• Student and Family News, October 19

    Student and Family News

    Monday, October 19,  2020


    Hello WHS Community!

    We are very excited to have found a way to hold online Spirit Week this fall and are hoping to see lots of participation in our student body! The theme is Stay Home & Stay Safe. Listed below are the days as well as a short explanation for what they entail.

    Monday: Lazy Day - Pjs, slippers, eye masks…wear the coziest thing in your closet!

    Tuesday: Tone Up Tuesday! - Wear your favorite school appropriate work out clothes that have inspired you to get off the couch and be active during quarantine!

    Wednesday: Wear a Mask Wednesday! - Sport your favorite face mask for the class! (You are not required to wear it all of class.)

    Thursday: Throwback Thursday! - Quarantine sure has made us sentimental! So grab your favorite outfit from any decade to show off to the class.

    Friday: Class Color Day! - Let’s show some school spirit Trojans! Freshman wear BLACK, Sophomores wear GREY, Juniors wear WHITE, and Seniors wear GREEN.

    Share your school spirit on Instagram wilson_trojans Or to wilsonhsleadership@hotmail.com to be eligible for great prizes such as AirPods!  One winner per grade level!  -Wilson Leadership  


    Virtual Club Fair, October 26-  Welcome back to another fall season at Wilson High School! We’ve been in school for a little over a month now, so hopefully, things are settling into a good routine for our students! Even though we are conducting school virtually, we are still hard at work trying to see what they can do to make this the best online year for our students. One incredibly important aspect of student life here at Wilson is the variety of amazing clubs that we offer. So, we are happy to announce that Wilson will be hosting our own Virtual Club Fair starting October 26th!

    How will this work? Normally, our clubs would all be in the cafeteria with trifolds and information about their clubs and why people should join them. We can’t do that this year, so we have a virtual format similar to our Back-To-School-Night! On Monday, October 26th, we will share a document with information about the clubs we are offering this year, including the advisor email and when meetings are for each club. In addition, each club will share a short video about their club for students to watch if they are interested in learning a bit more about what the club is and figure out if they want to join. Students can feel free to watch these videos whenever they want and whenever they have the time to. Two days later, on Wednesday, October 28th, from 2:00 - 3:00 PM, clubs have the option to host virtual meetings where prospective members can swing by to ask any questions they may have or learn more about a certain club. Each club will have their own room open for the duration of the hour, so students will have time to visit multiple clubs. This is a wonderful opportunity for students to make friends, discover new interests, and get more involved in the Wilson community! Save October 26th and 28th on your calendars, and we hope that you will have a wonderful time at the first Virtual Club Fair!  -Student Leadership 


    Advanced Placement Exam Registration and Payment -  Exam Payment for FIRST SEMESTER AP STUDENTS is due Nov. 2nd.  This is a HARD deadline coming from the College Board.  There will be a  $40 per exam late fee after this date. Please refer to the First Semester AP Student Checklist.


    PTA Hospitality - The PTA's hospitality team is working on a small teacher appreciation / acknowledgement gift for distribution before Winter Break.  Planning a simple, non-perishable gift in lieu of any conference meals and the like.  We need $2,200 to include all teachers, at a cost of $25 per person.  To include all support staff, our need would be $3,300 total. If you'd like to contribute, please Venmo to @jchrist18 or message Jessica (jess_jon@msn.com).  If you use Venmo, please put Wilson in the subject line.  As of Friday afternoon, we were about 1/4 of the way to our goal.  It has been a wild ride, but our Wilson teachers and staff are hanging in there with us.  Let's show some❤️


    A Message from the Boosters-  It's that time of year! The Booster Club annual Christmas Tree sale is in full on planning mode. What can you do to help?  Sign up to volunteer for a shift.  All shifts are open to everyone so get a group of friends and pick a day/time that works for all of you. We need students and adults.  All Covid protocols will be in place to ensure a safe volunteer experience. Sign up today: https://signup.com/go/FTDoZtg


    Picture Retakes and Student Bus Passes-  Mark your calendars for November 3rd and 4th between noon-4pm for our picture retake day and another opportunity to get a student ID card with trimet pass.  


    Athletics Update - Greetings Sports Fans!  After careful deliberation and in conjunction with the OHA, Governor’s Office, ODE, and guidance from the OSAA, we are announcing an opportunity for our student-athletes to re-connect with our coaching staff in a safe, healthy, and productive way beginning October 20.  We will be adhering to the following protocols:

    • Masks Required and worn at all times, coaches included.  If a student-athlete does not bring a mask, they cannot participate.

