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Each teacher had the opportunity to select their "Student of the Year".

These students were honored with a continental breakfast and a personal letter of gratitude written by their nominating teacher. We thought it only appropriate to honor our teachers Students of the Year during Teacher Appreciation Week, as they make such a positive impact each day in our teachers classrooms.

Claudia Pinkerton, Brandee Jones, Tyler Serkes, Tia Harvey, Ariana Cecelic, Aver Swenki, Chase Nedau, Xerianna Morfin, Jahmaika Davis, Meagan Allred, Naina Parshatam, Chloe Burns, Jasmynn Montgomery, Patricia Grundvig, Annabelle Chapman, Jayce Martz, Chase Theabold, Rebekkah Atterbury, Nicole Chard, Haiden Seavey, Charles Lindsay, Danika Smith, Preston Roy, Alyssa Maier, Lyrah Buddemeyer, Hunter Kennemer, Ryker Crumpton, Jacob Gillete Smith, Victoria (Clay) Molina, Maya Aikens, Jessica Martinez, Araya Folsome, Isaac Guevara, Michael Dvaenport, Ivy Connoly, Jordynn Miller, Lizandro Rodriguez, Chloe Butler, Kyle Dent, Jordan Jensen, Morgan Bodell, Jacob Skowron, Meeah Rhodes, Gage Theabold, Whaelyn Flake, Josue Valencia, Alexa Howland, Jermaria Newsome, Haley Schwabenbauer, Diego Castellano, Kyron Bennett, Jonathan Indie and Serenity Kennedy

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Our Unified Basketball team has had a fun and exciting season. Our Unified Sports always provide an incredible experience for all involved and are a blast to watch. They play at Combs High School Tuesday May 11th at 5:00 PM. Players include: Genevive Arrieta, Casey Bono, Tyler Culley, Austin Fuller, Brian Gales, Caedin Neill; Helpers include: Christian Chavez, Zoe Loggins, Austin Cunningham, Londyn Cunningham and Leslie Ponce. And THANK YOU to our coaches: Steve Larson, Anne Mattson, Jane Chu and Darby Pyle.
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This week our Criminology class has learned about blood spatter analysis and what that analysis can tell us about a crime scene.

When a crime results in bloodshed, the blood left behind functions as evidence for investigators. However, a bloodstain pattern analyst can't simply glance at drips and smears of blood and immediately tell you the Who, What and When of a crime scene.

After close analysis, blood spatters can provide important clues to aspects of the criminal act such as: type of weapon, velocity of blood, position and movements of the victim and assailant during and after the attack, which wounds were inflicted first, type of injuries, how long ago the crime took place, whether death was immediate or delayed.

As seen from the photos, the class learned about angles of drops, spray patterns, shoe imprints, hand or body swipes, and how the spatter looks when they are dropped in a walking or running pattern. The class enjoyed their time learning about this important topic in Criminology class.

The Rundown: SE3


This summer Combs High School will be offering FREE in-person summer school classes. We understand this past year has been a challenging time for our students. The Combs High School staff is committed to our students success and graduation. To this end, CHS will be offering FREE summer classes for students to make-up lost credits.

We will have 2 learning options this summer, In-Person instruction in the core academic areas and on our traditional online platform Edgenuity. Both opportunities will be outlined below with registration information.

Please see forms below



NHS 2021-2022

Interested in becoming a part of the

National Honor Society (NHS) at Combs High?

We are now accepting new members for the 2021-2022 school year!

To become and remain a member of the NHS, you must:

  • Have and maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.5 since freshman year

  • Perform 20 hours of community service during the next semester

  • Tutor other students a total of 10 hours throughout the next semester

  • Be a student of good character

  • Enjoy leadership roles

  • Attend weekly chapter meetings

  • Complete the required application and essay by May 4th

If this sounds like something you would like to be a part of, consider making NHS a part of your high school experience. If you are selected, you will be contacted via school email by May 6th . If selected, our induction ceremony will be held on May 18th at 6pm in the school library. There will be a virtual option if needed. Please contact Stacy Johnson for more information and an application. Paper copies can also be picked up in room 460.




