laura Richter who won 3rd Place in Physics & Astronomy at the 2018 Hamilton Invitational Science and Engineering Fair (HISEF) for the project titled Pulley Power. HISEF 2018 Award Winners 
    Email this item to a friend Open just this item  Divider and spacer Visit Payne Junior High WebsiteReport a Problem with Item A004907Payne Junior High - (2017-2018) Congratulations to 7th Grade award winner Reese Carpenter who won 1st Place in Chemistry at the 2018 Hamilton Invitational Science and Engineering Fair (HISEF) for the project titled Moving Color Molecules Using DNA Technology. HISEF 2018 Award Winners 
    Email this item to a friend Open just this item  Divider and spacer Visit Payne Junior High WebsiteReport a Problem with Item A004581Payne Junior High - (2017-2018) Parent comment: "Mr. Andrew Penland is an exceptional teacher! My son has commented several times that he enjoys having Mr. Penland as his ELA teacher. The classes are structured into segments that keep students engaged and productive. Mr. Penland has a calming way of retaining the attention of his students that I find impressive."  
    Email this item to a friend Open just this item  Divider and spacer Girls Cross Country TeamVisit Payne Junior High WebsiteReport a Problem with Item A004364Payne Junior High - (2017-2018) Congratulations to Payne Junior High's girls cross country team who placed first in the East Valley Conference (EVC) Cross Country Championships.  
    Email this item to a friend Open just this item  Divider and spacer Visit Payne Junior High WebsiteReport a Problem with Item A003904Payne Junior High - (2017-2018) Letter of appreciation: "Thank you, Payne Jr High cheerleaders, for making my son, Mitch Fryer's day with a personal get well cheer. As you may have heard, he attends Newell Barney Jr High and last Saturday was involved in a traumatic ATV accident. Thank you, thank you, thank you!"  
    Email this item to a friend Open just this item  Divider and spacer Principal Paul BollardVisit Payne Junior High WebsiteReport a Problem with Item A003874Payne Junior High - (2017-2018) Teacher comment: "As a teacher, I love seeing our students flock to chat with Mr. Bollard at lunch. His connectivity and presence with our student population is inspiring."  
    Email this item to a friend Open just this item  Divider and spacer Visit Payne Junior High WebsiteReport a Problem with Item A003801Payne Junior High - (2016-2017) Congratulations to the Payne Junior High Symphonic Band for scoring an Excellent at the Aboda (Arizona Band and Orchestra Director's Association) Festival Performance.  
    Email this item to a friend Open just this item  Divider and spacer Visit Payne Junior High WebsiteReport a Problem with Item A003724Payne Junior High - (2016-2017) Four Payne Junior High Relay for Life teams raised nearly $5,000 for the American Cancer Society. Dana Hansen, Lacey Mattison and Chris Heady organized the Relay for Life fundraiser.  
    Email this item to a friend Open just this item  Divider and spacer Visit Payne Junior High WebsiteReport a Problem with Item A003720Payne Junior High - (2016-2017) Student comment: "Thank you to Ms. Fernandez for pushing her students to put out the most and best effort they can produce, every day of the 2017-18 school year."  
    Email this item to a friend Open just this item  Divider and spacer Payne Junior High Student CouncilVisit Payne Junior High WebsiteReport a Problem with Item A003719Payne Junior High - (2016-2017) Payne Junior High Student Council worked tirelessly to prepare the master council application along with projects to submit the Arizona Association of Junior High Student Councils (AAJHSC) Annual State Convention. They were honored to receive Master Council (a perfect score on the application) in addition to blue ribbons on all four projects and all four written reports. We couldn't be more proud of them!  
    Email this item to a friend Open just this item  Divider and spacer Visit Payne Junior High WebsiteReport a Problem with Item A003665Payne Junior High - (2016-2017) Student comment submitted: "7th grade teacher Mrs. Ciero is the best teacher, and she always teaches us our lessons in a fun, understanding way."  
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    Email this item to a friend Open just this item  Divider and spacer Visit Payne Junior High WebsiteReport a Problem with Item A003664Payne Junior High - (2016-2017) The 7th grade science department is proud to announce the 2017 SunWise poster winners: 1st place Bella Swarr; 2nd place Aleyna Mendoza; 3rd place Hannah Coyle. Honorable Mentions: Jaylise Robinson, Kaydence Jay, Dillon Simpson, Kiana Hedstrom, Kendra Gooch and Gavin Bonilla.  
    Email this item to a friend Open just this item  Divider and spacer Luke HoangVisit Payne Junior High WebsiteReport a Problem with Item A003576Payne Junior High - (2016-2017) Eighth grader Luke Hoang was recognized for his music composition skills by being one of ten people in the nation to participate in the National Junior Original Concert. His composition was also submitted for an international review! We are so proud of you, Luke!  
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