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 April 7, 2019

From Dr. Powers

Principal, Jones College Prep



Dear Jones Family,

Ya Sou! Hola! Ni hao!  How you doin'?

These are some of the ways Jones students will greet the people they meet over Spring Break. Our Eagles are flying off to Greece, Spain, Ecuador, Peru, China and ... New York City! This is probably the greatest number of school trips our kids have taken at this time of year.  In addition, many students will travel with their families to places far and wide. I am so proud of our Jones ambassadors! As an avid traveler myself (29 countries, 29 US states, and counting!), I can attest to the value of travel, especially when done with an open mind and an open heart. As my fellow Missourian, Mark Twain, famously observed, "Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness." I hope our wandering Eagles gain new insights into the people and places they visit. We look forward to hearing their stories. Many thanks to the teachers who helped organize and prepare the kids for their adventures.
Speaking of visitors, JCP will welcome more than 500 prospective freshmen who will make up the Class of 2023. Our Freshman Welcome program will take place 6 pm Monday, April 8 (last names A-L), and 6 pm Wednesday, April 10 (last names M-Z).  This is one of the most exciting events of the year, and one of the biggest Joneswear sales events as well!

With SAT on Tuesday, PSAT on Wednesday, and Parent-Teacher Conferences on Thursday, this is going to be a busy week!

With all that's going on at JCP, please remember to check our website ( and calendar for news and upcoming events.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at any time at  or 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

Soaring to Excellence!

The Friends of Jones Annual Fund is your opportunity to provide support for our wonderful students and staff assuring
we continue to soar to excellence.  

We have many things planned for the rest of the year and we need you!
 Remember: Your donation is tax deductible and will be put to work immediately to fund many programs, including graduation,
spring arts and athletics, and class field trips.  

We're shooting for 100 percent participation from Jones families to reach our goal of $250,000.  If you haven't already, join the families who support these enriching experiences for all Jones students!


Friends of Jones Spring Gala

Click HERE
Dinner, dancing, live auction and paddle raise! 
It's a great night to celebrate with Jones teachers,
staff and fellow parents! 



This is one of FOJ's biggest fundraiser to help support students, teachers and staff! Donations come from many amazing area businesses in the community that support Jones: Thank you for the support!!!

VIP Graduation Seats


Were you thinking of donating but forgot?
Or just haven't gotten your donation in yet?
Here's your last chance to get involved!
Please contact Tracy Portnoy or Rita Parida.  

You can also email Tracy and Rita the donation form HERE! 
Let them know if you are dropping off a late donation!

Gala Sponsorship 

Planning on attending the Gala on May 10
at the Palmer House Hilton? 
If so, please consider becoming $1000 Eagle Sponsor! 
New this year: Each sponsorship level includes tickets to the Gala.

As a $1000 Eagle Sponsor, you'll receive two Gala tickets
(a $350 value),
help underwrite the event and support
our fundraising goals evening.  

You can become a sponsor at the Eagle level by clicking HERE 
to purchase sponsorships or individual tickets. 

** OR **
 Download the Gala Sponsorship form
Please contact 
with questions or for more information
on becoming a Gala sponsor.

Thank you to our Gala sponsors April 4: 

$10,000 Gold Sponsor:
Tri-Union Express, Inc.

$5,000 Silver Sponsor:
Electric Gum

$2,000 Bronze Sponsor:
Catalyst GC and Development, Inc.

$1,000 Eagle Sponsor:
Dresden Family
Property Consultants Realty
Jane and Jim Goodrich
Amy and Brian Hand
Ann and Stephen Ross
Jenni and Romas Pencyla
Lisa and Ted Yaghmour
Dr. Danica Milenkovich
Johnson Pipe & Supply
Thank You to FOJ for Providing Funding!

Jones Seniors attended the performance of "How I Learned to Drive"
by Paula Vogel at the Raven Theater.
Students are reading this Pultizer-Prize winning drama this year. 
Thank you for financial support from FOJ!

Corporate Sponsorship Sought for Street Banners

Friends of Jones has secured clearance to sell 31 light post banners
around our school on State, Harrison, Dearborn and Polk Streets.

The banners sell for $2,000, $4,000 and $6,000, depending on location.
Each will include the sponsor's name with choice of Jones Grad Values including:

Intellectually Competent
Socially Skilled and Mature
Socially Just and Responsible
Well-Rounded and Holistic

Funds will support Jones College Prep needs not covered by CPS budget.
A commitment during 2018-2019 school year means your banner
will be produced, posted and remain hanging until May 30, 2020

Learn more about various Sponsorship Levels.

