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Filling in another bubble

Carrigan Garrity '22, School Editor | October 7, 2020

On Sept. 23, Jones seniors took their SATs in-person after national-wide test cancellations due to the pandemic.  Aria Messina ‘21 said she felt nervous to take the test after finishing her studying in the spring. “I was very prepared to take [the SAT] last spring,” said Messina.  “I do still feel prepared, but I hated having to wait this long to take them because I don’t feel like...

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Jones adapts to remote first quarter

Tommy Cleland '21, Sports Staff | October 5, 2020

 Due to CPS’ ruling of remote learning to at least Nov. 5, students can’t be in-person while teachers can. And for new teachers and freshmen, their first year is completely different than it has ever been. From having break out rooms to discuss with fellow classmates, to simply having small talk before class starts like any teacher would if school was in person. Teachers are doing whatever...

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Akira Sinnott '22, Lifestyles Staff | October 5, 2020

English teacher Jeremy Quach, an Asian American, recently replaced Ebikepreye Obguinipe as the African American Lit teacher amidst Black Lives Matter protests. This year, Obguinipe was supposed to teach African American Lit., but ended up departing from Jones, leaving the class to Quach. Quach said he took the job with a lot of wariness, even before the racial, political climate rose to new heights...

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In it to win it

Carrigan Garrity '22, School Editor | July 28, 2020

Bernadette Schwegel’s ‘22 story, “Heroes do Exist,” was one of seven winners for the recent Chicago Sun Times short story contest. Schwegel said she was first made aware of the competition through her mother in July. She believed it would make for a pleasant activity during quarantine. Since the contest’s theme was heroism, Schwegel said she gained inspiration at a family dinner when a...

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The next stop

Griffin Bassett '20, Lifestyles Editor | June 9, 2020

The CTA has been a staple of the Jones experience since the school was founded. With an average daily ridership in the millions, most of Jones’ student population uses it in some way or another to get to school. Since the advent of shelter-in-place in Illinois, though, the system has changed completely, becoming one of the most drastic examples of the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact in the city. Rail...

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Sisley Mark '20, Editor-In-Chief | June 9, 2020

Less air pollution in China, clear canals in Venice, and an overall slowdown of economic activity are the result of social distancing measures. With fewer people driving cars and going to work, coronavirus has made a positive impact on climate change and air quality. According to AP Environmental Science teacher, John Hancock, much of the productivity that contributes to the economy results in carbon...

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Jones boys cross country resumes

Josh Lazar '21, Sports Editor | September 18, 2020

The Jones Eagles took to the course on Saturday Sept. 12 at Lane Tech, competing for the first time since Feb. due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The first race of the day was the faster varsity heat of the boys three mile. The Eagles got out more conservatively with the rest of the field throughout the first mile.  Then, in the second mile, as a team, they started to pull away. The top Jones runners...

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IHSA modifies athletic schedule

Ava Thompson '21, Editor-in-Chief | July 30, 2020

Illinois High School Association (IHSA) announced today that the 2020-21 athletic year will be modified into four seasons instead of the traditional three to mitigate the risks of COVID-19. Released on Twitter, IHSA’s revised schedule said not all sports will be in their traditional seasons. Girls volleyball and boys soccer are moved to spring, and a majority of spring sports are moved to next...

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Up in the air

Leo Necheles '22, Sports Staff | March 24, 2020

Unknowing of what was to occur in the days to come, Jones students packed into the gym on March 12 ready to watch the annual Student vs Teacher basketball game. With thoughts on coronavirus hanging just lightly in the air, no-one had any idea of the bleak future of Jones sports. The eventual postponement of all school sports and canceling of playoffs was devastating for all student-athletes, cutting...

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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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Faults in foreign language

Carrigan Garrity '22, Lifestyles Staff | June 9, 2020

Plenty of high schools require foreign language classes, and Chicago Public Schools [CPS] has made it mandatory for students to take at least two years of the same language. This requirement is not always beneficial to the student’s learning and academic experience. While learning another language can be a good thing, it should not be necessary for many reasons, and could potentially harm one’s...

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