The Tiger's Roar! 
Your Community Brief from Jones High School
Monday, February 12, 2018

Principal Kirby with 2018 State Weightlifting Champion Widlyne Israel. Widlyne is an International Baccalaureate student and member of the National Honor Society.
WOW. What a fantastic start to Black History Month!

Tiger Pride Day
Our 3rd Annual Booster Club Tiger Pride Day was a success in every sense of the word! What a joy to see nearly 3,000 Tigers decked out in orange and green from head to toe, representing the rich pride, tradition, and legacy of Jones High School since 1895.

I would like to give special thanks to the creator of Tiger Pride Day - Booster Club President Ivy Wynn - and her committee comprised of Barbara Page Burns, Gloria Elder Ross, Sonya Hill, Kisha Baker-Williams, Kendra Johnson, Traci Wade, and Hope Massey. These ladies have been working tirelessly since last February to ensure this year's event was even bigger and better. We had hundreds more people who rallied their classmates, collected funds for tent decorations and shirts, and raised awareness of the event on social media. All of your hard work was evident with our record attendance. Thank you.

We had 51 classes officially represented this year, ranging from 1953 to 2014. The winner of Best Tent went to the Class of 1971. The Class of 1988 was the runner-up, and the Class of 1967 took third place. It was so much fun to visit each of the tents and learn what made your class unique. I enjoyed meeting and learning from each and every one of you.

The performances from the JHS Alumni Band, Concert Choir, and Marching Tigers were enjoyed by all. We had record attendance for current students, as well. Congratulations to Schimelda Louissaint who was the first student to turn in her scavenger hunt with only one missed question. Deja Hamilton, Emiah Youman, and Alaishia Mason tied for second place, and Eboni Wright took third place. We hope all students who participated in the scavenger hunt enjoyed learning about the amazing alumni and what they have accomplished over the years.

National Signing Day
Saturday's great event was followed by our record-breaking National Signing Day on February 7. We had 24 student-athletes sign their commitment to attend and play football at the collegiate level. Coach Elijah Williams works incredibly hard to match players with colleges and universities that will best meet their goals. A total of 12 players signed with Division 1 schools, 9 players signed Division 2, and 3 players signed with junior colleges. What an incredible accomplishment for this senior class!

Community Involvement
There is no doubt that Jones High School is rich in pride and tradition. Please help us continue our powerful legacy by mentoring, volunteering, or joining the PTSA, SAC, Booster Club, JHS Alumni Association, and the JHS Historical Society, just to name a few. You can also make a huge difference in the life of a current Tiger by donating to the JHS Foundation. If you have any questions about how you can become more involved with the GREAT Jones High School, please email Ms. Kuehn.

Thank you for your continued support.

Allison Kirby

Pictured very top: JHS Class of 1992 pose for a photo with JHS alum and legend Ms. Barbara Page Burns.

When we say Jones High School is rich in pride and tradition, we mean it. Mrs. Gertrude Herring is the oldest alumna from her 1942 class who was present at Tiger Pride Day. Thank you for spending your day with us, Mrs. Herring.
In This Issue
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Upcoming Eventsupcomingevents
February is Black History Month across the United States 

Monday, Feb. 12
  • Happy Birthday Abraham Lincoln! (see Monday's Motivational Moment below)
  • SAC Meeting, 5:30-6:30PM, All JHS community members are welcome!
  • 2018 Parent Survey open all week - Take the survey 
Tuesday, Feb. 13
  • Tiger Academy Tutoring, 2:45-4:00PM
Wednesday, Feb. 14
  • Happy Valentine's Day!
Thursday, Feb. 15
  • Carnegie Hall trip group ticket sales deadline (please see below)
  • Teen Mom Mentoring (Young Lives), 9:54-11:17 AM, Front Office Conference Room
  • Tiger Academy Tutoring,2:45-4:00PM
Friday, Feb. 16
  • Quarter 3 Progress Reports go home
Saturday, Feb. 17
  • Free Tutoring and Amnesty Day, 8:00AM-2:00PM (see picture just below)
Sunday, Feb. 18
  • JHS Wind Ensemble & Master Singers of JHS Concert Choir at The Hope Church, 3032 Monte Carlo Trail, Orlando, 6:00 PM
Monday, Feb. 19
  • Presidents' Day, No school

