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    Student and Family News

    Monday, September 14,  2020

    Dear Wilson Families,

     

    I hope that you and your loved ones are doing well.  We are going through uncertain and difficult times right now.  Please do not hesitate to reach out to us if we can be of any support to you or your students.

     

    I am happy to report that earlier this summer we received our official NO PLACE for HATE award.  This is an important recognition of the work we did with our students to empower them with the tools, knowledge, and skills to prevent and respond to incidents of hate in our school community.  At the beginning of the 19-20 school year, we drafted a school-wide anti-hate action plan which included our students, staff, administrators, and parents/families.  We implemented all aspects of our anti-hate action plan with fidelity which included implementation of a partnership with the Anti-Defamation League and their NO PLACE for HATE program.  Many thanks to Vice Principal Coning (formerly Freeman) and our student facilitators for leading this important work.  Please take a look at this film that our NO PLACE for HATE student leader recently created.  Our teachers used this film earlier in the week as part of our school-wide climate lessons on racial equity and social justice. 

     

    Although we feel hopeful about the progress we are making toward creating a more inclusive school community, we continue to feel great urgency and need to do more.  Several teachers reported this week that their classes were interrupted by unidentified individuals who made racist and antisemetic remarks.  Even though the offending individuals were quickly removed, we take seriously all instances of hate speech.  Our teachers have already communicated with families of students who were impacted and I am in close communication with  district leadership.  We are continuing to gather relevant information and are taking steps to provide greater security of our distance learning classrooms.  Ensuring safety for our students and employees is our highest priority and we will do everything in our power to prevent similar incidents from happening in the future.

     

    As always, please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.  In the meantime, here are some update for the week ahead:

     

    Student Schedule - Here is the distance learning schedule for the remainder of the quarter.  If you haven’t done so already, please print out a few copies for your reference.  

     

    Back to School Night - Although this year’s Back to School Night will be different, I trust that you will find our approach informative, creative, and accessible.  Please save the date, September 23, 6-8pm.  For those of you who have other commitments during this time, rest assured that 100% of the resources will be available for you to review at a time of your choosing

     

    ​PTA Meeting - Please join us for the next PTA meet on Thursday, 9/17 at 6pm. 

    You can submit your questions here.

    Join Zoom Meeting:  

    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88524095307?pwd=V1NMd2U1d0JwTCtpMzQza0EySnlzUT09

     

    Wilson Booster Club has our first meeting on Monday September 14th at 6:30pm

    Join us for a digital visit while we talk about membership, spirit wear, what the fall holds for clubs, sports and activities plus the all-important Christmas Tree Sale.  

    Find our meeting at:  https://insidetrack.zoom.us/j/6621528345

     

    Wilson Gear is available through online ordering!

    Even though we can't see you at the big game, we're still here to meet your Wilson wear needs.  Want to place an order?  Email kgleeper@yahoo.com after reviewing your options below.

     

    Change to Dates of Textbook Distribution:

    Due to the smoky conditions, we have delayed our textbook distribution to the following dates and times.

    • Wednesday, Sept. 16th 2-7pm  Seniors and Juniors 
    • Thursday, Sept, 17th 2-7pm Sophomores and Freshmen 
    • Friday, Sept. 18th 2-4pm for all grades (make up)

     

    A Note from Britni Locke, our WHS Social Worker:

    Dear Wilson High School Community 


    I am so excited to be writing this letter of introduction to you as your new School Social Worker. I began a few short weeks ago and I have already received such a warm welcome from fellow staff, as well as the handful of students and families I have met with and I look forward to continuing to build connections with each of you.  


    Professionally, I come to you from about 3 years with Portland Public Schools in the Reconnection Services program which serves student’s 6th-12th grade who have begun disengaging from their education. I supported students at Grant High School and Alliance High School(s), as well as our student’s exiting Donald E. Long and various treatment programs in the community. Prior to that, I worked as a school-based mental health therapist at two local K-8’s, as well as for Multnomah ESD’s Bars to Bridges program which supports Black and African American youth exiting juvenile detention with educational advocacy needs. I spent many years running groups at MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility including a group called Writing as Healing and another called Men in the Movement, which was an intersectional male feminist allying group. I completed my Master of Social Work program in 2016 at Portland State University and am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Licensed School Social Worker. 


    Personally (and most importantly), I am a mother to a 7th grader at a PPS middle school. We, too, are a west side family and I understand from a personal lens the complex needs of the West Portland community. I am also the mom to an ill behaved rescue dog named Echo (he’s a chiweenie) and a cat named Roe (but who is only called Little Miss). I love reading, camping, organizing (where are my fellow Virgos?), and spending time with my people. 


    I’m sure my role at Wilson will be ever evolving as we navigate a new world during a global pandemic and while we work together as co-conspirators in quite possibly the greatest Civil Rights movement in history. I am here to support students and families with mental health and wellness, racial equity work, food, housing, and clothing resource needs and beyond. Please do not hesitate to call, text or email me and hopefully we will eventually be passing one another in the hallways! 


    Sincerely, 


    Britni Locke, LCSW, LSSW

    she/her/hers

    School Social Worker

    Wilson High School 

    (971) 712-3621 

    blocke@pps.net 



    A note from Mary Corcoran, WHS Nurse:

     

    September is suicide awareness month.  In light of all the stress, change, and potential trauma our community has had this year, I think it's important to share this useful resource

     

    Some quick wildfire smoke tips:

     

    Stay indoors whenever possible.

