IMPORTANT! - CHANGES TO ABSENCE REPORTING DURING INCREASED COVID CASES
Dear Ida B. Wells Families,
I hope that you and your loved ones are doing well. I hope you found some rest this weekend and I hope that remembering Dr. King lifted your spirits, too. Celebrating Dr. King Day always felt like a sacred day and it feels even more special now that it also marks the anniversary of our school’s name change. It was exactly a year ago that our Renaming Committee recommended “Ida B. Wells-Barnett” as our new name and the PPS Board approved this recommendation shortly thereafter. I’m pleased to let you know that Michelle Duster, Ida B. Wells’ great-granddaughter, will join us for a virtual community event in a few weeks on Thursday, February 24. Michelle will help us celebrate the Black History Month and the one-year anniversary of the renaming of our school. She is the author of several books, including Ida B. the Queen. Most recently she published a picture book about Ida B. Wells, too. Michelle will also join us in August for a day-long curriculum camp.
Last Friday Multnomah County released new guidelines regarding contact tracing in schools. In short, Oregon will no longer consider masked contact in schools to be an exposure regardless of distancing. We will continue to enforce all the preventative measures, of course, including social distancing and masking. Unless I hear otherwise, we will also continue to send community notification letters whenever we have a confirmed positive case on campus. Please continue to emphasize for your student(s) the importance of wearing a well-fitted mask, limiting the number of people they have lunch with during the school day, and practicing social distancing on and off campus.
Finally, a big Thank You! to all our families who contributed coffee and donuts last Friday. Last week was busy and challenging in lots of ways. It was so heart-warming to be well caffeinated and cared for on Friday morning. Ms. Coning and I spent about an hour walking around the building refilling teachers’ coffee cups. As I’m sure you can guess, we have lots of coffee drinkers on our staff. I know they were appreciative of all of you as well.
Schedule This Week:
Tuesday - B Day
Wednesday - A Day Flex
Thursday - B Day Flex
Friday - All 8Filip Hristić, Ed. D.
Title IX Community Event – Jan. 24th
You are invited to join us for this PTA sponsored event in partnership with the PPS Title IX office, Monday January 24th from 7-8pm on Zoom Link. See this Flyer for additional information.
State Testing for 11th graders - opt-out information
Our state and district are returning to a statewide testing system known as OSAS (Oregon Statewide Assessment System). This has effectively replaced SBAC (Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium). All 11th graders will be taking the tests unless parent/guardian submit the opt out forms. Each test will replace 2-3 class periods of Language Arts, Math and Science instruction. These tests are not a requirement for graduation for the classes of 2022 or 2023 due to the pandemic. If you do not want your child/student to take the test(s) (in early March), please fill out and return opt out forms to the Main Office or to the Vice Principal's Office (#139) across from the gym. NOTE that there are two opt out forms: one for Language Arts/Math and a separate one for Science. If you have questions about statewide testing, you can email or call Vice Principal Ayesha Coning firstname.lastname@example.org. Math and ELA Opt Out Form Science Opt Out Form
Class of 2022
IMPORTANT! - DIPLOMA NAME ORDER FORM – Deadline extended to 1/21
Seniors, if you have not yet completed the Diploma Name Order Form please do so by January 21, 2022. This will ensure that we have your correct name, spelling and preference on your diploma. In addition, this is where you put how your name is to be read at the ceremony and how to pronounce your name, if needed.
If no Google form is received, then your full legal name (first and last) from Synergy will be used. This will also determine how your name will be read at Commencement as well. Please remember you must access this form using your PPS student account.
JOSTEN'S ORDERS - PRICES WENT UP ON JANUARY 15TH
The IBWHS Magazine - The Headlight, The Winter Edition
Be sure to check out The Winter Edition of The Headlight! https://ibwhsmag.com/
The deadline for Juniors and Seniors only has been extended to Jan. 31st
The deadline to submit senior photos is January 14th
Seniors, please check your school email for a link to submit your senior quote
Tutor.com - Free personal homework help for AP Students
Tutor.com provides free, personal tutoring 24/7 in all AP classes with experienced, professional tutors. Here is a video about this service quick overview of Tutor.Com. Great opportunity to get the help you need.
Introducing: The Smart City Learning Cafe
What: Drop-in homework help in math, science, English, and writing.
When: Every Wednesday in January, 2022, 7 - 9 pm. January 12, 19, 26. Future dates and times TBA.
Where: Fat City Cafe, 7820 SW Capitol Highway, Portland OR 97219.
