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Thank you to all the students and parents for helping with our COVID19 mitigation strategies, as we keep in person learning and extracurricular activities available to our students. If your student is not feeling well or awaiting COVID19 test results, please keep them home and have them join their classes remotely. Enjoy your three-day weekend.



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CHS Cheer Team recognized for their STATE CHAMPIONSHIP WIN

Sarah Hargis, Devin Reed, Tatum Lord, Daycee Shurtleff, Bailey Duffey, Ella Rosado, Sami Pinkerton and Charli Gauthier were recognized with their coaches Linda Collins and Ana Compton at Wednesday's board meeting for their State Championship win at AIA's Game Day Cheer Competition December 12th. The girls are set to compete again this month in the Spiritline State Qualifier at Poston Butte High School.


Tuesday, the AIA voted to reverse last week's decision regarding the cancellation of winter sports. All winter sports and activities for Combs High School can continue. For Combs High School the winter season will commence on January 19th with the additional modifications outlined in their official press release. If additional information becomes available, it will be promptly communicated to staff as well as families. See the letter to the right for policies regarding our winter season.


Combs High School Partners with Cognia for Accreditation and Certification Review

In 2020-2021, CHS has continued our efforts towards school improvement and growth. We partner with the Arizona State Education Department and Cognia, formerly AdvancEd, in the areas of accreditation and school certification. This year, we have also addressed our learners and staffs’ health and safety, implemented digital schooling, and worked to confront gaps in learning and access. At the same time, our educators have continued our efforts in many other important areas: implementing rigorous curriculum, making better use of assessment data, and building high quality relationships with our students and learning community.

This spring our efforts will culminate in a virtual visit by our Cognia Accreditation Team. They will be looking at our school’s strengths and conducting a thoughtful review of our campus as a whole. We will be asking our students, staff, parents and San Tan Valley community members to assist us in feedback through surveys and Zoom stakeholder feedback groups that will speak to our Cognia team. The goal of this process is to work with experts and our community to address our challenges and empower our efforts towards building the high quality school our community deserves. We hope that you will assist us with your input in the following weeks as examine our policies, programs, practices and school culture. Your input is vital to our process.

Please watch for surveys and requests for feedback members. For further information about the process of ongoing continuous improvement through Cognia, access


NOW-MAR 31 -


JAN 18 - NO SCHOOL Martin Luther King Jr. Day

- Site Council, Library 5:00 PM

- Booster Club Meeting, Library 6:00 PM


Did you know? Registration for the 21-22 school year is rapidly approaching! Counselors will be introducing the registration process and working with students to select their classes during the next few weeks. Students need to consider their choices carefully in order to make the best possible decisions for their school careers. Questions about a particular class? Ask your counselor!

Important information:

  • EVIT registration is ongoing. Register online, and see your counselor for the forms you'll need to upload.
  • Makeup PSAT exam, January 26 by sign up. See Mrs. McDowell for information
  • ASVAB makeup test February 17th. Limited to 100 students, so sign up soon. The email with the sign up form went out last week!


Attention Juniors. You will have the opportunity to take the ACT (No Writing) here at school on March 2. The cost will be $46.00. If you would like to sign up, please contact Ms. McDowell at or stop by room 538. The deadline to sign up is Thursday, January 21st. You do not have to pay until March 1st, but if your name isn't on the list by January 21st you cannot be added, Your registration can be cancelled if you change your mind. This test is available to Juniors only. We will be offering a weekend SAT to everyone on May 8th for all grade levels.


Q. What is a school tax credit?

Several years ago, the Arizona State Legislature passed a tax law (ARS 43-1089.01) that allows up to $400 tax credit for married couples filing jointly or $200 for individuals, who make a donation to a public school to support extracurricular activities. A TAX CREDIT IS A DOLLAR FOR DOLLAR REDUCTION OF YOUR TAX LIABILITY.

Q. Who can take advantage of this school tax credit?

The law is set up so that any taxpayer may contribute to a public school, regardless of whether the taxpayer has a child attending the school. Corporations, limited liability companies, and partnerships are not eligible for the tax credit. You must, however, be a taxpayer in the state of Arizona. The tax credit can be claimed on personal income tax returns only.

