• Student and Family News, March 15

    Ida B. Wells High School
    Student and Family News
    March 15, 2021


    Dear Ida B. Wells HS Students and Families, 

    We are planning in earnest for Hybrid learning to begin during the week of April 19.  Earlier today I walked around the building to make sure that all our classrooms have been reconfigured to meet the physical distancing requirements.  The district is providing all classrooms with air-purifiers as well and we are eagerly awaiting the release of the updated ODE and OHA guidelines.  District leaders are getting close to finalizing the Hybrid schedule for high school students and you can expect to receive a learning preference survey later this week.  Please complete the survey as quickly as you can as this will further assist us with our planning.  Please also join us at this week’s PTA meeting on Thursday night.  I expect to have a few more updates by then.  You can find the Zoom call information below and on our master calendar on our website.  

    Filip Hristic, Ida B. Wells HS Principal

    Here are more announcements for this week:


    Successful Schools Survey

    This is the final week for families to take The Successful Schools Survey.  The deadline is Friday, March 19.  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. 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

    Ida B. Wells Mascot 
    The renaming committee has reviewed the overwhelming mascot input and feedback from the Ida B. Wells-Barnett High School community, and we now have FIVE finalists to present to you for a vote. Please let us know what you think:


    History Podcast: "I Wish I Learned That in School"
    Mr. Mathews and Mr. Montanaro have started a history podcast to share with the Ida B. Wells community.  Each episode will explore a fascinating story from the past that is relevant for understanding our world today. They will use the episodes in their social studies classes, but would also love for the wider IBW community to listen as well. Please check it out!  I Wish I learned Learned That in School 
    You can also listen on Apple PodcastsSpotify, or Google Podcasts
    Spring 2021 AP Capstone Speaker Series
    We are excited to invite the IBWHS community to an online speaker series featuring researchers this spring.  Our speakers will share about some of their most impactful projects, the high value of research skills, and how social justice is centered in their work.  Dr. Nettie Legters will be our first speaker on Wednesday, March 17 from 6:00-7:00pm.  Visit the AP Capstone page on our website to learn more and to register. https://www.pps.net/Page/13344
    SAT for Juniors, April 13 and 27
    All Juniors who signed up to take the SAT will be notified in their PPS email before spring break regarding the date they are testing, their testing room number and the entry door they are to use based on their testing room. Spring Break is a great time to prepare for the SAT.  The SAT School Day Student Guide has information about the exam, sample test materials and test-taking advice and tips.
    AP Exams
    For detailed information on how the AP exams will be administered please check out the PPS AP Exam page.  The exam schedule is available here as well!
    Are you a 10th 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! Check out the AVID page on our website to find out more about AVID and how to apply to be in the class. https://www.pps.net/domain/4344


    Ida B. Wells HS Career Learning - Week of March 15th

    T 3/16 & W 3/17, 1-4PM: Virtual NW Youth Careers Expo welcoming IBW freshmen currently enrolled in College & Career Exploration. Students/Parents check your email for log-in instructions.
    W, 3/17, 1-2:30PM: Start Your Professional Branding with LinkedIn! Learn how to craft a LinkedIn profile and an engaging brand with Dr. Faith Avery from Goodwill Industries. Click to join with your PPS account
    TH 3/18, 1-2:30PM: PPS EMERGENCY SERVICES CAREER FOCUS EVENT! Hosted by the PPS Office of Career & Technical Education in partnership with AMR. Deadline to submit your registration is TODAY March 15th, 2021. Register HERE
    Now Recruiting:  
    Bodecker Foundation Be the Creative Director spring break workshop is still accepting applications. Deadline to apply: March 18th.
    Haggerty Scholars Program sponsored by the Federal Bar Association Oregon Chapter is now recruiting current high school juniors with an interest in law and civil rights. This program spans this summer through Senior year with professional mentoring activities, law and civil rights events, and workplace tours (permitting). Deadline to apply: April 9th.

    Save the Date:
    F, April 9th, 10-11:30AM: Hands-On Resume Workshop - What makes a winning resume? Opportunity to create a resume that meets the PPS district requirements and have it reviewed by Goodwill Industries Job Connections personnel. Learn more.

