• Student and Family News, January 3

    Dear Ida B Wells Community,

    Happy New Year to you and your loved ones!  I hope you had a wonderful break.  I visited my in-laws in Alaska and spent lots of time with my family.  I did a bit of skiing, ice fishing, and biking in the snow.  Although I wouldn’t mind another week off, I am excited to see our students and staff this week. 

    As I’m sure we are all aware, the number of Covid cases is increasing rapidly and this new surge will probably not subside before the end of January.  None of us can predict the future, of course - this pandemic has certainly taught us that much.  What we can do is to respond to the circumstances before us with resilience and grace.  I trust that our collective might is greater than any obstacle that lies before us.  One of the most important things that we need to do is ensure that we follow all the Covid-related protocols - wear our masks, wash our hands, keep our distance, and get a vaccine shot and/or booster, to keep ourselves, our classmates, colleagues, and school communities safe.  Our teachers will review these protocols today with students this week.   Please review this information with students at home, too.  We want to make sure that our students hear from all of us that health and safety is our highest priority.  

    Next week we will begin forecasting for the 2022-2023 school year.  We’ll go over all the relevant information with our students on Wednesday, 1/12,  and Thursday, 1/13 .  We’ll also include forecasting information in next week’s Family News.  Students will have a few weeks to make their course selections.  We are also finishing up the first semester at the end of the month.  Finals are scheduled for Tuesday, 1/25, to Thursday, 1/27.  Please check in with your students about what they need to do in order to finish the semester strong! 

    As always, please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions.  Happy New Year to you all!

    Filip Hristić, Ed. D.
    Principal, Ida B. Wells HS
    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 will be taking the tests unless parent/guardian submit the opt out forms.  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. 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
    Dear PPS Community, We hope that you had a restful and joyful winter break. As we welcome students and staff back to campus tomorrow, we know that the surge in COVID-19 cases as a result of the Omicron variant is at the top of many minds. We continue to monitor the impact of COVID-19 in our region and on the latest Omicron variant impact on schools. We are working with our local and state public health authorities, as well as the Oregon Department of Education, to modify, as necessary, our health and safety protocols in order to keep students and staff healthy and safe, while keeping students learning in-person all school year.   To continue reading: Community Letter from PPS regarding COVID protocols
    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
    To better assist with COVID cases, please register your student's vaccine information in ParentVue
    Register COVID Vaccine Information in ParentVue
    To sign up, please complete these two forms and return to the main office.  If your student has already signed up for this weekly free program, please have them come to the main office to collect their COVID tests.
    Class of 2022
    • Packets were distributed at 12/15 Senior Meeting or are available in the Main Office.  

    • We recognize some of the dates in the Josten's packet are past. These packets were created when the Senior Meeting was going to be scheduled earlier in the year. While the deadline for the Graduation Prep Week drawing was December 23rd, all order deadlines for the current pricing are January 15.

    • Submit your orders online  online at Jostens or you can submit packet orders in person on January 5th during lunch in the main hall.  Jostens will be here and can answer any questions.

    • 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.

    The 1st edition of the Class of 2022 Newsletter is packed with valuable timelines and information!! Class of 2022 Newsletter, December Edition
    As we get ready for graduation 2022, we need each of our seniors to complete this Diploma Name Order Form by January 14, 2022. This will ensure that we have your correct name, spelling and preference on your diploma.   If no google form  is received, then your full legal name (first and last) from Synergy will be used.  This will also determine how your name will be read at commencement as well.  Please remember you must access this form using your PPS account.
    The IBWHS Magazine - The Headlight, The Winter Edition
    Be sure to check out The Winter Edition of The Headlight!  https://ibwhsmag.com/
    Yearbook Information
    The deadline for Juniors and Seniors only has been extended to Jan. 31st 
    The deadline to submit senior photos is January 14th

    Order now on SchoolPay! The price for the yearbook goes up from $55 to $65 after January 14th.
    See Website For More Information

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    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.
    Introducing: The Smart City Learning Cafe
    What: Drop-in homework help in math, science, English, and writing. Other topics as possible. This is a quiet place for study even if you do not need help. Students are encouraged to help each other.

    When: Every Wednesday in January, 2022, 7 - 9 pm. January 5, 12, 19, 26. Future dates and times TBA.

    Where: Fat City Cafe, 7820 SW Capitol Highway, Portland OR 97219.

    Who: Any high school age learner or older is welcome. Adult and independent learners are welcome. Amy Minato (English, writing) and Joe Minato (science. math) will be available to supervise and provide help to students. Limited to 10 students at a time while Covid rages. Everyone must be fully vaccinated and boosted. No reservations, just drop it!

