Student and Family News, February 12/1/2021
Monday, February 1, 2021
Dear Ida B. Wells HS Families, It is official! Portland Public Schools Board of Directors unanimously approved Resolution No. 6235 to change the name of our school to Ida B. Wells-Barnett High School. This Resolution goes into effect immediately. If you missed the live presentation last week, you can see the recording here and you can see a copy of our slide deck, too. I will share at a later date more information about the "branding" work that lies ahead. In the meantime, as we begin to develop a relationship with our new name (and our new namesake), I wanted to offer a few suggestions for how to use our new name:
Official Name: Ida B. Wells-Barnett High School
Common/Abbreviated Name: Ida B. Wells High School
Final Abbreviation, used only when necessary : IBW
I offer these in an effort to both honor and preserve the full name of our namesake. Whereas we have largely forgotten the people after whom we've named many streets (Barbur Blvd), cities (Astoria), and even schools (Benson), we want to make sure that our namesake is not lost in how we and others refer to our school. That is why we want to stay away from referring to our school as Wells or Wells-Barnett. I hope this makes sense. As always, let me know if you have any questions or suggestions. Please feel free to share this with your colleagues who may be curious about our new name or who may be getting questions from students, families, or community members.
Filip Hristic, Principal, Ida B. Wells High School
Here are a few announcements for the week ahead:
Q2 GRADES Teachers are submitting Q2 grades by the end of the day today. You can expect to receive report cards later this week. Students who demonstrate sufficient mastery of content will receive a letter grade (A-D) on their report card. Students who did not demonstrate engagement and learning over the course of the quarter will receive an “NG” (No Grade). NG means that the student did not earn credit and that s/he will need to retake the course if needed for graduation. Students who did complete some work, but not enough work to earn credit, will get an “I” (Incomplete). These students will have until the end of Q3 to complete Q2 credit.
REOPENING PLANS We are scheduled to start Limited In-Person Instruction at Ida B. Wells HS on March 1. We will begin with two cohorts of students with 15 students/cohort. Cohort A will be on campus from 1-3 on Mondays and Tuesdays, and Cohort B will be on campus from 1-3 Thursdays and Fridays. As you probably heard last week, PPS is making plans for transitioning to hybrid instructions at the beginning of Q4 (April). The district will send a survey to families to get a better sense of how many students/families are interested in returning to in-person instruction in a hybrid model. Please look for that survey this week. Your input will be crucial as we plan for the hybrid instruction at the secondary level.
2nd SEMESTER TEXTBOOK PICK-UP Textbook/class material distribution for next semester began today and continues through Thursday. Not all classes will have books or supplies to collect. Check this list of classes to first see if you need to come to collect materials. In order to make distribution as contact-free as possible, students need to sign up for a pickup time slot using 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. Each time slot is 50 minutes in length. To ensure social distancing, do not necessarily show up right at the beginning of the time slot. In addition, please remember to return your 1st semester books!
Lastly, there is going to be a Krispy Kreme Donut Fundraiser for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society during Textbook Distribution (while supplies last). A box of a dozen yummy glazed donuts are $12. COVID procedures will be in place so only exact change, checks or Vemmo payment will be accepted. Read more about the 2021 Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) Students of the Year philanthropic campaign below.
