March Newsletter

A Message from the Principal

Thank you for attending parent teacher conferences. If you were not able to attend , please reach out to your students’ teacher or the counseling staff to arrange an alternative date. As always we look forward to partnering with you in your students' success.

Thank you for the donations to our PBIS store. We are always in need of snacks and gift cards.

Thank you for supporting us with school rules and expectations. It would be helpful if you did not text students during class time. Please call the office if you have an urgent message.

Cell phone usage is not permitted in class. This includes checking the time or responding to a parent text. All phones taken will be parent pickup. We are not accepting yelling parents on this matter at this time.

Dress Code prohibits wearing pajamas. We are Target not Walmart.

Kindness Matters. We will not tolerate mean kids (Bullying)

We hope you enjoy your two week spring break.

Be safe. Have fun.

Principal Ridge

Counseling Corner

Hello Combs Middle School families! February has come and gone in the blink of an eye, but we are excited to get into our 4th quarter of the school year. During March, the Counseling Department is continuing to work on transitioning into the 2022-2023 school year. Here is some brief information regarding the past month and the month to come:


CMS 8th grade students successfully participated in the state-wide Arizona Youth Survey this past month. We appreciate their time, attention and feedback as our district and state look to strengthen the services for youth and families.

Parent University

Attention CMS parents…you and your students are invited to join us Thursday March 31, 2022 for a FREE special screening of “ScreenAgers Next Chapter: Uncovering Skills for Stress Resilience.” This movie addresses the common stress and anxiety that adolescents experience and shares suggestions for improved wellbeing. ADVANCED REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED

Screenagers Next Chapter registration


CMS continues to offer free and wonderful tutoring opportunities to support student’s academic needs. Students can attend before/after school tutoring (please see the CMS website for the tutoring schedule CMS Tutoring Schedule) and can access high-quality academic support any time through the online tutoring platform “Paper.” It is our hope that students will utilize any and/or all of these tutoring opportunities to assist them in achieving their academic goals!

Testing Tips

With state testing fast approaching, students can often experience increased levels of stress. We would like to share a few tips to reduce stress or anxiety and improve exam performance:

  • Self Care

    • Make sure to eat healthy foods

      • Foods high in protein are recommended

        • Eggs

        • Yogurt

        • Peanut butter toast

  • Get good sleep

  • Exercise

  • Take some breaths during test time to release any tense feelings

  • Replace any negative thoughts with positive self-talk

    • “I’m prepared for this”

    • “I can do this”

    • “I’m capable of doing my very best”

  • For the Test

    • Be on time to school and class

    • Come prepared

      • pack your earbuds/headphones

      • Charge your device the night before testing and bring your charging cord

    • Be sure to listen to ALL test administrator’s instructions during testing

Combs Performing Arts Center News

Combs Middle School Band and Orchestra Concert, March 1, 2022 at 6 pm. Free Admission

Voyager-Tribute to Journey
March 12, 2022 at 7 pm
Tickets at Tan Valley

Mirage-Tribute to Fleetwood Mac
March 25, 2022 at 7 pm
Tickets at Tan Valley

Screenagers: The Next Chapter
Free Film Screening presented by
J. O. Combs Parent University
March 31, 2022 at 6 pm

New shows just added!
Catch A Wave-Tribute to the Beach Boys
April 9, 2022 at 3:30 pm
Tickets available at

Paperback Writer-Tribute to the Beatles
April 9, 2022 at 7 pm
Tickets available at

Athletic Updates

Cougar Family,

4th quarter sports tryouts are this week. If your child wants to participate in tryouts, please make sure they have a sports packet completed and turned into the front office. If your child does make the team please pay the athletic fee through our website or bring in payment to the front office. If we do not have payment your child will not be able to participate until we receive payment. I wanted to remind you all that our schedule can be found on our website located underneath the athletic tab. Please be aware the schedules do change throughout the season. If there is a change to the schedule I will send out an email letting you know.

Please remember that grades come first. If your child is wanting to participate in sports it is the expectation that they are passing their classes. We have an online tutoring program called PAPER, and throughout the week our teachers offer tutoring. Please take full advantage of this if you feel it is necessary.

Our 3rd quarter sports banquet will be this Wednesday from 5:30 to 6:30. I look forward to seeing you there!

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me.

Mr. Clark

Dean of Students

Athletic Director

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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, Assistant Superintendent, 43371 N. Kenworthy Rd, San Tan Valley, AZ 85140 or 480-987-5300 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, Superintendente Asistente 43371 N. Kenworthy Rd, San Tan Valley, AZ 85140 or 480-987-5300 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.

We currently have full and part time positions available. Click on the link below to see a list of open positions district wide.