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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
Why Read Aloud?

More than half the children in this country—approximately 13 million—will not hear a bedtime story tonight.” –

By and large, experts agree that reading aloud to children is one of the best gifts a parent can bestow on their children. According to Reach Out and Read (, a literacy and school readiness non-profit organization, fewer than half of U.S. children under the age of five are read to every day, placing them at risk for developmental and reading delays.

For younger children, reading is an excellent way to learn more about language, words, and communication. It’s also a great way to introduce new vocabulary. According to Reading is Fundamental (RIF), reading to young children promotes language acquisition and literacy development. Later on, it can support achievement in reading comprehension and overall success in school.

The benefits of reading aloud continue even after a child has learned to read. Parents often stop reading to their older children once they’ve mastered reading independently, but those who do are missing out on some fantastic learning opportunities and development. Studies show that a child’s reading age doesn’t catch up to his listening age until about the time he turns 13. Generally speaking, this means a nine year old who is reading at age and grade level can learn and benefit from listening to a story two or more years ahead of his level. Listening to more rigorous literature allows children to enjoy books they might not be able to tackle otherwise. More strenuous comprehension is great for their development and cognitive skills.

Tips for reading aloud:

  • Read regularly. Reading 15 minutes a day helps young readers establish the healthy habit of reading.
  • Schedule it. Make reading aloud a part of your daily routine (naptime, after meals, bedtime, etc.).
  • Turn it off. Set a rule that distracting entertainment like TV’s, iPads, and video games are not allowed during reading time.
  • Take a trip. Visiting the library regularly ensures your bookshelf is replenished and refreshed!
  • Encourage variety. Providing a variety of reading materials like newspapers and magazines will keep your children engaged and aware of the world around them.
  • Take the learning further. The internet offers endless resources for reading lists, reading activities, and programs to help children develop a lifelong love of reading.

At any age, regardless of reading level, reading aloud is a fantastic opportunity to bond with your child, presenting a platform for ongoing dialogue and discussion. Consider embarking on a new reading adventure together tonight by reading aloud. After all, according to Dr. Seuss, “You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read to a child!”


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.


  • 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).


  • 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