JOCUSD Technology Survey
J.O. Combs Unified School District is looking at the current and future technology needs for the classroom. Please answer a few brief questions to help in this planning. Your input is important to us. It should take less than 10 minutes.
The survey ends February 2, 2015.
Registration for 2015-16 begins
Students in 8th – 11th grade have received or will be receiving registration packets for 2015-16
Winter Dance – Feb. 20
The cost for the games in the winter sports is $4 for adults and $3 for students
Did you know all families are eligible to apply for participation in the National School Lunch Program? We have had many new families join our schools mid-year who may not have had the opportunity to submit an application.
If you are a new family to J.O. Combs or if you have not applied for the program yet this year please complete the application online or on paper for timely approval. The application can be found on our district website on the food services page. You may submit it online or print and complete. Forms should be returned to your child’s school for processing. Remember to complete all sections for faster approval. The response to the eligibility is usually less than 10 days, and qualification keeps your family eligible through the 2014-2015 school year.
If you are already participating, and your application has been submitted and approved this year please do not complete a second application. Submittal of a second application for participating families could interrupt your current status and benefits. Your application is valid through the 2014-2015 school year.
For additional questions, please contact Jennifer Roorda, Food Service Supervisor, at 480-987-5311.
U.S. Baseball Academy coming to Combs
U.S. Baseball Academy’s Spring Training 2015 is a unique concept that provides young players with advanced hitting, pitching, fielding/base running, catching training programs and instruction by some of the area’s best coaches.
(480) 882-3540 Main Office
Jule Ann Stout, M.Ed. Guidance Counselor (A—G) 480-882-3549
Jette Thompson, M. Ed Guidance Counselor (H—Q) 480-882-3552
Barry Smith, M. Ed Guidance Counselor (R—Z) 480-882-3553
View the newsletter from the Counseling Department.
Consider the Early College Program at Central Arizona College!
The program provides Pinal County high school students and opportunity to get an early start
Into college by taking courses while still enrolled in high school. Students accepted into the
Early College program receive a tuition waiver from Central Arizona College for up to 5 college
Credit hours. The tuition waiver covers regular in-state tuition and fees. Students are responsible for the purchase of textbooks, class materials, and are responsible for their own transportation to and from campus.
For more details on the Early College program please visit www.centralaz.edu/earlycollege
FAFSA (FREE APPLICATION FOR FEDERAL FINANCIAL AID)
How to Apply:
Combs High School FAFSA Night:
Come talk to experts in the financial aid community and if applying, please bring W2’s and tax returns.
December 17th and 18th are First Semester Finals
December 18th and 19th are half days students will be released at 11:15 am
30 Pickup course selections from Middle School.
2-20 Counselors will meet with students for credit check/transcript review.
19 FAFSA Nights 5 p.m.
23 AIMS writing (for those juniors and seniors who have not passed it yet).
In preparation for the AWARDS CEREMONY in May, please save your merit award and scholarship letters. We will be preparing for the senior slide show as part of the annual awards ceremony and need to collect information for this. Even if you are not intending to go to the college which awarded you the scholarship, we would like to acknowledge your accomplishments.
Education and Career Action Plans for Everyone!
Students, if you happened to miss opportunities provided in November and December to create your online account with the Arizona Career Information System, please take the time to do so in January. AzCIS is the portal we will use for all students to have access to their Education and Career Action Plans. Students, once you logon with the general account information, you will be prompted to create your personal account. As of the end of December, over 90% of CHS students have an online ECAP.
Log onto: http://azcis.intocareers.org
User Name: combshs
Follow the links to create “My Education Career Action Plan”
notMykid Goal: Empower and educate families and communities with the knowledge and courage to identify and prevent negative youth behavior.
Parent presentation – Topic – Preventing Youth Substance Abuse (RESCHEDULED)
Governing Board Meetings
The minutes from each monthly Governing Board Meeting are now posted on the district website under About Us.
Health Services Update
There has been a lot of news coverage related to communicable diseases including Enterovirus D68 and Influenza. It is not uncommon this time of year to see an increase in respiratory and flu symptoms. Symptoms of respiratory viruses may be mild and include runny nose, sneezing and coughing, or may be more severe such as fever, sore throat, body or muscle aches and difficulty breathing.
All diseases can be prevented by using basic universal precautions with every student whether you believe them to be sick or not. By using these simple measures you can prevent the spread of disease to yourself and to others.
Basic prevention measures to avoid getting and spreading disease include:
Parents should seek medical attention immediately for children who are having any breathing difficulty or wheezing, particularly if the child suffers from asthma.
For those of you who are interested in information regarding the Ebola, Arizona Department of Health has recently updated its Ebola preparedness website to include information for schools - http://www.azdhs.gov/phs/oids/ebola/
Protect yourself with these basic universal precautions to remain free of all types of diseases not just the ones in the news.
Monday Early Release
After School Tutoring
Attention all Parents. After-school tutoring begins on Tuesday August 12th. Students will meet in the library right after dismissal. Encourage your student to take advantage of this opportunity.
Tutoring for all students who have NOT passed the AIMS Reading, Writing or Math tests will be available at this time, just see any tutor and they will point you in the right direction.
After-school tutoring is Tuesday - Thursday from 2:30 - 4:45. Students meet in the library right after dismissal. Applications are available in the front office.
Student Travel Opportunities
In 2012, students went to Spain. In 2014, students visited London, Paris, and Barcelona. In 2016…? Join us as we tour Italy and Spain. Email Dustin Hemsath.
Combs High School will be participating in athletic competition supervised by the Arizona Interscholastic Association. Winter sports are Basketball, Soccer, and Wrestling. Students will need to be cleared through the Athletic Office to begin practice. Ticket prices for athletic events is $4 for adults and $3 for students. Athletic fees can be paid online through the Combs web store at www.combscoyoteshop.com with a debit or credit card. Athletic Passes can be purchased through the web store as well. $200-family pass, $40-student pass.
To participate in athletics, band, choir and orchestra a student/athlete must complete the following:
This is an on-line payment option for parents to add money and monitor student accounts. Please call 480-987-5312 for your student’s ID number. Checking your child’s account balance and making payments on-line are great benefits. There is a $2.50 processing fee for each transaction.
Lunch: Day - $ 3.25 (Paid) Monthly - $ 65.00 Drinks: Milk - $ .45
Weekly - $ 16.25 School Year - $ 585.00 Water - $ .75
Reduced lunch is .40
Breakfast: Day - $ 1.25 (Paid), reduced breakfast is .30)
CHS makes the evening news AGAIN...
But this time it's for all the right reasons. Watch the segments from Fox 10 News
Please refer to Student Handbook for complete Dress Code policy :
All shorts and skirts must meet the minimum requirement. When a student is standing, the bottom hem of the shorts or skirt must touch the tip of the thumb.
Guidelines for pants, skirts, shorts, etc.:
CHS Online Store
Follow the link below to check a way to purchase CHS apparel, yearbooks, pay for course fees and athletic fees.