The Tiger's Roar! 
Your Community Brief from Jones High School
Monday, March 26, 2018


Today we began the 4th and final quarter of the 2017-2018 school year. Hopefully this finds all members of our school community returning after a relaxing and enjoyable spring break. The 4th quarter will be a busy one starting right away with this first week (please see calendar just below). Please be careful to note any deadlines that may pertain to you or your student.

As we have not published in two weeks, this issue is a bit extended. However, we have a number of success stories and important news items to share. Again, welcome back and best wishes for the week ahead!

Allison Kirby

Pictured very top: Our Tigers are heading to Carnegie Hall in less than two weeks! Note the special anchors in this photo - Officer Andrew Bishop (left) and Officer Ossie Battle (right).
Content & Special Event Dates

In This Issue
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Upcoming Events - Next Week
Meet our SROs
Rigor in the Classroom
Class of 2018
Student Spotlight
IB Art Show
Thanking Our Sponsors
Vital Signs
Alumni Spotlight
West Lakes Community Event

Key Dates Beyond This Week
(Cited below or in recent issues)

April 1: Deadline for CIW course and free GRAD BASH or Prom ticket
April 2: Deadline for GRAD BASH tickets
April 7: Carnegie Hall Performance in NYC
April 14: Prom - "An Evening on the Nile" at the Rosen Plaza
April 26: Valencia DE Application Deadline
April 28: GRAD BASH  
Upcoming Eventsupcomingevents  

Monday, March 26
  • Beginning of 4th marking period
  • School Advisory Committee (SAC) Meeting - 5:30 PM in the Media Center; all parents, students, and community members are welcome
  • Girls JV Lacrosse - 6:00 PM at Dr. Phillips
Tuesday, March 27
  • Teen Xpress on campus
  • Tiger Academy Tutoring - 2:45 to 4:00 PM
  • Girls Tennis hosts Ocoee - 3:30 PM
  • Varsity Baseball - 4:30 PM at East River
  • Flag Football hosts Cypress Creek - 6:00 PM
  • Boys Volleyball - 6:00 PM at Olympia
  • JHS Orchestra/Orlando Philharmonic Partnership Concert - 6:00 PM in the Auditorium. This concert is free and open to the public.
  • Booster Club Meeting - 6:30 PM in the Cafeteria
  • West Lakes Partnership Community Dinner and Chat - 6:00 PM (please see below)
Wednesday, March 28
  • Boys/Girls Tennis hosts Windermere HS - 2:30 PM
  • Girls Softball - 4:00 PM at Pierson Taylor
  • Boys Weightlifting Regionals - 5:30 PM at West Orange
  • Baseball hosts Lake Nona - 5:30 PM
Thursday, March 29
  • Teen Xpress on campus
  • Tiger Academy Tutoring - 2:45 to 4:00 PM
  • YMCA Teen Achievers - 2:45 PM
  • Boys/Girls Tennis Match - 3:30 PM at Colonial
  • Flag Football - 5:45 PM at Poinciana HS
  • Boys Volleyball hosts Windermere - 6:00 PM
Friday, March 30
  • 3Q Report Cards distributed to students
  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes meeting - 2:30 PM in Gym 127
  • Track Pepsi Florida Relays - 3:00 PM at the University of Florida
  • 2nd Annual IB Visual Arts Exhibition - 6:00 PM at Three Masks Art Gallery, 1023 W. Colonial Drive
  • Girls JV Lacrosse - 7:00 PM at Olympia
Saturday, March 31 Monday, April 2


Meet Our Dedicated School Resource Officers!sros 

Officer Bishop of the Orlando Police Department

Officer Bishop has been with the Orlando Police Department for 23 years and has served as a School Resource Officer for the last 12 years. He is a member of the SWAT team and received an Award of Valor for his heroism as a first responder to the Pulse tragedy in June 2016. Officer Bishop is also our Shotput and Discus coach for Track & Field.

After spending a large portion of his career patrolling and policing in the Downtown/Parramore area, Officer Bishop said it's great to give back to the community by mentoring and volunteering with students from the same community. For Officer Bishop, watching students "grow up" is extremely rewarding and he appreciates that our young men and women are always thankful for small things like words of encouragement and advice that we pass along to them.

