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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
Busy Kids Can Equal Success

We’ve all heard it… “Don’t overbook your children.” Studies urge parents to make sure their children are not scheduled out every minute of the day. The fear is that children (teens) involved in too many after-school activities will lose focus on their education. While this may be true, extracurricular activities have a host of benefits. Not only can an extracurricular activity improve your child’s self-confidence, but it can also help him get into the college he’s eyeing, among other things.

If your child enjoys playing an instrument or a sport, allowing him that experience will build confidence and teach discipline. As he practices, he will improve. And success in something of interest to him will boost his confidence.

Everyone wants to know what to expect in the future. A scheduled activity, and practice time if necessary, will help. Knowing that basketball practice is Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday and that games are Friday evenings gives your child something to look forward to. It can also focus his studies, because he must now dedicate his days off of practice to finishing that long-term homework assignment.

Extra-curricular activities also look good on college applications and scholarship paperwork. Colleges want to know that their future students are well-rounded and can participate in a variety of activities. They are looking for future leaders and individuals that can lead activities on campus. Showing that he participated in his middle or high school student government or led the debate team will earn him bonus points when competing for a scholarship as well.

For those students that have trouble managing multiple tasks like a sport and school, using the extracurricular activity as a reward for school success can work wonders. Just listen to your child and his teachers to ensure that schoolwork is in check. School should, after all, be his first priority.

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