• Student and Family News, October 25

    Good Afternoon IBW Families,

    I hope that you and your loved ones are doing well.  Many thanks to Ms. Satoorian and our Leadership students for organizing a fun Homecoming Week last week.  Congratulations to all our student athletes who are wrapping up an exciting fall season.  Our Varsity Volleyball team finished as co-champions of the PIL and secured a berth in the State Tournment.  Cross Country and our Women's Soccer team are poised for state competition as well. Congratulations!  Our Football team also recorded an impressive win against Lincoln on Friday.  Thank you to all our athletic coaches and congratulations to our student athletes.  Big shoutout to our AD, Mike Nolan, for overseeing a very successful and very complicated fall season! Go Guardians!

    Filip Hristić, Ed. D.
    Principal, Ida B. Wells HS
    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.  IBW office staff, teachers and volunteers are currently working on scheduling priority conferences. Scheduling will be open to all IBW parents/guardians November 12 at 5pm through Nov. 18th  at 5pm.  Instructions on how to schedule conferences will be sent out as we get closer. 
    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 is tonight!
    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 

    Update on Free COVID-19 Screening Testing Program (10/25)

    Dear PPS Families,  We want to provide you with an update onour free COVID-19 screening testing program, which is a partnership between the Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) and PPS. Screening testing provides early detection of COVID-19, even when individuals have no apparent COVID-19-like symptoms.   
    We recognize that many of you have signed up to have your student participate in this weekly testing program. However, across the nation, partners like OHSU are facing unprecedented disruption in their supply chain resulting in delays. We apologize for the impact this is having on our community and appreciate your patience. 
    As a reminder, testing is one tool among many to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Despite the availability of this program, the best tools to protect individuals against COVID-19 are vaccination for those eligible, physical distancing, masks, proper ventilation and airflow, hand hygiene, and staying home if ill or exposed to someone with COVID-19.It’s also important to remember that if your student has tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 90 days, you should NOT submit a sample. Doing so has the potential of returning a false positive result due to the sensitivity of the test. 

    To learn more about the free COVID-19 screening testing program, please visit OHSU’s program pagehere.
    Thank you.

    Dr. Esther Omogbehin and Margaret Calvert
    Regional Superintendents of Schools

    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.
    2)  If a student misses 25% or more of a class, that is considered an absence not a tardy.
    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 
    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.
    If you would like a name listed in the yearbook that is different from what is currently listed in StudentVue/Synergy, please email khigbee@pps.net directly from your school email with the request. If you would not like your school photo included in the student section of the yearbook, please email khigbee@pps.net directly from your school email with the request. IMPORTANT: The deadline for these changes is no later than November 20th.

    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.
    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

    College and Career Center
    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 presenter information, please check the Future You 2 Go Calendar

    W, 10/27, 11:45-12:30: Learn about Accessing the Trades with Portland Community College Apprenticeships & Trades

    W, 10/27, 4:00-4:45: Learn about Wind Energy and Wind Turbine Careers withClimate Careers Presenter, Nancy Butler, Training Specialist, Vestas

    Career Opportunity Registration & Application Deadlines This Week

    TH 10/28 - Registration Deadline for PPS Computer Science Career Focus Event, taking place on Tuesday, November 2nd, during 7th Period. 
    Sat 10/31 - Deadline to Apply to Tappin' Roots Black Nature Educators Internship
    Sun 11/1 - Deadline to Apply to World Oregon Young Leaders in Action
    Information Sessions This Week
    ACE Mentoring Program for Juniors and Seniors interested in Architecture, Construction and Engineering is now accepting applications. Attend an information session on Wednesday, 10/27 at 5pmRegister to receive Zoom Link here
    Partnership for Scientific Inquiry for Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors that introduces students to the scientific process, encourages participation in science competitions, and fosters mentor relationships with research scientists from OHSU and more.  Attend an informaition session on Thursdays, 10/28 at 6:30pm - Complete survey on the website for the Zoom link by October 26thInformation 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 via our College & Career Slide Deck updated weekly. 
    Please contact Jessica 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 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

