• Reopening Information

    Leading up to the start of in-person instruction and hybrid learning, see the latest updates and resources at pps.net/reopen2021

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  • Woodrow Wilson High School has become Ida B. Wells-Barnett High School

    On January 26th, Portland Public Schools Board of Directors unanimously approved Resolution No. 6235 to change the name. Please note that most PPS systems and name references are pending until the Oregon Dept. of Education also officially approves our new name. Here is a wonderful intereview with our student leaders about the name change. KBOO Interview

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  • Student and Family News, April 12

    Dear Ida B. Wells Students and Families, 

    Thank you for taking the time to communicate with us about your student’s preference for fourth quarter learning.  We have heard from nearly everyone and more than 60% of our students have opted for Hybrid.  We are excited to welcome those students back to the building on April 19.

    We are committed to supporting our students through the end of the school year regardless of whether they decided to participate in Hybrid in person learning or to remain in on-line learning full time.  In order for our staff to prepare for this transition, we will be using Wednesday through Friday of this week for professional learning and planning time.  There will not be any synchronous class periods April 14-16.  Teachers will be posting asynchronous material those days and will return to synchronous class sessions the morning of April 19. 

    Please review this slide deck to find this week’s schedule, detailed information about our Hybrid plans, and other relevant information.  There is a link to a survey at the end of the slide deck for questions, too.  In addition here is some information from our district:  PPS Back-to-School: Information for Hybrid Students

    Please stay safe: Remember to wash your hands, wear your mask, and watch your distance.

    Filip Hristic, Ida B. Wells HS Principal 

    More announcements for the week:

    OUR SCHOOL
    Special Schedule and Attendance Form this Week
    Due to the administration of the SAT exam for some of our juniors on Tuesday and teachers preparing for Hybrid Learning, we are following a special schedule this week.  Click here for the schedule: Special Schedules  In addition, students need to complete this short form on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday in order to be marked present.  Our staff will tehn take care of the rest.  April 14th-16th Attendance

    More Attendance Updates
    Our Attendance Secretary is on leave until mid-May.  Kathy Lommen is filling in as our attendance secretary during Sara's absence.  If you need to report your student's absence, please email klommen@pps.net or call the main office at 503-916-5280.   

    Attendance will be changing on April 19 with the start of Hybrid Learning, to learn more about those changes, visit the Hybrid Learning page:  https://www.pps.net/Domain/6586

    Meal Distribution
    Meal access is critical for many families within our district and PPS is working to ensure that meal access continues for all students, whether or not they return to school for hybrid in-person instruction or if they remain in distance learning. All school meals will continue to be free for all students in all schools, and no student ID or names are needed to receive meals.

    Once a student returns to hybrid in-person instruction, meals will be served at their school at the end of their in-person session.

    If a student is staying in distance learning -- or if their hybrid in-person learning has not begun -- they should visit 3:30 and 4:30 p.m. on school days to pick up meals.

    For the remainder of the year, grab-and-go meals will be available between 3:30 and 4:30 p.m. on school days for all children in the community (PPS students and children not enrolled at PPS) ages 1-18.  Ida B. Wells High School, Jackson Middle School and Robert Gray Middle School are all Meal Distribution Schools. 

    Student Parking Passes Available on Friday
    Students can park in student parking on a first come first serve basis.  Students must register their cars on this google form:  https://forms.gle/CArSuYUWCUmR5x9F7   Please direct all parking questions to Erica Caldwell at ecaldwell@pps.net.  Students who have completed the form can pick up their parking pass on Friday, April 16 from 12-1pm on the patio by front doors of the school.

    TriMet Bus Passes
    Student ID cards also serve as TriMet bus passes.  If your student needs a replacement StudentID/TriMet Pass, please email our bookkeeper, Ana Curtis, acurtis@pps.net.  Please include student's full name and school ID number.  If your student needs a student ID/Tri-Met Pass but does not yet have one, please also email Ana indicating this need.
    ACADEMICS
    SAT for Juniors, April 13 and 27
    Students that registered to take the SAT at IBW were sent an email to their student PPS email address with the date of their exam, testing room and assigned entrance.  If they didn't receive, please email amenashe@pps.net ASAP!

    Review this SAT School Day Student Guide for important information, test taking tips and sample questions.  If you want a paper copy of the Guide they are available for pickup outside the front entrance to the school. All students  arrive at their designated entrance by 8am. Students should bring #2 pencil(s), approved (see student guide) calculator (a limited number of calculators will be available at school), ID - school ID or other picture ID, water bottle.  Masks must be worn at all times.  Sack lunch and snack will be given as you leave the building at the two main exits.
    AP Exams
    Taking an AP Exam at home online? You must have:
    * A PC or Mac Laptop or Desktop or a school-owned Chromebook.
    * A working camera on your computer.
    The following will NOT work: A personally owned Chromebooka smartphonea tablet or iPAD
    If you don't have access to the needed technology, complete this survey urgently.
     
    Need to request an exam schedule change? Complete the Schedule Change Request Form. Your personal exam dates can be seen on your MyAP account.

    Additional AP Exam information is available here and Updates for PPS families.

    Spring 2021 AP Capstone Speaker Series
    We are excited to invite the IBWHS community to an online speaker series featuring researchers this spring.  Our speakers will share about some of their most impactful projects, the high value of research skills, and how social justice is centered in their work.   Dr. Amara Perez, Christina Avila and Ngac Nguyen will be our speakers for our 2nd session on Wednesday, April 22 from 6:00-7:00pm.  Visit the AP Capstone page on our website to learn more and to register. https://www.pps.net/Page/13344

    OMEA District Solo Music Competition
    Congratulations are in order for six Ida B. Wells music students who placed 1st in their category in the OMEA District Solo Competition (virtual) and now move on to the State level competition (virtual). For Soprano voice: Amelia Friess; Mezzo-soprano voice: Adia Jones; Tenor voice: George Ramsey; Baritone voice: Nico Vilches; Viola: Akseli Mende and High Saxophone: Aria Morgan (Caldwell). We are so proud of our musicians!
     
    COUNSELING
    Ida B. Wells HS Career Learning - Week of April 12
    Future You 2 Go EVERY Wednesday
    No pre-registration required; Simply click on link to join
    Featured Events
    W, 4/14, 4:30-5:30pm, Women in Construction Career Panel.  Hear from the inspiring women of Mortenson Construction as they discuss what they do and how they found the industry. All welcome! Sign up at this link
     
    TH, 4/15, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM, PPS College & Career Information Night.  Hear from local and national experts on a variety of college and career topics. Learn more and Pre-register at https://www.pps.net/collegeandcareer 
     
    Registration Now Open!
    Virtual Enterprise Academy
    Are you interested in working with a professional mentor as you show off your business, marketing, advertising, or finance skills and compete for prizes? Learn more and register at: https://www.pps.net/Page/1408     Deadline to register is Monday, April 19th. Space is limited. 
     
    Bodecker Foundation Spring Series - starts this week!
    Led by professional artists, writers, musicians, designers and educators, these multidisciplinary creative workshops meet via Zoom on weekdays from 5-6:30pm. For more information and registration link, visit: https://www.pps.net/Page/16949 
     
    For more information about these and other opportunities, please contact Jessica Wade, jwade1@pps.net or view the April issue of Career Happenings

    News from the College Center
    April/May Lunch and Learn Series for Juniors
    A series of lunch and learn sessions will be offered for Juniors by Ida B. Wells counselors and staff to share information and get your questions answered.  Join us for these workshops - see the flyer for dates and link to sessions: Lunch and Learn Series

    The Application Process
    Letters of Recommendation
    Exploring Careers - Is College Right For Me?
    The College Essay
    Affording College
    Athletics in College

    Virtual College and Career Night:  April 15, 6:00-8:00pm
    Students and families will have an opportunity to hear a keynote speaker and then attend two workshop sessions from both local and national experts on a variety of college and career topics. All sessions will be recorded so you can see the ones you missed.  For a complete list of workshops and more information, please visit, https://www.pps.net/collegeandcareer or see more information on this Flyer
     
    Scholarships
    Merle and Pat Lotz Music Scholarship 2021, DUE May 1
    This music scholarship is a powerful way to honor and celebrate their many years of dedication to music education, as well as their love of students and people, and their understanding of the positive impact of music in the hearts and lives of all people.  Applicants must have taken music classes at Wilson/Ida B.  In addition to this application, you must have two teachers write a letter of recommendation. The Lotz Family would also like a 3-5 minute recording of your work.  It can be original or of another artists work.  It can be accompanied or not.  

