• Student and Family News, April 5

    Ida B. Wells High School Student and Family News April 5, 2021Dear Ida B. Wells Students and Families,We are continuing to finalize our Hybrid plans. We are now finalizing cohorts in Synergy. Students and families will soon be able to go into Student/ParentVue and see their assigned cohort. There are 3 cohort options:CHA - Cohort A for those who selected Hybrid in person and whose last name is within A-L. These students will participate in Hybrid learning on Monday and Tuesday afternoons. CHB - Cohort B for those who selected Hybrid in person and whose last name is within M-Z. These students will participate in Hybrid learning on Thursday and Friday afternoons. CDL - Comprehensive Distance Learning - for those who selected to continue with CDL from home. For those of you who didn't complete the survey letting us know whether you want Hybrid or CDL, we have placed your student in Hybrid to reserve them a seat. If you want to switch your student from Hybrid to CDL please call the main office at 503-916-5280 and we will make the change. We ask that you notify us as quickly as you can.Hybrid Expectations - I received several inquiries about what students should expect during hybrid instruction. We want to provide meaningful learning opportunities (through activities/exercises/discussions) to students who participate in hybrid while also making sure that students who remain in CDL do not end up being left behind. Hybrid will be more than study hall/tutorial time. Here is a brief Video that may help as well.We are continuing to finalize our Hybrid plans this week and will have more information to share with you next week.Mascot - I also wanted to let everyone know that we will be changing the mascot recommendation which we initially presented to the School Board on March 30. After further discussion, reflection, and consideration, the renaming committee and I determined that Evergreens is not an appropriate mascot for our school. While the Evergreens certainly do symbolize strength and vitality for many cultural, regional, and racial groups, Evergreens can also evoke painful memories of brutal lynchings that Ida B. Wells reported on. We hope to present the new mascot recommendation to the Board on April 13. If you are interested to learn more about this topic and some of the issues that have surfaced since the board presentation, please join us at this week’s PTA meeting. I’d be happy to share some of my reflections and answer any questions you might have. Zoom information as well as a Google Form for your questions is in the newsletter below under Families and Community.Filip Hristic, Ida B. Wells HS PrincipalMore announcements for the week:OUR SCHOOL Special Schedule this Week This week is the last week of 3rd Quarter. Friday is a Teacher Planning Day and there is no school for students. Here is the link to the class schedule for this week: Class Schedule for Week of April 5Attendance Update Our Attendance Secretary is on leave until mid-May. Kathy Lommen is filling in as our attendance secretary during Sara's absence. If you need to report your student's absence, please email klommen@pps.net or call the main office at 503-916-5280.We know that many of our families are receiving absence calls even though the student was in attendance. We are working with the district and our staff to address these issues. We apologize for the inconvenience. If your student is marked absent but was in class, please email your student's teacher. Please also rest assured that inaccurate attendance will not have a negative impact on your student's grades.Attendance will be changing on April 19 with the start of Hybrid Learning, to learn more about those changes, visit the Hybrid Learning page: https://www.pps.net/Domain/6586Meal 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.netTriMet 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. ACADEMICS Special Education (SPED) Have questions about the SPED program at Ida B. Wells? Join us for a Q and A session Thursday, April 8 from 6:00-7:00 pm. Click here for Meeting Link We look forward to connecting with you!SAT for Juniors, April 13 and 27 Students that registered to take the SAT at IBW were sent an email to their student PPS email address with the date of their exam, testing room and assigned entrance. If they didn't receive on 3/18 or 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. If you want a paper copy of the Guide they are available for pickup outside the front entrance to the school. All students must bring #2 pencil(s), approved (see student guide) calculator, ID - school ID or other picture ID.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 is available here and Updates for PPS families.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. Amara Perez, Christina Avila and Ngac Nguyen will be our speakers for our 2nd session on Wednesday, April 22 from 6:00-7:00pm. Visit the AP Capstone page on our website to learn more and to register. https://www.pps.net/Page/13344AVID 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/4344COUNSELING Ida B. Wells HS Career Learning - Week of April 5Hands-On Resume Building Workshop & Personalized Resume Review, Friday, April 9th, 10AM-11:30AM Get your resume polished for applying to summer jobs, colleges, scholarships and more and fulfill your PPS resume graduation requirement! Must be 16 years or older to participate in personalized resume review.Pre-registration is required by Tuesday, April 6th, 8AM - Apply Online Portland Parks & Recreation Virtual Career Fair Tuesday, April 6th, 3:00-4:30PM Looking for a summer job opportunity? Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) is planning to hire over 1,800 summer staff. Register through Evenbrite here or for more information: https://www.portland.gov/bhr/career-center/events/2021/4/6/virtual-career-fair-portland-parks-recreationFuture You 2 Go EVERY Wednesday No pre-registration required; Simply click on link to join:W, 4/7, 12:00-12:45pm: Post-Secondary Presentation-PCC Child & Family Studies W, 4/7, 1:00-1:45pm: Career Presentation-Alex Chiu, Portland Street Art Alliance W, 4/7, 3:00-3:45pm: Career Presentation- Hunter Shobe, Portland Street Art AllianceBODECKER FOUNDATION SPRING 2021 VIRTUAL WORKSHOPS Online registration is now open at www.bodeckerfound.org/workshopFor more information about any of these opportunities, please contact Jessica Wade, jwade1@pps.net. For additional opportunities, please view the April issue of Career Happenings, now available online.News from the College Center April/May Lunch and Learn Series for Juniors A series of lunch and learn sessions will be offered for Juniors by Ida B. Wells counselors and staff to share information and get your questions answered. Join us for these workshops - see the flyer for dates and link to sessions: Lunch and Learn SeriesMaia Learning The Application Process Letters of Recommendation Exploring Careers - Is College Right For Me? The College Essay Affording College Athletics in CollegeVirtual College and Career Night: April 15, 6:00-8:00pm Students and families will have an opportunity to hear a keynote speaker and then attend two workshop sessions from both local and national experts on a variety of college and career topics. All sessions will be recorded so you can see the ones you missed. For a complete list of workshops and more information, please visit, https://www.pps.net/collegeandcareer or see more information on this Flyer Oregon Public University Tour The eight public universities in Oregon are teaming up to bring the Oregon Public University Tour to the virtual world! During this virtual program, students will be able to learn about the benefits of staying in-state for their college degree and become more familiar with options available to them. Following a brief introduction presentation they will have the opportunity to attend breakout sessions to get more details about the schools they are interested in during 20 minute sessions.Dates and Times:Event #1 - Tuesday, April 6th @ 4:00pm Event #2 - Wednesday, April 7th @ 1:00pm Event #3- Wednesday, April 7th @ 6:00pm REGISTER TODAY and be entered into a drawing for college swag!: https://sites.google.com/view/oputour2021/Senior News, Class of 2021 April 7th - 60 Day Rule begins Seniors shall be disqualified from participation in commencement exercises and related activities if within 60 consecutive calendar days of the last senior school day they are found to be in violation of District Alcohol or Drug policy or any violation resulting in a three or more days of suspension or more serious disciplinary action. (Reference 4.30.020-AD)April 27 - Drive thru cap and gown pickup 1:30pm - 4pm - more details to come with pick-up times based on alphabet.June 3 - Last day of school for seniors - this date has changed from June 2 due to a school closure earlier this yearCommencement Speaker Auditions - Interested in speaking at Commencement (may be in person or recorded)? Please let Abby Menashe know by emailing amenashe@pps.net before April 14th of your interest in auditioning. Please review the Guidelines for Auditioning for more information before submitting your name. 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 2021The April edition of the Senior Newsletter is also hot off the press, read it here!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 GroupSubstance 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 HOURSBenson 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 CenterParenting Class by LifeStance Health (formerly Western Psychological & Counseling Services) See the flyer for more information Excessive Technology Parentlng Workshop FAMILIES & COMMUNITY 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/ibwgearIn 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.Please contact Booster Club President, Jessical Christiansen at if you are interested in these positions.Lastly, mark your calendars, the next Booster Club meeting will be held on Monday, April 12th. Zoom link can be located on our master calendar on the home page: Master Calendar PTA The PTA will host a General Meeting on Thursday, April 8th at 6:30pm on Thursday, followed by the Q&A with Prinicpal Hristic at 7pm to answer questions about Hybrid Learning, our Mascot and other important issues at Ida B. Wells HS. Please let us know your questions ahead of the meeting by using this Google Form. Zoom information can be found on our Master Calendar on our homepage: PTA Meeting Zoom Link ATHLETICS Athletics Update This is last week for competitions for Season 2/Fall Sports. Watch for a full recap of Season 2/Fall Sports next week from Athletic Director, Mike Nolan.Athletic Schedule, Week of April 5 For a complete list of all contests and where you can find the most up-to-date schedules, please visit our Athletics Website: Athletic Schedule, Week of April 5Season 3/Spring Sports - Begin Today! 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 now 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. STUDENT ACTIVITIESDECA Every Spring, DECA chapters across the state of Oregon come together to compete in the State Career Development Conference (SCDC). Up for grabs are bragging rights, DECA Glass (trophies), and a coveted birth to the International Career Development Conference (ICDC). This year, SCDC and ICDC are being held virtually. While 2020 was a turning point for our small chapter (we earned our first trip to ICDC ever), this year, Ida B. Wells DECA showed up and showed out! Our 2021 cohort earned 6 births to ICDC this year and had several top 10 finishes! Check out our results: DECA ResultsSpeech 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 81010Ida 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!TEACHERS AND STAFF Our Teacher and Staff listing was recently rearranged on our webpage. You can now view everyone who works as part of our Special Education Department as a group. And what a wonderful, dedicated group of educators they are! View the Department Listing here.For any questions or submissions for the newsletter, please email Leanne Van Horn, Communications Coordinator at lvanhorn@pps.netHybrid Learning Update, April 9