The Official Newsletter of Combs High School

September, 28, 2018

CHS is proud to introduce you to our Counseling Team

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Stefanie McDowell/Student Services Aid

I am the student services aid. I help the students schedule appointments with their counselors. I also assist the counselors with projects they may have. Love my job love the people I work with. Before working here at JO Combs High School I was a stay at home mom for 16 yrs. I have 5 children and have been married for 19 yrs.

Brandon Outcalt/Counselor A-F

I am a part of the wonderful counseling team we have here at the high school and am responsible for last names beginning with A-F. I love my job and am always excited to come to work. I love helping our kids. My door is always open to any student. I am our point of contact for our in state Universities and organize their visits to us and our field trips to them. Some of my other duties consist of "Coyote Team" leader, AZ Merit testing, and AZCIS to name a few. I have loved my time here getting to know the community and I'm very proud to be a part of this Combs team. I love sports, comics, movies/TV shows, being outside and the beach!

Jolene Petersen/Counselor G-M

I am an Arizona native, born and raised in Show Low. Since my childhood home was on one hill and my Elementary/Junior High Schools were on neighboring hills and we got snow, I can actually use the old adage that I walked uphill to school both ways and in the snow and mean it. My family and I have lived in the Phoenix area since 1993, locating to San Tan Valley 14 years ago. We love the small town feel, the openness of the area, and the people are awesome!

My sweetheart and I celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary this year and are the proud parents to 4 children, 1 amazing daughter in law, 2 grandchildren, and 1 crazy dog. We love to camp, fish, hike, go to the movies, and travel. When I'm not busy with all my mom and counselor duties, I enjoy reading a good book, playing my piano, baking, and watching my favorite movies.

I have a Bachelor of Science in Communication with a Minor in History from ASU and received my Master of Education in School Counseling from Ottawa University. My personal goal is to make sure that each student leaves my office a little better off than they came in and I believe that every student can find success if they are willing to work for it. This is my second year at Combs High School and I love my job!

Brenda Lohr/Counselor N-Z

Hi. My name is Brenda Lohr and I am the counselor for students whose last names fall between N and Z. I wear a number of hats here which include being the coordinator of the AP Program (especially testing), the Arizona Civics exam, the PSAT and facilitating the new Parent University evening presentations. I am also the chair of the counseling department. Although I am new to Combs High School this year, this is my 23rd year in education. In my personal life I am the mother of two grown children and grandmother of five and I spend all of my limited spare time with them. I grew up in Pinal county and my husband and I still live in Casa Grande, so I am really excited to have the opportunity to be here. I have fallen in love with this school and its students and am looking forward to helping them find ways to reach their goals and achieve their dreams.


TUESDAY 10/2 FAFSA NIGHT: (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)

6:00-7:30 PM in room 339 at CHS

Students and Parents will be offered assistance in applying for federal aid/grants to assist in secondary education costs. This is a crucial step in preparing for college.

SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY: 2019 Prudential Spirit of Community Award. Any student, grades 5-12, who has volunteered in the last year may apply. Two winners from Arizona will get an all-expense paid trip to Washington D.C. and $1,000. Apply at or no later than November 6. See your counselor if you have questions.

THURSDAY 10/18: 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Parent University/Drug Awareness and Prevention

Mark Your Calendars! Your CHS Counselors are Excited to bring you Parent University!!!

Combs High School and J.O. Combs Middle School are partnering to bring you important discussions regarding current issues in our community that are impacting our students.

Your College Planning Guides, Grades 9th - 12th

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2018 Homecoming Grand Marshall

Congratulations to David Bustillos, who was chosen as this years Grand Marshall.

David is part of the custodial/maintenance crew at CHS and has worked with the district since 2009. He was chosen by Senior Student Council for his kindness and willingness to help students in their everyday campus activities. David is beloved by all CHS students and staff.


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Up The Down Staircase

Come check out the talents of CHS Drama Department next week in their first production of the 2018-2019 school year!


Friday, Sep. 28th 2018 at 7pm

2505 East Germann Road

San Tan Valley, AZ

Varsity VOLLEYBALL @ Chandler Prep Invitational

Friday, Sep. 28th 2018 at 10am

1951 North Alma School Road

Chandler, AZ

GAMES: 10:00 AM 12:00 PM 2:00 PM

Girls GOLF @ Dobson

Monday, Oct. 1st 2018 at 3pm

2155 South Dobson Road

Mesa, AZ

Boys GOLF @ Higley

Tuesday, Oct. 2nd 2018 at 3pm

21515 East Village Loop Road North

Queen Creek, AZ

VOLLEYBALL HOME vs. Washington

Tuesday, Oct. 2nd 2018 at 4pm

2505 East Germann Road

San Tan Valley, AZ

Freshman 4:00 PM

JV 5:00 PM


Freshman FOOTBALL @ Cortez

Wednesday, Oct. 3rd 2018 at 6pm

8828 North 31st Avenue

Phoenix, AZ

SWIM @ Perry

Thursday, Oct. 4th 2018 at 4pm

1919 East Queen Creek Road

Gilbert, AZ

VOLLEYBALL @ Apache Junction

Thursday, Oct. 4th 2018 at 4pm

2525 South Ironwood Drive

Apache Junction, AZ

Freshman 4:00 PM

JV 5:00 PM



Thursday, Oct. 4th 2018 at 6pm

2505 East Germann Road

San Tan Valley, AZ


Friday, Oct. 5th 2018 at 7pm

8828 North 31st Avenue

Phoenix, AZ

CROSS COUNTRY @ Dave Doerrer Invitational

Saturday, Oct. 6th 2018 at 8am

9901 North 7th Avenue

Phoenix, AZ


10/8-10/15 - FALL BREAK (No School)

10/10 - PSAT testing

10/11 - "Little Coyote Clinic"

10/17 - Band/Orchestra Concert

Our school district is going green with Peachjar!

Beginning October 2, 2018, parents will begin receiving flyers digitally. This transition will save our schools time and money while ensuring information makes it home to parents. To ensure smooth delivery of this communication, we suggest you add "​​” to your email contacts. When you receive your first eflyer, be sure to click “always display images.” Thank you for supporting our efforts to ensure parents are well informed about school programs, activities, and events.