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District Newspaper

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Important Dates

We're happy to help keep you current on the important happenings at J.O. Combs. Here are some important dates you'll want to be sure to mark on your calendar:

  • August 3 - First Day of School, K–12
  • August 11 - First Day of Preschool
  • September 5 - Labor Day, No School
  • September 15-16 - K–8 Parent/Teacher Conferences, Half Day


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District News

This is the place to read about all of the great things happening in our district. We'll let you know about district projects, awards, and upcoming events. Be sure to check this page often, as we'll keep it updated for you.

Student of the Month Recognition

The J.O. Combs Unified School District continues to partner with Banner Ironwood in a student of the month program, which recognizes one student every month from each of our schools. There is a selection process in place where we recognize students for the various pillars of the Character Counts program, which include responsibility, trustworthiness, citizenship, caring, respect, and fairness. This presentation takes place each month at our regular governing board meeting. For the month of March, Ms. Tracy Baskara, culinary director at Banner Ironwood Medical Center, presented each student with a certificate of special recognition. A photograph was taken with the representative from Banner Ironwood, the governing board, and Superintendent Gayle A. Blanchard. The following students were recognized for demonstrating the character trait of trustworthiness.

  • Jesus Polanco, Combs High School, Grade 10
  • Tessa Lawton, J.O. Combs Middle School, Grade 7
  • Brian "Bam" Miller, Combs Traditional Academy, Grade 1
  • Dylan Chase, Ellsworth Elementary, Grade 6
  • Charley Vigneux, Harmon Elementary, Grade 6 (not pictured)
  • Cash Anderson, Ranch Elementary, Preschool (not pictured)
  • Livia Lunt, Simonton Elementary, Grade 4

Student of the Month Recognition

Eagle Scout Project at Combs Middle School

Eagle Scout ProjectCombs Middle School community service projects are an important aspect of middle school life. Whether this occurs through all-school activities or on an individual basis, CMS regularly welcomes the opportunity to serve others. One aspect of community service that happens often at the middle school is that of an Eagle Scout project.

To earn the Eagle Scout rank, the highest advancement rank in Scouting, a Boy Scout must fulfill requirements in the areas of leadership, service, and outdoor skills. The significance of a young man becoming an Eagle Scout has always carried a special honor not only in Scouting but also as he enters higher education, business, and industry. The award is a performance-based achievement whose standards have been well maintained over the years. Not every young man who joins a Boy Scout troop earns the Eagle Scout rank; approximately 5% of all Boy Scouts do. This represents more than 2 million Boy Scouts who have earned this special rank since 1912.

Combs Middle School is proud to share that Jameson Schmidt recently completed his Eagle Scout project building four beautiful benches that we installed on the middle school campus over spring break. Immediately, students began taking advantage of the opportunity to use them in various settings. Mrs. Laura Ridge, CMS Dean of Students, commented, “These benches are the perfect gift for our school community.” Jameson oversaw every aspect of the project from start-to-finish. He shared, “It’s exciting to come to school every day, see your fellow classmates enjoying the benches, and know that I was responsible for that."