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, […]

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 […]

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, […]

Ranch Elementary students learn by practicing how to count money

Second-grade students at Ranch Elementary School, 43521 N. Kenworthy Road in San Tan Valley, have been learning about money, including its value and how to count it. “School is super engaging for our second-grade students at Ranch Elementary,” Principal Sue Kruse said in a release. “Presently, they are learning real-life applications of counting money, spending […]

Ranch Elementary first graders explore life in the 1600s

During the month of November, first grade students at Ranch Elementary explored what it was like to live in the 1600s. The students learned the pilgrims’ journey to America started in England and their voyage on the Mayflower lasted 66 long days with very little food or water. Students were surprised to learn that the […]

Fifth, sixth grade students volunteer with preschoolers at Ranch Elementary

The new Preschool Pathfinders club is making a difference in the lives of the preschool students at Ranch Elementary School in San Tan Valley. Preschool Pathfinders is a leadership club opportunity for 5th and 6th grade students. Students create and conduct preschool activities to promote leadership skills and benefit preschool students’ social and language skills. […]