Traffic delays expected at Ellsworth Elementary, Combs Middle School

Starting Thursday, Aug. 8, San Tan Valley drivers can expect traffic delays on Pecan Creek Drive due to a manhole-rehabilitation project by the Pinal County Public Works Department. The project will include lane restrictions as well as speed reductions in the areas depicted on the map above, according to a release. Families attending Ellsworth Elementary […]

Combs Middle School students do ‘Everything is Possible’ learning

Students at Combs Middle School in San Tan Valley participated in “Everything is Possible” mindset lessons. Students explored their personal dreams and were taught the concepts of dreaming bigger than they think is possible, increasing expectations for themselves and always pushing for more, according to a press release. Students considered the benefits of demonstrating a […]

Combs Middle School teacher earns Excellence in Education award

Radio station 99.9 KEZ and Taylor Morrison Homes have selected Combs Middle School music teacher Scott Lloyd as their Excellence in Education award winner. The Allred family nominated Mr. Lloyd for the recognition, according to a press release. “Mr. Lloyd is more than just a teacher. He is a testament to the education field, instilling […]

‘Free Little Library’ Eagle Scout project completed by Combs Middle School student Clare

Combs Middle School student Hunter Clare collected more than 1,800 books for his Eagle Scout project, “Free Little Library,” to serve his school community. “The Free Little Library belongs to everyone and the books are always free. The library has been dedicated to honor Hunter’s neighbor who passed away last year,” according to a release. […]

Combs Middle School students take top spot in aerospace challenge

Combs Middle School students tied for first in the Honeywell Fiesta Bowl Aerospace Challenge, earning them a spot in another competition. Team Black Holes competed in the Honeywell Fiesta Bowl Aerospace Challenge, an extracurricular STEM program for junior high school students in Arizona, according to a press release. Students are challenged to create a scale […]

Pinal County middle schools compete in Central Arizona College math contest

Central Arizona College’s math department recently hosted the 2018 Middle School Math Contest at the CAC Corporate Center in Casa Grande. More than 130 students from 12 schools throughout Pinal County participated. In the overall school rankings, Combs Middle School finished first, Circle Cross Ranch Middle School took second and Casa Grande Villago Middle School […]

Coffee Cart Club begins at Combs Middle School

Combs Middle School life skills class — which focuses on everyday skills, both academic and functional for students with special needs — started a Coffee Cart Club this year. The purpose of the club is to empower the students with meaningful experiences that they could carry on past their time in junior high school, according […]

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, […]