The Tiger's Roar! 
Your Community Brief from Jones High School
Friday, August 4, 2017 (Special Issue: Summer Break #5)

Starting with this weekend's sales tax holiday from the Florida Department of Revenue, there are several important events (see below) that will be of help to our Tigers and their families prior to the start of school on Monday, August 14 - 2017-2018 school calendar. I would also like to remind the Jones community that in addition to our weekly Tiger's Roar! issues, we keep the very latest school-related news posted on our new website and social media platforms. I encourage our community members to take a quick moment and visit some of those other excellent communication outlets as they are continuously updated.

Please note that the schedule you see on ProgressBook is not necessarily final. Our Guidance Counselors are working diligently to make sure students are placed properly, and changes are still being made. Schedule Change Request

Have a wonderful weekend. We hope to see many of you tomorrow for laptop checkout!

Allison Kirby

Pictured very top: Ms. Kuehn, Principal Kirby, and Mr. Krumdick had fun celebrating some of our new teachers at the OCPS New Teacher Extravaganza yesterday. Welcome to the Tiger family!

Upcoming EventsUpcomingevents
Special back-to-school events beginning today . . .

August 4: Girls Volleyball Practice

August 4-6:
2017 Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday - Information & Details

August 5: Steps in the Right Direction Shoe Giveaway - Register here

August 5: Commissioner Hill's Back to School Celebration - Register here

August 6: Back 2 School Bash - Camping World Stadium

August 7-11: Teacher Pre-Planning Week & Student Laptop Distribution (see schedule above)

August 10: JHS Back to School Celebration & Meet the Teacher (3-7pm).

Want to cut down your wait time? Register online! You'll get an email reminder about the event and you could even win a JHS shirt!

August 14:
Welcome back to the GREAT Jones High School! See you bright and early at 7:10am!

Full Calendar

August 18: The Black History Project (registration deadline) - Register here

College & Career CenterCCC

Students, Khan Academy is now the official practice partner for AP! Check out our AP lessons, all 100% FREE.

Valencia Students and Employees Will Soon Ride Bus for Free, Thanks to New Agreement with LYNX

Your ACT score report provides much more information than just your composite score. Take a look.

Upcoming College Visits (register on Naviance; see Mr. Hadley if you need assistance):
October 16 - Florida Atlantic University

Class of 2018 - Senior Dues

Student SpotlightStudentspotlight2

Joshua Brown and Ja'Mari Williams, JHS Band

Congratulations to Joshua Brown and Ja'Mari Williams who were named the 2017-2018 Drum Majors. This is their second year leading the band and we can't wait to see what they have in store. Click here for a sneak peek!

Jada Brown and Tahodja Bond

The band members are not the only ones working hard. The Band Managers make sure they have water and pop-up tents, and even pull Mr. Nicholas' ladder out every day. They are currently inspecting uniforms and repairing hats in the uniform room.

Jada Brown is a 10th grader and has been a JHS Band Manager since 5th grade!

Tahodja Bond is an incoming 10th grader and this is her first year as a Band Manager

Chante Freeman and Faith Neston, Orange County Government Summer Interns

Chante Freeman and Faith Neston spent the summer interning with Orange County Vice-Mayor/District 6 Commissioner Victoria P. Siplin. These paid internships were made possible through the POPS program. Commissioner Siplin thanked Chante and Faith in this Facebook post. Great job, ladies.

Chante Freeman with Commissioner Siplin

Faith Neston with Commissioner Siplin


Please check out our Athletics website for updates on fall sports. If you have questions, you can email our Interim Athletic Director Mr. Lewis.

Jones High School seniors Sevyn Banks and Stacy Kirby pose for a photo during the 2017 Orlando Sentinel Varsity Football Media Day at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Fla. on July 28, 2017. Photo Credit: Aileen Perilla / Orlando Sentinel

2017 Varsity Football Media Day (Sevyn and Stacy are pictured in photos 74-89)

Football Schedules

It's a great year for the Class of 2012! Last week we told you about Matt Williams signing with the Miami Heat and this week Levonte "Kermit" Whitfield was signed by the Cincinnati Bengals.

Bengals Add Former Florida State Standout Kermit Whitfield

Alumni SpotlightAlumnispotlight

Wesley Snipes
In a recent interview with NPR, Class of 1980 alum Wesley Snipes contributed his love of writing to his English teachers at Jones High School. If you don't have time to listen to the entire interview, fast forward to 7:27.

Amber Brown
Amber Brown, a superstar from the Class of 2012 (pictured above right with Ms. Kuehn), will begin her first year of teaching at Orange Center Elementary. We are so excited that Amber will use her talent to teach our future Tigers!

IB Art on Display at IB ConferenceIBart 

Three of Mrs. Rina's IB Art students had their work displayed at the IB Global Conference in July. Congratulations to Chase Brown, Trinity Bryan, and Schimelda Louissant.

* IB = International Baccalaureate

Chase Brown (2017), Plaster Cast and Collage

Trinity Bryan (2018)

Schimelda Louissant (2018)

IB Coordinator Kyra Brown (right) demonstrating how to create mats for the homeless from plastic bags for the conference community project

We would like to thank the Orlando World Center Marriott for hosting our Leadership Team Retreat on July 21. Thank you for making us feel special. You have been an invaluable Partner in Education to Jones High School for the last 14 years!

Our leadership team was treated like royalty by Orlando World Center Marriott's Event Manager Dennis Richardson, CMP and Banquet Server Lupe.

Nothing like a good old fashioned, "Goooooo Tigers!" to end a planning session!

Community Help Needed - IB Biology Labs
IB Biology requires a minimum of 65 hours of hands-on lab activities. Can you help Mrs. DiChiara get the dissection kits needed for her course? All donations are matched thanks to LIFT Orlando and Florida Citrus Sports! Click here for more information/to donate.

Tiger Summer Happenings - Chorus and Band Camps
Our Chorus and Band students are hard at work this summer. Enjoy these two videos.

Chorus Camp

Band Camp

Parting Shot of the Week- JHS History

Leadership Team

Principal: Allison Kirby
Assistant Principal: Charles France
Assistant Principal: Lenore Guastella
Assistant Principal: Carolyn Thomas

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