• Student and Family News, November 2

    Student and Family News

    Monday, November 2,  2020


    Dear Wilson Families,

    Last week several students from the Wilson Renaming Committee presented to our staff about the renaming efforts that are underway.  Our staff will share relevant information with all our students during second period classes this week and next.  Members of our committee will attend various PTA meetings, neighborhood association meetings, and other community engagement events in the weeks to come.  We want to make sure that all stakeholders are informed and empowered to participate in this process.  Here are a few resources for you to review:

    • Website - Please know that the website is still being finalized but it does contain all the relevant information in one place.
    • Renaming  Video - The video is finalized and ready to be shared.
    • Slide Deck - This slide deck includes a lot of relevant information about the process, committee and timeline. 
    • Nomination Form - This is where stakeholders can recommend a new name

    Lastly, we want to draw your attention to the guiding principles that the Renaming Committee will use to recommend our new school name.  It is important that we revisit these principles as we engage in conversations about possible school names:

    • Uphold the high school’s current mission and its particular focus on justice, tolerance and compassion
    • Be inclusive of the identities, cultures, and lived experiences of people who have been traditionally overlooked, including (but not limited to) Black, Indigenous, Multiracial, and People of Color
    • Represent the educational, racial, and social equity values to which we aspire
    • Stand for righteousness, justice, and morality
    • Teach current and future students in a manner that will have a lasting inspirational impact on each one and provide the fuel and energy for the school to better meet its educational mission


    Upcoming November Events 

    • November 2nd - Semester 1 AP Students,  Last Day to sign up and pay for AP Test
    • November 3 - School Photo Retakes and Make Up Days Noon-3:15PM
    • November 4- School Photo Retakes and Make Up Day Noon-4PM
    • November 5th 6:30PM- PTA Virtual  Meeting 
    • November 6th - NO SCHOOL and End of Q1
    • November 9th 6:30PM- Boosters Virtual Meeting 
    • November 11th- Veterans Day NO SCHOOL
    • November 23 and 24- Parent/Teacher Conferences


    Advanced Placement Exam Registration and Payment -  Exam Payment for FIRST SEMESTER AP STUDENTS is due TODAY 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.  To learn more about signing up for AP tests visit our PPS AP website:  https://www.pps.net/APTesting


    School Photo Retake/Make Up Day- November 3rd (noon-3:15pm) and November 4th (noon-4pm) we will have Lifetouch photography here to take school photos.  To order school photos go to mylifetouch.com and enter picture day ID  78292HTVE   

    Lifetouch photos can be used in this year’s yearbook or you can submit your own photo to the school yearbook by November 30th by emailing whstroyanyearbook@gmail.com or submitting to Balfour.  The last email you would have received from Balfour was on Sept. 16th and the link is specific to your student.


    PTA Meeting to Talk with Renaming Committee - Join the Wilson PTA Zoom Meeting on November 5th at 6:30 to learn more and give feedback to Principal H and the renaming committee on WHS new name.  Join us on Zoom:  



    No School November 6th-  This is a grading day to mark the end of the 1st quarter (essentially this is the end of the first semester of the course and this grade will be on your student’s transcript).  


    Boosters Meeting-  Join Wilson Booster Club for our next meeting on November 9th at 6:30pm via Zoom, credentials are here:  https://insidetrack.zoom.us/j/6621528345  We'll hear from the school naming committee, entertain some grant requests and get geared up for the annual Christmas Tree Sale.


    Parent/Teacher/StudentConferences 2020-  This year’s parent-student-teacher conferences will take place Monday and Tuesday, November 23rd and 24th. All conferences will be done virtually over Zoom. We ask that students attend conferences along with their parents or guardians.  Each conference will be up to 10 minutes. Please know that you may contact our teachers at any time throughout the year and are not limited to these conference times. 

    • Staff Scheduled Conferences - Students struggling in multiple classes are our priority for conferences.  If your student is identified by staff, you will be contacted between now and Nov 12 to schedule.  
    • Parent Scheduled Conferences - Parents can schedule Individual Conferences online from 5:00 p.m. on Nov. 12th  until 10:00 p.m. on November 16th in the times that remain.  We are again using the myconferencetime.com/wilsonhs program to schedule.  A link to the sign-up will be available on the Wilson website and will be emailed out before November 12th.

