• Student and Family News, October 11

    Dear Ida B. Wells Students and Families,

    Now that we successfully launched the 2021-2022 school year, we are ready to also launch Flex Days. Starting the week of October 18 we will resume the previously scheduled Flex Days. Here is what you can expect from the Flex Days this year:
    • When: You can find the listing of this year’s Flex Days here.  Most Flex Days will include a 60 minute Tutorial at the end of the day, after 4th and 8th period. 

    • Why: Flex Day Tutorials are intended to provide individualized and small group academic support, especially for students who are not meeting proficiency.

    • How: We will maintain social distancing in all classrooms during Tutorials.  Teachers will use a sign in/out sheet to track who was in their classrooms during Tutorials.  Teachers may invite students who are not meeting proficiency to attend their Tutorials, although students can also attend Tutorials without an invitation.  During Tutorials, all students are expected to be with a teacher, counselor, or another staff member.   Students should not be in the hallways or the cafeteria during Tutorials.  Although this is not encouraged, students are allowed to leave and go home during Tutorials.  At the end of 4th and 8th period, teachers will ask students to complete a Tutorial goal-setting form to help students make informed decisions about how to make the most of their Tutorials. 

    We hope that this will create additional learning opportunities for our students. As always, please reach out to us with any questions, concerns, or commendations.
    All the best,
    October 13 - Special Schedule for ALL students 
    This Wednesday, October 13 there is a special schedule and required programming for ALL students.  The school day will run from 8:30am-1:30pm.
    All 10th graders and those 11th graders who signed up to take the exam will come to school for in-person testing.  Here are some important reminders:
    - We have posted the students names and testing rooms at both ends of the main hall.  Check out where your testing room will be before the exam day!

    - Breakfast items will be available from 8am - 8:30am on the front patio entrance
    - Students wanting lunch for 10/13 should pick it up at the end of the day on 10/12 on the front patio entrance
    - On testing day, doors will open at 8:15am and students must be at their testing room by 8:30am.
    - All students need to arrive on time.  Late arrival may result in you not taking the exam.
    - Cell phones must be turned off, put in your backpack and placed at the front of the room.
    - Masks must be worn at all times.
    - Having picture ID, (PPS or Drivers license/permit or Government ID) is critical, especially due to masks.
    - Bring water bottle for consumption during breaks only.
    - Bring (2) sharpened #2 pencils and approved calculators (listed in Student Guide linked below) with ample batteries.
    - Students will not be allowed to roam to other sections of the building. They will of course be able to go to the designated restroom for their section
    - End time of the exam will vary by classroom.  We estimate standard testing rooms will finish around 12:00 noon
    - Students testing in rooms with accommodations (extended times 50% or 100% will go an additional 1.5 - 3 hours.
    - Students finishing early may not leave prior to the full amount of time.
    - Students that did not complete the pre-administration will complete the pre-administration in their exam room. This will add approximately 30 minutes to your time.

    We encourage you to look through the Student Guide for valuable information. We will see you for the PSAT on 10/13!
    TOOLS TO BUILD YOUR FUTURE - the PPS Virtual College & Career Planning Day
    All non-testing students are required to participate in this online event in lieu of attending classes on this day. This includes all 9th and 12th graders and non-testing Juniors.  
    Registration took place FOR TTBYF in classes last week.  If you missed regisration, please see the attached information or stop by the College and Career Center (Room 149) for assistance tomorrow (10/12) at lunch. 

    TTBYF Slide deck 
    Voice over slide deck
    Tools to Build Your Future Instruction Sheet
    Students should attend so that they can earn a Career Related Learning Experience (CRLE) toward their graduation requirements. Seniors can also get help with their resume.
    Questions can be directed to Jessica Wade, Career Coordinator at jwade1@pps.net 
    Refreshments for Teachers on Wednesday!
    Thank you to everyone who quickly signed up to bring desserts and drinks to compliment a staff lunch on Wednesday!  
    2022 Commencement Date!
    Mark your calendars!  The 2022 Commencement Date has been announced and will be Thursday, June 9th at Providence Park!  Much, much more information will be coming.  Stay tuned...
    School Photos:  Pick-up and Re-takes
    If you still need to pick up your purchased Lifetouch photos (or proofs), please come to the Main Office before or after school or during lunch. 
    Lifetouch will also be here on Friday from 8am-4pm in the cafeteria for Re-takes.  Appointments are not neccessary. 

