The Tiger's Roar! 
Your Community Brief from Jones High School
Monday, March 5, 2018

Principal Kirby with 2018 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian Award recipient Danielle King (story below)
I'm sure you have heard the good news by now! On February 15, Band Director Jamaal Nicholas and Choral Director Andrea Green appeared on the Ellen DeGeneres show in Los Angeles and were surprised with a $100,000 check from Walmart for our trip to Carnegie Hall! We are absolutely ecstatic that this trip will become a reality for our students in April.
While Walmart and Ellen pushed us to our goal, we would not have made it this far without the incredible support of the Jones High School Foundation. We'd like to give special thanks to Ret. Vice Admiral David L. Brewer III, Dr. Carl MaultsBy, Dr. Janice Choice, Ms. Catherine Adams, Ms. Shirley Bryant, Ms. Vicki Brooks & Mr. David James, who have worked tirelessly since August 2017 to help us raise funds for this trip. We cannot thank them enough for raising $100,000 in donations from community partners, churches and organizations, and the faithful alumni of the GREAT Jones High School.

Under the leadership of Mrs. Green and Mr. Nicholas, our talented chorus and wind ensemble students have been fundraising and performing multiple times per week and on the weekends, to raise awareness and funds for Carnegie Hall. This trip would not be possible without our dedicated parents and community members.
Thank you to everyone who has made this dream come true for our students. Please keep up with our journey to Carnegie Hall by following us on social media! (links below).
Carnegie Hall Donor List 

Watch the video: Ellen DeGeneres Helps High School with Carnegie Hall Dream

JHS Band Director Jamal Nicholas and JHS Choir Director Andrea Green during a taping on the Ellen DeGeneres set in Los Angeles. At this moment, they were unaware that their students were about to be linked up in a live broadcast from the high school.

Catching Mrs. Green and Mr. Nicholas completely by surprise, Ellen DeGeneres Show staff member Jeannie was back in Orlando introducing members of the band and choir along with Principal Kirby.

Split screen of Mr. Green who is all smiles while Principal Kirby and the students are introduced. Please see the link above to view the amazing video which captures a powerful moment in Jones High School's legendary history! 

Additional Carnegie Hall Media:

Mix 105.1 Interview

Orlando Sentinel - Ellen DeGeneres Surprises Jones High with Carnegie Hall Help

Orlando Times - Jones High School Carnegie Hall Update

OCPS Security & Safety Update

At this time of heightened concern over school safety, Orange County Public Schools wants to thank you in advance for helping us. Here are 3 ways you can assist.

1st: We are seeing social media posts about perceived security weaknesses at specific schools. That kind of information - true or not - can make schools vulnerable to intruders. If you see or hear something that worries you regarding school safety, please report it to law enforcement or to an adult at the school. Remember that school safety matters are considered confidential, by state law.

2nd: Pranks and jokes interrupt school and raise anxiety. Such acts are taken seriously and have resulted in discipline and arrest. Please help reinforce this with your children.

3rd: We ask that you remind your students to report issues to an adult rather than spreading rumors. Don't spread it, report it!

Parents and students, we know you all know that "if you see something, you should say something." The way you can say something is by calling law enforcement or school administration, or by using the SpeakOut Hotline. There are three ways to share a tip: online at, calling 800-423-TIPS or by downloading the P3 Tips app.

Thank you again for your support.

Sheriff Demings Press Conference - School Safety

OCPS Emergency Preparedness Frequently Asked Questions

Have a wonderful week and thank you for looking over this latest issue of The Tiger's Roar!

