News & Events

There's always lots going here at J.O. Combs Middle School. To help you keep up with it all, our website provides both our online calendar (updated frequently) and copies of our monthly newsletters "Cougar News" (just click on the links to the right).

Be sure to check out our newsletters. You'll find our honor roll students, upcoming activities, information about our programs, and message from our Principal, and some great articles from our teachers about what's happening in each subject area.

2016-2017 Registration

Please remember that the J.O. Combs Unified School District offers free all-day kindergarten. The district is accepting registration for kindergarten and new student enrollment at any grade level at this time. Please contact Mrs. Rayburn at (480) 882-3510, ext.1402 if you have any questions about student enrollment.


Ms. Foster and the students in the yearbook class have been diligently working to produce this year’s edition of the middle school yearbook. This year’s yearbook is going to be a great edition. Students always enjoy looking at past yearbooks as a way to remember the experiences that took place during their middle school years. The cost of the yearbook is $40. Please turn in money (cash/check) to the front office. Feel free to contact Ms. Foster at (480) 882-3510 (ext. 1421) if you have any questions about this year’s yearbook.

Spelling Bee

The CMS Spelling Bee took place on January 10. Listed below are the middle school students who received recognition at the school spelling bee: 

  • Faith Powell (1st Place) 
  • Javier Suarez (2nd Place) 
  • Ashlynn Blamires (3rd Place) 
  • Connor Elderl/Tina Vo (Alternates)

First, second, and third place recipients participated in the district spelling bee which took place on January 23. CMS is proud to share that Faith Powell took first place at this event and will move on to the Pinal County Spelling Bee in February. We wish her the best of luck!

2017-2018 Course Selection

The 2017-2018 course selection process has started! This important process allows students and parents to partner with teachers and counselors to pick courses for the upcoming school year. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Dr. Leslie Wiberg at (480) 882-3518.

Parent-Teacher Conferences

The staff at CMS understands the importance of building relationships with parents. One way this occurs is through parent-teacher conferences. At the middle school, conferences take place in individual teacher classrooms. Since students have six different teachers throughout the day, we make no specific appointments. Instead, parents have the opportunity to move around campus during the established parent-teacher conference time frame and interact with teachers. This setting provides the best opportunity for private conversations to take place between teachers and parents. Conferences will take place on February 23 from 2:30-7:00 p.m. and February 24 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. We will dismiss students at 1:00 p.m. on each of the parent-teacher conference days. The middle school will follow the 1:00 p.m. early release schedule; we will serve breakfast/lunch on these two days. As the second semester continues to move forward, teachers are looking forward to meeting with parents during parent-teacher conferences to share the many successes our students have experienced so far this school year.

Cougar News

Check out our monthly school newsletters! Just click on the Issue below for a PDF version you can download to print or view.

You'll need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view these PDF newsletters. You can download a free version of the reader here.