• Student and Family News, November 16

    Student and Family News

    Monday, November 16,  2020


    Dear Wilson Students and Families,


    Please join us in welcoming the newest parent representatives to the Wilson High School Site Council team - Alexandra Hagen, Nikki Dorfman, and Donelda Weiss.  Emily Etherington and Joshua Safran are returning for year two of their two-year term.  This year we are also joined by 5 teacher representatives (Andrew Butterfield, Brian Sahler, Joe Minato, Julianne Quigley, and Jeremy Shetler), 5 student representatives (Julia Boboc, Selah Monsef, Emma Brady-Wright, Deewa Rahim, and Jake Wilson-Goodwin), 1 community member (Martin Osborne) and 1 classified staff member (Norma Hamilton).  Our meetings are typically on the last Wednesday of every month.  All are welcome.  


    Here are a few announcements for the week ahead:


    Sign Up for Conferences by 10PM TONIGHT-  Parents can schedule their parent/teacher/student conferences until 10:00PM TONIGHT, 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.


    Main Office at WHS Closed-  November 16-December 2nd our school office is on a 2 week freeze.  We are still managing our phone messages on the 503-916-5280.  If you leave a message, expect a call back in the next 24-48 hours.  Thanks for your patience.  If you have an emergency and need to reach out to someone quickly, you can contact Business Manager, Erica Caldwell at 971-231-5569


    Wilson Career Happenings-  Visit our page for November Updates 


    College News - Check out the latest college news here.


    Prospective 8th Grade Families-  For those families with 8th Grade students, PPS is hosting an 8th grade Info Night on Wednesday, November 18th.  To learn more visit https://www.pps.net/8thgradeinfo    The WHS PTA and Principal H will be hosting a Wilson specific virtual meeting for prospective parents and students on Dec. 17 at 6:30PM 


    Yearbook-   Freshmen, Sophomore and Junior families should have received an email from Balfour EzPix invite at this point.  If you have not received the email from Balfour, you should email a picture directly to whstroyanyearbook@gmail.com, making sure to include your student's name and grade. Also, we're still looking for photo submissions for this year’s yearbook. Submit photos to studio.balfour.com/ezpix and use 130915 for Yearbook Project. No password needed. Please caption your photos, including people pictured. Things we are currently looking for are pics of socially distanced summer hangouts, video game screenshots of games that kept you sane over the summer, summer trips (local or out of state), election anticipation/celebration photos, any hobbies you've taken up this year, examples of quarantine fashion or what your normal school outfit looks like these days, any photos that reflect your life during quarantine, photos from sports practices (if you're actually an athlete attending those practices), as well as anything else you would like to have considered for inclusion in the yearbook.  Thank you!


    Holiday Help-  Does your family need support during the upcoming winter holiday season.  If so, please complete this form or alternatively email Britni Locke, WHS Social Worker, blocke@pps.net or call 971-712-3621


    Student Achievement - Nolan Sottoway (current WHS senior) and Sol McClain (WHS class of 2020) did a summer research project with astronomer Richard Berry on the variable star XX Cygni. While most variable stars take days to years to complete one brightness cycle, XX Cygni takes just over three hours, making it a great target for amateur research. Although this star has been studied for over a century, many questions about its cycle have remained. This student research has uncovered new conclusions about the star's period and its behavior that they will be presenting to the American Association of Variable Star Observers and later publishing in a peer-reviewed paper.


    Speech and Debate - This week, Wilson High School hosted our own Wilson Online Invitational Speech & Debate Tournament, featuring 296 competitors from 29 different schools. Our team represented WHS with style and class, and we managed to come away with some impressive awards. Please congratulate all our Speech & Debate competitors for their hard work and focus this past week. A special thanks also goes out to the WHS parents/guardians who made it all happen by serving as tournament judges. Here are the awards we took home this weekend:


    Novice Lincoln-Douglas Debate, 1st place - Cedar Tatarek

    Novice Lincoln-Douglas Top Speakers, 3rd place - Cedar Tatarek

    Open Lincoln-Douglas Debate, 3rd place - Noemie Veillete

    Open Lincoln-Douglas Top Speakers, 1st place - Preston Bushnell

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

    Open Public Forum Top Speakers, 1st place - Ashton Hester

    Open After-Dinner Speaking, 2nd place - Zoe Carver

    Novice Impromptu Speaking, 3rd place - Evan Horwitz

    Open Impromptu Speaking Finalist - Noemie Veillette

    Open Prose, 1st place - Cara Weathers

    Open Humorous Interpretation, 2nd place - Zoe Carver

    Novice Radio, 1st place - Hannah Lo

    Novice Radio, 2nd place - Cedar Tatarek


    Spirit Week Winners-  Thank you so much for your awesome participation in Spirit Week this fall! The Daily and Weekly winners are listed below, as well as our teacher/staff winners!



    Lazy Day: Allison Otto-Fitzsimons

    Tone Up Tuesday: Kevyn Edwards

    Wear a Mask Wednesday: Izzy Hunt

    Throwback Thursday: Sarah Woods

    Class Color Day: Zoe Carver



    Portland Gear Gift Card



    Senior Winner: Ryan Cunningham

    Junior Winner: Jordan Moliken

    Sophomore Winner: Connor Alexander

    Freshman Winner: Dakota Zarwiny



    AirPods OR Wireless Headphones (depending on your phone)



    Mrs. Whatmore

    Mr. Nohner



    Item off of Amazon Wish List


    We had so many awesome people to choose from, so if you did not win this time, we hope you will try again in the Winter!   In terms of prizes, contact Ms. McFadden (mmcfadden@pps.net) and she will connect you with someone on staff to arrange pick up from the school. If you are a student who is a Weekly Winner and do not have an iPhone, let Ms. McFadden know as soon as possible and she will arrange an exchange. Thank you everyone so much for your awesome participation and we are so excited to see what you all come up with for Winter Spirit Week! ~ Bridget McMurray, Spirit Week Commissioner


    Student and Staff of the Week - Please take a minute to nominate a student and/or staff member who exemplifies one or more of our school values - Diligence, Excellent, Integrity. 

    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.  


    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: 



    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.  


    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.  


    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.