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. […]

7 honored at J.O. Combs district student of the month recognition

J.O. Combs Unified School District partners with Banner Ironwood in a Student of the Month program that recognizes one student every month from each of its schools. For November, students recognized were: Jordan Litton, Combs High School, 11th grade. Decker Andersen, Combs Middle School, eighth grade. Madeleine Chapman, Combs Traditional Academy, fourth grade. Alina Linderman, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]