The Tiger's Roar! 
Your Community Brief from Jones High School
Friday, December 15, 2017

Principal Kirby with Alyssa Smith at the Khan Academy recognition ceremony at the December 11 School Board meeting (see story below).
While next week is only a four-day week for the students (no school on Friday, December 22) it remains a busy one including both Common Final Exams (CFE) for semester one courses and Holiday Spirit Week (each day carries its own theme such as Monday's Crazy Socks Day - see calendar). If you have a student sitting for a CFE this week, please make sure they get a good night's rest prior to the test and eat a healthy breakfast the day of the exam.

To date, we have managed to raise $30,000 of the $38,000 deposit due in January so our band and choir students can perform next spring at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Jones High School is steeped in a very rich history and this opportunity will go down as a major achievement for the high school. If there is any way you can provide some assistance in the next few weeks, please do what you can - We don't want our Tigers miss out on what will be a performance of a lifetime. They have all worked and practiced so terribly hard to earn this spot on the stage at Carnegie Hall. Thank you.

With the Winter Break now only four full schools days away for the students, I want to remind our Tigers to take advantage of the free SAT practice through Khan Academy. Prizes will be awarded next month for time well spent practicing up to December 21st!

Thank you for reviewing our progress and have a wonderful weekend!

Allison Kirby

Pictured very top:  December 11 Love Pantry Dedication with City of Orlando District 3 Commissioner/Christian Service Center Executive Director Robert Stuart, Oranole Foundation President Louie Morales, Seth Clayton, Johnny Brinson, and Principal Allison Kirby.
Upcoming Events

December 15
  • Girls Soccer hosts Ocoee - 5pm
  • Girls V Basketball - 5pm at Windermere HS
  • Girls Weightlifting Meet - 6pm at Edgewater High School
  • Boys Soccer hosts Father Lopez - 7pm
  • Boys JV/V Basketball hosts Apopka - 6:00/7:30pm

December 16
  • Amnesty Day - 8 to 11am at OCPS Academic Center for Excellence, 701 W. Livingston St., 32805 (second semester closes on 12/22).
  • Wrestling - 8am at Freedom HS
  • OCPS Parent Academy - STEM 
  • Girls V Basketball - City of Orlando Holiday Shoot-Out at the Downtown Rec Center - 8pm
  • Listen for Chorus Director Andrea Green and Band Director Jamaal Nicholas on the WOKB Talk It Up Radio show at 6pm.

Greetings! I look forward to welcoming the Christmas season with you, your family and friends!  Bring your lawn chairs or blankets to enjoy a full afternoon of outdoor family games, food, a festive train, storytelling, Christmas music, and the scenic Barnett Park, located at 4801 West Colonial Drive (West of the Central Florida Fairgrounds). Blessings, Vice-Mayor Victoria P. Siplin, District 6 Commissioner, Orange County Government.

December 17
The Jones High School Alumni and Community Choir presents the 5th Anniversary Edition of Handel's Messiah (Christmas portion) in partnership with The Orlando Presbyterian Church. This is a time-honored tradition of the Jones High School Concert Choir dating back to the era of beloved Choral Director Edna S. Hargrett. Please join us for this free concert on Sunday, December 17 at 6pm at Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church. More details.

Tigers, show your school spirit for HOLIDAY SPIRIT WEEK!
  • Monday - Crazy Socks
  • Tuesday - Ugly Sweaters
  • Wednesday - Holiday Colors
  • Thursday - Holiday Characters
December 18
  • 4th Senior Dues installment due (pay online at
  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes Christmas party - 3pm - Gym 127
  • Boys Soccer - 5pm at Edgewater
  • School Advisory Council Meeting - 5:30pm - Media Center
  • 8 pm deadline to order Krispy Kreme donuts for PTSA fundraiser (pay with cash or through School Pay). Contact Ms. Brogger with questions. or 407.835.2300 x 6092215
December 19
  • Last day to purchase tickets for the Football Banquet - all tickets must be purchased online here.
  • Elevation Scholars - 2:15 in front conference room (see Mr. Hadley for more info)
  • Wrestling - 3pm at Dr. Phillips HS
  • Boys Basketball hosts Edgewater - 6pm
  • Chorus Fundraiser (singing & gift wrapping) - 7:30pm to 10:00pm - Barnes & Noble on Bumby

December 20
  • POPS - 1:30pm - Media Center
  • Wrestling hosts Ocoee - 5pm
  • Boys Soccer - 7pm at West Orange

December 21
  • End of 2nd Quarter
  • Young Lives Teen Mom Mentoring - front conference room - both lunches
  • Boys Basketball hosts Jacksonville Ribault - 6pm

December 22
  • NO SCHOOL for students
  • Football Banquet - 5 to 9pm; all tickets must be purchased online. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

December 23
  • Boys Basketball - 4:30pm at George Jenkins in Auburndale
Winter Break - December 22, 2017 to January 7, 2018
We return to school and begin the 3rd marking period on Monday, January 8, 2018.

