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A stirring surprise 

Karen Buecking '23 and Sabine Kanter-Huchting '23 | April 7, 2022

*indicates a name has been changed to protect a student’s identity Jones students have mixed feelings about the recent attempts of the Jones Local School Council (LSC) to remove long standing principal Dr. Paul Joseph Powers. In February, three members of the Jones LSC wrote a letter to Chicago Public Schools CEO Pedro Martinez calling for Powers to be removed, citing a number of allegations ...

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The plight of going mask optional

Sabine Kanter-Huchting '23, Lifestyles Staff | March 29, 2022

When Chicago Public Schools (CPS) switched to a mask optional policy beginning March 14, Jones teachers expressed a flurry of emotions, but most notably showed concern for the safety of students and staff going forth.  On Monday, March 7, due to sharply declining COVID-19 cases, CPS announced that it would join the rest of the state in dropping its mask mandate, despite having reached a deal with...

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Meghan Cuddy '24, School Staff | March 18, 2022

The use of metal detectors during the morning entrance routine at Jones College Prep, a norm across the Chicago Public Schools, is a controversial topic that elicits a multitude of reactions among students.  “From the almost three years that I’ve been here, we’ve had multiple threats where I have literally gone home because I was scared,” said Jessie Vautier ‘23. “It’s about fostering...

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Anonymous | May 9, 2022

Drugs. Glitter. Makeup. Drama. All these things come to mind when discussing the popular TV show Euphoria. With its dreamy soundtrack and unique style, Euphoria has gained the attention of many people of all ages. It depicts the experiences of teens whose lives are far from perfect. Also, Euphoria’s depiction of addiction and the effect it has on teenagers goes way deeper than the surface level....

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Alice Kasdan '24 and Arianna Gil '24 | May 9, 2022

Euphoria might be the most watched and discussed series for young adults in America. During the release period for season two, many people jokingly referred to each Sunday as “Euphoria Day” in honor of the release of each episode. This much attention comes with controversy, due to the dubious decisions of the characters and the subject matter. Euphoria does not disguise the fact that its content...

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EXCLUSIVE: Sit down with @jcp22decisions

Leo Necheles , Co-Editor-In-Chief | April 4, 2022

The account coined “@jcp22decisions” has become the newest trending Jones Instagram as of late. With each new batch of graduating seniors, someone is left to take the hefty job of posting each student’s college commitment.   Yet, although a normal yearly tradition at every school across America, this year’s page at Jones has been unlike any other. While most pages opt for senior...

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Noah Barbas '24, Sports Staff | April 18, 2022

The Jones Varsity “Valorant” team ended their season with a 2-1 (6-13, 13-6, 2-13) match loss to Barrington High School in the playoff finals on April 16. The team managed a successful playoff outing with good wins against their first two playoff opponents before facing Barrington, last year’s champions.  “We convincingly beat our quarter final and semi finals opponents,” said Jake...

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Valorant team takes down Young

Noah Barbas '24, Sports Staff | March 17, 2022

The Jones Varsity “Valorant” Esports team won their match against Whitney Young Magnet High School on Wednesday, Mar. 16 by a match score of 2-1 (13-6, 9-13, 13-4), brining their overall record to 4-0.  “Valorant” is a shooter game with attackers and defenders switching roles after every 12 rounds. Matches are played to the best of three, and each match is won by the first team to come...

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Face Off

Dean Goldman '23, Sports Staff | March 17, 2022

  The Chicago South Meteors, a high school hockey team composed of Jones, De La Salle, and Wolcott Prep student athletes, won the Illinois Hayes Suburban League Championship on Sunday, March 13.  After a 6 month long season, the Meteors defeated the Homewood-Flossmoor Vikings to win the cup. “It feels really good. It was a long season. We had some mix ups with refs and timing. So we...

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Celia Pincus '24, Lifestyles Staff | April 18, 2022

The Jones Local School Council (LSC) has been very active, but their current actions extend far beyond what they should and often ignore voices of disagreement. Their main role is to monitor the school improvement plan as well as monitoring the school’s budget and evaluating the principal annually. The LSC meetings take place every month, discussing a range of issues. The meetings usually last around...

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Simone Garber '22, Associate Editor, Digital Production | March 21, 2022

There are possibly more acronyms for spirited adult-led organizations associated with public education in Chicago than there are stairs at this school. Take the Friends of Jones (FOJ), for one - our school newspaper’s benefited immensely from its generous grants for our up-and-coming broadcast program, and countless clubs, committees, and other student endeavors would be in shambles if not for its...

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Makai Singleton '22, Sports Editor | March 21, 2022

Chicago Public Schools (CPS) started the Local School Councils (LSC) because they wanted parents and community members to be involved in the decision-making process of schools as it pertains to student’s learning. LSCs were not created to micromanage the existent administration of each school. Yet, I think the Jones’ LSC has its own opinion on how it wants things to be done.  It is the LSC’s...

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