    For more information or to see other opportunities including summer internships/jobs, check out the March Career Happenings newsletter or email Jessica Wade, jwade1@pps.net

    Senior News, Class of 2021
    The March edition of the Senior Newsletter is now available: Senior Newsletter, March 2021 

    To find all news about the Senior Year and Graduation, visit our website Senior News, Class of 2021

    From our Social Worker, Britni Locke
    Black Youth Crisis Recovery Group
    Are you a black student who is seeking a safe place to process and unpack trauma and grief that you may be dealing with as a result of current events?  If so, please check out this flyer for more information on how you can join this group:  Black Youth Crisis Recovery Group

    Ida B Wells Pantry Restock
    With LIPI underway, our Social Worker is ready to restock the hygiene pantry in hopes of opening access up to families in need.  If you need some extra support, please email Britni Locke at blocke@pps.net.   If you're able to contribute - here's the signup for what's desired and where/how to drop off.  VolunteerSignup - Online volunteer signup sheets - IBW Food & Hygiene Pantry Restock 1.2021 signup sheet

    Substance Abuse Information
    The Office of Student Success and Health has drop-in office hours that are open to anyone in the district - parent, family member or caregiver.  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 and offered bilingually in both Spanish and English.  FLYER with LINK TO OFFICE HOURS .

    Benson High School Wellness Center
    The Wellness Center located at Benson High School is open to assist with medical issues.  They are also now a location conducting COVID testing (not vaccines).  For more information, please refer to this flyer: Benson Wellness Center


    The next IBW Foundation Meeting will take place on March 17 at 7:00 PM.  Please feel free to wear green during the call.  We will start to finalize IBW’s fundraising plans for the 2021-2022 school year.  We will have subcommittee reports and discuss overall school staffing for 2021-2022. 

    Parents and staff are welcome to join via zoom at the following link: March 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 Meeting
    An additional PTA Meeting has been scheduled for March 18, 7:00PM;  Topic: "Re-Opening Plans Q&A with Principal Hristic"

    For additional phone numbers, meeting codes, etc. please visit the master calendar on our website Master Calendar, March 18

    Staff Appreciation
    Spring staff appreciation project is coming online - our plan is thank you notes and gift cards.  
    If you're available to write some of the notes, please message Jessica (jess_jon@msn.com) your email address and we'll coordinate.  If you are able to donate, please either Venmo (@jchrist18) or message Jessica (jess_jon@msn.com) for other options.  Hoping to be ready to distribute in April!🍎❤ Let's show those hardworking IBW teachers and staff some love.


    #Virtualandia! 2021 is an exciting opportunity for Portland Metro high school students to take part in a dynamic virtual slam poetry competition for the chance to win prizes and the title of #Virtualandia slam champion.
    Prizes: $15 Powell’s gift cards for the first 50 eligible entries; top prize of $1,000 visa gift card. Submit an entry by 3/31/2021 to compete. Full details at IBW Library website: https://www.pps.net/Page/17331


    Ida B. Wells Athletics Weekly, Mike Nolan, Athletic Director
    Greetings Sports Fans! 
    What a week of Ida B. Wells Athletics we just had! All of our programs are in full league swing now battling it out with our friends across the PIL. It is so great to see our coaches and student-athletes being able to get outside and in the gym to compete with their teammates. We have a full slate of athletics this week; see below for the complete schedule.  To read the rest of the Athetics Weekly and find out more about each program as well as this week's Student-Athletes of the Week: Ava Chimienti, Volleyball; Sophia Whelden, Women's Soccer; Giuliano Scasso, Cross Country and Rolin Griffiths, Football.  Ida B. Wells Athletic Weekly, March 15

    Athletic Schedule, Week of March 15 - March 20
    For a complete list of all contests and where you can find the most up-to-date schedules, please visit our Athletics Website: https://www.wilsonathletics.com/page/show/3803298-this-week.  

