COYOTE UPDATE

The Official Newsletter of Combs High School

APRIL 22


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GO COYOTES !!!!!

SPOTLITE COYOTES!!!

CHS APRIL STUDENTS OF THE MONTH

CHS GOES TO THE STATE JAZZ FESTIVAL

Congratulations to the Big Band and Jazz Combo on receiving Excellent ratings at the State Jazz Festival!


Special congratulations are in order for the Jazz Combo. Out of the 40 bands that performed, CHS brought one of only 2 combos.


This is a student-led ensemble in which the students write their own arrangements, schedule their own rehearsals, and make all of the musical decisions. They even filled out their own paperwork...


Horns: Javier Suarez, Blake Alger, Ada Sam

Rhythm Section: Jakob Turner-Fong, Stanton Sasser, Bruce Beach.

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CONGRATULATIONS TO THE J.O. COMBS UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

We applaud your staff’s ongoing dedication to student success, and we are proud to extend to you an official MajorClarity Platinum PowerUser certificate for the 2021-2022 school year! This is a proprietary designation that indicates:


At least 70-80% of all student accounts have been activated this school year (this benchmark is based on our top 10% of district users, nationwide)

At least 65-75% of students have returned to their account 2x or more this school year

Student to staff adoption rate of 140:1 or less - measured through a ratio of number of active students per each active staff member (or, roughly one quarter of the average single counselor caseload)

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COMBS HIGH DANCE

Combs High Dance is so excited to announce that we’re holding FREE classes here at the Combs Performing Arts Center next week, Saturday, April 30th in honor of International Dance Day! Share the news with your friends and family in the area!


Here’s our free class schedule for the day:
K - 2 grades: 10-11 am - Dance Room
3 - 5 grades: 10-11 am - Black Box/Lobby
6 - 8 grades: 9-10 am Dance Room
9 - 12 grades: 9-10 am Black Box/Lobby


Book your FREE class now though because there is limited space!

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 2 years have 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 for students making up academic credit in the core academic areas and on our traditional online platform Edgenuity. Both opportunities will be outlined below with registration information. Students who are looking to get ahead academically are not eligible for in person instruction, but may take these courses in the Edgenuity platform.


Please see form to the left for Summer School Registration

Please see forms below for Summer School Expectations and Available Courses

ELIGIBILITY AND EXPECTATIONS FOR IN-PERSON SUMMER School and Available Courses

CAMPUS CALENDAR


FRIDAY 4/22 - SPRING PLAY "Beauty and the Beast", CPAC 7:00 PM

SATURDAY 4/23 - SPRING PLAY "Beauty and the Beast", CPAC 7:00 PM

COUNSELORS CORNER

Did you know??? April's Coyote Care initiative continues to focus on Hopelessness. Many parents may wonder why their teenager is struggling, and this article gives an excellent explanation as to what the causes behind the increase in hopelessness could be. Click here to read: https://www.theatlantic.com/newsletters/archive/2022/04/american-teens-sadness-depression-anxiety/629524/


Did you know??? May 20 is quickly approaching...29 days until Seniors MUST have any only classes completed, and all in person classes passed. Failure to do either will result in the student not being able to graduate. Please help us encourage students to get everything buttoned up so that they can walk with their friends.


Did you know??? Summer school is open for registration! Summer school will take place from June 6 to June 30, 7:30-11:30am, Monday through Thursday, and for in person students, there will be a bus and a grab and go breakfast or lunch. Students not able to attend in person may choose the online option. Make sure you and your student are having those conversations so that they can make the best choice and get their credits back on track!

COMBS PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

Disney's Beauty and the Beast presented by Combs Curtain Call Drama April 21, 22, 23 at 7 pm. Tickets available at www.etix.com

Combs High Dance Concert
May 5 and 6 at 7 pm. Tickets at www.etix.com

Suessical The Musical presented by Centerstage Academy
April 27, 28, 29, 30
May 27, 28 Tickets at www.etix.com

APRIL BREAKFAST/LUNCH MENU

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COMBS EDUCATION FOUNDATION SENIOR SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE

As you know, each year the Combs Education Foundation offers scholarships to our Seniors at Combs High School. This year we are proud to offer over 12 scholarships to our Seniors.