    Bailey Passion Scholarship - Pursue Your Passion!
    This is not based on academics, athletics, or need and is only for PPS Students! DUE May 1

    Do you have a passion you feel has the potential to positively impact the world? Are you considering pursuing your passion in your career? If so, consider applying for the Bailey Passion Scholarship. Visit baileypassionscholarship.org to find out more, and to request an application!

    Abby’s Closet Dreams Scholarship 2021
    DUE April 16
    We are excited to be offering TWO $2,500 college scholarships this year for trade school, community college or a university. For more information: https://www.abbyscloset.org/2021-dreams-scholarship 

    We The Students Scholarship Essay Contest 2021
    16 winners, $20,000! Due April 15th
    This year's We the Students essay contest This essay prompt this year is: What is the relationship between equality and justice? More details including rules and regulations can be found on our website

    Senior News, Class of 2021

    April 7th - 60 Day Rule begins
    Seniors shall be disqualified from participation in commencement exercises and related activities if within 60 consecutive calendar days of the last senior school day they are found to be in violation of District Alcohol or Drug policy or any violation resulting in a three or more days of suspension or more serious disciplinary action. (Reference 4.30.020-AD)

    April 27
     - Drive thru cap and gown pickup 1:30pm - 4pm - more details to come with pick-up times based on alphabet.

    June 3
     - Last day of school for seniors - this date has changed from June 2 due to a school closure earlier this year

    Commencement Speaker Auditions
     - Interested in speaking at Commencement (may be in person or recorded)? Please let Abby Menashe know by emailing amenashe@pps.net before April 14th of your interest in auditioning. Please review the Guidelines for Auditioning for more information before submitting your name.

    Senior Ads in Yearbook
    It's not too late to place a Senior Ad in the Yearbook! For more information about this and all news about the Senior Year and Graduation, visit our page, Senior News, Class of 2021

    From our Social Worker, Britni Locke
    Community Meditation
    Beginning April 20th, Peace In Schools is offering free, online, community meditations every Monday from 8:15-8:45AM. To register. fill out the form which can be found at 
    this link

    Black Youth Crisis Recovery Group
    Are you a black student who is seeking a safe place to process and unpack trauma and grief that you may be dealing with as a result of current events?  If so, please check out this flyer for more information on how you can join this group:  Black Youth Crisis Recovery Group

    Substance Abuse Information
    The Substance Use Supports Team from Student Success & Health is excited to offer a Parent and Family Support Group in Spanish beginning this Wednesday 4/7.  The group will be offered virtually from 5:00-6:30.  Families are not required to attend all and drop-in's are welcome.
    Topics will include:

    • Getting information about adolescent substance use and brain development
    • Reviewing skills for parenting during adolescents
    • Talking about what is "normal" and when to be concerned
    For questions, please contact Marysol Jimenez at majimenez@pps.net

    Benson High School Wellness Center
    The Wellness Center located at Benson High School is open to assist with medical issues.  They are also now a location conducting COVID testing (not vaccines).  For more information, please refer to this flyer: Benson Wellness Center

    Parenting Class by LifeStance Health (formerly Western Psychological & Counseling Services)
    See the flyer for more information Excessive Technology Parentlng Workshop
    FAMILIES & COMMUNITY
    Booster Club 
    The next Booster Club meeting will be held TONIGHT, April 12th.  Zoom link can be found on our master calendar on the home page: Master Calendar

    Boosters is also excited to roll out our first few pieces of Ida B Wells High School merchandise - including the Lifting As We Climb Student Tee designed by IBW student Elle Unflat.  Ordering is open now and pickup will be available by mid-April.  You do not have to have a student at Ida B. Wells to use this link and as a tip, click on the Add to Cart button to see images larger.  www.schoolpay.com/link/ibwgear

    In addition, The Booster Club is still seeking individuals to fill these positions for the 2021-2022 School Year:

    Secretary - This position takes notes at Booster Meetings.  Required to be at the Booster meetings. This is a great role to learn all about Boosters and there is no experience necessary.  Time commitment is probably maximum 3 hours monthly during the school year, including attending the meetings. 
    Christmas Tree Sale Lead/Co-Leads - Far and away our biggest fundraiser of the year.  The former lead will still be a parent but needs to step away from leading the whole sale.  The lead(s) run several committee meetings in advance and work from a pre-established playbook, then is generally available during the sale.  You're not expected to be onsite during the entire event!   Time commitment is 10 hours of planning and more hours in person during the weekends of the sale.

    Please attend the meeting tonight or contact Booster Club President, Jessica Christiansen at jessicac@ibwboosterclub.org if you are interested in these positions. 
     
    ATHLETICS
    IBW Athletics Update
    "We have officially ended Season 2 and are now onto Season 3! Our spring programming is in full swing with contests starting this week.  I want to reiterate how much we appreciate our coaches, student-athletes, and community for all of your time and energy. We had parents learning how to livestream to provide content, adjusted transportation schedules, and all the while sharing a facility with Lincoln as they go through their rebuild. Again, you all are so appreciated for all you do for our school and community."  To read the entire Athletics Weekly from Athletic Director, Mike Nolan which also include a full re-cap of Season 2:  Ida B. Wells Athletic Weekly, April 12

    IBW Athletic Schedule, Week of April 12
    For a complete list of all contests and where you can find the most up-to-date schedules, please visit our Athletics Website/THIS WEEK:  Athletics Schedule, week of April 12

    New School Records set!
    On Saturday, our Cross Country Varsity teams participated in the Rose City Championship Invite. With no State Championship this year, this event was the first time our teams competed outside the PIL and against some of the best runners in the state. Our women's team, Charlotte Richman, Sylvia Ingram, Josie Fale, Petra Schuster, Jordyn Davies, Annika Deazley and Lily Roller placed 1st and Jr. Charlotte Richman was also the individual winner with a scorching fast time of 17:30, setting a new IBW School Record!  On the men's side, Giuliano Scasso, Quinn Wilcox, Kai Mitchell-Reiss, Sullivan Maag, Luke Bexelius, Logan Bishopric and Quentin Nelson placed 4th.  Giuliano Scassco placed 2nd overall and also set a brand new school record with a time of 14:38. Both these teams will continue to build on their success as they move directly into the Track and Field distance races.  Go IBW!

    Softball Fundraiser
    Ready to travel and help the softball team at the same time?  Due to Covid-19, the softball program had to cancel their Spring Break trip last year and, unfortunately, the airfare was non-refundable.  We have been working with Alaska Airlines to come with options to recoup some of the money our program lost.  We have the opportunity to sell the tickets to other community members for full credit value.  We have 14 e-tickets available with differing prices.  Travel would have to be booked by 12/31/2021 and used by 11/24/2022.  You may use the credit to travel anywhere Alaska flies and just apply the purchased credit toward your ticket cost.  Our wonderful bookkeeper, Ana Curtis will help with the process.  If you are planning to travel using Alaska Airlines, please consider purchasing this airfare and help our program rebuild!  We will be putting each e-ticket on SchoolPay and the e-ticket number will be provided upon purchase completion.  If you have any questions, please reach out to Ana Curtis at acurtis@pps.net or Tiffany Krake at tiffany@brinsmail.com.  

