• Student and Family News, September 20

    Dear IBW Students and Families, 

    All of you received a notification on Friday that an individual in our school community tested positive for Covid.  This was our second case of the year.  Because this exposure involved students riding an athletic bus and use of locker rooms by two PE classes, the number of students and families that received the exposure/quarantine letters on Friday was pretty high.  We worked over the weekend to determine which of the “exposed” students are fully vaccinated and can return to school (as long as they remain asymptomatic). Thank you to all our families who have been sharing this information with us.   

    We knew before this year started that some of our students would need to quarantine at some point this year.  The reality is that situations like this will probably continue during the months ahead.  Our teachers are making sure that their curriculum is available to students via Canvas.  If you or your student is unable to access the curriculum via Canvas while absent, please connect with your student's teacher, counselor or admin.

    Our staff will also continue to do everything we can to keep students 3ft apart in classrooms, ensure that everyone is using their masks consistently, and maintain clear seating charts.  All this will help minimize the risk of exposure and will reduce the number of students who need to quarantine when exposure does occur.  We will also encourage all our students who can get vaccinated to please get vaccinated.  This is the safest course of action for our students, their peers, and our staff. We will host another vaccination clinic this Tuesday, 9/21, from 3:30-6pm.  All the details about the clinic are below.

    Lastly, I want to encourage you to please reach out with any questions or concerns you may have about Covid-related issues.  I know that it can be hard to make sense of various federal, state, and district guidelines.  I’m happy to help. Thank you all for you ongoing support.

    All the best,  

    Filip Hristić, Ed. D.
    Principal, Ida B. Wells HS

    On September 16th, families should have received a brief survey (5-10 minutes) about your students and the COVID-19 vaccination.  If you did not receive a survery, please email vaccine@pps.net

    In short, PPS would like to determine how many of our students (ages 12 and older) are fully vaccinated against the virus and as we anxiously await approval for the COVID-19 vaccine for younger students (age 5 to 11), we’d like to plan for targeted outreach for families to quickly access the vaccine. The information you share will help us prioritize vaccine access and outreach to schools this fall.  Included in this brief survey is a question about your student’s home access to a computer and the internet. As we become a district that further integrates the use of technology in our teaching and learning, this information will better prepares us to equip students and families with these tools. Please take a moment to complete your unique survey for by September 30, 2021.   
    The option for parents to upload their student’s Covid 19 Vaccination Card in ParentVUE is available in the Yearly Verification screen. Directions can be found HERE

    With our ongoing commitment to keeping you informed, we have built an improved and more informative COVID-19 Monitoring Dashboard: PPS COVID Dashboard

    COVID-19 Testing
    There is no Covid-19 testing at IBWHS unless symptoms appear after a student arrives at school and a COVID-19 Testing Consent Form is on file for the student.  A new form needs to be completed for the 2021-2022 school year.  Completed forms can be turned into the Main Office.
    COVID-19 and Flu Vaccination Clinic, September 21, 3:30-6:00pm, Gym Foyer
    Costco Pharmacy will return on September 21 to administer the Covid-19 Vaccine for 1st dose, 2nd dose and 3rd dose for immunocompromised meeting CDC guidelines as well as the Flu Shot.

    For anyone under the age of 18, parent consent is needed for both the COVID and the Flu vaccines. 
    If you are coming without a parent, please complete this form and bring it with you (although the form says COVID, it is also for the flu shot)

    COVID-19 vaccines are no cost. For the flu shot, be sure to bring your insurance ID card with you. 
    If you do not have your ID card when you attend, or your insurance doesn't cover flu shots, Costco Pharmacy will charge $25 for a regular flu shot and $57 for the 65+ years of age dose.  If you will be paying for your flu shot, please bring a credit card, as cash payment will not be accepted. 
    Please see this Flyer for complete details.
    Pick Up and Drop Off at Ida B. Wells
    Please do not use the school parking lot or the bus loading area as a pick up and drop off area for students.  We use these areas to load and unload our students with special needs from the buses and personal vehicles in the disabled parking area in our parking lot.  When cars are in line to drop off in the staff parking lot or the bus loading zone, it makes it difficult for our staff and students with disabilities to get to school.  
    We are getting more bike racks at our school and we want to encourage our students to ride bikes to school, walk or utilize public transportation.  If you are dropping off or picking up your student, please do so in the north parking lot using the roundabout by the stadium as a quick drop off or in the neighborhoods around our school.  We appreciate your understanding and support.  
    2020-2021 Yearbook Distribution
    Current students, if you still need to pick up your yearbook, please see Mr. Higbee in Room 142 before or after school or at lunch. Please bring a receipt of purchase.  You can still purchase 2020-2021 yearbooks, $45 cash or check only in Mr. Higbee's room.  You can also pick up or purchase a yearbook in the Bookkeepers Office before school or during lunch. Debit or Credit cards can be used in the bookkeepers office.
    Attendance Updates
    We had some attendance glitches as we transitioned to our new 8 period schedule. 
    Please be patient as we continue to work through these issues.  Kathy Lommen is our new attendance clerk.  She can be reached at klommen@pps.net or 503-916-5294
    (Please DO NOT leave messages regarding attendance on the main line, 503-916-5280 as those may not be received in time)