View Banner Locations
Download a Corporate Sponsor Form.

Questions? Contact

Library News
Natalie Moore Enthalls Students!

On April 3 Natalie Moore--WBEZ Journalist and author of The South Side: A Portrait of Chicago and American Segregation--spoke about her book
and many issues confronting Chicago and the country.

Junior Olivia Littleton of the Black Student Union and junior Taylor Carroll of Black Leaders and Mentors asked questions generated by the student body about housing, segregation, the Chicago Public Schools, racism, neighborhoods, development, politics, and journalism. 

The event was part of the school library's year-long
African American Racial Justice Book List Initiative
Thank you to all who attended and to Mr. Fran Feeley,
JCP Librarian for hosting this event!.

Counseling Corner

Attention Jones Sophomores and Juniors: Save the date for the annual Jones/Payton Spring College Fair hosted by Walter Payton College Prep!
On Monday April 29th from 6-8 pm Payton
will host 100+ college representatives for students to meet! 
Please register at (select the 4/29/2019 Walter Payton and Jones College Prep Fair) so you can easily provide your information to the college representatives you meet. An e-mail list of colleges attending will go out the first week of April. Reach out to your student's counselor with questions!   
Save the Date: "Making College Affordable," a financial aid and scholarship info session for junior students and families, takes place Thursday May 9th from 6-8 pm at Jones College Prep

ALL Grades:  
Save the Date: Tuesday May 28th (ACLab) for Career Panel:  Industry Professionals Share Their Career Tips and Insights from Their Career Journey!  

On Wednesday, May 1st, we host our annual Cupcake Day/College Signing Day event for the Class of 2019! More info to students (and an FYI to parents/guardians) coming soon!  

AP Computer Science Teacher Soars to New Heights!  

In 2018, female and underrepresented minority students again took major strides toward balanced representation in AP Computer Science exams. has recognized the growing number of AP computer science students taking the AP Exam. 

Congratulations to Jones Computer Science teacher Cynthia Lilagan
for her efforts to support the Jones Computer Science program
and raising in student participation. 

Jones College Prep is being recognized by CODE.ORG
in their Hall of Fame. LINK HERE!

Thank you to Ms. Lilagan and the computer science department for their dedication to expanding computer science opportunities for all students!  

Robotics Club Seeking Donors 

Physics teacher and Robotics Club Moderator Steve Clayton
has created a Donors Choose project fund page for a laser cutter
to be shared by the Robotics Club, the Science Olympiad Club, MakeCS Club (Makerspace Computer Science), and engineering classes. 

Donations can be made at:

Continue the innovations and creative learning at Jones!

Water Polo: A Winning Week!

The Jones' Women's Water Polo Team beat Lincoln Park HS 11 to 7
and Men's team won scoring 20 over LPHS's 8.
The Women's team also performed amazingly against Juarez 
9 to 2 and the Men won soundly 12 to 1!


Keep Up the Great Work!!

 Jones Alumni Association

OUR SECOND ANNUAL ALUMNI NIGHT AT THE THEATRE was held on March 23, 2019. Attendees enjoyed a reception on the 2nd floor balcony, followed by free tickets to see JCP's performance of Spamalot! 
A great time was had by all! 

Pictured here, Class of 1940 graduate Mr. Harold Kulat 
went on to become a teacher at Jones for more than 30 years.

To register as an alum or parent/guardian of an alum CLICK HERE 
and follow us at the 
Get your New Spring Joneswear
and check out the new look on the FOJ webpage!

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!


Visit our NEW AND IMPROVED FOJ WEB PAGE!  You will find Information on FOJ activities, volunteering, how to donate, alumni, Joneswear and much more!

So many ways to get involved in FOJ!  

FOJ Important Dates Winter 2019

4/8 Monday
Freshmen Welcome Night (A-M) 5:30 - 8:30 pm

4/9 Tuesday
SAT 11th Grade

4/10 Wednesday
PSAT 9th and 10th Grades
Freshman Welcome Night (N-Z) 5:30 - 8:30 pm

4/11 Thursday 
No School 
Parent Teacher Conference
Counseling 301 Freshman Parents 1-1:30 pm/ 4-4:30 pm (Theater)

4/15 - 4/19
Spring Break

Click HERE for the full calendar of JCP events.


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