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January 26, 2020

Inside: Final Exam Week Schedule; Tips for Fun at Kasey's; Event Committee Meets Monday; Tech Savvy at Jones Jam—and more

From the Desk of Dr. Powers

Dear Jones Parents and Students,

These first few weeks back from Winter Break are very busy for our students as they prepare for and take their first semester exams, January 28-30, 2020.  We will have a C Day Schedule on Mon., January 27, during which time students will meet for all of their classes to complete final review before exams. See a copy of the exam schedule below.

Here are some tips for effective preparation for exams: 
  • Get organized: Make sure you have all of your notes, old tests and quizzes, handouts, and other class materials to review.
  • Set up a study schedule: Allow yourself plenty of time for each subject, making sure you pick a place conducive to study.
  • Study with classmates: Group study can be very helpful as long as you focus on preparing for the exam and not just socializing.
  • Make the most of class review time: The one or two class periods before an exam are often your best time to review and ask questions.
  • Remember, your teachers are there to help! Take advantage of every opportunity.
  • Get a good night's sleep and a healthy breakfast before exam days: You'll want to be rested and alert.
Good luck on the 1st Semester exams!

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at any time at or 773-534-8606.


P. Joseph Powers, Ph.D.
Jones College Prep
700 South State Street
Chicago, IL 60605
For news about JCP, follow me on Twitter @PJOSEPHPOWERS 

Finals Week Schedule




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FOJ Plans Exciting Event 

Student Event News
Let the Tech Games Begin
High school students from all experience levels will have the opportunity to create and build their own video game in one day during Jones Jam, on Jan 31, 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Jones  library.  This student-lead event will feature workshops, games, food, and fun activities. 

Jones Jam, CPS's largest video game jam, is back for its second year! Students from all over Chicago will come together and as teams work to design a video game by the end of this 12-hour event. Students do not need to know any special skills like coding or pixel art to participate. Our workshops will teach them everything they need to be successful at the event. 
There will also be games, friendly competitions, and other fun activities! Students will be able to make new friends, express their creativity, and learn new skills. People of all skill levels will find a place at Jones Jam, whether it be expert coders or people brand new to computer science. We highly encourage people to bring friends with them too for the best experience.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be provided. To sign up and view a full schedule, please visit

Spruce up your wardrobe in 2020 with Joneswear.
Be a trendsetter in your new Joneswear  
We have a lot of  new merchandise in our store.
View Joneswear selections HERE
The Joneswear store is located on the 1st floor of the North Building
Store Hours:  Lunch on Tuesdays and Thursdays (11:10 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.)
and B Day AcLab (1:45 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.)

Looking to volunteer at Jones? We need people to cover the Joneswear store during the day.  Contact Mary Catherine Marco 

FOJ Important Dates 
1/27: Spring Benefit Planning Meeting, 7:00 p.m.,  at Jin Ju Restaurant,
5203 N. Clark, all welcome 
C Day, all classes meet

Jan 28 to Jan 30: Finals (see detailed schedule near top of this newsletter) 
1/30: Guest Bartender Night at Kasey's Tavern, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., 701 S. Dearborn, all adults welcome
No Classes; Students invited to attend Jones Jam in the Library, 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
 2/6: FOJ Board Meeting, 8:00 a.m. in the Library, all welcome

Click HERE for the full calendar of JCP events.

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