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Making adjustments

Amara Alexander '21, Opinion Editor | November 19, 2020

Administration converted all C-Days to Eagle Days for the second quarter after requests from students and teachers for less screen time. C Days were originally incorporated into the remote learning environment to form a set schedule that would make it easier for students and teachers to follow. “We heard that the class periods just felt really rushed and that it’s really stressful to go through...

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Special Ed. returns in-person Jan. 11

Ava Thompson '21, Editor-in-Chief | November 18, 2020

Chicago Public School officials announced on Nov. 17 that Special Education (Diverse Learners at Jones) clusters will return to in-person learning in January.   However, several Jones Diverse Learners teachers said there are “unanswered questions” regarding logistics and how safe it is to return to in-person schooling.  As of Nov. 16, COVID-19 cases surged to a 15.7% positivity rate, ...

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Fine arts struggle amidst remote learning

Norah Hendrickson '23, School Staff | November 16, 2020

Jones students and teachers said they are striving to be creative and inspired despite the restrictions of a virtual environment. Some teachers said online learning has forced them to be flexible with their teaching styles. “It has made us focus on what’s important for the class,” said Lance Larsen, an Art 1 and Mixed Media teacher. “I’m using artists that are very resourceful or outsider...

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Alice in a virtual wonderland

Akira Sinnott '22, Lifestyles Staff | November 21, 2020

Since COVID-19 is still keeping most at home, the students in the Jones Drama program had no fall play and were left to their own devices.  Diana “Midge” Makowski ‘21, Anneliese Haberkamp ‘21, and Mila Mussatt ‘22 decided to do their own, independent play, Alice in Wonderland.  “We knew if we didn't do it, it wouldn't happen,” said the show’s producer, Makowski. “We just decided...

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Gabi Josefson '23, Lifestyles Staff | November 20, 2020

Mia Staczuck ‘22 started Youth 4 Politics Now in April, an organization that aims to get more Chicago area high schoolers involved in politics. “The overall goal is to redefine politics for young people so it’s more accessible for them and it’s easier to get involved,” said Staszcuk. “I’ve always been really interested in politics, advocacy and volunteering and looking at the human...

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Sam Tedrowe '21, Lead Reporter | November 20, 2020

Whether via using mail-in ballots or going to the polls in person, Jones seniors said they were not deterred from voting by the COVID-19 pandemic. Following the nationally-hit record of early voter turnout, which comes to more than 53.8 million voters, seniors have expressed an urgency within their ballots brought on by issues such as Covid-19, climate change, and immigration policy.  Deborah Holton...

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Basketball postponed due to high risk

Nikola Bilaver '21, Sports Staff | November 19, 2020

Chicago Public Schools (CPS) officials postponed Boys' and Girls' Basketball seasons, one day after the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) announced they would go forward with a winter basketball season.  This announcement came before Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced on Nov. 17 that all indoor winter sports will be put on hold. IHSA has put a few sports on pause.  “Knowing our sport, which...

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Soccer and volleyball delayed to spring

Nikola Bilaver '21, Sports Staff | November 18, 2020

Both this fall and last spring, every sport has been impacted by the pandemic. Due to COVID-19, volleyball and soccer have been delayed from their usual time of fall to spring, as the IHSA and coaches focus on the health and safety of their athletes.  “I was actually a little relieved that they were going to push the season back,” said girls volleyball coach Casey Feeney. Feeney said he...

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Eagles bounce back

Josh Lazar '21, Sports Editor | November 17, 2020

After a disappointing performance at Sectionals, the Eagles were still given a chance at the Shazam Club Championships and took advantage by finishing 10th.  The Shazam Championships was a 5K race that was meant to replace the IHSA State Championships that was canceled.  It featured the top 20 teams in the state, based on the Milesplit Illinois website rankings. Similar to sectionals this was...

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Biden provides hope for young people

Gabi Josefson '23, Lifestyles Staff | November 17, 2020

After four days of anxiously waiting for election results, and almost a year and a half of anticipation to this election, former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. was finally elected President of the United States.  Biden beat out a diverse and crowded field of candidates in the 2020 Democratic Primary. I support Biden because of his experience and policies that he has worked on to date, along...

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A letter to adults

Leo Necheles '22, Associate Editor, Print | October 1, 2020

America, what are we doing?  We’re living in a world where our youth has diminished hope as an output of adults’ actions. We fill social media with “sarcastic” remarks full of negativity and desperate calls for change. The people who are supposed to be the future of this nation are only envisioning a nihilistic future of bleakness and depression, not of prosperity and joy. Social media,...

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Lather, rinse, repeat

Simone Garber '22, School Staff | June 13, 2020

It’s a paradoxical thought, but the sources of our anxieties are oddly integral to our lifestyles. That’s the enigma of public education, at least from a student’s perspective. Like many kids coping with the outbreak of COVID-19 and associated social restrictions, I, too, have lapsed into the all-too-addictive binge cycle of sleeping, eating, and watching TV. Amidst parents’ returns from...

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