    Here are a few attendance pointers:
    Please email Kathy within 3 days to excuse an absence.
    Students, if you are late to school for any reason (tardy, arriving late after an appointment, etc), please go directly to your class.  DO NOT STOP IN THE OFFICE.  Parents, please email Kathy to notify her this late arrival is excused.
    If an appointment during the day is unavoidable please call Kathy as far ahead as possible with the details. Students need to come by the office and sign out.  Parents should not enter the building to pick up students.  
    School Breakfast and Lunch
    During the 2021-2022 school year, school breakfast and lunch is free for all students.  Breakfast is available from 8:00-8:30am in the cafeteria and you need to enter through the cafeteria doors in the courtyard.
    Trivory App
    We continue to highly recommend that all our students and parents download the Trivory App on your phone or Ipad (it can also be used on your computer).  Communication channels can become overwhelming but the Trivory App is "one stop shopping". There are links from Trivory to all the other applications we use - our websites, social media, StudentVue and ParentVue and Canvas to name a few.  Be sure to check your Settings under More to receive notifications so you don't miss any important updates. In addition, Trivory is also now available in Spanish!  In addition, this App was developed and is managed by a 2021 Roosevelt Grad and is already being used by other PPS schools!
    Student ID Cards/ASB stickers
    Students, if you still need to pick up your Student ID card or a pre-purchased ASB sticker, they can be obtained in the Bookkeepers Office (located inside the Main Office) before school or during lunch.  You can not obtain these during class time.  For pre-paid ASB stickers, please bring a receipt (paper or on your phone).
    Back-to-School Night - Update
    Back-to-School Night, originally planned for September 22nd has been changed. It will be a virtual event where you can hear from your student's teachers and learn about curriculum, course requirements, policies and procedures for each class. It is expected to be available by September 29. 
    PSAT Exam Day - October 13
    The PSAT exam will be administered on Wednesday, Oct. 13 starting at 8:30am at Ida B. Wells, at no charge to all Sophomores, and those Juniors who sign up by Sept 22.
    Sophomores: All sophomores will take the exam at no cost.  There is no registration needed.  You will do pre-administration in class as it gets closer.
    Juniors: PPS will provide the exam FREE to Juniors as well this year as long as you sign-up by Wednesday, September 22 at 5pm at the link below:
    PSAT Registration Form (the form must be accessed from a student PPS account)  For more information for Juniors: PSAT Info for Juniors Only
    Want to start preparing for the PSAT? Use the PSAT/NMSQT Student Guide for information, test-taking advice, tips and practice tests.   
    There will be school for all students on this day.  Details of the schedule will be coming shortly.
    AP Exams - Register Now!
    Students who are planning to take AP Exams MUST register for AP Classroom and the AP Exams as soon as possible. 


    You can also use the  ONE-PAGER Student Checklist if you’d prefer. (Student Checklist copy for personalization)

    TESTING THIS YEAR:  Currently, the College Board is only allowing in-person pen & paper testing this year.  There is no online option.   Most exams will be at the Portland Expo Center again this year.

    StudentVue/ParentVue is the platform where you can view schedules and grades. If you are having trouble accessing StudentVue or ParentVue, please contact Kathy Lommen at klommen@pps.net
    Canvas - Parent Access
    Canvas is the platform teachers use to post assignments. Here are the directions students need to follow to allow their parents to observe their classes. Parent Access to Canvas
    Class Schedules-Deadline is this Wed. to make changes! 
    Students, if you still have a schedule issue, please email your counselor OR you can now drop in before or after school or during lunch.  There is no guarantee your counselor will be available if you drop in. Click here for Counselor Information  Deadline is Wednesday, September 22 to make any further schedule changes.
    College and Career Center
    Are you applying to PSU this fall? Join us for the 1st IN PERSON college visit in 2 years AND the 1st in person visit at Ida B. Wells High School!  Come visit PSU representatives in Room 108, 9/21 @ 10:10 am. Sign up in Maia Learning under Universities then Visits.
    The first issue of Ida B Wells Career Happenings featuring fall mentoring and internship opportunities, volunteer positions, jobs and more is now available. See https://www.pps.net/Page/16186 or contact Ms Wade for more information.

