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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 May, 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 citizenship.

  • Haylee Dawson, Combs High School, Grade 10 (not pictured)
  • Ethan James, Combs Middle School, Grade 8
  • Dylan Klimek, Combs Traditional Academy, Grade 4
  • Emilie Gutierrez-Godinez, Ellsworth Elementary, Grade 3
  • Chelsea Avila Armendariz, Harmon Elementary, Grade 5
  • Autumn Allred, Ranch Elementary, Grade 6
  • Daycee Shurtleff, Simonton Elementary, Grade 6
  • Cash Anderson, Ranch Elementary, Preschool (April recognition)

Student of the Month Recognition 

Summer Foods Program

The J.O. Combs Unified School District summer foods program is available from May 30 until June 30 at Ellsworth Elementary School. Breakfast is from 7:15 a.m. to 8:30 a.m., and lunch is from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. All children 18 years and under eat for free!

Congratulations, Graduating Seniors!

Congratulations to Combs High School graduating seniors who have earned $2.8 million in scholarship awards!

Congratulations, Graduating Seniors!

Retirees and Staff Excellence Award Winners

On May 10, 2017, a reception took place for J.O. Combs's retirees and staff excellence award winners. We recognized district retirees and award recipients at the board meeting that evening. We are very fortunate to have such dedicated employees who have touched the lives of our students.

  • 2016-2017 J.O. Combs Unified School District Retirees
    • Jim Denton, Assistant Principal/Athletic Director - CHS
    • Sharon MenNe, Administrative Assistant - CHS
    • Kirk Rundle, Science Teacher - CHS
    • Jane Rupard, Director of Student Services - District
    • Michele Whitehead, English Teacher - CMS
    • George Wolf, Lead Day Custodian - Ellsworth
  • Staff Excellence Award Recipients
    • Support Staff: Jeff Carstetter - Transportation
    • Certified Non-Teaching Staff: Jette Thompson - CHS and CTA
    • Certified Teacher: Mandi Webster - CHS
    • "Rookie" Teacher of the Year: Victoria Ramirez - Harmon

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J.O. Combs District Wins The Certificate Of Excellence Award

Business DepartmentThe Association of School Business Officials (ASBO) International has awarded J.O. Combs Unified School District No. 44 its certificate of excellence in financial reporting for having met or exceeded the program’s high standards for financial reporting and accountability.

The district was recognized for its comprehensive annual financial report for the fiscal year ending 2016.

Sponsored by VALIC, the certificate of excellence (COE) award confirms the school business office’s commitment to financial accountability and transparency. Recognition through the COE program can help strengthen a district’s presentation for bond issuance statements and promotes high quality financial reporting.

For more than half a century VALIC, a division of AIG, has serviced as a leading retirement plan provider for k-12 schools and school districts, as well as for higher education, healthcare, government, and other not-for-profit institutions. As of December 31, 2015, VALIC has more than $83 billion in total assets under management and manages plans for nearly 24,000 groups serving more than two million participants. VALIC represents The Variable Annuity Life Insurance Company and its subsidiaries, VALIC Financial Advisors, Inc. and VALIC Retirement Services Company.

American International Group, Inc. (AIG) is a leading global insurance organization serving customers in more than 100 countries and jurisdictions. AIG companies serve commercial, institutional, and individual customers through one of the most extensive worldwide property-casualty networks of any insurer. In addition, AIG companies are leading providers of life insurance and retirement services in the United States. AIG common stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange and the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

ASBO International, founded in 1910, is a professional organization of 5,000 members that provides programs and services to promote the highest standards of school business management practices, professional growth, and the effective use of education resources.

For more information about the COE award, visit the Association of School Business Officials International website.