    STUDENT ACTIVITIES

    Oregon Battle of the Books 
    Congratulations to the Ida B. Wells-Barnett Oregon Battle of the Books Team!  Last week, we battled teams from North Bend High School and Baker High School. We won one game, lost one game, and tied one game with North Bend. Against Baker High School, we won two games and were undefeated. As a team, we read over 50 books. We also completed several battles battling each other for practice.  Please congratulate Elaine Demetrion, Ethan Satterstein, Grace Pendergrass, Jack Conway, Logan Mulvihill, Selah Monsef, Sara Arheim, and Sophia Stedman on an excellent season!
    Model United Nations
    The Model United Nations was all virtual this year, but despite missing some of the beloved aspects, it ended up being a very good experience for 20 Ida B. Wells students. Our school was represented well and won some Speaker Awards:

    Best Country Representative
    Zoe Carver
    Zach Craven
    Noemie Veillette

    Best Consensus Builder
    Hannah Lo
     
    Looking toward next year, Hannah Lo was elected a Vice President to the Secretariat, the student leadership of the conference.  Congratulations Hannah! In other big news, our delegates made a successful BIG 5 bid and we were assigned to represent France next year.
     
    Thank you to our wonderful leaders this year: Kira Dobbins, Emma Laboe and Eleanor Potter

    Speech and Debate Team
    The Ida B. Wells Speech & Debate team competed over the past week in the most competitive and talented district tournament in the state, our own Portland District, featuring arch-rivals Lincoln and Cleveland.  The results are in. Our school can be proud of sending the following students to compete in the upcoming Oregon State Speech & Debate Tournament on April 23-24:
    • Preston Bushnell in Lincoln Douglas Debate (alternate for Extemporaneous Speaking)
    • Zoe Carver in After-Dinner Speaking and Humorous Interpretation
    • Ori Friesen in Parliamentary Debate
    • Cate Latimer in Prose
    • Hannah Lo in Radio and Public Forum Debate
    • Nolan Sottoway in Parliamentary Debate
    • Cedar Tatarek in Congressional Debate
    • Natalie Taylor in Public Forum Debate
    • Noemie Veillette in Lincoln Douglas Debate (alternate for Impromptu Speaking)
    • Cara Weathers in Prose and Dramatic Interpretation
    Please congratulate these students for the competitive success they so richly deserve. And cheer them on as they set their sights on representing us at State! Go IBW Speech & Debate!

    2021 Rose Festival Court Announcement this week!
    Ida B. Wells Rose Festival Princess Announcement is Thursday, April 15th at 3:00pm.
     
    Please join 2020 Princess Emma Laboe and our 2021 Ida B. Wells Rose Court Candidates for our 2021 princess announcement that will be streamed live on you tube:  https://youtu.be/wJspFBjGX7s   
    Good luck to our candidates:  Eleanor Potter, Hannah Worden, Cata Monteiro and Bridget McMurray


    If you have an article for the Student and Family News, please submit to Leanne Van Horn at lvanhorn@pps.net 
    Student and Family News, April 12

  • Student and Family News, April 5

    Ida B. Wells High School
    Student and Family News
    April 5, 2021

    Dear Ida B. Wells Students and Families, 

    We are continuing to finalize our Hybrid plans.  We are now finalizing cohorts in Synergy.  Students and families will soon be able to go into Student/ParentVue and see their assigned cohort.  There are 3 cohort options:

    • CHA - Cohort A for those who selected Hybrid in person and whose last name is within A-L.  These students will participate in Hybrid learning on Monday and Tuesday afternoons.
    • CHB - Cohort B for those who selected Hybrid in person and whose last name is within M-Z.  These students will participate in Hybrid learning on Thursday and Friday afternoons.
    • CDL - Comprehensive Distance Learning - for those who selected to continue with CDL from home. 

    For those of you who didn't complete the survey letting us know whether you want Hybrid or CDL, we have placed your student in Hybrid to reserve them a seat.  If you want to switch your student from Hybrid to CDL please call the main office at 503-916-5280 and we will make the change.  We ask that you notify us as quickly as you can. 

    Hybrid Expectations - I received several inquiries about what students should expect during hybrid instruction.  We want to provide meaningful learning opportunities (through activities/exercises/discussions) to students who participate in hybrid while also making sure that students who remain in CDL do not end up being left behind.  Hybrid will be more than study hall/tutorial time.  Here is a brief Video that may help as well.

    We are continuing to finalize our Hybrid plans this week and will have more information to share with you next week. 

    Mascot - I also wanted to let everyone know that we will be changing the mascot recommendation which we initially presented to the School Board on March 30.  After further discussion, reflection, and consideration, the renaming committee and I determined that Evergreens is not an appropriate mascot for our school.  While the Evergreens certainly do symbolize strength and vitality for many cultural, regional, and racial groups, Evergreens can also evoke painful memories of brutal lynchings that Ida B. Wells reported on. We hope to present the new mascot recommendation to the Board on April 13. If you are interested to learn more about this topic and some of the issues that have surfaced since the board presentation, please join us at this week’s PTA meeting.  I’d be happy to share some of my reflections and answer any questions you might have.  Zoom information as well as a Google Form for your questions is in the newsletter below under Families and Community.

    Filip Hristic, Ida B. Wells HS Principal 

    More announcements for the week:

    OUR SCHOOL
    Special Schedule this Week
    This week is the last week of 3rd Quarter.  Friday is a Teacher Planning Day and there is no school for students.  Here is the link to the class schedule for this week: Class Schedule for Week of April 5

    Attendance Update
    Our Attendance Secretary is on leave until mid-May.  Kathy Lommen is filling in as our attendance secretary during Sara's absence.  If you need to report your student's absence, please email klommen@pps.net or call the main office at 503-916-5280.   

    We know that many of our families are receiving absence calls even though the student was in attendance.  We are working with the district and our staff to address these issues.  We apologize for the inconvenience.  If your student is marked absent but was in class, please email your student's teacher. Please also rest assured that inaccurate attendance will not have a negative impact on your student's grades.

    Attendance will be changing on April 19 with the start of Hybrid Learning, to learn more about those changes, visit the Hybrid Learning page:  https://www.pps.net/Domain/6586

    Meal Distribution
    Meal access is critical for many families within our district and PPS is working to ensure that meal access continues for all students, whether or not they return to school for hybrid in-person instruction or if they remain in distance learning. All school meals will continue to be free for all students in all schools, and no student ID or names are needed to receive meals.

    Once a student returns to hybrid in-person instruction, meals will be served at their school at the end of their in-person session.

    If a student is staying in distance learning -- or if their hybrid in-person learning has not begun -- they should visit 3:30 and 4:30 p.m. on school days to pick up meals.

    For the remainder of the year, grab-and-go meals will be available between 3:30 and 4:30 p.m. on school days for all children in the community (PPS students and children not enrolled at PPS) ages 1-18.  Ida B. Wells High School, Jackson Middle School and Robert Gray Middle School are all Meal Distribution Schools. 

    Student Parking During Hybrid
    Students can park in student parking on a first come first serve basis.  Students must register their cars on this google form:  https://forms.gle/CArSuYUWCUmR5x9F7   Please direct all parking questions to Erica Caldwell at ecaldwell@pps.net

    TriMet Bus Passes
    Student ID cards also serve as TriMet bus passes.  If your student needs a replacement StudentID/TriMet Pass, please email our bookkeeper, Ana Curtis, acurtis@pps.net.  Please include student's full name and school ID number.  If your student needs a student ID/Tri-Met Pass but does not yet have one, please also email Ana indicating this need.
    ACADEMICS
    Special Education (SPED)
    Have questions about the SPED program at Ida B. Wells?  Join us for a Q and A session Thursday, April 8 from 6:00-7:00 pm. Click here for Meeting Link  We look forward to connecting with you!

    SAT for Juniors, April 13 and 27
    Students that registered to take the SAT at IBW were sent an email to their student PPS email address with the date of their exam, testing room and assigned entrance.  If they didn't receive on 3/18 or 3/19, please email amenashe@pps.net.
    Review this  pdf_sat-school-day-student-guide.pdf  for important information, test taking tips and sample questions.  If you want a paper copy of the Guide they are available for pickup outside the front entrance to the school. All students must bring #2 pencil(s), approved (see student guide) calculator, ID - school ID or other picture ID.