    From our Social Worker, Brittni Locke
    If you are seeking help with rent or utilities, NW Natural, Pacific Power and PGE are all still offering their one-time assistance programs. The amounts vary ($300 from NW Natural or Pacific Power, up to $500 matching grant from PGE). Please see attached flyers PGE Assistance Pacific Power Assistance for more information or call your electric company directly. If you accessed this support in the spring, you would not be eligible again, but can call 2-1-1 to be referred to a regular energy assistance program.
    September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, a time to bring greater awareness to an often taboo issue. Awareness months are not one and done months; Suicide Awareness is truly everyday, all year, year after year. As we welcome students, families and colleagues back into physical spaces, I want to acknowledge the enormous mental health impacts the pandemic has had and continues to have on the lives of our communities. Below is a list of some of the many resources available to support our young people, ourselves, and our communities. 
    In addition, part of our suicide prevention planning at IBW is to implement an evidence-based, universal school-based prevention program called Signs of Suicide (SOS). Here is a link to more information. The program teaches students how to identify the signs of depression and suicide in themselves and their peers and how to ask for help from a trusting adult when needed. I will be pushing into all Health 1 classes this year (alongside our counselors) to teach this curriculum. If your student is in one of these classes, a letter will go out closer to the date I will be in their classrooms. If you have questions, please feel free to email me at blocke@pps.net
    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 - IBW Gear
    All the latest IBW gear is available to order online www.schoolpay.com/link/IBWgear   
    IBW Foundation - Meeting Tonight!
    Please join us for the first IBW Foundation Meeting of the year, September 20, 2021 at 6 PM.  We will be discussing the Fall Fundraising Campaign and plans for the Spring Auction and popular House Parties.  Any IBW parent or community member is welcome to attend the meeting.  

    The mission of the IBW Foundation is to enhance the classroom experience by increasing options for rich and rigorous learning opportunities.  IBW Foundation funding allows IBW administrators to hire additional teachers and expand educational offerings. 

    As part of our Fall Fundraising Campaign, we are asking families to donate what they are able to help fund additional teachers and classes at IBW. By clicking on the link below families can elect to make a one-time, or monthly recurring donation. Please give generously! 
    IBW Foundation Donations: Donate to IBW Foundation 

    Zoom Meeting Link: September 20 IBW 6PM Foundation Zoom Call
    Questions? Email Brad Nelson, IBW Foundation Chair, bknelson@cascadeautoglass.com.  

    We look forward to seeing you at the meeting!
    IBW PTA Meeting is Sept. 27th, 6:30pm 
    The first meeting PTA meeting has been changed to September 27 (orginally scheduled for September 15).  It will be virtual with the PTA business meeting from 6:30-7:00pm and a Q and A with Principal Hristic from 7:00-8:00pm.  Zoom link:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/4086262115?pwd=MldTOGlCdzVCZzFYbTZEaVRDY1p4QT09  Password: PTA

    Please bring your fully charged Chromebook to school daily. If you missed the Chromebook Distribution, please come to the library to check one out before school, after school, or lunch. You may also come during class but we are checking out many textbooks to classes. There may be a long wait.
    If you have a Chromebook from a prior year, please return it to the library and get a new one. Some models from prior years are not powerful enough to run all of your learning apps.
    If you would like more information regarding using your Chromebook and replacement policies, please see the PPS 1:1 page for Students and Families.
    Athletics Weekly, Mike Nolan, Athletic Director
    Each week, Athletic Director, Mike Nolan writes up a summary of the past week and looks forward to the next as well as announcing Athletes of the Week, a Coaches Corner plus other announcements. To read this week's Athletic Weekly, click HERE

    Athletic Schedule, Week of September 20
    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 linked to the Trivory App Calendar.
    Pack the Park - Home XC Meet this Wednesday!
    Hello, Ida B Wells race fans. This Wednesday (9/22) we're hosting our ONLY home race of the season. The event is at one of our local favorites, Gabriel Park! Please come support your team, we would love to pack the place with friendly faces and hear your cheers echoing through the trees.  The races will start at 4:00 pm.
    IBW Dance and Drill Team
    You can still join the IBW Dance and Drill team! Email Coach Kimberley at kallen3@pps.net if you would like to set up a time to observe a practice and learn what the dance team is all about. We practice three days a week and will be performing at various school events. 
    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 our schedule! https://signup.com/go/ycboLia Thank you for making a difference and supporting our school!
    School Clubs
    Do you have an idea for a school club? Now is the time to register your club at Ida B. Wells! Any student can start a club too! Use the link provided (https://bit.ly/3kjqjl5) to get more information about student clubs this year and how you can register. If you have any questions, see Ms. Satooriann in room 143 or email her at ssatoorian@pps.net.  Deadline for club registration is Wednesday, September 29. For examples of clubs of the past, see our Activities and Clubs page on the website.  Even if a club was in existance in the past, it must be re-registered for this school year. 

    No Place For Hate - seeking 10th and 11th grade Peer Facilitators 
    We are a NO PLACE for HATE high school and the first school in Portland, Oregon. We train a cohort of 35 students to do anti-racist and social justice work with their peers.   Our Peer Facilitators have accomplished a lot the last two years including delivering 9th grade anti-racist lessons, which  taught fellow students how to be an ally and how to respond to bullying and discrimnation.  You can see and hear more of our work on our school web page: https://www.pps.net/domain/5738

    If you are interested in being a trained peer/student facilitator, please sign up in office #139 with your name and student pps email by Friday, October 1st.  We have room for 25 new facilitators and it is a 2 year commitment.  Trainings will occur during the school day on Oct. 18th, 19th, 25th, and 26th in the Media Center.  If you become a NPFH Peer Facilitator, you will miss each of your 8 classes one time over two weeks to participate in the required training.We encourage BiPOC and LGBTQ+ youth to please apply.  See Vice Principal Coning or VP Secretary Ms. Menashe in office #139 if you have any questions.
    Student and Family News, September 20