These scholarships are Company/Organizational Scholarships, Leadership Scholarships, and Memorial Scholarships. Attached is a flyer to help promote their applications, which will remain open until Tuesday, April 5th, 4pm. Please share this flyer to students, families and the community. A Social Media presence will also start in the next day or two.


Students just need to click on the link below, review the requirements for application, and apply.


Here is the live link: www.jocombs.org/scholarships/


Each scholarship has its own separate application. Students may apply for multiple scholarships if they meet the criteria.


Here is a complete list of scholarships.


  • Arcadis Scholarship
  • Ashton Woods Arizona Scholarship
  • Banner Ironwood Medical Staff Scholarship
  • Crossroads Future Community Leader Scholarship
  • Dr. Langer Scholarship
  • Kyle Strong Memorial Scholarship
  • Lorraine Cannon Memorial Scholarship
  • Mary Ann Cannella Memorial Scholarship
  • Tyler Headstrom Memorial Scholarship
  • Zulfer-Thompson Career Technical Education (CTE) Scholarship

ICYMI: Applications open for 2022-2023 Governor's Youth Commission


APPLY NOW FOR THE 2022-2023 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 2022-2023 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 2022-2023 school year.


Applications are currently being accepted until June 3, 2022 at 5:00 PM from Arizona youth in all fifteen counties.



Apply Here!

UPCOMING EVENTS

MAY 9-12 - CHEER TRYOUTS

MAY 19-20 - SENIOR FINALS

MAY 24-25 - FR-JR FINALS

MAY 25 - GRADUATION

Why is FAFSA Important?

The FAFSA is the most important tool available to finance your education, and while the term may be familiar, some don't know what it means. What does FAFSA stand for? It stands for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. If there's one thing you need to know about it, it's this: You don't have to be intimidated.


The FAFSA is an application that the federal government uses to gather the financial information it needs to assess what loans and grants you qualify for. Although you are applying for federal aid, the process is coordinated through the school or schools you plan to apply to.

MAJOR CLARITY

According to Forbes, it's estimated over $100 million in college scholarship money goes unclaimed every year. Did you know students can search and apply for scholarships in MajorClarity? Yep, it's a one-stop-shop for students and parents to apply for hundreds of scholarships nationwide, or locally, such as the Education Foundation scholarships recently sent out by Dr. Duplissis.

To help students find and apply for scholarships, have them follow these simple steps:


  1. Login into MajorClarity.com using the "Continue with Google" option.
  2. Select "Financial Resources' form the options on the left side of the screen
  3. Use the search tool or scroll though the scholarships listed. For local scholarships, choose the "Show only Local Scholarships" box. This will narrow the scholarship list.

REQUEST YOUR TRANSCRIPT WITH PARCHMENT

Parchment is the most widely adopted digital credential service, allowing learners, academic institutions, and employers to request, verify, and share credentials in simple and secure ways. The platform has helped millions of people and thousands of schools and universities exchange more than 100 million transcripts and other credentials globally.

PEERSQUARED TUTORING SENTIMENT SURVEY FOR COMBS HIGH SCHOOL

PeerSquared is a social benefit education company bringing accessible, effective, and relatable academic support to your students through community-based peer tutoring programs. They have partnered with Combs High School to build such a program and offer FREE peer tutoring to the students it serves. In this case, peer tutoring is defined as when a trained high school tutor provides 1-on-1 help to another K-12 student. The tutors are always from the same school or community.

PAPER TUTORS ARE HERE TO HELP

Support, however and whenever you need it.

HELP SECURE FUNDING FOR YOUR CHILD'S SCHOOL

Did you know that the J.O. Combs Unified School District receives federal funding for your child's school based on the income eligibility of our families? We need you to confirm your income eligibility to help ensure our schools do not lose important funding that directly benefits our students. The process takes less than five minutes and can be completed online. Please note, you do not have to disclose your actual income, you will simply have to select if you qualify for an income bracket.

WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT?

Currently, federal funding from Title I supports several critical functions for your students, including instructional coaches, reading specialists, and other personnel who provide direct instruction. Help us ensure your child's school still receives this funding by verifying your income!

