• Student and Family News, December 13

    Dear Ida B. Wells Community, 

    As part of our ongoing commitment to increase in-person learning for all students, we are pleased to announce that in partnership with OHA/ODE we will start the Test to Stay program the first week of January of 2022. 

    Benefits of Test to Stay: Given the lower level of COVID-19 in schools, students exposed at school will have the opportunity to stay in in-person learning and minimize the impact quarantine has had on their education. This is called a modified quarantine and requires students to continue to wear masks during any activity that does not require its use, for example band, athletics, etc., until day eight (8). Students must remain symptom free and will be provided two tests during their quarantine period. You can help expedite the process by signing and returning the consent form for the BinaxNOW rapid nasal swab test, unless you already did it this year. Forms are available in the front office of each school. 

    For students who were exposed outside of the school day (at home, extracurricular activities, etc), we will have available the Test to Return process. This process will allow students to return on Day 8 after an exposure with any negative antigen or pcr COVID-19 test performed between days 5-7.  

    As always, vaccinated students who do not have symptoms do not have to quarantine or Test to Stay. We will share more specifics about this program in early January. 5-Step Process for Parents and Families

    Please see many more updates for the week below.

    Spirit Week - Film Week, December 13-17th
    Let's have some fun just before we leave for Winter Break!
    Spirit Week!
    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!
    IBWHS Band Fundraiser at Village Ice Cream Factory
    On Tuesday, December 14th head to https://thevillageicecreamfactory.com/ and mention IBWHS Band and and 20% of all proceeds will be donated to the Band program. On Wednesday, December 15th,  $2 of every pint sold of Tangerine White Chocolate (a special Band flavor!)will also be donated to band if you mention us! Thank you for your support of IBWHS Band!
    PSAT Scores
    PSAT Scores were released last 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 distributed 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.
    Class of 2022
    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 and events and Jostens will make a presentation and distribute packets for ordering 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
    Hot off the press, the 1st edition of the Class of 2022 Newsletter is packed with valuable timelines and information!!  Class of 2022 Newsletter, December Edition

    • Packets distributed at 12/15 Senior Meeting or available in the Main Office after the meeting

    • Submit your orders online during Graduation Prep Week online at Jostens. One lucky graduate who has placed their online order by Dec. 23rd will receive their entire Josten's order for free. 

    • You can submit packet orders in person on January 5th as well during lunch in the main hall.

    • Lots of great packages available  online at Jostens. If you are just looking for the minimum cap, gown and tassel (which is needed to walk at the ceremony) it is available here,

    • While we want all of our seniors to wear a cap and gown, we recognize that finances can sometimes be a barrier. We do not want financial concerns to impact your participation in this year’s graduation ceremony, so please reach out to Sharon Dailey (sdailey@pps.net) if this becomes an issue.

    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

    The IBWHS Magazine - The Headlight
    Be sure to check out new articles in The Headlight  https://ibwhsmag.com/
    Lost and Found - Items not picked up will be donated 
    We have many items in Lost & Found to get to their owners before Winter Break!  Apparel, water bottles, bags etc have been moved to the hallway outside room 139.  Small items (jewelry, earbuds etc) can be claimed in room 139 and are kept secure.  Come and claim your items!  Items remaining after December 17th will be donated.
    State Testing for 11th graders
    Our state and district are returning to a statewide testing system known as OSAS (Oregon Statewide Assessment System).  This has effectively replaced SBAC (Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium).  All 11th graders are offered the opportunity to test.  By taking the test, we receive assessment results about our students academic proficiency as it relates to Language Arts, Math, and Science based upon nationally normed standards. Taking these tests are no longer a requirement for graduation. If you do not want your child/student to take the test(s) (tentatively scheduled for late February and early March), please fill out and return opt out forms to the Main Office or to the Vice Principal's Office (#139) across from the gym. NOTE that there are two opt out forms:  one for Language Arts/Math and a separate one for Science.  If you have questions about statewide testing, you can email or call Vice Principal Ayesha Coning aconing@pps.net.  Math and ELA Opt Out Form  Science Opt Out Form
    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

    Interested in a career in Government, Public Policy, Equity work, Sustainability, Advocacy, or Community organizing? Nikoyia Phillips is the person to meet! Click on Google Meet Link to Join the event!

