Student and Family News, October 510/4/2020
Student and Family News
Monday, October 5, 2020
Dear Wilson Students and Families,
Here are a few announcements for the short week ahead:
Schedule This Week - We don’t have school on Friday! As is the case with every 4-day week, we will not have our regular Wednesday schedule this week. Instead, Wednesday and Thursday of this week will follow the typical Thursday and Friday schedule.
Site Council Parent Elections - Dear Wilson parent community, We are recruiting for two open parent representative seats on the Wilson HS site council. The site council meets monthly (last available Wednesday of each month from 3pm to 5pm), sets and achieves goals designed to improve the academic environment and academic results for Wilson Students. Please follow this link to learn more about WHS site council bylaws and submit your application for consideration. The application will be open until Wednesday, 10/14. Site council meetings are open to the public and anyone interested may attend.
ASB Elections are this Week! - WHS Students - Reminder that you will be voting for ASB members in your classes this week! Stay tuned for more announcements on our instagram @wilson_trojans including a description of all of the ASB positions and candidate bios!
From the WHS Foundation - Dear Wilson Community, As this unusual school year gets underway, we wanted to reach out about the importance of the Wilson Foundation. The mission of Wilson Foundation is to reduce class sizes by adding teachers and increasing elective choices for every student. Now more than ever, Wilson needs your support.
There are many ways you can show your support:
Donate directly to the foundation at The Fund for Portland Public Schools. Click on donate and follow the prompts. Be sure to designate Wilson in the drop down box. 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.
Join Wilson Foundation through SchoolPay. This year we have created a way to become a member of Wilson Foundation through SchoolPay. After logging in, click on non-profit groups on the left. You can sign up for all three WHS groups (Foundation, PTA and Boosters) together or become a member of any group individually.
Become a board member of Wilson Foundation! We are looking for new members, especially parents with Freshman and Sophomore students. While this is important work, it is not a big commitment. We would love to have a Communications Chair, Grant Specialist, and a Community Liaison.
Attend a Wilson Foundation meeting. At our meetings, community members can learn more about the role of the Foundation at Wilson, learn about Wilson’s staffing needs, and add your input about how resources are allocated. ** See meeting information below!
In past “normal” years, Wilson Foundation has hosted community fundraising events, including October House Parties and a spring All School Auction. With the social distancing restraints in place at this time, these fun and community building social events have been put on “pause”. Wilson Foundation’s mission remains the same - to support Wilson’s educational community and raise funds for FTE needs. Please consider what you would potentially have contributed at a house party or a paddle raise and click on the donation link above.
The first meeting of the Wilson Foundation will be via Zoom meeting on Wednesday, October 7th at 6:30 p.m. - link is provided below:
———> Join Zoom Meeting https://pps-net.zoom.us/j/95525169764?pwd=UDJhMHF0Z05SL3F2enRLRk5aL0hEQT09
For more information about the Wilson Foundation, please contact Deb Cox at or Kathy Lommen.
News from the College and Career Center
Interested in attending college in Canada? EduCanada Virtual Fair - October 6th
NACAC Virtual College Fair - This replaces the big fair NACAC usually has annually at the Convention center. 3 dates: Oct 12 and 13th, Nov 8th. Different colleges will be available on different dates. Sign up and explore Here
Students, families, and counselors can attend the PNACAC College Fair! Representatives from colleges and universities nationwide will be in attendance at this free virtual event. See the PNACAC website for details on the daily schedule, schools attending, and registration. Oregon Week: October 5 - 8. Washington Week: October 19-23.
Alaska/ Idaho Week: October 26-29.
PPS Tools to Build Your Future Event - Oct. 21st from 10 am -3:15 pm. All students in grades 9-12 will choose two break out sessions dedicated to career exploration in the morning and in the afternoon, students in grades 11 and 12 will choose three postsecondary action planning sessions. Sessions will include:
Career awareness interactive presentations delivered by industry speakers representing a broad range of career pathways
Information about advanced training and job readiness options
Financial aid and scholarship options
Apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship programs
2 and 4 year colleges (including supports for first generation college students)
College sessions for Black, Latinx and Native students
College test preparation and updates
Gap year programs
Sign up for Going Merry - a different scholarship search - apply within the website to vetted scholarships, bundle applications, store your transcript to attach, auto-filled responses when possible! Sign up here:
Oregon CIS (Career Information Systems) - a comprehensive college and career tool with the most up to date local scholarship list for Oregon students! Sign in or sign up here: https://oregoncis.uoregon.edu/ select the Single Sign On button (right corner).
Office of Student Access and Completion OSAC - Oregon has a commission that puts together a database of more than 500 scholarships that can be applied to with 1 application! Opens in November, Deadline March 1st.
Wilson High School offers 3-5 scholarships each year with the help of community partners to graduating seniors. These applications come out in the spring.
Seniors: October is College Application Month - Get Prepared and Apply!
FAFSA Opens Oct. 1st! - Make sure you get in and file it as soon as you can HERE! If you missed Jen Satalino’s Paying for College event find the Recording here. Register and attend the Paying For College event en Espanol on September 30th at 6pm - Sign up HERE. An additional English event will take place on October 21st at 6pm- note this on your calendar and look at The College Place for updates and links.
A Message from our Social Worker, Britni Locke:
Dear Wilson High School Community,
I know it has been said what feels like millions of times over, but we are living in unprecedented times. The coronavirus pandemic alongwith the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Aumaud Aubrey, and the many black lives lost since and even before, have shed light on the inequities that exist in our local communities and in our world.
I have now been in the role of Wilson’s school social worker for just over a month and already it is abundantly clear that many of our families are struggling to have their basic needs met. At the same time, I have received many emails from families asking how they can help, what they can donate and how. A need I have noticed thus far is for clothing. Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, a lot of the clothing closets in the community are closed. Another need that has come up is the need for cleaning supplies and toiletries which we know cannot be purchased with EBT cards.
Therefore, I am hoping for donations of the following items from the Wilson families who can do so:
Gift cards in varying amounts to: Fred Meyer, Target, Walmart, Winco, or other easy to access stores in the community (online or within close proximity).
VISA gift cards in varying amounts, Gas Gift Cards in varying denominations
To donate directly to our student aid fund, please visit this school pay link
Cleaning/House Supplies such as: Laundry detergent, Bleach, Sponges, Hand sanitizer, Lysol, Dish soap, All purposes cleaner, etc.
If you are able to donate, you can drop items and/or gift cards off at Wilson High School between the hours of 8AM and 3PM Monday through Friday. When dropping off, call the main office (503) 916-5280 and someone will meet you to gather your donations. All donations can receive a tax deductible donation letter from Erica Caldwell, Business Manager, Wilson High School.
Additionally, if you are a family in need of support please connect with me via phone or email.
Britni Locke, LCSW, LSSW
School Social Worker
Wilson High School