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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 February, 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 fairness.

  • Brookie Schnepf, Combs High School, Grade 12
  • Kyli Arnspiger, J.O. Combs Middle School, Grade 7
  • Waylon Deel, Combs Traditional Academy, Grade 4 (not pictured)
  • Eva Tafolla, Ellsworth Elementary, Grade 1 (not pictured)
  • Estefania Mora, Harmon Elementary, Grade 1
  • Tryohn Lipford, Harmon Elementary, Grade 2 (January recognition)
  • Kaila Solis, Ranch Elementary, Grade 1
  • Riley Arndt, Simonton Elementary, Grade 2

Student of the Month for February 

J.O. Combs Middle School Students Compete In Aerospace Challenge

Combs Middle School (CMS) seventh grade honors students recently participated in the ASU Honeywell Fiesta Bowl Aerospace Challenge at the ASU Polytechnic Campus in Mesa, Arizona. The Aerospace Challenge allowed middle school students to enhance their space knowledge by creating a plan and physical model of an international lunar base. Students had been working in groups of three to five since last fall to complete their projects. This special project allowed these students to improve their team-building, communication, problem-solving, and critical decision-making skills. 

CMS students competed along with many other schools from across the valley. The students presented their projects to a panel of Honeywell aerospace engineers and were able to observe projects put together by other teams. Combs Middle School was chosen out of all the participating teams to be interviewed by Channel 3 and Channel 5 news!

Combs High School Agricultural Science Students Design Greenhouses

The advanced agricultural science students at Combs High School (CHS) are involved in building raised plant beds with a hands-on project. After the initial build of the greenhouses, students are now involved in implementing scientific practices by mixing their soil with the proper proportions of water and plant nutrients. The students will be growing all the vegetables needed to make salsa for the CHS staff. 

This project allows every student in the agriculture program to gain knowledge through a hands-on approach to learning. Students were challenged to use math to help them: design, build, and problem solve through the project. Students have participated in multiple groups to learn all aspects of this project from design to delivery of the salsa to the staff.

Combs High School Agricultural Science Students Design Greenhouses

New Elective Courses

J.O. Combs Middle School students will have several exciting new elective course options to choose from during the 2017-2018 school year. These courses include:

  • Coding
  • Graphic Design
  • Introduction to Medical Professions
  • Leadership Development
  • Photography
  • TV/Film Production
  • Weight Training
  • Teens 'n' Teaching

The addition of these elective courses to our current offerings allows us the opportunity to expand the options that students have to explore future careers and interests. Course selection for the 2017-2018 school year kicks off the week of February 6 for all incoming 7th and 8th grade students. Please visit our Registration page to learn more about these electives, other offerings, and to find out more about registration. For additional information, please contact 480-987-5300.

Annual Job Fair

J.O. Combs will be hosting a job fair on Tuesday, March 21, 2017, from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at Combs High School. This job fair will be an opportunity for those not working in our district to learn more about the district, submit applications, and have an interview. Please encourage your family and friends to join our J.O. Combs family. We invite you to share our job fair flyer with friends and relatives by sharing it through e-mail, Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. Mark your calendars. We'll see you soon!