• Student and Family News, June 16

    Dear IBW Students and Families,

    Thank you to the IBW Boosters for organizing our end of the year staff BBQ on Monday.  After more than a year and half, it was wonderful for our staff to finally all come together to celebrate the end of this school year and to say good-bye to some of our staff who are retiring or moving to new adventures.  Thank you, IBW Boosters, for the delicious food and the new staff t-shirts! 

    This final edition of the Student and Family News for the 2020-2021 includes news about summer opportunities and some information to get you thinking about the 2021-2022 school year.  You can check our website throughout the summer for any updates we may have to share about the upcoming year. 

    I hope you and your loved ones have a wonderful summer.  Even though I am looking forward to a little break, I am excited to see everyone back in person September 1st!

    With gratitude, 



    Class of 2021 Graduation 
    On the evening of June 7th, we gathered at Providence Park for a wonderful opportunity for the Class of 2021 to have a full commencement ceremony.  It was a very lovely (and rain free!) evening.  To read more about it and see some photos: Southwest Connection Graduation Article and PPS Graduation Photos

    To view the Graduation Program including names of all our graduates, cord recipients, scholarships, valedictorians and many other special awards, please view these 2 documents: IBW Commencement Program_1 and Commencement Program_2

    Finally, you will be able to view the entire Commencement Ceremony here: https://www.youtube.com/user/ppscomms (hopefully by June 17).


    Graduation 2021, Providence Park, June 7

    Summer Hours
    The last day of regular office hours for the main office is Tuesday, June 22nd. The Main Office will be closed June 23-25th.  From June 28-Aug 6, limited business hours are Monday-Thursday, 9am-3pm. Please call our Main Office at 503-916-5280 with any questions or if you need to make an appointment to come to the school.  Also, please refer to our website for information https://www.pps.net/ibw
    Yearly Student Verification - Update your student's information online
    Each year parents and/or guardians are asked to review and update the information on file for their student(s).  This information can now be submitted online via PPS ParentVUE:  VERIFY ONLINE

    Benefits of verifying information online via ParentVUE:

    • You can update your communication and language preferences
    • Ensures your school has the most up to date information
    • Saves paper and time

    Online Verification Flyer_Spanish
    Online Verification Flyer_Somali

    Mark your Calendars!
    2021-2022 Registration Dates
    On registration days, currently enrolled students (current IBW students, feeder schools, Robert Gray and Jackson MS or enrollment paperwork has already been completed for the 2021-2022 school year) will have their pictures taken, receive their school ID (which includes the Trimet Hop Pass), and receive their class schedulesTextbook distribution and locker assignments will take place after school begins.
    For information regarding new student enrollment (anyone coming from a new district or has been enrolled in a PPS school in the past) please click HERE

    August 24, 9am-4pm Juniors/Seniors 
    August 25, 9am-3pm Sophomores/Make Up for Juniors and Seniors
    August 26, 9am-3pm Freshman

    First day of School, 2021-2022
    September 1, 8:30-10:30am, 9th Grade Orientation; Late Start for 10th-12th graders

    Other Important Dates
    August 9, Adm. and Main Office Staff return and regular office hours resume
    August 19, Counselors return
    August 16, First day of Fall Sports
    August 26, Teachers return
    August 28, Campus Clean Up
    September 21, Back to School Night
    Student Parking, 2021-2022
    Student parking spaces are limited. The plan for distributing student parking passes is still being coordinated and will be communicated later this summer.  Stay tuned.... 
    Nutrition Services - Summer meal distribution
    From June 21-August 20, PPS Nutrition Services will be distributing Grab and Go Breakfast and Lunches at Ida B. Wells High School, Monday-Friday from 3:00-4:00pm for all children ages 1-18.  This is the only school location in the Ida B. Wells Cluster, however, there will be some other park locations as well and those locations will be posted soon at https://www.pps.net/nutrition
    The Headlight, Ida B. Wells  Student Magazine
    Check out Ida B. Wells new online magazine, The Headlight.  Many new articles were just added! https://ibwhsmag.com/
    Yearbook Information
    2020-2021 Yearbooks - You can still order!!
    Many years from now it will be interesting to look back at this unprecedented school year through the lens of a yearbook. Purchase your 2020-21 yearbooks now before they sell out! Quantities are limited so to guarantee that you will have a 2020-21 yearbook, please visit SchoolPay pps.schoolpay.com to purchase yours today!  Cost is $45.  If you can't remember if you have ordered one, you can also go to your SchoolPay account under History (upper right hand corner) to check on purchases. 

