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San Tan Valley school district to open traditional academy

Yet another public school district is gearing up to open a traditional academy to fulfill demands from area families.

J.O. Combs Unified School District, located in San Tan Valley, leans against the dividing line of Maricopa and Pinal counties at Meridian Road.

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San Tan Valley Head Start Program

The San Tan Valley Preschool Head Start and Early Head Start programs are now accepting applications. Preschool Head Start is a center based program for 4 year olds. Priority is given to low income families, homeless families, and families with children that have a disability. This is a kindergarten readiness program that provides health and family services.

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San Tan Valley Combs district close to 4,500 students

Sanchez and Ochoa

Jul. 28, 2011 02:17 PM
The Republic |

Enrollment has hit 4,470 students in the J.O. Combs Unified School District in the San Tan Valley area, according to a district release. That includes kids enrolled in community pre-kindergarten classes.

Six additional classrooms have been added at Combs Middle School, two in each of...

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San Tan Valley Academic Recognition Awards

The San Tan Valley Academic Recognition Awards focuses on recognizing the academic accomplishments of students, teachers and schools that comprise the San Tan Valley.  This year’s event took place at San Tan Foothills High School in Coolidge on Thursday, April 26th.  

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San Tan Heights Mighty Mustang Awards

San Tan Heights Elementary School held an award assembly last week, and would like to congratulate the following students for winning a Mighty Mustang Award for January: 

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San Tan Heights Elementary News

Peace Officers Memorial pictured outside the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office, Florence

San Tan Heights Elementary will honor 60 outstanding students in our Mighty Mustang award ceremony at 1:00 pm on May 9th.

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Still time to register for classes at CAC’s newly-renovated Superstition Mountain Campus

There is still time to register for the upcoming fall semester at Central Arizona College’s Superstition Mountain Campus (SMC).

The newly-renovated facility with its unique, copper-roofed building that is the centerpiece of the burgeoning campus is located just north of Arizona Highway 60 at the intersection of Idaho and Broadway roads.

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Spring Arrives at Combs Traditional Academy

Noah Sedillo

Kindergarten students at Combs Traditional Academy have been studying the life cycle of butterflies. As part of their study, students were able to observe caterpillars and their metamorphosis into butterflies. To further their understanding and to learn more about butterflies, kindergarten classes at Combs Traditional Academy visited the Butterfly Wonderland in Scottsdale.

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Spirit of volunteerism propels Richard ‘Dick’ Myers onto CAC’s Wall of Success

Phoenix-born and Eloy-raised Dick Myers is driven by a spirit of volunteerism. When one considers that his grandfather aided in the incorporation of Eloy, his mother was a member of the local auxiliary, and his father was a charter member of the Eloy volunteer firefighting force, one might rightfully say this spirit is firmly embedded into his DNA.

“It’s been part of a family tradition,” Myers said. “I started clear back with Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts and I’ve just about spent a lifetime volunteering in one organization or another.”

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Spencer McCart Selected as ROTC Cadet to Compete in College Competition

Congratulations to Spencer McCart on his selection as one of the ROTC’s 4 cadets to compete at the college options academic competition at Moon Valley...

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Simonton receives grand prize trip to the Arizona Science Center

Pictured from left to right are:  Victor Valenzuela, teacher; Melody Borjon, student; Lando Voyles, pinal county attorney; Vanessa Whitlark, principal; and Shannon Weber, director of support services

Pinal County Attorney Lando Voyles announced the winners of the 2014 Pinal County Attorney’s Office Anti-Drug poster contest, marking the 23rd year of this contest in Pinal County.

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Simonton PTO News

The school year is coming to an end, and Simonton PTO would like to thank you for all of your participation and support. It has been a fantastic year.

This last month of school, we will be having a Subway Spirit day on May 2nd. Please stop in at any point during the day and let them know you are with Simonton Elementary.

On Friday, May 11th we will host our first annual Race Night. Come enjoy sack races, 3-legged races and relays.  All proceeds benefit the purchase of soccer goals for our fields.  

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Simonton Elementary receives charitable contribution from Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation

Simonton Elementary was selected as a winner of the D-backs $150,000 School Challenge presented by the University of Phoenix.  Simonton Elementary was presented with a charitable contribution of $5,000 for their “Sensory Integration Room”, Dr. Jane Rupard, Director of Student Services, submitted the application.

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Simonton Elementary Educates Students About Bullying

Simonton Elementary partnered with the Arizona Attorney General’s Office of Community Outreach to deliver an anti-bullying presentation to all 4th through 6th graders. 

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Simonton Elementary Announces Newly Elected Student Council Officers

Pictured left to right:  Miriah Fuller, Arwen Lujan, Principal Bradley Shepstead, Camby Neus and Cesar Palacios Osorio.

Simonton Elementary announces their newly elected 2014-2015 Student Council Officers. The Student Council is responsible for representing the views of students.

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Simonton Celebrates Character that Counts

Simonton Elementary, from the J.O. Combs Unified School District, recently celebrated Character Counts week.

The entire school participated in various spirit themed activities.

In support of character education, students created a rainbow of character where grade levels were designated to wear a color representing one of the character pillar colors.

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Tags and QR Readers Giving CAC an Electronic Leg Up in Recruiting Students

While tag and QR (quick response) readers may appear to be the latest gadgetry to hit the telecommunications world, more organizations and business are using this technology to better reach their customers.

Count Central Arizona College, and in particular, its office of student recruitment, among the many organizations to ride this new wave of student interaction

This was just part of an updated annual recruitment plan unveiled at the Pinal County Community College District Governing Board Meeting held on Tuesday, May 17, at CAC's Signal Peak Campus.

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Tackle the issues with CAC’s Social Justice Forum on April 5 at the Superstition Mountain Campus


Poverty, healthcare and violence are just a few of the issues that fall under the umbrella of social justice that will serve as hot button topics when Central Arizona College hosts its Social Justice Forum, Thursday, April 5, from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., at the college’s Superstition Mountain Campus.

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Sylvia Gibson Epitomizes CAC Success Stories

(This story is one in an ongoing series of features on CAC's Wall of Success Inductees. The Wall of Success began in November of 2009 and has honored more than 50 CAC students since its inception.)

For one woman, Central Arizona College has been both a milestone in her education and has led her down her career path.

Sylvia Gibson gives advice with one strong and inspiring word - believe.

"As a first generation college student, I faced multiple hurdles in my decision to attend college and as I continued seeking a degree with CAC. Our students juggle so many roles and choices. When faced with challenges, I made a conscious choice to find a way to overcome them and reach my goals."

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Summer Food Program offered by Coolidge Unified School District

Summer Food Program

The Coolidge Unified School District announces the sponsorship of the Summer Food Service Program for Children. During the school year, many children receive free and reduced-price breakfast and lunch through the School Breakfast and National School Lunch Programs. What happens when school lets out? Hunger is one of the most severe roadblocks to the learning process. Lack of nutrition during the summer months may set up a cycle for poor performance once school begins again. Hunger also may make children more prone to illness and other health issues. The Summer Food Service Program is designed to fill that nutrition gap and make sure children can get the nutritious meals they need.

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