Student and Family News, January 4, 20211/4/2021
Dear Wilson Students and Families,
Happy New Year! I hope that you and your loved ones had a peaceful and restful winter break. My break was both uneventful and thoroughly enjoyable - my family and I read books, played games, and watched lots of movies. It was also fun to catch up with friends and family and share hopes of possibly seeing each other in the new year.
I know that many of you probably read about the Governor's new push to reopen schools by February 15. I have not received any official response from the district and I’ll be sure to let you know as soon as I hear more. As you can probably imagine, there is quite a bit that needs to happen between now and a possible return to in-person instruction.
In the meantime, we will stay focused on the here and now. The most important thing that we can do for our students right now is to help them transition back into distance learning, finish the semester with success, support them during the forecasting process, and launch the second semester with clarity and connection. Those are our biggest priorities for next few weeks.
Filip Hristic, WHS Principal
Here are also a few announcements for the week ahead:
Mathematics Competition (AMC) Last Chance to Sign Up is this Thursday:
Our Math Department will be hosting the 71st annual American Mathematics Competition (AMC Contest) online on Feb 10th this year, and you are invited to participate!
Details and signup info are in this linked document: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1YwJ0txVXLgiZoBd50sjnaIj2dSYsHeS3udl7OcQBtfM/edit?usp=sharing
Here's a link to an example of one of the contests: https://artofproblemsolving.com/wiki/index.php/2017_AMC_10A_Problems
The deadline for signing up is this Thursday 1/7!
Seniors: Please check your PPS email for an email from the yearbook staff with links to submit senior bests (due 1/8/21) and senior quotes (due 1/15/21). Also, if you haven't yet submitted your senior photo, please either use the EZPix invite mailed out sometime last month OR just email it directly to firstname.lastname@example.org.If you had a photo taken by Lifetouch this year, it will be included in the yearbook unless you submit something different.
Senior Parents: Now's the time to start thinking about putting together a congratulatory ad for your senior. You should have already received an email from Balfour (our yearbook publisher). But if you haven't, you can purchase an ad and access the ad builder using this link. Scroll down to Yearbook Products and Ads and click on the button (which was just showing up as a white box last time I checked).
Freshmen, sophomores and juniors (or parents of said students): If you haven't yet sent in a photo for the yearbook, we're still accepting late submissions. At this point, please submit them directly to us at email@example.com. Make sure to include your name and grade. If you had a photo taken by Lifetouch this year, it will be included in the yearbook unless you submit something different.
Speaking of photos, if you don't want your photo included in the yearbook at all, please email firstname.lastname@example.org using your PPS email requesting that you not be included NO LATER THAN 1/15/21.
If you go by a name other than what is listed in Studentvue, please email email@example.com using your PPS email with the name change NO LATER THAN 1/15/21.
Finally, we are still VERY desperate for the following photos: your home "classroom" set up (ideally with you in it), pics of socially distanced hangouts, screenshots of video games that are keeping you sane during lockdown, summer trips (local or out of state), other trips you've taken this school year, election anticipation/celebration photos, any hobbies that are keeping you sane during lockdown, you with your pet(s) especially while trying to do school, examples of quarantine fashion or what your normal school outfit looks like these days (this includes pics of you in your favorite mask), you at sports practices, holiday/winter baking, you spending time with family, you celebrating important cultural or family traditions, pics of you in the snow (skiing, snowboarding, sledding, whatever), you at your job, dating during quarantine, pics from the Multnomah Village BLM protest, as well as anything else you think should include in the yearbook.
Submit photos to studio.balfour.com/ezpix and use 130915 for Yearbook Project. No password needed. Please caption your photos, including people pictured. And if that's too much of a hassle, just email them to us.
Student and Staff of the Week:
David Kilpatrick-White, WHS Social Science Teacher- “Mr. KW is very kind and takes time out of his day either outside of the times he already has to be in class to make sure that each and everyone of his students knows the material material and doesn’t feel lost or confused. He’s also very understanding about the problems during the pandemic and will not just assume everyone has perfect internet connection and will never miss anything he says. He went out of his way to teach me material for a week I missed because I was sick. He’s an incredible teacher! Thanks, Mr. Kilpatrick-White!” -WHS Student
Mo Shakir, WHS Student- “I am so proud of how Mo has advocated for himself this school year! In a time where so many new routines have to be learned and learning looks so different, Mo has continued to communicate with me about his needs, which is not very common for a 9th grader. If he has ever been stuck on something, he will let me know. If he needs clarification on an assignment, he will email me, send me Remind messages, or private messages during our Zoom call and regularly will take that initiative to get the support he needs. I am lucky to have you as a student!” - Ms. Satoorian
Please take a minute to nominate a staff member who exemplifies one or more of our school values - Diligence, Excellent, Integrity.
A Message from Mike Nolan, WHS Athletics
Happy New Year everyone! I am optimistic that the new year is going to bring great things. We are pleased to announce a six week course focused on Leadership and Character with our sponsor Positive Coaching Alliance. This course is designed to help foster social and emotional learning that our student-athletes can apply in their respective sports and extend them into their daily lives as well. You can find the flyer with all the information on the home page of our webpage, www.wilsonathletics.com
WHS Students Win Rose City Astronomers “Young Astronomers Award”
Three WHS seniors and one recent graduate were honored by the Rose City Astronomers with "Young Astronomers Awards." Each recipient was awarded a certificate and $400 cash.
Ori Friesen (2021) and Maxwell Sivers-Boyce (2021) won for their project titled, "Is There Variation in Night Sky Visibility at a Neighborhood Scale Within an Urban Setting?” Ori and Max worked with RCA and International Dark Sky Association (IDA) volunteer Michael McKeag as their mentor. The team did detailed studies of light pollution at their homes, in Gabriel Park, and at WHS. Their work drew the attention of City of Portland planners working on a new lighting ordinance.
Nolan Sottoway (2021) and Sol McClain (2020) won for their project titled, “Photometric Observations of XX Cygni.” Nolan and Sol worked with RCA volunteer Richard Berry as their mentor. This team combined their own telescopic analysis of variable star XX Cygni with published data over more than 100 years to investigate the short and long term variation in the period of the star. In November they presented their findings to the American Association of Variable Star Observers (AAVSO) and are now preparing a manuscript to submit to peer-review. The “peers” in this case refers to professional astronomers. Both teams have presented their work to the WHS Astronomy Club. Recordings of these presentations are available on the club website: https://portlandastronomy.wixsite.com/wilson/videos
The WHS Astronomy Club meets every Monday when school is in session, 3:30 - 4:30 pm in Mr. Minato’s Zoom Room, meeting id: jminato. The first and third Mondays are leadership business meetings. Second, fourth, and fifth Monday’s are general meetings which alternate between guest presenters and activities. The club is open to students at any PPS school. To be on the club’s email distribution list end a note to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The January issue of WHS Career Happenings is now available online at https://www.pps.net/Page/16186
Thanks to our community, parents and neighbors for supporting our students and families!
Thanks for all of the donations to help our families in need during the holidays. Thanks to your generosity, our counseling team distributed over $15,000 in gift cards to 52 WHS families before winter break. We know that these families may need help as we enter into 2021 so we will keep the ability to donate online open throughout the year. To contribute a tax deductible donation, you can donate here. Again, a HUGE thank you to our amazing community who have really stepped up to help out our families during the holidays.