The Tiger's Roar! 
Your Community Brief from Jones High School
Friday, March 30, 2018

Principal Kirby takes a selfie with National Honor Society students at the OCPS ACE Spring Fling on Tuesday evening.
In this space a week ago I shared that every school week during the 4th quarter will be a full one and that message holds true again for the week ahead (see upcoming events below). Later today we will also be issuing student report cards for the 3rd quarter. If you have a student at JHS, please review their progress as soon as possible keeping in mind that we continue to offer free tutoring opportunities as outlined in this week's calendar.

Enjoy your weekend, the spring weather, and best wishes for a successful month of April!

Allison Kirby

Pictured very top: AP Carolyn Thomas, AP Matt Turner, and Principal Kirby with Athletic Trainer Coach Masters. (see below)
In This Issue (click link for that story direct)
Upcoming EventsUpcomingevents

Friday, March 30
  • 3Q Report Card distribution to students
  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes Meeting - 2:30 pm in Gym 127
  • 2nd Annual JHS International Baccalaureate Visual Art Exhibition
  • Girls JV Lacrosse - 7:00 pm at Olympia

Saturday, March 31

Monday, April 2 - International Autism Awareness Day

  • Wear the color BLUE to increase awareness and acceptance of autism! The 4th period class wearing the most blue will receive a party. Come by the gazebo during lunch for autism awareness information and activities. Thank you, Mrs. Rolle.
  • FSA Algebra I EOC Retakes
  • Benedict College Visit - sign up through Naviance
  • Deadline to purchase GRAD BASH tickets
Tuesday, April 3
  • FSA Algebra I EOC Retakes
  • ACT Test (Juniors & Seniors)
  • SGA application period opens (meeting after school)
  • Tiger Academy Tutoring - 2:45 to 4:00 pm
  • Girls Softball - 4:00 pm at Lake Highland
  • City of Orlando Community BBQ - 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm
  • Valencia College Scholarship Workshop - 5:30 to 8:30 pm - Click here to register


Wednesday, April 4
  • Boys/Girls Tennis host Oak Ridge at 2:30 pm
  • Girls Softball - 4:00 pm at Oak Ridge
Thursday, April 5
  • Tiger Academy Tutoring - 2:45 to 4:00 pm
  • Boys/Girls Tennis - 3:30 pm at Edgewater
  • Flag Football hosts Harmony - 5:45 pm

Campus Safetycampussafety

School safety is everyone's business. Do your children know how to report a concern? OCPS District Police Chief Holmes explains there are 3 ways to report tips anonymously: Let's have a great - and safe - 4th quarter of the school year!

Please take a moment to watch this safety video from Chief Holmes.

Vital Signsvitalsigns
Just released this week for 2017 by the U.S. Dept. of Labor . . .    

Making sense of the chart: The odds of being out of work rise (higher unemployment rates are unfavorable) for Americans with less education while weekly paychecks increase nicely for those with more education (usual weekly earnings). This pattern holds year-after-year based on Labor Dept. research. Click on the chart above for more information.

This week's student spotlight shines brightly on seniors Tylyiah Andrews and Donayja Gates, who were both awarded FULL RIDE scholarships to Rollins College through the first-ever Rosen Scholarship at Rollins. All of their tuition, housing, meals, and books will be paid for through this scholarship for four years (approximately $65,000 per year). Tylyiah and Donayja went through an extensive interview process along with six students from other schools and their applications and interviewing skills impressed the panel so much that they were awarded the scholarships! If you see these two young ladies on campus, please let them know how proud we are of them. Special thanks to Guidance Counselor/Medical Magnet Coordinator/Rosen Parramore Scholarship Coordinator Mrs. Wells-Harris for playing an integral role in the success of these young ladies throughout their four years at Jones High School.

* Don't forget that your student can participate in the Rollins College Upward Bound program for free. Apply for Upward Bound today!

We are so thankful for our Athletic Trainer, Coach Masters! His day begins at 6:20am when the first bus rolls in and doesn't end until the last game/match/meet is finished, sometimes at 11pm! He always goes the extra mile to help students and staff. Here's what a few of our Tigers had to say about Coach Masters:

My favorite memory of Coach Masters is when I was new to Jones and I didn't know anyone, Coach Masters asked me how I was doing and welcomed me to JHS. He introduced me to the 3rd period class and if he hadn't done that I might not know anyone at Jones to this day. I just want to say THANK YOU to Coach Masters!
-~ Sophomore Damon Jacobs

