Coyote Weekly Update 4/6/2018

Welcome to April, it is a busy month for testing, activities, sports and academics.

State testing has begun and to support the testing schedule here is our calendar for April so families can plan for a slight change to our class schedule:

  • You will notice that due to AzMERIT and AIMS testing, we did make a change to our class schedules on April 10 and11. Those had been scheduled as traditional 6 period days and have been adjusted to block days to accommodate testing sessions. Those dates are highlighted in yellow.
  • Friday, April 20 we will have an assembly on that day with even classes.


April 2018











Mon Early Release

Odd Block

Even Block

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Mon Early Release

Odd Block

Even Block

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Mon Early Release

Tues Traditional

Wed Extended

Odd Block

Even Block with an  assembly












Mon Early Release

Tues Traditional

Wed Extended

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Mon Early Release

  • Students, as we do our state testing you will notice that your personal devices will not connect to the WiFi. Our district is using all our bandwidth for our computers so our students can do their mandatory state testing. When all state testing is over, the student WiFi will be opened up again for student use. Thank you for your patience.
  • Do well on AZ Merit Testing and AIMS and you will earn:

If students score Proficient on the Azmerit and or the AIMS test, they will earn no less than a C for both semesters of that course.  

Students earning Proficient on the AzMerit and or the AIMS tests for each content area (ELA, Mathematics and Science) will receive a free quiz pass.

If students score Highly Proficient on the Azmerit test and or the AIMS tests, they will get up to a 10% increase (1 letter grade) for each semester of that course (maximum grade being 100%).

Students earning Highly Proficient in all three content areas (or two if not taking science) will receive a free test pass for 2017-2018 school year.

Students earning Highly Proficient in all three content areas (or two if not taking science) will choose an additional incentive for the 2018-19 school year.

CHS Activities Pass

CHS parking pass

CHS Homecoming Tickets

Raffle for a CHS yearbook

  • Prom is around the corner—please download the guest permission form if you plan on bringing an out of district guest.
  • Congratulations to our students of the month:
    • Kiwanis International---Jaden Bernhardt—nominated by Chance Hohensee.  “Jaden has overcome a very devastating and debilitating injury to return to and succeed greatly in softball.  While she was recovering, she still found time to help out in the training room and continue to learn even though she was not in the classroom.  She took her knowledge and furthered it in a way that no other student would be able to.  She found the positives and elevated those to overcome her injury and continue to learn.  What an amazing student!”
    • Combs High School---Teri Wyasket---nominated by Jane Chu. “Teri is one of my teacher assistants in Functional Life Skills class. Although this is first year she's with life skills class students, she demonstrates patience and kindness to support students in Mrs. Chu's class. She also helps play basketball as a partner player in Unified Basketball Team. It is such a blessing to have Teri in Life Skills class. Students in Life Skills class all like her and she is such a great role model to them.”
    • Banner Hospital— (the trait of trustworthiness) Yesenia Torres—nominated by Conroy Bowman. Yesenia has been instrumental in guiding Combs FBLA to a Silver Chapter for the 2017-2018 academic year. Her soft skills have also been on display and she escorted a group of 5 current members to meet with Combs Middle School students about FBLA last month. She was trusted to share her passion for FBLA with the future generation of students. The CMS teacher, Mrs. Hutchinson's who teaches the yearbook class said the FBLA team who reported on how well our students presented with little transition time between various activities. Furthermore, she led an engaging presentation and making a connection with the middle school.
  • Congratulations to our CHS book club for their continued support of our library and their love of literature. Ninety books have been read in two months by these dedicated students:
    • Christopher Todd
    • Leann Day
    • Maya Jones
    • Hayden Allen
    • Jacob Bird
    • Samantha DeSouto
    • Wayne Porter
    • Seth Baker
    • Andrew Elmer
    • Christian Johnson
  • Our April edition of Site Council will meet in the CHS library at 5:00 on Monday, April 9. This month’s agenda is attached for your review. We will be reviewing the end of school year events and activities.
  • I thought you might like to see how the theater is progressing. The last beam to close the facility will be installed on Wednesday, April 25. Things are moving quickly for both our projects! The field house is coming along nicely as well. 

For all parents/guardians and students:

  • For our out of district students April 15 is the deadline for your re-application for the 2018-19 school year. Please contact our main office for the documents or see our J.O. Combs website.
  • Please mark your calendars for Engineering and CIS (Computer Information Systems) night at the CAC San Tan campus. This would be an ideal opportunity for any students in any year to come and find out about the opportunities in the workplace if they wish to study in these areas and there will be hands on demonstrations! Please see the flyer for more information.

    Date: Tuesday April 10th, 2018

    Times: 6:00pm – 8:00pm

    Location: Building C Learning Center (C117)

    Tentative Agenda:

    6:00 pm-6:30 pm
    :            Pizza, Registration, Hands-on activities at Demonstration Tables.

    6:35 pm-6:45 pm:            How Hospitals incorporate the fields of Engineering and CIS (Armineh and Mike)

    6:45 pm-7:00 pm:            Navigating Educational Pathways toward Careers in CIS/Engineering (Carrie)

    7:00 pm-7:15 pm:            Successful CAC Students (current and past students)

    7:15 pm-8:00 pm:            Meet the Navigator, Students, and Faculty: Informal, One-on-One Sessions


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.

4th Quarter activities:

  • Next ACT test 4/9 Sign up at
  • Counseling will be in classrooms for transition guidance in April. (What your student can expect for the next school year)
  • Counseling will be preparing for Awards Night on May 15. If you are a senior who has been received a scholarship to a post-secondary institution a form will be sent out shortly to complete. Make sure you are recognized!

Summer School 2018

  • It is not too early to start planning for summer school. The registration portal is open on the J.O. Combs website go to the Community Education tab to sign up. You can also find the link on the CHS site under Academics Summer school will be June 4-28 Mondays-Thursdays with all Fridays off. There will be two sessions an AM and PM session. Please registrar today, when sections are full, the portal will close, do not miss your opportunity! Also, scholarships are available for tuition, please see the attachment to apply and to learn about this opportunity.


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 to begin the process. Please call 480-987-5312 if you need any assistance.  
  •  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:

  • Interested in Dance? Check out what his happening with the Rush Dance Team on their website---
  • CHS has a wonderful booster club that is dedicated to supporting students and our school community. Tomorrow is the day for drop off of your household items at CHS.

Athletic and Activities calendar:

Saturday, April 7 - Varsity Baseball @ Wolves Classic

April 9:

Baseball vs Cortez, JV Home

Softball vs Cortez, Varsity Home

April 10:

Tennis vs Casa Grande, Boys Home

Boys Volleyball vs Higley, Away

Sand Volleyball vs Veritas Prep, Home

Unified BB vs Florence, Home 6:00

April 11:

Sand Volleyball, vs Casteel Home

Track Home, Multi

April 12:

Baseball vs. Cortez, Varsity Home

Softball vs. Cortez, JV Home

Tennis vs Apache Junction, Home

April 13

Baseball vs Bradshaw Mtn. Varsity Home

**Unless otherwise noted all game times will be at 4:00 pm.**

Victorious Coyotes:

  • The girls’ softball team is ranked 13 in power rankings and looks like they will move into the state softball bracket, they also have not lost in region play and could win the region. 
  • Our boys’ volleyball team keeps improving and won their match vs Mesquite this week. 
  • Our tennis teams continue to do well. 
  • Sand Volleyball won this week as well.

J.O. Combs Unified Schools


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