• Student and Family News, October 18

    Dear Ida B Wells Students and Families,

    Beginning this week, all visitors to PPS Campuses will be required to show proof of vaccination or a negative test within 72 hours.  This applies to sporting events, both indoor and outdoor.  The procedures were created under state guidelines as best practices to keep students and staff safe from COVID-19.  As always, please let me know if you have any questions.
    Please see below for all our other announcements for the week ahead.
    Spirit week is this week!
    Our theme for this Fall's Spirit Week is "A Road Trip through the USA"
    Monday - Ski Day in Colorado (wear cold weather gear)
    Tuesday - Rodeo in Texas (flannel, cows, cowboy boots)
    Wednesday - The San Diego Zoo (animal prints
    Thursday - Rockstar Day in Hollywood (bands, rockstar)
    Friday - Coming back home to Portland, wear class colors. 
    9th graders wear black, 10th gray, 11th white, and 12th graders wear green
    There will be daily prizes for the most spirited students that include Hydroflasks and Ida B. Wells Gear!
    There will also be four grand prize winners at the end of the week, with one student from each grade. Prizes include...
    - Airpods
    - Apple Watch Series 3
    - Nintendo Switch Lite
    - JBL waterproof speakers
    - Portland Gear Sweatshirt
    - Parking spot (seniors only)
    To enter the Spirit Week competition, come to room 143 to get your picture taken each day or send in your own photo of your outfit to our Instagram account at @idabwells_hs 
    We are excited to feel the spirit this week!
    Flex Days begin this week
    Starting this week, 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.  You can see the Flex Day Schedule 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.
    Parent/Teacher School Conferences - Mark your calendars!
    School Conferences will take place Monday, November 22 and Tuesday, November 23.  They will be ALL virtual again this year with morning, afternoon and evening slots.  This gives parents a lot of flexibility with scheduling as slots do not have to be scheduled simutaneously.  More information about signing up for these virtual conferences will be coming out in the next few weeks. Just a head's up that conferences take place the same week as the Thanksgiving holiday and there is no school for students for the entire week.
    2022 Commencement Date!
    Mark your calendars!  The 2022 Commencement Date has been announced and will be Thursday, June 9th, 5:00pm at Providence Park!  Much, much more information will be coming.  Stay tuned...
    Grad Night 2022 - first planning meeting scheduled!
    Now that the Commencement date has been selected, Grad Night 2022 planning is just underway.  Senior parents, Krista Peterson and Erica Caldwell, have stepped up to be co-chairs but will be seeking a full planning committee.  If you are interested in being part of the Grad Night planning committee, please attend their first meeting (virtual) on October 25th at 7:00pm 
    Meeting ID meet.google.com/rzg-gybm-srq  Phone Numbers (‪US‬)‪+1 510-736-4466‬ PIN: ‪842 284 606#‬
    School Photos - please pick up purchased photos ASAP 
    We still have several already-purchased Lifetouch photo packages in the Main Office.  If you still have not picked up your photos, please come to the Main Office before or after school or during lunch and get your photos!
    Chromebooks now available in College and Career Center and Library!
    Chromebooks are now available in the College and Career Center and the Library. Staff in both spaces can help with logins, daily checkouts, replacements, repairs, or checkouts for the year. Here is the schedule regarding where you can checkout Chromebooks during each part of the day. 
    Before School- CCC or Library
    AM Classes- Library
    Lunch- CCC or Library
    PM Classes- CCC
    Flex- CCC or Library
    After School- CCC or Library
    If the library or CCC is closed, please try the other location for checkouts. In the rare instance that neither space is open, Chromebook checkouts are not available until we reopen.
    COVID-19 Updates
    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 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 10/18)
    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:
    ROBOCALLS:  Robocalls for attendance began last week. If a student was marked absent in a class before lunch, a robocall is sent at 1:00pm.  For missed classes after lunch, the robocall goes out at 5:30pm.  If you receive a robocall:
    1) if the absence is excused and a parent/guardian forgot to contact Kathy, please call her to excuse the absence
    2) if a parent/guardian receives a call but your student believes this is an error, please have your student contact the teacher of the class for that reported absence to receive more information.
    3) if you received a robocall but already contacted attendance, you do not need to contact us again.  We appreciate your patience as we work through daily attendance issues.  

    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 any 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)
    Yearbook Information (update 10/18)
    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
    It’s never too early to start planning to celebrate your senior with a senior congratulatory ad in the yearbook. Ads are still being sold at Covid hardship rates of $210 for a full page, $110 for a half page, and $60 for a quarter page. Ads can be purchased and created at https://www.balfour.com/student-info?smi=62107 If you have any questions or need any help, please contact Keith Higbee: 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. 
    American Mathmatics Competition
    The American Mathematics Competition (AMC) will be held on Tuesday, November 16th in the Library during 8th period.  The contest is open to all who are interested in some very challenging math problem solving.  Additional info and signups are outside Mr. Saher's room (#32).  This year's contest will be conducted on a laptop or chromebook.  Signups close October 21st. For more detailed information about the AMC, read HERE and Sign up here: AMC Sign Up Form
    Please reach out to Mr. Sahler if you have any questions
    AP Exams - Register Now! Deadline is November 1st
    Students who are planning to take AP Exams MUST register for AP Classroom and the AP Exams by November 1st.
     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

