Thursday, March 28, 2013

Jones Elementary students head to college for a day

Jones Elementary All Jones Elementary fifth-grade students participated in the second annual “I’m Going To College Day” at the University of San Diego on March 15. Jones students boarded the bus in the morning and spent the entire day on the USD campus.

The purpose of this trip each year is to provide students with an up-close and personal experience on a real college campus. Students participated in two 20-minute mock college classes taught by real college professors. Students were expected to explain their thinking in the math class, and after learning about “free verse” poetry in the English class, all students wrote and shared their individual poems. The day concluded with a tour of the campus conducted by USD students.

The highlight of the day was the mock graduation held in Serra Hall, where students were called by name to receive a certificate from and shake hands with USD Assistant Dean of Students Pauline Berryman Powell, fifth-grade teacher Mrs. Kim Petersen, and Jones Principal Rita Powell.

"Many thanks to Assistant Dean Pauline Berryman Powell from the College of Arts and Sciences," said Rita Powell, Jones Principal, "Vice President of Public Affairs Pamela Gray Payton, and Admissions Counselor Lisa Saldias from USD for making the “I’m Going To College Day” a memorable experience for the fifth-grade students at Jones Elementary School."

For more information, contact Powell at or 858-496-8140 x119.