Coyote Weekly Update 12/1/17

December has begun and final exams are right around the corner.

For all parents/guardians and students:

  • Combs High School is in beginning stages of organizing an Alumni Association and we are looking for graduates and staff to participate in this exciting process. If you are interested in learning more, please contact—Brooke Davis, Principal at: bdavis@jocombs.org
  • Combs High School has an opportunity to partner with MIKID, an organization focused on improving the behavioral health and welcome of children and youth.  Every high school student and staff will participate in an hour-long presentation in their math class about the Signs of Suicide Prevention Program (SOS).  The training will focus on increasing the knowledge and awareness of depression and suicide as well as strategies to acknowledge what friends or self is feeling, showing care to others and telling an adult so that support may be provided.  The training will take place at the high school in November and December.
  • December Students of the Month:
    • Kiwanis International--- "Esmeralda Torres is a great student and always makes the most of her time. We have her the first hour of the day and she is always very pleasant and asks how we are doing. In the counselor's office we have a board we try to put an inspiring quote on everyday. Esmeralda has taken this task on and always picks great quotes to inspire her peers. She is also always eager to show new students around and goes above and beyond a typical tour. She does a great job welcoming them into our Coyote family. She is a very thoughtful young lady and a great ambassador of the school." Nominated by Brandon Outcalt
  • Banner Hospital-- the trait of caring.   "Velvet Wahl is the ultimate example of a caring student. She has always shown that she cares about her school work since she was a freshman by being conscientious about her grades, and a diligent student. This year, Velvet has extended that caring by starting a club called "Coyotes for Change," which is dedicated to helping CHS become the best it can be." Nominated by Jenny McKee 
  • CHS Coyote--- “Emily Solomon is an amazing and wonderful contribution to CHS. Not only is she diligent, polite, and studious in her classes, Emily is also a dedicated member of the CHS band. I have had the privilege of having Emily in my class for two years now- once as a Freshman in Algebra, and this year in Geometry, and I feel like the luckiest teacher to have her as a student. She is just simply a wonderful human being and student." Nominated by Jenny McKee.

Testing schedule and calendar planning:

  • Mark your calendar for the community auditorium groundbreaking ceremony on December 11, 2017 9:30 am at Combs High School.  We look forwarding to seeing you there! Visitors will have an opportunity to view renderings of the new building as well as photographs of other voter-approved bond projects.   We look forward to seeing you there!
  • Final Exam schedule:
    • Monday, December 18—periods: 1,3,5     7:15-11:15am
    • Tuesday, December 19---periods: 2,4,6     7:15-11:15am

No lunches will be served on these two days. Breakfast will be served. Buses will leave campus no later than 11:30am each of these days.

  • Winter holiday vacation December 20-January 3. School begins Thursday, January 4, 2018 with our regular Thursday schedule.

COUNSELING DEPARTMENT: Upcoming events from the CHS counselors, please add these dates to your calendar. Students, please see your counselor for more information on these post-secondary opportunities.

Dec. 6th Ottawa Campus tour

Dec. 9th ACT Test

CAFETERIA

Free/Reduced Applications:     Are accepted all year long.

  • Students who are eligible for free and/or reduced lunch are also eligible for free and/or reduced breakfast daily.  Students may also receive a reduction on AP Exams, tutoring scholarships and college scholarships.  Make sure your student is afforded every opportunity.  Parents may also submit the Free and Reduced Lunch Application online.  Please visit https://secure.ezmealapp.com/Default.aspx to begin the process. Please call 480-987-5312 if you need any assistance.  
  • EzSchoolpay.com:  This is an online 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 online are great benefits. There is a $2.50 processing fee for each transaction.

Coyote Clubs/Activities and Sports:

Athletic and Activities calendar:

Friday Dec. 1 - Varsity Girls Soccer at DRHS Solis Hopp Tournament

                                Varsity Boys Soccer at DRHS Solis Hopp Tournament

                                Varsity Wrestling at Nate Johnson Tournament (Red Mountain High School)

Saturday Dec 2 - Varsity Girls Soccer at DRHS Solis Hopp Tournament

                                Varsity Boys Soccer at DRHS Solis Hopp Tournament

                                Varsity Wrestling at Nate Johnson Tournament

Tuesday, Dec. 5 - Boys Basketball @ Tempe

                             Boys Soccer @ Sunrise Mountain

                             Girls Basketball HOME vs. Tempe   4:00/5:30/7:00

                             Girls Soccer HOME vs. Sunrise Mountain     4:00/6:00

WednesdayDec. 6 - Girls Soccer @ Walden Grove

                              Wrestling @ Marcos de Niza

Thursday, Dec. 7 - Boys Basketball @ Higley

                            Boys Soccer HOME vs. Marcos de Niza    4:00/6:00

                            Girls Basketball HOME vs. Higley    4:00/5:30/7:00

Friday, Dec. 8 - Girls Soccer HOME vs. Marcos de Niza    4:00/6:00

                           Girls Basketball (Freshman) HOME vs. Payson   4:00

                           Wrestling (Varsity) @ Perry High School

Saturday, Dec. 9 - Boys Basketball (Freshman) @ Globe 

                            Wrestling (Varsity) @ Perry High School

                            Cheer/Pom @ Deer Valley High School

Saturday, December 16--Please see the attached Band Boosters fundraiser for the Marching Coyote Regiment.

J.O. Combs Unified Schools:


  • If you'd like to help make the holiday season bright for a child, consider selecting an Angel from the Angel Tree in your school's front office.  Each Angel has a small wish list for a student in our district.  Please limit the gift amount to $25 and return the unwrapped gift to the school by December 13th.  Your generosity makes a big difference in the lives of our students!  
  • Thank you for participating in the Thanksgiving Food Drive benefiting families in our community.  We were able to provide complete Thanksgiving dinners to over 100 families! 
  • Do you want to have a better understanding of Special Education and the Individualized Education Program (IEP)?  Join us for the Pinal County Parent Training Series for parents of children with special needs.  The following topics will be discussed: the IEP document, the parent’s role in the special education process, and how to prepare for, and be an effective participant at the meeting.  You will learn who is a member of your child’s IEP team, how to track your child’s progress, and what to do if the team does not agree. Please see the attached flyers for more information.