• Student and Family News, February 17

    Ida B. Wells High School
    Student and Family News

    Wednesday, February 17, 2021

    Dear IBW Students and Families,

    I know that many of you are impacted by the recent snow/ice storm. Like many of you, my family has been without electricity for a few days now. I hope that you are able to stay warm and safe through this difficult time. High schools are running the regular Wednesday schedule today. The only difference is that afternoon office hours will be extended until 3:15. Many of our staff remain without electricity today as well. Some of our teachers will not be as available as they would like to be. Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding. As always, please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions.

    Filip Hristic, Principal, Ida B. Wells HS

    Announcents for this week:


    Newsletter Update
    Beginning with this edition, you will be receiving a link that will take you directly to the newsletter that is posted on the Ida B. Wells website. Updates in the newsletter will be catorigized under headers that are same as the main tabs on the website - Our School, Academics, Counseling, Families & Community, Library, Athletics, Student Activities and Teachers and Staff. I will be working diligently to make other improvements to the communications for Ida B. Wells Students and Parents. To begin with, if you use Instagram, I encourage you to follow a brand new page I have started, ibwhs_schoolnews - I will be able to post important news very quickly on this platform. I will continue to share other ways you can stay connected and get up-to-date news. Thank you for your patience as I continue the transition into this position. Leanne Van Horn, lvanhorn@pps.net

    Re-Opening 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 soon. Last week, K-5 families received the survey. I hope that middle school and high school families receive the survey as well in the near future. Your input will be crucial as we plan for the hybrid instruction at the secondary level.

    The 2020-2021 Yearbook is now on sale! Due to a reduced size (about a 100 fewer pages) the price has been reduced to $45 this year. It will also not be available for pick up until the beginning of the 2021-2022 school year. Order your copy today on https://pps.schoolpay.com/ so you will always have memories of this unprecedented school year. If you have any questions or concerns, please email the yearbook adviser, Keith Higbee, at khigbee@pps.net.


    2nd Semester "Back to School Night".
    Although we are not hosting an official Back-to-School Night for 2nd Semester, you can use this Virtual Tour that was created for 1st Semester to learn more about the classes your student is taking now: Virtual Back-to-School Night

    Avid Program
    Are you the parent of an incoming 9th grader looking for a strong community, a space to grow academically and socially, and curious about how to better prepare for college and career? Maybe AVID is for you!

    Join us for a Q & A on February 23rd from 6-7pm to learn more. https://pps-net.zoom.us/j/86756656864

    Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT)
    The SAT will be offered to all PPS Juniors, free of charge, on April 13 and April 27th. You have the opportunity to take it in person at Ida B. Wells High School on one of those dates. We will be dividing the juniors up between the two dates. It will not be a choice as to which date you attend.
    In order to plan with COVID safety in mind, it is essential that we hear from you/your student whether you/they will or will not take the exam. Our records indicate that you have not yet completed the SAT Interest Survey that we recently sent out. We need all juniors to complete this Survey so we can properly plan. Please complete the survey by Wednesday, February 17th. The survey must be completed from your PPS student account.

    To maintain COVID safety we will use a variety of methods including staggered start times, assigned building entrance, reduced classroom sizes (no more than 14 people per classroom) etc.

    Juniors who would like to be considered for the NMSQT do need to work with their school to indicate their interest. A student who does not take the PSAT/NMSQT in October 2020 or January 2021 because of school closures, but meets all other requirements for NMSC program participation, may still be able to enter the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program by submitting scores from an administration of the SAT. The student or a school official must visit www.nationalmerit.org/resources after the missed PSAT/NMSQT administration to download information about procedures for Alternate Entry to the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program. To be considered, a student must complete certain requirements before April 1, 2021. Click here for more information about the process for NMSQT qualification

    News From the Career Center

    Future You 2 Go This Week: – Career & Post-secondary Presentations
    No pre-registration required; Click on Link to Join

    W, 2/17, 1:00pm-1:45: PCC Music & Sonic Arts and MultiMedia Programs
    W, 2/17, 2:00pm-2:45: Engineers Without Borders-Boston University Part I
    W, 2/17, 3:00pm-3:45: Engineers Without Borders-Boston University Part II

    Application Deadlines This Week:

    SA, 2/20 - PPS Engineering Careers Focus Event (Th 2/25, 1-2:30pm; Accepted students will be notified by 2/22)


    TH, 2/18, 6-8:30pm, Pacific NW Gap Year Fair courtesy of Cleveland HS, Register: https://www.gooverseas.com/gap-year/usa-fairs/schedule
    SA, 2/20 - ASE Virtual Cover Letter Workshop #2

    For information on these opportunities and more, please see the February Career Happenings Newsletter

    Boosters Club
    Did you miss the last Boosters Club Meeting? Mark your calendar now for the next meeting on Monday, March 8, 6:30-8pm. The zoom link is available on the website master calendar Booster Club, March Meeting Info


    Textbook Return
    If you still have textbooks and/or library books from Semester 1, please return them ASAP. In addition, if you have wifi hotspots or chromebooks that you are no longer using, please return those as well. During the hours of M-F, 9am-3pm, you can drop off textbooks or library books on the cart that is outside the front doors. If you are returning chromebooks or wifi hotspots, please call the number on the front doors and someone can assist you.


    Season 2 Athletics Opportunities
    Ida B. Wells Athletics is excited about offering our traditional team Fall sports including Volleyball, Football, Soccer, and Cross Country. Concerning Volleyball and Football, we are currently working with the OSAA, OHA, and PPS to ensure a safe start to their programs. As it stands, Football has begun their pre-season workouts and Volleyball is scheduled to start their season on February 22 along with Cross Country and Soccer. At the moment, Cheer and Dance do not have a definitive start date yet.

    Please visit https://www.familyid.com/organizations/ida-b-wells-high-school to register for Season 2 athletics. A student-athlete must have a registration completed and a valid physical on file in order to begin participation in Season 2. Visit our website for complete registration details: https://www.wilsonathletics.com/page/show/3737816-registration

    Read the most current Ida B. Wells Athletic update from Athletic Director, Mike Nolan https://www.wilsonathletics.com/news_article/show/1146726


    The Rose Festival Court is composed of up to 15 outstanding young women chosen from Portland Metro-area high schools. Members receive leadership training, a chance to travel, and network with community leaders. Court Members receive one-on-one mentorship from top female executives, a $3,500 scholarship provided by The Randall Group valid for any accredited college, university, or trade program, a complete wardrobe including shoes and accessories, and a lifetime of enduring friendships with their Rose Festival Court sisters. Note on eligibility: This program is open to Junior and Senior students who identify as a woman. Students must have a 3.0 GPA.

    Learn more about the Rose Festival Court Program and view the complete application process on the Rose Festival Website. You can also learn more by attending a Zoom Q&A.

    Rose Festival Court Info Sessions for students and parents:

    Thursday, February 18, 7pm
    Saturday, February 20, 1pm

    Students can SIGN UP HERE to be sent the meeting link.

    For more information about the Portland Rose Festival Court, contact the Ida B. Wells Rose Court Advisor, Erica Caldwell at ecaldwell@pps.net.

    Teachers and Staff
    Many of you know me from my 3 years working as the Athletic Office Asst. I will contiue in that role but am also now transitioning to the Communications Coordinator. If you are interested in my time as a parent in PPS Wilson Cluster Schools, read my bio on the Staff pages on the website. Leanne Van Horn Thanks again for your patience and understanding as we make the transition!