    If you have issues to discuss with your child’s teachers that are more involved than can be covered in 10 minutes, please reach out to the teacher for a separate time to speak to them. Counselors are a great resource to include in the conversation. 

    • Special Ed conferences -  will include both the teacher and case manager whenever possible
    •  Interpreters - If language interpretation is needed, notify Abby at 971-231-6378 as soon as possible.  PPS will do their best to secure interpreters.

    Dates & Times:

    Mon, Nov. 23rd

    8:45 - 11:55 a.m. 

    12:57 - 4:55 p.m.

    6:00 – 7:45 p.m. 

    Tues, Nov. 24th

    8:45 - 11:55 a.m. 

    12:57 - 4:55 p.m.

    6:00 – 7:45 p.m. 

    Instructions for scheduling conferences will be posted on the WHS website and emailed by Nov. 11th, and, again, the link to schedule conferences will become active on the 12th at 5pm. Please take the time to read the instructions regarding online conference scheduling before calling the office for help.  


    Speech and Debate Updates- Our Speech and Debate team had a strong showing this weekend at Neahkahnie's Oktoberfest Tournament. Our team also rocked some fantastic costumes--everything from Velma of Scooby Doo to Zombie Abraham Lincoln. We are proud of all our student competitors, and we thank our volunteer judges for donating their time to make the tournament possible in the first place. 

    This week's tournament awards:

    2nd place Novice Lincoln-Douglas Debate -- Cedar Tatarek

    1st place Novice Parliamentary Debate -- Evan Horwitz & Trotter McLemore

    3rd place Novice Impromptu Speaking -- Hannah Lo

    2nd place Novice Impromptu Speaking -- JJ Klein-Wolf

    1st place Novice Impromptu Speaking -- Evan Horwitz

    1st place Novice Radio -- Cedar Tatarek

    2nd place Open Lincoln-Douglas Debate -- Preston Bushnell

    1st place Open Lincoln-Douglas Debate -- Noemie Veillette

    1st place Open Parliamentary Debate -- Zoe Carver & Cara Weathers

    1st place Open After-Dinner Speaking -- Zoe Carver

    2nd place Open Humorous Interpretation -- Zoe Carver

    2nd place Open Impromptu Speaking -- Noemie Veillette

    2nd place Open Prose -- Cara Weathers

    2nd place Open Radio -- Noemie Veillette


    A Message from WHS School Nurse-  Get your free flu shot at these free locations during the month of November.  To learn about our school based health centers where students can get their sports physicals, visit https://multco.us/health/student-health-centers.


    Class of 2021 Senior News-   Greetings Senior Students and Families!  We are all adjusting to what feels like it is becoming the new “normal” of engaging in school and learning “from a distance.” Entering your final year of high school “virtually” is definitely a challenge that none of us anticipated, and we want to acknowledge that. Hopefully, by the end of the school year, things will have changed.

    Although we are in the midst of a lot of change, one thing that is not going to change is the tradition of graduation – in June, you will be rewarded and celebrated for your efforts and achievements. In order to begin preparing for your graduation, you will be placing an order for your Cap & Gown and other graduation materials in an event that we are calling “Senior Graduation Order Week”.

    You will be receiving information next week from our graduation partner: Jostens. These emails are extremely important as they will provide you with the information and advice you need to create the perfect graduation experience for you and your senior. And just like the beginning of the school year, the process will be done virtually.


    Finally, if COVID-19 has taught us anything it is that things can change at a moment’s notice. The deadline for placing your order is Friday, November 20th. If you prefer to place your order without a payment you may do so by ordering at the Jostens toll-free number which will be provided in the emails. Also, any orders placed during “Senior Graduation Order Week” are covered by a non-graduate refund policy. Additionally, while we want all of our seniors to wear a cap and gown, we recognize that finances can sometimes be a barrier. We do not want financial concerns to impact your participation in this year’s graduation ceremony, so please reach out to Sharon Dailey (sdailey@pps.net) if this becomes an issue. If you have any questions, please let us know. We want to make this as simple and easy as possible.  We look forward to celebrating you this year!


