Combs senior becomes first chair oboe in state band

Caroline Wu, a junior at Combs High School, has become the first chair oboe in the all state band. Over spring break, she went to Indianapolis to participate in the Honor Orchestra of America as their first chair oboe, according to a press release. Combs High School is part of the J.O. Combs Unified School […]

U.S. Air Force Airman Ayala graduates from basic military training

U.S. Air Force Airman Francisco Ayala graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. He is the son of Christopher and Lisa Ayala of San Tan Valley and is a 2018 graduate of Combs High School. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, […]

Combs seniors earn AP Scholars with Distinction honors

Combs High School seniors Maggie Blamires and Gordon Kok earned the mantra of AP Scholars with Distinction, the J.O. Combs Unified School District recently announced. AP Scholar with Distinction is granted to students that receive an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on five […]

CHS marching band hopes to prove its talent in upcoming state competition

The 2019 Combs Marching Coyote Regiment is looking to qualify for the state championship competition after competing regionally for the past several weeks. The Marching Coyote Regiment has been competing the last few weeks in both Arizona Band and Orchestra Directors Association and Arizona Marching Band Association competitions since mid-October, according to a press release. […]

Combs High School junior Caroline Wu invited to All-National Honor Ensemble

During the 2017-18 school year, along with other talented music students across the U.S. and overseas in military base schools, Caroline Wu, a Combs High School junior, practiced with dedication to gain a chair or part in her local, district and state music honor ensembles. Now she will join the “best of the best” for […]

Combs students meet with Queen Creek business leaders at summit

Combs High School students attended the Queen Creek Chamber of Commerce Educational Summit at the Queen Creek Library, 21802 S. Ellsworth Road, Wednesday, Aug. 29. Career and technical education students Alexis Negron, Alexus Robles, Katy Johnson, Emma Ferraro and Kennedy McLeod spoke to local business leaders about their experiences in career and technical education and […]

Meet the new principal: Chris Farabee joins Combs High

Name: Chris Farabee School: Combs HS Why you chose to work in the district: I wanted to work at an A+ school in a growing and supportive community. What I like most about what I do: I love providing a comprehensive school environment for all students to find an area to be successful in and […]

JO Combs district participating in school lunch, breakfast programs

J.O. Combs Unified School District is participating in the National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program. As part of the programs, all of district schools will offer healthy meals every school day. Breakfast will cost $1.25; lunch will cost $2.65, $2.90 or $3.40. Children may qualify for free or reduced-price meals. Reduced-price meals […]

Combs Middle School band students win big in Anaheim

Combs Middle School band students won a number of honors, including the Sweepstakes Award, at the Heritage Festival, which took place recently in Anaheim, Calif. Besides the big prize, the students also brought home three first-place awards for band, jazz band and symphony; three Gold Ratings for jazz, band and choir; and four trophies for […]

Combs district students prove character counts

The J.O. Combs Unified School District and Banner Ironwood honored students this month as part of the Character Counts Program. The program recognizes one student every month from district 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, […]