May Newsletter


Cougar Families!

This time of year becomes sentimental for both staff and our eighth graders as they wind down their time at the middle school. We wish them well as they pursue their future at Combs High School.

8th grade Formal

Student council is working hard to make this night a success! We look forward to seeing students dressed up and ready to celebrate the end of their time at Combs Middle School. The dance will take place on Friday, May 21st from 6pm-8pm. Save the date.


This is a friendly reminder that dress code is still being enforced. As of late, crop tops and spaghetti straps have made a strong comeback. Please partner with us in supporting the dress code policy per our student handbook.

Principal Ridge

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Counseling Corner

Hello CMS families. Is it really true? Is it really May? As the end of our school year quickly approaches, many feelings and experiences may arise. As a counseling team, we have been fortunate to share some mindfulness for wellbeing techniques with our students. These techniques allow our students to become fully aware and accepting of emotions and experiences. You may be wondering what mindfulness for wellbeing techniques are and how you can implement them into your daily life. We would like to share resources with you that will provide additional information. You can find mindfulness resources by visiting J.O. Combs Parent University

The CMS Counseling Department would like to pass along some important information from our partners at the Teen Lifeline:

The end of the school year is always a stressful and exciting time finishing classes and preparing for summer, students may start to feel anxious or stressed. Teen Lifeline wants you to know that students are not alone. Teen Lifeline can help by connecting students to another teen at Teen Lifeline. Students, if you start feeling stressed out at any point this month, please talk to someone about it. You can do this by calling or texting the number on the back of your school ID. Remember, in the time of uncertainty, you are not alone Teen Lifeline is also available to parents and other adults who are in need of resources for their children.

Teen Lifeline: call/text 602-248-8336

· Calling remains available 24/7.

· Texting available extended hours 12pm-9pm on weekdays and 3pm-9pm on weekends.

· Peer counselors are still available from 3pm to 9pm every day.

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CMS will celebrate “Teacher Appreciation Week” during the week of May 3rd-7th. Various activities will take place throughout the week on campus to recognize the dedication and service that the CMS teachers bring to our school community. Please encourage your child to take an opportunity during the week to write a note to a teacher to thank him/her.

Exciting News!

Our wrestling team is on fire. Please join us in celebrating their recent victories over Ben Franklin and ALA Ironwood.

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Promise for the Future

Parents of 8th graders:

We have a wonderful opportunity to have your students' first 2 years at Central Community College paid for!

The following are the requirements to make this happen.

Please read carefully as the requirements have changed.

To receive the Promise for the Future funds, the student must:

 Begin by the fall semester after high school graduation

 Complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) form

 Enroll in a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester

 Declare an eligible degree or certificate program

To renew eligibility for the Promise for the Future funds each semester, the student must:

 Maintain a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA

 Enroll in a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester

 Complete a minimum of 9 credits each semester

 Maintain continuous enrollment each semester excluding summer term

 Allow the Financial Aid office to verify and ensure the student meets the eligibility requirement

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Athletic Updates

Cougar Family,

4th quarter sports are coming to an end. All of our teams have been competing hard and making improvements. It is great to see progress that is made from the start of a season to the end. I hope your child has enjoyed being a part of a team and building relationships that they will take with them for years to come.

As we look forward to next year, I want to remind all of you to not wait until the start of a season to get physicals done. If you can make time to get physicals completed over the summer please do so. This will insure that your child will be able to participate in each day of the tryouts and not play catch up once they join the team.

I have truly enjoyed watching all of our student athletes compete this year. Remember we love having our students tryout for sports. If your child is interested in any sport that we offer, please encourage them to try-out and be a part of a team. Sports are a great way to build community and bring a school together.

I look forward to next year and seeing your child compete in the arena of athletics.

Go Cougars!!


Mr. Clark

Dean of Students

Athletic Director

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Join the Combs Team

We currently have full and part time positions available. Click on the link below to see a list of open positions district wide.

District Website, All Site websites and all Publications 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, 301 E. Combs Road, 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, 301 E. Combs Road, San Tan Valley, AZ 85140 or 480-987-5300.