That extra mile . . . Saturday, Feb. 10th:
HUGE shoutout to all of the teachers and students who invested part of  last Saturday with us at Tiger Academy Tutoring! We had 70 students in math alone!! Don't forget you earn positive points and you just never know what Principal Kirby will give away. Make sure you have points in the bank! #jhstigerpride

Are you interested in getting a FREE ticket to this year's prom on April 14? Complete your CIW course AND pass the test on or before April 1 and you'll get a FREE tickets to the JHS Prom, a value of $75! If you have questions regarding this great opportunity, please speak to your English teacher or Mr. Turner. JHS will be open during spring break from March 19-22 if you need assistance with completing CIW or if you need access to WiFi.

Vital Signsvitalsigns 

Source: OCPS Daily Absence Bulletin. Includes both excused and unexcused absences.  

* Credit: Ms. Donna Drakes, Attendance Office and Mrs. Rogers, Cafeteria Manager 

College & Career CenterCCC

Pell Grants
Federal Student Aid recently announced that the maximum Pell Grant for the 2018-2019 school year will be $5,920. Pell grants are not loans; they do not have to be paid back! Click here for a detailed list of Federal Student Aid options.

Career and Technical Education
For more information about the Career and Technical Education courses offered for FREE through Jones High School and Orange Technical College, visit their website or stop by and see Mr. Tarantur in the Guidance office.

Rigor in the Classroomrigor
MYP IB Biology with Ms. DiChiara 
Ms. DiChiara uses Quizlet to review artificial selection with her MYP IB Biology students. Quizlet adds an element of competition to the learning environment that the students really enjoy.

Florida State Standards Being Taught:
IB Biology Evaluation and Biodiversity (12 hours); 5.2: Natural Selection - use theories to explain natural phenomena - the theory of evolution by natural selection can explain the development of antibiotic resistance in bacteria (2.1). Essential idea: Species are named and classified using an internationally agreed system.
The top white board raises class discussion points contrasting "natural selection vs. artificial selection" and "evolution vs. the industrial revolution" while the electronic board tracks students' responses to questions from their laptop computers in real-time using the Quizlet program.

Ms. DiChiara's Biology students online using the Quizlet program as part of the day's lesson described above

My Brother's Keeper Mentoring ProgramMentoringprogram
Medical Magnet students lend a hand at Eccleston Elementary School and their principal reports a direct effect on behavior & academics! 

A select group of our male Medical Magnet students have partnered with My Brother's Keeper and the Minority Achievement Office to tutor and mentor male students at Eccleston Elementary every week. Principal Dr. Julie Helton has expressed how much of a difference she has seen in the behavior and academic outcomes of the students who participate in this program.

Kudos to Richard Calloway, Nathan Lindor, Markenslay Louis-Jean, and De'Quan Smith. Mentors not pictured: Jefferson Bassy, Darrell Haggins, Michael Thomas-Loving, and Aaron Thompson.

Eccleston Elementary School, Home to the Soaring Eagles!


JHS Mentors Attend Youth Summit
On January 31, our mentors attended the Magic of Mentoring Minority Male Youth Summit at the Amway Center. They heard from some great men who serve as mentors in our community: Magic Ambassadors Bo Outlaw and Nick Anderson, OCPS Deputy Superintendent Dr. Jesus Jara, and JHS alum Sheriff Jerry Demings.

Our mentors with Magic of Mentoring Minority Male Youth Summit guest speaker WWE star Titus O'Neil on January 31 at the Amway Center.

On January 24, 14 of our Tigers participated in a Youth Education Series experience at Walt Disney World. During this program, Science Club students learned how energy and waves are integral to the attractions at Magic Kingdom. Our students and chaperones really enjoyed this trip and we'd like to thank the folks at WDW for the opportunity.