    Wednesday, December 15, 2021 from 4:00pm-4:45pm: Career Presentation-Nikoyia (Nuh-Koy-Uh) Phillips, Equity Manager-City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability

    About Nikoyia Phillips: Nikoyia is a 2nd generation Portlander, identifies as Black and uses she/her/hers pronouns. Nikoyia currently serves as the Equity and Engagement Manager for the City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) and as Board Chair of the non-profit Beyond Black CDC. Her role at the City blends training, community organizing, and program design to guide City priorities and realize community visions for the future. Her special areas of interest include: public art, policy, community co-creation, and popular education. Nikoyia's superpower is working with youth and communities of color on climate, public health and land use focused projects to produce policy agendas, project recommendations and art installations.

    Don't Forget! HIPAA Training Wednesday, December 15, 2021 from 10:30-11:30AM
    For students who registered but are not in Mr. Olsen's Period 2 class, please report to the IBW Library with your Chromebook, charger and headset to log into the event which will be followed by the HIPAA test for certification. Questions? Contact Ms. Wade, jwade1@pps.net

    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 Tree Sale is sold out for the season! We would like to thank all of the volunteers who made the sale a success!  It doesn’t happen without a strong volunteer community. We also would like to thank those of you who came out and bought a tree, greenery and merchandise supporting the sale. For those of you who still need to do some last-minute shopping for your IBW merchandise, you can order online here:www.schoolpay.com/link/IBWgear. If you order online and you'll be contacted with pickup options.
    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

    Tomorrow, Tuesday, December 14 is the last day that we will be able to honor any scrip purchases. The scrip vendor that we have used is going out of business at the end of this year.  We will provide an update in the next few months about any possible new scrip offerings.  Thank you for your support of the Ida B. Wells PTA! Scrip Order Form

    From Athletic Director, Mike Nolan
    ATHLETIC WEEKLY NEWSLETTER  Athletic Weekly, Week of December 13
    ATHLETIC SCHEDULE, WEEK OF DECEMBER 6 www.ibwathletics/this-week
    Silent Night, Women's Basketball, Friday!
    Our Women's Basketball Team is currently ranked 7th in the Oregon Coaches Poll.  This Friday, they take on 6th ranked, PIL rival, Benson in the IBW Gym. Tip-off at 7pm.  The Theme is Silent Night.  Dress up in your best holiday wear.  We will stay silent until the 10th point is scored and then go crazy at 10 points.  We will be having a half-time contest for a TBD prize (must be wearing holiday wear to participate) Lastly, get in half-price by bringing in canned food for the Neighborhood House.  Regular price, $6 adults, $2 students or free with ASB. Go Guardians!
    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
    Student Fundraiser for new picnic benches at IBWHS
    Hi Ida B. Wells students and families! I'm building new picnic benches at Ida B. Wells High School and need to raise money for materials. That's why I'm selling dozens of glazed Krispy Kreme donuts, with all profits going towards the project. Check out the order form below for more details and how to support: https://forms.gle/3fpQT4X9TNpFjbNd6  Thank you, Mason Jensen, 12th grade
    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 - deadline approaching!
    The deadline to register for the Ida B. Wells Spain Cultural Adventure is coming up on Sunday  December 19th.  I am so excited to report that we have reached the minimum number of students required to run the trip!    Here are a few pieces of information for those of you who are still interested in registering, but have not made your final decision:  
    • Omicron variant- Walking Tree Travel is closely monitoring the Omicron variant and the pandemic in general. So far, they are confident our summer 2022 program can proceed cautiously.
    • Travel Insurance - At the end of the registration process, families will be directed to a travel insurance page. If they want Cancel for Any Reason coverage, they have to buy it within 72 hours of enrollment. Otherwise, insurance that provides coverage for things like quarantining, delayed travel and health care can be purchased up to 48 hours before travel.
    • Cancellations - In the event that we can't safely take this trip, we will postpone to spring or summer 2023 with all credit being applied to the future travel. Otherwise, individual cancellations will be subject to Walking Tree's  cancellation policy
    • Long walks on the Camino de Santiago - We are able to modify the programming if anyone can't make the long walks. We will have a support vehicle to move people along and simple activities at the next location if walking there isn't preferred.
    • Future trips - Many families have asked about future travel opportunities if students aren't ready to travel next summer.  The answer is YES!  There are several IBW teachers who are working together to make sure annual international travel opportunities are available to IBW students.  If this year doesn't work out, there will be more opportunities in the future!  
    Please feel free to email me anytime with questions and thank you for your interest in this incredible travel opportunity!  Here is the link to register for the trip: