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 February 24, 2019

From Dr. Powers

Principal, Jones College Prep

Dear Jones Family,

It's hard to believe we're now more than halfway through the school year.  Our first semester went well, and I'm extremely proud of our teachers and students for all their hard work and dedication to learning. There are more exciting opportunities for learning and sharing during the second semester.  As President Reagan once said, "Their are no such things as limits to growth, because there are no limits on human capacity for intelligence, imagination and wonder." That could almost be the unofficial motto of our school!

We will begin some important assessments that impact all students. The SAT for Juniors will be administered on Tues. April 9, followed by the PSAT for Freshman and Sophomores on Wed. April 10.  We will be following a special schedule for that week; details soon to follow. AP exams take place May 6 - 17.  We will have an all-time record number of students testing this year. Unlike some standardized tests, the PSAT/SAT and AP are powerful tools to measure student success tremendously impact on our kids' preparation for graduation.

We are also now entering the "Senior Season," as the Class of 2019 heads toward our annual Commencement at the beautiful Auditorium Theater on June 13.  Although there is always some "senioritis" every year, our kids know how important it is to see things through to graduation. We will have Senior activities, including the class panoramic picture on April 22 (at Buckingham Fountain!)  and Prom on June (at the Chicago Hilton!). There is plenty to celebrate, but also plenty of work left to do. We have a Senior class meeting on April 23 to begin graduation preparations.  

Thanks for supporting and encouraging our kids. As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at any time at  or at 773-534-8606. Follow news and views about Jones and follow me on Twitter @pjosephpowers.

Best Wishes,

P. Joseph Powers, Ph D.
Jones College Prep
700 South State Street
Chicago, IL 60605

Let's work together so that Jones College Prep continues to Soar to Excellence!
  • 99% College Acceptance Rate
  • 98% of Students Meeting College Readiness Benchmarks
  • 92% of Students Earning Early College and Career Credentials
  • 89% of Students with AP score of 3+
  • Top 5 High School in Illinois
  • Exemplary rating from the Illinois State Board of Education
  • 1278 Average SAT score
To keep Jones on this excellent trajectory, we need to meet our goals of $250,000 and 100% participation in the annual fund. Every gift of any amount is critical in continuing to provide the exceptional education that has gained Jones national acclaim.
Please Join the families who have contributed and Donate HERE today!

Free movie screening of the film 'Angst' 
7 pm in the Main Auditorium at JCP

Panel discussion after the film.with mental health professionals

Anxiety isn't cool ... but talking about it is. 
View the trailer HERE ...
Hear what people are saying about this film.

The screening is free and open to all. Please RSVP HERE 
so that we know how many to expect.

A second screening will take place in AcLab at 2 pm Thurs. Feb. 28. 
Counselors Corner
Sophmore/Junior Families  -  Stay tuned for counselor follow up regarding the "Learn. Plan. Succeed" CPS Initiative and the materials recently mailed to you by the district.

Junior Families  -  Save the Date:  "Make College Affordable", financial aid and scholarship info night for juniors and families takes place on May 9 from 6 - 8 pm at Jones College Prep.

Freshman/Sophomore/Junior Families -  Course Scheduling begins soon! The 2019-2020 Course Handbook was emailed to students and families via Naviance on Jan. 14. It is also available HERE or under "PARENT" then "RESOURCES" tab on the Jones website. 
Juniors will meet with their counselors in February, and Sophomores in March to sign up for courses. Freshman course selection takes place during Freshman Seminar, scheduled for Feb. 27 and 28. Please reach out to your child's counselor if you have any questions. 

Senior Families - Keep sending acceptance and financial aid award letters to your counselors! Counselors will meet one-on-one with seniors in late March/early April to discuss their post-secondary plans. We'll celebrate "National Decision Day" with our own "Cupcake Day" on May 1. Stay tuned for more information!



6 - 11 pm
Dance the night away! 

Join us for dinner, dancing, live auction and paddle raise! 

   Donate Auction Items   
   Gala Sponsorship    
 Gala Volunteering    

Gala Planning Meeting 
Our next planning meeting takes place
Mon. Feb. 25 at 6:15 pm in the Library
All are welcome to attend and help plan this yearly event!

Annual Fund Grant for French Class 
Field Trip to Alliance Francaise de Chicago

Friends of Jones received a lovely note from Madame Callan (French teacher) this week as a thank you for the recent grant that allowed her to take the French II students on a field trip to the
Alliance Francaise de Chicago.

This is just one example of how the FOJ Annual funds are used - these funds touch every student.

Friends of Jones Spring Gala

Deadline is Fri., March 29

Parents, Neighbors and Community Members: WE NEED YOU!

Your contributions provide generous funding for Jones students, teachers and staff.

