• Student and Family News, November 9

    Dear Wilson Families,


    Teachers spent last Friday finalizing Q1 grades and making plans for Q2.  You can expect to receive your student’s report card later this week or next week.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your student’s teacher and/or counselor.  The next few weeks of this school year will be a bit choppy.  We have (amost) two weeks of school before Conferences.  Students will be out of school for a full week during the week of 11/23-11/27.  After that we will have four weeks of school before the two-week Winter break.  All the breaks and holidays that we typically have in November and December can be challenging for students to maintain a sense of routine.  If you haven’t done so already, this might be a good time to ask your student how they will keep themselves organized and on task until Winter break.  Here are a few announcements for the week ahead:




    Boosters Meeting-  Join Wilson Booster Club meeting TONIGHT, November 9th at 6:30pm via Zoom, credentials are here:


    Desperately seeking chainsaw happy adults for our tree cutting shifts!  The tree sale needs your help, please find a shift and sign up here:  https://signup.com/go/FTDoZtg

    We'll hear from the school naming committee, entertain some grant requests and get geared up for the annual Christmas Tree Sale.


    Senior News - Every few weeks we will send information that pertains to our graduating seniors.  Here is the current newsletter.  Make sure to note that we need each senior to complete this online form to let us know how you want the name on your diploma to read by December 18th.  


    Ski Team-  Students interested in the WHS Ski Team should contact Erica Caldwell at ecaldwell@pps.net.  We have some updates for you on how this year’s team will work.  


    College News - Check out the latest college news here.


    Performing Arts Annual Greenery Sale-  It's time for the WHS Arts Annual Greenery Sale!  Get ready to decorate your home for the holidays with lush greenery items from Teufel Holly Farm that are fresh and local, all while supporting Wilson Choir, Orchestra, Band, and Drama! And make your holiday gifting easy this year by having Teufel send these beautiful wreaths and centerpieces directly to your friends and loved ones. View the fliers with your options for both local and shipped orders on the school website here, where you will also find ordering instructions. Message WilsonHSArts@gmail.com with questions. Thank you for supporting Wilson Arts!


    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: 




    Science Olympiad-  Do you like science? Are you occasionally available on Friday afternoons? If the answer to either of these questions is "yes," you should join Science Olympiad! We are an academic club focused on preparing for the Science Olympiad state competition in April. Curious students can join our Remind by texting the message @soteam2021 to the number 81010. You can also check out our website and/or email edemetrion9634@student.pps.net with any questions. Our next club meeting is Friday, November 13th, from 3:15 to 4:00 pm. We hope to see you there! 


    TAG-  If you would like to nominate a student to be identified as Talented and Gifted (TAG), please use this Wilson-specific Google Nomination Form. Nominations must be completed by December 4th, 2020. You can find information about TAG in Portland Public Schools (including FAQs) on the district TAG website. If you have any questions, please e-mail the Wilson TAG Facilitator, Ellen Whatmore.  


    Student and Staff of the Week - Each week our staff nominates students and colleagues who exemplify one or more of our school values - Diligence, Excellent, Integrity.  Here are a few nominees from last wee:

    • Zain Al-Saood - His attitude and engagement inspire me to work harder and provide him (& others) with the best possible class material. Oh, and he’s simply an amazing young man!

    • Evan Price - Cares deeply for students and reads assigned material along with them to be able to discuss themes and concepts.

    • Vega Villaca - Vega is an awesome student - she is DILIGENT - in always working on school and using her work to promote the values of social justice - her EXCELLENCE is illustrated both in the quality of work she does and the fact the she takes advantage of every enrichment and extra resources I provide in class simply because she is curious - her INTEGRITY is one display every class as she speaks for others and in every seminar we hold she helps us consider perspectives we have not yet represented.

    • Max Niedergang - Represents Diligence, Excellence, and Integrity. Max has been a strong leader in my class.

    • Emily O'Loughlin - She has done an outstanding job of helping to move materials into canvas for the team and leading our meetings. I appreciate her work ethic and am thankful to be on the chemistry team with her.

    • Abby Gurfinkel - She always comes to class, has her camera on, is engaged, answers questions and works really hard. She is a dedicated student and I am glad to have her in class.

    • Lisa Walker - Lisa is the ideal person to collaborate with. She contributes excellent ideas to our MWH conversations along with solutions to remote teaching, and she is flexible when incorporating new ideas. She never misses meetings and always thinks of details that are important to our work, including a great habit of keeping us looking ahead. She also does more than her fair share of preparing lessons we can all use - my students love the "Worldwide Wednesday" assignments she has created for us nearly every week. I feel fortunate to work with Lisa.


    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.  You can view sign up instructions here so you are ready to go.

    • Virtual Scholars Conferences- If your student is in Virtual Scholars visit here to learn more and schedule your student/parent/teacher conference.  


    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.  


    Buy Scrip and Support WHS-  To learn more about our scrip program visit https://www.pps.net/Page/3714.  New additions to our scrip program is that they have added New Seasons and Columbia Employee Store.  


    8th Grade Family Night-  This year’s 8th grade family night will be virtual.  We will have everything ready to be sent to our feeder middle schools and on our website in December.  Please stay tuned for upcoming PTA meetings with special guest Principal Filip Hristic for Q and A for 8th grade families.  


    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.  


    WHS Renaming Committee-  To learn more about the WHS Renaming Process visit our webpage at https://x5mwvzc9fr.wixsite.com/mysite


    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.


    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.   


    School Office Hours are Limited Due to Governor Brown’s Two Week Pause Orders.  We are still checking the mail office voice mail so feel free to leave us a message at 503-916-5280 and we will get back to you shortly.   If you are having technical difficulties, you can call PPS IT support at 503-916-3375


    Weekly Newsletter-  To include information in the weekly newsletter, please email Erica Caldwell at ecaldwell@pps.net


    Have a wonderful week!