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Does Your District Meet the Metrics?

Does Your District Meet the Metrics?

Naina Parshotam, Staff Writer

August 26, 2020

With the threat of COVID-19 infection lurking behind students’ shoulders like a criminal on a neighborhood watch sign; parents and educational leaders are asked to turn to the Arizona Department of Health Services website (ADHS) to guide decision making about the choice of in-person or virtual learning. But...

The Debate to Re-Open JOCUSD Schools Marches On

Seniors Chad Moyes and Cameron Ricks march down Germann Road holding a sign that implies they have forgotten how to spell because of virtual learning. Community members marched from Combs High School to the J. O. Combs Unified School District Office in protest of the decision to cancel school due to more than 100 staff calling in sick over safety concerns related to COVID-19.

Quinton Kendall, Staff Writer

August 18, 2020

Students and parents gathered at Combs High School Monday morning to protest the delay of on-campus learning and to support the teachers who agreed to teach. Teachers across the district called out sick due to concerns about the ability to sanitize the school and keep students and staff safe from ...

Return to Campus Learning Comes to Screeching Halt

Return to Campus Learning Comes to Screeching Halt

Lilly Threlkeld, Staff Writer

August 15, 2020

Students will have to wait a little longer to return to campus after more than 100 district employees called off work due to concerns about the ability of the schools to follow the district approved pandemic plan. Friday evening parents received an email from Superintendent Greg Wyman, PhD. stating...

Back to School Part 2: In-Person Classes Resume Monday

Back to School Part 2: In-Person Classes Resume Monday

Jasmine Giomi, Staff Writer

August 14, 2020

The J.O Combs School District will be allowing students that choose to attend on campus learning, to come back onto school grounds on Monday, August 17. The JOCUSD Governing Board decided in a 3-2 vote to to allow students to return to campus or attend classes virtually. Though the split close to...

Governing Board Overrides Superintendent’s Resolution to Delay Return to In-Person School

Governing Board Overrides Superintendent's Resolution to Delay Return to In-Person School

Christian Tillard, Staff Writer

August 13, 2020

A 3-2 vote to allow students to return to in-person school by the J. O. Combs Unified School District Governing Board was met with applause from a crowd in attendance at the August 10 meeting. The audible support came following the board’s decision to vote against Superintendent Gregory Wyman’s proposed...

District-Wide Schedule Change Results in Decreased Time Online

District-Wide Schedule Change Results in Decreased Time Online

Anjali Kok, Staff Writer

August 10, 2020

After teachers and students navigated through the hiccups of Google Meet video conferences and synchronous remote learning for a week, Superintendent Gregory Wyman announced a change to students’ learning schedules ; decreasing the time students spend in their virtual classes and freeing up bandwidth...

Who to Watch for and What to Expect from Springs Sports Teams

Justin Bottemiller, Staff Writer

March 6, 2020

Baseball Head Coach: Rick Surls Key players: Ayden Acres, Justin Aikens and Wyatt Larson.  Coach Surls believes Acres will be a key figure to getting them deep into games against the best teams.  Coach believes Aikens will be a valuable help at shortstop at getting runners out. Coach says Larson...

From Tragedy to Triumph

From Tragedy to Triumph

Hope Moore, Managing Editor

March 6, 2020

   The sun beamed brightly causing the sweat that dripped from her brow to glisten as she took extra batting practice. Every day the cages called out for reps, and every day she came running. Each extra swing  was one step closer to perfection and fulfilling her dream of playing college softball. The ...

Skateboarding. The anti-sport, sport.

After trying to land the trick for more than an hour sophomore Jonah Safady finally kickflips the “Nandos gap” in Queen Creek.

Jakob Ayoub, Staff Writer

March 6, 2020

There’s always traditional sports getting attention in high school, college  and on television. But those aren’t for everyone. Some people work better independently, some just don’t perform well under pressure, some can’t stand to have a coach always in their ear. This is where skateboarding, t...

Two Wheels are Just as Good as Four

Two Wheels are Just as Good as Four

Madison Lamb, Editor-in-Chief

March 6, 2020

   Riding around the United States and Western Europe, Syndicate bike club is supported and well known all around the world. Joining Syndicate is like joining a new family to the members, and no matter what they all have each others backs.    “These guys have been there for me and make me feel lik...

What is High School Really Useful For?

Hope Moore, Staff Writer

March 6, 2020

   Why do I need to take this class? How will this class help me in my future? I will never use this information in real life. These are questions and statements that are uttered all too often by high school students around the country. Although they may be true in some cases, high school does ac...

Mesa’s Adventures Through Cancer

Audrey Buell, Staff Writer

March 6, 2020

Mesa Orth was an ordinary girl who enjoyed art. She was a big part of the art program at Combs High School. She led a fairly normal childhood until her life would change forever on Dec. 12, 2018. She was diagnosed with leukemia, and her world was flipped upside down. Being hospitalized for treatment was e...

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