• Student and Family News, August 30

    Dear Ida B. Wells Students and Families,

    We are just a couple of days away from the official launch of the 2021-2022 school year!  I am excited for students to be back in the building.  Our teachers returned last Thursday and we were finally able to meet as a staff (socially distanced) after more than a year of meeting with each other virtually.  We have such an amazing group of educators and support staff at Ida B. Wells!  I feel very fortunate to work with such a great team.  Our teachers are now busy getting their classrooms ready to welcome students on Wednesday, September 1.  Below you will find lots of important district and school-related information.  Please review this week’s newsletter and let us know if you have any questions.  As you all probably know, students are highly encouraged to eat lunch outside during the first six weeks of school.  Please check in with your student and reinforce the importance of eating outside and being socially distanced (6 feet while eating).  I also wanted to let you know that we will cancel our Flex days for the first 6 weeks of school.  This will reduce the number of cohorts that students are in and will make it easier to conduct contact tracing if needed.  We will adjust calendars accordingly.  For now please know that any Flex days you see reflected on the calendar will be regular A or B days. 

    Don't forget the "Special Edition" Virtual PTA Meeting being held tomorrow evening, August 31st. You can find all the needed information below under FAMILIES AND COMMUNITY.  And as always, please feel free to reach out with any commendations or recommendations and thank you in advance for all your support.   

    Go Guardians!

    Filip Hristić, Principal

    OUR SCHOOL
    What to expect on the first day of school
    Wednesday, September 1
    7:30am - 4:00pm, Photo*/Student ID/free TriMet Hop Bus Pass make-up for anyone who missed Registration Days last week, Cafeteria
    8:00am - 10:30am, as students arrive either before orientation or classes, they will pick up a newly printed schedule with their classes, homeroom number, locker info, and homeroom teachers (more info to come on homeroom reporting on flex days). Everyone will come to the Front Patio to collect their schedule.  Seniors, Parking Passes will also be available for pick up for those who already requested parking through the Google Form.
    8:30am - 10:20am, Freshmen Orientation, Begin in the Gym
    9:45am - 10:20am, Sophomore Re-Orientatation, Begin in the Gym
    10:30am - 3:30pm, Classes begin for all grades
    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

    *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
    School Supplies 
    We do not have any published supply lists.  Each teacher will let their students know what supplies will be needed for their class on the first days of school. You will only need to bring a notebook or binder and a pen/pencil on the first days of school.
    Volunteers needed
    Sept. 1st for passing out schedules and Sept 2nd and 3rd for distributing chromebooks. To sign up, please visit: https://volunteersignup.org/K7YHT...
    Date has changed for Freshman and Sophomore 101
    Freshman and Sophomore 101 has been re-scheduled from September 2nd to September 9th and will be held virtually at 6:30pm.  The link for the meeting will be provided in next week's bulletin. 
    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.
    COVID-19 Testing
    Today, PPS issued a letter to all families regarding COVID-19 Testing.  You can read the full letter here: 8/30/2021 PPS COVID-19 Testing Update

    Parents, in addition, please complete this COVID 19 Testing Consent Form if you would like your student to be able to receive a Covid test should they become symptomatic while on campus.  Even if you fillled out this form last Spring, we need to have a new form completed and returned to the Main Office.  
    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 App: 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!"
    Student 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
    Costs and Contributions
    Costs & Contributions specific to your children's schedules can be made online at www.schoolpay.com. Please be sure to check both semesters when tallying Costs & Contributions. SchoolPay allows you to toggle between students as well. These contributions directly support the teacher's access to materials and supplies to provide more than what our school budget has the capacity to support. Every contributed dollar is appreciated. To learn more about how the class contributions help enrich each class, please visit: https://docs.google.com/.../15gY3jpSmCQ4neVTgHFUB.../edit...

    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 basisTo 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. 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. You can pick up your pass on the first day of school from 8:00am-10:30am on the front patio.
    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.  This information can also be found on our website calendar and the Trivory app.