Orlando Sentinel March 16, 2018) - Active shooter drills, pie-in-the-face all part of life as school resource officer

Officer Battle of the Orlando Police Department

Officer Battle has been with OPD for six years and has served as a School Resource Officer at Jones High School for the last two years. Officer Battle says his favorite part of being an SRO is his interaction with the students. He gets to build strong relationships as a mentor that will last forever.
Officer Battle is on the Emergency Response Team at OPD. He's also a part of Operation Positive Direction and a member of the OPD Dueling Dragons competing team.
The Dueling Dragons team received national attention with a March 12 feature on NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt. Take a moment to watch the video here Our very own Donayja Gates was interviewed!

Jones students Lorine Desroches, Zaniya Fogle, Donayja Gates, Omari Hillman, Renada Schofield, Tim'Qunoshae Thompson, and Johnathan Walker represented Dueling Dragons of Orlando in the Nevada International Dragon Boat Festival in Sparks, Nevada August 17-20, 2017.

* If you are interested in joining this team, please see Mr. Peoples with Parramore Kidz Zone.

Rigor in the ClassroomRigor   

U.S. History with Mrs. Lynch-Booker
We loved seeing Mrs. Lynch-Booker's U.S. History students doing a DBQ gallery walk to analyze the reconstruction period for social, political, and economic changes in American society after the Civil War. #ocpsDPLC #LeadingLiteracy #CloseReading

Marine Science with Mr. Atupan
Students in Mr. Atupan's Marine Science class participated in a Battle of the Beaks lab to compare bird beaks and experience how "survival of the fittest" impacts a population's ability to survive.  

SC.912.L.15.13 - Describe the conditions required for natural selection, including: overproduction of offspring, inherited variation, and the struggle to survive, which result in differential reproductive success.

Students use a variety of "beaks" (clothespin, fork, tweezers, and binder clip) to simulate a bird collecting food.

Each student was assigned a beak at the beginning of the lab. They used their beak to collect four different types of "food" - pinto beans, macaroni, rubber bands, and toothpicks.

Mr. Atupan collects data after each round.

Class of 2018classof2018

Date & Time
Senior Class Prom
April 14, 2018
8pm - midnight
Rosen Plaza, 9700 International Drive, Orlando 32819

Purchase tickets from Mrs. Kyra Brown

April 28, 2018
6pm - 2am
(Report to JHS at 6pm. Bus will depart at 6:45pm for Universal Orlando and return to JHS at 3am)

Universal Orlando
$85.00 - deadline to purchase a ticket is Monday, April 2, 2018.

Cap & Gown Pick-up
May 2, 2018
5 - 8pm

JHS Cafeteria
Pick up cap, gown

Senior Class Awards Program
May 8, 2018
6 - 7:30pm
JHS Auditorium
Free; open to the public

Senior Class Baccalaureate Service
May 20, 2018
4 - 5pm
St. John Baptist Church, 30 Fred L. Maxwell Blvd., Orlando 32805

Free; open to the public. Seniors may opt not to attend this religious event without penalty. Seniors choosing to attend must wear their graduation regalia.

May 22, 2018

Amway Arena, 400 W. Church Street, Orlando FL 32801

FREE/unlimited admission. We highly recommend arriving at least an hour ahead of time for traffic/parking.

Student Spotlightstudentspotlight
Kenneth A. Rolle (Class of 2019) 

Junior Kenneth A. Rolle II has participated in Princeton University's W.E.B. Du Bois Accelerated Learning Academy (ALA) for the last two years. Kenneth has performed well at ALA and will be the STEM student guest speaker at the induction ceremony for the Society of New Thinking on Sunday, April 29.

ALA students who complete the program will be inducted into the ALA's Society of New Thinking, which provides peer and professional networking opportunities for youth interested in the STEM field. After completing the Leadership Tracks, students are required to participate in Society of New Thinking workshops where they identify major social problems in our society and propose original plans of action to address them. Students are encouraged to brainstorm and "think outside of the box." The instructors provide activities and exercises to help students collaborate and combine creative thinking with critical thinking. With this dynamic approach, students can freely imagine limitless possibilities as they generate and analyze new ideas and assumptions. The resulting new ideas can help facilitate insights and solutions to complex problems.

Congratulations, Kenneth!

International Baccalaureate Art Showibshow
Friday, March 30th 
Please join us for our 2nd Annual JHS International Baccalaureate Visual Art Exhibition at Three Masks Art Gallery, 1023 West Colonial Drive, Orlando, FL 32804. Come view the beautiful artwork created by our IB Visual Art students. This is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. View the event on Facebook.