    If you missed out on the 2018 or 2019 yearbook, we recently discovered a few extra copies that will be sold for $20 each via SchoolPay (see links below). Quantities are limited (about 34 of the 2018 book and 17 of the 2019 book) and will be sold on a first come, first served basis while supplies last. 

    Yearbook Pick Up
    2020-2021 Yearbooks will not be ready for pick up until the beginning of the new school year. 

    If you ordered a 2018 and/or a 2019 yearbook, please make arrangements with our bookkeeper, Ana Curtis, for pick up no later than 2pm, June 18th. 

    You can still order all yearbooks thoughout the summer on SchoolPay for pick up in August.
    Summer Hours at Mult. County Student Health Center
    The Multnomah County Student Health Center at Parkrose High School will be open all summer.  If you do not have a regular medical provider, this is a good no/low-cost option for all health care needs.  Call for appointments.  Please see the flyer or their WEBSITE for more information 
    Summer Hours at Parkrose High School, English
    Summer Hours at Parkrose High School, Spanish

    Art Department - Annual End of Year Tie Dye Day
    Ida B. Wells art students enjoy a year end tradition of tie dye
    Art Department students enjoying a sunny day on the patio for the annual tie dye day
    Sound Engineering Class
    Please take a look at some work that our students produced in the Sound Engineering program. Thank you to our Sound Engineering Teacher, Bruce McCleave, for sharing and for supporting our students throughout this year. Sound Engineering Video
    Summer Scholars
    Does your student need to recover credit needed for graduation? If they did not pass a core class then Summer Scholars may be the way to go. Up to 1.0 credit can be recovered over the summer. Session 1 is June 28-July 15 and Session 2 is July 19-Aug. 4. In-person classes will be available at Ida B Wells from 9-noon and online courses will be offered during the morning session-  9-noon, and also 1-4 pm and 5-8 pm.
    In Person classes at Ida B. Wells
    Limited classes are available from 9-noon during Summer Scholars. Subjects may include Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Modern World History, and English. Students need to check with their counselor to register and to verify course availability. 
    Online Class Offerings and Schedule
    Online classes options for both sessions (June 28-July 15 and July 19-Aug. 4)
    9 am-noon
    1-4 pm

    5-8 pm

    Classes include Algebra, Geometry, English 1-8, Modern World History, US History, Gov/Econ, PE 1-2, Health 1-2, Chemistry, Physics, Biology.   For a full list of courses offered throughout PPS and online, click HERE.

    The first step in registering for Summer Scholars is to contact your IBW counselor:

    Sheila Kendall (last names A-C): skendall@pps.net
    Keith Brown (D-H): kbrown@pps.net
    Julie Fleming (I-Mi): jfleming1@pps.net
    Danny Bradach (Mj-Sch): dbradach@pps.net
    Lauryn Files (Sci-Z): lfiles@pps.net

    The deadline to register is Friday, June 18.
    Seniors - Transcripts
    Just a reminder that once grades have been input for 2nd semester a final transcript will automatically be sent to the college you indicated on your exit survey.  If anything needs to change, please contact Sharon Dailey at sdailey@pps.net no later than June 22nd. 
    Leap into 9th Grade - Summer Opportunity
    LINK to PPS website where you can gather info and sign-up  FREE; August 2-20th 9am-12:30pm
    Focus is on growth mindset, academic skill building, future career exploration, field trips and team building with peers.
    Band Camp - August 31
    Band students are invited to this year's band camp- August 31st in the band room!
    Schedule is as follows:
    9am-12pm, Freshmen (and anyone else that wants to help out)
    12-1pm, Lunch for all grades (provided)
    1-3pm, all grades
    To register, please complete this Registration Form

