Back to School Night Digital Program
    We are excited to share with you this Back to School Night Digital Program.  As you all know, our Back to School Night this year will be asynchronous.  We hope this gives you the opportunity to review the program when it works best for you and your family.  If your schedule allows, we recommend that you and your family review the digital program this evening.  After you hear the presentations from our various staff members, including our teachers, please reach out to us with any additional questions you may have.
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  • Student and Family News for Week of Sept. 28th

    Student and Family News

    Monday, September 28,  2020

    Dear Wilson Students and Families,

    I hope you had a lovely weekend.  We celebrated one kid's birthday this past weekend and we have another one coming up next weekend.   I appreciate being reminded of life’s simple pleasures and how much I have to be grateful for.

    I hope you all enjoyed last week’s Back to School Night.  If you haven’t had a chance to look through our digital program, you still have time!  You can find the link here.

    By now all of you should have received clarifying emails from your students’ teachers about asynchronous learning blocks.  If you still have questions about attendance, please email your teacher directly.  Most teachers are taking asynchronous attendance by checking which students did/did not turn in asynchronous assignments that are posted in Canvas.

    Filip Hristić, Ed.D.

    Principal, Wilson High School

    Here are a few more announcements for the week ahead:


    Progress Marks - The deadline to submit Progress Marks has been pushed to 10/8.  Teachers will use Progress Marks to identify students who are not on track to earn credit.  November 5 marks the end of the First Quarter.  Quarter grades are included on student transcripts and students who earn a passing grade at the end each quarter earn 0.5 credits.  


    Renaming Process Updates - I’m pleased to let you know that the WHS Renaming Committee is now in place and is actively working to meet the ambitious goal of proposing a new name for our school before the end of 2020.  Here are the voting members of the committee:

    • HuiHui Hutchinson, Class of 2022

    • Jonel Mondero, Class of 2022

    • Katisyn Sweeney, Class of 2022

    • Liliana McClain, Class of 2022

    • Mia Sedory, Class of 2021

    • Aslan Newson, Class of 2022

    • Nura Salah, Class of 2022

    • Senya Scott, Class of 2022

    • Martin Osborne -Community Member

    • Deb Walsh-Parent

    • Noreena McCleave-Alumnus

    • Zach Winterspring-Teacher 

    • Ellen Whatmore - Teacher

    • Norma Hamilton -Classified staff

    • Filip Hristic & Ayesha Coning -  Wilson Admin

    • Ezell Watson - PPS Community Engagement

    The committee is finalizing our mission statement and guiding principles.  We are getting ready to create an informative video and slide deck designed to educate and engage WHS stakeholders.  In the next week or two, we will send information about various community engagement opportunities through the month of October.  One of our goals is to make sure that we create multiple entry points for our students, families, staff, and community members to participate.  Stay tuned for how you can learn more about our work and how you can share your ideas, too.

    Testing for 2020-2021 - From Brian Covey: Here are a few testing updates for the year:

    •  PSAT will not be offered to PPS sophomores this fall. We are working with the district testing coordinators to explore the possibility of holding a PSAT day at a later date. We will share more information when we have it. 

    • SAT is tentatively scheduled for March 3, as long as COVID restrictions have been lifted, and we are back in school.

    • AP Testing will happen in May, as scheduled - ideally, it will be in person, but that will depend on what happens with COVID-19 over the next several months.



    Family Resources district webpage with translated documents - We have created user guides for key applications, as well as getting started documents; they have also been translated into five languages. Thank you to a team of cross-departmental representatives who contributed to this work. Visit pps.net/familyresources.

    Chromebooks Available for Check-Out-  We have several chromebooks available for students to check-out.  These are brand new with cameras/microphones.  If your student is working with a computer without a camera, we suggest they come to WHS between 8:30-3:00pm (Vermont side of the school) and call the front office at 503-916-5280.  We will come to the front door to give you your device.  

    Internet Access -  We are completely out of internet hotspot hubs for the entire district.  We hope to get a shipment in late October.   If your student is having challenges with internet access, please let their teacher know so we can help find a solution.  You can call the main office at 503-916-5280 and one of us will help you get in contact with your teacher.  To get on the list for a hotspot, please email Hilary Woodard at hwoodard@pps.net.  