    If you use your air conditioner put it on recirculate and close the intake damper

    N95 masks do offer some protection from smoke particles, cloth masks probably not

    Avoid frying foods indoors to avoid increasing smoke, avoid burning candles, and avoid vacuuming (really-it adds to the fine particle load :)).

     

    Set your phones to receive emergency alerts by going to settings, then scroll to notifications, then scroll to the very bottom to emergency alerts, opt into whichever government alerts you want to receive.

     

    Take care of yourselves and family,

     

    Nurse Mary

     

     

    Warmly,

    Mary Corcoran, BSN, RN 

    (Pronouns She/Her/Hers)

    Multnomah Education Service District (MESD), School Health Services 

    Serving Wilson High School, PPS

    Monday-Friday, 7:30am-3:30pm

    Phone: 503-257-1732

    Fax: 503-257-1779

    mcorcora@mesd.k12.or.us

     

     
     
     
     

    Student and Family News

    Tuesday, September 8, 2020


    Dear Wilson Students and Families,


    I hope that you are having a good week so far.  I know that some of you were impacted by power and internet outages today.  Hopefully things will be back to ‘normal’ tomorrow.  Here are a few announcements for the days ahead:


    Soft Start Schedule Week 2:

    8:00 - 9:15

    No School - Labor Day





    Students Access Nutrition Services / Educator Plan

    9:15 - 10:30

    Period 1

    Period 3

    Period 1

    Period 3

    Break

           

    10:40 - 11:10

    Period 2

    Period 4

    Period 2

    Period 4

    11:20 - 11:55

    11:50-12:25

    Lunch

    12:35-1:05

    Check and Connect Period 3/4

    Check and Connect Period 1/2

    Check and Connect Period 3/4

    Check and Connect Period 1/2

    1:15-1:45

    Teacher PD

    Teacher PD

    Teacher PD

    Teacher PD

    1:45-2:30

    2:30-3:15

    Teacher PD

    Teacher PD

    Teacher PD

    Teacher PD


    As a reminder, students should log into Canvas to access Zoom/Google Meet links for the synchronous class meetings from 9:15-11:55.  The afternoon “Check and Connect” blocks of time are for teachers to reach out to students and families by phone and email.  Teachers will primarily use this time to reach out to students who may have been absent.  


    Distance Learning Schedule - Starting Monday, 9/14, students will start following this schedule.

    PTA Meeting - Please join us for the next PTA meet on Thursday, 9/17 at 6pm.  You can submit your questions here.


    Textbook Pick Up - Please take a look at the detailed plan for textbook, library books, and school supplies pick up.  Here is the general schedule:


    12th Grade:

    Monday, September 14

    • 2 pm- 5:30 pm

    11th Grade:

    Tuesday, September 15

    • 2 pm- 5:30 pm

    10th Grade:

    Wednesday, September 16

    • 2 pm- 5:30 pm

    9th Grade:

    Thursday, September 17

    • 2 pm- 5:30 pm

     

     

    Back to School Night - Our Back to School Night will be on Wednesday, 9/23, starting at 6pm.  Please save the date and stay tuned for more information.  We’ll have a detailed agenda available next week. 


    Help with Canvas:  Our teachers are using the Soft Start class meetings to go over school climate lessons and to orient our students to Canvas, the new learning management platform.  Here are a few more resources that you and your family may find useful:

     
    --
    Filip Hristić, Ed.D.
    Principal, Wilson High School
    Portland Public Schools
     
     
     
     

    Student and Family News

    Monday, August 31, 2020



    Dear Wilson Students and Families,


    We are just a couple of days away from starting the 2020-2021 school year!  Here are few critical pieces of information that you will need for a successful launch:


    1. Student Login - Please use this link to access the PPS Student Portal.  


    1. Canvas - Please use the link above to log into Canvas - this is where you will find all your classes and all the relevant information for each of your classes.  


    1. Class Meeting Links - Your teachers will use Google Meet or Zoom to facilitate synchronous and asynchronous learning this fall.  Your class meeting links will be included in your Canvas Courses.  Log into Canvas, go to a specific course, and find the meeting link.  Your teachers may also email this information so be sure to check your PPS email.


    1. Orientation Weeks (i.e. Soft Start) Schedule - Here is the schedule for the next couple of weeks of school.   Students, your teachers will use this time to go over important information so please make sure you attend each session.  Here is a quick summary of the next couple of weeks of school:


    Week 1 - Sept 2-4

    Time Block

     

    Sept 2 (Weds)

    Sept 3 (Thurs)

    Sept 4 (Fri)

    8:00 - 9:15

    Students access Nutrition Services / Educator Plan

    9:15 - 10:30

    9th Grade Jump Start

    Connections

    Welcome to High School

    Check and Connect Period 1

    Check and Connect Period 3

    Break

         

    10:40 - 11:10

    Activity #1 student leadership / teachers / admin

    Check and Connect Period 2

    Check and Connect Period 4

    11:20 - 11:55

    11:50-12:25

     

