Combs Courier

AzMerit Switches to “Revised” AzM2

Lilly Threlkeld, Managing Editor

March 6, 2020

   This year Arizona school’s standardized test Azmerit is going to be having some changes that students may not be aware of.    Since the test became apart of the curriculum in 2015 students grades third through 12th  took it in order to track students progress and see see if they are on trac...

Level Lockdown

Level Lockdown

Christian Tillard, Staff Writer

March 6, 2020

   Safety of students is a concern that all staff have when a lockdown occurs, but students having the same level of urgency is a concern. Drills should be taken seriously regardless of student opinion. “You know, lockdowns are called for various reasons,” Principal Chris Farabee said. “Not all ...

Longer Breaks Approved by School Board

Anthony Elrod, Staff Writer

March 6, 2020

   Start making your vacation plans for the rest of the time you are in high school.    The J.O. Combs Unified School District Governing Board unanimously approved a new 5-year school calendar that closely aligns with Queen Creek and Apache Junction Unified School Districts.    The calendar adds a...

China Trip Derailed by Coronavirus

Kylie Millican, Staff Writer

March 6, 2020

   The beginning of 2020 started off with news of an outbreak of the coronavirus beginning  in China. The virus is believed to have originated from birds and fish in a market in Wuhan, China. The first confirmed case in Arizona was in late January and although the virus is now prevalent in the nort...

Miles for Mesa; Running for a Cause

Miles for Mesa; Running for a Cause

Audrey Buell, Staff Writer

March 5, 2020

Participants showed up bright and early the morning of Feb., 29 to register and run for Miles for Mesa. Mesa Orth was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia Dec. 2018, and recently finished her last chemotherapy treatment.   Miles for Mesa is an event that was held on Feb. 29, 2019, all of the pro...

District Office Personnel Moves into New Home

District Office Personnel Moves into New Home

Christian Tillard, Staff Writer

January 28, 2020

If you're looking for the district office or any of it’s employees, you won't find them on the corner of Combs and Gantzel Roads any longer. They can now be found at their new state of the art facility at 43371 N. Kenworthy Rd.  Designed and contracted by McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. along with DLR Gro...

Welcome to Queen Creek, Dutch Bros.

Welcome to Queen Creek, Dutch Bros.

Madison Lamb, Editor-in-Chief

January 23, 2020

The long awaited Queen Creek Dutch Bros. is here!  No longer will teenagers in San Tan Valley have to make the 28 mile round trip trek to Gilbert to grab their favorite coffee, rebel energy drink or tea. The new location on the corner of Ellsworth Road and Queen Creek Road opens tomorrow morning....

Eighth Graders Learn What It’s Like to be Apart of a Pack

Eighth Graders Learn What It’s Like to be Apart of a Pack

Jasmine Giomi, Staff Writer

January 16, 2020

The start of a new year causes many people to thing about a New Year's resolution, but that wasn't necessarily the case for the eighth graders at Combs Middle School. They spent Wednesday, January 13 checking out the course offerings at CHS to help plan out their freshman schedule. The group of prosp...

Could Walmart Robots Take Jobs From Teens?

Could Walmart Robots Take Jobs From Teens?

Anthony Elrod, Staff Writer

January 14, 2020

“Think R2D2 or Optimus Prime,” Walmart said in a press release. What about the jobs? Walmart superstores have made a change to their workforce, according to the news outlet, BigThink, “Walmart has introduced robots for increasing efficiency in stores. These robots are used for cleaning, restocking, ...

Students Take Charge of Learning

Anjali Kok and Kylie Millican

January 14, 2020

Due to the consistently low scores on standardized testing over the years, classrooms district wide are becoming more student focused The program is called “Modern Teacher” and is expected to be beneficial for the students. Principal, Chris Farabee said that giving students a choice for their ...

Six Year Comeback

Six Year Comeback

Alex Negron and Alani Rhodes

March 5, 2019

They. Are. Back. You heard it right. The Jonas Brothers are back and here with their new single “Sucker”.   After teasing a reunion only three days before releasing the single, it was confirmed when a snippet was filmed with James Corden, on Carpool Karaoke trailer. The official music vide...

FFA Animal Care and Showing

FFA Animal Care and Showing

Alani Rhodes, Staff Writer

February 28, 2019

Cows, pigs, goats oh my! Only three weeks left till the Pinal County Fair and the members of the National Future Farmers of America Organization are scrambling to do the finishing touches on their animals. This may include trimming their hair, cutting their hooves and blow drying the hair.  ...

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