Blueprint

Josh Lazar '21, Sports Editor | August 21, 2020

Counselor Brian Coleman and teacher David Gilmer recreated freshman connection virtually in order to avoid in-person gatherings.  Due to the social nature of the two-week orientation, freshman connection has historically been in-person. This year, however, freshmen had to connect via social distancing.  “It’s been nice because I’ve been able to see other kids my age,” said Nora Wunsch...

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Simone Garber '22 and Fiona Kogan '22 | August 19, 2020

Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Chicago Public Schools (CPS) CEO Janice Jackson announced at a joint press conference Wednesday morning that CPS will start the 2020-21 school year entirely remotely. Lightfoot’s and Jackson’s statement follows a rejected hybrid plan, which proposed that K-10 students return to school in pods. After receiving feedback from parents, students, and teachers, both officials...

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Anti-racist plan yet to be released

Sam Tedrowe '21, Lead Reporter | July 29, 2020

Jones Local School Council (LSC) said in a statement on June 12 they are creating a “comprehensive and actionable” plan to “combat racism” but the plan has not been released. On July 16, LSC held a virtual listening session for students, parents and administration to discuss the school’s social climate. After attempts to attain the video, LSC decided to only release the meeting minutes...

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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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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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Katherine Williams '20, Associate Editor, Print | June 9, 2020

In hospitals across the country, there are thousands of healthcare workers working day and night to take care of patients afflicted with COVID-19. Their tireless work is crucial to “flattening the curve,” and their treatment of patients ensures that more vulnerable populations are not vastly harmed by the coronavirus. Healthcare workers are the foundation of society at this point in the pandemic,...

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