Allison Kirby

Pictured very top: On Saturday, February 24, our Master Singers performed for the Bridging the Color Divide Black History Month Celebration at the Winter Park Community Center. Bridging the Color Divide is an initiative of St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church to bridge the history of color and race-based division in the community. We'd like to thank St. Margaret Mary for their generous donation of $1,000 to our Carnegie Hall trip. Thank you to Ms. Betsy Swart for the opportunity!
Content & Special Event Dates

In This Issue
(Click link to drop to that section)

Upcoming Events - Next Week
College and Career Center
Class of 2018
Tiger Spotlight
Rigor in the Classroom
Vital Signs
COMPACT Mentoring
IB Program
Valencia College - Downtown
Staff Appreciation - City Year
Special Events (2)
Parting Shot of the Week
Key Dates Beyond Next Week
(Please see stories below for details)

March 11:
St. Luke's UMC Carnegie Hall Send Off Concert, 4 PM
March 11: Start of Daylight Savings Time
March 14: 2018 Parent Survey closes
April 1: Deadline date for CIW course and free Grad Bash or Prom ticket
April 14: Prom - "An Evening on the Nile"
April 28: Grad Bash at Universal
June 4: 1st OCSO Teen Academy event
Fall 2019: Valencia College - Downtown Campus expected to open 

Upcoming Eventsupcomingevents  

Monday, March 5
  • Girls Softball - 4:00 PM at Windermere HS
  • Parramore Farmer's Market Fresh Access Bucks/SNAP Meeting - Register here

Tuesday, March 6
  • "Testing season" really gets underway this Tuesday as our 9th and 10th grade students sit for the writing portion of the FSA
    FSA ELA Writing Test (Grades 9 & 10)
  • SAT Test Day (Grade 11)
  • Senior Breakfast - see Class Sponsor Ms. Richardson for details
  • Holler Honda Fit for College - information booth during both lunches
  • Tiger Academy Tutoring - 2:45 to 4:00 PM
  • Boys Tennis - 3:00 PM at Wekiva HS
  • Girls Softball - 4:00 PM at Ocoee HS
  • Flag Football hosts Oak Ridge - 6:00 PM
  • Girls Lacrosse - 6:30 PM at Colonial HS
Wednesday, March 7
  • BETA Club Induction Ceremony - 6:30 PM - Auditorium

Thursday, March 8
  • Tiger Academy Tutoring - 2:45 to 4:00 PM
  • Girls Tennis - 3:00 PM at Wekiva HS
Friday, March 9 Saturday, March 10
  • Amnesty Day - 8 to 11 AM - get caught up on missing assignments, work on projects, etc.
College & Career CenterCCC

Rollins College
The Rollins College Upward Bound program is a year-round program for motivated students with academic potential who desire additional academic preparation, advisement, and encouragement to succeed in high school and later, in college. Apply today!

National Academy Foundation (NAF) Academies Celebrate Engineering Week

In celebration of Engineering Week, Jones and Dr. Phillips High Schools' NAF Academy of Engineering (AOE) students were treated to hands-on workshops hosted by Valencia College engineering students and staff. AOE students also participated in a laser technology demonstration, 3D printing workshop, built an EET circuit and competed a bridge building contest using hot glue and spaghetti. Special thanks to NAF advisory board member/Valencia Professor Charles Davis and his students for planning such a meaningful day. Because of their efforts, 32 students learned more about engineering concepts, received a certificate, and enjoyed lunch. NAF-proving that worked-based learning gets students future ready. If you would like more information on Career & Technical Education program, please email CTE Counselor Mr. Tarantur.

Advanced Placement

Are you taking AP classes? Do you plan to attend a college or university? Check out! You can get scholarship money for community service, good grades, and AP credits. This scholarship site and many others are available on Naviance, via

Class of 2018classof2018a  

Seniors, on February 8 we informed you of the exciting opportunity to receive a FREE ticket to prom on April 14 by completing the CIW course. We are now giving you the option to choose a free prom ticket or a free ticket to Grad Bash. You must complete your CIW course and pass the test on or before April 1. Jones High administration will be in contact with you regarding taking the test for the CIW course.

If you have any additional questions regarding this opportunity, please speak to your English teacher or email Assistant Principal Matt Turner.