    AP Exams
    Taking an AP Exam at home online? You must have:

    * A PC or Mac Laptop or Desktop or a school-owned Chromebook.
    * A working camera on your computer.
    The following will NOT work: A personally owned Chromebooka smartphonea tablet or iPAD
    If you don't have access to the needed technology, complete this survey urgently.
     
    Need to request an exam schedule change? Complete the Schedule Change Request Form. Your personal exam dates can be seen on your MyAP account.

    Additional AP Exam information is available here and Updates for PPS families.

    Spring 2021 AP Capstone Speaker Series
    We are excited to invite the IBWHS community to an online speaker series featuring researchers this spring.  Our speakers will share about some of their most impactful projects, the high value of research skills, and how social justice is centered in their work.   Dr. Amara Perez, Christina Avila and Ngac Nguyen will be our speakers for our 2nd session on Wednesday, April 22 from 6:00-7:00pm.  Visit the AP Capstone page on our website to learn more and to register. https://www.pps.net/Page/13344

    AVID
    Are you a 9th or 10th grader looking for a strong community, a space to grow academically and socially, and curious about how to better prepare for college and career? Maybe AVID is for you! Check out the AVID page on our website to find out more about AVID and how to apply to be in the class. https://www.pps.net/domain/4344

    COUNSELING
    Ida B. Wells HS Career Learning - Week of April 5

    Hands-On Resume Building Workshop & Personalized Resume Review, Friday, April 9th, 10AM-11:30AM Get your resume polished for applying to summer jobs, colleges, scholarships and more and fulfill your PPS resume graduation requirement! Must be 16 years or older to participate in personalized resume review.Pre-registration is required by Tuesday, April 6th, 8AM - Apply Online

    Portland Parks & Recreation Virtual Career Fair Tuesday, April 6th, 3:00-4:30PM
    Looking for a summer job opportunity? Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) is planning to hire over 1,800 summer staff. Register through Evenbrite here or for more information: https://www.portland.gov/bhr/career-center/events/2021/4/6/virtual-career-fair-portland-parks-recreation

    Future You 2 Go EVERY Wednesday No pre-registration required; Simply click on link to join:

    W, 4/7, 12:00-12:45pm: Post-Secondary Presentation-PCC Child & Family Studies
    W, 4/7, 1:00-1:45pm: Career Presentation-Alex Chiu, Portland Street Art Alliance
    W, 4/7, 3:00-3:45pm: Career Presentation- Hunter Shobe, Portland Street Art Alliance

    BODECKER FOUNDATION SPRING 2021 VIRTUAL WORKSHOPS Online registration is now open at www.bodeckerfound.org/workshop 

    For more information about any of these opportunities, please contact Jessica Wade, jwade1@pps.net. For additional opportunities, please view the April issue of Career Happenings, now available online.

    News from the College Center
    April/May Lunch and Learn Series for Juniors
    A series of lunch and learn sessions will be offered for Juniors by Ida B. Wells counselors and staff to share information and get your questions answered.  Join us for these workshops - see the flyer for dates and link to sessions: Lunch and Learn Series

    Maia Learning
    The Application Process
    Letters of Recommendation
    Exploring Careers - Is College Right For Me?
    The College Essay
    Affording College
    Athletics in College

    Virtual College and Career Night:  April 15, 6:00-8:00pm
    Students and families will have an opportunity to hear a keynote speaker and then attend two workshop sessions from both local and national experts on a variety of college and career topics. All sessions will be recorded so you can see the ones you missed.  For a complete list of workshops and more information, please visit, https://www.pps.net/collegeandcareer or see more information on this Flyer

    Oregon Public University Tour
    The eight public universities in Oregon are teaming up to bring the Oregon Public University Tour to the virtual world! During this virtual program, students will be able to learn about the benefits of staying in-state for their college degree and become more familiar with options available to them. Following a brief introduction presentation they will have the opportunity to attend breakout sessions to get more details about the schools they are interested in during 20 minute sessions.

    Dates and Times:

    REGISTER TODAY and be entered into a drawing for college swag!: https://sites.google.com/view/oputour2021/ 

    Senior News, Class of 2021
    April 7th - 60 Day Rule begins
    Seniors shall be disqualified from participation in commencement exercises and related activities if within 60 consecutive calendar days of the last senior school day they are found to be in violation of District Alcohol or Drug policy or any violation resulting in a three or more days of suspension or more serious disciplinary action. (Reference 4.30.020-AD)

    April 27
     - Drive thru cap and gown pickup 1:30pm - 4pm - more details to come with pick-up times based on alphabet.

    June 3
     - Last day of school for seniors - this date has changed from June 2 due to a school closure earlier this year

    Commencement Speaker Auditions
     - Interested in speaking at Commencement (may be in person or recorded)? Please let Abby Menashe know by emailing amenashe@pps.net before April 14th of your interest in auditioning. Please review the Guidelines for Auditioning for more information before submitting your name.

    Senior Ads in Yearbook
    It's not too late to place a Senior Ad in the Yearbook! For more information about this and all news about the Senior Year and Graduation, visit our page, Senior News, Class of 2021

    The April edition of the Senior Newsletter is also hot off the press, read it here!

    From our Social Worker, Britni Locke
    Community Meditation
    Beginning April 20th, Peace In Schools is offering free, online, community meditations every Monday from 8:15-8:45AM. To register. fill out the form which can be found at 
    this link

    Black Youth Crisis Recovery Group
    Are you a black student who is seeking a safe place to process and unpack trauma and grief that you may be dealing with as a result of current events?  If so, please check out this flyer for more information on how you can join this group:  Black Youth Crisis Recovery Group

    Substance Abuse Information
    The Office of Student Success and Health has drop-in office hours that are open to anyone in the district - parent, family member or caregiver.  It will be an opportunity to "stop by" virtually and ask questions about substance use prevention, find out about resources and get information about accessing supports. This drop-in space will be staffed by at least two people from the Substance Use Supports team and offered bilingually in both Spanish and English.  FLYER with LINK TO OFFICE HOURS 

    Benson High School Wellness Center
    The Wellness Center located at Benson High School is open to assist with medical issues.  They are also now a location conducting COVID testing (not vaccines).  For more information, please refer to this flyer: Benson Wellness Center

    Parenting Class by LifeStance Health (formerly Western Psychological & Counseling Services)
    See the flyer for more information Excessive Technology Parentlng Workshop
    FAMILIES & COMMUNITY
    Booster Club 
    Boosters is excited to roll out our first few pieces of Ida B Wells High School merchandise - including the Lifting As We Climb Student Tee designed by IBW student Elle Unflat.  Ordering is open now and pickup will be available by mid-April.  You do not have to have a student at Ida B. Wells to use this link and as a tip, click on the Add to Cart button to see images larger.  www.schoolpay.com/link/ibwgear

    In addition, The Booster Club is still seeking individuals to fill these positions for the 2021-2022 School Year:

    Secretary - This position takes notes at Booster Meetings.  Required to be at the Booster meetings. This is a great role to learn all about Boosters and there is no experience necessary.  Time commitment is probably maximum 3 hours monthly during the school year, including attending the meetings. 
    Christmas Tree Sale Lead/Co-Leads - Far and away our biggest fundraiser of the year.  The former lead will still be a parent but needs to step away from leading the whole sale.  The lead(s) run several committee meetings in advance and work from a pre-established playbook, then is generally available during the sale.  You're not expected to be onsite during the entire event!   Time commitment is 10 hours of planning and more hours in person during the weekends of the sale.

    Please contact Booster Club President, Jessical Christiansen at  if you are interested in these positions. 

    Lastly, mark your calendars, the next Booster Club meeting will be held on Monday, April 12th.  Zoom link can be located on our master calendar on the home page: Master Calendar
     
    PTA
    The PTA will host a General Meeting on Thursday, April 8th at 6:30pm on Thursday, followed by the Q&A with Prinicpal Hristic at 7pm  to answer questions about Hybrid Learning, our Mascot and other important issues at Ida B. Wells HS.  Please let us know your questions ahead of the meeting by using this Google Form.  Zoom information can be found on our Master Calendar on our homepage: PTA Meeting Zoom Link
     
    ATHLETICS
    Athletics Update
    This is last week for competitions for Season 2/Fall Sports.  Watch for a full recap of Season 2/Fall Sports next week from Athletic Director, Mike Nolan.  

