Your Community Brief from Jones High School
Friday, June 29, 2018
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
. 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
when you can as these are continuously updated with the very latest Tiger happenings. Thank you and enjoy your weekend.
In Tiger Pride,
Pictured very top:
or on the image above to view a short, but very inspirational video on our
Class of 2018 Valedictorian - Michael Thomas-Loving
- 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! https://tinyurl.com/cubclub2018
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,
. 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
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
Class of 2020
Class of 2021
Class of 2022
Congratulations to the following students who are already crushing their goals on Khan Academy SAT Prep:
Zoe Harris, Nhu Nguyen, Tarahana Raymonvil,
100 Black Men
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!
On June 1,
Shantress Allen, Gianna Acocella, Lynneshia Bright
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.
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,
represented us well. Special thanks to
for arranging this opportunity for our students.
Tiger Boys & Girls Tennis Camp
Tuesday and Thursday: July 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26
10:00am - 12:00pm
JHS tennis courts
Any student with a current sports physical who is interested. This includes incoming 9th graders and transfer students. No experience is needed! Contact
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)
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
Enjoy your July 4th holiday!
Mrs. Kirby, Principal
Jones High School
Friday, June 29, 2018
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