    IBW Student Athletic Training Program
    The Ida B Wells Student Athletic Training program is the Senior capstone class for our Health Sciences pathway.  Our coaches and athletes depend on our athletic training staff.  Our student trainers are working with Waverly Jackson (ATC) to provide quality care at home contests and gain valuable medical experience.
    Athletic Training Program
    IBW Athletic Trainer, Waverly Jackson with student athletic trainer, senior Nolan Malcolmson at a recent football game
    College and Career Center
    IDA B WELLS CAREER EVENTS, Week of October 18
    Future You 2 Go Workshops Return for 2021-2022
    Featuring career presentation and career training information sessions. Simply click on the below session titles to join these Google Meets; Pre-registration not required
    For full session descriptions and presenters, please check the Future You 2 Go Calendar
    Bodecker Foundation FREE workshops for creative youth are now registering for Fall term. Topics include: fashion, water colors, tattoo art, and music production. Register here
    ACE Mentoring Program for Juniors and Seniors interested in Architecture, Construction and Engineering is now accepting applications. Attend an information session on Thursday, 10/21 at 6:00pm. Register to receive Zoom Link here
    Information about the above career opportunities and more is now available in the  Ida B. Wells October Career Happenings https://www.pps.net/Page/16186 or contact Ms Wade for more information. Thank you!
    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 21, 2:45, Room 108  Instant Viking Event - Application to PSU

    Are you thinking about applying to PSU? This is an event to receive a same day (instant) decision on getting into PSU!  Apply to PSU by Tuesday Oct. 19th and sign up in Maia Learning so that we can send your transcript ahead and you can receive a decision on Thursday. 
    October 21st, 10:15 am, Room 108 PCC visit and Application Workshop
    Learn more about all of PCC's various programs and certificates. Students will also get the opportunity to work and complete their PCC application. Sign up on Maia Learning
    October 28, 2:05 p.m, Room 108 Instant Wolf Event - Application to Western Oregon U.
    This is your chance to get an instant decision on acceptance to Western Oregon University.  You will need to apply ahead of time and sign up for a spot in Maia Learning by the 26th, so we can send your transcript ahead and you can get a decision on admission on the 28th! Email Briana Navarete with questions: navareteb@mail.wou.edu

    HBCU Virtual College Night on October 20th
    Join us in exploring historically Black Colleges and University at the Fall 2021 Portland Area HBCU Virtual College Night, October 20th, 5:30-7:30pm.  Hosted by St. Mary's Academy. Attached is the flyer and here is the registration link for the event: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScy8NOKXkkYfk4IrAlz-r_fqWwsF_TyMBymI_8Jzqe3DYmg0A/viewform?usp=sf_link
    We will have local HBCU alums sharing why they chose an HBCU and some of their outcomes. Participants will have the opportunity to ask current HBCU college students who are currently attending Dillard University, Howard University, and Southern University and A&M College question about their experience. Finally, we will hear from an Admissions Counselor from Xavier University of Louisiana and a member of the Black United Fund of Oregon.
    From our Social Worker, Brittni Locke

    Our social worker maintains a pantry for supplemental student support, please help us restock now that school is back in session.  This link tells you what we need and how to help:https://volunteersignup.org/X7J3W  If your student or family needs support, please message Britni Locke at blocke@pps.net.
    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
    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.  ou can also purchase merchandise THIS FRIDAY at the Field House at the Lincoln/IBW Homecoming Football 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.
    Please join us this Wednesday, October 20th at 7PM for a Virtual IBW Foundation meeting. We will be discussing the Fall Giving Guardians campaign and the possibility of a spring auction. Here is the link to the foundation meeting 

    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85182046207?pwd=dDI4ZlFERGptaVBPNDNMWENjazFVUT09  If you have any questions before the meeting, please email the IBW Foundation Chair, Brad Nelson at bknelson@cascadeautoglass.com
    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. 

    For 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
    Teacher Appreciation Gifts
    Parent Teacher Conferences will be virtual again this year, the PTA Hospitality committee wants to do a little gifty for all staff members.  We need about $2900 for a branded item, gift card and some treats for the whole staff.  If you're able to contribute, you can Venmo (@jchrist18) or PayPal (jess_jon@msn.com).  Or message jess_jon@msn.com for drop-off of cash/check options.
    Hope to have assembled for delivery just after Thanksgiving break.
    Drop-off Breakfast for Teachers & Staff
    Breakfast for the Teachers & Staff on 11/5 (no school day for students) is a drop-off event.  Please sign up here:  VolunteerSignup - Online volunteer signup sheets - IBW Staff Breakfast November 5th signup sheet
    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


    October 18th 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 18
    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 Homecoming this Friday )
    The Guardian Athletics Leadership Council will be selling Battle of the Birds T-Shirts in preparation for the upcoming homecoming football game with Lincoln on Friday. Click HERE to see the T-shirt design. They will be selling them at lunch this week for $5 in front of the Athletic Dept (Room 121). They 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.   The T-shirts are white and will be 
    New Pickleball Courts at Ida B Wells!
    The two Ida B. Wells tennis courts were repaired & resurfaced in September 2021 to accommodate six smaller courts that the larger community can use for pickleball or junior tennis & the IBW tennis teams can use for doubles & net drills. The high school's motto, "Lifting as we climb" best explains our motivation for the change. IBW tennis teams continue to improve, but we won't reach our full potential unless we ensure that younger players have a chance to "grow their game" before they arrive in 9th grade.  Watch this video to see the new courts being used!
    https://youtu.be/yZZWSilDFZA  The new courts are open for public use after school and on weekends when the weather cooperates.
    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.   
    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
    IBW Snowboard Club and Team - Register Now!
    Please see the brand new website for our IBW Snowboard Club for more information and how to register: https://www.ibwsnowboarding.org/.  You can also find their website on their page on the IBW Athletic Website https://www.ibwathletics.com/snowboarding
    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.