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 […]

Ellsworth Elementary students participate in ‘Great Kindness Challenge’

Ellsworth Elementary School participated in the Great Kindness Challenge the week of Feb. 4. “Students took part in activities to increase kindness throughout the school that were planned by the Kindness Club. All students attended a school assembly presented by the ‘Be Kind People Project,’” according to a release. As part of the assembly, Baxter […]

Ranch Elementary students learning to improve reading comprehension

Fifth- and sixth grade-students at Ranch Elementary School in the J.O. Combs School District have been working on improving their reading comprehension while learning about the 12 different types of rainbows. Students used several strategies and techniques to filter and organize information from a nonfiction passage in order to understand and remember what they read, […]

Harmon Elementary holding Differences Week Feb. 19-22

Jack W. Harmon Elementary School, 39315 N. Cortona Drive in San Tan Valley, is hosting Differences Week Feb. 19-22. “Harmon students and staff will celebrate that we are more alike than we are different as we ‘share our similarities and celebrate our differences,’” Principal Angie Beauchene said in a release. Harmon Elementary is in the J.O. […]

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 […]

Ellsworth Elementary students tour ABC15 studios

The Ellsworth Elementary School Video Club toured ABC15 Tuesday, Jan. 15 in Phoenix. The video club consists of 17 students with Ms. Lora Rael the librarian and Mrs. Suzana Battaglia, a technology teacher, facilitating the event, according to a press release. Ray Telles, a photojournalist, took students to the set of “Sonoran Living Live,” where […]