    Season 3/Spring Sports
    Registration for Season 3/Spring Sports is now open! Student-Athletes that are planning on participating in Baseball, Softball, Track and Field, Golf and Tennis can be registered on https://www.familyid.com/organizations/ida-b-wells-high-school  For complete Registration information, visit our Athletic Website: www.wilsonathletics.com/Registration  Due to Spring Break, we ask that you register ASAP!  

    Cheer Team
    For a limited time, the Cheer program is opening up registration to join the Cheer Team.  For complete instructions, visit their page on the Athletics webpage: https://www.wilsonathletics.com/cheer  

    Women's Lacrosse
    We are excited for our Women's Lacrosse season which begins April 5th and games start April 12th.  The season is 6 weeks. Since Lacrosse is a club sport there are additional steps to register:

    1) Renew or create the player's US Lacrosse Membership.  This is required for all lacrosse players in Oregon.  https://membership.uslacrosse.org/
    2) Register with IBW club:  https://www.wilsonlax.com/Default.aspx?tabid=912272.  
    3) Register with IBW Athletics Family ID. There is no fee with this, but it is required:  https://www.familyid.com/organizations/ida-b-wells-high-school  
    You can visit our website:  https://www.wilsonlax.com/wilsonwomenslax
    We will be following the OHA guidance for outdoor recreation:  https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.leagueathletics.com/Text/Documents/21684/98948.pdf
    PLEASE REGISTER SOON!   IBW Girls Lacrosse Board:  Buffy Mohr, Andy Walton, Kat Kozitza, Aaron Olson, Lindsay Wierdsma

    2021 Rose Festival Court
    Congrats to the 2021 Ida B. Wells Rose Court Candidates:
    SR. - Bridget McMurray
    SR. - Catalina (Cata) Monteiro
    SR. - Eleanor Potter
    JR. - Hannah Worden
    The Ida B. Wells 2021 Rose Princess will be announced on April 15th. 

    Ida B Wells Latinx Student Union
    Ida B Wells Latinx Student Union is a student-led space committed to connecting and supporting Latinx students at Ida B Wells. We also seek to raise social awareness of issues facing Latinx communities via cultural, social and academic events. Latino Student Union is open to students of all backgrounds who would like to learn and would like to actively engage with Latinx culture and heritage. 
    Any students interested in joining the Ida B Wells Latinx student group can reach out to Club Advisor: Winston Rivas at wrivas@pps.net or text @ibwlsu to 81010

    Community Building for 9th Graders!
    We’re so excited to be offering another community-building meeting for our Freshpeople! This meeting will be a great way for 9th graders to meet some more friendly faces from Ida B. Wells-Barnett and to help build that sense of community that we’ve lost given the current comprehensive distance learning setup going on. During the meeting, we’ll be playing games and doing different activities with the hope that whenever we return to the building, our freshpeople will feel more at home. This month's meeting will be very similar to the first one we held last month, so if you weren’t able to attend last month, no problem. The event will be on Wednesday, March 17th at 12:40 pm. Here is the link to join meet.google.com/kky-uxqu-zab

    Trojan Factor
    This year's 2021 Trojan Factor is coming up. For those who may not know, Trojan Factor is our talent show and is open to all students and talents! Although no final date has been picked yet, we are hoping to have it in April. This year's event will happen via a Google Meet. If you are interested, please come to the following meeting on March 17th at 12:35 https://zoom.us/j/94838723971?pwd=WmhiZEwxRzFaSXh3NWRlRlVBNHlDZz09

    Ultimate Frisbee
    Portland Ultimate Frisbee Club is hosting a Middle and High School Girls Clinic on Sunday, March 21st. This one day clinic is open to all skill levels and will be a day of fun and learning. Come meet other girls your age from around the Portland Metro area, as well as some of the middle and high school coaches from local teams.  For more information, please see their flyer: https://portlandultimate.org/e/middle-high-school-girls-skills-clinic

    We are very fortunate to have a dedicated team of counselors.  Find out more about their backgrounds here: IBW Counseling Team
    Have a great week and a great Spring Break.  The next edition of the Student and Family News will be on Monday, March 29th.  

    For any questions or submissions for the newsletter, please email Leanne Van Horn, Communications Coordinator at lvanhorn@pps.net