February Newsletter


Cougar Families!

Can you believe it is time to register our students for the 21-22 school year?

8th grade students will receive a visit from the high school counseling team on February 2nd. Our current 7th grade students will be receiving a visit from our counseling team through their ELA classes the week of February 15th. This year registration will look different as it will be done online.

Exciting News

The National Junior Honor Society is in progress.

Our NJHS students strive to make an impact, not just for themselves, but also for our school community and the world. We look forward to their future service commitments. We can’t wait to introduce our new members.

Counseling Corner

CMS Parents...We are extremely excited to announce the launch of the J.O. Combs Unified School District Parent University Website Parent University You can access the website through this link or any time on our CMS website under the Parent Corner tab. Parent University educates families on the social, emotional and developmental needs of their students by offering free materials, webinars, resources and events that will provide education and assistance with current issues that your students may be experiencing. We hope you will take a moment to explore Parent University and visit often for quarterly updates.

Preparation for our 2021/2022 school year has begun! Here's a look at what's happening for our students as we prepare our 8th grade students to transition to Combs Highschool and our 7th grade CMS students to transition to 8th grade:

  • On February 2nd, CHS counselors will visit our 8th grade students to assist with the high school registration process. We are excited to announce that our students will request their classes through StudentVue in class on this date. Parents can view their student's high school course selection requests through ParentVue (please visit the site on a desktop computer, it is not available through the app) on this date as well. PLEASE be sure to review your student's course requests carefully, as final changes need to be made by February 12, 2021. ***Due to our continued efforts to keep our students safe and healthy, the traditional field trip that our 8th grade students take to CHS will not be taking place this year.

  • During the week of February 15th, the CMS counseling team will be visiting 7th grade ELA classes to assist with the registration process to 8th grade. We are happy to announce that our students will request their 8th grade classes through StudentVue in class on the day of our visit. Parents can view their student's 8th grade course selection request through ParentVue (please visit the site on a desktop computer, it is not available through the app). PLEASE be sure to review your student's course requests carefully, as final changes will need to be made by February 26, 2021.

If you have any questions regarding the transition process, our CMS counseling team is happy to guide you through this process.

Laurene Shindledecker : Students A-F lshindledecker@jocombs.org

Trey Colburn: Students G-M tcolburn@jocombs.org

Leslie Wiberg: Students N-Z lwiberg@jocombs.org

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Student Drop Off and Pick Up Reminders

Hello Cougar family. As we begin the second half of our school year, we would like to provide a few reminders regarding drop off and pick up procedures. The safety of our students is our primary concern. As such, please remember to abide by the following safety guidelines:

  • The designated drop off lane is located directly in front of the school. Please do not use the parking lot to drop off or pick up students.

  • Please pull all the way forward past the crosswalk to allow for traffic flow.

  • Please refrain from using your cell phone in the drop off lane.

  • Please drive slowly

As always, we appreciate your partnership and cooperation!

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Civics Testing for 8th Grade Students

Virtual students must take the test onsite. Our test date for virtual students will be on Wednesday, February 10th from 2-3:30. All student must be picked up by 4:30. If you do not feel comfortable with your child taking the test onsite, rest assure, students will have other opportunities in high school.

In person 8th grade students will take their Civics test February 8th-10th. If you have any questions about this, please contact

Ms.Radtke or Mr. Testa 8th (Grade Social Studies Team).

Arizona Department of Education Civics Test

In 2015, the Arizona legislature passed the American Civics Act (House Bill 2064). This bill will require students, beginning with the graduating class of 2017, to pass a civics test based on the United States Immigration and Naturalization civics questions. Students will be required to score 60% or higher in order to graduate from high school or obtain a high school equivalency certificate. As a courtesy, the Arizona Department of Education, with help from the Maricopa County Education Service Agency and Arizona educators, has developed a mostly multiple choice version of the required test.

The Civics Test provided by ADE includes the 100 civics questions from the naturalization test with most questions rewritten as multiple choice questions. The few questions that require students to name specific elected officials are worded as short answer questions and placed at the end of the test. The multiple choice questions are ordered by the grade based on test content alignment, beginning with Kindergarten and ending with high school.

The official list of 100 civics questions included on the naturalization test and free study materials are posted on the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services website:


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Athletic Updates

As we prepare for 4th quarter athletics I want to remind any athlete that is trying out for wrestling, boys basketball, or girls soccer to make sure you have your physical completed and the athletic packet completed before tryouts begin. You can turn the packets into the front office.

Each year Combs Middle School participates in the Game On fundraiser. This fundraiser will kick off on February 16th. Please be on the lookout for information in the upcoming weeks. Game On is an excellent way for your child to earn prizes and a great way for our school to purchase items that will benefit our school and students.

Thank you for all that you do and the constant support you give our students and school. If you have any questions regarding athletics or your students please feel free to contact Mr. Clark.

Go Cougars!!


Mr. Clark

Dean of Students

Athletic Director

Join the Combs Team

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