Ranch Volunteer Recognition
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Elsworth Elem
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Ranch Staff Recognition
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Board Meeting
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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 2 - First Day of School, K–12 & Kinder Prep
  • August 10 - First Day of POPS Preschool
  • September 4 - Labor Day, No School
  • September 14-15 - 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 students are recognized 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 September, Mr. Erich Schoenberger, director of medical imaging 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 responsibility:

  • Kiara Mower, Combs High School, Grade 11
  • Savannah Gillette-Smith, Combs Middle School, Grade 8
  • Alexis Vasquez, Combs Traditional Academy, Grade 6
  • Lilly Cook, Ellsworth Elementary, Grade 1
  • Hayley Tibben, Harmon Elementary, Grade 6
  • Savannah Moak, Ranch Elementary, Grade 6
  • Nathan Hale, Simonton Elementary, Grade 6

Students of the Month

Community Meeting

Please join us on Tuesday, September 26 at 6:30 p.m. for a community meeting regarding the progress on the auditorium. We are meeting in the Combs High School library. We hope to see you there!

Simonton Elementary Promotes Health and Wellness

Fuel Up to Play and the Dairy Council of Arizona awarded Mr. Daniel Velazquez, PE teacher at Simonton a $4,000 grant to support new student programs.This year, Mr. Velazquez is sponsoring an after school club for students in all grades as well as Zumba/Smoothie family events to promote health and wellness in the community.

Submitted by Chastity Cruz, Principal

 Simonton Elementary Promotes Health and Wellness