A MESSAGE FROM J.O. COMBS FOOD SERVICE DEPARTMENT

Supply Chain Challenges: The Covid-19 pandemic has led to unforeseen issues with our supply chain, resulting in food shortages and last-minute menu substitutions. Our goal is to serve the posted/planned menu each day, but current circumstances are making this a challenge. We are working closely with our food distributors and vendors during this unprecedented time. We will do our best to communicate and update our online menu as soon as any substitutions are made. Please remember the menu is subject to change. Thank you for your understanding.

NEW FOOD SERVICE SOFTWARE

I hope you are having a great beginning of the new school year.


I wanted to share with you that we have a new software that is used for everything related to the Food Service Department.


The Titan Family Portal is a our new secure online system for convenient access and a user-friendly experience in managing meals at school.


The Titan Family Portal allows families/staff to:

  • Submit an online application for free and reduced meals
  • See menus, allergens and nutritional information
  • Remotely monitor children's cafeteria meal accounts
  • Make online payments to children's cafeteria accounts
  • Set up automatic, recurring payments
  • Set up low account balance email or text alerts

The Titan Family Portal may be accessed via:

Website: https://family.titank12.com/

or

Mobile app: parents may access their account by searching for Titan Family Connect app in your phone’s app store.

FAN POLICY 2022

Spring Athletics are underway at CHS!

All tickets must be purchased from GoFan: link below

Admission Prices: Adult- $6 Student- $5

There will be no cash accepted at home games.

Activity Passes are available for purchase in the bookstore.

Which will allow the purchaser admission to all 2021-2022 CHS home athletic events.

Adult Pass: $50

Student Pass: $40

CHS Student Pass: $15

FAMILY PASS (immediate family only): $200

SEALED Water Bottles will be the ONLY food or drink permitted into games.

PURCHASE TICKETS FROM GoFan

All home game tickets must be purchased using GoFan

WATCH HOME VOLLEYBALL GAMES LIVESTREAM

Our home boys volleyball games (all levels) are available livestream via CHS's TV Production Program's Youtube Channel. You can also watch past games that you may have missed.

Link is below,

SUBSCRIBE to their channel to get updates on new posts so you don't miss a play!

SOFTBALL/JV BASEBALL @ Apache Junction

Friday, April 22nd, 3:45pm

2525 South Ironwood Drive

Apache Junction, AZ

BB - 3:45 PM

SB - 4:00 PM

Varsity BASEBALL vs. Apache Junction

Friday, April 22nd, 3:45pm

BB FIELD

Varsity Boys VOLLEYBALL vs. Tempe Prep

Friday, April 22nd, 5pm

GYM

SENIOR NIGHT

TRACK @ Bradshaw Mountain

Saturday, April 23rd, 8am

6000 East Long Look Drive

Prescott Valley, AZ

Varsity BASEBALL @ Coronado

Saturday, April 23rd, 11am

7501 East Virginia Avenue

Scottsdale, AZ

SOFTBALL/JV BASEBALL vs. Apache Junction

Monday, April 25th, 3:45pm

SB/BB FIELD

SOFTBALL - 3:45 PM

BASEBALL - 4:00 PM

Varsity BASEBALL @ Apache Junction

Monday, April 25th, 3:45pm

2525 South Ironwood Drive

Apache Junction, AZ

TRACK @ Seton Catholic

Tuesday, April 26th, 3pm

1150 North Dobson Road

Chandler, AZ

SELECT ATHLETES ONLY

Boys VOLLEYBALL vs. ALA- Queen Creek

Tuesday, April 26th, 4:30pm

GYM

JV - 4:30 PM

VARSITY - 5:30 PM

Boys VOLLEYBALL @ Madison Highland

Wednesday, April 27th, 5:30pm

1431 East Campbell Avenue

Phoenix, AZ

VARSITY ONLY

UNIFIED BASKETBALL @ San Tan Foothills

Wednesday, April 27th, 6pm

1255 West Silverdale Road

San Tan Valley, AZ

TRACK @ Queen Creek

Friday, April 29th, 8am

22149 East Ocotillo Road

Queen Creek, AZ

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JO Combs Tax Credit

COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS BREAK

14 FRIDAYS!

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.