My favorite memory with Masters is when we had a conversation about my behavior and he asked, "what's different with you?", saying how some of my peers and I had similar stories, yet we behaved so differently. I couldn't find an answer, but that was the first time that I was asked that and I first realized that people are always watching you in whatever capacity. I thought he only knew me as an athlete and barely that because I wasn't hurt a lot. Mr. Masters and I had that conversation in my sophomore year and he proved to be someone trustworthy with great advice that I could comfortably have a conversation with. Thanks for everything, Masters!
 ~ Valedictorian Michael Thomas-Loving, aka "MTL"

Cheer loves Mr. Masters and so do the coaches! He keeps us in line and is always enthusiastic. ~ Ms. Poole, Math Teacher & Cheerleading Coach

Coach Masters is a great supporter of the students of Jones High, and we love having his family at the games.
~ Ivy Wynn, Booster Club President

Algebra I with Ms. Rhaburn and Ms. Richardson

Algebra I teachers Ms. Rhaburn and Ms. Richardson had a full house for Spring Break Camp. Students received small group instruction on topics like quadratic equations and functions to prepare them for the upcoming Algebra I EOC exam. Ms. Richardson was assisted by senior intern Elizabeth Peitz, who graduates from the University of Central Florida with a degree in Math Education on May 4.

FSA English Language Arts Prep with Mrs. Jones

English teacher and Book Club sponsor Mrs. Zelda Jones served two roles during Spring Break Camp: preparing her English students for the FSA ELA exam and quizzing her Book Club students to ensure they were ready for the OCPS Battle of the Books competition.

AP Literature and Composition with Mr. Green

Mr. Carl Green's AP Literature and Composition students came to Spring Break camp to practice strategies and take a mock AP exam. 

Science with Senior UCF Interns Carlos Chinea and Gabby Harms

Senior UCF interns Carlos Chinea and Gabby Harms hosted a Spring Break Camp Biology and Chemistry blitz. On May 4, Carlos and Gabby will graduate with degrees in Science Education; Carlos specializing in Chemistry and Gabby in Biology. Both of these UCF students have been a huge asset to our Science department this year and we hope to have them as part of our team for the 2018-2019 school term.

Mathematics Using Khan Academy with Ms. Richardson

Ms. Charva Richardson used Tuesday and Wednesday's block testing schedule to have her students work on arithmetic sequences on Khan Academy. Don't forget that you can earn positive points for your time on Khan Academy when you add Ms. Kuehn as your coach.

Go to, log in, and type in the code for your class:
Class of 2018 - RSG6EQFZ
Class of 2019 - USQFTWF9
Class of 2020 - 8VF39SCB
Class of 2021 - 62QRKYRQ

Athletics athletics 

It's always a great day when our Tiger alumni stop by to say hello! Coach Davenport and Principal Kirby are pictured above with Matt Williams, Jr. (Class of 2012) who went on to become the leading 3-point shooter for the University of Central Florida, and now plays for the Miami Heat! Thanks for taking the time to visit, Matt!

Save the date for our spring football game!
We host Viera High School at 7:00 pm on Thursday, May 24.

Gators Offer Jones Freshman OT Javonte Gardener

Linebacker Marcus Tillman Jr. Recaps Ohio State Visit

Alumni Featurealumnifeature
Ms. Susie Forehand 

Enjoy this Orlando Times Women's History Month article featuring Ms. Susie Forehand, Jones High School Class of 1963!

Student Government Association Electionssgaelections

Thank you to Senior Ernest K. White IV for this logo design!

2017-2018 Freshman Class Officers

Are you interested in being a part of Student Government Association (SGA)?
Complete the online application here by 11:59 PM Wednesday, April 11 and submit the required supporting documents to Mr. Inman before 3PM. Note: The application will not unlock until 3:30PM on April 3.
** This should be treated as a professional job application; please use correct punctuation and grammar **

Don't know what to apply for? View our complete informational packet with full details.
Here are a few important dates concerning the election process:
  • April 3 - Informational meeting
  • April 11 - Completed applications due
  • April 13 - Notification letters hand delivered
  • April 16 to 20 - Approved Candidates' speeches recorded
  • April 27 - All campaign items due for review
  • May 7 to May 10 - Campaigning window opens/ SGA Week 2018*
  • May 11 - Election Day conducted via Orange County Supervisor of Elections
  • May 14 - Winners announced via intercom during after school announcements*
* Dates subject to change

Special Eventspecialevent
Young Black Men of Excellence 
Friday's Motivational MomentMM
A reminder about friendship from the elephant . . .  

Have a great weekend Tigers!
Principal Kirby
Jones High School
Friday, March 30, 2018

Leadership Team

Principal: Allison Kirby
Assistant Principal: Matt Turner
Assistant Principal: Charles France
Assistant Principal: Carolyn Thomas
Administrative Dean: Alex Jackson
Business Manager: Shelton Lewis

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