• Student and Family News, March 29

    Ida B. Wells High School
    Student and Family News
    March 29, 2021

    Dear Ida B. Wells Students and Families, 

    I hope that you and your loved ones are doing well and I hope that you found a little bit of rest and joy last week.  My family and I drove to Northern California to bask in the glory of the magnificent redwoods.  I appreciated a chance to slow down and unplug for a few days, to cook meals over a campfire, and to walk beneath the towering trees.  

    There is a lot to do this week in preparation for April 19.  Our admin team is finalizing the Hybrid reopening plans which are due in a couple of days.  We will spend the bulk of the morning on Tuesday developing student cohorts based on survey responses.  Thank you to all of you who indicated whether or not your student is planning to join us for Hybrid.  If you haven’t filled out the survey yet or need additional support, please call our main office as soon as possible (503-916-5280). 

    I know that you and your family may have some additional questions regarding Hybrid.  Please join us for our next PTA meeting on April 8.  I’ll share any additional information I may have and will be happy to answer any of your questions. 

    In the meantime, here are a few announcements for the week ahead.

    Filip Hristic, Ida B. Wells HS Principal

    School Mascot 
    Thank you for sharing your feedback and encouraging our students to share their ideas regarding our new school mascot.  We had nearly 2,000 student, staff, and community responses.  We will most likely announce the winner on Tuesday night!

    Meal Distribution
    Meal access is critical for many families within our district and PPS is working to ensure that meal access continues for all students, whether or not they return to school for hybrid in-person instruction or if they remain in distance learning. All school meals will continue to be free for all students in all schools, and no student ID or names are needed to receive meals.

    Once a student returns to hybrid in-person instruction, meals will be served at their school at the end of their in-person session.

    If a student is staying in distance learning -- or if their hybrid in-person learning has not begun -- they should visit 3:30 and 4:30 p.m. on school days to pick up meals.

    For the remainder of the year, grab-and-go meals will be available between 3:30 and 4:30 p.m. on school days for all children in the community (PPS students and children not enrolled at PPS) ages 1-18.  Ida B. Wells High School, Jackson Middle School and Robert Gray Middle School are all Meal Distribution Schools. 

    Student Parking During Hybrid
    Students can park in student parking on a first come first serve basis.  Students must register their cars on this google form:  https://forms.gle/CArSuYUWCUmR5x9F7
    Please direct all parking questions to Erica Caldwell at ecaldwell@pps.net

    TriMet Bus Passes
    Student ID cards also serve as TriMet bus passes.  If your student needs a replacement StudentID/TriMet Pass, please email our bookkeeper, Ana Curtis, acurtis@pps.net.  Please include student's full name and school ID number.  If your student needs a student ID/Tri-Met Pass but does not yet have one, please also email Ana indicating this need.

    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

    SAT for Juniors, April 13 and 27
    Students that registered to take the SAT at IBW should have received an email to their student PPS email with the date of their exam, testing room and assigned entrance.  If you didn't receive on 3/17-3/19 please email amenashe@pps.net. Review this pdf_sat-school-day-student-guide.pdf
    for important information, test taking tips and sample questions.
    AP Exams
    Taking an AP Exam at home online? You must have:

    * A PC or Mac Laptop or Desktop or a school-owned Chromebook.
    * A working camera on your computer.
    The following will NOT work: A personally owned Chromebook, a smartphone, a tablet or iPAD
    If you don't have access to the needed technology, complete this survey urgently.
    Need to request an exam schedule change? Complete the Schedule Change Request Form. Your personal exam dates can be seen on your MyAP account. Additional AP Exam information available here and Updates for PPS families.
    Are you a 9th or 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 29th
    Future You 2 Go This Week - Focus on Healthcare

    No pre-registration required. Click the link to join
    Wednesday, March 31, 2021 from 1:00pm-1:45pm: Post-Secondary Presentation-PCC Health Care Programs

    Wednesday, March 31, 2021 from 2:00pm-2:45pm: Industry Spotlight-Willamette Dental

    Wednesday, March 31, 2021 from 3:00pm-3:45pm: Industry Spotlight-Registered Dietitian Careers

    Opportunity Spotlight...
    PBOT (Portland Bureau of Transportation) Active Transportation & Safety Division is actively recruiting high school youth for their Vision Zero Youth Focus Groups to better understand transportation needs. Attend 1 of out the 7 focus groups and receive a $20 Fred Meyer gift card for your time. Details and links to the registration forms 

    Juniors! Get Your Resume Polished for Jobs, College Applications, Scholarships & More!
    Hands-On Resume Building Workshop, Friday, April 9th, 10AM - 11:30AM

    Instructor-led online session; Step-by-step instructions using a free, master resume template; Opportunity for free, individualized resume reviews
    Pre-registration deadline is Friday, April 2nd.  More info & to register - https://www.pps.net/Page/1408

    Senior News, Class of 2021
    Last Day for Seniors
    Please note that the last day for seniors is now June 3rd. It was previously June 2nd.