    Lunch



    Week 2 - Sept 8-11

    Tue Wed Thr     Fri

    8:00 - 9:15

    No School - Labor Day





    Students Access Nutrition Services / Educator Plan

    9:15 - 10:30

    Period 1

    Period 3

    Period 1

    Period 3

    Break

           

    10:40 - 11:10

    Period 2

    Period 4

    Period 2

    Period 4

    11:20 - 11:55

    11:50-12:25

    Lunch

    12:35-1:05

    Check and Connect Period 3/4

    Check and Connect Period 1/2

    Check and Connect Period 3/4

    Check and Connect Period 1/2




    1. Instructional Schedules - Finally, if you missed my earlier communication that included detailed information about this year’s instructional schedule, here is a summary:



     

     

    Monday

    Tuesday

    Wednesday

    Thursday

    Friday

    8:00-9:00

    Applied Learning

    9:15-10:30

    Period 1 (Live)

    Period 3 (Live)

    P1 SGI/AL (9:15-9:50)

    Period 1 (Live)

    Period 3 (Live)

    P2 SGI/AL (9:55-10:30)

    10:40-11:55

    Period 2 (Live)

    Period 4 (Live)

    P3 SGI/AL (10:40-11:15)

    Period 2 (Live)

    Period 4 (Live)

    P4 SGI/AL (11:20-11:55)

    11:55-12:35

    Lunch / Student Clubs 

    12:35-1:50

    Period 3(AL, SGI)

    Period 1(AL, SGI)

    Office Hours and SGI (until 1:45)

    Period 3(AL,SGI)

    Period 1(AL, SGI)

    2:00-3:15

    Period 4(AL, SGI)

    Period 2(AL, SGI)

    Applied Learning

    Period 4(AL,SGI)

    Period 2(AL, SGI)

    3:15

    Student Clubs may also  meet after school virtually




    Student Schedules - Class schedules have been finalized and will be visible in your StudentVue account this afternoon. The courses listed in Google Classroom are NOT accurate and should be ignored. Please check your entire year-long schedule to ensure that all of your required courses are scheduled. We are unable to grant most schedule change requests due to teacher load and class capacity issues, but we do have some courses that still have room for more students. If you would like to change one of your electives, you could join one of the classes listed below:


    Class Name

    Quarter(s)

    Period

    Acting Fundamentals

    1/2

    1

    Intro to Engineering

    3/4

    1

    Jazz Band

    3/4

    1

    Beginning Guitar

    1/2

    1

    AP Biology

    1/2

    1

    Comp. Science 3-4

    3/4

    1

    Comp. Science 7-8

    3/4

    1

    Dance 1-2 (PE credit)

    1/2

    1

    Dance 3-4 (PE credit)

    3/4

    1

    Concert Choir

    1/2

    1

    Sound Engineering 1-2

    1/2

    1

    Advanced Art

    1/2

    1

    Advanced Ceramics 3-4

    1/2

    1

    Nutrition

    3/4

    1

    Acting Practicum

    3/4

    2

    Intro to Engineering

    1/2

    2

    Stagecraft Fundamentals

    1/2

    2

    Stagecraft Practicum

    1/2

    2

    Concert Band

    3/4 

    2

    Sound Engineering 1-2

    3/4

    2

    Intro to Engineering 3-4

    3/4

    2

    Beginning Guitar

    1/2

    2

    AP Chemistry

    1/2

    2

    Computer Science 3-4

    3/4

    2

    Computer Science 5-6

    1/2

    2

    Mindfulness

    4

    2

    Stagecraft Fundamentals

    1/2

    2

    Acting Practicum

    3/4

    2

    Health Occupations

    1, 2, 3, 4

    2

    Advanced Yoga

    1/2

    2

    Health Occupations 3-4

    1/2

    2

    AP Human Geography

    1/2

    2

    Styling Fundamentals

    1/2

    3

    Styling Practicum

    1/2

    3

    AP Music Theory

    1/2

    3

    AP Chemistry

    1/2

    3

    Computer Science 3-4

    3/4

    3

    Computer Science 5-6

    1/2

    3

    Advanced Ceramics 3-4

    3/4

    3

    Mindfulness

    2

    3

    Advanced PE

    3/4

    3

    Health Occupations

    1/2 , 3/4 

    3

    AP Human Geography

    1/2

    3

    Ethnic Studies

    3/4

    3

    Advanced Acting

    3/4

    4

    AP Studio Art

    1/2

    4

    Symphonic Band

    3/4

    4

    AP Physics C: Mechanics

    1/2

    4

    Climate Change/Justice

    3/4

    4

    Senior Seminar

    1/2

    4

    AP Environmental Science

    1/2

    4

    Advanced Marketing

    3/4

    4

    Marketing: Special Projects

    1/2

    4

    Health Occupations

    2

    4

    Health Occupations 3-4

    3/4

    4


    *Course availability subject to change; see forecasting guide for prerequisite requirements/information*


    We understand that you might not have a perfect schedule, but please know that counselors did everything they could to get the best possible schedule for approximately 1600 WHS students. If you were placed in the wrong Math or World Language class, please contact your counselor ASAP. Please also contact your counselor if your first quarter teachers do not match your second quarter teachers (or if third and fourth do not match). For example, your English teacher should not change after the first quarter. Counselors work very hard to eliminate these errors but there is a chance that a few slipped through and still need to be corrected.


