Mr. Kirk Wright- MNJHS Teacher of the Year


Congratulations to Mr. Kirk Wright who is the MNJHS Teacher of the Year! One teacher had this to say about his great work:  "Kirk has a passion for learning and application of knowledge. He has embraced the science fair and requests all students to participate through projects, experiments, writings, and posters. If you go by his class, you can hear the passion in his voice and the enthusiasm that drives all of his lessons.”

Kirk said, “I have a pillar philosophy of teaching. These pillars are diversity, depth, breadth, passion, and law. The first pillar refers to our students and that each of them is a unique individual with a diverse set of strengths and needs. The next two pillars refer to myself as a teacher. As a teacher I need a deep background in the subject I teach. I also need to have a broad education in many other areas. The more I can identify with a student’s interest the more I can help them achieve success. The last two pillars refer to the students I teach. Each student has an individual passion that if I can help them to connect their passion in some way to what I teach that will energize their desire to learn. The last pillar refers to laws or boundaries that a student needs to be aware of as they move through school or into life. These pillars provide me with a strategy to help students be the best they can while providing them with a good education and great opportunities.”

We appreciate him and are know he is well-deserved of this honor! 

Panther Praise Winners March 30th - April 3rd

Kaye Isakson

Our panther praise winners for the week of March 30th to April 3rd are:7th grade: Corbyn Hoover (Mrs. Reber), Bridger Wilson (Mrs. Reber), Isaiah Hall (Mrs. Isakson)8th Grade: Keely Taylor (Mrs. Reber), Rebecca Hazelet (Mrs. Reber), Sheradyn Larsen (Mrs. Wright)9th Grade: Diana Howells (Mrs. Isakson), Kaleb Burch (Mrs. Isakson), Sydnie Sorensen (Mrs. Isakson)

April's Mayor's Award

Kaye Isakson

Seydy Varela was recognized at the City Council meeting on April 1st by Payson's Mayor, Rick Moore. She was accompanied by her family members.

Panther Pride Fun Run

Yesterday we had almost 300 of our students participate in our annual Fun Run. This is a 2K run around the field and down past the movie theater. This was the reward for our 3rd term Panther Pride activites. The focus for this term was on Academics and students needed to have no deficient grades in order to participate. The top 10 racers from each grade won a Fun Run T-Shirt and everyone had a great time! 

UVU Stem Fest


Last Thursday, our 7th grade students and Stem Club members had the opportunity to attend the Stem Fest at UVU. Our students were able to participate in hands-on experiences with science and technology and get to peek into future job opportunities. The students had a great time and learned a lot! 

Dixie State University Chamber Singers Visit MNJHS

Today the Chamber Choir at Mt. Nebo Junior High participated in an exchange with the Chamber Singers from Dixie State University. Mr. Sumens organized the event and was a previous member of the Chamber Singers at DSU. Our students performed two numbers for the university students.  Their director, Dr. Hale praised the Mt. Nebo choir for their close attention to vowels and was impressed with the low notes our students could hit! Next, the DSU singers performed for our students and then all collaborated together to sing "Bluebird". All the students were separated into their parts and worked with the university students to learn the piece. It was a great collaboration and experience for our wonderful Chamber Choir. 

Panther Praise Winners March 9th - 13th

Kaye Isakson

Congratulations to our Panther Praise Winners:

7th Grade: Mrs. Isakson nominated all of them: Jerett Daley, Gabe Jockumsen, Remington Seamons

8th Grade: Alexis Grimm, Kyler Robbins, Evyn Staheli

9th Grade: Ilaisaane Kaufusi (Mrs. Wilson), Mrs. Isakson nominated Sage Boswell and Zane Jolley


College and Career Readiness


This week, the counselors have been meeting with all of the 8th grade students to discuss High School graduation requirements, ways to get college credit in high school, and information about scholarships and other ways of paying for college. This is part of the Utah Comprehensive Counseling and Guidance Program. Parents were invited and registration for the 9th grade year was also discussed. More information can be found on the MNJHS Counseling webpage at under the Registration and College & Career Readiness tabs. Parents and students are also welcome to call or come in and talk with their counselor if they have additional questions. 

4th Place State Chess

Kaye Isakson

Congratulations to our students who took 4th Place Overall in the State Chess Tournament:

Sarah Thomson, Seth Erickson (4th), Mason Lindstrom (3rd), Taydon Carlson, Tyler Swinford