• Student and Family News, December 6

    Dear Ida B. Wells Students and Families,

    Welcome to the first week in December!  The next two weeks will be busy for us here at Ida B. Wells High School, especially as we start getting ready for forecasting.  We are in the process of finalizing the course guide, forecasting sheets, and other resources that will help students make informed decisions about their course selections.  Our current students will start forecasting during the week of January 10 and will have about three weeks to complete the forecasting process.  You can expect to have access to all the forecasting materials shortly after we return from Winter Break. 


    Spirit Week - Film Week, December 13-17th
    Let's have some fun just before we leave for Winter Break!
    Spirit Week!
    Winter Gift Baskets - make contributions by this Friday!
    Last year, just before we left for winter break, we were able to put together some pretty amazing winter gift baskets for around 50 families. This was only able to happen with the help from you all -- our amazing IBW families and community members. I am here again to ask for your support. We are asking for donations of gift cards, which can be done a few different ways. 

    One suggestion of how to do this is through the PTA scrip program. Here is the link for that form and here is the link for more information about the scrip program ! 

    Another option is to contribute a money donation through SchoolPay and our PTA will then purchase gift cards using those funds. To contribute in this way, simply click here. Or, you can log into school pay here, click “non profits” on the left hand side and then select the option that says “Ida B. Wells Winter Gift Card Drive.”

    Lastly, if you would like to purchase gift cards yourself some suggested stores are Fred Meyer, Target, Walmart, Adidas and Nike. If you would like to drop off gift cards, please email me (blocke@pps.net) and we can coordinate a time for drop off at IBW and/or your student can drop them off at my office (room 146B) or in my box in the front office. 

    If you are a family in need of support during the holiday season, please submit your information via this form. If you need additional support, please email our Social Worker, Britni Locke at blocke@pps.net or call/text me at (971) 712-3621. 
    IBWHS 8th Grade Family Information Night - December 9th
    It's already time to be thinking about the 2022-2023 School Year!  Do you know a family with an 8th grader? Please spread the word to join us on Dec. 9th for a virtual webinar starting at 6:30 PM  Check out our agenda here for the list of events and for the Zoom link.
    9th Grade Sock Drive - Dec. 6th-17th
    Bring new socks to your designated team teacher.  All donations will be given to Portland Rescue Mission. The team who donates the most socks, gets a sweet surprise!
    PSAT Scores
    PSAT Scores will be released this week electronically from the College Board via email between December 6-8th.

    • If you did not provide an email address on your exam, or don't receive an email from College Board by December 8th, you will need to get your access code.  
    • You can obtain your access code starting December 9th in the College Center, Counseling office, or room 139.
    • Access your scores online so that you can take advantage of the FREE personalized SAT test preparation when you link your scores to Khan Academy.
    • From Dec 9-13 we will be distributing your actual test booklets in your English class if you put your name on it.  
    • If your name was not on your book and you want one, come to the College Center to get a copy.


    College Board Student Portal to create an account or log in

    Accessing Your PSAT Scores Video

    Understanding Your PSAT Scores Video

    Sample Score Report Explained

    Important:  Remember, the College Board does not send PSAT scores to colleges and they will not show up on your transcript. These scores are not part of college admission decisions but scores give students insightful information about their strengths and areas for improvement. You will be able to link your PSAT scores to your Khan Academy account for targeted test preparation too. Twenty hours of practice with Khan Academy is associated with an average 115-point score increase from PSAT to  SAT, nearly double the average gain without using the free Khan tutorials.
    Mandatory Senior Meeting - Wednesday, December 15
    Seniors, mark your calendar for the mandatory Senior Meeting that will be in the auditorium on 12/15/21 during flex time.  Vice Principal, Jill Altman, will go over the senior timeline, events and the ordering of cap and gowns.  Also, the Grad Night committee will be at the senior meeting to hand out free class of 2022 t-shirts to students who sign up for Grad Night by Dec. 14th.  To sign up for Grad Night:  https://forms.gle/gSUk5LsKdzG1YbsK6
    Hello Winter Sports Teams and Clubs! Its time for Photo buttons. As a fundraiser for the Grad Night Party, we will be selling buttons – 2 for $10