    We look forward to working with all of you this year. While it’s certainly a unique and different start for all of us, we are confident we can all work together to have a positive experience at WHS in 2020-21, whether it’s online or on campus. Please do not hesitate to reach out if there’s ever anything that we can do to help you or your family.


    Go Trojans!


    WHS Counseling Team

    https://www.pps.net/domain/2728

    Instagram: whscounselingpdx


    Counselor contact info:


    Sheila Kendall - caseload - last names A-C: skendall@pps.net

    Keith Brown - caseload - last names D-H: kbrown@pps.net 

    Julie Fleming - caseload - last names I-Mi jfleming1@pps.net 

    Danny Bradach - caseload - last names Mj-Sch - dbradach@pps.net 

    Lauryn Files - caseload - last names Sci-Z: lfiles@pps.net 

     

     

     

     

    2019-20

    June 11th, 2020

    Dear Wilson Families,

    We are at the end of a historic school year.  I know that the year has been full of ups and downs.  Please know that we appreciate all the support that you have offered to our staff and especially our students at home.

    We had a wonderful graduation ceremony last week and want to thank all the students, families and staff who helped us coordinate this joyful and celebrity day.  You can see some of the pictures here.  We are in the process of putting together a video as well.  Many thanks to Brian Geraths from Studio B Photography for all his generosity and professionalism while covering our seven-hour graduation event.

    Teachers are finalizing grades today.  Students and parents can expect to receive second semester report cards at the end of next week.  If you have any questions or concerns about your student’s grades, please contact our counselors or admin.

    I am happy to share with you that Wilson High School was officially recognized this year as No Place for Hate School.  This a formal recognition for all the work that we had done around   brainstorming, planning, and implementing meaningful activities to engage your school in conversations around identity, bias, and respect.  As we celebrate this small, though significant, step in the right direction, last week I was also reminded of the need to accelerate our work of creating a hate-free school community. 

    Ensuring safety and inclusion for all students and employees is one of our essential responsibilities. Every student and staff member deserves a positive educational experience where they feel safe, secure, and a sense of belonging. That is true on the first day of school and the last.  I am encouraged by the work that we have done this year to build a more inclusive school community and look forward to continuing this important work next year.

    I hope you and your family have a good summer.  

    With Gratitude,

    Filip Hristić, Ed.D.

    Principal, Wilson High School

    June 4th, 2020

    Dear Wilson Families,

    We are nearly at the end of this historic school year.  Our students have classes Monday-Wednesday of next week.  Thursday, June 11, is a grading and planning day for our teachers.  You can expect to see final grades posted by the end of next week.  I hope that your students were able to pick up their locker items this week and I hope that you find ways to rest and relax in the weeks and months to come.

    Thank you to those of you’ve shared with me your reflections about conversations that you are having at home with your students about issues of race, racism, and social justice.  I was moved by a video created by one of our students and wanted to share it with all of you.  Please take a look.  I hope that Senya’s words inspire in us deep reflection and courageous action.

    Thank you again for all of your support this year.  Please don’t hesitate to reach out in the days ahead.

    With Gratitude,

    Filip Hristić, Ed.D.

    Principal, Wilson High School

    May 21st, 2020

    Dear Wilson Families,

    Earlier this week we finally received information about this year’s graduation ceremonies.  I’m pleased to let you know that on June 8, our graduating seniors will walk across the stage and will receive their high school diploma.  This will mark an important accomplishment in our students’ educational journey, a journey that will certainly continue beyond high school.

    Next week we will mail home all essential information about the June 8 “Diploma Day”.  Because this will be a drive up/walk up event, there is a lot of planning that we need to do in order to make sure that our graduation is both celebratory and safe.  We will go over some of the logistical details at the Senior Meeting on Tuesday, May 26, @ 3pm.  Please join us on Instagram Live @ Wilson_Trojans.

    We will probably have several opportunities for families to help us prepare for the June 8 event.  If you, or someone you know, can serve a photographer or videographer on that day, please send me an email.  We will share additional volunteer opportunities next week.

    I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

    With Gratitude,

    Filip Hristić, Ed.D.

    Principal, Wilson High School

    May 14th, 2020

    Dear Wilson Families,

    We’ve had more calendar changes this year than any other year that I can remember.  These adjustments have not been easy on our students and staff, and I know that they have not been easy on our families either.  Please see below for what distance learning will look like the week after Memorial Day and for our last week of school.  If you haven’t heard already, PPS Board of Education voted to extend the school year to June 10.  I hope that these are the last calendar adjustments for the year.

    We will not have finals during the last week of school.  Instead, we will use the time to help students complete assigned work and finish the semester with success.   If you have any questions, please reference our distance learning master schedule, contact individual teachers or counselors, and don’t hesitate to reach out to our admin team.

    With Gratitude,

    Filip Hristić, Ed.D.

    Principal, Wilson High School

    May 7th, 2020

    Dear Wilson Families,

    I hope that you and your loved ones are doing well.  

    Given the far reaching economic impacts of Coronavirus, school districts across the state are expecting significant budget reductions for next year (and beyond).  PPS is taking proactive steps to offset the impact of these reductions.  Starting this week, most PPS employees will be partially furloughed.  This is expected to save dozens of positions for next year.