    COVID-19 Updates
    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 AT IBWHS- Please return forms to the main office
    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.
    K-12 students can sign up to get free weekly COVID-19, PCR tests through their school during the 2021-2022 school year. The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) has contracted with OHSU to provide these tests to participating K-12 schools in Oregon.  Ida B. Wells High School will be participating in this important program.  Parents can Opt their students in to this program by completing the attached forms (Opt in form + OHSU Authorization form) and returning both forms to the main office at In the coming days we will be communicating the process for students who opt in to this program.

    Opt-In form for 15+ years old:  Opt IN 15+ (1).pdf .

    Opt-In form under 15 years old students: Opt IN younger than 15 (1).pdf 

    OHSU Covid Test Authorization form:  EN Auth Form (1 of 2) (1).pdf 

    FAQ Sheet about the program:  OHSU-K12-COVID-19-Testing-Program-Introduction-English-091621 (3).pdf 
    Attendance (new updates 10/4)
    Kathy Lommen is our 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 updated attendance pointers:

    If a student is out due to illness, please contact Kathy ASAP.  She will then send the Parent/Guardian a Symptom Tracking Tool to identify what symptoms the student is exhibiting. 
    Please email Kathy within 3 days to excuse other types of absences
    1)  If a student is tardy or arriving late to school after an appointment, etc, please go directly to  class.  DO NOT STOP IN THE OFFICE.  Parent/Guardian, please email Kathy to notify her if this late arrival is excused.
    If an appointment during the day is unavoidable:
    1) Parent/Guardian, please call Kathy as far ahead as possible with the details. You should not enter the building to pick up students.
    2) We will call students out of their classroom at the time instructed by the parent.  Students should not leave their classroom until called out.
    3) The student should come to the office and sign out and meet parent/guardian outside or student drivers can leave campus.
    Please follow the first 3 steps above but when you return, please sign back in at the Main Office.
    Lost and Found
    If you are missing something, you can check our Lost and Found in Room 139 (across from the gym)
    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.  
    Yearbook Information (update 10/11)
    2021-2022 YEARBOOKS
    There’s still time to pre-order your 2021-2022 yearbook before prices increase from $55 to $65 on January 1st. Pre-orders can be made on SchoolPay.
    Yearbook senior photos are due by January 1st. Photos should be high resolution (300 ppi), portrait aspect, and no smaller than 3”x5” sized. Content is up to each student so long as it is school appropriate. Photos should be emailed to ibwseniorphoto@gmail.com. Be sure to include the first and last
    name of the student in the subject line. If you don't want to submit a photo, your Lifetouch school photo will be used instead. If you have any questions, please contact khigbee@pps.net
    2020-2021 YEARBOOKS
    We still have copies of the 2020-2021 yearbook for sale (cash or check) in room 142 before school, during lunch, and directly after school. Don’t miss out on your chance to own a yearbook that will hopefully be like no other. Contact khigbee@pps.net if you have any questions or need to arrange for pick up alternatives.
    School Breakfast available on the front patio
    Free Grab and Go Breakfast is available 8:00-8:30am at both main entrances (Vermont entrance and gym entrance).  We could use a volunteer(s) who could assist with passing out breakfast from 7:50-8:30am M-F.  If you are interested in this volunteer position, please contact Erica Caldwell at ecaldwell@pps.net And just a reminder that during the 2021-2022 school year, school breakfast and lunch is free for all students. 
    Trivory App - download today!
    The Trivory App is our best communication channel to quickly send out important news and reminders to our entire community at once. Download it from your applicable App Store. Be sure to check your Settings under More to receive notifications so you don't miss any important updates. In addition, Trivory is also available in Spanish!  
    Homecoming Week, October 18-22
    Homecoming/Spirit Week is coming up next week.  Be ready to show your School Spirit as we take a road trip through the USA:
    Monday:  Ski Day in Colorado 
    Tuesday: Rodeo Day in Texas
    Wednesday: Trip to the San Diego Zoo
    Thursday: Rock Star Day in Hollywood
    Friday: Class Color Day: FR Black, SO Grey JR White SR Green
    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. AP CLASSROOM & AP EXAM Registration & Payment: AP REGISTRATION SLIDESHOW.  VIDEO Instructions  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.