    AP Seminar Summer Work
    We are so excited for you to join us next year in AP Seminar. Please see this document for details regarding our optional, but highly encouraged summer reading assignment. It can also be found on the library's website https://www.pps.net/domain/4251 under "Summer Reading." We hope you have a wonderful summer and please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. Joy Root jroot@pps.net and Cassie Lanzas clanzas@pps.net
    Summer Homework Assignments for AP Literature
    Please check here for optional summer homework for AP Literature https://www.pps.net/Page/17566 

    History Podcast - I Wish I Learned That in School
    If you haven't had a chance, summer will be a great time to catch up on history teachers, Frank Mathews and Scott Montanero's history podcast "I wish I learned that in school.  They just finished up a 2 part podcast on the 1969 Native american "Occupation of Alcatraz".https://open.spotify.com/show/5ZSffNKX4vdutGncjq7Vix
    News from the College & Career Center
    Graduating Seniors - Summer Help 
    Graduating seniors who may need additional support with college and financial aid during the summer can reach out to College Coordinator Mr. Rivas via appointment, phone or email. We are here to support you!  Winston Rivas (College Coordinator)Email: wrivas@pps.netPhone: 503-939-2571, to make an appointment: https://calendly.com/wrivas1

    Rising Senior, Class of 2022
    Summer is a great time to begin researching ideas for what comes after high school.  Here are some resources to help get you started Rising Seniors, Class of 2022, Beyond High School Plans

    Ida B. Wells College Prep Program
    Registration for our week-long in-person Summer College Prep Program at Ida B. Wells High School from July 12th to 16th is still open! During the week you will have the opportunity to attend workshops, explore colleges, find scholarships, work on your college essay, and much more. Complete the registration form below and please provide feedback to help support the planning. 

    Link to registration: http://bit.ly/ibwsummer

    Our new College and Career YouTube Channel!
    Our new College and Career YouTube channel is live! On it you will find recordings from our Lunch and Learn Series and we will be updating it with more College & Career related videos.

    Summer jobs for teens
    The job market for teens is super strong this summer!  Jessica Wade, our Career Counselor, has been compiling opportunities including many new jobs added just this week. You can find out more HERE

    From our Social Worker, Britni Locke
    Check out this website created by Britni that includes many different resources for our community: IBW Community Resources
    Boosters Club
    Get your Ida B. Wells Merchandise 
    The Booster Club now has new Ida B. Wells merchandise that also includes the Guardian mascot.  
    You can order online at www.schoolpay.com/link/ibwgearYou 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.   Summer plans for distribution of purchased items is TBD but you can continue to order!
    Mark your Calendars!
    The first Boosters meeting for the 2021-2022 School Year will be on September 13th. Details will be shared as we get closer. 
    Returning Library Materials
    Please return all library materials ASAP.  Returning students can keep chromebooks and hotspots.  A cart will be out on the patio on weekdays from 9am-4pm through June 22nd where any books can be left.  Please ring the buzzer for assistance if you are returning any electronics or if you are a graduate and need to pick up your diploma
    Summer Reading Program
    Play Multnomah County Library Summer Reading to earn prizes and be entered into a drawing for a $250 Visa gift card. More information located at https://www.pps.net/Page/17566
    *please note that our website address is currently changing from www.wilsonathletics.com to www.ibwathletics.com.  If you find the site is down, please check back soon.
    Athletic Schedule, Week of June 14
    For a complete listing of this week's athletic schedule, please visit the Athletics Website/THIS WEEK Athletic Schedule, Week of June 14*
    Summer Athletic Opportunities
    All of our Fall athletic programs have summer training opportunities available. Please visit the Athletics website and check under each program for their plans (under heading of TEAMS)
    www.ibwathletics.com*  If you do not find any information, please check back soon as these pages are currently being updated.
    Looking ahead to the 2021-2022 Fall Season
    FamilyID is now open for 2021 Fall Registrations https://www.familyid.com/programs/2021-fall-sports-registration-14 Payment on SchoolPay will open on July 1.  Fall sports are Football, Soccer, Cross Country, Volleyball, Cheer and Dance. We can not stress enough the importance of early registration. Coaches and the Athletic Department use FamilyID registrations to be in touch with families about summer opportunities and physical expiration dates, etc. If you don't register, we don't know you are planning to participate. 
    Sports Physicals
    And speaking of physicals, summer months are a really good time to get physicals completed.  Remember that physicals are only good for 2 years and athletes MUST have a valid physical on file to participate in practices.  This is super important for any of our cut-sports such as soccer.   
    For information about no-cost Sports Physicals happening at specific Multnomah County Student Health Centers the week of August 7-11, see this flyer for more information Sports Physicals at Mult. Co. Student Health Centers
    For more information about registration and to find the link to the physical form, please visit the IBW Athletic Department website IBW Athletic Registration Information* or the landing page of the 2021 Fall Registration on FamilyID https://www.familyid.com/programs/2021-fall-sports-registration-14 is a great resource.

