Student and Family News, January 251/25/2021
Good Evening Students and Families,
It is time to kick off FORECASTING for the 21-22 school year. Students and families should go to the Wilson website and click on the Forecasting tab under the Quick Links: https://www.pps.net/domain/764 to see all of the forecasting related documents and instructions.
As students watch the forecasting video, read through the interactive forecasting guide, review their forecasting worksheets and input their classes into StudentVue, they may have some questions. The counselors are hosting drop-in Google meetings to help students complete this process. Times and links to those meets are on the website. Please encourage your students to join us if they are having a difficult time with the process. But please also emphasize to students that the website is comprehensive and most of their questions can be answered by navigating to those documents.
Here are a few more announcements for the last week of first semester:
Return to School Plans - We’ve gotten several questions over the last few weeks about plans for possible return to in-person instruction. Please know that what we do at Wilson High School is 100% dictated by district and state guidelines. We continue to share information that is available to us and will do so as quickly as possible. As we mentioned a couple of weeks ago, the district is now developing expectations for Limited In-Person Instruction (LIPI). This will allow small groups of students (15-30) to receive in-person instruction in order to improve their distance learning experience. Wilson is currently developing LIPI plans which will be implemented starting March 1 (per district guidelines). At this time we do not have any information as to whether or not we will be transitioning to a hybrid model before the end of the school year. We are hopeful that as vaccines become more readily available we will get a better sense of what the rest of the school year will look like. For the time being, our staff is staying focused on helping students finish the semester with success and have a smooth transition to second semester.
SAT/PSAT UPDATES- Juniors and Seniors, please see the following announcement from Portland Public Schools regarding SAT/PSAT Testing this year https://docs.google.com/document/d/1-YGFtgAg9YJBdhNfdPrfFCWk-tO8iv1qD2utSwumKfA/edit?usp=sharing
WHS Foundation Meeting is Thursday, January 28th at 7PM- The next WHS Foundation Meeting will take place on January 28, 2021 at 7 PM. We will be electing new board members, reviewing the fundraising efforts to date and beginning the process of planning for fundraising efforts in the 2021-2022 school year.
Parents and staff are welcome to join via zoom at the following link: Jan 28 WHS 7PM Foundation Zoom CallIf you plan to participate on the
call and would like a copy of the meeting agenda prior, please email Brad Nelson at firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to
seeing you at the meeting.
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
Yearbook School Photo Updates- We are missing many student school photos for the 2020/2021 yearbook (please see pdf attached with the list of names of our missing photos) We have created another chance to get your school photo, student ID and trimet bus pass. On Feb. 4th between noon-4pm Lifetouch will be in the WIlson Auditorium Foyer for those who need a yearbook photo or student ID with bus pass. The yearbook team is missing yearbook photos from about 300+ students so this is a great opportunity to get a professional photo taken and it will be submitted for you. If you prefer to take your own school photo, please email your photo to email@example.com so you are included in the 2020/2021 yearbook!
Remember to wear your mask when on campus and stand 6 feet apart from each other. Also, please do not come to the school if you are
showing any COVID 19 symptoms. If you need support getting materials to your home, please let me know and we can help come up with a
solution for you.
Attendance Robocalls - 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
SAT/PSAT- Juniors and Seniors, please see the following announcement from Portland Public Schools regarding SAT/PSAT Testing this year https://docs.google.com/document/d/1-YGFtgAg9YJBdhNfdPrfFCWk-tO8iv1qD2utSwumKfA/edit?usp=sharing
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).
Questions? Contact Hilary Woodard (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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.
AP Seminar and AP Capstone Information Meeting is January 26, 2021
Incoming 10,11,12th graders and families are welcome! Google Meet Link: meet.google.com/sys-cjab-nbt
For more information, please Email Jamie Suehiro or Cassie Lanzas at email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org
Foreign Exchange Program to Italy- Are You Interested in Italian Food and Culture? Have you ever thought about traveling to Italy? If so, Please look into the Portland-Bologna Sister City Association Youth Exchange Program!!
The Youth Exchange Program is a two-year program in which Portland area students host an Italian student for two weeks in the summer and in the following summer will travel to visit and stay with their Italian Student Host Family in Bologna for two weeks.
This next cycle we are offering a Full Scholarship to a BIPOC student. Additional scholarships are available through the application process.
If interested, please look at the Youth Exchange page on the Portland-Bologna Sister City Association website. For additional information, please contact:
Michele Potestio at email@example.com
(PBSCA Board Member)
WHS Student of the Year Fundraiser for LLS- This year, two Wilson seniors, Maia Gordon and Julia Meyers, have been selected as candidates for the 2021 Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) Students of the Year philanthropic campaign. They have composed a team of other local teenagers, including these Wilson students: Sophia Meyers, Nina Djuricic, Jonah Schafer, Ani Posner, and Claire Asplund, and together they will be working over the next 7 weeks to meet their fundraising goal of $50,000. All donations are 100% tax-deductible and will fund cancer research, patient and family support, and advocacy for those impacted by blood cancer. Please visit this page to learn more about this campaign and to donate in support of the LLS mission and the incredible Wilson students involved this year: https://events.lls.org/oswim/PortlandSOY21/chasinacure .
Email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or comments. Thank you so much for your support. Let's crush cancer and chase a cure together!