    Athletic Schedule, Week of April 5
    For a complete list of all contests and where you can find the most up-to-date schedules, please visit our Athletics Website: Athletic Schedule, Week of April 5

    Season 3/Spring Sports - Begin Today!
    Season 3/Spring Sports begins on Monday, April 5th!  Student-Athletes that are planning on participating in Baseball, Softball, Track and Field, Golf,  Tennis and Lacrosse should now register ASAP.  https://www.familyid.com/organizations/ida-b-wells-high-school.   Having a valid physical on file is needed before participation can begin.

    For complete Registration information, visit our Athletic Website: www.wilsonathletics.com/Registration  You can also contact Leanne Van Horn at lvanhorn@pps.net with any questions.
    STUDENT ACTIVITIES

    DECA
    Every Spring, DECA chapters across the state of Oregon come together to compete in the State Career Development Conference (SCDC). Up for grabs are bragging rights, DECA Glass (trophies), and a coveted birth to the International Career Development Conference (ICDC). This year, SCDC and ICDC are being held virtually. While 2020 was a turning point for our small chapter (we earned our first trip to ICDC ever), this year, Ida B. Wells DECA showed up and showed out! Our 2021 cohort earned 6 births to ICDC this year and had several top 10 finishes!
    Check out our results: DECA Results

    Speech and Debate Club
    We are so excited to announce that SIX students from Ida B. Wells qualified for the National Speech & Debate Tournament in June. Hearty congratulations are in order for the following qualifying students:
    • Cara Weathers -- Extemporaneous Speaking (US)
    • Hannah Lo and Natalie Taylor -- Public Forum Debate
    • Noemie Veillette -- Value Lincoln Douglas Debate
    • Preston Bushnell -- World Schools Debate
    • Zoe Carver -- Congressional Debate (Senate)
    2021 Rose Festival Court
    Congrats to the 2021 Ida B. Wells Rose Court Candidates:
    SR. - Bridget McMurray
    SR. - Catalina (Cata) Monteiro
    SR. - Eleanor Potter
    JR. - Hannah Worden
    The Ida B. Wells 2021 Rose Princess will be announced on April 15th. 
    Ida B Wells Latinx Student Union
    Ida B Wells Latinx Student Union is a student-led space committed to connecting and supporting Latinx students at Ida B Wells. We also seek to raise social awareness of issues facing Latinx communities via cultural, social and academic events. Latino Student Union is open to students of all backgrounds who would like to learn and would like to actively engage with Latinx culture and heritage. 
     
    Any students interested in joining the Ida B Wells Latinx student group can reach out to Club Advisor: Winston Rivas at wrivas@pps.net or text @ibwlsu to 81010

    Ida B. Wells Chess Club
    COVID can’t beat the Ida B. Wells Chess Club (And neither can any other school in Oregon, it seems!) 

    With COVID prohibiting the Ida B. Wells Chess Club from participating ‘over the board’, the chess club moved online and has been participating in a state-wide team league the last several months. Congratulations to Ida B. Wells chess players for fielding two teams of players that took FIRST place and tied for SECOND place in the Mid-Winter Chess League Battle!  Playing games were seniors Oliver Flood, Jamison Ishimaru, Logan Leybold and Michael Schuff, junior Sarah Woods and sophomore Thomas Schuff, who were joined by chess players from Ida B. Wells feeder schools. 

    Next up is the Oregon Scholastic Chess Federation State Team Championship in April followed by the Oregon High School Chess Team Association Championship in May.  Kudos, and good luck to the Chess Team!

    TEACHERS AND STAFF
    Our Teacher and Staff listing was recently rearranged on our webpage.  You can now view everyone who works as part of our Special Education Department as a group.  And what a wonderful, dedicated group of educators they are!  View the Department Listing here.

    For any questions or submissions for the newsletter, please email Leanne Van Horn, Communications Coordinator at lvanhorn@pps.net 

    Hybrid Learning Update, April 9

  • Special Schedule April 5- April 9

    Special Schedule April 5 - April 9

  • Student and Family News, March 29

    Ida B. Wells High School
    Student and Family News
    March 29, 2021

    Dear Ida B. Wells Students and Families, 

    I hope that you and your loved ones are doing well and I hope that you found a little bit of rest and joy last week.  My family and I drove to Northern California to bask in the glory of the magnificent redwoods.  I appreciated a chance to slow down and unplug for a few days, to cook meals over a campfire, and to walk beneath the towering trees.  

    There is a lot to do this week in preparation for April 19.  Our admin team is finalizing the Hybrid reopening plans which are due in a couple of days.  We will spend the bulk of the morning on Tuesday developing student cohorts based on survey responses.  Thank you to all of you who indicated whether or not your student is planning to join us for Hybrid.  If you haven’t filled out the survey yet or need additional support, please call our main office as soon as possible (503-916-5280). 

    I know that you and your family may have some additional questions regarding Hybrid.  Please join us for our next PTA meeting on April 8.  I’ll share any additional information I may have and will be happy to answer any of your questions. 

    In the meantime, here are a few announcements for the week ahead.

    Filip Hristic, Ida B. Wells HS Principal

    OUR SCHOOL
    School Mascot 
    Thank you for sharing your feedback and encouraging our students to share their ideas regarding our new school mascot.  We had nearly 2,000 student, staff, and community responses.  We will most likely announce the winner on Tuesday night!

    Meal Distribution
    Meal access is critical for many families within our district and PPS is working to ensure that meal access continues for all students, whether or not they return to school for hybrid in-person instruction or if they remain in distance learning. All school meals will continue to be free for all students in all schools, and no student ID or names are needed to receive meals.

    Once a student returns to hybrid in-person instruction, meals will be served at their school at the end of their in-person session.

    If a student is staying in distance learning -- or if their hybrid in-person learning has not begun -- they should visit 3:30 and 4:30 p.m. on school days to pick up meals.

    For the remainder of the year, grab-and-go meals will be available between 3:30 and 4:30 p.m. on school days for all children in the community (PPS students and children not enrolled at PPS) ages 1-18.  Ida B. Wells High School, Jackson Middle School and Robert Gray Middle School are all Meal Distribution Schools. 

    Student Parking During Hybrid
    Students can park in student parking on a first come first serve basis.  Students must register their cars on this google form:  https://forms.gle/CArSuYUWCUmR5x9F7
    Please direct all parking questions to Erica Caldwell at ecaldwell@pps.net

    TriMet Bus Passes
    Student ID cards also serve as TriMet bus passes.  If your student needs a replacement StudentID/TriMet Pass, please email our bookkeeper, Ana Curtis, acurtis@pps.net.  Please include student's full name and school ID number.  If your student needs a student ID/Tri-Met Pass but does not yet have one, please also email Ana indicating this need.

    ACADEMICS
    History Podcast: "I Wish I Learned That in School"
    Mr. Mathews and Mr. Montanaro have started a history podcast to share with the Ida B. Wells community.  Each episode will explore a fascinating story from the past that is relevant for understanding our world today. They will use the episodes in their social studies classes, but would also love for the wider IBW community to listen as well. Please check it out!  I Wish I learned Learned That in School 
    You can also listen on Apple PodcastsSpotify, or Google Podcasts

    SAT for Juniors, April 13 and 27
    Students that registered to take the SAT at IBW should have received an email to their student PPS email with the date of their exam, testing room and assigned entrance.  If you didn't receive on 3/17-3/19 please email amenashe@pps.net. Review this pdf_sat-school-day-student-guide.pdf
    for important information, test taking tips and sample questions.
    AP Exams
    Taking an AP Exam at home online? You must have:

    * A PC or Mac Laptop or Desktop or a school-owned Chromebook.
    * A working camera on your computer.
    The following will NOT work: A personally owned Chromebook, a smartphone, a tablet or iPAD
    If you don't have access to the needed technology, complete this survey urgently.
     