2021-2022 FORECASTING Forecasting for 2021-2022 classes is in full swing! Our counselors are currently very busy organizing and troubleshooting forecasting issues as well as making sure students wrap up Q1 and Q2 successfully. You can view all of the 2021-2022 forecasting materials on our webpage: https://www.pps.net/Page/17046 After students have watched the forecasting video, read through the interactive forecasting guide and reviewed their forecasting worksheets, they may still have some questions before inputting their choices into StudentVue. If so, the Counselors have one more Google Meet forecasting help session to help answer your questions. If your question is very specific to your situation, please feel free to reach out to your counselor. All of the counselors appreciate your patience at this time. Drop-in Google Meet call for forecasting questions: 2/3, 12-1 PM: https://meet.google.com/cgz-ruvj-nfk The deadline for inputting class choices in StudentVue is 11:30pm, Friday, February 5th. *If you are inquiring with your counselor about a Semester 2 schedule update, please be specific about what you are requesting and why it is needed. But please know that most classes are full and we are asking students to stick with the classes that they forecasted for
NO PLACE FOR HATE (an ADL education program) We have partnered with the Anti-Defamation League to host a community conversation about race on February 3rd, 6-8PM. This event is open to everyone. The ADL has trained a cohort of our high school students, who are deeply committed to racial equity, to facilitate much of our learning and dialogue about how to be an ally and how to have conversations about race with each other. Please join our No Place for Hate Peer Facilitators and Scottie Nash, Director of Education ADL Pacific NW for an evening of dialogue with our students, families, educators, and community members. You must register in advance by 2pm on Feb. 3rd. You will then be sent the link for the actual event at 5pm on Feb. 3rd. Register here: http://bit.ly/WellsRacialEquity. For questions regarding the event, please contact Vice Principal Ayesha Coning at email@example.com.
LAST CHANCE TO GET YOUR SCHOOL PHOTO, STUDENT ID AND TRIMET BUS PASS On Feb. 4th between noon-4pm Lifetouch will be in the 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
ATHLETICS UPDATE All in-person athletic activities are cancelled this week (February 1-6) as the PIL prepares for OSAA Season 2. We appreciate your flexibility and understanding as we continue to plan re-opening of competitive athletics. All student-athletes must complete sport specific registration for Season 2 in FamilyID. Registration for Football will open Tuesday, February 2nd. For some great information about our Football program check out the Athletics website https://www.wilsonathletics.com/football All other Season 2 Fall programs (Cross Country, Boys and Girls Soccer, and Volleyball) will open on Monday, February 8th.
9th GRADE CONNECTIONS We’re so excited to have our first community building meeting for our 9th graders! This meeting will be a great way for the freshpeople to meet some more friendly faces from Ida B. Wells HS and to help build that sense of community that we’ve lost given the current virtual learning setup. During the meeting, we’ll be playing games and doing different activities with the hope that whenever we return to the building, the Class of 2024 will feel more at home. The event will be on Wednesday, February 3rd at 12:35 pm. Here is the link to join: https://pps-net.zoom.us/j/89282312145?pwd=TDFhMktuN29zblordVdYNldwWFE4dz09 Meeting ID: 892 8231 2145 Passcode: 722206 The first Student Senate meeting will be held on Thursday, February 4th at 11:55. We are asking for one student representative from each club to attend. The Google Meet has been shared with advisors and listed student leaders. This is a student only event. Sorry, advisors.
