• Frequently Asked Questions 

    Four athletic seasons are offered at Payne, and we compete as part of the East Valley Conference (EVC). Visit the EVC WebsiteFor questions regarding Athletics, call Student Services at 480-224-2411.


    Parents/Legal Guardians should call the Attendance line at 480-224-2403 to officially excuse an absence.  This line is available 24 hrs/day as it is a recording line only!  Homework can be requested by emailing the teachers and checking their websites. Teachers Directory.

    Please be aware that teachers have 24 hours to respond to homework requests.

    Students are required to have their ID card (or a clear picture on an iPod/smartphone) to ride the bus. In cases where they forget their ID at home, temporary ID’s are available at the Student Services desk before school or during lunch.


    *2023-24 New policy: You must register for a bus as long as you are within Payne boundary. Log in to your Parent Portal for the link

    To contact Transportation, please call 480-424-8600. (Have your student's ID# available)

    Celebrations/Birthdays/Special Occasions
    We enjoy celebrating students’ birthdays and other special occasions. Parents are welcome to bring in store-bought treats for the classroom to enjoy. In the interest of keeping our daily instruction time flowing smoothly, we ask that you adhere to the following:
    • Prior arrangements are to be made with the teacher. He/she will let you know what time of day works best.
    • Any treat is welcome as long as it is store bought. No homemade treats. We realize parents may wish to bring home-baked treats to school. However, due to a number of issues, such as food allergies etc., serving homebaked foods is prohibited by our district.
    • Please refrain from bringing in other celebration items i.e. confetti, balloons, gifts, flowers. Students are not permitted to have balloons in the classroom or on the bus. 

    Checkout Student Procedures
    A picture ID is required when checking out a student. Students will not be called out of class until we have verified the ID of the person picking them up. If you need to check out your student during lunch, please be aware that we cannot call students in the cafeteria.  You will have to sign in and try to locate them in the lunch areas.

    We offer a range of electives including the following: Art, Athletic PE, Band, Ceramics, Choir, Computer Science Discoveries, Technology 101, Digital Media, FACS -Family and Consumer Sciences, Drama, Oral Expressions, Orchestra, PE, Project Lead the Way-Automation, Project Lead the Way-Modeling & Design, Yearbook, Media Production and Spanish

    Early Release
    Early dismissal time is 11:02 am.

    Health Office
    For information regarding health office procedures, please call our Nurse at 480-224-2402.   

    Infinite Campus (student grades online)
    A parent/guardian may check grades using Infinite Campus. For Parent Portal questions, please contact Student Services at 480-224-2411. You may access grades online or by using a mobile app on your smartphone. You can now reset your own password on a desktop computer!  Important: The code you will need for your iPhone or Android app is GBBGMT.

    Lunch Information
    Parents/Guardians may send cash or a check with their student to add money to a lunch account. You may also add money by visiting My School Bucks online.  Add money to your child's lunch account
    We encourage you to come join us for breakfast or lunch! View our daily menus
    Panther Posts Newsletter
    We have a Newsletter that we update regularly. It is available online everyday! Click here to view
    Social Media:
    Facebook page-  PayneJHS
    Instagram - @paynejrhigh
    Twitter Official page - @Payne_Jr_High

    Schoolwires (Website) Updates

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    Tax Credit
    Help Payne’s many activities by making a TAX CREDIT DONATION. Your contributions help students become involved in fun, meaningful and life-enhancing activities. Make a Tax Credit donation. You benefit as a tax payer, Payne’s students benefit through rich activities.

    At PJHS, we want all of our students to be successful. To achieve this, we place all students on an academic "team". Students in teams will have the same core teachers (Science, Math, Social Studies, and Language Arts). Teams help teachers focus on student achievements, provide common expectations, and increase parent communication. Students go to different electives based upon their requests.

    To get information about a tour of our school, contact Student Services at 480-224-2411 or check the Main Calendar for dates and times.

    Yearbooks are currently $40 and can only be purchased online from Jostens. Visit the Jostens website.




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