    Other hosted College Visits this week: Please Sign Up in Maia

    • October 25th - St. Mary’s College of California  @10:15 in room 108
    • October 25th - Savannah College of Art and Design - @2:05 in room 108
    • October 25th - Oregon State, Reed College, Emerson - @ 3:45 Virtual
    • October 26th - Southern Oregon University - @ 10:15 in room 108
    • October 26th - Whitman - @2:05 in room 108
    • October 27th - Pacific Luthern @ 10:15 in room 108
    • October 27th - PCC Apprenticeships and Trades - @ 11:45 - 12:30  Virtual
    • October 27th - Military Branch Visit - @11:40 - 12:30 in main hallway
    • October 28th - University of Redlands - @10:15 in room 108
    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.
    Rental Assistance
    The Oregon Emergency Rental Assistance Program will cover up to 12 months of past due rent and three months of forward rent, once all past due rent is paid. The program will also cover past due utility costs including electricity, gas, home energy services, water, sewer, trash removal, internet and bulk fuels.
    1. To apply directly for rental and utility assistance online visit: oregonrentalassistance.org (application is available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese and Russian).
    2. Provide proof that you applied to your landlord to avoid eviction for 90 days while you wait for the rental assistance (Multnomah County). Renters have until February 28, 2022 to pay overdue rent (for April 2020 to June 2021). If you receive an eviction notice, call the Eviction Defense Project at 888-585-9638 to understand your rights and receive free legal assistance.

    Direct Utility Assistance
    Utility companies are also offering their own assistance programs, regardless of household income or other requirements to qualify.

    For questions or other referrals, please call 2-1-1 or visit 211info.org. You may also contact your school counselor or social worker if you need more information or resources.

    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 available to order online www.schoolpay.com/link/IBWgear and beginning this week, you will be able to pick up orders or shop the racks at their "store" at the IBW Field House on Wednesdays from 3:30pm-6:00pm.  The Wednesdays they will be open are 10/27, 11/3, 11/10 and 11/17.   Ida B. Wells Gear makes great holiday gifts and the Boosters will also have merchandise for sale at their annual Tree Sale at A-Boy which opens on Friday, November 26 (more details coming soon!)
    Our “Giving Guardians” Fall Campaign is off to a rousing start.  As a reminder, the mission of the foundation is to enhance the classroom experience for our students and the foundation is the only way to raise money to increase staffing at IBW.  We ask families to donate what they are able to help fund additional teachers and staff at IBW.

    IBW Foundation Direct Donations: Donate to IBW Foundation 
    We have begun planning for our spring auction event.  While we do not yet know exactly what that will entail, we are looking for parents and community members able to contribute.  We are specifically look for:

    -Graphic Designers—to help coordinate and develop school related content

    -Procurement coordinators/assistants

    We look forward to sharing more information about the spring auction event in the coming weeks.

    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 25th 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 25
    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.
    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 - Basketball, Swimming and Wrestling! Register Now!!
    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  - Tryouts 11/5
    Congrats to the Dance Team for a fantastic debut performance during the homecoming game half-time. A special thanks to Lynsey and Denise and the whole cheer team for collaborating to create a fantastic performance. 
    Up next for the dance team is November 5th tryouts.  We would love to add more dancers for our competition season. Please view this FLYER for more details. If you are finishing up a fall sport, you can still join the dance team for the winter! We would love for you to come to join us!
    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.  Registration forms can be turned into the main office.  
    IBW 2021-2022 Clubs
    There is still time to get involved in a club (or two, three or more!).  Here is the current list of 2021-2022 Clubs  This list is still being completed so check the website often under Student Activities/Clubs and Activites for updates.
    IBW Speech and Debate Team
    Ida B. Wells was ably represented at last week's Sandy Kickoff tournament by one of our team captains, Noemie Veillette. Noemie made us all proud, taking 1st place in Lincoln-Douglas Value Debate and 2nd place in Radio Commentary. 
    If you would like to know more about Speech & Debate, see Mr. Hunter in Room 136.
    SouthWest StageWorks
    Ready to shake the rust off, and get front of the camera...but not for ‘class’ this time?

    SouthWest StageWorks, your friendly neighborhood theatre company, is producing a festival of short films to welcome everyone back to ‘normalcy’!  We are auditioning actors of all genders, shapes, sizes, backgrounds, and experience levels for 6 shorts, written and directed by IBWHS student-artists.

    Join us Tuesday, October 26th (general auditions) and Wednesday, October 27th (callbacks) for auditions, from 400pm-600pm.  Audition information and script perusals will be available on our show site: ibwhsdramafilmfest.blogspot.com...hope you can join us!

    Any questions? After reading the site info, you can reach out to producer Jamie Miller at mjamie@pps.net for further details.  Thanks! 
    Student and Family News, October 25