* JHS will be open the week of Spring Break from March 19-22 for you to get assistance with completing CIW or if you need access to wifi.

grad bash

Tiger Spotlighttigerspotlight
Danielle King (Class of 2018)  
Congratulations to Senior Danielle King on being named a 2018 MLK Humanitarian by Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer's Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission. Danielle and her family attended the awards reception at the Walt Disney World Contemporary Resort with Principal Kirby on February 10.

Danielle is a student who is committed to high moral, ethical, and academic integrity. Sincerely believing that her life's purpose is to help others, she is a member of National Honor Society, Secretary for Best Buddies, Senior Class President, and Senior Class Representative for the National Beta Club. She is a member of Me and My Community Program, Delta G.E.M.S., and the Rollins College Upward Bound Medical Magnet program. As a committed believer in "life can get better", Danielle's volunteer work includes Habitat for Humanity and helping out at an adult living facility. Future plans: Foreign Service Officer; Spelman College (Atlanta, GA)

The King family at this year's recognition event held on Disney property (Feb. 10, 2018)

Rigor in the Classroomrigorintheclassroom

Anatomy & Physiology with Mr. Tushabe
In Mr. Tushabe's Anatomy & Physiology class, students work in teams to identify different tissues of the human body. SC.912.L.14.11 Classify and state the defining characteristics of epithelial tissue, connective tissue, muscle tissue, and nervous tissue.

Close Reading with Mr. Green
Students in Mr. Green's English 3 class take a 2-minute "brain break" before starting a close reading session.

Vital Signsvitalsigns
Student attendance rates  

Week ended Friday, Feb. 2
Week ended Friday, Feb. 9
Week ended Friday, Feb. 16
Week ended Friday, Feb. 23
9th Grade
10th Grade
11th Grade
12th Grade

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

* Credit: Ms. Donna Drakes, Attendance Office

COMPACT Mentoring - Partnership with Harbor Housecompactmentoring


Jones High School has partnered with Harbor House of Central Florida. Jamal Baskin and Leanna Jackson come to Jones High School every Tuesday to meet with a group of aspiring students. The Leader-to-Leader Interview program is one of the most exciting aspects of G.L.A.S.S. Girls at Harbor House of Central Florida. Senior Kieosha Johnson and freshman Raldine Nicolas participated in an interactive activity interviewing women in various leadership-related careers.

Women who held various positions at Orlando Police Department (OPD) and National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) were able to explain their careers and what it is like to work in male-dominated fields. The teens learned more about the career possibilities open to them and real-life lessons such as the steps needed to seek a specific career, gender bias in the workplace, and the importance of teamwork and healthy relationships in the workplace.

Marcia Davis, COMPACT Mentoring Coordinator
407.835.2300 ext. 6092258


Track & Field

The Boys and Girls Track team won their 3rd straight championship on Friday at the Highlander Invitational! Kudos to the following students:
  • Deriesha Fraser - won 110 hurdles
  • Janiyah Townsend won the 100 meter and 200 meters
  • Janiyah Burton won the 400 meter
  • Boys 4x100 relay - Dominick Hill, Je'Quan Burton, Jadan Robinson, Dacarri Allen
  • Girls 4x100 relay - Janiyah Townsend, Kilani Harvey, Janiyah Burton, Azaria White
  • Girls 4x400 relay - Janiyah Townsend, Kenneicke Ellis, Janiyah Burton, Azaria White
  • Boys 4x400 relay - Dominick Hill, Mendez Jean Baptiste, Jonathan Thomas, Jequae Williams
  • Omarion Jones - 100 hurdles first
  • Porsha Jones - Triple jump first
  • Dacarri Allen - first in triple jump
  • Dacarri Allen - first in 100 meter

Congratulations to our Lacrosse team who played their inaugural game against Ocoee High School on February 21. Special shout-out to Hiliy Dujon who scored JHS' first-ever lacrosse goal! Lacrosse is a new addition to our sports offerings this year and we are proud of the young ladies who are trying something new. Please come out and support our ladies this season! 2018 Girls Lacrosse Schedule

2018 Girls Lacrosse team with Head Coach Kristle Hardy and Assistant Coach Tangela Clayton  

Congratulations to the first District Wrestling Champion in Jones High School history: Lamonte Ingram in the 152 lb weight class.