    College News -  The first early college deadline is today.  The next deadlines are as follows:  Nov. 15, Nov. 30, Dec. 1, Dec. 15, and Dec. 30.  Most college deadlines happen by the end of January, but some colleges are rolling which means that they accept applications often into the spring.


    Starting this week: Mondays are drop-in College Essay help!  Drop in to get help writing or editing your essays.  Workshops every Monday in November from 3-4:30pm.  Join here!


    Wednesdays are drop-in FAFSA/ORSAA help!  Drop in to get help from us in filling out your FAFSA Wednesdays 3-4:30pm HERE. This Wednesday will be a walk through to get you started so tune in at 3pm. We will have volunteers to help in breakout rooms as needed.  To maximize help, prepare by following this infographic from Studentaid.gov.  If you can come with your FSA ID already in hand, that would be great!  FAFSA has already been open for a month!  File it ASAP as it is a gateway application to financial aid and a requirement for many scholarships!


    Also opening today:  

    • OSAC Scholarship - a one stop shop for Oregon students to apply to several scholarships with 1 application!  
    • Ford Family Foundation Scholarships - These are life changing awards in several programs and are ongoing through your college years.
    • Both Scholarships are DUE MARCH 1ST.


    Other scholarship help:

    • The Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber is hosting a Scholarship Workshop
      • November 21st, 2020 - 9am - 12pm
      • Presenter: Gerardo Ochoa, Linfield University
      • At this workshop students will:
        • Receive their own college planning guide with a resource CD
        • Create a portfolio to prepare for College & Scholarship applications
        • Be guided to writing their first draft of a Winning Scholarship Essay
    • Future Connect Scholarship at PCC
      • Future Connect is a scholarship and support program for students who identify as first-generation or low-income. We focus on eliminating barriers to college, and provide students with on-going support throughout their time at PCC.  Through scholarship money, career guidance, and personalized advising, Future Connect helps students build pathways to their futures.

    College Visits - College visits can be signed up for in your Maia Learning account under Universities and Visits:  

    Here are the virtual college visits - you can also find them under Universities > Visits in Maia Learning.

    University of Alaska Anchorage



    12:00 PM - 1:00 PM


    Tiffany Viggiano


    University of California-Santa Barbara


    Cuca Acosta

    8:00 AM - 9:00 AM


    Cuca Acosta


    Loyola University Chicago



    1:00 PM - 2:00 PM


    Emily Pacheco


    Hampshire College



    12:00 PM - 1:00 PM


    Dalton Lewis


    Salve Regina University


    Nicholas Albanese

    12:00 PM - 1:00 PM


    Nicholas Albanese


    US Coast Guard Military Visit



    12:00 PM - 1:00 PM


    CS1 David F. Patterson, Jr.


    University of the Pacific



    1:00 PM - 2:00 PM


    Stephanie Azarcon


    Maryland Institute College of Art


    Matthew Smith

    12:00 PM - 1:00 PM


    Matthew Smith


    Northern Arizona University



    8:00 AM - 9:00 AM


    Lauren Rosales


    Portland Community College


    Jana Daugherty

    12:00 PM - 1:00 PM


    Jana Daugherty


    University of Utah


    Benjamin Johnson

    12:00 PM - 1:00 PM


    Benjamin Johnson


    Portland Community College


    Jana Daugherty

    12:00 PM - 1:00 PM


    Jana Daugherty


    PSAT Updates - As you know, we were unable to offer the October PSAT testing date. The College Board has added an additional January 26 test date. We are exploring the possibility of hosting PSAT testing on that date for juniors, but there are a number of physical distancing and logistics concerns that may make testing not feasible. As we plan for that date, we are asking schools to follow the normal process for testing accommodations and submit through the SSD portal. This is an important service to students whose accommodations must be entered for future needs such as AP or SAT testing. Please follow College Board protocol and collect parental permission prior to submitting an accommodation request. It is important that when communicating with parents at this time, staff emphasize that the January test date is not yet a confirmed option within PPS. Accommodations must be entered in the SSD portal no later than December 7.  In the event we are unable to provide PSAT/NMSQT testing in January, juniors wishing to qualify for the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program should follow this link for additional instructions and an alternate National Merit application process.


