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, […]

Beam signing marks construction progress at Combs High School

Students and staff of Combs High School recently celebrated the progress of the construction of the performing arts center with a beam signing. The event signified ending one phase of construction and moving on to the completion of the auditorium, principal Brooke Davis stated in a release. Students and staff will begin to use the […]

Combs High School travel club spends spring break abroad

A group of 35 students and 12 teachers from Combs High School traveled across the world for their 2018 spring break. The group spent 10 days in Germany, Austria and Italy seeing and participating in a variety of educational and cultural experiences that created lasting memories, according to a press release. These group’s spring break […]

Combs HS ag students plant seeds of knowledge with Ranch Elementary fifth-graders

  Agricultural science students at Combs High School, 2505 E. Germann Road in San Tan Valley, have partnered with the fifth-grade students at Ranch Elementary School to support their learning of horticulture by helping them create a raised garden bed with plants. The fifth-graders will be responsible for all the components of what it takes […]

Ground broken on 25,000-square-foot auditorium at Combs High School

DLR Group’s design completes campus master plan, McCarthy to lead construction Community members, J.O. Combs Unified School District administration and staff, students and members of the project team gathered Dec. 11 at Combs High School, 2505 E. Germann Road in San Tan Valley, for a groundbreaking ceremony for the new 25,000-square-foot auditorium. With the construction […]

San Tan Valley’s Schmidt finishing master’s studies in conservation leadership

Annette Schmidt of San Tan Valley has been applying the tools of science, education and conservation to become a leader in the conservation community. Ms. Schmidt is expected to complete her master’s course of study in December with a master of arts in teaching degree in the biological sciences field from Miami University through Project […]

Conference to help teach Queen Creek juniors skills for the workplace

Do students graduating Queen Creek schools have the skills necessary to get a job? No, according to information collected during a survey conducted last year by the Queen Creek Chamber of Commerce of its member businesses as well as an education summit hosted by the chamber’s education committee in 2016, chamber President/CEO Chris Clark said […]

Combs High School dancers to perform in Queen Creek

  The Combs High School Dancers had an active summer with multiple activities that included performing for new students at the school’s annual orientation and working with a guest teacher to learn new dance techniques. The dance club officers spent time as a team at Leadership Camp in Heber, Arizona, focusing on bonding activities for […]

Combs HS’s Colpaert accepted by Harvard, Yale, other top universities

Cydnee Colpaert got the news she had been accepted to Harvard University on April 1, her birthday. Having applied to seven of the top colleges and universities in the U.S., Cydnee hoped the Harvard communication was not an April Fool’s Day prank, the Combs High School senior said during an interview.

The offer, which included a scholarship that covered most of her room and board, tuition and living expenses, was no joke. Neither were the other five letters of acceptance.

Cydnee was also accepted at Yale, Vanderbilt, Dartmouth, University of Virginia and Rice University, J.O. Combs Unified School District Superintendent Gayle Blanchard told the Queen Creek Independent in an e-mail.

“This is truly a ‘first’ for us as the Combs district opened its first and only high school in 2008, so we are excited to share the news,” Dr. Blanchard wrote in her e-mail.