The Official Newsletter of Combs High School

September 4

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Combs Boys Golf Team is off to a great start! In their match on Tuesday at Las Colinas, 3 of the boys finished inside the top 6.

Combs Girls Golf has begun its season with a great start with Olivia Newell placing third twice against some tough competition against Williams Field, Gilbert, and Higley so far this year. Our team consists of and led by Seniors Olivia Newell and Chloe Butler. Fellow teammates include Maylee Lunt, Saydie Udall, Ella O'Dell, Franki Andersen, and newcomer to our team transfer student Amber Layton. We look forward to a great season of Girls Golf and appreciate your support!

Back to School Information

Good Afternoon

I wanted to get out to you important information on our return to In-Person learning next Tuesday September 8th. We are excited to have our students back on campus.

I apologize in advance for the length in this email, but there are many pieces of information that need to be shared and instead of sending multiple emails, this one will be lengthy, pace yourself :)


We will follow our Regular Bell Schedule starting September 8th. If students elect to work virtually from home, they will also follow this regular bell schedule.

Student Schedules

Students should refer to their Synergy StudentVue to download/print their student schedule to know their classroom location. Directions for this were sent in previous emails and the students have been following these schedules the last several weeks. If students need assistance, have them stop by the courtyard stage before school on Tuesday.


By Governor Ducey's Executive Order 2020-51 on July 23, 2020, All schools are required to develop and implement a policy requiring face masks or face shields for all staff and students. This is the law that we will have to follow and this is not optional for us. This is also a District Regulation, JICA-RB.

If your child suffers from a documented medical breathing condition, and they medically can not wear a face mask, or face shield, you can begin the 504 process to legally document this academic accommodation. Until this legal process is complete, students are required to wear a face mask or face shield. If you believe your child has a qualifying medical condition with doctor's documentation, you can contact your child's counselor to start this process. The counselor page is listed here.

Student Temperature Checks

As part of our Districts Board Approved Pandemic Response Plan, students will be required to have daily temperature checks. These will occur in the students first class of the day. If a student registers a temperature of 100.4 or higher, they will be sent to the nurse's office for further medical attention.

If a student arrives late to school, the front office staff will take their temperature before the student is given a pass to class.

Students Arrival and Dismissal from School

When students arrive at school, they will be required to go directly to their first class. They will not be allowed to socially gather on campus. Their first period teacher will verify that the student does not have a temperature.

When students are dismissed at the end of our school day, there will be a staggered dismissal by building and the students will need to go directly to their car or bus and again, will not be allowed to socially gather.

Breakfast and Lunch

Breakfast will be available to our students in a Grab n Go format on the patio. Students will not be allowed to enter the cafeteria for breakfast.

We have increased our lunch periods from 2 to 3 each day to reduce the number of students at each lunch. These numbers will also be dependent on the number of students that selected virtual learning versus in-person. We have ordered more patio tables to expand out outdoor seating options for students. We are asking that only 4 students sit at each table during lunch. We are also asking that students not move chairs to other tables to exceed the 4 person per table social distancing limit.

Students are encouraged to bring their own lunch as lunch item selections will be limited.

Parent Waivers

All families are asked to sign a Parent Waiver form by Tuesday, September 8, 2020. This form acknowledges the risk of returning to in-person instruction and indicates agreement that you will not make a legal claim against the District if your child gets sick. All families will also receive a separate COVID-19 acknowledgement form via the ParentVUE portal in Synergy, which outlines parent expectations and responsibilities related to returning to school.

Bus Transportation

If you have questions about busing, postcards were sent home. If you still need to access this information, click here.

Laptop Return

If you have borrowed a laptop and are returning to in-person instruction, we need you to return the laptop to the school. Our laptop return will be next Wednesday September 9th from 3-6pm in the front office.

Virtual Learning

If students elect the Virtual Learning option, they will stay home learning until after a natural school break, October Break or Christmas Break. If you would like to return to in-person learning after October Break, please contact us by September 25th.

Students will follow the Regular Bell Schedule .

Attached is the Virtual Learning Expectations for our students.

Thank you for your understanding and the support of these alterations to our traditional school day to mitigate the risk for our students, staff, everyone's families and ultimately keep our school safe and open for in-person learning.

I hope your families are well, take care

Virtual Learning Expectations

Student Expectations for online learning:

 Attendance (Participating in class).

o In addition to synchronous (live) and/or asynchronous (pre-recorded) instruction, students may be assigned class assignments in their Google Classroom. To earn full credit students are expected to complete assignments before the start of the next scheduled class meeting unless otherwise determined by the teacher.

o Students are expected to participate in synchronous (live) learning activities for their classes following their bell schedule. However, we know that circumstances pose challenges (device access, internet issues etc.), so teachers are using the synchronous (live) learning as a time for direct instruction, enrichment activities or for students to check in with teachers for further clarification.

o If a student experiences technology issues during a scheduled class time, please reach out to the teacher.

o If you are unable to attend a scheduled class, or school day, please call attendance to excuse your child’s absence. Attendance can be reached at 480-882-3540.

 Virtual Instruction Expectations

o Students are expected to adhere to all school rules for in-person and virtual learning, including dress code as mandated in the student handbook CHS Student Handbook page 11 and School Board Policy JICA Student Dress

o All Student interactions with staff and other students needs to be academically appropriate and respectful, during virtual learning.

o Any student conduct intended to obstruct, disrupt, or interfere with teaching will result in a disciplinary referral and possible disciplinary consequences. School Board Policy JIC Student Conduct

o When possible, students are encouraged to be in a location free from distracting noises or conversations that might interfere with class participation.