FRI 5/7 - Fine Arts Night, CPAC 6:00 PM

SAT 5/8 - SAT TESTING, 500 Building 6:30 AM

Saturday School, Library 8:00 AM-12:00 PM


TUES 5/11 - JOSTENS on campus to distribute Cap/Gowns and will bring extras for any Seniors that have not pre-ordered, Drop-off gate 10:00 am- 1:00 pm

*This is the LAST CHANCE for SENIORS to purchase CAP/GOWN

WED 5/12 - School Board Meeting, District Office 6:00 PM


- Music Under the Stars, Featuring the CHS Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble performing the music from Star Wars, CHS Courtyard 7:00 PM DINNER (pulled pork dinner) served at 6:00 PM for only $9

(attendees should bring blanket or lawn chair)

FRI 5/14 - CNA Graduation, CPAC 7:00 PM

SAT 5/15 - Saturday School, Library 8:00 AM

- Curtain Call Induction Ceremony, CPAC 5:00 PM

Students and Parents,

We are happy to announce that we again will be holding an in person celebration for Academic Excellence! The Ceremony will take place on May 13th in the gym during our school day at 8:45am. If your student/s has made the honor roll for any grade we would like to honor them. If your student has met the criteria for honor roll they will be receiving an invitation. If your senior has been awarded any scholarships we would like to honor them as well. Students that have been offered scholarships from our in state Universities have been contacted. If your student is receiving a scholarship from an out of state school and you want them honored get in touch with your student's counselor. If your student is joining a branch of the Armed Forces we would like to honor them also so get in touch with their counselor on that too. If your student/s fall into any of these categories you are invited to join us in the celebration of our Awards Ceremony at this wonderful time of year!


Did you know??? Students can start taking steps to prepare for their next school year. These steps can ensure that they have a more successful year and keeps them on track for graduation and their post-secondary plans. For example, Freshman, Sophomore, and Junior students can take summer school classes to make up any lost credits so that Senior year is less to your counselor for more information....registration closes on May 16! Juniors can also sign up to take the ACT or SAT, start deciding which colleges they are going to apply to, and start their scholarship searches. An excellent step would be to go to the College Board website and sign up for a chance to win one of the Opportunity Scholarships. You can find this website and other scholarship search websites here:

Did you know??? Our Academic Awards Ceremony is coming soon! Students will be recognized on Thursday, May 13 during a daytime awards assembly for their academic excellence. Combs students are amazing and we are excited for them!

2021-22 Online Registration (assistance video)

In order to address the unprecedented drop in student postsecondary enrollment in Arizona, Helios Education Foundation, College Success Arizona, and other community partners are implementing an initiative to re-engage students in their education and offer an incentive scholarship to eligible students.

Colleges and universities in Arizona are experiencing significant declines in student enrollment due to the COVID-19 pandemic, especially among first generation, low-income, and underserved students.

Nationally, community college enrollment has fallen by 9.5 percent this year. In addition, Postsecondary enrollment for first-time freshmen (High School class of 2020) declined nearly 21.7 percent nationwide. In Arizona, statewide community college enrollment is down more than 16 percent.

“In order to continue on track to reach our statewide Achieve60AZ goal for postsecondary attainment, we must address this drop in enrollment and re-engage students on the path to pursuing a college degree,” said Paul J. Luna, President and CEO, Helios Education Foundation. “That why Helios Education Foundation began working with our partners to identify a way to help the Class of 2020 – the most affected by the impact of COVID-19 – to engage in postsecondary education.”

Helios Education Foundation and College Success Arizona are proud to announce the formation of the Helios Adelante Scholars Initiative which provides a $1,000 incentive scholarship to students who graduated from high school in May of 2020 but did not enter a college or other postsecondary program. The $1 million initiative will help ensure more students in Arizona are able to pursue a postsecondary degree.

Eligible students will be awarded a one-time award of $1,000. The funds may be used for tuition, books, or room and board at any accredited higher education institution. In addition, through this initiative, students may be eligible for institutional aid that is typically available only to students who enter college the semester after high school graduation.

To qualify for the scholarship, a student needs to be entering college for the first time, be a graduate from an Arizona high school from the class of 2020 and, enroll in an accredited college or university at least half-time, complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) or indicate non-FAFSA eligibility, and complete a scholarship application.

“We are pleased to be partnering with Helios Education Foundation and other community organizations to help implement this initiative,” said Rich Nickel, President and CEO of College Success Arizona. “We are ready to help provide the support they need to take advantage of this opportunity and begin their college education.”