* If you are interested in joining Science Club, please see Mrs. Reid-Coates or Ms. Clark.

Summer Break Volunteer Opportunityvolunteeropp
The Orlando Science Center Catalyst Youth Volunteer Program 

The Orlando Science Center Catalyst Youth Volunteer Program is currently accepting applications for the 2018 summer session! Applications can be completed at
Applicants are also required to submit two (2) Letters of Recommendation from a teacher, coach, music instructor, religious leader, etc. These items may be submitted (after the above application is complete) via mail or email to:
Dyamond Robinson
Orlando Science Center
777 E Princeton St, Orlando FL 32803    
Carnegie Hall Updatecarnegiehallupdate   

If you are planning on traveling to NYC to see our Wind Ensemble and Concert Choir students perform at Carnegie Hall on Saturday, April 7, Mrs. Green is able to purchase group tickets that will save you from paying the service fee.

Tickets are $85 per person, per concert.

Wind Ensemble - 1PM
Concert Choir - 8:30PM


Please email if you need additional information.
Media Info: Carl MaultsBy, 212-368-7117                                                      
Public Info: 321-310-8346
Catherine Wilson, 407-765-3282
Jones High School Foundation Carnegie Hall Bound Kicks into High Gear

 With about six weeks left in its campaign to raise $200,000 to send both the Jones High School (JHS) Concert Choir and Wind Ensemble to the World Strides National Youth Choir and National Instrumental Festivals, the Jones High School Foundation (JHSF) has kicked into high gear with its solicitation campaign and the number of public performances by the JHS musical groups. To date, the campaign has raised $92,000.

The February-March performance schedule includes the following public events.

February 18, 2018, 6 PM - Third Annual Black History Month Concert
  • JHS Wind Ensemble & Master Singers of JHS Concert Choir
  • The Hope Church, 3032 Monte Carlo Trail, Orlando, FL 32805
February 22, 2018, 6 PM - Westridge Middle School Black History Program
  • Opus of JHS Concert Choir
  • 3800 W Oak Ridge Rd, Orlando, FL 32809
February 24, 2018, 9 AM - Winter Park Community Center
  • Master Singers of JHS Concert Choir
  • 721 West New England Avenue, Winter Park, FL 32789
February 28, 2018, 6 PM - Jones High School Black History Program
  • JHS Concert Choir
  • 801 S. Rio Grande Avenue, Orlando, FL 32805
March 11, 2018, 4 PM - Carnegie Hall Send-off Concert
  • JHS Concert Choir & JHS Wind Ensemble
  • St. Luke's United Methodist Church
  • 4581 Apopka Vineland Road, Orlando FL 32819

* To make a donation, go to or mail a check or money order payable to:
Jones High School Foundation
P. O. Box 555427
Orlando, FL 32855-5427
Memo: Carnegie Hall


Ladies and Gentlemen,

We present to you our first-ever LACROSSE team! We are so proud of these young ladies for taking part in a team that will forever be a part of JHS history. Coaches Hardy and Clayton are excited about the upcoming season. The schedule will be posted soon.

Coach Hardy, Valerie Galarza, Gianna Acocella, La'Nissa Bush, Jessica Thomas, Quiana Harris, Evelyn Lambert, Jaida Sears, and Coach Clayton. Not pictured: Riana Haynes and Lakhia Wilson.

Step Team
We have a new step team under the leadership of Coach Mathews! Our ladies did an awesome job at their first performance for the February 4 basketball halftime show. Ladies, you look fantastic and we look forward to seeing more shows through the end of the year. Check them out!