    • Own Water Bottle

    • 6ft social distancing

    • Temperature Checks

    • Attendance taken

    • Check In/Out Tables

    • Sanitation Stations

    • Communication from each Wilson High School Program about where check in/out stations are located and pod identification.

    • 1:25 Ratio per pod

    • 1 zone per pod

    • Student-Athletes must stay in the same pod for the week.

    • Student-Athletes can share balls. Must be cleaned after use.

    • Coaches will have the ability to use the Family ID app for data collection, communication, and attendance.

    • Trainers will be on site in the afternoon/evening time slots.

    • Thermometers will be provided by the District Athletic Office

    • Students will enter the fields where designated by each X on the attached map.

    • Coaches and assistants will be expected to take and record temperatures along with attendance.

    Student-athletes will have to be registered on Family ID and have a valid physical on file with our office before participation. Please visit www.familyid.com to register for Season 1. 

    In the Oregon School Activities Association’s current plan, “Season 2” would be a condensed winter sports season in January and February, “Season 3” would be a condensed fall sports season in March and April, and “Season 4”  would be a condensed spring sports season in May and June. These are all contingent on clearance by our State and local government officials as well as the Portland Public School leadership in order to ensure the safest possible conditions for our students. To learn more about the athletic calendar this year, you may review OSAA’s media release using this link

    While this is a great opportunity for our community, we will need everyone’s full cooperation in the guidance and protocols presented here. You will be receiving an email from the head coach of each program that your student-athletes signed up for regarding drop off and pick up procedures and any other pertinent information specific to that sport. --Mike Nolan, Athletic Director


    Conferences are Scheduled for November 23rd and 24th-  Starting this week our staff will be calling families who have students of concern to schedule a conference.   We call these scheduled conferences “priority conferences.”  We will be scheduling priority conferences between Oct. 21-Nov. 10th.  Beginning November 12th, we will open up our online conference scheduler for families to sign up for a 10 minute conference with each of their student’s teachers.  As always, if you have any academic concerns or questions, please contact your student’s teacher through email to schedule an appointment or ask a question.  


    LIVE for PPS's Tools to Build Your Future district wide, virtual event featuring career talks and post-secondary planning workshops for ALL high school students on October 21, 2020 (10:00-3:20).

    All PPS high school students will: 

    • Explore two career pathways with industry professionals (Grades 9-12, Morning) 


    • Participate in 3 different post-secondary workshops (Grades 11-12, Afternoon) including:

      • Financial Aid & Scholarships

      • Trades/Apprenticeships

      • HBCU, Tribal, and Hispanic serving colleges 

      • 2 and 4 Year College options

      • Job Corps, AmeriCorps, Gap Year options

      • First Generation & DACA supports

      • And more 

    Students in 9th-11th can use this opportunity to earn a CRLE toward their graduation requirements. 

    9th & 10th graders must attend the two morning sessions and complete an evaluation to earn a CRLE; 11th graders must attend all five sessions and complete an evaluation to earn a CRLE.

    Please encourage your student to pre-register for their sessions. An instructional video on how to register is provided on the Tools to Build Your Future landing page. Registration is being managed by eventbrite. Students will receive a confirmation email as well as a link to add to their Google Calendar.

    Why This? Why Now?

    During remote learning, this event will take the place of many of the events individual high schools typically plan throughout the year including career fairs, college nights, and more. This event provides students with more comprehensive and diverse post-secondary planning than each individual high school has the capacity to offer. 

    For questions or assistance, please contact Jessica Wade, WHS Career Coordinator, jwade1@pps.net 


    A Note from the College Counselor, Kelly Milford-  Now you can sign up for virtual college visits in Maia Learning under Universities < Visits 

    • You can look further ahead than 1 week, sign up and add to your calendar!

    • Here is a list of schools visiting next week, log in to sign up!

    Colgate University

    Chapman University

    The University of British Columbia

    Cornell College

    Lake Forest College

    Clark College

    Hofstra University

    Academy of Art University


    A Note from our Nurse:  Parents should continue to provide the school with updated immunization information.  This information must be provided to the school for input into the district's immunization database so that the student's record will reflect they are up to date.  Letters are being mailed this month to parents whose children have incomplete immunization information.  Should a parent receive a letter, they need to provide the requested information as soon as possible.  The school nurse is available to address any questions parents have.  If assistance is needed in locating a healthcare provider or clinic site, please contact the school nurse.   Here are two more useful resources:  

     Mary Corcoran, BSN, RN 

    (Pronouns She/Her/Hers)

    Multnomah Education Service District (MESD), School Health Services 

    Serving Wilson High School, PPS

    Nurse Phone with voicemail: 971-229-6216, mcorcora@mesd.k12.or.us


    Library Services Available During Building Closure-  Sora- Popular, Free eBooks and Audiobooks.  Download the Sora App or click on the image above to read free ebooks and audiobooks from your school and public libraries in one convenient app.