Q. How can you take advantage of this tax credit?

First, decide which school you wish to support: J.O. Combs Middle School, Kathryn Sue Simonton Elementary, Harmon Elementary, Ellsworth Elementary, Ranch Elementary, Combs Traditional Academy, or Combs High School. Then decide which extracurricular activities you wish to designate with your contribution. Extracurricular activities are any school sponsored activity that requires enrolled students to pay fees in order to participate; such as extended field trips, sports activities, band, drama, art, science labs, technology etc. The Site Council at each school will determine where non-designated contributions are to be appropriated.

Write a check up to $400 for married couples filing jointly or up to $200 for individual filing made payable to one of the above schools or to J.O. Combs Unified School District and designate an activity if desired. Or, you can pay online by clicking on the Pay Tax Credit Online button located on the left hand sidebar, and use your credit card to contribute. Be sure to send your completed Tax Credit Form to the school's office.

Pay online using the link in the button located on the left hand sidebar, or mail, or deliver your contribution with Combs Tax Credit Form to the school of your choice or to the district office at the corner of Combs and Gantzel no later than April 15. By doing this, your school gets the extra funding it needs to pay for extracurricular activities of your choice!

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FEB 15 - President's Day, NO SCHOOL

MAR 1 - SPRING SPORTS BEGIN (Baseball, Softball, Tennis, Boys Volleyball, Sand Volleyball, Track)

CPAC Events-Save the Dates

CPAC Events-Save the Dates

April 3, 2021-Piano Men Generations at 7 pm presented by TAD Entertainment celebrating the music of Elton John and Billy Joel. Tickets at

September 23, 2021-Small Business Symposium presented by Darling Companies, Designed From Scratch Concepts and Network Together. Tickets at




Due to Covid we are not able to do the CAC connect office live on your school campus so we are going virtual again for the fall semester.

We will have zoom check-in and chat sessions for students and parents on Wednesday’s starting promptly at 5pm for them to ask questions they have regarding CAC & details of how to become a CAC student.

Boys SOCCER @ Shadow Mountain

Tuesday, Jan. 19th, 4pm

2902 East Shea Boulevard

Phoenix, AZ

Girls BASKETBALL @ Vista Grande

Tuesday, Jan. 19th, 5:30pm

1556 North Arizola Road

Casa Grande, AZ


Boys BASKETBALL vs. Vista Grande

Tuesday, Jan. 19th, 5:30pm

2505 East Germann Road

San Tan Valley, AZ

JV - 5:30

VARSITY - 7:00

Girls SOCCER vs. Shadow Mountain

Tuesday, Jan. 19th, 6pm

2505 East Germann Road

San Tan Valley, AZ



Girls SOCCER vs. ALA- QC

Thursday, Jan. 21st, 4pm

2505 East Germann Road

San Tan Valley, AZ

JV - 4:00

VARSITY - 6:00

Boys SOCCER @ Coronado

Friday, Jan. 22nd, 4pm

7501 East Virginia Avenue

Scottsdale, AZ


Saturday, Jan. 23rd, 11am

301 South Mc Lane Road

Payson, AZ

Notice of Non-Discrimination

J.O. Combs Unified School District #44 does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability, age or sexual orientation in admission and access to its programs, services, activities, or in any aspect of their operations and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. J.O. Combs Unified School District #44 also does not discriminate in its hiring or employment practices. The following employees have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies: Compliance Officer for Title IX , Athletic Director, 2505 E. Germann Road, San Tan Valley, AZ 85140 or 480-882-3540 and Compliance Officer for Section 504/ADA, Director of Student Services, 43371 N. Kenworthy Rd, San Tan Valley, AZ 85140 or 480-987-5300.

El Districto Escolar Unificado de J.O. Combs #44 no discrimina en base a su raza, color, religión, origen nacional, sexo, discapacidad, edad, o la orientación sexual para la admisión y su acceso a sus programas, servicios, actividades, o en cualquier aspecto de sus operaciones y proporciona un acceso igualitario a los Boys Scouts y otro grupos de jóvenes designados. El Districto Escolar Unificado de J.O. Combs tampoco discrimina en sus prácticas de empleo y contratación. Los siguientes empleados han sido designados para manejar las preguntas en cuanto a las pólizas de no discriminación: Funcionario de Cumplimiento de Título IX, Director Atlético 2505 E. Germann Road, San Tan Valley, AZ 85140 or 480-882-3540 and Funcionario de Cumplimiento para la Sección 504/ADA, Director de Servicios Estudiantiles, 43371 N. Kenworthy Rd, San Tan Valley, AZ 85140 or 480-987-5300.