• 2019-20

    September 9, 2019

    Dear Wilson Community,

    Now that the school year is underway, we wanted to take the time to reach out about the importance of the Foundation at Wilson, as we are always trying to add teachers, reduce class sizes and increase elective choices for every student. We need your support to continue to offer a high-quality education at Wilson. There are many ways you can show your support . . .

    • Donate directly to the foundation at https://www.aplos.com/aws/give/TheFundforPortlandPublicSchools/donate
      You can designate your donation to go to Wilson when you donate. You can make a one-time donation or choose to spread out your giving by making a recurring monthly donation. Many local employers offer matching programs that could double your contribution.
    • Support the Foundation House Parties on October 19, 2019! It is right around the corner! How can you be involved?
      Host a House Party, or better yet, find a few friends to co-host with you. Hosting a party is a fun and easy. You get to decide who to invite and what to serve! We already have a couple great parties lined up for 10/19/19, but more would be outstanding.
      Attend a House Party! Everyone is invited. All we ask is that you have a great time and make a donation to the Foundation, big or small. Everything is appreciated. More information will come out in the next few weeks on how to attend a House Party, but save the date in your calendar.
      Support a House Party. Do you have connections to food or beverage donations that party hosts could use? We would love to hook up the generous party hosts with any donations if that is how you can show your support.
    • Join the Foundation Board! We are looking for new members, especially parents with Freshman and Sophomores. While this is important work, it is not a big commitment.

    For more information about hosting or supporting a house party, or joining the Foundation Board, please contact Hilary Conway at hilaryconway@comcast.net.

    Filip Hristić, Principal
    Wilson High School

    September 4, 2019

    Hello Wilson Families,

    Tomorrow and Friday we will have a special schedule in order to share two school-wide lessons with our students. Find the schedule online on the Wilson calendar.  During the 47-minute time-frame, students will receive a lesson on the “WHS Student Behavior Expectations Guide 19-20” on Thursday and on Friday students will receive a lesson on “School Safety Drills and Preparedness.”

    Along with the schedule, we have attached for you the two power points which students (1) (2)  will see along with an electronic copy of the “WHS Student Behavior Expectations Guide 19-20.” All students will receive a paper copy of the guide tomorrow. Please know that the guide continues to be a work in progress. Your questions and feedback are welcomed.

    Thank you,

    WHS Admin Team

    September 3, 2019

    Dear Wilson Families,

    I hope you had a restful weekend. Thank you for a great start to this new school year. I was really impressed by how quickly our students transitioned into some of the old and some of the new routines last week. I want to give a big shout out to our teachers and support staff for helping our students have a smooth launch into the 2019-2020 school year. I saw our staff members welcome students and families with open arms, clearly communicate some of the school-wide expectations, and help students and families troubleshoot various questions and concerns. I am grateful to work with such a responsive and committed team.

    As is always the case, the week ahead is even more important than the week before. As a reminder, we are running a special schedule on Thursday and Friday to go over the school climate lessons and the emergency readiness lessons. The school day will begin and end at the regular time - see the online calendar for more details. Our admin team will continue to be visible in the hallways and classrooms this week, and every week. Please don’t hesitate to let us know if we can be of any assistance.

    Here are a few reminders and announcements for the upcoming week:

    Water at WHS - We have been getting a lot of questions from students about where they can get water. Thank you, Head Custodian Adam, for putting together this useful map of available water points. Teachers will review this information for their particular area of the school and will share with students as needed.

    School Supplies - If you or someone you know needs a backpack and/or school supplies, please contact your counselor. We have a lot of donated supplies that we would like to share with our students.

    Cell Phones - I was pleasantly surprised to see that the vast majority of students I observed last week had their phones off and away while in class. Please continue to emphasize for students that phones should be off and away unless explicitly indicated by their teacher.

    Filip Hristić, Principal
    Wilson High School

    August 19, 2019

    Dear Wilson Families,
    I hope you are having a lovely summer and are excited for the upcoming school year.  I spent a couple of weeks visiting with family in Alaska.  We did lots of kayaking, paddle boarding, swimming and hiking.  I also spent a fair bit of time at Wilson, meeting with students, families and staff, listening and learning about our school’s strengths and opportunities, and planning for the year ahead. 

    I can see clearly that we have an incredible group of highly capable and highly dedicated staff who care deeply about our students.  I have been an educator for nearly 20 years and I can honestly say that Wilson has some of the finest teachers that I have ever encountered.  I heard across the board that the Wilson community is committed to ensuring that our school is a safe and supportive place for all our students, that we strive toward equity and inclusion, and that we need to do more to support some of our marginalized students.  I also heard from our students and families that you appreciate the rich and rigorous learning experiences that are available to our students and that you want us to ensure that our grading practices are clear, coherent, and consistent.  Lastly, I saw first-hand the tremendous support that our families offer to Wilson HS.  I’ve spoken to parent volunteers who are leading nationally-recognized clubs, are shaping school identity and culture, are raising and allocating much-needed funds, are advocating with local and state officials, and so much more.  Wilson HS would not be the thriving school that it is without all of your support.

    I am absolutely thrilled to serve as the principal of Wilson High School.  As a member of this community, and the father of two future Trojans, I am honored to be in this position.  My goal for the upcoming school year is to ensure that everything we do promotes our student well-being, is leading us toward greater equity and inclusion, and is facilitating team-building and collaboration.  Given the various folks that I’ve met over the last few months, I am absolutely confident that Wilson has the families, students, staff, and partners we need to create the kind of school that all of us are proud of.  I look forward to the work that lies ahead and invite you to join also join us in our efforts.