    DISTRICT-WIDE, VIRTUAL CAREER & LEARNING AND STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICES - Portland Public Schools is excited to introduce our first innovative, district-wide, virtual career & postsecondary planning event for alI high school students:

    Tools to Build Your Future

    Wednesday, October 21, 2020, 10:00 AM - 3:25 PM

    Engage in career awareness interactive sessions with the industry’s most dynamic and respected speakers in their fields, representing a broad range of career pathways; and hear the latest guidance and insights from local and national experts to address all postsecondary options for all of our students and families as we proceed through this school year. 

    Sessions will include:

    • Career awareness interactive presentations delivered by industry speakers representing a broad range of career pathways

    • Information about advanced training and job readiness options

    • Financial aid and scholarship options

    • Apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship programs

    • 2 and 4 year colleges (including supports for first generation college students)

    • College sessions for Black, Latinx and Native students 

    • College test preparation and updates

    • Gap year programs 

    More information at: pps.net/myfuture2020

    This event is presented by the Department of Career & College Readiness, in collaboration with HS Counselors, College Coordinators and Career Coordinators. All sessions will be recorded and available for later viewing.

    Yeng Dhabolt, Director, College & Career Readiness

    Activities and Clubs - A note from Ms. McFadden, WHS Activities Director:

    Hello, Wilson students!

    Welcome back to another year of school! The past months have certainly been unprecedented, but we want you to know how much we appreciate and value the time and effort that you are putting into your experience here at Wilson. It’s not easy to be high school students anyway, let alone amidst everything currently going on. So, first and foremost, we are here for you. 


    One of the best parts of being a Wilson student is being able to be a part of our many varied and amazing clubs. With that being said, it’s time to register your club for the upcoming school year! Despite our current virtual learning environment, clubs can still operate in some capacity. Meetings must happen online, through virtual platforms such as Google Meet or Zoom. Like always, your club is required to have an adult advisor. Advisors must be a Wilson staff member, and must attend all Zoom or Google Meetings. Registration will be done online this year, through the Google Form linked below. Please take the time to complete the form so that your club can be registered and you can conduct meetings during the school year. Registration is currently due by Sunday, October 4. With that being said, if you have any difficulties completing the form by that deadline, reach out and we will be happy to give you more time. Mr. Covey and Ms. McFadden will review all clubs and will contact those who apply if there are any concerns or questions. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out. Thank you for being a part of our school!


    Club Registration Form 2020-2021

    YearbookA note from the yearbook staff for families

    Hello Wilson families,

    I’m sure you’re wondering how your student is going to have a picture in the 2021 yearbook (Yes, it’s still happening! Ordering instructions will be available sometime in the future, so stay tuned). We were worried about that too. Thankfully, our yearbook company, Balfour, has come up with a solution. 

    This year we’ll be using EZPix to upload student portraits. Keep an eye out for an email from Balfour for sign up and submission instructions by the end of this week. We were only able to include one email address, so if you didn’t receive the email, please email whstroyanyearbook@gmail.com and request to receive an EXPix invite. 

    Please submit your student’s photo (9th, 10th and 11th grades) NO LATER THAN November 2nd. While we suggest you follow the guidelines that Balfour provides for photo submissions (the photo is about 1" x 1.25" so it should be mostly head and shoulders), we only ask that the photo is school appropriate. Otherwise, we strongly encourage your student to use this, hopefully, once in a lifetime opportunity to submit a yearbook photo that is a unique expression of them. (Yes, pets can be included!)

    Seniors should submit senior photos (also using EZPix) no later than December 18th.

    If you have any questions or need any help, please contact the yearbook staff at whstroyanyearbook@gmail.com.

    In other news, this year we’ll be reaching out to students about once a month with photo requests and opportunities to be interviewed for stories. If you have photos of your student that you would like to submit for our consideration, please see the attached instructions for Balfour ImageShare which allows you to upload photos.

    If you’re curious what we’re currently looking for, please take a look below and encourage your student(s) to participate.


    summer BLM protests (avoid faces other than your own), protest signs you made, socially distanced picnics and hangouts, new hobbies you took up (things you’ve made or you doing the hobby), summer trips or staycations, your Animal Crossing New Horizons island and/or avatar, ACNH art you made, first day of school, your something special item from the second day of school, your home classroom/workspace, smokey sky pictures from the fires.

    STORIES WE’RE LOOKING FOR: people who supported Black Lives Matter in ways other than the big BLM protests; people who had big summer trips cancelled due to Covid-19; freshmen first day experience with online orientation; people who have terrible technical difficulty stories from the first week; people who were directly impacted by the fires (not just experiencing the smoke); people who would like to share their story of how life has changed during the first 6 months of quarantine. (If any of these situations apply to you, please email us at whstroyanyearbook@gmail.com and we’ll get back to you for an interview.)