 Appropriate use of technology

o Combs High School intends that technological resources provided by the District or students personal devices, be used in a safe, responsible and proper manner in support of the instructional program and for the advancement of student learning. It is our schools mission to maintain an environment that promotes ethical and responsible conduct in all electronic resource activities by staff and students. Students shall be informed that computer files and electronic communications, including email, are not private and may be accessed by the District at any time. Inappropriate use may result in disciplinary action and/or legal action in accordance with the law and Board policy. Please visit the student handbook at CHS Student Handbook on page 16 for further details about appropriate use of technology use.


Traditional lunches will not be served on Wednesdays. Students may pick up a pre-made grab and go meal from the cafeteria after school. Lunches will not be permitted to be eaten on the bus. You must keep it on your person until you have gotten off the bus.


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.


Coyote Parents,

For those students who borrowed a laptop and who are returning to in-person learning on Tuesday September 8th, please bring your laptop after school on Wednesday September 9th from 3 pm to 6 pm to the front office. Please bring your borrowed laptops and power cords.

It is important that you return these laptops so they can be cleaned and returned for in-person classroom use.

Thank you and have a great weekend !


We are excited to welcome our Coyotes back to campus on Tuesday! The counselors will be available to both in person and virtual students by appointment. To make an appointment, email Mrs. McDowell at and she will schedule a meeting and send you a calendar invite. If you are in person, the meeting notice will be your pass to leave class. If you are virtual, we will connect with you through either the phone or with Google Meet (in the link to the meeting). Remember, as we move forward, there will be lots of information and several activities, so be sure to watch your email to stay informed.

The counseling department is proud to announce that the Zen Den, a room where students can take a mental break from their busy day, will be open for students starting Tuesday. Students can visit the Zen Den during their lunch period on a first come, first served basis. Remember, it's a quiet room for resetting so it's important that we have no cell phones, no loud noises, and no eating while in the room.

We are also excited to announce that Combs High School is the newest PBIS (Positive Behaviors Interventions and Supports) school in Arizona. As part of the Coyote P.A.C.K. we live the values of

  • Pride: As a Coyote I have pride in myself, my classmates, and my school
  • Attitude: As a Coyote, I have an attitude of positive thinking
  • Commitment: As a Coyote, I have a commitment to do my best in all things
  • Kindness: As a Coyote, I am kind to others
Students will have the opportunity to learn more about these values and how they apply to all areas of the high school. Students, Staff, Parents, and other campus visitors are encouraged to embrace, practice, and model these values as we work toward building a positive culture.

Upcoming Events:

  • September 28-October 5: Fall Break
  • October 12-16: Civics testing
  • October 14: PSAT for Freshmen, Sophomores, and Juniors (Sign up only...see email from Mrs. Lohr)
  • October 14: School Day SAT for Seniors (see Mrs. Lohr's email)
  • October 21-22: ASVAB for Seniors and select Juniors

Parking Permit

Parking Permit

All students that will be driving to school will be required to purchase a parking pass. They can do so in the bookstore or online at the Combs Coyote Web store. If you choose to purchase your permit online you will still need to stop by the bookstore to pick up your permit and provide necessary paperwork.


SEP 7 - NO SCHOOL! Labor Day

- Football Season Begins


SEP 9 - School Board Meeting, 6:00 PM District Board Room



It is not too late to join -

CROSS COUNTRY, contact Coach Vigness: or Coach Johnson: for more information

BADMINTON, contact Coach Munoz: for more information

VOLLEYBALL, freshman/sophomore team has spot available and all teams are looking for managers. Contact Coach Pear: for information

FOOTBALL, official practice begins Monday September 7th. contact Coach Miller: for more information.

Students that would like to participate in any sport at CHS will need to complete the registration process on Register My Athlete (link below) and pay a $90 participation fee in our bookstore or on the webstore. Both of these will need to be done before a student will be permitted to tryout or practice.


CHEER and POM teams are holding one LAST tryout for the 2020-2021 season.

SEPTEMBER 10th and 11th - 3:00-6:00 PM in the Cafeteria

Anyone wanting to tryout will need to complete all registration requirements on Register My Athlete BEFORE they will be permitted to tryout.

Contact coaches for more information:

Cheer - Coach Collins:

Pom - Coach Compton:


This year our school district has adopted a new information system that all schools will be utilizing in place of School Master and Jupiter. For many of you, this is old news, but for anyone that has not yet accessed their Student or Parent VUE - Below is the link to access both.

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

PARENTS - Please check your contact information in your Parent VUE for accuracy and make needed changes.




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.

Boys GOLF @ Apache Junction

Tuesday, Sep. 8th, 3pm

3401 South Ironwood Drive

Apache Junction, AZ


Wednesday, Sep. 9th, 2pm

Copper Sky Baseball Fields, Maricopa, AZ, USA

Maricopa, AZ

Girls GOLF @ Maryvale

Wednesday, Sep. 9th, 3pm

5902 West Indian School Road

Phoenix, AZ

Boys GOLF @ Tempe

Thursday, Sep. 10th, 3pm

800 East Divot Drive

Tempe, AZ

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.


Combs Boys Golf Team is off to a great start! In their match on Tuesday at Las Colinas, 3 of the boys finished inside the top 6

Combs Girls Golf has begun its season with a great start with Olivia Newell placing third twice against some tough competition against Williams Field, Gilbert, and Higley so far this year. Our team consists of and led by Seniors Olivia Newell and Chloe Butler. Fellow teammates include Maylee Lunt, Saydie Udall, Ella O'Dell, Franki Andersen, and newcomer to our team transfer student Amber Layton. We look forward to a great season of Girls Golf and appreciate your support!