    Here are a few announcements for the week ahead:
    Communication - One of the things that will be a major area of focus for me this year will be our internal and external communication.  I am committed to making sure that I share accurate, timely, and transparent communication with our students, families, and staff.  As part of that commitment, Wilson staff and families can expect to receive a weekly update from me every week.  If there are any updates or announcements that you want to see included in these weekly communications, please send them to me by Thursday of each week.  
    Admin Team - I’m pleased to let you know that our admin team has been finalized for next year.  Dr. Sara Gandarilla, Ayesha Freeman, and Brian Covey will serve as our Vice Principals.  Ms. Freeman will be the admin in charge of our 9th graders, Mr. Covey will be admin in charge of our 10th and 11th graders, and Dr. Gandarilla will be in charge of our 12th graders.  Here is a draft of how we are organizing some of the other roles and responsibilities school-wide.
    Speech and Debate Coach Needed - Please let me know if you are interested in serving as the Speech and Debate Coach here at Wilson.  We have a great bunch of kids interested in participating but we desperately need a coach.  This is a paid position.  Please let me know if you or someone you know may be interested.
    Staffing Updates - We have been very busy with interviewing this summer.  I’m pleased to introduce you to some of our excellent new staff: 




    Peter Lieneweber



    Kelly Byrne



    Marrla Wilkinson



    Deirdre Banning-Shaughnessy 


    Social Studies

    Caitlin Toohey


    Engineering (0.5)

    TBD (Interviews this week)


    PE/Health (0.5)

    TBA (offer made, waiting on HR)

    Para Educator


    TBA (offer made, waiting on HR)


    ELA (0.5)

    Registration Details - Registration is this week and all of you should have received your packets by now.  Registration details (including all the packet docs) are on the school website as well.  
    Monday, August 19th 
    Senior Registration 
    11:30-3:30 PM (last name beginning with A-M 11:30-1:30 PM and last name N-Z 1:30-3:00 PM)
    Tuesday, August 20th
    Registration for Juniors
    9:00-Noon (last name beginning A-M 9:00-10:30 AM and last name N-Z 10:30-Noon)
    Registration for Sophomores
    12:30-3:30 PM (last name beginning A-M 12:30-2:00 PM and last name N-Z 2:00-3:30 PM)
    Wednesday, August 21st
    Make Up Registration 10-12th grades
    Freshman Registration
    12:30-4:00 PM(last name beginning A-M 12:30-2:15 PM and last name N-Z 2:15-4:00 PM)
    A few reminders:
    • All students should attend registration.  If your student cannot attend, we will have make up registration on the first day of school.  
    • Complete the blue sheets that were mailed in the registration packets this summer.  Return the signed student verification form and all blue sheets at registration.  Attached are copies of the registration packet that was sent to all student homes through USPS.  If your student did not receive a packet in the mail, come to the main office during registration and we'll print out a verification form that we need reviewed and updated by parents. 
    • We are looking for parent and student volunteers to help out at registration.  Sign up here:  https://signup.com/go/nofyOFn
    • Remember to purchase ASB (Associated Student Body Card) at registration for $25.  Students who have an ASB sticker on their student ID card will get in to all home athletic games for free.  The school uses the funds collected to support student activities--a win win for the school!  You can purchase ASB on schoolpay.com
    • Trimet will be at registration to support the new student ID card/trimet pass program.  Students will receive a free bus pass at registration.  If the bus pass is lost, the second pass will be $10 and the 3rd pass will be $50.  Trimet will not allow Wilson to issue out a 4th bus pass within the school year.  To learn your student's trimet route to school go to:  https://trimet.org/#/planner
    I think that’s it for now.  If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to share those with me.  I hope you continue to have a wonderful  rest of your summer.  
    Filip Hristić, Principal
    Wilson High School


    March 13, 2019

    Dear Wilson Community,

    It is my honor and pleasure to serve as your principal starting this July. I have heard wonderful things about the Wilson students, families, and staff. I am grateful to join your community.

    Here is a bit about me. I was born and raised in Belgrade, Serbia. My family came to the United States when I was in 7th grade. Although we did not intend to stay here, my parents decided that was necessary after a war broke out back home. I graduated from Fort Lee High School in New Jersey and I studied Philosophy at Boston College where I also completed a Master’s degree in Education. I taught social studies at a high school and a middle school in the Boston area and I completed my principal training at Harvard. Since moving to Oregon in 2007, I have served as a principal at Newberg High School and Creative Science School (K-8). I have also been the principal of Roosevelt High School since 2014. I am the proud father of two remarkable kids, Maya (9) and Mateo (6). They remind me of the wisdom, creativity, and strength that emanate from every child. Maya and Mateo will both be Trojans in a few years.

    I know from experience that it takes a team, if not a village, to help a school thrive. My initial focus at Wilson will be to listen and learn. My goal will be to connect with as many stakeholders as possible to learn from their experiences, to build relationships, and to begin charting a shared path forward. I encourage you to support my learning by sharing with me what you think is most important for me to know. If there is anything that you think I need to know about Wilson, if you have questions or concerns that you would like me to be aware of, or if you just want to introduce yourself, please do not wait. I would appreciate hearing what you have to say. 

    I am grateful for his opportunity and I look forward to our journey ahead.

    Filip Hristić