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MLK Day Resources

Information was posted to the news section of the website on January 18, 2021, to honor and celebrate the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. Find below a list of events and resources that can be used throughout the year.
Dr. King recognized the power of service. He famously said, "Everyone can be great because everybody can serve." Observing the Martin Luther King, Jr. federal holiday through service is a way to begin each year with a commitment to making your community a better place. Your service honors Dr. King's life and teachings and helps meet community challenges. Service also brings people together of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities. The MLK Day of Service encourages all types of service, particularly projects that have a lasting impact and connect participants to ongoing service. The most successful projects connect to the life and teaching of Dr. King, meet a pressing community need, and include time to reflect on his teachings.
MLK Day 2021
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated the Chi Omega Omega Chapter and Tau Mu chapters in partnership with the Imani Pearls Community Development Foundation, is hosting “MLK Day 2021: It’s a Different World!” The virtual event open to both middle and high school students across the country to acknowledge youth civic leadership with the Youth Community Service awards. Breakout sessions will cover social injustice, adapting to our “new normal”, and making self-care a priority. The event will end with a dance party to celebrate the day! 
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The Obama eBump! 

Lots of JCP students checked out The Promised Land by Barack Obama in eBook and eAudiobook formats. Easy, right? Keep at it! The Promised Land is only available to the wider CPS community here until January 31, 2020. After that JCP students and staff will still be able to access it (eBook only).

  • Three great Young Adult reads I’ve enjoyed lately include Everywhere You Don’t Belong  (multi-user) by Gabriel Bump (a native of Chicago’s South Shore neighborhood), The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta, and Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas.  

  • Examine this list with easy links to great titles provided by JCP and CPS HERE including single-user and multi-user eBooks and eAudiobooks purchased for the Jones community!  

  • Chicago Public Library released the Teen Best of the Best Books 2020 in late November. Click here to explore great Teen Fiction, Teen Nonfiction, and Teen Graphic Novels and Manga. 

  • Further CPS/JCP eBook guidance here and on the Books Page of the library website



Check out and read the book The Radical King, available as a multi-user eBook title in the JCP library. The collection features 23 selections, curated and introduced by Dr. Cornel West, “that illustrate King’s revolutionary vision, underscoring his identification with the poor, his unapologetic opposition to the Vietnam War, and his crusade against global imperialism.” 

Click here for information about events and activities around the country compiled by Jones's parent Roberto Menjivar.

Media Literacy

Check out these two items about the violent attack on the US Capitol on January 6 through the lens of media literacy. This First Draft item is dated January 8 and this edition of The Sift (for educators) by the News Literacy Project is dated January 11. WARNING: Some content in this week's issue of The Sift includes disturbing language, images and video footage, including profanity, racist slurs, hate symbols and violence.

The Friends of Jones Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee Invites JCP Parents to a Book Discussion

JCP parents are welcome to join the Friends of Jones Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee and the JCP school librarian for its first book club.The group will meet via Zoom to discuss the book White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo on Thursday, February 4 at 6:30 PM. The book will certainly generate meaningful discussion about racism. Please reach out to FOJ parent Latrice McArthur with any questions or to request the Zoom link 


JCP Restorative Justice Foundations of Peer Conference Program

The Jones Administration has enlisted the services of Alternatives, Inc. - an agency that supports and empowers Chicago youth to build safer and more vibrant communities. Fifteen sophomore and junior leaders have been selected to participate in training to become Peer Conference Leaders who will introduce student-led restorative justice practices to the Jones community. They are Jonah McArthur, Rawan El-Bawab, Daniel Andrade, Violet Berlin, Sophia Cruz, Greta Jung, Zoe Weinstein, Aaliyah Short, Sarah Rubinov, Saniya Kodavarti, Lina Pham, Jaclyn Davis, Keenan Houlihan, Daniele Rose Dapiton, and Luna Suarez. 


Women in STEM

Join American Experience for a discussion on pioneering women in STEM, inspired by their new film, The Codebreaker, currently streaming on PBS. The film features the work of cryptanalyst Elizebeth Smith Friedman who brought down Al Capone, broke up a Nazi spy ring in South America, and laid the foundation for the National Security Agency (NSA).

Free online registration for discussion here.

Stream the documentary on PBS here. (52 minutes) 

COLUMBIA COLLEGE After School Classes Start on Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Click here to learn more and to register for virtual classes.