We'd also like to congratulate the following wrestlers who qualified for the regional competition: 2nd place Richard Stewart 145 lbs; 2nd place Avarious Sparrow 170 lbs; 4th place Matt Alexander 132 lbs; Kimani Thomas 138 lbs; Tyrone Howard 182 lbs. Way to go, Tigers!


Orlando Players Shine as Camp Season Rolls into Florida - Congratulations to Raymond Cutts who was named the defensive line MVP at the Rivals/Adidas 3-Stripe Camp. 
International Baccalaureateib
Application deadline is this coming Friday, March 9

The deadline for the International Baccalaureate application is Friday, March 9. Please visit the JHS IB website for a complete list of items. If you have any questions, please email IB Coordinator Thank you.

Valencia Downtown Campusvalenciadowntown

Greetings, Tigers!

Eugene Davis, Executive Dean, Valencia College Downtown College
Visiting Jones High School was a great way to kick off 2018. It was so nice to visit and speak with many of you about Valencia's new campus coming to Downtown Orlando in partnership with the University of Central Florida. We are looking forward to welcoming you as students at the Downtown Campus in the fall of 2019 when the campus opens.

The new campus will be the first of its kind in Orlando and will offer a variety of opportunities for community and business partnerships, job training, and educational and career pathways.

Construction of the shared UCF and Valencia Downtown Campus is already underway. Once open, the campus will serve both Valencia and UCF students.

To see the campus construction in real time, click this video.

To keep up-to-date with latest happenings, I encourage you to follow us on the Valencia College Downtown Campus Facebook page and track the progress using the hashtags #ValenciaDowntown and #MyDowntownCampus.

I look forward to our continued partnership with Jones High School.

~ Eugene Davis, Executive Dean Valencia College Downtown Campus

* Executive Dean of Valencia College Downtown Campus Eugene Jones was recently interviewed on Star 94.5 about how Valencia will impact the educational ecosystem to transition children from OCPS ACE to Jones, and then on to Valencia - and perhaps the University of Central Florida. Click here to listen to the interview.

Staff Appreciation Event - City Yearstaffappreciationcityyear     

Back in December, our amazing City Year team hosted a Let It Snow - Winter Wonderland appreciation event for our staff. We closed out the first semester with delicious food, raffles, games, and a photo booth. City Year goes above and beyond to motivate and engage our students, and encourage our staff. Thank you for all that you do!

We'd also like to thank all of the sponsors who donated food, decorations, and prizes to make the event special:

* Nikki's Place - Elaine Atkins
* Orlando Magic Gift Shop - Nick Long
* Coach Masters
* Olive Garden - Melody Morris
* Sonny's BBQ - Frank
* Caribbean Sunshine Bakery - Virginia
* In Bloom Florist - Rochelle
* Party City
* Coach James Masters

Upcoming Special Events!specialevents

OCSO Teen Academy
The Orange County Sheriff's Office is now taking applications for one of their most popular programs! The Teen Academy is for high school students ages 13-17. Like NCIS or CSI? This is for you! There will be 3 week-long academies and you must apply now. Please contact Awilda McBryde at

St. Luke's UMC
Thank you St. Luke's UMC for hosting this concert for us. It is free and open to the public. You can also check out this event on Facebook; it will remind you to attend!

Parting Shot of the Week . . . partingshotoftheweek
Black History Month '18 wound down last week

Our Tigers collected special images and messages over the course of Black History month and posted so students, staff, and guests could enjoy when on the campus.

Make it a great week Tigers!
Mrs. Kirby, Principal
Jones High School
Sunday, February 4, 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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