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Principal’s Message


Hello Knights Families,


I hope you are all healthy and happy going into the holiday season.


Recently I heard a speaker at a conference share the importance of practicing mindfulness. Going in, I didn’t expect that it would leave such a big impression on me but I was blown away. The idea of mindfulness in a nutshell is taking a little time to slow down, breathe, and take a mental break from stress and stimuli of the day. The other principals and I practiced this for about 5 minutes with guidance from the speaker. When we were done, I was much more aware of how much stress I had been in and I felt lighter, calmer, and ready to take on the rest of the day.


During this time of year, we are all probably feeling an increase in stress. Some stress is a good thing and helps us achieve, but it’s important that it’s managed well. During our next staff meeting, I plan on giving the gift of five minutes of mindful, stress free, peaceful, breathing time. My bet is that the teachers and staff will walk away feeling refreshed and all around better. My plan is to have them see the value that I saw in it at the conference and hopefully find time in their day to offer this to students.


We have a great next few weeks planned including a band concert and the APEX drive and fun run.


As always, my door is open. Please feel welcome to contact me.                                                   


Happy Holidays,


Jeff Green

Proud Principal




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.

What makes us unique is our “Back-to-Basics” philosophy. Here at Combs Traditional Academy we develop a solid foundation of fundamental and higher-level thinking skills through a structured curriculum that is consistent and sequential throughout grade levels. We deliver curriculum using direct teaching techniques, whole class instruction, and other approved teaching methods. We also plan our teaching and learning around textbooks and written assignments and do not interrupt classes for non-curricular programs or activities.

Browse our website to find out more about who we are and our educational philosophy. If you feel your child would benefit from what we have to offer, don’t hesitate to contact us. We look forward to meeting you!

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I am so proud of how my son is doing at this school. He has always struggled with confidence and his teacher is always so helpful finding ways that will help him succeed.

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