    In most cases, the partial (20%) furlough will result in PPS staff working Monday-Thursday between now and July 31.  This means that Wilson teachers, counselors, admin, and other staff will not be available on Fridays.  I want to apologize in advance for the disruption that this may cause you and your student.  I know that establishing a weekly routine has been difficult during the school closure and this schedule change complicates things further.  Unfortunately, this cost-saving decision was born of sheer necessity.  

    Q3 report cards should be arriving home shortly.  Please review the grades with your student and reach out to your student’s teachers if you have any questions.  Our counselors and admin are also available to support if needed.  My hope is that all of our students will successfully complete the work that is needed to earn second semester credit.

    Finally, I want to wish a happy Mother’s Day to all of you who celebrate.  I hope that your weekend includes moments of peace, relaxation, and expressions of gratitude.

    WIith Gratitude,

    Filip Hristić, Ed.D.

    Principal, Wilson High School

    April 30th, 2020

    Dear Wilson Families,

    The Oregon Department of Education issued new guidance regarding graduation ceremonies for the Class of 2020.  We can expect additional information from the district in the days to come.  In the meantime, please know that our students, families, and staff are finding creative solutions to honor and celebrate our graduating seniors.  Our Grad Night Party Committee is distributing lawn signs to our seniors and is creating  a senior slideshow presentation that will feature current and baby photos.  Our students have taken the lead on several projects as well, including this wonderful testament of seniors’ accomplishments and future aspirations.  During the month of May, we will also share some of the Senior Awards winners during a weekly Instagram Live chat with Student Leadership (@Wilson_Trojans).  Several other potential celebrations are under way.  More to come soon.

    Next week is the Staff Appreciation Week.  Thank you to our PTA Hospitality Chairs, Jessica Christiansen  and Marci Forbes for celebrating and nourishing our staff with fruit boxes.  Thank you to all of you who contributed to this thoughtful gesture.  Your kindness is greatly appreciated.

    I would love to flood our teacher and staff inboxes next week with notes of gratitude from families and students.  If you felt gratitude and appreciation for any of our staff members over the last few weeks, or at any point this school year, please email a quick note of appreciation.  I know that this will mean a lot to our staff.

    WIth Gratitude,

    Filip Hristić, Ed.D.

    Principal, Wilson High School

     

    April 23th, 2020

    Dear Wilson Families,

    I hope that you and your loved ones are doing well.  As all of you have seen by now, PPS sent a communication earlier this week further clarifying the ODE guidance regarding 9-11th grade distance learning expectations.  Here are the highlights:

    • Q3 grades are due May 1st and will be recorded as Pass or Incomplete.  
    • Second semester grades will be based on Q3 grades AND work completed   during distance learning.
    • Second semester grades will also be recorded as Pass or Incomplete

    Our teacher teams are working to determine what learning outcomes are most essential for students to master before the end of this school year in order to be ready for the next level of learning.  Our staff is also working hard to reach out to students and families and provide whatever support is needed.  Please let me know if you or someone you know may need a computer, free wifi, or other things necessary for distance learning.

    It is critical that our students stay connected with teachers and actively engage in learning for the next 6 weeks.  Please encourage your student to connect with his/her  teacher and counselor if they have any questions.  

    We are in the process of developing a distance learning master schedule to show what learning platform each teacher is using, when assignments are typically posted and when they are due, and how students can connect with their teachers each week.  We hope that this will help provide clarity and support and expect to have it ready for you before the start of next week.

    In the meantime, please don’t hesitate to reach out.  All of us are trying to figure out how to from week to week.  Your input and feedback is always appreciated.

    With Gratitude,

    Filip Hristić, Ed.D.

    Principal, Wilson High School

    April 16th, 2020

    Dear Wilson Families,

    On Wednesday night the Oregon Department of Education updated its Distance Learning for All guidance with a new section: Supporting our Students in Grades 9, 10, and 11. The updated guidance includes information about credits and essential learning for the Class of 2021, Class of 2022, and Class of 2023.

    This guidance calls on educators across the state to focus instruction and work with our high school students on care, connection and essential learning. Students will receive credit for the spring semester classes based on the work completed through March 13 and mastery of essential learning this spring. This essential learning will be centered on key standards students need to be ready for next school year.  Per state guidance, teachers will assign grades Pass/Incomplete instead of traditional letter grades.

    The work we are engaged in, like all academic learning, requires teacher-student connection. We will continue to make every effort to reach every student and to provide them access to continual learning opportunities; this includes making sure students have computers and internet access at home. We will also finalize and communicate ways to support students who have earned Incomplete marks.  

    Please continue to reach out to us to let us know how we can support you and your family.  In the meantime, you can find information and resources available to students and families on the district’s website.

    We wish you health and wellness in the days and weeks to come.

    All the best,

    Filip Hristić, Ed.D.

    Principal, Wilson High School

     April 9th, 2020

    Dear Wilson Community,
     
    I hope that you and your loved ones are doing well during these complicated times. The last few weeks have definitely prompted me to feel grateful for much in my life. Among other things, I am deeply grateful to be part of our community of students, families, and staff here at Wilson.  I want to acknowledge our parents whose personal and professional lives have been turned upside down over the last few weeks; I want to celebrate our teachers and staff who transitioned very quickly to a new way of teaching and learning; and I want to appreciate our students who are adversely impacted in so many ways by this extended school closure. 
     