    Need to request an exam schedule change? Complete the Schedule Change Request Form. Your personal exam dates can be seen on your MyAP account. Additional AP Exam information available here and Updates for PPS families.
    AVID
    Are you a 9th or 10th grader looking for a strong community, a space to grow academically and socially, and curious about how to better prepare for college and career? Maybe AVID is for you! Check out the AVID page on our website to find out more about AVID and how to apply to be in the class. https://www.pps.net/domain/4344

    COUNSELING
    Ida B. Wells HS Career Learning - Week of March 29th
    Future You 2 Go This Week - Focus on Healthcare

    No pre-registration required. Click the link to join
    Wednesday, March 31, 2021 from 1:00pm-1:45pm: Post-Secondary Presentation-PCC Health Care Programs

    Wednesday, March 31, 2021 from 2:00pm-2:45pm: Industry Spotlight-Willamette Dental

    Wednesday, March 31, 2021 from 3:00pm-3:45pm: Industry Spotlight-Registered Dietitian Careers

    Opportunity Spotlight...
    PBOT (Portland Bureau of Transportation) Active Transportation & Safety Division is actively recruiting high school youth for their Vision Zero Youth Focus Groups to better understand transportation needs. Attend 1 of out the 7 focus groups and receive a $20 Fred Meyer gift card for your time. Details and links to the registration forms 

    Juniors! Get Your Resume Polished for Jobs, College Applications, Scholarships & More!
    Hands-On Resume Building Workshop, Friday, April 9th, 10AM - 11:30AM

    Instructor-led online session; Step-by-step instructions using a free, master resume template; Opportunity for free, individualized resume reviews
    Pre-registration deadline is Friday, April 2nd.  More info & to register - https://www.pps.net/Page/1408

    Senior News, Class of 2021
    Last Day for Seniors
    Please note that the last day for seniors is now June 3rd. It was previously June 2nd.

    Senior Ads in Yearbook
    It's not too late to place a Senior Ad in the Yearbook! For more information about this and all news about the Senior Year and Graduation, visit our page, Senior News, Class of 2021

    From our Social Worker, Britni Locke
    Community Meditation
    Beginning April 20th, Peace In Schools is offering free, online, community meditations every Monday from 8:15-8:45AM. To register. fill out the form which can be found at 
    this link

    Black Youth Crisis Recovery Group
    Are you a black student who is seeking a safe place to process and unpack trauma and grief that you may be dealing with as a result of current events?  If so, please check out this flyer for more information on how you can join this group:  Black Youth Crisis Recovery Group

    Substance Abuse Information
    The Office of Student Success and Health has drop-in office hours that are open to anyone in the district - parent, family member or caregiver.  It will be an opportunity to "stop by" virtually and ask questions about substance use prevention, find out about resources and get information about accessing supports. This drop-in space will be staffed by at least two people from the Substance Use Supports team and offered bilingually in both Spanish and English.  FLYER with LINK TO OFFICE HOURS 

    Benson High School Wellness Center
    The Wellness Center located at Benson High School is open to assist with medical issues.  They are also now a location conducting COVID testing (not vaccines).  For more information, please refer to this flyer: Benson Wellness Center

    Parenting Class by LifeStance Health (formerly Western Psychological & Counseling Services)
    See the flyer for more information Excessive Technology Parentlng Workshop
    FAMILIES & COMMUNITY
    Booster Club 
    Boosters is excited to roll out our first few pieces of Ida B Wells High School merchandise - including the Lifting As We Climb Student Tee designed by IBW student Elle Unflat.  Ordering is open now and pickup will be available by mid-April.  You do not have to have a student at Ida B. Wells to use this link and as a tip, click on the Add to Cart button to see images larger.  www.schoolpay.com/link/ibwgear

    In addition, The Booster Club is still seeking individuals to fill these positions for the 2021-2022 School Year:

    Secretary - This position takes notes at Booster Meetings.  Required to be at the Booster meetings. This is a great role to learn all about Boosters and there is no experience necessary.  Time commitment is probably maximum 3 hours monthly during the school year, including attending the meetings. 
    Christmas Tree Sale Lead/Co-Leads - Far and away our biggest fundraiser of the year.  The former lead will still be a parent but needs to step away from leading the whole sale.  The lead(s) run several committee meetings in advance and work from a pre-established playbook, then is generally available during the sale.  You're not expected to be onsite during the entire event!   Time commitment is 10 hours of planning and more hours in person during the weekends of the sale.
    Social Media - Post announcements on and help maintain our IBW Booster Club Facebook.  Check out what was done this school year.  Time commitment is probably less than one hour each week.

    Lastly, the next Booster Club meeting will be held on Monday, April 12th.
     
    PTA
    There will be another PTA meeting on Thursday, April 8th with Prinicpal Hristic to answer questions about Hybrid Learning.   Stay tuned for additional information about time and Zoom meeting information.
     
    LIBRARY
    #Virtualandia 
    #Virtualandia! 2021 is an exciting opportunity for Portland Metro high school students to take part in a dynamic virtual slam poetry competition for the chance to win prizes and the title of #Virtualandia slam champion.
    Prizes: $15 Powell’s gift cards for the first 50 eligible entries; top prize of $1,000 visa gift card. Submit an entry by 3/31/2021 to compete. Full details at IBW Library website: https://www.pps.net/Page/17331

    ATHLETICS
    Ida B. Wells Athletics Weekly, Mike Nolan, Athletic Director
    Greetings Sports Fans!
    I hope you all had a very restful and relaxing spring break. We are entering the final weeks of Season 2 with one more week of regular season play and then a culminating week where some of our programs will be participating in more contests and continuing to compete. In this shortened season, it has been great to see our student-athletes and coaches be able to get outside and compete, find time to bond as groups, and find a little normalcy. Huge thanks goes out to all of our parents who have been getting their student-athletes to practice, provide transportations to contests, becoming video streaming experts, and volunteering for different activities at our events. It certainly takes a village and we are extremely lucky to have the support in our little village. We can now have spectators at PPS facilities and I want thank you for all of your understanding as we try to navigate these new protocols. The good news on that front is our grandstands are finally open to the spectators now. To read the entire Athletics Weekly inluding recaps on each sport and a listing of all our Senior Fall Season Athletes Read More

    Athletic Schedule, Week of March 29 - April 3
    For a complete list of all contests and where you can find the most up-to-date schedules, please visit our Athletics Website: 
    Athletics - Week of March 29

    Season 3/Spring Sports - Register Now!!
    Season 3/Spring Sports begins on Monday, April 5th!  Student-Athletes that are planning on participating in Baseball, Softball, Track and Field, Golf,  Tennis and Lacrosse should register ASAP.  https://www.familyid.com/organizations/ida-b-wells-high-school.   Having a valid physical on file is needed before participation can begin.

    For complete Registration information, visit our Athletic Website: www.wilsonathletics.com/Registration  You can also contact Leanne Van Horn at lvanhorn@pps.net with any questions.