Vital Signs
Weekly attendance rates . . . Freshmen hang onto lead into mid December

Nov. 3
Nov. 10
Nov. 17
Dec. 1
Dec. 8
Dec. 12
9th Grade
10th Grade
11th Grade
12th Grade

* All 5-day school week reporting periods except for Dec. 5 (2 school days only; other dates unavailable at time of production)
** Credit: Mrs. Donna Drakes

Class of 2018
Prizes for completion of FAFSA by Thursday, Dec. 21 / Grad Bash ' 18 

Attention Seniors: Guidance has prizes for the students who complete their FAFSA by December 21. Please don't miss out. Prizes will be awarded after winter break.


College & Career Center  
Valencia College

Our Guidance Counselors Mrs. Campbell, Ms. Gordon, Mrs. Jones, and Mrs. Wells-Harris had a great time at Valencia College Counselor Day last week. Take a moment to check out the various programs Valencia College offers.

Khan Academy Pays Off

The more you practice between the PSAT/NMSQT and the SAT, the better you'll feel on test day. Start practicing today!                                                                                                                                        
Alyssa Wilson with her reward check and her certificate of excellence (Dec. 11, 2017)

Senior Alyssa Wilson was one of 34 students recognized at the December 11 School Board Meeting for raising her SAT score more than 200 points! How did she do it? Khan Academy. Orange County Public Schools won a $15,000 prize from the Council of Great City Schools for having the most students with active Khan Academy SAT practice accounts. The funds were distributed evenly amongst the 34 highest achievers in OCPS, and each student received a check for $441.17. Way to go, Alyssa! 

Tigers Give Back! 
JHS Medical Magnet Program 

Kudos to our Medical Magnet students who volunteered at the Black Nurses Rock Orlando (BNRO) holiday gala on Saturday evening for six hours. Students assisted BNRO members by acting as pages, guiding patrons to their tables, and monitoring the silent auction table.

A note from BNRO Vice President Novello Penick: "Thank you, thank you. The students were awesome and very helpful in assisting us to have a successful gala. We really enjoyed and appreciated having them work with us. We look forward to working with you at future events."

Thank you to Medical Magnet Coordinator Selina Wells-Harris for coordinating the student volunteers.

Rigor in the Classroom  
Snapshots of student engagement from around the campus . . .  
Geometry with Ms. Brogger

Ms. Brogger's Geometry students are working on solving right triangles using the Pythagorean Theorem. MAFS.912.G-SRT.3.8 Use trigonometric ratios and the Pythagorean Theorem to solve right triangles in applied problems.

International Baccalaureate with Mrs. Kyra Brown

IB Juniors Nubia Tillman, Kenneth Rolle II, Tamya Jones, and Angel Thompson use teamwork to evaluate the writing prompts.

11th grade IB students are composing papers on "prose other than fiction" for their semester exam. Choices included Into the Wild, The Soloist, and In Cold Blood.

IB Juniors evaluate the seemingly cumbersome semester exam prompts, but through teamwork they will conquer the assignment.



Congratulations to cornerback Kerby Joseph on committing to the University of Illinois after a home visit on Tuesday evening. Kerby is an Honor Roll student and a member of ELEVATE Orlando. He's known around campus for his positive demeanor and willingness to help anyone who needs it. Congrats, Kerby! Orlando Jones High CB Kerby Joseph Commits to Illinois

Soccer Season Underway!

Boys Basketball

The Varsity Boys Basketball team will travel to two tournaments over winter break - one in Jacksonville and one in Tennessee. They are in need of snacks, Gatorade, and bottled water, as well as sponsors to help feed the team as they travel. If you are able to help, please contact Coach or 407.835.2300.