    Astronomy News!
    Congratulations to sophomore Iris Tervo who was honored with a Young Astronomer Award by the Rose City Astronomers. The award includes both a certificate and a cash prize. Iris wowed the RCA at their annual Astronomy Fair with a presentation of her astronomy-themed art. A recording of Iris’s presentation is on the home page of the RCA website, https://www.rosecityastronomers.net.

    Dragon Boat Team - A Fall season opportunity!
    After two cancelled seaons due to Covid, an official special Fall Dragon Boat practice season is now being offered by the Rose Festival Association from September 11 through October 9. There will be three, 55 minute practices per week, plus one bonus practice September 11. 

    Ida B. Wells, formerly Wilson, has a history of fielding Dragon Boat teams for about 20 years. Dragon Boating is not only a Rose Festival activity, it is an international sport with a history of competition dating back over 2000 years! https://tinyurl.com/HistoryOfDragonBoatRacing 

    June 30 is the deadline for IBW to register with the Rose Festival Association for this opportunity.  If your student is interested in participating, please contact Nathan Whitby nwhitby@pps.net ASAP.  No previous experience is necessary!  This is a really amazing opportunity to try out Dragon Boat racing!!

    Dragon Boat Racing dragon boat

     Wilson HS Dragon Boat Racing Spring 2019
    To read about the News and Achievements from the 2020-2021 School Year, click here: 2020-2021 News and Achievements 
    Saying Goodbye to 2020-2021
    On Monday, June 4 the PTA and Boosters Club hosted a year-end BBQ celebration for the Staff of Ida B. Wells.  Thank you to everyone who planned, donated and volunteered for set up and clean up!
    In addition, we said good-bye to a few staff members:

    Leaving for new opportunites
    Brian Covey, Vice Principal
    Jacob Hockett, PE
    Monica Holzmer, Special Education
    Morgan McFadden. English, Leadership
    Olivia Morgan, Special Education
    Katherine Neu, Math
    Jessica Rader, Special Education 
    Ellen Whatmore, English
    Hilary Woodard, Library/Textbook Clerk
    Sara Mattheisen, Attendance Secretary
    Heather Dolberg, Spanish, retired after 2019-2020
    Rod Maack, German and English, retired after 2019-2020

    Al Rabchuk, Math, retired after 2019-2020
    Welcoming New Staff for 2021-2022
    Jill Altman will be joining us as our new Vice Principal.  Jill comes to us most recently from Woodmere Elementary School where she served as the Assistant Principal for the last two years.  Prior to coming to PPS, Jill served in North Clackamas as a teacher, Dean of Students and Instructional Coach.  

    John Payne (PE) and Chris Love (Science) will be joining us as new teachers. Both John and Chris bring lots of teaching experience and passion for working with youth.   

    Current teacher, Stephanie Satoorian, has been named our new Leadership teacher and Activities Director.  Stephanie's care for students, enthusiasm for community building, and boundless energy will be perfectly suited for this new and exciting role.  Congratulations, Stephanie!


    Have a great summer!