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October 7, 2018 

From Dr. Powers
Principal, Jones College Prep.

Dear Jones Families,

What a busy week we have had and what a busy week lies ahead!
  • Homecoming 2018:  We're just wrapping up our Homecoming Spirit Week and it has been a blast!  The theme days, pep rallies, homecoming volleyball game (congratulations to Whitney Young!) and "Eagle Game" have all been great fun.  Unfortunately, we had to postpone the Homecoming Dance, which will be rescheduled at a later date.  Kudos to all the kids, staff and parents who helped make this week such a success. Who says we don't have spirit at Jones?
  • PSAT/NMSQT for Juniors:  Wed. Oct. 10, the Juniors will take the PSAT/NMSQT exam during the morning.  This exam provides great practice for the SAT in the spring as well as the gateway to the National Merit Scholarship Program. This will follow a normal B-Day schedule; Juniors will continue with their regular classes after finishing the exam.
  • FOJ "Friend Raiser": Also on Wed. Oct. 10, we have our annual FOJ "Friend Raiser" event at Buddy Guy's.  This is a great opportunity to get acquainted with other Jones parents, enjoy some wonderful food and thrill to the music of our outstanding student musicians.  See you there! 
  • Selective Enrollment Open House: Sat. Oct. 13 is our biggest annual event (next to graduation): Open House! We will host to as many as 5,000 prospective students and their parents, introducing them to our school and its wonderful community.  Over the years, many parents have told us that their kids were undecided about their high school plans until they attended the JCP Open House.  That's what "sealed the deal"!

Thanks to everyone for all your support and encouragement!
As always, if you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me at any time at or on my  direct office  line,  773-534-8606.  For news and updates, you can also follow me on Twitter @PJOSEPHPOWERS

Best wishes,

P. Joseph Powers. Ph.D. Principal
Jones College Prep
700 S. State St.
Chicago, IL 60605


We hope you'll join us at 
Jones College Prep’s
Buddy Guy Friend-Raiser!

Oct. 10,  5:30 - 9:00 PM 

at Buddy Guy's Legends
700 S. Wabash

This is your chance to meet and mingle with other Jones parents, faculty, and Friends of Jones board members! You’ll be treated to the impressive sounds of The Jones College Prep Jazz band…all at the world-famous
Buddy Guy’s Legends.

This adults-only event features live music, a Southern buffet and cash bar.


Purchase tickets at BuddyGuyFriendRaiser


Dessert sponsored by: 


Think of all the places where your Jones student can strive and thrive:
Association of Latin American Students Club ... Choir ... Cross Country ... Band ...
Swim Team ... Dance Class ... Journalism ... Water Polo ...
Debate Team ... Basketball ... Greek Club ... and much more.
No matter what has inspired your child, the Annual Fund has helped make it possible.

Friends of Jones has funded more than 25 grants since the start of the school year!
To continue providing these amazing opportunities and programs, we need EVERYONE to contribute time, talents and financial resources to the Annual Fund.
No gift is too small to make a difference
 100 percent participation will get us to our goal of $250,000.

Make your contribution today!
Donate HERE

 Amy Fanale, Annual Fund Chair



Would you like to share your story with perspective Jones families?

We need volunteers for the Jones Selective Enrollment Open House on Sat. Oct. 13th.
Two shifts are available. You are welcome to join one or both to give your positive insight to Open House attendees.

Close to 5,000 people wander the halls of Jones on Open House Day. We need LOTS
of volunteers! You'll have fun meeting other current parent 
volunteers and help prospective students and families get a taste of what makes Jones so great! 

If you are interested in serving at this fun event, please email the Friends of Jones Volunteer Coordinator at
Share your contact information and the times you are available. 


Join the Jones community for the 4th Annual Eagle Run 
Walk - Run - Fun

Come to the fourth annual Jones 5K on Sun., Oct. 21 at 10 am. Join students, parents, faculty, alumni, and supporters as we run, walk and stroll through beautiful Washington Park near the University of Chicago's Hyde Park campus. The course follows a flat, scenic route that and circles around the park lagoons. 

Runners and walkers of all ages and capabilities are welcome, and participants will receive official timed results, refreshments and finisher medals. Awards will to the top three male and female students, faculty and supporter finishers. And the best part:

>>ALL proceeds go to Jones student organizations and sports teams!!<<

Spring Gala volunteer kick-off Meeting
Mon., Oct. 15 at 6 PM in the library


 Join our planning session on Mon. Oct. 15 and become part of our team. There are many ways for volunteers to support this fun event!

The American Institute of Architects has named Jones College Prep
one of Illinois' 200 Great Places, and we are incorporating this honor
into our Spring Gala theme. 

All are welcome. For more information contact 


Girls Volleyball

The girls' volleyball teams (Freshman, JV and Varsity) took part in their annual service project to benefit Special Olympics on Sept. 23. The JCP athletes registered teams, posted scores, staffed scoring tables and handled set-up. The event leader plans to move facilities next year and told JCP coaches she won’t move unless the Jones girls return because they do an amazing job!
Both Varsity and JV teams beat Whitney Young in their homecoming matches on Oct. 3. Thanks to all who came out to support them and help pack the gym. Congrats Lady Eagles!

Get your Joneswear!
Wear it at the Open House or other Fall Events!
Now Available in our NEW STORE! 

On the 1st Floor of the North Building
Tuesday and Thursday Lunch

View Joneswear selections online HERE  

To volunteer to help with Joneswear contact Julie Weisman


Library News
Welcome new and returning parents!
Please explore the Jones School Library website HERE 

Follow news and information about the library program by following the library blog HERE or by entering this feed code into your favorite RSS Reader:  

Freshman parents: Open slots remain for freshman book club!
Learn more about it on the books page of the library website HERE

THIS MONTH: African American Racial Justice Book List 2018-2019
I'm pleased to welcome you back with the new tradition of an annual book list we will promote in the library throughout the school year. I strongly urge everybody in the Jones community to consider these books to inform yourselves of the many challenges that cry out for attention and action; to inspire inquiry in the classroom and beyond; and to spark important discussions in our classrooms, clubs, homes and communities.
Click HERE to explore a slideshow with detailed information about the 23 titles.
Click HERE for the one-page list of titles.

Any questions? Email School Librarian Fran Feeley

Spring Break Field trip to SPAIN for all class years

Jones College Prep is offering a magnificent opportunity for students to travel to Spain, April 8-19, 2019. Destination cities include Seville, Málaga, Granada and Madrid. The teacher chaperones are Spanish teacher and Granada native Mr. Marcos González Díaz, English teacher Ms. Olivia Guerrero, and school librarian Mr. Fran Feeley. Student travelers will enjoy great travel, lodgings, food, culture, tours, shopping and camaraderie.
Spanish language experience is not required.

If you would like more information on this trip for 2019 
contact Mr. Marcos González Díaz, Ms. Olivia Guerrero or Mr. Fran Feeley


FOJ Important Dates in Fall

10/9 Wednesday 5:30 pm 
LSC Meeting 

10/10 Wednesday 8 am-12 pm PSAT/NMQT 
testing for all Juniors 

10/10  Wednesday 5:30-9 pm
Fall Friendraiser Buddy Guy's Legends

10/13 Saturday 10 am-3 pm 
Selective Enrollment Open House

10/15 Monday 6 pm
Spring Gala Volunteer Kick-Off Meeting

10/21 Sunday 10 am
4th Annual Eagle Run

Click HERE for JCP full calendar of events.


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