March Newsletter


Cougar Families!

Thank you for attending parent teacher conferences. If you were not able to attend, please reach out to your students’ teacher or our amazing counseling staff to arrange private conferences if necessary. As always, we advocate to partner with you to ensure student success.

Change of Learning Platform Requests

If you would like to change from virtual to in person or vise versa, please contact me by March 4th. ( Remember, our final change will occur at the start of 4th quarter and this MUST communicate this ahead of time. Once a decision has been made, it will be for the quarter - students cannot switch back and forth.
Big picture

Thank you for all of your support with our annual fundraiser. The students enjoyed winning the cash prizes.

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.

Hello CMS parents. Can you believe that Spring is almost here and we are now ¾ into our school year? That’s right, 4th quarter is upon us. As we head into the final stretch of our school year, we would like to remind you that CMS teachers and staff will continue to provide our students with every opportunity to succeed academically, socially and emotionally.
Our genuine hope is that each and every one of our students will thrive in all areas! In supporting our students to achieve their ultimate best, we would like to continue partnering with you, our CMS families to help each and every student succeed. So, the question becomes…

How can we help each other to help our students?

  • Encourage and assist your student in developing personal accountability.

  • Encourage your student to meet all deadlines and avoid missing assignments. Missing assignments are a very large factor that contributes to poor grades. Once assignments are missing, it can be difficult to catch up!

  • Assist students with identifying, completing and submitting any missing assignments.

  • Regularly check your students' grades with them and have follow up discussions regarding what they will do to maintain or improve academically.

  • Provide consistent positive feedback when students are demonstrating personal improvement and accountability.

  • Assist students with the skill of self advocacy. Please encourage your students to ask questions when they do not understand something or need assistance in class.

  • Please check your emails regularly for any correspondence from teachers regarding your student’s progress.

Thank you for your partnership!

Laurene Shindledecker : Students A-F

Trey Colburn: Students G-M

Leslie Wiberg: Students N-Z

Big picture

Don’t forget, Spring Break is now 2 weeks. Break will begin March 8th-March 22nd. We look forward to seeing students back on March 23rd.

Big picture

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.

Tryouts will begin when we return from Spring Break, which is March 23rd. Tryouts consist of three days of player evaluations to determine team placement. Wrestling will not hold tryouts, but if you want to participate, all you need is your physical and sports packet completed. Wrestling practices and meets will take place at Combs High School. Combs school district will provide transportation to the high school at the end of the school day. The bus will leave CMS at approximately 4:05. On half days the bus will leave at 2:05 and practice will end around 4:30. Parents, you will need to pick your child up from the high school no later than 6:00 PM, and 4:30 on half days.

Anyone that is interested in joining the cheer team, there will be a meeting Wednesday the 3rd at 1:45 in the library. Coach Collins would like to meet with you to discuss expectations for this upcoming season. On March 4th there will be another cheer tryout after school for those who want to participate.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me.

Go Cougars!!


Mr. Clark

Dean of Students

Athletic Director

Fun things are happening at CMS!

In honor of black history month, students participated in a door decorating contest. Winners were awarded Bosa donuts and drinks and Teachers were awarded Dutch Bros Gift Cards. Thank you to all our participants!

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.