The Tiger's Roar! 
Your Community Brief from Jones High School
Monday, August 14, 2017

We are so excited to begin the 2017-2018 school year! We'd like to give you a brief overview of what to expect the first week of school. All students should be on campus by 7:00 a.m. to ensure they have enough time to eat breakfast before the bell rings. If your child does not have a copy of their schedule, a staff member will be happy to direct them to their first period class. Every student will get a new copy of their schedule in first period.  

Our Guidance Counselors are working overtime to ensure every student is placed correctly. Please complete this online form to request any schedule changes. Note: students must be signed in to their OCPS student email or they will get an error message that the form is restricted. Requests will be reviewed in the order in which they are received. If a schedule change is made, your student will be notified by Guidance. You can also view changes on ProgressBook. Students should not go to the Guidance office unless they are called by their Counselor.

Bell Schedule - Any student who is staying after school for any reason must report to the cafeteria at 1:35 pm. This includes students waiting for a ride home.

Bus Transportation - OCPS Bus Transportation Call Center Help Desk 407.317.3807

Dress Code & Electronics Policy - The dress code and electronics policies are in place from day one. Please take a moment to review them to ensure your student is in compliance.  

Laptops - Students needing a laptop may go to the Media Center during lunch. Students will not be given passes to retrieve laptops during class time. Parents, please remember to complete the 2017-18 Digital Agreement on ProgressBook by August 31.  

Meals - We provide free breakfast and lunch to all students. There is no paperwork for you to complete. We also have a supper program where students can get a meal in the cafeteria immediately after school.

Physicals - All athletes must have a current physical on file. Packets are available in the front office.

Staff Email List

Teen Xpress FREE Healthcare - Applications are available in the front office.

Website - please visit our website for answers to many questions and to view our calendar of upcoming events.

Don't forget to charge your laptops tonight!

Tigers, let's make this a fantastic year. We will see you bright and early tomorrow morning!  

Allison Kirby

Pictured very top: IB Seniors Trinity Bryan, Michael Thomas-Loving and Widlyne Israel volunteered several hours a day helping teachers this past week. Abrielle and Gianna Acocella (pictured below) did the same. Thank you for your spirit of service. We really appreciate it!
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Please see our Full Calendar for more details about each event.

August 14:
Welcome back to the GREAT Jones High School! See you bright and early at 7:00am! (Campus opens at 6:40am)

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

August 17: Teen Xpress Healthcare on campus                 

August 17: Swim Team Interest Meeting

August 18: 7PM Varsity Football vs. Miami Norland (Kickoff Classic - Home)

Welcome Back Teachers!

We'd like to thank our amazing Partners in Education Impact Church of Orlando, the African American Council of Christian Clergy, and LIFT Orlando for showing our teachers love during pre-planning. Thank you for the wonderful food and snacks!

Bishop Kelvin L. Cobaris of the Impact Church of Orlando gave our teachers a word of encouragement before breakfast and thanked them for being the ones who TRANSFORM lives! Thank you to our PTSA members who served breakfast: J eremiah Rose, Janae Rose, Rev. Leroy Rose (PTSA Secretary), Zion Gordon, Abrielle Acocella, Gianna Acocella, Dawn Acocella (PTSA Vice President), and Nordia Rose. You can join the PTSA for just $5.

Thank you LIFT Orlando for your donation of gift cards and snacks for pre-planning. Our teachers truly felt appreciated.

Bottom right: Natalie Lovero, LIFT Orlando Director of Community Partnerships, was all smiles when she dropped off the gift cards. Thank you for your dedication to Jones High School.


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

Photo Credit: Orlando Sentinel

Four-star cornerback Sevyn Banks committed to Ohio State University on April 26, 2017. Check out this interview with Buckeyes Sports Talk: CB Sevyn Banks Goes 1 on 1 With Us

Photo Credit: Ricardo Ramirez-Buxeda, Orlando Sentinel

We have just FOUR seats left on the Booster Club Bus to see the football team play in Washington, D.C. Please contact Booster Club President Ivy Wynn-Fowler ASAP to secure your seat for the August 26 game!