    Let's Get Reading! at Wilson and Holds Pickup Mondays 1-3pm and Wednesdays 8:30-10:30

    Let's Get Reading! features 2-3 books on a theme that can be picked up. If you want something more specific, you can fill out the "Lets Get Reading" Curation Request. We will do our best to choose a few books we think you would enjoy. If you want a specific title, you can put a hold on it and pick it up. If you cannot make these times, please email library staff to make arrangements. 


    Textbook, Chromebook, and other Materials:  Mondays 1-3pm and Wednesdays 8:30-10:30.  Drop in textbooks, Chromebooks, and other materials on Mondays 1-3pm and Wednesdays 8:30-10:30. If you cannot make these times, please email Hilary Woodard at hwoodard@pps.net to make arrangements.


    Password and Technology Drop in Help-  12:00-12:30 Mondays and Thursdays via virtual meetings. Check the library homepage for links and information https://www.pps.net/domain/4251


    Yearbook Updates:

    I’m sure you’re wondering how your student is going to have a picture in the 2021 yearbook (Yes, it’s still happening! Ordering instructions will be available sometime in the future, so stay tuned). We were worried about that too. Thankfully, our yearbook company, Balfour, has come up with a solution. 


    This year we’ll be using EXPix to upload student portraits. Keep an eye out for an email from Balfour for sign up and submission instructions by the end of this week. We were only able to include one email address, so if you didn’t receive the email, please email whstroyanyearbook@gmail.com and request to receive an EXPix invite. 


    Please submit your student’s photo (9th, 10th and 11th grades) NO LATER THAN November 2nd. While we suggest you follow the guidelines that Balfour provides for photo submissions (the photo is about 1" x 1.25" so it should be mostly head and shoulders), we only ask that the photo is school appropriate. Otherwise, we strongly encourage your student to use this, hopefully, once in a lifetime opportunity to submit a yearbook photo that is a unique expression of them. (Yes, pets can be included!)


    Seniors should submit senior photos (also using EZPix) no later than December 18th.


    If you have any questions or need any help, please contact the yearbook staff at whstroyanyearbook@gmail.com.


    In other news, this year we’ll be reaching out to students about once a month with photo requests and opportunities to be interviewed for stories. If you have photos of your student that you would like to submit for our consideration, please see the attached instructions for Balfour ImageShare which allows you to upload photos.


    If you’re curious what we’re currently looking for, please take a look below and encourage your student(s) to participate.


    PHOTOS WE’RE LOOKING FOR: summer BLM protests (avoid faces other than your own), protest signs you made, socially distanced picnics and hangouts, new hobbies you took up (things you’ve made or you doing the hobby), summer trips or staycations, your Animal Crossing New Horizons island and/or avatar, ACNH art you made, first day of school, your something special item from the second day of school, your home classroom/workspace, smokey sky pictures from the fires.


    STORIES WE’RE LOOKING FOR: people who supported Black Lives Matter in ways other than the big BLM protests; people who had big summer trips cancelled due to Covid-19; freshmen first day experience with online orientation; people who have terrible technical difficulty stories from the first week; people who were directly impacted by the fires (not just experiencing the smoke); people who would like to share their story of how life has changed during the first 6 months of quarantine. (If any of these situations apply to you, please email us at whstroyanyearbook@gmail.com and we’ll get back to you for an interview.)


    If you have any questions or need any help, please contact the yearbook staff at whstroyanyearbook@gmail.com.


    Thanks for your help! We look forward to your student’s school portrait and other photo submissions.  ImageShare_Instructions (1).png 


    Keith Higbee

    Yearbook Adviser

    TBD High School



    Community Response to Supporting our WHS Families in Need:  A huge thank you to everyone who has responded to our request to support Wilson families in need.  We continue to receive cash donations to our schoolpay.com student aid account, gift cards, and donations of cleaning supplies/shampoos/conditioner/soap/laundry detergent and other household items.  The generosity of our community is felt by our WHS families who need help during these difficult times.  

    Have a great week!