350 backpacks with school supplies donated to students in J.O. Combs Unified School District

The Kiwanis Club of Queen Creek — along with Walgreens Centralized Services in Chandler — donated more than 350 backpacks loaded with school supplies to students in J.O. Combs Unified School District. Accepting the backpacks for the students was Dr. Mark Duplissis. The backpacks were presented by Jon Morris, an executive from Walgreens and current […]

J.O. Combs Middle School Principal Laura Ridge recognized for lifesaving act

In her line of work as a principal, it’s not uncommon to change lives, but J.O. Combs Middle School Principal Laura Ridge took that one step further two weeks ago when she also saved one. After noticing a nearby grandparent choking at the school’s Meet the Teacher night on July 30, Ms. Ridge wasted no […]

Road construction to impact traffic for first week of school at J.O. Combs district

Due to planned road construction, drivers can anticipate possible traffic delays for J.O. Combs Unified School District sites as they transport students to school. Families who attend Ranch Elementary should anticipate delays on Kenworthy Road, where the two northbound lanes and the one southbound lane will be open but will contain barricades helping direct traffic, […]

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, […]