    Women's Lacrosse
    We are excited for our Women's Lacrosse season which begins April 5th and games start April 12th.  The season is 6 weeks. Since Lacrosse is a club sport there are additional steps to register:

    1) Renew or create the player's US Lacrosse Membership.  This is required for all lacrosse players in Oregon.  https://membership.uslacrosse.org/
    2) Register with IBW club:  https://www.wilsonlax.com/Default.aspx?tabid=912272.  
    3) Register with IBW Athletics Family ID. There is no fee with this, but it is required:  https://www.familyid.com/organizations/ida-b-wells-high-school  
    OR 
    You can visit our website:  https://www.wilsonlax.com/wilsonwomenslax
     
    We will be following the OHA guidance for outdoor recreation:  https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.leagueathletics.com/Text/Documents/21684/98948.pdf
    PLEASE REGISTER SOON!   IBW Girls Lacrosse Board:  Buffy Mohr, Andy Walton, Kat Kozitza, Aaron Olson, Lindsay Wierdsma
    STUDENT ACTIVITIES
    Speech and Debate Club
    We are so excited to announce that SIX students from Ida B. Wells qualified for the National Speech & Debate Tournament in June. Hearty congratulations are in order for the following qualifying students:
    • Cara Weathers -- Extemporaneous Speaking (US)
    • Hannah Lo and Natalie Taylor -- Public Forum Debate
    • Noemie Veillette -- Value Lincoln Douglas Debate
    • Preston Bushnell -- World Schools Debate
    • Zoe Carver -- Congressional Debate (Senate)
    2021 Rose Festival Court
    Congrats to the 2021 Ida B. Wells Rose Court Candidates:
    SR. - Bridget McMurray
    SR. - Catalina (Cata) Monteiro
    SR. - Eleanor Potter
    JR. - Hannah Worden
    The Ida B. Wells 2021 Rose Princess will be announced on April 15th. 
    Ida B Wells Latinx Student Union
    Ida B Wells Latinx Student Union is a student-led space committed to connecting and supporting Latinx students at Ida B Wells. We also seek to raise social awareness of issues facing Latinx communities via cultural, social and academic events. Latino Student Union is open to students of all backgrounds who would like to learn and would like to actively engage with Latinx culture and heritage. 
     
    Any students interested in joining the Ida B Wells Latinx student group can reach out to Club Advisor: Winston Rivas at wrivas@pps.net or text @ibwlsu to 81010

    Ida B. Wells Chess Club
    COVID can’t beat the Ida B. Wells Chess Club (And neither can any other school in Oregon, it seems!) 

    With COVID prohibiting the Ida B. Wells Chess Club from participating ‘over the board’, the chess club moved online and has been participating in a state-wide team league the last several months. Congratulations to Ida B. Wells chess players for fielding two teams of players that took FIRST place and tied for SECOND place in the Mid-Winter Chess League Battle!  Playing games were seniors Oliver Flood, Jamison Ishimaru, Logan Leybold and Michael Schuff, junior Sarah Woods and sophomore Thomas Schuff, who were joined by chess players from Ida B. Wells feeder schools. 

    Next up is the Oregon Scholastic Chess Federation State Team Championship in April followed by the Oregon High School Chess Team Association Championship in May.  Kudos, and good luck to the Chess Team!

    TEACHERS AND STAFF
    Our Administrative Team is working hard to bring in-person learning back to Ida B. Wells on April 19th.  To see the bios for our Principal, Vice-Principals, Business Manager and Athletic Director Read more here 

    For any questions or submissions for the newsletter, please email Leanne Van Horn, Communications Coordinator at lvanhorn@pps.net 

  • In-Person Hybrid Instruction

     

     

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  • Student and Family News, March 15

    Ida B. Wells High School
    Student and Family News
    March 15, 2021

     

    Dear Ida B. Wells HS Students and Families, 

    We are planning in earnest for Hybrid learning to begin during the week of April 19.  Earlier today I walked around the building to make sure that all our classrooms have been reconfigured to meet the physical distancing requirements.  The district is providing all classrooms with air-purifiers as well and we are eagerly awaiting the release of the updated ODE and OHA guidelines.  District leaders are getting close to finalizing the Hybrid schedule for high school students and you can expect to receive a learning preference survey later this week.  Please complete the survey as quickly as you can as this will further assist us with our planning.  Please also join us at this week’s PTA meeting on Thursday night.  I expect to have a few more updates by then.  You can find the Zoom call information below and on our master calendar on our website.  

    Filip Hristic, Ida B. Wells HS Principal

    Here are more announcements for this week:

    OUR SCHOOL

    Successful Schools Survey

    This is the final week for families to take The Successful Schools Survey.  The deadline is Friday, March 19.  The Successful Schools Survey is our annual district-wide school climate and feedback survey. These surveys provide students, families, staff, and leaders an opportunity to provide feedback on their school’s climate and their experiences at school. Here is the pps link of where to go to take the survey: https://www.pps.net/Page/17177

    For more information about the Successful School Survey, you can read the FAQ
    in English:  Successful Schools Survey_English
    in Spanish: Successful Schools Survey Spanish
    in Somali: Successful Schools Survey Somali

    Ida B. Wells Mascot 
    The renaming committee has reviewed the overwhelming mascot input and feedback from the Ida B. Wells-Barnett High School community, and we now have FIVE finalists to present to you for a vote. Please let us know what you think:

    ACADEMICS

    History Podcast: "I Wish I Learned That in School"
    Mr. Mathews and Mr. Montanaro have started a history podcast to share with the Ida B. Wells community.  Each episode will explore a fascinating story from the past that is relevant for understanding our world today. They will use the episodes in their social studies classes, but would also love for the wider IBW community to listen as well. Please check it out!  I Wish I learned Learned That in School 
    You can also listen on Apple PodcastsSpotify, or Google Podcasts
     
    Spring 2021 AP Capstone Speaker Series
    We are excited to invite the IBWHS community to an online speaker series featuring researchers this spring.  Our speakers will share about some of their most impactful projects, the high value of research skills, and how social justice is centered in their work.  Dr. Nettie Legters will be our first speaker on Wednesday, March 17 from 6:00-7:00pm.  Visit the AP Capstone page on our website to learn more and to register. https://www.pps.net/Page/13344
     
    SAT for Juniors, April 13 and 27
    All Juniors who signed up to take the SAT will be notified in their PPS email before spring break regarding the date they are testing, their testing room number and the entry door they are to use based on their testing room. Spring Break is a great time to prepare for the SAT.  The SAT School Day Student Guide has information about the exam, sample test materials and test-taking advice and tips.
     
    AP Exams
    For detailed information on how the AP exams will be administered please check out the PPS AP Exam page.  The exam schedule is available here as well!
     
    AVID
    Are you a 10th grader looking for a strong community, a space to grow academically and socially, and curious about how to better prepare for college and career? Maybe AVID is for you! Check out the AVID page on our website to find out more about AVID and how to apply to be in the class. https://www.pps.net/domain/4344

    COUNSELING

    Ida B. Wells HS Career Learning - Week of March 15th

    T 3/16 & W 3/17, 1-4PM: Virtual NW Youth Careers Expo welcoming IBW freshmen currently enrolled in College & Career Exploration. Students/Parents check your email for log-in instructions.
     
    W, 3/17, 1-2:30PM: Start Your Professional Branding with LinkedIn! Learn how to craft a LinkedIn profile and an engaging brand with Dr. Faith Avery from Goodwill Industries. Click to join with your PPS account
     
    TH 3/18, 1-2:30PM: PPS EMERGENCY SERVICES CAREER FOCUS EVENT! Hosted by the PPS Office of Career & Technical Education in partnership with AMR. Deadline to submit your registration is TODAY March 15th, 2021. Register HERE
     
    Now Recruiting:  
    Bodecker Foundation Be the Creative Director spring break workshop is still accepting applications. Deadline to apply: March 18th.
     
    Haggerty Scholars Program sponsored by the Federal Bar Association Oregon Chapter is now recruiting current high school juniors with an interest in law and civil rights. This program spans this summer through Senior year with professional mentoring activities, law and civil rights events, and workplace tours (permitting). Deadline to apply: April 9th.

    Save the Date:
    F, April 9th, 10-11:30AM: Hands-On Resume Workshop - What makes a winning resume? Opportunity to create a resume that meets the PPS district requirements and have it reviewed by Goodwill Industries Job Connections personnel. Learn more.