Click here to learn more. (see below and more on their website)

In order to address these issues and ensure more students are entering college, Helios Education Foundation and College Success Arizona – along with other community partners – are implementing the Helios Adelante Scholars Initiative which provides a $1,000 incentive scholarship to 2020 graduates to encourage them to enter college.


To qualify for the scholarship, a student needs to be entering college for the first time, be a graduate from an Arizona high school from the class of 2020, enroll in an accredited college or university at least half-time, complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) or indicate that they are non-FAFSA eligible, and complete a scholarship application with College Success Arizona.

  • Eligible students will be awarded a one-time, non-renewable award of $1,000. The funds may be used for tuition, books, or room and board at any accredited higher education institution.
  • In addition to receiving the $1,000 incentive scholarship, students may be eligible for additional institutional aid. College Success Arizona will help identify those opportunities and help students pursue that aid.

If you meet the qualifications for the scholarship, please reach out to your College Access Partner below to get started.




Dianne Smith, Executive Director

Dr. Howard Carlson, Executive Administrator (Consultant)


1481 N. Eliseo Felix Jr. Way Suite 100A

Avondale, AZ 85323

623-932-7055 Office

520-664-4074 Howard's Cell


Dear Pinal County High Schools,

Just a reminder that we are no longer requesting senior lists for the Promise for the Future Scholarship program. However, we are inviting your graduating seniors who submitted their Promise Pledge in their 8th grade year to visit our Central Arizona College (CAC) webpage at . Under the Scholarship information heading, students will find the Promise for the Future tab. There, students will be able to review the guidelines and will be able to directly access the application form for the Promise for the Future scholarship program.

Students are to complete and submit the online CAC Scholarship Application. The form will ask Promise questions, and ask students to write an essay regarding their educational goals. Combining the CAC Scholarship application with the Promise for the Future scholarship provides Promise students the opportunity to be considered for other CAC scholarships.

In addition to the form, students are required to upload their high school transcript onto their CAC student portal. The high school transcript allows us to verify and determine eligibility to the Promise scholarship program. Students are also required to complete and submit a 2021-2022 FAFSA application.

Once the CAC Financial Aid Office determines eligibility, we will email students the Promise Scholarship acceptance letter outlining enrollment requirements.

Feel free to visit our webpage and if you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact me.


PHOENIX - The Governor's Office of Youth, Faith and Family (GOYFF) is seeking inspiring youth leaders from Arizona high schools to serve on the 2021-2022 Governor's Youth Commission (GYC). The GYC brings together a diverse group of high school students from all fifteen Arizona counties to identify and address the greatest challenges facing Arizona’s youth by developing innovative community impact projects, establishing partnerships with young leaders across the state, and advising the Governor.

Commissioners are selected through a competitive application process. If you know a high school student with a passion for service and leadership, please share this unique opportunity to serve as an ambassador in a nationally recognized leadership program! Applicants must be a sophomore, junior, or senior student during the 2021-2022 school year.

Applications are currently being accepted until May 7, 2021 at 5:00 PM from Arizona youth in all fifteen counties.




CPAC Events-Save the Dates

CPAC Events-Save the Dates

Save the dates for great performances and business training at the Combs Performing Arts Center!

Combs High School Fine Arts Senior Showcase, May 7, 2021 at 7 pm. Free tickets available at

Combs Middle School Orchestra and Choir Concert, May 11, 2021 at 6 pm. Free tickets available at

Combs Middle School Band Concert, May 13, 2021 at 6 pm. Free tickets available at

Gutbusters Improv Comedy Show presented by Combs High School Drama May 17, 2021 at 6 pm. Tickets $3 at

Shrek Jr. Presented by Center Stage Academy on May 21 and 22.
Tickets available at

Centerstage Academy presents summer theater camps for ages 5 to 14. Performances at the Combs Performing Arts Center. For more information visit

Arizona Repertory Theater presents summer theater camps for ages 5 to 16. For more information visit



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JO Combs Tax Credit

Unified BASKETBALL vs. Chandler

Tuesday, May 11th, 6pm



Friday, May 14th, 8am to Saturday, May 15th, 10pm

16440 South 32nd Street

Phoenix, 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.