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We Need You / PTO

The Combs Middle School Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO) provides parents with a means to build community within the school setting. The primary goals of PTO are to create opportunities to interact about important school issues and to organize fundraiser events.

Combs Middle School would like recognize and commend Shelly Hargis (President), Michelle De Leon (Vice President), Kim Bane (Secretary), Mariann Sunita (Treasurer), and Patricia Herd (Fundraising) for the outstanding leadership they provided for our school community throughout this school year! Thank you!

We are looking for new PTO officers. If you have an interest in volunteering, please email Mr. Mauro directly. 

PTO Meetings (6:00 - 7:00 p.m. in cafeteria)

  • August 19, 2014
  • October 21, 2014
  • December 16, 2014
  • January 20, 2015
  • March 17, 2015
  • May 19, 2015

PTO News
The Meaning of Labor Day

Something that often gets lost is the true meaning of holidays. We’re all anxious for that day off of school or work, but make sure you stop and pay your respects to the reason behind the holiday.

Labor Day, for example, is observed in the United States and Canada on the first Monday of September to honor working people. The holiday began in the late 1800s as an effort by the Central Labor Union of New York City to create “a day off for the working citizens.” It was designed to celebrate the efforts of workers in the form of a parade and festival for families. Labor unions lobbied state legislatures to establish Labor Day as a legal holiday and, in 1894, it became a national holiday.

Today, Labor Day is celebrated as a day of rest and relaxation—for both working adults and children. So enjoy your day off and find a way to celebrate your family! Various ideas are available online—all you have to do is look!

  • Apples4theTeacher has information about summer, craft ideas, coloring pages, short stories, and numerous other activities to help bring your summer to a close.
  • Kaboose offers downloadable crafts and patterns to help build great family memories.
  • On the Family Bliss blog, find a list of five low-cost activities to do with your children during the long three-day weekend.

Whatever you do for the long Labor Day weekend, make it memorable for the kids. And be sure to stop and talk about why the holiday exists in the first place.


We Can Make a Difference

Site Council

The Combs Middle School Site Council embraces the mission and vision statements of the J.O. Combs Unified School District and embraces the mission, core philosophies, vision, academic responsibilities, values, and pledge of Combs Middle School.

In order to promote and facilitate these statements, members will work to…

  • Enhance the four core philosophies of the school.
  • Promote strong ties between school, home, community, and business.
  • Provide opportunities for staff regarding the structure and improvement of instructional programs.
  • Respect and accept individual uniqueness and cultural diversity through the development of a professional learning community (PLC).
  • Foster an environment that is emotionally, physically, and mentally safe.

The duties of the Combs Middle School Site Council shall include, but are not limited to…

  • Improvement of the school’s instructional program.
  • Development of an action plan/goals to improve the professional growth of the school’s staff.
  • Coordination of other programs at the school.
  • Communication of various aspects of the school to the school community.
  • Review policies that exist within the school and make recommendations, revisions, additions as needed.

Goals

  • Foster communication and collaboration within and outside the J.O. Combs Middle School community to improve school/parent/community relations with an 85% approval rating (School Goal IV).
  • Increase student achievement by 5% on the AIMS tests (reading, writing, and math) through providing an engaging learning environment for all students to grow academically (School Goal I).
  • Develop a positive school culture with the attributes of a Professional Learning Community (PLC) (School Goal V).

Members

  • Mark Mauro, Principal
  • Angela Beauchene, Dean of Students
  • Ashley Morris, Teacher
  • Lila Gonzalez, Teacher
  • Jonathan Spray, Teacher
  • Laura Ridge, Teacher
  • Devin Howe, Teacher
  • Lori Rajnisz
  • Sheri Hammer

Site Council Meetings (4:35 - 6:00 p.m. in conference room)

  • September 29, 2014
  • December 15, 2014
  • March 2, 2015
  • May 11, 2015