    If you have any questions or need any help, please contact the yearbook staff at whstroyanyearbook@gmail.com.

    Thanks for your help! We look forward to your student’s school portrait and other photo submissions.

    Yearbook 2019/2020-  Our bookkeeper, Ana Curtis, will be passing out (purchased) last year's yearbook on Tuesday, Sept. 29th at the front doors of our school between 3:00-4:00pm.  Please email Ana at acurtis@pps.net or call her work # 971-231-7265 to confirm you will be picking up.  We have 20 yearbooks left from last year to sell.  To purchase, come to WHS on Tuesday between 3:00-4:00pm.

    College and Career Center News-  from Kelly Milford, College Counselor, WHS

    This week is the beginning of scheduled Virtual College Visits you can attend!
    Be watching every week as new events will be created all the time. College visits are important because they are with a representative from the college you are learning about and usually with the person that will be involved in reading and deciding on your application!

    Here is the list for this week's visits - hopefully by next week they will be posted in Maia for you to sign up for in the system.  For this week, if there is a visit on the list that you would like to attend, use the code to join!

    San Diego State University 9/28/20 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM 0 https://SDSU.zoom.us/my/sarah.faulk Sarah Faulk
    University of Portland 9/28/20 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM 0 https://uportland.zoom.us/j/95477908468 Casandra Esparza
    The George Washington University 9/29/20 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM 0 https://gwu.webex.com/meet/afrangi Andrea Frangi
    Lewis & Clark College 9/29/20 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM 0 https://zoom.us/j/97705174962 Hollie Elliott
    Bates College 10/1/20 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM 0 https://bates.zoom.us/j/93988746740 JOHANNA SELTZER
    University of Washington-Seattle Campus 10/1/20 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM 0 https://washington.zoom.us/j/91049745078 Ben Siegel
    Pacific University 10/1/20 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM 0 https://pacificu.zoom.us/j/97888615812 Madi Andrews
    Western Washington University 10/2/20 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM 0 https://apply.wwu.edu/register/?id=45846105-12cc-4a8c-a1d6-4ace9ee0e4cb Robert Stolzberg
    Mills College 10/2/20 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM 0 https://millscollege.zoom.us/j/94367158504 Miki Reid

  • Back to School Digital Program

    Dear Wilson Students and Families,
    We are excited to share with you this Back to School Night Digital Program.  As you all know, our Back to School Night this year will be asynchronous.  We hope this gives you the opportunity to review the program when it works best for you and your family.  If your schedule allows, we recommend that you and your family review the digital program this evening.  After you hear the presentations from our various staff members, including our teachers, please reach out to us with any additional questions you may have.
    Finally, here is a welcome message from me as well.
    Erica Caldwell
    WHS Business Manager 
  • No Place for Hate Video

    Have you seen our No Place for Hate film? If not, check it out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nA03FgFqpC4&t=68s

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  • Update on Enrollment and Program Balancing

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    Dear PPS Families,

    We want to update you on our progress on the Enrollment and Program Balancing project we have undertaken. As we have previously announced, our initial work is focused on schools in Southeast Portland in advance of the reopening of Kellogg Middle School.

  • Important Update Regarding MAP Assessments

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    Dear PPS Families,
    Whether in more typical circumstances or during our current Comprehensive Distance Learning mode, it’s important for our educators to have the best possible understanding of their students’ learning needs (this is one of the reasons we began the school year with our soft start, which prioritized student-teacher connections). One of the tools PPS uses to help teachers with that understanding is the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) assessment. 
  • Clarifying Expectations for Middle School Instruction

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    Dear PPS Middle School Families,

    We apologize for the confusion many students and families are feeling with regard to middle school schedules and expectations for distance learning instruction. We have worked with educators and administrators throughout this week to come to a more clear understanding related to middle school learning experience, and want to make sure you know what to expect as well.

  • MAP Assessments for PPS Students: September 28-October 23

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    Dear PPS Parents and Guardians,

    As we welcome students back to the new school year, an important step for teachers is to understand your student’s most essential learning needs. To collect this valuable information, students will take Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) assessments. The MAP assessment is a low stakes test – this means that the results are not used for grading students or for school accountability purposes. 


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