The Tiger's Roar! 
Your Community Brief from Jones High School
Friday, June 29, 2018

Please help us welcome our administrators for the 2018-2019 school year. From left to right: Assistant Principal Carolyn Thomas, Assistant Principal Brandon Lowe, Principal Kirby, Assistant Principal Anthony King, and Assistant Principal of Instruction Mary Vetter. We are looking forward to a successful school year!
I hope this initial summer break update finds your summer off to a terrific start! As you will see herein, many of our Tigers have enjoyed some exciting educational opportunities since the last day of classes on May 30th. At this point of the summer we are also looking ahead to Freshmen Orientation and fall sports preparation. You will find insights on these activities and other events in this special summer edition.

Below is information on free SAT practice tests through the Khan Academy. I encourage our Tigers to invest a little time from their summer to keep sharp and take advantage of this helpful program. Please also know that the Orange County Library System has a number of free wonderful events scheduled for teens throughout the summer.

Finally, please visit our Facebook page and school website when you can as these are continuously updated with the very latest Tiger happenings. Thank you and enjoy your weekend.

In Tiger Pride,

Allison Kirby

Pictured very top: Please click here or on the image above to view a short, but very inspirational video on our Class of 2018 Valedictorian - Michael Thomas-Loving.
Upcoming Events/Remindersupcomingevents  

  • Report cards and senior diplomas are available for pickup in the front office Monday through Thursday, from 7:00am to 5:00pm. You may also drop off any textbooks you find at home.
  • Cub Club Freshman Orientation on July 11 & 12 - Register today!

Vital Signs
2018 Florida Standards Assessments 

Princeton University Accelerated Learning Academy  

Alexandria, Abrielle, Gianna, and Kenny studying at Princeton University in December 2017

We are so proud of Abrielle Acocella, Gianna Acocella, Alexandria Magee, and Kenny Rolle. They were all selected to participate in Princeton University's Accelerated Learning Academy this past school year. These students studied very rigorous coursework at Princeton in December, March, and April. Please take a moment to check out these videos in which all four students are pictured, and Alexandria and Kenny have features.  

Princeton ALA - Alexandria Magee

Princeton ALA - Kenneth A. Rolle II

College & Career Center  

Don't forget to add Ms. Kuehn as a coach on Khan Academy so you can earn positive points for SAT Prep over the summer! Log in to your account; go to and type in the code that applies to you:

Class of 2019 USQFTWF9
Class of 2020 8VF39SCB
Class of 2021 62QRKYRQ
Class of 2022 7RNWKC6S

Congratulations to the following students who are already crushing their goals on Khan Academy SAT Prep: Zoe Harris, Nhu Nguyen, Tarahana Raymonvil, and Amani Thomas.

100 Black Men
Scholarship Recipients   

Congratulations to the 100 Black Men 2018 Scholarship Recipients (Graduating Seniors): Shantress Allen, Stacy Kirby, Tyrell Smith, Michael Thomas-Loving, and Emiah Youman. Each student was presented with a scholarship check for $5,000.00.  

Morehouse College Upward Bound STEM Program 

Eighteen of our brightest students were accepted into the Morehouse College Greater Orlando Upward Bound Math & Science summer program! For the last three weeks they have been attending classes and SAT Prep sessions from 9am to 9pm, and participating in field trips on the weekends. Our students have truly enjoyed living the college life, and their eyes have been opened to the unlimited career possibilities in science, technology, engineering, and math. Special thanks to Coach Davenport for serving as the JHS chaperone at Morehouse in Atlanta all summer.

Rising seniors De'Quan Smith and Tanaiya Wilson dissecting sheep brains.

Students are in classes for 12 hours a day, but they get to have a bit of fun on the weekends. Last weekend they traveled to Alabama to visit Auburn and Tuskegee Universities.

Rollins College Upward Bound  
Did you know that we have an Upward Bound program right here in Central Florida? Our Rollins College Upward Bound students have been studying rigorous math and science courses, going on educational field trips, and exploring other college campuses throughout Florida. Please check out the Upward Bound website for more information on how to get your child involved.