    Senior Ads in Yearbook
    It's not too late to place a Senior Ad in the Yearbook! For more information about this and all news about the Senior Year and Graduation, visit our page, Senior News, Class of 2021

    From our Social Worker, Britni Locke
    Community Meditation
    Beginning April 20th, Peace In Schools is offering free, online, community meditations every Monday from 8:15-8:45AM. To register. fill out the form which can be found at 
    this link

    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

    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

    Parenting Class by LifeStance Health (formerly Western Psychological & Counseling Services)
    See the flyer for more information Excessive Technology Parentlng Workshop
    Booster Club 
    Boosters is excited to roll out our first few pieces of Ida B Wells High School merchandise - including the Lifting As We Climb Student Tee designed by IBW student Elle Unflat.  Ordering is open now and pickup will be available by mid-April.  You do not have to have a student at Ida B. Wells to use this link and as a tip, click on the Add to Cart button to see images larger.  www.schoolpay.com/link/ibwgear

    In addition, The Booster Club is still seeking individuals to fill these positions for the 2021-2022 School Year:

    Secretary - This position takes notes at Booster Meetings.  Required to be at the Booster meetings. This is a great role to learn all about Boosters and there is no experience necessary.  Time commitment is probably maximum 3 hours monthly during the school year, including attending the meetings. 
    Christmas Tree Sale Lead/Co-Leads - Far and away our biggest fundraiser of the year.  The former lead will still be a parent but needs to step away from leading the whole sale.  The lead(s) run several committee meetings in advance and work from a pre-established playbook, then is generally available during the sale.  You're not expected to be onsite during the entire event!   Time commitment is 10 hours of planning and more hours in person during the weekends of the sale.
    Social Media - Post announcements on and help maintain our IBW Booster Club Facebook.  Check out what was done this school year.  Time commitment is probably less than one hour each week.

    Lastly, the next Booster Club meeting will be held on Monday, April 12th.
    There will be another PTA meeting on Thursday, April 8th with Prinicpal Hristic to answer questions about Hybrid Learning.   Stay tuned for additional information about time and Zoom meeting information.
    #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!
    I hope you all had a very restful and relaxing spring break. We are entering the final weeks of Season 2 with one more week of regular season play and then a culminating week where some of our programs will be participating in more contests and continuing to compete. In this shortened season, it has been great to see our student-athletes and coaches be able to get outside and compete, find time to bond as groups, and find a little normalcy. Huge thanks goes out to all of our parents who have been getting their student-athletes to practice, provide transportations to contests, becoming video streaming experts, and volunteering for different activities at our events. It certainly takes a village and we are extremely lucky to have the support in our little village. We can now have spectators at PPS facilities and I want thank you for all of your understanding as we try to navigate these new protocols. The good news on that front is our grandstands are finally open to the spectators now. To read the entire Athletics Weekly inluding recaps on each sport and a listing of all our Senior Fall Season Athletes Read More

    Athletic Schedule, Week of March 29 - April 3
    For a complete list of all contests and where you can find the most up-to-date schedules, please visit our Athletics Website: 
    Athletics - Week of March 29

    Season 3/Spring Sports - Register Now!!
    Season 3/Spring Sports begins on Monday, April 5th!  Student-Athletes that are planning on participating in Baseball, Softball, Track and Field, Golf,  Tennis and Lacrosse should register ASAP.  https://www.familyid.com/organizations/ida-b-wells-high-school.   Having a valid physical on file is needed before participation can begin.

    For complete Registration information, visit our Athletic Website: www.wilsonathletics.com/Registration  You can also contact Leanne Van Horn at lvanhorn@pps.net with any questions.

    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
    Speech and Debate Club
    We are so excited to announce that SIX students from Ida B. Wells qualified for the National Speech & Debate Tournament in June. Hearty congratulations are in order for the following qualifying students:
    • Cara Weathers -- Extemporaneous Speaking (US)
    • Hannah Lo and Natalie Taylor -- Public Forum Debate
    • Noemie Veillette -- Value Lincoln Douglas Debate
    • Preston Bushnell -- World Schools Debate
    • Zoe Carver -- Congressional Debate (Senate)
    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

    Ida B. Wells Chess Club
    COVID can’t beat the Ida B. Wells Chess Club (And neither can any other school in Oregon, it seems!) 

    With COVID prohibiting the Ida B. Wells Chess Club from participating ‘over the board’, the chess club moved online and has been participating in a state-wide team league the last several months. Congratulations to Ida B. Wells chess players for fielding two teams of players that took FIRST place and tied for SECOND place in the Mid-Winter Chess League Battle!  Playing games were seniors Oliver Flood, Jamison Ishimaru, Logan Leybold and Michael Schuff, junior Sarah Woods and sophomore Thomas Schuff, who were joined by chess players from Ida B. Wells feeder schools. 

    Next up is the Oregon Scholastic Chess Federation State Team Championship in April followed by the Oregon High School Chess Team Association Championship in May.  Kudos, and good luck to the Chess Team!

    Our Administrative Team is working hard to bring in-person learning back to Ida B. Wells on April 19th.  To see the bios for our Principal, Vice-Principals, Business Manager and Athletic Director Read more here 

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