Dear Ida B. Wells HS Students and Families,
I know that our name change is not official but I just couldn’t help it! Like many of you, I am excited and humbled by the prospect of having our school named after Ida B. Wells-Barnett. Long before lynching was outlawed in this country, Ida B. Wells spoke up courageously against the brutality of racial violence. Thirty years before Rosa Parks was born, ida B. Wells refused to give up her rightful seat on a train. And sixty years before Dr. King helped coordinate the Montgomery Bus Boycott, Ida B. Wells urged the boycott of the Memphis street cars. In more ways than one, our soon-to-be namesake was ahead of her time.
One of the questions that I’ve received over the last few days is why we chose to use Ida B. Wells-Barnett’s hyphenated name. The Renaming Committee chose this name, as opposed to the more commonly used “Ida B. Wells”, in order to honor the full life and legacy of our namesake. “Ida B. Wells-Barnett” was our namesake’s legal name and is the name that is most historically accurate. This is the name that will (hopefully) appear on our school building, (next year’s) graduation diplomas, school transcripts, etc.
I also recognize that there will be times when we will need to shorten our school name. In those situations, I want to encourage us to use “Ida B. Wells High School” or “Ida B. Wells HS”. This is consistent with how Ida B. Wells-Barnett is remembered in newspaper articles, academic journals, biographies, etc. This is also how Ida B. Wells’ grandchildren refer to her as part of the Ida B. Wells Memorial Foundation.
In the days and weeks to come, I will share more information about the exciting and important work that lies ahead as we transition to a new school name and a new school identity. As questions come up, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me. I thank you in advance for being part of this important journey.
As always, please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions.
All the best,
Here are a few announcements for the week ahead:
Limited In-Person Instruction (LIPI)
As some of you may have heard, PPS is looking to supplement Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL) model with limited in-person instructional opportunities for small groups of students. LIPI is intended to enhance the distance learning model by providing in-person support to small cohorts of students. I will keep you posted as our LIPI plans develop.
Schedule This Week
Tuesday (P1/P2 am; P3/P4 pm); Wednesday (P3/P4 am; P1/P2 pm); Thursday (P1/P2 am; P3/P4 pm); Friday, (P3/P4 am; P1/P2 pm).
All of the materials for 8th graders are on the website and the interactive forecasting guide is up for the grades. We are going to publish the remaining grade 9-11 materials on Jan. 22. Teachers will receive an email on Jan. 22 with instructions on what to say to their 2nd period class on Jan. 25 and they will also receive an Async assignment to post in all of their classes. Forecasting for grades 9-11 officially begins on Jan. 25 (that is when the Synergy window opens). Students will have until Friday, February 5, to finalize their forecasting selections.
AVID Strategy of the Week for January 19th WICOR - Organization
Digital Templates for organizing thinking
Grab & go organizers for organizing thinking and teaching Focused Note Taking PROCESS
Need any support or looking for other ideas & materials? Email Megan at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you ever receive an attendance robocall indicating that your student missed one or more classes, please know that all robocalls refer to the previous day’s attendance. For example, if you receive a robocall on Monday, that means that your student was marked absent on Friday. If you have any questions about attendance, please email Sara Mattheisen .
Textbooks for Second Semester
Textbook/class material distribution for next semester will be Feb 1-2, 12-7 pm and Feb 3-4, 12-6 pm.
Not all classes will have books or supplies to collect. Check this list of classes to see if you need to come to collect materials.
In order to make distribution as contact-free as possible, we are asking students to sign up for pickup time slots at this link: https://myconferencetime.com/wilsonhs/. Siblings can be entered at the same time, just list all sibling names and grades as you complete the signup.
Bags for each pickup slot will be labelled with student name and arranged on the covered patio outside the front door for you to collect during your selected time slot. You can pick up your bag(s) at any time during the 50 min time slot. We encourage students to drop off this semester's textbooks at the same time (there will be book carts outside to put books on).
If you need a graphing calculator, contact Hilary Woodard (email@example.com)
If you would like a “Let’s Get Reading at Wilson” kit to get some new library books, please go to https://www.pps.net/domain/4251 and click on the black “I want a Let’s Get Reading Book Bundle” graphic.
We have many new, popular ebooks in Sora, our student reading app, including new titles that have hundreds of holds at the public library. Read books on any computer, smartphone, or ereader through Sora. Don’t see a book you are interested in? Email Cassie Lanzas at firstname.lastname@example.org for help or to request a book you want.
Questions? Contact Hilary Woodard (email@example.com)
No Place for Hate
(an ADL education program) evening webinar event hosted No Place for Hate Peer Facilitators and the Anti Defamation League is scheduled for February 3, 2021 6-8PM. This event is open to everyone. To register for this event by 2PM on 2/3/2021 here: http://bit.ly/WellsRacialEquity
THIS WEEK We are hosting application workshops with PSU and SOU
Come and apply with step by step instructions from the admissions counselor!
Application fees will be deferred or waived
Jan. 20th - Erin Evans from Southern Oregon University - 2-3pm
Jan 21st - Jasmine Taylor from Portland State University - 3:30-4:30pm
For both application workshops join with this link: https://pps-net.zoom.us/j/82522889790
For Southern Oregon, if you want to apply ahead of time, email me by tonight, 1/19 (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I will send your transcript to Erin so you can receive a decision on Jan 20th!
See you there! - WHS College Counselor, Kelly Milford
Spirit Week Winners
On behalf of the entire Leadership class, THANK YOU! It was so fun to see every student and faculty members’ awesome Spirit Week submissions! We wish we had an endless amount of prizes to hand out, because every submission was so creative.
Listed below are the daily and weekly winners for students as well as our two teacher winners.
Holiday PJ Day: Taija Riley
Lumberjack Day: Jane Christiana
Ugly Sweater Day: Bronte McKinnis
Snow Gear Day: Jake Goldstein
Class Color Day: Ava Martins
1st Place: Karli Noell
2nd Place: Miles Wells
3rd Place: Liana Kryl
4th Place: Mackenna Antonini
Ms. Kirk and Mrs. Whatmore
Congratulations to all of our awesome winners! To find out more about how to collect your prizes, contact Ms. McFadden for more information. Her email is: email@example.com
Thank you again for your amazing Spirit! We can’t wait to see what you all come up with for the Spring!!
Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce School-to-Career Program presents Careers in Spanish
These engaging presentations are geared toward native Spanish speakers and advanced Spanish classes to practice their language skills while completing career learning. All sessions count as CRLEs once students complete the reflection assignment found on our website.
Flyers in both English and Spanish attached. Students are encouraged to pre-register but may also join any session via this link
This week's sessions include:
1/20 10a Pepsi Co.
1/20 1-3p Constructing the Future
1/21 1p Pacific U. Sabiduria Latinx Psychology
1/22 10a OSU Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers
1/22 3p OSU Nuclear Engineering Student
This week is Historically Black Colleges & Universities Week hosted by our friends at Get Schooled.
Hear from HBCU alums,
Enter an HBCU giveaway, and
Attend a Q&A Session on IGLive on Thursday 1/21 at 12PM PST
Follow Get Schooled at https://www.instagram.com/getschooled/ and
Learn more at https://getschooled.com/journey/get-to-college/historically-black-colleges-universities-hbcus/
Career & Community Partnerships Coordinator
Wilson High School
College & Career Center (RM 149)
Wk Mobile: 971-420-3686
Have a great week!