COYOTE UPDATE

The Official Newsletter of Combs High School

February 22, 2019


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GO COYOTES !!!!!

STANDOUT COYOTES

CAROLINE WU

Caroline Wu, a junior at Combs High School, will join other outstanding musicians from across the nation as part of Music for All’s 2019 Honor Orchestra of America. Wu was selected from numerous applicants for membership in this prestigious honor ensemble. She is the daughter of Tsai-Ping Chung and Yan Wu. At school, Wu is a member of the Combs High School Wind Ensemble under the direction of J.J. Mixdorf. Caroline plays oboe and was selected as a member of the Honor Orchestra of America by audition. The Honor Orchestra of America is recognized as one of the finest scholastic ensembles in America. They will rehearse and perform in concert as part of the Music for All National Festival, presented by Yamaha, March 14-16 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Sey Ahn, conductor at the Idyllwild Summer Music Festival Orchestras, will conduct the 2019 Honor Orchestra of America. The program is Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade. Wu joins fellow Honor Orchestra of America members from 23 states, representing 56 high schools. The Honor Orchestra of America will perform in concert twice – Friday, March 15 at 8:00 p.m. with the Jazz Band of America at Butler University’s Clowes Memorial Hall, and Saturday, March 16 at 8:00 p.m. at Butler University’s Howard L. Schrott Center for the Arts. Caroline is currently principal oboe of the Phoenix Youth Symphony and Youth Symphony of the Southwest. She studies piano with former ASU professor Walter Cosand, and oboe with ASU professor Martin Schuring. She was a member of the 2018 NAfME All-Honor Symphony Orchestra in Orlando, FL earlier this year. Along with participating in the AMEA Central Region Orchestra and as principal in the AMEA All-State Band each year she has been in high school this far, Caroline received Superior ratings in previous years for Solo and Ensemble while receiving the Best-In-Class Award for piano in 2018. She made her solo debut in 2015 with the Chandler Symphony Orchestra at 12 years old. Among her many other recognitions, the 16-year-old is a recipient of medals from the 2018 EVMTA piano competition and 2018 ASMTA Honor Recital, three Maestro Awards from the Worldstrides Heritage Music Festival in Anaheim, CA, and Superior Honors with Distinction for Level 12 of the ASMTA Arizona Study Program. In the top 1% of her class, Wu is also an active member of her school’s National Honor Society and serves as the drum major of her school marching band. The 2019 Honor Orchestra of America marks the second national symphony orchestra Wu has been accepted into. Members were selected by recorded audition, evaluated by leading music educators. “To be selected from among their peers for membership in this national ensemble is a great achievement and honor,” says James P. Stephens, Jr., Director of Advocacy and Educational Resources for Music for All. “The 2019 Honor Orchestra of America members are ambassadors of America’s music programs, as well as their states, schools, and communities.”

Batter-Up!

The CHS varsity baseball team officially starts off their season this week with the Cougar Classic tournament; where they go against the Central Bobcats, the Yuma Shamrocks and the Morro Bay Pirates.


The start of a new season comes with a hitch in the road after the varsity team losing their tournament games on Wednesday against Phoenix Christian and Valley Christian, but the team is hopeful for their upcoming games after their winning scrimmage last Saturday.

COUNSELORS CORNER

The counseling department continues to work toward helping students meet their goals and help them with their post-secondary planning. We were excited to administer the ACT to 60 students this week, and we'll be offering the SAT on campus on March 9 and May 4 (be sure to go to www.collegeboard.org to sign up and pay the fee). We will also be administering the ACCUPLACER to any Juniors and Seniors who sign up, and the ASVAB test to all Seniors in March. EVIT representatives visited and spoke with students who are hoping to attend and learn through EVIT's many programs. We are still accepting applications and EVIT will return on March 26, to pick those up and speak with any additional students who have questions.


This month's Parent University focused on Anxiety and Depression in Teens and there was some great information given. We appreciate those parents and students who take the time to attend these presentations! Keep your eyes open for information regarding the March 21 presentation on Apathy and Motivation.


There are several students who have struggled emotionally this week with some recent events. Please remember that the counselors are here if they need to talk.

CAMPUS EVENTS

  • FEB 22 - DRAMA Improv Show, CPAC Black Box 2:45 PM
  • - Boys SOCCER Banquet, Cafeteria 6:00 PM
  • FEB 23 - Car Wash/Goodwill Drive, Big O Tires - sponsored by Band Boosters
  • FEB 25 - Site Council, Library 5:00 PM
  • FEB 26 - Staff Excellence Awards, CPAC 6:00 PM
  • FEB 27 - Sophomore Rings Assembly by Jostens, Gym conference time
  • - CHEER Banquet, Cafeteria 6:00 PM
  • FEB 28 - DRAMA Spring Play, "Music Man" CPAC 6:00 PM
  • MAR 1 - DRAMA Spring Play, "Music Man" CPAC 6:00 PM
  • MAR 2 - DRAMA Spring Play, "Music Man" CPAC 2:00 PM/6:00 PM
  • MAR 9 - SAT Testing
  • MAR 19 - College and Career Fair 5:00PM-7:00PM
  • MAR 21- ACCUPLACER test administered by CAC
  • MAR 21- Parent University, Apathy and Motivation
  • MAR 26 - ASVAB test for Seniors
  • MAR 26 - EVIT Second Registration day