    For more information or to see other opportunities including summer internships/jobs, check out the March Career Happenings newsletter or email Jessica Wade, jwade1@pps.net

    Senior News, Class of 2021
    The March edition of the Senior Newsletter is now available: Senior Newsletter, March 2021 

    To find all news about the Senior Year and Graduation, visit our website Senior News, Class of 2021

    From our Social Worker, Britni Locke
    Black Youth Crisis Recovery Group
    Are you a black student who is seeking a safe place to process and unpack trauma and grief that you may be dealing with as a result of current events?  If so, please check out this flyer for more information on how you can join this group:  Black Youth Crisis Recovery Group

    Ida B Wells Pantry Restock
    With LIPI underway, our Social Worker is ready to restock the hygiene pantry in hopes of opening access up to families in need.  If you need some extra support, please email Britni Locke at blocke@pps.net.   If you're able to contribute - here's the signup for what's desired and where/how to drop off.  VolunteerSignup - Online volunteer signup sheets - IBW Food & Hygiene Pantry Restock 1.2021 signup sheet

    Substance Abuse Information
    The Office of Student Success and Health has drop-in office hours that are open to anyone in the district - parent, family member or caregiver.  It will be an opportunity to "stop by" virtually and ask questions about substance use prevention, find out about resources and get information about accessing supports. This drop-in space will be staffed by at least two people from the Substance Use Supports team and offered bilingually in both Spanish and English.  FLYER with LINK TO OFFICE HOURS .

    Benson High School Wellness Center
    The Wellness Center located at Benson High School is open to assist with medical issues.  They are also now a location conducting COVID testing (not vaccines).  For more information, please refer to this flyer: Benson Wellness Center

    FAMILIES & COMMUNITY 

    Foundation
    The next IBW Foundation Meeting will take place on March 17 at 7:00 PM.  Please feel free to wear green during the call.  We will start to finalize IBW’s fundraising plans for the 2021-2022 school year.  We will have subcommittee reports and discuss overall school staffing for 2021-2022. 

    Parents and staff are welcome to join via zoom at the following link: March IBWHS 7PM Foundation Zoom Call 

    If you plan to participate on the call and would like a copy of the meeting agenda prior, please email Brad Nelson at bknelson@cascadeautoglass.com.  We look forward to seeing you at the meeting.

    PTA
    PTA Meeting
    An additional PTA Meeting has been scheduled for March 18, 7:00PM;  Topic: "Re-Opening Plans Q&A with Principal Hristic"

    For additional phone numbers, meeting codes, etc. please visit the master calendar on our website Master Calendar, March 18

    Staff Appreciation
    Spring staff appreciation project is coming online - our plan is thank you notes and gift cards.  
    If you're available to write some of the notes, please message Jessica (jess_jon@msn.com) your email address and we'll coordinate.  If you are able to donate, please either Venmo (@jchrist18) or message Jessica (jess_jon@msn.com) for other options.  Hoping to be ready to distribute in April!🍎❤ Let's show those hardworking IBW teachers and staff some love.

    LIBRARY

    #Virtualandia 
    #Virtualandia! 2021 is an exciting opportunity for Portland Metro high school students to take part in a dynamic virtual slam poetry competition for the chance to win prizes and the title of #Virtualandia slam champion.
    Prizes: $15 Powell’s gift cards for the first 50 eligible entries; top prize of $1,000 visa gift card. Submit an entry by 3/31/2021 to compete. Full details at IBW Library website: https://www.pps.net/Page/17331

    ATHLETICS

    Ida B. Wells Athletics Weekly, Mike Nolan, Athletic Director
    Greetings Sports Fans! 
    What a week of Ida B. Wells Athletics we just had! All of our programs are in full league swing now battling it out with our friends across the PIL. It is so great to see our coaches and student-athletes being able to get outside and in the gym to compete with their teammates. We have a full slate of athletics this week; see below for the complete schedule.  To read the rest of the Athetics Weekly and find out more about each program as well as this week's Student-Athletes of the Week: Ava Chimienti, Volleyball; Sophia Whelden, Women's Soccer; Giuliano Scasso, Cross Country and Rolin Griffiths, Football.  Ida B. Wells Athletic Weekly, March 15

    Athletic Schedule, Week of March 15 - March 20
    For a complete list of all contests and where you can find the most up-to-date schedules, please visit our Athletics Website: https://www.wilsonathletics.com/page/show/3803298-this-week.  

    Season 3/Spring Sports
    Registration for Season 3/Spring Sports is now open! Student-Athletes that are planning on participating in Baseball, Softball, Track and Field, Golf and Tennis can be registered on https://www.familyid.com/organizations/ida-b-wells-high-school  For complete Registration information, visit our Athletic Website: www.wilsonathletics.com/Registration  Due to Spring Break, we ask that you register ASAP!  

    Cheer Team
    For a limited time, the Cheer program is opening up registration to join the Cheer Team.  For complete instructions, visit their page on the Athletics webpage: https://www.wilsonathletics.com/cheer  

    Women's Lacrosse
    We are excited for our Women's Lacrosse season which begins April 5th and games start April 12th.  The season is 6 weeks. Since Lacrosse is a club sport there are additional steps to register:

    1) Renew or create the player's US Lacrosse Membership.  This is required for all lacrosse players in Oregon.  https://membership.uslacrosse.org/
    2) Register with IBW club:  https://www.wilsonlax.com/Default.aspx?tabid=912272.  
    3) Register with IBW Athletics Family ID. There is no fee with this, but it is required:  https://www.familyid.com/organizations/ida-b-wells-high-school  
    OR 
    You can visit our website:  https://www.wilsonlax.com/wilsonwomenslax
     
    We will be following the OHA guidance for outdoor recreation:  https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.leagueathletics.com/Text/Documents/21684/98948.pdf
    PLEASE REGISTER SOON!   IBW Girls Lacrosse Board:  Buffy Mohr, Andy Walton, Kat Kozitza, Aaron Olson, Lindsay Wierdsma
    STUDENT ACTIVITIES

    2021 Rose Festival Court
    Congrats to the 2021 Ida B. Wells Rose Court Candidates:
    SR. - Bridget McMurray
    SR. - Catalina (Cata) Monteiro
    SR. - Eleanor Potter
    JR. - Hannah Worden
    The Ida B. Wells 2021 Rose Princess will be announced on April 15th. 

    Ida B Wells Latinx Student Union
    Ida B Wells Latinx Student Union is a student-led space committed to connecting and supporting Latinx students at Ida B Wells. We also seek to raise social awareness of issues facing Latinx communities via cultural, social and academic events. Latino Student Union is open to students of all backgrounds who would like to learn and would like to actively engage with Latinx culture and heritage. 
     
    Any students interested in joining the Ida B Wells Latinx student group can reach out to Club Advisor: Winston Rivas at wrivas@pps.net or text @ibwlsu to 81010

    Community Building for 9th Graders!
    We’re so excited to be offering another community-building meeting for our Freshpeople! This meeting will be a great way for 9th graders to meet some more friendly faces from Ida B. Wells-Barnett and to help build that sense of community that we’ve lost given the current comprehensive distance learning setup going on. During the meeting, we’ll be playing games and doing different activities with the hope that whenever we return to the building, our freshpeople will feel more at home. This month's meeting will be very similar to the first one we held last month, so if you weren’t able to attend last month, no problem. The event will be on Wednesday, March 17th at 12:40 pm. Here is the link to join meet.google.com/kky-uxqu-zab

    Trojan Factor
    This year's 2021 Trojan Factor is coming up. For those who may not know, Trojan Factor is our talent show and is open to all students and talents! Although no final date has been picked yet, we are hoping to have it in April. This year's event will happen via a Google Meet. If you are interested, please come to the following meeting on March 17th at 12:35 https://zoom.us/j/94838723971?pwd=WmhiZEwxRzFaSXh3NWRlRlVBNHlDZz09

    Ultimate Frisbee
    Portland Ultimate Frisbee Club is hosting a Middle and High School Girls Clinic on Sunday, March 21st. This one day clinic is open to all skill levels and will be a day of fun and learning. Come meet other girls your age from around the Portland Metro area, as well as some of the middle and high school coaches from local teams.  For more information, please see their flyer: https://portlandultimate.org/e/middle-high-school-girls-skills-clinic

    TEACHERS AND STAFF
     
    We are very fortunate to have a dedicated team of counselors.  Find out more about their backgrounds here: IBW Counseling Team
     
    Have a great week and a great Spring Break.  The next edition of the Student and Family News will be on Monday, March 29th.  

    For any questions or submissions for the newsletter, please email Leanne Van Horn, Communications Coordinator at lvanhorn@pps.net 

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