IBW SPEECH AND DEBATE TEAM We attended McMinnville High School's Singletary Tournament this weekend. Special thanks, as always, to our volunteer judges, who make the whole thing possible. Below are top finishers at the tournament from our school: After-Dinner Speaking 1st place -- Zoe Carver Extemporaneous Speaking 2nd place -- Cara Weathers Humorous Interpretation 3rd place -- Zoe CarverImpromptu Speaking 2nd place -- Noemie Veillette Parliamentary Debate Semi-Finalists -- Nolan Sottoway & Ori Friesen Parliamentary Debate Semi-Finalists -- Cara Weathers & Zoe Carver Prose Finalist -- Cate Latimer Radio 3rd place -- Hannah Lo
BLACK HISTORY MONTH In celebration of Black History Month, The College Place is hosting an HBCU Virtual College Tour Series! Throughout the month of February, we will feature virtual tours of over 30 Historically Black Colleges and Universities on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 3:30 PST All tour sessions will take place at https://ecmc.zoom.us/j/96027749366. Please pass this opportunity along to all of your students- share widely! You can link to a PDF of this information at https://sforce.co/3qZtTS3 2-Feb Alcorn State University (MS) Bowie State University (MD) Fayetteville State University (NC) Southern University and A&M College (LA) Tennessee State University (TN) 4-Feb Cheney University of PA (PA) Claflin University (SC) Clark Atlanta University (GA) North Carolina Central University (NC) 9-Feb Bethune Cookman University (FL) Dillard University (LA) Florida A&M University (FL) Jackson State University (MS) University of Maryland, Eastern Shore (MD) 11-Feb Elizabeth City State University (NC) Kentucky State University (KY) Lincoln University (PA) Xavier University of LA (LA) 16-Feb Grambling State University (LA) Hampton University (VA) Howard University (DC) Tuskegee University (AL) 18-Feb Delaware State University (DE) Morgan State University (MD) Norfolk State University (VA) University of the District of Columbia (DC) 23-Feb Albany State University (GA) Charles Drew University of Science and Medicine (CA) North Carolina A&T State University (NC) Tougaloo College (MS) 25-Feb Fisk University (TN) Spelman College (GA) University of Virgin Islands (BVA) Virginia State University (VA)
BOOSTER CLUB UPDATE As Wilson transitions to become Ida B. Wells-Barnett High School, the Booster Club will be discussing how we'll be titled and our role in rebranding and merchandising. Due to our registered non-profit status, folks should expect our official name change will track slightly behind the school's process. Please plan to join us for our next meeting on Monday, February 8th at 6:30pm via Zoom, credentials are here: https://insidetrack.zoom.us/j/6621528345 Meeting ID: 662 152 8345 Our agenda includes reviewing funding requests, talking name change and looking forward to board volunteer positions expected to be vacant for next year.
STUDENT CAREER LEARNING - WEEK OF FEBRUARY 1ST Wednesday Future You 2Go Sessions: No pre-registration required; Simply Click on Link W, 2/3 1:00pm-1:45pm: Post-Secondary Presentation-The Portland Community College Theatre Arts PCC Theatre Arts has presented over 70 fully staged productions since 1979 ranging across the dramatic, comic, and musical genres. At the Performing Arts Center (PAC), a state-of-the-art theatre on the Sylvania campus, students are hired as crew on rental productions and gain practical on-the-job training with the help of our talented faculty. Connected Careers: Technical Theatre, Acting and Costume Design. W, 2/3 3:00pm-3:45pm: Career Presentation-Kerstin Motsch-Reiter, National Youth Programs and Partnerships Manager-ChickTech Meet Kerstin, National Youth Programs and Partnerships Manager for CheckTech. In high school, Kerstin was interested in a career as a Marine Biologist or a Park Ranger. Follow Kerstin's career path through college, jobs with an aquarium and Bureau of Land Management and how she found her fit in program management writing grants and developing curriculum. Connected Careers: Education, Technology, Business. TH, 2/4, 1-2:30PM: How to Land a Job - Learn about how to search, apply and prepare for a job. Register in advance- https://forms.gle/EZU4xHB5c1x6FuaY8 SA, 2/6, 10-11:30AM - Saturday Academy’s ASE Program Information Session (Apprenticeships in Science and Engineering) Virtual Info Session #2 For February Monthly Career Happenings Newsletter, see: https://www.pps.net/Page/16186
LEUKEMIA AND LYMPHOMA SOCIETY-STUDENTS OF THE YEAR CAMPAIGN 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 email@example.com with any questions or comments. Thank you so much for your support. Let's crush cancer and chase a cure together!
COMMUNITY RESOURCES *Eviction protection declaration forms are available at all Multnomah County libraries. No appointment is needed to pick up forms. Print copies of the forms are available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Russian, Korean, Burmese, Nepali, Somali, French, Amharic, Arabic, Thai, Farsi, Marshallese, Swahili and Japanese. Here are the library locations and hours