• Student and Family News, August 23

    Dear Ida B. Wells Students and Families,

    We are absolutely thrilled to welcome you to the 2021-2022 school year.  Please know that the safety and health of our students and staff is our number one priority this year.  Our staff is working closely with district leaders to ensure that we implement all state and federal guidelines.  Throughout the school year we will make sure to keep you informed and will share any new information as it becomes available.  We also want to ensure that our students have a rich and rewarding learning experience this year.  I am grateful that we will be able to provide in-person instruction and I know that our teachers are excited to welcome back our Guardians on September 1.  Please take the time to read and review this newsletter as it contains lots of important information.  We will have a virtual PTA meeting on Tuesday, August 31, at 7pm (Zoom login below and on the website calendar).  Please join us.  I will share any final school reopening updates and will answer all of your remaining questions.  

    As always, please feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns.  

    Sincerely,

    Filip Hristić, Principal 

    OUR SCHOOL
    COVID-19 and Re-Opening
    PPS, Back-to-School 2021 Since the beginning of this pandemic, PPS has remained firm on being guided by public health expertise. In keeping with this commitment, this link will take you to our 2021-2022 School Year Health and Safety Measures Against COVID-19, which will help us have a full-time, in-person learning experience for PPS students this school year.
    Communication
    We have several communication channels where you can obtain information about what is happening around Ida B. Wells High School
    Our Website:  https://www.pps.net/ibw.  Many pages of our website are still being updated for the 2021-22 school year but our website is full of resources and contains answers to many of your questions.
    The Weekly Newsletter:  The Student and Family News will arrive in your email in-box each Monday.  Updates in the newsletter are catorigized under headers that are same as the main tabs on the website:
    Our School
    Academics
    Counseling
    Families & Community
    Library
    Athletics

    Student Activities
    Teachers and Staff
    You can also always find the Student and Family Newsletter posted on the homepage of the website.

    Trivory: New this year!  Download the Trivory App on your phone or Ipad https://trivory.com/.  You will be able to access school information easily right on this app and we will have the ability to send out current updates and reminders very quickly!  This app is for students, parents and any other community members who want to stay in the loop!
    Social Media:  Follow us on Facebook and Instagram - Facebook: idabwellshighschool;  Instagram: ibwhs_schoolnews
    New from PPS - Let's Talk!
    https://www.pps.net/contact  "Portland Public Schools is committed to engaging all stakeholders in the education of our children. Only when we build strong relationships with our staff, students, families and community members can we best meet the needs of each and every student. We invite you to send us your questions, concerns, suggestions, and or compliments. Once you click on a topic and make a submission through Let’s Talk!, the school district employee who can best address your comment will be notified. If you request a response, you will hear back from us in a timely manner.  We look forward to hearing from you!"
    Registration-This Week! 
    Registration will be 9:00am-noon and 12:30-3:30pm each day.  Come any time during these desginated times and allow for 30-45 minutes.  Please note that 12-12:30pm is a lunch break for the staff.  
    Tuesday, August 24, Juniors and Seniors
    Wednesday, August 25, Sophomores (and make-up for Jr/Sr)
    Thursday, August 26, Freshman

    At registration, students:
    -
     will take their yearbook/student ID photo and receive free TriMet HOP bus pass
    - will receive their course schedule
    - can pay costs and contributions
    - can have a COVID vaccine (more information below)
    - can take a tour (Freshman and Sophomores)

    Students will enter with masks on, without parents, at the back of the auditiorium foyer, move through the photo station and come out on the front patio.  On the front patio, they will pick up their Student ID/Trimet Hop Pass.

    Parents will not be able to enter the building so please go directly to the patio to meet your student. Once the student or parent has picked up the copy of the schedule, you will be able to pay for your costs and contributions for the year.  Student Leaders will be near the flagpole ready to give tours on 8/25 and 8/26.  IBW Merchandise will be available for sale on 8/26.

