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J.O. Combs Receives Certificate of Excellence Award for Second Year in a Row

 Karla Slovitsky, Director of Business Services along with her staff.

Congratulations to the J.O. Combs Unified School District for receiving the Association of School Business Officials International’s (ASBO) Certificate of Excellence (COE) in Financial Reporting award for the second year in a row.

The COE award is conferred to school systems that have met or exceeded the stringent standards of the COE criteria.

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J.O. Combs Middle School Students Participate in Honeywell Fiesta Bowl Aerospace Challenge

Left to right:  Emlyn Vezzosi, Caroline Wu, Emily Solomon, Jarom Gardner, and Sebastian Janik, 7th Grade Honors Science Students.

J.O. Combs Middle School seventh grade Honors Science students and members of the Combs Middle School (CMS) Aerospace Club participated in the Arizona State University (ASU) Honeywell Fiesta Bowl Aerospace Challenge at the ASU Polytechnic campus on February 10. 

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J.O. Combs Middle School Students Excel in Essay Contest

Congratulations to J.O. Combs Middle School students for their success in the 2014 Pinal County Scholastic Essay Contest.

The essay topic was “How Can STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) Provide Water as a Sustainable Resource in Pinal County into the Future?” and was sponsored by San Tan Valley Think Tank, Central Arizona College, Office of the Pinal County Attorney, and Arizona SciTech Festival.

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J.O. Combs Middle School STEAM Club Awarded 2nd Place in Rube Goldberg Machine Contest

Team picture: (left to right): Jack Watson, Ryan Watson, Justin DeLeon, Ms. Julie Fernandez-Yonge, Kayla Santos, Jaelyn Dunbar, Seth Seavey, Joseph Talty, Alyssa Strange, Malia Bender

In late February, the J.O. Combs Middle School Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM) Club competed in its first middle school Rube Goldberg Machine Contest (RGMC) with an amazing chain reaction machine that took months to build.

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J.O. Combs Middle School Science Fair

Mr. Jonathan Spray, J.O. Combs Middle School Science Teacher

Throughout the second semester, Mr. Jonathan Spray and Ms. Janel Garner, J.O. Combs Middle School Science Teachers, have worked with eighth grade students to develop their Science Fair projects.

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J.O. Combs Middle School Respect Week

The J.O. Combs Middle School Student Council (STUCO) sponsored activities for the student body by hosting Respect Week during the week of December 8th. The activities began on Friday December 5th with a student anti-bullying assembly during the school day and a school dance in the evening. Students had an opportunity to participate in a variety of dress up days and take part in various activities.

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J.O. Combs Middle School National Junior Honor Society Students Volunteer their Time

On Saturday, November 17 students from the J.O. Combs Middle School National Junior Honor Society volunteered their time to sort and box up donated food items.

These items were collected during the Combs Middle School Thanksgiving Food Drive.  Donations were distributed to families in the Combs community in San Tan Valley.

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J.O. Combs Middle School Mentoring Program

Photograph of Mr. Cliff Canfield, Social Studies teacher, assisting his students during Cougar Skills for Success.

At J.O. Combs Middle School, Cougar Skills for Success (CSS) is a block of time built into each student’s schedule to provide opportunities for students to be mentored and receive tutoring assistance.

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J.O. Combs Middle School Career Readiness Program

J.O. Combs Middle School 8th grade students attend a classroom  presentation about the ACT EXPLORE test report.

J.O. Combs Middle School has developed a program this year to assist eighth graders with exploring career opportunities for their future. 

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J.O. Combs Middle School Building Community…Strengthening Relationships

(from left to right) Ms. Yonge, Ms. Ridge, Eli Acuna, Mr. Mauro, Ms. Hammer, and Ms. Skinner

Too often in today’s world, people are really busy in their lives and unable to make the time they would like to build community and/or strengthen relations with one another. 

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J.O. Combs Student of the Month Recognition - September

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 our schools.

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J.O. Combs Student of the Month Recognition - November

Student of the Month Recognition 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 our schools.

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J.O. Combs Student of the Month Recognition

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 our 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, Caring, Respect and Fairness.

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J.O. Combs Student of the Month Recognition

The J.O. Combs Unified School District continues to partner with Banner Ironwood in their Student of the Month program which recognizes one student every month from each of our schools. There is a selection process in place where students get recognized for the various pillars of the Character Counts Program which include Responsibility, Trustworthiness, Citizenship, Caring, Respect and Fairness. This month, these students were recognized for demonstrating the character trait of Responsibility.  

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J.O. Combs Spelling Bee Winners head to Pinal County Spelling Bee on February 17th

The J.O. Combs District Spelling Bee was held on Tuesday evening, January 24th at the J.O. Combs Middle School.

All participants were introduced and presented with a Certificate of Participation.

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J.O. Combs Spelling Bee Winners and Alternates

Congratulations to the J.O. Combs Spelling Bee Winners and Alternates!

The three winners will participate in the Pinal County Spelling Bee on Friday, February 15, 2013 at 9:30 am in the Coolidge High School Auditorium.

Congratulations goes out to:

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J.O. Combs Spelling Bee Winners

Pictured from left to right, Colton Wuertz, Combs Middle School, First Place; Caroline Wu, Ranch Elementary School, Second Place; and Sydney Taliva’a, Combs Middle School, Third Place.

The J.O. Combs Unified School District Spelling Bee was held on Tuesday evening, January 28th at the J.O. Combs Middle School.  

Pictured from left to right, Colton Wuertz, Combs Middle School, First Place; Caroline Wu, Ranch Elementary School, Second Place; and Sydney Taliva’a, Combs Middle School, Third Place.

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J.O. Combs School Updates

Combs elementary schools offer flag football

For elementary students, NFL flag foot­ball is on the way.

Students and parents can watch for more information from the elementary schools or on the district’s website at www.jocombs. org (under the community links tab, sports programs).

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J.O. Combs School District Seeks Voter Approval to Continue Special Programs

Measure on Nov. 5 ballot would allow a 5% increase over minimum state funding

Voters in the J.O. Combs Unified School District will be asked on Nov. 5, 2013 to authorize a Maintenance and Operations budget that would exceed minimum state levels by 5 percent.

The funding would be used to reduce class sizes, reinstate competitive athletics for the middle school and continue providing for such special programs as fine arts. It will also allow the district to provide salaries and benefits that will help recruit and retain quality staff.

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J.O. Combs School District Receives Certificate of Excellence Award

Pictured from left to right:  Patty Myers, Deanna Craine, Karla Slovitsky, Julie Tucker, Sofia Garcia, Ann Barwick, Rebecca Reber

The J.O. Combs Unified School District received the Association of School Business Officials International’s (ASBO) Certificate of Excellence (COE) in Financial Reporting award for the fourth year in a row, having met or exceeded the program’s high standards for financial reporting and accountability. The district was recognized for its high quality Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for the fiscal year ending 2013.

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