    I remain convinced that we will come out of this stronger - as parents, as students, as staff, and as a community.  We can already ​see​ signs of creativity, resilience, and hope from the work that our students and teachers are producing.  There are and there will be many others in the weeks to come.
     
    In the meantime, I will continue to keep you posted as new information becomes available.  We will continue to send the Weekly Bulletin on Fridays and I will send emails throughout the week if necessary.  Please join us for a weekly chat on Instagram (@Wilson_Trojans) on Fridays at 10.  We will also have PTA meetings every other Thursday at 7pm - next one is is coming up on April 16.  And, as always, please don’t hesitate to reach out with comments, questions, or concerns.
     
     
    With Gratitude,
     
    Filip Hristić, Ed.D. Principal, Wilson High School

    April 5th, 2020

    Dear Wilson Students and Families,

    I hope that you and your loved ones are doing well.  As we navigate the days and weeks ahead, please keep your teachers, counselors, and admin informed about any supports that you may need.  Our most essential job right now is to support our students and families, and one another. Please don’t hesitate to reach out.

    Here are a few announcements for the week ahead:

    PPS Distance Learning FAQ - Please take a look at this FAQ regarding PPS Distance Learning expectations and guidelines.  It includes lots of important information.

    Q3 Grades - Here is the PPS guidance that we have been given thus far: For students in grades 9-12, all students will be given the opportunity to improve their grade for the 3rd quarter by working with their teachers to complete outstanding work. In no case will a student have a lower grade than on the date we closed school. We will extend the 3rd quarter to April 13. Students who have been unable to complete their work for the 3rd quarter  will be assigned a grade of Incomplete. Students will have an opportunity to resolve any incomplete grades once schools are re-opened.  We are waiting for additional information from the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) regarding Q4 Grades.

     

    Graduation Requirements - At this time, graduation requirements remain unchanged.  That means that for our seniors in particular, the next 9 weeks of school are critical.  I remain hopeful that ODE will grant districts some flexibility with regards to graduation requirements.  However, that flexibility has not been granted. 

     

    Daily/Weekly Schedule - Here is the PPS guidance thus far: Full distance learning implementation (daily lessons, interactions with teachers, online activities or projects) with consistent schedules will begin the week of April 13.  In the meantime, please check your student email and Google classroom to become familiar with your class “meeting time”/expectations.

     

    Student Emails - Having trouble accessing your PPS accounts? Want to access your new Gmail student account? Check out the links at the PPS Student Portal at pps.net/student. Then, make sure you are using @student.pps.net after your username not @apps4pps.net. Still having trouble accessing your account? Email Cassie Lanzas at clanzas@pps.net for help. If, you don't have access to email right now, join our Remind for account help. Text @whslogin to 81010 or use Remind code @whslogin

     

    PTSA Meeting - We had a 80+ participants in our PTSA meeting last Thursday.  Thank you to those of you who joined us. Special thanks to our PTA President, Beth Cooke, for organizing and moderating. We will have another PTSA meeting on Thursday, April 16 @ 7pm. 

     

    Instagram Live - We will probably move our weekly Instagram Live chat to Friday. Stay tuned for more info.

     

    I think that’s it for now.  I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend.

     

    All the best,

    Filip

    March 13th, 2020

    Dear Wilson Community,

    Please see below for an importan announcement from PPS superintendent Guerrero:

    In response to concerns about the growing COVID-19 crisis, we will close schools starting Monday, March 16, with a plan for students to return to class Wednesday, April 1. Read Superintendent Guerrero's message to families and staff

    Filip Hristić, Principal

    Wilson High School

    March 12th, 2020

    Dear Wilson Community,

    The district just released new guidance for how to minimize potential spread of coronavirus in our schools (here).  This announcement follows new guidance issued by Governor Brown (here).  Please read both of those announcements below.

    These new guidelines will have a significant impact on many of our students, families, and staff.  I will be meeting with different staff members throughout the day tomorrow to generate a comprehensive list of trips and events that will need to be cancelled.  We will also consider some additional site-based measures that we can take in order to increase student health and safety.

    Additionally, You can find PPS district messages about COVID-19 coronavirus, resources, links to public health agencies and a question/comment form by visiting pps.net/coronavirus

    As always, please don’t hesitate to reach out with questions or concerns.

     

    All the best,

     

    Filip Hristić, Principal

    Wilson High School

     

    February 21th, 2020

    Dear Wilson Community,

    I wanted to give an update on our efforts to create an inclusive and supportive school culture here at Wilson.  As you probably know, 30 Wilson students participated in a three-day No Place for Hate Training earlier this year.  These 30 students are now visiting all 9th grade classes to build relationships with our 9th graders and to facilitate anti-bias lessons and activities.  These courageous peer-leaders will engage our staff in a similar experience in the weeks to come.  Our staff has been doing a lot of equity-related work on our own, too. Most recently, we participated in a series of staff-lead breakout sessions on how to best support the students we serve.  Our families and community members are joining these efforts as well.  Wilson Community and Family Equity council (CAFÉ) met several times this year and is now organizing an event that we would love for all of you to attend.   Please join us on March 12 from 6-8 in the Wilson auditorium.

