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GO COYOTES !!!!!
Today is Friday, September 11th of 2020 – and we mark the anniversary of 9/11. On this day, 19 years ago, terrorists killed nearly 3,000 people in attacks against the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and on Flight 93. Many of you were not born, yet, and do not remember the fateful day. This is not an event in a history book. It is part of who we are as Americans and WE CAN NOT FORGET IT’S MEANING.
It was a day of confusion, and a day of sorrow. It was a day of disbelief and a day of anger. It was also a day of heroes and a time where Americans came together to ensure that the sacrifices of those who were victims on that day - would not be forgotten. WE WILL NOT FORGET THE LOSS.
This terrorism was not abroad or part of a war on foreign soil. This terrorism was here – on U.S. soil and the victims were not soldiers but husbands and wives, brothers and sisters, workers and bosses and friends and neighbors. Thousands more were injured or are suffering today from the after effects of that day. WE WILL NOT FORGET THEIR SACRIFICE.
This was a day where firefighters, police officers, EMTs, rescue workers, soldiers and everyday citizens rushed into the destruction to save lives. In a moment of terror, they forgot themselves and only thought of others. They risked their own lives because of the value of every human life – the value of each of our own lives. In that moment they made their own decision to help another human being. WE CANNOT FORGET THEIR COURAGE.
Remember, too, that September 11th is Patriot Day and a National Day of Service and Remembrance. On this day Americans across the country are called to volunteer in their local communities in tribute to the individuals lost and injured in the attacks, first responders, and the many who have risen in service to defend freedom. Above all, everyone can be kind and be of service.
Congratulations to CHS Golfer, DJ Mathus for shooting a career best 41 vs. Tempe at Rolling Hills Golf Course.
CONGRATULATIONS TO MRS. GOODRICK
for the 2020-2021 school year. Mrs. Goodrick will serve a two year term, with her term ending at the close of the 2022 State Leadership Conference.
SEPT 14 - 18 SPIRIT WEEK
MONDAY - Over Dressed VS Under Dressed
Dress in your fanciest or laziest attire
Tuesday - City VS Country
Put on some street wear or strap on your boots
Wednesday - College VS Kinder
Dress up as a Frat/Sorority or your favorite childhood fits
Thursday - Past VS Future
Go back in time or dress for the future
Fish and Trap Club Parent Meeting, Library 6:00 PM
Friday - Upperclassmen VS Underclassmen
THE COMBS WRITING LAB
The goal of the Lab is to encourage and support writing across the curriculum. If you have a writing assignment, we might not be able to assist in content, we are there for structure and format, the writing component. We are very excited to bring the Writing Lab to the Combs campus!
Hey, Class of 2021! This is your year and we have a lot to do to make sure you are ready for graduation and beyond. Take a moment and go through the list below...each step is designed to help you get where you want to be!
- Review your transcripts/Credit check form. You would have received these documents in an email, in the mail, or both. Are you on track? Do you need to make up classes? Do you have questions? Make an appointment with your counselor if you aren't sure!
- FAFSA opens October 1! Students can start their FAFSA application as soon as it opens. FAFSA is required for students who are attending any post secondary training, and most schools use the information to determine scholarship needs. Many students will be eligible for grants to help pay tuition...this is money that doesn't have to be repaid! Need extra information? You can make an appointment with your counselor or ASK BENJI! Benji is an excellent resource for all FAFSA questions....you can access that help here: https://www.askbenji.org/
- Civics Testing, October 12-16. The Civics test is required by the State of Arizona to graduate. Students who have not taken, or who have failed, the Civics test will be scheduled for one of these days.
- School Day SAT, October 14. The SAT is a college entrance exam that could result in higher scholarship rewards with a good score. Normally students would have to take this test at full cost, on a Saturday. With the SAT at school, they can take it on campus during the school day AND get a discount. Students can sign up in the counseling office and pay their $32.50 (normally $52.50) in the bookstore.
