December 2018

Welcome to Jones Alumni and Alumni Parent News!!

Brought to you by Friends of Jones

from Jones College Prep!

The Jones alumni team is at it again with our second alumni newsletter. Our goal is to publish three newsletters each year to help keep you up-to-date on what is happening on campus as well as with Jones alumni. We also hope you're following Jones Alumni on Facebook for news and highlights. Remember to encourage other alums to register for the Jones Alumni Network, too.

From everyone at Friends of Jones and Jones College Prep, we wish you the happiest of holidays and all the best in the new year!!

Jones Continues to Make the Grade

The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) released the annual school report cards for 2018, and the results for Jones are outstanding. Jones received a rating of "Exemplary" from ISBE. Another piece of great news was that Jones once again was rated 1+ by the CPS School Quality Ratings (SQRP) which is the highest rating in the system. Read the full Jones State of the School report here

Fall Highlights

Each year, Jones College Prep hosts and open house in mid-October. The event is designed to welcome prospective students and their families to campus in hopes that they will discover what makes Jones such a special school. Guests enjoy a brief welcome presentation and then are encouraged to tour around the two buildings where they can talk with faculty, staff, students and parent volunteers. It is estimated that more than 5,000 guests attended the event this year.

Friends of Jones hosted its 4th Annual 5K Eagle Run and Walk. The event is open to students, faculty, staff, families and alumni. The goal of the run/walk is to enjoy a morning in Washington Park and raise funds to support student clubs and teams. This year, the event raised $11,000 and benefitted 49 organizations. Thanks to all the alumni who participated and joined the fun.

Congratulations to the JV volleyball team placing first in the City Championship following an undefeated season! The girls were crowned conference champions for a third straight year, made the city championship for a fourth straight year and won their third city title. The team is coached by Howard Hu, chemistry teacher at Jones.

Audiences filled the Robin Bennett Theatre earlier this fall for performances of Metamorphoses by Mary Zimmerman. The play, adapted from the classic Ovid poem, premiered at Northwestern University in 1996. Director/theater teacher Brad Lyons, helped Jones thespians bring the story to life, complete with a pool built into the stage.

Brian Coleman, Jones school counselor and the counseling department chair was named the 2019 School Counselor of the Year by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA). Mr. Coleman attended Northwestern University for his undergraduate degree and he received his master’s in counseling from DePaul University’s School of Education. Mr. Coleman is pictured above with Dr. Janice Jackson, CEO of Chicago Public Schools and Jones College Prep Principal, Dr. Joe Powers.

Friends of Jones Annual Fund

As graduates and alumni parents of Jones, your are a vital part of the Friends of Jones community! Since 2009, Friends of Jones has raised more than $1.5 million to provide invaluable support to JCP's rigorous academic, enrichment and extra-curricular programs that would not be possible through funds allocated by CPS alone. These funds are critical in keeping JCP among the most successful high schools in the state and the nation, and we're grateful for the past generosity of our alumni and alumni families.

In addition to supporting our alumni efforts, funds raised by Friends of Jones have been used to purchase computers, software, laptops, athletic uniforms and travel, classroom technology and supplies, professional development, as well as underwrite Freshman Connection, field trips and countless other rewarding projects that benefit our entire student body.

Alumni and friends are invited to continue their support of Jones by making a contribution. Gifts of all sizes are welcome and appreciated. Donate now.

Class Notes

In our last newsletter, we asked for some updates and we are pleased to have heard from a few of you. We expect Class Notes to be a great place to catch up with news and updates from your fellow classmates and Jones alumni.

Please note: To submit your updates, provide your name, graduating class year and a brief note with your update. Photos are also encouraged. Send submissions to:

News and Updates

Jones alumna Sally Nuamah (Class of 2007) was recently listed by Forbes Magazine as one of the 30 Under 30 for 2019. After Jones she attended The George Washington University for undergrad and received a Master's degree from Northwestern University. She has earned appointments as an assistant professor at Duke, a research associate at Princeton, and a fellow at Harvard. Congratulations, Sally, on this great achievement!

Barbara Kaye Smith, Jones Commercial High School class of 1962, reconnected with Jones last spring by attending the 80th Anniversary Gala at the Drake Hotel. Barb is currently retired, but has been actively pursuing her interest in vocal performance and recently performed at Monsignor Murphy's Sports Bar on Chicago's north side. Barb's daughter, who lives in L.A., is also a vocalist.

It was a big moment this summer for Cynthia Rosales and John Rodriguez, both from the class of 2013. They met at Jones and got engaged at Jones. John arranged to pop the question in the north auditorium where Cynthia said “yes!” Best wishes to Cynthia and John!

Jones class of 2015 alum, Maddie Lubeck, had the incredible experience of spending this semester working at the United Nations for the Mission of Rwanda. She returns to Occidental College in January to finish her studies and will graduate in May majoring in Diplomacy and World Affairs with a minor in Religious Studies.

Jack Cleland, 2015 graduate, appeared as the Mysterious Man in the Syracuse University production of Into the Woods this fall. Jack is a BFA acting major at SU and will graduate this spring.

This past summer, JCP alumnus David Torrejon, JCP class of 2018, and current student Greta Olson were involved with the Aquarius Project through the Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum. You can read more about this amazing project here.

This fall, Jones College Prep welcomed Ora J.L. Fane (center) to the class of 2022. Ora’s connection to Jones goes back two generations. Ora’s grandmother, Clarinal Fane-Marshall (left), attended Jones in 1980 and her mother, Jeneria Fane (right), graduated in 1998.

Remember: We Want to Hear From You

Please keep us updated on your news, major milestones, professional accomplishments, etc. Send your updates and news to:

Save the Date for Upcoming Jones Events

JCP Spring Musical: Spamalot -- March 21, 22 and 23, 2019. Our second annual "Alumni Night at the Theatre" is tentatively planned for Saturday, March 23.

Annual Spring Gala: Friday, May 10, 2019 at the Palmer House Hilton.

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