NOVEMBER 1, 2019

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Today was the first Friday of the month. To show our appreciation for our teachers they were treated to Coffee and Doughnuts. Thank you for all you do CHS TEACHERS!!!

AJ-Combs rivalry adds hardware to Battle of Ironwood

When Combs and Apache Junction meet tonight, the two teams will be competing for the Battle of Ironwood Trophy. The trophy was the brainchild of Apache Junction coach Vance Miller and will be exchanged for the first time this year.


Staff members from The Rundown (television), Combs Courier (newspaper) and EPOCH yearbook media outlets attend the fall conference of the Arizona Interscholastic Press Association this Tuesday. The programs submitted entries into the state competition for the first time and received two superior awards in journalistic portraits, an excellent for the intro of the season finale of last years tv show and placed third in general excellence in broadcast journalism.
Season Finale Intro


Our varsity volleyball team has seen great accomplishments on the court this season. The regular season came to a conclusion Tuesday, the girls finished the season 10-7, 9-1 in the 4A Black Canyon Region and were named Region Champions. The girls then faced Catalina Foothills Thursday 10/31 at their home court in the 4A State Play-In game. The girls came up short and did not get to advance to the State Play offs, but not for lack of effort. The Coyotes had an incredible season and our volleyball program is showing great promise for a bright future.
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BACK ROW L-R, Paige Gunnels, Lexi Schnepf, Kerstyn Hedrick, Acacia Melvin, Aimee Hansen, Cheyenne Hoffman, Savana Norton, Macyn Gunnels FRONT ROW L-R, Mariah Thomas, Stephanie Yanez, Reagan Foster, Alysen Harris, Hailey Bates

CHOIR is going to STATE

The Combs High School Choir competed in the Fall Choral Festival October 25th and received an Excellent rating. For earning this rating, the choir will be advancing to the State Choral Festival in the spring! This is the first time in six years that CHS has made it to State!! Great Job Coyotes!

Meet Mrs. Brimley

I am the current German teacher at Combs High School. This is my 5th year in the district but the first year at the high school. I was at the middle school for the last 4 years teaching social studies. I started learning German from my dad and continued to learn it at the University. I eventually had the opportunity to live in Germany. I have since visited many times. I have lived in Arizona since high school. I am originally from Appleton, Wisconsin only 30 miles from Green Bay. So I am a Packer Fan. It is really the only sport I really enjoy, except when I watch my students or children play sports. I have been teaching now for 22 years. I am married with 4 children. I so love teaching German. It has always been my passion to teach German. I especially enjoy just teaching in general, I find my greatest joy in life is to help others. There is no better feeling than to help someone. I am really grateful to be here at Combs High School and look forward to many years here.

Sheriff Lamb visits CHS

On Tuesday, Oct 29th, our Combs High School Criminology and Psychology/Sociology classes welcomed Pinal County Sheriff Mark Lamb to our campus. Sheriff Lamb discussed his career in law enforcement and shared many intriguing stories with the students.

Sheriff Lamb was brought on campus to further discuss what the students are learning in the classroom. The Criminology class is learning how to use logic, reason, deductive and critical thinking when entering a crime scene to determine what happened and how to pursue those leads. In Psychology, the students are learning about memory, perception, and how the mind of a criminal is "wired".

Sheriff Lamb related certain cases to the students that reinforced what the kids are taught in class. Many students have expressed a desire to enter a law enforcement, forensics, or psychology career. Students held a question and answer session after hearing from Sheriff Lamb with many excellent questions posed to the Sheriff.

Lamb is the 24th elected sheriff of Pinal County and has served our community as Sheriff for almost 3 years. He has years of experience with DUI task force, gang suppression and investigating multiple drive-by shootings, drug cases, assault and aggravated assault cases and homicides. Lamb has also worked Federal cases, State cases and Tribal cases.

Farewell to Mrs. Kohler

Shannon Kohler has worked with the district for 4 years and at the high school for 2. She plans to stay with district for at least one more year as a substitute. Shannon was raised in the Airforce and has never lost the travel bug. She plans to purchase an RV, travel and explore the wine countries. Good Luck to you and thank you for your time at CHS.


S4 - The Rundown Halloween 2019


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Wednesday, November 6, 2019


Did you know? CHS has TWO CTE tracks that are excellent choices for students interested in working with children...Early Childhood Education and Education Professions. Early Childhood Education students study child development with an eye towards working as a preschool teacher, while Education Professions students study with the goal of teaching Elementary, Middle, or High school. Both groups work with children through Ms. Goodrick's daycare program, and both have the opportunity to spend time with students at district elementary schools. You will often see our Early Childhood Education students wandering around campus and the community with their "babies" monitored simulations that students get to name, dress, and take care of. It's a great way for them to understand what it is like to have a baby to care for (including those long sleepless nights).

For both of these programs, passing the test at the end of the second year will earn students PRAXIS Paraprofessional Certification. This certification creates employment possibilities within preschools, daycares, and schools of all levels as a paraprofessional, helping our struggling students and truly making a difference.

Upcoming Events:

  • November 5: U of A Field Trip
  • November 7: CAC Palooza
  • November 19: ACCUPLACER for Seniors (don't forget to register at CAC. Use this link to apply:
  • November 22: Parent University
  • December 2: Arizona State University Field Trip
  • December 20: Final day of Semester 1


11/2 - BAND @ ABODA State Marching Semi-Finals

11/6 - Senior Picture Retakes and Club Photos


11/9 - BAND @ AZMBA Championships


NOV 11 - NO SCHOOL, Veterans Day

NOV 16 - Golf Tournament @ AZ Golf Resort and Event Center, sponsored by: Boys Basketball Boosters

NOV 22-23 - Dance Concert 7pm Combs Performing Art Center

NOV 28-29 - NO SCHOOL, Thanksgiving


Don't miss your last chance to watch Coyote Football in 2019!

The Coyotes face their rival, the Apache Junction Prospectors to close out the 2019 season.

Kickoff is at 7:00 PM

Click the link below to purchase tickets - and avoid the line!

Varsity FOOTBALL vs. Apache Junction

Friday, Nov. 1st, 7pm

2505 East Germann Road

San Tan Valley, AZ

SWIM @ Husky Invitational

Saturday, Nov. 2nd, 9am

350 North Arizona Avenue

Chandler, AZ

Fall BASEBALL @ Highland

Thursday, Nov. 7th, 6pm

4301 East Guadalupe Road

Gilbert, AZ

CROSS COUNTRY @ Sectionals

Friday, Nov. 8th, 1pm

2155 East Knox Road

Gilbert, AZ

Fall BASEBALL @ San Tan Foothills

Friday, Nov. 8th, 4pm

1255 West Silverdale Road

San Tan Valley, AZ

JV - 4:00 PM


Continuous Notice of Nondiscrimation

The J.O. Combs Unified School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability or age in its programs or activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. Inquiries may be directed to the Title IX Coordinator or the Section 504/ADA Title II Coordinator at 301 E. Combs Rd., San Tan Valley, AZ 85140 or (480) 987-5300.

El Distrito Escolar Unificado de J.O. Combs no discrimina basada por la raza, el color, el origen nacional, el sexo, la discapacidad o la edad de una persona en sus programas o actividades y proporciona igual acceso a los Boy Scouts y otros grupos juveniles designados. Las consultas pueden dirigirse al coordinador del Título IX o al coordinador del Título II de la Sección 504 / ADA en 301 E. Combs Rd., San Tan Valley, AZ 85140 o (480) 987-5300.