• Student and Family News, February 22

    Ida B. Wells High School
    Student and Family News
    February 22, 2021

    Greetings IBW Students and Families,

    I hope that your power has been restored by now.  Thank you for your creativity and resilience as we navigated last week’s various challenges.  I know that some of you are still without the internet.  Please let us know if there is anything that we can do to support you and your students.  

    Now that we have a new name, we want to hear your suggestions for our school mascot.   All stakeholders are invited to participate, especially our students!  Please take a moment to fill out this brief survey before next Wednesday.  Thank you for your input!

    Filip Hristic, Principal, Ida B. Wells High School

    Here are a few announcements for this week:


    Successful Schools Survey
    The Successful Schools Survey is our annual district-wide school climate and feedback survey. These surveys provide students, families, staff, and leaders an opportunity to provide feedback on their school’s climate and their experiences at school.  The survey window will run to March 12 for students, staff and leaders, and to March 19 for families. Here is the pps link of where to go to take the survey: https://www.pps.net/Page/17177

    For more information about the Successful School Survey, you can read the FAQ
    in English:  Successful Schools Survey_English
    in Spanish: Successful Schools Survey Spanish
    in Somali: Successful Schools Survey Somali

    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.


    SAT Exam
    In an effort to give all of of our juniors the best opportunities to reach their post high school goals, we are offering the SAT test in person, with Covid protocols in place, at Ida B. Wells on April 13th and 27th. The test will be free of charge. 

    We will divide the juniors up between the two dates.  It will not be a choice as to which date you attend. We have ordered enough exams for all juniors to take the exam; however, in order to plan with COVID safety in mind, it is essential that students respond to the survey, indicating whether they will or will not take the exam.  

    We are reopening the Survey until Wednesday, March 3.  If you have not yet filled it out, please do so ASAP. The survey must be completed from your PPS student account.

    Spending some time preparing for standardized tests is essential to maximize your score.  We have compiled a list of resources, not endorsed by PPS, that you can use to get you ready for test day. 

    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


    From the Career Center, Jessica Wade, Career Coordinator

    Future You 2 Go This Week:
     – Career & Post-secondary Presentations
    No pre-registration required; Click on Link to Join; Counts toward Career Related Learning Experience requirements once reflection assignment is completed.

    W, 2/24, 12:00pm-12:45pm: Career Presentation- Lorraine Akabuigu, Structural & Payload Design Engineer for Boeing Connected Careers: Engineering--Design & Structural. Please bring a printed copy of the attached pattern (This has 3 patterns, but you will only need to print and use one pattern), a pair of scissors, and one paper clip.

    W, 2/24, 1:00pm-1:45pm: Post-Secondary Presentation-PCC Career Pathways Program Connected Careers: https://www.pcc.edu/career-pathways/options/  

    W, 2/24, 2:00pm-2:45pm: Career Presentation-J'reyesha Brannon, Civil Engineer-City of Portland-Bureau of Environmental Services Connected Careers: Civil Engineering, Engineering, Government. 

    W, 2/24, 3:00pm-3:45pm: Career Presentation-Alyssa Townsend, Account Manager-We Communications Connected Careers: Communications, Public Relations, and Business 

    View all current and past Future You 2 Go events.

    TH, 2/25, 2-4pm: Learn about industrial technology and automotive industries with Employer Speed Networking hosted by Clackamas Community College  Register here: https://clackamas.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIkcO-vpz0qGdWQ_D3oWmecVLsnBzYhGs0V

    TH, 3/4. 1:00-2:20pm, PPS Technology Focus Event
    Come to meet Tech careers presenters and learn about a variety of careers and post-secondary options relating to Technology! Deadline to submit your Registration is March 2nd, 2021. You will be notified by March 3rd, 2021 of your acceptance into this event. 
    Register here: Careers in Technology

    For information on these opportunities and more, please see the February Career Happenings Newsletter or contact Jessica Wade, jwade1@pps.net

    From our Social Worker, Britni Locke

    Do you buy groceries with SNAP and lost food from a power outage?
    You may be able to get some of your SNAP dollars added back on your Oregon EBT card. More information and how to request replacement can be found on this form SNAP Replacement Form.  For replacement benefits, participants have 10 days to fill out the form from the incident and turn it in. Because of this quick turn-around, email is recommended over mailing the form. 

    Substance Abuse Information
    The Office of Student Success and Health is excited to announce that beginning Tuesday, March 2nd we will have drop-in hours for families. These office hours will be open to anyone - parent, family member or caregiver in the district. It will be an opportunity to "stop by" virtually and ask questions about substance use prevention, find out about resources and get information about accessing supports. This drop-in space will be staffed by at least two people from the Substance Use Supports team.  FLYER with LINK TO OFFICE HOURS

    In addition, there is a free 6 week series beginning March 4th for parents/caregivers who have concerns about a young person’s substance use.  Please see the flyer for all the details. Parent Skills Group Flyer

    For any questions or assistance with these issues, please email Britni Locke at blocke@pps.net


    The next IBW Foundation Meeting will take place on February 25, 2021 at 7 PM.  We will be continuing the discussion of IBW’s fundraising efforts for the 2021-2022 school year.  We will also begin to formalize our messaging and goals from subcommittee reports. 

    Parents and staff are welcome to join via zoom at the following link: Feb IBWHS 7PM Foundation Zoom Call 

    If you plan to participate on the call and would like a copy of the meeting agenda prior, please email Brad Nelson at bknelson@cascadeautoglass.com.  We look forward to seeing you at the meeting.

    PTA Scholarship – donate or apply!
    Each year the PTA funds two $1000 scholarships to seniors. If you are interested in donating to the scholarship fund please click here (go to “nonprofit groups” and then donate directly via the “PTA Scholarship Fund” link). If you are a student interested in applying for the scholarship, please click here. Scholarships are due April 2, 2021.

    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
    Read the most current Ida B. Wells Athletic Update, February 22 from Athletic Director, Mike Nolan 

    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.  Even if registered for Season 1, a student-athlete must have a Season 2 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

    The Loprinzi Scholarship Opportunity
    The Loprinzi program allows any high school senior from one of 29 program high schools to apply for the scholarship.  

    • Deadline is March 1st
    • A $1,000 scholarship is awarded to the school finalist from each of the program high schools.
    • Then the school finalists are considered for three $8,000 awards that are given to the overall finalists.
    • All the information and application links can be found here - https://www.multnomahathleticfoundation.com/scholarships/loprinzi-scholarship/
    • Criteria – the candidate is a good student, community minded and involved, an athlete and has financial need.


    Cleveland High School has an upcoming talk on February 24, 2pm organized by the Youth Action Council for HS students on Sociology and Racial Justice.  See the flyer for details: YAC Talk

    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 WebsiteThe application deadline is February 24, 2021

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


    Ida B. Wells HS Vice Principal, Ayesha Coning, along with many other things, has been facilitating our school Climate Team and No Place for Hate Peer Facilitator program.  Find out more about Ayesha through her bio on her staff page on our website:  Ayesha Coning

    Have a great week!

    Ida B. Wells High School