J.O. Combs Unified School District awarded for financial reporting

The J.O. Combs Unified School District has received global recognition for two financial reporting distinctions from the Association of School Business Officials International and the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada. This marks the eighth year that the Combs Business Services Department has been awarded the Certificate of Excellence in Financial […]

Marcus Berkshire appointed to statewide education committee

Marcus Berkshire — coordinator of curriculum, instruction and assessment at J.O. Combs Unified School District — has been appointed to the Arizona Department of Education’s Title I Committee of Practitioners. The Committee of Practitioners — composed of administrators, teachers, and representatives — is responsible for the review of all major proposed or final rules or […]

John Scrogham AZ Family and Consumer Sciences Education Administrator of the Year

John Scrogham, career and technical education coordinator at the J.O. Combs Unified School District, has been selected as the Arizona Family and Consumer Sciences Education Administrator of the Year. Arizona FACS Ed supports the Association for Career and Technical Education by providing a professional organization for FACS educators, opportunities for professional development and promotion of […]

J.O. Combs Unified School District to host summer job fair

The J.O. Combs Unified School District will host its Second Annual Summer Job Fair 8 a.m.-noon Thursday, June 6. It will be at the Combs Traditional Academy Gymnasium, 37327 N. Gantzel Road in San Tan Valley. This free event is open to the public and will provide job seekers with the opportunity to interview on-site […]

J.O. Combs Unified School District offers food programs this summer

Two summer food initiatives are being offered by J.O. Combs Unified School District. Funded through the USDA, the Combs summer food program will provide free meals to anyone 18 and under from June 3 through June 27 at Harmon Elementary School, 39315 N. Cortona Drive in San Tan Valley. The program is available Monday-Thursday with […]

Combs Traditional Academy students improving cardiorespiratory endurance

Throughout the school year, Combs Traditional Academy students have been working on improving their cardiorespiratory endurance by performing the FitnessGram Pacer test. The instrument measures how many laps students can complete going from one side of the gym to the other, according to a release. Students in kindergarten through second grade have practiced this activity. […]

Students of the month at J.O. Combs Unified School District

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 its 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, […]

Ranch Elementary School students learn with Puppy, Snail puppets

Puppy and Snail, a pair of Second Step Curriculum puppets, have been visiting Ranch Elementary School in kindergarten and first grade classrooms. The program is a research-based, best-practice program that teaches and encourages positive interactions, problem solving and conflict resolution, according to a release. “Students have the opportunity to teach Puppy and Snail appropriate behaviors […]

Egg-drop event held at Simonton Elementary School

Fifth-grade students at Simonton Elementary School recently participated in the sixth annual egg drop event. Every year, fifth-grade students at the school, 40300 N Simonton Blvd. in San Tan Valley, get the chance to research and create a design to protect an egg that is dropped from the top of the gym. This is a […]

Students of the month at J.O. Combs Unified School District

The J.O. Combs Unified School District partners with Banner Ironwood in a Student of the Month program, which recognizes one student every month from each school. For the month of March, Erich Schoenberger, director of medical imaging at Banner Ironwood Medical Center, presented each student with a Certificate of Special Recognition. The following students were […]