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • MAR 4: Guitar/Choir Concert, CPAC 7:00 PM
  • MAR 5: Band/Orchestra Concert, CPAC 6:00 PM
  • MAR 7: SCI TECH FESTIVAL, CHS Campus 5:00 PM
  • - SPRING SPORTS PICTURES, Boys VOLLEYBALL, TENNIS, TRACK
  • MAR 9: SAT test at CHS
  • MAR 11-18: SPRING BREAK
  • MAR 11: SPRING SPORTS PICTURES, BASEBALL, SOFTBALL
  • MAR 19: College and Career Fair, 5-7pm
  • MAR 21: ACCUPLACER test administered by CAC
  • MAR 26: ASVAB test for Seniors
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PARENT/GUARDIAN COLLEGE OPEN HOUSE!

Thursday, February 28


Open the doors to a supportive community for you and your family to ensure a successful transition to college.

Sand VOLLEYBALL @ Seton Catholic

Friday, Feb. 22nd, 4pm

510 North Horne Street

Gilbert, AZ

Varsity BASEBALL @ Cougar Classic

Friday, Feb. 22nd, 2pm to Saturday, Feb. 23rd, 4pm

1751 West Indian School Road

Phoenix, AZ

Varsity BASEBALL vs. Cortez

Monday, Feb. 25th, 3:45pm

2505 East Germann Road

San Tan Valley, AZ

JV BASEBALL @ Cortez

Monday, Feb. 25th, 3:45pm

8828 North 31st Avenue

Phoenix, AZ

Varsity BASEBALL vs. Mesquite

Tuesday, Feb. 26th, 3:45pm

2505 East Germann Road

San Tan Valley, AZ

Boys TENNIS @ Marcos de Niza

Tuesday, Feb. 26th, 3:30pm

6000 South Lakeshore Drive

Tempe, AZ

Girls TENNIS vs. Marcos de Niza

Tuesday, Feb. 26th, 3:30pm

2505 East Germann Road

San Tan Valley, AZ

Boys VOLLEYBALL vs. ALA-Gilbert

Tuesday, Feb. 26th, 4:30pm

2505 East Germann Road

San Tan Valley, AZ

JV - 4:30

VARSITY - 5:30

Boys TENNIS @ Cactus Shadows

Wednesday, Feb. 27th, 3:30pm

5802 East Dove Valley Road

Cave Creek, AZ

Sand VOLLEYBALL vs. Arete Prep

Wednesday, Feb. 27th, 4pm

2505 East Germann Road

San Tan Valley, AZ

Varsity SOFTBALL vs. Seton Catholic

Thursday, Feb. 28th, 3:45pm

2505 East Germann Road

San Tan Valley, AZ

JV SOFTBALL @ Seton Catholic

Thursday, Feb. 28th, 3:45pm

1150 North Dobson Road

Chandler, AZ

Boys TENNIS @ Lee Williams

Thursday, Feb. 28th, 1pm

400 Grandview Avenue

Kingman, AZ

Girls TENNIS vs. Lee Williams

Thursday, Feb. 28th, 3:30pm

2505 East Germann Road

San Tan Valley, AZ

Boys VOLLEYBALL @ Benjamin Franklin

Thursday, Feb. 28th, 4:30pm

18864 East Germann Road

Queen Creek, AZ

Varsity SOFTBALL @ Safford Tournament

Friday, March 1st, 9am to Saturday, March 2nd, 5pm

1400 W Bulldog Boulevard

Safford, AZ

Sand VOLLEYBALL vs. Mesquite

Friday, March 1st, 4pm

2505 East Germann Road

San Tan Valley, AZ

Continuous Notice of Nondiscrimation

The J.O. Combs Unified School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability or age in its programs or activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. Inquiries may be directed to the Title IX Coordinator or the Section 504/ADA Title II Coordinator at 301 E. Combs Rd., San Tan Valley, AZ 85140 or (480) 987-5300.


El Distrito Escolar Unificado de J.O. Combs no discrimina basada por la raza, el color, el origen nacional, el sexo, la discapacidad o la edad de una persona en sus programas o actividades y proporciona igual acceso a los Boy Scouts y otros grupos juveniles designados. Las consultas pueden dirigirse al coordinador del Título IX o al coordinador del Título II de la Sección 504 / ADA en 301 E. Combs Rd., San Tan Valley, AZ 85140 o (480) 987-5300.