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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), Shannon Bernhardt (Secretary), and Lora Rael (Treasurer) 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 e-mail Mr. Mauro directly.


PTO News
Internet Safety

Our society today relies heavily on the use of computers. The work force practically mandates the use of computers in most types of jobs, we send letters and communicate via e-mail, schools ask students to research topics and type reports, and computer games are almost limitless. While the Internet has many benefits and puts world-wide information at our finger-tips, unfortunately it poses some safety risks for kids today.
 
Here are some computer safety tips you can follow at home to help protect your children:

Allow computer use only in high traffic rooms.
While it’s tempting to put the computer in a child’s room for homework purposes, the best place is a living room or family room. This way parents are able to monitor their child’s activities on the computer. You can see what sites your child is visiting, what games he/she is playing, and who he/she is Instant Messaging. This gives you more control over computer behavior and sends the message to your children that you care (and are aware of) what they are doing on the computer.

Instruct your child never to give out important information over the computer.
Let your child know it is not okay to give out his/her name, address, phone number, city, state, or school location over the computer. Even giving out the family (or their own) email needs parent approval. Evaluate photos or video clips before allowing your child to upload them, to ensure they do not contain identifying information. This helps limit the number of people who know how to contact your child.

Block Specific Sites.
There are many programs that can block the content of certain Web sites, making them off-limits for children. Installing a firewall on your family’s computer not only will block access to certain sites, but will also prevent unauthorized users from entering your computer. Most browsers have the ability to block specific sites from use, but you’ll need to install software if you’re looking to comprehensively block and monitor numerous sites. Also, keep in mind that schools automatically install firewalls onto their network systems, which helps make using computers at school safe.

If you think your child is visiting inappropriate sites, or is being targeted or contacted by a person you don’t know, the FBI has issued an informational publication that discusses in more detail, potential on-line dangers and what to do in these situations. With a little computer safety education, your child will be able to enjoy the benefits of technology and the World Wide Web once again.


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).