    Lifetouch is our Photo Vendor.  They will take a photo of your student that will be used on their Student ID card and in the yearbook (Seniors will be able to send in their own for the yearbook).
    You can also order photos from Lifetouch Lifetouch Order Form

    Wednesday, September 1, First Day of School
    * Make-Up Registration for those unable to make the August 24-26th events will be 
    in the cafeteria.  Students can come to get their student photo and ID between 8:00-3:30pm.
    * Students will get a fresh new schedule on the first day of school with their classes, homeroom number, locker info, and homeroom teachers (more info to come on homeroom reporting on flex days). 
    * Freshmen orientation 8:30-10:30am in the gym
    * Sophomore re-orientation 9:45-10:30am in the cafeteria
    * All grades will start classes at 10:30am and end at 3:30pm. Periods 1-4 will meet with the following schedule:

    PeriodStartEnd
    1/510:30 AM11:31 AM
    2/611:38 AM12:39 PM
    Lunch12:39 PM1:14 PM
    3/71:21 PM2:22 PM
    4/82:29 PM3:30 PM

    Other Important Registration Information:
    * Each year at registration time, parents are asked to review and update the information on file for their students (address, phone numbers, emails, emergency contacts, etc).  This is now being done online. Your information can be reviewed, edited and submitted on ParentVue:
       https://parent-portland.cascadetech.org/portland/PXP2_Login.aspx
       Online Verification Information_English
       Online Verification Information_Espanol
       Online Verfication Information_Soomali
    * Associated Student Body (ASB) membership is on presale through SchoolPay for $25. This provides entry into all homes games without additional charge and to the homecoming dance on Oct. 22.  If pre-purchased, it will be printed on the Student ID but be sure bring proof of purchase to registration. You can also purchase at registration for a sticker to be added to the ID card.  Link for pre-purchase: https://www.schoolpay.com/pay/for/Associated-Student-Body-Free-Home-Footba/SeC5L0M

    * School contributions can always be paid online using schoolpay.com after students get their school schedule.  
    * Textbooks will be distributed after school begins.
    COVID-19 Vaccination Information
    We are offering a free Pfizer vaccine clinic at Ida B. Wells on August 26th between 12:30-3:30pm in the IBWHS gym. This is open to all community members.  For complete information, please review this flyer Ida B. Wells COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic  Costco Pharmacy is conducting the clinic and Students under 18 need a parent/guardian to consent to medical care. Please complete this form in advance if not accompanied by a parent at the clinic Consent Form
    Student Parking
    We are limited to 118 student parking spaces at IBWHS.  Because we have such limited parking, we will only be able to give on campus parking passes to Seniors. Seniors with a parking pass can park in student parking (tennis courts to food carts) on a first come, first serve basis. To sign up for a senior student parking pass, please have your senior complete this online form using their pps google account https://forms.gle/z6jMhyMkRMTJvHbx6.  We will be distributing passes on the first week of school. There are 30 more student parking spots at Rieke Elementary parking lot.  These spots will be available to all IBWHS students who also register their car on this form Please consider riding public transportation to school using your free trimet HOP pass, carpooling, walking or riding a bike to school.
    Community Care Day - Sat. August 28, 9:00am-12:00pm
    Students, parents and community members - meet on the front patio of the school by the flagpole on Vermont and help us tidy up our campus! Please bring your garden gloves, loppers, hoe, rakes, electrical or battery powered hedge trimmers, wheelbarrows, shears, shovels, leaf blowers, and any other items that support our efforts to get Ida B. Wells HS looking nice for the first days of school.  We are hosting a pizza lunch at noon.  After lunch we will need a crew to help with getting everything put away and in the debris container and someone with a truck would be very helpful for this event!  Many thanks!!!! 
    2021-2022 Bell Schedules/Calendars

    The overall schedule has changed for the 2021-22 School Year. School will begin at 8:30am and end at 3:30pm. Review the bell schedules here: 2021-2022 Bell Schedules

    IBWHS 2021-2022 Calendar - Includes all the A/B and Flex days

    2021_2022 District Calendar Full district calendar that includes holidays, breaks, start and end dates, etc.
    StudentVue/ParentVue
    If you are having trouble accessing StudentVue or ParentVue, please contact Kathy Lommen at klommen@pps.net

    Student ID numbers
    All students have a six-digit number that is their assigned student ID number.  Whenever you call or email the school, please have the student ID number available and use it if you are leaving a message.  We want to ensure we are assisting the correct student
    Health Information
    Our school nurse is Mary Corcoran, mcorcora@mesd.k12.or.us, 503-916-5280, ext 75264