On Wednesday, February 7, Jones High School had 24 student athletes sign their commitment to attend and play football at the collegiate level.This is a huge accomplishment that absolutely could not have happened without your guidance, instruction, discipline and support.
Here are the 2018 Football Signees:
  • Sevyn Banks - DB - Ohio State University
  • Stacy Kirby - DE - University of South Florida
  • Kerby Joseph - DB - University of Illinois
  • Terrell Ware - DB - Bethune-Cookman University
  • Aaron Thompson - RB - Bethune-Cookman University
  • Devin Hayes - OL - Florida Atlantic University
  • Jaylen Joyner - DE - Florida Atlantic University
  • Brandon Cross - DB - Georgia Southern University
  • Quadry Jones - QB - University of Central Florida
  • Je'Quan Burton - WR - Southern Illinois University
  • Imani Partlow - DB - Central Arkansas University
  • Richard Calloway - LB - Alabama A&M University
  • Michael Thomas-Loving - LB - Morehouse University
  • James Felix - WR - Quincy University
  • Trevor Modeste - DB - University  of Mary
  • Aaron Campbell - LB - Clarion University
  • Isaiah Hosein - DB - Benedictine University
  • Darrell Haggins - DB - Benedictine University
  • Datarius Joiner - LB - Benedictine University
  • Ronnie Davis - LB - Benedictine University
  • Ericene Datulma - DL - Benedictine University
  • Mario Hillman - LB - Pierce College
  • Marlo Tillman - DL - Pierce College
  • Deon Gibson - DL - Pierce College

~ Elijah Williams MSEd, Head Football Coach

JHS Signing Day Pictures - if you have photos you'd like to share, please text them to 407.720.8589

National Signing Day 2018: Central Florida Super 60
Young LifeYounglife  
JHS Young Life students volunteer at the Annual Gala . . .  

Heart of Orlando Young Life thinks the world of kids; that teenagers deserve to know what life can hold for them. Young Life gives you plenty of opportunities to have an amazing time with your friends at club, community service projects, and camp. You will also get to know some pretty cool mentors who truly care about you.

On January 29, our Young Life students volunteered at the Heart of Orlando Young Life Annual Gala. They did an awesome job making folks feel welcome. J ermaine Bufford spoke about how Young Life has impacted his life.

If you are interested in joining Young Life, please email Michelle Hamilton.

Young Life thinks the world of kids. We believe that they deserve to know what life can hold for them. Young Life gives you plenty of opportunities to have an amazing time with your friends at club, campaigners, and camp. You will also get to know some pretty cool adults who care about you.Our kids volunteered and greeted at the Heart of Orlando Young Life Annual Gala! They did an awesome job and Jermaine Bufford spoke about how YL has impacted his life!



Born into poverty, Lincoln was faced with defeat throughout his life. He lost eight elections, twice failed in business and suffered a nervous breakdown.

He could have quit many times - but he didn't and because he didn't quit, he became one of the greatest presidents in the United States history.

Here is a sketch of Lincoln's road to the White House:
  • 1816 His family was forced out of their home. He had to work to support them.
  • 1818 His mother died.
  • 1831 Failed in business.
  • 1832 Ran for state legislature - lost.
  • 1832 Also lost his job - wanted to go to law school but couldn't get in.
  • 1832 Ran for state legislature - lost.
  • 1832 Also lost his job - wanted to go to law school but couldn't get in.
  • 1833 Borrowed some money from a friend to begin a business and by the end of the year he was bankrupt. He spent the next 17 years of his life paying off this debt.
  • 1834 Ran for state legislature again - won.
  • 1835 Was engaged to be married, sweetheart died and his heart was broken.
  • 1836 Had a total nervous breakdown and was in bed for six months.
  • 1838 Sought to become speaker of the state legislature - defeated.
  • 1840 Sought to become elector - defeated.
  • 1843 Ran for Congress - lost.
  • 1846 Ran for Congress again - this time he won - went to Washington and did a good job.
  • 1848 Ran for re-election to Congress - lost.
  • 1849 Sought the job of land officer in his home state - rejected.
  • 1854 Ran for Senate of the United States - lost.
  • 1856 Sought the Vice-Presidential nomination at his party's national convention - got less than 100 votes.
  • 1858 Ran for U.S. Senate again - again he lost.
  • 1860 Elected president of the United States.

Make it a great week and Happy Valentine's Day Tigers!

Principal Kirby
Jones High School
Monday, February 12, 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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