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Jack W. Harmon Elementary First Graders Off to a Great Start

Jack W. Harmon Elementary first graders have been hard at work. With only two months into the school year, these young explorers have been learning to be a mathematician using the critical thinking focused curriculum, Math Expressions.

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Combs Traditional Academy Utilizes Google Classroom

In the spring of 2015, J.O. Combs Unified School District made the conversion to Google Apps for Education. Teachers were fortunate to be inspired by Google's evangelist, Jamie Cassip, in July, prior to students returning to school. One of the exciting innovations brought onboard through Google Apps for Education was the opportunity to begin using Google Classroom. Google Classroom allows teachers to create virtual classrooms, where assignments can be distributed, students can use Google Apps such as Docs, Sheets, and Slides, and those can all be saved into the classroom for feedback from the teacher.

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Jack W. Harmon Elementary Supports Differences Week

Jack W. Harmon Elementary School celebrated what makes us special and unique with our annual Differences Week from September 28th through October 2nd. Each day, students were encouraged to dress in a color that supports awareness of different challenges some students face.

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Simonton Elementary Encourages Student-Leadership

First grade students at Simonton Elementary are proud to be a part of “Leader in Me” school. Students apply The 7 Habits daily through modeled instruction, practice, and leadership roles.

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Ellsworth Preschoolers Learn About School Occupations

Ellsworth Elementary preschool students are learning about the school environment, discovering who works at the school and the jobs that they do.

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Ranch Elementary POPS Program

At Ranch Elementary in the J.O. Combs School District, POPS (Program for Outstanding Preschool Students) classrooms are filled with preschool students that receive special education services, as well as typically developing peers. The peer models are important to the program as they model social skills and language for the other students. The POPS program utilizes the O.W.L. (Opening the World of Learning) curriculum, the Early Learning Standards, and Teaching Strategies GOLD assessment to plan and implement instruction within the classroom.

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J.O. Combs Middle School Celebrates Constitution Day

J.O. Combs Middle School participated in a number of activities during Constitution week to reinforce the importance of the United States Constitution.

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J.O. Combs Student of the Month

The J.O. Combs Unified School District continues to partner with Banner Ironwood in a Student of the Month program which recognizes one student every month from each of our schools. There is a selection process in place where students are recognized for the various pillars of the Character Counts Program which include Responsibility, Trustworthiness, Citizenship, Caring, Respect and Fairness.

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Simonton Elementary Students Prepare for BizTown

Simonton Elementary fifth grade students work on a building project in preparation for their upcoming trip to Junior Achievement's BizTown.

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Combs Bond Election Nov 3rd

The J.O. Combs Unified School District Governing Board has scheduled a special bond election for November 3, 2015 to address facility, transportation and technology needs. All registered voters living in the J.O. Combs School District boundaries are eligible to vote either through early ballots or voting at polling sites.

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CAC Named 2016 Military Friendly® School

Central Arizona College has been designated a 2016 Military Friendly® School by Victory Media, the leader in successfully connecting the military and civilian worlds, and publisher of G.I. Jobs®, STEM JobsSM and Military Spouse.

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CAC Student Receives Frank Lanza Memorial Scholarship

Central Arizona College student, Tigest Maru, is one of 20 community college healthcare students nationwide who will receive a $2,500 Frank Lanza Memorial Scholarship.

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Updated: JO Combs Bond Election Recount

On Monday, November 9th, the J.O. Combs Unified School District submitted a letter formally requesting that the Pinal County Elections Department conduct a full recount of all votes cast at last week's bond election.

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Ellsworth Elementary “Pinks Out”

Ellsworth Elementary students and staff have been “Pinking Out” every Friday during the month of October in efforts not only to raise awareness about Breast Cancer but for cancer in general.

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Tucson charter school ranked third-best in U.S.

by Nick Newman - Jun. 20, 2011 06:24 PM
Cronkite News Service

WASHINGTON -- A Tucson charter school was named the third-best high school in the nation this week in Newsweek magazine's annual "Best High Schools in America" ranking.

Basis Charter School climbed three spots from its 2010...

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National study: Arizona a leader in holding charter schools accountable

National study: Arizona a leader in holding charter schools accountable It's no surprise Arizona is one of the leading states in the country when it comes to the number of students in charter schools.

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Mesa charter school administrator explores challenging Pearce in recall

Mesa charter school administrator explores challenging Pearce in recall The recall election targeting state Senate President Russell Pearce has its first potential challenger, west Mesa resident Jerry Lewis. In a statement released Friday, Lewis said he's a lifelong conse

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Arizona’s First Approved Autism Charter School for Elementary Students to Open in Phoenix This Fall

Arizona Autism Charter School (AZACS), the state’s first approved tuition-free charter school focused on children with autism, celebrated its opening with a ribbon cutting and playground unveiling yesterday, April 30th. AZACS will open in Metro Phoenix in August 2014 for kindergarten through fourth grade students. The school, which is currently enrolling, has space for 90 students.

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Governor Jan Brewer Announces Selection of Arizona Charter School to Represent State during National Christmas Tree Lighting

Governor Jan BrewerFreedom Academy Charter School Chosen to Create State Ornaments

Governor Jan Brewer today announced Freedom Academy Charter School was selected to create the state tree ornaments for Arizona to be featured at this year’s National Christmas Tree Lighting event hosted by the National Park Foundation and National Park Service. The event will be held this evening on the Ellipse in Washington, D.C.

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ALA High School Ballroom Takes Home the Win

Let's give a big round of applause to American Leadership Academy High School Ballroom team who won four 1st place trophies and a 2nd place trophy at the Gem State Classic in Rexburg Idaho on Friday, March 21st!

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