Coyote Update

The Official Newsletter of Combs High School, Sept. 14, 2018

Unveiling our new Coyote Update

Welcome to the new Coyote Update, the official newsletter of Combs High School. It is our goal to keep you informed of all the events going on our campus each week. The Coyote Update will include Student and Staff spotlights, images from recent events and the upcoming calendar of events with maps to away games for your convenience. Please look for our newsletter each week to stay connected with your Coyote Family and share this information on Social Media using the quick share tools above. To view this news letter in it's intended format, please open in your browser.


Meet our Administrators

Chris Farabee, Principal

Chris Farabee, Principal

I am honored to be able to serve this community as the Principal of Combs High School. I have lived and worked in the East Valley since 1978. I have worked on a high school as a teacher and coach since 1990, 17 of those years as a public school administrator. Most recently, spending the last 14 years as the Assistant Principal and Principal of Hamilton High School in Chandler. We have a supportive community, with great teachers and coaches on our campus and I look forward to an amazing year for our students and families.

Scott Sheldon, Assistant Principal

My name is Scott Sheldon and I am the Assistant Principal that works with 11th and 12th grade students. I grew up in North Dakota and met my wife, Michelle of 35 years in college at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota. Both my wife and I taught in Yuma AZ for 7 years. We left Yuma when I accepted my first administrative job in Kansas. I was a principal in a small school for 5 years then moved to a large school as an Assistant Principal/AD. I was in that position for 6 years, then was promoted to the principal position. I was the building principal for 12 years at Emporia High School. My wife and I decided to move back to AZ where I was an HR Director prior to coming to Combs. Michelle is an Elementary School counselor in Queen Creek. I wanted to get back into HS Administration, and we accepted positions here in the Combs School District last spring. I am very excited to be here and look forward to getting to know you.

I am the proud father of 2. My daughter Kyla is a Physician Assistant in Denver, CO (and getting married in May), my son Brock is in Business Administration also in Denver, CO. They attended Baker University (Kyla) in Baldwin City KS, and Kansas University aka KU (Brock).

Scot Schmidt, Assistant Principal/Athletic Director

I appreciate the opportunity to serve as assistant principal, athletic & activities director of Combs High School for the past 2 years. Over the past 33 years, 15 of those in Wyoming, 4 at Higley High, 12 at Mesa High and currently at Combs High, I have successfully filled a number of roles and job responsibilities within the field of education. These include teaching science, computer, health and vocational agriculture, coach, instructional specialist, team leader, and assistant principal in the areas of both activities and athletics. In all of these positions I feel that I have motivated, inspired, challenged and led individuals to succeed at higher levels. Being a part of the educational process has been gratifying as well as rewarding. I continue to look forward to new challenges and growth opportunities in the future.

Susan Dorinski, Teacher on Special Assignment/Attendance and Discipline

I am Susan Dorinski and am currently the Trigonometry teacher as well as an administrator TOSA. I have been teaching for 13 years and in education for 15 years. I am finishing my Master of Arts in Educational Leadership through the University of Phoenix in hopes of becoming a full-time administrator next year.

Carl Hill, Teacher on Special Assignment/Attendance and Discipline

grew up in Gilbert, AZ. and was the last graduating class from the old Gilbert High School which is now Mesquite Jr High. I am a Navy veteran serving during the Gulf war and ended my enlistment as an E5. My educational background is in Agriculture where I have an Ag Business degree from Arizona State University. I have a Master’s degree from Grand Canyon University in Leadership and I am currently finished with all my Doctorate classes and am writing my dissertation so that I can obtain my terminal degree. I have been married for 23 years and have 3 wonderful boys. At Combs High School, I teach Ag Science 1, 2, and 3 and am the F.F.A. Adviser. I also participate in the T.O.S.A. program as a part-time administrator. After school, I am the J.V. Head Football coach, J.V. Head Wrestling Coach, and J.V. Head Baseball coach. I am looking forward to working with each student here at Combs High School to help them receive the education they deserve as well as help them achieve the career opportunities they are looking for.


Caroline Wu

Caroline Wu a Junior this year was selected as an Oboist in the NAfME All-National Orchestra. After participating in the All-State Band, Caroline sent an audition tape for the All-National group and was named as one of the top two Oboists in the Nation. Caroline will be Traveling to Orlando Florida in November 2018 to Perform at Walt Disney World.