    If you would like a photo buttons of your student, please email the following:
    · Photo of the student in their uniform.  It works best to take from the waist up and further back. 
    · Number of buttons you would like. (minimum 2)
    Photos can be emailed no later than Friday, December 3rd to jillmartini@ymail.com
    If you are a parent willing to help take photos for your team and help collect the money, please reach out to me. Please email with any questions.  Thanks, Jill Martini

    COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics 
    Multnomah County Student Health Centers are holding weekly vaccine clinics for students 5 and older and their families.  Please see this flyer (English and Spanish) for more dates/times and how to make an appointment: Vaccine Clinics

    See Website For More Information
    COVID-19 Updates
    Lost and Found
    Yearbook Information
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    Our School Directory 
    Tutor.com - Free personal homework help for AP Students
    Tutor.com is providing free, personal tutoring 24/7 in all AP classes with experienced, professional tutors.  Here is a video about this service quick overview of Tutor.Com.  Great opportunity to get the help you need.
    College and Career Center

    T, December 7, 1:00-1:30PM AmeriCorps NCCC Webinar
    Learn about applying for a year of community service after graduation. A meaningful gap year option! Pre-register to attend at this link OR to get sent a recording of the session. 

    Future You 2 Go
     - Every Wednesday! Click link to join and complete your CRLE reflection
    W, December 8, 12:00-12:40PM: Career Presentation-Daniel Conaty, Account Manager-Cisco Dan Conaty has nine years of experience selling technology in Silicon Valley, San Francisco, and Portland.  Connected Careers: Technology, Sales, Business

    W, December 8, 1:00-1:40PM: Post-Secondary Presentation-PCC Health Programs Whether you want to work directly with patients, behind the scenes, or somewhere in between, come to learn about PCC programs that can be completed in 6-24 months. Connected Careers: Healthcare 

    W, December 8th, 9:00-10:30AM: Emergency Services Careers
    Registration for this event is now closed due to capacity; Students who pre-registered will attend this event from the IBW Library. 
    TH, December 9th, 12:25-1:55PM: Careers in Tech - POSTPONED! 
    If you pre-registered, you will be sent an email announcing when this event will be rescheduled. 
    Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Training - Wednesday, December 15, 10:30am-11:30am
    Registration for this event is now closed due to capacity; Students who pre-registered will attend this event from the IBW Library.
    https://www.pps.net/Page/16186 for all of the latest seasonal and part-time job, internship, and career learning opportunities or via our College & Career Slide Deck updated weekly.  Please contact Jessica Wade for more information. Thank you!

    Ida B. Wells Community, we are thrilled to bring back the annual Alumni Panel this winter and need your help!  The Alumni Panel is a chance to have our former students share what their path has been after leaving Ida B. Wells - what have they studied, what the transition was like, were they prepared, how did the pandemic affect those plans? We like to have a variety of students that have chosen different paths to share their experiences and pass on the wisdom they have gleaned over time.  Participants should be from the class of 2019 or 2020.  The event will be held on Wednesday Jan 5th, 2022 in person at Ida B. Wells from 6:30-8pm.  Please email kmilford@pps.net if you have an interested student.  This is truly one of our favorite events, parents and students learn so much from hearing from former students!
    From our School Psychologist, Emilee Refvem
    Monday 11/29, IBWHS will have an adolescent substance use counselor on campus one day a week. For more information, please see this FLYER
    From our Social Worker, Britni Locke
    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
    The IBW Booster Club will be hosting its annual Christmas tree sale every weekend from November 26-December 18 at A-Boy on Barbur. All proceeds from the sale go directly to funding Ida. B. Wells clubs and sports. IBW Merchandise will also be available. Sale hours are November 26-December 18, Fridays, 4pm to 530pm, Saturdays and Sundays, 10am to 530pm. Get your tree with us and support the Booster Club!
    This effort takes many volunteers and is a great way to give back to the community.  We ask the individual clubs/teams to take shifts to staff, so you if you are associated with a specific club/team, look for them on the schedule. Otherwise, please look for a shift that says “Anyone”.  https://signup.com/go/FTDoZtg

