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 […]

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 district students prove Character Counts

Eight students in the J.O. Combs Unified School District have been recognized for exhibiting one of the various pillars of the Character Counts Program. The district partners with Banner Ironwood in a Student of the Month program, which recognizes one student every month from each school. There is a selection process in place where students […]

Kiwanis Club of Queen Creek gives Webster’s dictionaries to third graders

Webster’s dictionaries were recently given to Ellsworth Elementary third graders in the J.O. Combs Unified School District in San Tan Valley. According to a press release, students received the free dictionaries from the Kiwanis Club of Queen Creek.

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 […]