    Over the last few weeks we have also been reminded of the importance and urgency of the work above.  Unfortunately, we have encountered several instances of racist and anti-Semitic anonymous hate speech in our building and around our campus.  We were able to erase and report to the district office the offensive words and symbols before many students or community members were impacted.  We take these occurrences of racism and anti-Semitism seriously. We reject any notion that these are isolated incidents that may have been done by a naïve individual who did not know the meaning of such words and symbols.  All such expressions of hate speech are rooted in the historical and socio-political context of our country, our community, and our school. They are painful reminders that we continue to live in a world where racism and anti-Semitism continue to exist and cause harm.

    We remain absolutely committed to the essential work of ensuring that Wilson is a safe and supportive place for all of our students.  We want Wilson to be a place where our shared diversity is celebrated and honored. Our staff will continue to supervise our campus with care and attention and we will follow established district policies to ensure that hate speech is confronted and addressed.  This includes taking disciplinary action. More importantly, we will also continue the deeper work of transforming minds and hearts through education. We will build on the abovementioned initiatives to educate our students, families and staff so that we can collectively ensure that Wilson is free of hatred and bigotry.

    You have an opportunity to join our efforts by attending the March 12 event.  I look forward to seeing you there.

    With Gratitude,

    Filip Hristić, Ed.D.

    Principal, Wilson High School

     

    February 14th, 2020

    Dear Wilson Community,

    I am happy to say that next year we will be able to make important investments in our students’ education and well-being.  We are hoping to add staffing and reduce class sizes for Computer Science, French, Art, and other academic and elective programs.  We will also add a full-time Social Worker and a full-time School Climate Coordinator. Our Social Worker will work closely with our staff and our families to ensure that we are responsive to our students’ socio-emotional needs.  The primary role of our School Climate Coordinator will be to support our student leadership groups, to work with various stakeholders to develop a safe and inclusive school culture, and to provide professional development for our staff.

    I know that we all recognize that these are important investments in our students’ present and future.  At the same time, I have to be honest and say that we as a school can not make these investments on our own.  We need your support. If you are able to and willing, please consider donating to the Wilson Foundation.  Our goal is to raise $75,000 before the end of the school year.  100% of the money raised will go directly to building our academic programs, reducing class sizes, and supporting the overall well-being of our students.

    Thank you for your ongoing support.  As always, please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions.

    Sincerely, 


    Filip and Wilson Foundation

     

    February 7th, 2020

    Dear Wilson Community,

    Earlier this week, PPS released school staffing allocations for 2020-2021.  I am pleased to report that instead of having to reduce our staffing, we will be able to make some marginal increases.  At the same time, the overall funding of public schools in Oregon clearly remains well-below where it ought to be.

    The district estimates that our overall enrollment will increase to 1594 students (up from 1558 in ‘19-’20).  We are expecting an especially large increase in ouf 9th grade cohort, from 391 this year to 470 next year. Our internal estimates indicate that our enrollment will be above 1600 students next year.  This, of course, is great news - the more students we have, the more programs we can offer. 

    In addition to making some marginal increases in our instructional staff for next year, we will have be able to add a full-time social worker; we will retain three Vice Principal positions; we will maintain our Counselor staffing at the current level; and will be able to support teacher collaboration across departments at the 9th and 10th grade.  As is always the case during staffing season, we will take a fresh look at our current allocations and will consider ways to make our staffing even more responsive to student needs and interests.

    I will share a more comprehensive overview of our staffing decisions in the next couple of weeks.  

    With Gratitude,

     

    Filip Hristić, Ed.D.

    Principal, Wilson High School

     

    January 24th, 2020

    Dear Wilson Community,

    Each month we will choose a school-wide instructional focus to enhance student learning.  Our instructional focus for the month of February is organization, a critical skill for college and career success.  We all know that students who have strong organizational skills manage their time effectively, keep track of their learning, balance competing priorities, and experience greater success in school and beyond.  As we launch into second semester, Wilson teachers and students will be introducing, practicing and refining strategies to better manage materials, build methodical study habits, and balance school, work and social tasks.  

    Please join us in helping our students develop key organizational skills.  What organizational goals do you have in 2020? What strategies do you find most helpful?  Why not share these with your student? Thank you for helping us teach and reinforce strong organizational habits with your student!

    Here are some resources that may be helpful:

    Wilson planners

    Hourly planner pages

    Assignment trackers

    Goal Setting 

    To-Do Lists

    Filip Hristić, Ed.D.

    Principal, Wilson High School

     

    January 16th, 2020

    Dear Wilson Community,

     Now is the time to let the PPS School Board know that Wilson, Jefferson, and Cleveland should be included on the 2020 Bond

     A modernized Wilson would provide students with state-of-the-art learning facilities for generations to come.  While much has changed since 1957, Wilson facilities have not.  It is time to ensure that all PPS high schools, including Wilson, Jefferson, and Cleveland, provide students with 21st century learning opportunities.

    These are some highlights from preliminary modernization plans for Wilson High School:

    • Wilson students will stay in the current building while the new building is constructed. 
    • New building will include modernized classrooms, science labs, career-and-technical education spaces, fine and performing arts facilities, athletic facilities, and more.
    • The Wilson pool can remain on camps.
    • No expenditures are needed for bussing and temporary classrooms - money can be directly invested in the new facilities.
    • The 2020 bond will keep the current tax levels unchanged.

