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February 2021

Parent Teacher Conferences Link is LIVE!

Submitted by khristen.massic on Mon, 02/22/2021 - 11:49

The link to this term's Parent Teacher Conferences (to be held Tuesday, February 23rd) is now live following this link:

If you would like to meet with a teacher, you MUST sign-up for a time slot whether it be in person or virtually in order to help our teachers prepare. If you have any questions for specific teachers, please email them!


Reminder: after-school programs will be cancelled Tuesday, February 23rd, due to parent teacher conferences.




Mrs. Dinkel Receives Crystal Apple Award!

Submitted by khristen.massic on Wed, 02/17/2021 - 12:18
Article by Donna Baguley

We want to congratulate Mrs. Dinkel on receiving the Crystal Apple Award! The Crystal Apple Award recipient is nominated by other teachers at the school. 

Here are some of the things that fellow her teachers have said about her:

  • Always willing to help

  • Works so hard in so many ways that go really unnoticed by many

  • She is an amazing and dedicated teacher

  • She goes above and beyond her work in the normal classroom with IEPs and helping students in all her co-taught classes.  Plus, her students love her!

  • When we had to shut down for Covid.  Trudy would set up her Zoom camera on herself teaching her lesson on the whiteboard.  She has a positive attitude and is always smiling.  She cares deeply about her students.

  • I love talking about pedagogy ideas with  Trudy.  We bounce ideas off of each other about helping our students improve their learning.  She is so thoughtful and deliberate about her instruction plans to ensure that she meets the extra special needs, both academically and emotionally, of her students.  I have also been very impressed that she would do an after-school soccer program for students who really need that time.  Trudy is awesome.

Let's hear it for Mrs. Trudy Dinkel!

Payson High School Lacrosse Info Zoom Meeting

Submitted by khristen.massic on Tue, 02/09/2021 - 08:29

This spring, Payson High School will be offering lacrosse as a Varsity and Junior Varsity sport for the first time. This creates a great opportunity for kids in K-8 to get a start playing the sport before reaching high school. If you are interested in receiving information on the sport and how you can get your child involved in the sport before getting to the high school, Coach Sisneros, the High School Boys Coach will be holding two Zoom meetings on, Thursday, Feb 11th at 7:00 pm and Tuesday, Feb 16th at 5:30 pm. If you are interested in attending one of these meetings or would like to receive more information please fill out the Google form here. If you have any questions please feel free to contact Coach Sisneros at

Mr. McGuire Receives 2021 Utah Principal of the Year!

Submitted by khristen.massic on Mon, 02/08/2021 - 09:05

Our very own Principal Ryan McGuire was honored as the 2021 Utah Principal of the Year for the State of Utah by the Utah Association of Secondary School Principals!!!

The following is the press release from the Utah Association of Secondary School Principals:

Ryan McGuire is the Principal of Mt. Nebo Middle School, a new middle school in the Nebo School District. Mr. McGuire received his bachelor’s degree in History from Brigham Young University in 2000 and a master’s degree in Education Administration from Southern Utah University in 2007. Mr. McGuire served as Principal of Springville Junior High for five years, as Assistant Principal of Payson High for five years, and was the Assistant Principal of Payson Junior High for two years. He taught Spanish and history at Spanish Fork High for three years, and Spanish and history at Spanish Fork Middle for five years. He has also coached basketball throughout his teaching career including head coach for girls’ varsity basketball while at Spanish Fork High. 

Mr. McGuire has earned past recognitions including a Nebo School District PEAK (Positive Energy And Kindness) Award in March of 2018, Region IV Coach of the Year in 2006, Nebo Notable for Nebo School District in 2006, and was recognized for teaching excellence at Spanish Fork Middle in 2000. 

Mr. McGuire feels that the best award he has ever received is a hand-drawn picture of a knight, from one of his severe/profound special needs students, that reads, “Mr. McGuire – You’re a Superknight!” 

When asked about his personal motto, Mr. McGuire shared a favorite quote, “The two most important days in someone’s life is the day we are born, and the day we find out why.” Mr. McGuire added, “I believe that education helps students figure out that why. I love education and being involved in my community and the lives of students. I hope to make a positive difference each day for kids.” 

Ryan enjoys spending time outdoors and fishing of any kind. He is married to Trudy, and they have four children. They reside in Spanish Fork, Utah.

Announcing February Parent-Teacher Conferences! February 23

Submitted by khristen.massic on Tue, 02/02/2021 - 09:54

We recently made the decision to postpone our Parent-Teacher Conferences until February 23 due to COVID-19 vaccinations that are taking place at Mt. Nebo Middle School.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused and hope that you will still be able to join us by appointment or virtually that evening. As we get closer to that date, we will send out additional information.

Happy Counselors Week!

Submitted by khristen.massic on Tue, 02/02/2021 - 08:51

We are so lucky to have the BEST counselors around! 

Our counselors work each day to make our school a better place for not only our students but also our faculty and staff. They can be seen in the hallways, at lunch, and of course in their offices. They are always available to meet with students!

Not only do they support our students who are doing face-to-face learning, but they also have resources to help our at-home learning students.

Be sure to visit or send a message this week letting them know how much you appreciate them! Check out their website here!



UVU Stronger Families Project Starting February 8!

Submitted by khristen.massic on Mon, 02/01/2021 - 09:47
The Stronger Families Project provides virtual family classes to the community focusing on building the strengths and resiliencies that each family already has, and improving their daily family life.
The classes focus on such topics as communication, positive discipline, problem-solving, bonding, and establishing family values and rituals. The program is a FREE community resource to all and is offered to anyone and everyone located anywhere in Utah.
Sessions for the whole family in English are Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday nights from 6:30-8 pm, as well as a Spanish session for the whole family, on Tuesday from 6:30 to 8 pm.
The first 30 minutes of the night will be spent learning as a family, and the final 60 minutes will be a parents only class to discuss specific topics. The program runs for eight sessions and families are encouraged to attend each weekly session so that they may receive a graduation certificate at the end of session 8. A weekly drawing is also held for participants who arrive promptly.
See attached flyer and website for more information:
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