    *  If you your student has a health condition and/or needs to have medication at school, please click here for more information: Notifying the School Nurse of Your Child’s Chronic Health Condition & Medication at School
    *  Please review the following document that outlines the required immunizations for school attendance by the State of Oregon Immunization Requirements 2021-2022
    ACADEMICS
    Band
    Band Camp is August 31st.  If your student is in band, please have them complete this form: https://forms.gle/ezzfP1Nh6NgKaMp19
    COUNSELING
    Our counselors have returned from summer break and are working hard to have all schedules finalized for registration. For information about schedules, changing schedules, making appointments with your counselor and much more, please review the Counseling Department Basics

    FAMILIES & COMMUNITY
    One of the greatest attributes of Ida B. Wells HS is our parent involvement.  For descriptions about each of our 3 parent organizations - Boosters Club, Foundation and PTA and their role at Ida B. Wells and how you can get involved, please click here: Ida B. Wells HS Parent Organizations
    Booster Club/PTA Membership
    For information about membership options with the Booster Club and PTA, please review this flyer 2021-2022 Booster and PTA Membership Information
    Booster Club
    Meetings
    Booster Club meetings are held on the 2nd Monday of each month. Save the date to join us for our first Boosters meeting of the year on September 13. More information to follow.
    Ida B Wells Merchandise
    Represent the newly re-named Ida B. Wells High School with our collection of gear. Shop online, any time, for local pickup, at www.schoolpay.com/link/IBWgear Orders will be filled for pickup at the school.  Merchandise will also be for sale on the patio on Thursday, August 26 during registration hours.
    Sign up to help sell concessions for fall sports!
    Concession sales are a great way for IBW teams and clubs to raise money, but volunteers are needed to work during the games/activities. The revenue from concessions benefits ALL students of IBW High School. Please choose a day and time that fits into your schedule!  https://signup.com/go/ycboLia Thank you for making a difference and supporting our school!

    For more information about the Booster Club, visit their website: https://www.ibwboosterclub.org/ 
    PTA
    A "special edition" virtual PTA meeting has been added to the calendar for Tuesday, August 31. Principal Filip Hristić and other IBW staff will join to answer questions about re-opening IBWHS with in-person learning. https://us02web.zoom.us/j/4086262115?pwd=VkFSZllhOXg3Z2c4aEp1SmREL3F1Zz09 
    Please submit your questions ahead of the meeting here: https://forms.gle/aYjSp5QGr2ZoTDRWA
    The PTA has 3 regular scheduled meetings for the 2021-2022 school year with the first scheduled for September 15.
    LIBRARY
    Returning Materials from the 2020-2021 School Year
    You can return any library books, chromebooks, textbooks, or other materials during registration. We can take materials that belong to other schools as well. Please put them on the cart in front of the school. If you are not sure what you have checked out, sign in with your PPS account at this link: http://library.nwtoolbox.org/common/welcome.jsp?site=158&context=pps Sign in with your PPS account, click "My stuff," then click "Checkouts." If you have any questions about your checkouts or fines, please email IdaBWellsLibrary@pps.net.
    We do not charge overdue fines and any fines will be deleted when materials are returned. If the item is lost or destroyed, we appreciate payment because it allows us to replace the textbook. Fines can be paid using SchoolPay. However, if you do not want to or are unable to pay, please email IdaBWellsLibrary@pps.net to make arrangements.
    Distribution of Materials for the 2021-2022 School Year
    Textbooks and other materials for the 2021-2022 school year will be checked out during classes once the school year begins. No books will be checked out during registration.
    ATHLETICS
    Fall Kick-Off Meeting
    The Fall Season is underway!  We will be having a Zoom 2021 Fall Sports Kick Off Meeting on Tuesday, August 24th at 6:30pm. If you are a parent or student-athlete participating in any of our Fall sports, join us!  Visit the following link for the meeting.https://pps-net.zoom.us/j/82171036992?pwd=VXV3VTJDYXdCbDFoTHVxSWpkSFZrdz09