    Tutor.com → FREE online 24/7 individual tutoring & homework help in all AP Classes!    

    • Great News! Students taking AP & IB classes now have access to Tutor.com via your Canvas Course for 1:1 tutoring 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. It’s super simple to use and many students have already started using this on their own!

    • Short video overview for students

    College and Career Center
    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.
    College Application Month is a school-wide initiative to give students the dedicated time and support in school to complete college applications by hosting several events with various university partners. 
    Please sign up for all College Application events in Maia Learning events tab
    This week's College Application Month Events:

    October 12th, 10:45 am, Room 108
    Common App Workshop with Pacific UniversityMadi Andrews from Pacific University will be presenting a Common App workshop to help any students who have questions or need additional support completing the common application process.

    October 14, 2:30 pm, Room 108
    Art School Portfolio Preparation with PCNA:  Justine Highsmith from PCNA will be presenting a Portfolio workshop to support students who are applying to a creative field that requires a portfolio, students can earn about how to prepare portfolios, look at examples, and even get your art work reviewed.
    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.
    If you or your family are in need of food assistance, Neighborhood House continues to do bi-weekly deliveries from their food pantry. This is a free service. Here is the link to the online form. Please note, clients need to fill out a new order form for every delivery, up to twice per month. As of July 2021, the Neighborhood House Food Pantry has begun allowing limited inside shopping. Click here to find out more about in person shopping, including hours and address.

    I am also excited to share that Meals4Kids is now delivering on the west side in Portland! The Meals 4 Kids program serves qualified children and families within the City of Portland experiencing food insecurity who are also experiencing any of the following: 
    • Chronic condition or illness of caregiver or child
    • Lack of facility to prepare meals
    • Lack of ability and/or transportation to access food resources such as foo pantries
    • Other barriers impacting access to food resources and/or ability to prepare meals
    The Meals 4 Kids home delivery program delivers nutritious meals, milk, bread and fresh fruit directly to the homes of families in need each week on weekdays between 9AM and 2PM. 
    To request service, complete the form at the bottom of this linked pageMeals on Wheels People staff will call you to review your eligibility in the program. If you had additional questions, please call 503-953-8115 or email meals4kids@mowp.org.  
    Additional resources available: 
    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
    Join Boosters for our next meeting on Monday October 11th at 6:30pm.  We will start talking about the upcoming Tree Sale and reviewing grant requests from Athletics & Men's Lacrosse.
    All the latest IBW gear is ONLY available to order online www.schoolpay.com/link/IBWgear The Boosters Club will notify you of pick up instructions.  You can also purchase merchandise THIS FRIDAY from 3:30 - 5:30pm at the Snack Shack at the Lincoln/IBW Men's Soccer game.  
    Our concessions shack has the opportunity to open for the Lincoln football games held in the IBW stadium - we need your support!  Find newly available shifts posted here:  https://signup.com/go/ycboLia  Working concessions shifts are a great way to volunteer working around your schedule.
    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 

    Questions? Email Brad Nelson, IBW Foundation Chair, bknelson@cascadeautoglass.com
    Unfortunately due to COVID-19, the Foundation house parties scheduled for Saturday, October 16 have been postponed until further notice.
    Ida B Wells PTA invites you to our first Parent Education Night of the school year via Zoom

    Topic: Meet the IBW Career and College Counseling Team
    Date/Time: Nov 4, 2021 7-8pm
    Meeting ID: 408 626 2115; Passcode: PTA


