Combs Traditional Academy students take hands-on approach to scientific method

Students at Combs Traditional Academy, 37327 N. Gantzel Road in San Tan Valley, are learning about the scientific method. They are using their observation and investigation skills to make some hypotheses about many different experiments, according to a press release. “What will happen to this gummy bear in water?” and “How many drops of water […]

J.O. Combs school district students of the month for September

The J.O. Combs Unified School District recently recognized the students of the month for September. Students are recognized for the various pillars of the Character Counts Program, which include responsibility, trustworthiness, citizenship, caring, respect and fairness. The following students were recognized for demonstrating the character trait of responsibility: Miranda Garcia, Combs High School, 12th grade. […]

Harmon Elementary celebrates grandparents with special lunch

Jack W. Harmon Elementary School students are welcoming their grandparents to Harmon’s annual Grandparents Day Luncheon on Wednesday, Sept. 12. This is a special day for both the Harmon students and the visiting grandparents, according to Principal Angie Beauchene. The total lunch time for Grandparents Day is from 10:20-12:05 p.m. Each grade level’s lunch time is: […]

Academic Parent Teacher Team Nights Aug. 29-30 at Ranch Elementary

The Ranch Elementary School community in San Tan Valley is gearing up for its annual Academic Parent Teacher Team meetings. At the start of each school year, teachers and parents use this event as an opportunity to collaborate together and set goals for the school-year ahead. The parent-teacher team works together to create academic and […]

Meet the Principal: Sue Paschal comes from small town, has big passion for teaching children

Name: Sue Paschal School: Katherine Sue Simonton Elementary Why you chose to work in the district: I chose to join the J.O. Combs School after researching and talking with current and past employees about the district and learning more about the wonderful school community of Katherine Sue Simonton Elementary. Everything I learned made this feel […]

Meet the Vice Principal: Scott Sheldon sees caring JO Combs community

Name: Scott Sheldon School: J.O. Combs High School Why you chose to work in the district: I wanted to be part of a school district that works to provide for the needs of their students and staff. The district has demonstrated time and again the personal touch of caring about the school community. What I […]

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 […]

Queen Creek pension costs continue to increase as town grows

The Arizona state program that provides lifelong monthly retirement income to town and school district employees is requiring additional funding from both employers and employees. Beginning in July, town and school district budgets are increasing funding set aside for pensions. State retirement system The Arizona State Retirement Systems retirement pension provides a lifetime guaranteed benefit […]

Simonton students study Grand Canyon up close

Simonton Elementary School fourth-grade students had a grand time earlier this month, according to Chasity Cruz, the school’s principal. The students from the J.O. Combs Unified School District traveled to the Grand Canyon Thursday, May 3. They spent the day working in modules, receiving lessons from park rangers and touring the Grand Canyon. “What a […]

J.O. Combs Unified School District students recognized for trustworthiness

The J.O. Combs Unified School District announced its Student of the Month, recognizing eight students as part of the program. The school district partners with Banner Ironwood in a Student of the Month program, which recognizes one student every month from each of the district’s schools, according to a press release. Those recognized were Combs […]