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Jack W. Harmon Elementary Students Reinforce Their Writing Skills

Harmon Elementary fifth graders Brooke Bowers, Mikaella Landa, and AJ Ponce

Jack W. Harmon Elementary fifth graders finished reading Number the Stars by Lois Lowry and to wrap up their learning, students created their own underground newspapers using classroom computers and tablets.

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Ellsworth Elementary Egg-citing Experiment

Ellsworth Elementary students were on a mission to build, engineer and design a container that would protect an egg from breaking when dropped from the roof of the school. Second graders in Ms. Kelly Bond’s class learned about gravity, how heavy items fall faster back down to Earth when starting in the air.

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Ranch Elementary Students Spend the Day at BizTown

Students from Ranch Elementary School in San Tan Valley had the unique opportunity to participate in a field trip experience they will not soon forget! Fifth and sixth grade students visited Junior Achievement BizTown in Tempe, and spent the day “at work” in the mock town.

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FUSD Superintendent to Recommend Lacinda Ritacca for Executive Assistant Position

The Florence Unified School District Superintendent, Dr. Amy Fuller, is recommending Lacinda (Cindy) Ritacca to the FUSD School Board to be hired as the Executive Assistant to the Superintendent and School Board. Mrs. Ritacca will be replacing Jan Kreisinger who is retiring in April.

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Combs High School Students Giving Back to Kindergarten at Combs Traditional Academy

Combs High School student Ivette Campos working with Combs Traditional Academy kindergartenersCombs High School student Ivette Campos working with Combs Traditional Academy kindergarteners

J.O. Combs Unified School District was happy to provide the opportunity for Kindergarten students to attend free full day Kindergarten.

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FUSD Recommends Planning Principal For Consolidated Schools

Dr. Tim Richard

The Florence Unified School District (FUSD) would like to announce that Dr. Tim Richard will be returning to FUSD, pending Board approval, as the Planning Principal for the newly consolidated Coolidge Unified School District (CUSD) schools in San Tan Valley (STV).

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Incoming Freshman Night at Combs High School

J.O. Combs would like to welcome all incoming freshman/new students and their parents to attend our student registration night on Tuesday, January 26, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. in the Combs High School gymnasium.

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J.O. Combs Middle School Students Recognized by Local Kiwanis

 Pictured left to right:  Brooklyn West (7th Grader), Mr. Mauro, and Curtis Jones (8th Grader)

The principle core of the Kiwanis Mission is the belief that the most effective way to enhance the community is to enhance its children. Great things happen when you give a child a chance to learn, experience, dream, and succeed.

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Central Arizona College Spring Registration Event

Students have until Saturday, Jan. 16, to register for the spring 2016 semester at Central Arizona College.

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High School Boundaries Change with Consolidation

Beginning July 1, 2016, San Tan Heights Elementary School, Mountain Vista Middle School and San Tan Foothills High School will run and operate as member schools of the Florence Unified School District. Over the next few months, the Florence Unified School District and the Coolidge Unified School District will be working on the consolidation of the schools and staff in San Tan Valley.

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Poston Butte High School Cheer Squad Earn First Place at UCA Cactus Cup

On Saturday, January 16th the Poston Butte High School Cheer Squad earned 1st place trophies for both of the Blue and Orange Competition Cheer Squads at the UCA Cactus Cup at Cactus Shadows High School. The Blue Squad also was awarded the Grand Champion Trophy which is awarded to the team with the highest score for the entire competition.

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J.O. Combs Kindergarten Experience on Feb. 9

J.O. Combs is inviting you to join us on Tuesday, February 9 at 6:00 p.m. for our Kindergarten Kick-Off and to register your child.

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FUSD Board Member Steps Down

Florence Unified School District Board Member Janeane Candelaria resigned from her position effective January 25, 2016.

Mrs. Candelaria served the voters in FUSD since 2013 and served as Vice-President of the Board for the past year.

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J.O. Combs District Spelling Bee Winners and Alternates

J.O. Combs District Spelling Bee Participants

The J.O. Combs Unified School District Spelling Bee was held Monday evening, January 25th at J.O. Combs Middle School. The top three winners will represent the Combs District in the Pinal County Spelling Bee on Friday, February 19, 2016 at Vista Grande High School in Casa Grande.

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Exceptional Student Services Director Earns National Award

Adam Leckie, the Director of Exceptional Student Services for the Florence Unified School District, was awarded the CASE Early Career Special Education Administrator Award. The award is officially called the “G” Kevin Gerish Award and it was awarded at the National CASE Conference in Atlanta Georgia.

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Combs Traditional Academy Sixth Graders Chosen as Finalists

pictured left to right:  Dinay Holmes and Anissa Deel

Each year, the Pinal County Attorney's Office sponsors an Anti-Drug Poster Contest for sixth grade students throughout the county. From all of the county submissions, approximately ten are chosen as finalists to be selected as the Grand Prize Winner, the Bookmark Winner, or the T-Shirt winner for the contest.

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Ranch Elementary Students Learn How to Conduct a Science Experiment

The Pinal County Health Department paired up with Ranch Elementary School to teach the importance of hand washing.

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Register Now for High School Equivalency Classes

The San Tan Campus of Central Arizona College, is offering High School Equivalency (HSE) classes this spring to help students earn their HSE credential (formerly known as the General Educational Development (GED) diploma).

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J.O. Combs Middle School Hosts Holiday Angel Tree

Principal Mr. Mauro posing beside the Holiday Angel Tree

J.O. Combs Middle School participated in a district-wide community service opportunity this holiday season by hosting a Holiday Angel Tree. This wonderful program allowed students and staff members an opportunity to purchase holiday gift items for families in need.

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Ellsworth Elementary Students Study Greek & Latin Root Words

Ellsworth Elementary is challenging their learners through a Greek and Latin roots meaning activity.

Students are given a Thinking Map tree with various root words, prefixes, and suffixes.

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