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District Newspaper

We are proud to present our district newspaper. Check out the latest edition: 

Important Dates

We're happy to help keep you current on the important happenings at J.O. Combs. Here are some important dates you'll want to be sure to mark on your calendar:

  • August 3 - First Day of School, K–12
  • August 11 - First Day of Preschool
  • September 5 - Labor Day, No School
  • September 15-16 - K–8 Parent/Teacher Conferences, Half Day


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District News

This is the place to read about all of the great things happening in our district. We'll let you know about district projects, awards, and upcoming events. Be sure to check this page often, as we'll keep it updated for you.

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 we recognize students for the various pillars of the Character Counts program, which include responsibility, trustworthiness, citizenship, caring, respect, and fairness. This presentation takes place each month at our regular governing board meeting. For the month of March, Ms. Tracy Baskara, culinary director at Banner Ironwood Medical Center, presented each student with a certificate of special recognition. A photograph was taken with the representative from Banner Ironwood, the governing board, and Superintendent Gayle A. Blanchard. The following students were recognized for demonstrating the character trait of responsibility.

  • Kymber Miller, Combs High School, Grade 9
  • Taniela “Bubba” Taunima, J.O. Combs Middle School, Grade 8
  • Dominic Vasquez, Combs Traditional Academy, Grade 2
  • Giselle Islas Sixtos, Ellsworth Elementary, Grade 2
  • Emmett Meyer, Harmon Elementary, Kindergarten
  • Margo Sam, Ranch Elementary, Kindergarten
  • Chloe Gonzales, Simonton Elementary, Grade 3

Welcome To Our Newest Principals

Congratulations and welcome to our two newest principals, Ms. Santa Dunker and Mrs. Laura Ridge. The governing board unanimously approved Ms. Dunker as principal of Ellsworth Elementary School and Mrs. Ridge as principal of J.O. Combs Middle School, effective on July 1, 2017. We are excited to have them as part of our leadership team.

J.O. Combs Middle School Students Compete In Aerospace Challenge

Combs Middle School (CMS) seventh grade honors students recently participated in the ASU Honeywell Fiesta Bowl Aerospace Challenge at the ASU Polytechnic Campus in Mesa, Arizona. The Aerospace Challenge allowed middle school students to enhance their space knowledge by creating a plan and physical model of an international lunar base. Students had been working in groups of three to five since last fall to complete their projects. This special project allowed these students to improve their team-building, communication, problem-solving, and critical decision-making skills. 

CMS students competed along with many other schools from across the valley. The students presented their projects to a panel of Honeywell aerospace engineers and were able to observe projects put together by other teams. Combs Middle School was chosen out of all the participating teams to be interviewed by Channel 3 and Channel 5 news!