Welcome to Combs Traditional Academy
We’re one of five elementary schools in the J.O. Combs Unified School District, located in the warm and beautiful San Tan Valley of Arizona. You’ll find our school conveniently located at the southeast corner of Combs & Gantzel Roads. We proudly serve students in kindergarten through 6th grade.
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A Message from our Principal
It’s hard to believe that we’re already midway through the first quarter of the school year! It’s been a great start to the school year with many new faces that are quickly becoming part of the Combs Traditional Academy family, along with some exciting additions to our program. I hope you have been able to meet some of our new faces over the last month. If not, we have many events coming up that I’m sure will provide you with an opportunity to get to know our new staff. We have a few semi-new faces on the support staff side of the campus, including Ms. Dana Jewell, our night custodian, Ms. Samantha Fraser, our health assistant, and Ms. Laila Ghubril, our noon aide. All started with us towards the end of the school year last year, and we are excited to have them continue with us as we start the new one.
We are also fortunate to have some wonderful teachers join our staff. Mrs. Cecilia Galvan worked with our kindergartners for much of the year as the kindergarten aide, and she has now moved up to be the kindergarten lead paraprofessional. In third grade, we have Ms. Jordan Dahl joining us from Anchorage, AK and Mrs. Jennifer Herrick, who student taught with Mrs. Lemons last year. In fourth grade, Mrs. Rebekah Snyder joins us from Apache Junction, and in 5th grade, we have Mrs. Aileen Allen and Mrs. Heather Zertuche coming to us from Anthem K-8 in Florence. Rounding out our new teaching staff is Mrs. Leonor Hathaway, who joins us from Roosevelt School District in Phoenix. Additionally, Mrs. Jette Thompson, our counselor, is now with us four days per week, spending Mondays at Combs High School and the remainder of the week working with our students.
In addition, we are working hard to ensure that we are true to our mission of providing a rigorous academic focus for all students in a collaborative environment that emphasizes responsibility and respect. Curriculum night in August was one way we are trying to ensure the academic focus through our collective collaboration and commitments with our parent community to ensure that we have rigorous goals for our children and we have the resources necessary to achieve those goals together. You will get to continue that collaboration during parent teacher conferences coming up this month, reviewing your child’s goals and what needs to be done to help them achieve those goals. During curriculum night, teachers shared with our parent community our students’ academic achievement on AzMERIT this past spring. We are all proud of how well our students performed, with an average of 70% of our third through sixth graders passing AzMERIT in ELA and math and 94% of our fourth graders passing AIMS science! Great Schools has us as the highest rated school in San Tan Valley, and our students, staff, and community continue to show why! If you haven’t already, we encourage you to share on social media why Combs Traditional Academy is the school of choice for you and hashtag it with #rigorresponsibilityrespect!