Thanking Our Sponsorsthankingsponsors

Our trip to Carnegie Hall would not be possible without the generous donations of our community. We'd like to recognize our Diamond Tiger Sponsors who donated $10,000 or more.

Walmart Foundation (through Ellen DeGeneres)

District 5 School Board Member Kathleen "Kat" Gordon

The Richardson Family - Ada '56, Ann Patricia '69, Jennye '60, & Hezekiah '57 (In Memory of Ms. Industry Brown & Ms. Estell Brown)

Saint Mark African Methodist Episcopal Church

* You can view the complete list of donors here.

Vital Signsvitalsigns
March is National Nutrition Month (U.S. Dept. of Agriculture) 

* Credit: Ms. Cheryl Rogers, JHS Cafeteria Manager

JHS Daily Menus
JHS Chorus - Straight Superiors!chorus

2018 District MPA
At the Florida Vocal Association District Choral Music Performance Assessment (MPA), the Jones High School Concert Choir received ratings of Straight Superior for their performance on stage as well as in sight-reading.

2018 State MPA
Over Spring Break, our Chorus performed at the State Solo & Ensemble Music Performance Assessment (MPA) and received ratings of Straight Superior and three Superior Plus! Congratulations, Sugarlumps! You continue to make us proud on your way to Carnegie Hall!


In the Spotlight!
Senior Tenor Ernest K. White IV with Mable Butler, the first African American to hold the District 6 Orange County Commissioner seat in 1990. Ms. Butler also served as the first female African American Orlando City Commissioner from 1984 to 1990.

Worth the Look . . .
Please take a moment to enjoy this breathtaking performance by Senior Ernest K. White IV at the St. Luke's UMC Carnegie Hall Send-Off Concert on March 11. Special thanks to David Porter of 32805 OrlNews for sharing this with us. We are still accepting donations at


We'd like to thank everyone who attended our spring Orchestra concert. Our students did an excellent job under the leadership of JHS Orchestra Director John Harvey.

Please join us on Tuesday evening at 6PM for a concert featuring our Orchestra and our Partners in Education, The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra. The concert is free and open to the public.

Alumni Spotlightalumnispotlight 

Thank you to our Tigers from the Class of 1965 who came to support our chorus and band students at the Carnegie Hall Send-Off Concert at St. Luke's United Methodist Church on March 11.

Pictured from L to R: Shirley Green Bryant (Jones High School Foundation), Minister Diane Hinton, Vicki Jones Brooks (Jones High School Foundation), Dr. Carl MaultsBy (Chair Music Initiatives, Jones High School Foundation), Ira Green (Grandmother of JHS Band Director Jamaal Nicholas) and Meroy Pledge Charles (1965 Alumni Class President).

What a great article about JHS Tiger Robert Lewis, Class of 1962! For the last eight years he has served the Westchase community in Tampa as a school crossing guard.

Photo credit: Joey Johnston, Tampa Bay Times


Congratulations to the following young men who represented Jones High School at the Metro Weightlifting Meet. All qualified and placed to continue to the next round.
  • Ramon Cutts, 3rd Place HWY
  • Devin Hayes, 4th Place HWY
  • Thomas Richmond, 3rd Place 238
  • Aaron Thompson, 1st Place 183
  • Jaylen Taylor, 5th Place 169
  • Isiah Hosein, 2nd Place 139

REMINDER: West Lakes Community Event westlakecommunity
Tuesday, March 27 
Come join your neighbors in the 5 communities of West Lakes around the dinner table. The West Lakes Board of Directors will host a dinner meeting on Tuesday, March 27 starting promptly at 6:00 PM. This event is a great opportunity to meet neighbors and strengthen the community spirit that makes West Lakes a great place to live.

Participants will discuss the Health and Wellness Survey, West Lakes Partnership, opportunities for neighborhood leadership training, and meet some of the new residents who have moved into Pendana of West Lakes (Lake Sunset).

We are asking each neighbor to bring and share their favorite dessert. If you would like to help set up, please arrive at 5:00 PM.

Let's get 100 residents around the table! Spread the word and please have everyone RSVP on Facebook so we can ensure accurate food counts.

Childcare will be provided.
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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