Homecoming is Friday, September 22. Don't miss out on the chance to advertise your business and support JHS with the 2017 Coronation Souvenir Book! Click here for more details.

After several years, the JHS Swim team is back! We are accepting all levels of ability and experience. Prospective swimmers must attend an interest meeting on Thursday, August 17 immediately after school in the auditorium. Come shake hands with 3-time Olympic Gold Medalist Rowdy Gaines! If you have any questions, please email Mr. Ricklick.

JHS Bowling Team (2016)

Our Bowling, Cross Country, and Golf teams are still recruiting new members. No experience necessary; just a willingness to learn and be a team player. All athletes must have a current physical on file. Please visit the Athletics website for more info.

On the Move and Welcome!

Dr. Guastella
Dr. Guastella's journey takes her to Boone High School this year. We will miss her dearly but know she will do an awesome job at Boone. Once a Tiger, Always a Tiger!

Mr. Turner
Please give a warm Tiger welcome to our new Assistant Principal of Instruction Matt Turner. Mr. Turner served as the Senior Administrator over all high schools last year. We are looking forward to having him as part of our team!

City Year

We'd also like to welcome our 2017-2018 City Year team. City Year works with 9th grade students in English and Math classes. They also provide focused tutoring groups after school.

Camen Marshall and Juliette Harrell (in red City Year vests) served on the team last year and returned this year as team leaders. We are thrilled to have them back at Jones for another school year!

elevate orlando

We are happy to be expanding our ELEVATE Orlando class offerings this year. ELEVATE Orlando is a character-building elective course that also offers numerous after school activities and field trips. Robert De La Torre is returning for his second year as the Coordinator for Jones and our feeder schools. Mr. Miranda worked with Mr. De La Torre last year and returns as an ELEVATE teacher. This year we welcome Ms. Smith to our team as an ELEVATE teacher.  

"Our stories are part of American history and the youth of today will be the history makers of the future. The time we have with each student as Teacher/Mentors is priceless. Our students have unlimited potential!"

If you'd like your child to participate in ELEVATE please contact your guidance counselor.

Edward Miranda, Deirdra Smith and Robert De La Torre; photo credit: ELEVATE Orlando

OCPS Academic Center for Excellence

The OCPS Academic Center for Excellence (ACE) K-8 school opens on Monday, August 14.  We are excited to welcome our newest feeder school to the Tiger family. Every student who attends ACE and graduates from Jones High School will get a scholarship to attend a Florida public college or university, courtesy of the Harris Rosen Foundation.

If you'd like more information about the Rosen Parramore Scholarship, please email Mrs. Wells-Harris. Click here to read about the amazing offerings at ACE.

Laptop Distribution   

If your student did not pick up a laptop this past week (below), they can get one during lunch next week. Parents, please remember to complete the 2017-18 Digital Agreement on ProgressBook by August 31.  

We'd like to thank the following staff members for making laptop distribution a huge success! Dr. Brittnaie Bell, Idonica Brown, Kyra Brown, John DiBuono, Cindy Gooseman, Margaret Harris, Alicia Kennon, Brian Knapp, Dana Richardson, Carolyn Thomas, Jonathan Walker, Mitra Wallace, Tia Wheeler and Brandon Williams.

Elevation Foundation Scholars Program
Congratulations Alyssa Wilson! 

Earlier this year we told you about Alyssa Wilson being selected to participate in the Elevation Scholars Program. Last month Elevation Scholars visited Orlando Health to meet with members of the Talent Management and Strategic Planning departments. Read more here.

Back to School Celebration and Meet the Teacher  

We'd like to thank all of the parents, students, and community members who attended our Back to School Celebration on Thursday night. We had record attendance of nearly 1,200 people! We appreciate you taking time out of your busy schedule to pick up laptops, meet your teachers, and spend time learning about the numerous resources available in our community.

Special thanks to all of the JHS organizations and community partners who distributed valuable information and gave away school supplies: Check out the Facebook photo album here.
Leadership Team

Principal: Allison Kirby
Assistant Principal: Matt Turner
Assistant Principal: Charles France
Assistant Principal: Carolyn Thomas

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