    Stay in touch with Athletics
    Athletic Website: www.ibwathletics.com
    Instagram: ibw_athletics
    Facebook: Ida B Wells HS Athletics
    It's not too late to sign up for Cross Country and Football
    Football and Cross-Country are both non-cut sports so it's not too late to sign up!
    CROSS COUNTRY
    Ida B Wells Cross Country (XC) is back and ready to run in 2021!  If you want to get in the best shape of your life and have a fun time doing it, then running XC at Ida B Wells is your sport.  There are no cuts for XC, and the only requirement is that you come to practice and meets prepared to run hard, compete against the other runners and again, have fun!!  We encourage runners of all levels to join one of the best XC programs in the state. Our greatest strength as a team is that all of our athletes pull for each other every practice and every meet. 

    The team practices M-F 10AM-12PM until 8/31. Beginning 9/1, practice is M-F from 3:45 - 5:45PM. Practices begin on the Ida B. Wells Track.  The only equipment needed for XC is suitable clothing for running, a good pair of running shoes, and a watch. 

    In addition, our Varsity Women's team is poised to finish very high in State this year.  Read about the team here: OSAA XC News Article

    To participate in a sport, you must register on FamilyID and have a valid physical on file.  For complete athletic registration information, visit the athletics webpage.
    Athletic Schedule, Week of August 23
    For a complete listing of this week's athletic schedule, please visit their website: IBW Athletics/THIS WEEK.  Links to team schedules can be found on their team pages on our website.
    Men's Tennis
    Tennis is a Spring sport but you can join the coach and current team members as they hit around on Fridays from 6:30-8pm on the IBWHS courts. 
    STUDENT ACTIVITIES 
    US Senate Youth Program
    The Oregon Department of Education (ODE) administers the United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) for the State of Oregon. The U.S. Senate Youth Program is an annual scholarship competition available to juniors and seniors who demonstrate leadership through public service in elected or appointed positions in student government, civic or educational organizations.  This year, the delegates will receive a $10,000 college scholarship and attend an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C., on March 5-12, 2022.  If interested, please review scholarship details and send your resume and cover letter to Principal Hristić by September 17.
    Dragon Boats
    Ida B Wells will be participating in a Fall Practice Season.  If you enjoy water sports and would like a chance to learn the art of Dragon Boat racing, this is an excellent opportunity.  More information will be available in next week's edition.  Stay tuned!!
    High School Co-ed Recreational Soccer League
    If your Ida B. Wells student is interested in playing recreational soccer this fall, Portland High School Coed Rec Soccer Registration is open. Go to Fall League for more information and to register. The teams are mixed-gender and organized by school. You can also request to be teammates with friends who are registering. In addition to games, there usually are two evening practices per week - typically either Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday. This is a recreational league, so there are a variety of skill levels and everyone gets playing time. 

    Games:       8 Saturday games from Sept 11 - Oct 30.
    Where:       Most games are played at Delta Park with occasional games at other locations in PDX P
    Open to:     High school students, NOT playing for their school team at any level (Varsity, JV, JV2)
    Divisions:    Freshman/Sophomore and Junior/Senior
    Cost:          $100
    Deadline:    Spaces are filled on a first come first served basis. Registration closes on August 27.
     
    Ida B Wells Parent Contact: Andrew Smith spiff94@yahoo.com
    TEACHERS AND STAFF
    Kathy Lommen was hired last Spring to assist with Attendance.  After the retirement of Sara Mattieson at the end of the 2020-2021 school year, Kathy is now our Full-Time Attendance Clerk.  Many of you already know Kathy as she has raised her family in the Ida B. Wells Cluster.  Her 3 boys have all now graduated (Max '17, Mason '19 and Lucas '21) and daughter, Katie, is now a Freshman here at IBW.  The family has been very active with basketball and other sports through the years and Kathy's husband, Steve, is an Varsity Asst. Coach for the Men's Basketball team.  In her spare time, Kathy enjoys rockclimbing, attending sporting events, cooking and traveling.  Kathy is excited to be working FT at IBWHS and to welcome students back!  She can be reached for attendance issues at klommen@pps.net or 503-916-5280, ext. 75265 
     Lommen Family 

    If you have an article for the Student and Family News, please submit to Leanne Van Horn at lvanhorn@pps.net  
    Student and Family News, August 23