Congratulations to Senior Kyla Kinsey (left), Sophomore Cameron Davison (center) and incoming Freshman Ja'Coyia Ellington (right) on being named Rollins College Students of the Week!

Student Spotlight   

On June 1, Shantress Allen, Gianna Acocella, Lynneshia Bright and Zarick Gordon volunteered with MarlieMade to help children suffering with cancer. MarlieMade is a non-profit organization started by Sarah Dodson, who lost her daughter Marlie Kai to pediatric cancer when she was just six years old. MarlieMade is a name given to any event or action inspired by Marlie Dodson, where the beneficiary is pediatric cancer research & scholarship funding. Watch our social media for the next volunteer opportunity.

Our cadets were all smiles as they prepared to leave for JROTC Leadership Camp in Ocala.

This summer (JCLC, 2018) two of Jones High School's cadets, because of the leadership and motivation they displayed, were on the center stage with their names being called out amongst 450 people . . . 19 different schools, from Polk, Orange, Highlands, Osceola, and Volusia counties. Only 12 cadets out of 368 have the opportunity to become Honor Graduates and Jones High School had two of those graduates. Absolutely awesome!

If you see Cadets Sapphira Johnson and Abrielle Acocella this summer or when the new school year starts, please tell them "job well done" and thanks for representing Jones High School with distinction and honor at JCLC Summer Camp.

~ Respectfully, Lt. Col Watson

Cadet Sapphira Johnson pictured during SEAL training.

Click here to see the video of Cadet Abrielle Acocella being recognized in front of 300 cadets at JROTC Leadership Camp.

Our JROTC Color Guard presented the colors at the Tampa Bay Rays vs. Yankees game last weekend. Cadets Williams, Gowins, Patrick, Acocella, and Oliver represented us well. Special thanks to 1SGT Laguna for arranging this opportunity for our students.

Tiger Athletics   

Jones High School came in 29th out of 57 schools in the 5A public school FHSAA Floyd E. Lay Sunshine Cup All-Sports Award program. We had a good year but we expect next year to be even better for Tiger Nation! Thank you, Athletic Director Nemec.

Fall Sports Update
Tigers, our fall sports season is right around the corner. Monday, July 30 marks the first day of fall sports try-outs and practice. Please be sure that you have all FHSAA and OCPS eligibility forms completed, signed, and turned in to Coach Nemec PRIOR to Monday, July 30.

Boys & Girls Bowling
  • No experience necessary
  • Sky Lanes Bowling Alley is our "home" alley
Boys & Girls Cross Country Running
  • No experience necessary (great conditioning for other sports!)
Boys & Girls Swimming
  • No experience necessary
  • Jones and Evans HS will share a "home" pool at Frontline Outreach.
Girls Volleyball
Coach TBD

Tiger Boys & Girls Tennis Camp

Days: Tuesday and Thursday: July 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26

Cost: FREE

Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm

Site: JHS tennis courts

Who: Any student with a current sports physical who is interested. This includes incoming 9th graders and transfer students. No experience is needed! Contact Coach Pouzzner with any questions.

Be A Player is hosting a FREE health physical event at Jones High School, but it is open to all Central Florida students in grades K-12. If you'd like to RSVP on Facebook (and receive a reminder to attend) click here.

Parting Image of the Week . . .  
A trove of civil rights files relating to the Montgomery bus boycott were recently discovered in a courthouse vault in Montgomery, Alabama. One of these was the arrest warrant for Rosa Parks, an African-American seamstress who refused to surrender her seat on a city bus. Her action spurred on the 381-day Montgomery Bus Boycott that helped launch nationwide efforts to end segregation of public facilities.

The warrant for Rosa Parks shows that it took the police a couple of tries to settle on legal language describing her alleged offense.Credit: Alabama State University Archives; Montgomery Co. Circuit Court; The New York Times


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Enjoy your July 4th holiday!
Mrs. Kirby, Principal
Jones High School
Friday, June 29, 2018

Leadership Team

Principal: Allison Kirby
Assistant Principal: Mary Vetter
Assistant Principal: Brandon Lowe
Assistant Principal: Carolyn Thomas
Assistant Principal: Anthony King

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