COYOTE UPDATE

The Official Newsletter of Combs High School

MAY 21


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GO COYOTES !!!!!

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Dear Combs Families,


As this unique and challenging school year comes to a close, we are already hard at work preparing for next year.


As part of our planning process, we need each of our families to complete their enrollment verification for 2021-2022. We’re pleased to share that this process can now be done entirely online via ParentVue, and will allow you to simply confirm your child’s current enrollment information, as well as select your desired learning model (in-person or virtual) for next year. If you have already completed this process, it is not necessary to do again.


All you have to do is click here to start the verification process. We ask that all families please complete this verification process by June 1st.


If you have any questions or issues with the process, please reach out to your school site for assistance.

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STANDOUT COYOTES

TRACK ATHLETES COMPETE AT STATE

Our Track athletes competed at the STATE Competition at Desert Ridge High School last weekend and performed very well with multiple state placers, some personal records and even a STATE CHAMPION. Our boys team placed 5th in the state, below are our personal state placers:


Bubba Taunima took 1st in shot and 4th in discus

Brodee Tucker took 2nd in shot and 8th in javelin

Levi Tuckfield took 2nd in high jump

Ammon Fairbanks took 6th in the pole vault with a personal record

Kylee Wiles took 8th in the pole vault with a personal record


Also worth mentioning:

Lexi Schnepf got a PR in the high jump




GREAT JOB COYOTES! Congratulations to all of our track athletes and coaches for a great season!

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SENIOR SIGN 2021

Thank you to Sophomore Aidan Davis for creating this years Senior Sign. Good Job Aidan!!!

CHS STUDENTS TO RECEIVE THE STATE SEAL OF ARTS PROFICIENCY

Congratulations to: Alora Hawman (Theatre), Breanna Varley, Maricella Garcia Gonzales, Sofia Martinez, and Madelyn Oitman (Dance) for receiving the State Seal of Arts Proficiency. To earn the State Seal, students had to have received a 3.0 or better in a minimum of 4 arts credits which is 8 or more classes, plus they completed a minimum of 80 hours of arts extracurricular activities, and in their senior year, completed a student-led capstone project under the guidance of a mentor in Dance, Media Arts, Music, Theatre Arts, or Visual Arts.

COACH PETRUCELLI

Welcome Coach Petrucelli to the CHS family. We are excited to have you and can not wait to see what amazing things you will bring to the Boys Varsity Soccer team in the 2021-22 school year.

GRADUATION LIVE STREAM

Click the video below to view our 2021 CHS Graduation live. Streaming will begin May, 26 at 6:55pm
Combs High School Commencement 2021

SEASON FINALE OF THE RUNDOWN

The Rundown - S4 Episode 5
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COMBS HIGH SCHOOL FREE IN-PERSON SUMMER SCHOOL

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

ELIGIBILITY AND EXPECTATIONS FOR IN-PERSON SUMMER COURSES

CHS 2021 SUMMER REGISTRATION FORM

FOR YOUR GRADUATE - - PRE ORDER AVAILABLE NOW

Student Council has begun pre sales for Candy Lei's and Rose's for your Graduate. Get to the CHS Bookstore today and pre order today.


Candy Lei $3.00

Rose $3.00

Combination $5.00

CAMPUS CALENDAR

NOW-MAY 31:

COVID TESTING/VACCINATION AVAILABLE IN 300 PARKING LOT JUST WEST OF COYOTE RD AT CHS


FRI 5/21 - SENIOR SUNSET, Cafeteria/Gym 6:00 PM

MON 5/24 - GRADUATION PRACTICE (mandatory for all graduating seniors), Stadium/gym 6:30 PM

TUES 5/25 - Early Release, 11:15 AM

- FINALS (periods 1, 3, 5)

WED 5/26 - Early Release, 11:15 AM

- FINALS (periods 2, 4, 6)

- GRADUATION CEREMONY, Coyote Stadium 7:00 PM


SCHOOL'S OUT FOR SUMMER BREAK

COUNSELORS CORNER

Did you know?? 3 more days!!! It's been a year to remember for both the good and the not so good, but we've made it through because we all worked together. We've learned we can do hard things, we've learned resilience, and we've learned to truly value what is important. The counseling department is so proud of each student...from the graduating Seniors, to our soon to be new Seniors, Juniors and Sophomores. We want to wish everyone a happy, healthy summer, and look forward to your return in July!


Did you know?? Mrs. Lohr and Mr. Outcalt are leaving Combs High School this year. Mrs. Lohr is looking forward to retirement and more time with her family, and Mr. O will be serving as one of the new counselors at Higley High School. We are going to miss them terribly, and wish them well in this next chapter. Taking their place are Ms. Rachel Riebolt and Ms. Heidi Durrant, both seasoned counselors, and both excited to get to know CHS and the students here. Please join us in welcoming them to the Combs High School family!

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.

ELIGIBILITY

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.


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HONORING ALL OF OUR GPEMC/AZEMC DISTRICTS -- Old and new!

OUR NEW LOCATION INFORMATION BELOW:

Dianne Smith, Executive Director

Dr. Howard Carlson, Executive Administrator (Consultant)

GPEMC/AZEMC

1481 N. Eliseo Felix Jr. Way Suite 100A

Avondale, AZ 85323

623-932-7055 Office

520-664-4074 Howard's Cell

dsmith@aguafria.org

hcarlson@aguafria.org

www.GPEMC.org

PROMISE FOR THE FUTURE

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 www.centralaz.edu/finaid . 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.


APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED FOR THE

2021-2022 GOVERNOR'S YOUTH COMMISSION


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 June 7, 2021 at 5:00 PM from Arizona youth in the following counties:

  • Apache
  • Coconino
  • Gila
  • Graham
  • Greenlee
  • La Paz
  • Mohave
  • Navajo
  • Santa Cruz
  • Yavapai

UPCOMING EVENTS

SUMMER SCHOOL - JUNE 1-24

SCHOOL RESUMES - JULY 26th

CPAC Events-Save the Dates

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

Centerstage Academy presents summer theater camps for ages 5 to 14. Performances at the Combs Performing Arts Center. For more information visit https://centerstage.academy/summer-camps-2021/

Arizona Repertory Theater presents summer theater camps for ages 5 to 16. For more information visit www.art4kids.net

September 23, 2021-Small Business Symposium presented by Darling Companies, Designed From Scratch Concepts and Network Together. Tickets at www.localsmallbusinesssymposium.com

We rent out the Combs Performing Arts Center for business meetings, seminars, trainings and our Black box and dance studio for classes, or smaller gatherings and much more!

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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.