    ​No students younger than high school at this time. If you are interested in a middle school or late elementary school learning cafe, let us know.
    Cost: $10 cover charge per person, suggested donation. Cash only at this point. 

    Opening night, Wednesday, January 5, is free!

    Food and Drinks: We hope to add food in the future. No other food or drink while Covid rages.

    PSAT Scores
    PSAT Scores were released in early December 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  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.
    College and Career Center
    All parents and students are welcome to attend the annual Ida B. Wells Alumni Panel this Wednesday January 5th!

    Come hear from past students about their experiences after high school. We will hear from 7 students about how they chose their college/path, their transitions to those places, how Covid has affected their plans, and the things they have learned along the way!  This event will be in person in our cafeteria from 6:30pm - 8pm. Covid vaccination cards or a negative Covid test are required upon entry. Student participants are from UC Berkeley, Embry Riddle, Portland Community College, Portland State, NYU, Washington State University and Pipefitters Union

    This year IBW College and Career center has continued its partnership with ASPIRE. Aspire is the state of Oregon's mentoring program to help students access education and training beyond high school. IBW Aspire Volunteer mentors are trained volunteers in College and Career readiness, and work to support students in developing their plans after high school, editing college essays and
    completing FAFSA applications. In an effort to increase our reach to as many students as possible this year, Ida B. Wells High School is taking an opt-out approach to our mentoring program. This means all students are eligible to receive support from our Aspire Program unless a parent or guardian wishes to have their student opt-out of the program. 
    If you wish to not have your student receive support from an Aspire Volunteer Mentor please contact Winston Rivas or Kelly Milford no later than January 15th:
    *Please note that students can receive support from our College and Career Coordinators even if they wish to not participate in Aspire Program*
    Winston Rivas: Wrivas@pps.net Kelly Milford: kmilford@pps.net

    More information about the Aspire Program can be found here: Link

    Interested in becoming an Aspire Volunteer?
    We are always looking for Aspire Mentors to support our students and other projects in the College and Career Center, please contact Winston Rivas or Kelly Milford for more information! We provide training.


    ACCESS Winter 2022 Cohort (Aerospace College and Career Exploration and Selection System) - Deadline to apply January 7th!!!

    ACCESS is now recruiting for 14-21 year olds across Multnomah, Washington, and Marion counties. This is a hybrid in-person and virtual program that explores six different topics: aeronautics, airframe and powerplants, solar system, space travel drones, and robotics. This is all while encouraging students to explore exciting career and college paths in these fields. The Winter 2022 program begins on January 11th and runs for 10 weeks through March 15th. Please see this flyer and Q &A for details and apply by emailing access@airwayscience.org
    Have you ever thought about creating a business or inventing a product? This FREE entrepreneur camp will help you learn about the business world and give you the confidence to know you have what it takes and become an entrepreneur! Through this experience, you’ll:

    - Network with local CEOs and business leaders

    - Learn leadership and team collaboration skills

    - Create a product, write a business plan, and pitch it in a “Shark Tank-esque” competition

    - Showcase on college and scholarship applications

    - Win prizes

    Enterprise Academy will be at CAMP KURATLI located in Boring, OR from Friday, March 4th-Sunday, March 6th. Transportation to and from Camp Kuratli will be provided. Learn more here and Register at https://bit.ly/EnterpriseAc-2022 
    Saturday Academy Apprenticeship in Science & Engineering

    Oregon Zoo ZAP (Zoo Animal Presenters)
    For detailed information about these and other opportunities, please see the January IBW Career Happenings Newsletter - https://www.pps.net/Page/16186 

    Booster Club/Winter Sports Concessions - Volunteers needed!
    Volunteers are 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
    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
    From Athletic Director, Mike Nolan

    ATHLETIC WEEKLY NEWSLETTER Athletic Weekly, Week of January 3 
    ATHLETIC SCHEDULE, WEEK OF JANUARY 3 www.ibwathletics/this-week
    Winter Sports Teams- Grad Night Photo Button Fundraiser
    Hello Winter Sports Teams and Clubs! There is still time to order 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-athlete, 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 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
    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
    Spring Sports - Register Now!
    Winter Sports are now well underway so it is time to start getting ready for Spring Sports (Baseball, Softball, Track and Field, Golf and Tennis; Men's LAX registration is also now open). The Spring season officially begins February 28. Early registration helps coaches communicate practice plans and dates of voluntary pre-season practices as well as assisting the Athletic Department detect expired physicals https://www.familyid.com/programs/2022-spring-sports-registration-6 
    Please note that payment for Spring sports is not open yet in SchoolPay.  Please watch for an announcement in the Student and Family News when it will be open.  
    Interested in Rugby?
    Check out this flyer for an opportunity to play with Westside Rugby
    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