    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 as well as your student's full name 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

    COUNSELING
    Schedule Changes
    Students, if you have a schedule issue, the Counselors are using an online process for corrections and change requests. Please use your PPS account and request schedule changes here: Counselor's Corner
    Career Center
    Students, we need your voice! Complete this Career Interest Survey to impact the career learning opportunities available to you in 21-22 through PPS Future You! It's your chance to be entered into a drawing to win one of 15 prizes. 
    Chinese: https://bit.ly/CI21-22Ch 
    English: https://bit.ly/CI21-22Eng
    Russian: https://bit.ly/CI21-22Rus
    Somali: https://bit.ly/CI21-22Som
    Spanish: https://bit.ly/CI21-22Spa
    Vietnamese: https://bit.ly/CI21-22Vietn

    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
    Join our parent organizations. Our parent organizations work hard for all the students and your membership matters! Find us on schoolpay.com under non-profit groups or easy access to join both PTA and Boosters here: www.schoolpay.com/link/joinibw 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
    IBW Guardians Merchandise will be on sale down at the track on Thursday, September 2nd.  Come between 4-6pm to get outfitted in all the latest gear.  Cash, Check and Cards accepted.

    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.  IBW PTA also has a brand new email idabwellspta@gmail.com
    LIBRARY
    New Chromebooks Available for ALL IBW Students
    New Chromebooks will be available for ALL students to pick up on September 2 and September 3 during the following classes:
    9th Grade: Physics
    10th-12th Grade: English Language Arts Class 
    Frequently Asked Questions
    What about my old Chromebook?
    If you have a school Chromebook and/or charger from a prior year, please bring it to your Physics or English class. You will return it when you pick up your new Chromebook.
    What if my old Chromebook is lost or damaged?
    If you misplaced or damaged your Chromebook, you will still be able to pick up a new one. ALL students can check out a new Chromebook.
    Do I have to get one?
    We highly recommend checking out a school Chromebook even if you have a personal laptop or Chromebook. We cannot guarantee that applications or software used in classes will work on your personal machine. Additionally, PPS IT can offer technical support for school Chromebooks but cannot offer any technical support for personal devices. Many students choose to leave their personal computer at home and use a school issued Chromebook in classes.
    What do I need to bring when I check out a Chromebook?
    Please bring your student ID, student ID #, or a phone with the StudentVue app. From StudentVue, you can show your student ID with barcode.  We can scan the barcode on your phone to check out your Chromebook.
    Returning Materials from the 2020-2021 School Year
    You can return any library books, chromebooks, textbooks to the library or textbook room (nextdoor to the library). We can take materials that belong to other schools as well. 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.  However, iff the item is lost or destroyed, we appreciate payment because it allows us to replace the textbook. Payments 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.

    ATHLETICS
    Athletics Weekly, Mike Nolan, Athletic Director
    Greetings Sports Fans! The Fall Season is upon us and I can’t tell you how exciting it is to see our student-athletes gearing up for competition all over campus! To see the smiles and faces of our coaches and student-athletes brings a little normalcy back to Ida B. Wells as we prepare to enter a new school year that still faces challenges to say the least. It is our goal and mission that athletics can provide a vehicle for positive social and emotional growth, while at the same time, renewing some old rivalries with some of our friends around the state and PIL. The athletic department wants to send a huge shout out to our amazing group of teachers and support staff who are working tirelessly to prepare for a safe and productive return to our building.  To continue reading click here: Athletics Weekly, week of August 30

    Stay in touch with Athletics
    Athletic Website: www.ibwathletics.com
    Instagram: ibw_athletics

    Facebook: Ida B Wells HS Athletics
    Trivory App:  A great new place to find team schedules!  Download from the App Store!

    It's not too late to sign up for some Fall sports
    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

    CHEER
    Interested in cheer but missed tryouts? There's still time to join! Guardian Cheer is a no-cut program, all students will be placed on our Green Squad (JV) with the potential to join our White Squad (Varsity) depending on skill level, work ethic, etc. We are allowing signups until September 7th.  All interested students can register here.  Email Coach Lynsey for more information IBWCheerPDX@gmail.com 

    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 30
    It's the first full week of competitions for our Fall teams! 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.  The athletic schedule is also now on the Trivory App Calendar. 
    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.  Contact IBW teachers, Nathan Whitby at nwhitby@pps.net or Andrew Butterfield at abutterfield@pps.net if you are interested in learning more.

    Student and Family News, August 30
    If you have something you would like to submit to the Student and Family News, please email lvanhorn@pps.net.  Deadline is Friday at noon.