     Please contact PPS School Board members and share this simple message: The time has come to modernize Wilson, Jefferson, and Cleveland.

    Andrew Scott (Wilson)- anscott@pps.net

    Michelle DePass (Jefferson) - mdepass@pps.net

    Amy Kohnstamm (Board Chair) - akohnstamm@pps.net

    Rita Moore (Vice-Chair) - rmoore5@pps.net

    Scott Bailey - sbailey@pps.net

    Julia Brim-Edwards - jbrim-edwards@pps.net

    Eilidh Lowery (Cleveland) - elowery@pps.net

     

    Filip Hristić, Ed.D.

    Principal, Wilson High School

     January 10, 20120

    Dear Wilson Community,

    Earlier this week the PPS School Board decided to place a construction bond on the November Ballot.  The Board has not determined yet how big the bond should be or which schools should be included on the bond.  Wilson is one of three remaining PPS high schools that is not modernized or is not in the process of being modernized.  For those of you who have spent any time in our building you probably know our facilities have not changed much since 1957  Please join me in encouraging district leaders and school board members to include Wilson on the 2020 Bond We have done some preliminary work to determine what a modernized Wilson could look like.  We welcome your ideas and suggestions as well. We also need your support.

    Filip Hristić, Ed.D.

    Principal, Wilson High School

     

    January 6, 2020

    Dear Wilson Community,

    I hope you had a lovely break.  As is often the case, I was sick for the first few days of vacation.  Fortunately, I was in good care of my in-laws in Alaska. My kids had a great time sledding, skating, skiing and ice-fishing while I recuperated.  I did have a chance to enjoy some books, though. I finished reading The Underground Railroad and In the Footsteps of Crazy Horse.  I highly recommend both of these.  I also started Just Mercy and Mayflower - two very different but moving stories.  

    I am fully recovered now and look forward to a great rest of the year.  The next few weeks are busy and important. As we return to the business of teaching and learning after a long break we should also take some time to review and re-establish classroom and school-wide norms.  We are finishing up the semester and want to encourage all of our students to end with success. We are also getting ready for forecasting and staffing, both of which will require us to start making plans for next school year.  These are just a few things that are coming up.

    Please see below for important announcements for the week ahead.  As always, please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns:


    With Gratitude,

    Filip Hristić, Ed.D.

    Principal, Wilson High School

    December 13, 2019

    Dear Wilson Families,

    I am thrilled to let you know that our school’s partnership with Antidefamation League (ADL) is in full swing.  As most of you know by now, we are partnering with ADL to bring the No Place for Hate program to Wilson. As part of this multi-year initiative, nearly 30 Wilson students began a  three-day, anti-bias training this week. These student leaders will become peer trainers who will help our 9th graders develop the skills and knowledge they need to build community, respond to bias, and help us ensure that Wilson is an inclusive and affirming school.  While this cohort of student leaders is the first to engage in this important work here at Wilson, it will certainly not be the last. Our hope is that every year, we will help train and empower a cohort of peer trainers who will continue this work.

    I want to thank Vice Principal Freeman and our courageous student trainers for leading this important work.

    With Gratitude,

    Filip Hristić, Ed.D.

    Principal, Wilson High School

     

    December 6, 2019

    Dear Wilson Families,

    Although this year’s Thanksgiving is already behind us, I want to thank our Wilson parents whose hard work is making a difference in our school.  Thank you to all the parents who fed our staff during Parent-Teacher conferences last week. Your generous support nourished our bodies and souls during two long and productive days.  I especially want to thank Marci Forbes and Jessica Christiansen, our PTA Hospitality Chairs, for all the coordinating, caretaking, and cleaning that they did during the two days.

     I also want to thank our Boosters for doing so much throughout the school year to support our clubs.  This is an especially busy time of the year for the Boosters. The Annual Christmas Tree Sale is under way at A-Boy and this event always requires a lot of helping hands.  Thank you, Boosters and supporters, for all your work this season and beyond.

     Finally, I want to thank all other parents who quietly and happily volunteer in countless other ways: mentoring in the College and Career center, helping with various afterschool clubs, chaperoning field trips, running fundraisers, helping in the main office, and much, much more.   Thank you for investing your time and energy in our school community. Please know that we see and appreciate your essential work. You are one of the reasons that Wilson is the great school that it is.

     

    With Gratitude,

    Filip Hristić, Ed.D.

    Principal, Wilson High School

     

    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: 

    Name

    Role

    Department

    Peter Lieneweber

    Teacher

    ELA

    Kelly Byrne

    Teacher

    PE/Health

    Marrla Wilkinson

    Teacher

    ELA

    Deirdre Banning-Shaughnessy 

    Teacher

    Social Studies

    Caitlin Toohey

    Teacher

    Engineering (0.5)

    TBD (Interviews this week)

    Teacher

    PE/Health (0.5)

    TBA (offer made, waiting on HR)

    Para Educator

    SpEd

    TBA (offer made, waiting on HR)

    Teacher

    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
    9:00-Noon
    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.

    Sincerely,
    Filip Hristić