    Support WHS and Buy Scrip-  It’s November and almost holiday season~

    New Seasons Scrip would be ordered this Tuesday, or in 2 weeks (see below). We know PPS and all school districts are going to suffer funding shortfalls, with revenues down, so we’re hoping we can keep up the regular Scrip ordering, as a small way to help support raising funds for WHS. New Seasons has returned to Scrip… It’s great to have them back … anyone wishing to order New Seasons, their deadline is every other Tuesday, the next being this Tuesday......

    Some restaurants have reopened, and now there is Scrip for Grubhub. Many national vendors are still available. We now have an up to date form, though it will evolve through the corona virus limitations.. Hopefully this will generate some interest in Scrip during the pandemic, but we’ll just have to see. There are some new vendors that seem very useful….

    Please let me know if you would like to order Scrip, hopefully by Tuesday... You can send me (info below) an order by US mail along with a check made out to Wilson PTA.  I would appreciate it if you would let me know by email of an order that is en route! Thanks in advance for the extra effort of sending a check. You also can simply submit an order by email, and mail the check as soon as possible

    I’m happy to make any arrangement for delivery…..whatever is safe and convenient. Thanks for participating and supporting raising funds for Wilson!  Martha Schulte, 503-936-6770  schulte@easystreet.net

    Food Insecurity - Neighborhood House's Food Pantry is doing twice a month food deliveries to families in need.  If you are in need of food deliveries, please submit the form by clicking this LINK. You will be able to select if you have dietary restrictions (Vegan, Vegetarian, Halal, Kosher, Gluten-Free). You can also select the types of food you most need. Additionally, if you need food for your cat or dog, there is an option on the form to select. Diapers are also available. 


    In order to access this service, you must be living within SW Portland, some of NW Portland and inner SE Portland boundaries. Most of our Wilson families should fit within these boundaries.  If you have any questions or would like support filling out this form, please email our Social Worker, Britni Locke at BLocke@pps.net or send a text or give a call at (971) 712-3621.   


    Clubs at WHS 2020/2021-  To learn more about our 2020/2021 Student Clubs that are meeting virtually throughout this school year please click on this link.  For specific questions about WHS Clubs, email Activities Director, Morgan McFadden at mmcfadden@pps.net or the club advisor.  


    Sports Updates - Greetings Sports Fans, Please see the two attachments. One is a Wilson Athletics update and the other is the new grading policy with regards to the 2020-2021 athletic season and eligibility.


    Annual Christmas Tree Sale-  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


    Holiday Wreath and Greenery Fundraiser-  The annual Wilson Arts Greenery sale starts this week so don't miss this opportunity to decorate your home for the holidays with fresh Oregon greenery while also supporting the Wilson HS choir, band, orchestra and drama! Our offerings include locally-made, fresh, and fragrant wreaths, centerpieces, and garlands from Teufel Holly Farms. Over the years we have found their quality to be the best offered locally. You can also send these beautiful greenery items to a long-distance relative so they can enjoy our Oregon evergreens in their home. You can view options, see more details, and place your order in School Pay starting Friday, November 6th. Sales will close on November 13th and orders can be picked up at the school a couple weeks after that. Greenery that you order as gifts for others will be shipped to them directly from Teufel.  If you have questions, please contact WHS parent Becky Scheifelbein at Schiefelbein@gmail.com


    Career Learning Opportunities and Updates-  to learn more about what is happening visit our newsletter for the month of November here


    Wilson’s Site Council has two open parent representative seats to fill for the current term 2020-2022 and we are grateful for the parents who have been nominated to participate. Below, please read the statements from each of the nine candidates below. Then click here to submit your vote. You may vote for NO MORE THAN TWO candidates. Deadline to vote is November 6th.  Click here more information on our candidates. 


    Have a great week and remember that you can always call the main office Monday-Friday 8:30-3pm to get your questions answered.


    Take care,