    Tree Sale

    Ida B. Wells gear is a great gift idea for this holiday season!After that  they will also have merchandise for sale at their annual Tree Sale at A-Boy which opens on Friday, November 26.  Please note that until further notice, online ordering is not available.
    BRICK SALES Makes a great holiday gift!  Buy a Brick Program! Leave your legacy with the purchase of a personalized, engraved brick installed by the Ida B. Wells Boosters in the Stadium Plaza. Proceeds will be used to benefit students in sports and clubs. Bricks are LIMITED! ! Makes a great graduation gift, memorial, or tribute! Please be sure you complete a Buy a Brick form. Order here!  https://www.bricksrus.com/donorsite/ibwboosterclub
    Winter Sports Concessions - Volunteers needed!
    Volunteers needed for winter sports concessions! The money raised through concessions helps the Boosters support clubs and athletics at IBW. Sign up for a shift today: https://signup.com/go/ycboLia
    Our “Giving Guardians” Fall Campaign is still underway.  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

    Are you planning to buy any gift cards for the winter holidays?  Purchase them through the PTA Scrip Program and you can support IBW at the same time.  Or buy scrip for yourself to use at the places you plan to purchase presents.  There is no extra cost to you and both ways are a win for IBW!

    The scrip program works with local and national vendors, including some of your favorite grocers, restaurants and retailers (see order form for a complete list - 2021-2022 Scrip Order Form).   Participants receive gift cards and the vendors give a percentage of the proceeds back to Ida B Wells. 

    Our volunteer coordinator generally orders cards weekly and will make arrangements to mail or deliver them to you. We happily accept orders by phone, postal mail, e-mail, or text (we can fill out the paperwork for you). Send us a list and then mail a check to our coordinator payable to Ida B Wells HS PTA. 

    To order or for questions regarding the Scrip Program, please contact our Scrip coordinator, Martha Schulte at schulte@easystreet.net or 503-936-6770.  

    From Athletic Director, Mike Nolan
    ATHLETIC WEEKLY NEWSLETTER  Athletic Weekly, Week of December 6
    ATHLETIC SCHEDULE, WEEK OF DECEMBER 6 www.ibwathletics/this-week
    Spring Sports Registration - now open!
    We are just underway with Winter Sports but it is not too early to register for Spring Sports (Baseball, Softball, Track and Field, Golf and Tennis)! Lacrosse registration on FamilyID is not yet open.  Early registration helps detect expired physicals well before the season begins and therefore helps our coaching staff begin practices on day 1 of Spring Sports (February 28, 2022) https://www.familyid.com/programs/2022-spring-sports-registration-6
    Winter Sports Concessions - Volunteers needed!
    Volunteers needed for winter sports concessions! The money raised through concessions helps the Boosters support clubs and athletics at IBW. Sign up for a shift today: https://signup.com/go/ycboLia
    2022 Rose Festival Court
    Applications for the 2022 Rose Festival Court are now open. All applicants must submit their completed application and supporting documents by January 12, 2022 to be considered for the Court Program. To learn more visit:   https://www.rosefestival.org/p/programs/rose-festival-court
    2022 IBW Spain Cultural Journey - Informational Meeting (Recording) and deadline approaching!
    Saludos a todos, 
    If you were unable to attend the  IBW Spain Cultural Journey Informational Meeting and you are still interested in registering for the trip, please visit the following link to see a recording of the meeting.  You are also welcome to visit the trip website and register directly there.  The deadline to register for the trip will be December 19th, 2021.  ¡Viva España! 
    -Amy Durham