- ASVAB, October 20/21. The ASVAB is a test that is administered by the military (it is NOT a military test, students who take the test are under no obligation to speak to a recruiter, nor do they have to sign up for the military). CHS requires students to take the test in order to discover strengths and abilities they may not have been aware of before. Students can plug their score into the ASVAB website, take an interest survey and an entire world of employment possibilities is opened to them, along with state by state incomes, degrees or certifications in that area, what schools offer these degrees or certifications, and a link to the FAFSA to help pay for school. It's a GREAT tool!
- Keep working hard! Senior-itis is real...don't let it get you down. Need to chat? Make an appointment with your counselor.
You've got this!
AFTER SCHOOL TUTORING
After-School Tutoring at CHS
As we return to in-person learning, after-school tutoring/learning options will resume. Please note that different subjects have different start dates.
Tuesday/Thursday: 2:30 - 4:45 (Bus home for in-district students leaves campus at 4:45pm; students will be given a bus pass by their teacher/tutor in order to ride the bus home)
Math Tutoring: (Begins Tuesday 9/8): Room 406 (or virtual for virtual students)
Sign up with your math teacher. You may sign up for one or both days weekly; however, this is subject to change based on student need. Sign ups will be utilized to maintain social distancing. Work with one or more math teachers to review/practice current (or old) math concepts. [Virtual students, your math teacher will provide you with the link for Google Meet]
Writing Lab: (Begins Tuesday 9/15): Room 493
Sign up with your English teacher. This is not limited to English writing assignments but is open to ALL subject area writing! Get help perfecting your writing from an English teacher! [Virtual students, your English teacher will provide you with the link for Google Meet]
Edgenuity Lab: (Begins Tuesday 9/8) Room 339
Combs High School offers an after school tutoring lab for students enrolled in Edgenuity.
Students will sign in to the lab on arrival. No early sign-ups are necessary but will change if needed to accommodate social distancing.
Student-Athlete Study Hall: (Begins Tuesday 9/8) Room 339
Combs High School offers extensive opportunities for all students to participate in the activities of their choice as an integral part of their school program. Athletic team, club, and class experiences are designed to help satisfy the recreational, social, emotional, and extended academic needs and interests of all students. Combs High School is committed to fostering academically successful Student-Athletes. All Student-Athletes must keep eligibility through maintaining passing grades in all credit-bearing classes as verified through a bi-weekly grade check.
Combs High School offers an in-person tutoring lab for Student-Athletes who may seek help or be assigned remediation to help maintain eligible academic status. A Student-Athlete may elect to attend the tutoring lab to help maintain eligible academic status. Athletic coaches may require a Student-Athlete to attend the tutoring lab to help maintain eligible academic status. Student-Athletes will not be penalized for attending the tutoring lab during practice time. It is the student-athlete's responsibility to inform their coach of attendance at the tutoring lab. Student-Athletes are required to sign in while attending the tutoring lab and this record will be shared with Athletic Coaches. The tutoring lab will be in 339 Tuesday and Thursday from 2:30 - 4:45. A student will be released back to practice through the approved signature of the tutor on staff.
WEDNESDAY LUNCH SCHEDULE
NEW STUDENT/PARENT INFORMATION SYSTEM
Students must access their student email before their Student VUE and Parent VUE.
Contact the high school front office if assistance is needed. We have also created an IT help line for your convenience, 480-987-5314, or you can email your questions to ITSupport@jocombs.org
PARENTS - Please check your contact information in your Parent VUE for accuracy and make needed changes.
CAC CONNECT CALENDAR
Due to Covid we are not able to do the CAC connect office live on your school campus so we are going virtual again for the fall semester.
We will have zoom check-in and chat sessions for students and parents on Wednesday’s starting promptly at 5pm for them to ask questions they have regarding CAC & details of how to become a CAC student.
Girls GOLF vs. Tempe, North
Monday, Sep. 14th, 3pm
21515 East Village Loop Road North
Queen Creek, AZ
BADMINTON @ Thunderbird
Tuesday, Sep. 15th, 4pm
1750 West Thunderbird Road
Boys GOLF @ Gilbert
Tuesday, Sep. 15th, 3pm
1800 West Guadalupe Road
Girls GOLF @ Maricopa
Wednesday, Sep. 16th, 3pm
42660 W Rancho El Dorado Parkway
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.