Who: You! Amy Minato (English, writing), Joe Minato (science, math), and peer tutors will be available to supervise and provide help. Limited to 10 students at a time while Covid rages. Everyone must be fully vaccinated and boosted. No reservations, just drop in!
Check out https://www.joeminato.com/
Earn a CRLE with Future You 2 Go on Wednesday 1/19.
No pre-registration required; Simply click on link to join the Google Meet. Need a place to log-on or an excused absence? Come to the College & Career Center (RM 149). After viewing, please complete your CRLE reflection assignment for your graduation requirements.
W, 1/19 12:00pm-12:45: Career Presentation-Anthony Arias, Footwear Curriculum Developer/Design-Pensole Lewis College.
Have you ever considered a career in athletic shoe design? Anthony Arias is the Footwear Curriculum Developer/Design for Pensole Lewis College of Business & Design, which is the pipeline HBCU for career education and professional development in the design industry. Learn about Anthony's individual career pathway and how he became an instructor for Footwear Design. Please have paper/pencil available if you are planning to attend. Connected Careers: Design, Education, Business, Sports Apparel/Footwear
W, 1/19, 1:00pm-1:45pm: Post-Secondary Presentation-PCC Exercise Science
The Oregon Employment Department forecasts Portland area employment of fitness trainers will grow 14.6% through 2027. The Portland Community College Exercise Science program, located primarily at the Sylvania Campus, provides high-quality education and practical experiences to prepare you to successfully join the workforce as a fitness professional. Connected Careers: Exercise Science, Group Fitness, Personal Trainer, Yoga Teacher
W, 1/19, During FLEX - 2:40pm-3:25pm: Career Presentation-Katrine Lofberg, Pediatric Surgeon-OHSU. Join from Mr. Olsen's RM 18B
Dr. Katrine M. Lofberg is a pediatric surgeon and an assistant professor of surgery in the Division of Pediatric Surgery in the OHSU School of Medicine. She has expertise in neonatal surgery, surgery for cancer and diagnosing and managing congenital anomalies — abnormalities that babies are born with and that affect the way they look or how their body develops or functions. Learn about Dr. Lofberg’s career and how she earned her M.D. from the University of Washington and completed her residency in general surgery at OHSU. Connected Careers: Pediatric Surgery, Surgery, Healthcare Careers.
JANUARY IBW CAREER HAPPENINGS NEWSLETTER
For detailed information about these and other opportunities, please see the January IBW Career Happenings Newsletter - https://www.pps.net/Page/
From our Social Worker
IBW PANTRY RE-STOCK
With school in session, our pantry is seeing regular use. Please help us restock by visiting this link for needed items and delivery instructions. Thank you for supporting our students and families. VolunteerSignup - Online volunteer signup sheets - IBW Food & Hygiene Pantry Restock 1.2022 signup sheet
FROM HOME FORWARD REGARDING HOUSING
N/NE PHB Housing Waitlist – Applications are now being accepted year-round to be placed on a waitlist for rental housing opportunities. Must meet income qualifications. Find out more here or fill out the online application . Find more affordable housing options here
We expect our wait lists to reopen towards the beginning of this year 2022. To receive notification when the Section 8 or any of our property Wait Lists open, please sign up for the Home Forward e-newsletter. Go to our website www.homeforward.org. Click on eNewsletter Signup. All we need is your current e-mail address.
FAMILIES & COMMUNITY
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PTA - General Meeting this week! 1/19
Ida B Wells PTA is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: IBW PTA General Meeting
Time: Jan 19, 2022 06:30 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 408 626 2115
After careful consideration and in consultation with school principals, we are extending the temporary distance learning return date until Tuesday, February 1 for the following three middle schools: George, Harriet Tubman and Kellogg.
We are so pleased to inform you that your school (see chart below) will return to in-person classes early next week. We realize that closing the campus and moving to temporary distance learning created challenges for families, but the dramatic rise in absences of staff and students fueled by the omicron variant of COVID-19 made it too difficult to keep the campus open safely.
Dear PPS Community,
On Monday, January 31, Portland Public Schools teachers and staff will have a day to collaborate and plan for the start of the second semester, with no classes held for students on that day. This comes after the PPS Board of Education, at a special meeting on Tuesday, unanimously voted to turn January 31 into a staff collaboration and planning day for school-based staff, creating an opportunity for school staff to work on campus-specific school climate plans and instructional practices to support the diverse needs of our students.
6:00 PM District Board Meeting
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM Board Policy Committee Meeting
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Board Charter Schools and Alternative Programs Committee Meeting