Course and Student Fees

Parents we need your help with the payment of outstanding student fees. These fees may be the result of a class fee or sports participation. If you have an outstanding balance, you will be receiving a statement of the fees owed by email. If you need financial assistance, please do not hesitate to reach out and we can create a payment plan that meets your families financial needs. After this Homecoming Dance, students will not be able to purchase school dance tickets if they have outstanding fees. Seniors, you will not be able to participate in the Graduation Ceremony with outstanding fees, so please help us collect those fees now. Again, if your family needs assistance, please do not hesitate to reach out to your child's grade level administrator for assistance. If you have any questions about your balance, please contact our Bookstore Manager Mrs. Kelley at 480-882-7301


SENIOR PICTURES: Wednesday 9/19 7:30-10:30 AM - All Seniors that have not had their portraits done with Duke Photography will need to have their pictures taken.

*order form attached below

DRAMA Improv Show: Friday 9/21 2:20 PM in CHS room #508

HOMECOMING TICKETS 4-SALE: available in CHS Bookstore - $35 couple/$25 single


SITE COUNCIL MEETING: Monday 9/17 at 5:00 PM in CHS Library

BOOSTER CLUB MEETING: Monday 9/17 6:00 PM in CHS Library

Band Fundraiser

Band is holding a Car Wash Fundraiser on Saturday 9/15 from 8am-12pm at Big O Tires on Gantzel/Ocotillo. Please come out and Support our Band Program
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The J.O. Combs Unified School District is committed to identifying students who qualify for placement in the gifted cluster classroom. The Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) is the assessment used to determine whether a child qualifies as gifted. If your child is already identified as gifted there is no need to have them retested. Additionally, all 3rd grade students will be screened for further gifted testing in the spring.

If you would like your child to be evaluated for gifted the Fall testing for grades Kindergarten - 6th grade will occur at Combs Traditional Academy beginning at 9:00AM on Saturday, September 22, 2018. Parents may check in for testing in the school’s library beginning at 8:30AM, where they will be able to wait for their child. The testing session will last approximately 2 to 2 1/2 hours, so please plan accordingly.

To learn more about the gifted student and to complete the permission to test form please visit the Curriculum & Instruction department on our district website at The permission to test form must be submitted by Wednesday, September 19, 2018.

Gifted Testing Request & Permission Form

Should you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact your child’s classroom teacher.

Varsity FOOTBALL HOME vs. Seton Catholic

Friday, Sep. 14th, 7pm

2505 East Germann Road

San Tan Valley, AZ


Boys GOLF vs. Casteel, Williams Field

Tuesday, Sep. 18th, 3pm

21515 East Village Loop Road North

Queen Creek, AZ


Tuesday, Sep. 18th, 4-7pm

3000 South Apache Road

Buckeye, AZ

Freshman - 4:00 PM

JV - 5:00 PM


Boys GOLF @ Poston Butte

Thursday, Sep. 20th, 3pm

1415 North Mill Avenue

Tempe, AZ

Freshman FOOTBALL @ Vista Grande

Thursday, Sep. 20th, 6pm

1556 North Arizola Road

Casa Grande, AZ



Vista Grande 0-3

JV FOOTBALL HOME vs. Casa Grande

Thursday, Sep. 20th, 6pm

2505 East Germann Road

San Tan Valley, AZ



Casa Grande 1-1

SWIM @ Queen Creek

Thursday, Sep. 20th, 4pm

20255 East Chandler Heights Road

Queen Creek, AZ


Thursday, Sep. 20th, 4-7pm

2505 East Germann Road

San Tan Valley, AZ

Freshman - 4:00 PM

JV - 5:00 PM


Varsity FOOTBALL @ Vista Grande

Friday, Sep. 21st, 7pm

1556 North Arizola Road

Casa Grande, AZ



Vista Grande 2-2

SWIM @ Knight's Invitational

Saturday, Sep. 22nd, 9am

2076 South Higley Road

Gilbert, AZ

4th Annual Golf Tournament Fundraiser - sponsored by: Football Boosters

Saturday, Sep. 22nd, 11am

36460 North Encanterra Drive

San Tan Valley, AZ

4 person modified scramble

$75 per golfer


Homecoming Week: September 24-29


FOOTBALL GAME - Friday 9/28

DANCE - Saturday 9/29

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