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Brought to you by Friends of Jones

 March 10, 2019

From Dr. Powers

Principal, Jones College Prep

"Once you learn how to read, you will be forever free."
Frederick Douglas

Dear Jones Family,

Many years ago, when we designed our new school building, I was asked why we planned to have a library. "Everybody knows kids don't read," went the argument. The implication:  Books and reading are obsolete. Fast forward to the first day of school in 2013. Jones students entered their new Library Media Center and eagerly asked, "Can the books be checked out?" Yes, they can, and thousands of check-outs later, students still do.

Literacy stands as one of the most fundamental human skills; but like any skill, it must be practiced, honed and strengthened. That means more than clicking 144 characters of gibberish or scrolling through mounds of social media dreck. Young people often find the thickness and heft of a book daunting, but overlook the adventures that lie within. A simple strategy: Read the first page or even the first paragraph, and don't worry about the pages that follow. You might just find yourself drawn in! Or, take advantage of technology and read an e-book. Regardless of interest, there are books ready and waiting for you. 

The flow of students through our library doors every day from 7:00 in the morning to past 4:00 in the afternoon testifies to the power of libraries, the power of knowledge, the power of books. 

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

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
on March 26th  3:30 - 4:30 pm  in the Library Room 2

 For a Community-wide Book Discussion of her new book 
The South Side: A Portrait of Chicago and American Segregation

Listen more about Natalie's Moore's work on broadcasting by clicking HERE
You can find the African American Racial Justice booklist by clicking HERE 

Thank you to our amazing JCP Librarian, Mr. Fran Feeley for organizing
all the great resources at our the library! 


Matches Make A Difference

We are happy to announce that we have raised just above $143,000 and would like to thank the Jones College Prep families who support the annual fund. Thanks also to those reaching out to their companies to secure funds through
generous corporate match programs.

Do you know whether your company offers a matching contribution program?
We’ve made it easy for you to check! Search for your employer here.

Did you know that many corporations match almost any amount 1:1? Your contribution goes twice as far…which means we reach our $250,000 goal A LOT faster!

We’d like to recognize and thank the following corporations that have supported Jones College Prep so far: Archer Daniels Midland, Alliant Credit Union, Chubb, Bright Funds, Bar Louie, Goldman Sachs & Co., Henry Crown & Company, Wilson Elser,
and Wrigley Company Foundation.
Would your company join the list?

If you have yet to contribute to the annual fund, consider donating today.
Any amount is appreciated and goes directly to students and staff.

Thank you for your support as we continue “Soaring Toward Excellence"!

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! 

Friends of Jones Spring Gala Donations NEEDED. 
Friday March 29th Deadline

Parents, Neighbors and Community Members: WE NEED YOU!

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

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"


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:
April 29 - May 10, and at the May 10 event.

To learn more about Gala sponsorship levels,
please contact Jane Goodrich at

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

Thank You to ALL who Attended...

Thank you to all supported the film screening of Angst last month.
About 250 viewers attended for the public event
and 200 students watched during AcLab.

The mental health panel consisted of the following professionals:
Derek Bylsma    Executive Director, Millennium Hope Counseling Center
Brian Coleman, LPC   Department Chair, Counselor, Jones College Prep
Dr. Alexander Lalley                                 Andersonville Behavioral Health
Incia A. Rashid, LPC        The Family Institute at Northwestern University
Special thanks to Ms. Michelle Parada, Mr. Francis Hashimoto
and Michelle Charles (FOJ) for their efforts.


Spanish Honors Society is hosting its 2nd annual dance or baile:
Noche Bajo Las Estrellas/Night Under the Stars.  

 Come out and enjoy a night of fun Spanish music and wild dancing!

Annual Kasey Tavern Guest Bartender Event

Thanks to all who joined Jones teachers and staff at Kasey's Tavern for our annual Guest Bartender Night!

All funds raised will go to support JCP students, teachers and staff!!

Sports News

The water polo season is off to a fantastic start! 

On March 5, both teams played against
Back of the Yards High School. 
The women finished with an 11-0 final and the men won 19-6. Then on March 7 we took on Northside College Prep.
The women prevailed in a nail-biting game, 3-1. 


The men's team battled it out and won 9-3 in their game against Northside College Prep. 

6th Annual Windy City Classic/
Women's Tournament takes place
at the UIC Natatorium, March 15 and 16.

Come Support Our Jones Water Polo Team at this event!!

Create at yearbook ad by going to
Enter School Code 40153 
Select "Buy a Yearbook Ad"
For questions or assistance contact 
or call the order center at 866-287-3096
The FOJ website will still have the same web address 
but will sport a new look on March 18 (or shortly thereafter).

Be sure to check it out!

 Jones Alumni Association

I love Jones Day, September 18, 1971

Attention Jones Alumni - We have a lot to celebrate! 
Join fellow Alumni for a Night At the Theater
to view Jones Spring Musical SPAMALOT

for more information contact Manny Onate or KK Neilsen Cleland 

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

 Joneswear Is Great Any Time of Year!

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

Deadline for Year Book Ads

3/14    1:45 - 3 pm
SAT Pre-Bubble    South Cafeteria

3/18 1:45 - 3 pm
SAT Pre-Bubble    South Cafeteria
Spring Sports Photos in the Gym 

1:45 - 3 pm
PSAT 10 Pre-Bubble 
7 - 10 pm       Spring Musical 

5 - 6 p
  Holi Festival - Court Yard
 7 - 10 pm            Spring Musical 

2 pm    Spring Musical Matinee
5:30 pm  Alumni Night at the Theater
7 - 10 pm           Spring Musical 

Click HERE for the full calendar of JCP events.


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