    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 October 11
    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.
    Battle of the Birds (Lincoln/IBW Rivalry Week)
    The Guardian Athletics Leadership Council will be selling Battle of the Birds T-Shirts in preparation for upcoming soccer and football contests with Lincoln. Click HERE to see the T-shirt design. They will be selling them at lunch and at our home contests for $5. We will be donating a portion of the proceeds to the Ida B. Wells Gender Sexuality Alliance Affinity Organization and use another portion of the proceeds to purchase fleece blankets for Doernbecher’s at OHSU. We host the Lincoln Women’s Soccer Team on Thursday night at 7:00pm and the Men’s Soccer Team on Friday at 4:15pm. We will then host the Lincoln Varsity Football game on Friday, October 22nd as our Homecoming Celebration.  Go Guardians!
    Family ID is now open for Winter sports registration
    The Winter sports season officially begins Monday, November 15.  You must have a registration completed in FamilyID and a valid physical on file before you may participate in Basketball, Wrestling and Swimming. This is especially important for basketball which conducts try-outs. Wrestling and Swimming are both non-cut sports.  https://www.familyid.com/organizations/ida-b-wells-high-school  SchoolPay is not yet open for to pay the PIL Play to Pay Fee for the Winter season as we are closing out the Fall season.  You should also not pay the fee for basketball until teams are announced. 
    Pre-season opportunities for Winter Sports
    Now that the OSAA closed period is over for Winter Sports, our Winter coaching staffs are looking forward to connecting with our IBW student-athletes.  Here are some pre-season opportunities:

    Open Gym every Tuesday and Thursday 6:00-8:30pm at Jackson Middle School 

    Open gym every Tuesday and Thursday 7:15-9:00pm in the IBW Gym
    Open Mat Hour on Mondays at 6:30pm in the IBW Wrestling Room.   
    Ski Team and Snowboard Team (Club Team)
    Come find out about our Ski and Snowboard Teams this Thursday evening.  The Ski Team will meet in Library at 6:00pm and the Snowboard Team will be in the cafeteria at 7pm
    IBW Dance and Drill Team - Tryouts 11/5
    Competition Dance Tryouts are scheduled for November 5th at 2pm in the IBW  gymnasium.  Experience is necessary.  Please come, ready to show what you can do.  We plan to compete this winter and spring for our school.   Our Fall Performers are our backbone!  They dance at the root of IBW success, no doubt. The dedication that has been presented by these specific individuals is unmatched.  They are very excited to present themselves this October 22nd, at our Homecoming half-time show in coordination with Cheer!  Please take the time to come out and watch them show their stuff.  If anything takes guts, it’s THIS!!  Keep up the good work Ida B. Wells Dance Team!  Thank you to all for your support. - Coach Kimberley
    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. Our Concessions shack also now has the opportunity to open for the Lincoln football games held in the IBW stadium but we need your support!  Find newly available shifts posted here: https://signup.com/go/ycboLia Thank you for making a difference and supporting our school!
    Gender Sexuality Alliance Affinity Space
    Hi y'all! We just wanted to touch base and gauge interest in being a part of the Gender Sexuality Alliance affinity space at Ida B. Wells-Barnett, as well as see what might work logistically for us to meet. In the meantime, always feel free to reach out to us with any questions or concerns, or if you just need to check in with someone and want a safe space in which to do so!
    Please take the Google Survey linked below to let us know your interest in being involved with GSA.  
    GSA Interest Survey
    CONTACT INFOMs. Root (jroot@pps.net; Room 130) & Ms. Patton (apatton@pps.net; Room 128)
    Text the following info to the number 81010 to sign up to receive Remind Texts: @ibwgsa
    Follow us on Instagram: @idabwells.gsa
    Outdoor School - seeking High School Leaders 
    Outdoor School is now recruiting high school students to be student leaders for this Fall. All the details can be found in the Career News
    So how is Outdoor School operating this Fall? Activities will be:
    - In Portland and on school grounds assigned by region
    - In-person during the school day (aka No overnight)
    - Leaders will participate in an in-person Sunday training at MESD and learn how to facilitate activities alongside a teacher
    - HS student leaders will register and receive all of this information and more via email.