We're looking for big-ticket items: Sporting events, Lollapalooza tickets
or vacation home stays... as well as: 
  • talents or skills (coaching sessions, lessons, etc.) 
  • behind-the-scenes tours 
  • access to TV show tapings or special events
  • gift cards to your favorite restaurant or business 
We welcome and appreciate ALL DONATIONS AND IDEAS!

Please email  or

USE THIS FORM for donations
You can also drop off items and forms in the main office, marked:
"Attention: Friends of Jones Online Auction"
Please submit your donations by Fri., March 29


Become A Spring Gala Sponsor 
This year, sponsorship levels or individuals and businesses are $1,000 - $10,000.
It's a great way to give your business exposure at the school! 

All sponsors receive Gala tickets and will be recognized on the online auction website from
April 29 - May 10, and at the May 10 event. 
A $1,000 sponsorship includes 2 tickets to the Gala. 
Help us underwrite the event! To learn more about Gala sponsorship levels,
please contact Jane Goodrich at

>>Sign up to become a sponsor here!<<

Thank you to our Gala sponsors as of 2/22! 
$10,000 Gold Sponsor (includes a table for 10 at the Gala):
Tri-Union Express, Inc.

$1,000 Eagle Sponsor (includes 2 tickets to the Gala):
Dresden Family
Property Consultants Realty
Jim and Jane Goodrich
Library News
 The Jones College Prep Library, as part of its African American   Racial Justice Booklist (AARJ) Initiative is proud to host:
  WBEZ journalist and author Natalie Moore 
Wed., April 3, during ac lab (1:55 pm). 

  Get this special event on your calendar! 
    Students and parents are welcome to attend. 

Check out a copy of The South Side: A Portrait of Chicago and American Segregation by Natalie Moore from JCP Library as well as the 23 titles included in the African American Racial Justice Booklist.

Attend a community-wide book discussion of The South Side in Library Room 2, Tues., March 26, 3:30-430 PM. Learn more about Natalie Moore and listen to her recent radio broadcasts here

New Books! Best of the Best!

Our newly arrived books include Chicago Public Library Teen Best of the Best selections 2018.
Chicago Public Library annually publishes the Teen Best of the Best List, which includes fiction, non-fiction and graphic novels.The JCP library acquires nearly all those titles each year.
Click here to explore al our recent arrivals, including CPS Best of the Best titles.
Click here to explore newer books that arrived prior to winter break.  

Teen Arts Pass: PROFESSIONAL dance, music and theater shows
for only FIVE BUCKS!!! 


Teen Arts Pass (TAP) is an initiative by Urban Gateways that gives students ages 13-19 access to $5 tickets to see professional dance, music and theater performances in and around Chicago. Students present proof of TAP membership (it's free!) at participating venues on the day of show.

If the show isn't sold out, TAP members can buy tickets
(worth as much as $200+) for $5 cash!
It’s that easy.

Students can even bring a friend of any age for $5. Click on the calendar to explore the amazing range of performances from outstanding cultural institutions! 


Jones Jam HIT!

More than 85 students from Jones and other high schools converged on Jones on Feb. 1 for the Jones JamThis 12-hour creative festival teamed students to design original video games. Their performance was worthy of a High Score!
Congrats to the Jones Makerspace/CS Club, student leaders of ChiCodeand Jones student mentors who supported Jones Jam participants through the event.

Many thanks to Ms. Lilagan, Mr. Hilbrands, Mr. Kolody, and the parent and teacher chaperones for making the event a success. Special thanks to Friends of Jones for parent volunteers and funding Jones Jam meals. 

Jones' Students College Participate in Essay Workshop February 14th

On Feb. 14, 26 Jones students attended the workshop
"Write Your Way to College: A Toolkit of Tips and Templates to Help You Write a Winning College Application or Scholarship Essay," presented by Motivos Magazine Founder and Publisher Jenée Chizick-Agüero.
Motivos Magazine is the country's largest bilingual magazine with teen-generated content.
It has subscribers in 42 states and four countries.


Help Us Build Our Jones Alumni Association

1954 Jones students with Frankie Laine
1954 Jones students with Frankie Laine

Do you have a memory at Jones you'd like to share?

Go to our new and improved website at
and follow us at the 

For more information contact
Manny Onate 
Jones Commercial Graduate,1976

or K.K. Neilsen Cleland
Parent of 2015 and 2017 Graduates 


Think SPRING and wear your Joneswear!

Get your gear at the Joneswear Store 
during lunch Tuesdays and Thursdays (11:10 – 1:45)
and “B” day ACLab (1:45 – 3:15).
To view our selections click here!

FOJ Important Dates Winter 2019

2/25   6:15 pm
Gala Planning Meeting

2/26   7 pm
Screening of the film "Angst" 

3/5    5 pm
Guest Bartender Night at Kasey's Tavern 


Click HERE for the full calendar of JCP events.



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