Partner in Education Spotlight . . .  
Jones High School was a 2017 winner of the ExxonMobil Educational Alliance program $500 grant to be used for STEM initiatives. Our Assistant Principal of Instruction is pictured with Mariah Azevedo from Southeast Petro. Thank you, Southeast Petro and Exxon Mobil!  

Tigers Study at Princeton University 
It has been really chilly in Orlando this week, but not as cold as it was in Princeton, New Jersey! Kudos to these Medical Magnet and International Baccalaureate Tigers who were four of just 75 students in the entire nation chosen to study at the W.E.B. DuBois Scholars Institute Accelerated Learning Academy at Princeton University.

This trip would not have been possible without your generous donations to the Jones High School Foundation. Congratulations Alexandria, Gianna, Abrielle, and Kenny. Way to put Jones High School on the Ivy League map!

As pictured above:  
* Alexandria Magee - Biomedical Engineering & Technology
* Gianna Acocella - Biomedical Engineering & Technology
* Abrielle Acocella - Medical Science
* Kenneth Rolle II - Applied Mathematics

Thank You Community Partners!
Fueling Our Schools Fundraising Campaign

We would like to thank everyone who participated in the Fueling our Schools Spirit Night at Circle K on December 7. If you were unable to make it you can still help us out!

Who: Jones High School students, parents, alumni, and community members
What: Fueling Our Schools Fundraising Campaign
When: 2017-2018 school year
Where: Circle K, 401 N. John Young Parkway, Orlando FL 32805
How: JHS will receive 1 cent per gallon purchased at the specially-marked Fueling Our Schools pump:

JHS alumnus Carmel Bostick filling up at the Fueling Our Schools pump on December 7 for Spirit Night, where JHS received 10 cents per gallon purchased at any pump.

Assistant Principal Carolyn Thomas with Circle K store manager Randy

Chorus Mom/Volunteer Ms. Washington, mother to two JHS students, supporting JHS at Fueling our Schools Spirit Night

Staff Recognition
Mr. Roderick Davenport   
Roderick Davenport with City of Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer

Mr. Davenport recently joined our team and we are happy to have him back home at Jones High School. Mr. Davenport graduated from JHS in 2000 after a productive four years:
  • Mr. Senior
  • Prom King
  • Most Likely to Succeed
  • Who's Who Among High School students
  • Letterman in Track & Field
  • Track & Field Captain
  • ROTC - highest cadet rank
  • Two-time Presidential Fitness Award Winner
  • Band - tenor drum
Mr. Davenport is currently working on his Sports Management Certification from Columbia University and is completing his Sports Management degree at the University of Florida. He serves as a Behavior Monitor on the discipline team and is also the Varsity Boys Assistant Coach.

When asked why he's so committed to the students of Jones High School he replied, "My life is dedicated to making a difference and changing lives. I have a clear understanding that youth matter. They are the footprint of today and voice of our tomorrow."

Mr. Davenport graduated from the OCPS Leadership Academy on Thursday, December 14. Congratulations, and thank you for all that you do for Jones High School!

Mr. Davenport recently shared his journey with a group of young professionals at an
ELEVATE Orlando community meeting.

Love Pantry Dedication 

Thank you Christian Service Center and Oranaole Foundation for providing a LOVE Pantry at JHS. On Monday, December 11 we dedicated our Love Pantry to fallen Orlando Police Department hero Lt. Debra Clayton. We are so thankful for her service and dedication to the students of Jones High School and the surrounding community.

Food Pantry Named for Fallen Orlando Officer

View photo album here

City of Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer thanking Christian Service Center and The Oranole Foundation for providing the LOVE Pantry; thanking Seth Clayton for his wife Lt. Debra Clayton's service and ultimate sacrifice.

OPD Deputy Chief Eric Smith, Lt. Clayton family member, Oranole Foundation President Louie Morales, Seth Clayton, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, Superintendent Dr. Barbara Jenkins, Principal Allison Kirby, City of Orlando District 3 Commissioner/Christian Service Center Executive Director Robert Stuart, Lt. Clayton family member,  Orlando Fire Chief Roderick Williams

Students and parents, you can set up an appointment with SAFE Coordinator Tia Wheeler to come shopping for what you need from the Love Pantry. Ms. Wheeler can be contacted at 407.835.2300 or via email:

Leadership Team

Principal: Allison Kirby
Assistant Principal: Matt Turner
Assistant Principal: Charles France
Assistant Principal: Carolyn Thomas
Business Manager: Shelton Lewis

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